Host Vix Leyton, holds a bingo ball of surprise subjects four comics to compete with related stories & anecdotes to win points, like the best fantasy dinner party you could ever imagine. Anchored by panel regulars Rich Wilson & Jenny Ryan plus many more.
Born at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2004 and subsequently gaining international acclaim touring the globe, this original and trailblazing Spiegeltent-based cabaret show brings you a magnificent collection of extraordinary new artists and unmissable favourites. A decade on from winning the Best Entertainment Olivier Award and fresh from performances in London and Singapore, La Clique promises to be a night of laughs, gasps, naughtiness and the best in international cabaret. Images from past La Clique seasons
The Gruffalo, the Giant and the Mermaid with Julia Donaldson
Following their sell-out 2018 show, UK's best-selling author Julia Donaldson and a cast of four return with a brand-new show based on her much-loved books including The Smartest Giant in Town, The Singing Mermaid, The Highway Rat, and The Gruffalo. Packed full of songs, puppetry, and audience interaction, join Harry and Betty at their scarecrows wedding, go on an adventure with Cave Baby and a woolly mammoth and see if the grumpy Go-Away Bird would like a friend after all. Every performance will be followed by a book signing.
Circus Abyssinia: Tulu
Inspired by the true tale of an Ethiopian icon, Derartu Tulu, this unmissable showcase of superhuman strength blends breathtaking contortion, awe-inspiring acrobatics, and mesmerising fire juggling with a rocking, exuberant soundtrack. Circus Abyssinia made their UK debut at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe and featured on the Royal Variety Performance in the same year. After touring internationally, including a sell-out run in New York, they are thrilled to return with their greatly anticipated new show. ★★★★★ - Mail on Sunday ★★★★★ - Broadway Baby ★★★★★ - Reviews Hub ★★★★★ - Daily Review *reviews for ‘Ethiopian Dreams'
She's gonna be an MTV Base backing dancer, you watch. If J-Lo can make it outta the Bronx then Destiny can make it off the Hill Rise estate. She's fearless, ferocious and up for the fight (she's had to be). A "captivating" (★★★★ The Guardian) show that follows a teenage girl growing up on a Chippenham council estate. Born below the breadline, she's desperate to see beyond the neighbourhood and find hope in hopelessness. A recipient of The Pleasance 2021 National Partnerships Award with Bristol Old Vic FERMENT.
Abandoman aka Rob Broderick - Discography
Using a sample-pad necklace to trigger high-production beats, Rob creates the kind of exhilarating live experience that has won him a string of awards, and the highest of international critical acclaim. He continues to sell out his fringe runs in Edinburgh and Australia each year, wowing audiences wherever he plays.
He tells tales of lands undiscovered and creatures unheard of, but is he really the same man who disappeared so long ago? They say travel broadens the mind... but how far before it breaks? Following sell-out Fringe runs in 2018 & 2019, Box Tale Soup return with a new version of Swift's incredible adventure. Praise for Box Tale Soup: ★★★★★ - Fringe Guru ★★★★★ - Young Perspective Commissioned by the Clark Memorial Library, UCLA. Creation supported by Arts Council England.
Rhys Nicholson: Rhys! Rhys! Rhys!
That sounds nice doesn't it? Yeah. A nice little comedy show with your ol pal Rhys. Lovely. ★★★★★ - TimeOut ★★★★ - The Scotsman WINNER MOST OUTSTANDING SHOW Melbourne Comedy Festival 2022
The Tiger Lillies: One Penny Opera
After years away, touring the world, the Olivier Award-winning Godfathers of alternative cabaret celebrate their 30th anniversary with a triumphant return to the Fringe. Based on the seminal 18th century Beggar's Opera the band present a new song cycle swarming with highwaymen, thieves, jailors, pimps, and prostitutes - a world of greed, crime, poverty, and inequality. Expect immense beauty and outrageous comedy from the Grammy-nominated, street opera trio. ★★★★★ (The Guardian) ★★★★★ (The Scotsman)
Explosive gig-theatre meets dark comedy cabaret as four actor-musicians invite you to O'Malley's Bar in the town of Millhaven, 1882, in the wildest part of the old Wild West. Weaving Cave's outrageous songs into a darkly comic narrative, the performers take you through stories of betrayals, bar brawls, and blood baths. Expect an hour of laughter, horror, live music and one of the highest death counts you'll ever experience at the Fringe!
