Passing Places

Passing Places

A road movie, according to Wikipedia, is “a film genre in which the main characters leave home on a road trip,” during which “the hero changes, grows or improves over the course of the story”... 

Instructions for Correct Assembly

Instructions for Correct Assembly

If The Royal Court’s reputation for producing work that’s a little ahem, “arty” has put you off making a visit recently for fear of Death by Pretension, then the enjoyable and easily accessible Instructions For Correct Assembly may be the show to help you brush those fears aside... 

The Service

The Service

I went in expecting to hate FacePlant's The Service. Adverts for the show promise 'clowning', 'singing hymns', and 'consecrating the sacred cabbage', which together seemed like the worst way possible to spend a Tuesday night... 

The Birds And The Beats

The Birds And The Beats

Grant Busé wants to talk about sex and he’s determined that we should join in the conversation. The Birds and the Beats is part show, part lecture and part conversation where Busé invites us to ask and answer questions about sex education, sexual experiences and manages to create a genuine intimate atmosphere where it feels safe to talk about one of the most taboo subjects... 

Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice

If theatre is home to lies that impart truths, then this Actors Touring Company’s production of Roland Schimmelpfennig’s Winter Solstice (translated by David Tushingham) makes no attempt to suspend our disbelief; the cast of six are dressed casually and, for the most part, sit around a group of tables on an “undressed” stage, covered with the detritus of paper cups, bottles of water, nibbles and scrap paper typical of any theatrical or television read-through... 

Assassins

Assassins

Could you kill a President? That’s what a fairground proprietor asks in this 1990s genre-busting Sondheim musical that explores both the real-life and imagined motives why nine people in the USA pointed a gun at their Commander In Chief... 

No Frills Cabaret

No Frills Cabaret

Circus is changing; different art forms are being encompassed into the genre and many shows are far removed from the classic days of traditional circus, crossing the line into performance art, physical theatre and dance... 

Lord Of The Flies

Lord Of The Flies

William Golding’s seminal tale of children going feral when left to their own devices on a Pacific island gets a trademark Lazarus Theatre treatment on this their second production during their year-long residency in Greenwich... 

Arj Barker - We Need To Talk

Arj Barker - We Need To Talk

At the start of the show there’s a lot of emphasis on switching off and putting away our mobile phones. We get at least two announcements and then, as he arrives on stage, Barker spends a few moments ensuring the last few folks with digital screens lighting up their faces put their devices in a pocket... 

The Man In The Mail

The Man In The Mail

Inspired by some lesser known writings of the great novelist, poet and playwright, Jules Verne, The Man in the Mail tells the story of a lovelorn fellow who decides to send himself by freight to China in order to pursue his paramour... 

PO PO MO CO

PO PO MO CO

Some shows at Fringe are reviewed because the artistes or their producer approaches you and requests that you come along to see their show. If one has time and is so inclined, you get along and review accordingly but most often, especially during Fringe, you have to politely decline due to an already full calendar... 

Idris Stanton - The Last King of Vaudeville

Idris Stanton - The Last King of Vaudeville

As one quarter of the amazing Pants Down Circus and one half of hit children’s show The Circus Firemen, Idris Stanton has absolutely earned the right to put his name above the title of this tribute to Vaudeville... 

Fuego Carnal

Fuego Carnal

Returning to Adelaide for the third time, Fuego Carnal is a combination of traditional circus, cabaret and spectacular fire performance. In a tent that’s open to the stars, we are dazzled by an incredible array of performances... 

Michelle Braiser & Laura Frew: Double Denim Adventure Show

Michelle Braiser & Laura Frew: Double Denim Adventure Show

Like Morecambe and Wise smashed together with the two best Spice Girls (Sporty and Scary), Michelle Brasier and Laura Frew have created a brand-new show that easily puts to rest any worries that their success last year could have been a one-off... 

GINGZILLA: Glamonster VS The World

GINGZILLA: Glamonster VS The World

As we wait to enter the Speigel Zelt at Gluttony, Gingzilla is out front, working the crowd. I don’t get close enough to hear what’s being said but she’s clearly the centre of attention and this is obviously her favourite place to be... 

