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The Writer with No Hands
Spoken word

The Writer with No Hands

Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters
Virtual event
Pay what you want
Sun
23 Aug
20:00

A solo story-telling show based on the critically acclaimed documentary unveiling the never-told true story of Hollywood’s forgotten rebel, Gary Devore and Dr Matthew Alford's search for the truth.

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Joke Thieves
Comedy

Joke Thieves

Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire
Virtual event
Pay what you want
Sat
8 Aug
20:00

Comedy set swapping live! The cult hit show where comedians perform their own jokes, then each others'. Featuring: Angelos Epithemiou, Thanyia Moore, Daliso Chaponda & Elf Lyons.

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Talk - How To Be A Good Ancestor
Spoken word

Talk - How To Be A Good Ancestor

Virtual
Virtual event
Pay what you want
Sat
22 Aug
19:00

Drawing on his powerful new book, leading public philosopher Roman Krznaric will be interviewed by Jamie Cooke from RSA, revealing how we can expand our imaginations far beyond the here and now.

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The Silly and Unnecessary Variety Show
Comedy

The Silly and Unnecessary Variety Show

theSpaceUK
Virtual event
Free
Sat
8 Aug
19:00

Live from New York, it’s comedian Lori Hamilton’s one-woman variety show. Opera Product Placement, Lori’s Cats Tell Kid’s Jokes, Winning at Work During Covid, Live Questions! And cats? Yes, cats! Also a drinking/snacking game. Will be available for streaming after the show.

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UKVAC - Virtually Fringe
Music

UKVAC - Virtually Fringe

Virtual event
Pay what you want

We are the UK Virtual (Collegiate) A Cappella Collective comprised of 20 groups running a week-long online event for the A Cappella community to raise money for Musicares COVID-19 Relief Fund.

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Aaaaaaargh it’s 101 Clean jokes in 30 minutes
Comedy

Aaaaaaargh it’s 101 Clean jokes in 30 minutes

Laughing Horse @ Dropkick Murphy's
Virtual event
Free
Thu
20 Aug
20:00

Award-winning gag merchant and UK Pun Champion, Joke of the Fringe winner Masai Graham, delivers over 100 clean jokes in half an hour. Puns, one-liners and wordplay in this 3.3 laughs-per-minute bonanza.

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Awakening by Tara Anegada
Theatre

Awakening by Tara Anegada

theSpace
Watch anytime
Free
08-30 Aug

Awakening explores the dangers of forced ignorance and deception when it comes to the lives of young people; a group of teenagers trying to navigate the unknowns of adolescence.

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The National Trust Fan Club – Watch Party
Theatre

The National Trust Fan Club – Watch Party

Presented by James Seabright
Virtual event
Pay to book a ticket
Thu
20 Aug
18:30

The story of one-woman’s quest to visit every National Trust property and become an NT super-fan. Watch party of the archive recording followed by live Q&A with writer and performer, Helen Wood.

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Unfringed Linda Stonestreet
Music

Unfringed Linda Stonestreet

Watch anytime
Free
Anytime

Linda Stonestreet brings a song from home and it’s a song of faith and hope for our time.

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Frills in Lockdown
Cabaret and variety

Frills in Lockdown

theSpaceUK
Virtual event
Pay what you want
Sat
22 Aug
10:00

Saltire Burlesque Academy present, an amateur, energetic cabaret show choreographed to the beat of rock. the dancers tantalise, possessed by the throbbing music and the dark decadence of rock sounds.

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The House Never Wins
Theatre

The House Never Wins

Virtual event
Pay to book a ticket
9-26 Aug

A new interactive game/theatre piece that you can play from the comfort of your own home, exploring the climate crisis and gambling with the planet’s future.

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A Hatful of Songs
Music

A Hatful of Songs

New Town Theatre
Virtual event
Pay what you want
Sun
23 Aug
20:30

Award-winning Scottish troubadour Dean Owens is dusting off his favourite Stetson, filling it with songs, with the audience choosing what goes in. A Fringe Face-busk session with songs and blethers.

