History Boys

History Boys

Alan Bennett’s play, The History Boys, is about a group of eight history pupils in a Sheffield grammar school who are preparing to take their Oxbridge entrance examinations. The headmaster is very keen for as many of the boys as possible to get places so that the school will rise up the academic league table... 

Jesus Christ Superstar

Jesus Christ Superstar

Jesus Christ Superstar is based on the last week of Jesus’ life as documented in St. John’s Gospel, from the arrival of Jesus in Jerusalem to his execution. The focus of the musical is very much on an ideological and personal battle between Judas Iscariot and Jesus... 

Dracula

Dracula

Oh dear, how disappointing. This started out so well but I ended up feeling very let down.The play is set in an asylum in the late 19th Century. Among the patients are Renfield and Harker, characters from the original Dracula story... 

Cherry Orchard

Cherry Orchard

Chekhov’s play, The Cherry Orchard, is about changing times and how people adapt, or fail to do so. An aristocratic landowning Russian family has been struggling financially for some time... 

Azincourt

Azincourt

This play is about the battle of Agincourt, but from an unusual perspective, that of the boys who were employed to haul the King’s baggage. The author’s research has shown that there were many boys accompanying the English troops... 

Secret Garden

Secret Garden

Norfolk Youth Music Theatre has a history of successful Fringe productions, including The Enchanted Lovers – A New Dido, based on Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas and Little Shop Of Horrors... 

Hamlet! The Musical

Hamlet! The Musical

Hamlet! The Musical has been around for a few years now, since being first introduced to the Fringe in 2001. It has come to be regarded as a way of introducing the story both to teenagers and to those adults who wouldn’t dream of going to see a ‘straight’ Shakespeare play... 

Dumb Waiter

Dumb Waiter

Two hit men are in a dismal basement in Birmingham, waiting for instructions from Wilson, their mysterious and unseen boss, about their next hit. Ben is the senior member of the team and Gus his junior... 

Call Mr. Robeson

Call Mr. Robeson

Paul Robeson was a great singer and actor and, throughout his whole life, a political activist on behalf of black, poor and working-class people everywhere. Because of his political activities he was attacked by the US Government, prevented from working and had his passport taken away for eight years... 

Mikado

Mikado

Gilbert & Sullivan’s opera The Mikado was written over a hundred and twenty years ago but still entertains all around the world and particularly in North America. As it happens, the last Mikado I saw was a modernised version staged in The British Club in Bangkok, performed by a mixed British, American and Thai cast to a similarly mixed audience, which thoroughly enjoyed it... 

Edge

Edge

This short play deals with the issue of teenage suicide and is in support of Childline.A young man is on the roof of a tower block. He steps on to the parapet, possibly preparing to jump... 

Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein

Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein

It seemed very strange to be watching something called 'An Adult Evening' at 9.15 in the morning but that was probably appropriate for this production.Shel Silverstein was an American poet, singer-songwriter, cartoonist, musician and author, particularly of children’s books... 

Midsummer Night's Dream

Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays and there’s probably hardly a day when it isn’t performed somewhere in the world. In other words, there’s quite a lot of competition (two others at the Fringe alone) and it’s always worth asking the question as to whether we need yet another version... 

Life is Full of...

Life is Full of...

Life Is Full Of…. is a set of thirty very short sketches. Sheets of pages with the numbers 1 to 30 are hung at the back of the stage. A member of the audience calls out a number, that number is torn down and the sketch relating to that number performed... 

In Memory

In Memory

Gresham’s is a private school in Norfolk which has been in existence for well over four hundred years, with notable alumni including WH Auden and Benjamin Britten. For most of the last fifteen years it has been bringing productions to Edinburgh... 

Bang Bang You're Dead

Bang Bang You're Dead

Bang Bang You’re Dead is largely based on a shooting in Oregon in 1998, in which a fifteen-year old boy killed his parents and then two of his fellow high school pupils, injuring many others at the same time, although it also contains references to other high school shootings of the same period... 

Guys and Dolls

Guys and Dolls

Guys and Dolls is based on the well known Hollywood film and stage musical. The storyline is set in the 1940's around a couple of gamblers who are involved in the oldest permanent floating craps game in New York City... 

Godspell

Godspell

The musical is based upon the life of Jesus as described in the Gospel according to St Matthew, with parables from St Luke’s Gospel also included. The musical was first produced in 1971 and has since appeared in numerous productions around the world... 

Reginald D Hunter:The Only Apple In The Garden Of Eden And Niggas

Reginald D Hunter:The Only Apple In The Garden Of Eden And Niggas

Because Of Reginald D Hunter’s greater exposure on television, particularly on Have I Got News For You, there are large, sell-out crowds for his show at Udderbelly ‘s Pasture. However, anyone expecting the gentle comedy act seen on TV may be in for a big surprise... 

The Bubble

The Bubble

Shrewsbury School has a reputation for successfully staging ambitious, new musicals at the Fringe. This year’s production of The Bubble, although wholly appropriate for the current economic climate, is not entirely new, having been previously brought to Edinburgh in 2002... 

After Magritte

After Magritte

After Magritte is a very short, surreal comedy by Tom Stoppard, inspired by the paintings of Rene Magritte.The play is set in a the sitting room of Reginald and Thelma Harris’s suburban house... 

