Death On The Fringe

The biggest issue of all at the biggest arts festival of all.

31 July – 26 August 2019

Death on the Fringe is a series of shows and events looking at death and dying which takes place during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe each year – a festival within a festival.

Some events are serious, some are comical – but they all make you think about what it means to live well and die well.

It is run by Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief, a group of organisations working to promote more openness about death, dying and bereavement in Scotland. The campaign’s aim is to make people aware of ways to live with death, dying and bereavement and help them feel better equipped to support each other through those difficult times.

What's On

Before The End

Before The End

April 2015, Michel Graindorge passed away. The famous Belgian lawyer was also Catherine’s father. A man dies, a daughter loses... READ MORE

Summerhall 31 Jul - 25 Aug 2019 1.15pm
How To Save A Life

How To Save A Life

Meet Melissa. She loves cake, glitter and she’s got cervical cancer. Join us in the lead-up to her death party,... READ MORE

Underbelly Bristo Square 31 Jul - 25 Aug 2019 1.30pm
i run square

I Run

A Danish one-man play about running and grief. A dad loses his six-year old daughter to cancer and starts running to deal with his loss. He runs on a treadmill throughout the entire performance.

Pleasance Courtyard 31 Jul - 26 Aug 2019 1.55pm
Leave A Message

Leave A Message

Two friends, Ed and Sarah, travel to the small squalid bedsit where Ed’s father passed away a few days earlier.... READ MORE

Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose 31 Jul - 26 Aug 2019 2pm

The Three Deaths of Ebony Black

A critically acclaimed puppet musical, inspired by a neuroscientist. ‘There are three deaths: the first is when the body ceases... READ MORE

Underbelly Bristo Square 31 Jul - 26 Aug 2019 4.30pm
Rich Wilson

Rich Wilson: Death Becomes Him

We’re sorry to announce that award-winning stand up comedian, father, bus driver, gay sauna worker and beloved ‘Pudding’, Rich Wilson... READ MORE

Gilded Balloon Teviot 31 Jul - 25 Aug 2019 4.30pm
Fancy A Stiff One

Gary Lamont: Fancy A Stiff One?

Last spotted leaving BBC’s River City in a limo with Claire from Steps – Gary is back at the Fringe... READ MORE

Gilded Balloon Rose Theatre 31 Jul - 25 Aug 2019 8.45pm
Ivory Wings

Ivory Wings

Ivory Wings is a one-woman show with a live piano score. It explores Alzheimer’s and the therapeutic effects of music... READ MORE

Assembly Rooms 1 - 24 Aug 2019 11.50am (not 12, 19)


Following a sell-out run at London International Mime Festival 2019, Theatre Re presents a powerful, poignant and uplifting visual theatre... READ MORE

Pleasance Courtyard 1 - 25 Aug 2019 12pm
Fires Our Shoes Have Made

Fires Our Shoes Have Made

Excalibur, equipped. School, skipped. Six months ago, when they lost their mum, their names shot past the sun and echoed... READ MORE

C Aquila 1 - 26 Aug 2019 12pm
Big Wendy

Big Wendy

2018 was going to be Emily’s year. Finally starting to do stand-up and on track to being more funny ha-ha... READ MORE

Sweet Novotel 1 - 25 Aug 2019 12.40pm
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