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Drama, Musical theatre

A Fire Ignites

A Fire Ignites tells the story of a brave teenage girl, Parisa, in modern-day Iran who sets her hijab on fire in public. Attacked by the morality police for her rebellion, she desires nothing more than to free her country from oppression. Her best friend, who shelters her, is exhausted from fighting and lives in fear. She and Parisa are opposites, as Parisa still believes that human beings are good despite all she has endured. Parisa's mother fears for her daughter's life, and conflict emerges. This story is inspired by the brave young women in Iran today.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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New Writing, Dark Comedy

Dead Mom Play

A young writer is forced to face Death, his ego and his dying, critical mother after getting stuck in a play of his own creation. Charlie tackles guilt, denial and a freezer full of lasagnes in this dark comedy.

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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Contemporary, Drama

Via Dolorosa by David Hare

Voices of Israel and Palestine. In 1997, the playwright David Hare was invited to go to Israel – 'because in Israel they're fighting for something they believe in'. Various trips to Israel and Palestine ensued, during which David was given access to a range of public and private figures, each with a fresh perspective on the region and its troubles. Moved by his experiences, David wrote the groundbreaking play Via Dolorosa. Gary Hay presents a must-see performance of David Hare’s compelling drama, which lays bare the history, complexities and tensions of the region.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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New Writing, Horror

Birdwatching

Aug 02-10
School friends Amelia, Poppy and Lauren are wild camping in the Northumberland forest. As the woods darken around them and tensions flare, a watchful presence takes hold over the camp. A perfect boiling pot of paranoia, superstition and adolescent insecurity ensues that hangs on a chilling question: who is watching who? With female, queer and neurodivergent perspectives centre stage, Birdwatching is a new folk horror about the female experience that doesn’t look away. Black Bright Theatre Company returns to the Edinburgh Fringe following the success of their five-star, award nominated debut, The Hunger.

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Musical theatre, Puppetry

Goose

Sophie meets Goose whilst on a trip to the park, and the pair soon become the best of friends. This new musical for the under fives is the perfect theatre trip as they jump through muddy puddles, go on a wild goose chase and honk as loud as they can with Sophie and Goose. This 45 minute interactive production brings Laura Wall’s laugh-out-loud illustrations and loveable characters to life. Goose is an instant favourite with young and old. Honk!

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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Dark Comedy, Sci-fi

R.U.R. Rossum's Universal Robots

The play that introduced the word 'Robot' to the world: where the creation of artificial beings revolutionises labour and industry. As these robots gain self-awareness, profound questions about the essence of humanity and the consequences of scientific progress emerge.

Location theSpace @ Venue45

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Revue, Musical theatre

The Original Sing-A-Long To Smash Hit Musicals

Aug 02-10
Following their hugely successful run at last year's Fringe, CRE8IV are back with their show that encourages you to sing along! You won't be thrown out for belting out these musical bangers! Join this cast of musical pros and even end up on stage in their rousing finale.

Location theSpace @ Symposium Hall

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Music, Performance art

Once Upon a Tune

Join a fairy-tale princess with her singalong show of your favourite animated characters! With enchanting vocals and gorgeous gowns, this brand-new show emulates the magic of the animated movies. Jasmine Alice is a professional singer/actress who has toured internationally with her engaging shows. Sing along to the most acclaimed Disney songs and you’ll discover a world of magic unfold in front of your eyes and ears. This Edinburgh Fringe debut show is certainly the best way for the whole family to start the day! This creative, dynamic children’s show is not one to miss!

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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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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Neurodiversity-led, Solo show

Lady ADHD

Aug 02-10
Hop on this daring, immersive, real-time dopamine chase, tracing how Blaire Postman’s unique comedy bits (fueled by a rollercoaster of flipchart rabbit-holes) at first revealed to her the unexpected connections of life’s intricacies, then panned out further to expose the true nature of her own brain. Postman’s neurodivergent superpowers – and their kryptonite – become evident as she spins a frenzied, hilarious web, exposing the order in the chaos of her ADHD mind, and challenging audiences to recognize what’s at stake when we choose to dismiss those who think differently, and flipping the script on conversations about neurodiversity.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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LGBTQ+, Contemporary

Jess

They say loneliness is the leprosy of the modern day. A poignant, meaningful and honest insight into the life of a woman experiencing loss and heartbreak. Meet Jess – she’s a cardiothoracic surgeon, her mum calls her a "career woman", her boss is a bully, her girlfriends left her and all Jess wants to do is f*cking change her life. ‘From the very beginning, Jess is a production that is unafraid to engage with the uncomfortable’ ***** (Upper-Circle.com).

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Adaptation, Character Comedy

Cinderella

Your face will hurt from smiling so much when watching the Bay Area's most prestigious troupe of Commedia dell'arte characters perform an original version of Cinderella. A story as old as a typical theatre audience. A tale as classic as Snow White. Written by the notorious Quentini Tavatino, with unoriginal music by Eduardo Penealta. This is the show you'll not want to miss!

Location theSpaceTriplex

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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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Historical, Musical theatre

Wallis

After their success with 2023's Guilty of Love, BramwellBrand's latest musical tells the story of a woman swept away by circumstance, and the King who gave up his crown for her. Prince Edward, bored with the constraints of monarchy, falls in love with an American divorcee, Wallis Simpson, and gives up everything for her. Fans of The Crown will instantly recognise the first enactment of this royal twisted tale in the story of Wallis Simpson: but is it a love story, or is she a woman trapped by her own ambition, fuelled by the eye of the media?

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Sci-fi, Absurdist

Only Human

We don't hate you, you're just in the way. Welcome to the future, where two beings navigate a world dominated by AI. Amid driverless cars and sentient appliances, they explore love, hate and the blurred lines between human and machine. Laugh, weep and contemplate life, the universe and artificial intelligence in this timeless AI/human love story. 'A truly fantastic production which succeeds in addressing questions we will need to consider as the brave new world of artificial intelligence increasingly become a part of our world' ***** (GlamAdelaide.com.au). 'A phenomenal surrealist show' ****½ (TheSerenadeFiles.com).

Location theSpaceTriplex

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Musical Comedy, Puppetry

Miss English's Holiday by Action Theatre (Italy)

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, Clown

The Comedy Games with Coach Mon

After a gold medal run at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Coach Mon is pumped for a spectacular sports extravaganza, but her athletes have disappeared! How can The Comedy Games leap ahead with no athletes?! Can you help find them? Skate on over to this Olympic-inspired kid's clown show filled with music and sports-tastic events like eyebrow push-ups and a slow-motion running race. Your little ones will move, groove and dream, plus you’ll walk away with your very own custom-made medal! Get ready for some serious silliness at this frivolously fun family show.

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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Interactive, Family-friendly

Cantonese Opera x Children’s Interactive Theatre: Dic Dic Chang Chang Playground

Join Captain Dic Dic and Chang Chang at the Cantonese Opera Playground in Edinburgh! The entrancing Cantonese Opera Fairy teaches our heroes many artful skills of their cherished tradition to outwit the Boring King, who threatens their vivid realm. The twist? They need you, the audience, to become secret agents in this interactive spectacle! Harness the power of imagination to unlock mysteries and tackle challenges. Embark on an enchanting journey filled with laughter, intrigue, and the spirit of adventure – all while experiencing the beauty of Cantonese opera!

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Comedy, New Writing

Get Thee to a Nursery

Get thee to a…Nursery? In this absurdist comedy, a band of four-year-old rascals are cursed by the spirit of Shakespeare for shredding his beloved folio. Formerly inarticulate and screen addicted, the feral children awaken to find themselves fluent in the Bard’s language and conceiving character thoughts not their own. As the nursery politics magically weave through various Shakespearean subplots, the children bicker, fight and laugh through the Bard’s world and words. An original play, this new work will debut at the Edinburgh Festival, performed by young adults channeling their inner infant.

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Music, Solo show

The Christening of Prince Imogene

A trans boy and his piano’s musical exploration of romantic failure. Through a painful confrontation of embarrassing memories, this is a celebration of queer joy. Join as he finds a new theory of love. Raised in LA, based in NYC, Otis Wolodarsky has met his fair share of metrosexuals. Though these men may not understand Otis, Otis understands them. And has loved them. He’s learned, he’s been burned, he’s written a lot of gender theory. He is ready to reupholster your understanding of transness. Trust him, it’s not what you think.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons 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, Drama

Malion

A feminist retelling of the Pygmalion and Galatea myth. Malion, a sculptor, is presenting his work to his male friends, a statue of the most beautiful woman in creation. He rejoices in his achievement over drinks with some male friends. However, the conversation cannot move away from sexual fantasy and lust for the statue. Meanwhile, brought to life by Aphrodite’s kiss, Galatea awakens. Galatea seeks the love of her creator but he is changing, falling in line with his comrades and forgetting his pure vision of love. Will Malion see Galatea, or fall into the ranks of masculine identity?

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Comedy, Historical

Squires

Before there were knights, there were idiots who thought swinging a sword and being a hero were pretty much interchangeable. Squires is a historical workplace comedy turned comedy of errors as a group of unlikely friends come together under a common goal: to not be accused of murder. Squires looks at pressing issues like 'how crappy is a first job exactly' and 'can you speedrun inventing the concept of gravity in a single afternoon'. The answer to both is 'yes'. Holy Grail meets Twelfth Night in a story of pigs, bisexual panic, bricks and accusations of heresy.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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New Writing, Drama

Mother

A funny, heartwarming and heartbreaking tale of one woman's descent into motherhood and mayhem. Set to a stunning soundtrack, Mother unfolds into an intensely intimate journey that both enthrals and unsettles. A story of lust, lies, Liebfraumilch and the dawning of a proper bleeding miracle. You will be delighted you added Mother to your Fringe shortlist! From Frank's patch of baldness to Lydia's patch of happiness and the silently spoken words of a broken promise, Molly sets the record straight. But which record? Which will you believe? 'Gripping...funny...dark' ***** (Backstage Bristol). 'A deeply personal experience' **** (Stage Talk).

Location theSpaceTriplex

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Devised, Physical theatre

Artemis vs Apollo: Clash of the Celestial Twins

Get ready for high-school drama like never before! Watch students tackle the story of Artemis and Apollo with hilarious creativity. They're trying to figure out which rocks the most, from rap battles to light shows, as they prepare to perform at the Fringe! It's a clash of ideas, egos, and creativity as they dive into sibling drama and ancient myths. Join the fun as they discover new talents, make friends, and learn a thing or two about themselves. Don't miss Artemis vs. Apollo: Clash of the Celestial Twins. It's gonna be epic!

Location theSpace @ Venue45

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Comedy, Dance

Go to Your Womb

A comedy show starring comedian Toni Nagy and her 13-year old daughter Adelia Aldrich. Submerge into the shamanic journey of parenting, being parented and the process of building compassion for one’s parents by understanding them as humans. How do we find our own voice when the voices of our parents are so loud in our heads? The show provides an opportunity to embrace collective healing and will be expressed through the mediums of storytelling, sketch comedy, clowning and dance. Prepare for catharsis in this family-friendly acid trip you may later want to process with a therapist.

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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New Writing, Dark Comedy

Apricot

Apricot is a dark comedy set in modern day London. The play takes a look at our post Roe v Wade world through the eyes of best friends Angel and Gina. On the cusp of adulthood, they experience highs and lows when Angel undergoes several pregnancies. This dark comedy explores gender roles, reproductive rights and moral ambiguity from the viewpoint of three teenagers, posing big questions for its audience. 'The show makes no apologies and pulls no punches in this pithy dark comedy' but rather offers two young women's perspectives 'with humour and heart' (TheSpyInTheStalls.com).

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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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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Theatre

Stuart Little

This is the endearing classic about a mouse named Stuart Little who is born into an ordinary New York family. All the charm, wisdom and joy of the E.B. White original are captured in this joyous adaptation by Joseph Robinette. The many adventures, big and small, of Stuart Little are brought vividly to life in this vibrant production. In a series of delightful scenes that make up the marvelous manoeuvrings of a mild-mannered mouse trying to survive in a "real people's world", Stuart Little is the perfect show to introduce children to the magical world of live theatre.

Location theSpaceTriplex

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Revue, Musical theatre

The Best of the West End and Broadway

Aug 02-10
Cast ranging in age that give you the very best journey through the landscape of London’s West End hits and Broadway’s masterpieces.

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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Comedy, New Writing

The Italians in England by Action Theatre (Italy)

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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(Dis)honest

When you’re constantly reinventing yourself, how do you know who you really are? With inspiration drawn from the life of confidence trickster Amy Bock, this comedy drama explores the big question: when do we stop pretending? An originally written piece, (Dis)honest will take you through a range of crimes and deceptions, and leave you with the questions: what does honesty mean, where does it stop, and does it matter?

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Clown

Beryl & Clive, Sing or Die (Their Musical)

Beryl & Clive, a wildly funny comedy about a fabulously unconventional couple breaking all the rules to fulfil their creative dreams. Believing in yourself is at the heart of this story, with laughter, chaos and creative spirits unleashed. Amy Gibbons' writing takes you on a joyful journey into the absurd, where relationships and self expression take on a whole new meaning. With clown, song and dance this play promises an explosion of love and hilarity like never seen before. Sing or die! 'Not just funny, hilarious...' (James Pearson, Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club).

Location theSpaceTriplex

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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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New Writing, Drama

Baby Steps

It's almost Mother's Day. In Alice's mind, the day of reckoning. She's been waiting for this moment for months. Just to see what will happen. Mother's Day can't possibly exist without her mother, right? A series of witty and heartfelt vignettes depicting a turbulent friendship while working through a life-changing loss. Alice is pushing Jo away, Jo won't let her go. 'It'll get better' Jo tells her, 'take it one step at a time. Baby steps.'

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Comedy, LGBTQ+

Disco Dick

What’s a more embarrassing way to come out: your mum walking in on you receiving oral sex, or your dad finding your new strap-on? How about both? Fran’s unfortunate morning is followed by a very awkward family meal.

Location theSpace @ Symposium 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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Political

Phil Hammond and Dame Clare Gerada: Fifty Minutes to Save the NHS

Two doctors 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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Poetry, Drama

Psyche

Psyche, a Romani countess and poet, wanders across Europe during the Napoleonic era in a chauvinistic society that challenges her independence. The first English translation of a one-woman show adapted from the Hungarian book Psyche: Writings of an Erstwhile Poetess by Sandor Weores, written in 1972 under the Soviet regime of Hungary as a pamphlet of censorship. A volume of poems, prose and various documents in which Weores created a fictitious poetess (his own alter ego) living at the beginning of the 19th century, completely recreating the language, style and manners of the period. A self-cleansing in 60 minutes.

Location theSpace on the Mile

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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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Storytelling, Drama

Elizabeth I: In Her Own Words

Intrigue. Betrayal. Unconsummated love. Danger. Step into the world of Elizabeth I as she navigates the stormy waters of late 16th-century England. Ascending the English throne in a vibrant but turbulent time she was a brilliant and canny stateswoman, politician and ruler whose own letters provide a captivating peek into her inner thoughts, desires, heartaches, fears, doubts and joys. Intertwined with speeches from the plays of Shakespeare, the letters of the Virgin Queen paint a unique portrait of this remarkable and complex woman.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Comedy, Compilation

Simply Grimm

What do you do when your flight has been delayed for the fourth time as you're heading to the Fringe? You could be grim or Simply Grimm – a fun filled, highly energetic romp through the tales of the Brothers Grimm. Caught in the airport for yet another delay, what else can a troupe of thespians do than breathe new life in to classic stories? Old tales are turned into new yarns, which in turn, turns them into new classics.

Location theSpace @ Venue45

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Sketch Show

The Dead Ducks

Come join the University of York’s premier sketch troupe for another fantastic show of absurdist sketch comedy. They’ve worked their socks off all year to show Edinburgh Fringe 2024 a good time. Watch these five young talents as they take the stage by storm with silly and hilarious sketches. Spanning a number of topics, with their unique style and panache they will bring humour and silliness to all.

Location theSpaceTriplex

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Comedy, Drama

Big Scary Cat

A group of stereotypically attractive and slightly dim young people trapped in a fun fair haunted house. There’s a lion on the loose outside, but something even scarier going on inside. From award-winning playwright and director Frankie Regalia comes a new satirical horror-comedy about youth, survival, and a big scary cat. Will they all make it out alive? More importantly, do you want them to?

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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Comedy, New Writing

Tartan Tat

Meet the staff of Tartan Treasures, a tourist-trap gift shop on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile selling Jimmy Hats, Highland cows and knock-off wands. They’re all just trying to get by while waiting for life to truly begin. But when the staff find themselves at the centre of online controversy their problems become bigger than their little store can handle. Harris, Orla, Kayley, Arran and Millie must band together to keep both the shop and themselves above water. Tartan Tat is a new Scottish comedy from Shark Bait Theatre about community, camaraderie and novelty key rings.

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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Music, Drama

One Sugar, Stirred to the Left

A heart-warming, poignant and, at times funny play about palliative nurse and ex-singer/songwriter Bronwyn, who is commissioned by her patient (Henry) to write an album of music based on secret poems he had written for his late wife and son (Justin) – words he couldn’t say in person. A premiere from writer and award-winning composer Jon Lawrence, it is based on his own experience and proves that love and life can exist in the strangest places. With brand-new acoustic music, it will have you laughing, crying and singing. A must see!

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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LGBTQ+, New Writing

Three Bed (No Living Room)

How do you learn everything about being queer as quickly as possible? Beth has some catching up to do. Luckily, her two best friends have her back. A new, funny and truthful play set in a student flat in Edinburgh about navigating the queer dating scene in the 2020s, in your twenties.

Location theSpace on the Mile

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LGBTQ+, Sketch Show

Who Gave You the Mic?

Follow a diverse array of characters, including Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike and… Mike, through manspreading competitions, bisexual superhero numbers and more! Filled with campness, social commentary, feminine rage and… Mike. This show is not one to miss. This sketch show explores the audacity of cis-het men, the absurdity of gender politics and the joys of unfiltered queerness. Told through singing, drag king-ing and sketch comedy, Who Gave You the Mic? is a bold critique of normative masculinity. But we’ll stop mansplaining, you’ll just have to come and see for yourself.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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True-life, Solo show

Hagar: War Mother

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. Produced by Joanna Blundell. ‘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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New Writing, Historical

I Am Yours Sincerely

I Am Yours Sincerely is the true, untold story of John Cox, a member of the Special Operations Executive during the Second World War. This play goes through his life, from university student to soldier to spy. This year marks the 80th anniversary of his first mission parachuting into France. John Cox is also Ed’s step-grandfather and after hearing his story was moved to create this solo show.

Location theSpaceTriplex

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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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Traditional, Compilation

Celtic Roots

North East-born international singer Kevin Littlejohn takes his audiences through a musical journey of some of his favourite Celtic songs that remind him of his family, his heritage and his home. Kevin's endearing stage presence and impressive talent for storytelling makes for a truly captivating experience. Featuring Kevin's mesmerising vocals and a live fiddle player, Celtic Roots celebrates Scottish heritage through familiar classics and newer melodies that will evoke fond memories and connect us all to our own roots and the places we call home.

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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Dark Comedy, Solo show

Driver's Seat: Obsessive Compulsive Disaster

When you’re eight, monsters live under your bed. Ellie’s live in her head, threatening to harm her sister and taunting the imminent death of her parents. After her monster was diagnosed as OCD, the life in threat became hers. It’s 2020: Ellie can’t drive, she can’t eat pizza, she decidedly can’t keep a boyfriend… but the one thing she can do is find humour in the horror. Buckle up for a shockingly funny and twisted ride through a young woman's epic breakup, major breakdown, coming out, and – just possibly – learning how to drive.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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New Writing, Musical theatre

Godfather Death: A Grimms' Musical

Based on a little-known Grimms' fairytale, Godfather Death is an award-winning and gleefully macabre new musical exploring mortality, healthcare and class. When, in desperation, a mother seeks a godfather for her 13th child, Death takes her boy under their wing and offers him a gift – the power to tell whether someone will live or die. Eager to keep those he loves alive but tempted by the accompanying fortune, we follow the boy’s encounters with the ill, the dying and death itself. Winner: OffFest Best Musical at Fringe 2023. ***** (BroadwayBaby.com). ***** (Everything-Theatre.co.uk). ***** (BingeFringe.com).

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Drama, Historical

Man of War: The Secret Life of Nadezha Durova

From the producers of I Sniper and Chaika comes Man of War: The Secret Life of Nadezha Durova. Follow Durova's captivating journey as she flees her marriage, becomes a captain in the Tsar’s army, and fights Napoleon while concealing her "true" identity.

Location theSpace @ Symposium Hall

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Comedy, New Writing

Four More Short Plays Loosely Linked by the Theme of Crime

Charles Edward Pipe and Co return to the Fringe following last year’s five-star (TheEdinburghReporter.co.uk) show – Five Short Plays Loosely Linked by the Theme of Crime – with Four More Short Plays Loosely Linked by the Theme of Crime! This show has something for everyone; expect cowboys, forgery, suburban Macbeth, and the return of beloved gangster duo Ronnie and Johnny. Charles is ‘a brilliantly funny comic writer and an astute director’ (TheBubble.org.uk) known for his comic style which ‘masterfully walks the tightrope between light and dark’ (TheatreWeekly.com).

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Magic, Neurodiversity-led

Naughty or Neurodiverse - Magic from Another Planet

Mind-reading and unbelievable trickery abound in this exploration of how autism and magic make anything possible, with rising star Angus Baskerville. Angus was diagnosed with Autism and ADHD at age 15, and his school years were a struggle. But, learning and performing magic has turned his life around and his first solo show at the Fringe delves into that journey. You'll be asking yourself 'how did he do that?!' at every turn in this family-friendly show that brings the superpowers of neurodiversity to life.

Location theSpace on the Mile

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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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Comedy, Theatre

I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change

A hilarious and heartfelt musical that tackles modern love in all its forms. From the perils and pitfalls of the first date to marriage, children, and the twilight years of life. Set in the modern world, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change traces the overall arc of relationships throughout the course of a life. An insightful and hilarious musical, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change will have audience members shouting... 'This is my life!'

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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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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LGBTQ+, Satire

Lads of the Flies

When some teenage boys (played by female-presenting actors) get lost in the wilderness on Duke of Edinburgh, they feud, flirt and fornicate in a way that forces us (and them) to ask – is there hope for modern men? Getting stranded was not on rugby captain Lewis Smith’s 2024 bingo card. Now, all he has to do is try not to shag his best friend. Or be converted into a misogynist. Or get his DofE group high on shrooms. Or come to any earth-shattering realisations about the performative nature of masculinity. What could go wrong?

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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Fantasy, Adaptation

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Join Rip Van Winkle and an engaging cast of performers as they retell Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, with this innovative production blending music and mayhem into this American classic. Audience members will find themselves fully immersed in the world of Irving's most infamous tale. This production is solely created by student and faculty members of Buckingham Browne and Nichols School, Cambridge, MA.

Location theSpace @ Venue45

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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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Stand-up, Improv

Bubble!

Exploring the funny within a little bubble using a combination of improv and stand-up. A "solo" show. Honest.

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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Comedy, Solo show

no no no please no god no, nevermind i'm fine

You don't need to see a show about a life-changing hallucinogenic experience. You don't need to hear about how it unlocked the meaning of love and the finite nature of time. You don't need to know the secret key to existence. Sarina didn't make that show. She faced her certain mortality and is here to share with you how she overcame it and now it's all completely totally fine. And you will stand up and applaud her for doing so. And then we'll all die someday! xox

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Solo show

A Life in Boxes

In the dusty confines of her late mother's attic, secrets unravel like cobwebs as Charlotte embarks on a darkly comedic journey through the forgotten chapters of her family's twisted history. A delightful new solo show written and performed by Rhiannon Hughes.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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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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Theatre, Soul

Amazing Stories of Blues and Soul: The Road Trip

The feel-good, eight-piece band returns to Edinburgh with their award-winning show, taking its audience across America and discovering the roots of blues and soul. Words, music and a dynamic stage show tell how soul emerged: from the blues and rock'n'roll of the post-war period to the smouldering sounds of the Stax record label. Anecdotes, humour and the songs of John Lee Hooker, Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Buddy Guy and many more. 'Top-notch musicianship… informative and funny... highly recommended' (FringeReview.co.uk). A Mervyn Stutter Pick of the Fringe show in 2023.

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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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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Storytelling, Stand-up

Dead Inside

Does cancer change you? Jane was adamant it wasn’t going to change her. Jane was an idiot. Part stand-up, part autobiographical theatre, Dead Inside is a rollercoaster ride through the hilarious topics of cancer, suicide and the price of pretty panties. Guaranteed to be less terrifying than it sounds, this is one woman’s reaction to an onslaught of breast cancer treatments – the things that made her laugh, cry and say what the actual duck-billed platypus – all while brandishing humour as a coping mechanism. Join Jane Japes to find out if you’re Dead Inside or Loving Life.

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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Comedy, Cabaret

They May Have Even Eaten Ham!

Naomi Paul’s (mostly) Jewish show! From the Baltic to Birmingham, from shamash to shellfish, to Hendon and beyond. With original stories, humour and songs. What’s not to like? 'It’s as much an entertaining look at Britain today as it is the past that shaped us' **** (BritishTheatreGuide.info, 2023). 'The inclusion of original written music made this show a stand out... interesting and thought provoking' (Audience review, 2023). 'There is a warm, conversational shape to the show with a fine sensitivity to the audience' (BritishTheatreGuide.info, 2023).

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 a horny hopeless romantic fighting to stay true to herself in the face of rejection. Through personal storytelling, original songs and a quarter-life crisis, Gianna marches heart-first into the battle of loving too much or not at all. But most importantly, trying to not vomit in the process.

Location theSpaceTriplex

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Political, Solo show

Phil Hammond: The Ins and Outs of Pleasure

Dr Phil (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 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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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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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, Live Music

Super Second Rate

While clearing out her family home, Leah discovers a letter her father wrote suggesting she lacked what it takes to become a professional musician. But cellist Leah Coloff just won a Grammy and has played alongside the greatest names in contemporary music – from David Bowie to Debbie Harry. Hear her story, told through spoken word, music and song in this funny, humane show. 'Leah Coloff plays and sings with artful angularity and a rock-inflected assertiveness' (New York Times). 'As part storyteller and part singer/cellist, she seamlessly embodied the two distinct worlds.' (ICareIfYouListen.com).

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Comedy, Absurdist

Waitin 4 Gaia

A play on Beckett’s Godot, two fools sit on a bench not sure if they exist, not sure if the rest of the world exists and waiting on something. Pressed into 40 minutes of farcical, dark-humoured and sarcastic revelry are two 20-somethings who have probably got to start figuring their life out. But right now, in this wasteland playground, a couple shots of fairy whiskey and a bard made on the pavements – nothing else seems to matter. Before long, Gaia will come raining down – but we must wait on her, as we always do.

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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New Writing, Devised

The Hatter's Requiem

Searching for his beloved Alice in a race against time, Hatter leaves home. But what is Wonderland without Hatter? And – more importantly – what is Hatter without Wonderland? Catapulted into an even topsy-turvier dark near-future, our galumphing hero must face some terrible truths… But if all truth comes at a cost, will the discovery be worth the price paid? An exploration of excitement, The Hatter’s Requiem follows our mimsy milliner’s quest for love, identity and – ultimately – redemption. A quirky ensemble adventure awaits. Tick tock.

Location theSpace on the Mile

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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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Variety, Farce

Get Wrecked!

Join us for our irreverent radio show. We interview characters from across the Bard's world who tell us in their own words a little about what went on, then take us to quick flashbacks to the scenes in question. We'll hear from young lovers and cross courtiers who met in a Tempest. We meet a couple of guys just trying to get by on the streets of Verona, and we hear from the late shift on the south side of Castle Elsinore. It's an easy evening of radio play comedy suitable for all.

