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QUEENS OF SHEBA INTHE SPOTLIGHT

Your FREE Festival Guide

10 – 13 August

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Inside: Kiri Pritchard-McLean Michael Griffiths Underground Railroad Game Lost Voice Guy Penelope Skinner Cold Blood  David Baddiel’s AniMalcolm


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Director George Sully   Co-editors Evan Beswick & Jo Caird Sales Executive Sebastian Fisher Cover Photo Guy J Sanders

Lead Theatre Critic Matt Trueman Lead Dance Critic Donald Hutera Lead Comedy Critic Veronica Lee Artworker Silvia Razakova Production Manager Alexander Smail

Writing Team Sean Bell, Marissa Burgess, Ruby Foster, Eve Green, Martha Green, Si Hawkins, Donald Hutera, Louise Jones, Katharine Kavanagh, Laura Kressly, Veronica Lee, Alice McGuire, Becca Moody, Fergus Morgan, Naomi Obeng, Daniel Perks, Francesca Peschier, David Pollock, Lewis Porteous, Jay Richardson, Matthew Sharpe, John Stansfield, Joanna Trainor, Tom Wicker, Kate Wyver Radge Media Publisher Sophie Kyle Media Sales Executives Keith Allan, David Hammond Bookkeeping & Accounts Rebecca Sweeney

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Comedy 24 John-Luke Roberts

“We need a play for black women”

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The absurdist comic at his weirdest and most moving best

Theatre

The team behind Queens of Sheba on staging black female experience

37 Angry Alan Playwright Penelope Skinner makes her Fringe debut with this take on toxic masculinity

Sounds Familiar

Dance, Physical Theatre & Circus

The cabaret performers who make a living from being someone they’re not

48 Cold Blood Four stars for this cinematic dance show at the Edinburgh International Festival

Cabaret & Variety 50 Briefs

Amusical

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Dazzling boylesque with a political edge

Kiri Pritchard-McClean and Jayde Adams on fulfiling their musical theatre dreams

Musicals & Opera 75 Listings

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Mickey Sharma’s Mixed Blessings Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 7–25 Aug, not 15, 22, £0.0

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The Ashes: A Comedy Showdown Liquid Room Annexe/ Warehouse, 12 Aug, 19 Aug, 26 Aug, £0.0

Punel Show Voodoo Rooms, 7–26 Aug, £0.0

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Bodily Just the Tonic at The Caves, 7–26 Aug, not 13, £5.0

Pam Ford: Pants and Pantsability Rinsed Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 17–26 Aug, £0.0

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The Ladies Loo Chronicles theSpace on North Bridge, 7–18 Aug, not 12, £7.5

Boogie Shoes Silent Disco Walking Tour With a Scottish Twist Just the Tonic at The Caves, 7–26 Aug, not 13, 20, £10.0

I Am Ross Smith Just the Tonic at The Caves, 7–26 Aug, not 13, £5.0

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Austentatious Underbelly, Bristo Square, 15–24 Aug, prices vary

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Underbelly, Bristo Square, 25–26 Aug, £15.0

Daylight Robbery, 7–25 Aug, £0.0

Interdependent Woman Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 7–26 Aug, not 13, 20, £0.0 A Work in Progress Gilded Balloon Rose Theatre, 7–26 Aug, prices vary Rob Kemp’s Wheel of Shows Monkey Barrel Comedy Club, 7–26 Aug, not 13, £5.0

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A Kinder, Gentler Comedy Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 13–25 Aug, not 19, £6.0

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African in New York – Almost Famous by Njambi McGrath Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 7–24 Aug, not 13, £0.0

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Generation Y Us? Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 7–26 Aug, not 13, £5.0

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Hoo-Ha! Just the Tonic at The Caves, 7–26 Aug, not 12, 13, 20, £5.0

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Olaf Falafel – There’s no i in idiot HHH Laughing Horse @ The Pear Tree, 21–25 Aug, £0.0

Voodoo Rooms, 7–26 Aug, not 14, £0.0

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Shaken Not Stirred: The Improvised James Bond Film Just the Tonic at The Caves, 7–26 Aug, not 13, £5.0

Fopical With Peter E Davidson Laughing Horse @ The Pear Tree, 7–20 Aug, £0.0

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Karoshi Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 9–24 Aug, not 11, 12, 14, 15, 18, 19, 21, 22, £0.0

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Just the Tonic at The Caves, 7–26 Aug, not 13, £5.0

Sweet Novotel, 13–19 Aug, £7.0 REET

Robin Boot’s Rockomedy: Welcome to the Pungle Whistlebinkies, 13–26 Aug, £0.0

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Ollie Horn Made Some Funny Friends in Japan Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, 7–26 Aug, not 15, £0.0

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A Piece of Cake! Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 7–26 Aug, not 13, £0.0

Wildly Unprepared BrewDog Lothian Rd, 7–11 Aug, £0.0

Bennett Arron: I’ve Never Told Anyone This Underbelly, Bristo Square, 7–27 Aug, not 13, prices vary

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Ryan Ward and Joe Molander: Natural Born Performers Laughing Horse @ The Hanover Tap, 19–26 Aug, £0.0

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Cam Spence and Jodie Mitchell: The New Babes Banshee Labyrinth, 7–25 Aug, not 14, £0.0

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Rule of Three Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 7–27 Aug, £0.0

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Lee Kyle – Kicking Potatoes Into the Sea Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 7–26 Aug, not 15, 19, £0.0

Mirth in the Morning With Rhodders Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 20–26 Aug, £0.0

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Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 7–26 Aug, £0.0

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Aaaand Now For Something Completely Improvised Pleasance Dome, 7–27 Aug, not 15, prices vary

Clash of the Tight Tens Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 7–26 Aug, £0.0

Alex Love: How to Win a Pub Quiz – 90s Edition The Stand Comedy Club 2, 7–26 Aug, not 13, 22, £9.0

Christian Talbot: Desperately Seeking Approval Laughing Horse @ Finnegan’s Wake, 7–26 Aug, not 14, £0.0

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Sarah Iles: Ghosted

Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 7–26 Aug, not 15, £0.0

The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 7–25 Aug, not 13, 20, £9.0

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Bob Slayer: NeverMind the BusStops Heroes @ Bob’s BlundaBus, 11–18 Aug, £5.0

Simon Jablonski – Love Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 7–27 Aug, not 15, 16, £0.0

Mystery Meat (Showcase) Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 7–26 Aug, not 13, 20, £0.0

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Carl Donnelly Speaks to Dead People Heroes @ Bob’s BlundaBus, 19–23 Aug, £6.0

Late Night Comedy Death Camp Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 7–27 Aug, not 21, £0.0

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A Political Breakfast Natural Food Kafe, 9–25 Aug, not 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, £0.0

Wedding Guest Extraordinaire: Sarah Southern Waverley Bar, 7–26 Aug, not 15, £0.0

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Niteskreen Just the Tonic at The Caves, 7–27 Aug, not 14, £0.0

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David Ephgrave: My Part in His Downfall Just the Tonic at The Caves, 7–26 Aug, not 13, 20, £5.0

The Museum of Tat Roadshow Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 7–26 Aug, not 13, £10.0

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About Comedy: Stand-Up Comedy Courses Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, Various dates from 7 Aug to 25 Aug, £99.0

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Succubus Fringe Edition Just the Tonic at The Tron, 7–26 Aug, not 14, £5.0

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The Late Night Evil Show Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 7–27 Aug, £0.0

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Orwell That Ends Well: The Musical Just the Tonic at La Belle Angele, 14–26 Aug, not 20, £5.0 Desperately Seeking Motivation (The Beginning) Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 7–26 Aug, £0.0

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Black White With a Hash Brown Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 7–27 Aug, £0.0

The Full Irish Whistlebinkies, 7–26 Aug, £0.0

David Callaghan: Dead Man’s Chest Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 7–25 Aug, not 13, £5.0

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Twat Out of Hell Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 8–26 Aug, not 21, £0.0 ACE

Fred MacAulay in Conversation Gilded Balloon at the Museum, 20–26 Aug, prices vary

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Stranger Friends Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 8–15 Aug, £0.0

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Sad Clowns theSpace @ Jurys Inn, 7–10 Aug, £0.0

Best of the Fest Assembly Hall, 10–27 Aug, not 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, prices vary

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Best in Class / Free Festival Laughing Horse @ Harry’s Southside, 7–26 Aug, £0.0

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The Spice Girls Lied to Us Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 13–16 Aug, £0.0

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Improvable and the Chapter of Secrets Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 20–26 Aug, £0.0

Late’n’Live Gilded Balloon Teviot, 7–28 Aug, prices vary

Adventures of the Singing Acupuncturist 6: Big O Makes It in New York... or, Does She? – Free Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 16–27 Aug, £0.0

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Rory Jones: Return of the Wizword Just the Tonic at The Caves, 7–26 Aug, not 13, £6.0

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A Comedy Brunch 2 Just the Tonic at The Caves, 7–26 Aug, not 13, £5.0

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Perfect Day There’s a lot of shows to see. Let Fest help you by planning a perfect day at the Fringe.

Baba Budan

Songlines

1 Cranston St

Pleasance Courtyard

11am

3:15pm – 4:15pm

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Looking to fuel up for the day with a damn fine cup of coffee? You can’t go wrong with Baba Budan. Conveniently located across the road from Waverley, this modern café has made its home in the historical Arches. Doughnuts are their speciality, coming in a host of exciting flavours and combinations.

Daughter CanadaHub @ King’s Hall in association with Summerhall

Perfect Day

12:30pm – 1:40pm

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A powerful exploration of pervasive misogyny, anchored by a phenomenally unsettling performance by Adam Lazarus, this show made waves in Canada for its blunt depiction of toxic masculinity and now it’s ready to leave its mark on Edinburgh. Not for the faint of heart.

A coming-of-age love story set in the Suffolk countryside, Songlines rides a wave of gentleness and empathy for teenage awkwardness. Led by two fantastic debut performances, and backed by live music from award-winning folk group Trills, Tallulah Brown’s play is witty and wistful.


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Alice Snedden: Self-Titled

Paradise Palms

Pleasance Courtyard 41 Lothian St

9:45pm – 10:45pm

Briefs: Close Encounters Assembly Hall 7:15pm – 8:30pm

Love, dance and scantily clad Australians – what more could you want? Boylesque with a political edge, Close Encounters combines dazzling costumes, spectacular choreography, and top-notch set design for a show that feels as essential as it does enjoyable. Also, trust us – you’ll want to enter the raffle.

A fantastically confident—and hilarious—debut, this set is an invigorating blast of late-night laughs. Her mother, her body, and her birth are all on the table as Snedden gives a whistle-stop tour of her life. An impressive finale justifies the newcomer’s bulletproof self-belief.

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A lynchpin of Edinburgh’s creative community, you can’t leave Edinburgh without stopping by this veggie diner/dive bar/ performance space/record shop for some great soul food (and a drink, obviously). There’s also plenty on offer for vegans. Make sure you try the buffalo cauliflower.

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“We need a play for black women”

One of very few Fringe shows by an all-black creative team, Queens of Sheba explores the experiences of black women living in modern Britain. Its writer, adaptor and director tell Claire Heuchan why the play is so needed


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t’s a rare thing for black experience to take centre stage at the Edinburgh Fringe, but the Queens of Sheba are ready for the spotlight. The play, by theatre company Nouveau Riché, offers a whirlwind tour of black women’s lives in modern day Britain, dealing with everything from the sexual politics of interracial dating to the complexity of what it means to love hip hop as a black woman when the lyrics so often demean you. Through the Queens’ eyes, the audience sees the highs and lows of being black and female. During rousing musical numbers, there is real joy as the Queens lift each other up in sisterhood. There is also raw pain and frustration at being exposed, again and again, to misogynoir – the double whammy of racism and sexism to which black women are subjected. Queens of Sheba is an overtly political story, but it’s also a compelling one. Ryan Calais Cameron, who co-founded Nouveau Riché and adapted the material for stage, is certain that Queens of Sheba has something to offer everyone. “No matter what race you are, what creed or colour, you understand that there’s a passion in it and a beautiful story being told, so you want to be part of this experience. It doesn’t isolate anyone. It’s not screaming at anyone or telling people off, it’s asking them to come on this journey with us.” He has managed to strike that fine balance between art and politics. “My job was making sure that it was still a play. And this play is about allowing people to have their room, allowing black women to take their space.”

Director Jessica Kennedy was influenced by seeing a production of Calais Cameron’s Timbuktu – a play about the texture of black men’s lives in modern Britain. She describes the production as the “realest, funniest thing I’d ever seen”. But even when black British experiences are given air time, men’s stories are usually the default. Kennedy knew from the get go that she wanted to create a theatrical snapshot of black women’s lives. “I thought: we need a play for black women because we’ve got experiences that we want to share too. I don’t think a lot of people know what we go through or see our side to the story.”

“There is a demand here for actors and actresses of colour” The power of Queens of Sheba lies in its authenticity. The director was inspired by interviews researching misogynoir – in particular an interview with a woman involved in an incident at the DSTRKT nightclub in London, when black women were denied entry for being too dark and too fat. For this project Kennedy organised focus groups of black women to share their stories – an experience she describes as “phenomenal”. Jessica Hagan then wrote spoken word pieces inspired by those focus groups, which Calais Cameron put together for the stage. continues

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Queens of Sheba was first performed at Camden People’s Theatre in London, to audiences where people of colour were in the majority. Coming to the Edinburgh Fringe—a largely and, for some, notoriously white arts festival—could have been a risk. But Kennedy describes the Fringe as a breath of fresh air. “Our third show sold out, which speaks for itself. There is a demand for black women’s stories to be told.” Queens of Sheba has since sold out again and Kennedy is hopeful that the play’s success will encourage other women of colour to perform at the festival. “Maybe other black or Asian actresses looking at Edinburgh will think they won’t fit in or people won’t want to see their work, but I don’t think that’s true. There is a demand here for actors and actresses of colour.” Theatre is a powerful way to spread a message, an encouragement to the team. Kennedy is optimistic that black women will find comfort in knowing they’re not alone, and hopes other people will be encouraged to challenge racism and sexism after seeing Queens of Sheba: “I want for everyone to

stand together in solidarity against misogynoir when they see it happening.” Calais Cameron wants to change hearts and minds too. “If you’re a white man who fetishises black women, or if you’re a black man that doesn’t respect black women, then I want you to be feel uncomfortable, to question that and realise, ‘I am doing something that’s wrong and I need to change’. I think theatre can do that – it can bring about change because it’s educational as much as it is entertaining.” Whether or not Queens of Sheba will bring lasting change to the Edinburgh Fringe remains to be seen. But it is significant that a show with a completely black cast and creative team is making waves here. With two sell-out performances to its name, and the likelihood of more to come, Queens of Sheba has found a home here. In Edinburgh the Queens are telling their stories. And in Edinburgh, people are listening. /︎ Claire Heuchan VENUE: TIME: TICKETS:

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ever look behind the curtain”, is singer and songwriter Stewart D’Arrietta’s advice. When it comes to musical icons, he suggests, it’s never worth looking too hard at how they became iconic. But it’s advice that D’Arrietta is ignoring, along with a number of artists at the Fringe this year, as they interpret the songs and styles of some of the all-time greats. From Kylie Minogue to Tom Waits the programme is filled, once again, with shows that do exactly what D’Arrietta advises against: looking behind the curtain, delving into the lives of legends, and embodying them on stage. Still, D’Arrietta knows whereof he speaks. His show Belly of a Drunken Piano began life as a Tom Waits tribute around 2005. His voice was a perfect match for Waits’s—rough-cut, growling and smoky—and the show had a successful run in SoHo in New York. But in 2010 D’Arrietta got a cease and desist letter from the famously litigious Waits claiming that he was being impersonated. “It was a 50-seat theater in SoHo – it wasn’t like I was playing on Broadway!” he says. He had to create a new show, including songs by other people so Waits would back off. And when he did the first performance of the reworked show, Waits’s lawyers were there in the audience. Had D’Arrietta deliberately been impersonating Waits? “Maybe I put a bit too much gravel into it when I was originally doing it,” he suggests, “and I don’t do that as much today. But I always spoke about him in the third person.” Moving away from a straight Waits celebration, D’Arrietta’s show now includes interpretations of songs by Joe Cocker, Ian Dury and others. His Leonard Cohen tribute, My Leonard Cohen, played the Fringe last year to great acclaim, but he

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wasn’t planning to include any Cohen songs in this new show – not until he got the poster back from his marketing person. “She’d put Leonard Cohen’s head on it. I said, ‘Darling I’m not doing any fucking Leonard Cohen’. She said, ‘You are now’.” Eliza Jackson’s show—the first she’s written, and her Fringe debut—tells a ghost story. Or, rather, a story about a ghost. Marni Nixon ‘ghosted’ many of the greatest singers and movie stars of all time, dubbing the voices of Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady, Deborah Kerr in The King and I, Natalie Wood in West Side Story and many more. But very little is known about Nixon. So when Jackson found herself housebound after an operation last year, she decided she needed something “to keep my brain active so I wouldn’t go mad”. The Voice Behind the Stars is the result. She describes it as “a play with songs”, imagining Nixon at home, with an interviewer and a cup of tea, chatting about her life. “She was an incredible imitator. Deborah Kerr, who famously played Anna in the film version of The King and I, worked with Nixon for months. Nixon was in the studio, learning how to speak like the person she was dubbing, copying their singing voice. Audrey Hepburn ended up driving Nixon to the studio everyday for My Fair Lady and they would mimic each other in the car.” Hepburn sang all of the lower register Cockney bits in the film, Jackson explains, but Nixon came in for the soaring high notes. “Nixon would jump in halfway through a line. I have spent hours trying to hear the difference and you can’t tell.” Nixon was even able to imitate a singer’s particular vibrato style, slowing it down or speeding it up to continues

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› match. So if Nixon was such an astonishing mimic, the problem for Jackson is how to imitate the imitator. “I lived and breathed her for about a year. I’ve broken down every line, written them out phonetically. I am having to manipulate my voice to sound like her. But at the same time it’s my take on her voice.”

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Michael Griffiths, on the other hand, isn’t too fussed about exact imitation. His celebrations of Annie Lennox and Madonna have been incredibly successful at the Fringe—and across the world—and this year he’s turning his talents to the legend that is Kylie Minogue. In Songs by Kylie, Griffiths tells stories from Kylie’s life interspersed with interpretations of some of her hits. “It’s a love fest. Because those songs – fuck, they’re good.” While huge amounts of research went into the Annie Lennox and Madonna shows, which he wrote with his best friend Dean Bryant, the Kylie show didn’t take nearly as much learning. Griffiths already had “every Kylie CD. I had singles on cassette”, he says with a laugh. Sitting at his piano, wearing a tux, Griffiths comically insists he is Kylie, or Lennox, or Madonna but actively makes no effort to sound like them. “Otherwise the audience is judging the success of the impersonation. That becomes what it’s about. I remove that entirely.” “Now and then a reviewer will say, ‘He’s captured

Kylie, he’s captured Annie’. No, I’ve not! I even speak in an Australian accent! I think it’s because they’re being hypnotised. But I guess that’s the magic of theatre, the suspension of disbelief.” From full immersion into a character to a light paddle in the shallows, what unites these tributes is how popular they are. So what’s the appeal? Why do they regularly sell out? When it comes to D’Arrietta and Waits, it’s partly because Waits rarely performs live, so shows like Belly of a Drunken Piano are the next best thing. For Jackson, it’s because her show has “all of the songs you could possibly want, from West Side Story to The King and I, The Sound of Music, Marilyn Monroe.” And Griffiths suggests it’s down to the histories that get stirred up by the classic songs. “You don’t know what baggage they’re bringing.” Besides, he adds, “someone like Kylie, and those songs – it’s just the most joyous thing.” SHOW: VENUE: TIME: TICKETS:

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ike most friendships these days, the dynamic behind the trio of Kiri Pritchard-McLean, Jayde Adams and Dave Cribb began with a love of Hamilton. The all-conquering Lin-Manuel Miranda Broadway smash was blaring out of the stereo on a car journey back from a gig in Cardiff and PritchardMcLean and Cribb were singing along. “Then we moved onto Les Mis, and then some Disney I think. Anyway, we realised we both loved musicals, and we quickly reeled off a list of loads of other comedians we knew who also did,” remembers Cribb. “Secretly.” Pritchard-McLean interjects. “And wouldn’t it be great if they had a chance to fulfill their dreams?” “The first name that sprang to both our minds was Jayde [Adams] for obvious reasons, so we got her on board to host with Kiri,” Cribb says. “You can’t have a camp, feelgood musical extravaganza full of costume changes without Jayde Adams,” adds Pritchard-McLean. They took this new show idea to the Best Newcomer nominee, who also happens to own the best set of

Comedians Kiri Pritchard-McLean and Jayde Adams team up with musician Dave Cribb to bring you the surprisingly tuneful side of your favourite standups pipes on the comedy circuit. Adams was a little skeptical at first but was soon convinced. “I’ll be honest, I didn’t know what was going to happen but I tend to say ‘yes’ to most things, and from the off, it’s been magic!” Amusical had been running at the Backyard Comedy Club in East London before its first outing at the Fringe last year. Cribb remembers it fondly: “If you’d have come last year you’d have seen Aisling Bea in full lederhosen; a rendition of ‘Cell Block Tango’ [from Chicago] by the likes of Sara Pascoe and Ellie Taylor; with some superb acting by James Acaster; and Edinburgh Comedy Award-winner Richard Gadd duetting with Michelle McManus.’ When it comes to comedians stepping outside their comfort zones, Amusical is doing something a little different from that other Fringe favourite The Wrestling. Though Max and Ivan’s uproarious mash up of WWE and standup is quite the spectacle, it’s also inextricably tied to the toxic masculinity inherent in the brutal ballet of professional wrestling. Amusical on the other hand gives comedians a


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relative safe space (little to no elbow dropping here) to do something they’ve always wanted to, with Pritchard-McLean and Adams alongside as pushy theatre mums offering strong words of encouragement and, in Jayde’s case, some delightful, homemade musical-inspired costumes. Though the idea of comedians singing their favourite tunes from their favourite musicals may sound like a disaster waiting to happen, Cribb, Pritchard-McLean and Adams have all been impressed, not only with the enthusiasm that various comics have brought to the show but also their abilities. But who’s been the best? “Hmm, I reckon Nish [Kumar]? The lad really has a set of pipes on him!’ proffers Pritchard-McLean. Adams meanwhile has a list as long as your arm: “Spencer Jones is just ‘wow’ with his Fagan, The Birthday Girls have a choreographer and are incredible, Alfie Brown has an amazing belt, Zoe Lyons absolutely stormed it, and London Hughes stole the whole show.” Alongside the aural delights, Amusical is at heart funny people singing their favourite songs, and as such, there’s a lot of fun to be had. As Cribb, band leader of Dave Cribb and the Quavers, reminsices, “Josie Long did a rendition of the ‘[Tonight] Quintet’ from West Side Story where she played all the parts, which had me crying with laughter. It was almost impossible to keep up as a band but it was one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen.” They’re keeping tight-lipped about who might

be performing at this year’s gala show at The Grand, and the trio are convinced that it’s not just comedians who secretly love musicals. “Everyone has a favourite musical, even if you hate musicals,” says Adams. “There will always be one you don’t hate!” Pritchard-McLean chimes in, channeling her role as co-host of the All Killa No Filla podcast: “Yeah, it’s like serial killers. Everyone’s got a fave even if they’re not that into them generally.” For Cribb, it’s not the musicals per se, but the communal spirit of Amusical that wins people over: “It’s right at the end of the festival for the performers, so it ends up feeling like a big school play where everyone’s really trying their hardest and blowing off steam.” / John Stansfield SHOW: VENUE: TIME: TICKETS:

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Kieran Hodgson is now a Fringe staple with an established following, having produced two Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominated shows in Lance and Maestro. This new show, ‘75 (4 stars), follows in their style of detailed storytelling. Hodgson tells us the 2016 EU referendum result caused a schism in his family, so was a microcosm of British society. But we’ve been here before, he tells us, and 2016 was merely “the cover version”; in 1975 Britain voted—by a much clearer margin—to join the European Economic Community (EEC). Why were we so keen to join then, but so divided now? So, like the bookish nerd he is, Hodgson took himself off to a library and, helped by a kindly German librarian, he read voraciously about the politicians of the era and the arguments for and against joining the EEC. What follows is sometimes more like a witty university lecture than a comedy show, but the laughs are plentiful, and Hodgson rolls out a vast range of impressions of British politicians of the era. Ted Heath, Harold Wilson, Enoch Powell and many more are here. Hodgson has unearthed some fascinating nuggets, not least that Heath, who took the UK into Europe, was once in charge of an execution squad in the Second World War to shoot a soldier accused of rape. Heath understood from first-hand experience what a united Europe was capable of achieving, and what depths a divided one could stoop to. It’s not all dusty books, with Hodgson bringing history alive as he imagines The Beatles advising Harold Macmillan on British foreign policy, and French President Charles de Gaulle reincarnated as RuPaul. Or, most memorably, Labour Party infighting shown through the medium of dance in West Side Story. There’s no big finish and, as becomes clear, no real emotional danger in the show’s framing device, but the laughs keep coming. And you learn a hell of a lot about the UK’s place in Europe. If the written word is at the heart of ‘75, then the spoken word is at the heart of Lost Voice Guy’s Inspiration Porn (4 stars), his first at the Fringe since he won Britain’s Got Talent earlier this year. Only his voice, of course, is through a synthesiser controlled by his iPad. Lost Voice Guy, aka Lee Ridley, has cerebral palsy and is unable to speak.

Kieran Hodgson: ‘75 «««« Pleasance Courtyard, 8:15pm – 9:15pm, 1–26 Aug, £8-12

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Lost Voice Guy detests the kind of inspirational quotes you see framed in people’s homes; those are peppered throughout the show, and mocked accordingly. Disability doesn’t make him or anybody else nobler, he says, and he makes clear: “This is not an inspirational show.” What it is is a frequently laughout-loud hour, with the one-liners faring better than the long-form jokes delivered by the computerised voice, which doesn’t do ironic or sarcastic tones. Lost Voice Guy talks with wit and insight about his love life, and why a recent relationship failed. But he doesn’t expect or want our sympathy, as he undercuts his tale with a few knob gags, given extra frisson by being spoken in “posh old man” tones. He reuses some of his material from his run on Britain’s Got Talent, but this hour showcases Lost Voice Guy in a more rounded way. He can swear, of course, and he delights in being unPC – he takes down the “super humans” trope about Paralympians for instance, and has devised disabled versions of board games (everyone gets free parking in Monopoly). But it’s his political material that hits home; Lost Voice Guy doesn’t hold back in his criticism of the Government’s cuts for benefits and services for the disabled. And that it’s done through his version of disability Top Trumps—is he more or less disabled than Stephen Hawking was?—shows what a talented

comic he is. Moon is a two-man sketch group made up of Jack Chisnall and Joshua Dolphin, who describe themselves as two proud sons of England’s provincial backwaters. Chisnall and Dolphin are keen to signal that they are not chinless-wonder, private-school types, although they met at university and are Oxford Revue alumni. But they tell us several times that they are proud provincials and this show, Moon (3 stars), comes from a dark place. They start their hour by ordering an Indian takeaway online for the audience – someone has to have the super hot curry, of course, while far too much rice is ordered. The skit, which has its payoff at the very end of the show, forms a sort of framework for what follows: loosely (sometimes very loosely) connected sketches that range from very clever to incomprehensible. Their stag weekend skit is the show’s highlight, taking its time to set up and develop the gag, and delivering a payoff that is as unexpected as it is funny. Other sketches—a middle-class street dealer selling unusual contraband, and a reunion between a father and son—also go off at pleasing tangents. There’s a lot of filler here, too, but Chisnall and Dolphin both act well and have mercifully little of the nice guy/nasty guy or friendship-falling-apart double-act tropes. This is a solid debut hour. / Veronica Lee

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The United States isn’t exactly united right now – no thanks to the jaundiced jowlfest running the joint. The place is so riven with division, there’s crazy talk of a new civil war. Underground Railroad Game (4 stars) looks back to the last one. Casting audiences as middle schoolers, it revolves around a (genuine) educational game that involves imparting the history of slavery by having students smuggle black dolls from classroom to classroom. “We learn about history by living history,” says an excitable teacher Stuart. “Will you reaffirm or rewrite it?” Jennifer Kidwell and Scott R. Sheppard argue, pretty convincingly, that we’re unwittingly reaffirming even as we profess to rewrite. Two teachers—one white man, one black woman—enact a serious of crass skits about a Quaker helping a plantation runaway across the Mason-Dixon line. It’s a narrative that throws focus on its white saviour and, 150 years on, the teachers’ own blossoming relationship, born of a flirtatious exchange of racist tropes, echoes that uncomfortable framing. “We’re moving history forwards,” Stuart tells his other half Caroline; she’s outwardly smiling, but squirming inside. Though it’s not helped by hype—the New York Times hailed it among the best 25 plays of the last 25 years— Underground Railroad Game offers an incisive look at persistent ingrained racism and its accompanying shame. With a sharp comedy that sticks its finger in raw wounds, it builds to a startling scene of self-flagellating sadomasochism. Performed by a real-life couple, their bodies on show, it’s a teasing piece that toys with the edges of reality and representation and, if the knowingly presentational style grates, it blurs the boundaries between the teachers’s school skits and their sex lives. The point—and its one woven through a tight Traverse programme—is that education, like art, has real-world effects. America’s schools are anxious places. Martin Zimmerman’s On The Exhale (4 stars), written in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting, follows a women’s studies teacher petrified that her campus could be hit at any time. Every knock on the door brings a flicker of

Underground Railroad Game «««« Traverse Theatre, times vary, various dates between 2 Aug and 26 Aug, £21.50

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For some reason, America’s the focus of a lot of shows this year. It’s awful curious. Maybe it’s coincidence, maybe Americana’s just all the rage. OR MAYBE ITS BECAUSE THE WHOLE COUNTRY IS GOING TO HELL IN A HANDCART…

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fear. Every class has its “most likely candidate”. She worries anti-gun stickers designed as deterrents will act as a trigger. It happens nearby—at her son’s primary school— blowing her life to bits. Desperate to understand his killer’s psychology, she turns to the shooting range and finds herself seduced. Zimmerman’s writing lingers on an assault rifle’s allure: the “obsidian stare” of its barrel, the adrenaline rush of kickback. With an NRA-supporting senator in her sights, will she take up arms in order to stop others doing the same? Does that make her another destructive deterrent? With its thrillerish tone, On The Exhale establishes its inevitable course too soon, but a scrupulous, sometimes studied script keys into the white noise of grief. Polly Frame gives it both barrels as a woman breaking apart in a taut staging by Christopher Haydon, the director of Grounded – another monologue about a woman mesmerised by a violent machine. Frankie Bradshaw’s spare set forces her to tread carefully: its fragile fluorescent lights suggest a floor strewn with bodies, but also that the Stars and Stripes are falling apart. Our Country (3 stars) reminds us why guns are so ingrained. Back in the Wild West—a land of sharp-shooting bandits and sharp-clawed wild

bears—weaponry was once a vital way of life. In parts it still is and, like Underground Railroad Game, Annie Saunders and Becca Wolff’s off-beat verbatim pieces shows that the old ways stubbornly persist. Saunders’ brother is a marijuana farmer out west, a place where people “have more guns than teeth”. Legalisation has triggered a “modern-day gold rush” that sits in a legal grey area overseen by corrupt cops. Beneath an outsized bedsheet fort—a childhood country of its own—she and actor Max Hersey don headphones to re-enact the siblings’ long, looping phone conversations about his troubles with the law. It promises more than it can possibly deliver. The duo embody two sides of a split nation—coastal liberal and latterday outlaw—but Our Country becomes bogged down in personal history and strife. Fascinating as her brother is, with his authority issues and a longstanding death wish, he stands for neither an American culture, nor a Greek tragedy – no matter how often Saunders alludes to Antigone. If the show never entirely interrogates its veracity, Saunders slowly realises they’re two sides of the same coin and that life in America, with two tracks and no safety nets, can turn on a dime. Your fate comes down to the luck of the draw. / Matt Trueman

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What’s more, these two ensemble works can easily be seen back to (naked) back without breaking into a sweat running between the respective stages. The show’s creators have adopted radically different approaches to the presentation of flesh and bone. The net effect? Highly complementary. Let’s start with the Russians. PosleSlov was one of my ‘finds’ at last year’s Fringe, the company’s work emitting a flavour—modest, devotional, at times almost artlessly artful—quite unlike anyone else’s. These qualities are present in (Some)Body, a show that comes across like living sculpture and mime given a benign, post-hippie spiritual overlay. It’s a calm and curious ceremony, unfolding as an episodic series of poetic/symbolic tableaux for an imperturbable, unrushed cast of six. For them, being unclothed is an unabashed, utterly natural state. Their movement is pretty basic, mainly consisting of statuesque poses or fairly rudimentary actions, and touch is minimal. The lighting is low-key, with an amber glow that highlights skin tones. The score, meanwhile, swings smoothly from classical to New Age-style tracks. The pace of the performance is somewhere between hypnotic and lulling. If occasionally things seem a tad slack or amorphous, it’s plain that the cast’s focus is more on being than performing. (Revealingly, they don’t bother to cover themselves at the curtain call: their bodies are not costumes.) And there are lovely moments. When the smallest female dancer kneels centrestage three women surround her, each gathering a handful of her long brunette hair and stroking it as they sing. Although the untranslated vocal could be stronger, their unforced delivery is appealing. Afterwards the lone man in the piece, a truly handsome specimen, gently lifts the petite woman up into his arms and slowly exits. Their trusting, mutual tenderness is beautiful. Later the fellow executes brief jumps, landing with ankles crossed; his contained athleticism is gratifying. At the close he and Ageeva (a thin, articulately bony blonde with a wonderful just-hatched expression) face each other like a neo-Adam and Eve engaged in a

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Anyone interested in seeing the human body in all its raw splendour ought to make a bee-line to ZOO venues. (Some)Body (3 stars) by— take a deep breath—Alyona Ageeva Physical Theatre PosleSlov from Russia, and UK-based choreographer Dam Van Huynh’s DEP constitute an unofficial double bill of nude dance.

