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The Ascension of Mrs Leech

The King's Players When Mrs Leech (74, Chairman of the Boules Club) dies, she is fortunate enough to be afforded a place in heaven. It isn't long, however, before her busy-body attitude and grey-haired determination get her caught up in a celestial squabble. Whilst forming friendships with a group of dissatisfied…

Greenside @ Infirmary Street, Edinburgh

Fri 7 Aug

Mint Studio

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 8 Aug

Mint Studio

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 9 Aug

Mint Studio

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 18 more dates until 29 Aug

Closing Time

Wag the Tale Productions In this play about a pub, in the pub, the audience catch a glimpse of the last days of its existence. It focuses on the lives that exist within it, including landlord Johnny, his returning, heroin-addicted son, his God-fearing, vodka-loving, interfering sister in law, his confidante and cleaner…

Jinglin' Geordie, Edinburgh

Fri 14 Aug

Wag The Tale

Free / 0131 225 2803

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 15 Aug

Wag The Tale

Free / 0131 225 2803

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 16 Aug

Wag The Tale

Free / 0131 225 2803

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 5 more dates until 21 Aug

Deborah Frances-White: Friend of a Friend of Dorothy

So Comedy / Free Festival The star of BBC Radio 4's Rolls The Dice returns to Edinburgh with her unique mix of stand-up, storytelling and improv comedy. 'Funny, compelling and entertaining' ★★★★ (Chortle.co.uk). 'Gloriously talented' (Time Out). Age category: 16+

Laughing Horse @ the Blind Poet, Edinburgh

Thu 6 Aug

Main Bar

Free / 0131 667 7533

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 7 Aug

Main Bar

Free / 0131 667 7533

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 8 Aug

Main Bar

Free / 0131 667 7533

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 14 more dates until 29 Aug

2 Girls, 1 Cup of Comedy

Sam and Helen MC a mixed bill of comedy Funny Women Finalists 2014: Sam Baines and Helen Sorren bring you a selection of the best comedians at the Fringe. A super-sized cup of comedy with TV names as well as the very best new comedians. Join us for some late night laughs! ‘Sam and Helen are bloody hilarious’ (Larry…

Just The Tonic at the Caves, Edinburgh

Thu 6 Aug

Just the Wee One

Free / 0131 556 5375

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 7 Aug

Just the Wee One

Free / 0131 556 5375

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 8 Aug

Just the Wee One

Free / 0131 556 5375

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 20 more dates until 29 Aug

Adam Blampied: I am Mr Children Man

Adam Blampied / Laughing Horse Free Festival Mr Children Man (The Beta Males' Adam Blampied) is the acclaimed children's author of Fabulous Fergus Goes to the Circus and is embarking on his debut reading tour. When asked why most of his stories feature animal death, existential panic or protagonists who really hate…

Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, Edinburgh

Thu 6 Aug

The Loft

Free / 0131 667 7533

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 7 Aug

The Loft

Free / 0131 667 7533

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 8 Aug

The Loft

Free / 0131 667 7533

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 21 more dates until 30 Aug back to top

Artists’ Open Studios and Exhibition

Coburg House Art Studios Seventy contemporary artists/makers open their studios to the public. Quality contemporary paintings, ceramics, jewellery, wooden boxes, textiles, weaving, metalwork, printmaking illustration/design, signwriting, architecture and landscape design. Also an exhibition in the gallery connected to…

Coburg House Studios, Edinburgh

Sat 8 Aug

Free / 0131 554 6888

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 9 Aug

Free / 0131 554 6888

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Augustus and the Holy Grail

Augustus Stephens / Free Festival Leave your boring life behind you and come on a quest for the Holy Grail. Follow Sir Augustus (the so-called Knight of the Trestle Table) on his journey of discovery and his adventures with the Naked Rambler. See how he found peace and happiness in the unlikeliest of places, and how…

Laughing Horse @ The Three Sisters, Edinburgh

Thu 6 Aug

The Staff Room

Free / 0131 622 6801

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 7 Aug

The Staff Room

Free / 0131 622 6801

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 8 Aug

The Staff Room

Free / 0131 622 6801

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 20 more dates until 30 Aug

The Bartender's Guide to Idiots

Brett Blake / Free Festival Brett Blake is an expert on idiots, purely due to the fact that he is one! As his mates would say, he would be the captain of the stupid ship. But in a society full of idiots Brett is left to deal with the worst kind regularly – the drunk ones. Join Brett on an exciting exploration of the…

Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, Edinburgh

Sat 8 Aug

The Loft

Free / 0131 667 7533

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 9 Aug

The Loft

Free / 0131 667 7533

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 10 Aug

The Loft

Free / 0131 667 7533

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 12 Aug

#BlurredMinds – Free

Rob Mulholland and Monty Burns / Free Festival Mulholland and Burns present an anarchic, hilarious hour of irreverent, genre-busting stand-up about their drug and alcohol issues, failed relationships and shambolic lives, and try not to kill each other or themselves. ‘A riot’ (Lancashire Telegraph). Age category: 16+

