In Conversation with… Jeremy Corbyn

In Conversation with… Jeremy Corbyn

The journey from backbench MP to ‘PM-in-waiting’ has been long and eventful. Jeremy speaks to comedian and broadcaster Susan Morrison about what makes him tick, how he deals with adversity, and why our country, and its politics, needs to be transformed... 

Psychiatry is the Best Medicine!

Psychiatry is the Best Medicine!

Stephen Lawrie (University of Edinburgh) reckons psychiatry, his profession, is underrated. Psychiatry remains rooted in the doctor-patient relationship: psychiatrists still actually speak to patients and carers to find out what the problems are, how they came about and what might be done about them... 

In Conversation With… Stuart Braithwaite

In Conversation With… Stuart Braithwaite

Described by the Guardian as 'a brick through the window of Britpop in its death throes', 21 years of Mogwai’s post-rock power and minimalism have shaped one of the most important groups of a fragmented but increasingly potent British musical underground... 

A Virus to End Humanity?

A Virus to End Humanity?

We’re constantly threatened by outbreaks of diseases like SARS and Ebola. Can we win the fight against a deadly unidentified infectious disease that has just been discovered at the Edinburgh Fringe? Or is the task of staying one step ahead now too much for scientists? How could this virus arise, where could it come from and what could it mean for you? How fast will it spread from our very feet to the rest of the world? Join epidemiologist Liam Brierley to see if humans will win the struggle to survive. 

Cows Eat Grass, Don't They?

Cows Eat Grass, Don't They?

The cows that made the milk that went into your tea or your cereal this morning might be housed all year-round in large sheds. The dairy sector is changing from the image we all hold in our heads of cows in fields munching green grass... 

In Conversation With… Graeme Obree

In Conversation With… Graeme Obree

Described by Sir Chris Hoy as a ‘genius’, Graeme is a cyclist, parent, writer and broadcaster. Graeme has never held a driving license and commutes regularly on his bike. A regular contributor on TV and radio, often on cycling or mental health issues, Graeme is the author of two books: his autobiography The Flying Scotsman, made into the 2006 biopic starring Jonny Lee Miller as Obree, and his acclaimed training manual The Obree Way... 

Is Monolingualism Making Us Ill?

Is Monolingualism Making Us Ill?

Originally, our brains were designed to be multilingual, managing two or more languages easily. Neuroscientist Thomas Bak (University of Edinburgh) reckons that, like sedentary lifestyles and an unhealthy diet, the monolingualism that’s come with modern society has its consequences... 

In Conversation With… Hazel Irvine

In Conversation With… Hazel Irvine

One of BBC’s most experienced, versatile and recognisable broadcasters and the face of its snooker and golf coverage. Hazel has presented and reported from 14 Olympics, fronted BBC Sport's golf coverage for 25 years, snooker for 15 years and anchored coverage of athletics and Ski Sunday for over a decade... 

Piff the Magic Dragon: The Road to Piffland

Piff the Magic Dragon: The Road to Piffland

Piff returns to Edinburgh with new jokes, new tricks and the same dog (at time of printing). After extending his Las Vegas residency into 2018 (yep, really), Piff is celebrating with a World Tour... 

Alternative Facts: Is the Truth in the Archives?

Alternative Facts: Is the Truth in the Archives?

What is the truth? Is it out there? And is it in the archives? After an "interesting" past year of political developments, archivist Rachel Hosker (University of Edinburgh) returns to the Cabaret to investigate the idea of whether archives hold the truth or not... 

The Romance Novel as High Art?

The Romance Novel as High Art?

Anyone can write a romance novel. Or can they? Amy Burge (University of Edinburgh) did a whole PhD on romance novels (yes, you can do that) and reckons there’s more to them than you think... 

Surviving the Storm

Surviving the Storm

Some trauma in life might be inevitable, but not many people would view it as essential. Ian Edwards (Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh) is the exception. He reckons that humans have a lot to learn from nature... 

Christine Bovill's Piaf

Christine Bovill's Piaf

'There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in' (Graham Greene). Christine threads her remarkable journey in the world of French song with the life and works of Edith Piaf... 

What Keeps You Sharp?

What Keeps You Sharp?

Isn’t the expression ‘having a senior moment’ awful? Yet people often think of changes in their mental skills with age in terms of decline. While some people do experience these changes, others do not... 

Dr Data: The Answer to Cancer

Dr Data: The Answer to Cancer

Data is everywhere. From diagnosis to treatment to recovery, a patient’s cancer journey leaves a data trail. What if the answers we seek about cancer are hidden in there? It could help us refine diagnosis, select treatments and improve the patient experience... 

