A Divine Comedy

A Divine Comedy

The problem with epic poetry is that it's just so…..epic. Our time is presently dominated by modes of communication that are prized for being brief: 140 Twitter characters is no place for Dante’s 14,233 line poem Divine Comedy, and you certainly couldn’t cram his wonderful, overflowing images and characters into a gif... 

Hotel Europa

Hotel Europa

As audiences members we almost always experience performance in a passive and inert way. Sitting satisfied in a large group watching others perform for us, we are allowed to interpret the work as we are directed to, or however else we wish... 

Eurohouse

Eurohouse

For many people unaffected by it, the debt crisis in Greece is a distant, vaguely distressing situation, failing to provoke public outcry due to a misapprehension that it is somehow very uniquely Greek, and surely entirely the fault of the Greeks... 

Beryl

Beryl

Beryl takes place in a cluttered bedsit, where the vivacious titular character runs a service that allows curious potential crossdressers to experiment with different looks. The rather grumpy oddball, Frank (Alan Rogers) has engaged these services, but Beryl (Lesley-Ann Reilly) has trouble figuring out what it is he wants... 

A Matter of Life and Death

A Matter of Life and Death

We very rarely think about our own deaths. That's unsurprising, considering how frightening it is to entertain the idea that one day, everything will just stop. But within this fear there is a positive – death is one thing that all people share, an event we all know will one day arrive... 

Fourth Monkey's Genesis and Revelation: Sodom

Fourth Monkey's Genesis and Revelation: Sodom

Of all the forms of theatre regularly utilised in our part of the world, physical theatre remains the most beleaguered. At its best, it can be the emotive, striking way of delivering information beyond words, like its practitioners want it to be... 

Every Wild Beast

Every Wild Beast

It's not often you get to see theatre in what is essentially an attic. A quirkily decorated attic, laid out with clutter and beautiful hanging light bulbs, but an attic nonetheless... 

The House of Edgar

The House of Edgar

Often, the expectation brought to mind by the genre “Musical” means that successfully producing a new and original one at the Fringe Festival is no mean feat. Several enduringly popular musicals are performed on a huge scale, with large casts and spaces providing the exciting all singing, all dancing, electric atmosphere that make the musical experience so unique... 

Emerald Diaries

Emerald Diaries

The Fringe Festival will always be best used as a place for experimentation and experience building, both for performers and for audiences. You may, as a spectator, take a dip in the wild, deep waters of physical theatre or dance and see if they appeal... 

Snakes and Giants

Snakes and Giants

Sometimes a good performance doesn't fulfill the purpose of normal theatre. It doesn't raise pertinent political questions. It doesn't strive for laughter or for tears. Instead, it explores seas of uncharted human experience, feelings there aren't yet names for, existences that cannot be described... 

Criminology 303

Criminology 303

One of the wonderful things about the Fringe Festival is that it’s the only time of year that theatre in Scotland truly panders to our increasingly short attention spans. Even the keenest of theatre aficionados struggles with an indulgent, bladder-bursting three hour classic... 

The Surge

The Surge

With the parliamentary Labour party at apparent loggerheads with a huge chunk of its ordinary party members, and a Prime Minister arguably governing without a strong mandate, the growing alienation of the British electorate from their representatives has rarely been in sharper focus... 

Sexual Fears of a Modern Day Virgin

Sexual Fears of a Modern Day Virgin

Sexual Fears of A Modern Day Virgin. Not the snappiest of titles, but they say sex sells. The place is packed with slightly bashful people, all acting casual, but all intrigued by a show billed as an exploration of virginity... 

Cuncrete

Cuncrete

The sheer size of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival means that any performer that manages to distinguish themselves from the wild, multifarious pack is left at a critical crossroad. On the one hand, they gain the pedigree and platform to return to the festival with a better chance of finding success again... 

F*ckboys for Freedom

F*ckboys for Freedom

Perhaps you aren’t aware of fuckboys. Perhaps you haven’t even heard the term. Luckily for the uninitiated, Facepalm Theatre have come to the Edinburgh Fringe complete with snapbacks and swear words to teach us about this wonderfully millennial condition... 

Cleansed

Cleansed

Cleansed is classic Sarah Kane: disturbing, difficult, packed with violence and potentially quite profound. Fear No Colours’ production makes a good effort to make sense of a play that seems to revel in hiding its purpose... 

