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Funz & Gamez They're back with version two of the anarchic kids show. Lock up your parents

24 Brett Goldstein Drug-fuelled, consummate storytelling

30 Emma Sidi Brilliant, bonkers character comedy

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Modern Lovers

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How Fringe theatremakers are challenging modern perceptions of how people fall in love

Theatre 44 The Solid Life of Sugar Water Jack Thorne's poignant, arresting new play

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Bridget Christie 2013's Edinburgh Comedy Award winner says she's still got loads to learn

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

46 Traces An explosive opening to a thilling piece of circus

Music 58 The Last Hotel Enda Walsh and Donnach Dennehy's new opera is utterly compelling

Kids 62 Kid Critics It's the ultimate test. Our team of kid critics sharpen their pencils

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Perfect Day Struggling for ideas? Brain overloaded? Sit back and let Fest plan an ideal day at the Fringe

Lunch at the Sligh House George IV Bridge Take a break for lunch at this slick new restaurant-cum-cocktail bar. Its interior is inspired by the geological discoveries of Edinburgh native James Hutton.

Valiant

Megan Ford: Feminasty

C Nova, 12:30pm – 1:40pm

Underbelly, George Square

Until 31 Aug

2:50pm – 3:50pm Until 31 Aug

Adapted from verbatim interviews with women affected by

Kickstart your afternoon with

war, this play has already been

some frenetic comedy from

nominated for the Amnesty

Megan Ford, who juggles mul-

Freedom of Expression Award,

tiple characters throughout a

so you can be confident you're

show constructed to challenge

on to a good thing.

how women are perceived in the media.

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Dinner at The Huxley Rutland Street This old favourite at the end of Princes Street is a great bet for a decent dinner. Tasty burgers jostle with a frequently chang-

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ing and unpretentious menu.

The Solid Life of Sugar Water Pleasance Dome, 4:00pm – 5:20pm, Until 31 Aug Prepare for some seriously

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Thorne’s play deals with the difficult impact of loss on family relationships.

Adam Riches is Coach Coach Pleasance Dome, 9:45pm – 10:45pm, Until 30 Aug End your day with Adam Riches’ mad incarnation Eric Coach, an American college sports team trainer. This zany show will make you want to hit the track. Probably.


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Double the Funz The gang are back, and they’re here to entertain—but definitely not educate—your kids. John Stansfield catches up with Phil, Jim the Elf, Bonzo the Hog, and Uncle Rick for another round of anarchy. Warning: fart jokes

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lot of people bring up the same show [again] when it’s been a hit, but we avoided that. We’ve moved on and we’re just having fun with it.” The curtain has just come down on the second performance of Funz and Gamez Tooz, Phil Ellis’s hotly-tipped sequel to the anarchic kids’ game show that swept the Fringe off its feet in 2014. It would have been very easy to bring back Funz and Gamez in its original format, but Ellis and the gang—James Meehan, Mick Ferry and Will Duggan, plus new addition John Dongles—were eager to try something new. “We’d done that show I don’t even know how many times and we all wanted to do something different. So it’s nice to have a new show: it’s fresh, there are new characters in it. People can’t say we’re being lazy.” Ellis’s game show host is still a man in the middle of a mental breakdown just looking to make a quick buck, but he’s now he’s got himself a girlfriend, a 20-year-old who phones repeatedly throughout the show with requests for cash. Jim the Elf has spent the last year enjoying himself in ‘Lapland’ (a wonderland, perhaps, but certainly not one suitable for kids), while Bonzo the Dog has become Bonzo the Hog as a means of showcasing Duggan’s enviably broad acting range. Uncle Mick, of course, died at the end of every performance of last year’s show and so has been replaced by Uncle Rick – who’s like his predecessor only drunker, and wearing an eye patch. Dongles plays the ‘Numbear’, a benign creature that helps kids learn about mathematics and court-apcontinues  pointed restraining orders.


The other big change to the show is that kids are actually showing up, ushered to their seats by a crack front-of-house team at the Bosco Tent in Assembly George Square. Ferry recalls the tricky situation they found themselves in last year: “We had a room full at some times, and [only] about six kids in. Comedians [had] started tweeting about it, which was great. But it meant we had a lot more adults than kids.” The balance has shifted this year, but look around the audience and you’ll still spot a few famous faces—Michael Legge and Matt Reed at the show I saw—most likely laughing louder than all the little ones combined. “A lot of comics have already come in and said, ‘Oh, it’s good again!’, says Duggan, with relief. “Because you’re always nervous about your own show. But to hear that takes the pressure off a bit.” As well as the success of the first show there was also the little matter of the TV pilot for the BBC, a large-scale production that toned down the shambolic nature of the live version but kept many of its risqué jokes and life lessons. (What parent wouldn’t be delighted to have their child told, “Don’t get too attached to your nan”?) The new show flirts with poor taste even more brazenly than last year’s incarnation – a response to the compromises and inevitable sanitisation of being ‘on the telly’, I suggest? Not at all, says Ellis – what they’re doing now is just a different type of distasteful. “I thought it was getting a bit too rude this year. A bit innuendo-y. We’re better than that. So I put a fart joke in because I wanted to show how high class we are.” “Kids love farting,” confirms Ferry. “I love farting!” Meehan adds, before Ellis brings us back round to the subject of discussion. “We’ve managed to walk the line this year. We sometimes teeter over it.” One joke—which I won’t ruin here—involves the rather incendiary acronym created by the show’s title. “Every bit of those kinds of jokes is the audience,” Duggan protests. “We don’t make those; they do.” There’s a brotherhood vibe between the four original cast members, and even newbie Dongles (who leaves the interview halfway through – for a shift at Maplin, his comrades insist). They constantly bicker, undermining Ellis as much as possible as he tries in vain to keep the interview on track and rein in the swearing. (“We’re supposed to be promoting a kids show! Say ‘crap’ instead of shit,” shouts Ellis. “Crap off,” Duggan retorts.)

The lure of terrorising kids with a second show was just too good of an opportunity to pass up. “The thing is,” says Ellis, “I genuinely like kids. I think they’re a good laugh. If I had someone who loved me I’d have kids.” According to Ferry, Scottish children make the best audiences. “When we did the show in Glasgow, the best behaved kids were there. As soon as we said ‘sit down’, they did it.” Ellis agrees: “Scottish kids are great. They’re a lot of fun and there’s no pretension. The kids in London are good kids, it’s just they’re not used to being able to run around. Normally they’re sat with an iPad. Then they come to a show where they’re not spoken down to—they get told to get involved— and they go, ‘Great, I can do what I want now!’” The option of doing whatever you want is available to the grown-ups too, says Ellis. “We’re not here to prove anything, we’re just here to have fun. And so are the kids. We’re not here to win stuff. We never were. And that’s why we have fun with it. If we start worrying about it, we’ll stop having fun.” Seems everyone is learning life lessons from Funz and Gamez. ✏︎ John Stansfield

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Lovers

Catherine Love meets the writers out to change the way we think about relationships and partners Tumbling After

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hat do we talk about when we talk about love? It’s a question that James Fritz, writer of Ross & Rachel, has been turning over and over. “One of the things I keep coming back to is the problematic nature of a lot of the language of love that we use,” he says. From One Direction crooning “she belongs to me” to candy hearts emblazoned with “be mine”, he says, “it’s all tied up in ownership and symbiosis and being two parts of a whole”. Fritz—along with a host of other artists at this year’s Fringe—wants to challenge these received ideas of romance. His title is a reference to that ultimate will-they-won’t-they fictional couple of the nineties and noughties, and a nod to his fascination with how love is presented on screen. Ross & Rachel poses the question of what happens after riding off into the sunset with The One, imagining the reality once the credits have finished rolling. “If we’re supposed to believe that they live happily ever after, what does that feel like?” asks Fritz. “When your whole identity, your biggest success in life, is tied up in getting with another person, what does that do to you?”

Kate Goodfellow, director of Tumbling After, is less interested in the language of love than in what it looks like. The inspiration for the show came during last year’s festival, when she stumbled across an Instagram montage of a couple in different positions in bed. “I just started thinking about how so much can be told about a relationship by the proximity of their bodies,” Goodfellow remembers. From there, she began reflecting on her own relationships – both good and bad. “So much of the show is inspired by my terrible choices,” she confesses. In an age of sharing and comparing, there’s even more pressure on those choices. “We live in a society of updates and upgrades,” says Goodfellow, “and we’re so quick to point out each other’s flaws.” Jess Latowicki, one half of Made in China theatre, agrees: “Now you’re not just living up to unrealistic expectations of what Hollywood is trying to sell us, you’re living up to the unrealistic expectations of what other people’s lives are. We publicise our private selves and they’re not our actual selves.” Tim Cowbury, Latowicki’s partner in both art and life, stresses that their show Tonight I’m Gonna Be


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the New Me is not about social media or Hollywood movies, “but under the surface of it are questions about how we try and live up to the expectations those things might give us about how we should be”. The show uses aspects of Latowicki and Cowbury’s own relationship to explore bigger themes about how we relate to one another; Cowbury describes it as being “about how we make room for other people when we’re hell-bent on being the heroes of our own lives”. On that list of expectations and pressures, marriage ranks pretty high. But why are we still so hung up on getting hitched? In light of equal marriage legislation, Moving Dust’s This Much (or an Act of Violence Towards the Institution of Marriage) asks just that. “Getting married is the thing you’re supposed to do to legitimise a relationship,” says writer John Fitzpatrick, “so we look at equal marriage and we go, ‘oh, we’re finally growing up as a queer culture’, but there’s a lot of worry about that because then you’re assimilating into a culture which not so long ago was excluding you.”

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“We live in a society of updates and upgrades and we’re so quick to point out each other’s flaws” Fitzpatrick’s protagonist is a gay man who feels the pressure of fitting in, realising the hard way that just because he can get married doesn’t necessarily mean he should. And in the same way that Ross & Rachel deconstructs the language of love, This Much breaks down its symbolism – specifically, the cake and confetti of the big white wedding. Director Kate Sagovsky describes the show as taking place in “a perverted wedding disco where everything’s gone wrong and the whole set gets destroyed, but to an amazing wedding playlist”. Like Tumbling After, it also explores the physicality of love, looking at “how we form our relationships through our bodies”. Similarly, Goodfellow hopes to use movement to cut through all the myth, cliché and pressure of modern love, aspiring instead towards honesty. She’s returned to that first image of a couple in bed, using the recurring stage picture of characters lying next to one another to communicate everything that words can’t. “Rather than have my characters talk about the disintegration of their relationship in a really wanky conversation, all you need to see is their relationship in bed change,” insists Goodfellow.

“Without them saying anything, so much can be read”. For Made in China, interrogating relationships onstage comes with the added complication of their own offstage relationship. “We’ve started calling ourselves in the show ‘Show Tim’ and ‘Show Jess’,” says Cowbury, with a smile, stressing the importance of separating art and life. Latowicki remembers another interview, in which she was asked if she had any tips for couples who want to work together. Her answer? “Don’t work together”. But while it’s exposing to put so much of themselves on stage, the pair found that the subject of relationships became unavoidable. “To be honest,” says Cowbury, “if we could have made the show about anything else, I think we would have.” The same impulse—the feeling that this needs to be talked about—animates all of these theatre-makers. At the same time, though, the old love stories remain seductive. “We’re loathe to criticise it too much or burst that myth,” suggests Fritz. “It’s the same thing when we buy a lottery ticket: we want to think that part of our lives will be solved by a thunderbolt.” “I’m not here to demonise relationships,” insists Goodfellow, a statement that might speak for all of these shows. It’s more about puncturing that myth, emptying some of love’s uglier language onto the stage. Or, as Latowicki puts it, “it feels weird to love someone sometimes, and that’s not talked about”. ✏︎ Catherine Love

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Bridget Christie:

A Voice of One’s Own In less than three years Bridget Christie has gone from an anonymous circuit veteran to one of the most critically-acclaimed standups in the country. But, as she tells Sam Friedman, she’s only just starting to find her voice

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t’s just not quite interesting enough yet”, says Bridget Christie wistfully, looking out to the Kingdom of Fife from a sunny window seat high above York Place. She’s just emerged, restless and self-critical, from the first performance of her new show, A Book for Her. I’m wondering whether I was in the same show. The performance I’ve just seen, like almost all of her run at this year’s Fringe, was a complete sell-out and afterwards a small army of adorers queue politely to buy Christie’s debut book (of the same name). If anything the new show only seems to build on Christie’s remarkable recent trajectory, a three-year purple patch that has seen her bag almost every award in comedy, including of course the 2013 Edinburgh Comedy Award. Yet despite the obvious momentum Christie is unnervingly self-effacing. “Where I’m at with my comedy is that I did a lot of absurd, silly character

stuff that didn’t really mean anything about anything and then I wanted to talk about things that mattered to me. And I’ve got the confidence to do that now. But the next thing is – how do I do comedy about stuff that’s important to me that’s not so explicit or straightforward?” The “end point”, she confides, is to emulate the Dutch absurdist Hans Teeuwen, her comedy hero. It’s the ambiguity of Teeuwen’s political position-taking that fascinates Christie, his bravery to inhabit disturbing and provocative characters and then dare his audiences to trust his intentions. “I’m a long way behind Hans,” she admits. “I feel like a real newbie. Not to say that the last 10 years weren’t important, because all of that needed to happen, but…” Christie’s career has certainly followed a fairly unusual trajectory. She initially trained as an actor but a decade ago, after several unhappy years, decided to try her hand at standup. Humour had always


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been an important part of her life, she explains, rooted in a “strongly socialist” Irish-Catholic upbringing. The youngest of nine in a close-knit, working-class family she describes a peculiarly absurdist bent to her and her siblings’ sense of humour, a style that strongly influenced her early surreal character comedy. But it was the decision to take her work in a more overtly political direction that really signalled the turning point in Christie’s career. Her 2013 and 2014 Edinburgh shows, A Bic for Her and An Ungrateful Woman, which both tackled themes of contemporary sexism and misogyny, were big critical successes and acted as springboards for sell-out national tours. What is perhaps particularly extraordinary about Christie’s ascent is that its been achieved with almost no TV profile. This, she explains in her book, is not for want of trying – a string of scripts have now been turned down by both BBC2 and BBC4. This seems inexplicable, suspicious even, considering her unprecedented acclaim in recent years. She shies away from conspiracy theories, but does admit it might have something to do with a resolute refusal to alter her style or politics for a TV audience. When she appeared on Have I Got News For You?, host Jack Dee introduced her as “a woman who collected her Foster’s comedy award wearing a ‘No More Page 3’ T-shirt, but got a bigger round of applause when she took it off”. Christie asked them to change the intro, arguing the joke depended on the audience knowing that she was a feminist comedian, which most of them wouldn’t. The show refused and Christie promptly wrote to say she would never appear again. Anyway, she says, “I don’t think I’m very good on formats that require me to talk over people or in soundbites, and maybe they don’t want someone with a really defined voice on a panel show – but I’m 45. I’m not willing to change who I am.” While most of the buzz around Christie has focused around her feminist politics, it’s notable that this year’s show is more wide-ranging – tackling issues of race, class and gender. There’s Nigel Farage the character comedian, Ban Ki-moon the secret misogynist, and a glorious juxtaposition of Jeremy Clarkson and a tampon. Like all Christie’s comedy, the show turns effortlessly from earnest critique to surreal nonsense. But it’s never hectoring and, like Christie in person, full of warmth. Christie is optimistic that a new generation of political comics are starting to break through – and expresses admiration for standups like Katherine Ryan, Liam Williams and particularly Aamer Rahman (“he’s angry and he doesn’t give a fuck!”). But she also says she’s frustrated by the increasingly narrow routes into

British comedy and how this is impacting the way young comics think about their material. “If you want to do comedy you have to go to London, but with crazy rents you can forget about it unless you’ve got parents who can help you out, or a really good day job. But if you don’t want a dayjob, you have to make it work. And you’re probably thinking I’m not going to make this financially viable by dressing as an ant or talking about alienating things. “So it’s hard right now to talk about politics, it’s not an easy sell. People don’t necessarily want to hear it. It’s like trying to throw not-quite-cooked spaghetti at a wall, not only does it not quite stick but people don’t really know what spaghetti is.” This, though, is exactly what makes Christie special. Where others might be content to bask, she keeps pushing – pushing form and planting her politics within a framework of stylistic innovation and flourish. “First I think, ‘can I tell a joke about a topic?’ And then I think, ‘how else can I do it? How else can I say it?’ And that’s why I love standup. It’s so open, it can be anything, it never ends. And that is so attractive.” ✏︎ Sam Friedman

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Matt Trueman

Are we over the idea of bankers as baddies yet? Just maybe, thank god. A bit. Half and half. Ish. Andy Duffy’s monologue Crash offers a rounded portrait of a hedge fund manager: tough, self-certain, unshowy, anxious, possessive. To what end, however, it’s never quite clear. Jamie Michie’s trader sits on a slick office chair, its metal frame glinting in the stage lights. He stares out at us, tugs at his crisp white collar and rolls his head on his neck. His eyes never settle. He’s restless, twitchy, not quite in control. This is a man in shock. Behind him, the floor rears up like a tidal wave. A year before Lehman Brothers went down, he lost his wife in a car accident. Within weeks, he was back at his desk, monitoring the markets. He starts meditating with a spiritual guide who insists that we’re responsible for everything that happens to us, then meets someone else, a bookseller called Kate, and, months later, he’s set up his own hedge fund, investing more than a million – a chunk of it his own. Duffy resists the idea that we can blame the bankers. There is, he suggests, a difference between responsibility and culpability. You can cause your own murder, for example, but the murderer’s still to blame. Likewise, the financial sector might not be entirely liable for the financial crash it forged. What happened was essentially unavoidable – barely perceptible, let alone predictable. The crash was, in a sense, inevitable. Throughout the piece there’s a sense of something impending. The trader keeps catching things out of the corner of his eye. You picture his car crash – something coming out of nowhere, unseen until it’s too late. The same goes for the markets, and the same goes for Kate, who’s friendly—too friendly, perhaps—with her boss Gerald. Can you cause something that happens to you? Can you be blamed for not spotting the signs? These are strong, slippery questions, but they’re largely clouded by a text that doesn’t entirely signal its intentions. Duffy’s writing—so many single sentences swimming in silence—can be heavy and hesitant, and Emma Callander’s production gets bogged down with the regret and grief of a man picking over the bones of his life, trying to make sense of where things went wrong. If this is what traders turn into, who’d be a banker? Graduate company Engineer Theatre ask exactly that in RUN, following four interns vying for jobs at a top investment bank over a 10-week trial. Between scenes they stretch and flex like sprinters on the starting line. Make no mistake, they’re not colleagues, but competitors. Last one standing gets the contract. RUN’s a character piece. There’s Lawrence (Al

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Jarrett), the public school prat with a tailored suit and an uncle in-house; Ana (Gabriella Margulies), a flinty, unscrupulous Bosnian; gentle, ethical, Northern nice guy Tim (Joseph Sentance) and Caroline (Charlotte Watson), socially anxious, provincial and driven. We see snapshots of their summer’s work: inductions and nightclubs, deadlines and cock-ups. It tends to retreat into standard workplace comedy, rather than really refining its point and as such, it’s largely generic. Anyone familiar with the milk round will already have a sense of this internship culture: long hours, menial tasks and institutional hierarchies. In 2013, a Bank of America intern died after working 72 hours straight, desperate to impress. RUN never moves beyond knee-jerk opposition or tries to understand the job’s (or the salary’s) appeal. Why do these twentysomethings want to become bankers? Why does the job prove so seductive and what’s the impact on a wider scale? Because wealth and poverty are relative. They exist cheek by jowl, as George Orwell made clear in Down and Out in Paris and London, his autobiographical account of life below the breadline in both cities. After living on less than eight francs a day, Orwell—or Eric Blair as he was then—took a backbreaking job in a restaurant kitchen, dishing up dinners that cost more than his day’s pay. The stroke of genius, here, is to meld Orwell’s memoir with Guardian journalist Polly Toynbee’s 2003

book Hard Work, which documents her stint in social housing, working minimum wage jobs. Both accounts gain currency against the backdrop of recession and benefit cuts. The sum total is a galling account of daily life in poverty – a life that’s too easily ignored, but one that never entirely disappears. “They have been here forever,” says Orwell, of those grinding out a day-today existence, where simply surviving, earning just enough to eat, takes all one’s time and energy. Plus, the poor pay more, exploited for their desperation. It’s a message echoed by the form, as Orwell walks out of one door and Toynbee walks straight in a whole century later. Byrne’s staging—co-directed with Kate Stanley—is incredibly fleet of foot, whipping between scenes with supreme efficiency. If anything, it’s too speedy, and dashing to cram two full-length books into a single hour means skimming details in the process. It describes poverty, without letting you see or feel it and never pauses in self-reflection. What, for example, are the ethics of middle-class writers slumming it for their next bestseller? Or, indeed, the ethics of playing a piece about extreme poverty in a festival like the Fringe, where tickets go for well over Toynbee and Orwell’s daily budget. That rather sticks in the craw – almost enough to make you wonder whether our blind eyes make us every bit as bad as the bankers. ✏︎ Matt Trueman


COMEDY CRITIC

John Stansfield

When Bridget Christie won the Edinburgh Comedy Award Main Prize in 2013 for A Bic for Her, she became only the third female act ever to do so. Litres of ink were expended claiming a watershed moment for feminist comedy, with Adrienne Truscott also winning the Panel Prize for her show Asking for It: A One-Lady Rape About Comedy Starring Her Pussy and Little Else! Of course it was great that these excellent shows were recognised. But that year there was only one other show by a woman nominated in any of the award categories. That woman was Aisling Bea with her show C’est la Bea – and last year the status quo was reinstated with three male winners and only three female nominees (not forgetting one member of Gein’s Family Giftshop). Bea’s follow up show, Plan Bea, is a recollection of how she came to be, where she feels she is, and the idea of shame as an inhibitor. Bea grew up in Kildare, raised on a healthy diet of Catholicism, shame tactics and a lot of American TV – primarily the exploits of Mitch and co. in Baywatch. She dreamed of being an actress but really just wanted to be an American. She achieved one of these goals by appearing in a pirate rock band’s music video as the token wench straight out of drama school. It wasn’t quite what she’d hoped for. The shame she felt from such a starring role, the realisation of the hollow nature of “show business”, and the side step into stand up (she refers to this as her “Plan B”) form much of the show’s backbone. In working her way through it, Bea works the crowd brilliantly. As the crowd’s energy is sapped by the sauna that is the Gilded Balloon Dining Room, Bea keeps her cool – hell, she’s even written messages on paper plates to hand out to over-heated audience members for use as makeshift fans. Her ending, in which she owns her own shame by showing the pirate video to her captives, raises the roof. Hoping to gain at least a Best Newcomer nod with her first hour-long show is Lolly Adefope’s show Lolly. Perfectly dissecting the open mic scene, she sketches a variety of performers from the community centre of an unnamed town – all hosted by hyper-confident Brummie Wendy Parks. She neatly fleshes out the various sadsacks and extroverts who litter the corridors of comedy clubs with big dreams and material thinner than gossamer. But she does so with a humanity and care not usually seen in a character comic. In the end, the audience are asked to vote for a winner. It’s a difficult choice between ‘girl-next-door-who-

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festmag.co.uk won’t-leave-you-alone’ Gemma; Horold (definitely not “Harold”), the down on his luck absentee father of John Legend; performer “X” who refuses gender and blames the government for everything – oh, and the stage-fright afflicted Lolly Adefope. The latter is

Reviews

“Massive Dad skirt hotbutton issues with a light touch”

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certainly the winner on the night and may yet pick up more accolades come the end of the festival. Massive Dad may have to wait for their time in the Comedy Award sun as their show clocks in at under

the 50 minute cut-off point. Leaving the audience wanting more has never been a bad tactic and in their tremendously choreographed and inventive sketch show Massive Dad 2.0: Step Up 2 Massive Dad they most certainly do just that. Opening with a sketch that so perfectly parodies the way advertisements degrade women it should be shown in schools, they continue to skirt hot-button issues with a light touch and a subversive slant. It’s tightly-written and exceptionally executed stuff and the trio of Stevie Martin, Tessa Coates and Liz Kingsman don’t fall into the easy groove of usual sketch dynamics, instead letting the scripts speak for themselves. The only problem is the shorter running time. After watching the group hit their stride, the abrupt ending is a disappointment. But as disappointments go, it’s not the worst. ✏︎ John Stansfield


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Emma Sidi The comedian isn't here to satirise or parody, but to indulge an absurd, creative sensibility HHHH PAGE 30

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Brett Goldstein «««« A master storyteller with no answers, but plenty of fascinating, drug-fuelled questions

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Feministing «««« Megan Ford takes an hammer to the partriarchy, landing blow after hilarious blow

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Brett Goldstein Burning Man HHHH VENUE: TIME:

Less satire than a vehicle for absurd, restless creativity. This is character comedy at its oddest

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Andrew Doyle «««« Unstructured, tangential, whimsical and utterly hilarious. Doyle seems well en route to his creative peak

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Dane Baptiste «««« He'll happily admit to overthinking things. But it seems to be working – a comedian nailing his stuff

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Pleasance Courtyard 9:30pm – 10:30pm 5–31 Aug, not 17 £9.50 – £11

Racing into the room in an ultraviolet headdress with neon wristbands and glow sticks, to the thumping of a generic dance track, Brett Goldstein starts his show with a rare burst of energy. The softly spoken standup explains that the reason he decided to start the show in such a manner is because he doesn't really know how to start a comedy show. He's not wrong. After dispensing with a risky-looking stag party, he goes into the story of how drugs have had a positive influence on his life. A tricky task that Goldstein himself admits, due to the cautionary tales so often associated with mind-altering drugs. He starts slowly but rarely breaks his easy-going gait, meaning the audience will follow him anywhere – even through scatological

practices with his imagined wife, and the tricky waters of Cosby and Saville. Goldstein is a master storyteller, who follows comfortably through his subjects with an ease that most comedians would kill for. This makes his journey from his first inadvertently taken ecstasy pill to his mistaken heroin binge all the more easy to swallow; a not-sosafe-for-kids message of ‘drugs are bad, but they're also wicked’. The whole show culminates in a trip to San Francisco's hippy mecca Burning Man, to rediscover what it is to make comedy after a mother's well meaning question was received with such existentialism. Goldstein might not find all the answers, but you'll love listening to him ask the questions. ✏︎ John Stansfield


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Though a reliably brilliant performer, Andrew Doyle's shows often prove uncomfortable affairs in which he struggles to strike a balance between the audience interaction at which he excels and the narrative demands placed on Fringe acts. The appropriately named MINIMALISM!, however,

Megan Ford Feminasty HHHH VENUE: TIME:

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It's ironic—if telling—that when you first start typing ‘Megan Ford’ into Google you're instantly hit with an influx of stuff about Megan Fox, an actress who clearly gets googled rather a lot (most of it searches for saucy images, presumably). This is Ford's focus, the treatment of women in modern media, particularly here and in the States. The now London-based American comic sports a sleeveless shirt (not a ‘wife-beater’, no) that sums up this show's aims pretty succinctly: “Well, the patriarchy isn't going to fuck itself.” Indeed, and this is a surprisingly accessible way to start fucking it, although the stupendous Ford isn't afraid to abruptly cut the laughs mid-routine by wielding the

sees him work with a self-consciously threadbare premise, and could be his finest offering to date. Over 30 minutes into the show, he declares himself on a mission to break all conventions of standup. That he doesn't do anything quite so drastic is immaterial. This is the work of a man temporarily disregarding the rulebook, if not exactly throwing it away. The key to its success is that the comedian's protracted reflections on Gandhi and a difficult gig at the Gibraltar Fringe are barely engaging in themselves. Instead they serve as anchors for a series of inventive tangents, each more waspish than the last.

mighty hammer of unpleasant truth. A bewilderingly confident comic, singer, writer, actress, rapper – you name it – Ford gives a masterclass in how to run a character show here: she marches on like a regular standup, uses sketches to illustrate the overall theme, and some excellent piped-in audio skits for the tricky changing-backstage moments. Those characters veer from a right-wing potential congresswoman to a teen vlogger, all surfing different aspects of sexist awfulness: internet trolls, patronising interviewers, stay-home-tostay-safe advice. Ford is brash and frenetic but there are depths to her seemingly daft personas, well-observed behavioural quirks and linguistic tics that, admittedly, won't be picked up by everyone, what with sections of the audience looking slightly shellshocked. Everyone should pick up the excellent fanzine she gives away at the end though, a lovingly crafted bit of homework, because an hour just isn't enough to change the world. ✏︎ Si Hawkins

Doyle presents himself as a gay caricature in a manner that's both empowering and self-deprecating. The sneering contempt with which he dismisses heterosexuality as “vile” is absurd, yet his bitchiness remains somehow authoritative to the point where the audience can be manipulated in accordance with his will. His current approach may prove too scattershot for some tastes, but Doyle has clearly arrived at a creative peak where imposing any more structure upon his talent would be to inhibit it. ✏︎ Lewis Porteous

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Dane Baptiste Reasonable Doubts HHHH VENUE: TIME:

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Pleasance Courtyard 7:15pm – 8:15pm 5–30 Aug, not 17 £11 – £13

Dane Baptiste begins his show with a plethora of quick-fire race jokes— each better and just as ridiculously offensive as the last—but ensures no one is actually offended by keeping everyone too busy laughing. He manages to make obvious jokes funny, playing on the irony but keeping the quality and upping the stakes each time. A genuinely fresh approach to an ancient subject matter works well and the audience is instantly on board. He then ploughs into thoughtprovoking material and leaves the offensive behind – instead, he is almost matter-of-fact. He rolls out simple statements that on their own are innocuous but

Candy Gigi Chicken Soup HHHH VENUE: TIME:

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Heroes @ The Hive 3:30pm – 4:05pm 7–31 Aug, not 11, 18, 25 £5

Looking for love is a familiar trope in Edinburgh comedy shows. Comedians’ hours are antisocial—read that as perma-single—so it's an easily relatable topic, and there's plenty of scope for individual anecdotes as well as the broader familiar themes. Have the lovelorn idea intersect with a clown,

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accumulated become powerful and persuasive. The jokes are almost an afterthought. Throughout, Baptiste manages to avoid sounding preachy, even during the religious bits. He has some interesting points to make; sensible ones. It almost feels coincidental that they are so funny; some of them really shouldn't be. He allows everyone to forget to feel guilty about laughing as he compares the ludicrous nature of war to celebrity culture. Baptiste admits to overthinking

some things but it is definitely to his credit – he shares his thoughts openly and without fear of being judged, and even does a bit of judging himself along the way. He delivers high-end, absorbing comedy without holding back on the laughs. He gets big ones, but shrugs them off and proceeds to hammer home his points, allowing each line to sit for just long enough before hitting it again, making sure he killed it. ✏︎ Graeme Connelly

unafraid to switch without warning between gleefully terrifying and sharply absurd, and you're left with something truly unusual. Framed loosely within the construct of a romantic date with a member of the audience, Chicken Soup doesn't so much feed the soul as threaten it at knifepoint. Candy Gigi woos her potential paramour with a heady mix of music, dance, dinner and menace. With a controlled edge of hysteria, Gigi doesn't shy from making herself appear crudely grotesque and almost demonic at times. Not for the weak-stomached, Gigi demands we step into her world of skewed Jewish family ambitions

and surreal co-stars. Commit and you will be rewarded. Fortunately, this tightrope balancing act is held together with a steely commitment to her persona and a real and vulnerable likeability. It's not new to use anger and desperation to elicit laughs, but this is done with such aggression and yet a deft touch that this is one of the finer examples of the technique. Gigi won the Malcolm Hardee award for comic originality last year, and it's easy to see why with her Machiavellian manipulation of tension and relief. Intense, anarchic, and near-hysterical shows are a gem in the Fringe. This is one. ✏︎ Victoria Nangle


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LetLuce Sea Men (A Naval Tale) HHHH VENUE:

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Just the Tonic at the Caves (Salvation Rooms) 4:00pm – 5:00pm 6–29 Aug, not 18 FREE

It's difficult to measure how much work goes into Letty Butler and Lucy Pearman's partnership. Certainly, the script and production values found here suggest an almost insulting lack of effort has been made to follow up last year's acclaimed debut, Show Pony. A narrative show, it's largely devoid of plot and bursting with underwritten non sequiturs. There's no depth to its main characters beyond their names, Captain and Fish respectively, nor are their actions ever threatened or compromised. It's tempting to suggest that Butler and Pearman triumph by virtue of inherent comic ability, but what Sea Men presents us with is far more sophisticated than may first be apparent. No matter how offbeat or sloppy their performance, everything the women do is governed by a robust internal logic.They've very carefully mapped out their own world and can comfortably experiment without compromising its parameters of possibility. This is not a sketch show, but their fluid take on reality means they present us with unrelated comic vignettes whenever best serves the piece's overall rhythm. A conventional double act can be glimpsed in Captain's grimacing, deadpan interactions with the airheaded Fish, but the real joy of this deeply idiosyncratic offering is that it gets a room full of people laughing, many of whom would be hard pressed to explain why. ✏︎ Lewis Porteous

Emma Sidi Character Breakdown HHHH VENUE: TIME:

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Pleasance Courtyard 8:00pm – 9:00pm 5–31 Aug, not 18 £7 – £9

It's telling that the first creation we encounter here speaks in an unrecognisable, made-up accent. Detached from whatever preconceptions may be associated with specific geographical regions, the audience is forced to interpret her monologue as character comedy in the purest sense. We recognise some of her mannerisms and turns of phrase, but the woman is no stereotype. She's a detailed, lovingly crafted oddball. Emma Sidi will later revive her and offer a surreal explanation for these baffling vocal inflections, but ‘Britta’ remains an entirely original construct. The comedian isn't here to satirise or parody, but to indulge an absurd, creative sensibility. When she does present us with nationalised

characters, it's to exploit the humour inherent in their dialects. A Spanish lecturer delivers an expressive, passionate sermon on the Harry Potter series’ feminist agenda, before an American whines about the travails of raising children. Neither is defined by their intonation, which simply complements a pre-existing catalogue of grotesque traits. Performing bizarre, expressive dance between skits, Sidi fluidly transitions from character to character and ensures her energy doesn't flag over the hour. The former Cambridge Footlight performs with controlled grace, while her writing is so rich and rewarding that some gags are found buried beneath the audience's laughter. ✏︎ Lewis Porteous


