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Pick of the Fringe 2018

Outspoken Arts Scotland’s special selection of LGBT+ interest events at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018.

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A Generous Lover
Theatre (new writing, lgbt)
Venue 26- Summerhall, 1 Summerhall, EH9 1PL
Aug 1, 3-5, 7-12, 14-19, 21-26,
16:10
£8, £10(£8)
Suitability: 16+ (Guideline)
Box office: 0131 560 1581
https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on#q=%22A%20Generous%20Lover%22

A Generous Lover is the true and very queer tale of one soul’s journey through the wasteland of mental illness, to deliver their lost love. Brimming with psychedelic proletarian prose and trenchant wit, it recounts the pandemonium of navigating mental health services on behalf of a loved one, whilst being transfeminine (and occasionally being mistaken for a patient). Drawing on epic poetry, classical mythology and queer modernist literature, A Generous Lover fuses psychology, euphonic prose, and song to create an intimate and beguiling world. Somewhere between a seance and a recital, it delves into psychosis with compassion.

Ada Campe and the Psychic Duck
Cabaret and Variety (comedy, magic)
Venue 7 – The Stand’s New Town Theatre, Freemasons’ Hall, EH2 3DH
Aug 2-13, 15-26,
14:50
£8 (£7), £9 (£8)
Box office: 0131 558 9005
https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on#q=%22Ada%20Campe%20and%20the%20Psychic%20Duck%22

Variety! Comedy! A psychic duck! Join 2018 NATYS winner, Ada Campe, for a show about wonderful women, strange encounters and a fairground mystery that occurred on the Welsh coast many moons ago… ‘Extravagantly mischievous persona… brilliantly crowd-pleasing act’ (Chortle.co.uk). ‘Resembles an unhinged super-villain’ (Diva). ‘Sorcery wrapped in the kind of storytelling that would make Scheherezade jealous’ (Kate Copstick).

Addiction: The Untold Story
Theatre (drama, lgbt)
Venue 45 – theSpace @ Venue45, 63 Jeffrey Street, EH1 1DH
Aug 9-11, 13-18, 20-25,
19:10
£5(£2.50), £10 (£6, £5.50),
Suitability: 16+ (Guideline)
Box office: 0131 510 2381
https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on#q=%22Addiction%3A%20The%20Untold%20Story%22

Inspired by a true events, a young black woman rises to power in the Hollywood entertainment industry while suffering through an illness. She also deals with a sister with her own dark secret, and a fiancee with a major drug habit. A drama sprinkled with some audience suggested improv and light comedy, it maintains fully scripted theatre. Addiction deals with sex addiction head on, as well as other addictions in the world and abuse generated by those in power.

Andrew Sim: You Gotta Find Joy
Comedy (stand-up, lgbt)
Venue 85 – Laughing Horse @ City Café, 19 Blair Street, EH1 1QR
Aug 2-14, 16-26,
12:00
Free
Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
Box office: 0131 220 0125
https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on#q=%22Andrew%20Sim%3A%20You%20Gotta%20Find%20Joy%22

Bringing his first solo show to the Fringe with a combination of storytelling, songs and surreal improvisations, Andrew Sim intends to liberate you from overthinking and explore the elusive subject of joy. Every day will have one of Andrew’s comedy friends as an opening act before his 45 minutes of pure energy and stupidity. ‘Relentlessly self-aware… cause of genuine hilarity!’ (BroadwayBaby.com). ‘The sheer energy and pure boldness of this performer ensures the enjoyment of the audience’ (Student Newspaper).

Artcoholic
Comedy (cabaret, lgbt)
Venue 88 – Just the Tonic at The Caves, Rowantree Bar, EH1 1LG
Aug 2-12, 14-26,
14:40
£6
Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
Box office: 0330 220 1212
https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on#q=%22Artcoholic%22

Some people are teachers, doctors, engineers. Some people bring no benefit to society whatsoever. Those people are artists. Muchachico is a man, a man of the arts, and he is convinced that he is the great artist of his generation. You might not know his name, but you can find his art in every single… dentist office in Brixton. Artcoholic is a drag king show about gender, self-awareness and bad art. Created by the incomparable Isa Bonachera, finalist of Man Up! 2018, the Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year competition 2017, Max Turner Prize 2018 and Sketch Off!

Banana Boys
Theatre (drama, lgbt)
Venue 39 – theSpace on the Mile, 80 High Street, EH1 1TH
Aug 14-18,
12:15
£8(£6)
Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
Box office: 0131 510 2382
https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on#q=%22Banana%20Boys%22

Sports and sex. Cam and Cal have been best friends since jumping off a cliff at the age of eight. But when sex and hormones infiltrate the boys’ football team, the boys begin to struggle with their sexuality.

Bulgarians, Buggery, Brokeback and Beyond
Spoken Word (lgbt, solo show)
theSpace @ Surgeons Hall Venue 53, Nicolson Street, EH8 9DW
Aug 3-17, 19-24,
18:05
Box office: 0131 510 2384
Suitability: 12+
https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/bulgarians-buggery-brokeback-and-beyond

Tormented souls, evil villains, cliched employees, best friends and invisible men – enjoy a humorous look at the evolution of gay male characters on stage and screen in the past 100 years. This show will survey theatre and films that have plot, characters or themes which are predominantly gay, or which are secondary but significant. Geoffrey Brown has devised a “scientific” way to assess the positives and negatives of these plays and films, and will show how public views and attitudes have evolved – or not. A show of memories and surprises…

Butterfly
Comedy (lgbt, solo show)
Venue – Royal Society of Edinburgh, 22 George Street, EH2 2PQ
Aug 1-27,
18:30
£8.50(£6.50, £4.50), £9.50(£7.50, £5.50), £10.50(£8.50, £6.50)
Box office: 0131 581 5555
https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on#q=%22Butterfly%22

Following the success of Even God Knew I was Gay, Jilberto Soto presents Butterfly. Based on the Mariah Carey album, so it’s even gayer. In all honestly, it’s a show that revolves around the butterfly effect, how the smallest change can make the biggest difference. Jilberto will walk you through how going to a vegan BBQ is like not going to a BBQ, his mom giving him useful tips to be himself and a story of how one little boy’s desire of a blue butterfly face painting could change the outlook of his life.

