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Family-friendly, Musical theatre

The Wizard of Oz

Join us as we follow Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion along the Yellow Brick Road to self-discovery where the Wizard of Oz is not all he seems. With original songs and creative storytelling performed by a vibrant young company who brought us sell-out shows from 2021-2023 of Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast and Peter Pan, this is a show for all the family and not one to be missed. 'The word that most immediately springs to mind is 'joy'. Onstage and in the auditorium, there is joy' **** (Kate Copstick, Scotsman).

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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Storytelling, True-life

Confessions of a Teletubby

Arguments and poo! Sex and swearing! Blood, sweat, tears and giant rabbits! Life on the set of Teletubbies might not have been quite as you imagined… Nikky Smedley played LaaLaa (the yellow one) in the original series of Teletubbies for six years – that’s a lot of custard for a grown woman to get excited about. Come and hear how she got the job by dressing as a bistro table; what it was really like inside one of those (surprisingly large) Tubby suits; how the NooNoo really worked and why children loved the show so much.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Drama, Tragedy

Macbeth: Sleep No More

'All hail Macbeth that shalt be King hereafter…' With these portentous words, the three witches seal the fate of the Thane of Glamis – and also that of all the others whom Macbeth will dispose of on the way to fulfilling their deadly prophecy. An electrifying new adaptation of Shakespeare’s infamous tragedy and widely studied classic, that retells the old story of the 11th-century Scottish king, and examines the physical and psychological damage done by political ambition – both to those who seek power for its own sake, and to those who get in their way...

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Musical Comedy, Puppetry

Miss English's Holiday

A teacher’s magical seaside summer holiday is interrupted by an enthusiastic stowaway, Platypus. Miss English enjoys fish and chips, discovers love and deals with the English weather and an annoying seagull, but Platypus just wants her to teach English! With plot twists, puppetry, masks, magic, sing-along songs and comedy, this professional show is a proven hit with young audiences. Aimed at 3 to 7-year-old English speakers or children up to 9 where English is their second language. Action Theatre (Italy) have played to over a million young people. 'A resounding success' (Teacher, Milan).

Location theSpace @ Symposium Hall

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Comedy, Absurdist

Hunchback Variations

Tortive Theatre is delighted to present the UK premiere of Mickle Maher’s absurdist masterpiece. Noted composer Ludwig Van Beethoven and noted Hunchback Quasimodo team up to chair a panel discussion on sound design, specifically their search for the baffling and impossible cue described at the end of Anton Checkhov’s The Cherry Orchard. This brilliant piece follows the pair’s frustrated efforts, complicated further by the fact that they are both quite deaf, with hilarious and possibly meaningful results. The Hunchback Variations is without a doubt one of contemporary theatre’s most masterful pieces of absurdist comedy.

Location theSpace @ Symposium Hall

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Comedy, Absurdist

Dissociation

Dual personalities meet but don’t recognize each other. Are they natural enemies in a fight to the death, or is love a possibility? Brilliant ambiguity leaves the audience with a lot to think about. ‘What an amazing ride from start to finish. Everything about this play was totally relatable and thought provoking. Almost like an outer body experience. Just the right amount of comedy/drama.’ Mark Heany.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Contemporary, Thriller

An Act of Grace

Grace, a wealthy and mysterious woman, invites an ex-golf pro turned financial advisor and a lawyer with sordid secrets to her country home to discuss her estate and update her will. What could go wrong? Everything... quickly. Once there, the two men are thrust into a game of survival that, if lost, will destroy their lives. From the Canadian producers that brought you the 2022 Carol Tambor Award-winning production of Burn, this contemporary thriller by the same playwright has enough twists and turns to keep audiences on the edge of their seats.

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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Storytelling, Drama

Edgar Allan Poe: The Murders in the Rue Morgue

The original detective story. Two women are found brutally murdered in their Parisian home – one virtually decapitated, the other thrust up a chimney. The police are baffled by the apparent lack of any possible egress by the killers and strange voices heard just after the blood-curdling screams of the women. The lack of motive – not for the murders themselves but for the savage nature of the crime – leads them to arrest an innocent man. C August Dupin steps in to investigate the seemingly impossible events.

Location theSpace @ Symposium Hall

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Comedy, New Writing

The Italians in England

1572. Shakespeare is some years away but Commedia dell’Arte’s combination of mask, comedy, wild plots, hilarious improvisation and women performing on stage is taking Europe by storm. Queen Elizabeth I insists on seeing the Italian players at her royal court. With leather half masks, exquisite costumes and live music, professional company Action Theatre (Italy) adapt Flaminio Scala’s original canovaccio, Il Vecchio Geloso (The Jealous Old Man), which includes a lunch invaded by wild boar. Servants and masters seek love and raw passion and reality collide at the Doctor's house outside Venice.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Tribute, Cabaret

The Look of Dusty

Award-winning Night Owl Shows return with this celebration of an icon. The smoky-voiced singer’s interpretations of pop, soul and R'n'B forever imprinted on pop culture. Hits Spooky, Son Of A Preacher Man and more performed by Ella McCready and the Night Owl Band. Night Owl Shows bring you more than just the music with a new take on the tribute genre that has won them awards and sold out shows worldwide. A show that will stop you in your tracks and take you right back to the source of the legend known simply as Dusty.

Location theSpace @ Symposium Hall

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New Writing, Drama

Addict

31 words. Two lives ruined. John can take or leave social media, until his tweet goes viral. Then the trolls attack. With his pride dented John seeks revenge, creating an alter-ego to expose his abusers, with devastating consequences. As John gets sucked deeper into his darker online world, his life quickly falls apart at the seams. A rollercoaster ride for anyone who’s ever posted online, Addict portrays the power and perils of the internet and the cloak of anonymity it gives those who spread toxicity and hate, making social media terrifyingly anti-social.

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Political

Fifty Minutes to Save the NHS

Doctors Phil Hammond (silly) and Clare Gerada (serious) devise, with your help, a revolutionary health manifesto. Does the NHS need saving, funding or fixing? Will a change of government make much difference? Why can't we be like Sweden or Singapore? Is 'Health For All' an aspiration or a joke? Why are NHS staff so angry and knackered? Do we live too long or not long enough? Where can I buy some end-of-life drugs? Laugh, shout, argue, vote, save the NHS. Seriously subversive. The perfect election warm up. All profits to Doctors in Distress charity.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Drama, Solo show

Jack

1973. A Saturday morning. Jack, 75, waits in a corridor for weekend release to his remaining family. On Sunday, he will be returned. While waiting, he travels his inner landscape, vividly reliving events that took him, underaged, from the safety of his overcrowded family home in Leicester to the swamps of Ypres. Catastrophe tips into 50 years of life lived in psychiatric hospitals as a Ward of the State. His reveries bring him full circle to the moment he stands before us. Stephen Wale trained at Drama Centre London, graduating in 1973.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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New Writing, Drama

Eleanor

A life lived in the shadows of her father, of her lover and of her own sadness, Eleanor Marx’s light shone fiercely upon fin-de-siècle England, until its untimely extinction. Revolution, passion and the long-lasting nature of female friendship are explored in this tragedy of a woman scorned. As Eleanor sinks deeper into a depression caused by infidelity and abuse, she is kept afloat by the power of sisterhood and Shakespeare, of theatre and of friendship, and by her own hunger for justice. Eleanor fights tirelessly for the rights of others, whilst being completely helpless in her own salvation.

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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Family-friendly, Musical theatre

Alice in Wonderland

This brand-new musical version of the timeless classic takes you down the rabbit hole with the ever-curious Alice to a land of zany adventures where nothing is as it seems. The White Rabbit, Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum, the Mad Hatter, the Caterpillar, the Mock Turtle, the mysterious Cheshire Cat, the Queen of Hearts and all your favourites from Lewis Carroll’s beloved books make this a magical, tuneful and over-the-top entertaining musical for the whole family!

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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Folk, Traditional

Hebridean Fire Presented by Elsa McTaggart

Elsa Jean McTaggart returns with the Edinburgh Fringe sell-out show Hebridean Fire. These renowned multi-instrumentalists from the Isle of Lewis take you on an eclectic musical journey through the Highlands and islands of Scotland past and present. From soulful laments to high energy, beautifully arranged sets of jigs, reels, and traditional (also Gaelic). Plus, original songs with plenty of laughter, joy and warmth. The show will include stories and this amazing venue can allow us to take you on a visual journey through the Highlands and islands of Scotland.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Comedy, Solo show

It's a Mystery!

Tim Benzie, the acclaimed creator and host of Solve Along A Murder She Wrote, returns to the Fringe with his hilarious and moving one-man show: a deep dive into the enduring appeal of whodunnits, from Poirot to Fletcher and beyond. The audience are summoned to the drawing room as Detective Tim examines the clues that first drew him to the genre. Take a journey from Cluedo to Christie to solve the mystery of why everyone is a little bit Columbo (or should be). 'A killer of a show' ***** (WestEndBestFriend.co.uk).

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Tribute, Cabaret

007 Voices of Bond

Immerse yourself in the world of 007 and the legendary voices that have accompanied Bond. Goldfinger, Skyfall, Diamonds Are Forever and more brought to life by agents Ella McCready, Alex Beharrell and the Night Owl band. Night Owl Shows bring you more than just the music with a new take on the tribute genre that has won them standing ovations worldwide. This chronological trip through the music of 007 promises all the classics with fascinating facts delivered by our own onstage agents and agent M beaming on to a screen from his bunker in London.

Location theSpace @ Symposium Hall

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Folk, LGBTQ+

The Selkie's Wife

From the creator of Roots (Fringe 2019) and cast member of the hit 2022 Edinburgh Fringe Bradán Theatre show My Lover Was A Salmon in the Climate Apocalypse, comes a bewitching new solo folk storytelling performance. Join Elisabeth Flett as she gives the audience a decidedly sapphic retelling of the Selkie tale – that is, she’ll try to if her own story would only stop getting in the way. A tour de force of Flett’s award-winning career as a folk musician, folklorist, writer and theatre-maker.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Drama, Solo show

Hagar: War Mother

Based on true events. One woman’s odyssey to escape Syria’s brutal war with her son, who should be having his first birthday party. Hagar’s a dreamer, but she never dreamt she’d be a refugee. Now she’s negotiating with smugglers and betrayed by friends, but the warmongers won’t stop this mother. A passionate story of fighting for a better future, whatever the cost. Written by Aksam Alyousef. Performed by Amena Shehab, a Palestinian-Syrian-Canadian, a refugee twice over. Nominated for Outstanding Fringe Performance, Drama, in Theatre Alberta’s Sterling Awards 2020. ‘A heartbreaking story, beautifully told’ ****½ (Edmonton Journal).

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Folk, Traditional

Caledonia

Highly skilled Scottish duo Elsa McTaggart and Gary Lister return to the Fringe 2024 to bring you the best of Scotland's folk and Celtic music. With their warmth and laughter, they create an atmosphere of ceilidh and craic, introducing music of old and threading it through modern arrangements and compositions with their many Celtic instruments and styles. Interspersed with storytelling and video footage, this is another gem of a show which will not disappoint. Garnering five-star reviews for every new production they have brought to the Fringe over the last 11 years… don’t miss this gem.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Music, Solo show

Tomatoes Tried to Kill Me but Banjos Saved My Life

2023 Mervyn Stutter's Pick of the Fringe/sold-out run in Edinburgh! 'A sold-out Fringe classic!' **** (BritishTheatreGuide.info). One of 18 worldwide 'Best of' shows selected to participate in the Fringe Encore series Off-Broadway at the historic Soho Playhouse in New York City in 2019. Sell-out run. An inspirational true story about overcoming obstacles, pursuing passions and the healing power of music. A heartfelt passion project that began as an idea after a devastating life event caused Keith Alessi to think differently about his future. Internationally toured and highly awarded.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Tribute, Cabaret

The Elton John Story

The awe-inspiring journey of one of the all-time musical greats delivered by one of the UK’s finest Angus Munro and Night Owl Shows. Night Owl bring you more than just the music with a new take on the tribute genre that has won them awards and sold out shows worldwide. Angus Munro and the incredible Night Owl band will light up your Fringe with piano-led, full-band renditions of the anthems that made Reg Dwight one of the world’s biggest stars. You’re promised an incredible show of singing along and dancing in the aisles.

Location theSpace @ Symposium Hall

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Storytelling, Stand-up

Andrew Mayer: Have Fun, Be Yourself

Comedian Andrew Mayer talks about his all-time best and worst dates (both with the same woman), and a third date with her many years later. At its core, this show is a love story, but leaves plenty of room for other nonsense, including coming-of-age, the ongoing struggle against anxiety, and growing up with supportive parents.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Drama, Solo show

Whirligig of Time

To hell with anger management! Malvolio was done notorious wrong... notorious wrong, and swore to be revenged on the 'whole pack of them'. Three months after the events of Twelfth Night he relates, with a great deal of satisfaction, how skilfully he has kept his word. In this new production from Tortive Theatre, Robin Leetham takes to the stage as one of literature's best-loved/loathed characters as he demonstrates that he who laughs last, laughs longest. From the team that brought you the five-star Shakespeare's Fool, Tortive return with another spectacular one-man hit show.

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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A Cappella

Trinity A Cappella

A fun family-friendly show! As Oxford Brookes University's premier a cappella group, we are a talented, dynamic and experienced mixed gender musical ensemble. We are student-led and currently performing at venues across Oxford. We are really excited that this will be our debut appearance at the Fringe. Come and be dazzled by our musical arrangements and harmonies. We will be performing music from a wide variety of artists. We will take you on a musical journey and with toe tapping classics, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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Tribute, Cabaret

The Carole King and James Taylor Story

Journey through these two remarkable intertwined careers. I Feel The Earth Move, Natural Woman, You've Got A Friend and more presented by Dan Clews and Hannah Richards. Night Owl bring you more than just the music with a new take on the tribute genre that has gained them international recognition. This remarkable show links every song with stories that demonstrate the importance of love and friendship in not only Carole and James’ lives but all our lives! You’ll leave with a tear in your eye and a heart full of joy.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Tribute, Cabaret

21: The Music of Adele

Heartfelt homage to one of music’s most-awarded females. Hits Rolling In the Deep, Someone Like You and Set Fire to The Rain sung by the awe-inspiring Ella McCready and the Night Owl Band. Night Owl Shows bring more than just the music with a take on the tribute genre that has won them awards and sold out shows worldwide. Experience why Adele captured so many souls in this powerful voyage through a modern classic set delivered from the heart of a genuine fan, with an unbelievable ability to reach emotions touched only by Adele herself.

Location theSpace @ Symposium Hall

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Drama, Solo show

Booger Red

Booger Red survives a rough childhood, becoming a renowned hellfire and brimstone Southern Baptist preacher. Can preacher’s kid Jimmy emerge from under his shadow, finding his own unique voice? If you've ever had a dream or a daddy, Loucks' passionate solo performance is for you. Loosely based on stories from Loucks’ childhood, Booger Red is a rollicking, passionate show of storytelling and music set in the American South. Winner – Best Solo Performance at Houston Fringe for Booger Red, and Tucson Fringe for The Biscuiteater. **** (Edmonton Journal). **** (Winnipeg Free Press).

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Contemporary, A Cappella

Oxford Alternotives: A Cappella Off the Rails!

All aboard for a musical adventure with Oxford University's finest mixed a cappella group! A Fringe favourite for over 15 years that promises laughter and stunning vocal harmonies. Featuring a repertoire that spans from the timeless classics of Queen, Toploader, and the Weather Girls, to modern hits from Coldplay, Billie Eilish and Frozen. One of UK's longest-running student a cappella groups, the Alternotives stand out with their unique style and invigorating escape from Oxford's traditional chapel-choir scene. Previous years have seen them perform on BBC1's Pitch Battle and UK Finals of the ICCA.

Location theSpaceTriplex

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Storytelling, Drama

Charles Dickens: The Hanged Man's Bride

'She comes towards me on the floor; always approaching; never coming nearer; always visible as if by moonlight whether the moon shines or not.' A writer struggling to reignite his creative vision. A real-life crime. And a visit to a supposedly haunted inn. As darkness descends, a ghostly tale is played out. But what is real and what is not? A tale of passion, deceit and the ethereal dance between the realms of life and death as the Hanged Man's Bride beckons from the shadows of the past.

Location theSpace @ Symposium Hall

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Dark Comedy, Drama

The Interval

For anyone who has ever had to hold it in to protect their reputation – take a quick break and relieve yourselves. In an attempt to make it through another shift without going completely off script, The Interval is one person's struggle to just keep playing along. So sit back, relax and enjoy the show. And you get to choose how many times you see it. She works here...

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Family-friendly, Drama

Treasure Island

Treasure, treachery, mutiny and mayhem all await young Jim Hawkins as he leaves the Admiral Benbow inn behind and embarks on a thrilling and dangerous voyage to recover Captain Flint’s hidden gold. Pirates, parrots, and plots abound, Jim must risk everything to save his friends lives – if he can... Shadow Road’s exciting and emotional new adaptation brings Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic to life in a 50-minute masterpiece which includes their usual stirring sword fights and riveting stage violence. A timeless tale of adventure, courage, friendship, and the endless lure of the distant horizon.

