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Frankly Speaking American comic Chris Gethard has starred in Broad City, Inside Amy Schumer and The Office. But they barely get a mention in his candid Fringe debut, which tackles his mental health issues. It’s comedy, honest, he tells Ben Williams


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t’s not often a comedian says the words, “Comedy has saved my life” and actually means it. But for US standup Chris Gethard, this is no joke. Since childhood, the 36-year-old has struggled with mental health issues and depression, which has led to alcoholism and a suicide attempt, all of which Gethard discusses in depth in his storytelling standup show, Career Suicide. Sounds bleak? Well, Gethard finds unexpected laughs in the very darkest moments of his life without ever making light of the issues – it’s a skillful, sensitive and brutally honest show, and extremely funny throughout. The show’s subject matter might come as a shock to fans of Gethard’s regular goofball standup act or his anxiety-ridden bit-part roles in The Office or Parks and Recreation. Or his chaotic, freewheeling TV and internet series, The Chris Gethard Show, in which he surrounds himself with odd characters and often makes the public, who phone into the show, regular guests. Career Suicide isn’t a show for a boozed-up Saturday night crowd, and it’s a bold move to make it his Edinburgh Fringe debut. It wasn’t his idea to start talking about his experiences on stage though. The show came about after the New Jersey-born comic spent a year on the road with fellow American standup Mike Birbiglia. “You get to know each other very well when you’re on the road together,” says Gethard. “He knew I’d suffered from depression, and while we were touring he started asking me questions about it, like, ‘What was that stuff really like?’ I’d tell him these very personal stories and he’d say, ‘You have to tell these on stage – they’re hilarious!’ And I was like, ‘Really? I thought these were my least hilarious stories’.” He was initially a little taken aback by his friend’s suggestion. “If it was anyone else I’d be almost offended,” he says. But he trusted Birbiglia and started telling the stories in small New York clubs. “It was tough”, he admits. “Some nights I’d come off stage and I’d be shaking, going, ‘I can’t do that again, it’s too much’.” But soon punters started approaching him after shows, people who had been through similar experiences, and they were relating. More importantly, though, they were laughing. “I was very conscious that it should be a comedy show and not a public service announcement,” says Gethard. “It had to be funny. I have to laugh about this stuff, it’s the only way I’ll ever get over it.” Indeed, there’s plenty to laugh at in the show – even a tale about deliberately crashing his car is peppered with silly imagery and comical characters. Whereas saying something on stage that everybody agrees with can get a round of applause, getting a giggle is

far more difficult, says the comic. “A laugh is involuntary,” he explains. “I wanted to make sure the show was getting laughs because you can’t choose to do that. I worked hard on the comedy bits first, and made sure they were getting laughs as big as my regular standup. After that was the case I found the connective tissue to make this a show.”

“I was very conscious that it should be a comedy show and not a public service announcement. It had to be funny. I have to laugh about this stuff, it’s the only way I’ll ever get over it” That “connective tissue” includes stories about therapy, panic attacks and drugs. Particularly, Gethard talks openly about being on anti-depressants and discusses the stigma around mental health medication. “I’ve talked to people who have gone, ‘I’m going to get off these anti-depressants’, and they see it as a victory or a goal,” he says. “Why? You don’t have to wait for the bottom to fall out of something before you take some pills that could’ve helped stop the bottom falling out in the first place.” If that sounds like an unusual opinion, it could be because these issues aren’t being talked about or addressed enough. Indeed, the online advertising for Gethard’s show has received a lot of feedback from people in Scotland who haven’t bought tickets. “I’ve had people saying, ‘It’s not funny, you shouldn’t joke about those kinds of topics’,” he says. “And when people say you shouldn’t joke about something, I always feel what they’re really saying is, ‘We shouldn’t talk about that topic publicly’. It’s been strange. I really hope people saying that come to see the show. I actually think they might get the most out of it.” And if they’re Morrissey fans, they’ll get even more out of it. The Smiths have been a constant source of comfort for Gethard over the years, and in Career Suicide he talks about the impact the band’s songs have had on him at different stages of his life.


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“Their lyrics were the first time I really felt like someone was talking about what I was feeling and being funny about it,” he explains. “Morrissey’s this downbeat character, but he’s also very witty, and very tough. Morrissey, in a beautiful way, knows what’s ridiculous, even about himself.” He managed to meet his hero once when the musician performed on the Jimmy Fallon show in New York, and Morrissey signed Gethard’s arm. “I then immediately rushed to a tattoo parlour to get it tattooed there permanently,” he says, and shows me the evidence. “I said to him, ‘Your music is so important to me, thank you for it. I’ll never be able to explain how much it means to me.’ And he just said, ‘Hard to believe,’ and then immediately walked away. I still don’t know whether he meant: ‘Hard to believe it’s meant so much to you,’ or ‘Hard to believe you can’t explain it’.” Gethard didn’t quite know whether mentioning Morrissey on stage would go down well in the UK— “From what I’ve found out you guys either seem to

love him or hate him”—or whether the show would work on this side of the Atlantic at all. He’s always been slightly intimated by this festival, he admits. “I know that it can be a hard month and you can go a little insane,” he says with a laugh. “But for some reason, throughout my career, if I’ve been scared or intimidated about doing something, I’ve gone, ‘Well, I should probably do that, then’. I feel the same way about Edinburgh.” If he sees the Fringe as a challenge, he’s winning. The show’s receiving rave reviews and full houses, which wouldn’t be the case if Gethard hadn’t been able to laugh at his bleak experiences. It’s yet another example of how comedy has helped the comic get through his toughest times. Comedy really has saved his life. SHOW: VENUE: TIME: TICKETS:

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Discovering The TEAM Noted theatre director Christopher Haydon sits down with radical dramaturg Rachel Chavkin to reflect on her company The TEAM, aka Theatre of the Emerging American Moment

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t was 2005 and I was a rookie critic for The Scotsman. The festival had barely begun when I found myself settling down in one of the sweaty black boxes of C Venues to see a show called: Give Up! Start Over! (In the Darkest of Times I Look to Richard Nixon for Hope). It must have been the mischevious title that had drawn me in, but, beyond that, I had no idea what to expect. The auditorium was almost deserted. Just me, a couple of people who, it turns out, were with the show, and a man who spent most of the time asleep. An inauspicious start, perhaps, but what I saw over the next 60 minutes had such a profound impact on me that my understanding of theatre as a form was permanently shifted.

A solo show, created by a then-unknown American director, Rachel Chavkin, with her company, The TEAM, Give Up! Start Over! was a small theatrical bomb planted deep in the US psyche. Through Jessica Almasy’s performance, it detonated – scattering shards of 20th-century American pop culture everywhere. And as Almasy switched back and forth between an isolated, manic young woman and the grizzled, hangdog 37th President of the United States, the show laid the ground for everything that Chavkin and The TEAM have created ever since: theatrically vibrant, politically astute work which interrogates what America is today. From this remarkable debut, The TEAM have gone on to be a major force in British theatre. They have not only returned to the Fringe on many occasions (graduating from C Venues to the Traverse Theatre), but they have collaborated with many of the UK’s major companies: the National Theatre of Scotland (NTS), the Royal Court and the National Theatre (which hosted their hit 2011 show, Mission Drift). Curiously, despite the enormous success they have seen both here and elsewhere around the world, they have never quite enjoyed comparable notice in their home town of New York City. Their most recent show RoosevElvis—which played at the Vineyard Theatre in Manhattan—was very well received, but prior to that, their work seemed


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despite a lot of overlapping DNA.” For all of this overlap, she adds, there is also a great deal to be learnt from seeing how the two countries diverge – “not in the least the American emphasis on individualism versus solidarity (embodied in our mess of a privatised health care system), and our gun policies (probably the most painful topic in the country today). It’s sometimes easier to look at things from the outside, and so bringing America and Scotland’s mythologies into contact was really exciting to us.” This compulsive need to compare and contrast the American and British experience is something I keenly recognise. Ever since reviewing their first show, I have developed a close friendship with Chavkin and the rest of the company. Indeed, when I took over as artistic director of the Gate Theatre in London in 2012, one of the first things I did was to appoint her as an associate artist. And her perspective on the theatre scene in the US has been invaluable to me as I have put so much American work at the heart of my programming – not least our recent shows at the Fringe: Grounded and The Christians. The question of identity­­—at both a personal and a cultural level—is something that drives both of us in our work. And she and I have ended to leave New York’s critics baffled. So perhaps it is up spending many hours discussing our respective not a surprise to see them returning to the Scottish homelands. capital this year with a new show: Anything That I have always been struck by how inseparable her Gives Off Light. Produced as part of the Edinburgh professional and personal lives are and so perhaps it is International Festival and in collaboration with the not a surprise that identity plays such a central role in NTS, the show is something of a departure for the her theatre work. She points out that this is something company – in that its focus is not on the US, but that is not just true for her, but for The TEAM as a rather, on Scotland. whole. Musing on how the company has developed over 10 years she says, “Many of us have spouses and some have kids now. We have a childcare fund. We’re making our first non-narrative work. We yearn for each other and aren’t in a room together nearly enough, because that takes money. We still scramble for funds. We don’t share beds anymore, but still sometimes share bedrooms. Our calendars are a nightmare. It still feels like home when we’re together.” And as the company has grown, it’s a home that – Rachel Chavkin has expanded across the Atlantic – forging a vital link Perhaps this is no surprise. Chavkin describes between radical theatre makers in America and their the relationship between The TEAM and Scotland as counterparts over here. “pretty dreamy”. And she makes much of the close ties that the company has forged with the Scottish SHOW: Anything That Gives Off Light artists with whom they have made the show. VENUE: Edinburgh International Conference Centre “Jessica Almasy and I saw Sandy Grierson TIME: times vary, 16–26 Aug, not 21 perform two shows at the Fringe in 2005 and began TICKETS: £12.50 – £25 stalking him immediately. The following year we met Brian Fergusson and Davey Anderson through SHOW: Christopher Haydon directs Diary of a Madman Blackwatch. So we care about these artists and the VENUE: Traverse Theatre country they hail from, and at the same time are TIME: times vary, 4–28 Aug, not 8, 15, 22 fascinated because their stories are not our stories, TICKETS: £8.50 – 18.50

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t wouldn’t be the Fringe without Fest’s annual raucous knees-up. This year, we were generously hosted by Electric Circus, whose marvellous bar staff served gallons of Caledonian Brewery’s Three Hop Lager and Coast to Coast Pale Ale, and Symond’s Cider. We were also granted access to the venue’s hidden neon karaoke rooms, for plenty of stage-worthy warbling from our guests. Throughout the night, LOOKLOOK’s exciting new GIFGIF animated photo booth provided cuttingedge ways to embarrass ourselves – if only we could print the animations. Once warmed up by resident hip-hop DJs Sure Shot, the main entertainment of the night (compered by the inimitable Desmond O’Connor) kicked off with sultry Carla Lippis aka Baby Carla’s Bad Girl Rumble, selected from this year’s Made in Adelaide Showcase. Richard Shelton’s dazzling Sinatra and Me followed – a rousing, uncanny imitation of Ol’ Blue Eyes. Lithuanian contemporary dance duo Feel-Link then threw shapes to a

thumping club beat, before some quick-witted Showstoppers improvised some ridiculous songs about oatcakes and haemorrhoids (separate songs, that is). Headlining the main section came the mighty Sage Francis & B. Dolan, cult hip-hop titans and spoken wordsmiths, and boy did the room go off. Things calmed down—a little—for the pair to then chair the adjacent spoken word poetry room, as they MC’d Anna Freeman, Rob Auton, and BBC Slam Champion Sophia Walker. Last but not least, just before midnight Hot Brown Honey blew the roof off the club, priming us for the Insta-party that is local legends Pop Bingo Disco – a “bawless” bingo based around chart hits and unique prizes. And for the guests lucky enough to pick up this year’s limited edition Fest Tote Bags (printed by Glasgow Badges, and featuring Mica Warren’s beautiful cover illustration), extra treats came in the form of Propercorn’s gourmet flavoured popcorn and jazzy, foldable shades from Malibu. As always, big up sister mag The Skinny for their continued support.


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Wigging Out Alice Saville gets monobrowed with larger-than-life, all singing, all dancing Figs in Wigs

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t’s Copydex”. A globule of white, fish-smelling glue is hanging from the end of a brush that’s already perilously close to my face. “It’s what all the drag queens use”. Figs in Wigs are wielding craft glue and glitter as they equip me with their signature monobrow, a weighty piece of forehead furniture that’s been part of their look almost from day one. They’re a surly girl gang, a flamboyant troupe who mix dance, live art and uncanny showmanship – and all five of them dress (almost) exactly alike. This year, they’re bringing Often Onstage to the Fringe. It’s an unsettling, joyful dance show that parodies the weirdness of being a performer: from a sequence where they mimic the endless Shakespearean bows and bonkers props at The Globe, to a shuffling dance that’s soundtracked by all the comments they get from friends and family, asking them where

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their careers are going. Oh, and a dragged up finale where they transform into The Backstreet Boys. As Rachel Gammon explains, “We chose to perform their song ‘Larger Than Life’ because it’s all about the strange reality of being a performer and how you’re dependant on other people’s opinions, and doing everything for other people’s enjoyment. It was their comeback album, and you can hear that in the lyrics: ‘Every time we’re down, you can make it right’.” Their first time dragging up was for drag king competition ‘Man Up’ at Dalston queer venue The Glory earlier this year. Since then, it feels like women in drag are more and more visible – including Rachael Clerke’s Cuncrete, a drag king punk band that satirises the meglomaniac architects who build high-rise, brutalist tower blocks. Rachael Clerke explains that, “I’ve been performing as blokes for


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years without really noticing. But this year I became interested in what it might be like to use a male character throughout a show. It’s been difficult, but also liberating, to spend all this time as a sleazy middle aged man.” Figs in Wigs agree. “When we dressed as men we suddenly found ourselves completely empowered on stage, doing things we’d never do as women,” says Rachel Porter. Dragged up as men, they can swagger, strut and rip off their shirts. But their usual ensembles are a kind of drag, too. They’re masquerading as mad old ladies from another planet, in frumpy skirts, sequinned bumbags, fluffy wigs and, of course, bonkers make up. They never smile. And as Porter explains: “We actively try to hide our sexuality onstage as women, because what we do works against the objectification of the female body.” Drag culture is often seen as the territory of gay men, a place for hyper-femininity and self-aware glamour. So how have male audiences reacted to these weird, monobrowed Backstreet Boys? “We worried about it,” says Porter. “Some of us are gay, some of us are straight. But is this our territory? Can we do this? But as soon as we did our first performance in drag we realised that it’s fine, because drag isn’t to do with sexuality, it’s to do with gender.” And, as she admits with more than a hint of pride, “lots of our gay male friends fancy us in drag as boys”. Women are just as keen. “It’s the first time we’ve had people screaming for us, and that’s exciting! It’s kind of addictive, getting that reaction. We even had a pair of knickers thrown at us – then hilariously, the girl had to come up to the stage at the end and say, ‘Can I have those back, I’m on my period?’ We were like, ‘Yes, we know’.” The Backstreet Boys might be best remembered as cheesy nineties pin-ups, but the Figs are full of respect for the artistry of their work. “Their dance routines are so, so tough!” says Alice Roots. “We need to practice it every day, and we still haven’t mastered it.” You can see the effort that’s gone in to replicating every swagger, strut, or coy flick of a fringe. But although Often Onstage is mostly a dance show, the Figs aren’t trained dancers. “When we rehearse, it sounds completely cryptic – we have all these weird terms we use,” adds Porter. “We had Tom Roden from [experimental dance group] New Art Club come and watch us, and he was completely appalled. He said, ‘You’re breaking all the rules, and you don’t even know you’re doing it!’.” But if Figs in Wigs don’t quite fit into the mainstream dance world, they’ve been embraced by the cabaret scene. They’ve danced dressed as neon gran-

nies, Empire State Buildings and carnival queens – in identical costumes sourced from eBay and charity shops. And they get loads of quirky charm from this improvised, lo-fi aesthetic. But as they explain, it’s not always a choice. “There’s no money, so you live within your means. But in an ideal world, we’d have trapdoors, people flying in...” says Roots. Their show did originally end with a bang, she explains, but it didn’t go well. “We wanted pyrotechnics – the first time we set them off they called the fire brigade.”

“When we dressed as men we suddenly found ourselves completely empowered on stage, doing things we’d never do as women” – Rachel Porter There have been plenty more mishaps creating Often Onstage, from smashed lightbulbs to a bath full of blood that had to be abandoned because it was too heavy. But as Porter says, the Figs “like things that are slightly off, a bit wrong”. As I peel the Copydex from my forehead (removing part of my eyebrows in the process), I feel a bit wonky, too. But although their ambitions might be bigger, the Figs’ ramshackle approach feels custom-built for the Fringe. “We make stupid weird stuff that alienates people,” concludes Porter. “But it’s no weirder than a group of Shakespearean actors with wigs and hilarious props.” And off they shuffle, gathering stares in their velvet capes and ruffs: even offstage, they’re larger than life. SHOW: VENUE: TIME: TICKETS:

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Matt Trueman

How does circus make meaning? There are, after all, only so many ways you can dive head first down a Chinese pole or stand tall on someone’s shoulders. Watch a lot and you see the same feats on repeat; but a limited vocabulary doesn’t prevent variety. Without saying a word, Driftwood rings clear. It’s in the glide of bodies; the way that each move grows into the next. Jesse Scott finds peace, upside down, on a swinging trapeze. Kali Retallack spins circles in and out of a hoop, lazy as a lie-in. Natano Fa’anana meditates his way into a muscular dance. Pairs mirror one another, neither seeming to lead. They clamber over each other, like kids at play. Everything goes with the flow: driftwood on the currents of life. It’s a gorgeous watch; circus you sink into. Returning three years after their Fringe hit, Knee Deep, Australia’s Casus bring the same skill to Driftwood and wring real tone from it. A company of all-rounders, they spring surprises without showing off. This is a contented sigh of a show, one that washes over you like life’s lazy days. Yet there’s risk and invention too – the odd thing you’ve never seen. Lachlan McAulay perches on a pole balanced on Scott’s forehead; a kid in a treetop, surveying the world. Throwback harks back to those moments: the freedoms of childhood. Young Brits Silver Lining offer up a carnival of nostalgia. For my generation, the first bursts of B*Witched (“Ah Ohh. Ah Ohh.”) are all it takes to turn back time. Each of the six performers pick their madeleines and play out their past. Puckish Tom Ball goes full Peter Pan on the trapeze, while Ulrike Storch, juggling umbrellas with her toes, recalls the time kids spend solo, playing alone, perfectly happy, in their bedrooms. It’s a throwback in another way, though: an old-school set, one act after another. Spoken intros do a lot of the legwork, where routines might speak for themselves, and too often it tips out a party trick. A couple of adult memories muddy the meaning and, boy, is it eager to please. At times, it goes all-out Live & Kicking—smiley as Saturday morning kids’ TV—but the same Tiggerish exuberance is ultimately infectious. Resistance is futile. Childhood joy kicks back in. Memory’s at the heart of Grace, too. In Emma Serjeant’s solo show, a woman tries to piece herself back together. Head in her phone, words ringing in her ears, one eye on a fit bloke across the street, Grace stepped out into the road. Against a screech of brakes, Serjeant’s body buckles. She flips a no-handed somersault and

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lands smack on her back. Getting up, her legs give way. She rolls into a twist on the floor. “Who am I?” she asks. Every piece of equipment seeks an answer to that – and the person Grace gradually remembers isn’t all that. She builds a tower out of bottles and climbs to the top, flosses her face with a balloon, and hangs limp in the air as the room seems to spin. A party animal on the hunt for new thrills, she pings between disciplines, restless and wild. Handbalancing, Serjeant’s speciality, provides the counterpoint. The nine canes stand for the pillars of her life—motherhood, photographer, wife—and, if they sometimes seem like a cage, it’s on them that she finds stillness, focus and control. Grace, even. If it’s unshowy, Grace is intricately composed; a piece that pushes against the frenetic pace of modern life and asks what it will take to slow us back down. Perhaps Hope asks the same question in terms of climate change. Behind Rockie Stone and Vincent van Berkel, a metal sculpture moves like a metronome, ticking off the seconds. Elegant and insistent, it’s a

piece built out of tipping points. Their human towers are top-heavy; their balances, on edge. Stone tiptoes, precariously, on the tops of green bottles and her tower, higher than Serjeant’s, looks too fragile to hold a human. If it’s lacking a level of invention, Perhaps Hope makes the most of its objects. A curve of wood becomes a see-saw that threatens to overturn and a raft tossed around in a flooded world. On it, Stone and van Berkel cling to one another, rearranging themselves in each other’s arms. Elsewhere, they find their own spaces – him, focused on balance; her, dancing in headphones. Over its hour, Perhaps Hope decays. As Laurie Anderson’s ‘O Superman’ blurs and distorts through repetition, their hand-to-hand routines do the same. It’s a strong metaphor, but it winds the show down, not up. A shame: it could so easily go the other way, overloading and overstretching to find meaning in failure. On climate change, like circus performers, we have to keep trying and trying in the face of apparent impossibility. It’s not enough to just go with the flow. ✏︎ Matt Trueman


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Marissa Burgess

Given the stressful nature of the current political climate, Bridget Christie has ditched the politics and the feminism, so Mortal is to be an hour about gardening. Her garden is where she feels safe, a lovely place of calm. But what’s that? Is there a nasty invasive plant coming to try and strangle her pretty flowers? Perhaps a Virginia creeper? It probably voted to leave the EU too. Yeah, maybe this is a show about Brexit after all. This is a sublime hour, particularly considering that the vast majority of it would have been written in little more than a month. You can imagine Christie spending much of July stabbing angrily at a bit of paper with her biro. And what a show it is: impassioned, moving and of course extremely funny. Christie opens with a brilliant metaphor explaining that a South American fuchsia doesn’t take up soil that the other, English, plants need. And so begins the Brexit anger as it creeps into Christie’s garden. There are fantastic analogies throughout including comparing the country’s split opinion on Farage to that of the black and blue/white and gold dress picture that did the rounds on the internet. The inventive surrealism of Christie’s earlier work is echoed here too, at one point even found in a true story – the gullibility of the Daily Mail reader is evidenced in the fact that the paper used a picture of Christie dressed as Charles II to illustrate a story in part about the restoration monarch. Christie occasionally retreats to the safety and zen of her scented garden, only for incredulity to intervene again, hitting a peak when mentioning the appointment of Boris Johnson as foreign secretary. Yet Mortal also has its poignant moments, pausing to consider what Brexit truly means. Even when she’s being jokingly brutal about telling her children how it will affect their future, it has an underlying melancholy. But it’s especially in evidence when talking about her own immigrant Irish parents’ experience when they moved to England. Equally informed is Robert Newman. Unless you’re a neuro-scientist—or an expert in any of the other topics he has covered in recent years—you’re guaranteed to learn something from a Newman show. His commitment to the research involved in his shows these days is incredible. For those who are old enough to remember