The Cause of Thunder

The Cause of Thunder

It’s two years after the referendum, and Bob Cunningham has stuff on his mind: whether or not to take early retirement, politics and what to do about the no vote, Brexit, Corbyn, refugees… that weird thing about rising into the heavens… and not forgetting the letter from Ethel, his ex... 

In Conversation With… David Mach

In Conversation With… David Mach

One of Scotland’s great contemporary artists discusses his career. Go on a journey with this material junkie through his manipulation of stuff from magazines, shoes, tyres and postcards to teddy bears, sea containers, gnomes and angels... 

Turn to the Darknet

Turn to the Darknet

The internet presents new opportunities for being both hidden and exposed. Intelligence agencies and various governments fret about the advantages online anonymity gives miscreants and malcontents... 

Fitness to Witness

Fitness to Witness

The majority of innocent people in prison are there because of another innocent person – a well-meaning eyewitness. Many factors can contribute to an eyewitness misidentification, yet jurors (the public!) remain largely unaware of these... 

Shiver Me Liver

Shiver Me Liver

Liver disease is avoidable, silent and the third highest killer of those under 65 in the UK. Why, then, is the Government not supporting better liver screening? Do they think that only ‘alcoholics’ get it and they won’t try to change? Karen Matthews (Queen Margaret University) looked for liver disease in an alcohol support service using a machine which bounces sound waves off the liver... 

Senegalese Shindig

Senegalese Shindig

Diverse international band of musicians, led by charismatic Senegalese singer Samba Sene. An exuberant fusion of funky mbalax/Afrobeat grooves, with undercurrents of ska and reggae, original songs with impassioned vocals, infectious guitar licks and irresistible dance grooves... 

In Conversation With… Barry Crimmins

In Conversation With… Barry Crimmins

Legendary American stand-up, political satirist, activist and child sexual abuse survivor talks frankly about his life’s emotional and intellectual journey that has had audiences sobbing with both laughter and, well, sobbing... 

Joe Lycett and Friends

Joe Lycett and Friends

Join host Joe Lycett (as seen on TV giving Lorraine Kelly a quiche lorraine) and a bunch of special guest comedy friends (to be announced because I didn’t have a chance to book them before the deadline for this blurb) for a one-off fundraiser for The Buzz Project, a vital charity supporting young people in the Lochaber region of the Scottish Highlands (a genuinely really cool charity)... 

Blurred Justice

Blurred Justice

Amnesty International Award winning Blurred Justice is a thrilling and humorous play where the fate of one man lies in the hands of the audience. Sharif is a member of the Yemeni Houthi militia and is being tried in an eccentric court for taking part in an attack on Saudi Arabia... 

In Conversation With... Judy Murray

In Conversation With... Judy Murray

Former Scottish tennis international and Scottish National Coach, Judy Murray was the first woman to pass the LTA’s Performance Coach Award. Judy initiated Scottish Development School, producing four Davis Cup and one Fed Cup players; including Grand Slam-winning sons, Jamie and Andy... 

The Bugle Live Podcast

The Bugle Live Podcast

The first Edinburgh Fringe live performance of the global smash hit podcast. Hosted by Andy Zaltzman (with John Oliver from 2007 until 2015, and with a cast of guest co-hosts since its 2016 relaunch), The Bugle is one of this universe's leading topical podcasts... 

What Keeps You Sharp?

What Keeps You Sharp?

Isn’t the expression ‘having a senior moment’ awful? Yet people often think of changes in their mental skills with age in terms of decline. While some people do experience these changes, others do not... 

In Conversation With… Amy Macdonald

In Conversation With… Amy Macdonald

2017’s release of Under Stars is the fourth album from one of the biggest young female Scottish artists in the world. Amy has amassed 9 million record sales worldwide throughout a decade of music industry success that has seen her achieve radio-play ubiquity starting with 2007’s This Is The Life and the single Mr Rock’n’Roll... 

Can Recipes Help Gender Equality?

Can Recipes Help Gender Equality?

The University of Edinburgh is trying to improve the position of women in higher education with recipes. University academic Daphne Loads is questioning whether this is a good idea... 

Fitness to Witness

Fitness to Witness

The majority of innocent people in prison are there because of another innocent person – a well-meaning eyewitness. Many factors can contribute to an eyewitness misidentification, yet jurors (the public!) remain largely unaware of these... 

Is Your Online Reputation Hurting You?

Is Your Online Reputation Hurting You?

The Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas is an initiative set up to ‘take the academics out of their ivory towers and engage with the public’. The format could easily turn into a dull lecture but compere, Susan Morrison, ensures that the audience are comfortable talking back to the speaker and injects the evening with some self-deprecating, suitably tone-lowering humour to make the potentially dense subject much less intimidating... 