Clay Nikiforuk: Fun to Be Around
Comedy (storytelling, lgbt)
Venue 27 – Just the Tonic at The Grassmarket Centre, 86 Candlemaker Row, EH1 2QA
Aug 2-12, 14-26,
17:50
Suitability: 16+ (Restriction)
Box office: 0330 220 1212
https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on#q=%22Clay%20Nikiforuk%3A%20Fun%20to%20Be%20Around%22

Through interwoven stories of family, childhood, modern loneliness, queerness, tragedy and friendship in unusual places, the tale of Clay’s early twenties spent battling psychosis unravels. With honesty, heart and plenty of punchlines, Fun to Be Around kicks stigma in the shins and proposes a revolution or three. What if there are no bad brains? What if we can prevent insanity before it happens? Expect satire, near-death experiences (hers, not yours) and deeply misguided greeting cards.

Comedy Queers / Free Festival
Comedy (lgbt, compilation)
Venue 170 – Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 38 West Nicolson Street, EH8 9DD
Aug 2-26,
00:45
Free
Suitability: 16+ (Guideline)
Box office: 0131 667 7533
A raucous late night show offering a fabulous selection of the most outrageous queer performers from across the Fringe. If you’ve already seen one too many straight/cis comedians at the Fringe, come and spice things up with the queer comedy showcase. Our daily changing roster of comedians is one of the most diverse line-ups at the Fringe. Come along and join the party with the true kings, queens and non-binary royal titles of comedy. Hosted by Sian Davies: ‘affable manner and sharp wit… an excellent MC’ (Kerry Leigh, Laughing Cows).

Dandy Darkly’s All Aboard!
Theatre (storytelling, lgbt)
Venue 302 – Underbelly, Bristo Square, Teviot Place, EH8 9AG
Aug 2-12, 14-27,
23:10
£7, £10 (£9)
Suitability: 16+ (Guideline)
Box office: 0131 510 0395
https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/dandy-darkly-s-all-aboard

New York City’s critically acclaimed satirist and cult horror raconteur, Dandy Darkly, returns to the Fringe for another horrific, hysteric, late-night frolic. Join Dandy aboard the infamous Gaybird Steamer for the smartest, sleaziest ride of your life. Enjoy a drippin’ earful of Southern Gothic grotesquery – country fried robots, spider gods, beauty shops and inbred freakery – also trains, trains, trains! ‘Fantastical fairy-tale horror, equal parts Tennessee Williams, Edgar Allen Poe and Bruce La Bruce’ **** (Time Out). ‘Rock-poet dismantles the American dream. Mesmerising in his rawness and realism’ **** (Fest). Ladies and gentlemen, All Aboard!

Dean Hendry: Smells Like Dean Spirit
Comedy (lgbt)
Venue 76 – Gilded Balloon Rose Theatre, 204 Rose Street, EH2 4AZ
Aug 1-26,
21:45
£6, £9(£7), £10(£8)
Suitability: 16+ (Restriction)
Box office: 0131 622 6552
https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on#q=%22Dean%20Hendry%3A%20Smells%20Like%20Dean%20Spirit%22

Low self-esteem doesn’t grow on trees, but it can grow funny fruit. Let’s explore how, underneath, Dean’s spirit smells like a fire in a diarrhoea factory. If that fire contained boxes of explosive shame and overcompensating bravado. The spirit is described as the seat of one’s emotions and character. Sometimes, Dean’s spirit actually needs to take a seat and shut the fu*k up, but it won’t quit, it thinks it’s shit hot. Let’s discuss.

Denim: The Denim Juniors
Children’s Shows (comedy, cabaret)
Venue 3 – Assembly George Square Gardens, George Square, EH8 9LH
Aug 3-12, 14-19,
16:35
£5, £10 (£9)
Suitability: 5+ (4 and older)
Box office: 0131 623 3030
https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on#q=%22Denim%3A%20The%20Denim%20Juniors%22

Five pop princesses celebrate the power of being yourself. This drag pop concert for kids glows with stunning costumes and live music from animated classics to party hits. Denim is the place to scream, dream, and become a queen. ‘A quintet of queens with voices as true as their wigs are fake’ ***** (Scotsman). ‘Pop legends in their own minds, this swaggering five-piece retool Whitney and Beyonce songs in a smart, uplifting knees up’ **** (Guardian). ‘UK Drag Supergroup Denim is the Queer Spice Girls we never knew we needed’ (NewNowNext.com).

Denim: The Reunion Tour
Comedy (cabaret, lgbt)
Venue 3 – Assembly George Square Gardens, George Square, EH8 9LH
Aug 2-12, 14-24, 26,
22:30
£7, £13 (£12)
Suitability: 16+ (Guideline)
Box office: 0131 623 3030
https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on#q=%22Denim%3A%20The%20Reunion%20Tour%22

After a sell-out global pop tour that came to an earth-shattering finale in Edinburgh last year – Denim broke up. Humanity has been in mourning. But now, through pop, laughter and love, these five queens will reunite for one night only. All month. ‘A quintet of queens with voices as true as their wigs are fake’ ***** (Scotsman). ‘Pop legends in their own minds, this swaggering five-piece retool Whitney and Beyonce songs in a smart, uplifting knees up’ **** (Guardian). ‘UK Drag Supergroup Denim is the Queer Spice Girls we never knew we needed’ (NewNowNext.com).

Dragprov Revue
Comedy (improv, lgbt)
Venue 188 – Sweet Novotel, 80 Lauriston Place, Novotel Edinburgh Centre Hotel, EH3 9DE
Aug 2-13, 15-26,
22:00
£7 (£5)
Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)
Box office: 0131 243 3596
https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on#q=%22Dragprov%20Revue%22

Christian Adore and Eaton Messe are a drag double act who tell the story of their fiery relationship through dazzling songs, sketches and raps based on audience suggestions. RuPaul meets Whose Line Is It Anyway, serving you wit as sharp as their contour, jinks as high as their brows and memories that will stick with you longer than last night’s glitter. This is The Dragprov Revue. ‘Hilarious’ (DailyInfo.co.uk). ‘Impressive’ **** (Oxford Mail). ‘I do not have enough superlatives to describe how incredible this inimitable act is’ **** (Pink Times).

Enough
Theatre (solo show, lgbt)
Venue 40 – Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, EH1 2JL
Aug 20-24,
20:00
£10 (£8)
Suitability: 16+ (Guideline)
Box office: 0131 226 4392
https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on#q=%22Enough%22

Can the liberation of one award-winning self-harming poet-dietitian be connected to all liberation? A powerful look at one woman’s story of living through a traumatised body in the brutal delusion of neoliberalism. Sexy and risky, visceral and lyrical, there is no tale of woe, no stoicism and a blunt refusal of single-story stereotype. Where else will you find a health professional who talks about shame, sex, self-harm and won’t shut up about racism and fat-shaming being unrecognised health hazards? ‘The literary lovechild of Allen Ginsberg and Jeanette Winterson’ (Sara MacIntosh, BroadwayBaby.com).

