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Endlessly creative, and ready to take risks, Lou Sanders opens up

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The comedian as the lone artist? What a load of nonsense! Red pens are go

26 Phil Kay: Laugh & Death He’s the local comic gift that keeps on giving – for the 27th Fringe

29 Baby Wants Candy And you want improvised musical with a funky house band

Theatre 45 Water on Mars Prepare to be wowed by extraordinary juggling in an old church

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Kids 62 Kid Critics Our team of young guns give their take on the Amazing Scene Machine and Children are Stinky


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1 Last Dance with my Father Laughing Horse@Espionage 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Brunch at Foundry 39 39a Queensferry Street 11:00am

Starting the day late, as is customary after a late Fringe night, Foundry 39 have you covered. Brunch is served until noon during the week and 2pm at the weekend. They will satisfy all your breakfast needs, from Turkish eggs to salt beef bubble and squeak to brown butter pancakes, which can all be washed down with a Bloody Mary to set you up for another day of Fringe madness.

Njambi McGrath gives us an hour of confessional comedy offering up a harrowing account of the abuse she suffered at the hands of her father. Although this forms the backbone of her show, it is interspersed with punchy one-liners and sharp jokes, all delivered with an impressively light tone.

Infinity Pool: A Modern Retelling of Madame Bovary Bedlam Theatre 4:35pm – 5:35pm

Next up is award-winning writer Bea Roberts’ reinterpretation of Gustave Flaubert’s novel. With only a vague similarity to this classic, central character Emma Barnicott is yearning to escape a life of grey, corporate mediocrity in the mundane world of a trading estate office.


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This genre-bending piece of work is incredible in its delivery of the themes of sex and dating in a truly unfamiliar and spontaneous fashion. A deadpan dance duo, as technically skilful as they are funny, combine modern dance, storytelling, clowning and physical theatre into a refreshingly honest piece of art.

What starts off as a somewhat uncomfortable one-to-one experience, F. K. Alexander’s repetitive performance of Judy Garland’s famous song soon becomes an enthralling meditation on the act of immortalising iconic art.

A late bite at Kampong Ah Lee 28 Clerk Street 9:30pm

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Lou Sanders: Sweet Mystery A nonconformist in everything she does, Lou Sanders gives Jay Richardson the tiniest of clues as to how she got that way


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f I was a boy, a male comedian, people would want to cook a nice dinner for me and look after me,” Lou Sanders blurts. “No, wait, I don’t think that’s true actually.” Intermittently forthright, then guarded, the quirky standup hates telephone interviews because she tends to overshare, adding that she’s usually telling the truth. “Nobody wants to read that though...” she tails off momentarily, a little enigmatic, a little coy. Sniffing a potential whiff of scandal after hearing allusions to heartbreak, criminality and even teetotality in her Fringe show, I nevertheless come to realise that the only dirty laundry being aired today is currently getting dragged, wretchedly, from Sanders’ washing machine as she speaks to me. “More stained than when it went in!” she laments. The lottery of Edinburgh accommodation, now that’s a scandal, we agree. “I like to retain a sweet bit of mystery,” she continues in the sing-song style of her naif-like, only occasionally jaded stage persona – a self-indulged princess who’s perhaps kissed one too many frogs. “The comedy I do is very silly, so I think it’s enough to just hint at the stuff that makes you who you are, that has contributed to your personality now or when you were younger.” She isn’t overt in expressing her “passionate” political views. “I’m not going to bang on about that kind of thing, even though I love and respect the comics that can do it because it’s a great skill,” she says. “When I sing a song with a vagina on a stick, and I’m saying, I’m from Africa, it sounds stupid. But there is a message there if you know where to look”. She cracks up. “I think I say quite a lot by saying a little.” This mock arrogance, a mix of superiority and vulnerability that defines just about all of her utterances on stage is “always funny,” she maintains. “To be like, ‘Yeah, I know I’m a big deal’, especially in a small room. It would maybe be less funny if you were doing Live at the Apollo.” While she doesn’t think the past is especially formative in shaping personality, Sanders is offering a glimpse into her childhood with her show this year, and perhaps, the triumphant roots of her nonconformity as a performer. She concedes that even in those days, “I kind of liked attention,” but that her ballet classes and insensitive brother were simultaneously undermining her confidence. “He said I’d got a massive arse,” she gently discloses. “And it does stick

out! Certainly, it wasn’t the fashion at the time. “I’ve always wanted to tell that leotard story because I think it’s funny. But it wasn’t a conscious decision to say something about myself. I wouldn’t say anything I do is a conscious decision.” She backtracks. “Actually, that’s not true. You say something in a conversation and suddenly it’s in print, confronting you. Still, I don’t think that was a conscious decision. Oh dear!”

If you try to recreate that wonderful magic, you’ll lose something. If you’re still chasing last night, you’re not in the moment of tonight Called What’s That Lady Doing? after an audience member’s bewildered response to one of her previous hours—“fair point” she acknowledges—the night I saw it featured her being flirtatious, nay, sexually aggressive in directing her youthful technician, an enjoyably one-sided exchange that didn’t feel like pre-prepared material. “No, it’s not,” she confirms. “I like to keep about eight to ten per cent improvised. But I’ll do it again if a similar situation arises. Sometimes you introduce stuff and it stays in. I’ve got quite a few lines that were improvised one night and then kept in.” She enthuses about Liars’ Club, the improv show that she’s simultaneously running with Vanessa Hammick – “the way it uses a different part of your brain.” Still, she doesn’t like the idea of introducing anything from these improvisations into her solo shows. I’m a bit of a purist like that,” she explains. “I like to keep my two babies at arms length.” When an ad-libbed episode like the tech intimidation occurs, people invariably tell her “oh, you should do that every night” she reflects. “But if you try to recreate that wonderful magic, you’ll lose something. If you’re still chasing last night, you’re not in the moment of tonight. And Colin’s not my tech every night.” As the festival progresses and she beds the show in properly, Sanders anticipates growing more confident in taking risks with it. And she’s already looking forward to her next ventures: gigs in Los


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Angeles with Aisling Bea; a short film with Tom Rosenthal, Nick Helm and Sheila Reid in which she plays an annoying, Amélie-type florist that’s shooting in October; and a feature film for next year that she’s working on with comedy writer Hannah George about female travellers, which she describes as a “backpacking Bridesmaids”. With all this in development, she finds herself “at the most exciting phase” of making comedy. “When I think of something and wonder if I can convey it properly to an audience, will they find it as funny?” Before it’s compromised by others? I ask. “The room in my head is such a safe space,” she concludes. SHOW: VENUE: TIME:

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They’re invisible to audiences, but behind many of the funniest Fringe shows is a great comedy director. Ben Williams meets four of those working behind the scenes directing jokes: Phil Nichol, Tom Parry, Vicky Jones and Hardeep Singh Kohli

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f there’s one comedian who understands the importance of a director, it’s festival veteran Phil Nichol. Not only has the Edinburgh Comedy Award-winning standup directed dozens of comics’ Fringe hours, this year Nichol realised the value of direction the hard way… “I’m performing my 20th solo show, which is a collection of the best bits from the other 19 solo hours,” he explains. “Because it’s a ‘best of’ I foolishly thought I don’t need a director. But now I’ve realised it’s actually the show I need a director for the most. Fuck!” Lucie Pohl, Kirsty Newton, Patrick Monahan and Addy van der Borgh didn’t make that same mistake. They all asked Nichol to direct their 2016 Edinburgh shows months ago, to act as a behind-the-scenes ‘comedy physician’, as Nichol puts it, and help “better enable the performance”. As comedy performers get ever more ambitious and innovative, collaborating with a director is becoming more and more the norm. Heck, even I—the writer of this humble article—have directed a comedy show at this year’s festival (Sunil Patel: Juicer, 2:30pm at the Cellar Monkey – go see) But what does a director of a comedy show actually do? Aren’t standups just up on stage being funny? “When you’re directing an Edinburgh show your role changes a lot,” says Tom Parry of sketch troupe Pappy’s. “You’re a therapist, you’re a cheerleader, you’re a tactician, you’re an analyst… It’s many different roles to help them get through.” Parry’s directing four shows this year: three sketch acts—Max & Ivan, BEASTS and Birthday Girls—and theatre company Sleeping Trees, who are crossing over into comedy. So what makes comedy directing different from theatre? “I think it’s about ownership,” says Parry. “With theatre, as a director it can be your version of the play. But with comedy, it’s the performer’s show and they have to feel like they have complete ownership over everything – it has to be theirs.” Vicky Jones has tonnes of theatre directing experience, including the smash-hit Fleabag and shows at Trafalgar Studios and Hampstead Theatre. But she hadn’t worked on comedy shows until her friend Robert Cawsey approached her to direct his alter ego, Simon Slack. “I really ran with the idea,” says Jones, “but I had to let go a lot, because he had these brilliant gags and I’d say, ‘But that doesn’t fit’. So, for me, it’s been about holding back my judgment, especially on his ideas, and then realising they do work. It’s been an exciting realisation for both of us that we can make something

that’s in between drama and comedy.” Hardeep Singh Kohli is more than directing character comic Maddy Anholt’s show Rent Girl – he’s co-written it too. Like Nichol, he found the value of direction through being directed himself. “For my first shows, because I’d been a director for 30 years— albeit mostly documentaries—I thought: ‘What the fuck do I need a director for?’ But, Jesus Christ, the difference he made! What you really want a director to be is someone who’s genuinely an external pair of eyes, so they can ask the hard questions. For me, it’s not about money, it’s a passion. Plus you’re much more likely to get a shag by saying, ‘I’m the director of a show’ than saying, ‘I’m in a show’. I thought it was important to say that.”

“When you’re directing an Edinburgh show your role changes a lot. You’re a therapist, you’re a cheerleader, you’re a tactician, you’re an analyst.” – Tom Parry Despite the, er, apparent sexual advantages, being a comedy director comes with little reward or praise. As Kohli says, it’s not about cash or plaudits, and these four directors all have another thing in common: they’re all working with friends. Does that make having hard talks or giving truly honest opinions more difficult? “It helps when you’re mates, I think,” says Parry. “You can say, ‘That bit isn’t working’. That’s an easy note to give. What’s more difficult is to give the note, ‘I hate that joke’. If there’s something I really don’t like, I say, ‘Make it essential to the show so we can’t cut it. If you love it, fight for it, because then that’ll make it better’.” Nichol says most people he works with want him to be totally honest. “They know I don’t have an agenda. I’m not a critic, I’m a director. I have ideas, but it’s their show. In a standup hour, if it’s really good you don’t see the director in it, because you’re too busy focusing on the verse. It sounds cheesy, but it’s true.”


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Everyone around this table agrees that that’s the mark of a well-directed comedy show. Whatever approach or tactics used to make it as engrossing or funny as possible, the director should be hidden inside the work and the audience should never know they exist. But even though it’s the performer being reviewed and critiqued, that doesn’t stop the director feeling responsible. “If the shows come here and there are things in it that are shit, there’s a part of me that thinks, ‘Why have I allowed that to happen?’” says Kohli. “And if they get nasty reviews, I think, ‘I missed something, I didn’t collaborate properly’,” adds Nichol.

No matter what happens, both performers and directors have to absolutely love the show. But more importantly, the director has to love who they’re directing. As Jones says: “You’re holding them up. Your name isn’t going to be the biggest thing about the show, so you have to believe in them, regardless of their self-doubt or what goes wrong. Always think of them as being brilliant geniuses and tell them that everything’s going to be okay. That way, if it’s only you and that person in the venue and nobody else has come, you still love them and there are bits that you still laugh at, genuinely. That’s ultimately what you need.”


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There’s no “wrong moves” in circus, say the Gravity & Other Myths gang. George Sully meets some extraordinary acrobats, and puts that philosophy to the test

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here’s a girl standing on my shoulders, and I’m okay with it. In fact, she’s balancing so well it’s like she’s not even there. It’s Friday lunchtime, and I’m warming up with Australian circus rascals Gravity & Other Myths (GOM). Unfortunately, despite my childhood dreams, I won’t be performing with them in A Simple Space, which they’ve been touring and perfecting over the past three years. Instead, I’m backstage at the Underbelly before the show, to stretch, balance, flip and talk about their place in contemporary circus. What becomes immediately clear is how little separates their training and their live show. Certainly, there’s more of a structure to what audiences come to see, and a clear element of theatrics, but when you see A Simple Space there’s a sense that you’re just watching eight friends goof around. And hanging out with the troupe as they prepare, there’s just as much competitive play, teamwork and giggles as they project on stage. “That’s how the show was made,” confirms Jacob

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‘Jake’ Randell, sporting a big grin while stretching his hamstrings. “It was actually made with the idea of going, ‘Let’s try and show the audience what training’s like, what we do behind the scenes’. We just jam out, we play games with each other.” Jamming, like a band? There’s a chorus of “yep”s. “Circus jam!” shouts Randell, and everyone chuckles. The games are hugely entertaining, often involving one-upmanship, escalation and endurance – and sometimes their faces seem to say, “Dude, are you serious?”, as if this time they’re pushing it too far. But they pull it off, day in, day out. So who’s the choreographer? A few of the guys— some standing on each other’s backs—exchange knowing glances, before Randell continues: “Eight brains. Eight people on the floor, talking to each other, saying, ‘I reckon this’ll kinda go well’, and ‘Naaah, what about...’ It’s a gruelling process, but the outcome, the actual result, will be a spectacular thing, because everyone agrees, everyone has something they really want in the show.”


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“You end up with a lot more ownership of the work, as a whole team, collectively,” adds Lachlan ‘Lachy’ Binns, rolling his leg on a curiously textured tube foam. This total lack of ‘outsourcing’ any aspect of their performance (they even manage their own lighting, by hand, during the show) creates a refreshingly intimate link between the acrobats and the audience, an emerging trait of shows from that continent. “Australian circus has a very unique style in that it’s very real,” explains Jascha Boyce, one of the troupe’s two women, as she prepares to be thrown across the room. “It’s a style that doesn’t come up that much around the world. A lot of contemporary new circus focuses on story and character; Australian circus does that a little bit, but also there’s a real connection that performers have with audiences.” While there’s a place for the enchanting narratives and wide-eyed dramatics of international circus companies like Les 7 Doigts De La Main and Flip FabriQue, however well-sketched the bonds between those performers might be, nothing comes close to the genuine, conspicuous friendships of the GOM team. “We’d like audiences to experience the joy we experience when we do this,” Binns expands. “We’ve been doing it for so long—a lot of us have been friends for 15 years now—and we do it because we love it. It’s a job now, and it pays, and it’s credible work, but really we were doing it long before we got paid.” In between my questions, the guys zip feedback on tricks across the room, tiny packets of jargon, and it’s electrifying. Everyone is open and understanding, and there’s a naturally democratic method to their workshopping, free of ego, that feels woven into the fabric of their art. Binns waxes philosophical on the value of circus, casually working a Rubik’s Cube. “Maybe it’s the ability to take risks in safe ways, and trust your friends and your peers to support you and help you out.” He means support emotionally, I think, although there’s now a guy standing on my head, so it could well be literal. “Growing up, it was really good for confidence and cooperation and all that kind of empowerment stuff,” he continues. “We teach workshops as well back home: corporate team-building workshops, workshops for kids, workshops for school groups, holiday programmes, everyday classes. It’s amazing to see a group of people come into a room, and they’re a bit reserved and shy and not really moving around that much, and you get them moving, get them playing with each other, get ‘em catching each

other, throwing each other, climbing all over each other, and then when they leave they’re beaming and moving and touching each other. It gets you comfortable with other people, helps you trust, helps you take risks.” This extends to the wider circus community. “People getting into theatre have such a hard time cracking into the industry, whereas circus is a little bit more supportive, a bit more of a family. If I travel the world as a circus performer, I’ve got friends everywhere.” While seven of the team rehearse a couple of routines—and throw a backflip or two for good measure—one is sat at his drum pads, tapping out quiet percussion in the background. This is Elliot ‘EZ’ Zoerner, the troupe’s resident beatmaker. Unlike the majority of circus shows, which use prerecorded backing tracks, A Simple Space is propelled by gripping live percussion and loops. “This whole show is very DIY, so it would be weird to have prerecorded music and somebody else controlling that from the sound booth,” says Zoerner. It elevates the show to something cohesive and dynamic. “Every day there are a few mistakes; sometimes it’ll be the acrobats that catch up with the music and then sometimes I might have to add an extra couple of bars here and improvise a little bit.” Circus is, inherently, a free-form and experimental discipline. It’s that freedom that first appealed to the sprightly Lachlan Harper, who first trained as a gymnast. “Gymnastics is really rigid and you have set skills you have to do, whereas circus lets you explore everything you could possibly think of,” he says. “There’s not really a ‘wrong move’ in terms of circus; you can do anything and it’s always fine.” Harper’s a relatively recent addition to the team, while Binns and Schrieber are among GOM’s founding members. They recount their first big break: “We got pretty lucky a couple of years ago,” recalls Binns. “We got this opportunity, most of us were at uni— one massage therapist, these guys were studying engineering, I was doing graphic design—and we all just dropped everything, third year of university.” After touring their debut show Freefall around Australia, they developed A Simple Space with bigger aims, and struck gold. “We made this show and thought, ‘let’s just give it a go, try and do it overseas, see what happens. Maybe it’s the last thing we ever do, maybe it’s the beginning of something good’.” VENUE: TIME: TICKETS:

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Thirty thousand views means sixty thousand eyes; all of them on her body, not one with permission to look. Her older sister wants to stamp on every single one, to feel them burst beneath her feet. That’s the reality of revenge porn. At least, it’s one of them. Charlotte Josephine’s second play—Bitch Boxer won her a Fringe First—shows many sides of its subject: the father who can’t stop looking; the ingénue seeking a confidence boost; the shopper getting cockshots in Sainsbury’s. Each has their own reasons, and their own distinctive voice – and Blush never blames individuals, but it doesn’t excuse them either. Instead, Josephine goes after the system. In New York, an “experience designer” gives a TED Talk: the best ways to boost up your app. The key lies in gamification: reward regular use, keep ‘em coming back. Dopamine does the rest. Onstage, a bell dings out every incoming message. Pavlov’s dogs are alive and well. Through these five interlinked stories—all with real pulse—Josephine builds a multifaceted argument. She shows how social media plays on—preys on—our hang-ups and vanities, and James Turner turns the stage into a photographer’s studio, with Seth Rook Williams’ camera lights giving the actors gloss and glow. But also how safe the virtual world seems – airbrushing reality, easing communication and providing a crowd to hide behind. For all the violence victims feel when they go viral, Josephine makes clear that there’s often no one to blame, no justice to be had and no way of stopping it. Ed Stambollouian’s production finds a similar momentum and, as it speeds up, its stories and characters (Josephine and Daniel Foxsmith double up) start to blur together. They become a mass of people, interchangeable and anonymous, until revenge porn starts to feel like a norm: a fact of life; just one of those things. There’s fury here; fury and shame. If Blush shows people robbed of their identities, Scorch sees theatre wresting one back. Stacey Gregg’s monologue, first seen at the MAC Belfast last year, is inspired by the case of Justine McNally – the young woman who “tricked” another into bed by masquerading as a man. That’s the media version of events, anyway. Gregg proves realities can be more complex. Kes goes by her online avatar’s name, one that feels free enough to fly in. Having met Jules in-game, she sticks with it – first on Skype, then in person, turning up in male clothing. The moment to explain never comes.

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Not that Kes could, if even they wanted to. Still only 17, they’re gender disoriented: not exactly female, but not necessarily trans either. The law doesn’t deal in such vagaries and, when Kes is charged, it’s with sexual assault by penetration and fraud. Fraud. Amy McAllister chews the word over like gum. Its implications go beyond a sentence – three years in prison, six on the sex offenders list. The word defines her, imposes a definition on her: a woman masquerading as a man. Scorch takes its time—or rather lets Kes take their time—allowing complexities and contradictions to coexist. That’s theatre’s greatest asset, and McAllister confides that uncertainty in us at her LGBQT group meetings. Gregg writes with huge understanding for her protagonist, capturing the enormity of teenage emotions, the tumult of emerging identities and the mixed messages sent out by society. How many love stories rely on assumed identities? Why are men in drag funny and women, not? But Scorch levels up on the subject of language; the way words fall short of the world, yet set the terms on which it works. Gregg skewers the contradictions that result, not least a legal system that lets homophobic murderers off lighter than Kes, and insists that gender be disclosed before sex, but not rape convictions or undercover police work.

McAllister’s mesmeric as Kes, rearranging her body from male shapes to female and back, and nattering away all these words. It’s like she’s trying to define herself before our eyes and, with so many selves on show, you realise why the term ‘they’ makes sense. Identity’s more fluid than ever in the online age, and Emma Jordan’s bare-stage production elides the real and virtual worlds with clever lighting and sounds. In Travesty, comedian Liam Williams bodychecks the boy meets girl story. Anna and Ben, typical twentysomethings in a typical twentysomething relationship, are each played by actors of the opposite sex. Lydia Larson slaps Pierro Niel-Mee’s arse as he passes. Niel-Mee longs for Larson to commit. Only, in order to draw attention to gender stereotypes, Travesty replicates them wholesale. Crosscasting flags the clichés—and they’re not without some truth—but it cements the very thing it sets out to subvert. Anna and Ben aren’t people, but amalgams of gender, and since they stand for their sexes, rather than themselves, Williams inadvertently blames gender for everything. It does for drama too. Their relationship is the 'every relationship', from first flush to ‘we’re finished’. Staple irritations grow into regular rows with grinding predictability. In no time at all, it drags.


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Sofie Hagen’s follow-up to last year’s Edinburgh Comedy Newcomer Award-winning show Bubblewrap, Shimmer Shatter is a beautifully heartfelt call to accept yourself as you are, foibles and all. A logical follow-up to last year’s tale of stalking Westlife and other mental health issues, this year’s leaps back and forth between her childhood and last May. Hagen shares the tale of her first marriage, in childhood – to a stick no less, with two girls from school as witnesses and the disturbed family dog. Then to more recent history and how she fell in love with a boy who believed in dragons. As is her style, Hagen shares all – even a handy feminine hygiene tip which is far too much information. But mainly the material stays above the belt largely in discussing her depression, anxiety issues and self worth. It’s a very real and raw confessional and yet Hagen looks deceptively together on stage. She’s calm, collected and smiley – it’s hard to believe she’s talking about the same person. But then, as she notes, on stage is where she feels she most belongs. Here she talks about her useless dad who weaves in—but mostly out—of her life, the life-saving psycho therapy she had as a teenager, taking her ex-boyfriend semi-hostage and her realisation that she might have some control issues. The show is an acknowledgement of her quirks— from the childhood wood husband to her preference for the tight four walls of the toilet at parties—and the acknowledgement that it’s ok to just be yourself rather than someone you feel you should be. Even if that means believing in fantastical reptiles. Heartfelt, uplifting and frank. Zoë Coombs Marr’s Trigger Warning (3 stars) is an intriguingly clever parody: a blend of gender politics, a male comic, a female comic, and a little insight into the Gaulier school of clowning for those who were wondering. Soon the three personae intermingle, become confused. Which one’s the real one? Who knows? Does it matter? This is a fascinating one-woman play with comedy as its subject, rather than a comedy as such. Indeed, the one who tells the most gags is Dave, a macho male comedian who has had to go on a clown course to change direction after the “Feminazis” complained about him. He’s also required to give a trigger warning for anything potentially offensive – which is basically all his punchlines. So off he went to Paris to train with Gaulier. To

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explain, as Coombs Marr does, Gaulier is the French clown with a school where many of the acts coming through the Fringe have trained in recent years, and thus has become something of a running joke within comedy circles. Dave’s “clown” is a “a shit one” – a lesbian called Zoë. Dave meanwhile has been both metaphorically and physically silenced. The macho gags are uncomfortable – they’re meant to be. You reflexively laugh at the sexist comments – they’re ironic, aren’t they? Coombs Marr is in character, isn’t she? Indeed on the night she has a lot of people in the audience who laugh heartily at each of those gags. It’s an effect that is disconcerting, an interesting dichotomy. As these characters crisscross faster and faster, events get a little messy almost losing direction, but nevertheless this is a beguiling, thought-provoking piece of work. In contrast it’s almost impossible to put a star rating on the craziness going on in Beth Vyse as Olive Hands in All Hands To The Pump. Especially as Michael Brunstrom is bravely stepping in as Olive’s son—Jazz Hands— without having seen the show or knowing the script. Never mind. We’ll excuse him brandishing the script. But, hilariously he finds that the action frequently diverges from what’s on the print out, hopelessly shooting the audience a look of “that

wasn’t written here”. But it only really serves to add to the anarchic spirit of the show. We’re in a submarine with leopard print-loving former day-time TV star Olive Hands (Beth Vyse). I can’t recall why, but it doesn’t matter. The aforementioned Brunstrom is her forlorn son, plus they’re joined by a roster of characters so varied you wonder how the hell Vyse thought them up: an octopus with a series of puns for limbs, Jane McDonald’s not-gay daughter, and Paddy McGuinness (not the real one, a funnier fake version). We’re going to North Korea to rescue Olive’s ailing career. Along the way there are red alerts, leopards and a familial revelation. At one point we leave the room singing “leopard print submarine” (to the tune of the song The Beatles let Ringo sing). It’s a risky move as it might allow any bolters to do just that. But we’re all committed – we lost the few bolters at the beginning when first Vyse/Hands appeared missing a shoe and with bra exposed. Amidst the surrealism, Hands is a straight-talking northern matriarch, there’s nothing quite like the sound of calling someone a bellend in a Manchester accent. On this occasion chaos reigns but they get through, the narrative emerges and there’s a discernible ending. Along the way there are plenty of big laughs – it’s exactly the kind of thing the Fringe is about.


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Honk! Felicity Ward is rocking Edinburgh again, this time equipped with a handy iPhone air-horn app that really puts a rocket under the punters at regular intervals. Indeed, she’s an enthusiastic advocate for throwing a bit of air horn into any average day. If you catch some painfully emotive contemporary theatre here that suddenly perks up via a mighty blast of air horn, you know what happened. The energetic Aussie—still outwardly full of beans, despite now residing in chilly, gloomy London— won a lot of new Fringe friends with last year’s unpromisingly-themed show, What if There is No Toilet, the title a reference to her IBS. Testing their mettle, this one sounds pretty grim too, but that death bit only crops up towards the end, so worry not. Although worriers are definitely welcome, as the show is again largely about anxiety,

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and one particular occasion in which she uncovered a method to overcome it and immediately suffered a minor disaster involving, aptly enough, baggage. Anxiety is pretty useful, in moderation: that’s one underlying message. So, yes, 50% More Likely to Die is basically just one long, not spectacularly consequential story, but peppered with a mesmerising array of asides, audience wrangling, physical gags, fascinating family revelations, callbacks, and the occasional horn. It’s a bit like one of Ronnie Corbett’s old monologues, while also being absolutely nothing like one of Ronnie Corbett’s old monologues. Marvellous. If you haven’t seen one of Ward’s long-form shows, you’re missing out on one of the finest standups dashing across comedy stages today. ✏︎ Si Hawkins


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Phil Kay rocking a bus in a wind storm? Well-worth queuing for. Currently living in a caravan outside the family home in Sussex, having been exiled for undisclosed reasons, the eccentric Fifer is on excellent form on his return to Scotland, riffing animatedly inside the intimate confines of the top deck, his lithe expressiveness and bohemian bonhomie ensuring that he holds your attention rapt. A more stable, reflective

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character than during his wilder days, he nevertheless remains delightfully, playfully subversive, an unrepentant rascal sticking it to the system by flouting Wimbledon’s ticketing procedures, or sneaking, spy-like, into the latest James Bond film without paying. As with his tribute to the late Muhammad Ali, adopting his famous shuffle for all manner of everyday social encounters, it’s his physical articulacy and the charismatic force of his storytelling that fully immerses you into the unlikely situations he describes. The Bond tale is even gripping, with Kay really playing up the jeopardy of eluding uninterested students on part-time jobs. Most of the show though is given over to the death of his mother. Leaving you in no doubt as to his closeness to and love for the

an abusive father, maintaining a disarmingly light tone even as she catalogues the brutalities she once endured. This is a story of survival, understanding and forgiveness, yet for all its autobiographical detail, the show is an outward looking affair. It condemns western imperialism and challenges our perceptions of Africa and its people. McGrath mines her own experience to address broad issues such as human rights and oppression. She reminds us that colonial powers have never attoned for the bleak situations imposed upon foreign nations, and addresses the Brexit vote from the perspective of an assimilated outsider. For all her serious pointmaking, McGrath’s performence displays a breezy, silly streak. A routine criticising Malala Yousafzai raises some valid points, but ultimately sates an apparently compulsive desire to cross lines and tip sacred cows. ✏︎ Lewis Porteous

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woman, he’s nevertheless richly amusing on her faults and the genetic strains of unpredictability he’s inherited from her. Rare indeed is the tale of taking crack on a Megabus that manages to be both tender, poignant and fitfully hilarious, but this is a fond farewell from a comic in touch with the deepest wellsprings of his humanity. ✏︎ Jay Richardson


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This is what proper improv looks like. There isn’t anything wrong, per se, with the crop of student improvisers sharpening their extracurricular tools at the Fringe. There’s certainly enjoyment in seeing laid bare the spinning cogs of quick young minds feeling for the warp and weft of comedy.

But London improv ‘school’ The Free Association have clearly graduated from this elementary stage. In as much as the UK has an equivalent to the professionalised improv of Chicago’s Second City or Upright Citizens Brigade, the FA are it. Perhaps more than anything, there’s a sense that this set of skilled improvisers have the audience in safe hands. The lineup changes nightly, but tonight’s troupe—Graham Dickson, Mike Orton-Toliver, Briony Redman, David Elms, Jon Broke, Alison TheaSkot and Naomi Petersen—are snappy and confident all. There’s a neat structure to the flights of invention: each set sees a special guest from outside the FA kick

things off with an extempore monologue upon which the pros then riff. “Shit, improvisation is hard!” giggles Spencer Jones tonight. It’s a nice contrast, and the surreal fumbling Jones dashes off is no less fun than the assured theatrics that the team then develop. And now for the small print. Improv has to be judged on its own merit, and I’m contractually obliged to employ at some point the phrase “mixed bag”. The team benefit tonight from a Saturday night audience primed to laugh at the mere sight of someone being headbutted in the fanny (erm, you had to be there). Some skits work better than others. That’s the game. The FA just play it in a better league than most. ✏︎ Evan Beswick

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Having proven a hit with audiences over the past several years and seen cast members Joseph Morpurgo, Cariad Lloyd and Rachel Parris emerge as award-nominated critics’ darlings, eyes are on the Austentatious improv troupe to spawn another talented breakout. Step forward Daniel Nils Roberts, whose debut solo hour proves a compelling proposition in his own right. The star’s frequent, half-hearted costume changes lend his character comedy a steady, metronomic rhythm, the same soundtrack and video footage accompanying his

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departures from the stage. These aren’t flashy exercises in audiovisuals. Instead, they contribute to a slow-building sense of momentum in much the same way Roberts’ subtly leftfield turns of phrase achieve a devastatingly funny accumulative effect. True to his background in improvisation, Roberts’ routines mine as many laughs from their premises as can likely be found, delving into areas that lesser comedians would skim over. Honey’s highlight, a deranged lecture from

an army chef, proceeds in this manner, ticking off every conceivable military pun before drawing to an exhausted close. It’s also perhaps the most committed Roberts is to any of his characters, the comic delivering his material with aggressive conviction. With this moment of intensity a one-off, the show’s presentation could be accused of being too polite overall. However, his is as strong as debuts come and Roberts will surely grow in confidence with time. ✏︎ Lewis Porteous


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At times it seems as though Ahir Shah is more intent on rallying support for his partisan cause than making people laugh, but he manages to do both, so it’s fine. Machines is a caustic triumph, sure to gain him fans if not political disciples. Operating on a breathless thread of frustration throughout, his hoarse voice (an audience member’s glass of water is even sacrificed for his greater good) only adds to the irked tone of proceedings. Targets of his polemic include: left-wing people, right-wing people, and humanity’s refusal to embrace solar power.

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You know this story; you’ve heard it a million times before. There’s always a body, murdered. There’s always a dame with lethal looks. The suspects are always omnipresent meditation gurus and symmetrical osteopaths. And there’s always a Gaviscon-swigging children’s illus-

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As a British-Indian he also offers an insightful perspective on immigration. Truthfully he deserves a place on the mainstream circuit and, with no disrespect meant, a dingy Cabaret Voltaire basement in the Free Fringe feels like a betrayal of his talents. The jokes are embedded into a philosophical thesis rather than the other way round, and even if this theory of everything gets a bit muddled, there’s no confusion when it comes to the punchlines. Even his most smugly-stated views are always countenanced by a self-aware caveat. Or just a cheeky wink.  It’s easy to see him moving on to bigger things in the near future, but for now his show remains a passionate, searingly witty catharsis of everything that bothers him about the world. That’s as focused a conclusion you can get from his ranting, but it doesn’t really matter when he’s got lines like, “I’ve got an Indian father and a Peshwari nan”. ✏︎ Matthew Sharpe

trator stuck in the middle, forced to draw it all together. Actually, no, scratch that. You haven’t heard anything like this before. Henry Paker (BBC Radio 4, Russell Howard’s Good News) dresses up his story like a Humphrey Bogart film, but his voyage into the dark heart of West London is joyously stupid and stupidly joyous.  Paker has Eddie Izzard’s eye for mixing the surreal with the middle-class mundane (murdered life coaches, binge-drinking pink heartburn medicine) but the great innovation is plot. Rather than an aimless flight of fancy, Paker has grafted his gags onto the rudiments of a murder mystery. It’s less Film

Noir than Film Rosé, but gives proceedings a structure that many surreal shows lack. The actual resolution of who did what to whom is irrelevant (in fact Paker seems to spot some plot holes while on stage) but as a framework it means the strange jokes never get stale. It’s not quite parody—although if you squint there are shades of The Naked Gun and Dirk Gently—but even as things get truly weird, there is still a base level of genre to subvert. It shouldn’t work this well, but the result left me delirious. Whatever Paker’s knocking back on stage, it’s something stronger than Gaviscon. ✏︎ Jonathan Holmes


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“Donald Trump goes to Hogwarts!” hollers a terribly excited woman somewhere deep in this large, packed room, who clearly came prepared. And we’re off, following fresher Ivanka Trump all the way to Harry, Ron and Hermione’s old manor, where Donald has apparently swooped in like an amber-wigged vulture and is preparing to turn the whole place into luxury apartments. Harry Potter on stage: now there’s an idea. This North American troupe has become quite an institution at the Fringe, partly due to the free sweets their people enthusiastically proffer around George Square, but chiefly because their show is an absolute blast. BWC’s USP is their funky-looking onstage live band, who add a bit of beef for the other half of the audience who wouldn’t normally go to a musical for all the candy in America. The singing is across-the-board impressive, which helps when the gags fail to fully materialise, or half the people on stage have only a tenuous knowledge of the subject matter, which is the case on this particular evening; but then that’s the fun of improv, if the performers are confident enough to surf that unpredictable wave. And this bunch certainly is. On an early show of hands it’s clear that most of this audience have seen Baby Wants Candy before. It's a built-in benefit of the new-show-every-time model: fans will often return regularly during the same Fringe. One guy in the front row is visibly jumping up and down in his seat with the thrill of it all. You wouldn’t be surprised if he came every night. ✏︎ Si Hawkins

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Consider him on a joke-by-joke basis and Adam Kay is a master craftsman. His anecdotes are told with economy and precision, while the song parodies for which he’s best known surprise and never outstay their welcome. In Fingering A Minor on the Piano, however, these riches amount to a tonally and structurally disjointed whole. A former obstetrician and gynaecologist, Kay has been out

of the profession for so long that he’s no longer allowed to practise medicine. Having had his licence revoked, he looks back on his old life over the course of this new show, reading out what he says are entries from a journal he once kept. Several of these cover predictable subjects for comedy, patients with objects stuck up their anuses among them. Refreshingly though, Kay places emphasis upon incidents in which overworked and dedicated staff suffered due to bureaucracy and poor leadership. The show builds toward an emotional conclusion in which the grave realities of working as a doctor are made plain, Kay finally rebuking former health secretary Jeremy Hunt in justifiably harsh terms. Effective as this payoff is, two shows have been uncomfort-

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ably welded together here, darkly humorous polemic sitting awkwardly beside irreverent musical comedy. The latter is very funny indeed, but finds Kay very much in his comfort zone, calling to mind a sleepwalker whenever he ventures toward his keyboard. ✏︎ Lewis Porteous

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vocal range, engaging the audience in a mass throat-gargling to imitate the accent. She’s passionate about Russia and it adds to her charm, particularly when she begins chatVENUE: Voodoo Rooms ting away to a Muscovite couple in TIME: 4:15pm – 5:15pm the front row. 6–28 Aug, not 16 Unfortunately as a comedian TICKETS: FREE her act is more akin to a series of surprisingly funny anecdotes Given that Russia isn’t exactly from a relative, rather than crafted synonymous with comedy, it’s not standup. She’s performed in surprising to see that their standup Russian to Russian audiences imports to the Fringe are few and far before (the first ever Brit to do between. Providing a happy middle so) so there’s no doubting her ground, however, is Abi Roberts, authenticity; it’s just a shame she who brings an hour that celebrates never really propels herself beyond Russian language and culture in an the realm of mildly amusing. There’s almost incompatibly cheery fashion.  singing, dancing, and even RobertsAnglichanka in the native tongue prompted rose-throwing, although means “English girl”, and that’s the the variety of her talents doesn’t role Roberts occupied when she compensate for the understated was whisked away to study at the material.  Moscow Conservatory. She’s fluent It’s not often you’re left disapin both vocabulary and guttural pointed by a comedy show because

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For about 35 minutes tonight, Simon Evans genuinely feels like a comic for our times. For about 35 minutes, two separate machineries of performance work in tandem to create something quite exciting. For starters, here’s an experienced performer—now aged 51—with the sort of comfortable, assured technique it’s hard not to be very drawn in by. There are few on the circuit who can craft such beautifully misanthropic twists of

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Hey good looking, how would you rate your Fest experience thus far? Are we the cock of the walk or just cocks? (Lol!) Would you have time for a quick survey, to help us help you to help yourself to the best Fringe shows? Also, would you mind awfully if we shared that data with only our most trusted advertisers? It’s not enough that capitalism is inescapable, John Gordillo argues. Now it wants to be your bezzie mate too. But Gordillo does not want to be capitalism’s mate. He doesn’t want to rate everything

language, or deliver them with such practiced disdain. The sustained and inventive attack on his young children comes as a particularly guilty pleasure. No, really, they take a delicious hammering. Secondly, he’s occupying a space which, right now, seems oddly apposite. Evans’ is a comedy of unfashionable pragmatism – specifically, here, the economics of home ownership. Don’t be fooled: these aren’t tales of suburban faux ennui. There’s a keen edge, but it’s miles from the polarised shouting of our current news cycle, and it feels refreshing. But from minute 36, the ratings on Evans’ mortgage book start to look shaky. He’s tried to cram in far too much here, and at a point where the show should build to a crescendo, it instead canters awkwardly through an over-long agenda.

