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Conspiracies at the Fringe

8th Aug 2019

It’s been said that the staff at Underbelly are secretly cows in human suits sent by aliens to spread cow-propaganda…

Anyone else shamelessly love a good conspiracy? It’s not just us, right? From theories to #fakenews, we have plenty of shows to have you questioning everything!

Cicada 3301 l Underbelly Bristo Square l 12.40PM (13.40PM) l 31 July – 26 August

Cicada 3301 is a play devised around one of the most mysterious, still unsolved Internet puzzles. When Cicada 3301 first appeared in January 2012 with a picture posted on Reddit, it started what was to become one of the Internet's most enduring puzzles; a scavenger hunt that has led competitors to several physical locations around the globe and into uncharted areas of the darknet. Cicada 3301 is a play about the human desire for purpose, community and the search for order in chaos.

Woman! Pilot! Pirate? l Underbelly Bristo Square l 3.20PM (4.20PM) l 31 July – 26 August

Amelia Earhart has been missing for 82 years. Emmy thinks this is a cover-up. Emmy wants the truth. Caught between her humdrum life and her need for adventure, she intends to build, sail and fight her way to her hero. As a new world of pirate ships, uncharted islands and haunting music unfolds around her, Emmy's fantasies start to become real. Will her adventure take her to her long-lost hero, or to somewhere else entirely?

Troy Hawke: Tiles of the Unexpected! l Underbelly Bristo Square l 5.30PM (6.30PM) l 31 July – 25 August

Following a sellout run in 2018 in which he exposed Bingo as the deadliest sport in the country, the empty marxist promise of Poundland’s false advertising and Aldi being responsible for Princess Diana, 1930’s throwback comedic investigator Troy Hawke returns, appling his scrabble mentalism to Kanye West, xenophobia and the ugly truth of Ikea’s link to the CIA.

Obsolete l Underbelly Cowgate l 1.20PM (2.20PM) l 01 – 25 August

Cambridge Footlights Comrie and Dan present the hyperkinetic, garish and gothic Obsolete. It's Robin Williams meets the Matrix. It's Bo Burnham meets Black Mirror. It's Morecambe and Wise meets Blade Runner. In the wake of Cambridge Analytica, Mark Zuckerberg's testimony and the rise of virtual reality, when the body becomes obsolete, where do we stop?

CONSPIRACY l Underbelly Cowgate l 4.45PM (6PM) l 01 – 25 August

Princess Diana never landed on the moon. Elvis lives in Area 51. JFK did 9/11. 60% of Brits believe in at least one conspiracy theory. Multi award-winning Barrel Organ returns with a larger-than-life, cartoonish show about conspiracy theories, fake news and an epidemic of mistrust.

F. Off l Underbelly Cowgate l 12.50PM (2.05PM) l 02 – 25 August

As the extremes of social media kick up an unsettling and unsavoury stink, Britain's best young talent are kicking off in response in true interrogatory style to put Mark Zuckerberg and his social network colleagues on trial. The question is who really is to blame, and who is following who? So we ask you, the audience, to be the jury and the NYT company will be the disrupters.

Posted by Lizzie Kunkler