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Genre: Theatre

Choir of Man

From the creators of Gobsmacked! and Soweto Gospel Choir comes the Choir of Man – the all singing, all stomping, all drinking, all night party. Your landlords for the evening are nine outstanding singe...

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Choir of Man

18:35

03 Aug

Brutal Cessation

'I have fantasies... I lead you to a table… and I hurt you.' A relationship. A relationship rotting. Purgatory. Is having no reason to stay a reason to leave? At what point does the ...

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Brutal Cessation

00:00

03 Aug

Arlene! The Glitz. The Glamour. The Gossip.

The Queen of Dance reveals all from 40 years in showbusiness.Freddie Mercury. Whitney Houston. Elton John. Starlight Express. We Will Rock You. Annie. Hot Gossip... The list goes on and on. Arlene Phi...

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Austen's Women

To accompany Dyad's premiere of The Time Machine, thirteen of Jane Austen's most celebrated heroines return in Dyad's acclaimed revisiting of some of literature's most celebrated works. This much-loved inter...

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Austen's Women

16:00

03 Aug

Blank Tiles

Scrabble World Champion, Austin Michaels (played by Dylan Cole) knew over 200,000 words. Then he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Since then Austin has been in a race against time to document his ...

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Blank Tiles

15:55

03 Aug

A Little Blue Birdy Told Me

Have you ever been shat on by the blue bird? The great rebirth of public shaming continues to evolve. Tearing people up, facelessly and mercilessly. A Little Blue Birdy Told Me is a b...

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A Little Blue Birdy Told Me

00:00

14 Aug

Baba Brinkman's Rap Guide to Consciousness

Fringe First winner and "peer-reviewed rapper" Baba Brinkman (Rap Guide to Evolution, Rap Guide to Religion) explores the scientific study of consciousness in his latest hip-hop comedy. Baba's ...

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Joe's NYC Bar

An interactive, improvisational immersive theatre experience, in which the audience is transported to a bar in New York City. Fresh from a sell-out Off-Broadway run, Joe's returns to Edinburgh. Follow @J...

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Joe's NYC Bar

20:30

02 Aug

Performers

Making its debut in Edinburgh, Performers is a black comedy from Irvine Welsh and Dean Cavanagh. The longtime collaborators have turned their attention to 1960s swinging London and the making of the film Per...

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Performers

16:45

03 Aug

Mental

'This heart-wrenching story both educates and entertains, leaving you more aware of the world around you' ***** (TheEdgeSusu.co.uk). 'deeply moving' ***** (TheSpyInTheStalls.com). At a time w...

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Mental

17:05

02 Aug

Looking for John

Looking for John. Written and performed by Tony Timberlake. As I watched him, it was me gliding, spinning, twisting and turning, every gesture so precise and expressive. 1976. 19 million people watched Birmi...

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Looking for John

11:00

03 Aug

Half Breed

‘I am that mixed raced kid, like 50/50, on the fence, lukewarm, in-between maybe. Trust me, around here I’m about as black as it goes…’ Jazmin feels different. She doesn’t want...

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Half Breed

12:20

03 Aug

My Name is Irrelevant

In a world created by your imagination it can be difficult to work out what is fictional and what is reality. A man gives a lecture about all of the people he has met in his life, but as he delves deeper int...

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My Name is Irrelevant

15:00

03 Aug

Mars, Actually

'Superbolt have that special type of genius... funny, warm-hearted, and surprisingly thoughtful' **** (FringeGuru.com). Following their award-winning sell-out run of Jurassic Park – ***** (Lond...

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Mars, Actually

19:00

03 Aug

Moonlight After Midnight

In this internationally acclaimed romantic mystery about love and loss, a man and woman meet under puzzling circumstances in a hotel room at midnight. 'A must for theatre buffs' (Advertiser, Adelaide...

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Moonlight After Midnight

15:00

03 Aug

Gratiano

Bassanio has been murdered and, under suspicion, Gratiano is forced to revisit his fascist past. He was never the hero – just a minor character, the plucky comic relief – but he never thought he ...

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Gratiano

13:40

03 Aug

Glitter Punch

Fresh from a critically acclaimed run at London's Kings Head Theatre and returning after a sell-out Edinburgh Fringe 2016, Some Riot Theatre present Glitter Punch. 'I can feel it right in the gut lik...

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Glitter Punch

13:15

03 Aug

Gazing at a Distant Star

Arun saves for university. Anna trains for a dreaded 5k run. Karen searches for her missing son. In Siân Rowland's acclaimed play about those who go missing and those who are left behind, three lives in...

