50 Unmissable Shows at Edinburgh Fringe (1)

50 Unmissable Shows at the Edinburgh Fringe 2017

Bring On The Edinburgh Fringe!

We’ll be jetting up to the Edinburgh Fringe for the first week of the festival, and we’ll be sharing with you the best quirky, offbeat, and downright amazing events at this years Fringe!

BUT FIRST! YES, IT’S OUR ONE-PAGE GUIDE TO SOME OF THE HOTTEST HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE FESTIVAL PROGRAMME!

We’ve picked out some of the more accessible yet offbeat, less mainstream offerings from this years jumbo Edinburgh Fringe line-up. Also, look out for our reviews article once the festival kicks off!

Go on, knock yourselves out with fab fringe festivity!

CABARET, CIRCUS & LIVE ART

Sigma
Aug 3-8, 10-13, 15-20, 22-28 | 13:30 | £8-12 | Assembly Hall

CIRCUS – The latest from juggling mavericks Gandini Juggling.

Hans: Mein Camp
Aug 3-28 | 22:15 | £6.50-£13 | Underbelly Med Quad

CABARET – Berlin’s glitzy wunderkind delivers an ‘all-singing, all-tap dancing, accordion-pumping extravaganza’.

Seven Crazy Bitches
Aug 3-13, 15-23, 25-27 | 19:00 | £6-£11 | Assembly Hall

CABARET – Holly Morgan’s hilarious roller coaster of character cabaret.

Helga – Life of Diva Extraordinaire
Aug 3-13, 15-20, 22-27 | 13:30 | £9.50-£11.50 | C Venues – C South

PHYSICAL COMEDY – Beautifully odd physical comedy from Finland.

Snap
Aug 3-13, 15-20, 22-28 | 15:00 | £8 – £14 | Assembly George Square Theatre

MAGIC – These Korean masters of manipulation are set to stun.

Fauna
Aug 3-8, 10-13, 15-20, 22-27 | 13:30 | £9 – £15 | Assembly Roxy

ACROBATICS – Sizzling hot circus exploring our primal side.

Elixir
Aug 4-13, 15-20, 22-26 | 22:15 | £10 – £14.50 | Underbelly’s Circus Hub on the Meadows

CIRCUS – Our top highlight from Brighton fringe. Don’t miss this love potion of saucy circus.

Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams
Aug 5-13, 15-20, 22-26 | 15:00 | £10 – £15.50 | Underbelly’s Circus Hub on the Meadows

CIRCUS – Astonishing high-flying acts from Ethiopia.

Paris de Nuit
Aug 3-8, 10-13, 15-20, 22-27 | 20:30 | £11 – £16 | Assembly George Square Gardens

CABARET – The city of love is brought to life in cabaret by way of this superb spectacle from Hungary.

COMEDY

The Glenda J Collective
Aug 3-5 | 11pm | £10 | Pleasance Dome

COMEDY – This all-female improv troupe featuring Josie Long and Pippa Evans is worth staying up late for.

Mark Watson’s Festival of Bad Ideas
Aug 15-27 | 22:45 | £5 | Pleasance Courtyard

COMEDY – A bargainous bonanza of bad ideas.

Tudur Owen: Normal Wear and Tear
Aug 10-13, 15-27 | 15:00 | Pay What You Can | Just the Tonic at The Mash House

COMEDY – Fantastic Welsh wit recommended by Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens, who we met on the way to Latitude.

Hannah Gadsby – Nanette
Aug 2-14, 16-27 | 17:30 | £7.50 – £12 | Assembly George Square Studios

COMEDY – Thoughtful, intelligent comedy.

Joseph Morpurgo: Hammerhead
Aug 2-13, 15-28 | 20:00 | £7 – £12 | Pleasance Courtyard

COMEDY – Multimedia comedy which fizzes with originality.

Alasdair Beckett-King: The Alasdair Beckett-King Mysteries
Aug 2-13, 15-28 | 18:00 | £6 – £9.50 | Pleasance Courtyard

COMEDY – Scottish hair model (just kiddin), comedian takes us to the weird side.