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simple but resonant exchange of energies. The contrast with DEP (3 stars) is striking. Here we’re acutely aware of the weighted meatiness, strength and fragility of the remarkable, six-strong cast’s bodies as they grapple with each other, and struggle through the work’s desperately visceral abstract drama. DEP was inspired by ideas of death and rebirth sourced from Van Huynh’s Vietnamese heritage. This nub notion has been both impressively distilled and (over)extended to nearly an hour of running, carrying, rolling, collapsing and juddering. The dancers haul and drag each other about. Some slap their own flesh. They lay flat and jerk on the floor in what could either be some sort of apocalyptic death throes, a distressing orgasm, or both. It’s altogether challenging, blunt and frequently brutal stuff, and that includes Martyna Poznanska’s invasively loud, gruelling sound design. (And then the strobe light kicks in – yikes!) DEP has depth, but ultimately it is entirely subjective how illuminating all the sound, fury and self-indulgent suffering is. ZOO remains one of the leading venues for dance on the Fringe, but there are healthy little pockets of activity elsewhere. Now based in Scotland, the American choreographer Éowyn Emerald has made recurrent and always welcome visits to Greenside. Her latest Fringe foray, Éowyn Emerald and Dancers (3 stars), is a mostly seamless, hour-long showcase for a cast of four—including Emerald, who is probably the one with the most fire in the belly—that plays out rather like the dance equivalent of a concept album. The dancing, set principally to a pleasingly eclectic

string of indie-rock tracks from the likes of alt-J and The Lumineers, is loose-limbed, highly tactile and sometimes intricate in its reach for virtuosity. There are a few clunky bits but the overall impact is fresh and likeable, and enough to make you wonder how Emerald would fare with a bigger playing field. At times her dances seem ready to burst the seams of a space barely able to contain them. She might also benefit from other production resources, including a proper costume budget. What the dancers wear isn’t tasteless, just merely functional. On Emerald’s heels comes a show called Elicitations (2 stars) by a company called Hack Ballet. Ambitious the programme may be, but it’s also somewhat amateurish. The first chunk of the bill, entitled ‘To The Edge’, is described as being about “searching for adventure, following your inspiration and being pulled back towards belonging and home”. These vague motivations are at best fitfully realised by a cast of five, the choreographer Briar Adams among them. Two other pieces are offered up, both again saddled with lofty and fuzzy intentions. But there are usually discoveries of some kind to be made at a Fringe dance show. Here it was plain that it was the young Hulya Levant who was the one to watch for the sheer, concentrated pleasure she derives from dancing. Attila Andrasi, another lone male, evinces a confident sweep in his movement but too often without enough of a sense of personal character. He’s also saddled with a dreadful trouble-couple duet for him (beleaguered) and Adams (clingy). Still, they both survive it, and so do we. / Donald Hutera

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It’s futile to try to describe a show so clearly devoted to avoiding the easy salve of narrative neatness. What’s this about? It’s about horrible old crones; it’s about the Romans; it’s about humans looking up at the

stars and trying to make sense of the crushing infinity of space; it’s about the Spice Girls. To be fair, it’s mostly about the Spice Girls. This freewheeling escapism, though, is tightly and cunningly wrought. There’s a repeated conversation with God which serves as punctuation in what could be an overwhelming array of characters. And despite this cast of thousands, each is beautifully delineated. John-Luke Roberts’s vocal range, in particular, is a joy. That’s all wrapped up in a challenge he sets himself at the start that he can make us laugh at something entirely mundane. It’s no spoiler in a gushing five-star review to reveal that he more than meets this challenge. Genuinely, it’s hard to believe it’s possible until it happens. There’s an explanatory section,

a manifesto on the importance of absurdism, which on balance Roberts keeps just the right side of lecturing. It’s totally worth the risk, providing a route into a style that could be quite alienating. Absurdity, Roberts tells us, isn’t just fun but is vital. We cling, sometimes bitterly and dangerously, onto stories because they help us comprehend the world and make us feel safe (subtext: Brexit). We can, though, be helped to question the ways we construct reality, to delight in the “laugh of not understanding, of wonder”. John-Luke Roberts for Prime Minister would be a terrible idea. The country would resemble something between a nuclear winter and a Dalí painting. Surely, though, there’s room for a junior minister for the absurd? / Evan Beswick


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sticky social situations her and her dad have got into and explains in her refreshingly upbeat style how they have affected her. She relays anecdotes of anxiety and sleeplessness, but all with a smile, as if she’s just stood in front of a group of friends. Storrie has faced some adversities, but she never has a bad word to say about anyone. She champions the weirdness of her family; there’s no anger or resentment or shame at any moment, just honest love for them. A highlight is this comic’s clear knack for spotting idiosyncrasies of character. From

mimicking head tilts to accents, Storrie piles on the ridiculousness. But not only is this show about family and personal experience, it evolves into a discussion about the welfare of women and the importance of not being ashamed or scared to get a smear test. Storrie’s no-nonsense delivery is a breath of fresh air in this field: no preaching, just encouragement and support. It’s a laugh-out-loud, candid look at the challenges of growing up and being a woman in this day and age. She deserves, and seems ready for, a much bigger audience. / Becca Moody

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Christianity frequently gets dissected for laughs and there’s a long tradition of comedy in Jewish culture. But of the three Abrahamic religions Islam isn’t often mined for jokes. In fact it’s often said that comics are too scared to touch it in case a fatwa wings its way over. But Eshaan Akbar is endeavouring to change that by blasting through the common misconceptions of Islam and the Koran in Prophet Like It’s Hot. Last year’s debut show Not For Prophet introduced Akbar’s life as the son of a Pakistani father, Bangladeshi mother and with a former career as a banker. This year he delves deep into his former

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faith. Though there are gags aplenty throughout the show—and sharp, incisive ones at that— Islam isn’t the butt of the joke. Maintaining respect for the almost two billion people worldwide who are Muslim, he sheds light for the benefit of his audiences who are, let’s face it, largely white folk from Christian cultures. With this intelligent, measured response he moves through the five pillars that form its base and the commonly misinterpreted aspects

of modesty, Sharia law and alcohol consumption. It’s a finely balanced show: comic, well researched and tightly constructed, before pulling back to poignantly end on a deeply personal note. The only downside is that those who truly need this enlightenment—the frothing-atthe-mouth Islamophobe or the part-time bigot who reads the Daily Mail—aren’t likely to come in the first place. Which is a damn shame. /︎ Marissa Burgess


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Nick Doody is a fearless performer. He seems to have consciously sidestepped the relative glamour of high profile Fringe venues and instead chosen to lodge himself in the bowels of the Subway nightclub, a near unworkable space with terrible acoustics and a noisy bar. He really has to work to get the

audience—scattered across this cavernous room—on side, and it’s a pleasure watching him do so. The premise of this show is that Doody has been invited back on the road as a support act for Dave Gorman, under the condition that he tailor his act for younger audience members attracted by his friend’s TV exposure. This prompts our hero to explore the parameters of what might prompt audiences to feel uncomfortable, not in terms of language or contentious issues, but in relation to everyday concepts and attitudes. The show’s opening piece makes

us all incredibly uncomfortable, though nothing about it could be considered offensive. Doody is making a genuine if unconventional attempt to gauge the limits of what audiences can reasonably be expected to tolerate. As our hero readily admits, this show has a distinct work-in-progress quality to it, but that’s part of its appeal. While other shows purport to ‘explore’ their chosen subjects, only to lightly brush against them, Doody is genuinely, actively curious and prepared to risk baffled silence as he carries out his investigations. / Lewis Porteous

feel like progress. Even if Ruffell can mockingly dismiss the Top Gear presenter’s inexplicable description of ice cream as gay, she can’t quieten the voices in her head keeping her awake in the small hours. A people pleaser, bowing to peer pressure to join in on discomfiting wildlife excursions while touring Australia, she’s also something of a pity case, invariably placed next to the only other single lesbian at a wedding. However, while her slick material on the blood sport cruelty

of television dating shows is as broad, populist and inclusive as it is incredulous, she’s politicised by the personal. Her burgeoning television success brings out the trolls – online, in the live arena and, even, her family. Useful idiots for the tongue-in-cheek lesbian agenda she’s pushing, they also set up her closing protest at Disney’s heteronormative bias. Nocturnal is somewhat bitty and goes for easy targets at times. But it certainly advances Ruffell’s cause to be acknowledged. /︎ Jay Richardson

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As a bellwether for our supposedly woke times, Suzi Ruffell is compelling. Openly lesbian, working-class and with mental health issues, she nevertheless appears to have all the charismatic stage presence and quality of material required to break through into the wider public consciousness. Might she be allowed into the select club of Oxbridge-educated gays who dominate British broadcasting? Seems unlikely, she suggests, a situation that can only further stoke her anxiety as she tries to walk the line between being alternative and mainstream. Nonetheless, a bit less Richard Hammond on the box and more of “The Ruff Stuff” would certainly

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He’s been sober for three years now but on the surface there aren’t any obvious impacts to the sheer vigour of Tony Law’s comedic delivery. A Lost Show may be a performance without alcohol but it’s certainly not a show without Law’s trademark turbulent energy.

Referencing to aspects of previous shows as though he has no recollection of them, at times it feels as though Law is an entirely new man. He certainly has a wiser and more collected vibe in general, and the show reflects this by having much less surreal, sporadic material. Instead, he alludes to more typical conversational topics such as family and heritage in the flickers between foghorn impressions and accent switching. Law flirts with the idea of opening himself up fully to analyse his previous downfalls, noting how alcohol affected both how he per-

formed his shows, and his personal life. It’s this self-awareness that takes A Lost Show away from being just an entertaining shambles. It adds a genuine childlike positivity that could uplift the most sorrowful of souls. He’s still got all the usual chaotic gimmicks. The reveals of some of these don’t go to plan. As a result, an exciting, unsure energy arises from simply not knowing when or how this show is going to end. Law himself suggests that he doesn’t know where this plane is going to land, but that’s the thrill of it. / Becca Moody

only half the story. She shifts into autobiographical territory with a surprisingly personal account of her own “timeline”. The sharks are a mere conduit, you see – a comedic Trojan horse into her life. The result is a perfectly-weighted mix of silliness and heart, segueing between the merits of Shark Attack 3 and her

fear of a privatised NHS with ease. She claims to be a slow burner, but it doesn’t take long to be won over by her endless enthusiasm. She could transpose the shark gambit into a timeline of just about anything and the core appeal of her act would remain. On this evidence, the titular contest has a very clear winner. / Matthew Sharpe

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A disclaimer: at no point in her debut Fringe hour Heidi vs Sharks does Heidi Regan grapple with a great white. In fact, turning up and expecting that is virtually the only way you could be left disappointed. It’s a charming, wonderfully weird show that promises a bright future for the Aussie comic. Following up her victory in last year’s BBC New Comedy Award was always going to be a tough ask, but she’s managed to match the hype and develop her act to new heights. Using an infantilised PowerPoint to guide us through a timeline of every shark movie ever (spoiler – it’s all downhill after Jaws), she turns her niche passion into endearing, curious standup. It’s ostensibly a whistle-stop tour through the evolution of the genre, but that’s


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Jayde Adams: The Divine Ms Jayde HHHH TIME: TICKETS:

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They say that you should play to your strengths, and in new show The Divine Ms Jayde Jayde Adams has certainly done that. Creating a musical based on her life story with songs centred around the Bristol earthquake (‘Where Were You?’), tricking awards panels with emotion (‘Cry on Stage’) and body positivity (‘Beauty in Obesity’), she make full use of her fantastic set of pipes and self deprecating manner. Teaming up with Richard Thomas (Jerry Springer: The Opera) the pair have built a hilarious mock opera for the ages. There might be high production values but this is still the lo-fi Jayde that audiences love

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Owen Roberts’ latest show is co-written with his girlfriend’s six-year-old daughter Isabella and frankly she deserves a raise. The hour is a high concept cop-out where Roberts asks for help with writing his Edinburgh

– zero airs and graces with both an obsessive love for show business and a dismissive attitude toward the ludicrousness of it all. She’s living her best life, and if that involves sticking her boyfriend (veteran comic Rich Wilson) in a black morph suit then so be it. This is Jayde’s show and you’re never in doubt who’s in charge. Thomas may have helped with the composition of the pieces, and

even Wilson pitches in with a great little number (‘More Than a Gimp in a Suit’) but Jayde is undoubtedly the star. The only downside to her down-to-earth attitude is that she creates a too-conversational tone in between belting out the musical numbers. As a result, set-ups and punchlines get lost amongst audience chatter. Still, it’s a great show. To quote the Bristolian, "Gert lush". /︎ John Stansfield

show as payback for all the times he’s nailed her homework. What he recieves in return is comedy gold from his prodigious ghost writer. Roberts mentions at one point that Isabella realised that she was doing a lot of the work for his show. Since comedy pays (slightly) more than schoolwork, she should be getting a cut of the profits. The pair eventually settled on a 90:10 split in his favour. The problem is that she isn’t here at the Fringe and thusly can’t see how much she has undervalued herself. Isabella consistently scores the big laughs and whenever her voiceover is away too long you start to wonder when she’ll be

coming back with more of her surreal tangents. Roberts has crafted a decent show that delves into the collaborative and creative process more than most, but Isabella is the true star, inverting the form and constantly offering up logistical solutions to what Roberts sees as insurmountable problems. It does feel gimmicky at times and it’s a little disengenous for Roberts to decry anything that comes from his co-conspirator, as that’s the main selling point of the whole show. But when he does show heart toward the end it is genuinely affecting. If there’s a sequel, Isabella should really negotiate a higher fee. /︎ John Stansfield

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One of the lesser-discussed delights of the Fringe is wandering out of a show having inadvertently acquired heaps of new knowledge. Ashley Blaker’s Edinburgh debut features more facts about ultra-orthodox Jewish life than most of us would ever casually come across anywhere else. Even those with an extensive understanding of Blaker’s subject may well emerge with new information, due to a hilarious section involving unfortunate acronyms, late on. Until recently, Blaker was chiefly known as a TV producer, his biggest success being Little Britain. Matt Lucas features in one of the enlightening passages here, about Blaker’s awkwardness taking TV meetings, while now being strictly

forbidden to shake a woman’s hand (Lucas helps by gleefully announcing the issue in advance: “Go on, stick your hand out, see what he does!”) He wasn’t always so observant, but has an obsessive personality, which previously led him to religiously follow Liverpool Football Club around Europe. Becoming more serious about his actual religion just sort of happened, too.The details of that transformation frequently inform and amuse, from soliciting help with light switches to not being allowed aTV when you work in it. The show does sag when Blaker veers into more actively comedic routines; factual points with punchlines are his strong suit. But he still has that late trump card, of orthodox institutions accidently using wonderfully rude acronyms. Screening those leaflets and websites elicits a fascinating response from his audience; half howling, the other half whispering awkward explanations to each other. We’ve all learned something today. /︎ Si Hawkins

bursts of comedy. As a result, it’s very hit and miss. His hour, the gloriously named There’s No i in idiot (surely one of the best show titles going), is a jumble of absurdist one-liners, ironically twee observational stuff and audience work with a surrealist tinge. Some of it works well. Like "Biscuitology", a recurring segment in which Falafel determines an audience member’s character based on their favourite biscuit, horoscope-style. Or his big finale, a Spencer Jones-ish summoning of the ghost of The Cure frontman Robert Smith (still alive, don’t worry). Other bits are decidedly ropey.

When he dips his toe in the murky waters of racism, there’s a collective clenching of arseholes in the audience. His material—a riff about dolphins being racist—is okay, but only okay. The real flaw with Falafel’s show is in its lack of fluency. This hipster pirate/forgetful circus strongman/ Neanderthal with an ASOS account (his own descriptions) hops from topic to topic, style to style, like a kid in a candy shop. He still hasn’t quite got a handle on his own material, which exacerbates things, but even if the show gets smoother as the festival continues, it’ll still be a pretty bumpy ride. /︎ Fergus Morgan

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Olaf Falafel—children’s illustrator and eighth funniest Swedish comedian, by his own report— found fame making six-second clips on the deceased viral video website Vine. It shows in his standup – it’s weird and wacky, and often very funny, but random and rapid-fire. Short, scattergun

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Stepping outside of her madcap characters this year, Marny Godden has invited us to Marny Town to take a peek at the inspiration behind some of her most lunatic ideas. It’s a look back across her life from a small girl harassing boys on the beach to finding love on a clowning course. For anyone who has seen Godden before and is worried she has become accessible, no chance. By the end you’re still largely none the wiser, but with a Godden show, wondering what the hell is going on

is all part of the fun. Godden started off in sketch troupe The Grandees, then went on to create some larger-than-life characters. Last year’s winner was the endearing punk One Tooth, who makes an appearance here too, along with an old Jewish guy who’s fond of dancing, and the fellow clown Godden falls for. Godden’s skill lies not just in the creation of these characters, who seem to form in a special part

of her imagination, but in selling them to a crowd. The action is so ridiculous at times that Godden lets out a giggle, but not taking herself entirely seriously is the way she creates great warmth and camaraderie in the room. A solo show this may be, but by the close half the audience have been on stage and the rest of us have been called upon to do something from our seats – it’s a group effort. / Marissa Burgess

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Alison Spittle belongs to a select sub-group of Fringe comedians who are well known in their native Ireland, but have barely any profile in the UK or further afield. Spittle readily admits to having the “horn for getting on TV” and has succeeded in doing the rounds at home. Recently she got to make a sitcom for national broadcaster RTE, and much of this set relates to her experience of life in something resembling the public eye. Spittle doesn’t take it as a given that we’ll come to the show familiar with her body of work—or even recent Irish politics—and patiently contextualises the majority of her routines. Rarely are her punchlines

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“Many breads!” hollers Alice Marshall during one of the more interesting segments of her multi-character hour, this one involving a woman of Eastern European extraction who conceals a selection of crusty items about her person. Unfortunately this show feels decidedly half-baked.

worth these briefings. She offers some valid and well articulated points about the media and the viewing public’s preoccupation with physical perfection, but the anecdotes she shares with us really aren’t especially compelling. Whenever opportunity to explore interesting concepts arises, the comedian swiftly moves on to another topic. Having a distant family member criticise your work on social media must provoke some interesting emotions, but

we’ll never know for sure as Spittle glosses over this revelation. Similarly, discovering that your relative fame has brought you fans whose politics are diametrically opposed to yours could justifiably form the basis of a full show, yet is referenced only in passing. What we’re ultimately left with is a superficial introduction to Spittle and her career aspirations, with little material justifying the exposure she seems to be getting. / Lewis Porteous

The Strike is really a good halfhour, stretched out all too thinly; more of a comedy fajita. Marshall is clearly a hugely talented performer but is stranded with scant material here, and most characters outstay their welcome. Her haughty flight attendant is fun, and the setup for her switches is reasonably effective: lightning strikes the mythical plane, causing us to barrel through time and space. The show hits trouble as soon as she goes behind the curtain, however. The between-scenes videos are well made, but hardly original: one random sequence features Pierce Brosnan’s infamous rant from the film Taffin, which was milked dry by Adam and Joe years

ago. Then it’s onto a hackneyed old Hollywood mini-mogul, who spends far too long rambling on before we belatedly reach the amusing but done-to-death movie re-enactment. Bread Lady is intriguing but saddled with a curious futuristic backstory, presumably to make her accent less offensive. Perhaps most effective is Marshall’s retro housewife, who takes advice from a genuine old manual to keep her borrowed-from-the-audience husband happy. That works, but then just dissolves into dancing, and the whole show eventually fizzles out. Which is a shame, as there are promising ideas here. Let’s all just call it a work in progress and try again next year. / Si Hawkins


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At a desk in a darkened, neon-lit room, a woman tells her story. Her voice is captivating—oscillating peaks of gentle tenderness and boiling sexuality—and her story follows the same pattern. She has a loving wife and a young adopted son whose behavior appears to be a problem, yet she wishes to cast off these responsibilities for a raw

sexual affair with a man she meets. This woman has been bereaved three times in quick succession, and her hurt and confusion are beginning to affect her mental health. Parallel to her personal revelations, the play opens a window upon her working life, an internationally sensitive position whose moral compromises she can no longer separate from her own morality. This is a woman living on the edge and threatening to take down those around her. Recast from its earlier presentation with writer and director David Leddy in the lone acting role, Coriolanus Vanishes crests on the waves of a nuanced and captivat-

ingly powerful performance from Irene Allen. The play was written to be performed by either a male or female actor, and it would be interesting to see Allen’s performance in a double bill with Leddy’s. Thematically the play feels a little overloaded at times, surging between the international arms trade, parenthood, sexual betrayal, bereavement and mental health issues. Yet the design team of Becky Minto, Nich Smith and Danny Krass have done outstanding work to match Allen’s performance, and the very final second of the show offers a finale more heart-stopping than any other on the Fringe. /︎ David Pollock


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The show begins in joy, as four young women dance casually around the stage even before the audience have taken their seats. Within minutes, once the music has stopped, one of them has told us about her being stripped at gunpoint during a burglary while she was abroad. It’s a heart-freezing moment of human fear and sympathy but—this wonderful show

seems to say from deep within its bones—it isn’t a reason for the dancing or the joy to end. That Lydia Higginson is telling her own autobiographical story is reason enough for the audience to find their hearts in their throats, but the manner in which this touching and vibrant piece of work has been brought to life escalates it to another dramatic level. Higginson has achieved some level of viral fame through her blog Made My Wardrobe, with which she traced her attempt to dispose of her off-therail clothes and sew her own entire wardrobe in a year. She did it partly for ecological reasons and partly, as we discover, to distract herself away

from what must have been a long period of post-traumatic stress. She’s joined here by her three best friends from school: singer Nobahar Mahavi, artist and dancer Olivia Norris, and theatremaker Josie Dale-Jones, the head of producing company ThisEgg. Through a sophisticated combination of dance, song, dramatic vignettes, costume changes into Higginson’s own creations (each apparently representing an idealised self-image of her own womanhood), the audience is left with something unexpectedly lively and joyful, a declaration of strength in sisterhood and in women owning their own image and experience. /︎ David Pollock

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Finally, Roger has found direction. Thanks to his new online guru, Angry Alan, he’s found a name for his oppressor, someone to blame for the loss of his job, his divorce and generally for feeling bad about himself – "gynocentric feminism". He’s ready to throw off the shackles of discrimination. If you give a man enough rope, he’ll hang himself, which is exactly what this play, written and directed by Penelope Skinner, does. Several months after the start of #MeToo and #TimesUp, she distils every argument of the Men’s Rights Movement into a monologue that succeeds at being as depressing as it is lethally funny. Every so often, a female voice breaks in—Roger’s girlfriend, for

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example, or a journalist he encounters at a conference organised by Angry Alan—but it’s the ruthlessly efficient layering of one false equivalency on top of another that fires this play. Complex grievances are blamed on feminism, because it’s easier. As played by Donald Sage Mackay, Roger is the bewildered buyer of the angry, male American Dream. As his own life slides, the wilderness of the internet acts as

a Rorschach test of distorted facts and paranoia in which he can bury himself. The real-life YouTube clips incorporated into the show are farcically tragic. A gut-punch ending casts gloom over the possibility of an optimistic outcome for society’s current struggles. The fragility of the male ego is at work here. If, after watching this, you find yourself asking: “But what about…” look carefully at why. /︎ Tom Wicker


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In some ways, Waiting for Godot is critic proof. Samuel Beckett’s estate takes a dim view of any deviations from the playwright’s original stage directions, resulting in productions that look and feel very similar. Beckett’s hapless drifters Estragon and Vladimir, vainly awaiting the arrival of the titular Godot, have also become a staple of secondary school English and

drama lessons. It lends the play an air of familiarity, even if you’ve never seen it before. But Druid Theatre’s nimble staging still finds life in the writing by avoiding the temptation for whimsy. Director Garry Hynes catches the rise and fall of the play’s rhythms – the forlornness of its coy dance with our need for meaning. Designer Francis O’Connor’s approach to the play’s spare staging—a rock, a twig of a tree—has the off-kilter feel of a Magritte painting. The landscape is cracked and parched. It’s a desolate backdrop that heightens the humour’s unforgiving edge. Aaron Monaghan and Marty Rea bring a sharp, intriguingly sour

edge to Estragon and Vladimir. The pent-up exasperation in their performances deepens Vladimir’s growing sense of futility. With Rea’s seemingly endless legs, they also deftly handle the physical comedy. Rory Nolan is also memorable as the puffed-up Pozzo, whose two appearances reflect the play’s cyclical nature. As the ironically named Lucky, his hapless slave, Garrett Lombard conveys the hardship but doesn’t as vividly capture his warped, scuttling dehumanisation. Waiting for Godot can work as anything: an allegory for tawdry human history or an existential joke about storytelling. This polished production creates plenty of room for either. /︎ Tom Wicker

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If you’ve ever watched a sitcom or movie and felt irritated by the lack of quality lines rationed out to the female cast, then this comedy from Roxy Dunn should prove a much needed tonic. Yes, it bears the name of its sole male character, but he isn’t the focal point of the play’s action so much as a burning effigy onto which the scabrously funny writer and star douses petrol for the best part of an hour. Timmy isn’t a battle of the sexes, so much as a decisive victory. Events unfold as a protracted argument between a dysfunctional couple. At various stages throughout the play, they are an

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item, contrite exes and co-dependent friends. Roxy’s character Judith initiates most of the dialogue, pushing and prodding her evasive and non-committal foil. We’re sympathetic toward the curiously compatible couple, even with Timmy distinguishing himself as an oblivious manchild. A decade older than Judith, Timmy’s increasingly obstinate and undignified refusal to plan for

the future is the deserving source of his partner’s exasperation. The former’s relentless put downs are provoked by Timmy’s passivity, so always seem justified. Yet while she emerges victorious, this isn’t a moment of triumph for Judith. Both she and her love interest are left acutely aware that refusing to make choices is ultimately more limiting than committing to courses of action. /︎ Lewis Porteous


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Too often we (and by trying to land all reviewers in this habit, I of course mean just me) say that a performer “breathes life” into a character. Not so with Moira Bell: she’s already live and kicking, a fully fledged woman from the brain of performer/writer, Alan Bissett, and an absolute joy to spend time with. At first glance, the cigarette dangled in the crook of her hand, and the hip popped in a pair of formidable thigh-high boots paint a cariacature of tough-as-nails working-class women. What singles out The Moira Monologues from lazier contemporaries, though, is the sincerity Bissett brings to his character. Moira’s not a screeching

WEIRD HHH VENUE: TIME:

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Only even numbers make the room stop spinning. 10. 12. 14. 16. In an hour-long monologue, WEIRD examines the uninterruptible strain obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) puts on a person’s life. For Yasmin (Amy Rose Doyle), OCD means voices in her head and repetitive negative thoughts. Having quit her second year of

crone or to be poked fun at. Her world is fully formed. Bissett’s monologues don’t centre in on any life-changing moment, either. Rather, it’s the nuances of everyday life which are captured in Moira’s broad Scots accent. As somebody who doesn’t understand the grasping need to be something more, it’s Moira’s quotidian activities that are allowed to draw focus. Granted, a brief reminiscence on

romance lost feels somewhat rote, and it’s a shame within a series of fresh tales to find anything that comes off as predictable. Bissett uses this hurt and puts it to good use later, enabling the audience to see growth without any momentous occasion. This is her life, take it or leave it. And with jokes peppered through Bissett’s spirited performance, the audience are more than happy to take it. /︎ Louise Jones

university early because of her mental health, Yasmin heads home. Back in Bolton, she bumps into people she used to know in Tesco, and teenage insecurities resurface. Inferiority reigns as she compares herself to others, telling herself she will never be as good, pretty, smart or thin as her best friend Hazel. Yasmin’s mind turns ideas to facts and facts to threats, and her OCD feeds into an eating disorder. Her brain tells her belly that only numbers can make her feel full. Narrating us through her school and home life as grief couples with her disorder, Doyle slips into each character she introduces us to with ease. She confidently holds our

attention, managing to charm while simultaneously getting across her desperation. The direction is limited but the storytelling is clear. Though Lucy Burke’s writing sometimes tips into cliché, the script has delicate moments; finding out Yasmin’s younger sister has 999 on speed-dial is particularly gutting. As a debut, it shows particularly strong understanding of character. WEIRD touches on how tough it is not just for Yasmin, but for her family too, desperate to help but unable to know how. Perhaps this debut play will be the start of an important conversation for another family in the future. / Kate Wyver

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Paul O’Donnell has written a musical. A giant of a musical with celebrity casting, huge sets, confetti cannons and trombones, inspired by the mighty masterwork of Jon Bon Jovi. But Fringe slots are only an hour, so... With a charmingly self-effacing humility, O’Donnell hilariously pitches the full production to us in snippets of sound, precision dance moves and personal reflection. It shouldn’t work, but boy, it does! O’Donnell is a deceptively accomplished theatre-maker. He has penned an unashamedly feel-good show and, what’s more, makes us realise why we need to feel good, and why audiences keep choosing the all-singing all-dancing escapism of big budget musicals. This

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The clue to this new immersive show by Darkfield, the company responsible for last year’s nerve-jangling Séance, is in the name of a missing passenger: Mr Schrödinger. Yep, there’s a massive in-joke when you step into the container outside Summerhall and take your seat in a nicely realistic recreation of the interior of a plane. We, the audience, are all the cat in the Austrian

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is not a gratuitous gimmick, but the thorough work of a superfan – complete with a philosophical underpinning so often evident in fandom creations. If people are unfamiliar with the hyper-stereotyped tropes of commercial musical theatre O’Donnell parodies, the show’s pastiche risks coming across as just cringeworthy cultural misrepresentation – the faux-Español used by several of his narrated characters, for example, teeters on the bounds of acceptability. A familiarity with the big-budget Broadway genre will also help with some of the theatre-industry in-jokes. Performed almost entirely by one

man sitting in a nondescript chair, reading from a brown ringbinder, We’ve Got Each Other nonetheless transports us through emotional scenes and dramatic revelations. The supporting role of ‘Techie’ brings additional humour to the meta-theatrical script and, yes, we even get a sing-along moment.  Mic technique will, hopefully, strengthen as the show runs in, minimising the lip-smacking and sudden spikes of volume that distract a little from the otherwise solid delivery. When O’Donnell sings snippets of the imaginary audio-described action, extra delight is added to an already delightful hour. / Katharine Kavanagh

physicist’s thought experiment, existing (in theory) in a quantum state until we’re let out again. It’s a neat synthesis of physics with people’s paranoia about flying. Who hasn’t felt a bit like they’re neither dead nor alive until they’re safely back in an airport terminal? A flight is also a transition between places, which the show links to the idea of alternate universes. We’re pitched into darkness, reliant on headphones to evoke the off-kilter world of our increasingly metaphysical flight. Darkfield successfully twists standard cabin announcements into uncannily disturbing, whispered warnings.  

The show also squeezes in some humorously surreal jabs at universal passenger grumbles, like an escalating chorus of bawling babies. It’s hilariously—and, you suspect, intentionally—similar to sitting next to someone complaining at the theatre. But where Flight falters is in generating an intense enough level of anxiety to give wings to its darkly comic voyage into existential dread. There are some mild hydraulic bumps along the way, but the fear is more in the idea than in the experience. It’s definitely an entertaining ride, but one that feels a little too grounded. /︎ Tom Wicker


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A woman, a gay man, a Jamaican and an African-American meet in a wood.This isn’t the start of a joke, but the premise of Nichola McAuliffe’s new play. Set during World War II, they are an unlikely group: the Queen Mother, the actor ErnestThesiger, the Queen’s butler and an African-American solider. All four have different ways of coping with injustices the world imposes on them because they had the audacity to not be born as white men. This is a polished, naturalistic play addressing issues of privilege and oppression and how these play out in countries divided by race and class. The British characters cannot comprehend racial segregation, whereas the American soldier never encountered white people

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Fifty years ago, the writer John Berger and the photographer Jean Mohr published A Fortunate Man, a book documenting the six weeks they spent shadowing a GP working in the Forest of Dean. It went on to become a seminal text in medicine. Fifteen years later, the doctor committed suicide. Both a tribute to the people

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who treated him like a human being. The white British characters make no mention of poverty and speak positively of the Empire in front of the Jamaican butler. An epilogue which fast forwards to the present neatly puts the scenes from the past in the context of the current American racial and political landscape, though the play suffers from too much exposition and a slow beginning. The performances are excellent. McAuliffe plays the Queen Mother

with a stern authority that keeps the other characters in check. She endows the woman with gravity and power that she manipulates to her own gain, from on-stage characters to those only heard through voiceovers. The soldier (Tok Stephen) is convincingly tense and angry, fed up with racism from fellow soldiers and desperate to start a revolution. His emotions and ideology clash with the others – it’s in this conflict that understanding is eventually found. /︎ Laura Kressly

working tirelessly to heal this country and to those struggling with mental health conditions, this multimedia adaptation of A Fortunate Man fittingly honours the 70th anniversary of the NHS. Projected photos from the book show rural landscapes of rolling hills, picturesque farmhouses and a doctor at work. The serenity sharply contrasts the accidents and ailments the doctor encounters, which are narrated by two performers. The care and dedication he has for his patients, the entire population of the isolated village, is touching. It also draws attention to the pressures doctors work under today – too little time,

too few resources and too many budget cuts. If we as a society are not careful, more doctors will suffer the same fate as the doctor in this story. Michael Pinchbeck’s staging is too busy, with some unnecessary slow motion sequences. There’s a lot to see, from a scattering of fallen leaves to a sprinkling of shredded paper, that don’t contribute much to the production. It’s lovely to look at, but adds little. The portrayal of this country doctor is warm and timely. With the NHS under increasing pressure to meet higher targets with less funding, it’s important to appreciate those who keep us well. / Laura Kressly


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John Lewis is a middle-class British retail chain. John Lewis is also a computer science teacher in America. Another John Lewis is a black congressman in Georgia who fiercely opposes Donald Trump. The Twitter handle @johnlewis belongs to the second of these John Lewises, and his patience with tweets sent to him about late deliveries and the current American political landscape is a thing of wonder. Using real tweets from @johnlewis’s feed, satirical performer Simon Jay looks at individuality on social media in this gently funny sketch show. Billed as a theatre show, though

Century Song HHH VENUE: TIME:

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Wordlessness speaks volumes in Century Song: an attempt to redress the untold history of black women in the 20th century. On a bare white stage, soprano Neema Bickersteth sings shapeless sounds and unfolds a series of expressionist gestures. Behind her, video projections roll through the decades as decor shifts, fashion mutates and art charts

much more of a series of sketches, Jay plays a range of characters. From the John Lewis behind @ johnlewis as a beleaguered teacher whose students relentlessly nag him about his Twitter account, to annoyed customers, to the retail chain’s social media team, Jay uses them to loosely consider the importance of identity online. This thematic thread isn’t fully developed, and there’s scope for more commentary that ties the sketches

together more firmly. Jay is an engaging performer with a good sense of comic timing. He has a warm demeanour rather than a cold and spiky one. His brand of humour elicits chuckles rather than belly laughs and ends on a positive note instead of one of cynicism or despair. It’s an intimate show that makes a big theme personal, though the clever show concept isn’t totally integrated with the theme. /︎ Laura Kressly

changing times. It’s not an easy watch – more a performative installation or action than a piece of theatre per se. Incomprehensibility is partly the point: when a portion of history hasn’t been written down, it becomes that much harder to get your head around it. Instead, we rely on instinctive interpretation; a vague sense of what Bickersteth’s voice and body seem to convey. Loose narrative threads start to cohere: a woman who starts in a natty servant’s dress, her hands resisting the pull to scrub the floor, transforms, Cinderella-style, for the Roaring Twenties. Sixty-odd

years on, she’s a suited city exec spinning between skyscrapers in a cyclone of work. If images of labour recur, they crisscross with leisure. One video sequence slides through the shifts in home tech: old TVs to tablets, vinyl to earbuds. There’s a stern beauty to it all, albeit undercut by some naff computer graphics, but Century Song remains an intellectual experience, rather than the felt one it wants to be. In weaving through a century of change, it all ends up looking and sounding much the same. There’s meaning in that, mind: has anything really changed for black women? /︎ Matt Trueman


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Loneliness is the modern epidemic, explored with tongue-in-cheek charm in Jessica Palfrey’s When the Friendship Has Sailed. Carrie (Natalie Ann Jamieson) is a familiar figure: in her late twenties, far from home and untouched by the life events her friends have ticked off their lists. It’s a terrify-

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ing conundrum: how do you make and maintain friends as an adult? Does this sweet play solve this problem? Not really, though it does provide a temporary balm. Jamieson plays Carrie with down-to-earth warmth and a nervous energy. Her uncertain chemistry with co-worker Serena (Palfrey) starts out realistically rocky, so it’s a quiet joy to watch their relationship escalate: by its end point, the friendship feels like it’s been earned. What’s not so down-to-earth is Carrie’s goldfish. Christina’s inner monologue is rendered glamorously by this fishy protagonist and set to music by Louis Peake. It’s a fantastically surreal first appearance when Elizabeth Edmonds sashays into

the spotlight, but by her third and final song the gag is getting tired. Peake’s lyrics aren’t particularly memorable – perfect for a goldfish’s short attention span but not exactly gripping for the show’s human audience. Director Edwina Strobl keeps Palfrey’s script fast paced and dynamic, though the overall effect is nearer to a series of vignettes than a play with a strong throughline. Carrie’s asthma serves as a connecting thread rather than a backbone, but the real clincher is that the status quo remains largely unchallenged. Serena’s departure and her Nana’s fragility prove that even Carrie’s strongest relationships are only temporary. Loneliness is hard to shake. / Louise Jones


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Cold Blood Dance, Physical Theatre & Circus

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On one hand, the technically exquisite Cold Blood is a beautifully animated short story. On the other hand, it is a dramaturgically considered glimpse into the world of a working animation studio. On another hand, it is a musing on the value of liveness. On yet another hand it is an exemplary display of filmed special effects, edited as the action is constructed in the

intriguingly lit shadows before us, then projected live onto a screen that covers the top half of the stage. There are a lot of hands involved in this show. As well as operating cameras, lighting and modelbox set equipment, hands perform the unnamed characters of seven death scenes, which are tied together in the narrated tale of a waking dream. Each is puppet, dancer and actor in one – except for the times they morph into kaleidoscopic patterns against mesmerising backgrounds. As in Disney’s Fantasia, the quality of the visuals is the major focus, storytelling taking second place,

more as a linking device between scenes of noir, whimsy, Busby Berkeley-style spectacle or intimate peepshow choreography. The show’s originators, Jaco Van Dormael and Michèle Anne de Mey, have backgrounds in film-making and dance respectively. Their sterling team of onstage collborators blurs the traditional roles of cast and crew into one. As from a dream, some images will linger, but most of Cold Blood will soon be forgotten. This show may not affect you very deeply but there’s much to be said for the many moments of pure wonder the company provide. / Katharine Kavanagh


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Former Royal Ballet dancer Ludovic Ondiviela has been choreographing a fusion of contemporary and classical movement vocabularies since his retirement from performing in 2014. In Giselle he takes a classic ballet tale of true love and adds his own contemporary twist, which is more successful in some aspects than others. Most significantly, a

murder subplot leaves the leading dancers somewhat confusingly undefined between antagonist and protagonist, and the character we feel for most is disposed of with no pause for sentiment. What’s clearly left of the original is Adolphe Adam’s music— supplemented at times with a pre-recorded voiceover—and an ensemble of sinister virgin bride spectres who drive the second act (the show diverges slightly from history with the welcome inclusion of male dancers). Choreography that evokes horror movie zombies and Japanese ghosts on speedy tottering pointe steps is the most impactful of the 100 minutes, and

the intense performance from ghostly leader Céline Le Grelle is one of the highlights. Class issues at the heart of the original are given an added racial dimension in this production, with the privilege—as ever—being on the side of the young white guy. Ondiviela certainly has plenty of ideas, but too many of them are given stage room here without being properly fleshed out. Overall, the show provides a nicely designed but emotionally detached viewing experience. The dancing is accomplished but that’s not enough to make this Giselle stand out from the crowd. / Katharine Kavanagh

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The ancient stage illusion of Pepper’s Ghost has been remastered for the 21st century with projections, post-modern construction and pathos. Actors François Testory and Sarah Thom slowly and silently move around a wooden table and manipulate boxes of memories, consumately expressing sorrow and long-term familiarity whilst doing very little. Their fleshy middle-aged bodies interact with spry projections of younger selves who appear in and out of their memory boxes, playing out snippets of the relationship’s highs and lows. Smoothly mixed renaissance

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and neo-classical vocal recordings score these captured moments as the physically present pair look on. Their filmed counterparts, miniaturised and ghostly, appear on a screen of tilted perspex that reflects projections from the floor below. The younger pair shift in scale with intensity of emotion and, while we see them relive old hurts amid the landscape of table and boxes, the actors on the other side of the screen moving the props around actually see nothing.

The technology—and the actors’ work with it—is very clever, but this level of trickery requires a rigour of content to match. The story, though poignant, doesn’t offer any surprises and feels overly drawn out. While the drama is oblique, it seems hugely remiss of the company not to offer any trigger warning in their publicity materials that the show apparently revolves around a woman’s inability to carry a child to term. Nonetheless, a striking show in its novelty. / Katharine Kavanagh


Briefs: Close Encounters HHHH VENUE: TIME:

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Strap yourself in for the most sexcellent boylesque. Briefs have come from the future on a spaceship to let us know that in their time things are better than the mess we currently find ourselves in. People respect that absolutely everyone is “magnificent, fragile and important”, and they’re here to spread that love with us.

