Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019: Top 10 LGBTQ+ Shows


Top up your fringe to-do list with this mix of fun, provocative and thoughtful shows examining all aspects of the LGBTQ+ experience.

  1. Algorithms
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Venue: Pleasance Courtyard | 1 – 26 August (not 13th)

Tickets available here.

Following sell-out previews at Soho’s Theatre in 2018, Sadie Clarke brings her debut play ‘Algorithms’ to the Edinburgh Fringe. This one-woman play is a bisexual Bridget Jones for the online generation.

2. Loud and Proud on the Fringe

Venue: St Cuthbert’s Church | 10 August

Tickets available here.

Join Scotland’s LGBT choir as they celebrate Stonewall – the series of fightbacks marking the beginnings of the gay liberation movement in 1969. Their acappella repertoire includes songs of protest and rebellion, love, loss and thoughts of the future.

3. Tilda Swinton Answers an Ad on Craigslist

Tilda Swinton Fringe cast
Photo: Greg Macvean

Venue: Assembly George Square Gardens | 1 – 25 August

Tickets available here.

Buffy star Tom Lenk portrays actress Tilda Swinton as a modern Mary Poppins who finds a depressed gay man on Craigslist and dissects his life for a character study for her next movie role. Following  sold-out performances at last year’s Fringe Festival, audiences will have another chance to catch this hilarious show.

4. Burgerz

Venue: Traverse Theatre | 1 – 25 August (not 5th, 12th, 19th)

Tickets available here.

Travis Albanza explores how trans bodies survive and how, by reclaiming an act of violence, we can address our own complicity. A powerful meditation on the trans experience.

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Image credit: Holly Revell

5. Sex Education

Venue: Summerhall | 2 – 25 August (not 12th, 19th)

Tickets available here.

Harry Clayton-Wright’s award-winning debut show explores how we learn about sex and the role our parents play in shaping our expectations. A no-holds-barred show for anyone who’s ever wondered why they want what they want.

6. She Can’t Half Talk

Venue: Bedlam Theatre | 17 – 25 August

Tickets available here.

Five perspectives come together to explore the conformities of gender and sexuality in this new-to-the-fringe monologue show. Be prepared to laugh and cry, to relate and to isolate, and most importantly, to think differently.

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7. Rosie Jones: Backward

Venue: Pleasance Courtyard | 2 – 25 August (not 5th, 12th)

Tickets available here.

After her sold-out debut last year, Rosie Jones returns to the Fringe with a show that explores what it’s like to be the world’s only gay, northern, disabled comedian with a lethal amount of Creme Eggs in her wardrobe.

8. The Mannequin

Venue: [email protected] Surgeons’ Hall | 19 – 24 August

Tickets available here.

From the streets of Soho to the drag bars of Montmartre, the frantic lives of these artists all revolve around The Mannequin. This multimedia production combines new writing with original film and costume to explore the queer body, ego, and the artist’s desire for attention and validation.

9. The LOL Word

The LOL Word poster
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Venue: Gilded Balloon at Old Tolbooth Market | 3 – 25 August (not 12th)

Tickets available here.

The LOL Word is returning for its third sold-out Fringe run with a fantastic line-up of award-winning LGBTQ+ comedians. There’s no kicking down but plenty of punching the patriarchy!

10. Late Night Lip Service

Gingezilla Fringe poster
Image credit: Scott Chalmers.

Venue: Gilded Balloon Rose Theatre | 3 – 24 August (not 4-7th, 11-14th, or 18-25th)

Tickets available here.

The bearded belle of the Fringe is back for another award-winning show. America’s Got Talent star Gingzilla will take you on a wild night filled with lip-sync battles, midnight madness and much, much more.