Hamlet

Hamlet

This production of Hamlet is greatly abridged in order to fit Shakespeare’s longest play into a seventy-five minute slot. Although this shows in one or two places, such as Hamlet’s trip to England which lasts only about one minute, it means that the story moves rapidly, with barely a moment’s pause... 

Burke And Hare - A Musical Play

Burke And Hare - A Musical Play

Burke and Hare – A Musical Play is based on the true story of Edinburgh’s notorious murderers William Burke and William Hare. The story is set in the 1820’s when Edinburgh is becoming wealthy and has many grand new buildings but also a great deal of squalid accommodation and slums in the Old Town... 

Shakespeare Shattered

Shakespeare Shattered

Shakespeare Shattered is performed by the Mainstage Theatre, Washington, as part of the American Highschool Theatre Festival.Three male and three female actors perform excerpts from various Shakespeare works... 

Amadeus

Amadeus

Amadeus tells the story of the last years of Mozart’s life, when he was living in Vienna, and of his death, possibly at the hands of his rival composer Salieri. The play was written by Peter Shaffer and in 1984 made into a successful, Oscar winning film by Miloš Forman... 

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

In recent years Gordonstoun School has put on entertaining versions of some of Shakespeare’s darker plays (Macbeth – That Old Black Magic and Hamlet – Shadow Of A Man). This year it’s the turn of that rather jollier offering, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and once again it’s a great success... 

Musical Of Musicals (The Musical!)

Musical Of Musicals (The Musical!)

Musical Of Musicals (The Musical) is performed by the Woodlands High School Theatre, Texas, as part of the American High Schools Theatre Festival. It is a parody of various musicals in five acts, each in a different style... 

Is The Daily Mail Dead Yet?

Is The Daily Mail Dead Yet?

Is The Daily Mail Dead Yet? is a stand up comedy show which is intended to be a hilariously liberal attack against the Mail and other similar voices of outdated, emasculated racists... 

Billy Budd

Billy Budd

This play is from the book of the same name by Herman Meville, about life and death on a British warship during the Napoleonic Wars. It describes the tragic repercussions of the meeting of pure good, in the form of Billy, and pure evil, in the form of Master-at-Arms Claggart... 

Terry Pratchett's Lords And Ladies

Terry Pratchett's Lords And Ladies

Terry Pratchett’s Lords And Ladies is part of his hugely successful Discworld series. In some ways it’s one of the darker stories, which might seem odd in that it features elves, who are normally seen in fantasies as lighthearted, friendly creatures, mischievous at worse, but here they are thoroughly amoral, taking delight in killing, but preferably as slowly as possible... 

Clive James In The Evening: More To Say

Clive James In The Evening: More To Say

Clive James returns to Edinburgh with two daily shows, a lunchtime chat show for those who want to see him in one-to-one conversation with guests and an evening one-man show in which he talks about his life, career and ambitions and also briefly about some of the stars he’s interviewed... 

Oliver!

Oliver!

Lionel Bart’s Oliver! does not, in my opinion, get all the credit it deserves. Although it was written fifty years ago, it still seems fresh and exciting and there’s no reason why it shouldn’t still be performed in another fifty years, which is not necessarily the case for many of the famous musicals of recent years... 

The Jigsaw

The Jigsaw

Jigsaw is a play about a youth theatre group which has decided to put on a play at the Edinburgh Festival. The play chosen by the group is Spring Awakening, based on the play written in 1891 by Frank Wedekind... 

Quaternary

Quaternary

This is a difficult play to review as it is very clever and well-acted but also hard to understand. The easiest way to explain it is probably to reproduce part of the programme notes:Quaternary depicts moments of epiphany in the lives of four friends during a trip to Iceland to see a glacier – said to be ‘the first breath of God frozen at the site of creation’... 

Ragtime

Ragtime

Ragtime is a musical set in the USA in the early years of the 20th Century, when racism was more blatant than it is today and civil rights movements were barely under way. Initially we are introduced to a suburban New York family that lives in a totally white area... 

Dames At Sea

Dames At Sea

Dames At Sea is a parody of the 1930 Hollywood movie musicals. It features, among other things; Ruby, a poor, naïve girl from Utah turning up in New York intending to become a Broadway star; Joan, a wise-cracking chorus girl; Dick, a sailor who is also an aspiring song writer and Mona, a temperamental diva... 

Flowers For Algernon

Flowers For Algernon

Flowers For Algernon is based on a short story by Daniel Keyes. Charlie, who has an IQ of 68, becomes the subject of an experiment to increase his intelligence. The experiment works but only for a limited time, and Charlie is faced with the knowledge that his new self-awareness and intelligence is draining away... 

Morecambe

Morecambe

This is a one-man show covering the life and death of Eric Morecambe, still regarded as Britain’s funniest comedian twenty-five years after his death.Most people remember Eric Morecambe as half of Morecambe and Wise, appearing on television in shows that were watched by more than half the population, but it took them years to get to that position, years of struggling, working in clubs and on the radio and even unsuccessfully on TV... 

The Pirates Of Penzance

The Pirates Of Penzance

Next to The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance is probably the best known and most loved Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, with songs that everyone knows and can sing along with such a ‘A policeman’s lot is not a happy one’ and ‘I am the very model of a modern Major-General’... 

Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451 is based on the book of the same name by Ray Bradbury and is set in a future time when all books are banned. Any books found are burned and whoever reads them is treated as a criminal and faces potential execution... 

Guys And Dolls Junior

Guys And Dolls Junior

Guys and Dolls is well known both as a Hollywood film and a stage musical. The storyline is set in the 1940's around a couple of gamblers who are involved in the oldest permanent craps game in New York City... 

Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story!

Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story!

Buddy is the story of the last three years of Buddy Holly’s life, from when he made his first record at the age of 19 to his death, at 22, in a plane crash. The story is told mostly through Buddy Holly’s own songs, with a few other contemporary songs from the Big Bopper and Richie Valens also included... 

All In The Timing

All In The Timing

All In The Timing is a collection of one act plays by David Ives, each lasting around ten minutes. They are performed by A J Dimond High School from Anchorage, Alaska, as part of the American High Schools Theatre Festival... 

The Fall Of Man

The Fall Of Man

The Fall Of Man is a reinvention of Milton’s Paradise Lost, set in a bedsit in 2006. It tells the story of an Eastern European woman who has come to England to work for a couple, primarily assisting the wife and looking after the children... 

Still Breathing

Still Breathing

2Faced Dance Company has been one of the major successes of the Fringe over the last few years, with several critically-acclaimed sold-out shows. This year they are back at Zoo Southside with a new show, called Still Breathing... 

Academy Of Death

Academy Of Death

Academy Of Death is one of two musicals at this year’s Fringe in which the major theme is body-snatching in Edinburgh in the 1820’s, the other being Burke And Hare – A Musical Play... 

Anomie

Anomie

Precarious is a young, Bristol-based company which seamlessly combines physical theatre and contemporary dance with modern technology. Its performances at the Fringe over the last two years have been extremely well received by both critics and audiences and the company is becoming well-known nationally... 

An Ofsted Inspector Calls

An Ofsted Inspector Calls

An Ofsted Inspector Calls is set in the Sir Christopher Woodhead Memorial Secondary school just prior to, and during, the visit of three inspectors from Ofsted. The school is perhaps not the most efficient – its fireworks displays usually end up with the accidental burning of its neighbour’s fence and outbuildings, the police and fire brigade are on almost permanent call and a school trip to France has resulted in the disappearance of the French mistress and the entire group of children... 

Show Down

Show Down

Show Down is a contemporary dance show based upon Irving Berlin’s Annie Get Your Gun. It is performed by The Bang Group from New York, five men and three women, and introduced by David Parker... 

Pythonesque

Pythonesque

Pythonesque is a tribute to Monty Python’s Flying Circus, forty years after it first appeared on television.The show is ostensibly based upon the life story of Graham Chapman. The premise is that after he died of cancer he was kept waiting outside the gates of heaven while his career was reviewed to see if he was worthy of entering heaven... 

Harry!

Harry!

Harry’s father is the chief executive of a cardboard box factory and he expects Harry to join the family firm and do a proper job, but Harry is a dreamer who is more interested in acting... 

Return To The Forbidden Planet

Return To The Forbidden Planet

This musical is based on the old B movie, The Forbidden Planet, which was itself loosely based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest. The action takes place on the Star Ship Albatross, which is under the control of Captain Tempest... 

Monsters

Monsters

Monsters is set in Livingston in 2022, four years into a civil war taking place in Scotland. Stephen and his gang have been hiding out in a disused hall while up in the hills war is raging between the Monster’s Militia and the British Government Army... 

David Almond’s Clay

David Almond’s Clay

Davie and Geordie are two teenage boys, the best of friends, just getting to the point in their lives where they begin to establish relationships with girls. Life would be fine if not for the existence of Mouldy and his gang who constantly pick on them... 

Hamlet: Shadow of a Man

Hamlet: Shadow of a Man

This version of Hamlet is set in a high school classroom, where a group of schoolchildren decide to act out the play, partly to prove to their more sceptical colleagues that plays are not necessarily boring... 

A Slice Of Saturday Night

A Slice Of Saturday Night

Viva Youth Theatre have an excellent record of success at the Fringe. Two years ago they performed a fun musical, ‘Back to the Eighties’, about an American High School Prom. Last year, in a much more serious vein it was Willy Russell’s ‘Blood Brothers’... 

Melvin Burgess - The Baby and Fly Pie

Melvin Burgess - The Baby and Fly Pie

This play is set in England, but in some kind of frightening, futuristic police state. A group of children, called the Rubbish Kids, work as scavengers on rubbish tips. Their lives are protected by Mother Shelley, who pays the death squads to leave them alone... 

Missing Mel!

Missing Mel!

Youth Music Theatre make a welcome return to George Square, where their last production was the brilliant Goblin Market in 2005. The large company really needs this big stage just to provide enough space for all the talented performers on view... 

The Wind Tamer

The Wind Tamer

Archie Stringweed has just reached his tenth birthday. As ever he receives a parcel by post from his uncle Rufus, an explorer who has been away from England for many years. This year he manages to answer the door to the postwoman before his parents can get there and opens the parcel to find a gold coin, which his parents take off him... 