Comic poetry gives way to functional prose. Early on Evans tells us that the two things we need to understand are: leverage and compound interest, and at around minute 56, compound interest gets a scant mention. There’s a joke to be made here, but I’ve run out of time and momentum to make it. ✏︎ Evan Beswick

from pornography to the Grand Canyon on a five-point scale, only to have his likes and dislikes fed back to him by an algorithm. So why can’t he stop himself? Gordillo is a ferociously smart man, and his catalogue of chummy adverts is by turns hilarious and infuriating. Yet the vision he describes is almost too ambitious for an hour: a dystopian existence where life is boiled down to a series of consumable experiences, in response to which we shatter our personalities into exploitable consumer drives. But, you know, funny. It’s a credit to Gordillo that the laughs are consistent as he sketches this out, but recent events in his personal life have prompted a powerful, if still ragged new ending – like adverts on Facebook, the show has morphed to reflect new data. Once these changes have solidified, this might

eventually be one of the most interesting shows on the Fringe. Until then, it’s a powerful and funny reminder that not everything can be ranked and categorised. Three stars, would recommend to a friend. ✏︎ Jonathan Holmes

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We really shouldn’t ignore the influence of Lewis Schaffer on today’s Fringe. The now London-based New Yorker was doing free shows for years, up here, down south and even on tour, as part of his Free Until Famous concept. Which never actually made him famous, but did show that a bucket is a viable alternative to tickets. Ironically, as a vast and varied array of Fringe comics turned to free shows, Schaffer began charg-

ing entry fees – a fiver last year, now a tenner. In return, he actually put together an hour with a proper structure, You Are Beautiful, which garnered at least one five-star review in 2015. So he’s brought it back. But possibly wishes he hadn’t. “This is the worst show I’ve ever done,” groans the comic during a mid-set meltdown. Which is saying something, as he’s done some stinkers. But then shambolic shows were his shtick, years ago, whereas now he’s joined the quasi-mainstream, and is feeling the pressure to deliver again. What we end up with is a curious mix of old and new Schaffer: a fair bit of genuinely decent material about big bangs and black holes early on, then a fascinating story about his love life to finish, all relayed with a relaxed charm.

In between, he suddenly has one of those old-school confidence crises, an apparently genuine intermission where it seems that the show might stop altogether or, worse, he’ll start all over again. Thankfully, this time, he ploughs on, due to audience encouragement. Next time? His fate could well be in your hands. ✏︎ Si Hawkins

est year of your life, but now he has “nothing to talk about”. It’s testament to how good Donnelly is at his job that you can’t tell the difference. His slickness used to smooth out bitter stories, now it elevates what would otherwise be overfamiliar material. Always relaxed on stage, he seems to take more pleasure than before when wandering off script with the audience, confident that he will deliver the jokes when he gets back to them. And he’s not entirely gone to seed, no matter what he says.

There’s some of the old selfloathing in Donnelly admitting he’s now a middle-class, soy-drinking, spiralising wanker, rather than a working-class hero. Plus later discussions of the next James Bond (the ultimate dad topic) take him near some new areas for his act, hinting that there’s still plenty of growth left in him. For now though, this is exactly the solid hour of solid jokes that have made Donnelly such a popular performer. Just because something is dependable doesn’t mean it’s boring. ✏︎ Jonathan Holmes

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Don’t be fooled by the title. Not only did Donnelly choose it months before he had any clue what he was going to say, but this is not a display of pumping male braggadocio. Now 34-years-old, Carl Donnelly is a man who can’t believe how boring he has gotten, and finds it absolutely hilarious. Boring isn’t always bad. After years of Fringe shows covering depression, divorce and a trip through heavy drug use, this expert observational humourist is finally observing less upsetting fare: health fads, yoga and, yes, getting boring. Apparently 34 is the happi-


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That’s the problem with the Fringe these days: all these comedians coming up from London and doing shows about tax. Honestly, all they think about is money. Actually that isn’t too far from the truth in Dominic Frisby’s case, as he’s a character comic turned financial guru, which must be rare: just filling in the self-assessment makes most comedians start to hyperventilate. Frisby positively relishes stat chat. In fact he has a radical manifesto in place, suggesting that we should scrap the current tax system and start all over

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Kieran Boyd is a familiar name in comedy, so it’s a surprise when he announces that this is his debut hour. Years of shorter sets, showcases and double bills—alongside his stint with popular sketch group WitTank—have given him a natural on-stage charm and easy audience engagement. Immediately confident and endearing, it stands him in good stead for a first full-length outing.

again. Dressed in a jaunty vintage accountant suit—lots of checks— and utilising an array of handmade graphs and even a tax wheel of fortune, he’s come to Edinburgh to soft launch a revolution, of sorts. The comic’s calculations make for grim reading when it comes to Britain’s national debt, and he offers a simple tax-related solution for how to sort it. Unfortunately that solution comes right at the end of this informative hour, in a very hot room, so he may just need to run it past us again.

The show mostly comprises observational material of a familiar kind. There are pedestrian and predictable appearances of subjects from hangovers to the social etiquette of holding doors open for people, pulling "sickies" from work, and the porn-based dangers of freelancing from home. A lengthy routine about different accents and what they tell us about the innate characters of different cultures— from cheerful Geordies to killjoy Germans—displays an uncomfortable overreliance on racial and regional stereotypes. Otherwise it’s an engaging and well-executed, if mostly unoriginal, hour of by-thebook standup. Boyd is on better ground when flashes of his own personality come through. Originally from Warrington, his once-broad accent has been

Not that this is a dry show by any means. The jauntily-dressed host utilises a megaphone and soapbox to express his more polemical thoughts, and a special "gag" microphone to throw in politics-related funnies. It won’t be for everyone, of course, and it’s clear that he’s talking to a fairly niche sample here: how many other audiences around Britain, when asked, would respond overwhelmingly that we should all actually pay more tax? Even Frisby was thrown by that one. ✏︎ Si Hawkins

schooled into clipped middleclass diction. He’s well aware of the privilege he presents and the contradictions it raises, probing his family background to comic effect. He’s a fan of both heavy metal and rustic Italian cuisine, with standout routine managing to combine both in a series of wryly funny anecdotes. If he can continue to find more of his own voice, and avoid the lazier genre tropes, his otherwise strong comedy persona shows promise. ✏︎ Will Young


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Even in his earlier, more autobiographical shows, Rhys James always had a firm grasp on his place in comedy and his standup persona. Projecting an aloof arrogance, he’ll puncture it with a blatant hypocrisy, flash of career insecurity or calculated moment of ignorance – as with the unwitting testimony he offers about his girlfriend’s parrot, suggesting their relationship might be about as real as this fantastic bird. Without being able to trust just about anything he says—he is, after all, proud to be an inveterate prankster—he does project a strong sense of feeling wronged, like he’s not been afforded the requisite rewards for his manifest talent or expectations. Forgives bristles with sneering prickliness at his girlfriend’s pseudy flatmate, over-earnest spoken word artists and the life choices of his baby boomer parents, with each routine adroitly mocking both his target and himself for his over-reaction, the latter example cracked especially wide with self-awareness. Notwithstanding the engaged performances of his impressive beat poetry, couched in ironic sideswipes as they are, you’ll struggle to find heart and emotional depth in James’ comedy. Still, it’s easy to admire his technical brilliance, as he writes clinically sharp lines for finely structured routines. To be fair, there’s a semi-serious moment at the end of this hour that approaches an expression of true feeling towards his girlfriend. But it’s a disparate note in the sheen of an otherwise slick, impersonal hour.  ✏︎ Jay Richardson


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Holly Burn used to be a star. She had talent, universal acclaim, a team of fixers and was chauffeured from party to party in her own personal Ford Mondeo. Granted, she was four at the time, but the intervening years have not lived up to her expectations. Every adult used to be a child star – learning that you are not, in fact, the prettiest and the cleverest and the fastest runner is the most wrenching part of growing up. The

astute joke at the centre of Holly Burn’s latest bought of mania is to collide precociousness with Hollywood glamour. Her anecdotes about her Thatcher-era childhood tend to spiral into surreal LA fairy tales: Elizabeth Taylor trapped in her mansion like a princess in a castle, Burn as the child destined to lead the kingdom of Bel Air. You’re forgiven if you don’t get that immediately, as this is a smarter show than first appearances suggest. Burn combines a child’s physicality and need for attention with the exhausted disappointment of an adult – like Drew Barrymore was locked in a box and ignored after E.T., or like Miley Cyrus…is. The hysteria takes some getting used to, and even as a rhythm develops and the audience warms up,

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Burn clearly enjoys keeping an air of tension. In fact, I Am Special’s ‘flaws’ are generally deliberate, a sure sign of an intelligent performer amusing herself, like a child putting on a show for her teddies. It’s a show you enjoy much more in retrospect, but it’s certainly something special – a reminder that the Fringe is supposed to be experimental and hard to categorise, rather than bland and easy to swallow. Holly Burn is still big. It’s the Fringe that got small. ✏︎ Jonathan Holmes

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There’s actually something very attractive about Amée Smith’s quixotic outing. A reaction to splitting up with her oafish comedian boyfriend, this is ostensibly an elaborate in-your-face to a feller whose feet, it took her five years to realise, are of the brittlest clay. Smith makes no pretence of the fact that she isn’t a comedian – at least not until very recently. What she clearly is, though, is someone with seductive charisma and a massive tank of can-do. But, no, not a comedian – at least not yet. As an hour of

comedy, this is flimsy. By way of a gesture towards audience participation, I’m asked to note down topics or statements which are best left unshared. It’s a useful, if unfortunate, notetaking device and I end up listing a series of routines which are underworked, clichéd, or just plain unfunny. Sure, Instagram is mostly used for pictures of food and selfies. And children’s TV is weird. But you’re really going to need to frack the hell out of these rocks to find any untapped comedy fuel.

Smith does not bring the necessary equipment. In a sense, her conclusion—”you can be the best version of you that you can be”—is spot on. Smith has done the hard bit and jumped in front of a microphone. If she set out to show that you can do anything you want to do, then job done. But as a working actor, she also knows that any art requires practice. There’s definitely a better version of her comedy self in there, but it needs graft as much as will. ✏︎ Evan Beswick


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Can your choice of venue change your material? Clare Plested was at Ciao Roma last year too, the lower floor of a family-run restaurant which is slap-bang in the centre of South Bridge. It benefits from a steady catchment of tourists staggering past in single file, ripe for being shepherded into a free event that also sells ice cream upstairs. You can’t help but wonder, as Plested’s latest show progresses, whether she’s tailored her char-

acter-based material accordingly, cutting out the sort of stuff that doesn’t work so well with such a broad audience. Anything subtle or nuanced, essentially. Clearly a confident performer, Plested was previously in the acclaimed comedy theatre duo Plested and Brown – with Adam Brown, who went on to become a famous Hobbit. There’s a sense that a lot more thought has gone into the performance here than the writing. Not that this random assortment of punters seems to mind, as she covers the creative shortfalls with lots of enthusiastic waving and shouting. The show gets off to an unpromising start with an oddly interrogatory burger queen—a laboured pun on “grilling”—but there are two half-decent character

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ideas. There’s an embittered wellness instructor who just chants healthy words, and the big finale, a Disney-fuelled children’s entertainer who fears change then whips her charges into a playacting frenzy. Well, most of them. It all goes down pretty well, in truth, but just doesn’t seem very 'Fringe'. Plested is probably the only comic here whose ideal audience might be a hen party. ✏︎ Si Hawkins

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Towards the end of her set, a weary Harriet Dyer embarks on a muffled rendition of Coldplay’s Fix You. “When you try your best, but you don’t succeed...” she warbles. The irony is surely not lost on her, having made a spirited attempt to elicit laughs from an audience who simply weren’t rooting for her. The title derives from the reasons she was given for having been kicked off comedy bills in the past, but really her problems wouldn’t be solved by selling out to populism. Her act isn’t even particularly alternative in the first place. It’s just

unfortunate that she’s neglected to put together a show that has any recourse to her considerable talent. Breathless from the start, having begun the hour with a rigorous mime of Marky Mark and The Funky Bunch’s ‘Good Vibrations' (the first of many musical interludes designed to anchor the theme of “fun nineties music”), Dyer never quite manages to find any sort of rhythm. More importantly, her rap-

port with the crowd worsens with every reference she makes to her jokes falling flat. Most of them fall on deaf ears, and the lines that do work are usually tangential asides embarked upon when her routine isn’t going as planned. Her likeability makes the show’s failure a great shame, but no amount of affability can cover up a crumbling structure and underwritten punchlines.  ✏︎ Matthew Sharpe


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The eponymous Mumbo Jumbo Hotel really is a beautiful thing: a tiny model constructed from absurdist incongruities, inhabited by mismatched dolls, and coherent only in the mind of Paul ‘Twonkey’ Vickers. There may be a story behind it—or within it—but for the duration of Vickers’ performance, the audience aren’t privy to such revelations. They don’t have much time to wonder about it, though –

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There’s an unavoidable irony to be faced with any standup show that focuses on the 1980s while feeling it was written then too. That 80s Show is just that, with Patrick Monahan delivering material from, and on, a bygone era. It’s ostensibly a throwback to the decade of his childhood, as he recounts the biggest stories and trends of the time. The problem is that, but for a few segments on ladies’ shoulderpads (weren’t they silly, he notes), it’s mostly him attempting to satirise all the different types of terrorism that emerged in that period. These sensitive topics are thumbed to pieces

they’re too busy trying to figure out what to make of the show itself. Twonkey’s Mumbo Jumbo Hotel is the comedy equivalent of a Captain Beefheart album, and elicits roughly the same amount of laughs. This is more than a wilful, unfocused, failed attempt at surrealism; Vickers has a solid background in music, which is what makes the musical sections of the show so disappointing. Most of the songs, sung live with elaborate pre-recorded backing, are neither amusing nor creatively diverting, and no amount of imagery—the strangeness of which often seems desperate—can avoid the impression that they’ve been included to pad out an incomplete idea. Vickers is also held back by a finite number of limbs, which makes the various props and

in his clumsy (and often obnoxious) comedic hands. It’s a bit like watching a documentary on the Iraq war presented by Ant & Dec. When he’s not deploying the cheeky chappy persona to ponder why “Arabs” took over from the IRA as the main international threat, the show is a mix of hackneyed observations about eighties hairstyles, forced chumminess with the audience, and drawn-out musical interludes where he’s essentialy dancing as filler. The latter is actually the most natural and engaging thing in the show. It’s not even peurile, it’s just creatively crass. The saving grace is his entertaining stage presence, which does get the crowds going, but it’s all undermined by the trite remarks that sandwich the offensive ones. There’s fun to be had with his showmanship, but as a standup act it more closely resembles an oddball uncle telling his nephews about the good old days. ✏︎ Matthew Sharpe

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puppets he brings into the narrative difficult to use effectively. He has more luck finding humour in the constraints of his ludicrously cramped performance space, but the intimacy with the audience it provides is often less than welcome. There is hallucinatory imagination and undeniable bravery in Twonkey’s Mumbo Jumbo Hotel. Unfortunately, there’s not a lot of laughter. ✏︎ Sean Bell


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Clare Harrison clearly enjoys the idea of exploring her comedy through a wide range of characters. The show opens with a warm-up act from her main alterego, spacey life coach Andrea Love, and goes on to feature brief pre-recorded visits from her other YouTube-based personas. It’s a good choice. The bewigged, goldcatsuited character we experience live has, by far, the most comedic potential.

Unfortunately, the show proper gets off to a rickety start with a game of identifying pop songs via comically misheard lyrics, which largely puts the brakes on Harrison’s characterisation. The lyrics feel like they should be a succession of punchlines, but instead only set up a series of awkward silences when the audience invariably fails to guess the song from Harrison’s mangled quotations. Once Harrison herself appears, accent proudly reverted to Essex, the pacing and quality improve. However, Harrison seems determined to throw every possible joke she can think of at the audience and hope that some of them find their mark.The result is a lively but patchy hour.There are at least three jokes that end with the phrase, “Oo-er”.There are puns ranging from the groanworthy to the cringeworthy (although, to be fair,

most puns fall somewhere within that spectrum anyway). Her digressions on her weight battles probably contain the set’s most successful material – quick-witted, self-deprecating and relatable. Buried within Budget J Lo there are alltoo-brief flashes of talented comic storytelling. It would be encouraging to see more of it. ✏︎ Sean Bell

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Only Bones «««« Hilarious physical comedy from New Zealander Thomas Monckton

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Wil Greenway: The Way the City Ate the Stars «««« This surreal love story about an Aussie road trip will transport you

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Bedlam Theatre 4:35pm – 5:35pm 3–29 Aug, not 19 £8 – £11

Although billed as a Modern Retelling of Madame Bovary, Infinity Pool carries only a vague similarity to Gustave Flaubert’s classic novel. For one thing, its central character is far more likeable, contemplating only a single extramarital affair and yearning to escape a life of grey, corporate mediocrity. Perhaps most significantly, Bea Roberts’ vision of central character Emma doesn’t die, but rather is allowed something close to a happy ending. Anyone approaching the show expecting a faithful take on the text is likely to be disappointed, perhaps even confused. Just as the novel is said to have pioneered what we now think of as modern realist narration, form plays a significant, equally innovative role in this adaptation. Here the audience consumes the same media and entertainment as Emma, a character whom we

never see or hear. We experience the world through her eyes and find it to be indistinguishable from our own in places. The pacifying drone of an unobserved television is the soundtrack to the character’s unsatisfactory home life, while we learn about her relationships through text and email exchanges projected onto a screen. Roberts is a talented writer, and these missives crackle with pathos and misanthropic humour, making a compulsive read out of what would have been a chore in less capable hands. Emma’s confused state of mind is presented with clarity, as are the mundane situations in which she finds herself. Through a busy and thoroughly DIY approach to storytelling, the performer lays bare restless human emotion and the expectations cruelly foisted upon us all. ✏︎ Lewis Porteous


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There’s a kind of David Bowie ring to the title of Gandini Juggling’s new show. And it chimes through their whole performance, too, from the alien circle of lights onstage, like the beam of a lo-fi lunar landing craft, to the images of his face on the three jugglers’ psychedelic tunics. These lightly-worn influences heighten the ethereal quality of the company's work. Brightly coloured batons soar through the air, falling like catkins, or climbing so fast they become a blurred beam of pure colour. Gandini heighten the hallucinogenic qualities of

their juggling with a fuzzy, trippy soundtrack – and there’s not a single skipped beat. The music rings through the vast space, a former church with bemused stone cherubs looking down on the stage; Gandini have thoughtfully kitted them out with party hats. There are plenty more moments of gentle whimsy. Sometimes, two jugglers will duet as the odd one out amuses himself with a more prosaic kind of task: doing star jumps, or making a meticulous tray of fresh lemonade. Then they

attack each other with sticky tape, pinning limbs together as batons drop, and chaos takes over their beautifully ordered world. Biscuits, water bottles and a storm of rings fly through the air: you can juggle with anything, their mute proficiency says. But through the chaos, we never lose a sense of juggling’s power to mesmerise – or of the alien beauty of flying foreign objects on interlocking trajectories, tracing invisible ellipses through the air. ✏︎ Alice Saville

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In 1991, an elderly man, Jack, sits in his care-home armchair. As reports of the Gulf War come in, his mind collapses into his past as a soldier in world war two. Inspired by writer Lisle Turner’s grandfather, Scorched is a beautiful, mournful piece – a portrait of a life seared into desert sands. While Jack’s fragmented memories coalesce around his pursuit of a German prisoner in Egypt in 1941, Turner’s play is less about plot and more about effect. Robin Berry gives a riveting performance as a

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man for whom violence has been a casual companion since childhood. His shifts from Jack’s dementia-stricken, present-day frailty to youthful vigour are deft and fluid. But the star of this production is its design, with Jack’s care home simultaneously evoking the present and the past in every desert-coloured table and chair, and teacup full of sand. Memories bleed and fade into each part of the set – paper airplanes crashing into a carpet rippled like a dune. As flickering animations play through pouring sand,

it’s a mundane space made vast. Claire Coaché’s production is a poignant playground of recreated juddering journeys and battles. Every element of the small stage space—tables, chairs and cabinets—becomes part of a jaggedly sad and funny fall through time. A puppet made of sandbags is a vital part of the show. This wistful, brutal, tender piece doesn’t grandstand or shout, speaking instead in a voice that reaches us as a moving lament for all that Jack has lost. ✏︎ Tom Wicker


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From the moment we walk into Adler & Gibb, we have destroyed and desecrated it. To gaze upon it is to vaporise it; so too is to look away. This ambitious, abstract play from deconstruction doyen Tim Crouch excavates the earth it stands on with such painstaking precision that audiences may well find much of it infuriating. Yet this same razing bares a living, breathing entity. Janet Adler and her partner Margaret Gibb are two conceptual artists invented by Crouch. After formalising their art with projects such as eating a book of criticism,

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Housemates Louise Mothersole and Rebecca Biscuit (aka Sh!t Theatre) turn the struggles of living in London into a witty and riotous performance of failure and friendship. Living in a house filled with mould, dirty dishes and letters to previous tenants, they decide to become private detectives, if ones with rather large creative licences. They turn the tragedy of the housing crisis into a game, thinking up extraordinary reasons for the unusual mail they are collecting. Finding

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the couple announced their retirement and retreated to a secluded life in the USA. “There are now enough objects,” they opined. Their life’s work is recounted here in the form of an academic thesis, presented by Jillian Pullara’s Student, only to be invaded by actors Louise and Sam (Cath Whitefield and Mark Edel-Hunt) who go in search of Adler’s grave after her death. This unplugged and pared down version of Crouch’s play—first performed at the Royal Court in

2014—works equally as effectively. It doesn’t so much meditate on the collision of fiction with reality, and art with consumption, as cannibalise it. As Louise and Sam proceed to trespass on holy ground, Hamlettian levels of insanity befall the characters. What sick part do we play in this? Are we complicit in the obliteration of privacy? Or have we simply exhumed and grossly exhibited a corpse? Either way, we bear violent witness and are judged for it. ✏︎ Andrew Latimer

out more than they bargained for about their own living conditions along the way, the piece has serious undertones and potentially bleak consequences. Overlaying the serious threads in the story with dancing post boxes, ironic estate agent videos and disco lights, the urgency and exhilaration isn’t dropped for a second. As they live loop annoyingly catchy songs full of wit and beautiful harmonies, Mothersole and Biscuit throw their all at making this show fun for everyone. The performance balances on their friendship and chemistry. Moments of tenderness break the madness as they exchange letters and we see how they accept the good and bad of each other, just as they do of their crumbling, possibly illegal home. While they play, it never feels

like they’re just messing around. The title of the company suggests a certain messiness and uncouth attitude, but for this show and this subject matter it’s necessary and fitting. Though Letters to Windsor House has serious undertones, by turning the housing crisis into a big joke, Sh!t Theatre have created a performance of utter joy. ✏︎ Kate Wyver


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Imagine it’s Christmas, and that it’s almost unbearably hot. Wil Greenway’s storytelling makes us hold these almost impossible thoughts in our minds as he transports us a few thousand miles and six months away from a chilly Edinburgh summer. This packed classroom at the Underbelly Med Quad fills with warmth rising from our bodies, and from the exhilarating power of his surreal love story. It’s a story that hops and leaps through time, from his home city

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“A country must be big enough to accommodate its people and its culture,” announces Rudolf Hess. As if summoned from history to deliver a harrowing moral prophesy and vehement indictment of Europe’s current attitude towards refugees, Hitler’s Deputy Führer (played here by Derek Crawford Munn) preaches about the inspiration behind the Third Reich. He does so from his cell inside Spandau Prison. What can we learn from allowing this figure to speak? This is

of Melbourne to a rural hospital where Margaret lies, extremely pregnant and completely alone. A slightly deaf consultant summons the wrong men to her bedside: her aged Uncle Sven, and Greenway himself. Or his narrator, anyway – Greenway’s unswerving loyalty to the first person can’t hide the fact that he’s laying the foundations for the tallest of tall tales. What follows is a hectic motorway ride across Australia. Dramatic events pile up – seagull attacks, surprise meetings, car crashes, spilt burial urns. Greenway constantly draws attention to his own technique, doubling back on details or dangling alternative

possibilities. This gives his story a spontaneous feel, like a meandering pub anecdote that sprawls through an evening. But Greenway’s experience shows in his ability to keep a sense of real narrative urgency through all these surreal detours and whimsical asides. His self-awareness only falters when it comes to the two-piece band that soundtrack his words: there’s not enough interplay between the three for it to feel like they’re fully a part of his adventures. But their sunny accompaniment only adds to the simmering heat of his roadtrip, with a rapt audience packed in for the ride. ✏︎ Alice Saville

the central question in Michael Burrell’s one-person play. Hess explains his role as peacemaker in world war two, when he flew to Scotland in an attempt to negotiate with the British. Yet he also oversaw the slaughter of millions. Nothing can justify his actions, and he is aware of this. There are indeed some damning truths at the heart of Burrell’s text; notably that the West often conflates the end of the world with the end of Europe. Liberals fear chaos because it is a threat to order, to control. Yet at times, Hess channels an overly simplistic and hackneyed philosophy about how history is written by the victors; true, no doubt, but to use this fact to confront hypocrisy is unenlightening. Munn gives a nuanced and frighteningly believable performance as Hess, wrestling between

human frailty and his blind, explosive pursuit of righteousness. He paradoxically characterises himself as both Dostoyevskian figure and white conqueror. It’s often a gruelling yet absorbing watch, but lessons learned are not necessarily enough to justify this dramatic monologue. ✏︎ Andrew Latimer


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While it's not exactly the subtlest of plays, Eva O’Connor’s drama about a teenage Irish schoolgirl coping with anorexia is discreet in its handling of a sensitive subject. Particularly, O’Connor’s treatment of the condition itself as well as its injurious effects on immediate family and friends is finely balanced, let down only by its tendency for over-theatricality. Imogene looks upon every opportunity as one in which to lose weight. Why is she putting herself through this, her sister asks? “This is just something I have to do,” Imogene replies. The maturation of anorexia from a

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Shakespeare wasn’t the only playwright to die in 1616. This year also marks the 400th anniversary of the death of Chinese writer Tang Xianzu. Themed around both men’s musings on dreams, this production—an international collabo-

nervous habit into a more abstruse psycho-social condition, which becomes woven into the identity of the person is told with great care and impartiality in O’Connor’s text. Imogene’s inner demon is literally represented by Caol, a Gollum-like creature who prowls around the stage speaking only in rhyming couplets about getting thinner after dinner. It’s an unfussy, direct approach to the issue but it doesn’t leave much room for audience intrigue or character development. The text instead

relies on clunky clichés about how anorexia causes sufferers to become a “shadow of their former self” and even verges inadvertently into panto at times. Despite this, theatre company Sunday’s Child are a very competent ensemble that perform here with unity and believability. Imogene’s life simply needs more colour, as we aren’t provided with enough context about her younger years and the beginnings of her illness, both of which would make her an ultimately more defined character. ✏︎ Andrew Latimer

ration—is a double-bill based on their work, adapted and performed by the universities of Leeds and of International Business and Economics (UIBE) in China. Director Li Jun’s take on A Midsummer Night’s Dream for UIBE transposes the lost lovers in the forest into a hotel, Sophora (socalled because of its links to Chinese legends), run by three spirits who treat their oblivious human guests as experiments. The relative merits of love versus reason are the catalyst for a colourful, if uneven, spin on the tale with some clunky gender politics. Meanwhile, for Leeds, director Steven Ansell and co-adaptor Adam Strickson take Tang’s Dreaming Under the Southern

Bough and embed its kingdom of ants ruled by the human Chunyu in a modern-dress landscape of post-war trauma and guilt. The zen philosophising on the dangers of ego and the importance of perspective is delivered with lumpish earnestness, but leavened by welcome flashes of humour. Of the two productions, Li Jun’s is the most vivid, although hampered by some uneven performances and awkward pacing. But what it lacks in finesse, it makes up for in vision; there’s an impish charm to its crazier edges that feels fitting for its source. Nonetheless, it’s still refreshing to see Tang tackled on these shores, when the Fringe hardly lacks Shakespeare. ✏︎ Tom Wicker


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James Joseph Patrick Keogh has spent his life running. Starting at school, then into care, drugs, marriage, parenthood and bad choices. He’s ricocheted from one situation to another, from a child in Ireland to an adult in Manchester, and we’re party to all of it. Writer and actor Eve Steele takes an hour to give us a life. This one-person show compresses Keogh’s history, following his route from wide-eyed optimism to repeated mistakes. Steele’s writing is a constant “I am”, the present tense as a slippery slope played out beat by beat. In tracksuit bottoms and running shoes, her Keogh is a nervy, volatile figure. The gender swap of Steele’s performance works to give Keogh’s story a freshness and raw voice. Whether pacing, dancing or waking with a hangover, she imbues her dialogue with an urgency that has a corner-of-the-room intimacy. Director Ed Jones keeps his production fluid and jittery, but it’s still when it matters. But the Underbelly Big Belly swamps a piece that exists in moments in grimy hotel rooms, stolen cars and prison cells. It strands Steele, rather than bringing us in close. And the litany of problems that befalls Keogh starts to deaden their impact. When the lights slowly begin to dim and Steele’s voice cracks, Life by theThroat really grips you by the scruff. But there’s a relentlessness to it, an all-purpose pile-up of misery, that leaves Keogh feeling more like a salutary warning than running at his own pace. ✏︎ Tom Wicker

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Phoebe Eclair-Powell’s highoctane one-person play is bursting with millennial angst. A woman approaching her thirties contemplates the meaning of it all from a nightclub toilet, where she reflects on the fallout of her sexually liberated young life. Torch is performed by Backstage in Biscuit Land’s Jess Mabel Jones, who makes for an amiable and energetic host – a vision in glitter and Spandex. But it’s difficult to work up any real empathy for her character due largely to the fact that we’ve heard her story a thousand times before. From her teenage awakening to her string of one-night stands and dodgy boyfriends, the tales are all too familiar. Spirited covers of pop songs ranging from Nirvana to Taylor Swift certainly lend colour to proceedings; a hell-raising version

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of ‘Chandelier’ rightly brings the house down. But off-the-shelf backing tracks only serve to make them feel like karaoke. Imagine if your female colleague who does a decent Katy Perry cover at the office Christmas party regaled you with her entire sexual history, and you’ve pretty much got the measure of Torch. The climactic scenes, as our heroine’s lascivious ways give way to the yearning for normality, are certainly affecting. Eclair-Powell makes some perceptive observations about female body image and its connection to promiscuity, painting a damning picture of modern masculinity in the process. But otherwise this is pretty unremarkable stuff from a writer and performer clearly brimming with the potential for better things. ✏︎ Theo Bosanquet


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The artistic scope of Vesna Parun, “the most famous female Croatian poet of all time”, encompassed much; it’s appropriate that when she is brought to life, in Vesna Tominac Matacic’s minimalist one-person show, she finds herself sitting on a map of the world almost too small to contain her. Parun’s work began

with romantic love, but went on to embrace the political, satirical and erotic, and I, Who Have Hands More Innocent does the same. Building a dramatic monologue from selections of Parun’s most autobiographical verse and prose, the play is a sometimes blistering, sometimes tender journey through innocence lost, love betrayed, the brutality of history and Parun’s own lifelong defiance. Spoken entirely in Croatian, Matacic’s impassioned characterisation is rendered in English by unintrusive projection. The success of surtitles depends on how well they are framed onstage; in this, I, Who Have Hands More Innocent strikes a necessary balance, ensuring the audience can keep up with both

the reading and the performance onstage. Matacic’s is a quietly mesmerising presence, transitioning naturally through the facets of Parun’s feelings and personality – by turns nostalgic, bitter, cynical, romantic, loving, hopeful, hopeless and hysterical. The experience of growing up in patriarchal Croatia is vividly evoked, while the horrors of the second world war are made even more poignant by how lightly they’re touched upon. Some sections run a little long, and the play’s conclusion feels rushed, but both issues are understandable given the nature of the material being adapted. A powerful, well-judged piece of theatre. ✏︎ Sean Bell

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The plan is simple: walk on stage, sit down, play the piano. For mime artist and clown Thomas Monckton, dressed in black tie and tails, the execution is a more laboured, hapless and hilarious affair. Small acts, like removing the dust sheet from the piano, mutate into surreal reveries as Monckton gets trapped under the sheet, turns his protruding knees into feisty little puppets and plays out a cartoonish fist fight between them.  His body contorts in ways that seem impossible, with knees bent the wrong way and wrists twisted 360 degrees, and his funny faces complement acrobatic feats like hanging upside down from a chandelier.

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Monckton plays with audience familiarity. A concert pianist at a piano is an image we all recognise, but he disrupts our expectations at every turn. As he learns from each mistake—the piano lid that won’t open, the low-hanging chandelier that hits his head—he builds repetition and routine into the show, so that we think we know what’s coming. The joy is in seeing how, again and again, it can all go wrong. After an excellent start things

slow down a little in the middle, but those quieter moments are infrequent. And rather than simply being a succession of broad slapstick and rubbery facial expressions, the show is even rather moving at points. Monckton’s great ability, and the show’s great strength, is the way he taps into something universal. After all, what’s funnier—across any language and every culture—than someone falling over? ✏︎ Tim Bano

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Haley McGee’s throwing a surprise show: a stage for the man she loves to be the comedian he craves. We’re his audience, primed to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ when he finally arrives, to laugh with abandon and cheer to the rafters. We’re gonna love him, she insists. Self-contained, but sharp as hell, I’m Doing This for You entangles a feminist retort with a critique of performance. While we wait, she gabbles. All this is for him – even if he treated her like shit. He’s hysterical. To prove it, she does some

of his stuff – his ‘my girlfriend’ routines, his ‘women, eh’ jokes, his rape gags. See? A cross between Betty Friedan’s fifties housewife and Sex in the City’s Samantha, McGee’s a subservient mess. Pills fly out of her handbag and she smiles like she’s bracing for impact. Everything’s for him: the self-improvement, the sex, the hurt. All of this. Performance often protests that it’s all for our benefit: the audience comes first. McGee busts that apart, barking orders at us (“Be

your best selves”) and invoking the brittle egos hiding behind ‘generosity’ and ‘vulnerability’. At the same time, it’s an act of self-sacrifice. By taking on his misogynist routines, skipping their worst degradations, she’s saving us from them. She does so with a sideswipe: we enjoy that shit, we’re complicit. Those jokes? They’re for us. Manic and angry, off-kilter and wry, this is a smart assault on the patriarchy and performance. ✏︎ Matt Trueman

Octopus

Gray posits a future of mandatory nationality tests. Three women wait their turn; each defiant in their Britishness. British-Asian Sara (Alexandra D’Sa) sees herself as the model Brit – an accountant more than paying her way. Scheherazade (Dilek Rose) wears Union Jack leggings and plays in a punk band, and Rebecca Oldfield’s Sarah is a white woman with a Home Counties accent. And, it turns out, a Jamaican grandfather. Each reflects an aspect of national identity—cultural, ancestral, historical—but quotas make Britishness a relative quality. Those at the bottom get bunged onto boats, and Gray shows how such systems are open to abuse, putting lives at the whims of individual officials. Octopus never really finds its own logic. Gray doesn’t flesh out the future fully enough, and its

characters—broad though they are—behave bizarrely, bursting into song at the slightest opportunity. The lunacy might mirror that of an arbitrary bureaucracy, one that sends people doolally, but it’s so off the wall it loses sight of reality. As the women stand their ground, Gray makes her point, but a tightlywound sketch could have done the same. ✏︎ Matt Trueman

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Octopuses have mixed-up genes. Where human DNA is neatly ordered, the octopus genome is a jumble of chromosomes – hence eight legs, three hearts and smelling with their feet. One zoologist described them as aliens. In Afsaneh Gray’s play, octo-genes become a confused metaphor for national identity. In a multicultural society, she suggests, a mixed heritage is as British as tea in the rain. In a queue. With the Queen. At Wimbledon.

