The Menagerie

The animal themed shows – some with live animals – taking centre stage at the Fringe!

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Illustrations by Lauren Hunter
Published 31 Jul 2023

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Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose, 2-27 Aug (not 14), 7pm

Hope is moving from up north and down to London to work in a dinosaur themed bar! But her manager's a creep and her housemate doesn't seem to like her much. A roaring theatrical comedy from Charlotte Anne-Tilley Productions.

Cat Sh!t Crazy

theSpaceTriplex, 4-26 Aug (not 13, 20), times vary

In this solo play, cat-avoidant Cindy – a troubled personal trainer and aspiring actor – faces curveballs and fur balls as she deals with a critical and life-changing decision. By Cindy D'Andrea.



Summerhall, 2-27 Aug (not 14, 21), 8.50pm

What the cluck?! Get ready for some feather-brained theatre and discover a big-hearted chicken who is going to roast everything you thought you knew about white meat.

Do Rhinos Feel Their Horns or Can They Not See Them Like How We Can't See Our Noses

Summerhall, 15-27 Aug (not 21), 11.45am

Inspired by Eugène Ionesco's satirical play Rhinoceros about mass conformity, Gangguan! stomp into Summerhall from Singapore with a production about two friends making a radio show on the 1980s 'rhinoceritis' epidemic.

Lucky Pigeons

Underbelly's Circus Hub on the Meadows, 5-26 Aug (not 14, 21), 1.05pm

Flock down to an Edinburgh debut for a soaring circus show centred on some highly coo-rious pigeons.

Luisa Omielan: Bitter

Monkey Barrel Comedy, 3-27 Aug (not 7, 14, 21), 5.40pm

Eleven years since she conquered the Fringe with What Would Beyoncé Would Do? Luisa Omielan brings two shows: a musical on the free festival and a back-to-basics stand-up hour where she'll be joined by her Bernese Mountain dog Bernie on stage. What would Bernie do?


Petting Zoo Comedy

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 2-20 Aug, 10.20pm

Arriving from Brooklyn – via Edinburgh Zoo – Michael Kandel and Charlie Sosnick are set to make the Fringe go wild by placing a six foot Boa constrictor, a six inch Pac-Man frog and a long-feathered Silkie chicken (and more) into the brave hands of the best comedians as they perform their sets! What could possibly go wrong?

Three Men in a Boat

C ARTS | C venues | C aquila, 5-13 Aug, 5.50pm

Not Cricket Productions bound in with an all female adaptation of Jerome K. Jerome’s 1889 comedy classic. The original novel was subtitled To Say Nothing of the Dog, but this show is going to star one – Tamora is a sprightly five-and-a-half-year-old retired racing greyhound tipped to have a glittering stage career ahead of her.

Two Cats on a Date

ZOO Playground, 4-27 Aug (not 16), 8.15pm

One actor, Griffin Kelly, plays both cats as they share a romantic supper, discovering if the feline's mutual.


All illustrations by Lauren Hunter