It is with great pleasure that we introduce the acts that make up the 2017 core programme. Even now in our 37th year at the festival, we feel that we have brought something new to this hallowed space. Our acts play to the venue’s strengths. Over the years Bedlam has become known for bringing refreshing comedy and new writing to the festival and this year is no exception. Our performers represent the most promising new talent of the festival. We believe in their work. We know that you will too. Below is a small preview of our mainstage companies.
Mainstays of the Bedlam stage, BABOLIN, return with their new play, PHOOLS. The story of Phools Mortalsby and the last song ever to be sung.
Exciting new playwright ÁINE RYAN brings us her play UP THE HILL JACKIE. Expect to laugh through your tears in this tale of two Irish sisters.
Award-winning comedian SOFIE HAGEN returns to the fringe with her third and funniest show DEAD BABY FROG.
PAULA VARJACK brings us SHOW ME THE MONEY. Is it still possible to be an artist in austerity Britain? Varjack sets out to answer this through a blend of interviews and live performance.
The EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY THEATRE COMPANY bring us SUGAR & SALT. A piece of clever and insightful writing that cuts to the heart of the student experience.
Award-winning Welsh theatre THE OTHER ROOM bring us SEANMHAIR (shen-a-var); Set in Edinburgh, Hywel John’s story is a brutal tale of fated love and lives gone by.
BRITNEY go on a road trip to America in JOHN. The fearless comedians who tackled brain tumours and left us in stitches in their last show are in search of the typical American man.
Up-and-comers PELICAN bring us their latest offering in THE CAT MAN CURSE. Three ex-Footlights tell the story of a TV actor, a solicitor, and an old Hollywood curse.
The positively regal, PRINCES OF MAIN, come to Bedlam to host NEW YEAR’S EVE. Bombastic characters and lightning-quick punchlines set against the backdrop of an outrageous New Year’s Eve party.
Of course. Cult classics, adored by all veterans of the fringe, the longest running improvised comedy troupe at the festival, the IMPROVERTS of the EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY THEATRE COMPANY return.
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LATE NIGHT is Bedlam’s very own, home grown, sickeningly amusing cabaret show. We’re back for our third year, so strap in for the most bizarre, awe-inspiring alternative comedy and performance rollercoaster at the festival! LATE NIGHT has one-off take-overs from your favourites of the fringe, cabarets stuffed to the gunnels with FUN, and, of course, a feeling of general satisfaction.
Last year’s stage was graced by Fern Brady (The Alternative Comedy Experience, 8 Out of 10 Cats), Andrew Ryan (Russell Howard’s Good News), 2016 Funny Women Awards Winner Harriet Braine, sketch-mongers Princes of Main, Fringe-First Nominee clown Helen Duff, and World Poetry Slam Champion and all-round funny guy Harry Baker, to name but a few.
This year’s line-up is even more epic, even more alternative, and even more moral as we’re also playing host to a load of star-studded stand-up benefit gigs (so you can feel extra good about yourself as you laugh). Keep an eye on our website for line-up announcements and get ready to nestle down to some alternative fabulousness come August!