Not got a brass razoo to your name? Don’t let that spoil your Fringe fun as we present 50 shows you can see for a mere five of your Scottish pound coins
Alice in Wonderland and Other Adventures with Lewis Carroll
Richard Smithies brings to life the writer and his most memorable characters, in this fun and interactive production. New Town Theatre, 4 & 5 Aug, 11.30am.
A musical comedy that looks into the realm of unemployment and rejection and the nightmares of the interview process. Pleasance Courtyard, 3–5 Aug, 1.30pm.
Around the World In 80 Quid
Multiple award-winners Aindrias de Staic return with his upbeat play of a travelling fiddle player and his many adventures. Pleasance Courtyard, 3-5 Aug, 10.45pm.
Auld Reekie Roller Girls Present: Live Roller Derby
Edinburgh’s first ever roller derby team get their skates on to compete against their Glasgow rivals. Meadowbank Sports Centre, 6, 20 Aug, 2pm.
The Ballad of Unbeatable Hearts
Festival favourite Richard Fry returns with a piece exploring the phenomenon of depression amongst gay teens. Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–5 Aug, 12.15pm.
Bane 1, 2 and 3
The third instalment of Joe Bone’s powerful one-man show is filled with classic noir and comedy. Be sure to catch all three instalments during the festival. Pleasance Dome, 3–6 Aug, 5.20pm.
Bette and Joan – the Final Curtain
While Hollywood legend Bette Davis lies on her death bed she’s visited by the ghost of her co-star, and best enemy, Joan Crawford. Assembly George Square, 4 & 5 Aug, 12.15pm.
While two English writers attempt to create a modern classic in a New York hotel room, their murderous protagonist appears to be on the rampage on the streets below. Zoo Southside, 5 & 6 Aug, 6.30pm.
Casablanca: The Gin Joint Cut
An offbeat, irreverent love letter to the iconic Bogart-starring film, which recently enjoyed a successful revival at Glasgow Tron Theatre. Pleasance Courtyard, 3–6 Aug, 4.30pm.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Roald Dahl’s classic story of sugary goodness. Portobello Community Theatre returns to the Fringe after last year’s triumphant Little Shop Of Horrors. Zoo, 5 & 6 Aug, noon.
An elderly woman recalls her upbringing and attempts to re-connect with the present. Winner of the 2010 Marriot Award for Best Drama Writing. The Spaces @ Surgeons Hall, 4 & 5 Aug, 2.10pm.
Rubber-faced Festival favourites Village Idiots unleash a fresh new comedy of burial plots and potentially doomed romance. Pleasance Dome, 3–5 Aug, 1.30pm.
Cry of the Mountain
Adelind Horan gets under the skin of 13 different characters and delves into the true stories of the American coal mining industry. Pleasance Courtyard, 3–5 Aug, 2.15pm.
Spanish theatre company Enebro Teatro tackles the controversial world of bull-fighting. Is it a glorious form of art or just barbaric? The Spaces @ Surgeons Hall, 5 & 6 Aug, 7.20pm.
Dusk Rings a Bell
Two old friends meet by accident and discover that their lives now are completely different to what they dreamt of 20 years ago. Assembly George Square, 3–5 Aug, 2pm.
Set in an alternative 2011, the death of Thatcher causes Arthur Scargill to meet with one of the affected miners, leading them to re-evaluate an episode that changed Britain. New Town Theatre, 4 & 5 Aug, 3.30pm.
Ed Reardon: A Writer’s Burden
Stage adaptation of Radio 4 comedy, Ed Reardon’s Week, which features the title character, played by Christopher Douglas, ranting about the government and his more successful counterparts. Pleasance Courtyard, 3–5 Aug, 4pm.
En Route to the Enormous Room
This new play follows the poet EE Cummings and his companion, W Brown, as they volunteer as ambulance drivers in the Paris of World War I. With live jazz accompaniment. The Jazz Bar, 5 Aug, 8.30pm.
A tale of the rivalry between two brothers, told through puppetry, drama and the poems of Robert Burns. Greenside, 5–7 Aug, 12.40pm.
A comedy about three Greeks and the epic journey they take in attempting to participate in the ancient Olympics. Zoo Roxy, 5 & 6 Aug, 12.30pm.
A couple celebrate their anniversary in a decaying castle in the Scottish Highlands with peculiar consequences. The Playhouse at Hawke and Hunter Green Room, 3 & 4 Aug, 1.40pm.
An eccentric black comedy from Tim Primrose and Sam Siggs, writers of last year’s crowd pleaser, Chow Mein. Hill Street Theatre, 5 & 6 Aug, 9.25pm.