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Elephant HHH VENUE: TIME:

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Pleasance Courtyard 5:50pm – 6:50pm 5–30 Aug, not 17 £10 – £12

Would you take on Sarah Callaghan in an arm wrestle? No problem. Would you turn your back on her in a street fight? Damn right you wouldn't. Nor should you sit in the front row unless you are well prepared for her to pull a verbal razor blade from her trainer and cut you a new laugh hole. The way Callaghan bounces in and out of the crowd is wondrous

Joseph Morpurgo Soothing Sounds For Baby HHH VENUE: TIME:

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Pleasance Courtyard 8:15pm – 9:15pm 5–31 Aug, not 18 £8.50 – £10.50

and it seems to genuinely delight her to do it. She manages to be warmly affectionate and viciously aggressive at the same time. She is angry at the world for the way it treats her but is prepared to change if the world will change too. Just don't step on her trainers. The word "geezer" almost fits but doesn't do her any justice. Part of her charm is how Callaghan impersonates the more well-to-do and the lower end of the social spectrum with equal skill and disdain – she is not a class snob, she hates everyone. Healthy smatterings of cheap gags are spaced throughout but serve to disarm the audience for the well delivered big laughs. Hard to predict, she ducks and dives her way through each bit artfully and with a delicate style that is

on the edge of character comedy but manages to feel authentic nonetheless. This is the real Sarah Callaghan: she is dangerously funny; if she can just keep the danger and increase the funny, she will be deadly. ✏︎ Graeme Connelly

Musical comedy is never in short supply at the Fringe, but truly original approaches to the genre don't come along often. Joseph Morpurgo should therefore be congratulated, not only for the immediately evident uniqueness of Soothing Sounds For Baby, but for the consistent comic success it achieves. The multi-talented Morpurgo frames the show as a bizarrely awkward episode of Desert Island Discs, exposing himself to the increasingly brutal interrogation by an unseen, remixed Kirsty Young. This serves as a launching pad for a deceptively ambitious narrative, embracing the myriad oddities of secondhand vinyl, the pain of young love denied, and the many ways music can affect us. As Morpurgo takes us through his chosen records, subjecting them to unexpected and frequently hilarious reinterpretation, what initially appears as merely a series

of themed sketches builds into something more personal. Morpurgo has a knack for assuming a new personality with each album he considers, and while some are stronger than others, such reinventions never lessen the sincerity of his overall message. His imagination is also evident in other ways: many of the cheesy old LPs offer easy targets, but Morpurgo generally avoids them for less obvious sources of humour (an A.A. Milne audiobook, for example, is evocatively transformed into a Lovecraftian tale of the macabre, with surprisingly little alteration). Some unremarkable audience interaction yields the show's most predictable moments, but never sinks the strength of Morpurgo's material. As an experimental approach to musical comedy, Soothing Sounds For Baby succeeds where it matters. ✏︎ Sean Bell

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Six Stars HHH VENUE: TIME:

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The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4 7:40pm – 8:40pm 6–20 Aug £12

It's difficult to consider Michael Che's performance a success when he over-runs by 20 tense minutes, during which time he quizzes locals on where best to score weed and reduces a young woman to tears through increasingly mean-spirited audience interaction. Generally distracted and unable to locate a laugh big enough to end on, he finally settles for a pathetic whimper. Not good, right? The thing is, the man spent the preceding hour excelling at

The Pin Ten Seconds With The Pin ««« VENUE: TIME:

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Pleasance Dome 7:00pm – 8:00pm 10–31 Aug, not 17, 24 £9 – £11

Sketch comedy offers a smorgasbord of flavours in a single hour, able to take us anywhere in a flash for a punchline and then move on. It's this freeform potential that beckons modern-age butterfly attention spans, which is why it's enjoyable to see The Pin jump from one engaging scenario to another without preciousness or a second thought.

the kind of loosely structured, informal set few can pull off. He may have worked his way through every clichéd subject at a black US comedian's disposal, but his takes were always inventive and frequently hilarious. So much so that his destructive trailing off was practically earned. Best known for his appearances on Saturday Night Live and The Daily Show, here Che demonstrates a surprising lack of ego and political awareness. He frequently makes contentious remarks, only to follow them up with statements intended to portray himself in an ignorant light. For example, when dead-panning his support for Donald Trump's presidential candidacy, his blinkered interest in character politics ensures we don't take him seriously. Likewise, a reprehensibly transphobic remark about Caitlyn Jenner is filtered through the ludi-

The Pin's chief asset is the clear long-time relationship between stars Alex and Ben. The slick writing and ambitious multimedia is shot through with a seam of the pair's joint humour, running from silly to clever to just plain random. They choreograph this with a familiarity that comes from hours of practice and a genuine fondness. The sensitivity to their own art form is also deliciously playful, leading to snapshots of a more meta show entirely, yet doesn't linger too long away from the next scene. The duo frame the show as joint compere, introducing sketches by titles, blackout, and sometimes— enjoyably—from personal context. There's a sneaky fun in seeing

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crous lens of pop culture so that it becomes possibly even charming. There are undoubtedly safer, more consistent shows on offer across Edinburgh, but few talents as mercurial as Che's. ✏︎ Lewis Porteous

glimpses of the happy comedy life they must live together – an exercise not new, but still freshly performed. It's tight, with props at a minimum but with maximum effect – whether it's a blanket or a “pointy stick” – and they're not afraid to abandon a scene after a single big-fun punchline. Always a gratifying move and testament to good editing. Equally, The Pin is brave enough to explore and re-explore the potential of a single scene. Not that this always leads to consistent quality in the variations, but that hardly matters when the next version is only moments away. ✏︎ Victoria Nangle


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Fern Brady People Are Idiots HHH VENUE: TIME:

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The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4 12:10pm – 1:10pm 6–30 Aug, not 17 £10 – £12

Fern Brady would not seem out of place shouting at strangers at 3am on the night bus. Life hasn't been hard on her, it's the people around her that get her so vexed. If it's not her parents it's her boyfriend, or her co-workers, or the audience members or the sound technician at the back of the room. You get the idea. She isn't afraid to scream at someone if they are upsetting her. Thankfully it's not too unnerving and her—mostly—Scottish accent lends itself well to her angry disposition (despite the fact she would probably think that's racist). Problems with Brady's family come up time and again. She is clearly angry with her parents. It could be that it's all their fault. Sort

Ali Brice Eric Meat Has No Proof, Only Memories of Pasta ««« VENUE: TIME:

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Heroes @ The Hive 1:30pm - 2:20pm 10–30 Aug £5

In a market saturated by riskfree comedy, shows such as Eric Meat Has No Proof, Only Memories of Pasta (performed by Ali Brice) can offer a unique appeal. Through a series of characters, he guides us through the eponymous Mr Meat's search

of like teenage angst if she wasn't in her late twenties. Fortunately, whatever twisted internal mess they left has made her funny. She mocks herself unashamedly and goes off on mini rants regularly. The workings of her brain are pure fantasy but she blends it well with simple tales of her life, while deftly avoiding the easy jokes. Brady knows she needs to calm down. She employs techniques

to help her and even demonstrates these for the audience in a hate-filled meditation bit that is devastatingly funny, although she does find it difficult to stand still for two consecutive seconds. Also, a scripted section retelling her experiences with dating apps is decidedly above par. Brady's emerging confidence gives her an unusual edge that can only get sharper. ✏︎ Graeme Connelly

for his absconded wife. It's an odd experience, but he sells the oddities convincingly enough that we want to remain in his world of personalities for as long as he's embodying them. Whilst his abstract style has its charms, it doesn't completely dispel the aforementioned risks that absurdist humour carries: the story is disjointed and the jokes often feel eccentric for the sake of eccentricity. Brice doesn't so much stray into wackiness as envelope his audience in it throughout. He's amongst the seated observors as often as he is in front of them, to the point where the audience's role is more

participatory than spectatory. The voices are lively, the props are inventive and the costumes are charmingly silly, but it's all in service of an unsatisfying plot. It's more a series of successive events than an interconnected storyline, which isn't consoldated by enough witty material. Brice is more a merchant of empathy than humour, and he does succeed in creating instantly intriguing characters. The shortcomings of the show lie in his failure to employ them in aid of any real satire or story, and the result is an array of contrived idiosyncracies dotted amongst amusing monologues and passable plotting. ✏︎ Matthew Sharpe


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Alice Fraser Savage HHH VENUE:

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Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters 7:30pm – 8:25pm 6–31 Aug FREE

The ‘Big Idea’ behind the latest Disney Pixar film, Inside Out, is that behind our eyes, five cutely personified emotions control our lives. The ‘Big Lesson’ is that sadness should not be sidelined or supressed, but is in fact every bit as important and formative as joy, fear, anger or disgust. If we could peer through Alice Fraser's feline

eyes, we would see sadness enthusiastically pushing the buttons and pulling the levers. Savage is the kind of show that happens when a smart and talented comedian tackles the extreme and painful suffering of a family member. It trades guffaws for insights into how art can fleetingly transpose pain into beauty. It sparks the occasional muted laugh of a complex idea—on the nature of faith and belief, say—taking root in the audience thanks to a perfectly poised bit of prose. It is, ultimately, done a disservice by the necessarily reductionist demands of the Fringe programme; Savage sits uneasily within the comedy strand, eyeing up the spoken word section instead.

WOMANz Jou're Welcome HHH VENUE: TIME:

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Gilded Balloon 6:45pm – 7:35pm 5–31 Aug, not 19 £9 – £10

If dance-comedy as a medium stretches back to Paris circa 1830 and the emergence of the can-can, then its century-spanning chrysalis appears to have morphed it into a carnal jubilee of arm-flailing, crotch-grabbing and infectious silliness. That's if WOMANz is anything to go by.

The stage persona of Australian comic Tessa Waters, WOMANz falls into an awkward middle ground between dancing that's good enough to be spectacle and limb-thrashing obviously intended as satire. The line between character and performer is tricky to distinguish, at least within the canon of the show, but essentially she's an exuberant free spirit who expresses her emotions (from joy to sexual frustration and back again) through increasingly frenetic tangos, sambas and freestyles.

Fraser gives us a glimpse of what would happen should sadness cede her control panel over to the emotions that normally power comedy: joy (it looks like a smart-arse talking banjo, folks), anger and disgust (both saved for someone who tells her he “believes God heals” while her mum has wasted away for decades). Fear doesn't get much of a look in. But it is sadness that gives the show its clarity and its purpose. And it is the reason why people leave early. For some, this is a Big Lesson too far. For the rest, it earns Fraser well-deserved hugs if not uproarious laughter. ✏︎ Edd McCracken

It's thematically bare but the goofiness is contagious; she makes herself vulnerable to her audience and they respond with empathy. Often it feels like an extended warm-up act, with seemingly spontaneous asides unravelling into entire skits, leading to the unfortunate realisation that they are, in fact, the show. The appeal stems more from her charming idiosyncracies than any constructed punchlines, and this wears thin once we've experienced the character and want to see her whimsy disposed in service of something more concrete. It's a display of endearing inanity that gets audiences dancing (at the behest of WOMANz, to be clear) but never fully blossoms into much more than vacuous hoopla. It has the potential to transcend that, but though there's style, there's not much substance. ✏︎ Matthew Sharpe

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Ed Eales-White and Jon Pointing. Those are the names of the men who form brand new sketch act Bucket. They ooze competence and are engaging performers, but little else can be said about them. With one playing the part of an uptight misanthrope while the other trades in irritating, naïve exuberance, each conforms to their

in a manner akin to being asked if you want to speak to an operator. It's TV-friendly, reliable material, but never original enough to derive genuine regalement. Despite this, the musical interludes are inspired and refreshing. The song breaks cover most of the same well-trodden comedic ground as the standup, but with such verve (and pitch-perfect singing) that they transcend the observational checklist to which the rest of the show is tied. Raps

about testes, ballads about emojis; the preceding jokes only serve as a substantive introduction to the real, musical highlights. Bede was named as The Observer's rising star of 2015, and it's not hard to imagine her performing to mainstream audiences soon. For now, though, her show remains a solid, if trite, discernment of the travails of nightclubs, relationships, modern music and whatever else she expects to strike the biggest chord.

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strength of their material itself, for the scenarios they've come up with are mostly memorable. From an opening skit in which two aggressively sex-obsessed medieval army leaders prepare for battle, to several involving an eccentric green grocer, Eales-White and Pointing prove themselves capable of distinctive, off-the-wall writing. The trouble is they haven't yet worked out the personas best capable of translating it to the stage. As such, there's little here to elevate this new act above their competition in an already overcrowded market place. ✏︎ Lewis Porteous

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assigned comedy archetype so rigidly that any sense of genuine personality is masked. So too is whatever chemistry might exist between the duo. This is especially unfortunate because the pared-down nature of their act frequently lends itself to petty bickering. In more relaxed hands, these moments of conflict would serve as opportunities in which to break character and toy with the show's structure. Instead, we are presented with anarchic interludes almost disconcerting in their stilted formality.  It's not without reason that the pair are so confident in the

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Jenny Bede isn't a party person, she begins her show by explaining, presumably in the hopes of eliciting roars of approval from fellow introverts who were under the impression they were the only shy person in the world. Therein lies the gambit that is not so much woven throughout, as dolloped all over Don't Look at Me, mercifully alleviated by energetic and astute vignettes of musical comedy. Bede skewers the most hackneyed of subjects with the bluntest of blades, but it's well rehearsed and delivered with clean-cut professionalism and comic timing. It's a little like being told jokes by a phone-banking prompt, with the punchlines told

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As comedic fodder, family dysfunction offers such temptingly easy rewards that your average standup is prone to overlook their own unadventurousness and self-censorship when exploring it. Chances are you know the drill: a few good-natured ribbings at harmless familial eccentricity, softened by the unspoken implication

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On 19 May 2014 Colin Leggo lost his leg after a 10-year battle to keep it, following on from the loss of a toe to type one diabetes a decade earlier. Subject matter as worthy and as personal as this is the sort of uplifting tale of triumph usually featured on Upworthy. Given Leggo is a standup, he attempts to hit the rich vein of comedy that comes from prolonged personal agony.

that it’s all said with love, and nary a hint of bitterness. The result, even when the punchlines are solid, can too often be a crushingly polite rehearsal of anecdotes better suited for a suburban dinner party than a stage at the Fringe. Be thankful that Amy Howerska has enough bite to avoid such easy pitfalls. Having emerged from a military family with her formidable wits intact, raised on a skydiving ‘drop zone’ where death was infrequent, but by no means unknown, Howerska is painfully aware of how growing up surrounded by trained killers and brutal injury has affected her, and is not afraid to say so. Oddly, her incessantly bubbly demeanor

Unfortunately Leggo is more interested in crafting eye-rolling dad jokes that might even embarrass your dad. A shame really, as despite the gripping story, the humour garnered from this honest account was juvenile at best. An interesting tale chaptered by clips of how uncool a name ‘Colin’ was took away from the real story of what losing a limb can do to a person, and the difficulty of making the decision to have it removed. Taking too long to get to any form of punchline, he relied on a powerpoint slideshow that broke the connection between the human story and the audience there to listen. A couple of well-written parody songs made for a strong finish but this papered over the cracks of a poorly structured show peppered with low-grade gags. ✏︎ John Stansfield

serves to underline the darkness of her material, rather than detract from it, while her tales of family weirdness never become repetitive. Fortunately, Howerska also stops short of full-on, shameless exploitation, and walks the line between exposing her family’s twisted history and imaginative self-deprecation with balletic aplomb. Her habit of reading from her precocious childhood diary occasionally slows things down, but she never fails to pick things up again.  Sasspot is as much fun as any funeral; after seeing Howerska perform, you’ll understand what a compliment that is. ✏︎ Sean Bell

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One of Fin Taylor’s friends has informed him that his stand up ‘smells like three in the morning’ and, rather than take it as the insult it might have been meant as, Taylor has dived feet-first into the wee hours of the morning to deliver more stoner musings on the world. There is a reason topics such as which animals lay eggs, legalising weed and the eroticism of pizza are kept to the small hours when you and your pals are inebriated, and Taylor should have left a lot of his material there.

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We’re lucky to have Ria Lina, for without her there’d be no one willing to raid our taboos. She’s essentially carrying out a public service with her ignorant musings on all that society deems unacceptable. Finally, here is a comedian brave enough to base her show’s title on an out-of-date pop culture reference just for the sake of an Angelina Jolie mastectomy joke.

Surrounded by empty cans and with a broken clock on the wall, Taylor tells of his many thoughts from late night/early morning. His humour is like a particularly intelligent high school student who is just a little too sure of himself. That’s the frustrating thing about Taylor: there is a bright, fresh comedian lurking there behind the mask of the slacker philosophy that he believes is his schtick. He can craft a story well, but seems to give up towards the end as if he doesn’t have the energy for a punchline, or he feels you’ve heard it before so why bother. All too often falling into laddish paradigms, he is self aware but not enough to do away with brash stereotypes. At one point he claims, “I don’t smoke as much weed as you think I do”, which may be true. But if he smoked a little less he might see a clearer show emerge. ✏︎ John Stansfield

Taboo Raider is so far removed from any sense of reality that criticising it is a daunting prospect. What if Lina intends it as surrealist character comedy, the supremely idiotic end point of the suggestion that ‘political correctness has gone mad’? What if it’s science fiction stand-up, set in a dystopian world in which all human discourse really is policed to an absurd degree? It’s a significant loss-of-innocence moment when one finally comes round to accepting that an artist could plumb such hackneyed, thoughtless depths. The hour sees Lina tear a succession of straw men to shreds while making unfounded assumptions about the squeamishness of her audience. What she seems

incapable of understanding is that her ilk aren’t censored in any way and that offensive comedy has long been established as a standup staple. She’s very much the Nigel Farage of the Edinburgh Fringe, using her platform to propagate the myth that she has no platform, presenting herself as a plucky outsider rather than the embodiment of an oppressive, self-centred, sporadically amusing establishment. ✏︎ Lewis Porteous


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Valiant «««« A powerful set of stories from women who have survived conflict in the twentieth century

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

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There's a bloodstain on the backseat of Phil's car. He blames it on the dog. In reality, it's a daily reminder of his wife's miscarriage; the scar of their stillborn daughter. Alice had to give birth to the body the following day. Phil couldn't bear to watch. How does a relationship survive a thing like that? Jack Thorne's play, written for Graeae Theatre, is much, much more than that miscarriage. It's a full-blown relationship—as fully-blown as you'll find in fiction—with all its idiosyncrasies and imperfections intact. Thorne takes the couple from an awkward first encounter in a Post Office queue, through early dates and all kinds of sex, to the point where two people build a life together. Yet at its heart, there's a lack of communication – and it's that, rather than the loss of their child, that almost breaks them apart. Alice is deaf; Phil has a small right hand and no thumb. Sign's impossible, but mostly they're not honest with one another, too intent on impressing or pleasing the other.

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You see it in their sex. She likes this, he says. She sure as hell doesn't. (How cheering to see disabled characters leading normal, good-bad, rough-with-the-smooth sex lives?) Thorne's writing is just so – funny, poignant, arresting, awful. He swerves handbrake turns from romcom idyll to sharp-focus agony, slamming sex into induced labour. It's a complex emotional watch, heartwarming and heartwrenching, sometimes simultaneously, but it's super smart too; great on gender gaps, better on life's unexpected turns and loaded up with miniscule wisdoms. ✏︎ Matt Trueman


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There comes a point in Familie Flöz's Hotel Paradiso where you realise that all a character needs to do to generate instant warm laughter is walk onstage. This is testament to the magic combination of movement and masks in Flöz's work, the latter mystically expressive, tricking you into thinking they can wink or frown when clearly they cannot. Equally grotesque and innocent, these masks are mirrored in the storyline, a farcical sort of fable about a brother and sister dominated by their elderly mother, squabbling over the running of the family hotel. There are thwarted love plots, bickers over taste in curtains, and a chef with a pet dog, a bloody apron

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Based on Sally Hayton-Keeva's verbatim interviews Valiant Women in War and Exile, HanDan Productions’ impassioned theatrical adaptation (already nominated for the Amnesty Freedom of Expression Award) has history on its side. The four-strong cast enact 13 powerful interviews with women whose experience with conflict

and a meat saw – you can imagine how that one works out. It's the culmination of disaster that forms farce's beating heart, and the physical punchlines when they come are marvellously delivered: a quick turn of the head, or a visual catchphrase such as the chef donning his goggles in preparation for another go at that saw. But the storyline feels a little too episodic to get a full-momentum swing tangling us up to

a grand climax, and the action doesn't really feel as if it kicks in properly until quite a way through, when the first body turns up. When it does you instantly feel the stakes rise, and along with them the comic tension. Nevertheless the Familie has created a piece so distintive-looking and yet so classic in its slapstick feel that it would be difficult not to fall for its unlikely slice of paradise. ✏︎ Lucy Ribchester

spans the twent-ieth century, and whose ability to endure defies the limits of any fiction. Aside from its unquestionable historical veracity, the power of the play comes from its emotional truth, and the way this is articulated. Its recollection of events always resonates with an impression of the lives have tragically shaped. As personalities are illuminated through their recollective monologues, sharp, colourful contrasts are wrought: A Salvadoran guerilla fighter tells of her conversion to violence with an anger that forever teeters on the edge of despair. An Afghan teacher finds hope and catharsis in poetry, and her nation's

history of rising against invaders. A victim of Hiroshima tells her story with a quiet, sad, impossible dignity, because it's all she has left. The cast handle material of incredible difficulty with both skill and respect; though the range of accents required is occasionally a little beyond them, the strength of their performance and the power of the material largely renders it moot. In the play's opening, a survivor of the Armenian Genocide describes the confidence Hitler gained from the fact her people's near-eradication had been forgotten. Valiant is a defiant, horrifying and beautiful attempt to make us remember. ✏︎ Sean Bell


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They enter wearing suits. Les 7 Doigts de la Main's seven performers look dressed for work, all trousers and jackets and incongruous bare feet. Traces, though, is more playground than office. It's circus meets dance meets theatre, all with a mischievous grin on its face. Traces is pure jaw-to-the-floor stuff, eliciting involuntary “oohs”,

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This blistering new play from Rob Hayes, whose Awkward Conversations with Animals I've F*cked caused a stir last Edinburgh, is a howl of horror and pain tearing ferociously into modern life. It's anchored by a nerve-taut Ben Whybrow, who switches seamlessly between accents as This Pain, Misery Guts and Meat

“ahhs” and under-the-breath exclamations of “how the fuck did they do that?” ‘Explosive’ barely does justice to the opening number, which crashes onto the stage with pulse-quickening intensity. From there, the energy rarely lets up for the next hour. Performers scale poles, somersault through unfeasibly high hoops, and hurl themselves across the stage with

Cute: three men whose collective picture of modern masculinity is like Edvard Munch's ‘The Scream’. One is quite literally constipated by heartbreak, the other housebound with ever-worsening OCD and the last a bar-stool predator, snarling the rules of the seduction game at the audience as he stalks his prey. Hayes's writing escalates in brutal detail, the changes between characters feeling ever more like whiplash as he flings uncomfortably familiar things at us. From the degradation of pornography to the anguish of endlessly, compulsively flipping a light switch, this believable world is almost too cruel and too cold to bear.

abandon and grace. It's somehow effortless and effortful all at once. But it's everything around the backflips and aerial gymnastics that sets Traces apart, as daring, virtuosic feats are interspersed with moments of frailty and silliness. The gang laugh, goof around, give up fragments of their personality for the microphone. Superhuman stunts melt into intimately human performances. These superior beings are even allowed to fail, occasionally, before robbing us of our breath all over again. Traces is nearly a decade old now, having travelled the world and gone through multiple performers. Visiting it for the first time, though, it shows few signs of age or weariness. Perhaps thanks to its focus on the here and now—on the ephemeral and its remnants—it manages to create itself anew for each performance, staying always in the thrilling present moment. ✏︎ Catherine Love

Like the blockage of shit afflicting This Pain, festering inside today's sculpted, immaculately dressed man is a ball of pain and anger, backed here by Duran Duran's ‘Girls on Film’. Meat Cute, with his fetishising of women's calves, is like a character from a Bret Easton Ellis novel, hunting with a 21st-century face on. Clive Judd's stark production, with its popping lightbulb, checkered floor and ceramic toilet, rightly strips things back to Whybrow, who eyeballs us in turn. He's heartrending, callous and funny by turns. It's as unsettling and brilliant a performance as you're likely to see this year. ✏︎ Tom Wicker

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We love a good story. Gary McNair, like the protagonist of A Gambler's Guide to Dying, inherited his love of storytelling from his grandad, a passionate spinner of yarns. The grandad in his play is also a passionate gambler. He's a man who places accumulator bets on the footie like it's a religion and takes the longest odds just for the thrill of it. He's a man who gets diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and goes straight to the bookies to bet on how long he's got left. Like all the best storytellers,

There's no one at the Fringe like Jamie Wood – probably no one on the planet. Experiencing his surreal imagination is like being sucked down a rabbit hole full of joy. And his latest one-man show is no less exhilarating, as you emerge, blinking, into the far less fun real world afterwards. O No! is ostensibly based on Yoko Ono's art book, Grapefruit, full of po-faced artistic suggestions. But this hour-long show is actually as elastic as the string on which Wood hangs Ono's tome. A jumble of hair and beard, he's a nappy-wearing, hippy-looking, comic Robinson Crusoe, playfully testing our boundaries as he solemnly asks us to climb inside a bag with him or pretend a beachball is the sun. There's gentle mockery here, but never cynicism: Wood's skill is in creating a kind of nervous

McNair packs a lot into this deceptively simple tale of a bet with everything riding on it. It's about a relationship between boy and grandfather, but it's also about the fallibility of memory, about time and what we do with it, about possibility versus predestination. In a way, the title is misleading; gambling is really a shorthand for believing, for taking a punt on life. McNair delivers it all from the unassuming surroundings of patterned carpet and old lamps, the set's piles of cardboard boxes suggesting a life half packed up. Voice dancing from character to character, racing from highs to lows, he and his tale transcend the deliberately drab surroundings, using the banal as a springboard to the profound. We love a good story, and McNair gives us one. But he also shows us that people are never one story, one headline,

energy out of his unpredictability that brings us all together in (sometimes incredulous) laughter. Against tie-dyed sheets, he turns Ono and John Lennon's one-world schtick into something between conceptual theatre and a playground. And it's also a love story—as only Wood could tell—about his relationship with his girlfriend and their new baby. Lennon becomes the soundtrack to a life lived laterally on stage, and it's both strange and touching. Of course, the effect of such free-wheeling audience interaction is often as chaotic and baggy as the bags he sometimes shuffles around in (somehow resembling Dougal from The Magic Roundabout), but if you have any sense, you won't want it any other way. ✏︎ Tom Wicker

one bet. All of us, like McNair's show, are so much more than that. ✏︎ Catherine Love

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I'm dying—loudly and excessively—in a hail of foam Nerf gun bullets. Around me, other people are writhing and moaning, revelling in their gloriously over-the-top exit from this life. We've been sucked into the world of Andy Roberts and his lifelong obsession with sci-fi classic Terminator 2. It's a place where explosion-filled car chases from the film are recreated with remote-controlled cars and audience members get to pretend to be Arnie. It's brilliant fun.

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Forget the cosmopolitan. Adapted by Tom Stuart from Josh Kilmer-Purcell's autobiography of the same name, I Am Not Myself These Days is three parts hedonism, one part heartbreak, revealing a New York City of grubby glamour and reckless substance abuse. We're a long way from the Manhattan of Carrie Bradshaw and co. Josh, aka Aquadisiac, is an advertising exec and drag queen, taking to the streets each night in

But there's more to this semi-autobiographical show from Bootworks Theatre Collective, performed by Roberts with fellow co-artistic director James Baker (a nothing-spared vision in silver spandex as the T1000). There's poignancy in their geeky banter, as Roberts unpicks the role that Terminator 2 has played as he's grown up. Interspersed with snippets of his parents gamely attempting American accents as they repeat its dialogue, there's the itch of unfulfilled dreams. But while the show feels cathartic (not least for us, the

audience, liberated from having to be sensible), it never dips too deeply into theatrical therapy. We might get a swell of sadness, but we also experience family love and that utter joy of disappearing into something fully and completely. And the fact that Roberts also manages to tell the plot of the entire film in an hour is a feat in itself. “Get out of the way, John,” Roberts repeats over and over again at the start. It's funny and a smidge obsessive – perfect for this love letter to the headrush of cinematic escape. ✏︎ Tom Wicker

his armour of corset and stilettos. The show follows him as he knocks back vodka, totters from gig to gig and falls headfirst for Jack, a crack-addicted male escort who charges big bucks to cater for the bizarre kinks of his clientele. Their respective vices soon send their relationship spiralling, plunging further and further into New York's murky underworld. Stuart can't be faulted in his commitment to the piece. Commanding the stage alone as Josh/Aquadisiac, he's glamorous but broken, bruises painted with glitter. Alternating between flashbulb bursts of narration and cabaret-style song, he flings himself around the small space, veering wildly between ecstasy and despair. It's an astonishing, all-consuming performance.

