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Have a look through our selection of Theatre Shows! We are sure To have something you'll want to see in Edinburgh this August - from children's shows to cabaret; standup comedy to tragic drama. There's something for everyone at the Free Festival!


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Down it Fresher!

Down it Fresher!

Theatre

Down it Fresher!

Theatre

AUG 1-11 at 19:15 (60 min) - Free
Bier Keller, Picardy Place / Courtside

After getting dragged along to the smelliest, most infamous night club in Edinburgh by her new friends, Frida the Fresher meets Matt, a posh English guy from the rival university. It’s love at first sight, but only for Frida. Grab your pals and a pint and come along on Frida’s journey as she tries to win Matt over and learns to navigate the many unwritten rules of university life without dying from alcohol poisoning. A hilariously honest play about being a student, falling in love and finding yourself. (And failing miserably)....


Drunk Lion

Drunk Lion

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Drunk Lion

Theatre

AUG 1-4, 7-19, 21-25 at 17:00 (60 min) - Free
The Newsroom / The Downstairs Bar

Drunk Lion Written & performed by Chris Davis Directed by Mary Tuomanen Drunk Lion follows an alcoholic Lion who spends his days drinking into oblivion in a cantina, until he meets Chris, a young foreigner learning how to speak Spanish. The unlikely pair forge an intoxicated bond over life, love, and alcohol. "...imaginative, free-flowing story-telling of very high quality." - Wee Review ★★★★★ "...an excellent and thought-provoking show which makes a metaphor come alive." - Three Weeks ★★★★ "...a potent success." -...


Girl Bully

Girl Bully

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Girl Bully

Theatre

AUG 1-10 at 20:00 (60 min) - Free
The Place / The Baird

Two bitches (Mary and Mary) explore the meaning of the word ‘bitch’ in an evening of comedy and theater. With appearances from our childhood selves, mean alter egos, Ann Coulter, and various other bitches past, present and fictional, we will attempt to get to the bottom of this enigmatic word and how it has come to shape the female experience. Directed by Monica Jones Diaz and in collaboration with Rock Rising Productions. ...


Goodbye Charles

Goodbye Charles

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Goodbye Charles

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AUG 19-25 at 14:25 (60 min) - Free
The City Café / Nineties

"I ate the divorce papers, Charles. I ate them with ketchup...and they were good. Gooood!" We are very pleased to present to you the dark comedy and growing cult hit Goodbye Charles, written by American playwright Gabriel Davis. Jill's husband Charles mysteriously disappears after she refuses to grant him a divorce. Concerned something has happened to her husband, Jill follows a string of clues to try and find out the secret Charles was keeping from her... ...


I Am the Horrible Thing

I Am the Horrible Thing

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I Am the Horrible Thing

Theatre

AUG 1-2, 5, 8 at 11:00 (60 min) - Free
The Free Sisters / The Wee Room

Greg will give you £5 if you come to this show. No joke. The first 10 people to come and stay the whole time will get £5. Greg almost died on vacation in Costa Rica. Now he wants to tell you the whole funny/sad story and about the time he painted his penis purple in Hawaii. This is a true story. Greg is a lifelong improv comic, but in this show he does something a little different. He does not go for the quick laugh. He relives his near-death experience so deeply you won't know if he gets out alive until the very end. 'Deeply effecting life-or-death story' (Charleston City Paper)....


Jock Tamson's Bairns

Jock Tamson's Bairns

Theatre

Jock Tamson's Bairns

Theatre

AUG 21-22, 25 at 19:00 (180 min) - Free
Ghillie Dhu / Auditorium

Part drag, part interactive cabaret, this 180-minute theatrical experience, created by Civil Disobedience, explores queer culture, growing up gay in the 1990s and the bystander effect. Set in an after-hours gay bar where the audience is invited to speak their mind, it mixes scripted elements of storytelling with live music performances and open space discussion. No topic is taboo, but a respect for your fellow humans is compulsory. 'Consistently powerful' (List). 'An attitude of collectiveness and comfort that few companies achieve' (Skinny). 'The most intriguing production being staged in Edi...


Johnny Depp: A Retrospective On Late-Stage Capitalism

Johnny Depp: A Retrospective On Late-Stage Capitalism

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Johnny Depp: A Retrospective On Late-Stage Capitalism

Theatre

AUG 1-10 at 15:00 (60 min) - Free
The Place / The Baird

Join Johnny Depp — preteen heartthrob turned wino forever — for a retrospective on every film of his entire career, even the ones we didn’t watch, in order to ask... what happened? Toss your golden doubloons, scissorhands memorabilia, and embarrassing fan letters onto the shrine turned dumpster fire Depp has created for himself. Part ritual & part drunken singalong, Johnny Depp: a Retrospective features rum, promiscuity, and $30,000 worth of candles by which we can pay to watch the Rich consume us all. Jenna Kuerzi as Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow as Johnny Depp as Late Stage Capitalism as Jack...


Jumping The Barriers

Jumping The Barriers

Theatre

Jumping The Barriers

Theatre

AUG 19-25 at 15:00 (60 min) - Free
The Place / The Baird

“Jumping the Barriers” tells the story of a chance meeting on a train between a wealthy young graduate and a homeless northerner, and how this dramatic mirror casts light on the inequality of our society. James seemingly has it all – a good job, a nice flat in London, and a girlfriend who loves him. Everything is sorted. And that’s the problem. Nothing exciting ever happens to him. Enter Nathan, a streetwise scouser who is homeless and has just bunked on the train. Their short train journey shows us how first impressions can be deceiving, how we often take a lot for granted and that we always ...