The Thinking Drinkers Pub Quiz
Two of the world's leading alcohol experts return with a hilarious quiz show that gets the rounds in - in more ways than one. With a pen and question sheet in one hand and several world-class drinks in the other, join them on a uniquely absurd, fact-filled journey through time. It's the perfect aperitif to a Fringe night out! ★★★★ - Scotsman Watch on YouTube
Underbelly's Big Brain Tumour Benefit
Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer for children and adults under 40 and increased funding for research is desperately needed. All box office income will go straight to The Brain Tumour Charity AND Underbelly will match this amount as a donation to the charity, doubling the amount that we can raise on the night.
Bilal Zafar: Care
Edinburgh Fringe Best newcomer nominee and New act of the year (NATYS) award winner Bilal Zafar returns with a brand new show about how he spent a year working in a care home for very wealthy people. Fresh out of university with a media degree, Bilal was dropped into the real world where he was given far too much responsibility for a 21-year old that had just spent 3 years watching films. As seen/heard on his very successful Twitch channel, BBC1, BBC2, Channel 4, and BBC Radio 4.
Amazing Bubble Man
Louis Pearl has been thrilling audiences worldwide for over 30 years with the art, magic, science and fun of bubbles. An Edinburgh Fringe favourite, he has sold out there for the last 14 years. Louis explores the breathtaking dynamics of bubbles, combining comedy and artistry with audience participation and enough spellbinding bubble tricks to keep everyone mesmerised. From square bubbles, to rocket bubbles, the Amazing Bubble Man conjures shrieks of laughter and gasps of amazement from all ages. (Some shows will have live music by Jet Black Pearl).
Circa: Humans 2.0
Ten bodies appear in a flash of light. They move in harmony for a fleeting moment and then descend into a sinuous trance. Towers grow and decay, bodies leap, and are caught, as physical limits are pushed to their extreme. Can we ever find a perfect balance or is adapting to constant change the only way forward? A tightly woven choreography of bodies, pulsing with music, Humans 2.0 is intimate, primal, and deeply engaged with the challenge of being human. Humans 2.0 is commissioned by The Mondavi Center, UC Davis Circa acknowledges the assistance of the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. Humans 2.0 is supported by the Australian Government as part of the UK/Australia Season 2021-22.
Foil Arms and Hog: Hogwash
With over 500 million online views the internet sensations return to McEwan hall to premiere their new show ‘Hogwash’. A mix of sketch comedy, audience participation, and improvisation. Best reviewed show at the Edinburgh Fringe 2018 & 2019. Sold-out 2009-2019. ★★★★ - Times ★★★★★ - Irish Examiner ★★★★★ - Broadway Baby ★★★★★ - Metro ★★★★★ - Ed Fest Mag
An irresistibly colourful, loud, and fun show for all the family by Lost in Translation, one of the UK’s leading contemporary circus companies and Guinness World Record Holders. With thrillingly spectacular circus skills, physical comedy, theatrical storytelling, and slapstick, Hotel Paradiso sees the staff family tackle the scheming Banker as he tries to possess the Hotel Paradiso. Full of hijinks and impeccable clowning, Lost in Translation will treat audiences to heart-stopping aerial, stunning floor acrobatics, and extraordinary juggling.
Paul McCaffrey: We Go Again
A hilarious new stand-up show from the star of Live at the Apollo, Russell Howard’s Good News, Impractical Jokers UK and Stand Up Central. Tour support for Kevin Bridges and Sean Lock. A brand-new hour of stand-up from one of the best comics currently working in the UK. One of the most in-demand club headliners and support act for the biggest names in comedy in arenas and huge theatres... Come and see why!
Richard Stott: Afterparty
Welcome to the afterparty, but don’t stay forever! We all leave the party at different times but have you hung on until the sun is coming through the curtains, the music's got weird and your heartburn is saying, “you’re too old for this”? Join Richard as he contemplates whether he's missed the boat. His friends have families, 6 figure salaries and houses. He has a level-2 food hygiene certificate and acid reflux. As seen on The Stand-Up Sketch Show (ITV2). Runner-up, Dave's Joke of the Ed Fringe 2019.
Alex MacKeith: Thanks for Listening
Join Alex and his guitar and hopefully other audience members on an acoustic odyssey of songs that are playful, dark and maximum three minutes long*. If you’re looking for a sexy, confident musical comedian, by all means please find one and bring them to this. *Please note some songs may be longer than three minutes. No refunds.
