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Get Your Own Back Meet the man who gunk-dunked his way through the ‘90s. And watch as he delivers yet another gunging

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Zoe Coombs Marr

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The Australian comedian talks behind the back of her hapless alter-ego, Dave

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Kyle Kinane The Americans cometh, and Kyle Kinane is leading the charge – or, maybe, the stroll

26 Bridget Christie Another exceptional offering from 2013’s award winner

30 Nish Kumar Long Word...Long Word... Blah Blah Blah...He really is quite clever

Theatre 46 Butoh Medea A brutal, original take on a Greek tragedy

48 Strictly Balti A poignant show about Asian identity

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Venue Map & Listings The only place to find shows listed by start time, plus a handy map to get you where you need

58 UKIP! The Musical A catchy and surprisingly nuanced take on the rise of the Kippers

Kids 64 Kid Critics Our junior journalists give the low-down on yet more family shows

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Perfect Day The judges of the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award share their perfect day at the Fringe

Breakfast at Social Bite Rose Street 9:15am Delicious, fresh food from a menu designed by a Michelin-starred chef. You can dine and do good – 100% of the profits are donated to good causes and customers can pay in advance for any item from the menu to feed a homeless person who comes in to claim it later.

Cinema Northern Stage at Summerhall 10:45am – 11:45am

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Superman, Saturday Night Fever and an act of terror that sparked

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a revolution. The Rex fire in a

explores writer/performer Joe

cinema in Iran left 422 people

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of his mixed-race heritage and

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racism, and considers how the

connecting the personal and

rise of anti-immigration rheto-

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Dinner at Southside Social Buccleuch Street 5:30 pm Edinburgh’s newest social enterprise pub aims to donate all profits to charity as well as

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training young people for a sustainable career. The food is great: gourmet burgers get the thumbs up and the ethos behind the business makes us feel good about going to the pub.

Counting Stars Assembly George Square Studios 4:00pm – 5:00pm Delving into the deep underworld of Britain's nightclubs, Counting Stars examines the

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working in a club find solace in each other despite being among Britain's most exploited people. Compelling story with great acting.

Here Is the News from Over There (Over There Is The News From Here) Northern Stage at Summerhall 11:10pm – 00:10am Late-night entertainment to make you think – this show features a revolving cast who stage a late-night cabaret described as a "Twitter ballad fresh from the Middle East". Expect laughs and a serious look at the religious intolerance facing artists.


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A Good Day for a Gunging The king of gunge, Dave Benson Phillips, speaks to Evan Beswick about reviving Get Your Own Back – and then douses him in slime


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t is, it appears, impossible to conduct a low-key gunging. “It’s a fiiiiine day for an outdoor gunging,” roars Dave Benson Phillips as we walk towards Bristo Square. Within seconds, Phillips has pulled in a crowd and whipped them to a frenzy – the Fringe equivalent of a baying mob, yowling for the sight and smell of, erm, gunge. And this scrawny journalist, now barefoot on a blue tarpaulin, is the offering upon the altar of ‘90s nostalgia. DBP begins the countdown – him shouting the even numbers, the rabble the odd ones. Three, two, one... Mention “gunge” or “the gunk dunk” to anyone who watched after-school television in the years that preceeded the new millennium, and they’ll know exactly what you mean. Others may stuggle. So, by way of explanation: Get Your Own Back was a game show which ran on BBC One from 1991-2004. Presented with unforgettable gusto by Dave Benson Phillips, the show encouraged children to write in and complain about the heinous crimes commited by their parents – being boring, eating their cereal loudly, etc. Revenge was enacted by submersion in a mysterious, horiffic liquid: brightly-coloured gunge. It’s worth stressing just how popular the show was for a generation of youngsters. Phillips recounts a story of a recruitment round for the show: “We thought, ‘oh, we’ll get a couple of thousand letters’. Remember, this was the days pre-email. And, I’ll never forget it, my girlfriend at the time who’s now my wife said: ‘Dave, brace yourself, we’ve had to employ more staff’.” The postbag, it transpires, contained around 50,000 plaintive missives. And it’s the teenagers of the ‘90s who, with GYOB returning for the first time, are now drawn to the Gilded Balloon for their long-awaited fix. Phillips, smiling broadly, is genuinely flummoxed: “It’s weird, watching the audience when I walk out and, do you know, it’s wall-to-wall adults – people who have given it the name “nostalgia” or “retro”. They say ‘my inner nine-year-old was doing cartwheels’...‘Took me back to when I was a kid again’.” As a result, there’s a lot riding on GYOB’s first reappearance. “I kid you not, I had a lot of sleepless nights,” Phillips reveals. “It became such an iconic show for such a simple idea.” Phillips, though, has good reason to be slightly wary: after GYOB finished, he was swept up in the peculiar early internet hoax of “fake deaths”, where deaths of minor celebs were made up, reported, believed and repeated for years afterwards. As a result, the calls dried up. It’s the only time this morning when Phillips’ infectious enthusiasm lulls: “It was an awful thing. I was only doing,

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sometimes, three or four jobs per year, because people believed I had passed on. “We even had the situation where Chris Moyles, on Radio 1 at the time, put out this number for people who had suffered this celebrity death thing, and they’d have an interview and say to the world, ‘I’m not dead’. So, I actually phoned up Chris Moyles’ office, and there was a guy at the other end of the phone who said, ‘how dare you pretend to be Dave Benson Phillips, everybody knows he’s dead’. So, yeah, that was horrible. But we’ve put it behind us.” It’s hard to imagine him waiting for work, for Phillips clearly has entertainment in every strand of his DNA. Picked up by the BBC after a builder on holiday took a video of the then Pontins Bluecoat entertainer leading kids in a ballet performance and looking “like a loon”, Phillips’s style—bombastic, utterly committed and without hint of cruelty—came to define children’s entertainment at the time. And so it is that, as Phillips pours a bucket of cold gunge over my head (“we left that one out overnight”), there’s no question of malice. And as it engulfs my hair, and drips in a viscous film over my eyes, nose lips and chin, like a gelatinous watercontinues  boarding, I’m giggling uncontrollably.


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For those who have always wondered, gunge is made of...a secret ingredient which Phillips won’t reveal to me. “There’s no explanation needed – just embrace it! Really, if I explain it to you it’s just giving it a science!” It is remarkable stuff. It attaches itself to surfaces indiscriminately, yet doesn’t feel sticky. It coagulates in lumps, but is thin and slippy to touch. It smells like those jelly toys that stick on windows. And tastes like one imagines they would do if you bit off a chunk. At the time of writing, I don’t know if it washes out of clothes. But if anyone can dump a bucket of undefined slime over your head and get nothing but smiles, it’s

Dave Benson Phillips – “the most entertaining man I’ve ever put on a stage”, according to his producer (Phillips seems genuinely overwhelmed by this unsolicited testimonial). So what next for GYOB’s new lease of life? Ready to take around the country? He smiles warmly: “Oh, I don’t know! Do you know what, I don’t know! I would love to think we could!” Britain, prepare to be gunged. ✏︎ Evan Beswick

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A Very Successful

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It takes a lot of talent to come up with a comedian as bad as Dave. Fest sits down with Zoe Coombs Marr, the woman behind the man Zoe Coombs Marr

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ive minutes after meeting Zoe Coombs Marr, we’re doing what comes naturally to a Scot in the company of an Australian: comparing ancestors who ended up transported to penal colonies. Marr’s family lineage, I grudgingly concede, beats mine on delightful detail alone. “My family have traced it back to a guy called Henry Marr,” she tells me, “who was a highway robber and a cross-dresser. So I come from a long line of drag.” This is an unexpectedly neat segue into more immediately relevant concerns: Dave, the eponymous protagonist of Marr’s first show at the Edinburgh Fringe, a character she has grown used to inhabiting (and achieved great success with at last year’s Melbourne Comedy Festival), but whose general presence in the comedy scene she has felt for much longer. Dave is a loud, crass, good-natured but nonetoo-bright would-be standup, whose often desperate attempts to win over his audience often veer, inadvertently or otherwise, into the kind of sexist territory that many will find depressingly familiar. But he’s more than just a means of highlighting common problems within the standup community.

Dave is a portrait of the comedian in meltdown, providing unexpected insight into what we can learn when comedy goes wrong. The origins of Dave stretch back almost almost as far as Marr’s career. “The idea came out of my frustrations with doing standup, which I had been around and involved in since school, but never really embraced or felt a part of. Watching these guys go up on stage and do their acts, it seemed as if they were all doing the same thing, which I wasn’t allowed it do. And I remember thinking that being that ‘guy’, adopting that persona, actually looked kind of fun. ‘Fuck, I wish I could do that.’ It’s a costume, and I wanted to try it on.” Even the name Marr chose hints at the persona in question: there are, it turns out, a disproportionate number of Daves cluttering up Australian comedy (Jory, Williams, Thornton, Hughes, Quirk, Bloustien), each trading, to some extent, in various brands of masculinity that are as professionally pragmatic as they are comic. As Marr’s own career picked up speed, she observed a suspiciously repetitive stream of male comedians who—almost, it seemed, out of comedic


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necessity—assumed attitudes tinged with prejudice. Her parodic instincts could only resist for so long. “I started doing Dave as a way of making my tech guy laugh during sound-checks. Afterwards, I told a friend, ‘Imagine if I did Dave for a whole hour.’ To which she replied, ‘God, that would be horrible’.” Obviously, Marr didn’t listen. “Initially, when it was a sound-check joke, it was pure parody. But I realised very quickly that it didn’t feel right – I didn’t actually hate this person I’d created. My friends are comics, and they’re nice guys. With Dave, what I was interested in was the tension between who that person is on and offstage. I love Dave. He’s just operating in a situation where he has to act a certain way. Which reflects on the audience, and forces them to question what they’re laughing at and why.” So, to ask a loaded question, if Dave’s apparent sexism doesn’t come from within, then where does it come from? “I think part of it comes from the conventions of comedy,” Marr muses. “Other times, it’s harder to articulate. The show is about the more subtle ways an audience interacts with a comedian. People think, ‘Oh, it’s a show about misogyny,’ and it’s not, really. It’s about a guy who’s trying to be a comic, and he’s really bad at it. He’s trying to second-guess what the audience will find funny, and failing. It’s about trying to win approval, to present an image, to construct an identity. And that on-stage persona is just as constructed for all those real-life Daves as it is for me. I just make it more obvious.” Not obvious enough for some, however. “I got a five-star review and a two-star review that came out the same day,” Marr remembers fondly. “The five-star one was for my show, and the two-star one was for Dave’s show.” A tribute to her acting abilities, I suggest; she agrees. “I put it on my poster.” Growing up in Grafton, a country town in New South Wales, Marr was always drawn to performance, but had few chances to express herself beyond school variety shows. Once she arrived at the College of Fine Arts in Sydney, she found both opportunities and a niche in which she felt comfortable. “When I went to university, I met a lot of people who became my community – I didn’t find that in comedy ‘til much later,” she remembers. “The people I worked with were radical performance artists. We formed a company, and we’re still working together 10 years later.” Marr acknowledges that Dave dominates her professional life at the moment, but is still keen to work on other comedic and theatrical projects. “Since I’ve been working with Dave, it’s been harder to do stuff outside of that. I haven’t done comedy

as ‘myself’ for quite a long time. But I really enjoy it, I don’t mind being associated with the character, and I’ve only recently started thinking about what I would do next. I’d like Dave to do another show, and see what the next level is for him. ‘Cause this show is about complete failure; the vulnerability of putting yourself on stage, trying to connect with an audience... And it just not working.” Supeficially ‘bad’ comedy, where the standup’s apparent dysfunction conceals such undercurrents of intelligence and subtlety, is a risky endeavour for obvious reasons: as Marr puts it, “If the gig’s dark, or you’re a bit drunk, some people might think ‘This guy’s crap’.” In her own way, Marr is just as exposed to the whims of the audience as Dave. Yet she is confident that her alter-ego, and everything he symbolises, can strike a chord with any sufficiently savvy crowd, whether in Melbourne or Edinburgh. “I don’t know heaps about the international comedy scene, but some of the problems I’ve noticed— the sexist material and the attitudes that go with it— are more prevalent and full-on in Australia. Australia has such a small population, the only thing that can sustain an audience is the mainstream, so it’s locked in. But I do still think there are fundamentals of how all comedy functions where those issues are always relevant. Society is fucked up everywhere.” No disagreement here. ✏︎ Sean Bell VENUE: TIME: TICKETS:

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Is American standup Kyle Kinane becoming too happy – just as Fringe audiences are getting their first sights of him? Definitely not, he tells Si Hawkins

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ou did worry for Kyle Kinane when you heard that he’d be flying in to perform a full Fringe run this August. The Chicago-born comic is famed for his feats of bad behaviour. Not bad behaviour in the decadent rock star sense—although “these are not unheard-of things for me to partake in,” he admits—but bad habits. Bad eating. Bad sleeping. Bad end results. The first routine of his first Fringe show, for example, is about Kinane being deported from Canada immediately after arriving due to a driving-while-intoxicated conviction, then having a full-blown meltdown because Burger King ran out of Whoppers. It’s curiously charming. And during that bit you can’t help noticing that his T-shirt appears to be surprisingly crisp and stain-free, over a week into the festival. “That’s because I just got my bags,” confides the comic. “The laundry’s still fresh. You can blame, or congratulate, British Airways for my clothes looking clean.” Complain they might, but standups secretly punch the air when something crappy happens. Kinane’s prime stuff is solidly based around personal calamities, and the more sordid the better. These “scumbag stories”, as someone charmingly put it, have earned him an increasingly avid fanbase back home, and his albums are seeping over here too. Hence this Fringe run. Now living in Los Angeles, the comic is looking pretty healthy when we meet, mid-afternoon, on a sunny George Square balcony. How’s he coping so far? Has he been eating properly? “I’ve been getting some stuff to have at home,” he says, with a smile. “Last night I got real cocky about myself. I was stoned, I put apple slices on a

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pizza, like a real gourmand – ‘I’ll give it a shot’. It was great! It was great. I had some cheese that I sliced, I mean the basis was still a frozen pizza, but that’s the closest I’ll get to being a chef. I was pretty impressed with myself.” Funnily enough, there may be some misguided ticket-buyers who’ll go to see Kinane expecting a high-concept pizza-related experience – something like George Egg’s cooking-in-a-hotel-room effort, rather than revelations about a dude soiling himself. The show is, after all, called Ghost Pizza Party, and he looks awfully jaunty in the promo photo. It could almost be a kid’s show. “I was in London last year and I got one of those big thick books [the Fringe programme], and everybody’s picture…” He flinches at the sheer horror. “And ohhh, the wordplay. In my picture it’s like, ‘this guy looks wacky!’ and that was kind of purposeful. I was trying to make it purposefully stupid.” Early in his hour there’s a great observation about Fringe posters – although that gag might well be gone by week three. The ghost pizza party routine was culled before he’d even begun. Kinane admits

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that the real test of the lengthy Fringe run is not staying healthy, but staying sane onstage. Hence he’s mixing the set up. “A month in one place, that’s a lot, for Americans,” he says. “You realise you just looked at the same part of the wall at the same time you said the same sentence yesterday. I remember when I worked in an office and a warehouse and I just got that feeling. That feeling is terrible.” Standup eventually provided a route out of those non-careers – although, “it’s not like I was raised with comedy,” he admits. “I don’t need Bill Hicks telling me how the government lies to you, I don’t even know what that means – I’m 11! And then Mitch Hedberg is on TV: ‘Oh, this doesn’t fit, that’s just a weird guy who accidentally walked onto the stage…’” He started gigging in 1999, as a “worshipper” of the doomed Hedberg (who was to die of an overdose six years later), but his own unique approach eventually flourished. He has an admirable candour, so much so that Kinane even makes his gag choices out loud, weighing up which story to tell next. Success brings its own issues, though, and the comic admits on stage that he’s weirdly happy nowadays. Is he running short of new material? “It’s a little bit harder, and also I’m just older now, I’m not trying to throw myself into ‘let’s do a bunch of coke and steal a speedboat’. Not that I ever did that. That’s like a Miami drug kingpin.” “But you can just magnify any moment in your life, telling it with enough of those weird side details, it should be at least an entertaining enough story that I don’t have to put myself in harm’s way. I don’t have

to Hemingway myself in some bullfights or anything. I can just go to the grocery store, keep the details and nuances in mind, and it should be alright.” To “Hemingway” yourself – that’s a tremendous concept. “Yeah, I’ve never read any of his books. But I get it, he was a tough guy, did crazy shit.” Does he know standups who’ve done a reverse Hedberg; become so well-behaved that they had nothing to say? “Sobered up? I think there’s a few stories about comics where it was a fun outlet but they made a few bucks and disappeared. That’s an attractive plan. Going off into the woods.” Indeed, and Kinane does now have a more sedate comedy-related career to fall back on. One reason he needs to keep it together this month is because he’s actually still doing his day job, as the programme announcer for Comedy Central in the US. Every few days here he’ll plug in his equipment and announce the latest big standup special; which is awkward when it’s a show of his own. “Yeah, the first one I was like, ‘You gotta let me do something weird’ and the executives go…”—he puts on the voice of an executive—“‘We think it’d be too distracting from promoting it.’ ‘Really? But by not mentioning it, and me sounding exactly the same as the person in it, that wouldn’t be distracting…?’ But the last time I did it they let me screw around.” He won’t be wandering into the woods for a few years yet. ✏︎ Si Hawkins VENUE: TIME: TICKETS:

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That’s the smart thing about Superbolt’s lo-fi re-enactment: it starts to reframe Steven Spielberg’s classic as something else altogether. Don’t get me wrong, it’s mostly an excuse for three decent Lecoq-trained performers to do some tidy dinosaur impressions—and, hey, they deliver on that front—but there’s definitely more to it than that. Clever girls – and boys. The set-up is this: in a Lyme Regis community centre, the Park family have gathered friends and relatives to remember their mother with a special screening of their favourite film, Jurassic Park. It’s what she would have wanted, apparently. (I’d have Gérard Courant’s six-day-long Cinématon. Never forget.) Only, of course, on the day of the screening, the Parks are hit by that perennial household curse: an empty VHS case. Cue an idea: “Da-da-da-daa-daa. Da-da-da-daadaa.” Suddenly, son Noah (Simon Maeder) is rifling about in the pot plants, bulging one eye through a crack in his fingers and skulking the stage with teeny-tiny dino arms. Quicker than you can say, “Life, uh, found a way,” the whole family is on their feet as John Hammond, Ellie Sattler, Robert Muldoon and co. It’s a gregarious, knockabout routine, a whizz through those iconic moments with whatever comes to hand: a tiny cuddly sheep disappears, a glass of water ripples, an umbrella becomes a hissing, spitting dilophosaurus. Best of all is the rucksack T-Rex, straps for its skull and a cavernous zipper mouth. What you realise, though, is that Drs Grant and Sattler, with little Lex and Timmy Murphy in tow, become a kind of surrogate family. That poorly triceratops, breathing heavily on the ground, now echoes the image of a mother laid up on her deathbed, and John Hammond’s folly has similarities to the Parks’ father, who brought his kids into the world without fully clocking the consequences. It’s strongest as a reflection on pop culture, classic films and nostalgia. Why are these cultural artefacts so comforting? Why do we watch them again and again, relishing lines we learned a long time ago? Unlike life, they’re fixed and fossilised – known commodities that never change over time, a

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Jurassic Park is about dinosaurs, right? Ah, ah, ah. No, it’s not. Look past the raptors and the rexes, and you’ll find a film about family, loss and coping with the choices you make in life.

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direct line to the past and to childhood. True, one wishes that Superbolt really committed to their chosen scenario—completely investing in that screening scenario without all the expository flashbacks—and they’re still a long way short of a rigorous reframing, but this is a long way from a six-foot turkey. There are two real-life dinosaurs in Tribute Acts: Cheryl Gallacher and Tess Seddon have put their old men onstage. Sam Gallacher and Rodger Seddon appear on video as two floating hologram-like heads, while their daughters fire a volley of questions at them from the stage. Each quizzed the other’s father, hoping to find the person behind the parent. Seddon interviewed Sam, Gallagher grilled Rodger – and what you see, ever so slightly, are traces of flirtation: older men peacocking for their daughter’s best friend. Both turned up in suits, unexpectedly, and both deploy dad humour. It’s a little icky. Their daughters roll their eyes. This is a show that holds fathers up as gods, then holds them to account. It’s ramshackle, but raw: the questions build, gradually, towards bigger betrayals – divorce and adultery. There’s something cruel about the show’s push towards public humiliation, but it’s justified— just—by its wider politics. The fallen gods of their fathers are linked to the politicians and public figures of their childhood: Tony Blair, Bill Clinton, Bill Cosby,

Pierce Brosnan—men who threatened to change the world, but left it much the same, if not more crocked. It’s an intriguing idea—fuming and feminist—but this skittish scrapbook of a show can’t quite drive it home. The Hogwallops are my favourite family on the Fringe. They’re a colourful and cacophonous clan, running this way and that in a cloud flour as they try and bake a cake together. It’s one of the most anarchic, maniacal hours of circus about – perfect for a family audience. Lost in Translation have built a full-blown circus out of the domestic sphere: a washing line becomes a rope swing, eggs get juggled and strongmen chalk their hands with flour. What makes it so special is that it never lets up, even for a second. There’s tumbling onstage and a trapeze act above. Aerialists whizz over the ensemble’s heads and human towers do battle. Rob Tannion directs our attention with skill and instils a skittering momentum and a frazzled edge of danger. Yet there’s still time for strong solos. Thibaut Lezervant very nearly pulls off an ambitious juggling set, flicking balls from his feet to his hands and back, and Annabel Carberry ends the show with an inspired trapeze routine on a zimmerframe. As apparatus, it’s inventive, with plenty of possibility, but it’s superb as a metaphor: a daughter hanging off a symbol of her father’s old-age. Who needs CGI dinosaurs anyway? ✏︎ Matt Trueman


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How much of our movement is gendered? And how much of it are we able to control if we take away or override these constructs? Boys Who Like to Play With Dolls, from Tereza Ondrová and Peter Savel, asks fascinating questions. At the opening both performers look almost identical in dress; same jeans, same pen tattoos. They begin striding patterns as if marking territory or learning a sequence. Later they do the same thing but to pop catwalk music, and their bodies, instead of blankly pacing, take on the signals of gender; a posturing shoulder, a wiggling hip. Sometimes the transitions are so fluid you have to watch keenly to catch them. When Renaissance choral music takes over, the divide between masculinity and femininity becomes more blurred; celestial males recline too, and Madonnas have an earthy strength. By the piece’s end the choreography has morphed into something less binary. It’s a brilliant idea, crying out for this kind of attention. But the imagery sometimes feels fuzzy and it’s hard to know whether we are moving forwards, backwards or going round in circles. If ever there was a performer to cut to the flesh of an idea it’s Claire Cunningham. Give Me a Reason to Live was commissioned as a response to a series of paintings by Hieronymus Bosch, but Cunningham has developed this brief to create a haunting, luminous portrait that challenges society’s relationship to disability. Her influences include the Nazi mass murder of people with disabilities and the UK government’s current policy of forcing those on benefits to prove their entitlement. Throughout the piece she braces herself into uncomfortable positions, sometimes with crutches, sometimes without. Branching out her arms like an eagle’s wings, spread-fingered, she keeps the pose until ripples across her back make you realise how viciously she is pushing herself. This later returns in a passage where Cunningham stands silently without crutches and faces the audience. You can see her tremors begin and grow, and grow, and grow, until it feels unbearable to watch her hurt herself this way. Contrasting this, she sometimes focuses not on her struggle but on her strength. Bent into A-form, she jumps back and forth, at first faltering, then bouncing with athletic grace; when she presses herself into

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the air to the rising of the score, the moment glows. Starkly different from the playfulness of previous show, Ménage à Trois, here Cunningham gives herself wholeheartedly in pain and grace. It’s brutal and stunning and reminds us how powerful, immediate and eloquent a language dance can be. Scottish Ballet pioneered the format of Special Edition at last year’s Fringe and happily it went down a storm. They’re back again, offering bite-sized choreographies in a space that allows us to get far closer to the details of the dance than in any of their larger shows. Eve Mutso’s Ink of Innocence looks at what happens when an ink drop lands in a pool of water. It’s a gorgeous idea for dance and the details sing. But what really stands out here is the way Mutso and the dancers capture the pace of ink in water so perfectly. Vincent Hantam’s solo gives a sprightly interlude in a piece created for him in 1980, but though he moves like a dream, the costume and soundtrack feel a little dated. More du jour is Jamiel Laurence’s 1 to 10, based on the idea of numbers having a particular movement, and playing to a current trend of quirky word-based

dance. Evan Loudon and Victor Zarallo perform with dry wit and the punchlines are snappy. Sharply performed and visually striking, Gaze of the Kavaluan from Taiwan’s Tjimur Dance Theatre turns its eyes on traditional obsessions with virginity and lust. Steeped in ritual—shockingly so at times—and visually arresting, themes of sexuality and violence oscillate. But sometimes it’s hard to get a handle on what’s at the piece’s core. If you’ve never seen Al Seed before, the mastery of his physical style is enough to mesmerise. In Oog he explores the inner life of a soldier traumatised by war. In the opening section you can feel the nerves fizzing and short-circuiting as his hands twitch. A wild. cartoonish mania holds him above the surface for a while, then lonely isolation grips and the only way out is to drink. In Seed’s body the soldier’s pain feels fresh and vivid, but the concept of soldiers dehumanised and the motifs of grotesquery somehow feel less original. Still, Guy Veale’s unnerving soundscape, and the eerie larger-than-life design from Alex Rigg help to make this a haunting end to the evening. ✏︎ Lucy Ribchester


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Phil Nicol ««««« The Canadian comic returns to the Fringe with a new show that lurches spectacularly from catharsis to carnival

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Diane Spencer «««« After a 2014 Fringe spent at the creative beck and call of Nancy Dell'Olio, Diane Spencer is back and she's tearing that experience to shreds

Angela Barnes Come As You Are «««« VENUE: TIME:

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To say that Angela Barnes’s second Fringe show packs a surprising emotional punch may be to spoil the surprise. For much of the first 20 minutes of this show we seem to be witnessing a fairly routine, observational set, albeit from a performer with better-than-average levels of stage presence and chutzpah. Indeed, these qualities allow Barnes to carry some fairly trite jokes as she warms us up: she’s surprised to have been sunburnt in Edinburgh; she’s not keen on owning a kitten because “if I want shit in my kitchen I’ll do it myself.” The more personal material is funnier: Barnes says she is so self-consciously terrible at flirting that most of her attempts start with “I’m sorry,” and end with “Fuck you”. It’s only about halfway through the set that these more personal stories start to coalesce into a theme. Barnes tells us about the

time when, at the age of eight, some boys in her local playground let her know she was ugly. “A seed was planted” for her, as it is for us. This seed grows over the last half of the set into a bracingly honest examination of Barnes’ own relationship with her face, how the world perceives her, and how she rates herself. The points are never hammered, and the jokes only get funnier as Barnes digs deeper into the psychology and politics of ‘ugliness’. Online and offline trolls get hilariously roasted, but so too do well-meaning but ham-fisted friends who try to tell her she’s beautiful. Worthwhile but never worthy, this show goes well beyond the pat homily implied in the show title; it’s confessional standup that really earns its emotional moments, as well as its best laughs. ✏︎ Tom Hackett


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“That’s what I think, because I’m a feminist,” shouts Bridget Christie – with all of the dry sarcasm such an obtusely reductionist statement deserves. There’s a certain reductionism, too, in a three paragraph summary of a show which opens the door on as many of the stickiest, trickiest issues as the 2013 Comedy Award winner can squeeze in. Racism, feminism, cuts to public services, VAT on sanitary products – oh, and the pitfalls of an 11am show. They all get a look in. And all get booted out of the door in a verbal volley of righteous ire. It’s perhaps beside the point, but Christie’s nose for right and wrong is impeccable. Or, at least, it feels that way, so cogent are her flights and fights of political fancy. And that’s probably more important. Like the greatest orators, Christie’s is a mesmerising play of language, structure and theatrics.

There simply are few on the scene with the same command of comic form. Christie opens up seemingly whimsical routes only to lead us face-first into a devastating reality check. It’s fair to say she can also just knock down a mean one-liner. There’s the odd chink in the liberal armour. Why, she wonders, are there not more BAME members of her audience? One starts to toy with the idea that it’s maybe the wrong question. Why would folk from myriad heritages enjoy the same cultural output? But there’s little time for points of order, as Christie powers through. And she leaves the audience wanting more. Literally. This morning’s show lasts just over 45 minutes, with scheduled time for book signing built into the ticket price. It feels a little, erm, conservative. Down with cuts to performance time. ✏︎ Evan Beswick

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‘Niche’ can mean a lot of things. Most of the time it refers to something arty, out-there and—whisper it—even pretentious. Seymour Mace is Niche As F*ck is a glorious collection of directions, none of them in any way pretentious – all attacked with gusto. He launches with a tirade against the industry he works in, coated with bitterness and the cynic’s consolation card of “integrity”. And when that’s through he deconstructs his own opening, involving a Punch and Judy-style recreation, the first of many homemade props that speed the show along. Mace is delightfully angry and ridiculously creative with sound effects and interruptions throughout, including one fabulous site-specific gag that has the audience in stitches. He draws you in as co-conspirators to his games, philosophising ingeniously. Pleasing himself as much as he’s pleasing others with his ideas, here is a veteran skilfully combining anger with silliness and coming up trumps. It’s a shambles, but it’s brilliantly put together, with as much attention given to the finer details of bespoke prizes and specially recorded jingles as to soft toy dioramas and costume changes. Surrealism is scattered liberally throughout, and a silliness that’s passionate about being true. Seymour Mace deserves not to be niche. He is random, passionate, funny and ingenious. He’s only niche because you haven’t seen him yet. ✏︎ Victoria Nangle

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Tim Renkow seems to get away with saying pretty much anything he wants – partly due to having severe cerebral palsy, and partly because, as a result, he just doesn’t care what you think. Dare to heckle him. See what happens. There are no barriers that this man isn’t prepared to kick over, and slaughter all who cower on the other side. No group is safe from his rampage. Only the repeated and heavy abuse of everyone that he could possibly offend will sate him. While it may be that Renkow is being offensive for the sake of it, it is still hilarious. He just focuses entirely on topics most comedians wouldn’t go near. The laughs are still earned and it’s much more than

just the shock value that is getting them. He carefully ramps up each joke until the audience think it can’t get any more repugnant, then gives the screw that extra quarter turn to make sure they will never forget it. All of Renkow’s subject matter is firmly in the realms of the darkest and most twisted imaginable: how to get rid of bodies; his favourite paedophile; describing the appearance of the prophet Mohammed so he can be drawn by his friend live during the show; the dangers of a neo-Nazi lap dance. It’s like a showcase of the abhorrent. Each joke taking us deeper into a cave of guilty laughs until there is no return. From these shadowy depths he shines bright. Go find him if you dare. ✏︎ Graeme Connelly


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“There was a voice inside my head”, is a common excuse for outrageous behaviour. It’s fitting, then, that Glenn Wool begins his show with a similar gambit, countenancing his risqué material with a pre-emptive excuse. Ultimately, the show isn’t overly dark and the inner-conscience device doesn’t get used much again, but it sets an apt tone for the enjoyably boundary-skirting rant on which he embarks.

