In Conversation with… Jeremy Corbyn

In Conversation with… Jeremy Corbyn

The journey from backbench MP to ‘PM-in-waiting’ has been long and eventful. 

Psychiatry is the Best Medicine!

Psychiatry is the Best Medicine!

Stephen Lawrie (University of Edinburgh) reckons psychiatry, his profession, is underrated. 

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 importan… 

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. 

A Virus to End Humanity?

A Virus to End Humanity?

We’re constantly threatened by outbreaks of diseases like SARS and Ebola. 

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. 

Is Monolingualism Making Us Ill?

Is Monolingualism Making Us Ill?

Originally, our brains were designed to be multilingual, managing two or more languages easily. 

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). 

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… 

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. 

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). 

Surviving the Storm

Surviving the Storm

Some trauma in life might be inevitable, but not many people would view it as essential. 

The Romance Novel as High Art?

The Romance Novel as High Art?

Anyone can write a romance novel. 

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,… 

Dr Data: The Answer to Cancer

Dr Data: The Answer to Cancer

Data is everywhere. 

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. 

Turn to the Darknet

Turn to the Darknet

The internet presents new opportunities for being both hidden and exposed. 

In Conversation With… David Mach

In Conversation With… David Mach

One of Scotland’s great contemporary artists discusses his career. 

Senegalese Shindig

Senegalese Shindig

Diverse international band of musicians, led by charismatic Senegalese singer Samba Sene. 

Fitness to Witness

Fitness to Witness

The majority of innocent people in prison are there because of another innocent person – a well-meaning eyewitness. 

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… 

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 t… 

Shiver Me Liver

Shiver Me Liver

Liver disease is avoidable, silent and the third highest killer of those under 65 in the UK. 

The Bugle Live Podcast

The Bugle Live Podcast

The first Edinburgh Fringe live performance of the global smash hit podcast. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

Fitness to Witness

Fitness to Witness

The majority of innocent people in prison are there because of another innocent person – a well-meaning eyewitness. 

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’. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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 h… 

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… 

Anti-Vaxxers are Anti-Social!

Anti-Vaxxers are Anti-Social!

Vaccines save lives. 

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 wo… 

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,… 

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… 

Eyewitnesses Are Futile

Eyewitnesses Are Futile

Memory is an untrustworthy companion. 

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. 

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. 

Neil Hilborn – Live Poetry

Neil Hilborn – Live Poetry

The best-selling author and most-watched poet of all time makes his Edinburgh Fringe debut. 

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 sp… 

Start Skipping the Dentist!

Start Skipping the Dentist!

Jan Clarkson (University of Dundee) has already told us to stop brushing our teeth. 

Physics vs Psychology: Which is the Hard Science?

Physics vs Psychology: Which is the Hard Science?

The year is… not important; this is fiction. 

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… 

The Pain Factory

The Pain Factory

Legal systems operate on a pain principle: punishments should involve a loss, and that loss should be painful. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

The 5:30 Cabaret

The 5:30 Cabaret

The perfect appetiser for your early evening on the Fringe. 

Bring Back Child Labour!

Bring Back Child Labour!

Children should work more. 

Out of the Bad

Out of the Bad

A black comedy dealing with complicated lives, loves and buried secrets. 

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… 

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. 

Tobias Persson: Sweden Sour

Tobias Persson: Sweden Sour

What do you call a burning police car in Sweden? Monday. 

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 (RH… 

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. 

Africa Entsha

Africa Entsha

Africa Entsha deliver a Cappella with attitude. 

Places

Places

Long before Madonna, the world was gaga for Nazimova. 

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 … 

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, neurol… 

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. 

The Extraordinary Time-Travelling Adventures of Baron Munchausen

The Extraordinary Time-Travelling Adventures of Baron Munchausen

Amazing tales elegantly told. 

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 (… 

Mimi Oz

Mimi Oz

Mimi was dubbed ‘Oz, by Canadian icon Bob Wiseman after completion of her sophomore album Three of Swords, 2011. 

The Peony Pavilion

The Peony Pavilion

Official programme commemorating the 400th year anniversary of the deaths of Tang Xianzu and William Shakespeare. 

Bubble Revolution

Bubble Revolution

George Orwell once wrote a fairy tale in order to avoid accusations of criticising reality. 

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. 

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. 

This Evil Thing

This Evil Thing

Many appreciate conscientious objectors because they seem on the right side of history. 

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. 

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 … 

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 Wh… 

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. 

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. 

Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

Official programme commemorating the 400th year anniversary of the deaths of Tang Xianzu and William Shakespeare. 

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. 

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, tea… 

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 an… 

Michelle Shocked – The Mercury Trilogy

Michelle Shocked – The Mercury Trilogy

Grammy Award-winner Michelle Shocked returns to the stage with The Mercury Trilogy. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

Jailmates

Jailmates

A comedy of correspondence between recently divorced Jenny and recently imprisoned Gerry. 

If By Chance

If By Chance

If By Chance is a glimpse of life’s opportunities and outcomes. 

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. 

Touch

Touch

Touch is the new one-woman play from Asylon Theatre exploring the difficulties of genuine human connection. 

Tutte Contro Verdi

Tutte Contro Verdi

The rise of feminist critique in the world of opera has given life to some fascinating discussions. 

Macbeth

Macbeth

Youth Music Theatre UK have done something rather remarkable in their new production of Macbeth. 

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. 

Vagabond

Vagabond

Vagabond: Where Will the Wind Take You? is the story of three vagabonds, or clowns, called Cazzo, Lazzo and Pazzo. 

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. 

It Started With Jason Donovan

It Started With Jason Donovan

‘This is a piece told with such brutal honesty that many wept with laughter. 

Nothing To See Here

Nothing To See Here

Nothing to see here. 

Wojtek: The Happy Warrior

Wojtek: The Happy Warrior

In 1942, a girl traded some food for a Persian bear cub. 

The Outsider

The Outsider

Conceived and performed by stage magician Janne Raudaskoski, The Outsider is a spectacular piece of theatre illusion. 

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 rela… 

Comfort Slaves

Comfort Slaves

Suitability: 16+ (Restriction). 

Yerma

Yerma

Amina Khayyam’s Yerma is a beautiful rendition of Federico Garcia Lorca’s classic text. 

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 th… 

Girls and Dolls

Girls and Dolls

‘As long as it looks okay, it doesn’t matter if it’s broken. 

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 grappl… 

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 ab… 

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 … 

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-… 

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 … 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

Referendum and Dumber

Referendum and Dumber

Referendum and Dumber, from Ten Clowning Street, is irredeemably awful. 

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. 

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 l… 

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. 

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. 

Silence in Court

Silence in Court

The plot runs as follows. 

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. 

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… 

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… 

The Sake

The Sake

Japanese Dance and Multimedia. 

Princess Pumpalot: The Farting Princess

Princess Pumpalot: The Farting Princess

She’s a princess and she farts. 

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… 

The Thistle

The Thistle

From Russia with love! The Thistle is a 75 minute musical with an original Russian script and score.