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Tribute, Cabaret

California Dreams

An immersive trip through California when a collective of legends changed the world. Hits from Eagles, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, The Byrds and more are brought to life by Dan Clews and the award-winning Night Owl Shows. Night Owl bring you more than just the music with a new take on the tribute genre that has won them awards and sold out shows worldwide. In this journey back in time every song is linked to the last with insightful stories that thread the artists of Laurel Canyon together into a show of spellbinding performances of your favourite hits.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Tribute, Cabaret

The Fleetwood Mac Story

After two consecutive sold-out runs, the celebration of the 120 million album-selling supergroup returns to Fringe. Features The Chain, Everywhere, Dreams and more delivered by Hannah Richards, Alex Beharrell, Reine Beau and the Night Owl band. Night Owl bring you more than just the music with a new take on the tribute genre that has won awards and standing ovations worldwide. Experience the emotion and euphoria of Fleetwood. Don’t miss Night Owl’s flagship show which is sure to sell out with every show ending in a rapturous standing ovation.

Location theSpace @ Symposium Hall

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Comedy, Improv

Mistakes Were Made: Haunted Hospital

Three heroes. One dungeon. No dragons. After their smash-hit debut last year, Mistakes Were Made comes to Surgeons’ Hall with another chapter of their zany and chaotic tabletop improv show! When the party’s rescue mission in a haunted hospital goes wrong, they’ll need all their wits to escape… and to survive your dice rolls. You shape the action from the comfort of your seat in this exhilarating and hilarious show!

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Dark Comedy, Solo show

Cringe Effect

Cringe Effect unfolds in a Portland Anorexia Rehabilitation Centre where Ce, a long-time anorexia struggler, confides in the audience, embarking on a treatment journey. The narrative introduces patients, Gabby the nutritionist, and therapist Yara. Ce recounts her origin as Cece, a girl shaped by societal expectations and low self-esteem. Childhood friend Sammy and well-intentioned parents contribute to her transformation into Ce, the anorexic, and her alter ego, "The Bitch”. Near-death experiences punctuate her tumultuous journey. The play follows Ce's evolution from denial to acceptance, offering a courageous, hauntingly beautiful and darkly comedic exploration of human frailty and resilience.

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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Storytelling, Musical Comedy

Pretty Delusional

Pretty Delusional is a coming-of-age musical comedy about staying sexy in the face of rejection. Through personal storytelling, original songs, and an existential crisis, Gianna Milici marches heart-first into the battle of loving too much or not at all. But most importantly, trying to not vomit in the process. Hearts will be broken. Dicks will be sucked. Get ready to live, laugh, love, and cum.

Location theSpaceTriplex

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Storytelling, Drama

Sherlock Holmes: The Hound of the Baskervilles

'Mr. Holmes, they were the footprints of a gigantic hound!' Lord Baskerville is found dead with mysterious footprints besides his body. His heir, Sir Henry, is set to inherit the vast Baskerville fortune; but with the legacy comes a deadly curse. A web of deception and malevolent force that threatens to claim yet another victim are gradually exposed. Can Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson unfurl this chilling mystery before the hound strikes again? A beautifully crafted one-man retelling of Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous tale is brought to the stage.

Location theSpace @ Symposium Hall

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Political, Solo show

The Ins and Outs of Pleasure

Dr Phil Hammond (Private Eye, Doctor Doctor, Sex, Sleep or Scrabble?) dissects the ins and outs of pleasure using science, stories and stuff he's made up. Is your pleasure thermostat set at a level that won't destroy you? Are the ingredients of your pleasure soup correct or are you drowning in pleasure? Do you pleasure yourself and others in a safe and sustainable way? Where does pain fit in? Why do some people pleasure themselves so unusually? From philately to consensual cannibalism. 'One of the most entertainingly subversive people on the planet' (Guardian).

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Magic, Family-friendly

1 Murder: The Mind-Reading Lawyer

Aug 2-17
Fringe veteran mind reader, Tomas McCabe, is back with a show that combines his trademark mentalism with a courtroom drama. Having been the go-to Fringe performer for mind reading for four years running, Tomas has now taken his skills to the next level by training as a barrister. Expect a family-friendly show of incredible mentalism mixed with the drama of court. Are you brave enough to sit as the judge or jury, or will you be the one on trial?

Location theSpaceTriplex

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Storytelling, Musical Comedy

What The Veck? Songs in the Key of Strife!

What happens when a songwriter invites innocent bystanders on the streets of Edinburgh to share their most embarrassing memories and comedic confessions? They end up in his show that same night! Hugely relatable, Tom Veck brings charm and warmth to this five-star show, where domestic ditties mingle with stories from his peculiar past and the confessions of strangers. His expertly crafted songs will have you on the edge of your seat wondering What the Veck is coming next! And who knows, you just might win a prize in the Naffle!

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Historical

After Shakespeare – Richard III

The tumultuous life of Richard III: not the villain of Shakespearean lore, but loyal brother to a king, devoted husband and father, and eventually reluctant monarch. King for only two years, Richard navigates the Wars of the Roses through betrayal and intrigue with an unwavering sense of duty. After Shakespeare – Richard III invites audiences to watch real events through a different lens, and reconsider their judgement of a man maligned by centuries-old Tudor propaganda, and ask themselves the question: in Richard’s place, what would you have done?

Location theSpaceTriplex

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Folk, Storytelling

Celine Dion Experience Featuring Jasmine Alice

Jasmine Alice is an internationally acclaimed vocalist who will take you on a thrilling musical journey through the life of the iconic Celine Dion. Witness dazzling vocals, show-stopping costumes and let yourself be transported on a musical journey of emotions with this charming homage to one of the most treasured divas of all time. Sing along to your favourite Celine hits and immerse yourself in pure vocal magic. After her success in Europe, Jasmine is debuting her Celine Experience this year at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Don't miss out and book your ticket now!

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Tribute, Cabaret

The Billy Joel Story

Journey through the life and music of the 150 million record-selling Piano Man in this uplifting show. Piano Man, Uptown Girl and Always a Woman brought to life by Angus Munro and the award-winning Night Owl Shows. They bring you more than just the music with a new take on the tribute genre that has won them awards and sold out shows worldwide. Munro’s incredible storytelling will take you on a journey, as he documents the song origins and links them to the music through his passionate interpretations of an incredible back catalogue of true classics.

Location theSpace @ Symposium Hall

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Music, Satire

Chris Tavener is Faking Cool

Watch Chris Tavener battle his intrusive thoughts through the medium of witty, satirical songs. Will it work? Not likely... As heard on BBC 6 Music, Sky's Showcase TV and live at Glastonbury Festival. Tavener is a prolific performer, having played 2,000 gigs in the UK and Europe. His varied career has seen him sharing the stage with Super Hans of Peep Show and Spandau Ballet's Tony Hadley, while writing songs for the likes of national treasure Sir Ian McKellen. 'An elastic turn of phrase' (Steve Lamacq). 'He really creates an amazing atmosphere' (Mark Radcliffe).

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Storytelling, Drama

M R James: Whistle and I'll Come to You

'Who is this who is coming?' When the rational and skeptical scholar Professor Parkins takes a trip from home, he stumbles upon a mysterious whistle. Unaware of the eerie history attached to this seemingly innocuous object, Parkins blows the whistle, setting off a chain of unsettling events where the boundaries between reality and the supernatural blur. Whistle, and I'll Come to You is a quintessential ghost story, brought to you in a brand-new adaptation for the stage, that challenges the borders between fictional worlds, our own imagination and reality.

Location theSpace @ Symposium Hall

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Sketch Show, Improv

Antics Joke Show: Sketch and Improv Comedy

Up the Antics (as heard on BBC Radio 4 Extra) bring a showcase of some of their best sketches. After 10+ years of performing together, four Edinburgh Fringe shows, releasing an award-winning sketch comedy pilot and establishing a hit monthly night of comedy variety, there’s some gems to choose from! Followed by an improvised scenic journey based on a location suggested by the audience, featuring special guests from across the Fringe. Leicester Square Sketch-Off semi-finalists. 'Brilliantly witty' ***** (ImprovTheatre.co.uk). 'Up the Antics are guaranteed to deliver a laugh every minute' **** (EdFringeReview.com).

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Choral, Pop

Rock Choir Live

Join Rock Choir, the award-winning national phenomenon, for a spectacular concert of uplifting songs! Throughout August, more than 3,000 Rock Choir members will light up the stage with feel-good hits from Guns'n'Roses to Whitney Houston. Promising an exhilarating experience, blending the excitement of pop music with the magic of choir performances. Join us for an unforgettable night of singing, dancing, celebrating the power of music, which will leave you on a high note! Love pop? Love singing? Love the thrill of a choir? Then you'll love Rock Choir Live – the ultimate musical celebration!

Location theSpaceTriplex

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Acoustic, Folk

When Judas Met John: Songs of Dylan and Lennon

Influenced by the meeting of Bob Dylan and The Beatles, Irish duo Brothers Broke compare, adapt and perform a unique interpretation of songs by both artists. This casual and engaging 45-minute show compares the like-minded and socially conscious lyrics of Dylan and Lennon. The duo modify and present the songs in a blues/folk style with tight sibling harmonies, around a story of the influence, jealousy, parody and respect that each artist had for the other.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Tribute, Cabaret

The Blondie Story

A high-octane trip through the music of one of the architects of the Punk/New Wave movement. Following an award-winning run at the 2023 Fringe, Reine Beau and the Night Owl Band deliver a killer blow with versions of Atomic, Heart of Glass and One Way or Another. Night Owl Shows bring you more than just the music with a new take on the tribute genre that has won them awards, sold out shows and standing ovations worldwide. Set to a cultural backdrop of imagery you’ll be immersed in the moment and the music that cut through genres.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Comedy, Fantasy

The Crow, (The Princess), and The Scullery Maid

In a land where stories are magic, magicians are storytellers and people are ingredients in spells. When Nitta’s first spell goes awry, she has until midnight to save her story... and her protagonist! In this charming new play from playwright Lucie Rowan and Spin Cycle Theater, fairy tales turn upside down and nothing goes as planned! Can Nitta help everyone find their happily ever after?

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Cabaret, Solo show

Death Becomes Us

In the 60s, Walt Disney was rumoured to have frozen himself to cheat it. In the 90s, Goldie Hawn and Meryl Streep accidentally dodged it. Today, we do everything we can not to look like we’re getting near it. Death is the last big taboo. And we are here to break it. In a show filled with confessions, music, and an explanation as to why no decent death jokes exist, we face death head-on, and consider whether, actually, our lives could be made richer by talking about it.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Storytelling, Pop

Scots of the Pops

Scotland's greatest bands/artists can often disappear under the title of UK artists. However, the huge achievements on the world stage of popular music, written and composed by Scotland's finest, is a story that needs to be told. This show takes you through the years of Scottish pop from the 1960s until now. Hear some of the greatest hits by two top-class performers in this fun interactive sing-along show. Featuring songs from the likes of Big Country, Texas, Deacon Blue, The Proclaimers, Bay City Rollers, Bluebells, Runrig and many more.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Tribute, Cabaret

The Story of Sting and The Police

Making its UK debut, a celebration of the 100 million record-selling giants of music. Classics Every Breath You Take, Roxanne, Message In A Bottle, Fields Of Gold and so many more. Night Owl Shows bring you more than just the music with a new take on the tribute genre that has won them awards and standing ovations worldwide. Experience the raw energy of the early Police, their passage to superstardom and Sting’s solo journey. All brought to life by the charisma of Angus Munro, who will wow you with his four-octave range.

Location theSpace @ Symposium Hall

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Improv

Improv Comedy with Box of Frogs

Box of Frogs, Birmingham’s premier improv group, brings you a helping of high-octane improvised comedy nonsense, based entirely on your suggestions. Expect the unexpected as quick-witted players conjure up hilarious, spontaneous songs, sketches and scenes on the spur of the moment! 'Hopping good fun' **** (Derek Awards, Edinburgh Fringe 2023). 'Superb night… great entertainment' (MidlandsImprov.com). 'This show was terrific fun as well as being great value for money' (BrumHour.co.uk). 'Guarantee you’ll be laughing throughout' (LoveMidlandsTheatre.co.uk). 'The brilliant and bouncy Box of Frogs is definitely a group to see at least once before you croak' (BumOnASeat.wordpress.com).

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Dark Comedy

If I Only Could

Have you ever made a mistake that completely alters the course of your life? For Joan, her greatest desire has become her greatest nightmare. Stuck in Purgatory, Joan must face not the wrath of God, but her own: can she relive her memories and accept her death? Or will Joan be stuck in Purgatory forever? With God’s help, Joan ventures down memory lane to figure out where she went wrong, what led to her untimely death, and if she can ever make this up to her sister. Fingers crossed God hears her prayers!

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Comedy, Drama

Shotgunned

Shotgunned is Kangaroo Court’s debut theatrical production. Written and directed by Matt Anderson, it tells the story of Dylan and Roz, a couple in their early twenties who unexpectedly fall out of love. Described as equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking, Shotgunned is a new, intimate piece of theatre centred around the people we lose that shape who we become. It is a deeply relatable tale of joy, loss, and reconciliation, and has been met with great acclaim throughout the UK in 2024.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Sketch Show, Musical Comedy

Ajahnis Charley: Thots and Prayers

Thot. Noun, informal. Definition: a person who has had many sexual encounters – the exact opposite from the kind of nerdy gaymer Ajahnis is. But after attending a rave and attempting his first death drop… he literally dies. When he awakens at the gates of Gay Heaven, a mighty, flighty and unabashedly white-y God reveals that Ajahnis does not have enough 'Homo Points' to enter. So through a series of sketches, the little twink relives the gayest age, 22, to prove that he belongs. Witness the HOMO, or suffer the FOMO.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Family-friendly, Improv

Absolute Improv!

For over 10 years Absolute Improv! has entertained sell-out audiences with off-the-cuff comedy performances from Scotland’s top improvisational comedy actors. For over 10 years audiences have suggested ideas to inspire side-splitting sketches created in the moment: truly you-had-to-be-there comedy created before the audience’s eyes. This Edinburgh Fringe, join us and the finest improv comedy talent in Scotland once more for spontaneously sparkling family-friendly performances that have never been seen before, and are never to be seen again! Official Fringe Sell-Out Show 2013-2017. ‘Absolute magic!’ ***** (Cream of the Fringe).

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Tribute, Cabaret

The Kate Bush Story

Hannah Richards returns to Edinburgh with the award-winning Night Owl Band to tell the story of one of music’s most iconic artists. Making its debut at Edinburgh Fringe, this new show includes heartfelt renditions of hits Wuthering Heights, Running Up That Hill, and Cloudbusting. Night Owl Shows bring you more than just the music with a new take on the tribute genre that has won them awards and sold-out shows worldwide. Journey through the life and work of this enigmatic artist back to the place when you first heard the remarkable sounds of Kate Bush.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Music, Swing

Frankie Mack – The Vegas Showman

Frankie Mack – The Vegas Showman electrifies Edinburgh Fringe with a riveting blend of Dean Martin's suave, Elvis' allure, Bublé's depth, and Robbie Williams' energy. Celebrate Frankie's meteoric rise from a fresh talent to a renowned showman, including his upcoming act supporting Tony Christie. His performances from Las Vegas' Tropicana Hotel to London's O2 Indigo showcases his versatile artistry. Expect a night of dazzling showmanship, powerful vocals, and captivating stories of resilience, ambition and perseverance. A show that's not just a musical feast but a thrilling experience of chasing dreams and conquering stages.

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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Comedy, Interactive

Solve Along A Murder She Wrote

The cult hit returns to the Fringe with an interactive screening of another classic Murder, She Wrote episode, Paint Me a Murder, following last year's riotous presentation of Sing a Song of Murder. The critically acclaimed show, hosted by super-fan Tim Benzie, features a race to solve the crime via the Fameometer and the Suspiciometer, clips and bios of the guest stars and more. Can you solve the crime before Jessica Fletcher? 'It has the best host' (Time Out London). 'Unmissable' ***** (Everything-Theatre.co.uk). ***** (BroadwayWorld.com). 'Delightfully entertaining' **** (WestEndWilma.com).

Location theSpace @ Symposium Hall

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LGBTQ+, Absurdist

A Letter to Lyndon B Johnson or God: Whoever Reads This First

Boyhood is all about spit-shakes, rope swings and playing soldiers. But what happens when the pretend becomes all too real and the childhood tales become harder to retell? Whether it’s stories around the campfire, letters home to mom, or a prayer to your favourite president, these two Boy Scouts really just want a turn to play the good guy... Scout's Honour. From consecutive 2022 and 2023 Fringe First Award winners, Xhloe and Natasha comes an absurdist two-hander about the idealised American childhood and the boys it left behind.

