How to Keep Up With the Kardashians
Following their sell-out shows in Manchester and London So La Flair make their Edinburgh debut with their cabaret campaign against keeping up culture. Based on interviews with women and non-binary people aged 5-60, this is a dance party protest about shaking our asses to the rhythm of our own drums, reclaiming power by redefining beauty and confronting the ugly truth of our obsession with perfection. Expect an epic playlist, belly laughs, brave truths and high vibrations. Sorry Kim, not this time.
Mudfish: Might as Well
Us neither. But Molly and Dan know all about it! Join these ex-Cambridge Footlights for some muck and madness in this illegally witty hour of sketches, characters and – if you're lucky – a new iPod. Will these squirming siblings finally learn how to work together or will they be stuck down this stupid-idiot well for the rest of time?!
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).
Thom Tuck and Tim FitzHigham: Macbeth
2022 sees the definitive production by multi award-winners Thom Tuck (The Penny Dreadfuls, Thom Tuck Goes Straight to DVD, Horrible Histories) and Tim FitzHigham (Paddington 2, After Life, BBC Radio 4's The Gambler). With a script by Shakespeare (Coriolanus, Titus Andronicus, King John) and a different guest director daily. Two actors are, arguably, not enough actors. The greatest tragedy of Edinburgh 2022 – limited run, book early. William Shakespeare: 'pretty good'.
Spank! returns for an incredible 20th and final year with hilarious hosts, awesome comedians and gratuitous nudity. Showcasing the most exciting comedy and cabaret on the Fringe, don't miss the 'best wild night out' (Scotland on Sunday) at the festival!
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.
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.
Coming Out of My Cage (And I've Been Doing Just Fine)
How did it end up like this? An interactive investigation with karaoke, lip-syncing, and absolute bangers. Tim and Hannah come across a viral video of an Irish bar singing 'Mr Brightside' to their recently departed friend. Reading online comments they uncover stories of incredible people - all united by one song. Together they conduct an investigation into the chart-busting phenomenon and give you an unashamedly good night out in the process.
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!
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.
AAA Stand-Up at Underbelly
"Comedy the way it should be: laugh-a-minute, leaving the audience wishing the show was a little bit longer" ★★★★ - Fest. Kuan-wen Huang: "Chaotically livewire" Chortle. As seen on BBC Three and NATYS 2019 Finalist. Philipp Carl Kostelecky: Sharp social commentary and silly energy. As seen on BBC. "Captivated the audience from the moment he stepped onto the stage" - Orbital Magazine. Vivienne Kay: Quirky, on the money style. Delightful innocence undercut by sharp wit in gag-filled sets. "Very good, unique material." - The Stand.
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.
Living a Little
In a secure flat, complete with a TV, a sound system, video games and enough alcohol to host a Scottish wedding, we meet Rob, an ill-mannered, politically incorrect Scottish lad and Paul, a very chirpy, kind-hearted Northerner. The arrival of battle- hardened Penelope disrupts the status quo as she challenges their way of life whilst seeking relative comfort and safety after living out in the wild of a zombie apocalypse. Penelope may be a fighter and a survivor, but what’s the point of surviving if you’re not going to live a little? Written by Finlay Bain Directed by Jordan Murphy “It’s pretty impressive how many subtle themes are cleverly sewn into the plot, a testament to the strong writing that makes Living a Little so much more than an offbeat comedy. This is a fresh and brave exploration of friendship which is both touching and hilarious in equal measure, it’s well written and beautifully performed.” - Theatre Weekly ★★★★★ “Led by Murphy's clear vision for the show, the company tells an acutely hilarious and socially aware story encompassing true friendship, eccentric coping methods, and a broader reflection on humanity” - Broadway World ★★★★ Winner of the Origins Award at The Vault Festival for Outstanding New Work
Ganesh and Cydney's Clinic
Now throw in some glitter, filth, a dash of camp and you're nearly there... After travelling the globe seeking the reaffirmation their lovers never gave them, Ganesh and Cydney have landed in Edinburgh, on a mission to rid the city of lovesickness. 'Clinic' is a new cabaret experience, that's cliche and unconventional in equal measure. With the help of a little audience participation, some outrageously intimate anecdotes, and original songs, 'patients' are taken on a euphoric and enlightening journey towards sexual discovery and self-love. The perfect night-time remedy!
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.
A dead divorce enthusiast takes matters into her own hands and organises a sex conference. A talking vagina writes a beat poem. Timothee Chalamet tries to be adorable. The afterlife is on the brink of collapse. From writer/performers Kathy Maniura (Sketch Off Winner 2020, SYTYF Finalist 2021) and Derek Mitchell (2NorthDown Semifinalist 2021), Bareback is about sex and performance. Expect big characters, original musical numbers and lots of wigs.