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Sometimes an hour of standup comedy can just stand out as a fresh voice in the crowd. Skilfully dropping punchlines in his machine-gun Glasgow patter, Larry Dean delivers a personal show about coming out as gay to his friends, his family, and his audience – like a new friend discovered. This is a mirth-filled show, shot through like a stick of rock with good nature and funny stories. A charming sexual odyssey, Dean’s history is vividly painted with an

works nicely the first few times, it quickly becomes a sensory veil to cover weaker sections of his material. If what he’s saying isn’t particularly funny, he shouts it instead. That being said, aside from a sagging middle section, most of the show is searingly witty and pitched with just the right level of contempt. He’s offensive, he doesn’t care, and we’re all the better for it. ✏︎ Matthew Sharpe

easy, engaging wit. His attempts at heterosexual assimilation manages to be both graphic and endearing, with a zinger of a metaphor for the male orgasm. His familial coming out is told with sensitivity and a light touch that is consistently sharp and entertaining. He also exploits, to great comic effect, the fact he “does’t look gay”, and what that might actually mean. There may be other comedians who relate tales of coming out, but that Dean goes that little bit deeper, shares that bit more and takes the time to fully set the scene (his Roman Catholic family, made up of posh Scottish mum, quieter manly dad, and “difficult” brother) pays off beautifully. Out Now! is so deeply Dean’s own story of late blooming it still holds remnants of his wonder, and tinges of sadness at how it has turned out so far. No mean feat. ✏︎ Victoria Nangle

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There’s a brash confidence threading through his material that suggests self-consciousness (or rather, guilt) is not a feeling in his repertoire, but he sells his cavalier nonchalance so convincingly that few would want to stop him in his stride. He’s not apologetic for his satire, and rightly so. However, while the callousness of his jokes doesn’t cause a problem, the substance of his message(s) is often lacking. He shifts between mottos seemingly at will, proclaiming conclusive-sounding thoughts on religion, beauty and censorship. The result is that the only thing connecting his various theories and segments is the audacious manner in which he’s trumpeting them. His delivery ranges from gutteral inward mumblings to thundering screeches, and while this contrast

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“If this goes wrong, I’ve wasted my whole life,” cautions Nish Kumar by way of introduction. Luckily for him, that turns out to be nothing more than tentative humility, as he embarks on a polished diatribe against anything that invokes his ire (mainly capitalism). Kumar deals almost exclusively in frustrated wrath, picking annoyances from the world of discontent that surrounds him. His politics are informed from a liberal perspective, and much of his anger is directed at right-wing practices, such as the privatisation of the NHS. He transcends

ordinary political satire when he extends partisan values to more innocuous aspects of life, dismissing Monopoly as a plutocratic influence on children and pondering the effects of applying left-wing ideals to the Die Hard films. He does loosen his exasperated political grip to delve into James Bond parodies and detailed assessments of exactly where the eight-film American Pie anthology went wrong, but his satire is more meek and restrained when it’s targeting subjects about which he’s clearly less passionate. The flow of gratifying catharsis resumes

when he returns to skewering tax dodgers and closeted bigots. His parlance is accessable despite the often technical nature of his topics, and he doesn’t place an expectation on his audience to align with every view he’s offering. There’s a persuasive potency to his reasoning, though, and he relishes the chance to deconstruct his hypothetical opponent’s rebuttal. He’s on a lonely mission of moral indignance, but it’s inflected with enough caustic wit to make it truly engaging to witness. ✏︎ Matthew Sharpe


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Some argue that affectionate parody, which originates from love rather than derision, is far more effective than bitter satire. Personally, I’ve never been sure, but Carl Hutchinson’s paean to professional wrestling makes a strong case for the hypothesis. The immediately affable Hutchinson begins his hour of autobiographical standup

with Fringe-familiar themes of quarter-life crisis-inspired introspection, but he’s wise enough not to dwell on it for too long. In pondering what really matters and what he still wishes to achieve, the world of pro-wrestling frame his resounding conclusion. This is fortunate, as there has rarely been a subject so tailor-made for parody. He understands that the

wardness at trying to say and do the right thing. There is also thoughtful melancholy to some scenes, but when this becomes more macabre it is less convincing; the performers simply seem too nice. Sometimes characters in sketch comedy seem to function only for the joke at hand, but here there are hints at living backstories that suggests they breathe and feel. It is in these moments that the maturity of the writing shines. So this is a funny show that stays with you, and you might leave yearning to know the fates of a lonely librarian, a couple who’ve recently begun swinging, and a man crying in a toilet. ✏︎ Brett Mills

entire enterprise is ridiculous, and that’s why he loves it, and has even taken steps to enter it himself. By the end of the show, even the most sceptical audiences will be able to see the appeal. Although it might sound rather niche, Hutchinson is at his best when going into geekish detail about the history of his favourite wrestlers, explaining the tangled back-story of The Undertaker or analysing to lyrics to Billy Gunn’s theme song. Still, even his more banal anecdotes (of school and holidays past) never fail to amuse. Hutchinson is also quick witted when under attack. When dealing with hecklers, his most surprisingly effective weapon is polite restraint: only when the drunken family in the front row had repeatedly made fools of themselves did he start doing the same. A good finishing move for either standup or wrestler. ✏︎ Sean Bell


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There’s a song stuck in my head that I do not want to be there. “I am Shandy, Shandy the clown,” it goes. “Pick me up and throw me around.” It’s weird, dark and incredibly, jauntily catching. Quite who Shandy is, though, and why he has such an abusive relationship with his owner never really comes into full view over the course of this odd hour,

Beth Vyse As Funny As Cancer ««« VENUE: TIME:

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shrouded always in dark wordy monologues and silly songs. But, really, clarity is not at all Houston’s game here. Right from the off, with a short and deliberately bad standup set, Houston’s aim seems to be to alientate his audience – to leave them as far behind as he can. There’s a fine line between brave and stupid. And, do you know what? I think he collapses just on the side of brave with this one. Sure, there’s plenty here that falls short. The whole clown thing, for starters, has been passé for years. And the obtusely long costume changes tend to puncture the dreamlike atmosphere. But it’s saved by a well-constructed alternative world in which a man with a sweet Glaswegian voice can

croon about terrible things; in which a long and ridiculous monologue about a clown’s origins can take on the veneer of believability thanks to tight and imaginative writing. Years from now, Houston might be doing stuff that makes more sense. But he’ll have cut his teeth doing odd, inventive work. ✏︎ Evan Beswick

Beth Vyse presents an autobiographical tale of youth, cancer, and Michael Jackson. It’s amusing in parts, but most of the appeal comes from her willingness to display vulnerability, and share such personal experiences. Vyse’s story begins with her time in drama college and The Royal Shakespeare company – and it’s easy to discern the impact of these experiences. She’s a confident performer who displays her emotions candidly as she recounts the more tragic segments of her story. There is humour woven through too, and her wry perspective on difficult events in her life is brave to say the least. Often, however, the segues between pathos and whimsy aren’t quite smooth enough to steer between the contrasting tones – there’s often a slight hesitancy in an audience unsure whether or not

they’re supposed to laugh. There’s some excellent use of audio effects, particularly the pervading drone of the MRI machine during a description of a hospital experience. Some parts are slightly underdeveloped, lacking necessary backstory to make a joke work. Elsewhere, timelines are confusing to follow. The chronology isn’t a dealbreaker, but it does undermine an otherwise engaging narrative. Vyse has led a life worth sharing, and her dramatic portrayal of it feels cathartic. As the show’s title suggests, comedy can be derived from tragedy, but As Funny as Cancer doesn’t have quite enough humour to balance the poignancy and truly elevate the show into something more well-rounded. However, it remains an enjoyable celebration of levity in the face of adversity. ✏︎ Matthew Sharpe

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Don’t F*ck with Me Gweilo Stories from a World Citizen ««« VENUE: TIME:

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It’s quite a feat to be politically thought-provoking without being preachy. Even more impressive to do so in an entertaining and funny way. Dana Alexander pulls off this trick with an easy-going and assured show that clocks up more air miles than Richard Branson, highlighting our global cultural differences and common struggles with a light touch. The only prop involved is a trio of film montages.

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A disclaimer to readers a certain way disposed: contrary to the title’s implications, this show is substantively light on penises, and any sitting thereon. It does, however, feature Lou Sanders, and all the ditzy comic appeal that goes with her. Most of the material is structured around Sanders’ (semi-fictional)

They work superbly on their own, illustrating without hammering too hard the points that she is making. It’s hard-hitting stuff, but Alexander is articulate and intelligent, strong and confident, softening the truth she delivers with informed and resonating punchlines. There’s a worldly wisdom in Alexander’s manner. She claims a handful of different “origins”, as well having lived as an immigrant in England for five years. This, combined with her varied travels around the world means she enjoys an outsider’s perspective. That’s not unique among comics – a profession of wanderers. But it is her acceptance (bar a little gentle ribbing) of everything except intolerance that allows her to tackle some of the bigger international political issues of the day without losing her audience. There are some enjoyable personal notes, which both give glimpses

attempts to gain entry to Eton College (for academic purposes, as opposed to a forced physical breach) as a 20-something female. It’s a cute premise, as we’re treated to hearing the audio recordings of her phone calls to various admissions officers. It’s schlocky fun, with the laughs derived more from her willful immaturity than any satirical perspective she provides. The good news for Sanders is that even if people stop finding her funny, she’ll always have her biggest fan: herself. Giggling at her own jokes before the audience even has a chance to, she has the pre-emptive reflex snicker of a gawky adolescent stifling a laugh when a teacher (not an Eton one, to

of her own story and also serve as a reminder of individual social privilege. She’s liberal and embracing, but no pushover. ✏︎ Victoria Nangle

her hypothetical dismay) asks her a question in front of her friends. It does add to her affable charm, but it also undermines the fluency of her storytelling. She’s constructed a minxy, bashful stage persona befitting the flustered whimsy she purveys, but too often her act strays into the realm of chortling teenager as opposed to accomplished standup. The audience more often follows the wave of unbroken amused murmerings than reacts to big punchline moments. Sanders is on the right track, she just needs to make sure she reaches the destination before losing herself in laughter along the way. ✏︎ Matthew Sharpe


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You can’t really describe the appeal of a Bec Hill show without first describing her appearance. Her permanent, toothy grin sits beneath a heavy-fringed bob, flicked eyelashes and sculpted eyebrows. Compact and girlish, she resembles a cute Manga superhero, armed only with the power of enthusiasm. Hill’s seemingly irrepressible fizz is put to great use early on, when she calls two punters up on stage to act out a ‘news’ video that she made with her brother as a child, for which she’s lost the video but retains the script. Hill’s delight in watching the pair’s spirited but

clumsy performance sets a sunny and inclusive tone, which she uses to push us through a fair few awkward moments in an enjoyable but somewhat uneven show. Sometimes the awkwardness is intentional, as when Hills uses self-consciously bad wordplay and then flashes that grin, daring us to come with her. Her homemade flipcharts, which use pull-the-tab mechanisms and cutesy drawings to illustrate more puns, recall Josie Long at her most childlike and ingenious; the last of these alone is worth the entry price. Observational gags about, for

example, Cher’s hair in the ‘80s and ‘90s, are less successful. Her engaging physicality animates some of her storytelling, but fails to save the less inspired routines. The theme, about regret and how we use it, feels forced, and there are some heavy-handed moments of unsmiling sincerity that grate against the lightness of the rest of the set. But the overall effect is one of innocent joy, leaving the audience with smiles on their faces that should easily last the rest of the evening. ✏︎ Tom Hackett


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Lucie Pohl Cry Me a Liver «« VENUE: TIME:

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Character comedy is always a dicey prospect. Introducing a host of original personae whose personalities must become vivid in merely minutes, while garnering consistent hilarity, is a Herculean labour for even the most talented standup. If one alter-ego pays off, the next could still be a damp squib. As a result,

variable quality is often difficult to avoid, and impossible to ignore. With that in mind, Lucie Pohl should perhaps not be judged too harshly. She has clearly invested thought and effort in making most of the guises she assumes; they’re more than just set-ups for punchlines, each having distinct mannerisms, over-the-top accents and endless energy. Unfortunately, in too many cases, the characters themselves are intended to be the joke, and consequently don’t have the lines to deliver the laughs. Most of Pohl’s characters reflect her own origins and experiences in New York, which should bring some interesting insight, but

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You’ve got to wonder if Joel Dommett named his show Conquer because he views acquiring a girlfriend, the main thrust of its shaky narrative, as an act of forceful domination. Certainly, such a reading of his gender politics isn’t helped by the casual slut-shaming that twice creeps its way into this rapturously received set, the white man with a microphone expressing his unwillingness to take on an experienced female partner because of germs or something. A pay-what-you-like Jack Whitehall, several queuing fans are turned

instead seem as though they could be imagined by anyone with a basic understanding of Big Apple stereotypes. The most effective gag comes from an upper-class helicopter parent, who fires her six-year-old son due to his lack of direction and fiscal sense, but sadly such originality is rare. More reflective of the show as a whole is the homeless, hip-talking hustler who opens and closes the set. It is Pohl’s most grating impression, and manages to amuse herself far more than the audience with her banter. Pohl has plenty of ideas, but Cry Me a Liver would benefit from more than a few of them being weeded out. ✏︎ Sean Bell

away from his unticketed performance. Others stand throughout its duration, circling the stage like a Top Gear studio audience or group of scavenging vultures. It’s easy to see the appeal. Not only is Dommett young, denim-clad and handsome, but carries himself in the manner of a rock star. “It’s gonna be great!” he vainly bellows. Our hero proves keenly aware of self-deprecation’s place in a comedian’s arsenal, yet never takes it quite far enough, a tedious narcissism informing his sloppily structured musings.The set piece with which he concludes the show is intended to portray him as a vulnerable creature of love, yet does so only within strictly controlled parameters. He is to remain the alpha male at all times. This is dull, lifeless comedy, as practised by a man of no originality or integrity. Dommett, however, seems hungry for fame and knows that these shortcomings will serve him well. ✏︎ Lewis Porteous

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Pleasance Courtyard 5:20pm – 6:20pm 5–31 Aug, not 17 £8 – £10.50

In an amusing 60-second introductory video, Tez Ilyas expresses his desire to present us with a show about life as a Muslim in Britain. He aims to do this, he says, in a unique and silly way. What follows is neither unique nor particularly silly, but deeply moving as the comic explains his frustration at being made to feel like an outsider in his place of birth. Several nights into the Fringe and working off a script, he nonetheless chokes up with emotion as the hour ends with a plea for understanding.

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A problem facing contemporary storytellers is that modern technology lends itself poorly to drama. Instant communication has the power to nullify perilous situations, while interaction with computers and phones dulls the viewer's emotional response. In some respects, these issues

Tez Talks is staged as an introductory seminar in becoming a convert to Islam, the audience playing the part of potential new recruits. This enables the host to explain the intricacies of his belief system, while putting bigoted misconceptions to bed. Among his ‘Tez Commandments’ is “Don’t Be a Terrorist”. Sincere and persuasive, Ilyas is a fine ambassador for cultural relations. He’s preaching to the converted here, but it’s hard to imagine ignorance withstanding his humanity. This said, the hour itself occupies a flaccid middle ground between stirring polemic and solid standup routine. His point-making glosses over the basics, while his gags are a shade too gentle and obvious. As this evening’s audience whoop their approval, one suspects them of applauding the show’s intentions as much as its content. ✏︎ Lewis Porteous

extend to comedy, and prove particularly pertinent to Yve Blake. For Lie Collector, the young Australian has written about what she knows. Her best comedy songs, such as that in which she complains of a flatmate using her supposed veganism as an alibi for stealing the performer’s cheese, tackle broadly relatable minutiae. They’re observational studies in human interaction that place emphasis on the quirks of our behaviour. When Blake attempts to address the internet or social media in a similar fashion, the results mostly fall flat. There’s little humour to be wrought from individuals sitting silently in front

of computer screens, while her efforts to mine our increasingly isolated lives for pathos feel rote and contrived. Much of the show is structured around responses to Blake’s website which offers visitors the opportunity to anonymously submit details of lies they’ve told. She wants to comment on the loneliness eating away at each of us, but her stage persona is too steeped in shallow ephemera for her points to resonate. She criticises present day mediocrity while acting as its proponent, and so her show feels like a misjudged echo chamber wholly lacking in heart. ✏︎ Lewis Porteous


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s is tradition, Fest throws a wee shindig at the start of the Fringe, with live entertainment and a few (hundred) drinks. As is also tradition, it was enormous fun. But it wouldn’t have been half as fun without our esteemed sponsors and supporters. Big thanks to Russian Standard Vodka for providing Russian Mules in fun copper mugs (for that authentic feel); to Electric Circus for the venue, complete with karaoke rooms & photo booths, and for bar manager/ cocktail whiz, Lauren Glass, who contributed a unique twist on a classic with the Oriental Mule. We had a showstopping bill of acts: Hedwig and the Angry Inch kicked things off with a bang; Semi-Toned gave us a taste of their Game of Tones a capella stylings; K’rd Strip dazzled us; Fills Monkey monkeyed around on the drums; Luke

Wright, John Osborne and Jemima Foxtrot spat hot fire in the Tiki Room; and all this chaired by the inimitable Phil Ellis (of Fest Issue 1 cover stars Funz and Gamez Tooz). Resident hip-hop DJs Sure Shot spun some beats in between. To round off proceedings, Storm in a D Cup laid down a sultry (and hilarious) groove; Friday I’m in Love Presents: Massaoke had the entire venue belting out classics; and finally, the Mac Twins took it home with some brilliantly danceable tunes. Last but not least, west coast printers Glasgow Badges created our bespoke, limited edition Fest 2015 tote bags, featuring our preview guide cover illustration by Jayde Perkin and containing, among other goodies, dried fruit treats from Urban Fruit. And thanks to our sister publication The Skinny for their help with making it happen.


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Bromance ««««« First to bag a Fest five star this year is a physical, funny and fresh take on male relationships

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This Will End Badly «««« Uncompromising new writing that explores the snarling identity of modern masculinity

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A Gambler's Guide To Dying «««« A moving tale about the fragility of life and family relationships

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Assembly Checkpoint 6:00pm – 7:00pm 7–30 Aug £13 – £14

You won’t find Smoke and Mirrors in your Fringe brochure. The Ricochet Project’s debut is a last-minute stand-in for the cancelled Circus Casus show, Jerk. Don’t, for a second, feel short-changed. This is contemporary circus at its most richly expressive: a metaphor for the effects of an exploitative economy on our lives and our loves. It starts with two suits on a trapeze built for one – a sharp image of a dog-eat-dog workplace. As stock prices whir over the speaker system, Cohdi Harrell and Laura Stokes tussle for top position. He treads her down, she hangs below, then, in a flash, they flip and flip again. One looms over the other: victor and vanquished. Loosely speaking, Harrell and Stokes play a couple lashing out at each other over a long night of the soul. They strip out of their suits, down to white pants, and work through wince-inducing routines. She ties herself in knots

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on the corde lisse. He hangs off the trapeze, dejected and distant. These are brilliant, balanced routines: every arched stretch offset with a click or a snap. It’s simple, heart-on-sleeve circus, often without apparatus. The gymnastics are agonising: Stokes tiptoes on the tops of her feet and stretches a leg back until it nearly snaps. They coil round one another like boa constrictors and their bodies seem brittle and soft: all ribcages, ankles and soles. Harrell’s arrow tattoos point to his Achilles’ heels, as eloquent as anything else. Just occasionally, you glimpse human swastikas – a nod to the quiet fascism of neoliberalism. Ultimately, the show preaches kindness—a tad pat, perhaps—borrowing that great speech from The Great Dictator: “We think too much and feel too little.” It plays over the tenderest of rope routines—spooning, hugging, cradling—before the lovers redress and restart, ready for another working day. ✏︎ Matt Trueman


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The 1960s rock scene has been thoroughly mined for stoner stories, nostalgic fashion and tales of the young Penny Lanes who traipsed through it. But Victoria Rigby’s one-woman play is wonderfully refreshing for finding a completely new riff on a played-out songbook: a tough and fiendishly ambitious woman’s escape from joyless Nowheresville suburbia into the throbbing heart of the summer of love in Austin, Texas and beyond. Jeannie runs away from church choir only to find herself touring backwaters with her ditchwa-

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Locked in a neurotic struggle with everything and everyone around her, an anonymous young woman accompanies her aunt to a nursing home. Just like Christian from The Pilgrim’s Progress, she’s tempted and teased along the way by friends and lovers trying to lead her astray. And like Christian she’s not always sure how to proceed; sometimes the pressure of social expectation

ter-dull boyfriend, singing country hokum in premarital harmony. But she’s determined not to be his wife, and throws herself in the way of a long-haired rock god. She sets out to earn her own slice of rock ‘n’ roll immortality, stealing mens’ forbidden flame by discovering sex, behaving badly and singing the blues. Admittedly, Rigby is only partly convincing as the snarling, primal blues singer she tells us she is. Her voice is too pretty to plumb the gravelly depths of a real-life Janis

Joplin. But she hits the low notes all right when it comes to the emotional dips of life on the road. Rigby’s text effortlessly skewers the peace ‘n’ love pretensions of Jeannie’s comrades, who are happiest when they’re dismissing her dreams as too much ego. Jeannie’s no drippy hippy, but she’s not too tough to be hurt by a scene that’s stone cold under all that suede and tie-dye. It’s this chill that lifts her story from nostalgia-fest to a blues-tinged feast, full of lyrical power. ✏︎ Alice Saville

is too overwhelming, the feeling of inadequacy too intense, and things keep getting harder thanks to the demands of her melancholic relative. What makes this new writing from Anna Carfora pretty special is the neat way it discusses the pressures of modernity through an airy idiom that encompasses 500 years of theatrical tradition. Moments of intense physicality evoking the masked figures of commedia dell’arte give way to sequences of frenetic motion and diatribes about the human condition that could be lifted from a Calvino story.The audience is confronted with theatrical spectacle that seeks to destabilise our perceptions of generational conflict through a disquieting back-and-forth between the voice

of a woman on the edge of death and a generation of self-centred hedonists out to corrupt her niece. That’s not to say this production is perfectly formed.Transitions between some of the play’s dreamy segments are clunky, and a sequence centring on the protagonist’s desire to get her legs shaved falls flat. But the acting is persuasive— especially from lead women Carfora and Elena Mazzon as the aunt—and moments of intense psychological torment throw an energy around the room that highlights the dilemmas caused by dysfunctional personal relationships and the human tendency to look out for ourselves – themes as pertinent now as they were at the beginning of the 20th century. ✏︎ John Hewitt Jones


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ZOO 4:00pm – 5:15pm 7–31 Aug, not 18 £9

Wardrobe Ensemble’s throwback to the heyday of flares and flock wallpaper is, on the face of it, a load of retro fun. But it also explores adolescent sex and sexuality in a profound and tender way. Christine is deciding whether to lose her virginity to her boyfriend. Tessa and Anna fall in love across the aisle of a record store. Penny falls for her gender and sexuality professor Martin. Anton wants to dress as a woman. The ensemble works tightly together, moving swiftly across the stage and switching between acting as characters and as narrators. They stand at microphones from each corner of the space providing narration and sound effects, while Tom Crosley-Thorne plays a soundtrack of funk guitar.   The narrators occasionally flash forward to the 21st century, exposing the gulf between then and now: Penny’s knowledge of the eroticism and the mechanics of sex comes from D H Lawrence, not from Pornhub.  By the end, sorting through all the physicality, all the narratives, it becomes clear that these characters have been picked very specifically. They’re the consequences of critical moments in sexual history: Germaine Greer’s The Female Eunuch, Bowie’s androgynous Ziggy Stardust in heavy make up, the women’s lib movement. Wardrobe Ensemble make a strong case for 1972, quite specifically, being an extremely important year in an extremely important decade for sex.  ✏︎ Tim Bano

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Paradise in The Vault 7:15pm – 8:10pm 8–30 Aug, not 16, 23 £9

The shape beneath the veil moves like a liquid shadow, fingers stretching and pulling the gauzy material as if it were a membrane. It’s unearthily and extraordinary to watch. This is Yokko’s Medea. Using the dance form butoh, the Japanese artist has turned this archetypal figure from Greek tragedy into a primal force on stage. While Sean Michael Welch’s adaptation of Euripedes drops in fragments of text like wrenching memories, this isn’t the show to see if you want a straightforward account of Medea’s involvement with Jason (of the Argonauts). But Yokko’s visceral choreography captures Medea’s grieffuelled fury at Jason’s betrayal of her like a blast of heat from a furnace. As she contorts herself in maddened grief, she’s mesmeric. There’s the vengeful, implacable figure of Japanese horror in her

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Medea, but also a woman who has given up everything, including her home, for love. This show is like an exposed nerve, transforming Medea’s eventual murder of her and Jason’s children into an echoing howl of misery. As Yokko tears off her clothes—and, in one startling moment, her wig—it feels as if she’s stripping away the demonised “witch” and “enchantress” of myth, until there’s nothing left. Brian Rhinehart’s production, with its jangling soundscape and shadowy lighting, works well in the subterranean space of Paradise in the Vault, bringing us down into the depths of Medea’s torment with her. The extreme nature of the show takes some getting used to, but Yokko’s performance is hauntingly striking. It deserves to be experienced. ✏︎ Tom Wicker


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Gilded Balloon 1:45pm – 2:45pm 7–31 Aug, not 12 £10 – £11

Sid is as English as fish and chips. Saikat gets poetry books in Bengali for Christmas. Except, they’re both really the same boy. Second-generation Bangladeshi English, caught between being Sid at school and Saikat at home; between the black and white exterior of his mock-Tudor home, and the saris and patterned wallpaper within. Caught between parents who want him to be tied to his Bangladeshi roots, and parents who want him to be a good English boy, taking ballroom dance

classes – as all English boys do. Sally Cookson directs Saikat Ahamed with a gentle hand in this highly personal autobiographical show about growing up. We follow Saikat through school in Birmingham and travelling with his parents on trips back to Bangladesh, as he tries to figure out who he is, where he comes from, and where he belongs. Strictly Balti is simply staged: just Ahamed, wooden boxes and a disco ball. The story, though touching on complex issues, is told simply to appeal to children as

well as adults. Because of this, the work rests entirely on Ahamed’s performance. He lovingly takes on the roles of the other people in his life: his parents, the nuns at his primary school, his ballroom teacher. When he’s playing himself and looking back over his youth, Ahamed affably communicates directly with the audience, quickly and easily building up a friendly relationship. Strictly Balti is a sweet show about growing up, and figuring out who you are. ✏︎ Jane Howard


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This very silly, very sweary show’s title is much more literal than you might imagine. Comedian and writer Sadie Hasler has cast herself as the law-abiding younger sister of unapologetic singleton Jude, who’s been sent to anger management therapy after kicking the pram of an obnoxious coffee

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Margate, 1999. Hannah, a bored, frivolous local girl, crosses paths with Hanna, one of many Kosovan asylum seekers whose arrival has provoked the town’s intolerance. Hannah initially follows her friends’ small-minded example, until prejudice escalates into violence and leads to an unlikely friendship. Sounds predictable? Perhaps. Hannah and Hanna is not breaking any new ground when it comes to the portrayal of bigotry – the trope that we all have more in common than we think is well-worn, and with good reason. Where the play

shop yummy mummy. The two sisters are at the heart of Hasler’s narrative, as they bicker, reminisce and even re-enact that scene from Dirty Dancing in and out of the therapy room. Sarah Mayhew plays Jude with alternate insouciance and flapping fury, scattering swearwords like bird seed. Hasler’s Susie is sweeter, nestling under Jude’s fiercely protective wing and dealing with her own heartbreak with quiet sadness. Jude’s pramkicking frenzy was set off by a woman pitying her childless state: she’s childfree and proud, and desperate to share the reasons why. Middle-class motherhood is an easy target for laughs,

and some of the show’s weaker humour is Sunday supplement satire type stuff. Organic juice and kids called Rupert; you know the drill. But the sisters’ childhood throws up some less expected giggles. There’s a hilarious recurring riff about buried dolls in the back garden, surreal pop cultural flights of fancy, and sex jokes so rude it’s worth not having children just so they’d never have to hear them. Hasler’s play is at its weakest in the therapy room, but it turns vulnerable—in a good way—when it explores all the intimate corners of these sisters’ lives together. Prepare to cringe, and come out kicking. ✏︎ Alice Saville

rises or falls then, is with the characters who inhabit that familiar narrative, and it is in that regard that Hannah and Hanna shines. Though the writing is sometimes heavy-handed, the acting displays a lighter and more complex touch, thanks to the versatile, emotionally vivid talents of Cassandra Hercules and Serin Ibrahim. As Hannah and Hanna, they spend a good deal of time—arguably too much—explaining themselves for the audience’s benefit. But it’s the moments when they sing that they show us who they really are. Two teenage girls dancing in their bedroom to nineties pop music becomes a more effective articulation of the play’s argument than the melodrama and exposition that dominates much of the story. By the end, the plot is taking desperate leaps in order to fulfill the writer’s obvious desire for everything to come full circle, with every perspective swapped, and each inciting incident recalled,

remixed and repeated. This may strain your suspension of disbelief, but few will not be satisfied by the conclusion of a touchingly portrayed friendship. ✏︎ Sean Bell


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Pleasance Dome 12:00pm – 1:00p 5–30 Aug, not 17, 24 £11.50 – £13.50

If David Lynch had written Inception, it might be a little like Fiction. Plunging its audience into total darkness, David Rosenberg and Glen Neath’s latest collaboration plays with the imaginative landscape of dreams, a realm in which anything is possible. It doesn’t make sense, but then it was never meant to. Seated in the pitch-black auditorium, our minds are relied upon to create the show’s images, while Ben and Max Ringham’s 3D binaural sound powerfully evokes our surroundings. The technology is astonishing, instantly transporting us away from our seats and towards – well, we’re never quite sure where. Fiction is a slippery thing, made to be forgotten. Memory, as the

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Beverley sits in a hairdressers in England, having new hair extensions put in. Neeharika kneels on a temple floor in India, a razorblade scraping at her skull. Ruslan stands in a Russian shopping mall by a sign that says “my pokupayem volosy – We buy hair”.

show tells us, is unreliable, especially when it comes to dreams. The piece is built up in layers: multiple overlapping fictions that peel back. Sometimes we are in a hotel room, chaperone whispering into our ear. Sometimes we are in a car, rain hammering on the roof. Snippets of information are fed to us, constantly contradicting each other. What to believe? Like Ring, Rosenberg and Neath’s last binaural project,

Fiction is a full-on headfuck. The sound is constantly teasing and tricking, while the twisting dream logic keeps us constantly off-balance. And that impenetrable, isolating darkness never stops being unsettling. Also like Ring, though, the content is enslaved to the form. This is theatre of atmosphere rather than theatre of ideas. And enchanting though it is, its spell— in true dream fashion—wears off soon after waking. ✏︎ Catherine Love

The message behind Victoria Melody’s latest docu-show is familiar: products we purchase cheaply and unthinkingly are rarely produced in the same way. That this product is human hair, however, adds a certain frisson. We’re not talking about people’s labour, but their bodies. It shouldn’t feel different. It does. Melody’s out to trace three of her ponytails: one Indian, one Russian, one origin unknown—possibly actual Pony—and recounts her journeys using video footage and a handful of props. She’s a goofy presence, made goofier by her rotation of bad wigs. It is, of course, a warped economy.

Demand is growing, supply running out. (Hair today, gone tomorrow, etc, etc). Extensions need replacing thrice yearly, yet two decades of growth fetches £30 on the street. In the salon, it sells for £1200. The Indian temple where pilgrims flock to be tonsured earns £22 million a year through selling offcuts. It’s an entirely unregulated industry. Melody explores the motives as well as the market – how, in Britain, beauty is still, bafflingly, a measure of a woman’s worth. Her global view puts that into perspective, but it’s still too easy to shrug off the point. ✏︎ Matt Trueman


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GOING VIRAL

HERE IS THE NEWS FROM OVER THERE (OVER THERE IS THE NEWS FROM HERE)

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A year ago, Daniel Bye experienced the death of a dear friend. He hasn’t yet been able to grieve this loss, he tells us, close to the beginning of Going Viral, as if it’s a side issue, a minor point that might be useful to bear in mind as we watch this genial story lecture about disease,

empathy and privilege. Of course, it soon becomes clear it’s not a side issue at all. The show—its creation, its performance—is itself an act of grieving. You leave the theatre hoping it’s done its maker some good. All this makes Going Viral sound rather morbid, and like hard work – it’s anything but. There are sombre moments, sure, but the laughter comes readily, despite the serious subject matter. Bye has an eye for the absurd within the ordinary, and is chatty and charming as he tells us about finding himself at the centre of a global epidemic of a disease that causes its sufferers to weep uncontrollably. 

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Northern Stage at Summerhall 9:25pm – 10:25pm, 8–30 Aug, not 12, 19, 26 £10

Praying for rain won’t be a familiar feeling for most Fringe-goers. But playwright Chloe Daykin has taken the relentless drought of the Deep South dust bowl as her setting and uses it to stir up a storm of weird Western musical fun. Little Johnny (Alex Tahnee) is a girl with a dead father, a mute mother and no water in her dried out Southern town. So she makes a deal with the wind (the appropriately named Maria Crocker) to change her fortunes. But the townsfolk get wind of her crafty pact, and she falls foul of big agribusiness and the sinister realtors that caused her Dad’s downfall.

His narrative, though nicely presented, has its lulls. Bye keeps things moving—and the mood light—with a series of entertaining and informative interludes about the science of contagion in which liquorice allsorts play a starring role. But there’s a downside to these interruptions too: the show feels unfocused, a loose collection of enjoyable anecdotes rather than a narrative with a beginning, middle and end. Even so, it’s impossible to dislike either Bye or his show. The man’s enthusiasm, just like the diseases he shines a spotlight on here, is infectious ✏︎ Jo Caird

Daykin’s muddled plot isn’t the sturdiest beast of burden, but Newcastle company The Letter Room load it with teeming bags of tricks. Identically dressed Tahnee and Crocker’s stomp-footed tap dance duet is brilliant fun. And the banjo-toting band that soundtrack the piece are real talents, with the twin energies of Alice Blundell and Michael Blair narrating the story, singing, and switching between piano and violin as well as bluegrass strings. But their efforts are slightly hampered by a cumbersome staging that posts them on either side of a big white tent, its walls used for shadow play and mysterious apparitions. Dramatic moments are swaddled in fabric until it feels less like a spontaneous hoe down and more like watching a band of slack-jawed yokels fight their way out of a dusty wedding marquee. The plot may be tangled, but this tight-knit ensemble more than deliver on atmosphere and enough pure fun to blow the tumbleweeds away. ✏︎ Alice Saville


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Watching this company-devised show is a depressing experience. Not because it’s about two couples breaking up, but because it’s a tissue of unexamined clichés with dance and movement as window-dressing. Taking place on a set laid out like a floorplan, we watch Jill (Kate Goodfellow, also creator and producer of the show) and Peter

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Exploring the stultifying claustrophobia of suburban England in the mid-1960s, A Very British Childhood portrays a world of rigid gender roles, nosy neighbours and smiling, happy children. At least, this childhood is idyllic on the surface, but the narrative probes the casual brutalities of stifling conservative social norms. Focusing on an apparently perfect family consisting of domestic goddess mother, commuting father, son and daughter, who spend their days romping in the woods, the play tries to unpick a form of Englishness where politeness becomes an effective weapon of control.

