Edinburgh-based artists at the summer Festivals

Professional Edinburgh-based theatre makers in the 2022 Festivals, collated with the support of EPAD

Edinburgh is home to a fantastic range of theatre artists who live in the city and make work for audiences throughout the year. EPAD is proud to be working with All Edinburgh Theatre to highlight the contribution these artists make to the theatre, dance, physical theatre, spoken word and comedy programmes of Edinburgh’s 2022 summer festivals.

We invite you to support the homegrown talent that helps make Edinburgh a vibrant cultural city for 12 months of the year, not just for August.

So far we have identified 77 productions that are produced and/or created by Edinburgh’s theatre professionals. We are aware that new work is being added all the time. Please do get in touch if we have missed something out (mail@epad.org.uk).

EPAD is a skills and resource-sharing project that supports Edinburgh’s independent performing artists to thrive throughout the year. Our aim is to make Edinburgh’s performing arts community stronger, better connected and more democratic.

Listed by Category then alphabetically by show title.

Cabaret and Variety

Kevin Quantum: Dark Matter
KQ Productions
Gilded Balloon Teviot (Venue 14)
3 – 29 Aug (not 23): 15:30 (1 hour)
Kevin Quantum, trained by Penn & Teller, performs jaw-dropping illusions, taking you from belly laugh to intense confusion; transfixed to properly entertained. A night where stranger things unfold before your eyes. ‘Astonishing’ ★★★★★ (Edinburgh Evening News). Further details.

Will Pickvance: Half Man Half Piano
Will Pickvance presented by James Seabright, directed by Owen Lewis
Assembly George Square Gardens (Venue 3)
3 – 28 Aug (not Wed): 19:25 (1 hour)
New show from Edinburgh’s piano man. ‘Dexterity and inventive fusion of songs both classical and popular… singular blend of virtuosity and humour’ (List). ‘Combines epic musical improvisation, hilarity and intimate storytelling’ (ThreeWeeks). Further details.

Comedy

One of Two
Jack Hunter, in association with Birds of Paradise Theatre
Summerhall (Venue 26)
3 – 28 Aug (not 15, 22): 11:45 (1 hour)
Trapped in the bathroom with an evil tattie, Jack wrestles with the reality of living alone. Jack Hunter’s inspiring* debut comedy is full of heart and a half-empty bag of Weetos. A true tale of twins growing up with cerebral palsy. Jump aboard the “strugglebus” with Jack as he steers through the intersectionality of disability, whilst honking at societal attitudes and Eddie Redmayne’s career choices. Further details.

Paul Connolly
The Paul Connolly Showcase
Monkey Barrel Comedy (Venue 180)
17 Aug 12:00 (1 hour)
Paul Connolly, Scottish Actor + Improviser, star of shows ‘Spontaneous Potter’ and ‘Absolute Improv!’ had been looking for a show which would show him off to the world. Then, he decided writing one probably made more sense. So join Paul as he presents a whole bunch sketches featuring a variety of comedy character, singing, dancing and more. Because every actor should have a showcase performance! Further details.

Spontenous Potter: The Unofficial Improvised Parody
The Spontaneous Players
Gilded Balloon Teviot (Venue 14)
3, 5 – 29 Aug 17:00 (1 hour)
An entirely improvised wizarding comedy play, based on an audience suggestion of a fan-fiction title. With live musical accompaniment! Previous titles include: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Commerce, Harry Potter and the Neville Wears Prada, Harry Potter and the Rise of the Planet of the Snapes and Harry Potter and the Struggle for a Decent Mortgage in This Economy. Further details.

Children’s Shows

First Piano on the Moon
Will Pickvance
Pianodrome at the Old Royal High (Venue 391)
20, 21 & 27, 28 Aug: 11:00 (55 minutes)
William’s dream comes true, chosen by school to play at Mozart’s birthday celebrations. He’s piano-tricks aplenty, but how on Earth does he perform a concert? ‘Wonderfully engaging storytelling, lovely piano playing and animation’ (National). Further details.

Is This a Dagger?
Andy Cannon with Red Bridge Arts
Scottish Storytelling Centre (Venue 30)
4 – 21 & 37, 28 Aug (not Weds): 11:30 (1 hour)
By the pricking of my thumb, something wicked this way comes. Andy Cannon tells Shakespeare’s classic. ‘A tale of sound and fury, signifying first-class theatre for everyone over eight’ (Herald). Further details.

