Notorious Women of Brighton

Notorious Women of Brighton

For so long the history books have been written by men and about men, and Royal Pavilion guide Louise Preskett aims to correct this imbalance with a 90 minute amble through Brighton sharing stories about the pioneering women in this 'golden triangle of women's history'... 

Joseph Morpurgo: Hammerhead

Joseph Morpurgo: Hammerhead

I’ve been to more than my fair share of post-show Q&As. I’ve seen tipsy actors trying not to embarrass themselves, conversations chaired by a host who can’t stop fawning over their guests, auteurs trying to shoehorn their prepared anecdote into the answer for any question they’re given and stars bemused after being shuffled from place to place as they come to the end of another long media junket... 

Boxman

Boxman

We see homeless people every day in Brighton, on the street and in our parks, trying to build a ‘home’ out of the small number of possessions with which they surround themselves... 

Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears

Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears

If you ever wondered what a fantastically dark comedy musical mash-up of the traditional tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears and the classic 1998 film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels would be like, then look no further... 

Mortified

Mortified

There are two types of children in school: those that are openly weird and those that pretend to be normal to conceal their weirdness. Some people have blanked out all the terribly horrific and embarrassing events which happened to them as a teenager, but thankfully there are others who meticulously documented every thought and feeling they had while dealing with hilariously difficult and awkward situations... 

Love Letters to Rappers

Love Letters to Rappers

Ever find yourself singing along to music on the radio and then realising the lyrics are kind of messed up? Do you know the words to all of Eminem’s songs but some bits you rap just a little quieter than the rest? Then Love Letters to Rappers by The Ugly Girls Club is for you... 

The Morning After the Life Before

The Morning After the Life Before

24th May 2015 was the day that Ireland became the first country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage by popular vote. It was a great moment in LGBT+ history. That a country with a deeply homophobic religious framework could vote for equality in this way was truly inspiring... 

Blue Sky Thinking

Blue Sky Thinking

Grab a mediocre coffee from the vending machine and make your way into the all-too-familiar world of the office worker. It’s not exciting, but then again… how can it be? Blue Sky Thinking follows Penny’s transition from a creative into a corporate robot as she takes up an office job to pay off debt accumulated by her boyfriend, Rob... 

Victorious

Victorious

Driving home from Victorious last night (Hannah Brackenbury’s one-woman Victoria Wood tribute show) I wondered: if Wood could have chosen someone to celebrate and showcase her work, and demonstrate its influence on future comedians, who would it be? I’m pretty sure Hannah Brackenbury would have been on her shortlist... 

Herbie's Jazz Breakfast

Herbie's Jazz Breakfast

Herbie Flowers’ Jazz Breakfast was nothing like I had anticipated. With a ticket reading 6+, I was expecting a family-oriented brunch with smooth jazz playing in the background. Instead, I stood in a winding line with no one under the age of 40 present, besides myself, preparing to enter a circus-like tent to enjoy a boisterous jazz concert... 

Culpeper's Medicine Garden

Culpeper's Medicine Garden

In beautiful May sunshine, a large group of us gathered at the Coach House to join herbalist Sara Jane Glendinning and musician Jo Burke for a walk up Whitehawk Hill.Before we set off, Sarah Jane explained that the walk was inspired by the 17th century radical herbalist Nicholas Culpepper... 

Murdered by Murder

Murdered by Murder

The scene is set. It’s Christmas Eve at Drenchblood Heights, the home of the gentile Lady Titan (Genevieve-vieve!) and her rambunctious husband, Lord Titan, and they’re waiting for the invited guests of their murder mystery party to arrive... 

Big Berg

Big Berg

Eleanor Westbrook embodies what I love about the Fringe. Theatre-maker, performer and queen of silliness, she has created a wonderfully surreal and genuinely funny one-woman-show in her offering Big Berg... 