(even) HOTTER
Theatre (lgbt, verbatim)
Venue 49 – Bedlam Theatre, 11b Bristo Place, EH1 1EZ
Aug 1-13, 15-20, 22-27,
21:30
£8(£6), £10(£8)
Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
Box office: 0131 629 0430
https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on#q=%22(even)%20HOTTER%22

‘People are more fixated on flesh than ever before in history’ (Ann, 97). HOTTER return to the Fringe with their crusade against embarrassment. Based on interviews with women and trans people aged 13 to 97, and devised by Mary Higgins and Ell Potter, this is a show about blushing, sweating, pinkness and pleasure. The moments when our bodies give us away. About being embarrassed and embarrassing. About your body and being able to love it and laugh at it. ***** (BroadwayBaby.com). ***** (AYoungerTheatre.com). ‘Frequently funny, endearingly frank’ (ThreeWeeks).

Fake TV
Comedy (lgbt, satire)
Venue 304 – Frankenstein Pub, 26 George IV Bridge, EH1 1EN
Aug 2-27,
20:45
Free
Suitability: 16+ (Restriction)
Information: 0131 622 1818
https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on#q=%22Fake%20TV%22

Uniquely individual impressionist roasts current and past celebrities and politicians using their own words cleverly underscored with music and sound effects. This show is surprising, original and hilarious in equal measure. New Acts of the Year 2017 runner-up and Oxjam Tavern’s Got Talent winner 2016.

Free and Proud
Theatre (new writing, lgbt)
Venue 17 – Assembly George Square Studios, George Square, EH8 9LH
Aug 2-12, 14-27,
14:55
£8, £13(£11), £12(£10), £13(£11)
Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
Box office: 0131 623 3030
https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on#q=%22Free%20and%20Proud%22

Hakeem is Nigerian in America. Jeremy is white and privileged. When disaster hits, they journey into the past to make sense of the present. A searing exploration of a modern marriage from a multi award-winning company. Derek Award for Best Overseas Play (for The Waiting Game). ‘A stunning piece of art’ ***** (Daily Business Magazine on The Waiting Game). Brighton Fringe Award, Dublin International Gay Theatre Award, Scottish Sun Best LGBT Play Award (for 5 Guys Chillin’). ‘A compelling piece of new American writing’ (ThreeWeeks on The Waiting Game). ‘Theatre for grown-ups’ ***** (BroadwayBaby.com on Mysterious Skin).

Fringe Queer Artists Kiki
Events (lgbt)
Venue 2 – Fringe Central, Appleton Tower, Corner of Windmill and Chapel Streets, EH8 9LE
Aug 18,
16:00
Free
Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)
Box office: 0131 226 0000
https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on#q=%22Fringe%20Queer%20Artists%20Kiki%22

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Let’s have a kiki! Drag duo Hasadick and Rosay host this year’s LGBTQ artist mixer. The goal of this event is not only to bring queer artists together, but to create a network of potential collaborators worldwide. Come celebrate with us as we bring together all sorts of queer folk and create an environment where people can share their stories, support each other and laugh like only we can!

From Today Everything Changes
Theatre (drama, lgbt)
Venue 36 – theSpace on North Bridge, North Bridge, EH1 1SD
Aug 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24,
18:20
£8(£6)
Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
Box office: 0131 510 2386
https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on#q=%22From%20Today%20Everything%20Changes%22

Before Chris’s wife died, after over 30 years of marriage, she made him promise to be himself. Accepting he’s gay is only the beginning. Online dating is a whole new world; can this younger man really be interested in him? And how does he come out to his daughter? Ian Tucker-Bell’s heart-warming play returns to Edinburgh, taking a humorous, honest and tender look at a 60-year-old man coming out and finding love. ‘A moving, exquisite production, telling an important and pertinent story’ (The730Review.co.uk).

Fronting
Theatre (lgbt, new writing)
Venue 33 – Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance, EH8 9TJ
Aug 1-13, 15-27,
12:45
£6, £8(£7), £9(£8), £11(£10),
Box office: 0131 556 6550
https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on#q=%22Fronting%22

Following its award-winning run at the Dublin International Gay Theatre Festival in 2017, Yellowbird Theatre are excited to present Fronting as their Edinburgh Festival Fringe debut. David is a young man, recently diagnosed with HIV, and anger and rage seem destined to consume him. However, the arrival of Will in David’s life could change everything for the better. If David lets it.

Ganymede
Theatre (lgbt, adaptation)
Venue 152 – Paradise in Augustines, 41 George IV Bridge, EH1 1EL
Aug 3-4, 6-11, 13-18, 20-25, (10:00, 14:50)
£7 (£5), £10(£7, £6)
Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)
Box office: 0131 510 0022
https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on#q=%22Ganymede%22

Rosalind’s favorite book is As You Like It. From those pages are drawn comfort and parallels with life as an orphan living with the local Reverend’s daughter, Celia. When he finds out they are more than just friends, he throws them out of the house. They enter the forest of Arden and the original Shakespeare tells the familiar story of shifting identities from which nobody will return unchanged. Partially modern, partially original Shakespeare adaptation of As You Like It, Ganymede leans into LGBT themes hinted at in the original text but rarely explored in performance.

Gender of Attraction
Theatre (lgbt)
Venue 45 – theSpace @ Venue45, 63 Jeffrey Street, EH1 1DH
Aug 4, 6-8 (11:50, 15:50, 19:50, 21:50)
£5
Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)
Box office: 0131 510 2381
https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on#q=%22Gender%20of%20Attraction%22

Gender of Attraction is a heartfelt romantic comedy that puts a spotlight on trans relationships. When Azul, a gender non-conforming makeup artist by day / drag performer by night meets (mostly) straight Mitch, the attraction is undeniable. Romance starts to bloom, but Mitch doesn’t understand queer people and Azul has serious doubts and fears. Throw in the gossip and meddling of another transgender drag performer and a sassy straight BFF, and things get complicated.

Georgia Tasda Means Business
Comedy (lgbt, stand-up)
Venue 171 – CC Blooms, 23-24 Greenside Place, EH1 3AA
Aug 4-23, 22:30 , Free
Suitability: 18+ (Guideline)
https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on#q=%22Georgia%20Tasda%20Means%20Business%22

It’s a tough gig getting by in today’s cut-throat economy, but help is at hand! Join prize-winning comedy drag queen Georgia Tasda for a business masterclass, as she reveals the tricks of the trade she used to build her business empire. Smashing through the glass ceiling and the fourth wall, Georgia is an entrepreneurial force to be reckoned with. Expect queer capers, gender-bending and of course, funny business! ‘An absurd mix of cosmic club kid and northern stand-up, looking like a cross between Leigh Bowery and Pinhead from Hellraiser’ (Scotsman).

