The Golden Fly

The Golden Fly

The Golden Fly is an epic wonder tale of a shape-shifting goddess in search of her truth. 

The Laird Strikes Back

The Laird Strikes Back

Perthshire maverick Gussie McCraig joins No. 

Wolves Within

Wolves Within

Come and delve deep into the psyche of wolves with Danish storyteller Svend-Erik Engh and Scottish musician Neil Sutcliffe. 

Thunderstruck

Thunderstruck

The comic and tragic tale of how the greatest bagpiper of all time rocked the history and traditions of bagpiping and how he changed the life of one young piper forever. 

Paddy the Cope

Paddy the Cope

West Lothian meets West Donegal as shale miner Patrick Gallagher (John McColl) returns to his native sod to spread social revolution, imbued with the co-operative principles he’s… 

Is This a Dagger?

Is This a Dagger?

By the pricking of my thumb, something wicked this way comes. 

Miss Lindsay’s Secret

Miss Lindsay’s Secret

Come in. 

Loud Poets

Loud Poets

Showcasing the top spoken word talent the festival has to offer – from the laugh-out-loud funny, through the wonderfully surreal, to the thoughtful and emotional – Loud Poets c… 

Thistles, Sunflowers and Dreamscapes

Thistles, Sunflowers and Dreamscapes

A first major solo show in five years from Bulgarian-born, Edinburgh-based artist Diana Savova, featuring over 30 new works in ink, oil and acrylic with surreal motifs resonating w… 

MagicFest - Tricky Ricky's Christmas Madness

MagicFest - Tricky Ricky's Christmas Madness

oin The Trickster, Jingles the Reindeer and Sonny the Bunny on the nutty train to Magical Christmas Madness! The four-times winner of Scottish ‘Children’s Entertainer of the Ye… 

MagicFest - Magic School

MagicFest - Magic School

f you’ve ever wanted to learn how to properly perform magic and even create your own, then join us for a spell-binding 2. 

Walk the Oars

Walk the Oars

Danish storyteller Svend-Erik Engh and Scottish musician/singer Neil Sutcliffe share a story inspired by the Viking’s arrival in Scotland. 

Dr Korczak's Example

Dr Korczak's Example

Set in 1942, in the final days of an orphanage in the Jewish ghetto of Warsaw, where food is scarce, tempers rise and everyone just wants to survive. 

The Golden Fly

The Golden Fly

The Golden Fly is an epic tale of a shape-shifting goddess in search of her truth. 

(Can This Be) Home

(Can This Be) Home

Half music concert, half spoken word performance where Kolbrún Sigfúsdóttir examines the immigrant experience of Brexit and flautist/composer Tom Oakes plays the tunes his trave… 

Rowan Rheingans: Dispatches on the Red Dress

Rowan Rheingans: Dispatches on the Red Dress

A courageous new work by twice BBC Radio 2 Folk Award-winning songwriter Rowan Rheingans. 

The Night With… Evenings

The Night With… Evenings

Three alternating concert programmes over multiple days featuring music by Scottish composers and settings of Scottish poetry. 

Supernatural: Wonder Tales from Scotland

Supernatural: Wonder Tales from Scotland

Scotland is a country blessed with abundant natural beauty and mystical landscapes. 

I Am Mark

I Am Mark

Mark’s Gospel is our most authentic portrait of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. 

The Man Who Planted Trees

The Man Who Planted Trees

This multi award-winning adaptation of Jean Giono’s classic environmental tale by Puppet State Theatre Company has been touring internationally for the past twelve years, with repe… 

This Script

This Script

At a time of schisms within feminism, where sirens are the soundtrack to our newsfeeds, This Script combines poetic memoir with a fierce call for empathy. 

A Trilogy of Horrors: Volume II

A Trilogy of Horrors: Volume II

After a 2018 sell-out production, TumbleDry Theatre return to the Fringe with three more classic horrors stories. 

Hamish Henderson: On the Radical Road

Hamish Henderson: On the Radical Road

Evocative, innovative shape-shifting drama sculpted from the poetry, music and songs of Hamish Henderson (1919-2002). 

A Trilogy of Horrors: Volume I

A Trilogy of Horrors: Volume I

TumbleDry Theatre return with their sell-out production of three classic horror stories from three great writers. 

