Lost Girl

Theatre

Lost Girl

Birdy is 19. She's too old to beat boys up in the playground or skip maths. But she wishes she wasn't. Until, by chance, she unearths a family secret. One that's been buried since 1930s Cairo. One that her grandfather would rather stay hidden. But for Birdy this might be her chance to right the wrongs of the past, and prove maybe she isn't so useless after all? From award-winning playwright Amy Lever, Lost Girl is an exploration into Jewish-Arab heritage, the expectations of womanhood and family. Amy Lever is an award-winning actor and writer from Manchester. Her debut play “Life Before the Line” won the Cambridge University Edinburgh Fringe Award 2022 where it went on to receive critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, a transfer to the Cockpit theatre and is currently in development for a tour. 

31 July - 26 August 2024, 11:50 am

Underbelly George Square

Why I Stuck A Flare Up My Arse For England

Theatre

Why I Stuck A Flare Up My Arse For England

It’s the EURO 2020 Final at Wembley and Billy’s gone viral for sticking a flare up his arse! Why I Stuck A Flare Up My Arse For England is a blisteringly funny new play that returns to the fringe after a sell-out, five-star run last year. Written and performed by Alex Hill, it asks what it means to belong to a club that you live for. Billy and his best pal Adam are die-hard football fans. It’s how they spend every weekend, without fail. It’s their escape, their religion and their life. But when they encounter a new group of mates, they start to take their support one step further. 'Boozy, ballsy, brilliantly executed' ★★★★★ (Entertainment Now) 'A gem of a play' ★★★★★ (Broadway Baby) 'As beautiful as it is thought-provoking' ★★★★★ (Corr Blimey) ★★★★ (The Scotsman)  'Priceless comic charm' (The Reviews Hub)

31 July - 26 August 2024, 12:50 pm

Underbelly Bristo Square

Don’t call me China Doll

Theatre

Don't Call Me China Doll

As she prepares for the audition of a lifetime—playing Anna May Wong, Hollywood’s first East Asian starlet—China Doll must confront and untangle the ingénue’s legacy as she discovers astonishing parallels between them. Disdainful of Anna for perpetuating the stereotypes she still fights to overcome, China Doll wakes up to find herself magically transported to the 1930s in the body of the revered and reviled starlet. Over the course of several nights, she discovers profound similarities in the ways they navigate love, life, and identity as East Asian actors in the west. ‘Don’t Call Me China Doll’ is a one-woman show that explores the intricacies of internalised racism and self-worth. A compelling exploration of identity, discrimination, and progress, it prompts audiences to reflect on how and why East Asian artists still face the same barriers as they did a century ago. Raw, honest, and fearless, Diana Feng deftly manages heavy themes with surprising levity and a large dose of self-deprecating humour. Soon to receive a PhD in Culturally Specific Performance Practice and British East and Southeast Asian Representation, Feng is at the forefront of challenging the cultural narratives that shape our understanding of representation.

31 July - 26 August 2024, 12:55 pm

Underbelly Bristo Square

Theatre

The Grim

London, 1964. Shaun and Robert are trying to get through another shift as undertakers in the East End, but on the day they're due to fit deceased murderer, Jackie Gallagher, for his coffin and with strange happenings afoot, all is not as it seems... Following the success of his 'holler-out-loud funny' (TheSmuReviews.co.uk) Fringe debut You're Dead, Mate, award-winning playwright Edmund Morris is back with his latest, darkest comedy.

31 July - 25 August 2024, 1:15 pm

Underbelly Bristo Square

The Ghost of White Hart Lane

Theatre

The Ghost of White Hart Lane

Spurs and Scotland star John White was one of the best footballers of the 1960s, however, in July 1964 he was struck by lightning and killed at 27 years old. From humble beginnings growing up just outside Edinburgh, through to football fame and his tragic death, the play shares John's cheeky humour. It also follows the story of his son Rob White, who was just five months old when his dad died. Having premiered at Spurs Stadium, this follows on from the Sunday Times bestseller by Rob White and Julie Welch. 'The Ghost of WHL' is supported by Tottenham Hotspur FC, premiering at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium in July before a run at the fringe. The play was commissioned by John White’s son Rob and follows on from his and Julie Welch’s Sunday Times best seller The Ghost of White Hart Lane - 'In Search of My Father the Football Legend'. The play tells the story of John White, from humble beginnings growing up just outside Edinburgh through to football fame & his tragic death, it also tells the story of his son Rob who was just 5 months old when his dad died. The play shines a light on the mental health challenges both father and son face and the way we deal with grief and loss, while dealing with serious issues the play has a very heavy sprinkling of humour throughout.

