Queer Words

Queer Words

Three performers on stage present an intriguing blend of poetry and dance. The piece is split up into clear scenes, addressing different issue with relationships and gender through a queer lens... 

Pussy Riot: Riot Days

Pussy Riot: Riot Days

It’s very rare that you go to ‘the theatre’ and feel as though you are witnessing a moment in history; with Riot Days, Pussy Riot successfully creates this feeling. The piece combines spoken word and performance art with a live punk gig and documentary with unquestionable impact... 

On the Exhale

On the Exhale

“You always thought it would be you”. This line repeats and echoes throughout the first half of the play, reminding the audience just how real these situations are. In the six years since the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting, the prevalence of school shootings has been unavoidable... 

The Egg Is a Lonely Hunter

The Egg Is a Lonely Hunter

Single person monologues have long been a fringe staple, but nevertheless they are incredibly difficult to successfully pull off. With her show The Egg is A Lonely Hunter, Hannah Mamalis just about manages... 

Meek

Meek

The Traverse Festival program has jumped into action, already selling out full days' worth of shows at a time. The venue has high reputation for its new writing and for good reason... 

The Unbinding

The Unbinding

This was one of the most remarkable striking and uncomfortable productions that I have seen in a long time. Almost every scene packs a punch straight to the gut. It is bold, violent and unashamedly female... 

The Turn of the Screw

The Turn of the Screw

In Underbelly’s Big Belly, the slow dripping from a leak in the roof onto the stage has never been a more apt presence in a production. The biggest strength this production has is its slow dripping of tension, successfully capturing the mood of the original 1898 classic gothic horror... 

Otto & Astrid: Eurosmash! (Die Roten Punkte)

Otto & Astrid: Eurosmash! (Die Roten Punkte)

Sibling duo Otto & Astrid have abandoned their punk roots in search of commercial success. This has brought them to their new album and tour Eurosmash! And everyone is invited to their gig at Underbelly Cowgate any night this month... 

Pulled

Pulled

Have you ever worked up with hazy memory of what may have happened the previous night? These two Irish lasses certainly have and it hits them with equal levels shame as it does pride... 

Wereldband: Släpstick

Wereldband: Släpstick

On first viewing the stage I thought I would try and count all the instruments I could see scattered around waiting to be played. My attempt did not last long as I soon realised there were far too many... 

Speaking in Tongues: The Truths

Speaking in Tongues: The Truths

Sometimes, just one good idea is enough to make a show a success. It seem that this is what Doughnut Productions were counting on with their production of Speaking In Tongues: The Truths... 

Seagulls

Seagulls

In Seagulls, visuals are everything. And the visuals are absolutely breathtaking. Combined with the text, it raises the question, ‘is the look and the feel more important than the content within a piece of theatre?’ No firm conclusions are reached but with this production I suspect what the majority of audiences leave talking about is not what they have heard, but what they have seen... 

Tom and Bunny Save the World

Tom and Bunny Save the World

The novelty musical gets its fair share of traction over the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Fat Rascal Theatre are attempting to stake their claim as rulers of the field. Their other show, Buzz, a musical about vibrators, was a hit at last year’s festival... 

Ensonglopedia of Science

Ensonglopedia of Science

John Hinton is on a one man mission to make science cool. Quite an easy mission really, as science was very cool long before John got his musical hands on it. Nevertheless, it is a noble cause... 

Wanna Dance With Somebody! Or, A Guide To Managing Social Anxiety Using Theoretical Physics

Wanna Dance With Somebody! Or, A Guide To Managing Social Anxiety Using Theoretical Physics

With one of the longest titles you’ll come across it feels as though this show will have a lot to unpack. But at its heart this is a very simple show, sweet and lovingly made, it's an exploration of one man going through a hard time and how he tries to handle that... 

The Canon: A Literary Sketch Show

The Canon: A Literary Sketch Show

This is a very silly comedy about some very serious books (and poems and plays). If you know you Moby Dick from your Free Willy then this one’s for you – that’s right, it only takes very basic literature awareness so don’t worry about jokes going over your head... 

Brothers

Brothers

Performing to a deservedly sold out crowd, this piece aims to start a conversation with its audience about a topic that is too often neglected. Brothers explores issues of mental health and masculinity in a contemporary, engaging style... 

Scribbles

Scribbles

There was something strangely liberating about taking the dark topic of alcoholism and giving it absolutely no reverence. Scribbles take the audience into the surreal world of a woman who drinks too much and is desperate to fit in with the lads at work... 

Egg

Egg

We all know Edinburgh Festival Fringe is filled with bizarre acts and Idea. This is one. Have you ever wondered if eggs have feelings? No me neither. Yet here it is the emotional story of one egg trying to fit into man’s world... 

Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story

Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story

Kings Hall has been taken over by Summer Hall and transformed into the Canada Hub over the festival, showcasing a series of Canadian acts exploring the issues surrounding Canada’s 150th anniversary celebration... 

Bombastic Declaration of Love – Julie Cafmeyer

Bombastic Declaration of Love – Julie Cafmeyer

There is nothing more personal that the truth, and to present the truth of stage is an invariably brave act. The stage after all has for many years been an arena of lies and performance... 

Descent

Descent

Good theatre should make you feel something and by that definition alone, this was great theatre. Descent is production which is not only beautifully and skilfully made, but endlessly moving to watch... 

Viggo Venn – The Life of Pepito

Viggo Venn – The Life of Pepito

Viggo Venn’s act is a hard one to categorise. A mixture of contemporary clowning, stand-up character comedy and sketch. This blurring of boundaries creates a lack of expectation and predictability – this is at the heart of what makes his comedy so funny and memorable... 

Once Were Pirates

Once Were Pirates

The set of this play included a fish tank with a small toy fish that swam around in it. At one point this fish became stuck on a piece of plastic seaweed and struggled to continue on its journey... 

Indie as F*ck

Indie as F*ck

In a similar way to eating your mum’s homemade soup, sometimes the charm of a show can outweigh the actual content. This group of young performers from Pinched Theatre Co. can only be described as unquestionably charming and easy to watch... 

Lippy

Lippy

The beginning and end of a show are the bits you remember, the bits that leave you feeling great or feeling thoroughly disappointed. Lippy is an interesting and stylistically impressive show... 

Eleanor Conway's Walk of Shame

Eleanor Conway's Walk of Shame

Eleanor Conway’s basic style involves storytelling based on her own life events. Lucky for us, Conway’s had a life so exciting that it wouldn’t be entirely out of place as a bio-drama rather than a stand-up set... 

The Birds#1. Corpses

The Birds#1. Corpses

Alfred Hitchcock has already firmly established that birds are terrifying beyond doubt. So you could be forgiven for thinking that this performance may hold the same emotive core. You would be wrong, they key failure to this piece is the lacking of any sort of emotive core... 

Exactly Like You

Exactly Like You

Nina Simone is one of the greatest music icons of the last century, producing songs as soulful as her voice. Her music has resonated with and inspired many people in both their art and their everyday lives... 

Catching Up

Catching Up

Friendships and relationships can be tricky to navigate, particularly when they become tangled together. Biting Block Theatre Company are an emerging young duo here to explore just that... 

Tracy

Tracy

Workplace drama can become pretty intense. There’s competition, romance, team building activities, promotions and middle management, all in balance along with getting on with the actual job... 

Closer by Circa

Closer by Circa

This is circus for serious people. It’s not about glitz and glamour, with grinning teeth as sparkly as the leotards. It’s serious. And seriously good. Circa perform death-defying stunts to the highest possible level in a beautiful, yet surprisingly dark piece of theatre... 

A Little Princess

A Little Princess

The number of children’s shows has been increasing every year at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, but so much choice can make it difficult to know which show your kids are going to love... 

The Taming of the Shrew

The Taming of the Shrew

It’s often hard to find anything particularly original about an original adaptation of any of Shakespeare's great plays these days, but The Taming of the Shrew done in traditional Korean style, plus an added bit of hip hop, is surely a first... 

