Around the World Backwards

Around the World Backwards

Travel – always exciting, especially when the man of your dreams pops up to join you. 

Match.Mom

Match.Mom

A playful, one-woman comedy about a single mum’s trials and adventures in the year 2000 at the dawn of Internet dating. 

Mason King – Mind Reader: Sleight of Time

Mason King – Mind Reader: Sleight of Time

Following sell-out runs in 2016, 2018 and 2019, mind reader Mason King returns to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with his unique brand of entertainment! Having been a fan of time-th… 

Graham is Not Cooperating

Graham is Not Cooperating

Son, brother and patient, Graham subsists on a full-fat diet of petty grievances and crosswords. 

Swings and Roundabouts

Swings and Roundabouts

Told through the lens of teenagers on the verge of adulthood, a group of friends decide to camp in a public park, exposing the intricacies of youth culture and a generational tempe… 

Death(s) at Sea

Death(s) at Sea

A small theatre company are performing their murder mystery play, Death at Sea, but during the show, everything goes wrong. 

Jetty Stars

Jetty Stars

Jetty Stars by Noel Kelly follows the life of Stella, a Jetty Star: a local name given to prostitutes who worked the ships of the city. 

Knots

Knots

An experimental physical staging of Scottish psychiatrist RD Laing’s book of poetry Knots. 

The Coming Out Play

The Coming Out Play

The Coming Out Play is a 40-minute one-woman play that follows the twenty-six-year-old and sucre-sweet Lucy Moran as she travels to her parents’ house to tell them that not only … 

Jacob's Ladder

Jacob's Ladder

Climb up to the dizzy heights and slip down to some awkward lows in the company of award-winning Jacob Hulland’s warm and youthful, yet middle-aged, persona. 

Metamorphoses

Metamorphoses

‘Now I am ready to tell how bodies are changed into different bodies’. 

Awakening

Awakening

Set in 1950s England and based on the controversial 19th-century play Spring Awakening; A Children’s Tragedy by Franz Wedekind, Awakening is a story about the struggles of the t… 

Jack the Ripper: Mary Kelly

Jack the Ripper: Mary Kelly

August 1888, London sees the first of five brutal murders, the callous cruelty of which sends shock waves far and wide and etches the name of the most infamous serial killer into t… 

Under the Floorboards

Under the Floorboards

After a successful run at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe, Under the Floorboards is back! Alone, unhinged and consumed with grief by the death of his mother, Ed creates a horrifying f… 

Curiosity Killed the Cat

Curiosity Killed the Cat

It is April 1953. 

Agonising Agony Aunts

Agonising Agony Aunts

After years of being agony aunts, they are left feeling agonised! But changing career is not easy, especially in today’s life. 

Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre

Charlotte Brontë’s tale of a young woman’s courageous fight through injustice and hardship was a revolution in literary fiction. 

The Girl and Her Balloon

The Girl and Her Balloon

A snapshot of the life of an eccentric woman living on the streets of South East London. 

A Time Traveler's Guide to the Present

A Time Traveler's Guide to the Present

One traveler is catapulted on a journey through space-time, only to find himself on a desperate hunt to reconnect with those he left back home. 

By the Light of the Moon

By the Light of the Moon

We find Lila, a young British woman, alone in a hospital for the criminally insane in 1928. 

Spooky Jerry's Spooky Campfire Tales

Spooky Jerry's Spooky Campfire Tales

Around the campfire, late one night, sit some improvisers. 

Love, Loss and Cake 2

Love, Loss and Cake 2

Love, Loss and Cake premiered at the Fringe last year. 

Spring

Spring

Based on the 19th-century German play Spring Awakening; A Children’s Tragedy by Franz Wedekind, Spring explores the lives of a group of teenagers growing up in a rural Christian … 

He'd Murder Me

He'd Murder Me

Huddersfield, West Yorkshire 1977. 

Mojo

Mojo

I’m somewhat sceptical of companies bringing classic plays to the Fringe, be it an average Hamlet or yet another Woyzeck. 

...And They Whisper Down the Lane

...And They Whisper Down the Lane

Four people. Four truths. One judgement? This new, multidisciplinary performance by young company SHUD Theatre explores our storytelling traditions and the reasons the old stories remain so compelling… 

A Mother

A Mother

What is it like to be the mother of a terrorist? A Mother coaxes us into her experience of anguish, guilt and anger, as she grapples with the monster she has created. We share a mother’s torment as the play takes on an increasingly nightmarish quality and she descends into her final hell… 

Come Dine with Mr Shakespeare

Come Dine with Mr Shakespeare

Reality TV lurches onto the stage, with four familiar Shakespearean characters competing to win a thousand gold crowns. Lovesick Duke Orsino (Twelfth Night), Cordelia (King Lear’s former favourite daughter), Petruchio (tamer of small animals, such as shrews) and the nefarious Lady Macbeth each take their turn hosting a dinner party for the others… 

Stanley

Stanley

There’s Stanley the man and Stanley the play. 

Heir Heads

Heir Heads

They have been dreaming of this since they were young and now the day has finally come. After the inevitable death of their great uncle, three sisters stand to inherit their family’s enormous wealth… 

Surveillance

Surveillance

After a hugely successful debut with their show iDENTiTY, Anomaly Theatre Company returns with three new dark comedies scrutinising the world that scrutinises us. A government organisation hacks a home security camera and ends up seeing too much… 

Liminality

Liminality

A scholar and an amnesiac find themselves on the shore of the river Styx. The play follows their bizarre attempts at crossing the river and the unlikely friendship that springs from it… 

COMPOST

COMPOST

When two ex-government peons decide their next mildly illegal venture is selling bins that supposedly turn plastic into compost, they discover that Amersham has a sordid underbelly – one which does not like to be tickled… 

Leverage

Leverage

Over a drunken McDonald’s, two girls start a viral tweeting frenzy over a subject they know little about. In just hours, this turns into a national campaign that questions: what if women refused to have children until the gender pay gap was resolved? Over a span of five years, five friends become the centre of a media storm… 

Definitely Not Romeo and Juliet

Definitely Not Romeo and Juliet

On the day of Ernie Villa’s magnum opus (that bears a striking resemblance to Romeo and Juliet), he is horrified to find his entire cast is incapacitated and the only person available to help is the meek company understudy, Chris Mackleroy… 

Narukami Thunder God

Narukami Thunder God

Narukami Thunder God is a Japanese tale of deception, seduction and betrayal. 

amendments: A Play on Words

amendments: A Play on Words

John Chesterton works in a world where political correctness is paramount. Fear of offending an increasingly sensitive populous is widespread and any language deemed inappropriate or discriminatory is strictly forbidden to the company\'s No list… 

Moon Walk

Moon Walk

Moon Walk is a funny play, with fast paced, quippy dialogue, but it is also a sad and gripping portrait of the effects of mental illness on American men. Through the relationships of three roommates, Rowan, Sam, and Alex, Moon Walk explores themes of gender dynamics, intimacy, mental illness, and friendship. 

Special Measures

Special Measures

A classroom comedy. With more teachers leaving the profession than ever before and the Minster for Education denying any responsibility. We take a delve into what life is like as a teacher in 2019… 

Broken English

Broken English

A contemporary exploration on the journey of the English language. Interactive spoken word, monologues and creative conversations present a story that celebrates creativity and cultural diversity through the various uses of language… 

Dissident Sausage

Dissident Sausage

Political prisoner or sausage in a fridge? Toad or feminist? Deity or giant white slug? Prepare to laugh and cry as award-winning poet and singer Karen Gemma Brewer deletes the past to make way for the future with woodworm, sheep, Frankenstein’s sister and more flies than Basic Insect! Freedom, religion, environment, grief, reincarnation, displacement, diversity, bomb disposal, toodles and sheep rustling: this show picks the scabs of the human condition with rhyme, rhythm and song… 

The Apology

The Apology

The last days of the the founding father of philosophy, Socrates. This physical theatre adaptation of the historical events not only shines a light on the origins of Western thought, but inventively takes the concepts into the 21st century… 

Brandy

Brandy

It might be true that Brandy was first performed in 2010 at South London Theatre, but it’s still impossible not to view this production through the lens of Yorgos Lanthimos’ 20… 

Tally Ho, Secret Several!

Tally Ho, Secret Several!

Spoof of Enid Blyton’s famous adventure book series The Secret Seven. Join this unruly bunch of intrepid explorers as they solve the most puzzling mystery their secret society has ever seen… 

The Last Bubble

The Last Bubble

Black Light Theatre Company features a boisterous and lively cast in their production The Last Bubble. 

