Every year we compile listings for in-person Fringe shows that include accessible performances as part of their run. These performances may be audio described, BSL signed, captioned, relaxed or offer touch tours that allow audience members to familiarise themselves with the set and props beforehand. 

The following shows appeared as part of the 2021 Fringe – we've kept them here as an example of what you might expect to see on this page.

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Audio described performances

Family Portrait

Dance Base

Audio described performance dates

  • Thursday 12 – Sunday 22 August, times vary

Audio Description: Intergrated

Suitability: 0 and above

An interactive video installation, projected across four screens. With accompanying soundscape, striking imagery and choreography, Family Portrait captures Artistic Director, Natasha Gilmore, and her children in an intimate portrayal of family life. Taking you on a geographical and emotional journey through Scottish landscapes, it celebrates getting out into nature. With space to roam, the children encounter rabbit skulls, converse with spiders and make war paint with berries. With humour and candour, the work shares an honest depiction of what family really is with its relentless, glorious chaos, responsibility, joy, intimacy and love. Each screening for one extended household.

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We Just Need to Get Through This

The Georgian House

Audio described performance dates

  • Friday 06 – Saturday 21 August (Wednesday – Saturday only), 20:00

Audio description is integrated into the script, with any action narrated throughout.

Suitability: 16 and above

A couple whose relationship just isn't working. They aren't listening to each other, they aren't having any fun. It's unsustainable. It can't go on like this. Then, just when things can't get any worse, a total climate apocalypse hits, threatening all life on earth. Our couple must work together to survive – but will it be enough to stop them from breaking apart? Told through music-theatre, We Just Need to Get Through This explores the limits of language, our ability to adapt and humanity's enduring search for love.

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BSL signed performances

Craig Hill: Pumped!

Edinburgh Corn Exchange

Signed performance dates

  • Saturday 07 August, 19:00

BSL interpreter: Catherine King MITI/MRSLI

Suitability: 16 and above

Get pumped and party this Fringe! ‘Class. Risque, rib-tickling and absolutely screaming from the rafters… Hill actually has to wait until the audience stops laughing before he can start again. It’s absolutely hilarious’ (Edinburgh Evening News). ‘Riotously funny… he is that rare thing, a naturally funny comedian’ (Independent). ‘High-octane… whip-cracking wit so sharp it whistles through his hapless victims… a laugh-out-loud performance from beginning to end’ **** (List). ‘Hilarious… delightfully fizzy tone and sharp observational jokes… brilliant!’ (Daily Record). ‘Flat-out hilarious... I’ve not heard a room laugh so long and hard… genuinely funny’ ***** (Mirror). @mrcraighill

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Daniel Sloss: HUBRIS

Edinburgh Corn Exchange

Signed performance dates

  • Sunday 08 August, 20:45

BSL interpreter: Catherine King MITI/MRSLI

Suitability: 16 and above

Daniel’s 11th new show became the world’s first big post-pandemic live tour, selling over 40,000 tickets in Australia in April alone. His 2018-2019 global ground-breaking smash hit Daniel Sloss: X (UK: Vue Cinemas, USA: HBO) sold out 300 dates across 40 countries including Moscow’s arena (Russia’s biggest-ever English language comedy show). He has two Netflix specials DARK and Jigsaw (190 countries, 26 languages), and performed six New York solo off-Broadway seasons (10,000+ tickets). Guest: Kai Humphries. ‘Smouldering… deliciously dark stand-up. Brilliant!’ ***** (Mail On Sunday). ‘Dazzling wit… unstoppable’ (Daily Telegraph). ‘Dirty, sweet and clever’ (New York Times).

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Doppler

Newhailes House and Gardens

Signed performance dates

  • Saturday 14 August, 14:00
  • Saturday 21 August, 18:00

BSL interpreter: Paul Belmonte
Interpreter location: Intergrated into performance

We will also have a BSL interpreter at front of house to answer any questions and make sure anyone needing interpretation finds the most appropriate seats. Her name is Rachel Amey.

Suitability: 14 and above

I am a man of my time. A failed man of my time. Or just a man of a failed time. Depending on how you look at it.' Doppler had everything. He thought. Wife, two kids, 23-hour working week and time to ride his bicycle. Until the accident. Now he lives in the forest with an elk. Come into the woods with multi-award-winning site-specialists Grid Iron for this funny and subversive fable about existence, consumerism and trying to live life in isolation when people just won't leave you alone. "Edifying, surprising and deeply human" (Doppler documentary, AllEdinburghTheatre.com).