Rob Cawsey: Just Cruising
Aug 5-13, 15-20, 22-27 | 23:00 | FREE | Banshee Labyrinth

COMEDY – Physical comedy about sex and love from offbeat funnyman – and one half of the hilarious Guilt & Shame – Rob Cawsey.

Jan Ravens: Difficult Woman
Aug 2-15, 17-27 | Times Vary | £6-£14 | Gilded Balloon Teviot

COMEDY – Star of BBC’s Dead Ringers makes an impression (geddit?) with this debut.

Alun Cochrane: Alunish Cochranish
Aug 4-13, 15-27 | 19:40 | £12 | The Stand Comedy Club 3 & 4

COMEDY – See Frank Skinner’s radio sidekick and perennial grump Alun Cochrane in the flesh.

Auntie
Aug 8-20 | 20:45 | FREE | Laughing Horse @ 48 Below

COMEDY – ‘Nollywood meets Hyacinth Bouquet’ – enough said!

Lucy Hopkins: Powerful Women Are About
Aug 3-8, 10-15, 17-27 | 17:00 | Pay What You Can | Heroes @ The Hive

COMEDY – ‘Part electro-ritual, part theremin-experiment, part light-fantastic’. Sounds trippy!

Desiree Burch: Unf*ckable
Aug 3-14, 16-21, 23-27 | 22:00 | Pay What You Can | Heroes @ Bob’s BlundaBus

COMEDY – Illuminating comedy from this rising star.

Elf Lyons: Swan
Aug 2-14, 16-28 | 21:30 | £6.50 – £10 | Underbelly Med Quad

COMEDY – Oddball ‘giraffe-limbed’ clown presents her unique show.

DANCE & PHYSICAL THEATRE

Hope Hunt and the Ascension into Lazarus
Aug 15-20 | 16:30 | Dance Base

DANCE – ‘Thumping sweaty dance-theatre’. Have some deodorant ready…

Form
Aug 2-13, 15-28 | 12:00 | £6 – £10 | Pleasance Dome

DANCE – 20,000 paper balls make up the setting for one human’s escape from the mundane.

TuTuMucky
Aug 16-20 | 19:00 | £12 | ZOO Southside

DANCE – Bold new dance breaking form.

Shoko Seki: Deadline
Aug 4-28 | 13:00 | £7 – £10 | ZOO

DANCE – Scorching dance-theatre examining the Japanese phenomenon of death through overwork: Karuoshi.

THEATRE & MUSICALS

The Marriage of Kim K
Aug 2-8, 10-15, 17-22, 24-28 | 21:50 | £11.50-£13.50 | C Venues – C

OPERA – Opera + Kardashian = surefire hit!

Lists for the End of the World
Aug 2-13, 15-20, 22-27 | 13:45 | £8-£12 | Summerhall

THEATRE – A theatrical world created through crowdsourced lists. We do love lists!

From the Ground Up
Aug 14-27 | 14:00 | £9-£10 | Assembly Roxy

THEATRE – Almeida Theatre Young Company present an interactive provocation to ourselves.

The Believers are But Brothers

The Believers Are But Brothers
Aug 5-8, 10-15, 17-22, 24-26 | 12:45 | £10 – £12 | Summerhall

THEATRE – A show which isn’t afraid to delve into the roots of extremism.

Syd and Sylvia
Aug 5-7, 8-14, 16-21, 23-26 | 13:20 | FREE | Silk

THEATRE – ‘Bastardised karaoke lyrics, cheesy keyboard playing and bad jokes’ in a gender-fluid show about the crap women face.

Borders by Henry Naylor
Aug 2-15, 17-28 | 16:30 | £7 – £12.50 | Gilded Balloon Teviot

NEW WRITING – A gut-wrenching new play about a Syrian migrant.

Jamie Wood: I Am a Tree
Aug 14-20, 22-27 | 18:25 | £10 – £12 | Assembly George Square Theatre

COMEDY – ‘A dance party with ghosts, in a forest, in a theatre.’

