After the Cuts

Summerhall

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Suitability: 14+

Produced by Raw Material, in association with the Beacon Arts Centre. A dark comedy by Gary McNair, directed by Beth Morton. It's the future; just like now, but a bit more... well, shitey. Jim and Agnes have worked hard their whole lives and now Agnes needs a life-saving operation. With the NHS as we know it a thing of the past, they must take matters into their own hands in this darkly comic tale showing the lengths people go to for life and love.

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All We Ever Wanted Was Everything

Roundabout @ Summerhall

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Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)

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Meet Leah and Chris: raised on Harry Potter, New Labour and a belief that one day they would be as special as their parents promised. But what happens when those dreams don’t become reality? Set across three decades, from 1997’s Cool Britannia to today’s Brexit Britain, this is multi award-winning gig theatre that mixes original live music from James Frewer with bold new writing by Luke Barnes. 2017 Broadway Baby Bobby Award; 2017 The Stage Excellence Award; 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe sell-out show. 'Superb gig theatre' (Lyn Gardner, Guardian).

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Baby Face

Summerhall

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Suitability: 16+

Hey baby! Welcome to a world of knee socks, bunches, lollipops, bubblegum and models adopting the childlike expressions of six-year-old girls. A daring exploration into the paradox of living in a society that continues to infantilise women. Paedophilia is not OK yet fetishised images of women as prepubescent girls are. In this brave and outlandish performance a grown woman attempts to be your baby to discover if innocence really is as sexy as we’re told it is. Winner of the Autopsy Award 2018.

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Blackthorn by Charley Miles

Roundabout @ Summerhall

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Suitability: 14+

Captioned by Plaines Plough (using individual tablets rather than one dedicated screen)
'What you think’s a completely different plant on surface – it’s all from the same roots.' The only two children born in a North Yorkshire village for a generation cannot imagine ever being apart, but as their lives shift, so too do the ties that bind them. Charley Miles’ outstanding debut play Blackthorn explores the changes and choices that pull us from the places and people we love. Blackthorn was a finalist for the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn prize in 2017 and is presented as an InSite and West Yorkshire Playhouse co-production.

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Build a Rocket

Pleasance Courtyard

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Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)

'Scarborough is turning into Tenerife. This is global warming gone wrong. This isn't the story of Icarus and Daedalus. It's Yasmin and Jack. And we won't fly too close to the sun. We'll fly through the f*cker.' Yasmin is young, feisty and living on the edge in Scarborough. She's been dealt a rough hand and has to decide whether to give in or get smart. But can the thing which threatens to ruin her life be the one thing which saves her? A new play by Christopher York, directed by Paul Robinson.

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Buried: A New Musical

Underbelly, Bristo Square

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Suitability: 12+

Winner of The Cameron Mackintosh Award 2018, NSDF Edinburgh Award and The Stage Pick of the Fringe 2017. When Rose and Harry meet, they uncover something extraordinary: they’re both serial killers. This darkly comedic, folk-inspired musical demonstrates how love is unique to everyone and illuminates the darkness in us all. 'Everything you could ever want from a musical theatre experience’ ***** (BroadwayBaby.com). 'Clever, engaging, quirky... deliciously black’ ***** (One4Review.co.uk). 'One of those nuggets waiting to be found' ***** (MusicalTheatreReview.com). 'When it sings it soars' (Scotsman). 'Perversely charming and entertaining' (BritishTheatre.com).

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The Cat's Mother

Underbelly, Cowgate

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Suitability: 12+

Sinead arrives at her sister, Ciara's, flat in London with a major surprise in store. Over the long weekend, they are forced to make a decision that will affect both their lives forever. Seeking guidance from a variety of weird and wonderful characters along the way, the sisters are pushed into exploring how far they are willing to go for their own family. Oh, and there's also the small matter of the family cat... The Cat's Mother is a new dark Irish comedy that will make you laugh, cry and then laugh again.

