2020 SHED-ULE

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THEATRE

McGONAGALL'S
CHRONICLES

Friday 14th August
7.30pm

Gary McNair

 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.

THEATRE

STATUS

Saturday 15th August
7.30pm

Chris Thorpe

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.

THEATRE

FRAGMENTS OF HOME

Sunday 16th August
7.30pm

Annie George

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.

THEATRE

TEAM VIKING

Monday 17th August
7.30pm

James Rowland

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.

THEATRE

THE ARCHIVE OF EDUCATED HEARTS

Tuesday 18th August
7.30pm

Casey Jay

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. 

THEATRE

WOKE

Wednesday 19th August
7.30pm

Apphia Campbell &
Meredith Yarbrough

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.

THEATRE

BEATS
(special reading)

Thursday 20th August
7.30pm

Kieran Hurley

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.

THEATRE

ADAM
(special reading)

Friday 21st August
7.30pm

Adam Kashmiry

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.

THEATRE

MY LEFT NUT

Sunday 23rd August
7.30pm

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.

COMEDY

IMMIGRANT JAM

Monday 24th August
7.30pm

Lucie Pohl

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!

COMEDY

JAYDE ADAMS

Tuesday 25th August
7.30pm

Jayde Adams

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.

THEATRE

QUARTER LIFE CRISIS

Wednesday 26th August
7.30pm

Yolanda Mercy

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.

THEATRE

LABELS

Wednesday 26th August
8.30pm

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?”

POETRY /
SPOKEN WORD

SEARCH PARTY

Thursday 27th August
7.30pm

Inua Ellams

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.

THEATRE

MY ARM

Friday 28th August
7.30pm

Tim Crouch

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.

COMEDY

LIVING RENT FREE IN YOUR SHED

Saturday 29th August
7.30pm

Chloe Petts

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.

COMEDY

BIG DADDY AND BABY HELEN

Sunday 30th August
7.30pm

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
7.30pm

Sean Mahony

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
7.30pm

Jack Rooke

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

COMEDY

WACKY RACISTS

Wednesday 2nd September
7.30pm

Sophie Duker

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!

COMEDY

SARA & STEEN

Thursday 3rd September
7.30pm

Sara Pascoe &
Steen Raskopoulos

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.

COMEDY

FRINGE MEMORIES; GARY McNAIR & STEVE COOGAN

Thursday 3rd September
9.15pm

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.

THEATRE

DEBORAH FRANCES-WHITE ROLLS THE DICE

Friday 4th September
7.30pm

Deborah Frances-White

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.

THEATRE

AHIR & OLGA

Friday 4th September
9.15pm

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.

THEATRE

WHITE RABBIT RED RABBIT

Saturday 5th September
7.30pm

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.

2020 SPONSORS & PARTNERS

SHEDINBURGH 2020 would not have been possible without the following organisations and people to whom we are hugely grateful.

Hungry for some showtime snacks? Our sponsors Mighty Small have curated the perfect box of drinks and snacks to enjoy over a performance or two, all produced by small independent brands. Go to www.mighty-small.co.uk/products/shedinburgh-festival-box to order.

What would SHEDINBURGH be without a beer? Our sponsors Beer52 are offering 8 craft beers, sourced and curated from the best breweries for FREE! Go to www.beer52.com/shedinburgh to get your perfect accompaniment to the festival.