Un Poyo Rojo

Un Poyo Rojo

Argentinian dance music greets us as we enter the space for two-man physical theatre experience Un Poyo Rojo, but the vast majority of the show takes place in silence. 

Too Pretty to Punch

Too Pretty to Punch

There are 36 shows at the Fringe by trans performers, according to the TransFringe hashtag on Twitter, and Edalia Day’s Too Pretty to Punch might be the only one that’s both ce… 

Apocalypse How?

Apocalypse How?

Zkeletonz are ‘one of the UK’s most innovative and independent bands’ (DestinationNative. 

Looping: Scotland Overdub

Looping: Scotland Overdub

Billed as part Brazilian street dance and part Scottish ceilidhe with everyone invited to share the dance floor and a whisky, this suggested a rather more joyful, carnivalesque exp… 

Staged

Staged

Circus is inherently exciting to watch – the whole point of it is to see human bodies interact with the world in a way you didn’t think was possible. 

Black Holes

Black Holes

An Afrofuturist history of the universe from the Big Bang to dreamshout death. 

Ritualia

Ritualia

Scottish Dance Theatre’s Ritualia shakes tradition to its core in this bold re-imagining of Nijinska’s 1920s ballet, Les Noces. 

Not Today's Yesterday

Not Today's Yesterday

Not Today’s Yesterday. 

Nightshifter

Nightshifter

Combining Temper Theatre’s signature fluid muscular movement, fragmented imagery and soul-shaking soundscapes, Nightshifter attends to a world in desperate need of emergency care. 

Inka

Inka

When two scientists struggle to parent their youngest son, they create Inka. 

Happiness for All

Happiness for All

Be a passenger on our cliche-free poem/song journey tonight: relationships, nature, places and much more! It’s alternative. 

STYX

STYX

A mixture of mythology, memory and music. 

it will come later

it will come later

A stripped back, thrilling and edgy contemporary dance work. 

Apollo: Take 111

Apollo: Take 111

James Stuart – or Stuart James – is passed out at his desk as the audience file into the space. 

How to Use a Washing Machine

How to Use a Washing Machine

How To Use A Washing Machine is a charming two-hander from emerging company Slam Theatre. 

I Swallowed a Moon Made of Iron

I Swallowed a Moon Made of Iron

A requiem for our digital age from Toronto/Macau composer Njo Kong Kie (winner, 2018 Toronto Theatre Critics Award, Best New Musical). 

Raiders of the Grey Gold

Raiders of the Grey Gold

The dream of old age and the fear of reaching it! In a battle against time, the Danish theatre company Don Gnu throw themselves into a physical and blazing acrobatic quest for the … 

Muse 90401

Muse 90401

Muse 90401 is a one-woman show written by, and starring, internationally acclaimed actress Fadik Sevin Atasoy. 

SHINE

SHINE

Your daughter is missing. 

A Rock'n'Roll Suicide!

A Rock'n'Roll Suicide!

Ziggy Stardust takes us on a Tragical Mystery Tour through the life of a nearly-was rock star! Drama, tragedy and hilarity ensue to a live rocking backdrop. 

Intolerable Side Effects

Intolerable Side Effects

Millennial-female-clown rabbit Diane wants to find love but she’s having some serious problems with her contraception. 

Conversations With Van Gogh

Conversations With Van Gogh

Conversations With Van Gogh – Hannah has lost faith in everything and everyone, except maybe Vincent van Gogh; but if all life is creation, then surely she can find the meaning o… 

Super Human

Super Human

Super Human explores and pushes the limits of the human body. 

Lovely Girls

Lovely Girls

Chess and Cristina are multi award-winning duo, The Hiccup Project, often introduced as ‘the lovely hiccup girls’. 

Put Your Best Face On

Put Your Best Face On

Lola’s funny, confident, and always striving for perfection. 

The Creation Myths of China

The Creation Myths of China

The shows are based on Chinese classical myths of the very beginning of the world. 

The Fun Club Presents...

The Fun Club Presents...

I’m not sure how to explain The Fun Club Presents… Three performers – Sara Page, Franny Anne Rafferty and Alistair McPhail – in a room, all in animal face-paint, talk obliq… 

A Life on the Silk Road

A Life on the Silk Road

The National Theatre of China have brought their visually stunning production of Life On The Silk Road to Zoo Southside. 

Distinction

Distinction

ZOO Venues in conjunction with DanceXchange and Dance4 present a series of new choreographic works from emerging artists in the Midlands. 

