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…
‘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…
Get pumped and party this fringe! ‘Class.
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.
The Edinburgh Comedy Award winner is back at the Fringe with her highly anticipated, brand-new show.
Algorithms and artificial intelligence can determine your mortgage application, drive a car, find you a soulmate and even diagnose your health conditions.
The Fife-born international best-selling author chats to Graham Spiers about Rebus, writing, all things Edinburgh, favourite books and music.
Co-leader of the Scottish Green Party and MSP for the Glasgow area since 2003.
Women have been portrayed as sexual objects in advertising for many years.
Josie Long has spent twenty years being a beacon of hope amongst the cynical cruelty of stand-up comedy.
BAFTA-winning actor, comedian, singer, writer, independence campaigner, panto legend, feminist and socialist, Smith is rarely accused of lacking opinions.
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…
Too many of us are obese.
Before going mainstream in 2016, fake news was principally used to attack climate science.
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 …
Our world is getting colder – emotionally.
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…
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, continuin…
What do dirty floors and corruption in high places have in common? They are both revolting.
Problems are like whirlpools; they suck you in.
Chic Murray was the comedian’s comedian.
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.
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 de…
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 ind…
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.
Macpherson’s 50-year-plus career in broadcasting and writing shows few signs of abating.
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?.
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 gr…
Internationally acclaimed, award-winning Scottish singer-songwriter Dean Owens is a man of many songs, and many hats.
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 (…
Global smash-hit podcast returns with its unique live cocktail of up-to-the-second satire, powerhosed hogwash and on-demand puns.
MSP for Glasgow Pollok, Cabinet Secretary for Justice.
Brand-new show from the award-winning, five-star Glaswegian chanteuse.
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 fe…
When it comes to sex, drugs and bilingualism, we fool ourselves if we believe we are objective, claims Thomas Bak (University of Edinburgh).
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 su…
Kezia Dugdale has been an MSP since 2011 and was leader of the Scottish Labour Party from 2015 until 2017.
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 corporation…
Scotland’s First Minister chats to Graham Spiers about Scotland, politics, gender balance, favourite books and (maybe) eighties pop music.
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.
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 ti…
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) rec…
Speaking Out: A Conversation with John Bercow.
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 fo…
In the bowels of The Stand’s New Town Theatre, an audience sweats in the clamminess of an overheated, cramped studio.
Have a laugh and help raise money for ICAHD UK: Resisting Apartheid, Building a Shared Democracy.
Britain’s most influential trade union leader talks about the industrial and political challenges of leading over 1.
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 depre…
Following the overwhelming success of this performance last year, it’s back – and this time with a full cast of professional actors.
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.
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…
Most academic research needs to be more relevant, produced more quickly and for less money.
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 ca…
Pip Utton, Fringe legend brings Adolf back for the final time.
According to the British Heart Foundation, inactivity is the fourth-leading risk factor for premature death from any cause.
Award-winning stand-up, cultural icon, author and columnist, with countless TV and radio credits (including I’m A Celebrity.
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 w…
Notes towards a new show from ‘the world’s greatest living stand-up’ (Times).
Each year, thousands of children are born in the UK as the result of egg or sperm donation.
A TV and newspaper pundit whose views on Scottish football and politics have roused vast armies of both admirers and detractors.
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…
Multi award-winning, take-no-prisoners, passionate, lyrical, totally honest Scottish comedienne, TV and radio regular, playwright, blogger, bestselling author, columnist and, er, T…
Women are constantly measuring one another by ideals of thinness, beauty, best mummy practices and keeping a happy home with a happy partner.
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…
Psychologist Thusha Rajendran (Heriot-Watt University) tackles controversies around new technologies.
Launching rockets is the last missing piece in the growing Scottish space industry.
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, fre…
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.
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…
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 is a show for the fans.
The Silver Line is the only free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people, open 24 hours a day.
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 ge…
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…
The world’s population continues to grow at an alarming rate, putting an enormous strain on food systems and production.
Can you really trust statistics? Often thought of as manipulative or untrustworthy, statistics gets a bad reputation.
A regular on Have I Got News For You, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Just a Minute and Stop The Press.
In our twenties, an independent lifestyle seems liberating.
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.
Sometimes it’s the most unexpected and delightful moments that shape your future.
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.
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 a…
Bugle Boys wowed crowds at the 2018 Edinburgh Festival Fringe and are back for more this year.
Legendary festival favourite, stand-up comedian, film and television star Omid Djalili returns for eight shows only.
Amazing tales, elegantly told.
Talk about doing what it says on the tin! Here you go: simply the best comics on the contemporary Scottish circuit.
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! Affect…
The perfect appetiser for your early evening on 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.
‘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…
The new live show from bestselling author and critically acclaimed hip-hop artist Darren McGarvey AKA Loki the Scottish rapper.
Ireland’s finest under one roof.
Multi award-winning comedian/activist, putting up her dukes and picking her battles! Trump, terrorists and everything in between.
Pip Utton returns with last year’s smash hit.
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…
Nicola Osborne (#CreativeInformatics, University of Edinburgh) reckons that data-driven technologies are inspiring new and unexpected opportunities for creative people and organisa…
Take control of anxiety, anger and stress using GazeTherapy, the medical breakthrough based on proven brain parts and connections.
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 t…
Fake news, global warming, austerity, terrorism, the car crash that is Brexit.
There’s been a murder.
