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Join us from July 31 - Aug 26 2024

Ruby Carr: eBae

Comedy

Ruby Carr: eBae

Deep dive into the weird and wonderful world of eBay. I’m obsessed with the thrill of an auction, it’s like shopping – but with a winner. I will show you the crème de la crème of the hidden worlds and the weird subcultures of eBay. I have bought it all. Is this because I’m a sucker for a good deal? A good story? Or is it my obsessive-compulsive disorder combined with my ADHD? You decide! I’ll take you down the rabbit hole, seeking validation for each progressively more unhinged purchase. "Ruby brings an infectious energy and steady stream of animated stories... injected with a deluge of sharp-witted reflections" - The Student Winner of Funny Women Comedy Writing Award 2022. “One to Watch” Funny Women Stage Award 2021 Finalist Amused Moose New Act of the Year 2019

31 July - 26 August 2024, 7:20 pm

Underbelly George Square

Diary of a Gay Disaster

Musicals and Opera

Diary of a Gay Disaster

Ellis wakes up in a turbulent fever dream created by the Gods of Sapphic Desire. Mia and Finlay, self-proclaimed expert angel dykes, say she's expected to "reflect" on her life or some crap like that. One magic diary and twelve comical tunes later, these three hot queers learn something important: being a disaster is not a unique talent, it's just embarrassing. Oh well, at least there are sexy togas! Don't miss the debut of this new musical comedy show, featuring a disconcerting amount of oversharing despite the fact that literally nobody asked.

1 - 25 August 2024, 10:10 pm

Underbelly Cowgate

Out of Woodstock

Theatre

Out of Woodstock

He's your typical 90s teenage boy. Loves Nirvana. Hates chick-flicks. But when he's dumped by his childhood sweetheart, he starts chasing a summer to forget, and books his ticket for the infamous Woodstock '99 music festival. Based on real events, and 25 years on from the festival that ended in anarchy, this volatile psychodrama follows one man's substance-fuelled odyssey, and his spiralling moral descent. Featuring music from Limp Bizkit, Chilli Peppers, and more. Written and directed by Tom Foreman, 'one of the most exciting playwrights of this generation' (TheatreWeekly.com). Written and directed by Tom Foreman, "one of the most exciting playwrights of this generation" (Theatre Weekly, 2023). Foreman returns to Underbelly with brand-new writing following the debut of Swell in 2022, and its subsequent national tour.

1 - 25 August 2024, 5:00 pm

Underbelly Cowgate

Tending

Theatre

Tending

Tending offers a heartbreaking, hilarious and very human look at the experience of the nurses on the frontline of our health service. Based on over 70 interviews with nurses of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities, Tending immerses you in their day-to-day lives. It asks an essential question: when the system’s under pressure and lives are on the line, who takes time to care for the carers? '

1 - 25 August 2024, 2:15 pm

Underbelly Cowgate

Comedy

Simon David: Dead Dad Show

In 2018, Simon’s father performed a play about his imminent death to cancer and, to Simon’s horror, it was quite good. Now, directed by Fringe First winner Chris Larner, bouncing between genres and intertwined with footage of his late father’s show, Simon performs an hour so impressive that he’ll never be forgotten. Following an acclaimed Edinburgh run, Dead Dad Show is embarking on a UK Tour partnering with leading end of life charity, Marie Curie, and trans-led organisation, Not A Phase. ‘Five stars somehow feel inadequate for this joyous, hilarious, brilliant, witty, sparkly campfest of a show. Simon David is an extraordinarily charismatic triple threat of a performer.’ ★★★★★ (The Scotsman) ‘From start to finish, this is a superbly performed piece. Simon David deserves the awards he dreams about getting.’ ★★★★★ (Reviews Hub) ‘A tender, heartfelt tribute, the much-mocked ‘serious bit’ of dead dad shows proves affecting yet again.’ ★★★★ (Chortle) ‘A truly original take on a Dead Dad Show sending up every style of showbiz pretension.’ ★★★★ (Beyond the Joke) ‘There's no freer performer that I have seen at the fringe.’ ★★★★ (Mumble Comedy) Nominated: Chortle Best Variety Act (2024) Winner: Amused Moose Most Entertaining Show (2023) Winner: Musical Comedy Awards (2022) Winner: Brighton Fringe Awards (2021) Over 5 million views online @SimonGayvid

20 - 25 August 2024, 9:20 pm

Underbelly Bristo Square

Theatre

Ugly Sisters

A hallucinatory plunge through the circles of sisterhood. Who fits into a glass slipper, and who buys heels for drag queens? The critically acclaimed and multi-award winning piss / CARNATION dance between performance art, alt-comedy and theatre. Ugly Sisters is their latest offering: a brutal ritual for a new kind of sisterhood forged from sleepover confessions, smashed toilets, and the death of Germaine Greer.* *Germaine Greer was not harmed in the making of this show.

1 - 25 August 2024, 6:30 pm

Underbelly Cowgate

BATSU!

Comedy

BATSU!

