ALL EVENTS | 26 August, 2018 Order by: Date / title

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New Perspectives Theatre Company

A Fortunate Man

This striking mixed media performance takes the pulse of GP practice then and now, continuing the conversation in the 70th year of the NHS.     

_ Time: 16.30 (60 mins)

La JohnJoseph

A Generous Lover

A Generous Lover is the true, and very queer tale, of one soul’s journey through the wasteland of mental illness, to deliver their lost love. Brimming with psychedelic proletarian prose, and trenchant wit, it recounts the pandemonium of navigating mental health services on behalf of a loved one, whilst being transfeminine, and occasionally mistaken for a patient.

_ Time: 16.10 (60 mins)

Summerhall Distillery

A Pickering's Gin Jolly

Take a gin jolly with Pickering's Gin in their home at Summerhall Distillery. With a G&T in hand, discover how the former kennels of the Royal (Dick) Vet School came to be Edinburgh's first exclusive gin distillery in 150 years and Visit Scotland's best visitor attraction in Edinburgh.

_ Time: 14.00, 16.00, 18.00 (60 mins)

Company of Wolves


Fusing storytelling, movement and song, Achilles is the epic story of a man's exorcism: a burning out of his grief, his rage and his humanity.

_ Time: 16.15 (45 mins)

Raw Material Arts Ltd In association with The Beacon

After the Cuts

Captioned performance on 14 Aug. Please contact the Fringe access office on to book a captioning unit.

Produced by Raw Material, in association with the Beacon Arts Centre. A dark comedy by Gary McNair, directed by Beth Morton. It's the future; just like now, but a bit more... well, shitey.

_ Time: 10.00, 12.00 (60 mins)

Middle Child

All We Ever Wanted Was Everything

Captioned performance on 22 Aug. Please contact the Fringe access office on to book a captioning unit.

Meet Leah and Chris: raised on Harry Potter, New Labour and a belief that one day they would be as special as their parents promised. But what happens when those dreams don’t become reality?

_ Time: 23.30 (75 mins)

ACE-Production in association with From Start to Finnish

All the Lights Are On

A fearless play about the limits of hope and the consolations of reality, from Finland’s youngest and most irrepressibly talented new playwright

_ Time: 11.40 (60 mins)

Nina’s Drag Queens

Alma, a Human Voice

The Italian company Nina's Drag Queens explores drag queen aesthetics, blending songs, film extracts and lip-syncing with theatre, live acting and choreography.

_ Time: 11.50 (60 mins)

Vooruit, Arenbergschouwburg, Big in Belgium, Richard Jordan Productions, TRP, Summerhall

Another One

“If you break my heart, I’ll break yours too.” This thrilling and inventive new work from one of Belgium’s most exciting young companies explores the world of both tolerating and being tolerated.

_ Time: 10.00 (55 mins)

Katy Dye

Baby Face

Captioned performance on 14 Aug. Please contact the Fringe access office on to book a captioning unit.

In this brave and outlandish performance a grown woman attempts to be your baby to discover if innocence really is as sexy as we’re told it is.

_ Time: 13.30 (50 mins)

Chaliwaté Company and Focus Company


North Pole, 4 am. Under a snowstorm powerful enough to wrestle with a sequoia, a used-up van finds its way across the icecap. Three reporters land on the ice as if stepping on the moon for the first time. A bear stares straight at them. The team gets ready...

_ Time: 10.50 (30 mins)

Barney's Beer

Barney's Brewery Tours

Operating out of Summerhall since 2012, Barney's Beer invites visitors to get a behind-the-scenes look at how our brewery runs on a day-to-day basis.

_ Time: 13.00, 15.00, 18.00 (60 mins)

Bert and Nasi

Bertrand Lesca and Nasi Voutsas (Work-in-progress / Open Rehearsal)

Part open rehearsal, part durational performance, the final piece in this loose trilogy of work looks at the left through the prism of the right, considering the polarization of political debate and the rise of populism across nations; amid the ruins of unresolved conflict, Bert and Nasi explore whether we can still come together on common ground, however unsteady.

_ Time: 23.30 (120 mins)

Actors Touring Company; Translator Purni Morell, Director Alice Malin.

Big Aftermath of a Small Disclosure

Big Aftermath explores how lives can turn on a word and the allure of the self-destruct button. Comedy and tragedy collide in a play about what happens when one person wants to go and the other wants them to stay.