Mr Blue Productions Puppet Show
Mr Blue Productions
Festival City Market (Non Fringe Venue)
21/22, 27/28 Aug 11:00 (12:00 Sun 28) (1 hour)
A puppet show from Emma Milton. Further details.

My Friend Selki
What Moves You
The Brunton (Venue 191)
11 Aug 11:00, 14:30 (50 minutes)
A heart-warming story of friendship and facing challenges, together. With simple text and movement by dancers, Niamh O’Loughlin and Laura Booth, interwoven with live music composed and played by Quee MacArthur, the show includes invitations to join in and play – join the Crab Disco, play Magic Ball and try out the moves of Selkie’s sea pals! Further details.

Once Upon a Raindrop
Everyday Miracle Productions
Deaf Action (Venue 498)
12 – 18 Aug: 10:00, 11:15, 12:30 (30 minutes)
Edinburgh Magic Festival sell-out! Join our adventurous, quick-witted raindrop in a round the world journey, exploring family, home and belonging themes. Enjoy sensory games, fantastic animals and magic tricks; a fun show with your wee ones. Further details.

Polar Bears Go Go Go!
Scottish Theatre Producers
The Brunton (Venue 191)
6 Aug 11:00, 14:00 (50 minutes)
The Polar Bears are off on an adventure, Fringe fun for 2 – 5 year olds. Join the very lovable but slightly hapless duo as they set off on their holiday adventures. Will they ever reach their destination? Or are they just going around in circles? Further details.

Shark in the Park
Nonsense Room
Assembly George Square (Venue 8)
4 – 21 Aug (not Weds): 10:00 (1 hour)
Timothy Pope is looking through his telescope but wait, is that a Shark, in the Park!? From the team behind the Hairy Maclary show – see Nick Sharratt’s Shark in the Park books live on stage! Further details.

WhirlyGig
Daniel Padden, co-produced with Catherine Wheels and Red Bridge Arts
Dance Base (Venue 22)
11 – 21 Aug (not 15): 12:30 (50 minutes)
A madcap musical adventure for families, WhirlyGig is four brave musicians, 30 instruments and countless musical puzzles to solve. Join us for an extraordinary theatrical experience where music will happen in ways you have never seen before. MadeInScotlandShowcase.com. Further details.

Dance Physical Theatre and Circus

A Wee Journey
Farah Saleh and Oğuz Kaplangi
The Studio (Venue EIF)
16 – 20 Aug (not 19) 19:30 (1 hour)
Combining choreography by Palestinian artist Farah Saleh, live music and composition by Turkish musician Oğuz Kaplangi and movement from an ensemble of performers, A Wee Journey is a collaborative piece that centres on compassion and empathy to share the lived experiences of the artists and their relationship to migration. Further details.

Ahead of the Curve
Unearthed Dance Company
Greenside @ Infirmary Street (Venue 236)
5 – 13 Aug: 19:40 (50 minutes)
Presenting an all new eclectic bill of contemporary dance work, Unearthed returns to the Fringe! An opportunity for dance lovers to delve into the energetic, charismatic and compelling nature of the company’s creative works. Further details.

And
Charlotte Mclean
Dance Base (Venue 22)
16 – 28 Aug (not 22): 18:00 (45 minutes)
And is a tribute to all that has graced this earth. To everything. Thank you. And is a sacrifice to every emotion, even those we are yet to feel. And is an homage to: the cosmos, the minuscule, the magic and every meaningless moment. And is to observe, question, experience and fail. Further details.

Dreams of the Small Gods
Zinnia Oberski presented by Scissor Kick
Summerhall (Venue 26)
3 – 28 Aug (not 15, 22): 19:50 (50 minutes)
Dreams of the Small Gods tells the story of the awakening of Wild Woman. Naked, unselfconscious, she explores her surroundings. She passes through different states of consciousness – she is animal, human and goddess. MadeInScotlandShowcase.com. Further details.

Dripping Tap
The Music Box
Pianodrome at the Old Royal High (Venue 391)
15 – 22 Aug 17:00 (Length)
Ever felt stuck in the middle of something? Spinning endlessly round and round, wound up then started again? And again. And again. Come! Enter the world of sound, clown, music and bouffon to help this try-hard ballerina navigate her way through the cogs in the machine. Further details.

