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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!


List Shows: By Name | By Start Time


Shows sorted by Start Time

12:00

Guerilla Aspies Year Five – Not an Autism Puppet Show

Guerilla Aspies Year Five – Not an Autism Puppet Show

Cabaret

Guerilla Aspies Year Five – Not an Autism Puppet Show

AUG 1-3, 10-16 at 12:00 (60 min) - Free
Finnegan's Wake / The Back Room

THE LONGEST RUNNING AUTISM CONVERSION SHOW IN HUMAN HISTORY. Join in with Paul Wady as he takes you into the ideas and lives of the global autistic underground community that grows each year. Yet more insights into a world that was all around you all along. But you may have never seen. ...


Stealth Aspies – Aspies Anonymous

Stealth Aspies – Aspies Anonymous

Cabaret

Stealth Aspies – Aspies Anonymous

AUG 4-9 at 12:00 (60 min) - Free
Finnegan's Wake / The Back Room

The now Arts Council recognised and funded Stealth Aspies Theatre Company returns to tell the stories of our kind yet again. Not pity porn, definitely moving and containing a large degree of fun. ...


Madame Chandelier's Rough Guide to the Opera

Madame Chandelier's Rough Guide to the Opera

Cabaret

Madame Chandelier's Rough Guide to the Opera

AUG 1-18 at 12:00 (45 min) - Free
The City Café / Nineties

In a camp fusion of comedy, cabaret and opera, Madame Chandelier guides you through her favourite opera plots, with jokes, dramatic death scenes, and a Nessun Dorma sing-along! Having stolen this great music from the grand opera house, Madame Chandelier, the joyfully ridiculous and self-proclaimed anti-diva of opera, is tearing down the pretence and bringing opera to the people. Winner of the Royal Vauxhall Tavern's Got Talent competition, 2018. 'Brilliantly memorable' Operissima...


13:00

The Two Moronnies - Brexed Off

The Two Moronnies - Brexed Off

Cabaret

The Two Moronnies - Brexed Off

AUG 1-10 at 13:15 (60 min) - Free
Sofi's Southside (formerly Harry's) / Upstairs

Fifty minutes of sophisticated word play as The Two Moronnies lampoon the lampoonable in their unique, energetic musical style. “Special guests” could include Donald Trump, Theresa May, Boris Johnson, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Jeremy Corbyn, Nicola Sturgeon, the odd royal and any other public figure that’s fallen foul of foot in mouth syndrome. Expect laconic wit and word play, with topical new lyrics set to old favourites in a repertoire that includes tunes from Flotsam and Jetsam, Flanders and Swann, Boney M, Gilbert and Sullivan, Kurt Weill, Madness, Abba, Queen, Red Clay Ramblers, Carter Fami...


18:00

Shameless Berlin Presents: A Pussy Powered Protest

Shameless Berlin Presents: A Pussy Powered Protest

Cabaret

Shameless Berlin Presents: A Pussy Powered Protest

AUG 21-25 at 18:00 (60 min) - Free
The Golf Tavern / Upstairs

Join us for a hedonistic hour of weird, funny and confusing entertainment direct from the seething capital of culture and queerness, Berlin. Through cabaret, comedy, music, burlesque and puppetry, the artists tackle sexuality, immigration, queerness, body politics and power. From Colombia, Lebanon, Australia and the USA, these power femmes deliver a vulvacious smack to the funny bones with a special blend of razor sharp wits and juvenile jokes. You will meet: Liliana Velasquez - Ex-dominatrix turned comedian and cabarettist from Colombia who may lead you to confusion about your sexuality. (...


Yum Yum

Yum Yum

Cabaret

Yum Yum

AUG 2-25 at 18:30 (60 min) - Free
The Counting House / The Lounge

Chapter Two of Borne Of Chaos; Yum Yum. Now free from the shackles of Anxiety & Depression, Eric finds himself alone with these new positive thoughts dictating his every moves. You don’t need to see the first chapter to enjoy this second, but it’ll help get in the mind of the hero to better understand how he ended up in a psychiatric hospital. ...


