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FLUX

London Afrobeat Collective

Location George Square Spiegeltent

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Blues

Blues Afternoon: Jerron Paxton | Doug MacLeod | Mark Harrison Band

Location George Square Spiegeltent

subvenue Spiegeltent

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Vocal

Red Stripe Band

Location George Square Spiegeltent

subvenue Spiegeltent

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Swing/trad

The Swing Cats

Location Assembly George Square Piccolo

subvenue Piccolo

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Modern Jazz

Soweto Kinch

Location George Square Spiegeltent

subvenue Spiegeltent

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Vocal

Nicole Smit Sings Jazz

Location Assembly George Square Piccolo

subvenue Piccolo

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FLUX

Riot Jazz Brass Band

Location George Square Spiegeltent

subvenue Spiegeltent

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Blues

Blues Afternoon: Dixie Fried | Gerry Jablonsky | Blues N Trouble

Location George Square Spiegeltent

subvenue Spiegeltent

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Blues

Jerron Paxton

Location George Square Spiegeltent

subvenue Spiegeltent

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Modern Jazz

Ewan Hastie

Location Assembly George Square Piccolo

subvenue Piccolo

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Vocal

Sister Cookie

Location George Square Spiegeltent

subvenue Spiegeltent

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Funk

James Brown is Annie

Location Assembly George Square Piccolo

subvenue Piccolo

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exhibition

Zimbabwe Sculpture

An exhibition of remarkable stone sculptures from new and established Zimbabwean artists. Zimbabwe is renowned for some of the best sculptural work in the world, drawing inspiration from natural and spirit life. The exhibition is open daily, and sculptures are available to purchase. 'These sculptures have an immediate impact beyond their place of origin... brilliantly adventurous' (Sunday Times). 'Phenomenal, a glimpse of what Africa has to offer' (Sunday Telegraph).

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studios Bar

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solo show, storytelling

Jessie Cave: An Ecstatic Display

Jessie Cave opens up about a number of things: social anxiety and monogamy, couple's therapy and parenting failures. She questions Mother Nature and examines why she might be addicted to giving birth. Hopefully it's funny.

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Upstairs

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comedy, LGBTQ+

The Old Queen's Head

Who's your go to? Your ride or die? Your best friend? Your mum? Not David. His is the late Queen Elizabeth II, obviously. Listening to Lizzie has always kept David safe. Until now. Having tasted the sweet nectar of queer life, David stands at a crossroads. In the face of a brutal break-up, David is forced to question a lifetime's advice to never be 'too much, too obvious, too different'. Will David follow his inner voice or heed the guidance of his royal confidant? Only one Queen can prevail.

Location Assembly George Square

subvenue The Box

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comedy, storytelling

Glitch

10-year high school reunion. Lost dreams. Lost friends. Lost your shit when you reunited with the one.Things should have been better. But life seems to have encountered a glitch. Where do you go from here??

Location Assembly George Square

subvenue The Crate

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stand-up, storytelling

Maeve Press: Failure Confetti

Maeve Press spent 17 years under special education observation. She's now received written reports highlighting everything wrong with her. Today, she unboxes them. 'Absolutely shines with a brilliance beyond her years.' (AVClub.com). Maeve is a comedian, actress and writer from New York City. She was the youngest comedian ever to perform at Boston's Women in Comedy Festival and has been seen on Everything's Gonna Be Okay (Freeform), Too Many Buddhas (co-starring Maria Bamford) and Before Your Very Eyes (Off-Broadway). 'Has a sensitive heart encased in an armor of spiky sarcasm' (New York Times).

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio Four

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comedy, drama

The Last Laugh

The Last Laugh sees three legendary comedians – Tommy Cooper, Eric Morecambe and Bob Monkhouse – sitting in a dressing room, discussing the secret of life, death, comedy and what it means to be funny. Written and directed by the award-winning Paul Hendy and starring Edinburgh Fringe-legend Bob Golding as Morecambe, Damian Williams as Cooper and Simon Cartwright as Monkhouse, The Last Laugh is warm, funny, nostalgic and poignant. Not to be missed.

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio One

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magic, comedy

Mojo and Jimmy: The Comedy Magic Spectacular

A magic show meets a Pixar movie! The annual comedy-magic extravaganza in Happyvale takes an unexpected turn into a thrilling adventure to rescue the forest! Experience awe, laughter and tears of joy as Mojo the Monkey and Jimmy the Tomato guide you on this rollercoaster of amazement. Co-created by a Broadway magician and the world champion of magic, Dom Chambers and Simon Coronel, who were hailed as 'genius' by Simon Cowell and 'perfect' by Penn & Teller.

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio Three

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solo show, theatre

Chris Grace: Sardines (A Comedy About Death)

Chris Grace returns to Fringe after his 2023 sell-out show Scarlett Johansson. Sardines explores the tragic, hilarious, and important questions of our time: Can we enjoy life if we know how it ends? Does making art actually help? And if Rihanna's song is called "Don't Stop the Music", why does the music... stop? Find out in this insightful and vulnerable comedy. "If you're cool like me, you'll love Chris Grace" – Ed Gamble.

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio Five

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LGBTQ+, storytelling

An Asian Queer Story: Coming Out to Dead People

When his mother was diagnosed with cancer, Ricky was faced with a question: Is now the right time to come out? After rave reviews at Edinburgh Fringe 2023, Ricky Sim returns with this grief comedy on growing up in the noughties, ways to keep his boyfriend (with Sean Paul's help), and means of acceptance. Directed by Ryan Cunningham, an Emmy-winning producer/director, the show debuted in Off West End in London and Off Broadway. 2024 OffFest finalist. 'Raunchy and darkly comic wonder' ***** (EdFringeReview.com). 'Beautifully heartbreaking' **** (BroadwayWorld.com). 'Painfully powerful' **** (TheWeeReview.com).

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Downstairs

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circus, dance

Rêves

R�ves is a show about memory and childhood, a meditation on life, death and God, and a powerful evocation of an upcoming world where the scent of flowers haunts the dreams of a man... but it is also a creation that never stops talking about love and hope. And beauty. There are six of them on stage, six boys, shaped by an awareness of the perfect gesture and carried by the desire to be there, alive and strong. They are all Ukrainian, their homeland seems to vibrate underfoot, and they embody the power of a people facing violence.

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Central

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solo show, comedy

Alison Larkin: Grief... A Comedy

The English-American writer/comedian returns to the UK with the world premiere of this 'improbably funny, life-affirming, bright bauble of a piece' about love, loss and hope (Berkshire Eagle). Alison found true love for the first time in her 50s with an Indian climate scientist who had also immigrated to the US. Then he died. Then something wildly unexpected happened. When Archbishop Desmond Tutu found out about it, he insisted she write this show. So if you don't like it, you can blame him. Music by Gary Schreiner. 'Alison Larkin is hugely entertaining... marvelously light-footed' (Times).

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio Two

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Family-friendly, a cappella

Out of the Blue

Following their five-star, fan-favourite run at the Fringe last year, OOTB are back again for their 20th year with tighter harmonies, crazier choreography and enough high notes to reach the stratosphere! Out of the Blue is an internationally acclaimed a cappella group from the University of Oxford and, after jet-setting across the world earlier this year, the group is excited to return to their home turf to showcase new talent and new songs. Don't miss your chance to see these singers in action for an hour of incredible music with something for everyone!

Location Assembly George Square

subvenue Gordon Aikman Theatre

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spoken word, stand-up

Rob Auton: The Eyes Open and Shut Show

This is a show about eyes when they are open and eyes when they are shut. With this show I wanted to explore what I could do to myself and others with language when eyes are open and shut. After writing ten shows on specific themes, I wanted to think about what makes me open my eyes and what makes me shut them. 'A genuine original' (Guardian). 'The mother freaking greatest' (James Acaster). 'Very hilarious' (David Shrigley). 'A genius' (Bridget Christie). 'Makes laughter out of wonder. We need him' (Scotsman).

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Upstairs

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spoken word, storytelling

Carousel

'Teddy told me that in Greek, nostalgia literally means, 'the pain from an old wound'. It's a twinge in your heart, far more powerful than memory alone'. Ivo Graham, who has watched this Mad Men clip approximately 100 times, steps away from the frivolity of his stand-up and invites you onto his own carousel: around and around, backwards and forwards, to the places he aches to go again. A searingly direct, exquisitely soundtracked story of a life, as workshopped last year in the Green. Good luck at your next meeting.

Location Assembly George Square

subvenue The Box

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multimedia, stand-up

Ted Hill: 110 Percent Normal

Ted Hill – 'genuinely hilarious' ***** (BroadwayBaby.com) – is weird. His clothes are weird. His vibes are weird. His comedy is weird. He's always been a weird little ADHD weirdo. But now he must grow up and do some proper, traditional stand-up comedy. There will* be NO multimedia mayhem, definitely NO computer chaos and absolutely ZERO silliness. 'Few comedians harness the frenetic activity of their minds quite as comprehensively as Ted Hill' (Chortle.co.uk). 'Hill's childish energy belies the slickness of his tech and his irrepressible nerd's fondness for graphs' (Scotsman). *probably

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio Four

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physical theatre, clown

I am Claire Parry (very funny stand-up)

I am Claire Parry (very funny stand-up). 'Mesmerising clowning' ***** (Express). 'Seriously silly' ***** (Everything-Theatre.co.uk). 'Hysterical' **** (VoiceMag.uk). 'Masterful' **** (TheatreWeekly.com). 'Very funny stand-up' ****** (Claire Parry). Made with directorial and dramaturgical support from Cecily Nash and Alex Prescot.

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Snug Bar

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solo show, Character Comedy

Mum & I Don't Talk Anymore by Milanka Brooks

A funny, candid and poignant solo show about the unique and crazy relationship between Milanka and her flamboyant Serbian mother, Lela. A touching story of a female double-act who together hustled their way through life’s challenges. Two women who’d discuss everything from perfecting their exercise routine, to libertine lovers to scissoring. But why do Mum and Milanka not talk anymore? World premiere and writing debut by/starring Milanka Brooks (Black Mirror: USS Callister, Benidorm and The Windsors). Directed by Ben Cavey (Producer of Bad Education, Jack Whitehall: Travels With My Father, Grandma's House and Psychobitches).

Location Assembly George Square

subvenue The Crate

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Family-friendly, improv

Aaaand Now for Something Completely Improvised

Improv legends Racing Minds return to Edinburgh for their 11th year of unscripted escapades! A doddery grandfather can't quite remember his ripping yarn, but with your help, a mystery stuffed with hilarious characters, whip-smart wit and breathtaking twists will take hasty shape before your very eyes. Anything could happen, but excitement is guaranteed in this improvised comic adventure based entirely on audience suggestions! 'Clever, funny and satisfying' (SundayTimes). 'Crafted by the gods of comedy' ***** (ThreeWeeks). 'Insanely original' ***** (TheNewCurrent.co.uk). 'Improv at its very best' (BroadwayBaby.com). Suitable for all ages.

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio Three

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Alternative Comedy, solo show

Gracie and the Start of the End of the World (Again)

Gracie is looking for love, and it's been tough. Despite what people say, there definitely aren't plenty more fish in the sea. Now, in one last totally-not-desperate shot, she wants to see if you – yes, YOU – could be The One. Oh, and did she mention, she’s a jellyfish? An immortal, pop culture obsessed, very horny jellyfish, with a pretty big confession to make... An extinction-level comedy about heartbreak, revolution and surviving the apocalypse. ART Award Winner 2024.

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Outside

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comedy, new writing

Good Luck, Cathrine Frost!

Smash-hit, one-woman show from the award-winning Det Andre Teatret is coming to Edinburgh! Nominated for Best Theatre Play by the prestigious Hedda award. Did you know Socrates was pregnant? Oh yes! He and his colleagues in Athens gave birth constantly. To something immortal, pure and civilized: ideas! Cathrine just gave life to a boring ugly baby. A true story about the universal act of being born, and how Socrates "forgot" to talk about it. A clever, funny, existential play about philosophy and childbirth – with a touch of dubstep and karate.

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio One

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theatre, storytelling

Isabelle Farah: Nebuchadnezzar

A silly show about love and war. Join Isabelle for her third show, an hour of stand-up, characters and irreverent storytelling: a love story! In Ancient Babylon! A king, a queen, an assistant, some revolting peasants, a break up, a reunion, and finally, a hanging garden. Throw in some pop culture, insincerity, and approximately 4.3% historical fact. Praise for previous work: 'Spellbinding' **** (Chortle.co.uk). 'Put at the top of your must-see list' **** (Daily Mail). 'Marvellous one woman show' **** (TheWeeReview.com). 'Devastatingly funny' **** (BritishTheatreGuide.info). 'A heat-beating performance' (Graham Norton).

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio Five

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drama, multimedia

Layers

By repeating 10 minutes of a father with dementia and his family, their seemingly incomprehensible words and actions fit together like pieces of a puzzle. This is a documentary and a true story that could happen to you. 'A truly evocative and devastating piece of art proving that innovation is the greatest aid to understanding' **** (BritishTheatreGuide.info).

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Downstairs

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theatre, improv

St Doctor's Hospital

Painfully funny improvised medical drama. For these brave front-line heroes no procedure is too convoluted, no disease too made-up and no relationship saga too inappropriate for the operating theatre. Sit back as we administer 50cc of laughs straight to your funny bone. Inspired by TV medical dramas, from Grey's Anatomy to ER – and a few words from our audience, the all-star cast will improvise a brand-new episode of your favourite show St Doctor's Hospital every day. Created by Graham Dickson, from West End smash-hit, Austentatious. 'Incredibly talented group... hilarious... a truly brilliant show' ***** (ThePhoenixRemix.com).

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio Two

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game show, interactive

Absolute Monopoly

Join comedian Benjamin Alborough as he attempts to improve Monopoly in this chaotic, high-energy game show. Audience members compete against each other and the host in a capitalist battle royale. Love or hate Monopoly, this show is for you. 'Riotously entertaining' **** (Chortle.co.uk). ***** (EdFringeReview.com).

Location Assembly George Square

subvenue The Box

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theatre, improv

Murder, She Didn't Write

Celebrating their 10th year at the Fringe! A classic murder mystery is created on the spot from audience suggestions in this ingenious and hilarious show from Fringe favourites, Degrees of Error. Lady Violet exploded on fireworks night? Madam Gold slain on the catwalk during fashion week? You decide, but will you guess whodunnit? 'Outstanding performances delivered by a seriously talented cast!' ***** (ThreeWeeks). 'Absolutely fantastic... incredibly clever... laugh-out-loud funny... a truly entertaining and hilarious take on the murder mystery and absolutely not one to miss' ***** (VoiceMag.uk). 'Hilarious... the show is a riot' (Daily Mail).

Location Assembly George Square

subvenue Gordon Aikman Theatre

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physical theatre, clown

Ironing Board Man

One man. Eight ironing boards. One epic soundtrack. Watch in awe as Jody Kamali cleverly transforms these everyday household items into the tools of an epic, action-packed Hollywood romance. An inventive physical comedy show that 'demands applause' (Scotsman). Ironing Board Man is a one-of-a-kind, original show. 'A triumph... an elaborate mime worthy of Tape Face' (Chortle.co.uk). 'There's no denying that Kamali's strengths as a clown and physical comedian make every individual moment entertaining' (Stage).‘Demands applause’ (Scotsman).

Location Assembly George Square

subvenue The Crate

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game show, Character Comedy

Mad Ron and Jerry

Join Mad Ron (Reg D Hunter tour support) and Jerry Bakewell (as seen on Britain's Got Talent) for a madcap hour of surreal game show and stand-up entertainment.

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Outside

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sketch show, theatre

Grubby Little Mitts: Eyes Closed, Mouths Open

Join sketch comics Grubby Little Mitts (Rosie Nicholls and Sullivan Brown) in their third magnum opus! Award-winning sketch duo Grubby Little Mitts amplifies the normal to chaotic extremes, using slapstick and absurdism to point the finger at the everyday. Their signature hyper-real style is embellished with rapid dialogue, musical interludes and an aggressively red aesthetic screaming from handmade props. Winners of the Amused Moose Comedy Award for Best Debut in 2022. 'The White Stripes of comedy' **** (TheReviewsHub.com). Will make you cry – sorry, laugh.

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio Five

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dance, true-life

Who Do Ya Love?

Get your boogie shoes ready for the official KC and the Sunshine Band musical. Featuring eight West End performers and some of the most iconic dance floor fillers of the 70s, this world premiere celebrates the early life of Harry Casey the King of Disco in a feel-good hour of big laughs and infectious music. Featuring over 20 hit tracks including Give It Up, Please Don't Go, Get Down Tonight, Boogie Shoes and That's the Way (I Like It), see the UK's next big disco musical at the very start of its journey!

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio One

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circus

Rollercoaster

Ultra-modern pop-punk juggling! Surrounded by a huge inflatable blue structure and accompanied by electro beats composed of distorted rollercoaster sounds, Peden shares his cutting-edge tricks inspired by corkscrews, adrenalin, and high-tech seatbelts. The show features a 4-meter transparent tube making balls spiral around Wes’ body, contemporary spinning plate rituals, epic 3-ball disco juggling, and invisible seatbelts providing the safety to perform some of the most difficult juggling ever done on stage!

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Central

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Disabled-led, stand-up

Alexandra Hudson: Making Lemonade

Alexandra�believes if�society thinks of her as a lemon, she's going to squeeze as much out of those misconceptions for her own gain and make herself some sweet lemonade. Alexandra's Edinburgh Fringe debut explores her experiences as a disabled woman with an Australian small-town twist. Alexandra Hudson took out joint�first place in the national final of Melbourne International Comedy Festival's RAW Comedy Competition in 2022, was a 2022 So You Think You're Funny semi-finalist and a 2023 MICF�Comedy Zone�cast member.

Location Assembly George Square

subvenue The Box

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stand-up, Work in Progress

Russell Howard: Work In Progress

Russell performs a work-in-progress show testing new material. Some jokes will last to his tour shows, some will survive just one night. Regardless it’ll be fun. Come be part of the process.

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio Two

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circus, acrobatics

N.Ormes

Provocative, dysfunctional and tender, N.Ormes is an award-winning circus show that pushes the limits of gender norms with never-before-seen acrobatic exchanges. Don't miss its Fringe comeback! Skilfully combining acrobatics and dance, we follow our two protagonists and their relationship, navigating between complicity and power struggles. Come witness this inspiring journey to see how the exchange of roles and acrobatics blurs our preconceptions! 'Poetic. Edgy' ***** (Edinburgh Festivals Magazine). 'Amazing stunts' ***** (BroadwayBaby.com). 'Original and visceral' **** (FringeReview.co.uk). 'A defiant celebration of equality in strength' **** (Scotsman).

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Upstairs

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international, stand-up

Ray O'Leary: Your Laughter Is Just Making Me Stronger

Every time Ray O'Leary (Taskmaster New Zealand) does stand-up comedy and people laugh, he gets a little bit more strong. Soon he will be the most powerful man in the universe. At the end of this show, he'll be able to lift a car above his head. Nominated for Best Newcomer at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Best Male Comedian by the New Zealand Comedy Guild. Ray is a staple on Australasian television including Have You Been Paying Attention?, The Cheap Seats and Thank God You're Here. 'Very funny' (NZHerald.co.nz).

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio Four

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stand-up, storytelling

Nic Sampson: Yellow Power Ranger

When he was 18, Nic played the Yellow Ranger in the 14th season of Power Rangers. Now years later, this shy and humble star is inviting his passionate fans (that's you) to a never-before-attempted cast reunion. This is your chance to meet Nic in person (don’t be nervous) and celebrate this beloved show you've definitely all seen. And don't worry, the other cast are definitely coming… Co-writer of Starstruck (BBC Three) and The Brokenwood Mysteries (UKTV). International Emmy Award winner. 'A sprawling beauty of a show' **** (Scotsman). **** (Telegraph, Daily Mail and Chortle.co.uk).

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Outside

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solo show, comedy

Chokeslam

A knockout solo show about one woman's love of pro wrestling. Part confessional, part exuberant oral history of sports entertainment's greatest matches and most loved characters. Acclaimed comedian Tegan Verheul leaves no Stone (Cold) unturned in her unflinchingly raw autobiographical debut that grapples with heartbreak, friendship and the healing power of bloodsport. Riotously funny, unexpectedly touching, brilliantly human. You will leave a wrestling fan.

Location Assembly George Square

subvenue The Crate

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theatre, clown

Tom Greaves: FUDGEY

In this award-winning pathetic comedy about privilege, Tom Greaves presents Fudgey: your quintessential, tone-deaf man in a suit (you know, the "harmless" type... until you find them running the country). As Fudgey's reality hits breaking point, Tom embodies a carousel of personalities in a brutal, anarchically funny and virtuosic performance, ultimately facing Fudgey's past to find his own future. Fantastically energetic, anchored in true emotion, strap in for a mind-bending, thrilling ride of laughter, tears and transformation. 'Funny, clever, and disturbing' **** (TheatreAndArtReviews.com). **** (MervsPOTFringe.com).

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Downstairs

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stand-up

Jenny Tian: Chinese Australian

In just one year, Jenny went from gigging to no audiences to becoming internet famous. Join Jenny as she dishes out all the secrets about life as a content creator. A story about hope, the internet and clout-chasing. Jenny has performed to sold-out crowds across Australia and has opened for Hannah Gadsby. Nominee – Best Comedy, Sydney Fringe. 'Jenny’s comedic timing is impeccable and her delivery is spot on' ****½ (TheatreMatters.com.au, 2023). 'Witty, grasping and clever' (TheatreTravels.org). Star of Taskmaster Australia.

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio Five

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comedy, vocal

The Beatbox Collective: What's Your Sound?

Witness mind-blowing sounds, beats, sketches and vocal agility performed by international touring beatboxers and world champions, The Beatbox Collective. Featuring a team of the UK's top vocal artists: Bass6, Ball-Zee, Hobbit and MC Zani � 'If you didn't think you were a beatbox fan before, they will prove you wrong' ***** (EdFestMag.com). This vocal supergroup creates a rhythmical masterclass that leaves you buzzing. They return with their hit show of 100% fresh vocal wizardry that is not to be missed!

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio Three

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Musical Comedy, improv

Shamilton! The Improvised Hip-Hop Musical

Baby Wants Candy's total 2023 sell-out hip-hop hit returns! We improvise an epic musical based on a historical figure/celebrity of your choosing (Genghis Khan, Paul Hollywood, Kim Kardashian, anyone!). Just like Hamilton but (ahem) better! Expect the same level of hip-hop, storytelling, stunning choreography and powerhouse singing, except made up on the spot. 'An absolute extravaganza, absolute pinnacle of improv. They freestyle lyrics that rival Lin-Manuel himself. Tremendously impressive, side-splittingly funny to the point oxygen becomes a luxury. Shamilton astounded me' ***** (Entertainment-Now.com). 'Brilliant' **** (Guardian). 'Cease and desist!' (Lin-Manuel Miranda).

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio One

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solo show, stand-up

Rahul Subramanian: Who Are You?

Mumbai-based global stand-up star Rahul Subramanian makes his Edinburgh debut. After the success of two hit stand-up shows, including releasing India's first crowd work special Rahul Talks To People, you'd think Rahul would be pretty confident in who he is as a person. Not the case. Join him in figuring it all out in Who Are You? (Disclaimer: this show will not help anyone struggling to figure out who they are, but it will be very funny.)

Location Assembly George Square

subvenue The Box

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physical theatre, theatre

The Umbilical Brothers: The Distraction

Sold out in 2023. It's a banger and it's back! Do you love staring at screens? Are you staring at a screen right now? You should get out more. Specifically to a show that has an enormous screen smack-bang in the middle of it. The Umbilicals take the energy of live performance and the spectacle of cinema and smash them together into a mind-bending show performed simultaneously on stage and on the big screen. It's like nothing you've ever seen, and will blow your mind way more literally than you are expecting.

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Central

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stand-up

Bronwyn Kuss: Sounds Good

Armed with a dry charm, Bronwyn brings her solo debut to Edinburgh. Captivating audiences with wry tales of misadventures and admittedly poor life choices, Bronwyn is a writer and comedian whose specialty is extremely dry recounts of everyday tragedies to great comedic effect. Energy can't be created or destroyed, but it sure can be misplaced. Winner – Director's Choice Award, Melbourne Comedy Festival. As seen on ABC's Melbourne Comedy Festival Gala. 'A magnetic performer' ****½ (TheatreMatters.com.au). 'Kuss captivates with wry anecdotes' **** (Time Out). 'A hard hour to fault' **** (Age). PINDER PRIZE WINNER – MELBOURNE COMEDY FESTIVAL 2024

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio Four

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stand-up, music

Paul Williams: Mamiya 7

The star of Taskmaster New Zealand returns to the Edinburgh Fringe for the third time after sell-out shows in Melbourne, New Zealand and London. Paul bought a second-hand film camera last year and it turned out the previous owner had left a used-up roll of film in it. This show is about that. Good for all ages but if you're really old, please only come if you promise to stay calm. **** (Times). **** (List). **** (Skinny).

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Upstairs

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solo show, stand-up

Adam Hills: Shoes Half Full

The UK’s favourite monopedal Aussie (and host of Channel 4’s The Last Leg) is back with a brand new show, combining positive stand-up comedy with rampant spontaneity. “Effortlessly brilliant” (The Guardian) “Achingly funny and uplifting” (The Telegraph)

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue Music Hall

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stand-up

Grace Mulvey: Tall Baby

Grace Mulvey wants to be a human adult who has fun. The only thing that’s holding her back is…. everything. From her Catholic fear of sex, not knowing what the hell Retinol is, being diagnosed with foot trauma and having to read her very own missing person’s report. BBC Galton and Simpson Comedy winner, Grace Mulvey brings her hotly anticipated debut hour to the Edinburgh Fringe. 'A gloriously gregarious presence… she has the vivacity and candour of a girls night out' (Chortle.co.uk). 'A hilarious tour through the life of a thirty something' (Irish Times).

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Outside

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stand-up

David O'Doherty: Ready, Steady, David O'Doherty

The David O'Doherty of comedy is back! Having trained his body and mind to the point of peak perfection, he has used a very nice pen to write a new concert of talking and songs. Now it's time to say it out loud. He's got fresh batteries for his keyboard and a splendid new hat. He is ready. Are you?

Location Assembly George Square

subvenue Gordon Aikman Theatre

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theatre, music

An Evening Without Kate Bush

Howl with the hounds and dance on the moors! She's not there – but you are. This international smash-hit, award-winning show returns! Sarah-Louise Young and Russell Lucas pay glorious homage to the music, fans and mythology of one of the most influential voices in music. 'The perfect Fringe show' ***** (Advertiser, Adelaide). 'Spellbinding' ***** (Daily Telegraph). 'Joyful' **** (Times). 'You don't need to be a Kate Bush fan to be transported into something very special' **** (Scotsman). ‘Re-inventing the tribute act' ***** (Stage). 'Magnificent' ***** (Attitude).

Location Assembly Checkpoint

subvenue Checkpoint

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stand-up

Gearóid Farrelly: Gearóid Rage

Gay Irish comedian Gearóid Farrelly has limited patience. In his new stand up show he will touch on many of the things that boil his blood and most of his triggers are completely unreasonable. Everything from his make-believe children to things that are supposed to make you calm, like massages and tran-f*cking-quility rooms. Gearóid was recently seen on tour with Joanne McNally and Sarah Millican and is the host of Agony Rants, a popular Irish podcast co-hosted with Eurovision legend Niamh Kavanagh. 'Gearóid Farrelly is bloody hilarious' (Sarah Millican). 'My absolute favourite' (Joanne McNally).

Location Assembly George Square

subvenue The Crate

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stand-up

Geraldine Hickey: Don't Tease Me About My Gloves

I'm bringing my award-winning brand of humour to the Edinburgh Fringe in a show that explores grief and grieving – for youth, for loved ones, for booze – and what to do about it. 'An immensely popular mainstay of the Melbourne scene... she's become a considerable comic force by turning relatively ordinary anecdotes into compelling yarns through sharp writing, impeccable deadpan delivery, a marvelous eye for detail and pure uncut likability.' **** (Chortle). Winner – Melbourne Comedy Festival Award. Winner – Piece of Wood Award, Melbourne Comedy Festival.

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio Five

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sketch show, Character Comedy

Rory Cargill: Television 1

100 years of television in one hour. Comedian Rory Cargill celebrates the centenary of national broadcaster Television 1 in a multimedia sketch and parody show that spans decades of British TV evolution. “A blissful 60 minutes of silliness.” ★★★★★ Broadway World “Really well made.” ★★★★ ThreeWeeks “Truly exemplary.” A Young(ish) Perspective “Excellent, professionally slick visual mania.” The Quinntessential Review

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Downstairs

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stand-up

Stephen Mullan: Rascal

Childhood heartbreak and budget therapy. Sensitive Stevo is mischievously trying to find love, while always finding trouble. In his brand new standup hour, Stephen Mullan debates the adversity of dating life as a single dad, all the while wondering if he is just too much of a rascal? Ireland's favourite scoundrel is guaranteed to make you howl with his silly yet cut-throat comedy. 'One of the strongest standup hours you will ever see!' (TheatreAndTonic.co.uk); 'Beautifully goofy and electric' (Jason Byrne); 'Seriously f*cking funny' (Joanne McNally).

Location Assembly George Square

subvenue The Box

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stand-up

Susie McCabe: Merchant of Menace

Susie brings another barnstormer of a show to Edinburgh – on the back of her very own BBC Scotland stand-up special and four years selling out shows at Glasgow King's Theatre. Seen on Live at the Apollo, House of Games, Have I Got News For You, Frankie Boyle's New World Order and supporting Kevin Bridges, Jason Manford and John Bishop on tour. 'This woman should be considered a national treasure' (Herald). 'Thoughtful, compassionate and warm stand-up from Scotland's funniest woman' **** (Scotsman). 'Heartwarming and hilarious' **** (Fest). 'One of our top comedy voices' **** (National).

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio Three

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circus, comedy

Assembly Gala Launch supported by Aubin

Assembly's Gala celebrates the opening of our 2024 programme of over 190 shows. This spectacular show highlights some of our biggest and best productions – a must see for anyone that wants to get a flavour of what's to come at the world's largest arts festival. Book early – always a sell out!

Location Assembly Hall

subvenue Main Hall

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Musical Comedy, improv

Baby Wants Candy

Fringe fave Baby Wants Candy is back! Total Edinburgh Fringe sell-out six years running. One of the world's most popular comedy ensembles. You shout out the title, BWC makes up the musical. Some favourite recent titles: Sweeney Toddler, Tinder in the Animal Kingdom and who could forget the instant classic HotUncles.com... the Musical? Buy early � shows sell out! 'An entertainment phenomenon. I have one word for them: Go!' ***** (Scotsman). ***** (Time Out). ***** (ThreeWeeks.com). 'Critic's Choice. Truly amazing!' (New York Times).

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio One

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circus, sketch show

Laser Kiwi: Rise of the Olive

Join the world's only surreal, award-winning sketch-comedy circus troupe on a wild ride as they bring people closer together, one olive at a time. Expect bizarre ideas, high-level circus and a bloody good night out. Overall Winner: Circus Award 2023, Fringe World. Winner: Best Circus and Physical Theatre 2019, Adelaide Fringe. 'Fall-down funny' ***** (Advertiser, Adelaide). 'Hilarious and impressive in equal measure' ***** (GlamAdelaide.com.au). 'Clever, beautiful and extremely silly all at the same time' (Scotsman). 'Laser Kiwi are in a lane of their own' ***** (ThreeWeeks).

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Central

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solo show, stand-up

Nurse Georgie Carroll: Sista Flo 2.0

'Really funny... just brilliant.' (Simon Cowell). Over 10 million views online � creator of viral clip 'Three Stages of Nursing' Nurse Georgie is just what the doctor ordered. As seen on Britain's Got Talent 2023, winner of 'Best Comedy Show' at the Adelaide Fringe Festival and following a sell-out season at her debut Edinburgh Fringe in 2023, don't miss Nurse Georgie Carroll at this year's Fringe! Georgie has seen it all and is bringing her hilarious award-winning stand-up back to Edinburgh for an encore season.

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio Two

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mime, theatre

Trygve Wakenshaw: Silly Little Things

After a seven-year hiatus from the Fringe, Trygve Wakenshaw returns with his new hilarious mime-clown-comedy show. Light and silly, absurd and Dada, and a sort of autobiographical, introspective look at all the silly little things that can make or break a friendship. Having been nominated for Best Comedy Show at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards in 2015, and selling out with Trygve Versus A Baby in 2017, award-winning, internationally-recognised mime-clown Trygve Wakenshaw won’t be lonely as he brings his new show to the Fringe for its world premiere.

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Upstairs

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Alternative Comedy, clown

Mel McGlensey is Motorboat

Batten down the hatches, winch the sails and seal your porthole! It's time for the silliest, most outrageous, naughty and nautical show ever made about someone who is part boat, part woman... and full clown. Best Comedy Weekly Award Winner Adelaide Fringe 2024. Directed by Sharnema Nougar. 'What the Fringe is all about: innovation and pushing the arts to new heights.' **** (TheClothesLine.com.au). 'Delightfully bizarre... a fresh and fearless brand of physical comedy.' (List) ***** (CorrBlimey.co.uk). ***** (Lilithia Reviews).

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Outside

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stand-up

Guy Williams: This Glass House Makes It Easy to See All the Cowards I'm Throwing Stones At

Star of New Zealand Today and last-place finisher on Taskmaster NZ, Guy Williams makes his Edinburgh debut! Nominated for Best Show, Melbourne Comedy Festival 2023. A show about colonisation, racism and misogyny. If you don't think any of those things are real, or if you think the biggest problem in the world now is 'people being too easily offended these days' – please don't come! This show is about you, and you'll probably be offended. 'A punchline every few seconds' **** (Chortle.co.uk).

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio Five

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solo show, stand-up

Kate Dolan: A Different Kind of Unhinged

Winner: Emerging Artist Adelaide Fringe 2024. An unbearable job, a village packed with characters and a life-changing phone call. Kate explores the bizarre expectations put on women, the refreshing perspective that grief can bring and how self-acceptance is harder than Nan's winter nipples.�'A phenomenal emerging comic who is stepping into her power. Fast, confident and joyful, she is exactly where she's meant to be and you should be too, if only to be able to say you were there at the very start.' (List).

Location Assembly George Square

subvenue The Crate

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physical theatre, storytelling

Mythos: Ragnarok

Viking mythology performed by professional wrestlers! Quickly becoming a Fringe staple, this masterpiece brings all the comedy, chaos, and combat of ancient stories to life like you've never seen before. One of the Telegraph's Best Theatre Shows of Fringe 2023, this masterful blend of storytelling, theatre and stage combat follows Thor, Loki and the other Norse Gods in their struggles to overcome primeval giants, rival clans and their own ambitions in what HiFi Way calls ‘One of, if not the best, physical theatre shows of the 2024 Adelaide Fringe'. 'Knockout spectacle' **** (Telegraph). 'Spectacular' ***** (BroadwayBaby.com).