Hymns for Robots

Hymns for Robots

Hymns for Robots is a play about the life of Delia Derbyshire, played by Jessie Coller, the uncredited mind behind the Doctor Who theme tune and the mother of electronic music. This eccentric piece follows the equally eccentric Delia’s career and life... 

Courtney Act: Under the Covers

Courtney Act: Under the Covers

If you’re familiar with Courtney Act you’ll know there are many strings to her bow; on RuPaul’s Drag Race we witnessed a formidable competitor, who sang, danced and modelled her way to the top three of her season... 

Morning is Red

Morning is Red

Morning is Red begins as an analysis of the human psyche when affected by the terrors of life on the Front Line, depicted though the the exchange of stories between three characters serving in World War I... 

Police Cops In Space

Police Cops In Space

Forget Spaceballs, there is a new sci-fi comedy champion in town. This sold-out show from lauded comedy trio The Pretend Men, explodes onto the stage and doesn’t slow down until the final moment... 

The Polished Scar

The Polished Scar

Are leaders born or are they raised? The latter would seem to be the case in Duncan Henderson’s excellent one man play The Polished Scar. On a minimal set, with only a table and a chair to create a myriad of scenes, the play opens with an MP addressing the House of Commons... 

Always, With a Love That's True

Always, With a Love That's True

Wired Theatre follow on from their show last year, And Love Walked In, with this new sequel, Always, With a Love That's True. A wonderful piece of Fringe theatre performed under the direction of Sylvia Vickers, you certainly don't need to have seen the previous show to appreciate the brilliance of this one... 

Kemptown Carnival: The Resonators + Barnacles Ensemble & Guests

Kemptown Carnival: The Resonators + Barnacles Ensemble & Guests

A quick Google search defines the word resonator as something that “produces a deep, full, reverberating sound.” This certainly chimes with the performance given by The Resonators at this year's Brighton Fringe... 

What We Leave Behind

What We Leave Behind

Death is the only truly universal subject. Yet on stage we so often only see it as the customary end to a Shakespearean tragedy or a punch line to a particularly distasteful joke. It is rare that we experience theatre talking about death in a down-to-earth and, well, normal way... 

Joe Black - Touch of Evil: A Celebration of Villainy in Song

Joe Black - Touch of Evil: A Celebration of Villainy in Song

Let’s get the review part over and done with; this was going to be a five star review from the moment I saw the title Joe Black - Touch of Evil: A Celebration of Villainy in Song... 

Persuasion

Persuasion

As guilty pleasures go, a dose of Austen is probably as guilt free as they come. Frequently re-adapted and re-consumed she may be, but her works remain as comforting as a mug of tomato soup and a fleece dressing gown... 

Secrets from Within the Human Body

Secrets from Within the Human Body

So to the campus at Sussex University on a mellow May evening and specifically to a lecture theatre in the Brighton and Sussex Medical School for an hour long talk delivered by Dr Claire Smith, Head of Anatomy; Dr Andrew Dilley, Senior Lecturer of Anatomy; and Ms Catherine Hennessy, Teaching Fellow of Anatomy... 

Help! I Think I Might Be Fabulous

Help! I Think I Might Be Fabulous

The bench seating in the Bosco theatre fills up very quickly around me; it’s obvious that word has got out about Alfie Ordinary and his award winning show. Alfie comes on stage (twice) to rapturous applause in an entirely sequinned school uniform, giant black eye lashes and a platinum bowl cut and his affable, sweet charm wins the audience over entirely... 

Foodies Festival Brighton

Foodies Festival Brighton

The UK's biggest Foodies Festival returned to Hove Lawns this sunny bank holiday weekend. If you love a free sample then you are going to love Foodies Festival. You don't even have time to be bashful about asking... 

A Spoonful Of Sherman

A Spoonful Of Sherman

There’s a light bulb moment in A Spoonful Of Sherman when you realise its magic lies not within its high production values, exquisite lighting, fantastic set, immaculate choreography or supremely talented cast, but with the memories these songs ignite... 