Éowyn Emerald & Dancers
Éowyn Emerald & Dancers
Greenside @ Nicolson Square (Venue 209)
5 – 21 Aug (not Suns): 13:50 (50 minutes)
Éowyn presents her acclaimed jazz dance. A buoyant look at how we can meet the challenges that cross us when we have someone to hold us up. ‘Emerald’s troupe is a real Fringe find’ ★★★★ (Scotsman). Further details.

Not Brittle, Not Rigid, Not Fixed
Janice Parker
Union Canal (Part of Edinburgh Art Festival)
14 – 28 Aug: Various times/lenths (see information)
Janice Parker creates a new series of solo performances that explore the interplay between past and future, land and self. Each day between August 14th-28th, Parker will move once a day at a time that responds to the different rhythms of her body. Parker’s choreography will lean into the sensory elements of the Union Canal – its smells, sounds, textures – to investigate the role movement plays in our relationship to the natural world. Further details.

Remedy for Memory
Tess Letham and Stories Untold Productions
Dance Base (Venue 22)
23 – 28 Aug: 16:10 (1 hour)
A divine feminine fantasy broadcast live from the abstracted realms of a TV talk show. Tune in as four women explore cosmic wanderings, corporate wellbeing, discovery and desire. Join us in the search for the remedy. Further details.

Scene Africa
African Connections CIC
Underbelly, Bristo Square (Venue 302)
3 – 29 Aug (not 15): 15:45 (1 hour)
Scene Africa celebrates African contributions to world culture through protagonist short stories intertwined with original music, dance routines and physical theatre. The ultimate South African experience presented by Morgan Njobo, director of five and four-star Fringe shows. Further details.

Sense of Centre
Jack Webb in association with Feral
Dance Base (Venue 22)
16 – 28 Aug (not 22): 15:40 (40 minutes)
Moving dance solo from award-winning choreographer Jack Webb. Dance, object manipulation and projection combine to explore our longing for home and connection. Compelling look at the body as a place of sanctuary from the modern world. MadeInScotlandShowcase.com Further details.

Worn
White & Givan
Dance Base (Venue 22)
16 – 21 Aug: 19:00 (1 hour)
Inspired by the ancient Japanese art of kintsugi, mending broken pottery with gold or silver, Worn is an exquisite and emotive dance, that explores how the body is affected by our experiences, marks and scars that make us. Further details.

Spoken Word

Fire Is Not the Only Element
Morna Burdon
Scottish Storytelling Centre (Venue 30)
17 – 21 Aug: 17:00 (1 hour)
Full of laughter and tears, this is poetry as entertainment. Punctuated with true-life stories and song. Packed with humanity, compassion and pithy observations on life. From womanhood to war, from class and punk to love, and the beautiful game. Moving, funny, gaspingly honest. Expertly written and performed. Further details.

Loud Poets: Best of Fringe
Loud Poets
Scottish Storytelling Centre (Venue 30)
5/6, 11 – 13, 18 – 20, 25 – 28 Aug: 20:30, 22:00 (1 hour)
Showcasing the top spoken word talent the festival has to offer – from the laugh-out-loud funny, through the wonderfully surreal, to the thoughtful and emotional – Loud Poets continue to prove that spoken word has something for everyone. Each show features a unique line-up and Loud Poets’ classic fist-thumping, pint-drinking, side-tickling, heart-wrenching style of spoken word! Further details.

Theatre

1902
Saltire Sky Theatre Company
Leith Arches (Venue 324)
5 – 29 Aug (not Tue): 17:00, 19:30 (1 hour 20 minutes)
The multi award-winning 1902 takes an access-all-areas approach to working-class life in Scotland as we follow four young wannabe football hooligans in their quest to see Hibs win the Scottish Cup Final. Further details.

A War of Two Halves
This Is My Story Productions
Tynecastle Park (Venue 547)
3 – 12, 14 Aug: 13:00, 15:30, 18:00 (1 hour 40 minutes)
The year is 1914. Edinburgh’s Heart of Midlothian Football Club have won 19 of 21 matches and stand on the brink of becoming Scottish league champions. In a remarkable show of comradeship and courage, 13 of their players volunteer to serve together in McCrae’s Battalion destined to fight in France. This is their story. Further details.