But it isn't half wearying after a while. There's always another party, another bottle of vodka, another load of crack. Even Guy Hoare's constantly changing lights, at first dazzling, begin to strain the retinas. That's partly the point, as Josh's life becomes one long hangover, but by the end it's only Stuart's charisma that stops the show, like its protagonist, from running out of steam. ✏︎ Catherine Love


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Romeo and Juliet can jog on. Leper and Chip are shooting star-crossed lovers: two Dublin teens racing round the city at full pelt. Live fast, die young, they say. Leper and Chip live faster. Back in 1997, Enda Walsh smashed the Fringe with his first play, Disco Pigs. Lee Coffey's debut owes that play a debt. A fizzing two-hander made up of interlocking monologues, it has the same raggedy, turbocharged energy of teenage lovers careering out of control. Nicknamed after their physical deformities (his burned leg, her chipped tooth), Leper and Chip meet in the middle of a melee, a house party that erupts into mass cartoon violence. Call it love at first fight, but when the cops arrive, they scarper in different directions. In a city like Dublin though, you only ever run into trouble – be that older women and their angry husbands or very bloody debt repayment plans. With every ‘SMACK’ in Coffrey's script – whether across a face, an arse or a concrete floor – the stage lights up like a fairground. It's the characters you fall for though: Conall Keating's tyro lothario Leper and Amilia Clarke-Stewart's scrappy-golucky Chip. Even if Karl Shiels’ drama-blacks approach robs the characters of their reality, the two actors fizz like indoor fireworks. It's a Pro-Plus play though, that misses the melancholy of Disco Pigs. Still, Coffey's a talent: he writes in graphic novel high-definition and captures all the headrush of youth. ✏︎ Matt Trueman

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The arts of ballet and juggling share several qualities in common: both require enormous dedication, concentration and physical prowess from their performers, and are capable of impressing far beyond their natural audiences. As a result, the combination presented by 4x4 Ephemeral Architectures – directed by illustrious juggler Sean Gandini and choreographed by the Royal Ballet's Ludovic Ondiviela – yields a juxtaposition that is both natural and mutually complementary. That said, the show acknowledges there is no profound link between the two skill sets, a refreshingly honest approach which allows them to be merged simply for the novel joy of doing so. Four jugglers and four ballet dancers syncopate their respective specialities in a seamless blend of graceful movement, artfully framed by minimalist use of ethereal light and smoke. What elevates 4x4 from merely an expert demonstration, however, is a welcome dose of whimsy, which counteracts how seriously the performers

undoubtedly take their craft. When one of the dancers is raised and carried across the stage, she lets out an unexpected and childlike “Wheee!”, providing one of the show's most welcome laughs. Unfortunately, the show's verbal component, though not overbearing, isn't always as successful: while the performers’ spoken interjections and sound effects provide a rhythm to their flourishes, they can occasionally prove distracting, gilding a lily that might be better left to the gorgeous original composition that serves as the show's soundtrack. Nevertheless, audiences will find much to appreciate in this celebration of the human form and its manifold capabilities. ✏︎ Sean Bell


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Spitting Image writer Henry Naylor's Edinburgh follow up to his 2014 Fringe First-winning The Collector is both historical drama and hotly topical. Switching between the Victorian era and the modern day, this two-hander traces the echoes between a bright Victorian woman, Tillie, caught in the misogynistic machine of the British Empire, and a disaffected schoolgirl, Samira, who also heads East – to find purpose in Jihad. Naylor (also co-directing with Emma Butler) connects gender and religious discrimination over 175 years, as societies in two different

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Assembly George Square Studios 4:00pm – 5:00pm 5–31 Aug, not 17 £8 – £10

In Woolwich, two Nigerian immigrants attend to the toilets in a busy nightclub. Sophie (Bunmi Mojekwu) helps women fix their makeup and sells them lollipops and celebrity perfumes. Abiodun (Joe Shire) sells condoms and is forced to sing: he’s the smiling black man, there to please and amuse. Counting Stars examines

time periods judge and restrict the two women based on deep-seated and overlapping cultural prejudices. Inequality—hierachical or media-inflamed—is hard-wired into the worlds they are seeking to escape. But they quickly learn that freedom is illusory. Flicking between the then and now, the two women passing each other on stage, this impassioned play reminds us again about the depressing circularity of history. The seeds sown in countries like Afghanistan by the cruelty and exploitation of the British Empire will grow into a conflict that— sensationalised by the press and bereft of context—will drive Samira into a situation, and a marriage, as brutally repressive as Tillie's. Felicity Houlbrooke and Filipa Bragança give strong, committed performances as Tillie and Samira. But the play, in spite of some powerful moments, suffers theatrically

the lives of unnoticed figures, telling the story of people who are often overoverlooked. Using dialogue that addresses the audience directly, writer Atiha Sen Gupta and director Scott Hurran play with tension throughout, squaring the intertwined stories against each other. Sophie convinces herself it doesn’t matter that she earns less than minimum wage because she helps people; Abiodun knows he and Sophie are worth more. While in the female toilets Sophie feels like she could make friends, unfettered testosterone makes the gents a dangerous place. Sen Gupta shines a harsh light on the

from the intensifying insistence with which Naylor highlights their parallels. The echoes turn into shouts as the analogies become increasingly heavyhanded, and complex reality chafes against metaphor. ✏︎ Tom Wicker

gendered realities the pair face, simultaneously articulating their difficult plights. Shire’s climactic performance is one of the finest elements of the production, every inch of his body taut as he takes on the roles of two men squaring up against each other in the bogs. Unfortunately, in this moment, Mojekwu is largely immobile. Rather than Sophie’s unawareness becoming a spark for greater suspense, her silence only dampens it. Counting Stars shines a spotlight on two compelling characters stuck in a situation that shouldn’t exist. ✏︎ Jane Howard


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When embarking on this project, Toby Peach's ultimate goal was to raise awareness of cancer and draw attention to the high quality of work carried out by an increasingly maligned NHS. He's currently four years in remission and it's moving to contemplate what would have become of the 26-year-old had he been deprived of free health care. Unlikely as it sounds, the gravitas this thought carries is ultimately to The Eulogy of Toby Peach's detriment. As things stand, one in two of us will be affected by cancer at some point in our life. It's a charged subject, and one which guarantees tearful audiences. Indeed, this afternoon's crowd comes to re-

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For her Fringe debut, Emma Bentley has drawn heavily on research undertaken while studying at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts. After examining whether female actors could gain stronger presence within the works of Shakespeare by taking on male roles, she concluded that this

semble a support group as sniffling spectators circulate tissues from row to row and offer each other reassuring pats on the back. Peach reduces us to a sobbing mass, but largely as a result of his real life struggle. From a dramatic point of view, our emotions haven't quite been earned. He's a confident performer whose writing is capable of reaching modest poetic heights, but his presence can best be described as endearingly wooden. This is especially evident during the instances when he attempts to enliven the show's narrative with clowning and audience interaction. The latter tends to involve Peach donning a pair of sunglasses and presenting himself as proprietor of The Cancer Club, a tacky, neon-lit drinking establishment. These scenes, along with one in which he assumes the character of a healing Willy Wonka, offer brave, original metaphor, but Peach's performance is too restrained to fully exploit their theatrical potential. ✏︎ Lewis Porteous

is absolutely the case. The big parts—the Macbeths, Lears and Othellos—are so iconic as to almost transcend gender, and to say that women can't deliver the most richly written lines in literature is to deny the sex gravitas. Even the memorable villains and fools are routinely cast as men. Bentley's solution to these woes is to write and perform her own character, a complex, fully realised individual steeped in the conventions of both comedy and tragedy. Hers is an impassioned monologue loaded with stylised autobiography, the actor's emotions magnified to court our amusement and empathy. She explains how she first

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encountered theatre industry sexism as a precocious 14-yearold, denied the privilege of playing Hamlet because her drama teacher couldn't picture a girl in the role. It's funny to watch an adult bitterly air decades old grievances, but our exuberant star underlines the crushing effect gender barriers have had on her throughout her life. The play loses narrative focus as Emma recalls her experiences in higher education, and ultimately neglects to address the broader concept of privilege in the performing arts, but all faults are rendered redundant by a deeply moving, disarmingly sincere ending. ✏︎ Lewis Porteous


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In the middle of the stage, anachronistic in the book-lined living room, is a robot. It's a glorious thing with flashing LEDs, exposed parts, Perspex skin and a hologram for a face. Its limbs and joints whizz and whirr as it moves. And it's one of the main characters of the show. Sally (Helen Ryan) is losing her memory. As Alzheimer's sets in all she has for company is a robot programmed by her late husband Raymond, and a home help “with fat arms”. She remembers how she and Raymond met, how they fell in love, and as she chats to the robot her memories are played out by their younger selves (Anna Munden and Michael Tonkin-Jones). Ryan combines dignity and

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There isn't much to laugh about in Shakespeare's murderous epic of ambition and blood. But then clowns are known as much for their sinister qualities as their sense of fun. Here the two players miming us loosely through a condensed version of the tale are more akin to automata; their silent twitches

stateliness with petulance and fear. Sometimes she can enjoy her happy past and sometimes the frustration that comes from her illness takes its toll. There's a mismatch between Munden's precocious young Sally and Ryan's more complex counterpart, but Tonkin-Jones captures an endearing, twitchy awkwardness in young Raymond. Spillikin isn't about artificial intelligence. Writer Jon Welch moves away from the clichés of imminent

robot apocalypse or impending war. Instead, it's about the extent of empathy and the tendency people have to find humanity in other people – or other things. If it's got a face on it, we can relate. “My hand isn't like a human hand,” the robot says. Except it is, because humans have designed it like that. Welch pits the fallibility of the human mind against the perfect recall of the robot in a sweet and sometimes moving play. ✏︎ Tim Bano

and wriggles uncannily empty, their faces dead or frozen into imaginary masks of comedy and tragedy. It's the skill and absolute precision of movement that carries Ryukyu Cirque's production, and turns its understated execution into something quite chilling. Both performers are exquisite in the detail of their craft, director Makoto Inoue vaudevillian and sharp, alongside quick, serpentine Riko Sugama. Clad in black historical mash-ups of lace, top hats, clown tears and voile, they use the fine red slashes of silk that form the set to arresting effect, crowning each gory climax with a cat's cradle of bloodshed. There's a

classical majesty to the duo, which sometimes makes their piece feel like tableaux from a pageant performed in any number of centuries. But the storytelling is obscure in parts, and the action between familiar set pieces—Duncan's murder, the ghost of Banquo—is sometimes so oblique as to leave you eager for the next anchor. Inoue's soundscape of electro-jerks, belly cackles and traditional Japanese instruments however, and the intriguing visuals, make this a worthwhile watch for Shakespeare aficionados looking for a genuinely original re-imagining. ✏︎ Lucy Ribchester


Islands

It's hard when you're rich, attractive, in a long-term relationship and people keep falling in love with you. This seems to be the message of Kyle Ross's play Islands, from Fine Mess Theatre. It examines the relationship of a wealthy and narcissistic couple in their late twenties. Sophie (Eva Tausig) and Magnus (played by Ross) met at Durham University. They stand in black underwear amid champagne buckets stuffed with rose petals. It's straight out of the Ann Summers catalogue, especially in its 50 Shades-inspired glimpse at sexual politics. In its portrayal of the Made in Chelsea class, Islands can't decide

between sympathy and condemnation. Tausig stretches her Sloanish accent to the point of caricature; it's hard to sympathise with a character when even the actor herself seems to be mocking her. Ross treats the privately educated, red brick ‘elite’ like snakes in a zoo: equal parts pity and disgust. By portraying these two as figures to ogle at, it emphasises difference over similarity and risks perpetuating class divisions. Still, it's directed with precision by Scarlett Plouviez Comnas, who keeps movement to a minimum and reinforces the bare, exposed nature of the actors’ words and their bodies. The play dares us to like them in the way that 7-year-olds dare each other to climb telegraph poles: immaturely and without purpose. Are we meant to find the humanity in these people, or focus on the divisions and hate them for their privileges? Islands never makes it clear. ✏︎ Tim Bano

through boxes of childhood toys. For Jessie it's Barbies and plastic cookery equipment, while James plucks out a papier mache volcano and an Action Man. Hit by nostalgia, re-enacting dance routines and role plays from their past (including a vigorous rendition of Will Young's ‘Evergreen’), they reflect on how society's expectations of boys and girls have shaped who they've become. Boxed In stomps through the broadest of gender stereotypes. It's never quite clear whether it's opposing or entrenching them. Rose Wardle gets into character as James by sitting with his legs apart, as if that's the extent of

masculinity. There are glimmers of complexity in these two characters, but loose strands hang all over the place – James in particular is never quite penetrated. Instead, the narrative is just a vehicle for endless and increasingly uninteresting variations on the same theme. Towards the end, there's almost a suggestion that we can break out of those norms. Maybe pink and blue plastic doesn't actually determine who we are. But that route is abandoned in favour of a trite conciliatory climax: “Have you ever thought that maybe men get just as much stick as women?” There's nothing new here. Boxed In needs much more unpacking.  ✏︎ Tim Bano

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From the toys we played with to the advice Granny gave, society has boxed us into thinking that there are only two types of people: football-loving lads and child-breeding women. Or so claim Portmanteau Theatre in their shallow two-hander. Twins Jessie and James, both played by women, are sorting

Underbelly, Cowgate 12:10pm – 1:10pm 6–30 Aug, not 18 £9.50 – £10.50

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A dark comedy about three recently deceased characters experience of hell by Jean Paul Satre, winner of the Noble Prize for Literature. M+E version is both funny and cruel with sublime twist. 17th - 29th August, 21.05 (50 Minutes) Tickets: £12 (c £10)

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A loveless husband and wife bring a desperate woman to The Last Hotel: a place where all things reach their logical, terrifying, conclusions – where a service industry trades death for cash to build kitchen extensions; where ‘home comforts’ are less soft sheets than inescapable family disfunction; where a porter serves no-one, but fetches and carries nonetheless, his increasingly feral movements a fading reminder of a job that once had purpose. There’s a reading here which sees Enda Walsh and Donnacha Dennehy’s operatic collaboration as the artistic flowering of Ireland’s thrall to Mammon during the boom

years. But the morality-tale reading implies peaceful resolution. This hotel’s residents check out with none. Walsh’s text is tight and sparse, but without a hint of surrealism. “No more push to death,” pleads the character referred to in the libretto only as ‘Wife’, derailing temporarily the narrative’s terrifying internal logic. The Crash Ensemble more than match this tightness, keeping Dennehy’s little units—spasms, even—of rhythm nailed to the rails. There’s a moment where (with nods to the prisoner’s scene in Fidelio) the wife steps out into the light of the garden. Her open, flowing lines seem designed to show that

Dennehy’s angular score can serve the purpose of beauty—of humanity—just as well. Rhythmic gestures fade to lethargy. Lush tonality droops laconically into equally lush microtonality. Then she re-enters, and her epiphany is blown away by a juggernaut of sound. A slightly overwrought karaoke scene provokes the only lapse in concentration here. Its exploration of masculinity feels tacked on, and the attempt to patch in popular vocal styles is distracting. Elsewhere, cold, hard vocal styles keep this piece taught, unforgiving and compelling. ✏︎ Evan Beswick


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Although wearing the brightest, jauntiest clothes and plenty of hats with strange objects glued to them,Tanya Holt is a fierce satirist. She’s composed a series of songs filled with advice for her young daughter, taking inspiration from the Hilaire Belloc book Cautionary Tales for Children, but updated for the 21st century. Holt covers a wide range of styles and subjects in her songs: a warning about the way tattoos look once the skin starts to sag is set to an ‘80s power ballad complete with DIY wind machine and a glittery mic. Old English folk music is channelled for a song about a fame-seeking “comelie she” who sells her story to ‘Ye Newes of Ye Worlde’. And along with the variety in style come varying degrees of quality. Not all the songs hit the mark. It’s easy to forget that behind Holt’s whimsy and humour there’s a sharp bite. Songs often take a dark turn, and the pressures on young women today–from slut-shaming to victim-blaming–are tackled with ferocity and wisdom.There’s beauty here too: ‘Ip Dip Sky Blue’, about indecision plaguing a woman to a lonely old age, turns playground rhymes into a modern fairytale.  This is a wholesale condemnation of an image-obsessed world that pressures young women to conform or be rejected. It’s a message we’ve heard often enough, but not often with such wit and warmth. ✏︎ Tim Bano

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Ivy Paige, cabaret singer and getrich-quick guru, invites you to join her for the Filthy Rich programme, offering a range of sure-fire tips to stack up some cash – through the medium of song, obviously. Essentially, it boils down to “sell it all – your souls, your bodies, even your kidneys”. It’s a raucously innuendo-laden, late-capitalist burlesque for late-night audiences. The tunes are brilliantly arranged and performed, from her obligatory take on Abba’s Money Money Money to a slow-tempo rendition of Kylie Minogue, and a nod to Rihanna’s recent blood-soaked-cash video for Bitch Better Have My Money. Like many evening shows on the Fringe, how much fun you have may depend on how much you’ve had to drink beforehand – most of Paige’s punchlines come back to

well-worn sex jokes, and the hint of a little political satire isn’t taken much further than the implication that all politicians are money grabbers. She’s best when she strays off-script and heads into the audience, lying across the front row, pulling up a nervous young lad for a strip-tease, or dealing with a group of drunken hecklers who insist on singing along. Paige is clearly an accomplished talent, but hasn’t delved deep enough into her concept to take it much further than a series of thematically linked songs. An anarchic flavour to the proceedings brings an unpredictable charm, but there’s also the pervading sense that Paige is capable of producing a wittier, darker and more daring version of the show than its current form. ✏︎ Billy Barrett


Pierre de Marivaux

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Directed and Translated by Nancy Jones

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Annabelle's Skirting Board Adventure What happens in the show? Arthur is locked outside his house but inside is Annabelle, the smallest elephant in the world, who has to make her way to the door handle to let him in. Describe the show in five words Hilarious family comedy for everyone. Who was your favourite character and why? The moth, because he was hilarious and distracted by woolly jumpers.

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Lauren, aged nine, loves the tale of Annabelle, the world's smallest elephant

Were there any characters you didn't like? The grasshopper was a bit weird. What did you like most about the show? Where Arthur thinks he's locked out even when he isn't – but then makes things worse. What didn't you like about the show? The music was really loud when the trumpet was playing, but I have sensitive ears. What did you think of the songs? We couldn't get the songs out of our heads –  but in a good way. What did your grown-up think of the show? Mum really enjoyed it too. And so did Katie, my cousin, and she is 16. Would you tell your friends to come? Yes. It says it is for three-to-six-year olds but I thought it was for four-to-seven years olds. I'm nine and I enjoyed it too. Mum really liked it and she is 39. ✏︎ Lauren Hunter (age 9) VENUE: TIME: TICKETS:

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

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The Cat in the Hat

What happens in the show? Two children are bored. Along comes the cat and makes fun (and a mess)!

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Eve, one of our major team of minor critics, checks out the Dr Seuss favourite

Describe the show in five words Funny, lovely, exciting, silly, fun. Who was your favourite character and why? The Fish because it was bossy.  Were there any characters you didn't like?  No, I liked all the characters. What did you like most about the show?  I liked how the lights made it look like we were under water. What didn't you like about the show? I liked everything. What did you think of the songs?  The songs were fun and cool. What did your grown-up think of the show?  I liked how the show retained the comic-book style of the book through the set and the stylisation of the action. A good show for younger kids. Would you tell your friends to come?  Yes, I would recommend this show to my friends! ✏︎ Eve Green (age 6)

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There are 100 million stars in the galaxy, we’re told in Alfie White: Space Explorer, and 100 million galaxies in the universe. That’s an awful lot of space for Alfie White to explore. It’s 1967, and space is all he thinks about. He flies down the stairs in his apartment building. He looks both ways before crossing the intergalactic highway. In P.E., he gives up jumping jacks for space walks. At school, ‘Alfie Alien’ doesn’t really have friends. That is until he tells a little lie: his dad is

astronaut Edward White, preparing for the Apollo 1 mission. Suddenly the kids are a bit more interested. Alfie White is a charming story of discovering that there's as much to explore in the space you occupy in the world as there is between here and the moon. Directors Olivia Jacobs and Toby Mitchell never talk down to their audience. There are no unnecessary explanations; the story is enough to allow the children to catch up. Jordan Turner, all gangly limbs and excited smiles, captures the

spirit of the young boy perfectly, while Lucy Tuck is delightful as Meg, the girl who teaches Alfie he just needs to learn how to stick up for himself. Tall Stories pack lots of narrative and information into this one-hour show, and older children will be able to find much in its depth. But the company deftly balances this over a simple narrative arc with engaging and physical performances, capturing the imaginations of younger children, too. ✏︎ Jane Howard


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

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but when the fairy godmother arrives with the colours it feels magical indeed. A cat is created out of a dustpan and feather boa; the stepsisters appear from inside an old boot and bag. We first meet Cinder-Ella as a baby doll, and then see her as a puppet young lady, when even she has mastered a few simple signs. Gardener takes care to engage with everyone in the audience: this is a show, it feels, built specifically for this audience at this performance, and Gardner is going to give everything he has to every smiling young face. ✏︎ Jane Howard

we sit do too, pulling up cushions to be close to the action. The three child characters (played by adult performers) are left for the night with their babysitter, and to pass the time Rose picks up an as-yet-unread copy of Grimms’ fairyfatales. In Damsels in Success,

writer and director Kate Stephenson gives us a high-energy, gleeful and self-deprecating reenactment of these stories, with three children discovering them for the first time using toys from their playroom, and a couple of props and performers sourced from the audience besides. The biggest joy in the work is Rose’s constant questioning of these tales. Why would the Princess have skin so thin she could feel a pea? How come Gretel always has to listen to her brother? Who decided that Sleeping Beauty had to marry the Prince? She is incredulous at the situations these women have been forced into, and does everything she can to make it just a bit better. Stephenson is never outright critical or dismissive of these stories, but Damsels in Success looks intelligently at them through a contemporary lens.Through this, Stephenson embraces a world where children can be questioning and skeptical, but believe in magic all the same. ✏︎ Jane Howard

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Kinny Gardner, our narrator, stands on stage, rocking a baby. He welcomes us all to the show, and talks about how early his baby woke up today. He places his hearing aid in his ear, and begins. Much of this Cinder-Ella is simply Gardner playing and talking. It feels we are visiting this theatre

not to hear this story, but to visit this wonderful man. Told bilingually by Gardner in both English and British Sign Language, Cinder-Ella embraces the visual language to create a show accessible not only to children who speak English or BSL but also children who speak neither. Everything spoken is signed, but occasionally words that are signed aren’t spoken: the visual communication is enough. Caroline Parker’s direction yields considerable delights, from the reveals of Chris de Wilde’s design to Gardner’s personable performance. The set, at first all shades of grey, is already astonishingly rich,

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Climb to the top of the stairs at C Nova and you’ll find a children’s playroom: fairy lights and leaves made from book pages decorate the walls; a bed sits in the corner; a tub of dress-up clothes with hats and tutus is waiting for playtime. Jeremy, Rose and Alex sit on the floor, and


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70 Spank Underbelly, Cowgate, 8–31 Aug, £13.50—£15.50 Best of the Fest Assembly Hall, Various dates from 8 Aug to 31 Aug, £12—£15 The Room Assembly George Square Theatre, 10 Aug, 17 Aug, 24 Aug, 31 Aug, £8 Aardwolf Presents: Wet Behind the Ears Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 7–31 Aug, £free Will Seaward’s Spooky Midnight Ghost Stories II Gilded Balloon , 6 Aug–1 Sep, not 18 Aug, £6—£9.50

00:15 Foxdog Studios Ltd Cowgatehead, 9–30 Aug, £free Big Silly Comedy: Midnight Mash-Up! Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 7–31 Aug, £free Kirsten MacGregor: Hello Cruel World Laughing Horse @ The White Horse, 7–31 Aug, £free

00:30 Spanktacular Underbelly, George Square, 16 Aug, 23 Aug, 29 Aug, 30 Aug, £16.50 This is Business Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 8–31 Aug, not 18, £free Ronan Linskey – Cult of Personality Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 7–31 Aug, £free BlundaBus: Never Mind the BusStops Heroes @ Bob’s BlundaBus, 7 Aug–1 Sep, £5 The Improverts Bedlam Theatre, 6–31 Aug, £7—£8

00:45 Irish Comedy Carnage and TedFest Toilet Duck Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 7–31 Aug, £free

ABC of Musical Comedy – Luc Valvona – Free Show! Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 7–31 Aug, £free

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

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

09:00 BBC: Front Row BBC@POTTERROW, 17 Aug, £free BBC: @BBCEdFest BBC@POTTERROW, 7–30 Aug, £free BBC: Shaun Keaveny BBC@POTTERROW, 21 Aug, £free

10:00 Phill Jupitus: Sketch Comic Scottish National Gallery, 7–13 Aug, £free

Phill Jupitus: Sketch Comic Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 14–20 Aug, £free Phill Jupitus: Sketch Comic Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, 21–27 Aug, £free

10:15 Life Gives You Lemons Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 6–30 Aug, £free The Dispute Greenside @ Royal Terrace, 11–14 Aug, £10

10:20 I Hat Lenny Henry – 50p a Ticket Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 17–29 Aug, not 23, £0.50 Alice Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 10–15 Aug, £8

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

10:45 Present and Correct: Fan Club theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 7–29 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £5

11:00 Bridget Christie: A Book For Her The Stand Comedy Club, 8–31 Aug, not 17, £9 Quivertip Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 6–30 Aug, £free Pundamental Christian Laughing Horse @ The Blind Poet , 6–30 Aug, £free BBC: Loose Ends BBC@POTTERROW, 15 Aug, £free

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

11:20 Tobias Persson and the Drivel Rights Movement The Stand Comedy Club 5 & 6, 7–30 Aug, not 17, £10

11:40

Spring Day: Kept in Stitches – Free Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 6–30 Aug, £free Aaaand Now For Something Completely Improvised Pleasance Dome, 5–31 Aug, £6—£9 Georgie Carroll: Nurse Case Scenario Gilded Balloon , 5–16 Aug, £5—£10 1 Given Head Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £5

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

Kind Hearts and Cormorants theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, Various dates from 8 Aug to 15 Aug, £5

11:45

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Audio Tour Outside the Tron – Hunter Square, 8 Aug, 30 Aug, £free

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

12:00 Underwhelmed Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 6–30 Aug, not 16, 23, £free Hurt and Anderson: Sketchbombs Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 6–30 Aug, not 11, 17, 24, £free Groan Up Laughing Horse @ Finnegan’s Wake, 6–29 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £free About Comedy: Stand-Up Comedy Courses Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, Various dates from 8 Aug to 29 Aug, £99 What the Dickens! Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£9 Mo Gilligan and Kae Kurd Present: Ticking All the Boxes Just the Tonic at the Caves (Salvation Rooms), 22–29 Aug, £free Comedy Mash Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 6–30 Aug, £free Gurpal Gill: India’s Strongest Man (1982) Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £free

12:05 The Walking Dead: Advanced Tactics Cabaret Voltaire, 8–29 Aug, £free Scurochiaro Cabaret Voltaire, 8–29 Aug, not 10, 18, 24, £free James & Seaburn Piano Chocolat Just the Tonic at The Community Project, 7–16 Aug, £free

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

12:15 Not Disabled... Enough! Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £free Kishore Nayar Has a Go New Waverley Arches , 17–23 Aug, £free Return of the Danish Bagpipe Comedian Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 6–30 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free Doors to Manual Cowgatehead, 22–29 Aug, £free The Discount Comedy Checkout – Improv Show Cowgatehead, 8–21 Aug, £free Camden Comedy Free Lunchtime Showcase Whistlebinkies, 8–30 Aug, £free Henry Ginsberg – 28 Years Later Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 6–30 Aug, £free The Maydays Present: Oh Boy! The Quantum Leap Show Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 7–30 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free Now That’s What I Call Stand-Up #2 Laughing Horse @ The Blind Poet , 6–30 Aug, £free

12:30 Zach & Viggo: Thunderflop CC Blooms, 8–30 Aug, £free

Best of Edinburgh Showcase Show Pleasance Courtyard, 6–30 Aug, £6—£11

Joe Wenborne: Fight Back at 50 Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 19, £5—£12

F-Holes Paradise Palms, 7–30 Aug, not 12, 19, 26, £free

Stu and Garry and... The Stand Comedy Club, 7–31 Aug, not 17, £10

Michael Legge: Tell it Like it is, Steve The Stand Comedy Club 2, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £7—£8

Danielle Ward: Dani Frankenstein Voodoo Rooms, 8–30 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £free

The Edinburgh Revue Stand-up Show Scottish Comedy Festival @ The Beehive Inn, 5–31 Aug, not 19, £free Off the Top Canons’ Gait, 8–30 Aug, not 18, £free

At Least 100 Jokes Cowgatehead, 8–29 Aug, not 11, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, £free That Silly Show Laughing Horse @ Jekyll & Hyde, 16–21 Aug, £free

Comedy

00:00


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

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

The Underbelly Radio Shows Underbelly Med Quad, 5–28 Aug, weekdays only, £5

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

Hilarity Bites Comedy Club Showcase Show Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 7–30 Aug, £free James Bran: Invisible Badminton and Other Dreams Cowgatehead, 8–29 Aug, £free Uncanned Laughter Sportsters, 8–29 Aug, not 18, 19, £free James Farmer: Ultimate Worrier Bannermans, 8–30 Aug, £free

12:35

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Lunchtime of Champions Just the Tonic at The Caves, 6–29 Aug, not 18, £3—£6 Baron Sternlook’s Improvised Musical theSpace on Niddry St, 7–15 Aug, not 9, £7.50—£8.50

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

12:45 Nina Conti: Talking Comedy The Assembly Rooms, 21 Aug, £12 Alexei Sayle: Talking Comedy The Assembly Rooms, 20 Aug, £12

Listings

Matt Parker: Now in 4D The Assembly Rooms, 14 Aug, £12

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

12:50 The Durham Revue: Cirque du Sillý Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, not 19, £6—£10

12:55 Cassie Atkinson and Oh Standfast: Comedy in Progress Southsider, 8–29 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £free

13:00 Tony Law: Frillemorphesis The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 7–30 Aug, not 17, £12 Set Menu with Hardeep Singh Kohli V Deep, 14–30 Aug, not 17, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27, £30 Masters of the Yoniverse Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, Various dates from 17 Aug to 28 Aug, £free Jo Coffey: Curiously Caffeinated Ciao Roma, 7–31 Aug, not 18, £free Big Value Comedy Show – Lunchtime Just the Tonic at The Community Project, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £3—£6 Mervyn Stutter’s Pick of the Fringe Assembly George Square Studios, 8–30 Aug, not 12, 18, 25, £11—£12 Erich McElroy’s Imperfect Guide to Picking the Perfect President Laughing Horse @ Bar 50, 6–30 Aug, £free

Fashion C venues – C nova, 5–22 Aug, £7.50—£9.50

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

13:10 Rowena Haley: My Green Astra Banshee Labyrinth, 8–30 Aug, £free

13:15 Sy Thomas: Jumper Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 6–30 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free Late Night Laughs at Lunch Laughing Horse @ The Cellar Monkey, 6–31 Aug, not 16, 17, £free Austentatious: An Improvised Jane Austen Novel Underbelly, George Square, 6–31 Aug, not 18, £7—£12.50 Ivor Dembina: Old Jewish Jokes Laughing Horse @ Finnegan’s Wake, 6–29 Aug, not 9, 16, 17, 23, £free I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday... Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 7–29 Aug, not 12, 19, 26, £free Upstairs Downton – The Improvised Episode Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 6–31 Aug, £free Amused Moose Comedy Award Grand Final theSpace @ Symposium Hall, 23 Aug, £12.50 Juliet Meyers: Through the Pigeonhole Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £free Vampire Hospital Waiting Room Sin, 7–31 Aug, £free Caroline Mabey: Chaos Is a Friend of Mine Opium, 8–29 Aug, not 18, £free Afternoon Delight Just the Tonic at The Caves, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £2.50—£5

Mike Wozniak: One Man Dad Cat Band Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £free

13:30

13:40

This Is Soap C venues – C, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £7.50—£9.50

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

Japanese Samurai Don Quixote Challenging Against English Giant Windmills! Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £free

All Made Up: This Time It’s Social Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £6—£11

Beard: The Grin of Love Sneaky Pete’s, 8–29 Aug, not 18, £free Ed Gamble: Lawman Canons’ Gait, 8–30 Aug, £free Faye Treacy Worries Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 6–30 Aug, £free Nicky Wilkinson and Friends Just the Tonic at the Caves (Salvation Rooms), 6–29 Aug, not 18, £free

13:20 Welcome to Tiddleminster Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £3—£5 Alastair Clark: Getting Better Cabaret Voltaire, 8–29 Aug, £free Have a Word Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 7–30 Aug, not 19, £free Showstopper! The Improvised Musical Pleasance Courtyard, 18 Aug, £14 Sameena Zehra: Homicidal Pacifist The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £7—£8 Caimh McDonnell: Bride and Prejudice Cabaret Voltaire, 8–29 Aug, not 18, £free Eleanor Morton: Allotted Mucking Around Time The Stand Comedy Club 2, 5–30 Aug, not 6, 17, £7—£8

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

All American Boy New Waverley Arches , 7–15 Aug, £free Instant Sunshine Pleasance Courtyard, 22–29 Aug, £11—£12 Bob Blackman’s Tray Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 24–30 Aug, £free Diary of a Dating Addict Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 17, £5—£9.50 Comedy Death: Comics Talking About Their Worst Gigs Just the Tonic at the Caves (Salvation Rooms), 8–30 Aug, not 10, 17, 18, 24, £free Sheeps Skewer the News Laughing Horse @ The Cellar Monkey, 21–30 Aug, £free Ali Brice presents: Eric Meat Has No Proof, Only Memories of Pasta HHH Heroes @ The Hive, 6–30 Aug, £5 The Oxford Revue Presents – Free La Belle Angèle, 8–30 Aug, £free Leeds University Comedy Kabaret Laughing Horse @ Jekyll & Hyde, 6–30 Aug, Leggoland HH Laughing Horse @ The Blind Poet , 6–30 Aug, not 17, £free

13:35 Jordan Brookes: Adventures in Limited Space Just the Tonic at The Community Project, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £3—£6 Tony Jameson: Football Manager Ruined My Life (Data Update) The Stand Comedy Club 5 & 6, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £9—£10

Laughing Stock Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £6—£10 Bob Graham: It’s Easy to Be Cynical Scottish Comedy Festival @ The Beehive Inn, 7–29 Aug, not 17, £free Foolball Underbelly Med Quad, 5–31 Aug, not 19, £6—£9 Elvis McGonagall: Countrybile Stand in the Square, 17–30 Aug, £8

13:45 Journey to the Centre of Dead Cowgatehead, 7–30 Aug, not 17, 24, £free Claire Ford: Box Just the Tonic at the Caves (Salvation Rooms), 6–29 Aug, not 18, £free Will Seaward Has a Really Good Go at Alchemy Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 17, £6—£10 Laurence Owen: Cinemusical Voodoo Rooms, 8–30 Aug, not 17, 24, £free I Would: A Hypothetical Sketch Show Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 17, £5—£9 Relatively Normal Opium, 8–29 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £free Aaaaaahhhh, it’s 101 Clean Jokes in 30 Minutes – Free Show Laughing Horse @ Dropkick Murphys, 6–30 Aug, £free Pippa Evans: There Are No Guilty Pleasures Bannermans, 8–29 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free Sketch Thieves Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £free Alex Hylton and Sarah Keyworth: Chasing Tales Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 6–30 Aug, £free


14:00 Best of the Fest Daytime Assembly George Square Gardens, 7–30 Aug, £8—£12.50 Jay Lafferty: Mockingjay The Stand Comedy Club, 17 Aug, £10 This Arthur’s Seat Belongs to Lionel Richie On Top of Arthurs Seat, 22 Aug, £free

Welcome to Clown Town – At the Fringe! Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 6–30 Aug, not 12, 19, 26, £free

Expect the Unexporcupine Cowgatehead, 8–29 Aug, not 18, £free

Susan Calman: Talking Comedy The Assembly Rooms, 18 Aug, £12

14:20

Mark Thomas: Talking Comedy The Assembly Rooms, 16 Aug, £12 That Silly Show Laughing Horse @ Jekyll & Hyde, 8–15 Aug, £free

Safe Eyed Coalminers Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 6–30 Aug, £free

Joz Norris: Hey Guys! Heroes @ The Hive, 6–31 Aug, not 19, £5

Rhinoceros New Waverley Arches , 7–30 Aug, not 8, 12, 19, 26, £free

Conor O’Toole and Alison Spittle Frankenstein Pub, 24–31 Aug, £free

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

14:05

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

The Improveteers! theSpace on the Mile, 10–15 Aug, £5

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

Kids With Beards present... ¡Niños Con Barbas TV! Just the Tonic at The Caves, 17–29 Aug, not 18, £free

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

The History of Gluttony Sweet Grassmarket, 6–30 Aug, £8.50

Stephen K Amos: Talking Comedy The Assembly Rooms, 17 Aug, £12 Is This the Best of Jack Campbell? Banshee Labyrinth, 7–31 Aug, £free Haven’t a Clue! - Free Frankenstein Pub, 17–23 Aug, £free Richard Melvin Presents… Live at The Stand Podcast The Stand Comedy Club, 5–20 Aug, not 6, 17, £7—£8 Mark Watson: Work in Progress The Stand Comedy Club, 21–30 Aug, £10 The Dead Secrets Present... The Curiositorium Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£9.50 BBC: Janice Forsyth BBC@POTTERROW, Various dates from 10 Aug to 27 Aug, £free

14:10 Butt Kapinski Liquid Room Annexe, 8–30 Aug, not 12, 18, 24, 26, 29, £free The Exeter Revue: Sketchup Ciao Roma, 8–29 Aug, not 13, 20, 27, £free

14:15

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

Daphna Baram: Something to Declare Just the Tonic at the Caves (Salvation Rooms), 7–29 Aug, not 10, 18, 24, £free Rock ‘N’ Roll Radio Idiot (Free) George Next Door, 15–22 Aug, £free

14:25 David, Tom and Sophie: Live in Scotland Chiquito, 8–29 Aug, not 19, £free

Jenny Bede: Don’t Look at Me HHH Pleasance Courtyard, 6–30 Aug, not 8, 24, £6—£11