(Robert Boulton) get pissed in a nightclub, have an awkward onenight-stand and move in together. Meanwhile, Jack (Steven Laverty) and Gretel (Marietta Melrose) do the same thing. And would you believe it? Jack and Jill live next to each other. If the nursery rhyme names don’t get you, the sitcom plotting will. The interjected speeches about grains of sand and tumbling into love land with a dull thud. Genuine emotion is squeezed, strained and filtered through countless TV shows until there’s nothing left. It would be less irritating if it didn’t take itself so deadly seriously. On the upside, the choreog-

This utopia is shattered when one of the children’s friends goes missing. The ensuing investigation implicates family members and others in the community, and subsequent revelations demonstrate the lies adults must tell in order to maintain order. The simple, elliptical dialogue, coupled with primary-colour costume design, are stylistic effects intended to imply the oddity within the mundane. But there’s little to see here that isn’t well-worn. The horrors of supposedly-perfect suburbia have been probed more effectively in countless books, film and television shows, and the revelations that arise are presented leadenly and carry little emotional heft. It’s also unclear why a play whose design looks like the 1950s insists it is set in the 1960s, and what that historical setting is meant to suggest. Is the implication that the problems presented are thankfully now in the past, or are we invited to see modern-day parallels? There is

raphy is nice and Vicki Baron’s production has a well-paced, fluid motion. The set design is also clever, with upright beds providing a decent canvas for some physical comedy that's amusing enough. But none of these elements feel truly integral to the piece’s stab at examining relationships. They’re just icing, missing a cake of sorts. There’s a lot of talent on display here, but devising can be a merciless process and this show never does anything interesting with the stereotypes it presents as universal experiences. Put bluntly, no one feels real. And that’s key. ✏ Tom Wicker

little guidance on how we should make sense of this depiction of family sin. ✏︎ Brett Mills

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In Z Theatre Company’s version of the next world, life after death is all admin and appraisals. Forget the great judgement; this is what the afterlife might look like if it was outsourced to a dingy office in Swindon, its souls entrusted to petty middle managers. God’s Waiting Room follows one such soul through the bureaucracy of eternity, in and out of meetings with God and the devil. After an untimely death, cheating Jason is forced to face up to his adulterous ways, waiting to find out if it’ll be the door above or the door below. It’s all played for purposeless laughs, never really taking aim at

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Underbelly, George Square 1:15pm – 2:30pm 17–31 Aug £7 – £8

Steve Larkin’s reimagining of Tess of the d’Urbervilles relocates the story to the north of England and turns the eponymous Tess into a teenage lad, Kes (short for Kestor; the show’s title refers to the Times Educational Supplment). Growing up in a poor, underserved community, Kes’s life is shaped by the people and political initiatives that con-

anything with its feeble satirising of Christianity. References are crowbarred in for the sake of cheap guffaws, while off-colour gags about Hitler and Islam fail to justify their inclusion. And when it gets briefly serious, with a forced lecture about tolerance, it feels clumsy and unearned. More problematically, there’s a thoughtless undercurrent of casual sexism, completely at odds with the scruffy deity’s one sacred commandment: “don’t be a bastard”.

The devil is—of course—all tight red dress, heels and glittering horns, played somewhere between beckoning temptress and vengeful woman wronged. If it’s meant to be ironic, it does a poor job of it. Then there’s Jason. He’s a default dickhead, his sins depressingly generic. If we can see anyone fighting for their fate, why him? For a play supposedly about judgement, God’s Waiting Room offers little in the way of moral conundrums. ✏︎ Catherine Love

spire to keep him in his place. In its depiction of social determinism the aim here is to draw parallels between the gendered entrapment of Hardy’s heroine and contemporary working-class life. As such, the villains of the piece are the poorly thought-out educational initiatives that hamper Kes’s schooling and the prejudiced justice system that blithely sends him to jail. The voices of these forces are tellingly performed by Larkin as posh, and these contrast effectively with the northern English tone that represents the ordinary and everyday. But the politics of the original are lost, not least because of the gender

swap. Where Hardy’s novel can be read as feminist in its exploration of misogyny, Larkin’s women are the cause of Kes’s problems; that is, of course, until an angel comes to save him. Worse, while Larkin embodies many supporting characters, Kes is instead predominantly explained to us via a narrator, rendering him pretty voiceless throughout. It is poetry that saves Kes, and it is his poetic vision which we’re invited to find redemptive. But this renders the whole oddly conservative, especially as Kes’s most successful poem skewers the poor. It seems the underprivileged may speak only to reject and demonise those they leave behind. ✏︎ Brett Mills


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As well as performing in sketch trio Pappy’s, Tom Parry has adapted Nikolai Gogol’s 1842 play Marriage, and has roped in most of Edinburgh’s sketch comedy talent to perform it. The play is a satire on marriage, what we look for in potential partners and the pressure that approaching 30 brings to settle down. A messy and somewhat self-obsessed layabout (Ben Clark, also of Pappy’s) is in want of a wife. A matchmaker finds him a potential partner, Agatha, but he has to vie with three other suitors. Parry’s adaptation is gentle and inoffensive. It looks like a drawing-room farce but lacks the wit

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Mike Fish’s one-man show attempts to tell a tragic story about American comic Bill Hicks—who died of pancreatic cancer in 1994, aged just 32—by smuggling the darkness of his personal life into a standup routine. Emulating the much-adored Hicks is a tough ask, and while this man-behind-the-microphone con-

of Wodehouse or Wilde and relies instead on awkward character creation by these sketch superstars. It’s directed with a static formality by Russell Bolam, with lots of straight lines and actors standing still. It’s fairly propless: there’s a chair and a giant chess pawn but the rest is left to the imagination.

After a bit of time it does get into its stride and the laughs trickle out, but there’s too little humour and it comes far too late. The duo from Lazy Susan work best together as Agatha and her aunt, but ultimately Marriage works neither as a piece of theatre nor as a vehicle for comedy talent. ✏︎ Tim Bano

cept—drawing on Kevin Booth and Michael Bertin’s 2005 biography— isn’t a bad one, Fish’s performance simply doesn’t work. The early stages are painful to watch, his leery, creepily intense delivery eliciting zero laughs, the tiny audience becoming defensive in the face of his attempts at audience interaction (myself included: demanding a response to an invite to give him a blow-job did not, ahem, go down well). First we’re told off for not laughing; later we’re told this is serious theatre, and we should be moved by the dying man. But the show’s a muddle, and the main move was towards the exit. Fish may be deliberately

channelling Hicks at his most belligerently acidic, but the experience remains sadly awkward, prompting walk outs, uncontrollable sniggering and literal staring at the ceiling. It didn’t get any less awkward when Fish acknowledged all this, repeatedly asking if he should finish early. With slicked back blonde hair, he doesn’t look much like Hicks – but this is theatre, we can play makebelieve. He’s clearly aiming at some essence of the man, but the hunkered posture, lines shot at us from beneath his eyebrows, and nasal, nasty Southern drawl also fail to capture Hicks’ charisma. ✏︎ Holly Williams


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Calling the Puddles Pity Party a one-man show feels a spiritual disservice. One man he may be, but Puddles the Clown is so much more than a man. He’s tall, for one—6’8”—and so maximally expressive he could be a cartoon, or a deity, something conjured from pure positive energy. The show is simple: the big guy sings some songs. Hell, the songs alone are great: contemporary reworkings of classic pop, from ABBA to Leonard Cohen, belted

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out in his deep, operatic baritone. He sings with his heart and he sings with his eyes, fiddling with his big Pierrot buttons as he serenades the audience. We’re made to feel as important as he is; almost every song involves someone pulled on stage, to sing with him or be sung to, fostering a warm and inclusive environment miles away from any festival cynicism. He brazenly transgresses the usual boundaries by hugging, tousling hair, kissing, stealing beer – being a friend, basically, in such a disarming, comfortable way, that, surprisingly, nobody minds. Thanks in part to being a natural improviser, he plays with the crowd with casual dexterity (though some moments write themselves: three people walk out during ‘Hallelujah’, just as he croons the line, “You don’t really care for music, do you?”). In between numbers he is entirely

mute, and therein lies the magic. Non-verbal performance is nothing new, but what Puddles elicits is more than just understanding. By trusting in the audience so completely, and challenging the consensus that being picked on is the ultimate in live embarrassment, he draws out a fundamental—and wordless—joy from all of us. Words would’ve polluted the message. ✏︎ George Sully

So it’s an easy target. So it doesn’t take a comic genius to wring a few laughs from Nigel Farage and his band of closet racists and indignant middle-Englanders. Hellbent Theatre might not be winning any points for originality, but UKIP! The Musical proves itself to be a meatier proposition than the usual zeitgeist-skewering Fringe presentation, with some fantastically hummable songs and a plot that sidesteps the obvious and offers a fairly nuanced reading of the rise of the Kippers.  Writer, composer and lyricist Cath Day’s masterstroke is focusing on Farage, casting him as a kind of tragic hero who makes one too many compromises in his heartfelt quest for a European exit. We see Farage grow from a stilted idealist to the pint-chugging, fag-smoking frog-monster

we know and hate, spurred on by the extremists and loons that riddle his party. Darren Benedict gives a great performance as the leader, but there’s talent running right through the cast, with some spot-on impersonations and plenty of fun at the expense of the major party leaders. Day’s book is less sharp than her plotting, with some by-thenumbers dialogue, but songs including UKIP anthem ‘Let’s Pull Up the Drawbridge’ are crisply written and catchy as hell. The sight of an all-white, all-posh cast taking on a bunch of comedy foreign accents sours a few scenes, and the rape of lady Britannia by strap-on clad Europa is an unfortunate lapse in taste, but it’s an addictive and strongly composed new musical with its heart firmly in the right place. ✏︎ Stewart Pringle

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Michael Griffiths in the acclaimed cabaret that will play with your heart.

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It’s midway through Act I of The Marriage of Figaro and conductor Iván Fischer is sitting onstage, kicking his heels and looking like a man at the beach. He leans in, and guides the Budapest Festival Orchestra (also onstage) into the next aria. Singers bustle in and out through the violins. The harpsichordist gets hit by a stray wig. It’s all enormous fun. Where this Figaro excels is in managing to appear novel without, really, requiring much tweaking – no need for a leaden metaphor or elaborate period-shift. Whether

by skill or happy coincidence, the simple fact of placing the orchestra and actors on the same stage (a “staged concert” according to Fischer) seems entirely appropriate for Mozart and Da Ponte’s opera buffa – a day of follies which sees rhyme, reason, role and status thrown up in the air before being placed neatly back again. In fact, one begins to wonder what would be done with all the boring dead space without the full orchestra getting stuck into the action. A running theme whereby characters are separated from

their costumes is probably less key to the perfomance than it thinks it is. It certainly adds to the general busyness of the staging, and there’s a nice moment where Figaro removes the head from a mannequin of the count, reminding us of Beaumarchais’ play’s revolutionary heart. But a final set piece sees costumed mannequins lifted upwards on wires with the result that, for a few minutes, they dangle – as if lynched. It’s either inconguously dark or—more likely—a rare technical blip in an otherwise brilliant staging. ✏︎ Evan Beswick


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“I don’t know how to be a diva,” sings Claire Healy at the start of her show. The Australian singer-songwriter makes the perfect anti-hero, dishing out embarrassing stories, like the time when she confessed that she loved her boyfriend more than flying business class. It might not have been very romantic at the time, but it’s resulted in one of the most heartfelt songs of the Fringe. Healey’s music and lyrics are sharp and witty. She skilfully describes the pressure of looking at friends’ photos on social media (“something I never wanted to do, but know I want to be you”) without being pedantic. And keep an ear out for ‘The Aldi Isle of Wonder’, which might change your shopping habits. Healy is at her best when she gives her sentimental side the stage in ‘Open Spaces, a song that unnerves and comforts at ths same time. It’s just a shame that it ends up in an awkward and pointless singalong. She has quite a few of those, and forcing the audience to hold hands for no specific reason doesn’t win any sympathy. Because Healy is safely sheltering behind her piano, she loses the connection with her public. Her sometimes clumsy playing gets in the way of her performance, so it would be good to see a pianist here, giving her personality the space it deserves. Healy might not know how to be a diva just yet, but she certainly has the potential to become one. ✏︎ Arnoud Breitbarth

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You’re never too old to process the traumas of your youth. Octogenarian Lynn Ruth Miller talks about the scars that her parents, mainly her mother, left her. It makes a vulnerable, honest and wise cabaret show in which Miller tells all about her past. You wish she was your friend, mother or grandmother, providing some of the life lessons we all need to learn. She does it all without fuss. It’s like having a cup of tea with her, in her living room, surrounded by photographic proof of the stories that mainly take place in Ohio, Texas and California. When the audience walks in, she directs them kindly— but very firmly—to the front row. “I want to talk with you and show

you the photos, you can’t see them from there,” she says. You can’t argue with a 81-year-old, can you? She introduces us to bullies, explains how her mother completely destroyed her self-worth, and how she finally overcame her fears. “I like being a social failure, it makes me adorable,” Miller concludes, being as grownup as she can ever be. The show might be a bit clumsy here and there, like when she asks the audience to clap along with a song which it makes it very hard to hear her soft voice. But that adds to the show’s charm. Miller does standup (and striptease) at the Fringe too, but Get a Grip is her most intimate and gripping performance. ✏︎ Arnoud Breitbarth


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The skilled crooners of The Iraq Pack are killing it with Live from Das Vegas: killing good taste, that is. The mood of the room doesn’t fare much better. The main act of this shock parade is Frank Sanazi, a blend of Hitler and Frank Sinatra, assisted by Dean Stalin, Saddami Davis, Jr. and Osama Bin Crosby. These four “crooners of the apocalypse” present a tribute to the Rat Pack that’s wrong on practically every level. Except for one: they can sing. Painful jokes about Air Malaysia, genocides and the Holocaust gradually numb

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After Alecky Blythe’s London Road proved that verbatim theatre could exist in musical form, 203 Theatre have hopped on the bandwagon for Untold Wars, but with far less success. It claims to tell the untold stories of war. That’s misleading on two levels: the experiences of war photographers, female soldiers and

our sensitivities until after half an hour we can be shocked no more. To the extent that even a game of “who’s the biggest mass murderer” becomes sort of fun. Some jokes are spun out far too long, like the one where Saddam’s “weapon of mass destruction” hangs out of his trousers for minutes on end. It’s not funny, just embarrassing. And then, suddenly, the show takes a different turn. Sanazi’s ‘Strangers on My Flight’, in which he describes the fear many feel when someone with a beard or turban boards their flight, forces us to examine our own prejudices. He cleverly demonstrates how we’re all afraid of otherness – the very same angst exploited by the dictators on stage to get into power. It’s unpleasant to watch, but if The Iraq Pack makes us think a little differently about difference, than maybe all the painful jokes were worth it.  ✏︎ Arnoud Breitbarth

veterans dealing with PTSD have been documented and dramatised in countless incarnations for years; and the idea that any aspect of the production is “untold” when it covers almost every single cliché in the English language is farfetched. Line after line of “you are a hero” or “dry your tears” or “until there is peace on Earth” grates very quickly. The language is either heroising or harrowing, but always platitudinous in the extreme. There is no plot and no structure, instead a series of indistinguishable songs accompanied by stern expressions, actors looking gravely into the middle distance to highlight the serious message. It sounds distressing too, not only from Emily Taylor’s uninspired

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music (one song is about counting down the days so, of course, there’s a descending piano bass line) but also from the long, loud gunshot noises that should come with a trigger warning. Still, the choreography is great, with the cast throwing their bodies around and enacting a military-style assault course. The large stage becomes a gymnastics mat and is used to its full extent. And a solemn chant of “Dulce et Decorum est” is good, but Wilfred Owen’s done most of the work there.  Otherwise overwrought to the point of absurdity, there’s very little regard for scansion. Or pacing. Or originality. Or subtlety. It is its own parody. ✏ Tim Bano


OUR LADIES of Perpetual Succour Based on The Sopranos by Alan Warner Adapted by Lee Hall Directed by Vicky Featherstone

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Lauren Hunter, nine, is a bit underwhelmed by this storytelling and painting show – and so is her dad What happens in the show? It is a story about a boy who wants a little brother and goes to find some magical nose dust to help him. The actors paint the scenery background while the story happens. Describe the show in five words Disappointing storytelling and painting show. Who was your favourite character and why? There was a dog/rabbit thing. I don't really know why. It was just better than the other characters.  Were there any characters you didn't like?  I really didn't like the main character. All he wanted was a little brother. I don't want a little brother but he forced his parents to listen to him about it until he had brothers and that is unacceptable. What did you like most about the show?  The painting of the background scenes was the best part but they didn't do this that much. This was silly as it is called Brush. What didn't you like about the show? The story.  What did you think of the music?  The harmonica player was good. Would you tell your friends to come? No, I'd only recommend it to people who like weird stories, want a little brother and like glitter nose dust.  What did your grown-up think of the show?  Dad said, “What was that?” at the end. He thought it was rubbish. ✏︎ Lauren Hunter (age 9) VENUE: TIME: TICKETS:

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The Dragon Who Hates Poetry Alice McGuire, eight, loves the story of a poet who saves a village from the dragon – and wants her dad to buy her the book What happens in the show? The village was scared of the dragon who hated poetry, but there was a poet called Rick who had a plan to save them all. The show is about how this could be done with poetry. It was one man telling the story and doing all the actions, and the people watching got to join in. Describe the show in five words. Really exciting, funny, interactive, poetry Who was your favourite character and why? Rick, the main character. His poem for the dragon was really cool.

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Were there any characters you didn't like? The dragon, because he tried to eat the villagers.

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What did you think of the songs? I really liked the songs, how we got to use our imagination to help make up the songs, and that there were lots of actions we could join in with. How did the show compare to the book? I didn't realise the show came from a poetry book, but it's now one that I'd like my dad to buy me. What did your grown-up think of the show?  I think the grown-ups did enjoy it, and there seemed to be some jokes that they enjoyed too. My dad reckons that the narrator would be really good at rapping with a DJ or a band. Would you tell your friends to come? Yes, definitely. I also think that younger children (I'm eight) would really enjoy it too. ✏︎ Alice McGuire (age 8)

What did you like most about the show? I liked that he was able to make up poems on the spot using words that the children made up and gave to him. TIME:

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Deadly Dungeon Murder Mystery! A thrilling Fringe return from Scotland’s Best Visitor Attraction 2014. Last year’s sell out show returns with a brand new mystery to solve!

Join the Secret Society of Scottish Scoundrels on 7th, 12th, 14th, 19th, 21st, 26th & 28th August Limited tickets available – book now!

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Trash Test Dummies «««« VENUE: TIME:

TICKETS:

Underbelly's Circus Hub 12:25pm – 1:25pm 7–29 Aug, not 17, 24 £10 – £11

These dummies are always at their finest when they’re at their bins, relishing in the image of circus and garbage. The kids get a particular kick out of it, too. ✏︎ Jane Howard

funny and thrilling results. Dressed in mid-18th-century garb against a mock-Victorian set, Morgan (of the “marvellous muttonchops”) and West (of the “wondrous whiskers”) talk in gentlemanly patter throughout, wisely choosing not to tone down the archaic language and trusting their young audience to understand their words through context. The interplay between the two is a joy. West is unimpressed to have to perform to people with such “tiny brains”, while Morgan is a gentle giant, offsetting the sustained disdain of his partner by staying firmly on the children’s side. There are some lovely unscripted moments, as when a child “dressed inexplicably in a 1970s rock T-shirt” asks for Morgan to produce him a “laserbird” out of balloons. West’s

reaction, to ask whether he really does mean a bird that produces “light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation,” and what wavelength he’d prefer, is typical of the pair’s spontaneous wit. The magic itself is almost beside the point, being a mashup of familiar tropes such as soft balls under hats, and autographed cards that turn up in unfamiliar places. A particular highlight, in which West repeatedly tries to cheat the audience out of picking the right cup of water with a series of faux-logical arguments, contains almost no magic at all. But when the tricks do come they are deftly performed and impressive enough, and by the end there’s barely a child in the room who isn’t wide-eyed and grinning with delight. ✏︎ Tom Hackett

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As the name suggests, Trash Test Dummies builds itself around trash. Or, more specifically, the bins that trash should go into. These bins are hidden in, jumped on, ridden, drummed, and made home to many hidden treasures revealed over the course of the show. The clowning show really flies when it brings the audience in on the action: two of the men are chased through the crowd, picking up children to hide behind. A trash bag explodes, sending plastic balls

throughout the whole tent, an epic ball fight ensuing. Trash Test Dummies uses a plethora of musical references and, if the specifics of Swan Lake or 2001 A Space Odyssey aren’t fully appreciated by the children, the visual play is. Nonetheless, the opening from The Lion King brings cheers, and ‘Everything is Awesome’ has people singing along instantly. Mishaps and stupidity are part of the act, but these are very skilled circus performers. Many of the best moments appear as a surprise: it’s not the balancing acrobatics that receive the biggest cheers, but an unexpected one-handed cartwheel. The hat juggling is fun, well choreographed and technically skilled, but it’s when ping-pong balls appear suddenly, juggled from a mouth, that the crowd really gets excited.

Morgan & West’s Utterly Spiffing Magic Show for Kids (and Childish Grown-ups!) ««« VENUE: TIME:

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Underbelly Med Quad 2:15pm – 3:05pm 5–31 Aug, not 24 £10.50 – £11

After several successful adult shows at the Fringe, “Victorian time-travellers” and magicians Rhys Morgan and Robert West have this year turned their attention to “people in the larval stage of humanity” (as West puts it), with


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With Julia Donaldson ««« VENUE: TIME:

TICKETS:

Underbelly, George Square 11:30am – 12:30pm 6–31 Aug, not 19 £10 – £11

For lovers of rhyming picture book supremo Julia Donaldson, this is an enticing prospect: a chance to see her read and help to act out five of her popular stories, accompanied by her husband Malcolm and sister Mary. We're introduced to the colourful library set by two young actors (Joanna Hutt and James Huttington), who play additional characters as the set splits and reassembles to form backdrops and props for each tale. The visual

Albee Vector the Sound Collector ««« VENUE: TIME:

TICKETS:

Pleasance Courtyard 11:10am – 12:00pm 5–31 Aug, not 18 £8 – £10

This second outing for Albee (Paul Heath), his girlfriend Andromeda (Katy Daghorn) and their pet “sound-hoover”, Mustard, is a high-concept treat that slightly under-delivers on its premise, but nevertheless keeps its young audience engaged and entertained throughout.The set of shonky wooden shelves and drawers is home to numberless glass jars, each

are no risks taken with the source material, the production style or the sometimes stilted audience interaction. There's plenty of magic in a Julia Donaldson book. Here, the magic is faithfully copied and projected, but it's not given the further dash of sparkle that a really good theatre show can bring. ✏︎ Tom Hackett

containing a different sound, from applause to a dragon's fart. Some of each sound escapes when a jar is opened and it's up to Albee and Mustard to refill them, with some help from the audience who obligingly baa, moo and sing lullabies to keep the shelves well-stocked. This spirited and funny section of audience interaction over, it's time for the story proper. Andromeda is captured by an ugly king, who promises her return only if Albee can find him “the most beautiful sound in the world”. A sea voyage ensues, replete with a Cyclops, some sirens and a motley crew of shipmates, all soundtracked by the many effects contained in those jars. There's a lot to like here. Heath

and Daghorn have good chemistry as the spontaneous, childlike Albee and the sensible, maternal Andromeda; both are fantastic at handling the random, urgent heckles at the start of the show, treating each with the seriousness and wit it deserves. The supporting characters are more thinly sketched and played by both actors depending on the scene, making us work quite hard to stay ahead of who's who. The plot itself feels a little cobbled together at times, with enough narrative tension to keep children interested, but not quite entranced. Still, this is well-realised, self-assured family theatre that generates enough laughs, giggles, gasps and applause to keep Albee's pantry stocked for a while to come. ✏︎ Tom Hackett

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style of each book is faithfully and impressively recalled via Marc Parrett's top-notch puppets and costumes, donned by the actors and the family members themselves. Julia's moustachioed husband Malcolm is a particular joy, his amateurish but game acting skills delighting the audience and his guitar skills put to good use, particularly in the telling of A Squash and A Squeeze, which is performed as a singalong song. Donaldson is untouchable in her field, so it goes without saying that the narrative parts of the script are excellent. It's lovely to see Julia, Malcolm and Mary in the flesh, humanising the omnipresent ‘author’ that children hear so much about in school and showing their passion for sharing the books. It's hard to imagine any child leaving disappointed, so it seems almost churlish to say that this lacks somewhat as a theatre experience. But it is all rather literal: there

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A REQUIEM FOR EDWARD SNOWDEN A digital opera by Matthew Collings and Jules Rawlinson 8pm 20-22 August 2015 Stockbridge Church (Venue 317) Tickets: £10/£7 conc/£6 students

07 – 31 August 2015

00:00 Spank Underbelly, Cowgate, 8–31 Aug, £13.50—£15.50 BAGMAN Pleasance Courtyard, 8–31 Aug, not 18, 25, £5 Best of the Fest Assembly Hall, Various dates from 8 Aug to 31 Aug, £10—£15 The Room Assembly George Square Theatre, 10 Aug, 17 Aug, 24 Aug, 31 Aug, £8 Just the Tonic Comedy Club – Midnight Show Just the Tonic at The Caves, 8–30 Aug, not 19, £10 Twins: Pret A Comedy Pleasance Courtyard, 8–31 Aug, not 18, 19, 25, £5 Aardwolf Presents: Wet Behind the Ears Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 7–31 Aug, £free FLUU Pleasance Courtyard, 8–31 Aug, not 18, £5 Will Seaward’s Spooky Midnight Ghost Stories II Gilded Balloon , 6 Aug–1 Sep, not 18 Aug, £6—£9.50 The Beta Males: Alpha Sketches Pleasance Courtyard, 21–24 Aug, £9—£10 Shane Todd – Sick Bro! Pleasance Courtyard, 8–31 Aug, not 18, 25, £5

00:10 Late Show Pleasance Courtyard, Various dates from 8 Aug to 30 Aug, £10—£15

Karl Schultz: Matthew Kelly – Hypnagogia Pleasance Courtyard, 8–30 Aug, not 18, 25, £5

BlundaBus: Never Mind the BusStops Heroes @ Bob’s BlundaBus, 7 Aug–1 Sep, £5

Birthday Girls: Party Vibes Pleasance Courtyard, 25–31 Aug, £5

The Improverts Bedlam Theatre, 6–31 Aug, £7—£8

00:15 KINGS! Pleasance Courtyard, 8–31 Aug, not 21, 22, 23, £5 Foxdog Studios Ltd Cowgatehead, 9–30 Aug, £free Big Silly Comedy: Midnight Mash-Up! Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 7–31 Aug, £free Kirsten MacGregor: Hello Cruel World Laughing Horse @ The White Horse, 7–31 Aug, £free

00:20 Lee Nelson: Suited & Booted Pleasance Dome, 22 Aug, 23 Aug, 29 Aug, 30 Aug, £15

00:30 Spanktacular Underbelly, George Square, 16 Aug, 23 Aug, 29 Aug, 30 Aug, £16.50 This is Business Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 8–31 Aug, not 18, £free Ronan Linskey – Cult of Personality Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 7–31 Aug, £free

00:45 Irish Comedy Carnage and TedFest Toilet Duck Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 7–31 Aug, £free ABC of Musical Comedy – Luc Valvona – Free Show! Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 7–31 Aug, £free

01:00 Boob-a-rang Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 18–19 Aug, £free Mixology Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 12–21 Aug, £free The Inflatable Colonel and the Prisoner of Azkaban Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 20–31 Aug, £free The Room: The Musical Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 7–31 Aug, not 12, 17, 24, £free Late’n’Live Gilded Balloon , 8 Aug–1 Sep, £10—£16

01:15 Trevor Feelgood: The Dork Knight Rises in 3D Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 9–23 Aug, £free

09:00

11:00

BBC: @BBCEdFest BBC@POTTERROW, 7–30 Aug, £free

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BBC: Shaun Keaveny BBC@POTTERROW, 21 Aug, £free

Christie: A Book For Her

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The Stand Comedy Club, 8–31 Aug, not 17, £9

10:00

Quivertip Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 6–30 Aug, £free

Phill Jupitus: Sketch Comic Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 14–20 Aug, £free

Pundamental Christian Laughing Horse @ The Blind Poet , 6–30 Aug, £free

Phill Jupitus: Sketch Comic Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, 21–27 Aug, £free

10:15 Life Gives You Lemons Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 6–30 Aug, £free

10:20 I Hat Lenny Henry – 50p a Ticket Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 17–29 Aug, not 23, £0.50

10:30 Adam Vincent: Careless Laughing Horse @ Jekyll & Hyde, Various dates from 23 Aug to 30 Aug, £free BBC: Kaye Adams BBC@POTTERROW, 10–27 Aug, not 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, £free

11:15 David Callaghan: No Momentum Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 6–30 Aug, not 24, £free

11:40 Shaken Not Stirred Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £2.50—£6.50

11:45 Newcastle Brown Male Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 10 Aug, 13 Aug, 14 Aug, 17 Aug, 29 Aug, £free

12:00 Underwhelmed Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 6–30 Aug, not 16, 23, £free

10:45

Murray Porter and Friends New Waverley Arches , 7–31 Aug, £free

Present and Correct: Fan Club theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 7–29 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £5

Hurt and Anderson: Sketchbombs Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 6–30 Aug, not 11, 17, 24, £free

Groan Up Laughing Horse @ Finnegan’s Wake, 6–29 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £free About Comedy: Stand-Up Comedy Courses Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, Various dates from 8 Aug to 29 Aug, £99 Mo Gilligan and Kae Kurd Present: Ticking All the Boxes Just the Tonic at the Caves (Salvation Rooms), 22–29 Aug, £free Maxine Jones: Full Circle Cabaret Voltaire, 10 Aug, 17 Aug, 24 Aug, £free Aaaand Now For Something Completely Improvised Pleasance Dome, 5–31 Aug, £6—£9 1 Given Head Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £5 The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Audio Tour Outside the Tron – Hunter Square, 8 Aug, 30 Aug, £free What the Dickens! Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£9 Comedy Mash Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 6–30 Aug, £free Spring Day: Kept in Stitches – Free Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 6–30 Aug, £free

12:05 The Walking Dead: Advanced Tactics Cabaret Voltaire, 8–29 Aug, £free


Scurochiaro Cabaret Voltaire, 8–29 Aug, not 10, 18, 24, £free

12:10 Fern Brady: People Are Idiots HHH The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £7—£8

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Michael Legge: Tell it Like it is, Steve The Stand Comedy Club 2, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £7—£8 The Edinburgh Revue Stand-up Show Scottish Comedy Festival @ The Beehive Inn, 5–31 Aug, not 19, £free Off the Top Canons’ Gait, 8–30 Aug, not 18, £free

Henry Ginsberg – 28 Years Later Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 6–30 Aug, £free The Maydays Present: Oh Boy! The Quantum Leap Show Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 7–30 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free Now That’s What I Call Stand-Up #2 Laughing Horse @ The Blind Poet , 6–30 Aug, £free

12:20 Tobias Persson and the Drivel Rights Movement The Stand Comedy Club 5 & 6, 7–30 Aug, not 17, £10

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Not Disabled... Enough! Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £free

Uncanned Laughter Sportsters, 8–29 Aug, not 18, 19, £free

Return of the Danish Bagpipe Comedian Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 6–30 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free Doors to Manual Cowgatehead, 22–29 Aug, £free The Discount Comedy Checkout – Improv Show Cowgatehead, 8–21 Aug, £free Camden Comedy Free Lunchtime Showcase Whistlebinkies, 8–30 Aug, £free Kishore Nayar Has a Go New Waverley Arches , 17–23 Aug, £free

Zach & Viggo: Thunderflop CC Blooms, 8–30 Aug, £free Joe Wenborne: Fight Back at 50 Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 19, £5—£12 James Farmer: Ultimate Worrier Bannermans, 8–30 Aug, £free Stu and Garry and... The Stand Comedy Club, 7–31 Aug, not 17, £10 Danielle Ward: Dani Frankenstein Voodoo Rooms, 8–30 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £free That Silly Show Laughing Horse @ Jekyll & Hyde, 16–21 Aug, £free

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The Lunchtime Special Just the Tonic at The Tron, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £3—£6

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Hilarity Bites Comedy Club Showcase Show Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 7–30 Aug, £free James Bran: Invisible Badminton and Other Dreams Cowgatehead, 8–29 Aug, £free The Underbelly Radio Shows Underbelly Med Quad, 5–28 Aug, weekdays only, £5

12:35 Lunchtime of Champions Just the Tonic at The Caves, 6–29 Aug, not 18, £3—£6

12:40 Tom Binns: The Club Sets Assembly George Square Gardens, 6–31 Aug, £6—£11 Mark Silcox: No Women Plenty Of Cry Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £5 Mummy’s Gone a Bit Parental Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 17–29 Aug, not 23, £5

David Sheeran: Lights, Camera... America! Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 6–30 Aug, not 8, £free

Gurpal Gill: India’s Strongest Man (1982) Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £free

25 Stories Sweet Grassmarket, 6–30 Aug, £7

Mervyn Stutter’s Pick of the Fringe Assembly George Square Studios, 8–30 Aug, not 12, 18, 25, £11—£12

Man Up, Jonny Fluffypunk Electric Circus, 17–21 Aug, £free Jo Brand: Talking Comedy The Assembly Rooms, 19 Aug, £12

Erich McElroy’s Imperfect Guide to Picking the Perfect President Laughing Horse @ Bar 50, 6–30 Aug, £free

12:55

Fashion C venues – C nova, 5–22 Aug, not 8, £7.50—£9.50

Cassie Atkinson and Oh Standfast: Comedy in Progress Southsider, 8–29 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £free

13:00 Tony Law: Frillemorphesis HHH The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 7–30 Aug, not 17, £12 Set Menu with Hardeep Singh Kohli V Deep, 14–30 Aug, not 17, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27, £30

12:45

Masters of the Yoniverse Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, Various dates from 17 Aug to 28 Aug, £free

Nina Conti: Talking Comedy The Assembly Rooms, 21 Aug, £12

Jo Coffey: Curiously Caffeinated Ciao Roma, 8–29 Aug, not 18, £free

Alexei Sayle: Talking Comedy The Assembly Rooms, 20 Aug, £12

Big Value Comedy Show – Lunchtime Just the Tonic at The Community Project, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £3—£6

