All My Stupid Jobs

All My Stupid Jobs

Broadway / West End veteran Timothy Quinlan exposes the humbling truth about life in musical theatre. 

Boot

Boot

Boot – a new one-act play by Eliza Williams. 

Virginia Woolf's Orlando, Adapted by Sarah Ruhl

Virginia Woolf's Orlando, Adapted by Sarah Ruhl

Orlando, an attractive, swashbuckling, time-travelling nobleman, favourite of Queen Elizabeth and lover of Princess Sasha, lives over 500 years. 

Love and Information

Love and Information

Known for their exciting ensemble and physical theatre work, students from North London Collegiate School are delighted to return to the Fringe to perform Caryl Churchill’s 2012 ka… 

Doctor Faustus

Doctor Faustus

Greed, corruption and damnation are rampant in this one-man adaptation of the Elizabethan classic. 

Strike!

Strike!

Sex, thugs and bowling balls. 

The House Is on Fire

The House Is on Fire

It’s 2086. 

Once Lost: A New Musical

Once Lost: A New Musical

A powerful musical about living with dementia. 

Double Date! The Musical

Double Date! The Musical

When exes Claire and Niamh bump into each other for the first time in years while out with their current partners, they have no idea just what they’ve gotten themselves into. 

The Turn of the Screw

The Turn of the Screw

An adaptation of Henry James’ classic ghost story. 

The Kettling

The Kettling

Suddenly kettled at a climate change protest on the hottest day of the year, Kelly finds herself trapped with a volatile and unlikely mix of people. 

Accidental Death of an Anarchist

Accidental Death of an Anarchist

Anarchist: noun; a person who rebels against any authority or established order. 

There's No Mystery in Murder!

There's No Mystery in Murder!

Murder has come to a quiet Yorkshire village where nothing ever happens. 

Shrek: The Panto

Shrek: The Panto

In a world where we ignore any films past Shrek 2. 

The Railway Children

The Railway Children

The year is 1906 and a London family’s world is torn apart when their father is arrested for spying and they are sent to live in the country. 

Small Histories

Small Histories

Six generations of women, their lives spanning 100 years from the final months of World War One to the present. 

Melody

Melody

Melody is the most cheerful hotel receptionist in town. 

I Want Hercules

I Want Hercules

One dashing detective. One massive myth. One seriously fatally murdered family. Sensational thriller from double Fringe First winners Theatre Caddis.  

Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind

Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind

Come see 30 plays in 60 minutes! Created by Greg Allen of the Neo-Futurists Theatre and performed by students from The Bishop’s School in La Jolla, California. 

Half a Dozen Jane Eyres

Half a Dozen Jane Eyres

Double Fringe First winners bring Bronte evangelists who fight and bite at West Norwood’s first-ever Jane Eyre convention (Jeremy Kyle meets Comic Con). 

Marie Lloyd Stole My Life

Marie Lloyd Stole My Life

Male impersonator, soubrette and headliner at all the major theatres, Nelly Power was a force to be reckoned with in an era before female emancipation. 

Rita, Sue and Bob Too

Rita, Sue and Bob Too

Broken Britain, 1987, Rita and Sue; two teens hungry for adult adventure embark on a wicked journey that takes them on a very raucous ride – literally! You’ll be shocked, you may… 

Amorous Tales of Shakespeare

Amorous Tales of Shakespeare

Who was Shakespeare’s true love? Anne Hathaway who seduced the young Will. 

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

Brecht’s darkly comic play about the ascent of the moronic, childish but charismatic gangster Arturo Ui should be relevant for obvious reasons. 

The 27 Club

The 27 Club

The play follows Nick: a young, successful artist struggling with his identity and mental health. 

Still Life by Noël Coward

Still Life by Noël Coward

The Hart Players theatre company brings Noël Coward’s Still Life to the Fringe. 

This Play Is Not About Me

This Play Is Not About Me

This play is about dreams, where forgotten memories go, déjà vu, laughter, the inability to laugh, that sense you get when you can tell someone is staring at you, the song Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, balloons, coincidences, the stars, belief, the suspension of disbelief — but it is not about me… 

Everyman

Everyman

As the saying goes, "The path to hell is paved with good intentions". 

Death and the Maiden

Death and the Maiden

What would you do if you had the chance for revenge? 15 years after being kidnapped and tortured in General Pinochet’s Chile, Paulina Salas tries to forget the past and build a quiet life with her husband… 

Chatroom

Chatroom

Six teenagers communicate only via the internet. Conversation ranges from JK Rowling to Stephen Hawking to suicide. Jim is depressed and talks about ending his life. Eva and William want to see him do it… 

One Good Beating

One Good Beating

A remarkably vivid picture of one merciless family and three desperate lives. 

Fear Here and Terror There

Fear Here and Terror There

What would you think of if I told you this was a play about radicalisation? Who would you picture? What did they look like? Where were they from – here, or there? 

Macbeth

Macbeth

Three presenters take you to a world of distrust and alternative facts, where brave Macbeth and his wife plot to kill King Duncan and take the Scottish throne. This fast-paced, stripped-down and intense production of Shakespeare’s famous tale of medieval Scotland speaks directly to our own divided times, where ‘things bad begun make strong themselves by ill’… 

10:31, MCR

10:31, MCR

It was a day like any other day. 

Degrees of Guilt

Degrees of Guilt

Jade Potts is a much loved baby, but 16-year-old Honey is wholly unprepared for motherhood and lacks any semblance of support. Eventually, 17 floors from the ground, exhausted and with Jade’s crying becoming provocative, Honey’s patience snaps and Jade suffers catastrophic injuries… 

Section 28: The Legacy of a Homophobic Law

Section 28: The Legacy of a Homophobic Law

September, 1988. David has a poorly kept secret. His father’s guessed it. His classmates shout it down the corridors. And just when he feels that he can begin to confide in his English teacher, the Local Governments Act, recently passed into law, pushes a wedge between the two of them… 

Notes from Shetland to Shanghai

Notes from Shetland to Shanghai

‘Keep the ears keenly aware for this string-driven sky dancer enchanter’ ***** (TheEdinburghReporter.co.uk). Following her stunning 2018 Fringe debut, Sophie Rocks’ audiences can be wowed again by a moving musical and spoken narrative, Notes from Shetland to Shanghai… 

Love Me Out: The Opera

Love Me Out: The Opera

100% my type on paper… or so they thought. Opera Kipling present an innovative re-imagining of Mozart‘s classic opera Cosi Fan Tutte set on the island of Ferrando. Find out if these two sets of lovers will keep their lights on or face the dramatic consequences of recoupling! Opera Kipling are a newly formed group of young professionals working around Europe. 

Dorian Gray

Dorian Gray

Captivated by his own exquisite portrait, Dorian Gray trades his soul for eternal youth and beauty. He is drawn into a corrupt double life that is poisoned by hedonism and depravity… 

The Graveyard Shift

The Graveyard Shift

‘Leaving even the most sceptical of the audience unnerved’ (BroadwayBaby.com), magician Kreestan Sennachie will take you on a journey to the dark side of magic. This Gothic, bizarre tale of Victorian magic is sinister and haunting, creepy and comical and with Sennachie as the most believable host, you will begin to question the unquestionable… 

Mirror Canon

Mirror Canon

Mirror Canon focuses on the subtle relation between thoughts and actions, showing the dichotomy between the realistic outside living world of actions and the repressed inner self that performs them… 

She Shall Not Be Moved

She Shall Not Be Moved

This fresh, original piece of writing, set in a modern day witch trial, is a meditation on what it means to be a woman; the challenges we face, and how they break us, bind us and shape us into the women we become. 

Fray Bentos

Fray Bentos

Just over a 100 years ago there was an epic battle and a tank crew were stranded in their Mark II tank in no mans land. Inspired by these true events, we bring some of that history to life through a devised, physical narrative and a contemporary exploration of our history in The Great War… 

Ghostly Tales

Ghostly Tales

Ghostly Tales are adaptations of Victorian supernatural short stories; The Wind in the Rosebush, The Shadow on the Wall, and The Best Room in the House. Inspired by The Woman in Black, join pupils from Westonbirt School, Gloucestershire as they take you on a spine-chilling journey, combining live music and drama… 

How to Mend the World (With a Student Play)

How to Mend the World (With a Student Play)

This new comedy gives the audience a fly-on-the-wall view of how messy putting on a student Fringe play can be. Watch an early production meeting of the university theatre society who are attempting to put on a horribly misguided reimagined production of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible… 

Medea Speaks

Medea Speaks

Medea Speaks is a rallying cry to take the conversation begun by #MeToo deeper and further. Franca Rame’s acclaimed interpretation of Medea is directed by author and campaigner Jennifer Nadel and performed by Debby Turner… 

McNaughton

McNaughton

In his cell, woodturner Daniel McNaughton, wronged by his father, dismissed by the Glaswegian legal establishment, awaits sentence for his botched attempt to shoot Prime Minister Robert Peel… 

Want Some More

Want Some More

Want Some More explores the harsh realities of living with a whole range of eating disorders from binge eating to diabulimia; retelling word for word accounts in Stage Strong Productions’ hard-hitting show performing at theSpace on the Mile. 

Parasites

Parasites

Seesome Theatre’s new production Parasites is presented as an issue play, getting to the heart of problems with the welfare state, domestic abuse and teenager stuck in an unforgi… 

Adventures of Butt Boy and Tigger

Adventures of Butt Boy and Tigger

It is often a challenge to take a piece of original writing that has already achieved success at the Fringe and do something new with it. 

EAST

EAST

Steven Berkoff’s irresistible EAST makes an inevitable return to the Festival Fringe, this time in a vibrant and energetic production by HiveMCR. 

Verity

Verity

Poor Verity. Her groom ditched her. Her relatives nag her. Her boss might sack her. And it’s still only Monday. As she tries to come to terms with a disastrous wedding day and reinvent herself and her career, Verity makes an unlikely friendship, does a spot of online stalking and drinks a lot of alarmingly named cocktails… 

Dodici Ballerini

Dodici Ballerini

Prepare to be dazzled by the magical adventures of 12 masked dancers as they step into a mystical world where colour means power and sparkle means everything. Super powers, super heroes, super sparkle, super show! With spellbinding performances from Lossie Elite Dance company and Diamond Choreography by Diane Aspinall, Dodici Ballerini brings a platinum premiere to the Edinburgh Fringe for all the family to enjoy. 

Jennifer B

Jennifer B

Jennifer B is a must-see! She’s a thirty-something blonde with a red lipstick, a protruding front and an animal instinct. She may act like a fool and break all the rules but that’s only to keep her dreams alive… 

Horny Coo in a Tutu

Horny Coo in a Tutu

A highland cow, a crab apple dance audition and a royal wedding – what could possibly go wrong? Move over Darcy Bussell, this hilarious heifer’s got contacts, pink horns, a crown and a tutu and she’s not afraid to use them! With stunning vocals and a chorus line of characters, this inspiring tale of delightful diversity is a family must-see. 

Shiver

Shiver

Over the cobbles of a rich capital – a London alight with the promise of change – resourceful Alice lands herself a position with a family of self-proclaimed radicals. Big bellies, glittering gatherings and perspiration ensue… 

Biscuit Barrel: Double Stuffed

Biscuit Barrel: Double Stuffed

Biscuit Barrel return to the Fringe with an even naughtier 69 sketches in the space of an hour! Mercilessly outrageous; always hyperactive. At a time when online comedy seems to race ahead of live performance, the Barrel take one back for the theatre – this is the speed of the internet put on a stage… 

Uppercut: A New Musical

Uppercut: A New Musical

Talented but troubled Clio has three months to go until the biggest boxing match of her life. She must find ways to overpower the emotions of envy, anger, grief and anxiety if she wants to have the confidence to win the fight… 

Do You Ever Get Scared?

Do You Ever Get Scared?

Six actors. Six parts and the roll of a dice. How can an accusation change a life? Do You Ever Get Scared? Explores justice and retribution in this six-hander, asking questions about our own and our society’s perceptions of abuse. 

Conscious

Conscious

Held captive in the windowless laboratory where she was first conceived, the AI Alice has only ever seen the world through the skewed words of her captors, moulded by the sinister intentions of those who created her, wish to sell her, and long to possess her… 

Momento Sounds

Momento Sounds

Originally an acoustic violin duo, Momento developed their sound by adding synths, sample pads, and loop station to deliver an entertaining, immersive classical and electronic show… 

Her

Her

Who can be a mother? What makes them a mother? Do we actually need one? Cariad and Catrin confront the dysfunction of their relationship past and present and the division that an unsuspecting visitor brings… 

Jammy Dodgers

Jammy Dodgers

If we started the world again, would we do a better job? The world they’re in has fallen apart. The people are randomly selected out of a diverse pool of candidates to travel to the new world… 

Cruise to Hell

Cruise to Hell

A family’s dream holiday becomes a nightmare. Cruise to Hell follows a path of discovery – How medicines and anaesthetics can adversely affect our mental health. Millie Kieve vividly describes a close-knit family and follows how the parents and three brothers cope and support each other when 20-year-old Karen goes missing on a cruise holiday… 

One Giant Leap

One Giant Leap

In an unassuming French restaurant, an American news anchor meets with a man who reveals to her that the 1969 moon landing was faked and this time there’s proof. Flashback to 1968 where a panicked NASA is desperately trying to catch the Soviet Union in the Space Race… 

Mr Nice Guy

Mr Nice Guy

Local celebrity Jeremy Shaw is shot on his way to work one morning. He finds himself questioning his morals and the way in which he led his life whilst simultaneously bleeding out in the street… 

Love and Sex and All Things In-Between

Love and Sex and All Things In-Between

Verbatim stories of “love” in all its magnificence and monstrousness. 

