Stonewall Scotland's picks for the Fringe!

With the Edinburgh Fringe now upon us, Stonewall Scotland is celebrating the talent of some of our favourite LGB and T performers and straight allies!

We'll be updating this page throughout August, so keep your eyes peeled and don't forget to send us your recommendations too! Email with your favourites.

Visiting Edinburgh in August for the Fringe festival? Check out Stonewall's visiting guides:

  • You're Welcome! A guide for gay visitors to Britain (2012)
  • Bienvenue ! Guide pour les gays, lesbiennes et bisexuels séjournant en Grande-Bretagne.
  • ¡Bienvenidos!  Una guía de Gran Bretaña para visitantes homosexuales.  


Zoe Lyons: Pop-up Comic

Venue: The Assembly Rooms
Official Website: 
Showing: 1-25 August at 17.00 (Duration: 1 hour).
Suitability  14+
Zoe Lyons

Zoe hosted the Stonewall Brighton Equality Walk 2013 and also has performed at Stonewall's Girls Night Out 2012. She will return to perform at Stonewall's Girls Night Out this year!

A mixture of silliness, satire and caustic one liners from one of the UK's favourite comedians. She won't change the world but she will ask the big questions such as dog prams: why? As seen on BBC1's Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow, BBC2's Mock the Week, Dave's One Night Stand and Channel 5's The Wright Stuff. ‘Always fizzing with indignation and throwing out a hugely enjoyable mix of brutal putdowns and richly funny stories, Lyons has what it takes to delight any crowd’ (Guardian). ’Achingly funny ... A cracking show’ (Age, Melbourne). Book now



Venue: The Assembly Rooms
Official website: 
Showing:  4 August at 20.15 (Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes).
Suitability: 14+ (No latecomers, under 16s must be accompanied by an adult).


Horse is quite simply, a unique and powerful figure in contemporary British music. Home is her new album, her ninth. ‘One four letter word sums up this album. Love. The emotion, the feeling, and the heartbreak, but, above all, the happiness it brings infuses every lyric, every chorus and every song’ (Allan Crow, Fife Today). To see Horse live is a moving and joyful experience, sharing her spirit and her love in equal measure. ‘One of the finest singers in Britain’ (Q Magazine). Book now


Hannah Gadsby: Nakedy Nudes


Venue: Assembly Checkpoint
Official website:
Showing:   2-25 August at 13:45 (Duration: 1 hour).
Suitability 14+

Welcome to the new art show from the comedy art lady Hannah Gadsby. It's about nudes. But don't worry there will be plenty of well placed cloth and fig action for the prudish at heart. ‘An absolute treat of a show’ ***** ( ‘Gadsby's commentary is fascinating and funny’ **** (Scotsman). Book now 

Hannah Gadsby: Happiness Is A Bedside Table

Venue: Assembly Roxy
Official Website:
Showing: 1-25 August (Not 12 or 19 August) at 16.30 (Duration: 1 hour).
Suitability: 14+

Hannah Gadsby 2

Australian Hannah Gadsby has written a new show about the lowest point in her life (thus far) and how she eventually found happiness in a piece of furniture. Contains imagined nudity and metaphorical nakedness. ***** ( **** (Scotsman). ‘Humour with heart, hips and brains’ (Adelaide Advertiser 2013). 2013 Barry Award Nominee (Best Show, Melbourne International Comedy Festival). Book now 


Sandi Toksvig: My Valentine

Venue: Pleasance Courtyard
Official Website:
: 3-11 August at 16.00 (Duration: 1 hour).
Suitability: U

Sandi Toksvig - comedian, novelist, actor, broadcaster, university chancellor, show-off and international treasure -returns with her smash hit, sell-out solo show. Long-standing host of Radio Four's News Quiz and Excess Baggage and regular QI panellist, Sandi will be performing her uniquely witty afternoon of stand-up, stories and fascinating facts. Book early! ‘Wonderfully sharp’ (TimeOut). ‘Laden with laughs’ (Guardian). ‘Brash charm... surprising emotion’ (Sunday Times). ‘Captivating ... excellent’ (Times). Directed by Pip Broughton. Book now 

Scott Agnew: Something's Gotta Give  

Venue: The Stand Comedy Club III & IV
Official Website:
Showing: 31 July – 25 August (Not 12 August) at 22.30 (Duration: 1 hour; No latecomers)
Suitability  18+
Scott's asked for nothing in life and ended up with bugger all. He's here to challenge that hard work brings rewards, good guys win the day or that a new year can bring optimism. Or is it just him, his lifestyle and his very own psyche? Join Scotland's grumpiest gay as he explores where everything goes wrong. 'Always hilarious' **** ( ***** ( 'Master storyteller ... truly unmissable' **** ( Book now 

Susan Calman: Always (A Work In Progress)

Venue: The Stand Comedy Club III & IV
Official Website: 
Showing: 1-12 August at 18.00 (Duration: 1 hour; strictly no latecomers).