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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LGBTQ+, Storytelling

Cruel Britannia: After Frankenstein

Gritty, powerful and daringly revolutionary, Cruel Britannia: After Frankenstein is a transgender reimagining of Shelley’s seminal novel, set in the year of our Lord 1980. Maggie Thatcher’s Britain: a monstrous, chaos-ridden world of gothic proportions that Shelley would be proud of! A hauntingly beautiful and visceral experience where echoes of the past reverberate with relevance and the streets resound with the cries of the dispossessed. With unparalleled artistry, critically acclaimed writer/performer Kristen Smyth breathes life into this evocative new production which questions how society determines who are, and who aren't, monsters.

Location theSpace on the Mile

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LGBTQ+, Stand-up

A Gay Dad Murders Sex

Dark obsessions. Evil desires. Twisted kinks. But enough about my priest. Sit back. relax. And enjoy some quality scripted stand-up. Entertaining and fun.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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LGBTQ+, New Writing

Deeptime Atomic Waste Pleasure Party

Rey is checking out their mum's 80s record collection when a mysterious recording sends them on a mission to bury nuclear waste in a Berlin nightclub. Thumping bass, sweaty armpits, acid techno, thigh-highs, vinyl scratches... a sea of toxic waste. We've buried our atomic past under tainted soil – what do we tell future generations when our secrets are unearthed? Through neon-lit hallways and graffiti-scrawled backrooms, Rey stumbles over intoxicated encounters and down psychedelic rabbit-holes to send a message deep into the future. Is it worth it? Or should they just dance the night away?

Location theSpaceTriplex

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Theatre, Solo show

Brett Epstein: Alone on Stage

Brett Epstein – host of the decade-long smash Rule of 7x7 (New York Times, Time Out New York, Playbill highlight) and the very very co-star of Friends from College and Ray Donovan – reflects upon the highs and lows of being an artist, being a gay male, being alone and Being Alive™. A darkly comic Brooklyn Bottling Company solo show.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Tribute, Cabaret

Back to Black: The Music of Amy Winehouse

Following sell-out runs worldwide, this award-winning show returns to take you on a moving journey through the career of a modern legend. Includes Valerie, Rehab, Back to Black and more. Starring Reine Beau and the award-winning Night Owl Shows band. Night Owl bring you more than just the music with a new take on the tribute genre that has won them awards and sold out shows worldwide. You won’t just hear incredible songs, but also feel them with Reine’s incredible soulful and heart felt renditions coupled with the renowned Night Owl Band.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Music, Musical Comedy

Music, Mayhem and a Mezzo

They’ve performed with the world’s finest orchestras, soundtracked Hollywood and produced multi platinum-selling records for the likes of Alfie Boe and Luke Evans, but now Juliette Pochin and James Morgan squander their prodigious musical talents with witty comic songs exploring music, a midlife crisis and a prosecco obsession. Outlandish musical mashups (who knew Meatloaf worked with Mozart) and the entire history of Western music in just under four minutes. All served up with a filthily operatic sense of humour! ‘A perfect blend of humour and poignancy’ (FringeBiscuit.co.uk). As heard on BBC Radio 4.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Musical Comedy, Tribute

AL! The Weird Tribute (and How Daniel Radcliffe Got Mixed Up in This Nonsense)

"Weird Al" Yankovic and Daniel “Harry Potter” Radcliffe were destined to be together onstage, and now they are! (Sort of.) This loving tribute to two icons of entertainment will leave you giggling as your toes are tapping. American comedian/musician Steve Goodie brings it all together with songs and accordions and guitars and visual effects that cost many dozens of dollars, all for your amusement!

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Music, Dance

Club Life

The 2023 Fringe First-winning club/theatre immersive experience returns for eight performances only! Lemon Jelly's Fred Deakin hosts an interactive joy-ride through his 80s/90s clubland adventures. Travel back in time to help Fred and his cast recreate classic club nights and bring the fashion tribes of the late 20th century back to life. Or just watch! ***** (List, BroadwayBaby.com). 'Few Fringe shows this year will be more inspiring or perfectly executed' ***** (Scotsman). 'Bound to hit the spot' (Times). 'A raucous house party that doubles as a wistful meditation on countercultural extinction' (Guardian).

Location theSpaceTriplex

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Acoustic, Folk

Sitting on a Cornflake: Songs of Lennon and McCartney

Influenced by the songwriting of Lennon and McCartney, Irish duo Brothers Broke compare, adapt and perform a unique interpretation of songs by both artists from their Beatles and solo careers. This alluring acoustic 45-minute show compares the individual styles and personalities that contributed to a unique partnership that saw both composers constantly driven to better themselves. Brothers Broke modify and present the songs in an acoustic blues and folk style, exploring influence, inspiration and the competitiveness of this collaborative, yet often independent, songwriting partnership.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Stand-up

The Adventures of the White Unicorn

Having performed her solo show from Belgium to Estonia, Switzerland to Luxembourg, New Zealand and back again, Heli Pärna does not hold back – in her witty, funny and vulnerable way, she takes you along on her adventures from cultural stereotypes, heartbreak and crazy pick-up lines. In this riveting hour of comedy, you might get answers to some of life’s most puzzling questions such as: Is there one common Eastern European stereotype? Should you really Google medical advice? And why the white unicorn? Come along and leave enlightened.

Location theSpaceTriplex

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New Writing, Dark Comedy

A Play by John

How is it possible: we all watch this, we all agree, we all shake our heads, yet we all get up tomorrow morning and do it all over again? Matteo and Reggie, fuelled by John's suggestion, build their own coffins. This new writing unfolds as they grapple with existence, hope and fate. We invite audiences to think about why we’re here and what it all really means, wrapped up in a simple act...

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Interactive, Musical theatre

Yantra

Liberate your heart, mind and soul! Bestselling author, Facebook’s Moon Woman invites you to her temple of Venus for a tantric initiation: a psychedelic trip (without substances) over the rainbow. Yes! If the state of the world is getting you down, you are ready to experience the ancient cure! With a talking vulva as your guide, you'll journey to the Cosmic womb to re-ignite your spark. Then meet seven divas, slay your fears, dispel your illusions and raise your vibe so your holographic soul shines brighter than a disco inferno. Dress code: Butterfly Ball.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Musical Comedy, Character Comedy

Tom Hearn Live: How Fabulous is That?!

It’s an Edinburgh debut for viral comedian Tom Hearn! This Canadian Comedy Award winner brings his comedic prowess to the Fringe stage, with jaw-dropping musical performances and gag-worthy original characters. This fabulous extravaganza also includes an ensemble of iconic impressions like Martha Stewart, James Corden and of course Ina Garten. With over 500K followers and 130 million views, Tom is one of of The Best Queer TikTok Creators To Follow In 2023 (ET Canada). Tom is not to be missed fresh off sold-out shows in Toronto and Off-Broadway's Joe's Pub.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Children's Show, Musical theatre

Disney's Finding Nemo JR.

Experience the underwater wonder with Stage Skool LIVE's Finding Nemo JR. at the Edinburgh Fringe! Immerse yourself in this family-friendly production featuring talented young performers bringing the beloved characters to life. Follow the adventurous journey of Nemo, Marlin, and Dory as they navigate the vast ocean, encountering quirky marine life and heartwarming friendships. With captivating songs, this enchanting musical promises a delightful escape into the depths of imagination. Join us for a fin-tastic time filled with laughter, joy and the magic of live theatre.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Comedy, Interactive

A Highly Suspect Murder Mystery - The Fringe Fatality

Agatha Mystery’s The Rat-Trap makes its Fringe debut! But will it be curtains for the show when an actor is gruesomely murdered? Award-winning mystery maestros Highly Suspect return to the Fringe with a new, hilarious, interactive murder mystery for the audience to solve! Featuring a fiendish plot, evidence to examine, and cryptic clues to crack, can you deduce whodunnit? Fun, frivolity and fatalities guaranteed! Sold out 2021-2023. ‘Prepare to have your funny bones and little grey cells equally tickled!’ (BroadwayWorld.com).

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Comedy, Interactive

A Highly Suspect Murder Mystery - The Great British Bloodbath

Iced to death at the nation’s favourite baking competition?! Catching the killer won't be a piece of cake! Award-winning mystery maestros Highly Suspect return to the Fringe with a new hilarious interactive murder mystery for the audience to solve! Featuring a fiendish plot, evidence to examine, and cryptic clues to crack, can you deduce whodunnit? Fun, frivolity and fatalities guaranteed! Sold out 2021-2023. ‘Prepare to have your funny bones and little grey cells equally tickled!’ (BroadwayWorld.com).

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Children's Show, Family-friendly

Honk!

In this fabulous and enchanting retelling of The Ugly Duckling, we follow Ugly on a journey of friendship, love, and acceptance in this Olivier award-winning musical; a treat for kids and adults alike. Down on the farmyard, Ida is surprised when one egg looks very different from the others. Once hatched, Ugly faces more challenges than he could ever have imagined. In this musical by the imitable Stiles and Drew, you are guaranteed to leave filled with love, joy and happiness, warts and all!

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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Comedy, New Writing

Two Friends and Social Anxiety

Two friends, one party, zero social skills. Two friends are invited to a party but when the pressure builds, they have to bail. Fast. A new comedic look at the daily struggles of living with social anxiety.

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Waiting

It is September 1997. Widow Edna Gould has angina which must be monitored and her new doctor is attentive and thorough. Despite the occasional setback, she is finding her feet, ready to sample new experiences on a scale compatible with her needs. She was born in simpler times; her life lacks what we might term as excitement, but then so much is in the eye of the beholder. She has such hopes. Waiting is written and performed by Kate Farrell.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Classical, Drama

After Troy

Using The Trojan Women by Euripides as a starting point, After Troy interweaves the stories of those women left behind, awaiting their fate with the stories of the women who have survived conflicts today. A student-derived and devised piece, After Troy explores the cost of conflict on the lives of those left behind, asking whether the way women have been treated has moved on from the times of Troy.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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New Writing, Drama

Triggerfish

There are things you shouldn’t move. Especially where shipwrecks are concerned. Where people embark upon journeys with no end. Betrayed by a higher power, they follow unknown spirits observed only by the fish who have seen it all before. Perhaps this time it will be different. And then again... A first appearance at the Edinburgh Fringe from DYT Performance Company, an Associate Company of Dorchester Arts. This wonderfully inventive Dorset ensemble are the most senior acting company of DYT. Over six months, they worked with artistic director Jo Simons and playwright Ed Viney to create Triggerfish.

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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Dark Comedy

FUFC

FUFC is a heartfelt, poignant and semi-autobiographical play exploring a world upended by the shocking news of a prostate cancer diagnosis. Set on a muddy football pitch under a hungover council sky, FUFC captures a heartwarming moment of genuine connection between two old friends. This touching play reminds us that even in our darkest moments, the bonds of friendship and the resilience of the human spirit can bring hope. This intimate theatrical experience speaks to the challenges, hopes and camaraderie that unite us all.

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Comedy, Dark Comedy

Armed Robbery and Suicidal Intent

Agnes curated her perfect death, but the thing she couldn't plan for was a teenage burglar entering her house as she's facing oblivion. Neither able to report the other – this dark comedy catches two opposite women in a deadly stalemate.

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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LGBTQ+, Drama

John Wayne Gacy, the Killer Clown: Born Evil?

John Wayne Gacy was one of the worst serial killers in US history: responsible for the rape, torture and murder of at least 33 teenage boys and young men in the 1970s. He became known as the Killer Clown, receiving international attention and shocking his suburban Chicago community where he was known for his performances as a clown at charitable events and children's parties. From his own chilling perspective and using quotes made by the man himself with well-documented testimony, this new play seeks to explore the question.... are killers born evil?

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Blues, Food and Drink

2 Guys, 3 Drams: The Ultimate Live Blues and Whisky Experience

2022 and 2023 Fringe sell-out show. Join duo The Rhythm and Booze Project as they play some stomping blues music and serve you three superb Scotch whiskies. In a whirlwind 65 minutes, get ready to learn how to sound clever about whisky, appreciate top-quality drams, and enjoy some raucous tunes. 'If you like blues and you like whisky then you’ve got to see this show' **** (BroadwayBaby.com). 'This provided the most euphoric experience I have ever had at the Fringe' ***** (MumbleMusic.net).

Location theSpace @ Venue45

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Musical theatre

Fever Pitch Academy Showcase 2024

A musical revue, featuring music from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, SpongeBob, Legally Blonde, Grease and loads more! For the students at FPA, it's our Edinburgh Fringe debut and we couldn't be more excited!

Location theSpace @ Venue45

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Storytelling, True-life

Trawled – When Adventure Becomes Survival

A jaw-dropping true story set on the Coral Sea, Australia. An Irish backpacker blags his way onto a prawn trawler. There he discovers a rarely seen world of hard labour and harder fishermen, where drinking, fighting, storms and hungry sharks are part of everyday life. His raw, exuberant story of adventure twists dramatically into survival culminating in an unforgettable moment of redemptive grace. Trawled is a one-man biographical drama. The actor plays himself 25 years younger! This is classic storytelling that plays out like a movie. Ready to come onboard?

Location theSpace @ Venue45

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LGBTQ+, Drama

Run

Set over an unforgettable summer and encompassing all of space and time, Run explores what it means to love, to lose and grow from a boy into a man. As a young man's night unfolds and falls into chaos – some of it real, some of it not – Yonni pulls us into his world. A world filled with school riots, first loves, beached whales, sunshine, cinema, sex, rebellion and political demonstrations. First produced at VAULT 2016, No Frills return with their highly acclaimed production, now starring Taylor Moore (Blood Brothers, Romeo and Juliet, Mary Poppins, Cinderella).

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Steve Richards Presents: Rock'n'Roll Politics

Roll up for a brand-new series of shows: it’s election year in the UK and US. Time to delve even deeper – what will happen next and why? Is Starmer ready for the challenges ahead? Why has the Conservative party changed? What form is the political battle in Scotland taking? Is the UK doomed to a further period of silly politics? Talking of which… what about the US? Plus unreliable predictions, Question Time and much more… A different show every day.

Location theSpace @ Symposium Hall

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Comedy, New Writing

Gilbert and Sullivan's Improbable New Musical: ...and Helen

In an afterlife, Gilbert and Sullivan decide to acknowledge Helen Carte’s contribution to their legacy. They create a new comic operetta based upon her life, though Gilbert insists on adding a few plot twists! The show highlights Helen’s diplomacy (appeasing their many arguments), her sharp business acumen (ensuring the operettas’ longevity) and her vision in shaping modern theatre. Remarkable achievements for a Victorian woman! Coily Dart create new stories with original G&S songs. Awards for previous productions include a Broadway World nomination for Best Musical Production, and Fringe sell-out status.

Location theSpaceTriplex

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Family-friendly, Musical Comedy

A Cinderella Panto

Previous Cinderella stories? They’re behind you! In this unique fairy-tale twist, Bristol’s Pantomime Society cordially invites you on a magical journey, guaranteed to be an absolute ball for princesses, princes, and royalty of all ages! With classic pantomime joy and traditions, we’ll need the audience’s help to make all of our principal girl’s dreams come true. Will Cinderella find her way to the ball? Will she find true love with Prince Charming? Most importantly, will she find her fairy damemother and a transparent shoe fit for the girl her heart truly wishes to become? Find out in…

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Disabled-led, Variety

Shaken, Not Stirred

The Parky Players return to Edinburgh Fringe with Shaken, not Stirred: a fiercely funny, no-holds barred variety sketch show about the modern-day challenges of living with Parkinson’s. A cocktail of fast-moving, irreverent comedy and music, with a sprinkling of Bond on top (just where he likes it). You’ll laugh, you’ll cry; you might even learn something. 00 agents, film enthusiasts and blue-badge holders welcome. We’ll be expecting you!

Location theSpace on the Mile

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New Writing, Devised

Would You Like a Bag?

Park yourself behind the counter and take stock during this heartfelt devised comedy. WYLAB? plays out from the omniscient perspective of a local corner-shopkeeper, following the lives of eight (mostly) lovable regulars. You’ll watch as they tackle the trials and tribulations of early adulthood – falling in and out of love, friendship and happiness – becoming interconnected in ways they never could have imagined. Ding-dong: Meet Imo, Maya, Chiara, Will, Jamie, Grace, Max and Saz, your corner shop’s regularest regulars… and none of them realise quite how much we know about their lives.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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New Writing, Drama

Headache

AJ doesn’t like karaoke, but she does like the girl who asked her to go. She wasn't always like this. Before her dad’s brain injury she would have jumped at the chance to go, but now everything is different. Lost and unsure, AJ is trying to patch her life back together with chicken nuggets, karaoke and a really cute girl from her literature seminar. Written and performed by Tanieth Kerr, this play explores family, loss, the effects of brain injury, the mortality of parents and working up the courage to go to karaoke.

