Binge Fringe Magazine

EDITORIAL: 5 Disabled-Led Shows Ready to Entertain and Disrupt at EdFringe 2023

Whether they’re busting taboos, breaking down awkward barriers around discussing disability or here to offer up unbridled talent – there is a remarkable roster of disabled-led and disability-focused talent landing at EdFringe next month. Take a look at our line up of performers offering up new, intriguing and exciting perspectives on disabled experiences – everything from body image cabaret to identity politics satire.

Identity Politics Satirised – It’s a Motherf**king Pleasure

Three people stand in defiant poses with packaging tape labelled 'Fragile' wrapped around them against a colourful hand-drawn background.
Photo: Flawbored

We first sat down to chat with FlawBored, the company behind hysterical 5-star satire It’s a Motherf**king Pleasure, ahead of their run at VAULT Festival in London earlier this year. Having originated from the idea “What if two blind people started an Onlyfans account?”. the show’s premise now asks “What if disabled people were out to make as much money as possible from the guilt of non-disabled, anxious people (like you)?”. With rave reviews from its’ London run, we’re endlessly excited to see how Flawbored do on a Fringe stage.

Binge Fringe is looking forward to… red hot wit and smart absurdity.

It’s a Motherf**king Pleasure – Underbelly Bristo Square (Friesian), Aug 2-13, 15-20 & 22-27 (14:20). Tickets are available through the EdFringe Box Office.

Family Secrets Unravel Blistering Truth – Self-Raising

A woman stands surrounded by flour which has been thrown in the air.
Photo: Graeae

Jenny Sealey has spent her career platforming the stories of Deaf and disabled artists, and now takes to the stage with the backing of Theatr Iolo and Soho Theatre to tell her own tale. Discovering the truth about her family a few years ago, Jenny was sent into tailspin as she realised her life, and those of her siblings, could have been so very different. The secret? Well, it’s being tightly kept. A reflective, funny and intriguing look into family life which promises to “break your heart and put it back together again”.

Binge Fringe is looking forward to… heartfelt storytelling with intrigue.

Self-Raising – Pleasance Dome – Queen Dome. Aug 2-6, 8-13, 15-20, 22-27 (12:30). Tickets available through the EdFringe Box Office.

Body Image, Heavy Metal, and Cake – Lizzie Lenco: Full Frontal Lobe

A naked woman with long black hair stands in front of a purple swirling mass. At the top it reads Lizzy Lenco Full Frontal Lobe - Lizzy Lenco is not right in the head and had the MRI to prove it. She brings mosh pit energy to the stage with her surreal tales of near death, heavy metal and cake.
Photo: Lizzy Lenco

An honest look at coming to terms with disability, Self-proclaimed Visually Impaired Goth Lizzy Lenco arrives with a cabaret-style performance combining comedy, music and audience participation in handling topics like body image and disability, as well as (of course) heavy metal and cake. Lizzy’s ethos is to poke fun at the way people react to those with disabilities while recognising that nobody has the perfect body.

Binge Fringe is looking forward to… ‘mosh pit energy’.

Lizzy Lenco: Full Frontal Lobe – Laughing Horse @ Eastside – The Karaoke Room, Aug 20-27 (15:45). Tickets available through the EdFringe Box Office.

Explore the Disability-Queerness Intersection – Fat, Femme and Crippled

A person with make-up on sits on a stage, holding a phone and their hand out right.
Photo: Alex Gibbon

Comedian Alex Gibbon explores what it is like to be a non-verbal, physically impaired queer person in Fat, Femme and Crippled. Exploring the intersection between disability and queerness, Alex promises to ‘drive their mobility scooter’ right across it. They aim to captivate and titillate in showing that disabled people are just as filthy and capable of making the same bad life choices as everyone else.

Binge Fringe is looking forward to... unique perspective and salacious life stories.

Fat, Femme and Crippled – Laughing Horse @ Bar 50, Aug 10-15 (15:00). Tickets available through the EdFringe Box Office.

Understand an Invisible Disability – Awake and Narcoleptic

A woman stands in a shirt with daisies on it. She has an umbrella in her hand and it is raining large pills from a sun above her head. The text below reads "Awake and Narcoleptic, a one woman show you don't want to sleep on with Sarah Albritton."
Photo: Sarah Albritton

Host of podcast ‘Sleeping with Sarah’ Sarah Albritton arrives at EdFringe to offer up her “raw, funny and poignant” journey of self-discovery, covering everything from hypnagogic hallucinations, sleep paralysis, and falling asleep at the worst moments. Sarah aims to shed a light on the challenges of living with a misunderstood disorder which is an invisible disability. As she puts it, “Don’t sleep on this!”.

Binge Fringe is looking forward to… new perspectives on a much misunderstood disability.

Awake and Narcoleptic with Sarah Albritton – TheSpace @ Niddry St (Studio), Aug 4-12 (14:05), TheSpace on The Mile, Aug 14-19 (22:15), & TheSpace @ Surgeons Hall (Haldane Theatre), Aug 21-26 (21:40). Tickets available through the EdFringe Box Office.

Jake Mace

Our Lead Editor & Edinburgh Editor. Jake loves putting together reviews that try to heat-seek the essence of everything they watch. They are interested in New Writing, Literary Adaptations, Musicals, Cabaret, and Stand-Up. Jake aims to cover themes like Class, Nationality, Identity, Queerness, and AI/Automation.

Festivals: EdFringe (2018-2023), Brighton Fringe (2019), Paris Fringe (2020), VAULT Festival (2023), Prague Fringe (2023-24), Dundee Fringe (2023)
Pronouns: They/Them