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Miss Lindsay’s Secret

Scottish Storytelling Centre

Signed performance dates

  • Wednesday 25 August, 16:00

BSL interpreter: Rachel Amey
Interpreter location: Stage Right

Suitability: 12 and above

Come in. Shut the door. Open the box. What’s inside? Concealed for over a century, this intimate tale of a Scottish seamstress binds the gentle hills of Glenesk to Canada’s heady Klondike gold rush. Using original live music, drama and historical material from Glenesk Museum, a lively and moving local story, woven into Scotland’s national identity, reaches across time and continent. This compelling show grows from a deep respect for material culture, in an age when life stories are lost to the ether. Written and performed by Maria MacDonell with Alan Finlayson and musician Georgina MacDonell Finlayson.

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The Ray Bradshow

Scottish Comedy Festival @ The Beehive Inn

Signed performance dates

  • Tuesday 24, Thursday 26 and Saturday 28 August, 15:30

BSL interpreter: Karen Forbes

Suitability: 14 and above

I'm still writing this show as you read this because I thought there was more chance of me having a fringe this year than Edinburgh. It's cheaper than usual and I've won awards, so it won't be rubbish. Here's the pretentious bit someone else writes for me: multi-international-award-winning stand-up comedian Ray Bradshaw is bringing a new show to the Edinburgh Fringe. His previous shows have won Best Show at the Scottish Comedy Awards. Ray was also the first comedian ever to win a Scottish Culture Award and was Frankie Boyle's Tour Support in 2019.

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Sex Education Xplorers (S.E.X.) by Mamoru Iriguchi

Summerhall

Signed performance dates

  • Saturday 21 August, 15:00
  • Sunday 22 August, 13:00

Suitability: 12 and above

A time-travel ride through the evolution of sexes, celebrating our diverse gender identities and sexualities. Packed with humour and DIY tech, this is a playful new take on sex education from the award-winning team behind Eaten. ‘Astoundingly original… nothing short of genius’ ***** (Sunday Herald, on Eaten). ‘Daringly inventive’ **** (Stage, on Eaten). An eye-opening experience for teenagers, and everyone who missed the sex education they deserved at school! ‘Utterly hilarious, while touching on serious themes... a masterclass in media-heavy performance art’ (Exeunt Magazine, on Sex Education Xplorers (S.E.X.) scratch performance). MadeInScotlandShowcase.com

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We Just Need to Get Through This

The Georgian House

Signed performance dates

  • Friday 20 August, 20:00

BSL interpreter: Karen Forbes

Suitability: 16 and above

A couple whose relationship just isn't working. They aren't listening to each other, they aren't having any fun. It's unsustainable. It can't go on like this. Then, just when things can't get any worse, a total climate apocalypse hits, threatening all life on earth. Our couple must work together to survive – but will it be enough to stop them from breaking apart? Told through music-theatre, We Just Need to Get Through This explores the limits of language, our ability to adapt and humanity's enduring search for love.

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Captioned performances

Family Portrait

Dance Base

Captioned performance dates

  • Thursday 12 – Sunday 22 August, times vary

Captioning Mode: Open

Suitability: 0 and above

An interactive video installation, projected across four screens. With accompanying soundscape, striking imagery and choreography, Family Portrait captures Artistic Director, Natasha Gilmore, and her children in an intimate portrayal of family life. Taking you on a geographical and emotional journey through Scottish landscapes, it celebrates getting out into nature. With space to roam, the children encounter rabbit skulls, converse with spiders and make war paint with berries. With humour and candour, the work shares an honest depiction of what family really is with its relentless, glorious chaos, responsibility, joy, intimacy and love. Each screening for one extended household.

Book tickets to Family Portrait


Out of the Blue

Assembly George Square Gardens

Captioned performance dates

  • Tuesday 24 August, 17:00 (Assembly George Square Gardens: Palais du Variete)
  • Tuesday 24 August, 19:45 (Assembly George Square Gardens: GSQ South Stage)

Captioning Mode: Open

Suitability: 0 and above

One of the Fringe's most renowned and best-selling shows is back for their 17th run at the festival! Expect vocal acrobatics, eclectic repertoires and ludicrous choreography! Whether you know them from making the semi-finals of Britain's Got Talent or from their legendary viral videos, Out of the Blue are sure to put a smile on your face! Out of the Blue are proud to announce that their show will once again be supporting Helen & Douglas House, the world's first children's hospice, based in their Oxford home!