Ali Woods: Best Friend Ever
Highly-anticipated debut stand-up hour from the Hackney Empire New Comedian of the Year Winner, tackling all the big topics; Scottish mothers, sex parties, karate teachers, and mental breakdowns. During lockdown Ali was disappointed to discover he’s a terrible friend. This is the hilarious and heart-felt story of how he tried to become more helpful and less... him. As heard on BBC Radio 4, and featured on LadBible and Buzzfeed UK, Ali has written sketches for BBC Three and supported Russell Kane on tour. “In a world of wannabes, Woods is the real deal.” (Evening Standard)
Bad Teacher is a dark comedy about the trials and tribulations a 20-something female teacher faces in a London based Sixth Form College. This one-woman show, inspired by real life experiences, will confront audiences with eye opening truths about gender politics, mental health, and the outrageous expectations that our current educational system sets for students and teachers alike. Evie, the titular teacher, takes audiences through each lesson, such as "Be Bold, Be Braless" and “Work Hard, Play Harder”, culminating in Parents Evening. The groundbreaking script is unabashedly funny, unflinchingly realistic, and unashamedly female.
It's a sticky situation. Queen Bee & Worker Bee need to work together to rebuild their hive, but things never quite go to plan... A Bee Story is a uniquely Australian physical theatre show for children and families incorporating a kaleidoscope of circus, acrobatics, dance and live music. It tells the story of Queen Bee and Worker Bee who must work together to rebuild their hive after being destroyed by a bushfire. Join the bees on their buzzy adventures and be enchanted by their pollen-collecting skills, honey-making abilities, and super-bee strength. A Bee Story has themes of environmentalism, sustainability, and community spirit, and was directed by performer Robbie Curtis (Circa, Cirque du Soleil, Circus Oz, Australian Ballet), and co-created with musician and performer Lizzie McRae.
Camille O'Sullivan: Dreaming
“Queen of the Fringe’ (BBC) premiers her new show, a rare intimate evening of dark and light songs. Including Bowie, Cohen, Pulp, Radiohead and Rufus Wainwright. Chameleon like, 5-star sell-out performances include Sydney Opera House, Royal Festival Hall, La Clique, Roundhouse, Later with Jools Holland and a Herald Angel award for RSC solo performance ‘Lucrece’. Camille transforms each song into an intense, emotional experience - joy & pure passion. With musician Feargal Murray. ‘A major star’ ***** Scotsman ‘Masterclass in living a lyric, mesmerising’ *****Mail on Sunday ‘Exceptional voice’ ***** Time Out ‘Hypnotic’ ***** Independent
Troy Hawke: Sigmund Troy'd!
Last year he found the nefarious link between a furniture store, a dictator, and a rapper. Now 1930’s throwback homeschooled investigator Troy Hawke returns to battle a new enemy on behalf of all people everywhere…PSYCHOTHERAPY! 2022 Leicester Comedy Festival best show nominee 2020 Leicester Comedy Festival best show nominee 2020 Perth Fringe World Comedy Weekly Award winner and main award shortlist 2019 Perth Fringe World Comedy Weekly Award winner and main award shortlist 2019 Total sellout run Edinburgh Fringe 2019 Top 40 Best reviewed comedy shows Edfringe 2019 ★★★★★ Fringefeed 2020 ★★★★★ Weekend Notes 2020 ★★★★★ Wee Review 2019 ★★★★ Perth Happenings 2020 ★★★★ Fest 2019 ★★★★ Beyond the Joke 2019 ★★★★ Edfest 2019 ★★★★ Mumble Comedy 2019 ★★★★ Voice Magazine 2019 ★★★★ RGM 2019
Do you believe in love at first sight? Will has fallen hopelessly in love with the seductive singer, "Candy". The only problem: she’s his best mate in drag. As Will struggles to make sense of his newfound feelings, his life crumbles at the fringes. Should he seize life by his bollocks and tell Candy how he feels? Can he ever be with her? And what does loving her really mean? The sell-out London comedy-drama returns to the Fringe after a special online performance last year. ★★★★★ “A raw exploration of love and identity” (Indiependent); ★★★★ “Truly captivating” (Theatre Scotland).
Following his sold-out, five-star debut show, The Man, Patrick McPherson returns to Edinburgh with Colossal: a one-man comedy play that dives into love stories, morality, and the dance between the two. Colossal weaves sketch comedy, gig theatre and spoken word to tell the comedic and candid story of a man called Dan, his affinity for owls, and his messy recent past. An hour of dynamic theatre, comedy and music, that embraces the spectrum of modern romance, from the first date to the last text, from falling headfirst to falling apart.