Laughing Horse @ The Three Sisters, Edinburgh

Thu 6 Aug

The Yurt Locker

Free / 0131 622 6801

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 7 Aug

The Yurt Locker

Free / 0131 622 6801

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 8 Aug

The Yurt Locker

Free / 0131 622 6801

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 20 more dates until 30 Aug

Caledonian Folk and Blues at The Guildford 21st Year

Yard of Ale and Guests The festival's best free music event hosted by Yard Of Ale, Scotland's favourite folk'n'fun band and guests: Sandy Tweeddale, Bedford Falls, FCUKulele, Maria Barham, and On The Wagon.

The Guildford Arms, Edinburgh

Thu 20 Aug

Free / 0131 556 4312

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 21 Aug

Free / 0131 556 4312

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 22 Aug

Free / 0131 556 4312

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 7 more dates until 29 Aug back to top

Cardinal Sin

LUTheatre Cardinal Sin delves into the dark (or at least rather mauve-ish) world of papal intrigue and mystery in an hour-long comedy romp through the Sistine Chapel. Gasp at the tragic murder of a beloved cardinal! Cheer for our brave and intrepid heroes! Be at least partially satisfied with their madcap antics! Will…

Sweet Grassmarket, Edinburgh

Mon 17 Aug

International 1

Free / 0131 243 3596

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 18 Aug

International 1

Free / 0131 243 3596

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 19 Aug

International 1

Free / 0131 243 3596

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 4 more dates until 23 Aug

Carl Donnelly and Chris Martin Comedy Podcast: Live!

So Comedy by arrangement with Avalon Management and Troika Join Chris and Carl, plus special guests, for an hour of unedited nonsense in this live version of what the Guardian listed as one of the Top 10 Podcasts on the Web. Age category: 16+

Laughing Horse @ the Blind Poet, Edinburgh

Sun 9 Aug

Main Bar

Free / 0131 667 7533

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 10 Aug

Main Bar

Free / 0131 667 7533

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 16 Aug

Main Bar

Free / 0131 667 7533

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 4 more dates until 30 Aug

CeilidhKids at the Fringe – Free!

CeilidhKids / Free Festival Family workshop suitable for children aged three to seven years with parents or carers. We involve everyone: skip, clap and march together to traditional Scottish music. Enjoy discovering very simple (often simplified) dances that you might find at a ceilidh or Scottish country dance…

Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, Edinburgh

Thu 6 Aug

The Ballroom

Free / 0131 667 7533

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 7 Aug

The Ballroom

Free / 0131 667 7533

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 8 Aug

The Ballroom

Free / 0131 667 7533

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 18 more dates until 30 Aug

CeilidhKids at the Fringe – Free!

CeilidhKids / Free Festival Family workshop suitable for children aged three to seven years with parents or carers. We involve everyone: skip, clap and march together to traditional Scottish music. Enjoy discovering very simple (often simplified) dances that you might find at a ceilidh or Scottish country dance…

Laughing Horse @ The Three Sisters, Edinburgh

Mon 3 Aug

The Gothic Room

Free / 0131 622 6801

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 4 Aug

The Gothic Room

Free / 0131 622 6801

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 5 Aug

The Gothic Room

Free / 0131 622 6801

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

CeilidhKids at the Fringe – Free!

CeilidhKids / Free Festival Family workshop suitable for children aged three to seven years with parents or carers. We involve everyone: skip, clap and march together to traditional Scottish music. Enjoy discovering very simple (often simplified) dances that you might find at a ceilidh or Scottish country dance…

Laughing Horse @ Gorgie City Farm, Edinburgh

Sun 9 Aug

Outdoor Space

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 16 Aug

Outdoor Space

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 23 Aug

Outdoor Space

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 30 Aug

Outdoor Space

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Champagne Socialist

Bella Younger Meet Bella Younger. She's very posh, doesn't sound nearly as Scottish as she ought to and is trying to shake off her roots once and for all. She's moved to Hackney and joined the Labour party but the only problem is, she's part of a notorious Tory dynasty and she sounds like the Queen – if the Queen lived…

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 20 more dates until 31 Aug

Cheeky Irish Pups

Cheeky Irish Pups / Free Festival Whatever your style, genre or taste in comedy, we will accommodate you. All the hottest, most talked about, up-and-coming Irish comedians will freshen up your day in this Irish Pups show. Since everyone always seems to be half-Irish anyway you may expect acts from not only Ireland but…