Location theSpace @ Venue45

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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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West End vs Broadway

Enjoy an evening of musical theatre delivered by fantastic voices. Featuring an array of numbers and breathtaking harmonies, these performers showcase the best from the West End and Broadway. From timeless classics to more modern musicals, our vocalists will take you on a journey through the bright lights of Broadway and leave you in the West End of London longing to hear more.

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Storytelling, Neurodiversity-led

Why Am I (Still) Like This?

At 30, Nicole finally found out why she was like this (spoiler: it's ADHD), but four years and one diagnosis later... it doesn't feel like much has changed. Why doesn't she have her life together already? Why can't she stick to a planner? Why can't she leave the house on time, pay her credit card on time or know where she put her glasses? So now, she has a new question – why am I still like this?

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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LGBTQ+, New Writing

I Cut My Nipples Off Today

How do you look non-binary? Everyday your brain is bombarded by images and opinions about your body. At the centre of a lot of this discourse sits the nipple. They are sexualised and politicised, a symbol of liberation and a symbol of oppression, something to flaunt and something to cover. The non-binary nipple embodies all of these at once. What might happen if they just didn’t exist? I Cut My Nipples Off Today asks why someone would take such drastic measures to make their body match the image in their mind.

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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LGBTQ+, Absurdist

What If They Ate The Baby?

There are three rules every housewife knows: never return a dish empty, always have dinner ready by the time he gets home, and some things are best kept under the table. After all, you never know who’s listening. You’ve heard whispers of absent husbands? Missing children? Spaghetti recipes? Or was it scones? You just can’t trust everything you hear through the walls these days. The 2023 Fringe First Award Show returns for a limited run.

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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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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Family-friendly, Improv

Improvabunga!

In a world where movie plots are getting too predictable, one award-winning improv show dares to break the mould. You choose the genre, the subgenre, the setting and the title and they will do the rest, creating a totally improvised show brimming with all your favourite movie tropes. This 'understandable Fringe favourite' (FringeReview.co.uk) features live musical accompaniment, with songs and soundtrack all made up on the spot. Will you be lucky enough to grab one of the four famous Improvabuzzers, allowing you to direct the action as it happens? **** (Voice Magazine). **** (Clownster.wordpress.com). **** (EdFringeReview.co.uk).

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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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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Storytelling, Solo show

Aude Lener - Love Reboot

Wanna feel loved? Honestly, I'm no magician. I'm just French. How sexy is that? So if you like love stories that have nothing to do with love stories, get your tickets now. For her second Fringe, Aude Lener is back with a new, hilarious, surprising show. A love story, a love quest? Whatever, in the end it's all about love reboot. From her last show On Edge: 'A hidden gem! In Aude Lener's capable hands and expressive face, everything becomes pure comedy.' (FringeReview.co.uk). 'Aude delivers a captivating performance, a typically French brand of humour.' (BingeFringe.com).

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Comedy, New Writing

God, the Devil and Me

God, the Devil and Me is a brave new comedy exploring and average teenage life… if you’re best friends with God and the Devil that is. Gabe Price will have to navigate adolescence with two omnipotent beings in tow. Revelations will be made, loyalties will be tested and the greatest reveal may not be world shaking, but more about Gabe himself…

Location theSpaceTriplex

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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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New Writing, Solo show

Kev Campbell Was He

After a failed graffiti attempt in a nightclub toilet, Kev Campbell ends up meeting a stranger who completely changes the course of his life. Kev Campbell Was He is a comedic one-man show tackling themes of toxic masculinity and homophobia in modern day Scotland, telling the story of the friendship that forces a man to reckon with heteronormativity in society and himself. Nominated for the David MacLennan Award in 2024, this funny and thought-provoking play is written and performed by Scottish theatre maker Alexander Tait.

Location theSpace @ Symposium Hall

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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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Devised, Historical

How We Take Our Coffee

Does your coffee order reveal your personality? Is it possible to "have it all"? In this lighthearted historical fiction, several women who helped shape the future of Erie, Pennsylvania, USA near the turn of the century discuss the answers to these questions over coffee and chocolates at Romolo's Café. A young reporter finds herself amidst the magic and mischief that brings the unsung heroines together across the boundaries of space and time, seizing the opportunity to record their stories.

Location theSpace @ Venue45

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Dark Comedy, Solo show

Help! My Vagina Is Trying to Kill Me!

Help! My Vagina Is Trying to Kill Me! is a dark, comedic solo show that explores one woman's journey of navigating STDs, miscarriages and pre-cervical cancer, all while learning to love her vagina and herself again.

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, New Writing

Lonesome Tonight

Chris has been having horrid thoughts – thoughts that led to his break-up with Anya, thoughts that have since kept him from reaching out to Len. One night, Chris sulks in his flat. Desperate for someone to talk to, he returns a phone call from his best friend for the first time in four weeks. Len, a part-time Elvis impersonator, isn’t impressed. ‘Pay me,’ he says. ‘Okay,’ says Chris. Now, Len is on his way and Chris is panicking. What if he can’t find Len from underneath the pompadour and jumpsuit? What if he loses his friend forever?

Location theSpace @ Symposium Hall

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Musical Comedy, Musical theatre

Mary Mary Quite Contrary

Born in Edwardian England, Mary Whitehouse was a religious moral campaigner and thorn in the side of the BBC in the 1960s and 70s during its modernisation from its formal and staid outlook when it began in 1923. The social and sexual revolution in the swinging 60s and 70s demanded greater freedoms for people who wanted pop music, fashion and consensual sexy fun. So how did Mary end up at a fetish party in a swingers club, and what happened? Brand-new spoof adult musical with a “happy ending”!

Location theSpace on the Mile

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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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Storytelling, Dark Comedy

Steve Otis Gunn is Uncomfortable

Steve Otis Gunn has been uncomfortable since 1991, when he realised he didn't know what to do with his arms. Could it be residual guilt from being indoctrinated into a life of crime by his parents? Or the hallucinogens in his baby bottle? We may never know. Expect silliness interspersed with true stories of feeling awkward told in a dark comic style. (At the end of each performance an audience member will be invited onstage to be part of a special episode of Television Times Podcast which is hosted by Steve.)

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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LGBTQ+, New Writing

MILF and the Mistress

Ali is living the rainbow family dream – but something is missing. It's a need her wife doesn’t understand, a sexual fantasy suppressed her whole life. Now, suburban swinging, latex and literary eroticism collide, sending her on a hilarious quest to fulfil her darkest desires. A powerhouse solo performance by Australian theatre luminary Jennifer Vuletic, in a darkly hilarious play by Jane Montgomery Griffiths. A story for anyone who wonders if not now, when? 'Writing is clever, cutting and poignant' ***** (TheatreMatters.com.au). 'Brilliant and thought-provoking' ***** (DarkStoriesTheatre.com.au). 'Vuletic is magnetic' **** (Age, Melbourne).

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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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. Directed by Blank Space Productions' Cohan, critically acclaimed writer/performer Kristen Smyth breathes life into this evocative new production which questions how we determine who we'll call monsters and who we won't.

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

Hedonistic queer party-goer Rey is sent on a mission to bury nuclear waste in an underground 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 through time. 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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Comedy, Absurdist

The Gentleman of Shalott

In his tower on an island in the river, Martuni weaves, masturbates and keeps fit. His only distraction from the monotony – the horny suitors on his dating app: Reaper longs to be a dog at the foot of Martuni’s bed; Page wants to rescue Martuni in a hot air balloon and save him from the war, the drought and environmental collapse; Shepherd invites himself round for sandwiches and trifle. Will Martuni be lured outside? Or will the curse of his social anxiety and narcissism keep him imprisoned forever?

Location theSpace on the Mile

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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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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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Magic, Theatre

1 Moment in Time

In his brand new, thought-provoking show, magician and mind illusionist Sean Alexander reflects on the defining moments in time that shape each and every one of us. With jaw dropping magic throughout, each instance intertwined with powerful metaphors and storytelling, this show is unlike anything else. Discover your moments in time all over again... 'You are incredible, I will have you attend the palace' (HRH Princess Michael of Kent). 'Incredibly talented' (Stephen Mulhern). 'I love magic that tells a story and I really like you' (Simon Cowell).

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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Burlesque, Cabaret

99 Red Hot Kitties and a Cockatoo

Cheeky and spirited, 99 Red Hot Kitties and a Cockatoo possesses an endearing seductiveness, with time-honoured burlesque and fan dances. Features a mix of seasoned performers and local, new, up-and-coming performers loving the skin they are in. This show is highly energetic and will leave audiences spellbound.

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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Improv

The Shambles

The Shambles are back! Returning for their 13th Fringe, the Uni of York's premier improv comedy troupe are here to perform for your pleasure. With 100s of hilarious improv games they're ready to wow you with their quick thinking and comedic instinct. Anything could, and probably will, happen so what are you waiting for? Get your suggestions ready and come along for a night of off-the-cuff chaos!

Location theSpace @ Symposium Hall

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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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Dark Comedy, Musical theatre

The Man Who Wouldn't Be Murdered

Cambridge Footlight Lily Blundell's sinful dark comedy musical full of greed, fraud, 1920s jazz and drink. Nominated – Standing Ovation Award. 'A show which should go far' ****½ (LondonPubTheatres.com). 'Gorgeously crafted musical' (TheUpcoming.co.uk ). It’s 1932, prohibition has swept New York and Tony Morino owns a failing underground speakeasy in the Bronx. Business is so terrible, he hatches a plan – take out life insurance on the drunken, good-for-nothing new employee, Michael Malloy. However, it seems some people are far more difficult to kill than others…

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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New Writing, Dark Comedy

Patsy Byrne is Dead! (B*tch Eat B*tch)

Sexy, camp and nepotistic. Nepo baby Patsy Byrne is found lying dead in her trailer, hit over the head with her daddy's Emmy Award. Her three best friends are at her funeral, celebrating the life of the woman who got everything they’d ever wanted. Now the only question is, which one of them killed her? Join us to celebrate Patsy Byrne in life and death for the campest, wildest ride through the epic highs and lows of a nepo-baby-turned-open-casket-b*tch. Between auditions and interrogations, Patsy Byrne and her bestest friends will rock your world.

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Horror, Improv

Suggestions of the Unexpected: An Improvised Horror Anthology

Out of the darkest corners of your mind comes an improvised comedy nightmare. Join us as we take you on a journey through the intangible, via the unknowable and into the unexpected. This darkly hilarious spectacle is brought to you via the Twilight Zone, spied in a Black Mirror and guaranteed to give you Goosebumps. From the creators of Any Suggestions, Doctor? The Improvised Doctor Who Parody – ***** (ScottishField.co.uk); ***** (One4Review.co.uk); ***** (MumbleComedy.net); **** (ThreeWeeks); **** (EdFestMag.com). Nominated for Best Improv Show, Leicester Comedy Festival 2023.

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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Sketch Show, Theatre

Disco Horses: A Sketch Revue

'Absurdist sketch at its peak! …the smartest dumb comedy you'll ever see!' (Audience Review). In their latest revue, American sketch duo Disco Horses present an hour of absurd, high-concept, honest, and silly comedy. Watch as up-and-comers and Fringe first timers Joe and Eric bring you to a world of "what if", that includes a diaper-wearing cult, existentialist fart jokes, and just lightbulbs. 'If you have the chance to catch a show, then you must do everything in your power to make it happen!' (Audience Review).

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Jazz, Cabaret

Divas of Jazz, From Fitzgerald to Jones

A musical soirée breathing life into the timeless allure of the legendary divas of jazz. Take a journey back in time with iconic tales that have shaped the phenomenal jazz landscape from the 1900s to the present day. Be captivated by the songs and stories of the trailblazing Ella Fitzgerald, the sultry Norah Jones, the incomparable Billie Holiday and many others. And all in the most comfortable venue in town in your very own leather armchair! A must for all well-heeled music lovers.

Location theSpace @ Symposium Hall

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New Writing, Theatre

MacPlebs

Following a tram-related accident, the renowned cast of Macbeth have been all but wiped out. The only two surviving members are The Messengers. After realising they can split the profits 50/50, these Plebs attempt to tell the tale as a two-man show. One problem – they haven’t read it! Armed only with their wits, wigs and willies, these fools will have you singing and dancing as they fumble their way through Shakespeare’s epic. Whether you know every sonnet and soliloquy or never batted an eye at the Bard, the Plebs will have you laughing from start to finish.

Location theSpace on the Mile

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International, Solo show

Salomé, Tragedy of the Femme Fatale

Taking a cue from Oscar Wilde’s play, this one-woman piece, written and performed by newcomer Maryam S Holleman, explores the complex untold and ruinous motivations of the tantalising dancer who requested the head of John the Baptist. A feminine enigma whose sexuality and cold brutality history has exploited, she has never truly been heard. You’re invited to meet the original vamp on her quest for the ultimate triumph.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Improv

Newspaper Punchlines

Shellshock! Improvised Comedy's crack team of reporters has the inside scoop on an exclusive headline! Join their newspaper editor in this narrative-based improvised comedy show, as they discover a hilarious brand-new front-page story each night based on your suggestions! There are laughs aplenty waiting for scandal enthusiasts and comedy lovers alike in this 50-minute show – join Shellshock! to discover the funniest news stories hot off the press, at their 15th year at the Fringe!

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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LGBTQ+, Devised

Accidentally on Purpose

Want to know who murdered my theatre company? Me. Seduction? Check. Betrayal? Check. No checks? Check. The desire for the femme fatale and inclusive ambitions? All of that. I killed it. And I'm going to tell you how. Members of a fledgling theatre company, Studio 212, set out to devise a theatre piece based on the great film noir, Double Indemnity. Will the inclination to change the world through art cause irreparable damage to the very artists who are making it?

Location theSpace @ Venue45

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Musical theatre, Theatre

Spring Awakening

Spring Awakening weaves poignant storytelling with a dynamic rock score. Selkie Theatre Companies production follows a group of adolescents as they navigate the transition to adulthood, and deal with the consequences of their own ignorance. These consequences clash with youthful rebellion and oppressive societal norms. Though the dialogue was written over a century ago, the themes remain relevant to this day. From emotional ballads, to energetic and rebellious anthems, the score effortlessly combines pop/rock music with poetic and haunting lyrics. The modern styles fused with a 19th-century setting and dialogue make this musical truly unique.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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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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Comedy, Storytelling

Ex Life

Aug 02-10
From an illegal rave in an abandoned vagina museum to the PTA cheese and wine – mid-life dating with the mindset of a teen is a wild ride. But who’s calling the shots? In this fast-paced one-woman show, we gallop through the decades on a quest for self-identity. You’ll meet Rebecca, child of the ’80s, Becky, teen of the ’90s, and Becca, the sensible mum who happens to dress as a fairy. Then newly-single "Naomi" – back in the dating game where the rules have changed – before finally finding Bex... Is her happily-ever-after within grasp at last?

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Comedy, True-life

My Mother Doesn't Know I'm Kinky

A sexy story filled with drama and comedy, love and lust. Jean’s mom liked her new boyfriend and was disappointed when the two broke up. As close as she is to her mother, Jean can’t bring herself to explain the reason: She’d have to reveal that she’s a very kinky girl. She explores the early childhood hints that she was wired differently and shares her bumpy, awkwardly arousing journey towards self-acceptance. Ultimately, mama gets an earful. Featured on Playboy Radio and selected Top Ten in LA by Stage Raw. 'Beautifully written; perfectly balanced' (NoHoArtsDistrict.com).

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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Stand-up

The Ultimate Collection of Reels

The Ultimate Collection of Reels is a stand-up show performed by Berlin-based comedians Andrei Palchyk and Nikita Kha, where they tell the best jokes they posted online. Andrei is a Belarusian comedian doing stand-up comedy in Russian and Belarusian for over 10 years. In February 2022, he escaped to Europe without a visa and started doing it in English. Nikita is a Berlin-based Siberian comedian traveling with his standup all around Europe, telling the audience about the struggles of people of color in Europe and Russia. 'That's not the punchline I was expecting' (Kevin, Germany).

Location theSpace @ Symposium 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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New Writing, Solo show

The Shadow Boxer

Portsmouth's most promising featherweight boxer races towards his ultimate goal – competing in the 1968 Olympic Games and proving himself as a true champion. But can anyone control how their story will be told in an uncertain future?

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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LGBTQ+, Theatre

Sex, Camp, Rock 'N Roll

Thoroughly humorous, deeply vulnerable and exceedingly fantastical, Sex, Camp, Rock 'N Roll is a musical cabaret fantasy that boldly explores sexuality and sex work in a raw, bareback fashion. Weaving together a night of story, song and sensuality, Ryan Patrick Welsh, aka the 8th-Best Legs in San Francisco, bares all about their journey as a queer, non-binary horndog in this modern age. Featuring diva duo The K*ntz! and rock band The Gruntz!, buckle up for an evening of refreshing honesty, great music and dazzling entertainment.

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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Comedy, LGBTQ+

Something To Believe In

It’s like confession without the guilt. Question who “deserves” a place in heaven in this divinely dark comedy. Faith and queerness clash at an all-girls Catholic school in Kentucky, as one senior hurtles to graduation feeling less than blessed. Forced to reconcile her undeniable queerness with the religion that raised her, Sarah Alice Shull asks if these two pieces of a person can grow together… and if they should. An outrageously funny and heartfelt exploration of what we’re taught to believe; featuring Maroon 5, cock rings and the Catholic church.

Location theSpace on the Mile

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LGBTQ+, New Writing

The Freemartin

Speakbeast are doing an agricultural conference, and it’s got all the things we think agricultural conferences usually have. We’ve got sleazy salesmen with very fast cars, we’ve got escaped cows, we’ve got two mice in a cardboard box and we’ve got a terrible feeling that, no matter how hard we try, this show is going to be about transphobia. The Freemartin is a puppet-filled, hormone-fuelled, absurd attempt by three queers to understand why the world is cruel to trans people, and why you should be worried about it. It’s also about fences, tractors and terrible dancing.

Location theSpaceTriplex

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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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Immersive, New Writing

Keep Watching It

The audience is seated. The lighting is a gloomy, vacant grey. Two shadows loom around the space, making sure no one asks any questions. With an ambition pumped full of chemicals, a scientist unable to connect with humanity subjects her newest creation to grisly experiments that unfold in real time, leaving us no choice but to Keep Watching It.

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Payback Party

When four acquaintances receive a Facebook invite to a surprise birthday party, chaos ensues. Past relationships are revealed, revenge plots are intertwined, and secrets are spilled as the night progresses. Happy birthday to... who?

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Comedy, Farce

One in Four

A 2017 Capital Fringe Best of the Fringe pick, One in Four is a play about four roommates: each one is an alien, and each one believes the other three to be regular degular humans. As the play unfolds, the four contort themselves into increasingly fraught emotional and physical positions to prevent being unmasked as extraterrestrial – and they learn very little about themselves in the process.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Comedy, New Writing

It's OK, I Still Think You're Great

Aug 02-10
It’s Tibby’s 25th birthday and she is throwing a big party: after years, her friends from uni are coming together — and they are all doing better than her. It's OK, I Still Think You're Great is a sparkling three-hander about friendship, friendship breakups, breakup breakups, drama, drama kids, queerness, being an immigrant, rejection and William Shakespeare. Also, about the emotional roller-coaster of being in your mid-twenties and having no clue about pretty much anything ever.

Location theSpace @ Symposium Hall

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Storytelling, Stand-up

Love / Less of a Man

A double-bill show. Love: Isabella hates love. Wait, no, that's not true. Let them explain. An interactive theatrical comedy show for the romantics. Or the weak-of-heart horny weirdos who love love, but hate themselves. Same difference. Less of a Man: Jess Elgene fled Texas, picked up a mic and transitioned. This is the story of a girl who can do anything. Features stand-up and original music spanning the lived experience of a trans woman fighting for her right to exist.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Comedy, LGBTQ+

A Naff Play About Spies

Three agents are given a vital mission. Investigate Natalia – Britain’s most dangerous woman. Using new identities, the spies infiltrate Nat’s life, ready to face any obstacles (even hangovers) in their path. But is Nat really who they’re looking for? Is danger lurking around the corner? Is anyone who they say they are? Join us for an hour of ridiculous, farcical comedy that will have you on the edge of your seat one minute, and falling off it with laughter the next!

Location theSpace @ Symposium Hall

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Multimedia, Drag

Elle Barto: Itchy and Scratchy

Haven’t I seen this before? Relive your favorite moments from film and television, entirely ripped from the internet and lip synced by memory! New York's newest and hottest drag sensation Elle Barto in their premier solo show: Elle Barto: Itchy and Scratchy! Follow our stunningly beautiful hero in search of a future by flipping through the past. The questions posed in film, music and television of the modern age are revisited and regurgitated. Who am I? Why am I here? Is there life on Mars? Where did I leave the remote? This and more.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Absurdist, Physical theatre

Darkside

‘What is the good?’ Philosophy student Emily McCoy wants to know… Thrust into a terrifying world of thought experiments and moral dilemmas, she must navigate both the voices in her head, and the eccentric characters she meets. But through her attempts to discover the nature of humankind, she ventures towards madness and inescapable panic over the metaphysical. Underscored by Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon, Tom Stoppard’s comic yet thought-provoking script is a witty exploration of themes and questions from the record. Darkside is a thrilling way to experience this iconic album like never before!

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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LGBTQ+, Character Comedy

The Locker Room

A brilliant wild ride of personal monologues intertwined with character sketches and audience participation by the Chicago Reader's winner of Best Comedian in 2024, Rogue Schmidt. As a former all-star athlete, Rogue uses her insider knowledge to sharply satirize the ultra competitive world of high school athletics in America and points the magnifying glass at the ethics of the unhinged coaches leading the charge. With each different coach character presented, a new sport, sketch and premise unfolds before the audience's eyes. It ran for six sold out weeks at the Annoyance Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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Stand-up

Julie Kennedy: Crude

Former journalist and professional Parisian Julie Kennedy finally understands why she can’t orgasm. Her partners didn't understand: Cease Fire. She returns to Edinburgh after ten years with a hilarious show about climate change, geopolitics and being fired from Westminster. 'She kept pitching about the climate so I fired her' **** (former editor). 'Die with laughter before the climate kills you' **** (green activist). 'Refined on the outside, crude on the inside' **** (her ex). 'I wanted to save the planet, she wanted a child' **** (her ex, a Gazprom employee). 'We left the show sucking diesel' **** (a man).

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Family-friendly, Stand-up

199 Jokes Before Lunchtime: High Whisk

An insect joke? Tick. A tartan joke? Check. A joke about giraffes in a bar? That's a tall order. Danny Matinee takes you to the grocer (who sells him a dodgy razor, bloody cheek), Nando's (with the menu on the ceiling, he needs a peri-periscope) and beyond in his new show, full of one-liners, puns, props and pictures. Suitable for all ages, especially fans of Masai Graham, Milton Jones and Tim Vine. Might include free coffee. By the author/performer of solo shows at the Brighton Fringe, Edinburgh Fringe and Leicester Comedy Festival.

Location theSpace @ Symposium 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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Contemporary, Drama

The Ballad of Maria Marten

Summer, 1827. In a red barn in Suffolk, England, Maria Marten awaits her lover. A year later, her body is discovered. It was a gruesome, sensational event that stirred imagination and fascinated the public. The star of the show became her killer. Playwright Beth Flintoff shines a new light on the life of Maria Marten and the courage, support, faith, and perseverance required to recognise and stand against the commonplace, poor treatment of women that existed then... and even now.

Location theSpace @ Venue45

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Folk, Children's show

The Telltale Lilac Bush

Ready for some spooky fun? MU Theatre ETC! makes its debut at the Fringe with ghost stories set in West Virginia. Follow four ghosts trapped in the Appalachian Mountains: the Maiden, the Solider, the Miner, and the Old Woman. Finding their eternal rest won't be easy, they'll need the pay the Peddler with stories. Can our ghosts weave a tale worthy enough to pay the Peddler? Come find out! This play was commissioned by Appalachian Artists Collective by A.E. Gill whose adaptation is imaginative, heartfelt, and rooted in Appalachian culture.

Location theSpace @ Venue45

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Music, Storytelling

After the Rainbow: A Mystical Music-full Midlife Journey Through Oz

An immersive musical journey exploring midlife existential angst and self-discovery amidst uncertainty and loss. Performed by acclaimed singer-songwriter Amy MacClain as Dottie and creative catalyst Molly Kittle as multiple iconic characters from the Wizard of Oz. The show weaves original music throughout a journey filled with magical signs, mystical connections, channeled messages and personal triumphs.. Through layers of metaphor and interactive experiences, audiences go on a transformative quest to find purpose, wisdom and collective empowerment, emerging wiser and more inspired for their one precious life.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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New Writing, Storytelling

Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes

Six friends plan a night of folklore and song. With ancient tales of myth and magic brought to life with song and powerful storytelling, they hope to launch a business reflecting their love of Celtic and Gaelic mythologies. It’s the perfect plan. Perfect, that is, until some evangelical Christians get wind of their ideas… as the performance draws near, the protest crowd gathers. Can the company hold their nerve? Will our heroes win the day? Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes examines the desire to hold on to ancient stories in a modern world.

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Devised, Theatre

What Was Once Ignored: The Life and Legacy of Martha Graham

'Modern dance isn't anything except one thing in my mind: the freedom of women in America.' (Martha Graham). Martha Graham moved dance from an aesthetic primarily about pleasing the eye to one that explores the entire human experience: from ancient Greek myth to grief, upheaval, and war while focusing particularly on female lives. WWOI tells her story and examines how dance in the 20th century moved from cutesy chorus girls to the mature art form seen in the work of artists like Graham, Isadora Duncan, and Agnes DeMille.

Location theSpaceTriplex

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Comedy, New Writing

Take Me to Your Leader

Deep in the Scottish Highlands lies Nebula Inc, a private space research facility fronted by egomaniacal billionaire Amadeus Klein. Fed up with unfair treatment and exploitation, Nebula’s interns are going on strike. Simultaneously, Nebula has stumbled upon a groundbreaking discovery: a message, potentially from an extra-terrestrial source. As the higher-ups clamp down on the strike and tensions rise amongst the interns, cryptic symbols from space become the least of their worries. Through trying to better workers’ rights, Nebula’s employees must learn to build solidarity with each other and possibly, other life forms…

Location theSpace on the Mile

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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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New Writing, Drama

Badger

Trying to get through the many challenges of their day, a team of young co-workers in a broken system begin to have their limits pushed to the extreme. How much pressure can one person take? There’s a wedding on the lawn, a promotion on the line and a badger on the grounds. How will they put out all those fires? And is there really a badger causing havoc on the estate? Badger is a new piece of writing that highlights the recent issues that are affecting young people today.

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Comedy, New Writing

You Deserve It

Six affluent socialites convene for a night of excess in a luxurious Edinburgh penthouse. They consider themselves the best of what the creative arts have to offer, the self-proclaimed future of their respective industries: after all, their daddies have told them so. Glasses clink and laughter fills the room, but the atmosphere reeks of deception and Chanel No 5. As veiled threats begin to emerge, hidden agendas and fractured loyalties are exposed. In this suspenseful exploration of privilege, wealth, and status, where do the lines between innocence and complicity lie?

Location theSpace on the Mile

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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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Improv

Improv and Chill

Welcome to Improv and Chill, the TV show where you decide what happens. Pick the genre, characters and the action, then we'll do the rest! This show is fully improvised and relies on the audience's participation to decide what happens via a cheer-off. We'll also stop the show at two points so you can dictate how the show pans out. After our show's success in Bristol, we knew we had to take it up to the Fringe!