Rob Madge: My Son's a Queer (But What Can You Do?)
When Rob was twelve, they attempted a full-blown Disney parade in their house for their Grandma. As Rob donned wigs and played Mary Poppins, Ariel, Mickey Mouse and Belle, their Dad doubled as Stage Manager, Sound Technician and Goofy. Unfortunately, Dad missed all his cues and pushed all the floats in the wrong direction. Mum mistook Aladdin for Ursula. The costumes went awry. Grandma had a nice time, though. My Son’s a Queer (But What Can You Do?) is the joyous autobiographical story of social-media sensation Rob Madge as they set out to recreate that parade - and this time, nobody, no, nobody is gonna rain on it. Awarded Best Off-West End Production 2022 by WhatsOnStage!
The most iconic films you've never seen, because we made them up. Dreamgun let go of the wheel with a double feature of their laugh-a-minute genre parodies: Brumpy Goes Vroom (a coming-of-age, talking-car movie) and Kiss the Jury (an erotic courtroom drama). 'Merciless, hilarious. Consistently sharp, rapid-fire funny writing and crackling performances' ***** (Irish Times).
Dreamgun: Film Reads
Dreamgun read a different film script every night, rewritten with jokes and performed by unprepared comedians. Including Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Jurassic Park and the Silence of the Lambs. Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Monday 8 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone 15 DAY OFF 22 Star Wars: A New Hope 29 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Tuesday 9 Titanic 16 The Fellowship of the Ring 23 The Shawshank Redemption Wednesday 3 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone 10 The Lion King 17 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone 24 The Lion King Thursday 4 Titanic 11 Home Alone 18 Titanic 25 ET: The Extra Terrestrial Friday 5 Star Wars: A New Hope 12 The Shawshank Redemption 19 Star Wars: A New Hope 26 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Saturday 6 The Fellowship of the Ring 13 Jurassic Park 20 The Fellowship of the Ring 27 Jurassic Park Sunday 7 The Breakfast Club 14 The Silence of the Lambs 21 The Breakfast Club 28 The Silence of the Lambs
Emmanuel Sonubi: Emancipated
Sonubi has only been on the comedy circuit for what feels like five minutes and he’s already garnering himself a reputation as the 'one to watch out for!' Having gone from open spot to closing BBC’s ‘Live at the Apollo’ in an incredibly short space of time. He has also performed at many of the largest clubs and festivals across Europe. He made his TV debut on Comedy Central UK and was recently on The John Bishop Show for ITV1 and the Stand Up Sketch Show on ITV2. “The bloke has got funny bones” ROMESH RANGANATHAN
Emo Majok: African Aussie
Award-winning Sudanese-Aussie comedian Emo Majok, on his Edinburgh debut, will be digging into his experiences of culture-clashes, with side-splitting stories of adjusting from a refugee camp in East Africa to gifting out jokes globally with this brand-new show, African Aussie. 'Emo has strong potential, plenty of talent and is, no doubt, a rising star' (FringeFeed.com.au). 'Emo has clearly found his calling' (TheBlurb.com.au).
Two separate worlds existing side by side, until someone crosses the barrier... MJ is a human who is sick of moving boxes around all day like a robot. Pins is a robot who's only heard of humans in stories. When they meet in the space between their worlds, they form a friendship that blurs the boundaries between human and machine. A Pixar movie brought to life on stage using physical theatre and puppetry, Foundations is a whimsical production that tackles what it means to be human in an age of technology.
Aidan Greene: I Know What You Did Last Stammer
He's managed to make that funny. But what if he had never stammered at all? Don't worry, it'll still be funny. Come see how having a disability can shape a life by looking at a life without it. ★★★★ - The Wee Review ★★★★ - Deadline News
Gabby Killick's Game Of Thongs
This is the show that puts the joke in woke. It's a hilarious frolic through the modern day jungle of sex, drugs and cancel culture. Gabby, the writer of the pandemic viral anthem, Masturbation In Isolation, speaks to the social media generation telling truths that others dare not say. With a cast of extraordinary characters from The Apps to Shocking Disease, every minute of the show is mesmeric.
