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Pink House
PQA Venues @ Riddle's Court

Pink House

A small-scale and subtly powerful play about the ghosts of the past and cultural legacies

Gregory's Girl
Gilded Balloon @ Rose Theatre

Gregory’s Girl

The film that captured the zeitgeist of 80s Scotland translates perfectly on to today’s stage.

Cyster Act
Summerhall

Cyst-er Act

Wonderfully done educational journey about one woman’s experience with ovarian cysts

I'll Take You To Mrs Cole
Pleasance Courtyard

I’ll Take You To Mrs Cole!

A first class production that is beguiling and magical, teaching us not to demonise what we don’t know or understand

ZOO Playground

Shadows

Parallel storylines show depressing truths about the difference between real life and a fairytale

Sweet Novotel

Taboo

A chilling true story that needs to be told

Nothing To Hide
theSpace on Niddry Street

Nothing To Hide

A stylistically-ambitious look at the effects modern technology has on privacy sadly falters due to its scattered execution

Metamorphosis
Sweet Grassmarket

Metamorphosis

Intense, captivating reworking of Kafka’s classic from the perspective of Grete

Underbelly Cowgate

Art Heist

Complex comedy built round the chaos of a heist gone wrong

Joyce
Assembly Roxy

Joyce

Turtle Company whisk us away on an adventure with a young girl and her pet hamster

Endless Second
Pleasance Courtyard

Endless Second

A narratively complex look at rape within a relationship in the post-#MeToo era

Late Night Ceremony
theSpace @ Surgeon's Hall

Late Night Ceremony

Group showcase by Berlin cabaret performers makes for a strange experience

Underbelly Cowgate

Obsolete

Black Mirror meets sketch comedy in this dystopian hour

Dance Base

The Forecast

Amy Bell presents a multimedia dance performance about the queer female body

Drowning
Pleasance Courtyard

Drowning

Fascinating adaptation of the angels of death in Austria

Beat
Pleasance Dome

Beat

One teen’s deep love of the drum kit, with a bravura performance anchoring a moving story

Grant Buse
Gilded Balloon @ Patter Hoose

Grant Busé: Touché Busé

Brimming with bravado and sharp humour, Busé effortlessly wins over the crowd with his comedy masterclass

theSpace on Niddry Street

SymphRONica

Fringe regulars’ classical-jazz fusion makes for a groovy evening

Scottish Comedy Festival @ Nightcap

Megazoid

Confident showing from local Edinburgh comedian

Gilded Balloon @ Old Tolbooth Market

Bad Aunts

Madness and mayhem is entertaining but lacks structure

ZOO Southside

Black Holes

Spoken word and dance combine to present a science fiction universe

Macbeth

A powerful, shocking and imaginative retelling of Macbeth and the dangers of over-ambition

Features

Interview

Gretel Brice

One woman is at the Fringe to turn her cancer story into a creative legacy for her children

Vir Das
Interview

Vir Das

Udita Banerjee talks to the comic leading the way on India’s burgeoning scene

Interview

Ty Jeffries

Sarah Howells takes tea and talks memories with Miss Hope Springs’ creator, Ty Jeffries

Peter Buckley Hill
Interview

Peter Buckley Hill

The man who put the PBH into PBH’s Free Fringe talks turkey as he prepares for the 20th (and last?) installation of the show that started it

White Collar Comedy
Interview

White Collar Comedy

“I’m an atheist with regard to that kind of god.” We spoke to the trio of vicars-cum-comedians heading Edinburgh-wards with their unconventional take on Christianity.

Experience

Working to make it work

Eve Simpson talks about her experience of being a young, working-class woman bringing her first play, Twice Over, to the Fringe

Opinion

Banjoko is no joke-o

As E4 announce a familiar-sounding TV show, we ask: has President Obonjo had his identity stolen?

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Interview

Bernie Dieter

Little Death Club’s glamorous compère talks diversity, glamour and gin. Lots of gin.

Interview

Love, Loss and Cake

Every year new performers come to Edinburgh in August hoping to make a name for themselves and establish a career. But not every Edinburgh debutant is on that path…

Interview

Susan Riddell

“It’s just me marvelling at people who can be arsed doing anything.” We spoke to the rising star about her debut Fringe hour, Duvet Day.

The Chosen
Interview

Kally Lloyd-Jones

Company Chordelia’s artistic director talks about the losses that inspired her new dance piece The Chosen

West End Producer 1
Interview

West End Producer

Geoff Ford talks to the mysterious theatreland figure making his Fringe debut this year

Interview

Lucy Farrett

“Maybe there should be limits…? No… never!!” We chat to character comedian about new show LOIS.

Ciara Harvie
Interview

Ciara Harvie

The young classical singer from Longniddry prepares to make her Fringe debut