Love and Information by Caryl Churchill

Love and Information by Caryl Churchill

This is a superb student production from St Edward’s School, under the direction of Jamie Johnstone and co-director Rebecca Clark. The ensemble of seven play multiple roles in Caryl Churchill’s play, which presents a series of vignettes on the themes of love and… information... 

Cartography

Cartography

This is a story of Sarah, a lover of maps and trigonometry. She’s afraid to travel and see the world she only knows on paper because she has a hole in her heart. So she lives a quiet life working in her dead father’s map shop instead, until she meets John, someone who dreams of travelling... 

The Beanfield

The Beanfield

This year is the 30th anniversary of the Battle of the Beanfield, a violent police intervention in which more than 500 travellers were arrested in a field on their way to a new-age festival at Stonehenge... 

The Hampstead Murder Mystery!

The Hampstead Murder Mystery!

When High Court Justice Sir Horace Fewbanks is found dead, Detective Inspector Chippenfield and Detective Sergeant Rolfe are on the case to find the killer. That is, as long as they aren’t beaten to it by Montague Crewe, a debonair private detective with an Errol Flynn-style moustache... 

Marching for Necie

Marching for Necie

We open with a group of young Southern belles, beautifully attired in vintage-style dresses, learning how to apply make-up to please their husbands, so setting up the conservative attitudes of the 1960s’ American south where this play takes place... 

Women of the Mourning Fields

Women of the Mourning Fields

This is a play for fans of Greek tragedy and theatre nerds. Luckily, this niche audience can be found in droves at Fringe festivals.It’s a play about a play within a play that considers those discarded from the narratives of history... 

Da-Da-Darling

Da-Da-Darling

This evocative dance performance is as notable for the process by which it was made as it is for the quality of the final product. Bristol-based Impermanence Dance theatre has taken its inspiration for this performance from Max Ernst and his novel A Little Girl Dream of Taking the Veil, which was created as a collage from Victorian-era novels (presumably naughty, gothic ones) and medical textbooks... 

My Name is Saoirse

My Name is Saoirse

Set in an attic sewing room, Saoirse’s life is presented to us as a form of patchwork quilt. As her grandmother – who taught her to sew – once said, a quilt has much in common with life: some parts are good and some are bad but the whole is what you make of it... 

The Turn of the Screw

The Turn of the Screw

An adaptation of the classic gothic horror by Henry James, this show promises chills and thrills but didn’t send too many shivers up my spine. Perhaps my familiarity with the story had something to do with that or perhaps it was because I was at the end of a row, braced in expectation of a woman in black creeping alongside me in the audience... 

The Outsider

The Outsider

Conceived and performed by stage magician Janne Raudaskoski, The Outsider is a spectacular piece of theatre illusion. Or as Raudaskoski likes to call it, experiential theatre.Using clever special effects, the show is best described as a 4D movie... 

Eclipse

Eclipse

It’s August 1999 and a group of Bristol teenagers have returned from a trip to Cornwall where they went to see an eclipse. An encounter in Cornwall with a new girl, Lucy Lime, has changed everything... 

Light Boxes

Light Boxes

A space at Summerhall has been transformed into a forest. Karen Tennent’s set design, supported by Simon Wilkinson’s lights and music from the company, is simply sublime. We are surrounded by trees with foil balloons in the sky, woodchips beneath our feet and the smell of mint in the air... 

Fable

Fable

A charming storytelling piece that fuses spoken word and music, Fable from the Flanagan Collective charts the story of ‘J’. In her late 20s, J dreams of becoming an astronaut when she grows up, but her careworn dreams seem further and further from becoming a reality... 

18 Foot Story

18 Foot Story

Sometimes a production doesn’t come together and it’s not for a lack of trying. It’s clear that the young cast and crew from Z Theatre Company have put time and effort into this work and should be acknowledged for that, but the script and performances just aren’t quite strong enough... 

