Red and The Wolf

Red and The Wolf

Prospero Theatre have decided it’s their turn to roll out a dark retelling of a well-known fairy tale, showcasing a unique-ish take on Little Red Riding Hood, with their production Red and the Wolf... 

Spring Awakening

Spring Awakening

Based on the Frank Wedekind play of the same name, the musical Spring Awakening tells the controversial story of a group of young adolescents trying to deal with the tumultuous process of growing up, at a time when parents provided little to no information... 

The Rules Of Inflation

The Rules Of Inflation

This is no ordinary birthday party. As we enter to balloons and party bags and children's music we are handed cards to vote on. Each brightly coloured character urges us to vote for them... 

Confessions of a Justified Songwriter

Confessions of a Justified Songwriter

Written by John and Gerry Kielty, Confessions of a Justified Songwriter takes us on a journey through the creative processes and struggles of writing music when chasing that elusive hit song... 

9 to 5

9 to 5

Over the past few years, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland haven’t failed to impress me with their performances at the Fringe and this year is no exception. Bringing to life the Dolly Parton musical 9 to 5, this engaging young cast prove once again why RCS really is shaping a solid professional future for some of the UK’s best talent... 

Drink! The Musical

Drink! The Musical

It didn’t take me long into this show to realise two things: that this as clearly a piece of community theatre and should be recognised as such and that there is clearly something more going on here than just a fun trip to the Fringe... 

Soul Nation: Choir On Fire

Soul Nation: Choir On Fire

As an Edinburgh based act performing in the Edinburgh Fringe there's always going to be a certain level of expectation from the local crowd. Usually there's a local following and occasionally even friends and family in the audience... 

Melbourne Ska Orchestra

Melbourne Ska Orchestra

As the Melbourne Ska Orchestra marched their way down the middle aisle of the theatre, carrying and playing their instruments and shouting through a megaphone, I knew I was in for a treat... 

Red Hot Chilli Pipers

Red Hot Chilli Pipers

The bagpipe is about as intrinsically Scottish as you can get. It’s up there with haggis and whisky and for good reason. As a born-and-bred Edinburg-her I can vouch that you’re never far from being able to hear their cacophonous (and admittedly at times acerbic) tones... 

The Little Sweep

The Little Sweep

One of the primary aims of The Little Sweep by Benjamin Britten, an opera for children, is to demystify the genre to a younger generation. With a child friendly story and brief explanation of what we mean when we talk about opera, this seems like quite a good fit for Norfolk YMT on face value... 

A Remarkable Person

A Remarkable Person

It’s a little bizarre to go and see something which calls itself ‘a touch of genius’ in its description. Not that someone hasn't indeed said that, but it does rather set itself up for a fall... 

Paper Hearts the Musical

Paper Hearts the Musical

It’s always exciting to witness the world premiere of new writing, especially when it’s a British born production. Writer and producer of Paper Hearts the Musical, Liam O’Rafferty certainly has a lot to be proud of here... 

2 Become 1

2 Become 1

I attribute quite a lot of my adult personality to my love affair with girl power and how swept away I got in all things noughties. So when I saw that there was a musical called 2 Become 1 coming to Edinburgh I was more than a little excited - and this show delivers on almost every level... 

Ushers: The Front of House Musical

Ushers: The Front of House Musical

I’m a lover of musical theatre but I’m prepared to be really honest here: the genre is crammed with suitable material for a hilarious and even brutal send-up. By taking it from the point of view of a group of theatre staff and the various characters and situations they have to put up with, this seems like a sure-fire way to create something that’s both funny and relatable... 

The Shadow Box

The Shadow Box

Hailing from Hardin-Simmons University in Texas, The Shadow Box is a reflection of the stages of grief, represented through a series of linked vignettes and monologues. Set amongst a small collection of cottages, which form a hospice of sorts, we meet three separate families and gain insight into how each of them is responding to the impending death of three different loved ones... 

Artificial Things

Artificial Things

This is the first year of the ‘iF Platform’ – a new showcase featuring the UK's top disabled artists and integrated arts companies. Artificial Things, brought to us by Stopgap Dance Company, is part of this innovative programmeThis contemporary dance piece sets out to challenge our perceptions of how humans co-exist, through the story of five individuals... 

Urinetown

Urinetown

Glasgow based Royal Conservatoire are now in their 11th year of performing in the Fringe with their masters level students and Urinetown is one of this year's offerings from them. The musical itself, written by Mark Hollmann and Greg Lotus is rather a strange idea, but one that works incredibly well... 