Downton Shabby

Downton Shabby

Big Spirit Theatre Company brings you, Downtown Shabby. Join Lord Crawley and his family as they move from their country estate to a council estate. How will they survive? Comedy at its finest… 

How to Mend the World (With a Student Play)

How to Mend the World (With a Student Play)

This new comedy gives the audience a fly-on-the-wall view of how messy putting on a student Fringe play can be. Watch an early production meeting of the university theatre society who are attempting to put on a horribly misguided reimagined production of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible… 

The Life of Reilly

The Life of Reilly

Living in a world where people don’t say what they mean or mean what they say can be tricky, and Reilly has questions. Like why is strip lighting everywhere? Why are disgusting smelly crisps even legal? Why are clothes so scratchy and why don’t you understand? Growing up with autism can be difficult… 

Bitch, Antigone

Bitch, Antigone

Noises Off meets Antigone with a lot of great dick jokes thrown in for good measure! Bitch, Antigone from Australia’s Out Cast Theatre and writer Steven Dawson, is a hilarious go… 

The Moment

The Moment

The Moment symbolises the longing to preserve childhood innocence that we experience as we move through life. Accompanied with the youthful endeavour to seek out new experiences and grow as we move between adolescence and adulthood, the stories and memories that we craft for ourselves along the way… 

Relational (or A Writer's Misguided Guide to Loves Lost and Found)

Relational (or A Writer's Misguided Guide to Loves Lost and Found)

Existing deep within the mind of writer Jonathan P Sims, two friends debate the legitimacy of platonic relationships between men and women, which leads them (and Jonathan) to observe and examine differing relationships in different stages. 

Bacon

Bacon

Francis Bacon once observed that ‘in order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present’. 

A Sherlock Holmes Mystery: The Baker Street Irregulars and the Case of the Stolen Portrait

A Sherlock Holmes Mystery: The Baker Street Irregulars and the Case of the Stolen Portrait

London, 1887. When a portrait of Lady Winkleton is stolen during the Jubilee celebrations, it’s down to Sherlock Holmes’s best young detectives to save the day! Join Wiggins, Queenie, Splint, Lucky and Ruby as they assist Sherlock Holmes to investigate the case of the missing portrait… 

Rhinoceros

Rhinoceros

‘People who try to hang on to their individuality always come to a bad end!’ Noun: rhinoceros. Plural noun: rhinoceroses. Plural noun: rhinoceros. Full of biting wit and nightmarish anxiety, Ionesco’s classic absurdist drama Rhinoceros is a parable of the individual’s struggle against the dangers of conformism and despite the intervening years, it is one which still resonates… 

The Mobile Phone Show

The Mobile Phone Show

‘Ladies and gentlemen, the performance is about to begin, could I please ask you all to turn your mobile phones ON. Thank you.’ Could you function without your mobile phone? Or would you have a meltdown? We all use them – they’ve become extensions of us and can rule our lives… 

Blown Fuse

Blown Fuse

‘It‘s becoming a status symbol today, the need to have a problem.’ A debating competition looms, and six characters all have their arguments ready. Blown Fuse is a fast-paced, witty and moving insight into life in 2019. 

She

She

What does it mean to be a woman in today’s society? How does she tackle the obstacles that life throws at her? Who is She? A verbatim performance led by the experiences of real women, unearthing the profound and individual journeys that women have gone through… 

Love/Sick

Love/Sick

For the romantic, the cynic, and the sick of heart – Love/Sick is a play about the kind of love you won’t find in fairy tales. Dark, funny and heartbreaking in equal measure, happy endings are far from guaranteed… 

Top Trumps

Top Trumps

A curious assortment of guests attend a dinner party hosted by a mutual acquaintance. When one of them disappears things quickly turn farcical to find out what happened. A debut at the Fringe featuring live music. 

Bull

Bull

This dark comedy by Mike Bartlett shows the cruelty of human nature through bizarre power play, manipulation and vindictive honesty. Three colleagues fight for their lives in this savage battle of wit… 

The King of Ghosts: Zhong Kui

The King of Ghosts: Zhong Kui

This story is based on Chinese traditional myth, Zhong Kui. The story is based around a boy who prays for the god to help him to avoid school bullying. Finally, the boy gets help from the king of ghosts, Zhong Kui, and the courage to face life. 

Level Up

Level Up

Newly engaged Jimmy and Natasha feel they’re the perfect match. However, the state-controlled social credit system thinks otherwise. Jimmy has two weeks to improve his score or the couple face eviction… 

Arrivals

Arrivals

Where is the worst place to wake up hung-over? Answer: Budapest Airport. Who is the worst person to be with while hung-over? Answer: an overly chatty stranger. When can you get home? Answer: Monday… 

Marie Lloyd Stole My Life

Marie Lloyd Stole My Life

The boy I love is up in the gallery. And I can’t even get a seat in the crowd. How did a music hall sweetheart and pantomime star end up nothing more than a small blue plaque in Islington? Let Nelly Power take you through the highs and lows of a life lived in theatre… 

In Her Corner

In Her Corner

World premiere. A visceral and exciting new Scottish play about a young woman trapped between family loyalty and the need to escape a cycle of crime and violence through boxing: the lengths she has to go to, the devastating consequences of her decisions and the ongoing class struggle in Scotland’s capital… 

The South Afreakins: The Afreakin Family

The South Afreakins: The Afreakin Family

Helene is excited to throw Gordon’s birthday party, but Gordon isn’t happy about turning 70. Rachel is excited to see her sister Kelly, but Kelly isn’t happy to see Rachel. Clive meanwhile, is just happy to be invited… 

Pan Breid

Pan Breid

Welcome tae Camby! If ye need tae know anyhin’ aboot roon here, there’s five hings ye need tae remember: neds, fitbaw, shite, shoaps n’ the cooncil. Stuck here when yer alive, trapped here when yer deid… 

Disenchanted

Disenchanted

Poisoned apples. Glass slippers. Who needs ‘em?! Not Snow White and her posse of disenchanted princesses in the hilarious hit musical that’s anything but Grimm. With book, music, and lyrics by Dennis T Giacino, Disenchanted! has sold out houses all over the world and Stage Avenue are absolutely delighted to be performing it’s Scottish premiere at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe!  

baby-go-round

baby-go-round

Time is ticking for Kate to have a baby… how far will she go to make it work? Georgia has a baby on board and wants everyone to know. Amy just wants to be able to feed her baby. baby-go-round is a cabaret-style show with song, dance and comedy sketches about motherhood and the joys and pains of being – or not being – a mother… 

Biscuit Barrel: Double Stuffed

Biscuit Barrel: Double Stuffed

Biscuit Barrel return to the Fringe with an even naughtier 69 sketches in the space of an hour! Mercilessly outrageous; always hyperactive. At a time when online comedy seems to race ahead of live performance, the Barrel take one back for the theatre – this is the speed of the internet put on a stage… 

Untouchable

Untouchable

A diverse evening of taboo topics explored through dance. Untouchable digs deep into the subjects of human trafficking and war. Both pieces combined provides for a heart-wrenching and thought-provoking evening for ages 13 and up… 

Cathy: A Retelling of Wuthering Heights

Cathy: A Retelling of Wuthering Heights

This new musical by Michael Bascom retells the story of Heathcliff and Cathy, two soul-bound lovers thwarted by family, society and God. The sun shines over the moors, but a storm of vengeance is brewing in this story of a passionate romance which transcends life – and death – itself… 

Dear Mr Dead Head

Dear Mr Dead Head

Ten friends. Three idiots. One protest. One accidental murder. Let us take you on a journey to Sunny Side Day Center, where we will challenge your expectations of what exactly the learning disabled community can do… 

Up and Away

Up and Away

Up and Away is a drama set in rural Wisconsin. Aspiring YouTube star Madison McDoogle’s attempt to rise out of poverty and isolation is threatened by drug abuse and addiction. The play serves as a timely call to action about the rising heroin epidemic and the lives it impacts… 

The Shambles

The Shambles

The Shambles, University of York’s improvised comedy troupe, are back at the Fringe for their 12th year. Bringing you hilarious scenes, songs and games based entirely on your audience suggestions – no two shows will ever be the same! Prepare for a raucous night of laughter as The Shambles turn whatever you shout at them into a high-energy performance of concentrated silliness right on the spot… 

Bottoms Up!

Bottoms Up!

Wayne is a conman. Wayne doesn’t want to pay taxes anymore. Wayne discovers that the heads of all religious bodies are excluded from doing so. Luckily enough, this is around the same time he discovers he’s the reincarnation of Jesus Christ… 

The South Afreakins

The South Afreakins

Gordon and Helene are stuck in South Africa and in their rut. One longs to get out and experience everything retirement has to offer while the other won’t leave his milk tart. When they finally immigrate to New Zealand, the result is hilariously heartbreaking as they discover “home” is hard to find… 

Beyond Glory

Beyond Glory

Set against the backdrops of the Vietnam War, World War II and the Korean War, Beyond Glory tells the stirring, emotional, and heroic true stories of eight recipients of America’s highest military award, the Medal of Honor, told by one actor… 

Nothing Really Means Anything Anymore So Shut Up, Tim?

Nothing Really Means Anything Anymore So Shut Up, Tim?

After receiving a scathing audience review, failed performer Oskar Schortz saw two options: to deal with it and move on; or to dwell, lament and plan the downfall of his arch-critic, Tim… 

Clouds

Clouds

After their successful run of Greyhounds in 2018, Time & Again return with Edwardian epic, Clouds! The year is 1913 and women are rising up. 

Kemp's Jig

Kemp's Jig

Steve Taylor is Will Kemp – celebrity comedian and superstar of the Elizabethan stage. Kemp has created many of Shakespeare’s comic roles. But there is something rotten in the state of the relationship between writer and performer… 

Saturday Night and Sunday Morning

Saturday Night and Sunday Morning

‘Don’t let the bastards grind you down – I know whose faces I’ve got in my sights, the bastards that put the gun in my hands. I don’t think anybody in the world’s worth murdering, unless it’s for fun!’ Meet Arthur Seaton: factory worker, smart talker and ladies’ man bursting with a toxic mix of humour, drama and sex that is set to cause an explosion! BAFTA award-winning The Television Workshop hits the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with Matthew Dunster’s punchy adaptation of the Alan Sillitoe cassic! Directed by MEN award winner Rachel Brogan. 

Shakespeare! The Panto

Shakespeare! The Panto

A side-splitting flashback to the 16th century, where the Bard of Avon is holding auditions for his newest show – a pantomime. Can he deliver a career-saving performance in the face of treachery, where vicious rivalry abounds and people are not what they seem… 

Volpone

Volpone

Powerful forces of greed and deception clash in this explosive adaptation of Ben Johnson’s classic comedy. Hog Head Theatre Company, the four-star-rated acting group, returns for its ninth consecutive year… 

Blind Mirth

Blind Mirth

Blind Mirth – St Andrews’ first, best and, incidentally, only improvised comedy troupe – are back for their eighth consecutive year at the Fringe, with their own particular brand of witty eccentricity… 

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

Melbourne’s Out Cast Theatre company, using ‘bits of Mr Oscar Wilde’, as stated on the flyer, return a sort-of version of The Importance of Being Earnest to the Edinburgh Fringe... 

In Your Own Sweet Way

In Your Own Sweet Way

Hoghead Theatre Company Returns to the Fringe with their devised piece In Your Own Sweet Way. It's performed by six actors who playing six friends in search of a play.Soon they will all be heading off to university or taking other paths... 

Grace Notes

Grace Notes

Becky Williams delivers an emotionally charged monologue about murderess Grace Miller somewhat reluctantly seeking a second chance at series of rehab sessions entitled Notes. 

Good Things Come to Those Who

Good Things Come to Those Who

Good Things Come to Those Who explores our generation's relationship with work, debt, big data, surveillance and public/private space: when everything you have can be an asset, what is left just for yourself? The show explores six characters in an imagined but not-too-distant future, where those in the creative industries have to compete intensively for any full-time work left in their sectors, and where the vast majority are on zero-hour contracts in the gig economy just to get by. 

Dolly

Dolly

Rural Ireland - rich in personality and culture yet teeming with the stigma and prejudice of another age. It is against this backdrop that the dark and humorous tale of Dolly is told... 

Good Grief

Good Grief

Good grief is full of sarcasm, laughter and the occasional tear as we try to show that there is no "correct" thing to say to someone who is grieving. Based on the experiences of one of the cast, follow Amy's journey as we analyse the generic reactions and things that are said to people facing the loss of a loved one. 

The Laramie Project

The Laramie Project

Tectonic Theatre’s The Laramie Project is a masterpiece in verbatim, a chronicle of the 1998 real-life kidnap and murder of Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old student from Wyoming. Using over 200 interviews, this play exposes the seismic impact and reaction to a hate crime, by the residents of Laramie... 

The Whole of Shakespeare

The Whole of Shakespeare

Artists of pantomime and clownery Mikhail Kukota and Igor Chekhov are graduates of the Russian State Institute of Performing Arts. They present a completely new vision and new form of William Shakespeare's famous drama plays through ironic consciousness... 

The Hummingbirds A Cappella: Voices

The Hummingbirds A Cappella: Voices

The University of St Andrews\\\\\\\' all-female a cappella group present Voices. Our human connection to music is visceral and transformational. In this show we express our individual stories and memories of that relationship through song... 

Happy Lucky Golden Tofu Panda Dragon Good Time Fun Fun Show

Happy Lucky Golden Tofu Panda Dragon Good Time Fun Fun Show

East meets West in this wild mash-up of comedy, electric violin, characters, spoken word and songs from legendary AmerAsian duo Slanty Eyed Mama. It’s all about race and represent-Asian: identity politics, bowl cuts, nail salons, Hello Kitty hats, gay Pokémon, math nerds, those gold cats with waving arms... 

The March

The March

We protested because we believe in a better country. We protested because we believe in gender equality for all. We continue to protest through performance because we believe these conversations are worth having... 

Alan Ayckbourn's Farcicals

Alan Ayckbourn's Farcicals

Highly acclaimed but rarely performed hilarious Ayckbourn double bill. Chloë With Love: does Teddy still love Lottie? Does Lottie still love him? Cue Penny and Reggie to the rescue... 

