50 Unmissable Shows At The Edinburgh Fringe 2019
Bring On The Edinburgh Fringe!
Once again, the To Do List team will be jetting up to the Edinburgh Fringe to check out the very best that the festival has to offer, and we’ll be sharing with you the best quirky, offbeat, and downright amazing events at this years Fringe!
BUT FIRST! YES, IT’S OUR ONE-PAGE GUIDE TO 50 OF THE HOTTEST HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE FESTIVAL PROGRAMME!
We’ve picked out 50 – yes, fifty – of the offbeat, less mainstream offerings from this years jumbo Edinburgh Fringe line-up. Also, look out for our reviews article once the festival kicks off!
Go on, knock yourselves out with fab fringe festivity!
CABARET & VARIETY
Take a trip with Andrea into a surreal queer wonderland.
Move over G.L.O.W! This summer is all about lady arm wrestling, with OTT theatrics – this is an unstoppable spectacle.
A revolutionary late-night ritual exploring our world crises, from rising rents to broken borders.
Bow to the high priestess Lucy Hopkins and tickle your funny bones with this silly ceremony.
THEATRE & MUSICALS
Belgian fringe legends Ontroerend Goed return with a visual feast reflecting on civilization and progress.
A deliciously dark true-crime adventure solving the cases of infamous Scottish serial killer Bible John.
A compelling foot-stomping memoir exploring the conflicts between religion and queerness.
The erotically-charged cult 90s teen movie gets the musical treatment.
Visionary artists Hannah Ringham and Glen Neath make the connections between our mental health and political ideology.
A 30-minute expedition into the future sees the return of cult theatre company Anorak to the fringe.
Advertising is dissected in this anarchic ad break by acclaimed clown Frankie Thompson.
OH. MY. GOD. Its a Friends Parody Musical. Could we be more excited?
A bat-shit crazy-sounding tale of a dominatrix vs a feline foe in the Bavarian countryside.
Future star Hannah Maxwell explores her AmDram roots.
Demi Nandhra dissects depression, armed with wit and a fuck ton of bananas.
Pulsating synth and banging beats collide in this story of struggle against cancer and HIV.
A relationship is laid bare in this fresh new show from the talented Sophia Mertins.
A mother-daughter relationship goes sour in this expose of a mum who joins a cult.
Irresistible life-affirming punk musical from Brigitte Aprodite and Quiet Boy.
A green screen, a different guest performer every day and a weather theme all make for a potentially ground-breaking work.
Former refugees from Eritrea, Afghanistan and Albania tell their epic stories, as they break free from their jobs in a pizza takeaway.
Performance provocateur Scottee takes a swipe at class.
Long before Love Island came teen dating board game Dream Phone. Swipe Right Theatre bring glorious nostalgia and laugh out loud zany comedy in this must-see musical.
Harry Clayton-Wright delves into his sexual past to discover why we want what we want.
A raucous riot of a show about a trip to Malta, exploring nationality, the expat vs immigrant dilemma and our fractured connection to Europe.
A disco revolution led by two transgender performers who say ‘up yours!’ to the gender binary.
A queer Caribbean cabaret.
A rap musical uncovering the hidden history of American Iva Ikuko Toguri D’Aquino, who took part in controversial broadcasts in Japan to Allied soldiers.
A lo-fi sci-fi fable fusing storytelling, projection, and puppetry.
CIRCUS & DANCE
A techno-cowboy big-top stomp fresh from Las Vegas.
Rib-tickling dance show on a moving bus.
Angela Lansbury, Delia Smith and Bette Midler become the sounds to this camp dance show.
From the team behind the astounding Cantina comes a new gasp-worthy circus show.
Denmark’s endlessly innovative physical theatre group Don Gnu explore ageing.
A circus extravaganza with – epic acts like the wheel of death – with a tongue in cheek, fatalistic charm.
Female circus supremos rip up the rule book and bring a fresh attitude to the ring.
FOC It Up: The Femmes of Colour Comedy Club | Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose | Aug 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25 | 23:15
The pioneering comedy night platforming women, trans and non-binary comedians and a ‘100% no-white-dudes-onstage guarantee’ comes to check Edinburgh’s privilege.
Georgia Tasda’s School Of Magic | PBH’s Free Fringe @ CC Blooms | Aug 3-6, 8-13, 15-20, 22-25 | 22:30
RuPaul this is not. Join Georgia for a live art/drag mash up.
Costume changes, magic and voodoo realness make for a steamy stew of the surreal.
Kilara Sen takes her audience to the heart of being a woman in Japan.
A refreshingly frank tale of transformation from a rising comedy starlet.
You need more trash in your life. And MOTHER are the comedy duo ready to thrill ya with their tongue-firmly-in-cheek sketches.
Njambi McGrath isn’t afraid to challenge empire and make you think whilst making your lose your shit.
Star of podcast 2 Dope Queens and author of You Can’t Touch My Hair & Other Things I Still Have To Explain, Phoebe Robinson is sure to bring down the house in Edinburgh.
A mysterious mix of alt comedy with acts from Venezuela, America, Slovenia and Australia.
Podcaster Sadia Azmat and newcomer Vittorio Angelone prove comedy is best in half hour chunks.
Sam Lake and Chloe Petts: Household Essentials | Just the Tonic at The Caves | Aug 1-11, 13-14, 16-25 | 20:40
Sam Lake and Chloe Petts are ‘mutually but separately gay’ and we can’t wait to see their double bill.
Talented funnyman Sam See exposes the dark secrets of censorship behind Singapore’s smiles.
A vital challenge to the fetishisation of black women.
The Adventures of the Bearded Lady | Gilded Balloon at Old Tolbooth Market | Jul 31 Aug 1-13, 15-25 | 21:15
A surreal and hysterical exploration of being true to your roots.
A divine bill of award-winning LGBTQ+ women and non-binary comedians.
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.