How to Catch a Rabbit
From the team behind the award-nominated production of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest comes a play focusing on the lives of gypsies based within present day south east London. The Spaces on the Mile, 5 & 6 Aug, 12.20pm.
Peter Weiss’ hard-hitting play inspired by the most high-profile trial of Holocaust perpetrators. Performed by the acclaimed 3Bugs company. Zoo Southside, 5 & 6 Aug, 9pm.
Just Good Friends
Physical theatre show telling the bittersweet story of a man who hopes his companion Filomena will one day return his unrequited love. Hill Street Theatre, 5–7 Aug, 4pm.
Kafka and Son
Underpaid and confined to the family home, Franz Kafka constructs the famous 50-page letter to his extremely domineering father. Assembly George Square, 3–5 Aug, 5.05pm.
The Last Days Of Gilda
Gilda is confined to the kitchen during the Rio de Janeiro heatwaves, resulting in her creating meals that make the men in the area fall in love with her. New Town Theatre, 4 & 5 Aug, 2.50pm.
Lights, Camera, Walkies
A new play by BBC Sitcom competition finalist, Tom Glover. When the leading lady walks off the film set, what better way to replace her than with a trained canine. Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3–5 Aug, 2pm.
Livewire Theatre’s Frankenstein
Livewire’s re-imagining of Mary Shelley’s horror masterpiece for a future world. The Spaces @ Surgeons Hall, 5 Aug, 8.50pm.
Mary Blandy’s Gallows Tree
Performer Lita Doolan tells the story of Mary’s accidental poisoning of her father and her long wait for either the hangman’s rope or absolution. Sweet Grassmarket, 4 Aug, 11am.
Mind Reading For Breakfast
Start the day with a cup of coffee, a hearty breakfast and a spot of psychoanalysis from illusionist and physiologist Rob Bailey. Sweet Grassmarket, 4 & 5 Aug, 11.30pm.
No Holes and the Bard
One-man cabaret theatre show performed by Australian singer-songwriter Josef Salvat and co-written with playwright Meg O’Connell. A stirring mix of the sublime and the silly. Zoo Southside, 5 & 6 Aug, 7.40pm.
One Night Stan
Another chance to see this acclaimed play in which Stan Laurel, waiting backstage for his absent stage partner Ollie, reminisces about their career together. Assembly George Square, 3–5 Aug, 3.45pm.
Penny Dreadful’s Etherdome
Mick Barnfather directs the award-winning Penny Dreadful’s disaster comedy set in 1850s America where science rubs shoulders with fairground sideshows. Assembly George Square, 3–5 Aug, 2.10pm.
Edinburgh University Theatre Company presents this new drama about a relationship that is put under strain when a couple relive their memories through a series of photographs. Bedlam Theatre, 7 Aug, 12.30pm.
An inspirational theatre, dance and musical journey through the healing processes following the recent political upheaval in Zimbabwe. New Town Theatre, 4 & 5 Aug, 1.10pm.
Rules for Drowning
New writing from Firefly, which depicts the search for survivors drowning under a tonne of paper following the financial crisis. Hill Street Theatre, 5–7 Aug, 12.15pm.
In a world where anything and everything we do is monitored, a loyal servant to the system suddenly finds himself trying to escape it. Zoo, 5 & 6 Aug, 4.15pm.
Two-man comedy show about the hardship faced by two financial executives who have lost everything in the stock market crash. Pleasance Dome, 3–5 Aug, 2.55pm.
The Strange Undoing Of Prudencia Hart
Attending a conference in the Borders, the title character stumbles across the Devil. Another chance to see the acclaimed show from the National Theatre Of Scotland. Traverse @ Ghillie Dhu, 2 & 3 Aug, 3pm.
A revival of John Godber’s much-loved classroom-set comedy by the superbly talented Young Pleasance company. Pleasance Courtyard, 4 & 5 Aug, 1pm.
The new show from the acclaimed Paper Birds company probes Scotland’s relationship with the bottle. Pleasance Courtyard, 3–5 Aug, 5.45pm.
Inspired by true events, this modern day tragedy gives an insight into the seedy goings-on within an East London drugs empire. Zoo Roxy, 5 & 6 Aug, 8.15pm.
Time for the Good Looking Boy
Box Clever’s new production, written by Michael Wicherek, is an urban ghost story focusing on the final journey of a seemingly ordinary young man. Pleasance Dome, 4 & 5 Aug, 2.50pm.
Uncle Tom: Deconstructed
A piece of drama that explores the link between blackface minstrels and today’s racist stereotypes. The Space @ Venue 45, 9–13 Aug (not 12), times vary.