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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A Cappella, Musical theatre

100 Years of Musicals!

In their Fringe debut, the UK's No.1 show choir invites you on a joyous journey through the rich history of musical theatre, in a fun-packed a cappella show for all the family! Starting back in the raucous days of the music hall, this high energy revue features much-loved and well-known songs from genre defining composers like Gershwin and Lloyd Webber – all the way through to big, modern day musical titans like Lin Manuel Miranda. Join us for a glorious celebration of the very best of West End magic!

Location theSpaceTriplex

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Comedy, New Writing

Sonnets from Suburbia

In Sonnets From Suburbia, Lady Penelope (AKA actress Penny Peyser) dresses in an Elizabethan costume, prefers to speak in iambic pentameter and rhyme and refuses to leave her house. Why? She has a dark secret or two. Her doctor says she can only share with you, dear audience, so do help her out! She may even play her ukulele. You may recognize Ms Peyser from many film and television appearances, including Rich Man, Poor Man, The In-Laws, All the President's Men, etc. Check out www.sonnetsfromsuburbia.com to learn more about her and her two books of sonnets.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Music, Spoken Word

The Secret Poetess of Terezin

'How can people on the brink of death experience happiness, write love poems…?' In 2017, Lenka discovered two notebooks of poems written by her grandmother, then a prisoner in a WWII concentration camp in Czechoslovakia. The Canadian musician transformed her grandmother’s words into Thieves of Dreams, an ’incredibly touching, moving way to honour history’ (Q on CBC.ca), Canada's 2023 Juno Award-winning album and an internationally touring multimedia stage show. The immersive, intimate performance wins over audiences with its intensely personal yet universal narrative of love evolving and dissolving under the pressure of monumental historical events.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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New Writing, Work in progress

Maladaptive Mouse

Name? Where is here? Where is nowhere? Mouse, by name, but they are still to find out if it's by nature. Come with us to nowhere to find a multitude of characters with no clear identity or purpose. Maladaptive Mouse is a work-in-progress examination of the nature of the creative process. Intentionally vague and deliberately disjointed, it follows the character of Mouse as they explore a world of discarded ideas in an effort to discover more about their place in this unfinished world.

Location theSpace @ Symposium Hall

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Farce, Satire

The Comings and Goings at No 10

Experience the sensational world of intrigue, incompetence and infidelity at No 10 Downing Street in this brand-new satirical farce. When Dominic Cummings, on his final day, tries to take revenge, he becomes locked in a room where ministers conduct more private matters. By doing so he witnesses Carrie, Boris and his cabinet of plebs flap, stutter and bumble through an unseen web of lies, comical misunderstandings and unbelievable lockdown scandals. Following a run of sell-out shows, don’t miss this real British farce unfolding!

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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Drama, Tragedy

Medea

Malvern Theatres Young Company is remembered for its powerful staging of Sophocles’ Antigone in 2018 and its five-star (EdinburghGuide.com) production of Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood the following year. This strong and capable ensemble returns to Edinburgh in 2024 with Euripides’ Medea. A heartbreaking portrayal of a mother’s betrayal, despair and ultimate revenge, Medea is as shocking today as it was 2,500 years ago. Director Nic Lloyd’s perfectly scaled production is ideal for the Edinburgh stage and will leave audiences in no doubt as to why the play remains the most frequently performed of all the Greek tragedies.

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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Comedy, Drama

Death(s) at Sea

A drama group are performing their new murder-mystery play, but despite their best efforts, everything goes wrong! Their play, a thrilling murder mystery set on a small ship carrying five passengers and its captain. When one of the passengers is found dead, the remaining passengers turn on each other until the real murderer is caught... But that isn’t how this play goes! Props fail, the set falls down, actors get drunk, and conversations in the wings reveal too much. Can they make it to the end of the play before one of them really kills someone?

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Physical theatre

Henry V

'All Hell shall stir…' An intimate and unique staging of Shakespeare’s classic history play. A small ensemble brings you the thrilling tale of Henry V, as he struggles to fulfil his royal legacy by taking his country to war. Staged in the round, this devised theatre piece combines modern music, deadly combat and Shakespeare’s timeless language to show us the bloody cost of war.

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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A Cappella, Musical theatre

West End Workshop

Looking for a fun, interactive activity for all the family? Come and join the UK's No.1 musical-theatre choir for our wonderful West End choir workshop! Together, we'll learn much-loved musical hits in glorious, four-part a cappella. There's no experience required – just bring a smile, some good vibes, and your best jazz hands, and we'll take care of the rest! Each part is taught at a relaxed and easy-to-follow pace, and by the end of the session you'll be performing beautiful acapella music with confidence. It's the perfect addition to your day at the festival!

Location theSpaceTriplex

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New Writing, Family-friendly

Somewhere

Created by Sarah Bishop, Somewhere is a brand-new fantasy musical with music and lyrics by internationally acclaimed indie-folk duo The Dunwells and other established Yorkshire singer-songwriters. Set in the mythical kingdom of Bywell, you will be enchanted as you follow the magical story of the shattered Somewhere mirror and the tale of Meredith who is cruelly parted from her family as a young princess. Expect breathtaking new musical theatre numbers, intriguing characters and a heartwarming storyline. 'An all-round dazzling experience' (WestEndBestFriend.co.uk).

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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Devised, Physical theatre

Hound in the Light

Hong Kong veteran community theatre company, Art Home, masquerade in masks and physical theatre to confuse the definitions of what is a human and who is a dog. Across the world, we humans love our pooches. They’re our best friends – but are they also monsters that we have to control? Servants for our entertainment? Do we say the same of other humans? As a soul floats out of their body, you, the audience, are tasked with answering their lingering question: I can’t tell who or what I am, can you?

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Spoken Word, Solo show

Worm

Worm is a brand-new, female-led solo play with a sprinkle of spoken word. Flick is turning 25 and isn’t who she was supposed to be. She doesn’t know who she was supposed to be. After quitting her job as a teacher and getting diagnosed with depression by a Buzzfeed quiz, Flick embarks on a mission to pinpoint who made her this way… Is it her rich housemate Peg? Her neurotic half-brother? Or maybe her estranged father… but will blaming them really help? Worm is a tragi-comedy about resentment, rejection, and finding yourself a little later than expected.

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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Drama, Spoken Word

Wonderin' Y: How Slade's Drummer Survived

In the summer of 1973, Slade drummer Don Powell was involved in a devastating car accident which instantly killed his girlfriend and left him with a brain injury that resulted in severe and lasting memory loss. Wonderin' Y tells the story of how a 26-year-old man at the height of the band's fame fought courageously to get back behind his drum kit and rebuild his life. This is a gripping, emotional and uplifting solo performance by writer and actor Ian Pearce, who worked closely with Don Powell to create the story.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Devised, Drama

Edward's Talk - What's Driving You?

Edward (never Ted) has delivered his talk on speed awareness 2,191 times over the last 10 years. Today, it's not quite going to plan. A new, interactive devised drama featuring audience participation and involvement in observation tasks and speeding facts and figures, the talk may encourage you to, as Edward says, 'drive like it matters'. Blueberry Goose Theatre Group and director Julia Stubbs return to Edinburgh following their four-star shows in 2022: 1:2:2192 Retribution Day (MumbleTheatre.net) and Seven and a half Years (MusicalTheatreReview.com).

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Fantasy, LGBTQ+

The Sun King

Each summer, young Jamie comes to the same spot on the same beach and speaks with a mysterious figure – the king of a magical realm far, far away. As the years pass, their conversations begin to blur the lines between reality and fiction, while Jamie watches his country and his identity change in ways he could not anticipate. Written by a Turkish playwright, The Sun King is a queer, political coming-of-age fantasy that combines powerful writing with a new perspective on all-too-familiar themes.

Location theSpaceTriplex

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Comedy, Musical Comedy

The Detective’s Demise

New murder-mystery comedy musical debuting at the Fringe! Detective Ben Stone is murdered at his own birthday party, snuffed out like a candle on a cake. Five suspects have means, motive and opportunity; but with Stone lying stone dead, trainee sleuth Molly Evans must take on the investigation… With show-stopping songs and devilish twists, join Molly to try and solve the jaw-dropping murder, as the ever more ridiculous motives of the suspects are uncovered one by one – until the killer is finally revealed...

Location theSpaceTriplex

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Comedy, LGBTQ+

Cringe

It began with a show. The Show. The star-hopping utopian sci-fi show that seized American hearts and minds one television set at a time. In 1969, a group of housewives gather in their kitchens to write forbidden love stories. Meanwhile, in a Y2K bedroom, two teens fall down a sinking spiral of a 50-year-old TV series and its obvious homoerotic themes. Cringe follows the creation of fanfiction as we know it – an unabashed, unauthorised celebration of intergenerational fandom, liberative queer space, and collaborative fantasy with a dose of camp and an even larger dose of… well. Cringe.

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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LGBTQ+, New Writing

The Gospel of Joan (Crawford)

Five would-be somebodies find themselves united in Hell, part of a trial run to solve Hell’s oncoming population problem. Faced with a poker match with the devil’s right-turned dealer – the one and only Joan Crawford – these women must vie against each other for a spot in Heaven, all while contending sins, histories, sexual identity, and their own dispensability... because in this game, winning is more than eternity – it is fame.

Location theSpace @ Venue45

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Tribute

Janis: The Story, the Music, the Legend

Presented by Rockology Productions Australia, this is a rockumentary showcasing Janice Smithers fronting a world-class band performing the hits of superstar Janis Joplin whilst guiding the audience on a rollercoaster journey of her tumultuous life of ultimate highs and lows. A moving and memorable experience, and must-see show.

Location theSpace @ Symposium Hall

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Comedy, Dark Comedy

Midnight Cowboy Radio

It's Labor Day in Kentucky! Time for your favourite late-night-radio-talk-show-host, to give you life advice on the air of "Midnight Cowboy Radio," entertaining you for those long drives home. This show is written and performed by Ally Ibach and directed by Patricia Runcie-Rice. It has been awarded as a finalist at The Secret Theatre's One-Act Festival (NYC, 2023), and has had shows at East 15 Acting School (UK, 2022), PBH Free Fringe (UK, 2022), Baltimore Center Stage's Locally Grown Festival (Baltimore, 2023), Bread and Roses (London, 2023), Theatre Row (NYC 2023), and the Tank (NYC 2024).

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Talk

Commedia and Half Mask Talk

Why is half mask not seen on the West End? Why is Commedia so rarely performed in Italy today? Why do old canovacci not work? Reflecting on the rebirth of Commedia dell'Arte on the modern stage thanks to Jacques Lecoq and Giorgio Strehler, this inspirational and informative talk by Lecoq-trained Rupert Raison, artistic director of Action Theatre (Italy) and author of The Italians in England, addresses misconceptions, mistakes and dead ends in Commedia with plenty of practical tips and suggestions for actors, authors and directors. One performance only.

Location theSpace @ Symposium Hall

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Vocal, A Cappella

Warped

If your reflection could speak, what would it say? Following the five-star success of Athena at last year's Fringe, Perfect Forth returns to Surgeons’ Hall with a new a cappella offering. Warped is about reflection: what we see in the mirror, and reflecting on ourselves and where we belong. Featuring award-winning soloists, writers and vocal percussion, Warped is a collective of artists sharing their voices and thoughts on feeling at home in our own bodies. Perfect Forth has the 'ability to reflect the human condition through the most impressive vocal performance you will see on the Fringe' (ScotsGayArts.com).

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Immersive, Storytelling

Persistent Shadows

Persistent Shadows is a narrative-driven piece of work exploring the historical, political and social landscape of Britain throughout the 1980s and drawing parallels to issues faced by the people of Britain during the time as well as today. Join us as we are plunged into the heart of the acid house rave scene, lowered into the mines of East Kent, and shipped out to sea to fight in the Falklands. The show is highly energetic, fast paced and frequently utilises physical theatre to interweave the shifts in atmosphere and setting.

Location theSpace @ Venue45

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A Cappella, Live Music

Black and Gold

The University of Leeds' award-winning a cappella group, The Songsmiths, are back for their fifth year at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Join them for an afternoon of style and sophistication in the form of sleek a cappella – a suave a cappella speakeasy, where everybody is invited! Their set includes songs from incredible artists such as Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran, The Beatles, Florence and the Machine and Elton John! Get yourself an afternoon drink and enjoy their delicious repertoire.

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Comedy, A Cappella

74th Annual Sunger Games

District 12, Katniss Everdeen, Ryanair. Worlds collide in this daring crossover. Music, so often a beacon of revolutionary expression, brings the popular Hunger Games universe to life as over 25 performers take to the stage in an all-singing, all-dancing a cappella adventure through the dangerous Capitol of Panem. What twist and turns lay waiting for our humble British tourists? Come and find out... and may the odds be ever in your flavour. That's the slogan right? Right.

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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Fantasy, Dark Comedy

Death, The Devil and The Fablemaker

Meet Perry. A confused bundle of stories from the dawn of time, collected through heartache and joy. The mysterious Alastor has chosen to listen, but who is Alastor? Perry wants to know about love; what Death really is and whether she has a meaning? A heart-warming tale of loss, acceptance and Fablemaking to gain understanding around the ultimate question - what is beyond? Maybe for Perry, another story...

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Comedy, New Writing

Can't Stop Carrying On

An ageing film producer plans to resurrect his past cinematic successes by revitalising the Carry On franchise with a brand-new film. Saucy seaside humour, double entendre and cheeky sexual innuendo. Just what a millennial audience wants, right?  Determined to secure his legacy, he decides to pull off one of the biggest cinematic comebacks of all time – a new Carry On film! A new play about ageing, the human spirit and changing attitudes, and of course an affectionate tribute to the Carry On films, one of the most successful franchises in British film. Sell-out show 2023!

Location theSpace @ Symposium Hall

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Storytelling, Solo show

Trust Me, I'm from Essex

In Trust Me, I’m from Essex, Lindsay Lucas-Bartlett will take you on a journey through life growing up in notorious Essex, England. From going to an all-girls Catholic school, rejecting the “typical blonde” Essex girl stereotype, wreckage at home, a sexual assault and then a tragic suicide in the family... to finally realizing her dream of living in Los Angeles and creating a new home of her own. Enjoy this fun-filled journey with laughter, singing, and down-right drama. Trigger warnings: there are themes of an adult nature.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Stand-up, Solo show

Choose My Own Road - Cantonese Comedy Show

Tim toured 10 different places last year. It was an amazing experience! In 2023, he visited 10 places: Melbourne, Sydney, Taiwan, Macau, Edinburgh, Manchester, London, New York, Kuala Lumpur, and HK. Tim was hugely impacted by this tour. How does one perform Cantonese stand-up comedy in a foreign land? What are the strangest things about each place? And how do Hong Kong people fit into the same world? Tim has chosen his path. Will he laugh or cry? Come to the show to find out.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Magic, Family-friendly

1 Murder: The Mind-Reading Lawyer

Aug 19-24
Fringe veteran mind reader, Tomas McCabe, is back with a show that combines his trademark mentalism with a courtroom drama. Having been the go-to Fringe performer for mind reading for four years running, Tomas has now taken his skills to the next level by training as a barrister. Expect a family-friendly show of incredible mentalism mixed with the drama of court. Are you brave enough to sit as the judge or jury, or will you be the one on trial?

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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New Writing, Drama

I Did Something I Shouldn't Have...

16 year-old Sean Parker has never known his Dad and wants to change that. His brothers are unenthusiastic about his plans… Undeterred and egged on by his best friend, Sean successfully makes contact with and meets with his Dad… but at what cost? This reunion carries risks and potential danger that may affect all their lives resulting in them never being the same again…

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Comedy, Horror

Bachelorette Bash

'Til death us do party! Before her single life ends, Sally just wants to hang with her friends, but who the fuck is the sheep? And why is it hunting them?! Sally's wedding looks on hold as the girls turn cold. They're not goin’ down ‘til the sun comes up, but just who will it come up for? A puerile, comedy-horror to leave your common sense at the door with. Grab a weapon (cock straws don't count). This will be one hell of a Bachelorette Bash!

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Musical Comedy, Sci-fi

Professor Where

'I am done with Professor Where! Apparently, it's just not done with me yet...' In a new musical comedy, John B Stevens – the disillusioned showrunner of famous sci-fi TV show Professor Where – is writing his final season when he finds himself transported through universes and trapped in the very world he is desperately trying to escape. A hilarious new original musical, parodying British sci-fi classics, Professor Where is a meta exploration what it means for a writer to carry the legacy of a cultural phenomenon.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Theatre

Aaaaa Very Fringey Show

What makes the perfect Fringe show: comedy, theatre, magic, puppets, improv? Yes. The perfect show is every show in one. Spend 50 minutes with four young hopefuls who will pitch to you the fringiest Fringe show ever! You’re the hotshot new producer with a venue to fill and these four think they have a show that will pack in the crowds… and if their first pitch doesn’t wow you, they’ve got another hundred ideas for the ultimate Fringe hour! They won’t take no for an answer and in the end their…"immeasurable" talent will win you over!!

