Edinburgh Festival Fringe- Our Top Picks 2017

We've been through all the shows coming to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe performed by LGBTI people or with LGBTI content and made a list of our top picks.

August has to be one of the most exciting times in Edinburgh, with Edinburgh Festival Fringe shows all over the city.  They are in theatres, buses, parks, bars – everywhere and anywhere, from dawn til dusk and for a variety of prices. If you’re quick you should be able to get some shows during the previews which are cheaper and on the first Monday and Tuesday of the Fringe (the 7th and 8th August) there are 2-for-1 tickets for most shows.    

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe  is the largest arts festival in the world; it’s one of just seven cultural festivals taking place in the city each year in August. In 2016 there were over 50, 000 performances of over 3,000 shows in 313 venues with theatre, comedy, dance, physical theatre, circus, cabaret, children's shows, musicals, opera, music, spoken word, exhibitions and events, and there are even more shows this year so there is a lot to choose from. 
While there are a number of shows with LGBTI content or feature LGBTI performers our team have selected a few that we think you may be interested in - listed in no particular order. Full show listings can be found at edfringe.com 


Skin – Pleasance Courtyard, 1400-1500 2nd-28th August (not 14th), suitable for 12+ 

 is not my body. This is not my body This is not my body. 

After the sell-out international tour of Smother, 201’s award-winning hip-hop theatre returns with SKIN: a boy’s intimate journey of gender transition to discov
er a body that feels like home. Fusing urban and contemporary styles with an original score, choreographer Andrea Walker directs a cast of 7 dancers in a fast paced, emotionally driven story of family, identity and belonging. Coming to Edinburgh after previews at Latitude Festival.


Priscilla Queen of the Desert – Greenside @ Royal Terrace, 2200-0000 4th – 12th August, suitable for 14+ 
The much loved colourful extravaganza of a show come to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for the first time from the company behind 2016's sell-out American Idiot. Join Tick, Felicia and Bernadette on their travels across Australia in the world's most camp bus: Priscilla! Set to classic anthems such as Such as It's Raining Men, Hot Stuff, True Colours, Go West and I Will Survive this is a guaranteed party night out that packs an emotional punch. Not to be missed! 


Larry Dean: Fandan – Heroes @ Monkey Barrel, 1840-1940, 3rd – 27th August (not 15th), suitable for 14+ 
Amused Moose Comedy Award winner and Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Larry Dean returns to Edinburgh with a brand new hour of ‘fascinatingly funny’ (Evening Standard) comedy following his debut stand-up tour and a stint at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. 


Courtney Act: The Girl from Oz – Underbelly, George Square, 18-1900 13th, 15th, 17th-20th and 22nd-26th August, suitable for 14+ 
Australian drag superstar Courtney Act (RuPaul's Drag Race, Australian Idol) takes you over the rainbow and down under in her new show. Chock full of hits and high notes, you will leave this show realising there's no place like home!  


The Soft Subject (A Love Story) – Assembly Hall, 1625-1725, 3rd-28th August (not 14th), suitable for 14+ 
Today's class is about love, heartbreak and The Little Mermaid. Not all lessons can be learnt in school. Chris Woodley's autobiographical solo show invites you back into the classroom to learn about loss, survival and Brazil nuts. With heart-on-sleeve comedy, Woodley explores the peaks and troughs of wanting it all in the modern world. This is Hyphen Theatre Company's Fringe debut, following a sold-out London run of its previous show Next Lesson. 



Gypsy Queen – Assembly Rooms, 1300-1410, 3rd-26th August (not 14th, 21st), suitable for 16+ 
Can two men raised to fight ever learn to love? The story of "Gorgeous" George O'Connell, bare-knuckle fighter and traveller, who enters the world of professional boxing, putting him on a collision course with his roots, his identity and his greatest fear. In the opposite corner, gay boxer Dane "The Pain" Samson, the young pretender and son of a boxing legend, is fighting his own battles, which will lead to a tragedy that neither could predict. Gypsy Queen is an unconventional love story between two fighters who discover the greatest challenge lies outside the ring. 

Paul Sinha –The Stand Comedy Club16:55 – 17:55,  3rd-26th August (not 14th, 21st), suitable for 18+ 
In his 2015 Edinburgh Fringe show, comedian and doyen of daytime, Paul Sinha, weaved an intricate tale of happiness based on a combination of doing two jobs he loved, enjoying parental approval, and, actually being in a proper, grown-up, long-term relationship. The day after he returned home, the illusion of happiness was shattered. Was this the end? The beginning of the end? Or the end of a beginning? 



Gary Lamont: Dropping the Soap! –  Gilded Balloon at Rose Theatre, 2045-2145, 2nd -28th August (not 14th), suitable for 16+ 
After eight years on BBC's River City, Gary's leaving his role as hairdresser Robbie behind. But is he destined to be an international showgirl following in the footsteps of Kylie? Or will he be flogging yoghurt Martine McCutcheon style? Join him for a down and dirty hour of soapy comedy and music.  


Fruity and the Tweet –  Gilded Balloon at Rose Theatre, 2130-2230,  2nd -17th August, suitable for 16+ 
A modern twist on a tale as old as time. Fin, a handsome young gay man with an affinity for activism, locks horns with the town's alt-right Mayor. Fin's entire world turns upside down when his secret relationship with Bastion, the Mayor's golden boy, is exposed by a tweet. He must confront homophobia, eradicate ignorance and separate fact from fake news. What happens when diversity is challenged and social norms are tested? Fruity and the Tweet explores the absurd and tragic consequences of intolerance – biting satire with a heart of rose gold. 



Not About Heroes –  Pleasance Dome, 1200-1315, 2nd – 28th, (not 9th, 16th, 23rdAugust,  
Stephen Macdonald's Fringe First-winning play about the unique friendship between celebrated WWI poets Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon. They met at Craiglockhart Hospital in 1917 and bonded over a mutual hatred of war and love of poetry. This production won a Best Actor accolade at the Wales Theatre Awards and is embarking on a world tour, commemorating the centenary of both the meeting depicted in the play and of the Armistice. 'Recreates the Great War as tangibly as if the theatre had filled with the smoke and stench of the battlefield. 

And because we couldn't stick to just 10...


At a Stretch –  Scottish Storytelling Centre, 1300-1350, 3rd – 15th August, suitable for 6+ 
In a big, busy city there’s loads of space. You can jump across rooftops and meet new people every day. But it can be lonely in the big city too. When Mel and Emma meet, something is different and they find themselves on a neon adventure they never expected. A wordless visual theatre production for children and families following the story of two women who meet, get stuck together with elastic and, despite their best efforts, fall in love. Sharp physical comedy, exciting choreography and breathtaking physical theatre from the Fringe First award-winning Jordan and Skinner.