Edfringe Listings 2015

Our selection of what to check out at EdFringe. Highlighting feminist / female led / gender equal productions.

Never Been Better

Sketch comedy duo, Next Best Thing will return to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this August with their second sketch hour, Never Been Better. The show follows their 2014 Edinburgh debut, Next Best Thing. They will be performing in the Upstairs Space at Opium Bar, Edinburgh at 17:00 on 8 - 18 and 20 - 29 Aug 2015­­.

Following their 2014 show, performed at both Brighton and Edinburgh Fringe festivals, their second show Never Been Better is a thematic and narrative driven comedy. It is inspired by characters who try desperately to prove their social success, but facades slip, secrets are revealed and mis-matched couples face reality.

Jay Bennett and Katie Davison have performed together since the age of four and as Next Best Thing since 2013.

Never Been Better
By Next Best Thing
8-18 & 20-29 Aug 2015
Opium Upstairs (Venue 96), 71 Cowgate, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH1 1JW

Mata Hari: Female Spy

The Great War: while millions of men struggle and fight in the mud and hell of the trenches, one woman’s story begs to be told. Mata Hari, the most notorious female spy in history. Or was she? Dancer, lover, confidante, contradiction, liar. Executed in 1917, inspired by her own words, this is her story… the story of a set-up? With original music by Danny Bright. ‘I am a woman who enjoys herself very much; sometimes I lose, sometimes I win’ (Mata Hari).
Zoo venue
Until Aug 30



Two very different women with two very different lives, united by their quick wit, a love of nineties music and their best friend Rose. Their dead, best friend Rose.
Plunged into a world of grief Jess and Juno fight to fill the void. Sex, men, work, vegan dinner parties, skiing, motherhood? Or prowling the streets like Scarlett Johansson?
Nothing quite fits.
A new play about young women, trying to work out what that even means.

Sin Club, 207 Cowgate , Edinburgh, EH1 1JQ.
12 noon. 7th-30th August (not 18th & 25th) Free!


Herstory by Zosia Jo

A story that is at once true and untrue, personal and widely shared. A love story with a painful twist, that has nothing whatsoever to do with love.

This August Zosia Jo’s Herstory comes to the Edinburgh Fringe. This is a solo performance combining dance and spoken word to tell the story of a passionate relationship which ends in violence. Funded by Arts Council Wales, Herstory met critical acclaim at The Place London, during their Resolution! season in January and was warmly received by audience’s in Milford Haven, Cardiff and London in the Spring.

Zosia Jo says: I started making Herstory because I wanted to find a way to bring my performance poetry and my choreography together. A lot of the poems were about relationships, good, bad and ugly. A tricky theme in which to steer clear of cliché, but it’s something that everyone can relate to. Keen to avoid self-indulgence, I appealed online for other women’s accounts of their relationships. What came back was touching, terrifying, and galvanizing. Suddenly, I had a piece that is not just personal, but political- a social commentary on domestic violence, our reluctance to talk about it, its hidden nature, and the fact that it has existed and happened for far too long. To this end I am also trying to support charities that support survivors of domestic abuse. I will have a collection bucket and information leaflets at every show in support of Health In Mind, who support survivors and families affected.

Venue: ZOO, Venue 124, 140 Pleasance, EH8 9RR
Tickets: 7-8 August £5 / 9-22 August £9 (£7)
Dates: 7-22 Aug 2015
Time: 14:25
Website: www.zosiajo.com
Twitter: @JoonDance
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Joon-Dance/127568627343471


Kibo Productions presents
TEA SET by Gina Moxley
Starring Amy Molloy

5-31 August, 2015, 2pm
Pleasance Courtyard
60 Pleasance, Edinburgh, EH8 9TJ
Christmas, 1999. A young woman minds Mrs A, an elderly woman forgotten and isolated from her family. As New Year approaches, she makes an unlikely connection with her elderly charge and discovers the secret of her recent trauma, a secret that leaves both of them shaken in the wake of such unthinkable violence. An absorbing and courageous play that really captures what it is to be lonely, misplaced or to feel a burden to those you love or even society (no matter your age) and the devastating choices this leads us to.

Box Office: 020 7609 1800


Pitschi, the Kitten with Dreams

Following a very successful run at last year’s fringe when Pitschi, the Kitten with Dreams was chosen for the 2015 Scottish Puppet Animation Festival and booked by 27 UK venues for a spring tour, Pitschi is back again this August, at the Gilded Balloon.

With lots adventure, drama, music, song and good humour, the play tells the delightful tale of a little kitten, living on a farm high up in alps, who would rather be any other animal in the world as long as it isn’t a cat.

The play is performed by Anglo-Swiss actor Natasha Granger, who very much enjoys introducing UK audiences to Switzerland’s best loved story book character, Pitschi. Natasha also has her own show at the Fringe this year, 2 Become 1, a new musical about speed dating.

Venue: Gilded Balloon Teviot
Dates: 5 – 23 August (not performing 17 Aug)
Time: 10.15am (10.50am)
Box office: 031 622 6552 www.gildedballoon.co.uk


Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus (dance, theatre)

In 1953, poet Dylan Thomas died. Twenty years later, his wife Caitlin goes to Alcoholics Anonymous. Sitting in a circle of chairs set out for an AA meeting, Caitlin revisits her life with Dylan – a relationship fuelled by love, addiction, jealousy and infidelity. As Caitlin and Dylan drink, fight, love and leave each other, the unoccupied chairs around them become part of their story in this physical and powerful duet. An immersive dance theatre experience. Part of Arts Council of Wales’ Wales in Edinburgh programme. Winner of Best Dance Production at Wales Theatre Awards 2014.