Blood and Gold

Blood and Gold

Ancient mythology and modern storytelling collide in a contemporary exploration of the legacy of colonialism and slavery by award-winning Scottish Kenyan storyteller Mara Menzies. 

JRR Tolkien’s Leaf by Niggle

JRR Tolkien’s Leaf by Niggle

Puppet State Theatre Company’s acclaimed adaptation of JRR Tolkien’s miniature masterpiece – enchanting storytelling for fantasy fans and phobics alike. 

Feast of Fools

Feast of Fools

Ever poured gravy into your hat? Eaten next to a Sultan? Had a dinner party with the devil? Well now’s your chance. 

Celeste’s Circus

Celeste’s Circus

This award-winning show offers a first trip for wee ones into the magic of the big top with thrills, spills, oohs and ahhs. 

The Red Hourglass

The Red Hourglass

A dazzling, unique horror-comedy from Alan Bissett, the Fringe First-winning creator of The Moira Monologues. 

Wee Seals and Selkies

Wee Seals and Selkies

In this delightful family show, storytelling and music combine to create an enchanting performance, evoking the Scottish northern seashores. 

Sing Me a Song: The Robert Louis Stevenson Show

Sing Me a Song: The Robert Louis Stevenson Show

RLS is synonymous with Edinburgh. 

Burns for Brunch

Burns for Brunch

Hungover, perhaps, but not yet hung out to dry, Robert Burns awakes in Auld Reekie 2019 sharing his thoughts, poems and songs, casting a satiric eye around his Scotland and ours. 

Loud Poets: Best of Fringe

Loud Poets: Best of Fringe

Showcasing the top spoken word talent the festival has to offer – from the laugh-out-loud funny, through the wonderfully surreal, to the thoughtful and emotional – Loud Poets c… 

I Wish I Was A Mountain

I Wish I Was A Mountain

It's appropriate that this particular production within the 2019 Edinburgh International Children's Festival is the only one slotted into the schedule for the Netherbow sta… 

Uncanny Things

Uncanny Things

Beira – Alison Bell and Heather Yule – weave songs and harp music into a rich fabric combined with traditional stories of the land, the sea and the people of Scotland. 

Is This a Dagger? The Story of Macbeth

Is This a Dagger? The Story of Macbeth

By the pricking of my thumb, something wicked this way comes. 

Walk the Oars

Walk the Oars

A storytelling, poetry and music performance filled with Viking tales and Nordic myths about the Vikings’ arrival in Scotland. 

The Man Who Planted Trees

The Man Who Planted Trees

‘Laughs, heartbreak, war, regeneration, scented breezes, sparkling wit and the best dog puppet ever. 

Old Boy

Old Boy

Do you remember when we used to go camping? And when you helped me make an ATM out of cardboard for my school project? Do you realise what a big impact you’ve had on who I am? Fr… 

Gie's Peace

Gie's Peace

Following her sell-out show Bonnie Fechters at last year’s Fringe, performer/writer/director Morna Burdon returns with more inspiring stories about women of courage. 

Henna

Henna

On the eve of an Indian wedding an anxious bride-to-be is having intricate henna patterns applied to her hands. 

This Script and Other Drafts

This Script and Other Drafts

At a time of schisms within feminism, ongoing revelations of #MeToo, endless discussions about womanhood, and sirens being the soundtrack to our newsfeeds, Jenny Lindsay found hers… 

Mairi Campbell: Auld Lang Syne

Mairi Campbell: Auld Lang Syne

If you’re wandering around Edinburgh this August looking for a glimpse into year-round Scottish culture, it might be worth popping into the Scottish Storytelling Centre on the Ro… 

Twa

Twa

A powerful performance that weaves together memoir and myth in a blend of theatrical storytelling and digital and live drawing response. 

Hamish Henderson: On the Radical Road

Hamish Henderson: On the Radical Road

Evocative, innovative, shape-shifting drama, sculpted from the poetry, music and songs of Hamish Henderson (1919-2002). 

Mindful Disco

Mindful Disco

Rise and shine with Mindful Disco! A guided event combining dance and mindfulness. 

