#ESAFtop20 for fringe

1. JEkyll

1hr | C Venues 

Step inside and meet Ms Hyde: legendary life guru and professional provocateur. When she meets her number one fan, their collision brings the curtain down. From the company behind last year's smash hit, Grimm.

2. POlLYANNA

1HR | PARADISE PALMS 

Who’s parting the velvety curtains tonight? Amongst DJs, drinking, chatting and flirting, testbed cabaret Pollyanna showcases performance art, drag, live music, and best/messiest Fringe talent. Grab a cocktail with your hostess Pollyfilla, and enjoy unpolished creatures and beautiful disasters. Pollyanna oscillates late night drinking with on stage experimentation. We’ve had yoghurt licked off faces, S&M spoken word and keyboard-playing monks. Performances and live music punctuate the evening; you’ll find plenty time for drinking and dancing to our DJs. With new performers nightly, Pollyfilla’s endless costume changes and beats and soul filling the bar; you won’t know where to look.

3. loud poets

1 hr | storytelling centre

This is slam-style, make some noise, fist-thumping, pint-drinking, side-tickling, heart-wrenching poetry. This is poetry for the masses. This is the spoken word revolution. Featuring the best spoken word artists from Scotland and beyond. Performing with a live band, meaning an exciting, different show every night.

4. A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM

1HR | GREENSIDE @ INFIRMARY STREET

Deep in the forest, faeries wait... Join award-winning Box Tale Soup (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland) for their new family adaptation of Shakespeare's enchanting story, with just two actors and a cast of beautiful handmade puppets. Be transported to a world of mirth and magic where Shakespeare's language is made accessible to a younger audience through the use of puppetry, physical theatre and original music. 

5. IMPROVERTS

1HR | BEDLAM THEATRE

Always Different, Always Funny. Edinburgh's resident and longest-running improvised comedy troupe is back behind Bedlam Theatre's big red doors for yet another year of lightning fast wit, expert tech and high energy performances. Each night, a dynamic combination of players take to the stage for another round of spontaneous short form sketches based entirely on audience suggestions, resulting in a unique show every time.

6. BLIND MIRTH

1HR | PARADISE IN THE VAULT

St Andrews’ first, best and only improv troupe is lonely. Talented, well-educated, mostly house-trained performers seek that special hour-long connection with a supportive audience. Open to suggestions. No night is ever the same and former audiences have raved about our inexplicable pleasures. Mild performance anxiety.

7. daniel sinclair

1HR | cellar monkey

Daniel Sinclair is a grim comedy about two friends lying at the bottom of the cracks in society. A young man, Daniel, has one friend: Esteneth. But in Daniel, she has many. Daniel is a quiet boy with a condition which makes him do things he cannot remember. Finding himself in a desolate situation beyond his grasp, he turns to his one and only friend, Esteneth. As the source of his condition reveals itself, they struggle for stability whilst dealing with the many faces of Daniel. 

8. LATEX AND ROSES

1HR | THE CAVES

An hour of unapologetic satirical sketches performed by QMU ComSoc, a group who blended together would create the ethnicity of off-white. In an industry where comedy tries to appease the general public – they missed the memo. QMU ComSoc is a comedy society from Queen Margaret University who have proven to be naturally proficient in the field of sketch comedy after being founded in September 2013. The group has given a platform for young aspiring comedians; encouraging them to hone their performing skills, build personal confidence and find their own unique voice.

9. EDINBURGH REVUE

50 MINS | BEEHIVE INN

The Edinburgh Revue is the University's comedy society, and resident sketch and stand-up group. We provide regular opportunities to write, act, direct and perform sketches and stand-up, and we're open to people at all levels of experience, including those who are completely new to comedy. The Revue provides a friendly, relaxed environment to anyone who wants to get involved, and it's an excellent way to meet new people, with plenty of social events throughout the year. We have at least two shows every month throughout both semesters, with the best bits from our shows culminating in the society's Edinburgh Festival Fringe shows. So whether you want to indulge your inner comedy writer, or simply have some fun, come along and give it a try!