Little Shop Of Horrors

Little Shop Of Horrors

Seymour Krelborn, a florist’s assistant, has his life turned around when he comes across an unusual plant after an eclipse of the sun. Naming the plant ‘Audrey II’ after the salesgirl who is his love... 

State Of Matter

State Of Matter

Broadway Baby gave 2FaCeD DaNcE Company five stars for each of their last two Edinburgh productions, in 2005, for Acetylene, and in 2007 for State Of Matter. The message is now clearly getting out... 

Hamlet

Hamlet

UT Serveris Seges Theatre Company is a community drama group which has evolved from Sandbach School Theatre. It composes former pupils, colleagues and other interested individuals... 

Much Ado About Something

Much Ado About Something

This play, which is an updated version of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, is set amongst the staff in a modern secondary school, Hazel Valley. There are several elements to the play, intertwined with each other... 

The Inconvenient Truths

The Inconvenient Truths

This production is from the Denver School of the Arts. It is a collection of fourteen scenes, written and presented by the students themselves based on their own experiences of childhood and adolescence... 

Tom Jones

Tom Jones

This is a very abbreviated, comic production of the eighteenth century novel by Henry Fielding. It is performed by Bonny Eagle High School, Standish, Maine.The play begins with the birth of Tom Jones, or more accurately the finding by Squire Allworthy of a newly born child in his bedroom in Somerset... 

Hiawatha

Hiawatha

This production is directed by Jeremy James Taylor, founder of the National Youth Music Theatre and is an adaptation by Michael Bogdanov of Henry Longfellow’s epic poem .This is a gripping performance from the moment the cast appears, chanting native American songs and dancing down the aisles on to the stage... 

Columbinus

Columbinus

This play explores the events leading up to and during the day of 20th April 1999, when two teenagers murdered thirteen of their fellow students at Columbine High School and then killed themselves... 

Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus is Shakespeare’s earliest tragedy and one of his most bloodthirsty plays. It was banned in Victorian Britain for being too violent, featuring rape, mutilation, cannibalism and many deaths... 

Alexander

Alexander

The two plays can be seen as complete plays in their own right or as two parts of a whole. They are not suitable for anyone under 12.Alexander is a new verse play, written and directed by Margaret Pritchard, and performed by a cast of ten... 

Paul Merton's Silent Clowns

Paul Merton's Silent Clowns

Paul Merton introduces a selection of silent film classics, featuring Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd and Laurel & Hardy. He finishes with ‘Sherlock Junior’, a forty five minute long film starring Buster Keaton... 

Autumn Of Love

Autumn Of Love

This production is a set of four or five unconnected stories about love, enjoyed, gained, lost and destroyed. It is written and performed by students from Yucaipa High School, Yucaipa, California... 

Shakespeare’s R and J

Shakespeare’s R and J

The play opens with four American boarding school boys preparing for the start of their day and we are then taken briefly through it, from church through their daily classes. This is done very effectively by having the cast sit on four boxes on the stage and moving around to denote each change of class... 

The Emperor’s New Clothes

The Emperor’s New Clothes

This show is loosely based on the story by Hans Christian Anderson. The action takes place in some unnamed European country, ruled by an Emperor. The Emperor and his Empress are both very vain and only interested in themselves and their clothes... 

Jekyll and Hyde

Jekyll and Hyde

Forth Children’s Theatre have been performing at the Fringe for many years and this is their 30th production. Previous years’ productions have sold out and this is likely to do so as well... 

Five Go To Edinburgh Again!

Five Go To Edinburgh Again!

This show is very much a stage version of Five Go Mad In Dorset, the first Comic Strip production on Channel 4, except that much of the action is transferred to Scotland.The famous five are off spend their holidays by the seaside with their aunt and uncle but when they get there they discover that their uncle, a nuclear scientist, has disappeared... 

Mort

Mort

Mort is a young man whose father is trying to find him an apprenticeship at the apprentices’ hiring fair. Mort is not the most intelligent person in the world and nobody is willing to take him on until, at the very end of the day, just as his father is about to give up, a potential employer makes contact... 

Footsbarn's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'

Footsbarn's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'

One of the joys of the Edinburgh Fringe is that every year there are new adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays, which often throw up new ideas and new ways of looking at these old favourites... 

Andrew Lawrence – Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There

Andrew Lawrence – Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There

Andrew Lawrence is a young, talented stand-up comedian who has already had two successive if.comedy award nominations. His new show is ostensibly about how ambition and hard work can ruin your life, but is actually a meandering ramble covering everything from his birth to Osama Bin Laden to Madeleine McCann... 

King Lear: The Pantomime

King Lear: The Pantomime

Gresham’s have been performing at the Fringe for many years and have a history of approaching traditional works in a new way. This is no exception; who else would consider turning one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies into a pantomime?Much of the basic story is retained... 

Because It's There

Because It's There

This is a play about Hal, who climbs without ropes. We never actually meet Hal but we learn all about him from his father-in-law, his son, his friends and fellow climbers.The play opens in Siberia, where a group of climbers, including Hal, are about to start climbing a mountain... 

The Picture Of Dorian Gray

The Picture Of Dorian Gray

Dorian Gray is probably Oscar Wilde’s most well-known work. Jealous of his own portrait because, unlike him, it will never grow old and ugly, Dorian Gray offers to sell his soul so that he will always be young and beautiful... 

