In Conversation with… Christopher Brookmyre

In Conversation with… Christopher Brookmyre

Author of 24 crime and sci-fi novels, including Quite Ugly One Morning, All Fun And Games Until Somebody Loses An Eye and Black Widow, which won the 2016 McIlvanney Prize for Scott… 

Richard Herring: RHLSTP

Richard Herring: RHLSTP

‘The King of Edinburgh’ (List) and ‘the best celeb interviewer in Britain’ (Guardian), probably best known for his role of Percy in Servants, brings his multi-award-winning podca… 

Jimeoin: Turn It Up!

Jimeoin: Turn It Up!

World-class stand-up from one of live comedy’s internationally acclaimed masters, celebrating his incredible 27th Fringe! Star of: Apollo, London Palladium, Royal Variety. 

Bridget Christie: Who Am I?

Bridget Christie: Who Am I?

The Edinburgh Comedy Award winner is back at the Fringe with her highly anticipated, brand-new show. 

Craig Hill: Pumped!

Craig Hill: Pumped!

Get pumped and party this fringe! ‘Class. 

In Conversation with... Ian Rankin

In Conversation with... Ian Rankin

The Fife-born international best-selling author chats to Graham Spiers about Rebus, writing, all things Edinburgh, favourite books and music. With over 25 novels translated into 22 languages, and numerous short stories and other writings to his credit, Rankin is the most widely read crime novelist in the UK… 

Blame It on the Algorithm!

Blame It on the Algorithm!

Algorithms and artificial intelligence can determine your mortgage application, drive a car, find you a soulmate and even diagnose your health conditions. Dr Mhairi Aitken (Newcastle University) asks: do we really need human intelligence anymore? Computers could replace your doctor; find cures to rare conditions; tell schools which children need extra support; tell prospective employers which candidates are lowest risk; identify illegal immigrants from scanning their faces; they could even decide where drones should drop bombs… 

Josie Long: Tender

Josie Long: Tender

Three-time Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee and very hard to pin down indie-underdog-nightmare Josie Long is back with a new show for the first time in five years. 

Does Sex Still Sell?

Does Sex Still Sell?

Women have been portrayed as sexual objects in advertising for many years. Recently, female Instagram influencers (adopted by brands) depict sexualisation as a stance of individualistic choice and empowerment… 

In Conversation with... Patrick Harvie

In Conversation with... Patrick Harvie

Co-leader of the Scottish Green Party and MSP for the Glasgow area since 2003. Over the past 15 years he has become one of Scotland’s most notable voices on the subject of climate change and the environment, winning over many converts to the Scottish Greens with his passionate views about the fate of the planet… 

Don’t Believe Your Ears!

Don’t Believe Your Ears!

Did Grover drop an F-bomb on Sesame Street? Do the names Yanny and Laurel make you want to fight? You know what your ears tell you; you heard it yourself! But why do so many people disagree? How can people hear radically different things in the same sound? Who’s right? Can even a professional linguist say for sure? Pit your ears against your friends’ and neighbours’ and let’s settle this once and for all… 

In Conversation with... Elaine C Smith

In Conversation with... Elaine C Smith

BAFTA-winning actor, comedian, singer, writer, independence campaigner, panto legend, feminist and socialist, Smith is rarely accused of lacking opinions. Fiercely funny and the most influential household name in Scotland… 

Obesity Bankrupted Our NHS!

Obesity Bankrupted Our NHS!

Too many of us are obese. Too many nurses are obese. It’s a fatal combination and the NHS is struggling under the weight. Obesity is something we just can’t afford. For every £100 spent on the NHS, a fiver is spent on obesity… 

Fake News Kills World!

Fake News Kills World!

Before going mainstream in 2016, fake news was principally used to attack climate science. Richard Milne (University of Edinburgh) sets about busting those climate myths and showing how to dismantle false claims with logic and analogies – no expertise necessary! You’ll examine tactics used by opponents of climate science, and their close similarities to those employed to promote Brexit and Trump, often by the exact same people… 

Thinking Outside the (Penalty) Box

Thinking Outside the (Penalty) Box

How do you inspire the kids that just don’t want to learn? A critical pedagogy that uses real-life examples can help says Neil Speirs (University of Edinburgh), who reckons that the positive and negative life experiences of footballers – sometimes not the most obvious academic role models out there – can work for many young people… 

Don’t You Smile at Me!

Don’t You Smile at Me!

Our world is getting colder – emotionally. We excel in hate crime and shitstorms rather than giving each other a warm, feel-good glow. Loneliness and socially-related mental health issues are prevailing throughout Western society… 

Mark Watson: I Appreciate You Coming to This and Let's Hope for the Best (Work in Progress)

Mark Watson: I Appreciate You Coming to This and Let's Hope for the Best (Work in Progress)

Watson presents a show that’s no more than 50% ready for public consumption and hopes for the festival’s legendary supportive vibe to carry him through. 

Don't Bank on the Bankers

Don't Bank on the Bankers

A decade on from the financial crash, Rachel Findlay (Edinburgh Napier University) explores how bankers shafted us, crashing banks and our economies, how they got it so badly wrong and what they could have done differently… 

In Conversation with... Barbara Dickson

In Conversation with... Barbara Dickson

Scotland’s top-selling female album artist of all time, Barbara Dickson has had a fifty-year life in music, telling stories through song and performance in the theatre, continuing to tour to this day… 

Chic Murray: A Funny Place for a Window

Chic Murray: A Funny Place for a Window

Chic Murray was the comedian’s comedian. In a career that took him from an engineer’s apprenticeship in Kincaid’s shipyard, Greenock, to the top of the bill at the London Palladium, Chic was a complete one-off… 

In Conversation with... Val McDermid

In Conversation with... Val McDermid

Britain’s queen of crime fiction with more than 30 books to her name and 16 million worldwide sales discusses her new novel How the Dead Speak. Her work was adapted for the successful Wire in the Blood ITV series starring Robson Green and for the last 20 years she has produced at least one fresh story per year and says she has no notion of slowing down… 

Disgust for Dummies

Disgust for Dummies

What do dirty floors and corruption in high places have in common? They are both revolting. The feeling of disgust evolved to protect us from contamination and harm, be it physical or moral… 

Are You a Problem Addict?

Are You a Problem Addict?

Problems are like whirlpools; they suck you in. How often have you found yourself talking over and over about the same difficult people and other irritations? What if you don’t actually need to understand a problem to come up with a great solution? This is the radical idea at the heart of solution focus… 

In Conversation with... Tom Devine

In Conversation with... Tom Devine

Tom Devine is arguably Scotland’s greatest living historian, having written or contributed to more than 25 books covering such areas as Scottish and Irish migration, Scottish industry and society since the 1700s, the transformation of rural Scotland, the Great Highland Famine, the impact of the Irish Famine on Scotland and Scotland’s tobacco lords… 

Are Children Wild Enough?

Are Children Wild Enough?

Are today’s children too disconnected from nature? Are we overprotective of young people? Do we need to rewild childhood? Commentators suggest that contemporary lifestyles are detrimental, not just to children’s health and happiness, but also their understanding of, and relationship with, nature… 

Pottervision

Pottervision

Where better to perform a Harry Potter parody show than Edinburgh?Lukas Kirkby and Tom Lawrinson are back at the Fringe for their fourth year in a row with Pottervision. 