Ange Lavoipierre: I've Got 99 Problems and Here's an Exhaustive List of Them
An insufficient number of solutions. If you currently have or have ever had problems, the new show from award-winning comedian and journalist Ange Lavoipierre is absolutely for you. This frantic yet beguiling display of self-pity is the holiday from your own problems you've been waiting for. Winner, Best Comedy Weekly Award, Adelaide Fringe 2020 ★★★★ - InDaily ★★★★ - The Skinny UK
Geoff Norcott: I Blame the Parents
As seen on Have I Got News for You, WILTY, The Mash Report, A League of Their Own and more. Geoff’s back with more politics, cultural insight and big laughs. He’s also asking what happened to the idea of personal responsibility? Where did it go wrong? It has to be the parents. Every generation has an opportunity to make a stand against whatever trendy nonsense is currently doing the rounds. But do we? Or is it easier to give in for a quiet life? ‘One of our most refreshingly funny comedians' **** (Times).
Hannah Pilkes: A Woman on the Verge
Hannah makes her solo debut at the Fringe and she is on the verge in more ways than one. A show that explores ego, shadow selves and adulting, as Hannah aims to determine whether a person’s mess is their strength? Or just.. well, messy. A character-driven comedy that welcomes the unhinged in whatever shape it takes, be it absurdity, angst, pratfalls or puppetry. Viva la breakdown! Comedians You Should Know (Vulture.com, 2022). Comics to Watch (New York Comedy Festival).
CSI: Crime Scene Improvisation
The hit improvised murder mystery returns for a 5th year. Delve into a world of comedy and crime and put these improvisers through their paces. CSI creates a 100% brand-new who-dunnit every show to solve an outlandish murder invented by the audience. Someone's kicked the bucket. But who, what, and how? The choice is yours, the problem is theirs. ★★★★★ - Wee Review ★★★★★ - Bunbury Magazine ★★★★ - Fringebiscuit
'Woman' is sat in a therapist's office. She's been sent there to deal with her drink problem. But she doesn't have a problem and she doesn't need help. She just needs Sue Perkins. They're meant for each other. If only Sue could see that too. But how can she? She's too busy being a celebrity. So 'Woman' sets out in pursuit of her love. From following Sue's every move online - to breaking in backstage at the BBC, there isn't anything she won't do. But can she keep it all together whilst battling her out of control drinking?
Caitlin Cook: The Writing on the Stall
These are just three examples of the bathroom stall graffiti you'll encounter in Caitlin Cook's (SiriusXM, Comedy Cellar) raucous new hour of comedy, music, and visuals. Confessional, immersive, and uproariously funny, this one-of-a-kind show - literally set in a dive bar bathroom - transforms graffiti scrawled all over the stalls into the lyrics of Cook's original songs and the trail markers along the journey she takes us upon. ★★★★1/2 - One4Review
Jenny Bede: The First Pregnant Woman in the World
You won’t have had children yet, as Jenny is the first person to ever go through this particular ordeal, but you might be keen to learn a little something about this incredible new process called pregnancy from award winning musical comedian and future nation's sweetheart, Jenny Bede. Jenny will navigate the entire gamut of human emotions, from despair all the way through to despair, as she jokes, sings and (at last, justifiably) Mum-dances her experience to life in this new hour. ‘Lyrically genius’ EdFestMag
Karen from Finance is Out of Office
Pack your calculators, save your spread sheets and set your automatic email reply because Karen From Finance is heading Out of Office! She's hitting the road and she's hitting it hard. Say goodbye to the 80 hour work week and jump on board the Finance Express for this one-woman journey of self-discovery...and self-annihilation. Beloved Australian drag queen Karen From Finance presents her debut one woman show Out of Office which features all of her trademark high-camp and hilarious mashups, plus all the tomfoolery you can poke a presentation pointer at.
Manual Cinema Presents: Leonardo! A Wonderful Show About a Terrible Monster
Adapted from the beloved children's books by Mo Willems, Leonardo! tells the story of a monster who longs to be scary and the big decisions he must make along the way. This visually stunning production is realised through puppets, paper cut-outs, DIY cinema and live original songs by critically acclaimed multimedia artists Manual Cinema.
Dan Cook: Loud Bit, Quiet Bit, Loud Bit, Quiet Bit
An hour-long distraction from the fact we have reached the end of days via the medium of jokes. Topics include his personal favourites - himself, the world, and how everything is awful. Tour Support for Fin Taylor. ★★★★ - The List ★★★★ - EdFestMag ★★★★ - ThreeWeeks ★★★★★ - One4Review ★★★★★ - Broadway Baby As seen on 'Toast of London' (C4), 'Poldark' (BBC1), and 'Absolutely Fabulous the Movie'.