44 Inch Chest

44 Inch Chest

Rarely does the stage premiere of a work take place twenty-three years after it was written, but Out Of Bounds Theatre has claimed the honour with their gritty production of 44 Inc… 

Macbeth

Macbeth

This all-female production of Macbeth was truly a sight to behold. 

Anti-Depressed?

Anti-Depressed?

Award-winning Happenings Theatre Company and sell-out Pop Heart Productions present their new collaboration. Are you okay? Mindfulness app or drunk every weekend? F*ck the pain away or yoga getaway? Medicate or meditate? An unfiltered look at the vicious cycle of being human… 

Mandy Picks a Husband

Mandy Picks a Husband

Almost 40 and totally single, Mandy takes us on a hilarious, raw 55-minute rollercoaster ride unearthing the magic elixir for her unmarried soul. Sell-out shows and rave reviews at the 2019 Hollywood Fringe Festival: winner of the Encore Producers’ Award and nominated for the Soaring Solo Artist Award… 

Trust the Teenagers

Trust the Teenagers

Trust the teenagers to fall too hard, to act too fast, to think too deep, to drink too much. Watch as we cover the elements: hilarity, hate and heartbreak. The teenage perception of what it is to truly love and be loved in return will show you the innate fantasies of these teenagers… 

Bizet to Broadway: Natalie Sternberg

Bizet to Broadway: Natalie Sternberg

Natalie’s stunning soprano voice will enchant you as she takes you on a musical journey. The classical-crossover singer performs a variety of operatic arias from Puccini to Mozart; musical theatre numbers from The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables and Carousel as well as popular songs including a Kate Bush classic… 

Songs for a New World

Songs for a New World

Following five-star reviews at the Fringe 2018, Gone Rogue Productions returns with Jason Robert Brown’s Songs for a New World. This innovative song-cycle brims with gorgeous harmonies, expressive lyrics and vibrant characters… 

Trans Pennine

Trans Pennine

Trans Pennine is a funny, fast-paced and emotional play about family disagreements, gender-identity, and caravan holidays. Following her death, the family begrudgingly go to scatter Mum’s ashes in the Yorkshire Dales – a commemoration of a wife and mother none of them liked… 

The Adventures of Leonard Biscuit Radio Show

The Adventures of Leonard Biscuit Radio Show

New to the Fringe! A show that really takes the biscuit! A hilarious farcical radio show about Leonard Biscuit, the most put-upon man in the land and his escapades. It is a traditional comedy full of clever, witty dialogue and outrageous characters… 

Toothbrush

Toothbrush

Alena and Kat are splitting up. Both fresh out of university, Alena has gotten herself a job in London. This is their last night out together, an absurd tour of the Scottish glittering nightlife, and Kat is determined to make it a night neither of them will soon forget… 

The Mystery of the Bonnie Sporran and the Loch Ness Monster

The Mystery of the Bonnie Sporran and the Loch Ness Monster

The jolly summer hols have arrived at last! Young, brave Lady Iris Bungle and her beloved housekeeper, Mrs Squidgyfeet, find themselves at Hardwick Heights on the edge of Loch Ness after a spiffing time at the 1953 Fringe Festival! With the mysterious drowning of Lord Hardwick and the Monster lingering, what other secrets do the deep, dark waters of Loch Ness hide? With an array of topping companions and lashings of ginger beer, they set out to solve The Mystery of the Bonnie Sporran and the Loch Ness Monster. 

Sherlock Holmes and the Conundrum of Conan Doyle

Sherlock Holmes and the Conundrum of Conan Doyle

The Supernatural? Sherlock Holmes, master of logic and deduction, attempts to solve his final mystery – why did his creator, a man of science, believe in spirits and faeries? Thousands of people wait expectantly for a message from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle from beyond the grave… 

Mary's Room

Mary's Room

Adam, a hyper-intelligent AI, is cold, awkward and doesn’t make sense. Mary, an overworked Botany undergrad, is paid to show him what real people are like. But despite her initial disinterest in Adam, his charming naivety grows on the ordinarily disconnected student… 

The Last Bread Pudding

The Last Bread Pudding

Coming from their success at the 2017 All-England Theatre Festival semi-finals, Our Star Theatre Company proudly presents their award-winning comedy, The Last Bread Pudding – a hilariously absurd bird’s eye view on an am-dram committee and their decision on what the group’s next play should be… 

Little Wings

Little Wings

For as long as she can remember Isabella has had butterflies living inside her tummy. They flutter around every day and she wishes they would go away. One cold night, under the light of the moon, she sees little wings flapping inside her room… 

Painted Corners

Painted Corners

Nobody has seen Jorja since her party almost a month ago. When Billie, Jan and Kirsty show up on her doorstep uninvited, Jorja storms off, leaving the other three to work out what’s going on… 

Some Things are Meant to Be, Anna

Some Things are Meant to Be, Anna

Follows one woman and her soul’s journey through cancer, two children and a chihuahua. A funny, poignant and honest piece of movement theatre exploring the rollercoaster of living with a terminal illness. 

Avalanche

Avalanche

No matter how long the winter – spring is sure to follow. A story about journeys, routine, missed moments, pain, irrational thoughts, assumptions, fear, surprising compassion, screens, memories, loneliness, coffee and unlikely friendships… 

Surveillance

Surveillance

After a hugely successful debut with their show iDENTiTY, Anomaly Theatre Company returns with three new dark comedies scrutinising the world that scrutinises us. A government organisation hacks a home security camera and ends up seeing too much… 

Takin It Easy, 1916

Takin It Easy, 1916

It’s 1916 – in a small town near Bristol, Bobby is stressing over preparations for the annual town fete. 

Aca-lympics

Aca-lympics

A cappella is back and this time it’s competitive! Birmingham University A Cappella Society returns to the Fringe for their fourth year in a sporting attempt to blow you away with all voices and no instruments! In this jam-packed show, two of our a cappella groups will go head to head showcasing their set lists which have songs to cater for all music tastes… 

Being Frank

Being Frank

Frank’s son Alex is facing a mental health crisis, and Frank hasn’t a clue what to do about it or how to get Alex to talk about it. He’s got problems of his own, and what’s happening to Alex is opening up wounds he thought long forgotten… 

Listen, You Can Hear the Sound of No Hands Clapping

Listen, You Can Hear the Sound of No Hands Clapping

What happens when we bring era-defining characters back to life? A thought-provoking avant-garde exploration of the self through the epic, Paradise Lost. Watch as a director and an artist revive historical figures such as Christopher Marlowe (the Elizabethan playwright), Catherine Parr (the Tudor Queen), Homer (the ancient poet) and Yuval Noah Harari (the contemporary award-winning author of Sapiens and Homo Deus) in their theatrical production… 

The Zed Word

The Zed Word

The world is ending. The dead are roaming. Max and Lawrence are doing crosswords. Then an unwelcome visitor turns up on their doorstep and everything goes to hell. Sometimes the monsters outside aren’t half as bad as the company within… 

Tick, Tick... Boom!

Tick, Tick... Boom!

Before RENT, there was Tick, Tick… Boom!. This autobiographical musical by Jonathan Larson is the story of a composer and the sacrifices that he made to achieve his big break in theatre… 

The Visitors

The Visitors

The Visitors is an original play which centres around a night in the life of heroin addict Danny Strand as he attempts to rekindle his old flare for life. Past, present and future collide as five vastly different visitors attempt to guide him through his addiction (pain, desire, euphoria, comfort and paranoia), causing him to question his choices and how other people are affected by his downward spiral… 

Who Killed Bambi?

Who Killed Bambi?

1979. South London. A knock at the door… Who Killed Bambi? is a new play following the events in the aftermath of the sudden death of Charlie, the lead guitarist of emerging punk band London Slappers… 

Real Eyes

Real Eyes

Aged just 16 and 17, Harrison Sharpe (Matt) and Archie Stevens (Mikey) make their Edinburgh Festival Fringe debut with Real Eyes, an intensely moving story of brothers growing up t… 

The Brave Anthology

The Brave Anthology

Angus gets a review that says he’s ‘watchable’. 

Momo and the Inevitable Decay of the House in the Forest

Momo and the Inevitable Decay of the House in the Forest

Whether you bought a ticket for the slightly unnerving image design or for the sheer length of the title, you would be forgiven for rethinking your choice once you notice a dauntin… 

Don't Do It, Don't Do It, Do It!

Don't Do It, Don't Do It, Do It!