Robert Ross: Forgotten Heroes of Comedy

Robert Ross: Forgotten Heroes of Comedy

The Golden Age of Television was blessed with some of the best-loved of comedians, but while Eric ‘n’ Ernie and Tommy Cooper and Frankie Howerd are still celebrated, some of the greatest like Arthur Haynes and Charlie Drake and Harry Worth languish in the archives… 

Art is Shit

Art is Shit

What is art and should we fund it? Have you ever thought: ‘What the f*ck is that? People pay money for that? A two-year-old could do it!’ We’re talking art with Ron O’Donnell (Edinburgh Napier University)… 

Dean Owens: A Hatful of Songs

Dean Owens: A Hatful of Songs

Internationally acclaimed, award-winning Scottish singer-songwriter Dean Owens is a man of many songs, and many hats. Come and help him pick a selection of songs from his best Stetson, from his glittering nine-album back catalogue, including internationally acclaimed new Nashville-recorded release, Southern Wind… 

In Conversation with… Archie Macpherson

In Conversation with… Archie Macpherson

Macpherson’s 50-year-plus career in broadcasting and writing shows few signs of abating. A former teacher who rose to prominence at BBC Scotland in the late 1960s, becoming one of Britain’s most recognisable football presenters and commentators… 

Rob Bell: An Introduction to Joy

Rob Bell: An Introduction to Joy

Former pastor Rob Bell is the New York Times bestselling author of Love Wins, What We Talk About When We Talk About God, The Zimzum of Love, How To Be Here and What is the Bible?. His podcast, RobCast, is the number one spirituality podcast… 

In Conversation with... Humza Yousaf

In Conversation with... Humza Yousaf

MSP for Glasgow Pollok, Cabinet Secretary for Justice. First elected in 2011, aged 26, the youngest ever Scottish Government Minister and first from an ethnic minority background as Minister for External Affairs and International Development… 

The Bugle Live

The Bugle Live

Global smash-hit podcast returns with its unique live cocktail of up-to-the-second satire, powerhosed hogwash and on-demand puns. Hosted by Andy Zaltzman. With global guests. And a big screen… 

Can Google Really Translate?

Can Google Really Translate?

What does it mean to be a human in the era of Google Translate? Is it really taking over human translation? What if it isn’t just words after all? Can machines replicate human feelings and language nuances? Paola Ruffo (Heriot-Watt University) explores how the boundaries between humans, words and machines are being redrawn… 

Christine Bovill: Tonight You Belong to Me

Christine Bovill: Tonight You Belong to Me

Brand-new show from the award-winning, five-star Glaswegian chanteuse. With her heart-melting, smoky, evocative voice, Christine cherry-picks some of the most celebrated songs and engrossing stories from the Jazz Age – the era of Prohibition, women’s suffrage, radio, flappers, vamps, F Scott Fitzgerald, Dorothy Parker, Charlie Chaplin, Charles Lindbergh and Bessie Smith… 

Sex, Drugs and Bilingualism

Sex, Drugs and Bilingualism

When it comes to sex, drugs and bilingualism, we fool ourselves if we believe we are objective, claims Thomas Bak (University of Edinburgh). These topics touch our social, moral and religious values as well as deep emotions, including the fear of the loss of control… 

Neglecting Midwives Gives Mothers PTSD

Neglecting Midwives Gives Mothers PTSD

The NHS is getting it wrong! Funny? No! Laughable? Maybe! Jenny Patterson (Edinburgh Napier University) hits out at the NHS for neglecting midwives and heartlessly letting women suffer – almost like trauma-stressed war veterans… 

In Conversation with... Kezia Dugdale

In Conversation with... Kezia Dugdale

Kezia Dugdale has been an MSP since 2011 and was leader of the Scottish Labour Party from 2015 until 2017. A law graduate from Aberdeen University, Dugdale’s interests range across education, lifelong learning, social justice and welfare reform… 

No Copyright, No Problem?

No Copyright, No Problem?

Is copyright necessary? Does it hinder or does it help? What would happen if there was no copyright? Without it, who benefits and who loses? Is copyright just for large corporations? Or does copyright also serve the interests of individual creators (artists, writers, musicians) more effectively than we might think? Join Smita Kheria, intellectual property law expert (University of Edinburgh), to find out whether copyright has a positive role to play or whether we could live without it in today’s post-digital society. 

In Conversation with... Nicola Sturgeon

In Conversation with... Nicola Sturgeon

Scotland’s First Minister chats to Graham Spiers about Scotland, politics, gender balance, favourite books and (maybe) eighties pop music. First elected to the Scottish Parliament in 1999, currently MSP for the Glasgow Southside constituency… 

Speaking Out: A Conversation with John Bercow

Speaking Out: A Conversation with John Bercow

Speaking Out: A Conversation with John Bercow. After a decade in his post, John Bercow sets out his views on his role in Parliament and what he has witnessed in a turbulent decade in British political life (not least Brexit). 

Build a Football Club, IRL!

Build a Football Club, IRL!

Have you taken your team to the Champions League Final in Football Manager? Is this all it takes to go pro? Mason Robbins (University of Edinburgh – FC Barcelona partnership) reckons it might be… 

1,000 One-Liners in Support of MS Society

1,000 One-Liners in Support of MS Society

Enjoy watching some of the best one-liner comedians at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe rise to the challenge of performing a total of 1,000 of their best one-liners to raise money for MS Society – they have just five hours to perform them in… 

Who Owns History?

Who Owns History?

Who decides what and who gets remembered? And how? Who owns our historical records, and should they? Rachel Hosker and Anne-Marie Scott (University of Edinburgh) explore the, at times, dark recesses of the information in our archives… 

Is God a Psychopath?

Is God a Psychopath?

In the bowels of The Stand’s New Town Theatre, an audience sweats in the clamminess of an overheated, cramped studio. 

Reading Is Bad for You!

Reading Is Bad for You!

How do you read? Drowning in never-ending email? Rapidly devouring whodunnits, then immediately forgetting them? Perhaps you are seduced by clickbait or read the news and get depressed? Do you cherry-pick political statements to find only what you want to hear, then suspiciously pick apart whatever the other side says? The ways we read today are often unhealthy… 

In Conversation with… Len McCluskey

In Conversation with… Len McCluskey

Britain’s most influential trade union leader talks about the industrial and political challenges of leading over 1.2m members as General Secretary of UNITE the union; a campaigning 21st-century organisation fighting for justice and fairness in the workplace… 

Laughing For Palestine with Seann Walsh

Laughing For Palestine with Seann Walsh

Have a laugh and help raise money for ICAHD UK: Resisting Apartheid, Building a Shared Democracy. With Seann Walsh, Maria Shehata, Gavin Webster, Sameena Zehra and Gary Sansome. MC: Daphna Baram… 

A Man's a Man

A Man's a Man

Following the overwhelming success of this performance last year, it’s back – and this time with a full cast of professional actors. 

Carol Ann Duffy and John Sampson

Carol Ann Duffy and John Sampson

Introducing Carol Ann Duffy to the stage with a trumpet call, indicating a rally of the troops, seems befitting for the hour with the world-renowned poet. 

Call the Tooth Fairy!

Call the Tooth Fairy!

Most academic research needs to be more relevant, produced more quickly and for less money. Is this possible? Jan Clarkson (University of Dundee and NHS Education for Scotland) and Craig Ramsay (University of Aberdeen) return to CODI to share their latest groundbreaking research – and you may be surprised by the results! How often should you go to the dentist? Can their patients take charge of research and predict dementia, locate defibrillators and diagnose disease from biopsies? Should research be conducted differently? Oh, and is the tooth fairy the answer? 

