Under the purple udder there's plenty of do-goodin' going on this Fringe from all-star comedy line-ups to switching bonnets and wacky werewolves
Underbelly's purple cow has been a distinctive force at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe now since the beginning of the millennium. With more than 200 shows across 21 venues, Underbelly is one of the largest promoters at the festival. With such a large platform, also come a strong sense of responsibility and the team plan on giving back this year with a stellar line-up of charity shows. Causes such as the Brain Tumour Charity, Kidney Research UK and Shelter are all set to benefit from the benevolence of the box-office this year.
Austentatious presents... Crosstentatious! In Aid of Waverley Care Everyone's favourite bunch of Jane Austen improvisers are swapping their bonnets and breeches for a special cross-dressing edition, raising funds for Waverley Care. The show, which features works by Austen improvised in full Regency costume, is based on one single audience suggestion, and has even bagged a Chortle Award. Get ready to see what new interpretations can be found when classic literature is given an injection of spontaneous fun. Underbelly George Square, Mon 19 Aug, 9.30pm, £12.50 (£11.50).
Climb This unique show brings the concept of an album to life through theatre, storytelling and original music with influences from bossa nova to soul. Written and performed by Duane Forrest, the piece traces the life of Diego (played by Duane) and Mariela (Sandra Aguilar) as they deal with the struggles life has bestowed. The proceeds of the show will go to Duane's charity, Genesis Community of Arts, which provides art and culture classes to youth from marginalised communities in Toronto and Central America. Underbelly Bristo Square, Sat 3-Mon 26 Aug (not 13), 2.40pm, £13 (£12). Previews Thu 1 Aug-Fri 2 Aug, £6.50.
Stand Up for Shelter Shelter is back at the Fringe this year to host another fantastic showcase of the finest comedians the festival has to offer. Suzi Ruffell is on hosting duties with comedy heavy-weights Nish Kumar, Reginald D. Hunter and Taskmaster winner Lou Sanders topping the bill. Joining them are two-time Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominated Ahir Shah and the legendary David O'Doherty. Ticket sales go towards Shelter's work helping families through homelessness and housing problems. Underbelly George Square, Udderbelly, Tue 13 Aug, 6.10pm, £13 (£12).
Underbelly's Big Brain Tumour Benefit
Underbelly's Big Brain Tumour Benefit If you want to see a massive line-up of the best comedy talent all in one place, plus support a good cause, then the Underbelly's Big Brain Tumour Benefit is the one for you. The line-up features best-selling comedy fave Russell Howard, twinkly-eyed funny lad Danny Bhoy and the ventriloquist skills and oddball characters from Nina Conti. They'll also be joined by Jason Byrne, Flo & Joan and John Hastings. All ticket sales go directly to the Brain Tumour Charity and Underbelly will match the amount to double the donation. Underbelly Bristo Square, McEwan Hall, Mon 12 Aug, 7pm, £20.
Werewolf: Live Charity Show With a new panel of all-star guests announced every day, this live show reworks the comedy panel show that makes contestants lie, manipulate and backstab each other to try and find out who the murderous werewolves are. And for one night only, the audience might even get a chance to play along. This special one-off version of the show sees all the proceeds going to the vital work of Kidney Research UK. Underbelly George Square, Udderbelly, Thu 15 Aug, 11.30pm, £15 (£14).
Danny MacAskill's Drop and Roll
Danny MacAskill's Drop and Roll: Gala Performance for OneCity Trust World-famous trials rider and YouTube star Danny MacAskill makes his Fringe return with a brand new live show. The show, performed with fellow Scotsman Duncan Shaw, features gravity-defying stunts and tricks, as well as some fantastic guest athletes. As part of Underbelly's partnership with OneCity Trust, the charity that fights inequality and exclusion in Edinburgh, a special Gala performance of the show will take place with £15 of ticket prices going to charity. On top of that, 50 free tickets will be going to beneficiaries of OneCity Trust. Underbelly's Circus Hub on the Meadows, Wed 7 Aug, 7pm, £26.80 (£24.80).
Join a massive line-up of the biggest names on the Fringe for a raucous evening of comedy to help the fight against brain tumours. Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer for children and adults under 40 and increased funding for research is desperately needed. Box office proceeds will go straight to The…
Stand Up for Shelter returns for another year at the Fringe bringing you a fantastic showcase of comedy, all in aid of Shelter. Previous shows have seen James Acaster, Sara Pascoe, Nish Kumar and more raise the roof for a good cause. Full line-up will be announced soon! Money raised from ticket sales will go…
Your favourite Fringe comedians lie, manipulate and backstab as they try to uncover the murderous werewolves in this fresh take on the comedy panel show. Ghost mayor Jon Gracey (The Beta Males) hosts. New guest lineup every day! Previous guests include Marcus Brigstocke, Mae Martin, Nish Kumar, Daniel Sloss…
For one night only, the Chortle Award-winning ladies and gentlemen of Austentatious swap their bonnets and breeches to raise money for Waverley Care! Join them as they improvise a riotously funny new Jane Austen work, based on nothing more than a title suggested by the audience. Performed in full Regency…
Charity spectacular! Watch an all-star lineup of comedians backstab, manipulate and fight for survival in Werewolf: Live. Will you get the chance to play along? One night only! Expect chaos. Proceeds go to Kidney Research UK. 'Refreshingly great' ★★★★★ (VoiceMag.uk). 'A rare and special experience…
Climb is a live album brought to life through compelling characters, storytelling, and original music blending bossa nova, jazz, reggae, and soul, written and performed by Duane Forrest. Climb traces the ups and downs of a relationship as Diego (Duane Forrest) journeys from a devastating breakup to meeting the captivating…