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Comedy, Contemporary

Away Went the World

Sarah Preacher, an awkward teenage girl living in a structured outpost away from an AI-dominated Overworld, faces a life-altering dilemma when a mysterious figure arrives in her community. As she strives to protect her loved ones, Sarah embarks on a journey that challenges the very fabric of her existence. Set in a future where the line between human and machine blurs, this world-premiere play by Miranda Hoyt and the Groton School Theatre Ensemble delves into the depths of identity and asks: who will we become 225 years 'After Download'?

Location theSpace @ Venue45

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Drama

The Birds

This is a modern interpretation of an ancient Greek comedy piece, and the entire teenage cast will bring you a new kind of vision. Stay tuned!

Location theSpaceTriplex

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New Writing, Contemporary

Modern Love Is Not a Dream

'When I started this thesis, I had no idea I’d end up where I have. But, as all good researchers know, the thing you think you’re investigating doesn’t usually end up being the most interesting part of the conversation.' Love is a complicated subject and Liv wants to set the record straight. Dive into the intricacies of love, modern dating, trauma and the patriarchy as we follow her and her many prospects as she tries to balance her relationships, her thesis and her past together.

Location theSpace on the Mile

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New Writing, Drama

Rat King Gospel

A coincidence or an act of a god? Are the children who created a god as a game truly responsible for the unexplained events unfolding around them? Ten years after their last plea, a funeral reunites the three former friends as they meet at the abandoned church where it all went wrong. They can no longer run from their past as they are confronted by their most-feared questions: Was our god ever real? If so, are we responsible for the harm it caused, even if we didn’t know what we were asking for?

Location theSpace on the Mile

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New Writing, Drama

Di(n)e

A man has decided to take his own life and finds himself in a state of limbo between life and death. Here he meets dead family, loved ones and a former enemy, each with something to say about his choice. With only an hour before his body dies, his soul must decide between life and death.

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Dark Comedy, Physical theatre

Tycho: Mankind's First Hotel on the Moon!

New, dark comedy exploring how suffocating hiding the truth can be. When struggling teenager Charlie finds himself transported through time and space into the futuristic foyer of the Tycho Hotel, the first ever hotel on the Moon, all his earthly problems seem to disappear. The endless luxury and colourful guests are a pleasant respite from daily life. But then the oxygen systems start to fail and the guests start to reveal their true reasons for coming to the hotel. Funny, tense and thought-provoking new theatre from ICDS.

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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LGBTQ+, New Writing

We Used to be Girl Scouts

Drew thinks she’s pregnant. Sasha loves her female best friend. And Mary’s home life is a dark pit of despair. Finding themselves crushed under the unbearable weight that is teenagerdom, they take to the woods to clear their minds and make some tough decisions. When Mary discloses her plans of running away for good, suddenly life has more possibility and meaning than ever before. But is it really within their grasp? A triptych of the pain, joy and big feelings that make up adolescent girlhood.

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Family-friendly, Theatre

Big Bad Wolf

Follow the story of the often misunderstood Big Bad Wolf and see how he ended up being the villain of so many fairytales throughout the years. Featuring Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Little Pigs and The Boy Who Cried Wolf, the play turns traditional tales on their head to ask the question… is the Wolf really so Big and Bad after all? Imaginative, interactive and fun, Big Bad Wolf explores friendship, resilience and being yourself! 'Amazing show! My children loved it. Lovely message, would recommend!' (Audience review). Performance 30 minutes with a post-show activity 15 minutes.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Comedy, Contemporary

Loose Ends

Spud’s just made off wi the big score! Dozens and dozens ae socks! And he couldnae ae done it wioot Callum fae Skye’s help. Spud brings Callum tae his Glasgow flat and tempers flare, civilisations clash, and the Heist of the Century is planned! It’s a story of socks, ferries, Roy Orbison, international espionage and Pot Noodles.

Location theSpace on the Mile

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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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Am I Nuts!

Smith is having big dreams. Stone-age songs, ocean waves and rabbit pie, all in Tesco car park. It's getting a tad obsessive. Are they nuts? Or is something afoot? Through an increasingly bizarre and comic course of therapy, Smith desperately seeks the truth. Come and find out what really happens when you don't take back your shopping trolley. Or at the very least forgive. Stargaze Theatre Cornwall return following their sell-out show (Boy in a Bottle) with another mischievous take on time and space. This energetic company of big characters will leave you guessing. Until they don't.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Comedy, Drama

The Dream of Being a Madame

The Dream of Being a Madame weaves a tale of two young women, disparate in their origins and desires, yet bound by their shared quest for self-definition in an unforgiving world. The Dream of Being a Madame delves deep into the intricacies of female development, laying bare the profound influence of familial ties, particularly the nuanced dynamics of mother-daughter relationships. It's a poignant exploration of the shadows that lie hidden in every woman's growth and the silent battles they wage within the vast urban labyrinths.

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Family-friendly, Absurdist

Rapunzel

Twisted Tales bring you yet another brilliantly bonkers take on the fairytale Rapunzel... and her discovery that being a heroine is not all it’s cracked up to be! Set in a realm of magic and mystery, and conjured through a whirling world of physical invention, this captivating adaptation of the timeless story weaves together humour, heart, and the power of storytelling. Join us as we follow the spirited Rapunzel on her quest for freedom, tangled in her iconic tower but determined to create her own destiny…

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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Comedy, Theatre

Hamlet Hears a Who

I will not, shall not, cannot say / That Hamlet’s tale has had it’s day / At breakneck speed we will provide / Laughter, love and homicide / Hamlet as per is overwrought / But not quite as you would've thought!

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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Comedy, Adaptation

The Picture of Dorian Gray

An exhilarating new spin on Oscar Wilde’s Victorian classic. Dorian, a vain and hedonistic socialite, unknowingly sets a curse for his portrait to age in return for eternal youth and beauty. As he indulges in a riotous spree of debauchery, the consequences of his wishes are revealed with tragic costs. A fast-paced adaptation featuring music, slapstick and plenty of Wildean wit.

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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Pool (No Water)

Mark Ravenhill's Pool (No Water) tears up the ideals of friendship and art revealing a collective jealousy when fame and success lands on one person, leaving others in the shadows. The Group descend upon their famous friend's home where they reminisce, become carefree and their jealousy evaporates. But a horrific accident ends the nostalgia and darker feelings about life's imbalances resurface. Before long, suffering is exploited and The Group gorge on their newfound power. A cast of brilliant young female performers breathe new life into this contemporary classic exploring the complexity of friendships, success and power.

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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Adaptation, Drama

Lord of the Flies

In this gripping theatrical adaptation of William Golding's classic novel, a group of children find themselves stranded on a deserted island. As they struggle for survival, they descend into chaos, grappling with the tensions between order and savagery. Led by two conflicting leaders, Ralph and Jack, the children confront their inner demons and the harsh realities of human nature. Delving deep into themes of power, morality and the fragility of civilisation, Lord of the Flies offers a riveting exploration of the darkness that lurks within us all. Compelling theatre from a talented young cast.

Location theSpaceTriplex

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New Writing, Political

Everything Something Nothing

In a world of constant noise, where everything is something, who decides which voices get heard? In a story of silence and power, Everything Something Nothing tackles the epidemic of sexual assault in schools and the hopeful beauty of growing up. Inspired by the political and anarchic poetry anthology Kid, by Simon Armitage, FirstByte Theatre explode onto the stage with a provocative new play which gives a voice to a lost generation. 'This is an excellent show by a young company that deserves to be seen widely' **** (FringeReview.co.uk (Decay 2023)).

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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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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A Cappella

On Board A Cappella

Embark on a musical voyage as we delve into the diverse music preferences and captivating tales of various characters aboard a bus – expressed entirely through the magic of a cappella harmony! Join us for our much-anticipated ten-year anniversary showcase, featuring an eclectic repertoire ranging from Kate Bush to chart-topping hits by Bruno Mars. Following the overwhelming success of our sold-out performance in 2022, we're thrilled to unveil a fresh, brand-new show with an exciting new ensemble. Don't miss out on the excitement – we're eager to share our music with you once again!

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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New Writing, International

Little Beast

'No woman should touch pen and ink: they had too much passion and too little sense.' How far will you go to get back at an ex who has broken your heart? Join us in a creative retelling of the most scandalous affair of the 1800s, a deep dive into love, loss and jealousy. How passion overthrows safety and how we run to our addictions to cope with pain. Meet Lady Caroline Lamb, and her 21st century counterpart, Caro. The same story, two hundred years apart. Discover the little beast that lives in you.

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Antigone

Sophocles' tale of youthful defiance and aged intransigence is reworked by a young cast. Antigone is a story of an individual, a family and a state turned in on themselves and driven to destruction – and of young people burdened with the cares of the ages. Antigone must choose between loyalty and obedience – and her choice will determine the fate of all those around her. This company has performed to acclaim in Edinburgh before, and returns now with their fresh and fierce new take on Sophocles' timeless tale: a version that speaks to purists and iconoclasts alike.

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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New Writing, Thriller

Ghost Light

'I think if you’re going to write a ghost story worth its salt you must experience ghosts for yourself'. In 1865 Henry Webster joins the notorious London Ghost Club, hoping to meet and be inspired by Charles Dickens. There he encounters Edward Price, who draws Henry into investigating a haunting at a lodging house belonging to the widowed Mia Sands. At night, the ghosts of two young children wander the house in search of light – while fearing what waits for them in the darkness. Why would a ghost be afraid of the dark?

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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Revue

Willy Wonka and the Doctor Factory

The Malignant Humours return to the Fringe for another year! With 11 sell-out shows under our scrubs you'll want to grab your golden tickets before it's too choco-late. Willy Wonka and the Doctor Factory is the medical comedy sketch show sure to leave you in stitches, and we won't sugar-coat anything. If you're not feeling too sweet yourself, don't worry – our cast made up of healthcare students are certified to perform emergency laughter-inducing procedures. So, come down to Surgeons' Hall and enjoy 45 minutes of award-winning sketch comedy!

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Comedy, Solo show

You Hold a Pole Everyday

Outstanding Performance of a Solo Show (NY Innovative Theatre Award Nomination). 'Funny, relevant, entertaining... Absorbing, clever, enchanting' (Playful Substance). 'Endearing... Impossible to feel unmoved' (Theatre is Easy). New York City audiences loved it, and so will you! Four characters, one actress - You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll want to grab a pole.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Drama

The Thirteen

When you hold the power of life and death over others in your hands, what will determine your choices?

Location theSpaceTriplex

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Hedda Gabler

Hedda Gabler is recently married to a man she does not love, returning home from her honeymoon to a house she does not like, and surrounded by admirers she cannot trust. Ibsen's tragic tale looks at how life can fail us, and the many ways we find to fail ourselves: Hedda seems to have everything but it is all about to collapse on her. This new version, presented by a young cast in a dynamic in-the-round staging retains all the shock of the original and reaches out to speak to the present day.

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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Game Show, Improv

Switch Up and Mustard

Get ready to join our four young talents as they battle in a game of ever-changing tasks and challenges! Watch as they tackle trivia, improv, stand-up and more in this whirlwind of wits brought to you exclusively from the dreary hills of York. Will our very tricky condiment-themed experiment pay off? God, I hope so! Neither them, nor you, will know what’s coming next in this improvised game show built for one purpose and one purpose only: chaos! Guaranteed to be a night you’ll remember!

Location theSpace @ Symposium Hall

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Contemporary, Drama

Chaos

If the world is chaos, then it means there's no order, and if there's no order, anything is possible. A girl is locked in a room. A boy brings another boy flowers. A girl doesn't know who she is. A boy has tied himself to a railing. A boy worries about an impending catastrophe. A woman jumps in front of a train. A boy's heart falls out of his chest. A butterfly has a broken wing. Through a symphony of dislocated and interconnected scenes, a series of characters search for meaning in an unstable and complicated world.

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Comedy, Drama

A Midsummer Night's Dream, Kind Of...!

Edinburgh Youth Theatre's version of Shakespeare's most performed play is a unique take on a story you know well... or do you? Join the bold, mischievous fairies as they cause havoc among friends, strangers and each other on the way to a wedding in Athens. The strong cast of some of Edinburgh's finest young actors will draw you in and whirl you around in the magical mirth of a midsummer night's dream.

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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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Comedy, Historical

Bluffing Your Way in Ballet

Bluffing Your Way in Ballet pirouettes its fast-paced and irreverent way through the history of ballet. Whizz with us beyond the tutu with stories and dances from the ballet greats, including Isadora Duncan, Václav Nijinsky and Margot Fonteyn. Never heard of them but love ballet? You'll be in safe hands! The company will perform, in avant-garde fashion, the intrigue, tragedy and magic of ballet's greatest stars, past and present. Our ballerina Alexandra danced with The Royal Ballet and with some of these ballet stars. She's delighted to share her knowledge and experiences with you.

Location theSpace @ Venue45

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Storytelling, Solo show

A Yank in Scotland

The Highlands of Scotland, filled with misty moors and glens, rolling fields of heather and ghosts from Scottish history, invite mystical ruminations, kindle existential questions and spark the imagination to soar into higher and uncharted territory. Join Paul O’Brien, and Bonnie Prince Charlie, in the telling of one man’s story of loss and discovery as he searches for mystery, meaning and a lost wallet in the Highlands of Scotland.

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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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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Cabaret, Satire

Petty Tyrant

Order in the court! Join Carlotta-B-from-1593 in Petty Tyrant. An unorthodox trial of the authorship question and extravagant hallucination of Shakespearean proportions. Welcome to an autocratic universe where silence is violence and controlling the narrative is victory. Is Shakespeare a tyrant? Or is he just… petty? You will decide the verdict, and live jazz band The Executioners will keep time, proving beyond reasonable doubt that the gatekeepers are guilty and the evidence isn’t stacking up. It’s Judge Judy meets The Apprentice with Shakespeare and live jazz. Starring Carlotta-B-from-1593 as Anonymous Chirrullus Battillus: the original badass bitch.

Location theSpace @ Venue45

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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.

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New Writing

I See My Sister

Aug 12-27
When sisters Mhairi and Caoimhe run away from home, Mhairi is determined to stay isolated from the world. It’s safer for her that way, and if it’s safer for her then it’s safer for them both. But in her struggle to keep her sister close, and other people out, Mhairi makes a deadly choice and risks losing Caoimhe forever. As the sisters become more entangled with the wild Scottish landscape, Mhairi’s secrets are revealed and her grasp on her sister – and reality – begins to slip. I See My Sister explores folklore, trauma and sisterhood.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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LGBTQ+, New Writing

Ever Yours

When a grieving Olivia is suddenly left alone in her apartment, her only companion is a painting she stole in a desperate demonstration of love for her partner. Well, the painting and – unexpectedly – the ghost of the man who painted it: Vincent van Gogh. As she does her best to hide the stolen art from a suspecting gallery owner, her girlfriend’s family implore her to hide the true nature of their relationship. Oh! And there’s a bird trapped in the house. What else can she do but throw Vince a party?

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Off the Bench

A lighthearted yet empowering play which revolves around the lives of three female football players, playing for their local team, the Walcott Wrens. The play not only delves into the dynamics of their own personal struggles, but explores the broader theme of women’s representation in the world of sports. Our play is created and performed by an all-female team, as we believe in giving women the opportunity to tell their own stories.

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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Revue, Musical theatre

The Original Sing-A-Long To Smash Hit Musicals

Aug 12-17
Following their hugely successful run at last year's Fringe, CRE8IV are back with their show that encourages you to sing along! You won't be thrown out for belting out these musical bangers! Join this cast of musical pros and even end up on stage in their rousing finale.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Comedy, Adaptation

Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense

A country house weekend takes a turn for the worse when Bertie Wooster, loveable layabout, must play matchmaker for his newt-loving friend Gussie Fink-Nottle. Ably assisted by his wry personal Gentleman’s Gentleman (valet) Jeeves, Bertie must secure nuptial bliss for Gussie and the drippy Madeline Basset or bid farewell to his own dear bachelorhood. Cow-creamer, wannabe dictator, and newt-fuelled mayhem ensues.

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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New Writing, Solo show

Pretty Good, Not Bad

Aug 12-17
The long walk home. A treatise on the four Fs: no, not the dirty ones you know… The roles we assume when things get scary and the expectations held when we share. Who do you want me to be when I tell you what happened? Whose story is it anyway? New work by two tired Texans, Ellen Toland and Rachel McBath.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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New Writing, Dark Comedy

Bucket List

Ghosts have the most appalling quality of life. Luke and Jess meet at a party: several dates, an entire relationship and a bad breakup later, he reappears in her life to announce that he’s dead. As their story is played out back and forth in time, Luke and Jess must decide whether they want to carry on being in each other’s lives – or afterlives. A tender, darkly funny play about being young and stupid, and older and wiser, and feeling like you're running out of time before you've even begun.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Dark Comedy, Historical

if I live until I be a man

1483: The young princes Edward and Richard are taken to the Tower of London by their uncle Richard in preparation for Edward’s coronation. By the end of the summer, Richard III is crowned and the boys are never seen again. A comedic, playfully anachronistic, unsettling exploration of childhood during perpetual war, this play traces the 15th century through modern America, imagining the princes' final months as they fight, play, and await coronation or execution.

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Immersive, New Writing

i am george massey

What does it mean to be English anymore?... Strawberries? Scones? Jerusalem?... What is England now? This is George’s story: powerful, shocking, radical. a story of childhood joy, passionate relationships, and how he slowly falls down the dark rabbit hole of radicalisation. Manchester born and bred, George tries to manage his loneliness and depression through his phone. A lifeboat that helps him to not feel alone. Social media can bring you to the surface, or it can take you deeper into the depths. An immersive monologue that treads the boundaries of dark comedy and tragedy.

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Character Comedy, Solo show

I'll Die Laughing

What do you do when your ex threatens to shoot you? You write a comedy show, obviously. Ambrosine recounts her last five years in Los Angeles in which she escapes her sociopathic abuser and the trio of La Brea brats she nannies for. Just when she thinks she's found freedom, she unwittingly moves to a neighbourhood teeming with gangs. Buckle up for a character driven comedy, serving some hard truths.

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New Writing, Neurodiversity-led

Is There Work on Mars?

Aug 12-17
Can an Asian with ADHD and dyscalculia pass Elon Musk's Mars immigration test? Set in a dystopian future of space colonisation, Is There Work on Mars? rants about many things: being an Asian who is innately horrible at maths, ableist education systems, living in the diaspora and ridiculous immigration requirements. Feeling like an outcast everywhere she goes, the neurodiverse Chinese woman desperately finds herself at SpaceX's absurd testing lab in an attempt to move to Mars. Is There Work on Mars? was first presented at Theatre Peckham as part of Peckham Fringe 2024.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Drama, Solo show

Timeless

If you can’t trust your memory what can you trust? Martin has a problem: he can’t make new memories. Since he went to the dentist a decade ago, every morning when he wakes up it’s 2008. He’s a cabbie with The Knowledge, but he can’t remember yesterday. Inspired by a true story, Timeless spends a single day in Martin’s bewildering world. Written by Brian Coyle, directed by Charlotte Peters and performed by John Rayment, Timeless is a moving, sometimes funny and searching account of how his condition affects the whole family. 'A must see' (NorthWestEnd.co.uk).

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Revue, Musical theatre

The Best of the West End and Broadway

Aug 12-17
Cast ranging in age that give you the very best journey through the landscape of London’s West End hits and Broadway’s masterpieces.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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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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Family-friendly, Theatre

Chicken Little

While walking through the park one day, Chicken Little is hit on the head! She decides to tell the Prime Minister the sky is falling, and so begins a perilous journey: travelling through a dark and scary forest, the Canyon of Doom and the alligator-infested swamp of the Everglades. On her journey she meets a variety of characters who decide to be witness to this tragic event! Join Stage Door Enigma (Derek Award Best Young Cast 2023) as they return to Edinburgh for the fourth time with a delightful twisty tale of a traditional story.

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Comedy, Musical theatre

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Rachel Sheinkin and William Finn's musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee tells the story of six middle-schoolers growing up and of the relationships they form with each other, with their families and with the three adults running the Bee. With audience participation and improv elements, it is a heartwarming and hilarious tale of childhood motivations, friendship, making yourself proud and juiceboxes!

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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Comedy, Theatre

Nina Rose Carlin: Seeking Representation

She's an LA actress. Of course she knows her rising moon sign. Of course she can arrange dry-cleaning for a studio executive's offspring in her sleep. Of course she takes her coffee with a splash of oat milk, and a heaping spoonful of existential dread. With live music, unhinged characters, and a bit of pixie dust (read: Ozempic) Seeking Representation is a one-woman show meets cabaret with a subversive sucker punch. From five-star Hollywood Fringe Festival award-winner and certified LA actress herself, Nina Rose Carlin!

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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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!

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Political, Pop

The Gardening Club: A New Musical

The Gardening Club is a new musical that takes place in 1960, Georgia, USA. Six girls start an illegal drug ring to distribute the birth control pill, using their gardening club as a cover-up. The musical is a taboo story about pleasure, self-discovery, shame, first times and even harder pills to swallow. With hilarious characters, crude innuendos and powerful female friendships, this catchy pop-rock soundtrack explores issues that are still relevant and will echo in the years to come, making The Gardening Club a timeless tale.

Location theSpace @ Venue45

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Drama

Brothers

Heart-rending tale of the bond between two brothers overcoming mental health struggles and addiction... resolution follows... then despair and tragedy, ultimately peace. Raised Voices is an award-winning charity for those who have or are experiencing homelessness and mental health issues.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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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, Dark Comedy

Flat 2

Two couples move into a flat and after just one week, one-half of each couple dies. Now Ava and Freddie must live out their tenancy and grief, together. Ava and Stefan have been together for (too many?) years – steady, standard, static. Billie and Freddie on the other hand are still shagging. Ava and Billie have been best frenemies forever, one another's ride or die… until Billie actually does, along with Stefan.

Location theSpace on the Mile

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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!

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LGBTQ+, Political

When in Florida and Outside of Kent

Framed around Florida’s Don’t Say Gay bill, Bex and Phoebe’s relationship falls apart as they discuss the impact this bill could have worldwide for the next generation of the LGBTQIA+ community.

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Comedy, New Writing

Night Train

Tellus Theatre presents Night Train, an exciting physical-theatre production. This philosophical comedy revolves around Maia, who wakes at the rear of a mysterious train and befriends a chorus of merry morons. But journeying through countless carriages, curious characters, and confusing signage, Maia and her unruly troupe seek answers to questions like: Who’s driving? How do we get off this train? And most importantly... What is the true magic in a sandwich? Exploring this strange world through slapstick comedy, puppetry and occasional tumultuous chaos, this show is a must-see for anyone who adores or abhors trains!

Location theSpace @ Venue45

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Drama

Dead Animals

A surreal journey about reconciling with grief through the natural world. Jesse returns to the cottage he grew up in with a photo and cardboard box. The land is just as he left it, and his grandmother is brash as ever, but why did it take him so long to come back? Dead Animals uses vibrant soundscapes and fast dialogue to awaken nature and transport us the muckiest four miles in all of Canada. From award-winning Canadian playwright Jesse Stong comes a lively and heartwarming new play about returning to the place we left our loved ones.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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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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Family-friendly, A Cappella

Brace Yourselves!

Hold on to your boater hats, because Full Score is back to bring barbershop to the Fringe. After performing across the UK, Full Score have combined some of their award-winning quartets and explosive full chorus numbers into a dazzling show packed with Disney, musical theatre, and jazz classics like you’ve never heard them before. So keep an eye out for their boaters and braces, because you don’t want to miss this one of a kind show!

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Neurodiversity-led, Solo show

Lady ADHD

Aug 12-17
Hop on this daring, immersive, real-time dopamine chase, tracing how Blaire Postman’s unique comedy bits (fueled by a rollercoaster of flipchart rabbit-holes) at first revealed to her the unexpected connections of life’s intricacies, then panned out further to expose the true nature of her own brain. Postman’s neurodivergent superpowers – and their kryptonite – become evident as she spins a frenzied, hilarious web, exposing the order in the chaos of her ADHD mind, and challenging audiences to recognize what’s at stake when we choose to dismiss those who think differently, and flipping the script on conversations about neurodiversity.

Location theSpace on the Mile

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New Writing, Horror

Birdwatching

Aug 12-24
School friends Amelia, Poppy and Lauren are wild camping in the Northumberland forest. As the woods darken around them and tensions flare, a watchful presence takes hold over the camp. A perfect boiling pot of paranoia, superstition and adolescent insecurity ensues that hangs on a chilling question: who is watching who? With female, queer and neurodivergent perspectives centre stage, Birdwatching is a new folk horror about the female experience that doesn’t look away. Black Bright Theatre Company returns to the Edinburgh Fringe following the success of their five-star, award nominated debut, The Hunger.

Location theSpace @ Venue45

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Comedy, Music

The Beat Goes On

David Harmer and Ray Globe, the irrepressible Glummer Twins, are back with an irreverent trawl through the eight decades that made them what they are today. Old. Stand-up spoken word comedy and music from the Beat Generation. ’You absolutely won’t regret spending an hour in their company’ (FringeGuru.com). 'A perfect double act' (Chris Neville Smith). 'A completely different take on stand-up. Seriously clever and very funny’ (Buxton Fringe). Sell-out shows in 2023 so book early.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Political, Drama

Ariana vs Chomsky

2017. Chloe and Mark re-locate to Manchester. Twenty-two people are killed at The Manchester Arena during an Ariana Grande concert. The One Love concert is held for the victims. The play mixes debates with the American political philosopher Noam Chomsky and the story of a couple coming undone. To go with the flow for pleasant life or stand fast to what you believe in? Can you do one while pretending to do the other? A provocative duologue looking at populism vs principles and the temptation to switch off from the world outside our own lives vs engagement.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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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?

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New Writing, Drama

Bad Dog

Upon a young woman's decision to admit herself to rehab, she decides to get back into contact with her estranged mother. Bad Dog explores what it means to be a child of addiction and generational trauma – how does this manifest into who we become? – with humanity, passion and sensibility.

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Neurodiversity-led, Musical Comedy

Twelfth Night Fever

'If music be the food of love, play on... get on the dancefloor!' Our fresh take on the bard's gender-bending comedy, set to a disco soundtrack, will have you on your feet. This glitzy show is performed with singing and dancing by an all-male cast for that authentic Shakespearean experience. Featuring classic disco numbers including Night Fever, Rock The Boat, I Feel Love, Boogie Wonderland and That's The Way (I Like It)... it’s a brand-new genre: Shakespeare Disco. From the same people that brought you last year's Fringe Sell-Out Show Laurel winning smash-hit Rockbeth.

Location theSpaceTriplex

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New Writing, Solo show

BURNOUT

'Don't worry. There’s somebody out there for you!' But you’ve been out there. For quite some time now. And you doubt you’ll make it through another first date without screaming. You should meet Fern. A serial house plant killer with an impeccable skin care routine, who stumbled and fell into the beartrap of 21st-century situationships. Lend her your weary index finger and swipe right on BURNOUT! A fresh one-woman show sliding down the rabbit hole of hook-up culture, featuring real break-up texts, failed yoga attempts, rotting bananas and feeling like a sad burrito.

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Storytelling, Drama

Maeve and Howard

The New Yorker offices, 1950. Maeve Brennan, the brilliant yet reclusive journalist (aka The Long-winded Lady), and closeted poetry editor Howard Moss find mutual solace in their unlikely but enduring friendship. Plush Tiger return to the Fringe with a new play by Clara Nel Haddon, charting a friendship founded on razor-sharp repartee, shared dreams and unwavering affection. Their intertwined lives reveal that sometimes the most profound stories are written between the lines. Previous productions include Desert Bloom – **** (BroadwayBaby.com) – and When Kurt Met Thora – ‘As an imagined piece of entertainment folklore, it’s priceless' (Stage).