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Family-friendly, Musical theatre

The Wizard of Oz

Join us as we follow Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion along the Yellow Brick Road to self-discovery where the Wizard of Oz is not all he seems. With original songs and creative storytelling performed by a vibrant young company who brought us sell-out shows from 2021-2023 of Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast and Peter Pan, this is a show for all the family and not one to be missed. 'The word that most immediately springs to mind is 'joy'. Onstage and in the auditorium, there is joy' **** (Kate Copstick, Scotsman).

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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Storytelling, True-life

Confessions of a Teletubby

Arguments and poo! Sex and swearing! Blood, sweat, tears and giant rabbits! Life on the set of Teletubbies might not have been quite as you imagined… Nikky Smedley played LaaLaa (the yellow one) in the original series of Teletubbies for six years – that’s a lot of custard for a grown woman to get excited about. Come and hear how she got the job by dressing as a bistro table; what it was really like inside one of those (surprisingly large) Tubby suits; how the NooNoo really worked and why children loved the show so much.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Drama, Tragedy

Macbeth: Sleep No More

'All hail Macbeth that shalt be King hereafter…' With these portentous words, the three witches seal the fate of the Thane of Glamis – and also that of all the others whom Macbeth will dispose of on the way to fulfilling their deadly prophecy. An electrifying new adaptation of Shakespeare’s infamous tragedy and widely studied classic, that retells the old story of the 11th-century Scottish king, and examines the physical and psychological damage done by political ambition – both to those who seek power for its own sake, and to those who get in their way...

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Musical Comedy, Puppetry

Miss English's Holiday

A teacher’s magical seaside summer holiday is interrupted by an enthusiastic stowaway, Platypus. Miss English enjoys fish and chips, discovers love and deals with the English weather and an annoying seagull, but Platypus just wants her to teach English! With plot twists, puppetry, masks, magic, sing-along songs and comedy, this professional show is a proven hit with young audiences. Aimed at 3 to 7-year-old English speakers or children up to 9 where English is their second language. Action Theatre (Italy) have played to over a million young people. 'A resounding success' (Teacher, Milan).

Location theSpace @ Symposium Hall

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Comedy, Absurdist

Hunchback Variations

Tortive Theatre is delighted to present the UK premiere of Mickle Maher’s absurdist masterpiece. Noted composer Ludwig Van Beethoven and noted Hunchback Quasimodo team up to chair a panel discussion on sound design, specifically their search for the baffling and impossible cue described at the end of Anton Checkhov’s The Cherry Orchard. This brilliant piece follows the pair’s frustrated efforts, complicated further by the fact that they are both quite deaf, with hilarious and possibly meaningful results. The Hunchback Variations is without a doubt one of contemporary theatre’s most masterful pieces of absurdist comedy.

Location theSpace @ Symposium Hall

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Comedy, Absurdist

Dissociation

Dual personalities meet but don’t recognize each other. Are they natural enemies in a fight to the death, or is love a possibility? Brilliant ambiguity leaves the audience with a lot to think about. ‘What an amazing ride from start to finish. Everything about this play was totally relatable and thought provoking. Almost like an outer body experience. Just the right amount of comedy/drama.’ Mark Heany.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Contemporary, Thriller

An Act of Grace

Grace, a wealthy and mysterious woman, invites an ex-golf pro turned financial advisor and a lawyer with sordid secrets to her country home to discuss her estate and update her will. What could go wrong? Everything... quickly. Once there, the two men are thrust into a game of survival that, if lost, will destroy their lives. From the Canadian producers that brought you the 2022 Carol Tambor Award-winning production of Burn, this contemporary thriller by the same playwright has enough twists and turns to keep audiences on the edge of their seats.

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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Storytelling, Drama

Edgar Allan Poe: The Murders in the Rue Morgue

The original detective story. Two women are found brutally murdered in their Parisian home – one virtually decapitated, the other thrust up a chimney. The police are baffled by the apparent lack of any possible egress by the killers and strange voices heard just after the blood-curdling screams of the women. The lack of motive – not for the murders themselves but for the savage nature of the crime – leads them to arrest an innocent man. C August Dupin steps in to investigate the seemingly impossible events.

Location theSpace @ Symposium Hall

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Comedy, New Writing

The Italians in England

1572. Shakespeare is some years away but Commedia dell’Arte’s combination of mask, comedy, wild plots, hilarious improvisation and women performing on stage is taking Europe by storm. Queen Elizabeth I insists on seeing the Italian players at her royal court. With leather half masks, exquisite costumes and live music, professional company Action Theatre (Italy) adapt Flaminio Scala’s original canovaccio, Il Vecchio Geloso (The Jealous Old Man), which includes a lunch invaded by wild boar. Servants and masters seek love and raw passion and reality collide at the Doctor's house outside Venice.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Tribute, Cabaret

The Look of Dusty

Award-winning Night Owl Shows return with this celebration of an icon. The smoky-voiced singer’s interpretations of pop, soul and R'n'B forever imprinted on pop culture. Hits Spooky, Son Of A Preacher Man and more performed by Ella McCready and the Night Owl Band. Night Owl Shows bring you more than just the music with a new take on the tribute genre that has won them awards and sold out shows worldwide. A show that will stop you in your tracks and take you right back to the source of the legend known simply as Dusty.

Location theSpace @ Symposium Hall

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New Writing, Drama

Addict

31 words. Two lives ruined. John can take or leave social media, until his tweet goes viral. Then the trolls attack. With his pride dented John seeks revenge, creating an alter-ego to expose his abusers, with devastating consequences. As John gets sucked deeper into his darker online world, his life quickly falls apart at the seams. A rollercoaster ride for anyone who’s ever posted online, Addict portrays the power and perils of the internet and the cloak of anonymity it gives those who spread toxicity and hate, making social media terrifyingly anti-social.

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Political

Fifty Minutes to Save the NHS

Doctors Phil Hammond (silly) and Clare Gerada (serious) devise, with your help, a revolutionary health manifesto. Does the NHS need saving, funding or fixing? Will a change of government make much difference? Why can't we be like Sweden or Singapore? Is 'Health For All' an aspiration or a joke? Why are NHS staff so angry and knackered? Do we live too long or not long enough? Where can I buy some end-of-life drugs? Laugh, shout, argue, vote, save the NHS. Seriously subversive. The perfect election warm up. All profits to Doctors in Distress charity.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Drama, Solo show

Jack

1973. A Saturday morning. Jack, 75, waits in a corridor for weekend release to his remaining family. On Sunday, he will be returned. While waiting, he travels his inner landscape, vividly reliving events that took him, underaged, from the safety of his overcrowded family home in Leicester to the swamps of Ypres. Catastrophe tips into 50 years of life lived in psychiatric hospitals as a Ward of the State. His reveries bring him full circle to the moment he stands before us. Stephen Wale trained at Drama Centre London, graduating in 1973.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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New Writing, Drama

Eleanor

A life lived in the shadows of her father, of her lover and of her own sadness, Eleanor Marx’s light shone fiercely upon fin-de-siècle England, until its untimely extinction. Revolution, passion and the long-lasting nature of female friendship are explored in this tragedy of a woman scorned. As Eleanor sinks deeper into a depression caused by infidelity and abuse, she is kept afloat by the power of sisterhood and Shakespeare, of theatre and of friendship, and by her own hunger for justice. Eleanor fights tirelessly for the rights of others, whilst being completely helpless in her own salvation.

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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Family-friendly, Musical theatre

Alice in Wonderland

This brand-new musical version of the timeless classic takes you down the rabbit hole with the ever-curious Alice to a land of zany adventures where nothing is as it seems. The White Rabbit, Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum, the Mad Hatter, the Caterpillar, the Mock Turtle, the mysterious Cheshire Cat, the Queen of Hearts and all your favourites from Lewis Carroll’s beloved books make this a magical, tuneful and over-the-top entertaining musical for the whole family!

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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Folk, Traditional

Hebridean Fire Presented by Elsa McTaggart

Elsa Jean McTaggart returns with the Edinburgh Fringe sell-out show Hebridean Fire. These renowned multi-instrumentalists from the Isle of Lewis take you on an eclectic musical journey through the Highlands and islands of Scotland past and present. From soulful laments to high energy, beautifully arranged sets of jigs, reels, and traditional (also Gaelic). Plus, original songs with plenty of laughter, joy and warmth. The show will include stories and this amazing venue can allow us to take you on a visual journey through the Highlands and islands of Scotland.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Comedy, Solo show

It's a Mystery!

Tim Benzie, the acclaimed creator and host of Solve Along A Murder She Wrote, returns to the Fringe with his hilarious and moving one-man show: a deep dive into the enduring appeal of whodunnits, from Poirot to Fletcher and beyond. The audience are summoned to the drawing room as Detective Tim examines the clues that first drew him to the genre. Take a journey from Cluedo to Christie to solve the mystery of why everyone is a little bit Columbo (or should be). 'A killer of a show' ***** (WestEndBestFriend.co.uk).

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Tribute, Cabaret

007 Voices of Bond

Immerse yourself in the world of 007 and the legendary voices that have accompanied Bond. Goldfinger, Skyfall, Diamonds Are Forever and more brought to life by agents Ella McCready, Alex Beharrell and the Night Owl band. Night Owl Shows bring you more than just the music with a new take on the tribute genre that has won them standing ovations worldwide. This chronological trip through the music of 007 promises all the classics with fascinating facts delivered by our own onstage agents and agent M beaming on to a screen from his bunker in London.

Location theSpace @ Symposium Hall

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Folk, LGBTQ+

The Selkie's Wife

From the creator of Roots (Fringe 2019) and cast member of the hit 2022 Edinburgh Fringe Bradán Theatre show My Lover Was A Salmon in the Climate Apocalypse, comes a bewitching new solo folk storytelling performance. Join Elisabeth Flett as she gives the audience a decidedly sapphic retelling of the Selkie tale – that is, she’ll try to if her own story would only stop getting in the way. A tour de force of Flett’s award-winning career as a folk musician, folklorist, writer and theatre-maker.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Drama, Solo show

Hagar: War Mother

Based on true events. One woman’s odyssey to escape Syria’s brutal war with her son, who should be having his first birthday party. Hagar’s a dreamer, but she never dreamt she’d be a refugee. Now she’s negotiating with smugglers and betrayed by friends, but the warmongers won’t stop this mother. A passionate story of fighting for a better future, whatever the cost. Written by Aksam Alyousef. Performed by Amena Shehab, a Palestinian-Syrian-Canadian, a refugee twice over. Nominated for Outstanding Fringe Performance, Drama, in Theatre Alberta’s Sterling Awards 2020. ‘A heartbreaking story, beautifully told’ ****½ (Edmonton Journal).

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Folk, Traditional

Caledonia

Highly skilled Scottish duo Elsa McTaggart and Gary Lister return to the Fringe 2024 to bring you the best of Scotland's folk and Celtic music. With their warmth and laughter, they create an atmosphere of ceilidh and craic, introducing music of old and threading it through modern arrangements and compositions with their many Celtic instruments and styles. Interspersed with storytelling and video footage, this is another gem of a show which will not disappoint. Garnering five-star reviews for every new production they have brought to the Fringe over the last 11 years… don’t miss this gem.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Music, Solo show

Tomatoes Tried to Kill Me but Banjos Saved My Life

2023 Mervyn Stutter's Pick of the Fringe/sold-out run in Edinburgh! 'A sold-out Fringe classic!' **** (BritishTheatreGuide.info). One of 18 worldwide 'Best of' shows selected to participate in the Fringe Encore series Off-Broadway at the historic Soho Playhouse in New York City in 2019. Sell-out run. An inspirational true story about overcoming obstacles, pursuing passions and the healing power of music. A heartfelt passion project that began as an idea after a devastating life event caused Keith Alessi to think differently about his future. Internationally toured and highly awarded.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Tribute, Cabaret

The Elton John Story

The awe-inspiring journey of one of the all-time musical greats delivered by one of the UK’s finest Angus Munro and Night Owl Shows. Night Owl bring you more than just the music with a new take on the tribute genre that has won them awards and sold out shows worldwide. Angus Munro and the incredible Night Owl band will light up your Fringe with piano-led, full-band renditions of the anthems that made Reg Dwight one of the world’s biggest stars. You’re promised an incredible show of singing along and dancing in the aisles.

Location theSpace @ Symposium Hall

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Storytelling, Stand-up

Andrew Mayer: Have Fun, Be Yourself

Comedian Andrew Mayer talks about his all-time best and worst dates (both with the same woman), and a third date with her many years later. At its core, this show is a love story, but leaves plenty of room for other nonsense, including coming-of-age, the ongoing struggle against anxiety, and growing up with supportive parents.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Drama, Solo show

Whirligig of Time

To hell with anger management! Malvolio was done notorious wrong... notorious wrong, and swore to be revenged on the 'whole pack of them'. Three months after the events of Twelfth Night he relates, with a great deal of satisfaction, how skilfully he has kept his word. In this new production from Tortive Theatre, Robin Leetham takes to the stage as one of literature's best-loved/loathed characters as he demonstrates that he who laughs last, laughs longest. From the team that brought you the five-star Shakespeare's Fool, Tortive return with another spectacular one-man hit show.

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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A Cappella

Trinity A Cappella

A fun family-friendly show! As Oxford Brookes University's premier a cappella group, we are a talented, dynamic and experienced mixed gender musical ensemble. We are student-led and currently performing at venues across Oxford. We are really excited that this will be our debut appearance at the Fringe. Come and be dazzled by our musical arrangements and harmonies. We will be performing music from a wide variety of artists. We will take you on a musical journey and with toe tapping classics, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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Tribute, Cabaret

The Carole King and James Taylor Story

Journey through these two remarkable intertwined careers. I Feel The Earth Move, Natural Woman, You've Got A Friend and more presented by Dan Clews and Hannah Richards. Night Owl bring you more than just the music with a new take on the tribute genre that has gained them international recognition. This remarkable show links every song with stories that demonstrate the importance of love and friendship in not only Carole and James’ lives but all our lives! You’ll leave with a tear in your eye and a heart full of joy.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Tribute, Cabaret

21: The Music of Adele

Heartfelt homage to one of music’s most-awarded females. Hits Rolling In the Deep, Someone Like You and Set Fire to The Rain sung by the awe-inspiring Ella McCready and the Night Owl Band. Night Owl Shows bring more than just the music with a take on the tribute genre that has won them awards and sold out shows worldwide. Experience why Adele captured so many souls in this powerful voyage through a modern classic set delivered from the heart of a genuine fan, with an unbelievable ability to reach emotions touched only by Adele herself.

Location theSpace @ Symposium Hall

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Drama, Solo show

Booger Red

Booger Red survives a rough childhood, becoming a renowned hellfire and brimstone Southern Baptist preacher. Can preacher’s kid Jimmy emerge from under his shadow, finding his own unique voice? If you've ever had a dream or a daddy, Loucks' passionate solo performance is for you. Loosely based on stories from Loucks’ childhood, Booger Red is a rollicking, passionate show of storytelling and music set in the American South. Winner – Best Solo Performance at Houston Fringe for Booger Red, and Tucson Fringe for The Biscuiteater. **** (Edmonton Journal). **** (Winnipeg Free Press).

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Contemporary, A Cappella

Oxford Alternotives: A Cappella Off the Rails!

All aboard for a musical adventure with Oxford University's finest mixed a cappella group! A Fringe favourite for over 15 years that promises laughter and stunning vocal harmonies. Featuring a repertoire that spans from the timeless classics of Queen, Toploader, and the Weather Girls, to modern hits from Coldplay, Billie Eilish and Frozen. One of UK's longest-running student a cappella groups, the Alternotives stand out with their unique style and invigorating escape from Oxford's traditional chapel-choir scene. Previous years have seen them perform on BBC1's Pitch Battle and UK Finals of the ICCA.

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Storytelling, Drama

Charles Dickens: The Hanged Man's Bride

'She comes towards me on the floor; always approaching; never coming nearer; always visible as if by moonlight whether the moon shines or not.' A writer struggling to reignite his creative vision. A real-life crime. And a visit to a supposedly haunted inn. As darkness descends, a ghostly tale is played out. But what is real and what is not? A tale of passion, deceit and the ethereal dance between the realms of life and death as the Hanged Man's Bride beckons from the shadows of the past.

Location theSpace @ Symposium Hall

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Dark Comedy, Drama

The Interval

For anyone who has ever had to hold it in to protect their reputation – take a quick break and relieve yourselves. In an attempt to make it through another shift without going completely off script, The Interval is one person's struggle to just keep playing along. So sit back, relax and enjoy the show. And you get to choose how many times you see it. She works here...

