Stardust

Stardust

Let’s talk about drugs. Let’s talk about the way we talk about drugs. Most importantly, let’s talk about the drugs industry itself, and the effects that the production and export of cocaine has had on the livelihood of Latin America... 

dressed.

dressed.

For most of us, our clothes are a major part of our identity. For Lydia Higginson, who was stripped at gunpoint and sexually assaulted during a trip away from home, there’s much more to it than that... 

And Before I Forget I Love You, I Love You

And Before I Forget I Love You, I Love You

As a character actor, Pip Utton is renowned for his depictions of world-famous figures, ranging from Margaret Thatcher to Charles Dickens and everything in between. This year is a much more intimate affair as we enter the life of Michael, a fictional carer for his childhood sweetheart Christy whose life has slowly deteriorated following her diagnosis with Alzheimer’s disease... 

Achilles

Achilles

With roots in Grotowski’s theatrical style and the laboratory theatre of 1970s Poland, Company of Wolves are known for their striking, collaborative work that fuses dance, physical and experimental theatre... 

The Lost Things

The Lost Things

Visual theatre company Tortoise in a Nutshell aim to inspire the imagination of their audiences with their creations. In this respect, The Lost Things does not disappoint. Winning awards across the globe for its 2015 debut, the revival of this tale about a lost boy and his adventures appears to be just as enchanting as the original... 

Courtney Act: Under the Covers

Courtney Act: Under the Covers

Have we reached a point where Courtney Act needs no introduction? Beloved winner of this year’s Celebrity Big Brother and previous finalist on American juggernaut Ru Paul’s Drag Race, they have entered the conversation on gender, sexuality and self expression in a way that has captured the hearts and minds of millions across the globe... 

Revelations

Revelations

James Rowland may not strike you as a sperm donor if you met him in the street, but this is a man prepared to go to the ends of the earth to help his best friend and her wife find their happy ending... 

Ladykiller

Ladykiller

With little more than a bedside lamp, a leather armchair and a helpful cadaver, The Thelmas have brought to life a deliciously morbid monologue that will please fans of Fleabag, Making a Murderer and everything in between... 

Joe Sutherland: Toxic

Joe Sutherland: Toxic

Toxic is a collection of laugh-out-loud stories from Joe Sutherland’s life in Coventry, London and (briefly) a town in France which, when pieced together, create an intimately honest portrait of his complex relationship with the expectations placed on ‘being a man’ in the 21st century... 

The Thinking Drinkers: Pub Crawl

The Thinking Drinkers: Pub Crawl

The boozer. The local. The rubber. Call it what you like, the public house has been a staple of communities across the UK and beyond for quite literally thousands of years. Could you imagine a world without them? It’s a prospect we may be facing in our lifetime, but not if ‘Thinking Drinkers’ Ben and Tom have anything to do with it... 

The Complete History of Europe (More or Less)

The Complete History of Europe (More or Less)

From the Bronze Age to Brexit, get ready to laugh and learn with More or Less Theatre as they present to you a whistle-stop tour through European history that can be enjoyed by both the young and the young at heart... 

John Hegley: Peace, Love and Potatoes

John Hegley: Peace, Love and Potatoes

The title of Hegley’s show refers to his latest book, Peace, Love and Potatoes, a perfect example of the juxtaposition between the common and the conceptual found throughout his quirky, poetic creations... 

A Singh in the North!

A Singh in the North!

A likeable character with an easy San Francisco drawl, Sid Singh is an American comedian who has performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for five years now. This year’s show is a natural crowd pleaser, with enough laughs to keep you entertained throughout... 

Cow

Cow

From a small attic room in the Counting House, Jane Hill is on a mission to prove that she is not the ‘lovely’ lady in a cardigan which review after review has branded her as in the past... 

Bruce

Bruce

Imagine a blockbuster movie: now imagine that movie where all the characters are played by an unassuming yellow sponge. Yes, you heard me right. This see-it-to-believe-it production has mastered the art of turning the ordinary into the truly extraordinary, and it is an absolute treat to watch... 

