Por Favor

Por Favor

Set against the backdrop of a school production of West Side Story, this is the story of Mr Taylor, a teacher in charge of putting on the production. It also features Jodie, a troubled pupil at the school, who nevertheless turns out to be the most naturally gifted actress that Mr Taylor (Jeff) has ever worked with... 

I Am Orestes and I Am Electra Too

I Am Orestes and I Am Electra Too

The far future. After 25 years in Spain, Orestes (played by writer and co-director Arif Alfaraz) arrives as a psychoanalyst at a Greek asylum to treat his long-lost sister Electra’s (Marta Ramonet) ‘madness’ that he believes has been misdiagnosed... 

Lines

Lines

With damning questions on moral and personal boundaries, Lines is a stunning and complex portrayal of sexual assault. Rora is violently raped after a night out with friends and two weeks pass before she can bear to discuss the crime with her family... 

Body Shop

Body Shop

Body Shop is a multiplayer, multi-layered human body action game, a future-forward competition where women are assembled according to the stories of their bodies. The stories focus on five main body sections: the hair, eyes, breasts, womb and vagina... 

Working Class Hero

Working Class Hero

Working Class Hero’s biggest flaw is that it isn’t about anything. It involves issues but mentions very little about their impact, and even if it did, our main characters are just insufficiently developed or interesting to make me care... 

Last Tango in Little Grimley

Last Tango in Little Grimley

Membership of the local amateur drama society has dwindled to four. Time for dramatic action. There's only one thing that sells tickets these days – sex! But how will the conservative locals of Little Grimley react to the promise of a sizzling sex comedy?! All is revealed in this fast-paced comedy of an am-dram in trouble... 

The Unsung

The Unsung

You’ve heard of Kurt Cobain. You’ve heard of Jim Morrison. But what about Scott Johnson? The Unsung is the funeral party for the forgotten fallen heroes who lost their lives to music... 

I Am Not Your Woman

I Am Not Your Woman

'If I had a name for every woman with a story, I'd run out of space and I'd be writing forever'. One night, Cate, Ben, Jess and Kim's lives are turned upside down... Inspired by real stories and #metoo, this poignant, vital, and hopeful play challenges our attitudes towards sexual assault and gives a voice to those who often go unheard... 

All That Remains

All That Remains

All That Remains is a moving reflection on loss and memory based on true stories from the ongoing war in Ukraine. A woman who has lost her brother to the war and is left with only a few of his belongings tries to make sense of what happened... 

Dance Japan

Dance Japan

Based on the painting Akita no Gyoji by Tsuguharu Foujita (1937), Yoshitaka fuses the Japanese folk elements of Namahage, Hanekawa Kenbayashi and Akita Nikatabushi to create a new expression of Japan... 

Hello Georgie, Goodbye Best

Hello Georgie, Goodbye Best

Manchester United fans old enough to remember 1971 may recall the strange weekend George Best went missing. Three quarters of the Metropolitan Police were ordered to stand guard at Sinead Cusack’s flat in Islington as word spread like wildfire that Best was hiding there, overcome with the pressures of fame and skiving a match against Chelsea... 

Tomfoolery's Beans on Toast Show

Tomfoolery's Beans on Toast Show

Following his sell-out Fringe debut last year, Tomfoolery returns with his action-packed show that's fun for all the family. Bursting with magic, silliness, music and much more! Abracadabra Beans on Toast! Tomfoolery has had a busy year with another sell-out show, his 10th Anniversary Party Spectacular in October and a third successful run of Tomfoolery Saves Christmas last December... 

Drunk!

Drunk!

A funny play set to a dark backdrop. Meet the standard drunks you see every night in your local, in a completely different setting. three men meet in a bar for the 100th time and one for the first – and the last. 

Innovations Contemporary Dance Platform

Innovations Contemporary Dance Platform

Innovations isn’t just a show... it’s an opportunity to explore fresh choreographic innovation. Established in 2014, Innovations was created to support emerging dance makers providing opportunities to reach out to new audiences... 

Improvised Therapy

Improvised Therapy

Feel down in the dumps? Come to the Fringe with a desperate desire to re-evaluate your life? No? Well, we have. We're doctors Barry, Brian and Bean, and we'll be your (un)qualified therapists for the evening... 

My Mate Dave Died

My Mate Dave Died

When Dave dies and is sent back to the living, he is only visible to his best friend Jimmy. It soon becomes clear their reunion is more of a curse than a blessing. Together, Jimmy and Dave must discover how to break down the walls between the living and the dead so that Dave can pass over... 

Birth Control

Birth Control

An intensely dramatic short play inspired by authors such as Sarah Kane and Martin Crimp, our script is an original attempt at an absurdist horror story. With themes such as rape and psychological torture, this show aims to shock and alienate the audience by distorting perceptions of reality in order to ask difficult questions about morality, retribution, and scientific progression. 

Pangea

Pangea

Choice was the problem. Nich is empathetic. Clint is aware. Bume is capable. And Harris is special, he stands out. One heart. Your candidates are ready to demonstrate that they have what it takes to win Pangea’s greatest game show: The Interview for High Office... 

All the Dumb Things

All the Dumb Things

Melbourne's ultimate bad feminist will grab you by the balls and politely take your hand on this off-beat excursion of raunchy and ridiculous tales and oddly familiar tunes. 'At once hilarious, revealing, absurd, touching and sometimes just goofy' (Beat... 

Roman Candle

Roman Candle

‘And I tell myself, I think – if you f*ck it up, you f*ck it up. But don’t f*ck it up. Please, please don’t f*ck it up.’ 22-year-old Angie is living a life she never signed up to... 

Queer Words

Queer Words

Three performers on stage present an intriguing blend of poetry and dance. The piece is split up into clear scenes, addressing different issue with relationships and gender through a queer lens... 

She-Wolves

She-Wolves

Laura Careless’ solo show, inspired by the book and BBC series of the same name by Helen Castor, is an intricate, forceful and nuanced production examining the life of five different pre-Elizabethan English queens... 

The Insignificant Life and Death of Colin McKenzie

The Insignificant Life and Death of Colin McKenzie

Colin McKenzie has only forty minutes left to live! Come join us for the final moments of Colin's brilliant, majestic and totally mundane existence! A once in a lifetime opportunity to witness what we are all destined to become... 

Seven Ways to Calm the F**k Down

Seven Ways to Calm the F**k Down

University is the best time of your life, isn’t it? So what do you do when every day is a struggle? In Seven Ways to Calm the Fuck Down, directed by Ruth Berry, 3BUGS Fringe Theatre from Birmingham University tell the tale of one student’s battle with anxiety... 

The Bacchae

The Bacchae

You may think you’ve seen The Bacchae – but have you seen Dionysius wreaking havoc upon his namesake play in an attempt to modernise it? This is the premise of Mermaids: The University of St Andrews Performing Arts Fund’s performance of this iconic Euripides play... 

Alice in Wonderland – The Musical

Alice in Wonderland – The Musical

With recent workshops around the world, this delightful new musical by California composer Tim Nelson is now at the Fringe! Alice’s magical, musical journey with a true Broadway flair follows the well-known stories of Lewis Carroll with fun and energetic music and dialogue... 

Born on a Monday

Born on a Monday

Button your shirt. Go get a haircut. Saturday's a great day to die. How do we prepare for life knowing full well that nothing will go according to plan? Based on the classic Solomon Grundy nursery rhyme, born on a Monday is a grimly humorous look at life, death, and all the days in-between... 

All Hail the Rat King!

All Hail the Rat King!

The Skits, Cornell University's original sketch comedy troupe, has crossed the Atlantic to deliver some cold, hard jokes. Our brand of humor is slightly absurdist, occasionally dark and always funny... 

Cabaret

Cabaret

Back by popular demand! Cabaret is full of decadence and delight, music and merriment. With powerful, suggestive, hard-biting themes, see California’s rising talent at their hottest! Winner – Best Overseas Production (Derrick Awards). 

An Act Of

An Act Of

You’d usually begin with the start, but here the end explodes first. At the end there is always a party: some good, some not so much. This being the latter. There will be confetti... 

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When was the last time you messaged a friend, updated your story or video called family? We live in a world of instant communication but how often do we assess the presence of technology in our relationships? This new verbatim play brings to life the power of social media, exploring everything from the humorous pitfalls of online dating to the need to create the perfect selfie... 

Spoiler Alert

Spoiler Alert

Maddy and Jim’s relationship is having problems. Amazingly, it’s not because Jim has forgotten her name, but because Maddy\'s suddenly become prophetic. As she ventures through Prophetics Anonymous and Prophetic Pride, the disheartening futures of her primary school students and a startling discovery about her boss, Jim tries to support her while also trying to remember her name... 

Secret Mountain

Secret Mountain

Secret Mountain is a children's educational show, not suitable for children. Featuring selfish human and puppet friends, when the Secret Mountain club meets, you can count on dangerous mischief happening... 

