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Top 20 Edinburgh Fringe Festival Shows!



It's the last weekend of the Fringe! Here's our Recommendations for the 20 Best Edinburgh Fringe Festival shows you can still catch!


 

1. BROTIPO

Children's Show - Circus - Clown


11:55am - Assembly George Square Gardens


Crazy Canadian circus for the young, premiering in Edinburgh after visiting 16 countries!


Emily (Age 8) - ★★★★★

"It was great, it was fabulous and amazing WOW!!"


Read our Reviews HERE



Mix Up Theatre with Les Foutoukours...


 

2. CIRQUE BERSERK!

Circus - Family - Theatre


13:30 / 18:30 - Pleasance at EICC


Britain's biggest theatre-circus spectacular and sell-out smash hit returns.


Meg (Age 9) - ★★★★★

"Wow! Thrilling. The clowns were my favourite."


Read our Reviews HERE



Mix Up Theatre with Cirque Berserk!...



 

3. POLICE COPS: THE MUSICAL

Age 12+

Comedy - Theatre


19:00 - Assembly George Sauare Studios


USA, 1985: Rookie Police Cop Jimmy Johnson joined the force to protect and serve... But now Jimmy's in deep, partnered up with a renegade Police Cop and leaned on by a racist Chief. With guns loaded and safety catches off, Jimmy's on a freewheeling adventure from the mean streets of America to Mexico, where destiny awaits in the form of grizzled ex-Police Cop Juanita Gonzalez.


Erin (Age 12) - ★★★★★

"From witty comedy to deathly funny moments this show has it all!"


Read our Reviews HERE



Mix Up Theatre with Police Cops...



 

4. THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING...EARNEST?

Theatre - Comedy - Interactive


13:30 - Pleasance Courtyard


A faithful revival of Wilde's classic play is in chaos after the actors start dropping like flies. Will you step into the spotlight, tread the boards and save the show?


Ellie (Age 12) - ★★★★★

"I really liked this show as it was very funny."


Read our Reviews HERE



Mix Up Theatre with Say it Again, Sorry...



 

5. SHLOMO'S BEATBOX ADVENTURE FOR KIDS

Children's Show - Hip-Hop/Breakin' - Music


12:05pm - Pleasance Courtyard


World record-breaking beatboxer SK Shlomo makes mad music with his mouth and has performed around the world with legends like Bjork, Ed Sheeran and Rudimental.


Phoebe (Age 8) - ★★★★★

"I thought they were very enthusiastic and I loved how they were so nice and the show was incredible"


Read our Reviews HERE



Mix Up Theatre with SK Shlomo...



 

6. YELLOW BIRD CHASE

Children's Show - Physical Theatre - Puppetry


12:00pm - Assembly George Square Studios


50 minutes. A clownish maintenance crew finds a magical bird, and a mad chase begins.






Mix Up Theatre with Liars and Believers...



 

7. SPACE HIPPO

Theatre - Puppetry - Sci-Fi


10:20am - Assembly George Square


Earth is dying. We can't do anything to stop it. Our only hope is to launch a hippo into space. Along the way she will encounter new worlds, strange alien creatures and end up at the centre of an intergalactic war. Hilarious, weird and epic science fiction from Japan, experienced through award-winning cinematic shadow puppetry.



Mix Up Theatre with Mochinosha Puppet Company...



 

8. IS THIS A DAGGER?

Children's Show - Theatre - Storytelling


11:30am - Scottish Storytelling Centre


By the pricking of my thumb, something wicked this way comes. Andy Cannon returns to the Netherbow stage to tell Shakespeare’s classic, taking audiences on a thousand-year journey from fact to fiction and back again.


Magnus (Age 11) - ★★★★★

“I really enjoyed Is this a Dagger at the Scottish Storytelling centre. It’s named after the line Macbeth said before he killed Duncan. I give it eleventeen stars out of five!"


Read our Reviews HERE


 

9. MR CHONKERS

Age 16+

Comedy - Absurdist - Clown


23:55pm - Monkey Barrel Comedy (Carnivore)


It's a solo show. A clown show. It's comedy. It's absurd. Simple. Outrageous. It’s terrible. An important waste of your time. It's great. Please strongly consider all of this information before coming. Or don’t. But nothing in-between.


Stewart - ★★★★★

“Bizarre, bonkers nonsense that had me in tears of laughter. Could be the funniest show at the festival!"


 

10. SPLASH TEST DUMMIES

Children's Show - Circus - Comedy


12:05pm - Underbelly's Circus Hub on the Meadows


Rub-a-dub-dub, The Dummies are back with their 'splashingly awesome adventure' (EdinburghFestivalsForKids.com) set to drown you in tears of laughter.




Mix Up Theatre with Dummies Corp...



 

11. WITH THE DEVIL'S ASSISTANCE

Age 16+

Theatre - Storytelling - Music


16:45 - Scottish Storytelling Centre


Sit down, I’ll tell you a story. Maggie Osborne made a deal with the devil to bring prosperity to the high street, and built a business in just one night with Auld Horny himself. The deal was a cracker and the town boomed, so the people burnt Maggie alive. The deal broke though and whilst I’m not saying any of this is true… just look at the state of Scotland's high streets now. Call a town meeting!


Stewart - ★★★★★

“"This is impeccable storytelling, the hour flies by with performer Shona Cowe's beautifully artculated and detailed account of an infamous woman of the high streets of years gone by. With cheeky humour and brilliant musical accompaniment accordionist Neil Sutcliffe, this is one of the most memorable shows at the festival this year. Deserves more audience so go see it!"