Holy $#!% It's Music and Comedy With Matt Griffo

Holy $#!% It's Music and Comedy With Matt Griffo

Matt Griffo from Chicago is an internationally touring musical comedian, combining music with comedic lyrics. 

Autóctonos II

Autóctonos II

A quintet between pianist/composer and four dancers, Autóctonos II questions belonging to a group, in this society of endurance, indifference and productivity. 

There She Is

There She Is

When a whale beaches on the London Underground, all hell breaks loose and communication abruptly ceases. 

Dep

Dep

ĐẸP is a Vietnamese word that translates as ‘beautiful’, and is also the starting point for Dam Van Huynh’s dance work that explores the nature of the human condition, tak… 

Pie Equals Square

Pie Equals Square

A mad inventor applies logic to the absurd and abstract. 

All These Things

All These Things

For one day only! Live Art Bistro take on ZOO Southside, doing what they do best: presenting 12 hours of transgressive and experimental performance by world-renowned artists. 

What The Moon Saw

What The Moon Saw

A magical journey around the world. 

She Taught Me How to Breathe Again

She Taught Me How to Breathe Again

A one-to-one performance for a group of individuals. 

How to Drink Wine Like a Wanker

How to Drink Wine Like a Wanker

We’ve all encountered the wine wankers’ insufferable diatribe. 

Century Song

Century Song

A woman stands downstage right, a spotlight illuminating her from one side. 

Zugunruhe

Zugunruhe

Zugunruhe (zoo-gun-rue): an ornithology term for ‘migratory restlessness in birds’. 

The Half Moon Shania

The Half Moon Shania

Punk and theatre aren't the strangest of bedfellows, but there is something that often feels false when collectives of art school graduates and professionally-trained actors at… 

Step Into Africa IV 

Step Into Africa IV 

Back at the festival for the fourth time, 34/18 Youth Dance Company perform Step Into Africa IV. 

Bluff

Bluff

‘Our world is in order, a world in which there are unchangable truths that are valid to everybody. 

Kidding

Kidding

When did you last speak to your Mum? Last week? Last year? We’ve been asking everyone from grandparents to schoolkids. 

Istanbul: You'll Never Walk Alone

Istanbul: You'll Never Walk Alone

It’s 2005 and somehow Liverpool are back in the European Cup Final. 

The Welcome Revolution

The Welcome Revolution

‘There’s something about the UK, you don’t welcome people. 

Last Hive

Last Hive

The Matrix, but with bees. 

As Far as We Are

As Far as We Are

If the impression of an accelerated overall situation ending in a crash is manifested, the mutation to the crash-test dummy has begun. 

Re: Production

Re: Production

Karen and Tom met and married when they were really young. 

Dreamland

Dreamland

‘Dreamland tackles pressing social and political issues with bracing theatricality’ (Jesse Briton, Bear Trap Theatre). 

Stoel (Chair)

Stoel (Chair)

Choreographic duet from three years ago. 

It's Alright, Everything's Okay

It's Alright, Everything's Okay

Sometimes we feel sad. 

Violet

Violet

Violet is starting to forget. 

Elsie Thatchwick

Elsie Thatchwick

‘Dearest Elsie, if you’re reading this, I’m dead. 

We Need to Talk About Bobby (Off EastEnders)

We Need to Talk About Bobby (Off EastEnders)

EastEnders fans will remember experiencing shock and upheaval at the revelation that the culprit of a long-running murder whodunnit was 10 year old Bobby Beale. 

Profundis

Profundis

Profundis choreographed by Israeli-born Roy Assaf, is amusingly and slickly performed by the National Dance Company Wales but is more of a ‘five-finger exercise’ for dance stud… 

Edison

Edison

Static Assembly attempt to give us an insight into the lives and rivalry of Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla but really just leaves the audience confused. 

Process Day

Process Day

A sensory experience transforming dancers into sleek, androgynous, nocturnal beings guided through shadows by a futuristic techno soundtrack. 

Folk

Folk

Folk is Caroline Finn’s first piece for the Cardiff-based National Dance Company Wales since becoming its Artistic Director two years ago. 

Action at a Distance

Action at a Distance

Confronting head-on complex ethical dilemmas that co-exist with modern Western imperialism, this new play written by Rory Horne is urgent, engaging and also deeply entertaining. 

The Lucky Durhams: The First Day of the Somme

The Lucky Durhams: The First Day of the Somme

This play, set against the historically accurate backdrop of the first day of the Somme, features fictitious soldiers from the Durham Pals regiment, preparing for the big push. 