Rich Hall: Fifty-Cent Words

Rich Hall: Fifty-Cent Words

Rich Hall is familiar to most of us mainly through his work as a comedian on TV, particularly on panel shows. However, he is also a talented and successful writer. In this show, he reads extracts from his best-selling book ‘Things Snowball’ and his forthcoming ‘Magnificent Bastards’... 

Opera Shorts

Opera Shorts

Opera Shorts was created in late 2007 with the objective of creating a platform for young up-and-coming composers in Scotland. This programme stages the world premieres of four new operas... 

Hair!

Hair!

This is the fifteenth successive year that Youth Arts Leicestershire have been performing at the Fringe. Their productions are always worth looking out for.Hair! Is very much a musical of the 1960’s but comes over surprisingly well in this production... 

The Boy Friend

The Boy Friend

This musical was first performed in 1954 but is set in the late 1920’s or early 1930’s. It takes place in Nice, on the beach and in the Villa Caprice School for young ladies, on the day of the carnival ball... 

Danton's Death

Danton's Death

Danton was one of the architects of the French Revolution and was instrumental in the execution of the King, his family and other aristocratic leaders. However, he became unhappy with the Reign of Terror, which swept over France and led to widespread and, he felt, unnecessary executions... 

Hotel World

Hotel World

The play is set largely in and around a hotel, part of the Global Hotel chain. It tells the story of an accidental death and its impact on others.The play opens with a dimly-lit scene of two or three people talking around a hole in a wall, below which there is apparently a deep drop... 

FNGR-SPK

FNGR-SPK

This is a production about the modern phenomenon of text messaging on mobile phones. The cast explores the use of text messages in relationships, both in initiating and ending them, and the paradox of young people, who hardly ever write letters but send hundreds of text messages, using their own shorthand language... 

Blood Brothers

Blood Brothers

The play is about twins separated at birth and brought up in very different environments. Despite their mothers’ wishes they meet as children and keep in touch, to some extent, throughout their lives, which ultimately leads to a terrible tragedy... 

Private Peaceful - Michael Morpurgo

Private Peaceful - Michael Morpurgo

This brilliant one man show covers the entire, short life of Tommo Peaceful, from starting school until his execution by firing squad in the First World War, at the age of around sixteen... 

Romeo And Juliet

Romeo And Juliet

This production starts off with a bang. The Montagues are lined up along one wall by the side of the audience while the Capulets line up along the other. The music starts – Frankie Goes To Hollywood singing Two Tribes Go To War – and both sides begin running around and through the audience, fighting each other as they go... 

The Boy Friend

The Boy Friend

This musical was first performed in 1954 but is set in the late 1920’s or early 1930’s. It takes place in Nice, on the beach and in the Villa Caprice School for young ladies, on the day of the carnival ball... 

Brimstone & Treacle

Brimstone & Treacle

This play is about a couple, Tom and Amy, whose lives have been disrupted by a hit and run accident which has left their daughter, Patricia, in a coma. For two years, Amy has been looking after her at home and the couple have become reclusive... 

All Fall; All Falling

All Fall; All Falling

An amnesiac is being interrogated. He knows nothing, not his name or address, not even his favourite colour. He was found near a woman’s body; did he kill her? He doesn’t know... 

Murder On The High C's

Murder On The High C's

This fun production satirises Agatha Christie type murder mysteries, The Love Boat and even Titanic (an iceberg does appear at the end).It starts with the passengers arriving for a two week trip... 

Force 9 ½

Force 9 ½

Two years ago Youth Music Theatre: UK performed the acclaimed ‘Goblin Market’, a big-budget musical with stunning scenery and costumes, which had a long run in a large theatre. This time, by contrast, they give only two performances in a theatre workshop of a work in development... 

Blood from Stone

Blood from Stone

This production is set in a museum. A tour guide shows the last visitors out of the museum but doesn’t notice that one woman visitor, Faith, has remained behind, hiding. She goes off deeper into the museum... 

Boy & His Axe

Boy & His Axe

The play is set entirely in the middle of the night in the caretaker’s storeroom of a school in the North of England. Spinner is an intelligent boy but a dreamer and storyteller and is acting as lookout for a robbery for Slap and Bree, two school dropouts and petty criminals... 

45 Minutes

45 Minutes

The play is set in 2003. It opens to the sound of gunfire and the voices of Chamberlain, Churchill and Thatcher, invoking the Second World War and the Falklands War. We then hear a radio announcement that Saddam Hussein has launched weapons of mass destruction against Britain and in 45 minutes everyone will die... 

Dead Living

Dead Living

The central premise of the play is that there is an afterlife which everyone goes to after they die. Not a Heaven or Hell, but another life. They stay in this world for as long as there is someone alive who knew them and remembers them, so it can be anything up to sixty or seventy years... 

Zombie Prom

Zombie Prom

This fun musical is set in a 1950’s American High School and shows how true live can survive, even after death!The action takes place in 1958 at Enrico Fermi High School. The costumes are simple but totally authentic for the period; all the boys are wearing slacks, shirts, ties and sweaters and the girls are wearing blouses and skirts... 

