Death on the Fringe is about challenging the taboos surrounding death, and getting people to think about what it means to live and die well. Our shows range from the frivolous to the tragic, but all have something to say about the matter, and, most importantly, they’re a great hour of entertainment. Click the show name to find out more about these 2015 shows.
Wed 5 – Mon 31 / Lynn Ruth Miller: Get A Grip (C Nova)
Old Comedian of the Year nominee guides us through eight decades of triumphs and failures.
Wed 5 – Mon 31 / Scattered (C Nova)
Dark comedy with a twist, exploring the nature of a family ripped apart and patched back together.
Thu 6 – Sun 23 / Holly & Ivy (Jekyll & Hyde)
Heart-wrenching play about two sisters brought back together by the death of their mother.
Thu 6 – Sun 30 / A Gambler’s Guide To Dying (Traverse Theatre)
The story of one boy’s grandad who, diagnosed with cancer, gambled his savings on living to the year 2000.
Thu 6 – Sun 30 / Jack Rooke: Good Grief (Underbelly Cowgate)
Comedian Jack Rooke’s debut hour examines how we treat bereaved people and challenges proposed 2016 welfare cuts for grieving families.
Thu 6 – Mon 31 / Ross & Rachel (Assembly George Square Theatre)
A dark and uncompromising new play about romance, expectation and mortality.
Fri 7 – Sat 22 / Fiesta de Los Muertos (theSpace @ Surgeon’s Hall)
Music, theatre, and storytelling show, inspired by the Mexican Day of the Dead.
Fri 7 – Sat 29 / The Ascension of Mrs Leech (Greenside @ Infirmary Street)
Old Mrs Leech dies and gets caught in a celestial squabble in this witty comedy.
Sat 8 – Sun 30 / John-Luke Roberts: Stdad-Up (Voodoo Rooms)
Incredibly silly comedy show about having and then not having a father, and how stupid you need to make yourself look to speak ill of the dead.
Mon 10 – Sat 15 / Father Time (SpaceTriplex)
Adaptation of the Grimms’ Godfather Death & Gambling Hans, with puppetry, live music and song.
Mon 10 – Thu 20 / God’s Waiting Room (theSpace @ Surgeon’s Hall)
A man with dark secrets meets an untimely end and is suddenly forced to meet his maker.
Tue 18 – Sun 30 / Am I Dead Yet? (Traverse Theatre)
Two friends, talking (and singing) about what happens when we die, and, most importantly, how some of us might be brought back.
Mon 24 – Sat 29 / Broken Biscuits (theSpace on the Mile)
Rita’s son James took a fatal bullet in Afghanistan saving Maggie’s son Paul. Can Maggie save Rita?
Mon 24 – Sat 29 / Tension Square (theSpace on the Mile)
New play explores issues of relationships, domestic abuse and terminal illness hidden by young people.
Mon 24 – Sun 30 / So It Goes (Underbelly Cowgate)
A frank, funny and endlessly inventive true story about love and loss.