Faulty Towers The Dining Experience

Faulty Towers The Dining Experience

On arriving at the Strathmore Hotel, my companion and I are directed to the bar to secure our drinks order for dinner and to wait until Mr Faulty arrives to seat us. I’m immediately grinning at the thought of the iconic incompetent hotel manager’s imminent appearance... 

Not Today's Yesterday

Not Today's Yesterday

Using a combination of Bharatanatyam (an Indian classical dance style) and contemporary, interpretive dance, this show is a feast for the eyes, ears, heart and soul. Dancer Seeta Patel and choreographer Lina Limosani have created a piece that manages to feel ancient and yet completely of the moment... 

Movin' Melvin Brown: A Man, A Magic, A Music - The Story continues!

Movin' Melvin Brown: A Man, A Magic, A Music - The Story continues!

Rich acapella singing opens this show as Melvin Brown takes to the stage. He cuts a dashing figure in his red suit and white tap shoes and, as ever, there’s that deep rumbling laugh that peppers his stories... 

Yummy

Yummy

The audience in The Box at The Garden of Unearthly Delights is clearly ready to party and expectations for a great show are high. Luckily the Yummy cast are here to deliver the most spectacular drag extravaganza, leaving us screaming for more and hoping that, one day, we might be anywhere near as fabulous... 

The Very Circusy Caterpillar

The Very Circusy Caterpillar

Everyone thinks of children when they think of circus and yet so many shows are completely unsuitable for younger children; they’re either too bombastic and overwhelming or the fusion of circus, theatre and art is completely inaccessible to a small child who isn’t fluent in clowning and the finer arts of contemporary dance... 

The Unfair Advantage

The Unfair Advantage

Meeting at a prearranged location in Gluttony to await being led to a secret spot, the small audience for this intimate performance – including myself – are intrigued. Harrison Milas appears and immediately puts us at ease... 

Showtime from the Frontline

Showtime from the Frontline

Most stand-up comedy these days is based on the lives of the people standing behind the microphone, albeit reshaped to varying degrees to ensure their material matches the “rule of three” defining all the best jokes in the world – essentially a beginning, a middle and the wrong ending... 

Beginning

Beginning

Two desperately lonely people open up to each other at the end of a house warming party and eventually become a couple. This is a modern tale about a depth of loneliness that eats away at the protagonists, making them unable to function normally within a relationship... 

The Sound of Music

The Sound of Music

The Sound of Music is a beautiful, uncomplicated musical about courage, love and doing the right thing, and this production is a beautiful, uncomplicated rendition that stays true to its heart... 

Bananaman

Bananaman

This show is ‘appeeling' to all. It has incredible comedy, fantastic songs, an excellent cast and some truly garish costumes. Bananaman The Musical is an absolute must see. Aimed at ages 6+, like The Simpsons in it’s heyday, Bananaman The Musical has the impressive ability to be both scandalously naughty yet entirely family friendly... 

Doktor James’ Kristmas Karol

Doktor James’ Kristmas Karol

Christmas is the time to embrace your inner child and Doktor James’ Kristmas Karol provides the perfect excuse. Sitting amongst an audience consisting almost entirely of children and their parents I resigned myself to an afternoon of cringingly childish jokes, embarrassingly needy performers and long suffering parental sighs... 

Grimly Handsome

Grimly Handsome

At times I question The Royal Court for programming plays aimed solely are the pretentious and the seasoned theatre critic. There are times it almost seems not to care about any other audience "not smart enough" to get how clever it is, and there is a sense of it behaving like an exclusive club which holds the key to understanding complex wordplay and bizarre visual metaphor that are becoming so common to its output as to veer towards self-parody... 

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

If you’re looking for a reason why Panto is the one time of year theatres can guarantee bums-on-seats, then Bromley’s Snow White is surely a perfect example. A big-budget production that meticulously ticks all creative boxes to ensure every punter leaves the auditorium with the widest of grins and feeling just that little bit more Christmassy... 

