Inglorious Insinuations of Insanity

Inglorious Insinuations of Insanity

Barry is charming, flamboyant and has a very ornate vocabulary. He has a love of Cadbury's Twirls, is very specific about how he drinks his gin and is rather likely to come out with curious turns of phrase such as ‘farcical aviary’ or ‘gentlemen berries’... 

Free for All

Free for All

Free For All is a very clever verse play with a strong political slant, exploring the ideas of choice and social responsibility. It is set in Water's Edge Academy – an elite, free school, which is set up with corporate sponsorship rather than government funding... 

Confessions of a Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl

Confessions of a Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl

Joanie Little is an honest, open and kookily sexy waitress working in Gabe's Coffee Shop in Toronto. With upbeat charm and endearing clumsiness, she negotiates her customers' tricky personalities and orders while trying to find some sparkle among her uninspiring surroundings... 

If Only Diana Were Queer

If Only Diana Were Queer

Three drag queens in a dressing room talk us through their life stories, from coming out to discovering drag. There's sass, contouring and dirty puns all round. They're getting ready for that evening's show in Manchester's buzzing gay district... 

Two Thirds

Two Thirds

Two Thirds charts the endlessly tangled lives of a group of university friends after graduation. It's about being young, making mistakes and just how strained relationships can become when you have to deal with the subsequent consequences... 

Much Further Out Than You Thought

Much Further Out Than You Thought

Lance Corporal James Randall is sitting in a living room strewn with desert sand and an abandoned maroon beret by the television. A broken soldier, he delivers a sincere and human appeal for acceptance, telling us of his time in Helmand Province, Afghanistan... 

The Sunset Five

The Sunset Five

Sunset Five puts a quirky British twist on a thrilling heist drama. Set in Chipworth, East Anglia, the champion team of the local pub quiz must band together to raise £80,000 in order to save their pub from redevelopment by a large commercial chain... 

Hair Peace

Hair Peace

Inspired by her participation in beauty pageants last year, Victoria Melody became fascinated by the origins of the hair that made up her glamorous hair extensions. Who are these women who donated their hair? Did they know what would happen to it when it was cut off? Did they care? These questions became the propulsion that took Melody around the world, looking for the source of her real, fake, human hair... 

Big Bite-Size Lunch Hour: Lunch in Cairo

Big Bite-Size Lunch Hour: Lunch in Cairo

This double bill of new writing by Tom Coash brings us to Cairo, where we're welcomed with dates and hookah pipes. These are two politically relevant plays on important issues in the Middle East, giving an open and balanced airing, though their messages are weakly conveyed... 

One Day When We Were Young by Nick Payne

One Day When We Were Young by Nick Payne

Nick Payne's bittersweet love story One Day When We Were Young charts Leonard and Violet's tangled relationship across five decades of love and longing. It is a delicate and utterly charming portrayal of two lives that can't let go of each other... 

Kai Hoffman: From Geek to Goddess

Kai Hoffman: From Geek to Goddess

From Geek to Goddess is the musical, autobiographical tale of Kai Hoffman's transformation from a geeky, small town gal into a glamorous, international showgirl. She goes from rural Massachusetts to New York and New Orleans via Europe, losing inhibitions and clothes along the way... 

Night + Daze

Night + Daze

Sheffy is a lad on a mission. He is going to have a top night out and nothing is going to stop him. He is 25-years-old: slick, mouthy and lucky to be alive. We hit 6pm on a Friday and he explodes out of the office in search of "the other world", that perfect night out... 

Fourth Monkey's Grimm Tales: Rapunzel

Fourth Monkey's Grimm Tales: Rapunzel

Rapunzel is part of Fourth Monkey's 2015 fairytale season and features their signature physical ensemble work. This large, youthful cast, directed by Angela Gasparetto, explores themes of abuse and entrapment through a twisted version of a familiar story... 

Tumbling After

Tumbling After

"I don't fall in love, I tumble"Tumbling After is a modern day love story and commentary on the ways we stumble in and out of relationships. It is a very funny, scarily clever and piercingly accurate piece of physical theatre - enjoyable and performed by a flawlessly skilled cast... 