Zuma Puma is an accomplished clown, who uses her skill to draw an audience in to a compelling narrative about what it is to experience shame as a woman. 

The Life of Spies

The Life of Spies

When the UK’s finest spy, Bonnie, is sent on a mission in the Swiss Alps, everything goes wrong when she discovers that her arch-rival, Soviet spy L, is at the same hotel with a mission of her own… 

Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens

Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens

A musical song cycle with a blues, jazz and rock score inspired by the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. A series of dramatic, powerful and heart-rending monologues celebrating the lives lost from AIDS and also uplifting and poignant songs representing the feelings of the loved-ones left behind… 

Passion Perspectives

Passion Perspectives

Where do you stand on the burning issues of today? Who do you trust? Is anything so important you\'d stake your life on it? Passion Perspectives is a challenging piece of new wri… 

Love, Loss and Cake

Love, Loss and Cake

A cabaret with songs and stories about love, and loss of love (and cake crops up too). Performed by men, of a certain age, who prize the melodies and the pure poetry of the lyrics of the Gershwin’s, Mercer, Ellington etc… 

Uninvited Guests

Uninvited Guests

ArdCol welcomes you to the world of the Uninvited Guests: dreamers, storytellers and liars. You are of course invited, but beware of those who slip through the cracks and come when we least expect… 

Shut Up, Helen!

Shut Up, Helen!

A dark, comedic production which explores mental illness in the mind of an everyday young woman. Using her therapist’s advice, Valerie names her depression Helen, who becomes an unwelcome companion in her day-to-day life… 

The Penguin Tango

The Penguin Tango

In this side-splitting, screwball comedy, inspired by actual events at the Bremerhaven, Brooklyn, and Central Park Zoos, a community of penguins is hilariously turned upside down b… 

The Rubbish Show

The Rubbish Show

On the Brink Theatre Company return to Edinburgh, their name having a deeper relevance than ever, with their alternative take on our critically fragile environment; influences happily drawn from Avenue Q and Robin Williams… 

Misfit Warrior

Misfit Warrior

It would seem a contradiction in terms that an autobiographical show about one man’s experience with HIV, cancer and mental health issues could have an audience laughing quite so… 

There Is No Problem (Here)

There Is No Problem (Here)

Have you ever wondered what your favourite fairy tale characters are up to off-duty? Well, there’s a good chance they’re just like you and me in the break room – simply trying to enjoy a nice coffee but constantly getting delayed by relentless drama… 

Black Dog

Black Dog

In the wake of a terrible decision, Tommy is burnt out. But fortunately, help is at hand in the form of the formidable and mysterious Tanya. A story of depression, anxiety, and second chances, this mixed-media medley piece is told through theatre, belly dance and music. 

The Good Boyfriend

The Good Boyfriend

A murder mystery exploring relationships where anyone could be the perpetrator! Will Inspector LeFevre, through his love of music, apprehend the villain? Are you the next Miss Marple or Poirot? Do you have what it takes to solve the crime? Join the music-loving detective as he investigates this evil deed… 

Being and Nothingness

Being and Nothingness

Xiao’s grandma suffers from Alzheimer’s. She still exists. But she’s treated as if she doesn’t. Xiao suffers from her identity crisis. She still exists. But she’s treated as if she doesn’t… 

Most Notorious

Most Notorious

Forget everything your history teachers told you, not all pirates had beards. Join the heroines your history books forgot, Anne Bonny and Mary Read, as they shake the shackles of traditional society and elope on a journey of violence and crime on the high seas… 

Sherlock Holmes and the Conundrum of Conan Doyle

Sherlock Holmes and the Conundrum of Conan Doyle

The Supernatural? Sherlock Holmes, master of logic and deduction, attempts to solve his final mystery – why did his creator, a man of science, believe in spirits and faeries? Thousands of people wait expectantly for a message from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle from beyond the grave… 

Medium Rare Improv

Medium Rare Improv

Beard of Zeus returns for their fourth year! Come and see the amazing improv troupe from Southampton perform their newest show: Medium Rare Improv. This year featuring six amazing improvisers, they’ll turn your suggestions into an on-the-spot comedy performance that’s different every night, so be sure not to miss out! Previous Praise for the University of Southampton Comedy Society/Beard of Zeus: ‘Distinguish themselves on sheer talent’ **** (BroadwayBaby… 

Chaika: First Woman in Space

Chaika: First Woman in Space

Discover the true story of Valentina Tereshkova, a young textile worker plucked from obscurity to lead the Soviet Union’s race to the stars. With her nation competing against the United States to put a man on the moon, Tereshkova, (code name – Chaika: Seagull) becomes the first woman in space… 

In PurSUEt

In PurSUEt

Inspired by true events: a passionate Sue Perkins Superfan, sent to a therapist to deal with her drinking, relays her adventures pursuing Sue. Fleabag meets Maranda in this fierce, heartfelt new LGBT comedy/drama… 

Painted Corners

Painted Corners

Nobody has seen Jorja since her party almost a month ago. When Billie, Jan and Kirsty show up on her doorstep uninvited, Jorja storms off, leaving the other three to work out what’s going on… 

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

It is 1818 and, as a bell tolls nearby, Victor Frankenstein’s monstrous creation explodes into existence. The eccentric scientist is horrified and flees into the night leaving his creature alone, lost and confused… 

Leopold Vindictive

Leopold Vindictive

Europe is occupied by the Nazis and fearing imminent invasion, the British launch Operation Columba – parachuting sixteen thousand spies across the Channel. Enter the most unlikely group of secret agents – a highly trained and carefully selected group of… 

A Cappella Around the World

A Cappella Around the World

Using only their voices and innovative live looping techniques, international vocal sensation FreePlay sings you around the world without leaving your seat. New York jazz, UK pop, European classical, Indian ragas, Brazilian samba… 

Hello? Hello.

Hello? Hello.

A young woman calls a helpline. 

Hamlet

Hamlet

DUCT presents a modern-day twist on the classic, inviting its audience into a haphazard and disorderly world, mirroring the turbulence of Hamlet’s madness. The production draws parallels to contemporary mental health issues, illustrating the destructive properties it can have on both relationships and ourselves from the perspective of a female Hamlet… 

Cry of the Gull

Cry of the Gull

Six lives uprooted by war. Displaced to Europe while desperately trying to protect a sense of family. Based on true stories and verbatim accounts, this play uses poetic structures and physical theatre to explore the emotional experience of becoming a refugee… 

Hindsight

Hindsight

The pieces of the puzzle that make up Laura’s brain don’t seem to fit. When the world doesn’t make sense to her, at school she is labelled problematic. The relationships that Laura has with her mother, teacher and self, highlight that we cannot always see what is in front of us, whether barriers are circumstance or subconscious… 

The Seven Second Theory

The Seven Second Theory

John Doe is having a bad day. He’s dead. Or close enough to it anyway. As he lies waiting for his life support machine to be turned off, he relives his life, taking the audience on a journey to show just how he ended up in this predicament anyway… 

Improvisers Assemble!

Improvisers Assemble!

In the world's darkest hours, when everything seems comedy-less, only one troupe of comedians can save us all. 

Walls and Bridges

Walls and Bridges

With their country plunged into political crisis by anti-Government strikes – a group of young East German students are ordered to “persuade” them to go home peacefully. But as a battalion of Soviet tanks confronts the protestors, the students soon begin to question their mission and whether they will find themselves on the wrong side of history… 

Global Grooves, Ancient Voices

Global Grooves, Ancient Voices

Internationally-renowned, Canadian-based Autorickshaw is on the cultural cutting edge with their seamless and downright cool sounding blend of jazz, folk, pop and Indian classical music… 

Liz

Liz

There is no denying the writers’ talent; both Louis Pattison and Harry Style have created a highly enjoyable script and score rich in farcical humour and lighthearted silliness, but in a theatrical world so bent towards the revision, reclamation and reimagining of historical narratives (Hamilton, SiX and Something Rotten all being examples), their talents seemed to be misdirected, and one has to wonder why this particular subject matter was chosen in the first place... 

From Today Everything Changes

From Today Everything Changes

Before Chris’s wife died, she made him promise to be himself. She had known he was gay before he did, but things were different ‘in those days’ and you stayed together. Newly widowed and embracing ‘from today everything changes’, he begins online dating, not really believing he has anything to offer – especially to men younger than his own pensionable age... 

Beep

Beep

Beginning in a frightening dystopia with five people wearing surgical masks manhandling one other as the audience enters, then as the show starts transforming to a happy young party student crowd is a little unsettling... 