I Am Not Myself These Days

I Am Not Myself These Days

This adaptation of Josh Kilmer-Purcell’s autobiography by writer/performer Tom Stuart is in turns sympathetic and shocking. In director Nick Bagnall’s hands, it is a spectacle, a kind of glittery car wreck we can’t look away from even though there are times we want to... 

Scarlet Shambles: It Used to Be Me

Scarlet Shambles: It Used to Be Me

Best described as cabaret with some clowning thrown in, Scarlet Shambles: It Used To Be Me is a delightful surprise. Performer Charmaine Wombwell is certainly talented, and wonderfully served by the acoustics in the Just the Tonic’s Caves... 

Dead Man's Cell Phone

Dead Man's Cell Phone

Jean is sitting in a cafe enjoying a lobster bisque when a phone nearby starts to rings. When the owner of the phone doesn’t answer, she goes over to him and discovers he is dead... 

Mistaken: A Quartet of Plays for One Actor

Mistaken: A Quartet of Plays for One Actor

Mistaken presents four short monologues, written and directed by Nick Myles and performed by William McGeough. It’s a good showcase of strong work, though the monologues would stand better individually... 

Doctor Marigold's Prescriptions

Doctor Marigold's Prescriptions

Fans of Charles Dickens will love this charming one-man show performed by Ian Pearce, which he adapted from a short story.Not having read the original text, I imagined a bleak story about a medicine man, but was happily wrong... 

Every Brilliant Thing

Every Brilliant Thing

Every Brilliant Thing is quite simply brilliant. When the narrator, played by Jonny Donahoe (who also developed the script with Duncan Macmillan and director George Perrin) is seven, his mum makes an attempt on her life... 

Invisible Woman

Invisible Woman

A superb one-woman show from Kate Cook, Invisible Women tells of the thrilling adventures of a repressed housewife and sometime poet turned WWII operative.Mrs Bishop is sent away by her curmudgeonly peg-legged husband, who insists she is useless and having a nervous breakdown... 

The Cherry Orchard: Beyond the Truth

The Cherry Orchard: Beyond the Truth

I wasn’t supposed to be reviewing this show, but on a friend’s recommendation (“three Korean ladies doing Chekhov. It’s very postmodern”) I popped in, little knowing what to expect... 

Open

Open

Taking place in the greatest of British institutions — a chip shop — on election night, Open is a devised work by the student-run Nottingham New Theatre. It asks what it means to be British today, and offers responses from the average citizen down the street... 

slut (r)evolution (no one gets there overnight)

slut (r)evolution (no one gets there overnight)

In this fun one-woman show, a self-described bi-dyke shares with us stories of her sexual evolution, from Mormon adolescent scanning second-hand books for smut, to monogamous domesticated lesbian, to kink camp attendee... 

Piano Music of Erik Satie

Piano Music of Erik Satie

In the surrounds of St Cecilia’s Hall, my view of pianist Peter Bream is through a glass case displaying a set of tartan-clad bagpipes.Bream presents an hour of music by composer Satie and the performance is unbroken, with each piece flowing from the next with nothing but some small pauses between... 

The Genius of George Gershwin

The Genius of George Gershwin

Gershwin fans will enjoy this programme of carefully selected tunes as well as biographical readings, including letters between Gershwin and his brother and collaborator Ira. It’s a tribute that celebrates the short life of the popular composer... 

Vaults and Wynds Tour

Vaults and Wynds Tour

I’ve heard horror stories of people who went on ghostly tours in Edinburgh and were scared by actors hiding in dark places, or who felt nauseous or panicky in the fetid air, so it’s with some trepidation that I join the tour group... 

The Decline and Fall of Marcus Distilius

The Decline and Fall of Marcus Distilius

Forget Justin Bieber and his legions of ‘beliebers’. In this play, set in Ancient Rome, hot young gladiator Marcus Distilius is propelled to fame after a series of victories, earning him his own devoted fans who all themselves ‘distiples’... 

