Tokyo Trilogy

Tokyo Trilogy

Knowing little of what to expect from Tokyo Trilogy other than a collection of old Japanese stories, one could be forgiven for struggling to keep up with the modern, fast moving, and at times confusing series of events... 

Hitler's Li'l Abomination

Hitler's Li'l Abomination

With a flyer covered in swastikas and a name guaranteed to raise eyebrows, audiences may feel they know what to expect when sitting down for this one woman show. Billed as 'a true tale of strife and reconciliation' 'Hitler's Li'l Abomination' tells the tale of Annette Roman, her Holocaust survivor father, and ex-Hitler youth member mother... 

The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs by Mike Daisey

The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs by Mike Daisey

The reputation of Steve Jobs, Apple and all its associates precedes this show. The technology giant, infamous for all the right reasons is here examined by self confessed 'technology and Apple enthusiast' Mike Daisey and performed by Grant O’Rourke... 

Punch & Judy

Punch & Judy

Subverting the stereotype of Punch and Judy puppetry, the English seaside, light-hearted entertainment, fun for all the family, Tea Break Theatre's production of the classic duo is macabre and more than a little disturbing... 

The Machine

The Machine

On a grey yet promising day in the middle of the Fringe I found myself queuing outside the Pleasance Courtyard, being greeted by a young man in overalls displaying an almost indecent amount of energy for so early an hour... 

Three Cities

Three Cities

Crammed into one of the tiniest Fringe venues I have ever seen are three girls, in three separate scenarios. One, Ashley, a confident and breezy American, makes an idiot of herself flirting with a waiter from a fancy dating restaurant as she waits for her date to return from a prolonged bathroom trip... 

Stand Up, Woman - Free

Stand Up, Woman - Free

Having been ushered onto the top deck of a bus, itself a surreal beginning to a show experience, I was unsure what to expect from 'Stand Up, Woman.' Perhaps naively audiences may expect, from the name, a stand up performance and whilst the Sam Foxton's monologue/ rant is indeed comedic it cannot be considered stand up... 

Hairy Maclary and Friends

Hairy Maclary and Friends

'Woof woof here we go, it's the Hairy Maclary show!' This was the enthusiastic and warm musical welcome I received as I stumbled into the theatre faced by the sight of the entire toddler population of Edinburgh... 

Giddy Goat

Giddy Goat

Giddy by name and giddy by nature. C theatre's punny and enthusiastic tale of a young kid with severe vertigoat captures the attention of all audience members. When Giddy cannot climb to the goat-worthy heights of his siblings, he wonders whether he would be better suited as another, less 'jumpy' animal, however when crisis occurs Giddy overcomes fear, prejudice and the terrors of Needle Mountain to help a friend in need... 

Juana in a Million

Juana in a Million

A black box space, one woman, a percussionist and a backing track. Devoid of extravagant production values yet colourful, immersive, descriptive and emotional, 'Juana in a Million' is a emotive whirlwind which charts one Mexican woman and her attempts to make a new life in London... 

The Girl With No Heart

The Girl With No Heart

A historic and unimaginably terrible disaster, ethereally beautiful puppetry and a fable of childhood innocence in a world of war. Incongruous factors which upon initial consideration do not appear a winning formula for a Fringe show appropriate for children and adults alike... 

Belt Up Theatre's A Little Princess

Belt Up Theatre's A Little Princess

'Come in girls, sit anywhere you like.' It is an unusual phenomenon for a piece of theatre to inspire breathlessness and awe in an audience member from the very outset, however in the case of 'Belt Up Theatre's A Little Princess' this feeling was to become an instant reality... 

Threads

Threads

A black studio space devoid of furniture, with the exception of a table and two chairs, is a space that does little to inform an audience of a play's context, plot or characters. This, however, is essential to Threads, as the audience is faced with a quivering shell of a man who remembers nothing of his own life except the room in which he is currently situated... 

Lysistrata - The Sex Strike

Lysistrata - The Sex Strike

Lysistrata, originally by Aristophanes, is preceded by its reputation. Whether known as a feminist rallying point around which contemporary gender role issues can be articulated, or simply as 'that Greek play with all the dicks', it is certainly famous... 

Martin Dockery: Wanderlust

Martin Dockery: Wanderlust

If anyone knows little about Martin Dockery and this performance beforehand, a Fringe-goer can be forgiven for being a little unprepared for the chaos and tumult that is Martin Dockery and his one man show... 

Bubblewrap and Boxes

Bubblewrap and Boxes

With such an unusual name it may be hard for a show such as 'Bubblewrap and Boxes' to stand out. Comprising a mere two performers, a simple yet effective set made from cardboard boxes and few special effects, there was a possibility this show could fall flat with some of its youngest (and harshest) critics...