In Conversation With… Rab Noakes

In Conversation With… Rab Noakes

The In Conversation series at New Town Theatre in George Street is an hour of chat with a celebrity guest each day. Hosted by Glasgow based arts group Fair Pley, their impressive listings for the Fringe includes Jeremy Corbyn, David Hayman, Val McDermid, Judy Murray and singer Amy Macdonald... 

Fifty Shades of Green

Fifty Shades of Green

Come along for an hour of delight, intrigue and awe with Terry Huang (Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh) as he delves deep into the private sex lives of plants. Alluring suitors with a pungent rotten odor, promising nectar for the exchange of goods, or going at it alone... 

Dickless

Dickless

Fundamental Theater Project’s Dickless is a tale of rumours, girls, a headless cat and bizarre sexual conquests in the small-town of Dunningham. This is a one-woman show about gender identity and it is narrated from the perspectives of the main characters, Saff and Oli... 

Doing Drugs (Policy)

Doing Drugs (Policy)

How do we do drugs? How do we do drugs policy? Do the two areas complement each other? Anna Ross (University of Edinburgh) knows that drugs are an emotive topic, with many people holding strong opinions on how we regulate and legislate their use... 

Anti-Vaxxers are Anti-Social!

Anti-Vaxxers are Anti-Social!

Vaccines save lives. Yet vaccine opponents and conspiracy theorists continue to make dangerous claims that put the public in danger. Worryingly, the most prominent of these voices are using their anti-establishment platform to perpetuate myths that have been previously debunked... 

Janey Godley's Podcast Live at the Fringe

Janey Godley's Podcast Live at the Fringe

The Scottish Godmother and multi award-winning comedian Janey Godley (acclaimed comic famous for her Trump is a c*nt protest) and her award-winning comedian daughter Ashley Storrie (20 million hits with her Tanya Potter online sketch) have a weekly podcast... 

Women, Science Is Not For You: III

Women, Science Is Not For You: III

In this post-truth era, we desperately need more scientists to critically evaluate evidence for political and corporate claims; we can’t afford to keep losing many of our best women... 

In Conversation With… John McDonnell

In Conversation With… John McDonnell

Shadow Chancellor since 2015 and MP for Hayes and Harlington since 1997, McDonnell has campaigned against the Iraq war, and argued for curbs in bankers’ bonuses, decent pensions, free elderly care, a fair taxation system, defending the NHS, and extending public ownership... 

Eyewitnesses Are Futile

Eyewitnesses Are Futile

Memory is an untrustworthy companion. It fails often and badly – people even have memory for things that never happened. And it isn’t trivial – just ask Calvin Johnson, who spent sixteen years in jail because he was misidentified by an eyewitness... 

Little Shakespeare

Little Shakespeare

Two of Shakespeare’s most famous scenes fantastically performed by the nine to 16-year-old children from two of China’s schools, Chongqing Foreign Language School and Chongqing Renmin Primary School, well known for their high standard of education and passion for theatre... 

Is Pee a Feminist Issue?

Is Pee a Feminist Issue?

Elaine Miller (physiotherapist, comedian, mother and reformed incontinent) believes women’s health provision is rooted in misogyny. The future is female? Statistically speaking, it’s a leaky, traumatised, depressed, inactive future for many women... 

Neil Hilborn – Live Poetry

Neil Hilborn – Live Poetry

The best-selling author and most-watched poet of all time makes his Edinburgh Fringe debut. Famous for the internationally successful poems ‘OCD’, ‘Joey' and ‘The Future’, his poems have been viewed over 100 million times on YouTube... 

And Here I Am

And Here I Am

Based on the actor Ahmed Tobasi’s personal coming of age story; an epic voyage of identity and self-discovery. Combining fact and fantasy, tragedy and comedy, spanning both the first Palestinian intifada and the second, we follow him through his transformation from armed resistance fighter to artist, his journey as a refugee in the West Bank to Norway and then back again... 

Agent November: Major X Plow-Shun / The Murder of Mr E

Agent November: Major X Plow-Shun / The Murder of Mr E

Within his immaculate MI5-style office set up as an escape room experience for up to ten people, Agent November offers willing accomplices the opportunity to take on the role of spies with the ideal mixture of puzzles, immersive drama and tongue-in-cheek humour... 

Physics vs Psychology: Which is the Hard Science?

Physics vs Psychology: Which is the Hard Science?

The year is… not important; this is fiction. But Susan, the last secondary school student on Earth, is deciding what to study at university. Physicist Helen Cammack and psychologist Kate Cross (University of St Andrews) are here to do battle for Susan’s soul... 

Start Skipping the Dentist!

Start Skipping the Dentist!

