Curated Days at the Fringe

Curated Days at the Fringe

2023-07-28 12:55:49
With over 1,000 shows on this August it can be overwhelming to decide what shows you’d like to see. Let alone find ones which won’t clash and are close by!

To make life easy for the indecisive amongst us, we’ve curated some days around different genres to give you a head start! We’ve also left some gaps between the shows to catch your breath or, for the hardcore festival-pros, squeeze in other shows to fill your day!

Craig Hill at Just the Tonic, Nucleus

First up… A day of Comedy

3.40pm: Start your comedy run with the amazing Biscuit Barrell sketch crew. Gilded Balloon, Teviot. An incredible 69 sketches in one hour! 

Grab yourself drinks or food in the Gilded Balloon gardens, Underbelly Bristo Square or Pleasance Dome…. You might even have time to throw in a wild card show from a flyer you’ve been given! Then get going with plenty of time to spare for…

7.30pm: Craig Hill who is celebrating 24 years of comedy at the Fringe with his show this year at Just the Tonic, Nucleus. 

To end your evening, make your way over to the Underbelly Gardens in George Square to see what’s going on, get yourself some more food or a drink to keep you going ahead of an amazing late night show…

11.15pm: Book well in advance for Edinburgh Comedy AllStars at the iconic Udderbelly upturned purple cow! Nightly lineups available at

The Kinsey Sicks by Lois Tema at Gilded Balloon at the Museum

Comedy not your thing? How about an evening of Drag & Cabaret?!

Maybe you’re arriving into Edinburgh later in the day, or you work in Edinburgh and just want a jam-packed evening of entertainment or… as can often be the case, you’re feeling a little weary from a full on evening the night before and just want to build your energy back up before another night of Fringe - then we have you covered.

7.20pm: Start your evening with the outspoken drag a cappella quartet The Kinsey Sicks in the magic surrounding of Gilded Balloon at the Museum!

After you’ve been suitably appalled by this potty-mouthed group, head down the road across Bristo Square to Assembly George Square for a quick drink or snack before…

9.40pm: Oscar and The Crown - an immersive nightclub musical! Combining sequins, reality TV and the complete works of Oscar Wilde - a match made in heaven. 

Now you’ve got a true Fringe dash through the flyerers and festival goers back across Bristo Square for your final show of the night…

11.00pm: brand new to the Fringe for magic and variety hosted by Tom Brace head to Late Night Magic at Pleasance Dome to see you through until Midnight!

So you’ve had a day of Comedy and an evening of Cabaret. But the Fringe has oh so much more still to offer… for our third and final curated day we’re picked out some Theatre highlights.

Andronicus Synecdoche by Domas Rimeika at ZOO Southside

An earlier start for this one as we have a lot to fit in..

10.00am: Start the day with Pieces of Us at theSpaceUK @ Surgeons Hall and meet a whole range of characters to appreciate what makes us all the same. 

Take some time to let the tales sink in and treat yourself to a nice Lunch in town before heading on to play #2.

3.35pm: Godot is a Woman in Pleasance Courtyard; Silent Faces return with their trademark style of playful, political, physical theatre. 

We’ve given you a nice hour to wander up the hill to the next venue in time for…

5.50pm: Name of the Dame at Just the Tonic, Nucleus. Written by author and actor Adam Perrott and comic and improviser, Kate McCabe, this parody contains dames, detectics and stylish hats! The perfect combo.

After a triple hit of theatre across the city, we had to include some Shakespeare-inspired performance for our final show of the night…

8.20pm: Andronicus Synecdoche at ZOO Southside, you’re in for a true epic. Present by Song of the Goat, this performance features original text and music inspired by Titus Andronicus.

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