Art27’s From the Heart of the Incident
Art27 Scotland
ZOO Southside (Venue 82)
8, 9 Aug: 10:30 (1 hour)
The extraordinary 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 and released on bail, under heavy conditions. The doctor still awaits trial. Here he works with fellow Palestinian and poet Ghazi Hussein, director Robert Rae and actor Helen Trew to dramatize his ongoing story that led him to lose his livelihood, his health and his family. Further details.

Art27’s Saber Came to Tea
Art27 Scotland
ZOO Southside (Venue 82)
6, 7 Aug: 10:30 (1 hour)
Saber Came to Tea is an entertaining short play with original music and magic that tells the story of one young woman’s defiant stand against the constraining social norms of her family. A young Yemeni couple risk their family and their lives to be together. Devised with award-winning Yemeni artists-in-exile Shatha Altowai and her composer and husband Saber Bamatraf together with Palestinian poet Ghazi Hussein and writer/director Robert Rae. In Arabic with English subtitles with breakfast included. Further details.

Becquer’s Legends
Crested Fools
Paradise in The Vault (Venue 29)
5 – 13 Aug: 21:05 (1 hour)
Ancestral spirits, haunted visions, sinister lullabies… Join us for an evening of other-worldly temptations inspired by the stories of gothic author Gustavo Adolfo Becquer. Edinburgh Horror Festival 2021 sell-out show. ‘A polished, creepy storytelling experience’ ★★★★ (TheWeeReview.com). Further details.

Bits ‘N’ Pieces
Saltire Sky Theatre
Leith Arches (Venue 324)
8 – 23 Aug (Not Thurs): 22:30 (1 hour 30 minutes)
Everybody takes drugs. Matty didn’t take them seriously. Follow the exploits of Tommy, Matty and Dougie as they ditch the day job for the disco in this immersive work by multi award-winning Saltire Sky. Further details.

Blood and Gold
Royal Lyceum Edinburgh Production, written and performed by Mara Menzies
Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh (Venue 593)
11 – 28 Aug (not Mon, Tue): 18:00 (1 hour)
Ancient mythology and modern storytelling collide in a contemporary exploration of the legacy of colonialism and slavery. ‘A glittering, beautiful and disturbing one-hour monologue by one of Scotland’s leading theatre artists…’ ★★★★ (Scotsman). Further details.

Broken Funnies
Martin Bearne
Greenside @ Riddles Court (Venue 16)
15 – 29 Aug (not Sun): 14:55 (1 hour)
A comedian walks into a therapist’s office… In this hour of comedy theatre, Martin Bearne (BBC Scotland, BBC Radio Scotland) jokes himself well. Struggling by, with only outrageous one-liners to show for it, can broken funnyman Martin make his therapist laugh? And what happens when a pull back-and-reveal joke, reveals too much? Further details.

Flat Pack Furnished Flat
Emyr Cooper and Co
Greenside @ Infirmary Street (Venue 236)
5 – 27 Aug (not Sun): 22:00 (50 minutes)
A shiny new flat. A mother and daughter. Delivery of furniture imminent. Lives (and chests of drawers) to be constructed and deconstructed. Intimate, playful, contemporary drama from Emyr Cooper (shortlisted writer, BBC Writersroom Drama Room 2021). Further details.

Frighthouse Presents: The Wheel of Misfortune
Tales From The Frighthouse
Laughing Horse @ 32 Below (Venue 442)
16 – 28 (not 23): 18:30 (50 minutes)
Frighthouse presents – The Wheel of Misfortune. Anthology of quirky horror-comedy tales. New writing, written and performed by local Edinburgh creatives. Inspired by iconic horror anthology shows. Further details.

Green Knight
Debbie Cannon
Scottish Storytelling Centre (Venue 30)
6 – 14 Aug: 17:00 (1 hour)
Christmas at Camelot: a monstrous green warrior issues an unwinnable challenge to Arthur’s finest knight. But what if the story was retold by the woman at its heart? ‘Superlative… storytelling theatre’ ★★★★★ (FringeGuru.com). Best Actress Buxton 2018. Further details.