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Mark Watson: This Can't Be It (Tour Preview)

Pleasance Courtyard

Captioned performance dates

  • Monday 23 August, 18:45

Captioning Mode: Open. Captioning on sideline screens.

Suitability: 12 and above

At 41, skinny national treasure Mark Watson is halfway through his days on earth according to his £1.49 life expectancy app. Life is in the best shape in living memory... but one problem remains, and it's a huge one. Spiritual enquiry meets high-octane observational comedy as Taskmaster survivor, multi-award winner and No More Jockeys cult leader attempts to cram years of pathological overthinking into an hour of stand-up. Maybe we'll even solve the problem. Doubt it though. 'Unlike anything else I've seen in almost 20 years... witty, warm, perfectly judged' ***** (Telegraph).

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Myra's Story

Assembly George Square Gardens

Captioned performance dates

  • Tuesday 24 August, 12:30

Captioning Mode: Open

Suitability: 14 and above

Myra, a middle-aged, homeless Dublin street drinker, is feisty, funny and tragic. Desperate for her first drink of the day, she begs from the passing city centre throngs. Between begging, she relives her back story. Playing all the characters and acting out all the incredible events that have led her to this pitiful existence, Myra takes us on a swirling, searing, at times hilarious, but ultimately heart-breaking journey. Winner of Best Tragedy award, United Solo Festival (New York, 2016). You'll laugh with Myra... you'll cry with Myra... what you'll never do, is forget her.

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Patricia Gets Ready (For a Date With the Man That Used to Hit Her)

Pleasance at EICC

Captioned performance dates

  • Sunday 22 August, 20:40

Captioning Mode: Open. Those booking with captioning in mind should communicate with the venue in advance and arrive early in order to request seats nearer the front.

Suitability: 14 and above

Patricia has spent a year crafting a kick-ass speech while recovering from an abusive relationship. But when she bumps into her ex on the street, and accidentally agrees to dinner with him that night, she's got some big decisions to make; what to wear? What to say? And whether or not to go? Join Patricia as she gets ready for the date, tells stories of her past and how it has affected her present, and looks honestly at her future.

  • Warnings and additional info: This show contains distressing themes around domestic violence and abuse. This show additionally contains strong language, descriptions of a sexual nature, descriptions of violence and mention of abortion.

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Police Cops: Badass Be Thy Name

Assembly George Square Gardens

Captioned performance dates

  • Tuesday 24 August, 18:45

Captioning Mode: Open

Suitability: 12 and above

Hot off the back of sell-out runs at Edinburgh Fringe 2019, Soho Theatre London and San Fransisco Comedy Fest; multi-award-winning troupe Police Cops return with their latest comedy blockbuster. A gritty kitchen-sink drama turns into a vampire-slaying horror epic. Complete with a 90s rave soundtrack, supercharged physical comedy and more vampires that you can shake a stake at. Winner: Amused Moose Comedy Award. Winner: The Stage Award for Acting Excellence. ***** (EdFestMag.com). ***** (Stage). 'I paid £12, I would have paid £13' (Dara Ó Briain). 'Most brilliantly stupid comedy show of 2020' (Evening Standard).

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Screen 9

Pleasance at EICC

Captioned performance dates

  • Sunday 22 August, 14:30

Captioning Mode: Open. Those booking with captioning in mind should communicate with the venue in advance and arrive early in order to request seats nearer the front.

Suitability: 12 and above

At the Colorado premiere of The Dark Knight Rises, a community was torn apart by gun violence. But while their hearts were broken, their community was not. This hard-hitting verbatim piece follows the survivors' remarkable true testimonies of the infamous Batman Shootings as they attempt to respond and recover from the tragedy. This is their story and every word is real. Piccolo Theatre is a bold new company, creating cutting edge and thought-provoking theatre. The Pleasance is proud to present Screen 9 as this year's recipient of the Charlie Hartill Theatre Reserve.