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him as one quarter of The Mary Whitehouse Experience and a half of Newman and Baddiel in the nineties, this might come as a surprise. Though their material was smart and curious, Newman’s thirst for knowledge didn’t necessarily show. It’s only in the last decade or so that he’s taken on board weighty topics such as the history of oil and the theory of cooperation in evolution – amongst other things. The Brain Show begins with Newman volunteering for a study looking into what happens to the brain when experiencing romantic love. He disagrees with the “neurobabble” as he calls it, namely the theory that the workings of the brain are like that of a machine that can be mapped and therefore replicated by a computer. We’re animals, he argues, not machines. Sound heavy? Certainly you have to engage but just as you’re beginning to wish you’d brought a notepad, along comes the punchline. Newman’s seamless combination of serious and funny is an impressive achievement. Plus, he makes room for two lovely absurdist images created with the use of squid props and a Heath Robinson-esque brain machine. As it turns out, the neuroscientists might learn something too. Or at least derive inspiration for debate – and a laugh, of course. Meanwhile, it’s possible that growing up on a farm in rural Canada had an affect on Tony Law’s brain. For years, he was splitting rooms with his fast-paced

nonsense. Then came the awards, nominations and the acclaim. He’s still doing pretty much the same brilliantly innovative material – it's just that he finally managed to find his people. With A Law Unto His-elf What Welcome he launches himself on to the stage in a flying suit, longish hair rippling softly—something he inevitably gets distracted by on occasion: “Look how soft my hair is!”—and off he goes into tall tales of having escaped Stalin, organised ship convoys during WW2 and invented rhythmic gymnastics. Lies, you might think, but of all the acts at the Fringe, if anyone could time travel, your money would be on Law. Like a Canadian Doctor Who but with soft hair. Real life intrudes from time to time in the form of the tightness of the gaffer tape circling his belly, holding him and his “newly fat status” in. But back on track with the fantasy, he flies through the show by the seat of his pants – or perhaps in his imaginary stolen Cessna, in which he leaves behind a half-eaten sandwich. Sure, there are themes of a sort—airplanes, trampolining and the sun—that he dips in and out of. He conjures some beautiful images as he goes, too – a midnight snow mobile ride in the Canadian winter and a tiny moose with the light of the sun for an eye. But, mostly, this is unpredictable, hilarious stuff. ✏︎ Marissa Burgess


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Nick Mohammed has accrued an enviable reputation at the Fringe and beyond with his fast-talking, slow-witted alter ego Mr Swallow, and deservedly so. Onstage, he can be abrasive, childlike, cowardly and egotistical, and as any amount of mediocre Fringe shows exist to testify, none of these qualities are automatically funny or endearing. Yet Mohammed understands what less imaginative comedians often don’t: that creating a silly character is only half the job. What matters is how you use him. This may be one of the few productions at the Fringe where a performer’s alter ego has an alter ego; that of Harry Houdini, who tells the story of his life and the motivations behind his deathdefying feats through a tightly-packed hour of musical comedy. It should be noted that this is strictly a triple-act: Mohammed

is aided, in jokes, storytelling and even more ambitious escapades, by his two benighted assistants, alternately baffled and frustrated by Swallow’s increasingly inaccurate portrayal of Houdini, while also playing multiple roles and joining him in songs that are few in number, but well-judged and—unlike many comic musicals—never feel like padding. The comedic portions could justify the performance alone, but Mohammed realises that our enduring cultural fascination with Houdini is obviously and unbreakably tied to escapology. How could you put on a show based around his life and exploits without dabbling in the art? For those familiar with Houdini, all that need be said is “Chinese Water Torture Cell”. Yet much like the rest of the show, familiarity will render it no less impressive. ✏︎ Sean Bell


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James Acaster has become the Radiohead of Fringe comedy. After years of critical acclaim and ever-growing expectation, the pressure to reinvent the winning formula is palpable. Much like his seminal alt-rock equivalents, though, he’s managed with Reset to balance the blueprint on which he made his name with just the right amount of innovation. His trademark brand of subtly crafted whimsy has helped him blossom from indie kid on the

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It’s almost as much fun watching the audience at Daphne’s second show, the helpfully titled Daphne’s Second Show, as it is watching the stage. Almost. Phil Wang, Jason Forbes and George Fouracres spin out such a rich and varied collection of gags, nutters and wasps here that it sets off different people at different times: we are popcorn in their comedy microwave. One bloke loses it so hard and so weirdly—squeaks, honks, you name it—during their freakish Frasier pastiche that you genuinely fear for his health. Death

block to must-see festival fixture in recent years, but there’s no laurel-resting here. His command of the comic form is as impressive as ever, with a graceful poise to his craft that belies his gawkish stance and wiry frame. This show follows his previous two in purveying the microobservational material by means of elaborately constructed conceit; here the artifice is a story about witness protection programmes. The jokes are still delivered via his uniquely laconic mutterings, but this time the minutiae he frets over appear to be even more minute. His brilliant segment on a honey laundering scheme feels like a symptom of his desire to push the boundaries of triviality even further. You’ll spend most of the hour one stop behind his eccentric train of thought, waiting for a punch-

line that arrives from a direction you never expected. But that’s a marvellous place to be. There’s no need for him to overhaul his act just yet. ✏︎ Matthew Sharpe

by Daphne: there are worse ways to go. It’s such a fine line between stupid and clever, as a great movie idiot once so wisely observed, and Daphne straddle it like Willy Wonka straddles his tiny horse in the trio’s 12 Years a Slave-style exposé of chocolate factory working conditions. No second-show syndrome here (after much acclaim for last year’s debut), as they’ve clearly been working bloody hard. The breadth of brilliantly daft concepts takes the breath away; literally, for some observers. True, they often fall back on gags about their varied ethnicities too, but, hey, if you’ve got it, taunt it. If the ideas are great, the performances match them, particularly Fouracres’ sublime arsenal of sinister voices, and some impressively hearty singing. Quite a rush. As the audience stagger out afterwards there’s a noticeable camaraderie,

like the end of a rave, what with all that serotonin flying about. It’s no doubt a popular Courtyard spectacle already: here come the Daphne casualties. ✏︎ Si Hawkins

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Brennan Reece is a bit of a conman. He starts his Fringe debut shouting, “Right, who’s up for an hour of jokes?!” followed by some cheeky audience banter and Jongleurs-ready one-liners. By the end, he’s performing a highly theatrical, emotionally compelling monologue about family, gender fluidity and modern sexuality. How did that happen? For starters, Reece is more interesting than he lets on. Presenting as one of the lads,

he soon dissects his own sexual identity (which he refuses to classify) and masculinity (anything but laddish). He builds a tapestry of jokes around stereotypes—men, women, straight, gay—only to pull back and question his own reaction to them. He focuses on his family, who mean a huge amount to him as a refuge from the scary adult world. Stories of bullying at school, including the occasion he unwisely announced to his class that when he grew up he wanted to be a woman, are both moving and hysterically funny. The show’s politics are buried deep, sneaking up beneath a tapestry of whimsical, ribald and raucous stories. At heart, it seems to ask how we reconcile the emotional value of a traditional nuclear family with modern values about gender

and sexuality. Reece wants both, and by the bittersweet end you’ll just about believe a new generation could achieve it. Energetic, joyfully performed and impeccably structured—with unmistakable influences of Daniel Kitson and Simon Amstell— Everglow should see Reece in serious consideration for Best Newcomer. ✏︎ Will Young

As his old dad says: “Be nice”; and so he is. He’s reminiscent of Tommy Cooper, fixed with a grin as everything about him is falling apart – not always intentionally. When things go wrong—which on this occasion they do a fair bit—it doesn’t seem to faze him. His props look like the abandoned, unsellable items at a jumble sale; he’d probably get a whole sitcom’s worth out of a day at a car boot. But he must have an A-level in invention, as what he creates on stage you rarely

see coming. Then he brings it all together with the backdrop of looping phrases against a backing track all made up on stage, to hypnotic effect. This year too there’s a lovely poignant undercurrent adding depth to the absurdity and making his on-stage persona even more loveable. His toddler son accompanies him, albeit played by a headless doll, and his dad pops up for a hint of back story and to feature in a slightly freaky portrait. Lovely. ✏︎ Marissa Burgess

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You know you’re in for something a bit odd when the guy on stage is dressed like Frankenstein’s monster had he escaped Lake Geneva in favour of a rave. Spencer Jones is emerging as one of the finest—and most committed—of prop comedians around. Last year’s show, in which his alter ego The Herbert got himself a Proper Job, got a fair few nods – this one, Eggy Bagel, looks to do the same. The Herbert is a genial host.


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allusions to, and an explicit visual representation of, his depression. Shared with feeling, his faltering romantic life elicits a palpable bitterness but also inspires a cartoonishly disturbed recreation of a failed date – its bleakness and ridiculousness combined in one swift, crazed overreaction. Always seeking to involve the audience at every turn, Mace’s overall tone is stupidity for stupidity’s sake, pricked with occasional darkness. But the dementedly joyous finale, inflatables bouncing around the room to a rousing singalong, firmly leaves you recalling the former. ✏︎ Jay Richardson

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take for your debut Fringe standup hour, but she balances the political weight of her argument nicely against the obvious prerequisite of making jokes. Her show has the enlightenment of a TED Talk (in case any among the audience do harbour prejudices, she’s got the statistics ready to debunk them), but there are almost as many sharp intakes of breath as there are laughs. Its political value is probably greater than its creative value, but to still be this funny while rallying against oppression is no mean feat. Sometimes her material lacks satirical bite; she’s got the facts to dispatch her sexist opponents, so why not poke more fun at them while she’s at it? Generally, though, she’s endearingly earnest and bristling with sharp observations. Pritchard-McLean herself doesn’t

have anything to worry about it when it comes to the claims that women aren’t funny, but her fight is greater in scope than just her own personal interests. Perhaps she is preaching to the converted, but it’s a necessary and important cross to bear. What she loses in outright humour she gains in eye-opening social commentary.  ✏︎ Matthew Sharpe

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There’s been a lot of progress made regarding women in comedy (to the point where the phrase “women in comedy” feels like a redundant distinction), but Kiri Pritchard-McLean proves there’s still work to be done with the thought-provoking Hysterical Woman. Dispelling myths and tackling bigotry head on is a brave route to

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Consolidating the appeal of last year’s Edinburgh Comedy Awardnominated show, Seymour Mace’s latest hour mixes shambolic surrealism, knockabout daftness and moments of gently affecting introspection. Welcoming the audience from behind his keyboard with I Want to Know What Love Is, the first of several 1980s power ballads belted out, he claims Shit Title as the only accurately named show on the Fringe, before establishing his version of The Generation Game. Playfully rigged to favour one contestant over the other, it’s a triumph of contriving belly laughs


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The theory informing this show is that it’s often better to lie than to tell the truth. Quite why Adam Rowe has chosen to express this idea with an hour of discomfortingly honest standup is anyone’s guess. Still in his early twenties, we get the impression the comic has already lived a full life and is wise beyond his years. He’s comfortable in his own skin and shows no desperation to be loved, cherishing his time on stage as a period during

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As a burgeoning standup vying for attention among hundreds of others, Pete Otway recognises the importance of differentiating himself from the competition. There are a couple of points during his debut hour when he makes this goal abundantly clear. The most significant is when the performer announces his intention of telling what he calls a “weird story”. He’s quick to acknowledge that comedians often offer to do just this, but assures us that his is superior to their wacky, made-up nonsense. His work comes from a real place,

which he can give voice to his most destructive thoughts without facing real consequences. Surly tirades against vegans and ethical shoppers do little to soften the performer’s image or ingratiate him with the audience, but at least paint him as a consistently reactionary figure. When he applies the same dismissive attitude towards dating and social etiquette, he hits upon some extremely strong routines. His observations are grounded and delivered with sharp,

a genuinely troubling episode from his life. Otway is a breezy, affable performer notable for his honesty and the feeling of trust he engenders in his audience. The second half of Six Years from Then relates to his struggles with intrusive thoughts, and the toll mental health issues have taken on his wellbeing. He’s to be commended for writing a frank and uplifting show on this subject, but elsewhere his honesty leads him down some fairly uninspired paths. Stories involving his close group of mates and a mother whom he loves are unmistakably drawn from real life, but perhaps should have been embellished for the benefit of strangers. Worst of all is the show’s mushy romantic through line which, though clearly of huge importance to Otway, is the stuff of predictable melodrama. Generally, real life is more interesting to experience than to observe. ✏︎ Lewis Porteous

unsentimental clarity. Rowe’s is an authentic working class voice which makes no concessions to the genteel airs of his audience or the Fringe at large. He’s right to take this approach, but its own drab milieu sometimes threatens to suffocate his show. A more seasoned performer could easily remedy this issue through tonal variation and a lightness of touch, qualities that Rowe will more than likely acquire as his career progresses. ✏︎ Lewis Porteous

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Just the Tonic at The Caves 3:20pm – 4:20pm 4–28 Aug, not 15 £5

There’s a fascinating idea at the core of Louise Reay’s endearingly odd performance, and she deserves credit for both her bravery and commitment in pursuing it. Beginning with the premise that most communication is non-verbal, Reay spends the entire show speaking Chinese, but nevertheless manages to make herself understood through tone, context, physical cues and more than a few cartoonish props. This conceit is entirely successful, and in its execution, confirms Reay

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“This isn’t a five-star show. It’s a four-star show that got lucky”, warns Phil Nichol by way of introduction to his latest compilation hour. His faith in his own work is well-earned, but Twenty doesn’t quite manage to capture the brilliance of his act from years gone by. Existing as a sort of anthology highlights package from his back-catalogue of Fringe outings—he’s had 20 of them, to be precise—Nichol’s anniversary present to himself is a raucous journey through the timeline of his

as an impressive, multi-talented performer. Presenting herself as a European working as a shopkeeper in China, Reay’s show largely centres around her search for love. She’s aided by the sinister and somewhat unreliable Zoltar, a fortune-telling machine that should in no way be confused with its namesake in the Tom Hanks movie Big. Watching Reay assume Zoltar’s controls is arguably the highlight of Que Sera..., providing her clowning and imagination with an excellent showcase. Unfortunately, Reay doesn’t seem to have as much faith in her

own abilities as they deserve, and consequently looks elsewhere for entertainment. As a result, this show doesn’t just feature audience participation – it relies on it. If no willing volunteers can be convinced to dress up (as a seal begging for fish and a baby suckling plastic bosoms, specifically), it’s difficult to see how the show could proceed – which is probably why they aren’t given any choice. This is a shame, as Reay deserves to be seen on her own merits, which are never more evident than when the show reaches its honest, touching finalé. ✏︎ Sean Bell

career. With each revisited segment or character, he essentially begins the show again, complete with stage entrance, lighting cues, and audience being told to offer a standing ovation. The problem with this is that it doesn’t exactly make for smooth segues, and generally it feels disjointed. He’s haphazardly lurching between skits created 10 years apart from one another without pausing to fully establish context. There would always be structural issues with this type of show though, and once he’s into the swing of a routine it feels like he’s back on solid comic ground. The musical interludes plucked from his vast library are especially fun, and they’re performed with such ferocious energy you forget he’s been grinding them out for years. Some of the skits lose the layer of irony they had when first performed – his old bits

on stereotypes now seem more offensive than subtly satirical. But it’s still an enjoyable glimpse into his extensive back catalogue. ✏︎ Matthew Sharpe

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At one point in his show, Neil Delamere asks himself what he’s doing in Edinburgh. An established name in his native Ireland with regular television work and a sizeable following, he’s performing to a relatively small crowd here. Moreover, there’s no ostensible theme beyond him catching up on current events and developments in his life since he last graced the festival three years ago, all supplemented with the sort of masterful crowd work on which he’s built so much of his reputation.

A fiercely quick ad-libber, who can easily keep a clutch of interactions on the go throughout, he is blessed on the night I see him with a retired priest and a man of Aztec origins among those who’ve come to the show. But all this only reinforces the impression of a tour date rather than a worthwhile Fringe show pushing him creatively. As the host of a popular science show, Delamere gets to travel to some fairly random locations and delivers well-crafted anecdotes about being hit with extreme g-force

in a centrifuge in Poland and bobsledding with young Germans, all mixed up with wry observations on his homeland that tend to portray it as a nation only belatedly embracing modernity. There’s a startling shift into filth when he bluntly asks, “What’s up with deep throating in porn?” But it’s all a part of an instinctive mischief that brilliantly theorises on why Willy Wonka is a Protestant, and had him and his mates masquerading as Catalans on his recent stag do to Barcelona. ✏︎ Jay Richardson

The show’s title refers to crises of identity, including his own fear of being—or not being—recognised in public, or more often mistaken for anyone from David Baddiel and Rhod Gilbert to Sue Perkins sans glasses. The narrative follows a story about his passport being found invalid on a flight to Australia and his constant battles to be approved by layers of immigration officers. It’s a rich vein to mine his own neuroses, with engaging diversions into his family life and views on modernity.

He preps the audience in advance that two thirds of the way through the show he’ll go offstage and return, rock star-like, for his encore – the denouement. It’s a fun moment, with confetti cannons handed out to the front row and someone piggy-backing him through the crowd. But when he returns, the end of the story turns out to be rather limp. Where he should be storming the hit singles, his finale peters out with a few more anecdotes, offering little emotional or comedic pay-off. ✏︎ Will Young

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Mark Watson definitely is here: on arrival, he stands in the auditorium genially welcoming his audience. It’s a typically confident, engaging gesture from a man with a decade-plus experience in his craft. Where he rambles, there is impeccable structure. Where he is briefly distracted, there is a perfectly timed comic tangent. He’s cleverer than most, too. Rather than the usual introductory banter, asking audience members about their lives, he has instead researched them on Twitter in advance. This, he notes, is “more time-efficient”.


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defining feature is her audience interaction. Sitting towards the front is not for the faint-hearted, though she has a huge amount of fun with a seemingly game audience who know what they’ve come for. For various sketches, they are by turns dressed up in even more costumes, made to share a Peperami, Lady and the Tramp style, sprayed by the aforementioned police officer’s spraytits, exposed at length to her grinding crotch while she enacts a dog in heat, and encouraged inside a large bin liner. It’s not for everyone, and it’s little more than the sum of its surreal parts. Apparently DCI Spraytits is a comment on portrayals of women in crime drama, an idea floated but never returned to. As Thea-Skot quips at one point, “if you want clever character comedy, go and see Joseph Morpurgo”. Some of the ideas fall flat, but there’s always something new

speeding around the corner. It’s 55 minutes of fun, with Thea-Skot’s inventive brain and delight in silliness for its own sake making for an enjoyable—if occasionally baffling—experience. ✏︎ Will Young

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Cher in a batsuit. Gospel preacher Donna Kebab in a meat hat. DCI Spraytits – of which more below. A four-foot penis. These are just some of the bizarre home-made costumes—well, apparently most were made from stolen office supplies during lunch breaks at her day job—worn by Alison TheaSkot in this madcap kaleidoscope of clownish character comedy. It’s a big show performed with big energy. Aside from the costumes, and the ridiculous voices that go with them, Thea-Skot’s

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“Brevity is the soul of wit”, so the saying goes. Feathers gives you the impression that Adam Hess has it framed on his bedroom wall. It’s a frenetic hour with what seems like 90 minutes of material crammed in, but in his whistlestop tour of anecdotal hallmarks he finds enough laughs to sustain the momentum.  Buzzing about on stage like a man desperate to avoid the lull of silence, he recounts a series of improbable capers from his

personal and family life. The cringe-fest dating stories are so ornately assembled that it’s difficult to verify their authenticity, but we’re here for the craft, not factual accuracy. He’s had his fair share of unfortunate romantic experiences either way. He’s got a boyish charm that helps paper over the various instances where he trips over his own words, and most of the jokes revolve around his own sense of inadequacy. They’re endearingly told, but there’s not quite enough hits to countenance the number of misses. Perhaps if he just kept the hits, and told them slowly to fill out the hour, he’d have the perfect show. His likeability and gift for anecdotes make him a comic with all the tools to go further. ✏︎ Matthew Sharpe

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A woman waits at a bar – it’s TV star Bojana Novakovic, but for our purposes she’s anonymous. A man enters—unknown to her or the audience—and announces that he’s her blind date. Around them, the audience become eavesdroppers on their awkward first meeting. Will they find true love, or barely enough conversation to survive an hour? That’s the setup for this unusual variant on improvised comedy. It removes the typical crutch of well-rehearsed improv groups: having never met, the pair have no way to pre-plan a safe fall-back formula. Interventions come not from audience suggestions but text messages from director Scott Rodgers. This is less successful: hiding the instructions from the audience also removes the joy and complicity of watching improvisers respond in the moment. But there’s plenty to enjoy, with several standout comic moments coming from surly barmaid Margaux Susi, on hand to keep things moving when conversation dries. Sadly, as they move from awkward pleasantries through vodka shots to drunken confessions, the improvisers rely heavily on rom-com stereotypes and dating clichés to accelerate the narrative. At the denouement, he finally declares he’s only really here “to get laid”. She weeps that all she really wants is a “man to look after her”. We’re an hour in, but the gender politics have travelled back a generation. It’s a shame, because the setup could otherwise provide a fun, freewheeling exploration of post-Tinder dating dynamics. Then again, this is improv – maybe tomorrow’s audience will have better luck. ✏︎ Will Young

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It would be churlish to suggest that the main reason for seeing Rodney Bewes remains hearing him speak ill of his Likely Lads co-star James Bolam. After covering their fallout in his initial solo Fringe show, this is a lovely afternoon hour with a genial survivor of one of British sitcom’s most celebrated eras. Effusive as he is in his praise and love for the sitcom’s writers Dick

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Hayley Ellis, a regular contributor to Russell Howard’s Good News, benefits from having a stage to herself. It allows her to craft a set built from equal parts sharp-eyed observational comedy and some more compellingly personal material. Her routines primarily spin off from a series of self-help techniques she has attempted (an oddly common theme in standup at this year’s Fringe), but the structure never feels forced, letting her transition between subjects with either easy grace or cheerfully abrupt segues.

autocue, the likeable Yorkshireman isn’t afraid to ramble off script or lose his thread. Encounters with the likes of Paul McCartney and dear David Attenborough tend towards the luvviesh but he’s compelling on his child acting career and the sacrifices of his parents. Best of all though, is his unlikely account of how Jimi Hendrix came to play on the theme tune of his own sitcom, Dear Mother… Love Albert. ✏︎ Jay Richardson

Ellis has a tremendous facility for keeping a joke going, allowing it to sprawl without becoming tiresome. An early anecdote concerning the bird-based bullying she received from pupils while working as a teaching assistant isn’t that epic a narrative, but through her telling, Ellis manages to make it feel like one. Her banter with the audience is also welcome, not only friendly and positive, but productive in the improvised material it elicits. While most standups will find inspiration in their personal lives, translating their traumas and frustrations into laughter, Ellis goes further – not quite spilling her guts, but showing a little more of herself than other comedians more wrapped up in their carefully constructed stage personas. Her jovial and honest reflections on anxiety are the best element of the show (particularly her memories of working at an anxiety charity alongside several other fellow sufferers), mining a rich vein of

self-deprecating humour without ever losing empathy for the condition itself. Ellis is a talent who deserves more encouragement and exposure. ✏︎ Sean Bell

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Clement and Ian La Frenais, acting chums like Tom Courtenay and just about everyone he’s ever met though, Bewes hardly mentions Bolam. And when he does, it’s only in the most dismissive tones as a sour, crabby grump, ungrateful for the fame and fortune the show bestowed on them both. As a showbusiness slapdown, it’s mildly devastating. Other strongly delivered refrains, at least with an occasional shake of the head, are Bewes’ utter bewilderment at the history of BBC Television Centre being obliterated for luxury flats and a perspectiveaffording comparison of The Likely Lads’ enormous viewing figures compared to a ratings juggernaut of today like Top Gear, paltry by comparison. Although reading from

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profane song feels premature and blandly devoid of context. Carnivalesque attractions such as conjoined twins and disembodied heads are wheeled out before us and lend the show a consistent visual—if not comedic—aesthetic. Surrealist hits like those of the Boosh succeed because their comedy inhabits a world with its own internal logic, something Yeti’s are yet to create. This is a promising, amusing double act, but one in need of an original voice. ✏︎ Lewis Porteous

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pair evidently more interested in following in their heroes’ footsteps than striking out on their own. The large capacity room betrays hopes of establishing a new cult hit, but these things can’t be forced. The duo nevertheless enjoy subjecting the audience to a barrage of manic energy from the moment the doors open, showing us to our seats and exchanging in frenzied pleasantries. The character of Yeti herself allows for a beguiling introduction, but a sudden shift into

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Brexit: so much to answer for. Hailing from the old Edinburgh mining suburb Newtongrange, the poet, comic and ukulele enthusiast Eric Davidson was planning a show about America originally—hence the title—but then felt compelled to throw in lots of newer stuff about UK politics too, what with all the post-referendum machinations. Hence a wider cross-section of characters feels the wrath of his furious strumming: George Osborne, Donald Trump, Jeremy Corbyn, Hilary Clinton, Nigel Farage. Davidson certainly cranks out some songs, but saves time

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Anyone considering a visit to Yeti’s Demon Dive Bar should note the act’s aspiration to be the “boisterously off-beat lovechild of the Rocky Horror Picture Show and The Mighty Boosh.” Those who appreciate camp, envelope pushing musical numbers and lo-fi whimsy will certainly find much to admire in the hour-long show, yet few will love it unreservedly. A sense of contrivance hangs over proceedings, the

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on the writing side by using other people’s tunes, and shoehorning new lyrics into them. Actually he keeps in a lot of the old words too, so these are often just quasi-cover versions. Not that his devoted following seem to mind. The tracks he reinterprets are a mixed bag: Pulp’s ‘Common People’, The Beatles’ ‘Norwegian Wood’, that old ‘Mickey Mouse song’, and Oasis’ ‘Half a World Away’, rejigged as ‘Half a Twirl Away’, a not very affectionate ode to an overweight ex-girlfriend. Hmm.