Gloria Hole Presents: The Clinic
Comedy (lgbt, game show)
Venue 18 – Sweet Grassmarket, Apex Grassmarket Hotel, EH1 2HS
Aug 3-7, 9-14, 16-21, 23-26,
23:10
Suitability: 18+ (Restriction)
Box office: 0131 243 3596
https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on#q=%22Gloria%20Hole%20Presents%3A%20The%20Clinic%22

Got a burning problem? Got an itching question? Time to visit the clinic. Join Gloria Hole and a panel of top comedians as they solve your problems. Expect shots, laughs, games and sheer chaos. Last year we encountered relationship woes, erstwhile shows and a lovely chap who just couldn’t set his party popper off. So come on down to the anarchic panel show where your problems take centre stage. If you’ve got a problem Gloria has a cream for it.

Gypsy Queen
Theatre (lgbt)
Venue 17 – Assembly George Square Studios, George Square, EH8 9LH
Aug 2-13, 15-20, 22-27,
13:20
£8, £10(£9), £12(£11)
Suitability: 16+ (Guideline)
Box office: 0131 623 3030
https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on#q=%22Gypsy%20Queen%22

Can two men raised to fight ever learn to love? The story of traveller ‘Gorgeous’ George O’Connell, who enters the world of professional boxing, putting him on a collision course with his roots, his identity and his greatest fear. In the opposite corner, gay boxer Dane ‘The Pain’ Samson, young pretender and son of a boxing legend, is fighting his own battle, leading to a tragedy neither could predict. Back at the Fringe after a successful run in 2017, Gypsy Queen is a critically-acclaimed love story between two fighters who discover the greatest challenge lies outside the ring.

Hot Gay Time Machine
Comedy (cabaret, lgbt)
Venue 61 – Underbelly, Cowgate, 66 Cowgate, EH1 1JX
Aug 2-12, 14-26,
22:0
£6.50, £10(£9), £11(£10)
Suitability: 18+ (Guideline)
Box office: 0131 510 0395
https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on#q=%22Hot%20Gay%20Time%20Machine%22

After their multi award-winning debut at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe, the hot gays are back. Bursting with ‘hilarious original musical numbers’ (Stage), Hot Gay Time Machine covers all the most important moments in a gay man’s life, from coming out to your mum to trying not to look at cocks in the locker room. So what are you waiting for? Gay marriage? Well, we got that already so come party with the gays.

Hot Mess: Bezzie Mates
Comedy (sketch show, lgbt)
Venue 88 – Just the Tonic at The Caves, Rowantree Bar, EH1 1LG
Aug 2-12, 14-26,
20:05
£5, £6
Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
Box office: 0330 220 1212
https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on#q=%22Hot%20Mess%3A%20Bezzie%20Mates%22

Max and Anna filmed themselves writing silly sketches for a year to make sure they didn’t miss a trick. See their funniest ideas from the last 12 months and get a peak behind the curtain of their intense friendship. They spend a lot of time together – like, too much. Finalists, Leicester Square Theatre Sketch Off Competition 2018. ‘Hot Mess pump up the pace with fast sketches… the two actors supporting and flowing with each other beautifully’ (Chortle.co.uk, 2018).

How to Be Amazingly Happy!
Theatre (physical theatre, lgbt)
Venue 33 – Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance, EH8 9TJ
Aug 1-12, 15-27,
11:35
£6, £8(£7), £9(£8), £10(£9)
Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
Box office: 0131 556 6550
https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on#q=%22How%20to%20Be%20Amazingly%20Happy!%20%22

How do you find a new ‘once upon a time’ after the ‘happy ever after’ never turned up? Victoria is on a quest to discover how you make a new life when you can’t have the one you imagined. In this big-hearted, big-thinking show of storytelling and physical comedy our heroine’s mid-life search for joy, identity and belonging features public displays of playfulness, private truths and sheer bloody mindedness. Join Victoria as she asks – what do you do with the rest of your life when you don’t have kids?

James Barr: Thirst Trap! – Free
Comedy (lgbt, solo show)
Venue 170 – Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 38 West Nicolson Street, EH8 9DD
Aug 2-14,
21:50
Free
Suitability: 18+ (Restriction)
Box office: 0131 667 7533
https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on#q=%22James%20Barr%3A%20Thirst%20Trap!%20%E2%80%93%20Free%22

Dating in 2018 is a total disaster! MTV presenter, comedian and co-host of the UK’s leading LGBTQ+ award-nominated podcast A Gay And A NonGay, and tragically single James Barr unleashes a hilarious attempt to finally meet The One – and it could be you! Join him on his wedding day as he dishes the dirt on his ridiculous romantic life, and dates the audience to find his way up the aisle. A super fun and funny 60-minute make-out session, where it’s time to let the crazy out!

James Dean Is Dead! (Long Live James Dean)
Theatre (solo show, lgbt)
Roman Eagle Lodge, Johnston Terrace, Edinburgh, EH1 2PW
Aug 19-27,
16:00
£11.50 (£9.50, £7.50)
Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on#q=%22James%20Dean%20Is%20Dead!%20(Long%20Live%20James%20Dean)%22

Hollywood’s hottest star steps out of his crashed car and looks back on his short life. A timely look at how the film industry uses sex, drugs and power to make and break careers. Presented by last year’s Scottish Sun LGBTQ production award winners. From creators of: 5 Guys Chillin’, Brighton Fringe Award, Dublin International Gay Theatre Festival Awards, performed in Sydney, Canada and Off-Broadway; Frank Sent Me, **** (Scotsman); Signal Failure, **** (Scotsman), which transferred to SoHo Playhouse Off-Broadway; and the highly acclaimed Mysterious Skin, ‘Stunning’ ***** (BroadwayBaby.com).

Jasper Red: Press Play
Theatre (comedy, lgbt)
Venue 209 – Greenside @ Nicolson Square, 25 Nicolson Square, EH8 9BX
Aug 3-11, 13-18, 20-25,
17:25
£6.50(£4, £3),
Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
Box office: 0131 557 2124
https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on#q=%22Jasper%20Red%3A%20Press%20Play%22

Jasper Red invites you to a special healing session. Are you in denial about how much you use your phone? Are you struggling to let go of the past? It’s time to explore your chakras! Blending drag and dark comedy, Jasper will leave you with the desire to either bulk buy crystals off Amazon, or at the very least experiment with a bottle of poppers and a cocktail stick. But ultimately, in her debut show, Jasper begs the question: who is helping who?