The Enchanted Lovers – A New Dido

The Enchanted Lovers – A New Dido

This is a cut-down, updated version of Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas, created by Howard Goodall in 1986 for the South Bank Show.Dido is the queen of Carthage and has recently been widowed... 

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern ... Survived?

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern ... Survived?

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are stranded alone on a small desert island. They have no idea how they got there or when they arrived; they’re not even completely sure which is Rosencrantz and which Guildenstern... 

Jason And The Argonauts

Jason And The Argonauts

This is the story of Jason and the golden fleece. Jason was deprived of the expectation of his throne by his uncle Pelias, and was brought up by a Centaur named Chiron. When he grew up he went to his uncle to reclaim his kingdom and was told that he could have it if he gave his uncle the golden fleece, which had come from a magical ram... 

AINE ... (tigone)

AINE ... (tigone)

This play is inspired by Sophocles’ Antigone but has been updated to 1970’s Belfast at the height of The Troubles. Republican gang leader Charlie is responsible for the deaths of his nephews Eamonn and Padraic and that of Padraic’s fiancée Deryn... 

Our Country's Good

Our Country's Good

This play is set in a penal colony in eighteenth century Australia. In order to reduce overcrowding in prisons, Britain has decided to transport criminals to Australia, where they will be forced to create a new colony... 

American Poodle

American Poodle

This production is split into two parts of thirty minutes each. In the first part, Guy Masterson covers the history of the United States, from its discovery in the twelfth century by a Welshman (he was looking for Ireland, but missed) up to the present day, concentrating largely on the War of Independence... 

Seriously. Pet Shop Boys. Reinterpreted.

Seriously. Pet Shop Boys. Reinterpreted.

For this production the songs of Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe are stripped of their high-energy content and reinvented as cabaret or musical theatre. It works surprisingly well.The music has been rescored for a grand piano and string quartet, providing a sumptuous sound... 

A Dark And Stormy Night

A Dark And Stormy Night

This is a very unusual and enjoyable production. It recreates a live Halloween night radio show from 1944, with the audience playing the part of the radio show audience.The stage is laid out as an old-fashioned radio studio, with several large, floor-standing microphones at the front and a row of desks at the back... 

Jewish Cabaret

Jewish Cabaret

Daniel Cainer plays keyboard and guitar, sings and tells stories about the beginning of Judaism, Jewish migration and his childhood experiences.The performance opens with a song in which God is having a dialogue with Abraham, who is seen as the father of Judaism... 

Razor Edge - Nottingham Youth Dance

Razor Edge - Nottingham Youth Dance

Nottingham Youth Dance was created to provide young dancers from the East Midlands with additional training and performance opportunities and to develop the level and quality of dance training... 

Age of Angels

Age of Angels

The play looks at an incident in Los Angeles, starting from a minor accident with a football and ending in mass murder. It does this by telling the story of ten individuals involved, one at a time – a sex offender, girl, studio executive, handicapped boy, trucker, mentally ill man, candidate’s worker, young bully, motorcycle policeman and finally an angel... 

The Liars

The Liars

The Liars is set in a near future where homosexuality has become the norm. Families consist of two same-sex parents and one or two children. All men have to donate sperm to enable women to be impregnated by IVF and each woman has to have two children at some time in her life... 

After Electra

After Electra

This play is a newly written sequel to Eugene O’Neill’s “Mourning Becomes Electra”. It is set in the Mannon family home where Lavinia is still living, shut off from the world, after the violent deaths in the house of her mother, father, brother and mother’s lover... 

Grimm Tales

Grimm Tales

Gresham’s school is performing at the Fringe for the 13th consecutive year. This production includes a selection of stories from the Brothers Grimm, including Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and Snow White... 

Arcadia

Arcadia

Arcadia is set in one location, a country house named Sidley Park, but in two different times, the early nineteenth century and the late twentieth, with two sets of characters who never meet but interact through books, poems and jottings in an exercise book... 

Odyssey

Odyssey

Twin bothers Pyrrhus and Tol are extremely close but their mother’s death causes them to take different paths, ultimately leading to betrayal and death.The play opens with the two brothers, spraying graffiti and shoplifting... 

Dickens Unplugged - The Complete Works of Charles Dickens (abridged)

Dickens Unplugged - The Complete Works of Charles Dickens (abridged)

This show was written by Adam Long, a founder member of the Reduced Shakespeare Company. It attempts to cover, or at least mention, every one of Charles Dickens’ books as well as telling his life story in performance and song... 

Bacchic

Bacchic

Tamsin Shasha, the artistic director and co-founder of Actors of Dionysus, is the sole performer in this play. Her only prop is a rope hanging from the ceiling, which she climbs, knots and hangs from while playing all the parts... 

Monkey Boy Saves The Planet

Monkey Boy Saves The Planet

This play, written and directed by Kevin Holladay, makes broad fun of politicians, reporters, TV presenters and others. It begins with three girls finding a strange creature on a park bench... 

‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore

‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore

John Ford’s seventeenth century play is still controversial even today, with its central element being incestuous love between brother and sister. It is also very violent, with death and mutilation portrayed graphically and shockingly... 