14:30 Sajeela Kershi: Shallow Halal Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 6–30 Aug, not 12, 17, 24, £free Worst Show on the Fringe Movement, 8–29 Aug, £free All Killa No Filla Live
Cowgatehead, 8–18 Aug, £free Baron Sternlook’s Improvised Musical theSpace on Niddry St, 17–29 Aug, not 23, £8—£8.50 Tiernan Douieb: The World’s Full of Idiots, Let’s Live in Space Liquid Room Annexe, 8–30 Aug, not 18, £free Aidan Killian: Holy Trinity of Whistle Blowers Heroes @ The Hive, 7–31 Aug, not 18, £5

Kevin Precious: Gecko Laughing Horse @ Bar 50, 6–30 Aug, £free

Seymour Mace Niche as F*ck! The Stand Comedy Club 2, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £7—£8

David von Jones: Ethically Adventurous Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, Various dates from 6 Aug to 28 Aug, £free

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

Late with Lance! Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 6–30 Aug, not 17, 24, £free

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

Stewart Lee: A Room With a Stew The Assembly Rooms, 8–30 Aug, not 17, £12.50

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

The Edinburgh Revue: Sketches in Scarlet Opium, 8–29 Aug, not 12, 19, 26, £free Guruguru Sneaky Pete’s, 8–29 Aug, £free Bat-Fan Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£12

Elaine Malcolmson: Arrangements The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £7—£8 Paul Duncan McGarrity – Today is the Good Old Times of Tomorrow Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £free Aidan Goatley’s 10 Films With My Dad Voodoo Rooms, 8–30 Aug, not 18, £free Laugh Train Home Presents: Chick-Ass Comedy Laughing Horse @ Finnegan’s Wake, 6–29 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £free Aaaaaarrgghh! It’s 101 Naughty Jokes in 30 Minutes – Free Show Laughing Horse @ Dropkick Murphys, 6–30 Aug, £free The Notorious Mary Bourke The Stand Comedy Club 5 & 6, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £7—£8 Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards Show Pleasance Courtyard, 30 Aug, £14

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

14:40 Giraffe: Raisin’ the Hoof Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£10 George Zach: Greek Tragedy Cowgatehead, 7–31 Aug, £free Old Men in Black Scottish Comedy Festival @ The Beehive Inn, 7–31 Aug, not 18, 25, £free Aspects of Joy – Free Hispaniola, 8–29 Aug, not 19, £free

14:45 David Tsonos: Walking the Cat Just the Tonic at the Caves (Salvation Rooms), 6–29 Aug, not 18, £free Jamon Iberico and Other Short Stories Fingers Piano Bar, 18–20 Aug, £free

The Noise Next Door: The Really, Really Good Afternoon Show Gilded Balloon , 5–30 Aug, not 18, £5—£10.50 George Egg: Anarchist Cook Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 17, 24, £5—£9.50 The Clinic: An Afternoon of Serious Stand-Up Gilded Balloon , 18 Aug, £5.50 Free Footlights La Belle Angèle, 8–30 Aug, £free Everything That’s Wrong with the Universe Underbelly Med Quad, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £6—£10.50 Deborah Frances-White: Friend of a Friend of Dorothy Laughing Horse @ The Blind Poet , 6–29 Aug, not 9, 10, 16, 17, 19, 23, 24, £free Jake Lambert and Dom Lister Exist Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 6–30 Aug, not 19, £free Gary Colman: Tickling Mice Whistlebinkies, 8–29 Aug, £free Joe Hart: Dirty Rotten Apples Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, £5—£10

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

14:50

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

Matt Forde: Get the Political Party Started Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, £6—£10

Puppet Fiction Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 6–30 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free Songruiner Globe Bar, 8–29 Aug, £free Carl Donnelly and Chris Martin Comedy Podcast: Live! Laughing Horse @ The Blind Poet , Various dates from 9 Aug to 30 Aug, £free

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

❤ Megan Ford: Feminasty HHHH Underbelly, George Square, 5–31 Aug, not 12, 19, £6—£9 Australia: A Whinging Pom’s Guide Liquid Room Annexe, 8–30 Aug, £free

14:55 History’s Greatest Monster Just the Tonic at The Community Project, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £4—£5

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Imaginary Colin Voodoo Rooms, 8–30 Aug, not 25, £free

15:00 Paul Merton’s Impro Chums Pleasance Courtyard, 13– 22 Aug, £12.50—£14.50

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Mitch Benn: That Was the Future The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 5–30 Aug, not 6, 17, £9—£10 Clandestine Sketch Show Laughing Horse @ Jekyll & Hyde, 6–30 Aug, not 11, 23, £free Winter is Coming. Again. Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 18, 25, £6.50—£13 Phil Kay ‘n’ Russell Hicks: Psychedelicious Heroes @ Bob’s BlundaBus, 13–23 Aug, £5 The Stupid Show for Idiots Opium, 19–29 Aug, £free Trudelights of the Fringe Just the Tonic at the Caves (Salvation Rooms), 6–29 Aug, not 18, £free Showstopper! The Improvised Musical Pleasance Courtyard, 17 Aug, £14 The Sunny Side Show Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £3.50—£6

Listings

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

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

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

15:15

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

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

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

Mambalsa – One Man’s Quest to Launch a New Partner Dance Pilgrim, 8–29 Aug, £free

The Missing Hancocks: Live in Edinburgh! (Show B) The Assembly Rooms, Various dates from 6 Aug to 30 Aug, £10—£16

Lifeshambles Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 17, 24, £5—£11 Magnum Hopeless Laughing Horse @ Moriarty’s, 6–30 Aug, £free Gyles Brandreth: Word Power! Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, not 17, £8—£18 The Wonderful World of Lieven Scheire Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 17, 24, £5—£10.50 The Oxford Imps Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, £5—£12 David Mulholland’s Conspiracy Cowgatehead, 7–31 Aug, not 19, £free Read All About It! Cowgatehead, 7–31 Aug, £free Lou Conran: Small Medium at Large Assembly George Square Gardens, 6–31 Aug, not 17, 24, £5—£8 The Story Of The Nervous Man (A Silent Comedy) Heroes @ Bob’s BlundaBus, 27–31 Aug, £5

French Fried Comedy Edinburgh Sportsters, 8–29 Aug, £free Mickey D: Good Bloke Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 6–30 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free

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

Cardinal Sin Sweet Grassmarket, 17–23 Aug, £free

Stephen Bailey: Should’ve Been a Popstar Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, not 19, £5—£11 Jellybean Martinez: Mr Saturday Night TV Just the Tonic at The Caves, 6–29 Aug, not 18, £5—£7 Helen Duff: Smasher – Free Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £free

Notflix SpaceTriplex, 24–29 Aug, £9

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

15:10

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

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

The Missing Hancocks: Live in Edinburgh! (Show A) The Assembly Rooms, Various dates from 5 Aug to 29 Aug, £10—£16 The Improvised Improv Show – Free Show! Laughing Horse @ Dropkick Murphys, 6–30 Aug, £free

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Scott Bennett: About a Roy (Stories About Me Dad) Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £3—£6 The Kagools Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £5 Hari Sriskantha: Like Breath on a Mirror Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 6–30 Aug, not 19, £free Goose: Kablamo Assembly George Square Theatre, 6–30 Aug, £5—£10

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

15:30 Matthew Collins: The Benefit of Several Doubts Laughing Horse @ Jekyll & Hyde, 7–30 Aug, not 18, £free Flick and Julie: Pop-Up Penny Pinchers Cowgatehead, 10–29 Aug, not 19, £free Hydrophobia (Free) Laughing Horse @ Bar 50, 7–29 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free

15:20

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

Nick Purves is a Recovering Snob Ciao Roma, 8–29 Aug, £free

Gag Reflex Presents Laughing Horse @ The White Horse, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £free

Nick Coyle’s Guided Meditation Lauriston Halls, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £free The Amazing Sketch Show C venues – C, 23–31 Aug, £8.50—£10.50 Julia Sutherland is World’s Best Dad The Stand Comedy Club, 17 Aug, £10

❤ Candy Gigi – Chicken Soup HHHH

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

Simon Munnery: And Nothing But The Stand Comedy Club, 6–31 Aug, not 17, £9—£10 Free Gaza! The Assembly Rooms, 16 Aug, £10 Chris Coltrane: Left-Wing Propaganda Machine Banshee Labyrinth, 8–30 Aug, £free

15:35 Tania Edwards: Electrifying Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £6—£9.50

15:40 Markus Birdman – Grimm Realities Canons’ Gait, 8–30 Aug, not 17, £free Jim Smith: Farmed and Dangerous The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 18–30 Aug, £8


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Dan Nicholas: Reverb (The Love Story of Terrance the Crocodile and Julia the Mannequin) Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £5 Simon Donald: Barry Twyford Isn’t Meant The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 5–16 Aug, not 6, £7—£8 Yianni: Why Did the Chicken Cross the Line? The Stand Comedy Club 2, 5–30 Aug, not 6, 17, £7—£8 Eric’s Tales of the Sea – A Submariner’s Yarn Just the Tonic at The Caves, 7–29 Aug, not 18, £7—£11 Comedians’ Cinema Club Just the Tonic at The Tron, 12–29 Aug, not 18, £8 What a Load of Skit Chiquito, 23–29 Aug, £free

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15:45 Nathan Cassidy: Back to the Future III Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 16 Aug, £free Kevin McMahon – Quantum Magic Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, £5—£12 Matt Winning: Mugabe and Me (3D) Opium, 8–29 Aug, not 18, £free Nev – $cum Laughing Horse @ The Cellar Monkey, 6–30 Aug, not 12, 19, 26, £free James Veitch: Genius Bar Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, £6—£10.50 Rhys James: Remains Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, £6—£11 Paul Harry Allen’s Retro Delights Laughing Horse @ Finnegan’s Wake, 6–29 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £free

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Nathan Cassidy: Back to the Future Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 6–29 Aug, not 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, £free

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Card Ninja Sin, 7–30 Aug, not 17, 24, £free BEASTS: Live DVD Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £6—£10 Comedy With a Colour-Blind Dyslexic Geordie Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 6–30 Aug, £free

15:50 Quiz in my Pants Cabaret Voltaire, 8–29 Aug, £free Stuart Laws: Who Said Anything About Stopping It? (1hr Show) Cabaret Voltaire, 10–14 Aug, £free

15:55

The Cambridge Footlights International Tour Show 2015: Love Handles Underbelly Med Quad, 5–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£11

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

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

Laughing Horse Free Pick of the Fringe Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 7 Aug, 12 Aug, 19 Aug, 26 Aug, £free

Luke Toulson: Grandpa, Hitler and Me The Stand Comedy Club 5 & 6, 5–30 Aug, not 6, 17, £7—£8 Mid-Brow Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 17, 24, £6—£9 Sophie Pelham: Country Files Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, not 18, £6—£9

16:00

Juliette Burton: Look At Me Gilded Balloon , 16–21 Aug, £10 Tamar Broadbent: Brave New Girl Cowgatehead, 8–29 Aug, not 9, 19, £free Niamh Marron – Stand Up Chameleon Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 6–30 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free

The Bumper Blyton Improvised Adventure Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 6–20 Aug, £free BlundaBus: RoadShow Heroes @ Bob’s BlundaBus, 26 Aug, £5 Battle of the Superheroes Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 8–29 Aug, not 12, 19, 20, 21, 26, £free Thünderbards: Chapter III Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, £6—£10 LOLympics Live – Free Laughing Horse @ The Blind Poet , 6–30 Aug, £free Ismo Leikola: Observing the Obvious Gilded Balloon , 7–30 Aug, not 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, £5—£10

❤ LetLuce in Sea Men (A Naval Tale) HHHH

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

16:05 The Coin-Operated Girl – A Sex Worker’s Real Life Revelations of Frivolous Fornications Liquid Room Annexe, 8–30 Aug, not 17, 24, £free

Stella Graham – Fox Sake Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 6–30 Aug, £free

Rodney Bewes: Whatever Happened to the Likely Lad? The Assembly Rooms, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £10

Alistair Barrie: No More Stage 3 Movement, 8–29 Aug, not 17, £free

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

Comfort and Joy New Waverley Arches , 7–30 Aug, not 12, 19, 26, £free

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

Tiff Stevenson: Mad Man The Stand Comedy Club 5 & 6, 6–29 Aug, not 17, £9—£10

Routines Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £free

Sam and Tom from TV! Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £3—£6

16:10

Gabriel Ebulue: Armchair Anarchist Cowgatehead, 7–31 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £free

Sleeping Trees: Mafia?/Western? Pleasance Courtyard, 5–22 Aug, £6—£10

The Rat Pack Stand-Up Comedy Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, Various dates from 9 Aug to 30 Aug, £free

Lucie Pohl: Cry Me a Liver Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, £5—£9

Paul Kerensa: Back to the Futon Pt2: Dude, Where’s My Hoverboard? Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 6–14 Aug, £free

Battle of the Supervillains Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 20–21 Aug, £free The People’s TV Show Fingers Piano Bar, 22–30 Aug, not 24, £free

Laura Lexx: Lovely Underbelly Med Quad, 5–30 Aug, not 18, £6—£10.50

Michael Brunström: The Golden Age of Steam Heroes @ The Hive, 18–23 Aug, £5 Kitten Killers: Woof Underbelly, George Square, 5–31 Aug, not 19, £6—£9 Tanyalee Davis: Actual Size Heroes @ The Hive, 24–31 Aug, £5 Nicholas Parsons’ Happy Hour Pleasance Courtyard, 7–16 Aug, not 11, £6—£13

Freestyle Comedy Scottish Comedy Festival @ The Beehive Inn, 7–30 Aug, £free Moby Alpha Assembly George Square Studios, 6–31 Aug, not 17, 24, £5—£12 Pete Johansson: Just Google Me Heroes @ The Hive, 6–17 Aug, £5

16:15 Brydie Lee-Kennedy Loves You Two Just the Tonic at the Caves (Salvation Rooms), 6–30 Aug, not 18, £free Best Boy: Bested Cowgatehead, 8–29 Aug, not 17, £free Charlie Dinkin: Child Star Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 6–19 Aug, £free Karl Spain: A Time for Jokes Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 18, £5—£9.50 Barry Cryer and Ronnie Golden – Old Masters Gilded Balloon , 16–26 Aug, not 20, 21, 22, £12 Abi Roberts: Downtown Abi Voodoo Rooms, 8–30 Aug, not 18, £free The Clean (as Possible) Comedy Show Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 7–30 Aug, £free 48 Minutes / Free Festival Laughing Horse @ Moriarty’s, 6–30 Aug, £free Louise Reay: It’s Only Words Just the Tonic at The Community Project, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £free—£5 Stephen K Amos Talk Show Gilded Balloon , Various dates from 7 Aug to 29 Aug, £7—£14 Cake and Other Things Opium, 8–29 Aug, not 20, £free Ray Bradshaw: I Dare Ray to... Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 17, 24, £5—£10 Minor Delays Gilded Balloon , 5–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£10

Dyer and Whitney: You and I Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £free

16:20 Martin Croser is an Evil Robot Sent from the Future to Destroy Us All Dragonfly, 8–29 Aug, £free Stand-Up Philosophy – Free Silk, 8–29 Aug, not 13, 17, 25, £free Marny Godden: Flap ‘em on the Gate Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £6—£10 Funny for a Grrrl Stand in the Square, 6–31 Aug, not 17, £9—£10 Beth Vyse: As Funny As Cancer Heroes @ The Hive, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £5 Howard Read: Man (Work in Progress) Banshee Labyrinth, 8–22 Aug, £free

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

16:30 Compose Mantis: The Duo-plicity of Improv New Waverley Arches , 7–31 Aug, £free BBC: In Tune BBC@POTTERROW, 21 Aug, £free Rose Matafeo and Guy Montgomery Are Friends Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 6–30 Aug, £free Ollie and Susie’s New Year’s Shindig Southsider, 8–29 Aug, £free At Least 100 Jokes Cowgatehead, 8–29 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £free Jason Neale is Proper Funny: Fact Heroes @ Bob’s BlundaBus, 21–25 Aug, £5


Daddy and Robin I Love You (Featuring the Little Snowman) Heroes @ Bob’s BlundaBus, 10 Aug, 11 Aug, 27 Aug, 28 Aug, 29 Aug, £5 John Lloyd: Emperor of the Prawns Assembly Checkpoint, 6–30 Aug, not 19, £6—£13 Suzy Bennett Gumption! Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 7–30 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free Larry Dean: Out Now! Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£12 Jessie Cave: I Loved Her Underbelly, Cowgate, 8–30 Aug, £9—£10 Hall and Edhouse: The Two Syds Heroes @ Bob’s BlundaBus, 16–20 Aug, £5 Get Your Own Back: Live! Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 6, 20, £7—£13

16:35 That Pair: Letting It Go Just the Tonic at The Caves, 6–29 Aug, not 18, £5

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

16:45 James Ross – Leopardoptera Globe Bar, 8–29 Aug, not 12, 19, 26, £free Ken Crystal Afternoon Showcase Laughing Horse @ The White Horse, 6–29 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free Harriet Kemsley: Puppy Fat Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £6—£9.50

Christian Schulte-Loh: Return of the 50 Foot German Comedian Sin, 7–29 Aug, not 19, 26, £free

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

Damien Slash: Übermen Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£9.50

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

Tiny Horse Comedy Laughing Horse @ Bar 50, 7–30 Aug, not 19, £free The Beau Zeaux: An Improvised Comedy Pleasance Courtyard, 6–30 Aug, not 12, 19, 26, £6—£12 The Discount Comedy Checkout – Improv Show George Next Door, 8–15 Aug, £free

16:50 Michael J Dolan: Miserable Guts The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £7—£8 Sarah Callaghan: Elephant HHH Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£12 John Scott Presents Dissent The Stand Comedy Club 2, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £7—£8

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

17:00 Ivo Graham: No Filter Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, not 17, £7—£11

David Elms: Mister Boy Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £6—£9.50 Nina Conti: In Your Face Pleasance Courtyard, 17 Aug, £12 Evelyn Mok: Idiot Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 6–30 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free The Maydays & Friends: Unplugged Thistle King James Hotel, 18–30 Aug, £free Laughing Horse Free Comedy Selection Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 7–29 Aug, £free Man-ish Laughing Horse @ The Cellar Monkey, 20–30 Aug, £free Bucket HHH Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 13, 14, £6—£10 Trygve Wakenshaw: KRAKEN Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, not 12, 17, 24, £7.50—£12.50 Christian Reilly: Songs of Insolence Liquid Room Annexe, 8–30 Aug, £free Phil Wang: Philth Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, £6—£10 Jollyboat: Nerdplay Movement, 8–29 Aug, £free

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

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

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

Asp Cowgatehead, 8–29 Aug, £free

An Irishman Abroad (Live) Jarlath Regan Interviews Jason Byrne The Stand Comedy Club, 17 Aug, £8

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

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

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

Rosie Wilby: The Science of Sex Sneaky Pete’s, 8–15 Aug, £free Big Mouth Strikes Again Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 6–31 Aug, £free Messrs Brimson and Wilson in Lofty Expectations Cabaret Voltaire, 6–29 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free Mark Thomas: Trespass – Work in Progress Summerhall, 6–30 Aug, not 10, 20, £10—£12 BBC: Simon Mayo Drivetime BBC@POTTERROW, 17–20 Aug, £free Twisted Loaf Present Stale Mate Just the Tonic at The Caves, 6–29 Aug, not 18, £5—£8 Shit of the Fringe Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 7–30 Aug, £free

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

17:15 Lucy Frederick – In the Wild Gilded Balloon , 5–30 Aug, not 17, £5—£8.50 Alex Smith - The Art of Grooming Whistlebinkies, 8–29 Aug, not 17, £free Micky Bartlett: Narcissilly Just the Tonic at the Caves (Salvation Rooms), 7–29 Aug, not 18, £free David Mills: Don’t Get Any Ideas / Free Voodoo Rooms, 8–30 Aug, £free Next Year’s Show (50% Abridged Version) Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 6–30 Aug, £free

Milo McCabe: Genesisocide Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 6–30 Aug, £free Gareth Cooper: Mishmash Fingers Piano Bar, 7–30 Aug, not 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 24, £free Katsura Sunshine – Let Me Tell You a Story About Japan! Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 6–30 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £free

17:20 Yve Blake: Lie Collector Pleasance Dome, 5–31 Aug, not 17, £6.50—£10.50 Adam Hess: Salmon Heroes @ The Hive, 7–31 Aug, £5 Matt Forde’s Political Party Podcast Pleasance Courtyard, 17 Aug, £8.50

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

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

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

A Jam-Maker’s Guide to Self-Preservation theSpace on the Mile, 7–15 Aug, not 9, £5.50—£7.50

Jenny Say Qua Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 6–30 Aug, £free

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

Tom Allen: Both Worlds The Stand Comedy Club 5 & 6, 5–30 Aug, not 6, 17, £9—£10

Martha McBrier: Pigeon Puncher Laughing Horse @ Finnegan’s Wake, 6–29 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £free

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

So That’s What We Voted For? The Assembly Rooms, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £9—£10

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

Shakespeare’s Avengers Assembleth: Age of Oberon Greenside @ Royal Terrace, 7–29 Aug, not 16, 23, £4—£7

Thrones! The Musical Assembly George Square Studios, 5–31 Aug, £10—£14 An Audience with Harry Deansway Just the Tonic at The Tron, 6–29 Aug, not 18, £5

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

Jon Cozart – Laughter Ever After Underbelly Med Quad, 5–31 Aug, not 19, £6—£11 BEINGS Cowgatehead, 22–28 Aug, £free Sam Brady: Kindness The Assembly Rooms, 5–16 Aug, not 6, £9—£10 Abigoliah Schamaun: Post-Coital Confessions Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 19, £5—£10

Hardeep Singh Kohli: Big Mouth Strikes Again Pleasance Dome, 5–30 Aug, not 19, £6—£12 Graham Clark Reads the Phonebook Assembly George Square Studios, 5–31 Aug, not 17, £6—£10 Passing Places Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 10–15 Aug, £9

17:25 Patrick Morris: Fairly Premature Bucket List Underbelly Med Quad, 5–30 Aug, not 19, £6—£11

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0131 510 2385 www.thespaceuk.com theSpace @ Symposium Hall

He’s written operas, sonatas and symphonies Now he brings his epic piano skillz to the cabaret circuit Oxford Comedy Scottish Comedy Festival @ The Beehive Inn, 7–31 Aug, not 17, £free

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

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Huntington & Hutt: Insignificant Other Just the Tonic at the Caves (Salvation Rooms), 6–29 Aug, not 18, £free Dead Ghost Star Just the Tonic at the Caves (Salvation Rooms), 6–29 Aug, not 18, £free Ed Aczel: The Random Flapping of a Butterfly’s Wings Heroes @ The Hive, 7–30 Aug, not 19, £6 James Christopher’s Annual Cry for Help Banshee Labyrinth, 9–30 Aug, not 15, 22, 29, £free BlundaBus: RoadShow Heroes @ Bob’s BlundaBus, 26 Aug, £5 Nick Hall: Dodekahedron Underbelly, George Square, 5–31 Aug, not 19, £6—£10 The Oxford Revue: Issues Assembly George Square Studios, 5–31 Aug, not 17, 24, £5—£10 A Life in Progress Laughing Horse @ Moriarty’s, 6–14 Aug, £free

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Paul Savage: Tired and Emotional Dragonfly, 8–29 Aug, not 18, £free

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BBC: The Verb BBC@POTTERROW, 27 Aug, £free The Giggle Dungeon Take Over! Laughing Horse @ Moriarty’s, 15–30 Aug, £free Lou Sanders: Excuse Me, You’re Sitting on My Penis Again Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 7–30 Aug, not 19, £free Rosie Holt: (No) Strings Attached Frankenstein Pub, 7–31 Aug, not 19, £free NewsRevue 2015 Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £9—£16.50 Aidan Strangeman: Horsey Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 17, £5—£10 Anything Can Be a Podcast Podcast Returns! Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 6–30 Aug, £free Will Durst: BoomeRaging From LSD to OMG Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 18, £5—£12.50 Amir Khoshsokhan – Milk and Hedgehogs Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £free BBC: Just a Minute BBC@POTTERROW, 11 Aug, £free Alfie Moore: A Fair Cop Stands Up Assembly George Square Studios, 5–31 Aug, £6—£11

Bec Hill: Caught On Tape Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 19, £5—£9.50

Luca Cupani: Still Falling Heroes @ Bob’s BlundaBus, 6–31 Aug, not 12, 26, £5

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17:35

Andrew Bridge: AART Laughing Horse @ Dropkick Murphys, 15–30 Aug, £free

Mark of Stupidity Laughing Horse @ The White Horse, 6–30 Aug, £free

When the Sh*t Hits the Fan Assembly Hall, 6–31 Aug, not 17, 18, £5—£10

The Best of Irish Comedy The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 7–30 Aug, £12

Tatterdemalion Assembly Roxy, 5–31 Aug, not 19, £6—£12

Phil Jerrod: Neanderthal Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£10

Lewis Schaffer is Free until Famous, £5 Just the Tonic at The Community Project, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £5

17:40 Bruce Fummey: A History of Scotland Stand in the Square, 5–30 Aug, not 6, 17, £7—£8 John McKeever: Multifarious Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, not 21, £6—£11 Mark Dean Quinn: More Observation Without Comedy Is Not On Today Banshee Labyrinth, 18–19 Aug, £free The Thinking Drinkers’ Guide to the Legends of Liquor Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 17, £7—£12.50 Christian Talbot is Shite at Being Irish Underbelly Med Quad, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £6—£10

17:45 Christian O’Connell: You’ve Ruined My Morning... and Other Fan Mail Gilded Balloon , 7–29 Aug, not 19, £6—£12 Light Relief Sweet Grassmarket, 6–30 Aug, £8.50

Kayfabe Laughing Horse @ Dropkick Murphys, 6–14 Aug, £free Cerys Nelmes Presents Pick’n’Mix – Free Southsider, 8–29 Aug, not 17, 24, £free Jonny Pelham: Before and After Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, £6—£9.50 Croft & Pearce – There’s Always Something Gilded Balloon , 5–30 Aug, not 17, £5—£10

17:50 Cosmonaut by Ryan Good Underbelly, Cowgate, 7–30 Aug, not 17, 18, £6—£10 Clare Plested: The Essential Collection Ciao Roma, 8–29 Aug, not 19, £free

17:55 Jim Smallman: My Girls Just the Tonic at The Caves, 6–29 Aug, not 18, £3—£6

My Two Years in Tokyo Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 6–30 Aug, £free

Alex Horne: Monsieur Butterfly Pleasance Courtyard, 15–29 Aug, £12 Keith Farnan: Anonymous Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, not 18, 25, £6—£11 Sam Gore: The Cryptid Crossword Laughing Horse @ Bar 50, 6–30 Aug, £free Alex Williamson: That Guy from the Internet Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 19, 26, £7—£12 Ria Lina: Taboo Raider

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

Brennan Reece: Marvel Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 7–29 Aug, not 17, £free Comedy in the Dark Just the Tonic at The Community Project, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £6—£12

Phill Jupitus: Sketch Comic Scottish National Gallery, 13 Aug, 20 Aug, 27 Aug, £free Let’s See Jen Carnovale Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 6–30 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free Silky: The Shrieking in My Mind The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 5–30 Aug, not 6, 17, £7—£8 Ian Smith – Whereabouts Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, not 18, £6—£10 Jack Barry: This Title Came to Me in a Dream Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, £6—£9 Morgan Berry: Watership Down Banshee Labyrinth, 8–30 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free Soho Comedy at the Fringe Sin, 7–31 Aug, £free Comedy at the Portrait Gallery Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 14 Aug, 21 Aug, £10 Loch Ness Monster Hunter Bedlam Theatre, 24–30 Aug, £8 One Man Breaking Bad: The Unauthorized Parody Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 6, 17, 25, £6—£15 The A to Zed Of Loving A Ned Arthur Conan Doyle Centre, 7–29 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £6


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07 – 31 August 2015

BBC: Jazz Line-Up BBC@POTTERROW, 15 Aug, £free Mark Smith: Log Flume Cowgatehead, 8–29 Aug, not 19, 26, £free

18:05 Abandoman – Hot Desk Underbelly, George Square, 17–19 Aug, £14.50 Danny Ward – St Vitus Dance Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, £6—£9.50 Bristol Revunions: Cream Just the Tonic at The Caves, 6–29 Aug, not 18, £3—£7 Time at the Bar! theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 24–29 Aug, £6

18:10 Tim Drain: I Know How to Make the Women I Sleep with Laugh theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 25–29 Aug, £6 Space Carrots Present: Where’s Keith? Silk, 8–29 Aug, £free

David O’Doherty: We Are All in the Gutter, But Some of Us Are Looking at David O’Doherty Assembly George Square Theatre, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £8—£15 Tez Ilyas: TEZ Talks Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£12 UCLU Comedy Club Presents... Movement, 8–29 Aug, not 19, £free In Cahoots: Two White Guys Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, £7—£10.50 Jewish Cockney Caribbean Female Laughing Horse @ The Cellar Monkey, 7–30 Aug, £free Katharine Ferns: Conscious Incompetent Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 6–30 Aug, £free A Very Tall Storrie Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 6–30 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free Hey Hey 16K Sneaky Pete’s, 8–22 Aug, £free

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

Five Childmen and It – Don’t Wake the Psammead! Sneaky Pete’s, 23–29 Aug, £free

18:15

How to Win a Pub Quiz Kilderkin, 8–29 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £free

AAA Stand-Up Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, £6—£11 Love Bites Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 6–30 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free

George and Co (the Solo Tour) C venues – C nova, 5–31 Aug, £8.50—£10.50

The Wild Card Kitty Show Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 6–30 Aug, not 18, 25, £free The Brendon Burns Show Again Liquid Room Annexe, 8–30 Aug, £free Rock ‘N’ Roll Radio Idiot (Free) Cowgatehead, 17–22 Aug, £free

❤ Dane Baptiste: Reasonable Doubts HHHH

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

Matt Price: The Boy with Cake on His Face Laughing Horse @ Finnegan’s Wake, 6–29 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £free Nish Kumar: Long Word... Long Word... Blah Blah Blah... I’m so Clever Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, £6—£12 Wyatt Nixon-Lloyd Has 200 Voicemails Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 7–30 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free Sunshine and Lollipops (and a Creeping Sense of Existential Terror) Cowgatehead, 21–31 Aug, £free Becky Brunning and Bethan Roberts Are Not Men Just the Tonic at the Caves (Salvation Rooms), 7–29 Aug, not 18, 24, £free Vladimir McTavish: Scotland, 45 Events That Shaped a Nation The Stand Comedy Club 5 & 6, 5–30 Aug, not 6, 17, £7—£8

Kevin Day: Hairline Gilded Balloon , 5–30 Aug, not 19, £6—£11 Dave Griffiths: C U in Court Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 6–30 Aug, £free

18:20 Sam and Helen: Out There Just the Tonic at The Caves, 6–29 Aug, not 18, £5—£7 Sooz Kempner – Character Activist Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £free Rory O’Hanlon: It’s Great to Be Here Cabaret Voltaire, 8–30 Aug, £free Ronny Chieng: Chieng Reaction Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£12 Holly Burn: I am Kirsty K Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £5 Centred: A One Clown Comedy About Stuff C venues – C south, 6–31 Aug, £7.50—£9.50 Life Jim (But Not as We Know It) theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 10–15 Aug, £8 Tom Parry: Yellow T-shirt HHH Just the Tonic at The Tron, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £4—£5 Comicunication Te Kore, 11–15 Aug, £7 Baby Wants Candy: The Graduation Show Assembly Checkpoint, 17 Aug, 24 Aug, £10

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

18:30 McNeill of Tranent – The Fastest Man in the World Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 6 Aug, 7 Aug, 10 Aug, 17 Aug, 24 Aug, £free Adventures in Menstruating with Chella Quint Stafford Centre, 8–28 Aug, not 12, 14, 17, 25, £free Gone with the Inflatable Colonel Laughing Horse @ Jekyll & Hyde, 19–30 Aug, £free 99 Club Stand-Up Selection – Free Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 8–30 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free Champagne Socialist Laughing Horse @ The Cellar Monkey, 6–30 Aug, not 12, 19, £free Laughing Horse Free Pick of the Fringe Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 7–29 Aug, £free Paul Currie: Re-Release the Baboons Heroes @ The Hive, 6–31 Aug, not 12, 19, 26, £5 Festival of the Spoken Nerd: Just for Graphs Assembly George Square Studios, 5–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£12 Permission to be Me Fingers Piano Bar, 7–16 Aug, not 10, £free

Super-Fragile-Nihilistic-Sexy-and-Atrocious (and Other Poems) Fingers Piano Bar, 18–22 Aug, £free Supermassive Face Palm La Belle Angèle, 8–30 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £free Not Just a Funny Turn Gilded Balloon , 25 Aug, £15 Shaggers Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 6–30 Aug, £free Davey Connor – So, There You Go Gilded Balloon , 5–30 Aug, not 17, £5—£8.50 Alun Cochrane: A Show with a Man in It The Stand Comedy Club, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £9—£10

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

18:40 Iain Stirling: Touchy Feely HH Pleasance Courtyard, 5–29 Aug, £6—£10 Fast Fringe Pleasance Dome, 5–29 Aug, £5—£10 Pat Cahill: Panjandrum Heroes @ The Hive, 6–30 Aug, not 19, £5

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The USOL Best Friends Club Dragonfly, 8–29 Aug, £free

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

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

Private Harris Cowgatehead, 8–29 Aug, not 12, 19, 26, £free

Heidi O’Loughlin: A Woman Talking Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £6—£10

Derek Ryan: The Slaughterhouse Rules - Uncut! (Work in Progress) New Waverley Arches , 8–14 Aug, £free

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

Ste and Dave in Training Laughing Horse @ Moriarty’s, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £free

Brody and Chadwick’s Great Blimp Deception Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 23–30 Aug, £5

Bristol Improv Steals the Show – Free Sportsters, 8–29 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £free

18:45 Will Mars: Outspoken White Guy Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £free

Jody Kamali – Spectacular! Underbelly Med Quad, 5–31 Aug, not 19, £6—£10

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

Nicky Wilkinson’s Happy Hour Just the Tonic at the Caves (Salvation Rooms), 6–29 Aug, not 18, £free