Loud Poets: The Fantastical Game Show Spectacular

Loud Poets: The Fantastical Game Show Spectacular

For anyone who isn’t already familiar with Loud Poets, you really should be. 

Eaten

Eaten

What if your food started talking back? Meet Lionel the lion. 

The Time Machine

The Time Machine

Join us on a thrilling journey to a future age where things are not as they seem. 

Waves

Waves

Waves is the tale of Elizabeth Moncello and how, growing up on Gabo Island (Australia) in the 1930s, by emulating fish, penguins and dolphins to learn how to swim, she came to be t… 

A Trilogy of Horrors

A Trilogy of Horrors

TumbleDry Theatre present three classic horror stories from three great writers. 

The Laird's Big Breaxit

The Laird's Big Breaxit

Scotland’s landowners were in retreat. 

Witches, Wee Folk and Watery Beasties

Witches, Wee Folk and Watery Beasties

There’s more to Scotland than meets the eye, for amidst the bonnie hills, craggy coasts and lush, green glens, dwell some truly curious beings. 

The Moira Monologues

The Moira Monologues

Moira Bell – single mum, cleaner, hardest woman in Falkirk, and alter ego of writer/performer Alan Bissett – is back at the Fringe after a storming tour of Scotland. 

More Moira Monologues

More Moira Monologues

Fringe First winner 2017. 

Space Ape

Space Ape

Once upon a time, approximately twenty years from now, Yorick stands alone, suited up and ready to blast off in a rocket on his celebrated journey to Mars. 

H G Wells' The Time Machine

H G Wells' The Time Machine

While not even Herbert George Wells’s own first dalliance with the concept of time travel, his 1895 novella The Time Machine has nevertheless become pretty much the definitive te… 

Robert Burns: Rough Cut

Robert Burns: Rough Cut

The story goes that in November 1786 the Scottish poet Robert Burns borrowed a pony and left his native Ayrshire for Edinburgh. 

The Wonderful World of Lapin

The Wonderful World of Lapin

Gentle and well-meaning, The Wonderful World of Lapin is a good attempt to introduce young children to the French language. 

The Strange and the Eerie: Ballads and Stories of Auld Scotland

The Strange and the Eerie: Ballads and Stories of Auld Scotland

Scotland’s dark and mysterious past is hidden deep in its songs and legends. 

Fuaigh – Interweaving

Fuaigh – Interweaving

Fuaigh – Interweaving is a collaborative project about belonging, language loss and home. 

Home is Not the Place

Home is Not the Place

Where do I belong? What defines me? Where is home? Poetic, poignant solo show by Annie George – Inspiring Scotland Saltire Bursary winner 2016 – contrasting struggles faced by … 

Bonnie Fechters – Songs and Stories of Hope and Resistance

Bonnie Fechters – Songs and Stories of Hope and Resistance

‘In the 1970s there was a wee bit of a stooshie here in Scotland. 

Turntable / Edinburgh

Turntable / Edinburgh

Michael John McCarthy’s Turntable is a project that has been touring Scotland for four years now, with the simple premise that music can help total strangers open up to one anoth… 

The Illusion of Truth

The Illusion of Truth

How far would you go to achieve your heart’s desire? Would you risk your home? Your livelihood? Your family? The Illusion of Truth is a project inspired by tales of the Orishas, … 

Leaf by Niggle

Leaf by Niggle

With Hollywood’s recent adaptation of his works, the name JRR Tolkien has come to be associated with huge spectacle and epic scope. 

Mairi Campbell: Pulse

Mairi Campbell: Pulse

Mairi Campbell, acclaimed Scottish folk musician, is a joy to listen to. 

Fairich: Live

Fairich: Live

Fairich: Live is an immersive audio-visual experience by Gaelic electronica duo WHYTE. 

(More) Moira Monologues

(More) Moira Monologues

Time has not withered Moira Bell, Alan Bissett’s 2009 tribute to the hard-working, hard-playing, straight-talking working class women of Scotland, and Falkirk in particular. 

Cafe Voices

Cafe Voices

The story is told eye to eye, mind to mind and heart to heart. 

The Headless Woman and Other Delights

The Headless Woman and Other Delights

Through live storytelling, peep-boxes and projection, the audience are drawn into a story circle where ancient tales of boggarts and mermaids hold hands with contemporary accounts … 

Is This a Dagger? The Story of Macbeth

Is This a Dagger? The Story of Macbeth

By the pricking of my thumb, something wicked this way comes. 