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Children's show, Family-friendly

The Addams Family

Back for their seventh show at the Edinburgh Fringe, Talentz presents the creepy, kooky, mysteriously spooky Addams Family musical. Morticia and Gomez Addams are confounded when their daughter Wednesday falls in love with a "normal" boy – can the Addams family pretend to fit in for just one evening?

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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New Writing, Dark Comedy

Seven Steps to Feel Completely Happy Again

The seven stages of grief are a familiar concept to those who are grieving, have grieved or will grieve. Do they feel slightly alien and out of reach to you? Do you wish you could face each stage and meet them eye to eye, and understand them? Amber is going through this process. Each stage presents themselves to her, shock, denial, anger, bargaining, depression, testing and acceptance. This is an equivocal play of self discovery of grief, death and dying. It questions if there really are seven steps to feel completely happy again.

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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!

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Storytelling, Drama

When Kurt Met Thora

BBC Studios, November 1991. Thora Hird, aka Captain Emily Ridley from Hallelujah, encounters Kurt Cobain ahead of Nirvana’s infamous appearance on Top of The Pops. A mutual love of coastal towns, music and family is revealed over tea and custard creams as they reflect on their individual experience of God and wonder if, at the final reckoning, Jesus will want them for sunbeams and whether happiness is ever really a choice or something predetermined for us all. ‘As an imagined piece of entertainment folklore, it’s priceless.’ (Stage).

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Thriller, Drama

Agatha Christie's The Rats

Invited to a party in a London flat, Sandra Grey and Davey Forrester find themselves alone. Somebody knows about their affair and someone wants revenge... A one-act play that forms part of Agatha Christie's Rule of Three collection. First performed at the Duchess Theatre, London in 1962, The Rats is a tense venture into deceit, infidelity, and murder.

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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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Comedy, New Writing

VEGAS

Good Kentish girl Poppy wakes to find herself naked next to her ex, who isn't really her ex, Scouser Freddie. Struggling to piece together the night before, they gradually reach the horrifying revelation that they are married. Sounds pretty rock'n'roll, right? But this isn't Vegas, this is a BnB in Slough. Stuck together in the honeymoon suite, Poppy and Freddie are forced to confront what once went wrong and, crucially, decide whether to get an annulment. Oh, and they have an hour until they need to check out. What happens next? You'll have to wait and see...

Location theSpace @ Venue45

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Dark Comedy

Dinner

You are invited to Dinner! Hostess extraordinaire Paige is throwing a dinner party to celebrate her husband's philosophical bestseller being published. A microbiologist, a newsreader and a bohemian artist are on their way to dinner along with a surprise guest! Shocking revelations and Paige's endless games leave a trail of emotional carnage. Algae soup is the first item on the menu followed by Frozen Waste to cleanse the palate. Let the dinner party from hell begin!

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Storytelling

Keith Mendes: Medical Negligence

'The doctor you hope you’ll never have to see.' I’ve done things, seen things – unspeakable things. These are stories from my ongoing career as a doctor as well as tales from my personal life, covering topics from medical negligence, stress management, childbirth, ghosts and demons. The truth is more terrifying than you know… Be prepared for the strange, intriguing and the funny as I pull back the veil about my time in healthcare. All are welcome, providing you are 16+. Caution: not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Comedy, New Writing

Hardly Working

Trust, truth, and tequila. Could you date someone of the opposite class? Does class actually determine politics? What happens when the patriarchy walks into a bar? Hang on, this was meant to be funny... After a preview showcase at Bristol Old Vic in June, this new play by Jessie Millson follows a queer relationship blasted apart by politics and pranks. We are placed between worker and slacker, between filthy rich and stinking poor, between staying or going as the bar between Charity and Lois becomes a bigger and bigger boundary. Do you serve to live or live to serve?

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Comedy, Drama

Bye Bye Baby

Heartbreak. Hypocrisy. Hamsters. Julia and Dan's marriage is on the rocks. Well, more than on the rocks. They're getting divorced. Amicably. For now. But when their lawyers step in, tensions and temperatures rise to breaking point. A dark comedy that delves into the complicated dynamics of a young marriage dashed by betrayal... and paperwork. With the lawyers holding a microscope to their relationship, boundaries are crossed and hidden characteristics are revealed. How well do you know the person sleeping next to you and does their lawyer know them better?

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Musical Comedy, Musical theatre

Ctrl+Alt+Deceit!

Ctrl+Alt+Deceit. The story follows dowdy, kind, trusting, lonely, technologically naïve Aunt June, desperate to connect with her niece Andy. Andy suggests that June fill her time instead by finding friendships online. Grandma lends June a laptop which June discovers only has an “onion” browser installed… Matters take a strange turn when June unwittingly finds herself on the Dark Web and befriending a low-level drug ring, the members of whom June mistakes for cooking and gardening enthusiasts. Set to an upbeat funk/pop score, the story, at its heart, follows the relationship between Andy and June, who share a mother/daughter-like bond.

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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Jazz, Cabaret

Love, Loss and Chemistry

Malcolm Windsor is a scientist and jazz singer who explores love, loss and new thinking on the chemistry between couples through their life events, illustrated by story and song. It’s not a chemistry lesson, but a fun jazz cabaret with songs such as those performed by Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald. There is a little bit of chemistry about what's going on when people meet and fall in love, or don't! This is all accompanied by two fine musicians on guitar and keyboard to bring it to life. It’s a fun, moving and insightful show.

Location theSpace on the Mile

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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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New Writing, Drama

Dead End

Bea visits her grieving friend Olivia in her ceramic studio. With two distinctive views of what success means, they quickly question their respective paths in life while a major event from the past resurfaces. Dead End is an intimate and funny show about two childhood friends who realise that they have been growing apart and wonder whether their friendship has a future.

Location theSpace on the Mile

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New Writing, Drama

Untitled

Untitled: How does a life unfold through conversation and can you trust your own brain to guide you down memory lane? Untitled invites your curiosity on a journey... Follow Elena and Robin's touching story of love amidst life's ups and downs. From Elena's tough past to their unexpected meeting, it's a tale as beautiful and unpredictable as birds in flight.

Location theSpace @ Symposium Hall

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Drama

Blindsided

A tense courtroom drama following a lawyer reluctantly convinced to take on a high-profile murder case he believes he has no chance of winning – a lost cause which quickly spirals into an obsession. Packed with searing eloquence, dry wit and raw emotion, Blindsided features a cast of young talent whose energy and spirit will not fail to engage.

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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Vocal, Pop

Vox Stars Presents Star Inspirations

Vox Stars, winners of the Spirit Of The Fringe Award (2022) present a new show for 2024, celebrating aspiring singers through the music of their idols. Lainey Vox and her students voice a wonderful mix of iconic popular music hits from legends, retro, pop, party, Disney and film. The six-night show run features the music of classic icons such as Elton, ABBA and Whitney to modern stars such as P!nk and Lewis Capaldi. Our Edinburgh Singing and Performance studio presents a diverse mix of singers: from the soulful to the powerful.

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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Comedy, Satire

Defective Inspector: An American Odyssey

Prepare for a hilarious hour of (unconvincing) romance, (sloppy) action and (tenuous) espionage! Don't miss the debut whirlwind comedy from The Defectors. Richard P Cooper, an eccentric ex-detective, presents his (heavily embellished) exploits on the stage (with mixed results)! He guides the audience through his journey to the USA, grappling with assassination plots and three-legged dogs, while three hapless drama students embody every other questionable character. This laugh-a-minute romp is sure to elate and baffle in equal measure! 'An utterly endearing romp through the clichés of crime drama... irreverent and irresistible' **** (LostInTheatreland.co.uk).

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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LGBTQ+, Solo show

Good Boy

Boy is in love with his first boyfriend. Wide-eyed and naive, he discovers that the joys of sex and love, for him, come under pre-negotiated conditions: he must be the bottom, he must be submissive... and he must be shaved. But, after discovering a devastating secret, their relationship crumbles and Boy’s world shatters. Spiralling into desperation, can Boy find his way out by confronting his past? Presented in association with Survivors UK, Good Boy is a shockingly funny debut play about trauma, the social politics of hook-up apps, and suicidal rabbits. And unbelievably... it's all true.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Comedy, Musical theatre

Fringe - The Musical

A hilarious musical comedy about a cherished family run hairdressing salon in Essex. Prepare to be immersed into the chaotic world of hairdressing and fall in love with Darren and the salon girls as they attempt to save the salon from financial ruin after his wife’s passing. Join this eight-person cast through a fast paced script and series of songs as they attempt to compete with a posh rival salon from central London. There is something for everyone in this show with rich harmonies, comedy and heart, this is the perfect show to kickstart your evening!

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Character Comedy, Mime

A Brief Case of Crazy

Thomas is a remarkable, unconventional introvert – typically fiddling and fumbling his way through a 9 to 5 job, occasionally looking up to admire his wide-eyed and equally shy colleague, Daisy. His quest for romance encounters a boisterous boss, a rather troublesome briefcase that drags him through extraordinary events, and simply getting across a moving walkway in one piece. Through physical comedy, dance numbers and ludicrous characters, Rowan Armitt-Brewster, Lennie Longworth and Samuel Cunningham present a hilarious, heartwarming and deeply moving story. Buckle up for a bizarre adventure and discover it’s what’s inside that counts.

Location theSpace @ Symposium Hall

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Comedy, Devised

My Pretties

Come and join Turnip Fish Theatre Company in their Edinburgh Fringe debut! A story about the unlikely friendship of next-door neighbours, Agatha and Cassandra. My Pretties is a charming exploration of magic, trolls, and the ever changing label of 'witch' in today's society. Join Aggie and Cass on their smoothie-based business venture – it promises to be a delicious blend of loathing and revulsion, garnished with a riotous dollop of feminine revenge.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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LGBTQ+, New Writing

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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New Writing, Thriller

My Blood

A gripping piece of new writing, My Blood is a psychological thriller loosely based on Aeschylus' Oresteia. Set in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, we follow the lives of a powerful banking family as they deal with personal tragedy. Devastated by their grief and the justice system's failure to hold their corrupt father accountable, the two adult children of the family decide to take justice into their hands. The arrival of a stranger influences the course of events, and as their plan starts to go wrong it becomes clear that not everything is as it seems...

Location theSpaceTriplex

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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, Storytelling

Ex Life

Aug 12-17
From an illegal rave in an abandoned vagina museum to the PTA cheese and wine – mid-life dating with the mindset of a teen is a wild ride. But who’s calling the shots? In this fast-paced one-woman show, we gallop through the decades on a quest for self-identity. You’ll meet Rebecca, child of the ’80s, Becky, teen of the ’90s, and Becca, the sensible mum who happens to dress as a fairy. Then newly-single "Naomi" – back in the dating game where the rules have changed – before finally finding Bex... Is her happily-ever-after within grasp at last?

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Comedy, Sketch Show

Look What We've Done

Aug 12-17
Following sold-out shows in Manchester, Helio Collective debuts at Fringe with a fresh take on how we talk about our planet's future. Unnerving, thought provoking and hilarious, prepare for talking animals, the heights of fast fashion and your (least) favourite politicians reassuring you that climate change is definitely not their fault. From the team that brought you last year’s five-star Manchester Revue comes 'exaggerative comedic finesse' (BingeFringe.com) with a healthy of dose of existential dread. With what little time we have left we might as well enjoy ourselves, but how long until everything falls apart?

Location theSpace @ Surgeons 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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New Writing, Live Music

Mary: A Gig Theatre Show

Through haunting original music and rich spoken word, an actor-musician band deliver a feminist retelling of Mary Queen of Scots' story. The folk-rock show searingly questions the treatment and portrayal of women historically and today. Following a sold-out production in February, the Marys are back by popular demand for the Fringe. 'Fifty mesmerising minutes' **** (The Student Newspaper). ‘Lifting original songs and lyrically genius spoken word’ **** (CorrBlimey.uk). ‘The perfect blend of music, narrative and humour’ **** (TheBroad.org), ‘A total triumph - unbelievable talent, West End here they come…’ (Audience review, 2024).

Location theSpace @ Symposium Hall

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Comedy, New Writing

It's OK, I Still Think You're Great

Aug 12-17
It’s Tibby’s 25th birthday and she is throwing a big party: after years, her friends from uni are coming together — and they are all doing better than her. It's OK, I Still Think You're Great is a sparkling three-hander about friendship, friendship breakups, breakup breakups, drama, drama kids, queerness, being an immigrant, rejection and William Shakespeare. Also, about the emotional roller-coaster of being in your mid-twenties and having no clue about pretty much anything ever.

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Theatre

Getting in Bed with the Pizza Man

Getting in Bed with the Pizza Man is a racy, whimsical one-woman show exploring the perils and thrills of sex and singledom in the post-pandemic era by actress, writer and comedienne Katie Folger. A dagger-tongued jump down a rabbit hole of beginner's sexual empowerment, Folger’s new theatrical debut garnered her a star-rising flurry of attention after its Austin, TX premiere. Named one of The Austin Chronicle’s Top 10 Theatrical Moments of 2023, witness the magic of her highly successful show up close and personal.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Live Music, Musical theatre

How Should a Home Be

This is a piece of biographical theatre narrated through music. A re-telling of Lady Wenji's Return To The Han, with an adaptation of Eighteen Songs On A Nomad Flute, from a contemporary female perspective. Only music is used to tell an almost 1800-year-old story about the individual, family, survival and life. After two marriages, will this upcoming third marriage make her happy and peaceful?

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Contemporary, Theatre

The Crucible

Experience the spellbinding fusion of athleticism and artistry as Sacramento Contemporary Dance Theatre presents The Crucible, a reimagined masterpiece. Jacob Gutiérrez-Montoya, the acclaimed California-based director and choreographer, will lead a talented ensemble from the Sacramento Contemporary Dance Theatre in a performance that will transport you into the heart of The Crucible like never before. Prepare to be enraptured by a performance that is as inspiring as it is haunting, promising an unforgettable theatrical journey. Secure your tickets now for an evening of mesmerizing dance theatre that will leave you breathless.

Location theSpaceTriplex

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New Writing, Solo show

Lee and the Black Hole

Lee always wanted to be an astronaut. When she grew up, she got her wish – but not in the way she expected: she became the first person ever to orbit a black hole. But this show isn't about her. It's about the girl who loved her who had to stay back on Earth. What does it mean to be the one standing on the sidelines, the one left behind? All of the stars and galaxies, all of time and space... would you give them up for the one you love?

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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Stand-up

Oxford Revue: Stand-Upping Citizens

We're not up-standing and some of us aren't even citizens, but the Oxford Revue is bringing its stand-up showcase to the Fringe anyway. Join us for a late-night exploration of the ballet dancer-to-mailman career pipeline, the uses of opera in gaining male approval, and lots more! With a rotating cast of our best comics, it's a new show every night!

Location theSpace @ Symposium Hall

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Stand-up, Musical Comedy

Tales from a British Country Pub

Aug 12-17
Join comedy musician Chris Sainton-Clark as he takes you through his troublesome and hilarious experiences of working in British pubs. Hear stories of compulsive liars, disruptive youths, clinical oversharers, fruit machine addicts and much more. Each of these songs has a satirical and scathing outlook at British pub culture that will leave you thinking, ‘I know that person’ or maybe… 'I am that person’. Armed with just a guitar, a whole lot of sarcasm and many musical stories, Tales from a British Country Pub is sure to keep you entertained.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Stand-up, True-life

Daniel Powell: Breathless (Work in Progress)

Stand-Up comedian Daniel Powell tells the story of how a cat tried to kill him with its arse, destroying his health (and life) in the process. Daniel reflects on his various ailments and how they impact his life, including his cruel childhood nicknames and inability to play video games, the medical miracle that saw him narrowly avoid being non-verbal and a lifetime of crippling hypochondria that really annoys his wife. Breathless is a look at what it is like to be chronically ill when no one really gives a shit.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Comedy, Contemporary

#40sandsingle – The Early Morning Cabaret Comedy Show!

Dr. Kara Kibara is a self-proclaimed and successful online dating expert. She has helped thousands of people find love, but she herself is still single in her 40s. In this interactive cabaret show, Dr. Kara goes back to her past and reflects on what went wrong (or maybe right) that caused her to still be loveless. She shares her insights on dating, relationships and love, and she offers her advice on how to find The One.

Location theSpace @ Symposium Hall

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Children's show, Musical theatre

The Water Babies

A magical and moral Victorian fairy tale, adapted by Sue Colverd from the original story by Charles Kingsley, including music and songs by David Last, about young chimney sweep Tom who escapes his miserable life in a grim world with Mr Grimes to discover a land of underwater creatures and fairies in his journey to become cleansed as a water baby. Performed by Drama and Performing Arts students from the University of Gloucestershire and directed by Karen Benjamin.

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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Comedy

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)

A sophisticated and symbolic exploration and portrayal of the poignant literary works of Shakespeare? Not really. A chaotic adventure through all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays – the comedies, the tragedies, and the other ones. A hectic and intense performance, with some running, some jumping, and some cracking costumes. Featuring Titus Andronicus as a cooking show, Troilus and Cressida as an interpretative dance piece, and the rest of the histories as an American football game – our show will be sure to make you laugh out loud.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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LGBTQ+, Dark Comedy

The Book of Joan

No one understands the complexity and plights of Catholicism like a teenage lesbian, especially one whose only friend happens to be a figment of the 13th-century saint Joan of Arc. The Book of Joan takes an absurdist look at the mind of Grace as she, and a production of her own imagination, unpacks her burgeoning sexuality, mental health, and the restrictive Catholic world she inhabits, all before she has to leave for school. This dramedy reflects upon the identities we foster under states of repression, and who knows repression better than a Catholic teenage lesbian?

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Comedy, Farce

Michelin Star

Michelin Star: two couples, three affairs, four courses. What could possibly go wrong? You are invited to the most emotionally messy dinner party on the block. When girlfriend and boyfriend Toni and Benji host their married friends Antony and Carla for a Michelin star intimate dinner party, the gloves come off and the infidelity kicks up a gear. Confusion gets the best of everyone and the sneaky must become sneakier, much to your amusement. Prepare for ass slapping, phone throwing and brother hopping. So many secrets and so little time. Do the relationships, or adulterers, survive the night?

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Comedy, Sci-fi

Defective Inspector: A Stitch in Time

The latest chapter in the theatrical saga of ex-detective Richard P Cooper, who now finds himself sucked into a time-bending sci-fi caper! In an impromptu trip to the future, Richard learns about the horrors of an evil empire founded by his canine nemesis, Mr Fluffington. Richard and his allies must go on a mission to the past to prevent its uprising, culminating in an epic kerfuffle spanning thousands of years, with the fate of all of history at stake! 'No timeline is too sacred, and no sci-fi reference is too far-fetched' **** (LostInTheatreland.co.uk).

Location theSpaceTriplex

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Drama

Hamlet's Journey to the West

In the Wuji Kingdom, Tang Sanzang dreams of the old king's soul complaining to him, accusing his sworn brother of murdering him in the royal garden, taking his form and usurping the throne, but the crown prince and queen remain in the lie... What kind of story will be presented from the perspective of children when the two literary masterpieces of China and the West meet. We will break through the barriers of time and space to experience the ultimate charm of theatre. Produced by Serena Wang, written and directed by Keelung Ma.

Location theSpace @ Venue45

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Drama, Physical theatre

Not Exit

Selected from Sartre's existential drama, this piece immerses us in extreme, marginal states both narratively and physically. With an intensely abstract oriental aesthetic and virtuosic physical storytelling, we collectively explore themes of 'hell is other people' and human freedom. As the curtain rises, we find ourselves in this "hell", whether on stage or in the audience, trapped in a "cage". Characters onstage and off reflect each other, observed in the shadows. It reflects characters' extreme states, resonating in an interplay of Eastern and Western perspectives. Through interesting deconstruction, the play invites the audience to engage effortlessly.

Location theSpaceTriplex

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Acoustic, Pop

Sean Lomas

The 22-year-old Essex based singer-songwriter is excited to perform and tell the stories behind his songs through an intimate acoustic show. With over 20,000 monthly listeners and regular support from BBC radio stations, ‘Sean has been assuredly making a name for himself since his teen years’ and ‘illustrates an impressive honesty in the self-assured writing’ (Wonderland). With a combination of heartfelt lyrics and acoustic undertones Sean can’t wait to bring his signature sound to the Edinburgh Fringe for the first time. Make sure you get Sean on your radar, this is one you don’t want to miss!

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Comedy, New Writing

Rat House

Welcome to Hackton! Cyclists can’t get to Hackton library, literacy rates are dropping, cyclists can barely name a single book, library membership is dwindling and Hackton council have to do something about it! Old grudges resurface as two departments work together to save the library. Time is running out as they have to convince you, the citizens of Hackton, to vote for the right solution. Following a sell-out run of Stuck in the Mud last year, Evie Cowen returns to Fringe with a brand-new, quick-witted comedy exploring cycle paths, libraries, chess, the PTA and lots of yoga!

Location theSpace @ Symposium Hall

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Drama

Beauty and the Joker

A long, long time ago, in a fairy-tale kingdom called the Nicola Empire, the young Prince Nicholas was a clever, innocent and sensitive child with an unconventional head shaped like buttocks. After the death of the king, Queen Sophie, fearing her son would be ridiculed by others, issued a No Laughing decree. People lived in a serious and oppressive environment every day until the appearance of a beautiful foreign blind girl changed everything…The work is produced by Serena Wang, written and directed by Angela Dou.

Location theSpace @ Venue45

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Dance, Satire

Grape Culture

A tragicomedy revealing grape culture, starring comedian and internet sensation Toni Nagy and performance artist Sarah Buckner. The show will undress the consciousness of domination without consent while stripping back the predatory and pervasive programming that is choking us all. The thrusting energy of the show is comedy – penetrated by dance, film, storytelling, clowning, stand up and skits. We can’t think our way out of trauma, we must feel our way through it. Toni and Sarah will pervert the pretty by unmasking the ugly truth that grape culture isn’t part of our culture, it is our culture.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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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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Talk

Commedia and Half Mask Talk by Action Theatre (Italy)

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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Children's show, Adaptation

The Glasstown Confederacy

Charlotte. Emily. Anne. Bronte. What inspired three lonely, unworldly women from a remote Yorkshire village to become some of the most celebrated novelists of all time? This new work explores the early lives of the Bronte sisters, their vivid imaginary worlds and the tragic family events which shaped their young lives and later writing. Praise for writer and director Rebecca Vines’ Bronte biography More Myself Than I Am: 'A cut above' **** (TheWeeReview.co.uk). 'The kind of period drama you might expect from the BBC' **** (BroadwayBaby.com).

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Comedy, Drama

When Vincent Met John

Vincent died in 1890, John died in 1980, both of gunshot wounds to the chest. But imagine what might have happened had the two greatest artists of their time met? Five years before their deaths, both men went through profound change. Van Gogh renounced religious ambition, began to paint, and, despite arguments with antagonist Paul Gaugin, created his life’s masterworks. Lennon renounced sex, drugs and rock'n'roll, began five years seclusion and, despite arguments with antagonist Paul McCartney, created a son and his last album. This play takes place at their exact moment of crisis and decision.

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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New Writing, Drama

Ambiguous Proposition

A controversial sexual harassment allegation pushes Margaret to the edge of reason. How far can she go to protect her son? How far can she go to protect herself? How far can they bend the truth? Ambiguous Proposition explores the nature of harassment in the workplace through the lens of a mother of a son accused, ultimately questioning whether a man can survive an allegation of sexual harassment in the years post #MeToo. Created by two employment lawyers, this piece of provocative new writing delves into the searing reality of equality at work. Performed by Hilary Cordery.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Comedy, Political

Katzenmusik

Katzenmusik (German, n.) caterwaul; a shrill howling or wailing noise (of a cat). The income gap between rich and poor has pushed residents of Burnside to breaking point; unscrupulous landlords take risks with tenants' lives, and furious tenants take action. KGS Theatre Company, returning to the Fringe following their critically acclaimed hit, The Ofsted Massacre, presents Tom Fowler's Katzenmusik, a darkly comic story about social inequality and upheaval, told in reverse. Featuring a viral video, a company exploiting fears, prank calls, class divide, and a cat memorial, this biting commentary on social hierarchy is not one to be missed.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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New Writing

What the F*ck Happened to Love and Hope

Full of heart, this powerful new play is both about young people and by young people. The first act (What the F*ck Happened to Love?) follows teenager Nina and explores drink spiking, sexual assault and growing up with mixed Indian/Scottish heritage. The second act (What the F*ck Happened to Hope?) follows Nina’s best friend Faye and explores family relationships, mental health and consent. Nina is played by an 18 year old (who is also the writer) and Faye is played by a recent Performing Arts Studio Scotland graduate.

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Comedy, New Writing

Bad Habit

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the free trip to California. Amen. After lying about their holy aspirations, two Glaswegian Catholic school girls make a pilgrimage to a convent in Los Angeles. Quickly hit with the reality that their journey is more walk on water than Walk of Fame, things go from bad to worse when their last ditch attempt to soak in Hollywood is crashed by two American nuns in training and the potential second coming of Christ. Beliefs and culture clash in this coming of age story, full of comedy and heart.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Solo show

HAMBLETT

A young woman from Stratford-Upon-Avon receives a shocking diagnosis that leads them to contemplate their connection with Hamlet. Using both contemporary and Shakespearian language, this powerful yet funny piece, written and performed by Olivia Hamblett, questions what it is 'to be'.

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Comedy, New Writing

Allotment

A jeweller, an artist, a poet, a filmmaker. Four flatmates who can barely keep a houseplant alive. When Em finds herself suddenly pregnant, the group of young creatives band together to become parents. The question is, can they support a child as a bunch of artists, or do they need to grow up?

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Comedy, New Writing

Well Played

Broadway, 1955. In this newly written farcical comedy, roaring with energy and excitement, August and Harry struggle to keep their theatre (and marriage) alive. That is until one chance encounter. Through secrets, lies and deceit, everything changes. Caught in the crossfires of broken down relationships, many, many sins, pretences and promised dreams, will the Mentiri Company finally close its curtains? What will happen when the lights come up? In the unruly game of show business, will their parts finally be Well Played?

Location theSpace @ Venue45

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Adaptation, Classical

Jane Eyre

The 'poor, obscure, plain and little' orphan, forced to find her own way in the world, surrounded by mists of secrets and unspoken truths, has enthralled generations of readers. Vividly drawn characters, gloomy gothic passageways, terrible revelations and suppressed passions whirl around the central character in a novel which revolutionised prose fiction and remains one of the best-loved books of all time. Praise for adapter and director Rebecca Vines’ More Myself Than I Am: 'A cut above' **** (TheWeeReview.co.uk). 'The kind of period drama you might expect from the BBC' **** (BroadwayBaby.com).

Location theSpace on the Mile

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New Writing, Solo show

Pretty Good, Not Bad

Aug 19-24
The long walk home. A treatise on the four Fs: no, not the dirty ones you know… The roles we assume when things get scary and the expectations held when we share. Who do you want me to be when I tell you what happened? Whose story is it anyway? New work by two tired Texans, Ellen Toland and Rachel McBath.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Traditional, Mime

Korean Painter

We paint various pictures on stage using the traditional Korean hat called sangmo. You'll have a mysterious experience with us, and it will make you want to come back again.

Location theSpaceTriplex

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Comedy, Satire

Bouncers & Shakers

We welcome you to a vision of the 80s urban nightlife: stag nights and hen dos; drunken crying girls and gallons of booze! In this world, nightclubs and cocktail bars pulsing with energy are inescapable. Let our bouncers and shakers show you their world of serving everyone from luvvies to local lads lusting for a little something more...