_ Time: 14.50 (60 mins)

New Room Theatre


BSL performance on 10 Aug.

Blackout is the honest, brutal, uplifting and darkly comic story of alcoholics, and ultimately of their hope in recovery.

_ Time: 16.20 (60 mins)

InSite and Leeds Playhouse co-production

Blackthorn by Charley Miles

Captioned performance on 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22 + 24 Aug. Please contact the Fringe access office on to book a captioning unit.

The only two children born in a North Yorkshire village for a generation cannot imagine ever being apart, but as their lives shift, so too do the ties that bind them. Charley Miles’ outstanding debut play Blackthorn explores the changes and choices that pull us from the places and people we love.

_ Time: 13.05 (60 mins)

Willy Hudson


Join Willy for a queer coming-of-age remix, as he questions if ‘bottom’ in the bedroom means ‘bottom’ in life - and whether Beyoncé can help put his love on top.

_ Time: 16.25 (50 mins)

Rose Bruford

Bruford Warm-Up Mornings

An opportunity to have some time and space for yourself and to prepare, recoup your energy and maximise your time at the Fringe meeting and working with other artists. Workshop leaders will include Gabriel Gawin, Niamh Dowling, Magda Koza, Company of Wolves, Bertrand Lesca and Nasi Voutsas and others.

_ Time: 09.30 (60 mins)

Ming Hon

Chase Scenes

Inspired by our collective nightmare of being chased and the manifestation of this in film culture and real-life experience, three women enact various chase scenes at a break-neck pace. In combination with video cameras displaying live-feed projections, a collection of props and costumes, the spectacle is both live and on screen.

_ Time: 14.25 (60 mins)

Novasound and Belle Jones

Closed Doors

Inspired by the reality of a multicultural neighbourhood in Glasgow, Closed Doors refuses to recognise genre boundaries as it tackles questions of identity, heritage, community and isolation with rigour and heart.

_ Time: 19.45 (60 mins)

Samira Elagoz in association with From Start to Finnish

Cock, Cock... Who's There?

Cock, Cock… Who’s There is confrontational, unrestrainedly funny, deeply touching and formally simply virtuoso. Elagoz explores desire, the power of femininity and the male gaze in a world in which the virtual and the real are inextricably intertwined.

_ Time: 18.45 (65 mins)

Adam Lazarus


Warning: Disturbing content, sexual content and descriptions of sexual violence.

The show that rocked Canada, sparking a thousand conversations with its head-on confrontation of toxic masculinity. Adam Lazarus plays The Father and he's done bad things in his life. Taking you through his struggles with love, lust and violence, he presents himself as a figure for our amusement, dismay, and judgement

_ Time: 12.30, 22.30 (70 mins)

Big in Belgium, Richard Jordan Productions, Theatre Royal Plymouth, RBC

De Fuut

This performance deals with themes of sexual abuse.

Winner of the Best International Performance Award at the 2017 Amsterdam Fringe and hit of the 2018 Brighton Fringe. Performer and playwright Bastiaan Vandendriessche’s gripping new play invites his audience to step into a darkly woven and deceptive story about his time as a leader of the Seascouts in Ghent six years ago.

_ Time: 15.00, 19.45 (60 mins)

Sh!t Theatre and Show And Tell


Oh look, the multi award-winning duo Sh!t Theatre return with their 100% sell-out show from 2017. It's about Dolly Parton and we still f*cking love her.

_ Time: 18.25 (60 mins)

Boundless Theatre and Script Club


A one-man musical comedy by award-winning duo Tom Wells (words) and Matthew Robins (music) fresh from a sell-out tour.

_ Time: 18.55 (60 mins)


Drive-By Shooting

This is a standing event that takes place outside.

Drive-by Shooting is a video and sound installation that blends opera, street art and animation. It appears as a stencil style animation on city walls with sound transmitted to wireless headphones. Created by John McIlduff and Brian Irvine. Featuring Doreen Curran, Sylvia O'Brien and the RTE Concert Orchestra.

_ Time: 21.30, 21.45, 22.00, 22.15, 22.30, 22.45, 23.00, 23.15, 23.30 (15 mins)

Prime Cut Productions

East Belfast Boy

Meet Davy. The things he sees. His streets. His mates. His girl and... The Boys. With pumping techno, pulverising movement and street sharp poetry, East Belfast Boy is a cliché-free zone.