Knock Knock

Knock Knock

This one hour solo performance was a truly mesmerising and moving experience. From the opening moments when Nev Petel mimes a simple action accompanied by the sound of his voice humming, we are transfixed by his world and his story... 

Bomb Happy

Bomb Happy

Bomb Happy is a verbatim victory. As one of the veterans proudly reminded us after the play, it is their words alone that form the script with "nothing added and nothing taken away"... 

Network

Network

Here we have a play, based on a film, about television, with heavy use of video (live, recorded and even outside broadcasting), incorporating social media, onstage DJs and audience members cooked and served dinner live in the restaurant situated stage left... 

The Toxic Avenger

The Toxic Avenger

The Toxic Avenger – The Musical doesn’t take itself seriously. Indeed, any attempt to take it seriously is entirely missing the point. Set in a putrid, foul-smelling waste dump (ie, New Jersey), this romp of politically incorrect madness is self-aware, self-depreciating and above all, unreservedly hysterical... 

Follies

Follies

British audiences have had to wait a long time to finally figure out what Sondheim’s backstage musical Follies is. Any clues in the original 1971 Broadway Cast recording were thwarted by Capitol Records’ purely commercial decision to shoehorn it onto a single LP, lobotomising it in the process... 

We Are Ian

We Are Ian

There’s something both hilarious and poignant about the dynamic between younger and older generations, the way in which the older relate the tales of their own youth to younger naive ears, the way we are nostalgic for eras we never lived in and the way in which history often repeats itself... 

Nina Conti: In Therapy

Nina Conti: In Therapy

Nina Conti’s In Therapy is a hysterical and intelligent piece of improvised comedy that plays with the idea of what would happen if we actually said our uncensored thoughts out loud... 

Circled in the Radio Times by John Osborne

Circled in the Radio Times by John Osborne

TV has a special place in our hearts, for comforting us on a very personal level, and for giving us the communal experience of watching and talking about it. It is part of our national identity; all brits look at Inspector Morse or Eastenders or James Bond as a distinct part of their culture, whether high or low... 

The Ballad of Paragon Station

The Ballad of Paragon Station

Theatre is always at its most powerful when you feel truly transported into someone else’s reality. This is exactly what The Ballad of Paragon Station achieves through its profound story and captivating performance... 

Steen Raskopoulos – The Coolest Kid in Competitive Chess

Steen Raskopoulos – The Coolest Kid in Competitive Chess

Steen Raskopoulos makes no effort to be cool on stage. This is a wise decision in a show heavily based on audience interaction, as he repeatedly makes the crowd feel comfortable interacting with him in the multiple sketches that require their help... 

Paul Dabek – Encore!

Paul Dabek – Encore!

Dabek is an old-school showman; his banter is honed to a bleeding edge and you can easily imagine him holding forth on classic Saturday night TV, perhaps as a guest on The Paul Daniels Magic Show or The Royal Variety Performance... 

Semi-Toned: Stay Tuned

Semi-Toned: Stay Tuned

If the boys of Semi-Toned ever tire of a cappella they could always take up comedy. Their new show, Semi-Toned: Stay Tuned, has all the smooth harmonies expected of this stunning ensemble woven into a humorous scenario of dry wit, repartee and self-effacing rhetoric... 

Lear

Lear

It is brave to reimagine Shakespeare, in particular arguably his greatest tragedy but Lear by John Scott Dance is a deeply moving, subtle and superbly performed interpretation of Shakespeare’s play through physical theatre, dance, speech and fragments of text focusing in modern terms onhow we treat old age and dementia... 

Girls

Girls

Deeply political, magnificently performed and filled with tense action and witty dialogue, Girls manages to grip and amaze the audience with its characters and powerful message from start to finish... 