Mine

Mine

They say a mother’s love is unconditional, but can you truly still love your child after they commit the most heinous of crimes? Put The Book Down’s Mine brings to light the ex… 

On One Condition

On One Condition

On One Condition draws on stories from Dan Daw’s lived experiences, asking us to question our own perceptions of normal while offering a stripped back look at the world we live in. 

Fagin's Twist

Fagin's Twist

‘High energy, precision crafted choreography creates a dark twist on a classic tale’ **** (Stage). 

Edgar and Me

Edgar and Me

Charlotte has a pen pal, but he sends her his letters from death row. 

One Step Before the Fall

One Step Before the Fall

‘Theatrical knock-out’ (Times). 

#JeSuis

#JeSuis

#JeSuis is an edgy new choreographic work by renowned British dancer Aakash Odedra. 

TuTuMucky

TuTuMucky

Powerful and complex, TuTuMucky explores how we’re shaped by the world around us, searches for peace in chaos, and celebrates revolt against the regiments of modern daily life. 

The Narrator

The Narrator

A story about secrets, about the unspeakable truth, about being a woman. 

Yu Kyung-hwa and E-Do

Yu Kyung-hwa and E-Do

E-Do is an ensemble of six incredibly talented musicians who combine traditional and contemporary rhythms with consummate ease. 

A Great Fear of Shallow Living

A Great Fear of Shallow Living

A good storytelling piece is lovely. 

You Are Not the One Who Shall Live Long

You Are Not the One Who Shall Live Long

You are asked to explain a purpose, statement of intention and concept. 

After 4 – Over the Moon

After 4 – Over the Moon

In Korea when somebody dies, people say they have gone ‘over the moon’ or ‘crossed the river’. 

Wanna Dance With Somebody! Or, A Guide To Managing Social Anxiety Using Theoretical Physics

Wanna Dance With Somebody! Or, A Guide To Managing Social Anxiety Using Theoretical Physics

With one of the longest titles you’ll come across it feels as though this show will have a lot to unpack. 

Aladdin

Aladdin

This ‘professional ballet company in microcosm’ (Scotsman) tells the tangled tale of Aladdin and his famous lamp condensed into a delightful hour. 

Wind-Up

Wind-Up

Czech dance in its ultimate form. 

The Bearpit

The Bearpit

Glimpses of a toxic relationship. 

Tribe

Tribe

Temper Theatre once again return to Edinburgh to gift audiences with a performance well worth three times the ticket price. 

Gossip

Gossip

Gossip, blather, misinformation and rumours are a cross-cultural phenomenon of humanity. 

Space Rocket Oddity Man

Space Rocket Oddity Man

Floating in deep space, an astronaut pleads with his lover to let him back in the airlock. 

Beam

Beam

This is one of Granny’s stories. 

Last of Their Generation

Last of Their Generation

‘The more I try to remember her, the more I’ve forgotten her. 

Batacchio

Batacchio

Award-winning contemporary circus company mixes breathtaking acrobatics, original music, magic tricks and unexpected illusions in a fantastical journey to the spectacular comedies … 

Bang! To the Heart

Bang! To the Heart

I you are looking for a bombastically visual hip hop dance show, and you don’t mind a nonsensical and cliché plot, this is the show for you. 

Smother

Smother

Hip Hop is a strange medium with which to tackle the homosexual experience. 

Luna Park

Luna Park

When reading the marketing blurb for Luna Park, I must confess I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. 

And Now…

And Now…

‘Thought-provoking, visually beautiful and totally engaging’ **** (EdinburghGuide. 

Terra Incognita

Terra Incognita

Lightning-fast, cinematic style sequences skilfully bound together with fluid, muscular movement, vivid lighting and soul-shaking soundscapes. 

My Month of Mother's Ruin

My Month of Mother's Ruin

When adult life isn’t going to plan sometimes you have to take charge and do something about it. 

Scorched

Scorched

The setting is intimate, and encroaching on the personal space of a frail man, in a battered armchair listening to the television (news of the Gulf War is on – the year is 1991) … 

Generation Zero

Generation Zero

The difficult relationship between political and personal affairs are addressed in the devastating drama Generation Zero. 

The Murderer

The Murderer

Through innovative movement and a thought-provoking script, Clown Funeral’s dark yet comedic The Murderer comments intelligently on society’s inability to forgive and forget, by … 

Taiwan Season: Sounds of Taiwan

Taiwan Season: Sounds of Taiwan

Three expert musicians from France, Japan and Taiwan blend the sounds of three of the world’s most distinctive string instruments: erhu, sitar and cello. 