Max Fosh: Zocial Butterfly
They said he couldn’t legally become the world's richest man; they were wrong. They said he couldn’t beat all the odds to become London’s first ever YouTuber mayor... to be fair, they got that one bang on. But now, armed with the rosiest of cheeks & the floppiest of hair, Max Fosh faces his next challenge - the Edinburgh Fringe Festival - as he brings you his hilarious & unpredictable debut live show: Zocial Butterfly. Let's #TakeEdinburghToTheMax.
Deirdre O'Kane: Demented
Don't miss the star of Sky's The Deirdre O'Kane Show and Moone Boy, and the voice of Gogglebox Ireland, as she returns to Fringe!
Michelle Shaughnessy: Be Your Own Daddy
The show, directed by Adam Hills (The Last Leg and Bafta Nominee), ‘Be Your Own Daddy’ is the story of how Michelle spent her whole existence waiting for someone to fix her life. Already established in Canada, she’s had numerous TV appearances and her debut album ‘You Know What You Did’ hit number one on the iTunes comedy charts.
Eli Matthewson: Daddy Short-Legs
Award-winning Eli Matthewson, is taking you back through some huge life revelations that took place in some seriously shitty cars, from when he came out to his dad, to ten years later when his dad came out to him. WINNER Best Show 2021 NZ International Comedy Festival WINNER Director's Award 2019, NZ International Comedy Festival 30 Best Jokes of the Edinburgh Fringe 2019 The Telegraph ★★★★ - Chortle
Roisin Crowley Linton: Medusa
Roisin Crowley-Linton returns with an inspiring, seductive, provocative, and punk-rock show about sexual violence, the NHS, police, and more in her trademark autobiographical comedy, poetry and cabaret style.
The Final Approach
Obsessed by detective stories and film noir, Sam can’t help but start digging when his long-term crush drops a case into his lap. As sleep deprivation sets in Sam struggles to hold onto reality and one supposed cheating partner leads to a seismic scandal systematically spread across campus. Using a combination of theatre, film, soundscape and radio Sam recreates the cinematic 'noirish' nightmare inside his mind.
Garry Starr: Greece Lightning
An overzealous idiot attempts to perform all of Greek Mythology in less than 60 minutes to save his Hellenic homeland from economic ruin. Never before has Medusa been looser, Achilles more sillies, or Uranus so heinous. Having single handedly saved the performing arts in 2018 with his multi-award-winning debut show Garry Starr Performs Everything, comic wunderkind Garry Starr returns with another anarchic masterclass not to be mythed.
Tom Skelton: 2020 Visions (What If I Hadn't Gone Blind?)
Ten (well, now twelve) years on from losing most of his sight, Tom looks back at a decade of being blind and wonders what might have been. His 2020 visions explore his regrets, the what ifs and the realities of life as a VIP (Visually Impaired Person!). But would Tom from 2020 (or 2022) really swap places with fantasy Tom with 20:20 vision? Perth Fringe World Weekly Comedy Award winner 2020 and New Zealand Fringe Festival official complete sell out 2020!
In this award-winning show you will laugh, you will cry, you will not be impressed by Abby's ventriloquist skills, but she will do it anyway. ★★★★1/2 - Weekend Notes, Adelaide Winner - Festival Director's Pick - New Zealand Comedy Festival Winner - Best Comedy - Week Four 2020, Adelaide Fringe Festival Winner - Emerging Artist 2020, Adelaide Fringe Festival Winner - Best Comedy 2019, Dunedin Fringe Festival
Posey Mehta: I Am Not a Gorilla
After five years of living her best gorilla life, it’s finally time for her to leave her cage and re-enter the human world. Posey Mehta’s debut show is an absurd character comedy about being othered and lonely. Mehta is a Cambridge- and Gaulier-trained big fat idiot, who’s still dining out on the fact she made-out with Emma Corrin in a play once.
Winston and David
Written by Robert Lloyd George, referencing previously unseen family documents and directed by Fringe regular, Maverick’s Nick Hennegan (Henry V, A Christmas Carol, Hamlet-Horatio’s Tale with Sir Derek Jacobi, Romeo and Juliet, and P.A.L.S.).
James Barr: Straight Jokes
An out-of-control hour of jokes from the utterly hilarious, nearly national treasure. James exposes his employers and navigates the utterly exhausting admin of pretending to be woke for "fame". The gay half of hit comedy podcast A Gay and A NonGay, which has had over 5 million listens, and co-host of The Hits Radio Breakfast Show. The award-winning ginger returns to Edinburgh after his five-star 2019 debut, Thirst Trap.