Hamlet with Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen, Peter Schaufuss and Edinburgh Festival Ballet
Ashton Hall, Saint Stephens Stockbridge (Venue 166)
2 – 28 Aug (not Mon): 16:00, 19:00 (1 hour 15 minutes)
Ian McKellen and Peter Schaufuss will collaborate and perform together at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in the world premiere of Hamlet with a whole new performance concept, adapted from William Shakespeare’s play. Further details.

Home is Not the Place
Annie George
Summerhall (Venue 26)
3 – 27 Aug, odd dates (not 15): 19:20 (1 hour 5 minutes)
Powerful production about Indian writer PM John. A story about empire, migration, identity and belonging across three generations. ‘One of Scotland’s most powerful and interesting writer-performers’ ★★★★ (Scotsman). Supported by The Meadows Award. MadeInScotlandShowcase.com Further details.

Hope Rises
Cutting Edge Theatre
Old Saint Paul’s Scottish Episcopal Church (Sacred Arts Festival 2022)
16/17 Aug: 19:30 (1 hour)
A group of people arrive in a city which has opened its gates to those who have been displaced through no fault of their own. They are fleeing oppression and violence. Finding refuge, they meet together to begin a new life. Further details.

Lots and Not Lots
Greg Sinclair and Scottish Theatre Producers
Summerhall (Venue 26)
16 – 21 Aug: 17:45 (1 hour)
A performance of thrilling extremes: lots of performers, lots of singing and lots of dancing. Exceptional young people question the universe and their place within it. Created by award-winning performance artist and composer Greg Sinclair. MadeInScotlandShowcase.com Further details.

Make-up
NoLogoProductions
Underbelly, George Square (Venue 300)
3 – 29 Aug (not 15): 13:20 (1 hour)
Step off the stage, leave the glamour and the costumes behind and get to know the person behind the make-up. ‘Noble and thought-provoking’ ★★★★ (TheWeeReview.com). ‘Gripping and intense’ (BuxtonFringe.org.uk). ‘Coruscating’ (Gscene.com). Further details.

Miss Lindsay’s Secret
Maria MacDonell
Scottish Storytelling Centre (Venue 30)
4 – 28 Aug, Even dates: 13:15 (1 hour 5 minutes)
Come in. Shut the door. Open the box. What’s inside? A museum curator finds hidden letters binding Glenesk to Canada’s Klondike gold rush. But should she tell their intimate secrets? Further details.

Muster Station: Leith
Grid Iron
Leith Academy (EIF)
15 – 26 Aug (not 16, 22) 19:30 (2 hours)
An immersive promenade performance from Grid Iron, crafted by a multi-award-winning team. The unthinkable has occurred. You’ve been forced to leave your home. Thrust into crisis, into uncomfortable proximity with others you had pretended to happily co-exist with, but always preferred to ignore. Further details.

Ode to Joy (How Gordon got to go to the nasty pig party)
Stories Untold Productions. Written by James Ley.
Summerhall (Venue 26)
3 – 28 Aug (not 15, 22): 18:20 (1 hour)
A sexually-repressed, Edinburgh-based government administrator loses himself in Europe’s biggest gay sex party and finds love, friendship and Schokoladenkuchen. Part of the Made in Scotland Showcase. MadeInScotlandShowcase.com Further details.

Our Boy
Building Blocks Collective
The Royal Scots Club (Venue 241)
9 – 20 Aug (not Sun): 13:30 (1 hour)
Our Boy. Joe is autistic. His dad wants a normal son. His mother wants to protect him. When Joe is sexually assaulted, the fragile family shatters. Joe must pick up the pieces. Heartwarming tale inspired by real events. Further details.

Past Life
Simply Surreal
Greenside @ Riddles Court (Venue 16)
22 – 27 Aug: 16:00 (55 minutes)
A washed-up television personality lives out a Dickensian nightmare when they are visited by the ghost of their past. Further details.

Playing Beethoven
Lewd Wig Productions
Pianodrome at the Old Royal High (Venue 391)
3 – 7 Aug 17:00 (1 hour)
Feed your inner Beethoven with period and contemporary live music, costumes and ideas in an amphitheatre made entirely out of upcycled pianos. Further details.

Red Alert – Cancer!
Allan Wilson
ZOO Playground (Venue 186)
5 – 13 Aug: 11:30 (55 minutes)
Meet the Wilsons, five children, three with red hair, who came to Scotland in 1959. The redheads, Iain, Heather and Allan, developed cancer in their 50s. There will be sadness and laughter as Allan tells their story. Further details.

