Edinburgh Fringe Programme 2021

1001 Open Mic Nights
1001 Company

1001 Open Mic Nights is an a cappella jukebox musical following the dynamic relationship between best friends Liv and Nina, set to the backdrop of a bustling karaoke bar.

Absolutely Burlesque Cabaret
Sassy School of Burlesque

Back after another sell-out year, Sassy School of homegrown hotties returns with a brand new stellar show guaranteed to sparkle, glitter and glam your evening. Prepare to be enthralled, enticed and entertained – burlesque is back!

Afterparty
New Celts Productions and F-Bomb Theatre

Friends celebrate the end of school – and the start of their lives – with a wild night out. What could go wrong? Award-winning playwright Rachel O’Regan asks what makes a bright future in this riotous comedy.

Aladdin
Flying High Young Company

Come and join us on this wonderful rags-to-riches story of ambition and fulfilment, full of Eastern promise with original music and songs from a vibrant, talented young company who have had sell-out children's shows since 2016 ★★★★ (Three Weeks).

The Bank Job
Aireborne Theatre

James Bond meets Oceans 11 gone bankrupt in this farcical comedy that is Mission Imposs- ...wait, that's not right. The farcical comedy that is The Bank Job… Yeah… That’s right… You can edit that bit out right?

Better Not Kill The Groove
The Songsmiths

The Songsmiths invite you to party to non-stop hits, a cappella style! From disco classics to Fleetwood Mac, we guarantee you will be dancing in your seat! So, You Better Not Kill The Groove!

Blind Mirth presents Sex with Me!
Blind Mirth

St Andrews' oldest, funniest and – incidentally – only improv comedy troupe are back at the Fringe with their unique mix of sparky, spontaneous and side-splittingly funny short and long improv.

Boogie Shoes Silent Disco Walking Party with a Scottish Twist
Boogie Shoes Silent Disco Walking Party

Brave Face
Hoo Hah House Productions

BRAVE FACE is a pitch black comedy multimedia burlesque solo show about sex, trauma and the female experience. Let Em change your mind about how you compliment a woman. Hysterical has a double meaning, you know.

The Carole King and James Taylor Story
Night Owl Shows

A nostalgic journey through the career and music of these two legends in this international sell-out show. Includes I Feel The Earth Move, Natural Woman and You've Got A Friend. ★★★★ (BroadwayBaby.com).

Catching Up
Theatre Paradok

A dark comedy that portrays all the nuances of trying to maintain a childhood friendship you’ve grown out of. It centres on two friends, Sean and Lemon, on a writing retreat as they attempt to build the futures they’ve always dreamed of – being Hollywood stars. But when creative differences lead them to turn to their past for inspiration, Lemon realises her best friend may not be everything she remembers him to be and, instead of writing their futures, the pair finds themselves being haunted by the events of their childhood.

Corpsing
New Celts Productions and Red Rabbit Theatre

Elliot Hubble has inherited a business. But instead of financial freedom, it’s a financial disaster. Suddenly Fiona, the auditor, shows up. Can he and Charlie explain the money? And… where did all those bodies come from?

Deathbed Confessions of a Hypochondriac
MDs Comedy Revue

Is that mole cancer? Is that cough coronavirus? Join the award-winning MDs on a journey through wards and operating theatres as one hypochondriac searches for a cure, or failing that, just someone who'll listen.

Dino Land
Faux Fox Theatre

This exciting new comedy takes place in a family entertainment resort, somewhere up North. Delivering plenty of laughs, caravan-holiday nostalgia, and even a giant dinosaur foot, we can guarantee you won't have seen anything like this on stage.

Doctor Whom
A Time and a Place Productions

Join Doctor Whom for a wibbly-wobbly adventure across time and space as they traverse the cosmos with their impressionable sidekick and talking robot dog in this fast-paced, sci-fi spoof romp!

The Dolly Parton Story
Night Owl Shows

After sell out shows at Fringes worldwide, this show returns to Edinburgh to take you on Dolly’s incredible journey from the Smoky Mountains to her arrival as the Queen of Country. Featuring Jolene, 9 to 5, Islands in the Stream, Blue Smoke and more. It will bring a tear to your eye in one breath and have you up and dancing in the aisles in the next! 'One of the best shows I have experienced at the Festival' ★★★★★ (FringeFeed.com.au). 'both moving and foot-stompingly good' ★★★★.5 (TheLatest.co.uk).