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Children's show

Our Teacher's a Troll

When mischievous twins Joe and Jemima's teacher turns out to be a real-life troll, chaos ensues! From outrageous pranks to daring escapes, follow their escapades as they try to outsmart the terrible troll! Get ready for a rib-tickling ride through the schoolyard with this uproarious production.

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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Comedy, Sketch Show

Shakespeare's Mothello and Other Parodies

Follow the adventures of Mothello, a mothman version of Othello, who can’t quite get his words out, as they explore the world of Shakespeare’s plays. The show aims to take Shakespeare off the academic pedestal and bring it crashing down into the bizarre. A series of comedy sketches that build on and reimagine Shakespeare’s characters in unlikely situations, starring a range of characters from Titus Andronicus to the much-loved A Midsummer Night's Dream’s Mechanicals. Written, directed and performed by a cast of students from Shakespeare’s School, Stratford-Upon-Avon.

Location theSpace on the Mile

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LGBTQ+, New Writing

Ever Yours

When a grieving Olivia is suddenly left alone in her apartment, her only companion is a painting she stole in a desperate demonstration of love for her partner. Well, the painting and – unexpectedly – the ghost of the man who painted it: Vincent van Gogh. As she does her best to hide the stolen art from a suspecting gallery owner, her girlfriend’s family implore her to hide the true nature of their relationship. Oh! And there’s a bird trapped in the house. What else can she do but throw Vince a party?

Location theSpace @ Venue45

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Adaptation, Drama

Crime and Punishment

In the sweltering heat of a Saint Petersburg summer, impoverished student Raskolnikov wrestles with the thoughts of the good he could do were he able to lay hands on the wealth of an unscrupulous old woman. Dostoyevsky’s seminal masterpiece of psychological torment sees Raskolnikov unravel as his guilt and conscience collide with the reality of his murderous dreams. Praise for writer/director Rebecca Vines’ previous works: 'Chilling… brilliant… powerful' ***** (BroadwayBaby.com). 'A cut above' **** (TheWeeReview.co.uk). 'Power and strength' **** (BritishTheatreGuide.info).

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Comedy, Sketch Show

Look What We've Done

Aug 19-24
Following sold-out shows in Manchester, Helio Collective debuts at Fringe with a fresh take on how we talk about our planet's future. Unnerving, thought provoking and hilarious, prepare for talking animals, the heights of fast fashion and your (least) favourite politicians reassuring you that climate change is definitely not their fault. From the team that brought you last year’s five-star Manchester Revue comes 'exaggerative comedic finesse' (BingeFringe.com) with a healthy of dose of existential dread. With what little time we have left we might as well enjoy ourselves, but how long until everything falls apart?

Location theSpaceTriplex

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New Writing, Contemporary

Someone Has To Be Counting

Someone has been keeping a record. Every day, for 20 years. It's all in her notebooks: hours worked, money spent, cigarettes smoked; 38 categories that serve as a record of how each of her days has been spent. Why did she start? What kept her returning to them? Phoebe Benson directs this experimental one-woman play that explores a person's attempt to grapple with the incessant flow of time through daily rituals and habits. Starring Lisa Vetta, this play is inspired by the real notebooks of Dalia: aunt of artist and playwright Vytautas Bikauskas.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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New Writing, Musical theatre

Disco, Baby?

Prom to after-party via generational identity crisis – what if the best night of your life turns into the rest of it? Set to an original score combining pop, funk, jazz and of course – Disco, Baby. A debut production from a new young Cumbrian company.

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Drama, Historical

Gold

June 6 1944: over 25,000 troops land in Normandy for the largest amphibious invasion of all time. Their destination: codenamed Gold Beach. Their mission: to deliver a final blow to the Nazi stranglehold on Europe. But beyond the political rhetoric and military strategy are boatfuls of ordinary young men – farmers, clerks, students, entertainers – who find themselves catapulted to the forefront of history. Praise for writer/director Rebecca Vines: 'Chilling… brilliant… powerful' ***** (BroadwayBaby.com). 'A cut above' **** (TheWeeReview.co.uk). 'Power and strength' **** (BritishTheatreGuide.info).

Location theSpace on the Mile

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New Writing, Dance

All This Must Pass

A woman embarks on an epic quest through time, travelling for hundreds of years through distant lands to discover how she came to be. She discovers celebrated heroes, despised criminals, defiant women and shattered men – all as the dread of the present day draws ever closer. All This Must Pass is a critically acclaimed story of the invisible forces that make us, love for those we haven't faced, and how we too will one day be ghost in someone else’s story.

Location theSpace @ Venue45

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New Writing, Thriller

Six Feet Under

America. The 60s. Nuclear war. Eight neighbours escape to the safety of their underground bunker. Under the dim, flickering lights of their metal coffin, they have no idea how long they’ll be spending in each other’s company – and even less of an idea when rescue will come. As secrets begin to creep out, paranoia simmers and tensions skyrocket, threatening to shatter their fragile peace and blurring the line between living, and surviving. They may be tucked safely away from the horrors on the surface, but perhaps the real danger still lurks within.

Location theSpaceTriplex

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Family-friendly, Puppetry

Bucket Head

A closed-down puppet orphanage reopens, leaving resident squatters Ozzie Airwalker and Jim Horgletooth having to deal with new friends and challenges. A feel-good family show for everyone. Inspired by Saturday Morning Cartoons, a show packed with laughs and heart. Bucket Head is brought to you by writer/performer duo Kelby Guilfoyle (they/them) and Kyle Moss (he/him), who are excited to introduce their eclectic puppet world and the colourful creatures that call it home.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Comedy, New Writing

Tit(s) for Tat

Five girls, one friendship, and a therapist named Fanny. Join Rosie, Emily, Danielle, Lily and Ruby as they take you on a journey through the 13-year history of their friendship. From the echo falls infused highs, to the explosive, 'tit-for-tat' style lows, this former friendship group have finally reached breaking point, and now need to decide whether or not the bond that they've shared for so many years is even worth salvaging at all.

Location theSpace on the Mile

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New Writing

I See My Sister

Aug 19-24
When sisters Mhairi and Caoimhe run away from home, Mhairi is determined to stay isolated from the world. It’s safer for her that way, and if it’s safer for her then it’s safer for them both. But in her struggle to keep her sister close, and other people out, Mhairi makes a deadly choice and risks losing Caoimhe forever. As the sisters become more entangled with the wild Scottish landscape, Mhairi’s secrets are revealed and her grasp on her sister – and reality – begins to slip. I See My Sister explores folklore, trauma and sisterhood.

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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Character Comedy, Satire

The Academy Trust: Under New Management!

'Should I hand in my notice?' A question that resonates with every teacher, and Rachel is no exception. As a new trust takes over the school, bringing with it a slew of initiatives, quality assurance measures, and supposedly "workload-friendly" schemes, one thing remains constant: the perennially empty stationary cupboard. Join Rachel and her colleagues as they navigate the absurdities of bureaucracy, juggle newfound responsibilities, and grapple with the everyday chaos of teaching life. The Academy Trust is a comedic rollercoaster, blending sketch-show wit with political satire, all written and performed by teachers.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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New Writing

Penny and Forever

School-girl Penny lives in a world on fire. Covid-19, Covid-27, Covid-33 came and went. Everybody’s paranoid. No one has time for stories. Books scarcely exist. Penny discovers her teacher has found a way to make stories come alive, but when she finds herself trapped in a loop of endless fiction, how will she get back home? Acclaimed playwright Glyn Maxwell – Best Play on the Fringe winner (British Theatre Guide), Olivier Award nominee (The Firework Maker’s Daughter) – returns to the Fringe with this epic story of mortality and fiction, in collaboration with youth theatre company, Lund.

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Family-friendly, Adaptation

Desert Thirsts and Jerusalem Winds

Witness the adventures of renowned scholar, Muhammad Asad, as he battles against thirst in the Great Nufud Desert and recounts his youth in Central Europe. Learn how an Austrian, trained in the rabbinical tradition, travelled across the Middle East – from Palestine and Egypt to Syria and Iran. His search for truth leads him to scrutinise Western attitudes to the world of Islam. A compelling and humorous dramatisation of the autobiography The Road to Mecca.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Drama, Physical theatre

Lord of the Flies

Who rules when there are no rules? Muchmuchmore Theatre returns to the Fringe with a gripping adaptation of this timeless story, exploring what happens when the shackles of civility are removed and primal instincts are unleashed. Immerse yourself in the sinister atmosphere of the deserted island, where the visceral descent into chaos has brutal consequences. This modern production provides a thought-provoking reflection on human nature and the power of social hierarchy. Should you be afraid of the beast prowling the woods? Or should you be more afraid of the darkness lurking within?

Location theSpaceTriplex

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Comedy, New Writing

Cabin Fever

Fresh !nk Theatre Company presents a sky-high spectacle! This must-see two-person show is a hilarious theatrical journey set 30,000 feet above the Atlantic. Join us on an unforgettable flight from London Heathrow to LAX, where two actors seamlessly shift between the disruptive passengers to the pilots in the cockpit. This relatable comedy takes turbulence to a whole new level, and showcases universal travel experiences that we are all too familiar with. From unexpected friendships to in-flight shenanigans, buckle up for an unmissable joyride in this entertaining show delivering an uproarious experience as the characters' stories unfold.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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New Writing, Character Comedy

Last Orders

Kenneth starts his first day and manager Chris has big plans for the McGonagle Tavern: clean the place up, serve gourmet dishes, but above all else make the place a stylish and traditional pub. But with a murderous chef, the rat soup going off and some supernatural Scottish intervention, things can only take a turn for the hilarious…

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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A Cappella

Cadenza

Come and join Cadenza, Cambridge University’s premier a cappella group, for our fourth consecutive series of shows at the Fringe. Cadenza’s unique style of a cappella is sure to have you on the edge of your seat! Depicting a day at Cambridge University, Cadenza's packed set of show-stoppers and chart-toppers has everything from club to classical. Want to experience a quirky spin on a choral evensong? We’ve got you. Fancy sampling the Cambridge nightlife? Cadenza has your back; our spicy pop and jazz arrangements include not only golden oldies, but also groovy contemporary numbers too!

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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Vocal, A Cappella

Aca-ballad of a Uni Student

Ever wondered what Pitch perfect would be like at a UK university? Come find out! In a flat full of chunder charts and impromptu musical numbers, follow Steelworks through the trials of uni life. Is anyone actually in room 3? Why does the hoover smell? Did those two sleep together? But… I digress… Established at the University of Sheffield (2017), Steelworks annually perform in the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella. Following rave reviews of their Fringe debut (2023), Steelworks are back with charisma, stunning vocals, and a brand-new show you won’t want to miss!

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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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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New Writing, Political

This Side of the House

It’s the early 80s at Cambridge. Geoffrey Cormick is up against his arch nemesis, Gideon Mellor, to become the next president of the Union Society, with the final vote cast by the audience. Lance Anisfeld's debut play, directed by his daughter 36 years later, uncovers the dark side of relationships, professional and personal; there will be liars, cheaters, posh tarts and dimwits, as well as lovers, loyal friends and sprinklings of politically incorrect humour we’ve all pretended doesn’t exist anymore. To say it ends well would be too sweet.

Location theSpaceTriplex

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Disabled-led, Dark Comedy

The Spilling Cup

Sasha is slowly realising that her period symptoms may not be normal. But what is normal when it comes to periods? We follow her as she navigates living with endometriosis, friendships, sexuality, useless doctors, her self-worth and so many bad rom-coms. The Spilling Cup critiques a culture in which women's health is downplayed, periods are seen as shameful and education is lacking. After a successful run at Assembly Roxy in December The Spilling Cup returns to find the funny, the human and the bizarre side to the ups and downs of this often stigmatised condition.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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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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A Cappella

Popstars: The Final Riff Off

It’s World War III (pop girl-group feud in the 00s) and the battle to end all battles (an a cappella riff-off)… Can you keep up? The Rolling Tones are back – ready to serve incredible vocals, stunning choreography, and truly terrible humour once again. Join this award-winning group on a wild ride of iconic hits from TLC, Destiny’s Child, and more. Return to the glory days of 90’s/00’s girl groups, the ultimate battle between old and new. The world will never be the same (probably). You can hear their cry now... 'We’re pop what? Popstars!'

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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Dark Comedy, Drama

The Accused

Guilty or not guilty? You decide! From the sell-out production team of the Inner Temple Drama Society comes a story of anger, revenge, love and secrecy. After a superstar is found dead in her dressing room all fingers point to Daniel… but did he kill her? That’s the question on everyone’s lips but only the jury will decide. Join the Inner Temple Drama Society for this interactive show which follows a murder trial. Whilst serious, you can expect a few dance and drag appearances. We promise you will not have seen anything quite like it.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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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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Storytelling

Blood, Sweat and Beers: How One Man Overcame a Complete Lack of Ability to Represent His Country

When washed-up sportsman Mick Colliss discovered there was no Australian team at the World Sudoku Championships, he did what any 42-year-old with unfulfilled dreams of international glory would do – applied to the World Puzzle Federation, became the sole selector, then picked himself and three rugby mates in the first ever Australian sudoku team – despite none of them knowing how to play. They deck themselves out in a national uniform and travel to India to compete for their country, with hilarious results.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Rock, Musical Comedy

The Shakey Shakey Hips (The Musical)

Hilarious epic 50s rock musical following Shakey Sean (Elvis character) working in an Arbroath egg’n’roll van. A customer asks for a 'rock’n’roll'. Shakey concedes he doesn't sell this, spurring the invention of rock’n’roll. Shakey decides to change his egg’n’roll van into a rock’n’roll van, hitting the road, chasing dreams of becoming a rockstar. Hopes are tested by a virus: The Shakey Shakey Hips. Shakey must save the world, get to his rock’n’roll shakedown in Las Vegas and beat evil Elvis – Johnny B Bad – in a hard rock battle!

Location theSpaceTriplex

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Contemporary, Drama

Beyond the Cap and Gown

Beyond the Cap and Gown is a dynamic play that follows five university students navigating the tumultuous seas of post-graduation life. Join this group of friends as they juggle dreams, heartache and the exhilarating pursuit of purpose. Through tears, laughter and the timeless quest for identity in the world of uncertainty what will post-graduation life hold? You will never see the same show twice! Each performance the cast will rotate, changing dynamics, performances and interpretations.

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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New Writing, Dark Comedy

SOS BRN

How are you supposed to deal with a tragedy? In Brian's case, step one is obviously to drink heavily and then hope that somehow step two reveals itself. Navigating the tempest of grief, anger and guilt that comes with a loss, SOS BRN follows Brian's escapades into the night as he searches for some kind of an answer, waiting hopelessly for a miracle that could fix everything. Plagued by worried housemates, wise strangers and a thoroughly annoying hallucination, tonight may be the night that Brian realises that life and death aren't what he thinks they are.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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New Writing, Family-friendly

Hungry Like the Future

Set in the 1980s when Duran Duran were in their prime, personal computers the latest fad and Pacman and Space Invaders the games of choice. Kevin gets a brand-new Commodore 64 for his birthday. He absolutely loves gaming and is gifted at coding. One day while working through some tricky coding, Kevin takes one step too far and is sucked into an alternative world where he meets Zark and Muckerberg and is taken on a trip into the future of AI. But will he ever be able to return home to his family and Jess?

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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Comedy, Political

Barracking

Barracking imagines the inner walls of the modern-day debate chamber, and what it takes to get yourself inside. Centred around Greta, Robbie and Andrew – three members of a student debate team – the play takes a look at the wealthy elite: a club that operates on an invite-only basis, with no exceptions.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons 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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Compilation, Musical theatre

A Night at the Musicals

Exeter University’s Spotlights show choir are returning to Edinburgh Fringe for another musical extravaganza filled with beautiful harmonies, captivating dance and a brilliant live band! Prepare yourself for an action-filled spectacle featuring musical hits from your favourite shows whilst displaying themes of love, community and independence. This musical theatre showcase will provide a night full of energy, humour, fun and blossoming young talent. This is a performance you will not want to miss!

Location theSpaceTriplex

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New Writing, Character Comedy

Babe Alien

Whales sometimes make hit songs that get repeated through the ocean. Anyway, how do you deal with being alive? Babe Alien wants a revolution after seeing a blue whale trapped in their local Las Vegas casino. Their crusade for liberation is treated like a whale-sized waste of time by their flatmates, who are finding that surviving today is difficult enough. Fighting against the power brings them to a desert commune and up close with David Attenborough (not the real one, he's busy). Apathy and activism in our times. And Babe didn't become an alien to be apathetic...

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Sketch Show, Satire

The Twisted Chronicles

Embark on a captivating journey through history with The Twisted Chronicles, hosted by two visionary yet misunderstood history teachers, Ken and Bryan. Despite losing their jobs due to the tyranny of Ofsted, they're refusing to be silenced, launching an interactive tour across the UK with a not-to-be-missed stop at the Edinburgh Fringe. Witness a unique comedic re-interpretation of the pivotal moments and revolutions that shaped the world we know today. This play is a masterful blend of satire and historical narrative, offering reflections on the freedom of thought.

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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A Cappella, Experimental

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Ten beatboxers, armed only with their microphones, charming personalities, and about 50p to their names, set out to transcend the greatest threat to the modern day entertainment scene – the algorithm. Prepare to see just how far the human voice can be morphed, to not only produce sensational music, but override AI itself.

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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Dark Comedy

Prime Meat

Prime Meat is a horror comedy that follows Esme and Chris Stockton who, five years ago, moved to the idyllic Cotswold village of Raperton-on-the-Water. While Esme has adapted to village life, Chris is struggling. As Roland and Cherry help them prepare for the imminent community fete, the sinister reality of the village is revealed.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Immersive, New Writing

Ring That Bell!

Ding! Welcome to Hell! Ring That Bell is an immersive, dark comedy in which two fallen angels are tasked with guarding the gates to hell and directing newcomers to their assigned circles, such as: the ring of fire, the billionaire ball pit, the circle jerk and the cone of shame. Lucy, with her cheery customer service attitude, and Bubs with her... attitude, provide you with important guidance regarding vaccines, fire doors and how to gaslight yourself into enjoying your eternal stay. The last several inductions haven't gone so well, but not to worry... 13th time’s the charm.

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Comedy, Drama

Tweeds

The Tweeds, an eclectic group of privileged students, are out hunting when the newest member accidentally shoots the club president, Babette, in the head. After her death the group spirals, but the situation only gets stranger when Babette shows up to the next club meeting completely unharmed. Is she a clone? A doppelganger? And what should they do about her?

Location theSpace @ Symposium Hall

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Disabled-led, Musical Comedy

Zac Zac Zoom: A Story of Wheels and (F)eels

Brand-new musical comedy that was supposed to be about exploring life in a wheelchair... But Zac has something much eelier he'd like to talk about. This is the only show you will ever see that tries to compare the lived experience of a disabled person to the life cycle of a freshwater eel. A hilarious one-man musical, written and performed by Zachary Loram, will have you asking the question... so, how do eels have sex?

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Character Comedy, Dark Comedy

Glastonbury

Glastonbury promises a dream of youth, but after the pandemic, the characters return to seek out an anchor to the past but encounter revelations far beyond their expectations under the stars in the yurt enclosure. A comedy drama about love, dreams, death, whiskey, flags, wellies and getting old. Developed at the Riverscribes Writing Group at the Riverside Studios in Hammersmith, London, the play was selected to open the Bitesize Festival at the Studios for a sold-out six-day run between the 29th Jan to 4th Feb 2024.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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New Writing, Drama

Love, Loss and Cake

Inspired by the style of Alan Bennett's Talking Heads and that of traditional storytelling by a single narrator, this play weaves four humorous and moving narratives into one man’s story of love and loss, buses, taxis and cakes. We are brought gently into the life of John as he recovers from the loss of his wife and discovers the pleasures and challenges of travelling on Edinburgh buses, talking to a London taxi driver, babysitting, sampling Turkish pastries and experiencing the perils, fun and misunderstandings of online dating for the older man. Charming, funny and moving.

Location theSpace on the Mile

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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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Drama, Absurdist

Uncanny Valley

There is always a beginning. There isn’t always an ending. One story begins when God reaches down to make man. The other begins when a mother leaves her children on the youngest’s 18th birthday. Really, they are the same story. A story about enemies, magpies, a dog named Bethlehem and three tins of fruit. About exits, abandonments, and judgement days. About going back to the beginning, and figuring out where it all went wrong. About trying over and over.

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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Musical Comedy, Satire

Eric Davidson's Amazin' Prime Parodies (26 Songs to Make the Whole World Cringe)

Eric Davidson's Amazin' Prime Parodies (26 Songs to Make the Whole World Cringe). Eric returns with a fast-paced show of alphabetic satirical hilarity. 'If laughter is, indeed, the best medicine, then Eric Davidson should be available to all on the NHS. Clever comedy is often hard to find but it was here in abundance. Highly recommended' (FringeReview.co.uk). ***** (Edinburgh Reporter). ***** (Sinners Review, YouTube). ***** (BroadwayBaby.com).

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Improv

Blind Mirth Presents: A Guide to Disappointing Your Parents

Blind Mirth returns to Edinburgh Fringe once again in a blaze of glory and parental disdain. Why did we choose to become improv comedians? Maybe don’t ask us that one… Winners of the Derek Award for Best Improv Show in 2023, the University of St Andrews' funniest, sexiest (and incidentally only) improvised-comedy troupe invites you to grab a drink and join us for a night of chaos and comedy, different every show and dependent upon audience suggestions.

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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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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LGBTQ+, New Writing

Cherry

'I think I felt so happy in my label up until now that it feels so scary for it suddenly not to fit right any more.' Kelsie came to university happily identifying as a bisexual woman, until everyone around her was actually having sex. Cherry follows her as she navigates her feelings, her friendships and exploring a different label: asexuality. The show encapsulates the experience of finding your true, queer self and your people when emerging into adulthood – you don’t have to get it right the first time, and there’s always a chance to grow.

Location theSpace on the Mile

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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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Immersive, Stand-up

SunDate Roast

Join us for a SunDate Roast! The ultimate late-evening Fringe spectacle! Dive into the madness of stand-up comedy, improv, and dating roasts – perhaps some tears, too. Each night, a new performer will be taking the stage, with immersive audience participation. Expect endless laughs, banter and surprises. You might even find yourself on stage or leaving with a prize, or... perhaps single! Bring your pals for a guaranteed good time or dare to come with your other half for a challenging night out! Serial daters at the front, please!

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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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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Theatre

Pirates: You Wouldn't Steal a Boat

After being fired by his captain, Sharkbait Mulligan finds himself with just the clothes on his back and the rum on his back. Undeterred, he and his intern Louie decide to steal some legendary treasure from under their former captain's nose... Spruce Moose, a motley crew of ex-Cambridge Footlights regulars, return to Edinburgh with their high seas, low-brow comedy adventure. 'Unhinged, absurd and outrageously funny' **** (TheReviewsHub.com). 'Arr!… this is good!' **** (Derek Awards).

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Fantasy, Dance

Auto/Erotic Tango

Pushing the genre of Argentine tango to its limits! A blend of super-charged stage tango dancing, acting, video projection and sensory immersive stimulus, Auto-Erotic Tango explores the tension arising in a couple who force themselves into traditional tango heteronormative and stereotyped gender roles. Taking the audience on an exciting, sensual and escapist journey with the dancers to find their true, hidden desires simultaneously exploring deeper themes of transgressive desire, trauma, disconnection and dissociation. Performed and created by UK Tango Championship finalists 2022 and winners of UK Tango Ambassadors Cup 2023 Carlos Cisneros (Arg) and Emma Lucia Reyes (UK).

Location theSpaceTriplex

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New Writing, Neurodiversity-led

Is There Work on Mars?

Aug 19-24
Can an Asian with ADHD and dyscalculia pass Elon Musk's Mars immigration test? Set in a dystopian future of space colonisation, Is There Work on Mars? rants about many things: being an Asian who is innately horrible at maths, ableist education systems, living in the diaspora and ridiculous immigration requirements. Feeling like an outcast everywhere she goes, the neurodiverse Chinese woman desperately finds herself at SpaceX's absurd testing lab in an attempt to move to Mars. Is There Work on Mars? was first presented at Theatre Peckham as part of Peckham Fringe 2024.

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Comedy, New Writing

Sammy Blew Up a Toilet

New Scottish writing: Sammy Blew Up a Toilet is a whimsical, heart-warming and partly autobiographical play set around the early years of school. The story follows instant best friends Azza and Jake as they are forced to take in Sammy – a teacher's pet, snitch and all-round strange person. Azza and Sammy become frenemies, kept together by unfortunate circumstances and peacemaker Jake. A deep hatred grows between the two, leading Azza to devise a devious plan exploiting Sammy’s greatest weakness. Jump into a nostalgia-filled world with eccentric characters, childhood shenanigans and an exploding toilet!

Location theSpace @ Venue45

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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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Music, Alternative Comedy

Wild 'n' Free

A poignant journey, through chequered showbiz career of Eddie Garrity, interspersed with songs from the new album Wild 'n' Free and anecdotes from early glam rock, punk to cabaret. The knocks, the blocks and the frocks… touching on days in and around The Nosebleeds, Slaughter and the Dogs, and links to Joy Division, Morrissey, The Buzzcocks, David Bowie, Elton John and many more name-dropping moments plus a look at a colourful trans journey extravaganza with classic pop songwriting performed in classic cabaret style.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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New Writing, Storytelling

Bedtime Stories

'There's no greater love story than female friendship'. You don't know unconditional love until you've looked at your friend's backside to check for haemorrhoids. Talking through bad sex, irresponsible parenting, the lighter side of dementia and the overall ups and downs of being a girl your twenties. Get ready for bedtime stories that might actually give you nightmares.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Comedy, Solo show

Hot Girl Summer

Being single in her mid-twenties… how hard can it be? Post-breakup, Tilly jets off on a girls’ trip to Barcelona and impulsively lands a job in London. Leaving behind her small-town life in Scotland, she dives into her new life, and begins the treacherous journey of navigating life in The Big Smoke. She plans a summer like no other but the reality is far from the Pinterest board she has envisioned. Throwing herself into a whirlwind of Hinge dates she faces blatant misogyny whilst coming to terms with many of her insecurities. Hilariously tragic and amusingly relatable.

Location theSpace @ Symposium Hall

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Artist(s) of Colour, New Writing

milk teeth

Following the advice of her (hot) therapist, entomologist Zenab buys a baby doll to reconnect with her inner child. But from the moment she takes it out of the box, she feels a strange connection to it. Through the breakdown of her relationship with best friend Bryn, her encounters with a slightly sinister support group mother and therapy sessions that are a little too intimate, the show follows Zenab as she begins to lose her grasp on reality. milk teeth is a play about lost love, motherhood and loneliness.

Location theSpaceTriplex

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Musical Comedy, Cabaret

Undecided: A Musical Misadventure

Durham University's national musical theatre champions are bringing a show full of of iconic musical songs, characters and silliness to Edinburgh this summer! Laugh yourself silly as you choose which of your favourite musical theatre characters find themselves in the wrong song, and watch in amazement as our troupe members belt out classic tune after classic tune – making the troupe's Fringe debut with a bang! Durham University Music Theatre Troupe (DUMT) cannot wait to see you there!

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Film, Theatre

Eugene O'Neill's Thirst

Slow death awaits shipwreck survivors on a drifting raft. Staged at the Fringe 2023, Al Carretta's adaptation of O'Neill's heavily studied but rarely produced classic one-act is now an independent feature film for 2024 and his 23rd since 2010. An intense, brooding character study the setting is transformed. The gentleman survives his ordeal at sea, but how and at what cost? Recuperating in a sanatorium in England, is his fantastical tale of circling sharks, rotting corpses and singing sailors a real tale of survival at all costs, or is the light of a dawning madness shining?

