Including winners of Adelaide, Melbourne and Brighton Fringe awards
Want to catch the best up-and-coming acts at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, but just don't know where to start? Fear not, as we have handily compiled a list of recent award-winners performing new shows at the 'Big Four' venues. All of these shows have received accolades and awards from festivals this year including Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne Fringe, Brighton Fringe, Leicester Comedy Festival, and VAULT. From stand-up and music, to magic and circus, there is truly something for everyone here. Don't miss out and book your tickets now for these highly-acclaimed shows.
Vikki Stone: Song Bird London-based comedian and musician Vikki Stone returns to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with her amusing new show Song Bird. During previews, Song Bird earned the Best Improv/Musical Show award at the 2019 Leicester Comedy Festival. Stone has also appeared on BBC Radio 4's The Now Show, BBC One's John Bishop Show and the BBC Proms Podcast. Pleasance Courtyard – Beneath, Wed 31 Jul–Sun 25 Aug, 7pm.
Sexy Lamp Katie Arnstein's charming show combines comedy, music, and storytelling to uncover the absurdity of the entertainment industry. Katie dreamed of being in show business ever since she was young, but soon discovered that the realities of the industry were far from glamorous. Sexy Lamp took home awards for Show of the Week and Pleasance Pick at the 2019 VAULT Festival. Pleasance Courtyard – Baby Grand, Wed 31 Jul–Mon 26 Aug (not 13), 2pm.
Michael Odewale: #BLACKBEARSMATTER Winner of Best New Show at the 2019 Leicester Comedy Festival, British comedian Michael Odewale presents his highly-anticipated debut #BLACKBEARSMATTER at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Odewale's witty stand-up routine covers everything from racism to politics and pigeons. Don't miss the chance to see this rising star in action. Pleasance Courtyard – Bunker Two, Wed 31 Jul–Sun 25 Aug (not 12), 5.30pm.
FATTY FAT FAT Written and performed by Katie Greenall, FATTY FAT FAT sheds a light on what it's like to be constantly judged and criticised because of your body size. An advocate for the fat acceptance movement, Greenall aims to bring together and empower beautiful fat bodies in this honest and inspiring show which won the Origins Award for Outstanding New Work at the VAULT Festival 2019. Pleasance Courtyard – The Attic, Wed 31 Jul–Mon 26 Aug (not 13), 3.15pm.
Ben Hart: The Nutshell Magician Ben Hart returns to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this year with his extremely popular sell-out show. Winner of Best Magic Show at the 2019 Adelaide Fringe awards (weekly), The Nutshell consistently stuns audiences with unbelievable magic tricks and illusions. Gilded Balloon Teviot – Dining Room, Thu 8–Mon 26 Aug, 5.30pm; Gilded Balloon at the Museum – Auditorium, Sun 18, Sat 24 & Sun 25 Aug, 9pm.
Alex Cofield: Supernova This critically-acclaimed musical combines funk, hip hop, and rap to tell the story of Alex Cofield's youthful dreams of escaping the rural English countryside for the big city. Supernova was a Melbourne Fringe Best Comedy Award nominee and comedy winner of The International Youth Arts Festival Best of Brighton Fringe Awards 2019. Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose – Dram, Wed 31 Jul–Mon 26 Aug (not 13), 5.45pm.
Laura Lexx: Knee Jerk Winner of the prestigious Comedian's Choice Award for Best Performer last year, Laura Lexx brings her hilarious new show to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Knee Jerk examines how challenging it is to be a decent human being in today's easily-offended society. Audiences may recognise Lexx as a delightful star of Live at the Apollo (BBC2) and host of Radio 4 Extra's The Comedy Club. Gilded Balloon Teviot – Turret, Wed 31 Jul–Sun 25 Aug (not 14), 5.15pm.
Anguis Set in a broadcast recording studio, Anguis depicts an in-depth interview about death, femininity, and truth between the pharaoh Cleopatra and a contemporary virologist, Kate. Anguis is the debut play written by 2018 Olivier award-winning actor Sheila Atim (The Old Vic's Girl From the North Country). Gilded Balloon Teviot – Dining Room, Wed 31 Jul–Mon 26 Aug (not 12), 3pm.
Sam Taunton: It's Nice, It's Modern Catch stand-up comedian and 2019 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Pinder Prize winner Sam Taunton in his Edinburgh debut. One of the most popular young acts in Australian comedy, Taunton sold out venues across his home country last year with the sharp and charming It's Nice, It's Modern. A natural performer on the rise, Taunton is one not to be missed. Assembly George Square Studios – Four, Wed 31 Jul–Sun 25 Aug (not 12), 7.40pm.
Collapsible From award-winning Irish writer Margaret Perry, Collapsible is a monologue by Essie, a woman who has just lost her job and been left by her girlfriend. Audiences will follow Essie as she desperately tries to hold on for life while her world quickly crumbles around her. Collapsible was a winner of the Origins Award for Outstanding New Work at the 2019 VAULT Festival. Assembly Roxy – Upstairs, Wed 31 Jul–Sun 25 Aug (not 14), 1.20pm.
Aboriginal Comedy Allstars Australian stars Kevin Kropinyeri, Andy Saunders, and Steph Tisdell (2019 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Pinder Prize winner) make up the The Aboriginal Comedy Allstars. The delightful trio will dive into Indigenous Australian culture and challenges in this fresh and lively show that is guaranteed to have audiences in stitches. Assembly George Square Studios – Four, Wed 31 Jul–Mon 26 Aug, 3.55pm.