Light Ladd & Emberton in association with Laura H Drane
Venue: Dance Base
Date : 21-30 August
Time: 20.00


Haste Theatre present The Hideout – Theseus and the Minotaur as you have never seen it before - Clown, live music, tap dance, physical comedy
It's the 1920's and the gods of ancient Greece spend their nights in Aphrodite's boudoir, looking for entertainment by playing with the lives of the little people below.
Have they bitten off more than they can chew as they attempt to meddle with the headstrong Ariadne, the courageous Theseus and the small matter of a Minotaur that needs defeating? Through a heady mixture of clowning, physical comedy, live music and tap dance. The Hideout is an award-winning, riotous collision of Greek mythology and the Kit Kat club.
C Venues, Edinburgh Fringe Festival: 5th-31st August
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-clEKAV6Rc


Mad Women in My Attic!

Set in an imaginary mental asylum, Mad Women in My Attic is a fantastic romp through showtunes, folk and cabaret songs, celebrating the mentally unstable women that populate music and theatre.
Through multi-costume changes, lots of humour, wonderful tunes, seduction and touching moments (and some good old audience participation), we’ll follow Ms Salvi -and her multiple personalities - on an unusual journey along the twisted corridors of her mind, where we will meet the maddest and quirkiest women of musical theatre, and joyously celebrate our own special brand of insanity!
Participate with Ms. Salvi and her psychothera-pianist in a musical group therapy, administered through the wonderful melodies of Stephen Sondheim, Kurt Weill, Kander & Ebb, Maury Yeston, Tom Lehrer and Heisler & Goldrich: wise and talented composers who realized that a good madwoman can inspire the greatest songs.
You would be mad to miss it.

Dates and times
Aug 7-8, 10, 12, 14-15, 17, 19, 21-22, 24, 26, 28-29, 31 at 18:00;
Aug 11, 18, 25 at 18:30;
Aug 16, 23 at 20:30
Running Time 1h 5m
Tickets £10 (£8)
Venue St John's Church, Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4BJ (Church at St John's)
Age Guidance Parental Guidance (PG)
Category Performance I Theatre / Cabaret

Monica Salvi (Performer and writer)
Artemis Reed (Pianist)
Clare McKenna (Director)



Handan productions present Valiant

Powerful documentary and theatrical performance chronicling the role of women in war. From victim to perpetrator to peacemaker, and from Afghanistan to Japan. Meet thirteen women who have fought, struggled and survived in a century of conflict. Adapted for the stage by Lanna Joffrey from the book of verbatim interviews Valiant Women in War and Exile, by Sally Hayton-Keeva, this new piece of writing explores the perspective of these thirteen women and how war has shaped their lives. Most of us know the history of war as men see it; in Valiant, women have their say.

The cast and creative team are all female and the piece tells the stories, verbatim of 13 women who have suffered through and survived war over the last century. The show is definitely a feminist piece as it has the ability to empower women and offer a new perspective of the male dominated view of war.

C venues – C nova (Venue 145)
Aug 5-31 12:30 (1 hour 10 minutes)


Romanovs is a play about madness. About revolution. It is a play about history. About survivors and victims.
About the names we remember, the names we forget, and the names we never knew.
It is a play about the stories we tell to make sense of the times through which we live.
Venue: The Space on the Mile, Theatre 3
Company Information: www.your-voice.co.uk
Dates: Monday, 17 August-Saturday, 22 August Time: 12.30 am-14.00 pm


Stitch in Time: A Knitting Cabaret will be performed at the Safari Lounge (21 Cadzow Place, Abbeyhill, Edinburgh). Aug 12-17, 19-24, 26-31. All performances start at 19:00.
Tickets are £8 (adults) and £6 (children and concession) and are available at the door, as well as at the Fringe box office. Stitch in Time runs 60 minutes, and is suitable for all ages.


Opera Mouse will be performed at the Safari Lounge (21 Cadzow Place, Abbeyhill, Edinburgh). Aug 12-17, 19-24, 26-31. All performances start at 13:00.
Tickets are £6 (adults) and £5 (children and concession) and are available at the door, as well as at the Fringe box office. Opera Mouse runs 45 minutes, and is suitable for all ages.


- a funny and heart-breaking account of how one woman accidentally makes a fortune.
MORNING THEATRE AT Maggie’s Front Room, The Free Sisters, Cowgate.
Music for Dogs, a black comedy written by award-winning Irish poet and playwright Paula Meehan and performed by Irish actress Carol Caffrey, is set during Ireland’s Celtic Tiger years. The action takes place on Dublin’s Burrow Beach as a woman, Jane MacDonald, records a message for her estranged brother and sister. Janey’s story describes the very funny - if somewhat dubious - means by which she came to make the fortune she is leaving to her siblings. Though the context of Janey’s personal tragedy is a dark one, her essential humanity and joy in life are very much to the fore.