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Relaxed performances

The Hare and the Tortoise

Stockbridge Church

Relaxed performance dates

  • Monday 23 – Saturday 28 August, 10:30

Suitability: 0 and above

A fun, interactive and educational show for babies and toddlers that can be enjoyed by all the family. Live acoustic music up close where wriggling is allowed! A professional violinist and cellist play a selection of familiar and new classical tunes in this short programme tailored for little ones. The story of The Hare and the Tortoise is illustrated by music with a chance to play and sing along to well-known songs with instruments provided. This sell-out show is returning this year in a blended format can can be enjoyed in person or online.

Relaxed performance information

The performers are experienced in working with adults and children who have special educational needs and disabilities.

Provided for audience: Permission to move around and make noise; permission to engage with performer.
Character introduction: Yes – the nature of the show is fully accessible and appropriate for adults and children with additional needs of any kind.

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Improvabunga!

theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

Relaxed performance dates

  • Wednesday 11 and Wednesday 18 August, 20:00

Suitability: 8 and above

Improvabunga is the totally improvised movie adventure extravaganza. See your favourite film genres come alive on stage in a 50-minute long improvised romp. ‘One of the best improvisation pieces in Edinburgh’ **** (EdFringeReview.com). Featuring live musical accompaniment and buzzers that you can use to control the performers. There’ll be songs, there’ll be tears, there’ll be kisses (or slaps) and there will be funny. The Watch This Improv Troupe are back for their 15th Edinburgh Fringe and are ready to create a fantastic story before your very eyes. 'Consistently and outrageously funny' ***** (BroadwayBaby.com). Best Improv, Derek Awards 2018.

Relaxed performance information

The relaxed performances will be adapted to minimise:

  • Total blackouts and flashing lights
  • Unexpected loud noises
  • Clapping
  • Expressions of anger

If required, audience members can move freely in the venue during the performance.

Provided for audience: Permission to move around and make noise.

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Tickbox

Army @ The Fringe

Relaxed performance dates

  • Wednesday 18 August, 18:00

Suitability: 12 and above

Tickbox is a semi-autobiographical, one-woman play, in Scots-English and Urdu. Describing a Pakistani woman’s journey from a middle-class life in Pakistan to Govan in Glasgow, sharing the challenges and contrasts. Intertwined with the story of her daughter and their parallel lives, decades apart. Both women faced barriers that typecast them in a stereotypical role of downtrodden Asian women. Amusing questions such as 'but where are you really from' raised issues of identity that needed answering by both. Tickbox combines theatre, storytelling and comedy to interweave the journeys of these two Scottish Pakistani women united by passion and determination.

Relaxed performance information

Able to leave the space if needed; low-level audience lighting and reduced volume.

Show content warnings: Heavily dialogue-driven scenes
Provided for audience: Permission to move around and make noise; show guide or synopsis or character list

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Wriggle Around the World

Stockbridge Church

Relaxed performance dates

  • Monday 23 – Sunday 29 August, 14:30

Suitability: 0 and above

A fun, interactive and educational show for babies and toddlers that can be enjoyed by all the family. Live acoustic music up close where wriggling is allowed! Professional violinist and cellist play a selection of familiar and new classical tunes in this short programme tailored for little ones. The story of the Gingerbread Man is illustrated by music and there is a chance to play and sing along to well-known songs with instruments provided. This sell-out show is returning this year in a blended format that can be enjoyed in-person or online.

Relaxed performance information

The performers are experienced in working with adults and children with special educational needs and disabilities.

Provided for audience: Permission to move around and make noise; permission to engage with performer
Character introduction: Yes - the nature of the show is fully accessible and appropriate for adults and children with additional needs of any kind.

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Touch Tours

We Just Need to Get Through This

The Georgian House, 20:00

Touch tour info: Please let us know in advance of coming to the show whether you would like a Touch Tour, and we can arrange this to take place before the show.

Suitability: 16 and above

A couple whose relationship just isn't working. They aren't listening to each other, they aren't having any fun. It's unsustainable. It can't go on like this. Then, just when things can't get any worse, a total climate apocalypse hits, threatening all life on earth. Our couple must work together to survive – but will it be enough to stop them from breaking apart? Told through music-theatre, We Just Need to Get Through This explores the limits of language, our ability to adapt and humanity's enduring search for love.

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