Theatre

Beg For Me

In this riveting new play by Rosa Maria Alexander, follow how one young man's radicalisation leads him to the steps of the US Capitol. Beg For Me explores the implosive intersection of violent misogyny, the alt-right and digital extremism. One year on from the storming of the Capitol, the US has experienced a "peaceful" transfer of power – but have the forces that brought thousands to protest the results of the election changed? Beg For Me delves into the mindset of toxic male behaviour – with dark consequences.

3 - 29 August 2022, 1:00 pm

Underbelly Bristo Square

Theatre

Finding Melania

Melania – once an enigmatic beauty, now pretty much forgotten – is discovered years later living deep in the bowels of the White House. Holding on to her husband's belief that they will one day return and Make It All Great Again, she welcomes an Audience with Melania and lives out her memories, dreams and fantasies. A dark clown show exploring the grotesque behind the glamour and what it takes to "stand by your man".

16 - 29 August 2022, 10:15 pm

Underbelly Bristo Square

Theatre

Happy Place

But what happens when you find yours occupied by strangers? Follow four individuals on an extraordinary journey in this comedic imagining of a world where happiness is commodified. “Weight of the world getting you down? Get down to your nearest Happy Place and leave your worries at the door. With over seven thousand locations nationwide, we create personalised realities at affordable prices.” Critically acclaimed theatre company Forget About the Dog presents their unique style of highly physical bombastic comedy, packed with puppetry, live music and thought-provoking whimsy. Your Happy Place awaits.

15 - 28 August 2022, 11:10 am

Underbelly Cowgate

Theatre

Lucinda Spragg: An Evening With

Leader of the Regain Party. Freedom fighter/icon. Host of the TripadPfizer podcast. Professional feather ruffler. 'An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile [the left], hoping it will eat him last' - Winston Churchill / Lucinda Spragg. Come and join Lucinda as she promotes her latest book: Jabbie Dodgers. Seeking the truth, fighting for decency, defying the liberal Vax Pushers. 

3 - 29 August 2022, 9:20 pm

Underbelly Bristo Square

Theatre

Out to Lunch

Coren didn't say hello. Rayner told him to piss off. Wallace thought he was staff. The final humiliation came when his face showed up in black and white on the in memoriam. In an attempt to save his failing career he strives to write the foulest review conceivable. A comedy play with songs from the writers of Boondocks, Goons, and Frog's Legs.

3 - 29 August 2022, 12:50 pm

Underbelly Bristo Square

Theatre

Surfing the Holyland

When a wide-eyed American moves to Tel Aviv, how does she navigate the wild waters of the Middle East? She learns to surf! With colourful characters, comedy songs and one woman’s search for chutzpah, this classic fish-out-of-water tale blends bighearted comedy, electrifying ukulele riffs and fearless physicality. A fast-paced solo show, exploring female empowerment, written and performed by Erin Hunter, one-half of the award-winning comedy duo, Hunt the Vigan.

3 - 29 August 2022, 2:55 pm

Underbelly Bristo Square

Theatre

The Endling

Visually beautiful and laugh-out-loud funny, Strange Futures use their 'powerful physicality' (Scotsman) to discuss environmental and species extinction in 'this thoughtful and refreshingly non-accusatory show. ‘This quirky two-hander offers a 'savagely relevant concept' (Artistic Director, Lion & Unicorn) as it explores the interconnectedness of human existence, with the lives and deaths of other species. Supported by ACE Project Grants and with a physical vocabulary workshopped with Julian Spooner (Rhum and Clay).

4 - 19 August 2022, 2:10 pm

Underbelly Cowgate

Theatre

Isabelle Farah: Ellipsis

Standup is the outlet that keeps you sane. The nature of the game is to turn everything into punchlines. Can you do it if you feel all-consuming sadness? "I wanted my therapist to come and watch me to see how f*cking hilarious I am, but I thought how odd it would be performing to someone who's seen so far behind my mask. Would he even find it funny or just sit there knowing what I was hiding?" Ellipsis explores grieving, authenticity, and being funny.

16 - 27 August 2022, 12:50 pm

Underbelly Cowgate

Theatre

Destiny

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.

4 - 28 August 2022, 5:20 pm

Underbelly Cowgate

Theatre

Gulliver

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. Commissioned by the Clark Memorial Library, UCLA.  Creation supported by Arts Council England.

4 - 28 August 2022, 10:50 am

Underbelly Cowgate

Theatre

Murder Ballads

After a sold-out run, The B Collective returns with their exhilarating high-octane show Murder Ballads, adapted from the album by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.  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!

16 - 28 August 2022, 10:10 pm

Underbelly Cowgate

Theatre

In PurSUEt

'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?

4 - 28 August 2022, 3:50 pm

Underbelly Cowgate

Theatre

Bad Teacher

Evie, our titular teacher, takes you with her as she battles through the school day, confronting 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.

3 - 29 August 2022, 2:45 pm

Underbelly Bristo Square

Theatre

Candy

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.

5 - 29 August 2022, 3:50 pm

Underbelly Bristo Square

Theatre

Colossal

"What's the best part of a story?"   A one-man comedy play about love stories, and how we tell them. Combining sketch comedy, gig theatre and spoken word, Colossal is an hour of dynamic theatre which navigates the maze of modern relationships, from the first date to the last text, from falling headfirst to falling apart.

4 - 28 August 2022, 12:45 pm

Underbelly Cowgate

Theatre

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!

4 - 29 August 2022, 4:15 pm

Underbelly George Square

Theatre

Foundations

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.

4 - 21 August 2022, 11:05 am

Underbelly Cowgate

Theatre

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.

3 - 29 August 2022, 11:35 am

Underbelly Bristo Square

Theatre

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.).

3 - 29 August 2022, 1:25 pm

Underbelly Bristo Square

Theatre

Lightweight

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

3 - 29 August 2022, 2:50 pm

Underbelly George Square

Theatre

Make-up

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.

3 - 29 August 2022, 1:20 pm

Underbelly George Square

Theatre

Good Grief

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.

4 - 28 August 2022, 3:40 pm

Underbelly Cowgate

Theatre

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.

4 - 21 August 2022, 11:10 pm

Underbelly Cowgate

Theatre

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?"

4 - 28 August 2022, 12:40 pm

Underbelly Cowgate

Theatre

Blanket Ban

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, 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. Sandie von Brockdorff will be playing the role of Marta on the 4th, 5th, 6th, 26th, 27th & 28th of August and the role of Davinia on the 16th of August. 

4 - 28 August 2022, 5:00 pm

Underbelly Cowgate

Theatre

Caligari

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.

4 - 28 August 2022, 6:30 pm

Underbelly Cowgate

Theatre

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.

4 - 28 August 2022, 3:30 pm

Underbelly Cowgate

Theatre

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.

4 - 28 August 2022, 2:00 pm

Underbelly Cowgate