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…
Agent November is hot on the trail of international thief Robyn Yew! A priceless artefact is missing from the Museum of Secrets.
Minister for UK negotiations on Scotland’s place in Europe and MSP for Argyll and Bute.
The margin between success and failure in elite sport can be miniscule.
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.
Our genes make us who we are.
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.
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…
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…
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 r…
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 pr…
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.
We’re desperately short of organs for transplant, so the possibility of transplanting from pigs to humans (xenotransplantation) has many people excited.
Macpherson’s 50+ year career in broadcasting and writing shows few signs of abating.
Toxic masculinity is blamed for everything from the #MeToo movement to rates of male suicide.
KT Tunstall’s enchanting and engaging songs resonate throughout pop culture.
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.
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.
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 Co…
With growing pressure on the planet’s resources, food production is having to get more high-tech.
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.
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 corpora…
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…
A proud socialist and trade unionist, elected Scottish Labour Party leader in 2017 on a radical programme of change.
And we can learn from them.
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 continui…
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 cr…
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 do…
Last year, Barry Crimmins made his triumphant debut on the fringe.
Rory Bremner is the multi-talented impressionist, comedian, satirist, translator, columnist, writer, presenter and actor.
Why are we fascinated by serial killers? They’re everywhere; on the news, in crime fiction, on television and in our daily lives.
As we say round here: ‘If they drap the bomb, yer tea’s oot!’.
People think bubbles are for little kids.
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…
Two live editions of the globally popular topical podcast.
Link and Lorne live and breathe television.
We’re all brainwashed, biased and influenced by personal experience, even scientists.
Comedy legend Tony Slattery reveals all in conversation with comedy-historian Robert Ross.
Five-star, award-winning show which has wowed international audiences in London, Ireland, Berlin and beyond.
What do dirty floors and corrupted politicians have in common? They are both revolting.
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.
Also known as Loki the Scottish Rapper, McGarvey is a troublemaking hip hop recording artist, community activist, an unusually scrupulous columnist and social commentator.
Fringe sell-out sensation returns for two performances only.
Everybody believes that education is good: the more, the better.
Martial arts, acrobatics, folk dance, drama, exhilarating choreography, colourful costumes, atmospheric lighting and a double bill of exciting and elegant Indian dance.
Like stereotypes, labels generally become meaningless upon scrutiny.
The internet presents new opportunities for being both hidden and exposed.
Batman is the world’s greatest scientist and we can prove it.
Exuberant fusion of funky mbalax/ Afrobeat rhythms with undercurrents of ska, rock, Senegalese soul; original songs with impassioned vocals, infectious guitar licks and irresistibl…
One of Scotland’s most recognisable, talented and controversial figures.
The magical internet-providing properties of fibre optics are well known.
Britain’s queen of crime fiction with more than 30 books to her name and 16 million worldwide sales.
Hailed as one of Scotland’s finest troubadours, Dean Owens is a man of many songs, many hats.
Psychiatrist Stephen Lawrie (The University of Edinburgh) thinks mental illness is needlessly controversial – and the controversy is destroying our mental health services.
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.
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.
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.
Scotland was once considered a soft touch on female genital mutilation (FGM), failing to protect 23,979 affected residents.
Science is thought of as the definitive truth of our time.
Britain’s foremost football correspondent, having written about the game for three decades covering numerous World Cups, European Championships and Champions League campaigns.
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.
Is anyone truly monolingual anymore? Knowing dialects, learning languages at school, and hearing migrant speakers make everybody bilingual to some extent.
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 e…
Incredible comics come together, donating their time for free, whilst fundraising for MS charities.
Scotland! Famous for hills and of course mountains.
Discussions about drug use and drug policy often involve stories – personal experience combined with knowledge gleamed from the media and other sources.
Jessimae Peluso is an American stand-up comedian and television personality.
Downtown Abbey’s Marquis of Flintshire and a BAFTA-winning actor with a film and TV career spanning fifty years.
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.
Manager of Scotland, having previously managed Motherwell, Hibs, Rangers, Birmingham City and Aston Villa among others.
The public actively engage in decision-making processes, from referendums and elections to choosing singing contest winners.
Your supermarket knows when you’re pregnant; Google knows what medical conditions you have; Facebook could help your doctor diagnose you.
Originally from Liverpool, coming to study at Glasgow University in 1986.
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? Unfo…
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 a…
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 vie…
Your pictures and regrettable digital utterings are public.
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…
On each day of this run Miles Jupp (actor, writer, comedian, host of Radio 4’s The News Quiz) will sit down in a hopefully comfy chair (ideally one with arms) in front of a disce…
Talk about doing what it says on the tin! Here you go, simply the best comics on the contemporary Scottish circuit.
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.
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 ca…
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!
Childhood is an injustice.
Men are sexual predators and women are sex objects – or so advertisers tell us.
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.
Limmy is perhaps best known for BBC Scotland’s Limmy’s Show, but when that came to an end, Limmy turned to Vine.
John Lynn is not a drug fiend.
Everyone is offended, everyone is a victim, no one is happy.
Willie MacRae – anti-nuclear campaigner, SNP politician and successful lawyer.
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 m…
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 year…
A schoolboy’s dream.
Agent November is hot on the trail of international thief Rob Berry! A priceless artefact is missing from the Museum of Secrets.
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…
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.
From hospice care to funeral plans, talk of death is becoming mainstream.
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