31 July - 26 August 2024, 1:25 pm

Underbelly Bristo Square

Theatre

Character Flaw

Colourful explosions pop in this hilarious exploration of ADHD and queer identity. A plethora of eye-opening topics and hysterical anecdotes leave the audience educated, moved and highly entertained. Follow Pip as she navigates the challenges and celebrates the joys of neurodiversity. Brighton Fringe Award for Excellence Winner. OffFest New Writing Finalist. ADHD Comedy Award Shortlist. 'A little gem' ★★★★★  (British Theatre). 'A show you could see again and again!' ★★★★★  (TheatreAndTonic.co.uk). 'A tightrope act between us crying with laughter to genuine heartache. A show that gives in every possible conceivable way' ★★★★  (BingeFringe.com). After it's award winning, sell out run at Edinburgh Fringe 2023 directed by the incredibly talented Nat Kennedy, (Sirrah Sisters) Character Flaw is back for a final run! 

31 July - 26 August 2024, 2:25 pm

Underbelly Bristo Square

The Sun, the Mountain, and Me

Theatre

The Sun, the Mountain, and Me

Arthur is just trying to finish his painting. It fills his days; it haunts his nights. Nobody understands. Not his girlfriend, not his brother. Everyone keeps telling him to stop. But he can't. Not until it's finished. Whatever the cost... Multi award-nominated solo show that melds ancient myth, historical anecdote and emotive storytelling to explore art, freedom and the mistakes we make when searching for escape. 'Deserves to be seen by audiences around the country' (Longstaff Reviews).

1 - 25 August 2024, 12:20 pm

Underbelly Cowgate

Is the WiFi Good in Hell?

Theatre

Is the WiFi Good in Hell?

2008. Margate isn't cool (yet). 12-year old Dev sits on a derelict shack, sandwiched between Margate's sea and the abandoned theme park, Dreamland. He's also recently discovered gay people exist... Is the WiFi Good in Hell? follows Dev from boyhood to adulthood. Margate to London. He's gagging for a good connection, yet with his roots firmly intertwined in his hometown's seabed – can he cope with the realities of a life he's forever put on a pedestal? 'Chapman’s debut play isn’t just genuine; it is brutally real. There is a beauty to his writing that is breathtaking, and there are few emerging playwrights that have the ability Chapman has shown...' ★★★★★ (The New Current) Written and performed by Lyndon Chapman - a queer creator, born and raised in Margate, Kent.  Directed by Will Armstrong - co-creator of queer cabaret ‘idiots. gay idiots.’ (‘London’s Best Cliché Free Cabaret Nights' – Time Out), and director of Abby Vicky-Russell’s GUSH (nominated for Vault Origins award 2023, and The Popcorn Writing Award 2023). Recipient of the Keep it Fringe Fund, 2024. Debuted at Brixton House as a part of Housemates Festival 2023, written on Soho Theatre Writers Lab, 2021-2022.

1 - 25 August 2024, 12:40 pm

Underbelly Cowgate

Experiment Human

Theatre

Experiment Human

Monkion has spent too long in the attic, obsessed with Benedict Cumberbatch, never talking to any other human... until now.   Blending dark comedy with the surreal, Experiment Human tells the story of Monkion, a non-human creature curious to understand the strange world outside their attic. Having seized actor Benedict Cumberbatch at the height of his fame to protect him from the media, Monkion has failed to give Cumberbatch what he needs to survive. Will the experiment succeed? What will happen if it doesn't?   OFFIE winner, 2024. Innovation Award – VAULT Festival nominee, 2023. Brighton Fringe Award for Excellence, 2022. ‘One of the most unique and unusual stories being told on stage’ (LostInTheatreland.co.uk) ‘Physically masterful, witty and simply fascinating’ (FringeReview.co.uk) Photo Credit: @michaeloreillyphotographer

1 - 25 August 2024, 2:00 pm

Underbelly Cowgate

Theatre

DRUM

'A civilization flourishes when men plant trees under which they themselves never sit. What you need to understand is, Ghana is home.' As the afternoon sun hits London's BBC Broadcasting House, photographer James Barnor encounters broadcaster Mike Eghan for the first time. Thrown together far from home, two rising Ghanaian creatives navigate their perception of identity, success, assimilation and home. Inspired by real events this joyful and poignant play fuses storytelling, music and dance; capturing a unique snapshot of the swinging sixties. After premiering at Omnibus Theatre, DRUM is set for its Edinburgh Festival Fringe debut. 

1 - 25 August 2024, 2:10 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

Is This Thing On?

Theatre

Is This Thing On?