Created in New York and Chicago, BATSU! returns to the Fringe after a riotous, sell-out 2023. Witness comedians compete to avoid electric shocks, paintballs, a giant chicken and many more hilarious, jaw-dropping punishments. Long, long ago, in the Land of the Rising Sun, four Warriors used the power of laughter to capture Batsu no Akuma, the Spirit of Punishment, within a sacred gong. The evil spirit has once more emerged at the Fringe and the Comedy Warriors must rise again! ‘This is truly our favourite thing we’ve ever seen, anywhere’ (Playbill). £8 Hachimaki Headband Upgrade Purchase your ticket and hachimaki headband and receive a surprise visit from the SAKE SHINOBI!! Book now to recieve early bird pricing! What is a Hachimaki and what happens if I buy one? The hachimaki is a Japanese headband – imagine Karate Kid, but BATSU! style. These headbands, worn in Japanese culture as a symbol of effort of courage, are yours to take home. If you wear your hachimaki to the show you will receive two visits from the sneaky SAKE SHINOBI to deliver you two sake shots. BATSU! Book for BATSU! Udderbelly Special at George Square, 25 August 11.15pm here

1 - 24 August 2024, 10:45 pm

Underbelly Cowgate

Circa: Humans 2.0

Dance Physical Theatre and Circus

Circa: Humans 2.0

Ten bodies appear in a flash of light. They move in harmony for a fleeting moment, then descend into a sinuous trance. Towers grow and decay, bodies leap and are caught, physical limits are pushed to their extreme. The second chapter of Circa’s internationally acclaimed Humans is a symphony of acrobatics, sound and light. This is next level circus by Circa. ‘Everything in Humans 2.0 is flawless’ ★★★★★ (Scotsman) ★★★★★ (List) ★★★★★ (BroadwayBaby.com) Created by circus visionary Yaron Lifschitz and pulsing with music by composer Ori Lichtik.

2 - 24 August 2024, 6:20 pm

Underbelly's Circus Hub on the Meadows

Trash Test Dummies

Children's Shows

Trash Test Dummies Circus

This award-winning, side-splitting, slapstick comedy, circus routine retakes the household wheelie bin to new heights and delivers a dump truck full of hilarity! Returning after delighting audiences in 2023 and winners of the Best Children’s presentation at the Adelaide Fringe Festival 2016 and 2015, the Trash Test Dummies are as full of laughs as their bins are full of surprises. ‘The best I’ve seen them do it’ ★★★★★ (ThreeWeeks) ‘A dynamic and fun show for all the family’ ★★★★ (BroadwayBaby.com)

3 - 24 August 2024, 12:05 pm

Underbelly's Circus Hub on the Meadows

Tweedy's Massive Circus

Cabaret and Variety

Tweedy's Massive Circus

Unfortunately the tent has shrunk and Tweedy hasn’t a clue. Join the much-loved star of Giffords Circus for over 15 years, as him and his friends create their very own circus show. Expect a show filled with magic, mirth and mayhem. What could possibly go wrong? For ages 3 to 93. ‘The best clown I have ever seen’ (Independent) 'True genius had the audience crying with laughter’ (Sunday Telegraph)

3 - 21 August 2024, 1:05 pm

Underbelly's Circus Hub on the Meadows

Meet Me in Buenos Aires

Musicals and Opera

Meet Me in Buenos Aires

Following her Off-Broadway debut, Florencia Iriondo comes to Edinburgh to premiere her new, soulful music-storytelling odyssey that explores how love –in all its Platonic expressions– morphs through family, centuries and continents. Embark on a tapestry of songs and stories told through the lens of Florencia’s travels, and those of the family that came before her.  'At the center is the radiant presence of Iriondo herself.' (TheaterMania) 'Her greatest gift to the audience is her voice.'  (New York Theater) 'Audience acclaimed. Must-see!' (Show-Score)   

31 July - 11 August 2024, 7:15 pm

Underbelly Bristo Square

The Dreamer

Cabaret and Variety

The Dreamer – Live

'Magic is in his bones. Disbelief, flabbergasted, stunned'  ★★★★★ (Henley Herald) 'An unforgettable evening we can't stop talking about' (The Standard) The UKs number one touring magic show The Greatest Magician returns with a groundbreaking, jaw-dropping, brand new magic show.  Award Winning magician James Phelan, most infamous for jamming the BBC switchboard after he correctly predicted the lottery, presents this unforgettable magic show described as ‘one to watch’ by The List.  Touching on his parents 12 year struggle with IVF, The Dreamer is a celebration of the impossible becoming possible.  With magic unparalleled elsewhere at the Fringe - This show will leave you aching with laughter and dizzy in disbelief.  'One of the most endearing factors is seeing amazed faces young and old. This show has many moment like that' ★★★★★ (BBC Sounds) 'One to watch in the world of magic' ★★★★ (The List) It's time to believe in magic...

3 - 24 August 2024, 5:15 pm

Underbelly's Circus Hub on the Meadows