Tickets for further 114 shows on sale as Fringe 2021 programme continues to be revealed weekly
15 July 2021
We're delighted to announce that tickets for a further 114 Fringe shows will be available to book at edfringe.com from midday today.
With more show announcements coming weekly, tickets for more than 340 registered shows have now been launched.
A representative selection of newly announced shows are listed below. For the full programme and further ticket information, visit edfringe.com.
Sweet F.A. is set in 1916, during which time women’s football was quickly growing in popularity. Performed in the open air on a specially built stage at Tynecastle Park, this play tells the story of an Edinburgh factory team, who fight for their right to play the beautiful game.
Pleasance at EICC has a wide programme of theatre this summer, including the award-winning solo show, Woke. Set against stunning gospel and blues sung live, two women 42 years apart join the struggle for American civil rights. At the same venue is Apphia Campbell’s Black is the Color of My Voice. Direct from sell-out performances in London, Fringe First award winner Apphia’s solo show is inspired by the life of Nina Simone. At Pleasance Courtyard, Bacon is a solo piece from Pip Utton exploring the life of Francis Bacon, and his lifestyle full of alcohol, gambling and promiscuity.
At Scottish Storytelling Centre, Miss Lindsay’s Secret is an intimate tale of a Scottish seamstress which binds the gentle hills of Glenesk to Canada’s heady Klondike gold rush. It’s told using original live music, drama and features historical material from Glenesk Museum. At the same venue, it's West Lothian meets West Donegal in Paddy the Cope. This piece follows shale miner Patrick Gallagher (John McColl) as he returns to his native sod to spread social revolution.
At Assembly George Square Gardens, Myra’s Story looks at the life of a middle-aged, homeless Dublin street drinker.
And at theSpace @ Symposium Hall, Radio 69 is an irreverent queer British comedy set in a radio station in the Scottish borders. It follows the normally mundane lives of the people who work there on an adventure that involves irony, betrayal and Nicola Sturgeon's red blazer as everything falls apart around them.
Conversations by Rob Ward is available at Pleasance Online, and sees Emmerson & Ward take a fresh look at the challenges the world presented to us Iast year, while exploring the battle lines drawn anew in the fight for civil rights and LGBTQ+ equality. Also on this platform is GOBBY: a biting and heartfelt one-woman odyssey about what it really means to be loud.
On Assembly Showcatcher, The Power of Silence is a play about family, growing up, missed opportunities and lost memories.
There’s ‘chaos guaranteed’ from Fringe stalwart Jason Byrne, as tickets for performances at Edinburgh Corn Exchange and MultiStory go on sale.
Also at MultiStory, catch the much-loved Fred MacAulay and Friends, as well as the inaugural Fringe show from Glasgow-based writer, director and actor Paul Black.
The Corn Exchange, meanwhile, is also home to Henning Wehn, who’s at the Fringe to ‘wring sense out of the nonsensical’.
NewsRevue is back at Pleasance Courtyard, ready to take on the awful reality of current events with its usual brand of irreverent and outrageous satire, while Could it be Magic is at Pleasance at EICC. In this, Paul Aitchison, best known as part of sketch act Mixed Doubles, returns with his unique blend of character comedy and mind-melting magic for 12 nights only.
Shooglenifty are performing old favourites and songs from their five-star 2020 release, Acid Croft Vol 9, at MultiStory.
At Pleasance at EICC, MOJO is the latest sell-out show from singer-pianist, Jeremy Sassoon. From Gershwin to Winehouse, Bacharach to Dylan, it's a journey through some of the best-loved hits written by musicians of Jewish origin.
Plus, hear classical guitar from Jonathan Prag at St Columba's by the Castle, including Peter Maxwell Davies's Farewell to Stromness, a rousing Paco Peña flamenco and more.
On Fringe Player, Edinburgh-based Venue 67 regulars Pitchblenders hit your living room with another smorgasbord of swing jazz, blues and Latin tunes.