13:05 Animal House theSpace on the Mile, 7–22 Aug, not 9, 16, £7

13:10 F-Holes Paradise Palms, 7–30 Aug, not 12, 19, 26, £free Best of Edinburgh Showcase Show Pleasance Courtyard, 6–30 Aug, £6—£11

Austentatious: An Improvised Jane Austen Novel Underbelly, George Square, 6–31 Aug, not 18, £7—£12.50 Ivor Dembina: Old Jewish Jokes Laughing Horse @ Finnegan’s Wake, 6–29 Aug, not 9, 16, 17, 23, £free I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday... Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 7–29 Aug, not 12, 19, 26, £free Upstairs Downton – The Improvised Episode Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 6–31 Aug, £free Afternoon Delight Just the Tonic at The Caves, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £2.50—£5 Amused Moose Comedy Award Grand Final theSpace @ Symposium Hall, 23 Aug, £12.50 Juliet Meyers: Through the Pigeonhole Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £free

Rowena Haley: My Green Astra Banshee Labyrinth, 8–30 Aug, £free

Nicky Wilkinson and Friends Just the Tonic at the Caves (Salvation Rooms), 6–29 Aug, not 18, £free

13:15

Vampire Hospital Waiting Room Sin, 7–31 Aug, £free

Sy Thomas: Jumper Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 6–30 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free Late Night Laughs at Lunch Laughing Horse @ The Cellar Monkey, 6–31 Aug, not 16, 17, £free

Caroline Mabey: Chaos Is a Friend of Mine Opium, 8–29 Aug, not 18, £free Mike Wozniak: One Man Dad Cat Band Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £free


Lost Voice Guy: Disability for Dunces The Stand Comedy Club 5 & 6, 5–30 Aug, not 6, 10, 17, 24, £7—£8 Beard: The Grin of Love

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Sneaky Pete’s, 8–29 Aug, not 18, £free

Ed Gamble: Lawman Canons’ Gait, 8–30 Aug, £free Faye Treacy Worries Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 6–30 Aug, £free

13:20 Sameena Zehra: Homicidal Pacifist The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £7—£8 Caimh McDonnell: Bride and Prejudice Cabaret Voltaire, 8–29 Aug, not 18, £free Eleanor Morton: Allotted Mucking Around Time The Stand Comedy Club 2, 5–30 Aug, not 6, 17, £7—£8

At Least 100 Jokes Cowgatehead, 8–29 Aug, not 11, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, £free

Claire Ford: Box Just the Tonic at the Caves (Salvation Rooms), 6–29 Aug, not 18, £free

Going Underground The Rabbie Burns Whisky Bar, 3–31 Aug, not 18, 19, 20, £10

Comedy Death: Comics Talking About Their Worst Gigs Just the Tonic at the Caves (Salvation Rooms), 8–30 Aug, not 10, 17, 18, 24, £free

Will Seaward Has a Really Good Go at Alchemy Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 17, £6—£10

The Humble Quest for Universal Genius Assembly George Square Gardens, 21–30 Aug, £12

Ali Brice presents: Eric Meat Has No Proof, Only Memories of Pasta

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Heroes @ The Hive, 6–30 Aug, £5

The Oxford Revue Presents – Free La Belle Angèle, 8–30 Aug, £free Leeds University Comedy Kabaret Laughing Horse @ Jekyll & Hyde, 6–30 Aug, Leggoland HH Laughing Horse @ The Blind Poet , 6–30 Aug, not 17, £free

13:35 ❤ Jordan Brookes:

Welcome to Tiddleminster Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £3—£5

Adventures in Limited Space HHHH Just the Tonic at The Community Project, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £3—£6

Alastair Clark: Getting Better Cabaret Voltaire, 8–29 Aug, £free

Tony Jameson: Football Manager Ruined My Life (Data Update) The Stand Comedy Club 5 & 6, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £9—£10

Have a Word Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 7–30 Aug, not 19, £free

13:25 Jennie Benton Wordsmith Underbelly Med Quad, 5–31 Aug, not 17, £6—£10

13:30 This Is Soap C venues – C, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £7.50—£9.50 Japanese Samurai Don Quixote Challenging Against English Giant Windmills! Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £free Bob Blackman’s Tray Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 24–30 Aug, £free Diary of a Dating Addict Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 17, £5—£9.50

13:40 All Made Up: This Time It’s Social Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £6—£11 Foolball Underbelly Med Quad, 5–31 Aug, not 19, £6—£9 Bob Graham: It’s Easy to Be Cynical Scottish Comedy Festival @ The Beehive Inn, 7–29 Aug, not 17, £free Elvis McGonagall: Countrybile Stand in the Square, 17–30 Aug, £8

13:45 Journey to the Centre of Dead Cowgatehead, 7–30 Aug, not 17, 24, £free

Laurence Owen: Cinemusical Voodoo Rooms, 8–30 Aug, not 17, 24, £free I Would: A Hypothetical Sketch Show Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 17, £5—£9 Relatively Normal Opium, 8–29 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £free Aaaaaahhhh, it’s 101 Clean Jokes in 30 Minutes – Free Show Laughing Horse @ Dropkick Murphys, 6–30 Aug, £free Pippa Evans: There Are No Guilty Pleasures Bannermans, 8–29 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free Sketch Thieves Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £free Alex Hylton and Sarah Keyworth: Chasing Tales Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 6–30 Aug, £free

13:50 The Durham Revue: Cirque du Sillý Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, not 19, £6—£10

14:00 BBC: Janice Forsyth BBC@POTTERROW, Various dates from 10 Aug to 27 Aug, £free Welcome to Clown Town – At the Fringe! Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 6–30 Aug, not 12, 19, 26, £free Susan Calman: Talking Comedy The Assembly Rooms, 18 Aug, £12 Joz Norris: Hey Guys! Heroes @ The Hive, 6–31 Aug, not 19, £5 Rhinoceros New Waverley Arches , 7–30 Aug, not 8, 12, 19, 26, £free Conor O’Toole and Alison Spittle Frankenstein Pub, 24–31 Aug, £free

Is This the Best of Jack Campbell? Banshee Labyrinth, 7–31 Aug, £free Haven’t a Clue! - Free Frankenstein Pub, 17–23 Aug, £free Richard Melvin Presents… Live at The Stand Podcast The Stand Comedy Club, 5–20 Aug, not 6, 17, £7—£8 Mark Watson: Work in Progress The Stand Comedy Club, 21–30 Aug, £10 The Dead Secrets Present... The Curiositorium Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£9.50 Best of the Fest Daytime Assembly George Square Gardens, 7–30 Aug, £8—£12.50 This Arthur’s Seat Belongs to Lionel Richie On Top of Arthurs Seat, 22 Aug, £free Safe Eyed Coalminers Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 6–30 Aug, £free

14:15 Kevin Precious: Gecko Laughing Horse @ Bar 50, 6–30 Aug, £free Stewart Lee: A Room With a Stew The Assembly Rooms, 8–30 Aug, not 17, £12.50 Songruiner Globe Bar, 8–29 Aug, £free David von Jones: Ethically Adventurous Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, Various dates from 6 Aug to 28 Aug, £free Expect the Unexporcupine Cowgatehead, 8–29 Aug, not 18, £free

14:20 UCL Graters - 2015: A Sketch Odyssey Just the Tonic at The Caves, 6–29 Aug, £free—£7 Mark Stephenson: Amsterdam Banshee Labyrinth, 8–30 Aug, not 17, £free Geoff Norcott: The Look of Moron Just the Tonic at The Tron, 10–29 Aug, not 18, £5 Showstopper! The Improvised Musical Pleasance Courtyard, 18 Aug, £14

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Möglich Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £5—£7

David, Tom and Sophie: Live in Scotland Chiquito, 8–29 Aug, not 19, £free

Richard Brown: Art is Easy Dragonfly, 8–29 Aug, £free

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14:05 The History of Gluttony Sweet Grassmarket, 6–30 Aug, £8.50 Kids With Beards present... ¡Niños Con Barbas TV! Just the Tonic at The Caves, 17–29 Aug, not 18, £free

14:10 The Exeter Revue: Sketchup Ciao Roma, 8–29 Aug, not 13, 20, 27, £free

❤ Butt Kapinski HHHH Liquid Room Annexe, 8–30 Aug, not 12, 18, 24, 26, 29, £free

Sajeela Kershi: Shallow Halal Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 6–30 Aug, not 12, 17, 24, £free Worst Show on the Fringe Movement, 8–29 Aug, £free All Killa No Filla Live Cowgatehead, 8–18 Aug, £free

Aidan Killian: Holy Trinity of Whistle Blowers Heroes @ The Hive, 7–31 Aug, not 18, £5

❤ Seymour Mace Niche as F*ck! HHHH

The Stand Comedy Club 2, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £7—£8

Late with Lance! Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 6–30 Aug, not 17, 24, £free Elaine Malcolmson: Arrangements The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 6–30 Aug, not 17, prices vary Paul Duncan McGarrity – Today is the Good Old Times of Tomorrow Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £free Aidan Goatley’s 10 Films With My Dad Voodoo Rooms, 8–30 Aug, not 18, £free Laugh Train Home Presents: Chick-Ass Comedy Laughing Horse @ Finnegan’s Wake, 6–29 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £free Aaaaaarrgghh! It’s 101 Naughty Jokes in 30 Minutes – Free Show Laughing Horse @ Dropkick Murphys, 6–30 Aug, £free Sheeps Skewer the News Laughing Horse @ The Cellar Monkey, 21–30 Aug, £free The Notorious Mary Bourke The Stand Comedy Club 5 & 6, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £7—£8 The Edinburgh Revue: Sketches in Scarlet Opium, 8–29 Aug, not 12, 19, 26, £free Guruguru Sneaky Pete’s, 8–29 Aug, £free Instant Sunshine Pleasance Courtyard, 22–29 Aug, £11—£12

Baron Sternlook’s Improvised Musical theSpace on Niddry St, 17–29 Aug, not 23, £8—£8.50

Orry Gibbens and Red Richardson Better Than Crap Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 6–30 Aug, not 22, £free

Tiernan Douieb: The World’s Full of Idiots, Let’s Live in Space Liquid Room Annexe, 8–30 Aug, not 18, £free

Daphna Baram: Something to Declare Just the Tonic at the Caves (Salvation Rooms), 7–29 Aug, not 10, 18, 24, £free

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Bisha K Ali: Ridiculous New Waverley Arches , 12–23 Aug, £free

14:35 Suzanne Lea Shepherd: Dorothy Was Never from Kansas Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £free Dan Mitchell: Plate Expectations Cabaret Voltaire, 8–29 Aug, not 17, £free

14:40 George Zach: Greek Tragedy Cowgatehead, 7–31 Aug, £free Laughing Stock Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £6—£10 Old Men in Black Scottish Comedy Festival @ The Beehive Inn, 7–31 Aug, not 18, 25, £free Aspects of Joy – Free Hispaniola, 8–29 Aug, not 19, £free

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Free Footlights La Belle Angèle, 8–30 Aug, £free

Lou Conran: Small Medium at Large Assembly George Square Gardens, 6–31 Aug, not 17, 24, £5—£8

George Egg: Anarchist Cook Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 17, 24, £5—£9.50

Winter is Coming. Again. Gilded Balloon , 5–23 Aug, not 18, £6.50—£13

The Clinic: An Afternoon of Serious Stand-Up Gilded Balloon , 18 Aug, £5.50

Phil Kay ‘n’ Russell Hicks: Psychedelicious Heroes @ Bob’s BlundaBus, 13–23 Aug, £5

Live in the Staff Room (Sex, Fairy Tales, Serial Killers and Other Stuff) Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 6–29 Aug, not 18, £free

The Stupid Show for Idiots Opium, 19–29 Aug, £free

Ian Fox – Shutter Monkey (A Comedy Show With Pictures) – Free Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 6–30 Aug, £free

Trudelights of the Fringe Just the Tonic at the Caves (Salvation Rooms), 6–29 Aug, not 18, £free The Sunny Side Show Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £3.50—£6

Puppet Fiction Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 6–30 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free

The Story Of The Nervous Man (A Silent Comedy) Heroes @ Bob’s BlundaBus, 27–31 Aug, £5

Carl Donnelly and Chris Martin Comedy Podcast: Live! Laughing Horse @ The Blind Poet , Various dates from 9 Aug to 30 Aug, £free

Adventures of the Improvised Sherlock Holmes Just the Tonic at The Community Project, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £5

Everything That’s Wrong with the Universe Underbelly Med Quad, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £6—£10.50

14:50 ❤ Megan Ford: Feminasty HHHH Underbelly, George Square, 5–31 Aug, not 12, 19, £6—£9

Deborah Frances-White: Friend of a Friend of Dorothy Laughing Horse @ The Blind Poet , 6–29 Aug, not 9, 10, 16, 17, 19, 23, 24, £free

Haus of Chi-Chi St John’s, 7–25 Aug, not 18, £free

Australia: A Whinging Pom’s Guide Liquid Room Annexe, 8–30 Aug, £free

Unexpected Items in Badinage Areas Scottish Comedy Festival @ The Beehive Inn, 6–30 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free

Gary Colman: Tickling Mice Whistlebinkies, 8–29 Aug, £free Joe Hart: Dirty Rotten Apples Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, £5—£10 Jamon Iberico and Other Short Stories Fingers Piano Bar, 18–20 Aug, £free David Tsonos: Walking the Cat Just the Tonic at the Caves (Salvation Rooms), 6–29 Aug, not 18, £free

Listings

Clandestine Sketch Show Laughing Horse @ Jekyll & Hyde, 6–30 Aug, not 11, 23, £free

Imagine There’s No Ben Target (It’s Easy If You Try) HHH Heroes @ The Hive, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £5

Jake Lambert and Dom Lister Exist Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 6–30 Aug, not 19, £free

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The Noise Next Door: The Really, Really Good Afternoon Show Gilded Balloon , 5–30 Aug, not 18, £5—£10.50

John Robertson: Let’s Redecorate! HHH The Stand Comedy Club 5 & 6, 5–30 Aug, not 6, 17, £9—£10

14:55 History’s Greatest Monster Just the Tonic at The Community Project, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £4—£5 Imaginary Colin Voodoo Rooms, 8–30 Aug, not 25, £free

15:00 Mitch Benn: That Was the Future The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 5–30 Aug, not 6, 17, £9—£10

Lifeshambles Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 17, 24, £5—£11 Magnum Hopeless Laughing Horse @ Moriarty’s, 6–30 Aug, £free The Wonderful World of Lieven Scheire Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 17, 24, £5—£10.50 The Oxford Imps Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, £5—£12 David Mulholland’s Conspiracy Cowgatehead, 7–31 Aug, not 19, £free Read All About It! Cowgatehead, 7–31 Aug, £free

❤ Daphne Do Edinburgh HHHH Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 17, £6—£10.50

Nick Coyle’s Guided Meditation Lauriston Halls, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £free

Australia is F*cked George Next Door, 16–22 Aug, £free

Rory O’Keeffe: Job’s Worth Southsider, 8–29 Aug, £free

The Amazing Sketch Show C venues – C, 23–31 Aug, £8.50—£10.50

Lily Bevan – Pheasant Plucker Underbelly Med Quad, 5–31 Aug, not 17, £6—£11

Shut Your Cakehole Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 7–30 Aug, not 19, £free

David Mulholland’s Conspiracy New Waverley Arches , 7–31 Aug, not 19, £free

Jo Burke: iScream Cowgatehead, 16–29 Aug, £free

The Improvised Improv Show – Free Show! Laughing Horse @ Dropkick Murphys, 6–30 Aug, £free

❤ Candy Gigi – Chicken Soup

Mambalsa – One Man’s Quest to Launch a New Partner Dance Pilgrim, 8–29 Aug, £free French Fried Comedy Edinburgh Sportsters, 8–29 Aug, £free Mickey D: Good Bloke Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 6–30 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free

15:05 Night of My Life theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 10–22 Aug, not 16, £7 Notflix SpaceTriplex, 24–29 Aug, £9

15:10 Double Dipp’s Pick ‘n’ Mixx theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 17–22 Aug, £6 Gamer Gamer Just the Tonic at The Caves, 6–29 Aug, not 18, £2—£10 Charmian Hughes: When Comedy Was Alternative (The Laughs and Loves of a She-Comic) HH Banshee Labyrinth, 8–30 Aug, not 17, £free Joe Fairbrother: We Can Do Anything Dragonfly, 8–29 Aug, not 17, £free

15:15 Cardinal Sin Sweet Grassmarket, 17–23 Aug, £free Jellybean Martinez: Mr Saturday Night TV Just the Tonic at The Caves, 6–29 Aug, not 18, £5—£7 Helen Duff: Smasher – Free Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £free

15:20 Nick Purves is a Recovering Snob Ciao Roma, 8–29 Aug, £free The Kagools Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £5 Hari Sriskantha: Like Breath on a Mirror Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 6–30 Aug, not 19, £free Goose: Kablamo Assembly George Square Theatre, 6–30 Aug, £5—£10

15:25 Comedy Manifesto Liquid Room Annexe, 8–30 Aug, not 17, £free AAA Batteries (Not Included) Just the Tonic at The Caves, 6–29 Aug, not 18, £5

15:30 Matthew Collins: The Benefit of Several Doubts Laughing Horse @ Jekyll & Hyde, 7–30 Aug, not 18, £free Flick and Julie: Pop-Up Penny Pinchers Cowgatehead, 10–29 Aug, not 19, £free Hydrophobia (Free) Laughing Horse @ Bar 50, 7–29 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free Bat-Fan Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£12 Gag Reflex Presents Laughing Horse @ The White Horse, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £free

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Heroes @ The Hive, 7–31 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £5

Simon Munnery: And Nothing But The Stand Comedy Club, 6–31 Aug, not 17, £9—£10 Jenny Bede: Don’t Look at Me HHH Pleasance Courtyard, 6–30 Aug, not 8, 24, £6—£11 Chris Coltrane: Left-Wing Propaganda Machine HHH Banshee Labyrinth, 8–30 Aug, £free Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards Show Pleasance Courtyard, 30 Aug, £14 Rock ‘N’ Roll Radio Idiot (Free) George Next Door, 15–22 Aug, £free

15:40 Jim Smith: Farmed and Dangerous The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 18–30 Aug, £8 Giraffe: Raisin’ the Hoof Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£10 Dan Nicholas: Reverb (The Love Story of Terrance the Crocodile and Julia the Mannequin) Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £5 Markus Birdman – Grimm Realities Canons’ Gait, 8–30 Aug, not 17, £free Yianni: Why Did the Chicken Cross the Line? The Stand Comedy Club 2, 5–30 Aug, not 6, 17, £7—£8 Eric’s Tales of the Sea – A Submariner’s Yarn Just the Tonic at The Caves, 7–29 Aug, not 18, £7—£11


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Comedians’ Cinema Club Just the Tonic at The Tron, 12–29 Aug, not 18, £8 What a Load of Skit Chiquito, 23–29 Aug, £free

15:45 Kevin McMahon – Quantum Magic Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, £5—£12 Matt Winning: Mugabe and Me (3D) Opium, 8–29 Aug, not 18, £free Nev – $cum Laughing Horse @ The Cellar Monkey, 6–30 Aug, not 12, 19, 26, £free Paul Harry Allen’s Retro Delights Laughing Horse @ Finnegan’s Wake, 6–29 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £free Stella Graham – Fox Sake Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 6–30 Aug, £free

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Alistair Barrie: No More Stage 3 Movement, 8–29 Aug, not 17, £free Routines Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £free Gabriel Ebulue: Armchair Anarchist Cowgatehead, 7–31 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £free The Rat Pack Stand-Up Comedy Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, Various dates from 9 Aug to 30 Aug, £free Nathan Cassidy: Back to the Future Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 6–29 Aug, not 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, £free Card Ninja Sin, 7–30 Aug, not 17, 24, £free Comedy With a Colour-Blind Dyslexic Geordie Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 6–30 Aug, £free The Cambridge Footlights International Tour Show 2015: Love Handles Underbelly Med Quad, 5–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£11

Listings

Robin Morgan: Guten Morgan Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 6–30 Aug, not 19, £free

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Luke Toulson: Grandpa, Hitler and Me The Stand Comedy Club 5 & 6, 5–30 Aug, not 6, 17, £7—£8

❤ LetLuce in Sea

15:50

Nina Conti: In Your Face Pleasance Courtyard, 26 Aug, £14

Matt Forde: Get the Political Party Started Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, £6—£10 Quiz in my Pants Cabaret Voltaire, 8–29 Aug, £free

15:55 Anna Morris: It’s Got To Be Perfect HH Voodoo Rooms, 8–30 Aug, not 18, £free

16:00 Paul Merton’s Impro Chums Pleasance Courtyard, 13– 22 Aug, £12.50—£14.50 Laughing Horse Free Pick of the Fringe Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 7 Aug, 12 Aug, 19 Aug, 26 Aug, £free Juliette Burton: Look At Me Gilded Balloon , 16–21 Aug, £10 Tamar Broadbent: Brave New Girl Cowgatehead, 8–29 Aug, not 9, 19, £free Niamh Marron – Stand Up Chameleon Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 6–30 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free Rodney Bewes: Whatever Happened to the Likely Lad? The Assembly Rooms, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £10 BlundaBus: RoadShow Heroes @ Bob’s BlundaBus, 26 Aug, £5 Battle of the Superheroes Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 8–29 Aug, not 12, 19, 20, 21, 26, £free Gyles Brandreth: Word Power! Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, not 17, £8—£18 LOLympics Live – Free Laughing Horse @ The Blind Poet , 6–30 Aug, £free Ismo Leikola: Observing the Obvious Gilded Balloon , 7–30 Aug, not 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, £5—£10

Men (A Naval Tale)

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Just the Tonic at the Caves (Salvation Rooms), 6–29 Aug, not 18, £free

Neil Henry’s Magical Mindsquirm Pleasance Dome, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £6—£10

❤ Rob Auton: The Water Show HHHH Banshee Labyrinth, 8–30 Aug, not 18, £free

Sam and Tom from TV! Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £3—£6 Lucie Pohl: Cry Me a Liver HH Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, £5—£9 Battle of the Supervillains Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 20–21 Aug, £free The People’s TV Show Fingers Piano Bar, 22–30 Aug, not 24, £free The Bumper Blyton Improvised Adventure Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 6–20 Aug, £free

16:05 The Coin-Operated Girl – A Sex Worker’s Real Life Revelations of Frivolous Fornications Liquid Room Annexe, 8–30 Aug, not 17, 24, £free Laura Lexx: Lovely Underbelly Med Quad, 5–30 Aug, not 18, £6—£10.50 Tiff Stevenson: Mad Man The Stand Comedy Club 5 & 6, 6–29 Aug, not 17, £9—£10

16:10 Freestyle Comedy Scottish Comedy Festival @ The Beehive Inn, 7–30 Aug, £free Moby Alpha Assembly George Square Studios, 6–31 Aug, not 17, 24, £5—£12 Michael Brunström: The Golden Age of Steam Heroes @ The Hive, 18–23 Aug, £5

Kitten Killers: Woof Underbelly, George Square, 5–31 Aug, not 19, £6—£9 Tanyalee Davis: Actual Size Heroes @ The Hive, 24–31 Aug, £5

16:15 Charlie Dinkin: Child Star Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 6–19 Aug, £free Karl Spain: A Time for Jokes Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 18, £5—£9.50 Barry Cryer and Ronnie Golden – Old Masters Gilded Balloon , 16–26 Aug, not 20, 21, 22, £12 Abi Roberts: Downtown Abi Voodoo Rooms, 8–30 Aug, not 18, £free The Clean (as Possible) Comedy Show Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 7–30 Aug, £free Ray Bradshaw: I Dare Ray to... Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 17, 24, £5—£10

❤ Minor Delays HHHH Gilded Balloon , 5–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£10

Brydie Lee-Kennedy Loves You Two Just the Tonic at the Caves (Salvation Rooms), 6–30 Aug, not 18, £free The Missing Hancocks: Live in Edinburgh! (Show B) The Assembly Rooms, Various dates from 6 Aug to 30 Aug, £10—£16 Best Boy: Bested Cowgatehead, 8–29 Aug, not 17, £free Stephen Bailey: Should’ve Been a Popstar Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, not 19, £5—£11 48 Minutes / Free Festival Laughing Horse @ Moriarty’s, 6–30 Aug, £free Louise Reay: It’s Only Words Just the Tonic at The Community Project, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £free—£5 Stephen K Amos Talk Show Gilded Balloon , Various dates from 7 Aug to 29 Aug, £7—£14

The Missing Hancocks: Live in Edinburgh! (Show A) The Assembly Rooms, Various dates from 5 Aug to 29 Aug, £10—£16 Cake and Other Things Opium, 8–29 Aug, not 20, £free Dyer and Whitney: You and I Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £free

16:20 Martin Croser is an Evil Robot Sent from the Future to Destroy Us All Dragonfly, 8–29 Aug, £free Funny for a Grrrl Stand in the Square, 6–31 Aug, not 17, £9—£10 Scott Bennett: About a Roy (Stories About Me Dad) Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £3—£6 Beth Vyse: As Funny As Cancer HHH Heroes @ The Hive, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £5 Howard Read: Man (Work in Progress) Banshee Labyrinth, 8–22 Aug, £free Stand-Up Philosophy – Free Silk, 8–29 Aug, not 13, 17, 25, £free

16:25 Katherine Ryan: Kathbum The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 6–22 Aug, not 17, £10—£12 Literary Death Match The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 23–30 Aug, £10

16:30 Jason Neale is Proper Funny: Fact Heroes @ Bob’s BlundaBus, 21–25 Aug, £5 Daddy and Robin I Love You (Featuring the Little Snowman) Heroes @ Bob’s BlundaBus, 10 Aug, 11 Aug, 27 Aug, 28 Aug, 29 Aug, £5

❤ Lolly HHHH Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 17, £6—£9.50

John Lloyd: Emperor of the Prawns Assembly Checkpoint, 6–30 Aug, not 19, £6—£13

Suzy Bennett Gumption! Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 7–30 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free Hall and Edhouse: The Two Syds Heroes @ Bob’s BlundaBus, 16–20 Aug, £5 Get Your Own Back: Live! Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 6, 20, £7—£13 Compose Mantis: The Duo-plicity of Improv New Waverley Arches , 7–31 Aug, £free BBC: In Tune BBC@POTTERROW, 21 Aug, £free Rose Matafeo and Guy Montgomery Are Friends Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 6–30 Aug, £free Ollie and Susie’s New Year’s Shindig Southsider, 8–29 Aug, £free

16:35 Tania Edwards: Electrifying Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £6—£9.50 That Pair: Letting It Go Just the Tonic at The Caves, 6–29 Aug, not 18, £5

16:40 FanFiction Comedy Assembly George Square Theatre, 6–31 Aug, not 18, £6—£10 Sad Faces Present The Dawn Chorus Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, not 19, £6—£10 The Leeds Tealights: Discuss Just the Tonic at The Caves, 6–29 Aug, not 12, 18, £5—£9

16:45 ❤ BEASTS: Live DVD HHHH Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £6—£10

James Ross – Leopardoptera Globe Bar, 8–29 Aug, not 12, 19, 26, £free Ken Crystal Afternoon Showcase Laughing Horse @ The White Horse, 6–29 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free


Sophie Pelham: Country Files Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, not 18, £6—£9

The Maydays & Friends: Unplugged Thistle King James Hotel, 18–30 Aug, £free

Tiny Horse Comedy Laughing Horse @ Bar 50, 7–30 Aug, not 19, £free

BBC: Simon Mayo Drivetime BBC@POTTERROW, 17–20 Aug, £free

Comfort and Joy New Waverley Arches , 7–30 Aug, not 12, 19, 26, £free James Veitch: Genius Bar Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, £6—£10.50 Mid-Brow Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 17, 24, £6—£9 Christian Schulte-Loh: Return of the 50 Foot German Comedian Sin, 7–29 Aug, not 19, 26, £free

Sleeping Trees: Mafia?/ Western? Pleasance Courtyard, 5–22 Aug, £6—£10 Twisted Loaf Present Stale Mate Just the Tonic at The Caves, 6–29 Aug, not 18, £5—£8 Shit of the Fringe Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 7–30 Aug, £free Thrones! The Musical

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Rhys James: Remains Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, £6—£11

Assembly George Square Studios, 5–31 Aug, £10—£14

16:50 ❤ Michael J Dolan:

An Audience with Harry Deansway Just the Tonic at The Tron, 6–29 Aug, not 18, £5

Miserable Guts

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The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £7—£8

John Scott Presents Dissent The Stand Comedy Club 2, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £7—£8

16:55 Stuart Goldsmith: An Hour (Free Show) Canons’ Gait, 8–30 Aug, not 19, £free

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Thünderbards: Chapter III Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, £6—£10 Jenny Say Qua Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 6–30 Aug, £free Martha McBrier: Pigeon Puncher Laughing Horse @ Finnegan’s Wake, 6–29 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £free So That’s What We Voted For? The Assembly Rooms, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £9—£10

Never Been Better Opium, 8–29 Aug, not 19, £free

Laughing Horse Free Comedy Selection Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 7–29 Aug, £free

Lucky Strike Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £5—£9.50

Man-ish Laughing Horse @ The Cellar Monkey, 20–30 Aug, £free

Paul Sinha: Postcards From the Z List The Stand Comedy Club, 5–30 Aug, not 6, 17, £5—£10

Christian Reilly: Songs of Insolence Liquid Room Annexe, 8–30 Aug, £free

Evelyn Mok: Idiot Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 6–30 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free Messrs Brimson and Wilson in Lofty Expectations Cabaret Voltaire, 6–29 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free Mark Thomas: Trespass – Work in Progress Summerhall, 6–30 Aug, not 10, 20, £10—£12

Ivor Dembina: New Jewish Jokes The Stand Comedy Club 5 & 6, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £7—£8

Aaron Twitchen: Deadlines and Diets Laughing Horse @ The Blind Poet , 6–29 Aug, not 19, 26, £free

Yve Blake: Lie Collector

Devil’s Door Bell Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 6–29 Aug, not 9, 16, 18, 23, £free

Jonathan Grant: Social Intercourse Cowgatehead, 14–21 Aug, £free

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Russell Hicks: Big Mouth Strikes Again Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 6–31 Aug, £free

Jon Cozart – Laughter Ever After Underbelly Med Quad, 5–31 Aug, not 19, £6—£11

17:05 The Secret of My Failure theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 24–29 Aug, £7.50 Shellshock! Improv Live! theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 17–29 Aug, not 23, £7 Luke and Harry’s Jaws theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 21–22 Aug, £8

17:10 Muswell Hill theSpace on the Mile, 17–22 Aug, £6.50

17:15 Lucy Frederick – In the Wild Gilded Balloon , 5–30 Aug, not 17, £5—£8.50 Alex Smith - The Art of Grooming Whistlebinkies, 8–29 Aug, not 17, £free Micky Bartlett: Narcissilly Just the Tonic at the Caves (Salvation Rooms), 7–29 Aug, not 18, £free

❤ David Mills: Don’t Get Any Ideas / Free HHHH

Voodoo Rooms, 8–30 Aug, £free

Next Year’s Show (50% Abridged Version) Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 6–30 Aug, £free

Jollyboat: Nerdplay Movement, 8–29 Aug, £free

Virginia Ironside: Growing Old Disgracefully The Assembly Rooms, 18–30 Aug, £12

Kelly Kingham: Inside Out Just the Tonic at the Caves (Salvation Rooms), 6–29 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £free

James Dowdeswell’s Perfect Pub Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 6–30 Aug, £free

Asp Cowgatehead, 8–29 Aug, £free

Myrtle Throgmorton, Ancient Heckler Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 7–29 Aug, not 16, 23, £6—£10

BEINGS Cowgatehead, 22–28 Aug, £free Abigoliah Schamaun: Post-Coital Confessions Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 19, £5—£10 Milo McCabe: Genesisocide Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 6–30 Aug, £free Gareth Cooper: Mishmash Fingers Piano Bar, 7–30 Aug, not 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 24, £free Katsura Sunshine – Let Me Tell You a Story About Japan! Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 6–30 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £free

17:20 Adam Hess: Salmon

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Heroes @ The Hive, 7–31 Aug, £5

Charles Booth: Deer in the Spotlights Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £3—£6 Tom Allen: Both Worlds

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The Stand Comedy Club 5 & 6, 5–30 Aug, not 6, 17, £9—£10

Shakespeare’s Avengers Assembleth: Age of Oberon Greenside @ Royal Terrace, 7–29 Aug, not 16, 23, £4—£7 Marny Godden: Flap ‘em on the Gate Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £6—£10 Hardeep Singh Kohli: Big Mouth Strikes Again Pleasance Dome, 5–30 Aug, not 19, £6—£12 Graham Clark Reads the Phonebook Assembly George Square Studios, 5–31 Aug, not 17, £6—£10

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Pleasance Dome, 5–31 Aug, not 17, £6.50—£10.50

Patrick Morris: Fairly Premature Bucket List Underbelly Med Quad, 5–30 Aug, not 19, £6—£11 Oxford Comedy Scottish Comedy Festival @ The Beehive Inn, 7–31 Aug, not 17, £free

17:30 Matthew Collins: My Favourite Waste of Time New Waverley Arches , 7–30 Aug, not 17, £free

❤ Larry Dean: Out Now! HHHH Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£12 At Least 100 Jokes Cowgatehead, 8–29 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £free Paul Savage: Tired and Emotional Dragonfly, 8–29 Aug, not 18, £free BBC: The Verb BBC@POTTERROW, 27 Aug, £free The Giggle Dungeon Take Over! Laughing Horse @ Moriarty’s, 15–30 Aug, £free Lou Sanders: Excuse Me, You’re Sitting on My Penis Again Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 7–30 Aug, not 19, £free Rosie Holt: (No) Strings Attached Frankenstein Pub, 7–31 Aug, not 19, £free Ed Aczel: The Random Flapping of a Butterfly’s Wings Heroes @ The Hive, 7–30 Aug, not 19, £6 Aidan Strangeman: Horsey Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 17, £5—£10 Anything Can Be a Podcast Podcast Returns! Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 6–30 Aug, £free Jessie Cave: I Loved Her Underbelly, Cowgate, 8–30 Aug, £9—£10 Will Durst: BoomeRaging From LSD to OMG Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 18, £5—£12.50