Loud Poets

Loud Poets

It’s not often you’re treated to performance poetry in a setting with as much production value as this. In the theatre at the Scottish Storytelling Centre the show begins with a short light and sound display and then an introductory video: How to be a poet... 

Send More Paper

Send More Paper

Billed as an uplifting tale about murder, Send More Paper is entertaining and thought provoking in equal measures.In this bold piece of theatre directed by Mark Calvert and devised by the company, a group of small-town women form a secret club to murder their awful husbands using poison extracted from fly paper... 

Play Dough

Play Dough

In this energetic play presented as a game-show the audience is divided into two teams and sat facing one another across the playing space. I’m on Team Queenie and soon Queenie appears to introduce herself and teach us the team chant (her name, to the tune of the Jaws soundtrack)... 

Peter Pan

Peter Pan

This fun new adaptation of JM Barrie’s classic story begins in Priceland. It’s closing time on Friday night and the orange-uniformed store employees are waiting for the end of their shift... 

Bob Downe: Bob, Sweat and Tears

Bob Downe: Bob, Sweat and Tears

He claims he’s now been knighted as Sir Robert Downe (you can call him Count Downe, geddit?) but that isn’t the only outlandish claim made at this fabulous frolic of a cabaret show... 

Flat Pack

Flat Pack

Flat Pack is a coming-of-age story. It’s about getting laid, making it and growing up. Billed as a black comedy, I would say it’s actually a drama with some funny bits. It’s not laugh a minute: the style is realism, not sitcom... 

News Junkie

News Junkie

This piece from Japan seeks to present a slice of life. It states on its flyer that it doesn’t show “taiko, kimono, samurai, sushi, geisha or kabuki”. Instead, it offers a stripped-back solo performance in an intimate venue about a man and the woman he loves... 

Tap Into Health: Movin' With Melvin

Tap Into Health: Movin' With Melvin

Movin’ Melvin Brown is in town doing two different high-energy shows on alternating nights. As if that’s not enough to keep him busy he’s also running these morning workshops, which provide an introduction to tap dancing... 

The Electra Project

The Electra Project

This play, about a group of high school students attempting to adapt the Greek classic with disastrous consequences, thankfully doesn’t end in a case of life imitating art, although things don’t get off to the smoothest start with the house opening late and the performers beginning before all audience members are seated... 

Architects and Anarchists

Architects and Anarchists

This is a play about a writer, the girl he loves and the characters in his head. Writer is recovering from writer’s block and reunites in his head his two characters: a protagonist called Virtue and an antagonist wearing red contact lenses called - ah yes - Satan... 

Victorian Vices – Sweeney Todd and the String of Pearls

Victorian Vices – Sweeney Todd and the String of Pearls

From the corridors of a modern hotel we enter Victorian London in this immersive musical theatre piece. Crafted with flair by writer/director Dave Spencer, Victorian Vices: Sweeney Todd and the String of Pearls offers an imaginative new take on the well-known tale of the murderous barber and the woman who cooked the victims into pies... 

Connected

Connected

In this solo show about an ambitious crooner, we see Frank Corelli in an interrogation room, prompted to reveal the story that got him there.It all started at the Pink Flamingo where Franky was singing one night... 

Such a Nice Girl

Such a Nice Girl

Eilidh has a problem. Eilidh is a lapsed Catholic. Eilidh is in a church trying to pray. Eilidh is coming unstuck. From the statue of the Virgin Mary appears the projected, imaginary version of her nemesis, Laura... 

Mark Thompson: The Secrets of the Universe... Exposed

Mark Thompson: The Secrets of the Universe... Exposed

The welcome recording over the PA tells us that this event is part of the Assembly Rooms’ ‘Enchanting ideas’ series for a ‘more discerning audience’, getting a chuckle from the audience... 