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If sitting in a confined space listening to a cacophony of screaming is your thing, then this could be the show for you. If however you’ve come to the Fringe hoping for dramatic nuance, sophisticated storytelling and audible dialogue, you’d better give it a wide berth. A feral woman is found near woodland. She’s taken in by a pair of sinister ‘doctors’ who subject her to a series of scientifically dubious experiments in order to

explore what it truly means to be human. She responds badly. Very badly. Quite where she’s come from, why the men are behaving this way and what on earth they think they’re achieving by torturing her is anyone’s guess. But any narrative integrity is subjugated to the exploration of a simple provocation. For, after all, who is really the savage in this scenario? Once this question has struck you within the first five minutes, the rest of the hour largely becomes a mission to preserve your ear drums from the regular guttural roars of the cast and the overly imposing soundscape. There is some impressive movement work from the fourstrong cast, particularly in the challenging title role. And there is occasional pathos; a rare moment

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of tenderness is provided by Louis Armstrong’s ‘La Vie en Rose’. But on the whole this is a hard slog of a show that fails to shed new light on an age-old question. ✏︎ Theo Bosanquet

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Eric’s parents met in a patch of daffodils by a lake. As an 18 year old, in 1964, he sees Rose in that same patch—drunk, covered in mud and vomit—and takes her home. As meet-cutes go, its troubling nature is oddly ignored: this is the start of what seems like a very sweet, very conventional romance, inspired by New Zealand playwright Rochelle Bright’s own parents. Colleen Davis as Rose and Todd Emerson stand at microphones either side of the stage, talking to the audience like it’s a gig – which this “play with songs” sort of is. The enjoyably rocking

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Bullet Heart Club play behind them, and Davis and Emerson have great voices. Daffodils seems like a perfectly pleasant, perfectly pointless play: a straightforward account of marriage-house-babies, pepped up with tunes. Emerson as Eric is a wide-eyed teddy boy, twisting at the mic, but I found Davis’ Rose to be maddeningly, eye-rollingly coy and cutesy. Sure, this is a romance of its time, but she’s so passive. Deceit and misunderstandings creep in. Eric is keeping secrets – but are they the ones Rose sus-

pects? The content starts to speak to the form: the couple could smooth things out easily enough, but they can never really connect, really communicate. They face front, rather than turning to one another. So the staging’s neat, but the characters’ bone-headed refusal to talk honestly about their relationship also stretches credulity. As it gets more interesting, Daffodils also simply makes less sense; it’s never clear who’s led who up the garden path. ✏︎ Holly Williams


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Gamba’s performance feels timely, after exposés of the dehumanising treatment of employees in Amazon warehouses or Sports Direct stores. But its intense sincerity makes it as clunky as its plastic-headed subjects, shambling through a petrol-black vision of the world of work. You’d need the precision of a robot arm to really probe corporate ‘wellness’ culture – this pair just reflect it, blinking, in their sightless eyes. ✏︎ Alice Saville

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Something’s gone off at the Traverse. This year’s line-up is the weakest in a long, long time, and its two home-grown shows are the worst of the lot. Milk is, frankly, rotten. Ross Dunsmore’s debut looks horribly exposed on the main stage. A trio of interlinked stories span the generations. Two narcisstic teenagers chew the fat, dreaming themselves famous and fit. Ash (Cristian Ortega) piles on the protein, gorging on takeaway chicken to buff himself up. Steph (Helen Mallon) is more insecure. Forever fending off her mother’s boyfriend, she sets out to ensnare a teacher she fancies. On the other side of the city, afraid to leave home for fear of

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“Fitter, happier, more productive, comfortable, not drinking too much...” There’s not much I can say with certainty about Giacomo Gamba’s baffling mime performance Petrol. But as the voice of a Mac computer bleeps and crackles through the space, it’s pretty clear he’s a Radiohead fan. The show’s two performers start out ecstatic, writhing in bliss to the sounds of gutteral moaning. But these free spirits are soon put in

their place. They return to the stage as robots, with lightly-modified welding helmets for heads. And as Thom Yorke’s computer anthem repeats, again and again, they’re forced to conform to its commands: “Regular exercise at the gym, three days a week.” They mime their way through bizarre imaginary paperwork tasks, becoming corporate drones who serve an invisible voice. When they get too close, a buzzer reprimands them. And as their existence becomes more and more repressed, they struggle to nurture a single black flower. Yorke culled the list of slogans in ‘Fitter Happier’ from nineties aspirational headlines, but they feel just as true in today’s more digital age – if we don’t become robots, we might well be replaced by them.

young kids, world war two veteran Cyril (Tam Dean Burn) watches his wife pass away. Her corpse sits in its armchair for days, but nobody stops by. At the centre—the best of a bad bunch—a mother (Melody Grove) struggles to breastfeed her newborn; an act she sees as integral to motherhood. Much to the frustration of her formula-waving partner, a teacher, Nicole insists that “milk is love”.

Dunsmore’s point is that we focus on younger generations at the expense of the elderly. Using food as a way in is a neat encapsulation, but his dramatic action is halfbaked and over-egged. To prove how the young eat the old, he stuffs in too many (clichéd) events and Orla O’Loughlin’s production strains to fill the space, pushing characters past credibility with some curdled overacting. ✏︎ Matt Trueman


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How to Win Against History may well be the first piece of genderpunk anti-imperialist musical theatre. This fiendishly creative, ferocious three-hander about the life of Henry Cyril Paget, 5th Marquess of Anglesey—a British peer in the late 19th century—demolishes so many conventions of contemporary performance and the straight-washing of British politics that it is impossible to match the terrain it covers in this review. The mastermind behind this delightful show, Seiriol Davies, plays Paget, gracefully entering the stage draped in a full-length blue sequined dress. We are then whisked through the British peer’s life. After attending Eton and

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Perhaps we’ve become numb to productions of Macbeth at the Fringe. In all likelihood, this year’s festival will probably mark the same number of versions as the years since Shakespeare’s death. But when his texts are completely reclaimed by new generations of artists and theatre-makers, they continue to take on provocative and far more interesting lives of

reluctantly marrying to unlock his fortune, Paget turned the family chapel into a 150-seat theatre and toured around the country until he went bankrupt. He died in Monte Carlo at age 30, although his death was still “so amazing!” This musical is the ultimate queer road trip, winding backwards through British colonial history to mock inherited wealth, private schooling, and their connection to despicably conservative art, warmongering and the subjugation of the poor. What do audiences expect

of a show about this subject? Even that very assumption often owes itself to straight imaginations of “satire” and “serious”, which are superbly obliterated by Davies and director Alex Swift. Davies is accompanied by the magnetic Matthew Blake, who plays a plethora of secondary characters, and the hilariously deadpan Dylan Townley on piano. So savage, artistically original and elating is this musical, it demands the queering of countless selective retellings of British history. ✏︎ Andrew Latimer

their own. Twist Theatre’s new musical Macbeth—nurtured by The Hackney Empire—tells a slick afrovibe redux of a familiar story. The struggle for the throne is beamed into the British music industry, as Macbeth plots to overthrow Duncan of King Records and corner the R’n’B and grime market for himself. Traditional prose is mashed with original music and flawless choreography to connect the points at which the pursuit of success intersect with young, black identity in Britain today. Andre Fyffe portrays a richly complex Macbeth, full of strength, despair, uncertainty and empathy. Yet even he is outdone by superbly intimate, touching performances

by Malika Cholwe as Lady M and Dominique Florent-Lee, Shadale Grant and Kali McLoughlin as the three witches – in this production, a trio of singers. Their solo numbers are highlights in this thrillingly accomplished ensemble performance. While the show in its entirety is far from polished—it has the tendency to fall back on clumsy conceptions of stereotypical masculinity—this is exceptionally creative, political storytelling, which comes to life with youthful energy. Indeed, this inventive exploration of racial and artistic identity in the UK today is something many other early-career companies may look towards for inspiration. ✏︎ Andrew Latimer


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The reliably spellbinding Camille O’Sullivan returns to Edinburgh this year with a carnival of tributes to some of her favourite artists: Nick Cave, Tom Waits, David Bowie, Arcade Fire and others. It would seem like sacrilege to shower O’Sullivan in anything less than rapturous praise. She allows herself to run away in The Carny Dream, taking us on a crossdisciplinary prowl through iconic

rock and blues songs from the past four decades. “Hello, my lovelies,” O’Sullivan whispers in a familiar voice. Is there any performer so capable of shrinking down a vast space into the most intimate, eye-to-eye experience? Her band’s musical accompaniment appears to drift from the surface of the instruments and orbit her cloaked body. She then launches the lyrics out into the crowd with such ferocious, pitch-perfect delivery that it’s hard not to feel utterly bewitched. At one point, a swing seat is lowered above the central aisle: O’Sullivan glides down from the stage and is hoisted high over the audience. It’s a gimmick, but rather perfectly characterises the combination of light peril and spectacle that so often underpins her gigs. After all, O’Sullivan is rock’n’roll collided with vaudeville.

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During a blistering performance of Dillie Keane’s Look Mummy, No Hands, the room feels half the size. Her skill for navigating and shifting between moods during a song—let alone in between numbers—is something to behold. O’Sullivan possesses that rare talent: a profound artistry to create something hallucinatory and dreamlike but which feels completely electric to the touch. ✏︎ Andrew Latimer


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Promising a modern twist on the fairy tale, this workaday new musical in fact feels as old hat as anything you’re likely to encounter this Fringe. Fans of whimsical ballads may find something of merit, but with a plot line this glib it’s difficult to see how anyone could be charmed. Ageing Ernest is prompted by an encounter with a young girl to tell his story as a fairy tale. So we enter the land of Evergreen, where Ernest is vying with another prince for the affections of a cool young princess. She sets them challenges including a karaoke contest, but it transpires that neither of them is particularly interested in her.   You can probably see where it goes next. Suffice it to say that the ‘twist’ is about as surprising as Edinburgh rain. It doesn’t help that every song in Henry Winlow and Sophie McQuillan’s score sounds much like the next, while the lyrics feature such zingers as “Wasn’t Cinderella / Made happy by her fella?” Sondheim this ain’t. The five-strong ensemble, accompanied by three musicians, are likeable enough and sing pretty well, but the material they’re working with is largely abject. At times it becomes fist-chewingly cheesy. Any endeavour to create new musical theatre at a time when good original work in the genre seems scarce is admirable. But that only makes middling efforts such as this more frustrating. This is a long, long way from happy ever after. ✏︎ Theo Bosanquet

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Edith Piaf is one of those stars whose story is as big as their talent: from her tough childhood to vast success, from her endless love affairs to her struggle with drink and drugs, from the plane crash that killed her lover to the car crashes that nearly killed her, there’s plenty of material. And hey, the songs ain’t bad either… Happily, given that this is an hour-long Fringe show, writer/ performer Michaela Burger acknowledges the weight of material straight up. An Australian cabaret artist, she talks us through Piaf’s life deftly, without getting bogged down or overly reverential – Piaf’s whole childhood growing up in a brothel is dealt with in a breathless one-minute rhyming ditty. What we do get are the songs and the love affairs, both of which Burger deliv-

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ers with a twinkle in her eye. Standing barely an inch taller than the 'Little Sparrow' at 4’11”, Burger also impersonates her indomitable idol, all thick French accent, haughty mouth curls and lascivious eyes. And, most importantly, she nails Piaf’s stonking back catalogue: if her voice is softer than Piaf’s, she still evokes her low smokiness, the rolling Rs, the sudden sharp French twang. Berger is accompanied on the guitar by Greg Wain, but their simple approach never feels lacking. For Piaf fans, it’s a treat to hear these classic numbers live, in such an affectionate performance; for those who barely know her beyond ‘Non, Je ne regrette rien’, Exposing Edith is an efficient, sprightly introduction to an astonishing woman and her music. ✏︎ Holly Williams


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The Amazing Scene Machine Seven-year-old Eve Green—and her mum—loved the modelling magic of this show by Aardman animator, Jim Parkyn What happens in the show? This is an animation workshop, not really a show. The man showed us how to make models with modelling clay. We made models of anything you can think of. I made a cactus, a girl with a bag, and a cat. My mummy made a model of herself which was very elegant! The man then put all our models into a picture frame which will be hung outside the tent. He took photos of all of our models and made it into a film.   Describe the show in five words Fun, funny, easy to do, interesting, excellent What did you like most about the show? It is really good if you want to learn some craft and animation. I liked making the models and looking at the picture frame when it was done. 

What did your grown-up think of the show? She said, “It was informal, nicely presented by one of the Aardman team, who is a brilliant model maker. Age recommendation for 7+ is right as any younger would have struggled with the model making. It was good to fully participate in a show, and the adults in the room got to make models too which was really fun and got some unexpectedly good results. It was a nice change to be doing something with your kids for an hour rather than watching a show. Would you tell your friends to come and see the show? Yes, definitely, for other children who are 7+.

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What didn’t you like about the show? I wanted more time to do more models.

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Children are Stinky Lauren Hunter, aged 10, is not stinky and is glad she went along to this fun circus show to prove it What happens in the show? Kylie and Jason have a secret list of all the bad things children are, including stinky. The children have to prove they are not any of those things. Describe the show in five words Acrobatic, comedic, well-written, prepared, kind Who was your favourite character and why? Kylie was my favourite; she was in the spotlight more. What did you like most about the show? All the acrobatics. Especially the handstand on five chairs and the hula-hooping. And, the fast-forward part because it was making fun of other performers not having enough time at the end of their show. What didn’t you like about the show? My mum thought you couldn’t see what was happening on the floor in one scene, when they were walking on their hands over children and some adults were sitting in front of kids. But this isn’t the act’s fault. 

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What did your grown-up think of the show? Mum thought it was amazing that it appealed to all ages from babies to the adults. She did find it scary because she thought the balancing chairs might fall into the front row. But they were clearly doing a balancing act and it did not fall into the front row. Everybody was safe. Would you tell your friends to come and see the show? Yes, especially if they enjoy the circus. VENUE: TIME: TICKETS:

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It’s a tough gig trying to make it as a supervillain when you live in your mum’s basement and you’ve been turned down by the Big Nasty People (BNP) group. And it smarts even more when your twin brother is a universally adored superhero who can access Skype anywhere. Oh, and who can fly.

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Hispaniola 12:20pm – 1:15pm 6–27 Aug, not 8, 15, 22

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“There’s a lot of cool shiiiiii-ps” inside, poet Dominic Berry tells the snaking line of children, in a carefully judged piece of parent-baiting silliness. He’s not wrong. The inside of the Hispaniola is decked out with skeletons in cages and piratical paraphernalia. But the magic of Berry’s performance is such that he doesn’t need any of that gubbins to take children’s attention spans prisoner, and hold them tight until the end of his story. The ingredients are a kind of joyful hotchpotch of everything kids go wild for: wizards, dragons and, yes, dinosaurs. A young troll

That’s the wonderfully daft premise behind this blast of a show from comedian James Bennison, who plays the titular Doktor James, alongside his minion, Timion (Tim Kennington). They’re a superb pairing, bouncing off each other brilliantly while firing quips into a delighted audience of kids and parents like fun deathrays. Kicking off with a great sight gag about those “other” minions, the show pivots on interactive “lessons” in being evil that also power Doktor James’s Deadly Doomsday Device (DJDDD). It’s all fastpaced fun, with the “Akademy”— the audience—practising their most evil laughs, making tinfoil

girl has to save her village from a rampaging horde of the Jurassic terrors after a spell gets out of hand. Quite a few of the kids are firmly Team Dinosaur, heckling Berry with cries of “Spinosaur!” or “T-Rex!”. He delights in these audience contributions, acknowledging each one. And when it’s time to defeat the dinos, he builds on the kids’ suggestions to make rhyming incantations. Poetry is magic. Berry is astonishingly energetic, leaping on chairs and through the aisles to make sure his verbal wizardry reaches every corner of the room. The packed ranks of grown-up sized seats make his job harder – rows of cushions at the front would let smaller kids see every bit of the action. But the loud call-outs and sea of raised hands speak of an audience that’s hanging on to his every rhyme. And it’s cool words, not cool shit, that are keeping them there. ✏︎ Alice Saville

robots or dobbing in their parents. A spiky shoulder-padded Bennison sulks and throws tantrums like an overgrown teenager. He and Kennington create an air of controlled chaos that works as well for adults as for kids. The DJDDD definitely isn’t a Hoover and Skype calls from Doktor James’ smug twin brother are a treat. No joke outstays its welcome and the show’s dynamic on-stage duo revel in the nonsense. With its giddy sense of fun, blasts of disco, tinfoil and games of “Cake or Bomb?”, this stupidly enjoyable hour is like the evil twin of Blue Peter. You’ll leave wanting to take over the world. ✏︎ Tom Wicker

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Don’t worry if you start to feel sleepy during this show. It has a gently hypnotic effect, beautifully capturing that floaty moment in childhood between storytelling and dreaming. Contemporary circus group Upswing have created a loving hymn to the power of imagination, using aerial acrobatics and video projections to transport children aged from three to ten years old away from the hubbub of the Fringe. It’s also a tale of mothers and daughters – about how they can lose sight of each other sometimes. The Little Girl (Hazel Lam) wants

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Not everything that goes bump in the night has sinister intent. For Clinky (Claire Cogan), the noise can be a gust of wind rapping on the roof tiles or the gentle thud of her own heart. In this pay-whatyou-decide Dr Seuss-style nursery rhyme, Clinky overcomes her own fears of the dark so that she may finally get some sleep. That involves fighting witches, bats and dinosaurs before realising they are all figments of her imagination. With every thump, Clinky explores old chests of drawers and cupboards to see what potential

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Mum (Hannah O’Leary) to finish a bedtime story; Mum just wants her to go to sleep, so she can finish her work. But the Little Girl’s invisible friend, Three (Nathan Johnston), wants adventures. There’s a lulling simplicity to the choreography of this show, which— as well as the usual seating—is bordered by blankets and cushions for families in the middle of Lafayette, Circus Hub’s bigger spiegeltent. Lam spins from bedsheets to a space shuttle launch countdown, while O’Leary’s desk becomes a ship on a voyage.

The animations that spill across a semi-transparent column descending from the ceiling conjure up oceans, sharks and forests, while a fluttering soundtrack adds a touch of magic. There’s the same sweeping emotional undertow as in the best children’s books, as Mum and Little Girl bridge their distance. Bedtime Stories is a lovely, affecting thing. It will captivate small children while reminding the rest of us to slow down, put aside the bank statements and dream a little. ✏︎ Tom Wicker

ghoul may be lurking within. What’s worse than any night-time nasty, of course, is our own scariest guess. Kids are taken on a mini-mission around Clinky’s bedroom to see that there’s really nothing to fear after all. Dressed in baggy pyjamas and comfy slippers, Cogan’s clownish costume is apt for this show, full of exaggerated facial expressions and giddy sound effects. There are some light moments of audience interaction for kids but this is largely a short, sleepy show for ages three to eight. There’s nothing particularly unique or engaging for youngsters here, but interludes of slapstick by Cogan entertain as well as assuage any darker moments. Original music by Jonathan Todd—full of whoops and knocks—helps relax audiences

into the performance. A narrator regularly interrupts to ask Clinky questions, a technique many kids will recognise from children’s TV. There’s nothing to challenge little ones or involve them in the story more regularly, but kids will still warm to this familiar environment. ✏︎ Andrew Latimer


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ZOO 12:00pm – 12:45pm 5–20 Aug, not 14 £4 – £5

Forget Brexit or the housing crisis. If you want to see the stark generational divide between young and old, go see Puzzle, a show in which three contemporary dancers tumble across the stage wearing primary-coloured marshmallow shapes, like a chaotic ballet of embryonic Muppets. You see, kids ‘get’ the abstract more than adults. Put a child in front of a Kandinsky, Miro or Pollock canvas or read them an absurdist rhyme by Dr Seuss or Edward Lear and it will make perfect, delightful sense to them. For adults, however, a schooling in geometrical, imperial realism means the abstract is often greeted with a befuddled, condescending shrug.

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Laughing Horse @ City Cafe 12:30pm – 1:20pm 1–20 Aug

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Watching comedian Martin Mor’s kids show sometimes feels like a case of be happy – or else. With his waistcoat and insane facial hair, well-deserving of its own billing, he’s the guy who makes snot jokes behind your parents’ back with a wink, or fixes you with a stare that burns holes in you while you laugh. Performing as part of the Free Fringe, Mor establishes an easy

And so it follows that during Puzzle’s 45-minute running time, as the Lithuanian dance troupe spin and leap with perma-fixed grins, the children sit like amazed statues while mums and dads look amused but a wee bit lost. To be fair to the grown-ups, it is rather simplistic. An extended sequence with cushions, for example, while it will encourage toddlers to clean the floor, overstays its welcome. Beyond the visual fizz on offer, there isn’t much to engage the older crowd. But, as the toddlers will tell you, Puzzle's simplicity is its point. The enthusiastic movement, the day-glo colours, the dance-along sections are all tuned to young ‘uns particular dribble-tastic frequency. And when the show ends, the kids are invited on stage to play with the over-sized shapes. It’s a lovely touch. The children dive in. This is their world. Meanwhile the adults remain on the fringes, looking in. ✏︎ Edd McCracken

rapport with most of the kids he brings on stage to take part. There’s a Roald Dahl-esque twinkly gruffness to his roughand-tumble persona that chimes well with grubby, sticky fingers grasping for sweets. He keeps the energy levels up through audience interaction and a good mix of decent magic tricks and icky gags. Mor also keeps the parents involved – siding with their kids and poking fun at them, while tipping the occasional wink in their direction when faced with a Violet Beauregarde-alike. However, his act never flies too far (or for too long) over the heads of the five or six-year-olds largely comprising his audience. He’s best when he’s treating giggling kids like co-conspirators.

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Sometimes, though, the fun no-nonsense tips over into brusqueness. When I saw the show, there was a souring snap of sharpness from Mor at two parents talking to each other, which felt like an out-of-kilter response in a crowd of noisy children. But the moment quickly passed and the kids were laughing again in no time. ✏︎ Tom Wicker


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Your Fringe Schedule Rob Deering’s Beat This Gilded Balloon Teviot, 25–29 Aug, £10

Free the Dolphin Laughing Horse @ The Crags Bar, 17–29 Aug, not 23, £free The Todd and Molly Show: Welcome to LA LA Land Laughing Horse @ 48 Below, 17–29 Aug, £free

Richy Sheehy: People Are Strange Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 5–29 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £free

The Improverts Bedlam Theatre, 4–29 Aug, £7—£8

The Abridged Dapper Eleven Hour Monochrome Dream Show Laughing Horse @ The White Horse, 7–12 Aug, £free

Spanktacular Pleasance Courtyard, 14 Aug, 21 Aug, 28 Aug, £15.50

Redmond, Cook and Bagshaw: The Smooth Hour Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 8–26 Aug, weekdays only, £free

George McGoldrick: Hot Milk Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, 5–29 Aug, not 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, £free

Midnight Show – Just the Tonic Comedy Club Just the Tonic at The Community Project, Various dates from 6 Aug to 28 Aug, £5—£10

Best Of Teknicolour Smoof (With Roger Swift) Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 6–29 Aug, £free

Late’n’Live Gilded Balloon Teviot, 6–30 Aug, £10—£16

Huge Davies and Sam Lake: Joking Hazard Just the Tonic at The Caves, 5–29 Aug, not 16, £5

Messed Up Laughing Horse @ 48 Below, 12–16 Aug, £free

Late Night Old Town Bloodbath City of Edinburgh Tours, Various dates from 5 Aug to 28 Aug, £12.50

Cardinal Burns Presents Pleasance Courtyard, 24–27 Aug, £12 Spank! Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–29 Aug, £13.50—£15.50

Night at the Museum Gilded Balloon at the Museum, 20 Aug, 21 Aug, 27 Aug, 28 Aug, £12 Paul Johnson: The Cool Kids Just the Tonic at The Caves, 5–29 Aug, not 16, £5 Late With Kate Canons’ Gait, 7–28 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, £free Will Seaward’s Spooky Midnight Ghost Stories III Gilded Balloon Teviot, 4–30 Aug, not 11, 16, 21, 23, £6—£10 NeverMind the BusStops Heroes @ Bob’s BlundaBus, 3–30 Aug, £5

00:15 Hate ‘n’ Live Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 5–28 Aug, £free Sameer Khan: At the Zoo Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 5–29 Aug, £free

00:30 Arielle Dundas: Moppet of Chaos Laughing Horse @ Southside Social, 5–29 Aug, not 28, £free

This is Business Laughing Horse @ The Cellar Monkey, 5–29 Aug, £free Beach Hunks: Very Handsome Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 5–19 Aug, £free

00:45 Panicky Tack Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 5–29 Aug, £free The Madness in My Method Laughing Horse @ The Hanover Tap, 4–28 Aug, £free

01:00 Henrietta Steventon: The Immoral High Ground Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, 16–22 Aug, £free NeverMind the BusStops Heroes @ Bob’s BlundaBus, 3–30 Aug, £5 Licence to Laugh Comedy Club Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 5–29 Aug, £free Don’t Panic Laughing Horse @ The White Horse, 13–29 Aug, £free

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02:00 NeverMind the BusStops Heroes @ Bob’s BlundaBus, 3–30 Aug, £5

09:00 BBC: @BBCEdFest BBC, 8–25 Aug, not 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, £free

10:00 BBC: @BBCEdFest BBC, Various dates from 5 Aug to 26 Aug, £free

10:30 Panti: High Heels in Low Places HHH Traverse Theatre, 9 Aug, 13 Aug, £20.50

10:45 A Sketchy History Just the Tonic at The Community Project, 4–28 Aug, not 15, 23, £5

11:00 About Comedy: Stand-Up Comedy Courses Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, Various dates from 6 Aug to 27 Aug, £99

Class Clowns Gilded Balloon Teviot, 21 Aug, £5

11:45 Help Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 5–27 Aug, not 11, 15, 20, £5

11:50 Aaaand Now For Something Completely Improvised Pleasance Dome, 3–29 Aug, £6—£10 David Callaghan: Let’s Get This Partly Started Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £free

Get Fit With Bruce Willis Valvona & Crolla, 15–20 Aug, £10

Amanda and Madi: Buffering Just the Tonic at The Caves, 21–28 Aug, £6

Bridget Christie: Mortal The Stand Comedy Club, 5–29 Aug, not 15, 16, £12

Dirty White Boys Just the Tonic at The Caves, 4–20 Aug, not 15, £5

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Fat Head and the Big Dog Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 8–28 Aug, £free

Shaken Not Stirred: The Improvised James Bond Film Just the Tonic at The Caves, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £3—£6.50

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Amy Annette: What Women Want Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 26–28 Aug, £free

Josie Long and Martin Williams: Investigations The Stand Comedy Club 5 & 6, 16–28 Aug, £10

BBC: Janice Forsyth BBC, 8–25 Aug, not 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, £free

Present and Correct Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 4–25 Aug, not 9, 15, 22, £free

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Brenda Feuerle: A Firefighter Woman at Work Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 15 Aug, 17 Aug, 19 Aug, £9

Minky: A Sketch Show Just the Tonic at The Caves, 4–20 Aug, not 15, £5

10:20 Pete Inskip’s Return to the UK Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 15–20 Aug, £5

Brenda Feuerle: A Firefighter Woman in Heaven Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 22 Aug, 24 Aug, 26 Aug, £9

Brenda Feuerle: A Firefighter Woman in Heaven Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 16 Aug, 18 Aug, 20 Aug, £9

Brenda Feuerle: A Firefighter Woman at Work Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 23 Aug, 25 Aug, 27 Aug, £9

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Aaaaaargh! It’s the One-Liner Show – Free Show Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 4–28 Aug, £free Star Wars: A Dating Odyssey Laughing Horse @ Southside Social, 4–13 Aug, £free Drastic Measures Just the Tonic at The Community Project, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £3—£5 Variety Hour Laughing Horse @ The Crags Bar, 24–28 Aug, £free Cook It How You Like, It’s Still a Potato! Laughing Horse @ Finnegan’s Wake, 4–27 Aug, not 7, 14, 21, £free

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Nick Elleray: More Memories Than Future Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, 4–28 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £free Alex Love: How to Win a Pub Quiz The Stand Comedy Club 5 & 6, 4–14 Aug, £8—£9 Mostly David Ephgrave Just the Tonic at The Caves, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £3—£5 Shit of the Fringe Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 5–28 Aug, £free The Oxford Revue: Free Laughing Horse @ The Cellar Monkey, 4–28 Aug, not 8, 16, 24, £free Daniel Kitson Presents an Insufficient Number of Undeveloped Ideas Over Ninety Testing Minutes Starting at Noon The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 4–28 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, £5 Susan Morrison: Walking Dead, Famous and Funny The Stand Monument , 5–28 Aug, £8 Ninkynonks and Bear Haters Laughing Horse @ 48 Below, 5–29 Aug, £free Mystery Gimmick Stand-Up Show Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £5 Simon Lukacs Shows His Range Laughing Horse @ Southside Social, 15–23 Aug, £free Heavy Petting: Bad Laughing Laughing Horse @ The Hanover Tap, 4–28 Aug, £free Enter the Bagman Gilded Balloon at the Counting House, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £5 When You Improv on a Star: an Improvised Disney-Style Musical Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–29 Aug, £5—£10 Laughs With Tricks – Free Frankenstein Pub, 10–14 Aug, £free

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Hunan Kunqu Opera Troupe Presents Bristol Revunions: Mustard Laughing Horse @ The Crags Bar, 4–23 Aug, not 17, £free

James & Seaburn: Pigeon Trousers Just the Tonic at The Community Project, 4–14 Aug, £free

A Sharma Sutra’s Tale Laughing Horse @ The White Horse, 4–28 Aug, not 17, 24, £free

Revan and Fennell: Fan Club HHH Just the Tonic at The Caves, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £3—£5

Puppet Fiction Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 4–28 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, £free

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Canvas No.9 The City Art Centre, 15–19 Aug, £free

12:05 Lee Kyle: I Came Here to Burn This Place to the Ground and Build a Table and I’m All Out of Table Making Equipment and Matches The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 4–20 Aug, not 15, £7—£8 Safe Places and How to Ruin Them Silk, 6–27 Aug, not 15, £free Rachel Fairburn: Skulduggery Just the Tonic at The Community Project, 18–28 Aug, £5 Nicola Mantalios-Lovett: Cult Following The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 21–28 Aug, £8 It Just Takes One theSpace on Niddry St, 15–27 Aug, not 21, £8

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I Am Wario Sneaky Pete’s, 6–27 Aug, not 17, £free

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The Stand Comedy Club 2, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £8—£9

Sooz Kempner – Queen Underbelly Med Quad, 3–29 Aug, not 16, £6—£9 The Edinburgh Revue Stand-Up Show Scottish Comedy Festival @ The Beehive Inn, 5–29 Aug, not 15, £free

12:15 Always Be Rolling – Free Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 4–28 Aug, not 17, 24, £free Previously on Maff Brown Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, 4–28 Aug, not 15, 23, £free Woop Woop It’s Da Sound of That Pauly Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, Various dates from 4 Aug to 26 Aug, £free Ambition Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–29 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £6—£11

12:20 Babushka: A Sketch Show Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £3—£6 Ursula Burns: The Dangerous Harpist Stand in the Square, 16–29 Aug, £9 Mervyn’s 25th Gala Show Assembly George Square Theatre, 15 Aug, £15

12:25 Stand-Up History Scottish Comedy Festival @ The Beehive Inn, 5–29 Aug, £free

12:30 The Lunchtime Special Just the Tonic at The Tron, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £3—£6 Revill’s Selection – Free Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 4–20 Aug, not 15, £free Macho Like Me Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £5—£12 Punel Show Voodoo Rooms, 6–28 Aug, not 16, 23, £free Adventures of Tracey Tracey Laughing Horse @ Moriarty’s, 18–28 Aug, £free Savage Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 21–28 Aug, £free

Can’t Adult, Won’t Adult Bannermans, 6–28 Aug, not 14, £free The Sandy and Danni Improv Show! Laughing Horse @ Moriarty’s, 4–17 Aug, £free Andy Storey @ funnystorey Gilded Balloon at the Counting House, 3–29 Aug, £5

12:40 Richard Brown: Stop, Children, What’s That Sound? Everybody Look, It’s Richard Brown! Just the Tonic at The Caves, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £3—£5

12:45 Stewart Lee: Content Provider The Stand Comedy Club, 5–28 Aug, not 15, 16, £10 The Free Association Presents... Gilded Balloon at the Counting House, 3–28 Aug, £5 This is Soap C venues – C, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £7.50—£9.50 Comedy, Craft Beer and Curry: Live at V Deep Gilded Balloon at V DEEP, Various dates from 6 Aug to 28 Aug, £20

12:50 Paul Duncan McGarrity – Ask an Archaeologist Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £free Adam Larter’s Return on Investment Heroes @ The Hive, 6–28 Aug, not 15, £5

12:55 Extreme Broadcasting Spotlites, 4–18 Aug, £4.50—£6.50

13:00 Get Fit With Bruce Willis Valvona & Crolla, 13 Aug, £10 Briony Redman: Secret Show Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 16, £6—£9 Pottervision! Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, 4–28 Aug, £free A Poke in the Eye Just the Tonic at The Caves, 4–28 Aug, not 12, 15, £6—£8 Arthur Smith – Mindlessness: A Beginner’s Guide Pleasance Courtyard, 5–21 Aug, £7—£12.50 10 Things I Hate About UKIP T-Bar, 6–27 Aug, £free The Funny Brothers Frankenstein Pub, 15–29 Aug, £free

Shappi Khorsandi: Nina Is Not OK Assembly George Square Theatre, Various dates from 5 Aug to 20 Aug, £10 Mervyn Stutter’s Pick of the Fringe Gilded Balloon Teviot, 6–28 Aug, not 15, 16, 25, £11—£12 Yaseen Kader: Smile Gilded Balloon at the Counting House, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £5 C for free at ibis C venues – C soco at ibis, 3–29 Aug, £free Tom Houghton Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, 22–26 Aug, £free The Funny Brothers Electric Circus, 5–12 Aug, weekdays only, £free Studs Ciao Roma, 6–27 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £free Doors to Manual Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £5—£6 Tom Binns: Summertime Special 2016 With Ivan Brackenbury and Ian D Montfort Assembly George Square Studios, 4–29 Aug, £6—£11 Big Thumb theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 23–27 Aug, £5 Neil McFarlane: Sightseeing With a Hangover Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £5—£8

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Candy Gigi: If I Had a Rich Man Heroes @ The Hive, 4–28 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £5

13:10 Made in Cumbria Sweet Grassmarket, 5–28 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £8.50 Peter Brush: Dreams with Advert Breaks Banshee Labyrinth, 6–28 Aug, £free Best of Edinburgh Showcase Show Pleasance Courtyard, 4–28 Aug, £6—£12 Amused Moose Comedy Award: Grand Final theSpace @ Symposium Hall, 21 Aug, £12

13:15 Short & Curly: A Curly Night In Gilded Balloon at the Counting House, 3–29 Aug, not 16, 23, £5 Afternoon Delight Just the Tonic at The Caves, 5–27 Aug, not 15, £3—£5 Variety Hour Laughing Horse @ The Cellar Monkey, 18–23 Aug, £free Fit Laughing Horse @ Southside Social, 4–28 Aug, £free Aaaaah! It’s 101 Clean Jokes in 30 Minutes – Free Show Laughing Horse @ Dropkick Murphys, 4–28 Aug, £free

Lost Voice Guy: Disability for Dunces Volume Two The Stand Comedy Club 5 & 6, 4–28 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, £8—£9

Middle Age Came Quick! Laughing Horse @ The White Horse, 4–28 Aug, £free

Champion of Comedy Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 4–28 Aug, £free

The Irish Alternative – Free Laughing Horse @ The Cellar Monkey, 4–17 Aug, £free

Ivor Dembina: Old Jewish Jokes Laughing Horse @ Finnegan’s Wake, 4–27 Aug, not 7, 14, 21, £free

Bristol Improv Takes Over the World Laughing Horse @ The Crags Bar, 4–28 Aug, £free

Hilarity Bites Comedy Club Pick of the Fringe Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 4–28 Aug, £free A Dave Cohen Show: Music Was My First Love Laughing Horse @ The Cellar Monkey, 24–28 Aug, £free Andrew Learmonth: All the People I’ve Ever Loved Will Die The Stand Comedy Club 5 & 6, 8 Aug, 22 Aug, £9 Mulhollandland (Work in Progress) Laughing Horse @ 48 Below, 4–28 Aug, not 17, £free Robin Boot’s Rockomedy: Puns ‘n’ Poses Sneaky Pete’s, 6–27 Aug, £free A Comedy Tapas Opium, 6–27 Aug, £free Silky: Indoor Fireworks The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £7—£8

13:20 He’s Simple, He’s Dumb, He’s Daniel Cook Just the Tonic at The Caves, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £free Rights and Responsibilities (or How a Horse Was Tried for Murder) Just the Tonic at The Caves, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £4—£7 Erich McElroy’s (US) Electile Dysfunction Laughing Horse @ Bar 50, 4–28 Aug, £free We’re Sorry Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 4–28 Aug, £free The Durham Revue: Gigglebox Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, not 16, £6—£10.50 Character Tålks Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £8—£9

13:25 Call of Dudey Just the Tonic at The Caves, 4–28 Aug, not 15, 23, £3.50—£7 Nerd Do Well Hispaniola, 6–27 Aug, £free

13:30 Richard Pulsford: Phrases Ready Scottish Comedy Festival @ The Beehive Inn, 5–28 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, £free Jam Sandwich Bedlam Theatre, 15–21 Aug, £9 Cassie Atkinson – Supernumerary Rainbow Sabor, 6–27 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free Panti: High Heels in Low Places HHH Traverse Theatre, 10 Aug, 14 Aug, £20.50 Apocalypse Cruise Ship Love Affair Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £6—£10

