50 Acts

50 Acts

If you are expecting dance, you’ll be sorely disappointed with Wendy Houstoun’s solo performance which only features a minimal portion of dancing in her experimental, left-wing leaning performance lecture 50 Acts, but her movements have a clear focus from her performer training which makes her engaging to watch... 

Taylor Glenn - Reverse Psycomedy

Taylor Glenn - Reverse Psycomedy

A rather sad turn out for Taylor Glenn with immensely depleted audience numbers, it was certainly a lonely affair. Glenn's performance was relentless nonetheless. Besides the odd adlib acknowledgement of the sorry state of affairs in the pews, her set was calm and controlled and the intimacy actually lent itself well to her material: reflecting on her career as a psychotherapist in material inspired by her 'journey from one delightfully insane profession to another'It was refreshing to have a comedian to warm to, rather than recoil from... 

My Sister

My Sister

This free Fringe space is unusually suited to Jessica Phillippi’s play, which is cleverly staged by Director Deborah Hannan. Phillippi and Amy Conway have great chemistry as Leah and Scarlet and seem to suit their parts perfectly... 

The Society of Ethical Cat Burglars

The Society of Ethical Cat Burglars

A bolshy Scottish schoolboy summed up the show very well immediately after the applause had died down and everyone was still in their seats: ‘I don't get what the bit behind the screen had to do with the story... 

Twentysomething

Twentysomething

‘I never do half-hearted birthday messages on Facebook… I am not going to insult someone’s intelligence by pretending I remember it or that I actually wanted to see them!’ This rings uncomfortably true within this piece devised by East15 students... 

Wild West End

Wild West End

With a massively deceptive poster, I didn’t know what to expect from Wild West End. But when ‘Sparkleton’ replaced my visions of cowboys and Indians, this camp celebration of some of the best loved musical numbers and characters from West End and Broadway, from The Lion King to Les Misrables, assaults the audience all guns blazing nonetheless... 

Songs for a New World

Songs for a New World

This brave attempt at the musical by Jason Robert Brown renowned for being tricky by Straight Line Theatre company was not an inspiring first encounter with the show. To be a fan of musical theatre is not nearly enough to put on a musical and this show is a by the book example of how not to do it... 

Collision

Collision

Collision, a dance show that zips through the ages has an appreciation for a host of stylistic influences, and describes itself as an "unashamedly chaotic treat". But while self-assured of its own brilliance, billing itself as "A Fringe must-see" without quotable source, the product is a slightly disappointing flash in the pan... 

Detention

Detention

Tang-Shu Wing Theatre Studio get the audience on their side before they enter the auditorium, with many a joke bouncing around between adults navigating the corridors of Summerhall to queue for detention... 

Dream/Life

Dream/Life

A new play written by Lou May Miller, a modern take on Pedo Calderon’s ‘Life Is A Dream’ ,finds an early grave in this debut performance by Kudos. “All of life is a dream and dreams are nothing but dreams... 

The  Dead Memory House

The Dead Memory House

Theatre Corsair opens its doors to a space that is transformed seamlessly into an apartment where the lives of three women collide in this site-specific performance of The Dead Memory House... 

Morning

Morning

Often heralded as the most prolific contemporary playwright, expect hot debates in response to Simon Stephens' premiere of his coming of age play Morning. Sex meets death in this typically dark, obscure, and experimental performance by the Lyric Young company in a display that underwhelms what might have greater resolve as a play text, rather than a performance... 

Mayday Mayday

Mayday Mayday

Some of the most impressive shows to be found at the Fringe are by lone performers, and Kneehigh's Tristan Sturrock treads this vein. Through a real life account steeped with ironies, we learn that on 1st May 2004 in the quaint village of Padstow, Cornwall, after the celebrations of a festival that marks new life and beginnings, Sturrock became paralysed in a near fatal accident... 

Exterminating Angel - An Improvisation

Exterminating Angel - An Improvisation

This show is like watching a perverse episode of Come Dine with Me; except there is no food, no drink, everyone plays the role of host and guest, and without Dave Lamb's sarcastic narration which they do not need because, in this improvised black comedy, they judge one another... 

A  Strange Wild Song

A Strange Wild Song

Three brothers with tent peg rifles, colander helmets and a French flag pose for a photograph. No words. Only a repertoire of tongue clicks, whistles, explosions and gestures. You're hooked... 

The Lonely One

The Lonely One

This production is intended as a Hitchcock-esque thriller, but even with strong storytelling techniques, the level of suspense is disappointing. The show bases its narrative on an extract from Ray Bradbury's Dandelion Wine, but the show could more appropriately be compared to a wallflower... 

Bullet Catch

Bullet Catch

Performer Rob Drummond demonstrates how to keep an audience entertained by actually doing very little yourself. For the majority of the show, the audience are forced to scrutinise one another, but Drummond’s charm and natural stage presence relaxes the audience, allowing them to bond with the actor in a relationship of mutual trust and respect... 

The Day the Sky Turned Black

The Day the Sky Turned Black

This multi-award winning show returns to the Fringe retelling a stream of real life stories from a handful of survivors of the 2009 Australian bush fires that claimed 173 lives. Ali Kennedy-Scott channels the tales belonging to the Everyman, but her reflections on ‘the worst natural disaster in Australia's history’, referred to as ‘Black Saturday’, whose aim is to ignite a sense of hope in sharing these accounts, instead starved these survivors' stories of life...