Expendable Chapters

Expendable Chapters

A fresh, ground-breaking performance from Athens. Four performers travel to Edinburgh to share stories, musical fragments and images. Memories of worlds gone by, photographs and walks along the streets of Athens come together in an innovative performance where stories emerge, vanish and reappear... 

The Surface

The Surface

Set in a post-apocalyptic world this student-run, original musical theatre production takes place after humankind has destroyed the surface of our planet. After several decades living in the darkness, humanity hasn't changed its ways... 

Pig Circus

Pig Circus

Pigs, pomp and porkers abound in this off-the-wall clown show about our government’s handling of Brexit negotiations. Join Boris and the gang in this ludicrous retelling of the nation’s favourite topic... 

The Threesome

The Threesome

Cameron and Maddie meet at a singles night. While Cameron may be somewhat of an oddball, it's Maddie who begins to show herself to be more dangerous than she first appears. When they meet Lex, a quirky cat-rescue volunteer, things take a dark, gruesome, bloodthirsty, jealousy-driven turn for the worst in the most hilarious of circumstances: a threesome... 

Thaw

Thaw

‘They say life begins at 80...’ ‘I'm not 80. And whoever said that has never spent an afternoon in Poole.’ Thaw tells the story of Laura. At the peak of her life and at its end... 

You Only Live +

You Only Live +

'The more I drink in real life, the more my babies are taken away by social services in my Sims life.' Between job interviews, Charli downloads a life simulation app. Rapidly cycling through avatars, she starts to lose sight of where its algorithm ends and the real world begins... 

Osric Omand and the Story of Hope

Osric Omand and the Story of Hope

Osric Omand and the Story of Hope is a horror-action-comedy that follows Osric Omand and his ex-Nazi caretaker Hans as their institute of monsters suffers an outbreak. With a blood-filled cocktail of stage combat, live music and impractical effects, Osric and Hans will encounter Annie the Vampire Bounty Hunter, dance with Nazis and battle the forces of the Vampirical Order in the stage blockbuster of the year. 

MAD

MAD

MAD is a new black comedy from Cam Scriven and Daniel Bainbridge. When Rob and Ian find themselves stuck in a room together, you would think that escaping would be their chief concern... 

147Hz Can't Pass

147Hz Can't Pass

147Hz Can't Pass is the culmination of lived experience. Manifesting as a calculated mess of movement, energy, spoken word and slam-style poetry, it does not seek permission and offers no apology... 

Sky Labyrinths

Sky Labyrinths

Having absolutely loved Posolev’s other work at the 2018 Fringe, (Some)Body, I’m a little nervous at the start that this may not be of equal standard. On stage are two performers, cocooned in huge brown paper bags, as an apple hangs in mid air... 

Broken Romantics: A Unicorn's Quest for Love

Broken Romantics: A Unicorn's Quest for Love

This is one woman’s tale of the many heartbreaks in her life and the lessons she learned from each that allowed her to be able to love herself instead of seeking it in others. It’s a well-worn subject for cabaret and will very likely continue to be so as long as the human race has to deal with all those messy emotions... 

Honey's Happening

Honey's Happening

It’s 1968 and the world is about to change. At least, the world in Grange Park is about to change and it’s all thanks to Honey Child’s Happening. This immersive and interactive comedy personally invites you to enter Honey’s garish and heavily-patterned living room... 

menoPAUSE

menoPAUSE

Harriet Beveridge’s show menoPAUSE could be considered uncomfortable by many. She opens with the reaction received by mums at the school gate on revealing the theme. However, Beveridge creates a space where the subject of periods (or lack of) does not feel awkward... 

Drowning Not Waving

Drowning Not Waving

A DJ. A raver. A professor of Food Policy. A joyous romp of a live art, performance lecture experience, combining a heady mix of early 90s rave culture with the biggest political issue of our time... 

Mirage

Mirage

Combining dance, text and improvisation, Mirage is a kinaesthetic exploration of reality and empathy. What does a person have to do to move you? A solo performance by Steven Zilinskas... 

Panchkanya

Panchkanya

Panchkanya: sufferings of five heroines of Indian mythology are experienced by many Indian women to this date. Some like the earth are stable, some feel affinity to the fire for their passion, some like water flow serenely through their life and some dream of being light as air, vast as space but most carry within themselves the shades of all five elements... 

...and Peggy

...and Peggy

Attempting to create a spin-off to one of the most beloved musicals of recent memory is a brave choice, and unfortunately it is a gamble that didn't pay off in this case....and Peggy is a spin-off to the hit musical Hamilton, focusing on the very minor character of Peggy Schuyler, and aims to show her side of the now-famous story behind the American War of Independence... 

35mm

35mm

A picture is worth 1,000 words – what about a song? A punchy contemporary musical that will leave you questioning what a picture really is and how it can be so much more than a still image... 

How to Swim in Hollywood

How to Swim in Hollywood

“Up, up, up. Down, down, down.” This is just one of the many repetitions Alice Sylvester uses to build the time capsule that is How to Swim in Hollywood. Sylvester begins at a white vanity in a white nightgown with long blonde hair, immediately invoking images of Marilyn Monroe before her death... 

Parents

Parents

What do kids really think about their parents? If parents could do it all over again, what would they do differently? In Parents we explore interviews with real parents and real kids... 

J'n'R

J'n'R

It’s 4am, you’re stuck in the middle of an airport, and you’re downing coffee to stay awake. You also suspect you might be falling for the weird, oddly familiar guy in the corner who seems to have a thing for iambic pentameter... 

Sympathy for the Devil

Sympathy for the Devil

A man is bound to a chair with a sack over his head. He has to be held captive for two days. His captors are told not to speak to him under any circumstances. However, when the sack comes off, the bound man begins to manipulate and psychologically dissect the people holding him, turning them slowly against each other... 

DNA

DNA

Some teenagers do something bad, really bad, then panic and cover the whole thing up. But when they find that the cover-up unites them and brings harmony to their once fractious lives, where's the incentive to put things right? 

613 Seeds

613 Seeds

An original piece exploring the words we let fly, stop signs, and those we meet at the crossroads. Textured and amplified by Chicago voices, 613 Seeds rejects the premise that you need to know the answer. 

Achilles’ Heel: TLC

Achilles’ Heel: TLC

Tony believes in the healing powers of stories; Iain’s been scrubbing his fingers since 3am; Saffron’s stalking her piano teacher. The group emerges: ready for therapy. But Cressida deflects her gaze... 

Tinderella – An Adult Panto

Tinderella – An Adult Panto

This is the story of Tinderella on the hunt for a sexy fella. Sick of being single, she bags herself a hot date with a Z-list celeb – Made in Chelsea’s Spencer Matthews. But before she can get her hair fixed, nails done and fake tan sorted, disaster strikes! Her wicked stepmother cuts her benefits... 

Sod's Law

Sod's Law

From the humid and dark recesses of Greenside Infirmary Street, a particularly fabulous member of the aristocracy takes us through a rollicking and camp-filled history of homosexuality in what is surely one of the more bizarre and fabulous cabarets at this year's festival... 

When You Cure Me

When You Cure Me

Rachel and Peter are 17; they’ve been together for six months. It’s their first taste of love. Something happens to Rachel, and the only person who can make it better is Peter. But can Peter fulfill this ask? Jack Thorne’s When You Cure Me is a merciless, compelling and painful portrayal of how far you’ll go for someone when serious illness asks more from first love than many well-affirmed marriages... 

Scratch

Scratch

Squabbling House Theatre are delighted to present their first piece of original writing: Scratch. Scratch is a collection of original writing shorts created by members of Squabbling House and compiled into one 50-minute performance... 

Roald in Clay

Roald in Clay

Inspired by the characters of Roald Dahl, come and make a Wonka pot on the potter’s wheel or hand build a Matilda or an enormous crocodile! The most squishy squashy substance, clay lends itself to making just about anything the renowned author ever wrote about! Just think of all his wonderful stories and they conjure up some fantastic images! After the success of the Mad Hatters Potting Tea Party these pottery taster workshops give you a chance to make your favorite Dahl character and to have a go on the pottery wheel! Ages 5-105. 

Doctor Whosical

Doctor Whosical

Join your favourite Doctor Who characters for their greatest journey yet! It’s a musical adventure in time and space! After the TARDIS mysteriously crash lands, the Doctor and his companions find themselves stranded on a mysterious planet... 

Bag for Life

Bag for Life

Dark comedy exploring morality and mortality. Laura walks in on a suicide for the second time in her life, and breaks every rule she knows just to stop it happening again. Toby is saved from a suicide attempt by a sarcastic stranger (who won’t shut up), and he’s forced to re-evaluate his actions and wonder if he’s doing the right thing... 

The Devil You Know: A Horror Play

The Devil You Know: A Horror Play

Four friends decide to ignore the warnings about their local woods and meddle with seemingly demonic forces in the hope to create a film about a local urban legend. But their dreams of discovering the truth behind what haunts the woods soon take a dark turn when only three return home... 