The Liverpool Revue

The Liverpool Revue

Liverpool's acclaimed sketch comedy show hurtles back to the Fringe for its fifth year of unmistakable whimsy and Merseyside wit. 

Freak

Freak

'Raw. Sexy. Salacious' ***** (Epigram.org.uk). Freak explores female sexuality, self-image, and sexual exploitation. It follows the sex lives of two women of different ages, embarking on very different experiences, as the same societal ideals influence their decisions... 

The Best Play Ever

The Best Play Ever

Set deep in the dungeons of a medieval royal palace, two strangers, the Crown Polisher and the Horn Blower have been framed for the murder of Eric the Jester and have been condemned by King Louis to write the best play ever or they face execution by royal blade... 

Breathing Corpses

Breathing Corpses

Amy, a cleaner, has found a body in a hotel room. There’s a funny smell coming from one of Jim’s storage units. On a hot summer’s day, furious Kate takes her anger out on her lover Ben... 

The Best Play Ever

The Best Play Ever

Deep in the heart of a medieval dungeon, two strangers dwell. The Horn Blower and The Crown Polisher have been arrested for the murder of Eric The Court Jester and forced to write a play for the king or face execution by royal blade... 

The Imagicarium of Mr Dickens

The Imagicarium of Mr Dickens

Love Dickens? Love magic? Imagine if you could sit in Fagin's den or share a rum with Bill Sykes while he mesmerises you with cards? At last you can. This innovative and highly original production allows you to join actor and magician Chris Begg (Kreestan Sennakie), to bring a range of Dickens characters to life who will astound you with breathtaking magic! This is the show that Dickens would have produced, but didn't get the chance! 

Extremism

Extremism

The police just took Jamal away. The teacher called them because she had to. All that’s left is a shell-shocked class. Who knew Jamal? What did he do? What will happen next? A play about fear, friendship and the inescapable polarisation of our society... 

This Is Yorkshire

This Is Yorkshire

Inspired by the blistering 2007 film This Is England, this hard-hitting new play examines working class life in early 80's Yorkshire through the eyes of a 12-year-old boy who becomes embroiled with two very different skinhead gangs... 

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... 

Plucked

Plucked

Plucked is a barnyard fable declaring the high ground on animal cruelty, a sermon on cycles of violence from bird to child to wife. However, like PETA’s performative little cousin, this show lacks nuance... 

Grace

Grace

Nigel (Jonny Davidson) and his wife Sarah (Ella Dorman-Gajic) are sitting down to a dinner of soup and parsnip wine when they are interrupted by a knock on the door. The couple are initially hesitant about answering in the midst of a storm, with Nigel worried that the stranger may be a robber or a "loony"... 

The Fabulous TT

The Fabulous TT

Compared by many to Dudley Moore and Victoria Wood, The Fabulous TT will captivate you with true stories about her life with Robert Burns, David Gest, Michael Jackson and her ambition to become the next Bond Girl! 

Women for Trump

Women for Trump

A verbatim play created from interviews conducted across America in late 2016, Women for Trump explores why five women were, or were not, persuaded to vote for Donald Trump. The play examines why such a vast number of women chose to vote for him, despite many considering him deeply misogynistic, and considers the long-term social and political factors which may have led to this... 

Banana Boys

Banana Boys

Sports and sex. Cam and Cal have been best friends since jumping off a cliff at the age of eight. But when sex and hormones infiltrate the boys' football team, the boys begin to struggle with their sexuality. 

Death, Dating and I Do

Death, Dating and I Do

Death, Dating and I Do. Paige's life has changed in five years – cancer killed her husband, she had her first one-night stand and now she's marrying a British accountant. When life gives you lemons, screw it, learn to play the ukulele... 

Departure Date

Departure Date

Departure Date is a comedy about death that sadly lacks life. Set, script and performance all contribute to a limp forty five minutes, written by Paul Vitty and presented by Venture Wolf... 

Eight

Eight

Eight captivating monologues that offer a group portrait of diverse characters from high-class hookers to 7/7 survivors. These monologues paint a revelatory picture of Britain as it is today... 

Antigone

Antigone

Using Don Taylor's BBC-commissioned translation, Malvern Theatres Young Company presents Antigone, directed by Nic Lloyd. Demonstrating the clash and interweaving of human passions and failings, their production of Sophocles' deeply poetic tragedy promises to bring universal themes and cultural archetypes to Fringe audiences... 

The Penniless Optimist

The Penniless Optimist

Trapped in a TV box world, Po is on a quest to retrieve his one and only worldly possession, his optimistic hat. But, mislead by the noise and temptations of modern life, can he break free from the soundtrack society has written for his life and hear the music once more? This show is for everyone! It’s loud, energetic and packed full of music, dancing, juggling, mayhem and meaning... 

Robert Burns the Musical

Robert Burns the Musical

A new musical by Tish Tindall based upon an idea by David Gest, Michael Jackson, and the life and works of Robert Burns. 

Horror Show

Horror Show

People are going missing. No one is doing anything about it. Werewolves... Bigfoot... Child sex rings... Flying saucers... Nazi science... Eight-foot owls and the CIA. What if we told you this is real; what if we told you this is all connected? A darkly immersive comic horror combining true crime, conspiracy theory and existential dread... 

Fan Girl

Fan Girl

Geraldine is a lonely young secretary living with her invalid and overbearing mother. Her only respite is a hit American television show loosely based on the life of Zenobia, a third-century Syrian Queen... 

Mr Saxon's Excellently English Evening of Entertainment

Mr Saxon's Excellently English Evening of Entertainment

Roll-up. Roll-up. England. A place for Saxons and bubble-people. Where NHS protests start in nightclubs, Michael Gove’s a goblin and we sing The Ballad of the Brexit Lady. Cabaret-style documentary theatre with satirical original music... 

What Makes You a Woman

What Makes You a Woman

St Marylebone Theatre Company explore the experiences of women in the 20th and 21st century, asking where have we come from and who do we want to be? 

Manx Fairy Tales and Legends

Manx Fairy Tales and Legends

Who is Jack the Giant Killer and the Black Dog of Peel? How did the Buggane of St Trinian's terrorise local villagers? Why was Phynodderee banished from Fairy Land? Discover why the Manx Cat has no tail... 

Conscious

Conscious

Set the night before Project Upgrade is rolled out across the globe, the AI Alice confronts the consequences of her existence and threatens to dismantle the very system she was born to uphold... 

Community

Community

Set in a not-so-distant world where individuality is condemned and where life is constantly broadcast, this new play will explore our strange desire to constantly display ourselves and where success is measured through our perpetual presence on social media... 

A Midsummer Night's Droll

A Midsummer Night's Droll

Award-winning Fringe favourites the Owle Schreame return with a wild, rough, raucous and drunken reimagining; a version of A Midsummer Night's Dream from the 1640s, originally adapted for illegal performance in pubs and back alleys whilst theatre was outlawed, over 350 years ago... 

T2 Brainclotting

T2 Brainclotting

Choose life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose stability. Choose respectability. Choose good health, low cholesterol, and working for the NHS. Choose medicine. Choose to spend your time at UCL Medical School putting on award-winning comedy sketch shows about medicine... 

Horny Coo in a Tutu

Horny Coo in a Tutu

Horny Coo In A Tutu is a new musical by Tish Tindall starring The Fabulous TT and Lossie Elite Dance Company. Scotland's only moo-sical is inspired by HornyCooArt. Directed and choreographed by Diane Aspinall. 

National Killing Day

National Killing Day

When the government declares slaying legal to reignite a sense of self responsibility and respect, James has the urge to pay his ex-wife a visit... Join James as he traipses across the breadth of Britain whilst encountering an array of characters, all trying to make sense of the world and themselves on such a horrible day... 

Walk Swiftly and With Purpose

Walk Swiftly and With Purpose

History Boys meets Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour as we follow four girls on the cusp of adulthood in this new take on the classic coming of age tale. Until now they've lived mostly in their imagination – suddenly real life interrupts and their friendship bears the brunt of it... 

Sob Story

Sob Story

Six friends. Five can sing. One most definitely cannot. Set in a barn, the women struggle to agree on their winning strategy to wow the judges at Yorkshire’s Got Talent, and win stardom along with a Matalan gift voucher... 

Seven-Day NHS: Naughty Health Stories

Seven-Day NHS: Naughty Health Stories

The Oxford Medical Students’ Tingewick Society come fresh from a sell-out slapstick pantomime to bring an insider’s view of medical life to the Edinburgh Fringe. In honour of Jeremy Hunt’s innovative and entirely feasible seven-day NHS, we’ll take you on a day-by-day tour of what’s really going on behind the headlines... 

Agenda

Agenda

Are men really from Mars and women from Venus? Is it still just a man's world? Will wearing the trousers make a difference and what is wrong with wearing skirts anyway? Do I have to be the breadwinner? Throw like a girl? Man up? Cluck like a hen or buck like a stag? Agenda is an episodic play that explores gender, the pressures of growing up and the struggle to find an identity. 

How I Brought Peace to the Middle East: A Tragicomedy

How I Brought Peace to the Middle East: A Tragicomedy

The award-winning true story of David Kaye's attempt to bring peace to the Middle East. Moving his family to Israel for six months put this man's optimism to the ultimate test. With missiles flying and his wife and children kvetching, Kaye had high hopes of settling the turmoil overseas once and for all... 

Greyhounds

Greyhounds

Set in the small village of Shuttlefield, Greyhounds sees the local amateur dramatic society attempt to raise money for a Spitfire fighter aircraft by putting on a production of Shakespeare’s Henry V... 

The Fresh Prince of Healthcare

The Fresh Prince of Healthcare

For their 19th year at the Edinburgh Fringe, St George’s Medics’ Revue are back with a prescription for the Malignant Humours and their new fast-paced, medically based, comedy sketch show! Come join us as we laugh through the pain that is the current state of the NHS – after all, laughter really is the best medicine! One of the best revues around... 

The Vampire of Barcelona

The Vampire of Barcelona

In Barcelona at the beginning of the 20th century, a vampire walks the streets, invisible to those who choose not to see her. Like a female child-catcher, Enriqueta Marti snatches children off the streets and uses their blood and bones to make the creams and potions that keep her wealthy clientele’s health and youthful looks... 

Grimm Tales

Grimm Tales

Carol Ann Duffy's lyrical and heartwarming adaptations of classic tales brought magically to life by a vibrantly talented young all-female cast. Tales both familiar and strange are wound together with music and dance, pathos and pandemonium... 

Ministers of Grace: The Unauthorised Shakespearean Parody of Ghostbusters

Ministers of Grace: The Unauthorised Shakespearean Parody of Ghostbusters

Whom wilt thou call? What if Shakespeare had written Ghostbusters? Ministers of Grace is a wickedly funny, ruff-and-ready mash-up joyride of one of the best-loved films of all time performed as a Shakespearean classic... 

Jumpers for Goalposts

Jumpers for Goalposts

After getting sacked from the Lesbian Rovers for being too bossy, Viv has a mission: to make five-a-side LGBT football team, Barely Athletic, league winners – and they’ve started well with a victory over Tranny United (who were playing in stilettos)... 

Antigone

Antigone

All eyes are on the city of Thebes. Antigone dares to raise the question: whose laws matter most – the laws of men or the laws that come from natural or divine justice? In defying the powerful Creon, Antigone’s stance invokes a timeless, moral issue and takes 'civil disobedience' to a very dark place indeed... 

Is That Right Aye?

Is That Right Aye?

The Weegies are back! This time with another new Scottish comedy spectacular! After their sold-out run last year, the boys have returned with a bigger, better and funnier show! For all things Scottish, come see the four Glaswegians give you a true representation of what being patriotic is all about... 

Nitro

Nitro

When a mismatched group of rebellious young art students are tasked with another mundane project, they are inspired to do something different. Something real. Something more than just another PowerPoint presentation... 

The Monster in the Hall

The Monster in the Hall

The Monster in the Hall by David Greig follows a day in the life of Duck Macatarsney as she cares for her dope-smoking biker father who suffers from multiple sclerosis. Duck is anxiously awaiting a visit from social services to check up on them and is terrified she will be taken into care... 

Breathing Corpses

Breathing Corpses

'Of course I felt sorry for her I'm not f*cking heartless, I didn’t want her, whoever she is, to end up under a bush, god, but I didn’t want it to be me and your stupid f*cking dog that found her either... 

9/11 Was a Conspiracy

9/11 Was a Conspiracy

Modern dating and a devastating terrorist attack do not, at first, seem like complimentary subject matters for a romantic comedy, and yet in 52Up Production’s new show 9/11 Was a Conspiracy Theory, the two are brought together in a brilliantly unique and devastatingly funny new monologue... 

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 logic and science, believe in spirits and fairies? Thousands of people wait expectantly for a message from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle from beyond the grave... 

Big Trouble in Little Monkey's Daycare

Big Trouble in Little Monkey's Daycare

Tommy is four-and-a-quarter years old, and a hard-boiled private investigator on the mean streets of Little Monkey’s Daycare. With his mostly silent partner Bobby, he sets out to uncover a plot that seems to go right to the top of the playground, which admittedly is not very high at all... 

Noël Coward's Still Life

Noël Coward's Still Life

'Forgive me? For everything. For meeting you, in the first place. For taking the piece of grit out of your eye. For loving you. For bringing you so much misery.' Coward’s classic play, which became David Lean’s iconic 1945 movie Brief Encounter, is a tale of innocent flirting and iced buns... 

A Midsummer Night's Droll

A Midsummer Night's Droll

Award-winning Fringe favourites the Owle Schreame return with a wild, rough, raucous and drunken reimagining; a version of A Midsummer Night's Dream from the 1640s, originally adapted for illegal performance in pubs and back alleys whilst theatre was outlawed, over 350 years ago... 

Mission: Her

Mission: Her

Have you ever felt that life was more a grocery list than a box of chocolates? Social media feeds are filled with people ticking events off the list, yet you feel you that you’ve not even made it to the shops! Her is twentysomething, she has a five-year plan in place but life events put a spanner in the works... 