Pond Wife

Pond Wife

“So tell me what you want, what you really, really want. I’ll tell you what I want what I really really want. I wanna, I wanna, I wanna, I wanna. I really really really really want... 

Ruby and the Vinyl

Ruby and the Vinyl

There something quite exciting about the prospect of a new musical running at an hour without a big stage or fancy lighting or even a band and only three performers. This is what is given by Ruby and the Vinyl... 

Silver Lining & Jacksons Lane: Throwback

Silver Lining & Jacksons Lane: Throwback

Ever heard a song come on the radio and instantly been taken back to particular memory? It’s strange the way a melody can evoke an emotion, the feeling of falling in love, remind you of a great night out... 

Scary Shit

Scary Shit

A combination of silly and serious is something rarely achieved with any success. However Rhiannon Faith’s production of Scary Shit seems to have excelled in this niche field of theatre... 

Tink Tank

Tink Tank

Shadow puppets have a reputation for being, let’s face it, a bit uncool. Bunk Puppets, however, bring us a piece of art which is truly beautiful to watch yet still funny and engaging for children... 

The Gayest Thing You've Ever Seen

The Gayest Thing You've Ever Seen

Claiming to be the gayest thing in a room full of LGBT people in a gay bar (although straights are welcome too) is quite the boast. In the case of Martin J Dixon it is also entirely untrue... 

Zero

Zero

Dark humour can be a bit hit-or-miss. One-woman shows can be a bit hit-or-miss. Zero is lurking in extremely dangerous territory. But tackling sensitive subjects is an important part of what makes great theatre and what the Fringe is all about... 

Undercover Refugee

Undercover Refugee

The refugee crisis is undoubtedly difficult to discuss. However it is one of the most important and controversial issues of the year. Often the refugees are dehumanised in a number of fear-mongering tabloid stories, but it’s plain to see that their suffering is real... 

Van Gogh Find Yourself

Van Gogh Find Yourself

Van Gogh is one of the world’s most famous artists but many people know very little about him other than strange stories of missing ears. In a busy city it is nice to take a few moments to chill out, have a chat and meet someone new... 

Two Kittens & A Kid (A Gay Man Raising His Inner Diva)

Two Kittens & A Kid (A Gay Man Raising His Inner Diva)

Racial identity, puberty, sexuality and childhood trauma may not seem like the ideal topics for a one man camp cabaret, but here in Edinburgh anything is possible. These delicate issues often go undiscussed so perhaps a better way to open up the conversation is to throw a little sparkle on it... 

Eurobeat

Eurobeat

The UK may have had some issues with its European neighbours recently in the political world but perhaps all we need is a little bit of glitter and pop to bring us all together. Eurobeat is s new comedy musical that will bring smiles to diehard Eurovision buffs and Euro-newbies alike... 

Little Shop of Horrors

Little Shop of Horrors

The 80s was time of many things; Rubic's Cubes, cheesy pop... rock and roll singing plants. Fife Youth Arts presents a short run of the iconic 80s musical Little Shop of Horrors. The children aged between 12 and 15 take on this horrifically fun classic with all the do-whap and enthusiasm you would expect... 

Union

Union

CAPA College are in Edinburgh bringing with them a collection of talented young dancers and a showcase of conceptually ambitious routines. Momentum dance presents Union a collection of work providing a good opportunity to see some up and coming talent though five original pieces of work... 

Dark Vanilla Jungle

Dark Vanilla Jungle

The strength of this production primarily sits with the intensely provocative script written by Philip Ridley. Delving into issues of sexual assault, family and mental health the monologue provides and intense and visceral depiction of a young girl’s turbulent downfall... 

Ockham's Razor: Tipping Point

Ockham's Razor: Tipping Point

Ockham’s Razor are a British physical theatre company specialising in unique performances utilising aerial equipment. They have returned to Edinburgh with five poles and five performers in their production, Tipping Point...