By the Bi

By the Bi

By the Bi is a show that offers to tackle the heady subject matter - of the difficulties of being bisexual - head on. Through a range of performance techniques, from physical theatre, to contemporary dance to spoken word, the premise is to use a series of vignettes to explore the central theme... 

Boys Who Like to Play With Dolls

Boys Who Like to Play With Dolls

This two-person dance and physical piece is performed and choreographed by Tereza Ondrová and Peter Šavel, a male-female duo who have worked successfully both separately and together for many years now... 

360 ALLSTARS

360 ALLSTARS

This show has the kind of title that gets you feeling excited right away. 360 ALLSTARS promises a full spectrum of stunts and tricks from various street-based performing methods. Involving a ton of urban styles - breakin', basketball skills, MCing, BMXing, beat boxing and Roue Cyr to name a few - this show definitely promises to bring something totally new to the field of circus entertainment... 

Booking Dance Festival

Booking Dance Festival

This is the seventh year that producer and curator of dance Jodi Kaplan has brought the variety of American dance to the Fringe with this "festival within a festival". Deciding this time to only focus on three companies, Jeanette Stoner and Dancers, Metamorphosis Dance Company and Versa-Style Dance Company, this was definitely an attempt to concentrate the quality of the dance pieces involved... 

The Rat Pack – Live

The Rat Pack – Live

Fifty minutes of the classic Rat Pack numbers with a full swing orchestra, bringing a little bit of that onstage banter that the trio are known for, and adding in the two Burelli sisters makes this feel like a complete show as opposed to just a concert... 

Willy's Bitches

Willy's Bitches

An all female cast takes some of the classic soliloquies and scenes from Shakespeare's work and deliver them in an almost cabaret, review format, with the addition of new contemporary songs... 

The Tour

The Tour

This play within a musical aims to show us what life as part of a touring company is really like. From nerves to affairs to missing home, each character faces the realities of living out of a tour bus... 

Fold

Fold

This show brings the arts of dancing and paper folding together in an exploration of how the two mediums can unite. Dance company DANCE Kho who include dancers Takao Komaro and Kirsten Ho - the latter of whom also choreographed the piece - hail from Hong Kong and aim to bring their innovative approach to Edinburgh... 

Title of Show

Title of Show

The title of [Title of Show] tells you quite a lot about what you need to know! This musical, within a musical, within a musical writes itself as it plays out. With music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen this cleverly put together show bends the normal expectations of a musical theatre show whilst still maintaining an excellent score... 

Blue Rose Code

Blue Rose Code

Ross Wilson of Blue Rose Code has gone through quite a transformative journey in the past 18 months. From a small maybe 60-70 person gig at St Bride's Centre for Acoustic Music last year to selling out its main 240-seater this year is a pretty measurable amount of success in anyone's book... 

Bear Hug

Bear Hug

Billed as a rom-com, Bear Hug looked to be a pretty safe bet for some laughs – described as a story about how coming out is easy but how getting back in is harder. As a new piece of writing by Rory Mackenzie as part of The Mermaids Arts Fund, from The University of St Andrews, I was hoping for some fresh and hilarious take on a coming out story... 

Balletronic

Balletronic

Balletronic has a name that intrigued me from the get-go. Mixing ballet with electronic music is something that, for me, has still not been executed to its full potential by a company yet... 

Limbo

Limbo

Limbo is a pretty hot ticket this fringe. Brought to us Underbelly Productions, Strut & Fret Production House and Southbank Centre after massive success in Adelaide and New York and more, it's one of the show-stopping acts taking over the new circus hub... 

Kursk

Kursk

Kursk is a play attempting to offer real insight into the life of a submariner and the pressures and realities of life below the sea. A gripping new piece of theatre, written by Bryony Lavery and performed by Ut Severis Seges Theatre company, the piece manages to capture onstage that feeling of isolation in the abyss... 

Kitty's Bound for Broadway

Kitty's Bound for Broadway

This one-woman musical show sets out with a pleasant and watchable enough idea. After hitting her mid forties and finding herself divorced and lonely, Kerry Miller as Kitty decides it’s time to dust off her long forgotten dreams of pursuing a career on Broadway... 

Musical of Musicals (The Musical!)

Musical of Musicals (The Musical!)

Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) is being presented by The Kinkaid School of Houston, Texas, as part of The American High School Theatre Festival. This is one school who very quickly showed not only why initiatives like this are so crucial but why kids don't always need to be treated with kid gloves... 

UKIP! The Musical

UKIP! The Musical

Deciding to paint Ukip leader Nigel Farage as a troubled "anti hero" in a cleverly sarcastic musical romp was always going to be a bit of a treat. Let's face it - satirical musical theatre is far from an over saturated sub-genre and so there's definitely room for this kind of material and I can understand the appeal... 