The Eve Complex

The Eve Complex

Why do women go to the toilet in pairs? They time travel! Join Lolie and Lou on their intergalactic comedy adventures. Collide with famous historical faces and festival acts of the future... 

Blink

Blink

'I limit myself to a quick look every two hours at first. But this soon becomes one long look that lasts the whole day. And soon, though I don't know who or where she is, I feel closer to her than I ever felt to any other living soul'... 

You Down There and Me Up Here

You Down There and Me Up Here

Being in love is... just about the worst thing that can happen to a person. A fragmented journey into the minds of two young men struggling to hang onto themselves in the face of crisis – one a drug addict who believes himself to be rock star Nick Cave, the other a neurotic romantic facing up to what it means to be in love... 

Bummer and Lazarus

Bummer and Lazarus

An absurd comedy that blends slapstick, nonsense and existentialism. This is the tale of two inseparable friends, renowned killers, and the most famous faces in California. Bummer is an old and wise curmudgeon, a battle hero in his younger years... 

The Arsonists

The Arsonists

'These days most people don't believe in God. They believe in the fire brigade.' As arson attacks plague his hometown, upstanding citizen Gottlieb Biedermann is the last to suspect he'll be next... 

Little Shakespeare

Little Shakespeare

Two of Shakespeare’s most famous scenes fantastically performed by the 15 to 20-year-old children from two of China’s schools, Shanghai International Studies University and Foreign Language School, attached to Sichuan International Studies University, well known for their high standard of education and passion for theatre... 

Harry Poppers and the Deathly Swallows

Harry Poppers and the Deathly Swallows

After a sell-out Edinburgh Fringe run in 2017, we return with the story of Harry Poppers and the Deathly Swallows! You may have heard a similar story before, but we will take you on a very different journey... 

Waiting

Waiting

You can't just take a break from your life. No matter how hard it gets, there's no pause button. We're like sharks. Keep moving or die. Victoria Young won't leave her flat. She's not going outside... 

Definition of Man

Definition of Man

A sexier, more violent Waiting for Godot, Definition of Man is a physicalised post-apocalyptic decreation myth that won Best in Dance and Physical Theatre and Ripest Show at the 2017 Hollywood Fringe... 

Drowning Our Babies

Drowning Our Babies

On the bloodied knuckle and tender belly of contemporary theatre, this showcase of original work introduces emerging theatre companies from one of the country’s leading contemporary theatre-making programmes at University Centre Weston... 

TV Invasion

TV Invasion

A young couple in crisis realise they need distance from the hypnotic effects of the mass media, which has come to invade their lives. Are they able to gain control in this fight and solve real personal and financial problems? 

Clara Saves America

Clara Saves America

In Clara Saves America, internationally unknown French stand-up comedian, Clara Bijl, talks about being French and living in America, moving to NYC, then to California; she shares her thoughts on attending funerals, leaving notes on people's cars, the hardship of raising cats, and of course, she talks about how she saves America... 

The Maids

The Maids

This sensational new production from this award-winning theatre company explores the depths of depravity, power, sexual dominance and violent seduction. The great game is in play, the lust of all things decadent and powerful lead to destruction... 

Present and Correct

Present and Correct

Present and Correct, the University of York’s very own homegrown sketch troupe, are heading back up to the Fringe once again. This is laugh-out-loud sketch comedy that you won't want to miss! Described as 'seriously funny' (EdFringeReview... 

Lucky

Lucky

Lucy is young, fresh-faced and feeling lucky. She also just lost her mother. Propelled by contingency, she is sent to live with her estranged father, Lothario and long-time lad Ricky Pense, infamous for his problematic dating show... 

Present & Correct

Present & Correct

Present and Correct, the University of York’s very own homegrown sketch troupe, are heading back up to the Fringe once again. This is laugh-out-loud sketch comedy that you won\'t want to miss! Described as \'seriously funny\' (EdFringeReview... 

Elvish Dance

Elvish Dance

Follow the elvish dancer into the enchanted forest and get lost in the moment, admiring his strange and subtle art. Join an evening of encounters and surprises: familiar fantasy motifs and guest artists... 

High School English

High School English

As a group of high school students work towards their English exam, but can't remember anything about the classic texts they have to memorise, their teacher is forced to fabricate modern elements into classic stories so they retain them... 

Hug the Bunny

Hug the Bunny

Rage, nymphomania, ecstasy and numbness. When the ghost of hysterias past comes knocking at Nina’s door, how will she reconcile the different parts of her personality? A piece of new writing that explores the madness and restrictions of modern day society... 

Matthew 19:14

Matthew 19:14

A bar. Two strangers. A man and a woman. A missed appointment. A confession. A destiny to rescue. Nothing is as it is. What would you really do to save the one you love? From the acclaimed author Lorenzo Gioielli, a play that has been a success in Italy now is being performed for the first time in English at the Festival Fringe. 

The C Bomb

The C Bomb

Philosophy student Chloe discovers she has chlamydia and, in the interest of economising, decides to throw a party to announce the news to all of her ex-lovers. Meanwhile her roommate Kat has a problem, and it isn’t just that she’s missing the new episode of Midsomer Murders... 

Fear Itself

Fear Itself

Do you want to rid your life of fear? Then let renowned psychologist Dr Greenwood free you from the ghosts of your past as she takes you on a journey into the darkest parts of the human psyche... 

Two-Man, One-Man

Two-Man, One-Man

**** (TimeOut). In this hilarious spoof, fresh off a smash American premiere at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, a performance artist and a comedian must perform their one-man shows on the same stage at the same time! With another show at the top of the hour and a stage manager on their asses, they must compete for the spotlight or agree to share it... 

Beautiful Little Fool

Beautiful Little Fool

As one of the most famous American authors of all time, many people will know of F. Scott Fitzgerald and yet the woman behind the man, his wife Zelda, has been overlooked for the most part... 

1984

1984

George Orwell’s magnum opus novel 1984 is eerily relevant today despite being published in 1949 and shows us a world of constant war, omnipresent surveillance and propaganda conditioning... 

Twenty Something

Twenty Something

Morning People Productions’ self-written and self-directed Twenty Something is a wonderful, shrewd new play about the whirlwind of realities and disappointments in young adult life, set to an angsty soundtrack and showcasing some brilliant young talent... 

Nora and Jim

Nora and Jim

Though history favours certain people and ends up silencing others, theatre can be a means of trying to give a voice to those whose perspectives have been lost. Nora and Jim does just that, imagining how Nora Barnacle, James Jocye’s partner, would reply to Jim’s letters... 

Elaine Davidson's Kinky Freakshow

Elaine Davidson's Kinky Freakshow

Elaine Davidson is something of an Edinburgh icon. She can be regularly seen performing on the Royal Mile and is hard to miss; her multi-coloured hair and several hundred piercings make her a unique sight... 

Lunacy

Lunacy

Lunacy. Rosenhan’s study. How do you show you’re sane in an insane situation? Do you like babies? Do you like broccoli? Can you photosynthesise? What is 10 and 10 and 10 and 10 and 10? Free Show... 

A Different Way Home

A Different Way Home

In A Different Way Home we hear from two estranged members of the same family as they share their sides of a complex family story with us – chiefly how they manage grief after loss of a family member... 

A Matter of Race

A Matter of Race

Two young women, living similar lives, doing similar things: applying for jobs at cafes, buying alcohol, going to parties. Yet one is black, and one is white, and this means their similar actions yield widely different results... 

A Tale of Two

A Tale of Two

A topical and popular theme for this year’s Fringe – mental health – is explored and fleshed out in this beautiful, bittersweet tale of two childhood friends that battle to fight one of the pair’s inner demons... 

Dark Matter

Dark Matter

People say your whole life flashes in front of your eyes before you die but what happens when you have dementia? Where does the brain go before we die? Dark Matter is a devised and puppetry performance... 

A Level Playing Field

A Level Playing Field

A fast-paced dramatic/comedic representation of the stresses of 21st-century student life. Within a caged classroom where 11 students spend exam isolation, the play comically approaches the flaws of school relationships, education and society... 

Isobel Holly with Tyler J Spicer

Isobel Holly with Tyler J Spicer

Isobel Holly is a rare find: a young talent with capabilities beyond her years. Despite her tender age, Isobel has an enviable songwriting prowess that bonds engaging prose to memorable melody, all delivered with the pop sensibilities of a seasoned campaigner... 

Talkabout

Talkabout

A couple of couples meet for a drink and talk again and again and again and again and... How long have they been here? Are they alone? Can they get out? Talkabout, an absurdist one act play, asks you to answer these questions and more. 

Cursed

Cursed

Divine punishment. Guilt. Bloodshed. The story of the House of Atreus is the most haunting of Greek mythology. Meet a family descended from the Gods, where the borders between cruelty and desire, loyalty and betrayal are painfully blurred... 

