This is a list of all the professional work we know of being performed or produced by Edinburgh-based artists and companies at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe. It highlights the breadth of work being made in Edinburgh by long-established and newly-emerged talent and is a reminder that Edinburgh does more than just provide the venue framework for the Fringe.
Compiled by Thom Dibdin of AllEdinburghTheatre using categories and copy supplied by Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Kevin Quantum: Neon Future Everyday Miracle Productions
Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose (Venue 24) 31 Jul, 1 – 26 Aug (not 21): 18:00 (1 hour)
This year Kevin examines our evolution using the only discipline able to illustrate our incredible possible futures, here, in the present: magic. Having spent half of his adult life studying physics and half magic, Kevin explores the exotic space where science and magic meet. Expect epic stunts and illusions from the magician-scientist hybrid trained by Penn & Teller.
The Secret Room at Lauriston Castle Edinburgh International Magic Festival
Lauriston Castle (Venue 436) 10-11, 13-14, 22 Aug: 17:30, 19:30 (1 hour 15 minutes)
On the outskirts of Edinburgh, hidden away at the end of a winding driveway, lies one of Edinburgh’s secret treasures – Lauriston Castle. Imagine timeless tapestries, ornate silverware, but also a world of clandestine laboratories, hidden passages and secret rooms… Three expert magicians animate the castle’s intriguing past with stories, performances and illusions related to the history of Lauriston and her owners.
The Soundtrack of Life KinkyFish
Paradise in The Vault (Venue 29) 19 – 25 Aug: 16:20 (1 hour)
Everyone has a soundtrack to their life – from the songs that get you up on the dance floor to the ones that get you singing in your car, the songs that get you through hard times and the songs you think you know all the words to.
Celeste’s Circus Faux Theatre
Scottish Storytelling Centre (Venue 30) 1 – 5, 9 – 12, 16 – 19 & 23 – 25 Aug: 10:30 (35 minutes)
An award-winning delight, inviting young ones to join Celeste, where a beautiful paper big top unfolds and one endearing, magical act follows another. Perfect for age group, joyous to watch. ‘Makes Mary Poppins look positively pedestrian!’ (Primary Times).
First Piano on the Moon: Will Pickvance Will Pickvance
Summerhall (Venue 26) 31 Jul, 1 – 18 Aug (not 12): 11:30 (1 hour)
Adapting Mozart, Chopin and Scott Joplin for outer space requires a specially equipped pianist. Will has been in training. From creator of Anatomy of the Piano. ‘Highly entertaining maestro for young and old.’
Little Top Starcatchers and SUPERFAN
Pleasance at EICC (Venue 150) 1 – 18 Aug (not 5, 12): 10:30, 13:30 (50 minutes)
A magical first circus experience for babies aged 0-18 months. Be transported into a joyous, topsy-turvy world where patterns fill the air and anything is possible. Supported by Made in Scotland. www.madeinscotlandshowcase.com.
Babies and adults require a ticket.
Shark in the Park Nonsense Room Productions
Assembly George Square (Venue 8) 31 Jul, 1 – 18 Aug (not 14): 10:30 (1 hour)
Timothy Pope is looking through his telescope – but wait, is that a Shark in the Park!? From the producers of The Hairy Maclary show – all three Shark in the Park books live on stage!
Valentina’s Galaxy Frozen Charlotte Productions
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh – Fletcher Building (Venue 370) 3 – 18 Aug (not 5, 12): 10:30, 11:00, 12:30, 14:00, 14:30 (50 minutes)
Valentina’s Galaxy: an intergalactic adventure for starry-eyed 2-6 year olds and their adults. Inspired by women in space, this immersive performance captivates children and adults alike with a combustible concoction of experiments, rocket launches and stargazing.
Stay Loyal to the Royals Kinky Fish
The Space @ Niddry Street (Venue 9) 19 – 24 Aug (not 5): 22:20 (50 minutes)
YouTube sensation, the Queen, is bringing her unique brand of Christmas messages live to the stage. Concerned about the future of the Commonwealth beyond her reign, Her Majesty The Queen has undertaken a world tour to connect with her “people” as per the advice of her trusted millennial PR team. Come face to face with the all-singing, all-dancing British monarch and her love of the corgis, crown jewels and hip-hop. Her Majesty will show the world that the royal family spills more tea than the Kardashians and Real Housewives combined.
