THEATRE

Theatre Shows

Have a look through our selection of Theatre Shows! We are sure To have something you'll want to see in Edinburgh this August - from children's shows to cabaret; standup comedy to tragic drama. There's something for everyone at the Free Festival!


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Hitch Your Wagon: Improvised Cowboy Songs

Hitch Your Wagon: Improvised Cowboy Songs

Theatre

Hitch Your Wagon: Improvised Cowboy Songs

Theatre

The Walrus / Basement Room
MAY 12, JUN 2 at 14:45 (60 min) - Buy Tickets from £8
MAY 26 at 13:30 (60 min) - Buy Tickets from £8

Tea & Toast presents Hitch Your Wagon Take a trip to the old West and join rootin’ tootin’ improv cowboys Tea & Toast for some songs by the campfire. After a hard day ridin’ horses and branding steers they’re enjoying some moonshine and tellin’ stories. Sit with the gang as they sing ditties about masked bandits, lost love, shootouts with the sheriff and wild nights in the saloon. Tea & Toast presents Hitch Your Wagon is a cowboy campfire show that’s never the same twice. Yes siree, you give us the name of the song and we make it up, music, words and all. You’re all cowboys in our sho...


I Was a Bear

I Was a Bear

Theatre

I Was a Bear

Theatre

The Walrus / Basement Room
MAY 5 at 14:45 (60 min) - PWYC
MAY 7, 14 at 18:45 (60 min) - PWYC
MAY 19 at 13:30 (60 min) - PWYC

A dancing bear. A dirty break up. And lifelong loneliness. This play tells the story of April and Constance, two lonely, failing twenty somethings. After meeting in a waiting room for therapy, April and Constance’s lives intertwine as they experience each other’s dream worlds and distant memories. This two woman show invites the audience into the intimate world of their friendship, and their individual minds. Expect: Therapists, teenage crushes, existential dread, and fish and chips....


Lost to the Sea

Lost to the Sea

Theatre

Lost to the Sea

Theatre

The Quadrant / The Folklore Room
MAY 4 at 16:45 (60 min) - Buy Tickets from £8

Peering into rockpools one day, Rosie finds a beautiful sea green stone. ‘Careful’ says her brother Wills. ‘Stealing from the sea is bad luck’. As a tragedy unfolds, Brenda wonders if it was true, that taking the stone was at the root of all of these awful events…..and who is the mysterious figure drifting in and out of her dreams? LOST TO THE SEA is an original story with live music, singing and poetry, written and performed by Annie Sheppard, with cello from Agnes Keplinger. Two stories are woven together, both anchored in specific coastal landscapes. While geographically they are...


Sour Grapes: The Musical

Sour Grapes: The Musical

Theatre

Sour Grapes: The Musical

Theatre

The Walrus / Basement Room
MAY 19 at 17:30 (55 min) - Buy Tickets from £10
MAY 20-24 at 20:15 (55 min) - Buy Tickets from £10

"Sour Grapes" invites audiences on a profound journey into the haunting and often misunderstood realm of Postpartum Depression (PPD). Adapted from Yetunde Lemboye's poignant work, the play delves into the lives of Dapo and Oreoluwa King, a young couple navigating dreams, aspirations, and the overwhelming impact of PPD. With a global prevalence of 5% to 60.8%, PPD is a debilitating mental disorder that transcends borders, and this play courageously explores its emotional complexities. Set against the contrasting experiences of suffering mothers trapped in a metaphorical death swamp and the b...


The Encrypted Forest

The Encrypted Forest

Theatre

The Encrypted Forest

Theatre

The Quadrant / The Folklore Room
MAY 31 at 18:00 (60 min) - Buy Tickets from £5
The Windmill / Upstairs
MAY 30 at 19:30 (60 min) - Buy Tickets from £5
MAY 28-29 at 20:30 (60 min) - Buy Tickets from £5

The Encrypted Forest is an evening of folktale for the digital age, inspired post-internet art, weird fiction, cosmic horror and traditional folktale. Combining elements of storytelling, audio drama, sound art, lecture performance and lo-fi hip hop instrumentals, experience a realm where the digital and the mystical merge as we are haunted by our lost future....