Sarah Kendall: A Day in October Assembly George Square Studios, 5–31 Aug, not 17, £6—£12 Amy Howerska: Sasspot HHH Gilded Balloon , 5–30 Aug, not 17, £5—£11 Jamon Iberico and Other Short Stories New Waverley Arches , 18–28 Aug, not 20, 21, £free

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

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Shit-Faced Showtime Underbelly Med Quad, 5–31 Aug, not 17, £7—£12

WOMANz: Jou’re Welcome HHH Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 19, £5—£10

Chris Dugdale: Sleightly Dishonest Assembly George Square Studios, 5–31 Aug, not 17, £6—£12.50

Oliver Suddon – For One Night Only! Festival Radio, 8 Aug, 15 Aug, 22 Aug, 29 Aug, £10

❤ Emma Sidi: Character Breakdown

18:55

Love Sick Assembly Hall, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £5—£9.50

Sheffield of Dreams Cowgatehead, 10–29 Aug, not 12, 17, 25, £free

Laugh Train Home Comedy Showcase Laughing Horse @ Dropkick Murphys, 6–30 Aug, £free

Hal Cruttenden: Straight Outta Cruttenden Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, not 17, £9—£16

How to Be Fat Zoo Southside, 7–31 Aug, not 17, £7.50—£8.50 Peter Brush: Older Than the Oldest Dog That Ever Lived Just the Tonic at The Community Project, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £3—£6 John-Luke Roberts: Stdad-Up Voodoo Rooms, 8–30 Aug, £free

19:00 Joey Page: Catastrophe Party Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £6—£11 GingerbeToast On Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 6–30 Aug, £free BlundaBus: RoadShow Heroes @ Bob’s BlundaBus, 26 Aug, £5 Pete Firman: Super Duper Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, £8.50—£15

18:50

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

Massive Dad 2.0: Step Up 2 Massive Dad Pleasance Dome, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £6—£9.50

The Half Naked Chef Heroes @ Bob’s BlundaBus, 6–31 Aug, not 12, 26, £5

Richard Soames Does the Right Thing Underbelly, George Square, 5–31 Aug, not 19, £6—£10

Michelle McManus: Reloaded Stand in the Square, 6–30 Aug, not 8, 17, 24, £10—£12

BBC: Asian Network’s Big Comedy Night BBC@POTTERROW, 23 Aug, £free Marc Jennings: Disconnected Cowgatehead, 8–29 Aug, £free Reginald D Hunter: Bitchproof Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, not 12, 18, 24, £9—£17 The Sinister Tales of Doctor Synistra Spotlites, 16–31 Aug, £5—£7.50 BBC: Live Music With Radio Nan Gàidheal BBC@POTTERROW, 28 Aug, £free

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

Normally Abnormal Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 6–30 Aug, £free The Wee Man Syndrome Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 7–29 Aug, not 9, 16, 18, 23, £7 HUB Fresh Pleasance Courtyard, 10 Aug, 17 Aug, 24 Aug, £free Justin Moorhouse: Destiny Calling Gilded Balloon , 5–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£11.50

BBC: Just a Minute BBC@POTTERROW, 11 Aug, £free

Joe Lycett: That’s The Way, A-Ha A-Ha, Joe Lycett Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £6—£12

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

Lost Voice Guy: Disability for Dunces Stand in the Square, 24 Aug, £8

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

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

The Pin: Ten Seconds with The Pin HHH Pleasance Dome, 5–31 Aug, not 17, 24, £6—£11 Fernando – Carry On Campervan Sweet Grassmarket, 29–30 Aug, £10

Price Includes Biscuits theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 7–29 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £8 Accidental Death of an Anarchist theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 17–22 Aug, £8

19:10 The Large HArdon Collider Serenity Cafe, 8–30 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free Sofie Hagen: Bubblewrap Liquid Room Annexe, 7–31 Aug, £free Susie McCabe: The Drugs Don’t Work The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £7—£8 Pop Pop Underbelly Med Quad, 6–31 Aug, not 17, £6—£10.50 Gavin Webster: The Sexist’s Sexist The Stand Comedy Club 2, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £7—£8

19:15 Craig Hill: Playing With My Selfie! Venue150@EICC, 6–30 Aug, not 17, 25, £8.50—£17.50 Dumped Just the Tonic at The Community Project, 6–17 Aug, £4

19:05

JAM Comedy Globe Bar, 8–29 Aug, not 18, 26, £free

Aidan Goatley: Year of the Goat Ciao Roma, 8–29 Aug, not 18, £free

Stand Up & Slam! – Free Cowgatehead, 8–29 Aug, not 19, £free


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Mornings at 11:45 Pleasance Courtyard Joseph Morpurgo: Soothing Sounds for Baby HHH Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £6—£10.50 Cut the Mustard C venues – C nova, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £8.50—£10.50 SherwoodJam Black Medicine, 23–29 Aug, £free Sean McLoughlin: Whatever It Takes Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, £6—£9.50 Angela Barnes: Come As You Are Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, not 17, £7—£11 Stephen Carlin: The Gospel According to Stephen Canons’ Gait, 8–30 Aug, not 18, £free Eric Davidson – It’s a Wrong Way to Ukulele SpaceTriplex, 7–15 Aug, not 9, £10 The Knowing Smirk Comedy Show theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 11–15 Aug, £5 Nicole Henriksen – Honeycomb Badgers on Acid Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 6–30 Aug, £free Fifty Shades of Fizzog theSpace on Niddry St, 7–13 Aug, £6 Moj Taylor Is in: The Pursuit of Crappiness Just the Tonic at The Caves, 6–29 Aug, not 18, £7.50—£10 Philip O’Shea Turns 30 – Live Banshee Labyrinth, Various dates from 8 Aug to 30 Aug, £free

SomeNews: The Misstakes Laughing Horse @ Bar 50, 6–30 Aug, £free

My Favourite Words in the English Language Just the Tonic at The Tron, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £5—£8.50

19:20

Henning Wehn: Eins, Zwei, DIY! The Queen’s Hall, 6–16 Aug, not 10, 11, £10—£15.50

Jimmy McGhie – Winged Goddess of Victory Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£10.50 Big Value Comedy Show – Early Just the Tonic at The Community Project, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £5—£10 Alfie Brown: -ism Assembly George Square Theatre, 5–31 Aug, £6—£11 Al Murray: The Pub Landlord’s Summer Saloon Assembly George Square Gardens, 21–30 Aug, £19.50 Paul Foot Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£12.50

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

19:30 Jimeoin: Yeehaa! Venue150@EICC, 6–30 Aug, not 17, 25, £8.50—£17.50 For the Love of God... LifeCare Centre, 13–15 Aug, £2.50

Jim Davidson - No Further Action Edinburgh Playhouse , 14 Aug, £16

Comedy Gala 2015: In Aid of Waverley Care feat. Adam Hills & Marcus Brigstocke Edinburgh Playhouse , 16 Aug, £25 So You Think You’re Funny? Grand Final Gilded Balloon , 27 Aug, £15 Jo Brand Gilded Balloon , 17 Aug, 19 Aug, 21 Aug, £15

Plague of Idiots Gilded Balloon , 5–30 Aug, £5—£10

Barry Cryer’s 80th Birthday Roast Gilded Balloon , 23 Aug, £12

Liam Williams: Bonfire Night Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 20–30 Aug, £free

QI Presents: No Such Thing as a Fish Underbelly Potterrow, 26–30 Aug, £11.50—£12.50

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

❤ Ahir Shah: Distant HHHH

Kate Lucas – Work in Progress Laughing Horse @ The White Horse, 6–31 Aug, not 12, 21, £free

Tina C: Herstory Underbelly Potterrow, 5–17 Aug, £10—£13

Totes Inappropes! Laughing Horse @ Jekyll & Hyde, 6–30 Aug, not 18, 26, £free Don’t F*ck with Me Gweilo: Stories from a World Citizen The Stand Comedy Club 5 & 6, 6–16 Aug, £7—£8 Adam Hills: Clown Heart Assembly Hall, 22–30 Aug, not 28, £14—£15 Alan Davies: Work in Progress 2 Gilded Balloon , 9–15 Aug, £15

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

Carl Donnelly: Jive Ass Honky Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£10

❤ James Acaster: Represent HHHH Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, £6—£12 Joby Mageean – Billy No Immune System Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 6 Aug, 21 Aug, £free Kelly Ford’s Kapers Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 27–30 Aug, £free Tom Toal in Sunshine on Bexleyheath Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, £6—£10.50

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

Darren Walsh: Punderbolt Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 17, £6—£9

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

19:35

Musical Comedy Awards Showcase Underbelly Potterrow, 20–21 Aug, £12 Alexander Bennett: I Can Make You a Moron Cowgatehead, 8–29 Aug, not 18, £free Imaan After My Own Heart The Assembly Rooms, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £9—£10 Milton Jones and the Temple of Daft Assembly Hall, 7–21 Aug, not 10, 17, £18.50 Andrew Maxwell – Yo Contraire Assembly George Square Theatre, 18 Aug, £13 Alice Fraser: Savage

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

Simon Caine Presents Buddhism and Cats Just the Tonic at the Caves (Salvation Rooms), 7–29 Aug, not 18, £free Jena Friedman: American C*nt The Stand Comedy Club 5 & 6, 18–30 Aug, £7—£8 Lloyd Griffith: Great Grimsby’s Big Turn On Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, £6—£10.50

The NHS: Don’t Ask, It’s Private theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 10–15 Aug, £7.50

19:40 Simon Munnery’s Fylm School Heroes @ The Hive, 6–31 Aug, not 17, £5 John Robertson – The Dark Room: Symphony of a Floating Head Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, £6—£10.50 Dr Professor Neal Portenza’s Catchy Show Title Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £free Michael Che: Six Stars

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

Matthew Crosby: Smaller Than Life Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £4—£5 Breakfast Epiphanies Just the Tonic at The Caves, 6–28 Aug, not 18, £3—£6 Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman Chiquito, 23–29 Aug, £free Baby Wants Candy: The Improv All Star Explosion! Assembly Checkpoint, 17 Aug, 24 Aug, £13

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19:45 Gearoid Farrelly: Gearoid Less Travelled Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 18, £5—£9.50 Natasha Noman: Noman’s Land Gilded Balloon , 5–15 Aug, £5—£10.50 Jocks and Geordies Whistlebinkies, 9–30 Aug, not 15, 22, 29, £free Papa CJ: Naked Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 6–23 Aug, £free Honest to Godley! Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 6–30 Aug, £free

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Class Clowns 2015: The Final Gilded Balloon , 18 Aug, £5 It’s a Good Day to Damo Sin, 7–31 Aug, not 14, £free Joanna Neary: Faceful of Issues HHH The Assembly Rooms, 5–30 Aug, not 6, 17, £9—£10 Laughing Horse Free Comedy Selection Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 7–29 Aug, £free Private Harris St John’s, 7–31 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £free Katia Kvinge: 140 Karakters Just the Tonic at the Caves (Salvation Rooms), 6–29 Aug, not 12, 18, £free

19:50 ❤ Andrew Doyle: Minimalism!

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

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Andrew Ryan: Perfectly Inadequate Assembly George Square Studios, 5–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£11

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Elf Lyons: Being Barbarella Voodoo Rooms, 8–30 Aug, not 24, £free Tim Renkow: Kim Jong-Un, Muhammad, Jesus and Other Power Hungry Maniacs Heroes @ The Hive, 7–31 Aug, not 12, 26, £5 Jonny and the Baptists: The End Is Nigh Roundabout @ Summerhall, 7–30 Aug, not 18, 25, £9—£12 Freddie Farrell: Today Was a Total Waste of Makeup Dragonfly, 8–29 Aug, £free

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

20:00 John Robins: Speakeasy Assembly George Square Studios, 5–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£12 Superhero Secret Origins Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 7–30 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free The Big Charity Gala! - Free Laughing Horse @ New Empire Bingo, 19 Aug, £free Nina Conti: In Your Face Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, not 18, £9—£15.50 Nathan Caton: Straight Outta Middlesex Pleasance Dome, 5–30 Aug, not 17, £7—£11 Gay Furnish Flirt Coach Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, not 17, 24, £6—£12 Northern Ar Souls – Farewell Tour Eric Liddell Centre, 10–11 Aug, £free Adam Benjamin and Victor Preda: Icomeclasts Laughing Horse @ Moriarty’s, 6–30 Aug, £free

The Big Comedy Gala in Aid of Macmillan Cancer Support Venue150@EICC, 28 Aug, £18

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

My First Laugh Sportsters, 8–29 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £free

Felicity Ward: What If There Is No Toilet? Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 17, £6—£12

Wheely Wheely Wheely Wheely Wheely Cowgatehead, 8–29 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £free BBC: Sketchorama BBC@POTTERROW, 19 Aug, £free Gilded Balloon 30th Anniversary Gala Gilded Balloon at the Edinburgh Playhouse, 15 Aug, £20

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

20:10 Lazy Susan: Double Act Pleasance Dome, 5–31 Aug, not 19, £6—£10

Steve Bugeja: Day Release Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £5

Stewart Francis: Pun Gent The Assembly Rooms, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £14—£15

Kai Humphries: How to Be Happy Gilded Balloon , 5–30 Aug, £6—£12.50 Rob Beckett: Mouth of the South Pleasance Dome, 5–30 Aug, not 17, £7.50—£13 An Improvised Murder New Waverley Arches , Various dates from 16 Aug to 22 Aug, £free Sparrow-Folk: SuBIRDia Gilded Balloon , 5–30 Aug, not 17, £5—£10 Playing Politics Acoustic Music Centre @ St Bride’s, 21 Aug, 27 Aug, 28 Aug, £12.50 Stereotypist Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 6–30 Aug, £free Jason Byrne: 20 Years a Clown Assembly Hall, 6–30 Aug, not 17, 24, £4—£19.50 Super Villain Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 13–30 Aug, £free Annie McGrath and Nico Tatarowicz #Pray4AnnieAndNico Just the Tonic at the Caves (Salvation Rooms), 7–29 Aug, not 18, 24, £free Jo Caulfield: Awkward Conversations The Stand Comedy Club, 7–30 Aug, not 17, £10 Patrick Kielty: Help Assembly George Square Studios, 24–30 Aug, £12.50—£14

Patrick Monahan – The Disco Years Gilded Balloon , 5–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£12

Pajama Men: 2 Man 3 Musketeers Assembly Roxy, 7–30 Aug, not 17, 24, £10—£15

Jarred Christmas is Hotfoot Papa Gilded Balloon , 19–23 Aug, £10

Ian D Montfort: Under Sciencey Conditions Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, £6—£14.50

Abi Roberts’ Musical CID Gilded Balloon , 27–30 Aug, £8

Improvabunga: Funny Side Up theSpace on the Mile, 7–29 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £8

Mark Steel: Who Do I Think I Am? Assembly George Square Studios, 5–30 Aug, not 17, £10—£14 The Bartender’s Guide to Idiots Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 8–12 Aug, £free

Rhys Nicholson – Forward Underbelly, George Square, 5–31 Aug, £6.50—£11.50 Corey White: The Cane Toad Effect Assembly Hall, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£10

Pun Run Gilded Balloon , 17 Aug, £7

Max and Ivan: The End Pleasance Dome, 5–30 Aug, not 18, £6—£12.50

Andrew Lawrence: Uncensored Assembly Roxy, 5–30 Aug, not 17, 24, £5—£12

Joel Creasey: The Hurricane Assembly Roxy, 18–29 Aug, £10—£11

Bruce Fummey: Scottish Comedian of the Year Winner 2014 Scottish Comedy Festival @ The Beehive Inn, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £3—£10

Greg Proops: The Smartest Man In The World Gilded Balloon , 24–26 Aug, £12

Viv Groskop: Say Sorry to the Lady The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 5–30 Aug, not 6, 17, £7—£8

20:15 Evan Wonders of the World Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 6–30 Aug, £free Waking Up in Trees and Trucks George Next Door, 8–28 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free Cheeky Irish Pups Laughing Horse @ Dropkick Murphys, 6–30 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free Accident Avoidance Training for Cutlery Users – Level 1 Southsider, 23–29 Aug, £free Small Town Heroes Southsider, 8–22 Aug, £free Adrienne Truscott’s A One-Trick Pony!

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Gilded Balloon , 5–17 Aug, £7.50—£14

Just the Tonic Comedy Club Just the Tonic at The Caves, 7–29 Aug, not 18, 26, £8—£10 Lost Property Cowgatehead, 8–22 Aug, not 19, £free

Mark Simmons – Laugh Yourself Thin Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, £6—£9.50 Clare Harrison’s 15 Minutes of Shame Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 13–14 Aug, £free Cocaine and Potatoes Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 22–30 Aug, £free

20:20 Rob Beckett: Mouth of the South Pleasance Courtyard, 19–22 Aug, £12—£13 Pappy’s Live at the Cabaret Bar! Pleasance Courtyard, 27–29 Aug, £9 Martin Mor: Away Gallivanting The Stand Comedy Club 2, 7–30 Aug, not 17, £8 Jamie Kilstein: Sober Song Rants and a Cat Story Stand in the Square, 18–31 Aug, £12 Zoe Coombs Marr: Dave Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £6—£11

Kate Smurthwaite: The Wrong Sort of Feminist Ciao Roma, 8–29 Aug, not 17, £free

20:25 ONEymoon Liquid Room Annexe, 8–30 Aug, not 12, 19, 24, 26, 29, £free Garrett Millerick: A Selection of Things I’ve Said to Taxi Drivers Underbelly Med Quad, 5–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£11 Eric Davidson – It’s a Wrong Way to Ukulele theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 17–29 Aug, not 23, £10

20:30 Pun-Man’s Pun Party Frankenstein Pub, 8–29 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free ONEymoon George Next Door, 24 Aug, 29 Aug, £free Katherine Ryan: Kathbum Pleasance Courtyard, 12 Aug, 13 Aug, 19 Aug, £14 Archie Maddocks Ain’t Got No Behaviour Cowgatehead, 7–29 Aug, not 17, £free Phil Kay MegaBusy Heroes @ Bob’s BlundaBus, 13–23 Aug, £7


Short Com Cameo Cinema, 10–11 Aug, £8 Testify Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 6–30 Aug, £free Eleanor Tiernan – Don’t Cry for Me Eleanor Tiernan Laughing Horse @ The White Horse, 6–30 Aug, not 24, £free Femmetamorphosis Spotlites, 6–31 Aug, £6—£8 Gabriel Bisset-Smith Tells the Most Original and Funny Joke in the Universe! Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, not 19, £6—£10 WinstonsWow The Boards, 5–29 Aug, not 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 23, £10 Tats Nkonzo: The African With Wifi Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 17, £6—£10.50 Cheaper Than Therapy Heroes @ Bob’s BlundaBus, 6–11 Aug, £5 Natasia Demetriou and Ellie White are Mother and Baby Banshee Labyrinth, 8–30 Aug, not 23, £free

❤ Brett Goldstein: Burning Man HHHH

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

Pierre Novellie is Anxious Peter Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, not 18, £6—£10 Sarah Bennetto: Fritters Away an Hour of Your Life... Mmm, Fritters Laughing Horse @ Bar 50, 6–29 Aug, not 17, 24, £free The Old Fella theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 7–29 Aug, not 9, 16, 25, £9

20:40 Charlie Baker: Just the One Assembly George Square Theatre, 5–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£11 John Hastings: Marked from the Start Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, £6—£10 Daniel Sloss: Dark Venue150@EICC, 6–30 Aug, not 17, 25, £8.50—£17.50 The USOL Hyper-Bowl Silk, 8–20 Aug, £free The Heist theSpace on the Mile, 7–22 Aug, not 9, 16, £9

20:45 Clusterf**k Movement, 8–29 Aug, £free Stuck! Gilded Balloon , 17–30 Aug, £8.50—£10.50 Luke McQueen: Double Act Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 17, £6—£10.50 Prey Liquid Room Annexe, 24–30 Aug, £free The Warwick Revue Present: Sketch Education Liquid Room Annexe, 8–20 Aug, not 12, £free Chris Martin: This Show has a Soundtrack HHH Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 6–30 Aug, not 19, £free Jeff Green: Happiness Gilded Balloon , 5–16 Aug, £6—£12 Chris Betts: Social Animal Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£9.50 Rory McSwiggan Wants Nothing to Do With Himself Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 6–30 Aug, not 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, £free

Peablossom Cabaret Thistle King James Hotel, 7–23 Aug, £free

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

All Our Friends Are Dead Just the Tonic at The Caves, 6–29 Aug, not 18, 24, £6—£10

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

20:35

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

Foil, Arms and Hog: Skiddlywup Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, £7—£12

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

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

Jacobs and von Jones: Best of the Fest! Laughing Horse @ The Cellar Monkey, 6–30 Aug, £free Chris Turner: XXV Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, £6—£10 Tim Key: Work-inSlutgress Pleasance Courtyard, 15–31 Aug, not 17, £10 Luisa Omielan: Am I Right Ladies?! Assembly George Square Theatre, 13–15 Aug, £16.50 zazU: A Fête Worse Than Death Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 19, £6—£10 Don’t Look Down The Assembly Rooms, 5–30 Aug, not 6, 17, £9—£10 Some Like It Thea-Skot Cowgatehead, 8–29 Aug, not 19, £free

20:50 Maxine Jones: Full Circle Cabaret Voltaire, 8–29 Aug, not 19, £free Bobby Mair: Filthy Immigrant Heroes @ The Hive, 6–31 Aug, not 17, £5 Desperately Seeking Attention Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 7–29 Aug, not 16, 23, £free—£8

21:00 Super Shaggers Laughing Horse @ New Empire Bingo, 21–22 Aug, £free Queens of Comedy Sin, 14–30 Aug, not 17, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27, £free Sunshine and Lollipops (and a Creeping Sense of Existential Terror) Laughing Horse @ Jekyll & Hyde, 21–30 Aug, £free

Aunty Donna Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 17, £5—£12 Ed Byrne – Outside Looking In Gilded Balloon , 5–30 Aug, not 17, 27, £10—£15 Latex and Roses Just the Tonic at The Caves, 6–29 Aug, not 18, £free—£5 Julian Deane Just the Tonic at The Tron, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £free Sam Simmons: Spaghetti for Breakfast Underbelly Potterrow, 5–30 Aug, not 17, 24, £7.50—£14 Two Thirds of a Trio Laughing Horse @ Jekyll & Hyde, 6–20 Aug, £free Trygve Wakenshaw: Nautilus Pleasance Courtyard, 6–30 Aug, not 12, 17, 24, £7—£12 Will Franken: Who Keeps Making All These People? The Stand Comedy Club 5 & 6, 5–30 Aug, not 6, 17, £7—£8 Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho Assembly George Square Gardens, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £10—£14 Burt Lancaster Pierced My Hymen (When I Was 11) Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 6–30 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £5 Künt and the Gang – Künt’ll Fix It Laughing Horse @ New Empire Bingo, 28–29 Aug, £6 Laughing Horse Free Pick of the Fringe Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 7–29 Aug, £free Chortle Student Comedy Award Final Pleasance Courtyard, 24 Aug, £8.50 Savage and Ralph: Joyful Erotica Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 6–30 Aug, not 19, 26, £free

Ben Fairey: Floe-Joe’s Faces Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £free—£5

Bob Doolally Football Legend The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 17 Aug, 25 Aug, £10

BBC: The Jazz House BBC@POTTERROW, 12 Aug, £free

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

Alex Kealy and Friends Dragonfly, 8–29 Aug, not 19, £free Harmon Leon in Porn, Corn, and Body Slamming For Jesus Banshee Labyrinth, 7–30 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free Blind Mirth Paradise in The Vault, 8–22 Aug, not 16, £6 Joel Dommett: Conquer Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 6–29 Aug, not 28, £free BlundaBus: RoadShow Heroes @ Bob’s BlundaBus, 12 Aug, 26 Aug, £5 Sean Cullen: I Have Returned... Briefly! Gilded Balloon , 17 Aug, £12 Chris Fitchew – Ooops! Sin, 7–27 Aug, not 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 24, £free Funmbi Omotayo: Legal Immigrant Gilded Balloon , 6–30 Aug, £5—£9.50 Spencer Jones Presents: The Herbert in Proper Job Heroes @ The Hive, 6–31 Aug, not 18, 25, £5 Bodell and Maxwell’s Chromatic Character Menagerie Cowgatehead, 8–29 Aug, not 17, 25, £free

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

21:10 Carl Hutchinson: Learning the Ropes The Stand Comedy Club 5 & 6, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £9—£10 Scotland’s Pick of the Fringe Scottish Comedy Festival @ The Beehive Inn, 7–30 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £5

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

21:15 Elaine C Smith’s Burdz Eye View The Assembly Rooms, 13–16 Aug, £15 Sean Nolan: The Retrospective Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £free Neel Kolhatkar: Truth Be Told Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 19, £5—£11 Al Porter Is Yours Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 18, £5—£9.50 Bafflesmash Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 5–30 Aug, not 17, £free Alasdair and Nick: Dangerous as Milk – Free Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 6–30 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £free Barnardo’s Big Comedy Benefit The Assembly Rooms, 18 Aug, £15 Loving Linda Smith Gala Concert: In Aid of Target Ovarian Cancer The Assembly Rooms, 19 Aug, £20 Glenn Moore: Nephew to Three Gorgeous Uncles Cowgatehead, 8–29 Aug, £free Mark Nelson: Older than Jesus Gilded Balloon , 5–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£12.50 Tom Ballard – Taxis & Rainbows & Hatred Assembly George Square Studios, 5–30 Aug, not 17, 24, £6—£11 Mae Martin: Us Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £free

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Dysfunctionally in Order Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 6–30 Aug, £free

WeddingBingo – Free Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 16–23 Aug, £free

Christian Steel – Gloom Hunter Cowgatehead, 8–29 Aug, £free

Marcus Brigstocke: Why the Long Face? Assembly Hall, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £10—£14

21:20

Aisling Bea: Plan Bea Gilded Balloon , 5–30 Aug, not 19, £7—£12

The Secret of My Failure theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 17–22 Aug, £7.50 Alex Lacey is Killing Jim Sweet Grassmarket, 6–29 Aug, not 12, 19, 26, £8 Ally Houston: Shandy Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £free—£4 Barry from Watford’s Bingo Bonanza Pleasance Courtyard, 13–29 Aug, not 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, £10—£12 Mixtape Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, £6—£10 The Shambles theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 7–29 Aug, not 16, £6—£8 Glenn Wool: Creator, I am but a Pawn Assembly George Square Studios, 5–30 Aug, not 17, 24, £6.50—£12.50

21:25 Jerry Sadowitz: Comedian, Magician, Bawbag! The Assembly Rooms, Various dates from 20 Aug to 30 Aug, £16 Church Night theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 24–29 Aug, £5

21:30 James Hamilton Is So Lonely – Free Voodoo Rooms, 8–30 Aug, not 17, £free Waking Up in Trees and Trucks Cowgatehead, 7–29 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free

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

Calypso Nights: Juan, Two? Assembly Roxy, 5–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£10

Dyspraxia and Politics: The Two Sides to Don Biswas Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 6–16 Aug, £free Baby Wants Candy: The Completely Improvised Full Band Musical Assembly George Square Studios, 5–30 Aug, £10—£15 Gary Little: Just Trying to Be Friendly The Stand Comedy Club, 7–30 Aug, not 17, £10 Showstopper! The Improvised Musical Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, £10—£15 Paris Communal Shower Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 7–31 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £free Shazia Mirza: A Work in Progress The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £7—£8 Mark Forward presents Mark Forward Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 27, £5—£12 Sketch Club: The Final Gilded Balloon , 19 Aug, £10 A Ward Winning Storey Cowgatehead, 8–29 Aug, not 12, 20, £free Phil Nichol: I Don’t Want to Talk About It The Stand Comedy Club 2, 6–30 Aug, not 17, 18, 19, £7—£8 James Loveridge: Funny Because It’s True Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 24–30 Aug, £free The Pleasance Comedy Reserve Pleasance Dome, 5–31 Aug, not 17, 24, £6—£9.50 Hailey Boyle: Manimal The Stand Comedy Club 2, 18–19 Aug, £8

Aaaaaarrgghhhh! It’s the Monster Stand-Up Show – Free Show Laughing Horse @ Dropkick Murphys, 6–30 Aug, £free

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

21:40 Ben Russell: The Tokyo Hotel Pleasance Dome, 5–29 Aug, not 17, 24, £6—£11 Chaos Theory Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, £6—£10.50 Follow the Faun Spotlites, 6–31 Aug, £8.50 Matt Reed – Stalked Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £5—£10 Big Value Comedy Show – Late Just the Tonic at The Community Project, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £5—£10 Ben Champion: Don’t Look Down – Free Liquid Room Annexe, 23 Aug, 25 Aug, 27 Aug, 28 Aug, 30 Aug, £free Jess Robinson: The Rise of Mighty Voice Pleasance Dome, 5–30 Aug, not 17, 24, £6.50—£12 Abnormally Funny People Stand in the Square, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £9—£10 Tom Stade: You’re Welcome! The Assembly Rooms, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £14—£15 Franks and Skinner Present: Myself and Myself Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 6–30 Aug, not 17, 18, £5—£7

Nick Cody – Beard Game Strong Assembly George Square Studios, 5–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£12.50 St George is Cross Underbelly Med Quad, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £6—£10

21:45 Lee Nelson: Suited & Booted Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, £10—£15 Honky Bonk History of The Beatles Heroes @ Bob’s BlundaBus, 27–31 Aug, £5 Mancunian Rhapsody C venues – C cubed, 6–29 Aug, £8.50—£10.50 Sex, Hugs and Gender Roles: A Panel Show About Sexuality Laughing Horse @ The White Horse, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £free Jem Brookes: Punisment Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 6–30 Aug, £free

❤ Adam Riches is Coach Coach HHHH

Pleasance Dome, 5–30 Aug, £7—£14

Bronston Jones: God Bless ‘Merica – Free Laughing Horse @ Bar 50, 6–30 Aug, £free Paul Ricketts: West End Story Heroes @ Bob’s BlundaBus, 6–15 Aug, not 12, £5 #BlurredMinds – Free Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 6–30 Aug, not 15, 22, £free Stephanie Laing: Nincompoop Cowgatehead, 8–29 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £free Joshua Ladgrove Talks at You for 52 Minutes in Exchange for Some of Your Money Heroes @ Bob’s BlundaBus, 16–25 Aug, £5 Chris Stokes: Altruism in Birds Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, £6—£9.50 Gein’s Family Giftshop: Volume 2 Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£9.50

aLOne – Loren O’Brien Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, £6—£11

21:50 The Noise Next Door’s Comedy Lock-In Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, not 18, £7—£14 Lights! Camera! Improvise! - The Improvised Movie Live on Stage Pleasance Courtyard, 28–30 Aug, £15

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

22:00 Confessions of a Peculiar Mind Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 6–31 Aug, not 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29, £free AAA Stand-Up Late Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, £6—£11 Elliot Steel and Jake Lambert: Lark! Kilderkin, 8–29 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £free Cariad & Paul: A Two Player Adventure Pleasance Courtyard, 25–29 Aug, £8—£11 Vegas Nocturne Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 17, £6—£12 Brendon Burns and Colt Cabana Sit in a F*cking Yurt at 11pm and Provide Comedy and Commentary to Bad Wrestling Matches Stand in the Square, 6–31 Aug, not 9, 16, 18, 23, 30, £9—£10 BBC: The Radio 2 Arts Show BBC@POTTERROW, 14–15 Aug, £free Henry von Stifle’s Enter the Dragon Cowgatehead, 7–30 Aug, not 17, 24, £free Folie à Deux Pleasance Courtyard, 19–23 Aug, £9—£10 Bombs, Booze and Haggis Strikes Back Laughing Horse @ Jekyll & Hyde, 7–30 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free

Immigrant Diaries: Sajeela Kershi and Guests The Assembly Rooms, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £9—£10 The Shuffle Show Assembly George Square Theatre, 5–30 Aug, not 17, 24, £6—£12 Daniel Sloss: Dark: Extra Shows! Venue150@EICC, Various dates from 14 Aug to 29 Aug, £14.50—£17.50 Princes of Main Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 17, £6—£9 The Free Association Pleasance Courtyard, 12–16 Aug, £7—£8 Failure Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 6–30 Aug, not 19, £free Instant Sharma Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 6–30 Aug, not 19, 26, £free The Wrestling Pleasance Courtyard, 18 Aug, £20 Oh It’s That Guy! Comedian Matt Henry Freestival St Mary’s, 7–31 Aug, £free If Men Ruled the World – Free Laughing Horse @ The Cellar Monkey, 6–30 Aug, £free The Barry Delusion Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 7–30 Aug, not 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, £free Joy is the Enemy of Progress Just the Tonic at the Caves (Salvation Rooms), 6–26 Aug, not 11, 18, £free The Alternative Comedy Memorial Society Heroes @ The Hive, 9–27 Aug, not 14, 15, 21, 22, £5 BattleActs! Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 7–29 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free Il Puma va a Edimburgo Heroes @ The Hive, 13 Aug, 20 Aug, £5

22:05 Your Aunt Fanny Just the Tonic at The Caves, 19–29 Aug, £7—£8

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AUG 5 -30 (not 17) 9:45am (55m) 06 AUG - 30 AUG (not18) Female Personality of the Year C venues – C nova, 16–31 Aug, £8.50—£10.50

Jonny Awsum: Everything is Awsum Gilded Balloon , 5–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£8.50

Nick Revell: Feminist Porno Jihadi The Stand Comedy Club 5 & 6, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £7—£8

Angus Brown: Get Ready. Get Set. Ahhh F*%k It C venues – C south, 6–31 Aug, £7.50—£9.50

22:10 ❤ Kyle Kinane: Ghost Pizza Party HHHH

Miss Behave’s Gameshow Assembly Checkpoint, 6–29 Aug, not 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, £8—£15

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

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

22:15

Joke Thieves Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 6–30 Aug, not 28, £free

Casual Violence: Om Nom Nom Nominous Pleasance Courtyard, 20–23 Aug, £12.50

Kevin J: Council Estate of Mind Gilded Balloon , 5–30 Aug, not 19, £5—£11

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

Mark Watson: Flaws Pleasance Courtyard, 28–29 Aug, £15.50

Beardyman: One Album Per Hour Pleasance Courtyard, 13–17 Aug, £13—£14 Stuart Black – Lemsip and Cigarettes Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 6–30 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free Anil Desai – Impressions of a Hindude Sin, 6–30 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free

