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Friday 14th August
A tragic comedy from three time Fringe First winner Gary McNair which tells the incredible true story of the inimitable late Dundonian poet – Sir William Topaz McGonagall.
Saturday 15th August
STATUS is a show about someone who doesn’t want his any more. About running away from the national story you’re given. About who is responsible for that story and what might happen to it if you give it up.
FRAGMENTS OF HOME
Sunday 16th August
Beyond family memories of her writer grandfather in Kerala, who died before India’s Independence from British rule, Annie George connects his story to her own, as first generation immigrant to the UK.
Monday 17th August
Inspired by the 1958 Kirk Douglas movie Vikings, Tom’s last wish was to be given a full viking burial. This is the remarkable, hilarious, heart-lifting tale of how James and Sarah went and gave their best mate the send-off he wanted.
THE ARCHIVE OF EDUCATED HEARTS
Tuesday 18th August
An award-winning production crafted from verbatim stories of families facing breast cancer. Scrawled diary entries & dog-eared photo albums unfold to reveal a delicate glimpse into the fragments of absolute joy and incomprehensible heartbreak that make up a lifetime.
Wednesday 19th August
Apphia Campbell &
A multi award-winning theatre performance that follows two women’s fight for civil rights. One is notorious Black Panther Assata Shakur; the other, a present-day university student enrolling as the Ferguson riots begin.
Thursday 20th August
The story of Johnno McCreadie, a teenager living in a small suburban Scottish town at the time of the 1994 Criminal Justice Act – a new piece of legislation which effectively outlawed raves. Read by Lorn Macdonald.
Friday 21st August
In a country where being yourself can get you killed, exile is your only choice. ADAM is the true story of Adam Kashmiry who performs his journey across borders and genders to find a place to call home.
MY LEFT NUT
Sunday 23rd August
Michael Patrick & Oisín Kearney
The True Story of a Belfast boy growing up with no father to guide him through, and a giant ball to weigh him down. 400 millilitres. That’s how much liquid was drained from Michael’s left testicle when he was a teenager. That’s more than a can of coke.
Monday 24th August
IMMIGRANT JAM was born out of the nasty anti-immigrant climate a certain orange man has funneled into the US in the past few years, as a big fat middle finger to anyone doubting what makes America and the world great: diversity!
Tuesday 25th August
Award-winning comedian and proud Bristolian Jayde Adams is an uncut gem; a force of nature; dangerous and unafraid; the future. It’s safe to say that when Dawn French says “Jayde Adams is the 3rd funniest woman in the world. Fact,” she might just be onto something.
QUARTER LIFE CRISIS
Wednesday 26th August
Alicia is a hot mess. She doesn’t know what she’s doing with her life. Even though she’s a Londoner, born and bred, the scent of Lagos peppers her existence in the ends.
Wednesday 26th August
Joe Sellman Leva
LABELS is a funny, moving story about heritage, migration and family. Charting a childhood in Devon, resurgent nationalism and a global refugee crisis, LABELS tries to answer everyone’s favourite question: “where are you from?”
Thursday 27th August
Award-winning poet and playwright Inua Ellams (Barber Shop Chronicles, The Half-God of Rainfall, Three Sisters) brings his special, audience-led poetry event to SHEDINBURGH.
Friday 28th August
Tim Crouch’s first play, MY ARM, is a teasingly profound, award-winning story about a boy who puts one arm above his head and never takes it down. It opened in Edinburgh in 2003 and has toured on and off ever since.
LIVING RENT FREE IN YOUR SHED
Saturday 29th August
As seen on Dave’s HYPOTHETICAL and heard on BBC Radio 5 Live, join Chloe Petts in LIVING RENT FREE IN YOUR SHED, a stand up/ chat show hybrid in which Petts makes the case that she should be the new Ellen.
BIG DADDY AND BABY HELEN
Sunday 30th August
Rosie Jones & Helen Bauer
‘Wickedly Funny’ Rosie Jones and ‘slick, sassy and super satisfying’ Helen Bauer get together for a double bill packed with jokes, mischief and probably, a bit of beef.
POETRY / SPOKEN WORD
BACK OF THE HEAD WITH A BRICK
Monday 31st August
Taking place during one long day in London, BACK OF THE HEAD WITH A BRICK is a dark comedy about wanting to love as much you can, express yourself as much as you’re able, while keeping defense mechanisms that helped you survive intact.
READING / IN CONVERSATION
JACK ROOKE INVITES YOU TO CHEER THE F***K UP
Tuesday 1st September
A comedic-memoir-meets-advice-guide about losing his dad at 15, losing a close friend to suicide at 21 and losing a pair of NIKE AirMax 95s on a Northern Line tube at 26. He’ll read some extracts & be joined by a special guest to chat about mental health & the fringe
Wednesday 2nd September
After a year of sell-out shows across the country, Sophie Duker is back with WACKY RACISTS, serving up another melanin-rich comedy milkshake for your delectation and delight. Featuring a whole KEMAH BOB! An entire KEN CHENG! A complete FATIHA EL-GHORRI!
SARA & STEEN
Thursday 3rd September
Sara Pascoe &
Sara Pascoe and Steen Raskopoulos will improvise condensed versions of full length Edinburgh shows having never seen them. Get online and find some old Fringe listings because YOU will be making the suggestions.
FRINGE MEMORIES; GARY McNAIR & STEVE COOGAN
Thursday 3rd September
Gary McNair & Steve Coogan
Legendary writer, actor and comedian Steve Coogan launched his career at the Edinburgh Festival. In a SHEDINBURGH exclusive Steve talks to Gary about winning the Perrier, what comedy means to him and his promise to one day return to the Festival. This rare, candid deep dive into one of Britain’s most celebrated stars’ relationship to the world’s biggest festivals is not to be missed.
DEBORAH FRANCES-WHITE ROLLS THE DICE
Friday 4th September
Deborah Frances-White was adopted as a new-born baby. One day she stumbled across some information about her birth mother and went on a gripping treasure hunt, drawn into her past like a magnet. This is her true and surprising Writers Guild Award winning story.
AHIR & OLGA
Friday 4th September
Ahir Shah & Olga Koch
A comedy double bill. Ahir’s sharp, intellectual brand of stand-up features a blend of philosophical inquiry, political vigour, and sweet gags. Olga is obsessed with her exes. So much so, that she’s turned the shed into a museum of all the stuff they’ve left at her house.
WHITE RABBIT RED RABBIT
Saturday 5th September
performed by Tobias Menzies
No rehearsals. No director. No set… well there’ll be a shed. The play you’re about to see is sealed inside an envelope. The actor who’s going to perform has never seen it. We double dare you not to Google this play. Take a chance. Join the actors. Once you start, you’ve got to finish. No matter what.