Cabaret and variety
The Lady Boys of Bangkok are back with their Flight of Fantasy Tour, taking place at Theatre Big Top.
Making her headline Edinburgh Fringe debut at MultiStory, Alice Rabbit pulls together a lineup of Scottish local legends and Edinburgh icons of drag for a jam-packed hour of lip-syncing, live singing and legendary looks.
And at Assembly George Square Gardens, Best of Burlesque returns with a new all-star extravaganza, featuring strip tease, cabaret and variety.
Dance, physical theatre and circus
Burnt Out is a meditation on climate change being performed at Assembly Roxy. It takes audiences through Australia's fiery history, with original music by Paul Michael Henry and lighting from David Bowes.
Out of Order is on Assembly Showcatcher. Ten gloved and masked characters meet in a not-so-distant future, where theatres are empty and physical contact is prohibited.
Musicals and opera
Captivate Theatre's sell-out show Sunshine on Leith returns to the Fringe, with a run at MultiStory. A jubilant and moving musical written by Stephen Greenhorn and featuring songs of the Proclaimers.
1920s pantomime farce Aria Goes Missing is at Stockbridge Church. Taking place at a weekend country house party, all the guests have something to hide. As secrets are exposed, the aristocratic hostess becomes increasingly unhinged.
And elsewhere, cult horror-comedy-rock musical Little Shop of Horrors is happening on an outdoor stage at George Watson’s College.
In Color Inside the Lines at [email protected], a palm-reading drag queen tells Jenny she’ll never find love, sending her mind reeling back to high school and a matchmaking scheme that went horribly wrong.
On Fringe Player, La Nela De Socartes is an uplifting musical tragedy on love, opportunity and change. Adapted from classic Spanish literature and conceived virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic for a modern theatre-going audience.
Carol Ann Duffy and John Sampson are performing just three special shows at MultiStory, newly created for 2021, to celebrate the return of the Fringe.
Showcasing a range of top spoken word talent – from the laugh-out-loud funny, through the wonderfully surreal, to the thoughtful and emotional – Loud Poets are back at Scottish Storytelling Centre.
And at the same venue, The Golden Fly is an epic tale of a shape-shifting goddess in search of her truth, while the Wolves Within invites audiences to delve deep into the psyche of wolves with Danish storyteller Svend-Erik Engh and Scottish musician Neil Sutcliffe.
Is This a Dagger? sees Andy Cannon return to Scottish Storytelling Centre to tell Shakespeare’s classic, taking audiences on a thousand-year journey from fact to fiction and back again.
At Pleasance at EICC, First Piano on the Moon sees half-man half-piano, Will Pickvance combine storytelling and musical madness in this rollercoaster show about Mozart, music and the moon.
Exhibitions and events
The West End Fair is back in the Grounds of St John’s, with marquees and open-air stalls featuring work from 80+ artists, designers and makers.
In [email protected], see and buy work from 53 contemporary jewellers working in a variety of materials and a range of prices.
Fantastic Creatures of Edinburgh and Where to Find Them! Is an immersive treasure hunt around the city, where participants can learn the myths behind the faerie folk and the story of Scotland's national animal – the unicorn.
How this year’s Fringe will work: online, in-person and on-demand shows
This year’s Fringe will look a little different. In 2021, audiences will be able to access a wide range of amazing Fringe shows through socially distanced in-person events, scheduled online performances and on-demand digital shows. Tickets and information for all kinds of registered Fringe shows – live, online, paid and free – can be found at edfringe.com.
In-person shows: Registered live, in-person performances taking place at various outdoor and indoor venues must comply with City of Edinburgh Council and Scottish Government covid-related regulations.
At time of writing, one metre social distancing will be in place (having come into effect from 19 July), masks should be worn indoors and regular hand washing and clear ventilation is strongly advised. Many Fringe venues are operating outdoors in 2021.
