Theatre & Drama

Theatre & Drama



He's Done Nothing Wrong
A Mull Theatre production, He's Done Nothing Wrong, a new comedy by George Milne... A delightful and hilarious new black comedy of (bad) manners!
01 - 28 Aug


The Secret Room
Explore untold mysteries in the Secret Room, where performances are intricately linked to a magician's interpretation of the colourful history of Edinburgh's hidden gems - Lauriston Castle and Writers' Museum.
01 - 23 Aug


My Left/Right Foot
Local am-dram society is under pressure to comply with the equalities agenda. They come up with a cunning plan; create a gripping show starring 'the disabled'. The only snag is they can't find any disabled actors - but that never stopped Daniel Day-Lewis!
01 - 27 Aug


Love Song to Lavender Menace
After a sell-out run at The Lyceum, this hilarious 80's romcom hit is back to celebrate the radical LGBT and feminist bookshop born in the cloakroom of Scotland's first gay nightclub.
01 - 26 Aug


Vanishing Point
Kevin Quantum will premiere his brand new show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe! Expect epic stunts and impossible illusions from the magician-scientist hybrid trained by Penn & Teller.
01 - 26 Aug


Fallen Fruit
Back there, back then, I had it all! In 1989, as the Berlin Wall splits open, a young girl looks forward to life beyond communism, a couple unravels, and 80s TV permeates everything: award-winning Katherina Radeva's exceptional one-woman show.
01 - 26 Aug


First Snow / Première neige
It's time to talk about the future. But who does the future belong to? First Snow is an exciting world premiere written and performed by artists from Scotland and Québec - two nations with big hearts and even bigger ambitions.
01 - 26 Aug


The Chore of Enchantment by Vincent Gambini
Combining jaw-dropping magic and a flair for the unspectacular, Vincent Gambini plays expertly with our understanding of illusion and theatre. 
01 - 27 Aug


Midsummer
A newly expanded version of David Greig and Gordon McIntyre's heart-warming and humorous love-letter to Edinburgh featuring original songs.
02 - 26 Aug


Edinburgh Festival Fringe
From cutting-edge theatre to stand-up comedy, musicals and opera to spoken word - there's something for all audiences at the Fringe, the world's greatest platform for creative freedom.
03 - 27 Aug


What Girls Are Made Of
1992. A schoolgirl becomes an indie music star, touring with Radiohead. Performed with a live band, this is the true story of Cora Bissett's rollercoaster journey to become the woman she wanted to be.
03 - 26 Aug


Forth on the Fringe
Forth on the Fringe with Edinburgh St James is your annual one-stop shop for the essential acts you need to see from The Edinburgh Festival.
03 - 04 Aug


Ulster American
A confrontational and brutally funny new play exploring abuses of power, the confusion of cultural identity and the silencing of the female voice. Not for the faint of heart.
03 - 26 Aug


Shhh...The Elves Are Very Shy (Ipdip Theatre)
A small scale show for the smallest of audience members and their families. Multi sensory, musical, magical and accessible.
05 - 26 Aug


TalkFest: Every Picture Tells a Story chaired by Lynda Radley
What are the challenges of making visual theatre that may not begin with a traditional play? How do designers take their audiences on exciting journeys using powerful visual imagery?
06 Aug


TalkFest: Gentlemen, I just don't belong here chaired by Sarah Rose Graber
With movements like the Everyday Sexism Project, #MeToo and Waking The Feminists and events like No Grey Areas, is the balance of power in theatre beginning to shift?
06 Aug


Tell Us Who We Are
For the first time, the National Youth Choir of Scotland, National Youth Orchestras of Scotland, Scottish Youth Theatre and YDance (Scottish Youth Dance) collaborate to present this new commission for Festival 2018.
07 - 09 Aug


Imagine Lab
Storytelling and play for under 5s and their grown ups! Every Tuesday, 10am-11am. Snacks and refreshments provided.
07 - 28 Aug


Frankie Boyle - Prometheus Volume III
Watch Frankie’s consciousness pilot an old man’s body around the stage, telling jokes about some very important things that you don’t care about.
07 - 11 Aug


TalkFest: Hear Me led by Ramesh Meyyappen
Writer and performer Ramesh Meyyappan leads a workshop on visual theatre and non-verbal storytelling, exploring how to build accessibility into the heart of your story. BSL and non-BSL users welcome.
09 Aug


TalkFest: Moments of Discovery Led by Christine Devaney
In the Year of Young People 2018, join Starcatchers and choreographer Christine Devaney in a practice-sharing workshop, exploring Christine's approaches to making MamaBabaMe, her first work for early years audiences.
09 Aug


TalkFest: You, Me and Everything In-Between Led by Glas(s) Performance
Glas(s) Performance lead a workshop on creating intergenerational theatre. They will share practical tools designed to examine similarity and difference on stage and explore what connects us as human beings. 
10 Aug


TalkFest: V for Verbatim Led by Mark Jeary & Mariem Omari
Mark Jeary and Mariem Omari lead a workshop exploring the use of verbatim text in building dramatic stories. Learn to interview flexibly, edit with integrity, and create honest, hard-hitting theatre.
10 Aug


The Hidden
Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to crack the code! Someone's missing and they've left clues in books at Edinburgh's Central Library, can you piece together the story?
11 - 25 Aug


Beautiful Bones
A street theatre and music spectacle about death which pays honour to human passing with irreverence and black humour. Music, including mass trombone orchestra, created by award winning Stephen Deazley.
11 - 12 Aug


TalkFest: The Business of Playwriting
A panel of professional practitioners, including colleagues with responsibilities for funding & fundraising, to discuss making a career as a playwright in Scotland.
11 Aug


TalkFest: Lost (and Found) in Translation chaired by Alan McKendrick
A provocative discussion about the power and potential of new work in translation, adaptation and different languages.
13 Aug


TalkFest: Let Them Lead the Way chaired by Jenny Knotts
In a society where young people are vilified as 'snowflakes' yet held responsible for safeguarding the future, how do the expectations of their generations impact on the theatre they make?
13 Aug


Breakfast Plays: Youthquake
Three young Scottish playwrights join forces with three leading British writers to explore a pressing question of our time: how can the younger generation be a catalyst for social and political change?
14 - 26 Aug


Katherine Ryan - Glitter Room
As seen on Conan O'Brien, Lip Sync Battle, and instagram, Katherine Ryan brings her brand new stand-up show, Glitter Room to the UK.
16 Aug


Waverley Care Comedy Gala
The Fringe's Biggest Comedy Night - the Waverley Care Comedy Gala! Acts include Joel Dommett, Tom Allen, Mark Watson & Angela Barnes
18 Aug


Pushing boundaries in work for young audiences
This event will reflect on the learning from PUSH, a two-year Creative Europe project exploring three topics in work for young audiences: gender and sexual identity, (over)protection and migration.
21 Aug
The Yellow on the Broom
Adapted from Betsy Whyte's beloved autobiography, The Yellow on the Broom is a heartfelt, funny, and rich account of human endeavour. Filled with music, song, and an array of vibrant characters, Bessie's story both passionately tells of her life and vividly portrays the prejudice faced by Travellers.
28 - 31 Aug