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8 Masters of Puppets

Sean Bell speaks to the guys behind Boris and Sergey’s Vaudeville Adventure and The Trench, two of the most highly regarded shows at this year’s Fringe

12 Cariad Lloyd

Madcap character comic Cariad Lloyd tells Stevie Martin all about her imaginary friends.

16 Celebrity Obsessions

Amy Lamé, Dan Wright and Vikki Stone go crazy for tabloid-fodder.

21 COMEDY 22 Sam Simmons

The Aussie maestro returns with a deliriously accomplished new show.

27 Hannibal Buress

The Chicagoan comic is as laid back as its possible to be whilst still standing up.

31 Daniel Simonsen

The Norwegian comic leads a Scandanavian invasion of Edinburgh.

34 Claudia O’Doherty

She’s mad as hell. And she’s not going to take it anymore.

41 THEATRE 45 Daniel Kitson

Can the Fringe legend live up to his impossibly high billing?

52 And No More Shall We Part

Tear-jerking melodrama about a terminally ill woman’s suicide that explores love and loss.

56 Hip Hop Othello

The Brothers Q present Shakespeare’s classic, but not as you’ve ever seen it before.

60 Liz Lochhead

Scotland’s poet laureate serves up a sterling hour of verse.

62 MUSIC

63 Showstoppers!

The improvised musical makers have another treat in store for Fringe audiences.

65 Briefs

Beefcakes, cabaret and a cheeky hint of nudity. What more could a girl want?

66 KIDS

66 Superjohn

Caroline Black talks to the team behind Superjohn about their experiences helping sick children.

68 The Ballad of Pondlife McGurk

A blissfully simple work by Scottish children’s theatre company Catherine Wheels.

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MASTERS OF

PUPPETS Two of this year’s stand-out Fringe successes herald a resurgence in gothic, adult-oriented puppetry. Sean Bell investigates why puppets, not people, are the big story of the festival.

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UPPETRY THAT explores dark, even adult, themes is nothing new. After all it’s several centuries since Punch and Judy first sprung up on beachfronts around the country, telling twisted tales of a wife-beating murderer. But it can’t pass unnoticed that a handful of the most highly rated productions at this year’s Fringe have put puppetry at the heart of their productions. Boris and Sergey’s Vaudevillian Adventure from Flabbergast Theatre and Les Enfants Terrible’s The Trench  have earned wide acclaim and growing attention for their vivid, unpredictable approach to the art of puppetry. Somehow, the darkness at the heart of these productions is amplified; the inanimate object suddenly animated, given ridiculous, unnatural life... And while the puppeteer may be in control, the puppet always draws our focus. “A big wave was probably started by Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse, where the horses were designed by the Handspring Puppet Company,” says Oliver Lansley, the writer of  The Trench. “In terms of renewed interest in puppetry, it showed mainstream audiences the range of what it could achieve. Another great example was Blind Summit’s The Table at last year’s Fringe. People are becoming more open to how puppetry can be used and how it can compliment the play.” The Trench is, as Lansley describes it, “stupidly ambitious” – a mixture of human performance, puppetry techniques, detailed and fantastical staging, and somber, soulful live music from

singer-composer Alexander Wolfe. Inspired by the true story of a group of miners trapped by a cave-in during the First World War, The Trench plays out in spoken verse and, as it steadily assumes an atmosphere that Lansley compares to Greek mythology and Lewis Carroll, the hellish reality of war shifts and melds with otherworldly fantasy. Indeed, to Lansley, there is no necessary juxtaposition between the dark, adult themes of The Trench and the use of puppetry. “Having a puppet in the show need not make it a ‘puppet show.’ And for performers, as a skill it’s not as terrifying and distant as it may seem. You just get your hands on it and make it work.” While The Trench uses gothic puppetry to supplement a brutally dark story of industrial slaughter on the battlefields of France, Boris and Sergey’s Vaudevillian Adventure is a bit more jaunty. Boris and Sergey, two Eastern European con artists in the form of foot-high bunraku puppets, host an intimate evening of cabaret and imaginative cursing that confounds expectations and never ceases to escalate in darkness and absurdity. Most striking, however, about Boris and Sergey is its profound aesthetic beauty and the extent to which one’s disbelief is utterly suspended. Despite the fact that the puppets are tiny, dwarfed by their controllers, they command your full attention. They are as real as any human character is. “The audience completely buy into the puppets and ignore the puppeteers,” says Henry u

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festfeature t Maynard, the show’s artistic director as well as one of the lead puppeteers. “There’s a Brechtian element where we remind people that they’re watching puppets on stage, that it’s not real. Some people have walked in with certain preconceptions about what puppetry is...” he smiles mischievously, before continuing. “Which we don’t necessarily deliver on.” But making this work requires great skill. Each puppet is operated by three puppeteers, which means the cast have to act in perfect sync; a tough challenge for a performance that requires the eponymous brothers to play poker, kung fu fight, perform pyrotechnic acrobatics and dance eerily to Kate Bush. As Elaine Hartley, who controls Sergey’s legs, explains: “If the head puppeteer takes an intake of breath, that’s our cue for ‘running’ or ‘jumping.’ All the puppeteers breathe together, so when Boris and Sergey start running we all have the same rhythm and pace.” Building this level of skill required a gruelling crash-course in puppetry. “When we set out to do this, we did four weeks' rehearsal, and the first week was pure puppeteering,” says Maynard. While justly proud of the puppetry on display, Maynard points more to the burgeoning cabaret revival, with its tendency towards the gothic and the outrageous, to explain Boris and Sergey’s success. This influence is clearly seen in much of the manic, freewheeling improvisation that completes the performance, ad-libbing freely and bantering profanely with the crowd.  “Usually, the first thing that comes to mind, no matter how dirty or inappropriate, will be the most entertaining. With improvisation, the characters evolve and become incredibly complex. Boris and Sergey have a twisted, love-hate codependency, which is classic double-act clowning, but is built up over time.” It probably helps that, despite the incredible technical proficiency that the cast displays, most of Flabbergast Theatre initially trained in acting and comedy rather than puppetry. “You need a lot of empathy to channel something through another object,” Maynard says. If Boris and Sergey is all about the puppetry, the careful honing of a craft until the characters come alive and interact with an audience, in The Trench the puppets are very much folded into the staging and the narrative. Lansley acknowledges that: “sometimes, Fringe

Boris & Sergey's Vaudevillian Adventure (Claudine Quinn)

theatre is understandably afraid of elaborate staging. To use this amount of props, puppets and effects in this amount of time is pretty epic, but it can be done. “The Fringe is such a great place for experimentation, so I would always encourage people to be as ambitious as they can - though venue staff might not agree with me!” he laughs. “It’s ridiculous

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and exhausting, but it’s a nice change from two chairs on a bare stage.” f The Trench, Pleasance Courtyard, 1:10pm – 2:10pm, 13–27 Aug, not 14, 25, £10.00 – £12.00 Boris & Sergey's Vaudevillian Adventure, Pleasance Courtyard, 11pm – 12am, 12–27 Aug, not 13, 21, £9 – £10

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Screwball character comic Cariad Lloyd exploded out of nowhere in 2011, picking up a Best Newcomer nomination at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards. Stevie Martin meets a comic for whom the boundary between fiction and reality is a little blurry.

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AST YEAR, character comedian Cariad Lloyd kicked off her debut at the Fringe with no agent, no producer and a press release written by a friend who happened to work in PR. By her own admission, she had no idea what was going on. Last year, character comedian Cariad Lloyd capped off her debut at the Fringe with a Best Newcomer nomination and another friend roped in to control the audiences maxing the capacity of the Voodoo Rooms.   “I owe PBH so much and the Free Fringe is a wonderful, brilliant thing,” the 29 year-old  says, dwarfed by a pint of cranberry and lemonade (she’s tiny), “but I was running that room myself. I had no changing rooms. People on the staircase would think something arty was happening when I was actually just trying to get my jumper off.” This year’s The Freewheelin’ Cariad Lloyd allows for more privacy in terms of jumper removal, and she’s also armed with an agent, a producer, a director and some new, and returning, characters. “It’s been tough deciding who stays and who goes,” she says, having had to chop an hour’s worth of imaginary friends to fit her show into its allocated timeslot. And when I say friends, I mean friends; she talks about them as if they were living, breathing pals, as liable to make her laugh as piss her off. 

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"I WORE A LONG BLACK WIG AND DANCED WHILE SHOUTING H-S-B-C. PEOPLE REALLY DID WONDER WHAT THE FUCK I WAS DOING.”

It’s difficult, then, when one doesn’t make the Edinburgh cut. ‘Marleine Deitrich: Head of the PTA’ wouldn’t do what Cariad wanted: “It was so frustrating. She just wouldn’t stop singing.” and Helena Susan Bonham Carter (a superhero defending Primrose Hill) met a fair amount of audience confusion. “I wore a long black wig and danced while shouting H-S-B-C. People really did wonder what the fuck I was doing.” Audience confusion doesn’t always equal ruthless culling, though. “The first time I did Jacques [a French parkour enthusiast from last year’s show] everyone was like ‘what the hell is happening?!’ I was climbing all over a sofa, jumping on windowsills and, while people were laughing, I felt they were more...” she leans forward and adopts a concerned parent expression, “are you alright, dear?” You do have to be cruel to be kind, especially when you’re the sort of comic who tends to stretch an audience with fairly niche references. Mrs Lynch, David Lynch’s mother, never stuck due to u

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t taking this alienation a step too far; anyone who didn’t have an encyclopedic knowledge of David Lynch’s back catalogue were left a little confused in previews. “I love her a lot but I just kept hitting a wall,” she says, “I thought David Lynch was popular, but my director [Ben Wilson from Idiots of Ants] thought there were a lot of obscure references in there anyway, so maybe one should have a rest.”  With each character lasting 15 or so minutes, she’s sandwiched the more left-field between the more accessible; ‘Moominmama: Swedish Detective’ requires knowledge of popular 90s kids’ cartoon The Moomins and you might not understand Joey Bechamel if you’ve never seen a Zooey Deschanel film. But Sam, returning from last year, has always gone down well, once she’d convinced early preview audiences (and herself) that, yes, she was a cockney man with psychopathic tendencies from East London. “Nobody got it at first but they liked the idea, which was why I kept on with him,” she says, “I loved Sam last year but sometimes, with the others, I’ll completely fall out of love, then after a while will remember what I liked so much about them in the first place.” She likes “falling back in love” with her characters, “when you see a friend too much they do your head in, but after a break you’ll go for coffee, have a lovely chat and realise how great they are.” Talking of friends, it was one of her actual, tangible ones that first got her into comedy. She went to university with standup Sara Pascoe and they lived together in their early twenties, trying to make it as actors in London. It was a 10-week improv course at City Lit that really sparked things off. “I always made up shit as a child, I went in there and was like ‘Oh my God. There’s other people who do this weird stuff! And they do it on stage! And they get paid!’ It blew my world.” It wasn’t until the summer of 2010, when all her friends took shows to Edinburgh, that she started taking things seriously. “I think I was waiting for someone to say ‘OK you’ve got enough material now. You’re reasonably well known’ before I went up.” Now she realises it’s quite often the

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other way around. “I was scared for so long. People would tell me I should take up a show and I was like ‘What the fuck are you talking about?! Are you serious?!’ Then it dawned on me: just do it anyway.” This year she’s taking it three times as seriously; improvising Jane Austen novels with improv group Austentatious at the Free Fringe; working on David Shore’s improvised chat show Monkey Toast at the Pleasance and, of course, her flagship

hour. “This time last year I was still working at a college 9-5, gigging in the evening.” She finishes the pint of cranberry and lemonade and whispers conspiratorially, as her PR goes outside to take a call: “It’s all still very new, I still don’t really know what’s going on... I just want to keep doing stuff that makes me laugh.”  f  Pleasance Courtyard, 4:45pm – 5:45pm, 12–27 Aug, not 14, £9.00 – £10.00

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CELEBRITY OBSESSIONS

It’s normal for teens to obsess over famous people, but Amy Lame, Dan Wright and Vikki Stone have carried their obsessions into adulthood. Si Hawkins asks if it's time for an intervention? WITH… AMY LAMÉ IS OBSESSED

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PHILIP SCHOFIELD

Schofield song to the musical comic sang her The classically-schooled ated version in her upd an s orm perf ning, and man himself on This Mor show Hot Mess begin?  When did your fixation all the merch. had Gordon the Gopher, I was the kid at school that ebody who’s never left som just ’s Phil and t I’d have been about eigh everyone’s still going a silver fox now. I think the telly. He’s definitely rlooked. If Barlow got one ove ally tinu con he’s ‘where’s his OBE?’  but l on the way. , old Schofe should be wel for organising a concert n bee e on TV must hav Singing it to him live   ng? nerve-wracki song had to have ous about was that the kwards The thing I was most nerv loads of emails went bac so , tent con the of e nt was rewrites becaus t we couldn’t say. My age wha to as ITV with and forwards t to fuck this up.’ don’t swear, we don’t wan don’t sing saying ‘whatever you do ’t swear, don’t say “lube”, ‘don was king thin And so all I was es.”’ Holm onn “Fuck off, Eam s? reaction from Phil fan feels the Have you had much ry day from someone who eve e sag mes a get I h, God yea e in the daytime hom at sit who en of wom same way. There are lots lip Schofield.  naughty things with Phil and think about doing ?  now ind Can you leave Phil beh ’s why ticket sales r the song I’ll play it – that If people still want to hea r it. And it’s a song that hea to t wan ple peo e are going so well, becaus ly shouting ‘Fuck timate the joy of repeated I really love. Don’t underes c. arti cath very off Eamonn Holmes.’ It’s 8:10pm Underbelly, Bristo Sq,

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festcomedy Sam Simmons: About the Weather

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If you thought flatpack furniture was such well-trodden comedy ground it could never provoke a standing ovation, Sam Simmons’s show will prove you wrong. What he builds with Ikea components in About the Weather is astonishing. The comic play, about a sadistic radio weatherman narrating the life of an incompetent loser played by Simmons, further gives inspiring instruction on how to inject a little of the Aussie’s weirdness into your own life. A narrator taking over the “strikingly beige days” of a bus-riding drone is not a new idea if you’ve seen Stranger Than Fiction. But the spoken subconscious of Will Ferrell in that film was never as wonderfully surreal as Simmons’s, as he jostles with Gillette jingles and chocolate owls. The play’s chaotic plot proves compelling too. Its climactic rant recalls Trainspotting’s monologue in

Tom Deacon: Deaconator

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As a Radio 1 presenter and former winner of the Chortle Student Comedian of the Year award, Tom Deacon’s standup has often been intimately tied to the travails, habits and vices of being young. Now 26, circumstances have forced Deacon to grapple with the prospect of actually growing up a bit, but not before he performs one final tribute to his younger self and achieves something he never has before. The Herculean task in question? Completing an entire World Cup 2010 sticker album. It should be understood that this is not merely a key routine of the show, but the show itself. Almost

terms of its angry brilliance – a call-to-arms against every banal thing hindering Simmons’s right to be strange. About the Weather perhaps relies too much on the incongruous music gag. Opera, latino, and Crazy Town come booming through the speakers at many odd moments. But Simmons’ physical performance demonstrates real commitment to his ‘art’ (as he describes it aggressively to an “arty-looking” punter). Slapping his face with slices of ham to ‘Desperado’ indeed resembles performance art, as well as being bloody funny.  This is the fifth Fringe during which the 35-year-old has been dividing audiences. The most consistent thing about his arbitrary antics is how much they will still appeal to some; About the Weather certainly does judging by this crowd’s response.  [Catherine Sylvain] Gilded Balloon Teviot, 9:15pm – 10:15pm, 12–26 Aug, not 13, £10.50 – £11.50

every joke spins off from the central narrative of Deacon explaining his tangled, nostalgia-laden history with football sticker albums, his mentally scarring experiences with ‘swaps,’ and the ever-escalating difficulties he encounters in his attempt to finally put his childhood obsession to rest. Because the vast preponderance of material deals with this one story, Deaconator feels smaller and shorter than it actually is, coming off more like an extended joke than an entire performance. However, Deacon is a warm and canny comedian, who manages to wring every possible drop of empathy towards his unlikely pursuit, making us care even if we never spent our youths gluing pictures of footballers

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into cheap, glossy magazines. Though light on ambition or variety of subject matter, the story of Deacon’s personal quest will have many quietly cheering for him by the end, when the audience is

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festcomedy Kristine Levine: Fat Whore

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There’s a point, as any watcher of live comedy may well agree, where one realises that the notional quality of a performance reflects far more upon the individual viewing then the performer performing. Of course, it’s somewhat of an illusion that this might ever be anything other than the case. But perhaps it takes a performer like Kristine Levine—the eponymous and utterly unashamed Fat Whore of the piece—to remind us that this really is the case. So, to come clean: I struggle to laugh at the idea of Levine’s kids being made fun of because they are obese; I don’t share Levine’s mirth at the story of the guy who died in the “jack shack” of the porn store in which she worked for 13 years; or even the one about the time she dug out a bit of drywall, chopped it up to make it look like coke, put it in a bag, dropped it in a pool of semen and waited for someone poor desperate to snatch it up and snort it. I’m uneasy with her liberal use of the word “bitch”; much more so her thoroughly illiberal views on rape. But to my great shame, that says more about me than it does Levine. As the Portlandbased comedian points out, her aim isn’t to preach but to share an insight into a troublesome life so clearly unlike that of her audience – surely the point of any worthwhile art? Nonetheless, to simply label Levine “outrageous” seems a cheap strategy for keeping critical colours free from the mast. This is undoubtedly a discomfiting and alienating hour; but comedy it probably isn’t. [Evan Beswick] The Assembly Rooms, 10:15pm – 11:15pm, 12–26 Aug, not 13, £10.00

Andrew O’Neill Is Easily Distracted

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Given Andrew O’Neill has conducted comedy tours of Jack the Ripper’s murder sites, his new standup show could be considered tame by comparison – but only just. While other comedians may play at being slightly unhinged for the audience’s amusement, O’Neill gives semi-serious consideration to the possibility that there’s something wrong with the way he perceives the world and processes information (hence the title), before wondering if maybe he’s better off this way. Judging from

Alan Davies: Life is Pain

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“Hello delegates,” quips Alan Davies as he walks to he front of the EICC’s stage. He continues in the same vein, hoping we’ve been sent to this slightly formal venue by our respective regions as their best laughers and not comedy connoisseurs. Clearly, after 11 years away, he is keen to please and anxious to travel a path of least resistance. He needn’t have worried too much. Despite an undulating start, the QI and Jonathan Creek star finds his stride, albeit only

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their overwhelmingly positive reaction, the crowd agrees with the latter. O’Neill is a daring, confrontational comedian whose material works best when fed by the enthusiasm of his myriad interests and strong opinions. Though the show opens a little abrasively, he wins over his audience—even those who might not share his passion for the musical stylings of Slayer—with aplomb. As a Fringe veteran, he has a refreshingly cynical view of festival madness, while his freeform rants on gender conventions and the upper classes are acidic and insightful without being hec-

toring. Routines are broken up by some faintly disturbing physical non sequiturs—keep an ear out for the musical cue of buzzing flies—that may confuse some, but escalate until their inner comedy emerges. The slowest segments are a few aimless interactions with the front row, which serve to demonstrate how true the show’s name actually is. But like a true professional, O’Neill always pulls back from the brink of incomprehensibility just as he is about to go over it.  [Sean Bell]

ever showing flashes of his capabilities. The routines that show he still knows how to get the metaphorical car started are inevitably the ones he’s most emotionally invested in, and there are some poignant pieces here will hopefully develop on tour (especially as the running time will inevitably expand to 90 minutes). Examples include his grandfather taking him to Trafalgar Square to have the pigeons feed off seeds he pours on his grandson’s arm. Likewise, his dad dressing him up in uniform to go to a school where no uniform was required

is a deft sequence, and one which features an endearing Lord of the Flies analogy. In a recent interview Davies commented he was enjoying not being famous. Standup is the best way to set your own level of fame but to still be visible, an outsider looking in. Already Davies is looking relaxed with re-immersing himself in the art form, something that augers well for a more sustained comeback rather than this, a mere toe-dipping exercise. [Julian Hall]

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festcomedy Sara Pascoe: The Musical!

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She may spend the entire show reducing her adolescence to a boyless universe of fabricated diaries, befuddled tampon shopping, and Billie Piper records, but going to school with Sara Pascoe sounds like enormous fun. Who wouldn’t want to attend an assembly taken by a self-proclaimed overachieving, attention-seeking, and self-deprecating Pascoe on the awkwardness of being a teenage girl? For this is what she presents: her life story, spliced with snippets of half-formed songs, and told with a vulnerability that belies her control of her material, audience, and menstrual cycle. No mumbled renditions of ‘Morning is Broken’ at this assembly.

Iain Stirling: Happy to be the Clown

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Iain Stirling comes from a family of celebrated legal eagles, but spends a lot of his time talking to Hacker the puppet dog on CBBC. Worried he had some big shoes to fill, he instead, became a comedian, a clown. This is Stirling’s first full hour and, yes, it shows – not least in his constant, and somewhat nervous, self-explanatory commentary. He felt the need to include an overarching theme so this is, loosely, an exploration of his self-worth, structured around the first six months of a Cliff Richard calendar.  As themes go, it’s not particularly innovative and while Stirling acknowledges this, you can’t help but wonder why he didn’t think of something stronger. In saying this, it is a testament to his talent that he almost makes it work. In fact, the cod-psychology is needless. At its heart, this

Aside from being able to share in her comically earnest meetings on bee depopulation and vegetarianism, other boons to attending school with Pascoe would include being privy to her invention of Revels, hanging out with Take That in her imaginary Jacuzzi, and watching her fall helplessly in love with a succession of gay men. She gets the paradoxical

cocktail of being a teenager just right. In that head-long rush to become an adult, it is at once the most self-assured time of life and the most naïve too. Pascoe’s manuals for adolescent survival, the holy trinity of Point Horror, The Saddle Club, and Judy Blume, meant she glugged this mixture with abandon. The result is hugely enjoyable, an aching insight into

the fringes of the popular set. Thanks to her attention to detail, such as All Saints’ ‘Never Ever’ playing during her first ever break up, we realise that this is where we all believe we spend our teenage years. Pascoe for Head Girl. [Edd McCracken] Assembly George Square, 9:15pm – 10:15pm, 12–27 Aug, not 14, £9.50 – £12.00

is a series of anecdotes succeeding largely on the basis of Stirling’s likeability. Engaging and cheeky, it’s clear why he was employed for a childrens’ show, even when indulging in a bit of less-than-squeakyclean swearing. Besides jokes about the northern diet and vocabulary, he covers surreal playground bullying, family members on Facebook and his own drunken escapades. Again, while there are some sharp lines this is hardly ground-breaking stuff; if you’re going to mention Facebook, you’d better have a bloody good reason. Unfortunately, Stirling doesn’t quite justify it. But hey, this is a solid debut with plenty of potential; while the show doesn’t quite work, there is natural talent here, it’s just a shame he didn’t push himself that little bit further. [Jonathan Holmes] Underbelly, Bristo Square, 9:40pm – 10:40pm, 12–26 Aug, £8.50 – £9.50

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festcomedy Hannibal Buress: Still Saying Stuff

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Hannibal Buress dislikes the Fringe, seems to find Britain tiresome, and couldn’t care less for petty Scots and English squabbles. “I hate you both equally,” he ventures, somewhat brazenly. Responsive as we remain to the laconic, ultra laid-back Chicagoan’s ad-hoc jumble of jokes—heck, we even laugh when Buress twice runs out of stuff and resorts to pulling down the venue’s overhead projector screen, momentarily engendering the unreasonably hilarious thought that he might actually have prepared a Power Point piece—it still feels like he’d rather be elsewhere. Drinking and hooking up with girls, his two favourite subjects, seems an educated guess. It’s a totally refreshing approach to Edinburgh in August among many lesser comics practically dry-humping your leg for a stray chuckle. You do

wonder why the sometimes 30 Rock and SNL writer remains satisfied with just strolling through when, if he stepped it up a little—you know, simple stuff like having a fixed routine, not insulting the audience—Buress could be a blockbuster. But let’s not split hairs. You feel sorry for the competition when a guy this relaxed can be this funny. His ribald synopsis of how Miss Piggy and Kermit’s sex life gave him hope eternal is as explosive a one-liner as you’ll hear all Fringe. When his best joke—about getting threatened with murder as a kid after punching out a hopeless mugger—resolves hilariously on a single simple phrase 100% in the delivery, it feels (whisper it) almost Richard Pryor-esque. Not that Buress will want many compliments that glowing – he probably couldn’t use the hassle. [Malcolm Jack] Pleasance Courtyard, 9:45pm – 10:45pm, 12–26 Aug, not 13, 21, £10 – £10.50

Simon Munnery: Fylm-Makker

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Good old Simon Munnery. As countless other veteran comics re-hash the same old jokes for the umpteenth time, this absurdist master of wilful contrariness brings a show that sees him broadcast live onto a projector screen behind an empty stage from a base in the centre of the room using video cameras—one of his face in close-up and another of his hands shot from overhead— along to a live soundtrack combining guitar, sinister vocal chants, loops and drumbeats. To mostly calamitous effect, it must be said, but bless the guy for trying. The elaborate set-up works—or rather doesn’t work— on several levels. Principally it: a) allows Munnery to circum-

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vent the awkward formality of having the audience stare at him, and: b) offers him the opportunity to present a kind of live animated sketch film using crude cardboard cut outs and hand drawings, like something Terry Gilliam might have attempted as a bored child. We get a Beckettian monologue about gays in space, a tense desert standoff between

two one-eyed Mexicans, and a musical tribute to the doomed airship R101, all resplendently daft. At the midway stage we get a film about anthropomorphic wheelie bins (“not very funny,” Munnery admits), while he goes and gets half a cider from the bar. Has Munnery revolutionised live comedy at a stroke? As a climactic mash-up

sequence descends into techno nightmare farce when the DVD player goes haywire, the answer in a word is: no. But as the fylm-makker himself put it quite succinctly at one point: “you try that Peter Kay.” [Malcolm Jack] The Stand Comedy Club, 3:45pm – 4:45pm, 12–27 Aug, not 13, £10.00

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festcomedy Rhys Darby: This Way To Spaceship

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Some things that you won’t be able to do after seeing this show without thinking of Rhys Darby: use a hand dryer, look for a lost object, open your wallet, dance in a nightclub or watch dressage. With his cartoonish observational material coloured by gawky physical comedy and vocal sound-effects, the New Zealander has a way of infiltrating your everyday like that (okay, so you probably don’t watch dressage every day).  Beginning with Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity,’ the show’s set is a spaceship, which Darby’s snuck aboard to escape the pending Mayan-prophesised Armageddon. He’s clearly outgrown his cult reputation as incompetent band manager Murray in HBO’s much-loved Flight of the Conchords. Dar-

Eleanor Tiernan: Rogue

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No point in mincing my words: this was excruciating. But in fairness to Irishwoman Eleanor Tiernan, she was dealt a bad hand. The sum total of her four-strong audience was me, a fellow comic in for moral support, a guy who had been given a free ticket and a bloke pulled in off the street with some last-minute flyering. I’d have counted the soundman in there, but he didn’t even stick out the full hour. Sister of comedian Tommy Tiernan, who comes second only to U2 in terms of live ticket sales in Ireland by a native act, she’s gutsy to try and follow in her brother’s sizeable footsteps. The Athlone standup’s delivery is passable but her material—a lot of it drawn from the done-to-death realm of how the Irish can be a bit backwards sometimes—is

by’s not too precious to invoke another about his unconvenDarby’s like the kind of goofily the TV series—”Jermaine?” tional bachelor-days nightclub hyper-fun dad youngsters he quizzes the spaceship’s dance skills (ending in true dream of and teenagers dread. suspiciously familiar sounding love). But laughs don’t come But while lift-off and landing computer voice—but the large on strong across the hour. are well achieved, this imagicrowd feels like his own. One Like Conchords—which isn’t nary spacecraft ultimately guyWINNER even gives him a homealways strictly laugh-out-loud proves a little underpowered Fred Award Best Show, 2012 made tinfoil robot. He’s got thatfunny—his appeal lies in fuzzy,inside to make past that third star. AVAILABLE NOW Peter Sellers madness him”itJim Carrey Darby’s two funniest rougood-natured loveliness. [Malcolm Jack] tines are lengthy set-pieces, It’s appropriate that he one about pestering his school tails his set with a joke about Pleasance Courtyard, Except(and 8, 14 careers advisor to let him playing with his sons 8:00pm – 9:00pm, 12–27 Previews 1, 2, 3 be a sound-effects guy, and enjoying it more than they do). Aug, not 14, £17.50 – £18.50

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relentlessly poor. It’s the kind of stuff you probably wouldn’t even judge as the funniest things said on an average night out at the pub with your mates, let alone at an international comedy festival. A lengthy section about Russell Brand’s Get Him To The Greek—a film which would struggle to survive the critical scrutiny of a two-year-old— bombed terribly, but Tiernan stuck to her script with near kamikaze determination. One audience member bizarrely interjected that he thought “Greek” was slang for doggy-style. This was surely comic manna from heaven to a standup dying on her arse, but instead of tearing into the guy Tiernan practically gave him a free pass. You’ve either got those comedy reflexes or you don’t. [Malcolm Jack]

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festcomedy Daniel Simonsen: Champions

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Reports of a ‘Scandi invasion’ of the Fringe this year have clearly caught a few imaginations, as the turn-out for this young Norwegian standup almost fills his small space at the Pleasance on a drizzly Sunday evening. At first he doesn’t even reward us with his physical presence. Daniel Simonsen delivers the first five minutes of the set standing behind the curtain, painting increasingly bizarre pictures of what he’s doing: now his foot is in his mouth, now the mic, now the entire mic stand. The slightly disturbing, surreal imagery might fool you into thinking we’re in Dutch absurdist Hans Teeuwen’s territory, but the majority of this set is more traditional, observational stand-up. What makes it so compelling is the genuinely alienated, outsider angle that Simonsen delivers it from.

Much of the set is given over to his intense social anxieties, but where other comics might smile and cajole us into agreeing with their observations, Simonsen seems wide-eyed with alarm at their implications. When he apparently tries to interact with the audience, he asks us purposefully daft questions that draw a blank, milking laughs from the discomfort of the situation. People coming for gags won’t be disappointed: there’s plenty of very strong material here, as Simonsen riffs on his irrational reaction to gay men, or imagines what Batman and Bane would be like at a dinner party, or explains what he means by “reverse paedophilia.” But there’s also a sharp edge to the style that, irrespective of any Scandinavian talent wave, marks out Simonsen as one to watch. [Tom Hackett] Pleasance Courtyard, 7pm – 8pm, 12–27 Aug, not 13, 20, £8.50 – £10.00

Matthew Crosby is Matthew Crosby in Matthew Crosby (the show)

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Were there prizes for the most bombastic show title of the Fringe, Matthew Crosby would undoubtedly be a contender. As it is, award judges tend to favour those shows whose title makes at least some fleeting connection with content therein. Alas, by those rules, Crosby is somewhat of an also-ran. Not that that’s a problem in itself – there’s an extent to which an obsession with a totalising narrative acts as a constraint rather than a creative springboard. But for Crosby—one third of successful sketch troupe Pappy’s—a bit more discipline might have benefited this mixed bag of perfectly pleasant but slightly muddled comedy.

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Essentially, Crosby loves the internet (“it’s great – like a book but it goes on for ages”). In particular, he loves WikiHow, the online how-to manual he is using as a guide to a better life, and whose bizarre entries provide a good dollop of the humour. But alongside web-based self-improvement Crosby, with a mind and a mouth working at broadband speeds, also wants to tell us

about his myriad neuroses, his four most mortifying moments, his Dad’s unfortunate nickname. Powerpoint helps keep a finger on the pulse, but it remains a arrhythmic beat. Still, Crosby is an engaging and scrupulously self-effacing performer, engaging effortlessly with the audience. The 24 year-old gets away with some shonky material and a number of youthful idiosyncracies as

a result – including referring at one point to breasts as “wham-bams.” That’s unlikely to stay charming for long, but as this eminently talented performer steadily tightens up his act, he’ll need the crutch of wham-bams less and less. [Evan Beswick] Pleasance Courtyard, 4:00pm – 5:00pm, 12–27 Aug, not 14, £10.00 – £12.00

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festcomedy Nick Helm: This Means War

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“I’m not sure if you heard... But I had a really good Edinburgh last year. But it’s so hard. It’s so emotionally draining.” Nick Helm is upset. Last year’s Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee has hit a wall. His show has collapsed in on itself in a shambolic heap. But everyone’s laughing. Everything’s going to be okay. As far as follow-up shows go, Helm has produced a rock-solid hour of loud, boisterous and aggressive comedy that more than satisfies his expectant audience. The raucous anarchy he brings to the stage is infectious. We’re barely five minutes in before he has the entire audience—every single person—on their feet, pumping their fists and chanting “Helm! Helm! Helm!” Admittedly, he’s forced us to do it; berating us, screaming in the faces of those who aren’t on board.  This audience interaction builds to a crescendo as he drags a single member of the crowd out on stage, sits him in a chair and proceeds, over the

Joel Dommett: Nunchuck Silver Medalist 2002

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Reminiscent of Jack Whitehall, pretty boy comic Joel Dommett has bounded in to Edinburgh for his second solo Fringe show, held together by the premise of coming across a school adversary on Twitter. An MTV news reader and an actor, Dommett has plenty of poise, charisma and confidence. Like Whitehall, his talents are probably best suited to the small screen, but, again like Whitehall, he does have a feeling for what’s funny beyond the average young and good-looking TV fodder. 

course of the next 40 minutes, to ritually humilate him. Only, this is Nick Helm, and he may be loud, but he’s not cruel. The real target of Helm’s abuse is himself, treading the line between hilarious and excruciating. 

This is a raucous, genuinely funny show, but if there’s one criticism to be made it’s that Helm’s narrative theme—his equating relationships with war—is not fully realised. It’s a strand consistently played to, but not satisfyingly con-

cluded. Nevertheless, this is an anarchic, hilarious hour from an anarchic, hilarious comic. [Ben Judge]

The problem is that once these OMG comics (ones who rely on volume, posturing and repetition over content) get hold of a humorous concept they can’t let it go until they have deafened it or given it the comedic version of a bludgeoning. So whether he is being mugged by a man carrying a rounders bat or standing too close to ground affected by the toilet facilities at a music festival, you can be sure volume was involved. The premise of getting back at his school bully gives some light-touch coherence to the show, although many of the routines are not relevant and the show’s pacing is as dexterous as Dommett’s constant movement.

However, getting from A to B is one thing, but often the journey is uneventful (despite the fuss made in getting there) or the momentum of it seems to ruin the originally funny concept or anecdote. For example, a routine about his flatmate having sex to the

sound of Dommett playing a video game has the right idea, but lacks the characterisation and emphasis to get the best out if it.  [Julian Hall]

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Claudia O’Doherty: The Telescope

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Having revealed the truth behind comedians’ early careers— that they’re all trained and released into the world by an academy called The Nuthouse—it turns out Claudia O’Doherty’s contract isn’t getting renewed. However, she’s contractually obliged to do one last show but nowhere does it stipulate that it has to be a comedy, so she’s written a multimedia and tech-heavy piece

of upsetting theatre called The Telescope.  Think Garth Marenghi’s Dark Place, but with O’Doherty deftly performing all the parts herself. So far so good, until O’Doherty falls out of sync with the pre-programmed, computer controlled special effects. O’Doherty is wide eyed and panic stricken as, for the next 40 minutes, she attempts to entertain the audience over the top of the absurd play ploughing remorselessly on around her. It ensures the pace barely dips; her attempts at standup

are constantly interrupted by varying intrusions from The Telescope, from video to snow machines, resulting in a brilliantly cringeworthy finale. A repeated trigger provoking her to reveal personal information doesn’t quite work as a running gag, but on the whole this is a masterclass in crap film-making, hammy acting and how chaos comedy should be done.  However, you can’t help wishing there was more of The Telescope before everything begins to crumble; this would

allow the audience to settle into more of a rhythm, lulled into a false sense of “security” (albeit a fairly bonkers one), giving the eventual descent into madness an extra kick. Despite this, The Telescope remains an ambitious, accomplished debut- she aims higher than most and the result is a refreshingly different, wickedly funny must-see show.  [Stevie Martin]

for us in a graphic and inventive fashion, but there’s no doubting the performer’s empathy with the victims. Even the most steadfast opponent of the monarchy is liable to be moved by an unashamedly sentimental, populist sequence concerning Prince Charles and Lady Diana in which the neglected wastrel is forced into the arms of another man.