Rubber

Rubber

Pentire Street Productions are proud to debut their unique two-person immersive drama at the Edinburgh Fringe. 

The Blind Date Project

The Blind Date Project

Desperate and looking for love, Anna (AFI award-winner Bojana Novakovic, star of Rake and Shameless) is a woman at a karaoke bar waiting for a date. 

Operation Love Story

Operation Love Story

Mission accepted. 

Moscow Boys

Moscow Boys

Combining clownesque joy with jaw-dropping skill, a quartet of multi-talented virtuosos escapes the critical eye of their instructor and embarks on a musical journey from Tchaikovs… 

Feel-Link

Feel-Link

Airida Gudaite and Laurynas Žakevicius represent a new generation of Lithuanian dancers and choreographers. 

Wunderbar

Wunderbar

The two performers could be anyone; strangers or siblings, friends or lovers. 

Whiteout

Whiteout

‘Bringing a thrillingly muscular energy. 

Stamp

Stamp

Hosted by the love child of Sandi Toksvig and Frank N Furter, Stamp is a cheeky, challenging game show where you make the rules. 

Dawns Ysbrydion / Ghost Dance

Dawns Ysbrydion / Ghost Dance

Ghost Dance, or Dawns Ysbrydion as is the Welsh title, uses three female dancers to explore the parallels between the displacement of Native Americans and the Ghost Dance of 1890 … 

Artificial Things

Artificial Things

This is the first year of the ‘iF Platform’ – a new showcase featuring the UK’s top disabled artists and integrated arts companies. 

Hula House

Hula House

Hula House, created by Permanently Visible Productions, is an immersive, semi-interactive look at the life of sex workers. 

Last Man Standing

Last Man Standing

For those who like their dance without frills, Last Man Standing provides an hour of unrelenting raw movement. 

YAMA

YAMA

There is dance and there is Scottish Dance Theatre. 

The Ted Bundy Project

The Ted Bundy Project

Killing most of an hour, and murder to sit through, The Ted Bundy Project does bait-and-switch on its audience. 

Rowan James: Easy for You to Say

Rowan James: Easy for You to Say

Rowan is a hip hop and punk-inspired poet diagnosed with a specific learning difficulty and speech impediment, often disabled by other people’s perceptions. 

Quiet Violence

Quiet Violence

The room smells of Deep Heat. 

For Now, I Am

For Now, I Am

Following on from Brew’s acclaimed Remember When which recalled his past an elite ballet dancer, For Now I am engages directly with his body as it is now, 18 years on since his lif… 

Tribe

Tribe

I was slightly apprehensive when going to review Tribe, having seen a lot of pretentious, uninspiring, or just simply bad physical theatre and dance pieces this Fringe. 

Correction

Correction

This is a mesmerising, funny and well-crafted example of modern choreography, which explores what you can achieve when you are put under restrictions. 

The American Soldier

The American Soldier

We must be nearly at saturation point with plays and particularly monologues about war veterans. 

Dreaming in Code

Dreaming in Code

Award-winning choreographer Tamsin Fitzgerald and Eddie Kay for Frantic Assembly present Dreaming in Code, an explosive, visceral, brand new double bill performed by one of the UK… 

Far Far Away

Far Far Away

Prince Charming is down in the dumps, Cinderella can’t find her fairy godmother, Little Red Riding Hood has wandered out of the forest, and the Wolf seems more interested in doin… 

Transit Cabaret

Transit Cabaret

Transit Cabaret by Six Faux Nez is described as ‘A silent show, like a silent movie, a clever, poetic and festive mix of music, gesture and underground cabaret-theatre. 

A Sudden Burst of Blinding Light

A Sudden Burst of Blinding Light

This piece of new writing from Ben Maier is the latest addition to the succession of plays at this year’s Fringe which in some way seek to deal with issues of mental health. 

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

‘Choreographed by Robert Royce and Joanne Whitehill, this Alice captures the zany adventure in Lewis Carroll’s original story in a package that appeals to even the youngest audie… 

Joan, Babs & Shelagh too

Joan, Babs & Shelagh too

Joan, Babs & Shelagh too is a difficult play. 

A Study on the Stillness of Love

A Study on the Stillness of Love

This is a show with an ambitious script, which shows real emotional intelligence. 

The Communist Threat

The Communist Threat

A hotel room in Vienna, 1950. 

Discoteque Machine

Discoteque Machine

Discoteque Machine, brought to us by Gianmarco Pozzoli and Alice Magione is a morphsuits show. 