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Gazing at a Distant Star

12:15

03 Aug

Frank Carson – A Rebel Without a Pause

Funnyman Frank Carson blazed a comedy trail for 50 years. His quick-fire gags and infectious laugh delighted audiences in variety shows in clubs and on telly. His catchphrase: 'It's the way...

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Enterprise

With their corporation on the brink of collapse, four panicking businessmen have one desperate night to save their futures. Emergency proposals, email hacking, animal sacrifice – will any of it work? A...

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Enterprise

13:30

03 Aug

Bump

Lily is 23, young, free and single and waiting for her life to start, but she's hit a bump. Bump is a tale of some of the awkward encounters and nauseating moments that make up a girl’s life. Meet ...

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Bump

13:40

03 Aug

To Hell in a Handbag

The Secret Lives of Canon Chasuble and Miss Prism by Helen Norton and Jonathan White. While others are preoccupied with cucumber sandwiches and railway cloakrooms, two minor characters from The Importance of...

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To Hell in a Handbag

12:25

03 Aug

Pixel Dust

Daniella swings from meme to meme, a Tarzan of the datafields. Can she find the answers she needs about who she really is through this digital odyssey? From award-winning Clare Bayley (The Container, Fringe ...

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Pixel Dust

13:10

03 Aug

Raton Laveur

Phil and Lily have moved to Toronto from Australia to pursue Lily's dreams. Phil, finding himself at loose ends, becomes obsessed with the nest of raccoons living behind the crêperie where he works. As ...

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Raton Laveur

14:30

03 Aug

Scribble

Bran flakes, anxiety and gravity. The smallest moments in history. The largest events in the universe. Blink and you'll miss it. This scribble from your chest. New writing about mental health and superno...

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Scribble

15:50

03 Aug

Shame

A new mixed media theatre piece analysing the concepts of shame and empathy in modern, hyperconnected culture. Shame examines how the vilification of female sexuality has evolved alongside technology and fus...

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Shame

16:15

03 Aug

Slooshy Wordshow

Appearing as performance poet Greg Byron. His poems reflect life's confusions and cruelties, from social comment to quantum physics, with a grimace, a twinkle and a wry pointy finger! Poetry and prose......

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Slooshy Wordshow

12:20

03 Aug

The Jurassic Parks

'I definitely laughed, I almost cried, and I feel I've fallen in love' ***** (GreatScott.media). 'Jurassic classic' ***** (Londonist.com). 'Hilarious' ***** (BroadwayBaby.com). &#...

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The Jurassic Parks

19:00

02 Aug

The Patchwork Odyssey

A group of actors and a cellist attempt to reawaken the spirit of The Odyssey using only what they can remember from reading the books. They did prepare some songs and poems for support, to be honest. To add...

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The Patchwork Odyssey

12:00

03 Aug

The Time Machine

In this age of uncertainty, where shadows of tyranny, intolerance and war darken human progress, how much time do we have left? If civilisation fell today, what would become of us? In Rebecca Vaughan and Elt...

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The Time Machine

11:10

03 Aug

Under My Thumb

In a dystopian present, five women are imprisoned for crimes against society. Brought together by a common enemy and facing indefinite incarceration, their one remaining dignity is their continuing belief in...

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Under My Thumb

16:10

03 Aug

Wondr

Distracted by giving an imaginary Ted talk to her bathroom mirror, social media phenomenon Faith Allgood (@WondrWomanUK) is running late for the school run. She's glitching. Little does she know her worl...

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Wondr

13:10

04 Aug

5 Guys Chillin'

Following highly acclaimed, sell-out performances in Dublin, New York, Sydney and London, 5 Guys Chillin' returns to the Edinburgh Fringe for a second year. With more gay men falling into addiction, and ...

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5 Guys Chillin'

21:50

02 Aug

Bright Colours Only

Sadly missed after a decade pushing the daisies, Pauline Goldsmith resurrects her legendary Irish wake. This once in a lifetime theatrical send-off was a huge hit at the Fringe back when Pauline could squeez...

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Bright Colours Only

14:25

03 Aug

Burnt Toast

Two days, fifteen years later. Burnt toast. Boring sex. Viennetta. Knife roulette. Quick Pol and Average Alfred have the life they dreamt of: calm and simple. But then she arrived. Burnt Toast looks to explo...

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Burnt Toast

17:05

03 Aug

Catherine and Anita

All hell breaks loose when a tortured young misfit named Catherine strikes up a friendship with the mysterious Anita. As their unlikely relationship develops, their world escalates into a violent cycle of de...