Jan Clarkson (University of Dundee) has already told us to stop brushing our teeth. Now she reckons we should start skipping our routine scale and polish too. Should a dentist really be saying this? Well, yes! Working with Craig Ramsay (Head of Chief Scientist’s Office Research Unit) on a £3 million trial, Jan has found that there are no benefits from this routine dental treatment, or from oral hygiene instruction... 

The Pain Factory

The Pain Factory

Legal systems operate on a pain principle: punishments should involve a loss, and that loss should be painful. The problem is, some of us feel some losses more keenly than others: one person might find prison life merely unpleasant and difficult, while another could spend their entire prison term in a constant state of fear and distress... 

Macbeth: Fringe of Cantonese Opera

Macbeth: Fringe of Cantonese Opera

Shakespeare’s Macbeth is one of the world most renowned plays, however this year the production will be performed in an entirely unique style, that of traditional Cantonese opera... 

Eradicate Parkinson’s?!

Eradicate Parkinson’s?!

Is science now at a point where we can eradicate Parkinson’s? 2017 marks the 200th anniversary of the essay: The Shaking Palsy by James Parkinson. Research is now at a point where we know major mechanisms underlying the Parkinson’s process and cutting-edge preventative therapies are being tested in the lab... 

Outer Space – The Next Empire?

Outer Space – The Next Empire?

Join space innovation researcher Matjaz Vidmar (University of Edinburgh) and acclaimed science fiction author Pippa Goldschmidt to debate the future of human activity beyond Earth. Who does outer space belong to, and are humans the only ones in it? Will colonising space soon become our business-as-usual, and should we be doing it at all? Is any of this plausible reality, or are these just Pippa’s works of fiction? Come along to find out and have your say on the future of human activity in outer space! 

Neoliberalism, Gender and Victimhood in #KUWTK

Neoliberalism, Gender and Victimhood in #KUWTK

Criminologist Gemma Flynn (University of Edinburgh) invites you to delve unashamedly into the world of pop culture behemoths The Kardashians. Should academia make more of an effort to keep up with The Kardashians (#KUWTK)? Gemma reckons so and she has gender and justice research, plus plenty of primary sources, to prove it... 

The 5:30 Cabaret

The 5:30 Cabaret

The perfect appetiser for your early evening on the Fringe. A near sell-out from The Famous Spiegeltent comes indoors to The New Town Theatre Grand Hall, presenting a fast-paced variety show that packs entertainment into one hour... 

Tobias Persson: Sweden Sour

Tobias Persson: Sweden Sour

What do you call a burning police car in Sweden? Monday. Seriously, everything is (boom!) fine. Nothing happened in Sweden last (bang!) night! Weekly shootings? Recruiting ground for Isis? Let me (kaboom!) get back to you, my head is on fire… 'Persson’s insights are sharp, his analysis is intelligent and his everyday dilemmas over how to be a good human being come from the heart…it’s clear he’s got it in him to become one of Europe’s top political comedians' (Sunday Herald). 

Out of the Bad

Out of the Bad

A black comedy dealing with complicated lives, loves and buried secrets. Mary has the hangover from hell after last night’s reunion for the women of the Caterpillar Occupation's 30th anniversary... 

Richard Herring’s Edinburgh Fringe Podcast

Richard Herring’s Edinburgh Fringe Podcast

'The King of Edinburgh' (List) and multi award-winning 'Podfather' (Elle) returns with the internet chat show, that all the cool kids who hang around the Omni Centre call RHEFP (RHEFP)... 

Making a Signbank Withdrawal

Making a Signbank Withdrawal

Jordan Fenlon and Andy Carmichael (Heriot-Watt University) take a light-hearted look at the British Sign Language (BSL) Signbank – the online repository based on the BSL Corpus. Loosely inspired by the TV show Pointless, they’ll keep each other in check while taking the audience on a slightly naughty, irreverent but evidence-based and informative tour of the many vaults contained within the Signbank... 

Bring Back Child Labour!

Bring Back Child Labour!

Children should work more. Philip Cook (University of Edinburgh) reckons the ban on child labour is an injustice that disempowers and infantilises children. Rather than focusing on the age at which children are allowed to work, he thinks we should promote good work for children: work which is safe, enjoyable and materially rewarding... 

Narcos – A Conversation on the Capturing of Pablo Escobar With DEA Agents Steve Murphy and Javier Pena

Narcos – A Conversation on the Capturing of Pablo Escobar With DEA Agents Steve Murphy and Javier Pena

The real-life actions of Murphy and Pena were the inspiration for the hugely successful Netflix crime series Narcos, which tells the story of Colombia’s infamous drug cartels and Pablo Escobar’s fight to maintain his position as its most powerful player... 

