Well That's Oz

Well That's Oz

Absurdism runs amok in Well That’s Oz, one of four plays in this year’s programme from CalArts at Venue 13. 

Here Comes the Tide, There Goes the Girl

Here Comes the Tide, There Goes the Girl

Here Comes the Tide, There Goes the Girl is one of four plays presented by CalArts at venue 13 this year and is steeped in their tradition of producing original material that stret… 

Fight Song

Fight Song

Fight Song is part of this year’s programme of four plays by students from the celebrated CalIfornia Institute of the Arts (CalArts) at Venue 13. 

Adrift

Adrift

After a failed mutiny, three sailors find themselves cast adrift on a small piece of wood in the middle of the Atlantic; an angry Welsh doctor, a highly strung English first mate a… 

Grit

Grit

Grit is in the grips of a full on nightmare so scared he can’t feel the rubble beneath his bare feet. 

EdFest Quest

EdFest Quest

Did you know there are over 3,000 shows at the Fringe, dozens of incredible international acts at the “proper” Festival and a growing ecosystem of arts events around town this Augu… 

Shreds – The Jack the Ripper Musical

Shreds – The Jack the Ripper Musical

Whitechapel, 1888. 

Dear Mother Moon

Dear Mother Moon

Dear Mother Moon is one of four works presented by CalArts this year in what has become the Institute’s Edinburgh home, Venue 13. 

Writings of Ernest Holst

Writings of Ernest Holst

Sven Verelst is an independent physical actor from Belgium making his first international solo performance for all the family to enjoy. 

It's Beautiful, Over There

It's Beautiful, Over There

In It’s Beautiful, Over There, Stephanie Greenwood relates the death of various members of her broad family tree with vignettes about grandparents, resistance fighters and Polish… 

Being Norwegian by David Greig

Being Norwegian by David Greig

Sean expects a quiet night alone in the pub, but Lisa catches his eye. 

Belongings

Belongings

Missing someone is lonely when you are far away, it’s worse when they are right there. 

Playhouse Creatures

Playhouse Creatures

Set in the theatrical world of 17th-century London, this classic play celebrates the backstage lives and loves of the first five actresses on the English stage. 

You Are Frogs

You Are Frogs

If some of what you are about to read sounds completely bonkers then you are well on the way to an appreciation of You Are Frogs. 

Red and Boiling

Red and Boiling

Red and Boiling is an entertaining cabaret-style show with some serious undertones. 

Man Down

Man Down

Man Down emerges from three years of research and hours of interviews and discussions with people in Baltimore, USA. 

Power, Fame and Sex

Power, Fame and Sex

As old as humanity itself. 

Blinded

Blinded

Do our eyes represent the truth? Does our vision make us blind? This devised avant-garde theatre production explores issues surrounding mental health through true-life events. 

A Cockroach and Furry Blurry Fluffy Things

A Cockroach and Furry Blurry Fluffy Things

A sad and lonely cockroach climbs out from a cardboard box; she doesn’t know where she is and there in front of her is a group of furry blurry fluffy things. 

Evren

Evren

In 2026, five explorers aboard the Evren are sent out to discover what lies within a black hole. 

The Promise

The Promise

Leningrad, 1942. 

You've Got To Be Kidney Me!

You've Got To Be Kidney Me!

Inspired by the true story of Dr Horror: a 2008 case against a man from Brampton, Canada guilty of organ theft. 

Monsieur Somebody

Monsieur Somebody

What’s the biggest lie you’ve ever told? The biggest secret you’ve ever kept? Claude the fraud is a deliciously despicable Frenchman that we love to hate, hate to love… But… 

EdFest Quest

EdFest Quest

Did you know there are over 3000 shows at the Fringe, dozens of incredible international acts at the ‘proper’ Festival and a growing ecosystem of arts events around town this Augus… 

Sold in the Name of Sex

Sold in the Name of Sex

A familiar date in the city, between two polarizing perspectives participating in a contentious foreplay across generational lines. 

Love Gasoline!

Love Gasoline!

Marcel Duchamp was an artist who is famed for creating work in the cubist style and had a huge impact on the conceptual art movement, particularly Dadaism – He’s the one who fa… 

Gunshot Medley

Gunshot Medley

“Black lives matter!” Hold it there and let that well-known refrain ring in your head, along with the image it conjures up in your mind. 

Probably Still Drunk Collective Presents: Inebriated

Probably Still Drunk Collective Presents: Inebriated

Join us as we spend an hour celebrating the brave, drunken, high, and sex-crazed pioneers that built our civilization one bad choice at a time and watch us as we stumble in their f… 

Jennaration Y

Jennaration Y

The Millennial generation goes by many names: Echo Boomers, Peter Pan and now, after the millennial star of the show, Jennaration Y. 

Ouroboros

Ouroboros

Ouroboros is a chaotic solo show in which a parade of grotesque and darkly comic characters are caught in a comedic catastrophe of egomania, thinspiration, selfie-seminars and vega… 

All That Malarkey

All That Malarkey

‘Four dangerously good singers, with a hilarious MC and pianist’ (ThreeWeeks) – All That Malarkey return to the Fringe with an all-new, outrageous music show, flaunting their… 

Heartwood

Heartwood

Pinecone Penguin Theatrical’s Heartwood has all the makings of an enchanting production, but the slow and insipid script just does not deliver. 

