Enjoy a unique flavour of the Fringe and explore the museum after hours.

Handpicked performers will showcase highlights from their acts, alongside bars and entry to our summer exhibition, Rip It Up. From the Grand Gallery's main stage to more intimate spaces across the museum, discover some of our world class collections whilst soaking up the festival atmosphere with Liam Withnail (Best Compere - 2018 Scottish Comedy Awards) and the resident DJ, Kitchen Disco. Guest-programmed by the festival gurus at The List, each night of this adults-only extravaganza offers a different take on the Fringe. 

Taster Performances

Main Stage

SHIFT - The UK’s hottest circus company, Barely Methodical Troupe, repeat the success of their international smash-hits BROMANCE and KIN in this red-hot piece of circus, combining show-stopping acrobatics with the emotional punch of theatre. 

Newsrevue - The Guinness World Record-Breaking parody song and sketch show mocking politicians and celebrities. ‘One of the slickest, most professional, hilarious shows you will ever see’ ★★★★★ The Sun

YummyThe drag cabaret smash-hit all the way from Melbourne, Australia – an absurd, fascinating and outrageous experience!

Tabarnak - A celebration of Heaven and Hell and everything in between! Cirque Alfonse, the creators of the five-star, Fringe hit Barbu, return with a brand-new show. Daring, raucous, eccentric and downright fun, Tabarnak combines edge-of-your seat circus with crazy cabaret acts and a heart-thumping live score!

Gingzilla - The multi award-winning Gingzilla is on a mission to conquer the world! Witness this iconic 7ft ginger-bearded drag queen tear up the stage, question your orientation and leave you gagging for more! Winner of Best Cabaret (Weekly), Adelaide 2017. Winner of Overall Innovation Award, Adelaide 2017. Winner of the World Fringe Alliance Award 2018.

Djuki Mala - Indigenous Australian dance sensations Djuki Mala wow audiences with a spectacular fusion of traditional dance, pop-culture and storytelling that is a marvel of timing, comedy and clowning with a hefty dose of heart and soul! 

Hawthornden Court

Jay Lafferty - With a colourful history of never knowing when to shut up, Jay has managed to get herself into – and occasionally out of – more than a few tricky situations. After a lifetime of being told to pipe down, Jay never expected the trouble that would come from holding her tongue. Number five in the Top 10 best-reviewed comedy shows at Edinburgh Fringe 2017.

Ben Target - Pool party starter and Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best Newcomer nominee, Ben Target, invites you to plunge in for a paddle. Goggles on for synchronised aquatics, front crawl relays and doggy paddle lessons (for beginners). BYOL (Bring Your Own Lilo). A gala of comedy troves and live art aquabatics, from the ‘maverick physical comedian’ (Guardian). ‘A joy to be part of’ ★★★★ (Skinny).

Great British Mysteries: 1599? - Do you like mysteries? Do you like historical inaccuracies? Do you know the difference between Thomas More and Roger Moore? Read on! This is the follow-up to the company's sold-out debut show from 2017. But set 400 years earlier. Confused? You will be. It's like The Woman in Black meets Keystage Two Tudor history. Expect multi-roling, homemade sound effects and more gags than Henry VIII had wives. Seven? 'Gloriously silly, wonderfully observed' (Time Out).

Space Stage

History Has a Purpose?! - The UK's least qualified history teacher on how history is dead and why its time for a rebrand. Having noticed the boredom in his students' eyes, Oskar outlines his mission to revamp history for the 21st century. Using the latest marketing strategies Oskar Schortz presents the official unauthorised plan for Scottish History. History is dead but Oskar has a plan...

The Psychic Project - Could you be a psychic spy? In 1972, the Cold War took an unusual turn. Concerned by Russia’s investment in mind control, the CIA began a secret project to train civilians as psychic spies: stealing secrets, manipulating memories and finding out if thoughts can kill. David Narayan explores the archives, seeing if a modern audience can use the same techniques. “Fascinating” (World Magic Review)

Ada Campe and the Psychic Duck - Variety! Comedy! A psychic duck! Join 2018 NATYS winner, Ada Campe, for a show about wonderful women, strange encounters and a fairground mystery that occurred on the Welsh coast many moons ago...

Toby Thompson - A delectable taste of Toby Thompson’s beautiful, beguiling wordsmithery, taken from his 5 star show ‘For The Record’

  • Gingzilla

  • Great British Mysteries: 1599?

    Great British Mysteries: 1599?
  • Ben Target © edshots

    Ben Target © edshots
  • Djuki Mala

    Djuki Mala
  • History Has a Purpose?!

    History Has a Purpose?!
  • Jay Lafferty

    Jay Lafferty
  • Newsrevue © Pete Smith

    Newsrevue © Pete Smith
  • Ada Campe and the Psychic Duck

    Ada Campe and the Psychic Duck

Other Activities

Pop Group Photoshoot - Dress up and pose as the rock band of your dreams and get a snap on your smartphone.

Tattoo It Up - Adorn your body with temporary tattoos: are you a mixtape maker or an LP lover?

Badge It Up - Create a bespoke 80s pop badge to take home.

Brasserie Bar - Extended Hours

The Brasserie Bar in the Entrance Hall will be open from 6pm until midnight for ticket holders only serving drinks and hot food. Last orders is at 23:15 for drinks and 22:00 for food. 

The programme and activities this year will vary to what is shown in this video.

Useful 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 Space 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 Court and Space 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.

Our Rip It Up 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! Last entry 21:50.

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!

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.

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17 Aug 2018


National Museum of Scotland

How much

£18, £16 Members and concessions*

Price includes admission to Rip It Up exhibition

* Concession prices apply to 60+, students and unemployed with ID, disabled people. Carers of disabled people free. A valid NUS or Young Scot card must be shown.

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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.

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