Though he’s primarily concerned with real life horrors, the highlight of this afternoon’s show finds the mute performer serenading a woman plucked from the audience. Their interaction is hilarious and would not seem out of place in this year’s The Boy With Tape on His Face. Though being a funny mime is supposedly Billy’s unique

selling point, the moments of high comedy that punctuate his show don’t always gel with the poignancy of scenes such as ‘Whitney Houston’s Last Bath’ and render the hour somewhat disjointed in feel. [Lewis Porteous]

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Billy the Mime

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Although marketed as a taboo-breaking proponent of the politically incorrect, Billy the Mime is a surprisingly sensitive proposition. The themes and events depicted in his show may be of a darker nature than those usually tackled by the medium, yet his routines are always elegiac and imbued with respect and dignity. ‘A Night in a Gay Bar, 1979’ may generate laughs from its depiction of rough anal sex, but it’s hard not to feel moved as its protagonist shrinks from a dance to a shiver, succumbing to an early strain of AIDS. Elsewhere, an altar boy is abused and forced into silence by a priest. It’s amusing to watch a mime illustrate obscene acts

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festcomedy Alexis Dubus: Cars and Girls

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Alexis Dubus is deeply defensive of childishness, though he does acknowledge that a comedian with arrested development is not exactly a novelty. For him, it’s more than a state of mind; sometimes, it’s the best way of dealing with the hand life deals you. Dubus, however, is the best kind of childish comedian: one that is actually very smart. His new hour is less thematically strict than previous Fringe lectures on swearing and nudity and, while the eponymous Cars and Girls  provide a structure, it is far looser, allowing Dubus to practice his mastery of tangential storytelling. His anecdotal humour winningly recounts his experiences with women and automobiles, and the unexpected roles each has played in his life. No curve balls there, then.  An epic hitchhiking journey to Morocco in the company of a university girlfriend succeeds via the human kindness of a string of debauched truck drivers, while a post-heartbreak sojourn to Burning Man brings with it a memorable cast of friendly desert bohemians, who assist Dubus towards enlightenment with a combination of drugs and screwdrivers.  While the show gets off to a shaky start and there isn’t quite enough material for the running time, Dubus gives us genuine insight into his journeys, emotional and physical, and makes us care in a way that few comedians can. By the end of his warm, relatable performance, the ever-childish Dubus has grown up a little, and it was a pleasure to watch him do so. [Sean Bell] Assembly Roxy, 6:45pm – 7:45pm, 12–26 Aug, not 14, £9.50 – £10.50

Mary Bourke: Hail Mary

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Mary Bourke introduces her show Hail Mary by warning us that this will not adhere to the conventions of the typically successful Edinburgh Fringe setlist; there will be no overarching emotional narrative, there won’t be a big reveal, she won’t be using Powerpoint, instead there will be jokes. There are jokes, by the truckload, and they are some of the most disarming and expertly constructed you’ll find on the

Josh Widdicombe: The Further Adventures Of

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There will always be observational comedy, a medium requiring skills subtler than an incredulous “...what’s that about?” to remain engaging for an hour. Josh Widdicombe has mastered such skills and, though he repeats the formula relentlessly throughout his show, it doesn’t lag.  In the fictional sounding Further Adventures of, Widdicombe indeed constructs a character; a consumer culture curmudgeon whose stayat-home status is frequently unsettled. The Devon native’s bracing dissatisfaction with

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Fringe. Indeed, in less certain hands a segment in which tweets are judged would seem trite, but Bourke’s obvious skill is such that the audience are never less than utterly delighted. Her reverence towards a relatively stripped-back stand up style doesn’t come at the expense of a lack of depth. One of the truly impressive achievements of Hail Mary is her thoroughly assured dressing-down of misogyny in comedy, as well as a readiness to apply her biting wit to genuine women’s issues, rather

than indulging in the selfloathing Bourke concedes too often defines female standups. But whether she is satirizing Mumsnet and Fifty Shades of Grey or the East Coast/West Coast rap wars, Bourke’s persona as the cool and collected Anjelica Huston of standup and her keen observations of the comedy world make Hail Mary an accomplished and thoroughly enjoyable work. [Gemma Flynn]

everything on the high street is a highlight. “I just don’t think these things should be combined” he says, before mulching the names of various brands bizarrely placed side-by-side in shops and restaurants to a delightful and original effect.  This anger at random couplings doesn’t always ring true—tights sold in chemists are pretty useful really—while his targets are rarely novel. The 29-year-old could certainly have fresher material given his age; giant Toblerones, Wetherspoons, and cereal variety packs have been around a while. An iPhone battery-life gag proves more successful. Widdicombe’s character is single-note, a shame when

you consider his experience and positioning on the current circuit. Young, attractive and systematically ticking off Live at the Apollo, various TV panel shows and supporting Michael McIntyre on tour, the fact he has trouble dating and needs to be coaxed outside by his flatmate feels a little lazy.  His irateness directed at everything also becomes exhausting due to a lack of variation; he’s an undeniably confident performer, though, just one with often fairly welltrodden, mundane material. [Catherine Sylvain]

The Stand Comedy Club III & IV, 4:40pm – 5:40pm, 12–26 Aug, not 13, £8.00

Pleasance Courtyard, 7:00pm – 8:00pm, 12–26 Aug, not 13, 23, £11.00 – £12.00

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festcomedy Josie Long: Romance and Adventure

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Josie Long continues to be one of the most adorable and sharp comics at the Fringe; if you don’t leave uplifted and sort of wanting to be her best mate, you’re probably dead inside.  Yes, she’s still politically active, but she’s also starting to get weary. Romance and Adventure explores what it’s like to fee small and unimportant; she suffered a breakup, started getting a taste for posh pursuits whilst campaigning for social justice and, to top it off, David Cameron’s stolen the NHS. Her attacks (mainly on the Tories) are kept on the right side of angry, tempered with ridiculous impersonations and a penchant for illustrating

important points in a 1920s film noir accent. She’s as enthusiastic and loveable as she is frustrated; anyone who’s been unemployed, dumped or alone will feel that twitch of recognition, and more than a little twinge of sympathy. While her personal frustration is often poignant, because it’s Josie, it comes drenched in 300 gallons of funny. Sure, she

probably spends cumulatively a good half an hour ripping the piss out of rich people, but you get the feeling nobody in that hallowed one per cent will hold it against her. If she starts getting too preachy, she reigns it in with a self-deprecating dig, excessively camp impression or an unpredictable, well-observed side-step into hyperbole.  A few of her later routines

are a little joke-lite as her enthusiasm for socialism gets the better of her, but, whatever your political orientation, this is a return to top form for Long and you’ll definitely want to buy her a pint afterwards.  [Stevie Martin] Pleasance Courtyard, 6:00pm – 7:00pm, 12–27 Aug, not 18, 19, £11.50 – £12.50

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festcomedy Tim FitzHigham: Stop the Pigeon

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As his show veers toward anticlimax, Tim FitzHigham speaks enviously of comedians whose sets consist of actual jokes. They, he says, are in a position of total control over their material whereas “if you tell the truth, tell a story, you never know what the ending’s going to be.” What he means by this is that if you construct a show around a pointless bet that you’ve made with a fellow comic purely in order to generate material, its ending will most likely be as unsatisfying as the premise of the show itself. Can the performer transport a letter over a distance of fifty miles within an hour, using only technology that was available to 18th century aristocrats? Deep down, it’s unlikely that even Tim FitzHigham cares. Still, the star tries his best to keep our energy levels up. He gamely bellows phrases like “that’s genius!” and “let’s do this!” to an admittedly receptive audience and assures us that everything we hear “is absolutely true.” All the while, he employs a wide-eyed, hectoring style of delivery that places emphasis on his every word and kills countless good lines. The key problem with Stop the Pigeon is that the protagonist’s motivations are never clear. We just have to accept that he naturally feels inclined to follow bad ideas through to conclusion. That the relatively dry telling of an unremarkable story forms the backbone of this multimedia show is unfortunate and one suspects that the performer would be better off applying himself to the whimsical word play in which he excels. [Lewis Porteous] Pleasance Courtyard, 7:30pm – 8:30pm, 12–27 Aug, not 15, £11.00 – £12.50

The Noise Next Door: Bring the Noise

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For this, The Noise Next Door’s sixth Fringe, the boys present an hour of improvised comedy sketches and songs not driven by any particular concept, which suits them. Allowing individual sketches to go wherever the audience dictates, it also means we meet a whole host of madcap characters throughout the course of the hour. In many ways, The Noise Next Door are far slicker than some of the more ramshackle improv troupes often so rife at the Fringe. Bring The

Monkey Toast: The Improvised Chat Show

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The landscape of comedy is a well ploughed field, but Monkey Toast has succeeded in introducing a new form to the Fringe: the improv-view. Blending chat show style interviews with improvised scenes based on what has just been discussed, a conveyor belt of comedy’s fastest rising stars take to the floor each night in a bid to create spur of the moment comic chemistry. Hosted by genial Canadian comic David Shore, Sunday

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Noise maintains a consistently speedy pace and they are never fazed by the audience’s wackier suggestions, seeming—if anything—to relish the absurd. There are also plenty of quirky touches and kooky gimmicks: one of the sketches, Archie Fox, is filmed each day to be later serialised on YouTube. Unfortunately, there are moments where they descend into the formulaic. Their audience warm-up, for example, involves the sort of predictable fare we’ve seen countless times before and the gags are frequently nothing special. Easy laughs, sure, but you’d think that with minds as sharp as theirs evidently

are they could think of something slightly more original. Furthermore, while structure is obviously necessary in an improv show, theirs is often quite transparent, shoehorning audience suggestions into pre-existing song and dance routines; it adds to the show’s polish, but is a little lacking in spontaneity.  Nonetheless, finding yourself wondering how on earth they think it all up so quickly is always a good sign, and The Noise Next Door certainly leave the illusion of perfect improvisation intact. [Anna Feintuck]

night saw Loretta Maine and Nish Kumar in the spotlight discussing a range of topics from parents to prime ministers (Kumar can chronologically list every British PM from the mid 1950s to present). It was then up to the six improv actors, including Cariad Lloyd, and The Beta Males’ Richard Soames, to devise wacky skits pertaining to the discussions between Shore and his guests. This is where the piece begins to unravel, as a number of the anecdotes upon which the improv are based are not intriguing enough to power entire scenes. Two of the skits

raise decent laughs, but in an hour long show, this feels somewhat paltry. Though the premise of Monkey Toast is novel, most humour arises in the timing and telling of jokes, and thus watching people interpret the witty asides of others seems to dilute the scope for laughs. The show is certainly enjoyable, yet one can’t help but feel there is a reason why improv and standup usually occupy separate comedic realms. [Charlotte Lytton]

Pleasance Courtyard, 5:00pm – 6:00pm, 12–27 Aug, not 14, £13.00 – £14.00

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festcomedy Kieran and Joe: Friends of Steel

about murder, paedophilia, incest and euthanasia seem oddly sweet as opposed to offensive or shocking.  Theirs is very much the classic double-act dynamic and they wisely don’t stray too far from the template; Kieran is the loveable idiot,

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Double act Kieran Hodgson and Joe Parham reckon they know the key to the perfect friendship – it’s a secret they want to pass on in this upbeat, pacy series of sketches centred around a ‘friendship training seminar.’ Their “six golden rules of friendship” are each explored using skits, while the narrative throughline fleshes out the characters’ history and evolving relationship through a series of shorter vignettes.  Considering these are all performed by two hyperactive men in matching sportswear—strangely evoking the Chuckle Brothers—Kieran and Joe explore some fairly edgy subjects. But it’s an indication of the pair’s affability that jokes

while Joe is the uptight grump. Each sticks to their respective roles with verve and there’s an almost tangible amount of chemistry; it wouldn’t be surprising if the two finished each others’ sentences off the stage, never mind on. A fair bit of audience

interaction adds to the variety (avoid the front row if that’s not your thing) and is well worked – a skit using Eminem’s Stan is every bit as dark as the original. And a lot funnier.  It’s all nicely structured and their performances are strong even when the pace slows during a weaker middle section it’s only a momentary lapse. The dynamic duo quickly get back into their stride for the increasingly silly home straight, finishing (of course) with a song.  [David Hepburn] Pleasance Courtyard, 3:15pm – 4:15pm, 12–27 Aug, £8.50 – £9.50

Al Pitcher: Tiny Triumphs

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“I think we all take things for granted,” says Al Pitcher at the start of this quirky lifeaffirming set. “I think we all see triumphant things every day”. Thus starts a trip through the ‘tiny triumphs’ the comedian has witnessed in the preceding hours, days and weeks in Edinburgh and beyond.

Much of the hour is taken up with flicking through a series of his latest photographs. Refreshingly, the snaps are simply projected onto a screen with none of the bells and whistles beloved of so many PowerPoint-obsessed comics. Even the most prosaic subjects become amusing when viewed through Pitcher’s active imagination. It’s a world where a covered bike becomes a baby elephant and a simple piece of

graffiti inspires a tall tale. The strongest routines are when the likeable Kiwi addresses pictures taken on the same day as the show and his more prepared material fails to elicit as many laughs – the traditional standup tropes lack the simple immediacy of familiar Edinburgh sights given a comic slant. It’s a novel structure, meaning the show should be substantially different each

day, giving a satisfying feeling of experiencing something unique. It concludes with audience members being given the chance to become a ‘tiny triumph’ themselves – it’s heartwarming, but the laughs don’t come quite often enough to make it truly triumphant.  [David Hepburn] Gilded Balloon Teviot, 8:15pm – 9:15pm, 12–26 Aug, £9.50 – £10.50

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festtheatre Everything Else Happened

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Is it possible to identify a Fringe show purely on the basis of its queue? Is the line for Al Murray full of lairy men with beer bellies? Or the crowd for The Boy with Tape on His Face populated by frustrated Pierrot clowns? Certainly the queue snaking around the outside of the Roxy for Everything Else Happened, a new play based on the short stories of US writer Jonathan Safran Foer, adapted by David Kantounas, was a dead giveaway. Behind me in the line an earnest ingénue was busy explaining to her friends how Foer’s book Eating Animals “turned me vegan.” Elsewhere people in horn-rimmed glass turned the pages of weighty novels. Foer is, in the cliché du jour, a marmite novelist: you love him, or you hate him. Acolytes of Foer’s careful, lapidary prose and his playful, neurotic humour will find much to love in the four short, unconnected plays that comprise Everything Else Happened. For those with an aversion

Hearts on Fire

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In 2009 three devotees of new age guru James Arthur Ray died in the Arizona desert while taking part in a spiritual retreat. This site-specific play from Edinburgh favourite Peculius Stage is a flawed but fascinating dramatisation of the tragedy. The star of the production is the venue – a Native American sweat lodge built in a Victorian office block in Edinburgh’s Old Town. It’s a wonderfully disorienting experience to tramp up endless grey staircases to be welcomed into a claustrophobic cocoon of multi-coloured canvas with a

to Foer—or, a useful proxy, Woody Allen—it’s a show best avoided. That’s not to say that there’s nothing to applaud here. Some of Foer’s characters, most notably Rhoda, an

over-bearing matriarch played with aplomb by Patti Love, are beautifully drawn; the simple, one-room set is perfectly realised by Anne Gry Skovdal; the acting is generally excellent. But, for this critic,

too often these brief plays buckle under the weight of Foer’s elliptical writing.   [Peter Geoghegan]

floor of sand and rock. Desert noises piped into the intimate venue complete the illusion as the tale unfurls – the line between audience member and performer becoming blurred as the unhinged “motivational speaker” invites audience members to transform themselves from “peasants” to “spiritual warriors.” While the surroundings are the undoubted highlight, Nigel Barber is the main human attraction, bringing a real danger to the emotionally unstable Ray. No simple villain, his motivation is as questionable as his sanity. Sadly his wannabe acolytes lack any such characterisation, coming across as

simple stereotypes: the hippy backpacker, the father having a midlife crisis, the rebelling privileged girl and the bored middle-aged woman. As the heat rises in the lodge and the gruesome denouement arrives, it’s hard to feel any emotional attachment to these cartoonish characters,

and the closing scenes feel rushed. Even with these faults, Hearts of Fire can claim to be a true Fringe experience which will stay with you long after August ends. [David Hepburn]

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C venues - C nova, times vary, 11–27 Aug, £9.50 – £11.50

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The Trench

HHHHH Something rotten stalks the crumbling tunnels beneath the trenches of WWI – a product of the stench of death and excrement; of the “sounds which crawl deep down within the mind.” In this latest production, the award-winning Les Enfant Terribles craft an image of hell forged in the ruined minds of the men sent to the fields of

Mark Thomas: Bravo Figaro

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Making the Kitsonian leap from standup comedy to theatrical (though still funny) monologue, Mark Thomas is a performer perfectly at home on the Traverse stage. Bravo Figaro is the story of his father’s love of opera, of working-class aspiration, difficult relationships, social stratification and, ultimately, love. It has its touching moments and it’s

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France to die. It’s theatre which cuts deep and doesn’t heal until long after the curtain has gone down. At its solid heart, this is a sound piece of writing: ostensibly a quest narrative of the homesick, lovesick traveller, yet set against a war whose waste no reparations can either justify or redeem. Sam Wyer’s script gives this 20th century Ulysses the full force of manmade destruction amplified to epic proportions. But there’s an immediacy to this production

which means it’s only afterwards these resonances begin to ring and multiply. One might distinguish two notable worthies in a pantheon of successes. The first is the stunningly inventive use of props, puppets and physicality. Theirs is a hell with uncanny ghouls and tunnel walls that bear down all too oppressively. The second is Alexander Wolfe’s live music, which outs the singer-songwriter as a sensitive collaborator with a strong sense of the dramatic form. 

In this joint Jubilee and Olympic year, Britain’s recent past seems intent on ossifying into a Keep Calm and Carry On cartoon of itself. Here, however, the mythical arena of “times long past” provides space for an examination of our history which is at once mournfully distant and pressingly modern. [Evan Beswick]

really rather beautifully written, performed with warmth, sponteneity and care. But all this has been done before. Very recently. And in very high profile. Indeed, it was only two years ago that Russell Kane picked up the Edinburgh Comedy Award for his show Smokescreens and Castles, a show that dealt with precisely the same issues of class, social mobility, troubled father-son relationships and grief. This isn’t to say Bravo

Figaro is not a good show. It is, even though—given his unwillingness to fully expose the darker side of his father’s character—it does seem to be holding too much back. But it just doesn’t feel fresh. Nevertheless, if you’ve somehow avoided similarly confessional pieces over the last few years, there is certainly plenty to recommend in Thomas’s show. The breadth of emotion and his easy command of the stage betray a performer of superior quality.

His stories are peppered with gentle nostalgia; his jokes— lapped up by a greying audience—pay pleasant homage to the days of industry, vinyl records and the Marxist sincerity of the 1980s performance art scene. It is a nice, enjoyable show. But one just cannot shake the impression of having seen it all before. [Ben Judge]

Pleasance Courtyard, 1:10pm – 2:10pm, 12–27 Aug, not 14, 25, £10.00 – £12.00

Traverse Theatre, times vary, 11–26 Aug, not 13, 20, £18.00 – £20.00

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festtheatre An Evening with Dementia

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It doesn’t sound like the most enticing of prospects but Trevor T Smith’s astonishing turn as a person with dementia doesn’t just make this play bearable, it makes it funny. Written and performed by Smith, An Evening with Dementia is an enlightening journey into a mind in descent. He doesn’t ‘suffer’ from dementia, he says very clearly, he simply ‘has’ it. From the comfort of his armchair, he tells us about his life with the disease and focuses on affecting details: his strategies to cover up the fact he’s forgotten someone’s name, his misery at wetting himself because he doesn’t want to ask for help to visit the toilet, his son’s anguish when he doesn’t recognise his wife. It’s an arresting monologue

with just the right balance of humour and dejection. Smith, an accomplished actor, is riveting in his role. He gives such a great performance that when he gets out of his chair to have a walk around, it’s all you can do to stop yourself rising to give him a hand down the stairs. He continually repeats facts about his life—like, “I used to be an actor, you know”—and by the end, people are nodding as you might when talking to an elderly relative. The show really strikes a chord with the audience, many of whom—young and old—are sobbing when the house lights go up. But it’s not depressing: rather, it’s extraordinarily life-affirming and a real Fringe highlight away from the usual big venues. [Yasmin Sulaiman] theSpace on the Mile, 4:05pm – 4:55pm, 12–25 Aug, £9.00

I, Tommy

HHHHH Tommy Sheridan is arguably the most complex, engaging, and ultimately flawed politician of his generation. A firebrand orator, he swept to prominence during the poll-tax protests, briefly made the Scottish Socialist Party the most successful Trotskyist movement in Western Europe, before immolating his, and the SSP’s, political future when he sued The News of the World for defamation after the paper alleged he had visited swingers’ clubs. Sheridan won his court case but was subsequently convicted of perjury, in 2010. SSP members testified against Sheridan in both cases, engendering a split that destroyed both the party and its former leader. A charismatic teetotaller who rose from nothing to become a national leader then risked his career—and lost—in a

fit of hubris: Sheridan’s tale is, as the title hints, one of Roman proportions. Unfortunately, writer Ian Pattison’s Tommy is one of the shallowest, most one-dimensional caricatures you are likely to see this Fringe. Pattison, creator of Glaswegian anti-hero Rab C Nesbitt, strips Sheridan of all complexity, reducing him to a shallow womaniser with

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an oompa loompa tan and a bathetic turn of phrase. The supporting characters, Sheridan’s mother Alice and his wife Gail, are empty ciphers of Glasgow Catholicism, while Alan McCombes, Sheridan’s erstwhile SSP colleague and author of the book from which I, Tommy is largely drawn, is limp and ineffectual. Des McLean and Colin

McCredie, as Sheridan and McCombes respectively, try gamely but are let down by a flabby script. The laughs, when they come, are cheap, easy and quickly forgotten. Like its protagonist, a wasted opportunity.  [Peter Geoghegan] Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3:15pm – 4:45pm, 12–27 Aug, not 13, £14.00 – £16.00

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festtheatre As of 1.52pm GMT on Friday April 27th 2012, This Show Has No Title

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Daniel Kitson sits in the middle of an empty stage, reading the script of his latest, barely finished play off printed sheets of A4. “This is literally it,” he reveals in one of his many offscript asides. Except it isn’t really: what Kitson attempts here (either by design or by default, we’re never quite sure which) is a bravura display of theatrical reflexivity, self-referential linguistic dexterity and postmodern delight in fiddling with dramatic convention. And, while it takes all of his considerable skill as a performer to do it, he largely pulls this off in a manner that will make Kitson fans love the man even more. But therein is the problem. It’s hard to know where to

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start criticising a performer whose extraordinary selfawareness means he has already done most of that leg-work himself. As of 1.52pm GMT... finds Kitson analysing and articulating (probably better than any critic has done) the theatrical mode he has so brilliantly mastered (“I’m thinking; I’m crying; I’m lauging. Yes! You’ve been Kitsoned!”) simultaneously revelling in and

destroying his own creative accomplishments. But just because Kitson knows this is self-absorbed, esoteric, showing off doesn’t necessarily forgive its being so.  While there’s a lot here to chew over regarding storytelling and the writing process, far and away this performance’s main subject is Kitson himself. All of the jokes, the accomplished word-painting,

the grasp of the idiosyncracies of dialogue, must first pass through a door marked ‘Daniel Kitson.’ Years from now, Kitson scholars will find much to pore fruitfully over here. But it’s a work that has no life away from that of its writer and protagonist. [Evan Beswick] Traverse Theatre, times vary, 12–26 Aug, not 13, 20, £12.00

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festtheatre Grit

HHHHH Since the success of The Last Miner at the Fringe in 2010, puppet theatre company Tortoise in a Nutshell has gone from strength to strength, with director Ross MacKay recently being supported by the National Theatre of Scotland. But while much of its previous efforts have focused on younger audiences, Grit isn’t specifically aimed at children, though it does have their welfare at heart. The story focuses on a war photographer, whose daughter—portrayed by a large ragdoll-like puppet—is looking through his boxes and the pictures he’s taken. His travels come to life through the manipulation of overhead projections and shadow puppetry, and he spends a lot of time with children whose lives have been torn apart by war. We’re presented with strong visual images, such as a boy in a sand pit

whose joyous playground slowly turns into a battlefield. And the climactic scene towards the end, in which the photographer faces tanks in Syria, is stunningly relayed in an obstacle course of boxes, paper towers and cardboard cut-outs. This is stylish work, its illustrative style reminiscent

of war-set graphic novels like Joe Sacco’s Palestine and Guy Delisle’s Burma Chronicles. Jim Harbourne’s captivating score adds to the atmosphere, which turns from innocent to forbidding. There are also fantastic child-like performances from the talented cast and MacKay’s direction is quietly affecting too. In fact, the only

thing wrong with Grit is its length: at 40 minutes, it’s just too short. And with scenes as urgent and haunting as these, we’re left wanting more from this remarkable theatre company.  [Yasmin Sulaiman]

beauty therapist, does her hair. Then there’s Anne, a Sergeant’s wife struggling to cope, and Sue, whose husband is in hospital following an incident in Afghanistan which affects them all. “I didn’t pull rank,” says Lucy, when rebuffed by Sue. With few props and no costume changes, Shipton

switches between characters using body language and voice, each wife talking directly to us as though we’re a visitor to the base. Shipton is highly watchable, and deals deftly with some touching moments in Daniels’ script, such as Anne’s distress on assuming that a visit from the pastor means the worst.

This isn’t groundbreaking theatre, but offers an interesting insight into a world few of us know much about, where the best you can do is wait, hope and deal with the consequences. [Caroline Bishop]

Bedlam Theatre, 8:00pm – 8:40pm, 11–25 Aug, not 12, £9.00

Soldiers’ Wives

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The world of the army base is a tight knit one, according to this piece by Sarah Daniels: one rife with gossip, rivalry and class hierarchy, but tight knit none the less. Like any family, it may be occasionally stifling but it’s always supportive and in times of need it’s all you have to cling to. Daniels portrays all this in Soldiers’ Wives, a monologue in which Catherine Shipton plays five women on an army base, dealing with everyday life and the stress of having a husband at war. Seguing between the five parts with ease, Shipton begins as Lucy, the well-to-do wife of a Major, who, reflecting her husband’s rank, is boss of the base. Ruby, the wife of a low ranking soldier, cleans Lucy’s house; Kate, the base’s

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festtheatre Juana in a Million

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The Fringe may be inundated with monologues, but it takes a strong performer to illuminate the text and engage the audience all the way through. Mexican actress Vicky Araico Casas is one such performer, making this story of illegal immigrants to the UK if not quite one in a million, then certainly a stand-out piece on the monologue menu. She plays Juana, a young woman who leaves Mexico’s violence and drug cartels behind in search of a better life in London. But with no official papers and little comprehension of the English language, Juana is ripe for exploitation. Desperate to succeed, she takes a job in a Mexican restaurant, where she’s groped by her sexist boss and manipulated by her manager. Ever hopeful, she starts afresh, only to find she’s caught in a caustic cycle which seems determined to break her spirit.

Vivacious and highly watchable, Araico Casas fills the small stage with her energetic, intensely physical performance, creating neardance routines out of the natural rhythms of Juana’s mundane jobs. She’s accompanied by a lone musician, whose trumpet-playing and sound effects lend the piece an almost spiritual quality at times. As well as capturing Juana’s naïve optimism and dogged determination, Araico Casas inhabits a range of characters with humour and pathos: the oaf Juana has to share her bed with, the fellow Mexican who promises to help but lets her down, the mother she has left behind. It’s a poignant piece of work, and there’s perhaps no better vehicle than a monologue for the story of a woman alone in a hostile world. [Caroline Bishop] Pleasance Dome, 4:15pm – 5:15pm, 12–26 Aug, not 15, 22, £9.00 – £10.00

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festtheatre What I Heard About The World

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Think of a Blue Peter summer expedition crossed with Bang Goes the Theory and you’ll have an approximation of the feel of this eclectic devised piece which rummages around in the world and extracts its quirks. Three men sit in a set strewn with idiosyncratic objects: a chemist shop sign, a life-ring, a stag’s head, a stuffed fox, a coat stand. These objects reflect the diverse nature of this unusual show which attempts to sum up the world in a series of anecdotes, amusingly illustrated by the three performers using props, languages and a guitar. All the anecdotes tell of fakery and deception: so we hear of donkeys being painted like zebras in Gaza zoo, a ‘confession’ phone line called The Line of the Lord, robots dressed as children

camel-racing in the United Arab Emirates. The trio demonstrate a ‘solution’ to global warming by drinking salt water in the manner of a science experiment, and convey a massacre by spraying red paint from a water gun. A fish tank doubles as the ocean crash site of a jumbo jet, cardboard cut-outs demonstrate

the five sanctioned men’s haircuts in North Korea. This collaboration between Sheffield-based Third Angel and Portuguese company Mala Voadora—the result of considerable research and ‘story-mapping’—is entertaining, inventive and hugely informative. Not all the stories come off success-

fully, at times the piece loses flow, and the sound balance doesn’t seem quite sorted yet. But you’re certain to come away knowing more about the world than you did. [Caroline Bishop]

seen the man rather than the legend, although we’re still not sure how accurate a portrait it really is. In any case, Gavin Paul is entirely convincing in a solid yet sensitive performance that ranges from pompous grandstanding to whining complaint. He conveys Burns as a real man, with real worries and real passions, and he’s unafraid

to make us question Burns’ desires and uncertainties. The play’s final note, with the poet denied access to an illegimitate child he has fathered, only confirms the impression we’ve already formed of a man with doubtful morals but also needy insecurities. It’s a bit strange, though, to open the show with a film of Paul delivering the monologue

in locations around Edinburgh, and the transition to the live section could be smoother. All in all, it’s a speculative piece that we can’t trust to shed accurate new light on Burns, but a fine performance nonetheless. [Benjamin Edwards]

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Burns: Rough Cut

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Playwright Donald Smith’s rich monologue traces poet Robert Burns’ brief stay in Edinburgh in 1786-88. It’s a fictionalised account, described in the programme as “recreating Burns’ lost—or unwritten—diaries” that sees Scotland’s national bard entering a mysterious den of gambling and prostitution, encountering the infamous Deacon Brodie, and describing his liaisons with some of the city’s young women – in quite a bit of detail. As a result of the invention, it’s hard not to take it all with quite a large pinch of salt. But Smith’s intention to rob Burns of his mythical status and present him instead as a raw and real person shines through. We feel like we’ve

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And No More Shall We Part

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An usher offers tissues at the end of And No More Shall We Part and, judging by the sobs from the audience, they’re much needed. You’d have a hard heart indeed not to be moved by Tom Holloway’s quiet story of a couple coming to terms with the end of their time together. Pam is dying of a terminal illness whose name

XXXO

HHHHH There’s a narcissism to XXXO that’s sure to deter some theatregoers. Supported by renowned Belgian company Ontroerend Goed, which has a reputation for making audiences squirm, it’s an interesting premise—two girls try to make one another cry on stage—but ultimately failed by its own self-indulgence. Charlotte and Nathalie like

is never spoken. Unwilling to put herself through the inevitably painful and undignified end that awaits, she chooses a cocktail of lethal drugs instead. We meet her after she’s swallowed the pills, waiting, in bed, with her husband Don by her side. The concept sounds mawkish and melodramatic, but actually it’s a subtle piece of writing. Though topical, it’s not, at heart, an examination of the right to die; rather, it’s a love story between two

people who have weathered life together. Consequently, Pam’s decision is seen by Don as a betrayal, as though she’s deliberately leaving him. Holloway shows, rather than tells of, the strength of feeling between the couple, his dialogue littered with half-sentences and unspoken sentiment, deftly handled by Dearbhla Molloy and Bill Paterson. While Pam is calm and considered, Don is disabled by emotion, unable to articulate his feelings.

There are some charged moments—the silence of their last meal together, Pam’s one outburst of emotion after she takes the concoction— and their impact is enhanced by the restraint of the rest of the piece. Only let down by the final scene, which verges on melodrama, this is a beautiful play. [Caroline Bishop]

taking pictures of themselves crying in front of their laptops, the screens of which are projected on to the back of the stage. During the show, they use a variety of fictional and non-fictional stimulants to reduce one another to tears. First, it’s the turn of fiction: they reenact famous film and TV clips, like Jack’s death scene in Titanic, an argument between Carrie and Miranda in Sex and the City and, bewilderingly, a routine from Home and Away.