In Conversation with... David Hayman

In Conversation with... David Hayman

Fresh from touring The Benny Lynch Story, completing the film comedy Fisherman’s Friends, and playing Private Frazer in the remake of the lost episodes of Dad’s Army (and a few other things besides!), Scottish acting’s national treasure revisits a highlight-strewn career now in its fifth decade; though his love of live theatre doesn’t preclude some strong views on the shape it’s in… 

Making a Murderer: Part 2 – Brendan Dassey’s Post-Conviction Lawyers Laura Nirider and Steven Drizin in Conversation

Making a Murderer: Part 2 – Brendan Dassey’s Post-Conviction Lawyers Laura Nirider and Steven Drizin in Conversation

Join Brendan Dassey’s lawyers Laura Nirider and Steven Drizin discussing coerced and false confessions, interrogation tactics, and Brendan’s wrongful conviction whose case has captivated the world in the Netflix’s smash docuseries Making a Murderer: Part 2… 

Adolf

Adolf

Pip Utton, Fringe legend brings Adolf back for the final time. Over 20 years since its premiere, as relevant today as ever. One of the most successful Fringe solo shows ever. ‘Terrifying, searing, transfixing’ (Scotsman)… 

Move or Die!

Move or Die!

According to the British Heart Foundation, inactivity is the fourth-leading risk factor for premature death from any cause. Inactivity is dangerous! Have you heard this before? Have you been told you need to do more? But who likes being told what to do? We all know we should probably do more, but do we want to? Are you frustrated that people you know don’t do what they know they should? What would motivate us to change? Dr Amanda Pitkethly (Edinburgh Napier University) has some life-changing ideas and practical suggestions! 

This Show Will Make You Sharper!

This Show Will Make You Sharper!

Staying sharp as you age is easy… just eat this super berry, do five simple things or play this game to beat dementia! But what if it’s not as simple as the hype suggests? If we need to put in a bit of effort to keep our brains healthy, would we be willing to do that, and do we even know what those challenging things might be? Join Alan Gow (Heriot-Watt University) to explore what we know about how our thinking skills change as we age, and what we might do to stay sharp. 

In Conversation with... Shappi Khorsandi

In Conversation with... Shappi Khorsandi

Award-winning stand-up, cultural icon, author and columnist, with countless TV and radio credits (including I’m A Celebrity…). Recent President of Humanists UK (2016-19), Labour supporter, non-driving mother of two, with an honorary doctorate from the University of Winchester where she previously graduated with a drama degree… 

In Conversation with... Michael Stewart

In Conversation with... Michael Stewart

A TV and newspaper pundit whose views on Scottish football and politics have roused vast armies of both admirers and detractors. A former footballer, Stewart spent seven years at Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson, before going on to play for both Hearts and Hibs… 

Stewart Lee: Wok In Progress

Stewart Lee: Wok In Progress

Notes towards a new show from ‘the world’s greatest living stand-up’ (Times). Where does Stew sit in the marketplace when Netflix mistakenly describe his act as ‘reports of sharks falling from the skies are on the rise… 

O Sister, Where Art Thou?

O Sister, Where Art Thou?

Each year, thousands of children are born in the UK as the result of egg or sperm donation. Once they turn 18, they will be able to find their biological parents if they want. It doesn’t work the other way though: gamete donors are unable to seek out children; nor can biological siblings born to different families from the same donor find each other… 

Are Women Assholes?

Are Women Assholes?

Women are constantly measuring one another by ideals of thinness, beauty, best mummy practices and keeping a happy home with a happy partner. Why? Are their values warped? Are they not happy with themselves or are they afraid of being alone? Why is single status so threatening? Does competitiveness drive their insecurities or do women’s insecurities drive their competitiveness? Amy Andrada (University of Edinburgh) dares to ask… 

In Conversation with... Janey Godley

In Conversation with... Janey Godley

Multi award-winning, take-no-prisoners, passionate, lyrical, totally honest Scottish comedienne, TV and radio regular, playwright, blogger, bestselling author, columnist and, er, Trump nemesis talks to Graham Spiers about her Glasgow upbringing and her fierce and rare talent… 

Has Your Phone Replaced Your Brain?

Has Your Phone Replaced Your Brain?

What if your mind is not only in your brain? How exactly would your mind extend across brain, body and beyond? Philosopher Dave Chalmers claims that if his iPhone were implanted in his head, it would just speed up processing; it is already part of his mind… 

In Conversation with... Ruth Davidson

In Conversation with... Ruth Davidson

Whatever else the history books will make of UK politics in 2019, it can at least acknowledge some impressive feminist credentials, with women leading parties right, left and centr… 

Scotland: The Final Frontier?

Scotland: The Final Frontier?

Launching rockets is the last missing piece in the growing Scottish space industry. Plans are underway to send satellites, and people, into outer space from Scotland. Sutherland, Unst and Prestwick are some of the possible launch sites… 

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… 

OK Computer or Paranoid Android?

OK Computer or Paranoid Android?

Psychologist Thusha Rajendran (Heriot-Watt University) tackles controversies around new technologies. Will our future be utopian or dystopian? Do our digital lives allow us to be true to ourselves or are we suffering an identity crisis? Can iPads damage your children’s brains? Will robots take our jobs? Can you fall in love with your operating system? Can AI learn about aesthetics and style? Can you form a real attachment to your robot dog? Is it worth chipping yourself? What do these technologies mean for our evolution and what do our techno-fears reveal about us? 

Do Cows Belong in Fields?

Do Cows Belong in Fields?

The cows that made the milk that went into your tea or your cereal this morning might well be housed all-year round, never grazing. The image of cows in fields peacefully munching green grass in an idyllic rural setting is not always the case… 

Dumbing Down Trauma?

Dumbing Down Trauma?

Scotland is one of the first countries to buy into the Adverse Childhood Experiences Movement wholesale and has highlighted this as a key public health concern. This can only be a good thing, right? Finally, we are waking up to the long-known devastating effect of adversity and trauma for individuals’ lives, their place in society and their future wellbeing and prosperity… 

The Staircase: An Evening with David Rudolf from Netflix’s The Staircase

The Staircase: An Evening with David Rudolf from Netflix’s The Staircase

Join David Rudolf, defence attorney for Michael Peterson in the hit Netflix documentary series The Staircase, for an evening of discussion into the intimate details of the case and series… 

Let's Kill Half the World

Let's Kill Half the World

The world’s population continues to grow at an alarming rate, putting an enormous strain on food systems and production. Plant biologist Ross Alexander (Heriot-Watt University) argues that killing half of us would quickly solve the problem… 

PASS Dance presents Springboard

PASS Dance presents Springboard

Performing Arts Studio Scotland: Dance at Edinburgh College present an eclectic mix of original choreographic work created by the staff, students and recent graduates of PASS Dance… 

Benefit in Aid of Silver Line

Benefit in Aid of Silver Line

The Silver Line is the only free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people, open 24 hours a day. Join for an evening of comedy fundraising with Dame Esther Louise Rantzen… 

In Conversation with... Ricky Ross

In Conversation with... Ricky Ross

From debut album Raintown to follow-up When The World Knows Your Name, through to 2016’s The Believers, Deacon Blue are one of the most respected and best-loved bands of their generation… 

Statistics Is Evil!

Statistics Is Evil!

Can you really trust statistics? Often thought of as manipulative or untrustworthy, statistics gets a bad reputation. It may be of no surprise then that statistics has been interwoven throughout all things morbid in human history, like disease, conflict, and death… 

In Conversation with... Jo Caulfield

In Conversation with... Jo Caulfield

A regular on Have I Got News For You, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Just a Minute and Stop The Press. Fringe award winner who headlines the UK’s biggest and best comedy clubs, whilst in high demand on the corporate circuit… 

Long Live the Cat Ladies?