Lucy Worsley: A Very British Murder

Lucy Worsley: A Very British Murder

Who doesn’t love a good murder? Most of Britain does apparently and this preoccupation is not a recent event. TV host and historian Lucy Worsley delivers a fascinating lecture on the subject of murder as entertainment, building on her TV series and book of the same name... 

The Usherettes

The Usherettes

This romp through the bygone days of grand movie theatres and classic films is brought to us by Jean (Karen Levick) and Pearl (Helen Wood). After a string of failed jobs, 40-something Pearl begins first day working as an usherette at the Regal Cinema, a cinema that has resisted change and is now struggling to attract the audiences it needs... 

Jerry Sadowitz: Card Tricks and Close-up Magic

Jerry Sadowitz: Card Tricks and Close-up Magic

Prepare to be offended and amazed. Perpetually cranky comic and close-up magic man Jerry Sadowitz promises two shows in one with this performance.Known for his sick humour, Sadowitz will be unpalatable for many although he does have legions of enthusiastic fans who cheerfully yell at him to ‘get f*cked’ as he successfully performs card tricks... 

Totally Devoted

Totally Devoted

The worst thing about this show is that there’s a life-size cardboard cut-out of Robert Pattinson onstage the entire time. The best thing about this show is hard to pick, as there’s much to like... 

Bristol Improv Steals the Show - Free

Bristol Improv Steals the Show - Free

The premise for this clever improvised show is to poach from the best of the Fringe. Smartly outfitted in black with snazzy red ties, the group of nine young performers takes us through a show structured on a series of theatre sports games... 

Darkle

Darkle

First produced in 1989, Bill Gallagher’s script, which won the Sunday Times Playwriting Award, still feels relevant to the issues in contemporary culture. It is often absurdly funny and frequently horrific... 

The Selkie and the River God

The Selkie and the River God

This play explores the enduring Celtic mythology of Selkies – mythical seal-like creatures who, once ashore, can shed their skin, appear as beautiful women and have their hearts won by mortal men if their seal furs are captured... 

Cal Wilson: It Could Have Been Me

Cal Wilson: It Could Have Been Me

Kiwi comedian Cal Wilson invites us to imagine what her life would have been like if she’d made different choices (or if she’d been born a man).Part stand-up, wry and confessional in style and part character comedy, Wilson assumes the roles of her alter egos... 

The Amazing Bubble Man

The Amazing Bubble Man

Children will love this fun spectacle of bubble-blowing and even grown-ups will be impressed by the Amazing Bubble Man’s feats; not ten minutes into the show, I heard a Dad in front of me say “Those are amazing bubbles!” – so the name holds true... 

Imaginary Girlfriend

Imaginary Girlfriend

In the back room of the White Horse pub, Danny Mullins is taking us through what his promo material describes as interactive music magic. Really, what it feels like is being at a house party reaching that gentle, almost but not quite end of the night, when someone picks up a guitar and there’s a spontaneous jam/sing-along... 

English Cabaret Hour

English Cabaret Hour

Set at the fictional Celebrity Café, this cabaret features sketches, song, and the baking of mini-cupcakes. The world of the café is peopled by a resident web nerd (who is making a film about getting famous on the internet in which he plays the roles of various YouTube superstars) and the English Singing Baker (who prepares mini-cupcakes in front of us in a cookery-show segment, likening baking to romance through a metaphor of transforming separate ingredients into one... 

London Life

London Life

If this show had simply featured the songs of the Three Belles – an Andrews Sisters-inspired act with delightful voices and glorious harmonies – and some references to the 1940s kink magazine London Life that inspires this piece, I would have been more than happy... 

Song Noir - The Director's Cut

Song Noir - The Director's Cut

It should be a speakeasy with small round tables and lowballs of stiff drinks on the rocks – but it ain’t. It’s an old lecture hall, downstairs, practically subterranean and it’s dark as you lean forward on the wooden desk that has seen many elbows before yours... 