Dark Satanic

Dark Satanic

England, 1823: the Industrial Revolution and a changing world. Helen works their farm alone while her husband toils in the factories of a newly industrialised Manchester. As the harsh winter bites, Helen realises it isn't only the world that's changing, it's her... 

War of the Sperms

War of the Sperms

For a play about personified jizz, War of the Sperms is surprisingly unsexy. The romantic subplot is mostly expressed through hand holding, and the most prevalent mode of comedy is the pun... 

Over the Garden Fence

Over the Garden Fence

The debut play from Haylo Theatre, comprising Hayley Riley and Louise Evans, Over the Garden Fence, follows Annabelle and her Gran, Dolly who is suffering from dementia. Through flashback and a huge roster of silly neighbours, we see the impact of her illness on their lives as the actors explore forgetting, recalling and reliving memories... 

One Good Soul

One Good Soul

Musical adaptations of other works often struggle to either make themselves distinct or justify their existence. One Good Soul, an adaptation of Brecht’s The Good Person of Szechwan, struggles in a different way, because the tone of the adapted work seems to be in almost constant battle with the tone of the additions, namely the music... 

Cashmere

Cashmere

Narrative direction is hard to achieve but is essential to a good musical. Most of the problems with this show can be attributed to a lack of it. Cashmere attempts to create a feeling of corporate coldness, but doesn’t have either the visual design or the musical chops to back it up and spends more time engaged in sentimentality than it does in any message about society’s focus on aesthetics... 

The Loneliest Girl in the World

The Loneliest Girl in the World

Smashing Mirrors Theatre are shining a spotlight on those usually left in the shadows through their heart-breaking play The Loneliest Girl in the World, written and directed by Elizabeth Godber... 

The Tinder Tales

The Tinder Tales

Produced by Connie Stride and co-directed by Emily Ashbrook and Elizabeth Bailey, The Tinder Tales excels in making genuine experiences appear visceral.All eight actors make great use of the space afforded to them... 

Broken Episodes

Broken Episodes

Broken Episodes is an immersive Artaud style of performance, written and directed by Thomas Sellick-Newton, artistic director of Atmostheatre. Co-written with Sam Hands and Mark Actinson, Broken Episodes is a 45-minute theatrical 'in your face' spectacle where the audience become trapped inside a black box , integrating both ‘spectator’ and ‘performer’ in with each other. 

Frigid: A Musical Worth Melting For

Frigid: A Musical Worth Melting For

Napier University Drama Society returns to the musical stage after selling out last year. This is particularly worthy as these are not necessarily drama students but enthusiasts out for experience and fun... 

The Merry Wives of Windsor

The Merry Wives of Windsor

We are coming to the Festival Fringe with our unique Korean style. Based on The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare, this show includes Korean traditional music, costume and dancing... 

Cognitions

Cognitions

Cognitions was confessional, poetic physical theatre. I was gripped enough to only write one page in my notebook, because I didn’t want to miss any of the fantastically choreographed movements that the ‘Cogs’ were performing, with such energy and enthusiasm that it lit the stage... 

Emerald Boy

Emerald Boy

Emerald Boy – three friends, a police officer and an alien walk into a bar. Not in that order though. Chaos ensues. A dark comedy set to shake the very foundations of the immediately local area... 

Girls Will Be Girls

Girls Will Be Girls

'A new label on an old tin of beans won’t change the flavour.' 'I’m sorry, am I an old tin of beans in this scenario?' Seven envelopes addressed from Oxford University are making their way across the country... 

Simon Currie's 6plus1

Simon Currie's 6plus1

Simon Currie’s 6plus1 is a band of seven musicians playing New Orleans jazz, mixing in funk, rock and ska styles with two saxes, two trumpets, trombone, tuba and drums. Music is presented with a typical Monty Python, Spike Milligan style of humour with elements of slapstick next to virtuosic playing... 

Welcome Question Mark

Welcome Question Mark

A devised autobiographical theatre performance (with immersive elements) exploring the themes of home and migration. With the global situation in mind, this theatre piece explores personal experiences of the notions of home and migration; internalised as well as external... 

Revolution

Revolution

Naples, 1647. Masaniello leads the first popular revolt of the modern era. Russia, 1917. The proletarian revolution overthrows the czar and ushers in communism. Edinburgh, 2017. One actor explores what it means to be free... 

The Teeth of Haros

The Teeth of Haros

The Teeth of Haros follows the recently deceased Malcolm on a dream-like journey through purgatory and memories of his last day alive as he searches for his daughter Anna. The play deals with the aftermath of a great tragedy which leaves two fathers lost in themselves, and the journeys that these two men must go on that they may make peace with their pasts and move on... 

The Barista Chronicles

The Barista Chronicles

Coffee is the backbone of modern society. Well, that's what Poppi thinks. But, will she allow the hipster world of the barista to turn her into a twisted bitter wreck, or should she just dive into the melting pot of wisdom her customers comically provide? With every flat white served, Poppi scales the rocky terrain of the human condition, fuelled by caffeine... 

Pistorius: A Shakespearean Tragedy

Pistorius: A Shakespearean Tragedy

Macbeth. Othello. Hamlet. Pistorius. In 2013, three cackling news anchors predict the fall of the first Olympian double amputee. Amidst the madness at his fame and father, our so-called tragic hero kills his lover, Reeva, and shockingly pleads his innocence... 

Harry Poppers and the Deathly Swallows

Harry Poppers and the Deathly Swallows

Welcome to the story of Harry Poppers and the Deathly Swallows! You may have heard a similar story before, but we will take you on a very different journey. Expect danger, dark magic, a few camp musical numbers, double entendres and a drag queen or two... 

Freshers

Freshers

New town. New people. Freshers is a play focusing on the transition from home to university life. A mix of hilarious character comedy and poignant human relationships are set alongside events that can take place in a young person's first week... 

Fox and Hound Presents 1 in 2 Chance

Fox and Hound Presents 1 in 2 Chance

As her lead character, Helen Fox explains that one out of every two people in the UK born after 1960 will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. 1 in 2 Chance is a new play by Fox exploring what that diagnosis means, not just to the sick person, but to those around her... 

Trumpus Interruptus: The Impeachment of Donald J Trump

Trumpus Interruptus: The Impeachment of Donald J Trump

A panoply of productions about Brexit, Trump and alt-right politics are gracing this year’s Edinburgh Fringe – Trumpus Interruptus is Mea Culpa Theater’s contribution to the emerging sub-genre... 

Just Like the Movies

Just Like the Movies

Just Like the Movies is a cheery musical exploring the world of show business as the characters battle to make a statement in a world where success is often decided by major reality TV Shows... 

Bone Woman

Bone Woman

Bone Woman is a quiet, strange and beautiful production. Shuffling alone through the desert, American storyteller Imani G Alexander assumes the guise of a mysterious figure who tracks wolf bones in the sand... 

Confessions of a Personal Trainer

Confessions of a Personal Trainer

Have you ever wondered how the rich and shameless work out? Katie Kopajtic invites us through the closed golden doors of a luxury New York gym club in Confessions of a Personal Trainer... 

Whore: A Kid's Play

Whore: A Kid's Play

In our youth-obsessed society, women become sexualised at a very young age. Often before they can themselves understand the concept of sex, they are being seen as sexual beings. This strips power away from young girls who do not get the chance to grow up before they sexualised... 

Baby Mama: One Woman's Quest to Give Her Child to Gay People

Baby Mama: One Woman's Quest to Give Her Child to Gay People

Tucked away in one of Greenside’s smaller studios, Baby Mama is a shining diamond of a show: beautiful storytelling and intimate staging come together to create a heartbreakingly cathartic experience that you should not miss this Fringe... 

The Local

The Local

Sometimes, all a show needs to be good is to be simple and earnestly performed. This is not one of those times. The Local needs a lot of work to be anything more than an attempt to put a modern trend of local alehouses closing into song... 

Kara Sevda

Kara Sevda

In the post apocalyptic world of nuclear winter, two strangers with the world on their shoulders, meet on a bench. As they get to know each other the state of the world is revealed to the audience... 

The Future of Desire

The Future of Desire

What is the future of desire? I hoped Neil Frude, a leading lecturer on abnormal psychology, would be able to tell me. Except what happened within this 45-minute talk was two things: I learned about the multitude of condom flavours on the market and fundamentally, that sci-fi TV series Humans on Channel 4, is in fact accurate... 

Fox and Hound Presents Tennessee Williams' Ivan's Widow and Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen

Fox and Hound Presents Tennessee Williams' Ivan's Widow and Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen

For lovers of Tennessee Williams and anyone who appreciates good theatre the double bill of Ivan’s Widow and Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen makes for a very rewarding investment of time... 

Hyperthymesia

Hyperthymesia

Hyperthymesia is a mixture of physical theatre and emotional monologues that certainly wasn’t a show that had the audience jumping onto their feet in appreciation. Admittedly a difficult subject to bring to the stage, Cece Otto’s attempt to connect the wider world to a mostly unknown condition did little to entice the audience... 