Losing Days

Losing Days

Sam Underwood (Fear The Walking Dead, The Following) is mostly manic, and definitely depressed! Losing Days follows his hilarious and harrowing journey of losing his f*cking mind – and finding it again – set to the tunes that got him through... 

Kevin McAleer: Saying Yes to Yes

Kevin McAleer: Saying Yes to Yes

Join Ireland's biggest lama Kevin McAleer for an hour of divine light entertainment, with mindfulness, bananarama yoga, fire walking with dolphins, psychic flower arranging, neurolinguistic colonic hydrotherapy reprogramming, tree visualization, and ego massage... 

Places

Places

Long before Madonna, the world was gaga for Nazimova. Places is the story of trailblazer Alla Nazimova: 1920s silent movie icon, Broadway legend and the most famous star you’ve never heard of... 

Africa Entsha

Africa Entsha

Africa Entsha deliver a Cappella with attitude. Hailing from South Africa they offer songs in English and their native Zulu (entsha means new in Zulu) with an energy and optimism that is entertaining and infectious... 

Stimela: The Musical

Stimela: The Musical

Named after a brand of gumboot, this terrific show is loosely linked by an old man’s memories of his days in the mines, where many men were drawn from the townships. The dance routines and the songs tell of the miners back-breaking work, their longing for home and the way their songs and those gumboot dances eased the pain... 

Hell to Play: The End Times

Hell to Play: The End Times

A cult hit comedy game show set in Hell, hosted by the Devil. Every night, Satan tests audiences and guest comedians in games set by the souls of the damned. A brand-new show for 2017... 

The Extraordinary Time-Travelling Adventures of Baron Munchausen

The Extraordinary Time-Travelling Adventures of Baron Munchausen

Amazing tales elegantly told. Top award-winning comedians and improvisers tell extravagant stories, all based on The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. There will be swords and duels, and elephants and castles built of cheese, and all of it is completely and irrefutably true... 

Lach in Conversation With Rock Writer Zoë Howe About Her Debut Novel, Shine On, Marquee Moon

Lach in Conversation With Rock Writer Zoë Howe About Her Debut Novel, Shine On, Marquee Moon

Rock 'n' roll fun alert! Celebrated music writer/musician Zoë Howe sits down with Lach to read from and discuss her upcoming debut rock ’n’ roll novel Shine On, Marquee Moon (shortlisted for the Virginia Prize For Fiction 2016)... 

Mimi Oz

Mimi Oz

Mimi was dubbed 'Oz, by Canadian icon Bob Wiseman after completion of her sophomore album Three of Swords, 2011. Her newest work is self produced and funded by the Ontario Arts Council, titled Men Who Never Loved Me... 

The Peony Pavilion

The Peony Pavilion

Official programme commemorating the 400th year anniversary of the deaths of Tang Xianzu and William Shakespeare. Tang Xianzu's work is brought to life in this stunning traditional Chinese Kunqu opera version of his most famous play The Peony Pavilion, which reveals the romantic yearnings and afflictions of love endured by the young of China's feudalistic society... 

Bubble Revolution

Bubble Revolution

George Orwell once wrote a fairy tale in order to avoid accusations of criticising reality. His novella Animal Farm, though ostensibly a warning against a particular brand of Stalinist communism, might also be read as the struggles of some pigs and other animals... 

Queens of Antifolk

Queens of Antifolk

Over the years the infamous Antifolk scene has produced tonnes of phenomenal female talent – Regina Spektor, Laura Marling, Michelle Shocked, Kimya Dawson and many more. When you think of the Queens of Antifolk, think Joan Jett meets Joan Baez in the back of Janis Joplin's bus... 

Mind Power and Magic

Mind Power and Magic

There is a myth that we use only 10% of our brains, and while this is not true, there is no doubt that a trained mind can perform tasks that ordinary people may find miraculous. In his 25th Fringe, Edinburgh magician Ian Kendall will be demonstrating feats of mental agility that will boggle the mind, bamboozle the brain and leave you wondering whether there are any practical applications for this particular skill set (spoiler alert: no, not really)... 

This Evil Thing

This Evil Thing

Many appreciate conscientious objectors because they seem on the right side of history. Because war’s pointless, isn’t it? Many British appreciate Muhammad Ali for spurning Vietnam; but could an audience appreciate the conscious objectors (C... 

Act Your Age! (Not Your Shoe Size!)

Act Your Age! (Not Your Shoe Size!)

Forty five minutes of fun-stuffed, giggle-riddled, family friendly silliness with Fringe veterans Ian Billings and Chris White. Poetry! Cartoons! Silliness but no cheese! Enjoy a relaxing show with two global super poets! 

Brazil

Brazil

Set at some point in a dystopian, not so distant future, one Scottish man is trying to go about his day to day life, living each moment as it comes, not in search of anything that lasts... 