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The Chore of Enchantment

Underbelly, Bristo Square

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Suitability: 14+

The world is in turmoil. Can magic provide the much-needed solace for these difficult times? Vincent Gambini is not so sure. Disillusioned by global news events, struggling with "magician's block", Gambini unveils the hidden difficulties of being a conjurer. Combining deadpan reflections with jaw-dropping sleight-of-hand magic, this new show plays expertly with our understandings of deception, artifice and theatrical make-believe. 'Thoughtful, playful and multi-layered... will make you question how we watch and what we see' **** (Guardian). 'Takes apart the clockwork mechanics of wonder in ingenious style' **** (Fest Mag).

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Dangerous Giant Animals

Underbelly, Cowgate

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Suitability: 12+

A kick. A scream. A tantrum. When it comes to disability, what’s allowed? What’s forbidden? This is a middle-child story of the extraordinary range of experience that comes from growing up too soon alongside a sister who will never grow up. A provocative new solo show, Dangerous Giant Animals, is a darkly comedic game of hide-and-seek with our true nature.

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Demystifying Access: How to Create Better Access for Audiences

Fringe Central

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Suitability: 12+

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. How can artists, companies, producers and venues create better access for audiences? Join Unlimited, the commissioning programme for disability-led artworks, to demystify how to creatively embed access and use it to enhance artistic dialogue and content without compromising on aesthetics. Nickie Wildin-Miles, currently Change Maker at Royal Exchange Manchester, chairs a discussion with experts from the arts. The session covers artistic slants on captioning, BSL interpretation, audio description and relaxed events.

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Douglas Walker Presents:Of Christmas Past

Underbelly, Bristo Square

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Suitability: 12+

Christmas is a time for joy and happiness, but there's a sinister secret wrapped in the stories we tell. Douglas Walker unravels a shocking true story with his ingenious new comic play. An absurd and incredible one-man epic, encompassing a dizzying cast of characters spanning 100 years of history. The only thing more devastating than finding out that Santa doesn't exist is finding out that he does. 'Exceptional... characters as self-assured as they are eloquent' **** (Skinny). 'A truly fascinating hour of comedy' **** (List). 'A comedy adventure of discovery' **** (FringeGuru.com).

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dressed.

Underbelly, Cowgate

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Suitability: 16+

Told with a tender intimacy, dressed is a true story told by four women who have been friends since school. After being stripped at gun point, Lydia set out to redress herself with a new healing set of armour. Lydia now only wears clothes she has made. Multi award-winning ThisEgg combine choreography, live sewing, comedy and original music to celebrate the power clothes have to define us, to liberate us, to hide us and to embellish us. For Me and My Bee: **** (Scotsman). **** (Stage). 'A rarity... ' (Lyn Gardner, Guardian). Untapped Award winner 2018.

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Drip

Roundabout @ Summerhall

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Suitability: 12+

This performance uses Captioning Tablets, there is a limited number available for this/each performance. Please contact the Access Booking Team to book your captioning unit.

A one-man musical comedy by award-winning duo Tom Wells (words) and Matthew Robins (music) fresh from a sell-out tour. Liam is 15 and he’s just signed up for Bev Road Baths’ first ever synchronised swimming team. It’s for his best mate Caz really. She needs to get a team together to win the annual Project Prize at school. She tries every year. She always loses. But Liam’s an optimist, he’s determined to help. There’s just one problem. Liam can’t swim. 'Matthew Robins' music and Wells' lyrics feel like Victoria Wood for a new generation.’ (Stage).

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Egg

Summerhall

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Suitability: 14+

Egg is a powerful and evocative new aerial theatre production from acclaimed circus theatre company Paper Doll Militia, a highly visual exploration of female fertility, sexuality and choice. Weaving together personal testimony, live original music and stunning aerial artistry, the piece takes audiences on a deeply personal and political journey, following the true story of a woman who gave her eggs to her friend to have a child. Paper Doll Militia are an Edinburgh/LA-based aerial theatre company, combining visual theatre with innovative aerial, acrobatic choreography and multimedia. Referred to as 'the sophisticated circus of now' (Edinburgh Review).

