50 Unmissable Shows At The Edinburgh Fringe 2022
We’re back at The Edinburgh Fringe (sort of)!
After a three year break, To Do List is back to preview the very best that the Edinburgh Fringe festival has to offer – look no further for the most unmissable quirky, offbeat, and downright amazing events at this years Fringe!
We can’t make it to Edinburgh ourselves this year – BUT FEAR NOT! We’ve picked out 50 – yes, fifty – of the offbeat, less mainstream offerings from this years Edinburgh Fringe line-up.
Go on, knock yourselves out with fab fringe festivity!
CABARET & VARIETY
What you’ve been waiting for – all your favourite songs, on the accordion! It’s free too – though do leave a tip if you have a good time.
Imagine the most out-there night of audacious, genre-defying performance. Then imagine it goes further. You just imagined Blunderland.
To Do List favourite Diane Chorley hosts a night of variety Down The Flick – hedonism is a place on earth (at least, in Edinburgh).
Baby Lame aims to be the last girl standing after an hour of kinky role plays, trash-tastic songs and balls-out performance.
A glittering tribute to fierce femmes.
A bonkers joyride into the bizarre, with a stellar line up.
THEATRE & MUSICALS
A Glaswegian tale of making ends meet, McDonald’s and love.
Lauryn Redding is a ferociously talented must-see actor-musician.
Nouveau Riche use beatboxing, rap, song and spoken word to highlight and challenge black women’s experiences of the acting industry.
A call-centre turns sinister in this comic horror show.
Aural immersion experts Darkfield take you on a dark trip into a hotel.
Belgian theatre wizards Ontroerend Goed are back with a show about beginnings.
An audio-adventure walk exploring misogyny through the online ‘incel’ community.
From MySpace to TikTok, from cis to trans, Teddy Lamb’s Happy Meal is an unmissable treat.
Questions of what we eat and who we love collide in this witty discussion of gentrification.
Discover the story of Civil Rights pioneer Betty Daniels Rosemond.
A loud trip into the power of children to make change.
A toe-tapping mystery-musical, for lovers of true-crime podcasts.
A queer tale of healing: ‘beautiful, funny, sensual, alive and batshit crazy’.
A tongue-in-cheek comedy telling the true tale of twins growing up with cerebral palsy.
A twisted revenge story set alongside a theatre production of Psycho.
A wild fiesta of philosophy served up in a bonkers ritual at the Church of Ram, ‘where sheep are people, people are sheeple and the apocalypse is just getting started.’.
Ontroerend Goed made a splash with this show 19 (!) years ago. The blindfold is back in the revival from KASK School of Arts.
Two women in a Glasgow tower block seek asylum on account of their sexuality, and await their fate in this tense drama.
You are Sarah-Jane the temp, in this immersive mystery for one.
The ultimate Disney diva and villainess is finally given the musical she deserves.
What happens to your body when you’re being funny? After pigeon fancying, dog show handling and funeral direction, Victoria Melody gives stand-up a try!
CIRCUS & DANCE
Breadmaking, physical feats and growing up queer in rural France makes for a doughy delight.
Kat turned 40, and gave herself permission to produce a dance solo! ‘The result of 40 years of joy and hardship, laughter and tears, super tunes and super moves’.
Performers who met just days after the outbreak of war in Ukraine collaborate in this celebration of resilience and optimism in the face of adversity.
Surreal farm fables get the Cirque Alfonse treatment, combining circus, song, dance and theatre.
Western-themed circus showcasing the acrobatic circus skills of a troupe of bare-chested bombshells.
Queer circus from Edinburgh-born Sadiq Ali, bringing the struggle of homosexuality in Islam to the medium of Chinese poles.
Hilarious and inspirational in equal measures, ALOK serves a coruscating, awe-inspiring hour exploring trauma, belonging and the human condition.
Maybe the next big thing in stand-up – you heard it from us!
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats is finally given the stage treatment it deserves, in the phenomenal Frankie Thompson’s hilariously absurd one woman love song to all things feline.
Rosie Nicholls & Sullivan Brown promise ‘sketch comedy with teeth… and eyeballs’.
Last seen by us delivering a typically Duboisian vocal performance in Manchester’s Cockatoo Club, Myra returns to the Fringe to give ‘the world of self-help the enema it so desperately needs’.
Recipient of 4.5 stars from us (we really are meanies) back in 2019, we’re still telling everyone who will listen to check out the super funny Sarah Keyworth.
We can’t believe we’re writing this, but Spank! will be closing its doors this year! Our favourite comedy variety night goes out with a bang, though with this one-night-only finale!
Amy Xander & Ginnia Cheng deliver stand-up and sketches FOR FREE. Hear that, comedy rivals?! Free funnies – we love it!
Occasionally the To Do List team are forced to work together.
Rupert likes: free, cheap & offbeat London, especially: cabaret, art, theatre, pop-ups, eating out, quirky films, museums, day trips, social enterprise & much more.
Stuart likes: nice pubs, film marathons, not doing real marathons, bad comedy, plays/musicals with shorter second halves, and the Oxford comma.