Long Live the Cat Ladies?

In our twenties, an independent lifestyle seems liberating. In our thirties, making new friends becomes trickier: everyone’s busy with work/family/relationships. At the end of life, about one in three people live alone in Scotland… 

You’re Going To Get Mentally Ill – Now What?

You’re Going To Get Mentally Ill – Now What?

Research has got to the point that researchers like Stephen Lawrie (University of Edinburgh) can predict who will get some major mental illnesses years before they develop. The overall accuracy of these predictions is about the same as in cancer screening… 

Bugle Boys

Bugle Boys

Bugle Boys wowed crowds at the 2018 Edinburgh Festival Fringe and are back for more this year. Frocked up to the nines in faux military costumes, Patty, Maxene and LaVerne dance their shapely legs off and sing (not lip-sync) the songs of The Andrews Sisters plus The Spice Girls, Little Mix, Madonna and a whole lot more… 

Omid Djalili: Work in Progress

Omid Djalili: Work in Progress

Legendary festival favourite, stand-up comedian, film and television star Omid Djalili returns for eight shows only. Intelligent, sometimes provocative and always entertaining. His stand-up is a hugely energetic and captivating comedy masterclass… 

Ada Campe and the Psychic Duck

Ada Campe and the Psychic Duck

Sometimes it’s the most unexpected and delightful moments that shape your future. Join award-winning variety artiste Ada Campe and her Psychic Duck for a show about wonderful women, strange encounters and a fairground mystery… 

Pants on Fire!

Pants on Fire!

Do you think you could spot a liar? Many people believe there are telltale signs that show somebody is lying, and some even claim to be human lie-detectors. A suspect’s behaviour can determine how they are questioned, and influence a juror’s verdict… 

Battling Boffins Smackdown!

Battling Boffins Smackdown!

Controversy and healthy, informed conflict as scientist Kate Cross and humanities scholar Anindya Raychaudhuri commence an academic smackdown in a battle to answer your questions about anything and everything… 

And Before I Forget I Love You, I Love You

And Before I Forget I Love You, I Love You

Pip Utton returns with last year’s smash hit. ‘Vivid portrait bursting with love’ ***** (Stage). ***** (BroadwayBaby.com). ***** (TheWeeReview.com). **** (British Theatre Guide)… 

The Dark Side of Data Security

The Dark Side of Data Security

Should unbreakable data security be made widely available? If so, can it be used for malicious purposes, as well as keeping us secure? Cracking the Enigma codes during World War II may have had positive outcomes, but what if criminals and terrorists also had access to impregnable data security? Today, we use encryption online, but these codes can be broken with effort… 

Creative People Need Data!

Creative People Need Data!

Nicola Osborne (#CreativeInformatics, University of Edinburgh) reckons that data-driven technologies are inspiring new and unexpected opportunities for creative people and organisations to think about what they do, how they do it and how they make a living from doing what they love… 

The Five-Thirty Cabaret

The Five-Thirty Cabaret

The perfect appetiser for your early evening on the Fringe. A near sell-out, Five-Thirty Cabaret presents a fast-paced variety show that packs entertainment into one hour and returns to The Stand’s New Town Theatre, Grand Hall… 

The Best of Scottish Comedy

The Best of Scottish Comedy

Talk about doing what it says on the tin! Here you go: simply the best comics on the contemporary Scottish circuit. At least four acts on every bill, with seasoned headliners joining… 

Jerry Sadowitz: Comedian, Magician, Psychopath 2019

Jerry Sadowitz: Comedian, Magician, Psychopath 2019

Jerry Sadowitz, Britain’s favourite comedian, is back! Yes, the man with no visible demograph returns to make you laugh while simultaneously parting you of hard earned cash! Affectionately known as ‘miserable c**t’ to his imaginary friends, Sadowitz is the only comedian who campaigns against human rights… 

The Stand's Pick of the Fringe

The Stand's Pick of the Fringe

The Stand Comedy Club’s hand-picked selection of great comedy at the Fringe at The Stand’s New Town Theatre almost every Friday and Saturday night. Catch four brilliant acts all for £10… 

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, duels, elephants, castles built of cheese and all of it completely and irrefutably true! Discover how the Baron invented morris dancing, how his actions saved the Isle of Skye from sinking beneath the waves, why every fourth child in Bruges is named after him and other fantastically delightful stories… 

Richard Herring: RHLSTP

Richard Herring: RHLSTP

‘The Podfather’ (Guardian) and ‘King of Edinburgh’ (List), probably best known for playing a policeman on Ant and Dec Unleashed, brings his multi award-winning podcast to Edinburgh for his 25th Fringe… 

Scotland Today

Scotland Today

Scotland Today, in association with Vivienne Clore, is the new live show from bestselling author and critically acclaimed hip-hop artist Darren McGarvey AKA Loki the Scottish rapper… 

The Best of Irish Comedy

The Best of Irish Comedy

Ireland’s finest under one roof. Excellent value Celtic showcase featuring four top comics for the price of one. Fringe institution since 1999. Moving from Stand 3 to The Stand’s New Town Theatre, Lower Hall – because we just couldn’t contain that much hilarity! Previous guests include: Jason Byrne, Dara Ó Briain, Dylan Moran, David O’Doherty, Andrew Maxwell, Colin Murphy, Ed Byrne, Neil Delamere, Maeve Higgins, Michael Redmond, Eleanor Tiernan, Jarlath Reagan, Deirdre O’Kane, Jake O’Kane, Ian Coppinger and Owen O’Neill… 

Sajeela Kershi: Fights Like a Girl!

Sajeela Kershi: Fights Like a Girl!

Multi award-winning comedian/activist, putting up her dukes and picking her battles! Trump, terrorists and everything in between. Time to call out the bullshit! What will you fight for? **** (One4Review… 

The Anxiety Experiment

The Anxiety Experiment

Take control of anxiety, anger and stress using GazeTherapy, the medical breakthrough based on proven brain parts and connections. Change your life in an hour and overcome performance, flight, social, dental or any other type of anxiety… 

Craig Campbell's Joyful Pain

Craig Campbell's Joyful Pain

The craziest third of The Dinks and The Lumberjacks comedy trios, this ‘fantastic yarn weaver’ (Time Out) surges into his 30th year of stand-up and 20th since first performing at the Fringe with Joyful Pain! A hackle-warming, hilarious, hairy face to see on stage from out of the quaint Scottish summers (featuring mists, downpours, heavy fogs, hail, sleet and snow), Craig has given the last couple of shivery Edinburgh summers the swerve, helping raise the newest beautiful member of his family… 

60 Minutes to Save the World – Vladimir McTavish

60 Minutes to Save the World – Vladimir McTavish

Fake news, global warming, austerity, terrorism, the car crash that is Brexit. Is the planet on the brink? It would certainly seem that way. However, Vladimir McTavish, two-time Scottish Comedy Award winner, described as ‘Scotland’s top satirical stand-up’ (Morning Star) offers some positively left-field comic solutions to stop humanity falling into the abyss… 

Agent November Escape Game: Major X Ploe-Shun

Agent November Escape Game: Major X Ploe-Shun

You are the hero in this ingenious escape game! Crack the Major’s riddles, beat the clock and defuse the device before it’s too late! Edinburgh needs you! An Agent November mystery, now bigger and better than before… 

Agent November Escape Game: Robyn Yew

Agent November Escape Game: Robyn Yew

Agent November is hot on the trail of international thief Robyn Yew! A priceless artefact is missing from the Museum of Secrets. Can you crack this immersive escape game and avoid a diplomatic disaster? An Agent November mystery, now bigger and better than before… 

Agent November Escape Game: Murder Mr E

Agent November Escape Game: Murder Mr E

There’s been a murder. Race against time to solve it or you might be next! Investigate this terrible crime at the Museum of Secrets in this immersive escape game. An Agent November mystery, now bigger and better than before… 

In Conversation With... Mike Russell

In Conversation With... Mike Russell

Minister for UK negotiations on Scotland's place in Europe and MSP for Argyll and Bute. A fierce campaigner and debater, he is a part-time professor of culture and governance at the University of Glasgow... 