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Electrolyte

Pleasance Dome

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Suitability: 16+ (Guideline)

Jessie's sick of Leeds. A city she thought she would never leave. The aimlessness of the people she once believed she'd always need is suffocating. Wondering whether she's had enough, in a dirty nightclub not too far off, Jessie's blinded by the light of Allie Touch, a singer/songwriter with a taste for big ambition, amongst other stuff... Winners of the 2018 LET Award and directed by Olivier Award-winning director Donnacadh O'Briain, Electrolyte is an explosive piece of gig-theatre. Written in spoken word poetry and underscored by original music created live this unique production tackles schizophrenia, depression and male suicide.

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Everything Is Going to Be KO

Pleasance Courtyard

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Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)

One in 10 of us are dyslexic. Yet learning difficulties are sometimes presented as a politically correct way to talk about stupidity. Join Kaiya Stone as she challenges this notion, reflecting on her life from childhood to adulthood, coping with (unknown for the first 20 years) dyslexia, dyspraxia, and ADHD. This is a call to arms for a movement that questions the way we are "supposed" to think and demands that we do better for everyone. As featured on the BBC, the i and the Evening Standard. Supported by Old Vic New Voices scheme.

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Erewhon

Summerhall

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Suitability: 16+
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An antique magic lantern projector, an iPhone 6 and a live musical score shine a new light on Samuel Butler's classic sci-fi novel. A Victorian explorer discovers a colony of refugees; time travellers from the 21st century escaping their dependence on its technology. This delightful neo-historical head-scratcher playfully welds future, past and present into a glittering bracelet of time. A multimedia collaboration between Edinburgh's own Magnetic North, and Kiwi playwright and newly-qualified magic lantern showman Arthur Meek. Featuring an original musical score played live by New Zealand pop powerhouse Eva Prowse. Directed by Nicholas Bone and Geoff Pinfield.

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(even) HOTTER

Bedlam Theatre

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Suitability: 14+

'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).

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Extinguished Things

Summerhall

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Suitability: 14+

'My neighbours leave their flat one morning but don't return. Al and Evie, married 40 years, no kids. I have their spare keys. I cannot resist.' Award-winning writer/performer Molly Taylor pieces together the story of two lives intertwined. Vivid and lyrical, Extinguished Things is a captivating exploration of what it means to spend your life with someone, and the nature of what you leave behind. 'Fragile and utterly beautiful… reminds us of the reason we're alive' ***** (Herald). 'A monologue of extraordinary exuberance and power' **** (Scotsman). Love Letters to the Public Transport System: Critics Circle Award, Adelaide.

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First Snow / Première neige

CanadaHub @ King's Hall in association with Summerhall

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Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)

Isabelle summons her family back to their ancestral home in Québec. Despite their history, they come. Her right-wing brother Harry, daughter Mina, and Catherine, the rebellious baby of the family, who has her new Scottish boyfriend in tow. Then there's François, her adoptive son, and her long lost friend from her radical youth. 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. www.madeinscotlandshowcase.com

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First Time at the Fringe

Fringe Central

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Suitability: 12+

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Is this your first time? Edinburgh can be daunting for new participants. Come and meet Fringe Society staff and learn what we can do to support your experience while in Edinburgh. Meet staff face to face and find out how to access the services we provide as part of your registration. While you are here, check out Fringe Central and the professional development opportunities housed within.

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Fringe Central Welcome Address

Fringe Central

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Suitability: 12+

Join Deborah Frances-White, stand-up comedian, screenwriter and host of podcast The Guilty Feminist, to formally welcome you to Fringe Central and mark the start of the 2018 Fringe. Join Deborah for what is sure to be a hilarious and thought-provoking dissection of her experiences, observations and unique perspectives of the Fringe and her career.

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Freeman

Pleasance Courtyard

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Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)

Inspired by the first man in America to plead insanity as his defence, award-winning writer Camilla Whitehill and Strictly Arts examine the unspoken link between mental health and systemic racism. Throughout time and across waters, from William Freeman to Sarah Reed, six true stories are threaded together and told through physical theatre, spoken word, gospel singing, shadow puppetry and more. History is bound to repeat itself when the thumb is permanently bearing down on the loop button, so has anything really changed? 'The play capitalises on the company's impressive versatility and a searing rage against injustice' (WhatsOnLive.co.uk).

