Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2022: Tickets for further 1,047 shows made available
09 June 2022
Over 3,000 shows now available to browse online in the lead up to the Fringe’s 75th anniversary this August
Today, Thursday 09 June, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society is delighted to announce that tickets for a further 1,047 Edinburgh Festival Fringe shows are now available to browse and book at edfringe.com.
This is the fourth set of tickets to be released for 2022, with the first 283 shows revealed in March, 796 in April and 1,281 in May.
In total, there are 3,131 shows now available. The official programme launch will take place on Thursday 07 July.
We're also pleased to announce that the Children and Young People (CYP) ticketing scheme, first launched in 2014, is returning this year, with tickets generously donated by Fringe artists and companies as a thank you to the people of Edinburgh for hosting the festival. The tickets are distributed through community partner organisations and are intended for those who otherwise wouldn't visit the festival.
The 75th anniversary of the Fringe takes place from 05 – 29 August 2022 and will feature an exciting range of shows, with theatre, comedy, music, dance, circus, musicals, variety, cabaret, events and more all featured in the programme so far.
Below is a small representative sample of shows available to book from today. The full list of shows released so far can be found at edfringe.com.
At Pleasance, Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World is “the Fringe premiere of new kickass-pirational pop musical from one of the producers of hit SIX”, celebrating the lives of Frida Kahlo, Rosa Parks, Emmeline Pankhurst and many more. Brown Boys Swim – also at Pleasance – “examines the pressures faced by young Muslim men in this exhilarating new play about fitting in and striking out”, while DARKFIELD revive two of their immersive, pitch-black experiences: Flight and Séance.
David Greig and Wils Wilson revisit The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart at the University of Edinburgh Playfair Library, “a wild session of anarchic theatre, haunting, authentic folk music and strange goings-on”.
At Wee Red Bar, This Is Memorial Device is based on David Keenan’s novel of the same name. It offers a “fictional history of 1980s Airdrie’s mysterious, post-punk legends” and features original music by Stephen McRobbie from Glasgow band, The Pastels.
Art27 Scotland presents several productions at ZOO, among them From the Heart of the Incident – the story of Dr Issam Bassalat Hijjawi, “a highly respected and much-loved Edinburgh medical doctor and Palestinian activist held in a Northern Irish prison for nearly 16 months”. At the same venue, Ontroerend Goed return to the Fringe with Every Word Was Once an Animal, which takes a meta look at performing a show, and Marriage in Progress features Lauren Katz (Curb Your Enthusiasm) and Joey Slotnick (The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, The Good Wife) who “explore marriage as an improvisation and improvisation as a marriage”. Online, via ZOOTV, Tuesday Night Sleeping Club is “an immersive live-streamed audio experience at your home”.
At Assembly, Brian Cox presents She/Her, a multimedia performance of “a diverse group of women speaking their truth”. Assembly also hosts August Wilson's How I Learned What I Learned, the UK / European premiere of the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright's solo show chronicling his life as a Black artist in Pittsburgh's Hill District.
Fishamble theatre company returns to the Fringe with King by Pat Kinevane: A Work-In-Progress. Hosted by Dance Base, “King tells the story of Luther, a man born on the day MLK was assassinated, who only leaves his apartment to perform as an Elvis impersonator”.
Directed by Guy Masterson, Pip Utton is Adolf is at The Stand’s New Town Theatre, exploring “what made Adolf Hitler so compulsive” and how any “cultured person could follow him to destruction, desolation and genocide”.
Just an Ordinary Lawyer is available online with C ARTS, the story of how “Nigerian Tunji Sowande quietly breaks through multiple barriers to become Britain’s first Black judge”. Also available online, Dickin' Around asks “what does it take to satiate a heartbroken 20-something homosexual with a penchant for deep-diving into the sensory stimuli he finds along the way?”
ThickSkin’s Blood Harmony features music from The Staves combines with “bold new writing and dynamic physicality in this uplifting and powerful new play with songs about love, loss and legacy”. It’s at the Traverse Theatre, as is Happy Meal by Tabby Lamb, “a joyful queer rom-com where Millennial meets Gen Z and change is all around”.
Bastion, Beacon or Bridge? features full readings of three plays from Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian playwrights, with post-reading discussions from the authors. It’s at Army @ The Fringe, as is For Queen and Country, the story of WW2 Major Denis Rake MC, who entertained Nazi officers as a drag queen in a Parisian nightclub.
Buzzing Anonymous, based on an ADHD support group, is at the Arthur Conan Doyle Centre. The play “watches unlikely relationships form through the chaos and natural dramatic comedy that occurs when neurodivergent people try to navigate through day-to-day life”.
For Example Theatre present: Boat! at BlundaBus, “a tragicomedy combining clowning and physical theatre” following “two friends at sea as they navigate companionship, solitude and altering states of reality”.
Motor Court 103 at Central Hall joins a group of strangers stranded at a motel during a Kansas snowstorm – an “eerie, timeless pocket of Americana”. Also at Central Hall, We Are the Kingdum of Lear uses puppetry, masks and magic to stage “an experimental reimagining of Shakespeare’s great play”.
Dynamic Earth is hosting a series of Planetarium Lates this Fringe, including Under Pressure: The Ocean Show, which takes a deep dive beneath the waves, and You Are Here, “a dramatic journey to the very edge of our solar system and back”.
Hart follows “a transgender doctor in early 20th-century America” who is outed in the newspapers by his best friend, while The Severing Sword is an adaptation of a popular wuxia novel following “men hungry for the legendary Kun Wu sword and its ultimate power”. Both are available to watch online.