There’s Star Trek references, glitzy astronauts and the most talented performers you'll see on the Fringe. The #TimesUp motif is cleverly woven throughout. An Alice in Wonderland-esque bunny hops around the stage finding ringing alarm clocks at various interludes. He’s sparkly and so are the clocks but there is a real political drive behind Close Encounters. Briefs want to change the world with their art, and the world’s largest arts festival seems like the perfect place to do it.   In true boylesque fashion, the costumes are out of this world, if you’ll pardon the pun. Everything

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is bejewelled, glittery, peacock feathered, and leaves little to the imagination. In fact the show is visually stunning in every way; the sets are covered in neon lights, and the choreography is just spectacular. The acrobatic and dance skills on display are literally breathtaking, particularly the aerial hoop scene. Love, dance and scantily clad Australians – what more could you want in a show? Also, you should definitely enter the raffle because the prize is a good ‘un. As in, you cannot imagine how jealous you’ll be of the winner. Maybe enter a few times just to up your odds. / Joanna Trainor


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Lots of important things happen in the bedroom. For Courtney Act, winner of Celebrity Big Brother and a contestant on RuPaul’s Drag Race, her top two are sleeping and eating. Sex takes third place, but she still has a lot to say on the matter.

Not to be upstaged by her audience volunteers, Paige is happy to up the ante and clamber through the crowd for the right punchline. It does mean that her standalone ballads feel static in comparison. Paige’s voice best suits a hauntingly beautiful ballad, her hair wild as a siren’s: clearly she can manage some shape shifting to change the mood of the show as she wishes. However, it can kill the energy in the

With intimate discussion and bold takes on frequently-covered songs, she riffs on who we are in and out of bed. A chatty introduction about the different types of adhesive used to create her look, for example, leads into her interpretation of ‘Valerie’. Act is a phenomenal singer with the ability to deliver a range of vocal styles, from soul to country to pop. Her re-writes are both funny and thematically embedded into whichever topic she’s talking about at the time – Michael Jackson’s ‘Beat It’ becomes ‘I’m Vegan’ and Madonna’s ‘Like a Virgin’ is now ‘Like a Version’. Act spends a lot of time talking casually about identity, gender and

crowd after her more raucous musical numbers. The set order creates an inconsistent mood but Paige keeps us enthralled regardless. Paige’s talents are well established (she appeared on The Voice earlier this year) and her audience interaction a highlight. She establishes herself a welcome presence in cabaret and with time will be a force to be reckoned with. / Louise Jones

her experiences on Big Brother, amongst other things. These sections come across as partially improvised, which makes them feel genuine, but they lack a solid structure and smooth transitions. There are a few in-jokes and references that those who haven’t seen her on Big Brother or Drag Race won’t get, but not enough to alienate new audiences. There’s a wholesomeness to Courtney Act that’s hugely appealing, and her concluding talk about the importance of labels in helping marginalised people feel less alone resonates as powerfully as her take on ‘I Will Always Love You’. / Laura Kressly

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In our modern era of “always on” awareness, no amount of yoga can negate the fact that it’s hard to find a momet’s peace and quiet. Cabaret performer Anya Anastasia and gravel-voiced musician Gareth Chin present an hour of cannot-escapism which starts with lofty expectations. Anastasia descends the stairs doning a headpiece of smartphoneended antlers, demanding her audience react. She owns the room, live-streaming her entrance and in the process creating a commanding double-presence. That’s where The Executioners

really works, when it focuses on the sensory overload which is threatening to hypernormalise violence on a terrifying level. Anastasia mocks social activism with a bubbly persona. She plays the kind of person who Instagrams every KeepCup they own. Her continual mantra of “it’s okay” acknowledges just how ineffectual the endeavour is – and unfortunately that bleeds into the show itself. Anastasia has a beautiful singing voice, hauntingly delicate as she performs a sincere ballad. It’s the tongue-in-cheek stuff that doesn’t quite impact the way it

could. Too often the lyrics merge into one, and with similarly quirky melodies it’s hard to really distinguish any in hindsight. Anastasia hits the familiar punchlines of slacktivism and churns out tired jokes (particularly when it comes to pop culture) as a result. There are hints of nuance which suggest there’s a more polished show here somewhere. As it stands, The Executioners is all a bit too on the nose when it comes to social commentary: the equivalent of adding another angry react to a Facebook timeline of similar voices, rather than standing out. / Louise Jones

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Musicals & Opera Reviews My Left / Right Foot – The Musical HHHHH VENUE: TIME:

Assembly Roxy 6:10pm – 7:40pm, 1–27 Aug, not 8, 14, 21

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The Kirktoon Players enter the Scottish Amateur Dramatic Association’s one-act play competition every year but somehow, success always eludes them. In an attempt to shake things up—and, crucially, take advantage of a loophole in the judging system that gives extra points to shows that actively

champion diversity—this bunch of loveable and not-so-loveable misfits decide that this year’s entry will be an adaptation of the Daniel Day-Lewis movie My Left Foot. “DDL” won an Oscar for his portrayal of disabled Irish painter Christy Brown – surely the SADA play festival is in the bag? What follows—via the medium of musical theatre, of course—is a perfectly pitched, gloriously irreverent and fantastically funny exploration of the thorny issue of how we treat disabled people in our society. As you’d expect from one of the UK’s leading disabled-led theatre companies, access is much more than just an afterthought. BSL-interpretation, captioning and

a sprinkling of audio description are key narrative ingredients. Natalie MacDonald’s integrated signing and strong physical comedy acting in particular give director Robert Softley Gale the opportunity to comment on characters’ questionable attitudes as they’re expressing them, thereby letting this production have its comedy cake and eat it too. The score, by Richard Thomas (music and lyrics), Claire McKenzie (music) and Scott Gilmour (lyrics) is full of hummable, feel-good tunes that give each member of this excellent ensemble a chance to shine without ever falling into sentimentality. If ever a show deserved a post-Fringe run, this is it. / Jo Caird


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Asgard looks incredibly trendy these days. Designer Amy Jane Cook has created a sci-fi city scape with Star-Trek-esque sliding doors, cladding the inhabitants in athleisurewear. This is, after all, the land of Norse gods, where you’re nothing without a semblance of strength. Enter a weedy Thor (Harry Blake), whose weapon of choice is the cor anglais, and scaly befeathered Loki (Alice Keedwell), whose appearance is mocked before she gets a chance to prove her worth. It’s a far cry from the rippling abs of Norse mythology via Marvel,

instead cutting a new path to unite the nine worlds ahead of Ragnarok. Blake and Keedwell’s show delivers fresh music, memorable vocals and an admirable ensemble of actor musicians. Laurie Jamieson in particular has the villainous joy of playing conniving giant Thiassi, a role he absolutely relishes. The show’s at its best when we see the cast en masse: Jennifer Fletcher is the mind behind the show’s “simple but effective choreography”. Interestingly, in a show that

celebrates peace and poetry, it’s the battle scenes that stand out. Compared to Fletcher’s busy army choreography, Thor and Loki’s meeting feels anti-climactic. Blake plumps for a deadpan performance but after 75 minutes the effect is grating. It’s clear that it’s Loki we should be rooting for: Keedwell is sincere and vulnerable, giving Loki’s character arc a powerful punch. Too bad Blake needs the enchanted hammer to achieve the same power on stage. / Louise Jones

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Armour: A Herstory of the Scottish Bard HHH VENUE: TIME:

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Female-led collective Fearless Players have turned their focus to Rabbie Burns with a new musical that argues that behind this great man were two great women. Writer Shonagh Murray’s script

shines a light on the poet’s widow, Jean Armour (Lori Flanagan) and lover, Nancy Maclehose (Lydia Davidson). The show spends more time in the company of Jean, skewing audience sympathy towards the faithful widow, grandmother to Sarah (Bethany Tennick), a girl far from home who’s awaiting the arrival of her father from overseas. Tennick plays Sarah with realistically child-like enthusiasm, and she shares a wonderful chemistry with Flanagan. There are some truly touching moments between the two, further strengthened by a strong script that weaves Burns’s poetry into the songs. We see Nancy singing Burns’s

words before her fateful meeting with Jean. Seeing her isolated provides ample space for Nancy’s viewpoint to be established: we are invited to see beyond her reputution as a mistress. That said, it doesn’t make the two women any less awkward when they meet. Director Melanie Bell keeps the women’s first and last meetings static: a thousand things left unsaid clutter the stage around them. Contrast this with Jean and Nancy’s tea party, a lively jig of a sequence. Here’s where the show thrives, not by placing Burns on a pedestal but by celebrating the women he left behind. / Louise Jones

pal Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle during the Virginia Rappe affair in 1921. We see him struggling with alcoholism in later life, as the industry evolves around him. There are some nice moments, particularly when clips of Keaton’s films—the house collapsing in Steamboat Bill, Jr., the train crash in The General—are projected onto a screen at the back of the stage. But as an attempt to intimately explore the life of an icon, When You Fall Down doesn’t come off at all.

That’s not because of Dangerfield’s performance – he’s a perfectly capable actor and singer. And it’s not to do with his composing – the songs are saccharine but serviceable. It’s to do with the musical’s bizarre structure. Each short snippet of Keaton’s life is a song, with almost no dialogue at all in between. It’s as if we’re watching a normal musical, but with the narrative bits taken out. So it all ends up disjointed and incoherent. / Fergus Morgan

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Early 20th century movie star Buster Keaton’s most iconic moment was standing stock still while a house fell down on top of him. Much the same thing happens with When You Fall Down, James Dangerfield’s sung-through, oneman musical homage to Keaton. Dangerfield stands tall-ish, but his show collapses around him. In seven, isolated segments, Dangerfield, impersonating the actor with waistcoat and white face, presents moments from Keaton’s career. We see him as a wide-eyed rookie in the movie biz in 1917, singing a hymn to the film camera. We see him supporting his

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Martha Green, age five, finds magic and excitement in this adaptation of the book by Raymond Briggs What happens in the show? There was a little girl. She’s visited by a bear. The bear comes in through her window and pees and poos on her floor! She got cross with the bear. It does have a happy ending though. Describe the show in five words. Fun, snowy, cold, exciting, magical. Who was your favourite character, and why? Tilly, the little girl. She wanted to be a pop star when she grows up, like me.

What was your favourite moment in the show? When the daddy bear met his cub. The baby bear was really cute. What did your grown-up think of the show? She loved it too but got told off for taking photographs! Would you tell your friends to come and see the show? Yes, I will. I think they’ll enjoy it. VENUE:

What did you like most about the show? The bubbles, snow and ice. They were great.

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The plot of AnimAlphabet—a kids’ musical created, surreally, by two members of noughties pop-rock sensations The Hoosiers—doesn’t really hang together when you start thinking about it. A troupe of animals on a tropical island are desperately seeking out every note in the scale of C

major, all so they can get their band back together and defeat the dastardly duck that’s hunting them down one by one and silencing them. Think Jungle Book crossed with And Then There Were None. Exactly. So many questions. Questions like: what specifically is the science behind this note-collecting policy? Like: is this portrayal of a chilled-out Rastafarian frog who loves his ribbit-reggae slightly iffy? Like: what is motivating our Donald Duck/Darth Vader supervillain? Like: how do the blokes that wrote 'Goodbye Mr A' end up doing silly songs for a children’s show at the Edinburgh Fringe? None of this really matters,

though, because Mark Hooper’s production for Hit The Mark Theatre is easily chirpy and cheerful enough to paper over the cracks espied by the more analyticallyminded under-five. There’s a large, colourful set populated with large colourful characters, all of whom have a bouncy, bubbly tune to sing along to. Colin the Country Cockatoo, our hero, has a twangy ballad. Geoff the Geordie Jazz Giraffe has a standard to croon. And our rapping donkey pal has a stone-cold belter of a hip hop anthem. It’s all good, friendly, family fun. Plus it’s signed throughout, which is cool. / Fergus Morgan

ways worthwhile message for kids, not hammered home too heavily. Adam Fletcher-Forde’s adaptation of the book is clear and unfussy, although, compressed, it feels overly episodic. There’s a Dad-style, endless joke about kids’ obsession with text acronyms, while some of the humour aimed at adults lands awkwardly. But dropping your lead character into “Orwell Farm” is a neat pun. There aren’t many surprises as to how the other farmyard inhabitants are characterised, but the cast are bright and fun. The

pair of tortoises (who, with their shell-patterned backpacks, look like geriatric teenage mutant ninja turtles) are the best. Fletcher-Forde and co-director Julia Black make good use of Jacqueline Trousdale’s versatile set as Malcolm makes his way to the chimp cage, where a pile of poo gleefully awaits. Matthew Hamper brings boundless energy to the erstwhile animal agnostic, fully committing to each transformation. He’s only slowed down by the blandly upbeat score. Less singing, more tortoise, please. / Tom Wicker

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Story Pocket Theatre’s new adaptation of comedian David Baddiel’s children’s book, AniMalcolm, is a fun, musical adventure. Malcolm is grumpy. It’s his 11th birthday but instead of the super-duper laptop he asked for, his animal-crazy family have given him a chinchilla – and he doesn’t care about animals. At least, that’s before a school trip to a farm, where a chance encounter with a magical goat sees him transform from boy to beast. As Malcolm—via some nicely handled on-stage help—turns variously from tortoise, to cat, to pig, he learns the importance of not judging based on appearances. It’s an al-


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Jon Culshaw and Bill Dare: The Great British Take Off Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13–26 Aug, £15

Aaaaaaaaaaaah, It’s 101 Clean Jokes – Free Entry Laughing Horse @ Dropkick Murphys, 9–26 Aug, FREE

Board Game Smackdown Laughing Horse @ The Pear Tree, 9–26 Aug, not 15, 22, FREE

The Weird and Whacky World of Raymond Bishop Laughing Horse @ The Hanover Tap, 19–26 Aug, FREE

Pals Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 15–26 Aug, FREE

Beetlemania: Kafka for Kids! Pleasance Dome, 9–26 Aug, not 14, £12-15

Andy Storey: Awkward

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Just the Tonic at The Caves, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £5

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Impromptu Shakespeare Just the Tonic at The Caves, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £9-10

Rory O’Keeffe: The 37th Question Banshee Labyrinth, 9–26 Aug, FREE

Johnny Irish Laughing Horse @ The Mockingbird, 9–26 Aug, FREE

I Want an Irish Passport The Stand Comedy Club 2, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £10

MetaMafforphosis Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 23, FREE

Best of Edinburgh Showcase Show Pleasance Courtyard, 9–26 Aug, £9-12 Foxdog Studios: Robot Chef Heroes @ Boteco, 10–26 Aug, £5 The Durham Revue present: Zeitgeist Underbelly, Cowgate, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £9.50-10.50 Girlfriend from Hell Underbelly, George Square, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £9-10 It’s Not Cute Anymore Underbelly, Cowgate, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £9-10 Alex Hylton: Everybody’s Different and I’m the Same Just the Tonic at The Caves, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £5

13:30 Nick Hall: Spencer Underbelly, Bristo Square, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £9-10 Jeremy Nicholas: After Dinner Stories from My Disastrous Broadcasting Career Gilded Balloon Teviot, 9–27 Aug, £10.50-11.50

The One-Thirty Comedy Cabaret The Stand’s New Town Theatre, 9–26 Aug, not 16, £6 Revill’s Selection – Free Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 9–14 Aug, FREE

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Lia Hatzakis – Onion Gum The Clootie Dumpling, 9–25 Aug, not 10, 11, 12, FREE Vince Ebert: Sexy Science. Made in Germany Underbelly, Bristo Square, 9–27 Aug, not 15, £9-10 Dad’s Army Lunch Hour Pleasance at EICC, 9 Aug, 11 Aug, 16 Aug, 18 Aug, FREE Robin Ince: Chaos of Delight Gilded Balloon at the Museum, 15–26 Aug, £12 Curried Mustard Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 9–24 Aug, not 11, 12, 14, 15, 18, 19, 21, 22, FREE Fred MacAulay in Conversation Gilded Balloon at the Museum, 9–14 Aug, £10.50-12.50

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Ron the Plumber Meets God-Cilla Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 9–17 Aug, FREE

Adventures in Dementia: Steve Day Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, FREE

Aaaaaaaaaaargh, It’s 101 Naughty Jokes in 30 minutes – Free Laughing Horse @ Dropkick Murphys, 9–26 Aug, FREE

Matt Forde’s Political Party Podcast Gilded Balloon Teviot, 9 Aug, £12

The Second Annual Black Comedy Showcase Bannermans, 9–26 Aug, FREE

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Tony Slattery: Slattery Will Get You Nowhere The Stand’s New Town Theatre, 15–26 Aug, £12

Day Drinking With Yanks and Hosers Laughing Horse @ The Cuckoo’s Nest, 9–19 Aug, FREE

Alex Garner – Who?! Sweet Novotel, 9–26 Aug, not 15, £5 Stu and Garry’s Fringe Improv Show The Stand Comedy Club, 9–11 Aug, £5 Mark Watson: How You Can Almost Win (Work in Progress) The Stand Comedy Club, 14–23 Aug, £10 The Best of Northern The Stand Comedy Club, 25 Aug, £10 (No) Money in the Bank Sweet Novotel, 9–12 Aug, £7 Men With Coconuts Liquid Room Annexe/Warehouse, 9–26 Aug, FREE In Conversation With Standard Issue The Stand Comedy Club, 12–13 Aug, £10 Paul Sinha: The Two Ages of Man HHH The Stand Comedy Club, 26 Aug, £6

13:40 UCL Graters: Panopticon Underbelly, Bristo Square, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £9-10 Eleanor Tiernan: Success Without a Sex Tape Banshee Labyrinth, 9–26 Aug, not 14, FREE Frank Carson: If I Didnt Laugh I’d Cry Assembly Hall, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £10-11

13:45 Jen Brister – Meaningless Monkey Barrel Comedy Club, 9–26 Aug, not 15, £5

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Jew-O-Rama Opium, 9–25 Aug, FREE Odd Two Out Laughing Horse @ The Place, 17–26 Aug, FREE Bruce: Just a Pretty Face Tolbooth Market, 9–25 Aug, not 12, 19, FREE

The Whole of Shakespeare theSpace on the Mile, 21–25 Aug, £8 The Secret Diary of Scott Mitchell, Aged 43 and 3/4 Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 18–26 Aug, FREE Getting Higher Laughing Horse @ The Place, 9–16 Aug, FREE

13:50 And They Played Shang-a-Lang Hill Street Theatre, 9–26 Aug, £12

13:55 Archie Maddocks: Matchstick Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £5

14:00 Sarah Johnson: Mum’s Going to Ibiza Heroes @ Dragonfly, 9–26 Aug, not 22, £5 Adventures of the Improvised Sherlock Holmes Just the Tonic at La Belle Angele, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £9 Andrea Hubert: Holes of Joy Gilded Balloon Teviot, 9–26 Aug, not 15, £9-10 No Funny Business C venues – C aquila, 12–27 Aug, £7.50-9.50 Croft & Pearce: Double Take Underbelly, Bristo Square, 9–26 Aug, £10-11 Claire Ford: Unboxed Just the Tonic at The Caves, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £7 Only Fools and 3 Courses Kama Sutra Restaurant, 9–27 Aug, not 15, 22, £44.50 Nicky Wilkinson: Happy Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 9–26 Aug, not 13, FREE

Adam Larter: Boogie Knights Heroes @ The Hive, 9–26 Aug, not 15, £5 Tom Brace: Brace Yourself (It’s Magic Time!) Pleasance Courtyard, 9–18 Aug, £8-10 Daniel Downie: 2 O’Clock Gun Scottish Comedy Festival @ The Beehive Inn, 9–26 Aug, not 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, £5 Susan Harrison Is a Bit Weepy Voodoo Rooms, 9–25 Aug, not 13, FREE The World’s Smallest Comedy Show Laughing Horse @ The World’s Smallest Fringe Venue, 11–12 Aug, FREE Bagged PQA Venues @Riddle’s Court, 9–12 Aug, £11.50

A Booklover’s Comedy Show Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 9–26 Aug, not 13, FREE

Will Hall: Netflix and Will Just the Tonic at The Caves, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £5

TwentyTwelve – Free Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 11–18 Aug, FREE

Ahir Shah: Duffer Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, 9–26 Aug, FREE

Please Stop! Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 19–26 Aug, FREE

Kevin Precious Unholier Than Thou: The Non-Believing Religious Studies Teacher Laughing Horse @ Bar 50, 9–26 Aug, FREE

Samantha Pressdee: Pulling it Together (WIP) Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 9–10 Aug, FREE

Toby Adams – Tongue in My Head Laughing Horse @ Moriarty’s, 9–26 Aug, FREE

David McIver Is a Nice Little Man Opium, 9–25 Aug, not 14, FREE

Cult Comics Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 9–26 Aug, not 13, FREE

101 Comedy Club – Free Laughing Horse @ The Hanover Tap, 9–26 Aug, FREE

Seven-Day NHS: Naughty Health Stories theSpace on the Mile, 10–12 Aug, £9

Pottervision Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 9–26 Aug, FREE

14:10 Adam Riches Is The Guy Who... Underbelly, Cowgate, 9–26 Aug, £8

Ella Woods: Wing Defence Just the Tonic at The Caves, 14–26 Aug, £5

Luke Rollason’s Planet Earth Monkey Barrel Comedy Club, 9–26 Aug, not 15, £5 Afternoon Tea With Ray Fordyce and Other Spiffing Personnages Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 9–25 Aug, not 12, 19, FREE

Laugh Train Home Comedy Showcase Laughing Horse @ Ushers, 9–26 Aug, FREE Crizards Cromedy Show Waverley Bar, 9–26 Aug, not 13, FREE Britain, Let’s Talk About the Golliwogs Fireside, 9–26 Aug, FREE Grace the Former Child: The Bi-Polar Express Heroes @ The SpiegelYurt, 9–13 Aug, £5

14:35 Alphabetti Cabaretti BrewDog Lothian Rd, 15–25 Aug, not 20, FREE A Holy Terror The Stand Comedy Club 2, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £10

14:40 David Mills: Focus People! Underbelly, George Square, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £9-10 Aidan Goatley is the Vicar’s Husband Sweet Grassmarket, 9–25 Aug, not 15, £9 Artcoholic Just the Tonic at The Caves, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £6 Speechless Underbelly, Cowgate, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £9-10 Róisín and Chiara: Back to Back Heroes @ Boteco, 9–26 Aug, not 15, 22, £5

Worst Show on the Fringe – Free! Subway, 9–26 Aug, FREE

Audible Presents Pleasance Courtyard, 14–25 Aug, FREE

Tamar Broadbent: Best Life Underbelly, Cowgate, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £9-10

Ali Brice’s Lemonade Stand HHH Heroes @ The Hive, 9–26 Aug, not 15, £5

Kerry Godliman: Work in Progress Pleasance Courtyard, 9–11 Aug, £10

Henry Three Broomsticks, 9–19 Aug, FREE

Stand-Up Nomad: Backpacking Comedy Laughing Horse @ Finnegan’s Wake, 9–26 Aug, FREE

14:45

Katharine Ferns: Between One Ferns Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 9–26 Aug, not 15, FREE

Cold as Icelandic Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, FREE

14:30

Peter Dobbing: Pleased With Yourself Isn’t the Same as Being Happy Sneaky Pete’s, 9–25 Aug, not 14, 21, FREE

The Freedom Machine C venues – C royale, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £7.50-9.50

Jack Evans: Work Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £5

Robbie McShane and Mary Flanigan: One of Us Is a Robot Three Broomsticks, 18–25 Aug, FREE

Harry and Chris Save the World Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 9–25 Aug, not 13, £5

14:15

Joey Page: Perhaps Under Stars That Would Stretch Forever (an Idiot Explains the Universe in Under an Hour) Just the Tonic at The Tron, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £6.50

My Finest Hour Southsider, 9–25 Aug, not 14, 21, FREE

14:25

Jessie Cave: Sunrise The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £10

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Sasha Ellen: No Man’s Land Just the Tonic at The Caves, 9–12 Aug, £5

Grace theSpace on the Mile, 13–25 Aug, not 19, £6

A Comedy Show on Top of Arthur’s Seat On Top of Arthur’s Seat, 18 Aug, FREE

Mark Silcox: I Can Cure... Ciao Roma, 9–25 Aug, FREE

Ignacio Lopez: Nine Ig Fails Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 19–26 Aug, £5

Amy Annette: What Women Want Underbelly, Bristo Square, 16–26 Aug, not 20, 21, 22, £10

Agatha Is Missing! Gilded Balloon Teviot, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £10-11 Live the Laugh Liquid Room Annexe/Warehouse, 9–26 Aug, FREE Juliet Meyers: Year of the Dog Laughing Horse @ Harry’s Southside, 9–26 Aug, not 14, FREE

Matt Watson and Friends Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, 9–26 Aug, FREE Not Quite Mass Laughing Horse @ Dropkick Murphys, 9–26 Aug, FREE First World Problems Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 9–26 Aug, FREE Gareth Richards: Prophet Whistlebinkies, 9–26 Aug, FREE

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Ania and Riss Are Trying Their Hardest Tolbooth Market, 9–25 Aug, FREE

KEITH. Presents KEVIN. Laughing Horse @ The Place, 9–19 Aug, not 13, FREE

Lou Conran: At Least I’m Not Dog Poo Darren Just the Tonic at The Caves, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £5-7

Still Got It Scottish Comedy Festival @ The Beehive Inn, 9–27 Aug, not 12, FREE

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Johannes Dullin: Come Along and Bring a Friend! Heroes @ Dragonfly, 9–26 Aug, not 22, £5

Nathan Lang: The Stuntman Just the Tonic at The Caves, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 15, £8

Stand-Up Philosophy – Free Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 9–26 Aug, FREE

Boogie Shoes Silent Disco Walking Tour With a Scottish Twist Just the Tonic at The Caves, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, £10

Rosco McClelland: 29 Gilded Balloon Teviot, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £8-9 Chris Chopping’s Lonely Hearts Club Band The Clootie Dumpling, 9–25 Aug, FREE Ben Clover: Crème Brûlée Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 9–26 Aug, not 13, FREE Olaf Falafel – There’s no i in idiot HHH Laughing Horse @ The Pear Tree, 9–26 Aug, not 14, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, FREE By the Power of Greyskull Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 9–24 Aug, not 11, 12, 14, 15, 18, 19, 21, 22, FREE Helen Lederer Asks Why The Fuss? Laughing Horse @ The Pear Tree, 21–25 Aug, FREE

14:50 Eric’s Tales of the Sea – A Submariner’s Yarn Just the Tonic at The Caves, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £9.50-10.50 Lucy Frederick: Even More Naked Underbelly, Bristo Square, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £9-10 Stuart Goldsmith: End Of Liquid Room Annexe/ Warehouse, 9–26 Aug, not 16, FREE Dansplaining Banshee Labyrinth, 9–26 Aug, FREE Wil Greenway: Either Side of Everything Underbelly, Bristo Square, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £10.50-11.50

15:00 Women Aren’t Funny theSpace @ Venue45, 9–18 Aug, not 12, £5 Andy Zaltzman: Right Questions. Wrong Answers. The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 15–26 Aug, £12

Monkey Barrel Comedy Club, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £10

Laughing Horse Free Comedy Selection Laughing Horse @ The Place, 20–26 Aug, FREE

Angelos and Barry: A Matter of Life and Death Le Monde, 9 Aug, 10 Aug, 12 Aug, £8

Barry Cryer and Ronnie Golden: Historical Objects Gilded Balloon at the Museum, 14 Aug, £14.50

Good Manners Gone Bad Gilded Balloon Rose Theatre, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 21, £8-9

Matt Forde’s Political Party Podcast Gilded Balloon Teviot, 15 Aug, £12

The Weegies Have Stolen the One O’Clock Gun Outhouse, 11 Aug, 18 Aug, 25 Aug, £7

15:10

Captain ‘The Butcher’ Reality Three Broomsticks, 9–25 Aug, not 14, FREE

15:15

Vice Captains Underbelly, Cowgate, 9–26 Aug, not 14, £10-11 Don’t Be Terrible Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 9–26 Aug, not 14, FREE Liam Jeavons: Never Heard of Him CANCELLED PQA Venues @Riddle’s Court, 10–23 Aug, £6 Ashley Blaker: Observant Jew HHH Underbelly, Bristo Square, 9–26 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £10-11 AAA Batteries (Not Included) Just the Tonic at The Caves, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £5 Stephen Carlin: The Opinionater Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 9–26 Aug, not 14, FREE The Noise Next Door’s Really, Really, Good Afternoon Show (At Sea!) Gilded Balloon Teviot, 9–26 Aug, not 15, £9.50-10.50 The Cutting Room Canons’ Gait, 9–26 Aug, FREE The Trevor Lock Experience Bannermans, 9–26 Aug, FREE Gareth Waugh: Oh Boy...! Gilded Balloon Teviot, 9–26 Aug, £9-10

The Golden Path theSpace @ Jurys Inn, 9–11 Aug, £5 Afternoon Family Underground Ghost Tour City of Edinburgh Tours, 9–31 Aug, £9 Zahra Barri is Zahra: Warrior Not Princess Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, 9–26 Aug, FREE We’re Sorry Canadian Comedy Showcase Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 9–26 Aug, FREE

InsTed Talks Just the Tonic at La Belle Angele, 22–23 Aug, £5

15:25

Kathy Lette’s Girl Talk Underbelly, George Square, 9–11 Aug, £15-16

Mitch Benn: Doing It on Purpose The Stand’s New Town Theatre, 9–26 Aug, not 14, £12

15:30 Ahab; or What If Moby Dick Were Stand-Up Comedy Laughing Horse @ Moriarty’s, 9–26 Aug, not 14, 20, FREE Rory Bremner and Jan Ravens Underbelly, George Square, 13–19 Aug, £18-20 Tessa Coates: Witch Hunt Pleasance Courtyard, 9–26 Aug, £7.50-10 Steve Bugeja: Almost Just the Tonic at The Caves, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £6-8 Shot in the Dark Just the Tonic at La Belle Angele, 17–26 Aug, not 22, 23, £3.50-8 Beard: Baby Come Back Pleasance Courtyard, 9–26 Aug, not 14, £9-12

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 9–26 Aug, £8.50-9.50

Will Mars: Candid Cafe Laughing Horse @ Bar 50, 9–26 Aug, not 14, FREE

Kirk Smith’s Stand-up Showcase Bar Bados Complex, 9–25 Aug, FREE The Newcastle Revue: Tyne of Your Life Laughing Horse @ The Cuckoo’s Nest, 9–14 Aug, FREE Tania Edwards: Not My Dog Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £5

15:20 Nick Hall: Peninsula Ciao Roma, 9–25 Aug, not 14, FREE Cat Pictures to Music for an Hour Heroes @ The Hive, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, £5

¤ Simon Munnery: The Wreath HHHH The Stand Comedy Club, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £12

All Killa No Filla Live Underbelly, George Square, 12 Aug, 26 Aug, £14

Barbara Nice: Raffle Heroes @ The Hive, 13–19 Aug, £7

Gráinne Maguire: I Forgive You; Please Like Me

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Stranger Things Have Happened Just the Tonic at La Belle Angele, Various dates from 9 Aug to 16 Aug, £12

Sofie Hagen Tries Something Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 14, 20, 21, FREE Friz Frizzle: Keyboard Warrior Globe Bar, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, FREE Ken Cheng: Best Dad Ever Bedlam Theatre, 9–26 Aug, not 15, £10 Dom O’Keefe: Free Willy from the Perspective of the Whale Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 21, £5 Private Parts Underbelly, George Square, 23–25 Aug, £14 The Rat Pack Presents: International Stars of Comedy Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, 9–26 Aug, not 23, FREE

Laughing Horse Free Comedy Selection Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 13 Aug, 14 Aug, 20 Aug, 21 Aug, FREE Perry Air Comedy Award Ceremony Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, 23 Aug, FREE

15:35 Anna Nicholson: Woman of the Year Just the Tonic at The Caves, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £7 CSI: Crime Scene Improvisation Underbelly, Bristo Square, 9–26 Aug, £9-10 Nick Revell: BrokenDreamCatcher The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £10 Charmian Hughes – Bra Trek Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 9–26 Aug, not 13, FREE

15:40 Manhunt Underbelly, Bristo Square, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £9-10 Sara Barron: For Worse Just the Tonic at The Tron, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £5 Jacob Hawley: Howl Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £5-6 Jane Hill – Addicted to Fun Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 9–26 Aug, not 14, FREE The Miles Jupp Interviews The Stand’s New Town Theatre, 9–12 Aug, £14

15:45 Davey Reilly: Disposable Camera Bar Bados Complex, 9–25 Aug, FREE Ben Target: Splosh! Heroes @ The Hive, 9–26 Aug, not 15, £5

Stand-Up Showdown: Improv Apocalypse! Laughing Horse @ Harry’s Southside, 9–26 Aug, FREE Alistair Barrie – The InternationAL Liquid Room Annexe/ Warehouse, 9–26 Aug, not 15, FREE Nevermind the B*llocks, Here’s Markus Birdman Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 9–26 Aug, not 14, 21, FREE Men With Coconuts: Improvised Bond Subway, 9–25 Aug, FREE Angry Boater Laughing Horse @ Finnegan’s Wake, 9–26 Aug, not 14, 21, FREE Tom Neenan: It’s Always Infinity Underbelly, Bristo Square, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £10-11 Beth Vyse as Olive Hands: The Hand That Rocks the Cradle Monkey Barrel Comedy Club, 9–26 Aug, not 15, £5 Adrian Minkowicz: Tango Tales Banshee Labyrinth, 9–26 Aug, not 13, FREE Whispers in the Cosmos Fireside, 15–25 Aug, FREE Scott Gibson: Anywhere but Here Gilded Balloon Teviot, 9–27 Aug, £10-11 Bilal Zafar – Lovebots

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Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £5

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Funny Cluckers – Best of the Fest – Free Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 9–26 Aug, FREE

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Aaaaaaaaaargh, It’s the Monster Stand-Up Show – Free Entry Laughing Horse @ The Hanover Tap, 9–26 Aug, FREE Katie Pritchard: Tsunamiramirami 52 Canoes (Grassmarket), 9–25 Aug, not 13, FREE Naomi McDonald: Stardumb Fireside, 9–14 Aug, FREE

15:50 Bethany Black: Unwinnable The Stand Comedy Club 2, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £10 Camilla Cleese and Steve Hofstetter: Produced by John Cleese Assembly George Square Studios, 14–26 Aug, £10-12.50

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One-Man Pride and Prejudice Assembly George Square Studios, 10 Aug, 12 Aug, £14

James Hancox: Sports for the Unsporty Assembly George Square Theatre, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £11-12.50

One-Man Stranger Things Assembly George Square Studios, 9 Aug, 11 Aug, £13-14

Battle of the Superheroes – The Great Superhero Debate (Free Festival) Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 9–25 Aug, not 15, 22, FREE

15:55 Richard Soames: Let’s Make a Movie Underbelly, Bristo Square, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £9-10

16:00 Brown Guys, Grey Skies The Clootie Dumpling, 9–25 Aug, FREE All Together Irish Laughing Horse @ Dropkick Murphys, 9–26 Aug, FREE Lola and Jo: Focus Groupies Underbelly, Cowgate, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £9-10

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Gilded Balloon Teviot, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £9-10 Maxine Jones: My Way 62 Whistlebinkies, 9–26 Aug, FREE Schalk Bezuidenhout: Leopard Print Heroes @ Boteco, 13–26 Aug, £5 Josh and Lou: Working Classy Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 12–26 Aug, FREE Trumpageddon Gilded Balloon Teviot, 9–27 Aug, not 15, 22, £11.50-12.50 Edd Hedges: For Eva, from Forever Ago Gilded Balloon Teviot, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £8-10 Daniel Muggleton – Mouth Breather Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 9–26 Aug, FREE

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Jenny Collier: A Few Good Jen Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 9–26 Aug, FREE

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Mark Simmons – One-Linererer Banshee Labyrinth, 9–25 Aug, FREE Flo & Joan: Alive on Stage Pleasance Courtyard, 9–26 Aug, not 11, £11-12 Myra Dubois: We Wish You a Myra Christmas Underbelly, George Square, 9–26 Aug, not 18, £10-11

Laughing Horse Free Pick of the Fringe Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, 9–26 Aug, FREE Des Kapital: Mao That’s What I Call Music! Sweet Grassmarket, 9–26 Aug, not 15, 22, £8 Paul Merton’s Impro Chums Pleasance Courtyard, 9–18 Aug, £13.50-16 Jason Neale: Happy to Help Heroes @ Bob’s BlundaBus, 9–26 Aug, £5 Freestyle Comedy: Improvised Stand-Up Scottish Comedy Festival @ The Beehive Inn, 9–26 Aug, not 14, 21, £5 Any Suggestions, Doctor? An Improvised Adventure in Space and Time Sweet Grassmarket, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, £12 Robin Morgan: Honeymoon Laughing Horse @ The Pear Tree, 9–26 Aug, not 13, FREE Ruby Wax: Frazzled Pleasance Courtyard, 20–26 Aug, £18-20 Laughing Horse Free Comedy Selection Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 15 Aug, 22 Aug, 26 Aug, FREE

Pity Laughs: A Tale of Two Gays Just the Tonic at The Caves, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £5

Benet Brandreth: A Hero for Our Times Gilded Balloon Teviot, 23–27 Aug, £9.50-10.50

Emslie and Cooke: Light and Shade Southsider, 9–25 Aug, not 13, FREE

Edinburgh Comedy Awards Gala Show Pleasance at EICC, 26 Aug, £14

16:10

DF Comedy Jam Laughing Horse @ The Place, 17–26 Aug, FREE

Short & Curly: Young at Start Pleasance Courtyard, 9–27 Aug, not 14, £7-10

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Adele Cliff: Sheep

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Just the Tonic at The Caves, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £5 Paul Williams: Santa Fe Underbelly, Cowgate, 9–26 Aug, not 14, £9-10 John Lynn: Addiction Diction The Stand’s New Town Theatre, 9–26 Aug, not 14, £10 Bumper Blyton Underbelly, Bristo Square, 9–27 Aug, £9-10 Enter the Dragons Pleasance Dome, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £8.50-11 Viv Groskop: Vivalicious