Sushi Tap Show

Sushi Tap Show

This exuberant, toe-tapping spectacular is a sure-fire crowd pleaser. Japanese troupe Tap Do is a quintet of accomplished performers with an exceptional comedic ability.They have me hooked from the moment they appear, clad in hot pink suits, and perform as though they’re a symphony with a conductor indicating which pair of shoes should slap and shuffle next... 

Neverland

Neverland

This lovely piece of devised work opens with the young cast, paint-splattered and white-faced, arranged on a row of chairs, from which they begin a choreographed series of movements and gestures... 

The Greenville Ghost

The Greenville Ghost

The Greenville Ghost, a new script by Tom Bonnington, is a laugh-a-minute farce about two struggling hoteliers who decide to invent a fictional ghost to draw in clientele.Charlie is a hopeless businessman, the type who spends the money they don’t have on a new fridge, then champagne to celebrate the purchase of said fridge and then champagne flutes from which to drink the celebratory fizz... 

Paper Play

Paper Play

Paper Play is the story of a boy who climbed to a great height to see what he could see. It is an original script by Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson and is presented by the Beacon Boy Players... 

Working Title: The Orpheus Project

Working Title: The Orpheus Project

A slick piece of cyberpunk with noir flourishes, The Orpheus Project is an atmospheric re-imagining of Kafka’s The Trial combined with the myth of Orpheus and his quest to bring back Eurydice... 

Into the Woods JR

Into the Woods JR

In this abridged version of Into the Woods I wasn’t sure if the ‘junior’ part would refer to the length or the audience appropriateness of the play. As it turns out, the one-act version of the Stephen Sondheim musical is designed to be more appropriate for young performers... 

Austen

Austen

Writing fiction in Jane Austen’s time was deemed a frivolous thing and, with this considered, the frivolity of a musical is certainly an appropriate way to present her life.Wryly comical and exceptionally researched, the script by Bernie C Byrnes is love letter to Jane Austen, taking us through key moments of the author’s life and contrasting fickle or unrequited loves with the one true love she chose over all others: writing... 

Other Voice Spoken Word Cabaret

Other Voice Spoken Word Cabaret

Hosted by the effulgent (according to her title card) Fay Roberts, this event did as promised, presenting diverse voices from a number of different spoken word artists. Held in the supposedly former torture chamber in Banshee Labyrinth it was amazing how welcoming the dim, bunker-like space felt... 

Drowning Scott

Drowning Scott

“Would you rather die by drowning or die of cancer?”Scott would rather drown. The 17 year old has terminal cancer and two or three months to live, at best. He won’t make his 18th birthday party... 

Like a Virgin

Like a Virgin

Like a Virgin has an intriguing concept, promising bubble-gum pop and teen rites of passage. Best friends Angela and Maxine dream of stardom and want to form a band. They are obsessed with Madonna, with boys and with the sexual positions featured in their favourite magazine... 

Dave Callan: A Little Less Conversation

Dave Callan: A Little Less Conversation

If you fit into the overlappy bit of a Venn diagram of people who like dance, people who like comedy and people who like men who look a bit like Vikings, this show is for you. If you fit into a single one of those circles, this show is for you... 

Trojan Women

Trojan Women

In this retelling of Euripides’ tragedy, the Trojan War has ended but the women of Troy are still to discover their fates and more tragedies.The language is brutal and violent as we hear of the atrocities of war... 

Prelude to a Number

Prelude to a Number

Prelude to a Number is a show about maths: more specifically, it’s about the ‘golden number’ phi, which is related to the Fibonacci sequence and is all around us, although we often don’t notice... 

Nevada: It Ain’t Just About Vegas, Baby!

Nevada: It Ain’t Just About Vegas, Baby!

This original work sets out to present the history of the US state of Nevada, contending that there’s more to it than Vegas.The narrative is framed within an FBI investigation following the mysterious disappearance of a television presenter... 

