50 Unmissable Shows at the Edinburgh Fringe 2018

50 Unmissable Shows at the Edinburgh Fringe 2018

Bring On The Edinburgh Fringe!

Once again, the To Do List team will be jetting up to the Edinburgh Fringe to check out the very best that the festival has to offer, 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 50 OF THE HOTTEST HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE FESTIVAL PROGRAMME!

We’ve picked out 50 – yes, fifty – of the 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

Egg
Aug 1, 3-5, 7-12, 14-19, 21-26 | 18:15 | £5-£12 | Summerhall

CIRCUS – A circus show with a soul – theatre and aerial feats combine to tell the story of a woman who gave her eggs to a friend to have a child.

Jungle
Aug 3-5, 7-12, 14-19 | 19:45 | £11-£13 | Dance Base

DANCE – An intriguing foursome explore postcolonialism.

Magic Faraway Cabaret
Aug 4-26 | 22:30 | FREE | Voodoo Rooms

VARIETY – The perfect night out full of magic, variety, burlesque and sideshow hosted by the divine Mr Meredith.

My Land
Aug 1-7, 9-12, 14-19, 21-26 | 20:10 | £10-£14 | Assembly Roxy

CIRCUS – Think you know circus? Hungarian troupe Recirquel break the mould and produce astounding spectacle like no other.

Tabarnak
Aug 4-7, 9-12, 14-19, 21-25 | 19:00 | £17.50-£19.50 | Underbelly’s Circus Hub on the Meadows

CIRCUS – The brains behind beaded circus wonder Barbu return to the fringe with a rock-musical style tribute to the sacred and profane.

The Miss Behave Gameshow
Aug 8-18 | 22:30 | £12.50-£14 | Gilded Balloon Teviot

INTERACTIVE – Interactive DIY gameshow madness from the transnational phenomenon – expect the unexpected.

Universoul Circus: Hip Hop Under the Big Top
Aug 4-25 | 17:00 | £19.50-£21.50 | Underbelly’s Circus Hub on the Meadows

CIRCUS – New York’s legendary hip hop circus spectacular makes its UK debut.

Yana Alana – Between the Cracks
Aug 2-7, 9-12, 14-19, 21-26 | 20:00 | £10-£13 | Assembly Checkpoint

CABARET – The queer punk cabaret singer Yana Alana is a must see.

COMEDY

The Second Annual Black Comedy Showcase
Aug 4-26 | 13:45 | FREE | Bannermans

STAND-UP – A line up of the freshest black comics that changes daily. We also love that the show is ‘helping diversity by giving a straight white male comic a chance that they rarely get’.

Ahir Shah: Duffer
Aug 2-26 | 14:15 | FREE | Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire

STAND-UP – Acclaimed newcomer Ahir Shah deals with the big questions.

Bryony Twydle: Flamingo
Aug 1-14, 16-27 | 20:30 | £6.50-£10 | Underbelly, Bristo Square

SKETCH – Up and coming character comedienne Bryony Twydle presents a selection of delightfully unhinged oddballs.

Emma Sidi: Faces of Grace
Aug 1-24, 26 | 20:30 | £6-£10 | Pleasance Courtyard

STAND-UP – Sassy Emma Sidi serves up some hilarious top-drawer character comedy.

Happy Lucky Golden Tofu Panda Dragon Good Time Fun Fun Show
Aug 20-25 | 20:50 | £9.50 | theSpace on the Mile

COMEDY – AmerAsian duo Slanty Eyed Mama break the stereotypes in a bonkers show that includes gay Pokémon.

Mawaan Rizwan: Juice
Aug 1-12, 14-27 | 17:30 | £6-£10.50 | Pleasance Dome

STAND-UP – Mawaan is a high-voltage future comedy sensation – catch him while you can.

Miss Venezuela
Aug 2-12, 14-26 | 22:10 | £7 | Just The Tonic at The Mash House

CLOWN – Miss Universe and machismo are deconstructed skillfullly in this technicolor clown comedy.

Mr Lorraine
Aug 13-18, 20-25 | 19:25 | £5 | theSpace @ Jurys Inn

SOLO – Lorraine Chademunhu delves into life as a woman with a man’s voice.

Nigel Ng: Malaysian Sensation
Aug 2-7, 9-14, 16-21, 23-26 | 19:10 | FREE | Laughing Horse @ City Cafe

WORK IN PROGRESS – Malaysia’s finest dissects our quaint Western quirks.

Northern Power Blouse – Up Your Promenade
Aug 4-7, 9-14, 16-18 | 18:15 | FREE | Waverley Bar

SKETCH – Kitsch sketch comedy threesome.

Prune
Aug 4-11, 13-20, 22-25 | 21:30 | FREE | 52 Canoes

CLOWN – A bitter bouffon gets anarchic.

Sindhu Vee: Sandhog
Aug 1-26 | 16:30 | £6-£10 | Pleasance Courtyard

STAND-UP – A family-themed debut from the hilarious Sindhu.

Stamptown Comedy Night
Aug 9, 16, 23 | 23:59 | £8 | Underbelly, Cowgate

VARIETY – An offbeat late-night variety show with the best of the weird side of the fringe.

The Delightful Sausage: Regeneration Game
Aug 2-26 | 12:00 | £5 | Monkey Barrel

SKETCH – A multimedia whirlwind of weirdness from this lovable duo.

The Museum of Tat Roadshow
Aug 2-12, 14-26 | 11:45 | £5-£10 | Just the Tonic at The Mash House

IMPROV – Antiques Roadshow for tat – don’t forget to bring your best tat.