❤ Ahir Shah: Machines HHHH

BBC: Breaking the News BBC, 25 Aug, £free Austentatious: An Improvised Jane Austen Novel Underbelly, George Square, 5–21 Aug, £11.50—£12.50 Card Ninja Underbelly, George Square, 25–28 Aug, £9.50—£11

13:35 Cat Call Just the Tonic at The Community Project, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £5

13:40 Elliot and Farhan’s Life Lessons Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £free—£4.50 Dyer and Whitney’s Supercalifragilisticexpialisketchshow Underbelly Med Quad, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£9

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Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, 4–28 Aug, £free

The GILF and The BuJew Opium, 6–26 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £free

The Simpsons Taught Me Everything I Know, Free Voodoo Rooms, 6–28 Aug, not 15, £free

Man in the Miracle Laughing Horse @ Moriarty’s, 4–28 Aug, £free

Joe Hart: Internaut Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–29 Aug, not 16, £5—£10

Frugl Presents Classic Joke Club Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £free

Mothers Just the Tonic at The Community Project, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £4

Sketch Thieves Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 4–28 Aug, not 16, £free

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Laurence Owen: Cinemusical High Voodoo Rooms, 6–28 Aug, £free Pippa Evans: Same Same but Different Bannermans, 6–28 Aug, not 20, 21, £free Alison Spittle Discovers Hawaii Gilded Balloon at the Counting House, 3–29 Aug, £5 Off The Kerb Showcase Assembly George Square Gardens, 24–28 Aug, £10

13:55 Anatomy of Dating theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 23–27 Aug, £7 Who’s the Umpire theSpace @ Venue45, 22–27 Aug, £6

14:00 Boy Girl Brain Banshee Labyrinth, 6–28 Aug, £free BBC: Loose Ends BBC, 12–15 Aug, weekdays only, £free The Story of the Nervous Man C venues – C soco at ibis, 3–29 Aug, not 16, £free Aaaaargh! It’s 101 Naughty Jokes in 30 Minutes – Free Show Laughing Horse @ Dropkick Murphys, 4–28 Aug, £free Ryan Cull: Brace Yourself Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£10


Erin McGathy: Love You Loudly Gilded Balloon at the Counting House, 3–29 Aug, £5 Rousha Browning: Jumble Sale Heroes @ Dragonfly, 5–28 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £5 Rotating Bill Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, 4–28 Aug, £free BBC: Steve Wright in the Afternoon BBC, 19 Aug, £free BBC: Fresh from the Fringe BBC, 13 Aug, £free All Star Comedy in Aid of STV Children’s Appeal Roundabout @ Summerhall, 16 Aug, £15 Matthew Highton’s I, the Universe Heroes @ The Hive, 4–28 Aug, not 15, 19, £5

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Simon Feilder: Die Trying Just the Tonic at The Caves, 4–28 Aug, not 15, 22, £5 Late Night Laughs at Lunch Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 4–28 Aug, £free

14:05 Faye Treacy: Special (Work in Progress) Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, 4–27 Aug, £free

14:10 Ali Brice Presents Home is Where Eric Meat is HHH Heroes @ The Hive, 4–28 Aug, not 7, 8, £5 Two Girls One... Mug! Frankenstein Pub, 4–28 Aug, not 14, 15, £free

14:15 Harriet Dyer – Barking Tales (Showcase) T-Bar, 6–27 Aug, £free Lynne Jassem: From Como to Homo Sweet Grassmarket, 4–28 Aug, not 10, 15, 22, 23, £5—£8

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Lucy Frederick – Positively Livid Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £free

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The Red Richardson Experience Gilded Balloon at the Counting House, 3–29 Aug, £5

Adele is Younger Than Us C venues – C nova, 3–29 Aug, not 17, £7.50—£9.50

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Niche Rebels Laughing Horse @ 48 Below, 4–28 Aug, not 9, 23, £free

Laura Lexx: Tyrannosaurus Lexx Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £4—£5 Alex Hylton: I Came, I Saw, I Complained Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £5 Simon Plotkin is Gerald Galbraith: Troubadour Just the Tonic at The Caves, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £3—£6 Ellie Taylor: Infidelliety Just the Tonic at The Tron, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £6

14:25 Michael J Dolan: The Most Villainous Michael J Dolan The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 4–14 Aug, £7—£8 Eleanor Morton: Happy Birthday Katie Lewis! The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 16–28 Aug, £8

14:30 Seymour Mace: Shit Title The Stand Comedy Club 2, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £8—£9 Worst Show on the Fringe – Free Movement, 6–28 Aug, £free The Notorious Mary Bourke The Stand Comedy Club 5 & 6, 4–14 Aug, £9—£10 Rhapsodes Pleasance Courtyard, 3–14 Aug, £6—£11.50 Afternoon Tea With Ray Fordyce and Casual Acquaintances Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 4–27 Aug, not 7, 14, 21, £free Juliet Meyers: This Flipping Rescue Dog Has Ruined My Life Laughing Horse @ Southside Social, 4–14 Aug, £free

Stu and Garry’s Improv Show The Stand Comedy Club, 5–29 Aug, not 15, £5 The Edinburgh Revue’s Tenth Birthday Bash Opium, 5–29 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free Angel Comedy Showcase Laughing Horse @ Finnegan’s Wake, 5–27 Aug, not 7, 14, 21, £free

❤ 1 Last Dance With My Father HHHH Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 3–27 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, £free

Joanna Neary Does Animals and Men The Stand Comedy Club 5 & 6, 16–28 Aug, £8 Gag Reflex Presents... Laughing Horse @ The White Horse, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £free Peter Dobbing: Armchair Futurologist III Sneaky Pete’s, 6–27 Aug, £free

14:40 Danielle Ward: Seventeen HHH Just the Tonic at The Caves, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £6 Croft & Pearce Are Not Themselves Underbelly, George Square, 3–28 Aug, not 17, £7—£11.50 Piffin’ Ain’t Easy – A Work in Progress Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 6–14 Aug, £5 Eric’s Tales of the Sea – A Submariner’s Yarn Just the Tonic at The Caves, 5–28 Aug, not 15, £7—£10.50 Rodney Bewes: Whatever Happened to the Likely Lad, Part Two HHH Assembly Checkpoint, 4–29 Aug, not 15, £8—£10 Two and a Half Old Men Scottish Comedy Festival @ The Beehive Inn, 5–20 Aug, £free The Forbidden Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 16–28 Aug, not 22, £5—£10 Audible Presents Pleasance Dome, Various dates from 5 Aug to 28 Aug, £free

L!ghten Up Your Life!™ Gayfield Venues, 3–23 Aug, not 6, 7, 10, 13, 14, 17, 20, 21, £free—£2

Best Boy Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£10.50

Juicer Laughing Horse @ The Cellar Monkey, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £free

Live at the Pleasance Pleasance Dome, Various dates from 10 Aug to 25 Aug, £free

Joey Page: Jowie Gilded Balloon at the Counting House, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £5

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The Prozac and Cons – Free Laughing Horse @ The Hanover Tap, 4–28 Aug, £free

14:35 AAA Batteries (Not Included) Just the Tonic at The Caves, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £5 Robyn Perkins (is a) Work in Progress Laughing Horse @ Bar 50, 4–28 Aug, not 26, £free

The Late Night With Boabby Roaster Show Just the Tonic at The Caves, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £5—£7 Michelle Brasier: Space Tortoise Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–14 Aug, £5—£10 David Green: Celebrity Love Letters The Street, 7–27 Aug, not 15, 16, £free L!ghten Up Your Life!™ Gayfield Venues, 3–23 Aug, not 6, 7, 10, 13, 14, 17, 20, 21, £free—£2

Ian Fox – Pictures of Things That Make Me Laugh – Free Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 4–27 Aug, £free Yolav and Graham’s Jovial Trauma: Refugee Stand-Up Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, 4–28 Aug, not 23, 24, £free Matt Green: Writing To Harvey Keitel – Free Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 4–28 Aug, £free Here’s Some Black for the Union Jack Laughing Horse @ Dropkick Murphys, 4–28 Aug, £free Gareth Richards: The Halo Effect Whistlebinkies, 6–28 Aug, not 18, £free Beautiful Ducks Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, Various dates from 4 Aug to 26 Aug, £free Scott Gibson: Life After Death Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–29 Aug, £5—£10 Zero Quest 2: The Choosening Sabor, 6–27 Aug, not 15, 22, £free

14:50 The Ashes: Comedy Showdown Liquid Room Annexe, 16 Aug, 23 Aug, 28 Aug, £free Mitch Benn: Don’t Fear the Reaper The Stand Comedy Club 5 & 6, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £9—£10

15:00 Adventures of the Improvised Sherlock Holmes Just the Tonic at The Community Project, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £5 Amée Smith: Relax, It’s Not About You

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Underbelly Med Quad, 3–29 Aug, not 16, £6—£10

Get Fit With Bruce Willis Valvona & Crolla, 21 Aug, £10 Tight Ten The Titter Truck, 6–28 Aug, £1 Kill the Beast: Don’t Wake the Damp Pleasance Dome, 3–29 Aug, not 15, 26, £6—£12 George Egg: Anarchist Cook Gilded Balloon Teviot, 23 Aug, £10 Away Day Henry’s Cellar Bar, 4–28 Aug, not 16, £free Katia Kvinge: Squirrel Gilded Balloon at the Counting House, 3–29 Aug, not 16, £5

❤ Thom: Foolery With Thom Tuck

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Heroes @ Dragonfly, 4–27 Aug, not 15, £5

The Noise Next Door’s Really, Really Good Afternoon Show Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–28 Aug, not 8, 9, 16, £5—£10.50 Ken Do’s Success for Losers Cowgatehead, 6–27 Aug, £free

Australia: A Whinging Poms Guide Liquid Room Annexe, 6–27 Aug, not 16, 23, £free

Andy Stedman: Nine Months and Counting Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 4–28 Aug, not 20, 21, £free

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Californians Dreamin’ C venues – C nova, 3–29 Aug, £7.50—£9.50

Bob Graham Fifth Show Scottish Comedy Festival @ The Beehive Inn, 4–27 Aug, not 15, £free Switch: A Sketch Show Underbelly Med Quad, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £6—£9.50

SuZanna GonZo: Dark Lady Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 4–27 Aug, not 15, £3—£10 L!ghten Up Your Life!™ Gayfield Venues, 3–23 Aug, not 6, 7, 10, 13, 14, 17, 20, 21, £free—£2

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30 Minutes of One and Half an Hour of the Other Opium, 6–27 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free David Anthony Wood: Mind Rats Sportsters, 6–28 Aug, £free Marny Godden: Where’s John’s Porridge Bowl? Heroes @ The Hive, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £5 The Doomed Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 8–13 Aug, £8 The Oxford Imps: Hyperdrive Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–29 Aug, £5—£10 Five Go Off on One! Just the Tonic at The Caves, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £7 Alfie Brown: Scissor Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 4–28 Aug, £free Dissecting the Joke With Matt Hutchinson and Haran X Cowgatehead, 6–27 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, £free Wisebowm: The Struggle is Real theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 15–27 Aug, not 21, £7.50

15:05 Life and Death (But Mainly Death) theSpace @ Symposium Hall, 5–27 Aug, not 21, £5—£9 Ofgagged theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 8–13 Aug, £7

15:10 Beth Vyse as Olive Hands in All Hands to the Pump... HHH Heroes @ The Hive, 4–28 Aug, not 8, 10, 17, 24, £5 S&M Masterclass Banshee Labyrinth, 6–28 Aug, not 15, £free

15:15 Are You Really Being Served? With Steve McLean Cowgatehead, 6–27 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £free

CSI: Crime Scene Improvisation Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, 6–28 Aug, £free Giants Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£9.50 Ed Gamble: Stampede Gilded Balloon at the Counting House, 3–29 Aug, £5 Tight Ten The Titter Truck, 6–28 Aug, £1

1 Woman, a Dwarf Planet and 2 Cox: Samantha Baines Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 6, £6—£10 Ditty Fiddler Globe Bar, 6–28 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free Nick Hall: Szgrabble!

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T-Bar, 6–27 Aug, £free

Tight Ten The Titter Truck, 6–28 Aug, £1

Notflix Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–29 Aug, £6—£10

Edinburgh Comedy Awards Show Pleasance Courtyard, 28 Aug, £14

Gráinne Maguire: What Has the News Ever Done for Me? Heroes @ Bob’s BlundaBus, 5–28 Aug, not 10, 17, £5

Naomi Petersen: I am Telling You I’m Not Going Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 16, £6—£9.50

Performance Anxiety Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 4–28 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free

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L!ghten Up Your Life!™ Gayfield Venues, 3–23 Aug, not 6, 7, 10, 13, 14, 17, 20, 21, £free—£2 Woody Allen(ish) Frankenstein Pub, 5–29 Aug, £free

15:20 Paul Revill: Revillations – Free Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, 4–20 Aug, not 15, £free Louise Reay: Que Sera Just the Tonic at The Caves, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £5

15:30 Knock Knock Laughing Horse @ Bar 50, 4–28 Aug, £free Charmian Hughes – Soixante Mirth Cowgatehead, 6–27 Aug, not 15, £free Chris Coltrane: Socialist Fun Times Banshee Labyrinth, 6–28 Aug, £free Evelyn Mok and Katharine Ferns Present Katharine Ferns and Evelyn Mok! Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, 4–28 Aug, £free L!ghten Up Your Life!™ Gayfield Venues, 3–23 Aug, not 10, 17, £free—£2

Nick Revell: Gluten-Free Christ; Seven Easy Steps to Mindfulness, Weight-Loss, Eternal Beauty, Spiritual Detox, Untold Riches, and Dealing with Disappointment The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 5–28 Aug, not 15, £8

15:40 Matt Richardson: Bangerang Just the Tonic at The Tron, 4–13 Aug, £5 Andy Zaltzman: Plan Z The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £10—£12 Comedians Cinema Club Just the Tonic at The Tron, 14–28 Aug, not 15, £10

Kev’s Komedy Kitchen Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £5—£8

Mark Cooper-Jones: Geographically Speaking Movement, 6–27 Aug, £free

Crack in Progress by Lucy Pearman Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 4–28 Aug, not 15, 16, £free

15:45

Andrea Hubert: Week Gilded Balloon at the Counting House, 3–29 Aug, not 15, 16, £5

The Guilty Feminist With Sofie Hagen and Deborah Frances-White Gilded Balloon Teviot, Various dates from 15 Aug to 24 Aug, £10

❤ Katie Mulgrew:

Saboteur / Free Festival HHHH Laughing Horse @ Southside Social, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £free The Clinic: An Afternoon of Serious Stand-Up Gilded Balloon Teviot, 17 Aug, £5.50 Liars’ Club Laughing Horse @ 48 Below, 4–28 Aug, not 17, £free Matt Winning: Ragnarok Opium, 6–27 Aug, £free Tight Ten The Titter Truck, 6–28 Aug, £1 Barbara Nice: Raffle! The Stand Comedy Club 5 & 6, 16–28 Aug, £9 Mark of Stupidity Two: Even Stupider Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 4–28 Aug, £free Loose Brie Filling My Tin, With Loose Brie, Phil and Martin Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 4–28 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free Hilarity Bites Management Showcase Show Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 4–28 Aug, £free Pear Shaped Afternoons – Free Laughing Horse @ The White Horse, 4–28 Aug, £free

Ship of Fool Laughing Horse @ Finnegan’s Wake, 4–27 Aug, not 7, 14, 21, £free Stuart Goldsmith: Compared to What Liquid Room Annexe, 6–28 Aug, not 15, £free Richard Todd Laughing Horse @ The Cellar Monkey, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £free

15:50 Matt Forde: It’s My Political Party (and I’ll Cry if I Want to) Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, £9.50—£14 Cheekykita – Tittitutar Town Sweet Grassmarket, 15–28 Aug, £5 The Curious Case of the Doc on the Night Shift theSpace on the Mile, 15–20 Aug, £7

15:55 Walnut Sanchez and the Macaroni Saga Just the Tonic at The Caves, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £4—£7 Any Suggestions, Doctor? An Improvised Adventure in Space and Time Sweet Grassmarket, 4–27 Aug, not 15, 22, £8 Bluesy Woozy Man Voodoo Rooms, 6–28 Aug, not 17, £free

Bilal Zafar: Cakes Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £4

Lynn Ruth Miller and Larah Bross: Gran Slam The Stand Comedy Club 5 & 6, 4–14 Aug, £8—£9

John Robertson: Arena Spectacular! The Stand Comedy Club 2, 4–27 Aug, not 15, £8—£9

The Weaning of Life / Free Festival Laughing Horse @ The Crags Bar, 4–28 Aug, not 10, 17, £free

Freestyle Comedy 3 Scottish Comedy Festival @ The Beehive Inn, 4–28 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £free

Laughing Stock Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£10.50

L!ghten Up Your Life!™ Gayfield Venues, 3–23 Aug, not 10, 17, £free—£2

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Daniel Nicholas: Scripted Just the Tonic at The Caves, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £free—£5

Aaaaaaargh! It’s the Monster Stand-Up Show – Free Show Laughing Horse @ The Hanover Tap, 4–28 Aug, £free

Anna Morris: It’s Got to Be Perfect Voodoo Rooms, 6–28 Aug, not 17, £free

The Knockabout Laughing Horse @ Dropkick Murphys, 4–28 Aug, £free

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Daniel Piper is in Four Gangs Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£10.50 Susan Calman: The Calman Before the Storm Pleasance Courtyard, 6 Aug, 13 Aug, 21 Aug, £14 Peter Fleming and Wilbur Bilb: Over the Airwaves Heroes @ Dragonfly, 4–28 Aug, not 16, £5 Neil Henry: Mindwangler Pleasance Dome, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£10 50% Liability C venues – C soco at ibis, 3–29 Aug, not 16, £free BBC: Breaking the News BBC, 11 Aug, 18 Aug, £free Battle of the Supervillains: The Great Supervillain Debate Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 22–23 Aug, £free Tony Cowards: Daft Pun Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £5—£7 Battle of the Superheroes: The Great Superhero Debate Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 6–27 Aug, not 10, 17, 22, 23, 24, £free BBC: Fresh from the Fringe BBC, 13 Aug, £free Paul Merton’s Impro Chums Pleasance Courtyard, 11–21 Aug, £12.50—£14.50 Laughing Horse Free Pick of the Fringe Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 5 Aug, 10 Aug, 17 Aug, 24 Aug, £free

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Hold the Front Page with Hardeep Singh Kohli Assembly George Square Theatre, 11–14 Aug, £10—£12

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Around the World Just the Tonic at The Caves, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £5 Omid Djalili: Schmuck for a Night Pleasance Courtyard, 23–27 Aug, £17—£19

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Stephen K Amos Talk Show Gilded Balloon Teviot, Various dates from 5 Aug to 27 Aug, £7—£14 Simon Munnery: Standing Still The Stand Comedy Club, 4–29 Aug, not 15, £9—£12 Sam Fletcher: Daftwerk HHH Underbelly, George Square, 3–28 Aug, not 16, £6—£10.50 The Rat Pack Presents... Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, 4–28 Aug, £free Dominic Frisby: Let’s Talk About Tax

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Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £5—£9.50

Rob Auton: The Sleep Show Banshee Labyrinth, 6–28 Aug, not 16, £free

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L!ghten Up Your Life!™ Gayfield Venues, 3–23 Aug, not 10, 17, £free—£2

16:05 The Coin-Operated Girl Liquid Room Annexe, 6–28 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free The Ashes: Comedy Showdown Liquid Room Annexe, 17 Aug, 24 Aug, £free Glitch – The Improvised Puppet Show theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 5–20 Aug, not 7, 14, £8 Katherine Ryan: Work in Progress The Stand Comedy Club 5 & 6, 4–13 Aug, £12 Penelope Solomon: I Was a Penis at the Royal Festival Hall The Stand Comedy Club 5 & 6, 16–28 Aug, £10 4 Minute Warning Just the Tonic at The Caves, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £5

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Abi Roberts: Anglichanka HHH Voodoo Rooms, 6–28 Aug, not 16, £free Oxford Imps vs Cambridge Impronauts: An Improv Battle of the Blues Gilded Balloon Teviot, 10 Aug, 17 Aug, 24 Aug, £10

❤ Olaf Falafel and the Cheese of Truth

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Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 4–28 Aug, not 16, £free

Tom Neenan: Vaudeville Underbelly Med Quad, 3–28 Aug, £6—£10.50 Paul F Taylor: Sour Apes Bannermans, 7–28 Aug, not 13, 20, 27, £free 48 Minutes, Another Laughing Horse @ Moriarty’s, 4–28 Aug, £free Tight Ten The Titter Truck, 5–28 Aug, £1 Andrew Hunter Murray: Round One Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 16, £6—£9 L!ghten Up Your Life!™ Gayfield Venues, 3–23 Aug, not 10, 17, £free—£2

Tight Ten The Titter Truck, 6–28 Aug, £1

Wild at Heart – Free Henry’s Cellar Bar, 4–28 Aug, not 16, £free

Sooz Kempner – A Bit of a Character Just the Tonic at The Caves, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £free

Adam Hess: Feathers Heroes @ The Hive, 5–28 Aug, £6

Awkward Confessions of a Homeless Sex God Cowgatehead, 6–28 Aug, £free

16:15

Weird Stuff Cowgatehead, 6–27 Aug, £free

Jody Kamali is The Incredible Man of Mystery Sweet Grassmarket, 4–28 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £6

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Now We Are Sixty Sabor, 6–27 Aug, £free

Dirty, Rotten, Irish Scoundrels Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 4–28 Aug, £free

Angus Dunican: The Vanity Project Gilded Balloon at the Counting House, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £5—£7

Siân and Zoë’s Luxury Cruise Through the Horrifying Vacuum of Space Just the Tonic at The Community Project, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £5

Daddy & Robin: Lightbulb (All Ages) Heroes @ Bob’s BlundaBus, 9–13 Aug, £5

16:20

David McIver is a Very Fun Guy With Lots of Friends Cowgatehead, 6–27 Aug, not 15, 22, £free

Luke Benson’s Big Night Out (In the Afternoon) Banshee Labyrinth, 6–28 Aug, £free

Juliette Burton: Decision Time Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£9.50

Funny for a Grrrl Stand in the Square, 4–28 Aug, £9—£10

Russell Hicks: Deadliner Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 4–28 Aug, £free

Ed Aczel’s Foreign Policy Heroes @ The Hive, 4–28 Aug, not 16, £5 Tudur Owen: The LL Factor Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £5 Radio Active Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, not 15, 22, £6—£15

16:25 FanFiction Comedy Assembly George Square Theatre, 3–28 Aug, not 16, £6—£10

16:30 2061 Underbelly Med Quad, 3–29 Aug, not 17, £6—£10 Kat Bond: Loo Roll Heroes @ Bob’s BlundaBus, 25–29 Aug, £5 Barry Cryer and Ronnie Golden Gilded Balloon Teviot, 22 Aug, £14

This Glorious Monster: Wrong ‘Uns Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, £7—£11 Will Mars: Schtick Shift Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, 4–28 Aug, not 16, £free Happily Never After Just the Tonic at The Caves, 4–14 Aug, £5 Tight Ten The Titter Truck, 5–28 Aug, £1 Kevin Quantum: Illuminations Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–29 Aug, not 4, 22, £5—£12 Daniel Audritt and Sean Cannon: Breaking the Mould Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 4–28 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £free Goose: Hydroberserker Assembly George Square Gardens, 4–28 Aug, £6—£12 Becky Walker’s Mandatory Rest Break Heroes @ Bob’s BlundaBus, 20–24 Aug, £5

Kids With Beards: The Curse of the Secret Ham Just the Tonic at The Caves, 16–28 Aug, £free AART Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, £6—£10 Mirthquake Southsider, 6–27 Aug, £free L!ghten Up Your Life!™ Gayfield Venues, Various dates from 6 Aug to 21 Aug, £2 Comedy With a Colour Blind Dyslexic Geordie Who Also Has an Underactive Thyroid Cowgatehead, 6–27 Aug, £free

16:35 Suzanne Lea Shepherd: Rapscallion Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, 4–28 Aug, not 16, £free Help Us Tom Toal, You’re Our Only Hope Ciao Roma, 6–27 Aug, £free

16:45 Jack Evans: Melancholy Poontang Cowgatehead, 6–27 Aug, not 16, £free Sophie Willan: On Record HHH Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£12 Alcohol is Good for You Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 4–28 Aug, not 15, 16, £free

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Katy Brand: I Was a Teenage Christian

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Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £7—£13.50

Banging Fun Stuff Just the Tonic at The Caves, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £3—£5 Annie McGrath: The Seven Ages of An Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, not 17, £6—£9

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Roberts: Honey

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Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £6—£9

Kieran Boyd: Egg

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Gilded Balloon at the Counting House, 3–29 Aug, £5

Tubby Tubby Dumb Dumb Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, 4–28 Aug, £free Tight Ten The Titter Truck, 5–28 Aug, £1 Rory O’Keeffe: Monoglot Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £6—£10 Phil Mann: Nothingism – Free Laughing Horse @ Bar 50, 5–27 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, £free John Pendal: International Man of Leather HHH The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £7—£8

Rhys James: Forgives

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Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, £6—£11.50

L!ghten Up Your Life!™ Gayfield Venues, Various dates from 6 Aug to 21 Aug, £2 Star Trek vs Star Wars The Banana Skin, 6–21 Aug, £free

16:50 John Gordillo: Love Capitalism HHH The Stand Comedy Club 2, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £8—£9 Relatively Normal Nightcap, 6–28 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £free

17:00 A Plague of Idiots Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £6—£11 Steve Bugeja: Unpronounceable

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Just the Tonic at The Tron, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £5—£7

Manic Pixie Dream Girls Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £5 Thrones! The Musical Parody Assembly George Square Studios, 3–29 Aug, £10—£14 Rory O’Hanlon – You Are Where You Need to Be Opium, 6–27 Aug, £free Laughing Horse Free Comedy Selection Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 5–27 Aug, £free

Wayne Carter Teaches You to Be Fabulous Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 4–28 Aug, £free

Infectious Laughing Horse @ The Hanover Tap, 13–28 Aug, £free

Impromptunes – The Completely Improvised Musical Underbelly Med Quad, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £6—£11.50

Leicester Comedy Festival Presents Best of That Other Fest With Sarah Millican & Special Guests Underbelly, George Square, 16 Aug, £20

All Star Comedy in Aid of STV Children’s Appeal Roundabout @ Summerhall, 16 Aug, £15

Will Seaward: Magnificent Bastard Gilded Balloon at the Counting House, 3–29 Aug, not 20, £5

Carey Marx, Hero of the People Liquid Room Annexe, 6–28 Aug, not 17, £free

Jordan Brookes: The Making Of Laughing Horse @ The Cellar Monkey, 4–28 Aug, not 16, £free

Space Cat Pasta Bake Laughing Horse @ 48 Below, 4–28 Aug, £free Fish Finger Fridays: A Sketch Show Kilderkin, 6–27 Aug, not 15, £free L!ghten Up Your Life!™ Gayfield Venues, Various dates from 6 Aug to 21 Aug, £2 Totally Wired: Trigger Warning! The Stand Comedy Club 5 & 6, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £8—£9 Sleeping Trees: Sci-Fi? Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 18, £6—£10 The Improvised Improv Show Laughing Horse @ The Crags Bar, 4–28 Aug, £free Joe Davies: Who’s the Daddy? Heroes @ Dragonfly, 5–28 Aug, not 16, £5

James Wilson-Taylor: Ginger is the New Black Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, £6—£10.50 Pete Otway: Six Years from Then Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £5 A Stage, a Mic, Some Jokes Sneaky Pete’s, 6–27 Aug, £free #Jollyboat: Seven Songs for Geeks Movement, 6–27 Aug, £free Go Go Power Rangeurs: The Movie, Live! C venues – C soco at ibis, 17–29 Aug, £free Martha McBrier: Japanese Boy Laughing Horse @ Finnegan’s Wake, 4–27 Aug, not 7, 14, 21, £free

Tight Ten The Titter Truck, 5–28 Aug, £1

James Cook: Ready, Steady, James! Laughing Horse @ Southside Social, 4–28 Aug, not 17, 24, £free Komischer Just the Tonic at The Caves, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £5—£7 Jen Carnovale Wronger Than You Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 4–28 Aug, not 14, 15, £free Stage Against the Machine Laughing Horse @ The Hanover Tap, 4–12 Aug, £free

17:05 Homeopathy and Other Jokes theSpace on the Mile, 8–13 Aug, £7.50

17:10 Matt Forde: It’s My Political Party (and I’ll Cry if I Want to) Pleasance Courtyard, 9 Aug, 18 Aug, 19 Aug, 20 Aug, 21 Aug, £12—£14 Matt Forde’s Political Party Podcast Pleasance Courtyard, 17 Aug, £12 Nicholas Parsons’ Happy Hour Pleasance Courtyard, 5–14 Aug, not 8, 9, £6—£13.50 The Best of Irish Comedy The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 5–28 Aug, £12 HUB Fresh Pleasance Courtyard, 8 Aug, 15 Aug, 22 Aug, £free

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17:15 The Kagools Just the Tonic at The Caves, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £5—£7 Ellis & Rose: Obsolete Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, 5–27 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, £free The Attenborough Tours: Life on Fringe Heroes @ Bob’s BlundaBus, 5–29 Aug, £5 The Good, the Bad and the Weegie Outhouse, 5–27 Aug, not 14, 21, £7 Get Fit With Bruce Willis Valvona & Crolla, 14 Aug, £10 Tight Ten The Titter Truck, 5–28 Aug, £1 Mawaan Rizwan – Gender Neutral Concubine Pirate Laughing Horse @ Dropkick Murphys, 5–28 Aug, not 15, £free Men With Coconuts: Improvised Bond La Belle Angèle, 6–28 Aug, not 16, 23, £free Alex Smith – Not Even Trying Whistlebinkies, 6–27 Aug, £free Micky Bartlett: Blissfully Ignorant Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–28 Aug, £5—£10.50 Susie Youssef – Check Youssef Before You Wreck Youssef Assembly George Square Studios, 3–28 Aug, not 17, £7—£12


Shhhh – An Improvised Silent Movie C venues – C nova, 6–20 Aug, £9.50—£11.50 Get Your Own Back: Live! Assembly George Square Studios, 3–28 Aug, not 16, £8—£13.50 L!ghten Up Your Life!™ Gayfield Venues, Various dates from 6 Aug to 28 Aug, £2

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Liam Withnail: True Defective Scottish Comedy Festival @ The Beehive Inn, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £free

17:30 Gordon Southern: Long Story Short Frankenstein Pub, 4–29 Aug, not 10, 24, £free

Ashley Storrie and Other Erotica Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 4–28 Aug, £free

Aladdin and His Magical Europe Refugee Tour 2016 C venues – C nova, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £7.50—£9.50

17:20

The Oxford Revue: Hello You Assembly George Square Studios, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £5—£10

Spencer Jones is The Herbert in Proper Job Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£12 Baron Fingolfin: The Stranger Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £5 Pete Johansson: Good People HHH Heroes @ The Hive, 4–28 Aug, not 15, 16, £5 Christian Reilly: Rock’n’LOL Liquid Room Annexe, 6–28 Aug, £free Murder She Didn’t Write C venues – C, 3–29 Aug, £8.50—£10.50 David Mills: Shame! Underbelly, George Square, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£11.50 Alice Marshall: Vicious Just the Tonic at The Caves, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £6 Hardeep Singh Kohli’s Mix Tape Pleasance Dome, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£12 Topical Storm The Stand Comedy Club 5 & 6, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £9—£10 Adam Rowe: Bittersweet Little Lies Just the Tonic at The Caves, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £5

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Mixed Doubles: Fundraiser Just the Tonic at The Caves, 4–28 Aug, not 15, 27, £6.50—£9.50

Floss Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 4–28 Aug, not 15, 22, £free

Zach & Viggo: Thunderflop Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£11

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Gary Delaney: There’s Something About Gary The Stand Comedy Club, 8–14 Aug, £12 Josie Long: Work In Progress The Stand Comedy Club, 16–28 Aug, £12 Eric Lampaert: Alien of Extraordinary Ability Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £free Lucie Pohl: Apohlcalypse Now! Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–29 Aug, £6—£10 Pat Cahill: D.O.T.T Heroes @ The Hive, 4–28 Aug, not 16, £5 Barbarians Laughing Horse @ The White Horse, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £free

I Don’t Believe it! An Evening With Victor Meldrew Assembly Roxy, 16–28 Aug, not 22, £16—£17.50 Maddy Anholt: Rent Girl Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £6—£11 All My Friends Are Dead Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, 4–28 Aug, £free Mark Smith: Old Smudge Cowgatehead, 6–27 Aug, not 17, £free Jenny Collier: Jen-Hur Underbelly Med Quad, 3–28 Aug, £6—£10 Lucy Porter: Consequences Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, not 15, 22, £7—£14 Merkin 9 to 5 Laughing Horse @ Moriarty’s, 4–28 Aug, £free Poncho Orange CC Blooms, 6–28 Aug, £free Tez Ilyas: Made in Britain Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£12 James Christopher – What’s the Tory? Mourning Glory Banshee Labyrinth, 6–28 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free Harriet Dyer: ‘We’d Prefer Someone a Bit More Mainstream’

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Cowgatehead, 6–27 Aug, £free

L!ghten Up Your Life!™ Gayfield Venues, 25–28 Aug, £2

Looking Out for Linda (The Remix) Cowgatehead, 6–27 Aug, £free

Marjolein Robertson: UK’s 2nd Most Northerly Comedian Opium, 6–16 Aug, £free

Tight Ten The Titter Truck, 5–28 Aug, £1

17:35

Tamar Broadbent: Get Ugly Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 4–28 Aug, not 17, £free Ed Night: I’m Amazed It Has a Title Gilded Balloon at the Counting House, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £5

Jack & Lou: Agents of Farce theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 15–20 Aug, £4 Lewis Schaffer: You Are Beautiful HHH Just the Tonic at The Community Project, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £10 Salacious B. Crumb’s Luxury Biscuits Silk, 6–27 Aug, £free

17:40 Guy Masterson: Love and Canine Integration Assembly Roxy, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £8—£10 Bruce Fummey’s Alba: Scotland the Origins Stand in the Square, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £9—£10 James Veitch: Game Face Pleasance Dome, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £6—£11 Mike Newall: High on Gravy Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £6 Phil Ellis is Alone Together (But Mostly Alone) Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£11

17:45 Beth Vyse: As Funny as Cancer Gilded Balloon at the Counting House, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £5—£8 Rose Matafeo is Finally Dead Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, not 17, £6—£9 Luca Cupani: The Admin of Death and Other Confessions Heroes @ Bob’s BlundaBus, 4–29 Aug, not 10, £5 Künt and the Gang – The Final Küntdown Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 28 Aug, £7 Künt and the Gang – It’s a Bit Early for Künt and the Gang Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 26–27 Aug, £7 Daphne’s Second Show Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£12 L!ghten Up Your Life!™ Gayfield Venues, 25–28 Aug, £2 Helen Duff: Come With Me Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £6—£10 Grant Stott’s Tales from Behind the Mic Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–29 Aug, not 14, 22, £6—£12

Tight Ten The Titter Truck, 5–28 Aug, £1 Diane Spencer: Seamless Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £5—£9.50 George Egg: Anarchist Cook Gilded Balloon Teviot, 22 Aug, £10

17:50 Christian Talbot: C60 Underbelly Med Quad, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £6—£10.50 Clare Plested: Flock Up HH Ciao Roma, 6–27 Aug, not 17, £free

17:55 Viv Groskop: Be More Margo The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £7—£8

18:00

Comedy in the Dark Just the Tonic at The Community Project, Various dates from 6 Aug to 21 Aug, £8—£12 Glenn Moore: Glengarry Glen Glenn Just the Tonic at The Caves, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £5 Lolly 2 Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, £6—£10.50 Giacinto Palmieri: Nietzsche, Women and I Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 4–28 Aug, £free Kiri Pritchard-McLean: Hysterical Woman Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £6—£9.50 The Noise Next Door’s Really, Really Good Afternoon Show Gilded Balloon Teviot, 13 Aug, £10.50 Laugh Train Home Comedy Showcase Laughing Horse @ Bar 50, 4–28 Aug, £free

Alistair McGowan: 12th Impressions Gilded Balloon Teviot, 16–28 Aug, not 23, £17

Phil Jerrod: Hypocrite Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£10

Norman Lovett: Entertaining Moaner Heroes @ Dragonfly, 16–28 Aug, £8

Gusset Grippers Woodland Creatures, 5–28 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £5

Barry Cryer and Ronnie Golden Gilded Balloon Teviot, 23 Aug, £14

Katherine Ryan: Work in Progress Gilded Balloon Teviot, 14 Aug, £16

Henning Wehn: Westphalia is Not an Option Just the Tonic at The Caves, 4–28 Aug, not 8, 15, 16, 22, £8.50—£12.50

Brennan Reece: Everglow Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, £6—£10

Katharine Ferns is Faking It (Work in Progress) Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, 4–28 Aug, £free Kriss Foster and the Very Small Museum Globe Bar, 6–28 Aug, not 23, £free Cam and Flora C venues – C nova, 3–29 Aug, £8.50—£10.50 Michael Brunström: The Hay Wain Reloaded Heroes @ Dragonfly, 4–13 Aug, £5 Not Just a Funny Turn Gilded Balloon at the Museum, 15 Aug, £12

L!ghten Up Your Life!™ Gayfield Venues, 25–28 Aug, £2 My Groupon Adventure T-Bar, 6–27 Aug, not 15, 22, £free Showstopper! The Improvised Musical Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, not 16, £10—£16.50 Joel Dommett: Pretending to Smoke With a Breadstick Pleasance Courtyard, 3–27 Aug, not 15, £7—£12 Odd Couples Just the Tonic at The Community Project, 5–14 Aug, not 6, 7, £8—£12