IlluminArchie: Archie Maddocks

IlluminArchie: Archie Maddocks

Fear not, this is a show for more than just the conspiracy theorists out there. Armed with a pun in the title and a range of tones to please all audiences, Archie Maddocks has put together an enjoyable collection of anecdotes for his Edinburgh Festival Fringe debut; it just needs a bit more polish to really shine... 

Reformed Whores: Grand Ole C*ntry

Reformed Whores: Grand Ole C*ntry

Two beaming faces burst onto stage, accompanied by a guitar, a ukulele and a gloriously shiny accordion. The Reformed Whores – also known as Marie Cecile and Katy Frame – are on their first international tour with Grand Ole C*ntry, and you’d better strap yourself in because they are here to stay... 

Alun Cochrane: Alunish Cochranish

Alun Cochrane: Alunish Cochranish

Alun Cochrane’s 2017 offering Alunish Cochraneish feels very well-named: with enjoyable skits and well-time delivery, this show is a collection of thoughts that make up what it must be like to be inside Alun’s brain... 

Ian Smith: Snowflake

Ian Smith: Snowflake

Perhaps you thought, as admittedly I did, that Ian Smith’s 2017 show title was making some kind of reference to the much used and abused colloquial term for “special snowflake” millennials... 

Late Night Lip Service

Late Night Lip Service

A midnight cabaret featuring “the wildest acts from across the Fringe” is setting itself up for some pretty high standards. This year, Late Night Lip Service has hit the nail on the head; it’s raucous, it’s loud and it’s certainly wild... 

Gobland for the Goblins!

Gobland for the Goblins!

An excellent concept is given a bit of a rough delivery in this immersive fantasy adventure, where you decide the outcome and save or scupper the future of Gobland. For older children and lovers of classic role-play games (RPG to those in the know), this is a chance to see your own experiences brought to life, but younger families beware: it isn’t easy-going... 

Shit-Faced Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet

Shit-Faced Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet

Some things seem as traditional to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe as being bombarded with flyers on the Royal Mile. For me, this production is one of them. This is no-holds-barred ecstasy in Shakespearean guise, and with a different culprit every night you can always come back for more... 

Good Girl

Good Girl

The desire to please is instilled into children from an early age, but the side-effects that this can have on their development is often not felt until it’s too late. Good Girl is an exciting tale exploring exactly what the titular phrase means and what effect it can have on an impressionable young mind, for better or for worse... 

The Starship Osiris

The Starship Osiris

Looking for a star-spangled adventure into science-fiction? The Starship Osiris is certainly not that: it’s much, much better. Watch the glorious disintegration of cast and script in this chaotic celebration of theatrical failure as you have never seen before... 

Jenny Bede: Eggtime

Jenny Bede: Eggtime

Jenny Bede wants a baby. Or at least, her mum wants her to have a baby. That’s not a spoiler: with funky tunes, audience polls and some not-so-serious soul searching, we are taken on an entertaining journey exploring what it means to be stuck in a body whose wants and needs don’t always match up with your own... 

Craig: Deception

Craig: Deception

In a dark, sweaty room on an unusually warm Edinburgh summer day, the odds are already stacked against any act trying to hold an audience’s attention. Today, with polite banter, charmingly fun anecdotes and some deceptively simple tricks, Craig Stephenson does exactly that... 

Alice Devlin: Extra-Curricular

Alice Devlin: Extra-Curricular

Standing on a stage adorned with all the necessary equipment to run a fully-fledged activity holiday, Alice Devlin is poised and ready to welcome us to her Edinburgh Festival Fringe debut... 

The Fungasm Gameshow

The Fungasm Gameshow

Where to start with The Fungasm Game Show? It’s hard to know, when our hosts clearly don’t have a clue either. Whilst fun and chaos often go hand in hand, here it felt like the former was discarded in favour of the latter... 

The Alchemist

The Alchemist

Caterham Rep’s adaptation of Ben Jonson’s classic tale The Alchemist is exactly that: don’t expect any surprises here. If you know the play, then this is a nice romp through his well-known Jacobean farce, and if you don’t then you’ll certainly pick up the gist fairly quickly... 