Location Assembly George Square

subvenue Gordon Aikman Theatre

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theatre, music

These Are the Contents of My Head (The Annie Lennox Show)

Annie Lennox's transcendent solo album Diva stands at the centre of this sparkling story about strong, defiant women and the little gay boy who loves them. Careening from Judy Garland's definitive Carnegie Hall concert to Kate Chopin's groundbreaking feminist novel The Awakening, Salty Brine defies the cabaret form in ways that must be witnessed to be believed. High camp and heartbreaking drama collide as Brine charts his way, track by track, through Lennox's masterpiece. 'A storyteller in total command of voice, a cocked eyebrow and his audience.' (Guardian).

Location Assembly Checkpoint

subvenue Checkpoint

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stand-up

Takashi Wakasugi: Welcome to Japan

Japan's latest comedy export is coming to Fringe for the first time. Takashi was born and raised in Japan and has lived in Australia for five years. He's stuck in a chasm between Japanese and Western cultures, bringing a fresh new perspective to both! Winner of Director's Choice Award at Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2023. 'Funny, clever and insightful' **** (ArtsHub.com.au). 'Often quirky observations' **** (Time Out). 'You can't help but fall in love with Takashi's demeanour' **** (FourthWallMedia.wordpress.com). MOST OUTSTANDING SHOW NOMINEE – MELBOURNE COMEDY FESTIVAL 2024

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio Four

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magic, variety

Adults Only Magic Show

Prepare for a wild and raunchy, adults-only night of magic and comedy with Sam, Justin and Magnus 'Danger' Magnus. They'll unleash uproarious humour and mind-bending illusions from their worldwide stage experience, spiced with a dash of cheeky nudity! 'An absolute riot!' ***** (TheatreWeekly.com). 'Nowhere better to go this Fringe!' ***** (TheWeeReview.com). 'Simply the best, most entertaining magic I've ever seen in real life, on TV, or anywhere' ***** (LisaInTheTheatre.com). 'If I could give it more than 5 stars, I definitely would!' ***** (One4Review.co.uk).

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio Three

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stand-up

Jo Griffin: Last Chance Saloon

While everyone's settling down, Jo's busy doing all the naughty stuff she's yet to try! From day raves with Gen Zs (she's the hype-girl keeping everyone hydrated) to contemplating her first sex party (did someone say therapy cuddle puddle in the darkroom? Yes please!), she's determined to max the fun while the biological clock ticks fast. Shortlisted for the BBC New Comedy Award 2023 and Funny Women Awards. Seen on Channel 4, BBC Three and Dave. Sold-out run at Soho Theatre. **** (List). **** (Fest). 'A show-stopping crowd-pleaser' (Chortle.co.uk). Directed by Chloe Petts.

Location Assembly George Square

subvenue The Box

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stand-up

Reginald D Hunter: Fluffy Fluffy Beavers

For years, Reginald D Hunter has been misinterpreted as a controversial comedian because of his show titles despite his repeated objections that he is not a controversial comedian. He has penned Fluffy Fluffy Beavers with some hope to rehabilitate his persona by manifesting images of well-coiffed river creatures building dams of chocolate in rivers of candy, whilst continually delivering pressure inducing ideas to form diamonds of laughter. ‘Arguably the most accomplished act in the comedy section of your Fringe brochure’ (Scotsman). ‘Stand-up comedy’s coolest customer’ (Telegraph). ‘Comedy of a rare scope’ ***** (Times).

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio One

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theatre, cabaret

Camille O'Sullivan: Loveletter

A love letter in song to those loved and missed. For her 20th Fringe, 'Queen of the Fringe' (BBC), Camille�s new show celebrates dear friend Shane McGowan, Sinead O�Connor, Cohen, Bowie and Radiohead. Five-star sell-out shows: Sydney Opera House, Royal Festival Hall, Roundhouse. Telegraph voted Camille 'One of the top 25 performances ever on Later with Jools'. Toured with The Pogues, original La Clique star and Herald Angel winner. Lucrece (RSC). Camille and Feargal Murray have created a very intimate, heartfelt show, capturing an honest response to those much-loved and lost.'Spellbinding storytelling in song, magnificent' ***** (Times).

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Central

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LGBTQ+, cabaret

Dylan Mulvaney: F*GHAG

An ex-twink tries on a new label for size as she navigates dating, delusion and God through storytelling, stand-up and a musical number or two. Dylan is an actress, comedian and content-creator known for her viral series Days of Girlhood which has a billion views online and was named Forbes' 30-under-30, Out 100 and Attitude's Woman of the Year. To celebrate her first year of transition, Dylan produced a show at The Rainbow Room to support The Trevor Project and raised nearly $200,000. Her greatest hope is to bring trans stories and queer joy to mainstream media.

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio Two

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theatre, LGBTQ+

Alex Hines: Putting on a Show

Welcome to the camp and chaotic world of multi award-winning comedian Alex Hines. Alex�s stand-up routine goes horribly awry when she receives a call from her future self warning of an impending apocalypse. The threat of demise sends the show spiralling into a surreal theatrical extravaganza. Stand-up, sketch, psychic powers and a villainous umbilical cord, honey� this show has it all. The Edinburgh debut for winner of the 2024 Moosehead Award and 2022 Golden Gibbo Award (Melbourne International Comedy Festival). 2023 Best Theatre Performer, Green Room Award. �Flawless, an absolute trash fire� ***** (TheatrePeople.uk).

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Outside

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absurdist, clown

Paulina Lenoir: Puella Eterna

Would you like to live forever? This is a show about LIFE, in all its stages. Told by a poetic idiot in search of eternity – between the pages. Acclaimed designer and theatre-maker turned 'virtuosic clown' (FringeReview.co.uk) Paulina Lenoir presents a tale of birth, life and death told through the eyes of this generation's most renowned poet, Puella Eterna. 'Something absurd is always bubbling under the surface of her perfect smile' **** (TheReviewsHub.com). 'Very charismatic... a mash-up of haute couture and Jean Cocteau' (Chortle).

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Downstairs

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stand-up, LGBTQ+

Will Owen: Like, Nobody's Watching

Will Owen loves watching shows. He wishes he could watch this one, but regrettably he's the one performing it. The Winner of Leicester Square New Comedian 2022 debuts a glittering hour of fastidiously-curated spontaneity. Watch Will watch himself clamour for a place in the hearts of the Great British Public, as he journeys through popularity, performance and the Pussycat Dolls. He will dance like nobody's watching. Just as long as somebody is. 'Biting yet with an archetypal Gen Z indifference... it's a winning formula' (Chortle.co.uk).

Location Assembly George Square

subvenue The Crate

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stand-up

Sarah Roberts: Silkworm

An adorable debut from the world�s youngest, smallest, most normal comedian. Sarah Roberts has been condemned to live a thousand lives. She was Henry VIII in her previous life, ate her twin in the womb (not an accident), and most recently got facial reconstructive surgery. Now she�s being reborn as the person she hates most: herself. Directed by Daniel Emery and Molly Stacey. �Phenomenal new talent, destined for stardom� (Catherine Bohart). �Remarkable� (ThreeWeeks). �Certified hottie� **** (TheSpyintheStalls.com). �Utterly self-absorbed� (Chortle.co.uk). BBC Comedy Award nominee, Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year runner-up, level 9461 on Candy Crush.

Location Assembly George Square

subvenue The Box

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comedy, Drag

Skank Sinatra

Glamorous, hilarious and fiercely clever Jens Radda explodes on the Edinburgh scene with a brilliant comedy cabaret. Following sell-out performances across Australia and winning Best Cabaret in Adelaide, this 'marvel to watch' (ArtsHub.com.au) is a whirlwind journey from South Africa to Berlin to Down Under, reinventing Sinatra’s classics through saucy modern twists. 'This fabulous cabaret Queen is stamping her mark across every major city in Australia. Make sure to go see Jens Radda wherever you can' (WhatsOnSydney.com). Jens' soaring vocals, sharp humour and exceptional stage presence cannot be missed. ***** (OutInPerth.com). ***** (WhatsOnInAdelaide.net.au). ***** (@SuchClicheTheatre, Instagram). ***** (IsolatedNation.com).

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio Four

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immersive, Drag

House of Cleopatra

The charisma of Beyonc�, the influence of Oprah and the wealth of the Kardashians: Cleopatra had it all. 31 BCE finds the most powerful woman in the ancient world, celebrating Egypt's triumph over Rome with an extravagant celebration. But outside the city walls, danger lurks and enemies plot her dynasty's end just as the party hits its crescendo. Set to an original high-octane pop score by Laura Kleinbaum and Jeff Daye, this immersive musical examines history's most mysterious ruler and mixes historical drama with an enveloping spectacle that will leave audiences guessing and grooving all night long.

Location Assembly Checkpoint

subvenue Checkpoint

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circus, magic

The Bubble Show

Join Mr Bubbles with his extraordinary soap bubbles in all shapes and sizes! Enjoy bouncy bubbles, bubbles inside bubbles, smoke bubbles, square bubbles, giant bubbles and even fire bubbles! Interactive and suitable for all ages, The Bubble Show is a unique blend of magic, storytelling, science and bubble art! Actor, storyteller and Guinness World Record holder, The Highland Joker is one of the top bubble artists in the world. He is returning to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with his international award-winning performance! Join us as we journey together through the realms of Bubbleland!

Location Assembly George Square

subvenue Gordon Aikman Theatre

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sketch show, Character Comedy

Mr Sleepybum

Nominee: Best Kids Show – Leicester Comedy Festival 2024. Do you have stupid and silly dreams at night? Well, Mr Sleepybum does, and he's going to re-enact them all for you in this high-energy, interactive, multi award-nominated comedy show for the whole family. 'Kids are left screeching' **** (List); 'Kids are riotously entertained' **** (ThreeWeeks); 'Kids erupted in bouts of laughter' **** (One4Review.co.uk); 'Silly, puerile, crackers show' **** (GetYourCoatsOn.com).

Location Assembly George Square Gardens

subvenue Piccolo Tent

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theatre, Artist(s) of Colour

Ventriloquist Queen: A True African Queen

Ventriloquist Queen: a true African Queen. Her Majesty Queen Angelique-Monet of Eti-Oni, Nigeria, dubbed 'Ventriloquist Queen' (BBC News) and her puppet Milk The Cow host a historic vaudeville interactive theatre piece incorporating ventriloquism, music, storytelling, and comedy, celebrating Her Majesty's African and American heritage. The backdrop is Oloni Palace at Eti-Oni, the oldest cocoa plantation in Nigeria, during the Royal Cocoa Festival where dignitaries will attend. The former beauty queen and HBCU Living Legend helped shape modern day ventriloquism, and plans to show her humble beginnings and current role as a modern African Queen.

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio Five

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puppetry, Family-friendly

Shadow Necropolis

A spooky fantasy adventure. A young girl named Minerva is a hero in her dreams but feels helpless in real life. When her friend is taken by Oizys, the Goddess of Anxiety, Minerva must travel through a skeleton-ridden city to rescue her. A touching tale for any child or adult who has ever struggled with the constant worry that they're not good enough. Featuring award-winning cinematic shadow puppetry from Japan. Hundreds of puppets are projected on a large screen to create a live animated movie. From the creators of Space Hippo and Shadow Kingdom. ***** (Now Magazine).

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Upstairs

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contemporary, physical theatre

Plenty of Fish in the Sea

A castaway is saved from the surging seas. Conversation is sparse and he comes face to face with a startling kind of hook-up culture. An absurdist fable begins as a story of rescue and unfolds as an unsettling dissection of dreams and desire. Have you ever grappled with dating apps? This theatrical world wildly spins a different kind of net that has us caught � hook, line and sinker! 'Theatre-making of the highest level' ***** (List). 'Ingenious, liberating, brilliant' ***** (StageWhispers.com.au). 'Inventive staging, hilariously physical performances' ***** (InReview.com.au). 'Beautiful, committed, evolved' (ArtsReview.com.au).

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio Two

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circus, comedy

Children Are Stinky

***** (EdinburghFestivalsForKids.com). ***** (Advertiser, Adelaide). **** (List). Award-winning, five-star sell-out Fringe sensation, you’d better book your tickets in advance! High-calibre circus, a rocking soundtrack and genuine belly laughs have thrilled audiences all over the globe. Expect daredevil stunts, incredible aerials, lightning-fast acrobatics, loads of laughs and mischievous fun, leaving adults and children with their jaws on the floor hooting for more. Winner: Children's Choice Award, Edinburgh Fringe. Winner: Best Children’s Event, Adelaide Fringe and Fringe World. Three-time Edinburgh Fringe sell-out show.

Location Assembly George Square Gardens

subvenue Palais du Variété

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physical theatre, absurdist

Making Marx

Jenny Marx, wife (and brains!) of Karl, was curiously airbrushed from history... Although, given a new voice via a researcher's pen, will she now fight for her truth to be heard, or will yet another formidable woman remain trapped between the lines of history books, silenced by the patriarchy, and occupy outdated notions of what society insists she should be? Commedia dell'arte trained Clara Francesca is directed by Olivier Award winner Guy Masterson, in an astounding performance that nods to Luigi Pirandello and winks at Peter Brook.

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue Drawing Room

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comedy, LGBTQ+

TERF

Jo led a blessed life. Literary phenomenon. Cultural icon. And beloved. Completely beloved... until everything went to hell in a broombasket. Now, Jo’s surrogate children – Daniel, Rupert, and Emma – have had enough. It’s time for an intervention. Except Jo isn’t in the mood for an intervention, especially not one organised by three A-list Judases. But the battle lines have already been drawn. She might not have started this war, but she'll end it – with a smile. When she learns the cost of victory, though, it could be too high for even her to pay...

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue BallRoom

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Family-friendly, acrobatics

Ten Thousand Hours

Following the hit sell-out sensations Macro and The Pulse at the Edinburgh International Festival, and Fringe-favourite smash-hit A Simple Space, Gravity & Other Myths return with their critically acclaimed, brand-new show Ten Thousand Hours. This is an ode to the countless hours needed to achieve great things. Eight acrobats investigate physical skill: how we obtain it, how we perfect it and how it can transform our lives. This family-friendly acrobatic extravaganza is filled with everything you love about Gravity & Other Myths and a tribute to the dedication required to become a world-class acrobat.

Location Assembly Hall

subvenue Main Hall

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solo show, storytelling

Honnef's Lost Words

This was supposed to be an ode to creativity and words. Unfortunately I don't have any left. All my stories, cassettes, videotapes and notebooks have turned to ashes. All my memories, both true and false, are gone. All I have left to offer is a picture of a bookstore, some comforting chocolates and an undesired ode to turmoil. 'Honnef's extraordinarily layered, complex world, with no knowledge of what is to come, is the sort of experience we come to the Fringe in search of.' (FringeReview.co.uk) 'One of the most fascinating experimental theatrical minds at the Fringe'. (BritishTheatreGuide.info)

Location Assembly George Square

subvenue The Crate

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international, puppetry

Taiwan Season: Little Drops of Rain

A family show like no other from a company that specialises in creating original, innovative theatrical stories. Plucky young Hope lives in a drought-ridden time and place. Then a chance encounter with a resilient drop of water sends her on an adventurous and life-changing quest. Full of inviting, imagination-tickling charm, director Hsin-Huei Hung's production is a feat of non-verbal, environmentally-conscious storytelling ingeniously led by Foley sound. Bonus feature: many of the props and set-pieces will be locally-sourced. European premiere.

Location Assembly George Square

subvenue The Box

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new writing

Float

Revel in quiet rebellion; gently let go and loudly move forward with four Belfast housemates. An ode to young Belfast student life (including the dirty dishes, the broken windows, and the celebrity cardboard cut-outs), Float captures the chaos of student life and the heartbreaking complexities of healing. Float is an anthem, not a ballad: rebel against those who put us here in the first place, feel the girls' warm embrace, and decide to float instead of sink.

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Outside

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interactive, clown

Boorish Trumpson

Boorish Trumpson will stop at nothing to gain ultimate control over the orchestra. YOU are the orchestra. #MakeMusicGreatAgain. With clowning games, audience interaction and unexpected orchestral manipulations, Boorish Trumpson hilariously consolidates his power. A unique sound design, virtuosic physicality and script constructed from verbatim Trump and Boris creates a raucous humour whilst bigger questions bubble below: in our world of troubled politics, how complicit are we in enabling such figures to rise to the top? An interactive, music and clowning-filled satire of power and those who wield it from critically-acclaimed Lecoq-trained clown Claire Parry. 'Mesmerising clowning' ***** (Express).

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Downstairs

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verbatim, theatre

In the Sick of It

The NHS is on its knees, yet no one has thought to call a theatre company…. until NOW. Can actors Adam and Kemi single handedly save the UK healthcare system… before it’s too late? No theatre company in the world has had such consistent collaboration with NHS / Care Home staff since April 2020. Join Wake The Beast in our interactive and exhilarating A&E as satire meets medical mayhem in this rousing ‘call to arms’ with inspiring verbatim stories and dark humour from across the NHS and Social Care Staff. 500 stories. 4 years in the making. 2 actors. 1 healthcare system. YOU. Can Adam and Kemi reverse years of chronic underfunding through the power of theatre? Join the waiting list, take a seat and prepare to be...'In the Sick of It'

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio Five

Podcast, comedy

Russell Howard's Wonderbox: Live

Russell Howard brings his smash-hit podcast WONDERBOX to the Fringe! Russell chats to a special guest about the things that make life worth living in this live podcast recording.

Location Assembly George Square

subvenue Gordon Aikman Theatre

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circus, dance

The Weight of Shadow

Symbolically based on true events, The Weight of Shadow depicts mental health deterioration. Inspired by Sasha's partner, Ciana Fitzgerald, it blends dance, mime and aerial acrobatics, reflecting the enigmatic language of the psyche. The show immerses viewers in the 24-hour struggle of a psychiatric patient to grasp reality, echoing Sasha's artistic vision. Fitzgerald's influence infuses the performance with emotional depth, portraying the complexities of mental illness through Sasha's lens. The production serves as a poignant exploration of the human mind's resilience amidst turmoil, resonating with audiences through its portrayal of inner struggles and external manifestations.

Location Assembly Checkpoint

subvenue Checkpoint

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comedy, Family-friendly

My Greatest Period Ever

With a heart of gold, a silver tongue and a steel-trap wit, Lucy combines her experience as as a folk singer, Human Biology teacher and Sexual Health Educator to 'edutain' one and all about the four hormonal phases of the menstrual cycle. Hilarious, heartfelt and always informative, the exultant folk-pop wunderkind is joined by her husband Richard who creates live illustrations to bring her menstrual messages to life. Witness the proof, the capes and the pitch perfect voice to learn how to life hack your menstrual cycle from a curse into your Greatest Period Ever.

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Central

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modern, drama

Black and White Tea Room: Counsellor

'Superbly written and acted play... highly recommended.' ***** (TheUnforgettableLine.com). Experience a riveting narrative where professionalism and personal history collide. Centered on a kind-hearted former police officer-cum-counselor, the play unfolds on his only day off – his wedding anniversary – when an unexpected patient visit challenges his commitment. As the session progresses, it's revealed that their past encounter was anything but amicable, leading to a tension-filled consultation. This superbly written and acted play delves deep into themes of duty, trust and confrontation, offering a compelling exploration of human relationships and the complexities of therapy.

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue Front Room

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international, comedy

CHALLENGE

Japanese comedian NON STYLE Akira Ishida teams up with actors and performers to present a non-verbal comedy show with traditional Japanese sword fighting. The story is full of laughter, tears, juggling and dancing.

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio Two

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physical theatre, clown

Sam Blythe: Method in My Madness (A One-Man Hamlet)

An elastic bodied reimagining of Hamlet, told entirely from the perspective of the Dane. Combining physical theatre, mime, bouffon and clowning, Sam Blythe creates an exhilarating and playful one man Hamlet for those who did the Dane to death at school. Performed by Sam Blythe. Written by Shakespeare. Adapted by Andrew Cowie. Co-Directed by Elf Lyons - "Elf Lyons's quirky shows...break the boundaries that put theatre, comedy and performance art in distinct boxes" Lyn Gardner

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Snug Bar

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spoken word, historical

Queen

The only Empress Queen, a model for the modern monarchy, Victoria is a prism through which the entire Crown can be seen. Using her own words from journals and letters and diaries, the play was a world-wide success for 28 years starring Prunella Scales, who features in newly-recorded voiceover made for this adaptation. It truly reveals how someone in a position so totally unlike anyone else’s can be un-self-confident, proud, possess wide human sympathies, fall in love, grieve and foster a deep sense of alone-ness. She even has a surprising sense of humour.

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue Drawing Room

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Family-friendly, Live Music

Shantify

West End meets Fisherman's Friends! Shantify takes your favourite tunes and ‘Shantifies’ them with their very own nautical twist. Set sail on a trip across the Seven Seas of iconic pop songs and musical theatre classics. Already a Social Media sensation, Shantify features an impressive cast of exceptional singers from the West End. The show is a fun, exhilarating and entertaining production featuring a host of great tunes... From ‘Hamilton’ to ‘Teenage Dirtbag’... from ‘Les Mis’ to Beyonce... Get ready to be Shantified!

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue Bijou

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magic, comedy

The Greatest Magic Show

'A Rollicking Roller-Coaster Ride!' ****½ (TheWest.com.au). 'This is the show to see!' **** (Entertainment-Now.com). This sell-out sensation of the past three years is set to return with more whimsical wonders than ever before! Having garnered international acclaim performing at the biggest arts festivals across the globe, stars Sam, Justin and the enchanting Ringmaster are returning once again to the Edinburgh Fringe with brand-new illusions direct from a Las Vegas stage! This is a family-friendly spectacle not to be missed! Free magic wand on entry!

Location Assembly George Square Gardens

subvenue Palais du Variété

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musical theatre, traditional

ARI: The Spirit of Korea

Winner, Best Physical Theatre Award 2023, Adelaide Fringe. ARI is a transformative musical odyssey that brings the 600-year-old folk song Arirang to life, exploring universal themes of love and connection. Recognized twice by UNESCO, ARI is a testament to the song's enduring legacy and the power of personal bonds. Celebrated for its vibrant music and storytelling, ARI takes audiences on a profound emotional journey, echoing Korea's rich cultural heritage. 'Uplifting, magical, and wonderous' ***** (TheAUReview.com). 'ARI is Korean culture at its best with a happy ending!' (StageWhispers.com.au).

Location Assembly Hall

subvenue Main Hall

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circus, clown

Cartoooon!!

The world-famous unicycle acrobatics show! Winner of Japan's Children and Performing Arts Expo 2019, pioneers of both unicycle acrobatics and contemporary Japanese clowning, the unparalleled combination of skill and humour makes this a must-see family Fringe show. With the rare combination of world champion-level skills, unprecedented showmanship and a truly original style, the duo fuse circus with manga-like characters to deliver a masterclass in the universal language of laughter. Follow the journey of the mischievous Cheeky, and her journey into the magical world of The Big Top.

Location Assembly George Square Gardens

subvenue Piccolo Tent

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true-life, solo show

Lost... Found

On the heels of a major childhood event, K Lorrel Manning's Lost... Found takes you on a soul-searching, delightfully human rollercoaster ride through music, unlikely heroes and The Artist Formerly Known as Prince.

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Outside

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Dark Comedy, House of Oz, new writing

Summer of Harold

Admiration. Envy. Suffocating love. The best things come in threes! Two actors. Three short plays. Summer of Harold is a trio of comedies about clinging and letting go. Janet recounts her summer of �84 when on a gap year in London she finds herself housekeeper for the playwright Harold Pinter. Gareth is an embittered ceramicist who, tonight, takes revenge on his rival. Rae and Jonathan meet at a lookout in the Blue Mountains � for the very last time.

Location Assembly Checkpoint

subvenue Checkpoint

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comedy, new writing

Plotters

It's a grave business. Infamy, riches and the darkest secrets of the city collide in this fast-paced comedy by two-time Fringe First winner Brian Parks ('A refreshingly mischievous, inventive author' (Times)). A clandestine cabal of misfits attempt their ultimate heist. Will these agents of the night seize the coveted prize, or bury themselves? A hilarious world premiere directed by Fringe First winner Margarett Perry and Natalie Tell, starring Matthew Boston, Mark Boyett, Brian Dykstra and Kate Rigg. From the team behind Fringe 2023 show Shortlist: 'Perfectly crafted, deeply intelligent and supremely witty' (Scotsman); 'Immerse yourself in Perry's direction' (GetYourCoatsOn.com).

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue Front Room

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classical, drama

Sherlock Holmes: The Last Act

Revealing the man behind the myth... exposing the great detective's fears and weaknesses, the devastating consequences of the dramas of his formative years, and unexpectedly, his cutting sense of humour. It is 1916. Drawn from two years of Sussex retirement for the funeral of his friend, Dr Watson, Holmes returns to Baker Street to resolve The Last Act. A theatrical evening then unfolds, with 14 characters, all played by Nigel Miles-Thomas. Features cross-examinations and heated arguments between Holmes and Watson. Written by Conan Doyle expert David Stuart Davies and directed by award-winning Gareth Armstrong.

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue Drawing Room

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contemporary, acrobatics

Apricity

Australia-based contemporary circus company Casus Creations probes the transformative power of human connection in their mesmerising stage show Apricity. Inspired by the image of winter sun breaking through the cold, this captivating multidisciplinary production combines aerial apparatuses, cutting-edge acrobatics, evocative music and humorous snatches to create a compelling reflection of our collective resilience. Both visually affecting and emotionally uplifting, Apricity serves as an exhilarating reminder of the light, warmth and possibility that can be found even amidst our darkest days.

Location Assembly George Square Gardens

subvenue Palais du Variété

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Family-friendly, Children's Show

Taiwan Season: I Am The BOSS

Find out what kind of hijinks three competitive yet playful siblings get up to when they're left home alone. This fizzy, highly acrobatic and gently interactive family entertainment is the brainchild of the young, award-winning makers of Fringe 2023's hit circus/dance show Duo. 'Right on the money' (Scotsman). 'Makes the heart race' (BroadwayBaby.com). Loaded with all manner of adroit balances, flips, springs, flings and spins, it's a light-hearted, personality-driven delight and guaranteed fab fun for all ages. European premiere.

Location Assembly George Square Gardens

subvenue Piccolo Tent

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circus, acrobatics

The Black Blues Brothers

After thrilling the world, with more than 500,000 spectators and astonishing appearances at the Royal Variety Performance, Monte Carlo Festival and Moulin Rouge, the 'best circus show' (TheatreWeekly.com) returns on a mission to entertain... for the last time! Don't miss the farewell season of this acrobatic celebration joining the energy of Africa with a R'n'B sound. Five unleashed acrobats perform their comedy tribute to cult movie The Blues Brothers. In an elegant nightclub reminiscent of The Cotton Club, chairs, table and surroundings become props for breathtaking jumps, fire and somersault routines, human pyramids and much more!

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue Music Hall

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circus, Family-friendly

360 ALLSTARS

Sold out on Broadway! Sold out at the Sydney Opera House! Seen by over one million people worldwide! BMX, basketball, breakdancing, beatboxing, acrobatics, drumming and more, 360 ALLSTARS connects the street with the elite to deliver a supercharged urban circus. Boasting a stellar cast of World Champion and World Record-holding artists and athletes, the international smash hit returns to Edinburgh as part of its 2024 World Tour! 'Blindingly talented' ***** (BroadwayBaby.com). 'Destined to be a sell-out' ***** (TheWeeReview.com). 'The most thrilling stage show ever' ***** (WeekendNotes.com).

Location Assembly Hall

subvenue Main Hall

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comedy, new writing

Polishing Shakespeare

A dotcom billionaire pays an esteemed American theatre company to translate Shakespeare into English (Wait. What?). World premiere three-character comedy based on an (unbelievably) true story from the Fringe First award-winning team, Brian Dykstra and Margarett Perry, starring Brian Dykstra, Kate Levy and Kate Siahaan-Rigg. ‘To sell out or not to sell out – is that the question?’ Playwright, actor and HBO Def Poet, ‘Brian Dykstra wields a monologue like a sword!’ (Variety). ‘Brian Dykstra is a master of language’ (Huffington Post). ‘Lenny Bruce would have saluted – maybe even toked a joint with Brian Dykstra.’ (Curtain Up).

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue Front Room

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circus, contemporary

Recirquel: Paradisum

The myth of regenesis following the silence of a perished world is explored in Paradisum, where the body is the medium, the movement is the common language. The creatures of this idyllic existence emerge from the fabric of life pulsating around them with its continuously transforming, whirling force of nature as they move through scenes of purgation, nativity, awakening and rite to reach the anima mundi (world soul). After IMA (2023) and My Land (2018), Recirquel returns with a new premier directed by Bence V�gi, creating an ethereal terminology utilising cirque dance to discuss humanity's global concerns.

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Central

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theatre, jazz

Walls Talk

Walls Talk brings together solo dancer Breand�n de Galla� and singer Gina Boreham in a deeply moving work. Set against the backdrop of songs from the jazz golden era, this work explores notions of memory being recorded in the material world around us: all our actions, feelings and thoughts frozen in matter and energy for eternity. De Galla� describes the show as an 'abstract assemblage of fragments' � from the music, song and dance representing many different genres, to the text and the mise-en-sc�ne � diverse and contrasting, this chaotic cacophony make unexpectedly yet harmonious bedfellows.

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue BallRoom

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circus, clown

NoVa

With gravity-defying acrobatics and dazzling juggling, this family show is full of warmth and side-splitting humour. Nova is proudly presented by Canadian 'masters of slapstick' (Scotsman) Les Foutoukours who previously brought you the five-star clown show Brotipo. Nova rediscovers the magic of circus, where dreams take flight and anything is possible. It marries clowning with a celebration of childhood creativity, set in an enchanting attic with towers of books and lit by flickering candles. The audience is left with a sense of wonder and reminded that even in dark times there is light to be found.

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Upstairs

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musical theatre, theatre

You & It: The Musical

After a devastating accident leaves Mina fighting for her life, Gyujin vows to reignite their love by moving back into the house brimming with their shared memories. Once Mina returns, their days are initially filled with passion and dreams of a perfect future. However, as time passes, Mina craves new experiences, while Gyujin becomes increasingly distant and secretive. Sensing something is amiss, Mina discovers Gyujin’s hidden diary and unearths the haunting secrets of the time he spent alone. What dark truths lie within Gyujin’s past, and can their fractured bond ever be mended?

Location Assembly Checkpoint

subvenue Checkpoint

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solo show

I Sell Windows

I Sell Windows is one Black woman's exploration of what is birthed at the collision of grief, ambition and sex. After bailing on a trip home, former actor Kacie is confronted with the unexpected death of a loved one – propelling her into an existential voyage back to her tried and true trade of selling windows. As the days leading up to the funeral become fewer and fewer, she grapples with questions of identity, purpose and forgiveness, ultimately asking herself what she can, or even deserves to, become.

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio Four

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Laser Kiwi's Sketch Game

An interactive 18+ gameshow (essentially a surreal and slightly explicit Pictionary-meets-pub-quiz). Spot prizes, good banter and glory are up for grabs. Think pub quiz... but less sport, and more silly pictures. In true Laser Kiwi spirit, it's surreal, it's funny and wholesome AF: so gather a team and come play! Bring a team of 2-5 and a charged device (not the sexy kind).

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Snug Bar

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comedy, drama

3 Chickens Confront Existence

Three factory farm chickens attempt to find a greater sense of purpose by engaging each other in a series of philosophical debates, games, feuds and emotional experiments while awaiting their imminent trip to the broiler.

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Downstairs

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comedy, LGBTQ+

YUCK Circus

YUCK are back with their sell-out show. High-flying acrobatics, absurd confessions, and groovy dancing – all smashed together with their trademark ripper comedy. Winners of Fringe World top-tier Martin Sims Award, Best Circus at both Melbourne and Sydney Fringe and Best Emerging Artist at Adelaide Fringe, get ready to witness a powerhouse of female circus performers kick art in the face. 'Flight of the Conchords meets Cirque du Soleil' ***** (Stage UK). 'One of the best and most inventive things I have seen for a long time' ***** (Get The Chance Wales).

Location Assembly George Square Gardens

subvenue Palais du Variété

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LGBTQ+, new writing

Conversations We Never Had, As People We'll Never Be

Have you ever wondered what your life would look like without the memory of the person who changed the way you see the world? After buying and consuming a pill online, Gina and Frankie are given thirty minutes to decide whether or not to erase their relationship from their memories, forever. In this queer love story, witness all the conversations that you wish you could have as people you will never be. If you got the chance to erase "that" person from your life, would you take it?

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue Front Room

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acrobatics, Artist(s) of Colour

Afrique en Cirque

Afrique en Cirque. A show by Yamoussa Bangoura, inspired by daily life in Guinea. This performance shares the beauty, youth and artistry of African culture. A colourful show beyond its scenery, costumes and staging, that will make any theatre vibrate with energy. It represents strength, agility and life's joys of young Africans. The audience will see our acrobats execute gravity-defying moves and human pyramids, all to the contemporary sounds of afro-jazz, percussion, and Kora. Welcome to the universe of Kalabanté Productions, and prepare for an unforgettable journey.

Location Assembly Hall

subvenue Main Hall

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comedy, drama

Leni's Last Lament

In Leni’s Last Lament, which swept top awards at the United Solo Festival, Hitler’s controversial filmmaker, Leni Riefenstahl, attempts to sanitize her past. Comic and timely, this play will shock and delight you.

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue Drawing Room

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international, Character Comedy

Namaste Bae: Blessings and Kombucha

A healing ceremony unlike any you've ever experienced brought to you by the New Age satirical guru taking social media by storm. Some say he was born with a bottle of kombucha in one hand and a yoga mat in the other during a Vedic shadow planet eclipse. Some say he takes all the psychedelics so you don't have to. Some say he is still looking for a ticket to Burning Man. Whatever they say, Namaste Bae is the guru you both need and deserve.

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue Bijou

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circus, Artist(s) of Colour

Of the Land on Which We Meet

Walking on stone and cement, it can be hard to remember what it feels like to have earth beneath our feet. Na Djinang circus hopes to re-discover a connection we once had. Following the journey of three contemporary Australian circus artists with distinct relationships to their land; an indigenous Australian, a descendant of migrants and a descendant of colonial settlers. As we question what it means to be where we are. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through Creative Australia, its principal arts investment and advisory body.

Location Assembly Checkpoint

subvenue Checkpoint

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musical theatre

Sunshine on Leith

Captivate Theatre's five-star, vibrant, energetic, emotional sell-out production is back and we're in the Ballroom! Sunshine on Leith by Stephen Greenhorn follows the highs and lows of Ally and Davy as they negotiate families, friendships and love in this funny and moving story featuring songs of The Proclaimers. 'A fantastic production guaranteed to sweep the audience along in its wake' (BroadwayWorld.com, 2023). 'Joyful, heartfelt and felt authentically Scottish. A perfect musical for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe' (TheatreAndTonic.co.uk, 2023). 'If there's one theatrical group that can coax the sunshine out, it's Edinburgh grassroots Captivate Theatre' (TheSkinny.co.uk).