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Paul Foot’s Game of Dangers Just the Tonic at The Community Project, 7 Aug, 24 Aug, 25 Aug, 26 Aug, 27 Aug, £10—£12 Gareth Morinan: Graph Giraffe Banshee Labyrinth, 6–27 Aug, £free

Laughing Horse Free Comedy Selection Laughing Horse @ Southside Social, 24–27 Aug, £free

Patrick Turpin: To Me, You Are Perfect Sneaky Pete’s, 6–27 Aug, not 15, £free

Egg - Static Laughing Horse @ Southside Social, 4–23 Aug, not 15, £free

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Tight Ten The Titter Truck, 5–28 Aug, £1

African-Czechoslovakian / Free Festival Laughing Horse @ 48 Below, 4–28 Aug, £free

Bethany Black: (Extra) Ordinary HHH The Stand Comedy Club 2, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £8—£9

Elliot Steel: Netflix ‘n’ Steel Gilded Balloon at the Counting House, 3–28 Aug, £6

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Shazia Mirza The Stand Comedy Club 5 & 6, 4–13 Aug, £8—£9

Preoccupied With Whether or Not He Could That He Didn’t Stop to Think Whether He Should (1hr Show)

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Darius Davies – Road to Wrestlemania Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £free

Rowena Hutson: Strong Female Character Gilded Balloon at the Counting House, 3–28 Aug, £5

Danny Buckler: Showman Shaman Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, 5–28 Aug, not 15, £free

Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, £6—£10

18:05 Luke Stephen: Commit No Nuisance Nightcap, 6–28 Aug, not 17, £free Absolute Improv! theSpace on Niddry St, 5–27 Aug, not 7, 21, £6—£10

18:15 John Scott Smashes It to F*ck Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 4–28 Aug, £free Price (still) Includes Biscuits theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 5–27 Aug, not 7, 14, 21, £5—£8 I Should Have Listened to Ivor Dembina The Stand Comedy Club 5 & 6, 16–27 Aug, not 21, £6 The Romanians Are Here Laughing Horse @ The Crags Bar, 4–14 Aug, £free

Green Bananas Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 4–28 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free While You Were Out Laughing Horse @ The Crags Bar, 15–28 Aug, not 17, 24, £free A Taste of Planet Caramel Opium, 6–27 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £free Best of UCLU Comedy Club Movement, 6–27 Aug, not 16, £free SupercalifragilisticexpiGARYTROcious Laughing Horse @ The Cellar Monkey, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £free Ever Mainard: Let Me Be Your Main Man Gilded Balloon Teviot, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £6.50—£12.50 zazU: Raisins to Stay Alive Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–29 Aug, not 17, 24, £5—£10 Stuck in a Rut Laughing Horse @ Finnegan’s Wake, 4–27 Aug, not 7, 14, 21, £free

Brendon Burns: Dumb White Guy Liquid Room Annexe, 6–28 Aug, £free

Bob Blackman’s Tray Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 14–27 Aug, not 21, £free

Tight Ten The Titter Truck, 5–28 Aug, £1

L!ghten Up Your Life!™ Gayfield Venues, 25–28 Aug, £2

Morning After Just the Tonic at The Caves, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £4 Physics Fan Fiction Silk, 6–15 Aug, not 10, £free James Meehan – Class Act Just the Tonic at The Tron, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £5 Lunch Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, not 16, £6—£10.50 UCL Graters: Immature Cheddar Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £free—£7 Susan Calman: The Calman Before the Storm Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, £7—£14 Peter White: Straight White Male Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £5—£10

18:25 Kill the Beast: He Had Hairy Hands Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 15, 26, £6—£11.50

18:30 Aloof! Sabor, 6–27 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £free Laughing Horse Free Pick of the Fringe Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 5–27 Aug, £free Tyrannosaurus Sketch Greenside @ Royal Terrace, Various dates from 5 Aug to 27 Aug, £8 Crack Comedy Club’s Pick of the Fringe Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, 4–28 Aug, £free Pick of the Fringe The Sheraton Grand Hotel , 25 Aug, £180 Talk Hard Laughing Horse @ Dropkick Murphys, 5–28 Aug, £free

Tight Ten The Titter Truck, 5–28 Aug, £1 L!ghten Up Your Life!™ Gayfield Venues, 25–28 Aug, £2

Russell Howard and Steve Williams Work in Progress Assembly George Square Studios, 3–21 Aug, not 10, £5

Shaggers (Free Festival) Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 4–28 Aug, £free

Jacob Hatton: Dreams of FitzRoy and Londis Just the Tonic at The Caves, 5–28 Aug, not 15, £8

Harriet Beveridge: 42 Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 15–27 Aug, not 21, £9

Ruby Thomas: Chick Just the Tonic at The Caves, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £5

Ari Shaffir: Ari S-P-E-C-T Heroes @ The Hive, 4–28 Aug, £5

Lewis Macleod is Not Himself Frankenstein Pub, 4–21 Aug, £free

NewsRevue 2016 Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 17, £9.50—£17

Liz Miele: Mind Over Melee Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£10.50

Jimmy McGhie: Apologia Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £5—£11

18:35 Free Footlights Liquid Room Annexe, 6–28 Aug, £free Britney Assembly George Square Studios, 3–29 Aug, not 16, 23, £5—£8

❤ Andrew Doyle: Future Tense

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The Stand Comedy Club 5 & 6, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £9—£10

Living Luke Sweet Grassmarket, 4–28 Aug, £4—£8 Eddy Brimson: Up the Anti Voodoo Rooms, 6–28 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free Shellshock! Improv Live! theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 15–20 Aug, £6.50 Bristol Revunions: Dolce Vita Just the Tonic at The Caves, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £5—£7

18:40 Adam Kay – Fingering A Minor on the Piano

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Joz Norris: Hello, Goodbye Heroes @ The Hive, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £5 Global Pillage Assembly George Square Studios, 25–28 Aug, £10—£12 Fast Fringe Pleasance Dome, 3–27 Aug, £5—£10 Adventures in Menstruating with Chella Quint Banshee Labyrinth, 6–28 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £free

18:45 Sam Carrington: Awkwardly Mobile Gilded Balloon at the Counting House, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £5—£7 Nath Valvo: Happy Idiot HH Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–28 Aug, not 16, £7—£12 Wendy Wason: Tiny Me Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£12 John Porter – Lunatic (of the) Fringe Spotlites, 8–12 Aug, £5 Simon Munnery and Friends: 30 Not Out The Famous Spiegeltent, 22 Aug, £14

Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £6—£14

Tight Ten The Titter Truck, 5–28 Aug, £1

Jack Barry: You Don’t Know Jack HHH Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £5

Me, Me, Me Laughing Horse @ Moriarty’s, 4–28 Aug, £free

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L!ghten Up Your Life!™ Gayfield Venues, 25–28 Aug, £2 Sarah Kendall: Shaken Assembly George Square Studios, 3–28 Aug, £7—£12.50 Normally Abnormal Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 4–28 Aug, £free Al Murray – The Pub Landlord: Let’s Go Backwards Together (Work in Progress) Assembly George Square Gardens, 4–14 Aug, £19.50 I Was Mick Jones’s Bank Clerk Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, 15–28 Aug, £free Paul McCaffrey: Fresh Hell Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £free Irish Championship Comedy Laughing Horse @ The White Horse, 4–28 Aug, £free Charlie Dinkin: Can’t Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, 4–14 Aug, £free Will Duggan: A Man Gathering Fish

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Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£9.50

The Leeds Tealights: Tension Just the Tonic at The Caves, 5–28 Aug, not 15, £5—£9

18:50 Jake Yapp is One in a Million Underbelly, George Square, 3–28 Aug, £6—£11 Daisy Earl: Scottish Comedian of the Year Winner 2015 Scottish Comedy Festival @ The Beehive Inn, 5–28 Aug, not 10, 11, 16, 17, 23, 24, £10—£14 Rachel Parris: Best Laid Plans Pleasance Dome, 3–28 Aug, £6—£11.50 Masud Milas: Routes Underbelly Med Quad, 3–28 Aug, £6—£10

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Zoë Coombs Marr: Trigger Warning

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Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £7—£11

Garibaldi Silk, 6–27 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free

18:55 ❤ John-Luke

The Cambridge Footlights International Tour Show 2016: Lagoon Assembly Roxy, 3–29 Aug, not 15, 22, £7—£13

Chris Forbes: Tall Needy Mutant Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £5—£10

Light Relief Sweet Grassmarket, 4–28 Aug, £8.50

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Tight Ten The Titter Truck, 5–28 Aug, £1 Laurence Clark: Independence Assembly George Square Theatre, 3–28 Aug, not 16, £5—£10

Holly Burn: I Am Special HHH Underbelly Med Quad, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£10.50

19:00 Lords of Strut: Late Night TV Talk Show Assembly Roxy, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£9.50

❤ Phil Kay: Laugh & Death HHHH

Heroes @ Bob’s BlundaBus, 4–14 Aug, £10

Jay Lafferty: Jaywalking The Stand Comedy Club, 15–16 Aug, £10 ComedyOpoly: Board Games With Comedians Heroes @ Bob’s BlundaBus, 15–29 Aug, £5 Mystery Gimmick Stand-Up Show C venues – C soco at ibis, 3–29 Aug, not 16, £free Luke Kempner: Judi Dench Broke My Heart Pleasance Dome, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£12 L!ghten Up Your Life!™ Gayfield Venues, 25–28 Aug, £2 Comedy at the Portrait Gallery Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 12 Aug, 19 Aug, 26 Aug, £12

❤ Mr Swallow – Houdini HHHH

Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, £6—£14

Colin Hoult / Anna Mann: A Sketch Show for Depressives

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Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, not 17, £6—£10

Orlando Baxter: Suspensions, Detentions and Summer Vacations Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £6—£10.50 Zoe Lyons: Little Misfit Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–28 Aug, not 25, £6—£11.50

19:05 Dave Lemkin: The Village Hall Ciao Roma, 6–27 Aug, £free Life and Death (But Mainly Death) theSpace @ Symposium Hall, 21 Aug, £9 Funny Bones and Wisdom Teeth theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 26–27 Aug, £7 Gary Little: A Little Bit of Personal The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £11—£12 Susie McCabe: There is More to Life Than Happiness The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £9—£10

BBC: The One Show BBC, 24–26 Aug, £free

Rubbish Rebel theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 5–14 Aug, £6

19:10 ❤ Geoff Norcott:

Mr Edinburgh 2016

Robert Burns, David Gest, Michael Jackson and Me Macdonald Hotel, 11–14 Aug, £7.50

Pleasance Dome, 3–29 Aug, not 13, £6—£11

Horace: We Are Family Cowgatehead, 6–27 Aug, not 16, £free

Andy Askins: The Man With No Name Gilded Balloon at the Counting House, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £5

❤ BEASTS Present HHHH

Simon Evans: In the Money HHH Assembly George Square Studios, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £10—£14 Stand Up for Shelter Underbelly, George Square, 16 Aug, £12 Foiled HH Ruby Rouge, 5–29 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £free Isle of Edna: G Street Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £4—£8

Listings

Panti: High Heels in Low Places HHH Traverse Theatre, 12 Aug, £20.50

Roberts Builds a Monster HHHH Voodoo Rooms, 6–28 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free

Ed Patrick: Junior Optimist Just the Tonic at The Community Project, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £5—£7

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Comedy Reserve at the Courtyard Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 15, 22, £6—£9.50

An Act of Godley: Janey Godley Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 4–28 Aug, £free Des Clarke 3D The Stand Comedy Club, 3–28 Aug, not 4, 15, 16, £11—£12 Knightmare Live: The Game Has Changed Pleasance Dome, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £7.50—£12

Conswervative

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Underbelly Med Quad, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£11

Gavin Webster: Jesus Christ’s a Window Cleaner Now The Stand Comedy Club 2, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £8—£9 Tiff Stevenson: Seven Assembly Roxy, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£12 Aidan Killian: The Money Shot Heroes @ Dragonfly, 4–28 Aug, not 17, £5

19:15 Fiona Sagar: Entitled Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, 4–28 Aug, not 16, £free

Sarah Bennetto: I Love You All and I Mean That Sincerely Laughing Horse @ Bar 50, 4–27 Aug, not 15, 22, £free

Tight Ten The Titter Truck, 5–28 Aug, £1

Rowena Haley: Three Chords and the Truth T-Bar, 6–27 Aug, £free

Lazy Susan: Crazy Sexy Fool Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £6—£10 Rainbow Class Assembly Hall, 4–28 Aug, not 13, £6—£11 Robert Newman: The Brain Show Summerhall, 5–28 Aug, not 15, £10—£12.50 Bella Younger’s Deliciously Stella Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £7—£12 Larry Dean: Farcissist Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£12 Stuart Mitchell: Dealt a Bad Hand Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£12 Coshowpolitan Globe Bar, 6–28 Aug, £free Craig Hill: Up and Coming! Venue150 at EICC, 4–28 Aug, not 15, 23, £8.50—£17.50 AAA Stand-Up Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, £6—£11 Michael and Roper: Three’s a Crowd, Four’s an Audience Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 4–28 Aug, not 11, 17, £free Lauren Pattison: Reet Petite – A Work in Progress Gilded Balloon at the Counting House, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £5 Gráinne Maguire: Great People Making Great Choices Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 16, £6—£12 Smurthwaite on Masculinity Banshee Labyrinth, 6–28 Aug, not 16, £free BBC: BBC Radio New Comedy Award Final BBC, 14 Aug, £free

19:20 Paul Foot: ‘Tis a Pity She’s a Piglet Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£12.50 Stephen Bailey: Nation’s Sweetheart Just the Tonic at The Caves, 4–28 Aug, not 7, 15, £5 Big Value Comedy Show – Early Just the Tonic at The Community Project, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £5—£10

19:25 Puddles Pity Party: Let’s Go! Assembly George Square Gardens, 4–29 Aug, not 15, 22, £10—£16

19:30 07800 834030 Sneaky Pete’s, 6–27 Aug, not 8, 22, £free Just Jokes Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 5–27 Aug, not 15, £free This is Your Trial Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–29 Aug, £6.50—£14 Apocalypse Wow Laughing Horse @ 48 Below, 4–29 Aug, £free Comedy Gala 2016: In Aid of Waverley Care Edinburgh Playhouse , 20 Aug, £25 David O’Doherty: Big Time Assembly Hall, 4–28 Aug, not 16, £9—£15 God Only Knows LifeCare Centre, 17–20 Aug, £3.50 Your Beloved Alexander Bennett Cowgatehead, 6–27 Aug, not 15, £free 101 Comedy Club – Free Laughing Horse @ The Hanover Tap, 4–28 Aug, £free

So You Think You’re Funny? Grand Final Gilded Balloon Teviot, 25 Aug, £15 Amazing (Probably) Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 4–28 Aug, £free James Acaster: Reset Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, £8—£14 Two Funny Lassies Kilderkin, 6–27 Aug, £free Chris Davis: Chinchilla Coats Laughing Horse @ The Cellar Monkey, 4–28 Aug, £free Sharma Sharma Sharma Sharma... Comedian! Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, 4–28 Aug, not 17, 24, £free Quiz in my Pants Movement, 6–27 Aug, £free Vladimir McTavish: Scotland In Sixty Minutes The Stand Comedy Club 5 & 6, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £8—£9 Des McLean The Brunton , 12 Aug, £13 Twisted Edge Showcase / Free Festival Laughing Horse @ Southside Social, 4–28 Aug, £free Running-a-Mock Presents: Facebook Official Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 6–28 Aug, not 16, 23, £free Mid-Brow: The Live Show Gilded Balloon at the Counting House, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £5—£7.50 Shayne’s Mom on Tour Laughing Horse @ The Crags Bar, 4–28 Aug, not 10, 17, 23, 24, £free Committed to Mediocrity C venues – C nova, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £8.50—£10.50 Jimeoin: Renonsense Man Venue150 at EICC, 4–28 Aug, not 15, 23, £8.50—£17.50 Tight Ten The Titter Truck, 5–28 Aug, £1

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Tatterdermalion Assembly George Square Theatre, 3–28 Aug, not 16, 22, £6—£12 Tommy Tiernan: Out of the Whirlwind Gilded Balloon Teviot, 5–28 Aug, not 12, 25, £9—£16

19:35 Dig the New Breed Just the Tonic at The Caves, 5–27 Aug, not 14, 15, £3—£5 Kai Humphries: In Full Colour Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–28 Aug, £5—£12.50 Aidan Goatley: The Joys of Retail (and How to Escape Them) Sweet Grassmarket, 4–28 Aug, £8 Jonny & the Baptists: Eat the Poor Roundabout @ Summerhall, 5–28 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £9—£12.50

19:40 Danny Deegan is Taller Than Jesus, More Visible Than God Just the Tonic at The Caves, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £5 Paul Currie: FFFFFFFMILK! Heroes @ The Hive, 5–28 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £5 Iain Stirling: Onwards! Pleasance Courtyard, 3–26 Aug, £8—£12 Vince Atta: Loopzilla Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £4—£6 Jarlath Regan – Arseways Just the Tonic at The Tron, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £5 How to Become a Poker Millionaire (and Still Be a Loser) Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £3—£5 Ed Cook’s Comedy Thing Spotlites, 21–28 Aug, £4 Steen Raskopoulos – You Know the Drill Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £7—£12.50

19:45 Tight Ten The Titter Truck, 5–28 Aug, £1 Spontaneous Sherlock La Belle Angèle, 6–28 Aug, not 16, 23, £free Darren Connell: Trolleywood Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–29 Aug, £6—£11 Board Game Smackdown - Free Laughing Horse @ Dropkick Murphys, 4–28 Aug, not 17, 24, £free Raymond Mearns is Feeling the Love Scottish Comedy Festival @ The Beehive Inn, 2–29 Aug, not 15, £free Pun-Man Two: Girls Just Wanna Hear Puns Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 5–28 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, £free

Elf Lyons: Pelican Voodoo Rooms, 6–28 Aug, not 16, 23, £free

❤ Sofie Hagen:

Shimmer Shatter

HHHH

Liquid Room Annexe, 6–28 Aug, £free

20:00 Tony Law: A Law Undo His-elf What Welcome Assembly Hall, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £8—£13 Patrick Monahan: That 80s Show HH Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£14 Robin Morgan: Free Man Just the Tonic at The Caves, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £5 Pete Firman – TriX Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, £8.50—£15

Eleanor Conway’s Walk of Shame Frankenstein Pub, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £free

The Tartan Ribbon Comedy Benefit Pleasance Courtyard, 16 Aug, £12

The Rat Pack Presents... Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 15–16 Aug, £free

Sally Phillips and Lily Bevan: Talking to Strangers Assembly George Square Studios, 15–21 Aug, £12.50—£14

Jocks and Geordies Whistlebinkies, 7–28 Aug, not 13, 20, 27, £free

Christopher Macarthur-Boyd and Rosco Mclelland Gilded Balloon at the Counting House, 3–29 Aug, £5

Milo McCabe: The Unflappable Troy Hawke Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £free

Gillian Cosgriff: This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things Gilded Balloon Teviot, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £5—£11

Mark Dolan: Life Hacks Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–29 Aug, not 12, £6—£10

Pajama Men: 2 Man 3 Musketeers Assembly George Square Studios, 22–25 Aug, £15 Javier Jarquin: Hombre Al Dente Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 4–28 Aug, not 15, 22, £free All Star Comedy in Aid of STV Children’s Appeal Roundabout @ Summerhall, 16 Aug, £15 Loyiso Gola: Dude, Where’s My Lion?

HHH

Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £6—£10.50

Nina Conti: In Your Face Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 16, £10—£17.50

Nish Kumar: Actions Speak Louder Than Words, Unless You Shout the Words Real Loud Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, £6—£12

C for free at ibis C venues – C soco at ibis, 3–29 Aug, £free

Jonathan Pie: Live Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£12

The Gayest Thing You’ve Ever Seen CC Blooms, 6–28 Aug, £free

BBC: Asian Network’s Big Comedy Night BBC, 21 Aug, £free

The Eulogy Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, £6—£10.50

Nazeem Hussain – Legally Brown Assembly George Square Studios, 3–28 Aug, not 16, £7—£12

Anti-White PC Mangina Activate! Laughing Horse @ The White Horse, 4–28 Aug, £free

HHHH

Tom Binns is Ian D Montfort: How to Touch Dead People Assembly George Square Studios, 3–28 Aug, £7—£12

Playing Politics Acoustic Music Centre @ St Bride’s, 18 Aug, 19 Aug, 26 Aug, £12.50

Andrew Ryan: Ruined Assembly George Square Studios, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£11

Ron White – Live in Scotchland Assembly George Square Studios, 26–28 Aug, £15

Laughing Horse Free Comedy Selection Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 5–27 Aug, £free Nathan Cassidy: 42 Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 4–28 Aug, not 15, 16, £free Damian Clark Can’t Slow Down Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, 4–28 Aug, £free

19:50 ❤ Jo Caulfield:

Pretending to Care The Stand Comedy Club 5 & 6, 5–28 Aug, not 15, 22, £10

Tim Renkow: King of the Tramps Heroes @ The Hive, 4–28 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £5

Andy Field: Roar Laughing Horse @ Moriarty’s, 4–28 Aug, not 17, £free

The Star Factory Just the Tonic at The Caves, 5–28 Aug, not 15, £5

Sam Campbell: The Last Dreamer Assembly Roxy, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £7—£12 Alice Fraser: The Resistance Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–29 Aug, £5—£11

Des Bishop: Grey Matters Pleasance Dome, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £7.50—£13

Tom Allen: Indeed Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £7—£11

Sisters Cowgatehead, 6–27 Aug, £free

David Longley: Everything I Hate About My Club Set The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £7—£8

20:05 Improvabunga! theSpace on Niddry St, 5–27 Aug, not 7, 14, 21, £7—£8 Alistair Williams: I’ve Started So I’m Finished Just the Tonic at The Caves, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £5

Eric Davidson – Ukedoodledandy SpaceTriplex, 5–27 Aug, not 7, 14, 21, £10 The Reel Comedy Club Vintage Mobile Cinema, 5–28 Aug, £12.50

20:10

David Quirk: Approaching Perfection Heroes @ Bob’s BlundaBus, 4–29 Aug, £5

Chris Stokes – The Man Delusion Underbelly Med Quad, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£11

Lynn Ruth Miller: This is Your Future Just the Tonic at The Community Project, 16–28 Aug, £5—£6

The He & She Show theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 5–27 Aug, not 7, 14, 21, £6—£7

Emma Sidi: Telenovela Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, not 17, £6—£9

Doctor in the House Spotlites, 4–14 Aug, not 10, £10

Stephen Carlin: TV Comeback Special Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £free

Sketchup 2: The Reawakening C venues – C too, 4–13 Aug, £5.50—£7.50

❤ Lou Sanders:

What’s That Lady Doing? HHHH Pleasance Dome, 3–28 Aug, not 17, £6—£9

Funny Women Awards 2016: Regional Final Just the Tonic at The Caves, 14 Aug, £10

Shite Club – The Downfall of Jellybean Martinez Scottish Comedy Festival @ The Beehive Inn, 3–28 Aug, not 15, 22, £free

Jeff Seal: The Goddamn Truth – Free Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, 4–28 Aug, not 22, £free

Tom Walker: Beep Boop Underbelly, George Square, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £6—£10.50

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Tessa Waters: Over Promises Gilded Balloon at the Counting House, 3–29 Aug, not 22, £5

Freedom of Speech Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 4–28 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £free

The Ruby Darlings Voodoo Rooms, 6–27 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £free

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Mischaps Cowgatehead, 6–25 Aug, £free Jo Coffey: Not 25 Southsider, 6–27 Aug, not 12, 19, £free Justin Moorhouse: People and Feelings Gilded Balloon Teviot, 17–28 Aug, £10.50—£12 Ayesha Hazarika: Tales from the Pink Bus Gilded Balloon Teviot, 16 Aug, £10 Jamali Maddix: Chickens Come Home to Roost Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £6—£10

Comedy

Fred MacAulay Gilded Balloon Teviot, 12 Aug, £15


❤ Sam Simmons:

Not a People Person

HHHH

Underbelly Potterrow, 3–28 Aug, not 8, £7.50—£15

Neal Portenza. Neal Portenza. Neal Portenza. Tracey. Underbelly Med Quad, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£10.50

20:20 Lost Voice Guy: Disability for Dunces Volume Two Stand in the Square, 23 Aug, £9 Martin Mor: #RoadComedian The Stand Comedy Club 2, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £8—£9 24 Hours With Mary Lynn Rajskub Assembly George Square Studios, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £8—£12 Madame Señorita: The Expector Heroes @ Dragonfly, 4–28 Aug, not 16, £5

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Michelle McManus: Pop Goes the Idol Stand in the Square, 4–28 Aug, not 15, 16, 22, 23, £11—£12 Suzi Ruffell: Common Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £5—£6 Sarah Callaghan: 24 Pleasance Dome, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£12 Max & Ivan: Our Story Pleasance Dome, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£12.50 Good Grief Ciao Roma, 6–27 Aug, £free

❤ Henry Paker: Guilty HHHH

Assembly George Square Theatre, 3–28 Aug, not 14, 15, 21, £6—£11

Bob C venues – C cubed, 4–23 Aug, £9.50—£11.50

20:30 Lloyd Griffith: Is a Keeper Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, £6—£10.50

Andrew Roper – Superhero Secret Origins: Special Edition Laughing Horse @ Bar 50, 4–28 Aug, £free Jess Robinson: Impressive Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, not 15, 22, £6.50—£12 Loren O’Brien: Who? Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, not 15, 16, £6—£10 Monkey Barrel Comedy @ The Edinburgh Festival Fringe The Banana Skin, 3–28 Aug, £free—£10 Emily Lloyd Saini - Is This Part of the Show? Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, 4–23 Aug, not 8, £free A Girl With Two Dicks T-Bar, 6–27 Aug, not 15, £free Carl Donnelly: Bad Man Tings HHH Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, not 17, £6—£10 Julia Sutherland: The 40-Year-Old Version The Stand Comedy Club, 15 Aug, £10 Joe Fairbrother’s Power Hour Underbelly Med Quad, 3–27 Aug, not 17, £6—£10.50 Jonny Pelham: Fool’s Paradise Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, £6—£11 Darren Walsh: S’Pun Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £6—£9.50 Kane Brown: The Oath Banshee Labyrinth, 6–28 Aug, £free Sean McLoughlin: Kamikaze Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, £6—£9.50 The Thinking Drinkers: Around the World in 80 Drinks Underbelly Med Quad, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £7—£11.50 Thomas Green: That’ll Teach You Gilded Balloon at the Counting House, 3–28 Aug, not 15, 22, £5—£7

Listings

St Andrews Revue Presents: Loop Assembly Hall, 4–28 Aug, £5—£8

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Shappi Khorsandi: Oh My Country! From Morris Dancing to Morrissey The Stand Comedy Club, 3–28 Aug, not 4, 15, £11—£12 Andrew Maxwell: Slight Return Assembly George Square Theatre, 18–28 Aug, £10—£15 Andrew Lawrence: The Hate Speech Tour Assembly Roxy, 3–28 Aug, not 15, 22, £5—£12 Gagster’s Paradise Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 4–28 Aug, £free

❤ The Piff the

Magic Dragon Show

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Assembly George Square Theatre, 3–13 Aug, £10—£13.50

John Robertson: The Dark Room Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–27 Aug, £6—£11 Barnardo’s 150th Anniversary Comedy Benefit Venue150 at EICC, 23 Aug, £20 Ella Woods: Stag Do Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, 24–28 Aug, £free

20:35 23, Please: The Sketch Show That Never Was C venues – C nova, 3–29 Aug, not 16, £8.50—£10.50 Stephen K Amos: Work in Progress The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 4–27 Aug, not 15, 16, 22, 23, £10 Shellshock! Improv Live! theSpace on the Mile, 22–27 Aug, £6.50 Standard Issue Stands Up The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 16 Aug, £12 Bob Doolally Puts the Leg Into Legend The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 22–23 Aug, £12 Haggis McSporran: Is Out of His Box! C venues – C nova, 3–28 Aug, not 16, £9.50—£11.50 In Conversation With Standard Issue The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 15 Aug, £12

20:40 Ross Hepburn is Beetlejuice’d Banshee Labyrinth, 6–28 Aug, £free Not Quite Write theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 5–20 Aug, not 7, 14, £5—£7.50 The Terrible Tale of Dr F Just the Tonic at The Caves, 4–14 Aug, not 10, £7 Daniel Sloss: So? Venue150 at EICC, 4–28 Aug, not 15, 23, £8.50—£17.50 The Invention of Acting Just the Tonic at The Caves, 16–28 Aug, £6

20:45 JJ Whitehead: Fool Disclosure Liquid Room Annexe, 5–28 Aug, not 16, 23, £free Mike Ward: Freedom of Speech Isn’t Free Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–28 Aug, not 25, £5—£12 Chris Henry: Chris’ World Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 5–28 Aug, not 15, 22, £free Matt Price: Poltroon Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, 4–28 Aug, £free Mark Nelson: Smiley Face Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £5—£12.50 We Are All C*nts Laughing Horse @ The Crags Bar, 4–28 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, £free Alexis Dubus – A R#ddy Brief History of Swearing Underbelly, George Square, 15 Aug, £12.50 Sarah & Saskia with Comedy Chums Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 4–28 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free Community Matters Laughing Horse @ The Cellar Monkey, 4–16 Aug, £free Fraser Geesin: Jack of All Polymaths Laughing Horse @ 48 Below, 4–28 Aug, £free

Ayesha Hazarika: Tales from the Pink Bus Gilded Balloon Teviot, 15 Aug, £10

Amir Khoshsokhan – Shhhhhh Laughing Horse @ Dropkick Murphys, 4–28 Aug, £free

Aatif Nawaz: Aatificial Intelligence HH Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 4–28 Aug, £free

Frigid Moan’s Diary The Street Bar, 5 Aug, 13 Aug, 20 Aug, 27 Aug, £free—£5

Abandoman: Life + Rhymes Underbelly, George Square, 3–29 Aug, not 15, 22, £10—£15.50 Clusterf**k Movement, 6–27 Aug, £free You’re Welcome Laughing Horse @ The Cellar Monkey, 17–28 Aug, £free James Loveridge: Castles in the Sand Laughing Horse @ The Hanover Tap, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £free Amy Howerska: Smashcat Gilded Balloon at the Counting House, 3–29 Aug, £5 It’s Thea-Skot in Here (So Take Off All Your Clothes) Cowgatehead, 6–27 Aug, not 16, £free

20:50 Spencer Jones Presents The Herbert in Eggy Bagel Heroes @ The Hive, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £6

21:00 Harmon Leon’s Big Fat Racist Show Banshee Labyrinth, 6–28 Aug, £free Burnistoun Live at the Fringe HH Gilded Balloon Teviot, 4–14 Aug, £7—£15 Mat Ewins: Mat Ewins Will Make You a Star Heroes @ The Hive, 4–28 Aug, £5 Lynn Ruth Miller: This is Your Future Just the Tonic at The Caves, 4–14 Aug, £3.50—£6 How Can I Drive to a Gig With a Jakey On My Bonnet? Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £free

Naz Osmanoglu: Exposure HH Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £5 Robert Burns, David Gest, Michael Jackson and Me Macdonald Hotel, 11–14 Aug, £7.50 Twonkey’s Mumbo Jumbo Hotel HH Sweet Grassmarket, 4–28 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £6.50 Carl Hutchinson: The Fixer The Stand Comedy Club 5 & 6, 5–27 Aug, not 15, £9 Travels With Autism Just the Tonic at The Caves, 16–28 Aug, £8 Scarlet SoHandsome and Fiends Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 4–28 Aug, not 9, 15, 16, 23, £5

❤ Felicity Ward: 50% More Likely to Die

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Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £7—£13.50

Joke Thieves Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, 4–28 Aug, not 16, £free Axis of Awesome: Won’t Ever Not Stop Giving Up Gilded Balloon Teviot, 15–28 Aug, not 25, £9—£12 Joe DeRosa: Zero Forward Progress Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, not 10, 15, 22, £6—£11 Laughing Horse Free Pick of the Fringe Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 5–27 Aug, £free Laurence Owen: Cinemusical Voodoo Rooms, 8 Aug, 15 Aug, 22 Aug, £free Neel Kolhatkar: Neel Before Me Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–29 Aug, £6—£12

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Danny McLoughlin: Phillip Was Right Just the Tonic at The Tron, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £5

The Best of Scottish Comedy The Stand Comedy Club 5 & 6, 5–28 Aug, not 15, £12

Mark Watson: I’m Not Here Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, not 15, 22, £9—£16

Under Cover With the Naked Stand-Up theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 5–27 Aug, not 14, 21, £10

LJ DA FUNK’s Anti-Fascist Counter-Terrorist Comedy Orgy Laughing Horse @ Moriarty’s, 4–28 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £free Rory Bremner Meets... Gilded Balloon at the Museum, 13–19 Aug, £12 Andrew Learmonth: All the People I’ve Ever Loved Will Die The Stand Comedy Club 5 & 6, 28 Aug, £9 Margaret Thatcher Queen of Game Shows Assembly George Square Gardens, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £10—£14 Vir Das’ Unbelievable: The Dishonest Indian Gilded Balloon at the Museum, 20–28 Aug, £12

21:15 Lloyd Langford: Rascal Laughing Horse @ The White Horse, 4–28 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, £free Archie Maddocks: Shirts Vs Skins Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £free Circumcision Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, 4–28 Aug, £free Paul McMullan: Alcopop Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£12 Comedy Boxing Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 4–28 Aug, not 15, 16, £free

Neil Delamere: Ctrl Alt Delamere Gilded Balloon at the Museum, 5–12 Aug, £7.50—£13

Mae Martin: Work in Progress Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 4–28 Aug, not 17, £free

Jason Byrne is Propped Up Assembly Hall, 4–28 Aug, not 15, 22, £10—£19.50

Tom Ballard – The World Keeps Happening Assembly George Square Studios, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £7—£12

Just the Tonic Comedy Club Just the Tonic at The Caves, 5–27 Aug, not 14, 15, £5—£10

21:05 Jamie MacDonald: High Vis Assembly George Square Studios, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £5—£11

21:10 Alan Anderson: Whisky for Dafties Scottish Comedy Festival @ The Beehive Inn, 12–28 Aug, not 17, 24, £12—£18 The Upper-Class Rapper Voodoo Rooms, 6–28 Aug, not 15, £free May Contain Nuts theSpace on Niddry St, 15–20 Aug, £6

Myra DuBois: Self AdMyra Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£12 Ria Lina: Dear Daughter HHH Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–29 Aug, £5—£10 Ali Hassan: Man Interrupted (Work in Progress) Gilded Balloon at the Counting House, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £5—£7 Frenchy: World’s Worst Adult Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–29 Aug, £6—£12

Stand Up & Slam! Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £4—£6 Yeti’s – Demon Dive Bar Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 17, £6—£12 Seann Walsh: One for the Road Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, not 15, 22, £10—£14 Nick Cody: Come Get Some! Assembly George Square Studios, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£12.50 Taylor Glenn: A Billion Days of Parenthood Just the Tonic at The Caves, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £6 Rhys Nicholson – Bona Fide Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, £7—£12

21:25 Bourgeois & Maurice: How to Save the World Without Really Trying Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £7—£12 Harriet Kemsley: The Girl on the Wrong Train Just the Tonic at The Caves, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £5

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Newcastle Brown Male

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The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £7—£8

21:30 Luisa Omielan – Am I Right Ladies?! Venue150 at EICC, 27 Aug, £17.50 Marcus Brigstocke: Why the Long Face? Pleasance Courtyard, 5–14 Aug, £10—£14 Michelle Wolf: So Brave Pleasance Courtyard, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£13

Ayesha Hazarika: Tales from the Pink Bus Gilded Balloon Teviot, 17 Aug, £10

99 Club Stand-Up Selection – Free Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 5–28 Aug, £free

Paul Thorne: This Month’s Apocalypse The Stand Comedy Club 2, 4–28 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, £8—£9

Desiree Burch: This is Evolution Heroes @ Bob’s BlundaBus, 6–29 Aug, not 17, 24, £5

Kitten Killers: Stallions Underbelly, George Square, 3–29 Aug, not 17, £6—£10

Gabriel Ebulue: Hip-Punk Heroes @ Dragonfly, 4–28 Aug, not 16, £5

Comedy Reserve at the Dome Pleasance Dome, 3–29 Aug, not 15, 22, £6—£9.50 Goodbear Bedlam Theatre, 3–28 Aug, not 17, £6.50—£10 Kinsey Sicks: Lady Cocks of Bang Boys Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–29 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £7—£12

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dy: The Completely Improvised Full Band Musical HHHH Assembly George Square Studios, 3–28 Aug, £10—£15

Marcel Lucont’s Whine List Pleasance Dome, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£12 Kieran Hodgson: Maestro Voodoo Rooms, 6–28 Aug, £free David Elms: Goody Boy Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, £6—£9.50 Mark Steel’s in Toon Assembly Hall, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £10—£14 Scotland’s Pick of the Fringe Scottish Comedy Festival @ The Beehive Inn, Various dates from 5 Aug to 27 Aug, £7

Blind Mirth Paradise in The Vault, 6–20 Aug, not 14, £6—£7

Rab’s Videogame Empty - Presented by Glasgow Film Festival Assembly Rooms, 27 Aug, £15

Luisa Omielan – What Would Beyoncé Do?! Venue150 at EICC, 26 Aug, £17.50

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George Egg: Anarchist Cook Gilded Balloon Teviot, 24 Aug, £10

Just the Tonic at The Community Project, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £5

Emily Tresidder: Crazy Is Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–29 Aug, £5—£10 BBC: 4 Extra Stands Up BBC, 7 Aug, 12 Aug, £free Limmy: Daft Wee Stories Venue150 at EICC, 18–21 Aug, £17.50 The MMORPG Show Gilded Balloon at the Counting House, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£8

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John Hastings: Integrity Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £6—£10.50