Letters from Earth

Letters from Earth

If you were Earth... what would you say to us humans? NewGround Theatre Dance Company presents Letters from Earth. Fusing dance, art and spoken word expressed from Earth’s viewpoint... 

Chatroom

Chatroom

Six teenagers communicate anonymously and only through the internet. This chilling premise makes for a laugh-out-loud, compelling but ultimately uplifting play that tackles the issues of teenage life head-on... 

The Tale of the Tail

The Tale of the Tail

A child is born... with something special... A tail. The Tale of the Tail is a story of one child's life throughout history and history's reaction to the tail – from being worshipped as a religious symbol, to eroticised as a mysterious outsider and popularised as a contemporary trend/fashion accessory... 

The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood

The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood

Atwood’s retelling of The Odyssey from Penelope’s perspective is a totally appropriate text for this energetic and innovative all-female cast. In true Fringe style, this playful dramatisation affords plenty of opportunity for creative vitality as Penelope and the ghosts of her wronged maids (all cruelly hanged after Odysseus’s return) multi-role and employ a range of dynamic strategies, in words, movement and song, to tell of Penelope’s birth in Sparta, her relationship with Helen, her arranged marriage and her long wait for Odysseus' return from the Trojan Wars... 

Hung Up

Hung Up

One ex-wife. One ex-husband. One younger new girlfriend. In a spontaneous meeting between the three, civility falls apart and makes way for discussions that descend into heated discussions... 

Dahling, You Were Marvellous

Dahling, You Were Marvellous

Set in the venue's bar, immerse yourself in Berkoff's biting parody of the world of theatre which pokes fun at the pretensions of thespians and the superficial nature of their lifestyle... 

Spirit of the Dane

Spirit of the Dane

If Shakespeare’s greatest characters could talk, what would they say? Would they be happy about their storylines and demise, and how would they feel about all of the… “modern” interpretations of their character? Spirit of the Dane, an original and highly creative piece from Tony Cronin, shows us how Shakespeare greats Hamlet and Lady Macbeth might have answered these questions... 

Communism: The Musical!

Communism: The Musical!

If you are hoping to find your comrades in arms and chant the internationale alongside like-minded people I regret to inform you that you will be disappointed. If, however, you are looking to be entertained with borderline dad jokes and vague references to historical events, you, my friend, are in for a treat... 

Party

Party

In deepest Suburbia, five young idealists have formed a new political party to save the world from itself. A play about small minds tackling big issues: China, sex trafficking, unfair trade coffee... 

Roald in Clay

Roald in Clay

Inspired by the characters of Roald Dahl, come and make a Wonka pot on the potter’s wheel, or handcraft a Matilda, a giant peach, or an enormous crocodile! The most squishy squashy substance, clay lends itself to making just about anything the renowned author ever wrote about! Just think of all his wonderful stories and they conjure up some fantastic images! From the makers of Mad Hatters Potting Tea Party, these pottery taster workshops give you a chance to make your favourite Roald Dahl character and to go on the potter’s wheel! Ages 5-105. 

That Face

That Face

Originally produced at the Royal Court in 2007, it received outstanding reviews and was nominated for several awards. Polly Stenham received both the Charles Wintour Award 2007 and the Critics Circle Award 2008 for Most Promising Playwright... 

Theresa di Maggio

Theresa di Maggio

Theresa is a woman of the Italian high society, married to a respectable husband and lost in a betrayal that initially seems to bring a breath of fresh air to the solitude she has always lived in... 

Death Part 7: The Last Word

Death Part 7: The Last Word

You'll die laughing at this outrageous show about the thing we all have in common. With personal stories and killer songs, this show has been slaying audiences in New York City and is now making its European debut... 

Cold Fronts and Hot Flushes: The Short Stories of Kevin Spacey

Cold Fronts and Hot Flushes: The Short Stories of Kevin Spacey

A ghostwriter and his best friend work tirelessly to create the greatest book ever written. A book of short stories about love, religion, friendship and spiders. Except, they didn't write a single word... 

A Touch of Mrs Robinson

A Touch of Mrs Robinson

Fifty years ago, Mrs Robinson seduced The Graduate and became a legend in her own leopard print! Now we hear her untold story. Fiona Coffey and her dashing musicians, Michael Roulston and Jonathan Kitching, use a fabulous selection of slinky jazz and 60s pop to explore Mrs Robinson's journey from college girl, to embittered housewife, to suburban swinger... 

Leaf

Leaf

Mark is a chemical engineer. He loves chess. He lives with his mum. A teaching assistant has had it up to here with her own conscience. A caretaker grows tired of childrens' vomit. Leaf is quite possibly the theatrical spawn of Monty Python and the Mighty Boosh... 

Wombmates

Wombmates

The age-old story of boy meets girl. Well boy meets boy – they’re brothers in a womb. So more like sperm meets egg, becomes a foetus and then a baby… or babies in this case, and one mother is in for a big surprise... 

Myrtle Throgmorton: Stuffed and Mounted

Myrtle Throgmorton: Stuffed and Mounted

Game old trout, ancient heckler and exuberant enthusiast for all things Scottish, Miss Myrtle Throgmorton OBE (pending) is mad-rabbiting on about the delights of a long life – giddy aunts, Burns, beards, Creamola Foam, zimmer zumba and much else... 

Marni – The Secret Voice of Hollywood

Marni – The Secret Voice of Hollywood

Film stars in the 50s and 60s needed to sing. The public needed to believe they could. If they couldn’t, that’s when the ghosts came out… Marni Nixon was the premier dubbing artist for the biggest Hollywood stars... 

The Mystery at Ginger Creek: An Interactive Adventure

The Mystery at Ginger Creek: An Interactive Adventure

Welcome to Ginger Creek, where curious characters and perplexing events are the norm. Join Hank O'Hara and Sally Silver-Gunz as they run from the law, stumble over clues and suffer from amnesia... 

The Waiting Game

The Waiting Game

Sam is in a coma. Paolo’s doing everything he can. When Geoff reveals a secret, reality and fantasy blur. This UK debut from critically acclaimed Snowy Owl explores relationships in the digital age, asking what it takes for us to heal and move forward. 

Maria Ornata

Maria Ornata

A crisis has taken hold of the Heavens. Gods, saints and spirits have ruled the world for centuries, but in the modern world, their influence has plummeted. In this mind-boggling piece of new writing, all eyes are on the Virgin Mary, Queen of the Heavens, as she desperately attempts to keep the fabric of reality from ripping apart... 

Death Part 7: The Last Word

Death Part 7: The Last Word

"Death Part 7: The Last Word" is the barely anticipated final installment in Jack Trinco's fabled, quasi-epic, multi-part exploration of the theme of death. This delightful one-hour, one-man (with pianist!) show is an absurd deep dive into the world of death... 

Joy Donze: 13 and Not Pregnant

Joy Donze: 13 and Not Pregnant

Winner Best Comedy at United Solo Festival New York 2016. A one-woman show that is 'hilariously poignant and shockingly honest!' (Karen Ludwig). With 90s musical dance tantrums, heartbreaking journal entries and the severing of dolls' heads, 13 and Not Pregnant presents the aggressively hormonal writings of a Midwestern US 90s pre-teen as she navigates her erratically evolving girlhood... 

Forty Weeks

Forty Weeks

Jane extravagantly showers her son with love and affection on his birthday, giving him cake and presents galore. But all is not as it seems. Midnight Theatre and the University of Warwick present an abstract exploration into a mother’s psyche, exposing the light and dark elements of the maternal mindset in an everyday, contemporary setting... 

Chicago's Stand-Up Showcase

Chicago's Stand-Up Showcase

Chicago, America's premier city for up-and-coming comedians sends its best and brightest to Edinburgh. A changing program daily features new comedians every night from the Windy City to blow you away... 

The Alien Chicken Remembers Galatea

The Alien Chicken Remembers Galatea

The Alien Chicken Remembers Galatea is inspired by John Lyly's pastoral comedy, Galatea. Lyly's Galatea follows two maidens, disguised as boys and sent away to escape Neptune's monster, to Diana's Woods... 

Paper Doll

Paper Doll

Weird Sisters presents Paper Doll, a cautionary tale of married bliss that becomes unglued. On a dark night at a remote location in the not so distant future, Jen and Rog celebrate their tenth anniversary... 

Occam's Chainsaw

Occam's Chainsaw

Five of them carried out the robbery. Only four made it back. Someone knows something, one of them has betrayed the rest. No one is safe from accusation, as they await the dreaded arrival of The Boss. 

Hi. (Entering Burned Area)

Hi. (Entering Burned Area)

One clown. One world. Mysterious mysteries. Join Rodeo Debbie as she renders a tragicomic love letter to human struggle with footnotes on marshmallows, volcanoes and philosophical fire... 