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Underbelly, Bristo Square, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £9-10 Father in the Hole Greenside @ Royal Terrace, 13–25 Aug, not 19, £8 Hannah and Charlie: Making It Canons’ Gait, 15–26 Aug, FREE Arthur Smith: Syd Pleasance Dome, 9–19 Aug, £10-12.50 Brexit Stage Left Canons’ Gait, 9–14 Aug, £5

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Pleasance Courtyard, 9–26 Aug, not 14, £8-10.50 Louise Reay: Eraserhead Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, 9–26 Aug, not 14, FREE

Stephen K Amos Talk Show Gilded Balloon Teviot, 10–25 Aug, not 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, £14

Jim Tavaré: From Deadpan to Bedpan Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 9–26 Aug, not 13, FREE

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That’s My Story Podcast Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 9–26 Aug, FREE

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Heroes @ Boteco, 9–12 Aug, £10 Just Like That! The Tommy Cooper Show Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13–23 Aug, not 17, 18, 19, £12.50 HUB Fresh Pleasance Courtyard, 11 Aug, FREE

16:05 The Leeds Tealights: Souls for Sale Just the Tonic at The Caves, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £9

Laughing Horse Free Best in Comedy Chat Show Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 9–26 Aug, not 14, FREE Matt Hutson: Brittle Boned Opium, 12–25 Aug, FREE Will Penswick: Dank Verse Laughing Horse @ The Place, 9–16 Aug, FREE

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Dave Maher Coma Show Bar Bados Complex, 9–25 Aug, not 15, FREE Dad’s Army Afternoon Tea Hour Pleasance at EICC, 9–18 Aug, not 15, FREE Juliette Burton: Butterfly Effect Gilded Balloon Teviot, 9–15 Aug, £9-10 I’m Your Man – Letters of the World’s Most Ambitious Job Applicant theSpace @ Jurys Inn, 9–18 Aug, not 12, £8 Ray Bradshaw: Deaf Comedy Fam Gilded Balloon Teviot, 16–22 Aug, £10-11 Laughing for Palestine with Frankie Boyle Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 13 Aug, £15

16:20 Sameena Zehra: Existerhood Sweet Novotel, 9–26 Aug, not 15, £8 Lazy Susan: Forgive Me, Mother! Assembly George Square Theatre, 9–27 Aug, not 14, £9.50-10.50 Shhh – An Improvised Silent Movie C venues – C, 9–18 Aug, £9.50-11.50 John Hegley: New and Selected Assembly George Square Studios, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £11-13 Bendy House Improv Sweet Novotel, 13–26 Aug, £8

16:25 Blaise White Changes the World Three Broomsticks, 9–18 Aug, not 13, FREE

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Pleasance Courtyard, 9–26 Aug, £8-10 The Kagools: Kula Just the Tonic at The Caves, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £8 Maisie Adam: Vague Gilded Balloon Teviot, 9–27 Aug, £9 AART TV Live! Pleasance Courtyard, 21–25 Aug, £8.50-11 Ross Brierley: Accumulator Underbelly, Bristo Square, 9–27 Aug, not 14, £9-10 Shaggers (Free Festival) Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 9–26 Aug, FREE Graham Fellows Completely Out of Character Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 16–26 Aug, FREE Hurricane Vs Robot Tolbooth Market, 9–25 Aug, not 14, FREE Gyles Brandreth: Break a Leg! Pleasance Courtyard, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £16-19 Bad Clowns: Hostage Just the Tonic at The Grassmarket Centre, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £5 Immigrateful Bar Bados Complex, 9–25 Aug, FREE Nish Kumar: It’s in Your Nature to Destroy Yourselves (Work in Progress) Monkey Barrel Comedy Club, 9–26 Aug, not 14, £5 James Farmer – Scaredy Cat Voodoo Rooms, 9–26 Aug, not 24, 25, FREE Love Letters to Rappers Sweet Novotel, 22–23 Aug, £9

Phill Jupitus: Sassy Knack The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £12

George Egg: DIY Chef Assembly George Square Gardens, 22–26 Aug, £10-12

Free Stand-Up Will Never Die Three Broomsticks, 9–25 Aug, not 13, FREE

Barry Cryer and Ronnie Golden: Historical Objects Gilded Balloon at the Museum, 13 Aug, £14.50

Paul Savage: DoGooder Ciao Roma, 9–25 Aug, not 13, FREE Tudur Owen: Undemanding Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 9–25 Aug, not 13, £5 Sixty-Seven Arseholes (Free) Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 15–26 Aug, not 21, FREE Paul Revill: Revillationships Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 9–14 Aug, FREE

16:40 Anna Morris: Bombastic Voodoo Rooms, 9–26 Aug, not 15, 22, FREE Tom GK – Hearing Loss: The Musical Just the Tonic at The Caves, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £6.50-7.50 Kit Sullivan: Lad Heroes @ Dragonfly, 9–26 Aug, not 16, 22, £5 Nick Elleray: It’s Been Emotional Just the Tonic at The Grassmarket Centre, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £5

16:45 Owen Roberts: I Let a Six-Year-Old Write My Show HHH Pleasance Courtyard, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £8-10 Jamie Dalgleish: From Buckfast to Middle Class The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £8 Joe Foster: Let’s Get Cynical Laughing Horse @ Moriarty’s, 9–26 Aug, FREE William Andrews: Willy Pleasance Courtyard, 9–26 Aug, not 14, £9-12 Show Up Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 9–26 Aug, not 15, 22, FREE Suzanne Lea Shepherd: You’re Okay! Laughing Horse @ Bar 50, 9–26 Aug, not 14, FREE Sean McLoughlin: Hail Mary Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, 9–26 Aug, FREE

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Paul Sinha: The Two Ages of Man HHH The Stand Comedy Club, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £12

Adam Hess: Seahorse Pleasance Courtyard, 9–27 Aug, £9-10.50

Tom Taylor: Abridged Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 9–26 Aug, FREE

Gusset Grippers Gilded Balloon Rose Theatre, 9–26 Aug, £9-10

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Action Figure Archive With Steve McLean 52 Canoes (Grassmarket), 9–25 Aug, not 14, 21, FREE Great British Mysteries: 1599? Pleasance Courtyard, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £8-11 Matt Rees: Happy Hour Pleasance Courtyard, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £8-10 Daniel Nicholas: Travaux En Cours Bourbon Bar, 9–25 Aug, not 13, FREE Luke Kempner: House of Faces Pleasance Courtyard, 9–27 Aug, not 14, £10-12

16:50 Tri-Nations Comedy Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 9–26 Aug, not 14, 21, FREE I Can Make You Feel Good. By Comparison. Just the Tonic at The Caves, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £5 Yes, That Nick Page, Apparently. Winner of English Comedian 2017 Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 9–25 Aug, not 13, 20, £10

Ben Clover: Crème Brûlée C venues – C royale, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £6.50-8.50 Steve Bennett: Irish Comedian of Last Year Laughing Horse @ Finnegan’s Wake, 9–26 Aug, FREE

Tessa Waters: Fully Sik Heroes @ The SpiegelYurt, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £5 Murder She Didn’t Write: The Improvised Murder Mystery Pleasance Courtyard, 9–27 Aug, £10-12.50 Jeffrey Baldinger: Living in a Hyperbolic Chamber Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 14–26 Aug, FREE Another Time Slot With Ger Staunton Waverley Bar, 9–26 Aug, not 19, FREE

Arnab Chanda: Stories from Arnab Banshee Labyrinth, 9–26 Aug, not 12, 19, FREE

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Jon & Nath Like to Party Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 9–26 Aug, not 15, FREE

Matt Winning: Climate Strange Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £5

Charm Offensive Sneaky Pete’s, 9–25 Aug, not 13, FREE Luke McQueen: Monster Heroes @ The Hive, 9–26 Aug, not 15, £5 Liam Withnail: Homeboy Monkey Barrel Comedy Club, 9–26 Aug, not 14, £5 World Cup of Comedy Laughing Horse @ Ushers, 9–26 Aug, FREE Voldemort and the Teenage Hogwarts Musical Parody Assembly George Square Studios, 9–27 Aug, not 14, £13-15

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Rory O’Hanlon – Comedy Hour Opium, 9–25 Aug, FREE

Sam Russell: Lucky Bastard Just the Tonic at The Caves, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £7

2 for Joy Laughing Horse @ The Hanover Tap, 9–26 Aug, FREE

Just the Tonic at The Tron, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £6

Oliver Coleman: Delicious The Coffee House, 9–26 Aug, not 13, FREE Dominic Frisby’s Financial Game Show Gilded Balloon Teviot, 9–26 Aug, not 15, £9-10 Sister Mary’s Playtime @ Teatime Frankenstein Pub, 9–26 Aug, not 15, FREE Alex Love: Stop the Press, I Want to Get Off Kilderkin, 9–25 Aug, not 13, 22, FREE Adam Vincent: Stuck in the Suburbs With You Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 9–26 Aug, not 21, FREE

Andrew O’Neill: I Am a Rich Man and I Have Many Sons Liquid Room Annexe/ Warehouse, 9–26 Aug, not 10, 11, 12, FREE Larry Dean: Bampot Assembly Checkpoint, 9–26 Aug, not 15, £8 A Very Brexit Musical Just the Tonic at La Belle Angele, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £5 Big Shop Underbelly, Cowgate, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £9-10 #Jollyboat: Why Do Nerds Suddenly Appear? (The Best Of Jollyboat) Subway, 9–26 Aug, FREE Appropriately Inappropriate Laughing Horse @ Harry’s Southside, 9–26 Aug, FREE It’s a Joke Life Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 9–13 Aug, FREE

17:05 Fanny’s @ Five The Stand Comedy Club 2, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £9 Despite Everything, Price Still Includes Biscuits theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 13–25 Aug, not 19, £8 Helen Lederer: I Might as Well Say It Underbelly, Bristo Square, 9–25 Aug, not 13, £10.50-11.50

Old Movies Saved My Life theSpace @ Jurys Inn, 9–25 Aug, not 12, £8 I’m Your Man – Letters of the World’s Most Ambitious Job Applicant theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 20–25 Aug, £8 Henry Paker: Man Alive Banshee Labyrinth, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, FREE

17:15 Jimmy McGhie Laughing Horse @ The Pear Tree, 9–25 Aug, not 13, 20, FREE Christian Elderfield: Bolloxed Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 9–26 Aug, FREE Ian Smith: Craft HHH Underbelly, Bristo Square, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £10-12.50 Carey Carey Quite Contrary Whistlebinkies, 9–26 Aug, not 14, FREE Alex Kealy: A Kealy’s Heel Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, 9–26 Aug, FREE Hardeep Singh Kohli: You-topia Assembly George Square Studios, 9–25 Aug, £11-13 Aaaaaaaaaaaah, It’s 101 Clean Jokes – Free Entry Laughing Horse @ Dropkick Murphys, 9–26 Aug, FREE

Jim Campbell: Trampoline Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £5-6

Alison Spittle: Worrier Princess Gilded Balloon Teviot, 9–27 Aug, not 14, £10-11

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¤ Laura Lexx: Trying HHHH

Prophets of Imperfection theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 9–11 Aug, £7-9

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 9–26 Aug, not 15, £8.50-9.50

Alcohol Is Good for You – Sam Kissajukian Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 9–26 Aug, not 14, 21, FREE Stephen Bailey: Our Kid Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 9–26 Aug, FREE Paul Mayhew-Archer: Incurable Optimist Underbelly, Bristo Square, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £9-10 #1 Comedy Great Fun Best Show Jez Watts Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, FREE Bark and B theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 13–25 Aug, £8 Jessica Michelle Singleton: Codependent Arising Laughing Horse @ The Mockingbird, 9–26 Aug, FREE

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Now That’s Who I Call Archie Henderson Globe Bar, 9–26 Aug, not 14, FREE

Nicholas Parsons’ Happy Hour Pleasance Courtyard, 10–12 Aug, £15

¤ Sunday Service With Ola HHHH Gilded Balloon Teviot, 12 Aug, 19 Aug, 26 Aug, £14

17:20 Zach Zucker: Human Person Underbelly, Cowgate, 15–26 Aug, £10-11 The Cambridge Footlights International Tour Show 2018: Pillow Talk Pleasance Dome, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £11-13 Luca Cupani: God Digger Underbelly, George Square, 9–27 Aug, £9-10

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Christian Reilly: Gig Economy Liquid Room Annexe/Warehouse, 9–26 Aug, FREE T2 Brainclotting theSpace on the Mile, 13–18 Aug, £7 Chris Betts vs the Audience Heroes @ Bob’s BlundaBus, 9–26 Aug, not 14, £5 Best of English Comedian of the Year Just the Tonic at The Caves, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £12-15 Viggo Venn: Pepito Underbelly, Cowgate, 9–14 Aug, £10-11 The Fresh Prince of Healthcare theSpace on the Mile, 9–11 Aug, £7.50

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Just the Tonic at The Caves, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £6 Graham Dickson: Timber Underbelly, Cowgate, 9–26 Aug, not 14, £10.50-11.50 Sarah Keyworth: Dark Horse Pleasance Courtyard, 9–26 Aug, £9-11

17:25 Alistair Williams: Great White Male Just the Tonic at The Caves, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £7

Athena Kugblenu: Follow the Leader Underbelly, Bristo Square, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £10-11

Charlie V Martin: The 24/7 Club C venues – C royale, 9–27 Aug, not 14, 21, £8-10

Lucy Porter: Pass It On Pleasance Courtyard, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, £12-16

The Establishment: Fool Britannia Heroes @ Boteco, 9–26 Aug, not 14, 21, £7 Comedy Freak Show Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, 9–26 Aug, FREE

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John Pendal: We Are Family Gilded Balloon Teviot, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £10-11

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John-Luke Roberts: All I Wanna Do Is [FX: GUNSHOTS] With a [FX: GUN RELOADING] and a [FX: CASH REGISTER] and Perform Some Comedy! Assembly George Square Studios, 9–27 Aug, not 15, £9-10

Silent Disco Tours by Silent Adventures Underbelly, Bristo Square, 9–27 Aug, £13.50 Bollywood and Birmingham to Berlin and Brexit Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 9–26 Aug, FREE

Good Grief Tolbooth Market, 9–25 Aug, not 13, 20, FREE Mawaan Rizwan: Juice Pleasance Dome, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £8.50-10.50 Josh Glanc: Karma Karma Karma Karma Karma Chamedian Underbelly, Bristo Square, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £10-11 The Full Irish Bannermans, 24 Aug, 26 Aug, FREE Imran Yusuf: Saint, Sinner, Sufi The Stand’s New Town Theatre, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 14, 20, £10

Godley’s Cream 20 Years and Counting Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 9–26 Aug, FREE Tash Goldstone: Jellybean Opium, 9–12 Aug, FREE Keara Murphy: Furious! #MeToo Time’s Up! No Bawbaggery Allowed! Laughing Horse @ The Place, 9–26 Aug, FREE

17:35 Josh Berry: Voice Thief Assembly Hall, 9–26 Aug, £10-11 Joanne McNally: Wine Tamer Assembly George Square Studios, 9–27 Aug, not 14, £8.50-9.50

17:40 ¤ Laurence Clark: An Irresponsible Father’s Guide to Parenting

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Assembly George Square Theatre, 9–26 Aug, not 14, £10-12 Laura Davis: Ghost Machine Underbelly, Cowgate, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £9.50-10.50 Made in Spain Sweet Novotel, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, £5 The Oxford Revue: Wasted Assembly George Square Studios, 9–27 Aug, not 14, £9-10 Asian Ellen DeGeneres Laughing Horse @ The Cuckoo’s Nest, 9–12 Aug, FREE

17:45 Zoe Lyons: Entry Level Human Gilded Balloon Teviot, 9–26 Aug, £11.50-12.50

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Red Richardson: Seeing Red Gilded Balloon Teviot, 9–27 Aug, £8.50-9.50 NewsRevue Underbelly, George Square, 9–27 Aug, not 15, £14.50-16.50 George Lewis: A Man, a Plan, a Girl With Fake Tan Pleasance Courtyard, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £7.50-10 Russell Hicks: Love Song for the Viciously Ambitious Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 9–26 Aug, FREE California Backstage C venues – C south, 9–27 Aug, £7.50-9.50

Clay Nikiforuk: Fun to Be Around Just the Tonic at The Grassmarket Centre, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £7

17:55 Scott Bennett: Leap Year Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £5

Singalong Sitcom Quiz The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £10

Synchronised Swimming – The Dry Version Assembly Rooms, 9–25 Aug, not 13, 20, £10-12

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Jacqueline Novak: How Embarrassing for Her Pleasance Courtyard, 9–26 Aug, £9.50-12.50

¤ Ari Shaffir: Jew HHHH

Keith Fox is... Here and Now? 52 Canoes (Grassmarket), 9–25 Aug, not 15, FREE

Alex Cofield: Supernova Gilded Balloon Rose Theatre, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £10-11

Sparkle Deli Southsider, 9–25 Aug, not 14, 20, FREE

Dave Green: Melt Laughing Horse @ Bar 50, 9–26 Aug, FREE

A New Political Comedy Show Scottish Comedy Festival @ The Beehive Inn, 9–26 Aug, not 14, 21, £5

Notflix Gilded Balloon Teviot, 9–26 Aug, £11-12.50

Robyn Perkins: 10,000 Decisions Underbelly, Bristo Square, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £10-12

Stephanie Laing: Quitter Nightcap, 9–27 Aug, not 14, 21, FREE Twonkey’s Night Train to Liechtenstein Heroes @ Dragonfly, 9–26 Aug, not 22, £5

Brennan Reece: Evermore Pleasance Courtyard, 9–27 Aug, £8.50-11

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Only Fools and 3 Courses Kama Sutra Restaurant, 9–26 Aug, not 15, 22, £49.50

Harriet Kemsley: Slutty Joan Voodoo Rooms, 9–25 Aug, not 13, FREE

Say It Ain’t Show Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 9–26 Aug, FREE

Stand Up for Shelter Underbelly, George Square, 15 Aug, £12.50

Natalie Palamides: Nate Pleasance Courtyard, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £11-13

Heroes @ The Hive, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £7

Andrew White: Coming of Age PQA Venues @Riddle’s Court, 9–27 Aug, not 21, £5 Reel Comedy Club Assembly Rooms, 9–25 Aug, not 13, £12.50 Boogie Shoes Silent Disco Walking Tour With a Scottish Twist Just the Tonic at The Caves, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, £10

Jamali Maddix: Vape Lord Monkey Barrel Comedy Club, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £8 Egg: Richard Pictures Pleasance Courtyard, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £7-10 Showstopper! The Improvised Musical Pleasance Courtyard, 9–26 Aug, not 14, £13-17 Unexpected Inheritance PQA Venues @Riddle’s Court, 14–18 Aug, £8 Kriss Foster: Thimble Map Globe Bar, 9–26 Aug, FREE The Weegies Have Stolen the One O’Clock Gun Outhouse, 9–25 Aug, not 12, 13, 19, 20, £7 Shady With a Chance of Sunburn Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, 9–26 Aug, FREE James Meehan – Gaz Just the Tonic at The Caves, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £5 Stuart McPherson and Donald Alexander Gilded Balloon Rose Theatre, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £9

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Darren Walsh: Massive Punt Just the Tonic at The Grassmarket Centre, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £5-7 Aaaaaaaaaaargh, It’s 101 Naughty Jokes in 30 minutes – Free Laughing Horse @ Dropkick Murphys, 9–26 Aug, FREE Henning Wehn: Get on With It Just the Tonic at The Caves, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 14, 20, 21, £12.50 Evelyn Mok: Bubble Butt Pleasance Courtyard, 9–26 Aug, £8-10

Three Menopausal Maids theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 9–11 Aug, £8

18:10 Rob Auton: The Talk Show Just the Tonic at The Caves, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £5 Telling the Wrong Man He Had Cancer and Other Hilarious Stories theSpace @ Symposium Hall, 20–25 Aug, £10 Sagar Dreamcast Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 9–26 Aug, not 14, FREE Hal Branson: Mbolo Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 14, £5

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Stand-Up Power Hour Fireside, 9–25 Aug, FREE

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Pleasance Courtyard, 9–27 Aug, not 15, £8-10

James Cook: Sarcasmic Laughing Horse @ Ushers, 9–26 Aug, not 15, 22, FREE

Simon Caine: Sex, Drugs and Other Things I Never Do Sweet Novotel, 9–26 Aug, not 15, 22, £5

The Russian Comedy Experience La Vida, 9–25 Aug, FREE

Jake Lambert: Little Lost Lad Pleasance Courtyard, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £7.50-10 ...What the Frick?! Laughing Horse @ Moriarty’s, 13–26 Aug, FREE Beta Test 52 Canoes (Grassmarket), 24–25 Aug, FREE InsTed Talks Just the Tonic at The Caves, 20–21 Aug, £5 Pick of the Fringe The Sheraton Grand Hotel , 23 Aug, £190

Gordon Southern: A Man for Two Seasons Frankenstein Pub, 9–27 Aug, not 14, 21, £6 Fat Girl Slim... Chance Banshee Labyrinth, 9–26 Aug, not 15, 22, FREE The Travelling Sisters: Toupé HHH Gilded Balloon Teviot, 9–27 Aug, not 15, £10-11 Quiz in My Pants Subway, 9–25 Aug, FREE The Travellin’ Man Comedy Showcase Laughing Horse @ Harry’s Southside, 9–26 Aug, FREE

Plumbing the Death Star Live Outhouse, 26 Aug, £15

Northern Power Blouse – Up Your Promenade Waverley Bar, 9–18 Aug, not 15, FREE

Plumbing the Death Star Live Just the Tonic at The Caves, 14 Aug, £15

Ivor Dembina Show Laughing Horse @ Finnegan’s Wake, 9–26 Aug, not 14, 21, FREE

Gyles Brandreth: Break a Leg! Pleasance Courtyard, 17 Aug, £19

Comedy in the Dark Just the Tonic at The Grassmarket Centre, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, £12

18:05 It’s All My Mother’s Fault! theSpace @ Jurys Inn, 9–25 Aug, not 12, 19, £7-8 Struan Logan: Struan All Over the World Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 9–26 Aug, not 15, FREE

Laughing Horse Free Pick of the Fringe Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 9–26 Aug, FREE Dominic Holland – The Glory Year Voodoo Rooms, 9–26 Aug, not 14, FREE

Maddie Campion: 20 Uses for a Lovedoll Just the Tonic at The Caves, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £5

Big Trouble in Little Monkey’s Daycare theSpace on the Mile, 9–11 Aug, £7

Shaggers (Free Festival) Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 9–26 Aug, FREE

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Rich Wilson’s Still Relevant Sneaky Pete’s, 9–25 Aug, FREE Joke Addict Liquid Room Annexe/ Warehouse, 9–26 Aug, not 13, FREE Aidan Greene: Stutter Island Bar Bados Complex, 9–25 Aug, FREE Fat Chance The Coffee House, 9–26 Aug, not 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 25, FREE Rahul Kohli: Newcastle Brown Tales Part II Laughing Horse @ The Hanover Tap, 9–25 Aug, not 13, FREE Scott Gibson: Tales from the Battlefield Gilded Balloon Teviot, 15 Aug, £10

18:20 Glen Davies – Gagging Assembly Roxy, 9–27 Aug, not 15, 22, £9 AAA Stand-Up at Underbelly Underbelly, Cowgate, 9–26 Aug, £10-11.50 Rose Matafeo: Horndog Pleasance Courtyard, 9–26 Aug, not 14, £9-11 Hayley Ellis: Once, Twice, Three Times a Hayley Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £5 Marny Godden: Marny Town HHH Heroes @ The Hive, 9–27 Aug, not 15, 22, £5 Absolute Improv! theSpace @ Niddry St, 9–25 Aug, £10 Glenn Moore: Glenn Glenn Glenn, How Do You Like It, How Do You Like It Just the Tonic at The Tron, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £6 Gavin Webster: I Am Stand-Up Comedy

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The Stand Comedy Club 2, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £10 Who Do You Think You Are? Barbara Brownskirt. Assembly Rooms, 14–25 Aug, £10-11

Sid Singh: American Bot Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £5 I Can’t Do This theSpace @ Jurys Inn, 9–25 Aug, not 12, 19, £9-10

18:30 #AA: Absurdly Asian 2018 by Jinx Yeo Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, 9–26 Aug, FREE Darius Davies: The Art of the Troll Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 9–26 Aug, FREE Ed Patrick: Comedians’ Surgery Pleasance Courtyard, 11–12 Aug, £12.50 Gary Little: Big Mouth Scottish Comedy Festival @ The Beehive Inn, 9–27 Aug, FREE

Jay Lafferty: Wheesht! Gilded Balloon Teviot, 9–27 Aug, not 20, £10 Stuart Mitchell: Gordon Ramsay’s Karma Cafe Gilded Balloon Teviot, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £9.50-11.50

David Earl Is Brian Gittins: Don’t Feed the Monkey Man Heroes @ Boteco, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, £7

David Kay The Stand Comedy Club, 9–12 Aug, £12

Siblings: Acting Out Underbelly, George Square, 9–27 Aug, not 14, £9-10

One More Cup of Coffee, and Then We’ll Save the World Quaker Meeting House, 14–18 Aug, £8

Amsterdam Underground Comedy Collective Assembly George Square Theatre, 9–26 Aug, £9-10

Duke Pop Bedlam Theatre, 9–26 Aug, not 14, £8

Ivo Graham: Motion Sickness Pleasance Courtyard, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £8.50-12

The Eve Complex Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 9–18 Aug, not 12, FREE

Best of Irish Comedian of the Year Just the Tonic at The Caves, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £12-15

Andrew Silverwood: Reformed Terrorist Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 9–14 Aug, FREE

Fast Fringe Pleasance Dome, 9–25 Aug, £7.50-11

Tony Slattery’s Crimes Against Improv The Stand Comedy Club, 20 Aug, 22 Aug, 24 Aug, 26 Aug, £14

Henry Café: Quiz Machine Whistlebinkies, 9–24 Aug, not 11, 18, FREE

Dylan Moran: Dr Cosmos The Stand Comedy Club, 15–19 Aug, £17.50

Terry Alderton: The Musical Assembly George Square Studios, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £12.50-14.50

Robert White and His Particularly Silly Organ Pleasance Courtyard, 9–10 Aug, £11-12

The Fresh Prince of Comedy – Kyle Legacy Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 9–26 Aug, not 14, 21, FREE Lord of the Game of the Ring of Thrones Just the Tonic at La Belle Angele, 14–26 Aug, £5

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Twisted Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 15–21 Aug, FREE

Brett Blake: Reckless Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 9–26 Aug, not 14, 21, FREE

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane McDonald? Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 22–26 Aug, FREE

Russell Howard – Work in Progress Assembly George Square Studios, 9–12 Aug, £5

Marriage and Mayhem Laughing Horse @ The Phoenix, 9–10 Aug, FREE Rob Rouse Just the Tonic at La Belle Angele, 9–12 Aug, £5 Paul Sinha: The Two Ages of Man HHH The Stand Comedy Club, 13 Aug, £6

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Yuriko Kotani: Moreish Heroes @ Bob’s BlundaBus, 9–26 Aug, not 15, £5 HUB Fresh Pleasance Courtyard, 13 Aug, FREE

18:45 I Love You Laughing Horse @ The Cuckoo’s Nest, 13–26 Aug, FREE James Veitch’s Work in Progress Show Just the Tonic at The Caves, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £5 Mike’s Back Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, FREE Strictly Carl Donnelly! Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 9–26 Aug, not 13, FREE

Police Cops Assembly George Square Studios, 13–26 Aug, £12

Aaaaaaaaand Now It’s Time for... Roger Swift’s Pun-U-Matic (The Second Leg) Laughing Horse @ Dropkick Murphys, 9–26 Aug, not 14, FREE

Lucy Pearman: Fruit Loop Monkey Barrel Comedy Club, 9–27 Aug, not 14, 15, £6

Chris McCausland: Speaky Blinder Underbelly, Bristo Square, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £10-12

MARVELus: All the Marvel Movies. Kind of. 2018 Gilded Balloon Teviot, 9–27 Aug, not 14, £10.50-11.50

Butterfly C venues – C royale, 9–27 Aug, £8.50-10.50

Matt and Ollie Are... Dads! Underbelly, Bristo Square, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £9-10

Rik Wolters – Heroic Failure The Clootie Dumpling, 9–25 Aug, FREE

The Biscuit Barrel Sweet Grassmarket, 9–26 Aug, not 15, £7

Kevin Matviw: Self Defence for Cowards Laughing Horse @ The Place, 9–26 Aug, FREE

Marcus Brigstocke: Devil May Care Pleasance Courtyard, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £13-15

The Best of Irish Comedy The Stand’s New Town Theatre, 9–26 Aug, £12

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Frank Lavender: Gotta Laugh Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 9–26 Aug, not 18, FREE

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Aaron Simmonds and the Person That He Loves Tolbooth Market, 9–25 Aug, not 14, FREE

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Kai Humphries: Team Smug Gilded Balloon Teviot, 9–27 Aug, £10.50-13.50 EdinBra Fringe Comedy Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 9–26 Aug, FREE Bennet Kavanagh and Chris Jones: Two Guys Talking Shite Opium, 9–25 Aug, not 14, FREE Conor Drum: ...If Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 9–26 Aug, FREE Daniel Cook: Carpet Pleasance Courtyard, 9–26 Aug, not 14, £7-10 The Committee: Improvised Comedy Bar Bados Complex, 9–25 Aug, not 13, 20, FREE Geoff Norcott: Traditionalism Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13–19 Aug, £10-12 Ayesha Hazarika: Girl on Girl Gilded Balloon Teviot, 9–11 Aug, £11-12 Scott Gibson: Tales from the Battlefield Gilded Balloon Teviot, 12 Aug, £10 Scott Gibson: Tales from the Battlefield Gilded Balloon Teviot, 14 Aug, £10

18:50 Elf Lyons: ChiffChaff Pleasance Dome, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £8.50-10.50 Stuart Bowden: Our Molecules Underbelly, Bristo Square, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, £10.50-11.50 Chris Kent: Looking Up Assembly George Square Studios, 9–27 Aug, not 14, £8.50-9.50 Clara Cupcakes – The Worst Underbelly, Bristo Square, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £10-11

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Josh Pugh: The Changingman Just the Tonic at The Caves, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £5

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The St Andrews Revue Presents: Bears! Assembly Hall, 9–26 Aug, not 14, £8-9 25 Years of Stand-Up: Vladimir McTavish The Stand’s New Town Theatre, 9–26 Aug, not 14, £10

18:55 One Woman Sex and the City Underbelly, Bristo Square, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £11-12

19:00

Daphna Baram: Sugarcoating Sweet Novotel, 9–25 Aug, not 15, 22, £7 Lauren Pattison: Peachy Pleasance Courtyard, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £9-12

Nigel Ng: Malaysian Sensation (Work in Progress) Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 9–26 Aug, not 15, 22, FREE

19:20

Allan Havey Stands Up Sweet Novotel, 9–26 Aug, not 14, £9

Sean Morley: I Apologise for My Recent Behaviour Heroes @ Dragonfly, 9–26 Aug, not 22, £5

Craig Hill: C’mon the Lads! Pleasance at EICC, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, £12.5018.50

I Spy With My Little Eye Something Beginning With Why Have You Been Sleeping With My Wife: A Play by Christopher Bliss Pleasance Dome, 9–26 Aug, not 25, £10-13

A Complete Waste of Time PQA Venues @Riddle’s Court, 9–27 Aug, £7 Rice Krispies With Ketchup Bar Bados Complex, 9–25 Aug, FREE

Bisha K Ali and Kemah Bob: Bish and Bob Laughing Horse @ Bar 50, 9–26 Aug, not 13, FREE

Phil Cooper: One Phil Over The Cooper’s Nest Just the Tonic at The Grassmarket Centre, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £5

Dilruk Jayasinha: The Art of the Dil Assembly George Square Theatre, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £11-12

The Oxford Revue: Group Work Three Broomsticks, 9–25 Aug, FREE

Gary Meikle – Before All This Gilded Balloon Rose Theatre, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £9-10

Thea-Skot Through the Heart and You’re to Blame Voodoo Rooms, 9–26 Aug, not 15, FREE

¤ Mark Watson: The Infinite Show HHHH

Pleasance Courtyard, 9–27 Aug, not 12, 24, 25, £12-16 Andy Barr: Neustadt Black Medicine Basement & Heroes, 9–26 Aug, not 14, £5 Raymond Mearns Is in the House Scottish Comedy Festival @ The Beehive Inn, 9–27 Aug, not 13, FREE Matt Price: Last Night a Weegie Saved My Life Gilded Balloon Teviot, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £11-12 Daniel Sloss: X Pleasance at EICC, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, £12.50-17.50 Justin Moorhouse: Northern Joker Gilded Balloon Teviot, 9–26 Aug, £12-13 Wip It! Southsider, 9–25 Aug, FREE

19:15

Sheeps: Live and Loud Selfie Sex Harry Potter Pleasance Dome, 9–27 Aug, not 10, 11, 25, £10-14

¤ Heidi Regan: Heidi vs Sharks HHHH

Pleasance Courtyard, 9–26 Aug, £8-10

Brett Goldstein: What Is Love Baby Don’t Hurt Me Pleasance Courtyard, 9–26 Aug, not 24, £10-12

Pierre Novellie: See Novellie, Hear Novellie, Speak Novellie Pleasance Courtyard, 9–26 Aug, £10-12

Nina Conti Is Monkey Underbelly, Bristo Square, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £16-19

Olga Koch: Fight Pleasance Courtyard, 9–26 Aug, not 14, £7-9

Kimono My Comedy Show 52 Canoes (Grassmarket), 9–25 Aug, not 13, 20, FREE

Alan Ayckbourn’s Farcicals theSpace on the Mile, 20–25 Aug, £8-10

Underbelly’s Big Brain Tumour Benefit Underbelly, Bristo Square, 13 Aug, £20 Tales of the Unacceptable The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 20 Aug, £5

Nick Dixon: Marriage Material Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £5

19:05 The Amours of Lillie Langtry theSpace on the Mile, 9–25 Aug, not 12, 19, £8

Two Faced Bitchin’ PQA Venues @Riddle’s Court, 9–22 Aug, £6

Aatif Nawaz: Instant GrAATIFication The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £9

Paul Foot: Image Conscious Underbelly, Cowgate, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £10.50-12.50

Cream Tea and Incest theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 9–25 Aug, not 12, 19, £8.50

Anuvab Pal: Empire

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Pleasance Courtyard, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £11-13 Vulvarine: A New Musical Assembly George Square Studios, 9–26 Aug, not 15, £10-12 Chris McGlade: Northern Monkey Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 9–26 Aug, FREE Milo McCabe: 1001 Moments With Troy Hawke! Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 9–26 Aug, not 13, FREE

19:10 Russ Peers: Hereditary Peers Just the Tonic at The Grassmarket Centre, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £5 Tom Skelton: Blind Eye Spy Underbelly, Bristo Square, 9–27 Aug, not 15, £9-10 Limmy’s Vines The Stand’s New Town Theatre, 9–12 Aug, £16 Brain Rinse HH theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 9–25 Aug, not 12, 19, £10-12

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It’ll Probably Be Alright Laughing Horse @ Moriarty’s, 9–26 Aug, not 16, 17, FREE

Angela Barnes: Rose-Tinted Pleasance Courtyard, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £8.50-12 AAA Stand-Up Pleasance Courtyard, 9–27 Aug, £9-11.50 Musical Comedy Guide Showcase Globe Bar, 9–26 Aug, FREE Trump’d! C venues – C, 9–27 Aug, not 15, 22, £11.50-13.50 Martha McBrier – Fur Coat Nae Knickers Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 9–26 Aug, FREE Martin Mor is Blocked Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, 9–26 Aug, FREE Ivan Aristeguieta: Juithy Pleasance Courtyard, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £11-13

Piff the Magic Dragon and the Dog Who Knows The Stand’s New Town Theatre, 16–26 Aug, £16 Sally-Anne Hayward: Comedienne-ess Just the Tonic at The Caves, 9–26 Aug, not 12, 13, £5 Funny Women on the Fringe Assembly Rooms, 20–24 Aug, £10 Dave Chawner: Mental Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 9–26 Aug, FREE The Lost Matriarch 2 theSpace on North Bridge, 9–24 Aug, not 12, 19, £7-8 (No) Money in the Bank Sweet Novotel, 20–26 Aug, £7 Dylan Moran: Dr Cosmos The Stand’s New Town Theatre, 14 Aug, £17.50

19:25 Angry Boater Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 9–26 Aug, not 14, 21, FREE Mr Lorraine theSpace @ Jurys Inn, 13–25 Aug, not 19, £5

19:30 Is This the Worst Quiz / Game Show Ever? (Edinburgh Regional Championships) Hosted by Yianni Agisilaou Sneaky Pete’s, 9–25 Aug, not 14, FREE Dylan Moran: Dr Cosmos Gilded Balloon Rose Theatre, 22–26 Aug, £17.50 Gareth Berliner: I Paid for 50 Minutes of Your Time Laughing Horse @ Ushers, 9–26 Aug, not 13, FREE