VENUE: Venue number 252 Maggie’s Front Room, 139 Cowgate.
TIME: 11.10 – 11.55 AM
Twitter: @musicfordogs


By Ramesh Meyyappan
8th-29th August 2015 (not Sundays) - reviews from 10th August
Greenside @ Infirmary St – Forest Theatre Venue 236
8.45pm (1hr) 14+ £12/£10
0131 226 0000
Twitter: @rameshmeyyappan
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/112505237


Dancebase, 14-16 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2JU
7-9 August / 14-16 August / 21-23 August / 26-29 August
Promo trailer: https://vimeo.com/109287574
3pm (40 min)


We Are The Monsters
Scratchy, shimmering creatures and multi-coloured mini-monsters represent a microcosm of society, in this dance show for young children.
18th-23rd August 2015, Edinburgh
Tue 18th-Fri 21st August 11am (35 mins)
Sat 22nd + Sun 23rd August 9:30am & 11am (35 mins)
Venue: Demonstration Room, Summerhall www.summerhall.co.uk
Tickets: £10 full price; £8 concession; £32 family ticket (x 4 pax).
Choreography Colette Sadler www.colettesadler.com
Set, Costume and Lighting Design Philine Rinnert
Cast: Maxwell Mc Carthy, Naama Iytel, Stuart Meyers, Assaf Hochman
Music Steve Heather Management: Frances McMillan
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/112213200
We Are The Monsters is co-produced by TanzHaus NRW / “New Steps” Take Off, Junger Tanz, Germany and TWR Glasgow
Pioneers Tour 2015 with financial support from Creative Scotland. Production support: TRAMWAY Family Day 2012, Pavilion
Dance South West and Tanz Nacht Festival Berlin, 2012. Part of Made In Scotland showcase 2015 at Edinburgh Festival Fringe.


Travelling Light present STRICTLY BALTI
Directed by Sally Cookson (JANE EYRE, National Theatre, CINDERELLA: A FAIRYTALE, nominated for an Olivier, winner of an Off West End Award)
Written and performed by Saikat Ahamed (EAST IS EAST, MONDAY MONDAY, A FINE BALANCE)
Dining Room, The Gilded Balloon 13.45 (14.45) 7-31 August (except 12)
Tickets: £6 Preview 7 August £10 (£9) Mon-Thurs £11 (£10) Fri-Sun
Please note that the Edinburgh run of Strictly Balti is followed by a national tour including London dates.
For more on Strictly Balti see Female Arts article http://www.femalearts.com/node/1814


Alien Lullabies
Out-of-this world live music/cinema hybrid set to take off at Made in Scotland Showcase 2015 during Edinburgh Festival Fringe at Summerhall
Featuring new single 'Heartbeat' - released Friday 19.6.15 on Glasgow label Hotgem.
Cutting edge electronic producer/vocalist Fiona Soe Paing’s unique and immersive show Alien Lullabies combines otherworldly electronica soundscapes and compelling live vocals with 3D animation by New Zealand artist Zennor Alexander to create an unsettling and mesmerising live music/cinema hybrid. The show features tracks from her forthcoming album, and the new single Heartbeat due for release on Hotgem Tunes this Friday 19.6.15 alongside a video premiere on online music and culture magazine The 405.
Dates: Wed 12-Sun 16 / Wed 19-Sun 23 August Time: 10.35pm
Venue: Red Lecture Theatre, Summerhall, Edinburgh EH9 1PL (Fringe Venue 26)
Tickets: From Summerhall www.summerhall.co.uk or the Fringe Box Office 0131 226 0000


Written by Sadie Hasler and directed by Sarah Mayhew and performed by both. it is a two woman, contemporary narrative about the very current issue of why women who choose to remain child-free are judged, pitied, and told they are unnatural or selfish, and to the timeless issue of what to choose before your biological clock tolls for thee.
Web: oldtrunk.co.uk Web: assemblyfestival.com Twitter: @oldtrunktheatre
Facebook: /OldTrunkTheatreCompany
Venue: Assembly George Square Studios, Four EH8 9JZ
Time: 14:45 Running Time: 60mins
Previews 6 & 7 August. No show Mon 17th August. Aug 6-16, 18-31
Tickets: Previews £6; 10 & 11 2-4-1 £11; 12-13 £9; 14-16 £11;18–20 £9; 21–23 £11; 24-27 £9; 28-30 £11; 31 £9.
Bookings: assemblyfestival.com, 0131 623 3030 or Assembly box offices at Assembly Hall and Assembly Roxy, Assembly George Square and Assembly Checkpoint


Hula House by Permanently Visible Productions @PVISProductions
Ever been to a Brothel… No? Welcome to the Hula House!
We invite you to enter our world for one night only - you pay, we’ll play. Meet the real women behind the stereotypes and see how sex really is our business.
Challenge yourself and step inside, we might surprise you.
PVP introduces a sight specific project offering raw insights into the lives of UK sex workers. An interactive, intimate experience that’s bound to leave you questioning why we don’t do more to help those in the sex trade.
We want to challenge societal ideas of sex workers through a site specific performance blending verbatim multimedia with our unique performance style. In the initial research stages, we will interview sex workers from a variety of backgrounds using the recordings in the final stages of development and quick possibly the piece itself. This is a chance to invite a range of communities to take a closer look at a subject that is usually considered taboo and crude.
Site specific theatre 11-16th 19th-23rd Aug
https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on#q=%22Hula%20House%22 http://www.permanentlyvisibleproductions.co.uk/#!work/c2s7


Consumption explores how two 20 somethings start an intense relationship and very quickly start making big plans. Can the big plans be bought on credit? Can any of us have a life of materialistic wealth with no consequences? We take from each other emotionally and literally without even knowing we are doing it. Consumption asks the question what will it take for us to stop.
theSpace on the Mile
7th-15th August space 1 tickets £9.00, concessions £5.00
17th - 28th August space 2 tickets £9.00, concessions £5.00
No performance on Sundays.