Drown Your Sorrows!
Balderdash Theatre Company

After the death of their manager, four bartenders adventure to find the Elixir of Life and restore their bar to its former glory in this new fast-paced comedy.

Eight Hundred Dollar Value
Nightpiece Media

That's what a trigger pull is worth. Murder is just business. An identity crisis on the fringe of the American mafia, Michael Trudon's idyllic boyhood is compromised by his dying grandmother. Not all witnesses need protection.

Elsa McTaggart presents When The World Stood Still
Elsa Jean McTaggart

Boiler suits, beanies and a barrow! That’s what was waiting for this musical duo when lockdown hit! A multi-instrumental Celtic fusion of Hebridean melody celebrating life, sorrow, uncertainty, joy and laughter.

Embassy Stomp
Two Ladders Productions

London, 1940. Count Horoch Zadelksi has been appointed free Polish Ambassador to Canada. Will he escape the clutches of Doktor von Falkenheim of the Gestapo? A riotiously ambitious new comedy present by Fringe award-winning Blind Mirth alumni.

The End of the Line
Aireborne Theatre

London Victoria, 12:43. Tom and Marley meet whilst waiting for the last train home. Sometimes it’s easier to tell your problems to a stranger rather than a friend; they see us how we are.

Eric Davidson – Thunderjab 3
Eric Davidson

Eric returns with another topical show full of exquisite wordplay. With strings attached, can his idiosyncratic view of the world come to our rescue with the ultimate vaccine? "Eric Davidson commands attention" Edinburgh Evening News

Eva Cassidy and Me
Elsa Jean McTaggart

Celebrating Cassidy’s music with a Scottish lilt and, due to high demand, more original songs! After sell-out tours with The Story, Elsa is ready to launch the sequel show with more of Eva’s greatest standards.

Femme Ta Bouche
A Drunken Sailor

Femme Ta Bouche, gender-bending performance-artiste, has an outrageous plan: return to her gay conversion camp to cause chaos before chemo starts tomorrow. Provocative, hilarious and moving melodram-edy that asks, how do we live an authentic life?

For All The Love You Lost
Morosophy Productions

For All The Love You Lost is a contemporary performance of new writing that blends naturalism, surrealism and epic theatre, following the story of two young people going on a date in central London.

Free Shot On Entry!
The Manchester Revue

The Manchester Revue presents, Free Shot On Entry! a brand new sketch show, debuting live and in person! Yes, you heard us, Free Shot On Entry! is the name of our show.

A Highly Suspect Murder Mystery
Highly Suspect

Join acclaimed mystery maestros Highly Suspect for a hilarious, interactive murder mystery which you, the audience, must solve! There’s a fiendish plot, evidence to examine and cryptic clues to crack, but can you deduce whodunnit?

If Aca'd Turn Back Time
A Cappella Birmingham

Come on a musical journey through time as we perform hits across the years using only our voices. A fun show for all ages, with a setlist spanning genres and decades.

Improvabunga!
Watch This Improv Troupe

Improvabunga: the improvised movie adventure! Featuring live musical accompaniment and buzzers to control the performers. There'll be songs, there'll be slaps (or kisses), and there will be silly. ★★★★★ (BroadwayBaby.com), Best Improv, Derek Awards 2018.

The Improverts
The Improverts

The Fringe's longest-running improvised comedy group, the Improverts, are returning for yet another year of fast-paced and consistently enjoyable short-form comedy. Based entirely on audience suggestions, the show is uniquely different every night.

Intricate Rituals
York DramaSoc

Siken is your average gay university student – witty, questionably dressed, hopelessly in love with their straight best friend. But when callous, senseless tragedy unexpectedly strikes their life, grief turns them down an increasingly unnatural path.

It's Fraser Brown, I'm Afraid
Fraser Brown

Fraser Brown takes the audience on a hilarious and dark analysis of his own anxieties. An introspective extrovert using gallows humour to ask what it means to be happy: it’s Fraser Brown, I'm afraid.