Acapocalypse

Acapocalypse

The University of Birmingham A Cappella Society is returning to the Edinburgh Fringe for our third year after a successful 2016 and 2017! You will experience a late afternoon or evening of some of our magical groups singing a cappella arrangements with beatboxing and possibly some freestyle a cappella... 

Dining Al Desko

Dining Al Desko

Dining al Desko is a sharp comedy about the struggles of office life, told through three darkly hilarious monologues. Julie is the overworked and under-valued receptionist destined for demotion... 

The Wardrobe

The Wardrobe

Across five centuries of British history, small groups of children seek sanctuary in the same solid, old wardrobe. It’s the safest place they know – but is it safe enough? 

Metamorphosis

Metamorphosis

As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect. Franz Kafka's powerful absurdist tale is both hilarious and horrific in this thrilling retelling by an extraordinary cast... 

Girls Like That

Girls Like That

A naked photo goes viral. Smartphones spread rumours like wildfire. Unity is shattered. But why isn't it the same for the boys? Raiser Theatre return to the Fringe after their sell-out double bill in 2017 with this explosive play about gender and the digital generation with an extraordinary, young, all-female cast... 

Red Peppers

Red Peppers

Noel Coward's Red Peppers gives a glimpse into a day in the life of George and Lily Pepper, a husband and wife vaudeville act who are tired of performing the same old song and dance routines and tired of each other... 

What the... Feminist?!

What the... Feminist?!

Sexism getting you down? Us too! Eight students fresh out of the gilded halls of LAMDA present their “hot take” on feminism today, in an action-packed musical sketch show. Featuring original songs and questionable choreography, you don’t want to miss what What the... 

The Amours of Lillie Langtry

The Amours of Lillie Langtry

Lillie Langtry, the most captivating and wicked woman of her time, has a scandalous secret. Will she reveal it and save her daughter from society's scorn? A new comedy by award-winning writer Joan Greening and starring Sarah Archer and Emma Hopkins... 

Chatroom

Chatroom

In a world where words are power, the influence of “friends” online can make such a difference to the choices we make. When six teenagers meet in an online chatroom, conversations of music and films quickly change to death and murder... 

Blind Mirth

Blind Mirth

Blind Mirth are St Andrews’ first, best and only improvised comedy troupe. Back for their seventh consecutive year at the Fringe with their particular brand of witty eccentricity, this isn’t any old improv, ‘this is improvisation at its best’ (BroadwayBaby... 

Warwick Improv Presents: Anything You Want

Warwick Improv Presents: Anything You Want

Six actors. One hour. No script. Join Warwick Improv as we create a completely improvised stage play, based on Arthur Schnitzler’s La Ronde, and all spiralling from one audience suggestion... 

Five Women Wearing the Same Dress

Five Women Wearing the Same Dress

‘I think it\'s high time women let themselves just be women for a change.’ Ball’s comedy is set in the early 90s in Knoxville, Tennessee during an ostentatious wedding reception for the despised Tracy Marlowe... 

Swap Shop

Swap Shop

Dan and Jamie. Jamie and Dan. They've been together so long sometimes it's hard to tell where one of them ends and the other begins. But that's a good thing, isn't it? It's nice to be that close to someone... 

Three's Company, Where's Our Crowd? An Improvised Show

Three's Company, Where's Our Crowd? An Improvised Show

Three wise men followed a star to Edinburgh to bring you frankincense, myrrh and comedy gold. Back for their third year, Beard of Zeus is bringing the funny in three different sizes with their brand-spanking new improv show... 

Step Mama Drama!

Step Mama Drama!

Allison Hetzel (University of Alabama) returns to the Fringe after two successful runs of her solo show, Considering Georgia O’Keeffe (2009 and 2010). Step Mama Drama is based on true stories; step monsters and loving friends are included in this journey exploring the role of the stepmother often depicted as the evil stepmother or stepmonster... 

One for the Road...

One for the Road...

In the early 1980s Pinter became increasingly interested in human rights abuses and in particular the torture of political prisoners in Argentina and Turkey. One For The Road emerged from those concerns, although it is deliberately given no specific national location; he believed such violations could occur as easily in democracies as dictatorships, although the common expression for another drink, used many times during the play and as the title, suggests an English-speaking background for the lead character... 

Hide

Hide

As a big fan of The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, I was very excited to see Boiling Point’s spin-off. It plays with some of the main themes of the original story: a concentration on the splitting of personalities and the dangers which ensue... 

Fragile Man

Fragile Man

On a cliff edge somewhere, a man is about to jump to his death when he is stopped by a psychology professor. To a soundtrack of shrill digital sounds and heavy breathing, what follows is a conversation scouring the deepest and darkest caverns of masculinity, trauma, faith and loneliness... 

Towers of Eden

Towers of Eden

Exploring the relationship between a brother and a sister growing up in a climate change fuelled apocalypse, Towers of Eden explores many classic dystopian themes as well some more relatable ones around family relationships and connections... 

The Sandman

The Sandman

This Victoriana adaptation of a gothic adaptation of a children’s fairy tale figure is not exactly breaking new ground. It could have come from any number of the white-shirt and braces wearing wacky student troupes here at Fringe... 

Columns

Columns

Walking into theSpace on the Mile this morning, I had very little knowledge about what Columns had in store for me. I knew it to be advertised as a ‘storytelling spectacle’, but I had no idea it would be one of the most charming and engaging masterclasses in conversational theatre I’ve witnessed... 

Young and Fresh

Young and Fresh

Alice is an up-and-coming reporter and she is assigned the topic of sex trafficking to research. She is shocked by what she uncovers. The performance explores true stories experienced by many trafficked girls and Alice's feelings of discovery through her research... 

Professional

Professional

Half past five on a Friday evening, and a school’s electronic door-locking system shuts down for the weekend… with four teachers still in the staff room. Claustrophobia sets in... 

A Pitch-Piper's Guide to the Melody

A Pitch-Piper's Guide to the Melody

In their Fringe debut, Exeter’s mixed contemporary a cappella group showcase their unique style in a series of unmissable shows. The ICCA semi-finalists electrify modern favourites with fresh arrangements, from sparking a revolution with the indie rock of Imagine Dragons to reworking the old school classics of Evanescence... 

Hopes, Dreams and the Bits In-Between

Hopes, Dreams and the Bits In-Between

This show is for anyone who's ever looked at a stranger in the street and wondered who they are. A collection of short, original scenes that explore the themes of identity, relationships and who we are. 

Undercover Refugee

Undercover Refugee

Undercover Refugee is a satire about white heroes, cool policemen and sexy Syrians. The show is based on Karen’s trip following refugees in 2015 from Lesvos beach towards Europe. It reveals refreshing stories from the refugee trail of police, volunteers and the refugees, far from the image often presented by mainstream media... 

Ripe

Ripe

Loosely based on The Handmaid’s Tale, this play takes place in a modern day fertility unit. Here refugees have one use: helping those couples from the capital conceive children. Run by a charming, pioneering and insightful young doctor, treatment has a 100% track record, one way or another. 

Broken

Broken

Can you hear the silent scream in the song of the cabaret? This gripping new drama exposes the twists and turns of a family ripped apart by secrecy and prejudice. A father's love challenged by the ultimate betrayal, as father and son face the truth kept hidden for so long... 

The Secret Life of Your Mobile Phone

The Secret Life of Your Mobile Phone

A unique journey into the private life of a gadget you thought was on your side. The Secret Life of Your Mobile Phone is a one-hour interactive stage performance using cutting edge interception technology to reveal the people, places and companies your phone is talking to behind your back – and what it's telling them... 

La Dispute

La Dispute

'What? This is me? This is my face?' A new translation of Marivaux's controversial play, which tackles issues of gender and sexuality. What happens when two boys and two girls experience the world for the first time? A thoughtful comedic performance, which displays the initial interactions between four young adults who are thrown together into a world without an established society... 

The Trial

The Trial

The students of Wellington College are performing the renowned adaptation of Franz Kafka by Steven Berkoff, The Trial. This dynamic, invigorating performance of The Trial promises to offer its audiences a nonstop audiovisual feast as the young performers bring you an innovative style of performance... 

Year Zero

Year Zero

A tale of two countries. A man in his fifties looks back at growing up in postcolonial South East Asia. Leaving his country of birth, Malaysia, to migrate to greener pastures in Singapore... 

Seven Devils

Seven Devils

Executed by student acting troupe The Hurtwood Corner from performing arts college Hurtwood House, Seven Devils is a play exploring the trials of down-on-their-luck Manhattan residents in the 1920s, centred around their local speakeasy... 

Church Blitz

Church Blitz

There are lights in the sky. Strange storms rattle the windows of a church in which six strangers huddle for safety. The door knocks. Aliens?This apocalyptic set-up is the groundwork for a delightfully bizarre character comedy from Naughty Corner Productions... 

Heroes

Heroes

Exploding Whale Theatre’s coming of age romp Heroes is set against the backdrop of Bowie’s rise to superstardom in 1972. A time when Bowie was inspiring misfits and outsiders to release their inner selves, and while the bright lights of the city seemed so much more adventurous and exciting than small town mundanity... 

Evocation

Evocation

Emotive, impassioned and poetic, Evocation uses puppetry and poetry to tell the story of Marie-Anne, a young girl in fin de siècle Brighton. It attempts to explain the popularity of Albert Giraud’s Pierrot Lunaire at the time it was written, to use clowning both traditionally and innovatively, and to accurately translate Giraud’s poems into English... 

Me, as a Penguin

Me, as a Penguin

Tom Wells’s Me, as a Penguin, performed this August by Exeter University Theatre Company, is both a fun and melancholy look at loneliness, love and family. Stitch is living with his heavily pregnant sister Liz and her unprepared husband Mark in Hull, trying to give his social and sexual identity the space it needs to bloom... 

The Way It Is

The Way It Is

The 11:87 Theatre Company’s debut at the Fringe is a new musical following the lives of Sophie and George as they are guided by both angels and demons. This piece is accompanied by a small band compiled of Don Holdernesse on guitar and mandolin, and Ellen Casey on cello... 

The Play

The Play

Unafraid to show the peaks and troughs of getting over an upsetting event, TheForgottenMoose Theatre Company put on an endearing performance of their original piece: The Play.The Play tells the story of two flatmates... 

The Edelweiss Pirates

The Edelweiss Pirates

A touching piece of theatre, the young performers of Parker & Snell Youth Company have created an effective retelling of The Edelweiss Pirates and their struggle during the Second World War in Hitler’s Germany... 

Undercover Refugee

Undercover Refugee

Undercover Refugee is a satire about white heroes, cool policemen and sexy Syrians. The show is based on Karen’s trip following refugees in 2015 from Lesvos beach towards Europe. It reveals refreshing stories from the refugee trail of police, volunteers and the refugees, far from the image often presented by mainstream media... 

The Other Half Lives

The Other Half Lives

Grieving is a universal human experience, and The Other Half Lives is a play which analyses grief in the years after someone’s passing. Though this will have been five years since Josh’s death, his sister still needs therapy, his mum stays up all night peeling oranges, and his best friend drunkenly stumbles in to crash on their sofa at six in the morning... 

Man Up

Man Up

At the all-male, male retreat for men, Guru Nigel will show you how to grasp the long, hard, curved (and, occasionally, in a periodic design) doorknob to your life. Man Up is an original production, written and performed by Temper-Mental Theatre... 

Flour

Flour

A sweary, aggressive, dark comedy that follows two bags of Flour – a new synthetic drug that looks, smells and acts exactly like the baking ingredient – as it passes from the drug kingpins who created it to the unwitting baker and his wife who accidentally find two bags of it in their storeroom, and the two detectives frantically trying to stop a new crime wave from hitting their city... 

Chips and Cheese

Chips and Cheese

Young Scottish YouTube star Bex has convinced her English boyfriend Philip to move to Glasgow with her. She throws a dinner party to introduce him to her old-school, loony grandparents, and Philip's best friend Harry turns up to surprise them, bringing a secret of betrayal with him... 

Death on the Nile

Death on the Nile

1923. Egypt. Blue waters. Red sails. Ice tinkles. A woman laughs. Gunshot. Love triumphant. Love betrayed. Love the destroyer. Revenge, the prerogative of gods. And Poirot. Livewire Theatre celebrate 18 years at the Fringe with a twisted tale of passion and betrayal based on Agatha Christie's classic thriller... 

Primal Instincts

Primal Instincts

Would you care for your fellow man? Can you see the spirit under the skin? A fresh new piece of theatre which prowls through the similarities of human behaviour to the animal kingdom... 

Sleepwalkers

Sleepwalkers

Opening with an audio recording of various real-life political statements – given by both normal citizens and political leaders – Sleepwalkers quickly registers its interest in populism... 

Gilbert and Sullivan's Improbable New Musical: The Fringe Lozenge

Gilbert and Sullivan's Improbable New Musical: The Fringe Lozenge

Gilbert and Sullivan’s Improbable New Musical: The Fringe Lozenge has, as you might expect from the title, a very specific target audience. That is, anyone who is both a Gilbert and Sullivan devotee and seasoned Fringe-goer... 

Shakespeare's Hamlet

Shakespeare's Hamlet

Ghost Light Players have brought an animalistic Hamlet to theSpace on the Mile with fervour and intensity.With Hamlet being Shakespeare’s longest production, this troupe of actors have cut the play down to a simple hour and a half making the show accessible to all... 

Sixth Night: Shakespeare For Those With Short Attention Spans

Sixth Night: Shakespeare For Those With Short Attention Spans

Where there is Fringe, there is Shakespeare, and Rolling In The Aisle Productions have returned to Edinburgh with a fresh faced, family friendly adaptation of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night that incites laughter and joy whether you are six years old or 60... 

The Rape of Artemisia Gentileschi

The Rape of Artemisia Gentileschi

A true story, this dramatic two-hander is a fascinating exploration of 17th century life in the city of Rome filled with drama, conflict and art.Set 33 years after the tragic rape of Artemisia, her friend Tuzia returns to her to find some resolution to her own guilt... 