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Family-friendly, Drama

Treasure Island

Treasure, treachery, mutiny and mayhem all await young Jim Hawkins as he leaves the Admiral Benbow inn behind and embarks on a thrilling and dangerous voyage to recover Captain Flint’s hidden gold. Pirates, parrots, and plots abound, Jim must risk everything to save his friends lives – if he can... Shadow Road’s exciting and emotional new adaptation brings Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic to life in a 50-minute masterpiece which includes their usual stirring sword fights and riveting stage violence. A timeless tale of adventure, courage, friendship, and the endless lure of the distant horizon.

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Tribute, Cabaret

California Dreams

An immersive trip through California when a collective of legends changed the world. Hits from Eagles, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, The Byrds and more are brought to life by Dan Clews and the award-winning Night Owl Shows. Night Owl bring you more than just the music with a new take on the tribute genre that has won them awards and sold out shows worldwide. In this journey back in time every song is linked to the last with insightful stories that thread the artists of Laurel Canyon together into a show of spellbinding performances of your favourite hits.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Tribute, Cabaret

The Fleetwood Mac Story

After two consecutive sold-out runs, the celebration of the 120 million album-selling supergroup returns to Fringe. Features The Chain, Everywhere, Dreams and more delivered by Hannah Richards, Alex Beharrell, Reine Beau and the Night Owl band. Night Owl bring you more than just the music with a new take on the tribute genre that has won awards and standing ovations worldwide. Experience the emotion and euphoria of Fleetwood. Don’t miss Night Owl’s flagship show which is sure to sell out with every show ending in a rapturous standing ovation.

Location theSpace @ Symposium Hall

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Comedy, Improv

Mistakes Were Made: Haunted Hospital

Three heroes. One dungeon. No dragons. After their smash-hit debut last year, Mistakes Were Made comes to Surgeons’ Hall with another chapter of their zany and chaotic tabletop improv show! When the party’s rescue mission in a haunted hospital goes wrong, they’ll need all their wits to escape… and to survive your dice rolls. You shape the action from the comfort of your seat in this exhilarating and hilarious show!

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Dark Comedy, Solo show

Cringe Effect

Cringe Effect unfolds in a Portland Anorexia Rehabilitation Centre where Ce, a long-time anorexia struggler, confides in the audience, embarking on a treatment journey. The narrative introduces patients, Gabby the nutritionist, and therapist Yara. Ce recounts her origin as Cece, a girl shaped by societal expectations and low self-esteem. Childhood friend Sammy and well-intentioned parents contribute to her transformation into Ce, the anorexic, and her alter ego, "The Bitch”. Near-death experiences punctuate her tumultuous journey. The play follows Ce's evolution from denial to acceptance, offering a courageous, hauntingly beautiful and darkly comedic exploration of human frailty and resilience.

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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Storytelling, Musical Comedy

Pretty Delusional

Pretty Delusional is a coming-of-age musical comedy about staying sexy in the face of rejection. Through personal storytelling, original songs, and an existential crisis, Gianna Milici marches heart-first into the battle of loving too much or not at all. But most importantly, trying to not vomit in the process. Hearts will be broken. Dicks will be sucked. Get ready to live, laugh, love, and cum.

Location theSpaceTriplex

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Storytelling, Drama

Sherlock Holmes: The Hound of the Baskervilles

'Mr. Holmes, they were the footprints of a gigantic hound!' Lord Baskerville is found dead with mysterious footprints besides his body. His heir, Sir Henry, is set to inherit the vast Baskerville fortune; but with the legacy comes a deadly curse. A web of deception and malevolent force that threatens to claim yet another victim are gradually exposed. Can Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson unfurl this chilling mystery before the hound strikes again? A beautifully crafted one-man retelling of Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous tale is brought to the stage.

Location theSpace @ Symposium Hall

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Political, Solo show

The Ins and Outs of Pleasure

Dr Phil Hammond (Private Eye, Doctor Doctor, Sex, Sleep or Scrabble?) dissects the ins and outs of pleasure using science, stories and stuff he's made up. Is your pleasure thermostat set at a level that won't destroy you? Are the ingredients of your pleasure soup correct or are you drowning in pleasure? Do you pleasure yourself and others in a safe and sustainable way? Where does pain fit in? Why do some people pleasure themselves so unusually? From philately to consensual cannibalism. 'One of the most entertainingly subversive people on the planet' (Guardian).

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Magic, Family-friendly

1 Murder: The Mind-Reading Lawyer

Aug 2-17
Fringe veteran mind reader, Tomas McCabe, is back with a show that combines his trademark mentalism with a courtroom drama. Having been the go-to Fringe performer for mind reading for four years running, Tomas has now taken his skills to the next level by training as a barrister. Expect a family-friendly show of incredible mentalism mixed with the drama of court. Are you brave enough to sit as the judge or jury, or will you be the one on trial?

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Storytelling, Musical Comedy

What The Veck? Songs in the Key of Strife!

What happens when a songwriter invites innocent bystanders on the streets of Edinburgh to share their most embarrassing memories and comedic confessions? They end up in his show that same night! Hugely relatable, Tom Veck brings charm and warmth to this five-star show, where domestic ditties mingle with stories from his peculiar past and the confessions of strangers. His expertly crafted songs will have you on the edge of your seat wondering What the Veck is coming next! And who knows, you just might win a prize in the Naffle!

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Historical

After Shakespeare – Richard III

The tumultuous life of Richard III: not the villain of Shakespearean lore, but loyal brother to a king, devoted husband and father, and eventually reluctant monarch. King for only two years, Richard navigates the Wars of the Roses through betrayal and intrigue with an unwavering sense of duty. After Shakespeare – Richard III invites audiences to watch real events through a different lens, and reconsider their judgement of a man maligned by centuries-old Tudor propaganda, and ask themselves the question: in Richard’s place, what would you have done?

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Folk, Storytelling

Celine Dion Experience Featuring Jasmine Alice

Jasmine Alice is an internationally acclaimed vocalist who will take you on a thrilling musical journey through the life of the iconic Celine Dion. Witness dazzling vocals, show-stopping costumes and let yourself be transported on a musical journey of emotions with this charming homage to one of the most treasured divas of all time. Sing along to your favourite Celine hits and immerse yourself in pure vocal magic. After her success in Europe, Jasmine is debuting her Celine Experience this year at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Don't miss out and book your ticket now!

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Tribute, Cabaret

The Billy Joel Story

Journey through the life and music of the 150 million record-selling Piano Man in this uplifting show. Piano Man, Uptown Girl and Always a Woman brought to life by Angus Munro and the award-winning Night Owl Shows. They bring you more than just the music with a new take on the tribute genre that has won them awards and sold out shows worldwide. Munro’s incredible storytelling will take you on a journey, as he documents the song origins and links them to the music through his passionate interpretations of an incredible back catalogue of true classics.

Location theSpace @ Symposium Hall

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Music, Satire

Chris Tavener is Faking Cool

Watch Chris Tavener battle his intrusive thoughts through the medium of witty, satirical songs. Will it work? Not likely... As heard on BBC 6 Music, Sky's Showcase TV and live at Glastonbury Festival. Tavener is a prolific performer, having played 2,000 gigs in the UK and Europe. His varied career has seen him sharing the stage with Super Hans of Peep Show and Spandau Ballet's Tony Hadley, while writing songs for the likes of national treasure Sir Ian McKellen. 'An elastic turn of phrase' (Steve Lamacq). 'He really creates an amazing atmosphere' (Mark Radcliffe).

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Storytelling, Drama

M R James: Whistle and I'll Come to You

'Who is this who is coming?' When the rational and skeptical scholar Professor Parkins takes a trip from home, he stumbles upon a mysterious whistle. Unaware of the eerie history attached to this seemingly innocuous object, Parkins blows the whistle, setting off a chain of unsettling events where the boundaries between reality and the supernatural blur. Whistle, and I'll Come to You is a quintessential ghost story, brought to you in a brand-new adaptation for the stage, that challenges the borders between fictional worlds, our own imagination and reality.

Location theSpace @ Symposium Hall

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Sketch Show, Improv

Antics Joke Show: Sketch and Improv Comedy

Up the Antics (as heard on BBC Radio 4 Extra) bring a showcase of some of their best sketches. After 10+ years of performing together, four Edinburgh Fringe shows, releasing an award-winning sketch comedy pilot and establishing a hit monthly night of comedy variety, there’s some gems to choose from! Followed by an improvised scenic journey based on a location suggested by the audience, featuring special guests from across the Fringe. Leicester Square Sketch-Off semi-finalists. 'Brilliantly witty' ***** (ImprovTheatre.co.uk). 'Up the Antics are guaranteed to deliver a laugh every minute' **** (EdFringeReview.com).

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Choral, Pop

Rock Choir Live

Join Rock Choir, the award-winning national phenomenon, for a spectacular concert of uplifting songs! Throughout August, more than 3,000 Rock Choir members will light up the stage with feel-good hits from Guns'n'Roses to Whitney Houston. Promising an exhilarating experience, blending the excitement of pop music with the magic of choir performances. Join us for an unforgettable night of singing, dancing, celebrating the power of music, which will leave you on a high note! Love pop? Love singing? Love the thrill of a choir? Then you'll love Rock Choir Live – the ultimate musical celebration!

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Acoustic, Folk

When Judas Met John: Songs of Dylan and Lennon

Influenced by the meeting of Bob Dylan and The Beatles, Irish duo Brothers Broke compare, adapt and perform a unique interpretation of songs by both artists. This casual and engaging 45-minute show compares the like-minded and socially conscious lyrics of Dylan and Lennon. The duo modify and present the songs in a blues/folk style with tight sibling harmonies, around a story of the influence, jealousy, parody and respect that each artist had for the other.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Tribute, Cabaret

The Blondie Story

A high-octane trip through the music of one of the architects of the Punk/New Wave movement. Following an award-winning run at the 2023 Fringe, Reine Beau and the Night Owl Band deliver a killer blow with versions of Atomic, Heart of Glass and One Way or Another. Night Owl Shows bring you more than just the music with a new take on the tribute genre that has won them awards, sold out shows and standing ovations worldwide. Set to a cultural backdrop of imagery you’ll be immersed in the moment and the music that cut through genres.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Comedy, Fantasy

The Crow, (The Princess), and The Scullery Maid

In a land where stories are magic, magicians are storytellers and people are ingredients in spells. When Nitta’s first spell goes awry, she has until midnight to save her story... and her protagonist! In this charming new play from playwright Lucie Rowan and Spin Cycle Theater, fairy tales turn upside down and nothing goes as planned! Can Nitta help everyone find their happily ever after?

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Cabaret, Solo show

Death Becomes Us

In the 60s, Walt Disney was rumoured to have frozen himself to cheat it. In the 90s, Goldie Hawn and Meryl Streep accidentally dodged it. Today, we do everything we can not to look like we’re getting near it. Death is the last big taboo. And we are here to break it. In a show filled with confessions, music, and an explanation as to why no decent death jokes exist, we face death head-on, and consider whether, actually, our lives could be made richer by talking about it.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Storytelling, Pop

Scots of the Pops

Scotland's greatest bands/artists can often disappear under the title of UK artists. However, the huge achievements on the world stage of popular music, written and composed by Scotland's finest, is a story that needs to be told. This show takes you through the years of Scottish pop from the 1960s until now. Hear some of the greatest hits by two top-class performers in this fun interactive sing-along show. Featuring songs from the likes of Big Country, Texas, Deacon Blue, The Proclaimers, Bay City Rollers, Bluebells, Runrig and many more.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Tribute, Cabaret

The Story of Sting and The Police

Making its UK debut, a celebration of the 100 million record-selling giants of music. Classics Every Breath You Take, Roxanne, Message In A Bottle, Fields Of Gold and so many more. Night Owl Shows bring you more than just the music with a new take on the tribute genre that has won them awards and standing ovations worldwide. Experience the raw energy of the early Police, their passage to superstardom and Sting’s solo journey. All brought to life by the charisma of Angus Munro, who will wow you with his four-octave range.

Location theSpace @ Symposium Hall

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Improv

Improv Comedy with Box of Frogs

Box of Frogs, Birmingham’s premier improv group, brings you a helping of high-octane improvised comedy nonsense, based entirely on your suggestions. Expect the unexpected as quick-witted players conjure up hilarious, spontaneous songs, sketches and scenes on the spur of the moment! 'Hopping good fun' **** (Derek Awards, Edinburgh Fringe 2023). 'Superb night… great entertainment' (MidlandsImprov.com). 'This show was terrific fun as well as being great value for money' (BrumHour.co.uk). 'Guarantee you’ll be laughing throughout' (LoveMidlandsTheatre.co.uk). 'The brilliant and bouncy Box of Frogs is definitely a group to see at least once before you croak' (BumOnASeat.wordpress.com).

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Dark Comedy

If I Only Could

Have you ever made a mistake that completely alters the course of your life? For Joan, her greatest desire has become her greatest nightmare. Stuck in Purgatory, Joan must face not the wrath of God, but her own: can she relive her memories and accept her death? Or will Joan be stuck in Purgatory forever? With God’s help, Joan ventures down memory lane to figure out where she went wrong, what led to her untimely death, and if she can ever make this up to her sister. Fingers crossed God hears her prayers!

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Comedy, Drama

Shotgunned

Shotgunned is Kangaroo Court’s debut theatrical production. Written and directed by Matt Anderson, it tells the story of Dylan and Roz, a couple in their early twenties who unexpectedly fall out of love. Described as equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking, Shotgunned is a new, intimate piece of theatre centred around the people we lose that shape who we become. It is a deeply relatable tale of joy, loss, and reconciliation, and has been met with great acclaim throughout the UK in 2024.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Sketch Show, Musical Comedy

Ajahnis Charley: Thots and Prayers

Thot. Noun, informal. Definition: a person who has had many sexual encounters – the exact opposite from the kind of nerdy gaymer Ajahnis is. But after attending a rave and attempting his first death drop… he literally dies. When he awakens at the gates of Gay Heaven, a mighty, flighty and unabashedly white-y God reveals that Ajahnis does not have enough 'Homo Points' to enter. So through a series of sketches, the little twink relives the gayest age, 22, to prove that he belongs. Witness the HOMO, or suffer the FOMO.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Family-friendly, Improv

Absolute Improv!

For over 10 years Absolute Improv! has entertained sell-out audiences with off-the-cuff comedy performances from Scotland’s top improvisational comedy actors. For over 10 years audiences have suggested ideas to inspire side-splitting sketches created in the moment: truly you-had-to-be-there comedy created before the audience’s eyes. This Edinburgh Fringe, join us and the finest improv comedy talent in Scotland once more for spontaneously sparkling family-friendly performances that have never been seen before, and are never to be seen again! Official Fringe Sell-Out Show 2013-2017. ‘Absolute magic!’ ***** (Cream of the Fringe).

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Tribute, Cabaret

The Kate Bush Story

Hannah Richards returns to Edinburgh with the award-winning Night Owl Band to tell the story of one of music’s most iconic artists. Making its debut at Edinburgh Fringe, this new show includes heartfelt renditions of hits Wuthering Heights, Running Up That Hill, and Cloudbusting. Night Owl Shows bring you more than just the music with a new take on the tribute genre that has won them awards and sold-out shows worldwide. Journey through the life and work of this enigmatic artist back to the place when you first heard the remarkable sounds of Kate Bush.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Music, Swing

Frankie Mack – The Vegas Showman

Frankie Mack – The Vegas Showman electrifies Edinburgh Fringe with a riveting blend of Dean Martin's suave, Elvis' allure, Bublé's depth, and Robbie Williams' energy. Celebrate Frankie's meteoric rise from a fresh talent to a renowned showman, including his upcoming act supporting Tony Christie. His performances from Las Vegas' Tropicana Hotel to London's O2 Indigo showcases his versatile artistry. Expect a night of dazzling showmanship, powerful vocals, and captivating stories of resilience, ambition and perseverance. A show that's not just a musical feast but a thrilling experience of chasing dreams and conquering stages.

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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Comedy, Interactive

Solve Along A Murder She Wrote

The cult hit returns to the Fringe with an interactive screening of another classic Murder, She Wrote episode, Paint Me a Murder, following last year's riotous presentation of Sing a Song of Murder. The critically acclaimed show, hosted by super-fan Tim Benzie, features a race to solve the crime via the Fameometer and the Suspiciometer, clips and bios of the guest stars and more. Can you solve the crime before Jessica Fletcher? 'It has the best host' (Time Out London). 'Unmissable' ***** (Everything-Theatre.co.uk). ***** (BroadwayWorld.com). 'Delightfully entertaining' **** (WestEndWilma.com).

Location theSpace @ Symposium Hall

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LGBTQ+, Absurdist

A Letter to Lyndon B Johnson or God: Whoever Reads This First

Boyhood is all about spit-shakes, rope swings and playing soldiers. But what happens when the pretend becomes all too real and the childhood tales become harder to retell? Whether it’s stories around the campfire, letters home to mom, or a prayer to your favourite president, these two Boy Scouts really just want a turn to play the good guy... Scout's Honour. From consecutive 2022 and 2023 Fringe First Award winners, Xhloe and Natasha comes an absurdist two-hander about the idealised American childhood and the boys it left behind.

