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Freddie Flintoff: 2nd Innings

Emma Brunjes Productions Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff, hero of the historic 2005 victorious Ashes England team, is hitting the road celebrate the 10 years anniversary and share his memories of that long hot summer, as well as some behind the crease insights to the game. Freddie is joined on stage by comedy writer and…

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Thu 27 Aug

The Grand

£20 / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 28 Aug

The Grand

£20 / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 29 Aug

The Grand

£20 / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

James Van Praagh

New York Times best-selling author and subject of a major Hollywood film starring Ted Danson, James Van Praagh demonstrates his unique talent and psychic abilities in a demonstration of communication from the unseen world! James is one of America's best known psychics. Star of film and TV and award-winning author brings…

The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre, Edinburgh

Fri 7 Aug

The Duncan Room

£20 / 0131 625 0700

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 8 Aug

The Duncan Room

£20 / 0131 625 0700

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Peter York: How to Become a Nicer Type of Person

Peter York In which Peter York, co-inventor of the Sloane Ranger, author of Authenticity is a Con and recovering style guru, introduces his dark, edgy and deeply subversive idea of niceness. York's guide to life explains what not to wear, what not to say and what not to think. He deals with sports-derived clothing…

Assembly George Square, Edinburgh

Mon 17 Aug

Five

£10 / 0131 623 3030

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 18 Aug

Five

£10 / 0131 623 3030

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 19 Aug

Five

£10 / 0131 623 3030

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 11 more dates until 31 Aug

Cafe Voices

Scottish Storytelling Centre The story is told eye to eye, mind to mind and heart to heart. Two Festival Fringe specials of the Scottish Storytelling Centre’s monthly session, with live storytelling in the relaxed surroundings of the Storytelling Court. With a special guest storyteller hosting the night and an…

Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh

Thu 13 Aug

Storytelling Court at Fringe

£7 / 0131 556 9579

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 27 Aug

Storytelling Court at Fringe

£7 / 0131 556 9579

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Edinburgh Should Ban Students

Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas / Fair Pley What have students ever done for us? Surely Edinburgh would be a better city without them? Swathes of the city would be habitable again for families, noise complaints would slump, and traffic cones could rest easy. Vice Principal of the University of Edinburgh Professor Mary…

Stand in the Square, Edinburgh

Sun 30 Aug

£8 (£7)

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Guerilla Aspies – Become Autistic or Aspergers with Paul Wady?

Paul Wady / Free Festival Become autistic. National Autistic Society training presenter, film maker, advocate and author of Guerrilla Aspies, The Neurotypical Society Infiltration Manual, invites you to embrace the new normal. Know zero? Good… Know nothing about neurodiversity? Fine, I'll turn you into one of us and…

Laughing Horse @ The Three Sisters, Edinburgh

Thu 13 Aug

Maggie's Front Room

Free / 0131 622 6801

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 14 Aug

Maggie's Front Room

Free / 0131 622 6801

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 15 Aug

Maggie's Front Room

Free / 0131 622 6801

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 16 Aug

Maggie's Front Room

Free / 0131 622 6801

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Kraftwerk Badger Spaceship

Fat Roland / Free Festival A spoken-word comedy about one idiot’s battle with electronic music. Is it poetry or prop comedy or just a fat man with too many marker pens? Dominic Berry calls Fat Roland ‘bizarre, astounding, hilarious and truly unlike anyone else’, while the Big Issue in the North calls him ‘funny and…

Laughing Horse @ the Cellar Monkey, Edinburgh

Thu 6 Aug

Cellar

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 7 Aug

Cellar

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 8 Aug

Cellar

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 11 more dates until 19 Aug

AC Grayling: The Meanings of Life

Lakin McCarthy Entertainment Ltd. Is there one kind of life that is the true and right life for all human beings, or are many kinds of good lives possible? If the latter, does this mean that there are no absolutes in morals and our understanding of human nature and the world? These are philosophical questions – and…

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Sat 22 Aug

The Music Hall

£12 / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Adams & Eves

Adams' Grammar School A young cast of 17 weave original poems into a moving performance. Linking poetry on diverse themes into a narrative taking place in the universal setting of a cafe, this Edinburgh Fringe debut is a poetic treat. Performed by students aged 17-18 from Adams' Grammar School in Shropshire. Age…

C, Edinburgh

Mon 24 Aug

 +1

£4.50 (£3.50) / 0845 260 1234

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Alas, Poor Darwin…?

Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas / Fair Pley If Darwin was alive today he’d be very, very angry about what we’ve done with his idea. Evolutionary theory can be used to explain pretty much any human behaviour, but that doesn’t mean it should be. Is it natural for married men to have affairs? Are good novelists more…

Stand in the Square, Edinburgh

Sun 16 Aug

£8 (£7)

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Arthur Conan Doyle Experience

Learn more about the great writer.

The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre, Edinburgh

Tue 11 Aug

The Sanctuary

£10 (£8) / 0131 625 0700

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 13 Aug

The Sanctuary

£10 (£8) / 0131 625 0700

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 18 Aug

The Sanctuary

£10 (£8) / 0131 625 0700

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 25 Aug

Arthur Conan Doyle Experience

Ann Treherne Arthur Conan Doyle Experience is a talk about Edinburgh's famous son, delivered in a magnificent example of an original Victorian town house which commemorates this great man of literature. Author of Sherlock Holmes – but what else is he famous for? Age category: 16+

The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre, Edinburgh

Tue 11 Aug

The Sanctuary

£8 (£6) / 0131 625 0700

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 13 Aug

The Sanctuary

£8 (£6) / 0131 625 0700

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 18 Aug

The Sanctuary

£8 (£6) / 0131 625 0700

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 25 Aug

Asking Nicely

Hannah Chutzpah / PBH's Free Fringe One-woman poetry show about the power dynamics of permission and politeness – with rhymes and reasons. Hannah Chutzpah looks at consent, kicking ass and when asking nicely turns nasty. Contains: feminism, funnies, psychology, sociology, wit and wordplay. Back after a five-star…

Pilgrim, Edinburgh

Sat 8 Aug

Main Bar

Free / 0131 557 3768

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Sun 9 Aug

Main Bar

Free / 0131 557 3768

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Mon 10 Aug

Main Bar

Free / 0131 557 3768

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

…and 19 more dates until 29 Aug

Awhile With Seamus Heaney

Larry McCluskey A personal journey by Irish actor-director, Larry McCluskey through the late Nobel Poet’s best and most popular work, a dramatic reading, with linking commentary and live music. The journey moves from Heaney’s childhood, through his emergence as Ireland’s foremost poet, international eminence and…

The Royal Scots Club, Edinburgh

Tue 18 Aug

The Hepburn Suite

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 4270

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 19 Aug

The Hepburn Suite

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 4270

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 20 Aug

The Hepburn Suite

£10 (£8) / 0131 556 4270

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 22 Aug

Back To The Statistical Future!

Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas / Fair Pley How different is Scotland in 2015, to Scotland in 1835? As good education is increasingly costly and inaccessible to the poor, are we seeing our modern 'lords and gentlemen' believing we will be 'more obedient and dutiful, were [we] more ignorant, and had no education'? Might our…

Stand in the Square, Edinburgh

Wed 26 Aug

£8 (£7)

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Backstory

Taffy Thomas Former fire eating Salami Brother Taffy Thomas shares his personal journey from a brush with mortality to Storyteller Laureate – literally his own backstory. Taffy presents gems from his repertoire of traditional tales, each of which have their own backstory. In this magic hour, expect to virtually meet…

Acoustic Music Centre @ St Brides, Edinburgh

Tue 11 Aug

Back Room

£10 (£8) / 0131 668 2019

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 12 Aug

Back Room

£10 (£8) / 0131 668 2019

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

A Beggar for a Miracle: A Fan’s Life in Football

St Andrew's & St George's West Book Festival Fringe Join Ron Ferguson, author of the cult classic Black Diamonds and the Blue Brazil and Hugh MacDonald, chief sports writer for the Herald, in an hour of angst, passion and love as they discuss their relationship with the beautiful game.

