Duality

Duality

Pair Dance’s piece aims to combine movement with other technology, and to create a work that embodies “multimedia” by showing that dance and projection (specifically in 3D) can co-exist... 

Vitamin

Vitamin

It’s pretty hard to describe this one-man show without either sounding obtuse, ignorant or both. What “Vitamin” entails is fifty-five minutes of inexplicably wonderful comic theatre that gets you to laugh uproariously, pretty much continuously, for reasons that are either beyond my faculties or remain totally mystical... 

Rambling in an Empty Room

Rambling in an Empty Room

This dance project from Taiwan is entirely improvised by its two performers in a style similar to Western contemporary dance. What results depends on their interpretation of the music, lights, interaction with each other and blind sense... 

Peter Panic

Peter Panic

James Balwin’s “Peter Panic” is billed as a response piece to last year’s London riots, placing the known and loved Peter and Wendy of JM Barrie’s “Peter Pan” into a bizarre, intriguing and occasionally offensive piece of new writing... 

Thread

Thread

Three actors take to the unconventional stage space at the Assembly St. Marks – a basement room that looks uncannily like a village hall – in which the audience sit behind tables, playing games and watching a well-written and captivating piece of theatre... 

Everything Else Happened

Everything Else Happened

This adaptation of the short stories of Jonathan Safran Foer, whilst having moments of brilliance, ultimately comes short. The lead-up to the final (albeit wonderful) reveal is a little too long, and there are moments where the piece feels unjustifiably obtuse both in terms of writing and presentation... 

Swamp Juice

Swamp Juice

The award-winning Swamp Juice - from Bunk Puppets and Scamp Theatre - dazzles and entertains audiences of all ages. A story for children yet made with stagecraft for all, the puppeteering in this gloriously silly but astonishingly fun show is incomparable; the 3D sequence, in particular, must be seen to be believed... 

Dream Plays (Scenes From a Play I'll Never Write)

Dream Plays (Scenes From a Play I'll Never Write)

The Traverse Theatre Company is spending the next fortnight showing breakfast-time script-in-hand readings of pieces of specially commissioned new writing. As Orla O’Loughlin, Artistic Director of the Traverse, explains, a group of the UK’s best writers have been asked to write scenes from a play that they shouldn’t, wouldn’t or couldn’t ever write in full... 

The Blind

The Blind

Inspired by the novel by Portuguese Nobel Prize Winner Jose Saramago, “The Blind” is a story in pictures, exploring both what it is to be blinded but also diving into the darker side of human behaviours... 

The Pride

The Pride

A surreal hour of comic drama, The Pride is a bizarre attempt to place the more developed aspects of animalistic behaviour – guarding your territory, hospitality laws, and possession of females – into a domestic setting... 

Death Boogie

Death Boogie

DDMcG Productions have hit on a winner with this piece: a combination of performance poetry, live-looping and music from two very talented strings players. Accompanied by some incredible comic book style animation, our poet narrator – a performer of great talent and unfathomable stamina - takes us through a series of sequences that explain the life and dreams of a blue-collar worker... 

How a Man Crumbled

How a Man Crumbled

Clout Theatre have hit on something good with this dusty, grotesque and wonderfully pointless piece of physical theatre. Located in a new venue - the Demonstration Room at Summerhall (it’s miles away, but worth the walk) - the three bouffonesque characters that look a little bit like something out of Coraline on a bad day greet you with wide eyes from the very back wall, slowly peeling themselves off to come and get a good look at you... 

The Most Dangerous Toy

The Most Dangerous Toy

Now, my knowledge of philosophy is not great. In fact, it’s poor. We never studied it at school and a brief furor into cultural studies at university doesn’t count. This aside, even I know that Nietzsche is a big name in philosophy, and is known for extremely deep and meaningful, often terribly pessimistic work that has had a profound effect upon modern philosophical thought... 

What I Heard About the World

What I Heard About the World

This Third Angel and mala voadora production at the Northern Stage at St. Stephen’s – a glorious venue, in case you’re interested – is a well executed and a truly interesting and eye-opening hour, spent in the safe hands of three actors who whisk us through a series of anecdotes that illuminate the customs, cultural identities and stories of countries from around the world... 

Piatto Finale

Piatto Finale

Superbolt’s marvelous little offering, despite being loosely plotted and having a somewhat frivolous narrative, makes up for its faults with buckets of heart. Showcasing talented and efficient clowns – the company formed out of the Lecoq school in Paris – this three-person multi-roler follows the story of a lost musical score from the opera houses of Russia to the enclaves of the Egyptian pyramids and the cafes of northern Spain... 

What the Heart Remembers: The Women and Children of Darfur

What the Heart Remembers: The Women and Children of Darfur

This theatre/dance offering from the University of South Florida lacks subtlety and feels overly affronting in its clumsy and somewhat confused form. The addition of an almost melodramatic exposition to a topic already steeped in profound seriousness seemed unnecessary and upstaged the genuinely well-delivered dance sequences... 

Request Programme

Request Programme

Cecilia Nilsson (‘Wallander’) stars in this phenomenal insight into the simplicity and painstaking cleanliness of solitary life, leading us gently through what should be an ordinary evening in a manner that is both heart-breakingly dignified and technically brilliant... 

Medicine Show

Medicine Show

When you’re promised with a show that “aims to cure your everyday ailments and add a little colour to a bleak looking world”, it’s easy to be optimistic. Good fun, physical theatre, a company not taking itself too seriously: a refreshing and light-hearted way to spend an afternoon... 

Mephisto Waltz
BOBBY WINNER

Mephisto Waltz

Derevo, multi-award winning company from St. Petersburg, take over the stage at Assembly Roxy with a mad, often ridiculous, but inevitably interesting mixture of physical theatre, stunning technical effects and numerous watermelons... 

Roma

Roma

Anthony Lo-Guidice’s semi-autobiographical “Roma” maps the making of an individual through experience and revelation, stylishly leaping through the hoops of birth, adolescent discomfort, and the pains of adulthood in a slick and hypnotic dance piece...