 

12. LIVING A LITTLE

Age 14+

Theatre - Comedy - Drama


11:00am - Pleasance Courtyard


With not a zombie in sight, we are taken into a sanctuary of "normality" while the outside world rots... In a secure flat, complete with a TV, a sound system, video games and enough alcohol to host a Scottish wedding, we meet Rob, an ill-mannered, politically incorrect Scottish lad and Paul, a very chirpy, kind-hearted Northerner. The arrival of battle-hardened Penelope disrupts the status quo as she challenges their way of life whilst seeking relative comfort and safety after living out in the wild of a zombie apocalypse.


Stewart - ★★★★★

"A very funny take on your typical zombie apocalypse story. Two friends are holed up in an apartment and a new member joins the group - hence some mayhem ensues. The cast are great together and the jokes fly fast and the show breathes new life into a genre that's starting to get a little stale elsewhere. So don't put the thought of zombies put you off but if you are a zombie fan, then it's definitely worth catching."


 

13. FANTASTICALLY GREAT WOMEN WHO CHANGED THE WORLD

Musical


13:30 - Pleasance Courtyard


The Fringe premiere of new kickass-pirational pop musical from one of the producers of hit SIX, that celebrates the lives of Frida Kahlo, Rosa Parks, Emmeline Pankhurst and many more.



Art (Age 8) - ★★★★★

"I liked the opening scene it was really fun and made me want to know what was going to happen next. The actors changed their costumes so quick it was really cool.

I learnt about Frida Kahlo at the art club I go to, I liked that bit the best because I learnt more about her. I also liked the musicians because at first I thought they were paintings but then they moved and started playing.

I recommend this play. I give it 5 stars. "


Read our Reviews HERE


 

14. KIRI PRITCHARD-MCLEAN

Age 16+

Comedy - Stand-Up


19:05 - Monkey Barrel Comedy - Barrel 3


Kiri Pritchard-McLean is back and a lot has happened over the last few years. She’s moved back to her home island of Anglesey and gotten some rescue chickens. You can expect jokes about skinny jeans, learning Welsh and white supremacy – something for everyone.


Stewart - ★★★★★

""Kiri is at the top of her game at the moment and this delightfully hilarious set is the perfect platform for her instantly likeable and relatable brand of comedy. Kiri pokes just as much fun at herself than anything else but she's an assured and accomplished female comedian who is knocking it out of the park at the moment and there's some profound thoughts in there as well as she holds up a mirror to society. Great stuff."


 

15. AVA BEAUX - WHICH WITCH

Age 18+

Cabaret and Variety - Magic - Theatre


21:15 - PBH's Free Fringe @ CC Blooms


Ava loved being onstage, it’s where she had control. That was before she discovered her unsettling alter-ego Beaux. Beaux finds humans fascinating, but controlling her magic around them can be tricky. In this blend of magic and theatre, watch as two halves of one magician compete.

Stewart - ★★★★

"A very nicely crafted magic show here with an intriguing set-up. Our host has been split into two personas and this sprightly magic show is performed with gusto by Ava Beaux. There's some really great tricks in here as well that had the audience scratching their heads in awe. A fun, sweet show but with a tinge of darkness and danger. The ending is pretty special too. Go see it!"

 

16. LIFE'S A DRAG

Age 18+

Cabaret and Variety - Drag - Comedy


18:00 - Laughing Horse @ The Pear Tree - Free Festival


Winner of Best Cabaret and Variety Show at Fringe World 2022 Life's a Drag takes you on a reality-shaking rollercoaster ride of what it really takes to be a queen! Australian vocal powerhouse Dean Misdale recounts side-splitting real-life encounters whilst giving you a behind the scenes look into the world of drag.

Stewart - ★★★★

""Dean Misdale is a fantastic singer and commands the tiny stage in The Pear Tree. We're maybe a bit done hearing about how everyone coped with lockdowns by now but there's still plenty of laughs in the stories re-accounted here. A great first drag show for anyone to go along to. An enjoyable hour to start your evening with a likeable and very talented hostess."


 

17. THUNDERSTRUCK

Age 12+

Theatre - Storytelling - Music


20:30 - ZOO Southside


Thunderstruck is an international award-winning production concerning the legacy and mythology of a Pitlochry bin man, who flew beyond the summit of his art and changed Scottish music forever by defying established tradition and pushing to the absolute edge of what was possible. Take whatever romantic notions you have of the bagpipes and leave them at the door.


Stewart - ★★★★

"Scottish humour and storytelling is on fine form in this fantastic one man (and an awesome band) show where Colvin recounts his finding his passion for bagpiping and the old timer who showed him new ways of playing. Colvin is a talented storyteller and paints his scenes vividly, the time flies by and the sparse use of music and the bagpipes themselves is interspersed throughout perfectly. One of these shows that makes you proud to be Scottish even if you have never touched a bagpipe in your life!"


Read our Reviews HERE


 

18. CONFETTI

Age 12+

Theatre - Comedy - LGBT


14:20 - Assembly George Square - The Box


Uptight and unlucky in love, Felix is the 'mate of honour' for his best friend's wedding. It'll be perfect... as long as there are no distractions. A queer romcom from Will Jackson ('Rising Comic Star' (Attitude)).



Stewart - ★★★★

"The actor Will Jackson gives a terrificly fun performance as Felix who is a gay man organising his best female friend's hen-do. There's plenty of laughs to be had in this odd venue (a box container) that adds to the intimacy of the retelling of the account of Felix's story. Worth catching!"


 

19. RAILED

Age 18+

Physical Theatre - Circus - Comedy - Acrobatics


18:35 - Assembly George Square Gardens


Welcome to Railed, a western-themed circus spectacular, combining the trademark physical talents, finely chiselled bodies and hilarious comic timing of the Head First Acrobats.



Mix Up Theatre with Head First Acrobats...



 

20. BUBBLE SHOW FOR ADULTS ONLY

Age 18+