Mr Joshua Plummer's Comedy Showcase

Mr Joshua Plummer's Comedy Showcase

A series of sketches and vignettes exploring misunderstanding and mistaken identity, miscommunication, sexuality and people’s fantasies. Written by Joshua Plummer. Script editor Stefan Antoniuk. 

Nowt as Queer as Folk

Nowt as Queer as Folk

Set in rural England, this pale ale drenched parable explores village life juxtaposed with urban sprawl. Topical issues of sexual impropriety, love lost, love rediscovered and fiddling finances are interspersed with song and slapstick scenes... 

Lonely TWOgether Taipei Version

Lonely TWOgether Taipei Version

How can we move on when we lose our love? Inspired by Anton Chekhov’s The Bear and Uncle Vanya, Lonely TWOgether Taipei Version explores the classical texts with a blend of Taipei culture, focusing on the human relationship to discuss how people react to loss, and how they move on with life... 

The Infamous Five Sketch Show

The Infamous Five Sketch Show

In a controversial move to promote classic children’s novels, publishers have released all the stories far too filthy for the page! The Infamous Five is an hour-long sketch show based around the theme of rejected children’s books, but stretches to cover a range of perversely educational topics from Brexiteering roman senators to feminist cat-calling builders... 

Lonely TWOgether Beijing Version

Lonely TWOgether Beijing Version

What actors do on stage is an epitome of daily living, as our life is nothing but an improvisation. Inspired by Anton Chekhov’s The Bear and Uncle Vanya, Lonely TWOgether Beijing Version explores the classical texts through improvisation and adaptation in the context of Beijing culture, discovering human connections between 19th-century Russia and people in today’s Asia... 

Remember Scarborough

Remember Scarborough

War doesn't end when the fighting stops. In a one-sided conversation with his long dead friend, an old man and his younger self look at the naive excitement of young RAF recruits, through the reality and pain of loss to the difficulties of post-war rebuilding... 

The Actor's Nightmare

The Actor's Nightmare

Curtain rises. George is on stage in front of a packed audience – oh wait. He doesn't remember his lines... or the play... or how he got there. George is pretty sure he's an accountant... 

Panopticon

Panopticon

Every move. Watched. Impact Theatre present a society where nothing is secret. How willingly do we share our lives – and who can be trusted in a world of ‘fake news’? Is this science fiction or a direct reflection of our current dystopian reality where elections are bought and truth is subjective? Visceral and challenging, this production will make you question your next Check-in or Like... 

Rainbow Baby

Rainbow Baby

Love. Life. Loss. The reality behind LGBT+ pregnancy. Alice and Melissa have been together for four years, they're married and want to start a family, but it isn't quite that simple... 

A Librarian

A Librarian

A naive librarian witnesses an incident that will change the rest of her life. ‘A rich and nuanced performance at the heart of this gripping play.’ (Paul Fowler: Guild of Drama Adjudicators chair)... 

Spin City

Spin City

Monday afternoon. Not much going on besides a robbery and chores at Spin City launderette. Margaret has health issues that could be better addressed; Jud hates his job and his dad; Teddy just lost his, and maybe his wife; Lol thinks the world owes her an educational right... 

A Sight of Abject Pity and Ruin

A Sight of Abject Pity and Ruin

In a world lost in time there is a forgotten Figure. Enter his den and lose yourself in an absurd and morbid milieu of mime. In this dark and surreal one-man show, join Fig on his apparently pointless meander through the mind of a melancholic hermit while he explores the nature of life, reality and the human experience... 

Love on Blue Canvas, 1890

Love on Blue Canvas, 1890

Three lovers. One engagement portrait. Someone is out of the picture. Two hundred years later, a story remains. Twisted by time, the portrait becomes an object of fascination to the people who see it – but not for the right reasons... 

Congratulations You Bastard!

Congratulations You Bastard!

Where do you draw the line? When do you finally say, that’s absolutely f*cking it! Two struggling writers reach this particular end of rope, and after being chewed and constantly spat back out by their beloved industry, they have one last crack at getting it right... 

The Interview

The Interview

In a comic exploration of the disjoint between what we think and what we say, The Interview questions the meaning of living a life worth rewarding. In an interview waiting room, Alex grapples with the sudden appearance of his subconscious as a walking, talking, sarcastic bundle of joy... 

Too Many Ukes Spoil the Broth

Too Many Ukes Spoil the Broth

Ukelear Fusion, the resident ukulele band of the University of St Andrews Music Society, makes their Fringe debut! This ensemble of fun-loving, nerdy, ukulele-toting friends performs hits from all kinds of genres: classic rock, pop, metal, country and even musical theatre... 

Alfred Hitchcock's Writers' Room

Alfred Hitchcock's Writers' Room

You do not often look around an audience during a show and see barely any unsmiling faces; scarcer still, there is unanimous overheard praise afterwards.And yet, Alfred Hitchcock’s Writers’ Room is a funny little play from the Reading University Drama Society that achieves both of those things... 

Two by Jim Cartwright (Clueless Presents)

Two by Jim Cartwright (Clueless Presents)

Whether you're after a relaxing lager or fancy a reminiscent Babycham, The White Oak is the pub for you. Here you'll find that the bitter is never off and there's plenty of it. Grab yourself a drink, sit back and watch a blend of characters appear before your very eyes... 

Inferno

Inferno

'Arabella, I would love to show you this world of mine... maybe you’d even have time for a tour?' Bella is at the top of her game: respected, influential and the top authority in criminal law... 

Trans Pennine

Trans Pennine

Trans Pennine is a funny, fast-paced, and emotional play about family disagreements, gender-identity, and caravan holidays. Following her death, the family begrudgingly go to scatter Mum’s ashes in the Yorkshire Dales – a commemoration of a wife and mother none of them liked... 

The Pleasantries of Peasantry

The Pleasantries of Peasantry

The latest comedy from Theatre with Teeth. A misunderstanding results in five medieval misfits joining the Crusades with some slightly better qualified knights, travelling through Europe and leaving their lowly peasant lives behind... 

Upcastle Downcastle

Upcastle Downcastle

UnderOwl Theatre present their debut show: Upcastle Downcastle. Evil sorceress, Morgan le Fay, has stolen the Holy Grail! With King Arthur gone a bit loopy, it’s up to unassuming royal chef, Rowan, his mother, the amorous Lady Matilda, and a few familiar characters from Arthurian legend to save the day! A madcap, slightly raunchy, comedy pantomime for grownups, filled with ridiculous characters, stupid puns, frankly bizarre plot points, more drag parts than we originally intended, and a very, very low budget... 

The Trail to Oregon!

The Trail to Oregon!

The Trail to Oregon is based on the 90s video game The Oregon Trail follows an all-American family of five (two parents, two children and the grandpa) as they make their way from Missouri to Oregon in 1848... 

Loyalty

Loyalty

A war hero, a statesman, a husband, Alexei Petro had everything… to lose. In one conversation his whole life is placed on a knife edge when his wife Oksana has a special request. The whispered horrors of Stalin’s Russia come to light at the dinner table as Alexei learns you can never truly outrun the past... 

A Romantic's Guide to the Apocalypse: A New Musical

A Romantic's Guide to the Apocalypse: A New Musical

What happens if you find the love of your life at the end of the world? This hilarious and moving new musical follows Jack who discovers that the world will end in one week. But there’s a problem, he also has his first-ever date... 

I Love You... But

I Love You... But

What is your idea of love? There's a very blurred line between a protective, loving relationship and one that's abusive. When there are no visible scars, just mental ones, how do you escape when you're trapped? A budding journalist gets the opportunity to write her own column but struggles with how to use this new-found platform... 

The Hollywood Effect

The Hollywood Effect

There's a monster in your closet. Your first kiss was magical. Your heroes are perfect. Your closet is empty. Your first kiss sucked. Your heroes are flawed. Movies present a version of "normal" life we think we ought to conform to... 

World in Progress

World in Progress

World in Progress is a brand-new musical song-cycle that explores our ever-changing relationship with the earth. It observes how life is affected by, and can affect, the world around us, and how this has changed over the years and will continue to... 

Crave

Crave

Deeply tender and sensuous, Sarah Kane’s Crave is set in an unnamed city from which voices and images spring. The play charts the disintegration of human minds under the pressures of love, loss and desire... 

Framed!

Framed!

Art and crime collide in a ‘brush with the law’ from Laughing Mirror. In this lively comedy, Ashley Lancaster, a foolish and inept criminal, longs to become a wanted man. Unfortunately, he lacks the skill to catch the attention of the police or the papers... 