Nina Conti: In Your Face

Nina Conti: In Your Face

Ventriloquist extraordinaire Nina Conti is back with her famous masks, ready to use you as her puppet. Managing to remain delightfully witty whilst also extracting uncontrollable belly-laughs, In Your Face is a surefire crowd-pleaser... 

Sylvia Plath, Your Words Are Just Dust

Sylvia Plath, Your Words Are Just Dust

The Bathtub Heroine presents an incredibly biting piece of new writing telling the life story of tormented poet, Sylvia Plath. The audience is led on a journey through five chapters of Plath’s writing as known through her poetry and her semi-autobiographical novel The Bell Jar... 

Afterhours Comedy: Amused Moose Comedy

Afterhours Comedy: Amused Moose Comedy

Different top-tier comedians take to the stage each night to deliver five to ten minutes of their material. The night I saw had Paul Sinha, Mark Simmons, the musical duo Flo and Jo, Stephen Bailey and Jack Gleadow perform under Mark Dolan’s skilful compering... 

Locker Room Talk

Locker Room Talk

Delve into an hour of real Locker Room Talk, a term made infamous by Donald Trump, and allow yourself to be immersed into the murky and dark world of everyday sexism that society doesn’t seem to want to admit to... 

Hotter

Hotter

Hotter is a stellar exploration of the body, intimacy and what makes all of us feel hot. Ell Potter and Mary Higgins, a genius duo, have devised a hilarious and heartbreaking production that isn’t afraid to tackle subjects considered taboo in some circles... 

All We Ever Wanted Was Everything
BOBBY WINNER

All We Ever Wanted Was Everything

As the friend with whom I went to see the show so emphatically said, All We Ever Wanted Was Everything is ‘everything’. Heart-wrenching and heart-warming all at once, the production was half-live-music-gig, half-theatrical performance: almost all of the actors swapped in and out of playing the drum kit and electric guitars that took up the best part of Roundabout’s lower seats... 

Our Carnal Hearts

Our Carnal Hearts

Our Carnal Hearts is a wicked and totally absorbing cathartic purging experience, exalting the darker shades of humanity that dwell within us all. Particularly focusing on seething green-eyed envy and our burning desire for distraction... 

Action at a Distance

Action at a Distance

Confronting head-on complex ethical dilemmas that co-exist with modern Western imperialism, this new play written by Rory Horne is urgent, engaging and also deeply entertaining. Based around the experiences and motivations of out-of-work plumber Chris in Nevada, desperate to support her ill and emotionally cold mother, the narrative develops from a life-changing meeting over the internet with vigilante data analyst Josh... 

Spencer Jones: The Audition

Spencer Jones: The Audition

Spencer Jones is a genius but I’m not sure why. In his latest show The Audition he combines all of the best elements of his previous shows; object manipulation, loop pedal and recordedsounds and songs, and very silly faces and noises... 

5 Soldiers

5 Soldiers

Nestled in the artsy comfort of the Fringe bubble, it is all too easy to forget about the murmurings – or in some cases, bellowings – of war that have been thrown back and forth across our doorstep this past month... 

Hope Hunt and the Ascension into Lazarus

Hope Hunt and the Ascension into Lazarus

A double-bill of extraordinary power and originality, Hope Hunt & The Ascension into Lazarus performed by Belfast-based Oona Doherty, gets beneath the hard exterior of disaffected youths to the humanity beneath in a show which achieves the hard act of being visceral and in-yer-face but also tender... 

Mary, Queen of Scots

Mary, Queen of Scots

“All I knew was the playground song Mary Queen of Scots got her head chopped off,” says opera singer Louise Macdonald, “until I started learning Schumann’s Maria Stuart Lieder with renowned pianist, Malcolm Martineau, OBE... 

The Sensational David Bowie Tribute Band

The Sensational David Bowie Tribute Band

As far as tributes go, David Bowie is an ambitious project to undertake and one not to be done so on a whim. But this would not prevent the eight musicians I witnessed from achieving eminence... 