Alba Flamenca Alba Flamenca
Alba Flamenca (Venue 237) 2 – 25 Aug: 15:30, 19:30 (1 hour)
Bursting with emotion and explosive rhythms, this is a fiesta of pure dance, music and intensity. *****(ThreeWeeks). Powerful dance, frenetic guitar, pulsating rhythms. You don’t watch this show, you experience it fully in this cosy intimate venue.
And the Birds Did Sing Curious Seed
Dance Base (Venue 22) 2 – 11 Aug (not 5): 14:15 (40 minutes)
A woman remembers a girl who knew a woman who listened to the birds. Evocative solo embracing the depth of feeling in tiny moments of knowing that the world will never be the same again.
Glimpsing Air Pockets Christina Liddell
Dance Base (Venue 22) 6 – 8 Aug: 13:15 (1 hour)
This multi-sensory, all-ages dance production offers a beautiful experience. Immerse yourself in an interactive garden of creative contributions from the Sick Kids Hospital. Surround yourself with their promise and joy, brought to life and expressed through Christina.
Heroes All or Nothing Aerial Dance Theatre
Underbelly, George Square (Venue 300) 1 – 26 (not 12): 15:00 (1 hour)
Playful aerial entertainment exploring the world of superheroes and beyond! In their quirky circus universe, two performers (and their miniature sidekicks) explore what it means to be a hero. Assemble the family – this promises to be FANtastic!
India Flamenco A Gypsy Tale Alba Flamenca
Alba Flamenca (Venue 237) 2 – 25 Aug (not 7, 14, 21): 17:30 (1 hour)
Come on a journey of discovery across the globe, in search of the essence of flamenco. From the primitive expressive beauty of Indian Kathak dance, through the swirling intensity of middle eastern belly dance, arriving in Europe with the passion and tragedy that is flamenco. Three different musical cultures; three different dance styles; all united by a single thread of continuity over time and continents. A celebration of cultural differences, and also our similarities, as the three powerful female dancers combine in a cultural fusion for the finale.
Rock What You Got House of Jack
ATIK (Venue 464) 11 Aug: 12:00 (4 hours)
An all-style two vs two battle event featuring some of the best dancers from the UK. With live DJs, dancers and acts, expect freezes, flips and plenty of flava. It’s time to Rock What You Got!
Self Portraits Alan Greig Dance
Dance Base (Venue 22) 2 – 11 Aug (not 5): 14:45 (40 minutes)
Self Portraits plays with notions of gender and sexuality: a collection of short, intense choreographed solos and intertextual writing that skilfully weaves athletic moves and thought-provoking text into a compelling show of innovative and accessible dance.
Being Liza Interabang Productions
Just festival at St John’s (Venue 127) 6, 13, 20 Aug: 16:00 (1 hour)
A new play with music by Rachel Flynn. Being Liza is an original story about a girl in a pivotal transition of her life, discovering who she really is behind the mask of an icon. Frances Edwards is Scotland’s premiere Liza Minnelli tribute act. Her dad Pete is her demanding manager and co-star, blindly focused on their ultimate success. Fusing classic Liza Minnelli songs such as New York, New York and Cabaret. ‘An experience you won’t forget… a stunning and beautifully judged comedy drama… a smart and sensitive study of a young woman on the cusp’ ***** (ScotsGay.co.uk).
Grave Jen McGregor
Scottish Poetry Library (Venue 203) 2/3, 6 Aug: 18:15 (30 minutes)
In a remote graveyard in the October dusk, it’s time for newly orphaned Jen to learn that the monsters were in her heart all along. Horror and dark comedy, based on a true story. Aren’t they always?