Beaker's Place

Beaker's Place

Beaker’s only friend in the world, his cat, is dead. With nothing left to live for, Beaker decides to end it all, but not before work comes calling. And he doesn’t have just any old job, he disposes of dead bodies for those who drop them at his door... 

I, Sniper

I, Sniper

I Sniper, appropriately enough, starts with a bang. A group of Red Army soldiers march on stage as commands are barked at them in Russian, culminating in a chorus of ‘The Red Army is the Strongest’... 

Out of Control

Out of Control

'It was strange because at the time I wasn’t really looking for anybody, so when you see somebody... who sort of just, well, takes your breath away... it really smacks you around the face... 

Babes Against Bullshit

Babes Against Bullshit

Women have claimed intellectual and economic power for themselves, culture has simply found new ways to make us inferior. A patchwork of stories tackling the identity and experiences of young women, relaying the often overlooked and dismissed realities that affect women through both a black and white cultural lens... 

Macbeth

Macbeth

'When you durst do it, then you were a man.' Macbeth is a rising star. She’s determined, motivated, and just the right amount of modest. But power is addictive, and goaded by the words of some mysterious drunkards on a dark night, and her bullying husband, her mission to prove her worth turns bloody... 

The New Electric Ballroom

The New Electric Ballroom

In a remote fishing village, three sisters, Breda, Clara and Ada endlessly obsess and re-live their memories of love, snatched from their hands and never seen since. yt2 present The New Electric Ballroom, a beautiful and devastatingly dark tale of love, loss, loneliness and fish... 

Artificial

Artificial

With an AI in every home, people have become increasingly insular, depending on and trusting their obliging personal robots as much as any person. Dom knows this as well as anyone. By day he sits alone in people's homes prescribing the correct unit for each family... 

First Dates

First Dates

Come and join the members of the First Dates dating agency on their journey into the world of love. There are highs, lows and many, many secrets in this hilarious new piece of theatre... 

Primrose Path

Primrose Path

Chriss and Damon are in love. They have rules, they have roles – and they play games. Sometimes, they hurt each other. When they play. Such is love. Love is winning. Chriss and Damon are in love... 

Who Killed Franz Ferdinand?

Who Killed Franz Ferdinand?

An Archduke assassinated. Europe on a knife edge. Four academic cocaine addicts trying to solve a murder. An idiotic killer. Death cult deception. Sword fights and feminism. Forensics and future queens... 

The Shakuhachi Experience

The Shakuhachi Experience

In this world premiere at the 2018 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, licensed master shakuhachi performer Markus Guhe takes Japan's oldest and quintessential bamboo flute on a journey from its mythical beginnings through its long and fascinating history into the 21st century... 

Sex Waitress

Sex Waitress

Sex Waitress catapults us forward to the year 2020, in which a dystopian London has emerged from female empowerment and consent campaigns, to a society in which misogynists and sex offenders- or ‘Keiths’- are shielded, and even promoted... 

Brenda's Got a Baby

Brenda's Got a Baby

Brenda’s Got a Baby was birthed from a concept created by Molly Rumford, financed via Crowdfunder and the culmination of interviews and news stories from real people. The audience joins Amy and Brenda in the intimate setting of their living room, as a voiceover narrates the attitudes and experiences of working class girls reflecting on their life destinations... 

amendments: A Play on Words

amendments: A Play on Words

John Chesterton works in a world where political correctness is paramount. Fear of offending an increasingly sensitive populus is widespread, and any language deemed inappropriate or discriminatory is strictly forbidden by the company heads... 

As It Happened (Contemporaneous Notes)

As It Happened (Contemporaneous Notes)

Since the 1st January 2018, five writers have worked collaboratively, writing a new scene each week in response to socio-political events. We’re asking questions of our media consumption, of the events that have defined the year and those that didn’t... 

Entropy

Entropy

A physicist is on the brink of being able to explain the mysteries of the universe but still can’t figure out his volatile relationship with a rising star. In his struggle to grasp answers, he loses his grip on everything... 

Filth

Filth

From the writer of Trainspotting, Irvine Welsh and Harry Gibson's relentless one-man show returns. Warning: this performance contains sleaze, power and the abuse of just about everything... 

Stiffs

Stiffs

Dave and Vince wake up in a morgue... dead! Not the most promising start to the day. Who are they? How did they die? And why are they here together? Just a few of the questions the two try to answer as they fumble their way through a living death... 

The EU Inspector

The EU Inspector

The arrival of an undercover inspector sends officials of a new EU country into a spin. Panic ensues as they frenziedly cover up their double-dealing and ineptitude in this witty and fast-paced version of Gogol’s satirical masterpiece. 

The Lost Matriarch 2

The Lost Matriarch 2

Chuckle award runner-up (1998) Berlinda will take you on a journey to The Lost Matriarch, leaving behind all you have ever known about gender. In the upside-down world of TLM2, women are fasculine and men are meminine... 

Dick Barton: The Tango of Terror

Dick Barton: The Tango of Terror

Evil foreigners are at large, British Dick and his trusty working-class sidekicks face a ticking time bomb to foil a ruthless Latin love thug’s plot before he steals every pearl necklace in London... 

The Emancipation of Resonance

The Emancipation of Resonance

Aurigami (Malcolm Ball – ondes martenot/hand percussion, Kate Cuzner – flutes/live electronics). The Emancipation of Resonance. Synchronicity flies between two highly accomplished multi-instrumentalists, folding sound into fascinating shapes and textures using acoustic, analogue and digital sources... 

Number, Please.

Number, Please.

1952. When an unsuspecting switchboard operator answers a mysterious call from a dying woman, she is entrusted with a top-secret message that pulls her into an international plot to destroy the world... 

Spring Awakening

Spring Awakening

Small-town England. 1963. Far from the burgeoning sexuality of swinging London, a group of repressed teenagers experience their own revolution. Wendla and Moritz know nothing; Melchior knows too much, but nothing of consequences... 

Good Vibes Only

Good Vibes Only

There's no such thing as vanilla, boring or prudish. We don't care if you're a virgin or a full-blown raging nudist! Welcome to Good Vibes Only, Gloucester’s leading sex toy superstore! Join Doris’s staff team and meet the regulars/irregulars who thrust open our doors on a daily basis... 

Coccinellidae

Coccinellidae

A six-foot woman and a sex doll take on femininity. In a world where femininity obsesses over smallness in size, voice, opinion and ambition, one six-foot woman and a sex doll smash through walls and ceilings to explore how women can embrace bigness in a big physical romp... 

You All Know Me, I'm Jack Ruby!

You All Know Me, I'm Jack Ruby!

November 22nd 1963. The President was brutally slain and, as the world reeled, the press looked to political, criminal and cultural conspiracies for answers. Within 48 hours, suspected assassin Lee Harvey Oswald was gunned down by nightclub owner Jack Ruby live on national television... 

Bottled Up

Bottled Up

Meet Jeanie. She hoards plastic bottles. No one’s perfect. Better the bottles are kept in here than let them wander about out there – so please excuse the mess! Her newborn baby, Sophie, is quiet for the first time since they got back from the maternity ward... 

Not Dead Yet!

Not Dead Yet!

After last year’s sell-out D Day Dodgers, the Woolly Sheep Theatre Company’s Not Dead Yet! is a one man play which challenges preconceptions about memory loss through real-life experiences... 

Leave. To Remain (an Aristophanic Brexit Tale)

Leave. To Remain (an Aristophanic Brexit Tale)

In an alt-reality Brexit Britain, the Government has outsourced democracy to a TV voting show, pizza is banned for its foreign origins and a visa to France now costs €30 (£300). Eventually, Dick has had enough and decides to rejoin the EU all by himself... 

The Ladies Loo Chronicles

The Ladies Loo Chronicles

The Ladies Loo Chronicles is a fun, feisty and female-powered performance. Join us, as we take you for a trip around the U-bend. Ever wondered what happens in the ladies loo?  

Bad Dog

Bad Dog

Grace comes home to find a crime scene in her living room. Her sister, Eve, is at the centre, having killed their neighbour's dog. As they try to clean the room, and ascertain what led them to this moment, questions of faith and morality are brought to the forefront... 

Gayface

Gayface

Everything in Hal's life is looking up. He was just cast as the lead in a new play with a well-known director, a friendly co-star and a hot gay playwright. Only one problem – they all think he's straight... 