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Catherine and Anita

21:05

03 Aug

DeLorean

The incredible true story of the man behind the iconic car from the Back to the Future movies in a brand new stage play. In the summer of 1978, John DeLorean received an astonishing £54 million from th...

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DeLorean

12:00

03 Aug

Elephant in the Room

Inspired by the Indian myth of the Elephant God - Ganesha; this is a coming of age story about a boy in search of his head, wandering through a forest where creatures fret over a prophecy of doom, as a motle...

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Elephant in the Room

18:25

03 Aug

From the Ground Up

Do you let people influence you? Would you fight for peace? Is who you are determined by where you live? Is race important? From the Ground Up is a thrilling and provocative interactive show that unites and ...

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From the Ground Up

14:00

14 Aug

Gypsy Queen

Can two men raised to fight ever learn to love? The story of "Gorgeous" George O'Connell, bare-knuckle fighter and traveller, who enters the world of professional boxing, putting him on a colli...

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Gypsy Queen

13:00

03 Aug

Jamie Wood: I Am a Tree

When Jamie is still for any length of time, someone finds him and tells him about their life. His girlfriend says he is like a tree that dogs like to piss on. He gets this from his grandfather. Last year, Ja...

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Jamie Wood: I Am a Tree

18:25

14 Aug

Jane Doe

Jane Doe goes to a party. She gets drunk. She blacks out. She is raped. This is a participatory theatre show reflecting on rape culture in our communities. One performer leads a public reading of a rape tria...

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Jane Doe

15:00

03 Aug

Karoo Moose – No Fathers

Winner of 15 top South African theatre awards, Lara Foot's story of pain, redemption and hope combines traditional African storytelling and magical realism. In an impoverished village in the Karoo, South...

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Karoo Moose – No Fathers

11:40

03 Aug

Lamentations

Rooftop Promotions presents Lamentations. Unique in its presentation and unequivocal in its mirroring of man's moral torpor, this is an emotionally intense an...

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Lamentations

11:30

03 Aug

Lemonade

Heather came to the Big Apple to become an actress. She worked her way up the ladder playing hookers, junkies and strippers: parts that most actresses are afraid to play. Heather Litteer's gripping, funn...

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Lemonade

16:40

03 Aug

Mary Go Nowhere

Mary is on the edge of a breakdown trying to keep her foul-mouthed three-year-old in preschool. Drought. Flies. Earthquakes. Apocalypse? Or just October in LA? Written by and starring Julie Shavers, 'Ms ...

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Mary Go Nowhere

13:25

03 Aug

Mies Julie

In the smouldering kitchen of a remote South African farmhouse, 23 years after apartheid, a single night of brutality and tenderness unfolds between a black farm labourer and his white master's daughter....

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Mies Julie

14:30

03 Aug

My Real Life

Noel is recording one final message for his best mate Richard on an old tape recorder, which has seen them through many teenage nights with a few cans of cider, listening to the Thomson Twins and Howard Jone...

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My Real Life

20:00

03 Aug

Oyster Boy

It's the 1950s and chorus girls are doowapping, everyone is jiving and Italian ice cream seller Jim and young Alice fall in love whilst strolling along the beach in a whirlwind romance. Their lives are soon ...

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Oyster Boy

12:40

03 Aug

Squeeze My Cans

Or The True Story of How I Survived Scientology. Cathy Schenkelberg, a small town Catholic girl from a family of ten, spent 18 years and almost one million dollars down the rabbit hole of this infamous and u...

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Squeeze My Cans

15:10

03 Aug

Tatterdemalion

From the creators of Boris & Sergey, comes a one-hour one-man show featuring puppetry, physical comedy, and mime. 'Clowning has never been so enchanting or absorbing' ***** (ThreeWeeks). Hilariou...

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Tatterdemalion

18:25

14 Aug

The Empress and Me

The amazing true story of the Princess Der Ling who, as the daughter of a Chinese diplomat and Eurasian mother, was raised in France to be every bit the Victorian Lady only to find herself, when her father i...

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The Empress and Me

11:00

03 Aug

The Fall

When the statue of Cecil John Rhodes was dismantled at the University of Cape Town, seven postgraduates wrote this searing, insightful play about race, class, gender, sexism, colonialism and ideologies of pa...

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The Fall

18:15

03 Aug

The Friday Night Effect

Meet Jamie, Sive and Collette: three best friends on a wild night out in Dublin. By the end of the night, Collette will be dead. Can you save her? The Friday Night Effect combines compelling new writing with...