There are a few other disquieting moments along the way, notably a rather crass song about Cliff Richard, and a line about Hilary Clinton moving back into the White House and coming across Barack Obama’s Quran; which clearly isn’t meant as offensively as it sounds, but would no doubt make Trump laugh. Always a sign that a gag is worth quietly disposing of. He may not be to everyone’s tastes, but generally Davidson is an engaging character, mixing the show up with pithy poetry too. YouTube-try before you buy. ✏︎ Si Hawkins


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Have you ever noticed how no debut comedian ever has anything valuable to say? Aren’t they ALL awful, shouty, brash white blokes finding ways to embarrass audience members as a distraction from limited observational material? Isn’t EVERY SINGLE ONE a sad disappointment for a hopeful audience risking a new act? Well, no, of course not.There are loads of fantastic Fringe first

timers. Seeing a great debut is a true delight. But then one comes along to crush that hope with a lazy, misanthropic set of observational comedy delivered at full volume, and the insistence that they’re espousing universal truths. According to Nath Valvo, “all dads are the family bitch”. Also, “all dads are dumb” – they lovingly offer to drive the kids around at weekends. Mums? “All mums are creepy” – some of them keep nostalgic mementos from their children’s past. Teenagers? “All teenagers are the devil incarnate, they’re the worst people in the world” – many experience hormones. Blokes? “All blokes send dick pics, it’s just the straight ones that make it rapey.” It’s not the worst hour of comedy I’ve seen.There’s a nice anti-

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audience banter set piece.There are some decent personal stories and a cute diversion into Valvo’s inferiority complex about his boyfriend (a doctor at an HIV research institute, “literally curing AIDS”).Then the big finale is a faux game show where he drags a couple out of the audience to aggressively quiz them about their relationship, chanting, “Let’s Break Them Up”. At least by that point, it’s almost over. ✏︎ Will Young

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Anyone expecting the comic to expertly “translate the jacked up monster truck that is the US presidential election” will surely be disappointed by how run of the mill most of his commentary is. He complains that, despite having lived in the UK for 16 years, he’s still treated as an ambassador for a country he has decreasing involvement with, yet here he has no problem fraudulently presenting himself as an authority on its current affairs.

What he offers is mostly a feeble take on Donald Trump’s very clearly apparent inadequacies. Valid points are raised, but they’re mostly superficial in nature. Were McElroy a stronger writer, he might offer insight into how a privileged loose canon achieved even a scrap of mainstream credibility, or address the issue of money and social class remaining requisites for power in America, a problem of which Hilary Clinton’s success is no less symptomatic. ✏︎ Lewis Porteous


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What could be more ‘Fringe’ than a play performed in a working hairdressers? Foiled—a three-hander from the young Welsh company Duckspeak—surely has this year’s most accurate set, due to them taking over the Ruby Rouge salon for the duration. Unfortunately, their material can’t match it. The fictional salon is Bleach for the Stars, run by horrendous head stylist Sabrina, who spends much of the hour barrelling around, belting out pop songs and generally impeding the work of her harassed employee, Tanisha. Today she shuts the shop to fill in a competition entry form—always a riveting narrative device, form-filling—but then a bald actor arrives, and everything’s turned up to 11. Sabrina is a promising, almost Disney-esque evil diva—played with admirable verve by Beth Granville—but there’s something missing here; it’s broad farce, essentially, but lacking enough decent gags to power the hour. If the audience don’t go for the high-octane hi-jinks, there’s not much left. Duckspeak’s website states that Foiled has a “strong undercurrent of politics” and “brings to dramatic attention the everyday trials of life under austerity”. Well, perhaps it did in an earlier incarnation, but either that undercurrent is imperceptibly deep or the interesting stuff has been culled along the way. Which is a shame, as it’s a fine concept. That closed-salon story also means that they can’t utilise their inbuilt extras – the audience, dotted around the room like waiting customers are ripe for being woven in. Foiled could still work, with a good makeover. ✏︎ Si Hawkins

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Underbelly, Cowgate 7:20pm – 8:30pm 4–28 Aug, not 16 £9 – £11

Joan has left a seat for Saint Katherine, but will she turn up? Will she be there for one who has loved her in her hour of need? Because this is Joan of Arc, the medieval warrior and saviour of France, and she’s about to be burnt at the stake for heresy. This is Joan’s life—which so threatened French society in its defiance of gender norms—as drag-king cabaret. Her journey from Domrémy, to breaking the English siege in Orléans, to her trial in Rouen is told through dressing up and bluesy songs. Lucy J. Skilbeck’s script is blunt, beautiful and heartfelt, an earthy mix of comedy and tragedy that makes Joan’s struggle real. As soon as Lucy Jane Parkinson, as Joan, bounds into the stage space we encircle, she owns it. She

collapses history into a relatable present, wearing massive boots and a Tank Girl t-shirt. She’s Northern, nervy and funny, and capable of wrenching your heart out – whether camping it up as a glittery, moustachioed Charles VII or floundering for help, betrayed and abandoned. With the dazzle of the show’s lighting removing much sense of where we are, watching ourselves reflected in carefully positioned mirrors, we’re completely in the moment with Joan. Her transformations are invigorating and uplifting; the moment she’s forced to put her hair down and be ‘a girl’ is crushing. When Parkinson sings, it’s like an open wound. This is a bruising, brilliant show, about making yourself anew and the hope and despair of everything in between. ✏︎ Tom Wicker


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In the mid-sixties, at the height of the Cold War, American scientists tried to teach dolphins to speak English. Blame the space race, and the apparent need to communicate with aliens. Breach Theatre, the company behind last year’s The Beanfield, turn that attempt at cross-species communication into a very contemporary consideration of otherness. How do we bridge the gaps between distinct groups? How do we live together despite difference? The Americans didn’t try to learn Dolphin, they sought to impose English on them. The enclosure they designed for human-dolphin

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Performance duo RashDash have a strong track record for punky, provocative theatre. This show, that starts loud and gets louder, is no exception. There are three stages: a kind of history lesson where Abbi Greenland and Helen Goalen, dressed in silver seventies glam rock dresses, take us through a history of gender (in)equality from hunter-gatherers to the present day; then Greenland and Goalen play two brothers

cohabitation suited the scientists far better than their subjects. Tank teases weighty implications out of a light, faintly ludicrous story: actors gargling in ‘Dolphin’ and dropping into dance. As in The Beanfield, Breach take care with representation and re-enactment. Working from fragmentary transcripts—this must be the first show to quote aquatic animals verbatim—they rebuild the narrative using filmic tropes and a pop soundtrack. It’s an acknowledgement that whoever controls culture controls the story as a whole. As per-

formers tussle over the truth, the women stripping out sexist clichés, Tank becomes as much about gender—the clash of male and female natures—as the conditions for multiculturalism. When a dolphin, Peter, grows agitated and aggressive, the female scientist has to placate him with masturbation. His violence overpowers her welfare. It gets tangled trying to find an ending, and can be too keen to commentate on itself, but Tank is an impressive piece of thinking through theatre and Breach is a very special young company. Be more dolphin. ✏︎ Matt Trueman

arguing and looking after their dying dad, while between these scenes they strip naked and dance and sing. Finally, theres the bit that elevates this show to something spectacular. As RashDash’s exploration of masculinity hits the 60-minute mark, as we’re all reaching our measured, thoughtful conclusions, suddenly Two Man Show rises above itself. Greenland refuses to stop playing her male character John. John gets into an argument with Goalen, stops her from doing her dance bit. The two of them argue about patriarchy, language, feminism, man-hating, woman-hating – and it’s bewildering. It asks and challenges every question that’s swirling around the ether, pre-empting all its criticisms. It is its own deconstruction.

Every element before that final chapter is brilliantly done. The performances are astonishing in their intensity, in the sudden shifts between modes and characters and costumes, in the ferocity tinged always with humour. There’s always an undercurrent of humour. At one point the two of them, topless and with rolling pins wedged between their legs like phalluses, engage in a kind of faux frottage. But it’s that last bit that pushes the show to the next level. A noisy, messy thrill. ✏︎ Tim Bano

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Stack is Stackard Banks – the insufferably twattish, wildly watchable and strangely likeable explorer-cum-documentary filmmaker spewed from the mind of writer-performer Ed MacArthur. Framed as a self-referential Edinburgh Fringe show, this musical comedy purports to document his noble, neo-colonial journey into the Heart of Darkness as he sets out to rescue a remote African tribe from the perils of the Amazonian rainforest. Slickly intercutting live narration with music and prerecorded character voices—including stock interview footage of Sting, who

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comes along for the ride and offers bland new-age truisms in the face of each plot twist—Stack raucously skewers white saviorism, the gung-ho masculinity of frog-licking TV presenters seeking authentic immersion in exotic cultures, and the earnest spiritualism of anyone who’s ever gap-yah’ed south of the equator to “find themselves”. The story itself is an increasingly farcical pastiche of all the above, as Stack finds himself married to the tribe chief’s daughter, hooked on the local hallucinogen and heralded as a pant-shitting prophet – as well as embroiled in a sinister plot in-

volving, of course, some diamonds. It’s wittily written, generously performed and features genuinely impressive tech – all of which have the audience guffawing throughout. Inevitably though, at times there’s something unshakably uncomfortable about white performers parodying orientalist fears and fantasies, however knowing and undoubtedly funny the reference point is. Stack unashamedly crosses a few lines in its own quest for laughs, but it’s for the most part forgivable given MacArthur’s madcap energy, intuitive comic timing and whip-smart script. ✏︎ Billy Barrett

performance at least—it seems to enjoy every second. Music lulls us as the anonymous baby giggles, gurgles, chews, bites and dribbles. Though it is the most ordinary of scenes, this feels like we’re being let into a secret. It provides an almost therapeutic opportunity to escape the chaos of the Fringe and to reflect on a period of life that disappears so quickly. The audience comes out beaming as wide as the baby has been, a shared tenderness between us. In this terrifying world, Come Look at

the Baby is a bubble of protection, a display of a life as yet unharmed. It is an honour to simply watch a patient grandmother play with her growing grandchild, teaching it and talking to it, oozing with adoration. It’s all we all want isn’t it, to be loved? In the context of the Fringe, this show is a delight. Outside of this chaotic festival however, watching a cute baby is something audiences might rather reserve for paid babysitting. ✏︎ Kate Wyver

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Whether it’s a joke, an ingenious way to make money from babysitting or a clever piece of performance art, Come Look at the Baby is a genuine pleasure. A chubby child with a shining smile that drips with spit sits on its granny’s knee, and we watch. We coo, laugh and gasp as if at a fireworks display. We are utterly in the palm of its plump little hand, and, though clueless that it’s the centre of a show—in this particular


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Compagnia Baccalà return to Edinburgh for a welcome encore, after last entrancing the Fringe in 2014. Performers Simone Fassari and Camilla Pessi are a double-act in the mold of Chaplin – and are simply the best mime artists. In their hands, the world is exciting and baffling. An upside-down ladder is a brilliant toy, while an unwillingly shared apple prompts acts of balancing and circus tricks. Pessi, in particular, is almost irresistibly delightful, approaching the show (and us) with a wide-eyed look of wonder that belies the level of skill she and Fassari bring to their

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There is something incongruous about sitting in a theatre with headphones on. It seems to go against the liveness of it, against everything that sets it apart as a form. But by the end of this innovative show from director/designer Kai Fischer I was convinced more productions should adopt the technique. A parallel is drawn between Yuri Gagarin’s mission to become the first man in space, and the perilous journey of today’s refugees from

performances.This is a show of comedy-driven feats that beguile rather than strut.There’s no grandstanding here, as the show revels in the escalating potential of small quirks, from endless hugs to how to get down from a trapeze. Everything moves forward as if prompted by a series of small, encouraging taps on the shoulder. It’s a gently heartwarming experience. The show’s success lies in Fassari and Pessi’s onstage rapport and fluid expressivity, their classically clownish black-ringed eyes constantly opened in surprise.They interact like children, with the same easy directness and confusion. Spending time in their company is often a joy. Sometimes Pss Pss’s general air of whimsy becomes a little too much, tipping over into being cloying. And the low-key pace won’t be for those seeking flashiness. But this is a gem of a show, abundant with gentle wit and buckets of charm. ✏︎ Tom Wicker

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Africa to Europe. The stories are told in tandem, with two musicians providing intimate accompaniment. The headphones allow the subtlest of sounds to become significant, from water sloshing in a bottle to a refugee’s panicked breaths. It takes time to settle, and the early musical riffs don’t set the mood as effectively as they might. There is also a lack of dynamism stemming from the fact that the five performers are wedded to their microphones. But once your ear adjusts and the stories start to emerge, it achieves a level of

dreamlike immersion. And Fischer orchestrates his company with admirable precision, including a stunning moment of silence. Several productions this year make reference to the migrant crisis, but this one certainly stands out. The analogy drawn between space exploration and the refugees’ plight is pertinent, contrasting the very best and worst of the western world. We can put a man on the moon but condemn thousands to drown needlessly in our seas. A stark and important message. ✏︎ Theo Bosanquet


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Revealing the banter-filled bullying that takes place in the armed forces, Ben Dyson’s Paddy picks on fresh meat Callum, played by Lewis Howard. Writer and director Jon Welch’s focus floats from the impact of drone warfare, both on the world and on its operators, to an intimate but cracking sibling relationship. However the movement around Pipeline’s chunky treehouse set makes the separation between the two threads inelegant. Swivelhead’s set is celebrated as one of the largest at the Fringe, and with multiple screens, projections and a small camera drone, the tech-

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nical aspects of the production are certainly impressive; but the design prevents more space for interaction between the duos. When given time to breathe, the characters display glimpses of wonderfully tense, builtup emotions, and Paddy’s relationship with his sister Hattie (Juliet Welch) is particularly moving. As Hattie’s wedding approaches, the thought of losing her sends Paddy into breakdown. The opportunity to explore the impact of his career

and personal life on his mental health is wasted, unraveling into absurdity rather than being taken seriously. The confused metaphors and unclear plot lines that end the play lack the care taken to set up the characters at the start. Pressure and banter fill this performance on the troubles of modern warfare and modern relationships, but a focus on design sacrifices the space for tenderness and anger to roam free. ✏︎ Kate Wyver

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In 2008, Swedish artist Makode Linde was taken to court for releasing a hatful of live painted chickens into a nightclub as part of a magic trick and DJ set. It’s perhaps the more whimsical of his controversies – his 2012 piece ‘Painful Cake’ explored the white consumption of black culture through a blood-filled human cake that participants were invited to cut into. But for animal rights campaigners, it’s those chickens on the dancefloor that were a serious no-no. Playwright Johanna Koljonen’s piece is a “documentary fantasy” –

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blending verbatim transcripts of the actual trial with imagined character insights, asking questions about the ethics of art and our relationships with animals: how can a few ruffled feathers on a dance floor be condemned, one character asks, given the sheer scale and brutality of industrial farming? Would the act have been more palatable had it been in a gallery rather than a club? Director Fredrik Lundqvist pulls some captivating theatrical tricks out of his hat, visualising Koljonen’s blend of reality and fantasy with

slow-motion set pieces, warped sound design and a kind of trippy, anthropomorphic disco vibe: chicken suits, a live dog and a series of carnivalesque hats all enliven the dry court proceedings and invite us to imagine those incongruously clucking, feathered guests in that very human environment. Tonally uncertain at points and cooped up in a slightly cramped venue, the play doesn’t quite fly – but it’s an engaging, rigorous and unashamedly quirky take on a bizarre chapter of art history. ✏︎ Billy Barrett


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Ubu Roi, Alfred Jarry’s once notoriously obscene, Shakespearean satire of power and greed, is given an imaginative puppet staging in this small-scale epic.Théâtre de la Pire Espèce cast kitchen utensils and condiments as kings, queens and European armies, using a simple black tabletop as the battleground for tomato-spattered warfare. It’s these absurd limits that the Canadian company sets on the show—how can a baguette with forks stuck in it stand in for the entire Polish army?—that allows them to get a

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Remember Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins? The one-man band, tambourines strapped to his legs? Gideon Irving is like a cooler, modern-day equivalent. He plays his variety show in people’s living rooms across the world, travelling by bike with a box of instruments dragged along in a trailer behind him. For this version at the Pleasance, Irving recreates that personal living room vibe: it’s intimate and close, warm and cosy. He even bakes us cookies.

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handle on the play’s own limitless absurdity, which often seems to require a frame of sorts to truly work. There are definite echoes of Forced Entertainment’s recent Complete Works:TableTop Shakespeare, in which the experimental performers staged 36 of the Bard’s works with common household items, drawing attention to the imaginative act of theatre.There’s a similar strategy at play here, though with more fun and showmanship. As an audience, we have to work to imaginatively co-create the drama, but it’s the

bantering relationship between the two puppetmasters—flinging insults at each other as well as cutlery—that really hooks us into the game. Jarry’s provocative depravity is joyfully mined for its slapstick, grossout potential as the table in question becomes more and more stained. But uproariously silly and full of ingenious quirks as it is, Ubu on theTable is perhaps a little too light-hearted for the politics of Jarry’s play to shine through, and its darker side is glossed over in all the food-fight frivolity. ✏︎ Billy Barrett

Sitting amid his kit, Irving conjures a sense of gentle showmanship scaled down to a charming, lo-fi level as he tells stories and sings. There are a couple of magic tricks, a few simple visual gags. But it’s the songs that make this show. He whips out a succession of unusual instruments – including a fluffy slipper with bells strapped to it. With those instruments he creates beautiful, unusual textures and timbres, unlike anything you’ll have heard. The songs freewheel with rambling melodies and poetic lyrics, ranging in subject matter from friendship to lost love to being a teenager. He even duets with his brother Isaac, who happens to be a sea snail. His music is a bit Andrew Bird, a bit Sufjan Stevens. When he starts to play, with squinting eyes, furrowed brow and pouting lips, you can see the soul being summoned with each song. Irving is an easy man to like, an endlessly interesting raconteur and

a talented multi-instrumentalist. The show would be a delight in any living room; it’s certainly a delight here. ✏︎ Tim Bano


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tempting to create a psychogeography of the places she’s lived in is imagistic and helps to construct the identity of this piece, but it’s at the expense of expanding on the moments of human solidarity. Nicklin touches on the raw, base emotions that can only be felt when battling through extreme sports, and though it seems unfair to even ask, more is needed for us to give in and go with her on that journey. ✏︎ Andrew Latimer

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Jack lives in a cracked world, homeless, sleeping in siren-filled streets after a shattered childhood. His is a world of demons lurking in people, of mothers ruined by alcohol. Hooded people lurk in corners and, at night, monsters emerge from overflowing dustbins and taloned creatures haunt his dreams. Theatre Témoin and Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, have developed The Marked in consultation with Cardboard Citizens and other organisations dealing with homelessness. It’s a mix of live performance, puppetry and masks reminiscent of Teatro Delusio, currently also playing at the Pleasance Dome.