Caravaggio: Between the Darkness

Caravaggio: Between the Darkness

“I need more light,” our protagonist Caravaggio says at one point, and it’s fair to say that the 16th century Italian’s use of light and darkness is one of his paintings’ signature features... 

Lipstick and Scones

Lipstick and Scones

Venture Wolf’s production of Lipstick and Scones is a combination of familial drama and comedy that raises questions about love, identity and relationships.This 45 minute discourse at theSpace on the Mile’s stage follows the conflicts and encounters of three sisters who are reunited for the eldest’s fourth engagement that year... 

Blind Mirth

Blind Mirth

Blind Mirth are the University of St Andrews’ improv comedy group and they are back once again at this year’s Fringe. I am quite a fan of the team and certainly still appreciate the quick and sharp responses the actors are able to give on audience suggestions... 

Cradle to Coffin

Cradle to Coffin

One man's journeys from cradle to coffin. Age 30, male, looking for love, money and spiritual guidance. Please swipe right.  

The Domino Effect

The Domino Effect

A modern ensemble piece about a silent girl finding her voice and finding her mother when a mysterious East End antiques dealer teaches her how small actions lead to big effects. A poetic story of youthful hope and optimism... 

The British Idles

The British Idles

Alcohol, drugs, zero-hour contracts and love triangles befall this bunch of misfits, who desperately search for a way out. Watch as relationships fall apart amidst the political and social storm ignited in Britain... 

The Sound of Extras

The Sound of Extras

Ever thought what it was like to be in the most famous film musical of all time? Ponder no further. Don your lederhosen, grab a lonely goatherd and make your way to the Austrian alps... 

Doig the Musical, With No Singing, No Dancing and Very Little Music

Doig the Musical, With No Singing, No Dancing and Very Little Music

Doig, a disgraced businessmen, has fallen into despair. Hiding from his failures and the world at large, he occupies his sister Daisy’s spare room, but even she has had enough of him... 

Noose Women

Noose Women

Just how low can reality TV go? When sinister American cult leader Chuck pitches a gruesome dating show with death as the ultimate prize, a couple of desperate television producers start salivating... 

The Shakespeares: Scenes from a Marriage

The Shakespeares: Scenes from a Marriage

Was Shakespeare ever really in love? On 27 November 1582, he registered to marry Anne Whateley. But, the next day, he bought a licence to marry Anne Hathaway. So begins the story of Shakespeare’s tangled affections... 

100

100

Imagine that you have only one hour to choose one single memory from your life – and everything else will be erased forever. What would you choose? 100 follows four individuals being guided through the void, as they struggle to decide: What is enough? What really matters? And what does it all mean…? Journeys of self-discovery, spiritual revelation and compassion are played out as the world of the afterlife is woven together from the threads of what used to be their lives. 

The Greenhouse

The Greenhouse

Gordon and Paul are classic slackers and up until now their lives have consisted of dodgy deals, shady characters, and daytime television. But the theft of a bag of high purity heroin from their psychotic neighbour – drug supplier and all-round nutjob Benjy – throws the boys’ lives into turmoil... 

Class Mates

Class Mates

Take one community centre, three evening classes, six skill-seekers and then stand back! Night class-aholic Karen and newly separated daughter Izzy tackle Zumba. Underprepared dad-to-be Zack meets overprepared Marla in antenatal class... 

Jimmyville

Jimmyville

A naturalistic drama with a cast of eight and duration of 60 minutes with strong elements of Brechtian theatre. Full of a sweaty Vegas vibe the story of cult culture lead by Jimmy (based on Jim Jones) in 1950s Nevada, USA... 

Donors

Donors

Older egg seeking hot, young sperm. Desperate times call for desperate measures, when your biological clock is ticking. After all, our sole purpose is to reproduce... right? Roy and Linda meet in a fertility clinic... 

Leere Zeit – Idle Time

Leere Zeit – Idle Time

The key to a happy life is avoiding all forms of useless and unproductive time – Leere Zeit – as propagated by the Institute of Positive Lifestyles. How good is your efficiency rating? Join us for a personalised orientation session and learn how to optimise your existence... 

The Cowgirl Mary Old West Puppet Theatre Show

The Cowgirl Mary Old West Puppet Theatre Show

All the way from Austin, Texas, it's The Cowgirl Mary Old West Puppet Theatre Show. A Western variety show with old-timey music, audience participation, cheesy jokes and puppets. Join our host Cowgirl Mary as she presents The Tale of the Songbird: a twisted, bloody tale of Thomas Smith's journey out west and his rise and fall because of a bird... 

Wishing on a Stopgap

Wishing on a Stopgap

Stopgap: a temporary way of fixing a problem or satisfying a need. There are no romantic clichés here. While travelling the country and giving away books, a retired teacher begins to reflect on their life, sexuality, and feelings about love... 

Grimmprov: The Improvised Fairytale

Grimmprov: The Improvised Fairytale

Join Beard of Zeus as they present Grimmprov: The Improvised Fairytale, an evening of grizzly tales for ghastly grown-ups. Prepare to witness menacing fairy tales far too sinister to be scripted in this improv show inspired by classic stories... 

Whodidit?

Whodidit?

A spate of violent murders occur at the Darling's charming country house. Will an innuendo obsessed inspector be able to solve the mystery in this hilarious satire? What is the wheelchair-bound octogenarian hiding under his blanket? And is the Inspector the ugliest man who ever lived? Come to the LUDS production of Whodidit? to find out answers to all these questions and more. 

Gathering Dust

Gathering Dust

Charlie, a foreign correspondent out to do her job, is kidnapped and put in an underground cell. She doesn’t know by who. In the cell Charlie meets fellow people fighting for a cause and they are forced to suffer the reality together, as the walls slowly closes in... 

Acaholics Anonymous

Acaholics Anonymous

After a successful debut at the Fringe Festival in 2016, the University of Birmingham A Cappella Society return with a brand-new showcase! You will experience an afternoon or evening of ingenious a cappella arrangements from two or three of our performing groups (Score, The Uptone Girls, Trebleution, AbraCappella, The Blair Pitch Project, One Note Stand and Acapitches)... 

Rose Red: A Grimm Panto

Rose Red: A Grimm Panto

Join us as we present to you the untold story of Snow White's forgotten sister, Rose Red, and her attempts to escape her happily ever after as mistakenly predicted by the Brothers Grimm... 

A Tale Etched in Blood and Hard Black Pencil

A Tale Etched in Blood and Hard Black Pencil

When a double murder reunites the classmates of St Elizabeth's Primary School, scores are settled, debts repaid and alliances forged. Twenty years have passed but will those bonds still hold fast? This hilarious Scottish black comedy, adapted from Christopher Brookmyre's novel, takes a nostalgic look at school days, filled with psycho teachers, class jokers and playground feuds... 

Cockroaches

Cockroaches

Cockroaches is an adaptation of Mikhail Bulgakov's play Flight, a story of five refugees fleeing the civil war and the Soviet regime in 1920. They search for peace only to find destruction and poverty, the outside world as indifferent to them as Russia is hostile... 

Honestly

Honestly

In a world of fake tan, false eyelashes and Instagram filters, Honestly strips back the bullshit, intimately exploring feminism in the 21st century. A series of powerful monologues devised by The Television Workshop. 

The Wall

The Wall

The Wall is a wonderfully refreshing play from Corby Productions. It has two firsts: the play itself is D.C. Jackson’s first full-length work and the performance marks the company’s debut... 

Lippy

Lippy

The beginning and end of a show are the bits you remember, the bits that leave you feeling great or feeling thoroughly disappointed. Lippy is an interesting and stylistically impressive show... 

Krapp's Last Tape

Krapp's Last Tape

Krapp stands frozen staring into the distance, barely living in the present, heading to an unknown future and transfixed on the past. It’s chilly and the rain is coming down on what feels like a bleak and desolate house... 

Techies: The Musical

Techies: The Musical

The descriptor for this Fringe production should appeal to anyone involved in theatre. Techies are the crew who make shows happen. From scene shifters and lighting crew to the sound desk, the techies are that faceless crew who dart about in no sense of panic dressed in black, and make sure the show actually happens... 

Twix

Twix

Jamie’s comical lack of good fortune is beautifully summed up in the last two lines of this play, where the parallel monologues of Twix finally come together. Unfortunately they are too cleverly amusing to tell here without spoiling their impact, but they will probably leave you chuckling for some time... 

Bit of Sunshine

Bit of Sunshine

A warning should be given to the audience of this show: the Bit of Sunshine one expects from the title is limited to less than five seconds of optimism and hope for the future in this no-holds-barred story of a young woman’s struggles with bulimia... 

King John

King John

Performed by a company of young actors, this is a credible adaptation of Shakespeare’s rarely performed King John that revels in the high stakes of its historical narrative. Its live music (atmospherically played by Jemma Fendley and Tom Vallance) and energetic battle scenes provide some entertaining theatre... 

Shellshock! Improv Live!

Shellshock! Improv Live!

Improvisation is the one word that can strike fear into the heart of any actor no matter what their experience. The idea of making it up as you go along is a very tricky skill to make entertaining; but here we have six very talented improvisers willing to create a fifty minute performance out of practically nothing... 

Decade

Decade

9/11, as it now succinctly known, is one of those ‘where were you on the day?’ events. Members of the teenage Hoghead Theatre Company were around, but only just. For them it is a piece of history, but one in which they have immersed themselves for this production of Decade... 

Everyman

Everyman

Everyman recounts the story of its eponymous hero as she is told, as punishment for her hedonistic and selfish lifestyle, that she is going to die. Realising how much she regrets, Everyman sets out on a quest for forgiveness... 

The Baffling Adventures of Question Mark Man

The Baffling Adventures of Question Mark Man

What if punctuation marks were superheroes? During this show, we follow Question Mark Man as he tries to rescue his love interest Becky from the evil Captain Conundrum. Be prepared for silliness galore... 

Grandad Died

Grandad Died

A grandad may have passed on, but he wasn’t the only thing that died on stage. Toad Pit Theatre have committed murder with this lurid, self-indulgent drama and weak allegory on the outcome of the EU referendum... 

As You Like It

As You Like It

As You Like It is one of Shakespeare’s late plays, which celebrates love in the real world and views freedom in a vulnerable place, exposing the naked nature of desire and love and discovering human nature through the love between men and women, palace life and the Adam forest... 

The Very Nice Improv Show

The Very Nice Improv Show

These guys are fantastic improvisers. The name of their group is Beard of Zeus (formerly ‘Southhampton Outtakes’), and unlike many improv groups performing at this year’s Fringe, they manage to distinguish themselves on sheer talent rather than ostentatious production... 

Another Fine Mess

Another Fine Mess

Laurel and Hardy’s slapstick comedy still makes people laugh nearly 100 years after they made their first film together. Their rib-tickling rendition of The Trail of the Lonesome Pine even got to number 2 in the UK Singles Chart in 1975... 

The Squire Sisters

The Squire Sisters

In the sleepy town of Pickford in 1949 three sisters are bored of their post-war existences and want to start living. Through music, dancing and romance, the Squire sisters are finally forging their way into womanhood... 

The Winter Gift

The Winter Gift

Berlin, 1928 – a fun-loving young American actress and a straight-laced German film director come together to make a classic of the silent screen, Pandora’s Box. New York, 1955 – a solitary, alcoholic, penniless and forgotten idol of the silent screen languishes in a slum tenement... 

Jumping the Barriers

Jumping the Barriers

There are many symbols of class division and expressions of social stratification in this country. I had not considered pistachios to be among them until I saw the look on Nathan’s face when offered some... 

The Birds#1. Corpses

The Birds#1. Corpses

Alfred Hitchcock has already firmly established that birds are terrifying beyond doubt. So you could be forgiven for thinking that this performance may hold the same emotive core. You would be wrong, they key failure to this piece is the lacking of any sort of emotive core... 

Fire Burn: The Tragedy of Macbeth

Fire Burn: The Tragedy of Macbeth

ImmerCity’s stripped back and stylised telling of the ever popular Scottish play is an at times disorienting, nightmarish and incredibly compelling piece of theatre that will give you shivers as you leave the auditorium... 

Family Values

Family Values

Family Values by Michael Dalberg is pure theatre with a good splash of violence. Expertly directed by David Gasperetti, Ghost Light theatre tell the story of two brothers, Liam and Trent, caught in a spiral of Mafia family lies and destruction... 

Holmes & Watson: The Farewell Tour

Holmes & Watson: The Farewell Tour

Sherlock Holmes meets a theatrical farce in this intelligently written double act that sparkles like the Blue Carbuncle.The Farewell Tour introduces us to Holmes and Watson’s last joint adventure before Holmes retires to Sussex... 

Dreaming of Leaves

Dreaming of Leaves

Quirky, vibrant and oozing with dark imagination, Dreaming of Leaves is a daring and thought-provoking piece of theatre. Set in a dystopian future in which the earth has been flooded, the play tells the story of four people who have stayed behind on the ruined remains of Earth... 

Family Voices and Victoria Station

Family Voices and Victoria Station

Harold Pinter’s two short plays make only rare appearances nowadays and yet they are rewarding pieces. Family Voices, broadcast as a radio play in 1981, was followed a year later by the premiere of Victoria Station at the National Theatre... 

The Maiden's Toy

The Maiden's Toy

With hints of Black Swan and Inland Empire, Olly Lawson’s new play is a surprisingly arresting example of student writing. The narrative was gripping, but both the performance and the writing could have gone further into the dark and obsessive territory the play hints at... 

As Yet Undecided

As Yet Undecided

As Yet Undecided is an intriguing piece of ‘nonfiction’ with a cast of characters including Doubt, Time and Procrastination. Join Jessica Walker, our abandoned solo performer, in this experimental, work-in-progress piece... 

The White Crow

The White Crow

Adolph Eichmann never personally killed anyone, but he was hanged in 1962, having been found guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity. The evidence against him was overwhelming, but he remained as detached from the facts as he had been from the millions of deaths he facilitated... 