A couple of newly reborn vampires struggle to come to terms with their immortality in this new piece from Wavelength Theatre Company. The Spaces @ Surgeons Hall, 5 & 6 Aug, 7.30pm.
Arthur Conan Doyle meets Napoleon in this amusing two-man show, which recalls the famous battle from the point of view of a French brigadier and a cockney corporal. New Town Theatre, 4 & 5 Aug, 4.30pm.
The Wright Brothers
Epic account of the pioneering flights of Wilbur and Orville Wright, by the Oxford Playhouse. Pleasance Courtyard, 5 Aug, 1.30pm.
You Will Be Rare
High-concept show from Jamie Moakes, which finds the performer and his Ram-Man action hero from the He-Man series battling together against the world. Zoo, 5 & 6 Aug, 8.10pm.
The new poetry collection by internationally renowned writer Heathcote Williams is performed by Fringe veteran Roy Hutchins. Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3 & 4 Aug, 3pm.
Bane 3 makes it's debut Edinburgh appearance alongside smash hits Bane and Bane 2. Hired hand Bruce Bane steps out in Joe Bone's trilogy of high-octane one-man film noir parodies and this time he's shooting first and asking questions later. Creaking under the weight of awards and critical acclaim these are three shows not…
‘You should only say good of the dead. Joan Crawford is dead. Good’ (Bette Davis). On her deathbed, Bette is forced to confront her nemesis. This new comedic play by Foursight Theatre (Thatcher the Musical) is a feisty and irreverent look at two of Hollywood’s greatest icons and their famous feud. ‘She's slept with every…
Proudly sailing through the wreckage of the financial crisis, their captain having sailed for safer waters, a dedicated crew scours the waters for survivors with a few pennies in their pockets, which are surely owed to someone.
Twenty four years ago, the future was going to be different. Mol was going to be happy, older smarter and married with kids. Ray was going to be a heart surgeon. When they meet again, by chance - she divorced and childless, he a caretaker and gardener - they discover that their lives are even further from that future than…
Canadian actor Alon Nashman has been acclaimed across Canada, the USA and Europe for his performance as writer Franz Kafka, in this five-star adaptation of Kafka's extraordinary and never-delivered letter to his own father.
May 18th, 1954. Stan Laurel sits backstage in a British variety theatre. An audience waits, but where is Oliver Hardy? Must Stan continue alone? Can he? This one-man show takes us behind the dressing room door where Stan relives memories of his father, former roommate Charlie Chaplin and Hardy himself. Writer-performer…
Frankenstein’s alive and he's about to extract your wisdom teeth! Award-winning Penny Dreadful cordially invites you, if you dare, to enter the ‘Etherdome’ and take your seat for a darkly funny true story of 1850’s America: carnival-sideshows, live bluegrass… and dentistry. Trust us, this won't hurt a bit. Penny Dreadful…
Memories can escape us, in time. Who knows what really happened, and what has been imagined to fill in those gaps? Nick and Helen are on a quest to reclaim the truth. Armed with nothing but a slide projector and a set of old photographs, they track the last ten years of their relationship, creating a funny and honest…
When yet another Hollywood celebrity walks off set, a desperate producer decides to cast a dog as his star. But which lucky pooch will take the lead? Brilliant new comedy from BBC sitcom competition finalist Tom Glover.
Multi award-winning playwright, Heathcote Williams' extraordinary new poetry collection performed by two-time Perrier nominee, double Fringe First and Performer of the Year Award winner, Roy Hutchins. Acute observations on life, death, politics, society, people and places - asking big questions in short form. Global in…
Internationally acclaimed playwright and performer Richard Fry (Bully, Smiler, Homo Asbo) presents another blistering tour-de-verse about a group of young men who changed the world forever. Sticking true to Fry's trademark style, The Ballad of the Unbeatable Hearts will have you laughing out loud one minute and holding…
Douglas and Andrew are two brothers, but two very different men. With a dog for a therapist and Rabbie Burns as their guide, can they put aside their past to confront right now? Set in a field in southwest Scotland, 'Fetch' is a powerful piece of new writing from Alan Gordon (Finalist, BBC Radio Scotland and Playwrights…
Felix dreams that his evergreen companion Filomena will one day fall in love with him. But for Filomena, she and her precious Felix are, and forever will be, ‘just good friends'. The audience watches as the actor transforms himself into his clown Felix, the old friend of Filomena. Once the red nose is placed on the…
Roller Derby fever sweeps the UK! First up, Edinburgh's skating heroes take on rivals Glasgow in a battle of East vs West. The second event sees the ARRG All Star team challenge Germany's Stuttgart team in the first ever European Fringe bout. Don't miss out on the all-female, full-contact, fast, furious, feisty and family…
After he had killed off Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created two charming veterans of the Battle of Waterloo: a garrulous cockney Corporal and dashing conceited French brigadier Gerard. Both characters, played with great style by Richard Smithies, recall their thrilling adventures in this delightful comic show.