6 Quick Dick Tricks: A Dirk Darrow Investigation

6 Quick Dick Tricks: A Dirk Darrow Investigation

It was hot in the Speakeasy at Gluttony. The kind of hot that makes you wish for a cold beer and some warm companionship. I’d been sent by my editor to check out a Private Investigator that had been making some waves among the showbiz set... 

LAURIE BLACK: LIVE

LAURIE BLACK: LIVE

The apocalypse is here! No-one is sure how it started or what’s going to happen but luckily, Laurie Black has gathered us in the safe environs of La Boheme to wait out the worst of it... 

Elixir

Elixir

There’s weird science going on in the Octagon at Gluttony; three scientists are attempting to create elixirs that will improve on humanity and perhaps even grant superpowers. Willing to test experimental drugs on themselves (and mostly each other), it can only lead to a bad end scientifically but a fantastic and fun hour for the audience... 

Leather Lungs: Son of a Preacher

Leather Lungs: Son of a Preacher

Leather Lungs, aka Jason Chasland, has something of a following in his home country of New Zealand and with good reason. His four-octave range means that he can hit the notes that other cabaret performers can only dream of and he’s a hilarious and charming presence on stage... 

Charlie Caper & Malin Nilsson: Minor Miracles

Charlie Caper & Malin Nilsson: Minor Miracles

The initial impression of this show is that it’s going to be an hour of magic with a bit of banter and it’s exactly that but it’s also wonderful. Many of the tricks on display are old classics; the ball and cup routine, rope trick, linking rings, and the bottle and glass switch routine made famous by the legendary Tommy Cooper but, like Cooper, Caper and Nilsson have made these routines their own unique spectacle... 

The Displaced

The Displaced

The line between circus and physical theatre has been blurring for years now and The Displaced is a magnificent example of how the two art-forms are merging. A cast of seven circus performers have collaborated to create a beautiful performance piece that aches with expression and emotion... 

Big Tops & Tiny Tots Circus Show

Big Tops & Tiny Tots Circus Show

With seats at the back reserved for the adults, the children are encouraged to sit on the floor right up against the stage for this lovely show that aims to educate and entertain in equal measure... 

Justin Matson: Fatter Than You Think

Justin Matson: Fatter Than You Think

Many stand-up comedians like to be super punchy in their comedy. It’s all about the laughs per minute and working the audience to hone their wit and establish their prowess as masters of comedy... 

Victoria Falconer: Oxymoron

Victoria Falconer: Oxymoron

As one half of the excellent EastEnd Cabaret and a founding member of the awesome Fringe Wives Club, Victoria Falconer is already considered an acclaimed multi-instrumentalist with excellent comic chops and an innate ability to steal a show so the only surprise is that it’s taken her this long to star in her own solo cabaret... 

The Circus Firemen

The Circus Firemen

There’s mischief going on in the Cornucopia at Gluttony and it’s not coming from the packed-out audience of children and accompanying adults. On the stage, Angus and Matilda, the titular firemen are throwing beach balls at folk and generally messing around as they wait for the cue to start the show... 

H G Wells' The Time Machine

H G Wells' The Time Machine

While not even Herbert George Wells’s own first dalliance with the concept of time travel, his 1895 novella The Time Machine has nevertheless become pretty much the definitive text on the subject – one television Time Lord notwithstanding... 

The Last Bordello

The Last Bordello

Perhaps it was tempting fate, but David Leddy’s decision to call his latest work The Last Bordello now comes with a certain irony, given that it could well prove to be his final production under the “Fire Exit” banner – thanks to the company controversially losing its modest, yet vital, funding from Creative Scotland... 

Monsteria

Monsteria

Featuring an all-female cast of three, this is most definitely not your granddad’s idea of circus. This is a fusion of performance art, dance, and physical theatre with elements of circus skills used to challenge our expectations of what circus can be... 