Baby Mama: One Woman's Quest to Give Her Child to Gay People

Baby Mama: One Woman's Quest to Give Her Child to Gay People

Tucked away in one of Greenside’s smaller studios, Baby Mama is a shining diamond of a show: beautiful storytelling and intimate staging come together to create a heartbreakingly cathartic experience that you should not miss this Fringe... 

Cream Tea and Incest

Cream Tea and Incest

Strap yourself in for an hour of puns, props and plenty of plot. Cream Tea And Incest is a top-notch riff on the classic Edwardian farce, and a merciless poke at the old-time aristocracy and English gentleman... 

Monkey Dance: The Rockappella Musical!

Monkey Dance: The Rockappella Musical!

Korean performance company GGIRIPROJECT aims to create the perfect collaboration between music and martial arts, a pursuit that has resulted in the catchily-titled Monkey Dance: The Rockapella Musical! Featuring live music, countless backflips, sizzling dance pieces and more, this production is undoubtedly on the right track... 

Darren Harriott: Defiant

Darren Harriott: Defiant

Birmingham born and London-based, Darren Harriott has been billed as one of the most exciting up-and-coming comedians on the circuit right now. In his Edinburgh Fringe debut Darren Harriott: Defiant, he gets the opportunity to flash the quick wit and cheeky smile that, I can tell you now, is going to make him a pretty big deal very soon... 

Baba Brinkman's Rap Guide to Consciousness

Baba Brinkman's Rap Guide to Consciousness

Canadian rapper Baba Brinkman has explored several of the world’s biggest talking points – from evolution to climate change – and now he’s back for more. Ever thought you’d see a TED talk combined with an hour of hip hop improv? No, me neither... 

Things We Find in the Dark

Things We Find in the Dark

Sam is scared of the dark. One day, a shadowy figure steals away his only bedtime comfort, starting a quest through the lands that lie below the bed and beyond. This charming production by The Lincoln Company fuses shadow puppetry with physical theatre to tell the quaint tale of a young boy who wants his nightlight back – and it’s shaping up to be a lovely piece of theatre... 

The Laramie Project
BOBBY WINNER

The Laramie Project

Fourteen cast members. One stage. Almost twenty years since the brutal murder of gay teenager Matthew Shepard by his peers that shaped the Hate Crimes Prevention Act of America. Moisés Kaufman’s verbatim piece The Laramie Project is based solely upon the words of those interviewed in the aftermath of this terrible event, and remains as poignant, touching and relevant today as it did upon its publication... 

Peer Gynt

Peer Gynt

With humble beginnings as an idle farm lad, the eponymous hero of Henrik Ibsen’s Peer Gynt is chastised by his mother for wasting his time on earth dreaming of greatness - to which, without further ado, he rectifies by stirring up trouble amongst the local town and disappearing to the mountains with a newly-wed bride (no, not his)... 

Alpha

Alpha

There’s certainly a lot going on in Alpha: physical theatre, beat poetry and live music combine as the company confides their desires and secrets with their audience. In this case, however, the sum of the parts is not yet greater than the whole... 

The Midnight Beast: All Killer

The Midnight Beast: All Killer

Perhaps you’ve heard of The Midnight Beast? Their blend of comic indie-pop-rap began on a humble Youtube channel and moved to Channel Four just a few years later. This month their latest venture at Pleasance Dome, horror-musical The Midnight Beast: All Killer, will certainly please fans, although I’m not so sure about anyone else... 

From Dust

From Dust

The latest production from Lion House Theatre is a visually pleasing experience, executed with dexterity and grace by a cast of three. As we are informed by our narrator and writer Casey Jay Andrews, "this story starts, and ends, with a girl, a boy and a wolf”... 

Shakespeare for Breakfast

Shakespeare for Breakfast

A morning staple of the festival Fringe, Shakespeare for Breakfast (with its customary coffee and croissant) has provided a fun twist on the Bard’s classics at C venues for over 25 years... 

The Accidental Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

The Accidental Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

As a fan of Arthur Conan Doyle’s enigmatic and famously hyper-intelligent super sleuth, I was intrigued to see this production by the appropriately-named Tobacco Tea Theatre Company... 

Guru Dudu's Silent Disco Walking Tours

Guru Dudu's Silent Disco Walking Tours

Never before have I had to so strongly caution an audience - if you don’t enjoy having all eyes on you, look away now. It’s time to grab your headphones and get down to some classic funk, whilst also visiting some of the top sights around Edinburgh’s Royal Mile district... 