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It’s both physically and emotionally exhausting to watch Hannah Nicklin’s autobiographical show, Equations for a Moving Body, principally about her completion of an Outlaw Triathlon (aka Ironman challenge) in 2015. Rich with personal and intimate detail about the people she met during her training, the technical elements of the training itself, and the tragedies that befell her, Equations gives us both a

bird's eye and a first person view of the land she travels. In an Ironman, competitors swim for 2.4 miles, cycle for 112 miles and then run a marathon. When she was 28, Nicklin decided she would complete this challenge in her 30th year. What might have risked becoming an overly scientific study of the methods involved in preparing for an Ironman is in fact an upsetting yet jubilant celebration of human achievement, perseverance and solidarity. What pushes people to their limits? What is the manner by which humans construct and preserve their sense of identity? The answers to both of these debates converge in Nicklin’s nuanced, direct performance. Its main setbacks are pacing and tone, which remain at a fairly consistent level throughout. At-

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Director Ailin Conant’s beautifully realised production, with its slowed-down scenes, jarring sound effects of shattering glass and masked figures lurking behind barbed wire, has the feverishness of a nightmare. Zahra Mansouri’s versatile set turns a backstreet into a psychodrama. It’s the world inflected through Jack’s pain. This show has much potency – visceral visual poetry about loss and hope and those overlooked or demonised by society (here, faces never turned to the audience). The cast, who also devised the piece, play their roles with an urgency

that matches the heightened style. As Jack, Bradley Thompson is a conflicted innocent, clinging to certainties. But there are times when style steals a lead over substance. Character transformations are slick and fluid, but overshadow the narrative. Beneath the vividly conjured atmosphere of horror, the show sometimes struggles to become more than high-impact imagery. Its vision of the darkness and the light in people glides over the surface of things, however powerfully it illuminates. ✏︎ Tom Wicker


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You could pack out a theatre audience with the people who get beaten up, smashed, or thrown off bridges in DoubtingThomas. It’s the work of eight ex-offenders involved with social enterprise Grassmarket Projects, who tell the true story of a hugely violent Edinburgh mafia enforcer. A series of scenes flip back and forth between the surging violence and high drama of the past, and Thomas’ more measured present where he works mentoring young offenders. Director Jeremy Weller appears in the piece, too, encouraging Thomas to write, but his impartial, theatrical approach to the story’s violent incidents spursThomas to take him on a terrifying car ride that shows him what fear is really like. Thomas’ central philosophy is that once you’ve been in real, gut-wrenching terror, you never forget it. And you’re spurred to give other people that same feeling. He talks of a loveless childhood that left him incapable of empathising with other people. There are pacy scenes of hilarious camaraderie and banter between Thomas’ mafia crew, spun in rough Edinburgh slang. But there’s little love behind their knockabout jokes; their bonds are weak, and broken in a moment. Thomas’ betrayal by his friends gives him eight years in prison: it gives him time to develop a philosophy about the masks that violent offenders wear, as they feign a hardness they don’t feel.This play tears off those masks, with the unflinching honesty of its performances showing us men who are as vulnerable as they are violent. ✏︎ Alice Saville

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“I just buried a man.” So begins this brilliantly performed if flawed monologue from writer/actor Ian Bonar. We are attendees at a funeral; we’re even given service sheets. Bonar’s subject is loss; of partners, of parents, of memories. He takes us on an odyssey spanning frantic funeral preparations, the wartime experiences of an ancestor, and his own in a scout troupe, with their motto ‘be prepared’.  He is grieving for his father, and longs to smell his coat again; the scent of the Monster Munch crisps he used to buy him. He speaks frenetically, voicing characters from a coffin seller to the Prime Minister. Bonar’s ability to hold his audience is superb, right up there with the finest solo storytellers. And his use of a small keyboard to provide

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sporadic musical accompaniment brings welcome levity. But for all his skill in delivery the narrative is messy. It’s hard to find the thread, and although sections are gripping in isolation—an undertaker describing his bloated, farting corpses, for example— the tapestry struggles to hang together. It feels like a surfeit of ideas vying for position rather than working in cohesion. On occasion it isn’t clear which of his myriad cast of characters is speaking, creating a disorientating experience. These reservations aside, it’s still worth seeing for Bonar’s virtuoso performance alone. And with careful further development to refine its central narrative, Be Prepared could be a knockout. ✏︎ Theo Bosanquet


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The atomising effect of big city life on relationships inspires two duologues by young theatre outfit Hairpin Productions. Split down the middle, the first pair deliver their speeches direct to the audience as their paths converge in London, while the second performance brings together the lives of two dispirited Dubliners. As competent as the performances are by this quartet, we’ve heard these stories before. There’s not enough character develop-

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Most of us have two voices in our head – the optimistic, day-dreamy, wish-fulfilment angel and the pessimistic, everyone-hates-you, nay-saying devil. But Kate’s are a little louder than most. This flimsy one-person by Katie Sherrard sees her heroine pulled in different directions by her equally unhelpful imaginary friends, loudly mic’ed over the action. Kate wakes up, bleary, from a party where she got too drunk and made a fool of herself doing karaoke in front of this guy she’s crushing on. Her good angel tries to swaddle her in a nice dream— essentially the plot of My Fair

ment or depth to feel for these individuals, who trundle along in cities occupied by millions. They observe some apparent and affecting truths—that city life is both fulfilment and isolation—but this show is also carpeted by pretty bland commentaries about the busy London Underground and the inertia of domestic life. At times, it simply feels like a piece for Londoners about recognising Tube stops: stepping off at Embankment; jokes about perceptions of Wembley; the rivalry between North and South, and various postcode districts. The psychogeography of the city is a popular subject for theatre makers in 2016, but there is still a lot more this piece could expand upon to find relevance. The same is true of the direc-

tion; neat and tidy but ultimately uninspired. Occasionally, the script starts to unpick stages of grief that can be exacerbated by metropolitan routine, but only within the closing 10 minutes does this piece begin to take shape. The first 50 minutes feel disjointed and disinterested, the jokes fall flat and the two conclusions are unsatisfying. In this regard, Save + Quit probably isn’t worth backing up. ✏︎ Andrew Latimer

Lady—but the bad angel intrudes with cringeworthy memories of the night before. This pattern repeats for 45 minutes, as Kate indulges her fantasies—winning an Oscar, wowing people at parties with her dance routines, bagging an Olympic gold medal—before being brought rudely back down to earth, and practically ground into dust, by fears that everyone loathes her, her friends think she’s boring, she’ll never win her man. Sherrard infuses the show with energy, trembling with self-loathing one minute and gleefully strutting the next. She’s got good comic timing, and confidently draws the audience into the action. But, oh, the material is more insubstantial than one of her daydreams. There’s an appealing character in here, but there is not yet a show. The final big realisation—that even if things don’t work out perfectly,

taking action is better than living in a fantasy world—is the sort of message you’d expect of a children’s book. ✏︎ Holly Williams

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There’s an exciting spontaneity to this semi-improvised chaos. But its reliance on racist humour and fat jokes feels like a lazy way of pushing boundaries. Pandolfo himself picks on an audience member who uses a wheelchair, patronising him in a voice usually reserved for small animals. The play’s structure isn’t sturdy enough to hold up a looking glass to this horrible bunch of actors: instead, it drags us right down the rabbit hole with them. ✏︎ Alice Savile

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Belgian theatre group Ontroerend Goed are usually a vital wellspring of interesting theatre, but every company has a dud once in a while. The last in a trilogy, which began with a history of the earth, this looks at the future and attempts to answer a question: what would happen if humans suddenly disappeared? It follows the proposition through time, looking at the smallest and the largest details, tracing the final vestiges of humankind’s impact on the Earth. But it’s a question that others have answered, and better. This long, drawn out answer—pseudopoetry trying to pass as something

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In a city where it feels like every second passer-by is desperately trying to drag you into a small dark room to watch them perform, outright hostility from a theatre company is almost refreshing. Cardiff theatremakers The Other Room and difficul stage have teamed up to produce a prickly piece of theatre that showcases actors at their audience-loathing worst. Not even fluent German and

an excellent working knowledge of Lewis Carroll’s books will help you navigate the dark of this rabbit hole. It’s set at a live radio recording where an audience of lucky, lucky prize-winners get to see broadcasting personality Nick Steed (Richard Elfyn) work his hammy magic on Alice in Wonderland. He’s a delicious parody of the Stephen Frys of this world, always ready with a maddening anecdote or a batshit suggestion for the show’s harried director. But darker forces than rampant thespian egos are at work here. Its director—played by the writer of the piece, François Pandolfo—is bullied into changing the setting to West Germany, plunging the play into a neon haze of decadence, techno, and auto-erotic asphyxiation.

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profound—takes over an hour of repetitive, monotonous, numbing monologuing to say pretty much the same thing: nature doesn’t care. Performer Valentijn Dhaenens, dressed all in black, wears a faint smug smile as he creeps slowly around the stage talking about, among other things, a rat having a cardiac arrest. It has the phoney solemnity of someone reading a poem at a funeral. Fine, there are some interesting thoughts and observations. Time capsules buried beneath the Earth which last a while until the water

gets in, animals mutated from nuclear waste. But the point is heavily laboured. There’s no let up from the tedium, apart from the last 10 minutes, which show, with barely legible projections, the contents of the Voyager probe sent into space in 1977. A tall, black monolith occupies the middle of the stage, never addressed, and lit with varying degrees of gloom. It looks interesting. It has tiny little steps at the top. It’s something to stare at while Dhaenens intones on and on. The rest? Well, it makes you wish you actually had disappeared. ✏︎ Tim Bano


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Ibsen’s classic An Enemy of the People has had a resurgence in the last few years, the most recent production in Chichester starring Downton Abbey's Hugh Bonneville. This new version by playwright Brad Birch, put on by Squint with the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, is one of the weaker revivals. In a small Norwegian town a project called 'The Springs' will help the local economy. A principled scientist,Tom Stockmann, discovers that the water is polluted and blows the whistle. Her brother is the mayor and he’s not happy.   Birch captures a lot of the political

and media cliches that are thrown around today whenever scandal comes to the fore. He gets to the heart of what the play is about— truth, morality, family—and by swapping a few of the genders he creates a decent modern take on a classic. But the production by Squint, who were behind last year’s excellent thriller Molly, falls flat in a lot of ways.The acting isn’t up to scratch for a start.The rhythm of the dialogue is off-kilter, most of the lines are rushed, erasing any sense of spontaneity and lending the performances a false quality.

The design, too, has style but no substance to justify it. It’s set in a glass cube: looks exciting but adds nothing to the production. There’s a live drum score, projections, the cube revolves and is constantly surrounded by the rest of the cast intently watching and moving like dancing ghosts. But all to no avail. At one point, Stockmann says of the public, “unless it dances and flashes in 40,000 colours you’ve got no chance of holding them”. It’s a message that the production takes too literally. ✏︎ Tim Bano

on the stage. At one point they attach ribbons to him and dance to Beyoncé. I struggle hard to find the connection to Frankenstein, extracts from which the Corbyn-alike continues to spout. I try my best to derive meaning from the fact a man has been trussed up like a gaffer-taped turkey. But these efforts are in vain. By the end I am actually quite impressed by the group’s willingness to bewilder. If there is a positive to be drawn it’s

the impressive litheness of the man in the tights, a clearly talented performer deserving of pity.What he’s subjected to over the course of a mercifully short 30-minute running time is nothing short of humiliating, physically and creatively. It doesn’t help that the audience contains at least three members taking photographs, seemingly an effort to produce production stills. They needn’t bother.The less evidence there is of this crime against theatre, the better. ✏︎ Theo Bosanquet

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I’d like to propose the creation of a new prize at the Fringe. The WTF award, given to the most baffling, pretentious, pointless theatrical endeavour. If it did exist, this show from the University of Central Oklahoma would surely run away with it. A man resembling Jeremy Corbyn in a trilby and white-face makeup reads extracts from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. He introduces us to his “son”, whose head he proceeds to mummify in gaffer tape. A chorus of buxom girls, also in white face, then dress the poor lad in crotchless tights, and make him writhe around and contort


UNMISSABLE THEATRE MADE IN THE NORTH OF ENGLAND

11.00am

EQUATIONS FOR A MOVING BODY

‘So interesting, engaging and relatable. Beautifully human.’ Audience member

1.00pm

PEOPLE OF THE EYE

A personal story following a family finding their way through the deaf world.

2.45pm

SACRÉ BLUE (6–16 Aug only) ‘a fun packed, punk rocking, poetry slamming play.’ NARC Magazine

2.45pm

600 PEOPLE (18–27 Aug only) Stand-up meets astrophysics, exploring the stories we tell to understand our place in the cosmos.

4.50pm

PUTTING THE BAND BACK TOGETHER

Part riotous gig, part tender storytelling.

6.30pm

E15

A truthful retelling of the Focus E15 Campaign, Britain’s housing crisis and how one group of women refused to be marginalised.

8.15pm

TWO MAN SHOW

Two women play two women playing two men.

10.05pm WHERE

DO ALL THE DEAD PIGEONS GO? I could give you the answer right now… but it would ruin the show.

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When Barry Humphries came across an old suitcase of sheet music in a second-hand Melbourne bookshop in the 1940s, he could hardly have imagined that its contents—a treasure trove of very nearly lost music from the Weimar Republic—would continue to be source of fascination and delight for him over six decades later. Weimar Cabaret, which sees Humphries team up with fellow Aussie performer Meow Meow and the Australian Chamber Orchestra (directed by fiddle player Richard Tognetti), is his opportu-

Ben Hanlin: Trickhead HHHH VENUE: TIME:

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Likeable Midlands magician Ben Hamlin fronts ITV2’s Tricked, in which the general public and some sub-prime celebrities are teased with close-up illusions. Trickhead is his debut Edinburgh hour and the illusions are as gobsmackingly unbelievable as they are on TV. Hanlin has Brian Cox’s flat hair and vowels, but much of his audience interaction and several of the illusions are inspired directly by Derren Brown’s work in live shows like Enigma and Miracle. He works

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nity to share his passion for this era and tell some of the stories associated with it. He’s as genial a host as you’d expect: introducing the programme, sharing anecdotes from a life rubbing shoulders with the likes of Billy Wilder and David Hockney, and occasionally having a little sing and dance too. Humphries has this rather, ahem, mature International Festival audience in the palm of his hand as he natters away about how the world has changed since he was a lad growing up in suburban Melbourne – he’s clearly enjoying every minute. 

alone with only a stage manager to carry props on and off—there are no hidden cameras, complex apparatus or lighting effects—and mostly with paper, a pack of cards and a chalkboard. It’s a sudden and unnerving revelation that anyone other than Brown can perfect such complex mind-control stage magic, but delightful that Hanlin is both cheaper and nicer. That stage geekiness also masks a fiercer intelligence. His friendly manner makes this a show where you needn’t be anxious about putting your hand up and taking part – no one is humiliated or made to imitate farm animals here. That he can deliver such excellence for a fraction of the ticket price and without patronising his audiences makes this a must-see. Hanlin asks the audience not to reveal the nature of the tricks, but safe to say the one with the

But the stars of the show performance-wise are the ACO, who work their way through a surprisingly varied programme that includes favourites like Kurt Weill and lesser known names (at least for a Weimar novice like me) such as Erwin Schulhoff and Ernest Krenek.Their playing—whether bringing to life ballads, tangos or jazz-influenced experimental tunes— is flawless throughout. Meow Meow, meanwhile, brings a smokiness and fun to proceedings, in particular on numbers like Schulfhoff’s ‘Sonata erotica’, a Dadaist work “for gentlemen only” that simulates the female orgasm. ✏︎ Jo Caird

numbers and the one where you tear up some paper will have you puzzling all the way to the bar. The one based on a dating app will have you puzzling all the way to the next time you see this guy on stage. ✏ Johnny Fox


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Sage Francis and B. Dolan Present: Strange Speech, Famous Development HHH VENUE: TIME:

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Stand in the Square 1:40pm – 2:40pm 5–27 Aug, not 8, 15, 22 £14

An amalgamation of the names of the performers’ US and UK record labels, the title of Rhode Island-based spoken word artists Sage Francis and B. Dolan’s Fringe debut is curiously ambiguous. Seeming to point at something beyond its obscure surface meaning, it is the perfect title for a show that appears to toy with transcending the straightforward gig format. Though it ultimately settles for

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Gilded Balloon at the Counting House 3:30pm – 4:15pm various dates between 3 Aug and 28 Aug £8

A sultry jazz vibrato intermingles with strains of reverb-soaked guitar as Carla Lippis takes to the microphone in her Fringe debut. Infusing the self-conscious sexuality of the European yé-yé scene with hints of rockabilly twang, Baby Carla’s Bad Girl Rumble combines original songs with covers into a tight 45-minute set that serves as an emphatic introduction to the Edinburgh stage. Accompanied by a mic, a stool,

a traditional approach, Strange Speech, Famous Development remains a success as a showcase of the pair’s prodigious lyrical talents. Backing music remaining unintrusive or absent, the pair’s formidable lyricism taking the focus throughout. In his opening number, ‘Still Electric’, Dolan exhibits immense lyrical control, short-circuiting his flow with stunning technical flair, each gasp of air crammed between bars injecting his verse with a shot of urgency. Though Francis’s rhythm can sometimes meander, and his rhymes feel disproportionately driven by sound, to the detriment of sense, his delivery is feverishly passionate, reaching its apogee with the show’s poignant conclusion. Between poems, the pair share anecdotes and give glimpses into the creative process from which the show was born. This openness, and

the performers’ warm affability, lends the gig an almost familial feel that casts the audience as active respondents, generating the performance in collaboration with the artists. Here, the show seems to grasp at something greater than a series of—admittedly solid— spoken word pieces. Their stories develop thematic similarities within the pair’s diverse work, but it neglects to tie the threads that it offers, robbing the performance of its full impact. But though the goals the performance sets for themselves are modest, they nonetheless achieve them with aplomb. Strange Speech, Famous Development, Francis and Dolan admit, sees the artists “working things out” in front of an audience. With their percipient material and extensive lyrical talents, this process is a pleasure to watch. ✏︎ Jordan Shaw

and a single guitarist, Lippis’s magnetic stage presence commands attention. Between numbers, she engages with the audience: her conversation is warm, humble, and endearingly self-deprecating. Yet, thanks partly to the stage’s red wash, she remains to some degree removed from her audience, preserving a captivating mystique, reminiscent of the undefinable star quality of the artists to whom she pays tribute. Her usual band stripped down to a single electric guitar by the practicalities of the performance space (Lippis describes it as “gynaecologically intimate”), the show occasionally relies upon a pre-recorded backing track to replace the absent percussion, and the tinny, compressed sound of the mix undermines those numbers that use it to excess. But when her voice is given room to breathe, Lippis shines. Her cover of Nancy Sinatra’s ‘Bang

Bang’—a particular highlight— showcases an impressive vocal range: in full voice, she is powerful yet alluring, while her softer tones infuse an emotive tenderness, without compromising richness or strength. If the limitations of the cramped space encroach upon the performances, enforcing a stillness that dampens the show’s impassioned spirit, it also serves to bring into sharper focus Lippis’s formidable vocal talents. Packing a bold central performance into a tantalisingly compact running time, Baby Carla’s Bad Girl Rumble is an impressively assured Fringe debut. ✏︎ Jordan Shaw

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THE

HOWSTOPPERS PRESENT

★★★★★

HHHHH ‘Had me weeping with laughter… you absolutely have to go.’ Mail on Sunday

HHHHH ‘So polished, it defies belief.’ Daily Telegraph

Two Kittens & A Kid A GAY MAN RAISING HIS INNER DIVA

HHHH ‘Magical, properly funny. A triumph.’ The Times

Dates: 5-20 August (not 7, 14)

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previous work acclaim

“Sometimes comic, sometimes heartbreaking his writing has the ring of authenticity! 5 NNNNN’s” Christopher Hoile Toronto Theatre Critic

“Wilson's writing creates an instant emotional bond with the audience.” Theatromania


KID SHOWS CRITICS

Ruby & Eve

Into the Water

Seven-and-a-half-yearold Ruby Foster thinks the team behind Into the Water must have worked very hard to make a show this good What happens in the show? Two friends are washed up on a kind of magical and mysterious island. They explore a shipwreck by using their imagination and dancing. Describe the show in five words Dancey, rhythmic, energetic, creative and loving.  Who was your favourite character and why?  There were only two characters and I didn’t have a favourite out of those two because they were such a good couple.  Were there any characters you didn’t like?  No  What did you like most about the show?  I liked that I got sucked into the exploration of the island and I how they used all the props. The performances were excellent and I liked how much work they must have put in to the show.  

What didn’t you like about the show? It isn’t their fault but I couldn’t see very well from my seat and had to sit on my dad’s knee. What did you think of the songs (if appropriate)? There weren’t any songs but there was a lot of rhythm and music and I really liked how they used it.  What did your grown-up think of the show?  This was straight up one of the best kids shows I’ve ever seen at the festival. It was warm, inventive and unique; basically everything I hope we’ll see when Ruby and I go to a show. Would you tell your friends to come and see the show?  I can see how younger children might not like it so much because they could need more story and talking, but anyone 7+ or with a good imagination will love it. VENUE: TIME: TICKETS:

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The Story of Mr B

Eve Green, aged 7, found this puppet show about friendship and death sad, but loved it all the same What happens in the show? It’s a puppet show. Mr Bumblegrum is very sad because his friend dies but he learns about friendship, love and death. Describe the show in five words Amazing, funny, sad, good, lovely. Who was your favourite character and why?  My favourite characters were the trees and the sun because he was funny, happy and he sang.

Were there any characters you didn’t like? No, they were all good. What did you like most about the show?  I really liked the way the story was told and the puppets. What didn’t you like about the show? Nothing!

What did your grown-up think of the show? “It was a really well-produced show with lots of life lessons for kids, a beautifully portrayed story, and was very touching and uplifting.” Would you tell your friends to come and see the show?  Yes, definitely!

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What did you think of the songs? The music was great.

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Institut français d’Ecosse times vary 5–28 Aug, not 15, 22 £8


The Many Doors of Frank Feelbad VENUE: TIME:

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Pleasance Kids @ EICC 12:00pm – 1:00pm 10–28 Aug, not 15, 22 £6.00 – £8.50

Death is one of the hardest but most important issues to tackle with young children, and bereavement is at the heart of this excellent new show from Bootworks Theatre Collective. Devised by the company, it revolves around the Lose-OPorium, where lost things turn up, from strings of socks to all the fruit from children’s lunchboxes. This is where Frank Feelbad goes when he wakes to be told by his dad that they have “lost” his mum. We meet Frank, a puppet, in the Lose-O-Porium, where young audi-

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Children are invited to join in the silliness as a trio of men own the stage, each with a pair of sweaty dungarees and a household bin. Barely seconds go by without squeals of disbelief or laughter from the audience as the performers rain down joy. The Australian group, formed of Jamie Bretman, Jack Coleman and Simon Wright, involve us at every opportunity, crashing through our seats, jumping on laps and

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ence members, “Little Collectors”, sit with their “Big Collectors” in a circle. Sophia Walls (channelling Blue Peter) is our guide, with Josh Mathieson and Andy Roberts playing various people from Frank’s hometown as he looks for his mum. Mathieson and Roberts are a fun double act, popping up at windows as Frank (via animation on a wall-mounted screen) visits places connected to his missing parent. Some of the jokes are more for adults, but the pair’s cheekiness is a treat for everyone.

But this colourful, funny production doesn’t shy away from its difficult subject matter. Starting out feeling like an eighties kids’ show, its array of crazy characters, from a miniature knight to a flamboyant French fish, all serve a purpose. From the man who has frozen time after losing his wife, to the simple and affecting honesty of the closing moments, this show makes you laugh, but never forgets the beat of your heart. It reminds you that what you lose is still with you. ✏︎ Tom Wicker

hiding behind children not even a quarter of their own size. There is humour in everything they do, and they treat toddlers and adults as equals, telling off the grown-ups when their children are “naughty, naughty, naughty!” With a mixture of classic clowning, slapstick and acrobatics, this comedy circus is perfect for families. Each performer has his own skills. While one has an elegantly twisted moustache that immediately makes him liked most by the children, another has an elastic face and the third has a core of steel. But the key is the constant bond, trust and jovial nature between the three. There’s more scope for impressive acrobatics, which are ever so slightly buried in favour of simple slapstick sequences that receive more laughs. Though

certain sequences aren’t in perfect time and occasionally a hat or bat is dropped, their good humour sweeps any miniscule mistake away and replaces it with another joke that gets the audience cheering. While bins may be their muse, these charming pranksters make a performance for kids of all ages that is so far from being rubbish. ✏︎ Kate Wyver


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Pleasance Courtyard 11:45am – 12:45pm 3–29 Aug, not 15 £6 – £9

There are moments of arresting visual poetry in this tender new play about dealing with grown-up things with a child’s eye. Intrepid Ensemble have crafted a gentle tale of a young boy’s experience of his father’s depression, when the jellyfish comes to stay. In this company-devised piece, eight-year-old Tom lives by the ocean in Wales, with his mother and his father, an author whose stream of bedtime stories has dwindled to a trickle. Tom is waiting for an ending to the tale of brave Captain Figgins.