Neil Gaiman: Dream Dangerously

Neil Gaiman: Dream Dangerously

The European premiere of the official documentary film on Neil Gaiman, one of the world's most beloved storytellers (Sandman, American Gods, Stardust, Coraline, Neverwhere, Dr Who) and winner of every major science fiction and fantasy award, including the Hugo, Nebula and Newberry... 

A Medley of Four Dreams of Linchuan

A Medley of Four Dreams of Linchuan

Official programme commemorating the 400th year anniversary of the deaths of Tang Xianzu and William Shakespeare. A collection of the greatest scenes from Four Dreams of Linchuan from China’s most celebrated playwright: Tang Xianzu... 

The Elephant Girls

The Elephant Girls

This is the forgotten story of a controversial gang that robbed the streets of London for over a hundred years. The Elephant Girls were a gang made up entirely of women. Through the perspective of an ex-gang member, we listen to the story of the climatic era of the gang’s reign... 

Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

Official programme commemorating the 400th year anniversary of the deaths of Tang Xianzu and William Shakespeare. From the Hunan Kunqu Opera Troupe comes Shakespeare’s most famous love story, Romeo and Juliet, told in the traditional Kunqu opera style... 

Living a Little

Living a Little

What should you do in a zombie apocalypse? Well, according to Rob and Paul, just try to have fun. Because what is the point of surviving if you're not going to live a little? We meet Rob, the typical try-hard, laddish bloke and his best friend Paul, the gayest straight man ever, living the cushty life with their TV, iced cocktails and video games... 

And They Played Shang-A-Lang

And They Played Shang-A-Lang

Following a break after two years of sell-out shows, And They Played Shang-A-Lang is coming back! This is what life was like growing up in 70s Edinburgh, told through laughter, tears and 70s hit musical numbers... 

Living a Little

Living a Little

What should you do in a zombie apocalypse? Well, according to Rob and Paul, just try to have fun. Because what is the point of surviving if you're not going to live a little? We meet Rob, the typical try-hard, laddish bloke and his best friend Paul, the gayest straight man ever, living the cushty life with their TV, iced cocktails and video games... 

The Late Stage Cabaret

The Late Stage Cabaret

A catharsis of cultural creativity from our capital city! Each evening, host and hero of the Edinburgh music scene, Paul Montague, will bring you an eclectic mix of performances and styles... 

A Day in the Lives of Frankie Abbott

A Day in the Lives of Frankie Abbott

After more than 40 years, mummy’s boy Frankie Abbott’s memory is fading while in a care home, still fantasising about guns, girls and gangsters. His carer, Marion, realises how much of a great pretender he was, and discovers what his life may have really been like as she glimpses elements of truth behind the make-believe, and the interaction between her and Frankie brings home with sensitivity the early stages of Alzheimer’s... 

Michelle Shocked – The Mercury Trilogy

Michelle Shocked – The Mercury Trilogy

Grammy Award-winner Michelle Shocked returns to the stage with The Mercury Trilogy. Each show features one of Michelle's classic albums in its entirety over 24 consecutive nights: Short Sharp Shocked, Captain Swing and Arkansas Traveler... 

If By Chance

If By Chance

If By Chance is a glimpse of life's opportunities and outcomes. Told through short stories and the spoken word we explore and look at life's twists and turns. The heartbreak of a stillbirth to the saving of another baby's life... 

Jailmates

Jailmates

A comedy of correspondence between recently divorced Jenny and recently imprisoned Gerry. Bored of her new single life, and in a search for excitement, she’s registered with a website called jailmates... 

Edinburgh Fest Live!

Edinburgh Fest Live!

Daily TV Chat Show bringing you the best news, reviews, interviews, performances and much more from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Get a taste of everything the festival has to offer all in one place, as well as original comedy sketches and spoofs... 

The Tobacco Merchant's Lawyer

The Tobacco Merchant's Lawyer

Andy Paterson of edfringe and touring hit 3,000 Trees brings you double Fringe First-winning Iain Heggie’s classic 18th century comedy. Undercover nationalist lawyer Enoch Dalmellington wants to marry his daughter Euphemia off to secure her future... 

Touch

Touch

Touch is the new one-woman play from Asylon Theatre exploring the difficulties of genuine human connection. Set in the suicide ward of a psychiatric hospital, a female patient talks to a group about her craving for physical and emotional contact... 

Tutte Contro Verdi

Tutte Contro Verdi

The rise of feminist critique in the world of opera has given life to some fascinating discussions. It opens up a whole new way of appreciating our favourite operas, and this is exactly what Spanish actress and soprano Miren de Miguel aims to achieve through Tutte Contro Verdi... 