Aurora Nova presents Cirk La Putyka’s
Underbelly – Circus Hub
The Lafayette
5 – 31 August, 3.25pm (not 12,18,24)
UK debut of the energising and intensely vibrant new show DOLLS from Total Theatre Award nominee Cirk La Putyka. Set to be the Fuerza Bruta of the Festival Fringe 2015 – join us in the Dolls House for a highflying dark circus story of the magic behind the painted faces.
Tickets: underbelly.co.uk / edfringe.com
olls trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggdEUd99DTE


Jane Austen's Forgotten Stories
at the Edinburgh Free Festival 2015
“So let this be a lesson to you. Beware of fainting fits.”
Jane Austen’s Forgotten Stories will be running at the Edinburgh Free Festival this year from the 21st-30th August. We will be performing four different plays on a two day rotational basis, all of which have been adapted from Austen’s juvenilia.
Ever wondered what Jane Austen wrote before Mr Darcy? Before Mr Willoughby, Catherine Morland or even Lady Susan? Ever wanted Austen without the dull bits? Well you’re in luck! This is Austen without the slow stuff.


In a world where fact underscores belief and celebrity has replaced religion, modern reality exposes our deluded quest for immortality
A girl dreams of being a pop idol but happens to be clairvoyant. Having finally got the chance to perform on stage the aspiring star wants to seize her moment. But when a host of spirits infiltrate her show, the spotlight must be shared.
Forced to relive and re-enact their troubled memories, the performer must prevent her routines from falling to ruin alongside these untimely interruptions. As her voice gets lost in the telling of others stories, can her infallible hope be altered by insight into pre-lived failures?
Clairvoyant is a besieged one woman show that celebrates human endeavour in all it's failings and successes.


POLE is a verbatim physical theatre show that uses three poles and three female performers to re-tell the stories of 5 different women, who are related to pole dance in one way or another. From a stripper and a dance/fitness instructor, to a banker and an undercover sex trafficking worker.
The characters give an undiluted spectrum of opinions and take you on a journey of social preconceptions, sexism, seduction, violence, empowerment and hope. The aim of the show is to reflect and bring to the stage the many still prevalent taboos that society has towards pole dancing and women’s rights to safely and joyfully express their sexuality. Pole intends to raise questions, how would you feel if your wife practiced pole dance? Your boss? Your daughter?

While exploring pole dancing in all of its lights and shades, this piece really aims to promote and acknowledge Pole Dancing as an art form and as a valid and acceptable medium for theatre.
POLE supports EAVES CHARITY, a London based organisation that helps women who are victims of sex trafficking. For more information about Eaves, visit their website: http:// www.eavesforwomen.org.uk/
Delhi Belly. Underbelly Cowgate Box Office: 0844 545 8252
6th to 30th August, 12am (No show on the 17th) 60 mins


Jewish mother of 3, Rivki Pashinsky, has a secret guilty pleasure - the music of Freddie Mercury. Her son, nerdy Rabbi Michael, plans to marry Brooklyn born, alopecia-ridden, lisp-inflicted and overweight Devorah Feigenblum, until devastating rumours ruin everybody’s plans. Religious identity, forbidden familial and
sexual relationships, betrayal and the power of gossip are all showcased through parody and popular music. This is a true-ish Jew-ish musical comedy with chutzpah and heart.
Mancunian Rhapsody not only satirises the extremes of Jewish life, but also the role of musical theatre itself. The play is delivered in the style of the ITV documentary that inspired it, giving the audience an intimate glimpse of a bizarre cultural world. Mancunian Rhapsody’s humour, pathos, funny accents and
musical parodies have had the public rolling in the aisles.
6th-30th August 9:45pm
C Cubed, Royal Mile


Swipe Right Theatre presents;
2 Become 1
by Kerrie Thomason & Natasha Granger

Witness speed dating before the takeover of Tinder in this 90s comedy pop-musical
Follow four 90s girls embarking on a wild night of speed dating, meeting Mr Wrongs and Mr Rights along the way. A non-stop journey through infectious pop anthems and ballads.
After her recent break-up, Jess is left crying into her Haagen-Dazs, and what better way to unbreak her heart than to meet a man a minute. Come and relive that 90s love with all your favourite classics from Shania Twain to All Saints in this ultimate Girl-Power Musical.

Swipe Right Theatre is a brand new company making their debut at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. After training in musical theatre at university, creative directors Kerrie Thomason and Natasha Granger have joined forces to create and perform new writing that is relevant, cutting-edge, and, above all, entertaining for modern audiences.
Both Kerrie and Natasha are seasoned fringe performers. At the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe, Kerrie worked with award-winning comedian Tim Key, on his show Single White Slut, whilst also playing Guildenstern in Secret Theatre’s Hamlet, while Natasha co-directed and starred in Komedia’s Pitschi, the Kitten with Dreams.

Venue: C nova, venue 145, Edinburgh Festival Fringe Dates: 5-31 Aug (not 18)
Time: 18:40(0h50)
Ticket prices: £8.50-£10.50 / concessions £6.50-£8.50
C venues box office: 0845 260 1234 / www.CtheFestival.com
Fringe box office: 0131 226 0000 / www.edfringe.com


The Tour

Audiences everywhere share a deep fascination with the world of entertainment and all its glitter, excitement and larger than life stories. Be it film, music or theatre, people have a thirst for both the end product and the inside stories behind the "silver curtain". There is an innate understanding that what we see before us is truly only the tip of the iceberg. The countless hours of hard work, time away from loved ones, the powder keg of highly creative people being thrown together along with the ever present pressures inherent to this life style - are the elements that shape the reality of being a performer.
'The Tour' takes us on a ride with a national theatre company chugging along keeping it together through both the good times and the bad. Relationships carry the baggage of passion and insecurity fueled by a highly charged mix of dealing with mind numbing routine knowing full well that the next crisis is just around the corner. The result a rare and truthful look into the lives of performers on the road. This is a story of the behind the scenes life on a tour bus.
Show Detail
Dates - 17 August through 29 August 2015 excluding 23 August
Time - 11:25am - approx. 50 minutes
Venue - The Space at Surgeon's Hall -venue 53
Tickets - 9 GBP (8 GBP concessions)
Box Office - 0131 510 2384


... Dallas Does Edinburgh 2015.