Jet of Blood
Theatre (performance art, lgbt)
Venue 124 – ZOO Charteris, 140 The Pleasance, EH8 9RR
Aug 3-14, 16-27,
14:10
£8, £10(£9)
Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
Box office: 0131 662 6892
https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on#q=%22Jet%20of%20Blood%22

Brought to you by Civil Disobedience and that actor trapped inside the fur suit in Roddy Bottum’s Sasquatch: The Opera, Jet of Blood is the documadrama/ballet/opera/performance art/musical/protest piece you’ve haven’t been waiting for. Trigger warnings include but are not limited to: rape, graphic pornography, excessive drug use, violence, the musical styling of Miley Cyrus, self-mutilation, corruption, anorexia/bulimia and the not-so-unique true story of one 14-year-old boy in the oldest and most prestigious prep in North America. But in all seriousness, Jet of Blood is not for the faint of heart.

Jumpers for Goalposts
Theatre (comedy, drama)
Kite in the Storm Theatre and New Celts Productions present

Jumpers for Goalposts
Theatre (comedy, drama)
theSpace on the Mile V39b, 80 High Street, EH1 1TH
Aug 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25 – 12.50
£7 (£5), £9.50 (£6.50)
Box office: 0131 510 2382
https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/jumpers-for-goalposts
After getting sacked from the Lesbian Rovers for being too bossy, Viv has a mission: to make five-a-side LGBT football team, Barely Athletic, league winners – and they’ve started well with a victory over Tranny United (who were playing in stilettos). But with distractions like handsome librarians, Peruvian knit hats, and a love of Pot Noodles, things look set to go downhill. Can they pull themselves together in time? Blissfully funny but at times deeply affecting, Jumpers for Goalposts poses the question: what secrets remain when everyone is out of the closet?

Justin Matson: Fatter Than You Think
Comedy (stand-up, lgbt)
Venue 442- Laughing Horse @ Ushers, 32b West Nicolson Street, EH8 9DD
Aug 2-5, 7-12, 14-19, 21-26,
12:00

Free
Suitability: 18+ (Guideline)
Box office: 0131 662 1757
https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on#q=%22Justin%20Matson%3A%20Fatter%20Than%20You%20Think%22

Adorably awkward with a twist of gay, Los Angeles-based comedian Justin Matson has been kicked off of three rollercoasters for being too fat. Now he’s finally ready to talk about it!

Leviticus
Theatre (comedy, lgbt)
Venue 124 – ZOO Charteris, 140 The Pleasance, EH8 9RR
Aug 3-6, 8-13, 15-20, 22-27,
12:00
£7, £10(£8), £12(£10)
Suitability: 16+ (Guideline)
Box office: 0131 662 6892
https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on#q=%22Leviticus%22

It is the mid-90s, the dot-com millionaires are kings… Austin and his wife Jess host a dinner party to celebrate the upcoming nuptials of friends Robert and Stacia. Austin and Robert are estranged childhood friends, until Robert rings Austin out of the blue to be his best man. These unfortunate boys spent three years together in an unusual sort of Saturday club leaving them scarred and isolated. Jess knows both men’s’ secret predilections, Stacia doesn’t. Over the course of the evening the truth unfurls itself, with explosive consequences.

Little Death Club
Cabaret and Variety (comedy, music)
Venue 360- Underbelly’s Circus Hub on the Meadows, Middle Meadow Walk, EH9 9EX
Aug 3-12, 14-25, 20:00
£10, £15 (£14)
Box office: 0131 510 0395
Suitability: 16+ (Guideline)
https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on#q=%22Little%20Death%20Club%22

Winner: Pick of the Fringe, Adelaide Fringe Weekly Award 2017. The darkest, funniest and most debauched kabarett club this side of Berlin! A Weimar-punk jazz band soundtracks a night of dangerously funny kabarett, breathtaking circus and fire-breathing sideshow at its most inappropriate, provocative and hilarious best. Join multi-award-winning Bernie Dieter (star of La Clique, EastEnd Cabaret) for ‘a night of debauchery and devilry! Hilarious’ ***** (FourthWallMedia.Wordpress.com). ‘Magnificent, be amazed, be appalled, and be blown away’ ***** (WeekendNotes.com). ‘Absolutely outrageous! An unmissable experience’ ****1/2 (OUTInPerth, Australia). ‘Wickedly funny, the audience were in stitches’ ****1/2 (X-Press Magazine, Australia).

Loud and Proud on the Fringe
Music (a cappella, lgbt)
Venue 122 – St Cuthbert’s Church, 5 Lothian Road, EH1 2EP
Aug 18,
19:30
£15(£11)
Suitability: 0+
Box office: 0131 226 0000
https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on#q=%22Loud%20and%20Proud%20on%20the%20Fringe%22

Scotland’s LGBT choir, Loud and Proud, is back in support of Waverley Care, Scotland’s HIV and Hepatitis C charity. Expect Scottish songs from Burns to The Proclaimers, as well as favourites from a wide range of genres, all performed a cappella with the choir’s trademark enthusiasm and warmth – and more than a dash of silliness! The music may make you smile, surprise you or bring tears to your eyes, but most of all, you will experience their joy in singing together as a community. A Fringe event not to be missed!

Loud Poets: The Fantastical Game Show Spectacular
Spoken Word (poetry, comedy)
Venue 30 – Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, EH1 1SR
Aug 1-12, 15-20, 23-27,
21:30
£8, £12(£10),
Suitability: 14+ (Restriction)
Box office: 0131 556 9579
https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on#q=%22Loud%20Poets%3A%20The%20Fantastical%20Game%20Show%20Spectacular%22

After four years of wowing audiences at festivals across the UK and Europe, the award-winning Loud Poets return for their fifth year at the Edinburgh Fringe and this time they’re bringing their Fantastical Game Show Spectacular! With Loud Poets’ special blend of fist-thumping, pint-drinking, side-tickling poetry and some of the UK’s top poets going head to head, this poetic fist fight will make sure the spoken word revolution is filmed in front of a live studio audience. So come on down and let’s play Loud Poets: The Fantastical Game Show Spectacular!