Henry Ginsberg: Molesting the Corpse of Traditional Masculinity Since 1987 Laughing Horse @ Harry’s Southside, 9–26 Aug, not 13, FREE Daisy Earl and Sukh Ojla Fireside, 16–26 Aug, FREE David O’Doherty: You Have to Laugh Assembly George Square Theatre, 9–27 Aug, not 14, £15-16 Silent Disco Tours by Silent Adventures Underbelly, Bristo Square, 9–27 Aug, £13.50 Neil Delamere: Controlled Substance Gilded Balloon Teviot, 9–26 Aug, not 14, £11.50-12.50 Mr. Swallow and the Vanishing Elephant Pleasance Courtyard, 9–26 Aug, £11.50-14.50 Leo Kearse: Right-Wing Comedian Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 9–26 Aug, not 14, FREE SHAnd Up Comedy Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 13 Aug, FREE The Ballad of Sarah Callaghan Laughing Horse @ Finnegan’s Wake, 9–25 Aug, not 12, 19, FREE Kate Smurthwaite: Clit Stirrer Banshee Labyrinth, 9–26 Aug, not 14, FREE Loose Brie Solve Everything Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 9–26 Aug, not 13, FREE Reel Comedy Club Assembly Rooms, 9–25 Aug, not 13, £12.50 #Jollyboat: Bards Against Humanity Liquid Room Annexe/Warehouse, 9–26 Aug, FREE Alexander Bennett: Housewives’ Favourite Waverley Bar, 9–26 Aug, not 15, FREE Beach Hunks: Leg Day Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 9–26 Aug, not 13, FREE Glenn Wool: Wool’s Gold II (The Iron Pirate) Monkey Barrel Comedy Club, 9–25 Aug, not 13, £7.50 Richard Brown: You Are Not My Audience The Coffee House, 9–26 Aug, not 13, FREE

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Gamarjobat Gilded Balloon at the Museum, 9–18 Aug, not 14, £11.50-12.50

¤ Nick Doody: PG HHHH

Subway, 9–25 Aug, not 14, 21, FREE Mickey Sharma – Filthy Club Comic Laughing Horse @ The Hanover Tap, 9–25 Aug, not 15, 22, FREE Tom Ward: Popcorn Lung Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £7 Daliso Chaponda: What the African Said Gilded Balloon at the Museum, 19–26 Aug, £15-16 So You Think You’re Funny? Grand Final Gilded Balloon Teviot, 23 Aug, £15 The Rat Pack Presents: International Stars of Comedy Laughing Horse @ Finnegan’s Wake, 12 Aug, 19 Aug, 26 Aug, FREE Lost Voice Guy: Inspiration Porn Gilded Balloon at the Museum, 14 Aug, £12

19:40 Chris Stokes: We Don’t Need Roads Just the Tonic at The Tron, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £5 Masud Milas: Masud Abides HHH Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 9–25 Aug, not 13, £5 Jo Caulfield: Killing Time The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, £10 Caution: Deadline Ahead – A Comedy About Procrastination C venues – C aquila, 9–27 Aug, £8.50-10.50 Lead Pencil Underbelly, Cowgate, 9–26 Aug, not 14, £9.50-10.50 Adam Rowe: Undeniable Just the Tonic at The Caves, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £5 Ed Gamble: Blizzard Pleasance Courtyard, 9–26 Aug, £10-12 Mandy Knight: The Dark Knight Voodoo Rooms, 9–25 Aug, not 15, FREE Phil Ellis Is Ready for the Big Time Heroes @ The Hive, 9–26 Aug, not 15, £5

19:45

Lost Voice Guy: Inspiration Porn Gilded Balloon Teviot, 15 Aug, £12

Andrew Roper – What Is Best in Life? Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 9–26 Aug, FREE

Comedy Gala 2018: In Aid of Waverley Care Edinburgh Playhouse , 18 Aug, £25

Stand Up, Weather Girl! Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 9–26 Aug, not 15, FREE

19:35

The Problem With Faye Treacy Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £5-6.50

Holly Morgan: Madonna or Whore? Assembly Roxy, 9–26 Aug, not 14, £10-12 Big Value Comedy Show – Early Just the Tonic at The Grassmarket Centre, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £10 Empathetically Challenged Just the Tonic at The Caves, 9–25 Aug, not 13, £5 Satanic Rites of Robin Ince The Stand Comedy Club 2, 14–26 Aug, £12 The C Bomb Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 9–11 Aug, £10 Jim Smith: Back to the Teuchter! The Stand Comedy Club 2, 9–12 Aug, £10

Laughing Horse Free Pick of the Fringe Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, 9–26 Aug, FREE A Pair of Jokers Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 9–26 Aug, FREE Chris Forbes: Prophecy Gilded Balloon Teviot, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £10-11 Holy $#!% It’s Music and Comedy With Matt Griffo Zoo Southside, 19–27 Aug, £10 Jamie Oliphant: The Oliphant in the Room Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 9–26 Aug, FREE

The Curious Incidents of the Gay in the Night-Time Laughing Horse @ The Phoenix, 15–26 Aug, FREE

Jarred Christmas: Remarkably Average Gilded Balloon Teviot, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £10-11

Tom Walker: Honk Honk Honk Honk Honk Underbelly, Bristo Square, 9–26 Aug, not 14, £10-11

Aidan Goatley: 10 Films With My Dad Sweet Grassmarket, 9–25 Aug, not 15, £10

The Trouble With Being Born Romanian Laughing Horse @ The Mockingbird, 9–26 Aug, FREE

Pete Firman: Marvels Pleasance Courtyard, 9–26 Aug, £11.50-15

Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer Dance Base, 22–26 Aug, £11-13

19:50 Micky Bartlett: Crucifying Fergal Gilded Balloon Teviot, 9–27 Aug, £10-11

19:55 Alice Fraser: Ethos Underbelly, Bristo Square, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £10-11

20:00 The Not So Late Show With Ross and Josh Laughing Horse @ Dropkick Murphys, 9–26 Aug, not 14, 21, FREE The Pin: Backstage Pleasance Courtyard, 9–27 Aug, not 11, 20, £9.50-12.50 Patrick Monahan: #Goals Gilded Balloon Teviot, 9–26 Aug, not 15, £13-14 Linda Underbelly, George Square, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £9-10 Pelican: Fisk Bedlam Theatre, 9–27 Aug, not 15, 22, £8

¤ Ashley Storrie: Adulting HHHH Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 9–26 Aug, FREE

Holt and Talbot: Mansplaining Feminism Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 9–26 Aug, not 14, FREE Late Night Disco Fight CC Blooms, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, FREE Dream On – Kirsty Munro / Free Festival Laughing Horse @ The Place, 9–26 Aug, FREE Alex Edelman: Just for Us

HHH

Pleasance Courtyard, 9–26 Aug, £10-14

Ross Hepburn Is Beetlejuice’d Sweet Grassmarket, 9–26 Aug, not 14, 21, £8.50 Tim Renkow Tries to Punch Down Monkey Barrel Comedy Club, 9–26 Aug, not 15, 22, £5 Witt ‘n Camp: Swag Assembly George Square Studios, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £10-11 Bitter and Twisted Laughing Horse @ The Cuckoo’s Nest, 9–26 Aug, FREE Sheraz Yousaf: The Pursuit of Manly-ness Tolbooth Market, 9–25 Aug, FREE Kiri Pritchard-McLean: Victim, Complex Pleasance Courtyard, 9–27 Aug, £8-10.50 Russian Roulette Just the Tonic at La Belle Angele, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 21, £8 Brendon Burns Mansplainin’ Heroes @ Boteco, 9–26 Aug, £6.50 WOLF Underbelly, Cowgate, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, £10-11 Robin Clyfan: The Sea Is Big Enough to Take It Heroes @ Bob’s BlundaBus, 9–26 Aug, not 15, 22, £5 Steen Raskopoulos: Stay Underbelly, Cowgate, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £11.50-12.50 John Robertson: The Dark Room Underbelly, Cowgate, 9–25 Aug, £10-11 Boogie Shoes Silent Disco Walking Tour With a Scottish Twist Just the Tonic at The Caves, Various dates from 10 Aug to 25 Aug, £15 An Imp-Revised History of the World Bar Bados Complex, 9–25 Aug, FREE

Baby Wants Candy: The Completely Improvised Full Band Musical Assembly George Square Studios, 9–26 Aug, £14-15 Tolerate Nightcap, 9–26 Aug, FREE Bristol Revunions Present: Hoops Tolbooth Market, 9–25 Aug, FREE Nathan Cassidy: If I Caused the Financial Crash of 2008 Just the Tonic at The Caves, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £5-7 Potatoes, Pies and Haggis Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 12–19 Aug, FREE Eau de Munro Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, 9–26 Aug, FREE Eurosceptic Song Contest Lebowskis Bar, 21–26 Aug, FREE The Tartan Ribbon Comedy Benefit Pleasance Courtyard, 14 Aug, £12.50 Comedy from Salford Uni Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 9–11 Aug, FREE Comic Relief Live Assembly Hall, 20 Aug, £16.50

Chris Henry: Around the World in 80 Dates Underbelly, Bristo Square, 9–27 Aug, not 15, £9-10 Andrew Lawrence: Clean Assembly George Square Studios, 9–26 Aug, £10-12

20:15 Stella Graham: Uncivilized Three Broomsticks, 9–25 Aug, FREE James Nokise: Talk a Big Game The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £10 We Should Know Better 52 Canoes (Grassmarket), 9–25 Aug, not 13, 20, FREE Single Comedians Trying To Impress You Bar Bados Complex, 9–25 Aug, FREE No Success Like Failure Tolbooth Market, 9–25 Aug, not 15, FREE

¤ Kieran Hodgson: ‘75 HHHH

Pleasance Courtyard, 9–26 Aug, £8-12 Fred Cooke: Fredinburgh Gilded Balloon Teviot, 9–27 Aug, not 14, £8.50-9.50

20:05

Tom Lucy: Reluctant Millennial Pleasance Courtyard, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £7.50-10

Fred MacAulay and John Moloney The Stand Comedy Club, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £14

Eddy Brimson: Fidgety Tits Scottish Comedy Festival @ The Beehive Inn, 9–26 Aug, not 14, 22, £5

Hot Mess: Bezzie Mates Just the Tonic at The Caves, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £6

BattleActs! Improvised Comedy Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, FREE

Demi Lardner: I Love Skeleton Assembly George Square Studios, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £10-11 Is That Right Aye? theSpace on the Mile, 9–14 Aug, £9.50

20:10 Me Talking, Mostly Paradise in The Vault, 9–18 Aug, not 12, £9.50 Tom Houghton: The Honourable Pleasance Dome, 9–26 Aug, £8-10 Garry Starr Performs Everything Underbelly, Cowgate, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £10-11 Frank Foucault: Shoes Just the Tonic at The Caves, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £5

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David Tsonos: Walking the Cat Two Bar Bados Complex, 9–25 Aug, not 15, FREE

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Laughing Horse Free Comedy Selection Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 9–26 Aug, FREE Sam Nicoresti’s Bedtime Black Medicine Basement & Heroes, 15–26 Aug, £5 Sisters: On Demand Pleasance Courtyard, 9–26 Aug, not 11, £7.50-10 Sam & Tom: Interview Black Medicine Basement & Heroes, 9–13 Aug, £5

20:20 Ismo: Words Apart Pleasance Dome, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £7.50-10 Calling My Tribe Assembly George Square Theatre, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £12-14

Joe Sutherland: Toxic Underbelly, Bristo Square, 9–27 Aug, not 14, £9-10

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George Michael Is Greek Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 9–26 Aug, not 13, FREE Robert White and His Particularly Silly Organ Pleasance Dome, 20–23 Aug, £12 Simon Evans: Genius 2.0 Assembly George Square Studios, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £13-14 Here Be Improv theSpace @ Jurys Inn, 13–18 Aug, £3.50 BEASTS: Best of BEASTS Pleasance Dome, 16–19 Aug, £11-12 John Kearns: Don’t Worry They’re Here Pleasance Dome, 9–12 Aug, £11-13 The Best of Scottish Comedy The Stand’s New Town Theatre, 9–26 Aug, £15 Bald Man Sings Rihanna Ciao Roma, 9–25 Aug, not 13, 20, FREE Mark Nelson: Irreverence Underbelly, Bristo Square, 23–25 Aug, £12.50-14.50 Accessibility Gala Pleasance Dome, 13 Aug, £9

20:25

Bronston Jones: God Bless ‘Merica 4 – Free Laughing Horse @ Bar 50, 9–26 Aug, FREE Joke Thieves Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, 9–26 Aug, not 14, FREE Jordan Brookes: Bleed Pleasance Courtyard, 9–26 Aug, not 14, £10-13 Jack Barry: Tango Globe Bar, 9–24 Aug, FREE Richard Hanrahan Is Doing This Just the Tonic at The Grassmarket Centre, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £5 John Hastings: Float Like a Butterfly, John Hastings Like a Bee Pleasance Courtyard, 9–27 Aug, £8.50-11 Rosie Jones: Fifteen Minutes Pleasance Courtyard, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £7.50-10

The Liverpool Revue theSpace on the Mile, 20–25 Aug, £6 Jamie MacDonald: Blinkered Assembly Rooms, 9–26 Aug, not 11, £10.50-11.50

Marjolein Robertson: It’s Time Bar Bados Complex, 9–25 Aug, not 14, FREE

20:30

Chris Washington: You Beauty! Pleasance Courtyard, 9–26 Aug, £8-10

Time Out With Ross Voss Laughing Horse @ Moriarty’s, 9–26 Aug, FREE

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The Raymond and Mr Timpkins Revue: Ham Pleasance Dome, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £10-12.50

Jess Robinson: No Filter Assembly George Square Gardens, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, £12.50-14.50

Emma Sidi: Faces of Grace Pleasance Courtyard, 9–26 Aug, not 25, £7.50-10

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Reginald D Hunter: An American Facing the Beast and Niggas Pleasance at EICC, 9–26 Aug, not 14, 20, £15.50-17

Matt Forde: Brexit Through the Gift Shop Pleasance Courtyard, 9–26 Aug, £12-14

Bryony Twydle: Flamingo Underbelly, Bristo Square, 9–27 Aug, not 15, £9-10

Look, it’s Tom Little, Alright? Tolbooth Market, 9–25 Aug, FREE

Gareth Mutch: Wants Mutch More Gilded Balloon Rose Theatre, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £9-10

Adam Kay: This Is Going to Hurt (Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor) Pleasance at EICC, 14 Aug, £16

Ben Pope: Baby Sasquatch Pleasance Courtyard, 9–26 Aug, £7-10

20:35

Lewis Schaffer: What Have You Heard? Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, FREE

Ethnic Cleansing – Ruven Govender Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 9–26 Aug, not 14, 21, FREE The Thinking Drinkers: Pub Crawl Underbelly, Bristo Square, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £13-15

Gary Tro: Idoit Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £7

Improv Cage Match Bar Bados Complex, 9–25 Aug, not 13, FREE

Church of Phil The Clootie Dumpling, 12–25 Aug, FREE

20:40

Def Comedy Space Jam Laughing Horse @ The Hanover Tap, 9–26 Aug, FREE

Adventures of the Singing Acupuncturist 6: Big O Makes It in New York... or, Does She? – Free Laughing Horse @ The Phoenix, 14–26 Aug, FREE

Paul Currie: Hot Donkey Heroes @ The Hive, 9–27 Aug, not 15, 22, £5

Fake TV Frankenstein Pub, 9–26 Aug, FREE

Matthew Highton – Insufficient Memory Heroes @ Dragonfly, 9–25 Aug, not 22, £5

Spontaneous Potter Gilded Balloon Rose Theatre, 9–26 Aug, £10-11

Fitting Image Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 9–26 Aug, not 13, FREE

Common People Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 9–11 Aug, FREE

Pamela DeMenthe Presents: Sticky Digits Just the Tonic at The Grassmarket Centre, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 14, £5

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Sèayoncè Just the Tonic at The Caves, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £6 Jimeoin: Result! Pleasance at EICC, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, £12.5018.50

20:45 Accident Avoidance Training for Cutlery Users – Level 2 Quaker Meeting House, 9–25 Aug, not 12, 19, £8

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Assembly Roxy, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £11-12 Mat Ewins: What Sorry? My Mistake! The Doors Are Not Open; The Show Has Been Cancelled. Do Not Have Your Tickets Ready! Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £5 Lolly Jones: Fifty Shades of May Assembly Roxy, 9–24 Aug, not 13, £8-10

Dreamgun: Film Reads Underbelly, Bristo Square, 9–26 Aug, not 14, £9-10

Jordan Gray: People Change Just the Tonic at The Caves, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £5

Christian Finnegan: My Goodness Gilded Balloon Teviot, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £10-13

Heard the One About Identity Theft? With the Real Bennett Arron The Stand Comedy Club 2, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 14, £9

Interruption Show Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 12–26 Aug, FREE

Happy Lucky Golden Tofu Panda Dragon Good Time Fun Fun Show theSpace on the Mile, 20–25 Aug, £9.50

Love Like 90s R’n’B Fireside, 9–25 Aug, not 12, 19, FREE

Luisa Omielan: Politics for Bitches Gilded Balloon Teviot, 9–26 Aug, not 14, 23, £14-15 Phil Nichol: Your Wronger

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Monkey Barrel Comedy Club, 9–26 Aug, £8 Abigoliah Schamaun: Do You Know Who I Think I Am?! Underbelly, Cowgate, 9–26 Aug, not 19, £9-10 Andrew Maxwell: Shake a Leg Assembly George Square Theatre, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £14-15 Jack Docherty: Miekelson and McGlashan – Serious Men Gilded Balloon at the Museum, 9–27 Aug, not 13, 20, £15.50-16.50 Foil, Arms and Hog – Craicling Underbelly, Bristo Square, 9–26 Aug, £13.50-16 Jason Byrne: You Can Come in, But Don’t Start Anything Assembly Hall, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, £17-19.50 Barry Ferns: Barry Loves You Just the Tonic at The Tron, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £5

The Great Irish (Finnegans) Wake Off Laughing Horse @ Finnegan’s Wake, 9–26 Aug, FREE

20:55

James Loveridge Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £5

Luxury Split Bill Just the Tonic at The Caves, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £5

Hal Cruttenden: Chubster Pleasance Courtyard, 9–26 Aug, not 15, £11-15

Laughing Horse Free Pick of the Fringe Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 9–26 Aug, FREE

21:00

David Correos: The Correos Effect Gilded Balloon Teviot, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £9-10

Stand Up and Slam Subway, 9–25 Aug, not 15, FREE LoveHard: Tales from the Elsewhere Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 9–26 Aug, FREE Ashley Haden: We All Die C*nts Laughing Horse @ Harry’s Southside, 9–26 Aug, not 14, FREE

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Richard Wheatley: Jokes and Tales of a Second-Year Gap Student C venues – C royale, 9–27 Aug, £8.50-10.50 Go Slay Dragons! Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 12–26 Aug, FREE The Lesbian Whisperer Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 9–26 Aug, FREE Unhinged Laughing Horse @ The Mockingbird, 9–26 Aug, FREE

Helen Duff: How Deep Is Your Duff? Heroes @ The Hive, 9–26 Aug, not 21, £5 Bob Slayer Is Bob Slayer (The Eponymous Show) Heroes @ The SpiegelYurt, 9–26 Aug, not 15, 22, £5 Eleanor Conway: Walk of Shame 2 Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, 9–26 Aug, not 12, FREE

Felicity Ward: Busting a Nut Pleasance Courtyard, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £10-13.50 Scotland’s Pick of the Fringe Scottish Comedy Festival @ The Beehive Inn, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 14, 20, 21, £5-10 Comedy Boxing: New Challengers Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 9–26 Aug, not 14, 21, FREE Harriet Braine’s Apocalibrary Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 9–19 Aug, FREE All Hail the Rat King! Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 13–18 Aug, £6 The Boy With the Pearl Necklace The Street Bar, 11 Aug, 18 Aug, 25 Aug, £8 Joz Norris Has No Show This Year, but Mr Fruit Salad Does Heroes @ The SpiegelYurt, 18–19 Aug, £5 Show And Tell at The Queen’s Hall The Queen’s Hall, 11 Aug, 20 Aug, FREE Max and Ivan’s Prom Night Assembly High, 24–25 Aug, £16

21:05 Rhys Nicholson – Seminal Underbelly, Bristo Square, 9–26 Aug, £11-12.50 Free Footlights Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £5 Eric Davidson – Words of a Blether theSpace @ Jurys Inn, 9–25 Aug, not 12, 13, 19, 20, 21, £10 Prom Kween Assembly George Square Gardens, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £13-14 Trevor Feelgood’s Weird Surreal Alternative Showcase Three Broomsticks, 15–25 Aug, FREE

21:10 This Is Your Trial Just the Tonic at The Caves, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £8-10

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Terrible Sex Tips: Live and Uncut Sweet Grassmarket, 9–26 Aug, not 14, £10 Stephen K Amos: Work in Progress The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 9–25 Aug, not 13, 14, 20, 21, £12 The Bugle Live The Stand’s New Town Theatre, 15 Aug, 22 Aug, £15 Dylan Moran: Dr Cosmos Assembly Hall, 23–25 Aug, £17.50 Bob Doolally The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 20–21 Aug, £10 Standard Issue: Stands Up The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 13–14 Aug, £12

21:15 Tom Stade: I Swear To... Gilded Balloon Rose Theatre, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £15-16 Janeane Garofalo: Put a Pin in That Gilded Balloon Teviot, 9–19 Aug, not 13, £13-14 The LOL Word Three Broomsticks, 9–25 Aug, FREE Kate Berlant: Communikate Assembly George Square Studios, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £10-12.50 Good Evening Edinburgh, It’s Sam Kissajukian Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 9–26 Aug, not 14, 21, FREE The MMORPG Show – Scruffy Looking Nerd Herder Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 16–26 Aug, FREE Match Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 9–15 Aug, FREE

Funny Dubz Laughing Horse @ The Place, 9–26 Aug, FREE Dan Attfield: Futureproof Underbelly, Bristo Square, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £9-10 So You Think You’re Funny? Sketch Gilded Balloon Teviot, 20 Aug, £10 Spring Day: Strong Codependent Woman – Free Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 9–26 Aug, FREE Myq Kaplan: All Killing Aside Underbelly, Bristo Square, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £11-13 Scott Gibson: Tales from the Battlefield Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Aug, £10

21:20 Eli Matthewson: The Year of Magical F*cking Underbelly, George Square, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £9-10 Seann Walsh: After This One I’m Going Home Pleasance Courtyard, 14–25 Aug, £14 Tilda Swinton Answers an Ad on Craigslist Assembly George Square Theatre, 9–26 Aug, £11-12 Zach & Viggo and Thumpasaurus: Where Does the Love Go? Underbelly, Cowgate, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £11-12 50% Canadian, 100% Crazy, Let’s Laugh Just the Tonic at The Caves, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £5 The Man Presents: Women Assembly George Square Studios, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £10-11

Blind Mirth theSpace on the Mile, 9–18 Aug, not 12, £7 The 2 Mouthed Men Experience theSpace @ Jurys Inn, 20–25 Aug, £8 The Last Sesh theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 9–11 Aug, £8

21:30 Prune 52 Canoes (Grassmarket), 9–25 Aug, not 12, 21, FREE Tamsyn Kelly: You’re Welcome Underbelly, Bristo Square, 9–27 Aug, not 15, £10-11 Jake Howie: Read My Lips Just the Tonic at The Caves, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £5 ‘Aaave You Been Involved in a Comedy Show That Wasn’t Your Fault? Scottish Comedy Festival @ The Beehive Inn, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, FREE Moon HHHH Pleasance Courtyard, 9–27 Aug, £7.50-9.50 Abandoman (AKA Rob Broderick) – Pirate Radio

Get Silly With Willy – The Cannelloni Experience theSpace @ Jurys Inn, 9–11 Aug, £6 Gary Delaney: Gagster’s Paradise Pleasance Courtyard, 9–11 Aug, £13-14

Daniel Connell: Mr Personality 1988 Gilded Balloon Teviot, 9–26 Aug, not 14, £10-11.50 Rob Oldham: Worm’s Lament Pleasance Courtyard, 9–27 Aug, £9-11 Darren Harriott: Visceral

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Pleasance Courtyard, 9–26 Aug, not 15, £8.50-10 99 Club Stand-Up Selection – Free Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 9–26 Aug, FREE Kevin Quantum: And for My Next Trick Gilded Balloon Teviot, 9–26 Aug, not 21, £12-13 Amused Moose Comedy Award: Grand Final theSpace @ Symposium Hall, 19–20 Aug, £14 The Comedy Reserve Pleasance Dome, 9–27 Aug, not 13, 20, £7.50-10 Alfie Brown: Lunatic Monkey Barrel Comedy Club, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £7 Cosmic Comedy Berlin Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 9–26 Aug, FREE Mark Steel: Every Little Thing’s Gonna Be Alright Assembly Rooms, 9–12 Aug, £13-14

Caustic Comedy Nights C venues – C aquila, 9–26 Aug, £11.50-13.50 Jon Harvey: TreasuRETROve Assembly George Square Theatre, 9–26 Aug, not 14, £9-10 The Improvised Panto! Paradise in The Vault, 13–26 Aug, not 19, £8 The Tape Face Show

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Pleasance Courtyard, 9–26 Aug, not 14, £13.50-17 Tinderella and the Seven Deadly Sins theSpaceTriplex, 13–18 Aug, £9 Criminal Pleasance Dome, 9–12 Aug, £9-10 Adele Is Younger Than Us Pleasance Dome, 21–25 Aug, £10-11 Yianni Agisilaou: I, Human Pleasance Dome, 9–26 Aug, not 14, £8-10 Elsa Pleasance Dome, 16–19 Aug, £10-12

21:45 Hangry Americans Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 15–26 Aug, FREE Joseph Parsons: Baggy Point Bar Bados Complex, 9–25 Aug, not 13, FREE Wheely Wheely Wheely Wheely Wheely Laughing Horse @ Bar 50, 9–26 Aug, not 14, 21, FREE

Amused Moose Comedy’s National New Comic Award: Final theSpace @ Symposium Hall, 12–13 Aug, £14

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Kwame Asante: Teenage Heartblob HH Pleasance Courtyard, 9–26 Aug, not 15, £8.50-10

The Infamous Five Sketch Show theSpace on North Bridge, 21–25 Aug, £8

Fin Taylor: When Harassy Met Sally Pleasance Courtyard, 9–26 Aug, not 15, £8-10

Bumble Me Tinders Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 9–26 Aug, FREE

Chris Turner: We’re Where We Were Pleasance Courtyard, 9–26 Aug, £8-10

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Madame Señorita: QUEST!ON Black Medicine Basement & Heroes, 9–26 Aug, not 14, £5

Improvabunga! theSpace @ Niddry St, 9–25 Aug, not 12, 19, £6-7

Best of Scottish Comedian of the Year Just the Tonic at La Belle Angele, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £12-15

Underbelly, George Square, 9–27 Aug, not 13, 20, £14.50-15.50

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Sex Shells Underbelly, Cowgate, 9–26 Aug, £10-11

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £10.50-12.50

Bumpkins Laughing Horse @ Dropkick Murphys, 9–25 Aug, not 13, FREE

Rahul Kohli: All My Heroes Are Dead, in Jail or Touched Up Your Gran The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 9–25 Aug, not 13, £10

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Ed Night: An Aesthetic Pleasance Courtyard, 9–26 Aug, £8.50-10.50

Lily Lovett and Patrick Monahan: Date Night Just the Tonic at The Caves, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 15, £5

Ingrid Dahle: Wingrid Heroes @ Bob’s BlundaBus, 9–26 Aug, £5

Scott Capurro: The Trouble With Scott Capurro Heroes @ Boteco, 9–26 Aug, not 14, 21, £7

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Rachel Fairburn: The Wolf at the Door Underbelly, Bristo Square, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £10-11 Police Cops in Space Assembly George Square Studios, 9–26 Aug, not 15, 22, £12 Link and Lorne: Terrestrial Is the Bestrial The Stand’s New Town Theatre, 15–26 Aug, £10

Big Value Comedy Show – Late Just the Tonic at The Grassmarket Centre, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £10

21:40 Sleeping Trees: World Tour Assembly George Square Studios, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £11-13 Alun Cochrane: You. Me. Now. The Stand Comedy Club, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £12

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Pleasance Courtyard, 9–26 Aug, not 14, £7-9 Dean Hendry: Smells Like Dean Spirit Gilded Balloon Rose Theatre, 9–26 Aug, £9-10 George Rigden: George-ous Pleasance Courtyard, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £7.50-10

LJ DA FUNK in... When Will These Fascist Bastards All Be Lined Up and F*cking Shot?!? Laughing Horse @ Moriarty’s, 9–26 Aug, not 14, 21, FREE Adam Riches Is The Lone Dueller Pleasance Dome, 9–26 Aug, not 11, 12, 15, 16, 19, 20, 23, 24, £11-15

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Pleasance Courtyard, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £8.50-11 Adam Riches Is Coach Coach 2: Coach Harder Pleasance Dome, 11–27 Aug, not 13, 14, 17, 18, 21, 22, 25, 26, £11-15 Full Velvet Jacket (WIP) Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 9–14 Aug, FREE

21:50 Be More, Do Better but Don’t Change Underbelly, Bristo Square, 9–27 Aug, not 14, £9-10 Tracy’s Leaving Party: Hot Young Things Just the Tonic at The Grassmarket Centre, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £5 David Callaghan: One for Sorrow, Two for Joy; Shoes Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 15–26 Aug, FREE The Edinburgh Revue Is All at Sea Canons’ Gait, 9–26 Aug, not 15, 22, FREE

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Jerry Sadowitz: Make Comedy GRATE Again! The Stand’s New Town Theatre, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, £16.50

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James Barr: Thirst Trap! – Free Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 9–14 Aug, FREE

21:55 Dan Nightingale: Sex, Drugs and My Nanna’s Bungalow Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 9–25 Aug, not 12, 13, 19, £5 The Mad Craic Comedy Show Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 15–26 Aug, FREE

22:00 Damian Clark: Extra Show Gilded Balloon Teviot, 9–26 Aug, £10-11 Mark Dean Quinn: You Win You Lose Heroes @ Dragonfly, 9–26 Aug, not 15, 22, £5

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Australian Beauty Opium, 9–25 Aug, not 13, FREE Hot Gay Time Machine Underbelly, Cowgate, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £10-11 Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho Pleasance Courtyard, 9–27 Aug, not 15, 22, £13.50-14.50 Bristol Revunions Present: Paraguay C venues – C aquila, 9–27 Aug, not 14, £7.50-9.50 The Never Ending Cycle Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 9–14 Aug, FREE Shit-Faced Showtime: Oliver With a Twist Underbelly, Bristo Square, 9–27 Aug, £10.50-12.50

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Dragprov Revue Sweet Novotel, 9–26 Aug, not 14, £7 Improvised Improv Outhouse, 12–16 Aug, £10 Bob’s Not My Uncle and Other Devastating Truths Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 13–17 Aug, £5 Jimeoin: Roast Chicken Result! Pleasance at EICC, 9–25 Aug, not 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, £14.50-15.50 Frank Leigh We Don’t Give a **** Kilderkin, 9–14 Aug, FREE

Lloyd Langford: Why the Big Face? Banshee Labyrinth, 9–26 Aug, not 10, 11, 12, FREE

The Establishment: Le Bureau de Strange Heroes @ The Hive, 15 Aug, £5

The Nasty Show Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, FREE

Ari Shaffir’s Renamed Storyteller Show Heroes @ The Hive, 9 Aug, 16 Aug, 23 Aug, £5

Imaginary Porno Charades Sweet Grassmarket, 9–25 Aug, not 13, 20, £7

Adam Kay: This Is Going to Hurt (Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor) Pleasance at EICC, 17 Aug, £17

Neil O’Rourke and Patrick Spicer: Cool Dude Island Just the Tonic at The Caves, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £5

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Snowflake It ‘Til You Make It Laughing Horse @ Harry’s Southside, 9–26 Aug, not 14, FREE

Pop Ditz Just the Tonic at The Grassmarket Centre, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £5 Escaping Trump’s America Frankenstein Pub, 9–27 Aug, FREE The Godfather of Comedy Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 9–26 Aug, not 15, 22, FREE

Iain (Stirling) Does Jokes (With Pals) Pleasance at EICC, 22–24 Aug, £12

22:05 Unbecoming Ramon Rivas

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The Stand Comedy Club 2, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £10

22:10 Two Hearts: Edinburgh World Tour Underbelly, Cowgate, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £10-11

Andrea Spisto: Miss Venezuela HH Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £7 Dirty White Boys: Manners Just the Tonic at The Caves, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £5 She Wolf Voodoo Rooms, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, FREE

Lee Harvey Oswald Mosley Laughing Horse @ The Mockingbird, 9–10 Aug, FREE

Woman Up Comedy Improv theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 21–25 Aug, £8

22:20 Two Little Dickheads Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £5

22:15 Njambi McGrath and Guests Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 9–24 Aug, not 13, FREE

John Robertson: Sweaty, Sexy Party Party Just the Tonic at The Tron, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £9-10

The Neighbours Are Worried Just the Tonic at The Caves, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £5

Head Sets Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 9–26 Aug, not 14, FREE Claire Sullivan: I Wish I Owned a Hotel for Dogs Gilded Balloon Teviot, 9–27 Aug, not 15, £9-10 Christopher Macarthur-Boyd: Home Sweet Home Gilded Balloon Teviot, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £9-10 Tetchy (Work in Progress) Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 9–26 Aug, not 12, FREE

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Life Coach (Age 14) Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 9–14 Aug, FREE Tori Scott Is #Thirsty Underbelly, Bristo Square, 9–27 Aug, not 15, 22, £9.50-10.50

And Another Thing! An Improvised Show Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 9–18 Aug, not 12, £8-9

Danny O’Brien: Lock-In Underbelly, Cowgate, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £9.50-10.50

Alex Williamson: So Wrong, It’s Wrong Underbelly, Bristo Square, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £11.5012.50

Wigwam Wonder Jam Heroes @ The SpiegelYurt, 9–26 Aug, not 15, 22, £5 Rob Kemp: The Elvis Dead Pleasance Courtyard, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 14, 20, 21, £10-12 The Shambles theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 9–25 Aug, not 12, 19, £5

22:30 Night at the Museum Gilded Balloon at the Museum, 9–19 Aug, not 13, 14, 15, £10-12 Denim: The Reunion Tour Assembly George Square Gardens, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 25, £13-14

The Stevenson Experience: Spot the Difference Assembly George Square Studios, 9–26 Aug, £8.50-11.50 Georgia Tasda Means Business CC Blooms, 9–23 Aug, FREE Swipe Right Love and Other Comedy Songs Bar Bados Complex, 9–25 Aug, not 14, FREE Rik Carranza presents: Star Trek vs Star Wars Gilded Balloon Teviot, 9–27 Aug, not 12, 13, 14, 15, 23, £10-11.50

Set List: Stand-Up Without a Net Gilded Balloon Teviot, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, £10-14.50 Chortle Student Comedy Award Final Pleasance Courtyard, 13–14 Aug, £11 Judah Friedlander: America... Still Number One Gilded Balloon Teviot, 19–22 Aug, £14.50 What the... Feminist?! theSpace on the Mile, 9–11 Aug, £7 Bona Fide The Stand’s New Town Theatre, 9–10 Aug, £10

So You Think You’re Funny? Semi-Finals Gilded Balloon Teviot, 12–15 Aug, £10

Zoe Lyons: Entry Level Human Gilded Balloon at the Museum, 13 Aug, £12.50

Death Ray Cabaret Laughing Horse @ The Place, 9–14 Aug, FREE

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Thrones! The Musical Parody Assembly George Square Theatre, 9–26 Aug, £14-15 Fright Bus Service Necrobus, 9–26 Aug, £13 52 Days Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 9–26 Aug, FREE The Best of Red Raw The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, £4 Micky Overman: Role Model Pleasance Courtyard, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £7.50-10 Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre: Superheroes Gilded Balloon Teviot, 9–26 Aug, £10.50-12.50

The Homesick Submarine Broadcasting Company The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £9 Ladylike: A Modern Guide to Etiquette Underbelly, Bristo Square, 13–27 Aug, £10-11 zazUtinany Underbelly, Bristo Square, 9–12 Aug, £9-10 Plumbing the Death Star Live Assembly George Square Studios, 18 Aug, 25 Aug, £15

22:40 Found Footage Festival: After Dark Underbelly, Cowgate, 17–26 Aug, £10-11

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Three’s Company, Where’s Our Crowd? An Improvised Show theSpace on the Mile, 9–25 Aug, not 12, 19, £6-7

The Free Association: Jacuzii Pleasance Courtyard, 9–26 Aug, not 14, £8.50-10.50

The Piece Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 9–26 Aug, not 15, FREE

Fright Bus Service Necrobus, Various dates from 10 Aug to 25 Aug, £13

Huge News Gilded Balloon Rose Theatre, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £10-11

Harry Poppers and the Deathly Swallows Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 9 Aug, 11 Aug, £12.50

22:50 A Beginner’s Guide to Bondage Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 9–26 Aug, FREE

Willis & Vere: Comedians After Hours Live Underbelly, George Square, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, £10-11

Agenda Benders: Witty Gritty Bitty Fitty Committee Just the Tonic at The Caves, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £6

The Bear Pack Underbelly, Cowgate, 9–26 Aug, not 20, £11-12

Shit-Faced Shakespeare: Hamlet Underbelly, Bristo Square, 9–27 Aug, £12.50-15

Andy Field the Love Tonight Just the Tonic at The Caves, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £5

Werewolf: Live Underbelly, Cowgate, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 21, £9-10

The Story Beast: This Is Bardcore Underbelly, Cowgate, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £10-11

Douglas Walker Presents: Of Christmas Past Underbelly, Bristo Square, 9–26 Aug, not 14, £10-11

22:45 Ciarán Dowd: Don Rodolfo Pleasance Courtyard, 9–26 Aug, not 15, £8-10

The Stand Comedy Club at New Town Theatre The Stand’s New Town Theatre, Various dates from 10 Aug to 25 Aug, £15

Norris & Parker: Burn the Witch Pleasance Courtyard, 9–26 Aug, £8-9.50

The Noise Next Door’s Comedy Lock-In! Pleasance Courtyard, 9–26 Aug, not 15, £10.50-14

The Moa Show Gilded Balloon Teviot, 9–27 Aug, not 14, £11-12

Barry Crimmins – A Tribute The Stand’s New Town Theatre, 16–17 Aug, £15

AAA Stand-Up Late at Gilded Balloon Gilded Balloon Teviot, 9–27 Aug, £10-11.50 Richard Todd: We Need the Eggs Pleasance Courtyard, 9–26 Aug, not 15, £8-9.50 Shaggers (Free Festival) Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 9–26 Aug, FREE Ben McCarthy: Nevermind Paradise in The Vault, 9–26 Aug, not 12, 19, £15 Michael Clarke: Felt Black Medicine Basement & Heroes, 9–26 Aug, not 14, £5 Kitchen Party Action Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, FREE Famous First Words Just the Tonic at The Caves, 9–25 Aug, not 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, £10 Michael Hackett: The Late Mike Show Just the Tonic at The Caves, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, £5

