Pornography

Pornography

In a powerful depiction of the turbulent year Britain faced in 2005, Organised Crime Theatre presents Pornography. Just as the Olympic bid was announced to be successful and the country anticipated the arrival of Live 8, no one expected the terrorist attacks that were about to hit London... 

Forgotten Heroes

Forgotten Heroes

Light in the Dark Storytellers present a dark portrayal of the naivety and vulnerability of a young man with learning difficulties. Presented in the form of a story rather than a play, Emmet tells the audience about his adventure: a quest to save a friend from her entrapment in college... 

Best of Waterloo Comedy Club

Best of Waterloo Comedy Club

The volume of shows presented at the Edinburgh Fringe can sometimes be overwhelming, so the Waterloo Comedy Club has put on a free show to give the audience a taster of some of their top talent... 

Ruthlessness

Ruthlessness

In a portrayal of the not so very glamorous life of being a gangster, Gone Rogue Production’s Ruthlessness does exactly what it says on the tin. The play follows a group of people who personify the word ‘ruthless’, as they do all they can to make some money... 

Thomas Hardie Presents: Where's Thomas, Hardie?

Thomas Hardie Presents: Where's Thomas, Hardie?

Caroline Hardie is one half of the double act Thomas Hardie, presenting a mixture of stand-up comedy and sketches. The other half is not present, but she is more than capable of taking on a one-woman show... 

Nikotine

Nikotine

The wife of Nikolai Nikotine forces him to give a boring lecture about the harmful effects of tobacco, and ends up discussing the woman herself. Adapting Anton Chekhov’s On the Harmful Effects of Tobacco into a play with a puppet playing the protagonist was no easy task and, considering this, Milena Milanova has done an admirable job... 

Mon Droit

Mon Droit

In Mike McShane’s Mon Droit, an American psychiatric patient copes with a growing obsession with the Queen and decides to move to London.The show opens in a psychiatrist’s office with a man clutching a supermarket bag decorated with a Union Jack and a photograph of the Queen... 

Small Narration

Small Narration

Wojtek Ziemilski presents a part-lecture, part-film during which he tries to express his take on life, but doesn’t get very far.As the audience enters the theatre, Ziemilski is seated at a desk in one corner and, almost immediately, a quotation about ‘beginning’ flashes up on the screen... 

Edinburgh: The Medical City

Edinburgh: The Medical City

In an hour long history of medicine in Edinburgh, Professor David Purdie and librarian Ian Milne talk about royalty, body snatchers and herbal remedies.As both speakers pointed out at the beginning of the performance, this isn’t a normal Fringe show... 

The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest

In a very surreal take on Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, FramBag Theatre present a performance in which the women play the men and the men play the women.For those not familiar with the plot, the incredibly witty play is based around the themes of love, friendship, but most of all confusion... 

The Tim and Pat Show

The Tim and Pat Show

Tim Shishodia and Pat Cahill make up The Tim and Pat Show, a comedy double act proving itself to be a real highlight of the Free Fringe.The duo label themselves as being absurdists and this certainly becomes apparent as they start the show by ending it... 

The Yellow Wallpaper

The Yellow Wallpaper

In a forty-five minute interpretation of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s short story The Yellow Wallpaper, students from Bangor University question the derivation of madness.Whilst viewing a country house, two men find the journal of a writer whose physician husband has moved the family to the country in an attempt to cure her hysterical condition... 

Burns: Rough Cut

Burns: Rough Cut

Gavin Paul takes on the role of Robert Burns in an intimate account of the poet’s time spent in Edinburgh. Largely based on true events depicted in Donald Smith’s novel Between Ourselves, the play also speculates on the possibility of Burns’ relationship with Deacon Brodie... 

A Little Perspective with Imaan

A Little Perspective with Imaan

In an attempt to dispel ignorance, Imaan Hadchiti explores public reactions to his restricted growth. Through a mixture of live comedy and video footage, he wants to show the audience what life is like from his point of view... 

Flâneurs

Flâneurs

In a powerful display of live art theatre, Jenna Watt invites the audience to help her conquer the bystander effect. She was inspired to create this show after a friend of hers was attacked in London... 

Camille Claudel

Camille Claudel

A breath-taking display of passion and heartache, Camille Claudel is a one-woman show based on the real-life love affair between Auguste Rodin and Camille Claudel.As the audience enters the theatre, Claudel is seated in a chair staring at each person individually, manically smiling and laughing... 

Henry Rollins

Henry Rollins

Kicking off his show by saying ‘I’m not funny all the time, I wish I could be’, Henry Rollins set the audience up to watch a very alternative comedy show. What he said was correct... 

Bound

Bound

A very American story, with a very European style, Dylan Dougherty’s tale of the balance of freedom and captivity has been brought to Edinburgh by Belgian director Christoffel Hendrickx... 

Script in Hand

Script in Hand

Paralleling the lives of a 1930s German who has been sent into exile by the Nazis and a 2012 actor who has been sent into exile by a theatre company, Script in Hand tells the story of the inner struggle of two silenced men... 

Bus-ting to Laugh - Free

Bus-ting to Laugh - Free

In the wonderful location of the top deck of a stationary Edinburgh bus, two comedians try to find their feet on the comedy circuit. Joe Bains and Diane Fitton present a show choc a bloc with corny one-liners, slightly forced audience participation and in-law jokes that are past their sell-by date... 

Coalition

Coalition

In a production set to rival The Thick of It and In the Loop, a hilarious cast present a comedy proving that recent political events really have been a joke. The drama unfolds in the offices of Matt Cooper, a completely fictional Liberal Democrat leader, who is struggling in vain to protect his beloved party against Tory pressure... 

The Life and Sort of Death of Eric Argyle

The Life and Sort of Death of Eric Argyle

As I took my seat to watch The Life and Sort of Death of Eric Argyle, I wondered if the performance could be quite as amusing as its title, and I was not disappointed. The fast-paced play is unusually set almost entirely after the death of the protagonist, Eric... 

Reclamation

Reclamation

In a passionate display of the spoken word, Joe Hakim, Mike Watts and Ruth E Dixon provide an insight into a world of low self-esteem, loneliness and anxiety. The performance straddles the border of the self-indulgent and the offensive, leaning more and more towards the latter as time goes on... 

Blake's Doors

Blake's Doors

LSE drama society’s ‘Blake’s Doors’ opens with a monologue describing how much the character enjoys listening to other people’s conversations on buses, as he gets a thrill from not knowing anything about their past...