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Mixing puppetry and lo-fi staging, which sees cardboard boxes and polythene sheets transformed into rooms, cars, coves and undulating sea, this show’s undoubted centre-piece is the luminescent jellyfish, a magical concoction of household items. Director Matthew Woodford makes much of this puppet, as it trails across the children in the audience. Here, the jellyfish is a metaphor, an intrusive presence that Tom wants to banish from his family’s life. Only problem is that the clarity of Tom’s journey sometimes gets

lost in the stylised movement. The show’s swooping sound design verges on strong-arming our emotional engagement with it, as well as being too loud – occasionally the soundtrack almost drowns out the cast. This production works best in its quieter moments, in its lyrical simplicity. But the cast work well together and there is something resonant and true about Jellyfish. Intrepid Ensemble have brought an undercurrent of the realities of life to the stage – with sensitivity and thoughtfulness. ✏︎ Tom Wicker

inhabited by him and his friends intends to sell their hedgerow to a monstrous factory. Clive is even more disturbed when a local bee becomes deathly ill as a result of pesticides sprayed in the area. Only magic (and, naturally, singing) can save them both. The production is an exercise in simplicity, with entirely positive results. Clive and his fellow insects are animated by inelaborate but skillful puppetry; the songs apply new lyrics to traditional nursery

rhymes, ensuring everyone will be able to sing along easily; and the villains are enjoyable boo-able, without being too sinister for younger children to appreciate. Litterbugs is a welcome return to the Fringe for storyteller Kreestan Sennakie (wearing the most magnificent wizard’s robe since Prospero), leaving its audience with a worthwhile messsage – and a packet of seeds to plant in their garden, for the benefit of local bees. ✏︎ Sean Bell

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Children’s shows with an educational bent, particularly those concerning the environment, don’t deserve the bad rap they often get – blame a generation’s vague memories of Captain Planet. Happily, the Quids In Theatre Company pulls it off with aplomb, eschewing ham-fisted subtext, excessive worthiness or information overload to craft a simple, charming and engaging piece of interactive theatre about why we should take care of our greenery and be nice to bees. Clive the Grasshopper, a good-natured layabout, is concerned by news that the Magician who owns the bucolic wonderland


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Your Fringe Schedule 00:30

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

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

Cardinal Burns Presents Pleasance Courtyard, 24–27 Aug, £12 Spank! Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–29 Aug, £13.50—£15.50 Spanktacular Pleasance Courtyard, 14 Aug, 21 Aug, 28 Aug, £15.50 Midnight Show – Just the Tonic Comedy Club Just the Tonic at The Community Project, Various dates from 6 Aug to 28 Aug, £5—£10 Huge Davies and Sam Lake: Joking Hazard Just the Tonic at The Caves, 5–29 Aug, not 16, £5 Night at the Museum Gilded Balloon at the Museum, 20 Aug, 21 Aug, 27 Aug, 28 Aug, £12

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 The Improverts Bedlam Theatre, 4–29 Aug, £7—£8 Redmond, Cook and Bagshaw: The Smooth Hour Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 8–26 Aug, weekdays only, £free Best Of Teknicolour Smoof (With Roger Swift) Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 6–29 Aug, £free This is Business Laughing Horse @ The Cellar Monkey, 5–29 Aug, £free

Licence to Laugh Comedy Club Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 5–29 Aug, £free Don’t Panic Laughing Horse @ The White Horse, 13–29 Aug, £free George McGoldrick: Hot Milk Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, 5–29 Aug, not 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, £free Late’n’Live Gilded Balloon Teviot, 6–30 Aug, £10—£16

01:30 Late Night Old Town Bloodbath City of Edinburgh Tours, Various dates from 5 Aug to 28 Aug, £12.50

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

09:00

Paul Johnson: The Cool Kids Just the Tonic at The Caves, 5–29 Aug, not 16, £5

Beach Hunks: Very Handsome Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 5–19 Aug, £free

Late With Kate Canons’ Gait, 7–28 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, £free

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10:00

Panicky Tack Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 5–29 Aug, £free

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

The Madness in My Method Laughing Horse @ The Hanover Tap, 4–28 Aug, £free

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

01:00

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

10:15 Brenda Feuerle: A Firefighter Woman at Work Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 15 Aug, 17 Aug, 19 Aug, £9

Hate ‘n’ Live Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 5–28 Aug, £free

Henrietta Steventon: The Immoral High Ground Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, 16–22 Aug, £free

Sameer Khan: At the Zoo Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 5–29 Aug, £free

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

10:20

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

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

00:15

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

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11:45

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

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

11:00 About Comedy: Stand-Up Comedy Courses Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, Various dates from 6 Aug to 27 Aug, £99 Get Fit With Bruce Willis Valvona & Crolla, 15–20 Aug, £10

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

11:05 Fat Head and the Big Dog Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 8–28 Aug, £free

11:15 Amy Annette: What Women Want Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 26–28 Aug, £free Present and Correct Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 4–25 Aug, not 9, 15, 22, £free

11:20 Minky: A Sketch Show Just the Tonic at The Caves, 4–20 Aug, not 15, £5

11:30 Brenda Feuerle: A Firefighter Woman in Heaven Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 22 Aug, 24 Aug, 26 Aug, £9 Brenda Feuerle: A Firefighter Woman at Work Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 23 Aug, 25 Aug, 27 Aug, £9 Class Clowns Gilded Balloon Teviot, 21 Aug, £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 Amanda and Madi: Buffering Just the Tonic at The Caves, 21–28 Aug, £6 Dirty White Boys Just the Tonic at The Caves, 4–20 Aug, not 15, £5

11:55 Shaken Not Stirred: The Improvised James Bond Film Just the Tonic at The Caves, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £3—£6.50

12:00 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 Nick Elleray: More Memories Than Future Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, 4–28 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £free 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

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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 Bristol Revunions: Mustard Laughing Horse @ The Crags Bar, 4–23 Aug, not 17, £free A Sharma Sutra’s Tale Laughing Horse @ The White Horse, 4–28 Aug, not 17, 24, £free Puppet Fiction Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 4–28 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, £free Canvas No.9 The City Art Centre, 15–19 Aug, £free Josie Long and Martin Williams: Investigations The Stand Comedy Club 5 & 6, 16–28 Aug, £10

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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 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 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

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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

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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

Mulhollandland (Work in Progress) Laughing Horse @ 48 Below, 4–28 Aug, not 17, £free

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Robin Boot’s Rockomedy: Puns ‘n’ Poses Sneaky Pete’s, 6–27 Aug, £free

We’re Sorry Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 4–28 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 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

13:20

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

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

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Laughing Horse @ Bar 50, 4–28 Aug, £free

The Durham Revue: Gigglebox Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, not 16, £6—£10.50

Ahir Shah: Machines HHHH Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, 4–28 Aug, £free The Simpsons Taught Me Everything I Know, Free Voodoo Rooms, 6–28 Aug, not 15, £free Joe Hart: Internaut Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–29 Aug, not 16, £5—£10

Character Tålks Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £8—£9

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

13:25

BBC: Breaking the News BBC, 25 Aug, £free

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 Apocalypse Cruise Ship Love Affair Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £6—£10

Austentatious: An Improvised Jane Austen Novel Underbelly, George Square, 5–21 Aug, £11.50—£12.50

13:45 The GILF and The BuJew Opium, 6–26 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £free Man in the Miracle Laughing Horse @ Moriarty’s, 4–28 Aug, £free Frugl Presents Classic Joke Club Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £free Sketch Thieves Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 4–28 Aug, not 16, £free Laurence Owen: Cinemusical High Voodoo Rooms, 6–28 Aug, £free Pippa Evans: Same Same but Different Bannermans, 6–28 Aug, not 20, 21, £free

Card Ninja Underbelly, George Square, 25–28 Aug, £9.50—£11

Alison Spittle Discovers Hawaii Gilded Balloon at the Counting House, 3–29 Aug, £5

13:35

Off The Kerb Showcase Assembly George Square Gardens, 24–28 Aug, £10

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

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

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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

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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 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 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

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Lynne Jassem: From Como to Homo Sweet Grassmarket, 4–28 Aug, not 10, 15, 22, 23, £5—£8 Lucy Frederick – Positively Livid Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £free The Red Richardson Experience Gilded Balloon at the Counting House, 3–29 Aug, £5

14:20 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

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Ellie Taylor: Infidelliety Just the Tonic at The Tron, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £6

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14:25 Eleanor Morton: Happy Birthday Katie Lewis! The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 16–28 Aug, £8

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Seymour Mace: Shit Title HHHH The Stand Comedy Club 2, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £8—£9 Worst Show on the Fringe – Free Movement, 6–28 Aug, £free Afternoon Tea With Ray Fordyce and Casual Acquaintances Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 4–27 Aug, not 7, 14, 21, £free

L!ghten Up Your Life!™ Gayfield Venues, 3–23 Aug, not 6, 7, 10, 13, 14, 17, 20, 21, £free—£2 Juicer Laughing Horse @ The Cellar Monkey, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £free Joey Page: Jowie Gilded Balloon at the Counting House, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £5 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

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

Robyn Perkins (is a) Work in Progress Laughing Horse @ Bar 50, 4–28 Aug, not 26, £free

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

14:40

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

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

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

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

Wisebowm: The Struggle is Real theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 15–27 Aug, not 21, £7.50

14:45

Mitch Benn: Don’t Fear the Reaper The Stand Comedy Club 5 & 6, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £9—£10

David Anthony Wood: Mind Rats Sportsters, 6–28 Aug, £free

The Late Night With Boabby Roaster Show Just the Tonic at The Caves, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £5—£7 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

14:55 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

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

Amée Smith: Relax, It’s Not About You

The Noise Next Door’s Really, Really Good Afternoon Show Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–28 Aug, not 8, 9, 16, £5—£10.50

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

Ken Do’s Success for Losers Cowgatehead, 6–27 Aug, £free

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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

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Pleasance Dome, 3–29 Aug, not 15, 26, £6—£12

George Egg: Anarchist Cook Gilded Balloon Teviot, 23 Aug, £10 Marny Godden: Where’s John’s Porridge Bowl? Heroes @ The Hive, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £5 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

Andy Stedman: Nine Months and Counting Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 4–28 Aug, not 20, 21, £free Californians Dreamin’ C venues – C nova, 3–29 Aug, £7.50—£9.50 Adventures of the Improvised Sherlock Holmes Just the Tonic at The Community Project, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £5 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 30 Minutes of One and Half an Hour of the Other Opium, 6–27 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free

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

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S&M Masterclass Banshee Labyrinth, 6–28 Aug, not 15, £free

Knock Knock Laughing Horse @ Bar 50, 4–28 Aug, £free

Comedians Cinema Club Just the Tonic at The Tron, 14–28 Aug, not 15, £10

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

Charmian Hughes – Soixante Mirth Cowgatehead, 6–27 Aug, not 15, £free

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

Chris Coltrane: Socialist Fun Times Banshee Labyrinth, 6–28 Aug, £free

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

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

Beth Vyse as Olive Hands in All Hands to the Pump... HHH Heroes @ The Hive, 4–28 Aug, not 8, 10, 17, 24, £5

15:15 Ed Gamble: Stampede Gilded Balloon at the Counting House, 3–29 Aug, £5 Tight Ten The Titter Truck, 6–28 Aug, £1 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 Notflix Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–29 Aug, £6—£10 Gráinne Maguire: What Has the News Ever Done for Me? Heroes @ Bob’s BlundaBus, 5–28 Aug, not 10, 17, £5 Performance Anxiety Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 4–28 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free 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 HHH Just the Tonic at The Caves, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £5

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 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 Edinburgh Comedy Awards Show Pleasance Courtyard, 28 Aug, £14 Naomi Petersen: I am Telling You I’m Not Going Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 16, £6—£9.50

15:35 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

Laughing Stock Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£10.50 Daniel Nicholas: Scripted Just the Tonic at The Caves, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £free—£5 Kev’s Komedy Kitchen Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £5—£8

15:45 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

15:40

Hilarity Bites Management Showcase Show Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 4–28 Aug, £free

Andy Zaltzman: Plan Z The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £10—£12

Pear Shaped Afternoons – Free Laughing Horse @ The White Horse, 4–28 Aug, £free

Aaaaaaargh! It’s the Monster Stand-Up Show – Free Show Laughing Horse @ The Hanover Tap, 4–28 Aug, £free Mark Cooper-Jones: Geographically Speaking HHH Movement, 6–27 Aug, £free Andrea Hubert: Week Gilded Balloon at the Counting House, 3–29 Aug, not 15, 16, £5 Ship of Fool Laughing Horse @ Finnegan’s Wake, 4–27 Aug, not 7, 14, 21, £free

Stuart Goldsmith: Compared to What

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Liquid Room Annexe, 6–28 Aug, not 15, £free

❤ Richard Todd HHHH Laughing Horse @ The Cellar Monkey, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £free

Katie Mulgrew: Saboteur / Free Festival HHHH Laughing Horse @ Southside Social, 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 Anna Morris: It’s Got to Be Perfect Voodoo Rooms, 6–28 Aug, not 17, £free Freestyle Comedy 3 Scottish Comedy Festival @ The Beehive Inn, 4–28 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £free

16:00 The Knockabout Laughing Horse @ Dropkick Murphys, 4–28 Aug, £free Crack in Progress by Lucy Pearman Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 4–28 Aug, not 15, 16, £free The Guilty Feminist With Sofie Hagen and Deborah Frances-White Gilded Balloon Teviot, Various dates from 15 Aug to 24 Aug, £10

Daniel Piper is in Four Gangs

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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

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Battle of the Supervillains: The Great Supervillain Debate Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 22–23 Aug, £free Simon Munnery: Standing Still The Stand Comedy Club, 4–29 Aug, not 15, £9—£12 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 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 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 Stephen K Amos Talk Show Gilded Balloon Teviot, Various dates from 5 Aug to 27 Aug, £7—£14 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 Tight Ten The Titter Truck, 6–28 Aug, £1

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Imagine... The Stories They Could Tell Tel: 0131 225 0672 realmarykingsclose.com Open 9am-10pm daily Sooz Kempner – A Bit of a Character Just the Tonic at The Caves, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £free

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

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

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

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Weird Stuff Cowgatehead, 6–27 Aug, £free

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

16:10 Adam Hess: Feathers

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

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

Olaf Falafel and the Cheese of Truth

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

16:20 Luke Benson’s Big Night Out (In the Afternoon) Banshee Labyrinth, 6–28 Aug, £free Funny for a Grrrl Stand in the Square, 4–28 Aug, £9—£10

Ed Aczel’s Foreign Policy

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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 David McIver is a Very Fun Guy With Lots of Friends Cowgatehead, 6–27 Aug, not 15, 22, £free Juliette Burton: Decision Time Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£9.50 Russell Hicks: Deadliner Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 4–28 Aug, £free 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 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

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Goose: Hydroberserker Assembly George Square Gardens, 4–28 Aug, £6—£12

Sophie Willan: On Record HHH Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£12

Becky Walker’s Mandatory Rest Break Heroes @ Bob’s BlundaBus, 20–24 Aug, £5

Alcohol is Good for You Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 4–28 Aug, not 15, 16, £free

Kids With Beards: The Curse of the Secret Ham Just the Tonic at The Caves, 16–28 Aug, £free

Katy Brand: I Was a Teenage Christian

AART Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, £6—£10

Banging Fun Stuff Just the Tonic at The Caves, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £3—£5

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

Jack Evans: Melancholy Poontang Cowgatehead, 6–27 Aug, not 16, £free

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

Annie McGrath: The Seven Ages of An Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, not 17, £6—£9

Daniel Nils 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

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Rory O’Keeffe: Monoglot HHH Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £6—£10

Manic Pixie Dream Girls Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £5

L!ghten Up Your Life!™ Gayfield Venues, Various dates from 6 Aug to 21 Aug, £2

Pete Otway: Six Years from Then HHH Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £5

Rhys James: Forgives HHH Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, £6—£11.50

Thrones! The Musical Parody Assembly George Square Studios, 3–29 Aug, £10—£14

A Stage, a Mic, Some Jokes Sneaky Pete’s, 6–27 Aug, £free

The Best of Irish Comedy The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 5–28 Aug, £12

Rory O’Hanlon – You Are Where You Need to Be Opium, 6–27 Aug, £free

The Improvised Improv Show Laughing Horse @ The Crags Bar, 4–28 Aug, £free

#Jollyboat: Seven Songs for Geeks Movement, 6–27 Aug, £free

HUB Fresh Pleasance Courtyard, 8 Aug, 15 Aug, 22 Aug, £free

Laughing Horse Free Comedy Selection Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 5–27 Aug, £free

Joe Davies: Who’s the Daddy? Heroes @ Dragonfly, 5–28 Aug, not 16, £5

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 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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Wayne Carter Teaches You to Be Fabulous Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 4–28 Aug, £free Impromptunes – The Completely Improvised Musical Underbelly Med Quad, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £6—£11.50 All Star Comedy in Aid of STV Children’s Appeal Roundabout @ Summerhall, 16 Aug, £15 Carey Marx, Hero of the People Liquid Room Annexe, 6–28 Aug, not 17, £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

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

Sleeping Trees: Sci-Fi? HHHH Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 18, £6—£10

Tight Ten The Titter Truck, 5–28 Aug, £1 Infectious Laughing Horse @ The Hanover Tap, 13–28 Aug, £free Leicester Comedy Festival Presents Best of That Other Fest With Sarah Millican & Special Guests Underbelly, George Square, 16 Aug, £20 Will Seaward: Magnificent Bastard Gilded Balloon at the Counting House, 3–29 Aug, not 20, £5 Jordan Brookes: The Making Of Laughing Horse @ The Cellar Monkey, 4–28 Aug, not 16, £free James Wilson-Taylor: Ginger is the New Black Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, £6—£10.50

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 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 Totally Wired: Trigger Warning! The Stand Comedy Club 5 & 6, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £8—£9

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

17:15 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 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

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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 The Kagools Just the Tonic at The Caves, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £5—£7 L!ghten Up Your Life!™ Gayfield Venues, Various dates from 6 Aug to 28 Aug, £2 Floss Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 4–28 Aug, not 15, 22, £free Ashley Storrie and Other Erotica Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 4–28 Aug, £free

17:20 Zach & Viggo: Thunderflop Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£11 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

Josie Long: Work In Progress The Stand Comedy Club, 16–28 Aug, £12

Merkin 9 to 5 Laughing Horse @ Moriarty’s, 4–28 Aug, £free

Pete Johansson: Good People HHH Heroes @ The Hive, 4–28 Aug, not 15, 16, £5

Eric Lampaert: Alien of Extraordinary Ability Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £free

Poncho Orange CC Blooms, 6–28 Aug, £free

Christian Reilly: Rock’n’LOL Liquid Room Annexe, 6–28 Aug, £free

Lucie Pohl: Apohlcalypse Now! Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–29 Aug, £6—£10

Murder She Didn’t Write C venues – C, 3–29 Aug, £8.50—£10.50

Maddy Anholt: Rent Girl Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £6—£11

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

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Topical Storm The Stand Comedy Club 5 & 6, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £9—£10 Adam Rowe: Bittersweet Little Lies HHH Just the Tonic at The Caves, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £5

17:25 Mixed Doubles: Fundraiser Just the Tonic at The Caves, 4–28 Aug, not 15, 27, £6.50—£9.50 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 Aladdin and His Magical Europe Refugee Tour 2016 C venues – C nova, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £7.50—£9.50

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

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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 Looking Out for Linda (The Remix) Cowgatehead, 6–27 Aug, £free Tight Ten The Titter Truck, 5–28 Aug, £1 Tamar Broadbent: Get Ugly HHH 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 I Don’t Believe it! An Evening With Victor Meldrew Assembly Roxy, 16–28 Aug, not 22, £16—£17.50 Tez Ilyas: Made in Britain Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£12 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 HHH Underbelly Med Quad, 3–28 Aug, £6—£10 Lucy Porter: Consequences Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, not 15, 22, £7—£14

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

17:35 Jack & Lou: Agents of Farce theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 15–20 Aug, £4 Lewis Schaffer: You Are Beautiful

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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

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Beth Vyse: As Funny as Cancer Gilded Balloon at the Counting House, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £5—£8

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

Mike Newall: High on Gravy Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £6

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Phil Ellis is Alone Together (But Mostly Alone) Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£11

Clare Plested: Flock Up HH Ciao Roma, 6–27 Aug, not 17, £free

Christian Talbot: C60 Underbelly Med Quad, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £6—£10.50

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

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

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

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

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

My Groupon Adventure T-Bar, 6–27 Aug, not 15, 22, £free

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

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, not 16, £10—£16.50

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 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

Joel Dommett: Pretending to Smoke With a Breadstick Pleasance Courtyard, 3–27 Aug, not 15, £7—£12 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 Tight Ten The Titter Truck, 5–28 Aug, £1

Comedy in the Dark Just the Tonic at The Community Project, Various dates from 6 Aug to 21 Aug, £8—£12

Bethany Black: (Extra)Ordinary

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 HHH Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £6—£9.50 Laugh Train Home Comedy Showcase Laughing Horse @ Bar 50, 4–28 Aug, £free

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

Stuart Laws: So Preoccupied With Whether or Not He Could That He Didn’t Stop to Think Whether He Should (1hr Show) HHHH Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, £6—£10 Rowena Hutson: Strong Female Character Gilded Balloon at the Counting House, 3–28 Aug, £5

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

18:05 Luke Stephen: Commit No Nuisance Nightcap, 6–28 Aug, not 17, £free

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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

Brendon Burns: Dumb White Guy

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Liquid Room Annexe, 6–28 Aug, £free

Tight Ten The Titter Truck, 5–28 Aug, £1 Laughing Horse Free Comedy Selection Laughing Horse @ Southside Social, 24–27 Aug, £free Egg - Static Laughing Horse @ Southside Social, 4–23 Aug, not 15, £free African-Czechoslovakian / Free Festival Laughing Horse @ 48 Below, 4–28 Aug, £free Elliot Steel: Netflix ‘n’ Steel Gilded Balloon at the Counting House, 3–28 Aug, £6 Darius Davies – Road to Wrestlemania Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £free Danny Buckler: Showman Shaman Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, 5–28 Aug, not 15, £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

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

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

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

Crack Comedy Club’s Pick of the Fringe Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, 4–28 Aug, £free

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

Pick of the Fringe The Sheraton Grand Hotel , 25 Aug, £180

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

18:20 James Meehan – Class Act Just the Tonic at The Tron, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £5

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

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

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

Morning After Just the Tonic at The Caves, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £4

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

UCL Graters: Immature Cheddar Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £free—£7

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

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

A Taste of Planet Caramel Opium, 6–27 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £free

NewsRevue 2016 Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 17, £9.50—£17 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 Bristol Revunions: Dolce Vita Just the Tonic at The Caves, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £5—£7 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

18:40 Adam Kay – Fingering A Minor on the Piano HHH Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £6—£14 Jack Barry: You Don’t Know Jack HHH Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £5 Russell Howard and Steve Williams Work in Progress Assembly George Square Studios, 3–21 Aug, not 10, £5 Jacob Hatton: Dreams of FitzRoy and Londis Just the Tonic at The Caves, 5–28 Aug, not 15, £8 Ruby Thomas: Chick Just the Tonic at The Caves, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £5 Lewis Macleod is Not Himself Frankenstein Pub, 4–21 Aug, £free Liz Miele: Mind Over Melee Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£10.50 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 L!ghten Up Your Life!™ Gayfield Venues, 25–28 Aug, £2 Sarah Kendall: Shaken Assembly George Square Studios, 3–28 Aug, £7—£12.50 Simon Munnery and Friends: 30 Not Out The Famous Spiegeltent, 22 Aug, £14

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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

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

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

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

Masud Milas: Routes Underbelly Med Quad, 3–28 Aug, £6—£10

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 Normally Abnormal Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 4–28 Aug, £free 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

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Will Duggan: A Man Gathering Fish

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

18:55 Holly Burn: I Am Special HHH Underbelly Med Quad, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£10.50 Light Relief Sweet Grassmarket, 4–28 Aug, £8.50 The Cambridge Footlights International Tour Show 2016: Lagoon Assembly Roxy, 3–29 Aug, not 15, 22, £7—£13 Ed Patrick: Junior Optimist HHH Just the Tonic at The Community Project, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £5—£7

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

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Absolute Improv! theSpace on Niddry St, 5–27 Aug, not 7, 21, £6—£10


19:00 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

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BBC: The One Show BBC, 24–26 Aug, £free 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 Comedy Reserve at the Courtyard Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 15, 22, £6—£9.50 Tight Ten The Titter Truck, 5–28 Aug, £1 Laurence Clark: Independence Assembly George Square Theatre, 3–28 Aug, not 16, £5—£10 Chris Forbes: Tall Needy Mutant Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £5—£10

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Jay Lafferty: Jaywalking The Stand Comedy Club, 15–16 Aug, £10

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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 Lords of Strut: Late Night TV Talk Show Assembly Roxy, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£9.50 Andy Askins: The Man With No Name Gilded Balloon at the Counting House, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £5

BEASTS Present Mr Edinburgh 2016

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

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

Gráinne Maguire: Great People Making Great Choices Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 16, £6—£12

Aidan Killian: The Money Shot Heroes @ Dragonfly, 4–28 Aug, not 17, £5

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

Dave Lemkin: The Village Hall Ciao Roma, 6–27 Aug, £free Life and Death (But Mainly Death) theSpace @ Symposium Hall, 21 Aug, £9