The Scottish Government has advised that regulations could lift on 09 August (though this is contingent on covid levels and the continued vaccination roll out in Scotland and is subject to review).
The Fringe Society will be updating audiences and artists regularly on what changing restrictions mean for in-person performances at the Fringe.
Online shows: There will be two kinds of online events available this year: scheduled and on demand.
With scheduled shows, audiences can buy tickets as they would to a traditional in-person event. Shows will have a dedicated start and end time and are treated as an ‘appointment to view’ event.
For on-demand shows, audiences can buy tickets to watch at their leisure.
Some online shows will have a viewing window (where the content will be available to watch for a set amount of time). Detailed information about how each individual online event is viewed is clearly available at the point of booking.
Fringe Player and other online platforms: Audiences can view Fringe shows via the brand-new Fringe Player. Available via edfringe.com, this bespoke digital platform offers audiences an exciting new way to engage with Fringe content.
The player will be accessible to audiences from 06 Aug, with captioning built in. Both on-demand and scheduled online shows are available on this platform.
Where other platforms (such as Zoom, YouTube and Vimeo) are being used to host online work, information on how to access these is clearly provided at the point of purchase.
Online shows will be available to watch from August but can be pre-booked from today.
Tickets and programme: This year and in keeping with reducing contact during in-person interactions, all events will be e-ticketed and shows will be listed online, as there won’t be a printed programme this year. Audiences will be able to attend shows without using paper tickets. More information on ticketing can be found on edfringe.com.
Access at the Fringe
This has been a challenging year, and a lot has changed about the way live entertainment is presented. But our commitment to making the Fringe accessible will always be a priority.
The Fringe Society provides free a personal assistant ticket for anyone who needs it. You can register for this by emailing [email protected]. We will also provide a bespoke access bookings service on the phone or in-person by appointment.
This year, we are also continuing our sensory backpack scheme for autistic people, to help make the Fringe experience as enjoyable as possible. Each bag includes a fidget spinner, earplugs, water bottle, stress reliever and a social story. These items are designed to help users relax and overcome stressful or intense situations. This year, to keep things as safe as possible, we are sending the bags out to key partner organisations who will distribute them to their users.
Show announcements still to come
The landscape for live events has been incredibly uncertain for the last few months. The Fringe is nothing if not creative and adaptive, and even when faced with massively reduced timescales, Fringe artists and operators are still getting ready to announce new and innovative work.
As we all keep working to put on the best Fringe we can, we’re excited to see more shows being announced over the next five weeks. Keep an eye on edfringe.com for more.
Sponsors and supporters
As a charity, the work of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society would not be possible without the valuable support of our partners, sponsors and funders. We are delighted to be working with Johnnie Walker for the third year running as our official whisky partner.
We are excited to be partnering with the newly opened St James Quarter, and Crowdfunder through our FringeMakers fundraising platform, supporting Fringe artists and venues with vital fundraising efforts. This will be launched in the coming weeks. We would like to thank Lothian Buses for their continued support of our Fringe Days Out programme.
We’re thrilled to welcome Edinburgh Gin on board as a partner in 2021 and look forward to working with them.
We are grateful for funding through the PLACE Programme, a partnership between the Scottish Government – through Creative Scotland – the City of Edinburgh Council and Festivals Edinburgh; Scottish Government for Made in Scotland through the Festivals Expo Fund – managed through Creative Scotland – and the continued support of the City of Edinburgh Council. Thanks also to Scottish Government for funds from their Get into Summer campaign.
We are grateful for funding from the Pivotal Event Business Fund, the SCVO Adapt and Thrive programme, and the UK Government to enhance our digital capabilities.
Our thanks also to the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, the Pump House Trust and the Turtleton Charitable Trust.
Our thanks also to our Fringe Angels, Patrons, Friends and supporters whose passion and generosity made a real difference this year.