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue BallRoom

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tasting, interactive

In Pour Taste: A Comedy Wine Tasting Experience

Comedians Sweeney Preston and Ethan Cavanagh guide you through tasting five wines and at least five jokes. Everyone from savvy sauvignon swiggers to clueless chardonnay chuggers will find something to make their glass half-full, as the wine industry's hardest-hitting questions are answered. Ticket includes five tastings, with an alcohol-free option. 'One of the best starts to any Fringe night out you could possibly have' **** (List). 'Charmingly silly deep dive into the world of wine' **** (TheAge.com.au). Winner: Best Eat and Drink Award, Adelaide Fringe 2024. Best Comedy Weekly, Perth Fringe 2024.

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Snug Bar

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Musical Comedy, political

Jonny & the Baptists: The Happiness Index

Are you happy? We can help! Five Prime Ministers ago, David Cameron started a Happiness Index to measure how joyful the people of this nation are. Which is ironic, given what he then did. Anyway, we've picked up the baton and now are trying to find out what the hell we should do with it. A new personal and political show about our desire, and the country's struggle, to just be happy. 'An hour of glorious chaos. Must-see' ***** (Sunday Post). 'Wickedly funny' **** (Times). 'Irresistible' **** (Guardian).

Location Assembly George Square Gardens

subvenue Piccolo Tent

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magic, comedy

Ben Hart: HeX

The Fringe's real-life witch is back for his 10th spellbinding year. Internationally acclaimed magician Ben's shows are a unique kind of alchemy. Funny, dark and baffling, Hart's an altogether new species of conjurer... HeX is a curated collection of Ben's favourite and most exciting material from the last decade alongside new ideas fresh from his laboratory, guaranteed to put a spell on you. Set against the backdrop of the beautiful Palais Du Variete and full to the brim with magic, don't miss this chance to catch the star of stage and screen up-close and in real life.

Location Assembly George Square Gardens

subvenue Palais du Variété

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comedy, new writing

Pillock

Pillock has ADHD. His brain works faster than his bowel when he's had a Babybel. And he's lactose intolerant. He's trying to keep his head above water; but he's drowning in loneliness, hook-up culture and medical role plays. He feels stagnant and it's going to take more than a yoga class to help. But, when he meets Eugene everything changes. The universe keeps bringing them together like in a Brontë novel. But will he be Mr Right, Mr Right Now or even Mr Wrong? Pillock wants to trust his gut, but his can't even handle a Muller Corner.

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue Front Room

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Musical Comedy, comedy

Solve It Squad

JINKLES CHRIST! A group of former kid detectives return to the scene of their greatest unsolved case: the gruesome murder of their talking dog, Cluebert. Can an ambitious narcissist, a lovable doofus, a skittish sad-sap and a scheming brainiac overcome their traumatic past to save the day one last time? From the creators of Spies Are Forever and founding members of Team StarKid comes a zany riff on Scooby Doo about friendship, second chances, and all the ways fame can f*ck you up.

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio Two

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game show, interactive

Goose's Quizzes Elimination Game

With bigger prizes and brand-new rounds, Scotland's premiere quiz company triumphantly returns with the Elimination Game: Round Two! Through a series of make-or-break questions that pit you against your fellow audience members, test your knowledge – and your luck – to see if you will face elimination, or be crowned champion! A five-star reviewed hit in 2023, this unique blend of competition and camaraderie has something for everyone, from classic pub trivia to daft new game modes. There's only one winner per round, will you claim your moment of glory?

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue Bijou

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storytelling, new writing

The State of Grace

Grace was a high-class sex worker, who rose to meteoric fame on social media. She was an activist and modern-day maverick, until suddenly, she died... Award-winning artist Michaela Burger (A Migrant's Son, Exposing Edith) explores her legacy in this one-woman show. Through Grace's writing � unpublished hip hop lyrics, monologues and musings � Burger explores her multifaceted life. Her outrageously funny wit and charm, fearlessness and 'f*ck it' outlook on life will seduce you into marching with this social justice warrior who was determined to decriminalise the sex industry.

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue Drawing Room

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magic, comedy

Dom Chambers: Magic Hunt

Listen up, hunts. Dom Chambers (America's Got Talent, The Illusionists on Broadway, Penn & Teller: Fool Us) is back in town, with his wildest show yet. After a failed quest scouring the globe for the ultimate magic trick, he's decided to take matters into his own unpredictable hands. He's crafted a brand new hour of magic, utterly unhinged and unlike anything else you've seen. Get ready for Magic Hunt: an untamed magic rampage, a fusion of awe and anarchy and 'a unique blend of comedy and illusions'™.

Location Assembly George Square Gardens

subvenue Piccolo Tent

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magic, cabaret

Chris Dugdale: 11

11 – A brand-new show from Chris Dugdale! Directed by Phil Jay and Scott Harris. What would you do with your life if you could not fail? What if there was no such word as can’t? Dynamic fast-paced mentalism and magic. 'Legendary magician' (BBC Sounds). 'The most unbelievable end to a trick ever!' (ITV, Penn & Teller: Fool Us). 'Best magic show' (HELLO! Magazine, 2022). 'Blew my mind!' (Gerard Butler). 11 tricks and a message that may or may not change your life! www.thinkofacard.com

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue BallRoom

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solo show, stand-up

Kelly Bachman: Patron Saint

Patron Saint is an hour of stand-up about spirituality, sexuality, virality and why anyone is funny. More specifically, it's an hour of stand-up by Kelly Bachman, a comedian and rape survivor who found herself with sudden notoriety after encountering serial predator Harvey Weinstein at a comedy show in New York. Kelly was then asked to talk to CNN, The Guardian and a documentary called Hysterical on FX/Hulu, too. Years later, Kelly still hears one recurring question: 'Are you a comedian because of trauma?' Patron Saint aims to answer that question.

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue Front Room

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Alternative Comedy, Character Comedy

The Sisters Fig

Porridge After Meat presents a dark and twisted comedy about the cloistered lives of two co-dependent sisters and their cow. Living on their alcoholic father's farm in the middle of bum-fuck nowhere, join these potty-mouthed, greasy little misfits in hope, rivalry and a weird kinda love on their absurd and (sometimes) tender journey to true sisterhood. Gaulier grads and absurdist character-comedy duo Blaise Wopperer and Lara Ciulli bring you their Edinburgh Fringe debut in an obscene, whimsical and deeply stupid exploration of love, loss and loyalty.

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Snug Bar

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theatre, clown

Yozi: No Babies In The Sauna

Solo Edinburgh debutante, Aussie Yozi, has been called many things � 'Dynamite' ****� (Advertiser), 'Fearless' **** (Age) � but never 'rule breaker', and for good reason. This by-the-book bad binch holds one rule above all others: every baby must get out of the sauna right now! Witness this multi award-winning creature perform absurd-sketch-clown-comedy-theatre like you almost definitely have never ever ever seen before. The House of Oz Purse Prize Winner, Adelaide Fringe. Spirit of the Fringe Award Winner, Melbourne Fringe. Winner of SACBA Bilby Award, South Australian Community Broadcasters Association.

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio Four

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stand-up, cabaret

Reuben Kaye: Live and Intimidating

Reuben Kaye and his band are back with the UK debut of his award-nominated show Live and Intimidating! The obscenely intelligent, rib-crackingly funny Reuben Kaye returns to the Edinburgh Fringe in an explosion of high camp and filthy humour. With musical direction by Shanon Whitelock and original compositions, this Swarovski-studded revolt is what happens when you tell your children they can be anything. 'A star in their own right, with razor-sharp comedic material, a glamorous look and killer voice to boot' ***** (Skinny). ***** (Time Out). ***** (Chortle.co.uk).

Location Assembly George Square Gardens

subvenue Palais du Variété

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acrobatics, cabaret

Rouge

Circus for grown-ups. A non-stop celebration of the astonishing, surprising, subversive and the supremely sexy � award-winning Australian circus cabaret sensation Rouge is returning to Edinburgh with its outrageous brand of adult circus. 'One badass sizzler of a show' ***** (Daily Mail). 'A sexy, slick celebration and empowering spectacle' ***** (EdFestmag.com). 'If you aren't turned on by this you might want to consult a physician, because you're probably clinically dead' ***** (SmutButtons.com). 'What really made this show stand out was the pure, unadulterated joy that came from every single performer' ***** (OutInPerth.com).

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue Music Hall

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cabaret, Live Music

Down Under: The Songs That Shaped Australia

Multi award-winning live music sensation direct from Australia makes its Edinburgh debut with a celebration of Aussie hit-makers and songs that spurred change throughout history. Australian music is vast and varied. It captures the beauty and brutality of the land with storytelling at the forefront. With powerhouse vocals by acclaimed songstress Michelle Pearson and a incredible five-piece band, this nostalgic homecoming will have you on your feet with classics from INXS, Midnight Oil, ACDC, Tina Arena and more, while reminiscing about Australia's musical history and the artists' guts and determination.

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue Bijou

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storytelling, vocal

Victor's Victoria

Victor Mature was one of the most popular leading men of Hollywood's Golden Age, starring in such iconic films as Kiss of Death, My Darling Clementine, Samson and Delilah, and The Robe. In this intimate cabaret, vocalist Victoria Mature uses music and movie clips inspired by Victor's career to tell the story of what it was like growing up with Hollywood's original hunk as her father. With music from Broadway to folk to opera to pop...there's something for everyone! Says Victoria, 'You may know Victor Mature as Doc Holliday or Samson or Demetrius... I knew him as Dad!'

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue Drawing Room

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stand-up, improv

Jason Byrne: NO SHOW

There’s no show like a Jason Byrne NO SHOW. NO SHOW is a show with no comedy safety net. By the end of NO SHOW you’ll have experienced a once in a lifetime show or NO SHOW. Jason, along with the audience, will begin NO SHOW with no show whatsoever. Witness Jason use his infamous audience interactions with a sprinkle of props, both on and off the stage, to create NO SHOW! Your 'full-on, double-up, gasping-for-oxygen hilarious' (Chortle.co.uk) NO SHOW will never be repeated.

Location Assembly Hall

subvenue Main Hall

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comedy, House of Oz, Drag

The Unburdening of Dolly Diamond

Therapy, a game the whole family can play. Join Australia's reigning queen of comedy cabaret, Dolly Diamond, as she works through decades of problems, peculiarities and personal challenges live on stage with her ever supportive (and unsuspecting) audience. This colourful midlife crisis � live on stage � promises to be camp cabaret gold with more than a touch of honesty. Apparently people enjoy other people's misery. They call it a shared experience. Well, I think it's time to share. Everything.

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Downstairs

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Drag, LGBTQ+

MESSY FRIENDS

Explore the world of enchanting glamour with the return of the MESSY FRIENDS! Fresh from their acclaimed Australian tour, witness outrageous drag, breathtaking burlesque, mesmerising visuals, and captivating choreography. Get to know them intimately, both on and offstage, with revealing documentary-style video interviews and eclectic live performances. Winners of Best Cabaret (Adelaide Fringe 2024) and Best Show (Fringe World 2022). 'Collective force of creativity' (List). 'Kaleidoscope of colour' (EdFestMag.com). 'Perfection' ***** (CreamMagazine.com). 'Unforgettable' ***** (OutInPerth.com). 'Exceptional' ***** (FringeFeed.com.au). 'Must be seen' ****� (One4Review.co.uk).

Location Assembly George Square Gardens

subvenue Piccolo Tent

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magic, theatre

Tim Licata - Close-Up and Personal

A tale of magic, the mafia and delightful deception. With tongue firmly in cheek, Tim Licata blends close-up and stage magic to illustrate his personal journey into the conjuror’s craft. Replete with Halloween horrors, mafia associations, and a notorious assassin known as ‘The Knife’, Tim takes you on a magical tour of his personal family history. A humorous, theatrical and highly entertaining show with one of Scotland’s best sleight-of-hand artists. Edinburgh’s Hit Man of Magic is not to be missed! FRINGE SELL OUT SHOW 2023 “I’ve seen Derren Brown live but your bedevilment sir, is on another level!” Audience member

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue Front Room

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theatre, new writing

Mary, Queen of Rock!

You think you know the story of Mary, Queen of Scots? Think again... The year is 1561. The Scottish Reformation has enforced an outright ban on rock'n'roll. Cue the arrival of Mary Stuart, one of the world's biggest and most iconic musical artists... who happens to be the undisputed Queen of Rock! With the Scottish nobles and her cousin in England against her – can Mary get the country rocking? Or will heads roll?

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue BallRoom

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dance, acrobatics

Circolombia: Corazón

With nerves of steel, music from the soul and tons of Colombian spirit, Circolombia welcomes you into their house, their home, their heart! All the way from South America, created especially for the Spiegeltent! In this world premiere, Circolombia invites you to experience Coraz�n (Heart). A fun-fuelled circus concert, packed with breathless feats, gravity-defying performance and infectious music where you, the audience, are taken right into their beating Latin hearts. Colombia is the land of a thousand rhythms. Vibrant, passionate and pulsating with energy. 'This is the circus that shows others how it's done. Go' (Scotsman).

Location Assembly George Square Gardens

subvenue Palais du Variété

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burlesque, cabaret

Best of Burlesque: 10 Years of Tease

The longest-running burlesque show at Fringe returns for a tenth dazzling edition. Five-star sell-out runs since 2013. A celebration of bodies, tradition, acceptance and inclusivity. Performed in the iconic surroundings of the Bijou Spiegeltent. With cabaret, burlesque and a variety of art forms involved – and with quite a bit of skin on display – the show amazes and delights audiences. With changing acts every few nights, the show is truly unique every time you see it. Best of Burlesque is a celebration that we should all be party to.

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue Bijou

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burlesque, Drag

Swamplesque

After taking Australia by storm, everyone's favourite ogre-inspired burlesque and drag parody is finally coming to Edinburgh! Swamplesque is the award-winning, critically acclaimed, burlesque parody show from Far Far Away! This 'outrageously fun' (Advertiser, Adelaide) show offers its audience a smörgåsbord of performance styles. 'Brilliantly executed, side-splittingly funny' ***** (TheUpsideNews.com). 'A high quality, raucous and silly fairy tale adventure' ***** (WeekendNotes.com). 'The surrealness is unmatched, unlike any burlesque show you'll probably ever see' ***** (TheCuriousWriter.net). Winner, Best Cabaret Weekly Award (Adelaide Fringe). Winner, Best Cabaret Weekly Award (Fringe World).

Location Assembly Hall

subvenue Main Hall

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variety, stand-up

Best of the Fest: The New Class

The best place in town to catch rising comedy stars and your Fringe favourites. A different show every night, featuring new faces and festival stalwarts! The perfect start (or end) to your festival evening. Acts will be announced on AssemblyFestival.com and at @AssemblyFest.

Location Assembly George Square Gardens

subvenue Piccolo Tent

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musical theatre, Drag

Dizney in Drag: Once Upon a Parody

Take a magic carpet ride into an enchanted castle of adult fantasies and fairy tale follies. Dizney in Drag: Once Upon a Parody is a Whole New World you didn't know you needed! Follow some familiar characters and discover sides of them unbelievably yet to be revealed. If you have any reservation, just Let It Go. Be Our Guest and book a seat now! 'A romp that defies the boundaries of genre, heteronormativity, and happy endings' ***** (FringeFeed.com.au).'There is so much to love about this show' ***** (WeekendNotes.com).

Location Assembly George Square

subvenue Gordon Aikman Theatre

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circus, burlesque

Sexy Circus Sideshow

Looking for candyfloss? This ain't it. If you're after a thrilling, boozy freak show, you've come to the right place! Exotic acts that connect alternative circus with the dark arts of underground burlesque and cabaret. A carnival cavalcade of saucy showgirls, sexy sideshow stunts, neurotic novelty and vaudeville variety at its very best! New show nightly. Midnight. A vibrant, colourful experience showcasing some of the weirdest and most wonderful talent in Edinburgh this year. 'If this doesn't have you howling, I don't know what will' **** (LondonFestivalFringe.com). Sell-out run 2023.

Location Assembly George Square Gardens

subvenue Piccolo Tent

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musical theatre, theatre

A Little Night Music

On an endless summer night, love's joys and complications play out in triple-time. Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music is heartwarming and heartbreaking in equal measure. When actress Desir�e Armfeldt performs in the town of her former lover, old passions rekindle. Over the course of a weekend in the country, a tangle of love affairs is laid bare between four different intertwined couples. Both romantic and cynical, Sondheim's incandescent musical, featuring the classic Send in the Clowns, sparkles with wit, magic and fading glamour, spiked with regret and longing.

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue Music Hall

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theatre, music

A Giant on the Bridge

Unflinching, spellbinding gig theatre devised by award-winning theatre maker Liam Hurley and songwriter Jo Mango, also featuring Louis Abbott (Admiral Fallow), Raveloe and Solareye. Every year in Scotland, thousands of people return home from prison to an uncertain future. A Giant on the Bridge reveals the hidden heartbeat within one such story. Identity, family, community, restoration and injustice are explored through original songwriting, hip-hop and immersive storytelling by five of Scotland�s leading musicians. Developed with the Distant Voices Community � people from across the criminal justice system. Part of MadeInScotlandShowcase.com.

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Central

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comedy, Family-friendly

The Listies ROFL

Riotous, gratuitous and possibly hazardous, Aussie kids comedy duo The Listies return to the Fringe for the eleventeenth time with a new show. ROFL tackles the most dramatic family situation of all time: bedtime! Rich, the exhausted parental proxy, tries to get an early night while Matt uses every trick in the book to stay up. Packed with rambunctious humour, a mini panto, detachable legs and too many baked beans. 'Funniest kids show I've ever seen' (Frank Skinner). 'Slapstick and scatology' **** (Scotsman). 'Releases hysteria in all ages' **** (Chortle.co.uk). Winner: Melbourne Fringe Best Kids Show, 2023.

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio One

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circus, acrobatics

A Bee Story

A Bee Story is a uniquely Australian physical theatre show for children and families incorporating a kaleidoscope of circus, acrobatics, dance and live music. Telling the story of Queen Bee and Worker Bee who must work together to rebuild their hive after being destroyed by a bushfire. But things never quite go to plan... Join the bees on their buzzy adventures. Be enchanted by their pollen-collecting skills, honey-making abilities and superbee strength. A Bee Story has themes of environmentalism, sustainability and community spirit, and was directed by Robbie Curtis and co-created with musician and performer Lizzie McRae.

Location Assembly George Square Gardens

subvenue Piccolo Tent

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Dark Comedy, drama

Myra's Story

The incredible story of middle-aged homeless alcoholic, Myra, living rough on the streets of Dublin. As she begs from passers-by at her regular spot by Ha'Penny Bridge, Myra recreates her rollercoaster backstory. Playing all the characters, acting out all the hilarious, tragic and heartbreaking events in her life that have taken her to this pitiful state. You'll laugh with Myra. You'll cry with Myra. What you'll never do... is forget her. Award-winning! Record-breaking! Described by many as the greatest modern Irish play they've ever seen!

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue Music Hall

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dance, contemporary

READY

READY is a low-tech, site-sensitive solo piece by dance artist Matthew Hawkins which marks and celebrates over half a century of dance practice with immediacy and ample variation. Having emerged out of a need to maintain and demonstrate good things about dancing, negotiating cherished actions across time and against perceived physical odds, READY weaves around a series of Beethoven piano sonatas which are purposely selected for each performance. Programmed by Dance Base in collaboration with Assembly.

Location Assembly @ Dance Base

subvenue Dance Base 3

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variety, comedy

Best of the Fest: Daytime

Bite-size tasters of the best comedy, cabaret, family entertainment and circus, all for you to enjoy in the heart of the New Town, in the beautiful Assembly Rooms Ballroom on George Street. With line-ups changing daily, we have something for everyone, so let us bring you the best of the fest! See AssemblyFestival.com for line-ups. 'An all round crowd pleaser' ***** (ThreeWeeks).

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue BallRoom

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dance, Hip Hop

Transhumanist

Transhumanist is a popping duet between two male dancers who unfold in an alluring universe where the boundaries between artificial and human nature dissolve. In an electronic soundscape, they move so that it feels as another reality. Programmed by Dance Base in collaboration with Assembly.

Location Assembly @ Dance Base

subvenue Dance Base 3

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Experimental, music

CRAWLER

Through dance, drums and electronic music this duo embark on a journey of chaos, calm and collaborative climax. Transcending from the guttural to godly, devouring the space with adrenaline, mind-stretching sound and extreme physicality dragged from the pits of hell and conceived through improvisation. They find anchors of duality by shifting power dynamics and raw connection, an escape from the real world by creating their own. Jessie's influences of street and contemporary dance styles and Jason McNamara's street performance practise, invites you to experience the essence of their foundation, the magic within the unknown.

Location Assembly @ Dance Base

subvenue Dance Base 1

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contemporary, Family-friendly

Timeless

A joyful celebration of the dance of life, regardless of where you are on that road. Featuring Dance Base's in-house companies Lothian Youth Dance Company and PRIME, Timeless brings together dancers aged 14 to 80+ in one life-affirming showcase with four new works by choreographers Katie Armstrong, Tony Mills, Lewis Normand and Alan Greig. Programmed by Dance Base in collaboration with Assembly.

Location Assembly @ Dance Base

subvenue Dance Base 3

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comedy, music

The Imitator

Winner: Best International Show, United Solo Festival, New York. Music and songs are the key elements that trigger Julian's memories, and set him off on a journey back to his childhood in South America where he discovers his passion for music and his gift for imitating voices. From there, he faces struggles in New York and Europe as he pursues his dream of becoming an artist. Singer/actor Julian Fontalvo portrays different characters that play a part in his story and imitates 70 artists such as Sting, Bob Marley, David Bowie, Amy Winehouse and Tina Turner.

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue Bijou

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solo show, comedy

Wyld Woman: The Legend of Shy Girl

Shy people, you there? This hilarious and tender tale follows Shy Girl's ambitious attempt to open up (emotionally, spiritually, uh... physically) in hopes of expanding her social life beyond the feeble realm of her imaginary friends and finding real human connection. Following sold-out, highly-beloved runs in NYC, Wyld Woman (written/performed by Isabel Renner, directed by Cameron King) is officially joining the ranks of international legendhood. 'A great triumph over shyness' and 'a powerful catharsis for anyone who has ever crossed the street just to avoid someone they know.' (BroadwayWorld.com).

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue Drawing Room

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dance, contemporary

It's Not My Body Chapter 3.5 / This Is

A double-bill performance by two Hong Kong artists. Using different approaches to interpret body and dance, stage and performance. It's Not My Body Chapter 3.5 by Wong Tan-ki � Wrestling with his own shadow, the dancer�s every move, pause and limbo on stage construct a strong proposition about his dance life. This Is by Dick Wong � From Duchamp to Kosuth to Lewitt, This Is looks to visual art to reinvestigate time, space and the body on stage. Programmed by Dance Base in collaboration with Assembly.

Location Assembly @ Dance Base

subvenue Dance Base 1

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comedy, compilation

Comedy Club 4 Kids

Since 2005, Comedy Club 4 Kids has been getting the best stand-ups, sketch acts and cabaret stars from the international circuit to do their thing for an audience of children (aged 6+) and their families... but without the rude bits! Showcasing performers you may know from our excellently silly Radio Nonsense podcast, it's just like a normal comedy club, but it's on in the day, kids are allowed in and thus there is a higher-than-usual chance of the entire audience pretending to be a Victoria Sponge. 'Really funny' ***** (Fest). 'Fabulous' ***** (ThreeWeeks). Please note: Comedy Club 4 Kids will be in Assembly George Square this year, not Assembly Roxy. 

Location Assembly George Square Gardens

subvenue Piccolo Tent

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historical, storytelling

5 Mistakes That Changed History

We all make mistakes, but rarely do they change the course of history. Fresh from sold-out runs at Edinburgh, Sydney and Adelaide Fringe Festivals, the smash-hit historical storytelling show returns with a new show and new stories about five people and how their mistakes changed the world. Historian and comedian Paul Coulter brings history to life in a hilarious way. If you hated history at school, this is the show for you. If you loved history at school, stop looking and just book the show. Class credit not provided.

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio Three

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improv, jazz

Giant Steps

The ground-breaking fusion of improv comedy and live jazz comes to the Fringe after sell-out London shows. Improvisation meets improvisation as top UK comedians and virtuoso jazz musicians inspire each other in real time to create an unparalleled live experience. Expect fresh licks and big laughs in a one-of-a-kind jam that's different every night. Featuring a rotating ensemble of talent from your favourite Fringe improv shows like Showstoppers and Austentatious, plus the cream of the festival music scene, Giant Steps is your quintessential Edinburgh experience. 'An absolute must see' ***** (TheatreWeekly.com).

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Underground

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physical theatre, comedy

Occupational Hazard

ACCA Dance Theatre presents their first full length show: Occupational Hazard Fusing comedy, clowning and choreography, Occupational Hazard follows the day in the life of air hostesses Becky and Linda, ACCAirways’ creme de la creme. Though at times tongue in cheek to entertain a plane full of passengers, the show delves deeper than the interplay between Becky and Linda, as they navigate consent as a female in the service industry. You’re in safe hands when you fly with Becky and Linda, so sit back, relax, and enjoy your flight!

Location Assembly @ Dance Base

subvenue Dance Base 3

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contemporary, Children's Show

The Show for Young Men

What does it mean to be a man today? Robbie (44) and Alfie (10) meet on an extraordinary building site at dawn. Together they dance and play, trying to make sense of it all. Directed by Eoin McKenzie in collaboration with Robbie Synge and young performer Alfie, this is a funny and tender new contemporary dance performance for audiences aged 8+ that considers familiar and unexpected ideas about masculinity and friendship. This show has been programmed by Dance Base in collaboration with Assembly. Part of the Made in Scotland Showcase, in association with Imaginate. MadeInScotlandShowcase.com

Location Assembly @ Dance Base

subvenue Dance Base 1

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stand-up, Drag

Holly Stars: Justice For Holly

Holly's been apprehended in Superdrug with a handbag full of shoplifted lipsticks. She's innocent. Of course. Join her in the store security office as she tells the story of how she got there, and why we should all be shouting 'Justice for Holly!' Justice for Holly is Holly's Edinburgh Festival Fringe debut. She is a stand-up, comedian and author, and writer of the smash-hit West End comedy, Death Drop. 'Divinely hilarious. Gut punching, smart humor. Holly is my funniest friend!' (Jujubee). 'Holly's show is the most fun you can have (sitting down) in Scotland.' (Willam).

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Underground

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dance, contemporary

Taiwan Season: Palingenesis

Three lithe, masked bodies emerge as if from a primordial ooze and proceed to morph their way through a series of carefully crafted chain reactions. Are they individuals, a single organism or both? Inspired by a biological concept of regeneration, hot-shot Taiwanese choreographer Chuang Po-Hsiang's timeless, absorbing dance trio is an extreme expression of intimacy, trust and transformation. Dream-like audio visuals enhance the cast's extraordinary kaleidoscopic control. Pinned to themes of rebirth and the life cycle, the net effect is intense, strangely arresting and possibly ecstatic. European premiere. Programmed by Dance Base in collaboration with Assembly.

Location Assembly @ Dance Base

subvenue Dance Base 3

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dance, Artist(s) of Colour

King Bantu & Stories From The South

Two unique works by Scotland-based performers exploring African history, culture and artistry. The legend of King Bantu by Rudy Mbunzama follows a young Congolese prince born with extraordinary powers. As he grows up he starts to experience something powerful within him - something beyond him that wants to come out. Stories From The South by Laura Mathana & Chinyanta Kabaso weaves dance and spoken word to illuminate the history of African migration, amplifying the stories, struggles, and triumphs.

Location Assembly @ Dance Base

subvenue Dance Base 1

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dance, Experimental

These Mechanisms

In her eightieth year, Christine wondered if she might create her first dance performance. With intrepid and joyous spirit, These Mechanisms is just that. Aa performance of persistence, journeying through weird and wonderful situations that bring body, materials and sound together in complex but fundamental ways. Celebrating the beautiful functions and limits of a human body and the desire to make things happen. Led by play and curiosity and with infectious personality, audiences encounter the banal to the jaw-dropping. This is real, and what happens along the way we can’t be sure. Nor can Christine.

Location Assembly @ Dance Base

subvenue Dance Base 3

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dance, contemporary

Sleeper

When the language of rational-centred social science and the words we use reach their limit, we turn to art for how it deals with the climate crisis. Your body is living through the climate crisis. The act of surviving is met with the appearance of destruction – this critical point is faced with duality, crisis and the reality of death. We face this challenge by tying and untying knots, a traditional act of Korean community spirit and praying for the restoration of life. Programmed by Dance Base in collaboration with Assembly.

Location Assembly @ Dance Base

subvenue Dance Base 1

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contemporary, classical

Lewis Major: Triptych

A unique collaboration performance between the rising star of Australian dance, choreographer-director Lewis Major, and his company, with his mentor 'Britain's leading modern dance creator' (Daily Express), the legendary Russell Maliphant OBE. Three unique repertoire pieces investigate various poetic possibilities, universal rhythms and cycles performed by Major's company of dancers. This is a captivating evening of dance, of connection between internal and external worlds � of non-duality � all set within a whirling maelstrom of movement, sound and light.

Location Assembly @ Dance Base

subvenue Dance Base 1

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Drag, cabaret

Aunty Ginger: Finding Splashman

Based on a true story, join Aunty Ginger on a mission to find her Splashman. Cum along for songs, filthy stand-up comedy, a seminar in advanced glory-hole etiquette and maybe, just maybe, we will together find, her Splashman. Hailed as 'utterly outrageous, and hilariously entertaining' ★★★★ (North West End UK), Ginger is returning to the Fringe with her highly interactive comedy that's not for the faint of heart! Strictly 18+ and not for the easily offended.

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Underground

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multimedia, stand-up

The Late Nite PowerPoint Comedy Showcase

Six comedians. Six PowerPoint presentations. A line-up show like no other! The Australian cult classic finally lands in Edinburgh after sell-out seasons across Australia and New Zealand. Hosted by the agents of Microsoft Office chaos, Sweeney Preston and Ethan Cavanagh: the creators of comedy wine-tasting hit In Pour Taste, also making its Edinburgh debut this year. This wild late-night showcase features a rotating line-up of comedians putting the show back into show-and-tell! 'Delightfully dapper... you'd be hard-pressed to find something you don't love in this format' (ArtsHub.com.au). **** (WeekendNotes.com). Check Instagram @powerpointcomedyshowcase for line-ups!

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio Five

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comedy, Drag

Villains: A Dizney in Drag Parody

Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who is the evilest of them all? Well come find out for yourself in The Hairy Godmothers' new sinful sequel. What could be more devilishly delicious and tantalisingly twisted than a vivacious vaudeville of villains in drag? Come peer into this cave of wonders and find a treasure trove of misunderstood "outcasts" of society and the evils that shape the world. Featuring the hottest and darkest miscreants, scoundrels, reprobates this side of the elephant graveyard. 'A hysterical, well-written show' ***** (StageWhispers.com.au).

Location Assembly George Square

subvenue Gordon Aikman Theatre

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Character Comedy, improv

Late Night With Terry Wogan

Terry Wogan is back from the dead as part of his ongoing attempts to return to light entertainment no matter the cost. Featuring interviews with "real" celebrities and accompanied by a live band. Previous guests include Liza Minelli, George Lucas, Nadine Dorries, Alan Bennett, Mariah Carey, the Unabomber, Elton John, Hagrid and Cherie Blair. Every night one lucky audience member will give Terry Wogan £5000. Recipient of a KBE and co-host of annual Twitch stream Morlvision.

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio One

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compilation, music

Comedians' DJ Battles

The glorious return of, by most accounts, the best night out of last year’s Fringe. Ivo Graham (gig pig, dad dancer, Shazamer to the stars) commentates frenetically on Powerpoint as illustrious guests bring the bangers, setting them one very specific brief (letters of the alphabet, etc) and one very broad one: get out there and absolutely have it. 2023's myriad highlights included Spittle Shrek, Linkin Laws, the Petts-Magliano Pact of Friendship, and the String-Spitta Tank Engine conga; you simply had to be there, and still can. Battles from 23:30, party ‘til late!

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Underground

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comedy, LGBTQ+

The Kaye Hole Hosted by Reuben Kaye

Late-night, done right. Queer, messy and f*cking hilarious. The hottest late-night ticket in town where the riskiest and most diverse acts let loose, all backed by a live band. With sold-out runs in 2022 and 2023, this is not a night to be missed. 'Reuben Kaye acts as the charming ring master of an inclusive, jam-packed jamboree of both playful and impactful cabaret acts' ***** (Skinny). 'An explosion of energy, high camp, big notes and filthy humour' ***** (Scottish Sun). 'An outrageously spicy time' ***** (WeekendNotes.com).

Location Assembly George Square Gardens

subvenue Palais du Variété

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variety, stand-up

Best of the Fest

The best mixed-bill comedy night in Edinburgh, featuring your favourite comedians from around the Fringe. A perfect way to experience the festival! Previous guests include: David O'Doherty, Jason Byrne, Lou Sanders, Ahir Shah, Rhys Nicholson, Milton Jones, Desiree Burch, Darren Harriott, Phoebe Robinson, Phil Wang, Joe Lycett, Vir Das and many more. Full line-ups at: www.assemblyfestival.com.

Location Assembly Hall

subvenue Main Hall

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Alternative Comedy, variety

Liars and Clowns: A Late Night Comedy Show

Returning to Edinburgh for the third year in a row! Liars and Clowns is a jam session for comedians, with a revolving door showcasing the best alternative comedy from around the festival. Previous acts include: Sam Campbell, Flo & Joan, Larry Dean, Leo Reich, Paul Foot, Josh Glanc, Garry Starr, Lou Wall and Stuart Goldsmith. Hosted by Kyle Dolan. 'It's a great opportunity to be blown away by someone you've never heard of before, and find your new favourite comedian at the same time' **** (GlamAdelaide.com.au). Half-time oranges provided.

Location Assembly George Square

subvenue The Box

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musical theatre, theatre

Fountain of You

When a 30-something actress is suddenly aged-out of the industry, she undergoes a wildly unconventional spa treatment to get her old life back. But it sets her on a whole new path to pursue true power and equality . . . at a cost. Fountain of You is a dark comedy that takes on our societal preoccupation with youth and beauty, and the system underlying it all, with a pop-infused score and ample gore.

