17 revolutionary and innovative companies will be at Edinburgh Fringe.

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You have the chance to see 17 theatre companies bringing their productions to Edinburgh Fringe on CNC’s emerging emerging Edinburgh Roster.

From heartwarming and hilarious stories of queer identity to terrific telekinesis, autobiographical stories of navigating neurodiversity and magnificent new musicals, there is something for everyone with a host of incredible artists.

Theatre Village thought we’d highlight them all below 🙂 to give you a taste of you can experience this year.

Abrasion

Abrasion is a hilarious and vital one-woman show, written by and starring up-and-coming talent Meg Rose-Dixon, as our heroine reflects on her diagnosis journey on the anniversary of her surgery. The show is a side-splitting and eye-watering tour de force (and those aren’t just the symptoms) tackling the all-too-common tale of women’s struggles to be heard in the health sphere. With women’s health issues felt to be frequently ignored by doctors and health professionals, this is an urgent, funny look at the battle to be believed and to gain an insight into our bodies. Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose (Bothie) from Wednesday 31st July – Monday 26th August 2024 (not 12th), 21:20 THEATRE

All The Fraudulent Horse Girls

This feral, equine fantasia is a one-act-play- following 11-year-old Audrey, who is telepathically linked to all the other horse-girls in the world. From writer Michael Louis Kennedy, and award-winning company Brooklyn Rep, comes this outrageous, queer, absurd colt-comedy-melodrama, galloping into Edinburgh this summer. All The Fraudulent Horse Girls was originally conceived and developed as part of a residency with the Australian Theatre for Young People via their Fresh Ink programme. Pleasance Dome (Ace Dome), Wednesday 31st July – Monday 26th August 2024 (not 6th, 13th, 20th), 14:50 THEATRE

Ascension

Historical drama Ascension delves deep into the life of 18th century castaway Leendert Hasenbosch, illuminating an ongoing journey of queer identity. Nearly 300 years after Leendert’s exile for sodomy, and his eventual death on Ascension Island, Dan Hazelwood adapts his haunting diary for the stage. Bedlam Theatre, Wednesday 31st July – Monday 26th August 2024 (not 12th, 19th), 11:00 THEATRE

DID YOU MEAN TO FALL LIKE THAT?

From the award-winning writer Stephanie Martin (Juniper and Jules; Joy) comes a comedy DID YOU MEAN TO FALL LIKE THAT? about expectations we place on ourselves through the lens of modern-day masculinity and the sexual as well as personal awakenings that might arise when life hasn’t quite gone according to plan. In this one-man show, James McGregor (Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, The Palace Theatre; Pride, Pathé) will take on the role of Charlie, who is on a journey of healing whilst rejecting the pressures from society and embracing sexual fluidity. Pleasance Courtyard (Bunker 3), Wednesday 31st July – Monday 26th August 2024, 11:35 THEATRE

Edge of Time

A groundbreaking one-woman musical written and performed by Daisy Boulton (Measure for Measure, Almeida Theatre; Shakespeare in Love, West End). Inspired by the book A Woman on The Edge of Time by Jeremy Gavron, we are sent back to the 1960s and immersed in a dream world of original music, as we live through moments in the life of his mother, feminist pioneer, and leading sociologist Hannah Gavron. Underbelly (Belly Dancer), Thursday 1st – Sunday 25th August 2024 (not 12th), 12.50 THEATRE

In Defiance of Gravity

Ezra Montefiore is the greatest psychic to have ever lived. He’s a master of the séance, telekinesis, and spirit summoning. Eyewitnesses swear he can raise the dead, heal the sick, and levitate 70 feet into the air. He defies all scientific explanations. But when an unexpected encounter with Prince Felix Yusupov catapults Ezra into the world of Russia’s aristocracy, he finds himself entangled in a dangerous game of power, seduction, and political intrigue. As rumours of his affair with both the prince and his wife reach the ears of Rasputin, Ezra faces an impossible choice: denounce himself as a fraud or commit political murder. Summerhall (Demonstration Room),Thursday 1st August – Monday 26th August 2024 (not 12th, 19th), 21:15 THEATRE

Juniper and Jules

From writer Stephanie Martin comes a queer rom-com about what it means not just to survive without a template, but to carve our own. Jules has just discovered she likes girls. Juniper has always known. This sex-positive show explores falling in love, polyamory and how we navigate relationships. The roles of Juniper and Jules are taken by Meg Louise Wilson and Carmella Brown. Pleasance Courtyard (Bunker Two), Wednesday 31st July – Monday 26th August 2024 (not 12th,19th), 13:45 THEATRE

Kafka’s Metamorphosis: The Musical! With Puppets!

