The ASDS Fringe Extravaganza 

The Act Sing Dance Schools Advanced  Extravaganza Fringe Showcase takes the stage at the Hill Street Theatre, Come along and see our students shine in performing an hour of some of the greatest musical theatre hits!

VENUE: Hill Street Theatre (Venue 41)
TIME: 10.30am
TICKET PRICES: £12 and £10


Even at the tender age of 21 Bonnie Thorn has generated great excitement and interest from music fans impressed by her soulful interpretations of the classic jazz repertoire and contemporary nu-soul songs, along with her own impressive original compositions. 

Little Jazz Bird showcases Bonnie’s vocal talents with selections covering the past 100 years of popular song from the Gershwins to Amy Winehouse and beyond. 

Her voice has echoes of the great 20th century songstresses and garnered comparisons with Judy Garland, Peggy Lee and Doris Day, and with her strong swing, faultless phrasing and deep musicality one hears the influence of her idol Blossom Dearie.

With Australian music theatre luminaries John and Fiona Thorn (Pastel Vespa) as parents, Bonnie has grown up immersed in the international cabaret scene, and is delighted to make her Edinburgh Fringe debut at the Royal Society of Edinburgh theatre.

She is accompanied on piano by her father John Thorn, well known as musical director to cabaret stars such as Meow Meow, Barb Jungr and Caroline Nin. 

Bonnie Thorn has an exciting new voice you will remember forever. Her Edinburgh debut is a show not to be missed.

VENUE: RSE Theatre (Venue 431)
DATES: 5th to 27th August
TIME: 12.15
TICKET PRICES: £10 and £8

Visiting Cezanne

How does an artist keep going when all seems hopeless? Seeking an answer, a failed artist in New York visits the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2016. From there she unexpectedly travels to an artist’s studio in southern France in 1900. She desperately wants to get back to her home in 2016 but Paul Cezanne, another obscure artist with his own problems, is not being helpful. Also ensnared in this crisis are Cezanne’s gardener and an art historian from Utah. This play’s creative team is Glasgow-based.

VENUE: Hill Street Theatre (Venue 41) Alba stage
DATES: 5th to 16th August and 18th to 28th August
TIME: 14.50

SHOW DURATION: 1 hour 30 minutes
TICKET PRICES: £15 and £12 conc.

The Rain Men

Wullie and Harry are two elderly comedians who were once a popular Scottish music hall comedy act known as The Rain Men. After 30 years together, they parted ways on unfriendly terms and have not spoken to each other since.

Now 20 years later their agent is trying to get them to revive the double act for a TV special at The Britannia Panopticon Theatre in Glasgow but the old animosity is still there.

Come along to see how the old timers revive their old school variety act. 

VENUE: RSE Theatre (Venue 431) Welcome East
DATES: 19th to 28th August
TIME: 18.30

SHOW DURATION: 1 hour 20 minutes
TICKET PRICES: £15 and £12 conc.

The Gay Train

Fifty thousand genders, vegan sausage rolls, a transgender attacked in a toilet… Aren’t people tired of all this whinging?”

A dark comedy. When Lin becomes the victim of a transphobic hate crime, a viral video propels “them” to fame – for all the wrong reasons. Will the gay agenda finally succeed, or is it all just woke, lefty bollocks?  Following their pandemic-themed webseries We Live Inside, Yellow Mug Theatre returns to the fringe with The Gay Train – a new play from queer writers Ray Stafford and Andrew Lake. Corporate rainbow flags and empty gestures clash with the violent reality of real bigotry in a furious, offensive ode to weekday morning TV.

Previous praise for Yellow Mug: “Every once in a while… something completely different comes along. Something which stands out and alone, unafraid to be counted. It’s compelling, interesting, and most importantly, original.” – Reviewer Number 9, for We Live Inside.

