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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An Audience With Stuart Bagcliffe

An Audience With Stuart Bagcliffe

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An Audience With Stuart Bagcliffe

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The Walrus / Raised Room
MAY 11, 23-25, 29 at 19:00 (60 min) - PAID
MAY 14-15 at 15:15 (60 min) - PAID

"Laugh out loud”, “Slick and powerful writing that keeps the audience mesmerised throughout” * * * * (London Pub Theatres) This comedic one man show introduces Stuart Bagcliffe, who is about to perform his biographical play to an audience for the first time. Ill prepared and lacking experience, Stuart is naturally a bundle of nerves. Join him as he attempts to make it through the play in one piece, contending with his overbearing mother watching from the wings, a sound technician who's half asleep, as well as his own demons and insecurities. What could possibly go wrong? ...


Flumps

Flumps

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Flumps

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The Caroline of Brunswick / Upper Lounge
MAY 29 at 14:00 (60 min) - PAID
MAY 29, JUN 2 at 15:15 (60 min) - PAID

An 8 year old with an obsession for cauliflower cheese and a 13 year old with a passion for pangolins, alone in a caravan over the summer, what could go wrong? 'Flumps' is a 60 minute dark comedy exploring Felicity and Harvey’s dysfunctional lives filled with wacky plot twists, eccentric characters, and darker than darkness, all explored through: puppetry, music and hilarity. Will our two anti-heroes navigate a life of homework, social services, and ill-obtained furry friends in a world of cushioned fantasy or are they destined to face reality?...


Fragile

Fragile

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Fragile

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The Walrus / Raised Room
MAY 28 at 15:15 (60 min) - Paid - Tickets from £8
JUN 2 at 20:15 (60 min) - Paid - Tickets from £8

Fragile is about a self-assured and powerful woman who “doesn't need anyone”. When lost in the middle of the mountains, this woman realizes that she got it all wrong. In order to survive, she has to go back, get rid of all the layers that she is unnecessarily wearing, and admit that asking for help is her way out. Vulnerability, breakthroughs, empowerment, and new beginnings. The story, based on real-life experiences, follows an independent and strong woman who, in a dangerous and deadly situation is scared of being vulnerable and admitting that she needs help. She tries to keep up the appear...


Happenings

Happenings

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Happenings

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The Walrus / Basement Room
MAY 10-12, 17-19 at 18:45 (60 min) - Paid - Tickets from £8

In these tough times, everything is a struggle. Happenings explores the unfulfilled aspirations and monotonous existences of three 30-somethings, who have the whole world at their feet, but cannot find the way to move forward. Jane wishes that something, anything, would happen to her, to fill the void in her life. Clearly everyone else is happy. One look at any social media feed will tell you that. Jo doesn’t understand how he can view the world so differently. He says he’s just happy to get along and be left alone. Maybe, neurodiverse character, Fran, really does have all the answers. Or a...


India 4000

India 4000

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India 4000

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The Walrus / Basement Room
MAY 16-18, 23, 30-31 at 21:15 (60 min) - PWYC

Allama Iqbal said Old Greece has vanished, so have Egypt and Rome; little of their civilizations now remain; but there is something about India; which refuses to die; though for centuries the world has been conspiring to wipe out her every trace. . What is this India? Apart from her physical and geographical aspects? What did she represent in the past? What gave her strength to her then? Does she represent anything vital now? Apart from being the home of a vast number of human beings? How does she fit in to the modern world? ...



Jack The Ripper My life as a Suspect

Jack The Ripper My life as a Suspect

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Jack The Ripper My life as a Suspect

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The Temple Bar / Upstairs
MAY 8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29, JUN 2-3, 5 at 14:15 (60 min) - Paid - Tickets from £7

In this show character comedian Robert Inston with respect to victims, and irreverence that only comes from knowledge...dissects the suspected perpetrators and celebrities dumbfounded by the demon of Whitechapel. In part one, he gives an overview of the period...particularly the response of the Government and Queen Victoria herself whose own grandson was a suspect. In Part 2, he "becomes" George Chapman wife poisoner; John Piser, known as Leather Apron as he worked in a slaughterhouse; the pathetic Aaron Kosminski who was more solitary than social.... ...


Not Drunk but Disorderly

Not Drunk but Disorderly

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Not Drunk but Disorderly

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The Walrus / Basement Room
MAY 30-31 at 20:00 (60 min) - PAID

Howard and Geoffrey are local police officers who don't know how to office. Nine residents, one murder. Two actors, nine characters. Trouble is easy to find, but a murderer isn’t. When called to the scene, Howard and Geoffrey not only have to find the perpetrator but also find the dead body that they somehow managed to lose. Not Drunk but Disorderly is a physical comedy that entertains, humours and mocks each other and the society we live in. A live theatre performance that fundamentally focuses on the characters and relishes in the going wrong. Murder mystery meets Dumb and Dumber....


Simon Says

Simon Says

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Simon Says

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The Walrus / Basement Room
JUN 2-3, 5 at 17:30 (60 min) - Paid - Tickets from £5

Simon Says is brought to you from the incredible mind of Simon. Religious leader. Saviour. God. Let him show you the joy he can bring to your lives as we follow four ungrateful followers through this parable of hubris, discontent and ingratitude. After growing tired of his less than lavish lifestyle, 458 decides to rebel against Simon. Aware he cannot do it alone, he tries to convince his fellow believers, 457, 460 and 461, to join him on his journey to liberation. However, due to their blind loyalty, apathy and stupidity, he struggles to get everyone on the same page. On top of their dysfu...


Vermin

Vermin

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Vermin

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The Walrus / Raised Room
MAY 15 at 16:30 (60 min) - PAID
MAY 16, 22 at 20:15 (60 min) - PAID
MAY 19, 30 at 21:30 (60 min) - PAID
MAY 29 at 15:15 (60 min) - PAID
The Caroline of Brunswick / Upper Lounge
MAY 28 at 14:00 (60 min) - PAID

death in the family changed Rachel and Billy’s lives forever, now their lives are coming to an end. An infestation of rats in their new flat reveals very different insanities. Billy, a man with an obsessive personality and a history of violence sees in the rats an opportunity to unleash his desire for murderous devastation. Rachel, a grieving mother, sees in them the reincarnated soul of her daughter, Alice. VERMIN is a fast paced two-hander dealing with joy, excitement, love, trust, fear and death. Billy and Rach retell the story of their imploding relationship with all the pace and ca...