Tabarnak

Tabarnak

Cirque Alfonse return to Adelaide with their newest show and it’s a very different beast to their last hit, BARBU. Set in a sanctuary-like space set with pews and random clutter, the mixed cast are dressed in white, apparent monks or celebrants in this tabernacle of circus... 

Welcome to the Music Hall

Welcome to the Music Hall

The Old Married Couple may be married but they’re certainly not old. Playing Dixieland jazz with a vaudevillian twist, there’s more than just the music to entertain. Their dynamic is a classic one; the mischievous husband being reined in by the slightly condescending wife, but it’s done with a knowing wink and a certain sexual frisson... 

The Belle's Stratagem

The Belle's Stratagem

Writer and director Tony Cownie has established a particular niche at Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum Theatre, taking potentially overlooked 18th century comedies (like Carlo Goldoni's The Venetian Twins) or modern works inspired by them (Liz Lochhead’s Thon Man Moliere) and giving them a distinctly Scottish twist... 

Knives in Hens

Knives in Hens

David Harrower’s debut play, Knives in Hens, made a big splash back in 1995, recognised as a modern classic which has since seen revivals by companies as diverse as the National Theatre of Scotland (in 2011) and, last year, Donmar Warehouse... 

Flashdance - The Musical

Flashdance - The Musical

Selladoor’s touring production of Flashdance continues to shine light and pizzazz with a strong fusion of two worlds moulded into 80s’ pop glitz and grit. Now in its 10th year, both themusical (based on the 1983 Paramount Film classic by Tom Hedley) and a collaborative company capture the heart and feeling of the age with universal and contemporary relevance... 

Edward II

Edward II

Lazarus Theatre kick off their year-long residency at Greenwich Theatre on a visceral note with Christopher Marlowe’s homoerotic epic Edward II.Having previously staged the show at Tristian Bates to some criticism that the space was too small, Director Ricky Dukes here gets the opportunity to show off the full physicality of his production on the expansive main stage whilst still retaining the claustrophobic feeling of a 1970s bunker of the Cold War era... 

The Rat Pack - Live from Las Vegas

The Rat Pack - Live from Las Vegas

Tribute show The Rat Pack - Live From Las Vegas lights up the West End at Theatre Royal Haymarket, transporting audiences back in time to a fictional night at the Sands Hotel hosted by Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr and Dean Martin... 

The Tin Soldier

The Tin Soldier

It’s a real shame temporary roadworks make accessing this show’s venue ever-so-slightly off-putting; also, that the venue is still relatively new, especially when it comes to putting on festive fair, and is up against highly marketed venues such as the King’s... 

Shona Reppe’s Cinderella

Shona Reppe’s Cinderella

This revival of Shona Reppe’s acclaimed puppet retelling of the iconic fairytale is a fascinating jewel of a production, ideal for young children and families alike; subtle, succinct and aware of its narrative limits—unlike Cinderella, for example, we’re pointedly told that we’re NOT going to the Ball—while nevertheless confidently giving our imaginations enough room to play and become emotionally involved... 

How To Disappear

How To Disappear

As Scotland’s self-declared “new writing theatre”, Edinburgh’s Traverse does like to offer up an alternative to the pantomimes and decidedly family-focused fare on offer elsewhere around the city, while still utilising fake snow... 

How to Win Against History

How to Win Against History

It is common knowledge that history is written by the winners. In the case of Henry Cyril Paget, the 5th Marquis of Anglesey, the winners were his surviving relatives. When he died penniless at the age of 29 his family tried their hardest to obliterate all account of his short life; pictures were destroyed and the records scrubbed clean... 

The Woman in White

The Woman in White

A single flickering lantern situated centre stage is an appropriately Gothic opening to the first London revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Woman in White. This romantic, horror-tinged musical is based on the 1859 novel by master of mystery Wilkie Collins... 

The Arabian Nights

The Arabian Nights

Stories illuminate the truth, lies hide it; that’s just one of the lessons audiences of all ages can take from Suhayla El-Bushra’s energetic new adaptation of The Arabian Nights, brought to Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum stage by director Joe Douglas; a suitably magical portmanteau of mythical stories within stories that offers a genuinely inventive, and refreshingly vibrant family entertainment for the festive season... 