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ComedySportz Online!
Comedy

ComedySportz Online!

Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters
Virtual event
Free
7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28 Aug at 12:30 & 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29 Aug at 19:00

ComedySportz goes for gold with competitive improvised comedy that's fast, fun and family friendly. Two teams go toe-to-toe with gags, games, sketches and songs inspired by audience suggestions.

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Les Enfants Terribles Celebrate their 19 Years of the Fringe
Theatre

Les Enfants Terribles Celebrate their 19 Years of the Fringe

Patreon
Watch anytime
Pay to book a ticket
07-31 Aug

Edinburgh isn’t going ahead this year and, as we were born from the festival, Les Enfants are offering content focused solely on the best festival in the world for our first month on Patreon.

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School's Out Comedy Club Live Stream
Children's shows

School's Out Comedy Club Live Stream

Virtual event
Pay to book a ticket
Thu
27 Aug
11:00

A live stream version of my children's comedy show School's Out Comedy Club, where the kids provide the jokes for me to tell, as well as interacting with some of the audience to share their own jokes. Two levels of ticket available.

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Excursions on a Wobbly Rail
Spoken word

Excursions on a Wobbly Rail

ClubFest2020 @ Venue 310
Virtual event
Free
Wed
19 Aug
18:30

'I love Mike Garry’s poetry. It's passionate, powerful and precise, but most of all personal' (Philip Glass).

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PBH's Free Fringe at The Voodoo Rooms
Cabaret and variety

PBH's Free Fringe at The Voodoo Rooms

Voodoo Rooms
Virtual event
Pay what you want
Sun
30 Aug
Events run till 21:40
12:30

A day of hand picked one hour shows free to view filmed at The Voodoo Rooms new high spec studio. Theatre, Comedy, Music and Cabaret all in one day. Programme https://www.thevoodoorooms.com/live.php

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Scottish Falsetto Socks Do Shakespeare
Comedy

Scottish Falsetto Socks Do Shakespeare

Gilded Balloon
Virtual event
Pay to book a ticket
Sat
29 Aug
20:00

By popular request, the Scottish Falsetto Socks revive their sellout 2016 Shakespeare anniversary celebration. From Hamlet to Romeo & Juliet, Othello to Titus Andronicus, and all points in between.

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Improva'zoom'ga
Comedy

Improva'zoom'ga

theSpaceUK
Virtual event
Pay what you want
Fri
21 Aug
21, 28 Aug
20:00

Improva-zoom-ga! (formerly ‘Improvabunga!’) is the improvised movie adventure. See your favourite film genres re-created live on screen! There will be slaps, there will be laughs, there will be silly.

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Trainspotting
Theatre

Trainspotting

James Seabright presents the King's Head Theatre and In Your Face Theatre production
Watch anytime
Free

In lieu of their punchy, immersive, live adaptation of the controversial novel & globally successful film, the Trainspotting cast present a live recording of Renton’s Choose Life Monologue.

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So, this Virus Walks into a Bar...
Comedy

So, this Virus Walks into a Bar...

theSpaceUK
Watch anytime
Free
Available from 15 Aug

Is the coronavirus funny? Furloughed comedian Jacob Hulland, from his kitchen table covers the jokes of lockdown. Sit back, socially distance, put the kettle on, pop to Durham for some milk and enjoy.

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Dark Days
Music

Dark Days

Watch anytime
Free

Curious what Edinburgh is like without the Fringe and Festivals? This is Laurie Black reporting from Edinburgh with a brand new song and video!

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Guru Dudu Online Disco Breakouts
Dance, physical theatre and circus

Guru Dudu Online Disco Breakouts

Virtual event
Pay what you want

Guru Dudu will be running fun and silly morning dance workouts to get you in a positive mindset at 8am, plus some weekend dance parties with uplifting dance tunes from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and 00's.

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Wet Paint – Still Not Dry
Comedy

Wet Paint – Still Not Dry

SpaceUK
Watch anytime
Free
Sat
15 Aug

Devastated to have missed Two Ladders Productions's debut Fringe show? Fear not! Listen in on a Zoom call between two 'high-brow' reviewers to catch up! A fresh blend of sketch and improv comedy!

