Below you will find showcase opportunities available during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. These listings are updated regularly, so keep checking back.

Each opportunity is managed by the independent company/venue listed, and so specific enquiries concerning any of these listings should go directly to that company/venue, on the contact details they have provided.

Russian Roulette

Venue: Liquid Rooms Warehouse (venue 276)
Event date and times:18:35-19:35. 4-26 August

Russian Roulette cabaret is looking for a variety of guest performers to fill 7-10 minute slots (we can also accommodate slightly shorter or longer acts). We are particularly interested in any acts that involve danger, i.e. circus, stunt magic, acrobatic dance acts etc. But other types of acts are more than welcome too: it can be anything from mentalism to singing, dance, original genre and other acts of interest. We are very centrally located and the venue is a spacious 200-seater with a large stage, high ceilings and amazing vibes. It is an excellent opportunity for showcasing an excerpt from your show or trying out new ideas. You can bring along flyers for the audience and our hostess Shantisha will make sure you have a chance to promote your show.

How to apply: Apply here


Scottish Arts Club: Fringe in a Day

Venue: Scottish Arts Club, 24 Rutland Square, EH1 2BW
Event dates and times: 14:00-23:00. 02 August

This is the 10th consecutive year the Scottish Arts Club in central Edinburgh has organised its Fringe In A Day programme in the Club premises in central Edinburgh on the day before the official fringe opens.

The Fringe in a Day is held in the Club's Georgian terrace house on the eve of the Fringe opening. This year it will run over three floors from 2 p.m. to around 11 p.m . on August 2. Acts in past years have run the gamut from individual acts and groups of singers and musicians to comedy, serious and comic theatre, cabaret, buskers, dance – and much more. We are open to anything that looks interesting.

Acts run for 15-20 minutes, and participants should arrive about 20-30 minutes before show time. There are no fees or payments involved, but past participants have said their appearances were fun, worthwhile and provided good publicity.

Over the past nine years, we have welcomed acts form Australia and New Zealand, Japan, Hong Kong and other parts of Asia, Africa, The Middle East, various parts of Europe, Canada, the United States and South America. It has been quite eclectic – and great fun.

How to apply: Email


Comedy Queers / Free Festival

Venue: Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 38 West Nicolson Street, EH8 9DD
Event dates and times: 00:45. 02-26 August(5-10 minute slots)

Comedy Queers is a late night Edinburgh showcase of LGBTQIA+ comedians from across the fringe. Presented by rising star Sian Davies.
Comedy Queers offers the audience the opportunity to see a variety of acts who would not usually be featured on the same bill. Queer comics, like female comics and BAME comics, are often used as “others” on standard line-ups. This means it is unusual to have more than one queer act on the same bill. Comedy Queers invites performers who are often marginalised to join together and share the stage. Oh, and it’s a big queer party. Every. Single. Night.

With queer comedians, variety performers and drag acts, as well as some special guests this party is set to go off! Alcohol, nudity, rainbow flags, fancy dress, glitter and neurotic meltdowns are all standard fare at one of the most diverse shows in town. When you’ve seen one too many straight/cis comedians at the fringe, spice things up at the Queer Comedy showcase. The daily changing roster of comedians is one of the most diverse line ups at the fringe. Here’s your invite to party in style with the true Kings, Queens and non-binary Royal titles of comedy. Comedy Queers: How Refreshing!

How to apply: Apply for a slot on the Facebook group 
Alternatively if you are only available for a specific date or have certain special requirements email



Venue: Paradise Palms, 41 Lothian Street, EH1 1HB + Fireside, 20 East Market Street, EH8 8BE
Event dates and times: 23:00-01:00. 02, 05-09, 26 August (Paradise Palms). 16-18 August (Fireside)

Get ready for glitter, sweat, tears and come and be part of the Pollyanna family! Showcase an excerpt of your show, try out new ideas and go wild in our infamous late night cabaret situated in our venues Paradise Palms and Fireside.

Pollyanna is an late-night queer cabaret hosted by alt-drag creature Pollyfilla. For the fourth year we will be filling our shows each night with different performers, and we'd love to hear from you! We blend performance art and drag with comedy, theatre, dance and an array of experimental acts. We love fresh, messy talent and are open all types of performers - the weird, unusual, and alternative is all welcome.

If you would like to join us please email with video links, photos and a description.

How to apply: Email with a brief description of who you are and what you do. Please include video links, if you do not have them then please send photos. Due to a high volume of applications, replys can take a number of days.


Constructing Comedy

Venue: akp Scotland Site – 80 George Street
Event dates and times: 12:30-14:00. Mon-Fri, June-Nov

akp Scotland are an award winning Main Contractor whom deliver Construction, Refurbishment and Fit Out projects throughout Scotland. At any one-time akp have 30-40 operatives on site at 80 George Street. So, in an effort to support any new or seasoned comedy acts due to participate in the Fringe, we wish to offer our canteen space and 30—40 employees as an audience for any short gigs between shows and for those wishing to have a little extra performing, stage time to an audience they may otherwise be unable to reach.

This is also a great health and wellbeing initiative for our operatives as laughter is good for your health. Laughter relaxes the whole body. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after. Laughter boosts the immune system.

How to apply: Email Roz Malcolm, akp Representative to find out more and book.