Location theSpace @ Symposium Hall

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Comedy, Drama

Sent from my iPhone

It’s a Saturday night at the office and all the interns are assembled to shred paper. Convinced they have a shot at the corner office they're clearing, they expose their true intentions, their denied vices, and stumble across company secrets. This dark comedy is a unique insight into the mind of the panicked Gen-Z twentysomething, living the New York corporate dream. Meet the interns: Lola: International transplant desperately working in pursuit of her visa; Penelope: Daddy's little princess; Chad: obviously; Zion: too old to be here, has made his early career out of switching careers.

Location theSpaceTriplex

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Stand-up, Musical Comedy

Tales from a British Country Pub

Aug 19-24
Join comedy musician Chris Sainton-Clark as he takes you through his troublesome and hilarious experiences of working in British pubs. Hear stories of compulsive liars, disruptive youths, clinical oversharers, fruit machine addicts and much more. Each of these songs has a satirical and scathing outlook at British pub culture that will leave you thinking, ‘I know that person’ or maybe… 'I am that person’. Armed with just a guitar, a whole lot of sarcasm and many musical stories, Tales from a British Country Pub is sure to keep you entertained.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Alternative Comedy, Tragedy

NeuroChatter

One woman taking on the role of her three alter-egos in this tragi-comic psychodrama. Mike: an eccentric, scatter-brained academic in training. Elliott: a defensive yet laid-back aspiring artist. And Host: the reluctant, vulnerable core-self... hiding beneath them both. Can Host take back her true heart and autonomy, or will she forever remain stuck behind the two dominant alter-egos that steer her mind, fight for her body and control over her life? Can they collectively find a way towards integration or will they remain in active-imagination fantasy state, together... forever? NeuroChatter is a new writing, autobiographical solo performance.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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New Writing

My Cousin Won An Oscar (Now She Lives on My Sofa)

Misty Last: Academy Award Winner, Buzzfeed 'where are they now'-er. Carly Gibson: salt-of-the-earth, boss bartender, with a freeloading cousin. When her stage mom runs off with her money, Misty is broke, squatting on her cousin’s sofa "up north", and working behind a posh hotel bar. Think Victoria Wood meets Lindsay Lohan. With the added complication of a possessed 80s cheerleader. Comedy/Drama.

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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Comedy, Improv

Love Is Blind: The Improvised Musical

If you enjoy exploring the ups, downs (and sideways!) of human relationships through musical comedy, this show is for you! Characters will be built based off audience suggestions, date, and some will fall in love without ever seeing each other. The successful couples will propose in person and go on to slowly discover each other’s flaws, as they encounter the real world. The couples will have to decide whether love really is blind at the altar, but which relationships will last until the reunion, one year later? And which will tear themselves apart?

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Character Comedy

Show How It's Thespian

Show How It’s Thespian (SHIT) is an acting masterclass you should be honoured to attend. Hosted by the acting prodigies and co-founders of the Artistic Royal School of Excellence (ARSE), Billingsworth and Worthingtons, you will be transported into their minds and their methods, shaping you into not just an actor, but a live-r. As a spoof of the acting industry, you would be as they would say "completely uncultured" to miss it.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Contemporary, Thriller

Peep

Two women's obsession with spying on their mutual ex unfolds in a gripping tale of suspense. Watch as the line between predator and prey blurs and the pair go to desperate lengths to ‘protect’ other women from the man who wronged them. Eventually, an unexpected revelation calls into question both women’s motives and culminates in a shocking act of brutality. As entertaining as it is profound, this contemporary masterpiece encourages the audience to question the role of female agency in the context of patriarchal violence. An absolute must-see!

Location theSpace @ Symposium Hall

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Dance, Physical theatre

Puzzle

A captivating play unveils as a family of four gathers around the Mahjong table. The father, mother and two daughters... everyone has something to say. Through the timeless game's rhythms and rules, stories unfold about family dynamics, expectations, conflicts and evolving identities within cultural traditions. This immersive dance theatre piece weaves light-hearted Chinese traditional games with expressive dance choreography and soundscape, through an East Asian lens. Join us to witness the bittersweet complexity of family, moments of tender helplessness, the quest for self amid social tides and how laughter comforts us in times of confusion.

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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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

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Film, Visual art

Nightpiece Film Festival

Now in our 11th season, Nightpiece has screened over 335+ short films from the UK and across the world since 2014. Each year we programme thematically based on submissions entered via FilmFreeway. With five nights of curated programming, we present the weird and truly wonderful in shorts-land. Previous years have seen Bafta and Oscar-winning production teams presented, but our priority is to champion the filmmaking talent that sits outside of the mainstream. Never externally funded, never sponsored and hosted by cult film director Al Carretta, come and support the Fringe's premier independent short film festival.

Location theSpace @ Symposium Hall

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Storytelling

Unknown Night

One night in an old museum, an employee tragically committed suicide for reasons unknown, an event witnessed by three colleagues. As time passed, a new member joined the team, filling the role left vacant by the deceased. To avoid the painful topic of their colleague's suicide, they stuck to trivial conversations. Yet, amidst the mundane chatter, the truth began to surface. The shadow of the deceased loomed over them, presenting them with a choice, they seemed to be transported back to the night when their former colleague had died. Their fate is on the brink of change.

Location theSpaceTriplex

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Storytelling, Children's show

Go to the Glass House

The Glass House, where beauty thrives, where night ends and light begins. Young orphan Coco, a wild duck with dreams of reaching the Glass House, confronts his limits. His friend Chacha aids him by splitting her magical scarf, but falls into a hunter's trap. Coco is denied by other friends when he seeks help. Meanwhile, a scheming crow and its woodpecker sidekick eye the magical scarf, plotting deception from the shadows. 'This work is absolutely stunning!' (Tencent News).

Location theSpaceTriplex

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Stand-up

ITVX Presents: Edinburgh Fringe

Don't miss the ultimate late-night comedy extravaganza! Join us for different line-ups every night, with known faces and new acts – all broadcast LIVE on ITVX. Be part of the action and watch the chaos of comedy, live from the Fringe!

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Theatre, Dance

A Lot To Unpack

A Lot To Unpack: Join Seattle’s dynamic Suitcase Dance Theatre as four alluring dancers and beatbox rap artist Maceo Sky take the stage and unpack the “baggage” they carry. Concocting a unique blend of contemporary, ballet and tap styles, A Lot To Unpack reveals pieces of the human condition in a riveting, passionate and sometimes tongue-in-cheek presentation, ushering in a revolutionary new vision of dance theatre. Unconventional vocal prowess and dazzling rhythmic footwork elicit a connection between audience and performer, asking a question of us all: who is in charge of our fate?

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Puppetry, Sci-fi

Hoarderz

The remnants of Liverpool stand as a testament to the neglect of the UK in this dystopian fantasy. Follow Hoarder and his ensemble of oddities through the apocalypse as they come face to face with peculiarity in the form of a strange creature. Will this entity help them adjust to their new way of life or completely upend everything they thought they once knew?

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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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, Musical theatre

A Fire Ignites

A Fire Ignites tells the story of a brave teenage girl, Parisa, in modern-day Iran who sets her hijab on fire in public. Attacked by the morality police for her rebellion, she desires nothing more than to free her country from oppression. Her best friend, who shelters her, is exhausted from fighting and lives in fear. She and Parisa are opposites, as Parisa still believes that human beings are good despite all she has endured. Parisa's mother fears for her daughter's life, and conflict emerges. This story is inspired by the brave young women in Iran today.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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New Writing, Dark Comedy

Dead Mom Play

A young writer is forced to face Death, his ego and his dying, critical mother after getting stuck in a play of his own creation. Charlie tackles guilt, denial and a freezer full of lasagnes in this dark comedy.

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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Contemporary, Drama

Via Dolorosa by David Hare

Voices of Israel and Palestine. In 1997, the playwright David Hare was invited to go to Israel – 'because in Israel they're fighting for something they believe in'. Various trips to Israel and Palestine ensued, during which David was given access to a range of public and private figures, each with a fresh perspective on the region and its troubles. Moved by his experiences, David wrote the groundbreaking play Via Dolorosa. Gary Hay presents a must-see performance of David Hare’s compelling drama, which lays bare the history, complexities and tensions of the region.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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New Writing, Horror

Birdwatching

Aug 02-10
School friends Amelia, Poppy and Lauren are wild camping in the Northumberland forest. As the woods darken around them and tensions flare, a watchful presence takes hold over the camp. A perfect boiling pot of paranoia, superstition and adolescent insecurity ensues that hangs on a chilling question: who is watching who? With female, queer and neurodivergent perspectives centre stage, Birdwatching is a new folk horror about the female experience that doesn’t look away. Black Bright Theatre Company returns to the Edinburgh Fringe following the success of their five-star, award nominated debut, The Hunger.

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Musical theatre, Puppetry

Goose

Sophie meets Goose whilst on a trip to the park, and the pair soon become the best of friends. This new musical for the under fives is the perfect theatre trip as they jump through muddy puddles, go on a wild goose chase and honk as loud as they can with Sophie and Goose. This 45 minute interactive production brings Laura Wall’s laugh-out-loud illustrations and loveable characters to life. Goose is an instant favourite with young and old. Honk!

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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Dark Comedy, Sci-fi

R.U.R. Rossum's Universal Robots

The play that introduced the word 'Robot' to the world: where the creation of artificial beings revolutionises labour and industry. As these robots gain self-awareness, profound questions about the essence of humanity and the consequences of scientific progress emerge.

Location theSpace @ Venue45

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Revue, Musical theatre

The Original Sing-A-Long To Smash Hit Musicals

Aug 02-10
Following their hugely successful run at last year's Fringe, CRE8IV are back with their show that encourages you to sing along! You won't be thrown out for belting out these musical bangers! Join this cast of musical pros and even end up on stage in their rousing finale.

Location theSpace @ Symposium Hall

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Music, Performance art

Once Upon a Tune

Join a fairy-tale princess with her singalong show of your favourite animated characters! With enchanting vocals and gorgeous gowns, this brand-new show emulates the magic of the animated movies. Jasmine Alice is a professional singer/actress who has toured internationally with her engaging shows. Sing along to the most acclaimed Disney songs and you’ll discover a world of magic unfold in front of your eyes and ears. This Edinburgh Fringe debut show is certainly the best way for the whole family to start the day! This creative, dynamic children’s show is not one to miss!

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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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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Neurodiversity-led, Solo show

Lady ADHD

Aug 02-10
Hop on this daring, immersive, real-time dopamine chase, tracing how Blaire Postman’s unique comedy bits (fueled by a rollercoaster of flipchart rabbit-holes) at first revealed to her the unexpected connections of life’s intricacies, then panned out further to expose the true nature of her own brain. Postman’s neurodivergent superpowers – and their kryptonite – become evident as she spins a frenzied, hilarious web, exposing the order in the chaos of her ADHD mind, and challenging audiences to recognize what’s at stake when we choose to dismiss those who think differently, and flipping the script on conversations about neurodiversity.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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LGBTQ+, Contemporary

Jess

They say loneliness is the leprosy of the modern day. A poignant, meaningful and honest insight into the life of a woman experiencing loss and heartbreak. Meet Jess – she’s a cardiothoracic surgeon, her mum calls her a "career woman", her boss is a bully, her girlfriends left her and all Jess wants to do is f*cking change her life. ‘From the very beginning, Jess is a production that is unafraid to engage with the uncomfortable’ ***** (Upper-Circle.com).

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Adaptation, Character Comedy

Cinderella

Your face will hurt from smiling so much when watching the Bay Area's most prestigious troupe of Commedia dell'arte characters perform an original version of Cinderella. A story as old as a typical theatre audience. A tale as classic as Snow White. Written by the notorious Quentini Tavatino, with unoriginal music by Eduardo Penealta. This is the show you'll not want to miss!

Location theSpaceTriplex

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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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Historical, Musical theatre

Wallis

After their success with 2023's Guilty of Love, BramwellBrand's latest musical tells the story of a woman swept away by circumstance, and the King who gave up his crown for her. Prince Edward, bored with the constraints of monarchy, falls in love with an American divorcee, Wallis Simpson, and gives up everything for her. Fans of The Crown will instantly recognise the first enactment of this royal twisted tale in the story of Wallis Simpson: but is it a love story, or is she a woman trapped by her own ambition, fuelled by the eye of the media?

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Sci-fi, Absurdist

Only Human

We don't hate you, you're just in the way. Welcome to the future, where two beings navigate a world dominated by AI. Amid driverless cars and sentient appliances, they explore love, hate and the blurred lines between human and machine. Laugh, weep and contemplate life, the universe and artificial intelligence in this timeless AI/human love story. 'A truly fantastic production which succeeds in addressing questions we will need to consider as the brave new world of artificial intelligence increasingly become a part of our world' ***** (GlamAdelaide.com.au). 'A phenomenal surrealist show' ****½ (TheSerenadeFiles.com).

Location theSpaceTriplex

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Musical Comedy, Puppetry

Miss English's Holiday by Action Theatre (Italy)

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, Clown

The Comedy Games with Coach Mon

After a gold medal run at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Coach Mon is pumped for a spectacular sports extravaganza, but her athletes have disappeared! How can The Comedy Games leap ahead with no athletes?! Can you help find them? Skate on over to this Olympic-inspired kid's clown show filled with music and sports-tastic events like eyebrow push-ups and a slow-motion running race. Your little ones will move, groove and dream, plus you’ll walk away with your very own custom-made medal! Get ready for some serious silliness at this frivolously fun family show.

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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Interactive, Family-friendly

Cantonese Opera x Children’s Interactive Theatre: Dic Dic Chang Chang Playground

Join Captain Dic Dic and Chang Chang at the Cantonese Opera Playground in Edinburgh! The entrancing Cantonese Opera Fairy teaches our heroes many artful skills of their cherished tradition to outwit the Boring King, who threatens their vivid realm. The twist? They need you, the audience, to become secret agents in this interactive spectacle! Harness the power of imagination to unlock mysteries and tackle challenges. Embark on an enchanting journey filled with laughter, intrigue, and the spirit of adventure – all while experiencing the beauty of Cantonese opera!

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Comedy, New Writing

Get Thee to a Nursery

Get thee to a…Nursery? In this absurdist comedy, a band of four-year-old rascals are cursed by the spirit of Shakespeare for shredding his beloved folio. Formerly inarticulate and screen addicted, the feral children awaken to find themselves fluent in the Bard’s language and conceiving character thoughts not their own. As the nursery politics magically weave through various Shakespearean subplots, the children bicker, fight and laugh through the Bard’s world and words. An original play, this new work will debut at the Edinburgh Festival, performed by young adults channeling their inner infant.

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Music, Solo show

The Christening of Prince Imogene

A trans boy and his piano’s musical exploration of romantic failure. Through a painful confrontation of embarrassing memories, this is a celebration of queer joy. Join as he finds a new theory of love. Raised in LA, based in NYC, Otis Wolodarsky has met his fair share of metrosexuals. Though these men may not understand Otis, Otis understands them. And has loved them. He’s learned, he’s been burned, he’s written a lot of gender theory. He is ready to reupholster your understanding of transness. Trust him, it’s not what you think.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons 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, Drama

Malion

A feminist retelling of the Pygmalion and Galatea myth. Malion, a sculptor, is presenting his work to his male friends, a statue of the most beautiful woman in creation. He rejoices in his achievement over drinks with some male friends. However, the conversation cannot move away from sexual fantasy and lust for the statue. Meanwhile, brought to life by Aphrodite’s kiss, Galatea awakens. Galatea seeks the love of her creator but he is changing, falling in line with his comrades and forgetting his pure vision of love. Will Malion see Galatea, or fall into the ranks of masculine identity?

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Comedy, Historical

Squires

Before there were knights, there were idiots who thought swinging a sword and being a hero were pretty much interchangeable. Squires is a historical workplace comedy turned comedy of errors as a group of unlikely friends come together under a common goal: to not be accused of murder. Squires looks at pressing issues like 'how crappy is a first job exactly' and 'can you speedrun inventing the concept of gravity in a single afternoon'. The answer to both is 'yes'. Holy Grail meets Twelfth Night in a story of pigs, bisexual panic, bricks and accusations of heresy.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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New Writing, Drama

Mother

A funny, heartwarming and heartbreaking tale of one woman's descent into motherhood and mayhem. Set to a stunning soundtrack, Mother unfolds into an intensely intimate journey that both enthrals and unsettles. A story of lust, lies, Liebfraumilch and the dawning of a proper bleeding miracle. You will be delighted you added Mother to your Fringe shortlist! From Frank's patch of baldness to Lydia's patch of happiness and the silently spoken words of a broken promise, Molly sets the record straight. But which record? Which will you believe? 'Gripping...funny...dark' ***** (Backstage Bristol). 'A deeply personal experience' **** (Stage Talk).

Location theSpaceTriplex

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Devised, Physical theatre

Artemis vs Apollo: Clash of the Celestial Twins

Get ready for high-school drama like never before! Watch students tackle the story of Artemis and Apollo with hilarious creativity. They're trying to figure out which rocks the most, from rap battles to light shows, as they prepare to perform at the Fringe! It's a clash of ideas, egos, and creativity as they dive into sibling drama and ancient myths. Join the fun as they discover new talents, make friends, and learn a thing or two about themselves. Don't miss Artemis vs. Apollo: Clash of the Celestial Twins. It's gonna be epic!

Location theSpace @ Venue45

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Comedy, Dance

Go to Your Womb

A comedy show starring comedian Toni Nagy and her 13-year old daughter Adelia Aldrich. Submerge into the shamanic journey of parenting, being parented and the process of building compassion for one’s parents by understanding them as humans. How do we find our own voice when the voices of our parents are so loud in our heads? The show provides an opportunity to embrace collective healing and will be expressed through the mediums of storytelling, sketch comedy, clowning and dance. Prepare for catharsis in this family-friendly acid trip you may later want to process with a therapist.

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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New Writing, Dark Comedy

Apricot

Apricot is a dark comedy set in modern day London. The play takes a look at our post Roe v Wade world through the eyes of best friends Angel and Gina. On the cusp of adulthood, they experience highs and lows when Angel undergoes several pregnancies. This dark comedy explores gender roles, reproductive rights and moral ambiguity from the viewpoint of three teenagers, posing big questions for its audience. 'The show makes no apologies and pulls no punches in this pithy dark comedy' but rather offers two young women's perspectives 'with humour and heart' (TheSpyInTheStalls.com).

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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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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Theatre

Stuart Little

This is the endearing classic about a mouse named Stuart Little who is born into an ordinary New York family. All the charm, wisdom and joy of the E.B. White original are captured in this joyous adaptation by Joseph Robinette. The many adventures, big and small, of Stuart Little are brought vividly to life in this vibrant production. In a series of delightful scenes that make up the marvelous manoeuvrings of a mild-mannered mouse trying to survive in a "real people's world", Stuart Little is the perfect show to introduce children to the magical world of live theatre.

Location theSpaceTriplex

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Revue, Musical theatre

The Best of the West End and Broadway

Aug 02-10
Cast ranging in age that give you the very best journey through the landscape of London’s West End hits and Broadway’s masterpieces.

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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Comedy, New Writing

The Italians in England by Action Theatre (Italy)

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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(Dis)honest

When you’re constantly reinventing yourself, how do you know who you really are? With inspiration drawn from the life of confidence trickster Amy Bock, this comedy drama explores the big question: when do we stop pretending? An originally written piece, (Dis)honest will take you through a range of crimes and deceptions, and leave you with the questions: what does honesty mean, where does it stop, and does it matter?

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Clown

Beryl & Clive, Sing or Die (Their Musical)

Beryl & Clive, a wildly funny comedy about a fabulously unconventional couple breaking all the rules to fulfil their creative dreams. Believing in yourself is at the heart of this story, with laughter, chaos and creative spirits unleashed. Amy Gibbons' writing takes you on a joyful journey into the absurd, where relationships and self expression take on a whole new meaning. With clown, song and dance this play promises an explosion of love and hilarity like never seen before. Sing or die! 'Not just funny, hilarious...' (James Pearson, Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club).

Location theSpaceTriplex

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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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New Writing, Drama

Baby Steps

It's almost Mother's Day. In Alice's mind, the day of reckoning. She's been waiting for this moment for months. Just to see what will happen. Mother's Day can't possibly exist without her mother, right? A series of witty and heartfelt vignettes depicting a turbulent friendship while working through a life-changing loss. Alice is pushing Jo away, Jo won't let her go. 'It'll get better' Jo tells her, 'take it one step at a time. Baby steps.'

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Comedy, LGBTQ+

Disco Dick

What’s a more embarrassing way to come out: your mum walking in on you receiving oral sex, or your dad finding your new strap-on? How about both? Fran’s unfortunate morning is followed by a very awkward family meal.

Location theSpace @ Symposium 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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Political

Phil Hammond and Dame Clare Gerada: Fifty Minutes to Save the NHS

Two doctors 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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Poetry, Drama

Psyche

Psyche, a Romani countess and poet, wanders across Europe during the Napoleonic era in a chauvinistic society that challenges her independence. The first English translation of a one-woman show adapted from the Hungarian book Psyche: Writings of an Erstwhile Poetess by Sandor Weores, written in 1972 under the Soviet regime of Hungary as a pamphlet of censorship. A volume of poems, prose and various documents in which Weores created a fictitious poetess (his own alter ego) living at the beginning of the 19th century, completely recreating the language, style and manners of the period. A self-cleansing in 60 minutes.

Location theSpace on the Mile

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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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Storytelling, Drama

Elizabeth I: In Her Own Words

Intrigue. Betrayal. Unconsummated love. Danger. Step into the world of Elizabeth I as she navigates the stormy waters of late 16th-century England. Ascending the English throne in a vibrant but turbulent time she was a brilliant and canny stateswoman, politician and ruler whose own letters provide a captivating peek into her inner thoughts, desires, heartaches, fears, doubts and joys. Intertwined with speeches from the plays of Shakespeare, the letters of the Virgin Queen paint a unique portrait of this remarkable and complex woman.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Comedy, Compilation

Simply Grimm

What do you do when your flight has been delayed for the fourth time as you're heading to the Fringe? You could be grim or Simply Grimm – a fun filled, highly energetic romp through the tales of the Brothers Grimm. Caught in the airport for yet another delay, what else can a troupe of thespians do than breathe new life in to classic stories? Old tales are turned into new yarns, which in turn, turns them into new classics.

Location theSpace @ Venue45

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Sketch Show

The Dead Ducks

Come join the University of York’s premier sketch troupe for another fantastic show of absurdist sketch comedy. They’ve worked their socks off all year to show Edinburgh Fringe 2024 a good time. Watch these five young talents as they take the stage by storm with silly and hilarious sketches. Spanning a number of topics, with their unique style and panache they will bring humour and silliness to all.

Location theSpaceTriplex

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Comedy, Drama

Big Scary Cat

A group of stereotypically attractive and slightly dim young people trapped in a fun fair haunted house. There’s a lion on the loose outside, but something even scarier going on inside. From award-winning playwright and director Frankie Regalia comes a new satirical horror-comedy about youth, survival, and a big scary cat. Will they all make it out alive? More importantly, do you want them to?

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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Comedy, New Writing

Tartan Tat

Meet the staff of Tartan Treasures, a tourist-trap gift shop on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile selling Jimmy Hats, Highland cows and knock-off wands. They’re all just trying to get by while waiting for life to truly begin. But when the staff find themselves at the centre of online controversy their problems become bigger than their little store can handle. Harris, Orla, Kayley, Arran and Millie must band together to keep both the shop and themselves above water. Tartan Tat is a new Scottish comedy from Shark Bait Theatre about community, camaraderie and novelty key rings.

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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Music, Drama

One Sugar, Stirred to the Left

A heart-warming, poignant and, at times funny play about palliative nurse and ex-singer/songwriter Bronwyn, who is commissioned by her patient (Henry) to write an album of music based on secret poems he had written for his late wife and son (Justin) – words he couldn’t say in person. A premiere from writer and award-winning composer Jon Lawrence, it is based on his own experience and proves that love and life can exist in the strangest places. With brand-new acoustic music, it will have you laughing, crying and singing. A must see!

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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LGBTQ+, New Writing

Three Bed (No Living Room)

How do you learn everything about being queer as quickly as possible? Beth has some catching up to do. Luckily, her two best friends have her back. A new, funny and truthful play set in a student flat in Edinburgh about navigating the queer dating scene in the 2020s, in your twenties.

Location theSpace on the Mile

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LGBTQ+, Sketch Show

Who Gave You the Mic?

Follow a diverse array of characters, including Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike and… Mike, through manspreading competitions, bisexual superhero numbers and more! Filled with campness, social commentary, feminine rage and… Mike. This show is not one to miss. This sketch show explores the audacity of cis-het men, the absurdity of gender politics and the joys of unfiltered queerness. Told through singing, drag king-ing and sketch comedy, Who Gave You the Mic? is a bold critique of normative masculinity. But we’ll stop mansplaining, you’ll just have to come and see for yourself.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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True-life, Solo show

Hagar: War Mother

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. Produced by Joanna Blundell. ‘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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New Writing, Historical

I Am Yours Sincerely

I Am Yours Sincerely is the true, untold story of John Cox, a member of the Special Operations Executive during the Second World War. This play goes through his life, from university student to soldier to spy. This year marks the 80th anniversary of his first mission parachuting into France. John Cox is also Ed’s step-grandfather and after hearing his story was moved to create this solo show.

Location theSpaceTriplex

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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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Traditional, Compilation

Celtic Roots

North East-born international singer Kevin Littlejohn takes his audiences through a musical journey of some of his favourite Celtic songs that remind him of his family, his heritage and his home. Kevin's endearing stage presence and impressive talent for storytelling makes for a truly captivating experience. Featuring Kevin's mesmerising vocals and a live fiddle player, Celtic Roots celebrates Scottish heritage through familiar classics and newer melodies that will evoke fond memories and connect us all to our own roots and the places we call home.

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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Dark Comedy, Solo show

Driver's Seat: Obsessive Compulsive Disaster

When you’re eight, monsters live under your bed. Ellie’s live in her head, threatening to harm her sister and taunting the imminent death of her parents. After her monster was diagnosed as OCD, the life in threat became hers. It’s 2020: Ellie can’t drive, she can’t eat pizza, she decidedly can’t keep a boyfriend… but the one thing she can do is find humour in the horror. Buckle up for a shockingly funny and twisted ride through a young woman's epic breakup, major breakdown, coming out, and – just possibly – learning how to drive.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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New Writing, Musical theatre

Godfather Death: A Grimms' Musical

Based on a little-known Grimms' fairytale, Godfather Death is an award-winning and gleefully macabre new musical exploring mortality, healthcare and class. When, in desperation, a mother seeks a godfather for her 13th child, Death takes her boy under their wing and offers him a gift – the power to tell whether someone will live or die. Eager to keep those he loves alive but tempted by the accompanying fortune, we follow the boy’s encounters with the ill, the dying and death itself. Winner: OffFest Best Musical at Fringe 2023. ***** (BroadwayBaby.com). ***** (Everything-Theatre.co.uk). ***** (BingeFringe.com).

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Drama, Historical

Man of War: The Secret Life of Nadezha Durova

From the producers of I Sniper and Chaika comes Man of War: The Secret Life of Nadezha Durova. Follow Durova's captivating journey as she flees her marriage, becomes a captain in the Tsar’s army, and fights Napoleon while concealing her "true" identity.