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Frieda Loves Ya

Underbelly, Bristo Square

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Suitability: 14+
Frieda Love is a cabaret clown attempting to save the world through comedy song, dance and guerrilla burlesque. Using the advice of a mystical fondant fancy called Mervyn, she travels through alternate universes and numerous wigs to confront the dark force that's taking over. Come for an adventure in her bonkers world. Collect your warm fuzzy feeling. Resist the urge to get a little bit naked... or don't. Viva the Frieda revo-LOVE-tion! The show features original songs, vibrant visuals and nipple tassel acrobatics – it's the Mighty Boosh meets Dita Von Teese.

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Gulliver Returns

Underbelly, Cowgate

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Suitability: 12+

Lil's husband is lost in Gulliver's Travels and now she has a mission of mercy to perform. No matter what the cost, she must find a way to drag this broken man out of his fantasy. She must find a way to bring him home. A haunting new play about broken dreams, enduring love, and the weird world we live in; inspired by Swift's savage masterpiece. From the makers of the acclaimed Fringe hits The Man Who Would Be King: 'Flawless' **** (Stage), and The Wonderful Discovery of Witches: 'Heart-breaking' **** (Scotsman).

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How to Spot an Alien

Roundabout @ Summerhall

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Suitability: 5+

This performance uses Captioning Tablets, there is a limited number available for this/each performance. Please contact the Access Booking Team to book your captioning unit.

What do you do if you think your aunt is an alien? Twelve-year-old Jelly and her brother Jonjo have their suspicions. She won’t let them leave the house. Or ask questions. And she definitely won’t let them in the attic. Join Jelly and Jonjo on their quest to discover the truth in a rip-roaring adventure through space full of friendship, fun and flying saucers. Contains: one confused alien, two brave kids and a busted spaceship. For space cadets age five and up.

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How to Tour Your Show

Fringe Central

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Suitability: 12+

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. A common objective for artists participating in the Fringe is to create touring opportunities for their work. This seminar will talk about the various types of touring that exist, how you develop your networks, and how to plan, prepare and manage a tour. Featuring a panel of experts, including experienced touring companies and producers, and the British Council, we will discuss the benefits, complexities and logistics of touring in the UK and overseas. Panelists will be announced on Twitter through @fringecentral.

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Island Town

Roundabout @ Summerhall

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Suitability: 14+

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Kate, Sam and Pete are stuck. The town they live in doesn’t have much going on. But they don’t really care about that when they’ve got cheap cider and their whole lives ahead of them. And they’re going to break away anyway. Someone’s about to get a car. And all roads go somewhere else. Right? Island Town is a bittersweet story about friendship, hope and dreams of an escape. Written by Simon Longman, recipient of the 2018 George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright (Gundog: Royal Court, Milked: Pentabus Theatre Company).

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ISPA Series at the Fringe: Regional Focus – Latin America

Fringe Central

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Suitability: 12+

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe Participants. Latin America is a vast region representing many cultures. As the region’s cultural riches grow in global impact, there are many opportunities for exchange. In this discussion, we’ll learn of key access points and opportunities to begin a dialogue which develops your network.

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It’s True It’s True It’s True

Underbelly, Cowgate

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Suitability: 12+

Fringe First and Total Theatre Award-winning Breach (Tank, The Beanfield) restage the 1612 trial of Agostino Tassi for the rape of baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi. Based on surviving court transcripts, this new play dramatises the seven-month trial that gripped Renaissance Rome, and asks how much has changed in the last four centuries. Blending myth, history and contemporary commentary, this is the story of how a woman took revenge through her art to become one of the most successful painters of her generation. 'Theatrically ambitious and boldly political' (Guardian). Untapped Award winner 2018.