What's better, sad songs or sh*tty poetry? Meet flatmates Mary and Liz, one a musician and the other a poet, as they battle over integrity, ownership, the spotlight and whose turn it is to buy the freaking toilet roll. As their friendship reaches boiling point, one fateful open-mic night forces them to confront each other over whose right it is to tell someone's story. This two-hander dramedy blends stand-up, song, spoken word, rap and storytelling. This co-production marks MissMatch's debut into the theatre scene with the show already being praised as 'full of humanity, heart, and humour' (MancMade Productions). As well as being So La Flair's well anticipated return from their sparkling tour of 'How To Keep Up With The Kardashians' (2022) which celebrated them as the 'company worth watching' (British Theatre Guide).

1 - 25 August 2024, 2:25 pm

Underbelly Cowgate

Girls Really Listen To Me

Theatre

Girls Really Listen To Me

Madeleine is pretty much the worst sixteen year old you can meet. Living on the affluent Upper East Side of Manhattan, she's convinced that her actions have no real consequences (her family have been wealthy for generations so nothing bad will ever happen to her... right?). But when her new friend goes off-grid after a party, she's forced to look at the bubble she's grown up in in a harsher light. Wretched Sheep present a dark comedy exploring consent, peer pressure, and the toxicity of disproportionate privilege. New York-born writer-performer Eleanor Greene (graduate of Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama) teams up with director Alex Prescot (Associate of National Youth Theatre of Great Britain) to test how far audiences’ empathy for obnoxious teens from a hyper-privileged world really stretches.  

1 - 25 August 2024, 2:35 pm

Underbelly Cowgate

Theatre

The Mosinee Project

Mosinee, Wisconsin, 1950. An idyllic Midwestern town wakes up to find themselves in a nightmare. Armed Communist forces have taken over; imprisoning townspeople, cutting off communication, marching through the streets with nobody to oppose them. Prices are changed, barbed wire fences erected, and the Mayor is held at gunpoint. Or so it appears. This is just how it begins. Plunging into the dawn of the Cold War and back again, The Mosinee Project follows the true story of a fake invasion. A fevered, darkly funny retelling, interrogating why we fear, control and tell tales about the future.

1 - 25 August 2024, 3:30 pm

Underbelly Cowgate

Identities

Theatre

Identities

Happy boobs. Sad boobs. Naughty boobs. Scared boobs... Poorly boobs. From bra fittings to breast cancer diagnosis, Lucy’s boobs tell her story in 60 minutes - the time it takes to perform a standard lumpectomy. Co-created with women who have experience of breast cancer and those who treat them, Identities unclasps the hidden adventures our boobs go on; the good, the bad and the silly. After a successful 5 ★ tour in 2023, Close To Home are thrilled to be coming to The Fringe with their debut play. Supported by Culture Warrington & Prevent Breast Cancer. Previously funded by Arts Council England.  'Beautifully blending comedy with heart-wrenching sincerity. This play will have you laughing at one moment and crying the next' (The Warrington Guardian)  

1 - 25 August 2024, 3:50 pm

Underbelly Cowgate

Karen

Theatre

KAREN

Karen invites you into the uproarious world of our Protagonist. Seamlessly breaking the fourth wall, she’ll whisk you through a chaos-filled narrative that has been described as Fleabag meets The Office with Cameron-West's acting described as 'the female Peep Show' (The Nerd Party).  We open on Protagonist's 30th birthday at the Alton Towers, where her life takes an unexpected turn. Mid-calippo, she's unceremoniously dumped by her long-term boyfriend, Joe. Little does she know, this is just the beginning. Protagonist must soon navigate through office hell as Joe starts dating her arch-nemesis: Karen. This creates a perfect storm of heartbreak, societal pressures, and an identity crisis that threatens to engulf our heroine. The final straw unleashes in an explosive office showdown, where the suppression of her emotions can no longer be contained and our Protagonist finally finds her voice. Through laughter, tears, and a healthy dose of sarcasm, Protagonist learns the invaluable lesson that the path to healing lies in moving through the pain, not around it, and in the empowerment of owning one's emotions that allows you to find peace.

1 - 25 August 2024, 3:55 pm

Underbelly Cowgate

You're SO F**KING Croydon!

Theatre

You're SO F**king Croydon!

'It was my nemesis, I hated Croydon with a real vengeance. It represented everything I didn't want in my life, everything I wanted to get away from. I think it's the most derogatory thing I can say about somebody or something: God, it's so f**king Croydon!' (David Bowie). You're SO F**king Croydon! explores noughties club culture and female resilience, interweaving music, dance, comedy, spoken word and Croydon celebrities. It's a f**k you in pink to the cant's and wont's and a strut down Croydon High Street in 2003. Featuring David Bowie. Featuring interactive moments and a fun, ‘Love of Huns’ aesthetic, You’re SO F**king Croydon holds up a mirror to societal perceptions of women from places like Croydon: predominantly working class with a notoriously negative reputation. Challenging Bowie's quote, it looks at stereotypes attached to certain locations, in particular trying to dispel the notion that being from a particular place diminishes someone's worth. At its essence, it's the story of a woman triumphing over adversities. It’s a stomp through pop culture, identity and destiny, blending comedy with profound exploration and personal narrative with societal perceptions.

