Full 2022 Edinburgh Programme Revealed

6 June 2022

We are bringing the Best of The Fest to you from 3-29 August 2022.
Get ready for a summer like no other!

200+ shows. 40 years. One Assembly.

The time has come! Today, we are thrilled to announce the final 50+ shows for 2022, unveiling the full programme of Assembly Festival for this year! August's Fringe has started looking brighter with Frank Skinner, Al Murray, Jinkx Monsoon (RuPaul’s Drag Race); Queen of Fake Alison Jackson; Fringe favourite Reuben Kaye and many more coming to put on the show of a lifetime across our venues.
 

Comedy
 
To begin with, watch comedy for a cause at our Comedy Fundraisers that are now on sale: Stand Up For Your Planet (22 Aug), Comic Relief Live! (15 Aug), and Max and Ivan’s The Wrestling, where Fringe comedians grapple with ripped pro wrestlers (23 Aug) - hopefully, they die laughing, not wrestling.
We are also honoured to present the inaugural David Johnson Emerging Talent Award show (28 Aug) that celebrates the life of this maverick producer whose ‘Fringe finds’ included Graham Norton and Puppetry of the Penis. And Best of the Fest: The New Class: a brand-new, late-night showcase of new talent appearing at this year’s Fringe that will leave you feeling rejuvenated.
 

To top that, our stellar Comedy line-up for 2022 keeps on growing. We have more funny bones coming in from across the world to make you giggle, laugh, snort and everything in between! Tickets are on sale now to get your bums on seats for:

  1. Australian stand-up Dan Rath with his new achingly funny, brilliant new hour; Cockroach Party
  2. Japan’s comedy sketch group JalJal with their hilarious new show of improvised skits ARIGATO
  3. 5-star comedy from the Aboriginal Comedy Allstars
  4. Mind-blowing improv from Baby Wants Candy supergroup’s hip-hop homage Shamilton
  5. Sketch comedy from Rosie Nicholls (NewsRevue) and Sullivan Brown (No Rolls Barred) in Grubby Little Mitts, and
  6. A fantastic line-up of newcomers including Pinder award-winner Danielle Walker.
     
Cabaret and Variety


From ha-ha’s to ooh-la-la's, things have gotten more glamorous this year with star-striking Cabaret debuts. We have Mark Borkowski, the Doyen of the Publicity Stunt who will be speaking about his extraordinary career; and Queen of Fake Alison Jackson with her show about diva doppelgangers and celebrity fake takes.

Sit back - there's more. Our cabaret line-up will leave you dazzled by chanteuse Tina del Twist - winner of this year’s Comics’ Choice Award in Melbourne. And lest we forget, these are in addition to Jinkx Monsoon and Reuben Kaye!

Joining Diane Chorley at Assembly’s late-night 80s Underground venue The Flick is Bristol’s best trans/non-binary/female comedy night Party: All-StarsWacky Racists hosted by Taskmaster star Sophie Duker, Dan Wye creator of Séayoncé with a brand-new show Dan Wye Am I Sam Smith. Also coming in hot are Mark Watson (Taskmaster) and Michael Chakraverty (Bake Off) who will bring their hugely popular podcast Menkind to Edinburgh for the first time.
 

Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus
 

Moving on to the performers who master the movement of every inch of their body to make us feel moved; in Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus we proudly present to you:

  1. Hip-Hop breakin’ dance group EBNFLOH from Montreal with their new show In-Ward
  2. The return of Cluster Arts & A Good Catch Circus with their award-winning intergenerational circus show Casting Off and their new show Zoë
  3. Supercharged urban circus from the BMX, basketball, breakdancing, beatboxing, acrobatics 360 ALLSTARS;
  4. One of Australia’s most prolific dance theatre artists: Angel-Monster – a show about equality, ownership and respect set in a field of laundry performed by a full female cast of contemporary dancers
  5. Rouge a decadent blend of sensational acrobatics, operatic cabaret and twisted burlesque from Melbourne, and
  6. Collision - contemporary circus and street dance from Casus Creations & Mad Dance House.
     

