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All Back to Bowie’s

David Greig and The Barnett Consequentials David Bowie said ‘Scotland, stay with us’. At the Fringe, a group of Scottish artists take him up on his kind invitation. So pull up a futon, it’s all back to Bowie’s for an #indyref mix of politics, poetry, polemic and pop. Different guests every day make for an hour of…

Stand in the Square, Edinburgh

Fri 1 Aug

£8 (£6)

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

£8 (£6)

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 3 Aug

£8 (£6)

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 21 more dates until 24 Aug

Marathon Storytelling Challenge

Tam Dean Burn follows the Queen's Baton Relay on his bicycle with the aim of reading all 195 books and plays, and singing all the songs, written by former Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson to children along the route.

Scottish Mask and Puppet Centre, Glasgow

Sat 2 Aug

Free / 0141 339 6185

  • 14:00

Wednesday Walkthrough: Carol Rama & Danh Vo

Irene Aristizabal, the Curator of the exhibition discusses the process of bringing the two artists together.

Nottingham Contemporary

Wed 20 Aug

Free / 0115 948 9750

  • 12:00 – 12:45

The Word Café

Matt Harvey, Kate Fox, Julie Mullen. The Pleasance Take two Radio 4 poets, Matt Harvey: ‘…not only funny but tender and true’ (Guardian), and Kate Fox: ‘funny and endearing with enough journalistic cynicism to cut through the whimsy’ (Sunday Telegraph), mix well with Liverpool poet Julie Mullen: ‘does for sprouts what…

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Mon 11 Aug

Bunker One

£8.50 (£7) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 12 Aug

Bunker One

£8.50 (£7) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 13 Aug

Bunker One

£9.50 (£8) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 12 more dates until 25 Aug

Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh

Tue 5 Aug

QueenDome

£8.50 (£7) / 0131 556 6550

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 6 Aug

QueenDome

£9.50 (£8) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 7 Aug

QueenDome

£9.50 (£8) / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 9 Aug

Dame Diana Rigg: No Turn Unstoned

Emma Brünjes Productions Ltd A history and anecdotes of life in the theatre. A scholarly, insightful and highly entertaining reflection of the worst theatrical reviews in history and a celebration of the actors who survive. Hear stories from her many friends in theatre and film and a history of theatre criticism with…

Assembly Checkpoint, Edinburgh

Thu 14 Aug

£12.50 (£10) / 0131 225 7053

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 15 Aug

£15 (£13) / 0131 225 7053

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 16 Aug

£15 (£13) / 0131 225 7053

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Robert Lewellyn: Electric Cars Are Rubbish. Aren't They?

Lakin McCarthy / The Assembly Rooms Environmentally friendly? Sustainable? More like greenie hogwash! Red Dwarf star Robert Llewellyn suggests we take off our Clarkson ear muffs and hear a different take. All seating is unreserved. Late comers may not be admitted. Age category: PG

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Thu 7 Aug

The Music Hall

£10 / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Owen Jones: The Establishment

Lakin McCarthy / The Assembly Rooms Behind our democracy lurks a powerful but unaccountable network of people who wield massive power and reap huge profits in the process. Owen Jones offers a biting critique of the British Establishment and a passionate plea for democracy. All seating is unreserved. Late comers may…

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Fri 15 Aug

The Music Hall

£10 / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Don't Tell Him Pike

Ian Lavender and Steven McNicoll …but maybe he will! Enjoy an afternoon with Ian 'Stupid Boy' Lavender in conversation with Edinburgh's Steven McNicoll. Dad's Army was Ian's first professional job and he found himself thrown into a group of some of the best and funniest actors in the business. Dad's Army became one of…

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Fri 1 Aug

Studio Two

£10 (£9) / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

Studio Two

£10 (£9) / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 3 Aug

Studio Two

£10 (£9) / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 20 more dates until 24 Aug

An Evening with Pam Ayres

A cosy evening of poetry, stories and incredible wit from the lady herself.

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Fri 8 Aug

The Music Hall

£15 / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 9 Aug

The Music Hall

£15 / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 10 Aug

The Music Hall

£15 / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

CAST, Doncaster

Sun 16 Nov

£20 / 01302 303959

  • 17:00

Ferneham Hall, Fareham

Sun 26 Oct

£22.50 / 01329 231942

  • 17:00

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Jonathan Meades: A Stroll Down False Memory Lane

Lakin McCarthy / The Assembly Rooms 'Forensically, mordantly, occasionally lovingly, Meades deconstructs the 1950s. They will never look quite the same again' (David Kynaston on An Encyclopaedia of Myself). Meades discusses of memory's vagaries, indiscriminacy and mutability. All seating is unreserved. Late comers…

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Wed 20 Aug

The Music Hall

£10 / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Jim Al-Khalili: Quantum – Still Crazy After All These Years

Lakin McCarthy / The Assembly Rooms A whirlwind tour of the quantum world, highlighting just why it is so strange and how physicists have come to terms with what it all means. All seating is unreserved. Late comers may not be admitted. Age category: PG

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Tue 19 Aug

The Music Hall

£10 / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Blofeld and Baxter – Memories of Test Match Special

The cricket commentators talk about their careers and stories from their trips around the world.

Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh

Fri 1 Aug

QueenDome

£9 / 0131 556 6550

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

QueenDome

£12.50 (£11.50) / 0131 556 6550

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 3 Aug

QueenDome

£12.50 (£11.50) / 0131 556 6550

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 21 more dates until 24 Aug

Jay Rayner: My Dining Hell

Lakin McCarthy / The Assembly Rooms Observer restaurant critic and chair of BBC Radio 4’s Kitchen Cabinet, Jay Rayner examines our fascination with lousy reviews, recalls some of his worst nights out and shares the most damning reviews his own work has received. All seating is unreserved. Late comers may not be…

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Sat 2 Aug

The Music Hall

£10 / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Jump Up and Join In with Carrie Grant & David Grant

After a barn-storming appearance at last year's Book Festival, Carrie and David Grant, from hit CBeebies show Popshop, are back with another foot-stomping event. Their picture book series, Jump Up and Join In, teaches young children about many aspects of music-making through the clever use of loveable animal characters.