Laughing Horse @ Dropkick Murphy's, Edinburgh

Thu 6 Aug

Main Room

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 7 Aug

Main Room

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 8 Aug

Main Room

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 19 more dates until 30 Aug

Chris Martin: This Show has a Soundtrack

So Comedy by arrangement with Troika / Free Festival Movies always have soundtracks … so why can’t stand-up? Join ‘one of the UK’s best observationalists’ (Guardian), for just that in a new hour of comedy … to an original soundtrack. ‘Destined for greatness’ (Times). Age category: 16+

Laughing Horse @ The Three Sisters, Edinburgh

Thu 6 Aug

Maggie's Chamber

Free / 0131 622 6801

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 7 Aug

Maggie's Chamber

Free / 0131 622 6801

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 8 Aug

Maggie's Chamber

Free / 0131 622 6801

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 21 more dates until 30 Aug

Clare Harrison's 15 Minutes of Shame

Clare Harrison Clare Harrison's 15 Minutes of Shame is a variety show where Clare entertains you with everything she has done for fame, from a spread in a newspaper – not in a readers’ wives way – in the Daily Mail. Meeting Russell Brand wearing a dress made of a massive condom and appearing on Channel 4's First Dates.

Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, Edinburgh

Thu 13 Aug

The Loft

Free / 0131 667 7533

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 14 Aug

The Loft

Free / 0131 667 7533

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Confessions of a Peculiar Mind

Jimmy Bird / Laughing Horse Free Festival Jimmy Bird has taken time out from sitting in his pants and crying into his pillow. He will spill his thoughts on the woes of getting older, his struggle to attract mentally stable women, his alternative approach to fatherhood, and the strange dreams that haunt this peculiar…

Laughing Horse @ The Three Sisters, Edinburgh

Thu 6 Aug

The Gothic Room

Free / 0131 622 6801

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 9 Aug

The Gothic Room

Free / 0131 622 6801

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 10 Aug

The Gothic Room

Free / 0131 622 6801

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 15 more dates until 31 Aug back to top

David Callaghan: No Momentum

David Callaghan / Laughing Horse Free Festival The first solo show from David Callaghan (BBC New Comedy Awards 2012 and 2013). As heard on BBC Radio's Jesting About. 'An impressive performance… delivering self-deprecating routines with a captivating, Kitson-esque lilt' (GiggleBeats.co.uk). 'Callaghan does an excellent…

Laughing Horse @ The Three Sisters, Edinburgh

Thu 6 Aug

The Staff Room

Free / 0131 622 6801

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 7 Aug

The Staff Room

Free / 0131 622 6801

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 8 Aug

The Staff Room

Free / 0131 622 6801

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 21 more dates until 30 Aug

Déjà Vu – A Mind Reading Show Like You Won't Have Seen Before

Francis Girola Have you ever been surprised to receive a phonecall from a friend that you were just thinking about? How many times have you felt so in tune with a person that you knew what they were about to say before they uttered a single word? Life is full of those little mysteries that are too often easily cast off…

Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, Edinburgh

Mon 17 Aug

The Ballroom

Free / 0131 667 7533

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 24 Aug

The Ballroom

Free / 0131 667 7533

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Devil's Door Bell

Njambi McGrath Njambi McGrath evaluates the life of a not-so-Oxfam African childhood. She is the kind of child that Oxfam shuns, but she will give lessons on the vicious art of fighting with twigs and share road to Damascus epiphanies. Easygoing with a tendency to sympathise with female mosquitoes… ‘Brilliant…

The Mash House, Edinburgh

Thu 6 Aug

Just the Attic

Free / 0131 220 2987

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 7 Aug

Just the Attic

Free / 0131 220 2987

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 8 Aug

Just the Attic

Free / 0131 220 2987

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 17 more dates until 29 Aug

Diary of a Shanghai Showgirl

Miss Amelia Kallman & Norman Gosney / Free Festival From the man behind New York’s burlesque revival in the mid-90s and the iconic Slipper Room, and the couple who operated the legendary illegal speakeasy The Blushing Diamond, brought cabaret to China, and performed the first burlesque shows in a Muslim country…

Laughing Horse @ The Three Sisters, Edinburgh

Thu 20 Aug

The Gothic Room

Free / 0131 622 6801

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 21 Aug

The Gothic Room

Free / 0131 622 6801

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 22 Aug

The Gothic Room

Free / 0131 622 6801

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 8 more dates until 30 Aug

Edinburgh Book Fringe

Edinburgh Book Fringe welcomes writers and activists from around the world for free daily readings and discussions. The full programme is on our website at www.word-power.co.uk. Age category: 12+

Word Power Bookshop, Edinburgh

Fri 14 Aug

Free / 0131 662 9112

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 15 Aug

Free / 0131 662 9112

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 16 Aug

Free / 0131 662 9112

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 12 more dates until 28 Aug back to top