Bob

Bob

There’s a lot to be said for injecting a bit of funk into one of Shakespeare’s many classics, particularly when a new twist comes along that hasn’t been seen before. Bob is perhaps one of the more madcap editions currently on the Fringe, and whilst I admire the pizazz and energy brought to the stage by the cast, there are a few issues that still need to be ironed out... 

Waltzing Matilda

Waltzing Matilda

The Australian outback, a French sheep and a lonely convict on the run. It may sound like all the ingredients for a very dubious sort of production, but throw in some Spanish guitar pop song covers, plenty of dressing (and undressing) and a healthy dash of clowning and you have the fantastically silly creation that is Plague of Idiots’ Waltzing Matilda... 

Tom Ballard – The World Keeps Happening

Tom Ballard – The World Keeps Happening

It can probably be agreed that there’s a lot to be unhappy about in the world at the moment. The best place to escape most of this is arguably the Edinburgh Fringe Festival - but if you’re feeling ready to take a look and a laugh at the political and social issues currently facing society, from Trump to the so-called Islamic State and all things in-between, then this is the show for you... 

You Tweet My Face Space

You Tweet My Face Space

Ever wondered, or perhaps dreaded, what it would be like if your search history could talk? With a host of zany characters and one wonderfully surreal party, You Tweet My Face Space brings the internet to life and imagines the consequences on work – and relationships – this could bring... 

Lynn Ruth Miller: I Love Men

Lynn Ruth Miller: I Love Men

This is a show that anyone who has ever been single – and that means everyone – needs to see.Lynn Ruth Miller is, above all, a powerful storyteller, taking us from start to finish through her autobiographical story without losing a beat... 

Tomás Ford’s Craptacular!

Tomás Ford’s Craptacular!

Tucked away in Grassmarket, the Sweet is an innocuous venue which this year plays host to one of the most random, madcap events I have ever seen at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Get ready for funky dancing and pop music aplenty, but as you have never encountered it before... 

The Bookbinder

The Bookbinder

It’s not every day that you stumble across a play that is as enchanting as The Bookbinder. Through stunningly crafted puppetry and ingenious lighting solutions, this one-man fiction breathes life into a fragile paper world, and it is marvellous to watch... 

Kill the Beast: He Had Hairy Hands

Kill the Beast: He Had Hairy Hands

Imagine Hot Fuzz meets Hollyoaks meets Hammer Horror. Then add some incredibly camp, fabulously choreographed dance sequences and a host of bizarrely grotesque facial expressions. Now you’re getting close to an approximation of Kill The Beast’s hilariously macabre production of He Had Hairy Hands... 

360 Allstars

360 Allstars

If you’re looking for cool at this year’s Fringe, look no further. 360 Allstars is every 90s kid’s teenage dream - and anyone else’s, come to that. Take your pick from beatboxing, break-dancing, BMX tricks and more in one action-packed hour of the ultimate award-winning showmanship... 

Wonders at Dusk

Wonders at Dusk

It would be hard to imagine a more appropriate setting for an evening of magic and illusion than this. As the sun sets, you enter The Dome, take in the grandeur of the entrance hall and await the call to ascend the golden staircase... 

23, Please: The Sketch Show That Never Was

23, Please: The Sketch Show That Never Was

With a Cambridge Footlights endorsement on their flyer, this is a group already promising great things to an expectant audience. Quick changes and quicker one-liners abound, and whilst there are a few rough edges still to shape up, this is a very enjoyable evening of comic sketch fun... 

Church Night

Church Night

Church Night takes place as a monthly variety show in Washington DC, where they attract large crowds every night. In the small studio space at Surgeon’s Hall, the atmosphere is considerably more intimate but perhaps equally as entertaining... 

Nick Cody – Beard Game Strong

Nick Cody – Beard Game Strong

For a show with this title, it is perhaps surprising that Nick Cody’s eye-catching facial hair is not the main feature of this performance. Packed with entertaining anecdotes from his gigs, tours and adventures across the globe, Cody’s first foray at the Fringe is set to be a roaring success... 