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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LGBTQ+, Storytelling

Cruel Britannia: After Frankenstein

Gritty, powerful and daringly revolutionary, Cruel Britannia: After Frankenstein is a transgender reimagining of Shelley’s seminal novel, set in the year of our Lord 1980. Maggie Thatcher’s Britain: a monstrous, chaos-ridden world of gothic proportions that Shelley would be proud of! A hauntingly beautiful and visceral experience where echoes of the past reverberate with relevance and the streets resound with the cries of the dispossessed. With unparalleled artistry, critically acclaimed writer/performer Kristen Smyth breathes life into this evocative new production which questions how society determines who are, and who aren't, monsters.

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LGBTQ+, Stand-up

A Gay Dad Murders Sex

Dark obsessions. Evil desires. Twisted kinks. But enough about my priest. Sit back. relax. And enjoy some quality scripted stand-up. Entertaining and fun.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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LGBTQ+, New Writing

Deeptime Atomic Waste Pleasure Party

Rey is checking out their mum's 80s record collection when a mysterious recording sends them on a mission to bury nuclear waste in a Berlin nightclub. Thumping bass, sweaty armpits, acid techno, thigh-highs, vinyl scratches... a sea of toxic waste. We've buried our atomic past under tainted soil – what do we tell future generations when our secrets are unearthed? Through neon-lit hallways and graffiti-scrawled backrooms, Rey stumbles over intoxicated encounters and down psychedelic rabbit-holes to send a message deep into the future. Is it worth it? Or should they just dance the night away?

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Theatre, Solo show

Brett Epstein: Alone on Stage

Brett Epstein – host of the decade-long smash Rule of 7x7 (New York Times, Time Out New York, Playbill highlight) and the very very co-star of Friends from College and Ray Donovan – reflects upon the highs and lows of being an artist, being a gay male, being alone and Being Alive™. A darkly comic Brooklyn Bottling Company solo show.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Tribute, Cabaret

Back to Black: The Music of Amy Winehouse

Following sell-out runs worldwide, this award-winning show returns to take you on a moving journey through the career of a modern legend. Includes Valerie, Rehab, Back to Black and more. Starring Reine Beau and the award-winning Night Owl Shows band. Night Owl bring you more than just the music with a new take on the tribute genre that has won them awards and sold out shows worldwide. You won’t just hear incredible songs, but also feel them with Reine’s incredible soulful and heart felt renditions coupled with the renowned Night Owl Band.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Music, Musical Comedy

Music, Mayhem and a Mezzo

They’ve performed with the world’s finest orchestras, soundtracked Hollywood and produced multi platinum-selling records for the likes of Alfie Boe and Luke Evans, but now Juliette Pochin and James Morgan squander their prodigious musical talents with witty comic songs exploring music, a midlife crisis and a prosecco obsession. Outlandish musical mashups (who knew Meatloaf worked with Mozart) and the entire history of Western music in just under four minutes. All served up with a filthily operatic sense of humour! ‘A perfect blend of humour and poignancy’ (FringeBiscuit.co.uk). As heard on BBC Radio 4.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Musical Comedy, Tribute

AL! The Weird Tribute (and How Daniel Radcliffe Got Mixed Up in This Nonsense)

"Weird Al" Yankovic and Daniel “Harry Potter” Radcliffe were destined to be together onstage, and now they are! (Sort of.) This loving tribute to two icons of entertainment will leave you giggling as your toes are tapping. American comedian/musician Steve Goodie brings it all together with songs and accordions and guitars and visual effects that cost many dozens of dollars, all for your amusement!

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Music, Dance

Club Life

The 2023 Fringe First-winning club/theatre immersive experience returns for eight performances only! Lemon Jelly's Fred Deakin hosts an interactive joy-ride through his 80s/90s clubland adventures. Travel back in time to help Fred and his cast recreate classic club nights and bring the fashion tribes of the late 20th century back to life. Or just watch! ***** (List, BroadwayBaby.com). 'Few Fringe shows this year will be more inspiring or perfectly executed' ***** (Scotsman). 'Bound to hit the spot' (Times). 'A raucous house party that doubles as a wistful meditation on countercultural extinction' (Guardian).

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Acoustic, Folk

Sitting on a Cornflake: Songs of Lennon and McCartney

Influenced by the songwriting of Lennon and McCartney, Irish duo Brothers Broke compare, adapt and perform a unique interpretation of songs by both artists from their Beatles and solo careers. This alluring acoustic 45-minute show compares the individual styles and personalities that contributed to a unique partnership that saw both composers constantly driven to better themselves. Brothers Broke modify and present the songs in an acoustic blues and folk style, exploring influence, inspiration and the competitiveness of this collaborative, yet often independent, songwriting partnership.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Stand-up

The Adventures of the White Unicorn

Having performed her solo show from Belgium to Estonia, Switzerland to Luxembourg, New Zealand and back again, Heli Pärna does not hold back – in her witty, funny and vulnerable way, she takes you along on her adventures from cultural stereotypes, heartbreak and crazy pick-up lines. In this riveting hour of comedy, you might get answers to some of life’s most puzzling questions such as: Is there one common Eastern European stereotype? Should you really Google medical advice? And why the white unicorn? Come along and leave enlightened.

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New Writing, Dark Comedy

A Play by John

How is it possible: we all watch this, we all agree, we all shake our heads, yet we all get up tomorrow morning and do it all over again? Matteo and Reggie, fuelled by John's suggestion, build their own coffins. This new writing unfolds as they grapple with existence, hope and fate. We invite audiences to think about why we’re here and what it all really means, wrapped up in a simple act...

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Interactive, Musical theatre

Yantra

Liberate your heart, mind and soul! Bestselling author, Facebook’s Moon Woman invites you to her temple of Venus for a tantric initiation: a psychedelic trip (without substances) over the rainbow. Yes! If the state of the world is getting you down, you are ready to experience the ancient cure! With a talking vulva as your guide, you'll journey to the Cosmic womb to re-ignite your spark. Then meet seven divas, slay your fears, dispel your illusions and raise your vibe so your holographic soul shines brighter than a disco inferno. Dress code: Butterfly Ball.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Musical Comedy, Character Comedy

Tom Hearn Live: How Fabulous is That?!

It’s an Edinburgh debut for viral comedian Tom Hearn! This Canadian Comedy Award winner brings his comedic prowess to the Fringe stage, with jaw-dropping musical performances and gag-worthy original characters. This fabulous extravaganza also includes an ensemble of iconic impressions like Martha Stewart, James Corden and of course Ina Garten. With over 500K followers and 130 million views, Tom is one of of The Best Queer TikTok Creators To Follow In 2023 (ET Canada). Tom is not to be missed fresh off sold-out shows in Toronto and Off-Broadway's Joe's Pub.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Children's Show, Musical theatre

Disney's Finding Nemo JR.

Experience the underwater wonder with Stage Skool LIVE's Finding Nemo JR. at the Edinburgh Fringe! Immerse yourself in this family-friendly production featuring talented young performers bringing the beloved characters to life. Follow the adventurous journey of Nemo, Marlin, and Dory as they navigate the vast ocean, encountering quirky marine life and heartwarming friendships. With captivating songs, this enchanting musical promises a delightful escape into the depths of imagination. Join us for a fin-tastic time filled with laughter, joy and the magic of live theatre.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Comedy, Interactive

A Highly Suspect Murder Mystery - The Fringe Fatality

Agatha Mystery’s The Rat-Trap makes its Fringe debut! But will it be curtains for the show when an actor is gruesomely murdered? Award-winning mystery maestros Highly Suspect return to the Fringe with a new, hilarious, interactive murder mystery for the audience to solve! Featuring a fiendish plot, evidence to examine, and cryptic clues to crack, can you deduce whodunnit? Fun, frivolity and fatalities guaranteed! Sold out 2021-2023. ‘Prepare to have your funny bones and little grey cells equally tickled!’ (BroadwayWorld.com).

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Comedy, Interactive

A Highly Suspect Murder Mystery - The Great British Bloodbath

Iced to death at the nation’s favourite baking competition?! Catching the killer won't be a piece of cake! Award-winning mystery maestros Highly Suspect return to the Fringe with a new hilarious interactive murder mystery for the audience to solve! Featuring a fiendish plot, evidence to examine, and cryptic clues to crack, can you deduce whodunnit? Fun, frivolity and fatalities guaranteed! Sold out 2021-2023. ‘Prepare to have your funny bones and little grey cells equally tickled!’ (BroadwayWorld.com).

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Children's Show, Family-friendly

Honk!

In this fabulous and enchanting retelling of The Ugly Duckling, we follow Ugly on a journey of friendship, love, and acceptance in this Olivier award-winning musical; a treat for kids and adults alike. Down on the farmyard, Ida is surprised when one egg looks very different from the others. Once hatched, Ugly faces more challenges than he could ever have imagined. In this musical by the imitable Stiles and Drew, you are guaranteed to leave filled with love, joy and happiness, warts and all!

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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Comedy, New Writing

Two Friends and Social Anxiety

Two friends, one party, zero social skills. Two friends are invited to a party but when the pressure builds, they have to bail. Fast. A new comedic look at the daily struggles of living with social anxiety.

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Waiting

It is September 1997. Widow Edna Gould has angina which must be monitored and her new doctor is attentive and thorough. Despite the occasional setback, she is finding her feet, ready to sample new experiences on a scale compatible with her needs. She was born in simpler times; her life lacks what we might term as excitement, but then so much is in the eye of the beholder. She has such hopes. Waiting is written and performed by Kate Farrell.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Classical, Drama

After Troy

Using The Trojan Women by Euripides as a starting point, After Troy interweaves the stories of those women left behind, awaiting their fate with the stories of the women who have survived conflicts today. A student-derived and devised piece, After Troy explores the cost of conflict on the lives of those left behind, asking whether the way women have been treated has moved on from the times of Troy.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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New Writing, Drama

Triggerfish

There are things you shouldn’t move. Especially where shipwrecks are concerned. Where people embark upon journeys with no end. Betrayed by a higher power, they follow unknown spirits observed only by the fish who have seen it all before. Perhaps this time it will be different. And then again... A first appearance at the Edinburgh Fringe from DYT Performance Company, an Associate Company of Dorchester Arts. This wonderfully inventive Dorset ensemble are the most senior acting company of DYT. Over six months, they worked with artistic director Jo Simons and playwright Ed Viney to create Triggerfish.

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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Dark Comedy

FUFC

FUFC is a heartfelt, poignant and semi-autobiographical play exploring a world upended by the shocking news of a prostate cancer diagnosis. Set on a muddy football pitch under a hungover council sky, FUFC captures a heartwarming moment of genuine connection between two old friends. This touching play reminds us that even in our darkest moments, the bonds of friendship and the resilience of the human spirit can bring hope. This intimate theatrical experience speaks to the challenges, hopes and camaraderie that unite us all.

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Comedy, Dark Comedy

Armed Robbery and Suicidal Intent

Agnes curated her perfect death, but the thing she couldn't plan for was a teenage burglar entering her house as she's facing oblivion. Neither able to report the other – this dark comedy catches two opposite women in a deadly stalemate.

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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LGBTQ+, Drama

John Wayne Gacy, the Killer Clown: Born Evil?

John Wayne Gacy was one of the worst serial killers in US history: responsible for the rape, torture and murder of at least 33 teenage boys and young men in the 1970s. He became known as the Killer Clown, receiving international attention and shocking his suburban Chicago community where he was known for his performances as a clown at charitable events and children's parties. From his own chilling perspective and using quotes made by the man himself with well-documented testimony, this new play seeks to explore the question.... are killers born evil?

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Blues, Food and Drink

2 Guys, 3 Drams: The Ultimate Live Blues and Whisky Experience

2022 and 2023 Fringe sell-out show. Join duo The Rhythm and Booze Project as they play some stomping blues music and serve you three superb Scotch whiskies. In a whirlwind 65 minutes, get ready to learn how to sound clever about whisky, appreciate top-quality drams, and enjoy some raucous tunes. 'If you like blues and you like whisky then you’ve got to see this show' **** (BroadwayBaby.com). 'This provided the most euphoric experience I have ever had at the Fringe' ***** (MumbleMusic.net).

Location theSpace @ Venue45

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Musical theatre

Fever Pitch Academy Showcase 2024

A musical revue, featuring music from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, SpongeBob, Legally Blonde, Grease and loads more! For the students at FPA, it's our Edinburgh Fringe debut and we couldn't be more excited!

Location theSpace @ Venue45

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Storytelling, True-life

Trawled – When Adventure Becomes Survival

A jaw-dropping true story set on the Coral Sea, Australia. An Irish backpacker blags his way onto a prawn trawler. There he discovers a rarely seen world of hard labour and harder fishermen, where drinking, fighting, storms and hungry sharks are part of everyday life. His raw, exuberant story of adventure twists dramatically into survival culminating in an unforgettable moment of redemptive grace. Trawled is a one-man biographical drama. The actor plays himself 25 years younger! This is classic storytelling that plays out like a movie. Ready to come onboard?

Location theSpace @ Venue45

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LGBTQ+, Drama

Run

Set over an unforgettable summer and encompassing all of space and time, Run explores what it means to love, to lose and grow from a boy into a man. As a young man's night unfolds and falls into chaos – some of it real, some of it not – Yonni pulls us into his world. A world filled with school riots, first loves, beached whales, sunshine, cinema, sex, rebellion and political demonstrations. First produced at VAULT 2016, No Frills return with their highly acclaimed production, now starring Taylor Moore (Blood Brothers, Romeo and Juliet, Mary Poppins, Cinderella).

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Steve Richards Presents: Rock'n'Roll Politics

Roll up for a brand-new series of shows: it’s election year in the UK and US. Time to delve even deeper – what will happen next and why? Is Starmer ready for the challenges ahead? Why has the Conservative party changed? What form is the political battle in Scotland taking? Is the UK doomed to a further period of silly politics? Talking of which… what about the US? Plus unreliable predictions, Question Time and much more… A different show every day.

Location theSpace @ Symposium Hall

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Comedy, New Writing

Gilbert and Sullivan's Improbable New Musical: ...and Helen

In an afterlife, Gilbert and Sullivan decide to acknowledge Helen Carte’s contribution to their legacy. They create a new comic operetta based upon her life, though Gilbert insists on adding a few plot twists! The show highlights Helen’s diplomacy (appeasing their many arguments), her sharp business acumen (ensuring the operettas’ longevity) and her vision in shaping modern theatre. Remarkable achievements for a Victorian woman! Coily Dart create new stories with original G&S songs. Awards for previous productions include a Broadway World nomination for Best Musical Production, and Fringe sell-out status.

Location theSpaceTriplex

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Family-friendly, Musical Comedy

A Cinderella Panto

Previous Cinderella stories? They’re behind you! In this unique fairy-tale twist, Bristol’s Pantomime Society cordially invites you on a magical journey, guaranteed to be an absolute ball for princesses, princes, and royalty of all ages! With classic pantomime joy and traditions, we’ll need the audience’s help to make all of our principal girl’s dreams come true. Will Cinderella find her way to the ball? Will she find true love with Prince Charming? Most importantly, will she find her fairy damemother and a transparent shoe fit for the girl her heart truly wishes to become? Find out in…

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Disabled-led, Variety

Shaken, Not Stirred

The Parky Players return to Edinburgh Fringe with Shaken, not Stirred: a fiercely funny, no-holds barred variety sketch show about the modern-day challenges of living with Parkinson’s. A cocktail of fast-moving, irreverent comedy and music, with a sprinkling of Bond on top (just where he likes it). You’ll laugh, you’ll cry; you might even learn something. 00 agents, film enthusiasts and blue-badge holders welcome. We’ll be expecting you!

Location theSpace on the Mile

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New Writing, Devised

Would You Like a Bag?

Park yourself behind the counter and take stock during this heartfelt devised comedy. WYLAB? plays out from the omniscient perspective of a local corner-shopkeeper, following the lives of eight (mostly) lovable regulars. You’ll watch as they tackle the trials and tribulations of early adulthood – falling in and out of love, friendship and happiness – becoming interconnected in ways they never could have imagined. Ding-dong: Meet Imo, Maya, Chiara, Will, Jamie, Grace, Max and Saz, your corner shop’s regularest regulars… and none of them realise quite how much we know about their lives.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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New Writing, Drama

Headache

AJ doesn’t like karaoke, but she does like the girl who asked her to go. She wasn't always like this. Before her dad’s brain injury she would have jumped at the chance to go, but now everything is different. Lost and unsure, AJ is trying to patch her life back together with chicken nuggets, karaoke and a really cute girl from her literature seminar. Written and performed by Tanieth Kerr, this play explores family, loss, the effects of brain injury, the mortality of parents and working up the courage to go to karaoke.