THEATRE & MUSICALS

Another One
Aug 1-5, 7-10, 14-19, 21-26 | 10:00 | £8-£10 | Summerhall

NEW WRITING – Beautiful Belgian expressionist theatre.

Cezary Goes to War
Aug 16-19, 21-25 | 19:00 | £10 | Army @ The Fringe

DANCE – Military recruitment assessments are queered in this piece from Poland.

Cock, Cock… Who’s There?
Aug 3-7, 10-19, 21-26 | 18:45 | £5-£10 | Summerhall

TRUE-LIFE – Samira Elagoz takes us into her arresting real-life research on the power of femininity and her attempts to relate back to men after being raped.

Don’t Kill Your Darlings
Aug 3-26 | 13:15 | £10 | ZOO Charteris

COMEDY – Offbeat Norwegian story of a person who retreats from the world after losing a soulmate to a freak raspberry accident.

Drip
Aug 20, 22-26 | 18:55 | £14-£15 | Roundabout @ Summerhall

MUSICAL – Musical comedy about a boy who can’t swim… who joins a synchronized swimming team.

Drip Feed
Aug 1-13, 15-26 | 14:30 | £8-£14 | Assembly George Square Theatre

NEW-WRITING – Dark comedy from Ireland about being youngish, female and queer.

Electrolyte
Aug 1-12, 14-27 | 17:30 | £7-£12 | Pleasance Dome

GIG – Electrolyte tackles tough subject matter including schizophrenia, depression and male suicide – with a thumping soundtrack.

Evros | The Crossing River
Aug 13-19, 21-26 | 13:35 | £8-£10 | Summerhall

PHYSICAL – A refugee story which challenges the idea of ‘us’ and ‘them’.

In Addition
Aug 2-12, 14-26 | 10:50 | £6.50-£10 | Underbelly, Cowgate

POLITICAL – A post-NHS dystopia about the breakdown of a relationship due to insomnia.

It’s True, It’s True, It’s True
Aug 2-12, 14-26 | 14:50 | £7-£12 | Underbelly, Cowgate

DEVISED – Visionary theatre mavericks BREACH take on the story of how a woman took revenge through her art.

Ladykiller
Aug 1-12, 15-27 | 13:00 | £6.50-£11 | Pleasance Courtyard

NEW-WRITING – A killer comedy about treating people who work in customer services better.

Lucky Stiff
Aug 4, 6-11 | 11:30 | £15 | Paradise in Augustines

FARCE – A raucous menagerie of colourful characters come together in this good-old fashioned romp.

Medea Electronica
Aug 14-19 | 18:30| £9-£11.50 | Pleasance Courtyard

THEATRE – A pulse-pumping retelling of a Greek tragedy about the death of a marriage, transposed to rural England.

My Left / Right Foot – The Musical
Aug 1-7, 9-13, 15-20, 22-27 | 18:10 | £10-£16 | Assembly Roxy

COMEDY MUSICAL – An am-dram theatre company don’t think it’s worth finding ‘real’ disabled people for their show about ‘disabled’ people…

No Kids
Aug 1-7, 9-12, 14-20, 22-27 | 15:40 | £6.50-£13.50 | Pleasance Courtyard

THEATRE – A touching cabaret about gay parenthood.

Revelations
Aug 1, 3-5, 7-12, 14-19, 21-26 | 17:40 | £9-£10 | Summerhall

STORYTELLING – James Rowland is a seriously impressive performer. See his latest about what happens when you donate your sperm to your best friends.

Silence
Aug 3-19, 21-26 | Times Vary | £13-£15 | Pleasance at EICC

OUTDOOR – A pyrotechnic feast of visual theatre about conflict zones and the dream of escape.

Six
Aug 1-12, 14-27 | Times Vary | £9-£18.50 | Underbelly, George Square

COMEDY MUSICAL – Finally! A musical about all 6 of Henry VIII’s wives.

Status
Aug 1, 3-12, 14-26 | 19:55 | £5-£15 | Summerhall

POLITICAL – A powerful pondering on the nature of nationality.

The Egg Is a Lonely Hunter
Aug 1-12, 14-26 | 14:45 | £6-£10 | Summerhall

COMEDY – A surreal comic odyssey.

The Greatest Play in the History of the World…
Aug 2-5, 7-12, 14-19, 21-26 | Times Vary | £20.50 | Traverse Theatre

DRAMA – Julie Hesmondhalgh astounds in everything she does. Don’t miss this intriguing yarn.

The Last Straw
Aug 1-12, 14-19, 21-26 | 15:00 | £5-£12 | Summerhall

DEVISED – Performance pioneers People Show embrace and dissect fake news and information overload.

The Mould That Changed the World
Aug 3-4, 6-11, 13-18, 20-25 | Times Vary | £8-£10 | theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

MUSICAL THEATRE – A musical about mould. Enough said.

Trojan Horse
Aug 1-12, 14-26 | 15:15 | £5-£12 | Summerhall

VERBATIM – A look into a press scandal where Muslim teachers and governors were accused of plotting extremism in Birmingham schools.

Void
Aug 14-19, 21-26 | 19:20 | £8-£10 | Summerhall

DANCE – An eye-popping dance adventure into the void.

WTF?!

All These Things
Aug 15 | 17:00 | £20 | ZOO Southside

EVENT – Leeds’ Live Art Bistro presents an unforgettable 12 hours of transgressive and experimental performance.

DICE Festival
Aug 16-18 | 21:00 | £5 | Summerhall

CHANCE – Roll the dice to decide which performances you’ll see.

Did we miss any Edinburgh fringe tips? Leave a comment below or check out our reviews post.

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.