Garden

Garden

Garden is the deeply personal monologue of Lucy, whose life changes when she rescues an abused Dracaena pot plant from her office and takes it home. It's a piece about mental illness and social anxiety without ever mentioning either term: it speaks to speak to anyone who has ever felt lost or lonely, which surely applies to every member of the audience... 

Brute

Brute

Poppy must make a rather rapid readjustment to Year 11 after being abruptly relocated from Spain to a girls' school in a remote British town. Both awkwardly self-conscious and unashamedly frank, Poppy gives us a terrifying but real account of what it is to grow up in a place where no one expects you to succeed... 

Divas

Divas

Divas charts the relationship of two men from first meeting to last parting. Following the structure of Jason Robert Brown's Last Five Years, we see Damien and Adam tell their own story but in opposite directions, one starting at the beginning of their relationship and one at the end... 

Witch

Witch

An atmospheric new musical about witchcraft, betrayal and friendship, Witch is a journey into dark magic, spanning across generations.The music, written by Tom Slade and Chris Poon, is gorgeous and beautifully arranged... 

The Secretary Turned CEO

The Secretary Turned CEO

The Secretary Turned CEO is a neon, cartoon parody of a classical opera, playing with traditional comedic characters and farcical situations in a modern setting. Although full of enthusiasm and colour, unfortunately the piece isn't as entertaining as it sets out to be and the performances don't resurrect it into a success... 

Walking the Tightrope: The Tension Between Art and Politics

Walking the Tightrope: The Tension Between Art and Politics

Walking the Tightrope was created as a response to the cancellation of three high profile cultural events last summer. Writers were invited to react to these events in whichever way they chose, leading the pieces to cover the subjects of boycott, 'dirty' funding, offensive art, protest, political correctness and censorship, largely in the name of Freedom of Speech... 

The Last Kill

The Last Kill

The Last Kill follows a Scottish soldier, Michael, falling apart as he tries to find the answers he needs to justify his actions in war. To do this, we see his life story from a young boy, then a new recruit, through subsequent tours of duty, up until the moment we meet him... 

Tate Postmodern

Tate Postmodern

The Tate Postmodern has everything you would expect to from a contemporary art gallery: a whole host of hipster credentials, disinterested security and an overpriced gift shop by the exit... 

#meetandtweet

#meetandtweet

In January 2013, writer Declan Dineen decided, more or less on a whim, to see what would happen if he tried to meet as many of his Twitter followers as possible. This show is a product of the unusual meetings and quirky connections he made throughout this journey, and the bizarre consequences this led to... 

Katsura Sunshine, Sit Down Comedy - Japanese Style!

Katsura Sunshine, Sit Down Comedy - Japanese Style!

Sunshine is a very experienced performer in the traditional Japanese art form of comic storytelling, Rakugo. Originally from Canada, he is in the unique position of being the only non-Japanese professional Rakugo storyteller in the world and comes to Edinburgh as part of a ten month world tour... 

Jack Gardner and Liberty Hodes On Ice

Jack Gardner and Liberty Hodes On Ice

"It's not started.... I'm just showing off!", Liberty slurs as she flurries around, sorting out props while the audience arrives. This casual, friendly and disorganised tone is typical of both Jack Gardner and Liberty Hodes, who don't take themselves too seriously... 

Fall Girl

Fall Girl

Sitting in the Comedy section of the Fringe guide, this is a quirky piece of storytelling theatre by new company Five Wits and starring last year's So You Think You Write Funny winner, Rosie Holt... 

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown is a Broadway musical based on the Peanuts comic strip, featuring familiar characters like Lucy, Snoopy and Schroeder. It's a feel-good musical, laced with life philosophy and heartfelt comment on the world, through bright, wide-eyed innocence... 

Jake Lambert and Dom Lister

Jake Lambert and Dom Lister

Jake and Dom are two cheeky, young comics who take half an hour each in this free stand-up show. You get the impression that they want to be your friend and are pretty endearing in the process... 