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue Music Hall

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dance, music

Monski Mouse's Baby Disco Dance Hall

Why toddle when you can dance? Join DJ Monski Mouse and her dancers for this award-winning, epic session of bopping, bonkers, beautiful fun. Expect high-energy smiling to retro beats and thumping nursery rhymes. Get your disco-dancing booties on! Best of Kids Award winner, Adelaide Fringe 2024. Best of Kids Award nominee, Sydney Fringe 2022. Best Family Entertainment in Edinburgh Hoop Award nominee. 'Best. Time. Ever.' ***** (Families Edinburgh). 'If you have a kid under five, get them to this show. Now.' ***** (KidsinAdelaide.com.au). 'Deserves all the praise' ***** (One4Review.co.uk).

Location Assembly George Square Gardens

subvenue Palais du Variété

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immersive, interactive

Temping

In a basement office in Illinois, there's a job waiting for you. Sarah Jane is on vacation, and you've been hired to fill in. In this interactive show for one, you'll explore her cubicle, answer her phone, and receive her faxes as the story of Sarah Jane unfolds. Sit down, send an email, and experience a meditation on life and death between the cells of an Excel spreadsheet. Created by narrative technologists Wolf 359. 'A technical masterclass' ***** (EdinburghGuide.com). One of The Telegraph's best theatre shows, 2022. ***** (Telegraph). 'Jewel-like' **** (TheArtsDesk.com). **** (List.com).

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue The Cubicle at Buccleuch Place

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dance, theatre

The Last Forecast

Somewhere, on an island, Gael, a gecko-like creature lives alone, in harmony with the surroundings. Everything matches, everything is perfect. Unfortunately, Gael is not alone for long. A stranger arrives, laden with earthly belongings and starts setting up home, disturbing this island sanctuary. However, the forecast is for rising water levels and soon there won’t be space for either of them. A Catherine Wheels production, by Bridie Gane. Programmed by Dance Base in collaboration with Assembly.

Location Assembly @ Dance Base

subvenue Dance Base 1

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dance, event

DecaDance Silent Disco

Dance through the decades with Silent Discos! Live DJs playing non-stop classics through your headphones, with immersive live musicians and performers bringing the dance floor to life, creating the ultimate unique experience to sing and dance your heart out to! Couple this with surprises, from confetti to freebies, and you've got the perfect party!

Location Assembly @ Virgin Hotel

subvenue Eve

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interactive, Character Comedy

Pali and Jay's Ultimate Asian Wedding DJ Roadshow

From Rifco Theatre, comes an immersive DJ bromance. Whoever said there's too many actors in LA has never seen the number of DJs in Southall. Facing sabotage, Pali and Jay are on edge – using only their simple DJ set-up and the odd cup of chai, Pali and Jay's Ultimate Asian Wedding DJ Roadshow will transport you through time, from Southall's Biggest Deck-Off 1999 to now. Our uncle and nephew DJing duo must successfully navigate their latest gig to save the company, their future aspirations, and ultimately, their relationship.

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Underground

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LGBTQ+, music

Dancefloor Conversion Therapy

A history of dance floors and joyful regret. How a repressed Christian youth minister swapped out Jesus for disco and found a new religion on the dance floor. Jonny Hawkins was once on the straight-and-narrow, but now they're on the queer and wide. In their early 20s Jonny helped start a church, went to Bible College and was preaching the Gospel in front of thousands of people, but since has become one of Australia's most loved DJs, dance floor icon, queer party promoter and a disciple of joy. The only show with a built-in afterparty.

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Underground

dance, workshop

lululemon Yoga and Sweat Sessions

lululemon is back for Fringe 2024! Sessions with be outside on our George Street Site in front of The Bijou. Please come dressed for the weather. An alternative venue will be used if it's bad weather. No equipment necessary, Lululemon will provide mats! Please find all session information below!

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue Bijou

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In Conversation, interactive

Lewis Major: Lien

A new, one-on-one performance that embodies the beauty of human connection and the power of shared moments. In the gentle embrace of solitude, Lien emerges as a testament to community and empathy, born as an antidote to the distancing and isolation that has shaped our recent history. In this intimate exchange, one audience member and one dancer come together on an otherwise empty stage for a singular ten-minute encounter that will never be repeated. Lien reimagines shared performance as a deeply personal, spiritual event.

Location Assembly @ Dance Base

subvenue Dance Base 1

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cabaret, music

Monski Mouse's Baby Cabaret

Join Monski Mouse, and her super-talented friends, for a live musical sing-a-long cabaret of nursery classics, song, puppetry and bonkers fun for 0-5s and their parents/carers. All the big topics covered: elephants, fish, wiggly worms, transport and the existential ways of the toddler. 'Moments of utter beauty' ***** (Edinburgh Festivals Magazine). 'Monski shines bright, inviting us into a world of wonder.' ***** (One4Review.co.uk); 'Delightful' **** (Families Edinburgh Magazine); 'At the #fringe with a toddler? Recommend Monski Mouse Baby Cabaret' (Al Murray).

Location Assembly George Square Gardens

subvenue Palais du Variété

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spoken word, storytelling

The Magic of Terry Pratchett

Join author and comedian Marc Burrows on a journey through the life and work of Sir Terry Pratchett, based on his Locus Award-winning biography and officially endorsed by the author's estate. Explore Pratchett's life, influences, impact, wit and wisdom, from his days as a school librarian to his time as a trainee journalist to his untimely death from Alzheimer's in 2015. Discover the joy, anger, and delicious cock'n'bull stories of one of the greatest storytellers of all time. Warning: includes bad puns and unnecessary footnotes. ***** (ThreeWeeks). ***** (StarburstMagazine.com).

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio Two

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contemporary, installation

The Watching Machine

The Watching Machine was the name given to those 19th century objects that created illusions through mirrors and shutters. In the piece The Watching Machine “the machine” is the stage box itself. In it we play with light, shadows and reflections to experience what is illusion, what is representation and what is theatrical convention. A piece composed of small installations where light and shadows are fictionalized through optical illusions.

Location Assembly @ Dance Base

subvenue Dance Base 3

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What songs may do...

What songs may do... is the first contemporary dance production by award-winning choreographer Mathieu Geffr� with his company Rendez-Vous dance. Performing to the evocative songs of Nina Simone, two dancers expose the fractured relationship of a once romantic couple as they delve into the past in an attempt to rebuild their future together. Shines a light on our deep rooted connection to memory through music and suggests the power of what songs may do. Poetic, passionate and highly virtuosic Celebrates the diversity of love with unashamed romanticism. Programmed by Dance Base in collaboration with Assembly.

Location Assembly @ Dance Base

subvenue Dance Base 1

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dance, theatre

Éowyn Emerald & Dancers

Acclaimed Canadian Company, Éowyn Emerald & Dancers return to the Fringe with an entertaining and deeply intimate jazz dance for two performers. A physical, technically demanding and emotionally complex theatrical experience with music by Dave Brubeck, Count Basie and Ella Fitzgerald. Éowyn's poetic and musically vibrant choreography is a buoyant look at how we can meet the challenges that cross us when we have someone to hold us up. Programmed by Dance Base in collaboration with Assembly.  “pure unadulterated dance,” “Emerald’s troupe is a real Fringe find.” ****(The Scotsman) “a talent to watch” ****(Times) ****(List) *****(BroadwayBaby)

Location Assembly @ Dance Base

subvenue Dance Base 3

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comedy, Drag

How to Mate: The Ted XXX Talk

Last year Steve aced feminism. The result? A girlfriend. Now he's venturing beyond second base and sayin’ yes to luv! Join Guildfordian iPod-DJ for a spicy seminar where you mite just find ur special someone. Note: Only appropriate for anyone who isn’t afraid of feelings. Live. LOL. Lube.

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Upstairs

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dance, Family-friendly

Beats on Pointe

This high-energy fusion of commercial dance entertainment is back again to deliver an all-ages show of ballet and street dance, contemporary and breaking and non-stop, five-star entertainment. A magnificent blend of classic and commercial music plus a wonderful cast of multi-talented dance athletes, this show continues to dazzle with cutting-edge entertainment. Don't miss your chance to see Australia's hottest commercial dance theatre production! �A colourful, energetic, fresh dance show' ***** (LondonTheatre1.com). 'The ultimate mash-up of classical ballet and modern street dance' ***** (MusicalManda.site). 'Highly recommend this amazing dance experience' ***** (One4Review.co.uk).

Location Assembly George Square

subvenue Gordon Aikman Theatre

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In Conversation, political

Andrew Pierce vs Kevin Maguire

Andrew Pierce vs Kevin Maguire now in a live show on stage. You know them both from ITV’s Good Morning Britain, now see them going head to head, pulling no punches. Play your part in what promises to be fun and feisty debate on the big topics and put your questions to them about the burning issues of the day. Sixty minutes of exhilarating cut and thrust as these two frenemies battle it out. No holds barred in this very sparky combination of debating wit and wisdom!

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue BallRoom

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Musical Comedy, comedy

Solve It Squad

JINKLES CHRIST! A group of former kid detectives return to the scene of their greatest unsolved case: the gruesome murder of their talking dog, Cluebert. Can an ambitious narcissist, a lovable doofus, a skittish sad-sap and a scheming brainiac overcome their traumatic past to save the day one last time? From the creators of Spies Are Forever and founding members of Team StarKid comes a zany riff on Scooby Doo about friendship, second chances, and all the ways fame can f*ck you up.

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio Three

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solo show, Artist(s) of Colour

Chris Grace as Scarlett Johansson

2023 sell-out show! Chris Grace, Chinese-American character actor best known for playing Jerry on Superstore, portrays the greatest living Asian actor Scarlett Johansson through comedy, theatre, stand-up and the music of Tom Waits. 'I hereby endorse Chris Grace' (Dr Brown). 'If you're cool like me, you will love Chris Grace' (Ed Gamble). 'A must see!' (Kristen Schaal). **** (Guardian).

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio Three

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dance, physical theatre

Within Reach

Within Reach by Alan Greig is a site-responsive solo dance performance that looks at the ageing body and plays with gender, identity and LGBTQ+ icons including Quentin Crisp, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis and Tennessee Williams. Through a combination of eccentric spoken word monologues and crisp choreographed vignettes, the work provides a captivating, engaging and humorous exploration of identify, culture and the cracked glamour of fame. Programmed by Dance Base in collaboration with Assembly.

Location Assembly @ Dance Base

subvenue Dance Base 3

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comedy, clown

Don Quixote

'This double act is unmissable' ***** (WestEndBestFriend.co.uk). With 200 shows and 30,000 spectators a year, Red Nose Company is the most decorated touring theatre in Finland. Now they are back with their five-star show. Join Don Quixote and Sancho Panza on their road trip as they attack all the injustices in the world. 'Warm-hearted, clever and very funny!' ***** (ThreeWeeks). 'If you think you hate red noses, this might just be the show to cure you' **** (AllEdinburghTheatre.com).

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue Bijou

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Musical Comedy, stand-up

Rachel Parris: Poise

During her biggest UK stand-up tour to date, Rachel brings her latest show to the Fringe for one night only! Poise is a dazzling hour of the signature blend of stand-up and songs from the BAFTA-nominated comedian. Rachel is best known for both her viral satirical segments on The Mash Report and Late Night Mash which have had over 100 million views, and as one of the founding cast members of the award-winning improv group Austentatious, who regularly perform to sell-out crowds in London's West End. 'Classy, clever comedy � uproarious' (Scotsman). �Venomously witty� (Evening Standard).

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue Music Hall

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puppetry, stand-up

Randy Feltface: First Banana

The first banana appeared on earth 10,000 years ago. Randy Feltface believes humanity has been in a downward-spiral since. The only logical solution is a brand new comedy show from a felt-faced comedian with an axe to grind. As seen on Netflix & NBC, Randy has spent the past 19 years winning awards & garnering critical praise while amassing a huge, devoted following across the globe. Randy has written/performed a dozen comedy shows, released 7 comedy specials, played to sold-out crowds around the world and been nominated for Best Comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue Music Hall

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international, comedy

LIVE MANGA

Twelve years from the 2012 Fringe Street Events, GABEZ return with their international award-winning performance Live Manga! GABEZ create non-verbal performance based on mime. Their funny but simply composed physical comedy has been enjoyed by audiences of all ages, all over the world. Masa and Hitoshi play various comical characters, making audiences startle, laugh and sometimes even scream!�This is a family-friendly spectacle not to be missed. As seen in the Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony in 2022, when their Pictogram Performance attracted the attention of the world.

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio Two

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stand-up

Susie McCabe: Merchant of Menace - EXTRA SHOW

Susie brings another barnstormer of a show to Edinburgh – on the back of her very own BBC Scotland stand-up special and four years selling out shows at Glasgow King's Theatre. Seen on Live at the Apollo, House of Games, Have I Got News For You, Frankie Boyle's New World Order and supporting Kevin Bridges, Jason Manford and John Bishop on tour. 'This woman should be considered a national treasure' (Herald). 'Thoughtful, compassionate and warm stand-up from Scotland's funniest woman' **** (Scotsman). 'Heartwarming and hilarious' **** (Fest). 'One of our top comedy voices' **** (National).

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Central

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contemporary, drama

Love Beyond

A love story. But not a typical one. Harry has dementia. He also uses sign language. As he moves into a new home, he is accompanied by memories that dance like ghosts around him. A beautiful, tender, visually stunning and award-winning show from renowned theatre artist Ramesh Meyyappan, directed by Matthew Lenton (Vanishing Point). �Combines tremendous depths of emotion with sheer technical brilliance� **** (Scotsman). 'Passionate, powerful and poignant' **** (EdinburghGuide.com). �A piece of creative genius� **** (AllEdinburghTheatre.com). Part of the Made In Scotland Showcase 2024. MadeInScotlandShowcase.com

Location Assembly George Square

subvenue Gordon Aikman Theatre

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Musical Comedy, stand-up

Flo & Joan: The Joan & Flo Show

Well, it looks like it's time to get your ears syringed because acclaimed musical comedy duo Flo & Joan are taking to the stage, and they have some quote unquote music and/or comedy to fill a percentage of your time. There'll be old songs, new songs, nothing borrowed and their vocal coach is Duncan from Blue. As seen on their Amazon special Alive on Stage, Comic Relief, Live at the Apollo, the Royal Variety Performance and Russell Howard Hour. 'Goes down a storm' **** (Times). 'Intricately crafted, flawlessly performed' **** (Telegraph).

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio Three

international, event

Seoul Art Awards

Our mission is to celebrate and foster global cultural exchange in the performing arts, transcending language barriers. The Seoul Arts Awards recognizes and honors exceptional talents in various fields, including physical theatre, arts circus, family shows, and beyond. Join us in celebrating the power of performing arts in bridging cultures and promoting artistic excellence on an international stage. Be a part of this extraordinary journey of creativity and inspiration at the Seoul Arts Awards!

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue BallRoom

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improv

Spontaneous Potter: The Unofficial Improvised Parody

Grab your wands and apparate yourselves to the box office! A very magical improv show awaits... Spontaneous Potter is an entirely improvised Harry Potter comedy play, based on an audience suggestion of a fanfiction title. An entirely new Potter adventure is magically improvised on the spot � with live musical accompaniment! Previous titles include: Harry Potter and the Neville Wears Prada, Harry Potter and the Rise of the Planet of the Snapes, Harry Potter and the Struggle for a Decent Mortgage in This Economy. (NB: 16+ age restriction!)

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue Bijou

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Drag, cabaret

Séayoncé: She Must Be Hung!

The legendary Ghost-Whisperer returns and this time it's a witch trial! It's time to figure out which witch is which? Will everyone's favourite co-medium survive? Will she literally give up the Ghost? One thing is for certain: she simply must be hung! A bewitching night of mystical debauchery, cabaret ballads and camp theatrics. Join S�ayonc� and murderous accomplice Leslie-Ann for a hexceptional evening where we raise the stakes... and burn the witch. You're spell-bound to be scared stiff. 'Hilarious, outrageous, fabulously queer show' ***** (Deadline.com). 'Perfect drag duo that transcend comedic talent' (BroadwayBaby.com).

Location Assembly George Square Gardens

subvenue Piccolo Tent

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solo show, stand-up

Angela Barnes Is Getting Worked Up (WIP)

Join Angela Barnes (Mock The Week, Live At The Apollo, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, The News Quiz) as she tries out some new ideas she's working on for her upcoming tour. There will be stories, there will be successes, there will be noble failures and there will definitely be jokes - so come along to find out which is which... 'She's just a gloriously down-to-earth, straight talking and extremely funny comic' (Guardian). 'Great punchlines galore' **** (Edinburgh Festivals Magazine). 'A topical and heart-warming hour of comedy' **** (Voice).

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio Three

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solo show, stand-up

Dara Ó Briain: My Entire Life is a Work In Progress (Work in Progress)

You know the guy. Used to be big in this town. Then, Mock The Week, Taskmaster etc. Dara’s first Edinburgh run since 2005. His previous show ’So, Where Were We?” played 173 performances, across four continents and 21 countries, from Vancouver to Auckland, winning the Chortle Award for Best Comedy Tour 2023 en route. ‘His set is a masterclass in intelligent, no-frills stand-up’ (Guardian). ‘...ever-affable, ever-quick O Briain...flaunting his lightning quick wit' (Chortle). ‘A master of the stand up form’ (Scotsman).

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue Music Hall

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stand-up

Milton Jones: Ha!Milton

This is not a musical. Milton Jones is tone deaf and has no sense of rhythm, but at least he doesn't make a song and dance about it. He has more important things to discuss. Like giraffes... and there's a bit about tomatoes. You might know him from Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo, BBC Radio 4, or that time he stood for the Scottish National Party, fought a hard campaign, but in the end had to respect the wishes of the people of Cardiff. A whole new show of daftness. You know it makes sense.

Location Assembly Hall

subvenue Main Hall

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dance, performance art

Victory Boogie Woogie / the pleasure of stepping off a horse when it's moving at full speed

In these two explosive, intimate physical poems by Charles Pas and Courtney May Robertson, desires and fears collide in an attempt to embrace the contradictions that make up a multifaceted human. They place themselves in dystopian in-between spaces exploring what it means to continually harness oneself. Their bodies engage in battles with sampled worlds consisting of sound and video. Elements play each other off like wild jazz improvisation. It's anyone's guess who's actually in control. Programmed by Dance Base in collaboration with Assembly.

Location Assembly @ Dance Base

subvenue Dance Base 1

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international, Artist(s) of Colour

Ananta, The Eternal by Aparna Ramaswamy

'Aparna Ramaswamy preserves ancient dance forms with stunning virtuosity and expressiveness to create a living tradition that is resonant for modern times' (Boston Globe). Award-winning choreographer Aparna Ramaswamy weaves together threads of body, memory, desire and devotion to describe the eternal relationship between the deity and the devotee. Sisters and acclaimed Bharatanatyam dancers/choreographers Aparna Ramaswamy and Ashwini Ramaswamy come together for their first duet evening. Programmed by Dance Base in collaboration with Assembly.

Location Assembly @ Dance Base

subvenue Dance Base 3

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comedy, storytelling

Remythed

Do you mind if we tell you some stories? Remythed takes the myths and legends from the backgrounds of its performers and reshapes, reforms, and retells them. From Sheherazade, to Anansi, by way of Lady Godiva – see our stories in ways you've never seen them before, in a show full of insight, dreams and wisdom that'll leave you joyful, a bit tearful and questioning every story you've ever been told. LGBTQIA+ people have always been here; it's time our collective myths reflected that fact. Remythed delights in a joyful reimagination of what queer history could look like.

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Downstairs

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dance, Hip Hop

PACK

Five dancers, five guys, 40° in the studio. Hip-hop, breaking, contemporary and everything that fits in between. Colliding and rebounding. Hardening up and loosening up. Being alone or being part of it. One group, one PACK. We see a group testing the limits of their bodies. We hear their weight crashing on the dance floor and feel the breeze. Sometimes weightlessly whirling overhead, sometimes knotted up inside themselves. What connects them? What rules and roles make up their togetherness? How does a common place emerge? Programmed by Dance Base in collaboration with Assembly.

Location Assembly @ Dance Base

subvenue Dance Base 1

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dance, political

Futuristic Folktales

Futuristic Folktales – a dance for hope scrutinises reproductive injustices by re-imagining the tale of the first womb, a folkloric creation narrative often silenced. The performers attempt to tell this momentous tale through storytelling, contemporary movement, Scottish Highland dance and acts of birth and un-birth, alongside an evocative soundscape of experimental bagpipes composed by Malin Lewis. The performance invites audiences to engage in collective resistance and seeks to further dance as a form of political protest – otherwise, why dance? Programmed by Dance Base in collaboration with Assembly. MadeInScotlandShowcase.com

Location Assembly @ Dance Base

subvenue Dance Base 3

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contemporary, performance art

Impasse

An attempt to understand politics of the Black body in contemporary western society, interrogating notions of representation and misrepresentation. In this powerful work, two performers confront biased narratives etched onto Black bodies throughout history. Narratives, steeped in cultural imperialism, violence, exploitation, marginalisation, and powerlessness, are laid bare with raw physicality and emotional intensity. By challenging historical racial projections of blackness � its crudeness, threat, sexuality, rage and immorality � the performance unveils power, grace, sensuality, tenderness, intelligence and love. Impasse reclaims our humanity and celebrates the autonomy, self-determination of Black bodies. Programmed by Dance Base in collaboration with Assembly.

Location Assembly @ Dance Base

subvenue Dance Base 1

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comedy, music

Dear Billy

A LOVE LETTER TO THE BIG YIN FROM THE PEOPLE OF SCOTLAND Written and performed by Gary McNair and directed by Joe Douglas. A National Theatre of Scotland production    There’s a guy. You know him. You know…big hair, wee beard, glasses, talks like that. You know? You know. The guy…The Big Yin.   Billy Connolly needs no introduction. He is a national treasure.  From the shipyards of the Clydeside to his trailblazing and extraordinary stage and movie exploits, he is woven into Scottish culture. An expert team of story gatherers has created a collection of these moving and hilarious tales. Gary McNair, one of Scotland’s best theatre makers, has turned these stories into show celebrating the Big Yin and what he means to us. Gary is hitting the road with a band, collecting more stories as they go, making every show different. Each one a unique chance to laugh, sing, and celebrate the man and the legend with a show that will have you in stiches! ‘Vivid, funny and poignant’★★★★★The Guardian ‘Moving, fascinating and often hilarious’★★★★★The Scotsman ‘Populist, funny and poignant’★★★★★Scottish Daily Mail ‘A gloriously masterful 90 minutes of theatre’★★★★★The Telegraph ‘Joyous’★★★★★All Edinburgh Theatre

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue Music Hall

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dance, LGBTQ+

Man & Board

At first Man & Board is an unlikely pairing of Rob's moving body with a ritualised wooden board with which he sings, he dances, he wins and he loses. Dig deeper to find a solo � arguably a duet � infused with autobiographical and queer undertones. An impassioned show about tradition, heritage, and masculinity where a gay father celebrates his Irish cultural heritage as he passes it on to his adopted son. Sharing traditional love songs and lullabies, Man and Board brings old traditions into new places, new times. Programmed by Dance Base in collaboration with Assembly.

Location Assembly @ Dance Base

subvenue Dance Base 3

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comedy, absurdist

The Passion of Andrea 2

The Passion of Andrea 2 is like trying to hold soap when it’s wet. Masquerading as a sequel to an earlier, non-existent version of itself, The Passion of Andrea 2 is a mischievous con artist of a dance theatre piece about feelings of uneasiness, the inability to fully understand and the painful desire for more. It is the solution that constantly escapes us. It is a medieval fable, magic trick, deadly game, bizarre dance-off, absurdist musical and sci-fi epic, all in one. Programmed by Dance Base in collaboration with Assembly.

Location Assembly @ Dance Base

subvenue Dance Base 1

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sculpture, Hip Hop

Golem

Golem is an artistic dialogue between dancer and choreographer Julien Carlier and 75-year-old sculptor Mike Sprogis. Through their different disciplines and ages, Golem is constructed as a distorting mirror of their life paths. One interprets dance as an ephemeral sculpture in motion, the other sees the sculptor's gestures as a source of dance. On stage, the manipulated clay blurs the boundary between the inert and the living. An organic, sensitive, beautiful piece that speaks to us about the passage of time, our repeated gestures and their impact on body and mind. Programmed by Dance Base in collaboration with Assembly.

Location Assembly @ Dance Base

subvenue Dance Base 3

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comedy

HÄNS OFF + VIPs

Listen bishës. You're on ze guestlist. So join ze kookiest party in town... Award-winning drag king Daisy Doris May and an outrageous line-up of special guests presents HÄNS OFF + VIPs for one night only. Line-up includes Wesley Dykes, Lucinda Behind and Namaste Bae.

Location Assembly George Square Gardens

subvenue Piccolo Tent

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theatre, improv

3

Three improvisers. Endless possibilities. A unique three-act theatrical comedy experience, created in the moment by an all-star cast of improvisers (Austentatious, St Doctor's Hospital, KoolStoryBro) and very special guests. Three of the UK's finest and funniest improvisers will create a unique and hilarious hour-long play improvised entirely in the moment. In this miraculous feat of spontaneous storytelling, the three performers will play every character – inspired by three audience suggestions, a live musician and three pieces of set – to create a one-of-a-kind show. 'The FA know how to find the funny' (Guardian).

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio Two

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puppetry, Musical Comedy

Granny Norbag Saves the Planet

Granny Norbag Saves the Planet: When Doctor Tuneless threatens the planet, only Granny Norbag can save the day. Sabotaged by pirates, trolls and aliens, can she complete her quest in time for tonight's Emmerdale?

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue Front Room

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stand-up, Work in Progress

Urooj Ashfaq: It's Funny To Me (Work in Progress)

Winner: Best Newcomer, Edinburgh Comedy Awards 2023. A mix of stories and observations that Urooj thinks are funny. The show's title is defensive because she still hasn't figured out if it is funny to everybody and she's sensitive. After her Comedy Award-winning debut, one of India's most exciting comics returns with a work in progress of her new show. 'An electrifying comic talent from Mumbai' **** (Times). 'A fast-talking, quick-thinking treat' **** (Evening Standard). 'An utterly endearing comic' **** (Fest). 'A must see' ***** (WeeReview.com).

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Downstairs

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Film

EIFF: The Outrun

A vivid and unflinching adaptation of Amy Liptrot's wrenching personal memoir of addiction, powered by an extraordinary central performance from Saoirse Ronan. Addicted to hedonism, drink and drugs, a young woman must wrestle with recovery in the remote islands of Orkney whilst reckoning with her complex family history. Powered by a pounding soundtrack, a kinetic visual style and intricate narrative structure, this extraordinarily moving film is redemptive, cathartic and utterly riveting. Cert: 15.

Location EIFF @ 50 George Square

subvenue Screening Room

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EIFF: Lilies Not for Me

An intricately constructed, lyrical and heart-breaking film about two young men wrestling with their sexuality in the repressive English society of the 1920s. Told in elegant flashback, an institutionalised novelist recounts the story of his love affair with a friend, convinced their shared sexuality could be "cured". Visually striking, beautifully acted and defined by a haunting mix of romanticism and unflinching horror, this bold film bravely examines a shamefully neglected period in queer history. Cert: 18.

Location EIFF @ 50 George Square

subvenue Screening Room

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EIFF: Between the Temples

A cantor undergoing a crisis of faith runs into his high school music teacher who is intent on having a late life Bat Mitzvah in this sweet, melancholic comedy. Jason Schwartzman stars alongside Carol Kane as the unlikeliest of odd couples drawn together later in life. Beautifully shot and acted with offhand charm by a superb cast, this elegantly observed, often riotously funny film manages a delicate and moving balance between farce and love story. Cert: 15.

Location EIFF @ 50 George Square

subvenue Screening Room

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comedy, new writing

Deadheads

Miriam works in finance in Singapore. Jade is settling into post-uni life while working in a London cafe. The sisters haven't spoken in two years. They are forced to pack up their childhood home side by side. As they sort through objects, from football trophies to pitch pipes to wigs to toy poodles, the play leaps through their childhood. Will they find a way to exist together in the present, whilst both accepting and freeing themselves from the past? Deadheads looks at the complexity and joy of loving someone while also allowing them to grow and change.

Location Assembly George Square

subvenue The Crate

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EIFF: A New Kind of Wilderness

An intimate portrait of family bonds, rural life and the importance of human connection in the survival from grief. The Payne family lead an idyllic, off-the-grid lifestyle in the Norwegian wilderness. When a tragic event shatters their world, they are forced to give up their home for a less rural model of living. An ode to nature and resilience, this film is warm, potent and deeply moving. Cert: 15.

Location EIFF @ 50 George Square

subvenue Screening Room

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EIFF: My Favourite Cake (Keyke Mahboobe Man)

A profoundly moving meditation on ageing, loneliness and love in unexpected places. An elderly Iranian widow encounters a lonely taxi driver in Tehran, where female oppression and strict social structures are subverted as a delicate kinship blooms against the odds. This is a gorgeously constructed two-hander that offers a reflection on societal repression of both men and women, and a powerful note of hope that cuts through deep pain. Cert: 12A.

Location EIFF @ 50 George Square

subvenue Screening Room

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installation, immersive

Illuminated Lies

Illuminated Lies is a collaborative project presenting a collection of true stories, anecdotes, memories and musings on the subject of disinformation, fake news or misinformed beliefs. It takes the form of a classic black taxi turned into a public audiovisual art installation. Turn up anytime and listen or book a ride to become illuminated. This public installation is free and open from 5pm - midnight. Book a slot for up to 5 people for an intimate and engaging exchange with our taxi driver. Performances are free and last up to 20 mins.

Location Black Taxi at Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Black Taxi

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Film

EIFF: The Mountain Within Me

This emotional and inspiring documentary details the road to recovery for rugby player Ed Jackson after an almost fatal spinal cord injury. Chronicling Jackson's remarkable journey and embrace of mountaineering, the film explores the private and public life of a thoroughly courageous man. Ed has also established a charity which uses the outdoors and adventure to support others facing similarly challenging situations. Starkly honest, unsentimental and unflinching in its examination of a life forever changed, this beautiful film is moving and thought provoking. Cert: 12A.

Location EIFF @ 50 George Square

subvenue Screening Room

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sketch show, compilation

Grubby Little Mitts Presents: Sketch Book

Grubby Little Mitts presents a new material night dedicated exclusively to sketch comedy! Join the Grubbs with your favourite sketch comedians as they present a scrapbook of madness! A landscape of confusion! A collage of comedy! Plus an actual artist in the audience live-depicting their comic efforts... it's sketch, doing sketch, being sketched! What could possibly go wrong?

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio Two

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Film

EIFF: All the Mountains Give

A powerful account of the Kolbari covert goods traden between the Kurdish cities and towns of Iran and borders of Iraq. The film follows Hamid and Yasser over six years as they contend with the life threatening conditions they and their families have to face to survive. A rare insight into the plight of the Kurdish people, this is an elegant portrait of a marginalised people, where the palpable sense of risk and danger is contrasted with the gentle rhythms of family life under harsh conditions. Cert: 15.

Location EIFF @ 50 George Square

subvenue Screening Room

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EIFF: Fugue (Fuga)

A richly poetic and moving film about a young person journeying to bury their lover in the heart of the Peruvian jungle. Slow revelations and reflections begin to paint a picture of the deceased and a life before as we learn of a troubling past haunted by intimidation and violence. Deliberately paced and defined by a unique visual and sonic style, this haunting and emotional film is an unforgettable sensory experience. Cert: 15.

Location EIFF @ 50 George Square

subvenue Screening Room

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EIFF: Sing Sing

With a career best performance from Colman Domingo, Sing Sing is a poignant drama that unfolds within the walls of the notorious prison in upstate New York. We meet wrongly imprisoned Divine G (Domingo), who discovers new purpose through a theatre program called Rehabilitation Through the Arts. Sing Sing is a story of resilience and the restorative impact of art, whilst offering us pieces of hope in even the darkest places. Featuring Paul Raci and a number of real-life, formerly incarcerated inmates who play versions of themselves, Sing Sing is one not to be missed. Cert: 15.

Location EIFF @ 50 George Square

subvenue Screening Room

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theatre, Neurodiversity-led

Edy Hurst's Wonderfull Discoverie of Witches in the Countie of Himself

'Bursts with comedic joy' (Skinny). 'Absolutely non-stop bonkers' (Comedy.co.uk). Hark and Boo! Recent revelations hath shone a light upon the ancestry of Edy Hurst. What visions await in our dark voyage? And why are the Vengaboys here? Supported by The Lowry and Arts Council England. Best Comedy Show nominee, Buxton Fringe. Best Alternative Act nominee, North West Comedy Awards. Seen on Next Up Comedy, BBC Radio 4.

Location Assembly George Square

subvenue The Crate

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EIFF: Blue Sun Palace

A beautiful rumination on absence, grief and the human need for connection. Far from home, Amy and Didi have built new lives for themselves in Flushing, Queens. Whilst in their massage parlour they have formed a new sense of home, tragedy will break the world they have created for themselves. With a fine cast, and the most gorgeous cinematography you will see all year, Constance Tsang’s feature debut is a sharply melancholic stunner. Cert: 15.

Location EIFF @ 50 George Square

subvenue Screening Room

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EIFF: Bogancloch

A solitary soul in the Scottish wilderness is observed living a life that is harmonious and beautiful. Over a decade on from Two Years at Sea (2011), Ben Rivers returns to the ramshackle home of forest-dwelling hermit Jake Williams. Retaining Two Years’ intimacy, Bogancloch marks subtle changes in Jake’s self-contained existence. This is a mesmerising insight into one man at the edge of the world. Cert: PG.

Location EIFF @ 50 George Square

subvenue Screening Room

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EIFF: To Kill a Wolf

A modern re-imagining of classic fable Little Red Riding Hood, this tightly calibrated film explores trauma, grief and redemption in a dangerous world. A traumatised young girl is discovered in the woods by a social pariah dealing with his own demons, set against snowy Oregon landscapes reminiscent of The Shining. Restrained and understated, this is a dark psychological drama featuring strong performances in which gradual insights and twists pack an emotional punch. Cert: 15.

Location EIFF @ 50 George Square

subvenue Screening Room

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dance, contemporary

Fringe Fragments

Produced by Dance Base, Fringe Fragments is a new pitching platform showcasing dance talent from around the world. Designed as a public event and industry showcase, audiences can see excerpts from tour-ready performances by international and UK artists. As well as enjoying a jam-packed hour of new choreography, there will also be an opportunity to hear from and get to know the artists. So, whether you're an industry professional or simply a lover of dance, Fringe Fragments will feed your interest and offer fresh insights into new international dance.