Losing My Mindfulness

Losing My Mindfulness

Theatre

Losing My Mindfulness

Theatre

AUG 9-25 at 18:40 (60 min) - Free
Cabaret Voltaire / Cinema Room

Do you want to feel calmer, more focused and relaxed? Imagine a life where daily stress just floats by like a cloud in the sky, not a rain cloud, a nice one, a fluffy one. Yeah, do you want that? You know you do, don’t you? Join me at my mindfulness workshop where we can leave our baggage behind and be in the moment, even if that moment is not quite what you thought it would be, cos hey, what is?! Sometimes that moment is f*cking terrible. I’m joking. See, mindfulness can be fun. Fun and calm....


Mother and the Monster

Mother and the Monster

Theatre

Mother and the Monster

Theatre

AUG 19-25 at 21:45 (60 min) - Free/By donation
The Golf Tavern / Upstairs

How long can you keep a secret? Charlotte White is a retired prop-maker who once worked with some of Hollywood's greatest legends. Her sudden disappearance from the world of film has been much discussed but the truth has never been revealed...can a young journalist change that? When Charlotte agrees to an interview, she is hoping she'll be able to keep the details of her history private. But a voice from the cupboard keeps telling her to finally tell the world the truth. “A funny and poignant piece of theatre” -www.alledinburghtheatre.com “Certainly set[s] the bar high…incredibly qui...


My Mother's Shoes

My Mother's Shoes

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My Mother's Shoes

Theatre

AUG 3-11, 13-18, 20-25 at 12:15 (60 min) - Free
Bar 50 / Upstairs

Some women aspire to wearing their mother’s shoes. As children, we might have dressed up in them. Later in life, we may follow in our mother’s footsteps intentionally, or because of how we’ve been moulded. Performer and writer Karola Gajda’s mum was sent by Stalin from her homeland Poland to a Siberian gulag at the age of three in 1940. The Red Cross reunited Karola’s mum with father, who had been sent to a different gulag, in the UK, seventeen years later. It was meant to be a happy time, but she then fell ill with a mystery illness. Fighting for her life on a UK ward without a scrap of Engl...


Object of Desire

Object of Desire

Theatre

Object of Desire

Theatre

AUG 12-25 at 11:05 (60 min) - Free
The Pear Tree / Pear Tree Indoor Stage

"With a tripod, a clothes hanger and an overcoat, Cora Todd, an emerging Scottish performance artist creates a dark, humorous and unsettling performance that is unlike any other I've seen" M Sherin (Rose Bruford). A nostalgic view of a 1950's relationship through not so rose tinted spectacles, Object of Desire is a performance like no other. This unique, one woman show blends comedy and drama with authentic and contemporary elements that will leave you questioning issues of consent, relationships and sexism that still resonate today. Cora incorporates music, movement and puppetry to object ...


The Presented

The Presented

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The Presented

Theatre

AUG 1-25 at 13:45 (60 min) - Free
The Place / The Baird

A struggling artist working at a movie theater, Chris goes on a surreal adventure into his subconscious while popping popcorn. From childhood moments to famous 19th century actresses, armadillos and fog machines, The Presented is a funny and insightful look at success and rejection in the modern world. "A strikingly original writer & performer." - The Scotsman "The Spalding Gray of Philly." - Broad St. Review ...


Tom Short's Wheel of Misfortune

Tom Short's Wheel of Misfortune

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Tom Short's Wheel of Misfortune

Theatre

AUG 1-25 at 12:45 (60 min) - Free
The Free Sisters / Maggie's Chamber

Tom Short is a performance artist, an entertainer who exists in the moment, He has been described as fantastic Impish, Snazzy, authentic, Nerd, Affable, Random, Extraordinary, remarkable, phenomenal, exceptional, astounding, inspiring Unassuming, Eccentric and lovable. Incorporating tricksterism and charm and utilises an interdisciplinary seen more on the continent and rarely seen in the UK arts scene. Taking influence from Andy Kaufman, Lee Evans, Kanye West, Westwood Steptoe and son and more. ...


What Are You Wearing?

What Are You Wearing?

Theatre

What Are You Wearing?

Theatre

AUG 19-25 at 20:00 (60 min) - Free
The Place / The Baird

"What Are You Wearing?" tells the story of two women. Sarah has just come out of a long term on-off relationship and has not had to date for over ten years. From Tinder to Twitter and from selfies to dick pics, Sarah is thrust into 21st century dating and has no idea what to do. Her long suffering friend Mel however is a serial dater but is yet to find a man. Through a series of horrific dates we see the pressures women have to contend with on a daily basis, how modern dating comes with more expectations than ever before and how appearances aren’t everything and you should never judge a book b...


Who Did I Think She Was?

Who Did I Think She Was?

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Who Did I Think She Was?

Theatre

AUG 1-25 at 19:55 (60 min) - Free
Cabaret Voltaire / Cinema Room

Peter Henderson returns with his new one-man show following his 5-star Edinburgh Fringe hit of 2014 – Who Did I Think I Was? Who Did I Think She Was? Written and performed by Peter Henderson Directed by Dan Ayling In this brand new show, we follow Peter as he travels from stuttering schoolboy to bald old git via weekend hippy, bingo caller, punk and speed freak in his increasingly desperate search for love. Accompanied by the enigmatic Shirley, Peter struggles through the perils of adolescent backstreet fumbles, cross dressing and addiction, to face the awful horror of gro...