The Potter Trail

The Potter Trail

It’s fair to say I’m acquainted with the Harry Potter series. I mean, I do own the books and DVDs and a version of the first book in Latin - Harrius Potter et Philsophi Lapis. Also, I named my cat Severus... 

Sinatra: Final Curtain

Sinatra: Final Curtain

This original musical by Kingdom Theatre is a tribute to the songs of Frank Sinatra.From his hospital bed, an ailing Sinatra (Moray Innes) recounts his life to a young nurse as his younger self performs some of his most-loved songs... 

Plaza Suite

Plaza Suite

Neil Simon’s comedy is made up of three self-contained acts in three different explorations of relationships, all of which take place in the same room at the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan... 

Like Fireworks, Like Butterflies

Like Fireworks, Like Butterflies

Tracing the life of Korean dancer Choi Seung-hee, this solo show is surprising and delightful.Performer Kim Kyungmin greets the audience and exchanges pleasantries with us in English... 

Riding With Night

Riding With Night

Riding with Night opens with an ensemble of black-cloaked figures, their faces masked, and a voiceover providing an epilogue to the play we are about to see.It’s a gothic tale of how the past can never truly be left behind and it unfolds in two separate timelines... 

Human

Human

Jo is unwell. She’s been spending a lot of time in the bath lately. People are treating her strangely. We’re about to find out why.A finely wrought script, by Colette Kane and Helen Rutter and performed by the latter, dissects a suburban tragedy... 

The Waterbabies

The Waterbabies

I had high expectations for this adaptation of one of my childhood favourites. Adapted, directed, and design by Fi Ross, this ambitious piece is performed by students from the University of Gloucestershire... 

Movin' Melvin Brown: The Tap-Dancing Preacher

Movin' Melvin Brown: The Tap-Dancing Preacher

Melvin Brown has got the moves, and this suave dude who appears in a suit and gold satin shirt also has a killer voice. Backed by an enthusiastic band, he enters and performs a high energy dance number before breaking into song – barely (amazingly) out of breath... 

The Jungle Referendum

The Jungle Referendum

The Jungle Referendum, by Three Mugs of Tea Theatre, invokes the classic tale of the Jungle Book to explain what’s going on with the Scottish referendum.Not quite political theatre and not quite satire, the play uses the characters of Mowgli, his wolf parents, and the chattering monkeys in an attempt to express the confusion and complacency of potential voters... 

I Before You

I Before You

“It’s the game show of all game shows!” our host tells us as we begin. All of us in the ‘studio audience’ are handed three voting cards, colour-coded for the three different contestants... 

Tabularasa

Tabularasa

Combining contemporary and African dance, four dancers put on an impressive physical display in Kaneish Dance Theatre’s Tabula Rasa. There’s a great athleticism here, conveyed with strength and precision... 

X and Y

X and Y

The title for this play comes from the chromosomes that arbitrarily define gender. It is a compelling piece of verbatim theatre about LGBT issues.As a verbatim production, the script is built from interviews conducted by the playwright... 

The Secret Collector

The Secret Collector

Jack lives on an island where the community calls itself idyllic. Not just a community, but a family. But everyone has secrets. Byteback Theatre presents an enthralling production, with a script from Kailey McGowan, co-directed by Rachael Ash and Mary O’Neill... 

Whimsical Grimm

Whimsical Grimm

This adaptation by Stephen Williams follows the stories of Clever Gretel (no relation to Hansel) and Silly Kate Elizabeth. Three puppet storytellers begin this piece, speaking to the audience and sorting out some volunteers for later anticipated moments... 

No Belles

No Belles

Of 566 scientists to win the Nobel Prize, only 15 have been women. How many women on this list can you name?When the members of Portal Theatre realised they didn’t know a single one of them except Marie Curie, they began researching women in science – those honoured with the Nobel and those overlooked – and from this developed No Belles... 