At Gilded Balloon, Bluewater is set in London in 2008 and joins a 17-year-old girl “as she attempts to navigate her way from Bluewater shopping centre with the girls to the weekly party happenings on a Saturday night”. At the same venue, Fear of Heights examines the American experience through the lens of Kevin Flynn's Irish immigrant family.
The Virgin Travels is “a challenging, powerful and often funny piece, using music and movement to explore the tension between queerness and a restrictive Catholic upbringing”. It’s at Gladstone's Land.
Greenside is home to Silent Gutter’s Playtime, in which “a birthday wish plunges the world into a hellish playground of 90s nostalgia”. At the same venue, Sugar? explores “real life stories of homelessness through a blend of verbatim theatre, physical storytelling and live and recorded sound”.
Conflict in Court, at Hill Street Theatre, is “an immersive courtroom experience where you decide the case’s outcome”. Also at Hill Street Theatre, Independence “looks at the Scottish independence debate with wit and humour as two families decide how to vote”.
Ladies Day is on at Inverleith St Serf's Church Centre; set at a racecourse, it’s an “exuberant, poignant comedy about female friendship and what fortune really means”.
At Just the Tonic, Theatre Paradok presents “a fresh, LGBTQIA+ take” on Constellations by Nick Payne, a multiversal view of a burgeoning relationship with infinite possibilities. Also at Just the Tonic, Cassie Workman: Aberdeen is a “part eulogy, part fantasy, part biography” about Kurt Cobain.
Boy: Looking for Friends is at Laughing Horse, offering a family-friendly solo show from Polish clown, Piotr Sikora. “Boy is happy living in his suitcase until he is forced to journey to the end of the world in the greatest adventure he has ever known.”
At Mayfield Salisbury Church, The Deil's Awa! is “a roistering tale of smugglers in the East Neuk of Fife”.
Jonathan Price’s Alternate Endings is an “American cautionary tale, told in 10 vignettes, delving into the woes of the modern world as we ponder why we are here.” It’s available via [email protected], as is Call Mr Robeson, which tackles the life of world-famous actor, singer and civil rights campaigner Paul Robeson.
Carnegie at Panmure House explores the life of Andrew Carnegie, one-time richest man in the world and famous philanthropist.
An Evil Thing is a “dark, contemporary one-act play” about bullying set in Tyneside during WW2. It’s at Paradise in Augustines, where you’ll also find The One TEEN Show, “a Sri Lankan teenager’s quest to stage a live theatre show amidst post-AL angst, a pandemic and a country in crisis”.
At PBH's Free Fringe, in Boys Who Punch Holes in Walls, “two young men explore what it means to be a ‘man’ in the modern world of social media, sexuality and toxic masculinity”, while The Azure Sky in Oz, Yellow and Special is a “powerful, funny and unflinching drama following two women whose lives are profoundly changed by their immersion in the world of the other-abled”.
Kathputli Colony: A Tale of Art and Resistance is at Pianodrome at the Old Royal High, shining a light on India's biggest community of traditional artists through “Indian folk songs, traditional puppetry, musical instruments and explosive Dhol drumming”. Also at Pianodrome, Playing Beethoven lets you “feed your inner Beethoven with period and contemporary live music, costumes and ideas in an amphitheatre made entirely out of upcycled pianos”.
Sweater Worthy is “a one-woman performance about knitting through grief, heartache and depression”. It’s at Pins and Needles, and “knitting or crocheting is encouraged”!
Mara Menzies’s Blood and Gold returns to the Fringe at the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh, combining “ancient mythology and modern storytelling” to explore “the legacy of colonialism and slavery”. Also at the Lyceum, Tim Crouch: Truth's A Dog Must to Kennel is the world premiere of a new solo work by the experimental playwright, in which “King Lear meets stand-up meets the metaverse”.
Cat is “a razor-sharp, subversive exploration of life at its darkest” by Connie Harris; it’s on at RSE Theatre.
At the Scottish Storytelling Centre, Miss Lindsay’s Secret sees a museum curator finding hidden letters binding Glenesk to Canada’s Klondike gold rush – “a true tale of sewing and 1900s sexting”. At the same venue, Mohan: A Partition Story “is a piece of oral storytelling which retells renowned storyteller Niall Moorjani’s Grampa’s experiences” during Partition in India.
At Shout – Scottish Music Centre @ 111 Holyrood Road, The Woman He Lived With tells the story of the wife of William Burke, of infamous graverobbing murderers Burke and Hare.
Marrano, a Tale from the Inquisition is at St Andrew's and St George's West, George St – “a historical play performed in contemporary storytelling fashion”.
At The Royal Scots Club, High Five is “an explosive, high energy, physical theatre production that explores the drug crisis with young people in Scotland”.
At theSpace, Floodgate joins three siblings in 2061 as they clear out their grandma’s belongings in a deserted coastal town, where “they find a diary left behind that will change everything”. Long Nights in Paradise, also at theSpace, is the story of a loving relationship “set in the context of the Grenfell Tower tragedy”.
Surfing the Holyland at Underbelly is a fish-out-of-water tale set in Tel Aviv, blending “bighearted comedy, electrifying storytelling and bold physicality”, while The Endling “explores the interconnectedness of human existence with the lives and deaths of other species”.
The Pub Landlord returns with Al Murray: Gig for Victory at Assembly, where Frank Skinner also brings his “highly anticipated” new show 30 Years of Dirt.