Mavericks: A Sketch Show (Of Sorts) theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 5–27 Aug, not 7, 14, 21, £5

A History, w Nowell Edmurnds Just the Tonic at The Caves, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £4—£5

Heidi O’Loughlin: Cult Comedian Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, not 15, 16, £6—£11

Good Kids: On Tap Underbelly Med Quad, 3–29 Aug, not 16, £6—£10.50

Hayley Ellis: FOMO

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Princes of Main: Cool Underbelly Med Quad, 3–29 Aug, not 17, £6—£11 Bristol Underground Comedy Ciao Roma, 6–27 Aug, £free

21:40 LOLympics Live! Stand in the Square, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £11—£12 Garrett Millerick: The Dreams Stuff is Made of HHH Pleasance Dome, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£9.50 David Stanier’s Silly Party Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £3—£5

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Big Value Comedy Show – Late Just the Tonic at The Community Project, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £5—£10

21:45 Tiny Horse Comedy Laughing Horse @ Bar 50, 4–29 Aug, not 15, £free Tom Ward: Sex, Snails and Cassette Tapes

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Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£9.50

Police Cops Pleasance Dome, 3–28 Aug, not 17, 24, £6—£12 Tom and Will’s Open Swim Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£10 The Cutting Room T-Bar, 6–16 Aug, £free Phil Nichol: Twenty Assembly Checkpoint, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£14 Jay Handley: You Want the Truth? You Can’t Handley the Truth! Cowgatehead, 6–27 Aug, £free Pierre Novellie is Cool Peter Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£10 An Imp-revised History of the World T-Bar, 17–27 Aug, £free Richard Gadd: Monkey See Monkey Do Banshee Labyrinth, 6–28 Aug, £free Johnny Cochrane: Appeal Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£12 Sean Cannon: The Idiot Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 6–27 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £free Birthday Girls: Sh!t Hot Party Legends Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, £6—£10 Chris Turner: Observational Tragedy Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 26, 27, 28, £6—£10

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21:50 Showstopper! The Improvised Musical Pleasance Courtyard, 23 Aug, £13 Alex Kealy is an Idea Whose Time Has Come Underbelly Med Quad, 3–29 Aug, not 17, £6—£10.50 Foil, Arms and Hog: DoomDah Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, £7—£13 50% Scottish, 100% Crazy, Let’s Laugh Spotlites, 4–28 Aug, £free

22:00 Flo & Joan: Victory Flaps Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 4–21 Aug, £free I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 16–20 Aug, £5.50

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Joe Jacobs: Orthodox Joe Frankenstein Pub, 4–29 Aug, not 8, 15, 27, £free Nev: Guts Laughing Horse @ The Hanover Tap, 4–28 Aug, £free

Comedians Film Club Vintage Mobile Cinema, 5–28 Aug, £12.50 spiked at the Stand: Free! The Stand Comedy Club, 15–16 Aug, £free Big Angie C venues – C soco at ibis, 14–20 Aug, £free The Voice of Ray Laughing Horse @ The Cellar Monkey, 4–28 Aug, not 8, 15, 16, 22, £free Pete Inskip’s Return to the UK Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 22–27 Aug, £5 My Big Dick is Making Me Thirsty Laughing Horse @ The Crags Bar, 4–28 Aug, £free Hyprov: Improv Under Hypnosis Assembly George Square Theatre, 3–28 Aug, £6—£14 Daniel Sloss: So? (Late Shows) Venue150 at EICC, Various dates from 12 Aug to 27 Aug, £14.50—£17.50

Hal Cruttenden: Straight Outta Cruttenden Pleasance Courtyard, 17–28 Aug, £14—£16

So You Think You’re Funny? Heats Gilded Balloon Teviot, Various dates from 7 Aug to 15 Aug, £10

Shoot From The Hip: For a Laugh Laughing Horse @ Southside Social, 4–12 Aug, £free

Reality Check Laughing Horse @ Southside Social, 13–28 Aug, £free

❤ The Doug Anthony All Stars (DAAS) Live on Stage! HHHH Pleasance Courtyard, 3–14 Aug, not 8, 9, £10—£15 Craig Campbell’s ‘Easy Tiger’ HHH The Stand Comedy Club, 3–28 Aug, not 4, 15, £11—£12

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Ari Shaffir: This Is Not Happening Heroes @ The Hive, 18 Aug, 25 Aug, £5

The Blind Date Project Zoo Southside, 5–28 Aug, not 16, 23, £8—£12

Scott Agnew: I’ve Snapped My Banjo String, Let’s Just Talk Gilded Balloon at the Counting House, 3–29 Aug, £5

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Best of So You Think You’re Funny? Gilded Balloon Teviot, 4 Aug, 5 Aug, 6 Aug, 12 Aug, 13 Aug, £10

Further Ted: Michael Redmond, Joe Rooney and Patrick McDonnell Heroes @ The Hive, 16 Aug, 17 Aug, 22 Aug, 23 Aug, 24 Aug, £6 #BiggerthanKanye Laughing Horse @ 48 Below, 4–28 Aug, not 19, £free Adele and Tom’s First Birthday Party! Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 4–28 Aug, £free Chris Gethard: Career Suicide Pleasance Dome, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £7—£11

Jiggle & Hyde Present: Sketchy Mother Pluckers theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 5–27 Aug, not 7, 14, 21, £7 Aunty Donna: New Show Gilded Balloon Teviot, 16–29 Aug, not 25, £10—£12

Shane Todd: Holywood to Hollywood Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £5—£9.50 The Shambles theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 5–27 Aug, not 14, 21, £7

BattleActs! Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 5–28 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, £free

Peter Buckley Hill and Some Comedians: The Final Aardvark La Belle Angèle, 7–25 Aug, not 12, 13, 19, 20, £free

Matthew Giffen, Cocaine and Potatoes Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 14–25 Aug, not 19, 20, £free

Funny Cluckers – Best of the Fest – Free Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 5–27 Aug, £free

22:05 ❤ Randy Writes a Novel HHHH

22:20

Underbelly Potterrow, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £7—£12.50

ACMS: The Alternative Comedy Memorial Society The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 7–24 Aug, not 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, £12 Viva La Shambles The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 18 Aug, 20 Aug, £10 Bob Doolally Puts the Leg Into Legend The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 19 Aug, £12 David Kay The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 11–13 Aug, £12

❤ Dr Phil’s NHS Revolution HHHH

Hell to Play Liquid Room Annexe, 6–28 Aug, £free The Bear Pack Underbelly, Cowgate, 16–28 Aug, not 22, £7—£12 Samantha Pressdee: Sextremist Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £5—£8 Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon HH Just the Tonic at The Caves, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £3—£7 Colum Tyrrell: The Hookers and Blow Show Just the Tonic at The Tron, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £4—£6

Evan Desmarais: Bad Things, Right Reasons – Free Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, 4–28 Aug, £free

Kate Lucas: Whatever Happened to Kate Lucas? Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£12

City Cafe Late Nite and Free Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 4–27 Aug, not 7, 14, 21, £free

Axis of Awesome: Won’t Ever Not Stop Giving Up Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–14 Aug, £6—£12

Keep Out of My Box (and Other Useful Advice) Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–29 Aug, not 16, £5—£10 Set List: Stand-Up Without a Net Gilded Balloon Teviot, 4–28 Aug, not 15, 22, £5—£14.50 The Sitcom Trials: So You Think You Write Funny? Gilded Balloon Teviot, 23–24 Aug, £10 Fright Bus Service Necrobus, 3–28 Aug, £7—£9 Jayde Adams: 31 Voodoo Rooms, 6–28 Aug, not 17, £free The Establishment Heroes @ Dragonfly, 4–28 Aug, not 15, 22, £5 Night at the Museum Gilded Balloon at the Museum, 4–13 Aug, £6—£12 Chortle Student Comedy Award Final Pleasance Courtyard, 16–17 Aug, £8.50

theSpace @ Symposium Hall, 5–27 Aug, £5—£10

Carnal Desire Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £6—£10

The Ross Voss Comedy Experience C venues – C nova, 3–20 Aug, £8.50—£10.50

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22:25

Musical Comedy Awards Underbelly, Cowgate, 12–13 Aug, £12

Woman Up Improv Show theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 23–27 Aug, £8

The Really Good Show Hour Laughing Horse @ The White Horse, 4–28 Aug, not 19, £free

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22:30

Maureen Langan: Daughter of a Garbage Man The Stand Comedy Club 5 & 6, 4–28 Aug, not 15, 22, £8—£9

Gus Loomis: Still Live Cowgatehead, 6–27 Aug, £free

Aidan Goatley: Mr Blue Sky Sweet Grassmarket, 4–28 Aug, £8 Shit-Faced Shakespeare Underbelly, George Square, 3–29 Aug, £7—£15

Joe Lycett: That’s the Way A-Ha A-Ha, Joe Lycett Assembly Hall, 23–27 Aug, £15 Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppets Do Shakespeare Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–29 Aug, not 23, £5—£11

This Belongs to George Osborne Laughing Horse @ Moriarty’s, 4–28 Aug, not 14, £free Head Sets Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 4–28 Aug, not 16, £free Colin Hay: Get Rid of the Minstrel Gilded Balloon Teviot, 15–28 Aug, £12—£14 Russ Peers: Bad Gay? Gilded Balloon at the Counting House, 3–29 Aug, £5

22:35 Will Franken: Little Joe The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £7—£8

22:40 Simon Slack – The Fantasist Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, not 17, £6—£10.50 Cook and Davies: Do Not Leave This Room Just the Tonic at The Caves, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £free—£3 Omar & Lee Present: We Are All Idiots Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £5 The Very Nice Improv Show theSpace on the Mile, 5–27 Aug, not 7, 14, 21, £5—£7 Al Porter: At Large Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £7—£11 James Nokise: So So Gangsta The Stand Comedy Club 2, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £8—£9

22:45 Angela Wand: Wounded Animals Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–29 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £8—£12 Bob Slayer: 24 Hour Shows Heroes @ Bob’s BlundaBus, 4–29 Aug, not 10, 24, £5 Let Dinki Die Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–29 Aug, £5—£10 Zoe Lyons: Little Misfit Gilded Balloon Teviot, 24 Aug, £10 Shit-Faced Showtime Underbelly Med Quad, 3–29 Aug, £7—£12.50

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Brendon Burns and Colt Cabana Do Comedy and Commentary to Bad Wrestling Matches! Pleasance Dome, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£10 Eshaan Akbar and Friends Gilded Balloon at the Counting House, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £5 The Travelling Sisters Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£9.50 Shaggers (Free Festival) Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 4–28 Aug, £free Culturally Inquisitive Spotlites, 8–13 Aug, £5 Norris & Parker: See You at the Gallows

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lara A king: Not Broken, Just Bent Gilded Balloon at the Counting House, 3–29 Aug, £5

Imaginary Porno Charades Sweet Grassmarket, Various dates from 5 Aug to 27 Aug, £7

Farewell Tim Pleasance Courtyard, 8–22 Aug, £7.50—£9.50

The Two Mikes Assembly George Square Studios, 26–28 Aug, £20

60 Acts in 60 Minutes Pleasance Courtyard, 16–17 Aug, £10 Folie à Deux Pleasance Courtyard, 24–27 Aug, £9—£10 Gavin Webster’s 11 O’Clock Bill Stand in the Square, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £12 Best of HUB Pleasance Dome, 11 Aug, 18 Aug, 25 Aug, £5 Not Trying to Be a Dick Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 4–28 Aug, £free

Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, not 21, £6—£9.50

Comedian’s Guide to Autism Laughing Horse @ Bar 50, 20–28 Aug, £free

22:50

Me, Myself and ISIS – Free T-Bar, 6–29 Aug, £free

Nicole Henriksen – Techno Glitter Penguins Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, not 16, £6—£10 The Noise Next Door’s Comedy Lock-In Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, not 16, £7—£14 Katie Brennan’s Quarter-Life Crisis Underbelly, George Square, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £6—£10.50 Patrick Melton: My Least Favorite Everything Underbelly Med Quad, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £6—£9.50

22:55 Adrian Gray’s The 007 Conspiracy: James Bond’s Terrifying Truth, Exposed! Just the Tonic at The Community Project, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £5

23:00 Mark Watson’s Edinborolympics Pleasance Courtyard, 18–27 Aug, £8.50—£11

Cut the Chat Live Outhouse, 23–24 Aug, £free Nina Conti and Simon Munnery Whack it Up the Flagpole Pleasance Dome, 12 Aug, 19 Aug, £11 Twins: Two Balls in a Bag Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, not 17, £6—£9 Hammerton Community High Class of ‘75 theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 18 Aug, 20 Aug, 23 Aug, 25 Aug, 27 Aug, £5 A Gala For Mental Health Pleasance Dome, 17–18 Aug, £10

❤ The Free

Association: JACUZZI

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Pleasance Courtyard, 3–21 Aug, £6—£10

BBC: World on 3 BBC, 19–20 Aug, £free Best of Scottish Comedian of the Year Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, not 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, £6—£13.50

2 Girls, 1 Cup of Comedy Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 7–28 Aug, not 15, £5 Phil Dunning: The People’s Prince Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, not 17, £6—£9 Harry Potter and the Disappointing Aftermath (An Unofficial Sequel) Laughing Horse @ Ghillie Dhu, 9 Aug, 16 Aug, £5 AAA Stand-Up Late Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, £6—£11

23:05 You’ll Never Get This Time Back Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 22–27 Aug, £free

23:10 Pete Inskip’s Return to the UK Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 5–13 Aug, not 7, £free The Big Stiffy Sweet Grassmarket, 18–21 Aug, £7

23:15 RLB: Real Life Broadcasting Laughing Horse @ The Crags Bar, 21–28 Aug, £free Decide-a-Quest Laughing Horse @ The Crags Bar, 4–20 Aug, £free LoveHard: The House on the Hill Laughing Horse @ 48 Below, 4–20 Aug, £free Fin Taylor: Whitey McWhiteface HHH Gilded Balloon at the Counting House, 3–28 Aug, not 23, £5 Foxdog Studios Laughing Horse @ The Cellar Monkey, 4–28 Aug, £free

Afterhours Comedy: Amused Moose Comedy theSpace @ Symposium Hall, 13 Aug, 20 Aug, £12.50 This Is Our Summer Holiday Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 4–28 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free Robom and Goremorrah Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 4–28 Aug, £free Can I Stop You There? Gilded Balloon Teviot, 22–28 Aug, £10—£12 The Late Night Sexy Show Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–21 Aug, £5—£9 A+ Underachiever Laughing Horse @ Southside Social, 4–28 Aug, £free Clare Harrison: Budget J-Lo HH Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 14–18 Aug, £free Pigeons and Things Laughing Horse @ The Hanover Tap, 4–28 Aug, £free Foil, Arms and Hog: DoomDah Underbelly, Cowgate, Various dates from 5 Aug to 27 Aug, £11.50—£13

23:20 WiFi Wars Pleasance Dome, 12 Aug, 13 Aug, 19 Aug, 20 Aug, £12.50

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Massive Lazy Girls Pleasance Courtyard, 24–28 Aug, £9—£10

23:40 Jason Neale’s Footprint Heroes @ Dragonfly, 5–28 Aug, £5 Rob Carter is Christopher Bliss Just the Tonic at The Tron, 4–27 Aug, not 15, £4—£5

The Stand Late Club The Stand Comedy Club, Various dates from 5 Aug to 27 Aug, £15 Beardyman: One Album Per Hour Pleasance Courtyard, 18–24 Aug, £12.50—£14 Katherine Ryan: Work in Progress Assembly George Square Theatre, 12–13 Aug, £15 The Alternative Alternative Underbelly Potterrow, 12–13 Aug, £10 The Mr G Summer Heights High Singalong Underbelly, George Square, 18 Aug, 24 Aug, £12.50 Comedy in the Dark (Late Edition) Underbelly, George Square, 11 Aug, 25 Aug, £14.50 Irish Comedy – No Safe Space Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 4–28 Aug, £free

Big Silly Mash-Up! Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 4–28 Aug, not 20, 21, £free

The International Incident Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, 4–28 Aug, £free

Political Animal The Stand Comedy Club, 9–25 Aug, not 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, £12

ACE! Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 4–28 Aug, £free

The Wimps Show Laughing Horse @ Moriarty’s, 4–27 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, £free

Frisky and Mannish: CabaRIOT Underbelly, George Square, 15–16 Aug, £16.50

Bearpit Podcast (Podcast): 100 Year Anniversary Pleasance Dome, 23 Aug, 26 Aug, £5

Vir Das’ Unbelievable: The Dishonest Indian Gilded Balloon Teviot, 15–19 Aug, £10

Brickhead: Yeah Yeah, Yeah? Sabor, 6–27 Aug, not 16, 22, £free

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23:50 Bronston Jones – God Bless ‘Merica (Again) The Stand Comedy Club 2, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £8—£9

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Edinburgh Comedy Allstars Underbelly, George Square, Various dates from 5 Aug to 27 Aug, £10—£15

Fright Bus Service Necrobus, Various dates from 5 Aug to 27 Aug, £9 Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrghhh! It’s the Increasingly Prestigious Malcolm Hardee Comedy Awards Show – and It’s Free! Laughing Horse @ Ghillie Dhu, 26–27 Aug, £free

23:59 Best of the Fest Assembly Hall, Various dates from 5 Aug to 28 Aug, £12—£15 Comedy Countdown Gilded Balloon Teviot, 5–13 Aug, £8

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Your Fringe Schedule Breakfast Plays: Tech Will Tear Us Apart (?) Traverse Theatre, 16–28 Aug, not 22, £14.50

09:25 The Country Wife theSpace on the Mile, 5–13 Aug, not 7, £8—£8.50

09:30 Dance-Forms 72nd International Choreographers’ Showcase Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 15–19 Aug, £12

10:00 Alice Gilded Balloon Teviot, 16–28 Aug, £8—£9 Grand Guignol theSpace @ Venue45, 22–27 Aug, £7 Into the Shadows of Shakespeare – Free theSpace on the Mile, 12–14 Aug, £free Shakespeare for Breakfast C venues – C, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £7.50—£9.50 Us / Them HHH Summerhall, 3–28 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, £8—£10 A Midsummer Night’s Dreaming HHH theSpace on Niddry St, 5–13 Aug, not 7, £7

Stories to Tell in the Middle of the Night Summerhall, 13–28 Aug, not 15, 22, £10

Milk HH Traverse Theatre, Various dates from 6 Aug to 26 Aug, £14.50—£20.50

Expensive Shit Traverse Theatre, 5 Aug, 11 Aug, 17 Aug, 23 Aug, 28 Aug, £18.50

Wasted Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 15–20 Aug, £7—£8

The Forest Pleasance Courtyard, 22–25 Aug, £10

The Girl with the Hurricane Hands (and Other Short Tales of Woe) Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 4–28 Aug, £free

Pleasance Dome, 7–20 Aug, £6—£10

The Taming of the Shrew C venues – C south, 14–20 Aug, £8.50—£10.50

10:20 Around the World in 80 Days Church Hill Theatre, 14 Aug, £5 Plain as Paper Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 5–20 Aug, not 7, 14, £8 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Church Hill Theatre, 16 Aug, £5 Witch theSpace @ Venue45, 15–20 Aug, £8 Big Bite-Size Breakfast Show Pleasance Dome, 3–29 Aug, not 16, 23, £8.50—£12.50

10:25

10:05

Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead theSpace on Niddry St, 22–27 Aug, £7

Eurohouse Summerhall, 16–26 Aug, £10

The Country Wife theSpace on the Mile, 15–20 Aug, £8—£8.50

10:10

10:30

Fish and Chips with Edith theSpace on the Mile, 5–13 Aug, not 7, £6 The Sister Paradise in Augustines, 6–28 Aug, not 14, 21, £8 Waves Summerhall, 3–28 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, £7.50—£9

10:15 Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon Church Hill Theatre, 17 Aug, £5 Green Tea and Zen Baka Dance Base, 5–28 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, £free

Daffodils (A Play With Songs) HH Traverse Theatre, 7 Aug, 11 Aug, 18 Aug, 23 Aug, 27 Aug, £20.50 Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. Traverse Theatre, 16 Aug, 20 Aug, 25 Aug, £14.50—£20.50 The View from Castle Rock by Alice Munro artSpace@StMarks, 11 Aug, 12 Aug, 13 Aug, 15 Aug, 29 Aug, £10—£15 Mark Thomas: The Red Shed Traverse Theatre, 12 Aug, 19 Aug, 24 Aug, 28 Aug, £20.50

❤ Tank HHHH 10:35

The Terrible False Deception (A Four Act Play in 40 Minutes or 43 With Laughs!) Church Hill Theatre, 18 Aug, £5 Nancy’s Philosopher Summerhall, 16–20 Aug, £12

10:40 The Country Wife theSpace on the Mile, 22–27 Aug, £8—£8.50 King John theSpace on the Mile, 22–27 Aug, £7

10:50 Happy Yet? theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 15–20 Aug, £7

10:55 Rumpelstiltskin Paradise in The Vault, 15–20 Aug, £5.50

Greater Belfast Traverse Theatre, 6 Aug, 12 Aug, 18 Aug, 24 Aug, £18.50

❤ Diary of a Madman HHHH

Wilde Without the Boy Assembly Hall, 4–29 Aug, £5—£10 Dancing with the Star! – Movin’ with Melvin! Assembly Checkpoint, 13 Aug, 20 Aug, £15 Shakespeare Tonight Paradise in Augustines, 22–27 Aug, £14 Equations for a Moving Body HHH Northern Stage at Summerhall, 6–27 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £9—£11 My Eyes Went Dark Traverse Theatre, 9 Aug, 14 Aug, 20 Aug, 26 Aug, £18.50

Black and White Tea Room Paradise in The Vault, 6–20 Aug, not 14, £10

11:25

11:40

Irons Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 15–20 Aug, £10

The Taming of the Shrew Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 22–27 Aug, £10

The Fox and the Hound Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 15–20 Aug, £9

Bull theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 24–27 Aug, £8

Yea Big Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 8–13 Aug, £5.50

Lightless Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 8–13 Aug, £8 In Fidelity HHH Traverse Theatre, 7 Aug, 13 Aug, 19 Aug, 25 Aug, £18.50

11:05 If Walls Could Talk theSpace on Niddry St, 15–18 Aug, £8 Eden theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 22–27 Aug, £8

Little Dorrit theSpace on the Mile, 9–13 Aug, £8

Single Varietal Spotlites, 16–19 Aug, £5

Perfidious Lion Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, not 16, £6—£10.50

Heads Up Dance Base, 11–13 Aug, £7

theSpace on Niddry St, 5–13 Aug, not 7, £7

11:00

Hamlet theSpace on Niddry St, 22–27 Aug, £10

Spill Your Guts Here theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 5–27 Aug, not 7, 14, 21, £5—£7

The Lizards theSpace on the Mile, 15–20 Aug, £8

Too Fast theSpace on the Mile, 10–14 Aug, £10

11:35

Confetti Venue 13, 6–27 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, £10

Traverse Theatre, 4 Aug, 10 Aug, 16 Aug, 21 Aug, 27 Aug, £12.50—£18.50

Dreaming Under the Southern Bough

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11:20

Ears on a Beatle Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 15–27 Aug, not 21, £9

11:30 The Living Room Rose Bruford @ Upper Church, Summerhall , 18–21 Aug, £12 Escape Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 16–20 Aug, £12 The Happening Just the Tonic at The Caves, 21–28 Aug, £5 Krapp 39 Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 10, 16, 23, £6—£10

Leftover SpaceTriplex, Various dates from 8 Aug to 27 Aug, £7 Troika SpaceTriplex, Various dates from 5 Aug to 25 Aug, £7 Change SpaceTriplex, Various dates from 6 Aug to 26 Aug, £7 More Scouse Saddam theSpace @ Symposium Hall, 16–20 Aug, £8 Little Wolfie theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 22–27 Aug, £8—£9 Northanger Abbey Underbelly, Cowgate, 5–28 Aug, not 16, £6—£10.50

11:45 The Echo Chamber Spotlites, 14–28 Aug, £6.50 Finders Keepers ZOO, 5–27 Aug, not 15, £7—£9

Beyond Price Summerhall, 3–13 Aug, £4—£5

11:50

11:10

Lost in Blue Summerhall, 16–28 Aug, not 22, £10—£12

Scapegoat theSpace on the Mile, 15–27 Aug, not 21, £8

Myth in Store Paradise in Augustines, 16–20 Aug, £8

World Without Us Summerhall, 3–28 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, £10—£12

Luna Park Zoo Southside, 14–29 Aug, not 22, £5—£9

The Squire Sisters theSpace on the Mile, 22–27 Aug, £6

Sherlock Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 8–13 Aug, £8

Road theSpace on Niddry St, 15–20 Aug, £8

2044 Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 5–20 Aug, not 10, 11, 14, £7

The Six-Sided Man Assembly Roxy, Various dates from 4 Aug to 28 Aug, £6—£12

11:15

Once... Assembly George Square Theatre, 4–29 Aug, not 15, 22, £10—£14

Outside the Box – A Live Show About Death HHH Summerhall, 4–21 Aug, £6—£8

Rubber Zoo Southside, 6–28 Aug, £10

Happy Yet? theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 22–27 Aug, £7

Lifted theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 5–20 Aug, not 7, £6.50

Four Plays for Coarse Actors theSpace on the Mile, 15–20 Aug, £8 Jane Eyre: An Autobiography Assembly Roxy, 4–29 Aug, not 10, 16, 23, £8—£13

Callisto: A Queer Epic Pleasance Dome, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £6—£10

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Escape from the Planet of the Day That Time Forgot Assembly Roxy, Various dates from 6 Aug to 29 Aug, £10—£12

Jonas Müller Regrets Writing This F*cking Masterpiece HH Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, not 10, 15, 22, £6—£10.50

Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Roundabout @ Summerhall, 5–28 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £9—£13

Besieged theSpace on the Mile, 9 Aug, 11 Aug, 13 Aug, £7

Death and the Human theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 15–27 Aug, not 21, £8

Sheltered Paradise in The Vault, 15–20 Aug, £8

11:55

Mushroom! Gayfield Venues, 25–29 Aug, £10

Feel-Link Zoo Southside, 5–20 Aug, not 7, 14, £8—£12

Molière’s The Hypochondriac C venues – C, 14–20 Aug, £7.50—£9.50

The Necessity of Atheism theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 5–20 Aug, not 7, 14, £8

The Pianist HHH Assembly Roxy, 4–29 Aug, not 10, 15, 22, £9—£13

The Company of Wolves theSpace on the Mile, 8–12 Aug, £5

Fabric Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, not 17, £6—£10 The Tragedy of Two Tuesdays Spotlites, 9–12 Aug, £3 What Kind of Fool Am I? theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 5–13 Aug, not 7, £6—£8

12:00 All Might Seem Good C venues – C, 21–28 Aug, £7.50—£9.50 Jerry Finnegan’s Sister C venues – C nova, 3–24 Aug, £7.50—£9.50 The Toyland Murders Bedlam Theatre, 3–28 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £7—£9

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Holes by Louis Sachar C venues – C, 8–13 Aug, £8.50—£9.50 Oh Hello! Assembly George Square Studios, 4–29 Aug, not 15, 22, £8—£12 Gefilte Fish and Chips Underbelly, George Square, 3–29 Aug, £6—£11 Mimes in Time Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, £6—£10 Binari Assembly Hall, 4–29 Aug, not 22, £8—£13 Wrecked HH Assembly George Square Gardens, 4–29 Aug, not 16, £6—£13 Trolley Girls Laughing Horse @ Southside Social, 24–28 Aug, £free House and Amongst the Reeds Assembly George Square Theatre, 4–27 Aug, not 10, 17, £7—£12

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Anything That Gives Off Light Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 26 Aug, £25

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Lest We Forget Paradise in Augustines, 6–28 Aug, not 14, 21, £6—£8 Emoji Spotlites, 14–20 Aug, £4 Philip Pullman’s The Ruby in the Smoke Pleasance Dome, 3–29 Aug, not 16, £6.50—£11 Early Doors Pleasance Pop-Up: The Pub, 5–29 Aug, not 15, 23, £7—£12 The Life and Crimes of Reverend Raccoon C venues – C nova, 21– 29 Aug, £7.50—£9.50 Für Elise C venues – C nova, 3–20 Aug, £7.50—£9.50

❤ This Evil Thing HHHH

New Town Theatre, 4–28 Aug, not 16, 23, £11—£13

12:05 African Traditional Acrobatics and Cultural SpaceTriplex, 16–27 Aug, not 18, 21, 23, 25, £10 If There’s Not Dancing at the Revolution, I’m Not Coming Summerhall, 3–28 Aug, not 22, £8—£10

12:10 The Baffling Adventures of Question Mark Man theSpace on the Mile, 15–27 Aug, not 21, £7 Gratefully Joan, Sincerely Bette theSpace on the Mile, 8–13 Aug, £6 Sticks Stones Broken Bones Underbelly Potterrow, 3–29 Aug, not 16, £6—£12

12:15 Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon Church Hill Theatre, 18 Aug, £5 And the Rope Still Tugging Her Feet Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–29 Aug, not 15, 22, £5—£10 Begin Again Church Hill Theatre, 16 Aug, £5 Save + Quit Assembly George Square Studios, 4–29 Aug, not 15, 22, £6—£10 Dear Home Office Underbelly Med Quad, 22–28 Aug, £8—£9

12:30 A Divine Comedy Valvona & Crolla, 23 Aug, 25 Aug, 27 Aug, £15 Tent Spotlites, 4–28 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £6—£8

5 Years Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 21–28 Aug, £free

Troika SpaceTriplex, Various dates from 6 Aug to 26 Aug, £7

GMO: Genetically Modified Organism Paradise in The Vault, 6–13 Aug, £9

Best of the Fest Daytime Assembly George Square Gardens, 5–28 Aug, £8—£12.50

Three Jumpers Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 15–27 Aug, not 21, £7

Delivery #16 Theatre Arts Exchange, 6–27 Aug, not 10, 15, 22, £10—£12

Grimm: An Untold Tale Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, not 17, £6—£10.50

Shoot the Women First The Stand Comedy Club 5 & 6, 16–28 Aug, £10 Almost, Maine Church Hill Theatre, 15 Aug, £5

12:25 Poo Shame, Vagina Curiosity and Other Things That Won’t Kill You theSpace on the Mile, 6 Aug, 8 Aug, 10 Aug, 12 Aug, £5—£7

A Play, A Pie and A Pint Le Monde, 5–28 Aug, not 6, 13, 20, 22, 27, £12.50 Machina ZOO, 5–29 Aug, not 7, 14, 21, 28, £5—£9

Out of Our Father’s House Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–28 Aug, £5—£12

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Church Hill Theatre, 19 Aug, £5

The Creeps theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 8–13 Aug, £8

Concerning Mars Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 22–27 Aug, £7

12:40

All Aboard the Marriage Hearse Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–29 Aug, not 16, £6—£13

A Regular Little Houdini Pleasance Dome, 3–29 Aug, £6—£10

Just Let the Wind Untie My Perfumed Hair... or Who Is Tahirih? HHH Assembly George Square Studios, 4–29 Aug, not 16, £6—£13

Happiness is a Cup of Tea Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 10, 24, £6—£9

Slaves of Sleep theSpace on the Mile, 15–27 Aug, not 21, £7

Mrs Roosevelt Flies to London Assembly Hall, 4–29 Aug, not 15, £6—£12

12:20

The Ones Greenside @ Royal Terrace, 5–13 Aug, not 7, £8

Jules Verne’s Extraordinary Voyages: Journey to the Centre of the Earth C venues – C nova, 3–29 Aug, not 16, £8.50—£10.50

Playing Maggie... The Iron Lady Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, £6—£11 Cosplay’s the Thing Church Hill Theatre, 14 Aug, 17 Aug, £5 Something Borrowed Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 18, £6—£11 The View from Castle Rock by Alice Munro artSpace@StMarks, 17–27 Aug, not 21, 23, £15 Big Bite-Size Lunch Hour: Best Bites Pleasance Dome, 6–29 Aug, not 16, 23, £7—£10.50

12:35 Caesar in a Lift Greenside @ Royal Terrace, 15 Aug, 17 Aug, 18 Aug, 19 Aug, 20 Aug, £8.50

Change SpaceTriplex, Various dates from 8 Aug to 27 Aug, £7 Triumvirette Greenside @ Infirmary Street, Various dates from 5 Aug to 27 Aug, £8 Captured HHH Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£10.50 A Double Bill of New Writing Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 8–13 Aug, £5 Shakespeare Syndrome Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 5–20 Aug, not 14, £free—£8 The Blue Box: Memories of the Children of War Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 8–13 Aug, £10 Leftover SpaceTriplex, Various dates from 5 Aug to 25 Aug, £7

12:45 Cold/Warm Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 16, £6—£9

12:50 Inferno Spotlites, 4–23 Aug, not 12, 13, £9 Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, not 15, 22, £6—£12 Entrails theSpace @ Venue45, 12–27 Aug, not 14, 21, £7.50 Coup de Grâce Sweet Grassmarket, 5–27 Aug, not 16, 17, £7.50 Erik Satie’s - Faction Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £7.50—£16.50

12:55 The Castle Builder Summerhall, 3–28 Aug, not 15, 22, £6—£12 Fish and Chips with Edith theSpace on the Mile, 15–27 Aug, not 21, £6

13:00 I Love Ursula Hamdress Spotlites, 21–28 Aug, £10 CoinciDance The Edinburgh Academy, 12–13 Aug, £8 Grey Matter C venues – C nova, 21– 29 Aug, £7.50—£9.50

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Your Fringe Schedule The Magnetic Diaries ZOO, 15–27 Aug, not 21, £9

Touch Theatre Arts Exchange, 26–28 Aug, £free

Mercury Fur C venues – C cubed, 4–29 Aug, not 16, £9.50—£11.50

Zero Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, not 16, £6—£10.50

Living the Dream C venues – C nova, 5–12 Aug, £7.50—£9.50

Zero Down Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 18, £6—£9.50

The Snow Queen Gilded Balloon at the Museum, 3–29 Aug, not 16, £5—£10

As You Like It Spotlites, 13 Aug, £5

People of the Eye Northern Stage at Summerhall, 6–27 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £9—£11

M.I.S. – All Night Long Dance Base, 17–21 Aug, £10—£12 SKAL and Silent Space Dance Base, 5–14 Aug, not 8, £10—£12 The HandleBards: Much Ado About Nothing Assembly George Square Theatre, 23 Aug, 25 Aug, 27 Aug, £13.50—£15 The Opportunity Theatre Arts Exchange, 21 Aug, 23 Aug, £5 Single Varietal Spotlites, 19 Aug, £5 The HandleBards: Richard III Assembly George Square Theatre, 22 Aug, 24 Aug, 26 Aug, 28 Aug, £13.50—£15 Dropped Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£10 Scarlet Letters Arthur Conan Doyle Centre, 8–16 Aug, weekdays only, £9 The Glass Menagerie King’s Theatre, 21 Aug, £14 John Muir: Rhapsody in Green Valvona & Crolla, 17 Aug, 19 Aug, £12 A Funny Valentine Valvona & Crolla, 6 Aug, 7 Aug, 8 Aug, 10 Aug, 12 Aug, £15 The Wedding Reception The George Hotel, Various dates from 6 Aug to 28 Aug, £39 My Name is Gideon: Songs, Space Travel and Everything In-Between Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 17, £6—£10

Operation Love Story Zoo Southside, 5–29 Aug, not 16, 23, £8—£10 Hari Ho Gati Meri Dance Base, 27 Aug, £12 Heads Up Dance Base, 25–26 Aug, £7 Dublin Oldschool Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, not 10, 15, 22, £6—£10 Spill: A Verbatim Show About Sex Pleasance Courtyard, 23–29 Aug, £7.50—£10 The Bookbinder Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, not 15, 22, £6—£10

13:05 A Fête Worse Than Death Paradise in The Vault, 6–28 Aug, not 14, 21, £6 Attempts on Her Life theSpace on Niddry St, 22–27 Aug, £8 A Dog’s Tale theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 5–20 Aug, not 7, 14, £4—£8 Trumpageddon Sweet Grassmarket, 4–28 Aug, not 16, 23, £8.50 A Remarkable Person Pleasance Dome, 5–27 Aug, £6.50—£11 The Game’s a Foot, Try the Fish theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 5–27 Aug, not 7, £5—£7 On the Conditions and Possibilities of Hillary Clinton Taking Me as Her Young Lover Summerhall, 5–28 Aug, not 15, 22, £8—£12

Metamorphoses theSpace on the Mile, 9–13 Aug, £7

13:10 Troilus and Cressida theSpace on Niddry St, 15–27 Aug, not 21, £8 No Filter theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 22–27 Aug, £7 ADAM – The Modern Frankenstein theSpace on the Mile, 15–20 Aug, £6 My World has Exploded a Little Bit Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, not 17, £6—£10.50 Twix theSpace on the Mile, 22–27 Aug, £5

13:20 Pond Wife Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£10 Children and Animals Pleasance Dome, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £6—£10 Overshadowed

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Assembly Roxy, 4–29 Aug, not 16, £6—£12

The Trunk Underbelly, George Square, 3–28 Aug, not 16, £6—£10 We Are Brontë Summerhall, 3–14 Aug, £6—£8 Medea Dream Silk, 6–27 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free

In the Wine Assembly Checkpoint, 4–29 Aug, not 10, 15, 22, £8—£12.50

13:25

13:15

The Nine Lives of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Assembly George Square Studios, 4–29 Aug, £6—£10

Daffodils (A Play With Songs) HH Traverse Theatre, 12 Aug, £20.50 Shylock Assembly Roxy, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £10—£14 Journeys Gilded Balloon Teviot, 8–29 Aug, £8—£9