The Spy Who Doped Me

The Spy Who Doped Me

The margin between success and failure in elite sport can be miniscule. The investment into sporting success can be millions of pounds for a handful of medals. While some athletes and coaches look to marginal gains for success, others adopt a more straightforward approach: doping... 

Hollywood Swings

Hollywood Swings

The Razz Big Band and Paul Gudgin return with dynamic swing versions of classic Hollywood movie tunes including Chicago, Cabaret, Singin’ in the Rain, Hairspray and La La Land. Leonard Bernstein’s special anniversary year is celebrated with songs from his hit movie musicals West Side Story and On The Town... 

In Conversation With... Jonathan Watson

In Conversation With... Jonathan Watson

After graduating from RSAMD, Watson joined Glasgow Citizens' TAG Theatre, before working with Traverse, Borderline, 7:84, Royal Lyceum, Perth Rep and Scottish Theatre Company. Theatre work includes Rob Drummond's Quiz Show, John Byrne's adaptation of Chekhov's The Three Sisters, National Theatre of Scotland's Yer Granny and Douglas Maxwell’s The Whip Hand... 

May Contain Neanderthal

May Contain Neanderthal

Our genes make us who we are. DNA is our destiny. And our ancestry. Neither of these statements are correct, but offer simple and seductive explanations that obscure the much more complicated reality... 

#YesAllMen 

#YesAllMen 

Time’s up; but on what, exactly? Are the Weinsteins of the world isolated bad apples, individuals who use their positions of power to take advantage of vulnerable women, or is it a much deeper problem? Are men just not listening when women refuse sex? Or can women not refuse at all? Join feminist philosopher Dr Elinor Mason (University of Edinburgh) to explore consent, entitlement and the cultural systems which mean women are denied the authority to refuse sex. 

In Conversation With... Arnold Brown

In Conversation With... Arnold Brown

Arnold Brown first came to prominence in the early 1980s at Soho's Comedy Store and later, at the Comic Strip live show, with Alexei Sayle, Rik Mayall and French and Saunders et al... 

In Conversation With... Ruby Wax

In Conversation With... Ruby Wax

A much-loved comedian for over 25 years, at the peak of her success Ruby bizarrely jumped ship to gain a master's degree from Oxford in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, then produced two best-selling books – Sane New World and A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled... 

When Is Lying Good?

When Is Lying Good?

Would you lie to the government about who you are? How about to your doctor? Maybe to big companies? Whilst online shopping? How about on your Facebook profile? Do they need your real date of birth? Is lying the best way to protect yourself from being profiled and manipulated by who knows what company? Amy Tilbrook (Administrative Data Research Centre – Scotland) examines whether the digital information gathered about us every day is true and what the consequences might be if it's not. 

Will Pigs Save Our Bacon?

Will Pigs Save Our Bacon?

We're desperately short of organs for transplant, so the possibility of transplanting from pigs to humans (xenotransplantation) has many people excited. Dr James Lowe (University of Edinburgh) will explore whether this promise will – or should – ever be realised... 

In Conversation With... Archie Macpherson

In Conversation With... Archie Macpherson

Macpherson's 50+ year career in broadcasting and writing shows few signs of abating. A former teacher who rose to prominence at BBC Scotland in the late 1960s, becoming one of Britain's most recognisable football presenters and commentators... 

In Conversation With... KT Tunstall

In Conversation With... KT Tunstall

KT Tunstall's enchanting and engaging songs resonate throughout pop culture. Now Los Angeles-based, her 2004 classic debut Eye to the Telescope spawned international hits including Suddenly I See, winning the Ivor Novello Award for Best Song in 2006 and helping earn her first BRIT Award for Best British Female Artist along with Grammy and Mercury Prize nominations in 2007... 

Big Boys Don't Cry

Big Boys Don't Cry

Toxic masculinity is blamed for everything from the #MeToo movement to rates of male suicide. Dr Fiona McQueen (Edinburgh Napier University) wants to know whether men becoming more emotional can undo the nasty sides of manliness... 

The Dark Side of Fluorescence

The Dark Side of Fluorescence

Dr Amy Davies (Heriot-Watt University) invites you to delve into the deep oceans and dark forests where enchanting fluorescent creatures such as jellyfish and fireflies live. Their fluorescence has allowed scientists to make other animals that can glow in the dark... 

In Conversation With... Judy Murray

In Conversation With... Judy Murray

Former Scottish tennis international with 64 national title successes, Judy was appointed Scottish National coach in 1995, becoming the first woman to pass the LTA's Performance Coach Award... 

Is Astronaut Food the Future?

Is Astronaut Food the Future?

With growing pressure on the planet's resources, food production is having to get more high-tech. Are you worried about what's in it? From looking at food provisions in extreme environments like space, researchers and engineers have come up with some very interesting but controversial solutions which are now making their way into mainstream food production... 

The Naked Blind Data Show

The Naked Blind Data Show

Do you want to reveal yourself to the world? Does your data show more than you think? To whom? We think our personal information is private. But should it be? New laws seek to protect data privacy rights – even as Facebook and Google collect our information... 

No Copyright, No Problem?

No Copyright, No Problem?

Is copyright necessary? Does it hinder or does it help? What would happen if there was no copyright? Without it, who benefits and who loses out? Is copyright just for large corporations? Or does copyright also serve the interests of individual creators more effectively than we might think? Join Smita Kheria, intellectual property law expert (University of Edinburgh), to find out whether copyright has a positive role to play, or could we live without it in today's post-digital society... 

In Conversation With... Emily Thornberry

In Conversation With... Emily Thornberry

Emily Thornberry, MP for Islington South and Finsbury, is the Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and Shadow First Secretary of State. As well as representing the Labour Party on foreign affairs, Emily also deputises for Jeremy Corbyn during PMQs... 

In Conversation With... Richard Leonard

In Conversation With... Richard Leonard

A proud socialist and trade unionist, elected Scottish Labour Party leader in 2017 on a radical programme of change. His ambition is to build a society where the economy serves the interests of the many, not the few... 

Politics of the Tooth Fairy

Politics of the Tooth Fairy

Jan Clarkson (University of Dundee/NHS Education for Scotland) and Craig Ramsay (The University of Aberdeen) told us at previous cabarets to stop brushing our teeth and to skip our scale and polish... 

Suspect Confessions

Suspect Confessions

Have you ever admitted to something you didn't do? At home? At work? What would it take to own up to breaking the law? It's surprisingly common for innocent people to confess to crimes they haven't committed... 

In Conversation With... Barbara Dickson

In Conversation With... Barbara Dickson

Scotland's top-selling female album artist of all time, Barbara Dickson has had a fifty-year life in music, telling stories through song and performance in the theatre and continuing to tour to this day... 

Footballers Have Feelings Too

Footballers Have Feelings Too

And we can learn from them. Across the globe, many footballers and other athletes have actively engaged with issues related to peace, racism and social inequities. These voices not only highlight important social and political topics, but also make the school curriculum feel more relevant to pupils – especially some working class students who are not fully participating in their education... 