Salamander
Pretty Knickers Productions
Greenside @ Riddles Court (Venue 16)
22 – 27 Aug: 20:45 (1 hour)
Leith. 1983. A sex worker brutally murdered. Her killer never caught. The authorities have lost control and call for an unlikely alliance. But will it prove impossible to bridge the gap between prostitute and police? Based on true events. Further details.

Sandcastles
Brite Theater
Assembly Rooms (Venue 20)
4 – 27 Aug (not 16): 12:50 (1 hour)
Beth’s moving to New York. Hannah should be happy for her. When Beth goes missing Hannah can’t reconcile her reaction with the fact Beth might be gone. A bold exploration of grief, friendship and growing up. ART Award winner. Further details.

SAY IF IT’S NOT OKAY
Angela Jackson
Greenside @ Infirmary Street (Venue 236)
15 – 27 Aug (not Sun): 19:55 (50 minutes)
Darkly comedic one-woman show about our natural inclination to go with the flow. Award-winning writer Angela Jackson reflects on the havoc caused by her own unwillingness to speak out. ‘Dry northern wit. Brilliant storyteller’ (EdinburghFestival.org). Further details.

She Wolf
Isla Cowan in association with Assembly Festival
Assembly Roxy (Venue 139)
3 – 29 Aug (not 15, 22): 13:50 (1 hour)
Winner of the 2022 Assembly ART Award and the Alpine Fellowship Theatre Prize. A fierce, ferocious monologue about getting f*cked over and fighting your way back. When Maggie’s life falls apart, becoming animal is only human. Further details.

Silkworm
Pearlfisher and the Byre Theatre in association with Assembly Festival
Assembly Roxy (Venue 139)
3 – 29 Aug (not Wed): 18:50 (1 hour 15 minutes)
Omolade and Abidemi seek asylum from the UK Home Office based on their sexual orientation. Here, in a Glasgow tower block, these vulnerable, strong women await their fate. How will they prove their claim? ART Award winner 2022. Further details.

Sing Sistah Sing! Tales of Transatlantic Freedom
Yard Heads International presents Andrea Baker and Howard Moody
Pianodrome at the Old Royal High (Venue 391)
19-20 Aug: 19:00; 23-26 Aug: 15:00 (55 minutes)
A glorious exploration of musical theatre weaving song, spoken word and piano together across centuries and continents, celebrating the African diaspora’s quest for artistic, intellectual and social freedom. Touching upon the transatlantic journeys of people and ideas between Scotland and the American continent, tracing the threads of power, resistance, migration and emancipation in story and song. Further details

Swallowed
Frizz Theatre
Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose (Venue 24)
3 – 28 Aug (not 15): 13:00 (1 hour)
A young couple are separated by an outbreak they cannot speak of. Desire to connect meets fear of touch. Phone sex. Air kisses. Drunken voicemails. What if this is all there is? Further details.

Sweet FA
This Is My Story Productions
Tynecastle Park (Venue 547)
3 – 11 & 19 – 23 Aug: 19:45 (2 hours 15 minutes)
1916. Women’s football is fast becoming the most popular game in the land. One Edinburgh factory team fights to play the beautiful game. A play with songs exploring the remarkable popularity of women’s football in the early 20th century. Further details.

Tam O’ Shanter, Tales & Whisky
Stolen Elephant Theatre
theSpace @ Venue45 (Venue 45)
15 – 27 Aug (not Sun): 19:10, 23:00 (1 hour)
Tam O’ Shanter, Tales & Whisky is a comic celebration of the gothic poems of Robert Burns. Spookily accompanied by Scottish folk tales The Witch of Fife and The Haunted Ships. Includes a dram! Further details.

Triple Bypass
Hardly Working Promotions
theSpace on the Mile (Venue 39)
5 – 29 Aug (not Suns) 16:00 (45 minutes)
Originally written for online festivals in 2021 and now recreated by an all-Scottish cast and crew for live performance, American writer/producer Deena MP Ronayne’s award-winning trilogy takes audiences on a wide-ranging emotional journey – ranging from fear and hate (Seeking Dignity) to empathy and compassion (Close To Black) and delight and hilarity (Tango-ed Web). Further details.