Love Song to Lavender Menace
Theatre (lgbt, comedy)
Venue – Summerhall, 1 Summerhall, EH9 1PL
Aug 1-5, 7-12, 14-19, 21-26,
12:55
£5, £12(£10)
Suitability: 14+ (Restriction)
Box office: 0131 560 1581
https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on#q=%22Love%20Song%20to%20Lavender%20Menace%22

After a sell-out run at the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh, Scotland’s 80s gay romantic comedy hit is back! So are nostalgic bookseller Lewis and party-boy Glen, in this funny, celebratory play about Scotland’s radical, lesbian, gay and feminist bookshop that began in the cloakroom of Scotland’s first gay nightclub and became the beating heart of Edinburgh’s LGBT+ community. ‘A stunningly beautiful play’ ***** (TheReviewsHub.com). ‘A play for our time that speaks volumes about cities and change’ **** (Scotsman). ‘A thoroughly entertaining and important piece of LGBT social history’ **** (Stage). www.madeinscotlandshowcase.com

Marmite
Theatre (lgbt, theatre)
Venue 76 – Gilded Balloon Rose Theatre, 204 Rose Street, EH2 4AZ
Aug 1-26,
15:30
£6, £9(£7), £10(£8)
Suitability: 16+ (Guideline)
Box office: 0131 622 6552
https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on#q=%22Marmite%22

Dylan and Eddie have just moved in together. It’s great. The apartment is great. Everything is great. They’re both really happy. Except Dylan isn’t. It’s all a bit rushed. A bit much. A bit too soon. He’s only just left uni for Christ’s sake. Between sex parties and roast dinners, Marmite explores the difficulties of gay monogamy with honesty and warmth. Hot off the back of their Fringe 2017 sell-out Ginger Beer, Limerence Productions is back and better than ever. ‘An honest, brash, and balls-out comedy experience’ (Huffington Post). ‘Funny, enthralling, witty and wise’ (Scotsman).

Pity Laughs: A Tale of Two Gays
Comedy (stand-up, lgbt)
Venue 88- Just the Tonic at The Caves, Rowantree Bar, EH1 1LG
Aug 2-12, 14-26,
16:05
£5(£3.50)
Suitability: 16+ (Restriction)
Box office: 0330 220 1212
https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on#q=%22Pity%20Laughs%3A%20A%20Tale%20of%20Two%20Gays%22

More perverted, more depressed, more jokes… the gays are back! ‘The first true gem of the 2017 Fringe’ ***** (BroadwayBaby.com). Mark’s parents are dead. That’s not a joke, though it is really funny. He and Will are also gay – in the modern sense of course, they’re certainly not happy. Mark’s stand-up about being a gay orphan meets explicit gay parody literotica from Will (think 50 Shades of Gay). Two gays, one orphan, absolutely no limits. ‘Very well written… horrifyingly funny’ **** (EdFringeReview.com).

Polaris
Theatre (sci-fi, lgbt)
Venue 33 – Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance, EH8 9TJ
Aug 1-13, 15-27,
12:55
£6, £7.50 (£6.50), £9 (£8), £9.50(£9),
Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)
Box office: 0131 556 6550
https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on#q=%22Polaris%22

Join Holly and Ted on a fantastical adventure through time and space. Tracy and Val are dinosaurs from different cultures. Aoife is a female astronaut leading a crew of distrusting males. Sarah-Jane and Lou-Ann are two teenage girls just trying to survive Year 10. Polaris explores the normalisation of hatred, toxic masculinity and the violence of language through imagined worlds and beguiling soundscapes that the performers create live on stage. ‘Joyfully ingenious’ (Stage). ‘Fantastic ingenuity… exuberant and engaging storytelling’ (GrumpyGayCritic.wordpress.com).

Rainbow Baby
Theatre (devised, lgbt)
Venue 36 – theSpace on North Bridge, North Bridge, EH1 1SD
Aug 20-25,
20:10
£6 (£4)
Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)
Box office: 0131 510 2386
https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on#q=%22Rainbow%20Baby%22

Love. Life. Loss. The reality behind LGBT+ pregnancy. Alice and Melissa have been together for four years, they’re married and want to start a family, but it isn’t quite that simple. The couple have decided to document their journey on their YouTube account, but when tragedy strikes, we see the reality of having to deal with grief in the public eye. The piece has been inspired by true stories from within the LGBT+ community and themes of loss, love and family will resonate with a wider audience of ranging ages.

Red and Boiling
Theatre (lgbt, verbatim)
Venue 13 – Lochend Close, EH8 8BL
Aug 4-5, 7-12, 14-19, 21-25,
13:15
£12(£10, £5)
Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)
Box office: 07074 201 313
https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on#q=%22Red%20and%20Boiling%22

Lesbian porn! Just kidding, for once we tell our own narrative. Drag duo, Hasadick and Rosay, will take you through a world of striking shadow puppetry using comedy and lip sync. Based on hours of interviews, they explore the lives of queer womyn and non-binary individuals from different countries, religions, ethnicities, and ages. Come laugh, celebrate and rediscover your identity with us. Every performance changes as new testimonies are shared verbatim. If you share your story with us, it might be in our show the next day. Follow our podcast #redandboiling. It’s queer and it’s magic!

Really Want to Hurt Me
Theatre (new writing, lgbt)
Venue 35 – Assembly Hall, Mound Place, EH1 2LU
Aug 2-12, 14-19, 21-27
, 15:00
£7, £10(£9), £11(£10),
Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
Box office: 0131 623 3030
https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on#q=%22Really%20Want%20to%20Hurt%20Me%22

A funny, painfully honest new play about growing up gay in the 80s. School bullies. Heartache. Dancing to Eurythmics and The Smiths on your Walkman to stay alive. Sold-out London previews at the Old Red Lion. Seven **** reviews. ‘Enchanting. Beautiful. Not to be missed’ (TheReviewsHub.com). ‘Wow, this is powerful stuff. A cracking script and a superb actor. Hilarious. Wonderful’ (LondonTheatre1.com). ‘It certainly has something special. Natural charisma and vulnerability’ (Stage-Talk.com). ‘Stunning’ (TheSpyInTheStalls.com). ‘This protagonist is as much a mouthpiece for this new generation as any’ (ArthursSeat.com).

Rights of Passage
Theatre (lgbt, verbatim)
Venue 4 – C venues – C too, St Columba’s by the Castle, Johnston Terrace/Victoria Terrace, EH1 2PW
Aug 20-26,
17:00
£8.50 (£6.50)
Suitability: 16+ (Guideline)
Box office: 0131 581 5555
https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on#q=%22Rights%20of%20Passage%22

Miremba, a Ugandan woman forced to leave her girlfriend and marry. Izzuddin, a Malay man who’s scholarship is removed when his sexuality is revealed. Hamed, an Iranian man who is told by the British Home Office that he is not gay. In their countries they are defined and oppressed based on their sexuality, in England their identity is denied without evidence. They are all asylum seekers, they are all LGBT+, and their stories are all true. Persecuted in their countries, their oppression doesn’t end when they come to England. Their voices are taken away from them.

