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Explore creative ageing at the Edinburgh Festivals this August

It's that time of year again! Every August Edinburgh Festivals showcase an incredible variety of performances and creative events, including theatre, dance, music, comedy, literature and more. Here, we have picked out the many shows by older artists or with themes related to ageing and we hope that they inspire you!

To read more about each show, and to book tickets, please click on the event titles below

Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Cabaret & Variety

Lynn Ruth Miller: I Love Men 

The Old Men: Die Magik Kunst


Barry Cryer and Ronnie Golden

Charmian Hughes: Soixante Mirth

I don't believe it! An Evening With Victor Meldrew

I Should Have Listened to Ivor Dembina

Jo Jo Smith: I Was Mick Jones’s Bank Clerk

Lynn Ruth Miller and Larah Bross: Gran Slam

Lynn Ruth Miller: This is Your Future

Gary Lynch: Middle Age Came Quick! 

Nick Elleray: More Memories Than Future

Maxine Jones: Now We are Sixty

Old Pampleteers: Two and a Half Old Men

Des Bishop


Erui featuring Breandan de Gallai and Nick O’Connell : Linger

Happy Hour


Frantic Assembly’s Lovesong by Abi Morgan – digital festival

Spoken Word

The Glummer Twins


A Day in the Lives of Frankie Abbott

Be Prepared

Bricking It

Delay Detach

Finding Joy

Grannies With Guns

In Our Hands

Is It Tabu?

Krapp’s Last Tape

Lest We Forget

The Lounge

The Picture of Dorian Gray


The Shadow Box

Sweet Child of Mine


Zero Down

Edinburgh International Book Festival

Nina Stibbe: The Funniest Writer in Britain? 

Danielle McLaughlin & Helen Simpson: Strange Yet Beautiful Short Stories

Joan Bakewell: The Ideas that Shaped Me

Joanna Cannon & Yewande Omotoso: Suburban Secrets

Debate: healthcare - Can preventing illness save the

Erica Jong – The Fountain of Eternal Youth? 

Tahar Ben Jelloun & Irenosen Okojie: The mother of all stories

Miranda Sawyer: Middle-Aged Misery

Baillie Gifford Children's Programme

Exploring Grandma’s House with Alice Melvin

Judith Kerr, Chat with Iain Craig

Image credit: Calton Hill, Edinburgh by Raphael Chekroun (CC BY - ND 2.0)

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