At Monkey Barrel Comedy, triple Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Josie Long presents her new show Re-Enchantment, and from the “award-winning comedy collective CHUNKS” comes Chris Thorburn's Monday Mash-Up Meltdown,“an hour of ill-advised mash-ups and remixes”.
Stephen Robinson brings his award-winning show DeafMimo to Deaf Action, a “storytelling event performed through mime” which is suitable for deaf and hearing audiences of all ages.
“Poet Laureate of Punk” Dr John Cooper Clarke and special guests come to the Edinburgh Playhouse with a “roller coaster of poetry, spoken word, off the wall chat, riffs and wicked stories” in I Wanna Be Yours.
Host of Netflix’s 100 Humans, Sammy Obeid comes to Gilded Balloon with his stand-up show, and the “comedy phenomenon” The Guilty Feminist returns with “excitement, confessions, activism and inspiration”.
PBH’s Free Fringe hosts We Are Not In the Least Afraid of Ruins; We Carry a New World in Our Hearts from “non-binary whirlwind” Andrew O’Neill, as well as Clandestina Queer Comedy Triple Bill, “a queer women, trans and non-binary-led comedy show” from Charlie George and Victoria Olsina plus a new “wildcard” act every night.
Jerry Sadowitz returns with his show Not for Anyone (Pleasance at EICC), including “impressions of Greta Thunberg, Frankie Boyle and deep vein thrombosis”, while Pleasance Courtyard is the setting for Catherine Cohen’s double-bill, including her award-winning The Twist...? She's Gorgeous, as well as a new cabaret show.
Troy Kinne Live marks the return of the comedian from a “sell-out tour” of Australia, NZ and London at 4042.
At the Acoustic Music Centre @UCC, Katya Kan’s Metaverse 4/20 “recounts the story of an Eton-schooled cannabis dealer” against a “lockdown backdrop”.
At BlundaBus, Amrita Dhaliwal presents “provocative physical comedy” in her show Driving Around, and “frivolity, shock and redemption” can be found in Riss Obolensky’s Healing King Herod.
Online, A Place Like This is hosted by “Nicole Kidman” as she shares “some of cinema’s greatest moments”, Plymouth Presents Theatre Company performs “hilarious comedy” Bartholomew’s Strip, and “the point of view of a tortoise” is front and centre in Daffodil Tramples the Fringe.
At Greenside, Brayden Kerr’s Tales of an Altered Consciousness Within a Comical Lunatic mingles realism and nonsense in a “comedy con carne”, while in Ann Chun: Asian Divorce, the NYC-based comedian takes on the “dissolution of her parents’ marriage in Thailand” while living in America.
Award-winning musical comedian David Hoare “combines wit and flare with precise delivery” in his 100 Songs in an Hour at Hill Street Theatre.
Just the Tonic hosts The Local Tourist, the “hilarious and emotional tale of a local immigrant who gets labelled as a tourist across five countries” from the mind of Ram Adithya Arangi, and Vlad and Kuan-wen: The Wee Aliens provide “fantastic observations about life in Britain” from Vlad Ilich and Kuan-wen Huang.
Sharon Wanjohi and Abbie Edwards can be found at Laughing Horse with their “sell-out show” Not Too Shabby, which covers “everything from babies being racist to Brad Bird’s 2007 masterpiece Ratatouille”; also at Laughing Horse, you’ll find an hour of Stand Up At Seven With Ella Al-Shamahi and Suse Steed.
100% Cotton: In a Spin pits Liz Cotton and two small villages against “the might of a huge sewer company” at Paradise in the Vault, and the same venue hosts Popstar Hair Show, Christina FanMail’s “comedy stream of consciousness”.
Ray Bradshaw: Bald Ginger comes to the Scottish Comedy Festival, along with The Many Faces of Horatio Gould, a “bold hour of high-octane stand-up”.
At Smoke & Mirrors, American stand-up comedian Leah Renee hosts the free showcase, Star-Spangled Stand Up.
For two nights only, Fred MacAulay – What(ever) Next? is on at The Stand’s New Town Theatre, as well as John Lloyd: Do You Know Who I Am?, from the producer of QI, Blackadder, Spitting Image and other British TV favourites.
theSpace hosts Menopause Party, from Essex pub landlady Dolly Slatemen (alias of real-life Essex pub landlady Debbie Baisden), a “taboo-smashing show with character comedy, sing songs, spoken word and the unveiling of Dolly's arty expressions.” Also at theSpace, How to Be a Girl (In Three Easy Steps) by Gara Lonning is a “love letter to adolescence” on growing up as “a closeted Trans person in the middle-of-nowhere, Iowa.”
“Britain’s funniest, friendliest blind theoretical physicist turned award-winning broadcast journalist and stand-up comedian” Richard Wheatley brings his show Blindingly Obvious, to C venues, while online, Nathan Mosher is Injured, tackles the comedian’s “failed relationship, bipolar diagnosis, and a year-long breakdown and recovery” through stand-up, music and poetry.
From Soho Theatre, ALOK comes to Traverse Theatre with their new comedy and poetry show, exploring “themes of trauma, belonging and the human condition.” At the same venue, Liz Kingsman presents her One-Woman Show for a limited run.
BC:AD – Before Children: After Diapers is “one mad, brown mommy's take on how the definitions of words change before and during motherhood” (Underbelly), and Thom Tuck and Tim FitzHigham: Macbeth appears for a limited run, with a different guest director daily.