An Act of Godley: Janey Godley Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 4–28 Aug, £free

Gary Little: A Little Bit of Personal The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £11—£12

Des Clarke 3D The Stand Comedy Club, 3–28 Aug, not 4, 15, 16, £11—£12

Susie McCabe: There is More to Life Than Happiness The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £9—£10

Mr Swallow – Houdini HHHH Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, £6—£14

Tiff Stevenson: Seven Assembly Roxy, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£12

19:15

Funny Bones and Wisdom Teeth theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 26–27 Aug, £7

Lauren Pattison: Reet Petite – A Work in Progress Gilded Balloon at the Counting House, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £5

Zoe Lyons: Little Misfit Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–28 Aug, not 25, £6—£11.50

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

Knightmare Live: The Game Has Changed Pleasance Dome, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £7.50—£12

Gavin Webster: Jesus Christ’s a Window Cleaner Now The Stand Comedy Club 2, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £8—£9

19:10 ❤ Geoff Norcott: Conswervative

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

Smurthwaite on Masculinity Banshee Labyrinth, 6–28 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

Lazy Susan: Crazy Sexy Fool Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £6—£10

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

Rainbow Class Assembly Hall, 4–28 Aug, not 13, £6—£11

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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

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

Robert Newman: The Brain Show

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Summerhall, 5–28 Aug, not 15, £10—£12.50

07800 834030 Sneaky Pete’s, 6–27 Aug, not 8, 22, £free

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

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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

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

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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 HHHH 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 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 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

❤ Tatterdermalion HHHH 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 HHH 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 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

Iain Stirling: Onwards! Pleasance Courtyard, 3–26 Aug, £8—£12

19:50 ❤ Jo Caulfield:

Jarlath Regan – Arseways Just the Tonic at The Tron, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £5

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

Vince Atta: Loopzilla Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £4—£6

19:45 Pun-Man Two: Girls Just Wanna Hear Puns Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 5–28 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, £free Eleanor Conway’s Walk of Shame Frankenstein Pub, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £free Tight Ten The Titter Truck, 5–28 Aug, £1 Spontaneous Sherlock La Belle Angèle, 6–28 Aug, not 16, 23, £free

Pretending to Care

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Andrew Ryan: Ruined Assembly George Square Studios, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£11 Tim Renkow: King of the Tramps Heroes @ The Hive, 4–28 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £5 Elf Lyons: Pelican

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Voodoo Rooms, 6–28 Aug, not 16, 23, £free

Sofie Hagen: Shimmer Shatter

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Liquid Room Annexe, 6–28 Aug, £free

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Tony Law: A Law Undo His-elf What Welcome HHHH Assembly Hall, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £8—£13

Darren Connell: Trolleywood Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–29 Aug, £6—£11

Patrick Monahan: That 80s Show HH Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£14

Board Game Smackdown - Free Laughing Horse @ Dropkick Murphys, 4–28 Aug, not 17, 24, £free

Robin Morgan: Free Man Just the Tonic at The Caves, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £5

Raymond Mearns is Feeling the Love Scottish Comedy Festival @ The Beehive Inn, 2–29 Aug, not 15, £free The Rat Pack Presents... Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 15–16 Aug, £free Jocks and Geordies Whistlebinkies, 7–28 Aug, not 13, 20, 27, £free 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

Pete Firman – TriX Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, £8.50—£15 The Tartan Ribbon Comedy Benefit Pleasance Courtyard, 16 Aug, £12 Sally Phillips and Lily Bevan: Talking to Strangers Assembly George Square Studios, 15–21 Aug, £12.50—£14 Nish Kumar: Actions Speak Louder Than Words, Unless You Shout the Words Real Loud Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, £6—£12 Jonathan Pie: Live Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£12 BBC: Asian Network’s Big Comedy Night BBC, 21 Aug, £free

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

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

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

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Laughing Horse @ Moriarty’s, 4–28 Aug, not 17, £free

Christopher Macarthur-Boyd and Rosco Mclelland Gilded Balloon at the Counting House, 3–29 Aug, £5 Gillian Cosgriff: This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things Gilded Balloon Teviot, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £5—£11 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?

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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 C for free at ibis C venues – C soco at ibis, 3–29 Aug, £free The Star Factory Just the Tonic at The Caves, 5–28 Aug, not 15, £5 The Gayest Thing You’ve Ever Seen CC Blooms, 6–28 Aug, £free The Eulogy Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, £6—£10.50

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Jeff Seal: The Goddamn Truth – Free Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, 4–28 Aug, not 22, £free Milo McCabe: The Unflappable Troy Hawke Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £free Mark Dolan: Life Hacks Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–29 Aug, not 12, £6—£10 Freedom of Speech Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 4–28 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £free Des Bishop: Grey Matters Pleasance Dome, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £7.50—£13 Sisters Cowgatehead, 6–27 Aug, £free

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

20:10 Chris Stokes – The Man Delusion Underbelly Med Quad, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£11 The He & She Show theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 5–27 Aug, not 7, 14, 21, £6—£7

Lou Sanders: What’s That Lady Doing? HHHH Pleasance Dome, 3–28 Aug, not 17, £6—£9 Shite Club – The Downfall of Jellybean Martinez Scottish Comedy Festival @ The Beehive Inn, 3–28 Aug, not 15, 22, £free

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

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

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

Carl Donnelly: Bad Man Tings HHH Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, not 17, £6—£10

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

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

20:30

Joe Fairbrother’s Power Hour Underbelly Med Quad, 3–27 Aug, not 17, £6—£10.50

20:15

Mischaps Cowgatehead, 6–25 Aug, £free

Tessa Waters: Over Promises

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Gilded Balloon at the Counting House, 3–29 Aug, not 22, £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 Jamali Maddix: Chickens Come Home to Roost Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £6—£10

Sam Simmons: Not a People Person

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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 Tom Allen: Indeed Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £7—£11 David Longley: Everything I Hate About My Club Set The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £7—£8 Eric Davidson – Ukedoodledandy

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SpaceTriplex, 5–27 Aug, not 7, 14, 21, £10

The Reel Comedy Club Vintage Mobile Cinema, 5–28 Aug, £12.50 David Quirk: Approaching Perfection Heroes @ Bob’s BlundaBus, 4–29 Aug, £5

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

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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

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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

Martin Mor: #RoadComedian The Stand Comedy Club 2, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £8—£9

Emily Lloyd Saini - Is This Part of the Show? Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, 4–23 Aug, not 8, £free

24 Hours With Mary Lynn Rajskub Assembly George Square Studios, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £8—£12

Kane Brown: The Oath Banshee Labyrinth, 6–28 Aug, £free

Madame Señorita: The Expector Heroes @ Dragonfly, 4–28 Aug, not 16, £5

Sean McLoughlin: Kamikaze Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, £6—£9.50

Lost Voice Guy: Disability for Dunces Volume Two Stand in the Square, 23 Aug, £9

The Thinking Drinkers: Around the World in 80 Drinks Underbelly Med Quad, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £7—£11.50

Michelle McManus: Pop Goes the Idol Stand in the Square, 4–28 Aug, not 15, 16, 22, 23, £11—£12

Thomas Green: That’ll Teach You Gilded Balloon at the Counting House, 3–28 Aug, not 15, 22, £5—£7

Suzi Ruffell: Common Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £5—£6

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

Sarah Callaghan: 24 Pleasance Dome, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£12

Shappi Khorsandi: Oh My Country! From Morris Dancing to Morrissey The Stand Comedy Club, 3–28 Aug, not 4, 15, £11—£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

Lloyd Griffith: Is a Keeper Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, £6—£10.50 A Girl With Two Dicks T-Bar, 6–27 Aug, not 15, £free

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 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 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 Haggis McSporran: Is Out of His Box! C venues – C nova, 3–28 Aug, not 16, £9.50—£11.50

Bob Doolally Puts the Leg Into Legend The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 22–23 Aug, £12

20:40 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 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

20:45 Aatif Nawaz: Aatificial Intelligence

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Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 4–28 Aug, £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 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 It’s Thea-Skot in Here (So Take Off All Your Clothes) HHH Cowgatehead, 6–27 Aug, not 16, £free

Abandoman: Life + Rhymes Underbelly, George Square, 3–29 Aug, not 15, 22, £10—£15.50

20:50 ❤ Spencer Jones

Clusterf**k Movement, 6–27 Aug, £free

Heroes @ The Hive, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £6

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 JJ Whitehead: Fool Disclosure Liquid Room Annexe, 5–28 Aug, not 16, 23, £free Mike Ward: Freedom of Speech Isn’t Free

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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

Presents The Herbert in Eggy Bagel

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21:00 Mat Ewins: Mat Ewins Will Make You a Star Heroes @ The Hive, 4–28 Aug, £5 How Can I Drive to a Gig With a Jakey On My Bonnet? Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £free Amir Khoshsokhan – Shhhhhh Laughing Horse @ Dropkick Murphys, 4–28 Aug, £free Frigid Moan’s Diary The Street Bar, 5 Aug, 13 Aug, 20 Aug, 27 Aug, £free—£5 LJ DA FUNK’s Anti-Fascist Counter-Terrorist Comedy Orgy Laughing Horse @ Moriarty’s, 4–28 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £free Harmon Leon’s Big Fat Racist Show Banshee Labyrinth, 6–28 Aug, £free

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Rory Bremner Meets... Gilded Balloon at the Museum, 13–19 Aug, £12

Joe DeRosa: Zero Forward Progress Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, not 10, 15, 22, £6—£11

Archie Maddocks: Shirts Vs Skins Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £free

Seann Walsh: One for the Road Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, not 15, 22, £10—£14

Andrew Learmonth: All the People I’ve Ever Loved Will Die The Stand Comedy Club 5 & 6, 28 Aug, £9

Laughing Horse Free Pick of the Fringe Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 5–27 Aug, £free

Frenchy: World’s Worst Adult Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–29 Aug, £6—£12

Margaret Thatcher Queen of Game Shows Assembly George Square Gardens, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £10—£14

Laurence Owen: Cinemusical Voodoo Rooms, 8 Aug, 15 Aug, 22 Aug, £free

Nick Cody: Come Get Some! Assembly George Square Studios, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£12.50

Vir Das’ Unbelievable: The Dishonest Indian Gilded Balloon at the Museum, 20–28 Aug, £12 Jason Byrne is Propped Up HH Assembly Hall, 4–28 Aug, not 15, 22, £10—£19.50 Just the Tonic Comedy Club Just the Tonic at The Caves, 5–27 Aug, not 14, 15, £5—£10 Naz Osmanoglu: Exposure HH Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £5 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 HHHH 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 HHH Gilded Balloon Teviot, 15–28 Aug, not 25, £9—£12

Neel Kolhatkar: Neel Before Me Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–29 Aug, £6—£12 Danny McLoughlin: Phillip Was Right Just the Tonic at The Tron, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £5 Mark Watson: I’m Not Here HHH Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, not 15, 22, £9—£16

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 The Best of Scottish Comedy The Stand Comedy Club 5 & 6, 5–28 Aug, not 15, £12 Under Cover With the Naked Stand-Up theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 5–27 Aug, not 14, 21, £10

21:15 Lloyd Langford: Rascal Laughing Horse @ The White Horse, 4–28 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, £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 Mae Martin: Work in Progress Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 4–28 Aug, not 17, £free Tom Ballard – The World Keeps Happening Assembly George Square Studios, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £7—£12 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

21:20 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 A History, w Nowell Edmurnds Just the Tonic at The Caves, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £4—£5 Stand Up & Slam! Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £4—£6 Yeti’s – Demon Dive Bar HHH Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 17, £6—£12

21:25 ❤ Rahul Kohli: Newcastle Brown Male HHHH The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £7—£8

Bourgeois & Maurice: How to Save the World Without Really Trying

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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

21:30 Paul Thorne: This Month’s Apocalypse The Stand Comedy Club 2, 4–28 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, £8—£9 Kitten Killers: Stallions Underbelly, George Square, 3–29 Aug, not 17, £6—£10 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

Baby Wants Candy: The Completely Improvised Full Band Musical HHHH Assembly George Square Studios, 3–28 Aug, £10—£15 Blind Mirth Paradise in The Vault, 6–20 Aug, not 14, £6—£7

Luisa Omielan – What Would Beyoncé Do?! Venue150 at EICC, 26 Aug, £17.50 George Egg: Anarchist Cook Gilded Balloon Teviot, 24 Aug, £10 David Elms: Goody Boy Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, £6—£9.50 Luisa Omielan – Am I Right Ladies?! Venue150 at EICC, 27 Aug, £17.50 Michelle Wolf: So Brave Pleasance Courtyard, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£13 John Hastings: Integrity Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £6—£10.50 Heidi O’Loughlin: Cult Comedian Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, not 15, 16, £6—£11 Ayesha Hazarika: Tales from the Pink Bus Gilded Balloon Teviot, 17 Aug, £10 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 Rab’s Videogame Empty - Presented by Glasgow Film Festival Assembly Rooms, 27 Aug, £15 Emily Tresidder: Crazy Is Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–29 Aug, £5—£10 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 Mavericks: A Sketch Show (Of Sorts) theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 5–27 Aug, not 7, 14, 21, £5 Good Kids: On Tap Underbelly Med Quad, 3–29 Aug, not 16, £6—£10.50

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99 Club Stand-Up Selection – Free Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 5–28 Aug, £free Desiree Burch: This is Evolution Heroes @ Bob’s BlundaBus, 6–29 Aug, not 17, 24, £5 Gabriel Ebulue: Hip-Punk Heroes @ Dragonfly, 4–28 Aug, not 16, £5 Marcel Lucont’s Whine List Pleasance Dome, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£12 Kieran Hodgson: Maestro Voodoo Rooms, 6–28 Aug, £free

21:35 Bristol Underground Comedy Ciao Roma, 6–27 Aug, £free Princes of Main: Cool Underbelly Med Quad, 3–29 Aug, not 17, £6—£11 Hayley Ellis: FOMO

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

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

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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 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 HHHH Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, £6—£10 Chris Turner: Observational Tragedy Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 26, 27, 28, £6—£10 The Cutting Room T-Bar, 6–16 Aug, £free Phil Nichol: Twenty

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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

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

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Foil, Arms and Hog: DoomDah Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, £7—£13

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50% Scottish, 100% Crazy, Let’s Laugh Spotlites, 4–28 Aug, £free

Craig Campbell’s ‘Easy Tiger’ HHH The Stand Comedy Club, 3–28 Aug, not 4, 15, £11—£12

22:00

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

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 BattleActs! Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 5–28 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, £free Matthew Giffen, Cocaine and Potatoes Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 14–25 Aug, not 19, 20, £free 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

Comedians Film Club Vintage Mobile Cinema, 5–28 Aug, £12.50

Dr Phil’s NHS Revolution HHHH theSpace @ Symposium Hall, 5–27 Aug, £5—£10

The Voice of Ray Laughing Horse @ The Cellar Monkey, 4–28 Aug, not 8, 15, 16, 22, £free

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

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

Nev: Guts Laughing Horse @ The Hanover Tap, 4–28 Aug, £free

#BiggerthanKanye Laughing Horse @ 48 Below, 4–28 Aug, not 19, £free

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

22:15

Joe Jacobs: Orthodox Joe Frankenstein Pub, 4–29 Aug, not 8, 15, 27, £free

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

Bob Doolally Puts the Leg Into Legend The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 19 Aug, £12

Big Angie C venues – C soco at ibis, 14–20 Aug, £free

Further Ted: Michael Redmond, Joe Rooney and Patrick McDonnell Heroes @ The Hive, 16 Aug, 17 Aug, 22 Aug, 23 Aug, 24 Aug, £6

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

Viva La Shambles The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 18 Aug, 20 Aug, £10

22:05 ❤ Randy Writes a Novel HHHH 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

Funny Cluckers – Best of the Fest – Free Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 5–27 Aug, £free Aidan Goatley: Mr Blue Sky Sweet Grassmarket, 4–28 Aug, £8 Peter Buckley Hill and Some Comedians: The Final Aardvark La Belle Angèle, 7–25 Aug, not 12, 13, 19, 20, £free Shit-Faced Shakespeare Underbelly, George Square, 3–29 Aug, £7—£15 Shane Todd: Holywood to Hollywood Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £5—£9.50

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

22:25 Woman Up Improv Show theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 23–27 Aug, £8

22:30 Gus Loomis: Still Live Cowgatehead, 6–27 Aug, £free Jayde Adams: 31 Voodoo Rooms, 6–28 Aug, not 17, £free The Establishment Heroes @ Dragonfly, 4–28 Aug, not 15, 22, £5 Chortle Student Comedy Award Final Pleasance Courtyard, 16–17 Aug, £8.50 The Ross Voss Comedy Experience C venues – C nova, 3–20 Aug, £8.50—£10.50 The Really Good Show Hour Laughing Horse @ The White Horse, 4–28 Aug, not 19, £free This Belongs to George Osborne Laughing Horse @ Moriarty’s, 4–28 Aug, not 14, £free

The Shambles theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 5–27 Aug, not 14, 21, £7

Joe Lycett: That’s the Way A-Ha A-Ha, Joe Lycett Assembly Hall, 23–27 Aug, £15

22:20

Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppets Do Shakespeare Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–29 Aug, not 23, £5—£11

The Bear Pack Underbelly, Cowgate, 16–28 Aug, not 22, £7—£12 Carnal Desire Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £6—£10 Hell to Play Liquid Room Annexe, 6–28 Aug, £free Samantha Pressdee: Sextremist HH Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £5—£8

Evan Desmarais: Bad Things, Right Reasons – Free Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, 4–28 Aug, £free City Cafe Late Nite and Free Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 4–27 Aug, not 7, 14, 21, £free

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

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 James Nokise: So So Gangsta The Stand Comedy Club 2, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £8—£9 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

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Al Porter: At Large Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £7—£11

22:45 Norris & Parker: See You at the Gallows

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

Shit-Faced Showtime Underbelly Med Quad, 3–29 Aug, £7—£12.50 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 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

22:50 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

Nicole Henriksen – Techno Glitter Penguins Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, not 16, £6—£10 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 lara A king: Not Broken, Just Bent Gilded Balloon at the Counting House, 3–29 Aug, £5 Farewell Tim Pleasance Courtyard, 8–22 Aug, £7.50—£9.50 60 Acts in 60 Minutes Pleasance Courtyard, 16–17 Aug, £10

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

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Folie à Deux Pleasance Courtyard, 24–27 Aug, £9—£10

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Gavin Webster’s 11 O’Clock Bill Stand in the Square, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £12

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

Best of HUB Pleasance Dome, 11 Aug, 18 Aug, 25 Aug, £5

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

Not Trying to Be a Dick Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 4–28 Aug, £free 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 Imaginary Porno Charades Sweet Grassmarket, Various dates from 5 Aug to 27 Aug, £7

Pleasance Courtyard, 3–21 Aug, £6—£10

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

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23:20

RLB: Real Life Broadcasting Laughing Horse @ The Crags Bar, 21–28 Aug, £free

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

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 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 Afterhours Comedy: Amused Moose Comedy theSpace @ Symposium Hall, 13 Aug, 20 Aug, £12.50 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

23:05

The Late Night Sexy Show Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–21 Aug, £5—£9

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

This Is Our Summer Holiday Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 4–28 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free

23:10 The Big Stiffy Sweet Grassmarket, 18–21 Aug, £7

23:30 Big Silly Mash-Up! Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 4–28 Aug, not 20, 21, £free Political Animal The Stand Comedy Club, 9–25 Aug, not 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, £12 The Wimps Show Laughing Horse @ Moriarty’s, 4–27 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, £free Bearpit Podcast (Podcast): 100 Year Anniversary Pleasance Dome, 23 Aug, 26 Aug, £5 Brickhead: Yeah Yeah, Yeah? Sabor, 6–27 Aug, not 16, 22, £free 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

23:45 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 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

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The International Incident Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire, 4–28 Aug, £free ACE! Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 4–28 Aug, £free Vir Das’ Unbelievable: The Dishonest Indian Gilded Balloon Teviot, 15–19 Aug, £10 Edinburgh Comedy Allstars Underbelly, George Square, Various dates from 5 Aug to 27 Aug, £10—£15

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

23:55 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

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STAND UP COMEDY MONEY BACK GUARANTEE HELLA GRANGER SUPERSTAR

5-27 (not 16/17) Aug 12:50 A young woman is forced to relive grizzly events as she realises her memory might be playing tricks.

ANY SUGGESTIONS DOCTOR?

4-27 (not 15/22) Aug 15:55 A new episode of Doctor Who every day! ‘The best improv in space & time’

LIVING LUKE 4-28 Aug 18:35 Brilliant debut hour of comedy. Life, relationships, and hamsters.

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21-28 Aug 14:25, Rollercoaster story of life, career, love, addiction & Motown.

COUP DE GRÂCE

MADE IN CUMBRIA

TWONKEY’S DRIVE IN: JENNIFER’S ROBOT ARM

LYNNE JASSEM: FROM COMO TO HOMO

5-28 (not 16,23) Aug 17:15 Pay what you want at the venue.

5-28 (not 17,21) Aug 13:10 Real-life story, told with tap dancing! Daily Record

15-28 Aug 14:30 Story, song & poetry weave together to tell Scotland’s folk tradition.

DOKTOR JAMES’ NITE KLASS OF EVIL

IMAGINARY PORNO CHARADES

TOMÁS FORD CRAPTACULAR

POE’S LAST NIGHT

19,20 Aug 22:15 A kids show with NO KIDS ALLOWED! Fest

19-21, 26-27 Aug 23:00 A hour of unstoppable panel show mayhem! Stricty adult!

16-28 (not 22) Aug 19:00 A set of the worst songs ever played the best way you’ll ever hear them!

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5-28 (not 17,21) Aug 13:10 Funny Women Finalist introduces you to a selection of characters in a unique world!