Barry Crimmins – A Tribute

Barry Crimmins – A Tribute

Last year, Barry Crimmins made his triumphant debut on the fringe. Sadly, he is not back this year and we wish he was. Barry died of cancer earlier this year. Barry was a passionate and sometimes fiery role model for other comedians, campaigners and human beings generally... 

In Conversation With... Rory Bremner

In Conversation With... Rory Bremner

Rory Bremner is the multi-talented impressionist, comedian, satirist, translator, columnist, writer, presenter and actor. Rory is best known for writing and starring in the political satire show Bremner, Bird and Fortune, for nearly twenty years... 

Piff the Magic Dragon and the Dog Who Knows

Piff the Magic Dragon and the Dog Who Knows

Mr Piffles: Reader of minds! Teller of fortunes! Humper of legs! Stainer of carpets! With a residency at the Flamingo Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas extended throughout 2018, the doggy Derren Brown returns to Edinburgh... 

The Charisma of Evil: Why Are We Obsessed by Serial Killers?

The Charisma of Evil: Why Are We Obsessed by Serial Killers?

Why are we fascinated by serial killers? They're everywhere; on the news, in crime fiction, on television and in our daily lives. We are obsessed by those who take human life and show no remorse... 

Link and Lorne: Terrestrial Is the Bestrial

Link and Lorne: Terrestrial Is the Bestrial

Link and Lorne live and breathe television. Joe Hullait (Link) is the creator of Scot Squad. Ewan Denny (Lorne) is the editor of daytime TV's biggest killers. Before the BBC Short Stuff stars take the final step to global superstardom, they're taking to the stage to spill industry secrets and brainstorm new ideas for a live audience... 

All News Is Fake News!

All News Is Fake News!

We’re all brainwashed, biased and influenced by personal experience, even scientists. But there are ways to notice and counter this. Join scientists Professor David Finnegan (University of Edinburgh) and Sarah Keer-Keer (Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology) to find out how evidence and emotion affect how we make decisions and how science can help us to think more clearly and pick our way through the fake news minefield. 

Tony Slattery: Slattery Will Get You Nowhere

Tony Slattery: Slattery Will Get You Nowhere

Comedy legend Tony Slattery reveals all in conversation with comedy-historian Robert Ross. After playing to packed houses last year, with a return to his greatest triumph Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Tony Slattery is back with a no-holds-barred reflection on his life and work... 

Yer Tea's Oot!

Yer Tea's Oot!

As we say round here: 'If they drap the bomb, yer tea's oot!'. A cabaret evening of top entertainment that also tells the story of the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), Scotland’s part in that and the winning of the Nobel Peace Prize in the context of 60 Years of disarmament campaigning in Scotland... 

Bubble and Squeeze

Bubble and Squeeze

Louis Pearl, AKA the Amazing Bubble Man, accompanied by accordion diva Jet Black Pearl, have created a new stunning spectacle of bubble-based entertainment with cabaret style theatre and music, geared towards an adult audience... 

In Conversation With... Mark Thomas

In Conversation With... Mark Thomas

Arguably the UK's most effective and best known political performer, winning awards for his stage shows and human rights campaigning, including the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award... 

The Bugle Live

The Bugle Live

Two live editions of the globally popular topical podcast. Hosted by Andy Zaltzman, with guests from around the world, The Bugle Live will address the week's news with its trademark cocktail of inventive satire and premium-grade hogwash... 

In Conversation With... Darren McGarvey

In Conversation With... Darren McGarvey

Also known as Loki the Scottish Rapper, McGarvey is a troublemaking hip hop recording artist, community activist, an unusually scrupulous columnist and social commentator. He is the author of 2017's Poverty Safari – powerful, provocative and entirely necessary at this time... 

Disgust for Dummies

Disgust for Dummies

What do dirty floors and corrupted politicians have in common? They are both revolting. Disgust evolved to protect us from contamination and harm, being it physical or moral. But are these feelings an immovable reality or can we change them? Is our moral compass regulated by the same mechanisms that prevent us from drinking expired milk? And why is it important to know? This is a journey led by Dr Anna Sedda (Heriot-Watt University) into understanding and accepting disgust. 

Christine Bovill's Paris

Christine Bovill's Paris

Five-star, award-winning show which has wowed international audiences in London, Ireland, Berlin and beyond. Christine Bovill beckons you back to a Parisian scented twilight world, the golden age of French Song; a demi-monde of heroes, outcasts, cynics and bruised romantics... 

Dylan Moran: Dr Cosmos

Dylan Moran: Dr Cosmos

BAFTA and Perrier award-winning comedian Dylan Moran brings his brand-new show, Dr Cosmos to the Edinburgh Fringe before embarking on his 49-date UK tour. Moran will offer his unique take on love, politics, misery and the everyday absurdities of life, all served with poetical panache from one of the finest comedians of his generation... 

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... 

Christine Bovill's Piaf

Christine Bovill's Piaf

Fringe sell-out sensation returns for two performances only. Award-winning chanteuse Christine Bovill threads her own remarkable journey with French Song, recalling the life and works of Edith Piaf... 

Ditch the Classroom; Speak in Tongues!

Ditch the Classroom; Speak in Tongues!

Everybody believes that education is good: the more, the better. But what if the benefits of education are mainly due to knowing different languages? Does this mean we don't need to study maths, biology or technology? Could our children have more hours in the day for play and do just as well in life? How many of us really need the specialist knowledge to prepare us for a possible medical career? Join Dr Thomas Bak (The University of Edinburgh) for this controversial take on educating future generations! 

Dashanan / Kabeera

Dashanan / Kabeera

Martial arts, acrobatics, folk dance, drama, exhilarating choreography, colourful costumes, atmospheric lighting and a double bill of exciting and elegant Indian dance. Dashanan: Ravana is traditionally a villain... 

Loki, the Scottish Rapper: Poverty Safari Live

Loki, the Scottish Rapper: Poverty Safari Live

Like stereotypes, labels generally become meaningless upon scrutiny. Loki (aka Darren McGarvey) is a Glaswegian, working-class rapper. Poverty Safari Live offers a perspective which is rooted in, but challenges, the meaning of all these labels in contemporary society... 

Samba Sene and Diwan: Senegalese Shindig

Samba Sene and Diwan: Senegalese Shindig

Exuberant fusion of funky mbalax/ Afrobeat rhythms with undercurrents of ska, rock, Senegalese soul; original songs with impassioned vocals, infectious guitar licks and irresistible dance grooves... 

In Conversation With... Donald Findlay

In Conversation With... Donald Findlay

One of Scotland’s most recognisable, talented and controversial figures. As a defence lawyer he has been involved in some of Scotland’s most high-profile criminal cases and scored numerous successes, usually with a dash of the Findlay swagger or dry humour thrown in for good measure... 

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... 

School of Batman – Live!

School of Batman – Live!

Batman is the world's greatest scientist and we can prove it. School of Batman is a podcast where academics help Batman fight crime utilising their research. In this show, it starts with a tour of some of the science of Batman on film, from the camp crusader of Adam West to the gritty realism of the Batfleck... 

Why Is Mental Illness So Goddamn Controversial?

Why Is Mental Illness So Goddamn Controversial?

Psychiatrist Stephen Lawrie (The University of Edinburgh) thinks mental illness is needlessly controversial – and the controversy is destroying our mental health services. Artificial battle lines are drawn between two stereotypes: 'pill-peddling' doctors under the influence of big bad pharma versus caring, sharing talking therapists who get to 'the root of the problem'... 

Fibre Optics Can Save the World!

Fibre Optics Can Save the World!