The Mariner’s Song Kinky Fish
Paradise in Augustines (Venue 452) 12 – 24 Aug (not 18): 11.55 (50 minutes)
Calling all adventurers! Following their critical success at last year’s Fringe (selected as EdFringeReview.com’s Editors’ Pick), KinkyFish return to Edinburgh with The Mariner’s Song, and once again invite you to join writer-performer Rajan Sharma as he navigates classical mythology, family history, and his own experience crewing on a deep sea challenge. In this intimate spoken word performance contemplating humanity’s primal connection to oceans, rivers and seas, prepare to brave the elements, sail stormy waters, and embark upon a lyrical voyage through the ages… Will you answer the Mariner’s call? ‘Wonderful storytelling’ **** (EdFringeReview.com). ‘Beautiful and hypnotic’ (ThreeWeeks).
(Can This Be) Home Brite Theatre
Scottish Storytelling Centre (Venue 30) 15 – 19 Aug: 12:00 (1 hour)
Half-music concert, half-spoken word performance, examining the impact of Brexit, taking stock of where we are now. Can we ever feel at home again? New Territories Award (Prague Fringe, 2018).
27 Club Rebel Pigeon Productions and New Celts Productions
theSpace on the Mile (Venue 39) 3 – 23 Aug (odd dates): 13:50 (1 hour 10 minutes)
An art gallery: Nick’s surrounded by the chaotic memories that brought him there – a host of artists, jilted lovers and ghosts of his past. As Nick’s world crumbles can he come to terms with the pressure?
A Game of Death and Chance National Trust for Scotland
Gladstone’s Land (Venue 335) 2 – 25 Aug (not 5, 12, 19): Various (45 minutes)
Step inside this 500-year-old tenement and encounter characters from the past. Hear tales of burning witches, riots, executions and more in this unique immersive and interactive experience.
Arrivals Twelve Twelve Theatre and New Celts Productions
theSpace on the Mile (Venue 39) 4 – 24 Aug (even dates): 15:30 (1 hour)
Tony and Mel are stuck in Budapest Airport with nothing but each other for company. Two strangers and four suitcases take centre stage in this twisted play about life, death and everything in-between.
Atlantis Broadsword Theatre LTD
Greenside @ Infirmary Street (Venue 236) 12 – 17 Aug: 13:45 (1 hour)
A remote island. An enigmatic cult. A young couple in search of a fresh start. Atlantis is a dark new drama from Broadsword Theatre exploring trust, betrayal and the power of persuasion.
Black Is the Color of My Voice Apphia Campbell presented by James Seabright and Play The Spotlight
Gilded Balloon Teviot (Venue 14) 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26 Aug: 16:00 (1 hour)
Apphia Campbell’s solo show inspired by the life of Nina Simone. Direct from sold-out West End season. ‘Goes beyond impersonation’
Blood and Gold Mara Menzies
Scottish Storytelling Centre (Venue 30) 1 – 26 Aug (not 12, 19): 14:00 (1 hour)
Ancient mythology and modern storytelling collide in a contemporary exploration of the legacy of colonialism and slavery. Humour and tragedy express the fragile nature of identity and belonging. ‘Mesmerising performance storytelling’
Breakfast Plays: The Future Is […] Traverse Theatre Company
Traverse Theatre (Venue 15) 13 – 25 Aug (not 19): 09:00 (50 minutes)
Four new plays from four of the most exciting emergent women writers in Scottish theatre. Kickstart your day with these script-in-hand readings and enjoy a breakfast roll with your ticket.
Brief History of the Fragile Male Ego Jordan and Skinner
Pleasance Dome (Venue 23) 31 Jul, 1 – 26 Aug (not 14, 21): 16:00 (1 hour)
The multi award-winning Jordan & Skinner present a riotous new solo show that cuts to the bone of gender politics. Andrea has been giving her lecture but it’s not been going well – previous events were marred by protests and she’s hoping the open-minded audience at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe will hear her out. You see, half the world is suffering under the weight of a heavy burden. If we’re not careful everything will smash. And we wouldn’t want that now, would we?
Brooklyn Scotsman Loose Endz Entertainment
Hill Street Theatre (Venue 41) 2 – 25 Aug: 19:30 (1 hour)
A teenage Scottish rapper leaves home to pursue his dreams across the Atlantic in New York City. Venturing into the unknown, Stevie finds himself living in one of the roughest ghettos in Brooklyn, where he will encounter sex, violence, drugs and so much more. A brutally honest coming-of-age story, Loose Endz Entertainment presents The Brooklyn Scotsman by Stevie Creed and Liam Rudden. Inspired by the life and works of rapper and writer Stevie Creed, it is an electric and action-packed piece of theatre, certain to evoke all kinds of emotions.