Location Assembly @ Dance Base

subvenue Dance Base 1

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EIFF: Lynda Myles Celebrates: Gala & Kiwi

A gritty and emotional drama about two women forced to face hard truths about their friendship. During a wild, drunken night, surprising details about the girls' past are revealed. This leads them to question the foundation of their entire friendship. With dynamic camerawork, riveting performances and an expert sense of atmosphere and pace, the film creates a world familiar to anyone who has ever experienced a complicated friendship. Introduced by producer, screenwriter and former EIFF Director, Lynda Myles. Cert: 12A. Screens with Siesta (US, 9 min)

Location EIFF @ 50 George Square

subvenue Screening Room

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stand-up

Joanne McNally: Work in Progress

Variety Magazine's Comic To Watch for 2024. After a sell-out global tour with her critically acclaimed show The Prosecco Express, Joanne is back In Edinburgh doing a work in progress before she starts the whole f*ckin' rigmarole again.

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Underground

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EIFF: Timestalker

Alice Lowe’s vibrant second feature offers a playful take on the romantic comedy with a reincarnation twist. Agnes chases her true love across the centuries, but can’t quite seem to get the happy ending she’s looking for. Her various unlucky deaths and a cast of offbeat side characters repeatedly get in her way. Packed with laughs and a host of familiar faces including Aneurin Barnard, Jacob Anderson, Nick Frost, Kate Dickie and Tanya Reynolds, this genre-defying romp is as emotionally insightful as it is entertaining. Cert: 15. Screens with Don't Hate Me (UK, 12min).

Location EIFF @ 50 George Square

subvenue Screening Room

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EIFF: Sunlight

A darkly comedic, subversive and uniquely realised road trip film about a monkey, a man and a dead man’s watch. A woman escaping a toxic relationship ends up on the road in a monkey suit with a man seeking retribution from his dead father. Written, produced and directed by Fringe stalwart Nina Conti, who also stars as a life-size iteration of her stand-up sidekick, this is fantastically absurd, original and funny. A natural, inventive extension of Conti's sell-out comedy act. Cert: 15.

Location EIFF @ 50 George Square

subvenue Screening Room

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Alternative Comedy, Drag

idiots... GAY idiots

'London's best clich�-free drag nights' (Time Out). idiots... GAY idiots is a stupid, glorious 'alternative comedy smorgasbord' (ReviewsHub.com) presented by the viciously hilarious Jennifer Schmennifer and vindictive silent clown Grace Fool. Expect vaudevillian variety ranging from weird to very weird (usually funny). The cult cabaret makes its Edinburgh debut, rounding up the Fringe's funniest idiots and forcing them to give you the most hilariously idiotic night out of your life.

Location Assembly George Square Gardens

subvenue Piccolo Tent

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music

Paul Williams Plays the Hits

For one night only, the Taskmaster NZ star and Lorde�s favourite Kiwi musician ('That was really nice of her' � Paul) plays the hits at this year�s Fringe. Fresh from the launch of his sophomore album in London and shows in New York, LA and New Zealand, Paul plays a special late-night gig, featuring the best of Surf Music and his brand-new album. 'He's polymath, a modern-day Renaissance Man... an excellent, earnest piece of pop music that feels individual and unique' (The Spinoff.co.nz).

Location Assembly Checkpoint

subvenue Checkpoint

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EIFF: Xibalba Monster (Monstruo de Xibalba)

A delicate portrait of a young Mexican boy, struggling to deal with the death of his parents, who wants to know what happens when we die. The boy forms an unlikely friendship with a local hermit whose inconceivable age and ailing health feeds his curiosity along with the world around him, which is full of mystery and intrigue. Beautifully shot and featuring a captivating, charismatic central performance, this is a deeply moving film about the circle of life, the human experience and the order of the natural world. Cert: 12A.

Location EIFF @ 50 George Square

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EIFF: smiles and kisses you

An insightful and moving documentary about a thirty-something man and his relationship with the life-size AI doll he lives with, who is animated through an app. The real focus of this beautiful film is his honest reflection and the complex personal history that has led him to develop this confined yet very real relationship with the doll. This is a clear-eyed, open-hearted and fascinating take on machine learning and AI, and the social implications for people who may seek safety and control over their circumstances in ways they cannot find elsewhere in life. Cert: 15.

Location EIFF @ 50 George Square

subvenue Screening Room

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Film

EIFF: And Mrs

A funny, touching exploration of fidelity, strength and the lengths we go to honour our commitments. When Gemma’s (BAFTA winner Aisling Bea) American fiancé (Emmy nominee Colin Hanks) dies shortly before their wedding day, she decides to marry him anyway, facing public opinion, legal challenges, and family objections. With funny and moving performances, Daniel Reisinger’s romantic comedy is an unconventional celebration of love ‘till death do us part’. Cert: 15.

Location EIFF @ 50 George Square

subvenue Screening Room

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contemporary, theatre

Fault Lines

As our planet's voice gets louder, are we ready to listen? Fault Lines pulls at the tension in our relationship with nature. Our constant pursuit of progress increasing the speed of life has left us out of sync with the natural world. Survivors emerge from the rubble of a scorched earth. Within changing landscapes created from striking digital illustrations and evocative music, our survivors navigate the world; racing towards an unknown future. Fault Lines explores our environmental impact but asks what happens when we stand together with hope? What will that take?

Location Assembly @ Dance Base

subvenue Dance Base 3

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EIFF: A Shrine

A middle-aged man builds a mobile religious shrine to make money in this darkly funny and moving exploration of consequences. Confronted by the success of this get-rich-quick scheme, a crisis of conscience forces our hero into a spiral of remorse and self-examination. Deceptively simple and superbly acted, this elegantly subversive film doubles as an intriguing window into the diasporic Iranian community in Montreal. Cert: 15.

Location EIFF @ 50 George Square

subvenue Screening Room

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international, Artist(s) of Colour

Nak Dara

Nak Dara is a Malay term that suggests 'a virgin' or 'wanting a virgin'. It is a solo performance that sheds the multi-faceted representations of a woman�s body, and its intersections with feminine pleasure and erotic agency. Interweaving only the body and batik fabric, Hasyimah Harith immerses herself in the personhood of a Malay-Muslim woman. From cradle to death, these creased pieces of fabric are an accompaniment for femininity through acts of twisting and tying to close the chest, also known as 'kemban'. Programmed by Dance Base in collaboration with Assembly.

Location Assembly @ Dance Base

subvenue Dance Base 1

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stand-up

Vittorio Angelone: Who Do You Think You Are? I Am!

Following the success of his ginormous 75-date run with 74 sold-out shows (thanks Middlesbrough) viral sensation and all-round great guy Vittorio Angelone comes to the Fringe for two nights only! After a five-star, sold-out, award-nominated debut (which solved literally every problem in the world) his new show looks inward to find out who exactly he thinks he is. As seen on the internet, unless your algorithm hasn't blessed you thusly. Tour support for Russell Howard, Sam Morril, Adam Rowe and Shane Todd.

Location Assembly George Square

subvenue Gordon Aikman Theatre

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EIFF: Armand

A tightly wound and exhilarating drama that examines the assumptions that adults make whilst trying to uncover the truth. When Elisabeth is called in to her sons’ school, she is shocked to discover that he has been accused of crossing boundaries with one of his classmates. Renate Reinsve (The Worst Person in the World) leads an ensemble cast in this claustrophobic chamber piece that won the Camera D'Or in Cannes. Cert: 15.

Location EIFF @ 50 George Square

subvenue Screening Room

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stand-up, LGBTQ+

Andrew White: Young, Gay and a Third Thing

Andrew White has been described by Joe Lycett as 'very exciting and very funny' and by teachers as 'a pleasure to teach (gay)'. Join the fast-rising stand-up for a hilarious hour of new material tackling identity, authenticity and musical-theatre themed weddings. As heard on Trusty Hogs, What's Upset You Now and BBC Radio 4. Tour support for Catherine Bohart, Kiri Pritchard-McLean, Troy Hawke and Helen Bauer. 'Rampantly engaging' **** (List). 'Definitely one to watch' (Joe Lycett). 'Go see him, he's sublime' (Maisie Adam). 'Not to be missed!' (Daily Record).

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Snug Bar

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solo show, stand-up

Urooj Ashfaq: Oh No!

2023's Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best Newcomer winner and one of India's most exciting comics returns for a limited run. Urooj not only has a degree in psychology but later went on to be in therapy herself. What's her show about, you ask? I think you should ask yourself why you insist on knowing everything. Okay, I'll tell you: the show is about her, her family, things that annoy her, and things she loves... Please come to my show. I love you. 'An electrifying comic talent' **** (Times). 'A must-see' ***** (TheWeeReview.com). 'Utterly endearing' **** (Fest).

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Central

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EIFF: The Ceremony

Two migrant workers find themselves thrown together in a quest to bury a body in this hypnotic and visually stunning drama. A fight over stolen property and a tragic death brings together two very different men for a hypnotic and moving odyssey across the Yorkshire landscape in search of a suitable burial place. Beautifully directed and performed and shot in stark black and white with a vivid sense of visual splendour, this humane and moving film packs quite the emotional punch. Cert: 15.

Location EIFF @ 50 George Square

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EIFF: Lollipop

A stirring and powerful film about a young mother, recently released from prison and desperate to maintain custody of her two young children. Just when things appear to be at their darkest and most desperate for Molly (Posy Sterling), a chance encounter with an old school friend might be the start of a road towards a brighter future. Writer/Director Daisy-May Hudson brings wit, warmth and humanity to this beautiful story of individuals on the margins of society bonding in the face of unimaginable hardship. Cert: 15.

Location EIFF @ 50 George Square

subvenue Screening Room

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EIFF: The Radleys

Bloodthirsty, dark comedy about a suppressed family of vampires, adapted from Matt Haig’s (The Midnight Library) titular novel by Jo Brand and Talitha Stevenson. When their teenage daughter is assaulted by a classmate and an unexpected thirst for blood is awakened, her family is forced to disclose their true nature. The arrival of her arrogant, openly vampiric uncle accelerates the unravelling of the false front they have created. Featuring Damian Lewis, Kelly Macdonald and Harry Baxendale all on excellent form, this is a fresh, inventive take on the vampire genre. Cert: 15.

Location EIFF @ 50 George Square

subvenue Screening Room

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EIFF: Acting

An immersive documentary from acclaimed director Sophie Fiennes, looking behind the scenes of the acting process, from voice exercises to text analysis and the thrills of performance. In an old castle, theatre director Declan Donnellan leads a dozen young actors as they work on Shakespeare's Macbeth. His insights unlock their imagination and help them find their own way through this challenging text. Full of passionate and hard-working artists, this film is a celebration of artistic collaboration and reminds us of the enduring power of the Scottish Play. Cert: 12A.

Location EIFF @ 50 George Square

subvenue Screening Room

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talk, improv

Grace & Gracey

Chris Grace (Superstore) and Jon Gracey (No Rolls Barred) met last year. Their names are very similar, which means they will be very funny together. Improv, goofs, laughs: this show will have at least two! WORLD PREMIERE!

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio Two

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musical theatre

Shark in the Park

Timothy Pope is looking through his telescope – but wait, is that a Shark, in the Park!?   From the creative team behind ‘The Hairy Maclary show’ and ‘You Choose’ - see all 3 of Nick Sharratt’s ‘Shark in the Park’ books live on Stage! Featuring all 3 of the ‘Shark in the Park’ Series – Shark in the Park, Shark in the Dark and Shark in the Park on a Windy Day – this fin-tastic, family musical follows Timothy Pope (and his telescope!) on 3 exciting adventures...

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue BallRoom

verbatim, new writing

Fatherland - CANCELLED

Hot, acclaimed, 5-month sold-out run in Los Angeles, Fatherland comes to Edinburgh before its Off-Broadway run at Manhattan Theatre Club. This compelling docu-drama tells the riveting true story of the 19-year-old son who turned in his father to the FBI for his role in the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol. Fast-moving, powerful, and theatrical, Fatherland erupts verbatim from official court transcripts, case evidence, and public statements. Hailed as a “masterpiece,” critics praise Fatherland as “brilliant” and “not to be missed.” The Los Angeles Times exclaimed, “A powerful new documentary play, Fatherland, will leave you shaken.”

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue BallRoom

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dance, performance art

MOVED : Victory Boogie Woogie / the pleasure of stepping off a horse when it's moving at full speed

In these two explosive, intimate physical poems by Charles Pas and Courtney May Robertson, desires and fears collide in an attempt to embrace the contradictions that make up a multifaceted human. They place themselves in dystopian in-between spaces exploring what it means to continually harness oneself. Their bodies engage in battles with sampled worlds consisting of sound and video. Elements play each other off like wild jazz improvisation. It's anyone's guess who's actually in control. Programmed by Dance Base in collaboration with Assembly.

Location Assembly @ Dance Base

subvenue Dance Base 3

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London Afrobeat Collective

Location George Square Spiegeltent

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Blues

Blues Afternoon: Jerron Paxton | Doug MacLeod | Mark Harrison Band

Location George Square Spiegeltent

subvenue Spiegeltent

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Vocal

Red Stripe Band

Location George Square Spiegeltent

subvenue Spiegeltent

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Swing/trad

The Swing Cats

Location Assembly George Square Piccolo

subvenue Piccolo

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Modern Jazz

Soweto Kinch

Location George Square Spiegeltent

subvenue Spiegeltent

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Vocal

Nicole Smit Sings Jazz

Location Assembly George Square Piccolo

subvenue Piccolo

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FLUX

Riot Jazz Brass Band

Location George Square Spiegeltent

subvenue Spiegeltent

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Blues

Blues Afternoon: Dixie Fried | Gerry Jablonsky | Blues N Trouble

Location George Square Spiegeltent

subvenue Spiegeltent

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Blues

Jerron Paxton

Location George Square Spiegeltent

subvenue Spiegeltent

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Modern Jazz

Ewan Hastie

Location Assembly George Square Piccolo

subvenue Piccolo

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Vocal

Sister Cookie

Location George Square Spiegeltent

subvenue Spiegeltent

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Funk

James Brown is Annie

Location Assembly George Square Piccolo

subvenue Piccolo

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exhibition

Zimbabwe Sculpture

An exhibition of remarkable stone sculptures from new and established Zimbabwean artists. Zimbabwe is renowned for some of the best sculptural work in the world, drawing inspiration from natural and spirit life. The exhibition is open daily, and sculptures are available to purchase. 'These sculptures have an immediate impact beyond their place of origin... brilliantly adventurous' (Sunday Times). 'Phenomenal, a glimpse of what Africa has to offer' (Sunday Telegraph).

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studios Bar

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solo show, storytelling

Jessie Cave: An Ecstatic Display

Jessie Cave opens up about a number of things: social anxiety and monogamy, couple's therapy and parenting failures. She questions Mother Nature and examines why she might be addicted to giving birth. Hopefully it's funny.

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Upstairs

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comedy, LGBTQ+

The Old Queen's Head

Who's your go to? Your ride or die? Your best friend? Your mum? Not David. His is the late Queen Elizabeth II, obviously. Listening to Lizzie has always kept David safe. Until now. Having tasted the sweet nectar of queer life, David stands at a crossroads. In the face of a brutal break-up, David is forced to question a lifetime's advice to never be 'too much, too obvious, too different'. Will David follow his inner voice or heed the guidance of his royal confidant? Only one Queen can prevail.

Location Assembly George Square

subvenue The Box

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comedy, storytelling

Glitch

10-year high school reunion. Lost dreams. Lost friends. Lost your shit when you reunited with the one.Things should have been better. But life seems to have encountered a glitch. Where do you go from here??

Location Assembly George Square

subvenue The Crate

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stand-up, storytelling

Maeve Press: Failure Confetti

Maeve Press spent 17 years under special education observation. She's now received written reports highlighting everything wrong with her. Today, she unboxes them. 'Absolutely shines with a brilliance beyond her years.' (AVClub.com). Maeve is a comedian, actress and writer from New York City. She was the youngest comedian ever to perform at Boston's Women in Comedy Festival and has been seen on Everything's Gonna Be Okay (Freeform), Too Many Buddhas (co-starring Maria Bamford) and Before Your Very Eyes (Off-Broadway). 'Has a sensitive heart encased in an armor of spiky sarcasm' (New York Times).

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio Four

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comedy, drama

The Last Laugh

The Last Laugh sees three legendary comedians – Tommy Cooper, Eric Morecambe and Bob Monkhouse – sitting in a dressing room, discussing the secret of life, death, comedy and what it means to be funny. Written and directed by the award-winning Paul Hendy and starring Edinburgh Fringe-legend Bob Golding as Morecambe, Damian Williams as Cooper and Simon Cartwright as Monkhouse, The Last Laugh is warm, funny, nostalgic and poignant. Not to be missed.

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio One

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magic, comedy

Mojo and Jimmy: The Comedy Magic Spectacular

A magic show meets a Pixar movie! The annual comedy-magic extravaganza in Happyvale takes an unexpected turn into a thrilling adventure to rescue the forest! Experience awe, laughter and tears of joy as Mojo the Monkey and Jimmy the Tomato guide you on this rollercoaster of amazement. Co-created by a Broadway magician and the world champion of magic, Dom Chambers and Simon Coronel, who were hailed as 'genius' by Simon Cowell and 'perfect' by Penn & Teller.

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio Three

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solo show, theatre

Chris Grace: Sardines (A Comedy About Death)

Chris Grace returns to Fringe after his 2023 sell-out show Scarlett Johansson. Sardines explores the tragic, hilarious, and important questions of our time: Can we enjoy life if we know how it ends? Does making art actually help? And if Rihanna's song is called "Don't Stop the Music", why does the music... stop? Find out in this insightful and vulnerable comedy. "If you're cool like me, you'll love Chris Grace" – Ed Gamble.

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio Five

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LGBTQ+, storytelling

An Asian Queer Story: Coming Out to Dead People

When his mother was diagnosed with cancer, Ricky was faced with a question: Is now the right time to come out? After rave reviews at Edinburgh Fringe 2023, Ricky Sim returns with this grief comedy on growing up in the noughties, ways to keep his boyfriend (with Sean Paul's help), and means of acceptance. Directed by Ryan Cunningham, an Emmy-winning producer/director, the show debuted in Off West End in London and Off Broadway. 2024 OffFest finalist. 'Raunchy and darkly comic wonder' ***** (EdFringeReview.com). 'Beautifully heartbreaking' **** (BroadwayWorld.com). 'Painfully powerful' **** (TheWeeReview.com).

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Downstairs

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circus, dance

Rêves

R�ves is a show about memory and childhood, a meditation on life, death and God, and a powerful evocation of an upcoming world where the scent of flowers haunts the dreams of a man... but it is also a creation that never stops talking about love and hope. And beauty. There are six of them on stage, six boys, shaped by an awareness of the perfect gesture and carried by the desire to be there, alive and strong. They are all Ukrainian, their homeland seems to vibrate underfoot, and they embody the power of a people facing violence.

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Central

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solo show, comedy

Alison Larkin: Grief... A Comedy

The English-American writer/comedian returns to the UK with the world premiere of this 'improbably funny, life-affirming, bright bauble of a piece' about love, loss and hope (Berkshire Eagle). Alison found true love for the first time in her 50s with an Indian climate scientist who had also immigrated to the US. Then he died. Then something wildly unexpected happened. When Archbishop Desmond Tutu found out about it, he insisted she write this show. So if you don't like it, you can blame him. Music by Gary Schreiner. 'Alison Larkin is hugely entertaining... marvelously light-footed' (Times).

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio Two

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Family-friendly, a cappella

Out of the Blue

Following their five-star, fan-favourite run at the Fringe last year, OOTB are back again for their 20th year with tighter harmonies, crazier choreography and enough high notes to reach the stratosphere! Out of the Blue is an internationally acclaimed a cappella group from the University of Oxford and, after jet-setting across the world earlier this year, the group is excited to return to their home turf to showcase new talent and new songs. Don't miss your chance to see these singers in action for an hour of incredible music with something for everyone!

Location Assembly George Square

subvenue Gordon Aikman Theatre

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spoken word, stand-up

Rob Auton: The Eyes Open and Shut Show

This is a show about eyes when they are open and eyes when they are shut. With this show I wanted to explore what I could do to myself and others with language when eyes are open and shut. After writing ten shows on specific themes, I wanted to think about what makes me open my eyes and what makes me shut them. 'A genuine original' (Guardian). 'The mother freaking greatest' (James Acaster). 'Very hilarious' (David Shrigley). 'A genius' (Bridget Christie). 'Makes laughter out of wonder. We need him' (Scotsman).

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Upstairs

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spoken word, storytelling

Carousel

'Teddy told me that in Greek, nostalgia literally means, 'the pain from an old wound'. It's a twinge in your heart, far more powerful than memory alone'. Ivo Graham, who has watched this Mad Men clip approximately 100 times, steps away from the frivolity of his stand-up and invites you onto his own carousel: around and around, backwards and forwards, to the places he aches to go again. A searingly direct, exquisitely soundtracked story of a life, as workshopped last year in the Green. Good luck at your next meeting.

Location Assembly George Square

subvenue The Box

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multimedia, stand-up

Ted Hill: 110 Percent Normal

Ted Hill – 'genuinely hilarious' ***** (BroadwayBaby.com) – is weird. His clothes are weird. His vibes are weird. His comedy is weird. He's always been a weird little ADHD weirdo. But now he must grow up and do some proper, traditional stand-up comedy. There will* be NO multimedia mayhem, definitely NO computer chaos and absolutely ZERO silliness. 'Few comedians harness the frenetic activity of their minds quite as comprehensively as Ted Hill' (Chortle.co.uk). 'Hill's childish energy belies the slickness of his tech and his irrepressible nerd's fondness for graphs' (Scotsman). *probably

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio Four

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physical theatre, clown

I am Claire Parry (very funny stand-up)

I am Claire Parry (very funny stand-up). 'Mesmerising clowning' ***** (Express). 'Seriously silly' ***** (Everything-Theatre.co.uk). 'Hysterical' **** (VoiceMag.uk). 'Masterful' **** (TheatreWeekly.com). 'Very funny stand-up' ****** (Claire Parry). Made with directorial and dramaturgical support from Cecily Nash and Alex Prescot.

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Snug Bar

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solo show, Character Comedy

Mum & I Don't Talk Anymore by Milanka Brooks

A funny, candid and poignant solo show about the unique and crazy relationship between Milanka and her flamboyant Serbian mother, Lela. A touching story of a female double-act who together hustled their way through life’s challenges. Two women who’d discuss everything from perfecting their exercise routine, to libertine lovers to scissoring. But why do Mum and Milanka not talk anymore? World premiere and writing debut by/starring Milanka Brooks (Black Mirror: USS Callister, Benidorm and The Windsors). Directed by Ben Cavey (Producer of Bad Education, Jack Whitehall: Travels With My Father, Grandma's House and Psychobitches).

Location Assembly George Square

subvenue The Crate

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Family-friendly, improv

Aaaand Now for Something Completely Improvised

Improv legends Racing Minds return to Edinburgh for their 11th year of unscripted escapades! A doddery grandfather can't quite remember his ripping yarn, but with your help, a mystery stuffed with hilarious characters, whip-smart wit and breathtaking twists will take hasty shape before your very eyes. Anything could happen, but excitement is guaranteed in this improvised comic adventure based entirely on audience suggestions! 'Clever, funny and satisfying' (SundayTimes). 'Crafted by the gods of comedy' ***** (ThreeWeeks). 'Insanely original' ***** (TheNewCurrent.co.uk). 'Improv at its very best' (BroadwayBaby.com). Suitable for all ages.

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio Three

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Alternative Comedy, solo show

Gracie and the Start of the End of the World (Again)

Gracie is looking for love, and it's been tough. Despite what people say, there definitely aren't plenty more fish in the sea. Now, in one last totally-not-desperate shot, she wants to see if you – yes, YOU – could be The One. Oh, and did she mention, she’s a jellyfish? An immortal, pop culture obsessed, very horny jellyfish, with a pretty big confession to make... An extinction-level comedy about heartbreak, revolution and surviving the apocalypse. ART Award Winner 2024.

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Outside

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comedy, new writing

Good Luck, Cathrine Frost!

Smash-hit, one-woman show from the award-winning Det Andre Teatret is coming to Edinburgh! Nominated for Best Theatre Play by the prestigious Hedda award. Did you know Socrates was pregnant? Oh yes! He and his colleagues in Athens gave birth constantly. To something immortal, pure and civilized: ideas! Cathrine just gave life to a boring ugly baby. A true story about the universal act of being born, and how Socrates "forgot" to talk about it. A clever, funny, existential play about philosophy and childbirth – with a touch of dubstep and karate.

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio One

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theatre, storytelling

Isabelle Farah: Nebuchadnezzar

A silly show about love and war. Join Isabelle for her third show, an hour of stand-up, characters and irreverent storytelling: a love story! In Ancient Babylon! A king, a queen, an assistant, some revolting peasants, a break up, a reunion, and finally, a hanging garden. Throw in some pop culture, insincerity, and approximately 4.3% historical fact. Praise for previous work: 'Spellbinding' **** (Chortle.co.uk). 'Put at the top of your must-see list' **** (Daily Mail). 'Marvellous one woman show' **** (TheWeeReview.com). 'Devastatingly funny' **** (BritishTheatreGuide.info). 'A heat-beating performance' (Graham Norton).

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio Five

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drama, multimedia

Layers

By repeating 10 minutes of a father with dementia and his family, their seemingly incomprehensible words and actions fit together like pieces of a puzzle. This is a documentary and a true story that could happen to you. 'A truly evocative and devastating piece of art proving that innovation is the greatest aid to understanding' **** (BritishTheatreGuide.info).

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Downstairs

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theatre, improv

St Doctor's Hospital

Painfully funny improvised medical drama. For these brave front-line heroes no procedure is too convoluted, no disease too made-up and no relationship saga too inappropriate for the operating theatre. Sit back as we administer 50cc of laughs straight to your funny bone. Inspired by TV medical dramas, from Grey's Anatomy to ER – and a few words from our audience, the all-star cast will improvise a brand-new episode of your favourite show St Doctor's Hospital every day. Created by Graham Dickson, from West End smash-hit, Austentatious. 'Incredibly talented group... hilarious... a truly brilliant show' ***** (ThePhoenixRemix.com).

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio Two

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game show, interactive

Absolute Monopoly

Join comedian Benjamin Alborough as he attempts to improve Monopoly in this chaotic, high-energy game show. Audience members compete against each other and the host in a capitalist battle royale. Love or hate Monopoly, this show is for you. 'Riotously entertaining' **** (Chortle.co.uk). ***** (EdFringeReview.com).

Location Assembly George Square

subvenue The Box

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theatre, improv

Murder, She Didn't Write

Celebrating their 10th year at the Fringe! A classic murder mystery is created on the spot from audience suggestions in this ingenious and hilarious show from Fringe favourites, Degrees of Error. Lady Violet exploded on fireworks night? Madam Gold slain on the catwalk during fashion week? You decide, but will you guess whodunnit? 'Outstanding performances delivered by a seriously talented cast!' ***** (ThreeWeeks). 'Absolutely fantastic... incredibly clever... laugh-out-loud funny... a truly entertaining and hilarious take on the murder mystery and absolutely not one to miss' ***** (VoiceMag.uk). 'Hilarious... the show is a riot' (Daily Mail).

Location Assembly George Square

subvenue Gordon Aikman Theatre

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physical theatre, clown

Ironing Board Man

One man. Eight ironing boards. One epic soundtrack. Watch in awe as Jody Kamali cleverly transforms these everyday household items into the tools of an epic, action-packed Hollywood romance. An inventive physical comedy show that 'demands applause' (Scotsman). Ironing Board Man is a one-of-a-kind, original show. 'A triumph... an elaborate mime worthy of Tape Face' (Chortle.co.uk). 'There's no denying that Kamali's strengths as a clown and physical comedian make every individual moment entertaining' (Stage).‘Demands applause’ (Scotsman).

Location Assembly George Square

subvenue The Crate

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game show, Character Comedy

Mad Ron and Jerry

Join Mad Ron (Reg D Hunter tour support) and Jerry Bakewell (as seen on Britain's Got Talent) for a madcap hour of surreal game show and stand-up entertainment.

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Outside

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sketch show, theatre

Grubby Little Mitts: Eyes Closed, Mouths Open

Join sketch comics Grubby Little Mitts (Rosie Nicholls and Sullivan Brown) in their third magnum opus! Award-winning sketch duo Grubby Little Mitts amplifies the normal to chaotic extremes, using slapstick and absurdism to point the finger at the everyday. Their signature hyper-real style is embellished with rapid dialogue, musical interludes and an aggressively red aesthetic screaming from handmade props. Winners of the Amused Moose Comedy Award for Best Debut in 2022. 'The White Stripes of comedy' **** (TheReviewsHub.com). Will make you cry – sorry, laugh.

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio Five

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dance, true-life

Who Do Ya Love?

Get your boogie shoes ready for the official KC and the Sunshine Band musical. Featuring eight West End performers and some of the most iconic dance floor fillers of the 70s, this world premiere celebrates the early life of Harry Casey the King of Disco in a feel-good hour of big laughs and infectious music. Featuring over 20 hit tracks including Give It Up, Please Don't Go, Get Down Tonight, Boogie Shoes and That's the Way (I Like It), see the UK's next big disco musical at the very start of its journey!

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio One

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circus

Rollercoaster

Ultra-modern pop-punk juggling! Surrounded by a huge inflatable blue structure and accompanied by electro beats composed of distorted rollercoaster sounds, Peden shares his cutting-edge tricks inspired by corkscrews, adrenalin, and high-tech seatbelts. The show features a 4-meter transparent tube making balls spiral around Wes’ body, contemporary spinning plate rituals, epic 3-ball disco juggling, and invisible seatbelts providing the safety to perform some of the most difficult juggling ever done on stage!

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Central

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Disabled-led, stand-up

Alexandra Hudson: Making Lemonade

Alexandra�believes if�society thinks of her as a lemon, she's going to squeeze as much out of those misconceptions for her own gain and make herself some sweet lemonade. Alexandra's Edinburgh Fringe debut explores her experiences as a disabled woman with an Australian small-town twist. Alexandra Hudson took out joint�first place in the national final of Melbourne International Comedy Festival's RAW Comedy Competition in 2022, was a 2022 So You Think You're Funny semi-finalist and a 2023 MICF�Comedy Zone�cast member.

Location Assembly George Square

subvenue The Box

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stand-up, Work in Progress

Russell Howard: Work In Progress

Russell performs a work-in-progress show testing new material. Some jokes will last to his tour shows, some will survive just one night. Regardless it’ll be fun. Come be part of the process.

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio Two

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circus, acrobatics

N.Ormes

Provocative, dysfunctional and tender, N.Ormes is an award-winning circus show that pushes the limits of gender norms with never-before-seen acrobatic exchanges. Don't miss its Fringe comeback! Skilfully combining acrobatics and dance, we follow our two protagonists and their relationship, navigating between complicity and power struggles. Come witness this inspiring journey to see how the exchange of roles and acrobatics blurs our preconceptions! 'Poetic. Edgy' ***** (Edinburgh Festivals Magazine). 'Amazing stunts' ***** (BroadwayBaby.com). 'Original and visceral' **** (FringeReview.co.uk). 'A defiant celebration of equality in strength' **** (Scotsman).

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Upstairs

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international, stand-up

Ray O'Leary: Your Laughter Is Just Making Me Stronger

Every time Ray O'Leary (Taskmaster New Zealand) does stand-up comedy and people laugh, he gets a little bit more strong. Soon he will be the most powerful man in the universe. At the end of this show, he'll be able to lift a car above his head. Nominated for Best Newcomer at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Best Male Comedian by the New Zealand Comedy Guild. Ray is a staple on Australasian television including Have You Been Paying Attention?, The Cheap Seats and Thank God You're Here. 'Very funny' (NZHerald.co.nz).

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio Four

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stand-up, storytelling

Nic Sampson: Yellow Power Ranger

When he was 18, Nic played the Yellow Ranger in the 14th season of Power Rangers. Now years later, this shy and humble star is inviting his passionate fans (that's you) to a never-before-attempted cast reunion. This is your chance to meet Nic in person (don’t be nervous) and celebrate this beloved show you've definitely all seen. And don't worry, the other cast are definitely coming… Co-writer of Starstruck (BBC Three) and The Brokenwood Mysteries (UKTV). International Emmy Award winner. 'A sprawling beauty of a show' **** (Scotsman). **** (Telegraph, Daily Mail and Chortle.co.uk).

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Outside

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solo show, comedy

Chokeslam

A knockout solo show about one woman's love of pro wrestling. Part confessional, part exuberant oral history of sports entertainment's greatest matches and most loved characters. Acclaimed comedian Tegan Verheul leaves no Stone (Cold) unturned in her unflinchingly raw autobiographical debut that grapples with heartbreak, friendship and the healing power of bloodsport. Riotously funny, unexpectedly touching, brilliantly human. You will leave a wrestling fan.

Location Assembly George Square

subvenue The Crate

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theatre, clown

Tom Greaves: FUDGEY

In this award-winning pathetic comedy about privilege, Tom Greaves presents Fudgey: your quintessential, tone-deaf man in a suit (you know, the "harmless" type... until you find them running the country). As Fudgey's reality hits breaking point, Tom embodies a carousel of personalities in a brutal, anarchically funny and virtuosic performance, ultimately facing Fudgey's past to find his own future. Fantastically energetic, anchored in true emotion, strap in for a mind-bending, thrilling ride of laughter, tears and transformation. 'Funny, clever, and disturbing' **** (TheatreAndArtReviews.com). **** (MervsPOTFringe.com).

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Downstairs

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stand-up

Jenny Tian: Chinese Australian

In just one year, Jenny went from gigging to no audiences to becoming internet famous. Join Jenny as she dishes out all the secrets about life as a content creator. A story about hope, the internet and clout-chasing. Jenny has performed to sold-out crowds across Australia and has opened for Hannah Gadsby. Nominee – Best Comedy, Sydney Fringe. 'Jenny’s comedic timing is impeccable and her delivery is spot on' ****½ (TheatreMatters.com.au, 2023). 'Witty, grasping and clever' (TheatreTravels.org). Star of Taskmaster Australia.

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio Five

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comedy, vocal

The Beatbox Collective: What's Your Sound?

Witness mind-blowing sounds, beats, sketches and vocal agility performed by international touring beatboxers and world champions, The Beatbox Collective. Featuring a team of the UK's top vocal artists: Bass6, Ball-Zee, Hobbit and MC Zani � 'If you didn't think you were a beatbox fan before, they will prove you wrong' ***** (EdFestMag.com). This vocal supergroup creates a rhythmical masterclass that leaves you buzzing. They return with their hit show of 100% fresh vocal wizardry that is not to be missed!

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio Three

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Musical Comedy, improv

Shamilton! The Improvised Hip-Hop Musical

Baby Wants Candy's total 2023 sell-out hip-hop hit returns! We improvise an epic musical based on a historical figure/celebrity of your choosing (Genghis Khan, Paul Hollywood, Kim Kardashian, anyone!). Just like Hamilton but (ahem) better! Expect the same level of hip-hop, storytelling, stunning choreography and powerhouse singing, except made up on the spot. 'An absolute extravaganza, absolute pinnacle of improv. They freestyle lyrics that rival Lin-Manuel himself. Tremendously impressive, side-splittingly funny to the point oxygen becomes a luxury. Shamilton astounded me' ***** (Entertainment-Now.com). 'Brilliant' **** (Guardian). 'Cease and desist!' (Lin-Manuel Miranda).

