THE Chosen is one of a series of Fringe events exploring practical and emotional issues around death, dying and bereavement. Death On The Fringe is run by Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief, a group of Scottish organisations that help people live through and support others through those difficult times.

How To Save A Life

Heather Wilkins (pictured) plays Melissa, a young woman who has just learned she has cervical cancer, in Stephanie Silver’s funny, poignant show. Until August 25, Underbelly Bristo Square, 1.30pm, £9, £8 concs. Tel: 0131 510 0395.

Before The End

Belgian writer and violinist Catherine Graindorge uses words, images and music to tell of the last few months of her father’s life. Until August 25 (not 19), Summer hall, 1.15pm, £10, £8 concs. Tel: 0131 560 1581.

I Run

A one-man play performed on a treadmill based on the blog of Anders Legarth-Schmidt, a Danish journalist who lost his six year-old daughter to leukemia. Until August 26 (not 20), Pleasance Courtyard, 1.55pm, £7 to £9.50. Tel: 0131 556 6550.

Leave A Message

Ed and Sarah look through the contents of the bedsit where Ed’s father passed away a few days earlier in this play based on a real afternoon. Until August 26, Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose, 2pm, £8 to £10. Tel: 0131 622 6552.

The Three Deaths of Ebony Black

Death At A Funeral meets The Muppets in this puppet musical exploring the “three deaths”: bodily death, burial and the last time an individual’s name is spoken. Until August 26, Underbelly Bristo Square, 4.30pm, £9, £8 concs. Tel: 0131 510 0395.

Rich Wilson: Death Becomes Him

Award-winning stand up comedian Rich Wilson assesses his life from purgatory to find out if he deserves to go to heaven or hell. Until August 25, Gilded Balloon Teviot, 4.30pm, £10, £9. Tel: 0131 622 6552.

Ivory Wings

A one-woman show with a live score celebrating airwomen in the Second World War from the perspective of an elderly former pilot with Alzheimer’s. Until August 24 (not 19), Assembly Rooms, 11.50am, £9 to £11. Tel: 0131 623 3030.


Theatre Re’s powerful, five-star-reviewed visual theatre piece explores the shared losses and bonds between three generations of women.

Until August 26 (not 20), Pleasance Courtyard, midday, £11 to £15. Tel: 0131 556 6550.

Big Wendy

Emily Benita, co-host of comedy night The Salon, wrote her debut Fringe show during the period when her mother’s cancer diagnosis became terminal. Until August 25 (not 21), Sweet Novotel, 12.40pm, £7. Tel: 0131 243 3596.

Feed Wolf Ice Cream: A Comedy Show About Death

Dave Maher looks at life, death and what comes next in a show which straddles stand-up, improv and performance art. Until August 25 (not 19), Just The Tonic at The Caves, 12.55pm, £5. Tel: 0330 2201212.