Lewis Carroll is brought to life as humourist, poet, mathematician and lover of children by Richard Smithies, who looks surprisingly like Carroll, in an enchanting and endearingly comic performance. The poems, including Jabberwocky and Beautiful Soup, have been set to lively music, which one listener described as a…
In a shantytown in Rio de Janeiro, amongst chickens and pigs, Gilda cooks, dreaming of love and becoming a film star… the men are spellbound, the women, furious, but Gilda is more dangerous and more generous than they can possibly imagine… A poignant tragicomic tale of food, sex, violence, love and survival. From the same…
The morning of Margaret Thatcher's death. In his Barbican flat Arthur Scargill and his publisher have a visitor from their past- an ageing militant miner with his own take on Scargill's controversial legacy and a dark forty year family secret. In a Britain partly shaped by their actions these fierce old fighters slug it…
From NAMA 2009 Award-winning creative partnership of acclaimed author Stephen Chifunyise and director-producer Daves Guzha comes Rituals, a musical and inspirational journey through community-driven healing processes following traumatic and violent experiences in Zimbabwe. The piece, well received by Zimbabweans across…
As heard on Radio 4's ‘Ed Reardon's Week’, Christopher Douglas stars as Ed, the Bard of Berkhampstead… failed writer, fare dodger and master of the abusive email, grumbling about a modern world seemingly run by 12 year olds, while churning out books such as Jane Seymour's Household Hints and Pet Peeves (to pay the bills…
One woman, 13 characters and a banjo. Real stories from America's coal fields. Verbatim. Coal miners, mining executives, mountaineers, hillbillies and protesters. Laugh/cry. Funny/true. Bluegrass music and cookies at every show. Mountaintop removal is blowing up the mountain to get the coal underneath. ‘It's like going to…
Fringe First award winners the Paper Birds, return to the Pleasance for the world premiere of a new production based on our nation's love affair with alcohol. Weaving together hundreds of your real stories and booze-based confessions, Thirsty tells the story of one night, leaping from nightclubs to working men's clubs…
Wanted: audience members for job-hunting comedy musical. Responsibilities: the successful candidates will follow our hero Joe, thrust by sudden redundancy into the agony of CVs and applications, waiting rooms and interviews, rejections and humiliations, near-triumphs and tempting offers, all in his quest for his dream job…
The multi award-winning show by Aindrias de Staic returns after international success! The hectic journey of a a musical backpaker who rambles the world, loses his mind, and finds sanity through music. Winner ThreeWeeks Editors Award Edinburgh Fringe 2009. Nominee Malcolm Hardee Award for Comic Originality Edinburgh 2008.
As the 20th century dawns and the Wild West is tamed, there is only one frontier left - the sky. Two small-town bicycle repairmen take their dreams of flight to the desolate sands of Kitty Hawk. In just four years of tireless experimentation and perseverance they will change the world forever. This intimate but epic…
A two-person comedy highly acclaimed for its fast paced, intelligent and poetic commentary on the greed that caused the financial crises. At the heart of this clown / buffoon piece is the story of two financial executives who have lost everything in the crash and jump from a building. Winner of the Dora Award for Best…
Experience an exhilarating urban story of one young man’s journey he will never forget, from Box Clever (Dirty Kissing, Sixteen Up), following great success at the Brighton Dome and Leicester Curve. Directed by Iqbal Khan (Broken Glass, Tricycle) and featuring a tour-de-force performance by Lloyd Thomas (BBC Radio).