Kursk Bedlam Theatre, 22–28 Aug, £8

❤ Last Dream (on Earth) HHHH

Assembly Hall, 4–28 Aug, not 10, 15, 22, £10—£15

Daffodils (A Play With Songs) HH Traverse Theatre, 19 Aug, 24 Aug, 28 Aug, £20.50

Girls Night Out theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 5–27 Aug, not 7, 14, 21, £4—£7

Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. Traverse Theatre, 17 Aug, 21 Aug, 26 Aug, £20.50

13:45

The Marked Pleasance Dome, 3–29 Aug, not 17, £7—£12 Year Ten Spotlites, 14–20 Aug, £6 Daniel ZOO, 5–14 Aug, £5—£8 Yokai Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, not 16, £6—£11 Wrecked HH Assembly George Square Gardens, 4–29 Aug, not 16, £6—£13 The Humble Heart of Komrade Krumm Bedlam Theatre, 3–13 Aug, £8—£10

13:35 Growth Roundabout @ Summerhall, Various dates from 6 Aug to 27 Aug, £9—£17

❤ Letters to Windsor House HHHH

13:30

Summerhall, 3–28 Aug, not 22, £6—£8

Snow Charm and Spring Scenery Theatre Big Tops, 13 Aug, 14 Aug, 20 Aug, £6

F.R.A.N.C. The Stand Comedy Club 5 & 6, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £9—£10

The Elephant Man Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–29 Aug, £6.50—£13

Alice Unhinged Pleasance Courtyard, 5–20 Aug, £6—£9.50

Jekyll and Hyde Spotlites, 24–28 Aug, £9

Expensive Shit Traverse Theatre, 6 Aug, 24 Aug, £18.50

Mule Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–29 Aug, not 17, £5—£11

Love, Lies and Taxidermy Roundabout @ Summerhall, Various dates from 5 Aug to 28 Aug, £9—£17

Mark Thomas: The Red Shed Traverse Theatre, 9 Aug, 13 Aug, 16 Aug, 20 Aug, 25 Aug, £20.50

Communicate C venues – C nova, 21– 29 Aug, £7.50—£9.50 Milk HH Traverse Theatre, 11 Aug, 18 Aug, 23 Aug, 27 Aug, £20.50 Our Writer C venues – C nova, 3–20 Aug, £7.50—£9.50 One for the Road Quaker Meeting House, 23–27 Aug, £8 Playback Impro Laughing Horse @ The Hanover Tap, 4–28 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, £free Impromptu Shakespeare Just the Tonic at The Caves, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £5

Expensive Shit Traverse Theatre, 12 Aug, 18 Aug, £18.50 In Tents and Purposes Assembly George Square Studios, 4–29 Aug, not 15, 26, £6—£11 Happy Hour Summerhall, 4–14 Aug, £10—£12 Hero Worship C venues – C, 21–29 Aug, £8.50—£10.50 The Starship Osiris Underbelly Med Quad, 3–29 Aug, not 17, £6—£9.50 Beyond Price Summerhall, 16–28 Aug, £5

13:40 Abberline’s Artefact SpaceTriplex, 22–26 Aug, £12

Irons Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 22–27 Aug, £10 Octopus HH Assembly George Square Theatre, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£11 Teatro Delusio Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 17, £8—£14.50 A Royal Flush theSpace on the Mile, Various dates from 6 Aug to 26 Aug, £6—£9 Taiwan Season: Solo Date Assembly George Square Studios, 4–29 Aug, not 15, 22, £6—£10 Just by Ali Smith Assembly George Square Gardens, 15–21 Aug, £9—£10 The Unknown Soldier Assembly Hall, 4–29 Aug, not 22, £7.50—£11 Scary Shit Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 10, 15, 22, £6—£10 Tracy Underbelly Med Quad, 3–29 Aug, not 20, £6—£10 My Romantic History theSpace on the Mile, Various dates from 7 Aug to 27 Aug, £6—£9 Sweet Child Of Mine Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–29 Aug, not 16, 23, £5—£11.50 All Quiet On the Western Front Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £6—£9.50 Greater Belfast Traverse Theatre, 13 Aug, 19 Aug, 25 Aug, £18.50

The Inevitable Heartbreak of Gavin Plimsole Pleasance Dome, 3–29 Aug, not 16, £6—£10

❤ Diary of a Madman HHHH

It Folds Summerhall, 3–28 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, £12—£14

Bubble Revolution New Town Theatre, 4–28 Aug, not 16, £7—£10

Don’t Feed the Cats SpaceTriplex, 15–18 Aug, £7

Traverse Theatre, 17 Aug, 23 Aug, 28 Aug, £18.50

Best Intentions Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 8–13 Aug, £10

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The Invisible Man C venues – C nova, 14– 19 Aug, £7.50—£9.50

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In Fidelity HHH Traverse Theatre, 9 Aug, 14 Aug, 20 Aug, 26 Aug, £18.50

Life by the Throat Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, not 17, £6—£10.50

13:50

The South Afreakins Spotlites, 4–28 Aug, £3—£8

Guru Dudu’s Silent Disco Walking Tours Grassmarket East, 5–28 Aug, not 8, 15, 16, 22, 23, £10

On Ego by Mick Gordon ZOO, 5–20 Aug, £8—£10

Improvised Adventures in Time and Space Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 15–20 Aug, £6 Terra Incognita Zoo Southside, 14–29 Aug, £5—£10 The Man Who Built His House to Heaven Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 15–27 Aug, not 21, £6 Éowyn Emerald & Dancers Greenside @ Royal Terrace, 5–27 Aug, not 14, 21, £5—£10 Red and The Wolf Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 17–27 Aug, not 21, £10 Screw Your Courage! (or The Bloody Crown!) Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 5–27 Aug, not 14, 21, £5—£10

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Jumping the Barriers theSpace on the Mile, 15–27 Aug, not 21, £8 Empty Beds Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£10.50 Burnt Sugar Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 5–13 Aug, £5—£8 At War With Love Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 8–20 Aug, not 14, £4—£8

13:55 A Streetcar Named Desire Assembly Roxy, 4–29 Aug, not 10, 15, 22, £7—£10

14:00 Chotto Desh Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 13–14 Aug, £20 Raw Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 28 Aug, £20

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Ups & Downs Theatre Group Edinburgh Elim, 13 Aug, £10

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Alice in Wasteland Studio 24, 26 Aug, £20

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The Fool C venues – C south, 24–28 Aug, £8.50—£9.50 Paperclips and Ammunition C venues – C nova, 3–29 Aug, £7.50—£9.50 My Eyes Went Dark Traverse Theatre, 4 Aug, 10 Aug, 16 Aug, 21 Aug, 27 Aug, £12.50—£18.50 Every Wild Beast C venues – C nova, 3–29 Aug, not 16, £9.50—£11.50 The Mindspace Lauriston Halls, 15–25 Aug, not 21, 23, £6 Hari Ho Gati Meri Dance Base, 25–28 Aug, £10—£12 Smart C venues – C nova, 3–12 Aug, £7.50—£9.50 Holes by Tom Basden C venues – C south, 14–20 Aug, £7.50—£9.50 The Age of (Distr) action theSpace @ Venue45, 16–20 Aug, £7 Rubber Zoo Southside, 6–28 Aug, £10 The School for Wives C venues – C nova, 3–20 Aug, £8.50—£10.50 Locusts and Weasels C venues – C nova, 13– 29 Aug, £7.50—£9.50 Goggles Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 16, £6—£10 Missed Connections C venues – C nova, 13– 20 Aug, £7.50—£9.50 Lines Rose Bruford @ Upper Church, Summerhall , 5–15 Aug, £10 The Other Institut français d’Ecosse, 5–28 Aug, not 15, 22, £6—£10 Faulty Towers the Dining Experience B’est Restaurant, 5–29 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £49.50—£54.50

Counting Sheep Summerhall @ The King’s Hall, Various dates from 6 Aug to 28 Aug, £12 The Accidental Adventures of Sherlock Holmes C venues – C, 8–29 Aug, £8.50—£10.50 Tink Tank Underbelly Potterrow, 3–29 Aug, not 16, £6—£12 We Paved the Streets With People PASS Theatre, 27 Aug, £free Cautionary Kate Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 16, £6—£10.50 Scarlet Letters Arthur Conan Doyle Centre, 10 Aug, 12 Aug, 15 Aug, £9

14:05 One Hundred Homes Summerhall, 3–28 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, £8—£10 Lucky 6 Spotlites, 14–20 Aug, £10 Trust Me, I’m A Drama Teacher theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, Various dates from 5 Aug to 12 Aug, £3 The Calm Venue 13, 21–27 Aug, £9 Grandad Died theSpace on the Mile, 22–27 Aug, £5

Grannies With Guns theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 15–18 Aug, £5 Go to Hell, Jesus theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 8–13 Aug, £5

14:15 Verge of Strife Assembly George Square Studios, 4–29 Aug, £7—£12 Absence of Separation Bourbon Bar, 6–27 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £free Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon Church Hill Theatre, 14 Aug, £5 Blood Will Have Blood C venues – C nova, 9–29 Aug, £11.50—£13.50 Life According to Saki C venues – C, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £8.50—£10.50 Trolling Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £6—£11 Macbeth Paradise in The Vault, 5–13 Aug, £5 The Chicken Trial Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, not 15, 22, £6—£10 Balsamic Vignettes theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 8–13 Aug, £6—£8 Delphine HHH Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 16, £6—£10 Begin Again Church Hill Theatre, 17 Aug, £5 Generation Zero HH Zoo Southside, 5–29 Aug, not 15, £5—£9

14:20 Glasgow Girls Assembly Hall, 4–28 Aug, not 10, 15, 22, £12—£17.50 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Church Hill Theatre, 18 Aug, £5 Intergalactic Nemesis: Twin Infinity – A Live Action Graphic Novel Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 10, 16, 23, £6—£14 Almost, Maine Church Hill Theatre, 16 Aug, £5 Around the World in 80 Days Church Hill Theatre, 19 Aug, £5 The Mission Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 17, £6—£11 Made Up Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, not 17, £6—£10.50

14:25 Mairi Campbell: Pulse Summerhall, 3–28 Aug, not 15, 22, £11—£14 Van Gogh Find Yourself Natural Food Kafe, 6–27 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free Hella Granger – Superstar Sweet Grassmarket, 21–28 Aug, £8 In Her Own Words: The Diana Tapes theSpace on Niddry St, 22–27 Aug, £9

Spaced: Whisky Theatre Valvona & Crolla Scottish Foodhall@Jenners, 18 Aug, 25 Aug, 28 Aug, £15

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Special Delivery Acoustic Music Centre @ St Bride’s, 24–28 Aug, £7

Ne’er the Twain Saughtonhall United Reformed Church, 13 Aug, £8

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Gulliver’s Travels Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 16, £6—£10

Cosplay’s the Thing Church Hill Theatre, 15 Aug, £5

Going Underground theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 5–13 Aug, not 7, £6—£8

Yokes Night Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 16, £6—£10

Hamlet in Bed Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 10, 16, 23, £6—£11.50

Labels Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 16, £6—£10

Foxtrot Paradise in The Vault, 15–28 Aug, not 21, £7 Bouncers theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 15–20 Aug, £7 Romeo and Juliet Post Scriptum theSpace on the Mile, 5–20 Aug, not 7, 14, £5—£8

Dusty Horne’s Sound and Fury HH Pleasance Dome, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £6.50—£11

Playing Soldiers C venues – C, 21–29 Aug, £7.50—£9.50 Frankenstein Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–29 Aug, £6.50—£13

Much Ado About Nothing Greenside @ Royal Terrace, 15–20 Aug, £8 Ane Servant o’ Twa Maisters Inverleith St Serf’s Church Centre, 20 Aug, £11 Enron St Ninian’s Hall, 13 Aug, 20 Aug, £12

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Dance Base, 5–14 Aug, not 8, £10—£12

The Handmaidens of Death – WWI Theatre of Its Time Quaker Meeting House, 22–27 Aug, £8 Anything That Gives Off Light Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 20 Aug, 24 Aug, £25 Shake The Lyceum, 12–13 Aug, £10 The Glass Menagerie King’s Theatre, 11 Aug, 13 Aug, 17 Aug, 19 Aug, £14 Snow Charm and Spring Scenery Theatre Big Tops, 12 Aug, 16 Aug, 17 Aug, 18 Aug, 19 Aug, £6 Songs and Stories of Scotland Sweet Grassmarket, 15–28 Aug, £8 Absolutely Legless Acoustic Music Centre @ St Bride’s, 27 Aug, £10 The Soul in the Machine – George Williams, YMCA Founder Palmerston Place Church, 13 Aug, £10 Lost in Complete Dance Base, 16–21 Aug, £10—£12 Delivery #16 Theatre Arts Exchange, 6–27 Aug, not 10, 15, 22, £10—£12 Death of Her Brother Sweet Grassmarket, 5–20 Aug, £8 The Auld Alliance Mayfield Salisbury Church, 6 Aug, 13 Aug, 20 Aug, £12

14:35 This is Japanese Iki! Sweet Grassmarket, 21–28 Aug, £10

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Ubu on the Table Summerhall, 3–28 Aug, not 4, 10, 15, 22, £6—£12 No Exit (Huis Clos) theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 22–26 Aug, £7 Anonymous Paradise in The Vault, 15–20 Aug, £5 PALPitations theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 15–20 Aug, £5 Tell Mary I Love Her theSpace on Niddry St, 9–13 Aug, £8 Call Mr Robeson Spotlites, 5 Aug, 7 Aug, 13 Aug, 17 Aug, 19 Aug, £7—£11 Just an Ordinary Lawyer Spotlites, Various dates from 4 Aug to 20 Aug, £5—£10 Strangers: A Magic Play theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 5–13 Aug, not 7, £6—£10

14:40 Agent of Influence: The Secret Life of Pamela More Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£10.50 Fossils Pleasance Dome, 3–29 Aug, not 17, £6—£11 The Supermarket Six theSpace on Niddry St, 22–27 Aug, £7 Elevated theSpace on the Mile, 8–13 Aug, £6 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn theSpace on Niddry St, 15–20 Aug, £8

The Hours Before We Wake Underbelly, Cowgate, 5–28 Aug, not 16, £6—£10.50 Bull SpaceTriplex, 23–27 Aug, £8—£9 A Tale of Two Cities: Blood for Blood HH Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £6—£13

14:45 Sacré Blue Northern Stage at Summerhall, 6–16 Aug, not 10, £9—£11 Hurricane Michael Assembly George Square Studios, 4–29 Aug, not 15, £6—£11 600 People Northern Stage at Summerhall, 18–27 Aug, not 24, £11

14:50 Karen Hobbs: Tumour Has It Underbelly Med Quad, 3–29 Aug, not 17, £6—£10.50 Don’t Panic! It’s Challenge Anneka

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Summerhall, 3–28 Aug, not 11, 22, £7—£10

Chopping Chillies Assembly Roxy, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £8—£12 Fat Girls Don’t Dance Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, not 16, £6—£10

14:55 The Erpingham Camp Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 15–20 Aug, £9

Tago: Korean Drum II Assembly Hall, 4–29 Aug, not 17, £8—£13 Irons Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 5–13 Aug, £10 Matchbox Theatre SpaceTriplex, 5–13 Aug, not 7, £7 Team Viking Just the Tonic at The Community Project, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £7—£10 Antigone theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 22–27 Aug, £8

15:00 Electric Eden Pleasance Pop-Up: The Club, Various dates from 3 Aug to 29 Aug, £6—£10 My Life in... Le Monde, 8–26 Aug, not 13, 14, 20, 21, 22, £10 The ME ZOO, 5–28 Aug, not 15, 22, £5—£10 God’s Anointed Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 22–27 Aug, £7 Mr Laurel and Mr Hardy Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 5–20 Aug, not 14, £5.50—£11 Immortal Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 15–27 Aug, not 21, £8 How is Uncle John? Assembly Hall, 4–29 Aug, not 16, £6—£11 The Moira Monologues by Alan Bissett Scottish Storytelling Centre, 20–29 Aug, £12

Ockham’s Razor: Tipping Point C venues – C scala, 3–25 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £14.50—£16.50 Nel HHH Pleasance Dome, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £6—£10 Hess HHH Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–29 Aug, not 16, 23, £6—£12 Wrecked HH Assembly George Square Gardens, 4–29 Aug, not 16, £6—£13 Sexual Fears of a Modern Day Virgin Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 6–20 Aug, not 7, 14, £5—£7.50 Ruskin Live: the 1853 Edinburgh Lectures Scottish National Gallery, 8 Aug, 9 Aug, 11 Aug, 12 Aug, £10 Nzinga Warrior Queen Scottish Storytelling Centre, 4–19 Aug, not 10, £7—£10 Measure for Measure The Lyceum, 20 Aug, £10 You Tweet My Face Space Greenside @ Royal Terrace, 5–27 Aug, not 14, 21, £5—£10 They Built It. No One Came. Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £6—£10 Bubble Schmeisis Summerhall, 3–28 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, £6—£11 This Earth Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 5–27 Aug, not 14, 21, £5—£6

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Bloody Mary C venues – C cubed, 4–29 Aug, not 10, 16, 23, £7.50—£9.50

Family Voices and Victoria Station theSpace on the Mile, 15–20 Aug, £8

The Silence at the Song’s End Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 22–27 Aug, £8

Killer Cells theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 15–20 Aug, £7

Taiwan Season: NuShu Dance Base, 5–28 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, £10—£12

Six Characters in Search of a Handout Paradise in Augustines, 15–20 Aug, £8

Sonder Theatre Arts Exchange, 15–18 Aug, £8

Everyman theSpace on the Mile, 22–27 Aug, £5

Dame Nature – The Magnificent Bearded Lady Assembly George Square Theatre, 16–29 Aug, £10—£11 Cosmic Fear or The Day Brad Pitt Got Paranoia Bedlam Theatre, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £6.50—£9 papercut– Theatre Arts Exchange, 20 Aug, £10 Thanks But No Thanks Theatre Arts Exchange, 22 Aug, £10

15:05 ❤ Denton and Me HHHH

15:10 In Utero theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 5–27 Aug, not 7, 14, 21, £6—£10 Three Layers of Meta and a Time Machine Paradise in Augustines, 22–28 Aug, £9.50 Red Letter theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 15–18 Aug, £5 The Therapist theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 8–13 Aug, £5 Swivelhead Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £6—£10

Summerhall, 3–28 Aug, not 15, 22, £8—£12

Frogs theSpace on the Mile, 8–13 Aug, £7

We Are Not Criminals theSpace on the Mile, Various dates from 6 Aug to 26 Aug, £6—£9

Exactly Like You Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, £6—£11

Fran & Leni Assembly George Square Theatre, 4–29 Aug, not 15, £6—£11 Crazed C venues – C nova, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £7.50—£9.50

Fingertips C venues – C nova, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £7.50—£9.50

15:15 Rapture theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 8–12 Aug, £8

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Dreamcatcher theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 22–27 Aug, £15 Skin of the Teeth Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 16, £6.50—£11 Finders Keepers & Miss Monday Spotlites, 7–13 Aug, £5 Jules Verne’s Extraordinary Voyages: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea C venues – C nova, 3–29 Aug, not 16, £8.50—£10.50 Brazil HHH New Town Theatre, 4–28 Aug, not 16, £8—£12

❤ A Simple Space HHHH Underbelly, George Square, 4–25 Aug, not 10, 17, 22, £10.50—£15.50

Guru Dudu’s Silent Disco Walking Tours Grassmarket East, Various dates from 6 Aug to 28 Aug, £10

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Every Brilliant Thing Roundabout @ Summerhall, 6–28 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £15—£17 Remember Edith Cavell Palmerston Place Church, 27 Aug, £11 Some Voices theSpace on the Mile, Various dates from 7 Aug to 27 Aug, £6—£9

15:20 Be Prepared Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£11 Playback Paradise in Augustines, 9–13 Aug, £7 Poena 5X1 Underbelly Med Quad, 3–29 Aug, not 17, £6—£11 Smother Zoo Southside, 5–27 Aug, £8—£12

15:25 Burying Your Brother in the Pavement SpaceTriplex, 8–13 Aug, £8.50 The Lounge HHH Summerhall, 3–27 Aug, not 4, 15, £10—£15

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Lucy, Lucy and Lucy Barfield Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 15, 22, £6—£10

Noiseless and Patient SpaceTriplex, 16–27 Aug, not 21, £8

This is Not Culturally Significant HH Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, £6—£10

Hang C venues – C nova, 3–27 Aug, £8.50—£10.50 The White Crow theSpace on the Mile, 5–13 Aug, not 7, £5—£8

POP-UP Duets (fragments of love) National Museum of Scotland, 4–28 Aug, not 6, 7, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, £free

Catching Up Natural Food Kafe, 6–19 Aug, £free

That Face C venues – C too, 8–13 Aug, £8.50—£9.50

After the Flood Sweet Grassmarket, 5–14 Aug, £8

Dracula Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £6.50—£11

Giant Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £6.50—£11

Driftwood Assembly George Square Gardens, 4–28 Aug, not 10, 15, 22, £10—£15 The Hogwallops Underbelly’s Circus Hub on the Meadows, 4–22 Aug, not 10, 15, £9—£12 The Picture of Dorian Gray Bourbon Bar, 21–27 Aug, £free Robert Burns: Rough Cut Scottish Storytelling Centre, 4–28 Aug, not 15, 22, £7—£9 The Life of the Party Bourbon Bar, 14–20 Aug, £free The Elephant Girls New Town Theatre, 4–28 Aug, not 16, £6—£11 The Duke Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 8, 15, £free

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Zoo Southside, 5–29 Aug, not 15, 22, £7—£9

You, Me and the Distance Between Us Paradise in The Vault, 22–28 Aug, £7

15:35 Vera Vera Vera theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 19–27 Aug, not 21, £7 Nowhere Now Sweet Grassmarket, 19–21 Aug, £7

Sleeping Dogs Lie theSpace on Niddry St, 22–27 Aug, £7

15:45 Splendid’s Jason and the Argonauts Bourbon Bar, 6–13 Aug, £free Beryl Sweet Grassmarket, 15 Aug, 16 Aug, 22 Aug, 23 Aug, 24 Aug, £7 The Jungle Book: Cobwebs and Moontalk C venues – C south, 4–21 Aug, £8.50—£10.50 Dead Awaken Venue 13, 6–27 Aug, not 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, £10 The Enchanted theSpace on Niddry St, 5–27 Aug, not 7, 14, 21, £6—£8 One Day Moko Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–29 Aug, not 15, 22, £6—£13.50 Touch Therapy Paradise in The Vault, 6–20 Aug, not 14, £7 The Meeting Sweet Grassmarket, 17 Aug, 18 Aug, 25 Aug, 26 Aug, 27 Aug, £7

❤ Diary of a Madman HHHH Traverse Theatre, 24 Aug, £18.50

The Interference C venues – C, 3–16 Aug, £9.50—£11.50

15:50 Think No Evil of Us: My Life With Kenneth Williams Pleasance Dome, 16 Aug, £12.50

Bucket List Pleasance Dome, 3–29 Aug, not 16, 23, £6.50—£13.50

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Traverse Theatre, 6 Aug, 18 Aug, £18.50

The Maiden’s Toy theSpace on the Mile, 15–20 Aug, £7

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Three Days’ Time C venues – C nova, 17–29 Aug, £8.50—£10.50

Frenemies Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 6–13 Aug, £8.50

Meet Fred Summerhall, 5–25 Aug, not 15, 22, £5—£10 The Money Fish Paradise in The Vault, 5–28 Aug, not 14, 21, £4—£10

Madwomen in the Attic C venues – C nova, 3–16 Aug, £8.50—£10.50

Airswimming Sweet Grassmarket, 4–14 Aug, £9

White Rabbit Red Rabbit Assembly George Square Studios, 4–28 Aug, £8—£12

Carlotta de Galleon – A Fool for Love! Spotlites, 4–28 Aug, £5—£8

The Room Mate The Edinburgh Academy, 16 Aug, 18 Aug, 20 Aug, £12.50

F*cking Men Assembly George Square Studios, 4–29 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £10—£15

In Our Hands Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, £6—£11

16:00 Anything That Gives Off Light Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 26 Aug, £25 Raw Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 27 Aug, £20 Ada/Ava by Manual Cinema Underbelly Potterrow, 3–29 Aug, not 16, £7—£13 Catch My Soul The Royal Scots Club, 12–13 Aug, £10 Cut Underbelly Med Quad, Various dates from 6 Aug to 28 Aug, £14.50—£15.50 Diary of a Madman Institut français d’Ecosse, 5–28 Aug, not 15, 22, £6—£10

The Dwelling Place Summerhall, 3–19 Aug, not 4, 15, £6—£12 I Am Rhythm Dance Base, 5–21 Aug, not 8, 15, £10—£12 I Keep a Woman in My Flat Chained to a Radiator ZOO, 5–29 Aug, not 17, £5—£9 Lost Game Rose Bruford @ Upper Church, Summerhall , 9–13 Aug, £8 Image – Selfie With Eggs ZOO, 5–13 Aug, £5—£10 Macbeth: Without Words ZOO, 14–29 Aug, £8—£12 A Little Princess C venues – C cubed, 9–29 Aug, £7.50—£9.50 Lovely Lady Lump Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £6—£12 Alba Flamenca Alba Flamenca, Various dates from 5 Aug to 28 Aug, £14

Expensive Shit Traverse Theatre, 13 Aug, 19 Aug, 25 Aug, £18.50

Flesh Dance Base, 24–28 Aug, £10—£12

My Dog’s Got No Nose The Royal Scots Club, 23–27 Aug, £8 The Lake of Dead Languages The Royal Scots Club, 15–20 Aug, £10

Wasted Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 22–27 Aug, £8 The Telemachy Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 22–27 Aug, £10 One Hundred Homes Summerhall, Various dates from 5 Aug to 28 Aug, £10 Krapp’s Last Tape theSpace on the Mile, 22–27 Aug, £8 The Female Question theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 15–18 Aug, £5 Chinese Women’s Whispers Spotlites, 14–28 Aug, not 17, 24, £8 The Berkovian Medea Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 22–27 Aug, £9.50 Marilyn and Sinatra Spotlites, 13 Aug, £12.50 The Cucumber Crime theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 8–13 Aug, £5

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Mushroom! Gayfield Venues, 24–29 Aug, £10

Milk HH Traverse Theatre, 12 Aug, £20.50

Decade theSpace on the Mile, 22–27 Aug, £8

Pss Pss Assembly Roxy, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £9—£14 Chef: Come Dine With Us! Assembly George Square Theatre, 4–29 Aug, not 15, £8.50—£14.50

Albatross Paradise in Augustines, Various dates from 6 Aug to 13 Aug, £12 Paper in My Pants Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 15–20 Aug, £6 Dolly Wants to Die Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, not 17, £6—£11 Eight theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 24–27 Aug, £8 Alice and the Dream Child Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 8–20 Aug, not 14, £8

❤ Wil Greenway: The Way the City Ate the Stars HHHH Underbelly Med Quad, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£10.50

Blow Off Traverse Theatre, 22 Aug, £16.50

Spoonface Steinberg theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 15–27 Aug, not 21, £6—£8

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A Matter of Life and Death Greenside @ Infirmary Street, Various dates from 5 Aug to 19 Aug, £4—£8 The Girl Who Touched the Stars Greenside @ Royal Terrace, 22–27 Aug, £9

Happy Dave HHH Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 16, £6.50—£11 UTO theSpace @ Venue45, 21–27 Aug, £8—£10 Daffodils (A Play With Songs) HH Traverse Theatre, 9 Aug, 13 Aug, 16 Aug, 20 Aug, 25 Aug, £20.50

Often Onstage Pleasance Dome, 3–26 Aug, not 15, 22, £6—£11

Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. Traverse Theatre, 18 Aug, 23 Aug, 27 Aug, £20.50

Alan and Bennett Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 6–20 Aug, not 8, 10, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, £4—£8

Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon Church Hill Theatre, 16 Aug, £5

The Lion in Winter Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 8–13 Aug, £10 27 Wagons Full of Cotton by Tennessee Williams Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 5–27 Aug, not 14, 21, £6—£10.50 The F Words Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 22–27 Aug, £8

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Numbers by Kieron Barry C venues – C nova, 15–29 Aug, not 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, £8.50—£10.50 Mr Kingdom’s Queen Victoria (Or a Little of What You Fancy) Assembly Hall, 4–29 Aug, not 16, £6—£12 Awakening, Sweet and Sour Sensory Composition theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 8–14 Aug, £10

Hotel Europa Just Festival at St John’s , 25 Aug, £12 Hip ZOO, 23–27 Aug, £10 Casting Call Woe Gilded Balloon at the Museum, 15–28 Aug, £8—£10 Stuff Assembly George Square Theatre, 4–29 Aug, not 15, £6—£12 Tandem C venues – C, 14–29 Aug, not 18, 19, £10.50—£12.50 Greater Belfast Traverse Theatre, 9 Aug, 14 Aug, 26 Aug, £18.50

❤ Diary of a Madman HHHH Traverse Theatre, 20 Aug, £18.50

Union C venues – C, 3–13 Aug, £10.50—£12.50 Growing Pains H Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£10.50 Back of the Bus Assembly George Square Gardens, 5–28 Aug, not 10, 15, 22, £8—£12.50 Equus C venues – C, 21–29 Aug, £8.50—£10.50

Adventures of a Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl HH Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–29 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £6—£10

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Begin Again Church Hill Theatre, 19 Aug, £5

Under Ice Summerhall, 8–21 Aug, not 16, £10

Silver Lining & Jacksons Lane: Throwback Underbelly’s Circus Hub on the Meadows, 4–22 Aug, not 15, £11—£16

A Number by Caryl Churchill C venues – C nova, 14–28 Aug, not 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, £8.50—£10.50

Epic Love and Pop Songs Pleasance Dome, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £6—£10

Shaedates: or How I Learned to Love Myself ZOO, 5–20 Aug, £5—£10

Almost, Maine Church Hill Theatre, 18 Aug, £5

The View from Castle Rock by Alice Munro artSpace@StMarks, 14 Aug, 28 Aug, 29 Aug, £15

Milk HH Traverse Theatre, 19 Aug, 24 Aug, 28 Aug, £20.50 I’m Doing This for You

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Summerhall, 5–28 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, £5—£10

❤ Diary of a Madman HHHH Traverse Theatre, 12 Aug, £18.50

Squirm C venues – C nova, 3–13 Aug, £7.50—£9.50 Mark Thomas: The Red Shed Traverse Theatre, 10 Aug, 14 Aug, 17 Aug, 21 Aug, 26 Aug, £20.50

Red Rose / White Rose Greenside @ Royal Terrace, 15–20 Aug, £5

Arcadia Spotlites, 14–28 Aug, £8 Around the World in 80 Days Church Hill Theatre, 17 Aug, £5 360 Allstars Assembly Hall, 4–29 Aug, not 15, £10—£16 Small Hours C venues – C nova, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £8.50—£10.50

Bulldog The Edinburgh Academy, 12–13 Aug, £10 Finding Joy Assembly Hall, 4–14 Aug, £8—£14 We Live by the Sea Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £6—£9

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I Am Yours theSpace on the Mile, Various dates from 6 Aug to 26 Aug, £6—£9

Blushed Gilded Balloon at the Counting House, 8–29 Aug, not 17, £7

Angel by Henry Naylor Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–29 Aug, not 17, £6—£12.50

Wrecked HH Assembly George Square Gardens, 4–29 Aug, not 16, £6—£13 We Paved the Streets With People PASS Theatre, 27 Aug, £free

16:35 ❤ Infinity Pool: A

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Bedlam Theatre, 3–29 Aug, not 19, £6—£11

The Terrible False Deception (A Four Act Play in 40 Minutes or 43 With Laughs!) Church Hill Theatre, 14–15 Aug, £5

16:40 William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged) Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £6—£13 A Terrified Soul – Macbeth theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 25–27 Aug, £8 Twelfth Night or The Ship of Fools theSpace on the Mile, 5–13 Aug, not 7, £8 Mr Incredible HHH Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, not 16, £6—£11 All the Things I Lied About Roundabout @ Summerhall, 5–28 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £9—£13 Broken Fanny theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 5–27 Aug, not 7, 14, 21, £5

16:45 Dracula C venues – C too, 4–29 Aug, not 16, £9.50—£11.50 An Account of a Savage HH C venues – C nova, 3–13 Aug, £8.50—£10.50 MOONFACE Zoo Southside, 5–28 Aug, not 21, £5—£9 Alana C venues – C nova, 14– 28 Aug, £7.50—£9.50 In Fidelity HHH Traverse Theatre, 4 Aug, 10 Aug, 16 Aug, 21 Aug, 27 Aug, £12.50—£18.50

Jules Verne’s Extraordinary Voyages: The Lighthouse at the End of the World C venues – C nova, 3–29 Aug, not 16, £8.50—£10.50 My Eyes Went Dark Traverse Theatre, 17 Aug, 23 Aug, 28 Aug, £18.50 Prestwick Elvis theSpace on the Mile, Various dates from 7 Aug to 27 Aug, £6—£9

16:50 Iphigenia in Tauris Spotlites, 4–20 Aug, £9 How (Not) to Live in Suburbia Summerhall, 3–28 Aug, not 4, 10, 15, 22, £8—£12 Putting the Band Back Together Northern Stage at Summerhall, 6–27 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £10—£12

16:55 Unnatural Selection Natural Food Kafe, 21–27 Aug, £free Bunburying Natural Food Kafe, 6–13 Aug, £free From the Mouths of the Gods HHH C venues – C nova, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £10.50—£12.50 5 Out of 10 Men... theSpace on Niddry St, 5–27 Aug, not 14, £7—£9 The Ladykillers by Graham Linehan theSpace on the Mile, 15–20 Aug, £8 Tracing Grace Paradise in The Vault, 6–13 Aug, £5

17:00 The End Dance Base, 5–14 Aug, not 8, £10—£12 Electric Eden Pleasance Pop-Up: The Club, Various dates from 6 Aug to 28 Aug, £10 Undermined ZOO, 15–20 Aug, £10 The Opportunity Theatre Arts Exchange, 20 Aug, 22 Aug, £5 Dancer Dance Base, 17–28 Aug, not 22, £10—£12

The Club Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–29 Aug, £6.50—£12.50 Radpole ZOO, 8–12 Aug, £7 Rubber Zoo Southside, 6–28 Aug, £10 Trashed Lauriston Halls, 8–27 Aug, not 14, 21, £free Thanks But No Thanks Theatre Arts Exchange, 23–24 Aug, £10 En Folkefiende HH Pleasance Dome, 3–28 Aug, not 15, 22, £6—£11 About a Girl SpaceTriplex, 22–27 Aug, £3.50 Swansong Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 16, £6.50—£11 Whiteout Zoo Southside, 5–27 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, £10—£12.50 L’Heure Fugitive Rose Bruford @ Upper Church, Summerhall , 25 Aug, £10 Jailmates New Town Theatre, 4–15 Aug, £10—£12 Revolution in the Magic Square Theatre Arts Exchange, 6–21 Aug, not 15, 20, £8—£10 Fourth Monkey’s Genesis and Revelation: The Whale theSpace on Niddry St, 5–27 Aug, £8—£11 Lady Shakespeare Paradise in The Vault, 15–28 Aug, not 21, £8 Evil Spotlites, 4–20 Aug, £9 Leaf by Niggle Scottish Storytelling Centre, 4–28 Aug, not 10, 15, 22, 23, £6—£10 A Day in the Lives of Frankie Abbott New Town Theatre, 4–15 Aug, £8—£12 The Diary of Anne Frank Paradise in Augustines, 7–12 Aug, £5

17:05 The Wall theSpace on the Mile, 22–27 Aug, £10 Making Monsters theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 5–27 Aug, not 7, 14, 21, £10

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Queen Lear Assembly Roxy, 4–29 Aug, not 16, £10—£16

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The Rose of Jericho theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 22–27 Aug, £10 A Fragile Lift theSpace on the Mile, 15–20 Aug, £5 The Lost Children of Neverland SpaceTriplex, 5–20 Aug, not 7, 14, £7

17:10 The Gorgon Girl Sweet Grassmarket, 4–14 Aug, £8 Cracked Tiles Spotlites, 4–28 Aug, not 5, 14, 26, £7.50—£8.50 Poe’s Last Night Sweet Grassmarket, 16–28 Aug, not 22, £8 In Defence of Hitler! Sweet Grassmarket, 16–28 Aug, not 22, £8

17:15 Twonkey’s Drive-In: Jennifer’s Robot Arm Sweet Grassmarket, 4–28 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £5

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Contemporary? ZOO, 7–19 Aug, £8—£12 Spaced: Whisky Theatre Valvona & Crolla Scottish Foodhall@Jenners, 9–27 Aug, not 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 22, 25, £15 A Dream of Dying theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 5–27 Aug, not 7, 14, 21, £11 The Meeting Sweet Grassmarket, 15 Aug, £7 Remember Me: Horatio’s Hamlet Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 15–27 Aug, not 21, £10 The Song of Beast (after Hamlet) C venues – C south, 4–29 Aug, £9.50—£11.50

❤ Adler & Gibb HHHH

Summerhall, 3–27 Aug, not 4, 8, 15, 22, £12—£15

Girl C venues – C cubed, 4–28 Aug, not 16, £9.50—£11.50

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Nuclear Family Assembly Roxy, 3–29 Aug, not 16, £6—£13

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Art of Reduction and Distillation of Humanity: Whisky Theatre Valvona & Crolla Scottish Foodhall@Jenners, 18 Aug, 25 Aug, £15

17:30 Grace Assembly Checkpoint, 4–28 Aug, not 8, 9, 15, 22, 23, £10—£14

Hunchback Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 22–27 Aug, £10

Perhaps Hope Underbelly’s Circus Hub on the Meadows, 4–22 Aug, not 15, £10—£15

Felix Holt: The Radical Greenside @ Royal Terrace, 15–20 Aug, £8

❤ Water on Mars HHHH

Taiwan Season: Lost in Grey Dance Base, 5–28 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, £10—£12