The House of Edgar

The House of Edgar

Often, the expectation brought to mind by the genre “Musical” means that successfully producing a new and original one at the Fringe Festival is no mean feat. Several enduringly popular musicals are performed on a huge scale, with large casts and spaces providing the exciting all singing, all dancing, electric atmosphere that make the musical experience so unique... 

Four Plays for Coarse Actors

Four Plays for Coarse Actors

What do you do when your set crumbles, your actors forget their lines and lighting fails? Cry? Laugh? Or just carry on? Rolling In The Aisle presents a comedy where everything that can go wrong does and the hilarious efforts of an amateur theatre company trying to claw back their dignity and present a decent show... 

The Lizards

The Lizards

What happens when a barely functioning boy band get the chance to perform at the Reading Festival? The Lizards is a darkly witty yet poignant look at fame (or lack thereof) in the modern world... 

ADAM – The Modern Frankenstein

ADAM – The Modern Frankenstein

In this adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic, troubled programmer Victor Stone attempts to restore his reputation after being responsible for crashing the stock market. Through ensemble theatre, we explore his journey in the creation of artificial life, as well as his struggle with personal demons. 

Slaves of Sleep

Slaves of Sleep

Moody Old Man Theatre Company specialise in making theatre that is inspired by music. Using cult albums of the 80s as influence, we've devised a piece that questions what it means to dream... 

The Country Wife

The Country Wife

The newly divorced Harry Horner has spread a rumour of his own impotence around the country club. The reason? To seduce his way across the affluent, leafy town of Blandford, New England come hell, high water or jealous husband... 

A Waiting Room

A Waiting Room

Waiting is frustrating – more frustrating when you don’t know what you’re waiting for. Karen finds herself in this hopeless position, with nothing to pass the time but meetings with strange characters and peculiar happenings, most of which are caused by two eccentric receptionists... 

The Ladykillers by Graham Linehan

The Ladykillers by Graham Linehan

Rolling in the Aisle Productions presents a classic black comedy full of confusion, cross-dressing and a little bit of darkness. Professor Marcus and his gang of crooks aim to hoodwink their good-natured landlady, Mrs Wilberforce, by posing as amateur musicians... 

The Curious Case of the Doc on the Night Shift

The Curious Case of the Doc on the Night Shift

Hospitals can be surreal places at night. Well, especially after eleven consecutive night shifts and very little sleep in between. From their sell-out run at the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, let the award-winning UCL medical students take you on a journey through an unusually eccentric hospital to find out what truly makes our National Health Service tick... 

Scapegoat

Scapegoat

Texas, early evening, the 1980s. A man returns to his old town. But where has he been? And what is he hiding? Ghosts from his past return to haunt him with shattering consequences, shaking each character and changing their lives irreparably... 

Ros & Guil R Dead

Ros & Guil R Dead

When deciding on a show to bring to the Fringe, you have two main choices: one, a piece of new writing - exciting and impactful but harder to market - or two, a take on a classic - easier to get an audience but potentially harder to put your own voice into... 

Into the Shadows of Shakespeare – Free

Into the Shadows of Shakespeare – Free

The Tempest, retold by children whose first language isn’t even English. Into the Shadows of Shakespeare is a short performance of Shakespeare’s much-loved final play, with the addition of a frame story about Chloe, a young girl with a crush, and her disapproving mother... 

Not the Horse

Not the Horse

Almost twenty years ago, Guy Ritchie changed the landscape of British cinema with his love letter to the charismatic psychopaths of the East End underbelly Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels... 

Some Voices

Some Voices

Some Voices is a sharp, gritty and touching play that some may recognise from a 2000 film adaptation starring Daniel Craig. It centres around a young schizophrenic man named Ray (played by Michael Dallas) who has just been released from hospital... 

We Are Not Criminals

We Are Not Criminals

If you’re in the mood for chilling, hard-hitting drama, look no further than We Are Not Criminals. This short play from Forty Elephants Theatre Company details the difficult and tense reunion of five women... 

Ladies in Waiting: The Judgement of Henry VIII

Ladies in Waiting: The Judgement of Henry VIII

Ladies in Waiting, written by and starring James Cougar Canfield as the lascivious and misogynistic King Henry VIII, is a steamy, feminist critique of the most notorious of England’s kings... 

Little Dorrit

Little Dorrit

Considering the length of most Charles Dickens novels, it’s remarkable that we’ve found ways to abridge them into three hour plays and films. The University of Gloucestershire’s adaptation of Dickens’ classic Little Dorrit takes this one step further by managing to abridge the entire novel’s story to within an hour and five minutes... 

Eat. Sleep. Bathe. Repeat

Eat. Sleep. Bathe. Repeat

This play follows James, an agency worker with no experience or real knowledge of autism, as he is thrown into a job at a care home for adults with low-functioning autism. Four of the cast are carers, struggling with varying degrees of sympathy and understanding to battle through each day of care... 

A Royal Flush

A Royal Flush

A Royal Flush is a dark political comedy turned farce, featuring a princess stuck in a portaloo and a ransoming of The Daily Star. The show begins with all the ingredients for success: an excellent premise, five great comic actors, and an astutely current political message... 

Frogs

Frogs

School group Centaurs of Attention have an excellent company name and a rather good Fringe show to boot. This modern take on Aristophanes’ Frogs is full of the vim and vigour necessary to succeed, weaving together a new modern soundtrack with a clear understanding of the ancient jokes, as well... 

The Company of Wolves

The Company of Wolves

“Who’s afraid of the big, bad wolf?”Such is the musical refrain setting the playful, yet pervasively sinister, tone which permeates this piece from the outset. A devised adaptation of Angela Carter’s Gothic fairy-tale subversion, this reworking of The Company of Wolves skilfully negotiates a balance between retaining Carter’s own language, realising visually her symbolic use of colour, and introducing original set-pieces which delve deeper into the themes of transgression and predation established by the author... 

Too Fast

Too Fast

The play centres around Sensation Nation, a vocal group founded and led by the unstoppable DD. Her grand plan is for the group to storm next year’s Britain’s Got Talent. But first they need a gig, and more importantly a heartbreaking back-story that will win them votes later on down the line... 

Dirty Glitter

Dirty Glitter

Dirty Glitter, a cop comedy-thriller, tells the story of a duo of private investigators: the confident and logical Murphy, along with the bumbling and eccentric Valmont. It follows their efforts to find out the truth behind a missing girl, who they think has something to do with a local joint (disco, strip club, or night club – it's not clear) run by one Vince Rubel... 

Metamorphoses

Metamorphoses

Youth reigns in Mary Zimmerman's Metamorphoses, a lavish retelling of Ovid's tales, brought to stunning visual life. Set in and around a pool of water on stage, Metamorphoses juxtaposes the ancient and the contemporary in this 60-minute gem. 

Homeopathy and Other Jokes

Homeopathy and Other Jokes

After five years of sell-out shows, the worryingly funny doctors of tomorrow are back for their 17th year at the Fringe! Catch this fast-paced sketch show before the Right Honourable Mister Hunt forces us to flee to Australia... 

The Little Box of Oblivion

The Little Box of Oblivion

It is a lovely spring day in an urban conurbation. Cool Guy is settling on a park bench to read the paper when Woman rushes on with a box. Before Cool Guy can say no, the box has been left on the bench with instructions that the box cannot be moved, knocked, tilted or opened... 

Gratefully Joan, Sincerely Bette

Gratefully Joan, Sincerely Bette

Two ardent fans of the golden era of Hollywood, Elizabeth and Gerri start fan clubs to bring their idols of the silver screen, Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, just a little bit closer to this side of the pond... 

Elevated

Elevated

Sam, Catherine and David get into the elevator together to leave work, each in a world of their own. When the doors open though, there is simply nothing there. Nothing at all. And they cannot get out... 

Two Kittens & A Kid (A Gay Man Raising His Inner Diva)

Two Kittens & A Kid (A Gay Man Raising His Inner Diva)

Racial identity, puberty, sexuality and childhood trauma may not seem like the ideal topics for a one man camp cabaret, but here in Edinburgh anything is possible. These delicate issues often go undiscussed so perhaps a better way to open up the conversation is to throw a little sparkle on it... 

Prestwick Elvis

Prestwick Elvis

It is 3 March 1960 and Marie’s biggest dream has come true: Elvis Presley has landed in Prestwick Airport, returning from his time in the US army and reeling from the death of his mother... 

My Romantic History

My Romantic History

‘Do you know how they get animals to breed in captivity? They put them in the same cage.’ Tom, a self-declared B-grade guy, has a drunken one-night stand with his co-worker Amy... 

The Country Wife

The Country Wife

The Cambridge University Amateur Dramatic Club’s adaptation of the restoration era comedy The Country Wife moves the action to modern American suburbia, but keeps the period’s signature blend of complicated character relationships and bawdy humour, along with the era’s sensibilities... 

Besieged

Besieged

What happens when a group of young Australian performers ignore warnings and dive head first into the murky waters of mass media and terrorism? Questions around sensationalism, semantics and mass grief surface and we are surrounded in the centre of a city under siege... 

Poo Shame, Vagina Curiosity and Other Things That Won't Kill You

Poo Shame, Vagina Curiosity and Other Things That Won't Kill You

Have you been mistaken for a pervert? Are you awkward in a sex shop? Do you try to disguise your farts with a cough? Have you ever wondered how scissoring works? Do you enjoy having your sphincter tickled? Does your fake orgasm deserve an Oscar? Do you poo, wee, have a penis, vagina, neither or both? If you answered yes to none or more of the above questions, this show is for you!  

The Twisted Fairytale

The Twisted Fairytale

Grapple Theatre have been inspired by Kneehigh; think Into the Woods meets Brothers Grimm, a combination of live music, physical theatre and puppetry. The Twisted Fairytale is a magical, comic show for all the family. 

I Am Yours

I Am Yours

'I'm afraid the dreams will seep into the day.' An unexpected encounter with her building’s janitor, Toilaine, has left Dee pregnant. Her grip on reality is tested as the pregnancy begins to eat away at her mental stability... 

Rumpelstiltskin

Rumpelstiltskin

The traditional folk tale of the darkened world inhabited by 'that treacherous little daemon' Rumpelstiltskin is brought to life through beautiful song, stunning puppetry and traditional storytelling... 

Craig: Impossible

Craig: Impossible

Comedy, magic, a little bit of chocolate and a lot of danger! Yorkshire magician Craig Stephenson brings his new show to Edinburgh, with its blend of laugh-out-loud comedy and mind-blowing magic. 

Fish and Chips with Edith

Fish and Chips with Edith

Behind every icon is a dysfunctional family, cut-throat PR and an angry Rabbi. This brutally honest comedy blends theatre, film and music to show the world of the true Edith Mallone... 

A Fragile Lift

A Fragile Lift

Two lifts shudder to a halt between the floors of a decrepit building. One holds a director and an actress, late for the same audition, and the other a silent pair, filled with hatred after years apart... 

Twelfth Night or The Ship of Fools

Twelfth Night or The Ship of Fools

Fiesta in sunshine. Siesta in shadows. Black malice. Bright love. Sun. Sea. Sex. Tequila. Seeing double? Twins! Jump aboard British Airways flight 1212 for the Costa del Sol, January 6 1980... 

Have I Mentioned the Sidekick?

Have I Mentioned the Sidekick?

In a world of increasing crime, someone has to fight back against villainy, someone with abilities beyond comprehension: fire breathing, super strength, or the power to produce potent farts... 

Romeo and Juliet Post Scriptum

Romeo and Juliet Post Scriptum

I've always had a special interest in the star-crossed lovers, destined to love each other to death through the centuries and through all art forms. How could I not get passionate about Annika Nyman's play (and mind!)... 

Brief Interviews with Hideous Men

Brief Interviews with Hideous Men

Brief Interviews with Hideous Men could be seen as a dark comedy or as just dark. This is not a laugh-a-minute show, despite the hype; more a meander through murky minds that provides the occasional amusing moment... 

For Queen and Country

For Queen and Country

For Queen and Country. That’s why Jamie Robson joins the British Army at the age of twenty-one. Actually, for the Queen and his brother. Though not his life plan, when the decision is made he pursues it wholeheartedly... 

Normal is an Illusion

Normal is an Illusion

The concept of normality in relation to sanity and the individual is truly fascinating, and Normal Is An Illusion certainly introduces these ideas with thought and contemplation. Set in an institute for the criminally insane, we meet a number of the staff and patients through individual and group therapy sessions and are invited to question what exactly is 'normal'... 

Punk Rock by Simon Stephens

Punk Rock by Simon Stephens

Pressure. Unbearable pressure. It’s the force that turns coal into diamonds and children into monsters. It’s the force behind plays that raise the heart into the throat and causes hands to form fists... 

PiTH

PiTH

This interactive one woman show follows a plucky American adventurer from the 1800’s as she navigates the joys and consequences of time travel. A woman apart, a ghost skimming across the fabric of time, she finds herself in complete isolation unable to interact with anyone around her... 

Smack, Crackle n' Pop!

Smack, Crackle n' Pop!

Rip open your variety packs and let Emily Bee and Danny Ash treat you to a late night sugar high of assorted cabaret delights! Includes comedy, burlesque, circus and more. Two of London's top cabaret stars serve up a rather late breakfast! Mix your milk with your cocoa puffs and get ready for Putin, hula hoops, rainforests and toilet attendants... 

Can't Spell Right

Can't Spell Right

All too often, comedy shows at the Fringe can look like they are being either pretentiously clever or simply trying too hard. Thankfully, Can’t Spell Right does neither of these. This fantasy farce by the Herald Theatre Company is a breath of fresh air: fast-paced, bursting with energy and full of bizarrely comic situations that will leave you feeling much amused... 

Dead Letter Office

Dead Letter Office

Where do letters and parcels go, when – because of an incomplete address, or lack of forwarding address – they can’t be delivered? According to Catherine Expósito and Marli Siu, at least some end up being stored in the titular Dead Letter Office located on a remote, difficult-to-reach Scottish island, where James (with a layered performance from Blair Kincaid) has come in search of a letter sent by his mother... 