_ Time: 21.00 (60 mins)

Paper Doll Militia


Captioned performance on 14 Aug. Please contact the Fringe access office on to book a captioning unit.

Egg is a powerful and evocative new aerial theatre production from acclaimed circus theatre company Paper Doll Militia, a highly visual exploration of female fertility, sexuality and choice.

_ Time: 18.15 (60 mins)

Arthur Meek, co-produced with Magnetic North


Captioned performance on 17 Aug. Please contact the Fringe access office on to book a captioning unit.

This delightful neo-historical head-scratcher playfully welds future, past and present into a glittering bracelet of time.

_ Time: 13.25 (60 mins)

Marieke Dermul, DeBrakkeGrond, Big in Belgium, Richard Jordan, TRP, Summerhall

European Citizen Popsong

Music’s power has erased boundaries before, but can it make us feel connected as citizens, even after Brexit?

_ Time: 18.00 (60 mins)

Malaprop Theatre

Everything Not Saved

The team behind last year's five-star double-bill, Love+ and BlackCatfishMusketeer, is back. This one's for anyone who wants to be tickled, provoked, or has a brain and has ever worried about what it's not telling them.

_ Time: 17.50 (60 mins)

Seemia Theatre

Evros | The Crossing River

Follow Doaa who dreams of a better life amongst a backdrop of war, terror and enduring love. The boy from the local garden centre, whose tranquil existence amongst the flowers is torn apart. A mother who cannot keep her children safe.

_ Time: 13.35 (70 mins)

Molly Taylor

Extinguished Things

Captioned performance on 16 Aug. Please contact the Fringe access office on to book a captioning unit.

Vivid and lyrical, Extinguished Things is a captivating exploration of what it means to spend your life with someone, and the nature of what you leave behind.

_ Time: 19.25 (60 mins)



This event takes place in absolute darkness.

Ladies and gentlemen, we’d like to direct your attention to the on-board safety demonstration and ask that you give us your full attention. In the unlikely event of a sudden loss of cabin pressure alternative scenarios will be provided.
Flight is presented by Darkfield, the creators of 2017 Edinburgh Festival hit, Séance. It takes place in a shipping container in absolute darkness.

_ Time: 13.00, 13.30, 14.00, 14.30, 15.00, 15.30, 16.00, 16.30, 17.00, 17.30, 18.00, 18.30, 19.00, 19.30, 20.00, 20.30, 21.00, 21.30 (30 mins)

Two Destination Language

Fallen Fruit

In Fallen Fruit, as the Berlin Wall splits open in 1989, a girl looks forward to life beyond communism, a couple unravels, and 80s TV permeates everything. In 2019, Britain leaves the EU while Europe celebrates 30 years since the end of the Cold War.

_ Time: 11.25 (60 mins)

The Old Trout Puppet Workshop

Famous Puppet Death Scenes

Behold: the eternal masterwork of puppetry for adults finally comes to Edinburgh! Willingly undergo a heart-wrenching parade of theatrical demises that will severely exacerbate your fear of death.

_ Time: 20.30, 22.30 (70 mins)

National Theatre of Scotland, Théâtre PÀP and Hôtel-Motel

First Snow / Première neige

BSL performances on 3, 7, 16 + 23 Aug. Captioned performance on 19 Aug. Please contact the Fringe access office on to book a captioning unit.

Isabelle summons her family back to their ancestral home in Québec. Despite their history, they come. Her right-wing brother Harry, daughter Mina, and Catherine, the rebellious baby of the family, who has her new Scottish boyfriend in tow. Then there's François, her adoptive son, and her long lost friend from her radical youth. It’s time to talk about the future. But who does the future belong to?

_ Time: 18.10 (90 mins)

Sunday's Child

Get Rreel

Award winning Irish company Sunday's Child’s previous productions include Overshadowed, winner of the Fishamble Award for Best New Writing, recently adapted for television with Rollem productions for BBC Three.

_ Time: 15.00 (60 mins)



The boiler's broken, the owl with the rings is missing, the celebrant's late and the band haven't turned up. Can Mona and Geoff still tie the knot and live happily ever after? This is a wedding you won't forget. An unmissable evening of ink-black comedy and brilliant performances.