The Red Lion

The Red Lion

Patrick Marber’s The Red Lion transfers to Trafalgar Studios, bringing us closer to an understanding of the devastating reality of England today within the confines of a sweaty semi-professional football club locker room... 

Antigone

Antigone

Making Greek tragedies accessible to a modern audience can be hard work but playwright Christopher Adams and Brighton based Actors of Dionysus have risen to this challenge. Aiming to ‘make magic from myth’ they have successfully adapted the Sophocles tragedy, Antigone, breathing new life into this classic tale... 

Cinderella

Cinderella

Seasonal jokesmith Andrew Pollard marks his twelve years of Christmas at Greenwich Theatre with a presentation of family favourite, Cinderella.As anyone familiar with pantos at Greenwich will testify, they tend to have a local twist and this is no exception... 

Can You See Me Now?

Can You See Me Now?

In a Brighton basement eight young women sit on stools, waiting, the audience in a semi-circle around them. A woman sings Miss Represented over and over in echoey, soft tones... 

The Maids

The Maids

“We’re beautiful, wild, free and full of joy,” say the titular Maids, Solange and Claire, towards the close of Jean Genet’s 1947 drama, courtesy of Martin Crimp’s 1999 translation... 

Thingummy Bob

Thingummy Bob

There’s a wonderful clarity to Linda McLean’s short play Thingummy Bob, a firm favourite with Scotland’s leading theatre company for people with learning disabilities, Lung Ha Theatre Company... 

One Mississippi

One Mississippi

There’s little obvious theatrical artifice on show; just four actors, in casual clothes, sitting or lying on the plain black floor of an empty stage as the audience comes in. Mariem Omari’s script, we read in the programme, is based on verbatim interviews with a diverse range of men across Scotland, which she believes confirms the increasingly held belief that Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are among the leading causes of substance abuse, depression and suicide... 

Cockpit

Cockpit

Site specific theatre is nothing new in Scotland; from the numerous innovative creations by the likes of Grid Iron Theatre Company to much of the work by the “without walls” National Theatre of Scotland, performances in non-theatrical settings can ensure an impact—when everything works—difficult to reproduce within the safe traditions of the proscenium arch... 

Without a Hitch

Without a Hitch

There’s no doubting the raw energy and physicality of this show, a work of dance theatre that definitely prefers choreography to speech, and uses it—along with some pretty stark staging and a thumping score—to great effect... 

The Overcoat

The Overcoat

Scandal and Gallows theatre company shines as a remarkably talented team in this production of The Overcoat by rising star scriptwriter George Johnston, who has imaginatively transformed Gogol's powerful everyman short story into a vibrant work of metatheatricality... 

Cilla – The Musical

Cilla – The Musical

Given that she’s such a much-loved public entertainer, an all-too-obvious challenge in creating a musical based on the early life of the late Cilla Black—born Priscilla Maria Veronica White—is that, while she certainly had some big hit singles—“Anyone Who Had a Heart”, “You’re My World”, and “Alfie”, to name just three—her back catalogue of really familiar hits arguably isn’t large enough to fill a two-hours-plus musical... 

One for the Road...

One for the Road...

In the early 1980s Pinter became increasingly interested in human rights abuses and in particular the torture of political prisoners in Argentina and Turkey. One For The Road emerged from those concerns, although it is deliberately given no specific national location; he believed such violations could occur as easily in democracies as dictatorships, although the common expression for another drink, used many times during the play and as the title, suggests an English-speaking background for the lead character... 

Call Mr Robeson

Call Mr Robeson

In view of the recent violence in Charlottesville, KKK sympathisers in the White House and, even on our end of the pond, much of the sentiment behind Brexit, a discussion of the inherent racism in our world could not be more pertinent... 

CreativeMornings

CreativeMornings

CreativeMornings is a breakfast lecture series for the creative community. It exists in over 170 cities across the world, one of which is Edinburgh. Led by CreativeMornings Edinburgh Host Alex Humphry-Baker, the session began with a period of general mingling time, as might expected at a networking event... 

