Randy Writes a Novel

Randy Writes a Novel

Randy is a bald, bright purple Australian stand-up puppet with a really quick wit and a sharp tongue. In Randy Writes a Novel, Randy speaks to us from behind his desk, preparing himself to share the first draft of his magnus opus first novel, Walking to Skye... 

Sam Simmons: Not a People Person

Sam Simmons: Not a People Person

“It’s a bit tense in here tonight.” At any given moment Sam Simmons can split the crowd — two-thirds of the room laughing at the gleeful insanity playing out before them, the remainder sat in flummoxed silence... 

Wonderman

Wonderman

When he wasn’t writing the books that have captivated children for fifty years, Roald Dahl wrote a collection of gleefully macabre short stories for adults, published in various magazines throughout the fifties and often featuring a gruesome twist ending... 

Tink Tank

Tink Tank

Shadow puppets have a reputation for being, let’s face it, a bit uncool. Bunk Puppets, however, bring us a piece of art which is truly beautiful to watch yet still funny and engaging for children... 

The Alternative Alternative

The Alternative Alternative

Award-winning character absurdity, smash-hit prop nonsense and on point offbeat musical numbers – don't miss this one night only quirk fest of madcap nonconformists. The Mason Sisters’ clients include: Zoe Coombs Marr, Sam Simmons, John Kearns, Pat Cahill, Phil Ellis, Mat Ewins, Kiri Pritchard Mclean, Richard Todd, Daniel Simonsen... 

Sticks Stones Broken Bones

Sticks Stones Broken Bones

Returning to Edinburgh after a six year hiatus, Bunk Puppets’ Sticks Stones Broken Bones is both an expert display of shadow puppetry and a joyous celebration of playfulness. It shows us that, no matter our age, we can and should still be children sometimes... 

Ada/Ava by Manual Cinema

Ada/Ava by Manual Cinema

This is Manual Cinema’s first visit to the Fringe and they have brought with them a technical and awe-inspiring show that combines live music and shadow puppets.Ada and Ava have lived their entire lives together, so when Ava dies unexpectedly the surviving sister finds it difficult to carry on without her only companion... 

QI Presents: No Such Thing as a Fish

QI Presents: No Such Thing as a Fish

Live recording of the hit podcast from the writers of the BBC show QI. Dan Schreiber, James Harkin, Andrew Hunter Murray and Anna Ptaszynski serve up a feast of bizarre, extraordinary and hilarious facts... 

Man to Man

Man to Man

Manfred Karge’s Man to Man is described as a modern fairy tale that follows the life of Ella, a woman who disguises herself as her dead husband in order to survive under Nazi and Communist rule... 

Musical Comedy Awards Showcase

Musical Comedy Awards Showcase

Music + comedy x outstanding talent = MCA Showcase! Now in its seventh year, the MCA has provided a launch pad to superstar acts like Frisky and Mannish (2009 finalists), Abandoman (2010 winners) and Jay Foreman (Best Newcomer 2009 and has toured with Dave Gorman)... 

Sam Simmons: Spaghetti for Breakfast

Sam Simmons: Spaghetti for Breakfast

Sam Simmons’ show is completely mad right off the bat. If you are hoping for conventional stand-up, this may not be the show for you. As you walk in, everything on stage is shiny, white, and looks like it’s the set of a TV advert for some kind of household product... 

Othello: An All-Female Production

Othello: An All-Female Production

Despite the fact that it's 2015, there's still much debate and handwringing about cross-gender casting in Shakespeare. It prompts questions like, 'does it have a social purpose?', 'What's the point?' And, when it involves female actors, 'is this just an excuse for them to play great classical roles?'Ultimately, the main concern should be whether these productions are any good... 

Fully Committed Starring Marcus Brigstocke

Fully Committed Starring Marcus Brigstocke

In posh Manhattan restaurant-ese, the phrase “fully committed” means “really, really full for the next two months, so don’t even try for a table.” In reference to Fully Committed, the 2000 play by Becky Mode now on at Underbelly Topside, it describes the galloping, hilarious performance by comedian Marcus Brigstocke... 

Walking the Tightrope: The Tension Between Art and Politics

Walking the Tightrope: The Tension Between Art and Politics

Walking the Tightrope was created as a response to the cancellation of three high profile cultural events last summer. Writers were invited to react to these events in whichever way they chose, leading the pieces to cover the subjects of boycott, 'dirty' funding, offensive art, protest, political correctness and censorship, largely in the name of Freedom of Speech... 

Tina C: Herstory

Tina C: Herstory

2015 sees the long-awaited release of the second volume of Country music legend Tina C's biography, Complete and Utter Country. Hear stories about everyone from Tammy to Taylor, Mother Teresa to Bashar al-Assad, illustrated with some of the finest country songs ever penned... 

The Piper

The Piper

Acclaimed Australian theatre company My Darling Patricia’s immersive retelling of The Pied Piper of Hamelin is a unique theatrical journey. This Pied Piper is a bear – a dancer with a rebel soul... 

Diane Chorley: Duchess of Canvey

Diane Chorley: Duchess of Canvey

Join Diane, former owner of 80s Essex nightclub The Flick, and her band, The Buffet, for a showbiz, late-night musical spectacular, with comic tales of her troubled and infamous past...