The Horne Section's Questions Sessions

The Horne Section's Questions Sessions

Imagine a quiz show accompanied by a live band. Now imagine that live band is playing a soundtrack which is being composed as the quiz progresses. Now imagine that it’s not actually a quiz at all, but is instead a series of game-show challenges that get progressively wackier as the evening goes on... 

How to Win a Pub Quiz

How to Win a Pub Quiz

Taking place in the cosy surroundings of the Kilderkin pub, How To Win A Pub Quiz looks to be an hour of interactive entertainment where the flyer promises you will learn, play, win prizes and laugh in between... 

Something Between Nothing and Everything

Something Between Nothing and Everything

In our fast-paced and demanding consumer culture, a production that takes time to examine and appreciate the joys and sorrows found in everyday life can be a real gem. Using poetic prose, beautifully intricate dance and a striking soundscape, Comuna de Pedra have worked hard to achieve just that... 

Happy Birthday Without You

Happy Birthday Without You

It is difficult to know where to start with Violet Fox’s autobiographical show about her fraught relationship with her mother – I’ll take a note from her and start at the beginning... 

Follow the Faun

Follow the Faun

Step into a sensual, erotic world, with the Faun (Andy Black) and his glittered Nymph accomplice (Sarita Ryan) as your guides. Prepare to dance, hunt and fly through the skies - abandon your inhibitions and embrace your inner pagan with Follow The Faun, a hypnotic mix of trance, rave and bickram yoga that will have you moving like you have never moved beforeBlack completely lives and breathes the role, bedecked in tribal tattoos, well-placed false hair and of course the striking curved horns... 

Plague of Idiots

Plague of Idiots

If you are looking for the silliest Shakespeare at the Fringe, look no further. Bizarre and brilliant in equal measure, Plague of Idiots ploughs through sketch after sketch of surreal hilarity with nonstop energy and enthusiasm... 

La Meute (The Wolf Pack)

La Meute (The Wolf Pack)

There could not be a more accurate term for these six raucous acrobats than a wild wolf pack. Clad solely in white linen towels, scuffling on the floor one moment and moving in perfect harmony the next, this is a show where brother stands side-by-side – and sometimes on shoulder – with brother to create an hour of daredevil entertainment... 

Captain Morgan 2: The Sea of Souls
BOBBY WINNER

Captain Morgan 2: The Sea of Souls

Captain Morgan is back – and now he is armed with the Sands of Time. This does not sit well with his foes, who do all in their power to reclaim this precious artefact; a journey which takes us to the bottom of the ocean, the frontiers of the Wild West and the titular Sea of Souls... 

Darren Walsh: Punderbolt

Darren Walsh: Punderbolt

If you can’t predict what is in store from the title then here’s a clue: Darren Walsh likes saying things that sounds like other things, and what’s more, they’re usually quite funny... 

Normally Abnormal

Normally Abnormal

When an audience is laughing, they are listening. When they are listening, they are engaging – and when they are engaging, they can learn. This is Dave Chawner’s approach to his new show, making Normally Abnormal an uplifting and refreshingly honest look at the way our society addresses eating disorders, mental health and anxiety... 

The Fabulous Punch and Judy Show

The Fabulous Punch and Judy Show

Punch and Judy has been a long running stalwart of beachside entertainment for the whole family – but whatever you do, don’t bring the kids to this live-action adaptation. Featuring sex, violence and a lot of bad language, Brent Thorpe and the gang have flown in from Australia to bring a wickedly dark vision of Mr Punch’s life without Judy – expect nothing but the outrageous... 

Fausted

Fausted

Dr Sara Chris (Sam Wheatley) is a frustrated eco-activist who wants to help save the world; after an ill-advised deal with the Devil she achieves the power to get what she wants, but as with most things in life it is never quite that simple... 

When Blair had Bush and Bunga

When Blair had Bush and Bunga

The aptly named Bungabunga Productions have implored you to see this show before they get sued. From the record level of name-dropping and the outrageous stereotypes that take place, I wouldn’t be remotely surprised - but I still wouldn’t bother... 

