Edinburgh Fringe - Something in the Water

Queer Theatre, Musicals and Plays at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2022

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2022
Friday 5 August 2022 to Monday 29 August 2022
Venue: Various venues across Edinburgh
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This year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe is roaring back after the last two years of confusion, and none more so in terms of LGBTQ+ performers.

There are a host of theatre performances, plays and musicals at this year’s Fringe that include LGBTQ+ themes and performers.

Here’s a selection of what’s coming up at the 2022 Edinburgh Fringe.

Also check out: Queer Comedy and Cabaret at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2022

I Wish My Life Were Like A Musical

Composer and lyricist Alexander S. Bermange (he/him) is back with his award-winning musical revue I Wish My Life Were Like A Musical.  From voice-straining high notes to limb-spraining high kicks, via on-stage smooches and off-stage feuds, reveals everything that you could want to know about being a musical theatre performer… if only there were any who would dare to admit it. Booking

(le) pain 

Jean-Daniel (JD) Broussé’s (he/him) first solo show offers a similar tantalising temptation.  A play on the French word for bread and the English word for suffering, in (le) pain JD is forced to choose between continuing the family legacy or pursuing his dreams as a performer. Booking


Candy by Tim Fraser takes up a month-long residency at Underbelly Bristo Square from 5 – 29 August. Following a sell-out run at the King’s Head Theatre in London in 2020, this full-length play about identity, masculinity, and love is performed by Michael Waller and directed by Nico Rao Pimparé. Booking

No Place Like Home

Fusing spoken word, original music, dance and video art, No Place Like Home by Alex Roberts (he/him) & Co. (winner of Les Enfants Terribles Award 2022) is a tragic odyssey into gay club culture and the places we can call home.  This highly relevant production takes a nuanced look at the politics within gay communities exploring how victims of violence can also be perpetrators of violence.  Despite heavy themes, No Place Like Home offers an empowering call to look inward for the affirmation we all so desperately crave. Booking

Please, Feel Free to Share 

Please, Feel Free to Share is a dynamic, darkly comic, one-woman show by Rachel Causer (she/ her)  about our personal addictions and our growing desire to share all. Causer’s play looks at the blurring between lies and likes.  Please, Feel Free to Share explores what happens when the obsession with self-editing bleeds into real life. Booking

Something in the Water 

Stunning video projections, puppetry and physical comedy combine in this absurd exploration of identity, gender and growing up ‘normal’.  Inspired by performer/creator S.E. Grummett’s (they/ them) experience coming out as transgender, Something in the Water (main picture) parodies the masculine and feminine and shows how absurd our rigid gender binaries can be. Booking

Sticky Door

Sticky Door is a personal, honest and funny look at sex, stigma and cystitis, produced by Beccy D’Souza (she/ her/ they/ them). Katie Arnstein’s (she/ her) trademark ukulele-spun storytelling show examines sex, shame, struggles and isolation.The show asks why are women facing a series of sticky doors in work, sex and life and how do we overcome the challenges we are continually met with. Booking

The Gay Train

Yellow Mug Theatre presents a darkly comic play that’s a vicious love letter to the middle-class horror that is weekday morning TV, centred on non-binary student Lin. Booking

Let’s Try Gay

Two friends meet in a hotel to shoot a gay adult movie between two straight guys in this unlikely comedy that turns from a goofy, relaxed, funny situation into a deeper analysis of human nature. Booking

I just like you | a gay myth

An intimate two-hander LGBT play about the messy complexities of the contemporary gay dating experience. Booking

Sex Tips for Straight Women From a Gay Man

A Romantic Comedy. With Benefits! From sell-out seasons Off-Broadway and in Las Vegas, an interactive, upbeat comedy taking audiences on a hilarious ride where no topic is taboo and tips come straight from the source: a gay man. BookingBooking

The MP, Aunty Mandy and Me

A bittersweet story about political campaigns, sexual consent and steam trains, written by Rob Ward. Booking


Both the celebration and exploitation of queerness takes centre stage in this cheeky exploration of contemporary gay male identity. Booking

Why I Hate My Penis

A new monologue about the experience of growing up Black and gay from young writer Sam Spencer. Booking

Soho Boy

Musical Soho Boy sees young, trendy Spencer leave home and hit Soho like a whirlwind in a journey of love, laughter, heartbreak and happiness. Booking

Ada Campe: Too Little, Too Soon

Variety artiste Ada Campe does a show about wonderful women, surprising secrets and amphibian water ballets. Booking

Avenue Q

Hit musical Avenue Q is back after its sell-out 2019 Edinburgh run. Booking

The Chosen Haram

An award-winning queer circus show from an Edinburgh-born artist Sadiq Ali. Booking


This play deals with one of the most shameful yet thrilling parts of queer history, setting the dilemma of public sex against the intricacies of private connection. Booking

Fabulett 1933

A queer one-person musical written and performed by Michael Trauffer, set on the eve of World War 2. Booking

Ode to Joy (How Gordon got to go to the nasty pig party)

A new LGBTQ play about love, friendship and Schokoladenkuchen written and directed by playwright James Ley featuring a techno soundscape from DJ Simonotron (Hot Mess). Booking

This Is Not Swan Lake…

In This Is Not Swan Lake…, we meet four dancers in a beautiful, touching and comic show. Booking

For Queen and Country

Major Denis Rake MC was an actor recruited by Churchill’s Special Operations Executive to spy on the Nazis in occupied Paris during WW2. Denis was told to be discreet, so he became a drag queen entertaining Nazi officers in a Parisian nightclub! Written and directed by Paul Stone, starring Neil Summerville. Booking

And Then The Rodeo Burned Down

The story of two clowns desperately trying to afford to put on a show. Booking

Andrea Spisto: El Dizzy Beast

A show about a queer, autistic, Latinx, caterpillar on the edge. Booking

birthday girl

A play about growing up, the future and the inevitability of ageing. Booking

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