Islands

Islands

Islands is a bit madcap. Caroline Horton's play, which she stars in, was commissioned by the Warwick Arts Centre and the Harlow Playhouse, and is a blatant, angry attack that explores the decadent, exploitative world of tax havens... 

The Edinburgh Concerts

The Edinburgh Concerts

The Edinburgh Concerts was, believe it or not, a concert series organised in Edinburgh. NEXT UK are a group who move around the UK “showcasing and promoting the best in new musical theatre writers and performers”, and in their 50 minute performance we were treated to several different performers in different combinations, performing approximately 10 new songs written by up and coming writers... 

Tomorrow's Parties

Tomorrow's Parties

Forced Entertainment have a legendary reputation for creating innovative, engaging and challenging theatre and performance. Therefore, Tomorrow’s Parties naturally comes with weighty expectations of being, in one way or another, brilliant... 

Building God

Building God

David Lee Morgan's Building God is a poetry performance that discusses, deals with, judges and examines past state revolutions and the present state of affairs. Set to music created by CloudFistConceptz, Morgan tells us that his show lasts 42 minutes, although he spends a little time giving us some background on his work and organising his set... 

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch is a puzzling piece of theatre. Presented by Sakhisizwe Edutainment Productions, it sits between engaging narrative and zany extravaganza, using a rather strong cocktail of theatrical performance, physical theatre and music to tell its story... 

The Daily Tribunal

The Daily Tribunal

Within five minutes of entering the space, The Daily Tribunal cast have sat me down in the front row and appropriated my pen for the purpose of the show – an examination of the media (how it works generally and specifically how it corrupts)... 

Hooray for All Kinds of Things

Hooray for All Kinds of Things

Sandy Nelson's comic play examines the intriguing events of the 2010 Reykjavik Municipal elections, in which comedian and actor, Jon Gnarr, became the Mayor of Iceland's capital, despite his candidacy and formation of the "Best Party" originally being designed as a satirical joke... 

Pope Head (The Secret Life of Francis Bacon)

Pope Head (The Secret Life of Francis Bacon)

Garry Roost is both writer and performer in this broad, jumbled examination of the life of the troubled artist, Francis Bacon. At times as unnerving and surreal as the artist's most famous works, this one man show takes the form of a confessional, explanatory rant... 

The Stolen Inches

The Stolen Inches

The Small Things Theatre Company's The Stolen Inches brilliantly puts family relationships under a microscope. It follows Simon Wenlock, a short, 24 year old shoe designer, as he decides to sue his parents for bringing him up poorly... 

The Human Ear

The Human Ear

The Human Ear is a production that is crafted with all the beautiful complexity of the appendage to which its title refers. A series of disciplines - performance and direction, lighting and sound, scripting and organisation - all interlock precisely to create the narrative... 

Nina Simone Black Diva Power

Nina Simone Black Diva Power

Ruth Rodgers-Wright plays an excellent Nina Simone in this 70-minute performance that combines many of the musician's most enduring and striking melodies with the story of her relationship with the civil-rights activist Lorraine Hansberry... 

The Double Life of Malcolm Drinkwater

The Double Life of Malcolm Drinkwater

The Double Life of Malcolm Drinkwater is a play about secrets, recycling, and the industry of murder. It takes place on the housing estate that Malcolm moves into, in pursuit of his latest job... 

Playback Impro

Playback Impro

The concept of Playback Impro is both a simple and an effective one. Simple because the material used to create its humourous improvised sketches comes directly from audience members’ stories, and effective because this method allows the performers to dodge what is perhaps the most difficult part of creating an unscripted, unplanned performance: coming up with a structure on the spot... 

Manalive!

Manalive!

Box Tale Soup's latest show, Manalive, is an uplifting, intelligent and emotive triumph. Set in a dreary boarding house, a listless group of its boarders have their lives fundamentally changed by the mysterious, enigmatic Mr Innocent Smith... 

Things Can Only Get Bitter

Things Can Only Get Bitter

Act One’s Things Can Only Get Bitter takes its name (with a slight twist) from the now infamous campaign song used by New Labour in the 1997 election campaign. As one might expect from this title, the play begins with political backbiting...