Grossed Out Game Show

Grossed Out Game Show

Dressed in a suit emblazoned with the sort of multicoloured exclamations that you would often find in comic books, Matty Grey’s eye-catching attire alone sets the tone for this morning’s entertainment: big, bright and very, very loud... 

Jethro Compton presents Sirenia

Jethro Compton presents Sirenia

There is a room in C Nova that you have never seen before: up endless winding staircases and through many closed doors, a small attic store has been meticulously transformed into the bare living room of Black Rock Lighthouse, where this tale of love and loss takes place... 

Cat in the Hat

Cat in the Hat

Two children and their pet fish, left alone by their mother, expect nothing but boredom on a rainy day. Instead, they are greeted by a mysterious guest, who turns their afternoon upside down... 

Angela Barnes: Come As You Are

Angela Barnes: Come As You Are

In a small, bare room in Pleasance Courtyard, armed with a projector screen and a pack of makeup wipes, Angela Barnes is ready to change your view on beauty standards - and make you laugh at the same time... 

Sing for Your Life

Sing for Your Life

For those of a squeamish nature, this may not be the best review to read over your breakfast. Charlie Tuesday Gates is a taxidermist and performance artist who uses deceased animal puppets to perform a number of cabaret songs that loosely string together the plotline of Sing For Your Life... 

Captain Morgan 1: The Sands of Time
BOBBY WINNER

Captain Morgan 1: The Sands of Time

If you think that swashbuckling adventures are only for children, think again. Captain Morgan And The Sands of Time will take you back to a world where sea gods rule supreme, arguments are settled by sword and pirates skirmish with the Royal Navy for precious treasure, unfolding madcap encounters along the way that jump through space and time with ultimate precision and immaculate timing... 

Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue

Out Of The Blue could well be classed as Fringe veterans, returning year after year over the past decade for an afternoon of singing, dancing and suggestive hip-wiggling to guaranteed crowd-pleasers... 

Beasts and Beauties

Beasts and Beauties

Four fairy tales from Europe, reimagined by the Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, are brought to life at Greenside by the talented young cast of 1541. From the Emperor’s New Clothes to less well known classics, each is delivered with energy and clarity through a variety of physical theatre techniques... 

Facebooked!

Facebooked!

You know those moments that happen on the bus, or in the street, where you eavesdrop on someone’s conversation and gain a brief window into their world? Do you ever think that you should maybe write down those moments, just to capture something that you might not experience again? This is exactly what Iain Heggie has done, creating a wonderfully eccentric patchwork of storytelling that preserves life’s chance encounters and recreates them before your eyes... 

Bronston Jones: God Bless 'Merica – Free

Bronston Jones: God Bless 'Merica – Free

With the accompanying subtitle, this show becomes God Bless ‘Merica, Because It’ll Take A Miracle To Fix It; whilst that’s quite a mouthful, it certainly encompasses the sentiment in Bronston Jones’ lovingly scathing homage to his home country... 

Nathan Cassidy: Back to the Future

Nathan Cassidy: Back to the Future

For me, beginning any show with Huey Lewis And The News is a good omen, particularly when their hit single The Power of Love featured prominently in the eponymous sci-fi trilogy soundtrack... 

Paul Foot

Paul Foot

Yes, the man with the silver shoes is back, and each of his 58 minutes on stage are as weird and wonderful as ever.Going to a Paul Foot gig is much like having dinner at Yo! Sushi: it delivers what you want, be it tasty food or top-notch comedy, but in a fashion you have never, ever experienced before (note: you don’t have to enjoy sushi to also enjoy this gig)... 

The Great Yorkshire Fringe New Comedian of the Year – Heats

The Great Yorkshire Fringe New Comedian of the Year – Heats

An exciting new competition has opened in the heart of the city; for one week only, every night from the 24th to the 31st July, there will be a raucous gathering of stand-up comedy from the newest and brightest stars of Yorkshire, culminating in a grand final on the 2nd August... 

Stick Man – Live on Stage

Stick Man – Live on Stage

The first day of the first ever Great Yorkshire Fringe was kicked off with a bang - or rather a “Zip! Boing! Whee!” - by Scamp Theatre, setting a high standard for the rest to follow with their vibrant children’s tale Stick Man - Live On Stage...