It’s unexpectedly funny and implicitly, the girls are poking fun at themselves and the ridiculousness of crying at these scenes. But there’s a quick change of tone when they turn to non-fiction, playing distressing YouTube clips of 9/11 calls and a girl dying on camera in Iran. It feels misjudged to place these serious moments so close to the humour that’s come before it, and their gravity only serves to underline the essential

artificiality of the experiment being conducted on stage. The end arrives very quickly too, adding to XXXO’s generally thin feeling. Still, Charlotte and Nathalie are natural performers and with a bit more development—and in a smaller, more intimate venue— this could be a more significant work. [Yasmin Sulaiman]

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festtheatre Love All

HHHHH The true story of Vere St Ledger Goold, tennis champion, womaniser and bon viveur, is adapted for the stage as a topping two-hander by Tadhg Hickey and Aideen Wylde, a talented duo from Cork. Vere’s history is as “chequered as gingham table-cloth”: a melange of Wimbledon wizardry, playing the tables (and the women) in Monte Carlo, and multiple murders. And the pair’s presentation of the history is equally mixed, combining a pleasing pastiche of vaudeville, Victorian Melodrama and the odd touch of post-modern meta-theatricality. The play is filled with exquisitely observed details such as the jerky foreshortened swing of old-fashioned tennis matches. Hickey, as Vere, never lets his upper-crust accent slip and Wylde is equally convincing as his deadlier-than-themale French wife, Marie Violet Giordan. As a pair they enjoy a symbiotic relationship, delivering their lines and interacting physically with pitch-perfect timing. Some 45 of the play’s 65 minutes running time is a pacey, utterly delightful romp. However, during the last twenty minutes the metatheatrical sections start to drag and the pair seems to be unable to draw Vere’s history to an end (an inherent danger when dealing with a real as opposed to fictional life story). Apparently Hickey and Wylde decided to turn to theatre after not being able to find employment in a depressed Ireland. We should be thankful they couldn’t, for, if not quite a case of Love All, it is certainly one of Love-almost-All. [Miranda Kiek] Assembly Roxy, 2:20pm – 3:25pm, 12–26 Aug, not 13, 20, £10.00 – £12.00

Best in the World

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The world of darts might seem an unlikely setting for a show about achieving your potential, but by the end of Alex Elliott’s inspirational monologue Best in the World, you’ll be thinking about it. Don’t worry, it’s not a motivational lecture (although at times it veers surprisingly close). But in this small-scale yet slick production directed by Annie Rigby, Elliott makes you consider how being the best can simply mean doing the right thing at the right time, achieving excellence through years of practice – or, of course,

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scoring that elusive 180 on the dartboard. Darts, he reassures us, has moved on from its old image of flabby men in beer halls, and Elliott tells the often moving stories of the men who transformed it: Jockey Wilson, Eric Bristow, Phil Taylor. But right from the start, he broadens things out to make the show relevant to all of us, and in fact the audience plays a central role. We’re provided with emergency bananas should energy levels flag, and later there’s paper aeroplane throwing, memories of our good deeds from the past and, of course, a chance to try our

hand on the oche. Elliott delivers the piece with an engaging naturalism, and we’re with him all the way in his memories of successes and failures from the past. The pace is tight and the script resonant. At times it seems a little self-indulgent, or too feelgood to be true. But by the end, we’re rooting for the audience’s amateur darts team and aware of the fact that we’re all capable of achieving success, large or small. [Benjamin Edwards] Northern Stage at St Stephen’s, 12:45pm – 1:45pm, 12–25 Aug, not 13, 20, £14

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festtheatre After The Rainfall

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In theatre, simplicity is not always a virtue. Often, especially at the Fringe, it is made necessary by budget and space constraints, but it would be wrong to assume that being complicated is bad. Curious Directive’s After The Rainfall is as ambitious in narrative scope as it is in technical delivery, and respects the audience enough to expect them to handle a nonlinear, multi-stranded plot and enough sensory overload for three plays. Across four different time periods, an agent of the British Empire finds and then loses a friend while conducting reconnaissance in Egypt, an art student deals with the repercussions of the Haig Pit closure as well as her brother’s death, two former lovers battle it out in an Al Jazeera interview brimming with barely restrained spite, and a survivor of the Egyptian uprising makes a pilgrimage across Europe to see the Rosetta Stone. Whereas most plays might have one overarching theme, After the Rainfall has several. This is not always to its detriment, but it does mean that some are more involving than others. The play’s treatment of colonialism’s pillaging of the world’s treasures is deeply moving, but its larger theme—a parallel between how the societies of ants and humans operate—is less successful. Similarly, the technical gimmicks and elaborate lighting that lace the production achieve their effect half the time, but otherwise serve as a distraction. Given a little more coherence, it could be excellent. But as it is, After the Rainfall is, if sprawling, still brave and fascinating. [Sean Bell] Pleasance Dome, 3:40pm – 4:55pm, 12–27 Aug, not 13, £12.00 – £13.00

Othello: the remix

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It’s a quarter past three in the Pleasance Courtyard. A man in the row in front of me is on his feet, fingers aimed skywards, bouncing to a heavy hip-hop beat. He is well beyond retirement age and has just indulged in quite possibly his first hour of rap, a fact of which he could not appear more pleased. This is indeed Othello, but as you’ve never heard it before: the tale of MC Othello and his crew. It’s an affirmation of both Shakespeare’s depth as a resource for exploring the human condition, and of the power of

Chapel Street

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“Now it’s time to go out, because that’s all there is isn’t it? At least we’ve got that to look forward to. That’s what being young is all about. Isn’t it?” Chapel Street is bleak. Too bleak. For any parent of a teenager watching, it must be almost unbearable. Luke Barnes’ script interweaves the two monologues of a girl and a boy on a night out. She is 14 and in school. He is 25 and on the dole. She worries about what other people think of her. He tries to

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hip-hop as a living, breathing art form for meaningful expression. On a first pass, comparing a collection of hip-hop beats to Shakespeare’s original seems an exercise in missing the point: Othello: the Remix is interesting perhaps because it is so different. But, on further inspection, the comparison is quite instructive. What else is hip-hop for if not making language work as hard as it can? With clever use of rhythm, rhyme and allusion, words sparkle with much more than the sum of their individual parts.  If there’s one criticism, it’s that Chicago Shakespeare

Theatre doesn’t always adhere to the high lyrical standards it sets itself. Compare the quarto and folio editions of Shakespeare and one finds the bard editing away the odd shoddy couplet. Othello: the Remix finds itself in prefolio mode: there’s still some tightening to do on those few lines which don’t have the flow, poise or inventiveness of the brilliant whole. They jar only by comparison; the understudy players on a truly remarkable stage. [Evan Beswick]

come to terms with a life lacking prospects. Eventually, in an episode of understated tragedy, the two of them briefly cross paths. Undoubtedly it is when this happens that the play is at its strongest. Allowing an audience access to the thoughts of different characters on the same subject may be a well-worn device, but it gives the script some much needed humour and subtlety. Ria Zmitrowicz brings a clumsy naivety to the part of the girl and an excellent ear for comic timing. Cary Crankson’s

performance as the boy is equally well-judged – deftly balancing defensiveness and vulnerability. There are times when it feels like the lines have been forced into the play rather than stemming naturally from it. One wonders how much Barnes has lifted verbatim from his own or overheard conversations. But the play’s two voices are so searingly real that this is a minor quibble.  [Miranda Kiek]

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festtheatre You Obviously Know What I’m Talking About

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There’s much to like in this whimsical play about loneliness and isolation. The set, for starters, is another character in itself: it’s a loving re-creation of a cramped bedsit, complete with a boiling kettle, a running tap, and an arresting mosaic of photos adorning the wall above the bed. In this wacky space lives Winfield ScottBoring, a sweet but isolated man who hasn’t left his flat for several years and is dedicated to the rigid schedule he’s created for himself. But one day, he gets out of bed on the wrong side and sod’s law dictates that everything goes wrong. And when a beautiful neighbour asks for help, he begins to reconsider an existence outside his flat once again. Winfield barely speaks a word, but he’s brilliantly played with understated sweetness by Richard Kiess. Most of the action is related by three quirky narrators who pop out through the set’s various doors and windows. Again, they’re adroit performers but the characters grate after a while and although the play has the right elements and sets an attractive, playful tone, the plot itself lacks substance and the pace flags towards the end. You Obviously Know What I’m Talking About is written by Teresa Burns and Eva Sampson, who brought us the likeable Waterproof last year. Like that play, this new one shows real promise, but it needs a stronger plot to match its distinctive style. Still, it’s a lovely piece that reminds us how important it is to connect with the world around us. [Yasmin Sulaiman] Underbelly, Cowgate, 1:30pm – 2:30pm, 12–26 Aug, not 14, £9.00 – £11.00

Educating Ronnie

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A gap year trip to Uganda to visit his aunt was to prove life changing for 18-year-old Joe Douglas, but not in the usual way. Yes, the clichés apply: it was eye-opening, it was a culture shock, it left him with western liberal guilt. But it was meeting Ugandan teenager Ronnie that made a lasting impact. Back home in Stockport Douglas receives a text message from Ronnie asking for £20 a month to help him complete his O Levels. He agrees – and soon this turns into supporting Ronnie through A Levels, then £300 a term for university fees, then the odd payment for food, for hospital fees and, years later, even a bribe to police. The thousands he has gifted Ronnie over a decade have, inevitably, prompted much soul-searching in Douglas. This he now turns into a monologue, which he performs, laying out the questions he has asked himself over the years: should he have done it? Was it a scam? Should he have ignored the “residual guilt” his aunt warned of? It’s an interesting story and Douglas draws it simply

Our Island

HHHHH Singapore’s I Theatre company and UK-based Kipper Tie theatre team up for this delightful show which finds three characters washed up on an island. There’s one problem: none of the three speak the same language – or, indeed, any comprehensible language at all. So, like a three-way Lear nonsense poem, the trio “wau wau,” “ding ding” and “mong mong” their way to understanding and eventual friendship. What follows, on a microscale, is the development of a

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but effectively. He tells us he’s no actor—he’s a director by trade—and at times that shows, particularly when he momentarily plays Ronnie. But the truthfulness of the story balances out this callowness. When Ronnie’s actual words— taken from text messages and emails sent over the years—are

spoken by an unseen actor and projected onto a screen, it brings this reality home and makes you wonder, what would you have done? [Caroline Bishop]

tiny society as the group mimes their way through names, the marking of territory, possessions, the development of ritual – even the investiture of emotion in inanimate objects. It’s a mini anthropological history but one which, fortunately, happens also to be quite a lot of fun. There’s a real emphasis on humour here, of the idiosyncrasies of humans grappling with bizarre situations, which keeps this energetic production firmly on the side of entertainment. It’s by no means a show without flaws. Some of the mimes are a little unclear and, it seems, the troupe recognises

this. Those weaker movements, however, rarely improve through repetition. There are long periods, too, which drag a little: too ponderous to keep the kids’ attention; too aimless to warrant that of the adults. Nonetheless, this remains a truly enjoyable international collaboration and one with a strong message that, whatever the language and cultural barriers, humans are invariably better off together. [Evan Beswick]

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festtheatre Liz Lochhead: Making Nothing Happen

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It’s by no means an insult to suggest that Scotland’s makar, Liz Lochhead, doesn’t deliver the most controversial, raucous or highly-charged hour on the Fringe. A prolific and popular poet since the early 70s, Lochhead’s show at the Assembly Rooms (where, as it happens, she made her Fringe debut) has a lot of ground to cover and, while she is still producing reams of great work, it’s older poems and monologues which make up the bulk of this afternoon’s performance. So there’s an inevitable air of nostalgia. But Making Nothing Happen—a line taken from Auden’s poem ‘In Memory of WB Yeats’—is a little misleading. Much less the “ranches of isolation” and “busy griefs” of Auden’s lament, this hour with Lochhead fizzles with wit,

The Half

HHHHH ‘The half’ is the time before a performance by which all actors must be present in the theatre. As the term suggests, it is typically half an hour, just long enough for an actor to steady themselves, finalise their lines, or, if they choose, implode in a mist of boozy self-loathing. No prizes for guessing how Guy Masterson’s aging soak passes the 30 minutes before the opening night of his first acting gig in 15 years, Hamlet Uncut: the One Man Show, a self-directed four and a half hour epic into which he has sunk all his meagre savings. “Every minute counts,” he tells himself, but as the clock ticks down towards the curtain call, all his demons emerge in the half-light of his dressing room. Dreams of playing King Lear in the West End (“the

warmth, and the well-honed sense of drama that have made publishers, directors, educators and even First Ministers pick up the phone to the North Lanarkshire native. Indeed, there’s plenty of what Lochhead terms “first the phonecall” poems – those poems written on commission or for a purpose. They’re great selections, showcasing

Lochhead’s technical dexterity and manipulation of multiple dialects, but also her ability to get inside the heads of others— be it the school kid, the bad kid or the struggling adult—and voice their motives and misapprehensions with respectful believability. Clearly, these are performances Lochhead has sharpened over years of

readings, and they benefit from her practised ability to let their playfulness sing. In short, here’s a show which finds Lochhead living energetically by her credo: “just tell the story, make it make sense.” [Evan Beswick] Charlotte Square Gardens, 4:30pm – 5:30pm, 22 Aug, £10.00

veteran’s Everest”) and earning a knighthood evaporate into a whiskey-induced stupor, punctuated by tirades against his estranged wife and his own lack of self-restraint. There are shades of Richard E Grant’s Withnail at 50 in Guy Masterson’s RADA-trained ham, and echoes of Bruce Robinson’s screenplay in Richard Dormer’s dark, mordant script. But for a meta-play—a one-man play about a play—to really work it needs to be fresh. Too often the material feels predictable and clichéd (Hamlet; the drunken actor; the wrecked marriage). There are some wellrealised comic moments—and Masterson revels in the role— but not quite enough to raise The Half to something a bit fuller. [Peter Geoghegan] Assembly George Square, 2:00pm – 3:10pm, 12–26 Aug, not 13, £12.00 – £14.00

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festdance&physicaltheatre Within This Dust

Mr Carmen

Among the images published in the aftermath of 11 September 2001, one of the most controversial was Richard Drew’s photograph of a man falling between the twin towers. Smallpetitklein’s thoughtfully executed triple bill is not only a beautiful piece of dance, an elegy to the estimated 200 people who died in this way on 9/11, but also a sensitive reminder that theirs was a situation any one of us could have faced. In Embers, leaves of pure-white paper fall one by one from a bundle in Marta Masiero’s clutch. Later she tosses and turns in the endless mass, singling out several pages and pressing them flat, each as individual in its shape as a person. The tragic beauty of S/HE continues to haunt long after it has finished. Masiero and Tom Pritchard evoke a deep sense of loss in this duet that sees them mirroring, gliding, lifting and balancing weightlessly against one another. Finally, Falling Man uses text from Tom Junod’s 2009

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GOD (Grumpy Old Dancers) and A Beautiful Hell

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With titles like these, who could resist pairing these two contrasting pieces as a double bill? But they have more to complement each other than their names, one being an unashamed celebration of grumpiness by two veterans of dance, the other a study of the cruelty and beauty of youth. Andy Howitt and Alan Greig are Grumpy Old Dancers who have wanted to perform together for 25 years. To a chuntering soundtrack that throws up lines like “bloody nonsense” and “he comes in

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Esquire article on Drew’s famous image to echo movement that suggests not only the freedom of flying but also the terror of falling. There is a moment when, lying prostrate, an unseen force pins Pritchard’s legs and arms back. At the utter mercy of the elements he rides this wave peacefully

for a few moments. When it passes, and he falls flat again, it seems that whatever circumstances came together to cause it, he has had his moment of grace.   [Lucy Ribchester]

every day with a new idea,” they swing in and out of a sensitive duet that occasionally turns savage with the odd headlock, but overall leaves us feeling rather affectionate towards grumpiness. Savagery emerges in darker form in Edge FWD’s A Beautiful Hell. And what a hell it is. Dreamlike lighting creates a liminal state as a cast of pyjama-bottom-clad male dancers enact cruel nightmares like sadistic angels around Joseph Reay-Reid. A string quartet blares Jimmy Hendrix’s ‘Purple Haze’ as he is beaten, Lord of the Flies style, by the others. Later, he shouts unheard as they preen and posture to Roy Orbison.

An underlying current of aggression fizzles through their movements, both dizzily sensual and darkly unsettling, and continues through ReayReid’s final stormy solo. Seeing performers push their bodies to the limits is one of the great pleasures of watching dance, and the energy that comes off this ensemble is electric. When they fling themselves, they really fling themselves, when they scream, they mean it. Just as well those grumpy old dancers know the next generation of dance is in good hands. [Lucy Ribchester]

As we enter the theatre, a game is in progress. Two men check and swap cards with one another, occasionally peering out through opera glasses into the crowd, reminding us of the artifice we are about to be party to and establishing a edge of playful menace that never quite goes away throughout this eerie, spectral show. This is St Petersburg-based AKHE’s paring down of Prosper Mérimée’s novella (probably better known as the basis for Bizet’s opera) into a stand-off between the two lead characters, Carmen and Jose. Engaged in a power battle pageant, Maksim Isaev and Pavel Semchenko spell out the characters’ names in increasingly creative ways, only for them to be cruelly destroyed or vanish of their own accord. Mr Carmen dips a rose in red wine and holds it between his toes to scrawl across a sheet of brown paper. Jose drinks vinegar and sprays it into a spotlight illuminating his name in the mist. It’s these rag-and-bone stage innovations that elevate this show to the level of magic, drawing you into its war of words, keeping you guessing at what will happen next and more importantly how it will be won out. The sensory experience is total, not just through Vadim Gololobov’s chiaroscuro lighting but with delicious-scented cigars, acidic notes of paint and vinegar hanging in the air and the tactile materials—roses, sugar, coffee—produced only to be ravaged. A little more clarity might do better justice to AKHE’s unbridled creativity. But the dreamscape the company creates is so mesmerising, it’s enough just to allow yourself to be spellbound. [Lucy Ribchester]

Dance Base - National Centre for Dance, 5:00pm – 5:50pm, 12 Aug, £10.00

Assembly Roxy, 6:00pm – 7:00pm, 12–27 Aug, not 13, 20, £12.00 – £14.00

Dance Base - National Centre for Dance, 6:30pm – 7:50pm, 12–19 Aug, not 13, £12.00

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festmusic&cabaret Piff the Magic Dragon in... Jurassic Bark

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“Mr Piffles is a stunt chihuahua,” says the voiceover at the beginning of the show, inducing an air of hushed excitement amongst the audience. Will there be backflips? Somersaults? Will he free himself from the jaws of a crocodile right at the crucial moment? Well, no, there’s no time for all that. Because tiny Mr Piffles spends most of the show falling asleep on the winged collar of his dragon costume. For spectators in search of high octane entertainment, the show falls well short of the mark. But for those who enjoy watching a man dressed as a dragon performing some reasonably impressive tricks, with the odd satirical joke thrown in for good measure, Jurassic Bark comes up trumps.

Lady Sings It Better

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It is a testament to the bewitching power of a catchy tune that the lyrics are the last thing people pay attention to. Sometimes the most famous songs belie some pretty dubious messages. Take for example, Billy Joel’s ‘She’s Always A Woman.’ It’s a beautiful paean to the endurable loveliness of womankind, right? Nope. With lyrics equating being “always

With any magic show, the “how do they do it?” factor is integral, and there are certainly moments of wonder during Piff’s performance. What is lacking, though, is something truly spectacular to set it apart from other comedy magic shows – some kind of extraordinary, death defying stunt to really make it special. Much is made of disgruntled Piff’s talent compared with his near narcoleptic pooch, but the bigger tricks do not feel celebrated enough, and the magician’s lack of enunciation means that important proclamations sometimes slip into the ether. It may not set the world alight, but Jurassic Bark offers a fun hour of canines and card tricks scarcely found elsewhere at the festival. [Charlotte Lytton] Pleasance Dome, 7:10pm – 8:10pm, 12–26 Aug, £10.00 – £11.00

a woman” to such things as “She’ll promise you more than the Garden of Eden/Then she’ll carelessly cut you and laugh while you’re bleeding,” it seems that Mr Joel thinks the fairer sex is a gender of Judases. The same could be said for much of popular music written by men. Lady Sings It Better, a six-piece all-girl vocal cabaret act dressed like dishevelled Pollyannas, have made it their mission to remove the waxy build-up of misogyny from

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our ears. Armed with tonges in cheeks, slick banter, and heavenly harmonies they are reinterpreting bright pop hits by the likes of Joel, The Knack and Otis Redding, to show music’s dark underbelly. This is no exercise in academic deconstructionism. You could be completely oblivious to the show’s subversive nature and have a total ball. Backed by an incredibly tight three-piece band, the sextet masterfully belt out Michael Jackson medleys, give AC/DC

a Mary Poppins make-over, and make Nine Inch Nails’ most bestial impulses sound positively civilised. The tunes are big, with the bigger message there if you want it. But it is at its strongest when the ladies reclaim pop for the girls. It will make you want to burn your music penned by men. Or dance. Or both. [Edd McCracken] Gilded Balloon Teviot, 6:45pm – 7:45pm, 12–27 Aug, not 14, 21, £12 – £14

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festmusic&cabaret The Showstoppers

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The premise is simple: an entirely improvised musical, based on audience suggestions and consequently completely different every night. Making it look easy, however, is a different matter, and The Showstoppers is a slick example of how entertaining and downright impressive longform improvisation can be. A prologue explains that the director (co-founder Dylan Emery) has one night to create a smash hit musical. Stuck for ideas, he turns to the audience. More ridiculous suggestions are vetted, with a final verdict being decided by an audience vote – on this occasion, a zombie musical. The crowd also choose the setting, and the styles for the piece’s hit songs. The troupe will have a go at anything, from the obvious

(Rocky Horror Show) to the niche (2011’s London Road, anyone?). There is an element of conscious crafting to the show: Emery stops the action from time to time to ask the cast for extra explanation or to take things in a different direction. Combined with his consideration of proffered ideas, this gives the piece coherence,

stopping the cast from getting stuck playing out a deliberately obtuse suggestion or becoming caught up in dialogue that isn’t going anywhere.  This is not to say, however, that the show lacks spontaneity – anything but. The interaction between the band and the cast, in particular, is incredible. It’s impossible to say who decides the direction of

the songs, which reflects how polished the performance as a whole feels. Accomplished and professional, The Showstoppers merit a second viewing, if only to check that they really don’t have a formula: it almost feels too good. [Anna Feintuck] Gilded Balloon Teviot, 11:00pm – 12:10am, 11–26 Aug, not 23, £11.50 – £12.50

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festmusic&cabaret Wild West End

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Wild West End is a good-humoured satire-cum-celebration of the West End musical from the team behind sell-out show Fresher: The Musical.   Jackie (a winning performance from Lawrence Haynes) wants nothing more than to write a musical, but he’s stymied in his attempts by a gargantuan case of writer’s block (“Any theme will do, ah-ah-ahhh”). When the fabulously angsty fairy Linda (played with perfect comic timing by Laura Kaye Thomson) transports him to Sparkletown, the magical land of musicals, he must prove once and for all that he is a worthy heir to all things Andrew Lloyd Webber. As he does so he collects a motley crew of companions, including a sexually frustrated Dorothy, a homosexual Phantom and The

La Clique Royale: The Queen’s Selection

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The problem with developing a reputation as a daring, sexy, tongue-in-cheek circus-cumcabaret is that returning audiences expect a lot. For the most part La Clique—regulars at the beautiful Spiegeltent—don’t disappoint, but this Jubileethemed edition has a few distractions from the spectacle. But what a spectacle it offers. Acrobats of such physicality they’d hold their own against Olympic gymnasts are mixed with acts of raunchy humour, such as a bell-ringing Austrian milk maid with an unusual talent, and a vampy hula hoop expert. The highlight of the show is the Wau Wau Sisters, a duo of trapeze artists fashioned in slutty punk-rock outfits whose impeccably honed act is as provocative as it is gasp-inducing: clutching and groping at each other, they negotiate the trapeze with

Lion King’s Mustafa – who just wants to live beyond Act One. There is nothing especially profound in lampooning musicals, and Wild West End inhabits very much the same sort of territory as Shrek – except with more sex and sharper satire. While inevitably focusing on the eternal clichés of the genre, from jazz hands

to the relentless hawking of over-priced merchandise (the subject for a splendidly witty re-write of ‘Who Will Buy’ from Bart’s Oliver!), the show feels pleasingly of the moment. And in the manner of the great 19th century musical satirists Gilbert and Sullivan, it casts a parodic eye over contemporary cultural trends – including Webber’s

series of television musical talent shows. Self-consciously corny, unapologetically camp and a real showstopper, Wild West End is a cut above its musical contemporaries. [Miranda Kiek] Pleasance Dome, 6:50pm – 7:50pm, 12–27 Aug, not 14, £11.00 – £12.00

consummate skill, each other’s life literally in the other’s hands – or feet, or thighs. It’s just a shame we don’t see more of this. A bequiffed club singer and comic magician Paul Zenon are meant to offer a change of pace, an injection of humour, and that they do. But they can’t match their colleagues for entertainment value. Zenon, as compere, delivers an old-fashioned humour which doesn’t always hit the mark, and with so many comedians at the Fringe, you can’t help but hanker for better. The same can be said for the ‘Queen,’ played by Gerry Connolly, who gives the show its regal theme in this Jubilee year. Topical gags about Camilla, i-thrones and royal equestrians go down well, but you’re left wanting less of this and more of that special spectacle. [Caroline Bishop] The Famous Spiegeltent, 9:30pm – 11:00pm, 12–26 Aug, not 13, 20, £20.00

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festmusic&cabaret Briefs

HHHHH It doesn’t take long for the clothes to start coming off in this all-male cabaret, but then what does one expect in a show named after gentlemen’s pants? The boys have enviable muscles and even more enviable fake eyelashes, and after making the crowd squeal with some carefree juggling of their abandoned suits, they launch into something altogether less conventionally macho – an ostrich feather fan dance. It’s testament to their charisma, however, that they can inject even this with a distinctly testosterone-fuelled attitude, and this sets the flavour for a show that is, as host Shivannah—surely the sweetest, friendliest drag queen in town— says, “a little bit of butch with a fuckload of camp.” The line-up gives us Davy Gravy, the deadpan plate

spinner who eats protein shake with a spoon; Johnny Domino, a 1950s housewife’s fantasy of moustachioed frying-pan bending strong man; and the enfant terrible of the ensemble, Captain Kidd, aka Las Vegas’s 2011 King of Burlesque, aka Nadia, the beer-spitting, nippleflashing, mangina-waving reject from Australia’s Olympic gymnastics team. He is a force

of bad behaviour to be reckoned with, teetering into scenes, adding a frisson of the unpredictable, and giving a spectacularly limber cloudswing finale. Indeed, in every case there are the skills to back up the posturing, no more so than with Natano Fa’anana on the aerial silks, infusing what is usually a graceful female domain with a powerful dynamism, his tat-

tooed body twisting between two weightless slices of red fabric. Beefy and brassy they may be but don’t believe this classy cabaret when they describe themselves as “trash.” [Lucy Ribchester] Underbelly, Bristo Square, 11:15pm – 12:15am, 12–27 Aug, not 15, £10.00 – £15.00

“Now’s the time to bow down at the altar of four-strong a cappella group FORK” METRO

2-26 AUG (NO SHOW 14) AT 22.25 (1 HR) GEORGE SQUARE - SPIEGELTENT TEATRO

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festkids

The healing power

of imagination Photos: Robert Workman

For sick children, having an active imagination can be a vital part of coping with illness. Caroline Black talks to the team behind Superjohn about their real life experiences.

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HEN RACHEL Parish shared a childhood anecdote in a creative workshop, it sparked a series of events and experiences that have culminated in the creation of Superjohn – a family show that’s full of adventure and imagination. “Superjohn was in my pre-school class when I was four,” Parish tells me in her quick-talking Louisiana accent “he was a child that was so much fun, always wore a Superman outfit and was just so cool, full of energy. Obviously his name was John but everyone knew him as Superjohn, that was just his name,” she says matter of factly. “But he’d go away for periods of time and you knew that when was away that he was doing something dangerous. So you were scared for him but you also knew that if anyone could do it, Superjohn could do it because we all believed he had superpowers.” In reality, Superjohn was away from school having treatment for cancer: adopting this additional aspect to his personality was his way of coping. Parish, Tim Johanson and the team at Firehouse Creative started to explore the role of imagination in dealing with things, and how we all use it in our daily lives. The beginnings of a story emerged, exploring where a child has “a necessity for a deep investment in imagination,” says Parish. “We stuck with that basic frame of the real-life anecdote and then we started drawing influences from a number of old myths, as well as looking at contemporary super hero stories such as X Men and Scott Pilgrim, and built up a new narrative.” But, as Johansen tells me, creating a play that delved into such an alien subject without really understanding it wasn’t something that the team was willing to

do. “We didn’t want to make a play that delved into this world without really understanding it. We did the majority of our work with the Whittington Hospital in North London as well as some medical advisors at Great Ormond Street Hospital.” Were the medical staff supportive of the request for guidance from this group of artists? “It was exceptionally well received,” smiles Parish. “Whittington’s

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Pediatric Oncology nurse specialist just opened the doors for us and allowed us to sit in on their weekly clinics. And it was just this whole new world, it’s really unique and it’s absolutely fascinating. You’ve got this massive group of people who are invested in these families, who are woven into their lives; doctors, play workers, nutritionists, psychologists. Everybody would just come in and out

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festkids and it was very familial and everybody worked simultaneously, but in a way that you didn’t really see when the treatment was happening. It was so networked.” The team got very involved with the patients, too, running workshops for their whole families and medical professionals which offered them the chance to explore their own creativity. Some of the play’s more surreal and fun elements were taken directly from these sessions. I wonder, after all of their in-depth research, just what sort of show they were left with. Is it a play based in a hospital ward, which could potentially be a rather depressing watch? Johanson is clear: “The word cancer never appears in our play. I’ve never heard the word cancer used in a clinic. It doesn’t mean anything to the kids. All they care about is ‘Why do I have to spend time in a hospital? Why can’t I go out with my friends?’ To them it’s a pain in the neck.” Parish laughs. “We’re not trying to whitewash anything,” she says, “but we’ve really told it through the eyes of the children, through imagination. So Superjohn has adventures and fights villains like The Purple Claw and The Blade, there are supernovas and portals that transport him, he has to find the Orb of Invisibility – it’s a real adventure.” Their hope for the show is that everyone will take something different from it. Parish likens it to the Pixar film Up, with many layers to the story that all ages can enjoy and engage with. “It’s a fun show, the design is kind of Scooby Doo-like with bold colours and it’s very visual.” But Johanson is interested in getting older kids to see it too. “Although there’s a lot of singing and dancing for the younger kids who will enjoy it at face value, I believe it would be very interesting for eight, nine and ten year olds and upwards who will take something more from it.” And what of the original Superjohn? Parish tells me: “I heard he grew up to be a graphic artist working on comic books.” Has she been in touch to tell him about the play? “No, no he doesn’t know about it. I absolutely will tell him but I do wonder how I’d frame it: ‘Hi, I was in your preschool and I’ve made a play about you.’ On one side it could be wonderful and on the other side it could be a little freaky.” Pleasance Courtyard, 11:25am – 12:40pm, 13–27 Aug, not 14, £9.00 – £10.00

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Q&A: Andy Day

Andy Day is a BAFTA nominated CBeebies television presenter who is one half of Andy and Mike’s Tick-Tock Time Machine. Fest caught up with him to ask about his own childhood ambitions and Dizzee Rascal. Andy, what can we expect from The Tick Tock Time Machine?  Fast paced, silly, interactive and musical for the kids. Fast paced, silly, interactive musical and nostalgic for the parents! What did you want to be when you were little? I think I wanted to be Superman, but I’d settle for Batman these days. How did you and Mike end up making shows together? Mikey and I have been friends since we were the size of a mere ant. We decided that because we both love children’s theatre and we both love messing around we thought why not put that into a show. Any tips for kids wanting to become a performer themselves? Absolutely, don’t do it because you want to be on TV. Do it because you want to express what you love doing and you want to share that with everyone and entertain them. Describe the sort of kid that would love your show. We hope all kids will get something out of our show whether it’s the clapping, the colours, the time machine, the songs, or even just the funny noises. It’s really family entertainment; we have tried to include something for everyone. Will you and CBeebies Sid be doing a new ‘Numbers’ rap any time soon? It’s a classic. Ha ha ha. Of course, we’re thinking of breaking into the rap world; Dizzee Rascal has been in contact. Pleasance Courtyard, 11:00am – 12:00pm, 12–19 Aug, £9.00 – £9.50

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festkids The Ballad of Pondlife McGurk

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This is a blissfully simple work by Scottish children’s theatre company Catherine Wheels, which won a Fringe First in 2010 for White. Although The Ballad of Pondlife McGurk has been made for young audiences, there are just as many adults without children here, and everyone clamours to sit cross-legged on the cosy floor mats provided. Andy Manley, the sole performer, zips around the space with ease to tell us the story of Martin and Simon, two best friends who become separated by a brutal fight. It’s an imaginative, charismatic performance that feels a bit like story time at a library if the characters from a book came to life – which is apt, given this takes place at the Traverse stage in the Scottish Book Trust. Co-created by Manley, Rob Evans and Gill Robertson, it’s an effortlessly winning work

that doesn’t flinch from the cruelty that children often mete out. With no props except four boxes, Manley paints the story in vivid detail, from Martin and Simon’s initial meeting at primary school to their glorious summer adventures and heartwrenching falling-out. It’s an understated performance but

an astonishing one and—with a little help from a soundtrack of ELO’s ‘Mr Blue Sky’—Manley reveals the poignancy of an idyllic childhood friendship shattered by the selfishness of adolescence. Fused with Evans’ moving text and Robertson’s energetic direction, The Ballad of Pondlife McGurk encourages

adults to re-visit their own childhood memories, especially those of lost friendships. And no matter what age you are, it’s emotional, uplifting and completely unforgettable. [Yasmin Sulaiman]

since her failed tennis career. The sub plot of her unrequited love—illustrated with shadow puppetry—gives us a further glimpse into her fanatical nature. On stage Cave ropes in her little sister Bebe to help and their relationship is one of the highlights of the show; bossy older sister, compliant little

sister. Bebe isn’t allowed to step out of line for one minute and her dejected deadpan face gives some of the biggest laughs. Cave is wise enough to know that the Harry Potter connection will get people through the door—she references it herself on stage—but she does a great job once they’re in. The laughs might not

necessarily come from straight up jokes but they certainly come from the hugely likeable geeky characters. I suspect we’ll be seeing more of Cave in the coming years.  [Caroline Black]

Traverse @ Scottish Book Trust, times vary, 12–26 Aug, not 13, 20, £10.00

Jessie Cave: Book Worm

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This is one for teens, not small kids. Teens will know that actress Jessie Cave played Lavender Brown in the Harry Potter series. But this is Cave in character—albeit with the same name—nerdy and obsessive with big specs and a Narnia sweatshirt. The show sees Cave’s character welcoming us to her very first book club—Bookworms United—that she has prepared obsessively for; the stage is filled with handmade props such as the cardboard box Wendy house and hand drawn signs. What follows is a mix of comedy and storytelling as she gushes enthusiastically about the books that have influenced her over the years

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Underbelly, Cowgate, 2:30pm – 3:30pm, 12–26 Aug, not 13, £9.00 – £10.00

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festkids By kids, for kids! ...

Fest calls in the miniature experts Hi-Kick

HHHHH I went to go to see Hi-kick at the Assembly Hall.  It was an energetic football and dance show, but more dancing than football, sadly. The performers were all from Korea but spoke in English. The story reminded me of the one in The Karate Kid because there was a really good team and a rubbish one. The rubbish team were trained how to play and at the end there was a big football match. I thought it was funny because there was a lot of clowning around. There were also some amazing tricks. They did keepy-uppies, overhead kicks and headers. I have seen most of them before but it was still pretty amazing.

It is not just for kids, I think there is something for everybody. At the end they chucked signed footballs randomly into the audience and we got to keep them. [Maxwell Stephenson, age 9] Assembly Hall, 4:05pm – 5:05pm, 11–27 Aug, not 13, 20, £13.00 – £15.00 Untitled-2 1

Slapdash Galaxy

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Slapdash Galaxy starts with a man in tights telling you about a story of two brothers then—using toy soldiers, plastic  bottles and a load of other ordinary objects—he makes extraordinary shadows that turn into space spiders, giant chefs and pirates. Anything can happen with  his assortment of props. He included the audience, with peoples’ hair being ‘the shaggy planet’ and noses and mouths being ‘the mountain ranges’. The three big white boards he used turned everything—from balloons to bottles—into entertaining shadows. What I especially liked were his rings and baubles made of smoke which he fired through the air. All throughout the show

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Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler Reviews for Stick Man - Live on Stage!

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‘Wonderfully exuberant & imaginative’

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Time Out Critics’ Choice

‘Zesty and delightful’ Independent

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Sunday Express

he used man-made noise and he used the props expertly. Nothing went wrong and I was thoroughly entertained from start to finish. Anyone will enjoy this; child or adult. [Ross Salters, age 11] Underbelly, Cowgate, 1:00pm – 1:50pm, 12–26 Aug, not 13, £10.00 – £11.50

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1000 Years of Scotland’s Dark Past

1000 Years of Scotland’s Dark Past

10:15

Mind Reading for Breakfast

The Edinburgh Dungeon, 7 Aug - 2 Sep, £10.50

BBC: Front Row

BBC @ Potterrow, 22 Aug, £free

10:30 1000 Years of Scotland’s Dark Past

The Edinburgh Dungeon, 7 Aug - 2 Sep, £10.50

BBC: MacAulay and Co

BBC @ Potterrow, 7-17 Aug, weekdays only, £free

10:40 Humans v Nature: Engineering FTW

Assembly George Square, 7-14 Aug, £10 – £12

11:00 BBC: Loose Ends

BBC @ Potterrow, 18 Aug, £free

1000 Years of Scotland’s Dark Past

The Edinburgh Dungeon, 7 Aug - 2 Sep, £10.50

11:20 Card Ninja: ReDeal

Assembly George Square, 7-26 Aug, not 13, 20, £9

The Edinburgh Dungeon, 7 Aug - 2 Sep, £10.50

Sweet Grassmarket, 11-27 Aug, not 18, 25, £9

11:40 The Durham Revue

Underbelly, Cowgate, 12-26 Aug, not 15, 19, 20, 21, £9 – £10

11:45 Tommy Talks

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20:15 Underbelly, Bristo Square 7-26 Aug, £14 – £16

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Survivor - A Broad Irish Idiot

Laughing Horse @ Finnegan’s Wake, 7-11 Aug, £free

Lucy Cox: Attractive Audience Required - Free Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 7-26 Aug, £free

Juliet Meyers: Raised By Fridge Magnets The Stand Comedy Club II, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £8

BBC: Off the Ball

BBC @ Potterrow, 11 Aug, £free

Jerry Bucham: Freelance Activist

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 7-12 Aug, £5

Laughing Horse @ Jekyll & Hyde, 7-26 Aug, not 12, 16, £free

11:50

The Cradle of Comedy

Graters: Julian Ignores his Friend and Talks to a Pretty Girl Underbelly, Cowgate, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £8.50 – £9.50

12:00 James Redmond and Ellie Taylor - Free Festival Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £free

Croft & Pearce Do It Like A Lady HHH

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 7-27 Aug, not 15, £8.50 – £9.50

Hill Street Theatre, 7-26 Aug, £5

Introducing Stu Introducing Will - Free

Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 7-26 Aug, £free

The Aspidistras - Hi Noon!