Alex Dallas, Queen of the Fringe, returns to Edinburgh after 26 years.

Nymphomania is an hilarious, smart, one woman show that has toured the world. Canada, LA and Australia have been lucky enough to see this saucy expose of Ms. Dallas' wild and wicked life as she has survived her affliction, Nymphomania.

Dallas was a founder member of female comedy supergroup, Sensible Footwear and came to Edinburgh in the 80's under the auspicious management of the late, great Addison Creswell. They first performed at the Fringe in 1982 and shared the stage with many well known names such as Julian Clary, Alan Davies, Jenny Eclair, Rik Mayall, Linda Smith, Mark Thomas and Billy Bragg. After much success touring the UK on the comedy circuit, they emigrated to Canada in the 90's and became firm favourites on the Canadian Fringe circuit.

Now Dallas is back...naughty as ever and starring in her hit show, Nymphomania.

Her one woman shows received rave reviews in the Canadian press, earned her the title Queen of the Fringe and have aired on CBC Radio, Bravo and the W TV networks. Her latest role is playing two characters in the new video game, Assassin's Creed Syndicate. She even looks fabulous in a motion capture suit!

Nymphomania is a look at Dallas' lifelong illness for which she hopes a cure can be found in her lifetime. The show details her journey from her 7 year old self discovering Playboy, to her sharing a joint with Jack Nicholson, to her sexual adventures in tents, hearses and car parks. She throws open her life with abandon and honesty, and brings you on a trip that is fierce, funny, feminist and poignant.

The Nympho is in her element at PBH's Free Fringe from
8 – 28, 30th August
Show at 5.55pm. Show Length: 50 minutes
Venue: Liquid Room Venue 276, just off Cowgate
29th August
Show at 5.55pm
Venue: George Next Door Venue 438.
No Shows on August 12th, 18th, 24th and 26th.


Tribute Acts TheatreState

In the wake of Labour’s defeat in the General Election, TheatreState’s Cheryl and Tess looked to their fathers. Both dads are active socialists and vocal about equality and fighting for a better life for all. Yet both men have struggled with how to be a father to young women. After years of absence and miscommunication, Cheryl and Tess decided to ask them everything. And film it. Cheryl and Tess dream of simpler times when their Dads were in charge and politicians were like rockstars. Deciding to make a tribute act, they attempt to resurrect their forgotten heroes. But when faced with videos of their fathers, their music doesn’t match up. A darkly comic, strikingly honest show asks whether our remembered pasts are, in fact, a fiction. www.theatrestate.co.uk

Venue: Assembly Roxy Downstairs (Venue 139)
Time: 14:50
Running Time: 60mins
Dates: 6-30 Aug (not 19)
Tickets: £11 - £7.50 £10, £8 (Previews 6, 7 Aug £6) www.assemblyfestival.com


Women’s Hour Sh!t Theatre

The most inappropriately named theatre company in the world ever. Very far from shit, Louise Mothersole and Rebecca Biscuit are multi award winning engaging performers who consistently create some of the most entertaining and incisive pieces of theatre around.
Now that gender inequality has been solved, Sh!t Theatre thought they might write a show about how great Dolly Parton is, but then they were commissioned by a man to write a show about Women for his festival of feminism. A mix of satire, song, clowning, movement and mess, Women’s Hour is funny, accurate and contains songs like this And they said true love was dead. The show is charming but really not suitable for children. www.shittheatre.co.uk

Venue: Summerhall, Anatomy Lecture Theatre Venue 26
Time: 14:00
Running Time: 60mins
Dates: 5, 7, 9, 10, 12, 14, 16, 17, 19, 21, 23, 24, 26, 28, 30 Aug)
Tickets: £6 all shows www.summerhall.co.uk


Portrait Racheal Ofori
Inspired by her own experiences, Fringe first timer Racheal Ofori takes us on a frank and funny journey through cultural stereotypes to explore the lack of diverse role models available in today's society. Portrait is a truly exceptional debut solo show from an authoritative new voice. Portrait is a candid and satirical look at the trials of modern existence through the eyes of a young black woman. This playfully compelling and engaging one-woman show asks: just how does a girl make it these days? Produced by three time Herald Angel Award winners Fuel.

Venue: Pleasance 10 Dome (Venue 23)
Time: 13:20
Running Time: 60mins
Dates: 5-29 Aug (not 17, 24)
Tickets: £11 - £7.50 (previews 5-7 Aug £6) www.pleasance.co.uk


Welcome to the Cliterati - Jay Walker poet
The literary love child of Jeanette Winterson and Allen Ginsberg'(BroadwayBaby.com), Jay Walker takes us on a poetically licentious romp through the story of one body and its many awakenings. Written under a filthy sky, and steeped in dizzying eroticism this is a literal/visceral combo on what the boldest of women’s bodies would say if they could talk. Sexy, raw, audacious poetry with a mesmerising pin-drop delivery. It also hits the funny bone.
The Street (Venue 239)
Aug 23-26


Broken Windows
Più theatre | Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015: Theatre
Exploring the unsung fears of the young
Broken windows is the result of a year-long period of research, and is based on verbatim interviews with five female teenagers aged 15-19. featuring music composed by TED and BBC award-winning musician Matthew White, the play explores the concerns, aspirations and anxieties of generation Y, discussing what it means to be young and female today.