At ZOO, Aidan Goatley: Tenacious “guides us through a tale that leads to dreams coming true”, and Naughty by Anna Marie Simonsen “confronts the disturbing image of innocence and youth as sexy.”
At the RSE Theatre is Shaun Patrick Flynn RN: Healthcare Anti-Hero, a new comedy about “caring for critically ill Covid-19 patients” described as “dark, dry and full of surprises”, and Emmy-nominated comedian Mike Glazer and Julian Stern present Absolute Friendship!
Rage Against the Machine play “their first Scottish headline show in 14 years” at the Royal Highland Centre ahead of Connect Music Festival this August, where audiences can also catch The National, IDLES, The Chemical Brothers, Little Simz and more.
Singer-songwriter John Otway returns to the Fringe with PBH's Free Fringe, along with his “surreal sense of humour and a self-deprecating underdog persona”.
At The Liquid Room, First Edition – Helena Hauff provides a “thrilling sonic experience” from the techno DJ, and there’s an appearance from Fife singer-songwriter King Creosote and Band.
At the Acoustic Music Centre @UCC, Iona Fyfe: Scots Sang and Mair provides an “intimate performance” from the award-winning Scottish folk musician, and Ross White: Provenance explores “what is lost and gained when music, and anything else, goes through a filtering process” in a blend of genres.
Argyle Cellar Bar presents Julie London Calling, an exploration of the life of the songwriter of Cry Me a River and Fly Me to the Moon, while The Memphis Music Story takes the listener through the music of “veteran singer / songwriter / keyboardist” Charlie Wood.
Looking Forward, Looking Back features “both compositions by musicians who served in the armed forces, and new work composed in response to the works of these civilian-soldier-musicians”, hosted by the Army @ The Fringe.
Flute Recital: From Darkness to Light is an evening recital of “lyrical and rousing works for flute and piano” by duo Leila Marshall and Ailsa Aitkenhead, and wind quintet Festivo Winds from Manchester present an evening of French music, Poulenc: Sextet, both at [email protected].
Assembly hosts Folksville at the Fringe, “Edinburgh’s favourite folk music night returns, packed with outstanding singer-songwriters, acoustic musicians and poets”, and InChorus: Still Standing, a “large, contemporary choir from Peebles” whose programme includes “rock, opera, stage and popular favourites”.
Away Vain Warld: The Music and Poetry of Elizabeth Melville is on at Canongate Kirk, presenting how “traditional Scottish music increasingly became an influence on Scottish nobility” in the court of James VI. At the same venue, Influencing Mozart: An Exploration by Opera dei Lumi examines the “key figures from Mozart’s rich musical life”, with Michelle Dierx (violin) and Edward Keenan (viola) as soloists.
Deaf Action presents Deaf Rave, “the ultimate daytime rave in a unique location”, providing “an amazing clubbing experience with visual performances”.
Inspired by the music of Pink Floyd, Planetarium Lates – Dark Side of the Moon takes place at Dynamic Earth “in explosive surround sound”, including “spellbinding abstract projections on the dome”.
The French Institute in Scotland hosts Jesse Rae: Vive Funk, “a new live, immersive music performance wi' the spirits o' Parliament-Funkadelic founding member Bernie Worrell and Zapp founder Roger Troutman”.
A Journey Within: An Artistic Blend of Sufi Music and the Motions of Sama is “a journey of sound and motion through a modern artistic portrayal of this 1,400 year-old spiritual practice”, available online.
The Other Guys return with their “award-winning moves, beatboxing, and side-splitting parodies” to Gilded Balloon.
“Fairy tales and ghosts, loneliness and grit, electric guitar and classical orchestra” come together in Ninotchka at Greenside.
At Greyfriars Kirk, violinist Anna-Liise Bezrodny makes a return to the Fringe with the Orchestra of the Canongait and conductor Robert Dick to play Beethoven – Violin Concerto and Fifth Symphony, while Spirit – Barnsley Youth Choir is “an hour of wonderful entertainment and high quality music making” from the international award-winning choir.
Amy Papiransky and Ellyn Oliver come to Hope City with “a feast of live blues-pop music”, and the Jon Green Quintet deliver live contemporary jazz at the same venue.
The Bunker at Just the Tonic “is a late night of music, mayhem and madness” in the Fringe’s “most infamous late-night venue”.
At C venues is Midnight Wine, where singer / songwriter Chris Milner “shares songs, wine and stories from 50 years on the folk scene, touring UK and Europe”. Also at C venues, Kuniko Plays Reich: Counterpoint and Kuniko Plays Reich: Drumming exhibit the Japanese percussionist's “flawless technique” and the work of Steve Reich.
The Laughing Horse’s Free Fringe Music of many genres can be found at range of venues throughout the city, including Ghillie Dhu and The Grand Café.
Marchmont Music at Marchmont St Giles Church is “a free afternoon concert from quality performers for your delight lasting approximately an hour.”
S!nk – Return to the Source is at Pianodrome at the Old Royal High and has “Edinburgh's acoustic innovators” present their “improvised, experimental new music”, along with Sing Sistah Sing! Tales of Transatlantic Freedom, which traces “threads of power, resistance, migration and emancipation in story and song” as part of Andrea Baker’s series.
Pleasance hosts Countess of Fife, “insurgent alt country outfit led by The Rezillos’ Fay Fife”, and Samba Sene and Diwan, a “fusion of funky mbalax / Afrobeat rhythms with undercurrents of ska, rock, Senegalese soul” from a “diverse international collection of musicians”.