Just The Tonic at the Caves, 13-26 Aug, not 14, £5

Eggball

Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £free

1000 Years of Scotland’s Dark Past

The Edinburgh Dungeon, 7 Aug - 2 Sep, £10.50

The Tourists - A Free Festival Sketch Show Laughing Horse @ Edinburgh City Football Club, 19-26 Aug, £free

Ivo Graham and Liam Williams Laughing Horse @ Captain Taylor’s Coffee House, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £free

Austerity Pleasures

Laughing Horse @ Finnegan’s Wake, 13-25 Aug, not 19, £free

Dancing About Architecture

Just The Tonic at the Caves, 7-12 Aug, £5 – £6

FunBags present Unusual Suspects

Just The Tonic at the Caves, 7-25 Aug, not 14, £5

Cheese-Badger presents... Midge (a Two-Man Musical) - Free Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 7-26 Aug, not 13, 20, £free

Sally-Anne Hayward: The Inbetweeny Lady The Stand Comedy Club III & IV, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £8

Aaaand Now for Something Completely Improvised - Free

Laughing Horse @ Meadow Bar, 7-26 Aug, £free

Black Monday - The Longest Laugh All Day Gong Show

The Shack Comedy Club & Nightclub, 13-14 Aug, £10

Beast of the East - Free Comedy Showcase Laughing Horse @ The Phoenix, 13-17 Aug, £free

12:05 Gareth Morinan Presents A Wilmops Good Improv Show The Cabaret Voltaire, 7-25 Aug, £free

Jack and Nikki: Killing Machines

The Voodoo Rooms, 7-14 Aug, £free

Failure and How to Achieve It The Voodoo Rooms, 15-25 Aug, £free

12:10 Simon Munnery’s La Concepta

La Concepta @ Whitespace, 7-25 Aug, not 14, £11.50 – £13.50

Graham Rex

Underbelly, Bristo Square, 7-27 Aug, not 14, £8 – £9

Richard Wiseman: Psychobabble

The Canons’ Gait, 8 Aug, 15 Aug, 22 Aug, £free

Domestic Science

The Canons’ Gait, 7-26 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, £free

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Anne Edmonds in My Banjo’s Name is Steven

Underbelly, Bristo Square, 7-27 Aug, not 15, £8 – £9

12:15 Nick Hayman: Middle Aged, Useless and Talented! - Free Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 7-26 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £free

The Comedian’s Comedian Live with Stuart Goldsmith

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 10-26 Aug, not 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, £7.50

Stu and Garry in The Lunchtime Show The Assembly Rooms, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £10

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Laughing Horse @ Edinburgh City Football Club, Various dates from 7 Aug to 25 Aug, £99

Cucu-rucu-cu in the French Alps

Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 7-26 Aug, £free

12:20 Crunch the News

The Voodoo Rooms, 7-18 Aug, £free


comedylistings Bob and Jim - Go

Underbelly, Bristo Square, 7-27 Aug, not 14, £8 – £9

12:30 One in a Million - Free Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 7-26 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, £free

Jerry Sadowitz: Card Tricks and Close Up Magic The Assembly Rooms, 14-18 Aug, £15.50

Sam Fletcher - Good on Paper

Bannermans, 7-25 Aug, £free

Cirque du Charlie Chuck SpaceCabaret @ 54, 13-25 Aug, £8

1000 Years of Scotland’s Dark Past

The Edinburgh Dungeon, 7 Aug - 2 Sep, £10.50

Big Value Comedy’s Lunchtime Club Just The Tonic at the Caves, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £5 – £6

Tales from the Unaccepted

Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 7-12 Aug, £free

Ted & Co The Dinner Show Hilton Edinburgh Grosvenor, 11 Aug, 25 Aug, £39

Rock N Roll Politics presented by Steve Richards

Assembly George Square, 7-26 Aug, not 13, 21, £10 – £12.50

❤ Tony Law Maximum Nonsense HHHH The Stand Comedy Club, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £8

Fragments of Monotony / An Audience With Sir Dickie Benson Whynot? , 7-25 Aug, £free

12:35 Because I Felt Like It - Free

Laughing Horse @ Jekyll & Hyde, 11-17 Aug, £free

Man Feelings

Laughing Horse @ Jekyll & Hyde, 7-26 Aug, not 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, £free

12:40 The St Andrews Revue

Just The Tonic at the Caves, 7-19 Aug, not 14, £6 – £7

12:45 Gordon Southern’s A Brief History of History

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 7 Aug, 9 Aug, 10 Aug, 11 Aug, £12

12:50 Jenny Fawcett

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £8 – £8.50

12:55 Funk Rocket 5000 Just The Tonic at the Caves, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £5 – £6

Horse & Louis: The Curse of... Underbelly, Cowgate, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £9 – £9.50

13:00 Anthony King: Songs of Love and Death Just The Tonic at the Caves, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £8 – £9.50

Short & Curly: A Captive Audience

Ciao Roma, 7-25 Aug, not 13, £free

Mervyn Stutter’s Pick of the Fringe

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-26 Aug, not 8, 14, 21, £9 – £10

Sad Faces Remember It Differently Underbelly, Cowgate, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £8.50 – £9.50

Jim Smallman’s Group Therapy

Just the Tonic at The Tron, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £5

Mr Susan’s ‘Cheeky Flippin’ Nice’ - Free Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 7-26 Aug, not 12, £free

This Arthur’s Seat Belongs to Lionel Richie

Summit of Arthur’s Seat, 7-27 Aug, £free

1000 Years of Scotland’s Dark Past

The Edinburgh Dungeon, 7 Aug - 2 Sep, £10.50

Amnesty’s Secret Comedy Podcast

Underbelly, Bristo Square, Various dates from 7 Aug to 27 Aug, £free

E4 Udderbelly Podcalf 2012

Underbelly, Bristo Square, 8-26 Aug, not 13, 14, 20, 21, £6

The Temps

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-27 Aug, not 13, 20, £8 – £9

The Comedy Sandwich

Laughing Horse @ Finnegan’s Wake, 7-25 Aug, not 12, 19, £free

The Human Condition - Free

Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 7-26 Aug, not 13, 20, £free

13:05 BDOOL (Best Days of Our Lives) - Free Laughing Horse @ The Phoenix, 8-26 Aug, not 14, £free

Mike Sheer in Undergod - Free

Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 7-26 Aug, £free

Life, the Universe, Whatever...

Laughing Horse @ Jekyll & Hyde, 7-26 Aug, not 15, 16, 21, £free

They Came With Outer Script - Free

Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 7-11 Aug, £free

The Three Half Pints Laughing Horse @ Edinburgh City Football Club, 7-26 Aug, not 8, 22, £free

Frankie from the Valley - Free

Laughing Horse @ Jekyll & Hyde, 7-26 Aug, not 19, £free

Revill’s Selection - Free

Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 7-26 Aug, not 13, 20, £free

Cracking Yolks - Free Range Comedy

Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 12-26 Aug, £free

13:10 Bless You In Advance Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 17-26 Aug, £free

Simon Munnery’s La Concepta

13:20

La Concepta @ Whitespace, 7-25 Aug, not 14, £11.50 – £13.50

Bowling and Todd +1

They’re Gonna Crucify Me

Three for Free

The Banshee Labyrinth, 11-25 Aug, £free

Tony Jameson and Katie Mulgrew Tell Tales

The Stand Comedy Club III & IV, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £8

Stay at Home Dad - Free

Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 7-15 Aug, £free

Best of Edinburgh The Showcase Show

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-26 Aug, £8.50 – £9.50

Iszi Lawrence’s Wotnot

The Stand Comedy Club II, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £8

13:15 This Is Soap

C venues - C, 7-27 Aug, not 14, £6.50 – £8.50

BBC: The Festival Cafe

BBC @ Potterrow, 7-17 Aug, weekdays only, £free

BBC: The Richard Bacon Show

BBC @ Potterrow, 22-23 Aug, £free

Mugging Chickens

Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 7-26 Aug, £free

Afternoon Delight

Just The Tonic at the Caves, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £5

Working Men’s Club

Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 7-26 Aug, not 13, 20, £free

Soap Box - The Comedy Debate Slam Scottish Comedy Festival @ The Beehive Inn, 7-26 Aug, £free

Mace and Burton: Rom Com Con

The Canons’ Gait, 8-26 Aug, not 14, 21, £free

Kieran Hodgson: Supervillain

The Voodoo Rooms, 7-25 Aug, £free

Adam Larter: Happy New Year - A Free Comedy Show

Laughing Horse @ Captain Taylor’s Coffee House, 7-26 Aug, £free

The Cabaret Voltaire, 7-25 Aug, £free

Belushi’s, 7-25 Aug, £free

Will Marsh’s Ruination

Just The Tonic at the Caves, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £5 – £8

13:25 Jay Foreman’s Mixtape

Underbelly, Cowgate, 1926 Aug, £9 – £10

The Look of an Angel on the Devil Himself

Sweet Grassmarket, 7-27 Aug, not 18, 25, £7

Bob Graham Work Ethic

Scottish Comedy Festival @ The Beehive Inn, 8-26 Aug, not 13, 19, 20, £free

13:30 Gareth Morinan: Truth Doodler

Underbelly, Bristo Square, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £8.50 – £9.50

A Coach Load of Lesley

The Voodoo Rooms, 7-25 Aug, not 13, £free

Kelly Kingham: Goody Two-Shoes - Free

The Royal Mile Tavern, 7-25 Aug, £free

Back to School

Pleasance at Braidwood Centre, 10-26 Aug, not 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, £15

David O’Doherty Presents 403 Second Masterworks Gilded Balloon Teviot, 14 Aug, £11.50

1000 Years of Scotland’s Dark Past

The Edinburgh Dungeon, 7 Aug - 2 Sep, £10.50

Bridget Christie: War Donkey The Assembly Rooms, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £10

Gentlemen Bears

The Hudson Hotel, 7-25 Aug, £free

Ian Smith and Tom Toal Whistlebinkies, 7-25 Aug, £free

Chris Corcoran and Elis James - The Committee Meeting

Underbelly, Bristo Square, 7-27 Aug, not 14, £9 – £10

California Beach Bungalow

C venues - C aquila, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £6.50 – £8.50

Pam Ford Salon Secrets - Free

Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 7-26 Aug, £free

Austentatious: An Improvised Jane Austen Novel

Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £free

13:40 Jessica Pidsley’s I Can Make You Thin(k)

Underbelly, Bristo Square, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £8 – £9

13:45 Josh Richards: Keith Looks Back in Anger - Free

Alternative Fringe @ The Hive, 7-26 Aug, £free

Control Alt Delete - The Funny Side of Computers

Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 8-26 Aug, not 14, 21, £free

Josie Long and Sam Schäfer’s Awkward Romance Mood Nightclub, 13-17 Aug, £free

George Ryegold’s God-In-A-Bag

Underbelly, Bristo Square, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £9 – £10

The Joke Circus - Free Bannermans, 7-11 Aug, £free

Giant Talking Cat Free Festival

Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 17-26 Aug, £free

Free Footlights

Le Monde, 7-25 Aug, not 15, £free

14:00 Hannah Gadsby Mary. Contrary.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 9-26 Aug, not 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, £9.50 – £10.50

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comedylistings Bristol Revunions: Destination Adventure

Just The Tonic at the Caves, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £7.50 – £8.50

The Early Edition

Underbelly, Bristo Square, 7-25 Aug, not 13, £11 – £13

Dixon of Fogg Green - Free

Alternative Fringe @ The Hive, 19-26 Aug, £free

Funny Women at the Fringe

Assembly George Square, 8-17 Aug, £10 – £12

Luke and Harry’s Dot Dot Dot Just The Tonic at the Caves, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £8 – £9

Fliss Russell - Life is Fliss

Dragonfly, 7-25 Aug, not 16, £free

Lara A King - People Pleaser

Assembly George Square, Various dates from 7 Aug to 26 Aug, £10

Sandi Toksvig Live: My Valentine

Pleasance Courtyard, 1723 Aug, £10 – £14

The Two O’Clock Show

The Banshee Labyrinth, 7-25 Aug, not 13, £free

This Arthur’s Seat Gala Belongs to Lionel Richie

Summit of Arthur’s Seat, 18 Aug, £free

1000 Years of Scotland’s Dark Past

The Edinburgh Dungeon, 7 Aug - 2 Sep, £10.50

All the Fun of the Unfair 2012

Siglo, 7-25 Aug, £free

Amnesty International Comedians vs Critics Football Match

The Meadows, 8 Aug, Free

14:05

Best of the Fest Daytime

Assembly George Square, 7-26 Aug, not 13, 20, £10 – £12.50

Roland Rides The Rail’s! (again) - Free

Under Your Feet

Laughing Horse @ Finnegan’s Wake, 7-27 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £free

Helsinki

Richard Herring’s Edinburgh Fringe Podcast

Southsider, 7-25 Aug, £free Laughing Horse @ Jekyll & Hyde, 7-26 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £free

Amused Moose Laughter Awards Top Ten Semi-Final The Bongo Club, 17 Aug, £10

AAA Batteries (Not Included) - Free

Laughing Horse @ Meadow Bar, 7-26 Aug, £free

No Poofs No Piano

theSpace on the Mile , 7-18 Aug, not 12, £5

Amused Moose Comedy Awards Final The Bongo Club, 19 Aug, £12

14:15 Gagging for Attention

Just The Tonic at the Caves, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £3

Activism Is Fun

Globe, 7-25 Aug, not 13, £free

BBC: Comic Fringes BBC @ Potterrow, 18 Aug, £free

Nutters of the British Isles: The Complete Field Guide - Free

Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £free

The Stand Comedy Club, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £10

It’s Not Us, It’s You - Free

Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 7-26 Aug, £free

BEASTS

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-27 Aug, not 14, £8 – £9

Phil Buckley - Simple Things - Free Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 7-26 Aug, £free

14:20 Eric’s Tales of the Sea - A Submariner’s Yarn Just The Tonic at the Caves, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £9 – £10.50

Jack Jerome’s Journey of Life

Just the Tonic at The Tron, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £8

Eleanor Tiernan Rogue H

The Stand Comedy Club III & IV, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £8

The One Hour Plays Underbelly, Cowgate, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £8 – £9.50

14:25

Reshape While Damp

Paradise in The Vault, 7-19 Aug, not 13, £7.50

Laughing Horse @ Captain Taylor’s Coffee House, 7-12 Aug, £free

14:30

1000 Years of Scotland’s Dark Past

Sarah Jones: Does Not Play Well With Others

Tennyson Hanbury’s Condensed Cabaret

C venues - C aquila, 19-27 Aug, £8.50 – £10.50

Angela Barnes and Matt Richardson Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 7-26 Aug, not 15, £free

The Birmingham Footnotes Drop Their Trousers Base Nightclub, 7-11 Aug, £free

Jessie Cave: Bookworm HHH

Underbelly, Cowgate, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £9 – £10

Ian Fox - Shutter Monkey (The Comedy Show With Pictures) - Free

Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 7-26 Aug, £free

The One-Eyed Men’s Friendship Formula - Free Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 7-26 Aug, not 11, 18, £free

Tom Lauri: Good With His Fingers

BBC: Christopher Brookmyre’s Comedy Bookcase

Sweet Grassmarket, 11-27 Aug, not 18, 25, £7

Scottish Comedy Festival @ The Beehive Inn, 7-26 Aug, not 16, £free

Once Upon A Time...

Silky: Nut Allegory

The Stand Comedy Club II, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £8

The Edinburgh Revue Stand Up Show

BBC @ Potterrow, 7-9 Aug, £free

The Edinburgh Dungeon, 7 Aug - 2 Sep, £10.50

Belushi’s, 7-25 Aug, £free

This Comedy Mob Belongs to Lionel Richie

The Scott Monument, 25 Aug, £free

Barbara Nice: Mrs Nice HH

The Assembly Rooms, 7-25 Aug, not 13, £10

Square Eye Pair

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 7-27 Aug, not 14, 21, £8.50 – £9.50

14:35 Convicted

The Cabaret Voltaire, 7-25 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, £free

14:40 Billy Kirkwood’s Show Me Your Tattoo 2012 Scottish Comedy Festival @ The Beehive Inn, 7-25 Aug, not 13, 20, £free

Vinegar Knickers: On The Edge Just The Tonic at the Caves, 7-26 Aug, not 14, 16, 17, £8 – £9.50

10 Films With My Dad

The Voodoo Rooms, 7-25 Aug, not 14, £free

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14:45 In Vino Veritas - Free Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 7-26 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £free

And Still Rarely Rong Whistlebinkies, 7-25 Aug, £free

Bec Hill is More Afraid of You Than You Are of Her!

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 7-26 Aug, not 15, £8 – £9

Santa’s Dead and We Have Killed Him Opium, 7-11 Aug, £free

Slap and Giggle: Retrial

Opium, 12-25 Aug, £free

Best of Waterloo Comedy Club

Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 18-26 Aug, £free

Someone, Somewhere

The Royal Mile Tavern, 7-25 Aug, £free

American Girlfriend: Laura Levites

Alternative Fringe @ The Hive, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £free

14:50 Hennessy & Friends: A History of Violence Underbelly, Bristo Square, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £9 – £10

Fran Moulds: Significant Human Error

Underbelly, Bristo Square, 7-26 Aug, £8.50 – £9.50


comedylistings 15:00 RadioHead Redux 2012

Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 8-26 Aug, not 14, 21, £free

No Pressure to Be Funny Venue150 @ EICC, 18 Aug, £10

BBC: Crossing the Media BBC @ Potterrow, 26 Aug, £free

Gemma Arrowsmith: Defender of Earth Le Monde, 7-25 Aug, £free

Rachel Stubbings Is Stubbing Out Problems

Underbelly, Bristo Square, 7-27 Aug, not 14, £8 – £9

Bristol Improv for Hire

Whynot? , 8-25 Aug, not 14, 21, £free

What a Weird and Wonderful Festival! The Voodoo Rooms, 25 Aug, £free

Visual Aids

Rush Bar, 7-18 Aug, £free

1000 Years of Scotland’s Dark Past

The Edinburgh Dungeon, 7 Aug - 2 Sep, £10.50

Ship of Fools: Children of Twelchford

Bannermans, 7-25 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, £free

Mitch Benn: Reduced Circumstances HHH The Stand Comedy Club III & IV, 7-26 Aug, not 8, 13, £10

The Cradle of Comedy

Destiny Church Gorgie, 7-26 Aug, £5

2012: An Improv Odyssey

Rush Bar, 19-25 Aug, £free

15:05

15:10 Parris and Dowler Know What They’re Doing Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 7-26 Aug, not 14, 21, £free

My Stepson Stole My Sonic Screwdriver Gilded Balloon Teviot, 7-26 Aug, not 15, £10 – £11

It’s Grimm Up North

theSpace @ Symposium Hall, 7-25 Aug, not 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, £6 – £8

Jamie Demetriou’s People Day (and Special Guests) Dragonfly, 8-25 Aug, not 14, 21, £free

15:15 Comedy Brass - Free

Laughing Horse @ Meadow Bar, 7-26 Aug, £free

BBC: The Unbelievable Truth BBC @ Potterrow, 13 Aug, £free

❤ Kieran and Joe: Friends of Steel HHHH

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-27 Aug, £8.50 – £9.50

Stand-Up at the Jekyll & Hyde - Free

Laughing Horse @ Jekyll & Hyde, 7-26 Aug, not 16, £free

Katherine Ryan: Nature’s Candy HHH

Gilded Balloon at Third Door, 7-27 Aug, not 13, 26, £9.50 – £10

Ford and Akram: Bamp! HH

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £9 – £9.50

Luke Milford Things I Like Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 7-26 Aug, £free

Kaput

BBC: Front Row

Tim Honnef - Life

Cirque du Charlie Chuck

Men of Character - Free

Plenty More Fish (But I Don’t Have a Fish Fetish)

Underbelly, Bristo Square, 7-27 Aug, not 13, 20, £11 – £13 theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 7-18 Aug, not 12, £7 – £8

Laughing Horse @ Jekyll & Hyde, 7-26 Aug, £free

BBC @ Potterrow, 15 Aug, £free

theSpace on North Bridge, 7-11 Aug, £8

The Fiddler’s Elbow, 7-25 Aug, £free

The Intimate Strangers

Just The Tonic at the Caves, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £8.50 – £9.50

The Oxford Imps

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 7-27 Aug, £10.50 – £12

Forget Therapy - Just Drink - Free Laughing Horse @ The Phoenix, 7-26 Aug, not 13, 20, £free

15:20 Kevin Tomlinson: Crazy Little Thing Called Love!

Just The Tonic at the Caves, Various dates from 8 Aug to 26 Aug, £10 – £11

Kevin Tomlinson: Seven Ages!

Just The Tonic at the Caves, Various dates from 7 Aug to 25 Aug, £10 – £11

Four Screws Loose in #screwtheworld Assembly George Square, 7-27 Aug, not 11, £9 – £10

The Comedy Manifesto

Ciao Roma, 7-25 Aug, not 14, £free

15:25 The Silky Pair: Happy to Help (Plus Special Guests) Just The Tonic at the Caves, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £6

15:30 Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards Show

Pleasance Courtyard, 26 Aug, £14

Dave McNeill: Canoe Ride 3000 Pleasance Courtyard, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £8 – £10

No Turn Unstoned

The Banshee Labyrinth, 7-25 Aug, £free

Chris Henry: We Need to Talk!

Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 7-26 Aug, not 24, £free

LOLympics Live - Free Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 7-26 Aug, £free

Patterson and Ranganathan

Laughing Horse @ The White Horse, 7-26 Aug, £free

Max and Ivan Are... Con Artists Pleasance Courtyard, 7-27 Aug, not 14, £9.50 – £12

The Expeditionary Force in The First Supper

Laughing Horse @ Edinburgh City Football Club, 7-12 Aug, £free

Ladies and Gentlemen - Free

Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 7-26 Aug, £free

Monumental Information’s Product of the Year 2017

Laughing Horse @ Edinburgh City Football Club, 16-26 Aug, £free

Ladies Live Longer: Ladylike

C venues - C nova, 7-27 Aug, £7.50 – £9.50

Nick Page: My Glorious Hypothetical Life As a Eunuch The Shack Comedy Club & Nightclub, 7-25 Aug, not 13, £8

Liam Mullone: A Land Fit For F*ckwits The Stand Comedy Club III & IV, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £8

1000 Years of Scotland’s Dark Past

The Edinburgh Dungeon, 7 Aug - 2 Sep, £10.50

Michael Legge: What a Shame

The Stand Comedy Club II, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £8

Helen Keen: Robot Woman of Tomorrow HHH

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-26 Aug, £8.50 – £9.50

RH: Live

C venues - C aquila, 12-27 Aug, £8.50 – £10.50

BBC: Four Thought BBC @ Potterrow, 20 Aug, £free

15:35 Bruce Hammers’ Bananapocalypse

Just The Tonic at the Caves, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £5 – £6

15:40 Sharron Matthews Superstar: Gold

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-27 Aug, not 13, 20, £12.50 – £14

Owen Niblock: Codemaker

The Voodoo Rooms, 7-25 Aug, not 13, £free

Phil O’Shea

Belushi’s, 7-25 Aug, £free

An Indie Boy’s Guide to Sex and Girls Chiquito, 7-25 Aug, £free

Tom Goodliffe: All in Good Time

Just the Tonic at The Tron, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £6 – £7

Thea-Skot’s Miss Adventures

Just The Tonic at the Caves, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £7 – £8

15:50 Loughborough Players: Athletes of Comedy GHQ, 7-25 Aug, not 13, £free

Quiz in My Pants

The Cabaret Voltaire, 7-25 Aug, not 14, £free

The Dog-Eared Collective: You’re Amazing, Now Look at Me HH Underbelly, Cowgate, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £10 – £11

Dec Munro’s Got Chutzpah

The Royal Mile Tavern, 15-25 Aug, £free

Mark Cooper-Jones: Geography Teacher - Free The Cabaret Voltaire, 7-24 Aug, not 14, 20, £free

David Mills is Smart Casual - Free

15:55

Alternative Fringe @ The Hive, 7-27 Aug, £free

The Tim Vine Chat Show

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-27 Aug, not 8, 14, £14 – £15

Sean Hegarty and Tom O’Mahoney Live - Free

Laughing Horse @ Captain Taylor’s Coffee House, 7-26 Aug, £free

Sarfraz Manzoor: The Boss Rules The Assembly Rooms, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £10

Fark

Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 7-26 Aug, not 15, 16, £free

Discograffiti - Free

Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 11-26 Aug, £free

I Am Google

Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 7-26 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, £free

Through the Looking Screen

Peter Antoniou’s Psychic Circus

Free Improv Show - The Discount Comedy Checkout

Sweet Grassmarket, 7-26 Aug, not 18, 25, £8

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 7-27 Aug, not 14, 21, £8.50 – £9.50

15:45

Simon Munnery: Fylm-Makker HHH

Underbelly, Cowgate, 7-26 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, £10 – £11

Munfred Bernstein’s Cabinet of Wonder

The Stand Comedy Club, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £10

Base Nightclub, 7-18 Aug, £free

Niall McCamley: Lemon Jousting and Other Shenanigans

Scottish Comedy Festival @ The Beehive Inn, 7-26 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, £free

Dolly Mixture

The Voodoo Rooms, 7-25 Aug, not 15, £free

16:00 Jody Kamali: Dirty Filthy Rich - Free

Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £free

Paul Merton’s Impro Chums

Pleasance Courtyard, 16-25 Aug, £13 – £14.50

Mae Day HHH

Just The Tonic at the Caves, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £7

BBC: Christopher Brookmyre’s Comedy Bookcase BBC @ Potterrow, 7-9 Aug, £free

Matthew Crosby is Matthew Crosby in Matthew Crosby (The Show) HHH Pleasance Courtyard, 7-27 Aug, not 14, £10 – £12

The Quadrantines

Opium, 7-25 Aug, £free

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comedylistings Kierkegaard Comedy Show Danish Institute, 8-19 Aug, £10

Daniel-Ryan Spaulding: How Dare You! The Hudson Hotel, 7-25 Aug, not 10, 11, £free

This Barry Ferns Belongs to Lionel Richie

Alternative Fringe @ The Hive, 7-27 Aug, not 15, £free

Phill Jupitus is Porky the Poet in 27 Years On The Jam House, 7-25 Aug, not 13, £free

Pun Run

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 15 Aug, £12

The Cambridge Footlights: Perfect Strangers

Pleasance Dome, 7-27 Aug, £9 – £10

Fred Cooke: Standing, tilted

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £8.50 – £9.50

The Oxford Revue Prattle Royale Underbelly, Cowgate, 7-26 Aug, not 15, £9 – £10

Back to School

Pleasance at Braidwood Centre, 7-26 Aug, not 13, 20, £10 – £15

Beard

Assembly Hall, 7-27 Aug, not 15, £8 – £10

Damien Crow: The World According to Damien Crow HH

The Assembly Rooms, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £10

Rob Auton: The Yellow Show

The Banshee Labyrinth, 7-25 Aug, not 14, £free

Constant Craving - Free

Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 7-26 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £free

BBC: Just a Minute BBC @ Potterrow, 14 Aug, £free

6 Foot Silly - Free

Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 7-17 Aug, not 11, £free

1000 Years of Scotland’s Dark Past

The Edinburgh Dungeon, 7 Aug - 2 Sep, £10.50

Arguments and Nosebleeds - Free

Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 26 Aug, £free

Occupied

53 Frederick St Guest House, 10-25 Aug, not 13, 20, £free

16:05 Matt Forde: Eyes to the Right, Nose to the Left

Underbelly, Bristo Square, 7-26 Aug, £8.50 – £9.50

An Austrian and Someone from Slough

Laughing Horse @ Jekyll & Hyde, 7-26 Aug, not 14, 21, £free

Half of Next Year’s Show - Free

Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 7-26 Aug, £free

16:10

16:30

Shirley and Shirley Unleashed

Chris McCausland: Not Blind Enough

Underbelly, Bristo Square, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £10 – £11

16:15 The Pigeon Hole Presents: Stand-Up Comedy - PBH’s Free Fringe Mood Nightclub, 7-25 Aug, £free

Making Life Taste Funnier

Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 7-26 Aug, £free

Rory O’Hanlon: A Bit of Craic in the Afternoon

Rush Bar, 7-25 Aug, not 13, 16, 17, £free

Do Not Adjust Your Stage

Whynot? , 7-25 Aug, not 14, 21, £free

Deborah FrancesWhite: Cult Following Assembly Roxy, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £10 – £11

John Hastings: UnRelentless

Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 7-26 Aug, £free

Genevieve Swallow is Sharing Le Monde, 7-25 Aug, not 15, £free

Gerry Howell: Glorious Invention

Bannermans, 7-24 Aug, not 11, 18, £free

16:20 Gráinne Maguire: Where Are All the Fun Places and Are Lots of People There Having Better Fun?

Underbelly, Bristo Square, 7-26 Aug, not 15, £8.50 – £9.50

Gravity Boots

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £8 – £9

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £11 – £12

Paul Dennis’s Inappropriate Bits - Free Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 7-26 Aug, not 15, £free

1000 Years of Scotland’s Dark Past

The Edinburgh Dungeon, 7 Aug - 2 Sep, £10.50

The Bob Blackman Appreciation Society Presents - Free Laughing Horse @ Meadow Bar, 7-12 Aug, £free

Jim Smallman: Let’s Be Friends Gilded Balloon Teviot, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £9

Lead Pencil

The Fiddler’s Elbow, 1325 Aug, £free

The McLough-Hess Monster

Laughing Horse @ Jekyll & Hyde, 7-26 Aug, not 16, £free

Itch: A Scratch Event Pleasance Courtyard, 14 Aug, £8

Thomas Nelstrop: Great(ish) Hits HH Pleasance Courtyard, 7-27 Aug, not 14, £10 – £11

McNeil and Pamphilon

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-27 Aug, not 14, £10 – £11

Aberdeen vs. Glasgow vs. The World II - Free

Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 7-26 Aug, £free

Asher Treleaven: Troubadour HHH

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £9.50 – £10.50

Kevin Dewsbury: In... Sane - Free Laughing Horse @ Meadow Bar, 13-26 Aug, £free

Fresh Faces at the Free Fringe

Southsider, 7-25 Aug, £free

Dissecting Comedy - Free

BBC: In Tune

Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 7-26 Aug, £free

Morgan & West: Clockwork Miracles

Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 7-26 Aug, £free

BBC @ Potterrow, 24 Aug, £free

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 7-27 Aug, not 14, £9.50 – £10.50

16:40 David Longley: My Favourite Things HHH

The Stand Comedy Club II, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £8

Holly Burn: The H Club

Just The Tonic at the Caves, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £7 – £8

Otto Kuhnle: Ich Bin Ein Berliner

Assembly George Square, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £8.50 – £10.50

❤ Mary Bourke: Hail Mary! HHHH The Stand Comedy Club III & IV, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £8

16:45

Jem Brookes: Thumbs Up - Free

Not Treasure Island Just The Tonic at the Caves, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £5 – £6

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-27 Aug, not 13, 20, £8.50 – £9.50

Jackson Voorhaar’s One True Love(s) - Free

Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £free

Lewis Schaffer: No YOU Shut Up! - Free

Alternative Fringe @ The Hive, 7-26 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, £free

Erich McElroy: The Brit Identity

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-27 Aug, not 8, 14, £11 – £12

The Ginge, the Geordie and the Geek- All New Show 2012 Just The Tonic at the Caves, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £9.50 – £12

Cariad Lloyd - The Freewheelin’ Cariad Lloyd HHH Pleasance Courtyard, 7-27 Aug, not 14, £9 – £10

Jigsaw: Gettin’ Jiggy HHH

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-27 Aug, £8.50 – £9.50

Born to be Mild

The Shack Comedy Club & Nightclub, 7-18 Aug, not 13, £7

No Country for Old Men

Scottish Comedy Festival @ The Beehive Inn, 11-18 Aug, £free

Leads & Stern

The Edinburgh Revue Sketch Show

End of the World Show 2012

Globe, 7-25 Aug, not 14, £free

The Banshee Labyrinth, 7-25 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, £free

16:50 Angus and Cameron: Village Idiots - Free

Laughing Horse @ Bar 50, 7-14 Aug, £free

Lights! Camera! Improvise!

Underbelly, Bristo Square, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £10 – £11

Fat Kitten vs. the World

Fat Kitten Goes Speed Dating

The Voodoo Rooms, Various dates from 7 Aug to 14 Aug, £free

Michelle de Swarte

Belushi’s, 7-25 Aug, not 15, £free

16:55 Alan Hudson’s Not So Secret World of Magic

Just The Tonic at the Caves, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £7 – £9

Discover Ben Target Underbelly, Cowgate, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £9 – £10

Yianni: Numb and Number - Free

The Canons’ Gait, 7-25 Aug, not 14, £free

Simply the Jest presents Middle Class Tripe

Chiquito, 10-25 Aug, £free

17:00 Bad Musical

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £10 – £11

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BBC @ Potterrow, 13 Aug, £free

Computer Programmer Extraordinaire

The Voodoo Rooms, 1625 Aug, not 22, £free

The Pin

BBC: The Unbelievable Truth

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Underbelly, Cowgate, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £9 – £10

Ryan’s Cellar Bar, 7-25 Aug, not 12, 19, £free

The Pauly Show Episode One

Just the Tonic at The Tron, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £7 – £10

The Tim and Pat Show

The Cabaret Voltaire, 7-25 Aug, not 13, 20, £free

The Great Big Comedy Picnic - Free

Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 7-26 Aug, £free

John Robertson - The Dark Room - Free Alternative Fringe @ The Hive, 7-27 Aug, £free

Geoff Norcott Avoids a Double Dip The Shack Comedy Club & Nightclub, 19-25 Aug, £7

Diane Spencer: Exquisite Bad Taste

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £10

One Rogue Reporter HHH Pleasance Courtyard, 7-27 Aug, not 14, £9.50 – £10.50

Jarlath Regan: The Audacity of Hope and the Inspirational Stupidity of Perseverance The Assembly Rooms, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £10

Ferris Bueller’s Way of...

Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 8-26 Aug, not 14, 21, £free

Britain’s Got F*ck All Talent! The Shack Comedy Club & Nightclub, 7-25 Aug, not 13, £7

Firenado! The Sketch Show Buffs Club (RAOB), 7-13 Aug, £free


comedylistings Passion, Pints and Potatoes - An Irish Guide to Life

Dropkick Murphy’s, 7-25 Aug, not 12, 19, £free

German Comedian

Base Nightclub, 7-25 Aug, not 13, 20, £free

The Leeds Tealights: Sexy Chubby Just The Tonic at the Caves, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £7 – £9

The Noise Next Door: Bring The Noise HHH Pleasance Courtyard, 7-27 Aug, not 8, 14, £13 – £14

The SomeNews Live Show - Free

The Great Puppet Horn

The Fitzrovia Radio Hour

The Best of Irish Comedy

Cammy’s Teatime

17:35

Ben Hustwayte & Jack Campbell: Get It On

Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 7-27 Aug, not 16, £free

Folken Britain

Milo McCabe: Kenny Moon This Is Your Life

BBC: The Kitchen Cabinet

The Beta Males in... The Space Race

Trevor Lock’s Amateur Sex Tape Theory

Birth Order

BBC: Just a Minute

Well Done You - Free

Nick Mohammed is Mr Swallow: 2012

17:15 Christian Reilly: This Is Not A Love Song Whistlebinkies, 7-18 Aug, £free

Do Not Trust the Animals - Free

Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 7-26 Aug, £free

BBC: Dilemma

BBC @ Potterrow, 16 Aug, £free

1000 Years of Scotland’s Dark Past

Gadd and Winning: Well, This is Awkwarder

17:05

David O’Doherty Presents 403 Second Masterworks

The Edinburgh Dungeon, 7 Aug - 2 Sep, £10.50

Rory & Tim: Good for Nothing

The Voodoo Rooms, 7-25 Aug, not 13, £free

Blind Date Ruined My Life

Sweet Grassmarket, 7-26 Aug, not 18, 25, £7.50

Stephanie Laing and Martin Croser: Greens! The Cabaret Voltaire, 7-17 Aug, £free

Rosie Thorn and The Patsy Cornish Saga theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 21-25 Aug, £7

Opium, 11-25 Aug, £free

The Assembly Rooms, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £10

Michael Redmond: Mannequins, Fishmongers, Guacamole and Me ... and Other Things

The Stand Comedy Club, 7-26 Aug, not 13, 20, £10

Monkey Poet - Potty Mouth

17:20

Ben Verth: Alsatian and Chips

Underbelly, Bristo Square, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £9.50 – £11

Pleasance Courtyard, 21 Aug, £14

Sheeps - Dancing with Lisa

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £10 – £11

Josh Widdicombe: The Further Adventures of... Extra Show

Pleasance Courtyard, 14 Aug, £11

Jennifer Carnovale - Scraping the Barrel - Free Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 7-26 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £free

1000 Years of Scotland’s Dark Past

The Edinburgh Dungeon, 7 Aug - 2 Sep, £10.50

The Thinking Drinkers Guide to Alcohol

Lucy Porter - People Person HHH

The Tim Vine Chat Show

BBC @ Potterrow, 14 Aug, £free

Nik Coppin’s Caricatures - Free Festival

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 11-26 Aug, £10.50 – £12.50

Nicholas Parsons’ Happy Hour

Scottish Comedy Festival @ The Beehive Inn, 7-26 Aug, not 9, 16, £free

Le Monde, 7-25 Aug, not 13, 20, £free

Man 1, Bank 0

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 7-27 Aug, not 13, 20, £8.50 – £9.50

The Banshee Labyrinth, 7-25 Aug, not 14, £free

The Jazz Bar, 22-26 Aug, £5

James Christopher: Bring Me the Head of Russell Kane - Free

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 20 Aug, £11.50

17:10 Pleasance Courtyard, 9-26 Aug, not 14, 21, £11 – £12

Laughing Horse @ Captain Taylor’s Coffee House, 7-26 Aug, £free

Laurence Clark: Inspired

Bad Bread: 2012 The Survival Guide Underbelly, Cowgate, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £9.50 – £10.50

Hanks and Conran Pigs in Blankets Just The Tonic at the Caves, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £7.50

17:30 Scientist Turned Comedian: Tim Lee HH

Assembly Roxy, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £11 – £12

The Banshee Labyrinth, 7-25 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, £free

Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 7-27 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, £free

Laughing Horse Free Comedy Selection Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 7-26 Aug, £free

Barry Cryer and Ronnie Golden Going Gaga

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 7-10 Aug, £12

Sean Hughes - Life Becomes Noises Pleasance Courtyard, 7-27 Aug, not 8, 14, £13 – £14

Phil Mann’s Full Mind Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 7-26 Aug, £free

Benny Boot: Def-Con 4

Underbelly, Bristo Square, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £9.50 – £10.50

❤ Nick Helm: This Means War! HHHH

Pleasance Dome, 7-27 Aug, not 8, 14, £12.50 – £13.50

Lost Voice Guy and Jeff Lantern - Not Afraid of Tablets Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 8 Aug, 15 Aug, £free

Underbelly, Cowgate, 7-26 Aug, not 15, £9 – £10.50

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £8.50 – £10

Ryan Withers - One Woman Showe - Free

Laughing Horse @ Jekyll & Hyde, 7-26 Aug, £free

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 7-27 Aug, not 15, £10 – £11

BBC @ Potterrow, 26 Aug, £free

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-27 Aug, not 14, £10 – £11

17:40

Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £free

❤ Catriona Knox Hellcat HHHH

Matthew Highton’s End of the Road

Underbelly, Bristo Square, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £9 – £10

The Three Englishmen: Squares

Siglo, 7-26 Aug, £free

Chris Stokes: An Opera Written On Napkins

Pleasance Dome, 7-27 Aug, not 11, £9 – £9.50

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-27 Aug, not 14, £8 – £9

17:45

Garrett Millerick: Which One’s Fergal?