Macbeth

Macbeth

Youth Music Theatre UK have done something rather remarkable in their new production of Macbeth. They have created a show that is so original that it stands apart from all other productions of Shakespeare’s tragedy, while simultaneously being polished, engaging and dramatic... 

The Trials of Galileo

The Trials of Galileo

Galileo lived in age when the church reigned supreme, faith was more important than fact and dogma denied discovery. The ages of reason and enlightenment were a long way off. Scientists and free thinkers lived in fear of the inquisition and debate was stifled... 

Vagabond

Vagabond

Vagabond: Where Will the Wind Take You? is the story of three vagabonds, or clowns, called Cazzo, Lazzo and Pazzo. The trio pass their time trying to fix their lighthouse only to find the answer to their quest in a beautiful dandelion... 

It Started With Jason Donovan

It Started With Jason Donovan

‘This is a piece told with such brutal honesty that many wept with laughter.’ (Vikki Vile). Especially for you, Sarah Blanc recounts her past dating life through the songs of her first love – Jason Donovan... 

Around the World, My Journey Continued After You Left

Around the World, My Journey Continued After You Left

A new musical from award-winning director Zhao Miao. Lee is 88 and loves her husband very much. During 50 years of marriage, they regularly cruise the world, but then her husband unexpectedly dies... 

Nothing To See Here

Nothing To See Here

Nothing to see here... move along... unless you want to experience the choir that’s sold out its Fringe shows for the last two years; that recently came 2nd in the Manchester Amateur Choral Competition; that took Choir of the Day at the Scottish heats for the 2014 BBC Choir of the Year and was 6th overall in the UK; that gets comments like ‘stunningly good’, ‘a triumph’ and ‘Thank you!! Wow! Wow! Wow!’... 

Wojtek: The Happy Warrior

Wojtek: The Happy Warrior

In 1942, a girl traded some food for a Persian bear cub. When the bear, whom she named Wojtek (Polish for ‘happy warrior’), became too big for her to look after, members of the 22nd Transport Company of the Polish army agreed to look after him... 

The Outsider

The Outsider

Conceived and performed by stage magician Janne Raudaskoski, The Outsider is a spectacular piece of theatre illusion. Or as Raudaskoski likes to call it, experiential theatre.Using clever special effects, the show is best described as a 4D movie... 

Nina Simone Black Diva Power

Nina Simone Black Diva Power

Ruth Rodgers-Wright plays an excellent Nina Simone in this 70-minute performance that combines many of the musician's most enduring and striking melodies with the story of her relationship with the civil-rights activist Lorraine Hansberry... 

Comfort Slaves

Comfort Slaves

Suitability: 16+ (Restriction). That’s the line in the Fringe programme which as an adult you probably don’t pay much attention to, unless you’re taking your children out for the day... 

Yerma

Yerma

Amina Khayyam’s Yerma is a beautiful rendition of Federico Garcia Lorca’s classic text. Khayyam, accompanied by Jane Chan and Lucy Teed, use a form of Indian classical dance known as Kathak to tell the story of Yerma, a childless woman living in rural Spain in the early 20th Century... 

39 Steps by Patrick Barlow

39 Steps by Patrick Barlow

It’s fitting that, given how this is the centenary of its original publication by Edinburgh-based publisher Blackwood’s, that at least one version of John Buchan’s classic thriller The Thirty-Nine Steps has made it onto this year’s Fringe... 

Girls and Dolls

Girls and Dolls

‘As long as it looks okay, it doesn't matter if it's broken.’ - Clare to Emma. Can best friends really last forever? Belfast, 1980. Emma and Clare are thick as thieves, skipping, chasing and playing in the park... 

Not the End of the World

Not the End of the World

Not the End of the World is based on the novel by Geraldine McCaughrean which reimagines the story of Noah’s Ark from the point of view of Noah’s daughter, Timna, as she grapples with her beliefs and the roles biblical society has ascribed to her... 

Butoh Beethoven

Butoh Beethoven

In a piece that is at times frightening, at times energising and constantly absorbing, solo-performer Vangeline is our white-collared conductor, guiding us through a piece which abstractly explores the work and legacy of Beethoven and Tatsumi Hijikata, the founder of butoh... 

New Town Theatre Cabaret

New Town Theatre Cabaret

The nightly cabaret features a selection of the best festival entertainment with a changing line-up of international and local singers, musicians and entertainment, all in the oak-lined splendour of the Mysterious theatre bar... 

The History of Music

The History of Music

Award-winning brass ensemble Buzz presents The History of Music, a fabulous theatrical odyssey that travels through space and time at a thrilling tempo to explore the music of the Western world from pre-historic times to the present day... 