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

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Die Roten Punkte – Haus Party Assembly Checkpoint, 9 Aug, 16 Aug, 23 Aug, £10—£12

Hell To Play Cowgatehead, 8–29 Aug, not 18, £free

22:20 Foil, Arms and Hog: Skiddlywup (Extra Performances) Underbelly, Cowgate, Various dates from 7 Aug to 29 Aug, £12 Mick Ferry Is Just a Bloke Just the Tonic at The Tron, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £3.50—£6 Best of Scottish Comedian of the Year Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, not 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, £6—£13.50

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Omar Hamdi: In the Valleys of the Kings Assembly George Square Studios, 5–30 Aug, £6—£12

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

2 Girls, 1 Cup of Comedy Just the Tonic at The Caves, 6–29 Aug, not 18, £5

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

Good Kids Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 6–23 Aug, not 18, £4—£8

BBC: Radio 1’s Fun and Filth Cabaret BBC@POTTERROW, 17–20 Aug, £free

22:25

The Man The Assembly Rooms, 5–30 Aug, not 6, 17, £9—£10

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

22:30 Diane Chorley: Duchess of Canvey Underbelly Potterrow, 5–31 Aug, not 17, £7—£12.50 Fright Bus Service Necrobus, 5–31 Aug, £9

Titty Bar Ha Ha: Club Titticana Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 6–30 Aug, not 12, 19, 26, £free The Colour Ham – One. Last. Time. (A Best Of) Gilded Balloon , 14 Aug, £15 Frenchy: Live’n’Lanky Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 19, £5—£11

The Best of Scottish Comedy The Stand Comedy Club 5 & 6, 7–30 Aug, not 17, £12

Cassandra: Mary Canary Just the Tonic at the Caves (Salvation Rooms), 6–29 Aug, not 10, 18, 24, £free

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

Samantha Pressdee: Consume Shit and Die Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 6–30 Aug, £free

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

Stand Rising The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 7–30 Aug, £8

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

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

22:40 The Horne Section’s Questions Sessions Gilded Balloon , 15–29 Aug, £13—£15

Kinetic Comedy – Edinburgh Special Underbelly, Cowgate, 27–29 Aug, £10 Ro Campbell: Exercise Ze Demon The Stand Comedy Club 2, 5–30 Aug, not 6, 17, £7—£8 Piff the Magic Dragon – Breakfast at Piffany’s Underbelly’s Circus Hub on the Meadows, 14–29 Aug, £12.50—£13.50 Imaginary Porno Charades Sweet Grassmarket, Various dates from 7 Aug to 29 Aug, £7 Qyeen sweeTs: NorthernXposure The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, 18–30 Aug, £8

22:45 Best of So You Think You’re Funny? Gilded Balloon , Various dates from 7 Aug to 30 Aug, £10 Brickhead: Yeah Yeah Cowgatehead, 8–29 Aug, not 17, 23, £free Seymour Stiffs – The Undertaker Cowgatehead, 8–29 Aug, £free Alistair Williams and Edd Hedges – The Late Show Cowgatehead, 18–30 Aug, £free The Labour Of Laugh Underbelly Med Quad, 5–31 Aug, £5—£8 Adam Blampied: I am Mr Children Man Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 6–30 Aug, not 19, £free

The Wow Wow Show! with Dan Clark Assembly George Square Studios, 27–29 Aug, £12—£14 Dave Callan – A Little Less Conversation 2: A Little More Less Conversation Gilded Balloon , 6–30 Aug, not 18, 19, £5—£10.50 Josh Widdicombe’s XFM Show Live! Assembly George Square Studios, 22–25 Aug, £15 The Jest: The Five Humours Pleasance Dome, 5–30 Aug, not 19, £6—£10 Liz Fraser’s Podlaughs... Live! Gilded Balloon , 24–26 Aug, £7.50 Jarred Christmas and Hobbit: The Great Comedy Beat Box Party Gilded Balloon , 19–23 Aug, £10 Comedy, Craft Beer and Curry: Live at V Deep V Deep, Various dates from 6 Aug to 29 Aug, £10 So You Think You’re Funny? Gilded Balloon , Various dates from 9 Aug to 18 Aug, £10

22:50 Anarchy Cabaret (Return of the Tight Six) Ciao Roma, 8–29 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £free Pajama Men: Pterodactyl Nights Assembly George Square Studios, 14 Aug, 15 Aug, 21 Aug, 22 Aug, £12.50


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0131 556 6550 | pleasance.co.uk 22:55 The Comedian’s Comedian Podcast Live Black Medicine, 16–29 Aug, not 19, £free

23:00 Comedy Club 4 Kids 4 Grown-Ups Assembly Roxy, 14–15 Aug, £7 Shane Todd – Sick Bro! Pleasance Courtyard, 7–30 Aug, not 17, 24, £5 All American Boy Laughing Horse @ The White Horse, 6–14 Aug, £free Simon Slack – The Fantasist Banshee Labyrinth, 8–30 Aug, not 19, £free Aaaaaaaaaaaaarrghhh! It’s the Increasingly Prestigious Malcolm Hardee Comedy Awards Show – and It’s Free! Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 28–29 Aug, £free

Just the Tonic Comedy Club – Midnight Show Just the Tonic at The Caves, 7–29 Aug, not 18, £10

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

Phil Nichol’s Cray Cray Cabaret The Assembly Rooms, 6–30 Aug, not 18, 19, £10—£12.50

Luke Stephen: Peace, Love and Not Understanding Cowgatehead, 8–29 Aug, not 18, £free

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

I am, I am Gilded Balloon , 26–27 Aug, £9

Karl Schultz: Matthew Kelly – Hypnagogia Pleasance Courtyard, 7–29 Aug, not 17, 24, £5

KINGS! Pleasance Courtyard, 7–30 Aug, not 20, 21, 22, £5

BBC: Jazz on 3 BBC@POTTERROW, 24–25 Aug, £free BBC: BBC Presents... Edinburgh 2015 BBC@POTTERROW, 29–30 Aug, £free Set List: Stand-Up Without A Net The Stand Comedy Club, Various dates from 9 Aug to 30 Aug, £12.50 Augustus and the Holy Grail Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 6–30 Aug, not 17, 24, £free Bob Slayer: Fat Jockey Heroes @ Bob’s BlundaBus, 7–29 Aug, not 12, 19, 26, £5 BBC: BBC Presents… BBC@POTTERROW, 9 Aug, 16 Aug, 23 Aug, 25 Aug, 26 Aug, £free

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

FLUU Pleasance Courtyard, 7–30 Aug, not 17, £5

The Naked Stand-Up Spotlites, 6–15 Aug, £10

Twins: Pret A Comedy Pleasance Courtyard, 7–30 Aug, not 17, 18, 24, £5

Hof With His Head Laughing Horse @ The White Horse, 15–30 Aug, not 17, 24, £free The Beta Males: Alpha Sketches Pleasance Courtyard, 20–23 Aug, £9—£10 Late Night Bedlam Theatre, 7–30 Aug, £7 Molotov Cocktail Party Globe Bar, 7–31 Aug, not 17, £free

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Lydia King: A Date with Density Underbelly Med Quad, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £6—£9 Edinburgh Comedy Allstars Underbelly, George Square, Various dates from 7 Aug to 30 Aug, £10.50—£16

Giving Head Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £8 Ari Shaffir: This is Not Happening Pleasance Dome, Various dates from 6 Aug to 30 Aug, £6—£12 The Super Serious Show Stand in the Square, 16–17 Aug, £8

Voices in Your Head Assembly George Square Studios, Various dates from 7 Aug to 29 Aug, £6—£10 Birthday Girls: Party Vibes Pleasance Courtyard, 24–30 Aug, £5

23:15

BAGMAN Pleasance Courtyard, 7–30 Aug, not 17, 24, £5

Feminazi Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, £5—£12

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

Late Night Dark Show Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 6–31 Aug, £free

Afterhours Comedy Assembly Roxy, 8 Aug, 15 Aug, 22 Aug, 29 Aug, £14 Maff Brown – On Demand, Live Laughing Horse @ Bar 50, 6–29 Aug, not 15, 22, 23, £free The Kinsey Sicks: America’s Next Top Bachelor Housewife Celebrity Hoarder Makeover Star Gone Wild! Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 12, 19, 26, £6—£12

23:10 Late Show Pleasance Courtyard, Various dates from 7 Aug to 29 Aug, £10—£15

Rotating Bill Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 6–30 Aug, £free Shaggers Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 6–30 Aug, £free Generation whY? Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 6–30 Aug, not 12, 19, 26, £free Digest TV: The Temp Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 24–29 Aug, £8 A to Z Improv Comedy Kilderkin, 8–29 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £free Dark Side of the Mime Assembly Roxy, 5–30 Aug, not 17, 24, £6—£12

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

23:30 Liam Williams: Bonfire Night Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 6–19 Aug, not 17, £free Hate ‘N’ Live Sin, 7–29 Aug, £free Richard Gadd: Waiting for Gaddot Banshee Labyrinth, 8–30 Aug, not 17, £free Nathan Cassidy: Back to the Future II Gilded Balloon , 5–29 Aug, not 16, 17, 18, £6—£8 This Is Your Trial Assembly George Square Theatre, 5–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£12.50 Magners Comedy Festival Winner – Jim Brewsky Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 22–30 Aug, £free Bearpit Podcast (Podcast) Gala Show Just the Tonic at The Caves, 26–27 Aug, £5 The Assembly Rooms Very Best of the Fest The Assembly Rooms, Various dates from 14 Aug to 29 Aug, £15

23:45 The Stand Late Club The Stand Comedy Club, Various dates from 7 Aug to 29 Aug, £15 Mimi Goes East Laughing Horse @ Moriarty’s, 6–30 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free Sharma Sharma Sharma Sharma Sharma Comedian! Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, 6–30 Aug, not 19, 26, £free Laughter with Njambi McGrath and Guests Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 6–29 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £free Funny Women Awards 2015 Semi-Final Voodoo Rooms, 14–15 Aug, £free Jayde Adams’ Kahuzzi! Voodoo Rooms, 8–30 Aug, not 17, 24, £free

23:55 Pappy’s Presents...The Secret Dudes Society Pleasance Dome, 11 Aug, 17 Aug, 24 Aug, 25 Aug, £7 Set List: Stand-Up Without A Net The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4, Various dates from 7 Aug to 29 Aug, £12.50 Fright Bus Service Necrobus, Various dates from 7 Aug to 29 Aug, £9

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

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

09:05 Cracked Tiles Spotlites, 18–31 Aug, not 21, 22, 23, £6.50

Tomorrow Traverse Theatre, 11 Aug, £14

Shakespeare for Breakfast C venues – C, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £7.50—£9.50

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

The Beanfield theSpace on the Mile, 7–22 Aug, not 9, 16, £7 The Red Chair Summerhall, 24–30 Aug, £12

10:05

09:20

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

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

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Theatre Uncut Roundabout @ Summerhall, 24–30 Aug, £12

09:15

Nunsense theSpace @ Venue45, 12 Aug, £5

Naked Knotted Neurons C venues – C nova, 10–15 Aug, £9.50—£10.50

09:45

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

The Norman Conquests: Living Together C venues – C cubed, 6 Aug, 9 Aug, 12 Aug, 15 Aug, £8.50—£10.50

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

11:30

Wilde Without the Boy Assembly Hall, 6–31 Aug, not 17, £5—£10 Hamlet (A One Man Play) Spotlites, 6–22 Aug, £8 Sanctuary theSpace on Niddry St, 17–22 Aug, £8 Sequamur The Assembly Rooms, 18–24 Aug, £10 Open ZOO, Various dates from 8 Aug to 28 Aug, £6—£8 Cheque Please ZOO, Various dates from 7 Aug to 31 Aug, £6—£8

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

Othello C venues – C too, 17–22 Aug, £7.50—£8.50

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

10:15

10:40

The Canterbury Tales Church Hill Theatre, 11 Aug, £5

The Communist Threat Zoo Southside, 7–31 Aug, £7—£9

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

Daze of My Life Paradise in The Vault, 15 Aug, £6

Some People Talk About Violence HHH Summerhall, 5–23 Aug, £7—£10.50

Beautiful, Terrifying, Love Paradise in The Vault, 9 Aug, 14 Aug, £6

09:55

Into the Panther’s Cage Paradise in The Vault, 11–12 Aug, £6

10:20

10:00

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

Happily After Ever Paradise in Augustines, 15 Aug, £5

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

Tissue theSpace on Niddry St, 25–29 Aug, £7

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

The Money City Chambers, 27–28 Aug, £10

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

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

Storytape Gilded Balloon , 10–28 Aug, weekdays only, £free

The Seuss Odyssey theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 8 Aug, 10 Aug, 12 Aug, £5

Playback Impro Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 6–30 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free

Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour Traverse Theatre, 18 Aug, 20 Aug, 26 Aug, £14—£20

Re:member theSpace on the Mile, 7–22 Aug, not 9, 15, 16, £6—£8

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

09:50

old man’s Gift Venue 13, 8–29 Aug, not 17, £8

An Oak Tree Traverse Theatre, 9 Aug, 14 Aug, £20

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

10:10

This Being Human Paradise in The Vault, 13 Aug, £6

Marching for Necie theSpace on the Mile, 12–15 Aug, £8

Listings

A Girl is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride Traverse Theatre, 12 Aug, 23 Aug, 29 Aug, £20

Consumption theSpace on the Mile, 7–15 Aug, not 9, £5—£9

09:30

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Real Life Becomes a Rumour theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 17–22 Aug, £7

Avicide SpaceTriplex, 17–22 Aug, £7

10:45 The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven Summerhall, 5–30 Aug, not 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, £7—£12 Cinema Northern Stage at Summerhall, 8–30 Aug, not 12, 19, 26, £8—£10

10:55 The Thwarting of Baron Bolligrew theSpace on Niddry St, 10–15 Aug, £8

11:00

10:30 Big Bite Size Breakfast Show Pleasance Dome, 5–31 Aug, not 18, 25, £7.50—£12.50 As Is Bedlam Theatre, 5–30 Aug, not 17, £7—£10

Paradise: Lost theSpace on Niddry St, 17–22 Aug, £8—£10 Sunshine! Japanese Rakugo Comedy in English! Spotlites, 6–31 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £6

Tomorrow Traverse Theatre, 16 Aug, 22 Aug, 28 Aug, £20 Richard III Greenside @ Royal Terrace, 24–29 Aug, £9 The Norman Conquests: Table Manners C venues – C cubed, 7 Aug, 10 Aug, 13 Aug, £8.50—£10.50 The Norman Conquests: Round and Round the Garden C venues – C cubed, 8 Aug, 11 Aug, 14 Aug, £9.50—£10.50

11:05

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

The Stolen Inches C venues – C nova, 5–26 Aug, £8.50—£10.50

Blood Wedding Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 24–26 Aug, £7

❤ A Gambler’s Guide to Dying HHHH Traverse Theatre, 7 Aug, 13 Aug, 19 Aug, 25 Aug, 30 Aug, £18

Have a Heart Just the Tonic at The Caves, 6–29 Aug, not 18, £5—£9

How to Keep an Alien Traverse Theatre, 9 Aug, 15 Aug, 21 Aug, 27 Aug, £18 Shazam! theSpace on the Mile, 17–22 Aug, £7.50 Wild Waves Whist Church Hill Theatre, 8 Aug, 10 Aug, 12 Aug, £5 Crash HHH Traverse Theatre, 6 Aug, 12 Aug, 18 Aug, 23 Aug, 29 Aug, £12—£18 Pirates and Mermaids Scottish Storytelling Centre, Various dates from 10 Aug to 31 Aug, £10 A+E Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 12, 19, £6—£9

❤ Fake It ‘til You Make It HHHH Traverse Theatre, 11 Aug, 16 Aug, 22 Aug, 28 Aug, £18

Pardon / In Cuffs Traverse Theatre, 8 Aug, 14 Aug, 20 Aug, 26 Aug, £18 Tony’s Last Tape Pleasance Courtyard, 7–30 Aug, not 13, 20, 27, £7—£12

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

11:20

This Language theSpace on Niddry St, 25–29 Aug, £7

11:10 Islands HH Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £6—£10.50

Nudity, Free Beer, Good for Kids Venue 13, 8–29 Aug, not 11, 17, 18, 25, £8 What Would Spock Do? Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 12, 19, 26, £6—£12 In the West Church Hill Theatre, 11 Aug, £5 Storytape Gilded Balloon , 10–28 Aug, weekdays only, £free A Midsummer Night’s Dream theSpace on Niddry St, 8–22 Aug, not 9, 16, £5—£9

...and This is My Friend Mr Laurel HH Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 19, £7—£12

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

Closing Time The Jinglin’ Geordie, 14–21 Aug, £free

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

Female Transport C venues – C, 16–22 Aug, £8.50—£10.50

11:35

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

Ursula Invents Old Woman C venues – C nova, 10–15 Aug, £9.50—£10.50

Traces - 7 Fingers ‘Dazzling, gravity defying displays’

11:15

Scaramouche Jones Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, £6—£11 Comedy Sketch Show with Trestle Masks theSpace on the Mile, 8–11 Aug, £5 Pilgrim Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 17, 24, £6—£10

Macaroni on a Hotdog theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 7–29 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £6—£8 Labels Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 17, £6—£9 Codpieces: Hamlet, Part II and Prince Lear theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 11 Aug, 13 Aug, 15 Aug, £8

11:40 Some Big Some Bang Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £6—£10 Boys SpaceTriplex, 25–29 Aug, £8 Codpieces: Fatal Loins theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 10 Aug, 12 Aug, 14 Aug, £8

11:45 The Soaking of Vera Shrimp Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £6—£9.50

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A Very British Childhood Pleasance Dome, 7–30 Aug, £6—£9

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

The Sea Child Gilded Balloon , 18–30 Aug, not 25, £8—£9

A Matter of Life and Debt Paradise in Augustines, 24–29 Aug, £8

Girl from Nowhere Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, £6—£11

Pip Utton: Playing Maggie The Assembly Rooms, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £9—£10

Gator Tales theSpace @ Venue45, 12 Aug, £5

To She or Not to She

Bullet in the Brain SpaceTriplex, 10–15 Aug, £10 Peter/Wendy theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 7–15 Aug, not 9, £free—£7.50 I, Elizabeth Assembly Roxy, 7–31 Aug, not 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, £8—£13

11:50 Confirmation Summerhall, 22–29 Aug, £15 Mrs Shakespeare Paradise in The Vault, 8–30 Aug, not 16, 23, £10 This Day in December theSpace @ Venue45, 11 Aug, £5

11:55 The Usherettes theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 7–15 Aug, not 9, £6—£8 Can’t Spell Right theSpace on the Mile, 24–29 Aug, £7 Raymondo ZOO, 24–29 Aug, £10

12:00 Institute Pleasance Courtyard, 5–29 Aug, not 8, 12, 18, £8.50—£14.50 Jo Romero Scenes of a Sensual Nature Cowgatehead, 8–29 Aug, £free

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Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 17, £6—£9

Storytape Gilded Balloon , 10–28 Aug, weekdays only, £free I Am Not Mark Twain Basic Mountain, 19 Aug, £10 This Time Tomorrow Sweet Grassmarket, 10–15 Aug, £12 A Cinema in South Georgia Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£12 The 56 Assembly George Square Studios, 6–31 Aug, not 16, 17, £5—£10 The Wedding Reception B’est Restaurant, 15 Aug, 16 Aug, 21 Aug, 23 Aug, £39 Fiction Pleasance Dome, 5–30 Aug, not 17, 24, £7—£13.50 Hair Peace Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 17, 24, £6—£11 Twelfth Night C venues – C too, 6–31 Aug, not 18, £8.50—£10.50

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

Daniel Cainer: 21st Century Jew Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, £6—£10 I See You Made an Effort Basic Mountain, 12 Aug, £10 A Little Respect theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 17–22 Aug, £6

Angel in the Abattoir Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 18, £5—£12

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

Landline Out of the Blue Drill Hall: Outside, 29–30 Aug, £free

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Two Tired Paradise in The Vault, 8–15 Aug, £6

Antigone: An Arabian Tragedy Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 10–15 Aug, £8.50 The Tell-Tale Heart C venues – C nova, 16–22 Aug, £7.50—£9.50 Wild at Heart Thistle King James Hotel, 19–31 Aug, £free

The Norman Conquests theSpace @ Venue45, 14–29 Aug, not 16, 23, £5—£8 Charolais Spotlites, 6–30 Aug, £5.50—£8 Consumption theSpace on the Mile, 17–28 Aug, not 23, £9 Plain English theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 25–29 Aug, £10 The Kitchen Sink by Tom Wells theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 17–22 Aug, £6

Wing It, Dusty theSpace on the Mile, 10–15 Aug, £5 17 C venues – C, 23–30 Aug, £7.50—£9.50 My Name is Saoirse Assembly Hall, 6–31 Aug, not 17, £5—£10 Since Maggie Went Away theSpace on the Mile, 12–15 Aug, £8 Beethoven in Stalingrad Spotlites, 16–31 Aug, £9

Kafka’s Ape Assembly George Square Studios, 6–31 Aug, not 12, 24, £5—£10

Vanity Bites Back Gilded Balloon , 16–30 Aug, £10—£12

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

12:20

12:10 Umrao – The Noble Courtesan Assembly George Square Studios, 6–31 Aug, not 17, 18, £10—£12 One Above theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 17–29 Aug, not 23, £7 Can’t Spell Right theSpace on the Mile, 17–22 Aug, £7.50 Big Bite-Size Lunch Hour: Lunch in Cairo Assembly Checkpoint, 9–31 Aug, not 18, 25, £8—£12

12:15 Polyphony Roundabout @ Summerhall, 7–30 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £12 RUN HHH Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 17, £6—£10.50 Wasted Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 18, £6—£11 The Escapade of the Burmese Burglary Gilded Balloon , 18–30 Aug, not 24, £8—£9 The Comedy of Errors C venues – C, 16–22 Aug, £7.50—£9.50

Eggs Sin, 7–30 Aug, not 18, 25, £free

Wojtek: The Happy Warrior New Town Theatre, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £7—£11

12:05

Bump Gilded Balloon , 5–15 Aug, £5—£8

O! Glorious Youth theSpace on the Mile, 7–15 Aug, not 9, £3—£5

Shazam! theSpace on the Mile, 24–29 Aug, £7.50

The Laramie Project Church Hill Theatre, 11 Aug, £5

Walk Two Moons Church Hill Theatre, 10 Aug, 12 Aug, £5 The Jennifer Tremblay Trilogy Part I: The List Assembly Roxy, Various dates from 6 Aug to 30 Aug, £10—£14.50 Othello: An All-Female Production Underbelly Potterrow, 6–31 Aug, not 13, 20, £6—£11.50 The Jennifer Tremblay Trilogy Part II: The Carousel Assembly Roxy, Various dates from 7 Aug to 31 Aug, £10—£14.50 Billy Through the Window Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £6—£10

12:25 Dead Man’s Cell Phone Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–23 Aug, £6—£9 Skins for Sale theSpace on the Mile, 7–11 Aug, £5 Pope Head (The Secret Life of Francis Bacon) Summerhall, 7–30 Aug, not 13, 20, £12 We This Way Summerhall, 5–30 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £8—£10 Who’s Afraid of the Working Class? C venues – C, 7–15 Aug, £8.50—£10.50

12:30 ❤ Valiant HHHH C venues – C nova, 5–31 Aug, £8.50—£10.50

A Divine Comedy Valvona & Crolla, Various dates from 10 Aug to 30 Aug, £15

Cold Stone Jug Sweet Grassmarket, 8–12 Aug, £9

Ross & Rachel Assembly George Square Theatre, 6–31 Aug, not 17, £6—£11

The State of Concrete theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 17–22 Aug, £5 Avicide SpaceTriplex, 7–15 Aug, £7

The Night Watch C venues – C nova, 5–31 Aug, £9.50—£11.50

The Backside Monologues Spotlites, 31 Aug, £5

The Free Meditation Class Laughing Horse @ Moriarty’s, 10–24 Aug, £free

12:45

Current Location Summerhall, 30 Aug, £11 Key Change Northern Stage at Summerhall, 8–30 Aug, not 12, 19, 26, £10—£12 Scarlet Shambles: It Used to Be Me Just the Tonic at the Caves (Salvation Rooms), 6–26 Aug, not 10, 18, £free How I Became Myself (by Becoming Someone Else) Cowgatehead, 8–29 Aug, £free

Losing Grace Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 10–13 Aug, £7 Buckle Up SpaceTriplex, 17–29 Aug, not 23, £8 Boris: World King Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 19, £6—£10.50 Bismillah! An ISIS Tragicomedy Just the Tonic at The Caves, 10–21 Aug, not 18, £5 The Wild Man of Orford Sweet Grassmarket, 10–23 Aug, £7

Some Thing New C venues – C nova, 5–22 Aug, £8.50—£10.50

All’s Well That Ends Well Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 10–15 Aug, £6

Broken Windows Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £6—£10

12:50

Romanovs theSpace on the Mile, 17–22 Aug, £8 Storytape Gilded Balloon , 10–28 Aug, weekdays only, £free

Piaf theSpace on Niddry St, 24–29 Aug, £7 Giant Leap HHH Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £6—£10

12:35

A Matter of Life and Debt Paradise in Augustines, 17–22 Aug, £8

Madman Marathon Man theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 17–22 Aug, £9

Dog Play Dead theSpace on the Mile, 24–29 Aug, £7—£8

Two Sore Legs Assembly George Square Studios, 6–31 Aug, not 17, 24, £8—£13 The Flying Ship Greenside @ Royal Terrace, 17–22 Aug, £9 Wild Bill: Sonnet of a Bardsterd theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 7–15 Aug, not 9, £9 Let England Shake SpaceTriplex, 17–22 Aug, £7 Cracked Tiles Spotlites, 11–15 Aug, £6.50 Reclaiming Vietnam Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 17–29 Aug, not 23, £8

12:55 ❤ My Beautiful Black Dog HHHH Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–16 Aug, £6—£10.50

Fausted C venues – C, 9–15 Aug, £9.50—£10.50 Not the Horse theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 24–29 Aug, £10 So It Goes Underbelly, Cowgate, 24–30 Aug, £12.50—£14

13:00 Women’s Hour Summerhall, Various dates from 5 Aug to 30 Aug, £6

12:40 Writing Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 7–15 Aug, £4.50—£6

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Rhapsody In Green by Mike Maran Valvona & Crolla, 12 Aug, 14 Aug, 19 Aug, 23 Aug, 29 Aug, £12

A Girl is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride Traverse Theatre, 13 Aug, 19 Aug, 25 Aug, 30 Aug, £20

Tether Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£10

Storytape Gilded Balloon , 10–28 Aug, weekdays only, £free

Face to the Wall theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 24–29 Aug, £6

This Time Tomorrow Sweet Grassmarket, 10–15 Aug, £12

I See You Made an Effort Basic Mountain, 10 Aug, 13 Aug, £10

Treacle Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 6 Aug, 7 Aug, 10 Aug, 13 Aug, 14 Aug, £free

Things My Mother Never Told Me Basic Mountain, 16 Aug, £12 Ndebele Funeral Summerhall, 5–30 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £9—£13 A Play, A Pie and A Pint Le Monde, 7–31 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, 29, £12.50 Gruesome Playground Injuries Basic Mountain, 15 Aug, 21 Aug, 29 Aug, £10 Fault Lines Basic Mountain, 14 Aug, 23 Aug, 30 Aug, £10

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Early Grave, Fashionably Late Arthur Conan Doyle Centre, 10–29 Aug, not 12, 16, 23, £8—£10 Labyrinth theSpace on the Mile, 7–15 Aug, not 9, £3—£5 Goodstock Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £6—£9.50 501 Things I Do in My Bedroom Just the Tonic at The Caves, 6–29 Aug, not 18, £5—£8 Births, Deaths & Marriages HHH Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 17, £6—£9.50 Mitch’s Movie Pitches Summerhall, Various dates from 6 Aug to 29 Aug, £5 Cleansed C venues – C nova, 5–31 Aug, not 17, 24, £8.50—£10.50 The Selkie and the River God Sweet Grassmarket, 10–23 Aug, £8 Teaset Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, £6—£9.50

Listings

Filthy Talk for Troubled Times Basic Mountain, 9 Aug, 22 Aug, 31 Aug, £10

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13:05 Talking with Angels: Budapest, 1943 Summerhall, 5–30 Aug, not 10, 17, 18, 24, £6—£10 Complex theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 17–22 Aug, £7 Styx theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 7–22 Aug, not 9, 16, £4—£8 Tales from Ovid C venues – C, 16–22 Aug, £8.50—£10.50 Follow/Unfollow theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 24–29 Aug, £8.50 Detached theSpace on the Mile, 17–29 Aug, not 23, £10 What a Grimm Tale! theSpace @ Venue45, 17–22 Aug, £7 Eating Seals and Seagulls’ Eggs Pleasance Dome, 5–30 Aug, not 17, 24, £6—£10 Dendritical theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 17–22 Aug, £7

13:10 Happy Girl theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 7–15 Aug, not 9, £5—£6 One Above theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 7–15 Aug, not 9, £7

13:15 The Misfit Analysis Pleasance Courtyard, 23–31 Aug, £9—£11

13:40

How to Keep an Alien Traverse Theatre, 11 Aug, 16 Aug, £18

Giving Up the Ghost theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 25–29 Aug, £7—£8

Be Better Bedlam Theatre, 24–30 Aug, £10

This is Mary Brown Paradise in The Vault, 8–30 Aug, not 16, 17, 18, 19, 22, 23, £7

Tomorrow’s Parties Summerhall, 24–29 Aug, £8—£12

The Last Laugh The Assembly Rooms, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £9—£10

Crusoe ZOO, Various dates from 9 Aug to 28 Aug, £12

Lisa Gornick’s Live Drawing Show Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 12, £5—£10

The Gospel Inquiry The Assembly Rooms, 5–16 Aug, not 6, £9—£10 Boxed In HH Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 20, £6—£11 Black is the Color of My Voice Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 12, 19, £6—£10.50 Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour Traverse Theatre, 21 Aug, 27 Aug, £20 Swallow Traverse Theatre, 14 Aug, £20 Romeo and Juliet theSpace on Niddry St, 17–22 Aug, £8 Rope The Edinburgh Academy, 12–19 Aug, £10 Exhibit This! Church Hill Theatre, 11 Aug, £5 A Midsummer Night’s Dream SpaceTriplex, 8 Aug, 11 Aug, £5 The Terrible Tale of the Twiddly Widdlies Pleasance Courtyard, 6–21 Aug, not 17, £6—£10 Idiots Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 17, £6—£11 The Diary of Thomas Pooler Cafe Camino, 16–29 Aug, £free Hooray for All Kinds of Things The Assembly Rooms, 18–30 Aug, £10 Heartbeats & Algorithms Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 17, £6—£9 Around the World in 80 Days C venues – C south, 6–31 Aug, not 18, £8.50—£10.50

13:20

The Suitcase Dreams SpaceTriplex, 12 Aug, £5

Checkpoint 22 Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, £6—£10

Tomorrow Traverse Theatre, 12 Aug, 23 Aug, 29 Aug, £20

Ten Pound Tale C venues – C, 23–30 Aug, £7.50—£9.50

An Oak Tree Traverse Theatre, 15 Aug, £20

Breaking Voices Paradise in The Vault, 10–15 Aug, £7

Portrait Pleasance Dome, 5–29 Aug, not 17, 24, £6—£11 The Count of Monte Cristo Spotlites, 23–31 Aug, £5 I Gave Him an Orchid Summerhall, 5–22 Aug, not 16, £6—£12

Storytape Gilded Balloon , 10–28 Aug, weekdays only, £free

An Illuminating Yarn theSpace on the Mile, 7–15 Aug, not 9, £6—£7

The Christians Traverse Theatre, 11 Aug, £20

Adam Long’s Dickens Abridged Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £6—£13.50

How to Keep an Alien Traverse Theatre, 22 Aug, 28 Aug, £18

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Impossible HH Pleasance Dome, 5–31 Aug, not 17, £7.50—£15 Hannah and Hanna Assembly George Square Studios, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£11 The Hideout C venues – C nova, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £8.50—£10.50 The Seven Torments of Craig and Amy: A Love Story Church Hill Theatre, 12 Aug, £5 Chopin’s Last Tour ZOO, 7–31 Aug, £6—£9

13:25 Downton Scabby Paradise in Augustines, 24–29 Aug, £8 Sanctuary theSpace on Niddry St, 24–29 Aug, £8 White Rabbit Red Rabbit Assembly George Square Studios, 6–16 Aug, £6—£11 Black Magic: Songs Unchained Spotlites, 6–31 Aug, £5—£10

13:30 SpectreTown Assembly Hall, 6–31 Aug, not 12, 17, 24, £8—£14 Under Milk Wood (Semi Skimmed) Assembly Roxy, 23–31 Aug, £13—£14 Raft Quaker Meeting House, 17–29 Aug, not 23, 24, £5—£7

Traces - 7 Fingers ‘Dazzling, gravity defying displays’ The Guardian

The Double Life of Malcolm Drinkwater Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 6–30 Aug, not 17, 23, £free

Oh Hello! Assembly Hall, Various dates from 7 Aug to 31 Aug, £7—£11 Death by Shakespeare theSpace on Niddry St, 7–15 Aug, not 9, £7—£8 Can’t Care, Won’t Care Banshee Labyrinth, 8–30 Aug, £free Birdland by Simon Stephens SpaceTriplex, 17–22 Aug, £8 The Nina Variations SpaceTriplex, 11–15 Aug, £10 Grav Assembly Hall, Various dates from 6 Aug to 30 Aug, £7—£11

13:45

Don’t Say That theSpace on the Mile, 24–28 Aug, £5

Tonight with Donny Stixx Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 18, 25, £7—£12

Flossy and Boo’s Curiosity Shop Bedlam Theatre, 5–16 Aug, £8

Sex Rated G Gilded Balloon , 5–30 Aug, £5—£11 Quiet Violence Zoo Southside, 16–30 Aug, £6—£8

Swallow Traverse Theatre, 20 Aug, 26 Aug, £20 Of Mice and Men Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 17, £5—£12 Dylan Thomas – The Man, The Myth Assembly Roxy, 6–22 Aug, not 19, £10—£14 Doorbells Spotlites, 16–22 Aug, £8

Soapy Smith’s Alaskana Extravaganza Church Hill Theatre, 16 Aug, 20 Aug, £5 The Frantic Canticles of Little Brother Fish Bedlam Theatre, 17–22 Aug, £10

Sherlock and Watson: Best Friends Forever Sportsters, 8–29 Aug, £free A Girl is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride Traverse Theatre, 18 Aug, £20 Victoria Wood + Me Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 12, 19, 26, £6—£10

❤ Fake It ‘til You Make It HHHH Traverse Theatre, 6 Aug, 12 Aug, 18 Aug, 23 Aug, 29 Aug, £12—£18

13:35 Things Can Only Get Bitter Spotlites, 6–15 Aug, £8

The Cupboard Paradise in The Vault, 17–29 Aug, not 23, £7.50

One Day When We Were Young by Nick Payne Assembly George Square Theatre, 6–31 Aug, not 17, 24, £7—£10 Strictly Balti Gilded Balloon , 7–31 Aug, not 12, £6—£11

Disorder C venues – C nova, 5–31 Aug, £8.50—£10.50

All’s Well That Ends Well theSpace on Niddry St, 17–22 Aug, £8

Cornermen Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £6—£10

Real Life Becomes a Rumour theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 7–15 Aug, not 9, £7 The Complete History of America, Abridged theSpace @ Venue45, 12 Aug, £5 The Christians Traverse Theatre, 16 Aug, 22 Aug, 28 Aug, £20 Crash HHH Traverse Theatre, 7 Aug, 13 Aug, 19 Aug, 25 Aug, 30 Aug, £18

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Squish Squared Dance meets squash!