Ed Eales-White: Champions

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £7.50 – £9

The Kids We Used To Be - Free Laughing Horse @ The Phoenix, 7-14 Aug, £free

Aaaand Now for Something Completely Wireless - Free Laughing Horse @ Meadow Bar, 7-26 Aug, £free

The Magical Adventures of Pete Heat Gilded Balloon at Third Door, 7-27 Aug, £10 – £12

Ladystache

Laughing Horse @ The Phoenix, 15-26 Aug, £free

Billy Watson - Sex, Drugs and Marriage - Free Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 7-25 Aug, not 13, 20, £free

Chris Brain: A Better Place Gilded Balloon Teviot, 7-27 Aug, not 14, 21, £8.50 – £9.50

Maff Brown’s Parade of This Gilded Balloon Teviot, 7-26 Aug, not 8, 13, £8 – £9

Southsider, 7-25 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, £free

Hill and Weedon

Laughing Horse @ Jekyll & Hyde, 7-26 Aug, not 16, £free

3 Days Off Jesus - Free

Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 7-26 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, £free

Chris Dangerfield: Sex Tourist

Alternative Fringe @ The Hive, 7-26 Aug, £free

17:50 Wil Hodgson: Kidnapped By Catwoman

The Stand Comedy Club III & IV, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £8

Test Tube Comedy

Ciao Roma, 7-25 Aug, £free

Gavin Webster: Bill Hicks Wasn’t Very Good HH

The Stand Comedy Club II, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £8

18:00 Big Value Comedy Show - Early

Just The Tonic at the Caves, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £9 – £10

Xavier Toby: Binge Thinking

C venues - C nova, 7-27 Aug, £8.50 – £10.50

The Stand Comedy Club III & IV, 7-26 Aug, £10

Globe, 7-25 Aug, £free

Alternative Fringe @ The Hive, 7-26 Aug, £5

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-26 Aug, £11 – £12

Dirty Thirties

Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 7-26 Aug, £free

Stephen Carlin: Pandas vs Penguins HHH Pleasance Courtyard, 7-27 Aug, not 8, 14, £11 – £12

Josie Long: Romance and Adventure Pleasance Courtyard, 7-27 Aug, not 18, 19, £11.50 – £12.50

Loretta Maine: Bipolar HHH

Just The Tonic at the Caves, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £9 – £10

The Full Irish

Laughing Horse @ Finnegan’s Wake, 7-26 Aug, £free

All Star Stand-Up Showcase - Free

Laughing Horse @ The White Horse, 7-26 Aug, £free

Fresh Faces at the Free Fringe Belushi’s, 7-25 Aug, £free

Rob Beckett’s Summer Holiday

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-27 Aug, not 14, £10 – £12

The Six O’Clock Club

Kilderkin, 7-25 Aug, not 13, £free

Suzi Ruffell: Let’s Get Ready to Ruffell Pleasance Courtyard, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £10 – £11

Susan Calman: This Lady’s Not for Turning Either

Underbelly, Bristo Square, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £11 – £12

Jimeoin - What?!

Venue150 @ EICC, 7-26 Aug, not 21, 22, 23, 24, £13.50 – £15.50

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comedylistings 1000 Years of Scotland’s Dark Past

The Edinburgh Dungeon, 7 Aug - 2 Sep, £10.50

Laughing Horse Free Pick of the Fringe Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 7-26 Aug, £free

The Axis of Awesome: Cry Yourself A River HH Pleasance Courtyard, 7-19 Aug, £14 – £16

18:05 Richard Wiseman: Psychobabble

The Canons’ Gait, 8 Aug, 15 Aug, 22 Aug, £free

George’s Marvellous Medics theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 20-25 Aug, £6

Stewart Lee - Carpet Remnant World The Assembly Rooms, 7-26 Aug, not 13, 20, £15

Black Country Cider Lions - Free

Laughing Horse @ Bar 50, 7-26 Aug, £free

Nick Beaton Does Not Play Well With Others

The Shack Comedy Club & Nightclub, 7-25 Aug, not 13, £7 – £8

A Betrayal of Penguins - Harmed and Dangerous

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 7-11 Aug, £9.50 – £10

Jack Barry and Patrick Turpin: Your New Mild Friends

Buffs Club (RAOB), 7-25 Aug, not 13, 20, £free

Billy The Mime HHH

Underbelly, Bristo Square, 7-27 Aug, not 19, £11 – £12

Chris Dugdale’s 2 Faced Deception

Assembly George Square, 7-27 Aug, £11 – £12

Adam Strauss: Varieties of Religious Experience The Royal Mile Tavern, 7-25 Aug, not 14, £free

Rick Shapiro: Rebirth Assembly George Square, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £13 – £14

Michelle Wormleighton Bewildered

Chiquito, 7-25 Aug, not 13, 20, £free

18:15 Michael Workman - Mercy

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £9 – £10

NewsRevue

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £12.50 – £15

❤ Carl Hutchinson: Acceptable? HHHH Just The Tonic at the Caves, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £6 – £7.50

WitTank HHH

Base Nightclub, 7-25 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, £free

BBC: The Philosopher’s Arms BBC @ Potterrow, 21 Aug, £free

Gordon Southern’s A Brief History of History

Sammy J and Randy The Inheritance

Basic Training

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £10 – £12

You Are Being Lied To 2012

Scottish Comedy Festival @ The Beehive Inn, 7-26 Aug, £free

18:10

Marek Larwood Typecast

Norwegians of Comedy

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 12-26 Aug, £12

Underbelly, Bristo Square, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £13 – £15

The Cabaret Voltaire, 7-25 Aug, £free

Just The Tonic at the Caves, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £6 – £10

Oliver Dean and His Fantastic Ego! Live

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 7-25 Aug, not 12, 19, £3

2 Facedbook 3

Thatcher’s Death Party

Matt and Ian’s Improv Show

Sweet Grassmarket, 7-27 Aug, not 18, 25, £8

Frimston and Rowett: Huge Mistakes

Just The Tonic at the Caves, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £8

Inspired - Life 101

Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 8-26 Aug, not 14, 21, £free

Sajeela Kershi: Regret-Me-Nots

Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 7-26 Aug, not 13, 20, £free

Helen Arney - Voice of an Angle HHH Underbelly, Cowgate, 7-26 Aug, not 15, £10 – £11

Greg Proops

Assembly George Square, 16-25 Aug, £15 – £16

18:20 Caimh McDonnell: The Art of Conversation

Just the Tonic at The Tron, 7-26 Aug, not 14, 15, £6 – £7

GHQ, 7-19 Aug, £free Pleasance Courtyard, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £8.50 – £9.50

18:25 Harrison Greenbaum: What Just Happened? - CANCELLED Underbelly, Cowgate, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £9.50 – £10.50

Alfie Brown: Soul for Sale Underbelly, Cowgate, 7-26 Aug, £9.50 – £10.50

Stuart Mitchell Presents ‘It’s Just a Phrase I Am Going Through’

Scottish Comedy Festival @ The Beehive Inn, 7-26 Aug, £free

18:30 Sex Ed: The Musical! theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 7-25 Aug, not 12, 19, £8 – £9

Peter Edwards: Love Everyone Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 7-26 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £free

Spring Day: Learn How to Take a Punch - Free

Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 7-26 Aug, £free

Damian Kingsley: Work in Progress - Free

Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 12-26 Aug, £free

Rookie Mistakes

The Street, 15-25 Aug, £free

The Top Secret Comedy Club

Whistlebinkies, 7-24 Aug, not 11, 18, £free

Denise Scott Regrets

Totally Tom

Assembly Hall, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £9.50 – £10.50

The Durham Revue

Underbelly, Cowgate, 7-21 Aug, not 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, £9 – £10

Max Fletcher: Delicious

Opium, 7-25 Aug, £free

1000 Years of Scotland’s Dark Past

The Edinburgh Dungeon, 7 Aug - 2 Sep, £10.50

Would You Let Your Daughter Marry A Weegie?

The Hudson Hotel, 7-25 Aug, £free

Underbelly, Bristo Square, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £10 – £11

Charmian Hughes: Charmageddon!

The Banshee Labyrinth, 7-25 Aug, not 14, 21, £free

18:45 Alexis Dubus: Cars & Girls HHH Assembly Roxy, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £9.50 – £10.50

Totally Wired! Reunion Farewell (Welfare) Tour - A Sperm’s Tail and Other Tales - Free

Underbelly, Bristo Square, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £9.50 – £11

19:00 Trevor Browne - I Think ... I Am

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £8.50 – £9.50

101 Comedy Club - Free

Laughing Horse @ Meadow Bar, 7-26 Aug, £free

Aaron Twitchen’s Quarter Life Crisis

Southsider, 7-25 Aug, £free

Laughing Horse @ Captain Taylor’s Coffee House, 19-26 Aug, £free

Seymour Mace: Squeg!

Venue150 @ EICC, 7-26 Aug, not 22, £13.50 – £15.50

Phill Jupitus - You’re Probably Wondering Why I’ve Asked You Here...

Elis James: Speaking As a Mother...

❤ Jessica Fostekew: Brave New Word HHHH

Absolute Improv!

Distract and Conquer Amarone, 7-25 Aug, £free

Daniel Sloss - The Show

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £8 – £9.50

BBC: John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme

BBC @ Potterrow, 18 Aug, £free

18:35 Ian D. Montfort Unbelievable

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-27 Aug, £12 – £14

18:40 Overexposed: A Slightly Awkward Peep Show

Fingers Piano Bar, 7-18 Aug, not 13, £free

Mark Nelson - Under the Radar HHH Underbelly, Cowgate, 7-26 Aug, not 15, £10 – £11

The Harri-Parris - The Leaving Do Zoo, 7-26 Aug, not 15, £9

Chortle Presents: Fast Fringe

Pleasance Dome, 7-25 Aug, £8.50 – £9.50

Kerry Gilbert Triumphs

Just The Tonic at the Caves, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £7 – £8.50

The Stand Comedy Club, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £12 C venues - C nova, 7-27 Aug, £8.50 – £10.50

Bus-ting to Laugh - Free

Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 7-26 Aug, £free

The Stand Comedy Club II, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £8

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-27 Aug, not 14, £10 – £12

Celia Pacquola Delayed HHH

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 7-27 Aug, not 14, £9.50 – £10.50

Funny’s Funny: Fantastic Fringe Finale - Free

Laughing Horse Free Comedy Selection

Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 7-26 Aug, £free

Aidan Killian: Free to Obey - Free

The Queen’s Hall, 21-24 Aug, £22.50

Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 7-26 Aug, £free

Alternative Fringe @ The Hive, 7-27 Aug, not 21, 24, £free

18:50 Stories from the Middle

Laughing Horse @ Jekyll & Hyde, 7-14 Aug, £free

Dan Nightingale: The 11 and a 1/2 Ill-conceived Edinburgh Shows of Dan Nightingale Pleasance Dome, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £8.50 – £10.50

Andrew Bird’s Global Village Fete HH

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 7-25 Aug, £8.50 – £9.50

Would Like to Meet - Free

Laughing Horse @ Jekyll & Hyde, 15-26 Aug, £free

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Alistair Barrie: Urban Fogey HHH

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Suggs: My Life Story in Words and Music

Vladimir McTavish and Keir McAllister Look at the State of Scotland The Stand Comedy Club III & IV, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £8

1000 Years of Scotland’s Dark Past

The Edinburgh Dungeon, 7 Aug - 2 Sep, £10.50

Henry Rollins

The Queen’s Hall, 8-10 Aug, £15

Karma Comedian Stella Graham - Free Laughing Horse @ Jekyll & Hyde, 7-26 Aug, not 16, £free

Amateur Transplants: Adam Kay’s Bum Notes Pleasance Courtyard, 7-27 Aug, not 8, 14, £12 – £13


comedylistings Bob Slayer: He’s A Very Naughty Boy

Alternative Fringe @ The Hive, 7-26 Aug, not 14, 21, £5

Jim Campbell: Nine-Year-Old Man

Underbelly, Bristo Square, 7-27 Aug, not 14, £9 – £10

Itch: A Scratch Event Pleasance Courtyard, 13 Aug, £8

BBC: Tonight With Rory Bremner BBC @ Potterrow, 22 Aug, £free

Barry Castagnola in Where’s Barry

Gilded Balloon at Third Door, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £9.50 – £10.50

5-Step Guide to Being German 2.0 - Free

Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 7-26 Aug, not 13, 20, £free

Josh Widdicombe: The Further Adventures of... HHH

Charlie Baker Freshly Baked Pleasance Courtyard, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £10 – £11

Andrew O’Neill and Marc Burrows Do Music and Comedy and Hideous Murders The Canons’ Gait, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £free

The 7:15pm StandUp Show - Free

Laughing Horse @ The White Horse, 7-26 Aug, £free

Stinky Show

The Banshee Labyrinth, 7-25 Aug, not 14, £free

A Theory of Everything - Free

Laughing Horse @ Edinburgh City Football Club, 7-15 Aug, £free

AAA Stand-Up

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-27 Aug, £9 – £10

Light Relief

C venues - C nova, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £8.50 – £10.50

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-26 Aug, not 13, 23, £11 – £12

Manners Costs Nothing

❤ Daniel Simonsen Champions HHHH

Upstaging: A Modern Guide to Acting for Gentlemen and Gentleladies - Free

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-27 Aug, not 13, 20, £8.50 – £10

Tom Deacon: Deaconator HHH

Pleasance Dome, 7-25 Aug, £8.50 – £9.50

This Time It’s Personal

Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £free

Giacinto Palmieri: Pagliaccio

Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 7-26 Aug, £free

Heroes of Alternative Fringe

Alternative Fringe @ The Hive, 27 Aug, £5

19:05 Sploshy: A Sketch Show

Ciao Roma, 11-25 Aug, not 15, 22, £free

19:15 Marlon Davis: Enter the Davism Pleasance Courtyard, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £10 – £11

Perfectly Bananas

Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 7-27 Aug, £free

Globe, 7-18 Aug, £free

Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 7-26 Aug, not 13, 20, £free

Trevor Noah: The Racist

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £9 – £10

19:20 John Robins: Incredible Scenes!

Just The Tonic at the Caves, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £9 – £10

Barry Morgan’s World of Organs HH

Underbelly, Bristo Square, 7-27 Aug, not 13, 20, £11.50 – £13.50

David O’Doherty: Seize the David O’Doherty

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £14 – £15

Bobby Carroll: Low Voltage - Free The Royal Mile Tavern, 7-25 Aug, £free

19:25 Songs, Stories and Downright Lies Paradise in The Vault, 21-27 Aug, £8

Danny Bhoy: Dear Epson

Venue150 @ EICC, 7-8 Aug, £16.50

19:30 Paul Foot - Kenny Larch Is Dead Underbelly, Cowgate, 7-26 Aug, not 15, £10.50 – £12

Thomas Hardie Presents: Where’s Thomas, Hardie?

The Voodoo Rooms, 7-25 Aug, not 13, 20, £free

Tim FitzHigham: Stop the Pigeon HH Pleasance Courtyard, 7-27 Aug, not 15, £11 – £12.50

Owen O’Neill: Struck By Lightning The Assembly Rooms, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £10

Baby Wants Candy: The Completely Improvised Full Band Musical! Assembly George Square, 7-27 Aug, £13 – £15

Stuart Goldsmith: Pr!ck HHH

Catch Comedy Presents: Edinburgh Fringe Showcase Cafe Camino, 13-17 Aug, £free

Künt’s on Daytime TV - Free

Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 7-26 Aug, not 11, £free

Ted & Co The Dinner Show

Hilton Edinburgh Grosvenor, 10 Aug, 11 Aug, 24 Aug, 25 Aug, £46

Bob Doolally’s Euro Crisis

The Stand Comedy Club, 13 Aug, £10

Yorkshire Comedy Cabaret IV: Jokers, Born and Interbred - Free Base Nightclub, 7-25 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, £free

❤ Carl-Einar Häckner: Handluggage HHHH Gilded Balloon Teviot, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £9.50 – £10.50

Born to be Mild

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-26 Aug, not 15, £9 – £10

The Shack Comedy Club & Nightclub, 19-25 Aug, £7

Big Value Comedy Show - Middle

Bungo Menebla!

Just The Tonic at the Caves, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £9 – £10

BBC: London 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony Screening BBC @ Potterrow, 12 Aug, £free

Comedy Gala 2012: In Aid of Waverley Care Festival Theatre Edinburgh, 23 Aug, £25

Horne and Key and... Pleasance Dome, 14 Aug, £12

Mace and Burton: Heartbreak Hotel

Buffs Club (RAOB), 8-25 Aug, not 14, 21, £free

Craig Hill - Jock’s Trap!

Underbelly, Bristo Square, 7-27 Aug, not 13, 20, £12.50 – £14.50

The Funeral of Conor O’Toole HHH

Underbelly, Bristo Square, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £8 – £9

Frisky & Mannish: Extra-Curricular Activities Assembly Hall, 16-26 Aug, not 20, 21, 22, £16

Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 13-26 Aug, £free

DeAnne Smith: Livin’ The Sweet Life HHH Gilded Balloon Teviot, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £9 – £10

Rhod Gilbert: The Man With the Flaming Battenberg Tattoo

Venue150 @ EICC, 15-26 Aug, not 20, 21, £20

The Not Quite Quartet

Just The Tonic at the Caves, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £7.50 – £8.50

Adam Hills: Mess Around Assembly Hall, 7-19 Aug, £12 – £13

Andrew Ryan: Ryanopoly

Just the Tonic at The Tron, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £7 – £8.50

❤ Mark Watson: The Information HHHH

Assembly George Square, 7-27 Aug, not 13, 20, £15

Alan Davies - Life is Pain HHH

Venue150 @ EICC, 9-14 Aug, £20

School of Comedy

Assembly Hall, 20-26 Aug, £10

19:45 People Person

Opium, 7-25 Aug, £free

Fred MacAulay: Legally Bald 2

The Stand Comedy Club III & IV, 7-26 Aug, not 13, 20, £10

The History Girls Present: A Summary of Things So Far

Catie Wilkins: Joy Is My Middle Name Underbelly, Cowgate, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £9.50 – £10.50

Lloyd Langford: One Day in the Life of Lloyd Owen Langford HHH The Assembly Rooms, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £10

Can You Put This in the Bin for Me? - Free Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 14-26 Aug, £free

The Ginge, the Geordie and the Geek- All New Show 2012 Just The Tonic at the Caves, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £9.50 – £12

❤ Claudia O’Doherty - The Telescope HHHH Underbelly, Cowgate, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £9 – £10

19:50 Pattie Brewster’s Friendship Venture (For Some Friends)

The Banshee Labyrinth, 7-25 Aug, not 20, £free

The Quiz Show That Has Nothing to Do With Horses Sweet Grassmarket, 17 Aug, £5

Seann Walsh: Seann to be Wild Pleasance Courtyard, 7-26 Aug, not 13, 23, £11 – £12

19:35

Assembly Hall, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £11 – £12

The Mysterious World of Clovis Van Darkhelm

Dan Willis: A Comedian’s Life

Tiffany Stevenson: Uncomfortably Numb

Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 8-26 Aug, not 14, 21, £free

Underbelly, Cowgate, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £10 – £11

Big In Dubai!

Michael Downey Standing Up Again

Nice People Have Ruined My Life

The Cabaret Voltaire, 7-25 Aug, £free

GHQ, 7-11 Aug, £free

Jen Brister - Now and Then Just The Tonic at the Caves, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £9 – £10

19:40 Chris Ramsey: Feeling Lucky HHH Pleasance Courtyard, 7-26 Aug, not 17, £8.50 – £9.50

Raymond Mearns - Rock’n’Roll Comedian - The Therapy Sessions

Scottish Comedy Festival @ The Beehive Inn, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £free

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 7-26 Aug, not 8, 13, 20, £8 – £9

Dragonfly, 7-25 Aug, not 13, 20, £free

Saskia’s Surprise Party

Sweet Grassmarket, 16 Aug, £5

Amarone, 12-25 Aug, £free

Brides of Comedy

C venues - C aquila, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £8.50 – £10.50

Opinions Are Free

Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 7-13 Aug, £free

Nick Sun: Potty Time!

Alternative Fringe @ The Hive, 7-26 Aug, not 13, 20, £free

Hello Everybody!

20:00 Reshape While Damp Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 17-26 Aug, £free

Kumail Nanjiani

Assembly Roxy, 14-27 Aug, £11.50 – £12.50

Dylan Moran: Yeah, Yeah

Edinburgh Playhouse, 15 Aug, 23 Aug, £24

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comedylistings Air Guitar Can Save the World Mood Nightclub, 7-18 Aug, £free

Andrew Doyle: Whatever It Takes HHH

Just The Tonic at the Caves, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £6.50 – £7.50

Rhys Darby - This Way to Spaceship HHH

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-27 Aug, not 8, 14, £17.50 – £18.50

Lie. Cheat. Steal. Confessions of a Real Hustler Zoo, 7-27 Aug, £10 – £12

Him and Me: Sketch Circus - Free Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 7-25 Aug, £free

Bob Downe ... Smokin’

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 7-26 Aug, not 14, 23, £12.50 – £14

Tartan Ribbon Comedy Benefit

Pleasance Courtyard, 14 Aug, £12

Naz Osmanoglu: Ottoman Without An Empire HHH

Underbelly, Bristo Square, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £8.50 – £9.50

Derek Ryan: Time Lord - Free

20:15 Lewis Schaffer: No YOU Shut Up! - Free

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-26 Aug, £10 – £12

Rob Deering - The One HH

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £8.50 – £9.50

Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 7-26 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, £free

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-27 Aug, not 8, 14, £11 – £12

Two for None

Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 12-26 Aug, £free

❤ Richard Herring: Talking C*ck - The Second Coming HHHH

Laughing Horse @ Captain Taylor’s Coffee House, 8-26 Aug, not 14, 21, £free

Underbelly, Bristo Square, 7-26 Aug, £14 – £16

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £10.50 – £12.50

20:05

Laughing Horse @ Meadow Bar, 7-26 Aug, not 13, 20, £free

Des Clarke: Final Destination

theSpace @ Symposium Hall, 7-11 Aug, £10

Patrick Monahan – Shooting From The Lip!

Assembly George Square, 7-27 Aug, not 8, 14, £13 – £14

Povs and Hefter Uncensored

Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 7-16 Aug, £free

Bairns’ Night

The Assembly Rooms, 13 Aug, £20

Jimeoin - What?! Extra Shows!

Venue150 @ EICC, 21 Aug, 23 Aug, £13.50

Sound & Fury’s Doc Faustus Underbelly, Cowgate, 7-26 Aug, not 15, £9 – £10

So You Think You’re Funny? FINAL

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 23 Aug, £15

Hyde and Lyons

Mood Nightclub, 7-25 Aug, not 15, £free

Tom Stade Totally Rocks! Pleasance Courtyard, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £11.50 – £13

The Fringe Comedy Academy: Class of 2012

The Stand Comedy Club III & IV, 20 Aug, £6

Daniel Sloss - Extra Shows!

Venue150 @ EICC, Various dates from 10 Aug to 25 Aug, £15.50

Eric Davidson - The Only Way is Eric’s Nothing to Show

theSpace on the Mile , 7-25 Aug, not 12, 19, £7.50

All About the Craic

Laughing Horse @ Jekyll & Hyde, 7-26 Aug, £free

20:10

James Acaster Prompt HHH

GirlBand Improv - Free

Sean Hughes Stands Up Gilded Balloon Teviot, 7-27 Aug, not 8, 14, £13 – £14

FNT Live presents... The Jingling Lane Family Singers

C venues - C aquila, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £8.50 – £10.50

Gearoid Farrelly: Turbulence

A Good Catholic Boy Laughing Horse @ The Phoenix, 7-26 Aug, £free

Kemsley and Callaghan: Keeping Their Cool Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 7-26 Aug, not 13, 20, £free

20:20

Pleasance Dome, 8-27 Aug, £8.50 – £9.50

Cardinal Burns

Pleasance Dome, 20-25 Aug, £10 – £11

Mick Miller and Jimmy Cricket

Pleasance Dome, 18 Aug, £12

Pleasance Dome, Various dates from 8 Aug to 17 Aug, £8.50 – £9.50

Joel Dommett Nunchuck Silver Medallist 2002 HH

Underbelly, Bristo Square, 7-27 Aug, not 14, £9 – £10

BBC: Alex Horne Presents The Horne Section

Pleasance Dome, 7-27 Aug, not 14, £12.50 – £14

The Stand Comedy Club II, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £8

Steve Gribbin: Viva Gribbostania!

The Stand Comedy Club III & IV, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £8

Hannah Gadsby - Hannah Wants a Wife HHH

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £9.50 – £10.50

Thom Tuck Flips Out

The Stand Comedy Club, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £10

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-26 Aug, £10 – £12

BBC @ Potterrow, 19 Aug, £free

Rob Deb - the Dork Knight Triumphant - Free

Laughing Horse @ Jekyll & Hyde, 7-26 Aug, not 16, £free

Amused Moose Comedy Awards Showcases

Nish Kumar - Who Is Nish Kumar? HHH

Pappy’s: Last Show Ever!

The News at Kate 2012

Ciao Roma, 7-25 Aug, not 14, £free

20:25 Look at This Massive Picture of My Face

Pleasance Dome, 7-27 Aug, not 12, £10 – £11

BBC: Wondermentalist Cabaret

The Canons’ Gait, 7-26 Aug, not 13, 20, £free

Return of the Lumberjacks (Back by Poplar Demand)

Alan Francis Expands

Bellylicious the Sequel - Confessions of a Belly Dance Diva

The Assembly Rooms, 7-26 Aug, not 13, 20, £15

BBC @ Potterrow, 9 Aug, £free Gilded Balloon at Third Door, 7-26 Aug, not 13, 20, £9 – £10

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-27 Aug, not 14, £9.50 – £12

Shappi Khorsandi: Dirty Looks and Hopscotch Pleasance Courtyard, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £11 – £12

Tim Roast’s Animals - Free

Danielle Ward - Speakeasy / Playdead

Jo Caulfield - Thinking Bad Thoughts HH

Martin Mor: A Man You Don’t Meet Everyday HH

Phil Walker: Is This It?

Danny McLoughlin - The Truth, the Half-Truth and Nothing Like the Truth

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 7-26 Aug, £9.50 – £10.50

Vikki Stone: Hot Mess

Underbelly, Bristo Square, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £10 – £11

Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 7-27 Aug, not 15, £free

Laughing Horse @ The White Horse, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £free

The Ferret’s Free Live Comedy Podcast

theSpace @ Symposium Hall, 13-25 Aug, £10

Abigoliah Schamaun: Girl Going to Hell

Al Pitcher – Tiny Triumphs HHH

Kev Orkian in Concert - The World’s Favourite Foreigner

Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 7-11 Aug, £free

20:30

Gryphon Venues at the Point Hotel, 7-11 Aug, £10

Laughing Horse @ Edinburgh City Football Club, 7-26 Aug, not 15, £free

Simon Amstell: Numb

The Bongo Club, 20-26 Aug, £16.50

Festival of the Spoken Nerd

Venue150 @ EICC, 7 Aug, £13

Nina Conti: Dolly Mixtures

Pleasance Dome, 7-27 Aug, not 13, 20, £13 – £14

Playing Politics

Acoustic Music Centre @ St Bride’s, 17 Aug, 23 Aug, £10

Sarah Kendall - Get Up, Stand-Up Pleasance Courtyard, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £10 – £11

Carl Donnelly: Different Gravy HH Pleasance Courtyard, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £10 – £12

LOLd on a Minute! Sweet Grassmarket, 12-26 Aug, not 18, 25, £7

Joe Lycett: Some Lycett Hot HHH

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £8.50 – £9.50

Nathan Cassidy: Free Pound

The Royal Mile Tavern, 7-25 Aug, not 15, £free

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Pat Burtscher’s Patopotamoose

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-27 Aug, not 8, 14, £11 – £12

Laughing Horse Free Pick of the Fringe Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 7-26 Aug, £free

The Cradle of Comedy

Destiny Church Gorgie, 7-25 Aug, not 12, 19, £5

20:35 Stephen Bailey and Zoe Iqbal - Subject to Change - Free

Laughing Horse @ Bar 50, 7-12 Aug, £free

20:40 Roisin Conaty: Lifehunter

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £8.50 – £9.50

The Ejaculate Conception

C venues - C nova, 19-27 Aug, £8.50 – £10.50

Pete Johansson Utopian Crack Pipe HHH

Underbelly, Bristo Square, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £10 – £12.50

The Chris and Paul Show

Just The Tonic at the Caves, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £8 – £9

20:45 An Audience with the King

The Shack Comedy Club & Nightclub, 7-25 Aug, not 13, £9 – £10

Luke Benson Backseat Hero

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £9 – £10

We Love Comedy

Base Nightclub, 7-25 Aug, £free

Alpine Horn with Flange Krammer - Free

Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 7-26 Aug, £free

Newcastle University Comedy Society Showcase / PBH’s Free Fringe

Buffs Club (RAOB), 7-25 Aug, £free

Devvo Dole Queue Hero is Free

Alternative Fringe @ The Hive, 7-26 Aug, £free


comedylistings Pick of the Fringe

Scottish Comedy Festival @ The Beehive Inn, 7-26 Aug, not 13, 20, £free

Unstable Fables Greenside, 13-18 Aug, £7

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh! It’s the Monster Stand-Up Show - Free Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 7-26 Aug, £free

Chris Martin - Spot the Difference HHH Gilded Balloon Teviot, 7-27 Aug, not 14, £10 – £12

Matt Price: Fugly. The Cabaret Voltaire, 7-25 Aug, £free

Andrew Lawrence is Coming to Get You Pleasance Courtyard, 7-26 Aug, £11 – £12.50

Scottish Comedy Festival @ The Beehive Inn, 8-26 Aug, not 21, £free

Lord Nelson Presents...

The Super Serious Show

GHQ, 17-25 Aug, £free

Max Dickins: This Will Only Take A Moment... The Cabaret Voltaire, 7-25 Aug, £free

Magnus Betnér Live

Heath Franklin’s Chopper in A Hard Bastard’s Guide to Life HH

Sex Money Death

20:55

The Assembly Rooms, 7-26 Aug, not 13, 16, £10

The Shack Comedy Club & Nightclub, 7-25 Aug, not 13, £7

20:50 Des Bishop Likes to Bang

Assembly George Square, 7-26 Aug, not 13, 20, £11 – £12

The Sensational Alex Salmond Gastric Band presents Oliver Pissed

Underbelly, Bristo Square, 7-19 Aug, £11 – £12

Al Murray - The Pub Landlord: The Only Way is Epic (Special Previews)

Assembly George Square, 13-25 Aug, £12 – £14

Musical Comedy Awards Showcase

Underbelly, Bristo Square, 10-11 Aug, £14

Assembly George Square, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £10 – £13

Checkley and Bush’s Comedy Riot! Just The Tonic at the Caves, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £7 – £8

21:00 Phil Nichol Rants!

The Assembly Rooms, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £10

The Pajama Men’s Improv Show

Assembly George Square, 7-12 Aug, £14 – £15

Dr Ettrick-Hogg’s Manly Stand-Ups - Free

Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 7-26 Aug, £free

No Pants Thursday: T’il Death Do Us Party Just The Tonic at the Caves, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £7.50 – £8.50

Chris Kent - Plugged In Gilded Balloon Teviot, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £8.50 – £9.50

Dear Dan Brown...

Dragonfly, 7-24 Aug, £free

Heroes of Alternative Fringe

Alternative Fringe @ The Hive, 7-21 Aug, £5

Hurt and Anderson: Scenes of a Vignetteish Nature - Free Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 8-26 Aug, not 16, 21, £free

The Fairytale Forest Ukrainian Club, 16-20 Aug, £8

Big Value Comedy Show - Late

Just The Tonic at the Caves, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £9 – £10

Russell Kane: Posturing Delivery The Assembly Rooms, 13-24 Aug, £15

Alan Anderson: Whisky For Dafties

Just the Tonic at The Tron, 7-26 Aug, not 13, 14, £9 – £12

One Track Minds - Free

Amarone, 7-25 Aug, £free

Aaaaaaaaaaaaarghh! It’s the Greatest Show on Legs Alternative Fringe @ The Hive, 22-26 Aug, £5

❤ Jim Jefferies: Fully Functional HHHH Assembly Hall, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £16 – £17.50

Henning Wehn: Henning Knows Bestest

Just the Tonic at The Tron, 13 Aug, £6

Teeth In Eggcups

Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 7-16 Aug, not 10, 11, £free

Glorified Disasters The Banshee Labyrinth, 7-25 Aug, not 14, 15, £free

Neil Delamere: DelaMere Mortal Pleasance Courtyard, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £10 – £11

You Have Nothing to Fear... Opium, 7-25 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, £free

BBC: Radio 2 New Comedy Award BBC @ Potterrow, 11 Aug, £7

21:05 ❤ Doctor Brown Befrdfgth HHHHH Underbelly, Cowgate, 7-26 Aug, not 13, 20, £10.50 – £11.50

Magpie and Stump in Lolitary Confinement theSpace on the Mile , 20-25 Aug, £5

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comedylistings Luke Toulson - Luke Who’s Talking Underbelly, Cowgate, 7-26 Aug, £9.50 – £10.50

Andrew Maxwell: That’s the Spirit

Assembly George Square, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £15 – £16

Obsession - A Life With Magic Zoo, 7-18 Aug, £10

St Andrews Presents - Blind Mirth Improv Comedy theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 7-25 Aug, not 12, 19, £5 – £7

21:10 Darkness Rising

theSpace on North Bridge, 7-25 Aug, not 12, 19, £7

Barely Legal: The 18-Year-Old Democracy

Assembly Roxy, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £13 – £14

Pete Firman Hoodwinker

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-26 Aug, £12 – £15

Marcus Brigstocke: The Brig Society HHH

Assembly Hall, 7-25 Aug, not 13, £12 – £14

Jonny & the Baptists Underbelly, Cowgate, 7-26 Aug, not 15, £9 – £10

21:15 Henning Wehn: Henning Knows Bestest

Just The Tonic at the Caves, 15-26 Aug, £8.50 – £11.50

Rory Scovel: Illuminati Only CANCELLED

Assembly Roxy, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £11.50 – £12.50

❤ Sam Simmons About the Weather HHHH

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £10.50 – £11.50

❤ Sara Pascoe - The Musical! HHHH

Assembly George Square, 7-27 Aug, not 14, £9.50 – £12

The Colour Ham HH

Just The Tonic at the Caves, 7-12 Aug, £9.50 – £10.50

The Suggestibles

Northern Stage at St Stephen’s, 7 Aug, £14

Kevin Shepherd: Thus Spoke Kev - Free

Laughing Horse @ Captain Taylor’s Coffee House, 7-26 Aug, £free

Bob Doolally’s Euro Crisis

The Stand Comedy Club III & IV, 21 Aug, £9

Laughing Horse Free Comedy Selection Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 7-26 Aug, £free

Stephen K Amos Work in Progress

The Stand Comedy Club III & IV, 7-25 Aug, not 8, 13, 14, 20, 21, £10

Owen and Bettesworth: Sung and Unsung

Sweet Grassmarket, 7-26 Aug, not 18, 25, £7

21:20 Geoff the Entertainer HHH The Stand Comedy Club III & IV, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £8

Jimmy Carr: Gagging Order

Venue150 @ EICC, Various dates from 16 Aug to 25 Aug, £18.50

Elaine Malcolmson: Relevant Experience

The Stand Comedy Club II, 20 Aug, £8

Markus Birdman – Love, Life and Death The Stand Comedy Club II, 7-26 Aug, not 13, 20, £8

Danny Buckler: The Phantom Just The Tonic at the Caves, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £9 – £10

Paul McCaffrey: Pills’n’Thrills and Belly Laughs

Underbelly, Bristo Square, 7-26 Aug, £8.50 – £9.50

Sexytime!