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Mon 11 Aug

£4.50 / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Prescriptions for Sunbeds?

Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas Everyone knows that sunbathing is the fastest way to skin cancer … but are we missing something? We have known for years about the skin cancer risk, but how much does this really matter? Should we risk cancer (and wrinkles and age spots) to have healthier hearts and minds? Might sunlight…

Stand in the Square, Edinburgh

Sat 23 Aug

£5

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Simon Singh: The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets

Lakin McCarthy / The Assembly Rooms Everyone loves The Simpsons, but few people realise that its mathematically gifted team of scriptwriters have used the series to explore everything, from pi to primes, from calculus to geometry, from infinitesimals to infinity. All seating is unreserved. Late comers may not be…

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Sun 24 Aug

The Music Hall

£10 / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Experimental: The Show That Plays With Your Mind

Richard Wiseman / PBH's Free Fringe An interactive experience like no other as you take part in live mind-blowing experiments that will make you laugh, scream and gasp. There's no performer. It's just you and the unknown.

The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh

Sun 17 Aug

Ballroom

Free / 0131 556 7060

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Mon 18 Aug

Ballroom

Free / 0131 556 7060

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Tue 19 Aug

Ballroom

Free / 0131 556 7060

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

…and 5 more dates until 24 Aug

Robin Hobb: Author Event

Hobb signs her eagerly anticipated book Fool's Assassin, the first in her latest trilogy Fitz And The Fool.

Waterstones, Reading Oracle

Sat 9 Aug

Free / 0118 950 3400

  • 13:00

Spoken Word Sundays

Appletree Writers and Friends One beautiful venue, three Sundays, twenty performances, each a unique showcase of amazing new writing, bringing together writers exploring everything from Scottish identity and feminism to ghosts and Lou Reed! Captivating showcases from the Scottish Writers' Centre, identity on tyne…

The Whole Works, Edinburgh

Sun 10 Aug

Waiting Room

£5 (£4.50)

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Waiting Room

£6 (£5.50)

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 17 Aug

Waiting Room

£3.50 (£3)

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Waiting Room

£5 (£4.50)

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Waiting Room

£6 (£5.50)

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 24 Aug

Waiting Room

£5 (£4.50)

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Aidan Moffat and the Lavender Blue Dress

Meet acclaimed indie singer-songwriter Aidan Moffat (one half of the band Arab Strap) and hear about his first book. The Lavender Blue Dress tells the story of Mabel, a little girl who wants nothing more than a beautiful dress to wear to the Christmas ball. Told in rhyme, it's a heart-warming tale of family, friendship…

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Sun 10 Aug

£4.50 / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

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Aliens Love Underpants

  • Directed by: Adam Bampton-Smith
  • Written by: Adam Bampton-Smith

A close encounter of the 'pantastic' kind.

Leicester Square Theatre, London WC2H

Sat 2 Aug

Main House

£15 / 0844 873 3433

Sun 3 Aug

Main House

£15 / 0844 873 3433

Sat 9 Aug

£15 / 0844 873 3433

…and 7 more dates until 31 Aug

Douglas Newton & David Olusoga

Accounts of the First World War often portray it as a righteous conflict. Sydney-based professor of history Douglas Newton’s The Darkest Days presents an examination of the British Government’s ‘dishonesty and wilful belligerence’ in its choice for war. David Olusoga’s The World’s War presents eyewitness accounts from…

Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Fri 22 Aug

£10 (£8) / 0845 373 5888

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Douglas Thompson: The Brahan Seer

Short story writer and novelist Douglas Thompson speaks about his work, including his sixth novel, The Brahan Seer.

Eden Court Theatre and Cinema, Inverness

Wed 20 Aug

£7.50 / 01463 234234

Interviewed by journalist Roddy Maclean. Part of Inverness Book Festival.

The Good Delusion

Tina Sederholm / PBH's Free Fringe Tina’s always wanted to be top of the class. She’s lusted after gold stars, gold medals and filmstar boyfriends. She worked hard, followed the rules, tried to be a poster girl for success. Because that way all her dreams would come true, right? Join Tina, poet and serial…

The Royal Oak, Edinburgh

Sat 2 Aug

Royal Oak Lounge

Free / 0131 557 2976

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Mon 4 Aug

Royal Oak Lounge

Free / 0131 557 2976

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

Tue 5 Aug

Royal Oak Lounge

Free / 0131 557 2976

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe & PBH's Free Fringe.

…and 16 more dates until 23 Aug

Love & Rabbits

Two fools take to the stage to lead you on a journey through the most poetic, surreal and forgotten parts of your imagination. This is children's poetry for adults. Come and join us for a celebration of some very silly words.

Electric Circus, Edinburgh

Mon 4 Aug

Lizard Lounge

Free, with a collection afterwards / 0131 226 4224

Part of PBH's Free Fringe.

  • 12:45 – 13:45

Tue 5 Aug

Lizard Lounge

Free, with a collection afterwards / 0131 226 4224

Part of PBH's Free Fringe.

  • 12:45 – 13:45

Wed 6 Aug

Lizard Lounge

Free, with a collection afterwards / 0131 226 4224

Part of PBH's Free Fringe.

  • 12:45 – 13:45
…and 7 more dates until 15 Aug back to top