Wife

Wife

There’s a great variety of women in Wife – taking as a cue Carol Anne Duffy’s The World’s Wife – from ‘Mrs Quasimodo’ to Michelle Obama, whose farewell speech is predated by Duffy’s original poem, but nonetheless makes an appearance here... 

Dear Home Office :Still Pending

Dear Home Office :Still Pending

Amidst the large amount of political theatre at the Fringe, Dear Home Office: Still Pending sticks out. And not just because the cast members are all actual refugees. They’re non-professional actors who, in several cases... 

Human Animals

Human Animals

We open on a reversed environmental crisis. Animals are seemingly threatening humans with ruin at the hands of a deadly disease. The result is a dystopian purge of all wildlife, domesticated animals, the torching of London’s parks, the blocking of its roads and the enforcing of curfews on its hysterical (human) civilians... 

David O'Doherty: Big Time

David O'Doherty: Big Time

O’Doherty is back with his mini-keyboard, flopping hair, and uninhibited attitude, but this time in one of the most prestigious venues that the Edinburgh Fringe Festival has to offer... 

To Be Me

To Be Me

To Be Me pairs a recording of Kate Tempest’s poetry and live dance choreographed by Julie Cunningham; it’s a risky undertaking which is both fascinating but, at times, teeters on the edge of not working... 

The Gin Whore Tour

The Gin Whore Tour

Katherine O’Neil really knows gin. As a professional in the drinks industry for several years and an obvious fan of her subject, she has created this tonic of a show (see what I did there?) that fills us in on the important and fascinating history of Gin and also fills us with gin... 

The Paper Cinema's Macbeth

The Paper Cinema's Macbeth

The Paper Cinema’s Macbeth is a dazzling feat of storytelling. Using foley sound effects, live music, cinematic projection and handmade paper puppets, the team create a film – with no dialogue – live in the Pleasance Dome’s hangar-like King Dome theatre... 

Courtney Act: The Girl from Oz

Courtney Act: The Girl from Oz

From a shared sovereign and a shaky colonial past, to endless daytime reruns of Neighbours and Home and Away on channel 5, plus cricket, Kylie and Rupert Murdoch; Australian exports have been shaping UK culture for many decades... 

Scorch

Scorch

Welcomed back to Edinburgh after its rave performances last year, Scorch is new writing for one performer. It is a refreshing and important take on the negotiation of gender performance in the 21st century... 

Twenty Something

Twenty Something

Morning People Productions’ self-written and self-directed Twenty Something is a wonderful, shrewd new play about the whirlwind of realities and disappointments in young adult life, set to an angsty soundtrack and showcasing some brilliant young talent... 

Fleabag

Fleabag

Maddie Rice has been put into a difficult position with performing this script. Fleabag is inextricably associated with Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who wrote and performed the previous Fringe show later taken up by the BBC... 

Arlene! The Glitz. The Glamour. The Gossip.

Arlene! The Glitz. The Glamour. The Gossip.

Introduced by Jacquie Storey – who once successfully auditioned for the group that later became Hot Gossip (and turned them down) – we first see a short video from The Kenny Everett Video Show which first introduced the world to Arlene Phillips’ Hot Gossip dancers... 

A Machine they're Secretly Building

A Machine they're Secretly Building

The audience were completely absorbed by Proto-Type Theater’s exposition of global mass-surveillance in A Machine They’re Secretly Building, the title aptly born from whistleblower Edward Snowden... 

Bubble Show for Adults Only

Bubble Show for Adults Only

I wasn’t really in the mood for this show. There was the pressing concern that a bubble show aimed at an adult audience was going to be an hour of dick jokes tagged on to what could just have been a family show... 

Here Comes Trouble

Here Comes Trouble

Keira Martin’s Here Comes Trouble contains some impressively executed Irish dancing to music which is a meld of Irish melodies and Jamaican beats in a memorable piece about identity... 