Underbelly, Cowgate, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £9 – £10

Logic for a 5 Year Old theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 7-11 Aug, £3

Frenemies

Laughing Horse @ Jekyll & Hyde, 7-11 Aug, £free

Reginald D. Hunter - Work in Progress... and Niggas with John Gordillo Pleasance Courtyard, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £13

Always Be Comedy

Laughing Horse @ Jekyll & Hyde, 12-26 Aug, £free

Jason Byrne: People’s Puppeteer HHH Venue150 @ EICC, 7-12 Aug, £17.50 – £19.50

21:25 Truth

Underbelly, Cowgate, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £10 – £11

21:30 Steven Davidson: Gamesmaster

The Constitution, 8-12 Aug, £6.50

The Jocks and Geordies

Laughing Horse @ Meadow Bar, 7-26 Aug, £free

Armageddapocalypse: Threat Level Dead

Underbelly, Bristo Square, 7-27 Aug, not 15, £8.50 – £9.50

Word:Play

theSpace on the Mile , 14-18 Aug, £6

Graham Whistler: Stand-Up, Fall Down - Free

Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 7-27 Aug, £free

The Blanks’ Big Break HHH

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 7-27 Aug, not 14, 23, £12 – £14

Mark Restuccia: How to Succeed at Internet Dating HH

Gilded Balloon at Third Door, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £9.50 – £10.50

The Big Comedy Gala in Aid of Macmillan Cancer Support Venue150 @ EICC, 13 Aug, £22

The Comedy Reserve Pleasance Dome, 7-27 Aug, not 13, 20, £8 – £9

Dodger’s Comedy Presents... - Free

Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 7-11 Aug, £free

Dan and Tom: Two for the Price of None Southsider, 7-25 Aug, £free

Simon Evans: Friendly Fire

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £11 – £12

Michael Mittermeier: A German on Safari

Don’t Like Each Other - Free

Gareth Morinan Explains Why David Cameron Should Be Fired for Crimes Against Short People (Among Other Things)

Swedenborg, the Devil and Me

Bogan Bingo / Free Festival

Conor Drum - A Sense of Humour

Peter Buckley Hill and Some Comedians XVI

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-27 Aug, not 13, 20, £9 – £10

Laughing Horse @ Jekyll & Hyde, 7-14 Aug, £free

Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 12-26 Aug, not 19, £free

Laughing Horse @ The Phoenix, 7-27 Aug, not 15, £free

Ciao Roma, 20 Aug, 23 Aug, £free

Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 9-26 Aug, not 13, 20, £free

The Canons’ Gait, 7-25 Aug, £free

And Now for a Nice Evening With Wallan

21:40

Applause

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £12.50 – £13.50

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-26 Aug, not 15, £9.50 – £10.50

Laughing Horse @ Jekyll & Hyde, 15-26 Aug, not 16, £free

Jeff Leach: Boyfriend Experience HHH Gilded Balloon Teviot, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £9.50 – £10

Jarred Christmas: Let’s Go MoFo

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 7-26 Aug, £10.50 – £11.50

Dan Wright: Michael Jackson Touched Me Gilded Balloon Teviot, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £9 – £10

21:35 Gareth Morinan Presents the Saturday Debates (3+4)

Ciao Roma, 18 Aug, 25 Aug, £free

Gareth Morinan Explains How Ricky Gervais is a ‘Mong’ for Cutting Gareth Morinan Out of Life’s Too Short (BBC/HBO) Ciao Roma, 9 Aug, £free

Gareth Morinan Pitches a Better Version of Life’s Too Short (Starring Gareth Morinan) to BBC, HBO, C4, ITV, Sky, etc

Ciao Roma, 13 Aug, 16 Aug, £free

Gareth Morinan Presents the Saturday Debates (1+2) Ciao Roma, 11 Aug, £free

❤ The Boy With Tape On His Face More Tape HHHH

Iain Stirling: Happy to Be the Clown? HHH

Underbelly, Bristo Square, 7-26 Aug, £8.50 – £9.50

John Shuttleworth: Out of Our Sheds

Pleasance Dome, 13-20 Aug, £10 – £12.50

Josh Widdicombe: The Further Adventures of... Extra Show

Pleasance Dome, 9 Aug, 10 Aug, 11 Aug, 12 Aug, 22 Aug, £11 – £12

Michael Winslow Noizeyman

Underbelly, Bristo Square, 7-27 Aug, not 14, £12.50 – £14.50

Peacock & Gamble Don’t Even Want To Be On Telly Anyway HH Pleasance Dome, 7-26 Aug, £8.50 – £9.50

21:45 Gareth Richards: Introvert - Never Been To Disneyland HHH

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-27 Aug, £8.50 – £9.50

Eat a Queer Fetus 4 Jesus - Free Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 7-26 Aug, £free

Pretending Things Are a C*ck

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-27 Aug, not 13, 20, £9 – £10

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Sam Fisher and Friends - Free

Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 7-8 Aug, £free

Chilly Gonzales

The Queen’s Hall, 26 Aug, £14

I’m High On Life: What Are You On?

C Venues - C eca, 7-27 Aug, £8.50 – £10.50

Marcus Ryan: Home and Away - Free

Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 7-26 Aug, £free

Laughing Horse’s Funny Fillies

Laughing Horse @ The White Horse, 7-26 Aug, £free

❤ Hal Cruttenden Tough Luvvie HHHH Pleasance Courtyard, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £9 – £11

Alan Sharp: Careful What You Wish For

The Banshee Labyrinth, 7-25 Aug, £free

❤ Hannibal Buress: Still Saying Stuff HHHH

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-26 Aug, not 13, 21, £10 – £10.50

My Damage is My Gift! - Free

Laughing Horse @ Edinburgh City Football Club, 7-25 Aug, not 13, 14, £free

Abandoman - Party in the Key of C Major Pleasance Dome, 7-27 Aug, not 14, 26, £13 – £14

The Best Of Scottish Comedy The Stand Comedy Club, 7-26 Aug, £12

21:50 Alfie Moore - I Predicted a Riot

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-27 Aug, £10 – £12

All My Friends

Laughing Horse @ Bar 50, 7-26 Aug, £free

Jayde Adams is Master of None

Sweet Grassmarket, 1324 Aug, not 18, £9

Paul Chowdhry What’s Happening White People Pleasance Courtyard, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £11 – £12

Colin Mars: A Life Full of Lemons HH theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 7-25 Aug, not 12, 19, £7.50


comedylistings 22:00 Bad Advice - Free

Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £free

How the World Wags C venues - C aquila, 1626 Aug, £8.50 – £10.50

Late Night Gimp Fight

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-27 Aug, not 14, £12.50 – £14

Casual Violence: A Kick In The Teeth

Just The Tonic at the Caves, 7-26 Aug, not 14, 21, £8

Liam and Owen - A Cracking One Off Show!

Scottish Comedy Festival @ The Beehive Inn, 7-26 Aug, £free

Storytellers’ Club

Pleasance Courtyard, 9-25 Aug, not 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, £10

The Late Night Shack Show The Shack Comedy Club & Nightclub, 7-25 Aug, not 13, £10 – £12

Back to School’s Disco

Pleasance at Braidwood Centre, Various dates from 10 Aug to 25 Aug, £10

Stand Up for Freedom

Venue150 @ EICC, 15 Aug, £18

Suggs: My Life Story in Words and Music The Queen’s Hall, 24 Aug, £22.50

News Smash

C venues - C nova, 7-27 Aug, £8.50 – £10.50

Paul T Eyres: T.Eyres of a Clown / Laughing Horse Pick of the Fringe - Free Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 7-27 Aug, £free

22:05 I’m Not Crying in the Bathroom: I’m Crying in the Supply Closet theSpace on the Mile , 13-25 Aug, not 19, £8 – £10

22:10 Believe - Starring Shane Dundas from the Umbilical Brothers

Assembly George Square, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £12 – £14

It’s Grimm Up North

theSpace @ Symposium Hall, 7-25 Aug, £6 – £8

Car Crash Comedy 2012

Scottish Comedy Festival @ The Beehive Inn, 7-25 Aug, £free

22:15 Learning to Pray in Front of the Television

Gryphon Venues at the Point Hotel, 13-20 Aug, £8

David Whitney Struggling to Evolve Gilded Balloon Teviot, 7-27 Aug, not 14, £10 – £11

Google / Complex

Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 7-26 Aug, £free

John Robertson: The Old Whore Assembly Hall, 7-26 Aug, £5

KWAT: Greetings from KWAT

Just The Tonic at the Caves, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £8 – £10

Fat Whore HH

The Assembly Rooms, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £10

22:20 Paul Ricketts - Ironic Infinity

❤ Brendon Burns, Home Stretch Baby HHHH

Just The Tonic at the Caves, 7-26 Aug, not 14, 23, £6.50 – £7.50

Art of Procrastination

Assembly George Square, 7-27 Aug, not 8, 14, £15 – £16

Pleasance Dome, 7-26 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £12.50 – £14.50

Paradise in The Vault, 7-19 Aug, not 13, £6

❤ Felicity Ward: The Hedgehog Dilemma HHHH

Underbelly, Bristo Square, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £10 – £12

Mark Little: THEbullsh*tARTIST

The Sitcom Double Bill Pleasance Courtyard, 7-27 Aug, £9 – £10

Sh*t-faced Shakespeare

C venues - C, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £9.50 – £11.50

The Wonderful World of Wilfredo Just the Tonic at The Tron, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £7.50 – £9.50

22:25 Oyster Eyes Presents: Some Rice Underbelly, Cowgate, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £9 – £10

Jerry Sadowitz: Adults Only

The Assembly Rooms, 17-18 Aug, £17.50

Marcel Lucont: Gallic Symbol Underbelly, Cowgate, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £9.50 – £10.50

Mick Foley: Prisoner of Raw The Assembly Rooms, 8-11 Aug, £15

Jimeoin - What?! (Whatever...)

The Assembly Rooms, 24 Aug, £15.50

22:30 John Scott - Totally Fed Up

The Stand Comedy Club III & IV, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £8

Foil Arms and Hog - Late Night Sketch Comedy Underbelly, Cowgate, 7-26 Aug, not 15, £9 – £10

So You Think You’re Funny? Gilded Balloon Teviot, 7 Aug, 12 Aug, 13 Aug, 14 Aug, 15 Aug, £10

Rubberbandits

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 8-26 Aug, not 13, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, £12 – £14

Idiots of Ants ANThology

Pleasance Courtyard, 2325 Aug, £11 – £12

Marcus Brigstocke: The Brig Society EXTRA SHOW Assembly Hall, 24 Aug, £13

Comedy Film Nights

Hill Street Theatre, Various dates from 9 Aug to 26 Aug, £5 – £8

Who’s Your Daddy?

Assembly Hall, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £11 – £12

❤ The Imaginary Radio Programme: Drennon Davis Presented by The Pajama Men HHHH

Assembly Roxy, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £10 – £12

Greg Proops Podcast: The Smartest Man in the World Gilded Balloon Teviot, 16 Aug, 19 Aug, 22 Aug, £13

Künt and the Gang - Free Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 7-26 Aug, not 11, £free

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 7-26 Aug, £9 – £10

Comic Strip HHH

Assembly George Square, 7-26 Aug, not 13, 20, £12 – £15

Best of Scottish Comedian of the Year Underbelly, Cowgate, 7-26 Aug, £9.50 – £11.50

Scottish Comedian of the Year 2011 Jamie Dalgleish Just The Tonic at the Caves, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £7 – £9

Chortle Student Comedy Award Final Pleasance Courtyard, 13-14 Aug, £8

Terry Alderton

Dan Mitchell - Free Egg

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £11 – £12

The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre - Boo Lingerie

22:45

The Joy of Sketch

Dead Cat Bounce... Howl of the She-Leopard

22:40

❤ Andrew O’Neill is Easily Distracted HHHH

The Stand Comedy Club II, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £8

Gilded Balloon Teviot, Various dates from 17 Aug to 26 Aug, £10.50 – £12

Pleasance Courtyard, 10 Aug, 17 Aug, £12

Laughing Horse @ Jekyll & Hyde, 7-25 Aug, not 12, £free

Simon Donald’s School of Swearing

Best of So You Think You’re Funny? Gilded Balloon Teviot, 8-11 Aug, £10.50

James and Amy: Dysfunctional Legends

Assembly Roxy, 7-27 Aug, not 14, £9.50 – £12

Cheap Laughs (Are Better Than No Laughs) - Free

Laughing Horse @ Captain Taylor’s Coffee House, 7-26 Aug, £free

Jon Richardson Funny Magnet

Assembly Hall, 16-19 Aug, £14

22:35 Ian Shaw - A Bit of a Mouthful HH The Stand Comedy Club III & IV, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £10

Things We Did Before Reality

Just The Tonic at the Caves, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £10 – £11

Dana Alexander: Breaking Through

Underbelly, Bristo Square, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £9.50 – £10.50

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-27 Aug, not 8, 14, £11 – £12

Michael Pope is Gay for Pay - Free

Laughing Horse @ The Phoenix, 7-26 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, £free

Davey Connor, Lucy Beaumont and Ed Patrick - The Big Comedy Showcase Show

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 7-27 Aug, not 13, 20, £9 – £9.50

David Trent - Spontaneous Comedian Pleasance Courtyard, 7-27 Aug, not 14, £9.50 – £12

Demitris Deech: Stop, Collaborate and Listen - Free Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 7-25 Aug, £free

The Good, the Bad and the Irish!

Laughing Horse @ Jekyll & Hyde, 7-26 Aug, not 16, £free

The Boom Jennies: Mischief

Pleasance Dome, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £11 – £12

James Dowdeswell: Urban Wurzel Pleasance Courtyard, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £8.50 – £9.50

Tom Cottle’s These Twisted Folk Underbelly, Cowgate, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £9 – £10

The Dirty Uncle Comedy Roadshow - Free

Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 14-17 Aug, £free

An Evening with Jay Sodagar Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 7-13 Aug, £free

Alistair Green: Jack Spencer - Why Anything?

Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 7-26 Aug, not 15, £free

22:50 The Shambles

C venues - C aquila, 7-18 Aug, £8.50 – £10.50

The Special Reserve Comedy Benefit

Tania Edwards Killer Instinct

What Would Beyoncé Do? - Free

Eddie Naessens: The Thing Is This...

Pleasance Courtyard, 22-23 Aug, £10

Laughing Horse @ Meadow Bar, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £free

The Comedy Zone

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-26 Aug, £8.50 – £9.50

Late Night Laughs

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 7-26 Aug, £9.50 – £12

Splitting the Bill – Michael Workman & Tommy Little

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £9.50 – £10.50

Underbelly, Bristo Square, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £9.50 – £10.50

Ciao Roma, 7-25 Aug, £free

23:00 BBC: Comedy Presents

BBC @ Potterrow, 7-26 Aug, not 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 23, £12

Eric Hutton: Every Other Show in the Fringe Sucks - Free Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 7-26 Aug, £free

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comedylistings BBC: Late Junction BBC @ Potterrow, 21 Aug, 23 Aug, £free

Shaggers - Free Festival

Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 7-25 Aug, £free

Garrett Millerick: Sensible Answers to Stupid Questions

Underbelly, Bristo Square, 7-27 Aug, not 15, £8.50 – £9.50

Laughing Horse Free Pick of the Fringe Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 7-26 Aug, £free

BBC: Radio 1’s Fun and Filth Cabaret

BBC @ Potterrow, 13-16 Aug, £free

Rob Deering’s Beat This

Pleasance Courtyard, Various dates from 10 Aug to 25 Aug, £10

Steve Shanyaski’s Life-Survival Bible Pleasance Courtyard, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £8.50 – £10.50

Mark Watson’s Edinborolympics

Pleasance Courtyard, Various dates from 15 Aug to 21 Aug, £8

Aaaaaaaaaaaaarghh! It’s the Malcolm Hardee Comedy Awards Show with Miss Behave - and It’s Free! Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 24-25 Aug, £free

Ward and Bartlett’s Double Impact

Globe, 7-18 Aug, £free

AAA Stand-Up Late Pleasance Courtyard, 7-27 Aug, £9 – £10

Japanese TerminatoL Laughing Horse @ The White Horse, 7-26 Aug, not 15, £free

Bring Me the Head of Adam Riches Pleasance Dome, 22-25 Aug, £12 – £14

23:05 Barbershopera: The Three Musketeers HHH Pleasance Courtyard, 7-27 Aug, not 13, 20, £11.50 – £12.50

Back and to the Left in the Turkish Prison

Laughing Horse @ Bar 50, 7-15 Aug, £free

Monkey Toast: The Improvised Chat Show HHH

Pleasance Dome, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £10 – £11

Absolute Stripping! theSpace on North Bridge, 7-25 Aug, not 12, 19, £8.50 – £9.50

Heavy Petting

Laughing Horse @ Bar 50, 16-26 Aug, £free

23:10 Humphrey Ker is... Dymock Watson: Nazi Smasher!

Pleasance Dome, 7-14 Aug, £12.50 – £15

23:15 Tim Key - Masterslut Pleasance Courtyard, 23-25 Aug, £14

I Am, I Am

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 7-27 Aug, not 13, 20, £8 – £9

The Horne Section Live at the Grand! Pleasance Courtyard, 9-22 Aug, £10 – £12

23:20 COMX

Just The Tonic at the Caves, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £8 – £10

Pappy’s Flatshare Slamdown

Pleasance Courtyard, 7 Aug, 12 Aug, £8.50

Do The Right Thing

Pleasance Courtyard, 8 Aug, 9 Aug, 13 Aug, 14 Aug, £8.50

Voices in Your Head

Underbelly, Bristo Square, 9-25 Aug, not 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, £10

Simon Evans: Friendly Fire Extra Show

LOL-ocaust

Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 8-26 Aug, not 14, 21, £free

23:40 Chris Ramsey: Feeling Lucky HHH

Pleasance Courtyard, 10 Aug, 18 Aug, £9.50

❤ Eddie Pepitone’s Bloodbath HHHH

Just the Tonic at The Tron, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £8 – £10

Scott Agnew: Tales of the Sauna

The Stand Comedy Club III & IV, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £8

Ro Campbell: Midnight Meltdown

The Stand Comedy Club II, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £8

23:45 Al Murray the Pub Landlord: The Guv’s Olympic Pub Quiz

Assembly George Square, 16-18 Aug, £15

Guardian Reader HHH

Just The Tonic at the Caves, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £8 – £9

Frisky & Mannish: 27 Club

Assembly George Square, 20-22 Aug, £12

Joe Munrow: One Big Joke - Free

Taylor Glenn - Reverse Psycomedy Gilded Balloon Teviot, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £8 – £9

The Assembly Rooms, 11 Aug, 18 Aug, 25 Aug, £15

Morgan & West: Lying, Cheating Scoundrels

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 8-26 Aug, not 13, 14, 20, 21, £16

Best of the Fest

Assembly Hall, 9-26 Aug, not 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, £14 – £15

A Little Perspective with Imaan Gilded Balloon Teviot, 7-27 Aug, not 14, £9 – £10

The Death of Comedy

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £8.50 – £9.50

Where Once Was Wonder by Daniel Kitson

The Stand Comedy Club, 7-26 Aug, not 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, £10

The Stand Late Show The Stand Comedy Club, Various dates from 10 Aug to 25 Aug, £15

Setlist: Stand-Up Without a Net

Underbelly, Cowgate, 7-26 Aug, not 13, 20, £8 – £9.50

Denis Krasnov’s Hour of Intellectual Filth

23:50

Pleasance Dome, 16-21 Aug, £14

The Assembly Rooms The Very Best of the Fest

Guilt & Shame: Up All Night HH

23:30

Tim Key - Masterslut

23:59

Adam Hills: Mess Around

Pleasance Courtyard, 17-18 Aug, £12

C venues - C nova, 7-27 Aug, not 14, £8.50 – £10.50

Underbelly, Bristo Square, 7-27 Aug, not 15, £9 – £10

Laughing Horse @ Captain Taylor’s Coffee House, 7-26 Aug, not 13, 20, £free

Just The Tonic at the Caves, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £7 – £9

Battle Ducks: Activate!

Eleanor Conway’s Midnight Rumble

Live At The Electric: Live At The Fringe Pleasance Courtyard, 17-19 Aug, £10

Assembly Hall, 17-18 Aug, £13

Just The Tonic at the Caves, 7-25 Aug, not 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, £9 – £11

Edinburgh Comedy Tour

www.walkingheads.net, 7 Aug - 2 Sep, £free

00:00 Liam Grahame Olsen: Half Pint - Live

Me My Selfish Self

Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 20-25 Aug, £free

Becks Dugs and Rotten Hole

Laughing Horse @ The Phoenix, 15-19 Aug, £free

School Night

Just The Tonic at the Caves, Various dates from 8 Aug to 23 Aug, £10

Midnight Comedy at Genting Club Fountainpark

Genting Club Fountainpark, 8-23 Aug, not 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, £free

Joz Norris is Matt Fisher: Überperson - Free Laughing Horse @ The Phoenix, 8-13 Aug, £free

Life’s Short. I’m Not! - Free

Laughing Horse @ Meadow Bar, 8-27 Aug, £free

Spank!

Underbelly, Cowgate, 8-27 Aug, £13.50 – £15.50

Julie Jepson Personal Triumph

Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 9-13 Aug, £free

Leaves on the Line

Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 8-13 Aug, £free

Just the Tonic Comedy Club’s Midnight Show Just The Tonic at the Caves, 10-26 Aug, not 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, £10

Midnight Hour

The Canons’ Gait, 8-26 Aug, not 13, 20, £free

DeadBadgers Sketchy Bits

Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 14-27 Aug, £free

00:15

23:55

Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 16-19 Aug, £free

The Humble Quest for Universal Genius

Unknowable Tantrum Wind

Underbelly, Bristo Square, 10-27 Aug, not 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, £12.50 – £14.50

Gay Straight Alliance

Harriet Dyer (Plus the Odd Pal) - What a Palaver!

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 7-10 Aug, £9 – £10

The New Conway Dimension

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 1127 Aug, £8.50 – £9.50

Laughing Horse @ Jekyll & Hyde, 8-14 Aug, £free Laughing Horse @ The Phoenix, 20-27 Aug, £free

The Late Show

Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 7-27 Aug, £free

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00:20 The Beta Males’ Midnight Movie Theatre

Pleasance Courtyard, 11 Aug, 12 Aug, 18 Aug, 19 Aug, £10

00:25 The Room

Assembly George Square, 13 Aug, 20 Aug, 27 Aug, £8

00:30 The Improverts

Bedlam Theatre, 7-26 Aug, not 13, 20, £7.50

BattleActs! Presents...

Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 7-28 Aug, £free

Hedluv and Passman: Two Cornish Rappers and a Casiotone HH Gilded Balloon Teviot, 7-28 Aug, not 15, £10 – £11

00:40 After Hours Comedy Pleasance Dome, 10-26 Aug, not 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, £10.50 – £11.50

00:45 Leo and Stephen Go Down On You! Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 8-27 Aug, not 14, 21, £free

00:50 Spanktacular!

Underbelly, Bristo Square, 12 Aug, 19 Aug, 26 Aug, £15.50

01:00 Not the Adventures of Moleman Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 8-27 Aug, £free

Late ‘n’ Live

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 7-28 Aug, £13 – £15

01:15 Setlist: Stand-Up Without a Net

Just The Tonic at the Caves, Various dates from 11 Aug to 26 Aug, £11


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10:00

How May We Be of Service?

Born to Run

Everywhere, Anywhere, 12-17 Aug, £free

24h

Summerhall, 22 Aug, 25 Aug, £1

09:00 24h

Summerhall, 22 Aug, 25 Aug, £1

Dream Plays (Scenes From a Play I’ll Never Write) Traverse Theatre, 14-26 Aug, not 20, £12

Suzanne

Here! Internet Cafe, 7-27 Aug, £5

09:15 Birds on a Wire

theSpace @ Venue45, 11 Aug, £5

Grimaldi: King of the Clowns

Traverse Theatre, 21 Aug, 25 Aug, £13 – £20

Mark Thomas: Bravo Figaro! HHH

Traverse Theatre, 8 Aug, 12 Aug, 15 Aug, 19 Aug, 23 Aug, £18

Kaya - Dream Interpreter

Assembly George Square, 7-27 Aug, not 13, 21, £9 – £11

❤ And No More Shall We Part HHHH Traverse Theatre, Various dates from 7 Aug to 26 Aug, £18 – £20

Shakespeare for Breakfast

C venues - C, 7-27 Aug, not 14, £6.50 – £8.50

Theatre Uncut

Traverse Theatre, 13 Aug, 20 Aug, £6.50

The Letter of Last Resort and Good With People

The Crucible

24h

Angels HHH

Peep HHH

The Iliad, The Odyssey and All of Greek Mythology in 99 Minutes or Less

11:05

Noël Coward’s Tonight at 8:30

Greenside, 20-25 Aug, £8 Traverse Theatre, 7 Aug, 12 Aug, 14 Aug, 19 Aug, 25 Aug, £17 – £19

All That is Wrong HHH Traverse Theatre, 9 Aug, £17

The Adding Machine Church Hill Theatre, 8 Aug, £5

Fables Here and Then

Church Hill Theatre, 7 Aug, £5

The Big Bite-Size Breakfast Show

Pleasance Dome, 7-26 Aug, not 14, 21, £10.50 – £11.50

Bullet Catch HHH

Traverse Theatre, 8 Aug, 15 Aug, 21 Aug, 26 Aug, £17

Mess

Traverse Theatre, 11 Aug, 18 Aug, 24 Aug, £19

Summerhall, 22 Aug, 25 Aug, £1 Pleasance Courtyard, 7-27 Aug, not 17, £6

All the Things I Never Said

theSpace on North Bridge, 13-16 Aug, £5

Under the Ladder

theSpace on North Bridge, 7-11 Aug, £5

Anon(ymous)

C venues - C, 7-11 Aug, £8.50 – £9.50

11:10 The Ride of the Bluebottles

theSpace on the Mile , 7-25 Aug, not 12, 19, £7 – £9

The Two Most Perfect Things

Assembly Roxy, 7-27 Aug, not 13, 20, £13

11:15

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 8 Aug, 11 Aug, £5

Traverse Theatre, 9 Aug, 16 Aug, 24 Aug, £18 – £20

The Hole

24h

Romeo and Juliet

Church Hill Theatre, 7 Aug, £5

Summerhall, 22 Aug, 25 Aug, £1

theSpace @ Symposium Hall, 13-24 Aug, not 19, £6

American Gothic: The Poetry of Edgar Lee Masters

Morning HHH

Machinal

Traverse Theatre, 10 Aug, 17 Aug, £20

Grimaldi: King of the Clowns

theSpace @ Venue45, 9 Aug, £5

The Iliad, The Odyssey and All of Greek Mythology in 99 Minutes or Less

theSpace @ Venue45, 8 Aug, £5

09:20 What the Heart Remembers: The Women and Children of Darfur theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 9 Aug, £5

09:30 One Minute Birdwatching - Free

West Princes Street Gardens, 7-9 Aug, £free

Platero Y Yo

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 7 Aug, 10 Aug, £5

09:45 After Orpheus

theSpace @ Venue45, 7 Aug, 10 Aug, £5

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theSpace on North Bridge, 13-16 Aug, £5

In Tents

theSpace on North Bridge, 7-11 Aug, £5

10:15 Dearly Departed

Church Hill Theatre, 11 Aug, £5

The Browning Version

theSpace on the Mile , 7-11 Aug, £8

10:30 Monkey Bars

Traverse Theatre, 16 Aug, 22 Aug, £17

❤ Blink HHHH

Traverse Theatre, 10 Aug, 17 Aug, 23 Aug, £17 – £19

Going Green the Wong Way

Venue 13, 7-18 Aug, not 13, £8

10:45 theSpace @ Venue45, 21-25 Aug, £5 theSpace on Niddry St, 20 Aug, 22 Aug, 24 Aug, £5

Oh, What a Lovely War

theSpace on Niddry St, 21 Aug, 23 Aug, 25 Aug, £5

11:00 Killing Time

Bedlam Theatre, 7-25 Aug, not 12, 19, £6

The Stranger

Summerhall, 10-25 Aug, not 22, 23, £12

Afghan Days Babylon Nights

The Royal Scots Club, Various dates from 8 Aug to 17 Aug, £9

Invisible People

Around Edinburgh, 7-11 Aug, £1

Allotment

Assembly Inverleith Allotments, 10 Aug, 14 Aug, 15 Aug, 16 Aug, 17 Aug, £10

Story Shakespeare: All’s Well That Ends Well C venues - C too, 13-18 Aug, £7.50 – £9.50

Forever Young

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 9 Aug, £5

Captain Ferguson’s School for Balloon Warfare HH Assembly Roxy, 7-27 Aug, not 13, 20, £10 – £12

The Cactus Gulch Opry House

Church Hill Theatre, 7 Aug, £5

Moth to the Flame

Paradise in Augustine’s, 7-8 Aug, £8

All in the Timing

Church Hill Theatre, 20 Aug, £5

Sir Gawain, the Yellow Knight

theSpace @ Venue45, 7 Aug, 11 Aug, £5

theSpace on Niddry St, 13-18 Aug, £7 – £9

Seeing Double: Vision HHH

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £7 – £8

Pleasance Bytes

Pleasance Courtyard, 11 Aug, 18 Aug, 25 Aug, £4

SOS Courtship

Platero Y Yo

Church Hill Theatre, 19 Aug, £5

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 8 Aug, 11 Aug, £5

Birds on a Wire

Apocalypse or Bust!

theSpace @ Venue45, 9 Aug, £5

Church Hill Theatre, 8 Aug, £5

11:20

11:35

I Never Saw Another Butterfly

Life Is Too Good To Be True HH

Church Hill Theatre, 18 Aug, £5

Chicken Bones for the Teenage Soup

Church Hill Theatre, 10 Aug, £5

What the Heart Remembers: The Women and Children of Darfur theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 7 Aug, 10 Aug, £5

Underbelly, Cowgate, 7-13 Aug, £8.50 – £9.50

John Peel’s Shed by John Osborne Underbelly, Cowgate, 7-12 Aug, £10 – £11

Bye Bye World

Underbelly, Cowgate, 1526 Aug, £8.50 – £9.50

11:40

Miss Julie

Candida

theSpace on North Bridge, 13-18 Aug, £5 – £11

Assembly George Square, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £10 – £12

Dream On

Two Dogs

The Property Known As Garland

Beyond Hillsborough

Paradise in Augustine’s, 14-18 Aug, £8

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 7-25 Aug, not 12, 19, £8 – £10

11:25 Last Supper

Greenside, 7-11 Aug, £6

Miss Marchbanks

Paradise in The Vault, 7-18 Aug, not 12, 13, £8.50

11:30 Seeing Double: Figures HHH

Sweet Grassmarket, 8-17 Aug, £10 Quaker Meeting House, 7-11 Aug, £8

11:45 Oddlie

Venue 13, 7-18 Aug, not 13, £8

Hell’s Bells by Lynne Truss Pleasance Courtyard, 7-27 Aug, not 9, 10, 13, 20, £8 – £9

Female Gothic

Assembly George Square, 7-27 Aug, not 14, £12 – £13

Church Hill Theatre, 17 Aug, £5

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £7 – £8

Normal

For the Love of Willie

The Hole

Plastic Beach

The Ash Girl

Zoo Southside, 7-27 Aug, not 13, 21, £7

theSpace @ Venue45, 13-16 Aug, £8

American Gothic: The Poetry of Edgar Lee Masters

The Price of Everything

11:50

Paradise in Augustine’s, 9-11 Aug, £8 Church Hill Theatre, 11 Aug, £5

theSpace @ Venue45, 8 Aug, 10 Aug, £5

Quaker Meeting House, 13-18 Aug, £7

Northern Stage at St Stephen’s, 7-25 Aug, not 13, 20, £10

Thin Ice HHH

Pleasance Courtyard, 8-27 Aug, not 14, 21, £9 – £10

Built for Two

theSpace on the Mile , 7-18 Aug, not 12, £6

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theatrelistings 12:00 Puellae (The truth about chips and other things) Summerhall, 7-15 Aug, £10

As Ye Sow

Pleasance Dome, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £10 – £11.50

An Audience With the Duke of Windsor - Bob Kingdom Assembly Hall, 7-27 Aug, £10 – £11

A Few Good Men

C venues - C eca, 12-18 Aug, £8.50 – £10.50

Bigmouth

Summerhall, 19-26 Aug, £5 – £10

Theatre Tasters - Free

Laughing Horse @ The Phoenix, 7-12 Aug, £free

I Shall Be Remembered - The Story of Madame de Pompadour

Venue150 @ EICC, 15-19 Aug, £12

The Merry Wives of Osaka

The Letter of Last Resort and Good With People

Traverse Theatre, 21 Aug, 25 Aug, £18 – £20

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

Assembly George Square, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £11 – £12

Bedlam Theatre, 12 Aug, 19 Aug, £6

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot

Shirtwaist

theSpace on North Bridge, 20-25 Aug, £10 – £11

Romeo and Juliet

Bedlam Theatre, 13-18 Aug, £7

Zoo, 7-11 Aug, £7.50

Razing Eddie

Underbelly, Cowgate, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £8.50 – £10

24h

The Template for Lack of Conversation

Summerhall, 22 Aug, 25 Aug, £1

Peep HHH

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-27 Aug, not 17, £6

Comedy Playhouse Balloon - Free Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 7-26 Aug, £free

The Knowledge Emporium

Northern Stage at St Stephen’s, 9-12 Aug, £free

Firing Blanks

Zoo, 19-27 Aug, £9 – £10

Double Edge’s Apples

The Life and Sort of Death of Eric Argyle

Hunt & Darton Cafe

Assembly Inverleith Allotments, 10 Aug, 14 Aug, 15 Aug, 16 Aug, 17 Aug, £10

Miss Julie

Tam O’Shanter

The Assembly Rooms, 11-26 Aug, not 13, £9 – £10

Underbelly, Cowgate, 12-18 Aug, £8 – £9

Allotment

The Talented Mr. Ripley

Zoo, 7-18 Aug, £8

Churchill

C venues - C too, 13-18 Aug, £8.50 – £10.50

Pleasance Dome, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £8.50 – £9.50

What’s He Building in There? HHH

Hunt & Darton Cafe , 7-26 Aug, not 13, 20, £free

BOX

C venues - C nova, 7-26 Aug, £7.50 – £9.50

Les Impossibles

Sweet Grassmarket, 8-12 Aug, £9

❤ Horrible Histories - Barmy Britain HHHHH Pleasance Courtyard, 7-26 Aug, not 13, 20, £10.50 – £11.50

Assembly Hall, 7-26 Aug, not 8, 13, 20, £14 – £15

Laughing Horse @ Edinburgh City Football Club, 7-18 Aug, £free

12:05 Wild Allegations

theSpace on North Bridge, 20-25 Aug, £6

Church Hill Theatre, 10 Aug, £5 Summerhall, 11-18 Aug, £10

❤ And No More Shall We Part HHHH

Traverse Theatre, 8 Aug, 12 Aug, £18

Dearly Departed

Church Hill Theatre, 9 Aug, £5

Almost, Maine

Church Hill Theatre, 18 Aug, £5

King Lear

Zoo, 12-18 Aug, £7.50

Virginia Ironside: Growing Old Disgracefully

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 8-26 Aug, not 14, 21, £10 – £11

Wonderland

The Jhiva of Nietzsche

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 7-18 Aug, not 12, £7

In Tents

theSpace on North Bridge, 13-16 Aug, £5

Salt and Pepper

Church Hill Theatre, 20 Aug, £5

12:20 Oh, What a Lovely War

theSpace on Niddry St, 20 Aug, 22 Aug, 24 Aug, £5

theSpace on Niddry St, 7-11 Aug, £8

The Bravery of Miss Anne and Other Tales of Splendorous Adventure The Voodoo Rooms, 21-25 Aug, £free

Machinal

theSpace on Niddry St, 21 Aug, 23 Aug, 25 Aug, £5

12:25

The Fantasist HHH

12:30

12:15

Assembly Hall, 7-27 Aug, not 13, 20, £14 – £16

30 Neo-Futurist Plays From Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind

Born to Run

Traverse Theatre, 22 Aug, 26 Aug, £18

As You Like It

Zoo, 19-27 Aug, £5 – £8

All Turn! - Free

Pilrig Studio, 9 Aug, £5

Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 13-26 Aug, £free

Lord of the Flies

Soldiers’ Wives HHH

Paradise in Augustine’s, 21-27 Aug, £8.50

Assembly Roxy, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £10 – £12

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Bedlam Theatre, 7-11 Aug, £8

Deadly Medley

Institut français d’Ecosse, 7-24 Aug, weekdays only, £5

The Exonerated

Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act by Athol Fugard

C venues - C, 12-18 Aug, £8.50 – £10.50

Ma Biche et Mon Lapin

Paradise in The Vault, 7-8 Aug, £5

Continuous Growth

Pleasance Dome, 7-27 Aug, not 15, £8.50 – £9.50

A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum

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C venues - C too, 20-27 Aug, £7.50 – £9.50

US Beef

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-27 Aug, not 13, 20, £9 – £10

Medieval Miracle, The Fall Of Man

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-18 Aug, £8 – £9

12:10

Pilrig Studio, 8 Aug, £5

My Elevator Days

A Servant to Two Masters

Underbelly, Bristo Square, 7-27 Aug, not 15, £8 – £9

Pleasance Dome, 7-27 Aug, not 13, 20, £10 – £11

Spaghetti Junction

The Death of Chatterton

The Mermaid of Zennor

theSpace on North Bridge, 7-11 Aug, £5

Killing Time

theSpace on the Mile , 7-11 Aug, £6

Pleasance at Essential Edinburgh, 7-18 Aug, £8 – £9 Pilrig Studio, 7 Aug, £5

❤ And No More Shall We Part HHHH Traverse Theatre, 15 Aug, 19 Aug, 23 Aug, £18

Round ‘ere

Venue 13, 19-25 Aug, £free

The Yellow Wallpaper

Gryphon Venues at the Point Hotel, 21-25 Aug, £8

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Uncoupled

Traverse Theatre, 7 Aug, 11 Aug, 14 Aug, 18 Aug, £18 – £20

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £9 – £10

12:35 Land of the Dead / Helter Skelter

12:55

Dubrovski

Underbelly, Cowgate, 12-18 Aug, £8 – £9

theSpace on North Bridge, 7-11 Aug, £7

12:40

The Boy with the Cuckoo Clock Heart HHH

The Musicians

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 20-25 Aug, £7.50

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £8.50 – £10

Jubilate! by Rosalind Adler Pleasance Courtyard, 14-25 Aug, £8 – £9

Utopia (Beyond the Words) and Clothes

FAT

theSpace on the Mile , 14-18 Aug, £7

Pleasance Courtyard, 9-26 Aug, not 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, £9

Bullet Catch HHH Traverse Theatre, 9 Aug, £17

The Silencer - David Calvitto

The Turn of the Screw

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £10 – £11

Zoo Southside, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £7

12:45

Mess

Traverse Theatre, 7 Aug, 12 Aug, 14 Aug, 25 Aug, £17 – £19

Monkey Bars

Traverse Theatre, 17 Aug, 23 Aug, £17 – £19

12:50

❤ Best in the World HHHH

Just

C Venues - C eca, 13-18 Aug, £5.50 – £7.50

Northern Stage at St Stephen’s, 7-25 Aug, not 13, 20, £14

Why Do You Stand There in the Rain?