SONGS & STORIES OF SCOTLAND

16-28 (not 22) Aug 17:10 Hear Edgar Allan Poe come to life. Edinburgh Guide

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

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 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

10:05 Eurohouse Summerhall, 16–26 Aug, £10

10:10 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 Stories to Tell in the Middle of the Night Summerhall, 13–28 Aug, not 15, 22, £10 Wasted Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 15–20 Aug, £7—£8 The Girl with the Hurricane Hands (and Other Short Tales of Woe) Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 4–28 Aug, £free Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon Church Hill Theatre, 17 Aug, £5

Green Tea and Zen Baka Dance Base, 5–28 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, £free

10:20 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 Plain as Paper Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 5–20 Aug, not 7, 14, £8

10:25

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

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

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

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

Equations for a Moving Body HHH Northern Stage at Summerhall, 6–27 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £9—£11

10:30 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

11:00

My Eyes Went Dark Traverse Theatre, 9 Aug, 14 Aug, 20 Aug, 26 Aug, £18.50

11:30

Leftover SpaceTriplex, Various dates from 8 Aug to 27 Aug, £7

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 The Lizards theSpace on the Mile, 15–20 Aug, £8 Lifted HH theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 5–20 Aug, not 7, £6.50

11:10 Myth in Store Paradise in Augustines, 16–20 Aug, £8 The Squire Sisters theSpace on the Mile, 22–27 Aug, £6 Road theSpace on Niddry St, 15–20 Aug, £8

11:15

Jane Eyre: An Autobiography Assembly Roxy, 4–29 Aug, not 10, 16, 23, £8—£13

Diary of a Madman HHHH Traverse Theatre, 4 Aug, 10 Aug, 16 Aug, 21 Aug, 27 Aug, £12.50—£18.50 Bull theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 24–27 Aug, £8

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

Single Varietal Spotlites, 16–19 Aug, £5

Wilde Without the Boy Assembly Hall, 4–29 Aug, £5—£10

Tank HHHH Pleasance Dome, 7–20 Aug, £6—£10

Shakespeare Tonight Paradise in Augustines, 22–27 Aug, £14

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

HHHH

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

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

Four Plays for Coarse Actors theSpace on the Mile, 15–20 Aug, £8

Traverse Theatre, 12 Aug, 19 Aug, 24 Aug, 28 Aug, £20.50

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

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

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

Mark Thomas: The Red Shed

Dancing with the Star! – Movin’ with Melvin! Assembly Checkpoint, 13 Aug, 20 Aug, £15

11:20 Confetti Venue 13, 6–27 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, £10 Perfidious Lion Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, not 16, £6—£10.50

11:25 Irons Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 15–20 Aug, £10 Spill Your Guts Here theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 5–27 Aug, not 7, 14, 21, £5—£7 The Fox and the Hound Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 15–20 Aug, £9

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 Lost in Blue Summerhall, 16–28 Aug, not 22, £10—£12 World Without Us

HH

Summerhall, 3–28 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, £10—£12

2044 Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 5–20 Aug, not 10, 11, 14, £7 Once... HHH Assembly George Square Theatre, 4–29 Aug, not 15, 22, £10—£14 Rubber Zoo Southside, 6–28 Aug, £10

11:35

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

11:50 Outside the Box – A Live Show About Death HHH Summerhall, 4–21 Aug, £6—£8 Happy Yet? theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 22–27 Aug, £7 Escape from the Planet of the Day That Time Forgot Assembly Roxy, Various dates from 6 Aug to 29 Aug, £10—£12 Scapegoat theSpace on the Mile, 15–27 Aug, not 21, £8 Luna Park Zoo Southside, 14–29 Aug, not 22, £5—£9 The Six-Sided Man Assembly Roxy, Various dates from 4 Aug to 28 Aug, £6—£12

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

Callisto: A Queer Epic Pleasance Dome, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £6—£10

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

11:55

11:40 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

Fabric Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, not 17, £6—£10

12:00 Anything That Gives Off Light Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 26 Aug, £25 Jonas Müller Regrets Writing This F*cking Masterpiece HH Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, not 10, 15, 22, £6—£10.50 Mushroom! Gayfield Venues, 25–29 Aug, £10

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Hunan Kunqu Opera Troupe Presents Molière’s The Hypochondriac C venues – C, 14–20 Aug, £7.50—£9.50

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Lest We Forget Paradise in Augustines, 6–28 Aug, not 14, 21, £6—£8

Binari Assembly Hall, 4–29 Aug, not 22, £8—£13

Philip Pullman’s The Ruby in the Smoke Pleasance Dome, 3–29 Aug, not 16, £6.50—£11

Wrecked HH Assembly George Square Gardens, 4–29 Aug, not 16, £6—£13

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

❤ This Evil Thing HHHH New Town Theatre, 4–28 Aug, not 16, 23, £11—£13

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

HH

Bedlam Theatre, 3–28 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £7—£9

Oh Hello! Assembly George Square Studios, 4–29 Aug, not 15, 22, £8—£12

Listings

Mimes in Time Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, £6—£10

Emoji Spotlites, 14–20 Aug, £4

Für Elise C venues – C nova, 3–20 Aug, £7.50—£9.50

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Gefilte Fish and Chips Underbelly, George Square, 3–29 Aug, £6—£11

Trolley Girls Laughing Horse @ Southside Social, 24–28 Aug, £free House and Amongst the Reeds HHH Assembly George Square Theatre, 4–27 Aug, not 10, 17, £7—£12

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 Sticks Stones Broken Bones Underbelly Potterrow, 3–29 Aug, not 16, £6—£12

Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Roundabout @ Summerhall, 5–28 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £9—£13

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Church Hill Theatre, 19 Aug, £5

Feel-Link Zoo Southside, 5–20 Aug, not 7, 14, £8—£12

Shoot the Women First The Stand Comedy Club 5 & 6, 16–28 Aug, £10

The Necessity of Atheism theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 5–20 Aug, not 7, 14, £8

12:15

12:25 Sheltered Paradise in The Vault, 15–20 Aug, £8

Grimm: An Untold Tale Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, not 17, £6—£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 Pianist HHH Assembly Roxy, 4–29 Aug, not 10, 15, 22, £9—£13

And the Rope Still Tugging Her Feet

The View from Castle Rock by Alice Munro artSpace@StMarks, 17–27 Aug, not 21, 23, £15

12:30

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–29 Aug, not 15, 22, £5—£10

A Divine Comedy Valvona & Crolla, 23 Aug, 25 Aug, 27 Aug, £15

Big Bite-Size Lunch Hour: Best Bites Pleasance Dome, 6–29 Aug, not 16, 23, £7—£10.50

Begin Again Church Hill Theatre, 16 Aug, £5

Tent Spotlites, 4–28 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £6—£8

Save + Quit HH Assembly George Square Studios, 4–29 Aug, not 15, 22, £6—£10

Slaves of Sleep theSpace on the Mile, 15–27 Aug, not 21, £7

Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon Church Hill Theatre, 18 Aug, £5

HHH

Dear Home Office Underbelly Med Quad, 22–28 Aug, £8—£9

5 Years Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 21–28 Aug, £free

Mrs Roosevelt Flies to London Assembly Hall, 4–29 Aug, not 15, £6—£12

Best of the Fest Daytime Assembly George Square Gardens, 5–28 Aug, £8—£12.50

Out of Our Father’s House Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–28 Aug, £5—£12

Delivery #16 HH Theatre Arts Exchange, 6–27 Aug, not 10, 15, 22, £10—£12

12:20 A Regular Little Houdini Pleasance Dome, 3–29 Aug, £6—£10

All Aboard the Marriage Hearse Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–29 Aug, not 16, £6—£13

12:35 Caesar in a Lift Greenside @ Royal Terrace, 15 Aug, 17 Aug, 18 Aug, 19 Aug, 20 Aug, £8.50 Death and the Human theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 15–27 Aug, not 21, £8 Just Let the Wind Untie My Perfumed Hair... or Who Is Tahirih? HHH Assembly George Square Studios, 4–29 Aug, not 16, £6—£13

12:40 Troika SpaceTriplex, Various dates from 6 Aug to 26 Aug, £7

Three Jumpers Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 15–27 Aug, not 21, £7 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 Shakespeare Syndrome Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 5–20 Aug, not 14, £free—£8 Leftover SpaceTriplex, Various dates from 5 Aug to 25 Aug, £7

12:45 Cold/Warm Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 16, £6—£9 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 Happiness is a Cup of Tea Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 10, 24, £6—£9 Concerning Mars Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 22–27 Aug, £7

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A Play, A Pie and A Pint Le Monde, 5–28 Aug, not 6, 13, 20, 22, 27, £12.50

The Wedding Reception The George Hotel, Various dates from 6 Aug to 28 Aug, £39

Machina ZOO, 5–29 Aug, not 7, 14, 21, 28, £5—£9

My Name is Gideon: Songs, Space Travel and Everything In-Between HHH Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 17, £6—£10

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 Fish and Chips with Edith theSpace on the Mile, 15–27 Aug, not 21, £6 The Castle Builder Summerhall, 3–28 Aug, not 15, 22, £6—£12

13:00

Grey Matter C venues – C nova, 21–29 Aug, £7.50—£9.50 The Invisible Man C venues – C nova, 14–19 Aug, £7.50—£9.50

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

The Snow Queen Gilded Balloon at the Museum, 3–29 Aug, not 16, £5—£10

❤ Zero Down HHHH

People of the Eye Northern Stage at Summerhall, 6–27 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £9—£11 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

The Glass Menagerie HHHH King’s Theatre, 21 Aug, £14

Spill: A Verbatim Show About Sex Pleasance Courtyard, 23–29 Aug, £7.50—£10

John Muir: Rhapsody in Green Valvona & Crolla, 17 Aug, 19 Aug, £12

The Bookbinder Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, not 15, 22, £6—£10

I Love Ursula Hamdress Spotlites, 21–28 Aug, £10

Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 18, £6—£9.50

M.I.S. – All Night Long Dance Base, 17–21 Aug, £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

13:05 A Remarkable Person

HHH

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

My World has Exploded a Little Bit Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, not 17, £6—£10.50

Playback Impro Laughing Horse @ The Hanover Tap, 4–28 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, £free

Twix theSpace on the Mile, 22–27 Aug, £5

Impromptu Shakespeare Just the Tonic at The Caves, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £5

In the Wine Assembly Checkpoint, 4–29 Aug, not 10, 15, 22, £8—£12.50

13:15

On the Conditions and Possibilities of Hillary Clinton Taking Me as Her Young Lover Summerhall, 5–28 Aug, not 15, 22, £8—£12

Shylock Assembly Roxy, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £10—£14

A Fête Worse Than Death Paradise in The Vault, 6–28 Aug, not 14, 21, £6

HHHH

Attempts on Her Life theSpace on Niddry St, 22–27 Aug, £8

The Elephant Man Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–29 Aug, £6.50—£13

A Dog’s Tale theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 5–20 Aug, not 7, 14, £4—£8

Expensive Shit Traverse Theatre, 6 Aug, 24 Aug, £18.50

Trumpageddon Sweet Grassmarket, 4–28 Aug, not 16, 23, £8.50

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

Journeys Gilded Balloon Teviot, 8–29 Aug, £8—£9

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

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

HHH

Assembly Roxy, 4–29 Aug, not 16, £6—£12

The Trunk Underbelly, George Square, 3–28 Aug, not 16, £6—£10 Medea Dream Silk, 6–27 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free

13:25 Kursk Bedlam Theatre, 22–28 Aug, £8 The Nine Lives of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Assembly George Square Studios, 4–29 Aug, £6—£10

Last Dream (on Earth) HHHH Assembly Hall, 4–28 Aug, not 10, 15, 22, £10—£15

One for the Road Quaker Meeting House, 23–27 Aug, £8

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13:30 Snow Charm and Spring Scenery Theatre Big Tops, 13 Aug, 14 Aug, 20 Aug, £6 Alice Unhinged Pleasance Courtyard, 5–20 Aug, £6—£9.50 Mule Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–29 Aug, not 17, £5—£11 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 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

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Daffodils (A Play With Songs) HH Traverse Theatre, 19 Aug, 24 Aug, 28 Aug, £20.50 Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. Traverse Theatre, 17 Aug, 21 Aug, 26 Aug, £20.50 The Marked HHH Pleasance Dome, 3–29 Aug, not 17, £7—£12 Year Ten Spotlites, 14–20 Aug, £6 Yokai Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, not 16, £6—£11 Wrecked HH Assembly George Square Gardens, 4–29 Aug, not 16, £6—£13

13:35 Growth Roundabout @ Summerhall, Various dates from 6 Aug to 27 Aug, £9—£17

Letters to Windsor House

HHHH

Summerhall, 3–28 Aug, not 22, £6—£8

Listings

F.R.A.N.C. The Stand Comedy Club 5 & 6, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £9—£10

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Jekyll and Hyde Spotlites, 24–28 Aug, £9

Love, Lies and Taxidermy HHHH Roundabout @ Summerhall, Various dates from 5 Aug to 28 Aug, £9—£17

13:40 Abberline’s Artefact SpaceTriplex, 22–26 Aug, £12 The Inevitable Heartbreak of Gavin Plimsole Pleasance Dome, 3–29 Aug, not 16, £6—£10 It Folds Summerhall, 3–28 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, £12—£14

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

Don’t Feed the Cats SpaceTriplex, 15–18 Aug, £7 Girls Night Out theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 5–27 Aug, not 7, 14, 21, £4—£7

13:45

Diary of a Madman HHHH Traverse Theatre, 17 Aug, 23 Aug, 28 Aug, £18.50

Bubble Revolution HHHH New Town Theatre, 4–28 Aug, not 16, £7—£10

13:50

Irons Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 22–27 Aug, £10 Octopus HH Assembly George Square Theatre, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£11 Teatro Delusio HH 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 In Fidelity HHH Traverse Theatre, 9 Aug, 14 Aug, 20 Aug, 26 Aug, £18.50 Scary Shit Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 10, 15, 22, £6—£10

Screw Your Courage! (or The Bloody Crown!) Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 5–27 Aug, not 14, 21, £5—£10 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 At War With Love Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 8–20 Aug, not 14, £4—£8 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

13:55 A Streetcar Named Desire Assembly Roxy, 4–29 Aug, not 10, 15, 22, £7—£10

14:00 Raw Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 28 Aug, £20 Life by the Throat

HHH

Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, not 17, £6—£10.50

Guru Dudu’s Silent Disco Walking Tours Grassmarket East, 5–28 Aug, not 8, 15, 16, 22, 23, £10 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 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 Goggles Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 16, £6—£10 Missed Connections C venues – C nova, 13–20 Aug, £7.50—£9.50 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

Alice in Wasteland Studio 24, 26 Aug, £20

14:10

The South Afreakins Spotlites, 4–28 Aug, £3—£8

Hamlet in Bed Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 10, 16, 23, £6—£11.50

On Ego by Mick Gordon ZOO, 5–20 Aug, £8—£10

Grannies With Guns theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 15–18 Aug, £5

❤ Counting Sheep HHHH

14:15

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

HH

Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 16, £6—£10.50

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 Rubber Zoo Southside, 6–28 Aug, £10

14:05

Absence of Separation Bourbon Bar, 6–27 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £free Blood Will Have Blood

HH

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 The Chicken Trial

HHH

Pleasance Courtyard, 3–28 Aug, not 15, 22, £6—£10

Labels Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 16, £6—£10 Delphine HHH Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 16, £6—£10 Begin Again Church Hill Theatre, 17 Aug, £5

Lucky 6 Spotlites, 14–20 Aug, £10

Generation Zero HH Zoo Southside, 5–29 Aug, not 15, £5—£9

The Calm Venue 13, 21–27 Aug, £9

Spaced: Whisky Theatre Valvona & Crolla Scottish Foodhall@ Jenners, 18 Aug, 25 Aug, 28 Aug, £15

Grandad Died theSpace on the Mile, 22–27 Aug, £5 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 One Hundred Homes Summerhall, 3–28 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, £8—£10

Special Delivery Acoustic Music Centre @ St Bride’s, 24–28 Aug, £7 Gulliver’s Travels Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 16, £6—£10 Yokes Night Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 16, £6—£10 Verge of Strife Assembly George Square Studios, 4–29 Aug, £7—£12

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14:20 Around the World in 80 Days Church Hill Theatre, 19 Aug, £5 Glasgow Girls Assembly Hall, 4–28 Aug, not 10, 15, 22, £12—£17.50 The Mission Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 17, £6—£11 Made Up HHH Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, not 17, £6—£10.50 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

14:25 In Her Own Words: The Diana Tapes theSpace on Niddry St, 22–27 Aug, £9 Van Gogh Find Yourself Natural Food Kafe, 6–27 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free Mairi Campbell: Pulse

HHH

Summerhall, 3–28 Aug, not 15, 22, £11—£14

Hella Granger – Superstar Sweet Grassmarket, 21–28 Aug, £8

14:30 Anything That Gives Off Light Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 20 Aug, 24 Aug, £25

The Glass Menagerie HHHH 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 Lost in Complete Dance Base, 16–21 Aug, £10—£12 Delivery #16 HH 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 Dusty Horne’s Sound and Fury HH Pleasance Dome, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £6.50—£11

Frankenstein Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–29 Aug, £6.50—£13

14:40 ❤ Agent of

Much Ado About Nothing Greenside @ Royal Terrace, 15–20 Aug, £8

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Ane Servant o’ Twa Maisters Inverleith St Serf’s Church Centre, 20 Aug, £11 Enron St Ninian’s Hall, 13 Aug, 20 Aug, £12 The Handmaidens of Death – WWI Theatre of Its Time Quaker Meeting House, 22–27 Aug, £8

14:35 Ubu on the Table

HHH

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 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 This is Japanese Iki! Sweet Grassmarket, 21–28 Aug, £10

14:50

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 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

Karen Hobbs: Tumour Has It Underbelly Med Quad, 3–29 Aug, not 17, £6—£10.50 Don’t Panic! It’s Challenge Anneka

Immortal Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 15–27 Aug, not 21, £8

Chopping Chillies Assembly Roxy, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £8—£12

How is Uncle John? Assembly Hall, 4–29 Aug, not 16, £6—£11

Fat Girls Don’t Dance Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, not 16, £6—£10

The Moira Monologues by Alan Bissett Scottish Storytelling Centre, 20–29 Aug, £12

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 Team Viking Just the Tonic at The Community Project, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £7—£10

14:45

Antigone theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 22–27 Aug, £8

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

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

Playing Soldiers C venues – C, 21–29 Aug, £7.50—£9.50

Mr Laurel and Mr Hardy Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 5–20 Aug, not 14, £5.50—£11

Summerhall, 3–28 Aug, not 11, 22, £7—£10

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn theSpace on Niddry St, 15–20 Aug, £8

Sacré Blue Northern Stage at Summerhall, 6–16 Aug, not 10, £9—£11

God’s Anointed Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 22–27 Aug, £7

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 Nzinga Warrior Queen Scottish Storytelling Centre, 4–19 Aug, not 10, £7—£10 Cosmic Fear or The Day Brad Pitt Got Paranoia Bedlam Theatre, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £6.50—£9

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Thanks But No Thanks Theatre Arts Exchange, 22 Aug, £10 papercut– Theatre Arts Exchange, 20 Aug, £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

Brazil HHH New Town Theatre, 4–28 Aug, not 16, £8—£12

15:10

15:20

Swivelhead HHH Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £6—£10

Poena 5X1 Underbelly Med Quad, 3–29 Aug, not 17, £6—£11

Exactly Like You

Smother Zoo Southside, 5–27 Aug, £8—£12

HH

Summerhall, 3–28 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, £6—£11

Fingertips C venues – C nova, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £7.50—£9.50

Bloody Mary C venues – C cubed, 4–29 Aug, not 10, 16, 23, £7.50—£9.50 The Silence at the Song’s End Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 22–27 Aug, £8

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We Are Not Criminals theSpace on the Mile, Various dates from 6 Aug to 26 Aug, £6—£9

❤ Denton and Me HHHH

Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, £6—£11

This Earth Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 5–27 Aug, not 14, 21, £5—£6

Taiwan Season: NuShu Dance Base, 5–28 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, £10—£12 Sonder Theatre Arts Exchange, 15–18 Aug, £8 Dame Nature – The Magnificent Bearded Lady Assembly George Square Theatre, 16–29 Aug, £10—£11

15:05 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 Family Voices and Victoria Station theSpace on the Mile, 15–20 Aug, £8 Killer Cells theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 15–20 Aug, £7 Six Characters in Search of a Handout Paradise in Augustines, 15–20 Aug, £8

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Summerhall, 3–28 Aug, not 15, 22, £8—£12

Jules Verne’s Extraordinary Voyages: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea C venues – C nova, 3–29 Aug, not 16, £8.50—£10.50

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Everyman theSpace on the Mile, 22–27 Aug, £5

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

15:15 ❤ 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 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

Be Prepared HHH Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£11

15:25 Sheets Silk, 6–27 Aug, £free The Lounge HHH Summerhall, 3–27 Aug, not 4, 15, £10—£15

15:30 Dracula Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £6.50—£11

❤ Driftwood HHHH 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

Dreamcatcher theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 22–27 Aug, £15

The Elephant Girls New Town Theatre, 4–28 Aug, not 16, £6—£11

Skin of the Teeth Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 16, £6.50—£11

The Duke Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 8, 15, £free

❤ Scorched HHHH 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 Lucy, Lucy and Lucy Barfield HHH Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 15, 22, £6—£10 This is Not Culturally Significant HH Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, £6—£10 POP-UP Duets (fragments of love) National Museum of Scotland, 4–28 Aug, not 6, 7, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, £free

15:35 Vera Vera Vera theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 19–27 Aug, not 21, £7 Nowhere Now Sweet Grassmarket, 19–21 Aug, £7

15:40 Noiseless and Patient SpaceTriplex, 16–27 Aug, not 21, £8 Hang C venues – C nova, 3–27 Aug, £8.50—£10.50 Sleeping Dogs Lie theSpace on Niddry St, 22–27 Aug, £7 Giant Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £6.50—£11 Catching Up Natural Food Kafe, 6–19 Aug, £free

15:45 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 HHH 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

Diary of a Madman Institut français d’Ecosse, 5–28 Aug, not 15, 22, £6—£10

Touch Therapy Paradise in The Vault, 6–20 Aug, not 14, £7

Mushroom! Gayfield Venues, 24–29 Aug, £10

The Meeting Sweet Grassmarket, 17 Aug, 18 Aug, 25 Aug, 26 Aug, 27 Aug, £7

Expensive Shit Traverse Theatre, 13 Aug, 19 Aug, 25 Aug, £18.50

My Dog’s Got No Nose The Royal Scots Club, 23–27 Aug, £8

Diary of a Madman HHHH Traverse Theatre, 24 Aug, £18.50 The Interference C venues – C, 3–16 Aug, £9.50—£11.50

The Lake of Dead Languages The Royal Scots Club, 15–20 Aug, £10

15:50 Think No Evil of Us: My Life With Kenneth Williams Pleasance Dome, 16 Aug, £12.50

❤ Bucket List HHHH Pleasance Dome, 3–29 Aug, not 16, 23, £6.50—£13.50

15:55

Diary of a Madman HHHH Traverse Theatre, 6 Aug, 18 Aug, £18.50 Three Days’ Time C venues – C nova, 17–29 Aug, £8.50—£10.50 Madwomen in the Attic C venues – C nova, 3–16 Aug, £8.50—£10.50

The Money Fish Paradise in The Vault, 5–28 Aug, not 14, 21, £4—£10

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

Meet Fred HHH Summerhall, 5–25 Aug, not 15, 22, £5—£10

Summerhall, 3–19 Aug, not 4, 15, £6—£12

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 Cut Underbelly Med Quad, Various dates from 6 Aug to 28 Aug, £14.50—£15.50

The Dwelling Place

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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 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

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Your Fringe Schedule Flesh Dance Base, 24–28 Aug, £10—£12

Paper in My Pants Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 15–20 Aug, £6

Blow Off Traverse Theatre, 22 Aug, £16.50

Dolly Wants to Die Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, not 17, £6—£11

Traverse Theatre, 10 Aug, 14 Aug, 17 Aug, 21 Aug, 26 Aug, £20.50

Chef: Come Dine With Us! Assembly George Square Theatre, 4–29 Aug, not 15, £8.50—£14.50

❤ Pss Pss HHHH Assembly Roxy, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £9—£14

16:05 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 The Maiden’s Toy theSpace on the Mile, 15–20 Aug, £7 Decade theSpace on the Mile, 22–27 Aug, £8 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

Eight theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 24–27 Aug, £8 Alice and the Dream Child Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 8–20 Aug, not 14, £8

Begin Again Church Hill Theatre, 19 Aug, £5

Spoonface Steinberg theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 15–27 Aug, not 21, £6—£8

Milk HH Traverse Theatre, 19 Aug, 24 Aug, 28 Aug, £20.50

Queen Lear Assembly Roxy, 4–29 Aug, not 16, £10—£16

I’m Doing This for You

A Matter of Life and Death Greenside @ Infirmary Street, Various dates from 5 Aug to 19 Aug, £4—£8

16:15 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

The Girl Who Touched the Stars Greenside @ Royal Terrace, 22–27 Aug, £9

Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon Church Hill Theatre, 16 Aug, £5

Often Onstage Pleasance Dome, 3–26 Aug, not 15, 22, £6—£11

Numbers by Kieron Barry C venues – C nova, 15–29 Aug, not 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, £8.50—£10.50

The F Words Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 22–27 Aug, £8

Adventures of a Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl HH Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–29 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £6—£10

A Number by Caryl Churchill C venues – C nova, 14–28 Aug, not 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, £8.50—£10.50

16:10

27 Wagons Full of Cotton by Tennessee Williams Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 5–27 Aug, not 14, 21, £6—£10.50