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Ladykiller

Pleasance Courtyard

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Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)

A chambermaid, a hotel room and a dead woman. It's not what it looks like, really, it's not. It was self-defence... and anyway, the woman was asking for it. The chambermaid considers herself to be a pretty normal person. She reads books. She goes to the cinema on a semi-regular basis. She even pretended to read the party manifestos at the General Election. She just wishes that people would be nicer to those who work in customer services. Ladykiller is a blood-soaked morality tale about social responsibility, zero-hours contracts, and victimhood – a jet-black comedy for the gig economy.

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Let's Inherit the Earth

Pleasance Courtyard

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Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)
Touch Tour 14th and 22nd of August. BSL interpreted by Catherine King.
World premiere. Global warming, environmental destruction, mass extinction – this is the life! Morna Pearson’s punky new climate change comedy with songs, directed by Ben Harrison, design by Ulla Karlsson, and music by Jonny Hardie. Award-winning Dogstar (The Sky is Safe, Mungo Park, The Tailor of Inverness) teams up with Sweden's Profilteatern, creating eighty minutes of absurd theatrical mayhem on the greatest existential threat outside The White House. A new Nordic comedy by a true original. 'One of the freshest, most fearless and taboo-busting voices to be heard anywhere right now' (Herald). 'Superb wit' (Scotsman).

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Lost in Thought

Underbelly, Cowgate

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Suitability: 16+

Felicity's on a fantastic date... except she's stuck in the restaurant toilet, trapped by nothing but her own alarming thoughts. A new play from Lucy Danser (**** WhatsOnStage.com for Rachael’s Cafe) about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, wasted potential and motherly love. Drawn both from extensive research and Danser’s first-hand experience of living with OCD, Lost in Thought is a thought-provoking and empathetic exploration of a condition more often used as a flippant punchline than truly understood as a life-altering neurological disorder. Developed with Soho Theatre Young Company.

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Lucy Frederick: Even More Naked

Underbelly, Bristo Square

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Suitability: 14+

Some years ago, comedian Lucy Frederick appeared in a reality TV show in which she had to get naked. Like, completely naked. No socks or anything. And while that might sound alarming, she's since discovered that actually, there's a far more terrifying way to get your bits and bobs out for other people. And you don't even have to take your coat off. 'A genuinely gifted performer. Fabulous!' **** (Scotsman) 'Delivered to a packed house... A strong and diverse show' **** (ThreeWeeks). 'Like catching up with a best friend' **** (TheWeeReview.com).

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Making Your Show Accessible: The Basics

Fringe Central

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Suitability: 12+

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Join Birds of Paradise Theatre Company for a conversation about how they creatively build accessibility into their productions. From simple tips to an explanation of more complicated terms, they will guide you through how they approach Creative Access.

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My Left / Right Foot – The Musical

Assembly Roxy

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Suitability: 16+ (Guideline)
BSL interpreted by Natalie MacDonald.
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'. What could be better than the Oscar-winning My Left Foot? The only snag is they can't find any disabled actors – but that never stopped Daniel Day-Lewis! Original music by award-winning partnership Scott Gilmour and Claire McKenzie with additional songs by Richard Thomas ('Jerry Springer – The Opera'). Birds of Paradise and National Theatre of Scotland present this hilarious new musical, celebrating BOP's 25th anniversary. www.madeinscotlandshowcase.com

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Never Vera Blue

Summerhall

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Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
'It's hard to know things, isn't it? Have you ever found that, it's really hard to know.' She's five foot ten. She's almost certain. But if she was the size she thinks she is she couldn't be here and if she doesn't even know her own dimensions, what hope is there at all? From the city to the Kent coast, from a war-torn land to the pit of the stomach, this unmissable new play follows one woman's journey to regain her identity and explores just what it means to be made to doubt yourself.

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Nine Foot Nine

Assembly Rooms

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Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)

What would happen if every single self-identifying woman across the world grew to be nine foot tall? Critically acclaimed Sleepless Theatre Company return to the Edinburgh Fringe with LET Award-nominated Nine Foot Nine. This feminist dystopia exploring the limits of gendered power has been showcased at venues including the Royal Court and was chosen to run at the Bunker Theatre as part of their Breaking Out season. Praise for past productions: 'Mind-blowing' ***** (ThreeWeeks). 'Captivating' **** (FringeGuru.com). 'Physical and beautiful' **** (BroadwayBaby.com).