Sensuality in Marble and Bronze

Sensuality in Marble and Bronze

An exhibition of marble and bronze sculptures by the renowned Polish artist, in the sumptuous surroundings of Freemasons’ Hall Committee Room, is accompanied by an exhibition of drawings in the Mysterious hallway... 

Ticket to Bollywood

Ticket to Bollywood

A spectacular, high-octane production from Mumbai, India brings to life the glitz and glamour of Bollywood song and dance. With fantastic costumes and joyful music, the show is an homage to one of the world’s greatest film industries – Bollywood... 

My Rabbi

My Rabbi

My Rabbi follows the story of two best friends: an atheist man (whose family are mostly Muslim) and a Jewish man. As they get older, they both begin to take their faiths more seriously and when the situation in Israel, along with anti-Semitic attacks in Canada, becomes increasingly serious, their friendship is severely tested... 

Katsura Sunshine, Sit Down Comedy - Japanese Style!

Katsura Sunshine, Sit Down Comedy - Japanese Style!

Sunshine is a very experienced performer in the traditional Japanese art form of comic storytelling, Rakugo. Originally from Canada, he is in the unique position of being the only non-Japanese professional Rakugo storyteller in the world and comes to Edinburgh as part of a ten month world tour... 

Circus Incognitus

Circus Incognitus

If you’re after an easy-to-watch family show, then Circus Incognitus may just be what you’re looking for. Jamie Adkins’ performance combines vaudeville comedy with magic and circus skills... 

Referendum and Dumber

Referendum and Dumber

Referendum and Dumber, from Ten Clowning Street, is irredeemably awful. It has to be one of the most shockingly one-sided and tediously unfunny shows that has ever disgraced the Edinburgh Fringe... 

Maybe

Maybe

Highly acclaimed and award-winning Brazilian theatre company Cia dos Atores presents two multimedia solos which contemplate modern life in relation to new technology. In Maybe, an ordinary man confines himself with his computer... 

Africa Live!

Africa Live!

A whistle-stop tour of some of the best African music at the Fringe, headlined by popular Fringe performers Samba Sene and Diwan (Senegal) and Rise Kagona, original member of the legendary Bhundu Boys, and his Jit Jive Trio (Zimbabwe)... 

The Day Sam Died

The Day Sam Died

This piece of surrealist theatre successfully dramatises the issues it sets out to explore and uses neat theatrical devices to do it.The Day Sam Died presents its audience with three versions of the same day... 

A Virgin's Guide To... Rocky Horror

A Virgin's Guide To... Rocky Horror

“This is not The Rocky Horror Show stage production” - a significant point of clarification in the Fringe programme lest anyone might think that this is the real thing. It is not, by a long way... 

Silence in Court

Silence in Court

The plot runs as follows. Jennifer Lyons and Charles Brand meet one fateful one in a club. They have banter, they buy drinks (perhaps too many drinks) and they have sex in an alcove of the building... 

My Uncle's Shoes

My Uncle's Shoes

A beautifully ragged caravan hung with various bits and bobs sits in a corner of the stage. A young clown in high pants and floppy hat (Alexandre Casali), sits on the ground eating a banana and throwing the skins around... 

LaborActorial

LaborActorial

For the first time in Edinburgh, highly acclaimed and award-winning Brazilian theater company Cia dos Atores presents two multimedia solos which contemplate modern life in relation to new technology... 

Conflict in Court

Conflict in Court

During last year’s Fringe, LR Stageworks presented Silence in Court, an interactive courtroom drama, which proved such a success both that original production and this brand new production are presented for the 2014 season... 

The Sake

The Sake

Japanese Dance and Multimedia. DEN invites you to beautiful visionary world of Sake through aerial acrobatics, comic storytelling and Japanese dance, coloured by world beating projection mapping and 3D sound... 

The Thistle

The Thistle

From Russia with love! The Thistle is a 75 minute musical with an original Russian script and score. It is a love story for Scotland, set in the middle ages, which tells the story of England conquering Scotland over 18 acts... 

The Hat Pack

The Hat Pack

Eclectic music cabaret in the Mysterious theatre bar, with veteran Fringe chanteuse Miss Woodstock Taylor, her band and a changing line-up of talented international and local guest musicians who will bring you jazz, blues, folk, world music, hip hop, original songwriters and more... 

Princess Pumpalot: The Farting Princess

Princess Pumpalot: The Farting Princess

She's a princess and she farts. What more do you need to know? Can Princess Pumpalot protect Wiffyville Castle from the invasion of the evil Low-Flying Gnomes? Will she win her battle with the nasty Prince? Who will take her to the Royal Birthday Ball? Based on the top-selling book, this is a fast-paced, fun-packed show for all the family...