10. FAÇADE

55 MINS | THESPACE ON THE MILE

Are you watching carefully? Alec’s girlfriend and his professor frantically search through the diaries and essays of the man and mind they love. Can they prove his world to be real before it is all too late?

11. little shop of horrors

1 hr 30 MINS | paradise in augustines

Following sell-out Fringe production Avenue Q, EUSOG return with the deliciously dark cult comedy Little Shop of Horrors. Nerdy florist Seymour encounters a strange and interesting plant, which brings him fame and fortune. However, it’s not long before he’s bitten off more than he can chew, as the plant unveils its insatiable thirst for blood. Can he beat the odds, rescue the love of his life and save the world? A quirky, witty visual feast, which will leave you with a newfound fear of plants.

12. the oxford imps

1 HR | gilded balloon

What makes the Oxford Imps special? They stop at nothing to ensure that every audience member is having as much fun as they are. Tirelessly attacking the stage with infectious enthusiasm, these 'living legends' (ThreeWeeks) play games, sing songs, and tell stories in a variety of styles, from Broadway musicals to Bond films to Shakespeare plays. Each 'devastatingly funny' (EdfringeReview.com) performance is a wholly original blend of clever, family-friendly, Whose Line Is It Anyway?-style comedy. There's something for everyone at this party.

13. GOD'S WAITING ROOM

55 MINS | SURGEON'S HALL

A man with dark secrets suddenly meets an untimely end and is forced to meet his maker: God and his nemesis the devil. Things aren’t what they seem as he's locked in a battle for his soul.

14. NEWCASTLE BROWN MALE

50 MINS | JEKYLL & HYDE

One Geordie specialising in current affairs. A cutting edge insight into free speech. Do we have free speech? Do we need free speech? Do we deserve free speech? Not if social media is anything to go by, you banal bastards. His jokes about society are as revolutionary as Russell Brand’s opinion on Kim Kardashian’s ass. His jokes about being brown are tired in all honesty. You’ll laugh, you’ll learn, heck you might even orgasm. You won’t orgasm. That would be irrefutably insane. But now I guess you’ll definitely come? Can you afford to miss World Class jokes like that? NEE WAY.

15. TWELVE

50 MINS | JURY'S INN

Everyone has a story. This is mine. A one hour autobiographical performance of one man's story about his drug addiction.

16. eggs

1 hr | Sin

‘Rising star of London theatre’ (Evening Standard), actor and writer Florence Keith-Roach (ITV 2’s Cockroaches) debuts this brand new comedy about female friendship, fertility and freaking out. A candid two-hander, Eggs tracks the friendship between two women in their late 20s as they cope with the loss of a friend, face the burden of their own fertility and deal with the ever present sexual obstacles that life indignantly thrusts upon them. Eggs is a play that champions women, their flaws, their dreams, their strength. Funny and very, very rude.

17. GOOD KIDS

50 MINS | THE MASH HOUSE

An innovative and immersive sketch show from two current members of the Oxford Revue, filled with sketches, songs and monologues from two salt of the earth kids. 'Unparalleled comic timing'

18. HUG A THUG

1 HR | STAND IN THE SQUARE

Challenging preconceptions about crime and punishment, this interactive session gives the audience an opportunity to hear more about the lives of prisoners and victims of crime, and to design a prison.

19. LOVE & MONEY

1 HR 15 MINS | THESPACE ON THE MILE

‘The bag was not designed to hold things, it was designed to hold me.’ In a world where more is constantly thrust upon us, will we settle for love instead or simply consume until we are consumed?

20. SAVAGE

50 MINS | SURGEON'S HALL

They’re young, drunk, and on top of the world. Savage is a comedy presented by the Reading University Drama Society (RUDS) about excess, where there’s always time for one more drink, and tomorrow can always wait another day.