Having delighted swarms of audiences from New York to Montréal, Kafka’s Metamorphosis: The Musical! With Puppets! now skitters into Scotland for its Fringe debut. Featuring puppetry, shadow play, unforgettable music and surreal meta-humour, this witty and engaging musical commemorates the 100th anniversary of Kafka’s death. Pleasance Dome (Ace Dome), Wednesday 31st July – Monday 26th August 2024 (not 13th), 13:30 THEATRE

Me For You

A new play by Rachel E. Thorn, which was longlisted for the Kenneth Branagh Award, is coming to Pleasance Courtyard this Edinburgh Fringe festival, and it’s all about the utter selfishness of true love. Me For You tackles the fundamental paradox of modern life – we want to be good people but we’re just so bloody self-absorbed. The play is about a gay couple who join Extinction Rebellion in a bid to save the planet. In the process, they have to face the fact that we do good things for personal gain. After all, what could be more selfish than being in love? Pleasance Courtyard (The Green), Thursday 1st – Saturday 25th August 2024 (not 7th and 13th), 18:10 THEATRE

Oh, Calm Down

It’s 1999, Lucy is in labour and trying to hold herself together. In 2024, Claire is an art student having panic attacks – and contemplating her own mortality. From award-winning writer, Charlotte Anne-Tilley (Almost Adult), comes a moving and exploratory play about OCD, misdiagnosis and discovering yourself. The show explores two hugely misunderstood types of OCD: postnatal OCD and existential OCD through Lucy and Claire’s stories. Summerhall, Cairns Lecture Theatre, Thursday 1st – Monday 26th August 2024 (not 12th, 19th), 15:00 THEATRE

Pillock

Pillock has ADHD and is trying to keep his head above water, but he is drowning in loneliness, hook-up culture and medical role plays. Then he meets Eugene – but will he be Mr Right or Mr Right Now? Pillock wants to trust his gut, but with his lactose intolerance, his can’t even handle a Muller Corner. Capturing the essence of the ADHD experience, Pillock is a darkly hilarious coming-of-age remix following a young man who is struggling with ADHD while dreaming of something bigger and wanting more from life. Assembly (Front Room), 1st – Sunday 25th August 2024, 18:25 THEATRE

Reject Me, Already

Welcome to the romcom musical where you play the matchmaker! Original musical Reject Me, Already follows the story of Cameron and Casey, two hopeless romantics looking for their soulmates. They know they’re out there – they just don’t know who it is… and nor do the actors. In this innovative, big-hearted, feel-good musical, the audience write the story as they pick who plays which role, and who ends up with who. Greenside (Lime Studio),Friday 2nd – Saturday 10th August 2024, 19:40 & Greenside (Thistle Studio), Monday 12th – Saturday 24th August 2024 (not 18th), 22:00, 23:10 THEATRE

Seconds to Midnight

Seconds to Midnight explores queer friendship, platonic love and nuclear anxiety, following Jo and Eddie through the first seven minutes of their friendship – and the final seven hours of the world. With most queer stories on stage and screen focused around romance, Love Song Productions set out to fill the gap by making a show about queer friendship. While female friendship is often written about, very few stories have been told about the unique dynamic between queer men and women when the possibility of attraction is taken away. Pleasance Courtyard (Bunker One), Wednesday 31st July – Monday 26th August 2024 (not 7th, 14th, 21st), 11.45 THEATRE

The Emu War: A New Musical

From writer Lotte Pearl comes the hilarious new show The Emu War: A New Musical. Telling the little-known, but bizarrely true tale of the 20th century Australian conflict (think: man versus very large bird), this uplifting original musical carries a moving antiwar message that is pertinent today. With catchy and charming songs by Lotte Pearl (music, lyrics & book) and Toby Little (music). Pleasance Courtyard (Pleasance Two), Wednesday 31st July – Sunday 25th August 2024 (not 14th), 12:00 THEATRE

The Room Upstairs

The Room Upstairs is a heartwarming one-woman show that explores ME, a chronic invisible illness, through the lens of a mother/daughter relationship. This dark comedy will use wacky puppetry alongside a fantastic original score to show how laughter is not only the best medicine, but often the only one that is available. Pleasance Courtyard (Cellar), Wednesday 31st July – Monday 26th August 2024 (not 13th and 20th), 12:30 THEATRE

Things Between Heaven and Earth

Things Between Heaven and Earth is a psychological thriller that depicts the aftermath of a widow discovering her husband’s affair and murder through a book written by their close friend, exposing everything to the whole world. This explosive descent into human psychology explores the things we thought we knew and the truth that prevails. Underbelly Bristo Square (Jersey), 8th – Monday 26th August (not 13th), 13:00 THEATRE

Three Chickens Confront Existence

Three Chickens Confront Existence promises to make audiences laugh, cry and, hopefully, laugh some more. The critically-acclaimed show lets audiences leave the theatre lighter than when they entered with a fresh perspective on humans and our place in the universe. Think Waiting for Godot but with Chickens as this blisteringly funny comedy comes to Edinburgh. Assembly Roxy (Downstairs), Thursday 1st August – Monday 26th August 2024 (not 7th, 12th, 19th), 16:35 THEATRE

Chloe Nelkin Consulting have all the details on their website https://www.chloenelkinconsulting.com/edinburgh/emerging-edinburgh-2024/

So how do you book these shows?

The answer is here:

https://tickets.edfringe.com The difficult part will be choosing which show/s to see!

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