RSE Theatre hosts the Jive Aces, a “mixture of swing, hot jazz and rhythm 'n' blues”.
Heal and Harrow comes to the Scottish Storytelling Centre as a “humanising tribute to the victims of the Scottish Witch Trials”, based on commissioned stories by Mairi Kidd with accompanying visuals by Alison Piper. At the same venue, the Poosie Nansie Burns Club presents Robert Burns: A Life in Songs and Poetry to explore both “his familiar and lesser-known works”.
Masabane Cecilia Rangwanasha in Concert is a British and European premiere of the South African soprano in this song recital at St Andrew's and St George's West, George St, where you can also see Cameron Shahbazi (counter-tenor) and Ashok Gupta (piano) in Shahbazi – Handel en Edimbourg.
At St Cecilia's Hall, the Shackleton Concert uses instruments from the University of Edinburgh’s Musical Instrument Collection and presents works by Gordon Jacob, Arthur Bliss, Ralph Vaughan Williams and James MacMillan. Spinning the Works sees Lucia Capellaro, László Rózsa and David Gerrard explore the music of Bach and Telemann.
Bach Cello Suites and Back to the Fringe, by “Scotland’s Premier Barbershop Chorus”, can both be found at St Cuthbert’s Church.
St Giles' Cathedral hosts the National Youth Choir of Scotland, on a four-concert tour across the country this summer, to perform Duruflé Requiem by Candlelight.
At St Mary's Cathedral, Calum Huggan is an award-winning Scottish marimbist and percussionist who will perform works by Séjourné and Debussy, and Maximiliano Martin, Principal Clarinettist of the SCO, presents a “memorable evening” of works by Poulenc, Saint-Saens, Gaubert, Pierne and Chausson.
The Absolute Jam comes to the A Club at the Merchants Hall with the “uncanny sound and vibrancy of The Jam while playing a full range of songs from the band's back catalogue”.
Bird 'n' Diz – The Music of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie offers the “rare chance to hear the music of two of jazz’s great innovators”, while Brass Gumbo Plays the Music of The Beatles takes a “musical tour through The Beatles' back catalogue using only horns and drums” – both at The Jazz Bar.
At theSpace, Korean Yeonhee Concert comprises of “four pieces of yeonhee music and dance, with rhythmic, powerful and ritual interpretations of ancient traditions”. At the same venue, in The B-aca-chelorette, The Rolling Tones take on a “journey to find love” through the “power of gorgeous harmonies”.
Climb is at Underbelly, where Jamaican-Canadian singer-songwriter Duane Forrest “shares his stories and songs gleaned from his travels around the world”. Also at Underbelly, a capella “super-group” The Magnets present “the ultimate soundtrack of your life”.
Graeme Leak, of Spaghetti Western Orchestra fame, presents Saved at ZOO, a “retro-mechanical music show built around rescued 70s home organs”.
Cabaret and variety
Dream at [email protected] is “a new show packed full of drama and musical theatre song and dance”, performed by students from The Performance Academy, Scotland.
At Assembly, Jinkx Monsoon proves She's Still Got It! with “bawdy stories, unique covers and original music” in her Edinburgh Fringe debut, fresh from RuPaul's Drag Race all-winners season. Also at Assembly, publicity stunt specialist Mark Borkowski shares his stories in False Teeth in a Pork Pie: How to Unleash Your Inner Crazy.
El Dizzy Beast is “a show about a queer, autistic, Latinx caterpillar”, Andrea Spisto. It’s on at BlundaBus, as is Dark Mother, an “unquantifiably maternal, darkly ceremonial experience by everybody's favourite shadow-shaman-clown-priestess,” Lucy Hopkins.
Hopkins also performs her Ceremony of Golden Truth at Pianodrome at the Old Royal High – a “ceremonial mess-about, interactive choral laughter bath and collective act of golden manifestation”. At the same venue, Phil Kay and Stacey Clare launch the inaugural Book Festival Fringe – “the funniest, wildest, most happening book festival / book launch-launch ever”.
Blazin' Hot Summer promises “costume changes, choreography and general fabulosity” from Drag queen Blaze and her team of dancers at Brewhemia.
Paradise Palms is offering an “infamous buffet of raucous cabaret and queer performance alongside comedy, spoken word and the ridiculous” in Late-Night Tropical Cabaret. It’s also staging Paradise Palms Out East this August: a weekend of family-friendly music, cabaret, drag, spoken word, comedy, storytelling, wellness, dance and more at Dalkeith Country Park.
At Deaf Action, theatre company Solar Bear presents “a rude, riotous celebration of Scottish deaf talent” in Spill Your Drink: A Deaf Cabaret.
Forth on the Fringe returns to the Edinburgh Playhouse with “some of the biggest names in comedy and entertainment”.
At Gilded Balloon, Biddy O'Loughlin “weaves her story through dark, dry stand-up and sweet, sad songs” in Funny Girl, Sad Songs.
William Roby stars as a centenarian cabaret artist in An Evening With Mr Noel Howard at Greenside, sharing stories and songs from his long career, while “self-described musical genius James Love and his sequin-clad showgirl wife Stephanie” perform their cabaret show Live, Laugh, Love.
The Burlesque Show at Hill Street Theatre gives Fringe audiences the chance to help choose the winner of the Fringe 2022 dance competition. At the same venue, The Gin Show returns to the Fringe for its third year, “with comedians, dancers, musicians and entertainers interwoven” between gin tastings.
