Normal is an Illusion

Normal is an Illusion

The concept of normality in relation to sanity and the individual is truly fascinating, and Normal Is An Illusion certainly introduces these ideas with thought and contemplation. Set in an institute for the criminally insane, we meet a number of the staff and patients through individual and group therapy sessions and are invited to question what exactly is 'normal'... 

Not the Horse

Not the Horse

The story of a young man falling in 'deep shit' with a notorious gangster is something we see in movies all the time, and the influence of this is clear in Not the Horse. This show simultaneously seems like a tribute to Guy Ritchie and something from the strangest depths of the imagination, leaving you laughing and seriously questioning your sanity... 

Richard III

Richard III

Richard III is one of the most fascinating Shakespeare plays I know, and it is always interesting to see new interpretations by different companies. The text itself is incredibly complex and deals with very mature themes, so it seems like a play that could be a nightmare for such a young company to perform... 

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Students of Cambridge University have reinterpreted Shakespeare's popular comedy, putting a darker spin on the story. Though this is a clever production with a lot of thought into questioning the form of Shakespearean comedy, there are aspects of the production that let it down... 

The Society of Strange

The Society of Strange

Every year the Fringe is swarming with many improvised shows, with very few original ideas. Fortunately The Society of Strange offers an unusual change to fans of improv with its dark twists and eerie storytelling that does stand out from the crowd... 

C'tait la Nuit

C'tait la Nuit

Sebastian was born in Paris, but raised by his adopted parents in the mountains of Tennessee. C'tait La Nuit is the coming of age story of a young man trying to find his true self in the heart of bohemian Paris... 

The Colours of Kenny Roach

The Colours of Kenny Roach

Kenny Roach is an artist, lecturer and alcoholic. His story is one of success, jealousy and frustration in this moving drama about the pressures and rivalries within the arts where relationships, even those closest to you, are put to the ultimate test... 

Lord Arthur Savile's Crime

Lord Arthur Savile's Crime

This adaptation of Oscar Wilde's short story combines the dark tale of Lord Arthur Savile's Crime with a slapstick comedy of manners, coming together rather nicely into a silly, yet entertaining production... 

The Tell-Tale Heart

The Tell-Tale Heart

Before the lights go down and the show begins, a voiceover warns us to expect ‘scenes of extreme horror’ as this retelling of Edgar Allan Poe's gothic tale begins. Combining physical theatre and gothic horror, Sherborne Young People's Theatre have constructed an interesting idea, but I dare say that fans of physical theatre and/or horror will be equally disappointed with this production... 

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

As one of Shakespeare's most popular plays, A Midsummer Night's Dream is a very common choice for the Fringe. Many companies try to stand out with bizarre interpretations and new gimmicks that stand out from the crowd... 

Closing Time

Closing Time

Site specific theatre is a great way to immerse an audience into the world that the piece creates. Being a play about a pub, in a pub, Closing Time does just that as it invites us to take a look at the individual lives that are all connected to it... 

Vampires in the Vault

Vampires in the Vault

Marty Ross returns to the Fringe this year with a new theatrical storytelling experience. Using nothing but the power of his voice and a few small rags, Ross narrates the story of Elizabeth Bathory, the infamous 'Countess Dracula' of Hungary... 

Hearts of Folk

Hearts of Folk

Folk music is often known for its depressing lyrics and melancholy tones, so a farcical parody of the genre seems unexpected. Yet it is a pleasant idea that could go down a storm.Hearts of Folk tells the story of a dysfunctional band on a dead-end tour who are carrying a dark secret... 

Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus

Shakespeare's bloody and infamous tragedy is a popular choice for many companies, so that new and interesting interpretations are vital for a production to stand out. Tripped Theatre's vision of Titus Andronicus has tried just that with a stylised and edgy production, at the cost of sacrificing the power and story of the play... 

The Gin Chronicles

The Gin Chronicles

Interrupt the Routine takes a trip back in time to the 1940s, where their broadcast of a new radio play The Gin Chronicles is about to begin. Sophistication, class and plucky British humour duly ensues, to great effect... 

Peter Pan

Peter Pan

Edinburgh Fringe is often filled with adaptations and remixes of classics, so it is very refreshing to see Tread the Boards Theatre Company bring J.M Barrie's children's' classic Peter Pan to life in a magical production that is true to the text... 