1 - 25 August 2024, 4:10 pm

Underbelly Cowgate

BI-TOPIA

Theatre

BI-TOPIA

Join Sam, a self-confessed people-pleaser, on the battlefield as he embarks on his biggest mission yet. Shame is approaching from the west and gay thoughts are sailing in from the east... This is war! A candid tale of self-discovery, taking you from the war room to the bedroom. The debut five-star show by exciting, new northern writer and comedian, Sam Danson; directed by the award-winning Rikki Beadle-Blair. BI-TOPIA is a ‘must see, laugh-out-loud, and honest coming-of-age story, hilariously exploring the highs and lows of the bisexual experience' (Vada Magazine).  BI-TOPIA has just been on a substantial UK tour, including two nights at Glastonbury 2024. It has been described as a ‘Must see, laugh-out-loud, and honest coming-of-age story, hilariously exploring the highs and lows of the Bisexual experience'. BI-TOPIA is a candid tale of self-discovery, taking you from the war room to the bedroom in this 'exceptional hour of queer comedy'. ‘Absolutely Brilliant!! Funny, moving... seamlessly performed, directed and written, just brilliant!’ - Sophie Willan, BAFTA winning writer/performer.

1 - 25 August 2024, 4:15 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

Really Good Exposure

Theatre

Really Good Exposure

Molly was a child star. Now she's considering getting into porn. What would you do if your acting career peaked in 2009 (well before the Me Too movement) and you hadn't booked another role in years? Exposed for working as a stripper, dumped by her agent (and her boyfriend), Molly's giving mainstream success one last shot. Enter a world of child stars, strip clubs, and casting couches, and question what it means to earn a living as a performer.

1 - 25 August 2024, 5:20 pm

Underbelly Cowgate

Rob Madge

Theatre

Rob Madge: My Son's a Queer (But What Can You Do?)

When Rob was twelve, they attempted a full-blown Disney parade in their house for their Grandma. As Rob donned wigs and played Mary Poppins, Ariel, Mickey Mouse and Belle, their Dad doubled as Stage Manager, Sound Technician and Goofy. This is the joyous, chaotic, autobiographical story of actor, writer and social-media sensation Rob Madge as they set out to recreate that parade – and this time, nobody, no, nobody is gonna rain on it. Olivier Nominee 2023 & Winner of What’s On Stage’s Best Off-West End Production 2022.

1 - 16 August 2024, 5:30 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

Bills 44th

Theatre

Bill's 44th

The tragi-comedy hit Bill's 44th makes a triumphant return to the Edinburgh Fringe, performed by critically acclaimed puppeteering duo Andy Manjuck and Dorothy James. 'Buoyant, mesmerizing, joy-inducing' (New York Times). This 'tender and boozy puppet party' ★★★★ (Guardian) – is a wordless spectacle featuring puppets, raucous balloons, and a cheeky piece of crudité that collide to examine the pitfalls of impatience, the wonder of loneliness, and the universal passage of time. A 'surreal tragicomedy, enormously funny and at times delightfully unsettling' ★★★★ (Everything-Theatre.co.uk). 'Sweetly hilarious with flashes of bizarre originality' ★★★★ (TheReviewsHub.com).

1 - 25 August 2024, 6:55 pm

Underbelly Cowgate

House of Life

Theatre

House of Life

House of Life is a travelling musical cult collective, hosted by the Rave-Rend, with one mission: to get you happy, at any cost. A space to celebrate. To elevate. To lay out your shit and wash it away. The chance to achieve absolute euphoric togetherness through the relentless powers of music and vibes. House Of Life is back after a sell-out run in 2023. 'Fringe’s biggest feel-good sensation' ★★★★★ (Dom Cavendish, Telegraph) ★★★★★ (BroadwayBaby.com).

1 - 25 August 2024, 8:55 pm

Underbelly Cowgate

How to Kill a Chicken

Theatre

How to Kill a Chicken

"On my 29th birthday I died. And went to Heaven. Only it didn’t happen in that order... ” A tropical rollercoaster of love, sex and margaritas. A birthday that turns her world upside down. From the golden shores of Costa Rica, in this journey through paradise, surfboards and salsa nights collide with the raw truths of womanhood.  "I’m saying ‘no’, but maybe I’m not saying it loud enough because he doesn’t hear it?"

13 - 26 August 2024, 7:15 pm

Underbelly Bristo Square