Buffer

Buffer

Tormented by his dependency on and loathing of social media, Craig has switched off from the world. In the company of a one-night stand who just won't take the hint to leave, he is desperately trying to find the space to think... 

The Wind Road Boys

The Wind Road Boys

A historic mining village in the North East is under threat when Superco want to open an EnormaStore on land that has been inherited from an old miner, George. In a bid to save the fate of the community, Superco's representative is taken on a journey to discover what life was like during the town's mining heritage... 

Super Tramp

Super Tramp

Super Tramp is based on the real life of Shane Fox who, at the age of fifteen, was told a piece of information that changed his life forever. Shane must handle living on the streets, loss and the alcoholism that plagued his family... 

Hennessy and Friends: Murmurs

Hennessy and Friends: Murmurs

I felt lucky to have a press pass around my neck when I saw the queues of people being turned away from this show. Hennessy & Friends are back for their second show at the Fringe after a year away, and are clearly in popular demand... 

Party in the USA!

Party in the USA!

I was very loudly welcomed into the room by Dave, one of the eight buzzing performers psyching themselves up in block colour tracksuits and Converse. From the pre-show, the cast are already jumping around and having a party... 

Spine

Spine

Meet Amy. She's a passionate, fiery and, quite frankly, terrifying teenager from Willsden, North West London. Through a chance encounter at the point in her life when she thinks she's run out of all options, she starts a friendship with an "old biddy" in a large house that's been in the family for 138 years... 

Café Ruse

Café Ruse

Café Ruse is a kooky, energetic piece of theatre that’s quite unlike anything else I’ve seen on the Fringe. It’s surreal and very over-the-top and could have become false or clichéd, yet it somehow manages to find a cartoonish, inventive style instead... 

zazU

zazU

At the opening of the show, we are invited to "follow the bee" and head to the bizarre land of zazU - a futuristic dreamworld where singing is outlawed and, when someone dies, the lead mourner wears all their hats... 

Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens

Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens

Billing itself as "The Rocky Horror Show for the new millennium", this is a raucous, glitter-fuelled ride through a disco universe. It's a cocktail of neon, false eyelashes and very thorough bikini waxes, shaken over electronic beats and served in a glass with a twirly pink straw... 

Comedy: In Conversation with...

Comedy: In Conversation with...

 Fringe Central provides a series of free seminars and workshops for fringe participants looking to learn more about the industry and further their skills. In Conversation with... 

Race by David Mamet

Race by David Mamet

Race first opened on Broadway in 2009 and ran for almost 300 performances, directed by its Pulitzer Prizewinning writer, David Mamet. It follows law partners Lawson and Brown and their mentee, Susan, as they discuss whether to take on a case where a wealthy, white client has allegedly raped a black woman... 

Amy G: Entershamement

Amy G: Entershamement

When the whole audience gathered around outside after the performance to congratulate, hug and invite the act out for drinks, you know that you've been part of a really special show... 

Forget Fire

Forget Fire

Forget Fire, named after a line in a poem by W.S. Merwin, is a devised piece by students from Pepperdine University, Malibu. It explores the effect of technology and social media on human communication and invites us to put our phones down and look out at the world instead, "face to face, not face to phone"... 

Replay

Replay

Replay tells the story of Freya, a piano teacher, who becomes obsessed with one of her pupils, James, following the suicide of his sister. We see Freya's story as a flashback after she becomes distressed to the point of insanity, and must try to explain her conflicted feelings to a friend at a party... 

Grow

Grow

Meet Adele, a single mother from Manchester who nervously steps out of the cold and into a therapist's room for the first time. She's here for "coaching", a compulsory assignment from the hospital after an incident that happened a couple of weeks ago... 

Tinderbox

Tinderbox

Three activists meet underneath a bank to try to start a revolution. Planning to set off a "device" to destroy the electronics upstairs, they have a meticulous plan and are happy to trade their life for their cause...