Our fine array of productions heading north of the border for this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016 is broken into two parts: a heady mix of stellar comedy names and promising breakthrough talents, and our season of new theatre pieces at Summerhall.
Show And Tell at Summerhall
LETTERS TO WINDSOR HOUSE – Becca and Louise live together in what turns out to be an illegally sub-let council flat in North London. With music, song, politics, dodgy landlords and detective work, the multi award-winning duo SH!T THEATRE return – as this housing crisis gets personal. 1.35pm – Summerhall
TELL ME ANYTHING – When David was 15, he loved punk, house parties and poetry. But most of all, he loved Kate. They loved each other so much it hurt. Kate has an eating disorder. But David knows he can make her better. Following the international success of their debut show So It Goes, ON THE RUN return with a tender, comic and brutally honest follow-up. 5.45pm – Summerhall
HEADS UP – Multi award-winner KIERAN HURLEY (Beats, Chalk Farm, Hitch), with an original sonic score by Michael John McCarthy, weaves a picture of a familiar city at its moment of destruction, asking what would we do if we found ourselves at the end of our world as we know it. 7.05pm – Summerhall
WE NEED TO TALK – Multi award-winner and Radio 4 star JOSIE LONG and JONNY DONAHUE (Jonny and the Baptists, Every Brilliant Thing) are two lefty comedians who often get told they are preaching to the choir, living in a bubble and listening only to a social media echo chamber.
10.30pm – Roundabout @ Summerhall (Aug 19 only)
Star comics and emerging talents
JOSIE LONG AND MARTIN WILLIAMS: INVESTIGATIONS – Comedian and social change pioneer JOSIE LONG is joined by investigative journalist and regular Guardian contributor MARTIN WILLIAMS for a topical mix of exposed truths, reportage and gags. 12.00pm – The Stand
SIMON MUNNERY: STANDING STILL – The Chortle Award winner, Sony Radio Award winner, British Comedy Award nominee, Perrier Award nominee presents an opening to die for, seven wry observations, a tone poem, four fresh skits and two new commandments. 4.00pm – The Stand
SAM FLETCHER: DAFTWERK – The Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best Newcomer nominee and CBBC star, presents a dazzling blend of jokes, lo-fi showbiz flair, idiotic theatrics and some genuine (sort of) magic tricks. 4.00pm – Underbelly George Square
JORDAN BROOKES: THE MAKING OF – One man. One walk. Following a successful debut hour show, the 2016 Chortle Award Best Newcomer nominee follows-up with a new bundle of silly faces, uncomfortable poses and unnecessary confessions. 5.00pm – Cellar Monkey (free)
JOSIE LONG: WORK IN PROGRESS – The triple Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee, BBC Radio 4 star and cult optimist JOSIE LONG returns to The Stand with an hour of new material and knockabout fun, as she works towards her eighth stand-up show later in the year. 5.30pm – The Stand
SIMON MUNNERY AND FRIENDS: 30 NOT OUT – Multi award-winning, perrenial Fringe presence and serial innovator marks his 30th year of Fringe shows with an unmissable gala. He’ll be joined by star name guests and close collaborators from his three decades in alternative comedy. 6.45pm – The Famous Speigeltent (Aug 22 only)
NINA CONTI AND SIMON MUNNERY: WHACK IT UP THE FLAGPOLE – Weird cabaret. At the end of the day does it matter? Two comedy pioneers at their playful best. Plus oddball guests from across the Fringe.
11pm – Pleasance Dome (Aug 12, 19 only)