Awake

Awake

Karla is throwing a surprise birthday party for her husband Max with their closest friends. But Max has some terrible news. He’s only got weeks to live. Tonight he has to decide whether to tell his pregnant wife and their friends the truth, or whether he should keep the killer disease a secret and deal with it in his own way... 

How to Avoid Making an Entrance of Yourself

How to Avoid Making an Entrance of Yourself

Dot Howard’s entrance doesn’t come until right at the end of the show, which is exactly what you’d expect to happen in a show entitled How to Avoid Making an Entrance of Yourself... 

God of Carnage

God of Carnage

Boys will be boys, but their parents are not much better. 11 year old Ferdinand has attacked playmate Bruno in a French park because he is not allowed to join Bruno’s gang. Bruno is in shock and has lost a couple of teeth, but his parents invite Ferdinand’s parents over, hoping to resolve the dispute amicably... 

Popaganda

Popaganda

Richard Dedomenici’s winning comic formula combines silly games, fake songs, satirical mashups, topical pranks and bad gags. A performance artist at heart, the thread running through the show is his 2012 Fake Olympic Torch tour... 

Around Miss Julie

Around Miss Julie

It's rare that, at the close of a play, I'm still anxious to follow its characters around, still curious about their lives and where they lead but after the uproarious, somewhat abrupt close of Around Miss Julie, which follows the lives and loves of three Canadian actors as they rehearse an ill-fated contemporary adaptation (‘Miss Julie in a Snowstorm’) of Strindberg's famous story of class, sex, and brutality, I was left with the overwhelming desire to watch another episode - or several - in these characters' lives... 

Fleurs de Cimetiere / Age Freckles and Other Tall stories

Fleurs de Cimetiere / Age Freckles and Other Tall stories

Ageing is something that transforms us all on the outside and on the inside, but the whole process is much worse if you happen to be a woman. We live in a society obsessed with physical appearance and looking good... 

Head Over Heels in Saudi Arabia

Head Over Heels in Saudi Arabia

What do you do when your husband decides to take another wife? Well, if you live in Saudi Arabia, where men are legally permitted up to four wives, there’s not much you can do. It is, you see, one of the social responsibilities the kingdom’s men are charged with; single and divorced women must be married to avoid immorality... 

The Okavango Macbeth

The Okavango Macbeth

Imagine an operatic version of the Scottish Play set amongst an African baboon troop and you’ll have a vague idea of what ‘The Okavango Macbeth’ is like. Written by Alexander McCall Smith, creator of the Number One Ladies’ Detective Agency, the world premiere of the piece took place in 2009 in a repurposed garage in Botswana with a largely local amateur cast... 

All Roads Lead to Rome

All Roads Lead to Rome

The real star of this show sits outside throughout the performance. Chris Dobowolski has driven his old Triumph Herald all the way from Essex to Edinburgh for this live art show which tells the story of his family and the car which has been with him since his birth... 

Genesis/Golgotha

Genesis/Golgotha

Genesis /Golgotha brings together the stories of Eve - first woman on Earth - and Jesus of Nazareth in two complementary monologues. First up is Nancy Walsh as the great mother of all mankind, reminiscing about how life used to be in the beautiful Garden of Eden and the wonder of finding herself lying naked on the grass, newly-created... 

Confused in Syracuse

Confused in Syracuse

How could you not love a play in which a giant white centaur becomes separated from its backside after its umbrella is struck by lightning? Ridiculous and absurd from beginning to end, Confused in Syracuse is a physical theatre piece by St Petersburg-based OPS Theatre... 

Eugenie Grandet

Eugenie Grandet

Theatre is a sinful pastime and washing with hot water an extravagant luxury, so think yourselves lucky not to have been born in 19th century rural France. Balzac’s masterful novel Eugénie Grandet is named for the heroine and daughter of a mean winegrower who is trapped by her father’s ambitions to hold on to her and, most importantly, to his wealth... 

Indian Peter’s Coffee House

Indian Peter’s Coffee House

‘The Canty Hole’ might sound a bit rude to modern ears but it’s actually the title of a Robert Fergusson poem about Edinburgh. Fergusson describes the city during the holidays when the lawyers and professionals desert the city and ‘Indian Peter’s coffee room’ is empty of punters... 

Fantasy No. 10 - The Beauty of Life

Fantasy No. 10 - The Beauty of Life

Fantasy No. 10: The Beauty of Life is a piece which defies categories. Four dancer-performers, three men and one woman, interact through movement, words and song to convey what can be best described as a non-finished, absurd, yet meaningful ambiguity... 

Look Back in Anger

Look Back in Anger

John Osbourne’s classic Look Back in Anger is one of those plays which should probably come with a health warning for people with high blood pressure and a family history of heart attacks... 

The Confessions of Gordon Brown

The Confessions of Gordon Brown

It’s 5:40am by the clock on the office wall and Gordon Brown has some secrets to share before his first governmental meeting of the day. He’s statuesque and statesmanlike, with his red tie carefully tucked into his trousers and he speaks in a smooth, measured Scottish accent... 

Circles

Circles

Kate and Alex are a brother and sister with a story to tell. They are very close, alternating as siblings do between moments of touching affection and silly squabbles. The two tumble over each other, making good use of physical storytelling to transport us back in their memories to what seems like a happy, boisterous kind of childhood...