At a Stretch

At a Stretch

In a big, busy city there’s loads of space. 

Drawn to Edinburgh

Drawn to Edinburgh

An exhibition of illustrated works by students and graduates of Edinburgh College of Art. 

One Man Shoe

One Man Shoe

Children’s entertainer Jango Starr is a total clown, but that’s certainly not meant as a criticism; sans white-face, he instead relies on a pair of trousers just sufficientl… 

Nae Plans

Nae Plans

Taking their cue from the spontaneity of the traditional music session, two of our finest folk musicians, Hamish Napier (piano, flute, whistle, vocals) and Adam Sutherland (fiddle)… 

The Moira Monologues by Alan Bissett

The Moira Monologues by Alan Bissett

Moira Bell – single mum, cleaner, hardest woman in Falkirk, and the alter ego of writer/performer Alan Bissett – is back at the Fringe for a limited run after six years’ abse… 

Leaf by Niggle

Leaf by Niggle

Leaf by Niggle is a little-known allegory by J. 

Cradle King

Cradle King

In this one-performer play by writer Donald Smith, actor Robin Thomson plays King James – at once James VI of Scotland and James I of England. 

Loud Poets

Loud Poets

Spoken word troupe Loud Poets have taken to the road once more, with live band in tow, for this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe. 

Nzinga Warrior Queen

Nzinga Warrior Queen

When the polyrhythm is heard in Nzinga Warrior Queen’s opening, you know this isn’t a comedy of manners. 

Burns for Beginners

Burns for Beginners

The show about Burns that really is for everyone – absolute beginners, lifelong fans and everyone in between. 

O is for Hoolet

O is for Hoolet

Language is personal. 

Cafe Voices

Cafe Voices

The story is told eye to eye, mind to mind and heart to heart. 

Celeste's Circus

Celeste's Circus

Celeste warmly invites wee ones to join her circus trip. 

Robert Burns: Rough Cut

Robert Burns: Rough Cut

Meet the real edgy Bard. 

Erin, Errol and the Earth Creatures

Erin, Errol and the Earth Creatures

When Erin’s brother disappears she sets out on an adventure to find him. 

Anatomy of the Piano (for Beginners)

Anatomy of the Piano (for Beginners)

Will asks Father Christmas for a spaceship – he gets a piano! An adventure into the world of piano – where they come from, how they evolved and why they make a pretty cool Chri… 

Men With Coconuts

Men With Coconuts

Last year’s Top Free Show on the Fringe (Daily Record) is back for a limited run only! Improvised comedy games and sketches culminating in an entirely improvised musical. 

Dale vN Marshall: I Am Not a Child

Dale vN Marshall: I Am Not a Child

Hot new urban artist Dale vN Marshall collaborated with local youngsters who have experienced challenging circumstances, using their words and experiences to create this outstandin… 

Aladdin

Aladdin

Strange Town is a theatre company based in Edinburgh which aims to “enable young people to fulfil their creative potential”, by providing five to 25 year olds with the opport… 

The Cranston Fiddle

The Cranston Fiddle

The Cranston Fiddle tells the story of the Cranstons of Haddington – an ordinary family who suffered great loss during the First World War. 

Pirates and Mermaids

Pirates and Mermaids

Poor Boy Theatre’s latest offering, Pirates and Mermaids, is everything one hopes to find at the Fringe. 

The Secret Life of Suitcases

The Secret Life of Suitcases

There are some shows that you just get a good feeling about from the moment you step into the theatre. 

Morgana Le Fey

Morgana Le Fey

From Merlin to Malory, Camelot to Excalibur, Morgana le Fey reigns supreme as fiendish counter queen to King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. 

Wojtek the Bear

Wojtek the Bear

Wojtek was an extraordinary bear, and this play that tells his story is an equally extraordinary piece of theatre. 

Brave and Free: Traditional Tales of Scotland

Brave and Free: Traditional Tales of Scotland

There is just something about storyteller Callum Lykan. 

Cafe Voices

Cafe Voices

The story is told eye to eye, mind to mind and heart to heart. 