Requiem for Aleppo

Requiem for Aleppo

There are a few moments in your life when it dawns on you that you are experiencing something very unique and special and being an audience member for Requiem for Aleppo was one of those once in a lifetime experiences for me... 

Under My Thumb

Under My Thumb

CultureClash Theatre consume the audience in Cassiah Joski-Jethi’s gripping political play Under My Thumb. Directed meticulously by James Haddrell, we are locked in a dark, dank and oppressive basement, ‘The Snug’ – Assembly Roxy’s new theatre space – along with six women who have been imprisoned for their crimes against society... 

Dean Friedman – Songs for Grownups

Dean Friedman – Songs for Grownups

Dean Friedman is currently playing his fourth year running in the Apex Hotel in Grassmarket, although he has been performing at the Edinburgh Fringe for years before that.The evening started after a welcome back from Friedman to lots of familiar faces... 

Elixir

Elixir

This is what the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is all about. From countless overheard snippets of audience conversation after the show, I think I speak on behalf of all of us when I say that we left having been thoroughly flirted with and won over by Head First Acrobats... 

Wild Bore

Wild Bore

For a theatre piece to be perfect for some people, it has to be horrible for others. There is no way to create art that some find beautiful without others finding it offensive and lacking in merit... 

Spank!

Spank!

I spent last night from the hours of midnight to 2am being belittled, insulted and berated in every way I could imagine. I was kissed on the mouth by a bearded man named James. I was mocked for my accent and told off for my reviewer’s notebook and pen... 

Pre-View

Pre-View

Traverse Theatre is currently hosting rehearsed readings of pieces from graduates at the University of Edinburgh’s Playwriting Masters course. The work of the emerging writers is performed and directed by professional directors and actors bringing the scripts to life – excellently... 

Rhapsodes

Rhapsodes

Back for another year, Adam Meggido and Sean McCann of Showstoppers! fame return to wow us with what is possibly the most impressive improvisational feat at the Fringe.In each show, the two men compete and cooperate in their daily endeavour to create a Shakespearean masterpiece from scratch... 

Pike St.

Pike St.

I’ll make no bones about it: Pike St. is brilliant. Nilaja Sun, the show’s writer and solo performer, left Summerhall’s Roundabout Theatre to whooping, cheering and rapturous standing ovation in what is a true testament to the power of this 75 minute tour-de-force... 

Glitter Punch

Glitter Punch

Some Riot theatre's new play is a rollercoaster of love, loss and the passion and pain of being young that hooks you from the first word, makes you fall in love with it then breaks your heart in the process... 

No Miracles Here

No Miracles Here

In a tiny stage at the back of Summerhall, The Letter Room, in association with Northern Stage in Edinburgh, brings a feet stomping, hand clapping, spirit raising show to the fringe festival... 

Working Method – Enkidu Khaled

Working Method – Enkidu Khaled

Part of Summerhall’s Big in Belgium season, Working Method is an interactive piece which explores the process of making art. Enkidu Khaled is a Belgian-Iraqi theatre-maker. In this show he draws on personal experience and outlines a four-step method to show the audience how to translate their ideas into staged works... 

Gunshot Medley

Gunshot Medley

“Black lives matter!” Hold it there and let that well-known refrain ring in your head, along with the image it conjures up in your mind. What sort of play are you anticipating? I can almost guarantee it won't be Gunshot Medley... 

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... 

Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams

Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams

A bed sits in the centre of the huge Lafayette big top at Underbelly’s Circus Hub. The Man in the Moon appears on a small, circular screen and tells us of two boys (who promptly appear on stage) and how they dreamed of being in the circus... 

Walls

Walls

It begins with a simple yet beautifully plucked tune followed by eerie voices echoing out until they fill the room. And then comes a voice, a man reading out his letter to David Cameron, appealing to the old prime minister to let him cross the English Channel and finally find a home in the UK... 

Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons

Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons

This cleverly written piece by Sam Steiner may be back for a third year at the Fringe, but Walrus Theatre has still managed to create something fresh in this wonderful, captivating and original play about how and why we use language... 

Out Of Love

Out Of Love

Written by award winning playwright Elinor Cook, Out of Love is a stunning piece of new writing which conveys the absolute power of female friendship, something which is often overlooked in favour of romantic storylines... 

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... 

(FEAR)

(FEAR)

(FEAR) grabs your attention as soon as you enter the venue. Every single detail of the design has been utterly thought out. Large red blocks, spelling FEAR, in capital letters look stunning against a black background... 

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... 

Lord Dismiss Us

Lord Dismiss Us

Scottish award-winning playwright and novelist Glenn Chandler’s best-known work might be television detective series Taggart, but he also has a string of successful plays and productions to his credit... 

Nina – A Story About Me and Nina Simone

Nina – A Story About Me and Nina Simone

1960s America. A hot day; 38 degrees in the shade. We certainly feel the heat in this piercing, soulful production at the Traverse theatre.Josette Bushell-Mingo writes and performs in this one-woman show, using Nina Simone’s music and political acts to make parallels with today’s society and question how far we have really come... 

Alice Marshall: Blood

Alice Marshall: Blood

Alice Marshall is a master of character comedy. Her new show Blood (Best Comedy Award winner at this year’s Brighton Fringe) introduces us to a whole host of fascinating individuals: Greta, an anti-love ‘relationship guru’; Maria, a Spanish airline hostess; Unity, elderly, rich and writing her memoirs; Louise, socially awkward to almost inhuman levels; and Simon, a fully inhuman bird of paradise... 

Border Tales

Border Tales

Following a turbulent year of politics and current affairs, this year’s Fringe programme is unsurprisingly loaded with all manner of shows trying to make sense of the world in 2017... 

Un Poyo Rojo

Un Poyo Rojo

If you want a bit of light relief from Fringe shows taking themselves too seriously, come to this hilarious, technically mind-blowing piece which calls itself physical theatre but defies genre... 

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... 

Hopeless

Hopeless

Hopeless goes back to Leyla Josephine's roots as one of the most interesting young spoken word artists in Scotland.Leyla is the previous U.K. Hammer & Tongue Slam Champion as well as becoming a viral sensation with her video I Think She Was a She... 

Taiwan Season: Together Alone

Taiwan Season: Together Alone

An exquisite piece, Together Alone, danced nude by Zoltán Vakulya and Chen-Wei Lee of Art B&B, is a profound meditation on relationships through a sensitive exploration of the body, its muscular tensions and constraints and the simple joy of its beauty... 

Tribe

Tribe

Temper Theatre once again return to Edinburgh to gift audiences with a performance well worth three times the ticket price. Gripping the question of human origins, not a single second is wasted in this fast-paced, breathtaking exploration of genesis... 

The Humours of Bandon

The Humours of Bandon

This show is a delight. Storytelling with a tiny bit of dance taking us behind the scenes of the competition world of Irish dancing. Produced by Fishamble, Dublin’s New Writing theatre, which brought the five star Underneath to Edinburgh in2015, The Humours of Bandon is equally knock-out and Margaret McAuliffe, the writer and performer is a star... 

Fall Out

Fall Out

Founded by Avalon Rathgeb, Fall Out is tap-dancing like you’ve never seen before. A spectacular, breath-taking show. Not top hat and tails (though there may be bow-ties), nor cane in hand but with all the flair and charm of Fred Astaire transformed into jazz from Oscar Peterson’s Tin,Tin Deo to Kanye West’s Blame Game performed to a live band on stage... 

Frogman

Frogman

Frogman is an oceanic coming-of-age drama split between two time frames. Meera, an adult and coral ecologist on the Great Barrier Reef, is detained by police for questioning on the role her father (the eponymous Frogman, the name for a police diver) might have played in the disappearance of a young girl called Ashleigh many years ago...