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One Life Stand

Roundabout @ Summerhall

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Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)

This performance uses Captioning Tablets, there is a limited number available for this/each performance. Please contact the Access Booking Team to book your captioning unit.

When we can have sex whenever we want, with whomever we want, why settle for a normal relationship? With the promise of fresh excitement just a swipe away, is Kat’s long-term lover her lifelong dream? One-Life Stand is a late-night search for intimacy across a hyperconnected, hypersexual city, exposing the loneliness sometimes found in modern relationships, where expectations of love and lust are ever-changing. Written by Eve Nicol with music by James Frewer and Honeyblood, this is brand-new gig theatre from the award-winning company behind All We Ever Wanted Was Everything.

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Orpheus

Summerhall

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Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)

This performance uses Captioning Tablets, there is a limited number available for this/each performance. Please contact the Access Booking Team to book your captioning unit.

When we can have sex whenever we want, with whomever we want, why settle for a normal relationship? With the promise of fresh excitement just a swipe away, is Kat’s long-term lover her lifelong dream? One-Life Stand is a late-night search for intimacy across a hyperconnected, hypersexual city, exposing the loneliness sometimes found in modern relationships, where expectations of love and lust are ever-changing. Written by Eve Nicol with music by James Frewer and Honeyblood, this is brand-new gig theatre from the award-winning company behind All We Ever Wanted Was Everything.

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Pelican: Fisk

Bedlam Theatre

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Suitability: 14+

Brand-new whirlwind comedy by the critically acclaimed Pelican (makers of The Cat Man Curse). Blending surreal narratives with playful and interactive comedy, Fisk is madcap, uplifting and hugely entertaining. Fresh from a run at the Soho Theatre, Pelican’s hotly anticipated follow-up show is not to be missed. 'A wonderland of absurd sketches and characters, tied together with the thread of a wonderfully eccentric story' ***** (AYoungerTheatre.com). 'A joy to watch' **** (List). 'Wildly funny' ***** (BroadwayBaby.com).

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Propeller

Pleasance Courtyard

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Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)

So you want to change the world? Really? You? You Instagram checking, avo-smashing, coconut-flat-white sipping loser? Yeah, the world sucks sometimes – OK, a lot. But you can't do anything about it. Can you? This show says yes, yes you can. Maybe. If you ever feel frustrated about the way things are but don't know what to do about it, this is the show for you. A devised piece about power and the possibility of change, directed by double Fringe First winner Caitlin Skinner and co-created by The Network Ensemble.

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Queens of Sheba

Underbelly, Cowgate

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Suitability: 12+

Queens of Sheba tells the stories of four black women who have been turned away from a night club for 'being too black' (based on the Dstrkt night spot incident of 2015). The drama focuses on the rise of Misogynoir (misogyny directed towards black women where race and gender both play roles in bias). It is the story of strong passionate women who fight to overcome the terrors of oppression in a racist and sexist society. Queens of Sheba is a journey that travels through some of the harsh realities of our time. Untapped Award winner 2018.

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Red Shoes

Pleasance Courtyard

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Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)

A reimagining of Hans Christian Andersen's tale, the 'superbly talented' (List) Young Pleasance bring the glitz, glamour, and seedy underworld of interwar Berlin to life with characteristic high production values, 'sheer professionalism and talent' (EdinburghGuide.com). Follow Lotta as her Red Shoes lead her on a rags-to-riches journey from the steps of the orphanage through the hedonism of its dance halls, and finally as an actress on the silver screen as Germany teeters on the brink of disaster. Vivaciously light with disturbingly dark undertones. 'Always one of the hottest tickets at the Fringe' (The730Review.co.uk).

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Sirens

Pleasance Courtyard

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Suitability: 12+
This show is accessible for d/Deaf and hard of hearing audiences. It has captioning throughout and the actors use both B.S.L. and spoken English. This does mean that our music is going to be loud, but we will provide ear defenders for any audience member who would prefer to wear them. The story is told using lots of visual story-telling, movement and projection. The performance includes a Deaf actor.
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.