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio One

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solo show, stand-up

Rahul Subramanian: Who Are You?

Mumbai-based global stand-up star Rahul Subramanian makes his Edinburgh debut. After the success of two hit stand-up shows, including releasing India's first crowd work special Rahul Talks To People, you'd think Rahul would be pretty confident in who he is as a person. Not the case. Join him in figuring it all out in Who Are You? (Disclaimer: this show will not help anyone struggling to figure out who they are, but it will be very funny.)

Location Assembly George Square

subvenue The Box

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physical theatre, theatre

The Umbilical Brothers: The Distraction

Sold out in 2023. It's a banger and it's back! Do you love staring at screens? Are you staring at a screen right now? You should get out more. Specifically to a show that has an enormous screen smack-bang in the middle of it. The Umbilicals take the energy of live performance and the spectacle of cinema and smash them together into a mind-bending show performed simultaneously on stage and on the big screen. It's like nothing you've ever seen, and will blow your mind way more literally than you are expecting.

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Central

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stand-up

Bronwyn Kuss: Sounds Good

Armed with a dry charm, Bronwyn brings her solo debut to Edinburgh. Captivating audiences with wry tales of misadventures and admittedly poor life choices, Bronwyn is a writer and comedian whose specialty is extremely dry recounts of everyday tragedies to great comedic effect. Energy can't be created or destroyed, but it sure can be misplaced. Winner – Director's Choice Award, Melbourne Comedy Festival. As seen on ABC's Melbourne Comedy Festival Gala. 'A magnetic performer' ****½ (TheatreMatters.com.au). 'Kuss captivates with wry anecdotes' **** (Time Out). 'A hard hour to fault' **** (Age). PINDER PRIZE WINNER – MELBOURNE COMEDY FESTIVAL 2024

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio Four

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stand-up, music

Paul Williams: Mamiya 7

The star of Taskmaster New Zealand returns to the Edinburgh Fringe for the third time after sell-out shows in Melbourne, New Zealand and London. Paul bought a second-hand film camera last year and it turned out the previous owner had left a used-up roll of film in it. This show is about that. Good for all ages but if you're really old, please only come if you promise to stay calm. **** (Times). **** (List). **** (Skinny).

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Upstairs

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solo show, stand-up

Adam Hills: Shoes Half Full

The UK’s favourite monopedal Aussie (and host of Channel 4’s The Last Leg) is back with a brand new show, combining positive stand-up comedy with rampant spontaneity. “Effortlessly brilliant” (The Guardian) “Achingly funny and uplifting” (The Telegraph)

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue Music Hall

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stand-up

Grace Mulvey: Tall Baby

Grace Mulvey wants to be a human adult who has fun. The only thing that’s holding her back is…. everything. From her Catholic fear of sex, not knowing what the hell Retinol is, being diagnosed with foot trauma and having to read her very own missing person’s report. BBC Galton and Simpson Comedy winner, Grace Mulvey brings her hotly anticipated debut hour to the Edinburgh Fringe. 'A gloriously gregarious presence… she has the vivacity and candour of a girls night out' (Chortle.co.uk). 'A hilarious tour through the life of a thirty something' (Irish Times).

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Outside

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stand-up

David O'Doherty: Ready, Steady, David O'Doherty

The David O'Doherty of comedy is back! Having trained his body and mind to the point of peak perfection, he has used a very nice pen to write a new concert of talking and songs. Now it's time to say it out loud. He's got fresh batteries for his keyboard and a splendid new hat. He is ready. Are you?

Location Assembly George Square

subvenue Gordon Aikman Theatre

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theatre, music

An Evening Without Kate Bush

Howl with the hounds and dance on the moors! She's not there – but you are. This international smash-hit, award-winning show returns! Sarah-Louise Young and Russell Lucas pay glorious homage to the music, fans and mythology of one of the most influential voices in music. 'The perfect Fringe show' ***** (Advertiser, Adelaide). 'Spellbinding' ***** (Daily Telegraph). 'Joyful' **** (Times). 'You don't need to be a Kate Bush fan to be transported into something very special' **** (Scotsman). ‘Re-inventing the tribute act' ***** (Stage). 'Magnificent' ***** (Attitude).

Location Assembly Checkpoint

subvenue Checkpoint

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stand-up

Gearóid Farrelly: Gearóid Rage

Gay Irish comedian Gearóid Farrelly has limited patience. In his new stand up show he will touch on many of the things that boil his blood and most of his triggers are completely unreasonable. Everything from his make-believe children to things that are supposed to make you calm, like massages and tran-f*cking-quility rooms. Gearóid was recently seen on tour with Joanne McNally and Sarah Millican and is the host of Agony Rants, a popular Irish podcast co-hosted with Eurovision legend Niamh Kavanagh. 'Gearóid Farrelly is bloody hilarious' (Sarah Millican). 'My absolute favourite' (Joanne McNally).

Location Assembly George Square

subvenue The Crate

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stand-up

Geraldine Hickey: Don't Tease Me About My Gloves

I'm bringing my award-winning brand of humour to the Edinburgh Fringe in a show that explores grief and grieving – for youth, for loved ones, for booze – and what to do about it. 'An immensely popular mainstay of the Melbourne scene... she's become a considerable comic force by turning relatively ordinary anecdotes into compelling yarns through sharp writing, impeccable deadpan delivery, a marvelous eye for detail and pure uncut likability.' **** (Chortle). Winner – Melbourne Comedy Festival Award. Winner – Piece of Wood Award, Melbourne Comedy Festival.

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio Five

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sketch show, Character Comedy

Rory Cargill: Television 1

100 years of television in one hour. Comedian Rory Cargill celebrates the centenary of national broadcaster Television 1 in a multimedia sketch and parody show that spans decades of British TV evolution. “A blissful 60 minutes of silliness.” ★★★★★ Broadway World “Really well made.” ★★★★ ThreeWeeks “Truly exemplary.” A Young(ish) Perspective “Excellent, professionally slick visual mania.” The Quinntessential Review

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Downstairs

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stand-up

Stephen Mullan: Rascal

Childhood heartbreak and budget therapy. Sensitive Stevo is mischievously trying to find love, while always finding trouble. In his brand new standup hour, Stephen Mullan debates the adversity of dating life as a single dad, all the while wondering if he is just too much of a rascal? Ireland's favourite scoundrel is guaranteed to make you howl with his silly yet cut-throat comedy. 'One of the strongest standup hours you will ever see!' (TheatreAndTonic.co.uk); 'Beautifully goofy and electric' (Jason Byrne); 'Seriously f*cking funny' (Joanne McNally).

Location Assembly George Square

subvenue The Box

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stand-up

Susie McCabe: Merchant of Menace

Susie brings another barnstormer of a show to Edinburgh – on the back of her very own BBC Scotland stand-up special and four years selling out shows at Glasgow King's Theatre. Seen on Live at the Apollo, House of Games, Have I Got News For You, Frankie Boyle's New World Order and supporting Kevin Bridges, Jason Manford and John Bishop on tour. 'This woman should be considered a national treasure' (Herald). 'Thoughtful, compassionate and warm stand-up from Scotland's funniest woman' **** (Scotsman). 'Heartwarming and hilarious' **** (Fest). 'One of our top comedy voices' **** (National).

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio Three

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circus, comedy

Assembly Gala Launch supported by Aubin

Assembly's Gala celebrates the opening of our 2024 programme of over 190 shows. This spectacular show highlights some of our biggest and best productions – a must see for anyone that wants to get a flavour of what's to come at the world's largest arts festival. Book early – always a sell out!

Location Assembly Hall

subvenue Main Hall

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Musical Comedy, improv

Baby Wants Candy

Fringe fave Baby Wants Candy is back! Total Edinburgh Fringe sell-out six years running. One of the world's most popular comedy ensembles. You shout out the title, BWC makes up the musical. Some favourite recent titles: Sweeney Toddler, Tinder in the Animal Kingdom and who could forget the instant classic HotUncles.com... the Musical? Buy early � shows sell out! 'An entertainment phenomenon. I have one word for them: Go!' ***** (Scotsman). ***** (Time Out). ***** (ThreeWeeks.com). 'Critic's Choice. Truly amazing!' (New York Times).

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio One

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circus, sketch show

Laser Kiwi: Rise of the Olive

Join the world's only surreal, award-winning sketch-comedy circus troupe on a wild ride as they bring people closer together, one olive at a time. Expect bizarre ideas, high-level circus and a bloody good night out. Overall Winner: Circus Award 2023, Fringe World. Winner: Best Circus and Physical Theatre 2019, Adelaide Fringe. 'Fall-down funny' ***** (Advertiser, Adelaide). 'Hilarious and impressive in equal measure' ***** (GlamAdelaide.com.au). 'Clever, beautiful and extremely silly all at the same time' (Scotsman). 'Laser Kiwi are in a lane of their own' ***** (ThreeWeeks).

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Central

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solo show, stand-up

Nurse Georgie Carroll: Sista Flo 2.0

'Really funny... just brilliant.' (Simon Cowell). Over 10 million views online � creator of viral clip 'Three Stages of Nursing' Nurse Georgie is just what the doctor ordered. As seen on Britain's Got Talent 2023, winner of 'Best Comedy Show' at the Adelaide Fringe Festival and following a sell-out season at her debut Edinburgh Fringe in 2023, don't miss Nurse Georgie Carroll at this year's Fringe! Georgie has seen it all and is bringing her hilarious award-winning stand-up back to Edinburgh for an encore season.

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio Two

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mime, theatre

Trygve Wakenshaw: Silly Little Things

After a seven-year hiatus from the Fringe, Trygve Wakenshaw returns with his new hilarious mime-clown-comedy show. Light and silly, absurd and Dada, and a sort of autobiographical, introspective look at all the silly little things that can make or break a friendship. Having been nominated for Best Comedy Show at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards in 2015, and selling out with Trygve Versus A Baby in 2017, award-winning, internationally-recognised mime-clown Trygve Wakenshaw won’t be lonely as he brings his new show to the Fringe for its world premiere.

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Upstairs

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Alternative Comedy, clown

Mel McGlensey is Motorboat

Batten down the hatches, winch the sails and seal your porthole! It's time for the silliest, most outrageous, naughty and nautical show ever made about someone who is part boat, part woman... and full clown. Best Comedy Weekly Award Winner Adelaide Fringe 2024. Directed by Sharnema Nougar. 'What the Fringe is all about: innovation and pushing the arts to new heights.' **** (TheClothesLine.com.au). 'Delightfully bizarre... a fresh and fearless brand of physical comedy.' (List) ***** (CorrBlimey.co.uk). ***** (Lilithia Reviews).

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Outside

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stand-up

Guy Williams: This Glass House Makes It Easy to See All the Cowards I'm Throwing Stones At

Star of New Zealand Today and last-place finisher on Taskmaster NZ, Guy Williams makes his Edinburgh debut! Nominated for Best Show, Melbourne Comedy Festival 2023. A show about colonisation, racism and misogyny. If you don't think any of those things are real, or if you think the biggest problem in the world now is 'people being too easily offended these days' – please don't come! This show is about you, and you'll probably be offended. 'A punchline every few seconds' **** (Chortle.co.uk).

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio Five

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solo show, stand-up

Kate Dolan: A Different Kind of Unhinged

Winner: Emerging Artist Adelaide Fringe 2024. An unbearable job, a village packed with characters and a life-changing phone call. Kate explores the bizarre expectations put on women, the refreshing perspective that grief can bring and how self-acceptance is harder than Nan's winter nipples.�'A phenomenal emerging comic who is stepping into her power. Fast, confident and joyful, she is exactly where she's meant to be and you should be too, if only to be able to say you were there at the very start.' (List).

Location Assembly George Square

subvenue The Crate

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physical theatre, storytelling

Mythos: Ragnarok

Viking mythology performed by professional wrestlers! Quickly becoming a Fringe staple, this masterpiece brings all the comedy, chaos, and combat of ancient stories to life like you've never seen before. One of the Telegraph's Best Theatre Shows of Fringe 2023, this masterful blend of storytelling, theatre and stage combat follows Thor, Loki and the other Norse Gods in their struggles to overcome primeval giants, rival clans and their own ambitions in what HiFi Way calls ‘One of, if not the best, physical theatre shows of the 2024 Adelaide Fringe'. 'Knockout spectacle' **** (Telegraph). 'Spectacular' ***** (BroadwayBaby.com).

Location Assembly George Square

subvenue Gordon Aikman Theatre

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theatre, music

These Are the Contents of My Head (The Annie Lennox Show)

Annie Lennox's transcendent solo album Diva stands at the centre of this sparkling story about strong, defiant women and the little gay boy who loves them. Careening from Judy Garland's definitive Carnegie Hall concert to Kate Chopin's groundbreaking feminist novel The Awakening, Salty Brine defies the cabaret form in ways that must be witnessed to be believed. High camp and heartbreaking drama collide as Brine charts his way, track by track, through Lennox's masterpiece. 'A storyteller in total command of voice, a cocked eyebrow and his audience.' (Guardian).

Location Assembly Checkpoint

subvenue Checkpoint

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stand-up

Takashi Wakasugi: Welcome to Japan

Japan's latest comedy export is coming to Fringe for the first time. Takashi was born and raised in Japan and has lived in Australia for five years. He's stuck in a chasm between Japanese and Western cultures, bringing a fresh new perspective to both! Winner of Director's Choice Award at Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2023. 'Funny, clever and insightful' **** (ArtsHub.com.au). 'Often quirky observations' **** (Time Out). 'You can't help but fall in love with Takashi's demeanour' **** (FourthWallMedia.wordpress.com). MOST OUTSTANDING SHOW NOMINEE – MELBOURNE COMEDY FESTIVAL 2024

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio Four

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magic, variety

Adults Only Magic Show

Prepare for a wild and raunchy, adults-only night of magic and comedy with Sam, Justin and Magnus 'Danger' Magnus. They'll unleash uproarious humour and mind-bending illusions from their worldwide stage experience, spiced with a dash of cheeky nudity! 'An absolute riot!' ***** (TheatreWeekly.com). 'Nowhere better to go this Fringe!' ***** (TheWeeReview.com). 'Simply the best, most entertaining magic I've ever seen in real life, on TV, or anywhere' ***** (LisaInTheTheatre.com). 'If I could give it more than 5 stars, I definitely would!' ***** (One4Review.co.uk).

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio Three

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stand-up

Jo Griffin: Last Chance Saloon

While everyone's settling down, Jo's busy doing all the naughty stuff she's yet to try! From day raves with Gen Zs (she's the hype-girl keeping everyone hydrated) to contemplating her first sex party (did someone say therapy cuddle puddle in the darkroom? Yes please!), she's determined to max the fun while the biological clock ticks fast. Shortlisted for the BBC New Comedy Award 2023 and Funny Women Awards. Seen on Channel 4, BBC Three and Dave. Sold-out run at Soho Theatre. **** (List). **** (Fest). 'A show-stopping crowd-pleaser' (Chortle.co.uk). Directed by Chloe Petts.

Location Assembly George Square

subvenue The Box

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stand-up

Reginald D Hunter: Fluffy Fluffy Beavers

For years, Reginald D Hunter has been misinterpreted as a controversial comedian because of his show titles despite his repeated objections that he is not a controversial comedian. He has penned Fluffy Fluffy Beavers with some hope to rehabilitate his persona by manifesting images of well-coiffed river creatures building dams of chocolate in rivers of candy, whilst continually delivering pressure inducing ideas to form diamonds of laughter. ‘Arguably the most accomplished act in the comedy section of your Fringe brochure’ (Scotsman). ‘Stand-up comedy’s coolest customer’ (Telegraph). ‘Comedy of a rare scope’ ***** (Times).

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio One

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theatre, cabaret

Camille O'Sullivan: Loveletter

A love letter in song to those loved and missed. For her 20th Fringe, 'Queen of the Fringe' (BBC), Camille�s new show celebrates dear friend Shane McGowan, Sinead O�Connor, Cohen, Bowie and Radiohead. Five-star sell-out shows: Sydney Opera House, Royal Festival Hall, Roundhouse. Telegraph voted Camille 'One of the top 25 performances ever on Later with Jools'. Toured with The Pogues, original La Clique star and Herald Angel winner. Lucrece (RSC). Camille and Feargal Murray have created a very intimate, heartfelt show, capturing an honest response to those much-loved and lost.'Spellbinding storytelling in song, magnificent' ***** (Times).

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Central

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LGBTQ+, cabaret

Dylan Mulvaney: F*GHAG

An ex-twink tries on a new label for size as she navigates dating, delusion and God through storytelling, stand-up and a musical number or two. Dylan is an actress, comedian and content-creator known for her viral series Days of Girlhood which has a billion views online and was named Forbes' 30-under-30, Out 100 and Attitude's Woman of the Year. To celebrate her first year of transition, Dylan produced a show at The Rainbow Room to support The Trevor Project and raised nearly $200,000. Her greatest hope is to bring trans stories and queer joy to mainstream media.

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio Two

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theatre, LGBTQ+

Alex Hines: Putting on a Show

Welcome to the camp and chaotic world of multi award-winning comedian Alex Hines. Alex�s stand-up routine goes horribly awry when she receives a call from her future self warning of an impending apocalypse. The threat of demise sends the show spiralling into a surreal theatrical extravaganza. Stand-up, sketch, psychic powers and a villainous umbilical cord, honey� this show has it all. The Edinburgh debut for winner of the 2024 Moosehead Award and 2022 Golden Gibbo Award (Melbourne International Comedy Festival). 2023 Best Theatre Performer, Green Room Award. �Flawless, an absolute trash fire� ***** (TheatrePeople.uk).

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Outside

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absurdist, clown

Paulina Lenoir: Puella Eterna

Would you like to live forever? This is a show about LIFE, in all its stages. Told by a poetic idiot in search of eternity – between the pages. Acclaimed designer and theatre-maker turned 'virtuosic clown' (FringeReview.co.uk) Paulina Lenoir presents a tale of birth, life and death told through the eyes of this generation's most renowned poet, Puella Eterna. 'Something absurd is always bubbling under the surface of her perfect smile' **** (TheReviewsHub.com). 'Very charismatic... a mash-up of haute couture and Jean Cocteau' (Chortle).

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Downstairs

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stand-up, LGBTQ+

Will Owen: Like, Nobody's Watching

Will Owen loves watching shows. He wishes he could watch this one, but regrettably he's the one performing it. The Winner of Leicester Square New Comedian 2022 debuts a glittering hour of fastidiously-curated spontaneity. Watch Will watch himself clamour for a place in the hearts of the Great British Public, as he journeys through popularity, performance and the Pussycat Dolls. He will dance like nobody's watching. Just as long as somebody is. 'Biting yet with an archetypal Gen Z indifference... it's a winning formula' (Chortle.co.uk).

Location Assembly George Square

subvenue The Crate

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stand-up

Sarah Roberts: Silkworm

An adorable debut from the world�s youngest, smallest, most normal comedian. Sarah Roberts has been condemned to live a thousand lives. She was Henry VIII in her previous life, ate her twin in the womb (not an accident), and most recently got facial reconstructive surgery. Now she�s being reborn as the person she hates most: herself. Directed by Daniel Emery and Molly Stacey. �Phenomenal new talent, destined for stardom� (Catherine Bohart). �Remarkable� (ThreeWeeks). �Certified hottie� **** (TheSpyintheStalls.com). �Utterly self-absorbed� (Chortle.co.uk). BBC Comedy Award nominee, Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year runner-up, level 9461 on Candy Crush.

Location Assembly George Square

subvenue The Box

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comedy, Drag

Skank Sinatra

Glamorous, hilarious and fiercely clever Jens Radda explodes on the Edinburgh scene with a brilliant comedy cabaret. Following sell-out performances across Australia and winning Best Cabaret in Adelaide, this 'marvel to watch' (ArtsHub.com.au) is a whirlwind journey from South Africa to Berlin to Down Under, reinventing Sinatra’s classics through saucy modern twists. 'This fabulous cabaret Queen is stamping her mark across every major city in Australia. Make sure to go see Jens Radda wherever you can' (WhatsOnSydney.com). Jens' soaring vocals, sharp humour and exceptional stage presence cannot be missed. ***** (OutInPerth.com). ***** (WhatsOnInAdelaide.net.au). ***** (@SuchClicheTheatre, Instagram). ***** (IsolatedNation.com).

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio Four

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immersive, Drag

House of Cleopatra

The charisma of Beyonc�, the influence of Oprah and the wealth of the Kardashians: Cleopatra had it all. 31 BCE finds the most powerful woman in the ancient world, celebrating Egypt's triumph over Rome with an extravagant celebration. But outside the city walls, danger lurks and enemies plot her dynasty's end just as the party hits its crescendo. Set to an original high-octane pop score by Laura Kleinbaum and Jeff Daye, this immersive musical examines history's most mysterious ruler and mixes historical drama with an enveloping spectacle that will leave audiences guessing and grooving all night long.

Location Assembly Checkpoint

subvenue Checkpoint

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circus, magic

The Bubble Show

Join Mr Bubbles with his extraordinary soap bubbles in all shapes and sizes! Enjoy bouncy bubbles, bubbles inside bubbles, smoke bubbles, square bubbles, giant bubbles and even fire bubbles! Interactive and suitable for all ages, The Bubble Show is a unique blend of magic, storytelling, science and bubble art! Actor, storyteller and Guinness World Record holder, The Highland Joker is one of the top bubble artists in the world. He is returning to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with his international award-winning performance! Join us as we journey together through the realms of Bubbleland!

Location Assembly George Square

subvenue Gordon Aikman Theatre

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sketch show, Character Comedy

Mr Sleepybum

Nominee: Best Kids Show – Leicester Comedy Festival 2024. Do you have stupid and silly dreams at night? Well, Mr Sleepybum does, and he's going to re-enact them all for you in this high-energy, interactive, multi award-nominated comedy show for the whole family. 'Kids are left screeching' **** (List); 'Kids are riotously entertained' **** (ThreeWeeks); 'Kids erupted in bouts of laughter' **** (One4Review.co.uk); 'Silly, puerile, crackers show' **** (GetYourCoatsOn.com).

Location Assembly George Square Gardens

subvenue Piccolo Tent

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theatre, Artist(s) of Colour

Ventriloquist Queen: A True African Queen

Ventriloquist Queen: a true African Queen. Her Majesty Queen Angelique-Monet of Eti-Oni, Nigeria, dubbed 'Ventriloquist Queen' (BBC News) and her puppet Milk The Cow host a historic vaudeville interactive theatre piece incorporating ventriloquism, music, storytelling, and comedy, celebrating Her Majesty's African and American heritage. The backdrop is Oloni Palace at Eti-Oni, the oldest cocoa plantation in Nigeria, during the Royal Cocoa Festival where dignitaries will attend. The former beauty queen and HBCU Living Legend helped shape modern day ventriloquism, and plans to show her humble beginnings and current role as a modern African Queen.

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio Five

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puppetry, Family-friendly

Shadow Necropolis

A spooky fantasy adventure. A young girl named Minerva is a hero in her dreams but feels helpless in real life. When her friend is taken by Oizys, the Goddess of Anxiety, Minerva must travel through a skeleton-ridden city to rescue her. A touching tale for any child or adult who has ever struggled with the constant worry that they're not good enough. Featuring award-winning cinematic shadow puppetry from Japan. Hundreds of puppets are projected on a large screen to create a live animated movie. From the creators of Space Hippo and Shadow Kingdom. ***** (Now Magazine).

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Upstairs

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contemporary, physical theatre

Plenty of Fish in the Sea

A castaway is saved from the surging seas. Conversation is sparse and he comes face to face with a startling kind of hook-up culture. An absurdist fable begins as a story of rescue and unfolds as an unsettling dissection of dreams and desire. Have you ever grappled with dating apps? This theatrical world wildly spins a different kind of net that has us caught � hook, line and sinker! 'Theatre-making of the highest level' ***** (List). 'Ingenious, liberating, brilliant' ***** (StageWhispers.com.au). 'Inventive staging, hilariously physical performances' ***** (InReview.com.au). 'Beautiful, committed, evolved' (ArtsReview.com.au).

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio Two

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circus, comedy

Children Are Stinky

***** (EdinburghFestivalsForKids.com). ***** (Advertiser, Adelaide). **** (List). Award-winning, five-star sell-out Fringe sensation, you’d better book your tickets in advance! High-calibre circus, a rocking soundtrack and genuine belly laughs have thrilled audiences all over the globe. Expect daredevil stunts, incredible aerials, lightning-fast acrobatics, loads of laughs and mischievous fun, leaving adults and children with their jaws on the floor hooting for more. Winner: Children's Choice Award, Edinburgh Fringe. Winner: Best Children’s Event, Adelaide Fringe and Fringe World. Three-time Edinburgh Fringe sell-out show.

Location Assembly George Square Gardens

subvenue Palais du Variété

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physical theatre, absurdist

Making Marx

Jenny Marx, wife (and brains!) of Karl, was curiously airbrushed from history... Although, given a new voice via a researcher's pen, will she now fight for her truth to be heard, or will yet another formidable woman remain trapped between the lines of history books, silenced by the patriarchy, and occupy outdated notions of what society insists she should be? Commedia dell'arte trained Clara Francesca is directed by Olivier Award winner Guy Masterson, in an astounding performance that nods to Luigi Pirandello and winks at Peter Brook.

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue Drawing Room

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comedy, LGBTQ+

TERF

Jo led a blessed life. Literary phenomenon. Cultural icon. And beloved. Completely beloved... until everything went to hell in a broombasket. Now, Jo’s surrogate children – Daniel, Rupert, and Emma – have had enough. It’s time for an intervention. Except Jo isn’t in the mood for an intervention, especially not one organised by three A-list Judases. But the battle lines have already been drawn. She might not have started this war, but she'll end it – with a smile. When she learns the cost of victory, though, it could be too high for even her to pay...

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue BallRoom

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Family-friendly, acrobatics

Ten Thousand Hours

Following the hit sell-out sensations Macro and The Pulse at the Edinburgh International Festival, and Fringe-favourite smash-hit A Simple Space, Gravity & Other Myths return with their critically acclaimed, brand-new show Ten Thousand Hours. This is an ode to the countless hours needed to achieve great things. Eight acrobats investigate physical skill: how we obtain it, how we perfect it and how it can transform our lives. This family-friendly acrobatic extravaganza is filled with everything you love about Gravity & Other Myths and a tribute to the dedication required to become a world-class acrobat.

Location Assembly Hall

subvenue Main Hall

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solo show, storytelling

Honnef's Lost Words

This was supposed to be an ode to creativity and words. Unfortunately I don't have any left. All my stories, cassettes, videotapes and notebooks have turned to ashes. All my memories, both true and false, are gone. All I have left to offer is a picture of a bookstore, some comforting chocolates and an undesired ode to turmoil. 'Honnef's extraordinarily layered, complex world, with no knowledge of what is to come, is the sort of experience we come to the Fringe in search of.' (FringeReview.co.uk) 'One of the most fascinating experimental theatrical minds at the Fringe'. (BritishTheatreGuide.info)

Location Assembly George Square

subvenue The Crate

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international, puppetry

Taiwan Season: Little Drops of Rain

A family show like no other from a company that specialises in creating original, innovative theatrical stories. Plucky young Hope lives in a drought-ridden time and place. Then a chance encounter with a resilient drop of water sends her on an adventurous and life-changing quest. Full of inviting, imagination-tickling charm, director Hsin-Huei Hung's production is a feat of non-verbal, environmentally-conscious storytelling ingeniously led by Foley sound. Bonus feature: many of the props and set-pieces will be locally-sourced. European premiere.

Location Assembly George Square

subvenue The Box

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new writing

Float

Revel in quiet rebellion; gently let go and loudly move forward with four Belfast housemates. An ode to young Belfast student life (including the dirty dishes, the broken windows, and the celebrity cardboard cut-outs), Float captures the chaos of student life and the heartbreaking complexities of healing. Float is an anthem, not a ballad: rebel against those who put us here in the first place, feel the girls' warm embrace, and decide to float instead of sink.

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Outside

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interactive, clown

Boorish Trumpson

Boorish Trumpson will stop at nothing to gain ultimate control over the orchestra. YOU are the orchestra. #MakeMusicGreatAgain. With clowning games, audience interaction and unexpected orchestral manipulations, Boorish Trumpson hilariously consolidates his power. A unique sound design, virtuosic physicality and script constructed from verbatim Trump and Boris creates a raucous humour whilst bigger questions bubble below: in our world of troubled politics, how complicit are we in enabling such figures to rise to the top? An interactive, music and clowning-filled satire of power and those who wield it from critically-acclaimed Lecoq-trained clown Claire Parry. 'Mesmerising clowning' ***** (Express).

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Downstairs

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verbatim, theatre

In the Sick of It

The NHS is on its knees, yet no one has thought to call a theatre company…. until NOW. Can actors Adam and Kemi single handedly save the UK healthcare system… before it’s too late? No theatre company in the world has had such consistent collaboration with NHS / Care Home staff since April 2020. Join Wake The Beast in our interactive and exhilarating A&E as satire meets medical mayhem in this rousing ‘call to arms’ with inspiring verbatim stories and dark humour from across the NHS and Social Care Staff. 500 stories. 4 years in the making. 2 actors. 1 healthcare system. YOU. Can Adam and Kemi reverse years of chronic underfunding through the power of theatre? Join the waiting list, take a seat and prepare to be...'In the Sick of It'

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio Five

Podcast, comedy

Russell Howard's Wonderbox: Live

Russell Howard brings his smash-hit podcast WONDERBOX to the Fringe! Russell chats to a special guest about the things that make life worth living in this live podcast recording.

Location Assembly George Square

subvenue Gordon Aikman Theatre

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circus, dance

The Weight of Shadow

Symbolically based on true events, The Weight of Shadow depicts mental health deterioration. Inspired by Sasha's partner, Ciana Fitzgerald, it blends dance, mime and aerial acrobatics, reflecting the enigmatic language of the psyche. The show immerses viewers in the 24-hour struggle of a psychiatric patient to grasp reality, echoing Sasha's artistic vision. Fitzgerald's influence infuses the performance with emotional depth, portraying the complexities of mental illness through Sasha's lens. The production serves as a poignant exploration of the human mind's resilience amidst turmoil, resonating with audiences through its portrayal of inner struggles and external manifestations.

Location Assembly Checkpoint

subvenue Checkpoint

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comedy, Family-friendly

My Greatest Period Ever

With a heart of gold, a silver tongue and a steel-trap wit, Lucy combines her experience as as a folk singer, Human Biology teacher and Sexual Health Educator to 'edutain' one and all about the four hormonal phases of the menstrual cycle. Hilarious, heartfelt and always informative, the exultant folk-pop wunderkind is joined by her husband Richard who creates live illustrations to bring her menstrual messages to life. Witness the proof, the capes and the pitch perfect voice to learn how to life hack your menstrual cycle from a curse into your Greatest Period Ever.

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Central

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modern, drama

Black and White Tea Room: Counsellor

'Superbly written and acted play... highly recommended.' ***** (TheUnforgettableLine.com). Experience a riveting narrative where professionalism and personal history collide. Centered on a kind-hearted former police officer-cum-counselor, the play unfolds on his only day off – his wedding anniversary – when an unexpected patient visit challenges his commitment. As the session progresses, it's revealed that their past encounter was anything but amicable, leading to a tension-filled consultation. This superbly written and acted play delves deep into themes of duty, trust and confrontation, offering a compelling exploration of human relationships and the complexities of therapy.

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue Front Room

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international, comedy

CHALLENGE

Japanese comedian NON STYLE Akira Ishida teams up with actors and performers to present a non-verbal comedy show with traditional Japanese sword fighting. The story is full of laughter, tears, juggling and dancing.

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio Two

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physical theatre, clown

Sam Blythe: Method in My Madness (A One-Man Hamlet)

An elastic bodied reimagining of Hamlet, told entirely from the perspective of the Dane. Combining physical theatre, mime, bouffon and clowning, Sam Blythe creates an exhilarating and playful one man Hamlet for those who did the Dane to death at school. Performed by Sam Blythe. Written by Shakespeare. Adapted by Andrew Cowie. Co-Directed by Elf Lyons - "Elf Lyons's quirky shows...break the boundaries that put theatre, comedy and performance art in distinct boxes" Lyn Gardner

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Snug Bar

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spoken word, historical

Queen

The only Empress Queen, a model for the modern monarchy, Victoria is a prism through which the entire Crown can be seen. Using her own words from journals and letters and diaries, the play was a world-wide success for 28 years starring Prunella Scales, who features in newly-recorded voiceover made for this adaptation. It truly reveals how someone in a position so totally unlike anyone else’s can be un-self-confident, proud, possess wide human sympathies, fall in love, grieve and foster a deep sense of alone-ness. She even has a surprising sense of humour.

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue Drawing Room

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Family-friendly, Live Music

Shantify

West End meets Fisherman's Friends! Shantify takes your favourite tunes and ‘Shantifies’ them with their very own nautical twist. Set sail on a trip across the Seven Seas of iconic pop songs and musical theatre classics. Already a Social Media sensation, Shantify features an impressive cast of exceptional singers from the West End. The show is a fun, exhilarating and entertaining production featuring a host of great tunes... From ‘Hamilton’ to ‘Teenage Dirtbag’... from ‘Les Mis’ to Beyonce... Get ready to be Shantified!

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue Bijou

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magic, comedy

The Greatest Magic Show

'A Rollicking Roller-Coaster Ride!' ****½ (TheWest.com.au). 'This is the show to see!' **** (Entertainment-Now.com). This sell-out sensation of the past three years is set to return with more whimsical wonders than ever before! Having garnered international acclaim performing at the biggest arts festivals across the globe, stars Sam, Justin and the enchanting Ringmaster are returning once again to the Edinburgh Fringe with brand-new illusions direct from a Las Vegas stage! This is a family-friendly spectacle not to be missed! Free magic wand on entry!

Location Assembly George Square Gardens

subvenue Palais du Variété

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musical theatre, traditional

ARI: The Spirit of Korea

Winner, Best Physical Theatre Award 2023, Adelaide Fringe. ARI is a transformative musical odyssey that brings the 600-year-old folk song Arirang to life, exploring universal themes of love and connection. Recognized twice by UNESCO, ARI is a testament to the song's enduring legacy and the power of personal bonds. Celebrated for its vibrant music and storytelling, ARI takes audiences on a profound emotional journey, echoing Korea's rich cultural heritage. 'Uplifting, magical, and wonderous' ***** (TheAUReview.com). 'ARI is Korean culture at its best with a happy ending!' (StageWhispers.com.au).

Location Assembly Hall

subvenue Main Hall

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circus, clown

Cartoooon!!