It's Not Rocket Science
It's Not Rocket Science / Nottingham New Theatre

Eve always knew she belonged in the stars but she’s often found those on Earth keep bringing her down. As she grows up, she learns that rocket science is the easy part, being treated equally isn’t.

Jane Eyre
Blue Orange Arts

Charlotte Brontë’s tale of a young woman’s courageous fight through injustice and hardship was a revolution in literature. This is an honest retelling of the masterpiece that continues to inspire and enthrall over 150 years after its publication.

The Johnny Cash Story
Night Owl Shows

Journey with the Man In Black from the cotton fields of Arkansas to his undisputed seat in the Rock and Roll hall of fame. Featuring renditions of Folsom Prison, Ring Of Fire and Walk The Line

Laurel Canyon Legends
Night Owl Shows

Celebrating the legacy of group of legends in Laurel Canyon who gave us songs like Natural Woman, California Dreaming and Big Yellow Taxi. These classics are performed live with background storytelling to bring the songs to life.

Looks Like We Made It
ChasingRainbows

ChasingRainbows presents Looks Like We Made It. Hear Barry Manilow's classic songs, Mandy, Could It Be Magic, Copacabana and many others, performed with a refreshing twist as a couple reflects on 30 years of marriage.

Love in the Time of Lockdown
SwanWing Productions

The sell-out Brighton Fringe show that will have you laughing, crying and talking about how lockdown was for you, for your neighbour and for your friends. From harrowing to hilarious!

Love Me
York DramaSoc

A coming-of-age story from an asexual perspective. Love Me follows theatre fanatic Fran as she embarks on a self-prescribed sex training course. Blending monologue and poetry, it celebrates the love that defines us growing up.

Madhouse
Nottingham New Theatre

Overwhelmed by debt, perplexed by romance, suffocated by chaos. For each student, life is an experiment, in which conflict is inevitable. Welcome to the Madhouse...

Moonlight On Leith
New Celts productions and REDCAP Theatre

Inspired by the Save Leith Walk campaign, this play dives between the golden sandstone and the snouting depths of Leith, to offer a hilarious, witty and heartfelt ode to Leith’s vibrant community.

The Nashville Story
Night Owl Shows

Take a journey through time in Nashville to learn how the city influenced the world of country music. Includes live renditions of hits from Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, Tammy Wynette, Kris Kristofferson and more.

Nightpiece Film Festival
Nightpiece Media

Now in its 8th consecutive season, Nightpiece platforms exciting filmmakers from across the globe. With dynamic shorts and an opening night premiere of Al Carretta's 18th indie feature Saint Cecilia of Spiralence, come experience true independent film.

Northern Lights A Cappella
Northern Lights A Cappella

Northern Lights, Durham University's multi-award-winning a cappella group, are back again for their fifth year at the Fringe. They'll be bringing back their 2020 national runners-up set, and showing off some brand-new tight and varied arrangements.

Now That's What I Call... Timeless!
Sweet Nothings

ICCA UK finalists Sweet Nothings bring you a battle of the ages. Prepare to watch the decades compete for the title of the most-beloved musical era in a never-before-seen a cappella competition!

On Your Bike
Cambridge University Musical Theatre Society

Gemma rides for delivery app Eatsaroo – until it cuts her pay and steals her crush. But how best to fight back? An exhilarating new musical about finding love and chicken in a gig-economy world.

On Your Bike
Cambridge University Musical Theatre Society

Gemma rides for delivery app Eatsaroo – until it cuts her pay and steals her crush. But how best to fight back? An exhilarating new musical about finding love and chicken in a gig-economy world.

Plasters
RJ

'What does ‘true’ mean?' Stories are only told so many times before they morph into something else. So by the end, who's to say what was real? Plasters explores this through two people talking, not having the same conversation.

Pool (No Water)
New Celts Productions and Oddly Ordinary Theatre Company

What happens when "ordinary" people find themselves thrown into extraordinary circumstances? This play looks at the more sinister parts of people's lives that are kept hidden: envy, exploitation, vengeance and eventually guilt.

Radio 69
The Counterminers

Radio 69 is an irreverent queer comedy set in a radio station in the Scottish borders. It follows the mundane lives of the people who work there as they try to stop the station from closing forever.

