Edinburgh festivals featuring the NHS

Are you heading to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe or the Edinburgh International Book Festival? Stuck for ideas of what to see? Here are some events featuring the NHS which may strike a chord:

Ed Gamble: Blizzard
Date: August 5 – 26
Venue: Pleasance Courtyard

Ed Gamble returns after his sell-out UK tour of last year to deliver a set of silly yet life-affirming comedy, as he recounts living with Type 1 diabetes with honesty and hilarity.


Mark Thomas: Check-up: Our NHS at 70
Date: August 5, 7-12, 14-19, 21-26
Venue: Traverse Theatre

With the NHS turning a golden 70 years old, Mark Thomas takes a politically hilarious look at our current health system with interviews from leading experts to hospital residents to see what the future may hold for our National Health Service.


Unbound: The Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas
Date: August 21
Venue: The Spiegeltent

Comedian Susan Morrison hosts an evening of intense discussion which allows some of the most hot-button topics of health and education to be brought to the forefront. Let the debates begin!


Owen Sheers: The Poetry of Free Healthcare
Date: August 25
Venue: Spark Theatre (George Street)

Closing out the 70th anniversary of the NHS, award-winning author Owen Sheers will be premiering his stunning new film-poem To Provide All People. Based on over 70 hours’ worth of interview material, it tells the story of the true impact of the opening of our 24-hour, free health care national service.

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