An exhilarating adaptation of Chekhov’s The Seagull. 14th - 23rd Aug (not 18th) 1130 & 1300 (50 mins) £5 preview (£8/£6) Venue 457 | ZOO Grange Tickets: www.zoofestival.co.uk t: 0131 662 6892

11-15 August 13:40 (14:55) SpaceTriplex, Venue 38, £10

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Pardon / In Cuffs Traverse Theatre, 9 Aug, 15 Aug, 21 Aug, 27 Aug, £18

Ensemble 50 George Square, 12 Aug, £free

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

18 Foot Story theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 10–15 Aug, £5

The Hobbit Church Hill Theatre, 18 Aug, £5

13:50

Love and Information by Caryl Churchill theSpace @ Venue45, 13–15 Aug, £7

The Do’s and Don’ts of Online Dating C venues – C cubed, 6–31 Aug, not 15, 16, £7.50—£9.50

The 229 is Never on Time theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 17–20 Aug, £5

14:30

The King of Monte Cristo theSpace on the Mile, 24–29 Aug, £8 The Hampstead Murder Mystery! Pleasance Dome, 7–22 Aug, £6—£9.50 Iphigenia In Splott Pleasance Dome, 24–30 Aug, £13—£15 Bug Bite Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 17–29 Aug, not 23, £10—£12 The Gambit Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 7–29 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £4—£8 The Eulogy of Toby Peach

HHH

Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£11

❤ Can I Start Again Please HHHH Summerhall, 5–30 Aug, not 10, 17, £8—£10

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Miss Sarah ZOO, 7–31 Aug, not 17, 21, 24, £6—£9 Brief Interviews with Hideous Men theSpace on the Mile, 24–29 Aug, £10

❤ A Reason to Talk HHHH Summerhall, 7–30 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, 26, £10

The Lost Girls Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 10–15 Aug, £8

13:55 Bathtime C venues – C nova, 5–22 Aug, £8.50—£10.50 Last Call for Providence Just the Tonic at The Caves, 6–29 Aug, not 18, £5 Ventoux Summerhall, 13–30 Aug, £5—£10

14:00 Block theSpace on the Mile, 7–15 Aug, not 9, £3—£6 Titus Andronicus Spotlites, 24–27 Aug, £10 Fully Committed Starring Marcus Brigstocke Underbelly Potterrow, 5–30 Aug, not 17, £7.50—£15

Listings

Helpless Doorknobs theSpace @ Venue45, 11 Aug, £5

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CUT Underbelly, George Square, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £9—£13.50 The Jennifer Tremblay Trilogy Part II: The Carousel Assembly Roxy, 17 Aug, £12.50 Storytape Gilded Balloon , 10–28 Aug, weekdays only, £free Circular - Strada Circolare Italian Cultural Institute, 7–21 Aug, not 8, 9, 12, 15, 16, £7 This Time Tomorrow Sweet Grassmarket, 10–15 Aug, £12 Marriage Assembly George Square Studios, 6–30 Aug, not 19, £6—£13 Cleansed in Blood Thistle King James Hotel, 7–31 Aug, not 12, 19, 26, £free Mill Girls On Tour Pilrig Studio, 28–29 Aug, £7 Faulty Towers The Dining Experience B’est Restaurant, 7–31 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £45—£49.50 Skins and Hoods Institut français d’Ecosse, 7–31 Aug, not 17, 24, £6—£12 Eclectically. Arranged. Poe and The Tell-Tale In Part Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 10–15 Aug, £5

❤ A Gambler’s Guide to Dying HHHH Traverse Theatre, 8 Aug, 14 Aug, 20 Aug, 26 Aug, £18 The Jennifer Tremblay Trilogy Part III: The Deliverance Assembly Roxy, 6–31 Aug, not 12, 17, 18, 19, 25, 26, £10—£14.50 Trans Scripts Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £6—£10 Posh Te Kore, 10–15 Aug, £9 Richard III Just Festival at St John’s , 12–31 Aug, not 16, 17, 23, 30, £8 May I Have the Bill Please? by Robin Mitchell The Boards, 5–29 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £10

Scarfed for Life Just Festival at Central Hall, Various dates from 14 Aug to 22 Aug, £12.50

C’tait la Nuit Paradise in Augustines, 17–22 Aug, £8 Lear Inc. theSpace @ Venue45, 17–22 Aug, £8

The Money City Chambers, 27–28 Aug, £10

Bench theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 17–22 Aug, £7

The Mountain Top Venue 13, 8–22 Aug, not 17, £8

14:15

To Sleep To Dream Summerhall @ Tom Fleming Centre, 22–23 Aug, £15

14:05 Complex theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 7–15 Aug, not 9, £5—£6 Carapace theSpace on the Mile, 17–22 Aug, £5 The Intriguing Imagination of Arla Bell theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 25 Aug, 27 Aug, 29 Aug, £6 My Name is Rachel Corrie theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 24 Aug, 26 Aug, 28 Aug, £6 The Effects of Solitude Sweet Grassmarket, 6–30 Aug, £7 Islands Summerhall, 22–29 Aug, £10—£15

The Art of Reduction and the Distillation of Humanity: Whisky Theatre Valvona & Crolla Scottish Foodhall@Jenners, 20 Aug, 27 Aug, 30 Aug, £15 Scour Clouds & Soil, 8–29 Aug, £free Bruce Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, £6—£12.50 Anon(ymous) Church Hill Theatre, 16 Aug, £5 The Wonderful Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, not 18, £6—£9

14:20 Mata Hari: Female Spy ZOO, Various dates from 7 Aug to 30 Aug, £6—£12

Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime theSpace on the Mile, 17–22 Aug, £7

Invisible Woman Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £4—£8

Every Brilliant Thing Roundabout @ Summerhall, 8–30 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £15—£17

Much Further Out Than You Thought Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£11

Stain theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 7–29 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £10

❤ This Will End Badly HHHH

Wild Bill: Sonnet of a Bardsterd theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 17–22 Aug, £9

12.10.15 Momentum Venues @ St Stephens, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £8—£10

14:10

I Am Beast Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £6—£11

The Lost Art of Lost Art Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, not 19, £6—£10.50 Going Viral Northern Stage at Summerhall, 8–30 Aug, not 12, 19, 26, £10—£12

Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 18, 25, £6—£10.50

14:25 The Fiery Path Spotlites, 27–31 Aug, £5 The Backside Monologues Spotlites, 23–26 Aug, £5

Traces - 7 Fingers ‘Dazzling, gravity defying displays’ The Guardian

The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or The Survival of (R) Evolutionary Theories in the Face of Scientific and Ecclesiastical Objections: Being a Musical Comedy About Charles Darwin (1809-1882) Pleasance Courtyard, 15 Aug, 19 Aug, 22 Aug, 26 Aug, 29 Aug, £10—£11 Lost Voices Te Kore, 11–15 Aug, £5 Whisky Galore South Leith Parish Church Halls, 15 Aug, 22 Aug, £10 Albert Einstein: Relativitively Speaking Pleasance Courtyard, 16 Aug, 20 Aug, 23 Aug, 27 Aug, 30 Aug, £10—£11

The Element in the Room: A Radioactive Musical Comedy about the Death and Life of Marie Curie Pleasance Courtyard, Various dates from 5 Aug to 31 Aug, £6.50—£10 PAN Assembly Hall, 6–31 Aug, not 9, 17, 24, £10—£15 Tate Postmodern C venues – C nova, 5–18 Aug, £8.50—£10.50 Titus Andronicus C venues – C, 16–31 Aug, £8.50—£10.50 The Pilgrim’s Progress Edinburgh Elim, 20–21 Aug, £11 Garden HHH Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 17, £6—£10 Rossetti’s Women Spotlites, 6–30 Aug, not 17, 24, £5 TalkFest 2015: 02 Traverse Theatre, 17 Aug, £6

Clickbait C venues – C, 5–15 Aug, £8.50—£10.50

Storytape Gilded Balloon , 10–28 Aug, weekdays only, £free

The London 2012 Games Closing Ceremony Closing Ceremony C venues – C nova, 5–31 Aug, not 17, £8.50—£10.50

Back to Blackbrick Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 17, £6—£10

The Cheshire Cats Saughtonhall United Reformed Church, 15 Aug, £7

Ernie Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 18, £6—£10 Bold Girls theSpace on the Mile, Various dates from 8 Aug to 28 Aug, £6—£9

The Adventures of Nellie Bly Cafe Camino, 8–22 Aug, not 17, £free

14:35

The Fairmer Wants a Wife Mayfield Salisbury Church, 15 Aug, 22 Aug, £10 Darkness Falls – John’s Gospel Palmerston Place Church, 21–22 Aug, £10 Lifted Laughing Horse @ The Cellar Monkey, 6–20 Aug, £free

Paradise: Lost theSpace on Niddry St, 24–29 Aug, £8—£10 Savage theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 24–29 Aug, £7 Walking the Tightrope: The Tension Between Art and Politics Underbelly Potterrow, 5–31 Aug, not 17, £11—£15.50

Noises Off St Ninian’s Hall, 15 Aug, 22 Aug, £12

In The Company Of Women Spotlites, 6–31 Aug, not 7, £8.50—£10

Hoors theSpace on the Mile, Various dates from 9 Aug to 29 Aug, £6—£9

14:40

The Girl Who Fell in Love With the Moon Pleasance Dome, 5–31 Aug, not 17, £6—£10

Shh! It’s The Very Perry Show Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 19–30 Aug, £6—£7.50 Staircases theSpace on Niddry St, 23–27 Aug, £6

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Captain Morgan 2: The Sea of Souls Pleasance Dome, Various dates from 6 Aug to 30 Aug, £6.50—£11 Unmythable Pleasance Dome, 5–31 Aug, not 12, 21, £6—£10 The Cherry Orchard: Beyond the Truth C venues – C nova, 5–31 Aug, not 18, 25, £9.50—£11.50

For Queen and Country theSpace on the Mile, 24–29 Aug, £7

15:00 BED Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 7–29 Aug, not 16, 23, £6—£8 A Divine Comedy Valvona & Crolla, 26–28 Aug, £15

Divas Pleasance Dome, 5–31 Aug, not 17, £7—£12

Derby Day Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, £6—£10

Captain Morgan 1: The Sands of Time Pleasance Dome, Various dates from 5 Aug to 31 Aug, £6.50—£11

The Private Ear Sweet Grassmarket, 28–29 Aug, £7

14:45 Eurydice Sweet Grassmarket, 10–15 Aug, £7 High Torches Paradise in The Vault, 17–22 Aug, £6 Pramkicker Assembly George Square Studios, 6–31 Aug, not 17, £6—£11 Dear Cassandra and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 24–29 Aug, £5—£7 bright ideas Paradise in The Vault, 8–15 Aug, £9 Frame Narrative theSpace @ Venue45, 25–29 Aug, £8

14:50 Tribute Acts Assembly Roxy, 6–30 Aug, not 19, £6—£10 Cross the Shifting Sands C venues – C nova, 9–31 Aug, not 18, £9.50—£11.50

14:55 Joan, Babs & Shelagh too Zoo Southside, 7–31 Aug, not 19, £6—£8

Ada Bedlam Theatre, 5–30 Aug, not 7, 12, 19, 26, £6—£8

Mrs Tobit Tells All St Cuthbert’s Church, 20–31 Aug, not 22, 24, £free Leper + Chip HHH Assembly Roxy, 6–31 Aug, not 18, 25, £5—£10 Filthy Talk for Troubled Times Basic Mountain, 12 Aug, 20 Aug, 23 Aug, £12 Eat Me! Drink Me! Buy Me! C venues – C nova, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £7.50—£9.50 Chapters of Chekhov C venues – C cubed, 8–15 Aug, £8.50—£9.50 Eau de Toilette Thistle King James Hotel, 7–29 Aug, not 11, 16, 17, 24, 25, £free

I See You Made an Effort Basic Mountain, 11 Aug, £12

Storytape Gilded Balloon , 10–28 Aug, weekdays only, £free

Linking Rings Le Monde, 7–31 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, 29, £8—£10

I Am Not Mark Twain Basic Mountain, 21–22 Aug, £12

Gruesome Playground Injuries Basic Mountain, 10 Aug, 13 Aug, 16 Aug, 19 Aug, 26 Aug, £12

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

Fault Lines Basic Mountain, 9 Aug, 27 Aug, 28 Aug, £12 The Garden Traverse Theatre, 18–30 Aug, not 24, £18 Ruskin Live: The 1853 Edinburgh Lectures Scottish National Gallery, 10 Aug, 11 Aug, 13 Aug, 14 Aug, £10

The Cagebirds Paradise in Augustines, 25–30 Aug, £5

Splitting Sweet Grassmarket, 24–27 Aug, £9.50

The Trial of Hermann Ethé Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 10–15 Aug, £9

1972: The Future of Sex ZOO, 7–31 Aug, not 18, £6—£9

Manalive! Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 7–29 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £5—£10

We May Have to Choose Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 7–29 Aug, not 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, £free

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase SpaceTriplex, 10–14 Aug, £8

15:15 Oh Gumtree C venues – C nova, 5–22 Aug, not 13, £7.50—£9.50 The Man Called Monkhouse Assembly Hall, 6–31 Aug, not 17, £10—£14 For the Love of Chocolate Spotlites, 25 Aug, 27 Aug, 29 Aug, 31 Aug, £10

The Bench theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 17–20 Aug, £5

15:05

A Glass Half Full Spotlites, 24 Aug, 26 Aug, 28 Aug, 30 Aug, £10

Wild Bill: Sonnet of a Bardsterd theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 24–29 Aug, £9

Since Maggie Went Away theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 11 Aug, £8

Magdalen Paradise in The Vault, 8–30 Aug, not 16, 23, £7

A Fine Line Assembly Hall, 6–31 Aug, not 17, £6—£11

I’m Backing Britain Lauriston Halls, 10–14 Aug, £8

Things My Mother Never Told Me Basic Mountain, 14 Aug, £12

The Tales of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny Inveresk Lodge Garden, 29 Aug, £7.50

Somebody Out There Loves Me theSpace on the Mile, 7–22 Aug, not 9, 16, £6—£7

I Am Not Myself These Days HHH Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, not 17, 24, £6—£11

A Traffic Jam on Sycamore Street theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 24–29 Aug, £7

Jack Rooke: Good Grief Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£10

The Dock Brief theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 7–15 Aug, not 9, £5

Since You Went Away St.George’s School for Girls, 26 Aug, £10

ménage Underbelly, George Square, 6–30 Aug, not 17, 18, £10—£14

Waitless Greenside @ Royal Terrace, 9–22 Aug, not 16, £12

The Also-Ran theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 17–22 Aug, £8

The Wendy House Trilogy: Edmund Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 24–29 Aug, £10 A Midsummer Night’s Dream C venues – C cubed, 16–31 Aug, £8.50—£10.50 The Wendy House Trilogy: Peter Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 17–22 Aug, £10 Mind the Gap Greenside @ Royal Terrace, 7–21 Aug, not 16, £10

15:25

15:35

La Merda by Cristian Ceresoli, starring Silvia Gallerano Summerhall, 25–30 Aug, £10

The Human Ear Roundabout @ Summerhall, Various dates from 6 Aug to 30 Aug, £9—£15

The Dream Sequentialists ZOO, 7–30 Aug, not 18, £9

Savage theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 21–22 Aug, £7

15:30 Blind Man’s Song Pleasance Dome, 6–30 Aug, £6—£12 The Rhum Plants Sweet Grassmarket, 6–30 Aug, not 19, 26, £8 Wendy Hoose by Johnny McKnight The Assembly Rooms, 17–30 Aug, £15 LOTTO: Karma of the Alchemist Assembly George Square Studios, 6–31 Aug, not 17, 24, £10—£14 Gruesome Playground Injuries Basic Mountain, 31 Aug, £12 Attempts on Her Life C venues – C, Various dates from 6 Aug to 30 Aug, £9.50—£11.50 The River C venues – C, Various dates from 5 Aug to 31 Aug, £9.50—£11.50 I Gave Him an Orchid

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God’s Waiting Room theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 10–15 Aug, £5

Soapy Smith’s Alaskana Extravaganza Church Hill Theatre, 18 Aug, 21 Aug, £5

Rope The Edinburgh Academy, 12–19 Aug, £10 Comfort Slaves New Town Theatre, 6–30 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £7—£10

15:20 Daze of Olde Church Hill Theatre, 11 Aug, £5 Gomaar Trilogy Summerhall, 7–30 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £10 Acts of Redemption Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £6—£10.50

15:10 Brute Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, not 19, £6—£11

The Kitchen Sink by Tom Wells theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 24–29 Aug, £6 CELL Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, £6—£11

15:40 ❤ Little Thing, Big Thing HHHH Assembly George Square Studios, 6–30 Aug, not 17, 24, £10—£14

All the Nice Girls Sweet Grassmarket, 6–29 Aug, not 17, £7

Woodbine Willie Palmerston Place Church, 29 Aug, £11

Lungs Roundabout @ Summerhall, Various dates from 7 Aug to 29 Aug, £9—£17

Summerhall, 24–29 Aug, £12

Dust Never Settles in Torchlight theSpace on Niddry St, 23–27 Aug, £6

The Jennifer Tremblay Trilogy Part III: The Deliverance Assembly Roxy, 17 Aug, £12.50 Molly Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, not 17, 24, £6—£10 The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Family Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £6—£11 ménage Underbelly, George Square, 6–30 Aug, not 17, 18, £10—£14 Sweeney Todd: The Panto theSpace on Niddry St, 7–22 Aug, not 9, 16, £4—£7.50

15:45

Mutually Assured Destruction Church Hill Theatre, 16 Aug, 17 Aug, 19 Aug, 20 Aug, £5 Filthy Talk for Troubled Times Basic Mountain, 29 Aug, £12

Secrets of Us C venues – C, 10–15 Aug, £8.50—£9.50 The Accidental Adventures of Sherlock Holmes C venues – C, 16–31 Aug, £8.50—£10.50 Elective Affinities Acoustic Music Centre @ St Bride’s, 10–30 Aug, £8

In the West Church Hill Theatre, 12 Aug, £5 The Ghost of Sadie Kimber Spotlites, 6–22 Aug, not 17, £6—£10 Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£10 10x10x10 Pleasance Courtyard, 5–30 Aug, £6—£12

Horrids Cafe Camino, 8–29 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £free The Furies C venues – C nova, 16–31 Aug, £9.50—£11.50 A Girl is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride Traverse Theatre, 14 Aug, £20

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A new play about the impact of war on women

Bette Davis Ain’t for Sissies The Assembly Rooms, 5–30 Aug, not 6, 17, £10—£12

16:00

Bayou Blues Venue 13, 8–29 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £8

Happily After Ever Paradise in Augustines, Various dates from 14 Aug to 20 Aug, £5

Tomorrow Traverse Theatre, 13 Aug, 19 Aug, 25 Aug, 30 Aug, £20

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How to Keep an Alien Traverse Theatre, 6 Aug, 12 Aug, 18 Aug, 23 Aug, 29 Aug, £12—£18 Scattered C venues – C nova, 5–31 Aug, not 17, £8.50—£10.50 Swallow Traverse Theatre, 15 Aug, £20 These Troubled Times C venues – C nova, 5–22 Aug, £8.50—£10.50 Pardon / In Cuffs Traverse Theatre, 11 Aug, 16 Aug, £18

15:50 Subsist Sweet Grassmarket, 26–30 Aug, £9 Electric Dreams Pleasance Dome, 5–30 Aug, not 17, 24, £6—£11 Chipped/Drift theSpace @ Venue45, 11 Aug, £5 Touched by Fire theSpace on the Mile, 7–29 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £8 Beowulf Sweet Grassmarket, 10–23 Aug, £8

15:55

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Clairvoyant C venues – C nova, 5–31 Aug, £8.50—£10.50

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

The Christians Traverse Theatre, 12 Aug, 23 Aug, 29 Aug, £20 Dark Lantern Just Festival at Central Hall, 24–31 Aug, £10 Denial Just Festival at Central Hall, 7–15 Aug, £10 Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons Zoo Southside, 7–22 Aug, £9 Swallow Traverse Theatre, 21 Aug, 27 Aug, £20 Jane Austen’s Forgotten Stories Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 21–30 Aug, £free Counting Stars by Atiha Sen Gupta HHH Assembly George Square Studios, 5–31 Aug, not 17, £6—£10 Fife Youth Arts Hub Fringe Picks The Edinburgh Academy, 16 Aug, 20 Aug, 21 Aug, 22 Aug, £10

Helpless Doorknobs theSpace @ Venue45, 10 Aug, 12 Aug, £5

Elysium Fields Greenside @ Royal Terrace, 24–29 Aug, £8

❤ The Solid Life of Sugar Water HHHH Pleasance Dome, 5–30 Aug, not 12, 17, 24, £6—£10

Noel Coward and Friends Live in Las Vegas Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 7–15 Aug, £6—£10

Dorian Gray Pleasance Dome, 6–31 Aug, not 17, £6—£9.50

Hell Hath No Fury theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 7–29 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £5—£6

RAZ by Jim Cartwright Assembly George Square Studios, 6–31 Aug, not 12, 24, £10—£13.50 Filthy Talk for Troubled Times Basic Mountain, 17 Aug, £12 Paintings and Cake C venues – C nova, 5–31 Aug, not 17, £8.50—£10.50 Rowan James: Easy for You to Say Zoo Southside, 23–30 Aug, £10 A Girl is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride Traverse Theatre, 20 Aug, 26 Aug, £20

Dead Letter Office theSpace on the Mile, Various dates from 8 Aug to 28 Aug, £6—£9 Cross Wire theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 7–29 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £8—£10 My Friend Peter C venues – C nova, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £8.50—£10.50 Heads theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 17–22 Aug, £7 Academy of Risk SpaceTriplex, 24–29 Aug, £6

Descent Just Festival at Central Hall, 16–23 Aug, £10

Sweetness and Light SpaceTriplex, 7–29 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £8

Backstage in Biscuit Land Pleasance Courtyard, 24–30 Aug, £9—£11

16:10

Things My Mother Never Told Me Basic Mountain, 15 Aug, £10

Reunion Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 7–29 Aug, not 16, 23, £6—£10

16:05

Tension Square theSpace on the Mile, 24–29 Aug, £7

Double Bill Duddingston Kirk Manse Gardens, 11–22 Aug, not 16, 17, £6

The Next Moon Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 17–29 Aug, not 23, £8

The Times They Are a Changin’ Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 24–29 Aug, £7

❤ Fake It ‘til You Make It HHHH

Gagarin Way theSpace on the Mile, Various dates from 9 Aug to 29 Aug, £6—£9

Beyond Expectations Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 7–15 Aug, £4—£8

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

Pardon / In Cuffs Traverse Theatre, 22 Aug, 28 Aug, £18

Five-a-Side Theatre theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 10–14 Aug, £free

The Orchid and the Crow Assembly Roxy, 6–30 Aug, not 12, 24, £7—£12

Traces - 7 Fingers ‘Dazzling, gravity defying displays’ The Guardian

Death Actually: A Necromantic Comedy Paradise in Augustines, 24–30 Aug, £9

ménage Underbelly, George Square, 6–30 Aug, not 17, 18, £10—£14

16:15

16:25 The Hobbit Church Hill Theatre, 21 Aug, £5

Phaedra’s Love C venues – C nova, 5–31 Aug, not 17, 24, £8.50—£10.50

❤ A Gambler’s Guide to Dying HHHH

Roaring Boys Te Kore, 10–15 Aug, £6

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

Americans in Breshkistan Church Hill Theatre, 12 Aug, £5

An Oak Tree Traverse Theatre, 11 Aug, £20

The Titanic Orchestra Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 17, 24, £9—£16.50

Kissed the Girls and Made Them Cry Church Hill Theatre, 17 Aug, 20 Aug, £5

Edith in the Dark Momentum Venues @ St Stephens, 5–30 Aug, not 18, £8—£11.50

Exhibit This! The Museum Comedies Church Hill Theatre, 19 Aug, £5 Hearts of Folk Paradise in The Vault, 8–30 Aug, not 12, 16, 23, £8 Desperate Measures: Moonfleece C venues – C cubed, 6–15 Aug, £8.50—£10.50

16:30 The Rape of Lucrece Assembly Hall, 6–31 Aug, not 17, £5—£10 Violence of the Lambs Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £free The Daily Tribunal Sweet Grassmarket, 17–30 Aug, £10

Anon(ymous) Church Hill Theatre, 19 Aug, £5

16:20 Fair Cruelty Church Hill Theatre, 16 Aug, 18 Aug, £5 Wil Greenway – For the Ground that Grew Me Underbelly Med Quad, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£10 The Bench theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 10–15 Aug, £5 God’s Waiting Room theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 17–20 Aug, £5

The Bad Arm: Confessions of a Dodgy Irish Dancer Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 17, 24, £5—£12 Lunch Just the Tonic at The Community Project, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £5—£7 Tomorrow Traverse Theatre, 18 Aug, £20 An Oak Tree Traverse Theatre, 16 Aug, £20 Oh Hello! Assembly Hall, 17 Aug, £9

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Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour Traverse Theatre, 22 Aug, 28 Aug, £20

BLAM! Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 12, 18, 24, £9—£16.50

A Face That Fits theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 7–29 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £5—£9

Crash HHH Traverse Theatre, 8 Aug, 14 Aug, 20 Aug, 26 Aug, £18

17:00

If I Were Me HHH Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£10.50

Fourth Monkey’s Grimm Tales: Rapunzel theSpace on Niddry St, 7–29 Aug, £8—£11

Titus Andronicus: An All-Female Production Pleasance Dome, 5–31 Aug, not 13, 20, £6—£11.50

Chicken Roundabout @ Summerhall, 7–30 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £9—£16

Fills Monkey: Incredible Drum Show Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 12, 17, 25, £8—£13.50

Filthy Talk for Troubled Times Basic Mountain, 14 Aug, 28 Aug, £12

The Dolphin Hotel theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 17–29 Aug, not 23, £6

Faust Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 17–22 Aug, £7

TalkFest 2015: 02 Traverse Theatre, 17 Aug, £6

17:10

Wild Waves Whist Church Hill Theatre, 11 Aug, £5

Big Shot Bedlam Theatre, 5–30 Aug, £6—£10

16:35 2 Up, 2 Down, 1 Back Paradise in The Vault, 8–15 Aug, £5

16:40 Awakening, Sweet and Sour Sensory Composition HHH Spotlites, 6–22 Aug, not 12, £7.50—£8.50 Storm in a Teacup Spotlites, 6–15 Aug, £7.50

16:45 I Got Dressed in Front of My Nephew Today ZOO, 7–22 Aug, not 17, £5—£9 Angelus Te Kore, 11–15 Aug, £8

16:50 Gary Busey’s One-Man Hamlet as Performed by David Carl Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, not 12, £6—£11 Le Gateau Chocolat: Black Assembly Hall, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £8—£12

16:55 Bedsocks and Secrets Spotlites, 23–31 Aug, £10 Nell Gwyn: An Epilogue Sweet Grassmarket, 6–30 Aug, £9 What I Learned From Johnny Bevan Summerhall, 7–30 Aug, not 18, £6—£12 Inglorious Insinuations of Insanity C venues – C nova, 23–31 Aug, £8.50—£10.50

I Am Not Mark Twain Basic Mountain, 18 Aug, £13 Impromptu Shakespeare Thistle King James Hotel, 7–17 Aug, £free Stories, Told C venues – C, 23–30 Aug, £7.50—£9.50 The Wedding Reception B’est Restaurant, 11–23 Aug, not 17, £39 Allie HH Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, £6.50—£12.50 To Space Summerhall, 10–30 Aug, not 18, 25, £6—£10 The Trials of Galileo New Town Theatre, 6–30 Aug, £9—£13 Gruesome Playground Injuries Basic Mountain, 7 Aug, 22 Aug, 30 Aug, £12 Fault Lines Basic Mountain, 12 Aug, 20 Aug, £12 The HandleBards: Secret Shakespeare Bedlam Theatre, 18 Aug, 19 Aug, 25 Aug, 26 Aug, £18 To Sleep To Dream Summerhall @ Tom Fleming Centre, 27–29 Aug, £15 ménage Underbelly, George Square, 6–30 Aug, not 17, 18, £10—£14

The Alphabet Girl theSpace on the Mile, 7–29 Aug, not 16, 23, £8—£10 The Edge Effect C venues – C nova, 16–22 Aug, £8.50—£10.50 The School of Night: Rhapsodes C venues – C, 5–17 Aug, £9.50—£11.50 Spillikin – A Love Story

HHH

Pleasance Dome, 5–31 Aug, not 12, 24, £6—£10

At the Break of Dawn C venues – C nova, 5–15 Aug, £8.50—£10.50 Jethro Compton’s Frontier Trilogy: Blood Red Moon C venues – C nova, 5–31 Aug, £11.50—£13.50

The Art of Reduction and the Distillation of Humanity: Whisky Theatre Valvona & Crolla Scottish Foodhall@Jenners, 11–29 Aug, not 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 24, 27, £15 A Walk on the Wild Side C venues – C nova, 23–31 Aug, £8.50—£10.50

Mr Poe’s Legendarium C venues – C nova, 5–22 Aug, £8.50—£10.50 Exhibit This! Church Hill Theatre, 8 Aug, 12 Aug, £5 Dark Matter Venue 13, 8–29 Aug, not 17, £8 Bad Boys: Whisky Theatre Valvona & Crolla Scottish Foodhall@Jenners, 20 Aug, 27 Aug, £15 And Then I See You... The Edinburgh Academy, 14–15 Aug, £7 Down Came the Rain Church Hill Theatre, 17–18 Aug, £5

17:20

The Society of Strange C venues – C, 18–30 Aug, £9.50—£11.50

Do Not Go Gentle Church Hill Theatre, 16 Aug, 20 Aug, 21 Aug, £5

Nelson: The Sailors’ Story ZOO, 7–31 Aug, £7—£10

Forever House Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 24–29 Aug, £7

Secret Honour theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 7–15 Aug, not 9, £5—£8 Eclipse Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 7–15 Aug, £6 The Canterbury Tales theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 17–22 Aug, £7 John Lennon: In His Own Write Voodoo Rooms, 8–30 Aug, £free

It’s a Woman’s War Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 7–15 Aug, £3—£5

17:25 Frankenstein Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 7–22 Aug, not 16, £free—£10 Me, as a Penguin theSpace on the Mile, 24–29 Aug, £8

17:05

The Frida Kahlo of Penge West C venues – C nova, 5–31 Aug, not 19, £9.50—£11.50

The History of the World Based on Banalities Summerhall, 7–14 Aug, £10

Virginia Woolf’s Orlando theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 7–12 Aug, weekdays only, £5

17:15

Bones theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 7–15 Aug, not 9, £5—£10

A Life With The Beatles Sweet Grassmarket, 6–30 Aug, £9

18 Foot Story theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 17–20 Aug, £5

Father Time SpaceTriplex, 10–15 Aug, £5

The 229 is Never on Time theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 10–15 Aug, £5

17:30 Down & Out in Paris and London HHH Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 17, £6—£12.50 The Outsider New Town Theatre, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £8—£12

Houseplay theSpace @ Venue45, Various dates from 18 Aug to 29 Aug, £6

17:45 Rabbie theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 17–23 Aug, £10.50

Echoes by Henry Naylor

HHH

Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 19, £5—£12.50

Another Tuesday Church Hill Theatre, 12 Aug, £5 Be My Baby! theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 24–29 Aug, £7

17:35 A Translation of Shadows Summerhall, 25–29 Aug, £10 The Very Grey Matter of Edward Blank HH Assembly Roxy, 6–31 Aug, not 18, £6—£12 PiTH theSpace on the Mile, 25 Aug, 27 Aug, 29 Aug, £8

A Sudden Burst of Blinding Light Zoo Southside, 7–30 Aug, not 18, £6—£9 Catalpa Paradise in The Vault, 8–22 Aug, not 9, 16, £3—£6 Waste of Time: 1985 and 2085 theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 24–29 Aug, £7

17:50 Forget About It Paradise in The Vault, 24–30 Aug, £6 The Worry Monster Paradise in Augustines, Various dates from 9 Aug to 29 Aug, £8.50 This Day in December theSpace @ Venue45, 10 Aug, 12 Aug, £5