22:55 Plenty of Linguine at Home Paradise in The Vault, 9–26 Aug, not 12, 19, £7.50

23:00 Questing Time Pleasance Courtyard, 9–24 Aug, not 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 22, £8.50-10 Eleanor Colville: Late-Night Pick and Mix Laughing Horse @ Moriarty’s, 18–26 Aug, FREE Avocado: Definitely Maybe Not Pleasance Courtyard, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £8-10.50 Clara Saves America Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 9–18 Aug, not 12, £8 Clingfilm Pleasance Courtyard, 9–27 Aug, not 13, 20, £8-10 Anna Mann’s Late Night Cheese and Sex Party Pleasance Courtyard, 21–25 Aug, £12-14

AC/DC: Australian Comedians / Dope Comedy Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 9–25 Aug, FREE The Lampoons: House on Haunted Hill Pleasance Dome, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £9-11 Late Night Nonsense: Variety Show Laughing Horse @ Bar 50, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, FREE Comedians Against Humanity Pleasance Dome, 9–26 Aug, not 14, £10-12 Birthday Girls: Late-Night Comedy Party Pleasance Courtyard, 16–19 Aug, £12 AAA Stand-Up Late Pleasance Courtyard, 9–27 Aug, £9-11.50 Late Night Bedlam Theatre, 9–26 Aug, £10 The Crooners Pleasance Courtyard, 9–26 Aug, £10-12 Brendon Burns and Colt Cabana Do Comedy and Commentary to Bad Wrestling Matches

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Monkey Barrel Comedy Club, 9–26 Aug, not 16, £5

23:10 Berlin Survivors’ Comedy Club Frankenstein Pub, 9–26 Aug, FREE Witch Hunt Just the Tonic at The Grassmarket Centre, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £5 Falling With Style Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 9–26 Aug, FREE Gloria Hole Presents: The Clinic Sweet Grassmarket, 9–26 Aug, not 15, 22, £7

23:15 2 Girls, 1 Cup... of Comedy Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £5 Jem Brookes: Schizophonic Laughing Horse @ Harry’s Southside, 9–26 Aug, FREE Jay Handley: White Jesus Banshee Labyrinth, 9–26 Aug, FREE Jon Long – Troubadour Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 9–26 Aug, FREE Tim Key: Megadate Pleasance Courtyard, 16–26 Aug, not 21, 22, £14-16

Murder She Didn’t Write: The Improvised Murder Mystery Pleasance Courtyard, 12 Aug, 26 Aug, £12.50

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Drugstore Culture: Live Assembly George Square Studios, 11 Aug, 18 Aug, 25 Aug, £10

Tape Facebook Live! Pleasance Dome, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 14, 20, 21, £10.50-11.50

Rachel Parris’ Musical Comedy Club Pleasance Dome, 14 Aug, 21 Aug, £13

Planet Caramel: Rotations in Flavour Space Just the Tonic at The Grassmarket Centre, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £5

Berk’s Nest Mid-Fest Comedy Special Pleasance Courtyard, 13–14 Aug, £14 Goose: Golden Eggs Assembly George Square Studios, 17–19 Aug, £12

23:05 Doctor Whosical Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 10–11 Aug, £12.50

Secret Mountain Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 13–25 Aug, not 19, £9

There Will Be Cake Pleasance Dome, 15 Aug, 16 Aug, 18 Aug, 19 Aug, £14-16 The Ladies Loo Chronicles theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 13–18 Aug, £7.50

John-Luke Roberts: Terrible Wonderful Adaptations Pleasance Dome, 10 Aug, 17 Aug, 24 Aug, £10 Rachel Parris’ Musical Comedy Club Pleasance Dome, 23–24 Aug, £13

23:30 Thomas Green: Doubting Thomas Gilded Balloon Teviot, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £8-9 Bearne the Midnight Oil Scottish Comedy Festival @ The Beehive Inn, 9–27 Aug, not 13, 14, 20, FREE Bronston Jones: Spilt Milk – Free Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 9–26 Aug, FREE Roast Battle Edinburgh Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 9–26 Aug, FREE Roman Fraden: Back in the Closet Gilded Balloon Teviot, 9–27 Aug, not 15, £10 Revenge of the New World Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 9–26 Aug, FREE Rahul Kohli: Kohl and the Gang Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 9–25 Aug, not 13, FREE Laughterthoughts: A Comedy Showcase Laughing Horse @ The Phoenix, 9–26 Aug, not 14, FREE Lenny Sherman: Make the World a Better Place Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £5

23:40 Oleg Denisov: Doublethink

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Just the Tonic at The Tron, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £5 Mr Thing Pleasance Courtyard, 9–26 Aug, not 14, 23, £10 Wikipedilove Paradise in Augustines, 9–26 Aug, not 12, 19, £9

23:45 One of Them, One of Us Laughing Horse @ The Place, 9–11 Aug, FREE Grant Busé: The Birds and the Beats Gilded Balloon Teviot, 9–27 Aug, not 15, £9-10 Not My Audience! The Stand-Up Showcase with a Twist: You Decide the Material! Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 9–26 Aug, not 15, FREE Wishful Drinking Laughing Horse @ The Place, 17–26 Aug, FREE Getting Away Scott Free Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 9–26 Aug, not 19, FREE Queen C*nt – Sacred or Profane? Underbelly, Bristo Square, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, £9-10 The Stand Late Club The Stand Comedy Club, Various dates from 10 Aug to 25 Aug, £15 Old Jewish Jokes Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 15–16 Aug, FREE

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Edinburgh Comedy Allstars Underbelly, George Square, Various dates from 10 Aug to 25 Aug, £12.50-15

Alternative Comedy Memorial Society (ACMS) Monkey Barrel Comedy Club, 9–26 Aug, not 15, 22, £7

Amusical Pleasance Courtyard, 22–23 Aug, £15

Spank! Underbelly, Cowgate, 9–26 Aug, £13.50-15.50

Werewolf: Live – Charity Spectacular! Underbelly, George Square, 21–22 Aug, £15

Last Orders Scottish Comedy Festival @ The Beehive Inn, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 14, 20, 21, £5

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical Pleasance Courtyard, 12–13 Aug, £17

Fright Bus Service Necrobus, Various dates from 10 Aug to 25 Aug, £13

All Killa No Filla Live Underbelly, George Square, 19–20 Aug, £14

Zach & Viggo: Thunderflop Underbelly, Cowgate, 10 Aug, 11 Aug, 12 Aug, 17 Aug, 18 Aug, £10

23:35 BEASTS Just the Tonic at The Caves, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £5

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Bongo’s Bingo The Jam House, Various dates from 9 Aug to 31 Aug, £15

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Neal Portenza’s Final Edinburgh Show Will Be a Bad Magic Show on a Bus. BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Netflix and Amazon Prime Are All Welcome Heroes @ Bob’s BlundaBus, 9–26 Aug, £7

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Stamptown Comedy Night Underbelly, Cowgate, 9 Aug, 16 Aug, 23 Aug, £8

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00:00 Werewolves Gilded Balloon Teviot, 10–27 Aug, not 16, £10

09:00 Barry’s Fringe Audio Walking Tour Outside the Tron – Hunter Square, 9–31 Aug, FREE The Odyssey of Homer Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 9–10 Aug, £6 Breakfast Plays: Youthquake Traverse Theatre, 14–26 Aug, not 20, £12

09:30 Bruford Warm-Up Mornings Summerhall, 9–23 Aug, not 12, 13, 19, 20, £4

09:55 Goodbye Rosetta theSpace @ Niddry St, 15–19 Aug, £10

10:00 Shakespeare for Breakfast C venues – C, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £7.50-9.50 Nigel Slater’s Toast Traverse Theatre, 12 Aug, 14 Aug, 19 Aug, 21 Aug, 26 Aug, £21.50 Another One Summerhall, 9–26 Aug, not 11, 12, 13, 20, £10 What Girls Are Made Of Traverse Theatre, 15 Aug, 23 Aug, £21.50 Underground Railroad Game Traverse Theatre, 9 Aug, 16 Aug, 22 Aug, £21.50 Meek Traverse Theatre, 10 Aug, 17 Aug, 24 Aug, £21.50 Mark Thomas – Check Up: Our NHS at 70 Traverse Theatre, 11 Aug, 18 Aug, 25 Aug, £21.50

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Theatre Uncut: Women on Power Traverse Theatre, 13 Aug, £8 Curio (A Cabinet of Curiosities) theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 13–18 Aug, £5 A Midsummer Night’s Droll theSpace on the Mile, 9–11 Aug, £10

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A Midsummer Night’s Droll theSpace on the Mile, 13–18 Aug, £12.50 Ganymede Paradise in Augustines, 9–25 Aug, not 12, 19, £10

10:05 Monday at Golden Oak High theSpace @ Niddry St, 13–18 Aug, £9 Good Things Come to Those Who theSpace on the Mile, 21–25 Aug, £7 Bottled Up theSpace on North Bridge, 13–18 Aug, £10 Swap Shop theSpace on the Mile, 13–18 Aug, £9 Dining Al Desko HH theSpace on the Mile, 9–11 Aug, £7

10:10 See Rock City and Other Destinations Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 9–10 Aug, £7.50

10:15 How to Keep Time: A Drum Solo for Dementia Summerhall, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, £10 Bottled Up theSpace on North Bridge, 9–11 Aug, £10 Henriad – Histories of Betrayal Greenside @ Royal Terrace, 13–18 Aug, £8

10:20 Panchkanya Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 9 Aug, FREE MAD Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 13–18 Aug, £8 A Dog’s Tail Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 13–18 Aug, £8

10:30 Adventurers Wanted: Rebellion Sweet Novotel, 9–26 Aug, £5 Orestes Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 9–11 Aug, £8 The Best Play Ever theSpace on the Mile, 20–25 Aug, £8 Choose Life, Choose Leith: Trainspotting on Location Leith Dockers Club, Various dates from 9 Aug to 27 Aug, £7.50 Big Bite-Size Breakfast Show Pleasance Dome, 9–27 Aug, not 14, 21, £12-12.50

¤ The Greatest Play in HHHH

The Mariner’s Song Paradise in The Vault, 9–18 Aug, not 12, £10 Lights Over Tesco Car Park Pleasance Dome, 9–27 Aug, not 15, 22, £8.50-11 As It Happened (Contemporaneous Notes) theSpace on North Bridge, 13–18 Aug, £7 Lonely TWOgether Beijing Version theSpace on North Bridge, 21–24 Aug, £12

10:55

Gutted theSpaceTriplex, 20–25 Aug, £9

Pomona theSpaceTriplex, 20–25 Aug, £10

The WWI Wardrobe Project Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 13–18 Aug, £10

Treasure Island theSpace @ Niddry St, 21–25 Aug, £8

10:35 Almost, Maine theSpace @ Symposium Hall, 9–11 Aug, £5 Dining Al Desko HH theSpace on the Mile, 20–25 Aug, £10

10:40

11:00 Zoo Assembly George Square Studios, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, £9.50-11.50 Under the Fig Tree Paradise in The Vault, 20–26 Aug, £8

Reigen theSpace @ Venue45, 13–18 Aug, £8

Our Man in Havana Pleasance Courtyard, Various dates from 21 Aug to 27 Aug, £7.50-10

The Laurel and Hardy Story theSpaceTriplex, 13–18 Aug, £10

Tomorrow, Tomorrow, Tomorrow Underbelly, Cowgate, 9–12 Aug, £9-10

10:45 That Bastard Brecht Paradise in Augustines, 13–18 Aug, £15 Female Transport Theatre Bath Bus, 9–11 Aug, £7

Your Alice Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 20–25 Aug, £9

Alan Bennett’s Say Something Happened theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 22 Aug, 23 Aug, 25 Aug, £12

As It Happened (Contemporaneous Notes) theSpace on North Bridge, 9–11 Aug, £7

Alan Bennett’s A Visit from Miss Prothero theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 20 Aug, 21 Aug, 24 Aug, £12

A Collection of Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Too Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 20–25 Aug, £8

10:50 In Addition Underbelly, Cowgate, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £9-10

❤ Ulster American HHHH

Traverse Theatre, 14 Aug, 19 Aug, 25 Aug, £20.50 Paper Dolls Paradise in The Vault, 9–11 Aug, £10 The Meeting theSpace @ Niddry St, 13–18 Aug, £7 Class HHH Traverse Theatre, 9 Aug, 15 Aug, 21 Aug, 26 Aug, £20.50 Risk Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 9–15 Aug, FREE

The Electra Legacy Paradise in Augustines, 20–25 Aug, £15

The Pew With a View St Patrick’s Church, 9–11 Aug, £5

Dining Al Desko HH theSpace on the Mile, 13–18 Aug, £9

The Turn of the Screw Underbelly, Cowgate, 9–26 Aug, £9-10

the History of the World...

11:15

Traverse Theatre, 12 Aug, 18 Aug, 24 Aug, £20.50

Eglantyne Gilded Balloon Teviot, 9–27 Aug, not 14, £9-10

Alabama God Damn Pleasance Dome, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 21, £8.5010.50

¤ Coriolanus Vanishes HHHH Traverse Theatre, 10 Aug, 16 Aug, 22 Aug, £20.50

The Taming of the Shrew C venues – C south, 12–18 Aug, £8-10 Proxy Gilded Balloon Teviot, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £8-9 Twenty Minutes to Nine / Free Fringe Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 9–24 Aug, not 11, 12, 14, 15, 18, 19, 21, 22, FREE Old Boy Scottish Storytelling Centre, 18 Aug, 19 Aug, 24 Aug, 25 Aug, 26 Aug, £10 On the Exhale Traverse Theatre, 11 Aug, 17 Aug, 23 Aug, £20.50

11:05 Walk Swiftly and With Purpose theSpace on the Mile, 13–18 Aug, £9.50

11:10 Good Women Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 9–19 Aug, not 11, FREE

Inferno theSpace on North Bridge, 13–25 Aug, not 19, £7 Treasure Island C venues – C, 9–11 Aug, £8.50-9.50 The Ladder Gilded Balloon Teviot, 9–12 Aug, £8-9.50 Death, Dating and I Do theSpace on the Mile, 14–18 Aug, £7 Swap Shop theSpace on the Mile, 20–25 Aug, £9 Big Love Central Hall, 13 Aug, £5

11:20 Someone Somewhere by Sam Potter theSpace @ Niddry St, 9 Aug, £8 Steve Richards Presents Rock’n’Roll Politics 2018 theSpace @ Symposium Hall, 13–18 Aug, £12 Intro to Chicano History: 101 Central Hall, 17 Aug, £5 Brollies and Bumbershoots Central Hall, 14 Aug, £5 Holy Sh*t Paradise in The Vault, 20–24 Aug, £8

11:25

Punching Judy theSpace @ Niddry St, 13–18 Aug, £10

The Antiscians Greenside @ Royal Terrace, 9–18 Aug, not 12, £10

Ministers of Grace: The Unauthorised Shakespearean Parody of Ghostbusters theSpace on the Mile, 9–10 Aug, £9

Spoiler Alert Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 13–25 Aug, not 19, £6-8.50

Hecate Paradise in The Vault, 13–18 Aug, £12

Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 9–25 Aug, not 12, 19, £8-10

Steve Richards Presents Rock’n’Roll Politics 2018 theSpace @ Symposium Hall, 19–25 Aug, £12 Two by Jim Cartwright (Clueless Presents) theSpace on North Bridge, 13–18 Aug, £8-10 Chatroom theSpace on the Mile, 9–11 Aug, £8

Definition of Man

HHH

First Dates theSpace on North Bridge, 9–11 Aug, £10 Elise Pleasance Courtyard, 9–27 Aug, not 15, £9-11 Fallen Fruit Summerhall, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, £12

Are There More of You? Assembly Hall, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £11-12.50

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How to Spot an Alien Roundabout @ Summerhall, Various dates from 11 Aug to 26 Aug, £10 Adventurers Wanted: Rebellion Sweet Novotel, 9–26 Aug, £5 Sparks HHH Pleasance Courtyard, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, £10-12 She Taught Me How to Breathe Again Zoo Southside, 12–27 Aug, not 15, £10

No Sanction Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 9–18 Aug, not 12, £8

The Reluctant Fundamentalist Summerhall, 14–26 Aug, not 20, £8-10

In Conversation With... Ruby Wax The Stand’s New Town Theatre, 23 Aug, £12

In Conversation With... Jonathan Watson The Stand’s New Town Theatre, 25 Aug, £12

An Elephant in the Garden by Michael Morpurgo Underbelly, Bristo Square, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £10-11

Alma, a Human Voice Summerhall, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, £10

In Conversation With... Henry Winter The Stand’s New Town Theatre, 9 Aug, £12

Scary Story Paradise in The Vault, 20–26 Aug, £8

A Good Enough Girl? Assembly George Square Theatre, 9–27 Aug, not 14, 21, £11-12

In Conversation With... Emily Thornberry The Stand’s New Town Theatre, 19 Aug, £12

A Necessary Woman Sweet Grassmarket, 20–26 Aug, £9.50

In Conversation With... Barbara Dickson The Stand’s New Town Theatre, 17 Aug, £12

King Arthur – The Panto Paradise in Augustines, 9–10 Aug, £5 The WWI Wardrobe Project Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 20–25 Aug, £10 All the Lights Are On

HHH

...And This Is My Friend Mr Laurel Pleasance Courtyard, 9–27 Aug, not 14, £10-12.50

Summerhall, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, £10

The Fetch Wilson Pleasance Courtyard, 9–27 Aug, not 14, £8-10

11:45

Doors Opening Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 13–18 Aug, £9 Shadow Hour Central Hall, 15 Aug, £5 Island Town Roundabout @ Summerhall, 10 Aug, 13 Aug, 16 Aug, 22 Aug, 24 Aug, £15-17 Orlando Assembly Roxy, 9–27 Aug, not 14, 21, £12-13 Sticks and Stones Roundabout @ Summerhall, 9 Aug, 15 Aug, 17 Aug, 20 Aug, 23 Aug, £15-17 WHITE Pleasance Courtyard, 15–27 Aug, not 20, £7.50-10

11:35 The Interview theSpace on North Bridge, 20–25 Aug, £7 Coccinellidae theSpace on North Bridge, 9–11 Aug, £5 Walk Swiftly and With Purpose theSpace on the Mile, 20–25 Aug, £9.50 How to Be Amazingly Happy! Pleasance Courtyard, 9–27 Aug, not 13, 14, £8-10

11:40 Tarzanne theSpaceTriplex, 9–18 Aug, not 12, £10

Trump Lear Pleasance Courtyard, 9–27 Aug, not 14, £9-11

1984 Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 20–25 Aug, £10 The Girl Who Jumped Off the Hollywood Sign Assembly George Square Studios, Various dates from 9 Aug to 26 Aug, £12-13 Entropy theSpace on North Bridge, 9–11 Aug, £9 Raise the Roof Quaker Meeting House, 20–24 Aug, £5 Nine Foot Nine Assembly Rooms, 9–25 Aug, not 16, £10-12 That Daring Australian Girl Assembly George Square Studios, Various dates from 10 Aug to 27 Aug, £12-13 Warhol: Bullet Karma Sweet Grassmarket, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, £8.50 See-Through Summerhall, 14–26 Aug, not 20, £5-10 Eight theSpace on the Mile, 13–18 Aug, £10 Audacious Mr Astley Pleasance Courtyard, 9–27 Aug, not 14, £9-12 Finding Fassbender Pleasance Courtyard, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £8-10.50

11:50 The OS Map Fan Club theSpaceTriplex, 9–18 Aug, not 12, £9

HHH

11:55 Evren Venue 13, 9–11 Aug, £9

Unsung Summerhall, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, £12

Tetra-Decathlon Summerhall, 14–26 Aug, not 20, £12

The Accordion Shop PQA Venues @Riddle’s Court, 13–17 Aug, £5

Individual Medley Sweet Grassmarket, 9–19 Aug, £7

In Conversation With... Paddy Hill The Stand’s New Town Theatre, 10 Aug, £12

You’ve Got To Be Kidney Me! Venue 13, Various dates from 12 Aug to 18 Aug, £9 Lonely TWOgether Taipei Version theSpace on North Bridge, 21–24 Aug, £12 Noël Coward’s Still Life theSpace on the Mile, 9–11 Aug, £9 Brawn theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 20–25 Aug, £8

12:00

In Conversation With... Darren McGarvey The Stand’s New Town Theatre, 14 Aug, £12 Daniel Cainer: Old Dog, New Shtick! Underbelly, George Square, 9–27 Aug, £11-12 A Christmas Carol Assembly George Square Studios, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £13-15 @JohnLewis: Never Knowingly Undertweeted

HHH

Tonight I Sleep in Peace (or How to Cure Involuntary Nocturnal Bruxism) theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 9–11 Aug, £8

Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 9–26 Aug, not 15, 22, FREE

Tits ‘n’ Teeth Underbelly, Bristo Square, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £9-10

Dangerous Giant Animals Underbelly, Cowgate, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 14, 21, £9-10

In Conversation With... Archie Macpherson The Stand’s New Town Theatre, 22 Aug, £12

Leviticus ZOO Charteris, 9–27 Aug, not 14, 21, £10-12

In Conversation With... Donald Findlay The Stand’s New Town Theatre, 12 Aug, £12 Cat-in-a-Box C venues – C aquila, 12–18 Aug, £7.50-9.50 The Archive of Educated Hearts Pleasance Courtyard, 9–27 Aug, not 13, 20, £7 An Intimate Setting for the Devouring of Performance Art Cranston Caravan Club, 9–27 Aug, not 20, FREE

The Magic Hour PQA Venues @Riddle’s Court, 9–12 Aug, £5

Agent November Investigates: Rob Berry The Stand’s New Town Theatre, 9–26 Aug, not 14, £15

The Edge of You theSpace @ Jurys Inn, 9–25 Aug, not 12, 19, 21, £10

12:10

The Biggest Problem in the World: Our Problem With Problems (and Why Truth Matters) Sweet Grassmarket, 13–19 Aug, £8

Ovid’s Metamorphoses Pleasance Dome, 9–27 Aug, £9-12

In Conversation With... Mike Russell The Stand’s New Town Theatre, 26 Aug, £12

Just William’s Luck Underbelly, Cowgate, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £9-10

In Conversation With... Rory Bremner The Stand’s New Town Theatre, 16 Aug, £12 Heroine Assembly Hall, 9–27 Aug, not 21, £10-12 In Conversation With... KT Tunstall The Stand’s New Town Theatre, 21 Aug, £12

3000 Trees: The Death of Mr William MacRae The Stand’s New Town Theatre, 9–26 Aug, not 14, £10

12:15 Didi and Gogo C venues – C royale, 9–11 Aug, £8.50-9.50 Uninvited C venues – C royale, 19–27 Aug, £7.50-9.50

In Conversation With... Judy Murray The Stand’s New Town Theatre, 20 Aug, £12 A Voice C venues – C aquila, 9–10 Aug, £8.50-9 After the Cuts Summerhall, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, £15

Kokoda Gilded Balloon Teviot, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £8-9 Banana Boys theSpace on the Mile, 14–18 Aug, £8 Heimatmann Laughing Horse @ The Mockingbird, 9–26 Aug, FREE

Laura theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 13–18 Aug, £7

There’s a Leak C venues – C, 9–11 Aug, £8.50-9.50

In Conversation With... Val McDermid The Stand’s New Town Theatre, 11 Aug, £12

On Their Own Ground C venues – C royale, 12–18 Aug, £7.50-9.50

In Conversation With... Arnold Brown The Stand’s New Town Theatre, 24 Aug, £12

Molière’s The Miser C venues – C, 12–18 Aug, £7.50-9.50

In Conversation With... Richard Leonard The Stand’s New Town Theatre, 18 Aug, £12

The Merry Wives of Seoul C venues – C south, 12–18 Aug, £8-10

12:05

Swap Shop theSpace on the Mile, 9–11 Aug, £9

Into the Blue theSpace @ Niddry St, 21–25 Aug, £8

The Lucky Durhams theSpace @ Venue45, 14–18 Aug, £10

Alfred Hitchcock’s Writers’ Room theSpace on North Bridge, 13–18 Aug, £8.50 Waiting for Ofsted theSpace @ Niddry St, 13–18 Aug, £10

Black and White Tea Room – Counsellor Assembly Rooms, 9–25 Aug, £11-12 Stupid Cupid Underbelly, Bristo Square, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £9-10

In Conversation With... Mark Thomas The Stand’s New Town Theatre, 15 Aug, £12

Dominoes Assembly George Square Studios, 9–27 Aug, not 13, 20, £10

The Canterville Ghost PQA Venues @Riddle’s Court, 18–22 Aug, £5

Offstage HH Pleasance Dome, 9–27 Aug, not 14, £8-10

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11:30

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Magic 8 Ball (My Life With Asperger’s) Gilded Balloon Teviot, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £9-9.50 I’ll Have What She’s Having Assembly George Square Studios, 9–27 Aug, not 13, 20, £9-11

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12:20 Marsistan Sweet Novotel, 13–26 Aug, not 20, £7.50 Mengele Assembly George Square Theatre, 10–26 Aug, not 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, £10-12 Let’s Inherit the Earth Pleasance Courtyard, 10–26 Aug, not 13, 20, £10-12 Gate 64 Underbelly, Bristo Square, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £9-10 Yen C venues – C cubed, 9–25 Aug, £7.50-9.50 Haggis, Neeps and Burns Hill Street Theatre, 9–26 Aug, £12 All Change Assembly George Square Theatre, Various dates from 9 Aug to 27 Aug, £10-12 Good Grief theSpace on the Mile, 21–25 Aug, £8 Kit Finnie: Mabel and Mickey Underbelly, Cowgate, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £9-10

Theatre

12:25

82

An Intimate Setting for the Devouring of Performance Art Cranston Caravan Club, 9–27 Aug, not 20, FREE Vivarium Bedlam Theatre, 9–27 Aug, not 16, £10 Beaker’s Place theSpace on North Bridge, 9–25 Aug, not 12, 19, £8.50

A Night of Dark Intent theSpace @ Niddry St, 13–15 Aug, £5 A Dangerous Woman theSpace @ Jurys Inn, 9–11 Aug, £8 Courtroom Play: A Courtroom Play Pleasance Dome, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £9.50-12.50

12:30

No One Is Coming to Save You Pleasance Courtyard, 9–27 Aug, £8-10.50 The Abode Underbelly, Cowgate, 9–16 Aug, £10-11 The Women of Lockerbie C venues – C, 9–14 Aug, £8.50-10.50

¤ Daughter HHHH

Simon Callow in De Profundis Assembly Rooms, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, £17-19

CanadaHub @ King’s Hall in association with Summerhall, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 14, 20, 21, £11

Adventurers Wanted: Rebellion Sweet Novotel, 9–26 Aug, £5

The Selkie: A Song of Many Waters 52 Canoes (Grassmarket), 9–15 Aug, FREE

The Archive of Educated Hearts Pleasance Courtyard, 9–27 Aug, not 13, 20, £7 Comedy of Errors Underbelly, Bristo Square, 9–14 Aug, £10-12 Fcuk’d Gilded Balloon Teviot, 9–27 Aug, £8.50-10 Eleanor’s Story: An American Girl in Hitler’s Germany Gilded Balloon Teviot, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £9-10 Titus Andronicus Paradise in The Vault, 13–18 Aug, £10 A State of Mind Underbelly, Cowgate, 17–26 Aug, £10-11 Is This a Dagger? The Story of Macbeth Scottish Storytelling Centre, 22–26 Aug, £10 A Play, A Pie and A Pint Le Monde, 9–27 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £12.50

12:35 147Hz Can’t Pass Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 13–25 Aug, not 19, £7 The Big Lie theSpace @ Jurys Inn, 13–16 Aug, £5 DNA Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 9–11 Aug, £7.50 Breathing Corpses theSpace on the Mile, 20–25 Aug, £8 Henriad – Histories of Betrayal Greenside @ Royal Terrace, 20–25 Aug, £8

12:40 The Half Moon Shania Zoo Southside, 9–27 Aug, not 15, £10 My Name Is Dorothy Greenside @ Royal Terrace, 9–18 Aug, not 12, £8 Tarzanne theSpaceTriplex, 20–25 Aug, £10 Gratiano Assembly Rooms, 12 Aug, 15 Aug, 19 Aug, 22 Aug, £10-12 An Evening With Miss Wong Assembly Rooms, 9–26 Aug, not 12, 15, 19, 20, 22, £10-12 Matthew 19:14 Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 9–25 Aug, not 12, 19, £9.50 Pyg Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 13–18 Aug, £8

12:45 A Play, A Pie and A Pint McSorley’s Irish Bar, 9–24 Aug, not 11, 18, £12.50 Kill the Boy Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 9 Aug, £7 Statements Gilded Balloon Teviot, 9–17 Aug, £8.50-9.50

A Beginner’s Guide to Populism theSpaceTriplex, 13–18 Aug, £9

Sisterhood Pleasance Courtyard, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, £8.50-11

A Substitute for Life Assembly Hall, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £10-11.50

Busking It Pleasance Courtyard, 15–27 Aug, £7-12.50 UnSpoken C venues – C royale, 9–27 Aug, not 14, £7.50-9.50

Everything Is Going to Be KO Pleasance Courtyard, 9–27 Aug, not 14, 21, £8.50-11 Fronting Pleasance Courtyard, 9–27 Aug, not 14, £8-11 The Duke Pleasance Courtyard, 9–13 Aug, £5

12:50 An Intimate Setting for the Devouring of Performance Art Cranston Caravan Club, 9–27 Aug, not 20, FREE The Monster in the Hall theSpace on the Mile, 10–24 Aug, not 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, £9.50 Jumpers for Goalposts theSpace on the Mile, 9–25 Aug, not 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, £9.50 Everything Wrong With You Is Beautiful Banshee Labyrinth, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, FREE

Tonight I Sleep in Peace (or How to Cure Involuntary Nocturnal Bruxism) theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 20–25 Aug, £7-8 Polaris Pleasance Courtyard, 9–27 Aug, not 14, £7.50-9.50

13:00 Power Play: Somebody Pleasance Pop-Up: Power Play HQ, 9–25 Aug, not 14, 21, £12 The Archive of Educated Hearts Pleasance Courtyard, 9–27 Aug, not 13, 20, £7 Tonight I Sleep in Peace (or How to Cure Involuntary Nocturnal Bruxism) theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 13–18 Aug, £7-8 Flight HHH Summerhall, 9–26 Aug, £6

Born on a Monday Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 13–25 Aug, not 19, £7

About Lady White Fox With Nine Tales... Assembly George Square Studios, 9–27 Aug, not 14, 21, £12-13

Keep the Change ZOO Charteris, 12–27 Aug, not 20, £10

Nigel Slater’s Toast Traverse Theatre, 15 Aug, 22 Aug, £21.50

The WWI Wardrobe Project Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 9–11 Aug, £10

Guerilla Aspies Year Four – Autism. Amusement. Conversion. Laughing Horse @ Bar 50, 17–26 Aug, FREE

The Arsonists Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 9–11 Aug, £8

12:55 Love Song to Lavender Menace Summerhall, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, £12

Chwedl: Fairytales from Wales PQA Venues @Riddle’s Court, 23–27 Aug, £6 Twelfth Night Assembly George Square Gardens, 22–26 Aug, £15

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Diary of an Expat Underbelly, Cowgate, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £10-11 Meek Traverse Theatre, 9 Aug, 11 Aug, 16 Aug, 18 Aug, 25 Aug, £21.50 Mark Thomas – Check Up: Our NHS at 70 Traverse Theatre, 12 Aug, 14 Aug, 19 Aug, 21 Aug, £21.50 Underground Railroad Game Traverse Theatre, 23 Aug, 26 Aug, £21.50 Ladykiller Pleasance Courtyard, 9–27 Aug, not 13, 14, £9-11 Stealth Aspies – Autistic People Speaking Laughing Horse @ Bar 50, 9–16 Aug, FREE Agent November Investigates: Rob Berry The Stand’s New Town Theatre, 9–26 Aug, not 14, £15 Gie’s Peace Scottish Storytelling Centre, 17 Aug, 18 Aug, 19 Aug, 24 Aug, 25 Aug, £9 The 39 Steps: A Disaster in a Radio Studio! PQA Venues @Riddle’s Court, 13–17 Aug, £5 Extremism PQA Venues @Riddle’s Court, 9–12 Aug, £5 Romeo and Juliet Assembly George Square Gardens, 15–19 Aug, £15 Marie Assembly Rooms, 9–25 Aug, not 13, 20, £10-11 A War of Two Halves Tynecastle Park, Various dates from 9 Aug to 16 Aug, £24 Propeller Pleasance Courtyard, 9–27 Aug, not 13, 21, £7-9 Dummy Bourbon Bar, 9–25 Aug, not 15, 22, FREE Boxes PQA Venues @Riddle’s Court, 18–22 Aug, £5 In Loyal Company Pleasance Courtyard, 9–27 Aug, £9-11.50 The Trip PQA Venues @Riddle’s Court, 25–26 Aug, £7

The Time Machine theSpace @ Venue45, 13–18 Aug, £9

13:05 Dickens for Dinner C venues – C, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £8.50-10.50 Never Vera Blue Summerhall, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, £12 Alice theSpaceTriplex, 9–11 Aug, £8 Out of Control theSpace on North Bridge, 9–11 Aug, £6 Agenda theSpace on the Mile, 9–11 Aug, £6 Crave theSpace on North Bridge, 13–18 Aug, £7 Vessel Underbelly, Bristo Square, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £10-11 DUPed Sweet Grassmarket, 9–26 Aug, not 12, 19, £8 Manx Fairy Tales and Legends theSpace on the Mile, 13–18 Aug, £10 Blackthorn by Charley Miles Roundabout @ Summerhall, 9–26 Aug, not 14, 21, £14-15

13:10 Don Juan Assembly George Square Theatre, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £11-12 Jericho Underbelly, Cowgate, 15–26 Aug, £6.50-11 Who Cares? Natural Food Kafe, 9–25 Aug, not 13, 21, FREE Ouroboros Underbelly, Cowgate, 9–14 Aug, £10-11 Little Sparks theSpace @ Jurys Inn, 9–25 Aug, not 12, £8 Signals Pleasance Courtyard, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £8-10.50 Uke Belong to Me Paradise in The Vault, 9–11 Aug, £7.50 Do You Think That’s Wise? – The Life and Times of John Le Mesurier Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, 9–26 Aug, FREE

Panopticon theSpace on North Bridge, 20–25 Aug, £7

Intro to Chicano History: 101 Central Hall, 14 Aug, £5

13:15

Brollies and Bumbershoots Central Hall, 16 Aug, £5

Dangerous Giant Animals Underbelly, Bristo Square, 14 Aug, 21 Aug, £9 An Intimate Setting for the Devouring of Performance Art Cranston Caravan Club, 9–27 Aug, not 20, FREE

As We Like It Paradise in Augustines, 14–18 Aug, £8 The EU Inspector theSpace on North Bridge, 9–25 Aug, not 12, 19, £7

My Left Nut Summerhall, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, £10

The Fishermen Assembly George Square Studios, 9–27 Aug, not 13, 20, £11.50-12.50

The Burning Gadulka Laughing Horse @ Harry’s Southside, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, FREE

Katie & Pip Summerhall, 9–12 Aug, £10

What Makes You a Woman theSpace on the Mile, 13–18 Aug, £7 Dolly theSpace on the Mile, 21–25 Aug, £7 The Grimm Truth theSpace @ Niddry St, 13–18 Aug, £7.50 The Red Shoes theSpace @ Niddry St, 20–25 Aug, £8 Don’t Kill Your Darlings ZOO Charteris, 9–26 Aug, £10 Queens of Sheba Underbelly, Bristo Square, 15 Aug, £10 The First Love Project C venues – C, 19–26 Aug, £7.50-9.50 Sinatra: Raw Frankenstein Pub, 9–27 Aug, £7.50 The Quest: A Fantasy Musical theSpace @ Venue45, 20–25 Aug, £9.50 Big Love Central Hall, 15 Aug, £5 Red and Boiling Venue 13, 9–25 Aug, not 13, 20, £12

13:20 The Hit Summerhall, 14–26 Aug, not 20, £10 Gypsy Queen Assembly George Square Studios, 9–27 Aug, not 14, 21, £10-12 Jinrou TLPT Paradise in Augustines, 9–11 Aug, £15 Darlings C venues – C aquila, 9–27 Aug, not 14, £7.50-9.50

Fibre Optics Can Save the World! The Stand’s New Town Theatre, 11 Aug, £9

School of Batman – Live! The Stand’s New Town Theatre, 12 Aug, £9 Ditch the Classroom; Speak in Tongues! The Stand’s New Town Theatre, 13 Aug, £9

Disgust for Dummies The Stand’s New Town Theatre, 14 Aug, £9

Stop Making Sense The Stand’s New Town Theatre, 10 Aug, £9

¤ The Approach HHHH

Yer Aul’ Da The Royal Scots Club, 21–25 Aug, £10

13:30 Adventurers Wanted: Rebellion Sweet Novotel, 9–26 Aug, £5 It’s Not a Sprint Pleasance Dome, 9–26 Aug, not 14, 21, £9-11 On the Exhale Traverse Theatre, 12 Aug, 18 Aug, 24 Aug, 26 Aug, £20.50 The Archive of Educated Hearts Pleasance Courtyard, 9–27 Aug, not 13, 20, £7 Wrecked Gilded Balloon at the Museum, 9–27 Aug, £13-14 Flight HHH Summerhall, 9–26 Aug, £6