Brunch Club Grid Iron, SDTN and Pleasance Theatre Trust
Pleasance Pop-Up: Levels (Venue 175) 2 – 24 Aug (not 6, 13, 20): 20:15 (1 hour)
Rebel, geek, emo, which were you? Were you the popular one? Scotland’s newest talents, The Network, with award winning Grid Iron and Pleasance, take on cliques in a site-specific homage to classic coming-of-age movies.
Bull Cold Pizza Productions and New Celts Productions
theSpace on the Mile (Venue 39) 4 – 24 Aug (even dates): 12:25 (1 hour 10 minutes)
This dark comedy by Mike Bartlett shows the cruelty of human nature through bizarre power play, manipulation and vindictive honesty. Three colleagues fight for their lives in this savage battle of wits. The odds are stacked against underdog Thomas from the get-go, while Tony and Isobel use every dirty trick in the book, even going as far as targeting Thomas’s son. They’ll do anything to ensure their own survival. Only two can return…
Burns for Brunch Theatre Objektiv
Scottish Storytelling Centre (Venue 30) 1 – 26 Aug (not 12, 19, 21): 11:30 (50 minutes)
Hungover, perhaps, but not yet hung out to dry, Robert Burns awakes in Auld Reekie 2019 sharing his thoughts, poems and songs, casting a satiric eye around his Scotland and ours. ‘Should be banned!’ (Hanoverian Press).
Cadaver Synod RFT
Sweet Grassmarket (Venue 18) 19 – 25 Aug: 21:00 (1 hour)
897: the Pope makes history putting his predecessor’s corpse on trial. Charges are petty but the PR boom potentially priceless. Unless the people, moved to anger at a shallow sacrilegious act of political theatre, make their voices heard.
Crocodile Fever Traverse Theatre Company in association with Lyric Theatre, Belfast
Traverse Theatre (Venue 15) 2 – 25 Aug (not 5, 12, 19): 10:00, 13:00, 16:00, 17:30, 19:00, 22:00 (1 hour 30 minutes)
Northern Ireland, 1989. Fuelled by Taytos, gin and a chainsaw, Fianna and her pious sister Alannah confront their father’s hideous legacy. A black comedy celebrating sisterhood whilst reminding us that The Troubles are closer than we imagine. www.madeinscotlandshowcase.com
Don’t Frighten the Straights! Turan Ali
Paradise in Augustines (Venue 152) 3 – 25 Aug (not 11, 18): 21:55 (1 hour)
Outrageous, hilarious, unbelievably true, queer stories from the mouthy, old, ethnic poof. BBC comedy/drama writer/director and international slut, Turan Ali, shares global queer tales galore. Heard on BBC Radio 4. Sold-out previews: Vienna’s English Theatre.
Dr Korczak’s Example Strange Town
Scottish Storytelling Centre (Venue 30) 21 – 25 Aug: 12:00 (1 hour 15 minutes)
1942, the final days of an orphanage in the Jewish ghetto of Warsaw. David Greig’s play tells the tale of Korczak’s refusal to abandon the young people in his care in the face of injustice. ‘Powerful’ (AllEdinburghTheatre.com).
Drone Harry Josephine Giles, Rob Jones, Neil Simpson and Jamie Wardrop
Summerhall (Venue 26) 31 Jul, 2 – 17 Aug (not 1, 12): 19:10 (1 hour)
A live jam of music, video and poetry, this multimedia theatre show tells the true story of a military drone’s life and fears. The Drone is a weapons system, an office worker, a background hum. The bleak humour and tender fury of Drone sees the unmanned aerial vehicle as the technology of a neurotic century, asking how anxious people can live as part of systems of such astonishing destruction. Drone is mixed new every night: a cabaret band of a video jockey, an electronic musician and a spoken word performer.
Enough Traverse Theatre Company
Traverse Theatre (Venue 15) 1 – 25 Aug (not 5, 12, 19): 11:00, 13:30, 13:45, 16:15, 18:30, 18:45, 21:00 (1 hour 20 minutes)
The lives of two immaculate flight attendants unravel as the ground below shakes with an uprising. Stef Smith’s (Swallow) poetic, unpredictable journey into female friendship and what happens when you can no longer be the woman people want.