Liberation

Liberation

Paint is thrown onto the naked body, as art and theatre combine in an explosion of colour and movement. 

Taiwan Season: Self and Others

Taiwan Season: Self and Others

Formosa Circus Art company blends circus, dance and theatre skills. 

Tristissimo

Tristissimo

Nothing can take a turn for the worse as quickly as a perfect day. 

How to Be Fat

How to Be Fat

A solo comedy show for anybody, ideally a fat one. 

Police Cops

Police Cops

Present day (1976) straight-laced rookie Police Cop Jimmy Johnson is out to avenge his brother’s death, and he’s got to go it alone. 

Beyond the Body

Beyond the Body

Takibox’s Beyond the Body is an intriguing exploration of physicality, a performance that promises to look towards an extension, a transcending of state. 

Beans On Toast

Beans On Toast

Patch of Blue return to the Edinburgh Fringe with their scrumptious offering of Beans on Toast: a triumph of simplicity which still captures the imagination and the heart. 

SPIN

SPIN

This show by Wales-based company Harnisch-Lacey Dance’s show mixes contemporary dance with breakdancing and elements of parkour. 

La Loba

La Loba

La Loba is a mythological woman who wanders the Earth collecting animal bones, bringing dead creatures back to life with her singing, and occasionally laughing at humans. 

Last Chance Romance

Last Chance Romance

Entering into a world of 1950s dating, Last Chance Romance is a fun hour for any adult. 

An Invitation

An Invitation

Jo Fong’s An Invitation is about as elusive and complex as a performance at the Fringe is likely to get. 

Pss Pss

Pss Pss

‘Pss’ is one of those sounds that extends beyond itself. 

Harry the King

Harry the King

This is a solid performance of a classic play which, while it doesn’t amount to a re-telling in anything but the literal sense, does a creditable job of rendering the whole thing w… 

The Warriors: A Love Story

The Warriors: A Love Story

Arcos describe themselves as a ‘multimedia dance company’ and they certainly deliver. 

Super Tramp

Super Tramp

Super Tramp is based on the real life of Shane Fox who, at the age of fifteen, was told a piece of information that changed his life forever. 

Pioneer

Pioneer

Curious Directive have hit the Fringe this year with epic sci-fi drama Pioneer, a space-exploration thriller of stunning proportions. 

Mmm Hmmm

Mmm Hmmm

The lights go down and, from out of the dark, a sound comes. 

Riders

Riders

Lenka Vagnerová and Company have two shows on at this year’s Fringe, Riders and La Loba. 

The Curious Incident of the Frog in My Sightline

The Curious Incident of the Frog in My Sightline

The Curious Incident Of The Frog In My Sightline is curious indeed. 

Bitesize Chekhov

Bitesize Chekhov

Taking a bite into Chekhov is no mean feat at the best of times. 

The Enchanted Forest Adventure

The Enchanted Forest Adventure

The simple pleasure of play is at the heart of Brooke Laing’s enchanting storytelling. 

Café Ruse

Café Ruse

Café Ruse is a kooky, energetic piece of theatre that’s quite unlike anything else I’ve seen on the Fringe. 

re:Fujisan

re:Fujisan

Japanese dance company LaN-T003 have been to the Fringe several times before, bringing with them an eccentric blend of video art, physical theatre and quirky slapstick. 

Tabularasa

Tabularasa

Combining contemporary and African dance, four dancers put on an impressive physical display in Kaneish Dance Theatre’s Tabula Rasa. 

God's Own Country

God's Own Country

“Gossip,” we’re told, “travels fast in a valley. 

Please Don't Cry (At My Funeral)

Please Don't Cry (At My Funeral)

Please Don’t Cry (At My Funeral) isn’t exactly the show advertised. 

The Exchange

The Exchange

In a deserted bar in a dusty town somewhere in the Australian outback, a barman prepares himself for the drudgery of a long day. 

Chlorine

Chlorine

From a cool, air-conditioned distance, the 3 Reasonable Women’s Chlorine is a thematically jam-packed, A-Level drama-mare of a show. 

You, Me and the World

You, Me and the World

You know that scene in every crime show ever, when the police finally show up at the serial killer’s lair to find a treasure trove of strange, coded messages pinned to the wall… 

Reach for the Stars

Reach for the Stars

Three talentless directors try to find new performers for their TV company. 

Ctrl+Alt+Delete

Ctrl+Alt+Delete

Why can’t people, for once, not act the clichés they are? Meet Amy Jones, 25 from Brixton.