My Father the Tantric Masseur Join Roann McCloskey as she attempts to navigate life as a British Algerian queer woman with a conservative English father turned tantric masseur and a traditional Muslim mother. Expect uncomfortable laughs in this uproarious solo show which won an Origins Award for Outstanding New Work at the 2019 VAULT Festival. Assembly George Square Studios – Four, Wed 31 Jul–Sun 25 Aug (not 12, 19), 10.10pm.
YUCK Circus A contemporary comedy circus, YUCK has won numerous awards in 2019 including: Adelaide Fringe Emerging Artist Award, Adelaide Tour Ready Award, Top-tier Fringe World Martin Sims Award, and Best Circus Fringe World (weekly). Expect laughable acrobatics, dancing, and more in this high-energy show featuring a talented cast of all-female performers. Underbelly's Circus Hub on the Meadows – The Beauty, Sat 3–Sat 24 Aug (not 7, 12, 19), 4pm.
Conspiracy Winner of the 2019 Underbelly Untapped Award, this production from acclaimed touring theatre company Barrel Organ is centred around conspiracy theories, fake news, and mistrust. Watch as three conspiracy theorists examine an infamous photo and let their imaginations run wild with outlandish possibilities. Underbelly, Cowgate – Big Belly, Thu 1–Sun 25 Aug (not 12), 4.45pm.
Troy Hawke: Tiles of the Unexpected! Perth Fringe World 2019 Best Comedy nominee and Perth Fringe World 2019 Weekly Comedy Award winner Troy Hawke brings his latest show to Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Hawke touches on topics including Kanye West, xenophobia, and IKEA's connection to the CIA in this clever and comical show. Underbelly, Bristo Square – Dexter, Wed 31 Jul–Sun 25 Aug (not 12), 5.30pm.
Just Desserts A delicious musical food cabaret from Australian singing cook Michelle Pearson. In her UK debut, Pearson explores important topics through song, sex, and sugar. Best of all, dessert is included! Just Desserts was the winner of Best Cabaret (weekly) and the Made in Adelaide award at the 2019 Adelaide Fringe. Underbelly, Cowgate – Belly Button, Thu 1–Sun 11 Aug (not 5, 6), 10.40pm.
#FromtheFringe Watch winner of Best New Show at the Leicester Comedy Awards 2019 Michael Odewale as he tries to ﬁgure out where he stands and what he cares about in a world full of protest movements. A fresh new voice known for delivering sharp, slick and beautifully executed content, Odewale is set to take the comedy…
Lee Martin for Gag Reflex
West End star and multi award-winning magician Ben Hart makes a triumphant return to Edinburgh (due to phenomenal demand) with a show that shines a light on magic, life, the universe and the darkest corners of your imaginations. Total Edinburgh Fringe sell-out show 2014/2017/2018. Best Magic…
Live Nation in association with Curtis Brown
Following a sell-out run in 2018 in which he exposed bingo as the deadliest sport in the country, the empty Marxist promise of Poundland's false advertising and Aldi being responsible for Princess Diana, 1930s throwback comedic investigator Troy Hawke returns, applying his…
Faced with the grim reality of life in the genteel English countryside, Alex's dreams of youthful urban living seem light years away and when a nefarious village plot is revealed, there may be no chance of escape! A comedic concerto: Supernova is the critically acclaimed, funk-fuelled hip-hopera rap…
Roann McCloskey in association with Fake Escape
A reserved English father turned Tantric Masseur. A Muslim mother who insists on open dialogue. Roann has been caught in the middle since seven, furiously masturbating… Roann McCloskey navigates life as a post #MeToo queer, British-Algerian woman in this award-winning…
Avalon and BBC Arts
Cleopatra's death by asp is a common myth, largely scientifically disproven. Set in a broadcast recording center, Anguis is an imagined conversation between the great pharaoh Cleopatra and a contemporary immunologist. Join us in the studio as we unpack Cleopatra's story, exploring alternatives to…
Underbelly and YUCK Circus
Winner: Top-tier Fringe World Martin Sims Award 2019. Winner: Adelaide Tour-Ready Award 2019. Winner: Best Circus Fringe World Weekly 2019. Sugar, spice, and apparently "nice". With our bloody good sense of humour, we're going to rip into the uncomfortable using high-flying acrobatics, absurd…
Michelle Pearson Music
Australia's singing cook turns up the heat in her award-winning musical food cabaret. Featuring a live rock-pop-powered soundtrack, this sensual chanteuse explores empowerment, social pressure, our obsession with perfection and desire through song, sex and sugar. Includes dessert! Winner of Best…
Barrel Organ / Untapped by Underbelly and New Diorama Theatre
Princess Diana never landed on the moon. Elvis lives in Area 51. JFK did 9/11. 60% of Brits believe in at least one conspiracy theory. And not all of them are wearing tinfoil hats. Multi award-winning Barrel Organ returns with a larger-than-life, cartoonish…
Melbourne International Comedy Festival
From the oldest culture on earth comes the freshest, fiercest and funniest stand-up around. Cheeky, loud, black and proud, featuring the brightest stars in Australian comedy: Kevin Kropinyeri, Andy Saunders and Steph Tisdell (winner, Pinder Prize 2019). A unique comedy experience…
Katie Arnstein and Victoria Gagliano
Brilliantly combining comedy, original songs and storytelling, Sexy Lamp sheds a bright light on how ridiculous the entertainment industry can be and why Katie is refusing to stay in the dark any longer.
Winner: Show of the Week and Pleasance Pick of VAULT Festival 2019.
Winner: Pinder Prize, 2019 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. The Edinburgh debut from one of Australia’s most exciting comedians. I'm a stand-up comedian from Australia and I think I’m funny. I think my comedy is nice and I think it’s modern. Example below – Nice: pleasing; agreeable; delightful;…