13:35 (sorry) Assembly George Square Theatre, 9–27 Aug, not 15, 22, £13-15

What Keeps You Sharp? The Stand’s New Town Theatre, 16 Aug, £9

Evros | The Crossing River Summerhall, 13–26 Aug, not 20, £8-10

The Dark Side of Fluorescence The Stand’s New Town Theatre, 21 Aug, £9

The Servant of Two Masters C venues – C, 9–11 Aug, £9-10

Jings Crivvens Help Ma Boab Eric Liddell Centre, 14 Aug, FREE

The Spider Glass theSpaceTriplex, 9–25 Aug, not 12, 19, £8

All News Is Fake News! The Stand’s New Town Theatre, 15 Aug, £9

You Only Live Forever Assembly George Square Studios, 9–27 Aug, not 14, £9-11

Mungo: Legend of Glasgow’s Saint St Patrick’s Church, 11–12 Aug, £8

Twelfth Night: The Ship of Fools C venues – C, 12–18 Aug, £8.50-10.50

Never a Soft Touch The Stand’s New Town Theatre, 9 Aug, £9

Come to Daddy Summerhall, 9–11 Aug, £8

13:40

¤ Baby Face HHHH

An Intimate Setting for the Devouring of Performance Art Cranston Caravan Club, 9–27 Aug, not 20, FREE

Summerhall, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, £9

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Footballers Have Feelings Too The Stand’s New Town Theatre, 17 Aug, 24 Aug, £9

Will Pigs Save Our Bacon? The Stand’s New Town Theatre, 22 Aug, £9

Traverse Theatre, 9 Aug, 15 Aug, 21 Aug, £20.50

Politics of the Tooth Fairy The Stand’s New Town Theatre, 18 Aug, £9

The Cat’s Mother Underbelly, Cowgate, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £9-10

May Contain Neanderthal The Stand’s New Town Theatre, 25 Aug, £9

¤ Ulster American HHHH

The Naked Blind Data Show The Stand’s New Town Theatre, 20 Aug, £9 Monolinguals, Where Are You? The Stand’s New Town Theatre, 19 Aug, £9

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Don Quixote Assembly Roxy, 9–26 Aug, not 15, 22, £8-10

Door-to-Door Poetry Bourbon Bar, 9–25 Aug, not 15, FREE

The Spy Who Doped Me The Stand’s New Town Theatre, 26 Aug, £9

Erewhon Summerhall, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, £10

The Black Dahlia Paradise in The Vault, 13–17 Aug, £6

Shadow Hour Central Hall, 13 Aug, 17 Aug, £5

Class HHH Traverse Theatre, 10 Aug, 16 Aug, 22 Aug, £20.50

Brexit Pleasance Courtyard, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, £12.50-16.50

Assembly Hall, 9–26 Aug, not 15, 22, £12-13

Chemo Barbie HHH Gilded Balloon Teviot, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £9.50-10.50

Traverse Theatre, 14 Aug, 19 Aug, 25 Aug, £20.50

¤ Coriolanus Vanishes HHHH

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What Girls Are Made Of Traverse Theatre, 10 Aug, 17 Aug, 24 Aug, £21.50

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Camp Be Yourself Underbelly, Cowgate, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £9-10 The Dark Philosophers theSpace @ Niddry St, 9–11 Aug, £8 A Clown Show About Rain Pleasance Dome, 9–27 Aug, not 13, 20, £8.50-11

Traverse Theatre, 11 Aug, 17 Aug, 23 Aug, £20.50

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Tonight With Donny Stixx theSpace @ Jurys Inn, 9–25 Aug, not 12, £9.50-11.50 Bad Dog theSpace on North Bridge, 9–18 Aug, not 12, £10 Olorine C venues – C too, 19–23 Aug, £7.50-9.50

13:45 J’n’R Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 9–11 Aug, £10 My Mate Dave Died Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 20–25 Aug, £7 The Ballad of the Apathetic Son and His Narcissistic Mother Summerhall, 14–26 Aug, not 20, £12 The Marilyn Conspiracy Assembly George Square Studios, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £15-18 Zugunruhe Zoo Southside, 9–26 Aug, not 15, £10 A Robinson Crusoe of the Soul Sweet Novotel, 13–26 Aug, not 17, 22, £5

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WEIRD HHH Pleasance Courtyard, 9–27 Aug, not 14, £10-12

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BaseCamp C venues – C south, 9–27 Aug, not 14, £9.50-11.50 Grace Gilded Balloon Teviot, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £8.50-9.50 Billy Bremner and Me The Stand’s New Town Theatre, 9–12 Aug, £12 Babes Against Bullshit theSpace on North Bridge, 9–11 Aug, £6

Bad Shakespeare Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 9–11 Aug, £8

Gulliver Returns Underbelly, Cowgate, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £10-11

Behind Our Skin C venues – C aquila, 9–10 Aug, £8.50

The Sisters of CastleKnock House C venues – C royale, 9–27 Aug, not 14, £7.50-9.50

The Archive of Educated Hearts Pleasance Courtyard, 9–27 Aug, not 13, 20, £7

Bowjangles: Excalibow Gilded Balloon Teviot, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £10-12

An Act Of Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 13–25 Aug, not 19, £10

Bummer and Lazarus Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 9–18 Aug, not 12, £9

13:50 Scratch Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 10 Aug, 14 Aug, 16 Aug, 18 Aug, £8.50 Diagnosed Paradise in The Vault, 21–25 Aug, FREE Your Alice Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 9–11 Aug, £9 Osric Omand and the Story of Hope Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 13–18 Aug, £8 Blink Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 9 Aug, 11 Aug, 13 Aug, 15 Aug, 17 Aug, £8.50 Medea Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 23–25 Aug, £7

Flight HHH Summerhall, 9–26 Aug, £6 Para Handy: A Radio Play on Stage PQA Venues @Riddle’s Court, 13–19 Aug, £11.50 Sit With Us for a Moment and Remember ZOO Charteris, 9–27 Aug, £1 Feed Pleasance Dome, 9–27 Aug, not 15, £9-12 Starfish C venues – C royale, 9–27 Aug, £7.50-9.50 Faulty Towers the Dining Experience The Principal, 9–27 Aug, £49.50

Agent November Investigates: Rob Berry The Stand’s New Town Theatre, 9–26 Aug, not 14, £15 FanDango Bedlam Theatre, 9–11 Aug, £10 Happimess theSpace @ Venue45, 14–18 Aug, £8 Jings Crivvens Help Ma Boab Eric Liddell Centre, 14 Aug, FREE Twenty Minutes to Nine / Free Fringe The Edinburgh Yes Hub, 12 Aug, 18 Aug, 19 Aug, FREE Horror – Gothic Tales and Dark Poetry Banshee Labyrinth, 9–26 Aug, not 14, 22, FREE The Only One in the World Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 9 Aug, £7

City Love C venues – C cubed, 9–27 Aug, £8.50-10.50

Eight Bedlam Theatre, 20–27 Aug, £10

All That Remains Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 21–25 Aug, £8

Falkland – The War the World Forgot Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 13–25 Aug, not 19, £10-12

Taking it Badly theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 20–25 Aug, £9

Arthur Conan Doyle – The Spiritualist Arthur Conan Doyle Centre, 9 Aug, 14 Aug, 16 Aug, 21 Aug, £8

Dancing With Mrs Murphy Leith Dockers Club, 13–16 Aug, £10

14:00

The End of Eddy The Studio, 23–26 Aug, £11

Last Tango in Little Grimley Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 21–25 Aug, £5

And Before I Forget I Love You, I Love You Pleasance Courtyard, 9–26 Aug, £8-10

The Half Pleasance Courtyard, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £7-12.50

VELVET Pleasance Courtyard, 9–27 Aug, not 14, £11-12.50 Author, Composer, Soldier-of-a-Sort Pleasance Courtyard, 9–27 Aug, not 14, £8.50-11

Hocus Pocus The Studio, 11–12 Aug, £11 A Pickering’s Gin Jolly Summerhall, 9–26 Aug, not 14, 21, £10

Side Effects Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 14–18 Aug, £8

14:15

The Poets’ Republic – Unleashed Scottish Poetry Library, 24–25 Aug, £5

Sit With Us for a Moment and Remember ZOO Charteris, 9–27 Aug, £1

Annie Brassey Paradise in Augustines, 13–18 Aug, £8

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running ZOO Charteris, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 15, 20, 21, 22, £10

14:05 An Intimate Setting for the Devouring of Performance Art Cranston Caravan Club, 9–27 Aug, not 20, FREE The Vampire of Barcelona theSpace on the Mile, 9–11 Aug, £7 Community theSpace on the Mile, 13–18 Aug, £5

14:10 The Vanishing Man Pleasance Courtyard, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £9.50-13 A Sight of Abject Pity and Ruin theSpace on North Bridge, 20–25 Aug, £5 Words Is Words Is Words theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 13–18 Aug, £6 Chimes at Midnight theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 9–25 Aug, not 12, 19, £8 Jet of Blood ZOO Charteris, 9–27 Aug, not 15, £10 Tom Duke – Psychiatrist to the Paranormal! theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 9–11 Aug, £6

The Screwtape Letters Palmerston Place Church, 25 Aug, £11 The Bench Gilded Balloon Rose Theatre, 9–26 Aug, not 20, £10 Pricks Pleasance Courtyard, 9–27 Aug, not 15, 22, £8.50-11 Integrity theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 20–25 Aug, £10 UNCONDITIONAL Pleasance Courtyard, 9–26 Aug, not 14, £8.50-11 Casanova Dreaming theSpace @ Niddry St, 9–25 Aug, not 12, 19, £9 Bite-Size Plays Presents: Neverwant Pleasance Courtyard, 9–27 Aug, not 14, 21, £9.50-11 Treasure Island theSpaceTriplex, 13–18 Aug, £10

14:20 I, Sniper theSpace on North Bridge, 9–25 Aug, not 12, 19, £7 Dracula Pleasance Courtyard, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £9-12.50

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The Pew With a View St Patrick’s Church, 9–10 Aug, £5

The Front Page St Ninian’s Hall, 11 Aug, 18 Aug, £12

Love Songs Underbelly, Cowgate, 9–26 Aug, not 15, £10-11

14:30

The Steamie Inverleith St Serf’s Church Centre, 18 Aug, £12

And Then There’s Me... theSpaceTriplex, 9–11 Aug, £10

Impact Pleasance Courtyard, 9–27 Aug, not 14, £9-11

Sit With Us for a Moment and Remember ZOO Charteris, 9–27 Aug, £1

Rainforest Dreams Paradise in Augustines, 20–26 Aug, £8.50

Drip Feed HH Assembly George Square Theatre, 9–26 Aug, not 14, £12-13

Sophie, Ben and Other Problems Assembly George Square Studios, 9–27 Aug, not 13, 20, £10-11

Not Dead Yet! theSpace on North Bridge, 9–11 Aug, £8

Once Seen on Blue Peter Assembly Rooms, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £19.50-22.50

Goons Underbelly, Bristo Square, 9–14 Aug, £10-11

Wrecked Gilded Balloon at the Museum, 9–27 Aug, £13-14

Jings Crivvens Help Ma Boab Eric Liddell Centre, 14 Aug, FREE

14:45

The New Electric Ballroom theSpace on North Bridge, 9–11 Aug, £6

Flight HHH Summerhall, 9–26 Aug, £6

Nina’s Got News by Frank Skinner Pleasance Dome, 9–26 Aug, £14-16

¤ Waiting for Godot HHHH

An Intimate Setting for the Devouring of Performance Art Cranston Caravan Club, 9–27 Aug, not 20, FREE

TalkFest 2018: 02 Traverse Theatre, 13 Aug, £5

Antigone theSpace on the Mile, 9–25 Aug, not 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, £9.50

Ailsa Benson Is Missing Assembly Rooms, 9–25 Aug, not 13, £10-11

14:25 Nitro theSpace on the Mile, 10–24 Aug, not 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, £9.50 Chase Scenes HHH CanadaHub @ King’s Hall in association with Summerhall, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, £11 3 Years, 1 Week and a Lemon Drizzle Underbelly, Bristo Square, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £9-10

Wired Army @ The Fringe in Association with Summerhall, 10–25 Aug, not 13, 20, £12 Legacy: The Story of Martin Luther Palmerston Place Church, 18 Aug, £10

Losing My Mindfulness Natural Food Kafe, 9–25 Aug, FREE

Power Play: Funeral Flowers HHH Pleasance Pop-Up: Power Play HQ, 9–25 Aug, not 14, 21, £12

In Their Footsteps theSpace @ Venue45, 20–25 Aug, £8

Cambusdonald Royal Mayfield Salisbury Church, 11 Aug, 18 Aug, £12

Decibels Paradise in The Vault, 13–26 Aug, not 19, £9

The Famous Five C venues – C, 9–27 Aug, £8.50-10.50

The Lucky Durhams theSpace @ Venue45, 19 Aug, £10 Spaces Sweet Grassmarket, 9–26 Aug, not 14, 21, £9

The Man Who Planted Trees Scottish Storytelling Centre, 20–27 Aug, £12 Of Rags and Bones Quaker Meeting House, 9–11 Aug, £9

The Lyceum, 11 Aug, £17

The Providence of Neighboring Bodies Underbelly, Cowgate, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £10-11 The Prisoner The Lyceum, 25 Aug, £17

The Power of Music 1 St Andrew’s and St George’s West, George St, 9 Aug, £8

14:35 Man Down Venue 13, 9–25 Aug, not 13, 20, £12 Heaven Burns Assembly Roxy, 9–27 Aug, not 14, £9-11 Dulce et Decorum Est: The Unknown Soldiers theSpaceTriplex, 9–11 Aug, £12 Duck Gutters theSpaceTriplex, 20–25 Aug, £10

A Fistful of Mondays Saughtonhall United Reformed Church, 11 Aug, £8

DNA – Alexandra David-Néel theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 9–18 Aug, not 12, £11

Island Town Roundabout @ Summerhall, Various dates from 9 Aug to 26 Aug, £15-17

I Love You... But theSpace on North Bridge, 13–25 Aug, not 19, £8

A World Beyond Man Quaker Meeting House, 20–25 Aug, £6 One Woman Alien Sweet Grassmarket, 9–26 Aug, not 15, 22, £8 The Pieman Cometh: A Cautionary Football Tale Gilded Balloon Rose Theatre, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £11-12 Sticks and Stones Roundabout @ Summerhall, 10–25 Aug, not 12, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 21, 23, £15-17

Awakening Underbelly, Bristo Square, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £10-11 Other People’s Teeth C venues – C aquila, 9–19 Aug, £8-10

14:40 Ruth Cockburn – Love Letters from Blackpool Summerhall, 9–26 Aug, not 15, 20, £9 Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo HH Underbelly, Bristo Square, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £10-12

The Egg Is a Lonely Hunter Summerhall, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £10

The Rockford File Pleasance Dome, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, £8.50-11

Sit With Us for a Moment and Remember ZOO Charteris, 9–27 Aug, £1 The Big Time C venues – C royale, 9–25 Aug, not 14, £7.50-9.50 Fallout Laughing Horse @ The Phoenix, 9–26 Aug, FREE Not Yet Suffragette Underbelly, Bristo Square, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £10-11 Bonqrz Laughing Horse @ The Mockingbird, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, FREE Benny Gilded Balloon Teviot, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £10-11 In for a Penny Gilded Balloon Teviot, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £9.50-10.50 A Self-Help Guide to Being in Love With Jeremy Corbyn Bourbon Bar, 9–25 Aug, not 13, 20, FREE The Canterville Ghost Pleasance Courtyard, Various dates from 9 Aug to 25 Aug, £10-13

Big Aftermath of a Small Disclosure Summerhall, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, £12.50 Orpheus Summerhall, 9–26 Aug, not 20, £11

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The Song of Lunch Pleasance Courtyard, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £11-14.50

The Unknown Soldier Assembly Rooms, 9 Aug, 11 Aug, 16 Aug, 18 Aug, 23 Aug, £10-12 It’s True, It’s True, It’s True Underbelly, Cowgate, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £11-12 The Straw Man Assembly Rooms, 10–25 Aug, not 11, 16, 18, 20, 23, £10-12 The House Assembly George Square Studios, 9–27 Aug, not 13, 21, £11-13

14:55 An Intimate Setting for the Devouring of Performance Art Cranston Caravan Club, 9–27 Aug, not 20, FREE Drowning Our Babies Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 9–25 Aug, not 12, 19, £10

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Free and Proud Assembly George Square Studios, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £12-13 Much Ado About Nothing theSpace @ Niddry St, 20–25 Aug, £10

15:00 South Bend Gilded Balloon at the Museum, 9–27 Aug, not 14, 21, £13-14 Hello Georgie, Goodbye Best Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 9–25 Aug, not 12, 19, £10 Sit With Us for a Moment and Remember ZOO Charteris, 9–27 Aug, £1 Conflict of Interest Sweet Novotel, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £8.50 Flight HHH Summerhall, 9–26 Aug, £6 It’s Alright, Everything’s Okay Zoo Southside, 9–27 Aug, not 15, £6-7

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Hamlet (An Experience) Sweet Novotel, 9–26 Aug, not 15, 22, £10

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Agent November Investigates: Murder Mr E The Stand’s New Town Theatre, 9–26 Aug, not 14, £15 Quines Paradise in The Vault, 20–26 Aug, £9 De Fuut Summerhall, 9–12 Aug, £10 Animal Management Sweet Novotel, 9–12 Aug, £8

Waiting Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 9–11 Aug, £8

Really Want to Hurt Me Assembly Hall, 9–27 Aug, not 13, 20, £10-11

Witches, Wee Folk and Watery Beasties Scottish Storytelling Centre, 9–12 Aug, £9

Drenched Pleasance Courtyard, 9–27 Aug, £9-11

Phill Jupitus Is Porky the Poet in Living in a World Where They Throw the Ducks at the Bread Voodoo Rooms, 9–26 Aug, not 13, FREE

Midsummer The Hub, 11 Aug, 18 Aug, 25 Aug, £32

Queen of the Air theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 13–18 Aug, £9

BaseCamp C venues – C south, 9–27 Aug, not 14, £9.50-11.50

Puffin Island Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 9–18 Aug, not 12, £9

The Last Straw Summerhall, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, £12 Dreamland Zoo Southside, 9–27 Aug, not 15, £10 Walk the Oars Scottish Storytelling Centre, 22–26 Aug, £9

A War of Two Halves Tynecastle Park, 14 Aug, £24

Woyzeck Pleasance Dome, 9–27 Aug, not 13, 23, £7.50-10

Extro-Terrestrial Greenside @ Nicolson Square, Various dates from 10 Aug to 24 Aug, £7

Your Alice Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 13–18 Aug, £9

La Maladie de la mort The Lyceum, 18–19 Aug, £17

Alternative Bedtime Stories Sweet Novotel, 13–26 Aug, £7

Painted Love Valvona & Crolla, 23 Aug, 26 Aug, £10

Jings Crivvens Help Ma Boab Eric Liddell Centre, 14 Aug, FREE HOME King’s Theatre, 25–26 Aug, £17 After Today PQA Venues @Riddle’s Court, 9–27 Aug, not 15, 21, £10-12.50 The Aspirations of Daise Morrow Assembly George Square Gardens, 9–12 Aug, £13-14 Drifting Towers C venues – C aquila, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £7.50-9.50 The Anglican Tradition of Poetry St Vincent’s, 17 Aug, FREE

Century Song Zoo Southside, 9–18 Aug, not 15, £12-14 Me, Myself and AI Greenside @ Nicolson Square, Various dates from 9 Aug to 25 Aug, £7

15:05 Grace Notes theSpace on the Mile, 9–25 Aug, not 12, 19, £10 Tipping the Velvet theSpace @ Niddry St, 9–11 Aug, £8 The Big Lie theSpace @ Jurys Inn, 9–11 Aug, £5 Congratulations You Bastard! theSpace on North Bridge, 20–25 Aug, £5

Face 2 Face theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 9–25 Aug, not 12, 19, £10

Sherlock Holmes and the Conundrum of Conan Doyle theSpace on the Mile, 9–18 Aug, not 12, £8 Toby Thompson: For the Record Pleasance Courtyard, 9–27 Aug, not 13, 20, £9-12 Tobacco Road HHH Pleasance Courtyard, 9–27 Aug, not 14, £9.5012.50 Unspoken Pleasance Courtyard, 21–27 Aug, £7-12.50

Framed! theSpace on North Bridge, 9–18 Aug, not 12, £8

The Unsung Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 21–25 Aug, £9

15:10

Susan Macbeth Laughing Horse @ The Cuckoo’s Nest, 15–26 Aug, FREE

Pig Circus Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 13–18 Aug, £10 Bag for Life Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 9–11 Aug, £8

Sitting by Katherine Parkinson Gilded Balloon Teviot, 9–26 Aug, £14-16

Bride of the Gulf C venues – C cubed, 9–27 Aug, not 14, £9.50-11.50

Narcissist in the Mirror Pleasance Courtyard, 9–27 Aug, not 19, £9-11

Life on Venus theSpace @ Jurys Inn, 13–18 Aug, £7

Trojan Horse Summerhall, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £12

Other Voices Spoken Word Cabaret Banshee Labyrinth, 9–26 Aug, not 15, 22, FREE

Terra Is a Warm Gun theSpace @ Jurys Inn, 21–25 Aug, £10

Nutshells theSpace @ Jurys Inn, 13–18 Aug, £8

15:15 Sit With Us for a Moment and Remember ZOO Charteris, 9–27 Aug, £1

The Imagicarium of Mr Dickens theSpace on the Mile, 20–25 Aug, £8

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Pleasance Courtyard, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £10-12

15:20 The Poetry of Sticking an Egg Up a Hen’s Butt! Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 9–26 Aug, not 13, FREE An Intimate Setting for the Devouring of Performance Art Cranston Caravan Club, 9–27 Aug, not 20, FREE Ken Pleasance Dome, 9–27 Aug, not 13, 20, £11-14.50 An Algorithm Named Kevin theSpace @ Niddry St, 20–25 Aug, £5-7 The Pleasantries of Peasantry theSpace on North Bridge, 13–25 Aug, not 19, £7 Romeo and Juliet theSpace @ Niddry St, 9–18 Aug, not 12, £8-10 To the Ocean theSpace @ Symposium Hall, 9–19 Aug, £5 Brollies and Bumbershoots Central Hall, 17 Aug, £5 Lu-ting the Merman Paradise in Augustines, 13–26 Aug, not 19, £10 Angry Alan by Penelope Skinner Underbelly, Cowgate, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £13-14

15:25 F**k You Pay Me Assembly Rooms, 9–26 Aug, not 14, 21, £10-11 Alan Bennett’s A Visit from Miss Prothero theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 20–23 Aug, £12

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15:30 Wrecked Gilded Balloon at the Museum, 9–27 Aug, £13-14 Flight HHH Summerhall, 9–26 Aug, £6 Sit With Us for a Moment and Remember ZOO Charteris, 9–27 Aug, £1 Outside Pleasance Courtyard, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £8-10 Marmite Gilded Balloon Rose Theatre, 9–26 Aug, £9-10 Talking Heads – Bed Among the Lentils St Cuthbert’s Church, 13–15 Aug, £10 Henry Pleasance Dome, 11–26 Aug, £10-12 Ad Libido Pleasance Courtyard, 9–27 Aug, not 21, £8-10.50 A War of Two Halves Tynecastle Park, Various dates from 9 Aug to 17 Aug, £24

Vox: A Fairy Tale for a New Age Central Hall, 14 Aug, £5

15:35 Choking to Death on a Currant Bun theSpace on North Bridge, 9–25 Aug, not 12, 19, £9 Metamorphosis of One C venues – C royale, 9–27 Aug, £7.50-9.50 Sirens Pleasance Courtyard, 9–27 Aug, not 13, 20, £8.50-11

15:40 Little Potatoes Paradise in The Vault, 9–11 Aug, £10 Wakey Wakey theSpaceTriplex, 9–11 Aug, £5 Van Gogh Find Yourself #vgfy Natural Food Kafe, 9–25 Aug, not 10, FREE No Kids Pleasance Courtyard, 9–27 Aug, not 13, 21, £10.50-13.50 The Extinction Event Pleasance Courtyard, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £9.50-13

Shadow Hour Central Hall, 16 Aug, £5

I Love You Mum... I Promise I Won’t Die! theSpace @ Venue45, 20–25 Aug, £8

Passionate Machine ZOO Charteris, 9–27 Aug, £10

Flushed Underbelly, Cowgate, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £10-11

Dietrich: Natural Duty Pleasance Courtyard, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £10-12

The War of Jenkins’ Ear theSpaceTriplex, 9–11 Aug, £5

The Red Shoes Pleasance Courtyard, 9–18 Aug, £7.50-10

Don Quixote Unbound Sweet Grassmarket, 9–26 Aug, £10

Off-Kilter Dance Base, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, £13

Dysney Disfunction

The Strange Friendship of Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini Arthur Conan Doyle Centre, 9 Aug, 14 Aug, 16 Aug, 21 Aug, £8 Ciara The Royal Scots Club, Various dates from 9 Aug to 18 Aug, £10 The Search for a Black-Browed Albatross Pleasance Dome, 9 Aug, £10 Misha Glenny: McMafia Assembly Checkpoint, 20–26 Aug, £14-15

HHH

Assembly Rooms, 9–25 Aug, not 14, £10-11

15:45 Luke Wright, Poet Laureate Bar Bados Complex, 13–25 Aug, FREE Sit With Us for a Moment and Remember ZOO Charteris, 9–27 Aug, £1 An Intimate Setting for the Devouring of Performance Art Cranston Caravan Club, 9–27 Aug, not 20, FREE

Wings Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 20–26 Aug, FREE Flattered Fireside, 9–25 Aug, not 12, 19, £7 Urban Unrest Paradise in The Vault, 13–26 Aug, not 19, £7.50 Breathing Corpses theSpace on the Mile, 10–24 Aug, not 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, £9.50 Drunk Lion Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 9–26 Aug, FREE Not in Our Neighbourhood Gilded Balloon Rose Theatre, 9–26 Aug, not 14, £10-11

Duckpond: An Element of Mystery in Umpteen Samples Laughing Horse @ The Phoenix, 9–26 Aug, FREE James Dean Is Dead! (Long Live James Dean) C venues – C aquila, 19–27 Aug, £9.50-11.50 Stella PQA Venues @Riddle’s Court, 9–16 Aug, £12 What Girls Are Made Of Traverse Theatre, 11 Aug, 18 Aug, 25 Aug, £21.50 Agent November Investigates: Murder Mr E The Stand’s New Town Theatre, 9–26 Aug, not 14, £15

¤ Coriolanus Vanishes HHHH

Underground Railroad Game Traverse Theatre, 10 Aug, 17 Aug, 24 Aug, £21.50

¤ The Greatest Play in

Meek Traverse Theatre, 12 Aug, 14 Aug, 19 Aug, 21 Aug, 26 Aug, £21.50

Traverse Theatre, 12 Aug, 18 Aug, 24 Aug, £20.50

the History of the World...

HHHH

Traverse Theatre, 26 Aug, £20.50 On the Exhale Traverse Theatre, 14 Aug, 19 Aug, 25 Aug, £20.50

15:50 Chihuahua Assembly Roxy, 9–27 Aug, not 10, 13, 20, £10-11

15:55 Taiwan Season: The Delusion of Home Summerhall, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, £12 Stand and Deliver C venues – C, 9–27 Aug, £8.50-10.50 Come Die With Us Sweet Grassmarket, 9–26 Aug, £8.50

Power Play: Next Time Pleasance Pop-Up: Power Play HQ, 9–25 Aug, not 14, 21, £12 James Tait Black Prize for Drama 2018: The Award Ceremony Traverse Theatre, 20 Aug, £7

Birth Control Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 20–25 Aug, £7

16:05

Nutshells theSpace @ Jurys Inn, 9–25 Aug, not 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, £8

16:15

The Laramie Project theSpace on the Mile, 21–25 Aug, £10

You Down There and Me Up Here Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 9–11 Aug, £7.50

Reigen theSpace @ Niddry St, 20–25 Aug, £8 Ah Dinnae Ken theSpace @ Niddry St, 9–18 Aug, not 12, £7-8 Portraits in Motion Summerhall, 9–25 Aug, not 13, 20, £12

¤ Ulster American HHHH

Apocalypse Cow theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 9–11 Aug, £9

The Welcome Revolution Zoo Southside, 9–27 Aug, not 15, £10

Gayface theSpace on North Bridge, 9–25 Aug, not 12, 19, £10

Expendable Chapters Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 13–18 Aug, £8

Tremor HHH Roundabout @ Summerhall, 9–26 Aug, not 14, 21, £14-16

Harpy Underbelly, Cowgate, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £12-13 Slacker-in-Law Bourbon Bar, 9–25 Aug, not 14, FREE

Looking for Lightning C venues – C royale, 9–27 Aug, not 14, 21, £8.50-10.50

Alice Hawkins – Suffragette Arthur Conan Doyle Centre, 13–17 Aug, £8

Nigel Slater’s Toast Traverse Theatre, 9 Aug, 16 Aug, 23 Aug, £21.50

Ripper theSpace @ Venue45, 9–18 Aug, not 12, £5

InValid Voices Army @ The Fringe in Association with Summerhall, 10–25 Aug, not 13, 20, £12

Sob Story theSpace on the Mile, 9–25 Aug, not 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, £9.50 Eat Your Heart Out Paradise in Augustines, 9–18 Aug, not 12, £10 You Are Frogs Venue 13, 9–25 Aug, not 13, 20, £12

16:10

Party Night - CANCELLED theSpace @ Jurys Inn, 20–25 Aug, £8

Skin a Cat Assembly Rooms, 9–25 Aug, not 13, £10-12 Achilles’ Heel: TLC Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 9–11 Aug, £8 A Generous Lover Summerhall, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, £10

Traverse Theatre, 10 Aug, 16 Aug, 22 Aug, £20.50 Class HHH Traverse Theatre, 11 Aug, 17 Aug, 23 Aug, £20.50 Lost Lore theSpace @ Jurys Inn, 14–18 Aug, £10

Where the Hell is Bernard? Assembly George Square Studios, 9–27 Aug, not 13, 20, £9-11

An Intimate Setting for the Devouring of Performance Art Cranston Caravan Club, 9–27 Aug, not 20, FREE

Dib Dib Dead theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 13–18 Aug, £9

Creating Rumours Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 9–11 Aug, £10

It’s a Dog’s Brexit theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 9–24 Aug, not 18, £10.50

Kin Underbelly, Cowgate, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £10-11

Last Hive Zoo Southside, 9–27 Aug, not 15, 25, £10

Eat Your Heart Out Paradise in Augustines, 20–26 Aug, £10

Once in a Generation... Laughing Horse @ The Mockingbird, 9–10 Aug, FREE

Hug the Bunny Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 9–18 Aug, not 12, £10

Adam Smith: The Invisible Hand Panmure House, 11–26 Aug, £12

Strangers: Pairs Greenside @ Nicolson Square, Various dates from 13 Aug to 24 Aug, £10

Roman Candle Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 20–25 Aug, £9.50

Mark Thomas – Check Up: Our NHS at 70 Traverse Theatre, 15 Aug, 22 Aug, £21.50

16:00

Rocket Man Laughing Horse @ The Mockingbird, 11–26 Aug, FREE

A Pickering’s Gin Jolly Summerhall, 9–26 Aug, not 14, 21, £10

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Alan Bennett’s Say Something Happened theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 24–25 Aug, £12

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A Broad Abroad C venues – C royale, 9–27 Aug, not 14, £7.50-9.50 Achilles Summerhall, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, £10 Alan Bennett’s Green Forms theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 22–25 Aug, £12

¤ The Greatest Play in

the History of the World...

HHHH

Traverse Theatre, 9 Aug, 15 Aug, 21 Aug, £20.50 Attila the Stockbroker – Ancient and Modern Bannermans, 20–24 Aug, FREE Huff CanadaHub @ King’s Hall in association with Summerhall, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, £11

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2 - 27 AUG STUDIO FOUR

Step Mama Drama! theSpace on the Mile, 9–10 Aug, £8

Blackout Summerhall, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, £12

Games by Henry Naylor Gilded Balloon Teviot, 9–27 Aug, not 15, £12.50-13.50

Alan Bennett’s Say Something Happened theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 20–21 Aug, £12

Working Class Hero Greenside @ Infirmary Street, Various dates from 10 Aug to 24 Aug, £8

Who Will Separate Us? Leith Depot, 24–26 Aug, £5

BaseCamp C venues – C south, 9–27 Aug, not 14, £9.50-11.50

Your Bard Assembly Hall, 9–27 Aug, not 14, £12

Rise of a Humble Poet Laughing Horse @ The Cuckoo’s Nest, 9–26 Aug, FREE

Diamond by Beryl Richards Underbelly, Bristo Square, 9–26 Aug, £14-16

Nazanin’s Story C venues – C, 19–26 Aug, £8.50-10.50

Doom’s Day C venues – C south, 9–27 Aug, not 14, £8.50-10.50

The River Was a God Banshee Labyrinth, 9–26 Aug, not 15, 22, FREE

Mairi Campbell: Auld Lang Syne Scottish Storytelling Centre, 9–27 Aug, not 13, 20, £12

¤ Timmy HHHH

Assembly George Square Studios, 9–27 Aug, not 14, £9-11 The Quest: A Fantasy Musical theSpace @ Venue45, 19 Aug, £9.50

16:20

Theatre

The Genius of Charles Dickens Sweet Novotel, 9–11 Aug, £8

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Hymns for Robots C venues – C aquila, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £8.50-10.50

16:25 A Joke Assembly Rooms, 9–26 Aug, not 14, 21, £14-16 Badgered C venues – C cubed, 12–18 Aug, £8.50-10.50

16:35

A&E theSpace @ Venue45, Various dates from 13 Aug to 24 Aug, £8

An Intimate Setting for the Devouring of Performance Art Cranston Caravan Club, 9–27 Aug, not 20, FREE

Testament ZOO Charteris, 9–27 Aug, £10

Wrecked Gilded Balloon at the Museum, 9–27 Aug, £13-14

Stardust Pleasance Dome, 9–27 Aug, not 20, £9-11.50

¤ Build a Rocket HHHH

The Unbinding C venues – C cubed, 9–11 Aug, £9.50-10.50

A Fortunate Man

Who Killed Franz Ferdinand? theSpace on North Bridge, 9–11 Aug, £7

Son of Jim Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 9–25 Aug, not 12, 19, £10 Willis & Vere: A Serious Play About World War II Underbelly, Cowgate, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £10-11

HHH

Summerhall, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, £10 This Script and Other Drafts Scottish Storytelling Centre, 20 Aug, £10

Loyalty theSpace on North Bridge, 13–25 Aug, not 19, £7

Sit With Us for a Moment and Remember ZOO Charteris, 9–27 Aug, £1

The Wardrobe theSpace @ Niddry St, 9–11 Aug, £5

Pigs in Blankets Paradise in The Vault, 9–18 Aug, not 12, £10

Brenda’s Got a Baby theSpace on North Bridge, 9–25 Aug, not 12, 19, £10

Pleasance Courtyard, 9–27 Aug, £9-12

Hamlet – Horatio’s Tale Assembly Rooms, Various dates from 9 Aug to 26 Aug, £12-13

The Laird’s Big Breaxit Scottish Storytelling Centre, 9–27 Aug, not 13, 20, £10

An Intimate Setting for the Devouring of Performance Art Cranston Caravan Club, 9–27 Aug, not 20, FREE

Bottom Summerhall, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, £10

Fan Girl theSpace on the Mile, 13–25 Aug, not 19, £10

Pigeon Man Apocalypse Three Broomsticks, 9–25 Aug, not 16, FREE

17:00 Flies Pleasance Courtyard, 9–27 Aug, not 20, £10.50-13.50

¤ Pickle Jar HHHH

The Devil You Know: A Horror Play Greenside @ Infirmary Street, Various dates from 9 Aug to 25 Aug, £8

16:30

16:40 Henry V – Lion of England Assembly Rooms, 10–25 Aug, not 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, £12-13

Crave theSpaceTriplex, 20–25 Aug, £7 Can’t Stop Can’t Stop C venues – C royale, 9–27 Aug, not 13, 17, 20, 24, £7.50-9.50

Cry God for Harry, England and St George! theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 9–11 Aug, £8

Underbelly, Cowgate, 9–26 Aug, not 14, £10-11

16:45

16:50 A Modern Guide to Heroism and Sidekickery ZOO Charteris, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £10 No Home Like This Place Just the Tonic at The Grassmarket Centre, Various dates from 9 Aug to 17 Aug, £10

16:55

Revenants HHH Pleasance Dome, 9–27 Aug, not 15, £11-12.50 Agent November Investigates: Murder Mr E The Stand’s New Town Theatre, 9–26 Aug, not 14, £15 BBC Pop-Up Radio Drama Studio at Summerhall Summerhall, 9–25 Aug, not 12, 19, £6 Live Before You Die Bar Bados Complex, 9–25 Aug, not 13, 14, FREE

The Flop Summerhall, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, £12

Old Souls PQA Venues @Riddle’s Court, 9–27 Aug, not 13, 20, £8

Grail Project Bedlam Theatre, 9–26 Aug, £10

War With the Newts Summerhall, 9–26 Aug, not 20, £12 Don’t Tell Me Not to Fly Underbelly, Bristo Square, 9–27 Aug, £17-19.50

Loki, the Scottish Rapper: Poverty Safari Live The Stand’s New Town Theatre, 9–26 Aug, not 15, £12 1902 Wee Red Bar, 10–27 Aug, not 16, 23, £12 Gutted theSpaceTriplex, 23–25 Aug, £9 Providence Assembly Rooms, 9–25 Aug, not 13, £10-11 Same Old Same Oldies theSpace @ Venue45, Various dates from 14 Aug to 25 Aug, £8 Freeman HHH Pleasance Courtyard, 9–27 Aug, not 10, £8-11 TalkFest 2018: 02 Traverse Theatre, 13 Aug, £5 Rights of Passage C venues – C too, 20–26 Aug, £8.50-10.50 It Is a Truth... PQA Venues @Riddle’s Court, 9–27 Aug, £6 All These Things Zoo Southside, 15–16 Aug, £20