When actress Caitlin Ince started working as a teaching assistant in Primary Schools across London, she was baffled to find herself regularly compared to Princess Elsa of Arendelle, the title character in Disney’s Frozen. Being told by a group of five-year-old girls that blue is “only for boys”, and watching all girls bar one opt to don jewellery, tiaras and sparkly shoes to dress as Fairy Tale characters for World Book Day led her to question the expectations placed upon females today. Curious about the impact of the postmillennium technology boom, she began to wonder: have things regressed since I was young?

Mrs McMoon Bakes her way to the top at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015
Katie Cooper & Worboys Productions present
Mrs McMoon’s Tea Party
Written and co - directed by Katie Cooper and Lizzy Franks
Performed by Katie Cooper
Prepare for a cuppa like no other at Mrs McMoon’s house in this anarchic, interactive theatre show for children aged 3+ and their families

You have been cordially invited to Mrs McMoon's house… but this is no ordinary tea party. A naughty squirrel, a Scottish jig and lots of noisy fun are all just a door knock away in this heart-warming, messy and often hilarious show with plenty of audience participation.
Settle into the vibrant, colourful surroundings of Mrs McMoon’s living room, where tea is brewing and the smell of freshly baked biscuits tickles your nostrils. She will introduce you to a host of characters and lead you through a world of theatrical frivolity.
Mrs McMoon is the creation of Katie Cooper, a young performer who has trained in clowning and physical theatre under theatrical master Phillipe Gaulier, award-winning comedian Dr Brown, critically acclaimed Mick Barnfather and theatre companies Spymonkey and Told by an Idiot.

Venue: The Pleasance Courtyard, The Green (Venue 33)
Tickets: Weekend £8.50/£7.50, midweek £8/£7, early week £7.50/£6.50
Previews: Dates: 11-23rd Aug 2015
Time: 12:15 (45min)
Box Office: 0131 556 6550
Website: boxoffice:pleasance.co.uk
www.mrsmcmoon.com www.facebook.com/mrsmcmoon @mrsmcmoon


A barefaced exploration of the bizarre and comic act of getting dressed, inspired by the questions of a 2.5 year old boy…

First scratched at Camden People’s Theatre’s Calm Down, Dear Festival 2014, I GOT DRESSED is a riotous, atypically sexy and messy hour of entertainment.

Baring bodies and awkward truths, we unpack the dressing rituals of two females – framed by Boots, Beyoncé and some Very Upsetting Arithmetic.
Featuring awkward letters, sarcastic projection, questionable dance, diabolical makeovers, and candid recordings of the performers and two young nephews.

I GOT DRESSED shines light on the disparity, instilled from infancy, between the body image of girls & boys; the staggering financial/temporal impact of beauty rituals; the emotional costs of our daily self-mortifications; and the domino effect these have on future generations.

Sampling everything from pop culture to phenomenology, we bring Marx, Butler & Beyoncé to the stage with us and involve them in our embarrassment.

Feral Foxy Ladies are an emerging feminist performance duo, formed of Claire Stone (director) and Katherine Vince (performer). Claire brings food (for thought) to the table, and Katherine gives it stomach and legs. They are embarrassingly honest with each other & their audience; they share their awkward truths on-stage and ask ‘Do you feel the same?’ Their work is sexy, with an edge of disgust; chaos, with an OCD streak; hilarious, with a twinge of ‘Oh shit, I do that too.’

http://feralfoxyladies.wix.com/performance www.facebook.com/FeralFoxyLadies @feralfoxyladies

Venue: ZOO Venue 124 (The Aviary) Tickets: £5 previews 7th 8th 9th
Dates 7th-30th Aug (not 17th, 24th) £9 or £7.50 Concessions
Time: 7th–22nd 16.45-17.45 Box Office: 0131 662 6892
23rd-30th 22.20-23.20 Website: www.zoofestival.co.uk


A Wales Millennium Centre production
Man to Man
By Manfred Karge
Translated and adapted by Alexandra Wood
Underbelly, Topside at 17.40 (18.55)
Tickets: £7, £10, £12
As part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

German playwright Manfred Karge is best known to Edinburgh audiences for his masterpiece Jackie wie Hose or Man to Man, performed by Tilda Swinton at the Traverse Theatre in 1987, subsequently transferring to the Royal Court before being made into a film and also The Conquest of the South Pole, which went on to play to sell-out houses in London and was also filmed.

Reworking the original German masterpiece into an intimate and all-consuming piece of physical theatre, Man to Man confronts the horrors of World War Two from a unique and deeply personal perspective.

After her husband dies, Ella Gericke adopts his identity and continues working his job as a crane operator in order to survive in Nazi Germany. Compromising her own identity for survival, Ella is plunged into a new masculine world of beer, schnapps and poker; a claustrophobic existence dominated by the fear of discovery and the changing face of authority in a volatile twentieth century Germany.

Man to Man stars Margaret Ann Bain as Ella/Max Gericke. Man to Man has been translated and adapted by George Devine winning playwright Alexandra Wood, and directed by Bruce Guthrie, Associate Director for Sam Mendes on his world tour of Richard III, director of Twelfth Night and Othello, for the Singapore Repertory Theatre.


Panic In The Streets Theatre UK present Be My Baby
Duration: 40 minutes
6 performances: 17h30 Monday 24 August - Saturday 29 August 2015
Venue: theSpace@Surgeon’s Hall, Theatre 1, Nicholson Street, ‘Royal Mile’ (Fringe Venue 53)
Genre: Theatre: Drama/Comedy: Life Experience

Panic in the Streets are bringing a seering exploration of teenage pregnancy in the Sixties to the Fringe, under established director Catherine Livesey.