Theseus and the Minotaur: A Love Story

C venues - C, 7-11 Aug, £8.50 – £9.50

theSpace on North Bridge, 13-18 Aug, £10

Locked In

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 13-25 Aug, not 19, £7 – £10

Punch & Judy

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-27 Aug, not 14, £9 – £10

Social Husbandry Inc - Breeding a Brighter Society Since 2012

The Institute

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 7-11 Aug, £4

The Fiddler’s Elbow, 13-19 Aug, £free

The Banshee Labyrinth, 7-25 Aug, not 14, £free

All That is Wrong HHH

Traverse Theatre, 10 Aug, £19

Greenside, 7-25 Aug, not 12, 19, £9

Monkey Poet’s Murder Mystery

Double Edge’s Spring Awakening

Peep HHH

Wild Turkey

Cancer Time

Evil

13:10

Birds on a Wire

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-27 Aug, not 17, £6 The Bongo Club, 21-25 Aug, £6

Proof

theSpace on the Mile , 7-18 Aug, not 12, £7

Mess

Hanafuda Denki (A Tale of Fantastic Traditional Playing Cards)

Traverse Theatre, 19 Aug, £17

Six and a Tanner

C venues - C, 12-18 Aug, £9.50 – £11.50

The Assembly Rooms, 7-26 Aug, not 10, 13, £15

❤ Slapdash Galaxy HHHHH

13:00 Eat $h*t: How Our Waste Can Save the World C venues - C nova, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £6.50 – £8.50

Underbelly, Cowgate, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £10 – £11.50

Everything Else Happened HHH

Angels HHH

Traverse Theatre, 8 Aug, 15 Aug, 21 Aug, 26 Aug, £17

My Wrestle Mania Princes Mall, 25 Aug, £free

Allotment

Assembly Inverleith Allotments, 10 Aug, 14 Aug, 15 Aug, 16 Aug, 17 Aug, £10

Bullet Catch HHH

Assembly Roxy, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £10 – £12

Platero Y Yo by Juan Ramon Jimenez Valvona & Crolla, 7-27 Aug, not 12, 13, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, £12

C venues - C nova, 7-27 Aug, £7.50 – £9.50

Summerhall, 22 Aug, 25 Aug, £1

Quick! Save the Pizza!

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 13-18 Aug, £8

Married With Snails

Sweet Grassmarket, 7-17 Aug, £8.50

Letter to the Man (from the Boy) Underbelly, Cowgate, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £8.50 – £9.50

Photographing the Dead

❤ Slice by Mel Giedroyc HHHH

The Spirit of Frances Wright (Love is an Action Verb)

Summerhall, 7-26 Aug, not 13, 20, £12

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 7-27 Aug, not 13, 20, £9 – £10

❤ Blink HHHH

Traverse Theatre, 11 Aug, 18 Aug, 24 Aug, £19 C venues - C aquila, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £8.50 – £10.50

13:05 theSpace on North Bridge, 13-16 Aug, £5

Frontline

theSpace on North Bridge, 7-11 Aug, £5

24h

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-27 Aug, not 14, 25, £10 – £12

Detention

Under the Ladder

Textually Transmitted

❤ The Trench HHHHH

Paradise in The Vault, 14-27 Aug, not 19, 20, 26, £7

Bound

Traverse Theatre, 16 Aug, 22 Aug, £17

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 20-25 Aug, £6

Trojan Women

theSpace @ Symposium Hall, 7-18 Aug, £9

Sweet Grassmarket, 7-27 Aug, not 18, 25, £8

Shakespeare Didn’t Write This Sweet Grassmarket, 9-24 Aug, not 18, £8

13:15 You Don’t Know Me Church Hill Theatre, 7 Aug, £5

Poe’s Last Night - Free

Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 7-26 Aug, £free

Mark Thomas: Bravo Figaro! HHH Traverse Theatre, 9 Aug, 16 Aug, 24 Aug, £18 – £20

Venue 13, 7-18 Aug, not 13, £8 theSpace @ Venue45, 8 Aug, £5

Acts of Contrition

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 7-11 Aug, £10

Mostellaria (The Haunted House)

Church Hill Theatre, 17-20 Aug, weekdays only, £5

Marat / Sade

Church Hill Theatre, 8 Aug, £5

Say You Love Me

Cafe Camino, 7-12 Aug, £free

Him

theSpace on the Mile , 21-25 Aug, £7 – £8

Spring Awakening (After Wedekind)

Paradise in Augustine’s, 14-18 Aug, £8

Educating Ronnie HHH

Assembly George Square, 7-26 Aug, not 13, 20, £10 – £12

All in the Timing

Church Hill Theatre, 18 Aug, £5

Sir Gawain, the Yellow Knight

Church Hill Theatre, 19 Aug, £5

The Miller’s Tale: Wahala Dey Oh!

C venues - C, 7-27 Aug, £8.50 – £10.50

Night of the Big Wind HHH

Underbelly, Cowgate, 7-25 Aug, £8.50 – £10

American Gothic: The Poetry of Edgar Lee Masters theSpace @ Venue45, 7 Aug, £5

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theatrelistings Unlucky for Some

Venue 13, 19-25 Aug, £free

Love Child

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 7-27 Aug, not 13, 20, £10 – £12

13:20 ❤ Dirty Great Love Story HHHH

Pleasance Dome, 7-27 Aug, not 14, £9 – £10

13:30 The Economist

C venues - C nova, 7-27 Aug, £7.50 – £9.50

The Lad Himself HHH

Big Sean, Mikey and Me HH Gilded Balloon Teviot, 7-27 Aug, £10

Hamlet and Other Theatrical Nightmares

Church Hill Theatre, 9 Aug, £5

Simple Matters HH

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 8-26 Aug, not 14, 20, £10 – £11

You Obviously Know What I’m Talking About HHH Underbelly, Cowgate, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £9 – £11

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 7-26 Aug, not 11, £9.50 – £12.50

Give and Take

Camille Claudel

Ruthlessness

Church Hill Theatre, 10 Aug, £5

Pleasance Courtyard, 8-27 Aug, not 14, 21, £8.50 – £9.50

C Venues - C eca, 12-27 Aug, not 20, £7.50 – £9.50

As You Like It

Carnival of Crows

Pleasance Dome, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £7.50 – £9

Dirty Barbie HHH Assembly Hall, 7-27 Aug, not 14, 21, £7 – £9

The Canterville Ghost

Greenside, 7-10 Aug, £5.50

And the Girls in Their Sunday Dresses HHH Assembly George Square, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £14 – £15

The Good Person of Szechwan

theSpace @ Symposium Hall, 20-25 Aug, £5

One Minute Birdwatching - Free

West Princes Street Gardens, 7-9 Aug, £free

Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 7-24 Aug, not 11, 18, £free

13:35 Country Air - A Contemporary Ghost Story Paradise in The Vault, 7-11 Aug, £5.50

Romeo and Juliet Greenside, 13-18 Aug, £7

13:40 Botallack O’Clock

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 7-27 Aug, not 14, 21, £9

Pretty When I’m Drunk

theSpace on the Mile , 21-25 Aug, £5

13:45 End to End

Bannermans, 12-25 Aug, £free

Antigone

theSpace on the Mile , 7-11 Aug, £4.50

Stand Up, Woman - Free

Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 13-16 Aug, £free

Perle HHH

Assembly Roxy, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £9 – £10

Urban Fairytale

theSpace @ Venue45, 20-25 Aug, £8

The Two Worlds of Charlie F

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-11 Aug, £12.50 – £15

I Shall Be Remembered - The Story of Madame de Pompadour Venue150 @ EICC, 7-12 Aug, £12

Wrong Place, Right Time

Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 7-12 Aug, £free

Unmythable

Zoo, 7-27 Aug, not 15, £10

After Orpheus

theSpace @ Venue45, 9 Aug, £5

Theseus and the Minotaur: A Love Story

13:50 Executive Stress / Corporate Retreat

C Venues - C eca, 7-27 Aug, not 14, £7.50 – £9.50

Irreconcilable Differences

Gryphon Venues at the Point Hotel, 7-25 Aug, not 12, 19, £8

13:55 ❤ Othello - The Remix HHHH

Pleasance Courtyard, 8-27 Aug, not 14, 21, £12.50 – £15

Ellipsis

theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 1325 Aug, not 19, £5

Listen! The River

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 13-25 Aug, not 19, £5 – £8

❤ Hand Over Fist HHHH

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-27 Aug, not 8, 15, £10 – £11

14:00 A Donkey and a Parrot

Gilded Balloon at Third Door, 7-27 Aug, not 13, 20, £8 – £9

My Sister

The Fiddler’s Elbow, 8-25 Aug, not 14, 21, £free

True Colours

Northern Stage at St Stephen’s, 21-25 Aug, £5

Uninvited

Bedlam Theatre, 7-25 Aug, not 15, £8

Endure: A Run Woman Show

Assembly George Square, 9-19 Aug, not 13, 14, £7

Shakespeare’s Queens: She-Wolves and Serpents C Venues - C eca, 7-25 Aug, £8.50 – £10.50

Couleur Café

C venues - C nova, 11-27 Aug, £12.50 – £14.50

2008: Macbeth

Lowland Hall, Royal Highland Centre, 15 Aug, £35

Meine faire Dame ein Sprachlabor

Lowland Hall, Royal Highland Centre, 17-18 Aug, £30

The List

Summerhall, 7-25 Aug, not 12, 13, 20, £12

❤ Coalition HHHH

Pleasance Dome, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £13.50 – £14.50

The Tempest

theSpace on Niddry St, 7-18 Aug, not 12, £8

Baby With the Bathwater

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 20-25 Aug, £10

Martin Dockery: Wanderlust

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 7-27 Aug, not 14, £9 – £10

The World’s Greatest Walking Tour of Edinburgh Pleasance Dome, 7-27 Aug, not 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, £8 – £9

The Half HHH

Assembly George Square, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £12 – £14

Exterminating Angel - An Improvisation Pleasance Courtyard, 7-27 Aug, not 13, 20, £10 – £11

Poison

C venues - C nova, 12-18 Aug, £8.50 – £10.50

Flâneurs

Summerhall, 7-26 Aug, not 17, 18, £8

Mon Droit

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-27 Aug, not 16, £10 – £11

Crypted

C venues - C nova, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £8.50 – £10.50

The Edinburgh International Circus Festival

Ocean Terminal Big Top, 7-26 Aug, not 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, £free

Grace!

St John’s Church, 8-18 Aug, £10

Werther’s Sorrows

Zoo Southside, Various dates from 7 Aug to 25 Aug, £8

Bottleneck HHH

Anything But (A One-Woman Play)

theSpace on North Bridge, 20-25 Aug, £10

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £9 – £10

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-27 Aug, not 15, £8 – £9

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-27 Aug, £8.50 – £9.50

Undateable

Mayday Mayday

Forgotten Heroes

The Playhouse on the Fringe, 8-27 Aug, not 14, 21, £10

Whynot? , 7-12 Aug, £free

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C venues - C nova, 19-27 Aug, £7.50 – £9.50

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theatrelistings Faulty Towers the Dining Experience

B’est Restaurant, 7-28 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £43 – £46.50

24h

Summerhall, 22 Aug, 25 Aug, £1

Peep HHH

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-27 Aug, not 17, £6

Mies Julie

Assembly Hall, 7-27 Aug, not 13, 20, £14 – £16

Salome By Oscar Wilde

Zoo Southside, Various dates from 8 Aug to 26 Aug, £8

The Celebrity

PASS (Performing Arts Studio Scotland), 22-25 Aug, £8

14:05 One Night Stand

theSpace on the Mile , 13-18 Aug, £7.50

The Yellow Wallpaper

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 13-25 Aug, not 19, £5

Salt and Pepper

theSpace on North Bridge, 13-16 Aug, £5

Comedy Playhouse - Shopping for Bacon - Free Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 7-26 Aug, £free

Letters, Boxes and Other Things That Shouldn’t Be Opened

C venues - C nova, 7-11 Aug, £9.50 – £10.50

Iron Assumptions

theSpace on North Bridge, 7-11 Aug, £5

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Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 15-26 Aug, £free

The Adult History of Great Britain Part 1 - Free Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 7-14 Aug, £free

Panning for Gold - Free

Laughing Horse @ The Phoenix, 8-26 Aug, not 14, 21, £free

Cut!

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 13-25 Aug, not 19, £7.50

Blake’s Doors

theSpace on North Bridge, 7-18 Aug, not 12, £5

When Alice (Cooper) Met (Prince) Harry Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 7-26 Aug, £free

14:10 Whale Tale

Sedition

Zoo, Various dates from 8 Aug to 26 Aug, £8

Almost, Maine

Church Hill Theatre, 20 Aug, £5

Village of Idiots

Church Hill Theatre, 17 Aug, 21 Aug, £5

Chariot: The Eric Liddell Story

Edinburgh Elim, 17 Aug, 18 Aug, 24 Aug, 25 Aug, £10

❤ The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs by Mike Daisey HHHH Gilded Balloon Teviot, 7-27 Aug, not 14, £10 – £11

A Streetcar Named Desire

Pilrig Studio, 7 Aug, £5

Angels in Heels

Laughing Horse @ Edinburgh City Football Club, 7-26 Aug, not 13, 20, £free

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 7-11 Aug, £7

14:20

The House of Shadows

Pilrig Studio, 9 Aug, £5

3.2 Seconds

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 7-11 Aug, £8

14:30 Ne’er the Twain

St Peter’s, 11 Aug, 18 Aug, £10

Trouble in the Tolbooth

Saughtonhall United Reformed Church, 11 Aug, £7

Ronnie and the Other World

Quaker Meeting House, 13-18 Aug, £7

Visiting Time

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 7-26 Aug, £10 – £12

Cancer Time

Venue 13, 19-25 Aug, £8

Rosie Wilby - How (Not) To Make It In Britpop

The Bongo Club, 10-14 Aug, £8

Well Behaved Women Rarely Make History

The Exonerated

C venues - C aquila, 1318 Aug, £8.50 – £10.50

Love All HHH

Gulliver’s Travels

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-27 Aug, not 13, 21, £8 – £10

Satan’s Playground

Primer for a Failed Superpower

14:15

Sherlock Holmes and the Sound of the Baskervilles

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 7-11 Aug, £7

The Wheelchair on My Face

Scotsman Best of the Fest

Assembly George Square, 13 Aug, 20 Aug, £12

The Pilgrim’s Progress

Palmerston Place Church, 22 Aug, 24 Aug, 25 Aug, £10

Assembly Roxy, 7-26 Aug, not 13, 20, £10 – £12 Underbelly, Cowgate, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £9 – £10

Paradise in Augustine’s, 21-27 Aug, £9.50

14:25 How Much is Your Iron? and Dansen Sweet Grassmarket, 11-17 Aug, £7

King’s Theatre, 19 Aug, £12

The Hub, 24 Aug, £6

As of 1.52pm GMT on Friday April 27th 2012, This Show Has No Title. HH Traverse Theatre, 22 Aug, 26 Aug, £12

Teach Me

Hill Street Theatre, 7-26 Aug, not 13, 20, £9 – £12

MacBeth in Scots

St Ninian’s Hall, 11 Aug, 18 Aug, £10

Tartuffe

21A - Free

Becoming Conocido

14:40

Church Hill Theatre, 7 Aug, £5 Venue 13, 7-18 Aug, not 13, £8

Operation Stork

St Serf’s Church Hall, 18 Aug, £9

Miriam Margolyes Dickens’ Women

Pleasance Courtyard, 8-25 Aug, not 14, 21, £16.50 – £17.50

Deadly Medley

Pilrig Studio, 8 Aug, £5

Strawberry Sauce

C venues - C aquila, 7-11 Aug, £8.50 – £9.50

Adolf

The Assembly Rooms, 13 Aug, £12

Fables Here and Then

Church Hill Theatre, 11 Aug, £5

Comedian Dies in the Middle of Joke Pleasance Dome, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £9.50 – £10.50

Three Words

The Bongo Club, 7-8 Aug, £7

14:35

GHQ, 8-25 Aug, not 14, 21, £free

This Way Up

C venues - C, 7-27 Aug, not 14, £8.50 – £10.50

The Static

Underbelly, Cowgate, 7-26 Aug, not 20, £10 – £11

Once in a House on Fire

Northern Stage at St Stephen’s, 11-25 Aug, not 13, 20, £10 – £14

Probably the Greatest Goal Ever Scored (and Other Tales) Sweet Grassmarket, 20-24 Aug, £7

Tea is an Evening Meal

Northern Stage at St Stephen’s, 7-10 Aug, £10

The Sewing Machine

Assembly George Square, 7-27 Aug, not 13, 20, £13 – £14

14:45 Thread

The Importance of Being Earnest

Assembly St Mark’s, 9 Aug, 16 Aug, 23 Aug, £10

Am I Good Friend?

Paradise in Augustine’s, 21-27 Aug, £8

Greenside, 13-18 Aug, £7

The Cabaret Voltaire, 8-25 Aug, not 14, 21, £free

Biloxi Blues

Sweet Grassmarket, 7-10 Aug, £9

CountryBoy’s Struggle

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £9.50 – £11.50

Kes

Winston on the Run Pleasance Courtyard, 7-27 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, £9 – £10

❤ Dylan Thomas: Return Journey - Bob Kingdom, Original Direction by Anthony Hopkins HHHH Assembly Hall, 7-27 Aug, £10 – £11

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theatrelistings Krapp’s Last Tape

The Assembly Rooms, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £10

The Good, the Bad and the Extraterrestrials

Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 7-26 Aug, £free

14:50 Double Edge’s Almost Nothing to Do with Frogs Underbelly, Cowgate, 12-18 Aug, £8 – £9

The Smoking Boy

Greenside, 7-11 Aug, £9

Jigsy HHH

The Assembly Rooms, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £15

Nikotine

Paradise in The Vault, 14-19 Aug, £8.50

The Prize

A Man for All Times: W. E. B. DuBois theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 7-25 Aug, not 12, 19, £8.50 – £9.50

15:00 As of 1.52pm GMT on Friday April 27th 2012, This Show Has No Title. HH

Traverse Theatre, 7-23 Aug, not 9, 10, 13, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, £12

Villains, Heroes and Adventurers

Valvona & Crolla Scottish Foodhall@Jenners, 7-25 Aug, not 9, 12, 14, 15, 16, 19, 23, £15

Githa

C venues - C nova, 14-27 Aug, £8.50 – £10.50

Underbelly, Bristo Square, 7-26 Aug, not 15, £11 – £12

Remember Me

The Cagebirds

Macbeth Unsexed!

C Venues - C eca, Various dates from 8 Aug to 26 Aug, £8.50 – £10.50

Chapel Street HHH Underbelly, Cowgate, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £10 – £11

Peter Panic

Pleasance Dome, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £8 – £10

Besides the Obvious C Venues - C eca, Various dates from 7 Aug to 27 Aug, £8.50 – £10.50

Summerhall, 21-26 Aug, £6 C Venues - C eca, 7-11 Aug, £9.50 – £10.50

The Fastest Train to Anywhere C venues - C nova, 7-12 Aug, £8.50 – £9.50

Pages from the Book of...

Summerhall, 10-24 Aug, £10

Bullet Catch HHH Traverse Theatre, 10 Aug, £19

The Dead Memory House HHH

14:55

Summerhall, 7-26 Aug, £10

Be My Baby

24h

Paradise in The Vault, 7-12 Aug, £6.50

Summerhall, 22 Aug, 25 Aug, £1

Self-Criticism

Peep HHH

Paradise in The Vault, 21-25 Aug, £6

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-27 Aug, not 17, £6

Oedipus - The Hour

Paradise in Augustine’s, 7-19 Aug, not 13, £7.50

Holmes and Watson: The Farewell Tour

Valvona & Crolla, Various dates from 18 Aug to 26 Aug, £12

True Colours

Northern Stage at St Stephen’s, 21-25 Aug, £5

Tokyo Trilogy

C Venues - C eca, 13-27 Aug, £7.50 – £9.50

Ruskin Live!

Scottish National Gallery, 13 Aug, 14 Aug, 16 Aug, 17 Aug, £10

Miss Havisham’s Expectations

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 7-27 Aug, not 8, 15, £10 – £11

The Day the Sky Turned Black

Assembly Roxy, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £11 – £12

The Stranger

Summerhall, 7 Aug, 9 Aug, £12

15:05

Iron Assumptions

theSpace on North Bridge, 13-16 Aug, £5

15:10 Appointment With The Wicker Man HHH

Sir Gawain, the Yellow Knight

theSpace on North Bridge, 13-18 Aug, £6

On the Edge

Gryphon Venues at the Point Hotel, 13-19 Aug, £8

Miss Julie

Journos

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 20-25 Aug, £6.50

Not My Cup of Tea theSpace on the Mile , 7-25 Aug, not 12, 19, £7.50

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Zoo Southside, 21-27 Aug, £8

Church Hill Theatre, 18 Aug, £5

Bullet Catch HHH

Traverse Theatre, 17 Aug, 23 Aug, £17 – £19

I, Tommy HH

theSpace on North Bridge, 20-25 Aug, £5

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £14 – £16

15:15

Recent Tragic Events

SOS Courtship

Church Hill Theatre, 17 Aug, £5

Monkey Bars

Traverse Theatre, 18 Aug, 24 Aug, £19

The Darkroom

C venues - C nova, 7-27 Aug, £8.50 – £10.50

Karen’s Way: A Kindertransport Life

theSpace on North Bridge, 7-11 Aug, £5

Excuse Me, I’m Trying to Please You

Zoo Southside, 7-20 Aug, £7.50

Titanic Sinks Titswilly

Mostellaria (The Haunted House)

All the Things I Never Said

Porphyria

Rubber Dinghy

❤ Blink HHHH

theSpace @ Venue45, 13-25 Aug, not 19, £10

I Never Saw Another Butterfly

Traverse Theatre, 11 Aug, £19

The Assembly Rooms, 7-26 Aug, not 13, 20, £16

The School of Night Pleasance Courtyard, 7-26 Aug, not 15, £10 – £11

All That is Wrong HHH

Traverse Theatre, 7 Aug, 12 Aug, 14 Aug, 25 Aug, £17 – £19

Church Hill Theatre, 19 Aug, £5

Murder, Marple and Me

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 7-26 Aug, not 13, 20, £9.50 – £10.50

The Cactus Gulch Opry House

Sweet Grassmarket, 19-24 Aug, £9

Mess

Traverse Theatre, 8 Aug, 15 Aug, 21 Aug, 26 Aug, £17

15:20 Cover

C venues - C nova, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £7.50 – £9.50

Zoo Southside, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £8

Chicken Bones for the Teenage Soup Church Hill Theatre, 8 Aug, £5

15:25 The Idiot at the Wall

Bedlam Theatre, 7-25 Aug, £9

Ma Biche et Mon Lapin

Institut français d’Ecosse, 7-24 Aug, weekdays only, £5

Rodney Bewes as A Boy Growing Up. An Entertainment from the stories of Dylan Thomas

Assembly George Square, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £11 – £12

Molly Naylor and the Middle Ones: My Robot Heart Pleasance Courtyard, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £9 – £10.50

Maurice Roëves: Just a Gigolo

15:30

Eurydice

As of 1.52pm GMT on Friday April 27th 2012, This Show Has No Title. HH

Assembly George Square, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £14 – £15 C Venues - C eca, 7-27 Aug, not 14, £8.50 – £10.50

Traverse Theatre, 9 Aug, 21 Aug, 24 Aug, 25 Aug, £12

Still Life (or Brief Encounter)

C venues - C too, 7-27 Aug, not 14, £9.50 – £11.50

Church Hill Theatre, 9 Aug, £5

C venues - C aquila, 7-27 Aug, not 12, £9.50 – £11.50

Angels HHH

Outward Bound

Traverse Theatre, 9 Aug, £17

Church Hill Theatre, 20 Aug, £5

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 7-11 Aug, £8

Treasure Island

Nothing Is Really Difficult

Assembly George Square, 8-26 Aug, not 13, 14, 20, 21, £10


theatrelistings Remember Me

Summerhall, 21-26 Aug, £6

The Softening of MAO-A

Summerhall, 11-26 Aug, £8 – £10

Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus

Apocalypse or Bust! Church Hill Theatre, 10 Aug, £5

Still Home

Gryphon Venues at the Point Hotel, 23-24 Aug, £10

15:35 Sophie Shadow

Underbelly, Bristo Square, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £11 – £12

Paradise in The Vault, 1426 Aug, not 20, £9

Angels HHH

Tumble Circus: This Is What We Do For a Living

Traverse Theatre, 16 Aug, 22 Aug, £17

As You Like It

C venues - C, 7-18 Aug, £8.50 – £10.50

Oliver Reed: Wild Thing

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 7-27 Aug, not 8, 15, £10 – £11

15:40 Underbelly, Bristo Square, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £12 – £14

Dirty Hands

Sweet Grassmarket, Various dates from 19 Aug to 26 Aug, £8

Cleansed

After the Rainfall HHH

theSpace on North Bridge, 20-25 Aug, £7

Pleasance Dome, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £12 – £13

NOLA

❤ Punch HHHH

Underbelly, Cowgate, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £10 – £11

How a Man Crumbled HH Summerhall, 7-26 Aug, not 17, 18, £10

A One Man Hamlet

C venues - C aquila, 7-11 Aug, £10.50 – £11.50

Hamlet and Other Theatrical Nightmares

Church Hill Theatre, 11 Aug, £5

Serve Cold

Gryphon Venues at the Point Hotel, 7-27 Aug, not 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, £8

❤ Blink HHHH

Traverse Theatre, 19 Aug, £17

Underbelly, Cowgate, 7-26 Aug, not 9, 16, £10 – £11

A Clockwork Orange Pleasance Courtyard, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £13.50 – £14.50

15:45 Justine and Tony

Paradise in The Vault, 7-11 Aug, £8

Dead Man’s Cell Phone HHH

C venues - C, 7-11 Aug, £9.50 – £10.50

As of 1.52pm GMT on Friday April 27th 2012, This Show Has No Title. HH Traverse Theatre, 10 Aug, 16 Aug, 17 Aug, £12

Waiting for Stanley

Assembly Roxy, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £10 – £12

15:50 Spring Awakening (After Wedekind)

Paradise in Augustine’s, 19 Aug, £8

Tagged

C Venues - C eca, Various dates from 7 Aug to 27 Aug, £8.50 – £10.50

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Paradise in Augustine’s, 21-25 Aug, £8

The Indescribable Phenomenon Greenside, 20-25 Aug, £9

16:00 B*tch Boxer HHH Underbelly, Cowgate, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £10 – £11

True Colours

Northern Stage at St Stephen’s, 21-25 Aug, £5

A Modern Town HH Pleasance Courtyard, 7-27 Aug, not 14, £9 – £10

East - by Steven Berkoff

Douglas House, 19-25 Aug, £8

Elephant Man

theSpace on Niddry St, 14 Aug, 20 Aug, 22 Aug, £10

It’s So Nice

Institut français d’Ecosse, 7-24 Aug, weekdays only, £10

Sparkleshark

St Peter’s, 25 Aug, £6

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Angus: Weaver of Grass

Mother Tongue

How’s About That Then? HHH

Assembly George Square, 7-27 Aug, not 20, £14 – £15 Summerhall, 7-15 Aug, £9

Superheroes

Italian Cultural Institute, 10 Aug, £5

The Eighth Day Venue 13, 19-25 Aug, £7

Mother to Mother

Assembly George Square, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £14 – £15

Woza Albert!

Assembly Hall, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £14 – £16

Dream/Life

Zoo, 7-18 Aug, £8

Nights at the Circus theSpace on Niddry St, 8 Aug, 16 Aug, 24 Aug, £10

Kemble’s Riot HH

Pleasance Dome, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £11 – £12

The Erpingham Camp

Scottish Storytelling Centre, 16-26 Aug, £10

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 7-27 Aug, not 15, £11 – £12

Request Programme Inlingua Edinburgh, 11 Aug, 12 Aug, 18 Aug, 19 Aug, £12

24h

Summerhall, 22 Aug, 25 Aug, £1

Peep HHH

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-27 Aug, not 17, £6

Rod is God

Pleasance Dome, 7-27 Aug, not 24, 26, £9.50 – £12

Edinburgh

Summerhall, 9 Aug, 16 Aug, £5

Divine Words

theSpace on Niddry St, 10 Aug, 12 Aug, 18 Aug, £10

You Left Me in the Dark theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 13-25 Aug, not 19, £8

A Cry Too Far From Heaven theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 7-11 Aug, £8.50

Fat Joe’s Chicken Shack

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 7-11 Aug, £5

❤ An Evening With Dementia HHHH theSpace on the Mile , 7-25 Aug, £9

Maria, 1968

C venues - C, 7-27 Aug, not 14, £8.50 – £10.50

16:10 The House of Shadows

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 13-25 Aug, not 19, £7

Me Before Marilyn theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 20-25 Aug, £6

Ellipsis

theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 7-11 Aug, £5

Strange Hungers

Subliminal Nonsense

Fabled

Gods

Richard III

The Bongo Club, 7-25 Aug, not 17, 19, £5

Venue 13, 7-18 Aug, not 13, £8

Allotment

The Knowledge Emporium

theSpace on Niddry St, Various dates from 7 Aug to 25 Aug, £10

Assembly Inverleith Allotments, 11 Aug, 12 Aug, 18 Aug, 19 Aug, £10

Attempts on Her Life - Free

Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 21-24 Aug, £free

Lingua Frank HH

The Playhouse on the Fringe, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £10

Summerhall, 18-19 Aug, £10

Northern Stage at St Stephen’s, 13 Aug, £free

Irish Shorts Two

Duddingston Kirk Manse Garden, 7-18 Aug, not 12, 13, £6

16:05 Anna.

theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 13-18 Aug, £6.50

theSpace on the Mile , 21-25 Aug, £10

theSpace @ Venue45, 7-11 Aug, £5

I Am a Moon

theSpace on North Bridge, 8-9 Aug, £7

Party Time

theSpace on North Bridge, 13-18 Aug, £7

Strong Arm

Underbelly, Cowgate, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £10 – £11

The Sun is Not for Us theSpace on North Bridge, 7 Aug, 10 Aug, 11 Aug, £7

2.20pm @ Just the Tonic at The Tron. £8/£6

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theatrelistings 16:15 Thread

Assembly St Mark’s, 9 Aug, 16 Aug, 23 Aug, £10

Paul Dabek Presents Thurston

The Voodoo Rooms, 7-25 Aug, £free

Sister Annunciata’s Secret Hill Street Theatre, 1526 Aug, £5 – £11

Lady M

C Venues - C eca, 7-18 Aug, not 13, £9.50 – £11.50

An Eggcellent Adventure

16:25 Hervé - A Collection of Songs, Dances and Stories

Underbelly, Bristo Square, 7-27 Aug, not 15, £10.50 – £11.50

Metamorphoses: Fables from Ovid

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 13-25 Aug, not 19, £9

Maurice’s Jubilee

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-27 Aug, not 14, 21, £12.50 – £15.50

The Hand-Me-Down People C venues - C nova, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £8.50 – £10.50

Lauriston Halls, 7-9 Aug, £5

16:30

❤ Juana in a Million HHHH

Three by Poe

Pleasance Dome, 7-26 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, £9 – £10

Almost, Maine

Church Hill Theatre, 17 Aug, £5

Village of Idiots

Church Hill Theatre, 19 Aug, £5

Punk Rock

theSpace on the Mile , 7-18 Aug, not 12, £9

Cubicle Four

Paradise in The Vault, 7-27 Aug, not 13, 20, £10

A Streetcar Named Desire

Pilrig Studio, 8 Aug, £5

Sleep to Wake: Robert Browning Remembers Elizabeth

Hill Street Theatre, 7-13 Aug, £10 – £12

16:20 Boy In a Dress HHH The Stand Comedy Club III & IV, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £10

Doll

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 7-11 Aug, £4

A Thousand Shards of Glass Northern Stage at St Stephen’s, 21-25 Aug, £14

25: 13 Red, 12 Blue

C venues - C aquila, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £8.50 – £10.50

C venues - C nova, 7-27 Aug, £9.50 – £11.50

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Paradise in Augustine’s, 7-27 Aug, not 13, 20, £8

Walk Like a Black Man

C Venues - C eca, 7-27 Aug, £8.50 – £10.50

Gilbert and Sullivan in Brief(s) Pleasance Courtyard, 7-27 Aug, not 13, 21, £10 – £12

Gob Shop

Sapphire Rooms, 8-26 Aug, not 13, 14, 20, 21, £7

Wojtek the Bear

Hill Street Theatre, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £11 – £12

Would Be Nice Though...

Pleasance at Essential Edinburgh, 7-18 Aug, £8 – £9

Deadly Medley

Pilrig Studio, 9 Aug, £5

Shopping Centre by Matthew Osborn HHH

Gilded Balloon at Third Door, 7-26 Aug, not 13, 20, £9 – £10

A Dirty Martini

Zoo Southside, 12-27 Aug, £8.50

The Adding Machine Church Hill Theatre, 11 Aug, £5

Fables Here and Then

Church Hill Theatre, 10 Aug, £5

Swamp Juice

Underbelly, Bristo Square, 14-27 Aug, £11 – £13

Thinking of you - Free

Laughing Horse @ The Phoenix, 7-26 Aug, not 13, 20, £free

16:35 Little Women

theSpace @ Venue45, 20-25 Aug, £8

❤ What I Heard About the World HHHH

Northern Stage at St Stephen’s, 8-19 Aug, not 13, £14

Superheroes

theSpace on North Bridge, 13-25 Aug, not 19, £7

16:45 Joyced!

Assembly George Square, 7-27 Aug, not 13, 20, £10 – £12

Formby

Assembly George Square, 7-27 Aug, not 13, 21, £11 – £13

Rainbow

Zoo Southside, 7-27 Aug, £9

Right Honourable Member

C venues - C aquila, 7-27 Aug, not 16, 17, £8.50 – £10.50

Dating George Orwell - Free

Laughing Horse @ The White Horse, 7-18 Aug, £free

Best Served Cold

theSpace @ Venue45, 13-18 Aug, £7

Peter Piper - The Man Behind the Legend

Princes Mall, 7-25 Aug, £free

16:50 Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me

C Venues - C eca, Various dates from 8 Aug to 26 Aug, £9.50 – £11.50

Misanthropy HH

C Venues - C eca, Various dates from 7 Aug to 27 Aug, £9.50 – £11.50

Adolf

The Assembly Rooms, 14 Aug, £12

Queue

Sweet Grassmarket, 7-17 Aug, £8

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Made for Each Other - Free

Laughing Horse @ Bar 50, 15-26 Aug, £free

The Letter of Last Resort and Good With People

Hearts on Fire HHH

Traverse Theatre, 22 Aug, 26 Aug, £18

16:55

Paradise in The Vault, 7-27 Aug, not 13, 20, £6

C venues - C nova, 7-27 Aug, £9.50 – £11.50

The Submarine Show

C venues - C too, 7-27 Aug, not 14, £8.50 – £10.50

17:00 The Girl With No Heart

Bedlam Theatre, 7-25 Aug, not 13, £8

True Colours

Northern Stage at St Stephen’s, 21-25 Aug, £5

Bhagwaan Dhoondo - An Indian musical interactive theatre performance Lauriston Halls, 27 Aug, £free

Rémy

24h

Summerhall, 22 Aug, 25 Aug, £1

Peep HHH

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-27 Aug, not 17, £6

Skye

Greenside, 20-25 Aug, £5

The Harmonettes Go Into Orbit Gryphon Venues at the Point Hotel, 7-18 Aug, not 12, £7

17:05 A Grave Reunion

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 20-25 Aug, £7.50

Swordy-Well

Primer for a Failed Superpower

theSpace on North Bridge, Various dates from 13 Aug to 25 Aug, £7

Nothing Is Really Difficult

Burns: Rough Cut HHH

My City Saturday

The Complete History of the BBC in 60 Minutes

The Hub, 24 Aug, £6

Assembly George Square, 8-26 Aug, not 13, 14, 20, 21, £10 Gryphon Venues at the Point Hotel, 25-26 Aug, £7

A Brief History of Scotland - We Done Loads! Sweet Grassmarket, 7-24 Aug, not 18, £9.50

There’s Absolutely Nothing Wrong With Oscar Pike

Sweet Grassmarket, Various dates from 20 Aug to 26 Aug, £7

The Edinburgh International Circus Festival Ocean Terminal Big Top, 7-26 Aug, not 15, 20, £free

❤ Glory Dazed HHHH

Underbelly, Cowgate, 7-26 Aug, not 15, £10 – £11

theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 7-25 Aug, not 19, £8

Sweet Grassmarket, 7-19 Aug, not 18, £9

Threads

theSpace on the Mile , 7-25 Aug, not 12, 19, £8.50 – £9.50

A Sky Burial

theSpace on North Bridge, 16 Aug, 18 Aug, 20 Aug, 22 Aug, 24 Aug, £7

A Soldier’s Song

Assembly Roxy, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £11 – £13

17:10 Town: a Spirited Story

C venues - C, 7-11 Aug, £8.50 – £9.50

The Letters of Jane Austen

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 7-18 Aug, not 12, £7 – £8

Breathing Corpses by Laura Wade

Marcel Pursued By the Hounds by Michel Tremblay

Allotment

Playing Fate

Zoo, 7-27 Aug, not 13, 21, £8 Assembly Inverleith Allotments, 11 Aug, 12 Aug, 18 Aug, 19 Aug, £10

theSpace on the Mile , 21 Aug, 24 Aug, £6 theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 7-18 Aug, not 12, £6

17:15 A Midsummer Night’s Dream

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 7-11 Aug, £7

❤ Dirty Paki Lingerie HHHH Assembly Hall, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £8 – £9

Still Life: An Audience With Henrietta Moraes Whitespace, 8-27 Aug, not 14, 21, £12

We Are Chechens!