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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A Cappella, Musical theatre

100 Years of Musicals!

In their Fringe debut, the UK's No.1 show choir invites you on a joyous journey through the rich history of musical theatre, in a fun-packed a cappella show for all the family! Starting back in the raucous days of the music hall, this high energy revue features much-loved and well-known songs from genre defining composers like Gershwin and Lloyd Webber – all the way through to big, modern day musical titans like Lin Manuel Miranda. Join us for a glorious celebration of the very best of West End magic!

Location theSpaceTriplex

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Comedy, New Writing

Sonnets from Suburbia

In Sonnets From Suburbia, Lady Penelope (AKA actress Penny Peyser) dresses in an Elizabethan costume, prefers to speak in iambic pentameter and rhyme and refuses to leave her house. Why? She has a dark secret or two. Her doctor says she can only share with you, dear audience, so do help her out! She may even play her ukulele. You may recognize Ms Peyser from many film and television appearances, including Rich Man, Poor Man, The In-Laws, All the President's Men, etc. Check out www.sonnetsfromsuburbia.com to learn more about her and her two books of sonnets.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Music, Spoken Word

The Secret Poetess of Terezin

'How can people on the brink of death experience happiness, write love poems…?' In 2017, Lenka discovered two notebooks of poems written by her grandmother, then a prisoner in a WWII concentration camp in Czechoslovakia. The Canadian musician transformed her grandmother’s words into Thieves of Dreams, an ’incredibly touching, moving way to honour history’ (Q on CBC.ca), Canada's 2023 Juno Award-winning album and an internationally touring multimedia stage show. The immersive, intimate performance wins over audiences with its intensely personal yet universal narrative of love evolving and dissolving under the pressure of monumental historical events.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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New Writing, Work in progress

Maladaptive Mouse

Name? Where is here? Where is nowhere? Mouse, by name, but they are still to find out if it's by nature. Come with us to nowhere to find a multitude of characters with no clear identity or purpose. Maladaptive Mouse is a work-in-progress examination of the nature of the creative process. Intentionally vague and deliberately disjointed, it follows the character of Mouse as they explore a world of discarded ideas in an effort to discover more about their place in this unfinished world.

Location theSpace @ Symposium Hall

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Farce, Satire

The Comings and Goings at No 10

Experience the sensational world of intrigue, incompetence and infidelity at No 10 Downing Street in this brand-new satirical farce. When Dominic Cummings, on his final day, tries to take revenge, he becomes locked in a room where ministers conduct more private matters. By doing so he witnesses Carrie, Boris and his cabinet of plebs flap, stutter and bumble through an unseen web of lies, comical misunderstandings and unbelievable lockdown scandals. Following a run of sell-out shows, don’t miss this real British farce unfolding!

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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Drama, Tragedy

Medea

Malvern Theatres Young Company is remembered for its powerful staging of Sophocles’ Antigone in 2018 and its five-star (EdinburghGuide.com) production of Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood the following year. This strong and capable ensemble returns to Edinburgh in 2024 with Euripides’ Medea. A heartbreaking portrayal of a mother’s betrayal, despair and ultimate revenge, Medea is as shocking today as it was 2,500 years ago. Director Nic Lloyd’s perfectly scaled production is ideal for the Edinburgh stage and will leave audiences in no doubt as to why the play remains the most frequently performed of all the Greek tragedies.

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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Comedy, Drama

Death(s) at Sea

A drama group are performing their new murder-mystery play, but despite their best efforts, everything goes wrong! Their play, a thrilling murder mystery set on a small ship carrying five passengers and its captain. When one of the passengers is found dead, the remaining passengers turn on each other until the real murderer is caught... But that isn’t how this play goes! Props fail, the set falls down, actors get drunk, and conversations in the wings reveal too much. Can they make it to the end of the play before one of them really kills someone?

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Physical theatre

Henry V

'All Hell shall stir…' An intimate and unique staging of Shakespeare’s classic history play. A small ensemble brings you the thrilling tale of Henry V, as he struggles to fulfil his royal legacy by taking his country to war. Staged in the round, this devised theatre piece combines modern music, deadly combat and Shakespeare’s timeless language to show us the bloody cost of war.

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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A Cappella, Musical theatre

West End Workshop

Looking for a fun, interactive activity for all the family? Come and join the UK's No.1 musical-theatre choir for our wonderful West End choir workshop! Together, we'll learn much-loved musical hits in glorious, four-part a cappella. There's no experience required – just bring a smile, some good vibes, and your best jazz hands, and we'll take care of the rest! Each part is taught at a relaxed and easy-to-follow pace, and by the end of the session you'll be performing beautiful acapella music with confidence. It's the perfect addition to your day at the festival!

Location theSpaceTriplex

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New Writing, Family-friendly

Somewhere

Created by Sarah Bishop, Somewhere is a brand-new fantasy musical with music and lyrics by internationally acclaimed indie-folk duo The Dunwells and other established Yorkshire singer-songwriters. Set in the mythical kingdom of Bywell, you will be enchanted as you follow the magical story of the shattered Somewhere mirror and the tale of Meredith who is cruelly parted from her family as a young princess. Expect breathtaking new musical theatre numbers, intriguing characters and a heartwarming storyline. 'An all-round dazzling experience' (WestEndBestFriend.co.uk).

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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Devised, Physical theatre

Hound in the Light

Hong Kong veteran community theatre company, Art Home, masquerade in masks and physical theatre to confuse the definitions of what is a human and who is a dog. Across the world, we humans love our pooches. They’re our best friends – but are they also monsters that we have to control? Servants for our entertainment? Do we say the same of other humans? As a soul floats out of their body, you, the audience, are tasked with answering their lingering question: I can’t tell who or what I am, can you?

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Spoken Word, Solo show

Worm

Worm is a brand-new, female-led solo play with a sprinkle of spoken word. Flick is turning 25 and isn’t who she was supposed to be. She doesn’t know who she was supposed to be. After quitting her job as a teacher and getting diagnosed with depression by a Buzzfeed quiz, Flick embarks on a mission to pinpoint who made her this way… Is it her rich housemate Peg? Her neurotic half-brother? Or maybe her estranged father… but will blaming them really help? Worm is a tragi-comedy about resentment, rejection, and finding yourself a little later than expected.

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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Drama, Spoken Word

Wonderin' Y: How Slade's Drummer Survived

In the summer of 1973, Slade drummer Don Powell was involved in a devastating car accident which instantly killed his girlfriend and left him with a brain injury that resulted in severe and lasting memory loss. Wonderin' Y tells the story of how a 26-year-old man at the height of the band's fame fought courageously to get back behind his drum kit and rebuild his life. This is a gripping, emotional and uplifting solo performance by writer and actor Ian Pearce, who worked closely with Don Powell to create the story.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Devised, Drama

Edward's Talk - What's Driving You?

Edward (never Ted) has delivered his talk on speed awareness 2,191 times over the last 10 years. Today, it's not quite going to plan. A new, interactive devised drama featuring audience participation and involvement in observation tasks and speeding facts and figures, the talk may encourage you to, as Edward says, 'drive like it matters'. Blueberry Goose Theatre Group and director Julia Stubbs return to Edinburgh following their four-star shows in 2022: 1:2:2192 Retribution Day (MumbleTheatre.net) and Seven and a half Years (MusicalTheatreReview.com).

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Fantasy, LGBTQ+

The Sun King

Each summer, young Jamie comes to the same spot on the same beach and speaks with a mysterious figure – the king of a magical realm far, far away. As the years pass, their conversations begin to blur the lines between reality and fiction, while Jamie watches his country and his identity change in ways he could not anticipate. Written by a Turkish playwright, The Sun King is a queer, political coming-of-age fantasy that combines powerful writing with a new perspective on all-too-familiar themes.

Location theSpaceTriplex

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Comedy, Musical Comedy

The Detective’s Demise

New murder-mystery comedy musical debuting at the Fringe! Detective Ben Stone is murdered at his own birthday party, snuffed out like a candle on a cake. Five suspects have means, motive and opportunity; but with Stone lying stone dead, trainee sleuth Molly Evans must take on the investigation… With show-stopping songs and devilish twists, join Molly to try and solve the jaw-dropping murder, as the ever more ridiculous motives of the suspects are uncovered one by one – until the killer is finally revealed...

Location theSpaceTriplex

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Comedy, LGBTQ+

Cringe

It began with a show. The Show. The star-hopping utopian sci-fi show that seized American hearts and minds one television set at a time. In 1969, a group of housewives gather in their kitchens to write forbidden love stories. Meanwhile, in a Y2K bedroom, two teens fall down a sinking spiral of a 50-year-old TV series and its obvious homoerotic themes. Cringe follows the creation of fanfiction as we know it – an unabashed, unauthorised celebration of intergenerational fandom, liberative queer space, and collaborative fantasy with a dose of camp and an even larger dose of… well. Cringe.

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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LGBTQ+, New Writing

The Gospel of Joan (Crawford)

Five would-be somebodies find themselves united in Hell, part of a trial run to solve Hell’s oncoming population problem. Faced with a poker match with the devil’s right-turned dealer – the one and only Joan Crawford – these women must vie against each other for a spot in Heaven, all while contending sins, histories, sexual identity, and their own dispensability... because in this game, winning is more than eternity – it is fame.

Location theSpace @ Venue45

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Tribute

Janis: The Story, the Music, the Legend

Presented by Rockology Productions Australia, this is a rockumentary showcasing Janice Smithers fronting a world-class band performing the hits of superstar Janis Joplin whilst guiding the audience on a rollercoaster journey of her tumultuous life of ultimate highs and lows. A moving and memorable experience, and must-see show.

Location theSpace @ Symposium Hall

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Comedy, Dark Comedy

Midnight Cowboy Radio

It's Labor Day in Kentucky! Time for your favourite late-night-radio-talk-show-host, to give you life advice on the air of "Midnight Cowboy Radio," entertaining you for those long drives home. This show is written and performed by Ally Ibach and directed by Patricia Runcie-Rice. It has been awarded as a finalist at The Secret Theatre's One-Act Festival (NYC, 2023), and has had shows at East 15 Acting School (UK, 2022), PBH Free Fringe (UK, 2022), Baltimore Center Stage's Locally Grown Festival (Baltimore, 2023), Bread and Roses (London, 2023), Theatre Row (NYC 2023), and the Tank (NYC 2024).

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Talk

Commedia and Half Mask Talk

Why is half mask not seen on the West End? Why is Commedia so rarely performed in Italy today? Why do old canovacci not work? Reflecting on the rebirth of Commedia dell'Arte on the modern stage thanks to Jacques Lecoq and Giorgio Strehler, this inspirational and informative talk by Lecoq-trained Rupert Raison, artistic director of Action Theatre (Italy) and author of The Italians in England, addresses misconceptions, mistakes and dead ends in Commedia with plenty of practical tips and suggestions for actors, authors and directors. One performance only.

Location theSpace @ Symposium Hall

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Vocal, A Cappella

Warped

If your reflection could speak, what would it say? Following the five-star success of Athena at last year's Fringe, Perfect Forth returns to Surgeons’ Hall with a new a cappella offering. Warped is about reflection: what we see in the mirror, and reflecting on ourselves and where we belong. Featuring award-winning soloists, writers and vocal percussion, Warped is a collective of artists sharing their voices and thoughts on feeling at home in our own bodies. Perfect Forth has the 'ability to reflect the human condition through the most impressive vocal performance you will see on the Fringe' (ScotsGayArts.com).

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Immersive, Storytelling

Persistent Shadows

Persistent Shadows is a narrative-driven piece of work exploring the historical, political and social landscape of Britain throughout the 1980s and drawing parallels to issues faced by the people of Britain during the time as well as today. Join us as we are plunged into the heart of the acid house rave scene, lowered into the mines of East Kent, and shipped out to sea to fight in the Falklands. The show is highly energetic, fast paced and frequently utilises physical theatre to interweave the shifts in atmosphere and setting.

Location theSpace @ Venue45

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A Cappella, Live Music

Black and Gold

The University of Leeds' award-winning a cappella group, The Songsmiths, are back for their fifth year at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Join them for an afternoon of style and sophistication in the form of sleek a cappella – a suave a cappella speakeasy, where everybody is invited! Their set includes songs from incredible artists such as Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran, The Beatles, Florence and the Machine and Elton John! Get yourself an afternoon drink and enjoy their delicious repertoire.

Location theSpaceTriplex

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Comedy, A Cappella

74th Annual Sunger Games

District 12, Katniss Everdeen, Ryanair. Worlds collide in this daring crossover. Music, so often a beacon of revolutionary expression, brings the popular Hunger Games universe to life as over 25 performers take to the stage in an all-singing, all-dancing a cappella adventure through the dangerous Capitol of Panem. What twist and turns lay waiting for our humble British tourists? Come and find out... and may the odds be ever in your flavour. That's the slogan right? Right.

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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Fantasy, Dark Comedy

Death, The Devil and The Fablemaker

Meet Perry. A confused bundle of stories from the dawn of time, collected through heartache and joy. The mysterious Alastor has chosen to listen, but who is Alastor? Perry wants to know about love; what Death really is and whether she has a meaning? A heart-warming tale of loss, acceptance and Fablemaking to gain understanding around the ultimate question - what is beyond? Maybe for Perry, another story...

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Comedy, New Writing

Can't Stop Carrying On

An ageing film producer plans to resurrect his past cinematic successes by revitalising the Carry On franchise with a brand-new film. Saucy seaside humour, double entendre and cheeky sexual innuendo. Just what a millennial audience wants, right?  Determined to secure his legacy, he decides to pull off one of the biggest cinematic comebacks of all time – a new Carry On film! A new play about ageing, the human spirit and changing attitudes, and of course an affectionate tribute to the Carry On films, one of the most successful franchises in British film. Sell-out show 2023!

Location theSpace @ Symposium Hall

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Storytelling, Solo show

Trust Me, I'm from Essex

In Trust Me, I’m from Essex, Lindsay Lucas-Bartlett will take you on a journey through life growing up in notorious Essex, England. From going to an all-girls Catholic school, rejecting the “typical blonde” Essex girl stereotype, wreckage at home, a sexual assault and then a tragic suicide in the family... to finally realizing her dream of living in Los Angeles and creating a new home of her own. Enjoy this fun-filled journey with laughter, singing, and down-right drama. Trigger warnings: there are themes of an adult nature.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Stand-up, Solo show

Choose My Own Road - Cantonese Comedy Show

Tim toured 10 different places last year. It was an amazing experience! In 2023, he visited 10 places: Melbourne, Sydney, Taiwan, Macau, Edinburgh, Manchester, London, New York, Kuala Lumpur, and HK. Tim was hugely impacted by this tour. How does one perform Cantonese stand-up comedy in a foreign land? What are the strangest things about each place? And how do Hong Kong people fit into the same world? Tim has chosen his path. Will he laugh or cry? Come to the show to find out.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Magic, Family-friendly

1 Murder: The Mind-Reading Lawyer

Aug 19-24
Fringe veteran mind reader, Tomas McCabe, is back with a show that combines his trademark mentalism with a courtroom drama. Having been the go-to Fringe performer for mind reading for four years running, Tomas has now taken his skills to the next level by training as a barrister. Expect a family-friendly show of incredible mentalism mixed with the drama of court. Are you brave enough to sit as the judge or jury, or will you be the one on trial?

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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New Writing, Drama

I Did Something I Shouldn't Have...

16 year-old Sean Parker has never known his Dad and wants to change that. His brothers are unenthusiastic about his plans… Undeterred and egged on by his best friend, Sean successfully makes contact with and meets with his Dad… but at what cost? This reunion carries risks and potential danger that may affect all their lives resulting in them never being the same again…

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Comedy, Horror

Bachelorette Bash

'Til death us do party! Before her single life ends, Sally just wants to hang with her friends, but who the fuck is the sheep? And why is it hunting them?! Sally's wedding looks on hold as the girls turn cold. They're not goin’ down ‘til the sun comes up, but just who will it come up for? A puerile, comedy-horror to leave your common sense at the door with. Grab a weapon (cock straws don't count). This will be one hell of a Bachelorette Bash!

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Musical Comedy, Sci-fi

Professor Where

'I am done with Professor Where! Apparently, it's just not done with me yet...' In a new musical comedy, John B Stevens – the disillusioned showrunner of famous sci-fi TV show Professor Where – is writing his final season when he finds himself transported through universes and trapped in the very world he is desperately trying to escape. A hilarious new original musical, parodying British sci-fi classics, Professor Where is a meta exploration what it means for a writer to carry the legacy of a cultural phenomenon.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Theatre

Aaaaa Very Fringey Show

What makes the perfect Fringe show: comedy, theatre, magic, puppets, improv? Yes. The perfect show is every show in one. Spend 50 minutes with four young hopefuls who will pitch to you the fringiest Fringe show ever! You’re the hotshot new producer with a venue to fill and these four think they have a show that will pack in the crowds… and if their first pitch doesn’t wow you, they’ve got another hundred ideas for the ultimate Fringe hour! They won’t take no for an answer and in the end their…"immeasurable" talent will win you over!!

Location theSpaceTriplex