Rik Wolters – Heroic Failure
Comedy (stand-up, lgbt)
Venue 545 – The Clootie Dumpling, Old Stamp Office Close, EH1 1PE
Aug 4-25,
18:30
Free
Suitability: 18+ (Restriction)
https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on#q=%22Rik%20Wolters%20%E2%80%93%20Heroic%20Failure%22

Rik is a bit of an oddball. Socially awkward, obsessive compulsive and sarcastic to the core, he has made his fair share of enemies over the years. In his Fringe debut, Rik recalls some of the stories from his somewhat chequered past and invites the audience to join him in laughing in the face of failure!

Romeo and Juliet
Theatre (lgbt, adaptation)
Venue 9 – theSpace @ Niddry St, Niddry Street, EH1 1TH
Aug 3-4, 6-11, 13-18
£5, £8(£6), £10(£8)
Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
Box office: 0131 510 2383
https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on#q=%22Romeo%20and%20Juliet%22

Curious Pheasant Theatre present Romeo and Juliet. This all-male production is a bold reimagining of William Shakespeare’s classic love story. This physical theatre piece will use the class battles of two opposing rugby teams to ground the piece in the 21st century. The Capulets are an upper-class family falling apart due to fortunes lost and their traditions crumbling away. The Montagues are a working-class society struggling to prosper with neglected ambitions. When the two men meet, the integrity of both teams is compromised and the unyielding pride of men threatens to destroy all that they know.

Ryan Ward and Joe Molander: Natural Born Performers
Comedy (stand-up, lgbt)
Venue 259 – Laughing Horse @ The Hanover Tap, 112 Hanover Street, EH2 1DR
Aug 19-26,
12:00
Free
Suitability: 18+ (Restriction)
Box office: 0131 225 2022
https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on#q=%22Ryan%20Ward%20and%20Joe%20Molander%3A%20Natural%20Born%20Performers%22

Britain’s most popular magicians and amateur bounty hunters, Joe and Ryan, perform an hour of classical music and salsa dance, with Claire Sweeney on banjo. (Note: from 19th-26th August, they will be doing half an hour each of stand-up instead. Claire Sweeney will not be present.)

Sex, Drugs and a Cup of Tea
Theatre (comedy, lgbt)
Venue 188 – Sweet Novotel, 80 Lauriston Place, Novotel Edinburgh Centre Hotel, EH3 9DE
Aug 2-4, 6-21, 23-26,
20:40
£8(£6)
Suitability: 16+ (Restriction)
Box office: 0131 243 3596
https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on#q=%22Sex%2C%20Drugs%20and%20a%20Cup%20of%20Tea%22

Sex, drugs, and tea make the world go round for four young flatmates. A Shrek-related drinking game, no clean dishes, and some misplaced bodily fluids result in a fast-paced modern farce with a dark core. What happens behind closed doors in the flat? And who’s knocking at the window? This gripping and hilarious piece of new writing from this award-shortlisted company will submerge you deep in the grimy waters of student life and leave you thirsty for more. ‘Ridiculously hilarious’ (Fuckboys for Freedom, 2017, TheWeeReview.com).

Sirens
Theatre (devised, lgbt)
Venue 33- Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance, EH8 9TJ
Aug 1-12, 14-19, 21-27,
15:35
Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)
Box office: 0131 556 6550
https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on#q=%22Sirens%22

You’re an immortal demi-goddess whose only job is to sing and look beautiful. No, this isn’t a show about Beyoncé. Three Greek sirens find themselves washed up on Hastings beach. It’s 2018, and sitting around naked on rocks is no longer en vogue. But the sirens are still cursed: any man who hears their voice dies instantly. It’s a bit of a drag. Award-winning Zoo Co returns to stick two fingers up at gender expectations with their trademark visual storytelling, stunning projections and electro-folk soundtrack. Sirens is creatively captioned and BSL inclusive.

Skin Deep
Cabaret and Variety
Venue 14 – Gilded Balloon Teviot, Teviot Row House, EH8 9AJ
Aug 1-12, 14-19, 21-27
£6, £11(£10), £12(£11),
Suitability: 16+ (Guideline)
Box office: 0131 622 6552
https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on#q=%22Skin%20Deep%22

Too fat? Too thin? Never exercise? Gym crazy? Hate how you look in the nude? Then this revue is for you! Body image, dieting, plastic surgery, the gym, dating apps and the agony of trying to look good in a selfie. Diana and her boys sing, dance and joke their way through a celebration of (and for) every body. ‘With a firm belief that we are all gorgeous’ **** (Boyz Magazine). ‘A brilliant, funny, slick and clever show’ ***** (LastMinuteTheatreTickets.com). Direct from London Fringe runs (including the Kings Head Theatre, Islington) and a UK tour.

Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays
Theatre (comedy, lgbt)
Venue 45 – theSpace @ Venue45, 63 Jeffrey Street, EH1 1DH
Aug 3-4, 6, 8
(9:45, 15:45, 19:45, 21:45)
£5,
Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)
Box office: 0131 510 2381
https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on#q=%22Standing%20on%20Ceremony%3A%20The%20Gay%20Marriage%20Plays%22

Two little words and suddenly your whole world changes. An A-list line-up of writers offer unique takes on the moments before, during and after ‘I do’. Witty, warm and occasionally wacky, these plays are vows to the blessings of equality, the universal challenges of relationships and the often hilarious power of love.

The B in the Room
Theatre (new writing, lgbt)
Venue 29 – Paradise in The Vault, 11 Merchant Street, EH1 2QD
Aug 4-11, 21:10
£10 (£7)
Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
Box office: 0131 510 0022
https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on#q=%22The%20B%20in%20the%20Room%22

Dana’s 39, happy, comfortable. Elliot is a teenager from a Christian background. When they both reach moments of crisis, they have to ask themselves why it’s so hard to go against their relative norms. Is there anything wrong with not conforming to society? Why now? Will everyone judge them? In this two-person play, Dana and Elliot go on parallel journeys of self-discovery to grasp a more profound understanding of themselves, their sexualities and what it means to be different.

The Dip
Theatre (lgbt, comedy)
Venue 53 – theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, Nicolson Street, EH8 9DW
Aug 3-11, 13-18, 20-25,
23:30
£7 (£5), £8 (£6), £9 (£7)
Suitability: 16+ (Guideline)
Box office: 0131 510 2384
https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on#q=%22The%20Dip%22

‘How about we go back to mine and baba ganoush?’ Meet Al. He means well, eats his greens and sometimes smokes them too. As he struggles to express his feelings for his mate Nic, the drugs take hold. A farce full of clowning, stoner comedy, live music, harpoon Nerf guns, confetti cannons and homophobic police fish: The Dip is a young man’s technicolour trip of homosexual awakening – it’s going to be a wild ride.

