Calling all theatre lovers! The iconic Edinburgh Festival Fringe finally returns for its 75th year and TikTok is proud to be the Fringe’s first ever Official Virtual Stage. The Fringe is the single biggest celebration of arts and culture on the planet and this year there will be even more ways to access the Festival through TikTok. So whether you are heading to Edinburgh or joining the action from afar, it’s time to experience the magic of the Fringe!
To get your daily Fringe fix, search #EdFringe to visit the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Hub, for content highlights from some of the biggest venues, exclusive creator performances and show recommendations. Find your funny and share videos using the hashtag #EdFringe for your chance to be featured!
So without further ado, curtain up on TikTok’s guide to the Fringe…
Get a front row seat with TikTok’s Virtual Stage
The TikTok Virtual Stage gives the TikTok community the best seat in the house, as the up-and-coming names in comedy to some of the freshest faces in theatre livestream their shows exclusively on TikTok. The TikTok Virtual Stage will also feature talent across the United Kingdom & Ireland remotely, as every performer is given their chance to shine – read more about how you can get involved here! The TikTok LIVE Studio situated in the heart of Edinburgh will also open it’s doors for 10 days. A space where creators & artists can create exclusive LIVE performances, that the whole TikTok Community can enjoy!
You can find the full TikTok Virtual stage schedule on the #EdFringe hub but here are some of our top picks . . .
8, 9, 10, 11 August 2022 | 2:00pm Daily
Catch comedian Simon Brodkin as he takes to the streets of Edinburgh for Unhinged Fringe
Aug 6, 2022 | 1:00 pm
Tune in to Social Status, the debut comedy stand-up show at Edinburgh Fringe for Serena Terry, creator of viral sensation Mammy Banter.
7 Aug, 2022 | 12:00pm
Live from the Edinburgh Festival Showstopper the Musical will create a brand new bespoke musical, improvised on the spot just for TikTok! Watch live and send us suggestions in the comments.
7 Aug, 2022 | 1:00pm
Tune in and enjoy a 30-minute mini-show by Fills Monkey from the Edinburgh Fringe! Extraordinary drumming, unusual apparatus, some classic tunes, and above all FUN!
Aug 8, 2022 | 12:00 pm
Mischief Movie Night is the improvised movie live on stage! Every show is different with you suggesting a genre, location and title and Mischief hilariously bring the show to life.
Experience the magic in Edinburgh
If you are lucky enough to be heading to Edinburgh this Summer then here’s how to enjoy even more of the action with TikTok . . .
Discover shows with TikTok Taster Stage
Head to the TikTok Taster Stage in St Andrew Square to get a flavour of what you can expect from the rest of the Festival. Pull up and deckchair or follow @EdFringe and find the perfect show for you!
Experience the best of the TikTok community on the Royal Mile
Watch out for the TikTok totem in Parliament Square and the digital shopfront screen on the Royal Mile, for the very best #EdFringe TikTok videos submitted by our community.
Grab a coffee with TikTok
Head to The Mound and get a free coffee courtesy of TikTok and receive a scratch card, for your chance to get your hands on some exclusive merch and tickets to the BIG secret show…!
Calling all TikTok Performers
Are you a performer and looking to find out even more about how to make the most of TikTok to reach new audiences? Then pop in and see the team at the St James Quarter Mall for a lesson in all things TikTok.
Check out your favourite creators’ shows
There are so many TikTok creators ready to make their Fringe debuts! We know everyone will have their personal faves, but here’s a small selection of TikTok’s Ones to Watch:
The Comedy Reserve
Pleasance Dome| Aug 3-14, 16-21, 23-29
Abi Clarke is a stand-up comedian based in Bristol, who first took TikTok by storm in 2020 during lockdown, sharing original sketches on her TikTok page. Since then, her hilarious content has earned over 824.4K followers on TikTok, and she’s been singled out as one to watch on the comedy circuit. Highlights include her video about office gossip, her skit about fashion houses, and her experiences meeting Lenny Henry.
The Many Faces of Horatio Gould
The Waverley Bar | Aug 5-14, 16-29
Horatio Gould and Andrew Kirwan are a comedy duo who share clips from their podcast and hilarious skits dissecting every day moments or else reimagining moments in history. From acting out a podcast in the 1200s to exploring the difference between English and French TV chefs, there isn’t a skit they haven’t thought of.
Christian Brighty: Playboy
Pleasance Below – Pleasance Courtyard | Aug 3-28
Dubbed ‘TikTok’s answer to Mr Darcy’, Christian is a London-based comedian known for his mock period romance sketches. Whether it’s the new dress releveal moment, Bridgerton’s take on courtship, or the regency thirst trap, you can trust that Christian will hilariously tear apart the genre’s most predictable tropes.
Grace Campbell: A Show About Me(n)
Gilded Balloon Teviot | Aug 3-14, 16-29
Grace has a skit for every type of girl you can imagine, from London girls reacting to Top Boy to English girls on Jubilee weekend – there is truly a character for everyone so you’re bound to recognise yourself or someone you know. Alongside this, Grace shares her take on key events, from fake interviewing Matt Hancock on his resignation to impersonating Liam Payne at the Oscars.
Max Fosh: Zocial Butterfly
Underbelly, Bristo Square | Aug 3-14, 16-29
Max is an interviewer who can make any situation hilarious. His quick-witted responses and unmatcheable facial expressions make any interaction one to remember. Fromcompetitive philanthropy to farmers on tour, Max has a knack for getting the funniest moments out of any interviewee.
Sugarcoated Sisters: Bittersweet
Just the Tonic at The Caves | Aug 4-14, 16-21, 23-28
Tabby and Claire’s creativity is endless; they produce musical parodies of every day moments and political events. From their experience of dating in a provincial town, to pointed comedic social commentary, and a good dose of political satire, it’s no surprise that the pair won the Best Newcomer at the Musical Comedy Awards 2022.
And finally . . . We have a very BIG secret
On Sunday 14 August at 9:00pm, TikTok will be hosting a Secret Gig with one of the biggest names in comedy.
We can’t tell you any more than that . . . But laughter is 100% guaranteed.
To find out more and for you chance to get your hands on one of the hottest tickets in town, follow @EdFringe and #EdFringe for cryptic clues and head to the TikTok coffee station on The Mound in Edinburgh for your chance to win a ticket (T&C’s apply).