The Rat Pack - Live from Las Vegas

The Rat Pack - Live from Las Vegas

Tribute show The Rat Pack - Live From Las Vegas lights up the West End at Theatre Royal Haymarket, transporting audiences back in time to a fictional night at the Sands Hotel hosted by Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr and Dean Martin... 

Parliament Square

Parliament Square

Bruntwood Prize Judge’s Award winning play of 2015 Parliament Square by James Fritz transfers to the Bush Theatre after its world premier at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester... 

Goats

Goats

Set in a village in Syria, Liwaa Yazji’s Goats translated by Katherine Halls directs its focus on the struggles of a community devouring state controlled propaganda deep within the throes of civil war... 

The Red Lion

The Red Lion

Patrick Marber’s The Red Lion transfers to Trafalgar Studios, bringing us closer to an understanding of the devastating reality of England today within the confines of a sweaty semi-professional football club locker room... 

Pharmacophilia

Pharmacophilia

Fractal Distraction Theatre Company provide Fringe-goers with an escape into dark dystopian future Pharmacophilia, written by Emily Young. Set in 2087, the population of Great Britain is kept compliant through the government’s compulsory prescription of Seratraxine... 

Wondr

Wondr

Simone James stars in Wondr, Poppy Burton-Morgan’s debut as a playwright with Metta Theatre. Social media phenomenon Faith Allgood explodes into the digital world inspiring her masses of online followers as a ‘digilante’, hooked on her phone and her need to self-gratify through making a difference... 

Heads Up

Heads Up

Kieran Hurley works towards an overwhelming state of urgency with the audience in his solo show Heads Up. Delivered with effective use of second-person narration, Heads Up is a story about the end of the world, and we follow the plight of four individuals who are deeply distressed and disconnected with the world around them... 

Abi Roberts: Anglichanka

Abi Roberts: Anglichanka

Abi Roberts adorns her ushanka hat and jovially welcomes her audience into Anglichanka her cavernous theatre space at Underbelly Colgate with a thick Russian accent. We are all seated and after a bit of Russian banter she drops the accent, revealing her London timbre... 

PreScribed (A Life Written for Me)

PreScribed (A Life Written for Me)

Prescribed (A Life Written For Me) by performance artist Viv Gordon opens a window for us to peer into the claustrophobically grim life of a GP working at an NHS practice today. The stage is cluttered with poles balancing plates of jelly, a metaphor for the current state of the NHS, and representing the patients... 

Borders by Henry Naylor

Borders by Henry Naylor

Henry Naylor’s new play Borders reminds us not to close ourselves off from the plight of Syrian refugees, though it has fizzled out of our daily news. Jumping in and out of two stories, the life of a British photographer and a Syrian graffiti artist, we are tangled in the timeline of events in their lives and witness how their paths meet tragically at the end of the play... 

Laura Davis – Cake in the Rain

Laura Davis – Cake in the Rain

Australian comedian Laura Davis makes her Edinburgh Fringe debut after a stand-up career ten years strong, and her experience shows in her show Cake In The Rain. We are welcomed into the intimate venue with her on stage casually scrolling through her iPhone to play us music, silently nodding along with the occasional small smile for her audience... 

A Machine they're Secretly Building

A Machine they're Secretly Building

The audience were completely absorbed by Proto-Type Theater’s exposition of global mass-surveillance in A Machine They’re Secretly Building, the title aptly born from whistleblower Edward Snowden... 

Cosmic Scallies

Cosmic Scallies

Graeae Theatre Company champions the working-class misfits of Skelmersdale, Lancashire – or ‘Skem’ as Dent and Shaun call it – in their new show Cosmic Scallies. Dent (Rachel Denning) is suffering from chronic pain, and her mother has recently passed away... 

Eve

Eve

The perfect image of youth and boyhood is projected onto the mirror-like panels which hang from the ceiling as Jo Clifford gazes thoughtfully the photo of herself. Clifford speaks with deliberate resonance, commanding the stage with the presence of her lone-voice... 

War Pig

War Pig

French theatre group Le Festin de Saturne deliver a wild and engaging clown show, War Pig, following the adventures of young Private Juan and Captain Fidel Castra off to war. This mad show starts hilariously and grotesquely as we watch the very tall and lean Juan happily masturbate to the captain's private magazines while looking up to clock the audience... 

Jamie Wood: I Am a Tree

Jamie Wood: I Am a Tree

Comedian/guru Jamie Wood returns with his new show I Am A Tree in Assembly’s enchantingly draped gypsy-chic Omnitorium theatre space. The audience are welcomed in warmly with hugs and soothing words into this tribal sanctuary by a druid-like Jamie Wood in his ancient black robes... 

