Although the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is now into its final week, there's still plenty of opportunities to see some of the best talent in entertainment from around the world, regardless of where your interest lies. Over 3000 performers have congregated in the city, between them putting on over 2000 shows in what is the 70th anniversary of the festival. To save you the trouble of trawling through the massive show guides we've done the hard work for you and are delighted to bring you our picks of the Fringe.

Van Gogh Find Yourself

Not just a portrait record-breaker and fantastic supporter of Support in Mind Scotland in the last couple of years, New Yorker Walter DeForest has his own very popular and highly-rated show Van Gogh Find Yourself. Described as 'Captivating' (Broadway Baby) and 'Beautifully written and performed' (NY Theatre Guide), Walter, who bears a striking resemblance to Vincent Van Gogh, takes you on an absorbing journey through the famous artist's life whilst doing portraits of audience members. The show is free to attend and on daily to the 26th August at The Natural Food Kafe (Venue 415) at 3:40pm.

John Scott - Delusions

Informed political comedy from a man misdiagnosed with schizophrenia at the age of 24, and later correctly as being Bipolar. The show looks at Trump, Brexit, Nigel Farage wanting a knighthood and Tony Blair being philanthropist of the year, and how it's not only people with mental illness who can suffer from delusions. Catch this highly-rated free show at The Laughing Horse @ Espionage (Venue 185) at 6:30pm until the 27th.

Brick City - The Backstage Tour!

For the first time ever, Lego artist Warren Elsmore is opening up his Edinburgh studio to the public with Brick City - The Backstage Tour! Join him and his team backstage, meet the artists, see fantastic LEGO sculptures and marvel at an amazing Lego diorama that has been built throughout the month of August. Arguably most impressive however, is the faithful recreation of Support in Mind Scotland's 100 Streets Campaign launch. A definite must-see. The tour is at Riddle's Court (Venue 277) until the 25th, every 30 minutes with a duration of an hour from 10:00am-5:30pm. Tickets are £6.


The first example of musical theatre on our list, STOP has been developed with the mental health charity SANE, and aims to de-stigmatise mental illness and start conversations about mental health. Join 4 young Londoners and what they learn from the transient relationships they develop with each otherIt's the perfect balance of humour, music and sobering realism and it's on until the 28th at C-South (Venue 58) with tickets priced between £9.50 and £7.50. 


Polyphony sees Ola Aralepo presents his innovative practice, Stand Up Therapy: featuring comedy, storytelling, singing, TED Talks-style performance lecture and self reflection. The award-winning public speaker, comedian and psychotherapist explores themes around identity, inclusion/exclusion, belonging and trying to keep up with the world. Catch Ola at the space @ Jury's Inn (Venue 260) starting at 10:05pm until the 26th for just £5.

We couldn't end our Fringe recommendations without mentioning the fantastic comedians who'll be playing our benefit show at The Stand in Glasgow on October 11th. Longtime SiMS supporter Gary Little is at The Beehive Inn (Venue 178) at 6:30pm with his free show Club Classics until August 28th. You can catch rising star Ashley Storrie at The Counting House (Venue 170) at 6:45pm with her free show Ashley Storrie: Morning Glory and Chris Forbes, star of Scot Squad, is appearing at the Gilded Balloon Teviot (Venue 14) until the 28th with Unquiet Mind at 7:45pm, tickets £10. And making his debut at the Fringe is Donald Alexander, who joins Stuart McPherson to follow up on their sold out Glasgow Comedy Festival show. See their free show at Nightcap (Venue 383) at 8pm until the 27th.