Dog Play Dead

Dog Play Dead

Throwing a great party in an amazing house, what could possibly go wrong? Except you're supposed to be house-sitting. For a mafia boss. And now his beloved dog is missing. And there's a pool of blood on the floor... 

Me, as a Penguin

Me, as a Penguin

Hilarious comedy in which gentle and naive professional knitter Stitch attempts to navigate the bright lights of the gay scene in Hull from his sister's living room sofa. Fuelled by his obsessions for Battenberg cake and outrageous knitting patterns, all seems to be going well, until a chance meeting with a sexually voracious penguin causes his world to unravel... 

Don't Say That

Don't Say That

Welcome to The Bureau, your Political Correctness Guide for the 21st century. Our groundbreaking initiative has devised centrally controlled committees that monitor all of your output, to provide maximum freedom with minimum offence... 

Broken Biscuits

Broken Biscuits

They were more like sisters than best friends until a devastating tragedy shatters both their lives and friendship. Rita's son James took a fatal bullet in Afghanistan saving Maggie's son Paul... 

Tension Square

Tension Square

Life and death, unlike knitting, doesn’t come with instructions! Hospital patient Marigold is intrigued by her new roomie. Is he the victim of a nightclub brawl or are his injuries more sinister? Whatever the case, she has her own soul-searching decisions to make... 

Fawlty Towers

Fawlty Towers

Two classic episodes from the 70s sitcom, live on stage. In A Touch of Class, Basil is at his sycophantic, fawning best as his efforts to raise the standard of clientele at Fawlty Towers bear fruit in the person of Lord Melbury, a man with an aristocratic air and a curiously heavy briefcase... 

Distinguished Gentlemen (But Really Just a Couple of ***ts)

Distinguished Gentlemen (But Really Just a Couple of ***ts)

This is a lewd, ridiculous and over the top show that will leave you stunned and cackling.It involves adultery, blackmail, and buggery, and is set in Georgian era England. Two distinguished gentlemen of the landed gentry fall for the same mystiques of an unattached young man, and proceed to court him in an extremely un-gentlemanly manner... 

5 Kilo Sugar

5 Kilo Sugar

Tik-sho-ret (‘communication’) Theatre Company have achieved their manifesto of giving a platform to Israeli and Jewish theatre. After a short run in London, they’ve come to Edinburgh with 5 Kilo Sugar, a touching story about the journey a young man takes to ensure his late grandfather’s legacy is not forgotten... 

After We Danced

After We Danced

After We Danced depicts a love affair between two people, cut short before unexpectedly rekindling sixty years later, Love in the Time of Cholera-style. Fringe-goers who have read the tagline (‘true love lasts forever’) will be unsurprised to learn this production is an unashamedly romantic tale... 

The King of Monte Cristo

The King of Monte Cristo

The best humour is the kind which refers to shared experiences Luckily, The King of Monte Cristo picks up on the stereotypes and personalities familiar to anyone who’s worked in theatre, to hilarious and satisfyingly cynical effect... 

Romanovs

Romanovs

The Romanovs is not about royalty. It’s about madness. The story takes place after the death of the Romanov family in 1918 when fake Romanovs sprang up around the country. The plot imagines that these pretenders were brought together and locked up in the very place where the originals met their end... 

Detached

Detached

Lucy (Sarah-Beth Brown) is lonely, so to work out where she’s going wrong, she shows us some climactic moments from her previous relationships. BOX Revolution work towards putting on gender non-specific work, and the piece benefits from this initiative – rather than being pigeonholed as male or female characters, the writing allows Lucy and all three of her partners to become real people, free from typically gendered conceits... 

Lord Arthur Savile's Crime

Lord Arthur Savile's Crime

This adaptation of Oscar Wilde's short story combines the dark tale of Lord Arthur Savile's Crime with a slapstick comedy of manners, coming together rather nicely into a silly, yet entertaining production... 

Reconciling

Reconciling

Fractals are frequently found in discussions within the realms of science, maths, art and nature. Courtesy of the Barrington Collective, a company of recent East 15 MFA graduates, we can now see how effectively they can be used in playwriting... 

The Rules: Sex, Lies and Serial Killers

The Rules: Sex, Lies and Serial Killers

The Rules: Sex, Lies and Serial Killers is a witty and intelligent black comedy with psychopathic humour that will chill and charm you in the same sitting. Psychopaths Mel, Jay and Stephen meet up to hang up their guns and exchange stories, safely protected by a set of rules that prevent any exposure that could threaten their anonymity... 

Gagarin Way

Gagarin Way

Scotland has a bit of a communist history. Lumphinnans was once referred to as “Little Moscow”. It even has a street named after the famous Russian Cosmonaut, Gagarin Way. From the playwright behind Black Watch, Gregory Burke’s first play returns to the Fringe, where it premiered 14 years ago... 

The Beanfield

The Beanfield

This year is the 30th anniversary of the Battle of the Beanfield, a violent police intervention in which more than 500 travellers were arrested in a field on their way to a new-age festival at Stonehenge... 

Improvabunga: Funny Side Up

Improvabunga: Funny Side Up

After a quick introduction to the performers, a few improvisational examples, such as a Lonely Hearts Ad from a toilet and a first date at the Battle of Waterloo, we were introduced to the gang behind Improvabunga... 

A Haggis Queen Abroad

A Haggis Queen Abroad

Enjoying the perks of self-imposed exile in England, the Haggis Queen finds herself suddenly adrift when the Independence Referendum hits and she must decide on which side of the border she truly belongs... 

Love and Money

Love and Money

What would you do for love? What would you do for money? In our world of pay day loans and credit on tap how easy is it to become overwhelmed? Jess’ craving for more than she can afford is slowly destroying her marriage, yet consumed by consumerism this is a woman who will not stop spending... 

Marching for Necie

Marching for Necie

We open with a group of young Southern belles, beautifully attired in vintage-style dresses, learning how to apply make-up to please their husbands, so setting up the conservative attitudes of the 1960s’ American south where this play takes place... 

Grease

Grease

After sell-out performances of Little Shop of Horrors at last year’s festival, Oscars XI return with Grease. Rydell High class of ’59 have just returned back to school from a summer full of lovin’, all greased up and ready for more thunder and lightning... 

Shazam!

Shazam!

Phillip the magician has forgotten how to do magic. After a failed show he returns to his seaside childhood home in an attempt to reconnect with his lost ability. Set entirely in his bedroom, through memory, music and a set of old family photo albums Phillip explores his past to rediscover his passion for magic... 

Muswell Hill

Muswell Hill

After sell-out shows last year Oscars XI bring you this character-oriented play that can be adequately summed up by the simple and amusing phrase, first world problems. We join six relatively ordinary people in London amidst the news of the Haiti earthquake, at an evening dinner party that will eventually swerve into rather unexpected territory for all of them... 

Carapace

Carapace

Jeff is a Minneapolis sports anchor who hasn’t had a drink in years – not a drop. When he hears that his 23-year-old daughter Margo’s stutter has stopped her from talking altogether, he heads out into the bracing winter night to bring her a gift for her birthday... 

Consumption

Consumption

Britain 2015 - we take, we buy and then we put it on credit… Sebastian and Penelope are in love, inseparable and living beyond their means. The new house, the latest car, dinner parties with friends… all to keep hold of one person? A physical and humorous drama about how we devour each other emotionally and literally without even knowing it and asks the question what will it take for us to stop? A little dose of humour, a large amount of drama and the makings of some great theatre... 

Iolite the Musical

Iolite the Musical

First things first, a notable mention must be awarded to the sterling efforts of the two-piece band. Charlotte Senescall on the piano gives a finely-tuned performance as she diligently follows the occasionally deviant timing of the singers... 

Cautionary Tales for Daughters – Songs Your Mother Never Taught You

Cautionary Tales for Daughters – Songs Your Mother Never Taught You

There’s plenty for girls to worry about these days – from tattoos to eating disorders to abusive relationships – and Tanya Holt, a mother herself, deals with the difficulties brilliantly in this witty and important show... 

The Alphabet Girl

The Alphabet Girl

Renny Krupinski's script is an ambitious one: chronicling the lives of one family across three generations, The Alphabet Girl aims to show the destruction of family values and the horrific effects a lack of the mother's love can have on an individual... 

Block

Block

Block is a production that constantly surprises, though not always in ways that are comforting. Admittedly, it sets out its stall from the start, contrasting a villainous tough guy (Sam Sellicks-Chivers) with some gentle cabaret-style piano accompaniment... 

The Improveteers!

The Improveteers!

Once the show begins and the lights come up, the lighting designer (or so we thought) walks away from the desk and takes to the stage in silence, before introducing himself as our host for the evening... 

Somebody Out There Loves Me

Somebody Out There Loves Me

Peculiar Spectacles’ Somebody Out There Loves Me is another theatrical examination of the trials and tribulations of online dating. Based around a fictional (yet oddly familiar sounding) dating app Kindlr, which claims to be ’99% effective’, it explores what might happen to those who fall into the abyss of the unmatchable 1%... 

Since Maggie Went Away

Since Maggie Went Away

Amid the discussion over the Irish Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill this year, Since Maggie Went Away could not come at a more relevant time. Based on true events, one-woman act Jacqueline Nolan narrates the story of abuse in the Catholic Church in Ireland between 1952 and modern day... 

The Raven

The Raven

Edgar Allen Poe’s seminal poem, which charts the gradual descent into madness of a heartbroken lover compounded by the incessant repetitions of a talking bird, gives its name and themes to a newly devised piece by Bawsoot Theatre Company... 

Consumption

Consumption

Consumption is a somewhat-successful commentary on the state of 21st century society, one obsessed with technology, appearances and consumerism, navigated by the central story of Seb, and the progression of his new relationship with the controlling Penelope... 

One for My Baby

One for My Baby

Frank Sinatra is one of those rare artists that is universally loved and respected by all. His vast discography overshadows his mysterious personal life. Not much is known about his marriage with Ava Gardner... 

The Absence Of

The Absence Of

The relationship between parent and child is one of the most important in society and in the lives of most people. It defines, shapes us and can heavily determine the sort of people we become... 

O! Glorious Youth

O! Glorious Youth

It’s the early 20th Century, and dancing, drugs and violence are rife in London. O! Glorious Youth shows us the lives of bohemian adolescents around the end and aftermath of the Great War, revealing the darker side of the party... 

Wing It, Dusty

Wing It, Dusty

Wing it, Dusty tells the story of Deirdre and Roni who make the perfect couple. Maybe. They don't even have the same taste in music except for the divine Dusty. Both flawed, but comically grasping onto their world of reality by their fingernails in an attempt to help them get through the most important day of their lives... 

Touched by Fire

Touched by Fire

This is immersive theatre. But not as we know it. It promises much – Lord Byron is, after all, somewhat synonymous with extravagance, indulgence and excess – and we ought, therefore, to be treated to fifty minutes’ worth of opulence and pleasure... 

Hoors

Hoors

Andy’s stag weekend was epic! In fact, it was so mind-blowingly legendary… he didn’t survive it. And now, instead of standing at the altar, he’s lying at it. But grief doesn’t last long, and when the wake comes, a desperate combination of drink, drugs, awkward chat up lines and inappropriate desire fuels an unforgettable romp, where the women ‘play the men like guitars’... 

Façade

Façade

Are you watching carefully? Alec’s professor and his girlfriend frantically search through the diaries and essays of the man and mind they love. Can they prove his world to be real before it is all too late? As memories are played out from the past and accounts are given from the future it becomes clear that all is not what it seems... 

An Illuminating Yarn

An Illuminating Yarn

"It’s amazing how therapeutic knitting can be,” says one of the three characters in An Illuminating Yarn, a one-act play by Jane Pickthall, produced by Newcastle’s Button Box Theatre Company for the Fringe... 

Comedy Sketch Show with Trestle Masks

Comedy Sketch Show with Trestle Masks

A series of comedy sketches performed by a talented all-female cast from St Mary’s Calne Senior School. This show is the culmination of a summer workshop working with award-winning, world-renowned mask specialists Trestle Theatre Company... 

Bold Girls

Bold Girls

Bold Girls is a dark comedy about the friendship of four women living in the midst of war-torn Belfast. Rona Munro’s play looks at the ways in which the troubles shaped their lives as they tried to survive and at the fragility of their dreams in such volatile times... 

Hemmed In

Hemmed In

How do you restart your life on £47? Hemmed In is a new musical by Ruth Cobbin. Released from prison, five women battle to start over again, and hope comes from an unlikely place.... 

A Jam-Maker's Guide to Self-Preservation

A Jam-Maker's Guide to Self-Preservation

The NHS is in a bit of a pickle! But don't worry, let the award-winning MDs Medical Revue prescribe you a healthy dose of humour. The MDs were founded in 1898, making us the oldest comedy revue in London... 

PiTH

PiTH

This interactive one woman show follows a plucky American adventurer from the 1800’s as she navigates the joys and consequences of time travel. A woman apart, a ghost skimming across the fabric of time, she finds herself in complete isolation unable to interact with anyone around her... 

Absolute Improv!

Absolute Improv!

Fast-paced, hilarious improv show that will have you coming back for more. Two-time Edinburgh Fringe sell-out! Scottish and international improvisers create witty sketches based on your suggestions (à la Whose Line is it Anyway?) - so be sure to arrive ready to shout out odd and wonderful ideas, and together we'll make some comedy gold! An Edinburgh Fringe sell-out 2013/2014... 

Animal House

Animal House

Stephen is leaving his little Steph, to go to university and refuses to give her any of his time. When she writes about him in her book and labels him a big meanie, Stephen is pulled into her imaginary world... 

Re:member

Re:member

A fractured and disconnected city, rows of cubicles and two colleagues. Two parents. A stalker and a single wandering tattooed girl. Re:member is the first show from brand new company Cause/Effect... 

Takeaway by Jackie Kay

Takeaway by Jackie Kay

‘You don’t need onions! Don’t be silly. How can somebody need an onion?’ A city descends into addiction and all must have them. When only a travelling poet can really see what is happening anarchy ensues. 