Tatterdemalion

Tatterdemalion

Solo comedy show Tatterdemalion’s Henry Maynard is charming, ridiculous, adorably pathetic and completely enchanting as he frolics about excitedly miming out conversation to audience members... 

How to Drown a Fish

How to Drown a Fish

Grace Gibson parades awkwardly across the stage in her brightly coloured leotards, she is about to share with us her experience of public failure, inviting us to revel in that moment with her... 

Mine

Mine

They say a mother’s love is unconditional, but can you truly still love your child after they commit the most heinous of crimes? Put The Book Down’s Mine brings to light the experience of one mother dealing with shame, neglect, and ruin after the horror of her son committing a crime on a night out so unforgivable he has been sent to prison... 

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... 

Joe's NYC Bar

Joe's NYC Bar

Immersive Joe’s NYC Bar returns to Edinburgh Festival Fringe with two shows a day at Assembly Underground. The audience arrives at the venue and begin to queue outside for the experience of being transported to Brooklyn dive bar Joe’s... 

Tense Vagina: an actual diagnosis

Tense Vagina: an actual diagnosis

Sara Juli’s Tense Vagina: An Actual Diagnosis does an excellent job of pushing the boundaries of the relationship between the audience and performer. Not only does she provide you with snacks and sweets, but she cuddles you, massages you, rocks you as you nuzzle into her chest, wipes a mark off your cheek with her own spit, but she gets you to pass a vibrator around the audience, and musically collaborate with her on musical children toys... 

Morale Is High (Since We Gave Up Hope)

Morale Is High (Since We Gave Up Hope)

Manchester dark comedy duo Powder Keg (Ross McCaffery and Jake Walton) scream out their political statements in Morale Is High (Since We Gave Up Hope) but none which make an impact... 

Box Clever

Box Clever

Writer Monsay Whitney’s Box Clever is one of the most important shows up at the Edinburgh Fringe this year. Young Londoner Marnie is lippy, brazen, and - she admits – a little on the nuts side... 

The Shape of the Pain

The Shape of the Pain

China Plate’s The Shape of the Pain is an innovative artistic and scientific collaboration combining words, sound and projection to start a conversation about Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CPRS)... 

This Really Is Too Much

This Really Is Too Much

Gracefool Collective’s This Really Is Too Much blends dance, spoken word and physical comedy in a devised expressionistic theatre piece; revealing the absurd realities of life from the female perspective as a product of modern consumerist, hyper-sexualised society... 

Fix

Fix

Worklight Theatre return to Edinburgh with their brand new show Fix; a fusion of song, science and soliloquy investigating addiction in the UK today. After two years of research and interviews exploring the cause and effect of a range of addictions, writers Joe Sellman-Leava and Michael Woodman provide a mouthpiece for these people’s stories through their creation of three unique and engaging characters... 

Fag/Stag

Fag/Stag

Fag/Stag written and performed by Aussie duo Jeffrey Jay Fowler and Chris Isaacs, explores what it means to have your best mate by your side when you’re stuck being your worst self... 

Above the Mealy-mouthed Sea

Above the Mealy-mouthed Sea

Delightful and expressionistic one-woman show; Above the Mealy-Mouthed Sea is spoken-word theatre play about the self we present to the world and the self we try to hide. Performance poet Jemima Foxtrot guides us through three separate narratives exploring memory, childhood and what happens when you’re telling a joke but can’t quite get to the punchline... 

Shame

Shame

Glasgow theatre company Tidy Carnage explore the modern phenomenon of internet shaming by fusing theatre and film through Shame, written and performed by Belle Jones. Supported by a digital cast of sixteen actors, we watch the warm and cheeky Vicky home alone waiting, riddled with anxiety over her 15 year-old daughter Kiera (Sarah Miele), who has gone missing after being exposed in a video of an ‘intimate’ nature has gone viral across the internet... 

SiX

SiX

Cambridge University Musical society hits Edinburgh to redefine the stories of Henry VIII’s six wives through a contemporary pop girl-band SiX. This original new musical, co-written by Lucy Moss and Toby Marlow, delivers a brazen, glamorous and truly unforgettable history lesson... 

Electra

Electra

Electra has been exiled and married off to a peasant. Secretly, she seeks to avenge her father Agamemnon’s death after a brief reunion with her long lost-brother Orestes. This retelling of Euripides’ Electra from Aristeia Theatre Company gives you the basic lowdown on what happens in this ancient Greek tale, throwing in a few painful monologues charting how mentally ill the starring character is...