The Beatles Were a Boyband
F-Bomb Theatre
Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose (Venue 24)
6 – 13 Aug: 20:00 (1 hour)
Violet’s scared walking home. Daisy fights to make it safer. And Heather? She’s just over it. Women’s theatre company F-Bomb follows their sell-out debut with a new play exploring the impact of male violence. Further details.

The Best Ideas Happen in the Toilet
Claudia Saavedra
theSpaceTriplex (Venue 38)
14 – 18 Aug: 18:15 (50 minutes)
A frank, funny, irreverent story about the struggles of trying to live your dream in a world of dodgy landlords, dodgy auditions, and even dodgier boyfriends. Cláudia Saavedra’s debut play arrives at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe following hit premiere performances at London’s Etcetera Theatre. Further details.

The Bush
Alice Mary Cooper
Summerhall (Venue 26)
16 – 28 Aug (not Mon): 15:00 (1 hour)
Recalling the true story of 13 1970s “housewives” who battled for 10 years to save a bushland in their native Sydney, The Bush is a celebration of community action that will entertain and empower. MadeInScotlandShowcase.com Further details.

The Collie’s Shed
Shelley Middler
theSpace on North Bridge (Venue 36)
15 – 27 Aug (not Sun): “12:10, 20:35” (45 minutes)
For the past we inherited and the future we built. Follow four retired miners as they discover how a review of the mining strikes in the 80s suddenly affects them, their friendships and their relationships. Further details.

The Fantastic Life of Minnie Rubinski (preview)
Kim Bergsagel and Vision Mechanics
Vision Mechanics Studios (81 Great Junction Street, EH6 5HZ)
12 – 13; 19 – 21 Aug: Staggered start times, 14:30 – 20:30 (40 mins)
You are invited to enter Minnie Rubinski‘s Brain – then follow her pulsing synapses as you wander through an organic landscape of fragmented memories to discover her True and Fantastic Life. This unique production involves filmed memories from her childhood to the present day, using a cast of beautifully carved marionettes, placed in perfectly detailed period sets. Further details.

The Grandmothers Grimm
Some Kind of Theatre
Greenside @ Riddles Court (Venue 16)
15 – 27 Aug (not Sun): 18:25 (1 hour)
Cannibalism, werewolf trials, deceit, murder: Marie Hassenpflug and the Brothers Grimm are editing the darkness out of old stories. But as they do so, the voices of the women who created these tales are lost… Further details.

The Man Who Planted Trees
Puppet State Theatre Company
Scottish Storytelling Centre (Venue 30)
5 – 29 Aug, Odd dates.: 13:15 (1 hour 5 minutes)
Back by popular demand! Internationally acclaimed adaptation of Giono’s classic environmental tale. ‘Laughs, heartbreak, war, regeneration, scented breezes, sparkling wit and the best dog puppet ever. Perfect for children and grown-ups. Terrific’ (Guardian). ★★★★★ (Scotsman). Further details.

The Masks of Oscar Wilde
Matchmaker Theatre Productions
Greenside @ Riddles Court (Venue 16)
5 – 27 Aug (not 14, 21) 14:00 (50 minutes)
Man of letters. Aesthete. Victorian moralist. Playwright. Oscar Wilde wore many masks. But as a well–meaning professor and his eager student trace the life of the legendary writer, it becomes clear there may be more masks waiting in the shadows. As they dig deeper, we begin to wonder. Are they hiding something? Further details.

The Not So Ugly Duckling: A Play for Grownups
Jo Clifford and Maria MacDonell
Scottish Storytelling Centre (Venue 30)
11, 13, 16, 17, 19, 21, 25, 27 Aug: 16:45 (1 hour)
Two older women retell a familiar tale. Finding dark places and unanswered questions, they enter life’s gloriously chaotic duckpond to celebrate the pains and joys of lives well-lived. MadeInScotlandShowcase.com Further details.

The Return Of Sherlock Holmes
Fringe Management
theSpace @ Surgeons Hall (Venue 53)
5 – 27 Aug: 15:15 (1 hour)
Three years have passed since Sherlock Holmes and his nemesis Professor Moriarty vanished into the abyss of the Reichenbach Falls. A society murder shakes London. A triumphant return from the dead? Further details.