_ Time: 19.40 (90, 75 mins)

Antosh Wojcik / Penned in the Margins

How to Keep Time: A Drum Solo for Dementia

What happens when memories disappear? Where do they go, and can we get them back? Using just his voice and a Roland TD-4KP electronic drumkit, Antosh Wojcik explores the effects of inherited Alzheimer's on speech, memory and family. Poems become beats become glitches in time in a mesmeric display of live drumming and spoken word.

_ Time: 10.15 (60 mins)

Paines Plough and Theatr Clwyd

How to Spot an Alien

All performances are captioned. Please contact the Fringe access office on to book a captioning unit.

Join Jelly and Jonjo on their quest to discover the truth in a rip-roaring adventure through space full of friendship, fun and flying saucers. Contains: one confused alien, two brave kids and a busted spaceship. For space cadets age five and up.

_ Time: 11.30 (50 mins)

Cunning Concepts & Creations


Huff is the wrenching yet darkly comic tale of Indigenous brothers caught in a torrent of solvent abuse and struggling with the death of their mother. Their dream world bleeds into reality, as they’re preyed on by The Trickster through hallways at school, the abandoned motel he loves more than home and his own fragile psyche.

_ Time: 16.15 (65 mins)

Paines Plough and Theatr Clwyd

Island Town

All performances are captioned. Please contact the Fringe access office on to book a captioning unit.

Kate, Sam and Pete are stuck. The town they live in doesn’t have much going on. But they don’t really care about that when they’ve got cheap cider and their whole lives ahead of them. And they’re going to break away anyway.

_ Time: 11.30, 14.30 (70 mins)

James Ley

Love Song to Lavender Menace

BSL performance on 15 Aug.

After a sell-out run at the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh, nostalgic bookseller Lewis and party-boy Glen are back in this hit gay romantic comedy set in 1980s Edinburgh. Love Song to Lavender Menace is a funny, celebratory play about the radical, lesbian, gay and feminist bookshop which began in the cloakroom of Scotland’s first gay nightclub and became the beating heart of Edinburgh’s LGBT+ community.

_ Time: 12.55 (75 mins)

Carys Eleri and Wales Millennium Centre

Lovecraft (Not the Sex Shop in Cardiff)

Vivacious and hilarious, BAFTA Cymru nominee Carys brings her extensive research, along with buckets of Welsh charm (and oxytocin) to Summerhall in this intelligent and highly entertaining show.

_ Time: 21.00 (60 mins)

Fishamble: The New Play Company. Supported by Culture Ireland

Maz and Bricks by Eva O'Connor

Triple Fringe First and Olivier Award-winning Fishamble’s Maz and Bricks tells the story of two young people who meet over the course of a day in Dublin. Maz is attending a ‘Repeal the 8th’ demonstration, while Bricks is going to meet the mother of his young daughter.

_ Time: 17.55 (80 mins)

Nick Cassenbaum

My Kind of Michael

Ever since he was a kid Nick has loved Michael Barrymore. In this heartfelt and playful tribute, Nick invites you to examine the turbulent relationship between showman and spectator.

_ Time: 19.30 (60 mins)

A Prime Cut and Pan Narrans Co-production.

My Left Nut

The true, touching and hilarious story of a Belfast boy growing up with no father to guide him through, and a giant ball to weigh him down.

_ Time: 13.15 (55 mins)

Compagnie Cornelius, Big in Belgium, Richard Jordan Productions, TRP, RBC

Nele Needs a Holiday: The Musical

A Belgian popstar moves to London to steal the job of British popstars. Luckily, austerity is there to stop her. A witty pop-opera about a girl called Nele who turns her life into a big international mess because she wants to be famous on the other side of the English Channel.

_ Time: 22.15 (55 mins)

Futures Theatre

Never Vera Blue

Captioned performance on 16 Aug. Please contact the Fringe access office on to book a captioning unit.

Written in response to conversations with survivors of domestic violence and abuse, Never Vera Blue is a disorientating story of one woman’s journey to recover who she is.  From the city to the Kent coast, from a war-torn land to the pit of the stomach, Alexandra Wood’s new play explores just what it means to be made to doubt yourself and how to regain a sense of identity.