Choking to Death on a Currant Bun

Choking to Death on a Currant Bun

It's like Dylan Thomas without the nice bits! Mr Brown Presents unveils its debut Fringe show all about the sordid private lives of a small town. Take a whirlwind tour around a strangely familiar dream world full of lusty policemen, kinky scrabble nights, obsessive knitting and lots of flour… 

A Gallant Life

A Gallant Life

It\'s August 1918 and it’s finally beginning to look like an Allied victory is on the cards. The Kippers, the performing members of the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry in St Omer, are putting on a show to celebrate... 

That's So GCSE

That's So GCSE

Blackouts. Chair duets. Overacting. Brecht. Watch these students navigate the GCSE Theatre curriculum to perform a stunning show of their combined pubescent talents, in this hilarious new comedy, showcasing the fond memory of amateur and GCSE Theatre. 

Anathema

Anathema

Anathema is a promising first piece of work from Bearded Dog Theatre, starting strong with difficult topics not often discussed on stage – specifically the issue of male rape. The show focuses on the horror, fear and fury that develops in response to rape: showing examples of when the subsequent emotional wounds and request for support, comes up against the dismissiveness and disbelief of the wider society... 

Red Button

Red Button

Red Button is a quirky and peculiar piece of science fiction theatre that doesn’t quite find its feet. As it is sadly let down by a messy and ambiguous script.On a floating city above the war-torn land below where the mutants roam, Help Corporation is here for you providing you with drugs, running your radio stations, providing your daily doses of propaganda and giving out buttons that destroy the world out to couples they like... 

Salome

Salome

In Oscar Wilde’s timeless twist on the biblical story of John the Baptist’s execution, princess Salome lives luxuriously in a bustling Middle Eastern court with her mother and stepfather, the perpetually inebriated tetrarch Herod Antipas... 

About the Unsaid

About the Unsaid

This touching new musical explores the interior monologues of three interconnected characters through acoustic songs, focusing on their lack of communication and the difference between what they think and say... 

Thy Name is Woman

Thy Name is Woman

‘Frailty, thy name is woman,’ said Hamlet. But what did Shakespeare himself think? How are females characterised throughout his plays? We live in an age where feminine identity and the names we call women are at the forefront of public discourse, so let's bring the Bard's ladies into the limelight! Join the Rose Theatre Players for a mash-up of scenes and speeches featuring Shakespeare's women – their joys, their struggles, their losses and their triumphs. 

Side Orders

Side Orders

'You can open your eyes now'. Tinder, tea, falafel, fear. Amina wants to be a stand-up comedian. Lily doesn’t know what she wants to be, but she’s trying to be PC. A chance meeting in a chip shop with glitter-ball artist Bobbi makes them the focus of his new artwork forcing all of them to question; what does it mean to be lonely today? Following the success of Twix: ‘A definite must see at Edinburgh fringe’ (AYoungerTheatre... 

Doreen's No-Brainer Lectures – Live

Doreen's No-Brainer Lectures – Live

Doreen's One-Minute No-Brainer Lectures have had over 21 million online video views since April 2016. Doreen is an alternative, irreverent edutainer who makes learning fun again. She is now on a mission to teach the world all the things that she knows in 45 minutes... 

The Growing Pains of the Mantle Family Living Room

The Growing Pains of the Mantle Family Living Room

The Mantles have issues that probably need to be addressed, only problem being none of them talk to each other, not properly anyway. However, the family’s arguments are brought to a halt and strained relationships attempted to be covered up when their well-to-do neighbour unexpectedly visits... 

From Today, Everything Changes.

From Today, Everything Changes.

Before Chris’s wife died, after over 30 years of marriage, she made him promise to be himself. But accepting he’s gay is only the start. Online dating is a whole new world; can this younger man really be interested in him? And how does he come out to his daughter? Written by first time Fringe author Ian Tucker-Bell and brought to Edinburgh by the Oast Theatre, this new play takes a refreshingly honest and tender look at a 60-year-old man coming out and finding love. 

The Best Play Ever

The Best Play Ever

Deep in the medieval dungeons of the Royal Palace, two strangers dwell. The Crown Polisher and the Horn Blower have been framed for the murder of Eric the Court Jester and have been condemned by King Louis to write the best play ever or face execution by royal blade... 

2027: Requiem for a Lost Generation

2027: Requiem for a Lost Generation

A postmodern post-mortem of how hate won. Comedy about a pretentious student theatre company attempting to take their student union by storm with their Orwellian vision of a dystopian 2027... 

Interrobang

Interrobang

Connor and George have been long acquainted, but as Connor's reality is distorted, do they really know each other that well? Interrobang is a new piece of writing looking at mental health from a feminist viewpoint. 

Room-Mate

Room-Mate

Hugo Alastor has gone missing. His only family connection is his brother who journeys to a B&B to find him – the last place Hugo was seen alive. But there is a shadow lurking amongst even more shadows, carrying secrets and a dark omen... 

My Name Is...

My Name Is...

An anti-terrorist government official is forced to reconsider all of his preconceptions regarding illegal immigrants when he comes face to face with the experiences of a desperate stranger, with whom he finds he has more in common than he expected... 

Walls and Bridges

Walls and Bridges

In their new drama, Walls and Bridges, Acting Coach Scotland delves into the themes of home and belonging through a dystopian Scotland in 2035. This damaged society suffers constant deportations, arrests and total alienation from the outside world... 

Crave

Crave

For anyone unfamiliar with Sarah Kane’s work, the first reaction is often shock. This is understandable in many ways; her plays are as much an attack on the senses as they are on the sensibilities of her audiences... 

Woolf

Woolf

Many scholars and philistines alike think they have a good understanding of Virginia Woolf – a suicidal bisexual who used too many semicolons. While Theatre With Teeth’s new look at her life does not particularly challenge any of these notions, as a piece of theatre this is an extraordinary, ephemeral fifty minutes that left me re-examining my thoughts not only about Woolf but also about literature and its purpose... 

Changelings

Changelings

Pucqui Collaborative’s Changelings is a thoughtful story about two very different existences colliding and attempting to translate one another. Totally immersed in the midst of a deep jungle and surrounded by birdsong and running water, we encounter the meeting of Mowgli (Nicole Palomba) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream’s Puck (Robin Ian HallSmith), a character displaced from his usual forest haunt to a less familiar but no less magical setting... 

Cult-ure

Cult-ure

Circled in their new support group, six young people all brought together by one thing – a journey from friendship to revenge. Cult-ure explores the effects of bullying and the true meaning of safety and support... 

Vaccine

Vaccine

Vaccine is a searing new drama created by the newly formed Warwick University company, Juvenilia. It is an intense psychological drama, exploring the tensions and power shifts between the patients and staff of a psychiatric institution... 

Firewater

Firewater

'I didn't even know your name.' Cara and Jon are study buddies and, sometimes, partygoers. Ruby and Adam cling to a fractured relationship. One night, the four meet and, as time unfolds, unspoken secrets between them are revealed... 

Crimes of the Heart

Crimes of the Heart

In 1950s Hazlehurst, Mississippi, the Mcgrath sisters have returned home. Lenny, the oldest sister is unmarried and facing dwindling marriage prospects; Meg, the middle sister, has returned after a failed stint in Hollywood and the youngest sister, Babe is out on bail after shooting her husband... 

Guy Fawkes It Up

Guy Fawkes It Up

'Remember, remember the fifth of November. Gunpowder, treason and plot-holes...' Ever wondered what really went wrong under the Houses of Parliament in 1605? Or how one mysterious gentleman and his motley crew nearly changed history with a bang yet ended up with their plans hung, drawn and quartered? Well, we have the answers and, in two words, expect fireworks! Laughing Mirror present... 

The Second Coming

The Second Coming

In a world full of hatred and ignorance, Simply Surreal, fresh from our sell-out show last year, welcomes you to our exciting play. The Second Coming is a farcical retelling of the Nativity story focusing on the Virgin Amy and her surprise when a stranger leaves an unexpected gift in a public toilet... 

Two Sides of the Curtain

Two Sides of the Curtain

Erich and Ada are separated by one of history’s most famous man-made divisions: the Berlin Wall. They both live in times of great global and personal shifts that throw their futures into disillusionment... 

The Importance of Being Frank

The Importance of Being Frank

Wilde's much loved masterpiece gets a 1980s revamp. John Worthing and his egocentric friend Andrew Moncrieff fall in love with two naive girls. However, there's a problem – both girls are adamant they could only ever love a man called Frank... 

We Are Not a Muse

We Are Not a Muse

The image of the tortured brooding man, bewitched, bothered and bewildered by some winsome and naïve woman, is long burnt into of literature. Emily Bronte’s Heathcliff has a lot to answer for... 