As a wave of sexual liberation sweeps Sixties Britain, four pregnant teenagers are kept out of sight at a mother and baby home in the north, where religion and society dictate they must abandon their infants. Hidden away in the dark underbelly of the decade of free love, the girls bond over their passion for the music of The Ronettes as their fate unfolds.

‘Like Philomena and The Magdalene Sisters, the play explores the moral confusion over sexual behaviour,’ says Catherine, whose acting credits include numerous roles on the London stage and in film and TV.

‘But it also provokes us to question our attitudes today to teenage pregnancy and single mothers – issues which still haunt religious leaders and politicians, even in these, supposedly, more enlightened times.

Twitter: @PITStheatreUK
Instagram: @ PITStheatreUK


RemoteControl Theatre/Arts Council England/Incoming Festival/A Younger Theatre present
Project HaHa
Award winning RemoteControl Theatre return to the Edinburgh Fringe with new show: Project HaHa.
Project HaHa is an ironic and hallucinogenic exploration of our desire to be happy in the modern world.

Be happy! Have fun! Appreciate yours’ and others’ happiness in the park, by the sea, on social media, at all times! Buy more, and then enjoy what you buy! And then enjoy your enjoyment of enjoying what you buy… our Facebook friends, the government, salad adverts & even the Pope have something to say about finding happiness! All you have to do is listen!

Formed in 2012, RemoteControl Theatre is a Lecoq trained all female international physical theatre company. Playfulness with form, muscular, highly-skilled movement, fragmented narrative & provocative visuals are all signatures of this bold and sometimes divisive company.

5-30 August (Not 6, 10, 17, 24)
7.50pm (55mins)
@Summerhall, Demonstration Room
Tickets £8-£10: www.summerhall.co.uk
or 0131 226 0000
Trailer https://vimeo.com/134818619


The E.D.S. Gallery, Liz Watts and Jan Knibbs invite you to their feast for the eyes, a bohemian banquet for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Unexpected Excesses

Set around a table, a cornucopia of bronze, couture embroidery, porcelain, wearable art, papier-mâché and body adornments, all work created by award winning textile artist Jan Knibbs, and sculptor and ceramicist Liz Watts .

A table where you may find seated artists, poets, storytellers, musicians, composers, and even yourself! Guests, clad beautifully by Jan, include poet in residence; Dawn Gorman, composer in residence: Martin Seager, storytellers: Francis Maxey and Megan Lloyd, harpists; Bianca Watts and Jilly Mathews, and poet Julie Mullen, and models and photographers. There will be spaces at the table where visitors can pass a little time too.

Their work can be seen on their web sites: www.janknibbs.com and www.lizwatts.co.uk.

Free Event
Venue The E.D.S. Gallery,13a Great King Street, EH3 6QW (venue 324)
tel 0131 556 0971
Dates August 9th until August 30th. Closed Mondays 17th and 24th.
Time 11am-6pm

Guest programme from the gallery or http://www.lizwatts.co.uk/Unexpected-Excesses-Edinburgh-Festival-Fringe


Leodo : The Paradise
Korean Shamanic Séance Art
6th - 30th Aug | 14:00pm (50 min)
Assembly George Square Studios, One
presented by Korean Performing Arts Development, MARO
Korean Season presented by AtoBiz Ltd.

A magical Korean performance including traditional and contemporary dancing, drumming, singing and media arts. The tale of the paradise Leodo is brought into Kut, indigenous shamanic ritual performing arts and one of unique intangible cultural heritages of Korea! Anaward-winning director Haein Song and an ensemble of talented Kut-artists MARO are returning with their mesmerizing piece Leodo: The Paradise.

Venue: Assembly George Square Studios, One, EH8 9JZ
Time: 14:00 Running Time: 60mins
Dates: 06–30 August. Previews 06 August. No show Mon 31 August.
Tickets: Previews 6(£10); 7 (£10); 8 & 9, 12 & 13, 17-20 24-27 August £12(£11); 10 & 11, 14-16, 21-23, 28-30 August £13 (£12)
Bookings: www.assemblyfestival.com, 0131 623 3030 or Assembly box offices at Assembly Hall and Assembly Roxy, Assembly George Square and Assembly Checkpoint


Four Brooklyn Broads Burst onto Edinburgh Scene with Tall Women in Clogs Aug 24-29

Playboy advice columnist Katherine Cooper, BAM special project producer Sophie Shackleton, actress Madeline Wise, and choreographer Jess Goldschmidt join forces in a comedic variety show, one week only for the final days of the Edinburgh Fringe.

Described by The Huffington Post as a show that “busts stereotypes about height, gender, and more,” and dubbed by audiences as a hybrid of “a Spice Girls concert and a drag show and a feminist text,” Tall Women in Clogs is a brassy-yet-artful send-up of the expectations we hold for bodies—what they are capable of, what they should look like, how big or tall they are—from four 20-something women who take up more space than average.