The Importance of Being Earnest as Performed by Three F*cking Queens and a Duck
Theatre (comedy, lgbt)
Venue 39 – theSpace on the Mile, 80 High Street, EH1 1TH
Aug 3-4, 6-11, 13-18, 20-25,
21:30
£12(£10)
Suitability: 16+ (Guideline)
Box office: 0131 510 2382
https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on#q=%22The%20Importance%20of%20Being%20Earnest%20as%20Performed%20by%20Three%20F*cking%20Queens%20and%20a%20Duck%22

Completely sold out in 2014. From the wicked pen of Steven Dawson and Out Cast Theatre, Australia’s premiere GLBTI theatre company comes the campest, tackiest show you’ll see this year. Previous Fringe sell-out seasons include Distinguished Gentlemen, Monstrous Acts, Jane Austen’s Guide to Pornography, Adventures of Butt Boy and Tigger. Three camp, hammy actors stylishly defile Mr Wilde’s classic. Fast, furious, filthy and very funny. Oscar will be spinning in his grave.

The LOL Word
Comedy (lgbt, stand-up)
Venue 398 – Three Broomsticks, 51 South Bridge, EH1 1LL
Aug 4-25, 21:15
Free
Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on#q=%22The%20LOL%20Word%22

Like comedy and queer women? Then you’ll love this mixed bill of stand-up stars who are rising through the comedy ranks faster than you can say Ellen Degeneres. BBC New Comedy Award nominees (2016, 2017), Funny Women finalists (2017), Soho Theatre Young Company alumni. ‘Smart, insightful, hilarious’ (DIVA). ‘Lesbians’ (ScotsGay.co.uk). ‘Blindingly obvious comedic talent’ (Skinny). ‘Not only hilarious but witty and insightful’ (FunnyWomen.com).

Tilda Swinton Answers an Ad on Craigslist
Comedy (lgbt)
Venue 8 – Assembly George Square Theatre, George Square, EH8 9LH
Aug 1-26,
21:20
£8, £11(£10), £12(£11)
Suitability: 16+ (Guideline)
Box office: 0131 623 3030
https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on#q=%22Tilda%20Swinton%20Answers%20an%20Ad%20on%20Craigslist%22

With sold-out shows in New York and Los Angeles, a gay man’s life implodes when actress Tilda Swinton (Buffy and Instagram star Tom Lenk) insists on studying him for her next big movie role. ‘Catch mad comedy genius Tom Lenk in this wild, weird and wondrous play’ (Michael Urie, Ugly Betty). ‘Funniest thing I’ve seen in ages’ (Jason Biggs, American Pie). ‘Delightful, hilarious, and moving’ (Angela Kinsey, The Office). ‘Celebrity is brilliantly explored through the prism of Tom Lenk’s exquisitely crafted performance’. ‘A brilliant tour de force’ (BroadwayWorld.com). ‘Hysterically absurd’ (BoyCulture.com).

Trans Pennine
Theatre (new writing, lgbt)
Venue 36 – theSpace on North Bridge, North Bridge, EH1 1SD
Aug 13, 15, 17, 21, 23, 25,
18:20
£8(£6)
Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
Box office: 0131 510 2386
https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on#q=%22Trans%20Pennine%22

Trans Pennine is a funny, fast-paced, and emotional play about family disagreements, gender-identity, and caravan holidays. Following her death, the family begrudgingly go to scatter Mum’s ashes in the Yorkshire Dales – a commemoration of a wife and mother none of them liked. Their bitter and fateful journey takes them to the caravan site of past family holidays, where secrets are revealed, truths are unearthed, and their relationships, identities, and prejudices are tested to the full. Dad is angry, Ben is Amy and Mum is in the margarine tub.

Witch Hunt
Comedy (absurdist, sketch show)
Venue 27 – Just the Tonic at The Grassmarket Centre, 86 Candlemaker Row, EH1 2QA
Aug 2-5, 7-12, 14-26.
23:10
£3, £5(£4)
Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)
Box office: 0330 220 1212
https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on#q=%22Witch%20Hunt%22

An ex-SNP politico, a bible-wielding American mom and JK Rowling walk into a… race to stop Milosz, Eurovision-winner and high-profile gay fascist. Join three Oxford Revue alumni in this punchy, fast-paced blast of sketches and characters to blow away the comedy cobwebs. Fun, absurd and with wigs aplenty, this hour of character comedy is in turns political, musical and ridiculous. ‘Truly unique comedy’ (EdFringeReview.com). ‘The whole thing is hilarious’ (DailyInfo.co.uk).

24/7 Live
Music (pop, lgbt)
Venue 6 – Royal Society of Edinburgh, 22 George Street, EH2 2PQ
Aug 7-11, 21:15
£9.50 (£7.50), £10.50
Box office: 0131 581 5555
Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on#q=%2224%2F7%20Live%22

Join British-Chinese provocateur artist Le Fil in a pop gig with extras as he, she or it explores a 24/7 world of gay-straight men, bad romances and the modern constructions of gender that package us up for consumption. Armed with killer hooks and queer looks, Le Fil smashes gender stereotypes one song at a time. Expect striking visuals, hip-thrusting dancers and warped dance routines to a kaleidoscopic soundtrack of music from EPs that will leave you gagging for more. Try before you buy, folks, we’re open 24/7… How will you have yours? ‘A living, breathing pop sculpture!’ (Attitude.co.uk).

147Hz Can’t Pass
Theatre (solo show, lgbt)
Venue 236 – Greenside @ Infirmary Street, 6 Infirmary Street, EH1 1LT
Aug 13-18, 20-25,
12:35
£7(£5)
Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)
Box office: 0131 557 2124
https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on#q=%22147Hz%20Can’t%20Pass%22

147Hz Can’t Pass is the culmination of lived experience. Manifesting as a calculated mess of movement, energy, spoken word and slam-style poetry, it does not seek permission and offers no apology. Instead a marginalised voice occupies the space taking what is often portrayed as alienating and revealing it to be relatable. An introduction through person, not definition, to trans non-binary experience, 2018.

…What the Frick?!
Comedy (lgbt, international)
Venue 332 – Laughing Horse @ Moriarty’s, 161 Lothian Road, EH3 9AA
Aug 13-26,
18:00
Free
Suitability: 16+ (Guideline)
Box office: 0131 228 5558
https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on#q=%22…What%20the%20Frick%3F!%22

A request for sex talk in German, a crippling back injury and coming out to her religious grandmother… Alice Frick knows the recipe for disaster well! The confused Austrian abroad indulges in life with wide-eyed enthusiasm. Award-winning comedian, Funny Women finalist 2012. ‘Exuberant… perfectly pitched’ (ThreeWeeks).

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Posted: 17/07/2018