The Cupboard

The Cupboard

Turn the Key’s Gothic delight, The Cupboard is outstandingly professional. Rat 333 (Juliet Chant-Tuft) arrives at the Cupboard and meets Sal the Sack (Sydney Burges) and Sweeps (Alex Edge) who seem friendly but there’s more to their strange, dark world than meets the eye... 

#Realiti

#Realiti

Using projection, live cameras and audience voting, #Realiti is a lot like Big Brother, but not as you know it. Five ‘housemates’, unhappy with their lives and themselves, have chosen to enter the house for a chance to win a mysterious prize... 

Pirates and Mermaids

Pirates and Mermaids

Poor Boy Theatre’s latest offering, Pirates and Mermaids, is everything one hopes to find at the Fringe. The small audience is ushered up through the Scottish Storytelling Centre into a corridor and, in one breath, our usher switches into her character: an excitable New York tour guide... 

Boys

Boys

Fledgling theatre company Open Letter were immediately onto a winner when they chose Ella Hickson’s recent hit Boys to bring to the Fringe. It’s hard to believe that the piece wasn’t written for a Fringe debut: a play about students, staged by students, for students, it manages to encompass a whole load of drama into a smart, punchy hour and twenty... 

One Above

One Above

A slick absurdist piece, PALP’s One Above is an intelligent offering from the young company. Persons A, B, and C stand before the audience – the scenario opens up as a job interview for the three of them, the questions given by a cool, female voice-over... 

Cracked Tiles

Cracked Tiles

Half Scottish, half Italian, and all heart, Lorenzo Novani’s solo show is well worth getting out of bed early for. Set in the stock room of his father’s fish and chip shop, he tells his own story: juggling two identities on top of family heartbreak and a failing business... 

The Diary of Thomas Pooler

The Diary of Thomas Pooler

Lewis Dunn tells us at the end of his performance that he set out to create this show after reading a harsh review of a stand-up comedian at last year’s Fringe, so he’s probably not going to like this review much either... 

Heartlands

Heartlands

A new play by Dave Fargholi, Heartlands is a taut tangle of ethics and emotion for the modern age. Old friends Charlie (Joe Johnson) and Mari (Clare Ross) have gone their separate ways in life, until a single tweet sees a collision of their worlds... 

Detached

Detached

Lucy (Sarah-Beth Brown) is lonely, so to work out where she’s going wrong, she shows us some climactic moments from her previous relationships. BOX Revolution work towards putting on gender non-specific work, and the piece benefits from this initiative – rather than being pigeonholed as male or female characters, the writing allows Lucy and all three of her partners to become real people, free from typically gendered conceits... 

Oddity

Oddity

StudioSpace Bristol didn’t set out to make great art - they just want to make you laugh. Their original comedy Oddity shows three seriously under-prepared astronauts set out on a mission through space... 

Americans in Breshkistan

Americans in Breshkistan

Ten high school seniors find themselves in a strange room, in the middle of nowhere, lit only by a dim overhead lamp. One by one, they wake up, and between them they must work out why they’ve been put there... 

Future Honey

Future Honey

American company The Pack bring their space-age feminist performance piece to the Fringe, but it seemed like getting their heads around it was a little out of the audience’s grasp... 

Five-a-Side Theatre

Five-a-Side Theatre

“Join our storytelling team as they use innovative improve [sic] techniques to craft a narrative from audience members’ true stories,” boasts the Five-a-Side flyer. Imagine the disappointment when, far from this promise, you are subjected to five students dressed in cheap Disney princess costumes, telling a story that is not only not improvised but is also mind-numbingly poor... 

Desperately Seeking Sugar

Desperately Seeking Sugar

If you love The Apprentice, you’ll be disappointed to discover that despite brandishing Lord Alan Sugar across their posters, Practical Magic’s Desperately Seeking Sugar has little in common with the hit BBC series... 

Breaking Voices

Breaking Voices

With a large cast aged between 12 and 13, Breaking Voices is an original piece that explores bullying and peer pressure at that age, especially in a school environment. Some members of the young cast show promise that transcends their years, but all are ultimately let down by a confusing script and lazy direction... 

Avicide

Avicide

Roger (Greg Birks) isn’t like other people, and when all the birds start to disappear from outside his flat in Waterloo, he starts to panic. Where have they all gone? Are they coming for him? Georgia Green’s Avicide is a gorgeously refreshing look at Britain’s mental health epidemic, and led by a heart-wrenching performance from Birks, this student gem in the Space Triplex is definitely worth a watch... 

Chipped/Drift

Chipped/Drift

Chipped/Drift is a double bill of short pieces with a high school cast all the way from the USA. Chipped discusses how we use technology to communicate. Drift takes a look into the lives of the young and homeless in New York City... 

The Bastard Queen!

The Bastard Queen!

NSDF darlings of 2014 Naughty Corner are back with their winning original play The Bastard Queen! Set at the end of the world, the play sees five young people fight for survival and stave off boredom as the days tick by... 

Leper + Chip

Leper + Chip

Leper + Chip will hold you by the throat and squeeze the tears from your eyes. Conall Keating (Leper) and Amilia Clarke-Stewart (Chip) power their way through this high-octane story of young love and loss in Dublin and each is as mesmerising as the other... 

The Ghost of Sadie Kimber

The Ghost of Sadie Kimber

There’s nothing complicated about The Ghost of Sadie Kimber - and there doesn’t need to be. Making Light Productions have put together a simple, endearing story of three young siblings coping with moving house one summer... 

Glitter and Tears

Glitter and Tears

Appetite Theatre, lead by young playwright Serafina Cusack, are distressingly cool. All tight clothes and slashes of glitter across their faces, Cusack’s talent show characters are aggressively stylish... 

Flight Lessons

Flight Lessons

A new play from South African playwright Amy Jephta, Flight Lessons sees actress Saria Steel play two friends on opposite sides of the world. Both Anika and Maya are full of life - a pair of gorgeously funny, red-blooded female characters that intertwine to drive the story... 

Derby Day

Derby Day

There’s a whole lot going on in Derby Day. Brothers Frank, Ned and Johnny meet in a private box immediately after burying their father. They’ve all been through their respective tragedies in their years apart, and the hour they spend on stage shows the audience a family reunion they won’t forget in a hurry... 

Fault Lines

Fault Lines

Hidden up at Basic Mountain, this piece from acclaimed playwright Stephen Belber is real all-American treat. Old friends Bill (Dean Chekvala) and Jim (George Griffith) meet for a few drinks in the private back room of a bar after several months apart and things are pleasant - if a little tense - until loose cannon Joe (Steve Connell) stumbles in... 

Clairvoyant

Clairvoyant

Singular actor and writer of Clairvoyant, Bettine Mackenzie is funny. Entering the empty studio space in an impossibly unattractive grey tracksuit ensemble, she begins to address what we assume to be an imaginary panel of talent show judges...