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Museum Late: Fringe Fridays

23 Aug 2019



Enjoy a unique flavour of the Fringe and explore the museum after hours. From music and dance, to comedy and theatre, handpicked performers will showcase highlights from their acts across three exhilarating party nights, alongside bars and entry to our exhibition Wild and Majestic.


£20, £18 Members & Conc.*
*Over 60s, students with valid NUS or Young Scot card, unemployed with ID, disabled people. Carers of disabled people go free.

Booking information

Age 18+, Ticket includes admission to Wild and Majestic exhibition.

Tickets are available on the door from 18:30.

Images from our 2018 evening Fringe events © Chris Scott 

From the Grand Gallery’s main stage to more intimate spaces across the museum, discover our world-class collections whilst soaking up the festival atmosphere with circus, comedy, cabaret, music and magic featured across three stages. 

Guest-programmed by the festival gurus at The List, each night of this adults-only extravaganza offers a different take on the Fringe, with up to 13 acts each evening over three different stages around the museum's galleries.

In addition to live performances, Fringe-goers can strike a pose at a themed photo booth, get creative at activity stations, and explore this summer’s five-star exhibition, Wild and Majestic: Romantic Visions of Scotland.

Friday 9 August - Taster Performances

See which taster performances we have planned for Friday 9 August.

Main Stage

All the King's Men

All the King's Men are a world-renowned, award-winning all-male a cappella group based in the heart of London with must-see all-vocal covers from Beyoncé to Shawn Mendes!


Award-winning all-male company makes an explosive Edinburgh debut. Created collaboratively by the BalletBoyz company dancers, Them explores the individuality that resides within each dancer. 


Bursting onto the scene with passion, emotion and talent, Filament's fresh take on acrobatic theatre dives into the trials and tribulations of growing up and discovering who you are.

Alfie Ordinary

Drag Prince Alfie Ordinary will sing, twirl and charm you into feeling fabulous.

Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers: Beat Grrrls

The high-voltage rhythm sisters from Mugenkyo flex their muscles on huge taiko drums. Precision, beauty & attitude, in a riot of rhythm & irresistible energy.

Hawthornden Stage

Kevin Quantum

Having spent half of his adult life studying Physics and half Magic, Kevin Quantum explores the exotic space where science and magic meet.

Maisie Adam

"Maisie Adam exudes an appealing quirky energy and is clearly a natural wit" - Chortle. Nominated Best Newcomer 2018.

Liam Withnail

The award-winning Fringe favourite Liam Withnail is back with his trademark thoughtful, exciting comedy.


Scotlaaaaaaand! A hilarious, high-energy, three-man physical comedy The Latebloomers are an extremely talented and professional act who take their audience along on this ride through all things Scottish with appealing good humour and supreme skill.

Wee Stage

Dave Alnwick

Fringe veteran Dave Alnwick performs his unique brand of Comedy Magic.


Ada Campe

Join award-winning variety artiste Ada Campe for some comedy, magic, interactive silliness... and perhaps even a psychic duck. 'Very, very funny' (Edinburgh Magic Circle).


Fringe legends Jollyboat play their new comedy songs, following a sell-out national tour.

Cat Hepburn

Award-winning writer and spoken word artist Cat Hepburn presents excerpts of #GIRLHOOD, a hilarious and heartbreaking exploration of growing up.

Images from our 2018 evening Fringe events © Chris Scott 

Friday 16 August - Taster Performances

See which taster performances we have planned for Friday 16 August.

Main Stage

YUCK Circus 

Get ready to witness a powerhouse of female circus performers kick art in the face. YUCK Circus were winners of the Top-tier Fringe World Martin Sims Award 2019Adelaide Tour-Ready Award 2019 and Best Circus Fringe World Weekly 2019.


Noise Boys

Noise Boys is a tap dance and beatboxing spectacular featuring outstanding physical skills with incredible musicianship from champion beatboxers, world-class dancers and the finest street musicians in the country.


The Feathers conjure up spectacular circus, music, improvisation and divination. Live audience tarot card readings guide our performers in this unpredictable tale, where all is possible, and everything unexpected. When the first card is turned our journey begins.


Gingzilla, the award-winning, international cabaret star and giant, ginger, Glamazon takes to the stage with a heart-stopping live performance and a killer look!