The world-famous unicycle acrobatics show! Winner of Japan's Children and Performing Arts Expo 2019, pioneers of both unicycle acrobatics and contemporary Japanese clowning, the unparalleled combination of skill and humour makes this a must-see family Fringe show. With the rare combination of world champion-level skills, unprecedented showmanship and a truly original style, the duo fuse circus with manga-like characters to deliver a masterclass in the universal language of laughter. Follow the journey of the mischievous Cheeky, and her journey into the magical world of The Big Top.

Location Assembly George Square Gardens

subvenue Piccolo Tent

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true-life, solo show

Lost... Found

On the heels of a major childhood event, K Lorrel Manning's Lost... Found takes you on a soul-searching, delightfully human rollercoaster ride through music, unlikely heroes and The Artist Formerly Known as Prince.

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Outside

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Dark Comedy, House of Oz, new writing

Summer of Harold

Admiration. Envy. Suffocating love. The best things come in threes! Two actors. Three short plays. Summer of Harold is a trio of comedies about clinging and letting go. Janet recounts her summer of �84 when on a gap year in London she finds herself housekeeper for the playwright Harold Pinter. Gareth is an embittered ceramicist who, tonight, takes revenge on his rival. Rae and Jonathan meet at a lookout in the Blue Mountains � for the very last time.

Location Assembly Checkpoint

subvenue Checkpoint

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comedy, new writing

Plotters

It's a grave business. Infamy, riches and the darkest secrets of the city collide in this fast-paced comedy by two-time Fringe First winner Brian Parks ('A refreshingly mischievous, inventive author' (Times)). A clandestine cabal of misfits attempt their ultimate heist. Will these agents of the night seize the coveted prize, or bury themselves? A hilarious world premiere directed by Fringe First winner Margarett Perry and Natalie Tell, starring Matthew Boston, Mark Boyett, Brian Dykstra and Kate Rigg. From the team behind Fringe 2023 show Shortlist: 'Perfectly crafted, deeply intelligent and supremely witty' (Scotsman); 'Immerse yourself in Perry's direction' (GetYourCoatsOn.com).

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue Front Room

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classical, drama

Sherlock Holmes: The Last Act

Revealing the man behind the myth... exposing the great detective's fears and weaknesses, the devastating consequences of the dramas of his formative years, and unexpectedly, his cutting sense of humour. It is 1916. Drawn from two years of Sussex retirement for the funeral of his friend, Dr Watson, Holmes returns to Baker Street to resolve The Last Act. A theatrical evening then unfolds, with 14 characters, all played by Nigel Miles-Thomas. Features cross-examinations and heated arguments between Holmes and Watson. Written by Conan Doyle expert David Stuart Davies and directed by award-winning Gareth Armstrong.

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue Drawing Room

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contemporary, acrobatics

Apricity

Australia-based contemporary circus company Casus Creations probes the transformative power of human connection in their mesmerising stage show Apricity. Inspired by the image of winter sun breaking through the cold, this captivating multidisciplinary production combines aerial apparatuses, cutting-edge acrobatics, evocative music and humorous snatches to create a compelling reflection of our collective resilience. Both visually affecting and emotionally uplifting, Apricity serves as an exhilarating reminder of the light, warmth and possibility that can be found even amidst our darkest days.

Location Assembly George Square Gardens

subvenue Palais du Variété

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Family-friendly, Children's Show

Taiwan Season: I Am The BOSS

Find out what kind of hijinks three competitive yet playful siblings get up to when they're left home alone. This fizzy, highly acrobatic and gently interactive family entertainment is the brainchild of the young, award-winning makers of Fringe 2023's hit circus/dance show Duo. 'Right on the money' (Scotsman). 'Makes the heart race' (BroadwayBaby.com). Loaded with all manner of adroit balances, flips, springs, flings and spins, it's a light-hearted, personality-driven delight and guaranteed fab fun for all ages. European premiere.

Location Assembly George Square Gardens

subvenue Piccolo Tent

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circus, acrobatics

The Black Blues Brothers

After thrilling the world, with more than 500,000 spectators and astonishing appearances at the Royal Variety Performance, Monte Carlo Festival and Moulin Rouge, the 'best circus show' (TheatreWeekly.com) returns on a mission to entertain... for the last time! Don't miss the farewell season of this acrobatic celebration joining the energy of Africa with a R'n'B sound. Five unleashed acrobats perform their comedy tribute to cult movie The Blues Brothers. In an elegant nightclub reminiscent of The Cotton Club, chairs, table and surroundings become props for breathtaking jumps, fire and somersault routines, human pyramids and much more!

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue Music Hall

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circus, Family-friendly

360 ALLSTARS

Sold out on Broadway! Sold out at the Sydney Opera House! Seen by over one million people worldwide! BMX, basketball, breakdancing, beatboxing, acrobatics, drumming and more, 360 ALLSTARS connects the street with the elite to deliver a supercharged urban circus. Boasting a stellar cast of World Champion and World Record-holding artists and athletes, the international smash hit returns to Edinburgh as part of its 2024 World Tour! 'Blindingly talented' ***** (BroadwayBaby.com). 'Destined to be a sell-out' ***** (TheWeeReview.com). 'The most thrilling stage show ever' ***** (WeekendNotes.com).

Location Assembly Hall

subvenue Main Hall

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comedy, new writing

Polishing Shakespeare

A dotcom billionaire pays an esteemed American theatre company to translate Shakespeare into English (Wait. What?). World premiere three-character comedy based on an (unbelievably) true story from the Fringe First award-winning team, Brian Dykstra and Margarett Perry, starring Brian Dykstra, Kate Levy and Kate Siahaan-Rigg. ‘To sell out or not to sell out – is that the question?’ Playwright, actor and HBO Def Poet, ‘Brian Dykstra wields a monologue like a sword!’ (Variety). ‘Brian Dykstra is a master of language’ (Huffington Post). ‘Lenny Bruce would have saluted – maybe even toked a joint with Brian Dykstra.’ (Curtain Up).

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue Front Room

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circus, contemporary

Recirquel: Paradisum

The myth of regenesis following the silence of a perished world is explored in Paradisum, where the body is the medium, the movement is the common language. The creatures of this idyllic existence emerge from the fabric of life pulsating around them with its continuously transforming, whirling force of nature as they move through scenes of purgation, nativity, awakening and rite to reach the anima mundi (world soul). After IMA (2023) and My Land (2018), Recirquel returns with a new premier directed by Bence V�gi, creating an ethereal terminology utilising cirque dance to discuss humanity's global concerns.

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Central

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theatre, jazz

Walls Talk

Walls Talk brings together solo dancer Breand�n de Galla� and singer Gina Boreham in a deeply moving work. Set against the backdrop of songs from the jazz golden era, this work explores notions of memory being recorded in the material world around us: all our actions, feelings and thoughts frozen in matter and energy for eternity. De Galla� describes the show as an 'abstract assemblage of fragments' � from the music, song and dance representing many different genres, to the text and the mise-en-sc�ne � diverse and contrasting, this chaotic cacophony make unexpectedly yet harmonious bedfellows.

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue BallRoom

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circus, clown

NoVa

With gravity-defying acrobatics and dazzling juggling, this family show is full of warmth and side-splitting humour. Nova is proudly presented by Canadian 'masters of slapstick' (Scotsman) Les Foutoukours who previously brought you the five-star clown show Brotipo. Nova rediscovers the magic of circus, where dreams take flight and anything is possible. It marries clowning with a celebration of childhood creativity, set in an enchanting attic with towers of books and lit by flickering candles. The audience is left with a sense of wonder and reminded that even in dark times there is light to be found.

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Upstairs

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musical theatre, theatre

You & It: The Musical

After a devastating accident leaves Mina fighting for her life, Gyujin vows to reignite their love by moving back into the house brimming with their shared memories. Once Mina returns, their days are initially filled with passion and dreams of a perfect future. However, as time passes, Mina craves new experiences, while Gyujin becomes increasingly distant and secretive. Sensing something is amiss, Mina discovers Gyujin’s hidden diary and unearths the haunting secrets of the time he spent alone. What dark truths lie within Gyujin’s past, and can their fractured bond ever be mended?

Location Assembly Checkpoint

subvenue Checkpoint

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solo show

I Sell Windows

I Sell Windows is one Black woman's exploration of what is birthed at the collision of grief, ambition and sex. After bailing on a trip home, former actor Kacie is confronted with the unexpected death of a loved one – propelling her into an existential voyage back to her tried and true trade of selling windows. As the days leading up to the funeral become fewer and fewer, she grapples with questions of identity, purpose and forgiveness, ultimately asking herself what she can, or even deserves to, become.

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio Four

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Laser Kiwi's Sketch Game

An interactive 18+ gameshow (essentially a surreal and slightly explicit Pictionary-meets-pub-quiz). Spot prizes, good banter and glory are up for grabs. Think pub quiz... but less sport, and more silly pictures. In true Laser Kiwi spirit, it's surreal, it's funny and wholesome AF: so gather a team and come play! Bring a team of 2-5 and a charged device (not the sexy kind).

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Snug Bar

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comedy, drama

3 Chickens Confront Existence

Three factory farm chickens attempt to find a greater sense of purpose by engaging each other in a series of philosophical debates, games, feuds and emotional experiments while awaiting their imminent trip to the broiler.

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Downstairs

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comedy, LGBTQ+

YUCK Circus

YUCK are back with their sell-out show. High-flying acrobatics, absurd confessions, and groovy dancing – all smashed together with their trademark ripper comedy. Winners of Fringe World top-tier Martin Sims Award, Best Circus at both Melbourne and Sydney Fringe and Best Emerging Artist at Adelaide Fringe, get ready to witness a powerhouse of female circus performers kick art in the face. 'Flight of the Conchords meets Cirque du Soleil' ***** (Stage UK). 'One of the best and most inventive things I have seen for a long time' ***** (Get The Chance Wales).

Location Assembly George Square Gardens

subvenue Palais du Variété

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LGBTQ+, new writing

Conversations We Never Had, As People We'll Never Be

Have you ever wondered what your life would look like without the memory of the person who changed the way you see the world? After buying and consuming a pill online, Gina and Frankie are given thirty minutes to decide whether or not to erase their relationship from their memories, forever. In this queer love story, witness all the conversations that you wish you could have as people you will never be. If you got the chance to erase "that" person from your life, would you take it?

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue Front Room

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acrobatics, Artist(s) of Colour

Afrique en Cirque

Afrique en Cirque. A show by Yamoussa Bangoura, inspired by daily life in Guinea. This performance shares the beauty, youth and artistry of African culture. A colourful show beyond its scenery, costumes and staging, that will make any theatre vibrate with energy. It represents strength, agility and life's joys of young Africans. The audience will see our acrobats execute gravity-defying moves and human pyramids, all to the contemporary sounds of afro-jazz, percussion, and Kora. Welcome to the universe of Kalabanté Productions, and prepare for an unforgettable journey.

Location Assembly Hall

subvenue Main Hall

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comedy, drama

Leni's Last Lament

In Leni’s Last Lament, which swept top awards at the United Solo Festival, Hitler’s controversial filmmaker, Leni Riefenstahl, attempts to sanitize her past. Comic and timely, this play will shock and delight you.

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue Drawing Room

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international, Character Comedy

Namaste Bae: Blessings and Kombucha

A healing ceremony unlike any you've ever experienced brought to you by the New Age satirical guru taking social media by storm. Some say he was born with a bottle of kombucha in one hand and a yoga mat in the other during a Vedic shadow planet eclipse. Some say he takes all the psychedelics so you don't have to. Some say he is still looking for a ticket to Burning Man. Whatever they say, Namaste Bae is the guru you both need and deserve.

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue Bijou

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circus, Artist(s) of Colour

Of the Land on Which We Meet

Walking on stone and cement, it can be hard to remember what it feels like to have earth beneath our feet. Na Djinang circus hopes to re-discover a connection we once had. Following the journey of three contemporary Australian circus artists with distinct relationships to their land; an indigenous Australian, a descendant of migrants and a descendant of colonial settlers. As we question what it means to be where we are. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through Creative Australia, its principal arts investment and advisory body.

Location Assembly Checkpoint

subvenue Checkpoint

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musical theatre

Sunshine on Leith

Captivate Theatre's five-star, vibrant, energetic, emotional sell-out production is back and we're in the Ballroom! Sunshine on Leith by Stephen Greenhorn follows the highs and lows of Ally and Davy as they negotiate families, friendships and love in this funny and moving story featuring songs of The Proclaimers. 'A fantastic production guaranteed to sweep the audience along in its wake' (BroadwayWorld.com, 2023). 'Joyful, heartfelt and felt authentically Scottish. A perfect musical for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe' (TheatreAndTonic.co.uk, 2023). 'If there's one theatrical group that can coax the sunshine out, it's Edinburgh grassroots Captivate Theatre' (TheSkinny.co.uk).

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue BallRoom

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tasting, interactive

In Pour Taste: A Comedy Wine Tasting Experience

Comedians Sweeney Preston and Ethan Cavanagh guide you through tasting five wines and at least five jokes. Everyone from savvy sauvignon swiggers to clueless chardonnay chuggers will find something to make their glass half-full, as the wine industry's hardest-hitting questions are answered. Ticket includes five tastings, with an alcohol-free option. 'One of the best starts to any Fringe night out you could possibly have' **** (List). 'Charmingly silly deep dive into the world of wine' **** (TheAge.com.au). Winner: Best Eat and Drink Award, Adelaide Fringe 2024. Best Comedy Weekly, Perth Fringe 2024.

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Snug Bar

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Musical Comedy, political

Jonny & the Baptists: The Happiness Index

Are you happy? We can help! Five Prime Ministers ago, David Cameron started a Happiness Index to measure how joyful the people of this nation are. Which is ironic, given what he then did. Anyway, we've picked up the baton and now are trying to find out what the hell we should do with it. A new personal and political show about our desire, and the country's struggle, to just be happy. 'An hour of glorious chaos. Must-see' ***** (Sunday Post). 'Wickedly funny' **** (Times). 'Irresistible' **** (Guardian).

Location Assembly George Square Gardens

subvenue Piccolo Tent

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magic, comedy

Ben Hart: HeX

The Fringe's real-life witch is back for his 10th spellbinding year. Internationally acclaimed magician Ben's shows are a unique kind of alchemy. Funny, dark and baffling, Hart's an altogether new species of conjurer... HeX is a curated collection of Ben's favourite and most exciting material from the last decade alongside new ideas fresh from his laboratory, guaranteed to put a spell on you. Set against the backdrop of the beautiful Palais Du Variete and full to the brim with magic, don't miss this chance to catch the star of stage and screen up-close and in real life.

Location Assembly George Square Gardens

subvenue Palais du Variété

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comedy, new writing

Pillock

Pillock has ADHD. His brain works faster than his bowel when he's had a Babybel. And he's lactose intolerant. He's trying to keep his head above water; but he's drowning in loneliness, hook-up culture and medical role plays. He feels stagnant and it's going to take more than a yoga class to help. But, when he meets Eugene everything changes. The universe keeps bringing them together like in a Brontë novel. But will he be Mr Right, Mr Right Now or even Mr Wrong? Pillock wants to trust his gut, but his can't even handle a Muller Corner.

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue Front Room

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Musical Comedy, comedy

Solve It Squad

JINKLES CHRIST! A group of former kid detectives return to the scene of their greatest unsolved case: the gruesome murder of their talking dog, Cluebert. Can an ambitious narcissist, a lovable doofus, a skittish sad-sap and a scheming brainiac overcome their traumatic past to save the day one last time? From the creators of Spies Are Forever and founding members of Team StarKid comes a zany riff on Scooby Doo about friendship, second chances, and all the ways fame can f*ck you up.

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio Two

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game show, interactive

Goose's Quizzes Elimination Game

With bigger prizes and brand-new rounds, Scotland's premiere quiz company triumphantly returns with the Elimination Game: Round Two! Through a series of make-or-break questions that pit you against your fellow audience members, test your knowledge – and your luck – to see if you will face elimination, or be crowned champion! A five-star reviewed hit in 2023, this unique blend of competition and camaraderie has something for everyone, from classic pub trivia to daft new game modes. There's only one winner per round, will you claim your moment of glory?

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue Bijou

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storytelling, new writing

The State of Grace

Grace was a high-class sex worker, who rose to meteoric fame on social media. She was an activist and modern-day maverick, until suddenly, she died... Award-winning artist Michaela Burger (A Migrant's Son, Exposing Edith) explores her legacy in this one-woman show. Through Grace's writing � unpublished hip hop lyrics, monologues and musings � Burger explores her multifaceted life. Her outrageously funny wit and charm, fearlessness and 'f*ck it' outlook on life will seduce you into marching with this social justice warrior who was determined to decriminalise the sex industry.

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue Drawing Room

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magic, comedy

Dom Chambers: Magic Hunt

Listen up, hunts. Dom Chambers (America's Got Talent, The Illusionists on Broadway, Penn & Teller: Fool Us) is back in town, with his wildest show yet. After a failed quest scouring the globe for the ultimate magic trick, he's decided to take matters into his own unpredictable hands. He's crafted a brand new hour of magic, utterly unhinged and unlike anything else you've seen. Get ready for Magic Hunt: an untamed magic rampage, a fusion of awe and anarchy and 'a unique blend of comedy and illusions'™.

Location Assembly George Square Gardens

subvenue Piccolo Tent

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magic, cabaret

Chris Dugdale: 11

11 – A brand-new show from Chris Dugdale! Directed by Phil Jay and Scott Harris. What would you do with your life if you could not fail? What if there was no such word as can’t? Dynamic fast-paced mentalism and magic. 'Legendary magician' (BBC Sounds). 'The most unbelievable end to a trick ever!' (ITV, Penn & Teller: Fool Us). 'Best magic show' (HELLO! Magazine, 2022). 'Blew my mind!' (Gerard Butler). 11 tricks and a message that may or may not change your life! www.thinkofacard.com

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue BallRoom

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solo show, stand-up

Kelly Bachman: Patron Saint

Patron Saint is an hour of stand-up about spirituality, sexuality, virality and why anyone is funny. More specifically, it's an hour of stand-up by Kelly Bachman, a comedian and rape survivor who found herself with sudden notoriety after encountering serial predator Harvey Weinstein at a comedy show in New York. Kelly was then asked to talk to CNN, The Guardian and a documentary called Hysterical on FX/Hulu, too. Years later, Kelly still hears one recurring question: 'Are you a comedian because of trauma?' Patron Saint aims to answer that question.

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue Front Room

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Alternative Comedy, Character Comedy

The Sisters Fig

Porridge After Meat presents a dark and twisted comedy about the cloistered lives of two co-dependent sisters and their cow. Living on their alcoholic father's farm in the middle of bum-fuck nowhere, join these potty-mouthed, greasy little misfits in hope, rivalry and a weird kinda love on their absurd and (sometimes) tender journey to true sisterhood. Gaulier grads and absurdist character-comedy duo Blaise Wopperer and Lara Ciulli bring you their Edinburgh Fringe debut in an obscene, whimsical and deeply stupid exploration of love, loss and loyalty.

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Snug Bar

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theatre, clown

Yozi: No Babies In The Sauna

Solo Edinburgh debutante, Aussie Yozi, has been called many things � 'Dynamite' ****� (Advertiser), 'Fearless' **** (Age) � but never 'rule breaker', and for good reason. This by-the-book bad binch holds one rule above all others: every baby must get out of the sauna right now! Witness this multi award-winning creature perform absurd-sketch-clown-comedy-theatre like you almost definitely have never ever ever seen before. The House of Oz Purse Prize Winner, Adelaide Fringe. Spirit of the Fringe Award Winner, Melbourne Fringe. Winner of SACBA Bilby Award, South Australian Community Broadcasters Association.

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio Four

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stand-up, cabaret

Reuben Kaye: Live and Intimidating

Reuben Kaye and his band are back with the UK debut of his award-nominated show Live and Intimidating! The obscenely intelligent, rib-crackingly funny Reuben Kaye returns to the Edinburgh Fringe in an explosion of high camp and filthy humour. With musical direction by Shanon Whitelock and original compositions, this Swarovski-studded revolt is what happens when you tell your children they can be anything. 'A star in their own right, with razor-sharp comedic material, a glamorous look and killer voice to boot' ***** (Skinny). ***** (Time Out). ***** (Chortle.co.uk).

Location Assembly George Square Gardens

subvenue Palais du Variété

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acrobatics, cabaret

Rouge

Circus for grown-ups. A non-stop celebration of the astonishing, surprising, subversive and the supremely sexy � award-winning Australian circus cabaret sensation Rouge is returning to Edinburgh with its outrageous brand of adult circus. 'One badass sizzler of a show' ***** (Daily Mail). 'A sexy, slick celebration and empowering spectacle' ***** (EdFestmag.com). 'If you aren't turned on by this you might want to consult a physician, because you're probably clinically dead' ***** (SmutButtons.com). 'What really made this show stand out was the pure, unadulterated joy that came from every single performer' ***** (OutInPerth.com).

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue Music Hall

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cabaret, Live Music

Down Under: The Songs That Shaped Australia

Multi award-winning live music sensation direct from Australia makes its Edinburgh debut with a celebration of Aussie hit-makers and songs that spurred change throughout history. Australian music is vast and varied. It captures the beauty and brutality of the land with storytelling at the forefront. With powerhouse vocals by acclaimed songstress Michelle Pearson and a incredible five-piece band, this nostalgic homecoming will have you on your feet with classics from INXS, Midnight Oil, ACDC, Tina Arena and more, while reminiscing about Australia's musical history and the artists' guts and determination.

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue Bijou

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storytelling, vocal

Victor's Victoria

Victor Mature was one of the most popular leading men of Hollywood's Golden Age, starring in such iconic films as Kiss of Death, My Darling Clementine, Samson and Delilah, and The Robe. In this intimate cabaret, vocalist Victoria Mature uses music and movie clips inspired by Victor's career to tell the story of what it was like growing up with Hollywood's original hunk as her father. With music from Broadway to folk to opera to pop...there's something for everyone! Says Victoria, 'You may know Victor Mature as Doc Holliday or Samson or Demetrius... I knew him as Dad!'

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue Drawing Room

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stand-up, improv

Jason Byrne: NO SHOW

There’s no show like a Jason Byrne NO SHOW. NO SHOW is a show with no comedy safety net. By the end of NO SHOW you’ll have experienced a once in a lifetime show or NO SHOW. Jason, along with the audience, will begin NO SHOW with no show whatsoever. Witness Jason use his infamous audience interactions with a sprinkle of props, both on and off the stage, to create NO SHOW! Your 'full-on, double-up, gasping-for-oxygen hilarious' (Chortle.co.uk) NO SHOW will never be repeated.

Location Assembly Hall

subvenue Main Hall

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comedy, House of Oz, Drag

The Unburdening of Dolly Diamond

Therapy, a game the whole family can play. Join Australia's reigning queen of comedy cabaret, Dolly Diamond, as she works through decades of problems, peculiarities and personal challenges live on stage with her ever supportive (and unsuspecting) audience. This colourful midlife crisis � live on stage � promises to be camp cabaret gold with more than a touch of honesty. Apparently people enjoy other people's misery. They call it a shared experience. Well, I think it's time to share. Everything.

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Downstairs

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Drag, LGBTQ+

MESSY FRIENDS

Explore the world of enchanting glamour with the return of the MESSY FRIENDS! Fresh from their acclaimed Australian tour, witness outrageous drag, breathtaking burlesque, mesmerising visuals, and captivating choreography. Get to know them intimately, both on and offstage, with revealing documentary-style video interviews and eclectic live performances. Winners of Best Cabaret (Adelaide Fringe 2024) and Best Show (Fringe World 2022). 'Collective force of creativity' (List). 'Kaleidoscope of colour' (EdFestMag.com). 'Perfection' ***** (CreamMagazine.com). 'Unforgettable' ***** (OutInPerth.com). 'Exceptional' ***** (FringeFeed.com.au). 'Must be seen' ****� (One4Review.co.uk).

Location Assembly George Square Gardens

subvenue Piccolo Tent

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magic, theatre

Tim Licata - Close-Up and Personal

A tale of magic, the mafia and delightful deception. With tongue firmly in cheek, Tim Licata blends close-up and stage magic to illustrate his personal journey into the conjuror’s craft. Replete with Halloween horrors, mafia associations, and a notorious assassin known as ‘The Knife’, Tim takes you on a magical tour of his personal family history. A humorous, theatrical and highly entertaining show with one of Scotland’s best sleight-of-hand artists. Edinburgh’s Hit Man of Magic is not to be missed! FRINGE SELL OUT SHOW 2023 “I’ve seen Derren Brown live but your bedevilment sir, is on another level!” Audience member

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue Front Room

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theatre, new writing

Mary, Queen of Rock!

You think you know the story of Mary, Queen of Scots? Think again... The year is 1561. The Scottish Reformation has enforced an outright ban on rock'n'roll. Cue the arrival of Mary Stuart, one of the world's biggest and most iconic musical artists... who happens to be the undisputed Queen of Rock! With the Scottish nobles and her cousin in England against her – can Mary get the country rocking? Or will heads roll?

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue BallRoom

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dance, acrobatics

Circolombia: Corazón

With nerves of steel, music from the soul and tons of Colombian spirit, Circolombia welcomes you into their house, their home, their heart! All the way from South America, created especially for the Spiegeltent! In this world premiere, Circolombia invites you to experience Coraz�n (Heart). A fun-fuelled circus concert, packed with breathless feats, gravity-defying performance and infectious music where you, the audience, are taken right into their beating Latin hearts. Colombia is the land of a thousand rhythms. Vibrant, passionate and pulsating with energy. 'This is the circus that shows others how it's done. Go' (Scotsman).

Location Assembly George Square Gardens

subvenue Palais du Variété

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burlesque, cabaret

Best of Burlesque: 10 Years of Tease

The longest-running burlesque show at Fringe returns for a tenth dazzling edition. Five-star sell-out runs since 2013. A celebration of bodies, tradition, acceptance and inclusivity. Performed in the iconic surroundings of the Bijou Spiegeltent. With cabaret, burlesque and a variety of art forms involved – and with quite a bit of skin on display – the show amazes and delights audiences. With changing acts every few nights, the show is truly unique every time you see it. Best of Burlesque is a celebration that we should all be party to.

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue Bijou

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burlesque, Drag

Swamplesque

After taking Australia by storm, everyone's favourite ogre-inspired burlesque and drag parody is finally coming to Edinburgh! Swamplesque is the award-winning, critically acclaimed, burlesque parody show from Far Far Away! This 'outrageously fun' (Advertiser, Adelaide) show offers its audience a smörgåsbord of performance styles. 'Brilliantly executed, side-splittingly funny' ***** (TheUpsideNews.com). 'A high quality, raucous and silly fairy tale adventure' ***** (WeekendNotes.com). 'The surrealness is unmatched, unlike any burlesque show you'll probably ever see' ***** (TheCuriousWriter.net). Winner, Best Cabaret Weekly Award (Adelaide Fringe). Winner, Best Cabaret Weekly Award (Fringe World).

Location Assembly Hall

subvenue Main Hall

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variety, stand-up

Best of the Fest: The New Class

The best place in town to catch rising comedy stars and your Fringe favourites. A different show every night, featuring new faces and festival stalwarts! The perfect start (or end) to your festival evening. Acts will be announced on AssemblyFestival.com and at @AssemblyFest.

Location Assembly George Square Gardens

subvenue Piccolo Tent

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musical theatre, Drag

Dizney in Drag: Once Upon a Parody

Take a magic carpet ride into an enchanted castle of adult fantasies and fairy tale follies. Dizney in Drag: Once Upon a Parody is a Whole New World you didn't know you needed! Follow some familiar characters and discover sides of them unbelievably yet to be revealed. If you have any reservation, just Let It Go. Be Our Guest and book a seat now! 'A romp that defies the boundaries of genre, heteronormativity, and happy endings' ***** (FringeFeed.com.au).'There is so much to love about this show' ***** (WeekendNotes.com).

Location Assembly George Square

subvenue Gordon Aikman Theatre

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circus, burlesque

Sexy Circus Sideshow

Looking for candyfloss? This ain't it. If you're after a thrilling, boozy freak show, you've come to the right place! Exotic acts that connect alternative circus with the dark arts of underground burlesque and cabaret. A carnival cavalcade of saucy showgirls, sexy sideshow stunts, neurotic novelty and vaudeville variety at its very best! New show nightly. Midnight. A vibrant, colourful experience showcasing some of the weirdest and most wonderful talent in Edinburgh this year. 'If this doesn't have you howling, I don't know what will' **** (LondonFestivalFringe.com). Sell-out run 2023.

Location Assembly George Square Gardens

subvenue Piccolo Tent

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musical theatre, theatre

A Little Night Music

On an endless summer night, love's joys and complications play out in triple-time. Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music is heartwarming and heartbreaking in equal measure. When actress Desir�e Armfeldt performs in the town of her former lover, old passions rekindle. Over the course of a weekend in the country, a tangle of love affairs is laid bare between four different intertwined couples. Both romantic and cynical, Sondheim's incandescent musical, featuring the classic Send in the Clowns, sparkles with wit, magic and fading glamour, spiked with regret and longing.

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue Music Hall

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theatre, music

A Giant on the Bridge

Unflinching, spellbinding gig theatre devised by award-winning theatre maker Liam Hurley and songwriter Jo Mango, also featuring Louis Abbott (Admiral Fallow), Raveloe and Solareye. Every year in Scotland, thousands of people return home from prison to an uncertain future. A Giant on the Bridge reveals the hidden heartbeat within one such story. Identity, family, community, restoration and injustice are explored through original songwriting, hip-hop and immersive storytelling by five of Scotland�s leading musicians. Developed with the Distant Voices Community � people from across the criminal justice system. Part of MadeInScotlandShowcase.com.

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Central

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comedy, Family-friendly

The Listies ROFL

Riotous, gratuitous and possibly hazardous, Aussie kids comedy duo The Listies return to the Fringe for the eleventeenth time with a new show. ROFL tackles the most dramatic family situation of all time: bedtime! Rich, the exhausted parental proxy, tries to get an early night while Matt uses every trick in the book to stay up. Packed with rambunctious humour, a mini panto, detachable legs and too many baked beans. 'Funniest kids show I've ever seen' (Frank Skinner). 'Slapstick and scatology' **** (Scotsman). 'Releases hysteria in all ages' **** (Chortle.co.uk). Winner: Melbourne Fringe Best Kids Show, 2023.

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio One

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circus, acrobatics

A Bee Story

A Bee Story is a uniquely Australian physical theatre show for children and families incorporating a kaleidoscope of circus, acrobatics, dance and live music. Telling the story of Queen Bee and Worker Bee who must work together to rebuild their hive after being destroyed by a bushfire. But things never quite go to plan... Join the bees on their buzzy adventures. Be enchanted by their pollen-collecting skills, honey-making abilities and superbee strength. A Bee Story has themes of environmentalism, sustainability and community spirit, and was directed by Robbie Curtis and co-created with musician and performer Lizzie McRae.

Location Assembly George Square Gardens

subvenue Piccolo Tent

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Dark Comedy, drama

Myra's Story

The incredible story of middle-aged homeless alcoholic, Myra, living rough on the streets of Dublin. As she begs from passers-by at her regular spot by Ha'Penny Bridge, Myra recreates her rollercoaster backstory. Playing all the characters, acting out all the hilarious, tragic and heartbreaking events in her life that have taken her to this pitiful state. You'll laugh with Myra. You'll cry with Myra. What you'll never do... is forget her. Award-winning! Record-breaking! Described by many as the greatest modern Irish play they've ever seen!

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue Music Hall

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dance, contemporary

READY

READY is a low-tech, site-sensitive solo piece by dance artist Matthew Hawkins which marks and celebrates over half a century of dance practice with immediacy and ample variation. Having emerged out of a need to maintain and demonstrate good things about dancing, negotiating cherished actions across time and against perceived physical odds, READY weaves around a series of Beethoven piano sonatas which are purposely selected for each performance. Programmed by Dance Base in collaboration with Assembly.

Location Assembly @ Dance Base

subvenue Dance Base 3

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variety, comedy

Best of the Fest: Daytime

Bite-size tasters of the best comedy, cabaret, family entertainment and circus, all for you to enjoy in the heart of the New Town, in the beautiful Assembly Rooms Ballroom on George Street. With line-ups changing daily, we have something for everyone, so let us bring you the best of the fest! See AssemblyFestival.com for line-ups. 'An all round crowd pleaser' ***** (ThreeWeeks).

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue BallRoom

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dance, Hip Hop

Transhumanist

Transhumanist is a popping duet between two male dancers who unfold in an alluring universe where the boundaries between artificial and human nature dissolve. In an electronic soundscape, they move so that it feels as another reality. Programmed by Dance Base in collaboration with Assembly.

Location Assembly @ Dance Base

subvenue Dance Base 3

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Experimental, music

CRAWLER

Through dance, drums and electronic music this duo embark on a journey of chaos, calm and collaborative climax. Transcending from the guttural to godly, devouring the space with adrenaline, mind-stretching sound and extreme physicality dragged from the pits of hell and conceived through improvisation. They find anchors of duality by shifting power dynamics and raw connection, an escape from the real world by creating their own. Jessie's influences of street and contemporary dance styles and Jason McNamara's street performance practise, invites you to experience the essence of their foundation, the magic within the unknown.

Location Assembly @ Dance Base

subvenue Dance Base 1

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contemporary, Family-friendly

Timeless

A joyful celebration of the dance of life, regardless of where you are on that road. Featuring Dance Base's in-house companies Lothian Youth Dance Company and PRIME, Timeless brings together dancers aged 14 to 80+ in one life-affirming showcase with four new works by choreographers Katie Armstrong, Tony Mills, Lewis Normand and Alan Greig. Programmed by Dance Base in collaboration with Assembly.

Location Assembly @ Dance Base

subvenue Dance Base 3

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comedy, music

The Imitator

Winner: Best International Show, United Solo Festival, New York. Music and songs are the key elements that trigger Julian's memories, and set him off on a journey back to his childhood in South America where he discovers his passion for music and his gift for imitating voices. From there, he faces struggles in New York and Europe as he pursues his dream of becoming an artist. Singer/actor Julian Fontalvo portrays different characters that play a part in his story and imitates 70 artists such as Sting, Bob Marley, David Bowie, Amy Winehouse and Tina Turner.

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue Bijou

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solo show, comedy

Wyld Woman: The Legend of Shy Girl

Shy people, you there? This hilarious and tender tale follows Shy Girl's ambitious attempt to open up (emotionally, spiritually, uh... physically) in hopes of expanding her social life beyond the feeble realm of her imaginary friends and finding real human connection. Following sold-out, highly-beloved runs in NYC, Wyld Woman (written/performed by Isabel Renner, directed by Cameron King) is officially joining the ranks of international legendhood. 'A great triumph over shyness' and 'a powerful catharsis for anyone who has ever crossed the street just to avoid someone they know.' (BroadwayWorld.com).

