Oklahomaphobia: an irrational fear of gay men and musicals. Usually suffered by religious fundamentalists who haven’t realised that homosexuality is the embodiment of doing unto others as you would have them do unto you.Ciao Roma FREE More Info
Join two of Ireland’s new rising talents for energetic, frisky stand-up! Marcus Olaoire, regular contributor to Irish TV and radio, wants to tell you about everything in his world, from not trusting vegetarians to chilling misfortunes in the kitchen. Lucy Montague-Moffatt, a 2010 Nothing But Funny semi-finalist just four months after her first performance is a vegan weirdo.Bar 50 FREE More Info
US based performers – comedienne Desiree Burch and Greg Walloch present the best, edgy, risky, weird, raw, funny and dirty performances at the Fringe. Writers, comedians, film-makers, musicians, actors and poets will present work that is on-point and off-colour, finding a home for their most daring work. Is this the queerest show on the Fringe?Laughing Horse @ The Hive FREE More Info
Jodie Fleming-Stanley writes: Two years ago, you’d be forgiven for asking ‘What’s Roller Derby?’ However this sport has exploded throughout Scotland, and nowhere more prominently than in Edinburgh! Our local team, the Auld Reekie Roller Girls, have quickly carved a name for themselves in European Roller Derby history as one of the most imposing teams in Europe, as well as being the second team in Britain to become sanctioned by the WFTDA, the worldwide ‘governing body’ of the sport. And while other Scottish teams attract their own fanbases, Edinburgh locals have really got on board with Roller Derby and bouts regularly draw attendances of 600+; a cult following which is the envy of the rest of Europe.
The Auld Reekie Roller Girls are playing two monumental bouts this festival to showcase their awesome talent. The Cannon Belles play Glasgow’s Maiden Grrders on Sat 6th Aug, and the Twisted Thistles play Stuttgart Valley Roller Girls on Sat 20th Aug. These games will be particularly interesting, as both Edinburgh teams are so far undefeated this year. Also, Glasgow’s all-star Irn-Bruisers suffered a crushing defeat by Stuttgart Valley last month – so the Twisted Thistles will be particularly looking forward to another win against Stuttgart, who they have already beat last year.
Roller Derby is a family-friendly sport, and children under 16 go free. It’s really fun to watch, and don’t let the cute outfits and quirky names fool you – these girls are serious athletes! They train hard; up to 4 gruelling sessions a week – and the results are a group of feisty, edgy, competitive machines who have been catapulted to the top of European league tables as a result of their pure passion for roller derby.
So if you’re still asking ‘What is Roller Derby?’ It’s 2 half hour periods consisting of 2 minute jams. Each jam consists of 5 players from each team, skating in a tight formation called a pack. One from each team is a ‘jammer’ whose aim is to lap her opponents and score points. The other four are ‘blockers’, who are there to take that jammer out by whatever legal means possible! It can get nippy at times, and a track-side ‘suicide seat’ could result in you ending up with a roller girl in your lap – which is why those seats are so popular! Most of all, Roller Derby is about fun! Fun and empowerment, and it’s clear to anyone who watches the fabulous Auld Reekie Roller Girls in action that they’re all empowered and having a whole heap of fun!
There’s also the most amazing selection of cakes, craft stalls and custom jewellery available to purchase so although the tickets are a very reasonable £5 each, bring more money as you may be tempted by pretty sparkly things! There’s also a sad tinge to proceedings though, as star jammer and one of the original Arrg girls, Juicy Lucy, is leaving to move to the big smoke. Her team and fans alike are both devastated about this news, though Auld Reekie’s loss is London Roller Girls’ win! So good luck, Juicy! This article comes with one promise – one bout, and you’ll be hooked! Roller Derby has some kind of fairy dust sprinkled on it which enraptures everyone – both skaters and spectators! If you don’t end up skating for the league, you may just find yourself with a season ticket for what is the hottest sport around!Meadowbank Sports Centre 6th & 20th August £5 Get Tickets
This challenging play depicts two gay relationships. In the claustrophobia of a seemingly inescapable train station waiting room, two actors explore two imperfect relationships of four men. Ultimately about loss and how we can have very different ideas of what love is.Kiwi Bar @ Walkabout FREE More Info
Bernadette Byrne and Victor Victoria will shock, arouse and enlighten you with their critically acclaimed faux-communist cabaret. Armed with an assortment of musical instruments, a suitcase of sexually informative puppets and a penchant for the risqué, the show is a riot of satirical reinterpretations from Marlene Dietrich to Madonna, strange improvisations and their own darkly comic songs. You have nothing to lose but your chains… and your innocence. The Queens of smut. Impressive and very funny stuff.Laughing Horse @ The Counting House FREE More Info
Shaggers returns! What more could you want from a late show at a comedy festival? The world’s best live performers talking about that most joyous of pursuits – shagging! Boys, girls, gay, straight. All will be performing and all are welcome to attend the most fun-filled late show at comedy festivals worldwide. And the best part? It’s Free!Laughing Horse @ The Three Sisters FREE More Info
Edinburgh’s own hairy double act – join Hitch and Mitch for their Genisis, buoyant with bouts of variety and badinage. You’ve seen the great pyramids, marvelled at Blackpool tower, now see the stars of Sealand Primary School Nativity Play – live! For more information, see show.The Banshee Labyrinth FREE More Info
Stand-up David Kelly has embarrassed himself for a good 30 years. Now he wants to come clean. Will he reveal what he did to meet Stephen Fry? How he ruined a royal wedding? Why Radiohead’s Thom Yorke told him to go fuck himself? You’ll have to come along to find out.Laughing Horse @ Meadow Bar FREE More Info