Amir Khoshsokhan – Milk and Hedgehogs Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £free Alfie Moore: A Fair Cop Stands Up Assembly George Square Studios, 5–31 Aug, £6—£11 Bec Hill: Caught On Tape HHH Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 19, £5—£9.50 The Oxford Revue: Issues Assembly George Square Studios, 5–31 Aug, not 17, 24, £5—£10 James Christopher’s Annual Cry for Help Banshee Labyrinth, 9–30 Aug, not 15, 22, 29, £free BlundaBus: RoadShow Heroes @ Bob’s BlundaBus, 26 Aug, £5 Nick Hall: Dodekahedron Underbelly, George Square, 5–31 Aug, not 19, £6—£10 Dead Ghost Star Just the Tonic at the Caves (Salvation Rooms), 6–29 Aug, not 18, £free

17:35 Lewis Schaffer is Free until Famous, £5 Just the Tonic at The Community Project, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £5 Al Lubel: Al Lubel Free Voodoo Rooms, 12–30 Aug, £free

17:40 Bruce Fummey: A History of Scotland Stand in the Square, 5–30 Aug, not 6, 17, £7—£8 Christian Talbot is Shite at Being Irish Underbelly Med Quad, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £6—£10

17:45 Harriet Kemsley: Puppy Fat Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £6—£9.50 Christian O’Connell: You’ve Ruined My Morning... and Other Fan Mail HH Gilded Balloon , 7–29 Aug, not 19, £6—£12 Light Relief Sweet Grassmarket, 6–30 Aug, £8.50

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AUG 5 -30 (not 17) 9:45am (55m) 06 AUG - 30 AUG (not18) Damien Slash: Übermen Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£9.50 When the Sh*t Hits the Fan Assembly Hall, 6–31 Aug, not 17, 18, £5—£10 Cerys Nelmes Presents Pick’n’Mix – Free Southsider, 8–29 Aug, not 17, 24, £free

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The Beau Zeaux: An Improvised Comedy Pleasance Courtyard, 6–30 Aug, not 12, 19, 26, £6—£12 Croft & Pearce – There’s Always Something Gilded Balloon , 5–30 Aug, not 17, £5—£10 Luca Cupani: Still Falling Heroes @ Bob’s BlundaBus, 6–31 Aug, not 12, 26, £5 Andrew Bridge: AART Laughing Horse @ Dropkick Murphys, 15–30 Aug, £free Tatterdemalion Assembly Roxy, 5–31 Aug, not 19, £6—£12

Listings

Mark of Stupidity Laughing Horse @ The White Horse, 6–30 Aug, £free The Best of Irish Comedy The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 7–30 Aug, £12 Keith Farnan: Anonymous HHH Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, not 18, 25, £6—£11 Sam Gore: The Cryptid Crossword Laughing Horse @ Bar 50, 6–30 Aug, £free Bucket HHH Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 13, 14, £6—£10 Trygve Wakenshaw: KRAKEN Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, not 12, 17, 24, £7.50—£12.50 Phil Wang: Philth Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, £6—£10 Soho Comedy at the Fringe Sin, 7–31 Aug, £free

17:50

Songs with Phil New Waverley Arches , 7–30 Aug, not 12, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, £free

Clare Plested: The Essential Collection Ciao Roma, 8–29 Aug, not 19, £free

Loch Ness Monster Hunter Bedlam Theatre, 24–30 Aug, £8

Sarah Callaghan: Elephant HHH Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£12

One Man Breaking Bad: The Unauthorized Parody Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 6, 17, 25, £6—£15

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The A to Zed Of Loving A Ned Arthur Conan Doyle Centre, 7–29 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £6

Jim Smallman: My Girls Just the Tonic at The Caves, 6–29 Aug, not 18, £3—£6

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Mark Smith: Log Flume Cowgatehead, 8–29 Aug, not 19, 26, £free

Fin Taylor: Stink HH Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, £6—£9.50

❤ David Elms: Mister Boy HHHH Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £6—£9.50

Ivo Graham: No Filter Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, not 17, £7—£11 Ria Lina: Taboo Raider

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The Stand Comedy Club 2, 5–30 Aug, not 6, 17, £7—£8

Brennan Reece: Marvel

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Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 7–29 Aug, not 17, £free

Comedy in the Dark Just the Tonic at The Community Project, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £6—£12 Let’s See Jen Carnovale Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 6–30 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free Silky: The Shrieking in My Mind The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 5–30 Aug, not 6, 17, £7—£8 Nina Conti: In Your Face Pleasance Courtyard, 17 Aug, 24 Aug, £12 Morgan Berry: Watership Down Banshee Labyrinth, 8–30 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free

18:05 Abandoman – Hot Desk Underbelly, George Square, 17–19 Aug, £14.50 Time at the Bar! theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 24–29 Aug, £6

Bristol Revunions: Cream Just the Tonic at The Caves, 6–29 Aug, not 18, £3—£7

18:10 The Happy Accidents: Cheer Up, It Might Never Happen – Free Chiquito, 25–29 Aug, £free

18:15 Matt Price: The Boy with Cake on His Face Laughing Horse @ Finnegan’s Wake, 6–29 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £free Wyatt Nixon-Lloyd Has 200 Voicemails Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 7–30 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free Sunshine and Lollipops (and a Creeping Sense of Existential Terror) Cowgatehead, 21–31 Aug, £free Becky Brunning and Bethan Roberts Are Not Men Just the Tonic at the Caves (Salvation Rooms), 7–29 Aug, not 18, 24, £free Vladimir McTavish: Scotland, 45 Events That Shaped a Nation The Stand Comedy Club 5 & 6, 5–30 Aug, not 6, 17, £7—£8 Kevin Day: Hairline

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Gilded Balloon , 5–30 Aug, not 19, £6—£11

Dave Griffiths: C U in Court Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 6–30 Aug, £free

Love Bites Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 6–30 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free UCLU Comedy Club Presents... Movement, 8–29 Aug, not 19, £free Jewish Cockney Caribbean Female Laughing Horse @ The Cellar Monkey, 7–30 Aug, £free Katharine Ferns: Conscious Incompetent Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 6–30 Aug, £free A Very Tall Storrie Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 6–30 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free Hey Hey 16K Sneaky Pete’s, 8–22 Aug, £free Five Childmen and It – Don’t Wake the Psammead! Sneaky Pete’s, 23–29 Aug, £free How to Win a Pub Quiz Kilderkin, 8–29 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £free George and Co (the Solo Tour) C venues – C nova, 5–31 Aug, £8.50—£10.50 The Wild Card Kitty Show Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 6–30 Aug, not 18, 25, £free The Brendon Burns Show Again Liquid Room Annexe, 8–30 Aug, £free Rock ‘N’ Roll Radio Idiot (Free) Cowgatehead, 17–22 Aug, £free

18:20 Baby Wants Candy: The Graduation Show Assembly Checkpoint, 17 Aug, 24 Aug, £10 Sam and Helen: Out There Just the Tonic at The Caves, 6–29 Aug, not 18, £5—£7 Sooz Kempner – Character Activist Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £free Rory O’Hanlon: It’s Great to Be Here Cabaret Voltaire, 8–30 Aug, £free Holly Burn: I am Kirsty K Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £5 Centred: A One Clown Comedy About Stuff C venues – C south, 6–31 Aug, £7.50—£9.50 Tom Parry: Yellow T-shirt HHH Just the Tonic at The Tron, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £4—£5

18:25 Murder, She Didn’t Write Sweet Grassmarket, 7–29 Aug, not 12, 19, 26, £6.50—£8.50

18:30 McNeill of Tranent – The Fastest Man in the World Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 6 Aug, 7 Aug, 10 Aug, 17 Aug, 24 Aug, £free Gone with the Inflatable Colonel Laughing Horse @ Jekyll & Hyde, 19–30 Aug, £free


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3 for 1 ticket deals everyday bigsexycircuscity.co.uk 99 Club Stand-Up Selection – Free Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 8–30 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free NewsRevue 2015 Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £9—£16.50 Not Just a Funny Turn Gilded Balloon , 25 Aug, £15 Shaggers Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 6–30 Aug, £free Davey Connor – So, There You Go Gilded Balloon , 5–30 Aug, not 17, £5—£8.50 Alun Cochrane: A Show with a Man in It HH The Stand Comedy Club, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £9—£10 Huntington & Hutt: Insignificant Other Just the Tonic at the Caves (Salvation Rooms), 6–29 Aug, not 18, £free Laughing Horse Free Pick of the Fringe Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 7–29 Aug, £free Paul Currie: Re-Release the Baboons Heroes @ The Hive, 6–31 Aug, not 10, 12, 19, 26, £5 Festival of the Spoken Nerd: Just for Graphs Assembly George Square Studios, 5–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£12 Super-Fragile-Nihilistic-Sexy-and-Atrocious (and Other Poems) Fingers Piano Bar, 18–22 Aug, £free Supermassive Face Palm La Belle Angèle, 8–30 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £free

18:35 Absolute Improv! theSpace on the Mile, 7–29 Aug, not 9, 23, £6—£10 Steve Hall: Zebra The Stand Comedy Club 5 & 6, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £5—£8 Chris Kent Stop Stalling Assembly George Square Studios, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £5—£9.50

18:45 Jody Kamali – Spectacular! Underbelly Med Quad, 5–31 Aug, not 19, £6—£10 Sarah Kendall: A Day in October Assembly George Square Studios, 5–31 Aug, not 17, £6—£12

18:40

Amy Howerska: Sasspot HHH Gilded Balloon , 5–30 Aug, not 17, £5—£11

The Thinking Drinkers’ Guide to the Legends of Liquor Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 17, £7—£12.50

Jamon Iberico and Other Short Stories New Waverley Arches , 18–28 Aug, not 20, 21, £free

Tom Neenan: The Andromeda Paradox Pleasance Dome, 5–31 Aug, not 19, £6—£10

Rik Carranza: Charming Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 6–30 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free

Fred MacAulay: Him Off the Radio The Assembly Rooms, 6–30 Aug, not 22, £14—£15

Nocturnal Sunshine of Their Spotless Minds Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 6–30 Aug, £free

Brody and Chadwick’s Great Blimp Deception Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 23–30 Aug, £5 Pat Cahill: Panjandrum Heroes @ The Hive, 6–30 Aug, not 19, £5 Fast Fringe Pleasance Dome, 5–29 Aug, £5—£10 John McKeever: Multifarious Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, not 21, £6—£11 The USOL Best Friends Club Dragonfly, 8–29 Aug, £free Mark Dean Quinn: More Observation Without Comedy Is Not On Today Banshee Labyrinth, 18–19 Aug, £free

Will Mars: Outspoken White Guy Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £free

❤ Diane Spencer: Power Tool HHHH Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 12, £6—£9.50

Jonny Pelham: Before and After Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, £6—£9.50 Ste and Dave in Training Laughing Horse @ Moriarty’s, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £free Bristol Improv Steals the Show – Free Sportsters, 8–29 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £free Shit-Faced Showtime Underbelly Med Quad, 5–31 Aug, not 17, £7—£12

Nicky Wilkinson’s Happy Hour Just the Tonic at the Caves (Salvation Rooms), 6–29 Aug, not 18, £free WOMANz: Jou’re Welcome HHH Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 19, £5—£10 Private Harris Cowgatehead, 8–29 Aug, not 12, 19, 26, £free

18:50 Richard Soames Does the Right Thing Underbelly, George Square, 5–31 Aug, not 19, £6—£10 Chris Dugdale: Sleightly Dishonest Assembly George Square Studios, 5–31 Aug, not 17, £6—£12.50 Cosmonaut by Ryan Good Underbelly, Cowgate, 7–30 Aug, not 17, 18, £6—£10

❤ Massive Dad 2.0: Step Up 2 Massive Dad HHHH

Pleasance Dome, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £6—£9.50

18:55 How to Be Fat Zoo Southside, 7–31 Aug, not 17, £7.50—£8.50 Peter Brush: Older Than the Oldest Dog That Ever Lived Just the Tonic at The Community Project, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £3—£6

❤ John-Luke Roberts: Stdad-Up HHHH Voodoo Rooms, 8–30 Aug, £free

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19:00 GingerbeToast On Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 6–30 Aug, £free

BBC: Live Music With Radio Nan Gàidheal BBC@POTTERROW, 28 Aug, £free

BlundaBus: RoadShow Heroes @ Bob’s BlundaBus, 26 Aug, £5

Phill Jupitus: Sketch Comic Scottish National Gallery, 13 Aug, 20 Aug, 27 Aug, £free

Looking Out for Linda Southsider, 7–31 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £free

Dan Lees: Brainchild Underbelly Med Quad, 5–31 Aug, not 17, £6—£10

Comedy at the Portrait Gallery Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 14 Aug, 21 Aug, £10

Ian Smith – Whereabouts Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, not 18, £6—£10

The Half Naked Chef Heroes @ Bob’s BlundaBus, 6–31 Aug, not 12, 26, £5 Michelle McManus: Reloaded HHH Stand in the Square, 6–30 Aug, not 8, 17, 24, £10—£12 Oliver Suddon – For One Night Only! Festival Radio, 8 Aug, 15 Aug, 22 Aug, 29 Aug, £10 Love Sick Assembly Hall, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £5—£9.50 Laugh Train Home Comedy Showcase Laughing Horse @ Dropkick Murphys, 6–30 Aug, £free BBC: Asian Network’s Big Comedy Night BBC@POTTERROW, 23 Aug, £free Lou Conran: Small Medium at Large Assembly George Square Gardens, 6–31 Aug, not 17, 24, £5—£8 The Sinister Tales of Doctor Synistra Spotlites, 16–31 Aug, £5—£7.50

The Pin: Ten Seconds with The Pin HHH Pleasance Dome, 5–31 Aug, not 17, 24, £6—£11 Jack Barry: This Title Came to Me in a Dream Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, £6—£9 Fernando – Carry On Campervan Sweet Grassmarket, 29–30 Aug, £10 My Two Years in Tokyo Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 6–30 Aug, £free Sheffield of Dreams Cowgatehead, 10–29 Aug, not 12, 17, 25, £free Phil Jerrod: Neanderthal Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£10 Normally Abnormal Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 6–30 Aug, £free Alex Horne: Monsieur Butterfly Pleasance Courtyard, 15–29 Aug, £12 The Wee Man Syndrome Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 7–29 Aug, not 9, 16, 18, 23, £7


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before the weekend? Issue 4 hits the streets Friday 21 August Alex Williamson: That Guy from the Internet Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 19, 26, £7—£12 Justin Moorhouse: Destiny Calling Gilded Balloon , 5–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£11.50 Lost Voice Guy: Disability for Dunces Stand in the Square, 24 Aug, £8

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Aidan Goatley: Year of the Goat Ciao Roma, 8–29 Aug, not 18, £free Accidental Death of an Anarchist theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 17–22 Aug, £8 Danny Ward – St Vitus Dance Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, £6—£9.50

19:10 The Large HArdon Collider Serenity Cafe, 8–30 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free Sofie Hagen: Bubblewrap Liquid Room Annexe, 7–31 Aug, £free Space Carrots Present: Where’s Keith? Silk, 8–29 Aug, £free Gavin Webster: The Sexist’s Sexist The Stand Comedy Club 2, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £7—£8

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Tim Drain: I Know How to Make the Women I Sleep with Laugh theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 25–29 Aug, £6

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Susie McCabe: The Drugs Don’t Work The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £7—£8

19:15 ❤ Dane Baptiste: Reasonable Doubts HHHH

Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, not 17, £7—£13

Nicole Henriksen – Honeycomb Badgers on Acid Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 6–30 Aug, £free Nish Kumar: Long Word... Long Word... Blah Blah Blah... I’m so Clever Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, £6—£12 In Cahoots: Two White Guys Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, £7—£10.50 AAA Stand-Up Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, £6—£11 Moj Taylor Is in: The Pursuit of Crappiness Just the Tonic at The Caves, 6–29 Aug, not 18, £7.50—£10 Philip O’Shea Turns 30 – Live Banshee Labyrinth, Various dates from 8 Aug to 30 Aug, £free SomeNews: The Misstakes Laughing Horse @ Bar 50, 6–30 Aug, £free David O’Doherty: We Are All in the Gutter, But Some of Us Are Looking at David O’Doherty Assembly George Square Theatre, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £8—£15

Tez Ilyas: TEZ Talks

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Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£12

Stephen Carlin: The Gospel According to Stephen Canons’ Gait, 8–30 Aug, not 18, £free Craig Hill: Playing With My Selfie! Venue150@EICC, 6–30 Aug, not 17, 25, £8.50—£17.50 Stand Up & Slam! – Free Cowgatehead, 8–29 Aug, not 19, £free JAM Comedy Globe Bar, 8–29 Aug, not 18, 26, £free

19:25 Pelican: A Sketch Show Just the Tonic at The Caves, 10–29 Aug, not 18, £5

19:30 Plague of Idiots Gilded Balloon , 5–30 Aug, £5—£10 Liam Williams: Bonfire Night Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 20–30 Aug, £free Kate Lucas – Work in Progress Laughing Horse @ The White Horse, 6–31 Aug, not 12, 21, £free

Cut the Mustard C venues – C nova, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £8.50—£10.50

Totes Inappropes! Laughing Horse @ Jekyll & Hyde, 6–30 Aug, not 18, 26, £free

SherwoodJam Black Medicine, 23–29 Aug, £free

Adam Hills: Clown Heart Assembly Hall, 22–30 Aug, not 28, £14—£15

19:20

So You Think You’re Funny? Grand Final Gilded Balloon , 27 Aug, £15

Alfie Brown: -ism

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Assembly George Square Theatre, 5–31 Aug, £6—£11

Al Murray: The Pub Landlord’s Summer Saloon Assembly George Square Gardens, 21–30 Aug, £19.50 Paul Foot Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£12.50 Big Value Comedy Show – Early Just the Tonic at The Community Project, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £5—£10 Ronny Chieng: Chieng Reaction Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£12

Jo Brand Gilded Balloon , 17 Aug, 19 Aug, 21 Aug, £15 Barry Cryer’s 80th Birthday Roast Gilded Balloon , 23 Aug, £12 QI Presents: No Such Thing as a Fish Underbelly Potterrow, 26– 30 Aug, £11.50—£12.50 Milton Jones and the Temple of Daft Assembly Hall, 7–21 Aug, not 10, 17, £8.25—£18.50 Andrew Maxwell – Yo Contraire Assembly George Square Theatre, 18 Aug, £13

Adventures in Menstruating with Chella Quint Stafford Centre, 8–28 Aug, not 12, 14, 17, 25, £free Alice Fraser: Savage

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Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 6–31 Aug, £free

Simon Caine: Buddhism and Cats Just the Tonic at the Caves (Salvation Rooms), 7–29 Aug, not 18, £free Jena Friedman: American C*nt The Stand Comedy Club 5 & 6, 18–30 Aug, £7—£8

❤ Ahir Shah: Distant HHHH Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 6–30 Aug, £free

Joby Mageean – Billy No Immune System Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 6 Aug, 21 Aug, £free

Imaan After My Own Heart The Assembly Rooms, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £9—£10 Champagne Socialist Laughing Horse @ The Cellar Monkey, 6–30 Aug, not 12, 19, £free Jimeoin: Yeehaa! Venue150@EICC, 6–30 Aug, not 17, 25, £8.50—£17.50

19:40 Simon Munnery’s Fylm School Heroes @ The Hive, 6–31 Aug, not 17, £5 Iain Stirling: Touchy Feely HH Pleasance Courtyard, 5–29 Aug, £6—£10 Dr Professor Neal Portenza’s Catchy Show Title Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £free

Kelly Ford’s Kapers Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 27–30 Aug, £free

Michael Che: Six Stars

The Rat Pack Stand-Up Comedy Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 13–19 Aug, £free

My Favourite Words in the English Language Just the Tonic at The Tron, 10–30 Aug, not 18, £7—£8.50

Tommy Tiernan Alive in Edinburgh Gilded Balloon , 16–30 Aug, not 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29, £15—£16

Revan and Fennell: Fan Club C venues – C nova, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £8.50—£10.50

Musical Comedy Awards Showcase Underbelly Potterrow, 20–21 Aug, £12

Matthew Crosby: Smaller Than Life Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £4—£5

Alexander Bennett: I Can Make You a Moron Cowgatehead, 8–29 Aug, not 18, £free

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The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 6–20 Aug, £10—£12

Breakfast Epiphanies Just the Tonic at The Caves, 6–28 Aug, not 18, £3—£6


Heidi O’Loughlin: A Woman Talking Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £6—£10 Baby Wants Candy: The Improv All Star Explosion! Assembly Checkpoint, 17 Aug, 24 Aug, £13 Imran Yusuf: Super Roar of the Underdog Turbo X: HD Remix The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 21–30 Aug, £12

19:45 Jocks and Geordies Whistlebinkies, 9–30 Aug, not 15, 22, 29, £free Papa CJ: Naked Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 6–23 Aug, £free Honest to Godley! Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 6–30 Aug, £free Class Clowns 2015: The Final Gilded Balloon , 18 Aug, £5 Damian Clark - It’s a Good Day to Damo Sin, 7–31 Aug, not 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, £free Joanna Neary: Faceful of Issues HHH The Assembly Rooms, 5–30 Aug, not 6, 17, £9—£10 Laughing Horse Free Comedy Selection Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 7–29 Aug, £free Private Harris St John’s, 7–31 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £free Gearoid Farrelly: Gearoid Less Travelled Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 18, £5—£9.50 Katia Kvinge: 140 Karakters Just the Tonic at the Caves (Salvation Rooms), 6–29 Aug, not 12, 18, £free

19:50 Elf Lyons: Being Barbarella HHH Voodoo Rooms, 8–30 Aug, not 24, £free

❤ Tim Renkow: Kim Jong-Un, Muhammad, Jesus and Other Power Hungry Maniacs

HHHH

Heroes @ The Hive, 7–31 Aug, not 12, 26, £5

❤ Andrew Doyle: Minimalism! HHHH The Stand Comedy Club 5 & 6, 5–30 Aug, not 6, 17, £9—£10 Andrew Ryan: Perfectly Inadequate Assembly George Square Studios, 5–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£11 Jonny and the Baptists: The End Is Nigh Roundabout @ Summerhall, 7–30 Aug, not 18, 25, £9—£12 Freddie Farrell: Today Was a Total Waste of Makeup Dragonfly, 8–29 Aug, £free

19:55 Raymond Mearns Is Growing Old Disgracefully Scottish Comedy Festival @ The Beehive Inn, 4–31 Aug, not 17, £free

20:00 Reginald D Hunter: Bitchproof Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, not 12, 18, 24, £9—£17 John Robins: Speakeasy Assembly George Square Studios, 5–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£12 Superhero Secret Origins Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 7–30 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free

Pete Firman: Super Duper Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, £8.50—£15 The Big Comedy Gala in Aid of Macmillan Cancer Support Venue150@EICC, 28 Aug, £18 My First Laugh Sportsters, 8–29 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £free Wheely Wheely Wheely Wheely Wheely Cowgatehead, 8–29 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £free BBC: Sketchorama BBC@POTTERROW, 19 Aug, £free Steve Bugeja: Day Release Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £5 Joe Lycett: That’s The Way, A-Ha A-Ha, Joe Lycett Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £6—£12 Kai Humphries: How to Be Happy Gilded Balloon , 5–30 Aug, £6—£12.50 Rob Beckett: Mouth of the South Pleasance Dome, 5–30 Aug, not 17, £7.50—£13 Sparrow-Folk: SuBIRDia Gilded Balloon , 5–30 Aug, not 17, £5—£10 Playing Politics Acoustic Music Centre @ St Bride’s, 21 Aug, 27 Aug, 28 Aug, £12.50

The Tartan Ribbon Comedy Benefit Pleasance Courtyard, 18 Aug, £12

Joey Page: Catastrophe Party Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £6—£11

Nathan Caton: Straight Outta Middlesex Pleasance Dome, 5–30 Aug, not 17, £7—£11

Stereotypist Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 6–30 Aug, £free

❤ Emma Sidi: Character Breakdown HHHH

Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £6—£9

Hal Cruttenden: Straight Outta Cruttenden Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, not 17, £9—£16 Adam Benjamin and Victor Preda: Icomeclasts Laughing Horse @ Moriarty’s, 6–30 Aug, £free HUB Fresh Pleasance Courtyard, 10 Aug, 17 Aug, 24 Aug, £free

Super Villain Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 13–30 Aug, £free Annie McGrath and Nico Tatarowicz #Pray4AnnieAndNico Just the Tonic at the Caves (Salvation Rooms), 7–29 Aug, not 18, 24, £free Jo Caulfield: Awkward Conversations The Stand Comedy Club, 7–30 Aug, not 17, £10 Patrick Kielty: Help Assembly George Square Studios, 24–30 Aug, £12.50—£14

Frequently Asked Questions Scottish Storytelling Centre, 6–30 Aug, not 8, 10, 17, 24, £6—£8

Evan Wonders of the World Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 6–30 Aug, £free

BBC: Sue Perkins’ Big Night Out BBC@POTTERROW, 22 Aug, £free

Sean McLoughlin: Whatever It Takes Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, £6—£9.50

Marc Jennings: Disconnected Cowgatehead, 8–29 Aug, £free

❤ Angela Barnes: Come As You Are

An Improvised Murder New Waverley Arches , Various dates from 16 Aug to 22 Aug, £free Joe Lycett: That’s The Way, A-Ha A-Ha, Joe Lycett Pleasance Courtyard, 24 Aug, £10

20:05 Price Includes Biscuits theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 7–29 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £8

20:10 ❤ Lazy Susan: Double Act HHHH Pleasance Dome, 5–31 Aug, not 19, £6—£10 Stewart Francis: Pun Gent The Assembly Rooms, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £14—£15 Bruce Fummey: Scottish Comedian of the Year Winner 2014 Scottish Comedy Festival @ The Beehive Inn, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £3—£10 Pop Pop Underbelly Med Quad, 6–31 Aug, not 17, £6—£10.50 Andrew Lawrence: Uncensored HH Assembly Roxy, 5–30 Aug, not 17, 24, £5—£12

20:15 Joel Creasey: The Hurricane Assembly Roxy, 18–29 Aug, £10—£11 Greg Proops: The Smartest Man In The World Gilded Balloon , 24–26 Aug, £12 Cocaine and Potatoes Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 22–30 Aug, £free Waking Up in Trees and Trucks George Next Door, 8–28 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free

HHHH

Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, not 17, £7—£11

Cheeky Irish Pups Laughing Horse @ Dropkick Murphys, 6–30 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free Accident Avoidance Training for Cutlery Users – Level 1 Southsider, 23–29 Aug, £free Small Town Heroes Southsider, 8–22 Aug, £free Just the Tonic Comedy Club Just the Tonic at The Caves, 7–29 Aug, not 18, 26, £8—£10 Lost Property Cowgatehead, 8–22 Aug, not 19, £free Patrick Monahan – The Disco Years Gilded Balloon , 5–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£12 Jarred Christmas is Hotfoot Papa Gilded Balloon , 19–23 Aug, £10 Joseph Morpurgo: Soothing Sounds for Baby HHH Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £6—£10.50 Abi Roberts’ Musical CID Gilded Balloon , 27–30 Aug, £8 Mark Steel: Who Do I Think I Am? Assembly George Square Studios, 5–30 Aug, not 17, £10—£14

20:20 Max and Ivan: The End Pleasance Dome, 5–30 Aug, not 18, £6—£12.50 Pajama Men: 2 Man 3 Musketeers Assembly Roxy, 7–30 Aug, not 17, 24, £10—£15 Jimmy McGhie – Winged Goddess of Victory Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£10.50

Improvabunga: Funny Side Up theSpace on the Mile, 7–29 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £8 Rhys Nicholson – Forward Underbelly, George Square, 5–31 Aug, £6.50—£11.50 Corey White: The Cane Toad Effect Assembly Hall, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£10 Viv Groskop: Say Sorry to the Lady HH The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 5–30 Aug, not 6, 17, £7—£8 Kate Smurthwaite: The Wrong Sort of Feminist Ciao Roma, 8–29 Aug, not 17, £free Martin Mor: Away Gallivanting The Stand Comedy Club 2, 7–30 Aug, not 17, £8 Jamie Kilstein: Sober Song Rants and a Cat Story Stand in the Square, 18–31 Aug, £12

20:25 ONEymoon Liquid Room Annexe, 8–30 Aug, not 12, 19, 24, 26, 29, £free Eric Davidson – It’s a Wrong Way to Ukulele theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 17–29 Aug, not 23, £10

20:30 Pun-Man’s Pun Party Frankenstein Pub, 8–29 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free Darren Walsh: Punderbolt Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 17, £6—£9 ONEymoon George Next Door, 24 Aug, 29 Aug, £free

❤ James Acaster: Represent HHHH Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, £6—£12 Archie Maddocks Ain’t Got No Behaviour Cowgatehead, 7–29 Aug, not 17, £free Phil Kay MegaBusy Heroes @ Bob’s BlundaBus, 13–23 Aug, £7

❤ Alex Edelman: Everything Handed to You HHHH Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, £6—£12

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Testify Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 6–30 Aug, £free

Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman Chiquito, 23–29 Aug, £free

Eleanor Tiernan – Don’t Cry for Me Eleanor Tiernan Laughing Horse @ The White Horse, 6–30 Aug, not 24, £free

20:45

Femmetamorphosis Spotlites, 6–31 Aug, £6—£8 Carl Donnelly: Jive Ass Honky Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£10 Natasia Demetriou and Ellie White are Mother and Baby Banshee Labyrinth, 8–30 Aug, not 23, £free Tom Toal in Sunshine on Bexleyheath Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, £6—£10.50 Sarah Bennetto: Fritters Away an Hour of Your Life... Mmm, Fritters HHH Laughing Horse @ Bar 50, 6–29 Aug, not 17, 24, £free

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The Old Fella theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 7–29 Aug, not 9, 16, 25, £9 WinstonsWow The Boards, 5–29 Aug, not 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 23, £10 Lloyd Griffith: Great Grimsby’s Big Turn On Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, £6—£10.50

20:35 Peablossom Cabaret Thistle King James Hotel, 7–23 Aug, £free All Our Friends Are Dead Just the Tonic at The Caves, 6–29 Aug, not 18, 24, £6—£10

Prey Liquid Room Annexe, 24–30 Aug, £free

Maxine Jones: Full Circle Cabaret Voltaire, 8–29 Aug, not 19, £free Bobby Mair: Filthy Immigrant Heroes @ The Hive, 6–31 Aug, not 17, £5 Desperately Seeking Attention Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 7–29 Aug, not 11, 16, 23, £free—£8

Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho Assembly George Square Gardens, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £10—£14 BlundaBus: RoadShow Heroes @ Bob’s BlundaBus, 12 Aug, 26 Aug, £5 Jason Byrne: 20 Years a Clown Assembly Hall, 6–30 Aug, not 17, 24, £8—£19.50

The Warwick Revue Present: Sketch Education Liquid Room Annexe, 8–20 Aug, not 12, £free

21:00

Harmon Leon in Porn, Corn, and Body Slamming For Jesus Banshee Labyrinth, 7–30 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free

Gay Furnish Flirt Coach Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, not 17, 24, £6—£12

Chris Fitchew – Ooops! Sin, 7–27 Aug, not 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 24, £free

Shaun Buswell’s Random Orchestra Challenges Cafe Camino, 8–29 Aug, £free

Super Shaggers Laughing Horse @ New Empire Bingo, 21–22 Aug, £free

Funmbi Omotayo: Legal Immigrant HH Gilded Balloon , 6–30 Aug, £5—£9.50

Nina Conti: In Your Face Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, not 18, £9—£15.50

Spencer Jones Presents: The Herbert in Proper Job HHH Heroes @ The Hive, 6–31 Aug, not 18, 25, £5

Jacobs and von Jones: Best of the Fest! Laughing Horse @ The Cellar Monkey, 6–30 Aug, £free Craig Campbell: Don’t Look Down The Assembly Rooms, 5–30 Aug, not 6, 17, £9—£10 Some Like It Thea-Skot Cowgatehead, 8–29 Aug, not 19, £free

Queens of Comedy Sin, 14–30 Aug, not 17, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27, £free Sunshine and Lollipops (and a Creeping Sense of Existential Terror) Laughing Horse @ Jekyll & Hyde, 21–30 Aug, £free

Chris Martin: This Show has a Soundtrack

Fresh Blood Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 17, £5—£10

Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 6–30 Aug, not 19, £free

Ed Byrne – Outside Looking In Gilded Balloon , 5–30 Aug, not 17, 27, £10—£15

HHH

Rory McSwiggan Wants Nothing to Do With Himself Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 6–30 Aug, not 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, £free

20:40 Charlie Baker: Just the One Assembly George Square Theatre, 5–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£11

Chris Ramsey: All Growed Up Assembly George Square Theatre, 20–30 Aug, £12.50—£15

John Robertson – The Dark Room: Symphony of a Floating Head Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, £6—£10.50

Conor Drum – Adult Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 6–30 Aug, £free

The Heist theSpace on the Mile, 7–22 Aug, not 9, 16, £9

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Stuck! Gilded Balloon , 17–30 Aug, £8.50—£10.50

Andrew Watts – How to Build a Chap Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £free

Daniel Sloss: Dark Venue150@EICC, 6–30 Aug, not 17, 25, £8.50—£17.50

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Clusterf**k Movement, 8–29 Aug, £free

20:50

Peter Dobbing: Armchair Futurologist Kilderkin, 8–28 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £free

Latex and Roses Just the Tonic at The Caves, 6–29 Aug, not 18, £free—£5 Julian Deane Just the Tonic at The Tron, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £free Sam Simmons: Spaghetti for Breakfast Underbelly Potterrow, 5–30 Aug, not 17, 24, £7.50—£14 Two Thirds of a Trio Laughing Horse @ Jekyll & Hyde, 6–20 Aug, £free Will Franken: Who Keeps Making All These People? The Stand Comedy Club 5 & 6, 5–30 Aug, not 6, 17, £7—£8 Felicity Ward: What If There Is No Toilet? Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 17, £6—£12