The Richard Osman Fan Club
Warped Productions
Paradise in The Vault (Venue 29)
6 – 28 Aug (not 14, 21): 17:15 (30 minutes)
The Richard Osman Fan Club is a farcical comedy featuring an elderly Richard Osman fan Greta, joined by a young jogger and Granny killer Adam who makes various futile attempts to end Greta’s life. Further details.

The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart
Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and Double M Arts and Events
University of Edinburgh Playfair Library (Venue 311)
3 – 28 Aug (not Mons): “14:30, 19:30” (2 hours 25 minutes)
A wild session of anarchic theatre, haunting, authentic folk music and strange goings-on. David Greig and Wils Wilson, revisit their award-winning legendary original production. ‘You shouldn’t miss this for the world’ ★★★★★ (Herald). Further details.

This Is Memorial Device
Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and Edinburgh International Book Festival
Wee Red Bar (Venue 506)
13 – 29 Aug (not Weds): “15:30, 20:30” (1 hour 30 minutes)
Graham Eatough’s adaptation of David Keenan’s cult novel, starring Paul Higgins, about Airdrie’s 80s post-punk legends, Memorial Device. A glorious, hallucinatory journey through early adulthood, featuring original music by Stephen McRobbie from The Pastels. Further details.

This is Paradise
Traverse Theatre Company
Traverse Theatre (Venue 15)
4 – 28 Aug (not Mons): “11:00, 13:00, 15:30, 16:00, 18:30” (1 hour 20 minutes)
Belfast, 1998. A river rises in Kate as she’s compelled to return to a relationship she left in another life, to rescue the man who promised to destroy her. A powerful, intimate, dream-like monologue. MadeInScotlandShowcase.com Further details.

Thunderstruck
David Colvin
Scottish Storytelling Centre (Venue 30)
3 – 29 Aug (not 5, 12, 16, 18, 23): “18:30, 20:15” (1 hour 15 minutes)
Thunderstruck is an international award-winning production concerning the legacy and mythology of a Pitlochry bin man, who flew beyond the summit of his art and changed Scottish music forever by defying established tradition and pushing to the absolute edge of what was possible. Further details.

Tickbox
Lubna Kerr
Summerhall (Venue 26)
16 – 28 Aug (not 22): 20:55 (1 hour)
Tickbox is a semi-autobiographical, one-woman play in English and Urdu. Combining theatre, storytelling and comedy; sharing the journey of a Pakistani family arriving in Govan, Glasgow and dealing with discrimination by using food and humour. Further details.

Tim Crouch: Truth’s A Dog Must to Kennel
Royal Lyceum Edinburgh Production, written and performed by Tim Crouch”
Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh (Venue 593)
6 – 28 Aug (not 8, 15/16, 22/23): “20:00, 20:15” (1 hour 10 minutes)
World premiere solo work. King Lear meets stand-up meets the metaverse. The Fool leaves King Lear before the killing starts. Now he returns to the wreckage of the world he left. Further details.

Twa
Annie George and Flore Gardner
Summerhall (Venue 26)
4 – 28 Aug , Even dates (not 22): 19:20 (1 hour 5 minutes)
Twisted, memoiristic fairytale, blending theatre and visual art, about silenced women finding their voice. ‘…Testimony to the creativity, strength and resilience of every woman’ (Skinny). Supported by: The Meadows Award, National Theatre of Scotland, Queen Margaret University Edinburgh. MadeInScotlandShowcase.com Further details.

Whispers
Pat Zajac
theSpace @ Surgeons Hall (Venue 53)
22 – 27 Aug: 11:40 (45 minutes)
Story of a woman living in repressed Victorian times. Loveless marriage. Husband’s absence. An affair and cruel laws have driven her insane. Is her life just a series of wrong decisions or maybe a fight for her own liberation? Further details.

Wilf
Traverse Theatre Company
Traverse Theatre (Venue 15)
5 – 28 Aug (not Mons): “10:30, 11:00, 12:00, 13:45, 15:00, 16:30, 18:00, 19:00, 19:30, 21:15” (1 hour 20 minutes)
Calvin’s going to revolutionise his life. Escape his abusive boyfriend, detonate his inner sex bomb, see (and shag) the world! With partner in crime Wilf, a rusty Volkswagen Polo, he takes a truly wild ride, ending up somewhere unimaginable… Further details.

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