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Coronavirus, Underwood's New Taskforce
Comedy

Coronavirus, Underwood's New Taskforce

https://online.thespaceuk.com
Watch anytime
Free
08-30 Aug

Goodly folks volunteer to help the aged and infirm during lockdown. Except in Underwood, where the people who volunteer have ulterior motives more to do with helping themselves rather than others.

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West End Stories
Events

West End Stories

West End Edinburgh
Physical event
Pay to book a ticket
From 19 Aug
Various times - see event details

A fascinating tour of hidden streets of the New Town and West End. Discover amazing people from Edinburgh’s past eg inspiration for Sherlock Holmes, brave Dr Elsie Inglis and flamboyant artist Cadell.

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Diary of an Australian Outback Woman
Theatre

Diary of an Australian Outback Woman

Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters
Virtual event
Pay what you want
Sun
30 Aug
20:00

Meet Australian Outback 1940's restaurant owner Sheila, an Aussie girl who married a farmer - and journey through her life with stories, song, bush verse, photographs and mouth-watering recipes.

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The Spinning Blowfish Live @ Aluhpasonic Studio
Music

The Spinning Blowfish Live @ Aluhpasonic Studio

Aluhpasonic Studio
Virtual event
Free
Tue
18 Aug
20:00

Fringe frenzy absent this year, it's up to us now! Join us on Tuesday 18th August at 8pm BST for our first online live stream from Aluhpasoinc Studio: thanks to Dave Wah and his team for the effort!

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McGonagall's Chronicles
Theatre

McGonagall's Chronicles

Virtual event
Pay what you want
Fri
14 Aug
19:30

A tragic comedy from three time Fringe First winner Gary McNair which tells the incredible true story of the inimitable late Dundonian poet – Sir William Topaz McGonagall. Shedinburgh Fringe Festival.

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Attila the Stockbroker's 40th Anniversary Fringe Celebration
Spoken word

Attila the Stockbroker's 40th Anniversary Fringe Celebration

Bannerman's
Virtual event
Pay what you want
Poems Ancient & Modern - 10 Aug, Bellocose - 17 Aug, Early Music Show - 24 Aug, 40 Years of Songs - 31 Aug.
20:00

Performance poet and multi-instrumentalist Attila celebrates 40 years with 4 different shows: Poems Ancient & Modern, Bellocose (his Hilaire Belloc tribute), Attila's Early Music Show and 40 Years of Songs.

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Simon Caine: Buddhism and Cats
Comedy

Simon Caine: Buddhism and Cats

Just The Tonic
Watch anytime
Pay to book a ticket

If you got your idea of adulthood from Friends but reality hasn't met expectations, if you fail to be in the moment and find yourself living through your phone, this is the show for you.

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52 Souls
Theatre

52 Souls

Watch anytime
Pay what you want
24-30 Aug
ongoing

52 Souls is an interactive digital theatre piece where, using a pack of cards, the audience randomly generates a variety of fun and thoughtful performances about death and mortality.

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Iain Dale: All Talk With Alastair Campbell
Spoken word

Iain Dale: All Talk With Alastair Campbell

Presented by James Seabright in association with Northbank Speakers
Virtual event
Pay to book a ticket
Wed
19 Aug
13:00

Award-winning LBC radio presenter, CNN political commentator and For the Many podcast host, Iain Dale live in conversation with Alastair Campbell. Followed by a live Q&A with the audience.

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10 Soldiers Online Premiere
Dance, physical theatre and circus

10 Soldiers Online Premiere

Army @ The Fringe in Association with Summerhall
Virtual event
Free
Wed
12 Aug
19:30

Explores the training, friendships, loves and the incredible teamwork behind an army unit. 'A compelling work…. remarkable dancers.' ★★★★★ (Herald). Live post-show Q&A.