VENUE: Hill Street Theatre (Venue 41) Alba Stage
DATES: 5th to 28th August
TIME: 20:10
TICKET PRICES: £15 and £12

Spanking The Monkey: The Etymology of Onanistic Euphemisms

The Distinguished Benny Hill Symposia at the prestigious Royal Society of Edinburgh is proud to present this informative, “hands-on” lecture by the renowned Oxford Professor of English Literature Richard (‘Dick’) Handler (“Hamlet and the Birth of Cancel Culture,” “Twits and Twats: a Case Study in Alliterative Vulgarities” and “The Secret Hip-hop References in Peter Rabbit”, to name but a few) on the word origins of the innumerable euphemisms for self-pleasure (self-abuse if you’re a glass half-empty type).  

Or, put another way, where on earth did all these slang words for wanking come from. Take a look around, and there are monkeys being spanked, dolphins being flogged and chickens being choked. Turn on the telly and carrots are being cuffed, bananas are being buffed, and gherkins are being jerked. Even at Sunday Roast, all Gran wants to talk about are the willies that are being whipped, the puds being pounded and the candles being bashed. 

Whether one is chugging it in Scotland, slapping the sergeant in Turkey, marinating the salmon in Norway, or flying a kite in Thailand, Professor Handler’s scholarly study of the foundations of onanistic euphemisms is guaranteed to have universal appeal because, let’s face it, we’re all wankers.

VENUE: RSE Theatre (Venue 431) Welcome West
DATES: 12th – 28th August
TIME: 18.20
TICKET PRICES: £10 and £8 conc.


A one-woman comedy about what it’s really like living with OCD (for Sarah anyway)

Written and directed by Aisling Smith

Sarah was diagnosed with OCD a decade ago. She’s been managing it pretty well, but it’s hard living in a world that tells you to follow your gut when your gut wants you to touch the door handle 64 times. She wants to tell you her story and let you know that there’s much more to it than the stereotypes we see on TV, like obsessive hand- washing (though in Sarah’s case that’s definitely part of it). 

Performed by Laura Whelan and written and directed by Aisling Smith, OCD Me is a semi-autobiographical piece about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Aisling and Laura are both Irish artists working in theatre and film. Laura trained at Bow Street Academy for Screen Acting in Dublin and Aisling holds an MA from RADA and a PhD from NUI Galway. This is their Edinburgh Fringe debut!

VENUE: Hill Street Theatre (Venue 41)
DATES: 5th – 15th and 17th – 28th August
TIME: 15.10
TICKET PRICES: £13 and £10.50


This new production follows the Fraser family as they delve into the passionate world of the 2014 independence referendum and bring it up to date. The tensions that developed and sometimes exploded in many homes are visited here as we see the debate from both sides.

Has anyone changed their minds? Are there new and different reasons for changing how you would vote? And what will the outcome be after the next referendum vote? 2 years in writing hopefully this play will expose the reasons why people make choices and decisions, from the very complicated ones to the straightforward ones. Come along and listen to this family debate and you may even get a chance to vote on the night?

VENUE: Hill Street Theatre (Venue 41)
DATES: 5th to 28th August
TIME: 18.30
TICKET PRICES: £15 and £12


Miep Gies was a 32-year-old secretary in Otto Frank’s office when he asked her to help him and his family hide from the Nazis. She immediately said yes. At great risk to her own life, she brought food and other supplies to the Franks on a daily basis for over two years. After the Franks were arrested, she saved Anne’s diary and later went to Gestapo Headquarters to try to buy the Franks’ freedom. Miep was knighted by Queen Juliana of the Netherlands and later attended the Academy Awards in 2010, where she won an Oscar for the film based on her book, Remembering Anne Frank. She was 100 years old.

Prudence Wright Holmes’ mesmerising solo show tells the story of this extraordinary woman who refused to stand by in the face of one of the worst crimes in human history.

Wright Holmes is a US actor and writer. She has featured roles in the films Sister Act I and II with Whoopi Goldberg, The Exorcist II with Richard Burton, Kingpin with Woody Harrelson, My Own Love Song with Renee Zellweger, After.Life with Liam Neeson, Boardwalk Empire with Steve Buscemi directed by Martin Scorcese, and God’s Pocket with Philip Seymour Hoffman.

VENUE: RSE Theatre (Venue 431) Wolfson Stage
DATES: 5th – 28th August
TIME: 16.00
TICKET PRICES: £15 and £12 conc. Family tickets £11.50