Tomfoolery's Beans on Toast Kids Show

Tomfoolery's Beans on Toast Kids Show

Following on from his hugely successful tour in the south of England, Tomfoolery has revamped and re-toasted his action-packed Beans on Toast show for his Edinburgh Fringe debut! Bursting with magic, silliness, music and much more, Beans on Toast is sure to be a hit with all the family, young and old! This award-winning entertainer has performed many shows to sell-out crowds, including Tomfoolery Saves Christmas and Christmas Foolery... 

God's Anointed

God's Anointed

Grace and Laurie are two friends who decide to become prophets, in order to disprove the dying words of their friend, Eve, who recently committed suicide. Reading Eve’s suicide note changes their world views entirely, in an attempt to dislodge the perceived haunting presence of Eve, they decide to attempt to disprove Eve’s belief that there is a God, and he makes people evil... 

RENT! The Musical

RENT! The Musical

Like many musical theatre fans, I have a love-hate relationship with Rent. Having gone through a recent phase of turning sour at the musical I went into Greenside on Infirmary street ready to hate Post it Theatre’s new production of the show... 

Deadline

Deadline

Charlotte goes back to Stuart who still lives in their once shared university flat to find him still taking care of the habitual mess made by their mutual friend David. The piece may seem at first a conventional evocation of this generation’s floundering twenty-somethings, but don’t let the pitch fool you – this play is a performance of staggering beauty, a tour-de-force of self-destructive urges in all its metaphoric intensity, and in all its endless desires... 

Buzz: A New Musical

Buzz: A New Musical

Buzz is a new musical from writer Robyn Grant. It follows the experiences of newly single Angie (Allie Munro) in her quest to find sexual gratification – specifically of the self-fulfilled sort... 

The Telemachy

The Telemachy

It’s rare to come across a wandering poet these days and it’s probably not the most effective way to get your message across to the public. There’s a certain charm to the idea though: an escape from technology and the opportunity to do some serious listening, instead of reading texts... 

Immortal

Immortal

A splendidly constructed World War Two piece, that struggles to be heard.A group of American and British airmen are shot down behind enemy lines, one member of their crew is badly injured, so they take refuge in an empty school... 

I'm Missing You

I'm Missing You

I’m Missing You is a gloomy, original writing production about grief, family, loyalty and obsession. When his son, Ian, goes missing Sam turns his back on everything, his daughter, his wife and his entire life, to spend twenty years searching the train station where Ian was last seen... 

Hunchback

Hunchback

Hunchback is an English language adaptation of the French novel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, with a stark contrast between strong and weak elements. The impulse to fall back on a Tale of Two Cities comparison is immense... 

Juice Straws Are Bleak

Juice Straws Are Bleak

Juice Straws Are Bleak is a fantastical, surrealist adventure experienced by a class of school children under the disinterested gaze of their teacher. It’s hard to compare to anything, but it has flavours of The Mighty Boosh, though in an original way... 

Triumvirette

Triumvirette

Triumvirette takes the form of a three part show – two monologues sandwiching a romantic comedy short play. All sections use different actors, and all use comedy to varying degrees and success, though it would be wrong to call them all comedic pieces... 

You'll Never Get This Time Back

You'll Never Get This Time Back

You'll Never Get This Time Back is a zany, absurd and irreverent hour of fun that casts a comic eye over the darker regions of the human soul. Brought to you by Sussex Comedy Society, the show features a mixture of scripted sketches, improvisation and musical comedy... 

Concerning Mars

Concerning Mars

‘Don’t you find, that the good thing about home is that leaving, as coming back, can equally be the greatest thing?’ ‘Mr. Rigby, by all due respect, I am not sure I believe in the idea of “home” quite as much as you do... 

Anarchy at the Hearty Toadstool

Anarchy at the Hearty Toadstool

The Hearty Toadstool, classic English bed and breakfast, has gone downhill in recent years, but elderly proprietor Lavinia Gerania keeps the place going. Complaints include the mould, the isolated location, and the fact that Ms Gerania was found dead on the sofa in the middle of a terrible snowstorm, with a telegram warning about one of her guests... 

Nightmare

Nightmare

Join us for Nightmare, a piece of new writing by Sophie Paterson where the boundaries between subconscious and reality have been destroyed. Leaving you alone, covered in your sister's blood and dying to know who is in the next room... 

A Passion for Passion

A Passion for Passion

It is time, after 2000 years, for the resurrection – the one and only, our beloved Jesus. But this time it can be one of you! We are inviting you to our interactive game show where the audience decides who will be the next Jesus Christ, the biggest celebrity to live and die on this planet... 

Poetic Transformations of Existential Delight

Poetic Transformations of Existential Delight

Choreographer Ellie Aldegheri presents Lunas Dance Project in Poetic Ramblings of Existential Delight, inspired by Carl Jung’s Memories, Dreams, Reflections and feelings of change and rebirth... 

Wasted

Wasted

It's quite a bold group that brings a show about life-failing drug users in post Thatcher Britain to Edinburgh, the home of Trainspotting. When it comes to drugs, black-humoured wit and misanthropic politics hardly anyone does it better than Edinburgh... 

Steam

Steam

Steam lives up to its name, delivering a staggeringly intense hour of physical theatre. It’s original student writing that’s brimming with ideas and brilliantly executed.Set to an addictive electronic soundtrack from Alexander McNally, the cast launch into some slick choreography, telling the story of Eve’s (Rosa Cains) relationship with two men (Jim Murrell and Joseph Gabriel Vogarty-Graveson) and the scars they leave behind... 

One Musical to Rule Them All

One Musical to Rule Them All

An “Original Lord of the Rings Parody” One Musical to Rule them All is full of puns, mocks the bits of Lord of the Rings that we all thought were a bit ridiculous and illogical and is incredibly silly... 

The Man Who Built His House to Heaven

The Man Who Built His House to Heaven

One-man shows are no easy thing to pull off, especially when the subject matter is like something out of Wes Anderson’s daydreams, but Keenan Hurley does just that in The Man Who Built His House to Heaven... 

Three Jumpers

Three Jumpers

The tweeting of the birds portends a beautiful day, but the view from the bridge is spoiled by an ominous thick mist. In the lives of three men contemplating suicide it is the gloom that has the upper hand... 

A Matter of Life and Death

A Matter of Life and Death

We very rarely think about our own deaths. That's unsurprising, considering how frightening it is to entertain the idea that one day, everything will just stop. But within this fear there is a positive – death is one thing that all people share, an event we all know will one day arrive... 

Ears on a Beatle

Ears on a Beatle

Billed as “not simply a docu-drama”, Ears on a Beatle promises perspective on the post-Summer-of-Love, post-Fab-Four decade in which the two protagonist agents find themselves.Rookie Daniel and battle-hardened Howard do the grunt work in investigating John Lennon and his revolutionary comrades... 

Boys

Boys

The work of playwriting powerhouse Ella Hickson has always been connected to the Edinburgh Fringe, since her debut show Eight premiered there in 2008. Hickson's plays speak to a younger theatregoer, forming deeply personal analyses of a generation categorised by apathy... 

I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change

I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change

I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change takes you through a series of hilarious vignettes that show the roller coaster ride that is relationships. Laugh along with us as we showcase the trials and tribulations of man and woman! 

Brenda Feuerle: A Firefighter Woman in Heaven

Brenda Feuerle: A Firefighter Woman in Heaven

After an explosion Firefighter Woman Brenda Feuerle wakes up in heaven – or not? Angels, gods, freedom, beauty… how did she end up here? What will be her mission from now on? A very poetic story with dance and acrobatics, and heavenly and earthly subjects. 

Brenda Feuerle: A Firefighter Woman at Work

Brenda Feuerle: A Firefighter Woman at Work

Firefighter Woman Brenda Feuerle is on duty. While taking safety precautions, she gets carried away by her imagination over and over again. A fiery mixture of drama, dance, acrobatics and clowning... 

Harriet Beveridge: 42

Harriet Beveridge: 42

Funny Women semi-finalist and best-selling author says: 'Hello from the other side of 40'. Tackling parenting dilemmas, the meaning of life and obsessive dishwasher-stacking. After the success of her 2015 Fringe show, Mummy's Gone a Bit Parental, she's back: wiser, funnier and slightly saggier... 

Improvised Adventures in Time and Space

Improvised Adventures in Time and Space

The Doctor’s back and combating rogue aliens at the Fringe! Directed by one of the makers of Adventures of the Improvised Sherlock Holmes, we take you on a transcendental journey each day through the furthest reaches of time and space, packed with scary extra-terrestrials, multi-dimensional plot twists and eccentric scarves... 

Paper in My Pants

Paper in My Pants

It’s all in the mind you know... or is it? A writer struggling to meet the fast-looming deadline for his first commissioned novel, and reeling under pressure from a well-meaning but nagging wife and a manipulative agent, suddenly finds himself facing a rebellion... 