Zoe Coombs Marr: Trigger Warning

Zoe Coombs Marr: Trigger Warning

Comedians regularly perpetuate the idea that they sacrifice part of themselves for their art. As humble as many claim to be, and as much as they deride their counterparts in the theatre for talking about the price one pays to make art, comedians are often the first to cite the tragic clown as a metaphorical representation of themselves... 

Safe Place

Safe Place

Clara Glynn's play Safe Place hits the stage this fringe festival, bringing us a tale of unlikely friendship whilst making deep and insightful comments on the relationship between feminism and the transgender rights movement... 

Spring Awakening

Spring Awakening

Spring Awakening is a touching and affecting musical. In 1981 Germany, the bubbling sexual curiosity of a small town’s teenagers mixed with a neglect to sexually educate them leads to disastrous and heart-breaking consequences... 

Little Shop of Horrors – The Musical!

Little Shop of Horrors – The Musical!

Ethereal Theatre Company’s Little Shop of Horrors is a powerhouse of zany energy. By nature, the show is a nonsensical and melodramatic tale of a man who creates a mutant plant with a taste for blood... 

We Need to Talk About Bobby (Off EastEnders)

We Need to Talk About Bobby (Off EastEnders)

EastEnders fans will remember experiencing shock and upheaval at the revelation that the culprit of a long-running murder whodunnit was 10 year old Bobby Beale. Prepare to relive those feelings again in Paperback Theatre’s We Need To Talk About Bobby (Off EastEnders), written by George Attwell Gerhards and directed by Lucy Bird... 

Columns

Columns

Walking into theSpace on the Mile this morning, I had very little knowledge about what Columns had in store for me. I knew it to be advertised as a ‘storytelling spectacle’, but I had no idea it would be one of the most charming and engaging masterclasses in conversational theatre I’ve witnessed... 

Folk

Folk

Folk is Caroline Finn’s first piece for the Cardiff-based National Dance Company Wales since becoming its Artistic Director two years ago. It is a hugely exciting, surreal if somewhat incoherent show but that is probably the point since it aims to explore social dynamics which, in this show, appear to be largely dysfunctional... 

Tatterdemalion

Tatterdemalion

Solo comedy show Tatterdemalion’s Henry Maynard is charming, ridiculous, adorably pathetic and completely enchanting as he frolics about excitedly miming out conversation to audience members... 

Dante's History of the Banished

Dante's History of the Banished

Dante’s History of the Banished is framed around the conceit that Dante Alighieri, legendary poet who penned the Divine Comedy, is writing a new book about the titular ‘banished’, knowing something about the experience himself... 

Give Me Your Love

Give Me Your Love

A dirty, disused room, empty except for a box with lots of holes in it. What we don’t know is that Zach, an army veteran played by David Woods, is hiding inside the box and refuses to come out of it... 

Mixed Brain

Mixed Brain

As a white Irish person, reviewing a person of colour’s experience of their treatment in the UK feels disingenuous. However, Nathan Byron in Mixed Brain makes this piece about him, a boy who calls Shepherd’s Bush his home and through questioning his own identity helps to explain the concept of identity and belonging as a whole to his audience... 

Parlour Games

Parlour Games

Parlour Games is a classy, original and nostalgic piece of theatre brought to us by Tooth+Nail, a company comprised of four talented Jacques Lecoq graduates. This company use physical theatre, low key acrobatics, torches, shadow play and vintage subtitles to present this stunning piece... 

The Black That I Am

The Black That I Am

Taking a leaf from Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues, The Black that I Am is a compilation of stories that delve into the minds of various women and their experiences of being black in the modern day... 

Jogging

Jogging

Hanane Hajj Ali is a Lebanese performer with French citizenship who jogs daily to prevent osteoporosis, depression and obesity. In this show, as she navigates the streets of Beirut and traces familiar paths, Hajj Ali uses Greek myths and modern day examples to explain the roles of actor, mother, wife, refugee and citizen... 

Locus Amoenus

Locus Amoenus

Locus Amoenus is a poignant, slightly absurdist masterpiece in dramatic irony, in which the audience watches three strangers on a train slowly, unknowingly, going towards their deaths... 