Theatre


In theatre, takeaway the beautiful stories of:
  1. Love, Loss and Chianti with Robert Bathurst (Cold Feet, Downton Abbey) that features glorious animations from cartoonist Charles Peattie
  2. Bloke and His American Bantu about the transatlantic camaraderie of Bloke Modisane: a South African writer/journalist exiled in the UK and his letter correspondence with Langston Hughes: an African American Writer/Poet
  3. 9 Circles directed by Olivier Winner Guy Masterson
  4. How I Learned What I Learned the UK/European premiere of autobiographical solo show by August Wilson chronicling his life as a Black artist in Pittsburgh, performed by Wali Jamal
  5. She/Her presented by Brian Cox and Actors Rising Productions – a multimedia performance by eight women who share their stories of hope, fear, loss trauma, passion, ancestry, motherhood and more

This year’s theatre programme also includes the unique Temping: a fully immersive show for one audience member at a time, set in a basement office where the audience has been hired to fill in and temp for Sarah Jane, who is on vacation.

The list goes on to make your summer at Assembly Fest unforgettable with:

  1. One Man Lord of the Rings and One Man Star Wars Trilogy starring Charles Ross who recreates Middle Earth and battles his way across the Universe in no less than 100,000 characters
  2. We Should Definitely have More Dancing: a one-woman show based on the real-life story of having brain damage when you are in the prime of your life
  3. The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s new musicals Godspell and Little Women
  4. Absurdist comedy in CJ Hopkins’ hilarious Horse Country starring clowns Sam and Bob drinking bourbon and shooting the breeze
  5. Tom about the devastating impact that suicide has on family
  6. Second Body with new work Concept for a Film about interconnectedness, human extinction and fungi, and
  7. Helter Skelter, a new theatre production about a teenage runaway who joins the Charles Manson cult in the Californian desert.

 

Music, Children’s Shows and more


Last but not least, in music, we hope you tune into Tom Seals Presents: fresh from a sold-out worldwide tour and a series on Sky TV with a brand-new celebrity live music and chat show; the fantastic local InChorus Choir; and Edinburgh’s favourite acoustic folk night Folksville hosted by the Edinburgh band the Paper Sparrows every Monday night!
 

Little by little, we have also brought together something special for the little ones. We welcome Sean Choolburra with his Didj and Dance show; and a Fringe favourite comedy-circus show Chores is back with an action-packed hour of cool stunts inspired by the antics of the best in slapstick - Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin.

Speaking about our 2022 programme, Artistic Director of Assembly Festival, William Burdett-Coutts, said:

“After two years of not running a full programme, this year’s line-up is back with a bang, packed with incredible shows. I am delighted that we have artists coming from Canada, USA, Japan, South Africa and all over the world, as well as some fantastic new work from artists based right here in Edinburgh. 2022 is a crucial year to get the festival back up and running as the greatest arts and entertainment festival in the world and it’s also when we will be celebrating our delayed 40th anniversary on the Fringe. We hope, to see thousands and thousands of people coming out. The best support the Festival can get is people buying tickets and enjoying the wealth of shows available."

Being Edinburgh’s longest-running multi-venue operator, we are so excited to celebrate Assembly Festival’s 40th anniversary with all our artists and audiences!

Our summer season begins on 15 July when we welcome the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival to Assembly George Square Gardens and Assembly Roxy; before the Edinburgh Food Festival returns once again 22–31 July. And at last, our festival programme will kick off on Wednesday 3 August with the Assembly Gala Launch that highlights the biggest and best productions.

After a reduced programme in 2021, this year sees Assembly return to its usual venues, with performances at George Square Gardens and Studios, Assembly Hall, Assembly Checkpoint, and the Assembly Rooms on George Street, where Assembly started over 40 years ago.
 

Take a look at what’s on