Camp cult favourites Mother are back with an unapologetic hour - sorry, closer to 55 minutes really - of deranged characters and unhinged sketches in a live mockumentary so close to the bone you'll be like ...get that bone away from me.
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.
You have a one in 250 chance of being an identical twin, so for Hugo and Patrick McPherson, they started life by being a bit unusual. And that's not all: 6'8", benders of the truth, and standing at 6'7", these enormous twins now launch their debut show, Pear. A riotous, absurd and hilarious collection of sketch comedy and wacky characters. There was originally cultural commentary; it got cut for time. But it was as brave as much as it is now not in the show. An unapologetically original hour of comedy.
Paul Foot: Swan Power
Paul opens his beak and explores topics including Nanna on the rack, murdering Santas and interfering ambulance drivers (self-appointed busybodies!) Plus Billy Zane's Valuable Diamond (c/o RMS Titanic). Live by the swan, fly by the swan. A mulit-award winning comedian, Paul's most recent television and radio appearances include '8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown' Channel 4, 'Breaking The News' BBC Radio Scotland and 'Dave News' for Dave at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe.
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.
Raves R Us
Toys R Us has closed down for good leaving Charlie and his mates unemployed, depressed and searching for any escape from this rundown bigot-lead society. Charlie's vision arrives fully formed. They have an abandoned warehouse, an abandoned nation... it's time to make a sanctuary, an escape... a Rave. Inspired from a true story out of Hounslow, London. Raves R Us will combine all favourite Naughty Corner features along with an immersive setting and atmosphere to create the most energetic, original night of theatre you've ever been a part of. Raves R Us was a huge hit at Glastonbury festival 2019, RooSold Out at Vault Festival 2020 and will burst through your expectations of theatre. Don't miss it...Just don't.
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?"
The Durham Revue: Deja Revue
Join the award-winning Durham Revue, one of the UK's most famous student comedy groups, for an hour of hilarious and cutting-edge sketches. Please come, the longer we spend in Edinburgh, the longer we can avoid getting real jobs.
“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. 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.
The Failure Cabaret
In this dark comedy cabaret, Stephanie Dodd from Fremont, Nebraska (Vocals/Accordion) & Justin Badger from Fremont, California (Vocals/Guitar) use original music to tell their story of meeting in New York, performing on Broadway, accidentally moving to a pretentious mountain town and doing everything in their power to stay sane and married at the same time. This show was born when Executive Producer, Chuck Porter declared, "Hey kids, let's do a show!"‚ after a few beers in a hotel bar.
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.
Cassie and the Lights
When Cassie's mother disappears, the teenager wants to care for her sisters on her own. Is she the right person to be a parent now, or should she let foster parents adopt her sisters and create a new family? Based on real-life events and interviews with children in care and with live music, Cassie and the Lights examines our ideas of what makes a family. Best Theatre winner – Adelaide Fringe.
The Sian Clarke Experience
A dark, twisted, comedic piece full of aggression and discomfort, examining the constraints of a woman biting back in a society eager to silence and vilify those no longer accepting its bullshit. That, or a show about a woman who needs to learn to take a joke. There will be barking, there will be screaming, there will be blood.
Ellie MacPherson: Happy Birthday, Mr. President!
Happy Birthday, Mr. President! is a journey through the lives of the men (ugh, yes, all men) who have held the highest US office. Join Ellie and her band The Secret Service as she chronicles the weird, human sides of Commanders-in-Chief. Featuring a variety of music from Whitney Houston to Radiohead, old-school rap to classic country. In her Fringe debut, this “genuinely hilarious stellar songstress” (TheaterPizzazz.com) from New York creates a fun and funny cabaret classroom about the dudes who've led America.
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.
The Ugly Animal Preservation Society
Biologist and comedian Simon Watt ("all the wit and passion of the best comedians" - Chortle) is dedicated to raising the profile of some of Mother Nature's more aesthetically challenged children. The panda gets too much attention. He is joined by top comics who want to share their love of endangered but hideous species. We made the blobfish famous and are now building up to the first International Ugly Animal Day. Special guests will include Neil Delamer, Sophie Duker, Elf Lyons, Alasdair Beckett-King, George Egg, and more.
In 2014, residents of Fairbourne were watching their local news when they found out they were to be Britain's first climate refugees, with their town set to be decommissioned and depopulated by 2054. Housing prices dropped over night, insurance disappeared, and life savings were lost in the chaos. Swell follows the story of two siblings caught in the purgatory of a fictional but analogous town, ready to be abandoned. Swell asks: how are we able to understand ourselves when the places we call home crumble around us?
Tamar Broadbent Presents... Stacey Solo
Inspired by all your favourite Netflix heroines, this is an action-packed, utterly ridiculous show that asks ‘how many characters can one actor play?’ and ‘who promoted that kangaroo?' A must-see for all crime drama fans this festival.