Rossetti's Women
Lemon Squeeze Productions

Raunchy and racy, Rosetti's Women, delves into the outrageous sex life and disastrous marriage of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 19th century poet and painter founder of Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. The story is told through three women in his life.

Saving Mr Ultimate
New Celts Productions and Extra Arca

Mr Ultimate’s emporium is closing, but Paul wants to keep it open in memory of his dad, so when his big brother says no he has to rely on Mr Ultimate himself to save it...

Semi-Toned Presents: A Study in Burgundy
Semi-Toned

Internationally renowned a cappella sensation Semi-Toned return with their signature mix of singing and side-splitting comedy! When one of their own goes missing, it’s up to the boys to figure out what’s happened!

Shakespeare's Fool
Tortive Theatre

Join Will 'Cavaliero' Kempe, gentleman player, juggling jester and London's finest clown, as he gives his final performance and tells us what really happened between him and Will 'git-face' Shakespeare. A bittersweet tale, told by an idiot.

Shook
New Celts productions and Twisted Corners

Being a young offender and a father is tough. Spend your sentence learning how to raise your baby, how hard can it be?! But can Cain, Ryan and Jonjo even look after themselves? Maybe. If they ever stop fighting.

Simon & Garfunkel Through the Years
Bookends

After six consecutive sell-out years, this critically-acclaimed hit returns to the Fringe to transport audiences on a sublime journey through the legendary songs and history of Simon & Garfunkel. Heralded a masterpiece.

Slings and Arrows
Raised Voices

The story of one woman's journey from desperation to redemption. Performed by members of the charity Raised Voices who have experienced homelessness, mental health issues or addiction.

Smile Like You're Happy
New Celts productions and Sparkle Sarcasm Productions

Take a behind the scenes look at the gruelling world of social media. Smile follows Kate’s rise and fall as an influencer. Watch as her relationships erode and the effect this has on her mental health.

Somebody Special – The Aca-Betrayal
Illuminations

Let us tell you a tale of treachery, intrigue and pitch-perfection as Illuminations return to the fringe for their fourth time with award-winning vocals, beatboxing and choreography.

Sweating the Small Stuff
York DramaSoc

Inspired by anonymous submissions, Sweating the Small Stuff is a light-hearted, thought-provoking play that explores some of the strange and funny stuff people sweat about on a daily basis. Here, nothing is too small to sweat.

Theatre-19 Presents: John
Theatre-19

John Ellis, the head of a rather dodgy NGO, has died quite suddenly in mysterious circumstances. His wake, held by fiancé Ethan, will be even more twisted, attended by a collection of rather unusual characters.

Tick Tick
Starring and Directed by Rachel Heritage. Produced by Lockdown Projections.

A one-woman show following Robin: a student on the brink of exploding under the pressure of circumstance. With themes of anxiety, online sex work and the goddamn rent; a story of those suffering in the shadows.

Tropicana
Aidan Sadler

Make cabaret queer again! Bursting onto the London scene, Tropicana is the future of queer comedy cabaret. Soon to be Edinburgh Fringe's most engaging LGBTQIA+ act, the show explores, bends and abuses the gender binary through comedy on a backdrop of electrifying 80s hits.

Trust Me, I Was The BBC Doctor
Doctor Colin Thomas

Doctor Colin Thomas talks about how the BBC shaped his life and the interesting and sometimes funny side of his 25 years as the BBC Chief Medical Officer.

A Weekend Away at the Hotel Decevoir
Chalkhill Theatre Ltd

A farcical parody of the classic murder mystery, A Weekend Away at the Hotel Decevoir follows a deranged hotel manager's search to find out who has stolen his most prized possession.

When Judas Met John
Brothers Broke

The music of Dylan and Lennon, presented in a Bluesy fusion style with tight sibling harmonies. Irish duo Brothers Broke perform songs around a story of the influence and respect that each artist had for the other.

Wish List
New Celts Productions and Bone Struck Theatre

Dean’s disability benefits are cut – his sister Tamsin is then forced to decide between following her dreams or security. Wish List by Katherine Soper is an important look into mental health and class division.

You're My Jury
Centre Stage Theatre Society

Allison is on trial. She is desperate to prove to you, her jury, that she is innocent. She claims to have been used by the powerful men around her and that these crimes were committed by them.

You’re My Jury
Centre Stage Theatre