The End, the End, the End…

The End, the End, the End…

The amount a show takes liberties with narrative should be directly compensated by how much it has to say. 

Ouija the Musical

Ouija the Musical

Once you open the door there’s no going back… A late night band rehearsal in Aberlladd goes badly wrong with deadly consequences in this spine-tingling horror musical. 

The Stage Manager’s Guide to Dating Assholes

The Stage Manager’s Guide to Dating Assholes

Tells the story of three stage managers: the Drill Sergeant, the Cheerleader and the One Who Can’t Get Her Shit Together. 

Fred and Rose

Fred and Rose

Three decades of killing - 24 hours to break the case. 

Macbeth / Redux

Macbeth / Redux

The first half is a cut-down, 30-minute version of Shakespeare’s play. 

The Tale of the Cockatrice

The Tale of the Cockatrice

Deep in the vaults of an ancient priory a deadly creature awakens… Bold knights flee in terror! Can a humble nun defeat the beast? Two muddle-headed storytellers use puppetry, li… 

Confetti

Confetti

There’s no confetti in Confetti, but there is a complex mix of language and movement that makes it intriguing. 

The Calm

The Calm

In the near future, the line between war and terror is blurred in a military hospital behind the front lines, ahead of the final push. 

Brain Matter(s)

Brain Matter(s)

For all of those who have ever questioned: what on earth are they thinking? Watch as the two halves of the brain find their way through the confusion of life and look to answer som… 

Two and One More

Two and One More

‘You hungry?’ A boy breaks into a London house during the Blitz and is discovered by the man living there. 

The Concept

The Concept

Given the chance, what would you ask God? ‘Why do I have three nipples?’ Jessie is taken on a journey through time. 

A Fool’s Paradise: 30 Shakespeare Scenes in 60 Minutes

A Fool’s Paradise: 30 Shakespeare Scenes in 60 Minutes

For a fast-paced, fun show filled with audience interaction, A Fool’s Paradise might be for you. 

Criminology 303

Criminology 303

One of the wonderful things about the Fringe Festival is that it’s the only time of year that theatre in Scotland truly panders to our increasingly short attention spans. 

Unseal / Unseam & Erwartung

Unseal / Unseam & Erwartung

An electroacoustic opera adapted from Bluebeard’s Castle (composer Béla Bartók), performed with a concert version monodrama, Erwartung (composer Arnold Schoenberg). 

Head à Tête

Head à Tête

Two men live in a cold and barren land. 

Dead Awaken

Dead Awaken

In this four person concert drama, a celebrated artist struggles to atone for the sins of his past, while desperately searching for a new future. 

Cult

Cult

Cult, a new musical. 

IamI

IamI

Yet again CalArts pushes forward the frontiers of theatre with an extraordinary, fascinating and labyrinthine work. 

The Mountain Top

The Mountain Top

In April 1968, Martin Luther King Jr went to Memphis. 

Invisible City

Invisible City

Marie moves from a little village to a big city and it isn’t how she expected. 

Bayou Blues

Bayou Blues

Bayou Blues is beautiful. 

Francesca, Francesca...

Francesca, Francesca...

Delving into the short life of 20th century photographer Francesca Woodman, Francesca, Francesca. 

old man's Gift

old man's Gift

‘Did you know that the German word gift means poison? It used to mean present – like in English – but then people started using it sarcastically. 

Hacked Off

Hacked Off

Marie is left broken-hearted after breaking up with her boyfriend Steve. 

Dark Matter

Dark Matter

A political satire and a dark comedy revealing an uncompromised view of our political world from behind the scenes. 

Nudity, Free Beer, Good for Kids

Nudity, Free Beer, Good for Kids

A daily challenge to realise the best marketing scheme on the Fringe. 

Why Is Life Like Sparrows?

Why Is Life Like Sparrows?

Anni Dafydd emerges onto the stage wearing layers of mismatched technicolour clothes. 

Things from Before Pt. 4

Things from Before Pt. 4

“Do we not all spend the greater part of our lives under the shadow of an event that has not yet come to pass?” Maurice Maeterlinck published his play in this intriguing perspe… 

Guttermouth

Guttermouth

If Shameless were a one man show, and featured more drum and bass, it would probably look something like this. 

Fleeced

Fleeced

Fleeced is an original comedy musical that tells the story of the made-up ancient Greek hero Jersephules; a simple farm boy doted on by his parents. 

Pomegranate Jam

Pomegranate Jam

This is a charming show which employs shadow puppetry and shadow ballet to retell the Greek myth of Persephone from her perspective, without words. 

Kaspar

Kaspar

Every sentence is for the birds! Kaspar is the story of logocracy. 

Victims of Influence

Victims of Influence

‘Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change’ (Mary Shelley). 

Too Cool to Care

Too Cool to Care

Too Cool to Care is the story of Ware’s life as a carer for a father with Alzheimer’s and a wheelchair-bound mother. 

666 DSM: A Dark Comedy about Sanity, Society and Spirituality

666 DSM: A Dark Comedy about Sanity, Society and Spirituality

‘A deeply-felt and virtuosic shout in the darkness’ (John Cameron Mitchell, Creator/Director, Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Shortbus). 

Yellow Fever

Yellow Fever

Vincent languishes in his yellow room until he meets his muse Siena. 

The Museum of Lies

The Museum of Lies

Lying.