As the Fringe is now over, let’s look at our 7 Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2018 horror highlights, and where they’ll be off to next.



H.P. Lovecraft believed life was hideous and his was no exception. Winner of the VAULT Festival 2018 ‘Show of the Week’ Award, Providence takes us through Lovecraft’s life and works, showing us reality is scarier than fiction.

Belt Up Theatre’s Dominic Allen joins Superbolt Theatre’s Simon Maeder to create this “remarkable” (The Stage) award-winning horror-comedy.

With a 4-star review from The Stage, Providence is “a masterclass in physical comedy” (ThePlay’sTheThing.com) and a “hauntingly brilliant production” (Queen of Geekdom) that’ll teach you things you didn’t want to know about America’s favourite horror writer.

For more horrific hilarity, Providence hits the London Horror Festival at the Old Red Lion in Islington from 29th – 31st October.

The Turn of the Screw

Upon starting a new job at an isolated family house, a young governess is forced to protect her students from paranormal forces that threaten their well-being.

Brought to you byThe Turn of the Screw award-winning Box Tale Soup, this original adaptation of Henry James’s classic novella comes to life through puppetry and a chilling original soundtrack.

With a 5-star review from ‘Young Perspective’, The Turn Of The Screw is a “beautifully judged performance” (British Theatre Guide) and “an engagingly faithful adaptation” (Fringe Guru).

Box Tale Soup return to the stage with adaptations of Northhanger Abbey and The Picture of Dorian Gray throughout September.

Bad Dog

Bad Dog

Grace expected nothing out of the ordinary when returning home. She certainly didn’t expect to find her sister cleaning up the remains of their neighbour’s murdered dog.

The University of York’s DramaSoc return to Edinburgh with Ashley Milne’s deliciously dark new play, pushing us to question the lengths we’ll go to protect those we love.

With a 4-star review from The Culture Fix, Bad Dog is “an efficient little horror that tackles some ambitious concepts in its punchy run time” (Culture Fix).

Bad Dog may have finished it’s run in Edinburgh, but you can find out more about those involved on their Twitter account, @BadDogFringe.

Fear Itself

In this TED Talk meets Stephen King, renowned psychologist, Dr Amelia Greenwood frees your life of fear, promising there’s nothing to be afraid of. Or is there…

‘Les EnfantFear Itself Terribles’ Award nominees, Danse Macabre Productions take you through an interactive, one-woman monologue that’ll leave you checking under the bed before turning off the light.

“Highly Recommended” by Fringe Review, Fear Itself leaves audiences with “haunted eyes and genuine smiles” (Fringe Review), a “quirky, different, brave” show (Derek Awards) that “subverts your expectations” (EdFringeReview).

Fear Itself takes to the stage again on 7th October at the Old Red Lion as part of the London Horror Festival.

One Woman Alien

One Woman Alien

Award-winning Heather-Rose Andrews returns with Cast Iron Theatre to take on Ridley Scott’s epic film Alien with nothing but her wits and a cat.

One hour, one woman, one cult classic, because, in theatre, no one can hear you scream. (Except for the poor sod doing mime downstairs who’s definitely going to complain).

Andrews builds “tension and surprises among the many laughs” (GeekChocolate) but also takes a “feminist perspective which is so very relevant in the context of 2018” that’s “well-acted” and “refreshing” (Broadway Baby).

With multiple 5-star reviews from its audiences, One Woman Alien is “deeply satisfying” and “easily the most complex, entertaining, politically well put together” (Harold and Arthur) show at the Fringe.

One Woman Alien returns for more monsters-popping-out-of-John-Hurt’s-chest so keep your eyes peeled for tour dates on their Twitter accounts, @OneWomanAlien and @cast_ironacts.

Urban Death

A series of vignettes, Urban Death brings brutal horror and gallows humour to the stage, giving audiences an experience they’ll never forget.

LA-based Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group have crossed the pond to bring a show that’ll delight and frighten it’sUrban Death audience in equal measures.

With a 5 star review from British Theatre Guide, the show is “a triumph in every sense”, “a brave, sophisticated show – as darkly funny as it is creepily appalling” (The List) and a “Must See” from FringeReview.

So, if ever you find yourself in the U.S. of A., pop in to see Zombie Joe’s gang for some super scares.

EH16: Pyre

EH16 Pyre

Credit: Evelina Cassari

Following the lives of three women, EH16: Pyre explores the horror that plagues the history of Edinburgh’s cobbled streets.

Following their sell-out run at the Edinburgh Horror Festival, Nevermore Theatre bring abortion, torture, murder and pop culture references to the stage once again.

It’s a “powerful” production; “interesting and thoughtful” (FringeGuru), “thought provoking” (British Theatre Guide) with “an undeniable power” (All Edinburgh Theatre).

Follow their Twitter account, @NevermoreHorror and if ever you’re out and about in the Scottish capital, pop in to see Nevermore do what they do best.

That’s all from me for now but watch this space for more updates on theatre’s tales of terror over the next few months.

By Sam Essame (@sam_essame)

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