Colonel Mustard & Friends

The Colonel will be playing songs from his Sports Mixture album and his 2 fringe shows, with lots of humour and crowd participation guaranteed.


Hawthornden Stage

Elliot Bibby

Elliot Bibby can't wait to share his unique magic with you this evening, in his own comedic way. Prepare to have your mind read, with a smile on your face.

Amy Matthews

Amy Matthews’s whimsical stand up sees an imaginative take on modern life.

Sam Taunton

Winner: Pinder Prize, 2019 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. The Edinburgh debut from one of Australia’s most exciting comedians - Sam Taunton

Harriet Dyer: The Dinosaur Show

Harriet Dyer (BBC Three, BBC at the Edinburgh Festivals, BBC Radio 4 Extra, BBC Radio – Knock Knock, BBC – Ouch!, Absolute Radio) loves dinosaurs. Whatever happens – dinosaurs and ditties are a guarantee.

Wee Stage

Sir David and his Animals

The magic of Sir David Attenborough live on stage! Two hapless clowns recreate extraordinary scenes of the natural world - a world teetering on the brink of disaster! Read more about Sir David and his Animals. 

Mark Grist

Teacher, poet, comedian and internet sensation Mark Grist has just seven weeks to learn how to rap. His students can do it, so it should be easy, right? This show taster invites you to join Mark as he stumbles his way through his own unique rap syllabus.



Three idiots dress up as sperm to bring you the most ridiculous sex education lesson of all time. After seeing Privates, you'll never see sperm the same again.

Kane and Abel

Proving two truly is better than one, Fringe favourites Kane & Abel bring a taster of their brand-new show paying homage to double acts. 

Friday 23 August

See which taster performances we have planned for Friday 23 August.

Main Stage


Ginger Johnson 

Part cabaret confessional, part Sesame Street special, Ginger Johnson puts two fingers up to sadness and jumps – high-heels first – into a world of absolute delusion. 


An extract of KID_X by Bassline Circus and MHz - a futuristic 'girl-meets-droid' love story where eye popping visuals collide with circus, street dance and live music from MC Eva Lazarus and Mungo's Hi Fi.


Nearly Human

Nearly Human are a multi award-winning progressive brass band, who will embark on a curious audio-theatrical journey. Replete with intricate rhythms, enormous choral harmonies, dynamic choreography and ruminations about stars and happenstance. 

Alfie Ordinary

Drag Prince Alfie Ordinary will sing, twirl and charm you into feeling fabulous.

The Magnets 

The Ultimate Party Set! The 'A Cappella All Stars' The Magnets are back with a brand-new show performing the biggest hits from this incredible era. Expect jaw-dropping harmonies and beatboxing like never before. Robbie Williams, Backstreet Boys and so much more!

Hawthornden Stage

The National Trust Fan Club 

Join Helen Wood’s daring one-woman quest to visit every National Trust property and become a certified superfan.


Harry Baker 

Mathematician-turned-World-Slam-Champion Harry Baker turns 10,000 days old, celebrating numbers, words and life itself. Harry Baker's got 99 problems but maths ain't one.

Amy Matthews

Amy Matthews’s whimsical stand up sees an imaginative take on modern life.

James Phelan

James Phelan presents a unique magical prank show in his Fringe debut! Troublemaker is a jaw-dropping rollercoaster of mystery and hilarity.


Wee Stage

Daniel Nils Roberts 

Daniel Nils Roberts provides absurd multimedia look at key events from history, from a star of comedy sensations Austentatious. 'Devastatingly funny' **** (Fest). 'Sheer genius' **** (Scotsman).

Dave Alnwick

Fringe veteran Dave Alnwick performs his unique brand of Comedy Magic.


Will Seaward 

Ghosts! Cobwebs! Wooooo noises! Join Will Seaward for extremely silly spine-curdling ghostly tales. But BEWARE: audiences may evaporate from sheer terror...!


Tom Crosbie

Tom Crosbie may not have the answers to any global issues, but, he transports you to his land of whimsy, where his concentrated nerdistry reduces life's little worries to mere homoeopathic levels. If the world's questions can be answered as easily as his Rubik's Cubes, then maybe the time spent learning fun facts was worth it all along. 