The magical internet-providing properties of fibre optics are well known. But hardly anyone has heard of fibre optics that can diagnose cancer or detect gravity waves, and Matthew Partridge (Southampton University) isn't happy about that... 

In Conversation With... Val McDermid

In Conversation With... Val McDermid

Britain's queen of crime fiction with more than 30 books to her name and 16 million worldwide sales. Her work was adapted for the successful Wire in the Blood series on ITV starring Robson Green and for the last 20 years she has produced at least one fresh story per year and says she has no notion of slowing down... 

A Hatful of Songs

A Hatful of Songs

Hailed as one of Scotland’s finest troubadours, Dean Owens is a man of many songs, many hats. Come and help him pick a selection of songs from a hat, from his glittering seven album back catalogue, including internationally acclaimed new Nashville-recorded release, Southern Wind... 

Stop Making Sense

Stop Making Sense

Do you always approach life logically, making careful decisions based on sound evidence and facts? Health warning! You may be suffering from abnormally high levels of rationality. This can be dangerous! Too much reason can clog up your brain and stifle your imagination... 

We're All Mental!

We're All Mental!

The history of mental disorder is full of instances of labels of mental disorders being used to control what was deemed as unacceptable or dangerous. The science of mental health is as much determined by cultural norms as it is by its methods of enquiry... 

In Conversation With... Paddy Hill

In Conversation With... Paddy Hill

One of the so-called Birmingham Six, wrongfully convicted of the Birmingham pub bombings in 1974, at that time the worst terrorist atrocity in mainland Britain. Along with the fight to free Mandela, the campaign to free the Six became one of the biggest human rights campaigns in the world, finally resulting in the quashing of their convictions in 1991... 

Never a Soft Touch

Never a Soft Touch

Scotland was once considered a soft touch on female genital mutilation (FGM), failing to protect 23,979 affected residents. Oonagh O'Brien (Queen Margaret University) and Jerusalem Barnabas (Waverley Care) argue that things are changing... 

Science is F***ed

Science is F***ed

Science is thought of as the definitive truth of our time. It claims to sit at the apex of the tree of knowledge. But there's a problem: most scientific findings are (possibly) false... 

In Conversation With... Henry Winter

In Conversation With... Henry Winter

Britain's foremost football correspondent, having written about the game for three decades covering numerous World Cups, European Championships and Champions League campaigns. Originally writing at The Independent, Winter forged his reputation as the Daily Telegraph's chief football writer before joining The Times in 2014, taking with him a vast army of Telegraph readers in the process... 

Benefit in Aid of MS

Benefit in Aid of MS

Incredible comics come together, donating their time for free, whilst fundraising for MS charities. Over 11,000 people in Scotland have multiple sclerosis (100,000 in the UK). MS is more common here than most countries in the world... 

In Conversation With... Paul Sinha

In Conversation With... Paul Sinha

Born in the UK to a family of Bengali doctors, the early 1990s saw Paul qualifying as a doctor and taking his first steps on the stand-up comedy circuit. Juggling both careers, he was nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award at the 2006 Fringe... 

Monolinguals, Where Are You?

Monolinguals, Where Are You?

Is anyone truly monolingual anymore? Knowing dialects, learning languages at school, and hearing migrant speakers make everybody bilingual to some extent. This means that the mother tongue changes, in completely natural and predictable ways... 

The Problem With Patriotism

The Problem With Patriotism

Do you love your country? Does the sight of your national flag fill you with pride? Whatever your nationality, patriotism is a hugely significant part of modern life, influencing everything from the cars we buy to the politicians we vote for... 

Doing Drugs (Policy) / Take More Drugs

Doing Drugs (Policy) / Take More Drugs

Discussions about drug use and drug policy often involve stories – personal experience combined with knowledge gleamed from the media and other sources. But how are these stories translated into policy, and what validity should we give to personal experience in drug policy decisions? Using interview data and background experience, researcher Anna Ross (The University of Edinburgh) will be exploring personal narratives on drugs policy in Scotland... 

Jessimae Peluso: Seven Deadly Sins

Jessimae Peluso: Seven Deadly Sins

Jessimae Peluso is an American stand-up comedian and television personality. She is best-known for being an outspoken cast member from MTV's Girl Code. She hosts both the Sharp Tongue and Highlarious 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... 

Benefit in Aid of Scottish Mountain Rescue

Benefit in Aid of Scottish Mountain Rescue

Scotland! Famous for hills and of course mountains. Breathtaking, but when things go wrong, we rely on mountain rescue (mostly run by volunteers). A night of comedy hosted by The Stand Comedy Club – let's help and support this fantastic cause so that everyone can enjoy Scotland's natural majesty as safely as possible... 

In Conversation with… Peter Egan

In Conversation with… Peter Egan

Downtown Abbey’s Marquis of Flintshire and a BAFTA-winning actor with a film and TV career spanning fifty years. Credits include Chariots of Fire, A Woman of Substance, Bean, Grantchester, Ruth Rendell, Ever Decreasing Circles and many more... 

Listening to the Public Is Dangerous!

Listening to the Public Is Dangerous!

The public actively engage in decision-making processes, from referendums and elections to choosing singing contest winners. Often the results of these are contested and debated, and questions arise over whether the public made the right decision... 

Dr Google Will See You Now!

Dr Google Will See You Now!

Your supermarket knows when you're pregnant; Google knows what medical conditions you have; Facebook could help your doctor diagnose you. What if Google sent a record of your search terms to your doctor to notify them of likely health conditions? What if Facebook sent an alert to midwives when pregnant ladies posted photos of them drinking alcohol or smoking? Join Mhairi Aitken (The University of Edinburgh) as she discusses how this information could be used, and have your own say on what should remain science fiction and what should become reality. 

In Conversation With... Alex McLeish

In Conversation With... Alex McLeish

Manager of Scotland, having previously managed Motherwell, Hibs, Rangers, Birmingham City and Aston Villa among others. Previously the Scotland boss in 2007 where he achieved one of the highest win ratios of any manager of the national side... 

In Conversation With... Aamer Anwar

In Conversation With... Aamer Anwar

Originally from Liverpool, coming to study at Glasgow University in 1986. Widely recognised as one of Scotland's leading human rights campaigners. Solicitor of the Year 2016, Lawyer of the Year 2017... 

Who Do You Want to Wipe Your Bum?

Who Do You Want to Wipe Your Bum?

Bills, dating, raising children – life is challenging enough! Who wants to think about potential future health issues and care needs with more immediate matters to consider? Unfortunately, decisions don’t become easier when you are unwell or even suffering from cognitive limitations... 

Silence in the Archive

Silence in the Archive

How dangerous is silence in the archive? Archivist Rachel Hosker (The University of Edinburgh) returns to the cabaret to explore the awkward and uncomfortable issue of silence in archives... 

Privacy Is Dead, Long Live Privacy!

Privacy Is Dead, Long Live Privacy!

Your pictures and regrettable digital utterings are public... Google, Facebook and Amazon know, well, everything. You're tracked and logged across cyberspace and there's nothing you can do! Or is there? Join Nicola Osborne (EDINA, University of Edinburgh) for a thrillingly nerdy adventure through new data protection rights that might just save your digital footprint! Bring your questions, panics or your top tips; or tweet them to #codi2018 to be part of the show! 'A wonderfully witty and engaging speaker' **** (BroadwayBaby... 

Hey, You at the Back!

Hey, You at the Back!

Did you always sit at the back in class? Were you bored? Or maybe you were one of the lucky ones who was engaged and inspired by a teacher? Many people have memories and strong views of the teaching they received at school and university... 