Commons

Commons

In an upmarket hotel room, two men – one a disgraced politician, the other an ex-rent boy – meet to rekindle old loves and re-open old wounds in this darkly comedic character study of love, loss, greed and politics... 

Atlas

Atlas

Natural philosophers Edmund Halley and Robert Hooke are engaged in a scientific wager that will crown the man who can prove why the planets move elliptically the victor. Halley, enlisting the help of academic outcast Isaac Newton, unwittingly begins a grudge-fuelled chain of events that sees the course of history – and of friendships – change forever... 

DROLL

DROLL

Award-winning theatre company Owle Schreame performs a series of very droll ‘drolls’: short, illegal comedies from the 17th century. There are around 30 texts they hope to get through over the course of the festival, and they are the first group to perform some of these rare nuggets of theatrical history in almost 400 years... 

Woman on Fire

Woman on Fire

Sisters (and the rest of the world) unite and enjoy this one-woman show as you are taken through the tumultuous life of the Preston-born suffragette Edith Rigby.For the next hour you will be engaged in the story of a woman desperately fighting for her right to vote in a society that beats her down... 

We Are All Going to Die

We Are All Going to Die

We are all Going to Die is a devised piece by Dead Person Productions. The story follows eight people that are stranded in an Arctic research base. They seem to be looking forward to either starving to death or catching hypothermia... 

Golf Course War Machine

Golf Course War Machine

NATO Summit, 2014, Newport, Wales: Pippa is dazed, hungover and staging her own personal protest on the Coldra roundabout. This is her opportunity to trample down the fence, as she fights to put Wales on the centre of the global map, proving that even the smallest of voices can be heard amongst the political noise... 

The Farmers Lit the Fields on Fire

The Farmers Lit the Fields on Fire

A young bride returns to her family's rural estate for a weekend-long wedding celebration. But when bitter divisions between the bride and her estranged sister threaten to expose dangerous secrets, she learns that sometimes building a new life means setting the past on fire... 

Threadbare

Threadbare

Threadbare is a creation of the Minotaur Theatre Company which is run by students from the University of East Anglia.It is always refreshing to encounter young people who are not afraid to voice their opinions... 

The Gods Wore Red

The Gods Wore Red

The life and times of Bill Shankly: comedian, philosopher, dictator, god, angel, devil, saint – and tragic hero. Meet Bill Shankly, football manager, unstoppable force of nature.... 

The Gravel Road Show

The Gravel Road Show

The Gravel Road Show, featuring the Intoxicating Temperance Sisters, is a world-premiere cabaret that denounces the evils of alcohol consumption. This performance in paradox includes uplifting hymns on the virtue of abstinence, a stern lecture on the danger of alcohol and a public indoctrination of the Teetotalers Pledge... 

Bows and Braces

Bows and Braces

Rolling up to Edinburgh for their Festival debut, the UK's number one all-female a cappella group from King’s College London present a slick, sharp performance of diverse music, kick-starting your afternoon with an electric atmosphere! Named after their signature look, Bows and Braces showcases the same performance excellence that has won The Rolling Tones numerous awards at the ICCAs and Voice Festival UK... 

Edgartown

Edgartown

A killer haunts the shores of Edgartown. The community’s secrets exposed by the murderer in their midst. A band of small town characters team up to hunt the monster down in this dark, funny homage to Spielberg’s classic Jaws. 

Home

Home

A play about hope that centres around a homeless man as he tries to get his first home. The show highlights some of the hoops he is made to jump through and the people he meets as he tries to make his dream a reality... 

Geoff Hefferson Says Relax

Geoff Hefferson Says Relax

A be-suited, be-spectacled, b-bastard hot out the frying pan and onto the flyers of the prestigious Edinburgh Flange Festival. Geoff applies his sledgehammer wit to love, fetishes, and an excessively relaxing guided meditation... 

#Instalove

#Instalove

Inspired by cynicism. Based on romance. One woman finds herself on the brink of love, lust, fear and hope. You, the audience, are her prospects. You decide how her story unfolds. #Instalove is a stormy yet joyful celebration of all the reasons we seek love and why we seek the partners we do... 

Sign of the Times

Sign of the Times

Danny has an interview for his dream job as a football reporter at The Times – he just hasn’t told them he’s deaf. Now he has a week to prove himself. A story about the power of language and the struggle to be heard. 

Now We Are Pope: Frederick Rolfe in Venice

Now We Are Pope: Frederick Rolfe in Venice

Frederick William Rolfe (1860-1913) was a minor English writer, artist and photographer and serious eccentric. Not satisfied with just converting to Roman Catholicism, he also felt destined to be a priest... 

The Sad Story of the Sun and the Moon

The Sad Story of the Sun and the Moon

The Sad Story of the Moon and the Sun is a shadow puppet adventure. It tells the tale of how the two met, fell in love and learned the sad truth that perhaps they weren’t meant to be together... 

The Decline and Fall of Marcus Distilius

The Decline and Fall of Marcus Distilius

Forget Justin Bieber and his legions of ‘beliebers’. In this play, set in Ancient Rome, hot young gladiator Marcus Distilius is propelled to fame after a series of victories, earning him his own devoted fans who all themselves ‘distiples’... 

Staggered

Staggered

Travelling as a latecomer to his brother-in-law's stag do, Tim thought he would sit back, relax and enjoy a gin and tonic on the way there. That is, until a chance encounter with Mr Jazz… As Jazz offers to take Tim under his wing, Tim entrenches deeper into Jazz’s world of alcoholism, gambling and general drunken carnage and finds himself descending further and further away from the actual stag do and deeper and deeper into the recesses of Jazz’s sinister and often dangerous mayhem. 

Hamlet Private Eye

Hamlet Private Eye

Fringe wouldn’t be Fringe without its many questionable adaptations of Hamlet and this one definitely raises a lot of questions. Primarily, why would anyone want to inflict this monstrosity on the public?Set in New York where Hamlet is a private investigator, Ophelia is a phone sex worker and Yorick is rambunctiously camp, there is absolutely nothing positive to say about Hamlet: Private Eye... 

Till Death

Till Death

This comedy from the Z Theatre Company centres around the Broken Vows marriage guidance centre, where three couples have been court-ordered to attend therapy. Sadly, this piece of new writing from Nathan Brawn lacks originality and the play is forced to rely on gratuitous swearing, clichéd characters and generally wooden acting... 

Angel: Take This Body

Angel: Take This Body

In this one-man show, Christopher Peacock plays a man of the cloth struggling daily to overcome the temptations of the flesh. This is a strong performance of a well-written script tackling hefty issues... 

Hamlet

Hamlet

I really hope there wasn’t an adult in charge of this. If there was, why didn’t you tell them what they were doing? Rarely has the text of Hamlet been altered with such baffling disrespect... 

Chasing Zeds

Chasing Zeds

Five insomniacs can’t go to sleep in the Z Theatre Company’s cleverly named Chasing Zeds. This perfectly perfunctory example of devised theatre explores physical representations of their various forms of suffering to a well-chosen contemporary soundtrack, opening with the arresting I Can’t Get No Sleep by Faithless... 

The Madness of Tellaralette Seville

The Madness of Tellaralette Seville

Pawn of war, drone operator Marcy controls escalating bloodlust through the persona of Tellaralette Seville, her PTSD induced alter-ego. By her side for five years has been Daniel, eager to milk whatever money he can out of the military... 

O is for Ofsted

O is for Ofsted

Ofsted inspections are generally not much fun. Staff room chatter tends to be rather dull and school kids’ gossip is rarely entertaining. An Ofsted inspection poses a challenge as the substance of a play and this young people’s theatre company has its hands full trying to make a gripping tale out it... 

Punk Rock

Punk Rock

Becoming an adult isn't easy. Disgusted by bullying, rejected by girls - what has William got to lose? Described by its playwright as ‘The History Boys on crack’, Punk Rock encapsulates teenage life and the unique pressures that it brings to the end of childhood... 

Little Shop of Horrors

Little Shop of Horrors

Based on the Roger Corman film, this is a laugh-a-minute spoof about young nerd Seymour and his mysterious plant, Audrey II, who possesses an unusual appetite. The monster grows and grows, causing business to boom, but at what cost? This riveting musical comedy will have you toe-tapping your way to, possibly, the end of the world... 