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The Friday Night Effect

14:35

03 Aug

The Girl Who Jumped Off The Hollywood Sign

An actress climbs the 50-foot 'H'. She has only ever wanted one thing: to be a star. A play with music about the quest for fame, inspired by Hollywood's Golden Age. Written and performed by Joann...

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The Inconvenience of Wings

For anyone who has suffered mental illness themselves, or has lived with someone who is afflicted, this piece will cut close to the bone. Triple Fringe First winner Andrew Buckland stars in Lara Foot's p...

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The Inconvenience of Wings

15:10

03 Aug

The Power Behind the Crone

Alison Skilbeck's serio-comic celebration of Shakespeare's older women, directed by Tim Hardy. 'There are no good parts in Shakespeare for older women'. Professor Artemis Turret, played by Al...

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The Power Behind the Crone

12:00

03 Aug

The Revlon Girl

Based on events following the Aberfan Disaster 1966 (144 killed, 116 of them children), this acclaimed play tells the uplifting true story of a group of bereaved mothers who met weekly to talk, cry and laugh...

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The Revlon Girl

13:00

03 Aug

The Road That Wasn't There

This is a story about a girl who followed a map off the edge of the world... In New Zealand there are some 56,000 kilometres of paper roads – streets and towns that exist only on surveyors' maps. O...

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The Road That Wasn't There

14:35

03 Aug

The Soft Subject (A Love Story)

Today's class is about love, heartbreak and The Little Mermaid. Not all lessons can be learnt in school. Chris Woodley's autobiographical solo show invites you back into the classroom to learn about ...

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The Truman Capote Talk Show

Glitzy, Bitchy, Chic, Unique... Heartbreaking. Scotsman Fringe First and New York Times Critic's Choice award-winning production returns to Assembly direct from sell-out seasons in London and Off-Broadwa...

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The Truman Capote Talk Show

11:05

03 Aug

Three Tales of Life and Death by Craig Lucas

In the world premiere of Pulitzer/Tony Award nominee Craig Lucas's (Prelude to a Kiss, An American in Paris, Amelie) zany and touching new play, three stories collide in a world of voyeuristic theatre cr...

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Tobacco

Triple Fringe First winner Andrew Buckland excels in this haunting and side-splittingly funny two-hander that charts a man's journey towards transformation and metamorphosis. Instructed by his domineerin...

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Tobacco

12:00

03 Aug

Tom and Bunny Save the World

Shortlisted for the 2017 Les Enfants Terribles Award and fresh from the creators of the award-winning Edinburgh Fringe sell-out show Buzz: A New Musical. As 2017 falls to a zombie apocalypse and London grind...

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Tom and Bunny Save the World

17:40

03 Aug

Transmission

Join Commander Leila Karam for the Saena Mission briefing as part of Transmission, a distributed performance series about the discovery of intelligent alien life and the sisters who lead humanity to become a...

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Transmission

14:55

05 Aug

Trygve Wakenshaw & Barnie Duncan: Different Party

For blurb, please call Rucks's Leather Interiors on 01395 328 437. 'The performance is perfect... strange slapstick joy. You’ll see nothing quite like this at the festival' (Steve Bennett, ...

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Tshepang: The Third Testament

A devastating portrayal of the phenomenon of infant rape in South Africa.Based on the true story that rocked the nation and shocked the world, Lara Foot's haunting and uplifting m...

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Velvet Evening Séance

A young Victorian medium accused of a terrible crime plunges the depths of his own conscience in a tale where death is only the beginning. James MacGregor is on trial for his life. His one hope is his last w...

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Velvet Evening Séance

16:30

03 Aug

Welcome to Paradise

Strap in for the Captain and Raoul's playfully anarchic bouffon rollercoaster that ventures to the darkest corners of the grotto where the mould festers under the tree. Controversial theatre company Ship...

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Welcome to Paradise

18:25

02 Aug

Under Milk Wood

Dylan Thomas' enchanting masterpiece is brought vividly to life in an extraordinary solo performance by Edinburgh legend and Olivier Award winner, Guy Masterson. Made famous by hi...

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Under Milk Wood

15:00

14 Aug

Alex Salmond… Unleashed 

A Festival of Fun, Friends and Freedom, Undoubtedly the Most Exciting Event of this year’s Festival! Join Alex Salmond and friends in an afternoon of chat, stories, a little bit...

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Alex Salmond… Unleashed 

13:45

13 Aug