About Suffering They Were Never Wrong ... (The Trojan Women)

About Suffering They Were Never Wrong ... (The Trojan Women)

This is the story of the women of Troy, the day after the Greeks have captured the city using their Trojan horse. All the men of Troy have been killed by the Greeks, the city is in ruins and the women are lamenting the loss of their husbands and worrying about what will happen to them... 

A Number

A Number

In this play by Caryl Churchill a hospital discovers the long-lost records of twenty male clones made thirty-five years earlier. This discovery leads to battles between the cloned men and between them and their genetic father... 

Aaron Berg Presents Macbeth

Aaron Berg Presents Macbeth

This performance is by a group of students from Stanford University in California. It is played in modern dress but uses the original Shakespearean verse. There are only six actors so each has to play multiple characters, with the except of the lead actor who remains throughout as Macbeth... 

Perfect Children

Perfect Children

It is the school year 2506-7 at Apple Valley Preparatory School. The graduation class is almost perfect, the product of centuries of genetic engineering. Will the arrival of the new headmistress, the mysterious Miss Lucy Michaels, and her two assistants, hold the secret to the final step? What is the price of perfection?This production, a musical with elements of ballet integrated into it, was written specially for the Fringe, by the director and students at Pine Crest School in Florida... 

The Road

The Road

The Road is an original modern dance piece from the Andover Dance Group that explores a fast-paced digital world as foil to the world of dreams and possibilities. Created by choreographer Judith Wombwell, the show incorporates projections by visual artist Stephen Wicks... 

Reflex Action

Reflex Action

Reflex Action is a quick-fire send-up of theatrical conventions, traditions, and techniques. The plot concerns two characters, Itchy and Knee, who discuss the mystery of a place called Woodpecker Plateau, which has no woodpeckers and is not a plateau... 

Yearbook: The High School Musical

Yearbook: The High School Musical

This musical does not have a linear narrative, but presents a series of scenes and songs showing events that take place during the last year of high school. Tri-School Theatre On Purpose is an arts training school for students at Cornelia Connelly, Rosary and Servite high schools in California and this is their first visit to Edinburgh... 

Upon Close Inspection

Upon Close Inspection

This is Lawrence Dance Academy’s second time at the Fringe, having previously performed Town in 2003.The company consists of fifteen dancers, one male and fourteen female. They perform a number of loosely differentiated movements, such as Work Lines, Dream Time, and Mothers, Children, Circles... 

Closer Than Ever

Closer Than Ever

This production, of songs by David Shire and Richard Maltby, takes an unconventional look at various kinds of relationships, including love, family, obsession, friendship and rejection... 

Frankenstein!

Frankenstein!

This musical tells the story of Mary Shelley, her marriage to Percy Shelley and the inspiration for her novel Frankenstein. Shrewsbury School has previously brought seven successful productions to the Fringe... 

Think No Evil Of Us: My Life With Kenneth Williams

Think No Evil Of Us: My Life With Kenneth Williams

A recreation, by David Benson, of scenes from Kenneth Williams’ life, together with episodes from his own childhood. This one-man show begins with some standard, familiar impersonations of Kenneth Williams... 

Holes

Holes

Youth Arts Leicestershire has been coming to the Fringe for thirteen years. It aims to develop quality participatory performing arts activities for young people aged five to twenty five... 

Love Me, Dorothy!

Love Me, Dorothy!

The action is set in the Emerald Shitty nightclub somewhere in Australia, hosted by drag queen Patty O’Furniture. The audience is asked to cheer each time the name Emerald Shitty is mentioned and to boo every mention of Venus Vegas, the nightclub owner and former lap-dancer... 

Macbeth: That Old Black Magic

Macbeth: That Old Black Magic

A modern interpretation of Macbeth, with atmospheric effects, bright lights and the songs of Frank Sinatra. However, the plot has been changed as little as possible and it is mostly in Shakespearean language... 

Back To the Eighties

Back To the Eighties

The action is set in and around William Ocean High School during the 1980’s. Corey Palmer, now in his thirties, is looking back affectionately at his last year in school, leading up to the highlight, the school prom... 

Passion

Passion

The story is set in 1860s Italy, in and near Milan. At the centre of the plot is a love triangle consisting of Georgio, a soldier, Clara, his mistress and Fosca, his colonel’s cousin... 

Iphigenia

Iphigenia

This production, a one person show by Lisa Turner, tells the story of Iphigenia, using Gluck’s music and dance. The intention is to integrate choreography into the dramatic progression of the piece... 

Paul Merton’s Impro Chums

Paul Merton’s Impro Chums

Paul Merton, Lee Simpson, Suki Webster, Richard Vranch and Jim Sweeney improvise for an hour using suggestions from the audience.It would be difficult for any comedy show starring Paul Merton not to get five stars, even more so when he is accompanied by such a group of quick thinking performers from the Comedy Store Players... 

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead is based upon the two characters who appear sporadically in Hamlet. Stoppard’s play considers their lives away from these appearances, where they inhabit a kind of limbo, on the edge of important events which only occasionally draw them in... 

Young Macbeth

Young Macbeth

This production condenses the entire story of Macbeth into a frantic hour, beginning with Macbeth and Banquo coming across the heath and meeting the witches, and ending with Macbeth’s death and Malcolm’s accession to the throne... 