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Comics Solving Problems
Comedy

Comics Solving Problems

Laughing Horse Free Festival
Virtual event
Free
11, 13, 18, 25, 27 Aug
21:00

Comics Steve N Allen (BBC2’s The Mash Report) and Erich McElroy (BBC Scotland’s Breaking the News) present the day’s news AND solve any problems you throw their way. Note: No problems will be solved.

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Greatest Ever Late'n'Live
Comedy

Greatest Ever Late'n'Live

Gilded Balloon
Virtual event
Free
Sat
8 Aug
21:00

An online show of the most iconic moments from the legendary Late’n’Live stage! Acts include Dara O’Briain, Dane Baptiste, John Bishop, Zoe Lyons & more. In true Late’n’Live fashion, anything goes!

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Labels
Theatre

Labels

Shedinburgh Festival
Virtual event
Pay what you want
Wed
26 Aug
20:30

Labels is a funny, moving story about heritage, migration and family. Charting a childhood in Devon, resurgent nationalism and a global refugee crisis.

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Inside Joke
Comedy

Inside Joke

Watch anytime
Free

Watch Inside Joke, a solo show from Hong Kong with love, a collation of queer ruminations during a 14-day self-isolation sandwiched (yes, like the food) by social unrest in Hong Kong.

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Candlewaster's Summer Scenes
Theatre

Candlewaster's Summer Scenes

Watch anytime
Free
07, 14, 21, 28 Aug
19:00

A selection of short form new monologues, duologues and radio plays performed by our Candlewaster's Rep.

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Play in Your Bathtub
Theatre

Play in Your Bathtub

online@theSpaceUK
Watch anytime
Free
Available Aug 08-30

This immersive audio spa for physical distancing is a site-specific immersive experience taking place in your own bathtub. Join us for poetry, singing, and Dances for Small Appendages.

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Tales From the Fright House 2
Theatre

Tales From the Fright House 2

Virtual event
Pay what you want
20.00

Comedy/horror anthology Zoom show. Written by local horror fans for horror fans. Incorporating spoof elements and pop culture references.

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Dazzle @ Dovecot
Exhibitions

Dazzle @ Dovecot

DOVECOT STUDIOS
Physical event
Free
From 22 Aug
10:00

Dazzle @ Dovecot returns with an actual exhibition. 50 of the UK's leading jewellery designers, a textile artist and a printmaker. 2-3,000 pieces. Free entry pre-booking online plus walk ins.

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Laughing Horse Beginners Comedy Course - Graduation Show
Comedy

Laughing Horse Beginners Comedy Course - Graduation Show

Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters
Virtual event
Pay what you want
Mon
17 Aug
20:00

Join the latest set of new comedians who have recently graduated from the Laughing Horse's Beginners Comedy course. A big selection of laughs from 8 new acts with host and course tutor Jay Sodagar.

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Monkey Barrel Comedy Marathon Fundraiser
Comedy

Monkey Barrel Comedy Marathon Fundraiser

Monkey Barrel Comedy
Virtual event
Pay what you want
Sat
29 Aug
19:00

Join Monkey Barrel for a marathon comedy fundraiser! All our local and festival friends will be there for an night of laughs and shared stories. Also available for 48 hours after the show finishes

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Modern Masters Women
Exhibitions

Modern Masters Women

The Scottish Gallery
Physical event
Free
Tues-Fri 10:00-18:00 (by appointment), Sat 11:00-13:00 (no appointment necessary)

The Scottish Gallery takes time to reflect on one key area of their history to review one hundred and twenty-five years of exhibiting women artists.

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Hollow
Musicals and opera

Hollow

Online@theSpaceUK
Watch anytime
Pay what you want
22-30 Aug

A world-weary traveller returns home and relates a poignant tale of lost love with a supernatural twist. A musical monologue featuring original songs for vocals, violin and guitar.

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The Murder(ed) Musketeers
Theatre

The Murder(ed) Musketeers

Online@theSpaceUK
Watch anytime
Free
Premier 10:00 3 Aug. Available 3-30 Aug.