Extra activities

  • Tartan It Up Photobooth – Create a wildly majestic selfie portrait with our themed costumes and props
  • Braw Brooches – Create your own highland-inspired brooch, buttonhole or hair accessory to wear
  • Wild and Majestic Tattoos – Choose between stag, targe or luckenbooth temporary tattoos
  • Chinese Calligraphy – Explore this artform with expert Chi Zhang 

Images from our 2018 evening Fringe events © Chris Scott 

Food and drinks

Enjoy drinks at a selection of pop-up bars, graze from sharing boards in the Brasserie bar or grab a snack at a street food stall.

Arrive early and warm up with pre-event drinks and sharing platters in our Brasserie Bar, which will be open from 18:00, or enjoy street food and drinks in our Grand Gallery from 19:30.

Further Information

Getting here

National Museum of Scotland
Chambers Street


Map and directions


We want everyone who comes to our museums to enjoy their time with us and make the most of their visit. 


  • There is level access to the Museum via the main doors to the Entrance Hall on Chambers Street. 
  • Lifts are available to all event areas and accessible toilets are available on Levels 0 and 3, as well as a Changing Places (U) toilet in the Entrance Hall on Level 0.
  • Wheelchairs are available for loan at no charge. Please note wheelchairs cannot be booked in advance. On arrival, ask about availability at the Information Desk. Small mobility scooters are permitted inside the museum.
  • Guide dogs, hearing dogs and other recognised assistance dogs are admitted.
  • Unfortunately, as Chambers Street is closed to traffic in the evenings due to coach parking for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, the usual designated public parking spaces for disabled visitors are not available. City of Edinburgh Council has more information about parking in the city centre.


  • It is not a seated venue for performances. However, there is a variety of seating available around the museum galleries, by the street food stall and in the Brasserie Bar.
  • The Main Stage is for a standing audience (in front of the stage area on Level 1 and viewing from the Level 3 balcony above)
  • The Hawthornden Stage is for a mainly seated audience, with some standing room at the back.
  • The Wee Stage will have some seating at the front plus standing room.


If you have any questions about venue accessibility for your specific needs, please contact us in advance via or ask a member of staff on the night.

Useful Event Information

Performances usually last about 10 – 15 mins and are a taster of the act’s full Fringe show. Remember that you won’t be able to get around all the acts on the night, and that both the Hawthornden and Wee stages have a limited capacity. Programmes will be handed out on the night so that you can plan your evening to avoid missing your favourite show.


Events have limited seating. The Main Stage is standing only, and Hawthornden and Wee stages have limited capacity seating. There will also be some seating available in other non-performance areas of the event. To best enjoy the events, guests are encouraged to move through the museum to explore the different open spaces. If you are unable to stand to watch performances then please see a member of staff on the night.


Wild and Majestic exhibition is open for the night (usual cost £10) so please do have a look round, though you may want to come back for another visit as there’s so much to see!


A cloakroom will be available. Please note there will be a charge of £1.50 per item and only coats and small bags will be accepted (no larger items or suitcases).


Food and drink will be available. In addition to the Brasserie Bar, there will be bars and hot food boxes available in the Grand Gallery.


Event timings. The event runs from 19:30 – 22:30. Ticket holders do not need to arrive for 19:30, but as there is lots to see and do we would recommend not arriving too late! Arrive early and warm up with pre-event drinks and sharing platters in our Brasserie Bar, which will be open from 18:00.


Get a better view. Top tip – you can also get a good view of the main stage from the Level 3 balcony (though please note no drinks are allowed up here).


Strictly over 18s only. Please note that our licensing does not allow us to admit any under 18s to these events. Photo ID may be requested as proof of age.


Please note that filming and photography will take place at this event.

Please note all performances and activities are subject to change. 

Explore more

Wild and Majestic: Romantic Visions of Scotland

Dramatic highland landscapes, heroic histories, tartan and bagpipes are among the defining images of Scotland for many people around the world today. This exhibition considers the origins of these ideas and explores how they were used to represent Scotland around the world.

Scottish History and Archaeology galleries

Our Scottish galleries guide you from the Palaeolithic era to the present day, from the earliest cultures to space age science, prehistory to pop culture.
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