In Conversation With... Mhairi Black

In Conversation With... Mhairi Black

Elected to parliament in 2015, aged 20, for Paisley and Renfrewshire South, the Baby of the House has a first class honours degree in Politics and Public Policy from the University of Glasgow... 

John Lynn: Addiction Diction

John Lynn: Addiction Diction

John Lynn is not a drug fiend. He doesn’t have a (serious) gambling problem. He’s not even that fond of coffee. However, like all of us, John has many addictions in his life. Addiction is defined as a chronic, relapsing brain disease, considered so because drugs alter the brain... 

What Does Sex Sell?

What Does Sex Sell?

Men are sexual predators and women are sex objects – or so advertisers tell us. Sexy themes have been used in advertising for decades based on the notion that sex sells. From yoghurt ads to shampoo, from perfume to fast food – these ads are ubiquitous and pasted in mainstream media... 

Abolish Childhood!

Abolish Childhood!

Childhood is an injustice. Childhood infantilises, exploits, and oppresses children. Dr Philip Cook (University of Edinburgh) argues that justice demands we abolish childhood. But how can we abolish childhood? And would abolishing childhood harm children? Philip explains how society creates childhood through its laws... 

Limmy’s Vines

Limmy’s Vines

Limmy is perhaps best known for BBC Scotland’s Limmy’s Show, but when that came to an end, Limmy turned to Vine. With a lot of time on his hands, he spent most of 2013 on his phone, recording six second video after six second video... 

The Best of Irish Comedy

The Best of Irish Comedy

Ireland's finest under one roof. Excellent value Celtic showcase featuring four top comics for the price of one. Fringe institution since 1999. Moving from Stand 3 to The Stand's New Town Theatre, Lower Hall – because we just couldn't contain that much hilarity! Previous guests include: Jason Byrne, Dara O'Briain, Dylan Moran, David O'Doherty, Andrew Maxwell, Colin Murphy, Ed Byrne, Neil Delamere, Maeve Higgins, Michael Redmond, Eleanor Tiernan, Jarlath Reagan, Deirdre O'Kane, Jake O'Kane, Ian Coppinger and Owen O'Neill... 

The One-Thirty Comedy Cabaret

The One-Thirty Comedy Cabaret

Enjoy a showcase of the best comedy talent to kick-start your day with our hand-picked selection – and watch what you should be seeing more of from around the city. Great fun, great value! What's not to like? At just £6 a ticket – it's sure to be a hit! Different line-up daily – check our website for more information. 

The Five-Thirty Cabaret

The Five-Thirty Cabaret

The perfect appetiser for your early evening on the Fringe. A near sell-out, Five-Thirty Cabaret presents a fast-paced variety show that packs entertainment into one hour and returns to The Stand's New Town Theatre, Grand Hall... 

The Best of Scottish Comedy

The Best of Scottish Comedy

Talk about doing what it says on the tin! Here you go, simply the best comics on the contemporary Scottish circuit. At least four acts on every bill, with seasoned headliners joining... 

The Stand Comedy Club at New Town Theatre

The Stand Comedy Club at New Town Theatre

The Stand Comedy Club celebrates its 21st anniversary at the Edinburgh Fringe with the best of 20 years visiting the stage at New Town Theatre. Different line-up nightly! 

Bona Fide

Bona Fide

Bona Fide asks the cream of Edinburgh Fringe 2018's comics to prove their worth by performing material specifically written for the theme of the night. You will have never heard any of this before – you probably won't again! The Stand Comedy Club's monthly night comes to the Fringe... 

Jerry Sadowitz: Make Comedy GRATE Again!

Jerry Sadowitz: Make Comedy GRATE Again!

Jerry Sadowitz, comedian, magician and all round scary man, is back in 2018! Actually, he saved petrol and never left! With his unique combination of comedy, absolute hatred and card tricks, every moment is guaranteed to make you feel better about yourself as he bangs on about some pish... 

The Miles Jupp Interviews

The Miles Jupp Interviews

On each day of this run Miles Jupp (actor, writer, comedian and host of BBC Radio 4’s The News Quiz) will sit down in a hopefully comfy chair (ideally one with arms) in front of a discerning audience and opposite a carefully selected guest of interest and note and then proceed to have a proper and honest conversation about that person’s life and career, hopes and fears, triumphs and disasters and anything else that needs or doesn’t need to be said... 

3000 Trees: The Death of Mr William MacRae

3000 Trees: The Death of Mr William MacRae

Willie MacRae – anti-nuclear campaigner, SNP politician and successful lawyer. His death prompted speculation that he was murdered by the state. MacRae was found dying in his car on a Highland road in 1985 with a single gunshot wound to the head, apparently fired from his own gun... 

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, duels, elephants, castles built of cheese and all of it completely and irrefutably true! Discover how the Baron invented morris dancing, how his actions saved the Isle of Skye from sinking beneath the waves, why every fourth child in Bruges is named after him and other fantastically delightful stories... 

Ada Campe and the Psychic Duck

Ada Campe and the Psychic Duck

Variety! Comedy! A psychic duck! Join 2018 NATYS winner, Ada Campe, for a show about wonderful women, strange encounters and a fairground mystery that occurred on the Welsh coast many moons ago... 

Mitch Benn: Doing It on Purpose

Mitch Benn: Doing It on Purpose

He’s back, with guitar in hand, a spring in his step, a bee in his bonnet and giving a piece of his mind (there’s enough of it to go around)! A Fringe stalwart for over 20 years – wait, what is a stalwart? And how does it differ from an ordinary wart? The festival wouldn’t be the same without him (it’d be a lot quieter for a start)... 

Imran Yusuf: Saint, Sinner, Sufi

Imran Yusuf: Saint, Sinner, Sufi

Everyone is offended, everyone is a victim, no one is happy. A show for bleeding heart liberals and angry disenfranchised victims. A show for good guys, bad guys and those who know better... 

Billy Bremner and Me

Billy Bremner and Me

A schoolboy’s dream. To be a professional footballer, to play at the highest level, to represent his country and to usurp the crown of his school’s greatest hero: Leeds United and Scotland footballer Billy Bremner... 

Agent November Investigates: Murder Mr E

Agent November Investigates: Murder Mr E

There's been a murder. Race against time to solve it or you might be next! Investigate the Museum of Secrets in this immersive escape game. An Agent November Mystery, now bigger and better than before... 

Agent November Investigates: Rob Berry

Agent November Investigates: Rob Berry

Agent November is hot on the trail of international thief Rob Berry! A priceless artefact is missing from the Museum of Secrets. Can you crack this immersive escape game and avoid a diplomatic disaster? An Agent November Mystery, now bigger and better than before... 

Agent November Investigates: Major X

Agent November Investigates: Major X

You are the hero in this ingenious escape game! Crack the Major's riddles, beat the clock and defuse the device before it's too late! Edinburgh needs you! An Agent November Mystery, now bigger and better than before... 

25 Years of Stand-Up: Vladimir McTavish

25 Years of Stand-Up: Vladimir McTavish

Vladimir McTavish became a full-time stand-up comedian in 1993, since then he has performed to audiences worldwide and gigged with some of the biggest names in the business. In 25 Years Of Stand-Up, he celebrates his quarter-century on the circuit with a show which is a unique bend of brand-new material, some of his greatest hits from two decades of comedy back-catalogue and some hilarious comedy anecdotes about life as a comic... 

Never Say Die?

Never Say Die?

From hospice care to funeral plans, talk of death is becoming mainstream. But some questions remain taboo. What frightens you most about dying? What happens on the road to death? Other animals don’t have those anxieties...