This Earth

This Earth

One soldier’s patriotism, as he battles both for his country and with himself, is pushed to the breaking point in this clever and current piece of new writing. This Earth is about an unnamed war being fought for an unknown cause, and the actors in this piece succeed in portraying both the alienation of war and its direct effect on the individual as the play progresses... 

27 Wagons Full of Cotton by Tennessee Williams

27 Wagons Full of Cotton by Tennessee Williams

In 1930s, post-recession Mississippi, a young woman’s husband returns home following the outbreak of a fire at a nearby cotton gin; suddenly, a huge workload lands right in his lap... 

Best Intentions

Best Intentions

Shark Eat Muffin Theatre Company’s Best Intentions focuses on the perspectives of two regularly overlooked characters in Shakespearean fiction: Angelica the nurse from Romeo and Juliet, and Emilia from Othello... 

Dead Wright

Dead Wright

Here is all the chaos of a Fringe-like show turned into a Fringe show: a farce about two plays being performed by one cast while their unreasonable and definitely shady writer/director adds in new scenes and characters willy-nilly... 

All in the Timing

All in the Timing

Often, first-time Festival goers arriving in Edinburgh can be paralysed by choice as a result of the sheer volume of shows on offer. However, once you have collected your ticket and taken your seat you would expect the decision making process to be complete... 

Sexual Fears of a Modern Day Virgin

Sexual Fears of a Modern Day Virgin

Sexual Fears of A Modern Day Virgin. Not the snappiest of titles, but they say sex sells. The place is packed with slightly bashful people, all acting casual, but all intrigued by a show billed as an exploration of virginity... 

Bad Shakespeare

Bad Shakespeare

Something of a misnomer, Bad Shakespeare does not reflect the quality of the acting or of the performance. Instead, it explores and illustrates different aspects of the playwright’s villains from a number of plays and a variety of angles, showcasing the critical and performative talent of the group from the BFA Acting company at Oklahoma City University, under the direction of D... 

Screw Your Courage! (or The Bloody Crown!)

Screw Your Courage! (or The Bloody Crown!)

In this one-woman show, Klahr Thorsen takes her audience on a whirlwind journey that dips and glides – sometimes gracefully, sometimes not – between fiction and personal history... 

Irons

Irons

Irons the new play from writer Colin Chaston certainly pushes the envelope of believability. We are meant to believe that West Ham United can score 5 minutes from a match starting. What next, Hibs winning the Scottish Cup? At the very least it’s nice to see a play about football that doesn’t revolve around hooliganism... 

Isabel(le)

Isabel(le)

Isabel(le) concerns Isabel Brade, a freewheeling brothel owner with a penchant for dance, and Emma, her great-granddaughter and narrator of the show. Together they’ll teach us about their relationship, their church and why sometimes you have to stick it out despite the condemnation of others... 

Shakespeare Syndrome

Shakespeare Syndrome

In Shakespeare Syndrome, brought to Edinburgh by the talented Mermaidsgroup from the University of St. Andrews, some of Shakespeare’s most beloved and complex characters find themselves in psychiatrist Dr... 

Lightless

Lightless

When a child's choice is to be a suicide bomber or an invader's informant, his Afghan mother sends him away to save him. A child is a product to a smuggler, a migrant to a border guard, a refugee to an aid worker, and, with luck, an asylum seeker to a government... 

A Double Bill of New Writing

A Double Bill of New Writing

Dark comedy and dynamic verbatim theatre. Two relationships. Two stories. RIP: An accidental murder leaves two young women stuck with the body. Caged: A daughter tells you the story of her father in prison. 

Where We Are

Where We Are

Stuck in a limbo of reluctance between being told to follow and not wanting to be an adult, this group of young performers take an honest and emotional look at where they are, where they have been, and where they want to be... 

Blood Brothers – Play Version

Blood Brothers – Play Version

Who do you turn to when you bring a curse on yourself? Blood Brothers is the story of twins separated at birth, as they fight through superstition and a class divide to continue a friendship destined to break down... 

Tales from the American Midwest – Free

Tales from the American Midwest – Free

Award-winning Badger High School Theater presents Tales from the American Midwest, a series of American folk tales centred around the Midwestern states. This fun, humorous and free story-theatre style performance is appropriate for all... 

Frenemies

Frenemies

A show about those people you love to hate. That bitch co-worker? That arsehole flatmate? That annoying prick you can't even remember becoming friends with? They are all in there. Six short plays from international writers presented in one hour, there is something for everyone in this comedy about the drama... 

Mad Hatter's Potting Tea Party

Mad Hatter's Potting Tea Party

Pottery and Alice in Wonderland fans, come and have fun and make in clay the tableware, cakes, biscuits, hats, caterpillars, rabbits and anything else, allowing your imagination to run wild! Watch ceramic demonstrations and learn a variety of making processes... 

Alan and Bennett

Alan and Bennett

Alan Bennett has a problem: he can't stop talking to himself. Over 45 minutes, Alan and Alan discuss Moscow, monks and mothers, all while trying to ignore that ticking in the corner... 

2044

2044

One of Edinburgh’s Fringe’s many newly written dramas, Ciaran Drysder’s 2044 is a surprisingly gripping performance by the still budding North East Theatre Company. Highly topical with the UK’s current political situation, the play builds on the possibly of a future where Scotland does eventually achieve independence, following the story of three English refugees now stranded in Scotland after most of England has been immersed under water... 

Pete Inskip's Return to the UK

Pete Inskip's Return to the UK

After being raised abroad, Pete Inskip has returned from the New World to his birthplace, London, in search of his true identity and ready to ask some important questions: Why is everyone at the pub? What's with all the security cameras? Is the Queen a reptilian overlord? Many questions will be answered and some left to Pete’s twisted imagination as he tries to determine what it really means to be British... 

A Broad Abroad!

A Broad Abroad!

Eight decades of music, madness and foreign affairs are scandalously revealed in this tantalizing new one-woman musical comedy cabaret; from femme fatale D’yan’s lusty adventures in 1950s Paris to her romantic swains in Italy, Austria, Jordan and the whole world... 

Burnt Sugar

Burnt Sugar

Put a person in a stressful situation, maybe, for instance, as a child. Let them lie to everyone around them, let them cling to that lie to keep people from getting inside their head, let them use that lie as protection... 

Allison After a Fire

Allison After a Fire

In the wake of the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history, Allison struggles to come to terms with losing everything. A challenging new drama about remembering, forgetting and the forest. 

Delay Detach

Delay Detach

‘I was looking in the mirror and thinking, who the hell is that?’ Caitlin and Sophie have always been best friends, so Sophie has always looked after Caitlin. Over 70 years, confronting her guilt and the effect of her borderline personality disorder, Caitlin attempts to prove she is the better friend... 

Butterfly

Butterfly

A haunting and powerful adaptation of Madame Butterfly, Ramesh Meyyappen’s silent movement piece about love, lust and loss is hauntingly powerful and will stay with you long after you’ve seen it... 

A Little Man's Holiday

A Little Man's Holiday

A Little Man’s Holiday tells the tale of an office worker with a big imagination. Under the gaze of his nasty boss Mr Grumbles, will his day-dreams about sailing the seven seas ever become a reality? This talented children’s theatre company, PaddleBoat, has an imagination to match Little Man’s, and they tell his tale using a magical combination of song, audience interaction, and highly creative prop use... 

If Only Diana Were Queer

If Only Diana Were Queer

Three drag queens in a dressing room talk us through their life stories, from coming out to discovering drag. There's sass, contouring and dirty puns all round. They're getting ready for that evening's show in Manchester's buzzing gay district... 

The Wendy House Trilogy: Edmund

The Wendy House Trilogy: Edmund

This is a show I really wanted to enjoy; each part of the production tries very hard to achieve an ambitious vision, but don’t quite make it.Despite marketing itself as a homage to Lewis Carrol, Edmund contains no reference to the story of Edmund from The Chronicles of Narnia – the closest it comes to this is when this show’s protagonist looks in a wardrobe and puts on a fur coat, flirting with the character of ‘Lucy’ (his sister in the Narnia books), in a situation which is surprisingly unaware of its incest... 

Children Must Run

Children Must Run

A musical about the individual struggles of a drug mule, and ex child soldier. It looks at how they have hopes and dreams, like any of us. The only difference is the backdrop against which they live their lives... 

The Wendy House Trilogy: Dorothy

The Wendy House Trilogy: Dorothy

Dorothy, part of the Wendy House Trilogy, is a humour-infused adaptation of The Wizard of Oz written by Greg and Joe Allen and directed by Joe Allen. The action takes place in a Wendy House fittingly representing the house of Aunt Wendy... 

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

The internationally ignored song stylist from Berlin is back. Join Hedwig and the band on their anatomically incorrect rock odyssey. The musical tells the story of Hansel Schmidt, a young man from East Berlin who seizes an opportunity to escape communist Germany by getting a sex change and marrying an American GI – but that’s just the start of the story... 

