Seven Devils

Seven Devils

Executed by student acting troupe The Hurtwood Corner from performing arts college Hurtwood House, Seven Devils is a play exploring the trials of down-on-their-luck Manhattan residents in the 1920s, centred around their local speakeasy... 

David Correos and Matt Stellingwerf: Chaos and Order

David Correos and Matt Stellingwerf: Chaos and Order

This show is a mixed bag. As the title suggests, the reasoning for these two comics coming together is one’s discipline and control contrasting with the other’s lack thereof. While this works to a certain extent, Stellingwerf, a four-time New Zealand Comedy Guild Award Winner, is certainly a comic with strong jokes, but doesn’t seem particularly ‘ordered’... 

Think Less, Feel More

Think Less, Feel More

Taking its title from critic Waldemar Januszczak’s rundown of the 2016 Abstract Expressionism exhibition at the Royal Academy – ‘there is not enough emotion in our art any more... 

Laughing Stock

Laughing Stock

Laughing Stock are a sketch comedy foursome who incorporate live music, dance and mime to create a narrative-driven show with hysterical characters and a quick, witty script. Despite a few misses in the show, the sketches are, for the most part side-splittingly good... 

Matt Forde: A Show Hastily Rewritten in Light of Recent Events – Again!

Matt Forde: A Show Hastily Rewritten in Light of Recent Events – Again!

Matt Forde is a consummate professional, with sharp observations and confident crowd work, it’s just a shame this show lacks the biting satire expected from political comedy at the fringe... 

Queer Pop Exhibition

Queer Pop Exhibition

Gallery 23’s Queer Pop Exhibition showcases fourteen contemporary Edinburgh-based artists, with an aim to ‘explore some of the many diverse issues surrounding the LGBT+ community today’... 

Tom Mayhew: Fragile Fragments

Tom Mayhew: Fragile Fragments

Tom Mayhew’s charmingly awkward persona hides a fantastic alternative comic mind. This show is a 40-minute work in progress, working through the sadness of a dead relationship. The humour has a strong and unrelenting undercurrent of tragedy and rather than self-deprecating, the material appears to veer into the realm of self-loathing... 

Ed Night: Anthem for Doomed Youth

Ed Night: Anthem for Doomed Youth

Anthem for Doomed Youth is the hilarious new debut hour from Ed Night. The unassuming figure of Night hides an intimidatingly sharp comedic mind, who’s not afraid to do low-brow humour in an intelligent way... 

Sara Schaefer: Little White Box

Sara Schaefer: Little White Box

Before even starting the show, Sara Schaefer has the advantage of a unique perspective. Brought up in the Bible Belt of America and being sent to Christian Camp every year, she has an outlook that is both interesting and hilarious to the British viewer... 

Brendon Burns and Craig Quartermaine in Race Off

Brendon Burns and Craig Quartermaine in Race Off

Burns and Quartermaine are the yin and yang of righteous anger. Burns’ classic acerbic delivery and manic stage persona is balanced out by the calmer presence of the comparatively new comic, Quartermaine... 

Kafka and Son

Kafka and Son

At the age of 36, Franz Kafka sat down to write a letter to his father that would never be sent. Kafka and Son is the dramatic adaptation of this letter, which details the father’s tyrannical behaviour and the effect it had on Kafka’s mental state... 

The OS Map Fan Club

The OS Map Fan Club

Helen Wood delivers a bizarre, amiable love letter to the ordnance survey in The OS Map Fan Club. She is a companionable host, leading us through a virtual romp through the English countryside using her beloved map... 

Josh Pugh: A Boy Named Pugh

Josh Pugh: A Boy Named Pugh

Having recently won English Comedian of the Year, Josh Pugh has the air of a rising star. He’s confident but not cocky, immediately likeable, and a natural on stage. He introduces his show as a mission to get his life made into a film... 

Denim: World Tour

Denim: World Tour

Denim, a drag Haus come girl band, are on tour and they’ve finally reached Wembley Arena (actually, the Belly Laugh at Underbelly). The queens – Glamrou, Crystal, Shirley, Elektra and Aphrodite – all have their own perfectly crafted identity and oversee a night of controlled chaos, mimicking girl-group conventions with fake fan mail, group numbers and the faux profundity of acoustic covers and political activism... 

Deadpan Theatre: Third Wheel

Deadpan Theatre: Third Wheel

Following the untimely death of their friend Dylan, Polly and Eve are fulfilling his final wishes by travelling around the UK with his ashes in a Wizard Of Oz lunchbox. Narrated by live songs with simple music and witty lyrics, the story tells a tale of loss, both in life and love, but balances what could be a tragic story with a side-splitting script delivered with exquisite comic timing... 

Hurricane Katie

Hurricane Katie

Funny Women’s ‘One to Watch, 2016’ bustles, belts and lunges her way through Hurricane Katie with showmanship and boundless energy. Greeting the audience by handing out sweets in a bright red homemade boiler suit and pumping out AC/DC, this introduction, like the show, feels like a paint-by-numbers of how to get an audience on side... 

The Slightly Fat Show

The Slightly Fat Show

The Slightly Fat Show harkens back to the Golden Age of variety performance, updated for a twenty-first century audience. Featuring six of the troupe of seven’s regular performers, the show boasts variety, cabaret, comedy and circus acts and while celebrating everything old-school it maintains accessibility for all ages... 

Laughter Is The Best Placebo

Laughter Is The Best Placebo

Having been on the circuit for 6 years and with an impressive CV of competition finals, I went into Simon Caine’s second solo hour show with high expectations. The show is introduced as an exploration into whether comedy has made Caine’s life better or worse and his self-deprecating stage persona is immediately clear and well-realised...