_ Time: 13.05 (70 mins)

Arrifana Ltd



Niteworks fuse Gaelic language and traditional music with electronic influences to create a fresh and exhilarating sound, winning them the ‘Up and Coming Artist of the Year’ award at the 2012 Scottish Trad Awards. The band’s unique sound comes into its own in the live arena with the last year alone having seen multiple sold-out shows in Scotland and stage-closing performances at festivals across the country, leaving packed crowds pulsating into the night.

_ Time: 19.00 (180 mins)

Love Is the Drug

Notorious Strumpet & Dangerous Girl

Step into this unassuming Alcoholics Anonymous meeting where twisted storytelling and spectacular circus skills are shaken and stirred, with one part dark comedy, one part serenity and three parts hostility, hilarity and honesty.

_ Time: 21.55 (70 mins)

Middle Child

One Life Stand

Captioned performance on 8, 15 + 22 Aug. Please contact the Fringe access office on to book a captioning unit.

When we can have sex whenever we want, with whomever we want, why settle for a normal relationship? With the promise of fresh excitement just a swipe away, is Kat’s long-term lover her lifelong dream?

_ Time: 21.45 (70 mins)

The Flanagan Collective & Gobbledigook Theatre


Captioned performance on 17 Aug. Please contact the Fringe access office on to book a captioning unit.

A modern telling of an ancient myth, woven from hair-raising spoken word and soaring soul music. A tale of side streets, dive bars and ancient gods.  A story of death defying love from the creators of Fable and Beulah. Winner of the VAULT Festival Summerhall Award and Adelaide Fringe Best Theatre Award.

_ Time: 14.50 (70 mins)

Annie Saunders & Becca Wolff, Wilderness, Aurora Nova, Boat Rocker

Our Country

'A striking dream world... one of the most ambitious pieces we have ever presented' (Anna Woo, The Getty Villa). California’s marijuana country: the still-Wild West. Annie conducts a forensic exploration of 'the facts' about her outlaw weed farmer brother as this genre-bending work slips into disputed territory: childhood memories.

_ Time: 17.15 (60 mins)

Natalie Wearden


This event is free and unticketed.

Performer:Maker was originally produced to consider the fetishisation of the artist as a labourer; overworked and underpaid. The piece will exist both as performance and sculpture. It is a physical artwork activated by performance, and lives on even once the performance has ended.

_ Time: 13.00 (60 mins)

Elbow Room


Prehistoric offers an iconoclastic and hilarious take on the pivotal 'punk moment' that still echoes today. Winner of Best Performance award – Melbourne Fringe Festival.

_ Time: 21.15 (75 mins)

James Rowland


Contains full nudity and details of a traumatic labour

My best friends, Sarah and Emma, asked me for my sperm. This is the tale of what happened after I gave it to them. A storytelling show about love, faith and trying to do the right thing. Made with Daniel Goldman and set in the same universe as Team Viking and A Hundred Different Words for Love.

_ Time: 17.40 (70 mins)

Ruth E Cockburn

Ruth Cockburn – Love Letters from Blackpool

Love Letters from Blackpool, a comedy theatre piece about love and Blackpool, originally commissioned by The Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester and subsequently nominated for Best New Show at Leicester Comedy Festival and Best Comedy Show at Greater Manchester Fringe, uses found love letters, original songs, poetry and audience interaction to answer the questions... What is love?

_ Time: 14.40 (60 mins)

Claire Gaydon


Part documentary, part live performance, part parody, part desperate as f*ck, Claire does everything she can to entertain her online audience. While remaining 100% totally authentically real. See-Through is an edited, unedited, live, pre-recorded, reality show that invites you to see behind the camera.

_ Time: 11.45 (60 mins)

Nothing Ever Happens Here



Est. 2010, this is Edinburgh’s institutional shot of deep rhythms and rugged grooves. Expect rare funk, the deepest disco, Brazilian boogie and some afro-Latin vibrations as Soulsville takes up its August residency at Summerhall. Dress light - shoes advisable!

_ Time: 23.00 (240 mins)

By Kieran Hurley and Gary McNair. A Francesca Moody Production

Square Go

Max is a normal-ish kid in a normal-ish town. He spends his days daydreaming and hanging out with his weird wee pal Stevie Nimmo. But when Max is called for his first Square Go, a fight by the school gates, it’s his own demons he must wrestle with first.

_ Time: 20.20 (60 mins)

Chris Thorpe, Rachel Chavkin, China Plate and Staatstheater Mainz


BSL performance on 16 Aug.