Summerhall, 8-9 Aug, £10

The Cactus Gulch Opry House

Church Hill Theatre, 11 Aug, £5

All in the Timing

Church Hill Theatre, 19 Aug, £5

Words and Women

The Street, 7-25 Aug, £free

After the Accident by Julian Armitstead

theSpace on the Mile , 20 Aug, 23 Aug, £6

We Are Not Here Summerhall, 11-16 Aug, £11

You Don’t Know Me Church Hill Theatre, 10 Aug, £5

SOS Courtship

Church Hill Theatre, 18 Aug, 20 Aug, £5

Casablanca: The Gin Joint Cut Gilded Balloon Teviot, 7-27 Aug, not 13, 20, £12 – £14

Sealand

Zoo, 7-27 Aug, £9

The Shape of Things by Neil LaBute

theSpace on the Mile , 22 Aug, 25 Aug, £6

Marat / Sade

Church Hill Theatre, 9 Aug, £5

17:20 I Never Saw Another Butterfly Church Hill Theatre, 17 Aug, £5

Exit Stage Left

Greenside, 7-18 Aug, not 12, £5

Bane 1, 2 & 3

Pleasance Dome, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £10 – £12

Her Right Mind

Greenside, 7-25 Aug, not 12, 19, £7 – £8


theatrelistings Dad Doesn’t Dance theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 7-18 Aug, not 12, £8

One Hour Only

Underbelly, Cowgate, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £10 – £11

The Yarn

theSpace @ Venue45, 7-11 Aug, £7

Chatroom

theSpace on North Bridge, 7-11 Aug, £8

17:25 Nikotine

Paradise in The Vault, 7-12 Aug, £8.50

Excess

C venues - C nova, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £8.50 – £10.50

Translunar Paradise Pleasance Dome, 7-27 Aug, not 14, 21, £10 – £12

Ma Biche et Mon Lapin

Institut français d’Ecosse, 7-24 Aug, weekdays only, £5

Tea with the Old Queen

C venues - C aquila, 7-27 Aug, £8.50 – £10.50

Don Quixote! Don Quixote! HH

Pleasance Dome, 7-27 Aug, not 14, 21, £9 – £10

17:30

Angels HHH

Traverse Theatre, 10 Aug, £19

All That is Wrong HHH Traverse Theatre, 12 Aug, £17

99.9 Degrees

C Venues - C eca, 7-27 Aug, not 14, £7.50 – £9.50

The Letter of Last Resort and Good With People

Traverse Theatre, 7 Aug, 11 Aug, 14 Aug, 18 Aug, £18 – £20

Hamlet and Other Theatrical Nightmares

Church Hill Theatre, 8 Aug, £5

The Madness of King Lear C venues - C, 7-27 Aug, not 14, £9.50 – £11.50

Mess

Traverse Theatre, 9 Aug, £17

Morning HHH

C Venues - C eca, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £9.50 – £11.50

Romeo and Juliet Cafe Camino, 7 Aug, £free

I Heart Peterborough HHH

Pleasance Courtyard, 8-27 Aug, not 14, 21, £10 – £11

Swan Song

theSpace on North Bridge, 20-25 Aug, £8.50

17:40 Educating Rita HHH

Assembly George Square, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £15 – £16

Bitesize Chekhov

Spotlites @ The Merchants’ Hall, 7-15 Aug, £7.50

17:45

Traverse Theatre, 25 Aug, £19

Script in Hand

Summerhall, 7-18 Aug, £9

Legs 11

Summerhall, 19-26 Aug, £10

Italia ‘n’ Caledonia

Valvona & Crolla, 10 Aug, 16 Aug, 21 Aug, 22 Aug, 24 Aug, £12

Bullet Catch HHH Traverse Theatre, 11 Aug, 18 Aug, 24 Aug, £19

Platero Y Yo by Juan Ramon Jimenez Valvona & Crolla, 25 Aug, £12

Holmes and Watson: The Farewell Tour Valvona & Crolla, 20 Aug, 27 Aug, £12

Dracula

PASS (Performing Arts Studio Scotland), 21-25 Aug, £7

The World’s Greatest Walking Tour of Edinburgh Pleasance Dome, 7-27 Aug, not 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, £8 – £9

❤ And No More Shall We Part HHHH

Traverse Theatre, 9 Aug, 24 Aug, £18 – £20

Allotment

Assembly Inverleith Allotments, 11 Aug, 12 Aug, 18 Aug, 19 Aug, £10

The Trial

Princes Mall, 7-11 Aug, £free

theSpace on Niddry St, Various dates from 7 Aug to 25 Aug, £10

Mess

❤ Blink HHHH

Morning HHH

Unplugged

Traverse Theatre, 23 Aug, £18

Leonce and Lena

C venues - C nova, 7-27 Aug, not 14, £8.50 – £10.50

Aug, 25 Aug, 27 Aug, 28 Aug, £35

The Dead Memory House HHH

Minotaur

Give and Take

Born to Run

Traverse Theatre, 7 Aug, £17

Reynard

Traverse Theatre, 14 Aug, 19 Aug, £12 – £17

Traverse Theatre, 8 Aug, 15 Aug, 19 Aug, £18 Church Hill Theatre, 7 Aug, £5

All That is Wrong HHH

Divine Words

Monkey Bars

Traverse Theatre, 8 Aug, 15 Aug, 21 Aug, 26 Aug, £17

Monkey Bars

Icarus: a Story of Flight HHH

17:35

Zoo Southside, 7-27 Aug, not 15, £9 – £10

Elephant Man

theSpace on Niddry St, 12 Aug, 16 Aug, £10

Amusements

Summerhall, 11-26 Aug, £8

Angels HHH

theSpace on Niddry St, 8 Aug, 14 Aug, 20 Aug, 24 Aug, £10 Traverse Theatre, 16 Aug, 22 Aug, £17 Traverse Theatre, 12 Aug, £18

17:55 Villains, Heroes and Adventurers

Valvona & Crolla Scottish Foodhall@Jenners, 9 Aug, 16 Aug, 23 Aug, £15

Love and Understanding

C venues - C aquila, 1127 Aug, £8.50 – £10.50

Traverse Theatre, 17 Aug, 23 Aug, £17 – £19

18:00

Nights at the Circus

Les Naufragés du Fol Espoir (Aurores)

theSpace on Niddry St, 10 Aug, 18 Aug, 22 Aug, £10

Lowland Hall, Royal Highland Centre, 23 Aug, 24

Acoustic Music Centre @ St Bride’s, 13-15 Aug, £8

Summerhall, 7-26 Aug, £10

24h

Summerhall, 22 Aug, 25 Aug, £1

Peep HHH

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-27 Aug, not 17, £6

Desperately Seeking the Exit - Free Laughing Horse @ Edinburgh City Football Club, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £free

Here’s What I Know About Humans, By Lulu the Dog

Princes Mall, 12-16 Aug, £free

Unneeded Baggage Princes Mall, 7-8 Aug, £free

Sinful - Free

Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 7-26 Aug, £free

The Six O’Clock News

Northern Stage at St Stephen’s, 7 Aug, £7

Katianna Was Here

Leith on the Fringe @ Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 16-18 Aug, £8

Blackbird

Edinburgh Training and Conference Venue, 1724 Aug, £7

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Princes Mall, 19-25 Aug, £free

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice

The Royal Scots Club, 13 Aug, 14 Aug, 15 Aug, 17 Aug, 18 Aug, £12

❤ Mr Carmen HHHH Assembly Roxy, 7-27 Aug, not 13, 20, £12 – £14

Mark Thomas: Bravo Figaro! HHH

Traverse Theatre, 21 Aug, 25 Aug, £18 – £20

Romeo and Juliet

C venues - C too, 12-18 Aug, £9.50 – £11.50

18:05 The Society of Ethical Cat Burglars theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 13-18 Aug, £9

Lust in Translation

theSpace @ Venue45, Various dates from 14 Aug to 25 Aug, £5

Built for Two

theSpace on the Mile , 20-25 Aug, £6

The Complex: Oedipus

theSpace on the Mile , 8 Aug, 10 Aug, 13

presents:

Other Voices: Spoken Word Cabaret

A whirlwind of sumptuous wit and panache! Come and hear some wonderful words from the other side of the door...

14:50- the venue 15:50 Labyrinth 156 http://bit.ly/othervoicespbh

Banshee

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theatrelistings Aug, 15 Aug, 17 Aug, £7 – £9

The Disintegration Loops

theSpace @ Venue45, Various dates from 13 Aug to 24 Aug, £5

The Complex: Electra theSpace on the Mile , Various dates from 7 Aug to 18 Aug, £7 – £9

Stick Stock Stone Dead

theSpace on the Mile , 20-25 Aug, £10

18:10 Happy

Greenside, 20-25 Aug, £5

Influence

theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 7-11 Aug, £6

The Music Box

Paradise in The Vault, 1427 Aug, not 20, £7

Salome

theSpace on the Mile , 7-18 Aug, not 12, £8

Pierrepoint - The Hangman’s Tale Sweet Grassmarket, 7-24 Aug, not 18, £8.50

18:15 Repertory Theatre HH C Venues - C eca, 7-18 Aug, £7.50 – £9.50

Moth to the Flame

Paradise in The Vault, 7-8 Aug, £8

Mark Thomas: Bravo Figaro! HHH Traverse Theatre, 10 Aug, 17 Aug, £20

Wonderland

Church Hill Theatre, 19 Aug, 21 Aug, £5

Doctor Faustus

18:20 30 Neo-Futurist Plays From Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind

All About Dickens Black Comedy

The Boat Factory

Mood Nightclub, 12-13 Aug, £free

Pilrig Studio, 7 Aug, £5

Quaker Meeting House, 7-11 Aug, £7

Double Edge’s Flames Over New Jersey

Hill Street Theatre, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £11 – £13

Underbelly, Cowgate, 12-18 Aug, £8 – £9

The Pride

Underbelly, Cowgate, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £10 – £12.50

The Taming of the Shrew

Sweet Grassmarket, 1324 Aug, not 18, £7.50

18:25 We Got Rhythm

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 13-25 Aug, not 19, £8

Mr Braithwaite Has a New Boy C venues - C aquila, 7-27 Aug, not 13, 20, £9.50 – £11.50

Rubies in the Attic Assembly Roxy, 7-27 Aug, not 8, 13, 20, £12 – £13

Macbeth on Inchcolm Island Summerhall, 10 Aug, 11 Aug, 16 Aug, 17 Aug, 19 Aug, £25

Bareback Ink

Whitespace, 22-24 Aug, £free

18:35 Dirty Blood

theSpace on North Bridge, 7-18 Aug, not 12, £8

18:40 1984

Quick! Save the Pizza!

Zoo, 7-27 Aug, not 8, 15, 19, 22, £8

Twentysomething HH

theSpace on North Bridge, 20-25 Aug, £5 – £7

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 7-11 Aug, £8

Spotlites @ The Merchants’ Hall, 7-19 Aug, £8

Tissue

Bedlam Theatre, 20-25 Aug, £6

18:30 Nothing Is Really Difficult

Assembly George Square, 8-26 Aug, not 13, 14, 20, 21, £10

This Land: The Story of Woody Guthrie

The Weigh In

Oh, The Humanity and Other Good Intentions Northern Stage at St Stephen’s, 9-25 Aug, not 13, 21, £10 – £14

Unhappy Birthday

Assembly George Square, 7-26 Aug, not 12, 13, 20, £10 – £12

A Real Man’s Guide to Sainthood Underbelly, Cowgate, 7-26 Aug, not 9, 10, £9.50 – £10.50

The Royal Scots Club, 7-11 Aug, £10

Zoo Southside, 7-18 Aug, £12

18:45

National Theatre of Scotland Presents Love Letters to the Public Transport System By Molly Taylor

The Election: A Silent Comedy

Deirdre and Me

Bedlam Theatre, 7-18 Aug, £7

C venues - C nova, 7-27 Aug, not 14, £9.50 – £11.50

Tartuffe

Thread

The Assembly Rooms, 7-26 Aug, not 13, 20, £10

Hinge Presents: Scooped

Hill Street Theatre, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £7 – £8

❤ And No More Shall We Part HHHH Traverse Theatre, 16 Aug, £18

Festen

theSpace on North Bridge, 20-25 Aug, £7

Church Hill Theatre, 10 Aug, £5

Do You Still Throw Spears at Each Other? - Free

Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 7-11 Aug, £free

Fables Here and Then

Church Hill Theatre, 8 Aug, £5

Belt Up Theatre’s A Little Princess HHH C venues - C nova, 7-27 Aug, £10.50 – £12.50

Don Juan

C Venues - C eca, 7-27 Aug, not 14, £8.50 – £10.50

Mayfield Salisbury Church, 7-10 Aug, £9

Assembly St Mark’s, 7-26 Aug, not 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, £10

Tea With Terrorists - Free

Laughing Horse @ Captain Taylor’s Coffee House, 7-18 Aug, £free

Moondial

Whitespace, 11 Aug, 12 Aug, 13 Aug, 15 Aug, 16 Aug, £8

That Face

Gryphon Venues at the Point Hotel, 7-9 Aug, £7

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Defunct Pig - Free

18:50 The Wind in the Willows

Paradise in Augustine’s, 14-19 Aug, £8

The Lonely One

Underbelly, Cowgate, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £10 – £11

Back to the Future The Pantomime Paradise in Augustine’s, 21-27 Aug, £9.50

19:00 Going Green the Wong Way Venue 13, 19-25 Aug, £8

Lysistrata - The Sex Strike theSpace @ Venue45, 7-11 Aug, £9.50

Food For Thought

theSpace @ Venue45, Various dates from 13 Aug to 24 Aug, £5

The Intervention HHH

The Assembly Rooms, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £15

The Most Dangerous Toy theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 7-18 Aug, not 12, £8

Dragged Up

theSpace @ Venue45, Various dates from 14 Aug to 25 Aug, £5

Heaven’s Gate

theSpace on the Mile , 7-18 Aug, not 12, £7

19:10 One Month Early

Small Narration

Summerhall, 13-23 Aug, not 20, £9

Nights at the Circus theSpace on Niddry St, 12 Aug, 14 Aug, 20 Aug, £10

All in the Timing

Church Hill Theatre, 17 Aug, £5

Sir Gawain, the Yellow Knight

Church Hill Theatre, 20 Aug, £5

More Light

C Venues - C eca, 7-27 Aug, £9.50 – £11.50

The Hole

Church Hill Theatre, 8 Aug, 10 Aug, £5

Divine Words

theSpace on Niddry St, 16 Aug, 22 Aug, £10

You Don’t Know Me Church Hill Theatre, 11 Aug, £5

Remember Me

theSpace on North Bridge, 13-18 Aug, £7.50

Songs of Lear

Summerhall, 21-26 Aug, £6

The Mungo Boys

Hunger

Winfamy

On the Harmful Effects of Tobacco / Can Cause Death

Chariot: The Eric Liddell Story

Lauriston Halls, 9-11 Aug, £6

La Línea

Lauriston Halls, 24 Aug, 25 Aug, 27 Aug, £7

Caesarean Section Essays on Suicide

Summerhall, 9-20 Aug, not 14, £11

Paradise in Augustine’s, 14-27 Aug, not 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 26, £10

C venues - C aquila, 7-27 Aug, £8.50 – £10.50

Summerhall, 12-24 Aug, £11 Laughing Horse @ Edinburgh City Football Club, 16-26 Aug, not 21, £free

Edinburgh Elim, 15-24 Aug, not 19, 20, £10

Macbeth on Inchcolm Island

Mostellaria (The Haunted House)

Scottish Storytelling Centre, 14-26 Aug, £10

Summerhall, 10 Aug, 11 Aug, 16 Aug, 17 Aug, 19 Aug, £20

Secret Weapons

Meat

19:20

Ben Okri’s The Comic Destiny

Gryphon Venues at the Point Hotel, 22-26 Aug, £6

24h

Summerhall, 22 Aug, 25 Aug, £1

Peep HHH

Paradise in The Vault, 7-19 Aug, not 13, £6

XXXO HH

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £9 – £10.50

Church Hill Theatre, 18 Aug, £5

4.48 Psychosis

theSpace on Niddry St, Various dates from 7 Aug to 25 Aug, £10

I Never Saw Another Butterfly Church Hill Theatre, 19 Aug, £5

Pleasance Courtyard, 7-27 Aug, not 17, £6

19:15

Alan Bissett: The Red Hourglass

Elephant Man

The Indescribable Phenomenon

Machinal

Chicken Bones for the Teenage Soup

National Library of Scotland, 15-25 Aug, not 17, £12

19:05 How to Start a Riot

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 7-25 Aug, not 12, 19, £7

Solve

theSpace on the Mile , 20-25 Aug, £6

Hitler’s Li’l Abomination

theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 7-25 Aug, not 12, 19, £9.50

theSpace on Niddry St, 8 Aug, 10 Aug, 18 Aug, 24 Aug, £10 C venues - C nova, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £9.50 – £11.50

We Are Chechens! Summerhall, 7-13 Aug, £10

Greenside, 13-18 Aug, £9

Church Hill Theatre, 7 Aug, £5

Mixed Doubles

The Edinburgh Academy, 20-24 Aug, £8

The Pilgrim’s Progress

Tibetan Book of the Dead: The Musical - Free

A Woman Inside

Nggrfg

Palmerston Place Church, 22-24 Aug, £10 theSpace on the Mile , 21-25 Aug, £7

Laughing Horse @ Bar 50, 7-15 Aug, £free

theSpace on the Mile , 7-18 Aug, not 12, £7


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theatrelistings 19:25 Presidential Suite: a Modern Fairy Tale C Venues - C eca, 7-18 Aug, £9.50 – £11.50

The Last Fairytale

Sweet Grassmarket, 7-26 Aug, not 18, 25, £8.50

A Middle-Aged Man’s Uncertainty Theory C Venues - C eca, 19-27 Aug, £7.50 – £9.50

Montmorency

C venues - C, 7-27 Aug, not 16, 17, £9.50 – £11.50

19:30 2008: Macbeth

Lowland Hall, Royal Highland Centre, Various dates from 11 Aug to 18 Aug, £35

Wonderland

Royal Lyceum Theatre, 29 Aug - 1 Sep, £10

Villa+Discurso

The Hub, 20-21 Aug, £25

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (As You Like It)

King’s Theatre, 24-25 Aug, £free – £12

Meine faire Dame ein Sprachlabor

Lowland Hall, Royal Highland Centre, 14 Aug, 15 Aug, 19 Aug, £30

Sparkleshark

St Peter’s, 21-25 Aug, £6

Three Cities

Sweet Grassmarket, 13-26 Aug, not 18, 25, £8

Remember Me

Summerhall, 21-26 Aug, £6

The Proposal

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 7-25 Aug, not 12, 19, £10

MacBeth in Scots

St Ninian’s Hall, 7-18 Aug, not 12, £10

Operation Stork

St Serf’s Church Hall, 7-17 Aug, not 12, £9

The Original Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour

Outside the Beehive Inn, 7 Aug - 2 Sep, £10

Blithe Spirit

Murrayfield Parish Church Centre, 8-18 Aug, not 12, £10.50

30 Days to Edinburgh

Summerhall, 26 Aug, £8

Ghetto

Greenside, 21-25 Aug, £6

The Letter of Last Resort and Good With People Traverse Theatre, 23 Aug, £18

The Tragedie of MacClegg

Paradise in The Vault, 22-26 Aug, £5

Trouble in the Tolbooth

Saughtonhall United Reformed Church, 7-11 Aug, £7

Treasure in Clay Jars Mayfield Salisbury Church, 20-21 Aug, £free

Soddin Flodden

Paradise in The Vault, 14-19 Aug, £8

Apocalypse or Bust! Church Hill Theatre, 9 Aug, £5

19:35 A Dastardly Fiction

Greenside, 7-25 Aug, not 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, £9.50

A Geisha Samurai

Paradise in The Vault, 7-12 Aug, £12

19:40 People Like Us

theSpace on North Bridge, 7-18 Aug, not 12, £7

19:45 ‘Allo ‘Allo

Spotlites @ The Merchants’ Hall, 7-11 Aug, £10

Request Programme

Fukushima - A Silent Prayer of Poetry

Dancing at Lughnasa

Bullet Catch HHH

Inlingua Edinburgh, 7-19 Aug, not 13, £10 – £12 Duddingston Kirk Manse Garden, 8-26 Aug, not 13, 14, 20, 21, £10

People Show 121: The Detective Show

Spotlites @ The Merchants’ Hall, 15-19 Aug, £10 Traverse Theatre, 12 Aug, £17

Mess

Traverse Theatre, 10 Aug, £19

Assembly George Square, 7-27 Aug, £10

19:50

Ne’er the Twain

Assembly Roxy, 7-27 Aug, not 13, 20, £10 – £12

St Peter’s, 7-17 Aug, not 12, 13, £10

Death Boogie

Half a Person: My Life As Told By The Smiths HH

Faulty Towers the Dining Experience

How to Climb Mount Everest

Zoo Southside, 7-27 Aug, not 15, £8

B’est Restaurant, 7-28 Aug, not 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, £49

Faust/us

Bullet Catch HHH

Sweet Grassmarket, 7-12 Aug, £9

Traverse Theatre, 7 Aug, 25 Aug, £17 – £19

20:10

Hearts on Fire HHH

The Letter of Last Resort and Good With People

C venues - C nova, 7-27 Aug, £9.50 – £11.50

Traverse Theatre, 8 Aug, 15 Aug, 19 Aug, £18

20:00

24h

Summerhall, 22 Aug, 25 Aug, £1

Gulliver’s Travels

King’s Theatre, 17-20 Aug, £12

Mess

Traverse Theatre, 17 Aug, 23 Aug, £17 – £19

Watt

Royal Lyceum Theatre, 11-14 Aug, £10

❤ Grit HHHH

Bedlam Theatre, 7-25 Aug, not 12, £9

Waiting for Orestes: Electra

Monkey Bars

King’s Theatre, 11-13 Aug, £12

Traverse Theatre, 21 Aug, 26 Aug, £17

Elephant Man

Institut français d’Ecosse, 7-24 Aug, weekdays only, £10

❤ Blink HHHH

Return of the Close-Up Magician

20:05

C venues - C nova, 19-27 Aug, £9.50 – £11.50

Captain Ko and the Planet of Rice

Traverse Theatre, 9 Aug, £17

The Tale of Nada

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 20-25 Aug, £7.50

Those People My Parents

Underbelly, Cowgate, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £9.50 – £10.50

theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 7-11 Aug, £8.50

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged

Dare I Say It?

Greenside, 14-18 Aug, £5

Interruption

theSpace @ Venue45, 7 Aug, 9 Aug, 11 Aug, £8

The Edinburgh International Circus Festival

Billy Liar

C venues - C nova, 7-18 Aug, £8.50 – £10.50

theSpace @ Venue45, 13-18 Aug, £8

Ocean Terminal Big Top, Various dates from 10 Aug to 25 Aug, £free

Three Tall Women

theSpace @ Venue45, 8 Aug, 10 Aug, £8

theSpace on North Bridge, 20-25 Aug, £7 – £10

The Beast HHH

Underbelly, Cowgate, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £9.50 – £10.50

In a Handbag, Darkly theSpace on North Bridge, 13-25 Aug, not 19, £6 – £8

Firebird

theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 1325 Aug, not 19, £7

HURT

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 7-11 Aug, £7.50

20:15 Midnight at the Boar’s Head

Zoo Southside, 7-27 Aug, not 15, £9 – £10

Village of Idiots

Church Hill Theatre, 18 Aug, £5

Me and Mr C

Northern Stage at St Stephen’s, 8-25 Aug, not 13, 21, £10

Gotcha!

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 13-25 Aug, not 19, £6 – £7

Monkey Bars

Traverse Theatre, 15 Aug, £17

❤ Blink HHHH

Traverse Theatre, 16 Aug, 22 Aug, £17

Mark Thomas: Bravo Figaro! HHH Traverse Theatre, 26 Aug, £18

A Streetcar Named Desire

Pilrig Studio, 9 Aug, £5

North London Collegiate School present

World Premiere of new Drama & Dance.

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theatrelistings Wonderland

Church Hill Theatre, 17 Aug, £5

One in Three

Hill Street Theatre, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £7 – £8

Thread

Assembly St Mark’s, 7-26 Aug, not 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, £10

The Trojan Women

Quaker Meeting House, 7-11 Aug, £7

The Talented Mr. Ripley

Church Hill Theatre, 7 Aug, 11 Aug, £5

Angels HHH

Traverse Theatre, 11 Aug, 18 Aug, 24 Aug, £19

20:25

Born to Run

Tranquility, Serenity, Calm

Zoo, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £7.50

Proof

20:30

Mark Thomas: Bravo Figaro! HHH

Nobody Will Ever Forgive Us

The Royal Scots Club, 7-11 Aug, £10

Romeo and Juliet Venue 13, 19-25 Aug, £8

Tartuffe

Church Hill Theatre, 8 Aug, £5

❤ And No More Shall We Part HHHH

❤ And No More Shall We Part HHHH

Traverse Theatre, 10 Aug, 17 Aug, £20

All That is Wrong HHH

Hill Street Theatre, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £7 – £8

Traverse Theatre, 21 Aug, 25 Aug, £18 – £20

Traverse Theatre, 8 Aug, £17

Bullet Catch HHH Traverse Theatre, 14 Aug, 19 Aug, £17

The Letter of Last Resort and Good With People Traverse Theatre, 12 Aug, £18

Pornography

theSpace @ Venue45, 20-25 Aug, £8

Almost, Maine

Church Hill Theatre, 19 Aug, £5

20:20 30 Neo-Futurist Plays From Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind Pilrig Studio, 8 Aug, £5

The Exonerated

Pilrig Studio, 7 Aug, £5

Traverse Theatre, 24 Aug, £20

Hinge Presents: Ordinary Things

The Adding Machine Church Hill Theatre, 9 Aug, £5

Panga HHH

Hill Street Theatre, 7-26 Aug, not 14, £11 – £13

Platero Y Yo by Juan Ramon Jimenez Valvona & Crolla, 21 Aug, £12

Holmes and Watson: The Farewell Tour

Valvona & Crolla, 16 Aug, 24 Aug, £12

Zelda

Greenside, 20-25 Aug, £10

Morning HHH

Traverse Theatre, 9 Aug, £18

Sancho Panza 2012

theSpaces @ Surgeons Hall, 7-25 Aug, not 12, 19, £8

The Royal Scots Club, 13-18 Aug, £12

20:45 Puellae (The truth about chips and other things) Summerhall, 19-26 Aug, £10

One Man Lord of the Rings

Underbelly, Bristo Square, Various dates from 14 Aug to 26 Aug, £15 – £16

21:00

Future Tales (Sierakowski)

Planet Lem

Venue 13, Various dates from 11 Aug to 18 Aug, £8

Morning HHH

The Blind HH

White Rabbit Red Rabbit

Mark Thomas: Bravo Figaro! HHH

Traverse Theatre, 22 Aug, £18

Rhinoceros

Summerhall, 18 Aug, 20 Aug, 22 Aug, £10

20:35 The Company of Wolves

C Venues - C eca, 7-27 Aug, not 14, £8.50 – £10.50

I Heart Hamas: And Other Things I’m Afraid to Tell You

Gryphon Venues at the Point Hotel, 7-25 Aug, not 12, 13, 19, 20, £10

How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found

theSpace on the Mile , 7-11 Aug, £7

Sex, Lyres and Audiotape

theSpace on the Mile , 13-18 Aug, £5 – £7

20:40 Dracula: Sex, Sucking and Stardom

Paradise in The Vault, 7-27 Aug, not 13, 20, £8 – £9

Awkward!

theSpace on the Mile , 20-25 Aug, £6 – £7

Summerhall, 15-26 Aug, £10 Traverse Theatre, 16 Aug, £18

Traverse Theatre, 7 Aug, 11 Aug, 14 Aug, 18 Aug, £18 – £20

20:50 Mod Girl

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 7 Aug, 9 Aug, 11 Aug, £7

Practice, Memory and Song

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 8 Aug, 10 Aug, £7

Kiss Me and You Will See How Important I Am HHH

C venues - C aquila, 7-27 Aug, £8.50 – £10.50

Pinch in Love

Paradise in The Vault, 7-27 Aug, not 13, 20, £7

20:55 One Man Star Wars Trilogy

Underbelly, Bristo Square, 13-27 Aug, not 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, £15 – £16

The Night Porters

Paradise in Augustine’s, 7-27 Aug, not 13, 20, £10 – £14

Old College Quad, 16-26 Aug, £7 – £15 Old College Quad, 7-15 Aug, £13 – £15

Bring the Happy

Northern Stage at St Stephen’s, 21 Aug, £14

The Rape of Lucrece Royal Lyceum Theatre, 22-26 Aug, £20

Sparkleshark

St Peter’s, 24 Aug, £6

Defunct Pig - Free

The Hudson Hotel, 1425 Aug, £free

Confessions of a Grindr Addict

Assembly Hall, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £11 – £12

Closer

Zoo Southside, 14-26 Aug, not 18, 20, £8.50

24h

Summerhall, 22 Aug, 25 Aug, £1

Rites and Regulations

Zoo Southside, Various dates from 7 Aug to 13 Aug, £9

21:05 Looby Loo: No Strings Attached

C venues - C nova, 7-19 Aug, £9.50 – £11.50

Vitamin

Zoo, 20-27 Aug, £8

Trojan Women

theSpace on North Bridge, 7-25 Aug, not 12, 19, £7

Hardcore Pawn With Mick, Lewis and Shaun theSpace on the Mile , 7-8 Aug, £5

Swan Song

Sweet Grassmarket, 11-17 Aug, £8.50

Belt Up Theatre’s Outland

C venues - C nova, 7-27 Aug, £10.50 – £12.50

Wuthering Heights theSpace on the Mile , 13-18 Aug, £8

It’s My Wonderful Life

theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 7-18 Aug, not 12, £5 – £6.50

Macbeth

C venues - C, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £9.50 – £11.50

21:10 Peaceful

theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 20-25 Aug, £7

21:15 The Sh*t / La Merda Summerhall, 7-26 Aug, not 17, 18, £10

You Don’t Know Me Church Hill Theatre, 8 Aug, £5

Marat / Sade

Church Hill Theatre, 7 Aug, £5

21:30 Give and Take

Church Hill Theatre, 9 Aug, £5

Tenderpits

Underbelly, Cowgate, 7-26 Aug, not 13, £9.50 – £10.50

Hitler Alone

Inlingua Edinburgh, 9-23 Aug, £14

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theatrelistings Monstrous Acts

C venues - C aquila, 7-27 Aug, not 13, 20, £8.50 – £10.50

Riot Squat

Whitespace, 22-26 Aug, £9

The Guild of Cheesemakers

Summerhall, 14-18 Aug, £20

Jack: A Ripper’s Tale Paradise in The Vault, 21-27 Aug, £6.50

The Talented Mr. Ripley

Church Hill Theatre, 9 Aug, £5

The Sidcup Family Portrait

22:05

Spotlites @ The Merchants’ Hall, 8-19 Aug, £6

C Venues - C eca, 7-27 Aug, not 14, £8.50 – £10.50

Dirty Pretty Money

Enter the Woods

21:40

The Awesome Show

Dearly Departed

21:35 The Bloody Chamber

The Indescribable Phenomenon

Greenside, 7-11 Aug, £9

21:45 Hinge Presents: Dorian

Hill Street Theatre, 7-27 Aug, not 14, £7 – £8

The Three Faces of Doctor Crippen

C venues - C, 7-27 Aug, not 16, 17, £8.50 – £10.50

22:00 The Ugly Sisters

Northern Stage at St Stephen’s, 8-25 Aug, not 13, 21, £14

That Old Noir Magic - A Film Noir Jazz Journey Into Night, in Story and Song Greenside, 14-18 Aug, £12

Rock HHH

Institut français d’Ecosse, 7-18 Aug, not 11, 12, 13, £10

Grim(m) - Unreal Stories for Real Times Greenside, 7 Aug, 9 Aug, 10 Aug, 11 Aug, £7

24h

Summerhall, 22 Aug, 25 Aug, £1

theSpace on the Mile , 7-11 Aug, £8 – £9

theSpace on North Bridge, 7-25 Aug, not 12, 19, £8 – £9

theSpace @ Venue45, 13-18 Aug, £7.50 Church Hill Theatre, 8 Aug, £5

Of Mice and Men

22:10

theSpace on Niddry St, 20-22 Aug, £8

This is Who I Am!

22:20

theSpace on the Mile , 7-10 Aug, £5

Peaceful

theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 13-18 Aug, £7

Wrecked

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 7-25 Aug, not 12, 19, £10

Call Me!

Sweet Grassmarket, 7-26 Aug, not 13, 18, 25, £7.50

Question No One

theSpace @ Venue45, 20-25 Aug, £8.50

22:15 Settimana

Assembly Roxy, 7-27 Aug, not 13, 20, £12 – £14

Dracula

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 13-18 Aug, £7.50 – £8

Beatle Mal’s Legendary Band Paradise in The Vault, 7-27 Aug, not 13, 20, £8

Piatto Finale

Zoo, Various dates from 8 Aug to 26 Aug, £8

Centralia

Zoo, Various dates from 7 Aug to 27 Aug, £8

22:25 Leather

C venues - C nova, 7-27 Aug, not 14, £8.50 – £10.50

Broken

Spotlites @ The Merchants’ Hall, 7 Aug, £5

The World Over

theSpace on North Bridge, 13-25 Aug, not 16, 19, £6

Quantum Battlestar Deep-Space Voyager Tardis Wars: The Million-Dollar Space Epic Paradise in Augustine’s, 21-27 Aug, £9.50

22:30 Adele’s Heart

theSpace on North Bridge, 7-11 Aug, £7.50 – £8.50

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The Blind HH

Old College Quad, 16-27 Aug, £13 – £15

All an Act

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 7-18 Aug, not 12, £7

Carmen Funebre

Old College Quad, 14 Aug, £10

DugOut Theatre’s Inheritance Blues HHH

Bedlam Theatre, 7-25 Aug, £8

Macbeth: Who is that Bloodied Man? Old College Quad, 7-13 Aug, £13 – £15

Pool of Blood

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 7-11 Aug, £6 – £7

The Barwell Prophecy theSpace @ Venue45, 7-11 Aug, £10

Holmes and Watson: The Farewell Tour

Valvona & Crolla, 17 Aug, 18 Aug, 23 Aug, 25 Aug, £12

The Table

Pleasance Courtyard, 11-14 Aug, £14

22:40 Re-Animator The Musical

Assembly George Square, 7-27 Aug, not 13, 20, £12 – £14

22:45 A Guide to Second Date Sex HHH

Underbelly, Cowgate, 7-26 Aug, not 15, £9.50 – £10.50

Belt Up Theatre’s The Boy James C venues - C nova, 7-27 Aug, £10.50 – £12.50

23:00

00:00

Who’s Dorian Gray?

24h

Laughing Horse @ Edinburgh City Football Club, 7-26 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £free

Tales from Edgar Allan Poe

C Venues - C eca, 7-27 Aug, not 13, £9.50 – £11.50

24h

Summerhall, 22 Aug, 25 Aug, £1

Accidental Olympian theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 7-9 Aug, £8

Daughters of Lot theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 13-25 Aug, not 19, £5.50 – £7

Beats

Traverse Theatre, 14-26 Aug, not 20, £12 – £19

❤ Boris & Sergey’s Vaudevillian Adventure HHHHH Pleasance Courtyard, 7-27 Aug, not 13, 21, £9 – £10

23:05 A Dastardly Fiction

Greenside, 13-18 Aug, £9.50

Strip Search

SpaceCabaret @ 54, 7-25 Aug, not 19, £12

23:15 Medea Hardcore

Assembly Roxy, 7-26 Aug, not 8, 13, 14, 20, 21, £12 – £14

Summerhall, 23 Aug, 26 Aug, £1

Couleur Café

C venues - C nova, 12-28 Aug, £12.50 – £14.50

01:00 24h

Summerhall, 23 Aug, 26 Aug, £1

02:00 24h

Summerhall, 23 Aug, 26 Aug, £1

03:00 24h

Summerhall, 23 Aug, 26 Aug, £1

04:00 24h

Summerhall, 23 Aug, 26 Aug, £1

05:00 24h

Summerhall, 23 Aug, 26 Aug, £1

06:00 24h

Summerhall, 22 Aug, 25 Aug, £1

07:00 24h

Summerhall, 22 Aug, 25 Aug, £1


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