Grandmothers Grimm Some Kind of Theatre
Paradise in The Vault (Venue 29) 3 – 17 Aug (not 11): 21:15 (1 hour)
Cannibalism, werewolf trials, deceit, and murder: Marie Hassenpflug and the Brothers Grimm are editing the darkness out of old stories. But as they do so, the voices of the women who created these tales are lost…
Green Knight Debbie Cannon
Scottish Poetry Library (Venue 203) 7, 9/10, 13/14 Aug: 19:30 (1 hour)
Christmas at Camelot: a monstrous green warrior issues an unwinnable challenge to Arthur’s finest knight. What if the story was retold by the woman at its heart? ‘Superlative… storytelling theatre’
Hamish Henderson: On the Radical Road Theatre Objektiv
Scottish Storytelling Centre (Venue 30) 2 – 26 Aug (not 5, 12, 19): 20:00 (1 hour)
Evocative, innovative shape-shifting drama sculpted from the poetry and songs of Hamish Henderson (the father of Scottish folk revival), 1919-2002. Celebrating the 100th anniversary of this revolutionary artist’s birth, presented in dynamic, dramatic fusion.
Happiness Project Creative Electric
Army @ The Fringe in Association with Summerhall (Venue 210) 2 – 4, 9 – 11, 16- 18, 23 – 25 Aug: 14:20 (50 minutes)
At first you feel a winding pain… you get used to it, then you develop a liking to it…” The Happiness Project explores our need for non-sexual physical contact in our highly digital era.
Heir Heads Pretty Knickers Productions
theSpace on North Bridge (Venue 36) 19 – 24 Aug: 18:35 (50 minutes)
Three sisters stand to inherit their family’s enormous wealth, until a mysterious young man with a greater claim to the fortune appears. How far are they willing to go to keep their wealth in the family?
Home Active Inquiry
Just Festival at St John’s (Venue 127) 9/10, 16/17 Aug: 16:00 (1 hour 15 minutes)
There is no place like Home – but what is it? What does home mean if you don’t have one? Or if it is a place you are scared to be in or to leave?
In Her Corner Tearin’ the Tartan Theatre and New Celts Productions
theSpace on the Mile (Venue 39) 3 – 23 Aug (odd dates): 15:20 (1 hour 10 minutes)
Set in Scotland’s capital, Claire is trapped by family loyalty in a circle of violence. Her heart is in boxing but is this her escape? What would you do if you were in her corner?
Ivory Wings Coreth Arts
Assembly Rooms (Venue 20) 1 – 24 Aug (not 12, 19): 11:50 (1 hour)
Ivory Wings is a one-woman show with a live piano score. It explores Alzheimer’s and the therapeutic effects of music on patients’ memory, whilst celebrating the remarkable women of the Air Transport Auxiliary whose job it was to deliver wartime aircraft from the factories to the RAF bases during World War II. Throughout the play, the protagonist, Virginia, drifts between her elderly Alzheimer’s state and her 28-year-old self, looking back at her time flying Spitfires and Hurricanes, her memories triggered by music.
Jock Tamson’s Bairns Civil Disobedience
Laughing Horse @ Ghillie Dhu (Venue 410) 21/22, 25 Aug: 19:00 (3 hours)
Part drag, part interactive cabaret, this 180-minute theatrical experience explores queer culture and the bystander effect. Set in an after-hours gay bar, it mixes storytelling with live music performances and open space discussion. ‘Consistently powerful’ (List).
JRR Tolkien’s Leaf by Niggle Puppet State Theatre Company
Scottish Storytelling Centre (Venue 30) 1 – 3 Aug: 16:00 (1 hour 15 minutes) Tolkien’s miniature masterpiece. The story of a struggling artist, written while The Lord of the Rings was emerging. Performed by Richard Medrington (The Man Who Planted Trees) with music by Karine Polwart.