Joel Dommett: Conquer

HH

Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 6–29 Aug, not 28, £free

21:05 Jamie MacDonald: Oblivious Assembly George Square Studios, 5–30 Aug, not 18, £5—£10

21:10 Carl Hutchinson: Learning the Ropes

HHH

The Stand Comedy Club 5 & 6, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £9—£10

Scotland’s Pick of the Fringe Scottish Comedy Festival @ The Beehive Inn, 7–30 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £5 Bob Doolally Football Legend The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 17 Aug, 25 Aug, £10

Glenn Moore: Nephew to Three Gorgeous Uncles Cowgatehead, 8–29 Aug, £free Mark Nelson: Older than Jesus Gilded Balloon , 5–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£12.50 Tom Ballard – Taxis & Rainbows & Hatred

HHH

Assembly George Square Studios, 5–30 Aug, not 17, 24, £6—£11

Mae Martin: Us Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £free Christian Steel – Gloom Hunter Cowgatehead, 8–29 Aug, £free Mark Simmons – Laugh Yourself Thin Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, £6—£9.50

21:20

Bodell and Maxwell’s Chromatic Character Menagerie Cowgatehead, 8–29 Aug, not 17, 25, £free

Stephen K Amos: Work in Progress The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 6–29 Aug, not 17, 18, 24, 25, £10

Burt Lancaster Pierced My Hymen (When I Was 11) Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 6–30 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £5

Kieran Hodgson: Lance Voodoo Rooms, 8–30 Aug, not 19, £free

21:15

Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £free—£4

Künt and the Gang – Künt’ll Fix It Laughing Horse @ New Empire Bingo, 28–29 Aug, £6

Sean Nolan: The Retrospective Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £free

Pappy’s Live at the Cabaret Bar! Pleasance Courtyard, 27–29 Aug, £9

Laughing Horse Free Pick of the Fringe Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 7–29 Aug, £free

Neel Kolhatkar: Truth Be Told Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 19, £5—£11

Savage and Ralph: Joyful Erotica Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 6–30 Aug, not 19, 26, £free Ben Fairey: Floe-Joe’s Faces Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £free—£5 Alex Kealy and Friends Dragonfly, 8–29 Aug, not 19, £free The Big Charity Gala! - Free Laughing Horse @ New Empire Bingo, 19 Aug, £free Blind Mirth Paradise in The Vault, 8–22 Aug, not 16, £6

Al Porter Is Yours Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 18, £5—£9.50 Bafflesmash Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 5–30 Aug, not 17, £free Alasdair and Nick: Dangerous as Milk – Free Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 6–30 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £free Barnardo’s Big Comedy Benefit The Assembly Rooms, 18 Aug, £15 Loving Linda Smith Gala Concert: In Aid of Target Ovarian Cancer The Assembly Rooms, 19 Aug, £20

The Secret of My Failure theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 17–22 Aug, £7.50 Alex Lacey is Killing Jim Sweet Grassmarket, 6–29 Aug, not 12, 19, 26, £8 Ally Houston: Shandy

HHH

❤ Glenn Wool: Creator, I am but a Pawn HHHH Assembly George Square Studios, 5–30 Aug, not 17, 24, £6.50—£12.50 Zoe Coombs Marr: Dave Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £6—£11 Rob Beckett: Mouth of the South Pleasance Courtyard, 19–22 Aug, £12—£13 Ian D Montfort: Under Sciencey Conditions Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, £6—£14.50

21:25 Church Night theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 24–29 Aug, £5 Garrett Millerick: A Selection of Things I’ve Said to Taxi Drivers Underbelly Med Quad, 5–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£11


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Come and watch the hottest & unique African Acrobatics & cultural show

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24 – 29 Aug

11.15 - 12.15 pm

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Inspired by

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5-30 August (not 18)

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www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk/edithinthedark Jerry Sadowitz: Comedian, Magician, Bawbag! The Assembly Rooms, Various dates from 20 Aug to 30 Aug, £16

21:30 ❤ Phil Nichol: I Don’t Want to Talk About It

HHHHH

The Stand Comedy Club 2, 6–30 Aug, not 17, 18, 19, £7—£8

James Loveridge: Funny Because It’s True Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 24–30 Aug, £free The Pleasance Comedy Reserve Pleasance Dome, 5–31 Aug, not 17, 24, £6—£9.50 Hailey Boyle: Manimal The Stand Comedy Club 2, 18–19 Aug, £8 Gabriel Bisset-Smith Tells the Most Original and Funny Joke in the Universe! HHH Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, not 19, £6—£10 Aaaaaarrgghhhh! It’s the Monster Stand-Up Show – Free Show Laughing Horse @ Dropkick Murphys, 6–30 Aug, £free A Ward Winning Storey Cowgatehead, 8–29 Aug, not 12, 20, £free James Hamilton Is So Lonely – Free Voodoo Rooms, 8–30 Aug, not 17, £free Waking Up in Trees and Trucks Cowgatehead, 7–29 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free

Calypso Nights: Juan, Two? Assembly Roxy, 5–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£10 WeddingBingo – Free Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 16–23 Aug, £free

❤ Brett Goldstein: Burning Man HHHH

Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 17, £6—£11

Pierre Novellie is Anxious Peter Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, not 18, £6—£10

❤ Marcus Brigstocke: Why the Long Face?

HHHH

Assembly Hall, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £10—£14

Aisling Bea: Plan

Bea HHHH Gilded Balloon , 5–30 Aug, not 19, £7—£12 Baby Wants Candy: The Completely Improvised Full Band Musical Assembly George Square Studios, 5–30 Aug, £10—£15

❤ Tats Nkonzo: The African With Wifi HHHH

Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 17, £6—£10.50

Katherine Ryan: Kathbum Pleasance Courtyard, 12 Aug, 13 Aug, 19 Aug, 20 Aug, £14 Gary Little: Just Trying to Be Friendly The Stand Comedy Club, 7–30 Aug, not 17, £10 Paris Communal Shower Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 7–31 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £free

Shazia Mirza: A Work in Progress The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £7—£8 Mark Forward presents Mark Forward Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 27, £5—£12 Sketch Club: The Final Gilded Balloon , 19 Aug, £10 Hal Cruttenden: Straight Outta Cruttenden Pleasance Courtyard, 15 Aug, 22 Aug, £16

21:35 Goodbear Underbelly, George Square, 5–31 Aug, not 19, £6—£10.50 Shit-Faced Shakespeare Underbelly, George Square, 5–31 Aug, £7—£14.50 Nick Doody: T’ai-Po Canons’ Gait, 8–29 Aug, not 17, 24, £free

21:40 Ben Russell: The Tokyo Hotel Pleasance Dome, 5–29 Aug, not 17, 24, £6—£11 John Hastings: Marked from the Start Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, £6—£10 Follow the Faun Spotlites, 6–31 Aug, £8.50 The USOL Hyper-Bowl Silk, 8–20 Aug, £free Jess Robinson: The Rise of Mighty Voice Pleasance Dome, 5–30 Aug, not 17, 24, £6.50—£12 Australia is F*cked Cowgatehead, 19–29 Aug, £free

Abnormally Funny People Stand in the Square, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £9—£10 Tom Stade: You’re Welcome! The Assembly Rooms, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £14—£15

❤ Nick Cody – Beard Game Strong

HHHH

Assembly George Square Studios, 5–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£12.50

Matt Reed – Stalked Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £5—£10 Big Value Comedy Show – Late Just the Tonic at The Community Project, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £5—£10 Ben Champion: Don’t Look Down – Free Liquid Room Annexe, 23 Aug, 25 Aug, 27 Aug, 28 Aug, 30 Aug, £free St George is Cross Underbelly Med Quad, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £6—£10

21:45 Luke McQueen: Double Act Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 17, £6—£10.50 Chris Turner: XXV Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, £6—£10 Tim Key: Work-inSlutgress Pleasance Courtyard, 15–31 Aug, not 17, £10 Honky Bonk History of The Beatles Heroes @ Bob’s BlundaBus, 27–31 Aug, £5 Mancunian Rhapsody C venues – C cubed, 6–29 Aug, £8.50—£10.50

zazU: A Fête Worse Than Death Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 19, £6—£10 Sex, Hugs and Gender Roles: A Panel Show About Sexuality Laughing Horse @ The White Horse, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £free Jem Brookes: Punisment Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 6–30 Aug, £free

❤ Adam Riches is Coach Coach HHHH

Pleasance Dome, 5–30 Aug, £7—£14

Chris Betts: Social Animal Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£9.50 Bronston Jones: God Bless ‘Merica – Free Laughing Horse @ Bar 50, 6–30 Aug, £free Stephanie Laing: Nincompoop Cowgatehead, 8–29 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £free Joshua Ladgrove Talks at You for 52 Minutes in Exchange for Some of Your Money Heroes @ Bob’s BlundaBus, 16–25 Aug, £5

21:55 Mat Ewins: Day Job Just the Tonic at The Caves, 6–29 Aug, not 18, £5

22:00 Confessions of a Peculiar Mind Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 6–31 Aug, not 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29, £free Elliot Steel and Jake Lambert: Lark! Kilderkin, 8–29 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £free Chortle Student Comedy Award Final Pleasance Courtyard, 24 Aug, £8.50 Henry von Stifle’s Enter the Dragon Cowgatehead, 7–30 Aug, not 17, 24, £free Foil, Arms and Hog: Skiddlywup Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, £7—£12 Oh It’s That Guy! Comedian Matt Henry Freestival St Mary’s, 7–31 Aug, £free

❤ Trygve Wakenshaw: Nautilus HHHH Pleasance Courtyard, 6–30 Aug, not 12, 17, 24, £7—£12 If Men Ruled the World – Free Laughing Horse @ The Cellar Monkey, 6–30 Aug, £free The Barry Delusion Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 7–30 Aug, not 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, £free Joy is the Enemy of Progress Just the Tonic at the Caves (Salvation Rooms), 6–26 Aug, not 11, 18, £free The Alternative Comedy Memorial Society Heroes @ The Hive, 9–27 Aug, not 14, 15, 21, 22, £5

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BattleActs! Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 7–29 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free Il Puma va a Edimburgo Heroes @ The Hive, 13 Aug, 20 Aug, £5

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Aunty Donna HHH Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 17, £5—£12

Free Comic: Volume Two Dragonfly, 8–29 Aug, £free

22:15

The Shuffle Show

Stuart Black – Lemsip and Cigarettes Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 6–30 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free

HH

Assembly George Square Theatre, 5–30 Aug, not 17, 24, £6—£12

Daniel Sloss: Dark: Extra Shows! Venue150@EICC, Various dates from 14 Aug to 29 Aug, £14.50—£17.50

Instant Sharma Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 6–30 Aug, not 19, 26, £free

22:05 Your Aunt Fanny Just the Tonic at The Caves, 19–29 Aug, £7—£8 Female Personality of the Year C venues – C nova, 16–31 Aug, £8.50—£10.50 Nick Revell: Feminist Porno Jihadi The Stand Comedy Club 5 & 6, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £7—£8

Listings

Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £6—£12

Immigrant Diaries: Sajeela Kershi and Guests The Assembly Rooms, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £9—£10

Failure Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 6–30 Aug, not 19, £free

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22:10 ❤ Kyle Kinane: Ghost Pizza Party HHHH

We Are Goose Present Complimentary Gin! Sweet Grassmarket, 29–30 Aug, £5

Hell To Play Cowgatehead, 8–29 Aug, not 18, £free Die Roten Punkte – Haus Party Assembly Checkpoint, 9 Aug, 16 Aug, 23 Aug, £10—£12 Angus Brown: Get Ready. Get Set. Ahhh F*%k It C venues – C south, 6–31 Aug, £7.50—£9.50 Joke Thieves Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 6–30 Aug, not 28, £free Kevin J: Council Estate of Mind

HHH

Gilded Balloon , 5–30 Aug, not 19, £5—£11

James Acaster: Represent Pleasance Dome, 20–21 Aug, £10—£12 Dysfunctionally in Order Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 6–30 Aug, £free

Anil Desai – Impressions of a Hindude Sin, 6–30 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free

The Shambles theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 7–29 Aug, not 16, £6—£8

Andrew Maxwell – Yo Contraire Assembly George Square Theatre, 5–30 Aug, not 17, 18, £7—£15

Aatif Nawaz: Muslims Do it 5 Times a Day Just the Tonic at the Caves (Salvation Rooms), 7–29 Aug, not 19, £free

22:25

Fairy Tale Theatre: 18 & Over Assembly George Square Studios, 9–30 Aug, not 17, £10

Jonny Awsum: Everything is Awsum Gilded Balloon , 5–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£8.50 Miss Behave’s Gameshow Assembly Checkpoint, 6–29 Aug, not 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, £8—£15

22:20 Mick Ferry Is Just a Bloke Just the Tonic at The Tron, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £3.50—£6 Good Kids Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 6–23 Aug, not 18, £4—£8 Barry from Watford’s Bingo Bonanza Pleasance Courtyard, 13–29 Aug, not 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, £10—£12 Omar Hamdi: In the Valleys of the Kings Assembly George Square Studios, 5–30 Aug, £6—£12 Mixtape Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, £6—£10 2 Girls, 1 Cup of Comedy Just the Tonic at The Caves, 6–29 Aug, not 18, £5

Dead Funny Scottish Comedy Festival @ The Beehive Inn, 7–30 Aug, not 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, £free

22:30 ❤ The Story Beast HHHH Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 19, £6—£9.50

Diane Chorley: Duchess of Canvey Underbelly Potterrow, 5–31 Aug, not 17, £7—£12.50 Fright Bus Service Necrobus, 5–31 Aug, £9 The Best of Scottish Comedy The Stand Comedy Club 5 & 6, 7–30 Aug, not 17, £12 Samantha Pressdee: Consume Shit and Die Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 6–30 Aug, £free Stand Rising The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 7–30 Aug, £8

BBC: Radio 1’s Fun and Filth Cabaret BBC@POTTERROW, 17–20 Aug, £free The Man The Assembly Rooms, 5–30 Aug, not 6, 17, £9—£10 Showstopper! The Improvised Musical Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, £10—£15 Titty Bar Ha Ha: Club Titticana Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 6–30 Aug, not 12, 19, 26, £free Frenchy: Live’n’Lanky Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 19, £5—£11 Cassandra: Mary Canary Just the Tonic at the Caves (Salvation Rooms), 6–29 Aug, not 10, 18, 24, £free

22:40

Jokes About Things (Redinburgh Fringe) Laughing Horse @ Moriarty’s, 6–30 Aug, £free

The Horne Section’s Questions Sessions Gilded Balloon , 15–29 Aug, £13—£15

Trevor Noah: Lost in Translation Assembly Hall, 28–30 Aug, £15

Ro Campbell: Exercise Ze Demon The Stand Comedy Club 2, 5–30 Aug, not 6, 17, £7—£8

Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre – Minging Detectives Gilded Balloon , 5–30 Aug, £5—£11

Chaos Theory Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, £6—£10.50

Piff the Magic Dragon – Breakfast at Piffany’s Underbelly’s Circus Hub on the Meadows, 14–29 Aug, £12.50—£13.50 Imaginary Porno Charades Sweet Grassmarket, Various dates from 7 Aug to 29 Aug, £7 Franks and Skinner Present: Myself and Myself Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 6–30 Aug, not 17, 18, £5—£7 Qyeen sweeTs: NorthernXposure The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 18–30 Aug, £8

22:45 Josh Widdicombe’s XFM Show Live! Assembly George Square Studios, 22–25 Aug, £15 The Jest: The Five Humours HH Pleasance Dome, 5–30 Aug, not 19, £6—£10 Liz Fraser’s Podlaughs... Live! Gilded Balloon , 24–26 Aug, £7.50 Jarred Christmas and Hobbit: The Great Comedy Beat Box Party Gilded Balloon , 19–23 Aug, £10 Comedy, Craft Beer and Curry: Live at V Deep V Deep, Various dates from 6 Aug to 29 Aug, £10 So You Think You’re Funny? Gilded Balloon , Various dates from 9 Aug to 18 Aug, £10


Lee Nelson: Suited & Booted Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, £10—£15 The Labour Of Laugh Underbelly Med Quad, 5–31 Aug, £5—£8 Adam Blampied: I am Mr Children Man Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 6–30 Aug, not 19, £free The Wow Wow Show! with Dan Clark Assembly George Square Studios, 27–29 Aug, £12—£14 Dave Callan – A Little Less Conversation 2: A Little More Less Conversation Gilded Balloon , 6–30 Aug, not 18, 19, £5—£10.50 aLOne – Loren O’Brien Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, £6—£11 Best of So You Think You’re Funny? Gilded Balloon , Various dates from 7 Aug to 30 Aug, £10 #BlurredMinds – Free Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 6–30 Aug, not 15, 22, £free Chris Stokes: Altruism in Birds Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, £6—£9.50 Gein’s Family Giftshop: Volume 2 Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£9.50 Brickhead: Yeah Yeah Cowgatehead, 8–29 Aug, not 17, 23, £free Seymour Stiffs – The Undertaker Cowgatehead, 8–29 Aug, £free

22:50 Pajama Men: Pterodactyl Nights Assembly George Square Studios, 14 Aug, 15 Aug, 21 Aug, 22 Aug, £12.50 The Noise Next Door’s Comedy Lock-In Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, not 18, £7—£14 Anarchy Cabaret (Return of the Tight Six) Ciao Roma, 8–29 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £free

Lights! Camera! Improvise! - The Improvised Movie Live on Stage Pleasance Courtyard, 28–30 Aug, £15

22:55 The Comedian’s Comedian Podcast Live Black Medicine, 16–29 Aug, not 19, £free

23:00 Simon Slack – The Fantasist Banshee Labyrinth, 8–30 Aug, not 19, £free

Molotov Cocktail Party Globe Bar, 7–31 Aug, not 17, £free

BBC: Jazz on 3 BBC@POTTERROW, 24–25 Aug, £free

The Wrestling Pleasance Courtyard, 18–19 Aug, £20

Digest TV: The Temp Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 24–29 Aug, £8

BBC: BBC Presents... Edinburgh 2015 BBC@POTTERROW, 29–30 Aug, £free

Maff Brown – On Demand, Live Laughing Horse @ Bar 50, 6–29 Aug, not 15, 22, 23, £free

A to Z Improv Comedy Kilderkin, 8–29 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £free

Kinetic Comedy – Edinburgh Special Underbelly, Cowgate, 27–29 Aug, £10

23:20

Iain Stirling: Touchy Feely HH Pleasance Courtyard, Various dates from 14 Aug to 29 Aug, £10

Bombs, Booze and Haggis Strikes Back Laughing Horse @ Jekyll & Hyde, 7–30 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free

Alternative Paradise in The Vault, 24–30 Aug, £5

Bob Slayer: Fat Jockey Heroes @ Bob’s BlundaBus, 7–29 Aug, not 12, 19, 26, £5

Augustus and the Holy Grail Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 6–30 Aug, not 17, 24, £free

BBC: BBC Presents… BBC@POTTERROW, 9 Aug, 16 Aug, 23 Aug, 25 Aug, 26 Aug, £free

Late Night Bedlam Theatre, 7–30 Aug, £7

Lydia King: A Date with Density Underbelly Med Quad, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £6—£9

Alex Edelman: Everything Handed to You Pleasance Dome, 20 Aug, 21 Aug, 22 Aug, 27 Aug, 29 Aug, £10—£12

Edinburgh Comedy Allstars Underbelly, George Square, Various dates from 7 Aug to 30 Aug, £10.50—£16

AAA Stand-Up Late Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, £6—£11

Gilded Balloon 30th Anniversary Comedy Walk Gilded Balloon , 24–26 Aug, £12.50

Brendon Burns and Colt Cabana Sit in a F*cking Yurt at 11pm and Provide Comedy and Commentary to Bad Wrestling Matches Stand in the Square, 6–31 Aug, not 9, 16, 18, 23, 30, £9—£10 Afterhours Comedy Assembly Roxy, 8 Aug, 15 Aug, 22 Aug, 29 Aug, £14 Folie à Deux Pleasance Courtyard, 19–23 Aug, £9—£10 Princes of Main Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 17, £6—£9

Hilarity Bites Comedy Club: Late Night Feast New Waverley Arches , Various dates from 7 Aug to 30 Aug, £free

Generation whY? Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 6–30 Aug, not 12, 19, 26, £free

Set List: Stand-Up Without A Net The Stand Comedy Club, Various dates from 9 Aug to 30 Aug, £12.50

Marcus Brigstocke: Why the Long Face? Assembly Hall, 25–26 Aug, £13

Shaggers Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 6–30 Aug, £free

Best of HUB Pleasance Dome, 12 Aug, 19 Aug, 26 Aug, £5

Yo Mama Battle! Laughing Horse @ New Empire Bingo, 15 Aug, 22 Aug, 29 Aug, £free

Aaaaaaaaaaaaarrghhh! It’s the Increasingly Prestigious Malcolm Hardee Comedy Awards Show – and It’s Free! Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 28–29 Aug, £free

Hof With His Head Laughing Horse @ The White Horse, 15–30 Aug, not 17, 24, £free

Ari Shaffir: This is Not Happening Pleasance Dome, Various dates from 6 Aug to 30 Aug, £6—£12

I am, I am Gilded Balloon , 26–27 Aug, £9 Giving Head Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £8 Cariad & Paul: A Two Player Adventure Pleasance Courtyard, 25–29 Aug, £8—£11 Vegas Nocturne Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 17, £6—£12

The Kinsey Sicks: America’s Next Top Bachelor Housewife Celebrity Hoarder Makeover Star Gone Wild! Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 12, 19, 26, £6—£12

23:10 Voices in Your Head Assembly George Square Studios, Various dates from 7 Aug to 29 Aug, £6—£10 Aisling Bea: Plan Bea Pleasance Dome, 27–30 Aug, £11—£13 Phil Nichol’s Cray Cray Cabaret The Assembly Rooms, 6–30 Aug, not 18, 19, £10—£12.50

23:15 Dark Side of the Mime Assembly Roxy, 5–30 Aug, not 17, 24, £6—£12 Luke Stephen: Peace, Love and Not Understanding Cowgatehead, 8–29 Aug, not 18, £free Mark Watson: Flaws Pleasance Courtyard, 28–29 Aug, £15.50 Feminazi Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, £5—£12 Late Night Dark Show Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 6–31 Aug, £free Rotating Bill Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 6–30 Aug, £free Casual Violence: Om Nom Nom Nominous Pleasance Courtyard, 20–23 Aug, £12.50

Foil, Arms and Hog: Skiddlywup (Extra Performances) Underbelly, Cowgate, Various dates from 7 Aug to 29 Aug, £12 Best of Scottish Comedian of the Year Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, not 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, £6—£13.50

23:25 Satan’s Cocaine, Miscellaneous Fellatio Dragonfly, 8–29 Aug, £free

23:30 Liam Williams: Bonfire Night Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 6–19 Aug, not 17, £free Hate ‘N’ Live Sin, 7–29 Aug, £free

❤ Richard Gadd: Waiting for Gaddot

HHHH

Banshee Labyrinth, 8–30 Aug, not 17, £free

Magners Comedy Festival Winner – Jim Brewsky Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 22–30 Aug, £free

This Is Your Trial Assembly George Square Theatre, 5–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£12.50

23:40

23:45 Jayde Adams’ Kahuzzi! Voodoo Rooms, 8–30 Aug, not 17, 24, £free The Stand Late Club The Stand Comedy Club, Various dates from 7 Aug to 29 Aug, £15 Mimi Goes East Laughing Horse @ Moriarty’s, 6–30 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free Sharma Sharma Sharma Sharma Sharma Comedian! Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 6–30 Aug, not 19, 26, £free Alistair Williams and Edd Hedges – The Late Show Cowgatehead, 18–30 Aug, £free Laughter with Njambi McGrath and Guests Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 6–29 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £free

23:55

Bearpit Podcast (Podcast) Gala Show Just the Tonic at The Caves, 26–27 Aug, £5

Pappy’s Presents...The Secret Dudes Society Pleasance Dome, 11 Aug, 17 Aug, 24 Aug, 25 Aug, £7

The Assembly Rooms Very Best of the Fest The Assembly Rooms, Various dates from 14 Aug to 29 Aug, £15

Set List: Stand-Up Without A Net The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, Various dates from 7 Aug to 29 Aug, £12.50

Nathan Cassidy: Back to the Future II Gilded Balloon , 5–29 Aug, not 16, 17, 18, £6—£8

Fright Bus Service Necrobus, Various dates from 7 Aug to 29 Aug, £9

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00:00 I Went To A Fabulous Party... C venues – C too, Various dates from 15 Aug to 30 Aug, £11.50

09:00 Traverse Breakfast Plays: (in search of) Tomorrow Traverse Theatre, 18–30 Aug, not 24, £14

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09:05

Current Location Summerhall, 17–30 Aug, not 20, £11

10:05

Spur of the Moment C venues – C nova, 17–22 Aug, £7.50—£9.50

A Haggis Queen Abroad theSpace on the Mile, 18–22 Aug, £8

10:10 The Maids theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 7–22 Aug, not 9, 16, £8

Cracked Tiles Spotlites, 18–31 Aug, not 21, 22, 23, £6.50

10:15

10:00

DNA Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 17–22 Aug, £8

Tissue theSpace on Niddry St, 25–29 Aug, £7 old man’s Gift Venue 13, 8–29 Aug, not 17, £8 Playback Impro Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 6–30 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free The Money City Chambers, 27–28 Aug, £10 Real Life Becomes a Rumour theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 17–22 Aug, £7 Theatre Uncut Roundabout @ Summerhall, 24–30 Aug, £12 Shakespeare for Breakfast C venues – C, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £7.50—£9.50

❤ The Beanfield HHHH theSpace on the Mile, 7–22 Aug, not 9, 16, £7

Listings

The Red Chair Summerhall, 24–30 Aug, £12

Othello C venues – C too, 17–22 Aug, £7.50—£8.50 A Girl is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride Traverse Theatre, 12 Aug, 23 Aug, 29 Aug, £20

10:40

❤ A Gambler’s Guide to Dying HHHH

Edmund the Learned Pig Summerhall, 24–30 Aug, £10

Wilde Without the Boy Assembly Hall, 6–31 Aug, not 17, £5—£10

Traverse Theatre, 7 Aug, 13 Aug, 19 Aug, 25 Aug, 30 Aug, £18

11:30

Hamlet (A One Man Play) Spotlites, 6–22 Aug, £8

❤ How to Keep an Alien HHHH

Sanctuary theSpace on Niddry St, 17–22 Aug, £8 Sequamur The Assembly Rooms, 18–24 Aug, £10

Crash HHH Traverse Theatre, 6 Aug, 12 Aug, 18 Aug, 23 Aug, 29 Aug, £12—£18

Summerhall, 5–23 Aug, £7—£10.50

Cheque Please ZOO, Various dates from 7 Aug to 31 Aug, £6—£8

Pirates and Mermaids Scottish Storytelling Centre, Various dates from 10 Aug to 31 Aug, £10

I Am Not Mark Twain Basic Mountain, 20 Aug, £10

Stan C venues – C nova, 16–21 Aug, £8.50—£10.50

Avicide SpaceTriplex, 17–22 Aug, £7

10:30 ❤ The Christians HHHH

Zoo Southside, 7–31 Aug, £7—£9

Bump Gilded Balloon , 16–31 Aug, £7—£8

Oliver Twist theSpace on Niddry St, 24–29 Aug, £7

10:45

Tomorrow Traverse Theatre, 16 Aug, 22 Aug, 28 Aug, £20

❤ Fake It ‘til You Make It HHHH

Big Bite Size Breakfast Show Pleasance Dome, 5–31 Aug, not 18, 25, £7.50—£12.50 Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour Traverse Theatre, 18 Aug, 20 Aug, 26 Aug, £14—£20

❤ Swallow HHHH Traverse Theatre, 8 Aug, 13 Aug, 19 Aug, 25 Aug, 30 Aug, £14—£20

Women of the Mourning Fields Paradise in The Vault, 8–30 Aug, not 16, 23, £5—£8

The Happiness Project Summerhall, 26–30 Aug, £8—£10

Shazam! theSpace on the Mile, 17–22 Aug, £7.50

❤ The Communist Threat HHHH

Traverse Theatre, 15 Aug, 21 Aug, 27 Aug, £20

As Is Bedlam Theatre, 5–30 Aug, not 17, £7—£10

Traverse Theatre, 9 Aug, 15 Aug, 21 Aug, 27 Aug, £18

Open ZOO, Various dates from 8 Aug to 28 Aug, £6—£8

Cinema HHH Northern Stage at Summerhall, 8–30 Aug, not 12, 19, 26, £8—£10

❤ The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven

HHHH

Summerhall, 5–30 Aug, not 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, £7—£12

11:00 Sunshine! Japanese Rakugo Comedy in English! Spotlites, 6–31 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £6

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11:15

Some People Talk About Violence

HHH 10:20

The Taming of the Shrew C venues – C south, 17–22 Aug, £8.50—£10.50

Assembly HAll 6 – 30 Aug, 16:15

Richard III Greenside @ Royal Terrace, 24–29 Aug, £9

11:05 The King of Monte Cristo theSpace on the Mile, 17–22 Aug, £8

Traverse Theatre, 11 Aug, 16 Aug, 22 Aug, 28 Aug, £18

Pardon / In Cuffs Traverse Theatre, 8 Aug, 14 Aug, 20 Aug, 26 Aug, £18 Closing Time The Jinglin’ Geordie, 14–21 Aug, £free

11:10

11:20

Re:member theSpace on the Mile, 7–22 Aug, not 9, 16, £6—£8

Rebounding Hail Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, not 17, 24, £6—£10

Music for Dogs Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 18–29 Aug, £free

You’re Not Like the Other Girls Chrissy Pleasance Courtyard, 22–29 Aug, £9—£12

Blood Wedding Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 24–26 Aug, £7 Have a Heart Just the Tonic at The Caves, 6–29 Aug, not 18, £5—£9 Female Transport C venues – C, 16–22 Aug, £8.50—£10.50 Nudity, Free Beer, Good for Kids Venue 13, 8–29 Aug, not 11, 17, 18, 25, £8

11:35 Macaroni on a Hotdog theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 7–29 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £6—£8

11:40 Boys SpaceTriplex, 25–29 Aug, £8

11:45 A Very British Childhood HH Pleasance Dome, 7–30 Aug, £6—£9 The Sea Child Gilded Balloon , 18–30 Aug, not 25, £8—£9 I, Elizabeth Assembly Roxy, 7–31 Aug, not 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, £8—£13

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11:50 Mrs Shakespeare Paradise in The Vault, 8–30 Aug, not 16, 23, £10 Confirmation Summerhall, 22–29 Aug, £15

11:55 Can’t Spell Right theSpace on the Mile, 24–29 Aug, £7 Raymondo ZOO, 24–29 Aug, £10

12:00 Paradise: Lost theSpace on Niddry St, 17–22 Aug, £8—£10 Jo Romero Scenes of a Sensual Nature Cowgatehead, 8–29 Aug, £free Angel in the Abattoir Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 18, £5—£12

I Am Not Mark Twain Basic Mountain, 19 Aug, £10

Portraits in Motion Summerhall, 5–30 Aug, not 17, 24, £6—£10

17 C venues – C, 23–30 Aug, £7.50—£9.50

The 56 HHH Assembly George Square Studios, 6–31 Aug, not 16, 17, £5—£10

Charolais Spotlites, 6–30 Aug, £5.50—£8

My Name is Saoirse Assembly Hall, 6–31 Aug, not 17, £5—£10

Two Thirds C venues – C nova, 16–31 Aug, £8.50—£10.50

A+E Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 12, 19, £6—£9

The Wedding Reception B’est Restaurant, 15 Aug, 16 Aug, 21 Aug, 23 Aug, £39 Fiction HHH Pleasance Dome, 5–30 Aug, not 17, 24, £7—£13.50 Twelfth Night C venues – C too, 6–31 Aug, not 18, £8.50—£10.50

❤ Tar Baby HHHH Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 12, 19, 26, £5—£10

A Little Respect theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 17–22 Aug, £6

The Tell-Tale Heart C venues – C nova, 16–22 Aug, £7.50—£9.50

Cartography C venues – C nova, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £8.50—£10.50

Wild at Heart Thistle King James Hotel, 19–31 Aug, £free

Fake It ‘til You Make It Assembly Hall, 24 Aug, £16

Chopping Chillies Cowgatehead, 8–29 Aug, not 17, £free

Eggs Sin, 7–30 Aug, not 18, 25, £free

A Matter of Life and Debt Paradise in Augustines, 24–29 Aug, £8 Pip Utton: Playing Maggie The Assembly Rooms, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £9—£10 Storytape Gilded Balloon , 11–28 Aug, weekdays only, £free

This Language theSpace on Niddry St, 25–29 Aug, £7 The Norman Conquests theSpace @ Venue45, 14–29 Aug, not 16, 23, £5—£8 Consumption theSpace on the Mile, 17–28 Aug, not 23, £9

12:10 Islands HH Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £6—£10.50 Can’t Spell Right theSpace on the Mile, 17–22 Aug, £7.50 Big Bite-Size Lunch Hour: Lunch in Cairo Assembly Checkpoint, 9–31 Aug, not 18, 25, £8—£12

12:05

Umrao – The Noble Courtesan Assembly George Square Studios, 6–31 Aug, not 17, 18, £10—£12

Plain English theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 25–29 Aug, £10

One Above theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 17–29 Aug, not 23, £7

The Kitchen Sink by Tom Wells theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 17–22 Aug, £6

12:15

Kafka’s Ape Assembly George Square Studios, 6–31 Aug, not 12, 24, £5—£10

The Stolen Inches C venues – C nova, 5–26 Aug, £8.50—£10.50 Shazam! theSpace on the Mile, 24–29 Aug, £7.50