Candide: The Optimist

Candide: The Optimist

It is 255 years since Voltaire published his scathing satire on Liebnitzian optimism, yet it remains as fresh as it was in 1759. We may no longer be as ready to believe that 'all is for the best in this best of all possible worlds', yet politicians still try to tell us so... 

Tadzio Speaks ... Death in Venice Revisited

Tadzio Speaks ... Death in Venice Revisited

In Thomas Mann’s Death in Venice we see von Aschenbach increasingly obsessed by the beautiful youth Tadzio. Although the two never speak, the boy is clearly aware of the older man's attention and a silent relationship grows between them until the writer's final day on the Lido beach... 

GoldDust

GoldDust

A triple-bill of fast-paced new writing from Goldsmiths, University of London, featuring an ensemble cast performing three original shows in one night. 1) See If I Care: Kate’s going to have a baby... 

Phantom Pain

Phantom Pain

Unhinged Creations’ production of Phantom Pain carries heavy themes: grief, mental illness, violence in relationships, and obsession. Though it’s hindered by a slightly lumbering and repetitive script, what emerges is the frame of a dark and thought-provoking drama about the swiftness and brutality of death and its effect on those left behind... 

Dead Fresh

Dead Fresh

The promotional blurb for Dead Fresh warns you that missing the secret of this dark comedy (or perhaps missing the comedy itself – there’s some pronoun confusion in there) ‘could be fatal’... 

Rants, Bantz and Comas

Rants, Bantz and Comas

“Happy families are all alike, but every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way,” wrote Tolstoy. Across the theatrical canon – from Shakespeare to Chekhov to Tracey Letts - there are hundreds of examples of how theatre can effectively utilise the drama and comedy inherent in the family unit... 

Marcel Vol. I – Italian Politics as a Work of Art

Marcel Vol. I – Italian Politics as a Work of Art

Marcel Vol I explores the topic of former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s sex scandals, portrayed in the form of an absurdist nightmare.The audience is greeted by what feels like an ominously un-self-aware parody of performance art: a group of people dressed all in black, solemnly snapping their fingers and making repetitive physical gestures while sitting underneath a naked, decapitated mannequin wearing a leather harness and a horse’s head... 

Lace Up

Lace Up

Lace Up presents the rise of one man, Stuart, from a childhood of neglect to dominance in the boxing ring, with the help of his brother (trainer and lifelong advocate Teddy) and his promoter (Omaha-bred Jack, whose role it is to help Stuart ‘break’ America and gain HBO sponsorship)... 

Alice

Alice

The twists and turns of the topsy-turvy world of Alice in Wonderland are well known and loved by many, enshrined in literary pop culture. However, Fourth Monkey’s immersive adaptation explores a more sinister angle to the story, taking the events of Alice’s original adventure and twisting them into a fractious, dark tale of modern fables and corruption... 

Company

Company

Robert, 35, believes his life is perfect. He is intelligent, attractive, witty, and… unmarried. All his friends are coupled up, some have several marriages under their belts! Throughout the show, whilst observing his friends in close detail, he comes to realise that the life not worth examining is an unlived life, that is, one without company... 

The Result of a Man and His Ponderings

The Result of a Man and His Ponderings

Finlay can engage his house in conversation. So with the uninvited presence of something inside not placed there by him or the house, both begin an investigation that spirals out of control. 

6 - a new musical

6 - a new musical

6 people. 6 years. 6 degrees apart. This new musical charts the individual stories of six New Yorkers' lives as they intertwine and influence each other in profound and unexpected ways. 

Hamlet

Hamlet

New theatre company Gin & Tonic makes an assured debut with an abridged version of Hamlet that breathlessly energises Shakespeare’s masterpiece with a confidence not often seen in such a young company... 

The Importance of Being Earnest as Performed by Three F*cking Queens and a Duck

The Importance of Being Earnest as Performed by Three F*cking Queens and a Duck

Out Cast Theatre return to the festival this year with their typically camp Carry On-style comedy. The cast of three perform as male divas who are roped into performing Oscar Wilde’s classic play and they have to learn to work together for it to be a success as the audience witnesses the preparation, rehearsals and the eventual outcome... 

The Magic Egg

The Magic Egg

The Magic Egg follows the adventure of a young girl who must save her mother and retrieve her magic egg from an evil witch. Along the way she bumps into an array of crazy characters and must solve quests and riddles with the help of the audience... 

Like Fireworks, Like Butterflies

Like Fireworks, Like Butterflies

Tracing the life of Korean dancer Choi Seung-hee, this solo show is surprising and delightful.Performer Kim Kyungmin greets the audience and exchanges pleasantries with us in English... 

Measure for Measure

Measure for Measure

The Sydney Theatre School’s production of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure grapples gallantly with its intricate material, but fails to leave much of an impression. The abridged script runs at a solid ninety minutes, but its weighty issues still feel uncomfortably squashed, its delicious moments of role-reversal deprived of breathing space... 

Spectrum

Spectrum

Spectrum follows the true story of Temple Grandin (Maeve Belle) who used the unique perspective given to her by her autism to revolutionise and humanise the slaughter industry. Not only is the narrative fascinating, but it is told with such wit and sensitivity that this production is also a wonderful success as an exploration of and insight into what it is to live with autism... 

I Before You

I Before You

“It’s the game show of all game shows!” our host tells us as we begin. All of us in the ‘studio audience’ are handed three voting cards, colour-coded for the three different contestants... 

The Next Big Thing

The Next Big Thing

The Next Big Thing is a show that deals with precisely that – and the young, ambitious writer who's striving to attain it. Brought to Edinburgh by David Kent and starring Rebecca Ridout and Dereck Walker, both graduates from LSMT, this promises to be a "fabulously dangerous" new musical comedy... 

Hold for Three Seconds

Hold for Three Seconds

Hysterically funny, slightly weird and yet highly enjoyable, Hold for Three Seconds is a new comedy about three strangers trapped in a lift on the thirty-second floor of a building and the effect that being forced to co-exist in such a small space begins to have on each of them... 

Death is the New Porn

Death is the New Porn

Authentic, thrilling and (overly) ambitious, Death is the New Porn is a fine piece of theatre. Jack Elliot’s new play goes deep into the lives of its characters, exposing their hypocrisies and frailties with brutal honesty... 

Stay Awake For Now– The Musical

Stay Awake For Now– The Musical

Luke Speirs' new musical presents a love triangle between three best friends and the fallout of their relationships as a result of Tom's (Sam Rich) unrequited love for Drew (Luke Speirs)... 

Soldier Box

Soldier Box

Soldier Box is a new play brought to this year’s Fringe by New Celt Productions, a company that amalgamates the talents of both Queen Margaret and Napier university's recent graduate students... 

The Seussification of A Midsummer Night's Dream

The Seussification of A Midsummer Night's Dream

The Seussification of a Midsummer Night's Dream sees an all female cast embark on a speedy but delightful adaptation of Shakespeare's comedy. Not only have they altered the language so that it will be easier for kids to understand, they have done so in Dr Seuss style rhyming which makes for fun listening... 

Medea

Medea

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned; so quotes or paraphrases every production of Medea ever made. But Hell seemed quite tame as Big Shoes Theatre Company’s production dragged itself over the finishing line... 

I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change

I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change

Joe Dipietro and Jimmy Roberts’ musical comedy, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change has become a staple of the fringe in recent years, probably because it requires a small, budget-friendly, company of actors and a single piano mix... 

Sister Amnesia's Country and Western Nunsense Jamboree

Sister Amnesia's Country and Western Nunsense Jamboree

Watching Sister Amnesia’s Country and Western Nunsense Jamboree brought me right back to a long-forgotten primary school experience. We would all be funnelled into the gym hall, the head teacher would announce that we had some special guests visiting the school, and that they had brought a show to perform for us... 

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

From the award-winning Box Tale Soup, join Alice on her remarkable journey. Young and old alike will find magic in Wonderland and come safely home. The only danger is you may not want to leave! Lewis Carroll's Wonderland floods onto the stage in a whirl of strange contraptions, handmade puppets and extraordinary characters in a brand new production to enchant all ages. 

Buffer

Buffer

We type, we mail, we text, we Skype, we friend, but in a world that is more connected than ever, what happens when we strip away technology and remove the buffer between ourselves and reality? Join three 20-something examples of the first generation to grow up texting and Facebook-ing their way through life and for whom face-to-face communications, and even talking on the phone, have fast become relics of a bygone era... 

Frozen

Frozen

An intimate look into the lives of three people connected by one shocking event. Tortured mother Nancy, child killer Ralph, and psychiatrist Agnetha must all come to terms with the paths their lives have taken...