St Andrew's and St George's Church, Edinburgh

Fri 14 Aug

St Andrew's and St George's West

£7 (£5) / 0131 225 3847

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Blofeld and Baxter: Rogues on the Road

Emma Brunjes Productions ★★★★ (Times). Blowers and Backers are back with brand new, outrageous reminiscences, after earning rave reviews and captivating audiences from far flung corners of the globe. Henry 'My Dear Old Thing' Blofeld is one of Britain's most loved broadcasters – even in his septuagenarian years he is…

Assembly George Square, Edinburgh

Wed 12 Aug

Spiegeltent Colombino

£11 (£10) / 0131 623 3030

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 13 Aug

Spiegeltent Colombino

£11 (£10) / 0131 623 3030

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 14 Aug

Spiegeltent Colombino

£13 (£12) / 0131 623 3030

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 11 more dates until 25 Aug

Bloodcream

Bog Polanco Bog Polanco is a self-published poet living in Edinburgh. Spawned from the masterpieces in the Scottish National Gallery, Bloodcream interactively acts out what lives in the soul of the canvas. Character poetry with humour and charm. Age category: PG

Spotlites @ The Merchant's Hall, Edinburgh

Thu 6 Aug

Zone Theatre

£2 / 0131 220 5911

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 7 Aug

Zone Theatre

£2 / 0131 220 5911

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 8 Aug

Zone Theatre

£2 / 0131 220 5911

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 10 Aug

Brave and Free: Traditional Tales of Scotland

Calum Lykan Storytelling Scotland, a land steeped in myth and legend. The real Scot, kilted storyteller Calum Lykan, nominee for the Best Newcomer 2013 (British Awards of Storytelling Excellence) introduces you to his magical Scotland. Tales full of giants, broonies and selkies with heroic stories of kings of old and…

Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh

Thu 6 Aug

Library at Fringe

£6 / 0131 556 9579

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 7 Aug

Library at Fringe

£7 / 0131 556 9579

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 8 Aug

Library at Fringe

£7 / 0131 556 9579

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Building God

David Lee Morgan / PBH's Free Fringe Communism or oblivion… Is the world doomed to bury itself in the slime of a money-grubbing, market-driven insane asylum, or is a bright future still possible? Spoken word performance by UK slam poetry champion and reigning BBC slam champion, David Lee Morgan spits over music tracks…

The Banshee Labyrinth, Edinburgh

Fri 7 Aug

Banqueting Hall

Free / 0131 558 8209

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Sat 8 Aug

Banqueting Hall

Free / 0131 558 8209

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Sun 9 Aug

Banqueting Hall

Free / 0131 558 8209

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

…and 19 more dates until 31 Aug

Carol Ann Duffy and John Sampson

The Poet Laureate and her favourite court musician bring an hour of light and shade, laughter and reflection to the Assembly Rooms. Carol Ann will read from her acclaimed collections, including The World’s Wife, The Bees and other works. Lucid, honest and accessible, her writing explores both everyday experience and our…

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Fri 7 Aug

Studio Two

£10 (£9) / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 8 Aug

Studio Two

£10 (£9) / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 9 Aug

Studio Two

£10 (£9) / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 20 more dates until 30 Aug

Celebrating Edinburgh's Traditional Buildings: Architectural Cast Iron – Skills Demonstration

Edinburgh Traditional Building Forum Scotland used to export iron buildings around the world; Andrew Laing of the Charles Laing Foundry gives an entertaining demonstration of casting processes and where these skills can lead.

Acheson House, Edinburgh

Wed 26 Aug

Celebrating Edinburgh's Traditional Buildings: How a Georgian Townhouse Was Built

Edinburgh Traditional Building Forum No 5 Charlotte Square, Ian Gow of the National Trust for Scotland gives an informing guide to the built fabric and means of construction.

No 5 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh

Fri 28 Aug

No 5

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Celebrating Edinburgh's Traditional Buildings: Marbling and Graining Techniques, Signwriting Skills

Edinburgh Traditional Building Forum Mark Nevin from Nevin of Edinburgh demonstrates remarkable transforming painting techniques. Maggie McCabe of Robin Abbey Signwriters demonstrates inspirational signwriting skills used for projects like heraldry.

Acheson House, Edinburgh

Thu 27 Aug

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