Location theSpace @ Symposium Hall

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Comedy, New Writing

Four More Short Plays Loosely Linked by the Theme of Crime

Charles Edward Pipe and Co return to the Fringe following last year’s five-star (TheEdinburghReporter.co.uk) show – Five Short Plays Loosely Linked by the Theme of Crime – with Four More Short Plays Loosely Linked by the Theme of Crime! This show has something for everyone; expect cowboys, forgery, suburban Macbeth, and the return of beloved gangster duo Ronnie and Johnny. Charles is ‘a brilliantly funny comic writer and an astute director’ (TheBubble.org.uk) known for his comic style which ‘masterfully walks the tightrope between light and dark’ (TheatreWeekly.com).

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Magic, Neurodiversity-led

Naughty or Neurodiverse - Magic from Another Planet

Mind-reading and unbelievable trickery abound in this exploration of how autism and magic make anything possible, with rising star Angus Baskerville. Angus was diagnosed with Autism and ADHD at age 15, and his school years were a struggle. But, learning and performing magic has turned his life around and his first solo show at the Fringe delves into that journey. You'll be asking yourself 'how did he do that?!' at every turn in this family-friendly show that brings the superpowers of neurodiversity to life.

Location theSpace on the Mile

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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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Comedy, Theatre

I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change

A hilarious and heartfelt musical that tackles modern love in all its forms. From the perils and pitfalls of the first date to marriage, children, and the twilight years of life. Set in the modern world, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change traces the overall arc of relationships throughout the course of a life. An insightful and hilarious musical, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change will have audience members shouting... 'This is my life!'

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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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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LGBTQ+, Satire

Lads of the Flies

When some teenage boys (played by female-presenting actors) get lost in the wilderness on Duke of Edinburgh, they feud, flirt and fornicate in a way that forces us (and them) to ask – is there hope for modern men? Getting stranded was not on rugby captain Lewis Smith’s 2024 bingo card. Now, all he has to do is try not to shag his best friend. Or be converted into a misogynist. Or get his DofE group high on shrooms. Or come to any earth-shattering realisations about the performative nature of masculinity. What could go wrong?

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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Fantasy, Adaptation

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Join Rip Van Winkle and an engaging cast of performers as they retell Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, with this innovative production blending music and mayhem into this American classic. Audience members will find themselves fully immersed in the world of Irving's most infamous tale. This production is solely created by student and faculty members of Buckingham Browne and Nichols School, Cambridge, MA.

Location theSpace @ Venue45

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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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Stand-up, Improv

Bubble!

Exploring the funny within a little bubble using a combination of improv and stand-up. A "solo" show. Honest.

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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Comedy, Solo show

no no no please no god no, nevermind i'm fine

You don't need to see a show about a life-changing hallucinogenic experience. You don't need to hear about how it unlocked the meaning of love and the finite nature of time. You don't need to know the secret key to existence. Sarina didn't make that show. She faced her certain mortality and is here to share with you how she overcame it and now it's all completely totally fine. And you will stand up and applaud her for doing so. And then we'll all die someday! xox

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Solo show

A Life in Boxes

In the dusty confines of her late mother's attic, secrets unravel like cobwebs as Charlotte embarks on a darkly comedic journey through the forgotten chapters of her family's twisted history. A delightful new solo show written and performed by Rhiannon Hughes.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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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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Theatre, Soul

Amazing Stories of Blues and Soul: The Road Trip

The feel-good, eight-piece band returns to Edinburgh with their award-winning show, taking its audience across America and discovering the roots of blues and soul. Words, music and a dynamic stage show tell how soul emerged: from the blues and rock'n'roll of the post-war period to the smouldering sounds of the Stax record label. Anecdotes, humour and the songs of John Lee Hooker, Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Buddy Guy and many more. 'Top-notch musicianship… informative and funny... highly recommended' (FringeReview.co.uk). A Mervyn Stutter Pick of the Fringe show in 2023.

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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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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Storytelling, Stand-up

Dead Inside

Does cancer change you? Jane was adamant it wasn’t going to change her. Jane was an idiot. Part stand-up, part autobiographical theatre, Dead Inside is a rollercoaster ride through the hilarious topics of cancer, suicide and the price of pretty panties. Guaranteed to be less terrifying than it sounds, this is one woman’s reaction to an onslaught of breast cancer treatments – the things that made her laugh, cry and say what the actual duck-billed platypus – all while brandishing humour as a coping mechanism. Join Jane Japes to find out if you’re Dead Inside or Loving Life.

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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Comedy, Cabaret

They May Have Even Eaten Ham!

Naomi Paul’s (mostly) Jewish show! From the Baltic to Birmingham, from shamash to shellfish, to Hendon and beyond. With original stories, humour and songs. What’s not to like? 'It’s as much an entertaining look at Britain today as it is the past that shaped us' **** (BritishTheatreGuide.info, 2023). 'The inclusion of original written music made this show a stand out... interesting and thought provoking' (Audience review, 2023). 'There is a warm, conversational shape to the show with a fine sensitivity to the audience' (BritishTheatreGuide.info, 2023).

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 a horny hopeless romantic fighting to stay true to herself in the face of rejection. Through personal storytelling, original songs and a quarter-life crisis, Gianna marches heart-first into the battle of loving too much or not at all. But most importantly, trying to not vomit in the process.

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Political, Solo show

Phil Hammond: The Ins and Outs of Pleasure

Dr Phil (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 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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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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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, Live Music

Super Second Rate

While clearing out her family home, Leah discovers a letter her father wrote suggesting she lacked what it takes to become a professional musician. But cellist Leah Coloff just won a Grammy and has played alongside the greatest names in contemporary music – from David Bowie to Debbie Harry. Hear her story, told through spoken word, music and song in this funny, humane show. 'Leah Coloff plays and sings with artful angularity and a rock-inflected assertiveness' (New York Times). 'As part storyteller and part singer/cellist, she seamlessly embodied the two distinct worlds.' (ICareIfYouListen.com).

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Comedy, Absurdist

Waitin 4 Gaia

A play on Beckett’s Godot, two fools sit on a bench not sure if they exist, not sure if the rest of the world exists and waiting on something. Pressed into 40 minutes of farcical, dark-humoured and sarcastic revelry are two 20-somethings who have probably got to start figuring their life out. But right now, in this wasteland playground, a couple shots of fairy whiskey and a bard made on the pavements – nothing else seems to matter. Before long, Gaia will come raining down – but we must wait on her, as we always do.

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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New Writing, Devised

The Hatter's Requiem

Searching for his beloved Alice in a race against time, Hatter leaves home. But what is Wonderland without Hatter? And – more importantly – what is Hatter without Wonderland? Catapulted into an even topsy-turvier dark near-future, our galumphing hero must face some terrible truths… But if all truth comes at a cost, will the discovery be worth the price paid? An exploration of excitement, The Hatter’s Requiem follows our mimsy milliner’s quest for love, identity and – ultimately – redemption. A quirky ensemble adventure awaits. Tick tock.

Location theSpace on the Mile

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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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Variety, Farce

Get Wrecked!

Join us for our irreverent radio show. We interview characters from across the Bard's world who tell us in their own words a little about what went on, then take us to quick flashbacks to the scenes in question. We'll hear from young lovers and cross courtiers who met in a Tempest. We meet a couple of guys just trying to get by on the streets of Verona, and we hear from the late shift on the south side of Castle Elsinore. It's an easy evening of radio play comedy suitable for all.

Location theSpace @ Venue45

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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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West End vs Broadway

Enjoy an evening of musical theatre delivered by fantastic voices. Featuring an array of numbers and breathtaking harmonies, these performers showcase the best from the West End and Broadway. From timeless classics to more modern musicals, our vocalists will take you on a journey through the bright lights of Broadway and leave you in the West End of London longing to hear more.

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Storytelling, Neurodiversity-led

Why Am I (Still) Like This?

At 30, Nicole finally found out why she was like this (spoiler: it's ADHD), but four years and one diagnosis later... it doesn't feel like much has changed. Why doesn't she have her life together already? Why can't she stick to a planner? Why can't she leave the house on time, pay her credit card on time or know where she put her glasses? So now, she has a new question – why am I still like this?

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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LGBTQ+, New Writing

I Cut My Nipples Off Today

How do you look non-binary? Everyday your brain is bombarded by images and opinions about your body. At the centre of a lot of this discourse sits the nipple. They are sexualised and politicised, a symbol of liberation and a symbol of oppression, something to flaunt and something to cover. The non-binary nipple embodies all of these at once. What might happen if they just didn’t exist? I Cut My Nipples Off Today asks why someone would take such drastic measures to make their body match the image in their mind.

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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LGBTQ+, Absurdist

What If They Ate The Baby?

There are three rules every housewife knows: never return a dish empty, always have dinner ready by the time he gets home, and some things are best kept under the table. After all, you never know who’s listening. You’ve heard whispers of absent husbands? Missing children? Spaghetti recipes? Or was it scones? You just can’t trust everything you hear through the walls these days. The 2023 Fringe First Award Show returns for a limited run.

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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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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Family-friendly, Improv

Improvabunga!

In a world where movie plots are getting too predictable, one award-winning improv show dares to break the mould. You choose the genre, the subgenre, the setting and the title and they will do the rest, creating a totally improvised show brimming with all your favourite movie tropes. This 'understandable Fringe favourite' (FringeReview.co.uk) features live musical accompaniment, with songs and soundtrack all made up on the spot. Will you be lucky enough to grab one of the four famous Improvabuzzers, allowing you to direct the action as it happens? **** (Voice Magazine). **** (Clownster.wordpress.com). **** (EdFringeReview.co.uk).

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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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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Storytelling, Solo show

Aude Lener - Love Reboot

Wanna feel loved? Honestly, I'm no magician. I'm just French. How sexy is that? So if you like love stories that have nothing to do with love stories, get your tickets now. For her second Fringe, Aude Lener is back with a new, hilarious, surprising show. A love story, a love quest? Whatever, in the end it's all about love reboot. From her last show On Edge: 'A hidden gem! In Aude Lener's capable hands and expressive face, everything becomes pure comedy.' (FringeReview.co.uk). 'Aude delivers a captivating performance, a typically French brand of humour.' (BingeFringe.com).

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Comedy, New Writing

God, the Devil and Me

God, the Devil and Me is a brave new comedy exploring and average teenage life… if you’re best friends with God and the Devil that is. Gabe Price will have to navigate adolescence with two omnipotent beings in tow. Revelations will be made, loyalties will be tested and the greatest reveal may not be world shaking, but more about Gabe himself…

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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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New Writing, Solo show

Kev Campbell Was He

After a failed graffiti attempt in a nightclub toilet, Kev Campbell ends up meeting a stranger who completely changes the course of his life. Kev Campbell Was He is a comedic one-man show tackling themes of toxic masculinity and homophobia in modern day Scotland, telling the story of the friendship that forces a man to reckon with heteronormativity in society and himself. Nominated for the David MacLennan Award in 2024, this funny and thought-provoking play is written and performed by Scottish theatre maker Alexander Tait.

Location theSpace @ Symposium Hall

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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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Devised, Historical

How We Take Our Coffee

Does your coffee order reveal your personality? Is it possible to "have it all"? In this lighthearted historical fiction, several women who helped shape the future of Erie, Pennsylvania, USA near the turn of the century discuss the answers to these questions over coffee and chocolates at Romolo's Café. A young reporter finds herself amidst the magic and mischief that brings the unsung heroines together across the boundaries of space and time, seizing the opportunity to record their stories.

Location theSpace @ Venue45

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Dark Comedy, Solo show

Help! My Vagina Is Trying to Kill Me!

Help! My Vagina Is Trying to Kill Me! is a dark, comedic solo show that explores one woman's journey of navigating STDs, miscarriages and pre-cervical cancer, all while learning to love her vagina and herself again.

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, New Writing

Lonesome Tonight

Chris has been having horrid thoughts – thoughts that led to his break-up with Anya, thoughts that have since kept him from reaching out to Len. One night, Chris sulks in his flat. Desperate for someone to talk to, he returns a phone call from his best friend for the first time in four weeks. Len, a part-time Elvis impersonator, isn’t impressed. ‘Pay me,’ he says. ‘Okay,’ says Chris. Now, Len is on his way and Chris is panicking. What if he can’t find Len from underneath the pompadour and jumpsuit? What if he loses his friend forever?

Location theSpace @ Symposium Hall

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Musical Comedy, Musical theatre

Mary Mary Quite Contrary

Born in Edwardian England, Mary Whitehouse was a religious moral campaigner and thorn in the side of the BBC in the 1960s and 70s during its modernisation from its formal and staid outlook when it began in 1923. The social and sexual revolution in the swinging 60s and 70s demanded greater freedoms for people who wanted pop music, fashion and consensual sexy fun. So how did Mary end up at a fetish party in a swingers club, and what happened? Brand-new spoof adult musical with a “happy ending”!

Location theSpace on the Mile

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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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Storytelling, Dark Comedy

Steve Otis Gunn is Uncomfortable

Steve Otis Gunn has been uncomfortable since 1991, when he realised he didn't know what to do with his arms. Could it be residual guilt from being indoctrinated into a life of crime by his parents? Or the hallucinogens in his baby bottle? We may never know. Expect silliness interspersed with true stories of feeling awkward told in a dark comic style. (At the end of each performance an audience member will be invited onstage to be part of a special episode of Television Times Podcast which is hosted by Steve.)

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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LGBTQ+, New Writing

MILF and the Mistress

Ali is living the rainbow family dream – but something is missing. It's a need her wife doesn’t understand, a sexual fantasy suppressed her whole life. Now, suburban swinging, latex and literary eroticism collide, sending her on a hilarious quest to fulfil her darkest desires. A powerhouse solo performance by Australian theatre luminary Jennifer Vuletic, in a darkly hilarious play by Jane Montgomery Griffiths. A story for anyone who wonders if not now, when? 'Writing is clever, cutting and poignant' ***** (TheatreMatters.com.au). 'Brilliant and thought-provoking' ***** (DarkStoriesTheatre.com.au). 'Vuletic is magnetic' **** (Age, Melbourne).

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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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. Directed by Blank Space Productions' Cohan, critically acclaimed writer/performer Kristen Smyth breathes life into this evocative new production which questions how we determine who we'll call monsters and who we won't.

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

Hedonistic queer party-goer Rey is sent on a mission to bury nuclear waste in an underground 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 through time. 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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Comedy, Absurdist

The Gentleman of Shalott

In his tower on an island in the river, Martuni weaves, masturbates and keeps fit. His only distraction from the monotony – the horny suitors on his dating app: Reaper longs to be a dog at the foot of Martuni’s bed; Page wants to rescue Martuni in a hot air balloon and save him from the war, the drought and environmental collapse; Shepherd invites himself round for sandwiches and trifle. Will Martuni be lured outside? Or will the curse of his social anxiety and narcissism keep him imprisoned forever?

Location theSpace on the Mile

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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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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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Magic, Theatre

1 Moment in Time

In his brand new, thought-provoking show, magician and mind illusionist Sean Alexander reflects on the defining moments in time that shape each and every one of us. With jaw dropping magic throughout, each instance intertwined with powerful metaphors and storytelling, this show is unlike anything else. Discover your moments in time all over again... 'You are incredible, I will have you attend the palace' (HRH Princess Michael of Kent). 'Incredibly talented' (Stephen Mulhern). 'I love magic that tells a story and I really like you' (Simon Cowell).

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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Burlesque, Cabaret

99 Red Hot Kitties and a Cockatoo

Cheeky and spirited, 99 Red Hot Kitties and a Cockatoo possesses an endearing seductiveness, with time-honoured burlesque and fan dances. Features a mix of seasoned performers and local, new, up-and-coming performers loving the skin they are in. This show is highly energetic and will leave audiences spellbound.

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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Improv

The Shambles

The Shambles are back! Returning for their 13th Fringe, the Uni of York's premier improv comedy troupe are here to perform for your pleasure. With 100s of hilarious improv games they're ready to wow you with their quick thinking and comedic instinct. Anything could, and probably will, happen so what are you waiting for? Get your suggestions ready and come along for a night of off-the-cuff chaos!

Location theSpace @ Symposium Hall

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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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Dark Comedy, Musical theatre

The Man Who Wouldn't Be Murdered

Cambridge Footlight Lily Blundell's sinful dark comedy musical full of greed, fraud, 1920s jazz and drink. Nominated – Standing Ovation Award. 'A show which should go far' ****½ (LondonPubTheatres.com). 'Gorgeously crafted musical' (TheUpcoming.co.uk ). It’s 1932, prohibition has swept New York and Tony Morino owns a failing underground speakeasy in the Bronx. Business is so terrible, he hatches a plan – take out life insurance on the drunken, good-for-nothing new employee, Michael Malloy. However, it seems some people are far more difficult to kill than others…

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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New Writing, Dark Comedy

Patsy Byrne is Dead! (B*tch Eat B*tch)

Sexy, camp and nepotistic. Nepo baby Patsy Byrne is found lying dead in her trailer, hit over the head with her daddy's Emmy Award. Her three best friends are at her funeral, celebrating the life of the woman who got everything they’d ever wanted. Now the only question is, which one of them killed her? Join us to celebrate Patsy Byrne in life and death for the campest, wildest ride through the epic highs and lows of a nepo-baby-turned-open-casket-b*tch. Between auditions and interrogations, Patsy Byrne and her bestest friends will rock your world.

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Horror, Improv

Suggestions of the Unexpected: An Improvised Horror Anthology

Out of the darkest corners of your mind comes an improvised comedy nightmare. Join us as we take you on a journey through the intangible, via the unknowable and into the unexpected. This darkly hilarious spectacle is brought to you via the Twilight Zone, spied in a Black Mirror and guaranteed to give you Goosebumps. From the creators of Any Suggestions, Doctor? The Improvised Doctor Who Parody – ***** (ScottishField.co.uk); ***** (One4Review.co.uk); ***** (MumbleComedy.net); **** (ThreeWeeks); **** (EdFestMag.com). Nominated for Best Improv Show, Leicester Comedy Festival 2023.

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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Sketch Show, Theatre

Disco Horses: A Sketch Revue

'Absurdist sketch at its peak! …the smartest dumb comedy you'll ever see!' (Audience Review). In their latest revue, American sketch duo Disco Horses present an hour of absurd, high-concept, honest, and silly comedy. Watch as up-and-comers and Fringe first timers Joe and Eric bring you to a world of "what if", that includes a diaper-wearing cult, existentialist fart jokes, and just lightbulbs. 'If you have the chance to catch a show, then you must do everything in your power to make it happen!' (Audience Review).

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Jazz, Cabaret

Divas of Jazz, From Fitzgerald to Jones

A musical soirée breathing life into the timeless allure of the legendary divas of jazz. Take a journey back in time with iconic tales that have shaped the phenomenal jazz landscape from the 1900s to the present day. Be captivated by the songs and stories of the trailblazing Ella Fitzgerald, the sultry Norah Jones, the incomparable Billie Holiday and many others. And all in the most comfortable venue in town in your very own leather armchair! A must for all well-heeled music lovers.

Location theSpace @ Symposium Hall

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New Writing, Theatre

MacPlebs

Following a tram-related accident, the renowned cast of Macbeth have been all but wiped out. The only two surviving members are The Messengers. After realising they can split the profits 50/50, these Plebs attempt to tell the tale as a two-man show. One problem – they haven’t read it! Armed only with their wits, wigs and willies, these fools will have you singing and dancing as they fumble their way through Shakespeare’s epic. Whether you know every sonnet and soliloquy or never batted an eye at the Bard, the Plebs will have you laughing from start to finish.

Location theSpace on the Mile

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International, Solo show

Salomé, Tragedy of the Femme Fatale

Taking a cue from Oscar Wilde’s play, this one-woman piece, written and performed by newcomer Maryam S Holleman, explores the complex untold and ruinous motivations of the tantalising dancer who requested the head of John the Baptist. A feminine enigma whose sexuality and cold brutality history has exploited, she has never truly been heard. You’re invited to meet the original vamp on her quest for the ultimate triumph.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Improv

Newspaper Punchlines

Shellshock! Improvised Comedy's crack team of reporters has the inside scoop on an exclusive headline! Join their newspaper editor in this narrative-based improvised comedy show, as they discover a hilarious brand-new front-page story each night based on your suggestions! There are laughs aplenty waiting for scandal enthusiasts and comedy lovers alike in this 50-minute show – join Shellshock! to discover the funniest news stories hot off the press, at their 15th year at the Fringe!

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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LGBTQ+, Devised

Accidentally on Purpose

Want to know who murdered my theatre company? Me. Seduction? Check. Betrayal? Check. No checks? Check. The desire for the femme fatale and inclusive ambitions? All of that. I killed it. And I'm going to tell you how. Members of a fledgling theatre company, Studio 212, set out to devise a theatre piece based on the great film noir, Double Indemnity. Will the inclination to change the world through art cause irreparable damage to the very artists who are making it?

Location theSpace @ Venue45

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Musical theatre, Theatre

Spring Awakening

Spring Awakening weaves poignant storytelling with a dynamic rock score. Selkie Theatre Companies production follows a group of adolescents as they navigate the transition to adulthood, and deal with the consequences of their own ignorance. These consequences clash with youthful rebellion and oppressive societal norms. Though the dialogue was written over a century ago, the themes remain relevant to this day. From emotional ballads, to energetic and rebellious anthems, the score effortlessly combines pop/rock music with poetic and haunting lyrics. The modern styles fused with a 19th-century setting and dialogue make this musical truly unique.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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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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Comedy, Storytelling

Ex Life

Aug 02-10
From an illegal rave in an abandoned vagina museum to the PTA cheese and wine – mid-life dating with the mindset of a teen is a wild ride. But who’s calling the shots? In this fast-paced one-woman show, we gallop through the decades on a quest for self-identity. You’ll meet Rebecca, child of the ’80s, Becky, teen of the ’90s, and Becca, the sensible mum who happens to dress as a fairy. Then newly-single "Naomi" – back in the dating game where the rules have changed – before finally finding Bex... Is her happily-ever-after within grasp at last?

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Comedy, True-life

My Mother Doesn't Know I'm Kinky

A sexy story filled with drama and comedy, love and lust. Jean’s mom liked her new boyfriend and was disappointed when the two broke up. As close as she is to her mother, Jean can’t bring herself to explain the reason: She’d have to reveal that she’s a very kinky girl. She explores the early childhood hints that she was wired differently and shares her bumpy, awkwardly arousing journey towards self-acceptance. Ultimately, mama gets an earful. Featured on Playboy Radio and selected Top Ten in LA by Stage Raw. 'Beautifully written; perfectly balanced' (NoHoArtsDistrict.com).

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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Stand-up

The Ultimate Collection of Reels

The Ultimate Collection of Reels is a stand-up show performed by Berlin-based comedians Andrei Palchyk and Nikita Kha, where they tell the best jokes they posted online. Andrei is a Belarusian comedian doing stand-up comedy in Russian and Belarusian for over 10 years. In February 2022, he escaped to Europe without a visa and started doing it in English. Nikita is a Berlin-based Siberian comedian traveling with his standup all around Europe, telling the audience about the struggles of people of color in Europe and Russia. 'That's not the punchline I was expecting' (Kevin, Germany).

Location theSpace @ Symposium 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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New Writing, Solo show

The Shadow Boxer

Portsmouth's most promising featherweight boxer races towards his ultimate goal – competing in the 1968 Olympic Games and proving himself as a true champion. But can anyone control how their story will be told in an uncertain future?

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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LGBTQ+, Theatre

Sex, Camp, Rock 'N Roll

Thoroughly humorous, deeply vulnerable and exceedingly fantastical, Sex, Camp, Rock 'N Roll is a musical cabaret fantasy that boldly explores sexuality and sex work in a raw, bareback fashion. Weaving together a night of story, song and sensuality, Ryan Patrick Welsh, aka the 8th-Best Legs in San Francisco, bares all about their journey as a queer, non-binary horndog in this modern age. Featuring diva duo The K*ntz! and rock band The Gruntz!, buckle up for an evening of refreshing honesty, great music and dazzling entertainment.

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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Comedy, LGBTQ+

Something To Believe In

It’s like confession without the guilt. Question who “deserves” a place in heaven in this divinely dark comedy. Faith and queerness clash at an all-girls Catholic school in Kentucky, as one senior hurtles to graduation feeling less than blessed. Forced to reconcile her undeniable queerness with the religion that raised her, Sarah Alice Shull asks if these two pieces of a person can grow together… and if they should. An outrageously funny and heartfelt exploration of what we’re taught to believe; featuring Maroon 5, cock rings and the Catholic church.

Location theSpace on the Mile

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LGBTQ+, New Writing

The Freemartin

Speakbeast are doing an agricultural conference, and it’s got all the things we think agricultural conferences usually have. We’ve got sleazy salesmen with very fast cars, we’ve got escaped cows, we’ve got two mice in a cardboard box and we’ve got a terrible feeling that, no matter how hard we try, this show is going to be about transphobia. The Freemartin is a puppet-filled, hormone-fuelled, absurd attempt by three queers to understand why the world is cruel to trans people, and why you should be worried about it. It’s also about fences, tractors and terrible dancing.

Location theSpaceTriplex

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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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Immersive, New Writing

Keep Watching It

The audience is seated. The lighting is a gloomy, vacant grey. Two shadows loom around the space, making sure no one asks any questions. With an ambition pumped full of chemicals, a scientist unable to connect with humanity subjects her newest creation to grisly experiments that unfold in real time, leaving us no choice but to Keep Watching It.

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Payback Party

When four acquaintances receive a Facebook invite to a surprise birthday party, chaos ensues. Past relationships are revealed, revenge plots are intertwined, and secrets are spilled as the night progresses. Happy birthday to... who?

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Comedy, Farce

One in Four

A 2017 Capital Fringe Best of the Fringe pick, One in Four is a play about four roommates: each one is an alien, and each one believes the other three to be regular degular humans. As the play unfolds, the four contort themselves into increasingly fraught emotional and physical positions to prevent being unmasked as extraterrestrial – and they learn very little about themselves in the process.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Comedy, New Writing

It's OK, I Still Think You're Great

Aug 02-10
It’s Tibby’s 25th birthday and she is throwing a big party: after years, her friends from uni are coming together — and they are all doing better than her. It's OK, I Still Think You're Great is a sparkling three-hander about friendship, friendship breakups, breakup breakups, drama, drama kids, queerness, being an immigrant, rejection and William Shakespeare. Also, about the emotional roller-coaster of being in your mid-twenties and having no clue about pretty much anything ever.

Location theSpace @ Symposium Hall

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Storytelling, Stand-up

Love / Less of a Man

A double-bill show. Love: Isabella hates love. Wait, no, that's not true. Let them explain. An interactive theatrical comedy show for the romantics. Or the weak-of-heart horny weirdos who love love, but hate themselves. Same difference. Less of a Man: Jess Elgene fled Texas, picked up a mic and transitioned. This is the story of a girl who can do anything. Features stand-up and original music spanning the lived experience of a trans woman fighting for her right to exist.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Comedy, LGBTQ+

A Naff Play About Spies

Three agents are given a vital mission. Investigate Natalia – Britain’s most dangerous woman. Using new identities, the spies infiltrate Nat’s life, ready to face any obstacles (even hangovers) in their path. But is Nat really who they’re looking for? Is danger lurking around the corner? Is anyone who they say they are? Join us for an hour of ridiculous, farcical comedy that will have you on the edge of your seat one minute, and falling off it with laughter the next!

Location theSpace @ Symposium Hall

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Multimedia, Drag

Elle Barto: Itchy and Scratchy

Haven’t I seen this before? Relive your favorite moments from film and television, entirely ripped from the internet and lip synced by memory! New York's newest and hottest drag sensation Elle Barto in their premier solo show: Elle Barto: Itchy and Scratchy! Follow our stunningly beautiful hero in search of a future by flipping through the past. The questions posed in film, music and television of the modern age are revisited and regurgitated. Who am I? Why am I here? Is there life on Mars? Where did I leave the remote? This and more.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Absurdist, Physical theatre

Darkside

‘What is the good?’ Philosophy student Emily McCoy wants to know… Thrust into a terrifying world of thought experiments and moral dilemmas, she must navigate both the voices in her head, and the eccentric characters she meets. But through her attempts to discover the nature of humankind, she ventures towards madness and inescapable panic over the metaphysical. Underscored by Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon, Tom Stoppard’s comic yet thought-provoking script is a witty exploration of themes and questions from the record. Darkside is a thrilling way to experience this iconic album like never before!