Tall Women in Clogs UK PremiereGreenside @ The Royal Terrace: Venue 2311b Royal Terrace, Edinburgh EH7 5ABAugust 24-29 at 7:40pm. Duration: 50 minutes
Tickets: £7, £5 concessions, £3 Students and OAP.
Friends 2 for 1 discount and group discount eligible.
Available online at tickets.edfringe.com


Canadian rising star Vanessa Smythe’s In Case We Disappear will be touring to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, from August 6 - 30, 2015 (not 12, 20), 21:15 (60 mins). In Case We Disappear will be part of the Laughing Horse Free Festival, playing at Moriarty’s, 161 Lothian Road. More information on the Edinburgh Fringe website: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/in-case-we-disappear-free

“[S]he tangles deliriously intelligent insights into love and all things personal…and invents new ways of giving over a beautifully woven monologue and a masterfully enchanting story” - Newborn Theatre

Whimsical and entertaining, In Case We Disappear blends stories of accidental booty calls and forced family hugs in what becomes a theatrical love letter to all the people who vanish. Combining poetry, comedy, and a cappella melody, and reminiscent of Flight of the Conchords, the “enchanting, clever, [and] incomparable Vanessa Smythe” (She Does The City) shares her most intimate and kooky stories, in case she vanishes.



Bromsgrove School presents LEAR Inc.

Plunging Shakespeare’s tragedy King Lear into the digital age, Bromsgrove School’s modern adaptation charts the downfall of media industry giant, Regina Lear.

With a female Lear, and no Fool, there are immediate shocks to be experienced for Bard-lovers; this production explores the maternal bond and the psychological damage caused when daughters push mothers to their limit. With powerful moments of physical theatre, Lear Inc. looks to bring the stale medieval dynasty into the twenty-first century. The adaptation delves into the power of the media, and the lengths individuals will go to succeed in business, leaving marriages, relationships – even lives – in their wake.

Lear Inc. marks Bromsgrove School’s debut production at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Directed and adapted by teachers Tracey James and Lucy McKee, choreography was explored and devised with pupils to create this bold re-imagining of King Lear. With a cast of ten sixth form students, including international students from Hong Kong and Russia, Bromsgrove School are keen to show that Shakespeare can be modern and engrossing (and not just for the English.)

Bromsgrove School
17th August 2015 to 22nd August 2015, 2.10pm.
Duration 1hr 25
theSpace @ Venue 45
63 Jeffrey Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1DH


Into the cyber maze with BODYART’s
A 10-Day multimedia dance theatre event
Thread is a dance drama that reinvents the ancient labyrinth into today’s cyber web. Liberating and imprisoning at the same time, Thread questions the risk of losing one’s humanity when chained to our digital self.

Founded in 2006, BODYART is a NYC based dance theatre company whose artistic work creates a content based, emotionally charged and strongly visual dialogue with the audience through performances, research, and teaching. The company regularly collaborates with composers, video artists, set/fashion/lighting designers, poets, and theater artists. This “creative community” approach to creation is at the core of our mission.

Summerhall, Demonstration Room, Venue 26
1 Summerhall, Edinburgh EH9 1PL
August 13th – August 23rd @ 15:25 daily
Tickets: edfringe.com or festival15.summerhall.co.uk
£8 concession / £10 general


Ryukyu Cirque present "Clown Macbeth"
Brand new, non-verbal version of Shakespeare's classic Macbeth from award-winning performer and director Makoto Inoue. The show is a physical fusion of Western and Eastern influences and genres taking inspiration from the traditional dances of Okinawa – Japan’s most cultural and spiritual island, and the birthplace of karate.
Performance at C venue main 4:00pm (5th-31st Aug.)


8 – 29 August, 8.50pm, PBH Free Fringe, Cabaret Voltaire, Mini-Cine, Blair St

Maxine Jones plans to move back to the UK after 20-odd years raising sons in Ireland. What has changed? What has she learnt over her lifetime? What does anybody ever learn? Does everything always come full circle? Can she still cartwheel?

Progress is a myth, according to Maxine. Everything comes round again, from Karma and fashions to the mistakes we make. But (despite the worries that circle in her head e.g.nearly 60 and no pension plan), going round in circles can be fun.

Her previous shows, Embarrassing Mother and Invisible Woman, played to full rooms at the Edinburgh Festival and have toured Ireland and the UK.

Maxine has featured on BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour and RTE Arena.



Abbie Murphy returns to the Fringe this year with the vivacious, deluded and undeniably hilarious Essex babe, Stephanie Vange in new show HAVE A WORD. During last year’s sell out debut show 'Girl on Fire', we saw Vange move back in with her parents with little prospects of money or love. Now, Vange plans to launch back into the world!! Expect bulletproof flirt advice and emerging new talents as she dominates the stage once more.
You will very likely know someone just like her... if you don't, maybe it’s you?!!

Venue: The Counting House, 38 West
Nicolson St, Edinburgh EH8 9DD
Room: The Attic Room
Dates & Times: AUG 7-30
(Not 19th) 13:20 (55 min)


Nell Gwyn: An Epilogue will be at Sweet Grassmarket (Venue 18) from 6th – 30th August at 16:55 (50mins) with tickets priced at £9 / £8 Conc.
Recommended for ages 16 and over due to some bawdy language.
EdFringe Web Link: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/nell-gwyn-an-epilogue
Show Video: https://vimeo.com/128787627
Show Twitter: @OrangeGirlProd
Company Website: www.orangegirlproductions.co.uk


Kate Smurthwaite: The Wrong Sort of Feminist
Ciao Roma 283
8th-29th Aug (not 17th)

Left-wing political comedy from the all new unwilling poster child for free speech. ThreeWeeks' Award winner as seen on Question Time, The Big Questions and This Morning, but too controversial for Goldsmith's College. ‘Hilarious ... a powerhouse of observational wit’ (Spectator). ‘An important and inclusive narrative on our society’ (ScotsGay). ‘The verve with which she articulates her views on our land is monumental’ (BroadwayBaby.com). ‘Comedy that cuts through the crap’ (ThreeWeeks). ‘You come across as not only being hypocritical, but incompetent and mendacious’ (Frankie Boyle).


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