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We’re proud to announce our 36th programme for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and it looks to be our most ambitious to date. Bedlam will play host to puppetry, clowning, drama, comedy, music, and film all under one steepled roof, and you should be as excited about our August offerings as we are. At Bedlam, Fringe is not about what’s in vogue, it’s about what the next fifty years of the arts will look like. It’s the shows at the edges of the festival, at the edges of the industry, the directors and writers and performers  and artists who are pushing the boundaries of the mainstream that we’re attracted to. So we’ve assembled twenty-five acts, some new to us, some well known to the festival, all of them bringing incredible works to one of Edinburgh’s most inventive spaces. Below is a small preview of our mainstage companies.

(Keep an eye out for our Film Festival, Late Night and pop-up programmes in the coming weeks!)

AIRLOCK THEATRE promises a claustrophobic thriller with their play KURSK, which reimagines a British crew’s response during the 2000 Kursk submarine disaster. Does the crew reveal themselves and aid the survivors or do they follow orders and maintain secrecy? That debate is what builds the drama in this tension-filled work in the same canon as U-571 and Das Boot. It’s a fantastic work and one we are ecstatic to host.

Returning to Bedlam for their twelfth year is BABOLIN theatre company and their latest work THE HUMBLE HEART OF KOMRAD KRUMM, a ‘musical voyage into the icy wastes of the human heart.’ Expect an original work that’s equal parts absurd and impressive.

BEA ROBERTS pushes the boundaries of storytelling and theatrical production with her new confessional performance INFINITY POOL: A MODERN RETELLING OF MADAME BOVARY. Using powerpoint, projection, and party-rings, Bea assembles the stage for her character Emma Barnicott in this bold reimagining of Flaubert’s classic novel.

DUGOUT theatre have teamed up with the five star sketch comedy group GOODBEAR to bring their irreverent hour of comedy to Bedlam. This might be the funniest duo at the Fringe so keep an eye on them they’ll sell out, they’ve done it before.

Also from DUGOUT,  comes STACK a musical comedy adventure that travels deep into the Amazon, starring award-winning performer Ed MacArthur. It’s like Heart of Darkness but hilarious instead of horrific.

EMPTY DECK brings a new play titled COSMIC FEAR OR THE DAY BRAD PITT GOT PARANOIA, a work as beguiling as the title. A few friends try to construct their own ‘Brad Pitt’ film but as that falls apart so does the stage around them; a politically charged allegory about the global warming crisis.

From the EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY THEATRE COMPANY is JAM SANDWICH, a brand new clown duo from Improverts alumni. With a background in commedia dell’arte, Sasha and Remy try, through a series of disastrous antics, to get their own children’s show.

THE IMPROVERTS of course continue their legacy as the longest-running improv troupe at the Edinburgh Fringe with their late night slot. With a mixture of old games, new improverts, and some very special guest appearances you can expect something always different, always funny, at half-midnight every night of the festival

Also returning is the cult hit LATE NIGHT AT BEDLAM, a rotating bill of musical acts, comedians, films, and performance artists who promise something exciting and different every night of the Fringe. After last year’s astonishing performances we’re happy to bring back this insane hour of entertainment.

FOR THE FANS, a brand new company, will perform POSH, Laura Wade’s acclaimed play dramatizing the antics of the Riot Club. It’s an entertaining and dark work  that, considering this year’s political climate, has astounding relevancy. FOR THE FANS promise a hilarious show of hedonism that highlights the sordid past of some of our elected officials.

KITE TAIL productions bring us THE TOYLAND MURDERS, a noir puppet adventure. Rag doll inspector Carmen McGraw and teddy bear deputy Harvey B Feltz lead the case to stop any more grim happenings in their adorable town. TOYLAND has all the whimsy of a Pixar film and silliness of a puppet show. But with murder.

The Bobby Award winning withWings company brings their adaptation of Victor Hugo’s LE BOSSU (The Hunchback) to the early evening. Using a combination of physical theatre and vivid artistry they reimagine the classic tale from Notre Dame.

We hope you’re as excited about this year’s selection of shows as we are. See you in August! For further information, images and interview requests please contact: