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Edinburgh’s Christmas 2020 – no markets this year

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Edinburgh's Christmas organised by Underbelly will follow the latest public health advice. Any sort of in person event including markets, rides or other attractions will no longer proceed.Instead Edinburgh's Christmas 2020 will move online...

Council agree updated look for Winter Festivals

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by Noa Hoffman Local Democracy ReporterRevamped plans for Edinburgh’s winter festivals, which mean that Christmas markets and attractions will be spread across the city centre, have been given the official seal of approval by...

Decision on Hogmanay to be made in August

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After much speculation the council has confirmed that initial discussions looking at ways of celebrating Edinburggh's Christmas and Hogmanay this year began yesterday with the Council All Party Oversight Group.A final decision on...

Video of Julia Donaldson to premiere on Friday

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At 6.30pm on Friday, 22 May 2020, Underbelly will share an exclusive video of one of the UK’s most-beloved children’s authors, Julia Donaldson, reading her 2019 bestseller, The Smeds and The Smoos, alongside her husband...

Edinburgh’s Christmas – some facts and figures

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Christmas has all kicked off on Twitter, even though we have yet to mark Halloween, Guy Fawkes or even Light Night which begins the festive season in Edinburgh.Underbelly has started to build the...

Underbelly at the Fringe 2019 – over 200 shows

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In its 20th Fringe Underbelly invested more than ever in 26 productions and co-productions, providing over £500,000 of financial assistance to companies in 2019. Over 200 shows, approximately £60,000 raised for charities, and over 900...

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019 REVIEW – Manual Cinema’s Frankenstein ★★★★★

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How do you explain this except to say that the show is by Manual Cinema - and that is your very best clue. The stories of Frankenstein and Mary Shelley’s own life are exquisitely unfolded...

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019 – new circus show from creators of The Hogwallops

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Thrillingly spectacular circus skills blend seamlessly with physical comedy, clowning, juggling, theatrical storytelling and slapstick in this colourful, loud and funny show from Lost in Translation.In the show we meet Madame and the charming...

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019 – Two Hearts – The Comeback Tour

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New Zealand’s most bombastic musical comedy duo, Two Hearts, are back. It’s a comeback tour! With a brand-new arena pop concert (not in an actual arena, it's more of a leaky bridge temporarily converted into...

Rouge Brings Erotic ‘Circus for a New Age’ to Edinburgh from Oz

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A non-stop celebration of the astonishing, surprising, subversive and the supremely sexy –Rouge is heading for the Edinburgh Fringe with its outrageous brand of adult circus.A decadent blend of sensational acrobatics, operatic cabaret and...

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay – PLACE programme to support street performers

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The new PLACE programme announced yesterday at St Bride's will support French street performers who are coming to the Street Party on Hogmanay. The three party financing deal among The Scottish Government, The City of...

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 REVIEW – Bryony Twydle: Flamingo ****

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After attending the Fringe previously as part of five-piece sketch group The Jest, character comic Bryony Twydle makes an accomplished solo Fringe debut with her refreshing and inventive show Flamingo.Twydle introduces us to six...

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 – showing off The Underbelly Babies

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At Underbelly there are several performers who juggle appearing in the Fringe and being a parent.This morning the Underbelly Babies were brought to Underbelly's purple cow Violet for a photo call.  It is not...

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 REVIEW: Rachel Fairburn: The Wolf at the Door****

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Comedian Rachel Fairburn returns to the Edinburgh Fringe with her new show Wolf at the Door, where she chronicles surviving the worst year of her life.At the heart of Fairburn’s set is the aftermath...

Underbelly’s Big Brain Tumour Benefit raises £30,000

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Last night at the McEwan Hall Underbelly held a second Big Brain Tumour Benefit. All the ticket income will go to the Brain Tumour Charity and will be matched pound for pound by the...

Big Brain Tumour Benefit – get your tickets for Monday night

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This Monday 13 August, the second instalment of Underbelly’s Big Brain Tumour Benefit, will take place at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in the 950 capacity McEwan Hall.This year’s show is hosted by comedian...

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 – REVIEW – Viv Groskop: Vivalicious ***

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In Vivalicious writer, broadcaster and comedian Viv Groskop’s attempts to become her best self through the gospel of Oprah Winfrey.Groskop grew up in a house full of self-help books. She was even given a...

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 REVIEW : 3 Years, 1 Week and a Lemon Drizzle****

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‘I became the oldest when I was still the youngest’ Kate is a drama student. She’s good at stuff – she passes exams, gets auditions for drama school, knows how to bake. Alex, her older...

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 – BMT Bring ‘Shift’…

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...to an Underbelly Circus Hub near you.Back to the Fringe, the UK’s hottest circus company, BMT, repeat the success of their international smash-hits BROMANCE and KIN in this red-hot, five-star piece of circus, combining...

Underbelly’s Fringe will feature 199 shows

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Underbelly opened this year's fringe with its press launch in Violet, everyone’s favourite purple cow.Showing off just some of the acts that make up the 199 Underbelly shows on the Fringe there was a...

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 – Entropy

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Entropy: (noun) lack of stability or predictability; gradual decline into disorderSam, 19, with a confidence that borders on arrogance, turns up unannounced and unwelcome at Barbara’s door after an absence of many years. Barbara, 36 and living...

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 – Vessel

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How far would you go for a cause you believe in?   How far is too far?Irish writer and performer Laura Wyatt O’Keefe, tackles the divisive subject of women’s bodies and women’s rights in a compelling new drama....

Underbelly at the Fringe 2018 – tickets go on sale on Monday

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It may not be Easter yet but Underbelly are already looking forward to August when they have some cracking shows lined up for you at the 2018 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.Booking opens on Monday 19...

Edinburgh’s Christmas will be icy!

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Underbelly who have the contract with The City of Edinburgh Council to provide all the entertainment for Edinburgh's Christmas 2017 have announced today that the programme is refreshed for this year - and will...

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 – Underbelly have their best year yet

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The directors of Underbelly Ed Bartlam and Charlie Wood have announced that the entertainment company has had the best year yet in Edinburgh.As well as the shows which they staged across all of their...

Help Underbelly fundraise for The Brain Tumour Charity on 23 August

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Underbelly is  partnering with The Brain Tumour Charity for a raucous evening of live comedy.The organisation remains at the forefront of the fight to defeat brain tumours, making a difference every day to the lives...

Edinburgh Festival Fringe – Tiger Circus’ ‘Attached’

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Manu Tiger (Tiger Circus) and Massimiliano Rosetti (Lost in Translation Circus/The Hogwallops) gave the passing Festival visitors a short taste of their show 'Attached' this morning under - or, possibly, just to one side...

Underbelly showcase some of their Fringe acts

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Underbelly at this year's Fringe have something for everyone at one of their  16 venues with more than 150 shows.2017 will be the most diverse programme that Underbelly has presented in their 17 years at...

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 – Zach & Viggo

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After winning BEST COMEDY AWARDS at Adelaide and Brighton Fringe along with an OFFICIAL SOLD OUT RUN at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe, award-winning, Norwegian-American comedy duo Zach & Viggo returns to Underbelly with a...

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 – Dumbstruck

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Dumbstruck, a world premiere by multi-award-winning performer Sam Goodburn, tells the story of an endearing young man taking his first steps into adulthood.  This exciting lo-fi circus show features offbeat comedy, world class unicycling,...

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