Sell-out Mask Company, the village idiots, return with their brand new show. This black comedy tells the story of novice undertaker, Douglas Graves, who falls for the girls of his dreams. His greedy and scrupulous boss has been reselling burial plots and with a little help, disposing of the exhumed bodies at the local…
Oxford jail, 6 April 1752. Mary prepares for her midday hanging for poisoning her father. As visitors breeze past her condemned cell she pleas for her innocence. The letter to support reprieve is lost. The charges of murder stand, but it was lover Cranstoun who gave her a powder to feed to Mr Blandy so he may accept him…
Chronicling the story of the great American poet E. E. Cummings and friend W. Brown: pacifists who volunteered in France in 1917 as ambulance drivers. They journey to the front via Paris, the premiere of Satie's ‘Parade’ and eventually imprisonment. Cummings’ humour and poetic voice run through the narrative, with poems…
Laurie and Shelley are celebrating their wedding anniversary in the crumbling Scottish tower house where Laurie is creating an artists’ retreat. But Laurie makes an arrangement which has deeply disturbing consequences. A searing tale of love, laughter, mystery and self-destruction. World premiere from Fringe First-winning…
An ‘undiscovered’ Aristophanes comedy – the show tells the story of three Greek nobodies caught up in a celestial bet between Zeus, Hera and Hercules. Our unwitting heroes Stanzas (a terrible poet), Darius (the runt of the litter) and Hermaphrodite (born a girl) travel to compete in the ancient Olympics and take on the…
What does a psychic want for breakfast? You! The Psychic Psychologist returns to Edinburgh to explore parapsychology and other mysteries including Reiki, homeopathy, psychoanalysis, spirit guides, mind reading and psychic powers. Are these things mumbo-jumbo or truth? The audience decides. ‘Informative and very funny, his…
Raw Perception Productions, a diverse new theatre company founded by East 15 Acting School graduates, presents a theatrical insight into a well-established East London drug empire. 'Sh t gets outta control… Loved ones dyin’ as a result of your actions… They say once you enter the game, there ain’t no turnin’ back… You…
The deeply moving documentary drama follows the proceedings of the Frankfurt War Crime trials - the most public, most important and most extensive trial of holocaust perpetrators conducted in West German Courts. The unnamed Witnesses come forth and recall their memories of Auschwitz as the characters search for truth, and…
Travelling to the mysterious lands of Skype and Google, Documents from their desktops in Barcelona and Colombia, Australian singer/songwriter Josef Salvat and baby-bird playwright Meg O’Connell have teamed up to write a one-man cabaret show! Playing a range of obscene and colourful characters, their MC is a…
Two writers, one character, one apartment, no rules. 1930s New York: two English writers hired to write a classic to-be, find themselves stuck in the middle of the city, with a serial killer on the loose re-enacting their darkest works. As they become more enthralled in their stories, we witness their character coming to…
The talented cast of Portobello Community Theatre bring you this classic musical with a few sweet twists. Since their 2010 Fringe success with Little Shop of Horrors, the group have put all their energy into rehearsing for this year’s gobstopper! Porty Youth Theatre has over 30 members of children aged 9-13 and forms part…
Artist Jamie Moakes has enlisted the nostalgic yet overlooked action figure Ram-Man for a mission to slay the economy.
You Will Be Rare is a humorous, illustrated tale of how a long-forgotten character from the 80s cartoon He-Man is taking its rightful place in the commodity market and helping one man to 'have the…
Shutterland: a landscape of recorded voices and lost stories. When a secret is discovered, it reveals a hidden past. Through a strange and unexpected turn of events, one man finds himself running from the system he spent his life serving. Surveillance agents prowl the streets. Every move is monitored. Every sound is…
Built on the title character from Harriet Beecher Stowe’s 1852 novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, this work is the original poetic drama that gave birth to The Conciliation Project. Uncle Tom: Deconstructed weaves together story, song, poetry and dance as it unmasks and interrogates the correlations to blackface minstrelsy as a…
‘When a bullfighter closes his successful faena, mystery and beauty break out to some eternity instants, compared only to some poems by Quevedo, the music by Mozart and Beethoven or the paintings by Goya and Velazquez' (Mario Vargas Llosa). 'Bullfighting glorifies the systematic torture of a sentient animal in the name of…
A heart. Beating. Whose? Yours? Mine? His. Eyes. Open. Breathe. Who? A man? A monster? You. Shelley's original re-imagined for a future world ‘An honest piece of theatre soaked in blood and tears’ ★★★★ (Iliad Three Weeks). ‘An extraordinary company … with full-blooded commitment. The production makes the most of its large…
A physical theatre drama. At the heart of this fantasy is a vampire couple on a mission to discover the truth about their transformation and to get revenge on the race that made them what they are. But below the surface lie betrayals closer to home and the complication that their immortality comes at a price. Piecing…
Nell, an elderly woman, recalls the parental battles that characterised her childhood and upbringing. As her recollections of times past unfold the play swings between past and present, from childhood to old age, the memories and secrets clicking seamlessly into place, crowding in on Nell relentlessly until the grip of…
How to Catch a Rabbit is a new play about a group of urban Gypsies living in south-east London. We join Stan, Nell, Cass and Sonya as Eric returns to the council-run site. Through their eyes we experience the suffocating encroachment of the state. With live music composed by Shou Jie Eng, you are pulled into the dark and…