Nocturnes
Aug 21-26 | 17:00 | £14 | ZOO

NEW WRITING – A suspense-laden spy thriller.

The Toxic Avenger
Aug 2-13, 15-28 | 22:30 | £9 – £17.50 | Pleasance Courtyard

MUSICAL – Follow the adventures of Toxie in this foul-mouthed late night musical laugh-fest.

Wild Bore
Aug 8-13, 15-20, 22-27 | Times Vary | £21.50 | Traverse Theatre

COMEDY – Post-punk performance legends Zoe Coombs Marr, Ursula Martinez and Adrienne Truscott unite to confront critics of their work.

The North! The North!
Aug 2, 4-13, 15-27 | 17:50 | £6 – £11 | Summerhall

THEATRE – The north and south of the country literally divide.

On Ice – Suzanne Grotenhuis/De Nwe Tijd
Aug 4-6, 8-13, 15-20, 22-27 | 14:00 | £8 – £10 | Upper Church @ Summerhall

NEW WRITING – Find out why Suzanne Grotenhuis bought an ice rink.

Last Resort
Aug 2-6, 8-13, 15-20, 22-27 | Times Vary | £8 – £10 | Summerhall

THEATRE – Guantanamo Bay re imagined as a holiday resort.

Palmyra
Aug 2-13 | 13:15 | £8 – £10 | Summerhall

THEATRE – An inventive look behind post-truth.

This Is Not Culturally Significant
Aug 4-8, 11-13, 17-20, 24-26 | 23:45 | £7 – £10 | Gilded Balloon at the Museum

THEATRE – A tour-de-force schizophrenic character performance mashup. Think League of Gentlemen on acid.

Testosterone
Aug 2-13, 15-19, 21-27 | 17:00 | £6 – £11.50 | Pleasance Courtyard

THEATRE – An accessible story about what it’s like to change gender.

Quarter Life Crisis
Aug 3-13, 15-27 | 14:40 | £6.50 – £11 | Underbelly, Cowgate

COMEDY – Basslines, words and the audience collide.

Edison
Aug 4-27 | 17:45 | £5 – £10 | ZOO Southside

THEATRE – This electric offbeat treat explores the ‘biggest assholes in history’, Thomas Edison and unsung hero Nikola Tesla.

DollyWould
Aug 2, 4-20, 22-27 | 21:15 | £6 – £8 | Summerhall

THEATRE – An unmissable show about the love of Dolly Parton. Or is it?

Adam
Aug 5-6, 8-13, 15-20, 22-27 | Times Vary | £15 – £21.50 | Traverse Theatre

NEW WRITING – Adam features a 120-strong world choir of trans individuals to tell the story of a trans man forced out of his own country.

A Waste Land
Aug 3-20 | 23:15 | FREE | Laughing Horse @ Moriarty’s

IMMERSIVE – ‘An electronic dance opera-odyssey through TS Eliot’s iconic poem: part rave, part multimedia installation’

The Prophetic Visions of Bethany Lewis
Aug 3-13, 15-27 | 22:50 | £6.50 – £10 | Underbelly, Cowgate

PUPPETRY – Psychic puppetry mayhem.

Prom Kween
Aug 3-13, 15-27 | 20:35 | £6.50 – £11 | Underbelly, Cowgate

MUSICAL – An irrestistible dance party of a musical about the joy of being different.

£¥€$ (LIES)
Aug 4-6, 8-13, 15-20, 22-27 | 18:30, 20:30 | £10 – £14 | Upper Church @ Summerhall

INTERACTIVE – The Prince and the Pauper as a live experiment by Belgian performance wonders Ontroerend Goed.

Rupert & Stuart

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Occasionally the To Do List team are forced to work together.

Rupert likes: free, cheap & offbeat London, especially: cabaret, art, theatre, pop-ups, eating out, quirky films, museums, day trips, social enterprise & much more.

Stuart likes: nice pubs, film marathons, not doing real marathons, bad comedy, plays/musicals with shorter second halves, and the Oxford comma.