TA DA – The Ramblings of a Magician is “an existential show about one magician’s relationship with his magic”. It’s at Laughing Horse, as is Hot Boys Bathhouse, a “debaucherous extravaganza of devilishly good comedy” written and performed by a trio of international clowns.
Kiki Mellék brings her show Wonder Woman to PBH's Free Fringe, promising a “new, all dancing, all lip-syncing, all revealing tribute to fierce femmes. Also at PBH's Free Fringe, Canadian performer Daniel Zindler charts his career as a busker and street juggler in Daniel Zindler Drops.
At Pleasance, Ki and Dee – On the Sesh follows the “two housemates and best friends who went viral during lockdown by singing silly little songs about their silly little lives (mainly their sexual frustrations, hideous dating histories, pulling all-nighters in their 30s and Jack Grealish's thighs).”
Former Makar (aka National Poet of Scotland) Liz Lochhead rejoins with saxophonist Steve Kettley for Back in the Saddle at The Stand’s New Town Theatre, performing everything “from in-character monologues to heartfelt true confessions”.
Veteran musical theatre performer Peter Straker performs his Adventures of Straker at theSpace, which is also where you’ll find Abby Rose Morris exploring body standards in the entertainment industry in cabaret show More Than Tracy Turnblad.
Mr Brake Down: The Headmaster Will See You Now is a “St Trinian-esque” school assembly hosted by a drag king headmaster at C venues. Online, Chansons: Songs and Stories from Piaf, Brel and Me is a cabaret performance by singer Stefanie Rummel, accompanied by Vignir ór Stefánsson on piano.
At Underbelly, The Bleeding Obvious asks “What happens when you tumble out of the big pink closet and across the LGBTQ+ spectrum in a sprawling queer heap?”
Dance, physical theatre and circus
Ballet Freedom at Pleasance features a “world renowned ballet company journey from Kyiv” with 14 dancers in an "intimate, sensual ballet”.
Beyond Signs: International Deaf Narratives takes place in Deaf Action for Edinburgh’s first International Deaf Fringe: it’s “a daring triple-bill show performed by a Deaf-curated international cast of Deaf performers”.
Angel-Monster at Assembly explores “sex, consent, violence and empowerment” through contemporary dance from “one of Australia's most prolific dance-theatre artists”, while 360 ALLSTARS fuses “BMX, basketball, breakdancing, beatboxing, acrobatics, drumming and more” in a “phenomenal physical performance”.
Across an Irish Indian Sea combines Irish folk dance with the classical North Indian dance style Kathak at the Acoustic Music Centre @ UCC, a show which “highlights the beauty of the two dance styles and live music”.
House of Jack presents Rock What You Got at ATIK, where top dancers will battle it out for cash prizes, with “some of the best physical performance acts from the Fringe”.
At Dance Base, 71BODIES 1DANCE is an “interdisciplinary and choreographic initiative” from Daniel Mariblanca, “inspired by 71 personal experiences and testimonies from transgender individuals living in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Spain”. At the same venue, Sung Im Her examines “how her three identities of woman, performer and migrant intersect” in Nutcrusher, part of the Horizon Showcase.
Rhythms of India by Dr Radha Krishnan, Arabhi Krishnan and students is online, combining “storytelling using complex footwork set to rhythmic music along with facial expressions.” Also online is When the Body Breaks, “a true-life multi-faceted story of sudden ill health, and kindness”, and Young China Shines, featuring recorded performances from schools in Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai.
Greenside hosts Decision – An Irish Dance Play, where “two very different sisters have a devastating decision to make" with original music from TV and film composer Chris Tolley, and In/Out of Bounds, “a Covid-inspired, thought-provoking and cross-cultural dance show co-curated by Hong Kong and Edinburgh artists”.
From the Erin Fowler Movement, EGG and FEMME are two solo works from the Australian performer exploring “fertility, motherhood and big life decisions”, and “female sexuality, gender roles and female identity”. Both at House of Oz.
At Just the Tonic, Mother Tree is “a solo show about motherhood, the forest and the universe”, combining theatre, aerial silk and spoken word.
Part of C venues’ online programme, I/O (volume 4) is a series of performances from calligrapher and choreographer Chiharu Kuronuma and juggler Teruki Okamoto. Also online at C venues, Tokyo Fugue is “a mesmerising piece of physical theatre, set in the maze-like train system of Tokyo”.
Paradise in Augustines hosts Crying of Four Seasons, created by Chinese dancer / choreographer Zhibo Zhao and using “creative, critical contemporary dance adapted from ancient Chinese poems”. Meanwhile, Pan Gu is a “50-minute physical dance play based on a Chinese mythic story in the Classic of Mountain and Seas”, with “modern interactive techniques” to engage audiences.
Shoes at PBH's Free Fringe dissects “defining yourself when you feel undefinable” with interdisciplinary dance artist, Kristen Helen Poppe and including tap, Irish, flat-footing, ballet and modern dance.
Pianodrome at the Old Royal High presents Pamoja, “an extraordinary collaboration between dancers from Kibera and Kariobangi, two informal settlements in Nairobi”. This African contemporary dance show features performances and stories from women in Kenya “to challenge our perceptions and normalise the discussion around periods and menstruation in Africa”. Also at this venue is The Music Box, a “quirky and touching comedy show” about a ballerina.
St Andrew's and St George's West, George St is host to Flamenco in Scotland, “full of bravery, heart, spirit and plenty of home-grown performers”.