The Hired Man

The Hired Man

The Hired Man is set during the first quarter of the Twentieth Century when many country people worked on the land or in the pits. A real sense of community was forged by hardship and the lack of technology... 

Aladdin

Aladdin

This is a production of the well-known story of Aladdin, performed by the Burklyn Youth Ballet from New Jersey, who have been coming to Edinburgh for five years. The story opens in the palace where the princess is looking for a husband... 

Working

Working

Adapted from a book of interviews with American workers by Studs Terkel and first performed in 1978, Working explores American working life through the actual words of those interviewed... 

Nick Mohammed - The Forer Factor

Nick Mohammed - The Forer Factor

In his second appearance in Edinburgh, Nick Mohammed brings an all-new set of characters to his one-man show. It is funny in parts but not all the characters work and some get over-used... 

Ben Elton - The Musical

Ben Elton - The Musical

The show is set entirely to parodies of songs from well-known musicals and classic 80s pop hits. This was not endorsed by and does not feature Ben Elton. Before the show begins there is an audio introduction by Dan Thomas, during which he says “an hour of this shit to get through”... 

The Pierglass

The Pierglass

The Young Pleasance company celebrates its tenth birthday with the return of this award-winning show, its first revival since it won a Fringe First Award in 1994. It’s 1865. A motley theatrical troupe led by Orlando Ballyvicks has arrived in the small seaside town of Porchester to perform for a week at the local theatre... 

Sex, Lies & An 80s Tribute Band

Sex, Lies & An 80s Tribute Band

A travel writer returns to Scotland after twenty years travelling the world. But why does he want to re-form his band that split in 1983? Is there more to it than a deep-rooted desire to play a couple of Duran Duran covers at St John’s Parish Hall? Neil Stevenson used to be a member of a band in the 1980s but gave it up to become a travel writer... 

Caesar Twins

Caesar Twins

Blonde twins Pablo and Pierre Caesar performs athletic stunts and physical feats, usually wearing as few clothes as possible. Before the show begins, the audience is urged to send text messages to the twins... 

43 Plays For 43 Presidents

43 Plays For 43 Presidents

The careers of all 43 Presidents of the USA, from George Washington to George Bush, covered in an hour and a half. The DeKalb School of the Arts is a specialist high school in Georgia which only selects students who have attained both high academic and artistic standards... 

This Is So Not About The Simpsons

This Is So Not About The Simpsons

Harry Shearer and Judith Owens are fascinated by America’s obsession with democracy, free markets and cosmetic surgery. Harry Shearer has had a long and successful career in Hollywood, including writing and appearing in This Is Spinal Tap... 

VHS: Death To DVD

VHS: Death To DVD

The writer and main performer, Richard Sandling, has appeared once before at the Fringe. This is his first appearance in his own show. He plays Rich, a video shop owner, who believes that VHS is superior to DVD, in the same way that vinyl is superior to CD... 

Godspell

Godspell

This is the first visit to the Fringe for this young company from Lytham St Annes, Lancashire. The company is made up of 15 to 18 year-olds from King Edward VII and Queen Mary schools... 

Ketzal

Ketzal

The performance begins in what appears to be a prison camp. A number of dancers are dressed in white, lying on the floor. From there they move into a huge black bin bag where they are seen, apparently naked, through a window... 

Lost Property

Lost Property

This is a new, all-male company making its first visit to the Fringe. It is based at City College in Coventry. The show demonstrates, through dance, typical scenes from young men’s lives: drinking, fighting and isolation... 

The Real Inspector Hound

The Real Inspector Hound

The Old Gaol Theatre Company was created in 1978 in Abingdon’s Old Gaol building. The Real Inspector Hound is their fourth production to appear at the Fringe. Like other Stoppard works, it blurs the distinction between two worlds, in this case the world of two hard-bitten critics and that of the country-house murder mystery they are reviewing... 

Brokeback Britain

Brokeback Britain

An Australian and an American talk about what they like about living in Britain (drinking and sex) and about what they dislike (almost everything else).Australian Pete Jonas and American Erich McElroy moved independently to the UK six years ago... 

The Laramie Project

The Laramie Project

In October 1998, Matthew Shepard, a gay student at the University of Wyoming, was beaten and tortured to death near Laramie. The murder received massive attention all around the world... 

Honk!

Honk!

The Royal Holloway Music Theatre returns for its ninth consecutive year. Honk! by Drewe and Stiles, is a musical reworking of the children’s classic, The Ugly Duckling. When Ugly hatches from his egg, his siblings and the other ducks on the lake are horrified at his drab appearance... 

Into The Hoods

Into The Hoods

Stephen Sondheim’s musical Into The Woods is updated to an urban setting, telling the story of two children lost in the ‘hood’. An evil landlord befriends the children and offers to look after them and help them get home if they will work for him... 

Street Life

Street Life

In this UK premiere of Streetlife, French choreographer Lorca Renoux works with an eclectic ensemble of dancers representing the various hip hop dance styles in Germany today. The performance is set in a city where graffiti isn’t illegal, where anyone can draw wherever they like and each street is awash with millions of colours and phrases... 

Too Darn Hot

Too Darn Hot

More than forty talented and enthusiastic performers sing and dance a medley of Broadway show tunes, on and off the stage. The Roosevelt Theatre Ensemble is a High School company from Seattle, Washington...