65 Days of Tracy the Marquis Mannequin Spotlites, 6–22 Aug, £7—£9.50

Five Drinks Paradise in Augustines, Various dates from 8 Aug to 30 Aug, £8.50

17:40 Façade theSpace on the Mile, 9–23 Aug, not 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, £7 The Paradise Project Northern Stage at Summerhall, 8–30 Aug, not 12, 19, 26, £10—£12 The Sunset Five Pleasance Dome, 5–31 Aug, not 19, £6—£11 Man to Man Underbelly Potterrow, 5–31 Aug, not 17, £7—£12 Love in the Time of Gilmore Girls Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £5—£7 ménage Underbelly, George Square, 6–30 Aug, not 17, 18, £10—£14 The Pie-Eyed Piper of Hamilton Assembly George Square Studios, 5–31 Aug, not 6, 17, 24, £8—£14 Desperate Measures: Below the Breadline C venues – C cubed, 6–15 Aug, £8.50—£10.50

17:55 Vampires in the Vault Paradise in The Vault, 8–15 Aug, £8 The Unknown Soldier Spotlites, 6–31 Aug, £6.50—£10 18:00
Playback Impro Laughing Horse @ Jekyll & Hyde, 6–30 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free Trainspotting Assembly George Square Studios, 6–31 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £10—£15 CUT Underbelly, George Square, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £9—£13.50 Filthy Talk for Troubled Times Basic Mountain, 6 Aug, 19 Aug, 24 Aug, £free—£13 The Glorious Damnation of Eddie Small Bedlam Theatre, 5–22 Aug, not 12, £7—£10 I Am Not Mark Twain Basic Mountain, 17 Aug, £13 Things My Mother Never Told Me Basic Mountain, 11 Aug, 13 Aug, £13

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When Blair had Bush and Bunga Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 17, 24, £8—£16.50 Diary of a Madman ZOO, 7–30 Aug, not 16, 23, £10

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Two From Texas: New Plays in Performance theSpace @ Venue45, 11 Aug, £5

The Lonely Poet (or: The Pleonasm) Sweet Grassmarket, 6–23 Aug, not 12, 19, £5—£7

A Girl is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride Traverse Theatre, 15 Aug, £20

Reconciling theSpace on the Mile, 8–29 Aug, not 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, £8

Much Ado About Nothing The Royal Scots Club, 17–22 Aug, £12

18:25

Knowledge and a Girl C venues – C too, 6–15 Aug, £8.50—£10.50

Austensibility Mayfield Salisbury Church, 10–14 Aug, £8

❤ A Gambler’s Guide to Dying HHHH Traverse Theatre, 11 Aug, 16 Aug, £18

Out of Darkness Buccleuch Free Church, 18–22 Aug, £free

Abacus Summerhall, 5–30 Aug, not 6, 11, 18, 25, £10—£15

At the Illusionist’s Table The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, 7–31 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, 30, £59

Belfast Boy Spotlites, 6–31 Aug, not 17, £8.50—£10

How to Keep an Alien Traverse Theatre, 7 Aug, 13 Aug, 19 Aug, 25 Aug, 30 Aug, £18

The Money City Chambers, 27–28 Aug, £10

Gruesome Playground Injuries Basic Mountain, 5 Aug, 9 Aug, 27 Aug, £free—£13

Splitfoot C venues – C nova, 5–22 Aug, £9.50—£11.50

18:15 Doris, Dolly and the Dressing Room Divas Assembly Hall, 6–30 Aug, not 17, 24, £10—£16

Health Under Fire Cafe Camino, 8–29 Aug, not 26, £free Facebooked! The Assembly Rooms, 5–30 Aug, not 6, 17, £9—£10 Kissed the Girls and Made Them Cry Church Hill Theatre, 16 Aug, £5

Grounded Spotlites, 6–31 Aug, £7 Tumbling After SpaceTriplex, 7–29 Aug, not 16, £9—£11 Titania – A Solo Cabaret Summerhall, 5–30 Aug, not 6, 10, 17, 24, £10—£12.50 I’m Not Here Right Now Roundabout @ Summerhall, 7–30 Aug, not 18, 25, £8—£13 Future Honey Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 7–22 Aug, not 16, £8—£10

Pardon / In Cuffs Traverse Theatre, 6 Aug, 12 Aug, 18 Aug, 23 Aug, 29 Aug, £12—£18

❤ A Gambler’s Guide to Dying HHHH Traverse Theatre, 22 Aug, 28 Aug, £18

The Garden Traverse Theatre, 18–30 Aug, not 24, £18

Light Boxes Summerhall, 7–30 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £10—£17

18:20

Midnight Cafe Paradise in The Vault, 17–30 Aug, not 23, £5—£6

Exhibit This! The Museum Comedies Church Hill Theatre, 16 Aug, 17 Aug, 20 Aug, £5

18:05

In Light of... Sweet Grassmarket, 25 Aug, 26 Aug, 28 Aug, 29 Aug, 30 Aug, £8 Anon(ymous) Church Hill Theatre, 21 Aug, £5

Fair Cruelty Church Hill Theatre, 17 Aug, 19 Aug, £5

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Incarnadine Greenside @ Royal Terrace, 7–15 Aug, £4—£8

18:35 Lost in Transition Summerhall, 12–23 Aug, £5—£8 Phantasmagoria C venues – C nova, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £4.50—£6.50 101 Reasons Why I #@%$ Katie Hopkins Sweet Grassmarket, 6–30 Aug, not 12, 19, 26, £8 Mabinogion theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 17–22 Aug, £5 17 Border Crossings Summerhall, 5–30 Aug, not 6, 10, 17, 24, £10—£14

18:40 ACOrN: A Crunch or None theSpace @ Venue45, Various dates from 18 Aug to 29 Aug, £6 The Thomas Clifford Show Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 10–22 Aug, not 18, £9—£11 A Fistful of Hunny theSpace @ Venue45, Various dates from 17 Aug to 28 Aug, £6

Fable Summerhall, 5–30 Aug, not 6, 17, 24, £7—£11

The Graduettes theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 25–29 Aug, £8

64 Squares Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, not 18, £6—£10

The Remnants: As Thyself C venues – C nova, 5–31 Aug, not 17, £9.50—£11.50

Pip Utton: Adolf The Assembly Rooms, 22 Aug, £15

Bloody East Europeans Quaker Meeting House, 25–29 Aug, £6

Waking Beauty C venues – C nova, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £7.50—£9.50

18:45

Undermined Greenside @ Royal Terrace, 17–29 Aug, not 23, £8

Write Yourself Free Laughing Horse @ Jekyll & Hyde, 14–16 Aug, £free

Ashes Afar Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 7–29 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £6—£8

A Girl is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride Traverse Theatre, 21 Aug, 27 Aug, £20

Crash HHH Traverse Theatre, 15 Aug, £18

The Witch of Edmonton The Royal Scots Club, 10–15 Aug, £10

Traces - 7 Fingers ‘Dazzling, gravity defying displays’

Help Yourself Just Festival at Central Hall, 17–29 Aug, not 23, £10

The Game’s Afoot, or Holmes for the Holidays Murrayfield Parish Church Centre, 6–15 Aug, not 9, £10—£12

John Godber’s Happy Jack Quaker Meeting House, 17–22 Aug, £8

The Wendy House Trilogy: Dorothy Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 17–29 Aug, not 23, £10

Confessions of a Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 12, 19, 26, £5—£10

The Ripple Effect Church Hill Theatre, 9 Aug, 11 Aug, £5

Fault Lines Basic Mountain, 15 Aug, 16 Aug, 21 Aug, 26 Aug, 29 Aug, £13

Night + Daze Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, not 12, £6—£11

The Alice Effect theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 7–15 Aug, not 9, £5

Tomorrow Traverse Theatre, 14 Aug, £20 The Christians Traverse Theatre, 13 Aug, 19 Aug, 25 Aug, 30 Aug, £20

PiTH theSpace on the Mile, 7 Aug, 14 Aug, 21 Aug, 28 Aug, £8

Shakespeare in the Garden: What You Will C venues – C south, 6–31 Aug, not 18, £7.50—£9.50

Parlour Games ZOO, 7–31 Aug, not 16, £5—£9

Quiz theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 17–22 Aug, £6

That Sickness Unto Death SpaceTriplex, 17–21 Aug, £4

The Gin Chronicles artSpace@StMarks, 10–22 Aug, not 16, £10

18:30

Kursk Te Kore, 10–15 Aug, £8

Antigone on Antigone theSpace on Niddry St, 7–29 Aug, not 16, 23, £10

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Dicing With Dr Death Just the Tonic at The Caves, 6–29 Aug, not 18, £5—£7.50

The Letter: To be or to MBE HH Assembly George Square Theatre, 5–31 Aug, not 12, 24, £6—£12

Fourth Monkey’s Grimm Tales: Little Red Cap theSpace on Niddry St, 7–29 Aug, £8—£11

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18:10

The Year of The Hare Pleasance Dome, 5–31 Aug, not 17, 24, £6—£10 The HandleBards: Hamlet Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh – West Gate, 21 Aug, 23 Aug, 28 Aug, 30 Aug, £12

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Francesca, Francesca... Venue 13, 8–29 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £8 There’s a Guy Works Down the Chip Shop Swears He’s Elvis Momentum Venues @ St Stephens, 5–30 Aug, not 18, £8—£15 Tomorrow Traverse Theatre, 20 Aug, 26 Aug, £20 An Oak Tree Traverse Theatre, 12 Aug, £20 Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour Traverse Theatre, 23 Aug, 29 Aug, £20 Crash HHH Traverse Theatre, 9 Aug, 21 Aug, 27 Aug, £18

❤ Fake It ‘til You Make It HHHH Traverse Theatre, 8 Aug, 14 Aug, £18

18:50 Jurassic Park Assembly Roxy, 5–30 Aug, not 17, £7—£12

18:55 Phantasmagoria C venues – C nova, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £4.50—£6.50 Jane and Lizzy theSpace on the Mile, 7–15 Aug, not 9, £7—£9

19:00 Touch New Town Theatre, 19–30 Aug, £11 Desperately Seeking Sugar Spotlites, 8–15 Aug, £9 And I Ran With the Gang: The Story of Alan Longmuir, the Original Bay City Roller Le Monde, 7–31 Aug, not 8, 15, 22, 29, £12—£15 Wojtek the Bear Scottish Storytelling Centre, 6–31 Aug, not 12, 19, 26, £8—£10 Since You Went Away St.George’s School for Girls, 26–28 Aug, £10 Insensible Spotlites, 6–15 Aug, £9.50

❤ Jamie Wood – O No! HHHH Assembly Roxy, 5–31 Aug, not 17, 24, £5—£12

The American Soldier Zoo Southside, 7–22 Aug, £7—£9 Fawlty Towers theSpace on the Mile, 24–29 Aug, £7 A Midsummer Night’s Dream Inveresk Lodge Garden, 29 Aug, £10.50

19:15 The Christians Traverse Theatre, 18 Aug, £20 Odd Shaped Balls SpaceTriplex, 17–29 Aug, not 23, £9 Swallow Traverse Theatre, 16 Aug, £20 Butoh Medea Paradise in The Vault, 8–30 Aug, not 16, 23, £5—£9

The Ted Bundy Project Zoo Southside, 23–29 Aug, £8

Woodbine Willie Palmerston Place Church, 25–28 Aug, £11

Swallow Traverse Theatre, 7 Aug, 11 Aug, £14—£20

The Glass Menagerie Church Hill Theatre, 8 Aug, 12 Aug, £5

Rap Guide to Climate Chaos Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 18, £7—£12

Phantasmagoria C venues – C nova, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £4.50—£6.50

❤ Fake It ‘til You Make It HHHH Traverse Theatre, 20 Aug, 26 Aug, £18

Down Came the Rain Church Hill Theatre, 19 Aug, 21 Aug, £5 Terry Pratchett’s Eric Paradise in Augustines, 8–22 Aug, not 16, £9

Jethro Compton presents Sirenia C venues – C nova, 5–31 Aug, £11.50—£13.50

19:30 Noises Off St Ninian’s Hall, 10–22 Aug, not 16, 20, £12 Fourth Monkey’s Grimm Tales: Hansel and Gretel theSpace on Niddry St, 7–29 Aug, £8—£11 Devious Comments Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 22–26 Aug, £free Foxfinder Bedlam Theatre, 5–30 Aug, not 16, 23, 24, £7—£10 The Pilgrim’s Progress Edinburgh Elim, 18–20 Aug, £11 God’s Smuggler Buccleuch Free Church, 18–22 Aug, £free

The Game’s Afoot. An Encounter With Sherlock Holmes and Arthur Conan Doyle Arthur Conan Doyle Centre, 12–14 Aug, £10 On Track Summerhall, Various dates from 8 Aug to 30 Aug, £10 Darkness Falls – John’s Gospel Palmerston Place Church, 19–21 Aug, £10 Roughs (for Radio) C venues – C nova, 5–31 Aug, £9.50—£11.50 Underneath Dance Base, 7–30 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £8—£10

19:35 The Greatest Stories Never Told theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 17–29 Aug, not 23, £7 Maiden: A Recycled Fairy Tale Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 17–29 Aug, not 23, £8

19:50 Nunsense theSpace @ Venue45, 11 Aug, £5 The Empire Builders C venues – C, 5–18 Aug, £8.50—£10.50

19:55 Phantasmagoria C venues – C nova, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £4.50—£6.50 An Audience With Jimmy Savile Assembly George Square Studios, 11–22 Aug, £15—£16

❤ Where Do Little Birds Go? HHHH Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£11

20:00 The Litvinenko Project Summerhall, 14–30 Aug, not 20, 27, £5—£10

19:20

The Trepidation of the Tower Traipsing Troglodytes C venues – C nova, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £8.50—£10.50

19:05

Numbers C venues – C nova, 7–14 Aug, £8.50—£10.50

Party Paradise in The Vault, 24–30 Aug, £7

Confessional by Tennessee Williams C venues – C cubed, 6–31 Aug, not 17, £9.50—£11.50

39 Steps by Patrick Barlow New Town Theatre, 6–17 Aug, £7—£12

Festivus C venues – C nova, 5–31 Aug, not 17, £8.50—£10.50

Phone Whore (A One Act Play With Frequent Interruptions) Sweet Grassmarket, 6–30 Aug, not 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, £8.50

Do Not Go Gentle Church Hill Theatre, 18 Aug, £5

The Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour Outside the Beehive Inn, 3 Aug–6 Sep, £14

The Marvellous Mechanical Mesmerist theSpace @ Symposium Hall, 24–29 Aug, £8

Bortle 8 Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £free

Sing for Your Life Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, £6—£12

Broken Biscuits theSpace on the Mile, 24–29 Aug, £10

The Good Doctor Duddingston Kirk Manse Gardens, 12–30 Aug, not 17, 18, 24, 25, £10

19:45

Faulty Towers The Dining Experience B’est Restaurant, 6–31 Aug, not 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29, £45—£49.50

E15 Gilded Balloon , 16–31 Aug, £8—£10

Toys theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 24–29 Aug, £7

Nina Simone Black Diva Power New Town Theatre, 6–30 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £7—£14

Stockholm Te Kore, 10–14 Aug, £8

To Sleep To Dream Summerhall @ Tom Fleming Centre, 18–26 Aug, £8—£15

Doctor Marigold’s Prescriptions theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 7–22 Aug, not 9, 16, £7

19:10 The Colours of Kenny Roach theSpace on Niddry St, 17–29 Aug, not 23, £11 Lost in Transition Summerhall, 12–13 Aug, £5 Stuart Bowden: Wilting in Reverse Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, not 17, 24, £6—£11 Mrs Dalloway theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 25–29 Aug, £8 Bench theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 24–29 Aug, £7

A History of Feminism (As Told By a Sexist Pig) theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 7–22 Aug, not 9, £5 Hamlet Spotlites, 6–31 Aug, £12 Strawberries in January C venues – C nova, 16–31 Aug, £8.50—£10.50 The Raven theSpace on the Mile, 7–22 Aug, not 9, £7—£8

19:25 Antigone Now Church Hill Theatre, 9 Aug, 11 Aug, £5 My Name is... Northern Stage at Summerhall, 8–30 Aug, not 12, 19, 26, £11—£14

Bear Hug Paradise in The Vault, 7–22 Aug, not 16, £6—£7 Whisky Galore South Leith Parish Church Halls, 13–21 Aug, not 16, £10 The Cheshire Cats Saughtonhall United Reformed Church, 10–15 Aug, £7 Leftovers ZOO, 7–31 Aug, not 12, 18, £6—£8 Pre-View Traverse Theatre, 10 Aug, 17 Aug, £6 Swallow Traverse Theatre, 22 Aug, 28 Aug, £20

Filthy Talk for Troubled Times Basic Mountain, Various dates from 8 Aug to 30 Aug, £13

Donald Does Dusty Summerhall, 17–30 Aug, not 25, £8—£12 Phantasmagoria C venues – C nova, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £4.50—£6.50

19:40 One for My Baby theSpace on the Mile, 7–29 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £7

Carnival Medea: A Bacchanal theSpace @ Venue45, 12 Aug, £5

I Am Not Mark Twain Basic Mountain, 19 Aug, £13 Thief Sweet Grassmarket, 6–30 Aug, £10 Morro and Jasp Do Puberty Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 17, £5—£10

Hula House Zoo Southside, 11–23 Aug, not 17, 18, £7—£13.50 I See You Made an Effort Basic Mountain, 11 Aug, £13

This Much (or An Act of Violence Towards the Institution of Marriage) ZOO, 7–31 Aug, not 16, 24, £5—£9 The Fairmer Wants a Wife Mayfield Salisbury Church, 7–21 Aug, weekdays only, £10

Village Pub Theatre Village Pub Theatre, 16–29 Aug, not 19, 26, £6 Gruesome Playground Injuries Basic Mountain, 12 Aug, 14 Aug, 20 Aug, 23 Aug, 28 Aug, £13 Fault Lines Basic Mountain, Various dates from 6 Aug to 31 Aug, £free—£13

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The HandleBards: A Midsummer Night’s Dream Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh – West Gate, 20 Aug, 22 Aug, 27 Aug, 29 Aug, £12


To Sleep To Dream Summerhall @ Tom Fleming Centre, 27–29 Aug, £15

Troublesome People by Jill Haas Quaker Meeting House, 10–29 Aug, not 16, 23, £9.50—£12

20:05

Heart of Darkness SpaceTriplex, 7–29 Aug, not 9, 23, £8

Sexmaniac. Anarchist Theatre Only for the Mentally Unhinged theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 17 Aug, 19 Aug, 20 Aug, 21 Aug, 22 Aug, £8

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Twelve theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 7–15 Aug, not 9, £7 Gods Are Fallen And All Safety Gone Summerhall, 17–29 Aug, not 23, £12

20:15

Charlie and the Philosorappers Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 6–29 Aug, not 18, £6—£10 No Strings theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 7–29 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £5—£10 Heartlands Sweet Grassmarket, 6–30 Aug, not 12, 19, 26, £8

Swing By Around 8 C venues – C nova, 5–18 Aug, £8.50—£10.50

Munch Underbelly Med Quad, 5–31 Aug, not 19, £7—£10

Kissed the Girls and Made Them Cry Church Hill Theatre, 19 Aug, £5

Lear’s Daughters C venues – C nova, 7–14 Aug, £8.50—£10.50

Willie and Sebastian Gilded Balloon , 5–31 Aug, not 17, £6—£14

A Study on the Stillness of Love Zoo Southside, 7–22 Aug, £5—£9 Threesome C venues – C nova, 19–31 Aug, £8.50—£10.50 Anon(ymous) Church Hill Theatre, 18 Aug, £5

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20:20

The Laramie Project Church Hill Theatre, 12 Aug, £5

Comfort Slaves New Town Theatre, 6–30 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £7—£10

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Invisible City Venue 13, 8–29 Aug, not 17, 24, £8

20:30 Katie O’Kelly’s Counter Culture Just Festival at St John’s , 7–30 Aug, not 8, 17, 24, £12

❤ Now Listen to Me Very Carefully HHHH Pleasance Courtyard, 5–31 Aug, not 16, £6—£9 Trainspotting Assembly George Square Studios, 5–31 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £10—£15 The Remnants: Threadbare C venues – C nova, 5–31 Aug, not 17, £9.50—£11.50 Letters to Aberlour Just Festival at Central Hall, 7–31 Aug, not 17, £12 Bakersfield Mist The Royal Scots Club, 17–22 Aug, £12 Rhapsody In Green by Mike Maran Valvona & Crolla, 11 Aug, 28 Aug, £12 A Divine Comedy Valvona & Crolla, 14 Aug, 19 Aug, 22 Aug, £15

The Rules: Sex, Lies and Serial Killers theSpace on the Mile, 24–29 Aug, £8—£9

Mistaken: A Quartet of Plays for One Actor C venues – C nova, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £9.50—£11.50

Patriots Paradise in The Vault, 8–22 Aug, not 16, £8

Bill Hicks: Dark Poet Just the Tonic at The Caves, 10–23 Aug, not 18, £5

20:40

The Hampstead Murder Mystery! Pleasance Dome, 14 Aug, £9.50

White Poppies Paradise in The Vault, 27–30 Aug, £6 The Bastard Queen! theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 7–29 Aug, not 16, 23, £10 Distinguished Gentlemen (But Really Just a Couple of ***ts) theSpace on the Mile, 7–29 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £9—£11

20:45 The International Stud C venues – C cubed, 6–31 Aug, £9.50—£11.50 Butterfly Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 8–29 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £12

20:25

Medea of the Laundromat The Laundrette, 342 Leith Walk, 10–16 Aug, £free

The Hobbit Church Hill Theatre, 17 Aug, 20 Aug, £5

Coughing Sheep Just the Tonic at the Caves (Salvation Rooms), 6–29 Aug, not 18, 24, £free

Denial Just Festival at Central Hall, 17 Aug, £10

Submarine theSpace on Niddry St, 7–29 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £7.50

Elysium Fields Greenside @ Royal Terrace, 17–22 Aug, £8

Loot C venues – C, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £9.50—£11.50

Crash HHH Traverse Theatre, 11 Aug, 16 Aug, £18

The Long Road to Mrs MacIntyre’s Mrs MacIntyre’s Coffee House, 10–31 Aug, £7

Girls and Dolls New Town Theatre, 11–16 Aug, £12

20:35

Traverse Theatre, 15 Aug, £18

Jethro Compton presents Sirenia C venues – C nova, 5–31 Aug, not 28, £11.50—£13.50 Antiwords Summerhall, 10–30 Aug, not 17, 24, £12

Past Glories Paradise in The Vault, 24–26 Aug, £6

❤ Fake It ‘til You Make It HHHH Pardon / In Cuffs Traverse Theatre, 7 Aug, 13 Aug, 19 Aug, 25 Aug, 30 Aug, £18

Traces - 7 Fingers ‘Dazzling, gravity defying displays’ The Guardian

Tomorrow Traverse Theatre, 15 Aug, £20

❤ A Gambler’s Guide to Dying HHHH Traverse Theatre, 6 Aug, 12 Aug, 18 Aug, 23 Aug, 29 Aug, £12—£18 How to Keep an Alien Traverse Theatre, 8 Aug, 14 Aug, £18

20:50 Penny Arcade: Longing Lasts Longer Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–30 Aug, not 17, 24, £6—£12

Uttoradhikaar (The Inheritance) Spotlites, 28–31 Aug, £10 Crash HHH Traverse Theatre, 22 Aug, 28 Aug, £18

That Deadly Noir Magic Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 17–29 Aug, not 23, £8—£12

The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven Summerhall @ Artspace at St Mark’s, 23 Aug, £15

Picasso Stole the Mona Lisa C venues – C nova, 16–31 Aug, £8.50—£10.50

❤ Fake It ‘til You Make It HHHH Traverse Theatre, 9 Aug, 21 Aug, 27 Aug, £18

Dearly Beloved theSpace on Niddry St, 7–29 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £5—£7.50

21:05 No Exit? theSpace @ Venue45, 17–29 Aug, not 23, £12

20:55 21:10

To Kill a Machine ZOO, 7–31 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £6—£9

HP Lovecraft’s The Statement of Randolph Carter theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 24–29 Aug, £8

Tripped C venues – C south, 6–31 Aug, £8.50—£10.50

21:00 Scott Smith: Wonders at Dusk The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, Various dates from 6 Aug to 31 Aug, £7—£12 Death and the Maiden The Royal Scots Club, 10–15 Aug, £10 Atomkraft Summerhall, 24–28 Aug, £10

Vagabonds: My Phil Lynott Odyssey ZOO, 7–31 Aug, not 19, £6—£10 Turning Leaves Sweet Grassmarket, 12–16 Aug, £5 Flight Lessons theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 7–22 Aug, not 9, 16, £8 Master Shoko and Margarita Paradise in Augustines, 14–15 Aug, £9.50

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Jekyll C venues – C, 5–31 Aug, not 18, £9.50—£11.50 SPIRIT – Shashari-deteh – JPNpetitfestival Paradise in Augustines, 12–13 Aug, £9.50 Padraig Potts’ Guide to Walking Spotlites, 6–31 Aug, £8.50 Jethro Compton’s Frontier Trilogy: The Clock Strikes Noon C venues – C nova, 5–31 Aug, £11.50—£13.50

21:20

21:40

Sunny Runny Runcorn theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 7–15 Aug, not 9, £5

After We Danced theSpace on the Mile, 7–22 Aug, not 9, 16, £5—£9

Punk Rock by Simon Stephens theSpace on the Mile, 24–29 Aug, £8

The Turn of the Screw Assembly Hall, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £6—£11

Dark Lantern Just Festival at Central Hall, 17 Aug, £10

21:45

21:25 Five Feet in Front (The Ballad of Little Johnnie Wylo) Northern Stage at Summerhall, 8–30 Aug, not 12, 19, 26, £8—£10

The Wendy House Trilogy: Edmund Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 17–22 Aug, £10

The Absence Of theSpace on the Mile, 10–15 Aug, £7

The Wendy House Trilogy: Peter Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 24–29 Aug, £10

21:30

Normal is an Illusion theSpace on the Mile, 25–29 Aug, £7 With Their Eyes: The View from a High School at Ground Zero theSpace @ Venue45, 12 Aug, £5 A Girl is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride Traverse Theatre, 16 Aug, £20 ErictheFred Assembly Roxy, 8–30 Aug, not 12, 17, 24, £7—£12

The Norman Conquests: Round and Round the Garden C venues – C cubed, 6 Aug, 9 Aug, 12 Aug, 15 Aug, £8.50—£10.50 Today is My 100th Birthday or The Disappearance of Ubu Roi Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 17–22 Aug, £7 Near Gone Summerhall, 25–29 Aug, £10 The Norman Conquests: Living Together C venues – C cubed, 7 Aug, 10 Aug, 13 Aug, £8.50—£9.50 A Girl is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride Traverse Theatre, 22 Aug, 28 Aug, £20

22:05

Gator Tales theSpace @ Venue45, 11 Aug, £5

Daze of My Life Paradise in The Vault, 20 Aug, £6

Swallow Traverse Theatre, 23 Aug, 29 Aug, £20

This Being Human Paradise in The Vault, 17 Aug, £6

Love and Money theSpace on the Mile, 18–20 Aug, £6

21:50

Beautiful, Terrifying, Love Paradise in The Vault, 21 Aug, £6

The Long Road to Mrs MacIntyre’s Mrs MacIntyre’s Coffee House, 10–31 Aug, £7

The Rules: Sex, Lies and Serial Killers theSpace on the Mile, 7–22 Aug, not 9, 16, £8—£9

An Oak Tree Traverse Theatre, 13 Aug, £20

Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour Traverse Theatre, 19 Aug, £20

The Star Rover Spotlites, 6–22 Aug, £5—£8

How to Keep an Alien Traverse Theatre, 20 Aug, 26 Aug, £18

Police Cops Zoo Southside, 7–31 Aug, not 19, 26, £6—£10

The Emperor of America C venues – C too, 6–31 Aug, not 18, £9.50—£11.50

S.E.N Bedlam Theatre, 5–30 Aug, not 18, £9

Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour Traverse Theatre, 25 Aug, 30 Aug, £20

Janis Joplin: Full Tilt The Queen’s Hall, Various dates from 24 Aug to 30 Aug, £12

Swallow Traverse Theatre, 12 Aug, £20

Bette Midler... and Me Gilded Balloon , 6–31 Aug, £5—£12

Blake Remixed Underbelly, Cowgate, 6–29 Aug, not 19, £6—£10

IamI Venue 13, 8–29 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £8

A Midsummer Night’s Dream theSpace on Niddry St, 7–29 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £7—£8

In Case We Disappear – Free Laughing Horse @ Moriarty’s, 6–30 Aug, not 12, 20, £free

A Girl is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride Traverse Theatre, 11 Aug, £20

Hula House Zoo Southside, 12–23 Aug, not 17, 18, £13.50

The Sacred Obscene SpaceTriplex, 7–22 Aug, not 9, 16, £8

21:35

21:15 The Temptation of St Anthony Summerhall, 13–30 Aug, not 24, £7—£12 Tomorrow Traverse Theatre, 21 Aug, 27 Aug, £20 The Christians Traverse Theatre, 14 Aug, £20

The Great Downhill Journey of Little Tommy Summerhall, 8–30 Aug, not 11, 18, 19, £10 The Christians Traverse Theatre, 20 Aug, 26 Aug, £20

Free for All theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 17–29 Aug, not 23, £10 slut (r)evolution (no one gets there overnight) Sweet Grassmarket, 6–30 Aug, not 12, 18, 25, £8.50

A Brief History of Evil Summerhall, 7–11 Aug, £10

Dancing with Crazies Paradise in The Vault, 18 Aug, £6 Madame Wu’s Reprieve Paradise in The Vault, 19 Aug, £6

22:50

22:20 Ozymandias theSpace @ Jury’s Inn, 7–22 Aug, not 9, 16, £5—£7 I Got Dressed in Front of My Nephew Today ZOO, Various dates from 23 Aug to 30 Aug, £9

22:25

The Fabulous Punch and Judy Show Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 6–29 Aug, not 10, 17, 24, £free war war brand war Paradise in The Vault, 17–30 Aug, not 23, £6—£8 Comfort Slaves New Town Theatre, Various dates from 7 Aug to 29 Aug, £7—£10 The Rocking Horse Winner Paradise in The Vault, 8–15 Aug, £8 Jethro Compton’s Frontier Trilogy: The Rattlesnake’s Kiss C venues – C nova, 5–31 Aug, £11.50—£13.50 Showbiz, or, Repeat Until Funny artSpace@StMarks, 11–29 Aug, not 16, 17, 23, 24, £10

The Last Kill Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 7–29 Aug, not 16, 23, £5—£10

22:10

Satan Speaks: ‘Why I Don’t Exist’ A TED-ish Talk Gilded Balloon , 6–23 Aug, £5—£11

The Ascension of Mrs Leech Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 7–29 Aug, not 16, 23, £free

Mwathirika C venues – C, 15–31 Aug, £9.50—£11.50

❤ Weekend Rockstars HHHH

22:40

22:00

The Norman Conquests: Table Manners C venues – C cubed, 8 Aug, 11 Aug, 14 Aug, £10.50 Swallow Traverse Theatre, 18 Aug, £20

Night Just Before the Forests Spotlites, 16–22 Aug, £10—£12

23:05 Twin Primes Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 7–15 Aug, not 9, £7—£9

23:10 Forever House Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 17–22 Aug, £7 Here Is the News from Over There (Over There Is the News from Here) – A Borderless Twitter Ballad Fresh from the Middle East Northern Stage at Summerhall, 8–29 Aug, not 12, 19, 26, £10—£12

23:15 If Only Diana Were Queer Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 17–29 Aug, not 23, £8.50 Am I Dead Yet? Traverse Theatre, 18–30 Aug, not 20, 24, 26, £12—£18 Oddity Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 6–27 Aug, not 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, £free

Titus Andronicus theSpace @ Venue45, 13–22 Aug, not 16, £8—£9.50

I Went To A Fabulous Party... C venues – C too, 6–30 Aug, not 12, 19, 26, £11.50—£13.50

22:15

22:45

Indie as F*ck theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 25–29 Aug, £7

#Realiti theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 24–29 Aug, £10

Fiesta de los Muertos theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 7–22 Aug, not 9, 16, £6.50—£12.50

Fourth Monkey’s Grimm Tales: The Bloody Countess SpaceTriplex, 7–29 Aug, not 9, 16, 23, £8—£12

The Main Yvette theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 25–29 Aug, £8

Glitter and Tears theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, 7–22 Aug, not 9, 16, £6—£7

Over There Paradise in Augustines, 17–22 Aug, £3.50

Paying the Piper Sweet Grassmarket, 12–16 Aug, £8

23:00

22:30

Lungs Roundabout @ Summerhall, 24 Aug, 26 Aug, 28 Aug, 30 Aug, £15—£17

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

22:55

Angry Sweet Grassmarket, 17–23 Aug, £7

5 Kilo Sugar theSpace on the Mile, 7–15 Aug, not 9, £7—£9

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

21:55

Richard Parker C venues – C nova, 5–31 Aug, £8.50—£10.50

Daniel Sinclair Laughing Horse @ The Cellar Monkey, 6–29 Aug, not 11, 18, 25, £free

23:30 Pussy Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 6–19 Aug, £free Am I Dead Yet? Traverse Theatre, 20 Aug, 26 Aug, £18

23:55 The Furies Summerhall, 24–28 Aug, £12

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Fringe Fashion The Fringe is like a red carpet every single day. Look good, or you’d better watch out. We find out how Sam Simmons and Le Gateau Chocolat dress to impress

Sam Simmons I guess you’d call my style ‘rolled in toddler in the pool’. It’s beach chic. Underbelly Potterrow, 9:00pm – 10:00pm, 5–30 Aug, not 17, 24, £12.50 – £14

Le Gateau Chocolat This is just every day to me. It’s just the sort of thing I wear when popping to Tesco to buy some lemon and ginger so I can look after my voice. Assembly Hall, 4:50pm – 5:50pm, 6–30 Aug, not 17, £11 – £12

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