Mary, the Last Farewell

Mary, the Last Farewell

Performed in the stately Edinburgh Elim church, Mary the Last Farewell is a historical drama about the life of the Queen of Scots.Its marketing as a ‘fast-paced journey’ gave me the impression that it was to be a rapid-fire Cliff Notes-style performance, but this was not the case... 

Gambit Theatre Presents: Contrast

Gambit Theatre Presents: Contrast

Gambit Theatre’s offering at the Fringe is a theatrical exploration of two real-life conmen and more specifically, identity imposters.We begin with Alan Debenham, a homeless man who famously impersonated popular TV documentary filmmaker Louis Theroux in order to get a room at a pub... 

The Ukulele Evangelists Bang One Out

The Ukulele Evangelists Bang One Out

Much as if I’d been with real-life evangelists, I imagine, I left this show wondering what on earth had just happened.Framed as a “talk” on the healing powers of percussion, also known as “tuneless ejaculation,” (also known as music) the show begins with a pair dressed in grey tweed and yellow shirts who stand before us, brimming with earnestness and awkwardness... 

Sweep Up the Stars

Sweep Up the Stars

Sweep Up The Stars charts the bittersweet journey of Bill/William, who is determined to become a writer when, at the age of eight, his older self appears to him through the power of time travel... 

Loose Soul

Loose Soul

“We live in a time of magic. A time of wonder.” A time of connectedness and loneliness. Loose Soul is an intelligent exploration of the self in cyberspace. This is a devised piece by London-based Geranium Theatre and the sophisticated script that resulted was shortlisted for the Soho Theatre’s Young Writers Award 2013... 

Love. Guts. High School.

Love. Guts. High School.

We can all remember the name of our first crush, can’t we? That’s the question Love. Guts. High School opens with, sending the audience into a moment of awkward mental scramble (in my case) or immediate eye-rolling and sighs (the lady next to me)... 

Fleeting  Clouds, the Splendid Library

Fleeting Clouds, the Splendid Library

Fleeting Clouds, the Splendid Library is an original Chinese opera inspired by the Guoyunlou books, an encyclopaedic set covering 1000 years of knowledge. These books were kept by a family living in the Fleeting Clouds Mansion in the city of Suzhou, until they were sold in 2012... 

Obscura

Obscura

Christian Cagigal’s Obscura is an utterly charming magic show, but it’s more than that: it’s a theatrical experience incorporating card tricks, music boxes and storytelling.Cagigal performs at a small table with only a musicbox or two, a notebook and a few decks of cards as his props... 

The Shakespeare Revue

The Shakespeare Revue

Those familiar with Shakespeare and fans of musicals will enjoy Emanuel Theatre Company’s fun romp that mashes the two genres together. The Shakespeare Revue, originally produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company, is an irreverent cabaret-style nod to the bard... 

Scandimania: Gods of Ice and Fire

Scandimania: Gods of Ice and Fire

In Scandimania: Gods of Ice and Fire, the stage is crammed with seven young actors, all dressed in white, who leap into action and unfold a fast-paced enactment of Norse mythology. This devised physical theatre/storytelling piece by Sundial Theatre is sharp, energetic and compelling... 

Tick Tock

Tick Tock

Mhari and Thomas can’t conceive. Meanwhile, 19-year-old Lily has three kids under four. It doesn’t seem fair, does it? Narrated by Thomas, the play contrasts Lily (Leanne Traynor), who lives on government scheme payments just for bringing offspring into the world – offspring she ignores when they scream on the tram while she gossips with a friend, offspring she doesn’t even really seem to want – with Mhari and Thomas, who are denied the one thing they want most... 

The Snow Queen

The Snow Queen

Produced by C theatre, The Snow Queen is a charming adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale by Karina Wilson.It follows friends Kai and Gerda, who are separated when Kai falls under the spell of the wicked Snow Queen...