Our Recommended Solo Shows

A lot of solo theatre shows grace the Fringe listings.

Solo work is often more intense and intimate, whether it be theatre, comedy, cabaret, spoken word or music.

Most of the solo work at the Fringe takes the form of stand-up comedy. If you’re looking for that, then head over to our Comedy page.

Here you’ll find the other genres, covered, especially theatre, spoken word and cabaret.

I want to see a solo show at the Edinburgh Fringe

Here’s our unique guide to help you find a solo show to see at the Fringe.

We’ve pulled out the popular, the weird and the eclectic. S

o, scan down and get booking…

I want to see…


… a master of the solo show theatre format. Then see Pip Utton’s Greatest Hits

… award-winning solo Shakespeare. Then see Richard III (A One-Woman Show)

… a piece of historical solo theatre. Then see 1917: A Phantasmagoria

… a show about one son’s moving exploration into his mum’s mental health. Then see Mental

… a theatre piece that explores how far one mum will go to give her child what she wants –  exploration of the pornification of our culture and the sexualisation of our children. Then see The B*easts

… a free show about Mary, Queen of Scots. Then see Marie

… some solo cabaret. Then see Daniel Cainer: More Gefilte Fish and Chips

… excellent writing and character work. Then see Austen’s Women

… some solo music and storytelling. Then see Dean Friedman – Songs for Grownups


Kate Saffin’s solo show recommendations


Kate Saffin, from Alarum Theare is our solo show expert at the Fringe. She has created her own highly reviewed work here in past years and is an ideal pundit in our solo theatre category.

Here are some of her choices…


Underbelly, Cowgate, 16:40 (not 15th)



Traverse – times vary


What Goes On In Front Of Closed Doors

Pleasance Courtyard 12.45


An Arrangment of Shoes

Laughing Horse @ The Countin House 13.45



Pleasance Courtyard 14.15


Elephant in the room

Assembly Rooms 18.25


The Emily Triptych

Quaker meeting house – but limited number of shows


Instructions for Border Crossing

Summerhall 16.40


The North! The North!

Summerhall 17.50


What Would Cathy Do?

C Venues 14.55


This also looks interesting… I think it’s solo but not quite sure

Show me the Money

Beldam 15.30


We’ll be adding to list list throughout the Fringe.