Join ‘mystery maestros’ Highly Suspect for an interactive online murder mystery which you, the audience, must solve! There’s evidence to examine, and cryptic clues to crack, but can you deduce whodunnit?

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The Importance of Being Earnest
Theatre

The Importance of Being Earnest

theSpace @ Venue45
Watch anytime
Free

The full recording of our show at EdFringe 2019! 'They are phenomenal as individuals, but unforgettable as an ensemble [...] we should all keep an eye on this company.' ★★★★ (BroadwayBaby).

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Alegrías
Dance, physical theatre and circus

Alegrías

theSpaceUK
Virtual event
Free
15-30 Aug

The all-female flamenco group bursting with international young talent. They present Alegrías - a traditional dance filmed around the world and adapted to fit online viewing for modern times.

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Scottish Falsetto Socks in Space
Comedy

Scottish Falsetto Socks in Space

Gilded Balloon
Virtual event
Pay to book a ticket
Thu
13 Aug
20:00

The Scottish Falsetto Socks revive their classic 2013 Edinburgh show Socks In Space - by popular demand! Including Alien, Star Trek, Star Wars and, er, a song about David Bowie's 65th birthday. On Zoom!

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Make-up
Theatre

Make-up

Underbelly - Wee Coo
Watch anytime
Pay what you want
Available from 07 Aug

Step into the green room and meet Lady Christina at the end of what could be her last ever performance. A short film taster of Make-up, a new play coming to Underbelly (Wee Coo) in 2021.

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A Space to Bless
Theatre

A Space to Bless

Watch anytime
Free

This Edinburgh Fringe we can't perform but we can still bless. Join Queen Jesus every Sunday and Wednesday at 12pm. From the award-winning team behind The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven.

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The Mistake
Theatre

The Mistake

Virtual
Virtual event
Pay what you want
Sat
22 Aug
16:00

To mark the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Japan, this exhibition uses testimonies and eye-witness accounts to interweave the stories of survivor, scientist and soldier.

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What's in the Box?
Comedy

What's in the Box?

Virtual event
Pay what you want
01, 08, 15, 22, 29 Aug
12:00

The panel show with a box! Join host Friz Frizzle as he invites guests from the world of comedy and celebrity to play parlour games invented on the spot. It's a game of debate, improvisation and boxes.

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Coded Dreams
Dance, physical theatre and circus

Coded Dreams

ZOO
Virtual event
Free
Tue
18 Aug

Shot in 2014 Coded Dreams was presented between a double bill of work, Dreaming in Code. Although part of a collection of work, this film stands alone and was shot by long term collaborator Luke Evans.

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Bodily/Physical/Material
Dance, physical theatre and circus

Bodily/Physical/Material

Virtual event
Free
Sat
29 Aug
11:30

Knowing the space and interacting with other elements outside the body wherever we are, that's the process of placing our self and that will determine what life we ​​will live later.

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Craig
Children's shows

Craig

Online@theSpaceUK
Watch anytime
Free
From 15 Aug

The world’s in isolation. For Craig, adjusting to the new normal's been as sour as lemons. Until he meets an orange, who quickly becomes a brand new buddy. But what will happen when Craig gets hungry?

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IT WILL COME LATER
Dance, physical theatre and circus

IT WILL COME LATER

ZOO
Virtual event
Free
Wed
19 Aug

Made by six international dance artists over two years. Performed and watched around a revolving set, flooded in light like the shifting light of day, six bodies push in constant transformation.

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Immigrant Jam
Comedy

Immigrant Jam

Shedinburgh Festival
Virtual event
Pay what you want
Mon
24 Aug
19:30

The show was born out of the anti-immigrant climate a certain orange man has funnelled into the US, as a big fat middle finger to anyone doubting what makes America and the world great: diversity!

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The Countess of Fife
Music

The Countess of Fife

Virtual
Virtual event
Pay what you want
Sun
23 Aug
19:00

The Countess of Fife is an insurgent country outfit featuring Fay Fife from The Rezillos. The Countess of Fife defies categories but locates itself within an insurgent country world.

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