Susan Calman

Susan performed at Stonewall's Girls Night Out 2012!

After a sell-out run in 2012, Susan Calman, (News Quiz, QI and Calman is Convicted) is back with a new show. For 12 nights only Susan will be asking lots of questions. Questions like where is she, what is she doing with her life, and can she put cat wrangler as her occupation on a mortgage application? But will the answers be found in the basement of a comedy club? She hopes so. Because, like the show, she’s always a work in progress. 'Confident, compact ... cracking.' **** (Evening Standard). Book now 

If These Spasms Could Speak

Venue: Pleasance Courtyard
Official website: 
Showing: 31 July - 26 August at 17:45 (Duration: 1 hour).
Suitability: 12+


We know you want to look, to stare even. It's okay. You're allowed. An outstanding solo performance based on a collection of funny, sad, touching and surprising stories about disabled people and their bodies. Created and performed by actor Robert Softley (co-creator of National Theatre of Scotland's Girl X), this show was a sell-out hit at the Arches' Behaviour festival in 2012. 'Fine, fierce and inspirational' **** (Herald). 'A strong, sexy sense of the sheer value and beauty of life... [making] us see our own, with completely fresh eyes' **** (Scotsman). Book now 

Executed for Sodomy: the Life Story of Caterina Linck

Venue: C Venues - C Nova
Official Website:
Showing: 31 July - 6 August (Not 12 August) at 18: 30 (Duration: 1 hour).
Suitability: 12+

Executed for Sodomy

Born female and given up for adoption, Caterina Linck fought as a soldier, was anointed a prophet and married a woman. The uncovering of her gender led to a sensational trial and public execution that gripped Christendom. From moments of surreal comedy to flashes of volcanic ferocity we are left to unpick accusation from truth and reflect upon the life of a unique, forgotten figure from European history. 'Thought provoking, important... Fanni Compton flits seamlessly between childlike sweetness and fearsome mania... her massive energy carries the play' (Female Book now

Love in the Past Participle

Venue: theSpace @ Surgeons Hall
Official website:
Showing: 2-17 August - Times vary - (Duration: 50 minutes).
Suitability: 14+

Love In The Past Participle

Four separate lives become intertwined in this poignant, stripped-back look at love ... in the past participle. Winning play of the New Works Festival 2013 by Barclay Award-winning playwright. STaG 2012: **** Skinny and **** STaG 2011: **** Scotsman and **** Herald. Book now


Venue: Paradise in the Kirkhouse
Official website: 
Showing: 13-26 August at 14:00 (Duration: 1 hour).
Suitability: 16+


Benji once read somewhere that life’s not about hiding from a storm; it’s about learning to dance in the rain. When it comes to being HIV-positive, epic phrases like that are easier said than done. But with his love life, social life and family life battered by fears of judgement and rejection, he’s finally starting to realise that it’s time to grab his anxiety by the balls and learn to get on with it. Inspired by true stories, Positive is a warm-hearted comedy about an ordinary guy living with one of Britain’s most misunderstood diseases. 'Mightily impressive’ **** ( Book now

What about after the Fringe festival? Stonewall Comedy Gala presents...

Girls' Night Out
Bloomsbury Theatre

  • Monday 30 September, 7.30pm

  • Bloomsbury Theatre 

After the sell-out success of last year, we’re delighted to announce another night of fabulously funny all-female comedians, coming together in aid of Stonewall, including Derek star Kerry Godliman and Mock the Week’s, Zoe Lyons. 

Jen Brister (MC)In what is sure to be an evening to tickle you pink, our MC for the night Jen Brister, together with Jo Enright, Hannah Gadsby, Francesca Martinez, Angie McEvoy, Leisa Rea, Suzi Ruffell and Rosie Wilby will be joining forces for your comedy pleasure. 

Tickets cost £25 and can be booked via the Bloomsbury Theatre Booking site.

All money raised from the night will go towards the Education for All programme which tackles homophobic bullying and helps schools celebrate different families.

A special guest  will be announced soon so keep an eye out!