Dragons & Mythical Beasts
Unveil a myriad of dark secrets and come face to face with some of the most magnificent monsters and terrifying beasts ever to walk the earth. Discover the colossal Stone Troll, the mysterious Indrik and Japanese Baku, the Tooth Fairy (not as sweet as you'd think), an adorable Unicorn and majestic Griffin. Take your place among legendary heroes, just don't wake the Dragon... Olivier nominated.
As a last-ditch effort to recover from eating disorders, Amie enters a 28-day addiction treatment facility and remains there for a year. Tortured by her wildly dysfunctional parents, a seductive cupcake, and the ghost of a dead music icon, Amie surrenders to the fact that she may never recover... Until a new patient enters and disrupts her world forever. Winner "Best Festival Debut" - United Solo Festival, New York City 2021
Havana Street Party
Los Datway street dance, Mas Con Menos percussion, and Kufesa contemporary ballet will blow you away with an urban dance explosion. Accompanying them are a ten piece live band led by rapper Bad Boy Ovio and DJ Ernesto. Expect traditional rumba, sexy salsa and hot Latin hits from the likes of Camila Cabello, Daddy Yankee, Bad Bunny, Cimafunk. Sexy, spectacular, unmissable. Created by five-time Fringe First-winning director Toby Gough (Havana Rumba, Havana after Dark).
Lady Christina leaves the stage after another performance above another pub. Drag has become a drag and tonight could be her last ever show. But when the make-up comes off, the face in the mirror takes Chris Laneghan back to life before Christina came along. Can he live if living is without her? Step off the stage, leave the glamour and the costumes behind, and get to know the person behind the make-up. ★★★★ - Wee Review
The subversive break-out hit of the international cabaret and circus circuit, we have arrived with a STRONG dose of what we all need at the moment: some outrageous nightlife naughtiness, club-kid antics, and a heady dose of arthouse-weird. Born out of the New York underground queer nightlife scene this show has titillating packed crowds worldwide who are enthralled with its uniquely whimsical and ridiculous performance combinations. Join us for an evening of sensually disastrous drag, burlesque, and circus you won't forget!!
Relax to surreal stories, tall tales, and strange sketches as a changing roster of comedians from across the length and breadth of the city guide you to sleep: welcome to the Fringe's daily lullaby. Dreamy visuals and an ambient score will aid the relaxation and all profits go to charity. ★★★★ - The List
Starting as a puddle of fabric on the floor, it grows to encompass a wondrous world of circus. Intimate and low tech, the audience sits nose-to-nose with an all-female cast of bold physical artists to build the world we want to live in, even for only a few shared moments.
Mitch Benn: It's About Time
If it feels like the past is catching up with us and the future isn't what it used to be, then fear not! Comedian, songwriter and thinker of deep thoughts, ("the country's leading musical satirist" - The Times) is back, clock in one hand and guitar in the other, to help you look and laugh at time in a whole new way. "Time you enjoy wasted is not time wasted" John Lennon.
Briefs: Bite Club
An event sautéed in a hedonistic haze of music, circus, drag, burlesque, theatre, and comedy. Described as one of Australia’s most arresting performers, Sahara Beck’s soaring vocals will blast female pride power into the ferociously fierce displays of talent from the BRIEFS boys you know and love. Their slick tomfoolery and heart-stopping hooliganism will be bathed in suave synth, heady hooks, and swelling strings, all set to a glorious pop pulse.
Daniel Cainer: More Jewish Chronicles (and Other Musical Stories)
Six off-Broadway runs and 15 EdFringes. He's written scores for film and TV, his songs have been performed by cabaret artistes and rabbis, his music has launched a thousand cars and washing machines. He's been the "Singing Reporter" on BBC and the world's only "Singing Astrologer" (probably). ★★★★★ - ThreeWeeks ★★★★★ - Time Out (Bagels not included)
Cirque Alfonse: Animal
In this re-invented agricultural world, the farm is turned upside down! Yet again, the Cirque Alfonse clan has favoured its multidisciplinary approach where circus, song, dance and theatre all come together, driven by original live music ... an irresistible mix of trad and soul that the troupe calls ‘agricultural funk! A production for young and old alike, ANIMAL is the farm gone haywire!
Morgan Jay: Emotional Damage
With his warm and immersive musical comedy Morgan Jay has had multiple TV appearances in the US and amassed over half million followers on tiktok and over 20 million views across all platforms. Morgan creates a unique experience with his songs about love, dating, and relationships. With his heavy use of audience participation and musical improv no two shows are exactly the same.