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Sisterhood

Pleasance Courtyard

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Suitability: 16+

A fearless adventure into the dark heart of a paradigm shift... Three women, aged 20, 40 and 60 (but not a virgin, mother or hag in sight), set about unpicking the fine weave of existence, re-examining with fresh and furious eyes, threads such as gender, fertility, sexual assault and the state of feminism today. What taboos need eating? Which sacred cows should we slaughter? And what will help us to thrive? As the analogue world disappears into the mists of time... What kind of world are we leaving to our daughters of the digital age?

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Songlines

Pleasance Courtyard

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Suitability: 14+ (Restriction)

Stevie is 17. She’s peak cool, or so she thinks. In the middle of the wide-eyed stagger from girlhood to womanhood Stevie is sent to live in the middle of nowhere with her Grandma. Suffolk – the home of doggers, folklore and Stan. Stan is peak geek, not that he knows. There are secrets in the marshland, songs that will show Stevie the way. Interwoven with beautiful live folk music from award-winning band TRILLS. Songlines is a coming-of-age love story in all its awkward teen glory.

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Sparks

Pleasance Courtyard

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Suitability: 14+ (Restriction)

'Fall in love in my early 20s, get married in my late 20s, have at least one child by the time I'm 30. F*ck!' Life is hard to navigate when you've got so many questions. Can I put this jumper in the washing machine? Do you have my birth certificate? Where did you find love? How did you do it? How do you survive? A story of a kamikaze love affair with unexpected consequences. Hilarious and heartbreaking, weaving spoken text with a live original score. Sparks is a two-hander musical about the brain's response to grief.

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A State of Mind

Underbelly, Cowgate

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Suitability: 16+

There is never a dull moment with Billie. She'll have you laughing and crying through her daringly dark and wonky life! A one-woman verbatim play about the struggles in life and how we overcome them. Dealing with mental health, the use of medicinal and recreational drugs and how relationships form the ways in which we live and share ourselves with others. Billie bares all. The good, the ugly and the downright painful.

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Sticks and Stones

Roundabout @ Summerhall

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Suitability: 14+

This performance uses Captioning Tablets, there is a limited number available for this/each performance. Please contact the Access Booking Team to book your captioning unit.

'So we're clear. You know, right? You know I’m not that kind of person.' Sometimes we can’t find the right words. Sometimes the wrong word just slips out. Sometimes the right words become the wrong words. Sometimes that ruins everything. When a misfiring joke turns their life upside down, B sets off on a surreal journey looking for answers. In an age when technology multiplies every mistake, can we find a way to understand each other? A razor-sharp satire about the search for a sure footing in an uncertain world from BAFTA-nominated Vinay Patel.

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Sugar Baby by Alan Harris

Roundabout @ Summerhall

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Suitability: 14+

This performance uses Captioning Tablets, there is a limited number available for this/each performance. Please contact the Access Booking Team to book your captioning unit.

It will be closed captioned, as captions appear on a hand-held private ipad device
Being a small-time drug dealer in Cardiff is tough. Marc avoids his mum, disguises his cannabis plants with fake tomatoes at the allotment, and now has to bail his old man out of £6,000 owed to local loan shark Oggy. When he meets Lisa for the first time in years, things get even messier. Oggy wants Lisa. Lisa wants Marc. Marc wants to survive the day. Critically acclaimed one-man comedy from award-winning Welsh company Dirty Protest. ‘The packed audience loves it’ **** (Scotsman). ‘Theatrical tour de force’ **** (Times).

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This Is Your Trial

Just the Tonic at The Caves

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Suitability: 16+
Front row seats can be reserved for those who need to see the screen clearly.
The UK's only courtroom-based improvised comedy is back for a sixth year. New venue, new time, same 'perfect bit of improv mayhem' ***** (Mirror). Guest comedians as lawyers, prosecuting and defending charges set against you. Award-winning and critically acclaimed. Book your seat for jury service! Previous acts include Clive Anderson, Tim Fitzhigham, Al Murray, Marcus Brigstocke, Thom Tuck, Trevor Lock, Susan Calman, Josie Long, Pippa Evans, Andrew Maxwell and many more... 'A guilty pleasure' (Scottish Daily Mail). 'The only court where the law isn't an ass, but the lawyers are!' (Al Murray).