East

East

Full of sex and fury, a funny, affectionate and sharp exposé of life in London's East End. With its uncompromising physical performance style and richly poetic to shatteringly profane language, East is a roller coaster of gripping theatricality... 

The Wendy House Trilogy: Peter

The Wendy House Trilogy: Peter

Peter is the first show in The Wendy House Trilogy produced by Jealous Whale Theatre. This young person’s theatre company, led by Joe Allen and Rory Dadsell, have taken inspiration from timeless classics like JM Barrie’s Peter Pan and invited their audience to come inside Wendy’s house to witness the different stages of her life... 

The Ascension of Mrs Leech

The Ascension of Mrs Leech

This hilarious beginners guide to theology is the funniest presentation of religious concepts imaginable. If you are not familiar with the problematic issues surrounding the nature of God and can barely spell omnipotence, omniscience and omnipresence, have no fear - all will be explained... 

Today is My 100th Birthday or The Disappearance of Ubu Roi

Today is My 100th Birthday or The Disappearance of Ubu Roi

Monochrome make-up, over-sized cigars and manic choral singing are only a few features you’ll find in the stylised theatre of the Dead Iconics. The company tend to favour style over substance and the visual feast is worth a look... 

BED

BED

Eddie, Imogen and Lena share a flat. What would otherwise be a communal living room has been turned into a third bedroom in order to save money and is taken up almost entirely by the bed... 

According To Arthur...

According To Arthur...

PaddleBoat Theatre Company has produced one of the most magical and captivating children’s shows I have seen in their latest production According to Arthur.Here we meet an old man who is trapped and alone in his attic because he is too scared to step out into the big, scary world... 

Reclaiming Vietnam

Reclaiming Vietnam

Kim Chinh has mastered the art of storytelling in her new one-woman show Reclaiming Vietnam. Through her eloquent dialogue she narrates how her travels to Vietnam, in order to reclaim an identity she had rejected most of her life, awakened memories she had long ago tried to forget... 

Ashes Afar

Ashes Afar

Ashes Afar follows the story of a migrant couple from different cultures in a volatile relationship. When Aine loses her memory, Mihail attempts to help her reconstruct their time together... 

Eclectically. Arranged. Poe and The Tell-Tale In Part

Eclectically. Arranged. Poe and The Tell-Tale In Part

Fusion Theatre return to Greenside with a Poe-faced and incoherent piece of physical theatre that often makes even less sense than its overwrought title.Eclectically. Arranged. Poe and the Tell-Tale In Part is a devised piece that takes its cues from the Gothic stories of Edgar Allen Poe... 

Bug Bite

Bug Bite

What do you do when you move your family from the burbs to the city to begin a new adventure and then get diagnosed with stage four-breast cancer? You go on a mission to put everything in place before possibly saying goodbye... 

I Hat Lenny Henry – 50p a Ticket

I Hat Lenny Henry – 50p a Ticket

#comicreliefwesternphilanthropiccolonialismandpoliticalantipathyinrésistanceanupdatedanalysisofthecomediesofidentityinpopularculture. Lenny Henry ignored me when I tried to meet him backstage in 2011... 

Fall

Fall

Flickering digits. Caffeine-fuelled brains. Fall reimagines Shakespeare’s Macbeth in the high-pressured world of day trading, where scorpion-filled minds do battle in a feeding frenzy of stocks and shares... 

Mummy's Gone a Bit Parental

Mummy's Gone a Bit Parental

Is it ok to Febreze your child? To go to school dressing-up day as a tequila shot girl? Does going to The Lego Movie classify as a good night out? Is your child getting enough Cath Kidston casual wear? Funny Women UK semi-finalist and author of spoof nanny book Turnip-Led Weaning explores the agonising dilemmas which can turn anyone a bit parental... 

The Next Moon

The Next Moon

The Next Moon, a sort of modern fairy tale, leads the audience into a world which is simple and natural, without the artificial paraphernalia typical of human life. Everything in there is full of surprises: two characters, one in the form of a man, the other in the form of a child... 

Forever House

Forever House

Richard is plotting his escape to art college, just as lecturer Graham settles in. Laura has big plans for her forever home – if only Becci will sell it to her. Marine expert Mark is coming to terms with unpredictable Lucy’s odd mating rituals... 

The Hiawatha

The Hiawatha

Come along and help little Hiawatha as he tries to save his mother from an evil magician. This quest will send you through wild forests, up winding rivers and into a land full of talking animals... 

Reunion

Reunion

Reunion, by Neil Smith, is the story of an older couple, George and Jude, recounting their youth together and their love for one another. It is an enchanting story, told in the beautifully minimalist setting of their garden... 

Twin Primes

Twin Primes

As any GCSE maths student will tell you, a prime number is one that has only two factors: one and itself. Furthermore, there are an infinite number of primes that are separated by just one number, like 11 and 13, called twins... 

Writing

Writing

A charming, witty and engaging show, Writing is an exploration of just that - the process of writing, as seen from a child’s perspective. Emma Clarke and Olive Merrill take us through a creative five-year-old’s world; navigating lunch box surprises, cut-out paper dragons and simple but vital reading and writing lessons... 

The Sacred Room of Desire

The Sacred Room of Desire

The Sacred Room of Desire, written and directed by Carola Benedetto tells the story of the Hindu pantheon family of Shiva, Parvati and Ganesha. Though this story is nicely told, it is also the show’s downfall... 

The Bollywood Express

The Bollywood Express

Bollywood... rich, flamboyant, loud and downright entertaining! Presented to you by the students of The Aditya Birla Integrated School, India, a school for children with learning difficulties... 

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

A new adaptation by Lindel Hart who also plays the Creature, this play looks more closely at the vulnerable and sensitive sides of Frankenstein’s monster. The show promises a huge amount in its opening sequence... 

Beyond Expectations

Beyond Expectations

Beyond Expectations markets itself as a reworking of the Dickens classic, but this time told from the perspective of the love interest, Estella. What we find instead is a compressed version of the novel that will leave anyone not familiar with the text scratching their heads and even those familiar with it likely doing the same at the bizarre production choices... 

Manalive!

Manalive!

Box Tale Soup's latest show, Manalive, is an uplifting, intelligent and emotive triumph. Set in a dreary boarding house, a listless group of its boarders have their lives fundamentally changed by the mysterious, enigmatic Mr Innocent Smith... 

Avenue Q

Avenue Q

Award-winning Viva are back for their eighth year, this time with Avenue Q. Princeton, a bright-eyed college graduate comes to New York City with big dreams and a tiny bank account... 

All's Well That Ends Well

All's Well That Ends Well

This dark comedy uses physical theatre to modernise the themes and settings of this famous Shakespearean play. Watch as Helena tries to secure Bertram's love (he'd rather be at war than with her) and Parolles an untrustworthy, obsessive liar to see whether it really does all end well. 

The Lost Girls

The Lost Girls

Brashly comic and acutely emotional, bravely exploring a woman’s intrinsic role in life’s creation. Romantic dramas, killer hangovers, and encroaching adulthood: blessing or curse, it’s all looming too fast for these girls... 

Horseplay – The Troy Musical

Horseplay – The Troy Musical

Napier University Drama Society presents a musical retelling of the Trojan War as their offering to the gods this festival. Sort of. The war itself is largely brushed over and instead we are treated to a hefty preamble... 

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Picture this. A man and a puppet are fighting whilst the man operates the puppet. The man and the puppet are shouting lines from Shakespeare. Their shouts declare love for another puppet and admonishments to each other... 

It's a Woman's War

It's a Woman's War

This show invites us to take a look at life in wartime Britain. It is the year 1916 and we follow several women through the stress and hardship of contributing to the war effort while trying to carry on with everyday life... 

Mad Hatter's Potting Tea Party

Mad Hatter's Potting Tea Party

Age 5-100. Pottery and Alice in Wonderland fans, come and have fun and make in clay the tableware, cakes, biscuits, hats, caterpillars, rabbits (and anything else) allowing your imagination to run wild! Or just watch the professionals in meet the maker ceramic demonstrations and learn a variety of making processes... 

Acting Human: Live Life Alive

Acting Human: Live Life Alive

For actors, writers, directors, performers and creatives of every kind (all of us), this entertaining and interactive talk reveals a fresh way to spark imagination and surprise in each new moment... 

Desperately Seeking Attention

Desperately Seeking Attention

I’d like to prove to you that growing up being ignored and disliked by both of my parents has not affected me in any way. Come and see how I’m totally secure. Please? I’ll hurt myself if you don’t... 

Myrtle Throgmorton, Ancient Heckler

Myrtle Throgmorton, Ancient Heckler

Game old trout and enthusiast for all things Scottish, Myrtle offers a lifetime of observations on many splendid things: love, comedy, the demise of the gusset, Rabbie Burns, decrepitude and pimping your Zimmer to list but a few...