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue Drawing Room

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dance, contemporary

It's Not My Body Chapter 3.5 / This Is

A double-bill performance by two Hong Kong artists. Using different approaches to interpret body and dance, stage and performance. It's Not My Body Chapter 3.5 by Wong Tan-ki � Wrestling with his own shadow, the dancer�s every move, pause and limbo on stage construct a strong proposition about his dance life. This Is by Dick Wong � From Duchamp to Kosuth to Lewitt, This Is looks to visual art to reinvestigate time, space and the body on stage. Programmed by Dance Base in collaboration with Assembly.

Location Assembly @ Dance Base

subvenue Dance Base 1

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comedy, compilation

Comedy Club 4 Kids

Since 2005, Comedy Club 4 Kids has been getting the best stand-ups, sketch acts and cabaret stars from the international circuit to do their thing for an audience of children (aged 6+) and their families... but without the rude bits! Showcasing performers you may know from our excellently silly Radio Nonsense podcast, it's just like a normal comedy club, but it's on in the day, kids are allowed in and thus there is a higher-than-usual chance of the entire audience pretending to be a Victoria Sponge. 'Really funny' ***** (Fest). 'Fabulous' ***** (ThreeWeeks). Please note: Comedy Club 4 Kids will be in Assembly George Square this year, not Assembly Roxy. 

Location Assembly George Square Gardens

subvenue Piccolo Tent

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historical, storytelling

5 Mistakes That Changed History

We all make mistakes, but rarely do they change the course of history. Fresh from sold-out runs at Edinburgh, Sydney and Adelaide Fringe Festivals, the smash-hit historical storytelling show returns with a new show and new stories about five people and how their mistakes changed the world. Historian and comedian Paul Coulter brings history to life in a hilarious way. If you hated history at school, this is the show for you. If you loved history at school, stop looking and just book the show. Class credit not provided.

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio Three

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improv, jazz

Giant Steps

The ground-breaking fusion of improv comedy and live jazz comes to the Fringe after sell-out London shows. Improvisation meets improvisation as top UK comedians and virtuoso jazz musicians inspire each other in real time to create an unparalleled live experience. Expect fresh licks and big laughs in a one-of-a-kind jam that's different every night. Featuring a rotating ensemble of talent from your favourite Fringe improv shows like Showstoppers and Austentatious, plus the cream of the festival music scene, Giant Steps is your quintessential Edinburgh experience. 'An absolute must see' ***** (TheatreWeekly.com).

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Underground

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physical theatre, comedy

Occupational Hazard

ACCA Dance Theatre presents their first full length show: Occupational Hazard Fusing comedy, clowning and choreography, Occupational Hazard follows the day in the life of air hostesses Becky and Linda, ACCAirways’ creme de la creme. Though at times tongue in cheek to entertain a plane full of passengers, the show delves deeper than the interplay between Becky and Linda, as they navigate consent as a female in the service industry. You’re in safe hands when you fly with Becky and Linda, so sit back, relax, and enjoy your flight!

Location Assembly @ Dance Base

subvenue Dance Base 3

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contemporary, Children's Show

The Show for Young Men

What does it mean to be a man today? Robbie (44) and Alfie (10) meet on an extraordinary building site at dawn. Together they dance and play, trying to make sense of it all. Directed by Eoin McKenzie in collaboration with Robbie Synge and young performer Alfie, this is a funny and tender new contemporary dance performance for audiences aged 8+ that considers familiar and unexpected ideas about masculinity and friendship. This show has been programmed by Dance Base in collaboration with Assembly. Part of the Made in Scotland Showcase, in association with Imaginate. MadeInScotlandShowcase.com

Location Assembly @ Dance Base

subvenue Dance Base 1

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stand-up, Drag

Holly Stars: Justice For Holly

Holly's been apprehended in Superdrug with a handbag full of shoplifted lipsticks. She's innocent. Of course. Join her in the store security office as she tells the story of how she got there, and why we should all be shouting 'Justice for Holly!' Justice for Holly is Holly's Edinburgh Festival Fringe debut. She is a stand-up, comedian and author, and writer of the smash-hit West End comedy, Death Drop. 'Divinely hilarious. Gut punching, smart humor. Holly is my funniest friend!' (Jujubee). 'Holly's show is the most fun you can have (sitting down) in Scotland.' (Willam).

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Underground

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dance, contemporary

Taiwan Season: Palingenesis

Three lithe, masked bodies emerge as if from a primordial ooze and proceed to morph their way through a series of carefully crafted chain reactions. Are they individuals, a single organism or both? Inspired by a biological concept of regeneration, hot-shot Taiwanese choreographer Chuang Po-Hsiang's timeless, absorbing dance trio is an extreme expression of intimacy, trust and transformation. Dream-like audio visuals enhance the cast's extraordinary kaleidoscopic control. Pinned to themes of rebirth and the life cycle, the net effect is intense, strangely arresting and possibly ecstatic. European premiere. Programmed by Dance Base in collaboration with Assembly.

Location Assembly @ Dance Base

subvenue Dance Base 3

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dance, Artist(s) of Colour

King Bantu & Stories From The South

Two unique works by Scotland-based performers exploring African history, culture and artistry. The legend of King Bantu by Rudy Mbunzama follows a young Congolese prince born with extraordinary powers. As he grows up he starts to experience something powerful within him - something beyond him that wants to come out. Stories From The South by Laura Mathana & Chinyanta Kabaso weaves dance and spoken word to illuminate the history of African migration, amplifying the stories, struggles, and triumphs.

Location Assembly @ Dance Base

subvenue Dance Base 1

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dance, Experimental

These Mechanisms

In her eightieth year, Christine wondered if she might create her first dance performance. With intrepid and joyous spirit, These Mechanisms is just that. Aa performance of persistence, journeying through weird and wonderful situations that bring body, materials and sound together in complex but fundamental ways. Celebrating the beautiful functions and limits of a human body and the desire to make things happen. Led by play and curiosity and with infectious personality, audiences encounter the banal to the jaw-dropping. This is real, and what happens along the way we can’t be sure. Nor can Christine.

Location Assembly @ Dance Base

subvenue Dance Base 3

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dance, contemporary

Sleeper

When the language of rational-centred social science and the words we use reach their limit, we turn to art for how it deals with the climate crisis. Your body is living through the climate crisis. The act of surviving is met with the appearance of destruction – this critical point is faced with duality, crisis and the reality of death. We face this challenge by tying and untying knots, a traditional act of Korean community spirit and praying for the restoration of life. Programmed by Dance Base in collaboration with Assembly.

Location Assembly @ Dance Base

subvenue Dance Base 1

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contemporary, classical

Lewis Major: Triptych

A unique collaboration performance between the rising star of Australian dance, choreographer-director Lewis Major, and his company, with his mentor 'Britain's leading modern dance creator' (Daily Express), the legendary Russell Maliphant OBE. Three unique repertoire pieces investigate various poetic possibilities, universal rhythms and cycles performed by Major's company of dancers. This is a captivating evening of dance, of connection between internal and external worlds � of non-duality � all set within a whirling maelstrom of movement, sound and light.

Location Assembly @ Dance Base

subvenue Dance Base 1

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Drag, cabaret

Aunty Ginger: Finding Splashman

Based on a true story, join Aunty Ginger on a mission to find her Splashman. Cum along for songs, filthy stand-up comedy, a seminar in advanced glory-hole etiquette and maybe, just maybe, we will together find, her Splashman. Hailed as 'utterly outrageous, and hilariously entertaining' ★★★★ (North West End UK), Ginger is returning to the Fringe with her highly interactive comedy that's not for the faint of heart! Strictly 18+ and not for the easily offended.

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Underground

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multimedia, stand-up

The Late Nite PowerPoint Comedy Showcase

Six comedians. Six PowerPoint presentations. A line-up show like no other! The Australian cult classic finally lands in Edinburgh after sell-out seasons across Australia and New Zealand. Hosted by the agents of Microsoft Office chaos, Sweeney Preston and Ethan Cavanagh: the creators of comedy wine-tasting hit In Pour Taste, also making its Edinburgh debut this year. This wild late-night showcase features a rotating line-up of comedians putting the show back into show-and-tell! 'Delightfully dapper... you'd be hard-pressed to find something you don't love in this format' (ArtsHub.com.au). **** (WeekendNotes.com). Check Instagram @powerpointcomedyshowcase for line-ups!

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio Five

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comedy, Drag

Villains: A Dizney in Drag Parody

Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who is the evilest of them all? Well come find out for yourself in The Hairy Godmothers' new sinful sequel. What could be more devilishly delicious and tantalisingly twisted than a vivacious vaudeville of villains in drag? Come peer into this cave of wonders and find a treasure trove of misunderstood "outcasts" of society and the evils that shape the world. Featuring the hottest and darkest miscreants, scoundrels, reprobates this side of the elephant graveyard. 'A hysterical, well-written show' ***** (StageWhispers.com.au).

Location Assembly George Square

subvenue Gordon Aikman Theatre

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Character Comedy, improv

Late Night With Terry Wogan

Terry Wogan is back from the dead as part of his ongoing attempts to return to light entertainment no matter the cost. Featuring interviews with "real" celebrities and accompanied by a live band. Previous guests include Liza Minelli, George Lucas, Nadine Dorries, Alan Bennett, Mariah Carey, the Unabomber, Elton John, Hagrid and Cherie Blair. Every night one lucky audience member will give Terry Wogan £5000. Recipient of a KBE and co-host of annual Twitch stream Morlvision.

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio One

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compilation, music

Comedians' DJ Battles

The glorious return of, by most accounts, the best night out of last year’s Fringe. Ivo Graham (gig pig, dad dancer, Shazamer to the stars) commentates frenetically on Powerpoint as illustrious guests bring the bangers, setting them one very specific brief (letters of the alphabet, etc) and one very broad one: get out there and absolutely have it. 2023's myriad highlights included Spittle Shrek, Linkin Laws, the Petts-Magliano Pact of Friendship, and the String-Spitta Tank Engine conga; you simply had to be there, and still can. Battles from 23:30, party ‘til late!

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Underground

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comedy, LGBTQ+

The Kaye Hole Hosted by Reuben Kaye

Late-night, done right. Queer, messy and f*cking hilarious. The hottest late-night ticket in town where the riskiest and most diverse acts let loose, all backed by a live band. With sold-out runs in 2022 and 2023, this is not a night to be missed. 'Reuben Kaye acts as the charming ring master of an inclusive, jam-packed jamboree of both playful and impactful cabaret acts' ***** (Skinny). 'An explosion of energy, high camp, big notes and filthy humour' ***** (Scottish Sun). 'An outrageously spicy time' ***** (WeekendNotes.com).

Location Assembly George Square Gardens

subvenue Palais du Variété

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variety, stand-up

Best of the Fest

The best mixed-bill comedy night in Edinburgh, featuring your favourite comedians from around the Fringe. A perfect way to experience the festival! Previous guests include: David O'Doherty, Jason Byrne, Lou Sanders, Ahir Shah, Rhys Nicholson, Milton Jones, Desiree Burch, Darren Harriott, Phoebe Robinson, Phil Wang, Joe Lycett, Vir Das and many more. Full line-ups at: www.assemblyfestival.com.

Location Assembly Hall

subvenue Main Hall

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Alternative Comedy, variety

Liars and Clowns: A Late Night Comedy Show

Returning to Edinburgh for the third year in a row! Liars and Clowns is a jam session for comedians, with a revolving door showcasing the best alternative comedy from around the festival. Previous acts include: Sam Campbell, Flo & Joan, Larry Dean, Leo Reich, Paul Foot, Josh Glanc, Garry Starr, Lou Wall and Stuart Goldsmith. Hosted by Kyle Dolan. 'It's a great opportunity to be blown away by someone you've never heard of before, and find your new favourite comedian at the same time' **** (GlamAdelaide.com.au). Half-time oranges provided.

Location Assembly George Square

subvenue The Box

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musical theatre, theatre

Fountain of You

When a 30-something actress is suddenly aged-out of the industry, she undergoes a wildly unconventional spa treatment to get her old life back. But it sets her on a whole new path to pursue true power and equality . . . at a cost. Fountain of You is a dark comedy that takes on our societal preoccupation with youth and beauty, and the system underlying it all, with a pop-infused score and ample gore.

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue Music Hall

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dance, music

Monski Mouse's Baby Disco Dance Hall

Why toddle when you can dance? Join DJ Monski Mouse and her dancers for this award-winning, epic session of bopping, bonkers, beautiful fun. Expect high-energy smiling to retro beats and thumping nursery rhymes. Get your disco-dancing booties on! Best of Kids Award winner, Adelaide Fringe 2024. Best of Kids Award nominee, Sydney Fringe 2022. Best Family Entertainment in Edinburgh Hoop Award nominee. 'Best. Time. Ever.' ***** (Families Edinburgh). 'If you have a kid under five, get them to this show. Now.' ***** (KidsinAdelaide.com.au). 'Deserves all the praise' ***** (One4Review.co.uk).

Location Assembly George Square Gardens

subvenue Palais du Variété

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immersive, interactive

Temping

In a basement office in Illinois, there's a job waiting for you. Sarah Jane is on vacation, and you've been hired to fill in. In this interactive show for one, you'll explore her cubicle, answer her phone, and receive her faxes as the story of Sarah Jane unfolds. Sit down, send an email, and experience a meditation on life and death between the cells of an Excel spreadsheet. Created by narrative technologists Wolf 359. 'A technical masterclass' ***** (EdinburghGuide.com). One of The Telegraph's best theatre shows, 2022. ***** (Telegraph). 'Jewel-like' **** (TheArtsDesk.com). **** (List.com).

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue The Cubicle at Buccleuch Place

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dance, theatre

The Last Forecast

Somewhere, on an island, Gael, a gecko-like creature lives alone, in harmony with the surroundings. Everything matches, everything is perfect. Unfortunately, Gael is not alone for long. A stranger arrives, laden with earthly belongings and starts setting up home, disturbing this island sanctuary. However, the forecast is for rising water levels and soon there won’t be space for either of them. A Catherine Wheels production, by Bridie Gane. Programmed by Dance Base in collaboration with Assembly.

Location Assembly @ Dance Base

subvenue Dance Base 1

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dance, event

DecaDance Silent Disco

Dance through the decades with Silent Discos! Live DJs playing non-stop classics through your headphones, with immersive live musicians and performers bringing the dance floor to life, creating the ultimate unique experience to sing and dance your heart out to! Couple this with surprises, from confetti to freebies, and you've got the perfect party!

Location Assembly @ Virgin Hotel

subvenue Eve

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interactive, Character Comedy

Pali and Jay's Ultimate Asian Wedding DJ Roadshow

From Rifco Theatre, comes an immersive DJ bromance. Whoever said there's too many actors in LA has never seen the number of DJs in Southall. Facing sabotage, Pali and Jay are on edge – using only their simple DJ set-up and the odd cup of chai, Pali and Jay's Ultimate Asian Wedding DJ Roadshow will transport you through time, from Southall's Biggest Deck-Off 1999 to now. Our uncle and nephew DJing duo must successfully navigate their latest gig to save the company, their future aspirations, and ultimately, their relationship.

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Underground

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LGBTQ+, music

Dancefloor Conversion Therapy

A history of dance floors and joyful regret. How a repressed Christian youth minister swapped out Jesus for disco and found a new religion on the dance floor. Jonny Hawkins was once on the straight-and-narrow, but now they're on the queer and wide. In their early 20s Jonny helped start a church, went to Bible College and was preaching the Gospel in front of thousands of people, but since has become one of Australia's most loved DJs, dance floor icon, queer party promoter and a disciple of joy. The only show with a built-in afterparty.

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Underground

dance, workshop

lululemon Yoga and Sweat Sessions

lululemon is back for Fringe 2024! Sessions with be outside on our George Street Site in front of The Bijou. Please come dressed for the weather. An alternative venue will be used if it's bad weather. No equipment necessary, Lululemon will provide mats! Please find all session information below!

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue Bijou

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In Conversation, interactive

Lewis Major: Lien

A new, one-on-one performance that embodies the beauty of human connection and the power of shared moments. In the gentle embrace of solitude, Lien emerges as a testament to community and empathy, born as an antidote to the distancing and isolation that has shaped our recent history. In this intimate exchange, one audience member and one dancer come together on an otherwise empty stage for a singular ten-minute encounter that will never be repeated. Lien reimagines shared performance as a deeply personal, spiritual event.

Location Assembly @ Dance Base

subvenue Dance Base 1

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cabaret, music

Monski Mouse's Baby Cabaret

Join Monski Mouse, and her super-talented friends, for a live musical sing-a-long cabaret of nursery classics, song, puppetry and bonkers fun for 0-5s and their parents/carers. All the big topics covered: elephants, fish, wiggly worms, transport and the existential ways of the toddler. 'Moments of utter beauty' ***** (Edinburgh Festivals Magazine). 'Monski shines bright, inviting us into a world of wonder.' ***** (One4Review.co.uk); 'Delightful' **** (Families Edinburgh Magazine); 'At the #fringe with a toddler? Recommend Monski Mouse Baby Cabaret' (Al Murray).

Location Assembly George Square Gardens

subvenue Palais du Variété

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spoken word, storytelling

The Magic of Terry Pratchett

Join author and comedian Marc Burrows on a journey through the life and work of Sir Terry Pratchett, based on his Locus Award-winning biography and officially endorsed by the author's estate. Explore Pratchett's life, influences, impact, wit and wisdom, from his days as a school librarian to his time as a trainee journalist to his untimely death from Alzheimer's in 2015. Discover the joy, anger, and delicious cock'n'bull stories of one of the greatest storytellers of all time. Warning: includes bad puns and unnecessary footnotes. ***** (ThreeWeeks). ***** (StarburstMagazine.com).

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio Two

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contemporary, installation

The Watching Machine

The Watching Machine was the name given to those 19th century objects that created illusions through mirrors and shutters. In the piece The Watching Machine “the machine” is the stage box itself. In it we play with light, shadows and reflections to experience what is illusion, what is representation and what is theatrical convention. A piece composed of small installations where light and shadows are fictionalized through optical illusions.

Location Assembly @ Dance Base

subvenue Dance Base 3

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What songs may do...

What songs may do... is the first contemporary dance production by award-winning choreographer Mathieu Geffr� with his company Rendez-Vous dance. Performing to the evocative songs of Nina Simone, two dancers expose the fractured relationship of a once romantic couple as they delve into the past in an attempt to rebuild their future together. Shines a light on our deep rooted connection to memory through music and suggests the power of what songs may do. Poetic, passionate and highly virtuosic Celebrates the diversity of love with unashamed romanticism. Programmed by Dance Base in collaboration with Assembly.

Location Assembly @ Dance Base

subvenue Dance Base 1

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dance, theatre

Éowyn Emerald & Dancers

Acclaimed Canadian Company, Éowyn Emerald & Dancers return to the Fringe with an entertaining and deeply intimate jazz dance for two performers. A physical, technically demanding and emotionally complex theatrical experience with music by Dave Brubeck, Count Basie and Ella Fitzgerald. Éowyn's poetic and musically vibrant choreography is a buoyant look at how we can meet the challenges that cross us when we have someone to hold us up. Programmed by Dance Base in collaboration with Assembly.  “pure unadulterated dance,” “Emerald’s troupe is a real Fringe find.” ****(The Scotsman) “a talent to watch” ****(Times) ****(List) *****(BroadwayBaby)

Location Assembly @ Dance Base

subvenue Dance Base 3

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comedy, Drag

How to Mate: The Ted XXX Talk

Last year Steve aced feminism. The result? A girlfriend. Now he's venturing beyond second base and sayin’ yes to luv! Join Guildfordian iPod-DJ for a spicy seminar where you mite just find ur special someone. Note: Only appropriate for anyone who isn’t afraid of feelings. Live. LOL. Lube.

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Upstairs

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dance, Family-friendly

Beats on Pointe

This high-energy fusion of commercial dance entertainment is back again to deliver an all-ages show of ballet and street dance, contemporary and breaking and non-stop, five-star entertainment. A magnificent blend of classic and commercial music plus a wonderful cast of multi-talented dance athletes, this show continues to dazzle with cutting-edge entertainment. Don't miss your chance to see Australia's hottest commercial dance theatre production! �A colourful, energetic, fresh dance show' ***** (LondonTheatre1.com). 'The ultimate mash-up of classical ballet and modern street dance' ***** (MusicalManda.site). 'Highly recommend this amazing dance experience' ***** (One4Review.co.uk).

Location Assembly George Square

subvenue Gordon Aikman Theatre

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In Conversation, political

Andrew Pierce vs Kevin Maguire

Andrew Pierce vs Kevin Maguire now in a live show on stage. You know them both from ITV’s Good Morning Britain, now see them going head to head, pulling no punches. Play your part in what promises to be fun and feisty debate on the big topics and put your questions to them about the burning issues of the day. Sixty minutes of exhilarating cut and thrust as these two frenemies battle it out. No holds barred in this very sparky combination of debating wit and wisdom!

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue BallRoom

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Musical Comedy, comedy

Solve It Squad

JINKLES CHRIST! A group of former kid detectives return to the scene of their greatest unsolved case: the gruesome murder of their talking dog, Cluebert. Can an ambitious narcissist, a lovable doofus, a skittish sad-sap and a scheming brainiac overcome their traumatic past to save the day one last time? From the creators of Spies Are Forever and founding members of Team StarKid comes a zany riff on Scooby Doo about friendship, second chances, and all the ways fame can f*ck you up.

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio Three

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solo show, Artist(s) of Colour

Chris Grace as Scarlett Johansson

2023 sell-out show! Chris Grace, Chinese-American character actor best known for playing Jerry on Superstore, portrays the greatest living Asian actor Scarlett Johansson through comedy, theatre, stand-up and the music of Tom Waits. 'I hereby endorse Chris Grace' (Dr Brown). 'If you're cool like me, you will love Chris Grace' (Ed Gamble). 'A must see!' (Kristen Schaal). **** (Guardian).

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio Three

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dance, physical theatre

Within Reach

Within Reach by Alan Greig is a site-responsive solo dance performance that looks at the ageing body and plays with gender, identity and LGBTQ+ icons including Quentin Crisp, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis and Tennessee Williams. Through a combination of eccentric spoken word monologues and crisp choreographed vignettes, the work provides a captivating, engaging and humorous exploration of identify, culture and the cracked glamour of fame. Programmed by Dance Base in collaboration with Assembly.

Location Assembly @ Dance Base

subvenue Dance Base 3

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comedy, clown

Don Quixote

'This double act is unmissable' ***** (WestEndBestFriend.co.uk). With 200 shows and 30,000 spectators a year, Red Nose Company is the most decorated touring theatre in Finland. Now they are back with their five-star show. Join Don Quixote and Sancho Panza on their road trip as they attack all the injustices in the world. 'Warm-hearted, clever and very funny!' ***** (ThreeWeeks). 'If you think you hate red noses, this might just be the show to cure you' **** (AllEdinburghTheatre.com).

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue Bijou

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Musical Comedy, stand-up

Rachel Parris: Poise

During her biggest UK stand-up tour to date, Rachel brings her latest show to the Fringe for one night only! Poise is a dazzling hour of the signature blend of stand-up and songs from the BAFTA-nominated comedian. Rachel is best known for both her viral satirical segments on The Mash Report and Late Night Mash which have had over 100 million views, and as one of the founding cast members of the award-winning improv group Austentatious, who regularly perform to sell-out crowds in London's West End. 'Classy, clever comedy � uproarious' (Scotsman). �Venomously witty� (Evening Standard).

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue Music Hall

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puppetry, stand-up

Randy Feltface: First Banana

The first banana appeared on earth 10,000 years ago. Randy Feltface believes humanity has been in a downward-spiral since. The only logical solution is a brand new comedy show from a felt-faced comedian with an axe to grind. As seen on Netflix & NBC, Randy has spent the past 19 years winning awards & garnering critical praise while amassing a huge, devoted following across the globe. Randy has written/performed a dozen comedy shows, released 7 comedy specials, played to sold-out crowds around the world and been nominated for Best Comedy at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue Music Hall

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international, comedy

LIVE MANGA

Twelve years from the 2012 Fringe Street Events, GABEZ return with their international award-winning performance Live Manga! GABEZ create non-verbal performance based on mime. Their funny but simply composed physical comedy has been enjoyed by audiences of all ages, all over the world. Masa and Hitoshi play various comical characters, making audiences startle, laugh and sometimes even scream!�This is a family-friendly spectacle not to be missed. As seen in the Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony in 2022, when their Pictogram Performance attracted the attention of the world.

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio Two

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stand-up

Susie McCabe: Merchant of Menace - EXTRA SHOW

Susie brings another barnstormer of a show to Edinburgh – on the back of her very own BBC Scotland stand-up special and four years selling out shows at Glasgow King's Theatre. Seen on Live at the Apollo, House of Games, Have I Got News For You, Frankie Boyle's New World Order and supporting Kevin Bridges, Jason Manford and John Bishop on tour. 'This woman should be considered a national treasure' (Herald). 'Thoughtful, compassionate and warm stand-up from Scotland's funniest woman' **** (Scotsman). 'Heartwarming and hilarious' **** (Fest). 'One of our top comedy voices' **** (National).

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Central

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contemporary, drama

Love Beyond

A love story. But not a typical one. Harry has dementia. He also uses sign language. As he moves into a new home, he is accompanied by memories that dance like ghosts around him. A beautiful, tender, visually stunning and award-winning show from renowned theatre artist Ramesh Meyyappan, directed by Matthew Lenton (Vanishing Point). �Combines tremendous depths of emotion with sheer technical brilliance� **** (Scotsman). 'Passionate, powerful and poignant' **** (EdinburghGuide.com). �A piece of creative genius� **** (AllEdinburghTheatre.com). Part of the Made In Scotland Showcase 2024. MadeInScotlandShowcase.com

Location Assembly George Square

subvenue Gordon Aikman Theatre

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Musical Comedy, stand-up

Flo & Joan: The Joan & Flo Show

Well, it looks like it's time to get your ears syringed because acclaimed musical comedy duo Flo & Joan are taking to the stage, and they have some quote unquote music and/or comedy to fill a percentage of your time. There'll be old songs, new songs, nothing borrowed and their vocal coach is Duncan from Blue. As seen on their Amazon special Alive on Stage, Comic Relief, Live at the Apollo, the Royal Variety Performance and Russell Howard Hour. 'Goes down a storm' **** (Times). 'Intricately crafted, flawlessly performed' **** (Telegraph).

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio Three

international, event

Seoul Art Awards

Our mission is to celebrate and foster global cultural exchange in the performing arts, transcending language barriers. The Seoul Arts Awards recognizes and honors exceptional talents in various fields, including physical theatre, arts circus, family shows, and beyond. Join us in celebrating the power of performing arts in bridging cultures and promoting artistic excellence on an international stage. Be a part of this extraordinary journey of creativity and inspiration at the Seoul Arts Awards!

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue BallRoom

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improv

Spontaneous Potter: The Unofficial Improvised Parody

Grab your wands and apparate yourselves to the box office! A very magical improv show awaits... Spontaneous Potter is an entirely improvised Harry Potter comedy play, based on an audience suggestion of a fanfiction title. An entirely new Potter adventure is magically improvised on the spot � with live musical accompaniment! Previous titles include: Harry Potter and the Neville Wears Prada, Harry Potter and the Rise of the Planet of the Snapes, Harry Potter and the Struggle for a Decent Mortgage in This Economy. (NB: 16+ age restriction!)

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue Bijou

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Drag, cabaret

Séayoncé: She Must Be Hung!

The legendary Ghost-Whisperer returns and this time it's a witch trial! It's time to figure out which witch is which? Will everyone's favourite co-medium survive? Will she literally give up the Ghost? One thing is for certain: she simply must be hung! A bewitching night of mystical debauchery, cabaret ballads and camp theatrics. Join S�ayonc� and murderous accomplice Leslie-Ann for a hexceptional evening where we raise the stakes... and burn the witch. You're spell-bound to be scared stiff. 'Hilarious, outrageous, fabulously queer show' ***** (Deadline.com). 'Perfect drag duo that transcend comedic talent' (BroadwayBaby.com).

Location Assembly George Square Gardens

subvenue Piccolo Tent

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solo show, stand-up

Angela Barnes Is Getting Worked Up (WIP)

Join Angela Barnes (Mock The Week, Live At The Apollo, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, The News Quiz) as she tries out some new ideas she's working on for her upcoming tour. There will be stories, there will be successes, there will be noble failures and there will definitely be jokes - so come along to find out which is which... 'She's just a gloriously down-to-earth, straight talking and extremely funny comic' (Guardian). 'Great punchlines galore' **** (Edinburgh Festivals Magazine). 'A topical and heart-warming hour of comedy' **** (Voice).

Location Assembly George Square Studios

subvenue Studio Three

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solo show, stand-up

Dara Ó Briain: My Entire Life is a Work In Progress (Work in Progress)

You know the guy. Used to be big in this town. Then, Mock The Week, Taskmaster etc. Dara’s first Edinburgh run since 2005. His previous show ’So, Where Were We?” played 173 performances, across four continents and 21 countries, from Vancouver to Auckland, winning the Chortle Award for Best Comedy Tour 2023 en route. ‘His set is a masterclass in intelligent, no-frills stand-up’ (Guardian). ‘...ever-affable, ever-quick O Briain...flaunting his lightning quick wit' (Chortle). ‘A master of the stand up form’ (Scotsman).

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue Music Hall

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stand-up

Milton Jones: Ha!Milton

This is not a musical. Milton Jones is tone deaf and has no sense of rhythm, but at least he doesn't make a song and dance about it. He has more important things to discuss. Like giraffes... and there's a bit about tomatoes. You might know him from Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo, BBC Radio 4, or that time he stood for the Scottish National Party, fought a hard campaign, but in the end had to respect the wishes of the people of Cardiff. A whole new show of daftness. You know it makes sense.

Location Assembly Hall

subvenue Main Hall

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dance, performance art

Victory Boogie Woogie / the pleasure of stepping off a horse when it's moving at full speed

In these two explosive, intimate physical poems by Charles Pas and Courtney May Robertson, desires and fears collide in an attempt to embrace the contradictions that make up a multifaceted human. They place themselves in dystopian in-between spaces exploring what it means to continually harness oneself. Their bodies engage in battles with sampled worlds consisting of sound and video. Elements play each other off like wild jazz improvisation. It's anyone's guess who's actually in control. Programmed by Dance Base in collaboration with Assembly.

Location Assembly @ Dance Base

subvenue Dance Base 1

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international, Artist(s) of Colour

Ananta, The Eternal by Aparna Ramaswamy

'Aparna Ramaswamy preserves ancient dance forms with stunning virtuosity and expressiveness to create a living tradition that is resonant for modern times' (Boston Globe). Award-winning choreographer Aparna Ramaswamy weaves together threads of body, memory, desire and devotion to describe the eternal relationship between the deity and the devotee. Sisters and acclaimed Bharatanatyam dancers/choreographers Aparna Ramaswamy and Ashwini Ramaswamy come together for their first duet evening. Programmed by Dance Base in collaboration with Assembly.

Location Assembly @ Dance Base

subvenue Dance Base 3

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comedy, storytelling

Remythed

Do you mind if we tell you some stories? Remythed takes the myths and legends from the backgrounds of its performers and reshapes, reforms, and retells them. From Sheherazade, to Anansi, by way of Lady Godiva – see our stories in ways you've never seen them before, in a show full of insight, dreams and wisdom that'll leave you joyful, a bit tearful and questioning every story you've ever been told. LGBTQIA+ people have always been here; it's time our collective myths reflected that fact. Remythed delights in a joyful reimagination of what queer history could look like.

Location Assembly Roxy

subvenue Downstairs

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dance, Hip Hop

PACK

Five dancers, five guys, 40° in the studio. Hip-hop, breaking, contemporary and everything that fits in between. Colliding and rebounding. Hardening up and loosening up. Being alone or being part of it. One group, one PACK. We see a group testing the limits of their bodies. We hear their weight crashing on the dance floor and feel the breeze. Sometimes weightlessly whirling overhead, sometimes knotted up inside themselves. What connects them? What rules and roles make up their togetherness? How does a common place emerge? Programmed by Dance Base in collaboration with Assembly.

Location Assembly @ Dance Base

subvenue Dance Base 1

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dance, political

Futuristic Folktales

Futuristic Folktales – a dance for hope scrutinises reproductive injustices by re-imagining the tale of the first womb, a folkloric creation narrative often silenced. The performers attempt to tell this momentous tale through storytelling, contemporary movement, Scottish Highland dance and acts of birth and un-birth, alongside an evocative soundscape of experimental bagpipes composed by Malin Lewis. The performance invites audiences to engage in collective resistance and seeks to further dance as a form of political protest – otherwise, why dance? Programmed by Dance Base in collaboration with Assembly. MadeInScotlandShowcase.com

Location Assembly @ Dance Base

subvenue Dance Base 3

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contemporary, performance art

Impasse

An attempt to understand politics of the Black body in contemporary western society, interrogating notions of representation and misrepresentation. In this powerful work, two performers confront biased narratives etched onto Black bodies throughout history. Narratives, steeped in cultural imperialism, violence, exploitation, marginalisation, and powerlessness, are laid bare with raw physicality and emotional intensity. By challenging historical racial projections of blackness � its crudeness, threat, sexuality, rage and immorality � the performance unveils power, grace, sensuality, tenderness, intelligence and love. Impasse reclaims our humanity and celebrates the autonomy, self-determination of Black bodies. Programmed by Dance Base in collaboration with Assembly.

Location Assembly @ Dance Base

subvenue Dance Base 1

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comedy, music

Dear Billy

A LOVE LETTER TO THE BIG YIN FROM THE PEOPLE OF SCOTLAND Written and performed by Gary McNair and directed by Joe Douglas. A National Theatre of Scotland production    There’s a guy. You know him. You know…big hair, wee beard, glasses, talks like that. You know? You know. The guy…The Big Yin.   Billy Connolly needs no introduction. He is a national treasure.  From the shipyards of the Clydeside to his trailblazing and extraordinary stage and movie exploits, he is woven into Scottish culture. An expert team of story gatherers has created a collection of these moving and hilarious tales. Gary McNair, one of Scotland’s best theatre makers, has turned these stories into show celebrating the Big Yin and what he means to us. Gary is hitting the road with a band, collecting more stories as they go, making every show different. Each one a unique chance to laugh, sing, and celebrate the man and the legend with a show that will have you in stiches! ‘Vivid, funny and poignant’★★★★★The Guardian ‘Moving, fascinating and often hilarious’★★★★★The Scotsman ‘Populist, funny and poignant’★★★★★Scottish Daily Mail ‘A gloriously masterful 90 minutes of theatre’★★★★★The Telegraph ‘Joyous’★★★★★All Edinburgh Theatre

Location Assembly Rooms

subvenue Music Hall

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dance, LGBTQ+

Man & Board

At first Man & Board is an unlikely pairing of Rob's moving body with a ritualised wooden board with which he sin