Beethoven in Stalingrad Spotlites, 16–31 Aug, £9 Vanity Bites Back Gilded Balloon , 16–30 Aug, £10—£12

Pilgrim Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 17, 24, £6—£10

A Divine Comedy Valvona & Crolla, Various dates from 10 Aug to 30 Aug, £15

The Jennifer Tremblay Trilogy Part I: The List Assembly Roxy, Various dates from 6 Aug to 30 Aug, £10—£14.50

Ross & Rachel Assembly George Square Theatre, 6–31 Aug, not 17, £6—£11

Othello: An All-Female Production Underbelly Potterrow, 6–31 Aug, not 13, 20, £6—£11.50

12:25

The Night Watch C venues – C nova, 5–31 Aug, £9.50—£11.50 The Free Meditation Class Laughing Horse @ Moriarty’s, 10–24 Aug, £free Current Location Summerhall, 30 Aug, £11

Polyphony Roundabout @ Summerhall, 7–30 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £12

We This Way Summerhall, 5–30 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £8—£10

Wasted Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 18, £6—£11

HHH

❤ Tony’s Last Tape HHHH

Pope Head (The Secret Life of Francis Bacon) Summerhall, 7–30 Aug, not 13, 20, £12

Scarlet Shambles: It Used to Be Me Just the Tonic at the Caves (Salvation Rooms), 6–26 Aug, not 10, 18, £free

12:30

12:35

Pleasance Courtyard, 7–30 Aug, not 13, 20, 27, £7—£12

The Escapade of the Burmese Burglary Gilded Balloon , 18–30 Aug, not 24, £8—£9 The Comedy of Errors C venues – C, 16–22 Aug, £7.50—£9.50 Wojtek: The Happy Warrior New Town Theatre, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £7—£11

12:20

Dead Man’s Cell Phone Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–23 Aug, £6—£9

Labels Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 17, £6—£9

How I Became Myself (by Becoming Someone Else) Cowgatehead, 8–29 Aug, £free

Let England Shake SpaceTriplex, 17–22 Aug, £7

Romanovs theSpace on the Mile, 17–22 Aug, £8 What Would Spock Do? Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 12, 19, 26, £6—£12

Scaramouche Jones Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, £6—£11

Storytape Gilded Balloon , 11–28 Aug, weekdays only, £free

The Jennifer Tremblay Trilogy Part II: The Carousel Assembly Roxy, Various dates from 7 Aug to 31 Aug, £10—£14.50

A Midsummer Night’s Dream theSpace on Niddry St, 8–22 Aug, not 9, 16, £5—£9

Key Change HHH Northern Stage at Summerhall, 8–30 Aug, not 12, 19, 26, £10—£12

Reclaiming Vietnam Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 17–29 Aug, not 23, £8 ...and This is My Friend Mr Laurel HH Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 19, £7—£12 Madman Marathon Man theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 17–22 Aug, £9

❤ Valiant HHHH C venues – C nova, 5–31 Aug, £8.50—£10.50

Two Sore Legs Assembly George Square Studios, 6–31 Aug, not 17, 24, £8—£13

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The Flying Ship Greenside @ Royal Terrace, 17–22 Aug, £9

Hair Peace HHH Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 17, 24, £6—£11

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13:20

Broken Windows

12:40

Tales from Ovid C venues – C, 16–22 Aug, £8.50—£10.50

Ten Pound Tale C venues – C, 23–30 Aug, £7.50—£9.50

A Play, A Pie and A Pint Le Monde, 7–31 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, 29, £12.50

Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £6—£10

Follow/Unfollow theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 24–29 Aug, £8.50

Giving Up the Ghost theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 25–29 Aug, £7—£8

Daniel Cainer: 21st Century Jew Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, £6—£10

Detached theSpace on the Mile, 17–29 Aug, not 23, £10

Billy Through the Window Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £6—£10

Some Big Some Bang Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £6—£10 The State of Concrete theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 17–22 Aug, £5 The Backside Monologues Spotlites, 31 Aug, £5

HHH

Sea Wall Paradise in The Vault, 18–22 Aug, £5

Ndebele Funeral Summerhall, 5–30 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £9—£13

12:45

Gruesome Playground Injuries HHH Basic Mountain, 15 Aug, 21 Aug, 29 Aug, £10

Bismillah! An ISIS Tragicomedy Just the Tonic at The Caves, 10–21 Aug, not 18, £5

❤ Girl from Nowhere HHHH Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, £6—£11

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The Wild Man of Orford Sweet Grassmarket, 10–23 Aug, £7 The Soaking of Vera Shrimp Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £6—£9.50 Buckle Up SpaceTriplex, 17–29 Aug, not 23, £8

12:50 A Matter of Life and Debt Paradise in Augustines, 17–22 Aug, £8 Dog Play Dead theSpace on the Mile, 24–29 Aug, £7—£8 Piaf theSpace on Niddry St, 24–29 Aug, £7

12:55 Not the Horse theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 24–29 Aug, £10

13:00 Rhapsody In Green by Mike Maran Valvona & Crolla, 12 Aug, 14 Aug, 19 Aug, 23 Aug, 29 Aug, £12 Face to the Wall theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 24–29 Aug, £6

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To She or Not to She Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 17, £6—£9

Fault Lines Basic Mountain, 14 Aug, 23 Aug, 30 Aug, £10 Early Grave, Fashionably Late Arthur Conan Doyle Centre, 10–29 Aug, not 12, 16, 23, £8—£10 Landline Out of the Blue Drill Hall: Outside, 29–30 Aug, £free Institute Pleasance Courtyard, 5–29 Aug, not 8, 12, 18, £8.50—£14.50 501 Things I Do in My Bedroom Just the Tonic at The Caves, 6–29 Aug, not 18, £5—£8 Cleansed C venues – C nova, 5–31 Aug, not 17, 24, £8.50—£10.50 The Selkie and the River God Sweet Grassmarket, 10–23 Aug, £8 Filthy Talk for Troubled Times Basic Mountain, 9 Aug, 22 Aug, 31 Aug, £10 A Girl is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride Traverse Theatre, 13 Aug, 19 Aug, 25 Aug, 30 Aug, £20 Storytape Gilded Balloon , 11–28 Aug, weekdays only, £free A Cinema in South Georgia HHH Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£12

What a Grimm Tale! theSpace @ Venue45, 17–22 Aug, £7 Eating Seals and Seagulls’ Eggs HH Pleasance Dome, 5–30 Aug, not 17, 24, £6—£10 Dendritical theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 17–22 Aug, £7 Talking with Angels: Budapest, 1943 Summerhall, 5–30 Aug, not 10, 17, 18, 24, £6—£10 Complex theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 17–22 Aug, £7 Styx theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 7–22 Aug, not 9, 16, £4—£8

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13:15 Tomorrow Traverse Theatre, 12 Aug, 23 Aug, 29 Aug, £20 This is Mary Brown Paradise in The Vault, 8–30 Aug, not 16, 17, 18, 19, 22, 23, £7 Black is the Color of My Voice Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 12, 19, £6—£10.50 Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour Traverse Theatre, 21 Aug, 27 Aug, £20

Portrait Pleasance Dome, 5–29 Aug, not 17, 24, £6—£11 I Gave Him an Orchid

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Summerhall, 5–22 Aug, not 16, £6—£12

The Count of Monte Cristo Spotlites, 23–31 Aug, £5 Impossible HH Pleasance Dome, 5–31 Aug, not 17, £7.50—£15 Hannah and Hanna

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Assembly George Square Studios, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£11

The Hideout C venues – C nova, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £8.50—£10.50 Chopin’s Last Tour ZOO, 7–31 Aug, £6—£9

Quiet Violence Zoo Southside, 16–30 Aug, £6—£8

❤ How to Keep an Alien HHHH Traverse Theatre, 22 Aug, 28 Aug, £18

One Day When We Were Young by Nick Payne Assembly George Square Theatre, 6–31 Aug, not 17, 24, £7—£10

Don’t Say That theSpace on the Mile, 24–28 Aug, £5

Strictly Balti Gilded Balloon , 7–31 Aug, not 12, £6—£11

❤ Swallow HHHH

Sherlock and Watson: Best Friends Forever Sportsters, 8–29 Aug, £free

Traverse Theatre, 20 Aug, 26 Aug, £20

Of Mice and Men Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 17, £5—£12 Dylan Thomas – The Man, The Myth Assembly Roxy, 6–22 Aug, not 19, £10—£14 Doorbells Spotlites, 16–22 Aug, £8

Downton Scabby Paradise in Augustines, 24–29 Aug, £8

❤ Fake It ‘til You Make It HHHH Traverse Theatre, 6 Aug, 12 Aug, 18 Aug, 23 Aug, 29 Aug, £12—£18

SpectreTown Assembly Hall, 6–31 Aug, not 12, 17, 24, £8—£14

RUN HHH Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 17, £6—£10.50

Under Milk Wood (Semi Skimmed) Assembly Roxy, 23–31 Aug, £13—£14

The Diary of Thomas Pooler Cafe Camino, 16–29 Aug, £free

Some Thing New C venues – C nova, 5–22 Aug, £8.50—£10.50

Assembly HAll 6 – 30 Aug, 16:15

Storytape Gilded Balloon , 11–28 Aug, weekdays only, £free

Sex Rated G Gilded Balloon , 5–30 Aug, £5—£11

The Frantic Canticles of Little Brother Fish Bedlam Theatre, 17–22 Aug, £10

Rope The Edinburgh Academy, 12–19 Aug, £10

Le Gateau Chocolat: Black

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Black Magic: Songs Unchained Spotlites, 6–31 Aug, £5—£10

Sanctuary theSpace on Niddry St, 24–29 Aug, £8

Be Better Bedlam Theatre, 24–30 Aug, £10 The Last Laugh The Assembly Rooms, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £9—£10

Grav HHH Assembly Hall, Various dates from 6 Aug to 30 Aug, £7—£11

The Double Life of Malcolm Drinkwater Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 6–30 Aug, not 17, 23, £free

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Hooray for All Kinds of Things The Assembly Rooms, 18–30 Aug, £10

Lisa Gornick’s Live Drawing Show Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 12, £5—£10

Soapy Smith’s Alaskana Extravaganza Church Hill Theatre, 16 Aug, 20 Aug, £5

Romeo and Juliet theSpace on Niddry St, 17–22 Aug, £8

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Tomorrow’s Parties Summerhall, 24–29 Aug, £8—£12

Birdland by Simon Stephens SpaceTriplex, 17–22 Aug, £8

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13:35 All’s Well That Ends Well theSpace on Niddry St, 17–22 Aug, £8

A Girl is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride Traverse Theatre, 18 Aug, £20 Victoria Wood + Me Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 12, 19, 26, £6—£10 Boris: World King Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 19, £6—£10.50

❤ The Christians HHHH Traverse Theatre, 16 Aug, 22 Aug, 28 Aug, £20

Crash HHH Traverse Theatre, 7 Aug, 13 Aug, 19 Aug, 25 Aug, 30 Aug, £18 Pardon / In Cuffs Traverse Theatre, 9 Aug, 15 Aug, 21 Aug, 27 Aug, £18

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The Cupboard Paradise in The Vault, 17–29 Aug, not 23, £7.50

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Bug Bite Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 17–29 Aug, not 23, £10—£12 The Gambit Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 7–29 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £4—£8

Oh Hello! Assembly Hall, Various dates from 7 Aug to 31 Aug, £7—£11

❤ A Reason to Talk HHHH

Can’t Care, Won’t Care Banshee Labyrinth, 8–30 Aug, £free

The Hampstead Murder Mystery! Pleasance Dome, 7–22 Aug, £6—£9.50

Summerhall, 7–30 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, 26, £10

Best of the Fest The biggest and best comedy line-ups! Assembly HAll 7 – 30 Aug, Midnight


The King of Monte Cristo theSpace on the Mile, 24–29 Aug, £8

Scarfed for Life Just Festival at Central Hall, Various dates from 14 Aug to 22 Aug, £12.50

Stain theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 7–29 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £10

Giant Leap HHH Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £6—£10

Fully Committed Starring Marcus Brigstocke Underbelly Potterrow, 5–30 Aug, not 17, £7.50—£15

Wild Bill: Sonnet of a Bardsterd theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 17–22 Aug, £9

Iphigenia In Splott Pleasance Dome, 24–30 Aug, £13—£15

13:55 Last Call for Providence Just the Tonic at The Caves, 6–29 Aug, not 18, £5 Ventoux Summerhall, 13–30 Aug, £5—£10 Bathtime C venues – C nova, 5–22 Aug, £8.50—£10.50

The Money City Chambers, 27–28 Aug, £10 The Mountain Top Venue 13, 8–22 Aug, not 17, £8 To Sleep To Dream Summerhall @ Tom Fleming Centre, 22–23 Aug, £15 Cleansed in Blood Thistle King James Hotel, 7–31 Aug, not 12, 19, 26, £free

So It Goes Underbelly, Cowgate, 24–30 Aug, £12.50—£14

CUT Underbelly, George Square, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £9—£13.50

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Mill Girls On Tour Pilrig Studio, 28–29 Aug, £7

Faulty Towers The Dining Experience B’est Restaurant, 7–31 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £45—£49.50

Teaset Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, £6—£9.50

Skins and Hoods Institut français d’Ecosse, 7–31 Aug, not 17, 24, £6—£12

Goodstock HHH Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £6—£9.50

❤ A Gambler’s Guide to Dying HHHH Traverse Theatre, 8 Aug, 14 Aug, 20 Aug, 26 Aug, £18

Titus Andronicus Spotlites, 24–27 Aug, £10

❤ Tether HHHH Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£10

The Jennifer Tremblay Trilogy Part III: The Deliverance Assembly Roxy, 6–31 Aug, not 12, 17, 18, 19, 25, 26, £10—£14.50

Births, Deaths & Marriages HHH Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 17, £6—£9.50 Mitch’s Movie Pitches Summerhall, Various dates from 6 Aug to 29 Aug, £5

Carapace theSpace on the Mile, 17–22 Aug, £5 The Intriguing Imagination of Arla Bell theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 25 Aug, 27 Aug, 29 Aug, £6 My Name is Rachel Corrie theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 24 Aug, 26 Aug, 28 Aug, £6 The Effects of Solitude Sweet Grassmarket, 6–30 Aug, £7 Islands Summerhall, 22–29 Aug, £10—£15

14:10 C’tait la Nuit Paradise in Augustines, 17–22 Aug, £8 Lear Inc. theSpace @ Venue45, 17–22 Aug, £8 Bench theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 17–22 Aug, £7 Going Viral HHH Northern Stage at Summerhall, 8–30 Aug, not 12, 19, 26, £10—£12 The 229 is Never on Time theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 17–20 Aug, £5

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Storytape Gilded Balloon , 11–28 Aug, weekdays only, £free

Idiots HHH Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 11, 17, £6—£11

Richard III Just Festival at St John’s , 12–31 Aug, not 16, 17, 23, 30, £8

Marriage HH Assembly George Square Studios, 6–30 Aug, not 19, £6—£13

The Terrible Tale of the Twiddly Widdlies HH Pleasance Courtyard, 6–21 Aug, not 17, £6—£10

May I Have the Bill Please? by Robin Mitchell The Boards, 5–29 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £10

Women’s Hour Summerhall, Various dates from 5 Aug to 30 Aug, £6

❤ Heartbeats & Algorithms HHHH Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 17, £6—£9

Womenswear C venues – C nova, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £8.50—£10.50

14:05

The Do’s and Don’ts of Online Dating C venues – C cubed, 6–31 Aug, not 15, 16, £7.50—£9.50

Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime theSpace on the Mile, 17–22 Aug, £7 Every Brilliant Thing Roundabout @ Summerhall, 8–30 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £15—£17

Around the World in 80 Days C venues – C south, 6–31 Aug, not 18, £8.50—£10.50 The Misfit Analysis Pleasance Courtyard, 23–31 Aug, £9—£11

The Art of Reduction and the Distillation of Humanity: Whisky Theatre Valvona & Crolla Scottish Foodhall@Jenners, 20 Aug, 27 Aug, 30 Aug, £15

Darkness Falls – John’s Gospel Palmerston Place Church, 21–22 Aug, £10

Boxed In HH Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 20, £6—£11

Lifted Laughing Horse @ The Cellar Monkey, 6–20 Aug, £free

Scour Clouds & Soil, 8–29 Aug, £free

Noises Off St Ninian’s Hall, 15 Aug, 22 Aug, £12

14:20 Crusoe ZOO, Various dates from 9 Aug to 28 Aug, £12 Mata Hari: Female Spy ZOO, Various dates from 7 Aug to 30 Aug, £6—£12 Invisible Woman Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £4—£8 Adam Long’s Dickens Abridged Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £6—£13.50 Checkpoint 22 Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, £6—£10 12.10.15 Momentum Venues @ St Stephens, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £8—£10

14:25 The Fiery Path Spotlites, 27–31 Aug, £5 The Backside Monologues Spotlites, 23–26 Aug, £5

Disorder C venues – C nova, 5–31 Aug, £8.50—£10.50

Captain Morgan 1: The Sands of Time Pleasance Dome, Various dates from 5 Aug to 31 Aug, £6.50—£11 Shh! It’s The Very Perry Show Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 19–30 Aug, £6—£7.50 Staircases theSpace on Niddry St, 23–27 Aug, £6

Hoors theSpace on the Mile, Various dates from 9 Aug to 29 Aug, £6—£9 The Girl Who Fell in Love With the Moon Pleasance Dome, 5–31 Aug, not 17, £6—£10

Captain Morgan 2: The Sea of Souls Pleasance Dome, Various dates from 6 Aug to 30 Aug, £6.50—£11

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PAN Assembly Hall, 6–31 Aug, not 9, 17, 24, £10—£15

Cornermen Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £6—£10

Raft Quaker Meeting House, 17–29 Aug, not 23, 24, £5—£7

Tonight with Donny Stixx Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 18, 25, £7—£12

Titus Andronicus C venues – C, 16–31 Aug, £8.50—£10.50

High Torches Paradise in The Vault, 17–22 Aug, £6

The Pilgrim’s Progress Edinburgh Elim, 20–21 Aug, £11

Pramkicker HHH Assembly George Square Studios, 6–31 Aug, not 17, £6—£11

Rossetti’s Women Spotlites, 6–30 Aug, not 17, 24, £5 Storytape Gilded Balloon , 11–28 Aug, weekdays only, £free Ernie Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 18, £6—£10

Dear Cassandra and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 24–29 Aug, £5—£7 Frame Narrative theSpace @ Venue45, 25–29 Aug, £8

The Hobbit Church Hill Theatre, 18 Aug, £5

Bold Girls theSpace on the Mile, Various dates from 8 Aug to 28 Aug, £6—£9

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Whisky Galore South Leith Parish Church Halls, 15 Aug, 22 Aug, £10

Savage theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 24–29 Aug, £7

Cross the Shifting Sands C venues – C nova, 9–31 Aug, not 18, £9.50—£11.50

The London 2012 Games Closing Ceremony Closing Ceremony C venues – C nova, 5–31 Aug, not 17, £8.50—£10.50

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The Adventures of Nellie Bly Cafe Camino, 8–22 Aug, not 17, £free The Fairmer Wants a Wife Mayfield Salisbury Church, 15 Aug, 22 Aug, £10

Unmythable Pleasance Dome, 5–31 Aug, not 12, 21, £6—£10 The Cherry Orchard: Beyond the Truth C venues – C nova, 5–31 Aug, not 18, 25, £9.50—£11.50

❤ Divas HHHH Pleasance Dome, 5–31 Aug, not 17, £7—£12

Tribute Acts Assembly Roxy, 6–30 Aug, not 19, £6—£10

Brief Interviews with Hideous Men theSpace on the Mile, 24–29 Aug, £10 The Eulogy of Toby Peach HHH Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£11

❤ Can I Start Again Please HHHH Summerhall, 5–30 Aug, not 10, 17, £8—£10 Miss Sarah ZOO, 7–31 Aug, not 17, 21, 24, £6—£9

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14:55 The Cagebirds Paradise in Augustines, 25–30 Aug, £5 Manalive! Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 7–29 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £5—£10 For Queen and Country theSpace on the Mile, 24–29 Aug, £7 Joan, Babs & Shelagh too Zoo Southside, 7–31 Aug, not 19, £6—£8 Magdalen Paradise in The Vault, 8–30 Aug, not 16, 23, £7

15:00 Waitless Greenside @ Royal Terrace, 9–22 Aug, not 16, £12 The Tales of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny Inveresk Lodge Garden, 29 Aug, £7.50 Splitting Sweet Grassmarket, 24–27 Aug, £9.50 We May Have to Choose Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 7–29 Aug, not 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, £free Mrs Tobit Tells All St Cuthbert’s Church, 20–31 Aug, not 22, 24, £free Leper + Chip HHH Assembly Roxy, 6–31 Aug, not 18, 25, £5—£10 Filthy Talk for Troubled Times Basic Mountain, 12 Aug, 20 Aug, 23 Aug, £12

Eat Me! Drink Me! Buy Me! C venues – C nova, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £7.50—£9.50 Eau de Toilette Thistle King James Hotel, 7–29 Aug, not 11, 16, 17, 24, 25, £free Storytape Gilded Balloon , 11–28 Aug, weekdays only, £free Circular - Strada Circolare Italian Cultural Institute, 7–21 Aug, not 8, 9, 12, 15, 16, £7 I Am Not Mark Twain Basic Mountain, 21–22 Aug, £12 Corium Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 17–22 Aug, £8 Since You Went Away St.George’s School for Girls, 26 Aug, £10

Gruesome Playground Injuries HHH Basic Mountain, 10 Aug, 13 Aug, 16 Aug, 19 Aug, 26 Aug, £12 Fault Lines Basic Mountain, 9 Aug, 27 Aug, 28 Aug, £12 The Garden Traverse Theatre, 18–30 Aug, not 24, £18 ménage Underbelly, George Square, 6–30 Aug, not 17, 18, £10—£14

15:05 The Wendy House Trilogy: Edmund Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 24–29 Aug, £10 A Midsummer Night’s Dream C venues – C cubed, 16– 31 Aug, £8.50—£10.50

The Also-Ran theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 17–22 Aug, £8

15:15 All the Nice Girls Sweet Grassmarket, 6–29 Aug, not 17, £7

I Am Beast Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £6—£11

Bruce Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, £6—£12.50

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Oh Gumtree C venues – C nova, 5–22 Aug, not 13, £7.50—£9.50

Wild Bill: Sonnet of a Bardsterd theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 24–29 Aug, £9

For the Love of Chocolate Spotlites, 25 Aug, 27 Aug, 29 Aug, 31 Aug, £10

A Divine Comedy Valvona & Crolla, 26–28 Aug, £15

A Traffic Jam on Sycamore Street theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 24–29 Aug, £7

The Bench theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 17–20 Aug, £5

Derby Day Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, £6—£10

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The Private Ear Sweet Grassmarket, 28–29 Aug, £7 Ada Bedlam Theatre, 5–30 Aug, not 7, 12, 19, 26, £6—£8 Linking Rings Le Monde, 7–31 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, 29, £8—£10

Somebody Out There Loves Me theSpace on the Mile, 7–22 Aug, not 9, 16, £6—£7 A Fine Line Assembly Hall, 6–31 Aug, not 17, £6—£11 The Lost Art of Lost Art Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, not 19, £6—£10.50

Back to Blackbrick Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 17, £6—£10

Rope The Edinburgh Academy, 12–19 Aug, £10

Comfort Slaves New Town Theatre, 6–30 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £7—£10

The Wonderful Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, not 18, £6—£9 A Glass Half Full Spotlites, 24 Aug, 26 Aug, 28 Aug, 30 Aug, £10

15:20 Much Further Out Than You Thought Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£11

Filthy Talk for Troubled Times Basic Mountain, 29 Aug, £12 Storytape Gilded Balloon , 11–28 Aug, weekdays only, £free

Gomaar Trilogy Summerhall, 7–30 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £10 Acts of Redemption Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £6—£10.50

The Man Called Monkhouse HH Assembly Hall, 6–31 Aug, not 17, £10—£14

BED Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 7–29 Aug, not 16, 23, £6—£8

Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 18, 25, £6—£10.50

Woodbine Willie Palmerston Place Church, 29 Aug, £11

The Wendy House Trilogy: Peter Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 17–22 Aug, £10

Trans Scripts Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £6—£10

❤ This Will End Badly HHHH

La Merda by Cristian Ceresoli, starring Silvia Gallerano Summerhall, 25–30 Aug, £10 The Dream Sequentialists ZOO, 7–30 Aug, not 18, £9

15:30 Dust Never Settles in Torchlight theSpace on Niddry St, 23–27 Aug, £6

The Ghost of Sadie Kimber Spotlites, 6–22 Aug, not 17, £6—£10 The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or The Survival of (R)Evolutionary Theories in the Face of Scientific and Ecclesiastical Objections: Being a Musical Comedy About Charles Darwin (1809-1882) Pleasance Courtyard, 15 Aug, 19 Aug, 22 Aug, 26 Aug, 29 Aug, £10—£11 Blind Man’s Song Pleasance Dome, 6–30 Aug, £6—£12

The Element in the Room: A Radioactive Musical Comedy about the Death and Life of Marie Curie Pleasance Courtyard, Various dates from 5 Aug to 31 Aug, £6.50—£10

Albert Einstein: Relativitively Speaking Pleasance Courtyard, 16 Aug, 20 Aug, 23 Aug, 27 Aug, 30 Aug, £10—£11 The Rhum Plants Sweet Grassmarket, 6–30 Aug, not 19, 26, £8

Tate Postmodern C venues – C nova, 5–18 Aug, £8.50—£10.50

Wendy Hoose by Johnny McKnight The Assembly Rooms, 17–30 Aug, £15

Mutually Assured Destruction Church Hill Theatre, 16 Aug, 17 Aug, 19 Aug, 20 Aug, £5

LOTTO: Karma of the Alchemist Assembly George Square Studios, 6–31 Aug, not 17, 24, £10—£14

Garden HHH Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 17, £6—£10

Gruesome Playground Injuries HHH Basic Mountain, 31 Aug, £12

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Attempts on Her Life C venues – C, Various dates from 6 Aug to 30 Aug, £9.50—£11.50

Tomorrow Traverse Theatre, 13 Aug, 19 Aug, 25 Aug, 30 Aug, £20

❤ Swallow HHHH

The River C venues – C, Various dates from 5 Aug to 31 Aug, £9.50—£11.50

❤ How to Keep an Alien HHHH

Jane Austen’s Forgotten Stories Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 21–30 Aug, £free

I Gave Him an Orchid

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Summerhall, 24–29 Aug, £12

Soapy Smith’s Alaskana Extravaganza Church Hill Theatre, 18 Aug, 21 Aug, £5

15:35 The Kitchen Sink by Tom Wells theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 24–29 Aug, £6 In The Company Of Women Spotlites, 6–31 Aug, not 7, £8.50—£10 Paradise: Lost theSpace on Niddry St, 24–29 Aug, £8—£10 The Human Ear Roundabout @ Summerhall, Various dates from 6 Aug to 30 Aug, £9—£15

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Lungs Roundabout @ Summerhall, Various dates from 7 Aug to 29 Aug, £9—£17 Savage theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 21–22 Aug, £7 Walking the Tightrope: The Tension Between Art and Politics

Scattered C venues – C nova, 5–31 Aug, not 17, £8.50—£10.50

Counting Stars by Atiha Sen Gupta

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These Troubled Times C venues – C nova, 5–22 Aug, £8.50—£10.50 The Accidental Adventures of Sherlock Holmes C venues – C, 16–31 Aug, £8.50—£10.50 Elective Affinities Acoustic Music Centre @ St Bride’s, 10–30 Aug, £8 Horrids Cafe Camino, 8–29 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £free Bette Davis Ain’t for Sissies The Assembly Rooms, 5–30 Aug, not 6, 17, £10—£12

15:50 Touched by Fire theSpace on the Mile, 7–29 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £8 Beowulf Sweet Grassmarket, 10–23 Aug, £8

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Subsist Sweet Grassmarket, 26–30 Aug, £9

Underbelly Potterrow, 5–31 Aug, not 17, £11—£15.50

Electric Dreams Pleasance Dome, 5–30 Aug, not 17, 24, £6—£11

15:40 Sweeney Todd: The Panto theSpace on Niddry St, 7–22 Aug, not 9, 16, £4—£7.50

❤ Little Thing, Big Thing HHHH Assembly George Square Studios, 6–30 Aug, not 17, 24, £10—£14

ménage Underbelly, George Square, 6–30 Aug, not 17, 18, £10—£14

15:45 Bayou Blues Venue 13, 8–29 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £8

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Traverse Theatre, 6 Aug, 12 Aug, 18 Aug, 23 Aug, 29 Aug, £12—£18

Traverse Theatre, 21 Aug, 27 Aug, £20

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Assembly George Square Studios, 5–31 Aug, not 15, 16, £6—£10

Fife Youth Arts Hub Fringe Picks The Edinburgh Academy, 16 Aug, 20 Aug, 21 Aug, 22 Aug, £10 Double Bill Duddingston Kirk Manse Gardens, 11–22 Aug, not 16, 17, £6

❤ Fake It ‘til You Make It HHHH Traverse Theatre, 7 Aug, 13 Aug, 19 Aug, 25 Aug, 30 Aug, £18 Pardon / In Cuffs Traverse Theatre, 22 Aug, 28 Aug, £18 Jack Rooke: Good Grief Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£10 1972: The Future of Sex ZOO, 7–31 Aug, not 18, £6—£9

❤ The Solid Life of Sugar Water

HHHH

Pleasance Dome, 5–30 Aug, not 12, 17, 24, £6—£10

Dorian Gray Pleasance Dome, 6–31 Aug, not 17, £6—£9.50 RAZ by Jim Cartwright

Clairvoyant C venues – C nova, 5–31 Aug, £8.50—£10.50

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Rowan James: Easy for You to Say Zoo Southside, 23–30 Aug, £10

Happily After Ever Paradise in Augustines, Various dates from 14 Aug to 20 Aug, £5

❤ The Christians HHHH Traverse Theatre, 12 Aug, 23 Aug, 29 Aug, £20

Dark Lantern Just Festival at Central Hall, 24–31 Aug, £10

❤ Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons HHHH Zoo Southside, 7–22 Aug, £9

Assembly George Square Studios, 6–31 Aug, not 12, 24, £10—£13.50

A Girl is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride Traverse Theatre, 20 Aug, 26 Aug, £20 Storytape Gilded Balloon , 11–28 Aug, weekdays only, £free Descent Just Festival at Central Hall, 16–23 Aug, £10

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Heads theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 17–22 Aug, £7

Hearts of Folk Paradise in The Vault, 8–30 Aug, not 12, 16, 23, £8

Academy of Risk SpaceTriplex, 24–29 Aug, £6 Sweetness and Light SpaceTriplex, 7–29 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £8 The Next Moon Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 17–29 Aug, not 23, £8 Gagarin Way theSpace on the Mile, Various dates from 9 Aug to 29 Aug, £6—£9 Elysium Fields Greenside @ Royal Terrace, 24–29 Aug, £8 Hell Hath No Fury theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 7–29 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £5—£6 Dead Letter Office theSpace on the Mile, Various dates from 8 Aug to 28 Aug, £6—£9 Cross Wire theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 7–29 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £8—£10 My Friend Peter C venues – C nova, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £8.50—£10.50 Mind the Gap HHH Greenside @ Royal Terrace, 7–21 Aug, not 16, £10

16:10 The Orchid and the Crow Assembly Roxy, 6–30 Aug, not 12, 24, £7—£12 Death Actually: A Necromantic Comedy Paradise in Augustines, 24–30 Aug, £9 Brute Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, not 19, £6—£11 Reunion Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 7–29 Aug, not 16, 23, £6—£10

Fourth Monkey’s Grimm Tales: Rapunzel theSpace on Niddry St, 7–29 Aug, £8—£11

I Am Not Myself These Days HHH Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, not 17, 24, £6—£11

Big Shot Bedlam Theatre, 5–30 Aug, £6—£10 Violence of the Lambs Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £free

Anon(ymous) Church Hill Theatre, 19 Aug, £5

The Daily Tribunal Sweet Grassmarket, 17–30 Aug, £10

Phaedra’s Love C venues – C nova, 5–31 Aug, not 17, 24, £8.50—£10.50

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£10

❤ A Gambler’s Guide to Dying HHHH Traverse Theatre, 9 Aug, 15 Aug, 21 Aug, 27 Aug, £18 Kissed the Girls and Made Them Cry Church Hill Theatre, 17 Aug, 20 Aug, £5

The Bad Arm: Confessions of a Dodgy Irish Dancer Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 17, 24, £5—£12 10x10x10 HHH Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, £6—£12 Lunch Just the Tonic at The Community Project, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £5—£7

16:20 God’s Waiting Room

HH

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 17–20 Aug, £5

16:35

ménage Underbelly, George Square, 6–30 Aug, not 17, 18, £10—£14 Fair Cruelty Church Hill Theatre, 16 Aug, 18 Aug, £5 Wil Greenway – For the Ground that Grew Me Underbelly Med Quad, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£10

16:25 Edith in the Dark Momentum Venues @ St Stephens, 5–30 Aug, not 18, £8—£11.50 The Hobbit Church Hill Theatre, 21 Aug, £5

CELL Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, £6—£11

16:40 The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Family HHH Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £6—£11 Molly Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, not 17, 24, £6—£10 Awakening, Sweet and Sour Sensory Composition HHH Spotlites, 6–22 Aug, not 12, £7.50—£8.50

16:45 The Furies C venues – C nova, 16–31 Aug, £9.50—£11.50

16:30 Tomorrow Traverse Theatre, 18 Aug, £20

Tension Square theSpace on the Mile, 24–29 Aug, £7

The Rape of Lucrece Assembly Hall, 6–31 Aug, not 17, £5—£10

The Times They Are a Changin’ Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 24–29 Aug, £7

Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour Traverse Theatre, 22 Aug, 28 Aug, £20 Crash HHH Traverse Theatre, 8 Aug, 14 Aug, 20 Aug, 26 Aug, £18

I Got Dressed in Front of My Nephew Today ZOO, 7–22 Aug, not 17, £5—£9

16:50 Le Gateau Chocolat: Black Assembly Hall, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £8—£12

16:55 Bedsocks and Secrets Spotlites, 23–31 Aug, £10

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Nell Gwyn: An Epilogue Sweet Grassmarket, 6–30 Aug, £9

❤ What I Learned From Johnny Bevan HHHH

Summerhall, 7–30 Aug, not 18, £6—£12

Inglorious Insinuations of Insanity C venues – C nova, 23–31 Aug, £8.50—£10.50

17:00 Titus Andronicus: An All-Female Production Pleasance Dome, 5–31 Aug, not 13, 20, £6—£11.50 Filthy Talk for Troubled Times Basic Mountain, 14 Aug, 28 Aug, £12

ménage Underbelly, George Square, 6–30 Aug, not 17, 18, £10—£14 Holly and Ivy Laughing Horse @ Jekyll & Hyde, 14–23 Aug, not 18, £free

17:05 A Face That Fits theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 7–29 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £5—£9 Chicken Roundabout @ Summerhall, 7–30 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £9—£16

17:10 The Canterbury Tales theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 17–22 Aug, £7

Paintings and Cake C venues – C nova, 5–31 Aug, not 17, £8.50—£10.50

John Lennon: In His Own Write Voodoo Rooms, 8–30 Aug, £free

I Am Not Mark Twain Basic Mountain, 18 Aug, £13

The Frida Kahlo of Penge West C venues – C nova, 5–31 Aug, not 19, £9.50—£11.50

Backstage in Biscuit Land Pleasance Courtyard, 24–30 Aug, £9—£11 Citizen Puppet Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£12 Stories, Told C venues – C, 23–30 Aug, £7.50—£9.50 The Wedding Reception B’est Restaurant, 11–23 Aug, not 17, £39

The Alphabet Girl theSpace on the Mile, 7–29 Aug, not 16, 23, £8—£10 Nelson: The Sailors’ Story ZOO, 7–31 Aug, £7—£10 Spillikin – A Love Story

HHH

Pleasance Dome, 5–31 Aug, not 12, 24, £6—£10

Allie HH Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, £6.50—£12.50

Jethro Compton’s Frontier Trilogy: Blood Red Moon C venues – C nova, 5–31 Aug, £11.50—£13.50

To Space Summerhall, 10–30 Aug, not 18, 25, £6—£10

The Society of Strange C venues – C, 18–30 Aug, £9.50—£11.50

The Trials of Galileo New Town Theatre, 6–30 Aug, £9—£13 Gruesome Playground Injuries HHH Basic Mountain, 7 Aug, 22 Aug, 30 Aug, £12 Fault Lines Basic Mountain, 12 Aug, 20 Aug, £12 The HandleBards: Secret Shakespeare Bedlam Theatre, 18 Aug, 19 Aug, 25 Aug, 26 Aug, £18 To Sleep To Dream Summerhall @ Tom Fleming Centre, 27–29 Aug, £15

17:15 Dark Matter Venue 13, 8–29 Aug, not 17, £8 Exhibit This! The Museum Comedies Church Hill Theatre, 19 Aug, £5 Bad Boys: Whisky Theatre Valvona & Crolla Scottish Foodhall@Jenners, 20 Aug, 27 Aug, £15 Down Came the Rain Church Hill Theatre, 17–18 Aug, £5

A Life With The Beatles Sweet Grassmarket, 6–30 Aug, £9 The Art of Reduction and the Distillation of Humanity: Whisky Theatre Valvona & Crolla Scottish Foodhall@Jenners, 11–29 Aug, not 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 24, 27, £15 A Walk on the Wild Side C venues – C nova, 23–31 Aug, £8.50—£10.50 Faust Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 17–22 Aug, £7 Mr Poe’s Legendarium C venues – C nova, 5–22 Aug, £8.50—£10.50

PiTH theSpace on the Mile, 25 Aug, 27 Aug, 29 Aug, £8

17:40 Love in the Time of Gilmore Girls Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £5—£7 Houseplay theSpace @ Venue45, Various dates from 18 Aug to 29 Aug, £6 Façade theSpace on the Mile, 9–23 Aug, not 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, £7

17:20

The Paradise Project Northern Stage at Summerhall, 8–30 Aug, not 12, 19, 26, £10—£12

Do Not Go Gentle Church Hill Theatre, 16 Aug, 20 Aug, 21 Aug, £5

The Sunset Five Pleasance Dome, 5–31 Aug, not 19, £6—£11

Forever House Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 24–29 Aug, £7

Man to Man Underbelly Potterrow, 5–31 Aug, not 17, £7—£12

17:25

17:55 The Unknown Soldier Spotlites, 6–31 Aug, £6.50—£10 BLAM! Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 12, 18, 24, £9—£16.50

The Wendy House Trilogy: Dorothy Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 17–29 Aug, not 23, £10 The Dolphin Hotel theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 17–29 Aug, not 23, £6

18:10

18:00 Trainspotting Assembly George Square Studios, 6–31 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £10—£15 Playback Impro Laughing Horse @ Jekyll & Hyde, 6–30 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free

The Edge Effect C venues – C nova, 16–22 Aug, £8.50—£10.50 Belfast Boy Spotlites, 6–31 Aug, not 17, £8.50—£10 Splitfoot C venues – C nova, 5–22 Aug, £9.50—£11.50

CUT Underbelly, George Square, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £9—£13.50

Dicing With Dr Death Just the Tonic at The Caves, 6–29 Aug, not 18, £5—£7.50

Filthy Talk for Troubled Times Basic Mountain, 6 Aug, 19 Aug, 24 Aug, £free—£13

The Lonely Poet (or: The Pleonasm) Sweet Grassmarket, 6–23 Aug, not 12, 19, £5—£7

ménage Underbelly, George Square, 6–30 Aug, not 17, 18, £10—£14

The Glorious Damnation of Eddie Small Bedlam Theatre, 5–22 Aug, not 12, £7—£10

The Letter: To be or to MBE HH Assembly George Square Theatre, 5–31 Aug, not 12, 24, £6—£12

The Titanic Orchestra

17:45

Diary of a Madman ZOO, 7–30 Aug, not 16, 23, £10

Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 17, 24, £9—£16.50

A Sudden Burst of Blinding Light Zoo Southside, 7–30 Aug, not 18, £6—£9

Abacus Summerhall, 5–30 Aug, not 6, 11, 18, 25, £10—£15

Me, as a Penguin theSpace on the Mile, 24–29 Aug, £8

HH

18 Foot Story theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 17–20 Aug, £5

17:30 The Outsider New Town Theatre, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £8—£12 Echoes by Henry Naylor HHH Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 19, £5—£12.50 Fills Monkey: Incredible Drum Show Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 12, 17, 25, £8—£13.50 Be My Baby! theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 24–29 Aug, £7

17:35 65 Days of Tracy the Marquis Mannequin Spotlites, 6–22 Aug, £7—£9.50 The Very Grey Matter of Edward Blank HH Assembly Roxy, 6–31 Aug, not 18, £6—£12

Catalpa Paradise in The Vault, 8–22 Aug, not 9, 16, £3—£6 Waste of Time: 1985 and 2085 theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 24–29 Aug, £7 Rabbie theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 17–23 Aug, £10.50

17:50 Gary Busey’s One-Man Hamlet as Performed by David Carl Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, not 12, £6—£11 Forget About It Paradise in The Vault, 24–30 Aug, £6 The Worry Monster Paradise in Augustines, Various dates from 9 Aug to 29 Aug, £8.50 Five Drinks Paradise in Augustines, Various dates from 8 Aug to 30 Aug, £8.50

Out of Darkness Buccleuch Free Church, 18–22 Aug, £free The Money City Chambers, 27–28 Aug, £10

❤ How to Keep an Alien HHHH Traverse Theatre, 7 Aug, 13 Aug, 19 Aug, 25 Aug, 30 Aug, £18

Fourth Monkey’s Grimm Tales: Little Red Cap theSpace on Niddry St, 7–29 Aug, £8—£11 Gruesome Playground Injuries HHH Basic Mountain, 5 Aug, 9 Aug, 27 Aug, £free—£13 Fault Lines Basic Mountain, 15 Aug, 16 Aug, 21 Aug, 26 Aug, 29 Aug, £13

Health Under Fire Cafe Camino, 8–29 Aug, not 26, £free Facebooked! The Assembly Rooms, 5–30 Aug, not 6, 17, £9—£10 Quiz theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 17–22 Aug, £6

The Garden Traverse Theatre, 18–30 Aug, not 24, £18 Midnight Cafe Paradise in The Vault, 17–30 Aug, not 23, £5—£6

Pardon / In Cuffs Traverse Theatre, 6 Aug, 12 Aug, 18 Aug, 23 Aug, 29 Aug, £12—£18 Doris, Dolly and the Dressing Room Divas Assembly Hall, 6–30 Aug, not 17, 24, £10—£16

18:05 Antigone on Antigone theSpace on Niddry St, 7–29 Aug, not 16, 23, £10 If I Were Me HHH Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£10.50

18:15

John Godber’s Happy Jack Quaker Meeting House, 17–22 Aug, £8 In Light of... Sweet Grassmarket, 25 Aug, 26 Aug, 28 Aug, 29 Aug, 30 Aug, £8

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18:20

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Fair Cruelty Church Hill Theatre, 17 Aug, 19 Aug, £5

Confessions of a Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 12, 19, 26, £5—£10 Help Yourself Just Festival at Central Hall, 17–29 Aug, not 23, £10

Reconciling theSpace on the Mile, 8–29 Aug, not 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, £8

Down & Out in Paris and London HHH Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 17, £6—£12.50

That Sickness Unto Death SpaceTriplex, 17–21 Aug, £4

Parlour Games ZOO, 7–31 Aug, not 16, £5—£9

PiTH theSpace on the Mile, 7 Aug, 14 Aug, 21 Aug, 28 Aug, £8

Fable Summerhall, 5–30 Aug, not 6, 17, 24, £7—£11

18:25 Future Honey Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 7–22 Aug, not 16, £8—£10 Frankenstein Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 7–22 Aug, not 16, £free—£10 Grounded Spotlites, 6–31 Aug, £7 Tumbling After HH SpaceTriplex, 7–29 Aug, not 16, £9—£11 Titania – A Solo Cabaret Summerhall, 5–30 Aug, not 6, 10, 17, 24, £10—£12.50 I’m Not Here Right Now Roundabout @ Summerhall, 7–30 Aug, not 18, 25, £8—£13

❤ HHHHH

Bromance

Underbelly’s CIrcus Hub, 11–29 Aug, not 12, 17, 24, £15

Listings

18:30

Waking Beauty C venues – C nova, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £7.50—£9.50 A Girl is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride Traverse Theatre, 21 Aug, 27 Aug, £20

❤ The Christians HHHH Traverse Theatre, 13 Aug, 19 Aug, 25 Aug, 30 Aug, £20

❤ A Gambler’s Guide to Dying HHHH Traverse Theatre, 22 Aug, 28 Aug, £18

Shakespeare in the Garden: What You Will C venues – C south, 6–31 Aug, not 18, £7.50—£9.50

18:35 Mabinogion theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 17–22 Aug, £5

❤ 17 Border Crossings HHHH Summerhall, 5–30 Aug, not 6, 10, 17, 24, £10—£14

A Translation of Shadows Summerhall, 25–29 Aug, £10 Lost in Transition Summerhall, 12–23 Aug, £5—£8 Phantasmagoria C venues – C nova, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £4.50—£6.50 101 Reasons Why I #@%$ Katie Hopkins Sweet Grassmarket, 6–30 Aug, not 12, 19, 26, £8

18:40 The Pie-Eyed Piper of Hamilton Assembly George Square Studios, 5–31 Aug, not 6, 17, 24, £8—£14

Bloody East Europeans Quaker Meeting House, 25–29 Aug, £6

The Thomas Clifford Show Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 10–22 Aug, not 18, £9—£11

Undermined Greenside @ Royal Terrace, 17–29 Aug, not 23, £8

A Fistful of Hunny theSpace @ Venue45, Various dates from 17 Aug to 28 Aug, £6

Ashes Afar Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 7–29 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £6—£8

The Graduettes theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 25–29 Aug, £8

The Gin Chronicles artSpace@StMarks, 10–22 Aug, not 16, £10

Pip Utton: Adolf The Assembly Rooms, 22 Aug, £15

Le Gateau Chocolat: Black The List

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ACOrN: A Crunch or None theSpace @ Venue45, Various dates from 18 Aug to 29 Aug, £6

18:45 Tomorrow Traverse Theatre, 20 Aug, 26 Aug, £20 The Year of The Hare Pleasance Dome, 5–31 Aug, not 17, 24, £6—£10 Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour Traverse Theatre, 23 Aug, 29 Aug, £20 Crash HHH Traverse Theatre, 9 Aug, 21 Aug, 27 Aug, £18 The HandleBards: Hamlet Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh – West Gate, 21 Aug, 23 Aug, 28 Aug, 30 Aug, £12 The HandleBards: A Midsummer Night’s Dream Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh – West Gate, 20 Aug, 22 Aug, 27 Aug, 29 Aug, £12 Francesca, Francesca... Venue 13, 8–29 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £8 There’s a Guy Works Down the Chip Shop Swears He’s Elvis Momentum Venues @ St Stephens, 5–30 Aug, not 18, £8—£15

18:50 Jurassic Park Assembly Roxy, 5–30 Aug, not 17, £7—£12

18:55

Rap Guide to Climate Chaos Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 18, £7—£12

Phantasmagoria C venues – C nova, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £4.50—£6.50

❤ Fake It ‘til You Make It HHHH Traverse Theatre, 20 Aug, 26 Aug, £18

19:00 Touch New Town Theatre, 19–30 Aug, £11 And I Ran With the Gang: The Story of Alan Longmuir, the Original Bay City Roller Le Monde, 7–31 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, 29, £12—£15 Wojtek the Bear Scottish Storytelling Centre, 6–31 Aug, not 12, 19, 26, £8—£10 Since You Went Away St.George’s School for Girls, 26–28 Aug, £10 When Blair had Bush and Bunga Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 17, 24, £8—£16.50

❤ Jamie Wood – O No! HHHH Assembly Roxy, 5–31 Aug, not 17, 24, £5—£12

To Sleep To Dream Summerhall @ Tom Fleming Centre, 18–26 Aug, £8—£15

19:05 Confessional by Tennessee Williams C venues – C cubed, 6–31 Aug, not 17, £9.50—£11.50 Phone Whore (A One Act Play With Frequent Interruptions) Sweet Grassmarket, 6–30 Aug, not 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, £8.50 Doctor Marigold’s Prescriptions theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 7–22 Aug, not 9, 16, £7

19:10

The American Soldier Zoo Southside, 7–22 Aug, £7—£9

The Colours of Kenny Roach theSpace on Niddry St, 17–29 Aug, not 23, £11

Fawlty Towers theSpace on the Mile, 24–29 Aug, £7

Mrs Dalloway theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 25–29 Aug, £8

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Inveresk Lodge Garden, 29 Aug, £10.50

Bench theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 24–29 Aug, £7

At the Illusionist’s Table The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, 7–31 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, 30, £59

19:15

The Ted Bundy Project Zoo Southside, 23–29 Aug, £8

❤ The Christians HHHH Traverse Theatre, 18 Aug, £20

Odd Shaped Balls SpaceTriplex, 17–29 Aug, not 23, £9

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❤ Butoh Medea HHHH Paradise in The Vault, 8–30 Aug, not 16, 23, £5—£9

Woodbine Willie Palmerston Place Church, 25–28 Aug, £11 Light Boxes Summerhall, 7–30 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £10—£17 Phantasmagoria C venues – C nova, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £4.50—£6.50 Exhibit This! The Museum Comedies Church Hill Theatre, 16 Aug, 17 Aug, 20 Aug, £5 Down Came the Rain Church Hill Theatre, 19 Aug, 21 Aug, £5 Terry Pratchett’s Eric Paradise in Augustines, 8–22 Aug, not 16, £9

19:20 Night + Daze H Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, not 12, £6—£11 Do Not Go Gentle Church Hill Theatre, 18 Aug, £5 The Marvellous Mechanical Mesmerist theSpace @ Symposium Hall, 24–29 Aug, £8 Broken Biscuits theSpace on the Mile, 24–29 Aug, £10 A History of Feminism (As Told By a Sexist Pig) theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 7–22 Aug, not 9, £5 Hamlet Spotlites, 6–31 Aug, £12 Strawberries in January C venues – C nova, 16–31 Aug, £8.50—£10.50

The Raven theSpace on the Mile, 7–22 Aug, not 9, £7—£8

Festivus C venues – C nova, 5–31 Aug, not 13, 17, £8.50—£10.50

19:25

The Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour Outside the Beehive Inn, 3 Aug–6 Sep, £14

My Name is... HHH Northern Stage at Summerhall, 8–30 Aug, not 12, 19, 26, £11—£14 Jethro Compton presents Sirenia C venues – C nova, 5–31 Aug, £11.50—£13.50

19:30 Noises Off St Ninian’s Hall, 10–22 Aug, not 16, 20, £12 Fourth Monkey’s Grimm Tales: Hansel and Gretel theSpace on Niddry St, 7–29 Aug, £8—£11 Devious Comments Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 22–26 Aug, £free Foxfinder Bedlam Theatre, 5–30 Aug, not 16, 23, 24, £7—£10 The Pilgrim’s Progress Edinburgh Elim, 18–20 Aug, £11 God’s Smuggler Buccleuch Free Church, 18–22 Aug, £free The Remnants: As Thyself C venues – C nova, 5–31 Aug, not 17, £9.50—£11.50 The Trepidation of the Tower Traipsing Troglodytes C venues – C nova, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £8.50—£10.50 Party Paradise in The Vault, 24–30 Aug, £7

Bortle 8 Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £free The Good Doctor Duddingston Kirk Manse Gardens, 12–30 Aug, not 17, 18, 24, 25, £10 Bear Hug Paradise in The Vault, 7–22 Aug, not 16, £6—£7 64 Squares Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £6—£10 Whisky Galore South Leith Parish Church Halls, 13–21 Aug, not 16, £10 Leftovers ZOO, 7–31 Aug, not 12, 18, £6—£8

❤ HHHH

Swallow

Traverse Theatre, 22 Aug, 28 Aug, £20

Darkness Falls – John’s Gospel Palmerston Place Church, 19–21 Aug, £10 Underneath HHH Dance Base, 7–30 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £8—£10

19:35 The Greatest Stories Never Told theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 17–29 Aug, not 23, £7

Maiden: A Recycled Fairy Tale Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 17–29 Aug, not 23, £8

An Audience With Jimmy Savile HH Assembly George Square Studios, 11–22 Aug, £15—£16

Donald Does Dusty Summerhall, 17–30 Aug, not 25, £8—£12

20:00

Phantasmagoria C venues – C nova, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £4.50—£6.50

19:40 One for My Baby theSpace on the Mile, 7–29 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £7

19:45 E15 Gilded Balloon , 16–31 Aug, £8—£10 Nina Simone Black Diva Power New Town Theatre, 6–30 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £7—£14

❤ This Much (or An Act of Violence Towards the Institution of Marriage) HHHH

ZOO, 7–31 Aug, not 16, 24, £5—£9

The Fairmer Wants a Wife Mayfield Salisbury Church, 7–21 Aug, weekdays only, £10

19:50 The Empire Builders C venues – C, 5–18 Aug, £8.50—£10.50

The Litvinenko Project Summerhall, 14–30 Aug, not 20, 27, £5—£10 Filthy Talk for Troubled Times Basic Mountain, Various dates from 8 Aug to 30 Aug, £13 I Am Not Mark Twain Basic Mountain, 19 Aug, £13 Thief Sweet Grassmarket, 6–30 Aug, £10

20:05 Sexmaniac. Anarchist Theatre Only for the Mentally Unhinged theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 17 Aug, 19 Aug, 20 Aug, 21 Aug, 22 Aug, £8 Gods Are Fallen And All Safety Gone Summerhall, 17–29 Aug, not 23, £12

20:10 Stuart Bowden: Wilting in Reverse Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, not 17, 24, £6—£11

20:15

Morro and Jasp Do Puberty Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 17, £5—£10 Faulty Towers The Dining Experience B’est Restaurant, 6–31 Aug, not 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29, £45—£49.50 Toys theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 24–29 Aug, £7 Hula House Zoo Southside, 11–23 Aug, not 17, 18, £7—£13.50 Village Pub Theatre Village Pub Theatre, 16–29 Aug, not 19, 26, £6 Gruesome Playground Injuries HHH Basic Mountain, 12 Aug, 14 Aug, 20 Aug, 23 Aug, 28 Aug, £13

19:55

Fault Lines Basic Mountain, Various dates from 6 Aug to 31 Aug, £free—£13

Phantasmagoria C venues – C nova, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £4.50—£6.50

To Sleep To Dream Summerhall @ Tom Fleming Centre, 27–29 Aug, £15

Swing By Around 8 C venues – C nova, 5–18 Aug, £8.50—£10.50 Kissed the Girls and Made Them Cry Church Hill Theatre, 19 Aug, £5 Willie and Sebastian Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 17, £6—£14 Comfort Slaves New Town Theatre, 6–30 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £7—£10 A Study on the Stillness of Love Zoo Southside, 7–22 Aug, £5—£9 Threesome C venues – C nova, 19–31 Aug, £8.50—£10.50 Anon(ymous) Church Hill Theatre, 18 Aug, £5 Troublesome People by Jill Haas Quaker Meeting House, 10–29 Aug, not 16, 23, £9.50—£12

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Mornings at 11:45 Pleasance Courtyard Heart of Darkness SpaceTriplex, 7–29 Aug, not 9, 23, £8 Invisible City Venue 13, 8–29 Aug, not 17, 24, £8

20:20 Charlie and the Philosorappers Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 6–29 Aug, not 18, £6—£10

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The Bastard Queen! theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 7–29 Aug, not 16, 23, £10

Picasso Stole the Mona Lisa C venues – C nova, 16–31 Aug, £8.50—£10.50

Letters to Aberlour Just Festival at Central Hall, 7–31 Aug, not 17, £12

Distinguished Gentlemen (But Really Just a Couple of ***ts) theSpace on the Mile, 7–29 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £9—£11

Dearly Beloved theSpace on Niddry St, 7–29 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £5—£7.50

20:55

Vagabonds: My Phil Lynott Odyssey ZOO, 7–31 Aug, not 19, £6—£10

20:45

To Kill a Machine ZOO, 7–31 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £6—£9

Flight Lessons theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 7–22 Aug, not 9, 16, £8

Tripped C venues – C south, 6–31 Aug, £8.50—£10.50

❤ Happy Birthday Without You HHHH Roundabout @ Summerhall, 7–30 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £8—£12

Bakersfield Mist The Royal Scots Club, 17–22 Aug, £12 Rhapsody In Green by Mike Maran Valvona & Crolla, 11 Aug, 28 Aug, £12 A Divine Comedy Valvona & Crolla, 14 Aug, 19 Aug, 22 Aug, £15

International Stud C venues – C cubed, 6–31 Aug, £9.50—£11.50 Butterfly Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 8–29 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £12

Heartlands Sweet Grassmarket, 6–30 Aug, not 12, 19, 26, £8

Loot C venues – C, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £9.50—£11.50

Munch Underbelly Med Quad, 5–31 Aug, not 19, £7—£10

The Long Road to Mrs MacIntyre’s Mrs MacIntyre’s Coffee House, 10–31 Aug, £7

Coughing Sheep Just the Tonic at the Caves (Salvation Rooms), 6–29 Aug, not 18, 24, £free

On Track Summerhall, Various dates from 8 Aug to 30 Aug, £10

Elysium Fields Greenside @ Royal Terrace, 17–22 Aug, £8

20:25 The Hobbit Church Hill Theatre, 17 Aug, 20 Aug, £5 Submarine theSpace on Niddry St, 7–29 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £7.50 Jethro Compton presents Sirenia C venues – C nova, 5–31 Aug, not 28, £11.50—£13.50

❤ Antiwords HHHH Summerhall, 10–30 Aug, not 17, 24, £12

20:30 Katie O’Kelly’s Counter Culture Just Festival at St John’s , 7–30 Aug, not 8, 17, 24, £12

21:10

Trainspotting Assembly George Square Studios, 5–31 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £10—£15

Roughs (for Radio) C venues – C nova, 5–31 Aug, £9.50—£11.50

Pardon / In Cuffs Traverse Theatre, 7 Aug, 13 Aug, 19 Aug, 25 Aug, 30 Aug, £18

Past Glories Paradise in The Vault, 24–26 Aug, £6

Mistaken: A Quartet of Plays for One Actor C venues – C nova, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £9.50—£11.50

The Rules: Sex, Lies and Serial Killers theSpace on the Mile, 24–29 Aug, £8—£9

Bill Hicks: Dark Poet Just the Tonic at The Caves, 10–23 Aug, not 18, £5

20:35

Patriots Paradise in The Vault, 8–22 Aug, not 16, £8

20:40 Sing for Your Life Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, £6—£12

21:00 Atomkraft Summerhall, 24–28 Aug, £10

❤ A Gambler’s Guide to Dying HHHH Traverse Theatre, 6 Aug, 12 Aug, 18 Aug, 23 Aug, 29 Aug, £12—£18

Uttoradhikaar (The Inheritance) Spotlites, 28–31 Aug, £10 Crash HHH Traverse Theatre, 22 Aug, 28 Aug, £18

❤ The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven HHHH

20:50 Penny Arcade: Longing Lasts Longer HHH Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, not 17, 24, £6—£12 That Deadly Noir Magic Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 17–29 Aug, not 23, £8—£12

Listings

White Poppies Paradise in The Vault, 27–30 Aug, £6

❤ Where Do Little Birds Go? HHHH Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£11

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Summerhall @ Artspace at St Mark’s, 23 Aug, £15

❤ Fake It ‘til You Make It HHHH Traverse Theatre, 9 Aug, 21 Aug, 27 Aug, £18 21:05 No Exit? theSpace @ Venue45, 17–29 Aug, not 23, £12

Radical urban circus where street meets elite

HP Lovecraft’s The Statement of Randolph Carter theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 24–29 Aug, £8

Jekyll C venues – C, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £9.50—£11.50 Padraig Potts’ Guide to Walking Spotlites, 6–31 Aug, £8.50 Jethro Compton’s Frontier Trilogy: The Clock Strikes Noon C venues – C nova, 5–31 Aug, £11.50—£13.50 The Wendy House Trilogy: Edmund Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 17–22 Aug, £10

The Emperor of America C venues – C too, 6–31 Aug, not 18, £9.50—£11.50 Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour Traverse Theatre, 25 Aug, 30 Aug, £20 In Case We Disappear – Free Laughing Horse @ Moriarty’s, 6–30 Aug, not 12, 20, £free The Sacred Obscene SpaceTriplex, 7–22 Aug, not 9, 16, £8

21:20 Punk Rock by Simon Stephens theSpace on the Mile, 24–29 Aug, £8

21:25 Five Feet in Front (The Ballad of Little Johnnie Wylo) HHH Northern Stage at Summerhall, 8–30 Aug, not 12, 19, 26, £8—£10

21:30

The Wendy House Trilogy: Peter Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 24–29 Aug, £10

The Remnants: Threadbare C venues – C nova, 5–31 Aug, not 17, £9.50—£11.50

21:15

❤ The Christians HHHH

The Temptation of St Anthony Summerhall, 13–30 Aug, not 24, £7—£12

Traverse Theatre, 20 Aug, 26 Aug, £20

Tomorrow Traverse Theatre, 21 Aug, 27 Aug, £20

❤ How to Keep an Alien HHHH Traverse Theatre, 20 Aug, 26 Aug, £18

Love and Money theSpace on the Mile, 18–20 Aug, £6 The Long Road to Mrs MacIntyre’s Mrs MacIntyre’s Coffee House, 10–31 Aug, not 12, 13, £7

RAZ by Jim Cartwright The Guardian (9/8/2015)

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Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour Traverse Theatre, 19 Aug, £20

ErictheFred Assembly Roxy, 8–30 Aug, not 12, 17, 24, £7—£12

Police Cops Zoo Southside, 7–31 Aug, not 19, 26, £6—£10

❤ Swallow HHHH

❤ S.E.N HHHH Bedlam Theatre, 5–30 Aug, not 18, £9

Janis Joplin: Full Tilt The Queen’s Hall, Various dates from 24 Aug to 30 Aug, £12

❤ Now Listen to Me Very Carefully HHHH

Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 16, £6—£9

Bette Midler... and Me Gilded Balloon , 6–31 Aug, £5—£12

❤ IamI HHHH Venue 13, 8–29 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £8

21:35 Free for All theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 17–29 Aug, not 23, £10 slut (r)evolution (no one gets there overnight) Sweet Grassmarket, 6–30 Aug, not 12, 18, 25, £8.50

21:40 After We Danced theSpace on the Mile, 7–22 Aug, not 9, 16, £5—£9 The Turn of the Screw Assembly Hall, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£11

21:45 Normal is an Illusion theSpace on the Mile, 25–29 Aug, £7

Traverse Theatre, 23 Aug, 29 Aug, £20

21:50 The Rules: Sex, Lies and Serial Killers theSpace on the Mile, 7–22 Aug, not 9, 16, £8—£9 The Star Rover Spotlites, 6–22 Aug, £5—£8

21:55 The Last Kill Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 7–29 Aug, not 16, 23, £5—£10 The Ascension of Mrs Leech Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 7–29 Aug, not 16, 23, £free

22:00 A Midsummer Night’s Dream theSpace on Niddry St, 7–29 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £7—£8 Hula House Zoo Southside, 12–23 Aug, not 17, 18, £13.50

❤ Swallow HHHH Traverse Theatre, 18 Aug, £20

Today is My 100th Birthday or The Disappearance of Ubu Roi Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 17–22 Aug, £7 Near Gone Summerhall, 25–29 Aug, £10

Scott Smith: Wonders at Dusk The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, Various dates from 6 Aug to 31 Aug, £7—£12 A Girl is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride Traverse Theatre, 22 Aug, 28 Aug, £20

22:05 Daze of My Life Paradise in The Vault, 20 Aug, £6 Beautiful, Terrifying, Love Paradise in The Vault, 21 Aug, £6 Madame Wu’s Reprieve Paradise in The Vault, 17 Aug, 19 Aug, £6 Dancing with Crazies Paradise in The Vault, 18 Aug, £6 La Ronde C venues – C nova, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £8.50—£10.50

22:10 Mwathirika C venues – C, 15–31 Aug, £9.50—£11.50 Titus Andronicus theSpace @ Venue45, 13–22 Aug, not 16, £8—£9.50

22:15 Indie as F*ck theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 25–29 Aug, £7 Fiesta de los Muertos theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 7–22 Aug, not 9, 16, £6.50—£12.50 The Main Yvette theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 25–29 Aug, £8

Blake Remixed Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–29 Aug, not 19, £6—£10 Over There Paradise in Augustines, 17–22 Aug, £3.50

22:20 Ozymandias theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 7–22 Aug, not 9, 16, £5—£7

Comfort Slaves New Town Theatre, Various dates from 7 Aug to 29 Aug, £7—£10

I Went To A Fabulous Party... C venues – C too, 6–30 Aug, not 12, 19, 26, £11.50—£13.50

22:45

22:30

Fourth Monkey’s Grimm Tales: The Bloody Countess SpaceTriplex, 7–29 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £8—£12

Jethro Compton’s Frontier Trilogy: The Rattlesnake’s Kiss C venues – C nova, 5–31 Aug, £11.50—£13.50 Showbiz, or, Repeat Until Funny artSpace@StMarks, 11–29 Aug, not 16, 17, 23, 24, £10

Here Is the News from Over There (Over There Is the News from Here) – A Borderless Twitter Ballad Fresh from the Middle East Northern Stage at Summerhall, 8–29 Aug, not 12, 19, 26, £10—£12

22:40

I Got Dressed in Front of My Nephew Today ZOO, Various dates from 23 Aug to 30 Aug, £9

23:15

#Realiti theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 24–29 Aug, £10

If Only Diana Were Queer Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 17–29 Aug, not 23, £8.50

Glitter and Tears theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 7–22 Aug, not 9, 16, £6—£7

22:50

Lungs Roundabout @ Summerhall, 24 Aug, 26 Aug, 28 Aug, 30 Aug, £15—£17

Richard Parker C venues – C nova, 5–31 Aug, £8.50—£10.50

Satan Speaks: ‘Why I Don’t Exist’ A TED-ish Talk Gilded Balloon , 6–23 Aug, £5—£11

22:55

The Great Downhill Journey of Little Tommy Summerhall, 8–30 Aug, not 11, 18, 19, £10 The Fabulous Punch and Judy Show Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 6–29 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free war war brand war Paradise in The Vault, 17–30 Aug, not 23, £6—£8

Angry Sweet Grassmarket, 17–23 Aug, £7

❤ Weekend Rockstars HHHH Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£10

Am I Dead Yet? Traverse Theatre, 18–30 Aug, not 20, 24, 26, £12—£18 Oddity Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 6–27 Aug, not 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, £free Daniel Sinclair Laughing Horse @ The Cellar Monkey, 6–29 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £free

23:30

23:00

Pussy Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 6–19 Aug, £free

Night Just Before the Forests Spotlites, 16–22 Aug, £10—£12

Am I Dead Yet? Traverse Theatre, 20 Aug, 26 Aug, £18

23:10

23:55

Forever House Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 17–22 Aug, £7

The Furies Summerhall, 24–28 Aug, £12

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