HHHH

Wil Greenway: The Way the City Ate the Stars HHHH Underbelly Med Quad, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£10.50

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

Mark Thomas: The Red Shed

Mr Kingdom’s Queen Victoria (Or a Little of What You Fancy) Assembly Hall, 4–29 Aug, not 16, £6—£12 Red Rose / White Rose Greenside @ Royal Terrace, 15–20 Aug, £5

HHH

Summerhall, 5–28 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, £5—£10

Happy Dave HHH Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 16, £6.50—£11

16:20 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 Under Ice Summerhall, 8–21 Aug, not 16, £10 Epic Love and Pop Songs Pleasance Dome, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £6—£10 Almost, Maine Church Hill Theatre, 18 Aug, £5

16:30 Equus C venues – C, 21–29 Aug, £8.50—£10.50 Silver Lining & Jacksons Lane: Throwback HHH Underbelly’s Circus Hub on the Meadows, 4–22 Aug, not 15, £11—£16

Shaedates: or How I Learned to Love Myself ZOO, 5–20 Aug, £5—£10

16:35 ❤ Infinity Pool: A

The View from Castle Rock by Alice Munro artSpace@StMarks, 14 Aug, 28 Aug, 29 Aug, £15

Bedlam Theatre, 3–29 Aug, not 19, £6—£11

We Live by the Sea Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £6—£9 I Am Yours theSpace on the Mile, Various dates from 6 Aug to 26 Aug, £6—£9 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 Growing Pains H Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£10.50 Blushed Gilded Balloon at the Counting House, 8–29 Aug, not 17, £7 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 Back of the Bus Assembly George Square Gardens, 5–28 Aug, not 10, 15, 22, £8—£12.50

Modern Retelling of Madame Bovary

HHHH 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 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 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 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 Unnatural Selection Natural Food Kafe, 21–27 Aug, £free From the Mouths of the Gods HHH C venues – C nova, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £10.50—£12.50

17:00 About a Girl SpaceTriplex, 22–27 Aug, £3.50 Swansong Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 16, £6.50—£11 Trashed Lauriston Halls, 8–27 Aug, not 14, 21, £free Whiteout Zoo Southside, 5–27 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, £10—£12.50 L’Heure Fugitive Rose Bruford @ Upper Church, Summerhall , 25 Aug, £10 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

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Deal with the Dragon

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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

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Dancer Dance Base, 17–28 Aug, not 22, £10—£12 The Club Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–29 Aug, £6.50—£12.50 En Folkefiende HH Pleasance Dome, 3–28 Aug, not 15, 22, £6—£11 Thanks But No Thanks Theatre Arts Exchange, 23–24 Aug, £10 Rubber Zoo Southside, 6–28 Aug, £10

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 The Rose of Jericho theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 22–27 Aug, £10 A Fragile Lift theSpace on the Mile, 15–20 Aug, £5

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The Lost Children of Neverland SpaceTriplex, 5–20 Aug, not 7, 14, £7

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17:10 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 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

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theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 5–27 Aug, not 7, 14, 21, £11

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

Isabel(le) Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 5–18 Aug, not 14, £10

Travesty HH Assembly George Square Studios, 3–28 Aug, not 15, £6—£11

Nuclear Family Assembly Roxy, 3–29 Aug, not 16, £6—£13

All in the Timing Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 5–20 Aug, not 14, £4—£9

Grace HHH Assembly Checkpoint, 4–28 Aug, not 8, 9, 15, 22, 23, £10—£14

17:25

17:35

All In Summerhall, 16–26 Aug, not 22, £12

The D-List Underbelly Med Quad, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £6—£10.50

Art of Reduction and Distillation of Humanity: Whisky Theatre Valvona & Crolla Scottish Foodhall@ Jenners, 18 Aug, 25 Aug, £15 Hunchback Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 22–27 Aug, £10 Felix Holt: The Radical Greenside @ Royal Terrace, 15–20 Aug, £8 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 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

Tomatoes Spotlites, 22–23 Aug, £5 All of Me Greenside @ Royal Terrace, 22–27 Aug, £8 Two Spotlites, 24–28 Aug, £8.50 Anarchy at the Hearty Toadstool Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 22–24 Aug, £free

17:30 Perhaps Hope

HHH

Underbelly’s Circus Hub on the Meadows, 4–22 Aug, not 15, £10—£15

Animal (Are You a Proper Person?) Gilded Balloon Teviot, 4–28 Aug, not 15, 22, £7—£13 Remember to Breathe Summerhall, 5–27 Aug, not 15, £8—£12 Bricking It HH Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, not 16, £6—£10.50 Hotel Europa Just Festival at St John’s , 24 Aug, 27 Aug, £12

Canon Warriors Paradise in The Vault, 15–28 Aug, not 21, £7 Home theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 15–20 Aug, £7

17:40 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 1984 theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 22–27 Aug, £7 Rotterz theSpace @ Venue45, Various dates from 15 Aug to 26 Aug, £6 Molhados&Secos – Wet and Dry ZOO, 14–29 Aug, £7—£8 Tartuffe theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 15–20 Aug, £8 Droll theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 26–27 Aug, £5

Katsura Sunshine: Rakugo! Sweet Grassmarket, 7–28 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, £8

17:45 John Muir: Rhapsody in Green Valvona & Crolla, 20 Aug, £12 YPFii C venues – C too, 14–20 Aug, £7.50—£9.50 Tell Me Anything

HHH

Summerhall, 3–28 Aug, not 4, 15, £8—£11

Love for Sale Assembly Hall, 4–29 Aug, £7—£12

17:50 Albatross Paradise in Augustines, 15–28 Aug, not 21, £12 Darktales HHH Pleasance Courtyard, 3–29 Aug, not 16, 23, £6—£14 Nicole Henriksen is Makin it Rain Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, not 16, £6—£11 4D Cinema Summerhall, 3–28 Aug, not 4, 8, 15, 22, £4—£9

17:55 Call Mr Robeson Spotlites, 21 Aug, 23 Aug, 25 Aug, 27 Aug, £10—£11 Rose Silk, 6–27 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free

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BROKEN BONE S “He reminds you what your imagination is for”

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“Astonishing”

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COUNTING SHEEP

SUMMERHALL @ KING’S HALL AUG 4-28 @ 8 PM (NOT MONDAYS)

COUNTINGSHEEPREVOLUTION.COM PLUS 2 PM ON WEEKENDS Just an Ordinary Lawyer Spotlites, 24 Aug, 26 Aug, 28 Aug, £9—£10

18:00 Broken Serenity Cafe, 6–28 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free 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 Alice in Wasteland Studio 24, 23–25 Aug, £20

Every Wild Beast C venues – C nova, 3–29 Aug, not 16, £9.50—£11.50

The Marvellous Adventures of Mary Seacole HHH C venues – C nova, 3–29 Aug, not 10, 16, 23, £9.50—£11.50

18:20

The Therapist theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 15–18 Aug, £5

Almost, Maine Church Hill Theatre, 19 Aug, £5

Absolutely Legless Acoustic Music Centre @ St Bride’s, 27 Aug, £12

Dreaming of Leaves theSpace on the Mile, Various dates from 16 Aug to 26 Aug, £8

Ros & Guil R Dead theSpace on the Mile, 5–20 Aug, not 7, 14, £8

I Love You / It’s Over The Edinburgh Academy, 19–20 Aug, £8

18:15

Trainspotting Assembly George Square Studios, 4–29 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £10—£15

Blush HHHH

Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, not 16, £6—£11

18:05

❤ Attrape Moi HHHH

A New Case of Jekyll and Hyde theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 23–27 Aug, £4

Assembly Hall, 4–29 Aug, not 10, 15, 22, £10—£16

Bit of Sunshine theSpace on the Mile, 22–27 Aug, £8

The Glass Menagerie HHHH King’s Theatre, 21 Aug, £14

Wonderman Underbelly Potterrow, 3–28 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, £6—£12

The Wedding Reception The George Hotel, 4–28 Aug, not 8, 18, 23, £39—£43

Fire Burn: The Tragedy of Macbeth theSpace on the Mile, Various dates from 15 Aug to 27 Aug, £9.50

The Allergic Audience Arthur Conan Doyle Centre, 8–19 Aug, weekdays only, £10

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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

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Roundabout @ Summerhall, 5–28 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £9—£16

18:10 Stunning the Punters (& Other Stories) Spotlites, 4–28 Aug, not 16, £5—£10 A Waiting Room theSpace on the Mile, 15–20 Aug, £6

India Flamenco Alba Flamenca, 5–28 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £12 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 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 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

And They Played Shang-A-Lang New Town Theatre, 4–28 Aug, not 16, £10

Fourth Monkey’s Genesis and Revelation: The Ark theSpace on Niddry St, 5–27 Aug, £8—£11 Around the World in 80 Days Church Hill Theatre, 16 Aug, £5

18:25 A Boy Named Sue C venues – C nova, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £8.50—£10.50

18:30 Cosplay’s the Thing Church Hill Theatre, 18 Aug, £5

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 And Now… Zoo Southside, 15–27 Aug, £10—£12

Blank HHHH

Summerhall, 5–28 Aug, not 22, £10—£12

The Empire Builders Institut français d’Ecosse, 5–21 Aug, not 15, £6—£12 Hamlet, Ophelia – Part One Spotlites, 13–28 Aug, £7—£8 Collateral Damage The Royal Scots Club, 22–27 Aug, £10

Of Wardrobes and Rings Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 16–20 Aug, £11

18:35 The Terrible False Deception (A Four Act Play in 40 Minutes or 43 With Laughs!) Church Hill Theatre, 17 Aug, £5 Gratiano Spotlites, 4–28 Aug, not 22, £7.50—£11 Care Takers C venues – C, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £9.50—£11.50

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

The Game’s Afoot Arthur Conan Doyle Centre, 15–19 Aug, £8

Diary of a Madman HHHH Traverse Theatre, 13 Aug, 19 Aug, 25 Aug, £18.50

The Gin Chronicles: A Scottish Adventure artSpace@StMarks, 8–25 Aug, not 21, £12

Taiwan Season: The Sacrifice of Roaring ZOO, 5–29 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, £5—£10

Monkhouse theSpace @ Venue45, Various dates from 15 Aug to 26 Aug, £6

E15 HHH Northern Stage at Summerhall, 6–27 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £9—£11

The Great Gatsby Greenside @ Royal Terrace, Various dates from 6 Aug to 26 Aug, £8

Unveiled Paradise in The Vault, 27–28 Aug, £8

Bird Dance Base, 5–28 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, £10—£12

Five Kinds of Silence Quaker Meeting House, 22–27 Aug, £10

Contactless Paradise in The Vault, 6–20 Aug, not 14, £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

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18:45 My Eyes Went Dark Traverse Theatre, 24 Aug, £18.50 Expensive Shit Traverse Theatre, 9 Aug, 14 Aug, 26 Aug, £18.50 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 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

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The HandleBards: The Taming of the Shrew Assembly @ Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh: West Gate, 23 Aug, 25 Aug, 27 Aug, £13.50—£15

Droll theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 15–25 Aug, not 21, £5

19:00 Raw Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 27–28 Aug, £20 Cut Underbelly Med Quad, 3–29 Aug, not 16, £10—£15.50 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 FiXion? Buccleuch Free Church, 15–19 Aug, £free Foehn Effect C venues – C nova, 14–29 Aug, £8.50—£10.50

The HandleBards: Much Ado About Nothing Assembly @ Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh: West Gate, Various dates from 6 Aug to 20 Aug, £13.50—£15

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

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

Mark Thomas: The Red Shed

HHHH

Traverse Theatre, 11 Aug, 18 Aug, 23 Aug, 27 Aug, £20.50

papercut– Theatre Arts Exchange, Various dates from 15 Aug to 21 Aug, £10

At the Illusionist’s Table The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, 5–29 Aug, not 8, 22, £59

❤ O is for Hoolet HHHH 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

HHH

Summerhall, 3–27 Aug, not 4, 15, £9—£11.50

The Dwelling Place

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Summerhall, 3–19 Aug, not 4, 15, £6—£12

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

19:05

19:20

Keep it Real theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 22–27 Aug, £8

Doubting Thomas

Heads Up Summerhall, 3–28 Aug, not 4, 15, 22, £8—£11

19:10

Saturday Night Forever Underbelly Med Quad, Various dates from 4 Aug to 28 Aug, £6—£11 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

HHH

Summerhall, 3–28 Aug, not 4, 15, 22, £5—£10

❤ JOAN HHHHH 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

Alix in Wundergarten

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Scottish Ballet Festival Theatre, 18–20 Aug, £12

Underbelly Med Quad, Various dates from 3 Aug to 29 Aug, £6—£11

Richard III The Lyceum, 24–28 Aug, £10

19:15 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

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The Glass Menagerie HHHH King’s Theatre, 5–20 Aug, not 9, 16, £14 Stamp Zoo Southside, 5–29 Aug, not 16, 23, £8—£10 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

Deadline Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 5–27 Aug, not 14, 21, £5—£8 2 Complicated Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 15–27 Aug, not 21, £9

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 HHHH Underbelly’s Circus Hub on the Meadows, 4–22 Aug, not 10, 15, £9—£12 Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour Outside the Beehive Inn, 1 Aug–4 Sep, £14 Soddin’ Flodden Spotlites, 14–28 Aug, £10 Cradle King Scottish Storytelling Centre, 12–28 Aug, not 15, 22, £10 A Series of Unfortunate Breakups C venues – C nova, 3–29 Aug, not 16, £8.50—£10.50 Ane Servant o’ Twa Maisters Inverleith St Serf’s Church Centre, 6–19 Aug, not 7, 14, £11 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 Blow Off Traverse Theatre, 22 Aug, £16.50

19:35 Dirty Glitter theSpace on the Mile, Various dates from 5 Aug to 26 Aug, £9

Unseen Spotlites, 4–28 Aug, £7

19:40 Delay Detach HHH Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 5–20 Aug, not 14, £8 Steam Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 5–20 Aug, not 7, 14, £7 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

19:45 Lïnger Dance Base, 5–21 Aug, not 8, 15, £10—£12 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 Nightmare Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 22–27 Aug, £9 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

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Still Here ZOO at St Mary’s South Lawn, 3–24 Aug, not 4, 13, 18, £7—£10

The Tempest Inveresk Lodge Garden, 27 Aug, £11

Pale Imitations SpaceTriplex, 15–27 Aug, not 21, £9

Trinity Theatre Arts Exchange, 22–26 Aug, £10

Petrol HH ZOO, 5–29 Aug, £5—£9

Cafe Baile Lauriston Halls, 9 Aug, 16 Aug, 23 Aug, £9

Another Fine Mess theSpace on the Mile, 22–27 Aug, £8—£9

A:Version and Pitch Dance Base, 17–21 Aug, £10—£12

The HandleBards: Romeo and Juliet Assembly @ Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh: West Gate, 21 Aug, 24 Aug, 26 Aug, 28 Aug, £13.50—£15

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Jen Stone and Megan Thompson Dance Project Greenside @ Royal Terrace, 23–27 Aug, £6 The Auld Alliance Mayfield Salisbury Church, 5–19 Aug, weekdays only, £12

19:55 Adventure Quest Just the Tonic at The Caves, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £5—£10 The Wives of Others C venues – C, 14–29 Aug, £9.50—£11.50 Partial Nudity ZOO, 5–27 Aug, £7—£9

20:00 The Room Mate The Edinburgh Academy, 17 Aug, 19 Aug, 21 Aug, £12.50 Faulty Towers the Dining Experience B’est Restaurant, 4–29 Aug, not 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, £49.50—£54.50 Villain Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, not 16, £6—£11 Ash HHH ZOO, 5–19 Aug, £5—£10

❤ Counting Sheep HHHH 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 Measure for Measure The Lyceum, 16–20 Aug, £10 The Toad Knew King’s Theatre, 24–28 Aug, £12

Stack HHHH 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

20:05 Lifted HH 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 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 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 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

20:25 Holmes & Watson: The Farewell Tour theSpace on the Mile, 15–27 Aug, £9 Discretion Guaranteed Paradise in The Vault, 6–28 Aug, not 14, 21, £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 John Knox Buccleuch Free Church, 15–19 Aug, £free Guru Dudu’s Silent Disco Walking Tours Grassmarket East, Various dates from 5 Aug to 27 Aug, £15 Trainspotting Assembly George Square Studios, 3–28 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £10—£15

Scenes from an Urban Gothic Theatre Arts Exchange, 5–27 Aug, not 7, 14, 21, £10 Buzz: A New Musical

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Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 5–27 Aug, not 14, 21, £8—£10

Jeu Jeu la Foille: Frontal Lobotomy Laughing Horse @ Southside Social, 4–21 Aug, not 8, 15, £free Mungo Park – Travels in the Interior of Africa Summerhall, 3–27 Aug, not 4, 8, 15, 22, £8—£14

Still Here ZOO at St Mary’s South Lawn, 4 Aug, 18 Aug, £7—£10 Ceilidhs in Lauriston Hall Lauriston Halls, 5–27 Aug, not 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, £8 Echoes ZOO, 5–28 Aug, not 15, 22, £8—£12 Red Dance Base, 5–21 Aug, not 8, 15, £10—£12

21:05 Fémage a Trois theSpace on Niddry St, 22–27 Aug, £10

21:10

Solo Shakespeare, Macbeth: Hecate’s Poison Quaker Meeting House, 16–20 Aug, £7

The Road to Huntsville HHH Summerhall, 5–28 Aug, not 15, 22, £8—£10

20:50

Only Bones Summerhall, 3–28 Aug, not 4, 8, 15, 22, £7—£11

Spool Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 15–27 Aug, not 21, £8

Camille Summerhall, 3–28 Aug, not 4, 10, 14, 18, 22, 26, £5—£10

Spoon-Feeders theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 15–27 Aug, not 21, £9

Lippy theSpace on the Mile, 23–27 Aug, £7

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

I’m Missing You Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 5–27 Aug, not 14, 21, £7—£11.50 Torch HHH Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, not 16, £6—£11

20:55

I Will Speak for Myself theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 22–27 Aug, £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

All of Me Greenside @ Royal Terrace, 15–20 Aug, £8

Blood Will Have Blood HH C venues – C nova, 9–29 Aug, £11.50—£13.50

Bildraum Summerhall, 16–28 Aug, not 22, £10

A Working Title SpaceTriplex, 16–20 Aug, £9

Moscow Boys Zoo Southside, 5–29 Aug, not 15, 22, £10—£12

21:00

Hummingbird ZOO, 5–29 Aug, not 16, £5—£9

20:40

Boris & Sergey: Preposterous Improvisation Experiment Assembly George Square Theatre, 3–28 Aug, not 16, £6—£12

The View from Castle Rock by Alice Munro artSpace@StMarks, 17 Aug, 20 Aug, £15

20:35

Femmetamorphosis Spotlites, 4–28 Aug, £8 Procrastinate theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 22–27 Aug, £7

20:45 Frankenstein: A New Play Spotlites, 14–20 Aug, £10

Posh Bedlam Theatre, 17 Aug, £8

M.I.S. – All Night Long Dance Base, 23–28 Aug, £12 The Birds#1. Corpses theSpace on the Mile, 15–20 Aug, £8

Diary of a Madman HHHH Traverse Theatre, 9 Aug, 14 Aug, 26 Aug, £18.50

21:20 Nowhere Now Sweet Grassmarket, Various dates from 15 Aug to 27 Aug, £7

21:25 Pizza Delique Paradise in Augustines, 22–28 Aug, £7

21:30 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 Waltzing Matilda Just the Tonic at The Caves, 4–28 Aug, not 15, £10 Criminology 303 Venue 13, 6–27 Aug, not 8, 15, £9 The Meeting Sweet Grassmarket, 20–22 Aug, £7 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 In Fidelity HHH Traverse Theatre, 24 Aug, £18.50

21:35 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

21:40 Hyena Paradise in The Vault, 22–28 Aug, £10 I Found That the Sun Will Rise Tomorrow Paradise in Augustines, 6–20 Aug, not 14, £7 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 Expensive Shit Traverse Theatre, 10 Aug, 16 Aug, 21 Aug, 27 Aug, £18.50

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By phone: 0131 226 0000 Ladies in Waiting: The Judgement of Henry VIII theSpace on the Mile, 5–27 Aug, not 7, 14, 21, £10

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Bonita & Billie Holiday HHH Assembly Roxy, 3–28 Aug, £6—£13

No Help Sent C venues – C nova, 3–29 Aug, not 15, £8.50—£10.50

Kara Sevda Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 22–28 Aug, £free

The Master and Margarita ZOO at St Cuthbert’s, 5–29 Aug, not 8, 12, 13, 19, 20, 25, 28, £10—£12

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 Alice in Wasteland Presents CabaRave... The Closing Show Party! Studio 24, 26–27 Aug, £20 String Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 15–20 Aug, £7

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Of, or at, a Fairly Low Temperature Summerhall, Various dates from 3 Aug to 28 Aug, £4—£8

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Joe’s NYC Bar Just the Tonic at The Caves, 5–28 Aug, not 15, £11.50

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Elixir HHH Underbelly’s Circus Hub on the Meadows, 4–22 Aug, not 15, £9—£12

Cuncrete Summerhall, 3–26 Aug, not 4, 8, 15, 22, £8—£10

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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

22:05 Howie the Rookie Paradise in The Vault, 15–28 Aug, not 21, £9.50 Allison After a Fire Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 5–27 Aug, not 14, 21, £5—£7 Where Do All the Dead Pigeons Go? Northern Stage at Summerhall, 6–27 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £9—£11

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 Private Manning Goes to Washington theSpace on Niddry St, 15–27 Aug, not 21, £8—£9 Christeene: Trigger Underbelly, Cowgate, 17–28 Aug, not 22, £11—£12 Yuri Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, not 10, 15, 22, £6—£11

22:15 Greater Belfast Traverse Theatre, 17 Aug, 20 Aug, 23 Aug, 28 Aug, £18.50 In Fidelity HHH Traverse Theatre, 12 Aug, 18 Aug, £18.50

22:20 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

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

22:40 Last Call Summerhall, 3–28 Aug, not 4, 8, 14, 15, 19, 22, £8—£10

22:45 Chatroom Spotlites, 16–18 Aug, £5

22:50 Single Varietal Spotlites, 19 Aug, £5

22:55

We Are Ian HHH 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 Irrelevant Sweet Grassmarket, Various dates from 6 Aug to 26 Aug, £7 F*ckboys for Freedom Sweet Grassmarket, Various dates from 5 Aug to 27 Aug, £7

23:10 Juice Straws Are Bleak Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 5–27 Aug, not 7, 14, 21, £6—£9 The F Words Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 15–20 Aug, £8

Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother in the Case of a Study in Blood Spotlites, 4–20 Aug, £7—£8

23:15

23:00

Death and the Data Processor Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 21–25 Aug, £free

5 Guys Chillin’ C venues – C too, 4–29 Aug, £9.50—£11.50

22:10

22:30

Lies. All Lies. Laughing Horse @ Bar 50, 4–19 Aug, £free

1% theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 5–27 Aug, not 14, £9

Bones theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, Various dates from 5 Aug to 19 Aug, £5—£10

Circleville, Circlevalley Pleasance Courtyard, 3–21 Aug, not 15, £6—£10

‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore Paradise in Augustines, 6–20 Aug, not 14, £8

23:20 Ronnie and Jonny: Friends Disunited Laughing Horse @ 48 Below, 21–26 Aug, £free The Rules Of Inflation theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 15–20 Aug, £10

23:30 Predrinks | Afterparty Underbelly, Cowgate, 4–28 Aug, not 17, £6—£10

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

They Call Me Miss Commuter theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 22–26 Aug, £9

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Where’s John’s Porridge Bowl? Heroes @ The Hive 3:00pm – 4:00pm 4–28 Aug, not 15 £5 Photos by Kat Gollock


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