21:00

All Together Irish Again

All Together Irish Again

Cabaret

All Together Irish Again

AUG 1-25 at 21:15 (60 min) - Free
Dropkick Murphy's / Main Room

A daily selection of Irelands best comedians on the fringe - again but later...


22:00

Comedy Shorts

Comedy Shorts

Cabaret

Comedy Shorts

AUG 1-25 at 22:00 (60 min) - Free
The Newsroom / The Downstairs Bar

Back for its 4th year, Tom Short (Harrogate comedian of the year finalist 2018, Funhouse Champion of Champions 2014,) presents short comedy sets from some of the best acts at the fringe. A great way to sample lots of shows and help you decide what to watch whilst up here. Age category: 16+ ...



Wit & Mirth

Wit & Mirth

Cabaret

Wit & Mirth

AUG 2-10, 12-17, 19-23 at 22:15 (50 min) - Free
Bar 50 / Upstairs

In 1698 Thomas d’Urfey published the smash-hit book of comic songs “Wit & Mirth”. David William Hughes sings some of them, some of his own, and some of yours which he’ll make up for you. Thomas d’Urfey’s “Wit & Mith, or Pills to Purge Melancholy” was first published in 1698 and was so popular that it sold out every printing, and was eventually expanded to a six-volume set. This show presents the best of d’Urfey’s marvellously funny songs, newly written songs inspired by them, and freshly improvised songs based on suggestions from you, the audience. ‘A hoot, a bawdy entertainment, and a...


23:00

Full Moon Cabaret

Full Moon Cabaret

Cabaret

Full Moon Cabaret

AUG 1-4, 6-11, 13-18, 20-25 at 23:00 (60 min) - Free
The Raging Bull (Formerly Moriarty's) / Cellar

After the success of its Edinburgh Festival debut in 2018, Full Moon Cabaret is back for more! Unlike any cabaret you've ever attended, the Full Moon Cabaret is Berlin's wittiest, wildest, and most inventive monthly varieté. The sexy and subversive programme features burlesque, circus arts, dance, music, and wacky interactive audience antics, all exploring a theme derived from what the Native Americans called the full moon. "...wonderfully raunchy...an unmitigated pleasure palace...” - Best Free Shows at the Edinburgh Fringe 2018, Culture Trip "Erotic & spectacular...essentially, quinte...


The Vagabonds of Comedy

The Vagabonds of Comedy

Cabaret

The Vagabonds of Comedy

AUG 1-6, 8-13, 15-20, 22, 24-25 at 23:45 (60 min) - Free
The Counting House / The Ballroom

Drawing from slapstick, vaudeville, impromptu performing and standup, Frank (Imaan) Hadchiti and Fico (Filippo Spreafico) Fellini are The Vagabonds of Comedy, the hosts of an exquisite nonsense variety night with special guests from the world of comedy and music. While sleek Frank is on the saddle, mastering audience interaction and responsible of carrying the show forward, keyboard-novice Fico will try his best to interrupt the show with nonsensical wisdom and poorly rehearsed songs. Chaos often ensues and the spur of the moment becomes king. A unique combination of talent and craziness, and ...


1:00

A.C.I.D!

A.C.I.D!

Cabaret

A.C.I.D!

AUG 4-22, 24 at 01:00 (60 min) - Free
The Counting House / The Ballroom

Alternative Comedy It’s Downstairs! is Leeds’ infamous, illicit alternative comedy night, known for packing basements full of comedy fans and putting on events that border on fever dreams. Come downstairs and join our cult. Expect music, silly games, and mad traditions, as each event strives to bring you the best in alternative talent, new and old. Bringing alternative comedy to all aspects of the night, you will see first 5’s, return guests, and even a house band (Ella-Jean). A.C.I.D! tested the waters of the fringe last year, hosting several shows as part of The HalliGalli hour. We are ba...