Level Up Full Breakfast Productions and New Celts Productions
theSpace on the Mile (Venue 39) 4 – 24 Aug (even dates): 14:05 (1 hour 10 minutes)
Inspired by China’s social credit system, a near-future state strives for utopia by rewarding model citizens. But when real love is impossible to measure and doing good becomes an obsession, not everyone plays by the rules.
Madame George by Keir McAllister Gilded Balloon and Watch This Space Productions present…
Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose (Venue 24) 31 Jul, 1 – 26 Aug (not 19): 13:00 (1 hour)
Madame George is a psychic in a slump. When finally there comes a message, will she want to hear it? A comedy about how far we will go for what we choose to believe in.
MOOT MOOT Cade & MacAskill in association with Take Me Somewhere
Summerhall (Venue 26) 8 – 25 Aug (not 12, 19): 13:30 (1 hour)
Doppelganger DJs Barry and Barry desperately seek connection with the world beyond… Two of Scotland’s finest live artists, Rosana Cade (Walking:Holding, Sister) and Ivor MacAskill (STUD, Alma Mater), spew out their dark and riotous take on modern communication, as the identical hosts in a surreal phone-in talk show. Finding humour, warmth and despair in the absurd, they spin a thick web of cliches and catchphrases in their outer space echo-chamber, accompanied by a weird, wild soundscape by Yas Clarke.
Mouthpiece Traverse Theatre Company
Traverse Theatre (Venue 15) 1 – 25 Aug (not 5, 12, 19): 11:00, 13:30, 15:45, 16:00, 18:15, 18:30, 20:45, 21:15 (1 hour 30 minutes)
The powerful Traverse hit about class, culture and appropriation returns. Frank and unflinching, Mouthpiece takes a look at two different sides of Edinburgh that exist in ignorance of one another. ‘A gripping, truthful play for our times’ ***** (Stage).
My Name Is Irrelevant Matthew Hall
Summerhall (Venue 26) 2 – 25 Aug (not 12, 19): 17:45 (1 hour)
In a world created by your imagination it can be difficult to work out what is fiction and what is reality. A man gives a lecture about all of the people he has met in his life, but as his stories escalate we start to see the inner workings of a confused brain. ‘A privilege to be part of such a vulnerable yet undoubtedly valuable piece’ **** (EdFringeReview.com). ‘Hall’s arresting poetic performance skilfully guides the audience through a fractured psyche’ **** (List). ‘Fantastic example of creative storytelling’ **** (FringeGuru.com).
Number, Please. Paprichoo
Paradise in Augustines (Venue 152) 3 – 25 Aug (not 11, 18): 16:50 (50 minutes) 1952.
An unsuspecting switchboard operator becomes embroiled in an international plot to destroy the world. Can she, the not-so-innocent bystander, save the world? Or will her lack of experience and necessary skills drag the mismatched team down?
Parasites Seesome Theatre and New Celts productions
theSpace on the Mile (Venue 39) 3 – 23 Aug (odd dates): 12:25 (1 hour 5 minutes)
Expelled from school aged 15, Alicia battles for her right to exist. Welfare and charities view her as the one thing everybody hates: a parasite. But who are the real bloodsuckers? Provocative dramedy from award-winning five-star playwright James Harker.
Pink House Paradigm Lab
PQA Venues @Riddle’s Court (Venue 277) 10 – 26 Aug: 15:30 (50 minutes)
The story of a tangled relationship between an adopted daughter and her estranged Jewish grandmother. As the two forge a tense yet familial relationship, history haunts them and constantly threatens to tear them apart.
Reservoir Dugs Cat O’ Nine Tales
theSpace @ Venue45 (Venue 45) 9 – 17 Aug (not 11): 20:20 (50 minutes)
Scotland’s answer to a Tarantino classic. How will four criminals react when their jewellery heist goes horribly wrong?