We all have a nationality.

Or almost all of us.

Status is a show about someone who doesn't want his anymore. About running away from the national story you're given. About who is responsible for that story and what might happen to it if you try to give it up.

Springing from globe-spanning conversations about nationality, Status is a journey of attempted escape – with songs.

_ Time: 19.55 (80 mins)

Sun Son Theatre

Taiwan Season: Once Upon a Daydream

Sun Son Theatre return to Summerhall after the success of Heart of Darkness in 2017, welcoming you to a light-hearted world of live action and hand-crafted animation.

_ Time: 14.40 (45 mins)

Our Theatre

Taiwan Season: The Delusion of Home

The Delusion of Home is a strong and original documentary-style depiction of everyday life in the Chiayi area of southern Taiwan, refracted through one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies.

_ Time: 15.55 (50 mins)



The Tetra-Decathlon is a gruelling 14-event athletics competition, requiring a unique combination of skills to complete. Having never set foot on a running track in her life, Lauren Hendry decided to sign up for the event, joining only a dozen other women in the World Championships.

_ Time: 11.55 (60 mins)


The Ballad of the Apathetic Son and his Narcissistic Mother

BSL performance: 25th Aug

Hold on for dear life through this all-singing, all-dancing journey of rejection, nurture, transforming, hurting and becoming...

_ Time: 13.45 (60 mins)

Zanetti Productions

The Basement Tapes

Following her grandmother’s death, a girl faces the overwhelming task of clearing out the basement. She discovers a series of mysterious tape recordings made by her grandmother. As she hears these tapes for the first time, things start to unravel...

_ Time: 15.45, 18.30 (60 mins)

Lisa Richards

The Egg Is A Lonely Hunter

The Egg is a Lonely Hunter is a dark, comedic odyssey about beached whales, black holes and the redeeming power of eggs.

_ Time: 14.45 (55 mins)

A Hijinx production in association with Spymonkey

The Flop

BSL performances on 17 + 18 Aug.

Paris. 1650ish. Impotence is illegal. When a member of the aristocracy is accused of being less than upstanding, his wounded pride leads him towards a monumental and very public flop. But can a cast of total idiots save a show about a flop... from being one?

_ Time: 16.55 (60 mins)


The Hit

The Hit’s black comedy explores the nature of cognitive dissonance and how we are perhaps not the autonomous individuals we believe we are. Breaking Bad meets Team America in a show designed to blow your mind.

_ Time: 13.20 (60 mins)

Gema Galiana and Anthony Nikolchev's The Useless Room

The Last One

The Last One is brutal physical theatre created by Gema Galiana and Anthony Nikolchev. Evoked by the song of the last Kauai O’o bird, waiting for a response that will never come to its call for a mate.

_ Time: 18.30 (60 mins)

People Show

The Last Straw

Flashing lights are used in this performance

People Show are the UK’s oldest experimental theatre collective. Defying definition and constantly pushing the boundaries of live performance, the company continues to explore the world around us. Each show has been numbered. This is People Show 130.

_ Time: 15.00 (55 mins)

Making Room

The Midnight Soup

Please inform us if you have any dietary requirements. The following ingredients cannot be omitted: Paprika, onions, tomatoes. All other allergies can be catered for with 48 hours' notice. Gluten-free bread option will be made available upon request.

The Midnight Soup is a piece of theatre during which the audience prepare a meal that they share at the end. Starting as a monologue it gently opens out to become a conversation. It tells the story of an unremarkable woman, who sat down every day to meticulously record her life in a diary, until one day she chose her own death.

_ Time: 19.00 (150 mins)

Jim Harbourne

The Myth of the Singular Moment

With every choice we create a new universe. I make it, I don’t make it, I make it, I don’t. Two musician-performers take us on a fantastical journey that links four characters in interconnecting stories across the Multiverse.

_ Time: 19.45 (60 mins)

Most Wanted, Offstage Theatre, Soho Theatre, W14 Productions, Alastair Michael

The Political History of Smack and Crack

The night of the Manchester uprising. That night should change everything. Drawing on his own personal experience, Ed Edwards’ script crackles with anger, humour and authenticity as he chronicles the fallout for communities crushed by the heroin epidemic at the height of Thatcherism.