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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LGBTQ+, Character Comedy

The Locker Room

A brilliant wild ride of personal monologues intertwined with character sketches and audience participation by the Chicago Reader's winner of Best Comedian in 2024, Rogue Schmidt. As a former all-star athlete, Rogue uses her insider knowledge to sharply satirize the ultra competitive world of high school athletics in America and points the magnifying glass at the ethics of the unhinged coaches leading the charge. With each different coach character presented, a new sport, sketch and premise unfolds before the audience's eyes. It ran for six sold out weeks at the Annoyance Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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Stand-up

Julie Kennedy: Crude

Former journalist and professional Parisian Julie Kennedy finally understands why she can’t orgasm. Her partners didn't understand: Cease Fire. She returns to Edinburgh after ten years with a hilarious show about climate change, geopolitics and being fired from Westminster. 'She kept pitching about the climate so I fired her' **** (former editor). 'Die with laughter before the climate kills you' **** (green activist). 'Refined on the outside, crude on the inside' **** (her ex). 'I wanted to save the planet, she wanted a child' **** (her ex, a Gazprom employee). 'We left the show sucking diesel' **** (a man).

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Family-friendly, Stand-up

199 Jokes Before Lunchtime: High Whisk

An insect joke? Tick. A tartan joke? Check. A joke about giraffes in a bar? That's a tall order. Danny Matinee takes you to the grocer (who sells him a dodgy razor, bloody cheek), Nando's (with the menu on the ceiling, he needs a peri-periscope) and beyond in his new show, full of one-liners, puns, props and pictures. Suitable for all ages, especially fans of Masai Graham, Milton Jones and Tim Vine. Might include free coffee. By the author/performer of solo shows at the Brighton Fringe, Edinburgh Fringe and Leicester Comedy Festival.

Location theSpace @ Symposium 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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Contemporary, Drama

The Ballad of Maria Marten

Summer, 1827. In a red barn in Suffolk, England, Maria Marten awaits her lover. A year later, her body is discovered. It was a gruesome, sensational event that stirred imagination and fascinated the public. The star of the show became her killer. Playwright Beth Flintoff shines a new light on the life of Maria Marten and the courage, support, faith, and perseverance required to recognise and stand against the commonplace, poor treatment of women that existed then... and even now.

Location theSpace @ Venue45

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Folk, Children's show

The Telltale Lilac Bush

Ready for some spooky fun? MU Theatre ETC! makes its debut at the Fringe with ghost stories set in West Virginia. Follow four ghosts trapped in the Appalachian Mountains: the Maiden, the Solider, the Miner, and the Old Woman. Finding their eternal rest won't be easy, they'll need the pay the Peddler with stories. Can our ghosts weave a tale worthy enough to pay the Peddler? Come find out! This play was commissioned by Appalachian Artists Collective by A.E. Gill whose adaptation is imaginative, heartfelt, and rooted in Appalachian culture.

Location theSpace @ Venue45

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Music, Storytelling

After the Rainbow: A Mystical Music-full Midlife Journey Through Oz

An immersive musical journey exploring midlife existential angst and self-discovery amidst uncertainty and loss. Performed by acclaimed singer-songwriter Amy MacClain as Dottie and creative catalyst Molly Kittle as multiple iconic characters from the Wizard of Oz. The show weaves original music throughout a journey filled with magical signs, mystical connections, channeled messages and personal triumphs.. Through layers of metaphor and interactive experiences, audiences go on a transformative quest to find purpose, wisdom and collective empowerment, emerging wiser and more inspired for their one precious life.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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New Writing, Storytelling

Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes

Six friends plan a night of folklore and song. With ancient tales of myth and magic brought to life with song and powerful storytelling, they hope to launch a business reflecting their love of Celtic and Gaelic mythologies. It’s the perfect plan. Perfect, that is, until some evangelical Christians get wind of their ideas… as the performance draws near, the protest crowd gathers. Can the company hold their nerve? Will our heroes win the day? Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes examines the desire to hold on to ancient stories in a modern world.

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Devised, Theatre

What Was Once Ignored: The Life and Legacy of Martha Graham

'Modern dance isn't anything except one thing in my mind: the freedom of women in America.' (Martha Graham). Martha Graham moved dance from an aesthetic primarily about pleasing the eye to one that explores the entire human experience: from ancient Greek myth to grief, upheaval, and war while focusing particularly on female lives. WWOI tells her story and examines how dance in the 20th century moved from cutesy chorus girls to the mature art form seen in the work of artists like Graham, Isadora Duncan, and Agnes DeMille.

Location theSpaceTriplex

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Comedy, New Writing

Take Me to Your Leader

Deep in the Scottish Highlands lies Nebula Inc, a private space research facility fronted by egomaniacal billionaire Amadeus Klein. Fed up with unfair treatment and exploitation, Nebula’s interns are going on strike. Simultaneously, Nebula has stumbled upon a groundbreaking discovery: a message, potentially from an extra-terrestrial source. As the higher-ups clamp down on the strike and tensions rise amongst the interns, cryptic symbols from space become the least of their worries. Through trying to better workers’ rights, Nebula’s employees must learn to build solidarity with each other and possibly, other life forms…

Location theSpace on the Mile

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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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New Writing, Drama

Badger

Trying to get through the many challenges of their day, a team of young co-workers in a broken system begin to have their limits pushed to the extreme. How much pressure can one person take? There’s a wedding on the lawn, a promotion on the line and a badger on the grounds. How will they put out all those fires? And is there really a badger causing havoc on the estate? Badger is a new piece of writing that highlights the recent issues that are affecting young people today.

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Comedy, New Writing

You Deserve It

Six affluent socialites convene for a night of excess in a luxurious Edinburgh penthouse. They consider themselves the best of what the creative arts have to offer, the self-proclaimed future of their respective industries: after all, their daddies have told them so. Glasses clink and laughter fills the room, but the atmosphere reeks of deception and Chanel No 5. As veiled threats begin to emerge, hidden agendas and fractured loyalties are exposed. In this suspenseful exploration of privilege, wealth, and status, where do the lines between innocence and complicity lie?

Location theSpace on the Mile

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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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Improv

Improv and Chill

Welcome to Improv and Chill, the TV show where you decide what happens. Pick the genre, characters and the action, then we'll do the rest! This show is fully improvised and relies on the audience's participation to decide what happens via a cheer-off. We'll also stop the show at two points so you can dictate how the show pans out. After our show's success in Bristol, we knew we had to take it up to the Fringe!

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Comedy, Contemporary

Away Went the World

Sarah Preacher, an awkward teenage girl living in a structured outpost away from an AI-dominated Overworld, faces a life-altering dilemma when a mysterious figure arrives in her community. As she strives to protect her loved ones, Sarah embarks on a journey that challenges the very fabric of her existence. Set in a future where the line between human and machine blurs, this world-premiere play by Miranda Hoyt and the Groton School Theatre Ensemble delves into the depths of identity and asks: who will we become 225 years 'After Download'?

Location theSpace @ Venue45

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Drama

The Birds

This is a modern interpretation of an ancient Greek comedy piece, and the entire teenage cast will bring you a new kind of vision. Stay tuned!

Location theSpaceTriplex

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New Writing, Contemporary

Modern Love Is Not a Dream

'When I started this thesis, I had no idea I’d end up where I have. But, as all good researchers know, the thing you think you’re investigating doesn’t usually end up being the most interesting part of the conversation.' Love is a complicated subject and Liv wants to set the record straight. Dive into the intricacies of love, modern dating, trauma and the patriarchy as we follow her and her many prospects as she tries to balance her relationships, her thesis and her past together.

Location theSpace on the Mile

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New Writing, Drama

Rat King Gospel

A coincidence or an act of a god? Are the children who created a god as a game truly responsible for the unexplained events unfolding around them? Ten years after their last plea, a funeral reunites the three former friends as they meet at the abandoned church where it all went wrong. They can no longer run from their past as they are confronted by their most-feared questions: Was our god ever real? If so, are we responsible for the harm it caused, even if we didn’t know what we were asking for?

Location theSpace on the Mile

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New Writing, Drama

Di(n)e

A man has decided to take his own life and finds himself in a state of limbo between life and death. Here he meets dead family, loved ones and a former enemy, each with something to say about his choice. With only an hour before his body dies, his soul must decide between life and death.

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Dark Comedy, Physical theatre

Tycho: Mankind's First Hotel on the Moon!

New, dark comedy exploring how suffocating hiding the truth can be. When struggling teenager Charlie finds himself transported through time and space into the futuristic foyer of the Tycho Hotel, the first ever hotel on the Moon, all his earthly problems seem to disappear. The endless luxury and colourful guests are a pleasant respite from daily life. But then the oxygen systems start to fail and the guests start to reveal their true reasons for coming to the hotel. Funny, tense and thought-provoking new theatre from ICDS.

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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LGBTQ+, New Writing

We Used to be Girl Scouts

Drew thinks she’s pregnant. Sasha loves her female best friend. And Mary’s home life is a dark pit of despair. Finding themselves crushed under the unbearable weight that is teenagerdom, they take to the woods to clear their minds and make some tough decisions. When Mary discloses her plans of running away for good, suddenly life has more possibility and meaning than ever before. But is it really within their grasp? A triptych of the pain, joy and big feelings that make up adolescent girlhood.

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Family-friendly, Theatre

Big Bad Wolf

Follow the story of the often misunderstood Big Bad Wolf and see how he ended up being the villain of so many fairytales throughout the years. Featuring Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Little Pigs and The Boy Who Cried Wolf, the play turns traditional tales on their head to ask the question… is the Wolf really so Big and Bad after all? Imaginative, interactive and fun, Big Bad Wolf explores friendship, resilience and being yourself! 'Amazing show! My children loved it. Lovely message, would recommend!' (Audience review). Performance 30 minutes with a post-show activity 15 minutes.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Comedy, Contemporary

Loose Ends

Spud’s just made off wi the big score! Dozens and dozens ae socks! And he couldnae ae done it wioot Callum fae Skye’s help. Spud brings Callum tae his Glasgow flat and tempers flare, civilisations clash, and the Heist of the Century is planned! It’s a story of socks, ferries, Roy Orbison, international espionage and Pot Noodles.

Location theSpace on the Mile

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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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Am I Nuts!

Smith is having big dreams. Stone-age songs, ocean waves and rabbit pie, all in Tesco car park. It's getting a tad obsessive. Are they nuts? Or is something afoot? Through an increasingly bizarre and comic course of therapy, Smith desperately seeks the truth. Come and find out what really happens when you don't take back your shopping trolley. Or at the very least forgive. Stargaze Theatre Cornwall return following their sell-out show (Boy in a Bottle) with another mischievous take on time and space. This energetic company of big characters will leave you guessing. Until they don't.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Comedy, Drama

The Dream of Being a Madame

The Dream of Being a Madame weaves a tale of two young women, disparate in their origins and desires, yet bound by their shared quest for self-definition in an unforgiving world. The Dream of Being a Madame delves deep into the intricacies of female development, laying bare the profound influence of familial ties, particularly the nuanced dynamics of mother-daughter relationships. It's a poignant exploration of the shadows that lie hidden in every woman's growth and the silent battles they wage within the vast urban labyrinths.

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Family-friendly, Absurdist

Rapunzel

Twisted Tales bring you yet another brilliantly bonkers take on the fairytale Rapunzel... and her discovery that being a heroine is not all it’s cracked up to be! Set in a realm of magic and mystery, and conjured through a whirling world of physical invention, this captivating adaptation of the timeless story weaves together humour, heart, and the power of storytelling. Join us as we follow the spirited Rapunzel on her quest for freedom, tangled in her iconic tower but determined to create her own destiny…

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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Comedy, Theatre

Hamlet Hears a Who

I will not, shall not, cannot say / That Hamlet’s tale has had it’s day / At breakneck speed we will provide / Laughter, love and homicide / Hamlet as per is overwrought / But not quite as you would've thought!

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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Comedy, Adaptation

The Picture of Dorian Gray

An exhilarating new spin on Oscar Wilde’s Victorian classic. Dorian, a vain and hedonistic socialite, unknowingly sets a curse for his portrait to age in return for eternal youth and beauty. As he indulges in a riotous spree of debauchery, the consequences of his wishes are revealed with tragic costs. A fast-paced adaptation featuring music, slapstick and plenty of Wildean wit.

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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Pool (No Water)

Mark Ravenhill's Pool (No Water) tears up the ideals of friendship and art revealing a collective jealousy when fame and success lands on one person, leaving others in the shadows. The Group descend upon their famous friend's home where they reminisce, become carefree and their jealousy evaporates. But a horrific accident ends the nostalgia and darker feelings about life's imbalances resurface. Before long, suffering is exploited and The Group gorge on their newfound power. A cast of brilliant young female performers breathe new life into this contemporary classic exploring the complexity of friendships, success and power.

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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Adaptation, Drama

Lord of the Flies

In this gripping theatrical adaptation of William Golding's classic novel, a group of children find themselves stranded on a deserted island. As they struggle for survival, they descend into chaos, grappling with the tensions between order and savagery. Led by two conflicting leaders, Ralph and Jack, the children confront their inner demons and the harsh realities of human nature. Delving deep into themes of power, morality and the fragility of civilisation, Lord of the Flies offers a riveting exploration of the darkness that lurks within us all. Compelling theatre from a talented young cast.

Location theSpaceTriplex

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New Writing, Political

Everything Something Nothing

In a world of constant noise, where everything is something, who decides which voices get heard? In a story of silence and power, Everything Something Nothing tackles the epidemic of sexual assault in schools and the hopeful beauty of growing up. Inspired by the political and anarchic poetry anthology Kid, by Simon Armitage, FirstByte Theatre explode onto the stage with a provocative new play which gives a voice to a lost generation. 'This is an excellent show by a young company that deserves to be seen widely' **** (FringeReview.co.uk (Decay 2023)).

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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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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A Cappella

On Board A Cappella

Embark on a musical voyage as we delve into the diverse music preferences and captivating tales of various characters aboard a bus – expressed entirely through the magic of a cappella harmony! Join us for our much-anticipated ten-year anniversary showcase, featuring an eclectic repertoire ranging from Kate Bush to chart-topping hits by Bruno Mars. Following the overwhelming success of our sold-out performance in 2022, we're thrilled to unveil a fresh, brand-new show with an exciting new ensemble. Don't miss out on the excitement – we're eager to share our music with you once again!

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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New Writing, International

Little Beast

'No woman should touch pen and ink: they had too much passion and too little sense.' How far will you go to get back at an ex who has broken your heart? Join us in a creative retelling of the most scandalous affair of the 1800s, a deep dive into love, loss and jealousy. How passion overthrows safety and how we run to our addictions to cope with pain. Meet Lady Caroline Lamb, and her 21st century counterpart, Caro. The same story, two hundred years apart. Discover the little beast that lives in you.

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Antigone

Sophocles' tale of youthful defiance and aged intransigence is reworked by a young cast. Antigone is a story of an individual, a family and a state turned in on themselves and driven to destruction – and of young people burdened with the cares of the ages. Antigone must choose between loyalty and obedience – and her choice will determine the fate of all those around her. This company has performed to acclaim in Edinburgh before, and returns now with their fresh and fierce new take on Sophocles' timeless tale: a version that speaks to purists and iconoclasts alike.

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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New Writing, Thriller

Ghost Light

'I think if you’re going to write a ghost story worth its salt you must experience ghosts for yourself'. In 1865 Henry Webster joins the notorious London Ghost Club, hoping to meet and be inspired by Charles Dickens. There he encounters Edward Price, who draws Henry into investigating a haunting at a lodging house belonging to the widowed Mia Sands. At night, the ghosts of two young children wander the house in search of light – while fearing what waits for them in the darkness. Why would a ghost be afraid of the dark?

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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Revue

Willy Wonka and the Doctor Factory

The Malignant Humours return to the Fringe for another year! With 11 sell-out shows under our scrubs you'll want to grab your golden tickets before it's too choco-late. Willy Wonka and the Doctor Factory is the medical comedy sketch show sure to leave you in stitches, and we won't sugar-coat anything. If you're not feeling too sweet yourself, don't worry – our cast made up of healthcare students are certified to perform emergency laughter-inducing procedures. So, come down to Surgeons' Hall and enjoy 45 minutes of award-winning sketch comedy!

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Comedy, Solo show

You Hold a Pole Everyday

Outstanding Performance of a Solo Show (NY Innovative Theatre Award Nomination). 'Funny, relevant, entertaining... Absorbing, clever, enchanting' (Playful Substance). 'Endearing... Impossible to feel unmoved' (Theatre is Easy). New York City audiences loved it, and so will you! Four characters, one actress - You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll want to grab a pole.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Drama

The Thirteen

When you hold the power of life and death over others in your hands, what will determine your choices?

Location theSpaceTriplex

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Hedda Gabler

Hedda Gabler is recently married to a man she does not love, returning home from her honeymoon to a house she does not like, and surrounded by admirers she cannot trust. Ibsen's tragic tale looks at how life can fail us, and the many ways we find to fail ourselves: Hedda seems to have everything but it is all about to collapse on her. This new version, presented by a young cast in a dynamic in-the-round staging retains all the shock of the original and reaches out to speak to the present day.

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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Game Show, Improv

Switch Up and Mustard

Get ready to join our four young talents as they battle in a game of ever-changing tasks and challenges! Watch as they tackle trivia, improv, stand-up and more in this whirlwind of wits brought to you exclusively from the dreary hills of York. Will our very tricky condiment-themed experiment pay off? God, I hope so! Neither them, nor you, will know what’s coming next in this improvised game show built for one purpose and one purpose only: chaos! Guaranteed to be a night you’ll remember!

Location theSpace @ Symposium Hall

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Contemporary, Drama

Chaos

If the world is chaos, then it means there's no order, and if there's no order, anything is possible. A girl is locked in a room. A boy brings another boy flowers. A girl doesn't know who she is. A boy has tied himself to a railing. A boy worries about an impending catastrophe. A woman jumps in front of a train. A boy's heart falls out of his chest. A butterfly has a broken wing. Through a symphony of dislocated and interconnected scenes, a series of characters search for meaning in an unstable and complicated world.

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Comedy, Drama

A Midsummer Night's Dream, Kind Of...!

Edinburgh Youth Theatre's version of Shakespeare's most performed play is a unique take on a story you know well... or do you? Join the bold, mischievous fairies as they cause havoc among friends, strangers and each other on the way to a wedding in Athens. The strong cast of some of Edinburgh's finest young actors will draw you in and whirl you around in the magical mirth of a midsummer night's dream.

Location theSpaceTriplex

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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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Comedy, Historical

Bluffing Your Way in Ballet

Bluffing Your Way in Ballet pirouettes its fast-paced and irreverent way through the history of ballet. Whizz with us beyond the tutu with stories and dances from the ballet greats, including Isadora Duncan, Václav Nijinsky and Margot Fonteyn. Never heard of them but love ballet? You'll be in safe hands! The company will perform, in avant-garde fashion, the intrigue, tragedy and magic of ballet's greatest stars, past and present. Our ballerina Alexandra danced with The Royal Ballet and with some of these ballet stars. She's delighted to share her knowledge and experiences with you.

Location theSpace @ Venue45

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Storytelling, Solo show

A Yank in Scotland

The Highlands of Scotland, filled with misty moors and glens, rolling fields of heather and ghosts from Scottish history, invite mystical ruminations, kindle existential questions and spark the imagination to soar into higher and uncharted territory. Join Paul O’Brien, and Bonnie Prince Charlie, in the telling of one man’s story of loss and discovery as he searches for mystery, meaning and a lost wallet in the Highlands of Scotland.

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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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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Cabaret, Satire

Petty Tyrant

Order in the court! Join Carlotta-B-from-1593 in Petty Tyrant. An unorthodox trial of the authorship question and extravagant hallucination of Shakespearean proportions. Welcome to an autocratic universe where silence is violence and controlling the narrative is victory. Is Shakespeare a tyrant? Or is he just… petty? You will decide the verdict, and live jazz band The Executioners will keep time, proving beyond reasonable doubt that the gatekeepers are guilty and the evidence isn’t stacking up. It’s Judge Judy meets The Apprentice with Shakespeare and live jazz. Starring Carlotta-B-from-1593 as Anonymous Chirrullus Battillus: the original badass bitch.

Location theSpace @ Venue45

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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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New Writing

I See My Sister

Aug 12-27
When sisters Mhairi and Caoimhe run away from home, Mhairi is determined to stay isolated from the world. It’s safer for her that way, and if it’s safer for her then it’s safer for them both. But in her struggle to keep her sister close, and other people out, Mhairi makes a deadly choice and risks losing Caoimhe forever. As the sisters become more entangled with the wild Scottish landscape, Mhairi’s secrets are revealed and her grasp on her sister – and reality – begins to slip. I See My Sister explores folklore, trauma and sisterhood.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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LGBTQ+, New Writing

Ever Yours

When a grieving Olivia is suddenly left alone in her apartment, her only companion is a painting she stole in a desperate demonstration of love for her partner. Well, the painting and – unexpectedly – the ghost of the man who painted it: Vincent van Gogh. As she does her best to hide the stolen art from a suspecting gallery owner, her girlfriend’s family implore her to hide the true nature of their relationship. Oh! And there’s a bird trapped in the house. What else can she do but throw Vince a party?

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Off the Bench

A lighthearted yet empowering play which revolves around the lives of three female football players, playing for their local team, the Walcott Wrens. The play not only delves into the dynamics of their own personal struggles, but explores the broader theme of women’s representation in the world of sports. Our play is created and performed by an all-female team, as we believe in giving women the opportunity to tell their own stories.

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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Revue, Musical theatre

The Original Sing-A-Long To Smash Hit Musicals

Aug 12-17
Following their hugely successful run at last year's Fringe, CRE8IV are back with their show that encourages you to sing along! You won't be thrown out for belting out these musical bangers! Join this cast of musical pros and even end up on stage in their rousing finale.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Comedy, Adaptation

Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense

A country house weekend takes a turn for the worse when Bertie Wooster, loveable layabout, must play matchmaker for his newt-loving friend Gussie Fink-Nottle. Ably assisted by his wry personal Gentleman’s Gentleman (valet) Jeeves, Bertie must secure nuptial bliss for Gussie and the drippy Madeline Basset or bid farewell to his own dear bachelorhood. Cow-creamer, wannabe dictator, and newt-fuelled mayhem ensues.

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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New Writing, Solo show

Pretty Good, Not Bad

Aug 12-17
The long walk home. A treatise on the four Fs: no, not the dirty ones you know… The roles we assume when things get scary and the expectations held when we share. Who do you want me to be when I tell you what happened? Whose story is it anyway? New work by two tired Texans, Ellen Toland and Rachel McBath.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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New Writing, Dark Comedy

Bucket List

Ghosts have the most appalling quality of life. Luke and Jess meet at a party: several dates, an entire relationship and a bad breakup later, he reappears in her life to announce that he’s dead. As their story is played out back and forth in time, Luke and Jess must decide whether they want to carry on being in each other’s lives – or afterlives. A tender, darkly funny play about being young and stupid, and older and wiser, and feeling like you're running out of time before you've even begun.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Dark Comedy, Historical

if I live until I be a man

1483: The young princes Edward and Richard are taken to the Tower of London by their uncle Richard in preparation for Edward’s coronation. By the end of the summer, Richard III is crowned and the boys are never seen again. A comedic, playfully anachronistic, unsettling exploration of childhood during perpetual war, this play traces the 15th century through modern America, imagining the princes' final months as they fight, play, and await coronation or execution.

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Immersive, New Writing

i am george massey

What does it mean to be English anymore?... Strawberries? Scones? Jerusalem?... What is England now? This is George’s story: powerful, shocking, radical. a story of childhood joy, passionate relationships, and how he slowly falls down the dark rabbit hole of radicalisation. Manchester born and bred, George tries to manage his loneliness and depression through his phone. A lifeboat that helps him to not feel alone. Social media can bring you to the surface, or it can take you deeper into the depths. An immersive monologue that treads the boundaries of dark comedy and tragedy.

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Character Comedy, Solo show

I'll Die Laughing

What do you do when your ex threatens to shoot you? You write a comedy show, obviously. Ambrosine recounts her last five years in Los Angeles in which she escapes her sociopathic abuser and the trio of La Brea brats she nannies for. Just when she thinks she's found freedom, she unwittingly moves to a neighbourhood teeming with gangs. Buckle up for a character driven comedy, serving some hard truths.

Location theSpaceTriplex

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New Writing, Neurodiversity-led

Is There Work on Mars?

Aug 12-17
Can an Asian with ADHD and dyscalculia pass Elon Musk's Mars immigration test? Set in a dystopian future of space colonisation, Is There Work on Mars? rants about many things: being an Asian who is innately horrible at maths, ableist education systems, living in the diaspora and ridiculous immigration requirements. Feeling like an outcast everywhere she goes, the neurodiverse Chinese woman desperately finds herself at SpaceX's absurd testing lab in an attempt to move to Mars. Is There Work on Mars? was first presented at Theatre Peckham as part of Peckham Fringe 2024.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Drama, Solo show

Timeless

If you can’t trust your memory what can you trust? Martin has a problem: he can’t make new memories. Since he went to the dentist a decade ago, every morning when he wakes up it’s 2008. He’s a cabbie with The Knowledge, but he can’t remember yesterday. Inspired by a true story, Timeless spends a single day in Martin’s bewildering world. Written by Brian Coyle, directed by Charlotte Peters and performed by John Rayment, Timeless is a moving, sometimes funny and searching account of how his condition affects the whole family. 'A must see' (NorthWestEnd.co.uk).

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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Revue, Musical theatre

The Best of the West End and Broadway

Aug 12-17
Cast ranging in age that give you the very best journey through the landscape of London’s West End hits and Broadway’s masterpieces.

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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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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Family-friendly, Theatre

Chicken Little

While walking through the park one day, Chicken Little is hit on the head! She decides to tell the Prime Minister the sky is falling, and so begins a perilous journey: travelling through a dark and scary forest, the Canyon of Doom and the alligator-infested swamp of the Everglades. On her journey she meets a variety of characters who decide to be witness to this tragic event! Join Stage Door Enigma (Derek Award Best Young Cast 2023) as they return to Edinburgh for the fourth time with a delightful twisty tale of a traditional story.

Location theSpace on the Mile

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Comedy, Musical theatre

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Rachel Sheinkin and William Finn's musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee tells the story of six middle-schoolers growing up and of the relationships they form with each other, with their families and with the three adults running the Bee. With audience participation and improv elements, it is a heartwarming and hilarious tale of childhood motivations, friendship, making yourself proud and juiceboxes!

Location theSpace @ Niddry St

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Comedy, Theatre

Nina Rose Carlin: Seeking Representation

She's an LA actress. Of course she knows her rising moon sign. Of course she can arrange dry-cleaning for a studio executive's offspring in her sleep. Of course she takes her coffee with a splash of oat milk, and a heaping spoonful of existential dread. With live music, unhinged characters, and a bit of pixie dust (read: Ozempic) Seeking Representation is a one-woman show meets cabaret with a subversive sucker punch. From five-star Hollywood Fringe Festival award-winner and certified LA actress herself, Nina Rose Carlin!

Location theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

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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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Political, Pop

The Gardening Club: A New Musical