The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk

The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk

A show about the evocative powers of art must be particularly effective in practicing what it preaches. Emma Rice’s final production with Kneehigh succeeds in being a delight for all the senses... 

On This Side of Time

On This Side of Time

Alyona Ageeva’s PosleSlov Physical Theatre Company presents the UK premier of this contemporary physical theatre performance. A member of the team takes to the stage to inform us that the piece is presented as a philosophical reflection on the relationship between humanity and time; a movement fable about life, death, love and love’s demise... 

Richard III (A One-Woman Show)

Richard III (A One-Woman Show)

It’s Shakespeare performed in a completely new way: a Shakespeare play condensed to the size of one woman, Emily Carding, and the way she deals with the audience.Carding is Richard III, and Richard III, Carding shows us, is the only thing Richard III is really about... 

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... 

One Good Soul

One Good Soul

Musical adaptations of other works often struggle to either make themselves distinct or justify their existence. One Good Soul, an adaptation of Brecht’s The Good Person of Szechwan, struggles in a different way, because the tone of the adapted work seems to be in almost constant battle with the tone of the additions, namely the music... 

Barry Cryer and Ronnie Golden: Just the Two at Six

Barry Cryer and Ronnie Golden: Just the Two at Six

In terms of comic legends, and certainly in terms of comic writing, the name of Barry Cryer is right up there. The fact that he still has a long running comedy radio series and can demand sell out audiences for his own shows, only confirms his high status in British Comedy... 

Adam Kay – Fingering A Minor on the Piano

Adam Kay – Fingering A Minor on the Piano

Adam Kay used to be a doctor and he wants to tell us all about it. Following his sell-out show last year he is back for two weeks only to reprise Fingering A Minor On The Piano. The title is ambiguous, and turns out it has nothing to do with the show... 

Turntable / Edinburgh

Turntable / Edinburgh

Michael John McCarthy’s Turntable is a project that has been touring Scotland for four years now, with the simple premise that music can help total strangers open up to one another... 

There Were Two Brothers

There Were Two Brothers

Part confessional monologue, part lecture and part nostalgic trip back to the days of the BBC’s Jackanory, there’s no doubt that There Were Two Brothers is a funny, personal—yet surprisingly universal—exploration of fraternal relationships... 

Me, as a Penguin

Me, as a Penguin

Tom Wells’s Me, as a Penguin, performed this August by Exeter University Theatre Company, is both a fun and melancholy look at loneliness, love and family. Stitch is living with his heavily pregnant sister Liz and her unprepared husband Mark in Hull, trying to give his social and sexual identity the space it needs to bloom... 

Anyone's Guess How We Got Here

Anyone's Guess How We Got Here

Barrel Organ’s new show Anyone’s Guess How We Got Here feels like a natural development of the company’s practice and philosophy whilst also managing to delve into a very different tone and genre... 

The Tinder Tales

The Tinder Tales

Produced by Connie Stride and co-directed by Emily Ashbrook and Elizabeth Bailey, The Tinder Tales excels in making genuine experiences appear visceral.All eight actors make great use of the space afforded to them... 

Woolf

Woolf

Many scholars and philistines alike think they have a good understanding of Virginia Woolf – a suicidal bisexual who used too many semicolons. While Theatre With Teeth’s new look at her life does not particularly challenge any of these notions, as a piece of theatre this is an extraordinary, ephemeral fifty minutes that left me re-examining my thoughts not only about Woolf but also about literature and its purpose... 

Hannah Gadsby – Nanette

Hannah Gadsby – Nanette

This isn't a comedy show, it's raw storytelling. I've never left a stand-up hour needing to go and have a private little cry in the venue toilet before, but Gadsby leaves you feeling overwhelmed, humbled, and very, very angry... 

The Edelweiss Pirates

The Edelweiss Pirates

A touching piece of theatre, the young performers of Parker & Snell Youth Company have created an effective retelling of The Edelweiss Pirates and their struggle during the Second World War in Hitler’s Germany...