Loud Poets

Loud Poets

Loud Poets are a Scotland-based collective of poets who perform together. 

The Man Who Planted Trees

The Man Who Planted Trees

The Man Who Planted Trees was originally a tale from French author Jean Giono in the 1950s, now pieced together onstage with cloth hangings, felt animals, and wafting lavender (yes… 

The Enchanted Forest Adventure

The Enchanted Forest Adventure

Returning to this year’s festival, Enchanted Forest Adventure is nothing short of delightful. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Fiona Herbert (winner of Tall Tales 2012 and 2015) attempts to answer her FAQs about work, rest and play. 

Eejits and Hissy Fits

Eejits and Hissy Fits

Storyteller Fiona Herbert (winner, Tall Tales 2012 and 2015) takes you on three adventures, encountering eejits and hissy fits along the way. 

Land of the Dragon – Gwlad y Ddraig

Land of the Dragon – Gwlad y Ddraig

‘Beautifully crafted show, deeply satisfying for young and old alike. 

The Magic Porridge Pot and Other Tasty Tales

The Magic Porridge Pot and Other Tasty Tales

Splodge that porridge! Slurp that soup! Snap that biscuit! On today’s menu there is a trio of traditional and tasty tales to tantalise and tease. 

Loud Poets

Loud Poets

It’s not often you’re treated to performance poetry in a setting with as much production value as this. 

Haggis Haggis Haggis

Haggis Haggis Haggis

A likeable, if hardly groundbreaking, hour of Scottish storytelling comes in this lightweight appraisal for our national dish, haggis. 

A Very Edinburgh Celebration!

A Very Edinburgh Celebration!

Ron Butlin (former Edinburgh Poet Laureate) and highly acclaimed musicians Dick Lee and Anne Evans return for a fourth year with a brand-new version of their sell-out, five-star sh… 

Music for the Book of Deer

Music for the Book of Deer

Inspired by the extraordinary tenth century Aberdeenshire gospel book, Richard Ingham leads an evening of plainsong, reels and electronic soundscapes. 

Cafe Voices

Cafe Voices

Cafe Voices is held in the beautiful John Knox House, where the elegant wooden panels of the large bright room provide perfect acoustics for storytelling. 

Daniel Padden and Wounded Knee: And Blithely Spend the Gowden Day

Daniel Padden and Wounded Knee: And Blithely Spend the Gowden Day

Drew Wright AKA Wounded Knee and Daniel Padden present a striking new song cycle celebrating the seasons, inspired by Edinburgh and the Pentland Hills. 

How Late it Was, How Late

How Late it Was, How Late

Bold Sammy wakes in a cell; battered, bruised and a long way from home. The usual. Only this time he’s blind. An adaptation of James Kelman’s Booker Prize winning novel. 

Miss Julie

Miss Julie

Strindberg’s classic play has been adapted by Discover 21’s co-founder Jen McGregor. 

National Collective Presents...

National Collective Presents...

As the date of Scotland’s Referendum fast approaches, National Collective presents a series of entertaining and informative performances, speakers and discussions to inspire deba… 

X and Y

X and Y

The title for this play comes from the chromosomes that arbitrarily define gender. 

Brave and Free: Traditional Tales of Scotland

Brave and Free: Traditional Tales of Scotland

Scotland, a land steeped in myth and legend. 

My Name is Saoirse

My Name is Saoirse

A new play from the award-winning Sunday’s Child following the journey into adolescence of a young girl growing up in rural Ireland in 1987. 

The Man Who Planted Trees

The Man Who Planted Trees

‘Laughs, heartbreak, war, regeneration, scented breezes, sparkling wit and the best dog puppet ever. 

Red Riding Hood

Red Riding Hood

A young girl, a hungry wolf, and a walk through the woods - it sounds like a recipe for disaster, but Red Riding Hood’s not scared… Well maybe she’s a little bit scared. 

Celeste's Circus

Celeste's Circus

Roll up, roll up! Come join the circus! A first trip for wee ones into the magical delight of the big top. 

Tragic Magic

Tragic Magic

Four times Scottish champion of close up magic Michael Neto is an assured and amiable stage magician, whose slight of hand is smooth, assured and doubtless the result of decades …