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Free Festival Shows

Have a look through our selection of 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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Listings for 30 August, sorted by Show Name

2020 Re-Vision - Vladimir McTavish

2020 Re-Vision - Vladimir McTavish

Comedy

2020 Re-Vision - Vladimir McTavish

Comedy

The Free Sisters / Maggie's Chamber
AUG 30 at 16:30 (60 min) - Pay What You Want Tickets - Book tickets from £5

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A Comedy Review of The Year That Was Cancelled from "one of the finest acts on the Scottish comedy circuit" (Guardian). It was widely agreed that the world was f***ed in January 2020. Then we had a global pandemic. Biting satire, as seen on BBC Scotland's Comedy Underground. Sell-out in 2018 and 2019. Didn't sell out in 2020. Winner of Lifetime Achievement Award and Scottish Comedy Awards. “Amiable yet strident swipes against the horrors in store” (Scotsman) "Inspired comedy brilliance" (Australian Stage)...


Darius Davies: Don't be Sh*t

Darius Davies: Don't be Sh*t

Comedy

Darius Davies: Don't be Sh*t

Comedy

The Free Sisters / Maggie's Chamber
AUG 30 at 21:00 (60 min) - Pay What You Want Tickets - Book tickets from £5

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Just the best bits from over a decade in comedy. All killer no filler. Guaranteed laughs. ★★★★★ 'One of the funniest, most thought-provoking stand-up shows this Fringe" Fringe Feed ★★★★★ “Highly funny…with charisma and awareness” ★★★★" A rare gem of the 2019 Fringe” Broadway World ★★★★ “hilariously outlandish raw material” Chortle ★★★★ "Davies’ is high-octane...a great and funny” Voice Magazine ★★★★ "A confident a...


Hate N Live

Hate N Live

Comedy

Hate N Live

Comedy

The Free Sisters / Maggie's Chamber
AUG 7-30 at 22:30 (60 min) - Pay What You Want Tickets - Book tickets from £5

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The smash-hit show returns for a seventh year, with top TV comedians - aka the Gladi-Haters - improvising rants on topics suggested by the audience. By turns raucous and surreal, this show has the audience on the edge of their seat as the comedians try to walk the line. Want to see Darius Davies, ★★★★★ (BroadwayBaby.com), Leo Kearse, ''seriously funny''★★★★★ (Scotsman), and guests hate on Matt Hancock? Vegans? Or the mating rituals of guinea pigs? It's up to you! 'A great idea for a show, brutally funny... absolutely brill...


Laughing Horse Pick of the Fringe

Laughing Horse Pick of the Fringe

Comedy

Laughing Horse Pick of the Fringe

Comedy

The Free Sisters / Maggie's Chamber
AUG 7-30 at 19:30 (60 min) - Pay What You Want Tickets - Book Tickets from £5

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See the very best comedians selected from across the Fringe, with a different top-notch comedy line-up every night – as this show returns to Edinburgh for its 18th year. Line-ups include performers selected from Fringe shows and the international comedy circuit, making this absolutely the best way to see great Fringe comedy... and you can pay what you want to watch. A worldwide hit show in the UK, Australia and Asia. ★★★★★ “Cracking Comedy Selection” Cream of the Fringe, UK ★★★★★ If you are looking for a very funny show...


Leo Kearse - Cancel Culture

Leo Kearse - Cancel Culture

Comedy

Leo Kearse - Cancel Culture

Comedy

The Free Sisters / Maggie's Chamber
AUG 7-30 at 18:00 (60 min) - Pay What You Want Tickets - Book tickets from £5

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A standup show about comedy triggering the wrath of woke mobs. My comedy has led to accusations of transphobia (despite writing the offending material with a transgender woman I was dating), racism (which led to me getting blacklisted by clubs), sexism (fair do’s) and ableism. I’ve also been criticised by climate activists, socialists and vegans and I’ve had fat activists demonstrate against my shows. Am I really a bad person? Can comedy survive under the constant threat of cancellation?...


Songs to My Dog at Midnight

Songs to My Dog at Midnight

Theatre

Songs to My Dog at Midnight

Theatre

Online Shows / The Internet - YouTube Streaming
AUG 6-30 at 18:00 (60 min) - Free Stream (Unticketed)

Short, quirky show featuring one woman and her dog. Finding herself at a moment of reflection, Janet confides in the only one who will listen, her beloved hound Byron...


Tom Mayhew: From Rags to Slightly Newer Rags

Tom Mayhew: From Rags to Slightly Newer Rags

Comedy

Tom Mayhew: From Rags to Slightly Newer Rags

Comedy

Online Shows / The Internet - Zoom Show
AUG 6-30 at 20:00 (60 min) - Free (Ticketed)

Tom Mayhew is a professional comedian. Well, he was. Over the last 18 months, he has sold out West End venues and signed on; he then stopped signing on to perform his own Radio 4 stand-up series. It's been both the most and least successful period of his career. ‘It is genuine, powerful, political stuff.' **** The Scotsman ‘Authentic material we can relate to: funny, sharp, intelligent, meaningful and pleasing.' **** Chortle ‘Mayhew is passionate, articulate and – above all else – hilarious. **** The Skinny 'Tory-hating leftie.' **** The Daily Mail...