Svetlana Ed Littlewood Productions
Assembly George Square Studios (Venue 17) 31 Jul, 1 – 25 Aug (not 13, 20): 22:35 (1 hour)
The War oan Terror? Whit’s it f*cking like?!’ The world needs a new kind of warrior – cold as ice, deadly as a cobra – common as muck! More Sauchiehall Street than deep-cover operative – meet Svetlana…
Swallow the Sea Caravan Theatre Swallow the Sea Caravan Theatre
Summerhall (Venue 26) 2 – 25 Aug: Various (20 minutes)
Join us inside a converted 1970s caravan for puppetry, shadows, absurd object theatre and live soundscapes to get lost in. Escape into a wildly different world where no experience is ever the same. Details: www.swallowthesea/where-and-when
Tartuffe Ed Littlewood Productions in association with Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh
Assembly Rooms (Venue 20) 1 – 25 Aug (not 6, 13, 20): 17:00 (1 hour)
Liz Lochhead’s irreverent, rude, rhyming cut of Moliere’s Tartuffe. Trophy wife and cheeky maid must stop “religious” conman from bleeding gullible paterfamilias dry. A hilarious one-hour classic set in a Scotch living room
The Man Who Planted Trees Puppet State Theatre Company
Scottish Storytelling Centre (Venue 30) 12 – 26 Aug (not 19): 16:00 (1 hour 5 minutes)
Back by popular demand! Internationally acclaimed adaptation of Giono’s classic environmental tale. ‘Laughs, heartbreak, war, regeneration, scented breezes, sparkling wit and the best dog puppet ever. Perfect for children and grown-ups. ‘Terrific’ (Guardian). ***** (Scotsman).
Thief by Liam Rudden Edinburgh Little Theatre
Hill Street Theatre (Venue 41) 2 – 25 Aug: 18:20 (1 hour)
Sailor thrives in bars, dives and doss houses. He lives for robbery and expulsion. Join him. This award-winning dark piece of theatre by Liam Rudden will leave you disturbed yet spellbound. Not for the easily offended.
This Script Jenny Lindsay
Scottish Storytelling Centre (Venue 30) 4 – 11 Aug: 16:00 (1 hour 5 minutes)
At a time of schisms within feminism, where sirens are the soundtrack to our newsfeeds, This Script combines poetic memoir with a fierce call for empathy. ‘One of this year’s most necessary spoken word performances’ (TheWeeReview.com).
Umbrella Man Teuchter Company – Colin Bramwell
Summerhall (Venue 26) 31 Jul, 1 – 25 Aug (not 7, 12, 20): 10:00 (1 hour)
The story of a man who tries to prove the Earth is flat. Hilarious, moving, Scottish spoken word theatre. ‘A beautiful amalgamation of storytelling, poetry, drama, comedy and music. A monumental triumph’.
War of Two Halves This is My Story Productions
Tynecastle Park (Venue 547) 7 – 26 Aug (not 10): 15:30, 18:00, 19:30, 20:30 (1 hour 45 minutes)
1914. Edinburgh’s Heart of Midlothian Football Club have won nineteen matches and are on the brink of winning the League Championship. In a show of extraordinary camaraderie and courage, thirteen players enlist to serve in McCrae’s Battalion. This is their story: an evocative, atmospheric and dramatic journey through Tynecastle Park Stadium in a unique, immersive, site-specific performance.
What Girls Are Made Of Raw Material and Traverse Theatre in association with Regular Music
Assembly Hall (Venue 35) 1, 25 Aug (not 7, 12 19): 14:30 (1 hour 25 minutes)
Based on her own diaries, the true story of Cora Bissett’s rollercoaster journey from 90s indie-kid hopeful to wised-up woman. Touring with Radiohead, partying with Blur; she was living the dream. Until she wasn’t… Performing with a live band, Cora celebrates life’s euphoric highs and epic lows, asking what wisdom we should pass to the next generation and which glorious mistakes we should let them make. 2018 Fringe smash, directed by Orla O’Loughlin.
Where Do Fairies Come From? TypeCast Productions
Paradise in Augustines (Venue 152) 2 – 17 Aug (not 4, 11): 10:15, 19:50 (1 hour)
From early Celtic tradition, through Shakespearean superstition to modern high fantasy, everyone has heard of fairies. ‘Give us your hands if we be friends’. Or, if you prefer… clap if you believe.
Woke Apphia Campbell presented by James Seabright and Play the Spotlight
Gilded Balloon Teviot (Venue 14) 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25 Aug: 16:00 (1 hour)
Fringe First winner returns for six shows only. Against stunning gospel and blues sung live, two women 42 years apart join the struggle for American civil rights. Both are faced with the same choice: fight or flee?