17:20 Dead Wright Greenside @ Infirmary Street, Various dates from 6 Aug to 24 Aug, £7—£9 Deep-Fried Language C venues – C nova, 3–29 Aug, £7.50—£9.50

Assembly Roxy, 3–14 Aug, £8—£14

Animal (Are You a Proper Person?) Gilded Balloon Teviot, 4–28 Aug, not 15, 22, £7—£13 Hotel Europa Just Festival at St John’s , 24 Aug, 27 Aug, £12 Travesty HH Assembly George Square Studios, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£11

Boris: World King Pleasance Dome, 3–29 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £7—£13.50 Savage / Love Venue150 at EICC, 15–16 Aug, £8 The Winter Gift theSpace on the Mile, 22–27 Aug, £12

17:45 YPFii C venues – C too, 14–20 Aug, £7.50—£9.50 Tell Me Anything Summerhall, 3–28 Aug, not 4, 15, £8—£11 Bash C venues – C too, 4–13 Aug, £7.50—£9.50 Love for Sale Assembly Hall, 4–29 Aug, £7—£12 John Muir: Rhapsody in Green Valvona & Crolla, 20 Aug, £12

The Wedding Reception The George Hotel, 4–28 Aug, not 8, 18, 23, £39—£43

The Animotion Show: Peace - War Gilded Balloon at the Museum, 3–14 Aug, £10—£12

The Allergic Audience Arthur Conan Doyle Centre, 8–19 Aug, weekdays only, £10

Sylum Rose Bruford @ Upper Church, Summerhall , Various dates from 5 Aug to 15 Aug, £8

Guru Dudu’s Silent Disco Walking Tours Grassmarket East, Various dates from 6 Aug to 28 Aug, £15 Being a Dad Just Festival at St John’s , 20 Aug, £10 Every Wild Beast C venues – C nova, 3–29 Aug, not 16, £9.50—£11.50 Trainspotting Assembly George Square Studios, 4–29 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £10—£15

18:05 ❤ Scorch HHHH Roundabout @ Summerhall, 5–28 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £9—£16

A New Case of Jekyll and Hyde theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 23–27 Aug, £4 Bit of Sunshine theSpace on the Mile, 22–27 Aug, £8 A Fragile Lift theSpace on the Mile, 5–13 Aug, not 7, £5

Absolutely Legless Acoustic Music Centre @ St Bride’s, 27 Aug, £12

Wonderman Underbelly Potterrow, 3–28 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, £6—£12

I Love You / It’s Over The Edinburgh Academy, 19–20 Aug, £8

Fire Burn: The Tragedy of Macbeth theSpace on the Mile, Various dates from 15 Aug to 27 Aug, £9.50

Bricking It HH Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, not 16, £6—£10.50

17:50

Remember to Breathe Summerhall, 5–27 Aug, not 15, £8—£12

4D Cinema Summerhall, 3–28 Aug, not 4, 8, 15, 22, £4—£9

17:35

Albatross Paradise in Augustines, 15–28 Aug, not 21, £12

Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, not 16, £6—£11

18:10

Home theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 15–20 Aug, £7

Acting Alone Just Festival at St John’s , 5 Aug, 6 Aug, 9 Aug, 10 Aug, 12 Aug, £10

Arthur Conan Doyle – Man of Mystery Mayfield Salisbury Church, 8–12 Aug, £8

Stunning the Punters (& Other Stories) Spotlites, 4–28 Aug, not 16, £5—£10

Trip the Light Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 5–13 Aug, £6—£7.50

The D-List Underbelly Med Quad, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £6—£10.50

Darktales Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 16, 23, £6—£14

Broken Serenity Cafe, 6–28 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free

The Female Question theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 8–13 Aug, £5

All in the Timing Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 5–20 Aug, not 14, £4—£9

Canon Warriors Paradise in The Vault, 15–28 Aug, not 21, £7

Nicole Henriksen is Makin it Rain Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, not 16, £6—£11

The Concept Venue 13, 19–27 Aug, £9 Boys Greenside @ Infirmary Street, Various dates from 5 Aug to 25 Aug, £7—£9 Ten Storey Love Song Pleasance Dome, 3–29 Aug, not 4, 16, £6—£10 Isabel(le) Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 5–18 Aug, not 14, £10

Tagged theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 12–13 Aug, £8

17:40

17:25 All In Summerhall, 16–26 Aug, not 22, £12

1984 theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 22–27 Aug, £7

Tomatoes Spotlites, 22–23 Aug, £5

Rotterz theSpace @ Venue45, Various dates from 15 Aug to 26 Aug, £6

All of Me Greenside @ Royal Terrace, 22–27 Aug, £8

Molhados&Secos – Wet and Dry ZOO, 14–29 Aug, £7—£8

Two Spotlites, 24–28 Aug, £8.50

Tartuffe theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 15–20 Aug, £8

A Man Standing Summerhall, 3–14 Aug, not 4, £10—£12

Droll theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 26–27 Aug, £5

Anarchy at the Hearty Toadstool Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 22–24 Aug, £free

Katsura Sunshine: Rakugo! Sweet Grassmarket, 7–28 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, £8

17:55 Rose Silk, 6–27 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free Just an Ordinary Lawyer Spotlites, 24 Aug, 26 Aug, 28 Aug, £9—£10 Call Mr Robeson Spotlites, 21 Aug, 23 Aug, 25 Aug, 27 Aug, £10—£11

18:00 The Glass Menagerie King’s Theatre, 21 Aug, £14

❤ Blush HHHH

Le Bossu Bedlam Theatre, 3–21 Aug, not 16, £5—£8.50 Posh Bedlam Theatre, 16–28 Aug, not 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, £8—£9 The Murderer Zoo Southside, 5–29 Aug, £5—£8 CoinciDance The Edinburgh Academy, 12–13 Aug, £8 Alice in Wasteland Studio 24, 23–25 Aug, £20 Beach Party (We Thought We Heard Fireworks) Rose Bruford @ Upper Church, Summerhall , 9–13 Aug, £8

❤ Attrape Moi HHHH

Assembly Hall, 4–29 Aug, not 10, 15, 22, £10—£16

A Waiting Room theSpace on the Mile, 15–20 Aug, £6 The Marvellous Adventures of Mary Seacole C venues – C nova, 3–29 Aug, not 10, 16, 23, £9.50—£11.50 The Therapist theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 15–18 Aug, £5 Dreaming of Leaves theSpace on the Mile, Various dates from 16 Aug to 26 Aug, £8 1857: Turrebaz Khan SpaceTriplex, 12–13 Aug, £8

18:15 India Flamenco Alba Flamenca, 5–28 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £12 Not the Horse theSpace on the Mile, 12 Aug, £9

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Three for Two by Phil Booth ZOO, 5–29 Aug, not 16, 23, £5—£9 Dark Vanilla Jungle C venues – C nova, 3–29 Aug, not 7, 16, £9.50—£11.50 Lynch: Improvised Plays in the Style of David Lynch – Free Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 4–14 Aug, £free Back of the Bus Assembly George Square Gardens, 5–28 Aug, not 10, 15, 22, £8—£12.50 Black Comedy The Royal Scots Club, 15–20 Aug, £12 And They Played Shang-A-Lang New Town Theatre, 4–28 Aug, not 16, £10 Dirty Glitter theSpace on the Mile, 13 Aug, £9 The Tobacco Merchant’s Lawyer New Town Theatre, 4–28 Aug, not 16, £12 Happy Together C venues – C cubed, 4–29 Aug, not 16, £8.50—£10.50 Shakespeare in the Garden: Twelfth Night, or What You Will C venues – C south, 4–29 Aug, not 15, £7.50—£9.50

18:25 A Boy Named Sue C venues – C nova, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £8.50—£10.50

18:30 The Empire Builders Institut français d’Ecosse, 5–21 Aug, not 15, £6—£12 Hamlet, Ophelia – Part One Spotlites, 13–28 Aug, £7—£8

Taiwan Season: The Sacrifice of Roaring ZOO, 5–29 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, £5—£10 The Great Gatsby Greenside @ Royal Terrace, Various dates from 6 Aug to 26 Aug, £8 Five Kinds of Silence Quaker Meeting House, 22–27 Aug, £10

18:35

Death and the Maiden C venues – C too, 4–13 Aug, £8.50—£10.50

Mine theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 5–13 Aug, not 7, £7

Cosplay’s the Thing Church Hill Theatre, 18 Aug, £5

The Terrible False Deception (A Four Act Play in 40 Minutes or 43 With Laughs!) Church Hill Theatre, 17 Aug, £5

The Game’s Afoot Arthur Conan Doyle Centre, 15–19 Aug, £8 The Gin Chronicles: A Scottish Adventure artSpace@StMarks, 8–25 Aug, not 21, £12 E15 Northern Stage at Summerhall, 6–27 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £9—£11 Bird Dance Base, 5–28 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, £10—£12 An Evening with CS Lewis Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 5–27 Aug, not 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, £11 A Young Man Dressed as a Gorilla Dressed as an Old Man Sits Rocking in a Rocking Chair for 56 Minutes and Then Leaves... 8 Voodoo Rooms, 22 Aug, £free

Almost, Maine Church Hill Theatre, 19 Aug, £5

And Now… Zoo Southside, 15–27 Aug, £10—£12

Ros & Guil R Dead theSpace on the Mile, 5–20 Aug, not 7, 14, £8

❤ Blank HHHH

Fourth Monkey’s Genesis and Revelation: The Ark theSpace on Niddry St, 5–27 Aug, £8—£11

A Midsummer Night’s Dream The Royal Scots Club, 8–13 Aug, £10

Around the World in 80 Days Church Hill Theatre, 16 Aug, £5

Traverse Theatre, 13 Aug, 19 Aug, 25 Aug, £18.50

Of Wardrobes and Rings Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 16–20 Aug, £11

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Church Hill Theatre, 15 Aug, £5

18:20

❤ Diary of a Madman HHHH

Summerhall, 5–28 Aug, not 22, £10—£12

Wunderbar Zoo Southside, 5–13 Aug, £8—£10 Collateral Damage The Royal Scots Club, 22–27 Aug, £10

Your Own Man / Mad Notions Dance Base, 23–28 Aug, £10—£12 Sirqus Alfon: I Am Somebody HHH Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £7—£12

❤ May-We-GoRound? HHHH

Dance Base, 5–14 Aug, not 8, prices vary

Poetic Transformations of Existential Delight Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 22–27 Aug, £5 The HandleBards: Richard III Assembly @ Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh: West Gate, Various dates from 5 Aug to 19 Aug, £12—£15

Gratiano Spotlites, 4–28 Aug, not 22, £7.50—£11

The HandleBards: The Taming of the Shrew Assembly @ Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh: West Gate, 23 Aug, 25 Aug, 27 Aug, £13.50—£15

Care Takers C venues – C, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £9.50—£11.50

A:Version and Pitch Dance Base, 17–21 Aug, £10—£12

18:40 ABCs to LSD theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 22–27 Aug, £5 A Good Clean Heart Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, £6—£11 iDolls theSpace @ Venue45, Various dates from 16 Aug to 27 Aug, £6 Contactless Paradise in The Vault, 6–20 Aug, not 14, £8 Monkhouse theSpace @ Venue45, Various dates from 15 Aug to 26 Aug, £6 Unveiled Paradise in The Vault, 27–28 Aug, £8 The Convolution of Pip and Twig SpaceTriplex, 5–27 Aug, not 7, 14, 21, £6—£8 Brain Matter(s) Venue 13, 21–27 Aug, £9

18:45 My Eyes Went Dark Traverse Theatre, 24 Aug, £18.50 Expensive Shit Traverse Theatre, 9 Aug, 14 Aug, 26 Aug, £18.50

The HandleBards: Much Ado About Nothing Assembly @ Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh: West Gate, Various dates from 6 Aug to 20 Aug, £13.50—£15 The HandleBards: Romeo and Juliet Assembly @ Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh: West Gate, 21 Aug, 24 Aug, 26 Aug, 28 Aug, £13.50—£15 Petrol HH ZOO, 5–29 Aug, £5—£9

18:50 The Point theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 15–20 Aug, £10

18:55 Closer by Circa Underbelly, George Square, 3–29 Aug, not 10, 16, 23, £11.50—£18.50 xx Paradise in The Vault, 6–28 Aug, not 14, 21, £7 Penny Arcade: Longing Lasts Longer Assembly Checkpoint, 3–14 Aug, £7—£13 Droll theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 15–25 Aug, not 21, £5

19:00 At the Illusionist’s Table The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, 5–29 Aug, not 8, 22, £59 The Lady Vanishes Summerhall, 13–15 Aug, £12 O is for Hoolet Scottish Storytelling Centre, 12–29 Aug, not 15, 22, £10 Daffodils (A Play With Songs) HH Traverse Theatre, 4 Aug, 17 Aug, 21 Aug, 26 Aug, £14.50—£20.50 Snakes and Giants

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FiXion? Buccleuch Free Church, 15–19 Aug, £free Foehn Effect C venues – C nova, 14–29 Aug, £8.50—£10.50 Trinity Theatre Arts Exchange, 22–26 Aug, £10 Sonder Theatre Arts Exchange, 14 Aug, £8 I Ran With the Gang: The Story of Alan Longmuir, the Original Bay City Roller Le Monde, 5–28 Aug, not 6, 13, 20, 22, 27, £15

Summerhall, 3–27 Aug, not 4, 15, £9—£11.50

19:05

The Dwelling Place Summerhall, 3–19 Aug, not 4, 15, £6—£12

#ICYMI theSpace on Niddry St, 9–13 Aug, £8

Cafe Baile Lauriston Halls, 9 Aug, 16 Aug, 23 Aug, £9

Another Fine Mess theSpace on the Mile, 22–27 Aug, £8—£9

Mark Thomas: The Red Shed Traverse Theatre, 11 Aug, 18 Aug, 23 Aug, 27 Aug, £20.50

Heads Up Summerhall, 3–28 Aug, not 4, 15, 22, £8—£11

papercut– Theatre Arts Exchange, Various dates from 15 Aug to 21 Aug, £10 Timon of Athens Theatre Arts Exchange, 8–13 Aug, £10 The Tempest Inveresk Lodge Garden, 27 Aug, £11 Chotto Desh Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 13–14 Aug, £20 Raw Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 27–28 Aug, £20 Cut Underbelly Med Quad, 3–29 Aug, not 16, £10—£15.50 My Month of Mother’s Ruin Zoo Southside, 13 Aug, £5 We’re All Mad in Here Leith Depot, 21–25 Aug, £free Milk HH Traverse Theatre, Various dates from 5 Aug to 25 Aug, £14.50—£20.50 Revolution in the Magic Square Theatre Arts Exchange, 20 Aug, £10

Keep it Real theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 22–27 Aug, £8

19:10 Bhumi theSpace on Niddry St, 15–27 Aug, not 21, £10 First Lady Serenity Cafe, 15–28 Aug, not 17, 24, £free The Cucumber Crime theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 15–18 Aug, £5 Alix in Wundergarten

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Underbelly Med Quad, Various dates from 3 Aug to 29 Aug, £6—£11

Her Slightest Touch Spotlites, 4–13 Aug, £8 Red Letter theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 8–13 Aug, £5 Pale Imitations SpaceTriplex, 15–27 Aug, not 21, £9 Saturday Night Forever Underbelly Med Quad, Various dates from 4 Aug to 28 Aug, £6—£11

19:15 Daffodils (A Play With Songs) HH Traverse Theatre, 10 Aug, 14 Aug, £20.50

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Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. Traverse Theatre, 19 Aug, 24 Aug, 28 Aug, £20.50 Family Values theSpace on the Mile, 5–27 Aug, not 7, 14, 21, £5—£10 Guru Dudu’s Silent Disco Walking Tours Grassmarket East, 5–28 Aug, not 8, 15, 16, 22, 23, £15 My Eyes Went Dark Traverse Theatre, 12 Aug, 18 Aug, £18.50 Still Here ZOO at St Mary’s South Lawn, 3–24 Aug, not 4, 13, 18, £7—£10 Sisu theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 15–27 Aug, not 21, £8 Faslane Summerhall, 3–28 Aug, not 4, 15, £8—£10 Remember Edith Cavell Palmerston Place Church, 23–26 Aug, £11

19:20 Doubting Thomas

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Summerhall, 3–28 Aug, not 4, 15, 22, £5—£10

JOAN Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, not 16, £6—£11

19:25 Undercover Refugee Natural Food Kafe, 6–27 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £free I, Who Have Hands More Innocent HHH ZOO, 5–28 Aug, £5—£10

19:30 Anything That Gives Off Light Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 16–25 Aug, not 21, £25 Scottish Ballet Festival Theatre, 18–20 Aug, £12 Richard III The Lyceum, 24–28 Aug, £10 Shake The Lyceum, 11–13 Aug, £10

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The Glass Menagerie King’s Theatre, 5–20 Aug, not 9, 16, £14

Natalia Osipova and Guests Festival Theatre, 12–14 Aug, £12 Stamp Zoo Southside, 5–29 Aug, not 16, 23, £8—£10

A Series of Unfortunate Breakups C venues – C nova, 3–29 Aug, not 16, £8.50—£10.50 The Tide Creeps In The Edinburgh Academy, 12–13 Aug, £10

Pre-View Traverse Theatre, 8 Aug, 15 Aug, £6.50 Expensive Shit Traverse Theatre, 20 Aug, £18.50 An Act of Faith The Salvation Army Edinburgh City Corps, 25–26 Aug, £7 Two Kittens & A Kid (A Gay Man Raising His Inner Diva) theSpace on the Mile, 5–20 Aug, not 7, 14, £8—£10 Old Herbaceous The Brunton , 20 Aug, £12.50

Ane Servant o’ Twa Maisters Inverleith St Serf’s Church Centre, 6–19 Aug, not 7, 14, £11 Just Married Leith Depot, 12 Aug, £free Enron St Ninian’s Hall, 8–20 Aug, not 14, 18, £12 The Shepherd Beguiled Duddingston Kirk Manse Gardens, 10–28 Aug, not 15, 16, 22, 23, £10 In Fidelity HHH Traverse Theatre, 17 Aug, 23 Aug, 28 Aug, £18.50

The Soul in the Machine – George Williams, YMCA Founder Palmerston Place Church, 9–12 Aug, £10

19:35

Greater Belfast Traverse Theatre, 10 Aug, 16 Aug, 21 Aug, 27 Aug, £18.50

Terry Pratchett’s Mort Paradise in Augustines, 15–28 Aug, not 21, £9.50

Parish Fête-ality: A Game of Scones C venues – C, 8–29 Aug, £8.50—£10.50

Not the Horse theSpace on the Mile, Various dates from 6 Aug to 27 Aug, £9

Horse McDonald in Careful Gilded Balloon at the Museum, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £6—£13.50

Sins Borne theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 5–27 Aug, not 7, 14, 21, £8

Joli Vyann: Imbalance Underbelly’s Circus Hub on the Meadows, 4–22 Aug, not 10, 15, £9—£12

Blow Off Traverse Theatre, 22 Aug, £16.50

Unseen Spotlites, 4–28 Aug, £7 Dirty Glitter theSpace on the Mile, Various dates from 5 Aug to 26 Aug, £9

Ne’er the Twain Saughtonhall United Reformed Church, 8–13 Aug, £8

Deadline Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 5–27 Aug, not 14, 21, £5—£8

Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour Outside the Beehive Inn, 1 Aug–4 Sep, £14

2 Complicated Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 15–27 Aug, not 21, £9

Downs With Love Edinburgh Elim, 8–12 Aug, £10

19:40

Soddin’ Flodden Spotlites, 14–28 Aug, £10 Cradle King Scottish Storytelling Centre, 12–28 Aug, not 15, 22, £10

Living a Little New Town Theatre, 4–28 Aug, not 16, £7—£10 Cats and Dogs Give the Best Advice Spotlites, 6–20 Aug, £5 The Life and Times of Lionel Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 5–13 Aug, £8.50

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Delay Detach HHH Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 5–20 Aug, not 14, £8 Steam Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 5–20 Aug, not 7, 14, £7

19:45 Fourth Monkey’s Genesis and Revelation: Sodom theSpace on Niddry St, 5–27 Aug, £8—£11 The Gingerbread Lady The Royal Scots Club, 22–27 Aug, £12 The Margaret Sinclair Story St Patrick’s Church, 6–12 Aug, £6 Being a Dad Just Festival at St John’s , 12 Aug, 13 Aug, 16 Aug, 17 Aug, 19 Aug, £10

20:00 Measure for Measure The Lyceum, 16–20 Aug, £10 The Toad Knew King’s Theatre, 24–28 Aug, £12 One Man Star Wars™ Trilogy Assembly George Square Studios, 3–14 Aug, £10—£16 Stack Bedlam Theatre, 3–28 Aug, not 16, £6.50—£10 The Underground: A Response to Dostoevsky Rose Bruford @ Upper Church, Summerhall , 25–26 Aug, £10 Two and One More Venue 13, 21–27 Aug, £9 The Room Mate The Edinburgh Academy, 17 Aug, 19 Aug, 21 Aug, £12.50

Jen Stone and Megan Thompson Dance Project Greenside @ Royal Terrace, 23–27 Aug, £6

Faulty Towers the Dining Experience B’est Restaurant, 4–29 Aug, not 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, £49.50—£54.50

The Auld Alliance Mayfield Salisbury Church, 5–19 Aug, weekdays only, £12

Villain Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, not 16, £6—£11

Nightmare Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 22–27 Aug, £9

A Fool’s Paradise: 30 Shakespeare Scenes in 60 Minutes Venue 13, 6–12 Aug, £9

Lïnger Dance Base, 5–21 Aug, not 8, 15, £10—£12 Among Women St Patrick’s Church, 13–14 Aug, £6 Is It Tabu? C venues – C south, 4–29 Aug, not 15, £7.50—£9.50 A Passion for Passion Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 22–27 Aug, £free Unknown and Liminal Dance Base, 23–28 Aug, £10—£12

19:55 The Wives of Others C venues – C, 14–29 Aug, £9.50—£11.50 How We Lost It Paradise in Augustines, 6–13 Aug, £8 Partial Nudity ZOO, 5–27 Aug, £7—£9 Adventure Quest Just the Tonic at The Caves, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £5—£10

Ash ZOO, 5–19 Aug, £5—£10 Counting Sheep Summerhall @ The King’s Hall, 4–28 Aug, not 7, 8, 14, 15, 22, £10—£12 Alba Flamenca Alba Flamenca, 5–28 Aug, £14 Child’s Play ZOO, 21–29 Aug, £7

20:05 Lifted theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 22–27 Aug, £6.50 The Monologues of a Tired Nurse theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 22–27 Aug, £6 The Rose of Jericho theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 5–20 Aug, not 7, 14, £10 Grannies With Guns theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 8–13 Aug, £5 Go to Hell, Jesus theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 15–18 Aug, £5

The Inspectors Call Spotlites, 15–28 Aug, £7—£8

20:10 Pussyfooting Paradise in The Vault, 6–28 Aug, not 14, 21, £10 Lucy McCormick: Triple Threat Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, not 10, 15, 22, £6—£12

20:15 The End Dance Base, 16–21 Aug, £12 Front Line Just the Tonic at The Community Project, 4–14 Aug, £8.50 A Common Man: The Bridge That Tom Built C venues – C nova, 3–29 Aug, not 6, 7, 20, 21, 25, 27, £10.50—£12.50 Your Majesties Dance Base, 5–14 Aug, not 8, £10—£12 OwlTime C venues – C nova, 3–29 Aug, not 15, 22, £7.50—£9.50

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Northern Stage at Summerhall, 6–27 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £9—£11

Every Day I Wake Up Hopeful Sweet Grassmarket, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £7 The Trial Rose Bruford @ Upper Church, Summerhall , 5–15 Aug, £10

20:20 Who Killed Pablo Neruda? (A Poet’s Journey) Quaker Meeting House, 8–13 Aug, £5 Marilyn and Sinatra Spotlites, 12–13 Aug, £12.50

20:25 Eat. Sleep. Bathe. Repeat theSpace on the Mile, 5–13 Aug, not 7, £9 Spiders by Night: A Double Bill of Exciting New Monologues theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 5–13 Aug, not 7, £5—£8

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Your Fringe Schedule Holmes & Watson: The Farewell Tour theSpace on the Mile, 15–27 Aug, £9

Procrastinate theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 22–27 Aug, £7

All of Me Greenside @ Royal Terrace, 15–20 Aug, £8

A Working Title SpaceTriplex, 16–20 Aug, £9

Discretion Guaranteed Paradise in The Vault, 6–28 Aug, not 14, 21, £12

20:45

21:00

Frankenstein: A New Play Spotlites, 14–20 Aug, £10

Still Here ZOO at St Mary’s South Lawn, 4 Aug, 18 Aug, £7—£10

Hummingbird ZOO, 5–29 Aug, not 16, £5—£9

Scenes from an Urban Gothic Theatre Arts Exchange, 5–27 Aug, not 7, 14, 21, £10

Ceilidhs in Lauriston Hall Lauriston Halls, 5–27 Aug, not 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, £8

Buzz: A New Musical Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 5–27 Aug, not 14, 21, £8—£10

Echoes ZOO, 5–28 Aug, not 15, 22, £8—£12

20:30 John Muir: Rhapsody in Green Valvona & Crolla, 16 Aug, 18 Aug, £12 A Divine Comedy Valvona & Crolla, 24 Aug, 26 Aug, £15 A Funny Valentine Valvona & Crolla, 9 Aug, 11 Aug, 13 Aug, £15 John Knox Buccleuch Free Church, 15–19 Aug, £free

Jeu Jeu la Foille: Frontal Lobotomy Laughing Horse @ Southside Social, 4–21 Aug, not 8, 15, £free

Guru Dudu’s Silent Disco Walking Tours Grassmarket East, Various dates from 5 Aug to 27 Aug, £15

Mungo Park – Travels in the Interior of Africa Summerhall, 3–27 Aug, not 4, 8, 15, 22, £8—£14

Trainspotting Assembly George Square Studios, 3–28 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £10—£15

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Solo Shakespeare, Macbeth: Hecate’s Poison Quaker Meeting House, 16–20 Aug, £7 Only Bones Summerhall, 3–28 Aug, not 4, 8, 15, 22, £7—£11 Spoon-Feeders theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 15–27 Aug, not 21, £9 The Magic Cave of Salamanca Quaker Meeting House, 22–27 Aug, £6 Deal with the Dragon C venues – C nova, 5–29 Aug, not 15, £8.50—£10.50 The Collector The Royal Scots Club, 15–20 Aug, £12 The View from Castle Rock by Alice Munro artSpace@StMarks, 17 Aug, 20 Aug, £15

20:35 Moscow Boys Zoo Southside, 5–29 Aug, not 15, 22, £10—£12

20:40 Femmetamorphosis Spotlites, 4–28 Aug, £8

In a Forest, Dark and Deep The Royal Scots Club, 8–13 Aug, £10 Red Dance Base, 5–21 Aug, not 8, 15, £10—£12 Posh Bedlam Theatre, 17 Aug, £8

❤ Diary of a Madman HHHH Traverse Theatre, 9 Aug, 14 Aug, 26 Aug, £18.50

21:20 The Last SpaceTriplex, 5–13 Aug, not 7, £3—£6 Poe’s Last Night Sweet Grassmarket, 4–14 Aug, £8 Nowhere Now Sweet Grassmarket, Various dates from 15 Aug to 27 Aug, £7

21:25

Spool Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 15–27 Aug, not 21, £8

The Birds#1. Corpses theSpace on the Mile, 15–20 Aug, £8

Waltzing Matilda Just the Tonic at The Caves, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £10

I’m Missing You Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 5–27 Aug, not 14, 21, £7—£11.50

21:05

Criminology 303 Venue 13, 6–27 Aug, not 8, 15, £9

Lippy theSpace on the Mile, 23–27 Aug, £7

20:55 Poo Shame, Vagina Curiosity and Other Things That Won’t Kill You theSpace on the Mile, 9 Aug, 11 Aug, 13 Aug, £7 Besieged theSpace on the Mile, 6 Aug, 8 Aug, 10 Aug, 12 Aug, £5—£7 Bildraum Summerhall, 16–28 Aug, not 22, £10 MacBain HH Summerhall, 3–14 Aug, not 4, 8, £8—£10

21:10 I Will Speak for Myself theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 22–27 Aug, £10 Camille Summerhall, 3–28 Aug, not 4, 10, 14, 18, 22, 26, £5—£10 UTO theSpace @ Venue45, 16–20 Aug, £8—£10 The Rooster Rebellion theSpace on Niddry St, 5–20 Aug, not 7, 14, £10 The Rose and Crown theSpace on Niddry St, 22–27 Aug, £8

21:15 Blood Will Have Blood C venues – C nova, 9–29 Aug, £11.50—£13.50

Just A Quick One Spotlites, 4–20 Aug, not 14, £5.50

21:45 Identity Crisis Spotlites, 21–28 Aug, £10 As Yet Undecided theSpace on the Mile, 5–27 Aug, not 7, 14, 21, £5—£7

Ladies in Waiting: The Judgement of Henry VIII theSpace on the Mile, 5–27 Aug, not 7, 14, 21, £10

M.I.S. – All Night Long Dance Base, 23–28 Aug, £12

Torch HHH Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, not 16, £6—£11

I Found That the Sun Will Rise Tomorrow Paradise in Augustines, 6–20 Aug, not 14, £7

21:30

Bend in the River Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 7–13 Aug, £9

Fémage a Trois theSpace on Niddry St, 22–27 Aug, £10

Hyena Paradise in The Vault, 22–28 Aug, £10

Expensive Shit Traverse Theatre, 10 Aug, 16 Aug, 21 Aug, 27 Aug, £18.50

20:50

Summerhall, 5–28 Aug, not 15, 22, £8—£10

ThreeWay Spotlites, 4–13 Aug, £2—£5

Pizza Delique Paradise in Augustines, 22–28 Aug, £7

Boris & Sergey: Preposterous Improvisation Experiment Assembly George Square Theatre, 3–28 Aug, not 16, £6—£12

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21:40

Hotel Europa Just Festival at St John’s , 23–24 Aug, £12 My Eyes Went Dark Traverse Theatre, 13 Aug, 19 Aug, 25 Aug, £18.50

The Meeting Sweet Grassmarket, 20–22 Aug, £7 In Fidelity HHH Traverse Theatre, 24 Aug, £18.50 Ubu Faust theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 5–27 Aug, not 7, 14, 21, £5—£6 Beryl Sweet Grassmarket, 17 Aug, 18 Aug, 19 Aug, 26 Aug, £7

21:35 The Inspectors Call Spotlites, 14 Aug, £7 Penetrating Europe, or Migrants Have Talent Paradise in Augustines, 22–28 Aug, £7 Nosferatu’s Shadow Sweet Grassmarket, 4–28 Aug, £10 Tristram Shandy: Live at Scotland C venues – C nova, 10– 28 Aug, £7.50—£9.50

21:50 Bonita & Billie Holiday Assembly Roxy, 3–28 Aug, £6—£13

21:55 No Help Sent C venues – C nova, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £8.50—£10.50

Of, or at, a Fairly Low Temperature Summerhall, Various dates from 3 Aug to 28 Aug, £4—£8 Cuncrete Summerhall, 3–26 Aug, not 4, 8, 15, 22, £8—£10 Kara Sevda Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 22–28 Aug, £free I Used to Hear Footsteps Summerhall, Various dates from 5 Aug to 27 Aug, £4—£8 Oliver Reed: Wild Thing Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–29 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £6—£13.50 The Master and Margarita ZOO at St Cuthbert’s, 5–29 Aug, not 8, 12, 13, 19, 20, 25, 28, £10—£12 Joe’s NYC Bar Just the Tonic at The Caves, 5–28 Aug, not 15, £11.50 Mouse – The Persistence of an Unlikely Thought Traverse Theatre, 6–28 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, £8.50—£12 The Surge Greenside @ Royal Terrace, 8–27 Aug, not 14, 21, £free

22:05

22:00

Where Do All the Dead Pigeons Go? Northern Stage at Summerhall, 6–27 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £9—£11

Sylum Rose Bruford @ Upper Church, Summerhall , 9–13 Aug, £8

Howie the Rookie Paradise in The Vault, 15–28 Aug, not 21, £9.50

Are We Stronger Than Winston? Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 5–13 Aug, £3.50—£7

Allison After a Fire Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 5–27 Aug, not 14, 21, £5—£7

Alice in Wasteland Presents CabaRave... The Closing Show Party! Studio 24, 26–27 Aug, £20

22:10 Yuri Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, not 10, 15, 22, £6—£11

String Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 15–20 Aug, £7

Christeene: Trigger Underbelly, Cowgate, 17–28 Aug, not 22, £11—£12

Elixir Underbelly’s Circus Hub on the Meadows, 4–22 Aug, not 15, £9—£12

1% theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 5–27 Aug, not 14, £9

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The Vaudevillains Assembly George Square Gardens, 4–28 Aug, not 16, £11—£16 Royal Vauxhall Underbelly Med Quad, 3–29 Aug, not 15, 22, £6—£12.50

23:15

Last Call Summerhall, 3–28 Aug, not 4, 8, 14, 15, 19, 22, £8—£10

Murdered Artists’ Society Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 5–13 Aug, £8—£10

22:45

Private Manning Goes to Washington theSpace on Niddry St, 15–27 Aug, not 21, £8—£9

Chatroom Spotlites, 16–18 Aug, £5

Macbeth ZOO, 8–13 Aug, £8

22:50

22:15 Dark North and Hungry Jane: Two Plays of Supernatural Horror theSpace on Niddry St, 5–13 Aug, not 7, £6—£7 Greater Belfast Traverse Theatre, 17 Aug, 20 Aug, 23 Aug, 28 Aug, £18.50

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Blind Eye Spotlites, 12–13 Aug, £8

Single Varietal Spotlites, 19 Aug, £5

22:55 Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother in the Case of a Study in Blood Spotlites, 4–20 Aug, £7—£8

‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore Paradise in Augustines, 6–20 Aug, not 14, £8 Death and the Data Processor Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 21–25 Aug, £free The Rugby Tour theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 5–13 Aug, not 7, £8 They Call Me Miss Commuter theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 22–26 Aug, £9 Red Rose / White Rose Greenside @ Royal Terrace, 5–13 Aug, £5

23:00

23:20

Cozy SpaceTriplex, 5–13 Aug, not 7, £10

One, Two, Three, Yippee theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 5–13 Aug, not 7, £8

Ronnie and Jonny: Friends Disunited Laughing Horse @ 48 Below, 21–26 Aug, £free

In Fidelity HHH Traverse Theatre, 12 Aug, 18 Aug, £18.50

5 Guys Chillin’ C venues – C too, 4–29 Aug, £9.50—£11.50

The Rules Of Inflation theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 15–20 Aug, £10

22:20

Lies. All Lies. Laughing Horse @ Bar 50, 4–19 Aug, £free

23:30

All Cashed In SpaceTriplex, 15–20 Aug, £8 Bang! To the Heart Zoo Southside, 5–29 Aug, not 10, 15, 22, £10—£14 The Craig Chalmers Experience SpaceTriplex, 22–27 Aug, £10

22:30 Bones theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, Various dates from 5 Aug to 19 Aug, £5—£10 Skrimshanks Assembly George Square Theatre, 3–28 Aug, not 16, 22, £6—£12 Chapel Street theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, Various dates from 6 Aug to 20 Aug, £5—£10 The Naked Magicians Pleasance Courtyard, 8–29 Aug, not 16, £11.50—£15

Circleville, Circlevalley Pleasance Courtyard, 3–21 Aug, not 15, £6—£10 We Are Ian Pleasance Dome, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£10 Novel Experiments in Living theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 17 Aug, 19 Aug, 22 Aug, 24 Aug, 26 Aug, £8

23:05 F*ckboys for Freedom Sweet Grassmarket, Various dates from 5 Aug to 27 Aug, £7 Irrelevant Sweet Grassmarket, Various dates from 6 Aug to 26 Aug, £7

23:10 Juice Straws Are Bleak Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 5–27 Aug, not 7, 14, 21, £6—£9

Predrinks | Afterparty Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, not 17, £6—£10

23:35 Behind the Random Denominator Paradise in The Vault, 6–13 Aug, £12

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23:45 Seance Sweet Grassmarket, 11 Aug, 18 Aug, 25 Aug, £10

23:55 Fourth Monkey’s Genesis and Revelation: Ascension Part 2 theSpace on Niddry St, Various dates from 6 Aug to 27 Aug, £8—£12 Fourth Monkey’s Genesis and Revelation: Ascension Part 1 theSpace on Niddry St, Various dates from 5 Aug to 26 Aug, £8—£12

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Fringe Fashion Matt Maltby wears: Shirt, from Uniqlo ‘Autumnal Princess’ range; veil, from Lance Armstrong’s private collection; skirt, from Ikea ‘Netkürtan’ range. Stanton Plummer wears: Hat, from Anne Hathaway’s summer wardrobe (Shakespeare’s wife, not the actor from hits such as The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement); shirt, from H&M ‘Medieval Peasant’ range; skirt, stolen from Margaret Thatcher, Queen of Soho. Liam Mansfield wears: Crown, stolen from the grave of Richard III; waistcoat, customised from Butlins’ Redcoat range; trousers, from the British Heart Foundation charity shop on the corner of Clapham Junction, where a lovely lady called Janice spent half a hour digging around in the back room just to find the right colour of brown. Paul Hilliar wears: Bowler hat, stolen from the 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony in London; shoes, from my dad; mandolin, homemade, model’s own. Bike: Pashley Pathfinder model in Burgundy, 8-speed Shimano Alfine hub gearing, Brooks Cambium saddle, disc brakes, Continental Gatorskin tyres. SHOW:

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