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Zoo

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Best In Class
Harry's Southside

Best In Class

Profit-sharing compilation show makes a fine advert for three working-class comics

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The Pieman Cometh
Gilded Balloon @ Rose Theatre

The Pieman Cometh

Weak, generic comedy about the plight of a lower league football club

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Goddess
Tolbooth Market

Goddess

Tantric massage makes for an unlikely, but fun, storytelling show

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Paradise in the Vault

Bare Knuckle

Jake Boston’s brutal yet bouncy solo performance pays respect to his hero.

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The Place

Lemons

The basics are all in place in this short character comedy about a depressed motivational speaker

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Underbelly Bristo Square

KillyMuck

A witty yet serious social commentary on life in poverty and why it is so difficult to escape.

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Darlings

A brilliant marriage of puppetry, drama and conflict.

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theSpace @ Surgeon's Hall

Crack/ed

A well-acted, if slightly derivative tale of one young man’s struggle with drug addiction.

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The Piece
The Counting House

The Piece

Immersive theatre parody makes for some good old Fringe weirdness

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Canoe
theSpace @ Surgeon's Hall

Canoe

A fatal accident divides a couple in this emotionally-compelling one-man play

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Pleasance Courtyard

Sindhu Vee: Sandhog

Witty and hilarious observations on marriage, parenthood and ageing parents from Best Newcomer nominee, Vee.

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theSpace on North Bridge

A Librarian

An enjoyable, if predictable, thriller with a strong performance at its heart.

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Gilded Balloon Teviot

Skin Deep

An exuberant cast ooze body positivity in this entertaining production.

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CanadaHub @ King's Hall

Chase Scenes

Ming Hon cuts to the chase with this multimedia collection of shorts.

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Greenside @ Infirmary Street

An Act Of

Unusual comedy with intriguing but entirely unexplained premise.

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Greenside @ Infirmary Street

The Unsung

A brilliant show about the forgotten deserves to be remembered.

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The Half
Pleasance Courtyard

The Half

Macabre tale of squabbling showbiz duo with sinister undertones

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Underbelly Bristo Square

Vessel

Powerful drama on reproductive rights, activism and Ireland’s abortion laws.

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Underbelly Circus Hub

Arr We There Yet?

A warmhearted mix of circus skills and pantomime in this swashbuckling adventure for children.

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Summerhall

Bottom

Willy Hudson delivers a funny and touching performance that looks at queer identity and relationships.

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Underbelly Cowgate

Love Songs

Poetry, comedy and rap combine in an excellent spoken word performance.

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Sorry
Assembly George Square Theatre

(sorry)

What are f*cking millennials complaining about now? Quite a lot, actually…

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Finding Fassbender
Pleasance Courtyard

Finding Fassbender

Woman accidentally finds life’s meaning while trying to reunite a famous actor with a letter

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Features

Garrett Millerick
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Garrett Millerick

Normally a ball of comic rage, the comedian tells us how a traumatic event for him and his wife totally rerouted his Fringe plans.

Christine Bovill
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Christine Bovill

Matthew Keeley talks to the former teacher turned cabaret star who has become a Fringe fixture

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Fringe Dispatches: Standing Still

Ahead of the press previews, Ewan Spence is worried that the Fringe may not be able to deliver this year and he’s looking for some inspiration.

Pianodrome
Interview

Pianodrome

A playable ampitheatre of pianos turns a Botanic Gardens lawn into another unusual pop-up Fringe venue.

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Fringe pit stops

Feeling peckish round the Fringe? Claire Wood offers some ideas for places to take a pit stop.

Boss Wummin
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Gilded Balloon Fringe 2018

With over 160 shows across three venues, Gilded Balloon’s 2018 Fringe offering also features a new podcast from Boss Wummin, Karen and Katy Koren.

Dante Or Die
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User Not Found

Keep or delete? Dante or Die explore digital legacy as part of the Traverse festival programme.

Rosie Garland
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Rosie Garland

Multi-faceted performer talks about what makes her tick ahead of a range of Fringe dates.