Stage dive into the mosh pit for a night of live music, glittering glam rock, phenomenal acrobatics, breath-taking aerials and spectacular heart-stopping sideshow. Combining music and circus, bringing to life an incredible body of work that spanned over 50 years, with an aesthetic that inspired generations.
Splash Test Dummies
Splash Test Dummies are here, ready to roll out their beach towels and spring into an hour of circus-filled hilarity for the whole family. See a brilliant array of catch- your-breath stunt work, acrobatics, juggling and the side- splitting, slapstick comedy for which the dummies are famous. Join the Dummies and come diving from bathtubs to beaches in this aquatic adventure! Winner of Best Children's Presentation - Adelaide Fringe 2020.
A dying man’s last wish: for his friends to create a show about death. Will it be subtle? Will it be sophisticated? Probably not, but it’s his funeral. Literally. Multi award-winning physical comedy company Ugly Bucket process the death of a friend in the only way they know how – through a kinetic maelstrom of outrageous clowning, personal testimony and a thumping techno soundtrack. Ugly Bucket are thrilled to present this hilarious gut-punch of a show.
Richard David-Caine: Tall, Dark and Anxious
High-octane character comedy from one of the UK’s foremost TV sketch comedians, as seen in the BAFTA- winning series Horrible Histories, Class Dismissed and People Just Do Nothing. Richard David-Caine returns to Edinburgh with his breakout debut show, after five phenomenal years performing with Fringe favourites, Four Screws Loose. Directed by Matthew Floyd Jones (Frisky & Mannish), this bold and explosive show features outlandish characters, original songs, and daring insights into the actor behind all the faces.
Sami Abu Wardeh: Bedu
Sami Abu Wardeh uses his body and voice to present an hour of character comedy that may feel dangerous but is probably as safe as milk or houses. One of Chortle's Ones to Watch for 2022 – sure, don't worry about that. The award he won last year was Best of Brighton Fringe. Show has ninjas in it and a sauna. And he can genuinely dance.
Steve and Tobias Versus Death
Tobias hates mash and Steve hates Tobias, but when they discover their mom to be patient zero in a world of flesh-eating zombies, the torn apart brothers get pieced back together, only to be torn apart all over again. Under-pinned by a deep sense of tragedy and fuelled by meticulously choreographed fights, improvised comedy and a dystopian backdrop collide to tell the nightmare story of an absentee father, a bed-ridden mother, and an apocalypse bursting through the door.
This Moment in America
There’s little room for nuance in tweets or slogans. Seeking a deeper conversation, this live audio drama features ever-changing vignettes drawn from real stories across the country, interwoven with current events’ transcripts. Traveling America, gathering American stories, this show has been developed through workshops in writing and performance to promote community and personal healing, asking, "What unites us, in these United States?"
“Sometimes I’m afraid of this play.” Malta: Catholic kitsch, golden sun, deep blue sea, Eurovision - and a blanket ban on abortion. Propelled by three years’ of interviews with anonymous contributors and their own lived experience of law-breaking, actors and activists Marta and Davinia interrogate Malta’s restrictions on the freedom of women. What does it mean for your home to boast the world’s most progressive LGBTQIA rights, leading transgender laws – and a population that is almost unanimously anti-choice? A rallying cry from award-winning Chalk Line Theatre.
Tonight, a new Caligari comes to life – accompanied by a five-piece band. Off West End Award-winning ChewBoy Productions present their minty-fresh take on a German horror cult-classic. Five actor-musicians reimagine the seminal silent film, this time with the doctor’s victims taking centre stage. Embracing the long shadows and broad brushstrokes of German expressionism, ChewBoy’s Caligari exposes parallels between post-war Weimar and the UK today – an ever-widening class divide, a subconscious need for a tyrant, and an unwillingness to rebel against deranged authority.
Love Them to Death
School Attendance Officer Kelly isn't so sure. A piece about who is telling the truth, how we come to that decision, and whether the truth even exists most of the time. A dark and twisty tale set in the borderlands between love and violence – inspired by real events. Written by Max Dickins (The Man on the Moor, Kin, The Trunk) and directed by five-time Fringe First winner Hannah Eidinow.
This is Not a Show About Hong Kong
This is not a virtuosic, visually stunning dance-theatre show about Hong Kong or its people. It's not about the effects of censorship brought by the National Security Bill, nor is it about the loss of freedom in the Special Administrative Region. This is not a show about that deep, sinking, helpless feeling that we can't quite put into words. Everything is fine. Max Percy + Friends are not here.