At theSpace, The Ticking Clock impresses the “urgency of climate change” in a South Asian contemporary-classical dance performance.
aScene Africa is at Underbelly, and combines original music, dance routines and physical theatre to celebrate “African contributions to world culture” in “the ultimate South African experience”.
At ZOO, Heroes explores the “mind of a severely injured person undergoing a surgery after a serious car crash”, and stars award-winning mime Radim Vizváry. The award-winning contemporary circus company Cirk La Putyka presents the UK-debut of Runners, “featuring a giant treadmill, four performers and two musicians mix dance, running, cyr-wheel acrobatics and original live music, while running almost a whole marathon.”
The Stand’s New Town Theatre hosts the return of the Cabinet of Dangerous Ideas, with top academics discussing provocative subjects including Can the Police Be Feminist?, How Much Do Apps Know About You? and My Neighbour Hacked My Toothbrush! The Stand’s New Town Theatre is also where you’ll find the Fair Pley series of on-stage interviews, with guests including Jeremy Corbyn, David Hayman, Ian Rankin and Elaine C Smith.
The poetry of Robert Burns continues to inspire in I'll Mak You Be Fain To Follow Me, at Army @ The Fringe, including performances from service persons. Bàrdachd Cogaidh – War Poetry looks at the Gaelic poetry around armed conflict, to help learners and fluent speakers “understand the contribution of Gaelic speakers to the history of the armed forces”.
In Alison Jackson's Celebrity Fake Takes, join the “BAFTA-winning mischief maker” as she reveals the secrets behind creating “hyper-realistic fake stories” at Assembly. In the same venue, menkind LIVE tackles the topic of masculinity, as well as “straight-vs-gay badinage. Queerness. Profundity. Occasional filth. Sometimes, all of this at once.”
On at Pleasance, award-winning LBC broadcaster Iain Dale hosts a series of interviews with guests Owen Jones, Ash Sakar, Tim Rice and Rory Bremner to discuss current affairs.
At the Arthur Conan Doyle Centre is Mystic Poetry, with “mystical, magical words simple and straightforward” presenting a variety of tales in verse, from company Highland Mystic with Bill Macneil.
MindTravels: Reflections, Meditations and Attentions takes place at [email protected], where Unitarian minister and poet Mark Hutchinson and Irish musician and composer Josh Johnston share “musical reflections and meditations”.
Kaye Adams – How to Be 60: Live! comes to Gilded Balloon to meet the approaching age of 60 head-on, with her “filter-free friend Karen, some well-known guests and most importantly, you”.
Anne Harper – Stop the Bus! at Greenside allows life coach Ann to “help you explore your journey in life” in a “light-hearted, entertaining and, maybe, even life changing” show.
At C venues, KC Finn: Free Agent delivers a “high-energy exploration of modern LGTBQIA+ life” and tackles “the tricky business of gender identity”.
“A rare insight into a special art form that will make you look at street arts in a whole new light”, Pavementology takes place at the Meeting Point at East Princes Street Gardens, Corner of Market Street and Waverley Bridge, and tracks “story of street performing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.”
At Panmure House, How Heavy? Is “a brief history of weights and measures and how they have defined civilisation, by comedian / financial writer Dominic Frisby.” At the same venue, The Butcher, the Brewer, the Baker and Merryn Somerset Webb discusses the economy with “well-known economics, politics and finance gurus”.
Solving problems is a choice in The Biggest Problem in the World: Our Problem With Problems and Why Truth Matters at Paradise in Augustines, while Scotland's Oldest Poem – The Gododdin delivers a “modern English rendition in free verse” of this “bloody and poignant” dark-age poem at Paradise in The Vault.
At PBH's Free Fringe, Around the World in 80 Events: The Journey is a “lyrical adventure”, exploring “80 events, 26 countries, 8 months and 2 weeks”, while Door-to-Door Poetry: Nationwide sees Rowan McCabe develop a project where he “knocks on stranger’s doors and writes poems for them, for free, on any subject of their choosing”.
At RSE Theatre, Sport on the Fringe is a new chat show “with leading sports figures from across the UK”.
Fire Is Not the Only Element comes to the Scottish Storytelling Centre bringing “pithy observations” on topics “from womanhood to war, from class and punk to love, and the beautiful game”. Also at this venue, Traditional Tales of Scotland offers “storytelling session with some of Scotland's best storytellers as they share the wonderful, and sometimes wild, traditional tales that have shaped the myths and legends of this country”.
Chores is a comedy-circus show from Australia, following “the story of a brother and sister who have to clean up their messy room so they can ride their bicycles”. It’s on at Assembly, as is Sean Choolburra: Didj and Dance!, “an exciting kids' show from an Aboriginal comedy star” blending traditional dance, didgeridoo, storytelling and humour.
Central Hall is home to two twists on traditional bedtime stories. Bedtime Stories (As Told by Our Dad) (Who Messed Them Up) is about an absent-minded dad trying to settle his three kids into bed but getting fuzzy on story details, while The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig is a musical adaptation of the musical based on the popular children’s book by Eugene Trivizas.
Edinburgh’s underground walking tours have a couple of family-friendly adaptations this August: the Children's Underground Ghost Show (City of Edinburgh Tours) is led by Minging Annie, a guide who has “been trapped beneath the city streets for 400 years”, while the Children’s Underground Vaults Tour (Auld Reekie Tours) explores the haunts of “criminals, body snatchers and witches alike!”
Mark Thompson's Spectacular Science Show at Gilded Balloon is an interactive “hour-long show of explosions, chemical reactions and even a toilet roll”. At the same venue, Funbox Present... Funky Farm!, a farm-themed singing and dancing performance where dress-up is encouraged.
