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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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Apradhini - Women without Men

Apradhini - Women without Men

Theatre

Apradhini - Women without Men

Theatre

The Counting House / The Ballroom
AUG 22-28 at 11:30 (60 min) - Pay What You Can

Book a PWYC Ticket in advance for this show to guarantee entry, or turn up at the venue for free with the option of donating at the end of the show

'Apradhini': is a narration of five stories from 'Apradhini: Women Without Men', written by 'Shivani' Gaura Pant (translated into English by Ira Pande). The stories are real-life experiences of the author with women who have been imprisoned and given life sentences for crimes that include murder, dacoity and armed robbery. As an invitee to one of the prisons on the occasion of Holi, she journals the tales of the women she meets. The five stories are of: Chanuli, a pahari girl imprisoned for killing an upper caste Hindu woman of her village. What the judge did not notice during the case’s tr...


Boy- Looking For Friends

Boy- Looking For Friends

Theatre

Boy- Looking For Friends

Theatre

Bar 50 / The Garden Room
AUG 4-14, 16-28 at 11:15 (60 min) - Free & Unticketed

Just turn up at the venue, entry is first-come, first-served for everyone. Donations at the end of the show

"Boy Looking For Friends" A family friendly theatrical solo clown show. Full of simple, touching poetry of great depth. Built on the smallest mask in the world – the red nose! Boy dreams of becoming his pirate idol Jack Sparrow. Together with the bear Paddington, the crocodile Crock, he sets out on a floating suitcase on an adventurous journey through his deepest fears, overcoming a real and metaphorical ocean of loneliness. Show is a journey to a place beyond time and space, where everything becomes alive and real - including a plush toy, a floating suitcase and a broom that turns ...


Cordelia Butters Investigates

Cordelia Butters Investigates

Theatre

Cordelia Butters Investigates

Theatre

The Counting House / The Attic
AUG 4-18 at 12:00 (45 min) - Pay What You Can

Book a PWYC Ticket in advance for this show to guarantee entry, or turn up at the venue for free with the option of donating at the end of the show

A spoof “true crime documentary*” with all the ingredients of your favourite true crime docs! A mysterious murder of a victim, pushed down the stairs and hidden in the town’s water supply. A corrupt police force planting evidence. I’m Cordelia Butters and this is my “award winning podcast**”.  (*May not be based on a true crime. **May not be a real podcast. Awards pending)   The debut solo show from ‘Crime Scene Impro’s’ Sarah Kempton. Reviews for previous productions: "Kempton shines... superb physical comedy"(The Stage) “A masterclass in acting” - Stagey Lady "Flawless, energetic, pe...


Daylight

Daylight

Theatre

Daylight

Theatre

32 Below / Little Cellar
AUG 15-28 at 11:30 (60 min) - Free & Unticketed

Just turn up at the venue, entry is first-come, first-served for everyone. Donations at the end of the show

In a steel-lined basement on a near-future Thursday morning, Conor and Julia are waiting for the world to end. Julia has spent her life plagued by visions of darkness, and today is the day when, according to one of her dreams, Britain will be wiped out by a nuclear strike. No one but Conor has ever believed her. They have prepared to spend years underground together, waiting for the radiation to clear and dreaming of the world they will rebuild when they emerge. But as the moment of truth draws nearer doubts begin to creep into the airless room with them. Can they trust each other and them...


Frighthouse Presents: The Wheel of Misfortune

Frighthouse Presents: The Wheel of Misfortune

Theatre

Frighthouse Presents: The Wheel of Misfortune

Theatre

32 Below / Main Cellar
AUG 16-22, 24-28 at 18:30 (50 min) - Pay What You Can

Book a PWYC Ticket in advance for this show to guarantee entry, or turn up at the venue for free with the option of donating at the end of the show

The Ringmaster returns to present some more darkly quirky tales of the surreal and macabre. Inspired by such shows as Inside no 9 and Creepshow. New writing presented by local creatives using Theatre and multimedia. A show for fans of the horror genre written by fans of the Horror anthology Genre. ...


Horrible History for Adults (or those that think they are!)

Horrible History for Adults (or those that think they are!)

Theatre

Horrible History for Adults (or those that think they are!)

Theatre

Bar 50 / Upstairs
AUG 4-5, 8, 11-12, 15 at 13:30 (50 min) - Pay What You Can

Book a PWYC Ticket in advance for this show to guarantee entry, or turn up at the venue for free with the option of donating at the end of the show

We all love a good story. History,Humour and Drama. In this show are more of the stories that have helped forge my identity. In a shamelessly mixed Horrible History for Adults, join me for a zany mix of stand up and historical reportage. Fearless lives, fearlessly lived from Lord Byron to Quentin Crisp. I Robert, Me, myself, I inhabit my favourite characters and reflect on the quirky, hilarious and absurd situations navigated in life....


Hyenas!

Hyenas!

Theatre

Hyenas!

Theatre

The Counting House / The Ballroom
AUG 21-28 at 13:00 (60 min) - Pay What You Can

Hyenas! won Pick of the Fringe at Edinburgh Fringe 2021 and is a dark comedy jaw dropper. Written and performed by Olivia Nicholson and produced by award-winning Sugar Butties, Hyenas! take the audience on a tequila-fuelled, anxiety inducing cocaine catfight. Everybody knows the bride is making the biggest mistake of her life but her "friends" are too sh*t-faced to care. Let's face it, they're only here for the likes on Instagram. Hyenas! focuses on themes of domestic abuse, loneliness and the pressures of social media on women today. ***** (MixUpTheatre.com). ***** (NorthWestEnd.co.uk)....


Patience : Zero

Patience : Zero

Theatre

Patience : Zero

Theatre

Brass Monkey / The Cinema Room
AUG 4-17, 19-28 at 11:00 (60 min) - Pay What You Can

Book a PWYC Ticket in advance for this show to guarantee entry, or turn up at the venue for free with the option of donating at the end of the show

Dan’s always wanted to be a father. But now he and his wife are going through IVF, he starts to ask the question – is he good enough? But in a year with a serious accident, an NHS induced bad K trip, a letter warning of impending death and, oh, aliens, he begins to wonder, is the universe telling him no? It’s a comedy. Somewhere between stand-up and theatre, this show explores how far you will go for family. 'Deploys winning turns of phrase [and] creates a warm cocoon of empathy' Chortle "Leaves you feeling there’s a little more magic in the world" Fringe Guru "Suspenseful, comical...



Toast, Pudding Lane

Toast, Pudding Lane

Theatre

Toast, Pudding Lane

Theatre

Bar 50 / Upstairs
AUG 24-28 at 22:15 (60 min) - Free & Unticketed

Just turn up at the venue, entry is first-come, first-served for everyone. Donations at the end of the show

Toast, Pudding Lane Thomas Farriner (the one who burnt London to a crisp in 1666?) is a fantastic baker, and we have resurrected him. This has proved an unpopular decision. Half-history, half-musical, half-biopic, half-dance piece, half-baking lesson, this two-hander student devised piece will fill that bread-shaped hole in your Fringe appetite. A tale of hunger, passion, and fire – come and see Toast, Pudding Lane! ...