The Heist

The Heist

The Heist tells the tale of Marmaduke Blennerhasset, masterful thief and intrepid adventurer, who becomes entangled in the affairs of evil megalomaniac Antonio Superyacht (proud owner of the world's largest superyacht)... 

Skins for Sale

Skins for Sale

The door is locked. The other side is a mystery. It gnaws at your brain, driving you to insanity. What would you do? Negotiate? Manipulate? Misappropriate? Murder? Skins for Sale draws inspiration from Strindberg’s A Dream Play to show through physical expression just how far one man will go to achieve his fantasy... 

Jane and Lizzy

Jane and Lizzy

Pride and Prejudice through the looking glass! In this offbeat interpretation, Jane Austen meets a Lizzy Bennet who flits between the character and the actress playing her. As Jane enlists Lizzy’s help to recall and reclaim her story, the familiar romantic fantasy of recent versions gives way to the sharp comic irony of the original novel... 

Labyrinth

Labyrinth

You queue with the other girls outside, hoping for your big break. The sign above your head, Labyrinth Studios, glints in the LA sunshine. Join us as we take you into the depths of one of Hollywood's lesser-known film studios to reveal the secrets hiding within... 

The Return of Savonarola

The Return of Savonarola

Trevor Smith’s An Evening with Dementia, which has captivated audiences and critics alike in its three runs, seems set to become one of the valued mainstays of the Edinburgh Fringe... 

These Are the Best Days: A Revue

These Are the Best Days: A Revue

Being a teenager is not easy. These Are The Best Days captures this down to a tee, examining both how this has always been true, and how it is specifically exacerbated by the modern world – camera phones and tweeting featuring more than once... 

Inevitable

Inevitable

The Age We Are is a young company bringing their first production, Inevitable, to the Edinburgh Fringe. Depicting a dystopian future in which all forms of culture have been banned by the government (or Gove-ment), Inevitable is a splendid love letter to all the arts from practitioners just starting out in the theatre industry... 

The Last Piemen

The Last Piemen

The Last Piemen follows the story of two rival pie makers, one of whom favours the traditional approach, while the other is an innovator. They and their two assistants fight it out between them until a greater threat appears... 

McAlister in Wonderland

McAlister in Wonderland

Opening with a strong rendition of ‘Daisy Daisy’, McAlister in Wonderland takes us on an all-singing, all-Scottish reimagining of Lewis Carroll’s classic. In this production commemorating 100 years since the start of the First World War, the cadet McAlister is posted on the western front and encounters some unusual characters, beginning with a puffin who is very late... 

Amy K

Amy K

The expectations and contradictions of the modern world are explored in Deborah Gibbs’ well-meaning but heavy-handed production inspired by Franz Kafka’s The Trial. Our protagonist Amy K, after Kafka’s Josef, is told one morning to shut her curtains as “they are watching”... 

Momma Was a Bad Mutha

Momma Was a Bad Mutha

Momma was a Bad Mutha's flyer touts it as 'the universal story of a young girl's untimely coming of age amidst her momma's weekend house parties.’ While it is not a stipulation of theatrics or literature to be relatable to be enjoyable, this performance may have little or no resonance with its UK audience... 

The Trojan Women

The Trojan Women

Updating Greek myths and tinkering with texts is a finicky process; how to maintain the spirit of the original while providing an audience with something new? Yet this new production from writer Georgina Thomas largely manages to stand firm under this pressure, insidiously intriguing from start to finish... 

Where Have All the Good Guys Gone?

Where Have All the Good Guys Gone?

A quartet of fifty-something women hit the gym to tone up - but when they look in the mirror they each see what they want to see - their twenty-year-old selves. And that's the way we see them too! A modern, intimate musical in which four talented young singers bicker and bitch about better days... 

Munich

Munich

Sport is purity. Sport is truth. Maybe the only truth left to us in this benighted world. So believes middle aged Philip Tierney, choking in the ashes of his beloved Busby Babes, crushed and broken on a snowbound German runway... 

Candy Cigarettes

Candy Cigarettes

Down the rabbit hole and into The Rat Pit… Indulge yourself in a new and exciting multi-sensory experience inspired by Alice in Wonderland, the care of the elderly and the collation of memories... 

The Canterbury Crawl

The Canterbury Crawl

Set in the modern age, six pub crawling pilgrims retell a selection of Chaucer's famous Canterbury Tales in a style which is energetic, intensely physical and slightly disturbing: A night they'll forget, but one you'll certainly remember! Join The Lord Weymouth's Players as they use puppetry, multi-roling, physical theatre, grotesque caricatures and exaggerated gesture to make these classic stories accessible for a modern audience... 

Antigone

Antigone

Classic Greek tragedy meets modern politics as UWE Drama Society return once more to the Edinburgh Fringe with Antigone. Follow the rebellious daughter of Oedipus and Jocasta as she incurs the wrath of all around her by bending and twisting the rules of tradition until they snap with violent and bloody consequences... 

Renfield

Renfield

'Various acquaintances have suggested to me that they might know of individuals who would benefit from the care that the new asylum will provide. I so long for something genuinely interesting, for a mind more complex, more disturbed, a mind truly worthy of attention and investigation... 

Back Door

Back Door

Inspired by Hitchcock's Rear Window, Back Door is the story of Tabitha Montgomery, a ballsy British reporter who has recently broken her leg, and John, her American houseboy, who discover that the new neighbour across the courtyard is filmmaker/dancer/performance-artiste Violette, a cross-dressing enigma... 

The Princess Initiative

The Princess Initiative

There's an old saying, 'Never meet your heroes'. Now, from the pen of 17 year old Niamh Simpson comes the relatively newer, but nonetheless true phrase, 'Never meet your childhood animated heroines'... 

Cushion

Cushion

Cushion is a very short (thirty-minute) piece which begins much as it ends: two middle-aged women are seated before us and converse.They ruminate on the past, on achievements and failures, and a shared friend they lost to breast cancer... 

The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest

This particular Earnest is a serious comedy by very young people. Beath Stage Productions, a school group, made a gutsy move in bringing such an over-performed show to the Fringe — most professionals wouldn’t even try... 

We Were Kings

We Were Kings

This is right royal performance from a talented young troupe hailing mainly from Central School of Speech and Drama. Text and physical theatre fuse with real skill and split-second timing in this tight and touching piece of new writing by Daniel Cameron... 

Upper Lip

Upper Lip

The first half of Upper Lip - a new play by Robin Johnson - is so much like any one of P.G. Wodehouse’s novels that I began to wonder why Johnson bothered to write it. Samuel Plumwood is a dim-witted, implausibly ignorant and wildly incompetent millionaire and Rinehart is a clever, quick-witted butler who rescues his feckless master in times of trouble... 

An Evening with Dementia

An Evening with Dementia

The comparison between An Evening With Dementia and King Lear is closely drawn. At one point, Trevor T. Smith, the writer and unnamed protagonist of this one-man show, even quotes Shakespeare’s madding king... 

Much Ado About Zombies

Much Ado About Zombies

With such an intriguing name, the cynical part of me was almost prepared to be let down. How could this show possibly live up to its title? Happily, Thread Theatre Company has done an admirable job of delivering on their premise, even though there was the potential for a little bit more... 

Shakespeare's Villains

Shakespeare's Villains

The California Shakespeare Ensemble’s exploration of Shakespeare’s greatest villains reminds us why the Bard can’t be beat. The show compresses the plots of Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet and The Merchant of Venice into just over an hour... 

The Improveteers!

The Improveteers!

The Improveteers are an improvised comedy troupe from Stirling University, performing sketches and playing games and generally making funny based entirely on audience suggestions. 

Dim Diolch

Dim Diolch

Words of warning: this production is entirely in Welsh (the title means “No thank you”). There are subtitles, but only to an extent. It’s a biopic of the American scientist George Price, who discovered the altruism gene, and mainly focuses on the man’s difficult marriage and inner conflicts... 

Austen

Austen

Writing fiction in Jane Austen’s time was deemed a frivolous thing and, with this considered, the frivolity of a musical is certainly an appropriate way to present her life.Wryly comical and exceptionally researched, the script by Bernie C Byrnes is love letter to Jane Austen, taking us through key moments of the author’s life and contrasting fickle or unrequited loves with the one true love she chose over all others: writing... 

Blind Mirth

Blind Mirth

St Andrews’ oldest, best and only improv troupe is lonely. Talented, well-educated, mostly house-trained performers seek that special hour-long connection with a supportive audience... 

Guaranteed Nudity

Guaranteed Nudity

Guaranteed Nudity is a topical comedy sketch show centered round the theme of justice. In today's society inequality is everywhere. Be it gender, religion or race related; injustice is prevalent... 

A Quartet of Chekhov Farces

A Quartet of Chekhov Farces

Join us for a romp through Chekhov’s lighter side, as we present four of his popular farces in one fast-paced 50 minutes of refined absurdity, Russian style. Including The Bear, The Dangers of Tobacco, The Proposal and The Wedding Party... 

Carnatic Nomad: Music from South India – Jyotsna Srikanth

Carnatic Nomad: Music from South India – Jyotsna Srikanth

Jyotsna Srikanth, an exciting and amazing South Indian carnatic violinist presents Carnatic Nomad, a traditional South Indian offering with classical, folk and contemporary South Indian compositions along with specially commissioned new work... 

Skellig

Skellig

Building on many five star hits, including Lord of the Flies and Broken Voices, these young performers will stun you. Prepare to laugh, prepare to cry. Prepare to believe in Skellig... 

El Britanico! (Wrestling Reality)

El Britanico! (Wrestling Reality)

El Británico is a pull-no-punches play about a British-born Mexican wrestling star whose short-lived career left him disabled, destitute and descending into madness. Terry (Británico), just 36, has lost everything and now the living room of his wife’s council flat becomes the fitting venue for one final showdown, this time with the demons of his past... 

Trojan Women

Trojan Women

In this retelling of Euripides’ tragedy, the Trojan War has ended but the women of Troy are still to discover their fates and more tragedies.The language is brutal and violent as we hear of the atrocities of war... 

Plaza Suite

Plaza Suite

Neil Simon’s comedy is made up of three self-contained acts in three different explorations of relationships, all of which take place in the same room at the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan... 

Faith

Faith

Faith is based on the story of Imber, a village which had the misfortune to be located too near to a military base on Salisbury Plain. On All Saints Day, 1943, the people were summoned to a meeting in the village schoolroom and given 47 days’ notice to evacuate... 

Lady Madonna

Lady Madonna

Madonna is the queen of pop. Madonna is the queen of reinvention. Madonna is the ultimate material girl. Madonna is a business woman. Madonna is a wife and mother. Madonna is a humanitarian... 

A History of Falling Things

A History of Falling Things

All quirky and endearing romcoms would do well to learn a thing or two from A History of Falling Things. Even Richard Curtis might see it and think ‘Damn it, why didn’t I do that?’ Robin and Jacqui both suffer from keraunothnetophobia (a fear of falling satellites) and meet on a chat room for fellow sufferers... 

Chris is Dead

Chris is Dead

“Death is very inconsiderate.” It certainly seems so here. As the title might suggest, university student Chris is dead and has left his three housemates, Sam, Hattie and Mac, to cope with the things he has left behind... 

Improvabunga: Scared Scriptless

Improvabunga: Scared Scriptless

Improvised comedy: the ultimate Marmite genre. A good one leaves you in stitches and amazed at the inventiveness of the troops and a bad one makes you cringe so much that you dig holes in your shoes... 

The Brown Felt Hat

The Brown Felt Hat

It's 1942 in a British seaside hotel. The owner, a domineering, self-made businesswoman, drives herself and her small staff to the limit. Will the arrival of her sister and niece expose the secrets, truth and reasons behind her malice? Ultimately the visitors are forced to face one of their greatest fears, to return to the bombing... 

Quadrophenia

Quadrophenia

This is a traditional staging of The Who’s rock opera, first performed in 1973. The tale centres on Jimmy, a young schizophrenic who latches desperately onto contemporary mod culture for a sense of identity and belonging... 

Eating Diamonds

Eating Diamonds

An exciting and innovative exploration of the greatest works of Angela Carter. As one of the greatest British authors of modern history Carter has managed to capture the imagination of many a reader and her work is famous for exploring deep, dark and dangerous desires of the psyche... 

Casting the Runes

Casting the Runes

For several decades, it was the habit of the acclaimed medieval scholar Montague Rhodes James (who died in 1936) to entertain his Christmas guests with an especially composed tale of the supernatural... 

The Shakespeare Revue

The Shakespeare Revue

Those familiar with Shakespeare and fans of musicals will enjoy Emanuel Theatre Company’s fun romp that mashes the two genres together. The Shakespeare Revue, originally produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company, is an irreverent cabaret-style nod to the bard... 

May I Take Your Order?

May I Take Your Order?

May I Take Your Order? is the hilarious new one-woman show from Gabrielle Killick that lifts the lid on the life of an impoverished student actress struggling to live the dream. This bittersweet show features three great comic creations, Welsh Mum, Liverpudlian best friend Jodie, and Gabby the wannabe actress... 

Absolute Improv!

Absolute Improv!

Laugh your socks off, hilarious improv! Fast-paced show that will have you coming back for more. A four-times Edinburgh Fringe smash hit! Scottish and international improvisers create witty sketches based on your suggestions (à la Whose Line is it Anyway?)... 

Viable

Viable

‘We have to consider what's viable’. A controversial dark comedy about abortion for our postmodern time. 

Brotherhood

Brotherhood

Brotherhood is a new piece of ensemble writing set in the First World War which follows two sides of a story behind the statistics. We learn how a fictitious family left at home in Blighty deal with seeing their boys sent off to the front, alongside the boys' last few hours in the trenches... 

The Psychosocial Gathering

The Psychosocial Gathering

After the sell-out success of The Librarians at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe, Minotaur Theatre Company returns with a brand new comedy The Psychosocial Gathering. Dan wakes up in an apartment, on a sofa, in his mind...