Greenside boasts at least two family-friendly adaptations in its programme: Disney's The Jungle Book Kids, following the “man cub” Mowgli as he grows up in the jungle, and a production of The Grimm Tales as retold by Philip Pullman, featuring Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Hansel and Gretel.
Reach for the Stars at Hill Street Theatre is a “funny and light-hearted show” featuring four talentless directors and their long-suffering child actors.
Camille Saint-Saëns' musical suite Carnival of the Animals is brought to life by circus acrobats Circa at House of Oz this August, while at the same venue, Australia’s “kidult comedy duo” The Listies present their irreverent Shakespeare adaptation, Hamlet: Prince of Skidmark.
Shakespeare for Kids: This Rough Magic is a family-friendly introduction to The Tempest at C venues, while online, One Day in Wonderland joins Lewis Carroll’s intrepid heroine Alice as she explores a strange world.
Pianist Will Pickvance plays the First Piano on the Moon at the Pianodrome at the Old Royal High, while spinning a yarn about performing at Mozart’s birthday celebrations.
Pleasance is host to a live adaptation of Dr Seuss’s Cat in the Hat, “a lively and engaging first theatre experience for young children aged 3+”. It’s also where you’ll find two versions of the music-and-sensory performance Moon Dragon – one for babies and one for kids aged five and under.
Storyteller Shona Cowie presents Beware the Beasts at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, delving into Scotland’s mythic past for tales of “bog goblins, dragons, naughty fairies, brownies, bony-backed horsemen” and more. At the same venue, Niall Moorjani and Minnie Wilkinson perform The Girl and the Dragon, in which “our hero Toral… swims uncrossable rivers, braves impassable forests and scales unclimbable mountains, all to fight a great and terrible dragon”.
FlamenKids at St Andrew's and St George's West, George St features eight flamenco artists performing and interacting with the wee ones.
At The Royal Scots Club, Count On Me: A Girl and Her Dog is “a heart-warming story performed live by Haley Grace and her dog Nickel, imparting life lessons and social-emotional learning through storytelling to give hope to young children”.
At theSpace, we join a young hero on the search for a magpie feather in Papageno's Quest, with songs, dancing and different languages, while School's Out Comedy Club is a “hilariously silly children's joke show where the kids are the stars.”
At Underbelly, “top award-winning comedians and improvisors tell extravagant stories all based on” The Extraordinary Time-Travelling Adventures of Baron Munchausen.
Musicals and opera
Underbelly hosts Making a Murderer: The Musical this August, with the legal troubles of true-crime subject Steven Avery adapted for the stage.
Dots and Dashes: A Bletchley Park Musical is being staged at Army @ The Fringe this August, “telling the untold story of six women working at Bletchley Park during World War Two”.
Assembly has two musical adaptations from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland among its programme: Godspell, Stephen Schwartz's “acclaimed gospel musical”, and the American Civil War-set Little Women.
Good Enough at Central Hall follows Chelsea, a strong-willed but reserved girl, and Steve, a brilliant underachiever. “What happens when the two are forced to work together for the state science fair project?”
At Gilded Balloon, Gigglemug Theatre present The Bean Spillers: The Improvised Musical, “based on scandalous stories from the audience”.
The Princess Pyunggang at Greenside “exemplifies Korean traditional culture and history through the story of a fool, Ondal, and the Princess Pyunggang. Performed in English, it combines Korean music, puppets, and dance.” Greenside is also hosting X: 1969, which uses the discography of Fleetwood Mac to tell the story of the women of the Manson cult.
Hill Street Theatre is home to the Edinburgh Little Theatre company’s staging of popular puppet musical Avenue Q.
At Paradise in Augustines, the University of St Andrews Gilbert and Sullivan Society is presents Iolanthe, a story of “young lovers, immortal fairies and some very lost politicians”, while the Kingdom Theatre Company premieres their adaptation of Highlander: A New Scottish Musical.
Haggis, Neeps and Burns is a “warm, moving and funny look at the life of Scotland's greatest bard, Robert Burns”, staged at RSE Theatre. At the same venue, Happy Sad Productions stage their version of the William Finn-scored The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
At C venues, My (unauthorized) Hallmark Movie Musical “discovers a writer who dreams herself awake and rediscovers romance in a non-conventional way”, and Re:ACTION: Inspired by the Album How We React and How We Recover by Jason Robert Brown tackles “the American high school experience of the past few tumultuous years”.
Join the Bohemians at St Andrew's and St George's West, George St for A Bohemian Broadway, “an eclectic selection of their favourite Broadway songs”. At the same venue, Edinburgh Music Theatre present two anthemic shows: Anthems – 40 Years of Edinburgh Music Theatre and Anthems – Movie Musicals.
Ordinary Days at The Royal Scots Club follows “the lives of four ordinary New Yorkers… as they all desperately search for the same impossible thing – happiness”.
American Performing Arts International presents Best of the Songs That Made Us at theSpace, “an intimate, cabaret-style concert celebrating music and storytelling”. theSpace is also where you’ll find Edinburgh Youth Theatre’s production of Into The Woods Jr, as adapted from “Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's cockeyed fairy-tale”.
At ZOO, GOYA Theatre Company present Don't Say Macbeth, a meta-musical set behind the scenes of a troubled Macbeth-themed production.
Thumbnail photo: We are Ian (2016), Pleasance. Photographer: David Monteith-Hodge.