The Terrible Tale of the Twiddly Widdlies

The Terrible Tale of the Twiddly Widdlies

The weird, wacky and wonderful all come together in this fantastically strange new show. Written and performed by Clem Garritty and Oliver Jones, The Terrible Tale of the Twiddly Widdlies combines elements of theatre, sketch comedy and poetry to create a bizarre and exciting new production... 

Showbiz, or, Repeat Until Funny

Showbiz, or, Repeat Until Funny

A comedy that ironically centres around two failing comedians should find humour in the ineptness of these characters. Sadly Showbiz, or, Repeat Until Funny does not achieve this and we are left awkwardly watching the actors fishing for laughs in this disappointing production... 

The Art of Reduction and the Distillation of Humanity: Whisky Theatre

The Art of Reduction and the Distillation of Humanity: Whisky Theatre

The Whisky Anorak return this year with writer and performer John Mark's new piece of Whisky Theatre. Mark has written an incredibly clever show that fascinatingly combines the story of 20th century whisky with the bizarre counter cultures that emerged within the same period... 

Real Life Becomes a Rumour

Real Life Becomes a Rumour

This 'pitch black comedy' revolves around three unlikely friends sat in a room for what we believe is a friendly get together. Real Life Becomes a Rumour sets us up for a sinister twist that never seems to come and we soon realise that the production just doesn't go anywhere... 

Real Life Becomes a Rumour

Real Life Becomes a Rumour

This 'pitch black comedy' revolves around three unlikely friends sat in a room for what we believe is a friendly get together. Real Life Becomes a Rumour sets us up for a sinister twist that never seems to come and we soon realise that the production just doesn't go anywhere... 

The Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour

The Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour

The Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour is exactly what it says on the tin: an exploration of the streets, the sights and, most importantly, the pubs that have all influenced the city's rich literary scene... 

Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night

There are many productions of reimagined Shakespeare plays that try to add a unique twist to the Bard's work. I have seen many such interpretations of Twelfth Night, both successful and unsuccessful, and so was pleased to see that The Lincoln Company have just about managed to do it well... 

Lear's Daughters

Lear's Daughters

The Morton Players’ production of Lear's Daughters attempts to give an insight into the complex characters of Goneril, Regan and Cordelia from Shakespeare's King Lear by examining their childhood... 

Checkpoint 22

Checkpoint 22

In a field on the outskirts of Glastonbury sit Joel and Dave, recent university graduates, taking any work they can find. In this case, working security at Checkpoint 22.The show is a light-hearted look at graduate life, the struggles of leaving education and how to find your way in the world... 

CUT

CUT

Combining the intensity of a psychological thriller with the power of a theatrical poem is an intriguing notion, but CUT proves its effectiveness as the two come together in this electric performance... 

Festivus

Festivus

Trying to recreate the British music festival environment in a small Edinburgh theatre cannot be easy, but Signature Picture's Festivus gives it a damn good go.As far as staging is concerned, Festivus is pretty much perfect... 

Giant Leap

Giant Leap

The idea behind Giant Leap is fascinating: a group of writers attempt to pen Neil Armstrong's first words as America fakes the 1969 moon landing. All of the ingredients for a great performance are there, with a solid concept, risqué humour and an experienced comedic cast, but unfortunately it fails to capture an audience’s attention... 

O! Glorious Youth

O! Glorious Youth

It’s the early 20th Century, and dancing, drugs and violence are rife in London. O! Glorious Youth shows us the lives of bohemian adolescents around the end and aftermath of the Great War, revealing the darker side of the party... 

Weekend Rockstars

Weekend Rockstars

"This is the story of the best week of my life". So shouts the charismatic frontman as the band kick in and Weekend Rockstars, a punchy theatre-cum-rock gig hybrid, takes hold of us with a mighty opening... 

The Lost Art of Lost Art

The Lost Art of Lost Art

Amid a cluttered set that looks like a dirty old flat sits Edvard Munch's The Scream. How did it get there? It was stolen! The Lost Art of Lost Art tells the hilarious story of how three thieves struggle to sell the masterpiece whilst keeping the whole heist undercover... 

The School of Night: Rhapsodes

The School of Night: Rhapsodes

Improvisation in any context can be challenging, but throw in some Shakespeare and an incredibly complex collection of rhyming structures and it seems nigh on impossible. Yet improv extraordinaires Adam Meggido and Sean McCann spectacularly pulled it off... 

It's a Woman's War

It's a Woman's War

This show invites us to take a look at life in wartime Britain. It is the year 1916 and we follow several women through the stress and hardship of contributing to the war effort while trying to carry on with everyday life...