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3 Years, 1 Week and a Lemon Drizzle

Underbelly, Bristo Square

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Suitability: 12+

The show pieces together Alexandra and Kate Donnachie's sometimes heartbreaking but often hilarious memories of growing up together and managing their close bond when older sister, Alexandra, developed a severe eating disorder. When Alexandra (finally) decided to ask Kate what that time was like for her, she began cooking up ideas for this autobiographical show – albeit before Kate agreed to be in it. This is a performance that recalls on touching memories, shares laugh-out-loud anecdotes and melts Mars bars to bring to stage a story about living with an eating disorder.

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Tori Scott Is #Thirsty

Underbelly, Bristo Square

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Suitability: 16+

Celebrating poor life choices and an unconditional love of vodka, direct from New York City. This Garland for the Grindr era is 'a force to be reckoned with' (BroadwayWorld.com), desperate to escape Trumpland and be let loose on Scotland! Join Tori and her band The Shame Spirals on an audacious musical journey of slurred autobiographical stories and songs she stole from other people. Set to the music of Lady Gaga, Queen, Edith Piaf, Pink and more. You're in for 'an absolute thrill' (HuffingtonPost.com). 'Sheer delight... what a marvel' ***** (BritishTheatre.com).

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Tremor

Roundabout @ Summerhall

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Suitability: 16+

Captioned by Plaines Plough using individual tablets rather than one dedicated screen.
Sherman Theatre: Regional Theatre of the Year – The Stage Awards 2018. Once our lives are touched by tragedy, can we ever truly move on? Sophie and Tom’s relationship fell apart in the aftermath of a catastrophe. Four years on and as they come face to face once again, the aftershocks of that fateful day can still be felt. Tremor is a play about now. It’s about how we choose to see things and live our lives in a world riven with anxiety and division. This new play by Brad Birch (Black Mountain, Roundabout 2017) promises a tense experience.

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User Not Found

Traverse at Jeelie Piece café

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Suitability: 16+ (Guideline)

It's the moment of your death. There's a magic button. Do you delete your entire online legacy? Or do you keep it and leave the choice for someone else? User Not Found is about our digital identities after we die. This new play by celebrated site-specific company Dante or Die and pioneering writer Chris Goode is performed in Jeelie Piece cafe, through smartphones and headphones; become a fly on the wall as one man is faced with keeping or deleting. A story of contemporary grief unfolds through this intimate, funny performance that interrogates our need for connection.

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Vivarium

Bedlam Theatre

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Suitability: 16+

'Anto Devlin is baying for my blood and they’ve promised it to him…' Paul has done the worst thing he could do and now they’re after him. Euan thinks they’re going to run away together and nothing will stop them. Vivarium is a play for anyone who’s ever got themselves into serious trouble, for anyone who has ever run out of friends and run out of places to hide. Savagely dark and bitterly funny, Vivarium is a play for anyone who has taken the wrong road, to the very end.

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What Did You Say You Do? You're an Actor?

Fringe Central

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Suitability: 12+

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Which distinctive traits compel us to pursue a career as an actor? This informal discussion will bring rare perspectives, amusing reflections and honest insights from a selection of consummate actors, exploring their myriad paths to success, and the failures that got them there. Previous guests include Monica Dolan, George Wendt, Myriam Margoles and many others. Follow @FringeCentral for this year’s guests.

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Whose Story Is It Anyway?

Fringe Central

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Suitability: 12+

Part of the Fringe Central Events Programme for Fringe participants. Our stages, our stories. Engaging discussion examining the representation of disabled lives on stage and the impact of casting choices. As Birds of Paradise Theatre Company celebrate 25 years, join Artistic Director Robert Gale and National Theatre of Scotland's Dramaturg Rosie Kellagher to examine themes of cultural representation raised during their co-production of My Left/Right Foot. Getting it wrong versus getting it right – what does it look like?

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