_ Time: 17.30 (60 mins)

National Youth Theatre

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Following two critically-acclaimed sell-out runs, the National Youth Theatre present the Edinburgh debut of Mohsin Hamid’s Man Booker Prize shortlisted novel The Reluctant Fundamentalist adapted for stage by Stephanie Street and directed by Prasanna Puwanarajah.

_ Time: 11.50 (90 mins)

Teatteri Metamorfoosi in association with From Start to Finnish

The Sauna

In Finnish tradition, the sauna is a solemn place; a scene of cleansing, contemplation, birth and death. According to myth every sauna had its own spirit, whom visitors should care for and respect. The Sauna is a speechless mask and object theatre performance accompanied with live sound effects and original music.

_ Time: 17.25 (50 mins)

Sherman Theatre


Captioned performance on 3, 10, 17 + 24 Aug. Please contact the Fringe access office on to book a captioning unit.

Tremor is a play about now. It’s about how we choose to see things and live our lives in a world riven with anxiety and division.

_ Time: 16.05 (60 mins)

LUNG in association with Leeds Playhouse

Trojan Horse

Warning: This show contains strobe lighting

Trojan Horse was a local story that hit the national press, accusing ‘hardline’ Muslim teachers and governors of plotting extremism in Birmingham schools. Adapted from the real-life testimonies of those at the heart of the UK Government's inquiry, critically acclaimed theatre-company LUNG investigate what really happened.

_ Time: 15.15 (70 mins)

SKaGeN/KVS, Big in Belgium, Richard Jordan Productions, TRP, Summerhall


The makers of BigMouth return with a thrilling, relevant new show, delving deeply into the politician’s life and exposing those juicy backstage scenes we all look for and asking why anyone seeks recognition in a job that is known to be the most unpopular ever.

_ Time: 12.00 (75 mins)

Sean Mahoney

Until You Hear That Bell

Told through spoken word and within timed boxing rounds, Until You Hear That Bell is a story about ten years of amateur boxing and a changing relationship between father and son. Sean Mahoney is a spoken word writer and performer; this is his first solo show.

_ Time: 20.55 (60 mins)

Last Tapes Theatre Company


Named stand-out cabaret of the year by the NZ Herald, Valerie is an inter-generational, interdisciplinary and interrupting piece of theatre reaching into the guts of family mythologies. Music, genetics, and storytelling combine to unravel one family's history. A love letter from grandson to grandmother, this celebration of resilience is gig-theatre at its finest.

_ Time: 21.15 (65 mins)

V/DA and MHz, in association with Feral


Based on JG Ballard’s cult novel Concrete Island, VOID meshes experimental dance and abstract glitch-video landscapes. Taking in typically Ballardian themes of dystopian worlds, liminal spaces and urban paranoia, Mele Broomes performs risk-taking choreography to the backdrop of an industrial soundscape.

_ Time: 19.20 (45 mins)

Knaïve Theatre

War With the Newts

Witness the rise and fall of a new(t) capitalism. Deep in Summerhall’s basement, an ocean of opportunity arises as a new resource makes contact. Global risk and technological revolution come together in this immersive experience from internationally award-winning Knaive Theatre with surround sound installation by sonic artist Robert Bentall.

_ Time: 17.00, 20.15 (75 mins)

One Inch Badge

Welcome to Night Vale

The Welcome to Night Vale 2018 / 2019 World Tour will bring a new story to the surreal desert town of Night Vale, examining the role secrets play in the lives there. This entirely new script written by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor is a completely stand-alone story that will never be heard on the podcast, and can be enjoyed by both long-time fans and newcomers alike.

_ Time: 13.00, 15.00, 23.00 (60 mins)

Grassmarket Projects

Where It Hurts

A group of Edinburgh residents, carers and health professionals examine their experiences of seeking and giving care in the NHS. Grassmarket Projects return to Summerhall after the successes of Doubting Thomas and Doglife with another politically charged true life drama directed by six time Fringe First winner Jeremy Weller.

_ Time: 20.30 (90 mins)

Brush Theatre LLC

Woogie Boogie

BRUSH Theatre, last seen at Summerhall with The Overcoat, are back with another vivid and inventive show for younger audiences. A lonely boy Woogie and his troublemaking pet turtle Boogie experience their first sea adventure. What will happen to them in this beautiful but scary new watery world, and will they return home safely?

_ Time: 10.00 (50 mins)