17:05 Hunch Assembly Roxy, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £10.50-12.50 Macbeth theSpace on North Bridge, 9–11 Aug, £8 Blue Heart C venues – C too, 9–18 Aug, £9.50-11.50

17:10 Departure Date theSpace on the Mile, 9–25 Aug, not 19, £9

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Listings

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Bare Knuckle Paradise in The Vault, 20–26 Aug, £10 bloominauschwitz Just Festival at St John’s , 9–25 Aug, not 12, 16, 19, £12 Nowt as Queer as Folk theSpace on North Bridge, 13–25 Aug, not 19, £7

17:15 Kids Play theSpace @ Niddry St, 13–25 Aug, £9 Sit With Us for a Moment and Remember ZOO Charteris, 9–27 Aug, £1 Outcast Sweet Grassmarket, 9–12 Aug, £8 Umbrella Man Scottish Poetry Library, 13–18 Aug, £8 The Isle of Muck Greenside @ Royal Terrace, 9–18 Aug, not 12, £8 Sympathy for the Devil Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 9–11 Aug, £9 Welcome to Self Co Laughing Horse @ The Phoenix, 15–26 Aug, FREE Re: Production Zoo Southside, 9–27 Aug, not 15, £10-12 This Is Yorkshire theSpace on the Mile, 20–24 Aug, £6 Henchmen Sweet Grassmarket, 14–26 Aug, not 21, £8

Honey’s Happening Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 9–25 Aug, not 12, 19, £11 Rabbie Gilded Balloon Rose Theatre, 9–14 Aug, £15 Reverend Richard Coles: Confessions Pleasance Courtyard, 13–27 Aug, £12.50-14.50 That Woman! Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor Gilded Balloon Teviot, 9–27 Aug, not 12, 19, 26, £11-12

Good Vibes Only theSpace on North Bridge, 9–18 Aug, not 12, £8 Dear Lucy... theSpace @ Niddry St, 9–11 Aug, £9 Woodbine Willie: Poet and Padre Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 13–16 Aug, £11 Power, Fame and Sex Venue 13, 14–18 Aug, £10 Antigone theSpace on the Mile, 13–18 Aug, £7

Our Country Summerhall, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, £15

The March theSpace on the Mile, 20–25 Aug, £7

Big Love Central Hall, 16 Aug, £5

Sod’s Law Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 9–25 Aug, not 12, 19, £10

17:20 Roxy Likes Cats Greenside @ Royal Terrace, 20–25 Aug, £7 Chamberlain... Peace in Our Time Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 9 Aug, 10 Aug, 11 Aug, 17 Aug, 18 Aug, £11 Hoard by Bim Adewunmi Underbelly, Cowgate, 9–26 Aug, £14-16 Remember Scarborough theSpace on North Bridge, 21–25 Aug, £7.50 Loop Underbelly, Cowgate, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £10-11 The Bacchae Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 13–25 Aug, not 19, £8 Brollies and Bumbershoots Central Hall, 13 Aug, £5 The Promise Venue 13, 9–10 Aug, £7

17:25 An Intimate Setting for the Devouring of Performance Art Cranston Caravan Club, 9–27 Aug, not 20, FREE Jasper Red: Press Play Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 9–25 Aug, not 12, 19, £6.50 Lucille and Cecilia C venues – C aquila, 9–27 Aug, not 14, £7.50-9.50 When You Cure Me Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 9 Aug, 10 Aug, 11 Aug, 13 Aug, 14 Aug, £9 The Insignificant Life and Death of Colin McKenzie Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 16–25 Aug, not 19, £9

17:30 Sit With Us for a Moment and Remember ZOO Charteris, 9–27 Aug, £1 The Political History of Smack and Crack Roundabout @ Summerhall, 9–26 Aug, not 14, 21, £14-15 Power Play: The Empty Chair Pleasance Pop-Up: Power Play HQ, 9–25 Aug, not 14, 21, £12 Universal Dad Three Broomsticks, 9–25 Aug, FREE Shell Shock Army @ The Fringe in Association with Summerhall, 10–25 Aug, not 13, 20, £10-12 Electrolyte Pleasance Dome, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £9-12 Grimm Tales theSpace on the Mile, 9–11 Aug, £6 Playhouse Creatures Venue 13, 20–25 Aug, £10 Year Without Summer Sweet Grassmarket, 9–26 Aug, not 15, 22, £8 Vox: A Fairy Tale for a New Age Central Hall, 17 Aug, £5

17:35 Eat Me C venues – C aquila, 9–27 Aug, £8.50-10.50 A Beginner’s Guide to Populism theSpaceTriplex, 20–25 Aug, £9 Action Man Paradise in Augustines, 9–11 Aug, £10

¤ The Woman and the Canvas HHHH

Painted Love Valvona & Crolla, 24–25 Aug, £10

17:40

An Intimate Setting for the Devouring of Performance Art Cranston Caravan Club, 9–27 Aug, not 20, FREE

theSpaceTriplex, 9–11 Aug, £12

17:50

Revelations Summerhall, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, £10 The Journey Pleasance Dome, 9–27 Aug, £9-11

Everything Not Saved

HHH

Artificial theSpace on North Bridge, 9–19 Aug, not 12, £12

Summerhall, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, £14

17:55

Mis(s)treated – Free Laughing Horse @ The Cuckoo’s Nest, 14–26 Aug, not 20, FREE

Di & Viv & Rose (In an Hour) by Amelia Bullmore C venues – C cubed, 9–14 Aug, £8.50-10.50

Beep theSpace on North Bridge, 20–25 Aug, £8

Margo: Half Woman, Half Beast Assembly Rooms, 9–18 Aug, not 13, £10-11

Showmanship C venues – C royale, 9–27 Aug, not 14, £8.50-10.50 Punching Judy theSpace @ Niddry St, 9–11 Aug, £10

fest-mag.com

Hansel and Gretel theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 9 Aug, £8

Maz and Bricks by Eva O’Connor Summerhall, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, £12

17:45

Westminster Hour Sweet Novotel, 9–26 Aug, not 19, £10

Sit With Us for a Moment and Remember ZOO Charteris, 9–27 Aug, £1

¤ The Wedding Reception HHHH

18:00

A Hero of Our Time C venues – C royale, 19–27 Aug, £8.50-10.50

The Principal, 9–27 Aug, not 14, 20, 21, £42-45

Bucket Men C venues – C royale, 9–18 Aug, £8.50-10.50

Blackwell’s Writers at the Fringe Blackwell’s Bookshop, 9 Aug, 16 Aug, 23 Aug, FREE

It’s True, It’s True, It’s True Underbelly, Bristo Square, 20 Aug, £11

Sit With Us for a Moment and Remember ZOO Charteris, 9–27 Aug, £1

The Chore of Enchantment Underbelly, Bristo Square, 9–27 Aug, not 13, 20, £9.50-10.50

Antigone na h’Éireann Paradise in The Vault, 9–26 Aug, not 12, 19, £10

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Where Are they Going Theatre Company Present

LEVITICUS

An epic love leaves enduring marks...

12:00 Noon

3 - 27th Aug £10.00/£8.00 Not Tues 7th, 14th & 21st

Venue 124, www.zoofestival.co.uk 0131 662 6892 What Listening to 10,000 Love Songs Has Taught Me About Love Laughing Horse @ Moriarty’s, 9–12 Aug, FREE Agent November Investigates: Murder Mr E The Stand’s New Town Theatre, 9–26 Aug, not 14, £15 Trainspotting Live Venue150 at EICC, 9–27 Aug, not 15, 22, FREE The Brooklyn Scotsman Hill Street Theatre, 9–27 Aug, not 12, £12 Rat Race theSpace @ Venue45, Various dates from 13 Aug to 24 Aug, £8 A War of Two Halves Tynecastle Park, Various dates from 9 Aug to 17 Aug, £24 European Citizen Popsong Summerhall, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, £10 The Forecast ZOO Charteris, 13–26 Aug, £7-10 Hocus Pocus The Studio, 10–12 Aug, £11 A Pickering’s Gin Jolly Summerhall, 9–26 Aug, not 14, 21, £10

Theatre

¤ dressed. HHHH

Underbelly, Cowgate, 9–26 Aug, not 14, £10-11 Clouds Lauriston Halls, 21–25 Aug, FREE Wu Song – The Tiger Warrior C venues – C, 12–18 Aug, £11.50-13.50

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Early Birds PQA Venues @Riddle’s Court, 9–27 Aug, not 15, 22, £11.50

18:05 The Hollywood Effect theSpace on North Bridge, 13–25 Aug, not 19, £8 How I Brought Peace to the Middle East: A Tragicomedy theSpace on the Mile, 9–12 Aug, £6 In Your Own Sweet Way theSpace on the Mile, 20–25 Aug, £8 Bulgarians, Buggery, Brokeback and Beyond theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 9–24 Aug, not 18, £10.50

18:10 [insert slogan here] ZOO Charteris, 9–19 Aug, £12-14 Five Encounters on a Site Called Craigslist ZOO Charteris, 20–23 Aug, £14 First Snow / Première neige CanadaHub @ King’s Hall in association with Summerhall, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, £15 How to Do Acting (Properly) theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 21–25 Aug, £8

18:15 An Intimate Setting for the Devouring of Performance Art Cranston Caravan Club, 9–27 Aug, not 20, FREE Sit With Us for a Moment and Remember ZOO Charteris, 9–27 Aug, £1

Nomad theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 13–25 Aug, not 19, £8

Baby Daddy Assembly Rooms, 9–13 Aug, £10-11

Class HHH Traverse Theatre, 12 Aug, 18 Aug, 24 Aug, £20.50

From Today Everything Changes theSpace on North Bridge, Various dates from 14 Aug to 24 Aug, £8

¤ Ulster American HHHH

Traverse Theatre, 26 Aug, £20.50 Laugh Out Loud (Cry Quietly) The Royal Scots Club, 13–18 Aug, £12 Conchies! Quaker Meeting House, 13–18 Aug, £8 Twenty Minutes to Nine / Free Fringe The Edinburgh Yes Hub, 25–26 Aug, FREE In the Glare of the Neon Yak Bar Bados Complex, 11–17 Aug, FREE Spring Awakening theSpace on North Bridge, 9–11 Aug, £7

¤ Coriolanus Vanishes HHHH Traverse Theatre, 14 Aug, 19 Aug, 25 Aug, £20.50

Nightmare Fuel Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 9–26 Aug, not 13, FREE

18:20 Dick Barton: The Tango of Terror theSpace on North Bridge, 9–11 Aug, £5 The Threesome Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 13–18 Aug, £10 Trans Pennine theSpace on North Bridge, Various dates from 13 Aug to 25 Aug, £8

18:25 KillyMuck Underbelly, Bristo Square, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £10-11 Por Favor Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 20–25 Aug, £8 DollyWould Summerhall, 14–26 Aug, £10 I Am Not Your Woman Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 21–25 Aug, £8

18:30 Bullingdon Revisited Laughing Horse @ The Phoenix, 11–26 Aug, FREE Sit With Us for a Moment and Remember ZOO Charteris, 9–27 Aug, £1

When the Friendship Has Sailed HH C venues – C aquila, 9–27 Aug, not 14, £7.50-9.50

¤ The Moira Monologues HHHH Scottish Storytelling Centre, 9–11 Aug, £13

The Gin Chronicles in New York artSpace@StMarks, 10–26 Aug, not 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, £12 Kill the Beast: Director’s Cut Pleasance Courtyard, 21–27 Aug, £10-12.50 Brothers in Arms Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 9–11 Aug, FREE Nick and Nina Laughing Horse @ The Mockingbird, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, FREE You Are Cordially Invited... Quaker Meeting House, 9–11 Aug, £8 Skirt The Royal Scots Club, 9–11 Aug, £10

The Basement Tapes Summerhall, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, £12

Midsummer The Hub, 16 Aug, 23 Aug, £32

Elsie Thatchwick Zoo Southside, 9–27 Aug, not 15, £10

The Way Out Greenside @ Royal Terrace, 20–25 Aug, £7

Medea Electronica Pleasance Courtyard, 14–19 Aug, £9-11.50

Extremism theSpace on the Mile, 20–25 Aug, £8

Twa Scottish Storytelling Centre, 12–27 Aug, not 20, £8-12

18:35

Queen of the F*cking World: The Second Coming The Street, 9–25 Aug, not 13, 18, FREE

18:40 An Intimate Setting for the Devouring of Performance Art Cranston Caravan Club, 9–27 Aug, not 20, FREE Seven Ways to Calm the F**k Down Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 13–25 Aug, not 19, £7 F*ck Off. Paradise in The Vault, 20–26 Aug, £5 Dan Simpson: Worried Face Emoji Banshee Labyrinth, 9–26 Aug, not 15, FREE The Glass Menagerie Sweet Grassmarket, 13–19 Aug, £8.50 menoPAUSE Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 9–11 Aug, £10 Lost in Thought Underbelly, Cowgate, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £10-11 Awkward Conversations With Animals I’ve F*cked Underbelly, Cowgate, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £10-11 O, FFS Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 9–25 Aug, not 12, 19, £8.50 OTOSOTR Underbelly, Cowgate, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £10-11

18:45

Volpone Paradise in Augustines, 9–26 Aug, not 12, 19, £14

Sit With Us for a Moment and Remember ZOO Charteris, 9–27 Aug, £1

Those Worrisome Sleeps Sweet Grassmarket, 20–26 Aug, £8.50

bad things happen here Paradise in The Vault, 9–18 Aug, not 12, £8

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Traverse Theatre, 11 Aug, 17 Aug, 23 Aug, £20.50 Woke Gilded Balloon Teviot, 20–27 Aug, £13-14

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Traverse Theatre, 10 Aug, 16 Aug, 22 Aug, £20.50 Cock, Cock... Who’s There? Summerhall, 10–26 Aug, not 20, £10 Missing Hypnos / Free Frestival Laughing Horse @ The Cuckoo’s Nest, 11–12 Aug, FREE

1-2-1 This Sex Is Real C venues – C royale, 9–18 Aug, £8.50-10.50 Drip Roundabout @ Summerhall, Various dates from 20 Aug to 26 Aug, £14-15

19:00 Flight HHH Summerhall, 9–26 Aug, £6 Nigel Slater’s Toast Traverse Theatre, 10 Aug, 17 Aug, 24 Aug, £21.50 What Girls Are Made Of Traverse Theatre, 12 Aug, 19 Aug, 21 Aug, 26 Aug, £21.50 Agent November Investigates: Major X The Stand’s New Town Theatre, 9–26 Aug, not 14, £15

On the Exhale Traverse Theatre, 9 Aug, 15 Aug, 21 Aug, £20.50

Underground Railroad Game Traverse Theatre, 11 Aug, 14 Aug, 18 Aug, £21.50

A Midsummer Night’s Dream theSpace @ Symposium Hall, 9–19 Aug, £5

Picasso’s Women The Fruitmarket Gallery, 13–26 Aug, not 21, £13

18:50 Mission: Her theSpace on the Mile, 9–11 Aug, £8 Hysterical C venues – C, 19–25 Aug, £7.50-9.50 Queens of Sheba Underbelly, Cowgate, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £10-11 The Cat’s Mother Underbelly, Bristo Square, 20 Aug, £9 Like Drowning theSpace @ Niddry St, 20–25 Aug, £9 Blinded Venue 13, 11–25 Aug, not 13, £7 National Killing Day theSpace on the Mile, 13–18 Aug, £8 Do You See What I Hear? C venues – C too, 21–27 Aug, £9.50-11.50 The Death of Edgar Allan Poe C venues – C too, 12–19 Aug, £9.50-11.50

18:55 Sugar Baby by Alan Harris Roundabout @ Summerhall, 9–19 Aug, not 14, £14-15

Mark Thomas – Check Up: Our NHS at 70 Traverse Theatre, 9 Aug, 16 Aug, 23 Aug, 25 Aug, £21.50 Meek Traverse Theatre, 15 Aug, 22 Aug, £21.50 Brand-New Jew, a DNA Comedy Sweet Grassmarket, 13 Aug, 14 Aug, 20 Aug, 21 Aug, 26 Aug, £7 The Midnight Soup Summerhall, 14–26 Aug, not 20, £15 Deadly Dungeon Murder Mystery The Edinburgh Dungeon, Various dates from 9 Aug to 18 Aug, £17 The End of Eddy The Studio, 21–26 Aug, £11 Neil Hilborn Summerhall, 23 Aug, £15 I Ran With the Gang: The Story of Alan Longmuir, the Original Bay City Roller Le Monde, 9–24 Aug, not 11, 18, 20, 21, £15 #Hypocrisy Scottish Poetry Library, 9–12 Aug, £7

Cezary Goes to War Army @ The Fringe in Association with Summerhall, 16–25 Aug, not 20, £10 Vivian’s Music, 1969 Sweet Grassmarket, 9–25 Aug, not 13, 14, 20, 21, £7 The Poets’ Republic – Unleashed Scottish Poetry Library, 24–25 Aug, £5 Hatty’s Last Stand The Salvation Army Edinburgh City Corps, 24–25 Aug, £7

19:05 An Intimate Setting for the Devouring of Performance Art Cranston Caravan Club, 9–27 Aug, not 20, FREE King John theSpace @ Niddry St, 9–11 Aug, £5 Jennifer Lack: Narratively Satisfying theSpace @ Jurys Inn, 9–25 Aug, not 12, £8 Love on Blue Canvas, 1890 theSpace on North Bridge, 20–25 Aug, £8

19:10 The Squirrel Plays C venues – C cubed, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £9.50-11.50 Addiction: The Untold Story theSpace @ Venue45, 9–25 Aug, not 12, 19, £5.50-10

19:15 The Screwtape Letters Palmerston Place Church, 22–24 Aug, £11 The Next Big Thing theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 9–25 Aug, not 12, 21, £10-12 Entropy Underbelly, Bristo Square, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £11-12 Dr Korczak’s Example Just Festival at St John’s , 10–11 Aug, £12 The Meeting theSpace @ Niddry St, 9–11 Aug, £7 Connected Lives Just Festival at St John’s , 13 Aug, 14 Aug, 17 Aug, 18 Aug, £8 The Island Just Festival at St John’s , 22–23 Aug, £12

19:20 The Actor’s Nightmare theSpace on North Bridge, 21–25 Aug, £8 Breathing Corpses theSpace @ Jurys Inn, 9–11 Aug, £8 10 Steps to Happiness Sweet Novotel, 9–19 Aug, not 14, £8.50 Intro to Chicano History: 101 Central Hall, 13 Aug, 15 Aug, £5 Thief Hill Street Theatre, 9–26 Aug, £12 Mistero Buffo Underbelly, Cowgate, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £12-13 Red Peppers theSpace on the Mile, 9–18 Aug, not 12, £8-9

19:25 Extinguished Things Summerhall, 9–26 Aug, not 20, £11.50 That’s So GCSE theSpace on North Bridge, 9–18 Aug, not 12, £7

19:30 Flight HHH Summerhall, 9–26 Aug, £6 An Intimate Setting for the Devouring of Performance Art Cranston Caravan Club, 9–27 Aug, not 20, FREE Plaza Suite The Royal Scots Club, 20–25 Aug, £12 Skeptics on the Fringe Banshee Labyrinth, 9–26 Aug, FREE Legacy: The Story of Martin Luther Palmerston Place Church, 14–17 Aug, £10 A Trilogy of Horrors Scottish Storytelling Centre, 9–12 Aug, £10 That’s What She Said Scottish Poetry Library, 16–18 Aug, £10 Faulty Towers the Dining Experience The Principal, 9–27 Aug, not 15, 16, 18, 22, 25, £49.50-55 Pre-View Traverse Theatre, 13 Aug, £7 Cambusdonald Royal Mayfield Salisbury Church, 9–17 Aug, weekdays only, £12

Solarplexus: An Alternative Energy Play ZOO Charteris, 9–27 Aug, not 13, 20, £10-12

My Kind of Michael Summerhall, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, £11 Heather and Harry ZOO Charteris, 9–27 Aug, £8

19:40 Handfast HHH Summerhall, 9–26 Aug, not 16, 17, 18, £12

1902 Wee Red Bar, 10–27 Aug, not 16, 23, £12

Cry for the Moon Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 9–18 Aug, not 12, £8

Talking Heads – Bed Among the Lentils St Cuthbert’s Church, 13–15 Aug, £10

Cepacia – Love Takes His Breath Away Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 13–18 Aug, £10

Henna Scottish Storytelling Centre, 15–19 Aug, £10 The Steamie Inverleith St Serf’s Church Centre, 9–17 Aug, not 12, £12 Overpriced Zeitgeist Bar Bados Complex, 9–25 Aug, not 14, FREE

¤ Waiting for Godot HHHH

19:45 Trainspotting Live Venue150 at EICC, 9–27 Aug, not 15, 22, FREE De Fuut Summerhall, 14–26 Aug, not 20, £10 How My Light Is Spent Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 9–18 Aug, not 12, £10

The Lyceum, 9–12 Aug, £17

The Prisoner The Lyceum, 22–26 Aug, £17 Dancing With Mrs Murphy Leith Dockers Club, 14 Aug, £10 A Fistful of Mondays Saughtonhall United Reformed Church, 9–11 Aug, £8 Aye, Elvis by Morna Young Gilded Balloon Rose Theatre, 10–26 Aug, not 20, £11.50-13.50 Living With a Dark Lord Paradise in The Vault, 13–18 Aug, £10

Istanbul: You’ll Never Walk Alone Zoo Southside, 9–18 Aug, not 15, £10.50-12 The Myth of the Singular Moment Summerhall, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, £11 Janis Joplin Full Tilt Assembly Rooms, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, £16-17.50 Ur – Medëa Summerhall, 9–11 Aug, £10

The Front Page St Ninian’s Hall, 9–18 Aug, not 12, 16, £12

The Junkies Gilded Balloon Rose Theatre, 9–18 Aug, not 13, £14-15

Uncanny Things Scottish Storytelling Centre, 22–26 Aug, £10

Closed Doors Summerhall, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, £10

19:35

19:50

Owen O’Neill: Ten Songs to Die For Assembly Rooms, 9–25 Aug, not 20, £11

Let’s Talk About Porn C venues – C, 19–25 Aug, £7.50-9.50

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Shakespeare in the Garden: As You Like It C venues – C south, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £8.50-10.50

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You Only Live + Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 20–25 Aug, £10 Filth theSpace on North Bridge, 9–18 Aug, not 12, £10 Hotel Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 20–25 Aug, £8 Thaw Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 13–25 Aug, not 19, £8

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10:00 BambinO The Edinburgh Academy, 9–19 Aug, not 13, FREE Kids Do Forth on the Fringe Gilded Balloon Teviot, 10–11 Aug, £10 Finding Peter Gilded Balloon Teviot, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £8-9 Sing-a-Long a Musical Hill Street Theatre, Various dates from 9 Aug to 26 Aug, £8 Woogie Boogie Summerhall, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, £9 Absolute Legends Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 9–26 Aug, not 15, FREE Jo Jingles – Jo Visits the Seaside Murrayfield Parish Church Centre, 9–11 Aug, £5

10:05 Villain: DeBlanks theSpace @ Venue45, 20–25 Aug, £8-10 The Wizard of Oz theSpace @ Niddry St, 9–11 Aug, £8

10:10 Strings for Kids: Misha’s Gang Presents theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 9–14 Aug, £9-10

10:15 The Big Balloon Singalong Gilded Balloon at the Museum, 9–26 Aug, not 14, 15, 21, 22, £8-9 CeilidhKids at the Fringe – Free! Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 9–14 Aug, FREE Africa Weird and Wonderful Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 9–24 Aug, not 13, FREE

Brainiac Live! Underbelly, Bristo Square, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £12-15

Alice in Wonderland theSpace @ Niddry St, 9–11 Aug, £5

Meet the Little Prince! Assembly George Square Theatre, 9–27 Aug, £8-9

Bubble Trouble Sweet Grassmarket, 9–26 Aug, not 14, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, £7

Shhh... The Elves Are Very Shy Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh – John Hope Gateway, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, £5

A Cockroach and Furry Blurry Fluffy Things Venue 13, 9–25 Aug, not 13, £10 Better Together HHH Pleasance Courtyard, 9–19 Aug, not 13, £8-10

Princess Pumpalot: The Quest for the Purple Super-Farting Bean Le Monde, 9 Aug, 10 Aug, 12 Aug, 13 Aug, 14 Aug, £8

Cat in the Hat Pleasance Courtyard, 9–19 Aug, £10.50-12.50

Kids’ Birthday Bash! Laughing Horse @ The Pear Tree, 9–26 Aug, FREE

Wriggle Around the World Stockbridge Church, 13–16 Aug, £8

Waves Scottish Storytelling Centre, 9–15 Aug, £9

John Hegley: Morning Wordship Pleasance Courtyard, 9–19 Aug, not 13, 14, 15, £10

The Showstoppers’ Kids Show Pleasance Courtyard, 9–19 Aug, £8.50-10

The Lion and the Mouse Stockbridge Church, 20 Aug, 22 Aug, 24 Aug, 25 Aug, £8

Around the World with Bessy – Part One and a Half: Bessy Goes Busking! Stockbridge Church, 18 Aug, 21 Aug, £10

MamaBabaMe Pleasance at EICC, 9–17 Aug, not 13, £8

10:40 AnimAlphabet: The Musical HHH Pleasance Dome, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £8.50-11 Eliza’s Big Adventure! theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 20–25 Aug, £6.50

10:45 Penguinpig Assembly Roxy, 9–19 Aug, not 10, £8.50-9.50 Games With James Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 9–19 Aug, not 15, FREE

11:00 Bubble Show: Milkshake and the Bubble Flower C venues – C, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £7.50-9.50

Tomfoolery’s Beans on Toast Show Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 20–25 Aug, £8

Fantastic Magic Show for Kids Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, FREE

Kids

10:20

Wriggle Around the World Stockbridge Church, 17–18 Aug, £8

A Chinese Bestiary theSpaceTriplex, 14 Aug, 15 Aug, 17 Aug, 18 Aug, 19 Aug, £5

Signor Baffo’s Restaurant The Principal, 9–27 Aug, not 13, 20, £12

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If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Assembly Rooms, 9–25 Aug, £6-9

10:30

Monski Mouse’s Baby Disco Dance Hall Assembly George Square Gardens, 10–26 Aug, not 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, £7.50

Bambino Beats Summertime Boogie – On the Farm Stockbridge Church, 10 Aug, 11 Aug, 17 Aug, £5 Poppets Adventure PQA Venues @Riddle’s Court, 9–27 Aug, not 15, 22, £5 The Puppets’ Orchestra and the Children’s Ball Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 9–26 Aug, FREE Wriggle Around the World Stockbridge Church, 9 Aug, £8 The Gruffalo, the Witch and the Warthog with Julia Donaldson Underbelly, George Square, 9–27 Aug, not 15, £11-12 Le Carnaval des Animaux / Un Gâteau pour Cubitus French Institute, 9–27 Aug, not 14, 15, £10 What The Moon Saw Zoo Southside, 12–26 Aug, not 15, £7-9 Baby Loves Disco The Jam House, 12 Aug, 18 Aug, 19 Aug, 25 Aug, £9

11:10

11:45

12:10

Reach for the Stars Hill Street Theatre, Various dates from 9 Aug to 26 Aug, £8

Romeo and Juliet Pleasance Courtyard, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £8.50-10

The Extraordinary Time-Travelling Adventures of Baron Munchausen The Stand’s New Town Theatre, 9–26 Aug, not 14, £8

11:15 CeilidhKids at the Fringe – Free! Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 9–26 Aug, not 16, 21, 23, FREE Harmony – The Mumbai Experience Greenside @ Royal Terrace, 23–25 Aug, £7

11:20 Paddington Bear’s First Concert Underbelly, Bristo Square, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £11-12

11:30 Defrosted Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 9–22 Aug, not 16, FREE Kika’s Birthday Pleasance Courtyard, 9–13 Aug, £7.50-10 David Baddiel’s AniMalcolm HHH Gilded Balloon Teviot, 9–19 Aug, not 13, £11-12 Love’s Labour’s Lost The Royal Scots Club, 9–11 Aug, £10 BambinO The Edinburgh Academy, 9–19 Aug, not 13, FREE Story Builders Lauriston Halls, 11 Aug, 18 Aug, £8

The Adventures of Sam Swallow C venues – C too, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £7.50-9.50

11:50

Grumpy Pants Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 9–26 Aug, FREE

12:00

The Little Musician Assembly Roxy, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, £10-11

Show Up, Kids! Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 9–26 Aug, not 15, 22, FREE Shakespeare Shorts – Much Ado About Nothing theSpace @ Niddry St, 9 Aug, 11 Aug, £8 Science Magic Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 9–26 Aug, FREE Brave Macbeth Gilded Balloon Rose Theatre, 9–19 Aug, £9 Shakespeare for Kids: Under the Greenwood Tree C venues – C south, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £7.50-9.50 Tales from the Fireside Fireside, 9–25 Aug, not 12, 19, FREE The Bear Pleasance Courtyard, 9–27 Aug, not 20, £9-12 Singing Hands Summer Spectacular Gilded Balloon at the Museum, 17–19 Aug, £12

The Lost Things Pleasance at EICC, 9–19 Aug, not 13, £10

Children’s Underground Ghost Tour City of Edinburgh Tours, 9–31 Aug, £7

Dick Whittington – The Panto Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 9–11 Aug, £10

The Dragon and the Whales Assembly Roxy, 9–27 Aug, not 13, 20, £8-9

Jo Jingles – Jo Visits the Seaside Murrayfield Parish Church Centre, 9–11 Aug, £5

Huggers (Free Festival) Fireside, 9–26 Aug, FREE

11:35 Clowntown: I Can Do Anything, the Funtastic Show by Sphere Clown Band theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 9–25 Aug, not 16, 22, £8

11:05

11:40

The Snow Queen Gilded Balloon Teviot, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £8-9

Beowulf HHH Underbelly, Bristo Square, 9–17 Aug, £10-11

One Giant Leap for June theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 9–18 Aug, not 12, £10

Balloonatics Underbelly, Cowgate, 9–26 Aug, not 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, £9-10

12:15

A Dragon in the Family Pleasance Courtyard, 9–19 Aug, £8-10

Shakespeare Shorts – The Taming of the Shrew theSpace @ Niddry St, 10 Aug, £8 Arr We There Yet? Underbelly’s Circus Hub on the Meadows, 9–25 Aug, not 13, 20, £10-12.50 Chores Assembly George Square Gardens, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, £7-9

All Hail the Poetry King! Bourbon Bar, 9–25 Aug, not 14, FREE

12:25 The I Hate Children Children’s Show theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 9–19 Aug, £11

12:30 Children’s Haunted Underground Experience Meet outside Tron Kirk at Auld Reekie Tours Boards , 9 Aug–1 Sep, £12 Michael Morpurgo’s Kensuke’s Kingdom Pleasance Courtyard, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £8.50-11 Greeks, Gorgons and Giggles Lauriston Halls, 9–10 Aug, £4 Stick by Me Dance Base, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, £9 Beauty and the Beast theSpace @ Niddry St, 9–11 Aug, £9

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Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 9–26 Aug, FREE Eaten Scottish Storytelling Centre, 9–19 Aug, not 15, £9

12:45 Andrew Roper’s Superheroes for Kids 3 Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 9–26 Aug, FREE The Bean Counter Gilded Balloon Teviot, 18–26 Aug, £9.50

12:55 Grimm’s Fairer Tales Pleasance Courtyard, 9–19 Aug, £8-10


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Shhh... The Elves Are Very Shy Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh – John Hope Gateway, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, £5 Splash Test Dummies Underbelly’s Circus Hub on the Meadows, 9–25 Aug, not 13, £11.50-12.50 Children’s Underground Ghost Tour City of Edinburgh Tours, 9–19 Aug, £7 Dick and Dom: Dick v Dom HH Underbelly, Bristo Square, 9–12 Aug, £12.50-14.50 Stoel (Chair) Zoo Southside, 9–14 Aug, £12

13:10 Roald Dahl’s The Twits theSpace @ Niddry St, 9–11 Aug, £9

13:15 Science Magic Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 9–26 Aug, FREE Captain Cauliflower and Marvin the Mischievous Moose Assembly Roxy, 9–26 Aug, not 14, 21, 22, £8-9 ComedySportz UK Fireside, 9–15 Aug, FREE Fun Kids Radio’s Epic Roadshow Adventure Underbelly, Bristo Square, 9–27 Aug, not 13, £10-11

13:20 Doktor James’s Bad Skemes Sweet Grassmarket, 9–26 Aug, not 15, 22, £7

13:25 This Is Your Trial (FF) Just the Tonic at The Caves, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £10

13:30 Children’s Haunted Underground Experience Meet outside Tron Kirk at Auld Reekie Tours Boards , 9 Aug–1 Sep, £12 The Amazing Bubble Man Underbelly, George Square, 9–27 Aug, £11-12 Mr Fizzywigg’s Story Factory Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 9–26 Aug, not 15, 22, FREE Kaput Assembly George Square Gardens, 9–26 Aug, not 15, 22, £11-12 Ellie and the Enormous Sneeze Assembly Roxy, 9–27 Aug, not 14, 21, £8-9 MamaBabaMe Pleasance at EICC, 9–17 Aug, not 13, £8

13:35 The New I Hate Children Children’s Show theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 9–25 Aug, £10-11

13:45 Dan the Man (Kidz Comedian) – All the Things I Want to Be When I Grow Up Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 20–26 Aug, FREE

Grandma’s Gonna Kill Us Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 9–19 Aug, FREE

14:00 The Garden of Delight Duddingston Kirk Manse Gardens, 9–19 Aug, not 15, 16, 17, £7 Shhh... The Elves Are Very Shy Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh – John Hope Gateway, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, £5 Duckie HH Summerhall, 9–12 Aug, £12 Nutty Noah: You Might Die! Pleasance Courtyard, 20–27 Aug, £8-10 Story Builders Lauriston Halls, Various dates from 10 Aug to 18 Aug, £8 Story Builders Lauriston Halls, 9 Aug, £8 Bambino Beats Summertime Boogie – On the Farm Stockbridge Church, 10 Aug, 11 Aug, 12 Aug, 17 Aug, 18 Aug, £5 Circa: Wolfgang HHH Underbelly’s Circus Hub on the Meadows, 9–25 Aug, not 13, 20, £12-14 Huggers (Free Festival) Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 9–26 Aug, FREE Wee MacNessie St Giles’ Cathedral, 21–25 Aug, FREE Baby Loves Disco The Jam House, 12 Aug, 18 Aug, 19 Aug, 25 Aug, £9 Jo Jingles – Jo Visits the Seaside Murrayfield Parish Church Centre, 9 Aug, 11 Aug, £5

14:10

15:15

16:40

Four Go Wild in Wellies Dance Base, 9–26 Aug, not 13, 20, £9

The Story Beast: Myths, Monsters & Mayhem Pleasance Courtyard, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £8.50-10

The Storyteller’s Apprentice theSpaceTriplex, 9–18 Aug, not 12, £9

14:30 Wriggle Around the World Stockbridge Church, 20 Aug, 22 Aug, 23 Aug, 24 Aug, 25 Aug, £8 Circus Sonas Family Show Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 9–26 Aug, FREE The Time Machine Scottish Storytelling Centre, 9–19 Aug, not 15, £10 The Lion and the Mouse Stockbridge Church, Various dates from 13 Aug to 19 Aug, £8

14:50 Wilde Creatures Pleasance Courtyard, Various dates from 10 Aug to 26 Aug, £9-11

15:00 Charlie Baker Presents: The Greatest Goat of All Time Assembly George Square Gardens, 9–26 Aug, not 21, £8.50-10

Charlotte’s Web Theatre Bath Bus, 9–11 Aug, £7 Boogers, Books and Big Bottom Burps! Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 9–26 Aug, FREE

15:45 Game On 2.0 Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 9–19 Aug, FREE

16:00 Bercerus the Blind Dog and Other Heroes St Patrick’s Church, 22–24 Aug, £5

16:10 The Battle of Frogs and Mice Assembly Roxy, 9–19 Aug, £10

16:30 ComedySportz UK Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 9–15 Aug, FREE

The Reluctant Dragon Inveresk Lodge Garden, 18 Aug, £9

Wriggle Around the World Stockbridge Church, 19 Aug, £8

The Bureau of Untold Stories Museum of Childhood, 12 Aug, FREE

Mark Thompson’s Spectacular Science Show Gilded Balloon at the Museum, 9–26 Aug, not 13, £10

The Lost Things Pleasance at EICC, 9–19 Aug, not 13, £10 Gary Dunn: Jokes and Tricks! The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 9–10 Aug, £8 Bercerus the Blind Dog and Other Heroes St Patrick’s Church, 25–26 Aug, £5

Opera Mouse Pleasance Courtyard, 9–17 Aug, £8-10

16:35 Denim: The Denim Juniors Assembly George Square Gardens, 9–19 Aug, not 13, £9-10

17:00 Le Carnaval des Animaux / Un Gâteau pour Cubitus French Institute, 9–27 Aug, not 14, 15, £10

17:30 I Have Always Been a Storm Tolbooth Market, 9–25 Aug, not 13, FREE The Dark Room (For Kids!) Gilded Balloon Teviot, 9–25 Aug, £10-11

17:50 Comedy Club 4 Kids Assembly Roxy, 9–26 Aug, £8.50-10

18:30 The Jungle Book Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 13–18 Aug, £8.50

19:10 Mouse Music! St Andrew’s and St George’s West, George St, 9–11 Aug, £12

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13:00 The Bureau of Untold Stories Museum of Childhood, 12 Aug, FREE


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Top to bottom: Monski Mouse’s Baby Disco Dance Hall, Assembly George Square Gardens, 11am – 12pm; Nina Conti Is Monkey, Underbelly, Bristo Square, 7pm – 8pm; Familie Flöz, Infinita, Pleasance Courtyard, 1:30pm – 3pm; Very Blue Peter, Gilded Balloon Teviot, 11:15pm – 12:15am

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