Closer than Ever

Closer than Ever

Closer Than Ever is a revue musical wherein each song takes us to a different scenario within the complex theme of love and relationships. From a three-way story of unconventional and unrequited love to a quiet office worker who harbours a secret passion for passion, this show covers a wide range of all the many ways that life and love can create some funny and touching moments... 

Smother

Smother

201 Dance Company's Smother sets out to do something very exciting. Choreographer Andrea Walker's mission objective is to tackle real issues of the LGBTQ community through the medium of dance - in this instance a mix of contemporary and hip-hop styles... 

Discoteque Machine

Discoteque Machine

Discoteque Machine, brought to us by Gianmarco Pozzoli and Alice Magione is a morphsuits show. I've never really seen the humour in wearing top to toe lycra to do anything, let alone dance, but to say that my mind has been changed is putting it enormously lightly... 

The Addams Family

The Addams Family

The Addams Family is an updated take on the iconic family of twisted misfits that brings the story forward from where it left off. Wednesday Addams is all grown up and has met a boy who she loves, but can her family pull it together long enough for his parents to meet them and approve? Or will chaos ensue and put both her new engagement and her relationship with her parents on the line? You can probably guess how it's going to go and it really is great to watch as it all unfolds!This cast is quite young for a university cast and there is definitely a certain level of immaturity in the production, with voices not always up to the vocal challenge and the approach in direction and choreography sometimes quite amateurish... 

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a show centered around just that; children taking part in their local spelling competition. As they either pass through each round or fail and the bell chimes them out, we get to know the characters and find out a little about how they ended up there... 

Shout! The Mod Musical

Shout! The Mod Musical

"Shout! The Mod Musical" has an exclamation mark in the title, which inevitably garners a certain level of expectation: you want explosive energy and a load of volume. It doesn't disappoint... 

The Last Five Years

The Last Five Years

Jason Robert Brown's musical The Last Five Years is not an easy undertaking. In fairness it wasn't written to be. Compton Little Theatre is the company who have brought this to C Venues this year, with an appropriately simple set and minimal piano accompaniment... 

Green Snake

Green Snake

Green Snake, brought to the Fringe by the National Theatre of China, promises to be a modern take on a old Chinese myth. The piece uses projected screens and music by Scottish composer David Paul to produce a contemporary and edgy version of this well known tale... 

Cadenza at the Fringe

Cadenza at the Fringe

Greyfriars Kirk was the perfect setting for this Edinburgh based choir’s return to the Fringe after sellout shows in previous years. Originally founded in 1992, Cadenza has come to be regarded as one of the best Scottish choirs around at the moment, with some members travelling from outside of the Edinburgh area to take part... 

#YOLO

#YOLO

The concept of YOLO or You Only Live Once for those of you who aren't in the know about these kinds of things, has been a trendy phrase for the past couple of years. A sort of moniker for the idea of living for today and an excuse for young people to do what they want, when they want... 

The Lost Domain

The Lost Domain

Alain Fournier's Le Grand Meaulnes is the inspiration for this in-house created musical which sees the return of Shrewsbury and Severn Opera group to the Edinburgh Fringe. With most of the performers only just having completed their A-levels, this is a young cast and yet their blurb promises "a tale of youth, adventure and young love lost and won"... 

Amy plus Steppenwolf Syndrome (Double Bill)

Amy plus Steppenwolf Syndrome (Double Bill)

“She wasn't abnormal. She was unique. Talented, unique, troubled, young.”Athena Dance Company have brought this insightful dance piece to St Brides Centre as part of the Fringe... 

Booking Dance Festival - Showcase

Booking Dance Festival - Showcase

One of the best things about dance is that it can transcend the boundaries of language or culture. The idea of rhythm isn't something that we need words to understand and it's exactly this concept that has acted as inspiration for the eight dance companies represented in this years Booking Dance Festival... 

I Am the Wind

I Am the Wind

I Am The Wind not only plays with these idea of meaningful space but relies upon it. The play is translated from Jon Fosse’s original Norwegian version into English by Simon Stephens and the piece is brought to the Fringe by Warwick University drama society... 

Seated Reservations

Seated Reservations

Seated Reservations’ description as a "one act comedy play about life, death and coffee” doesn’t raise expectations sky-high, but I was very quickly converted by the fast-paced and witty dialogue and the easy comedic style with which it was delivered... 

Shakespeare in Song

Shakespeare in Song

Shakespeare in Song attempts to bring the works of Shakespeare to life using songs from through the centuries and chosen complimentary verses. Following a theme of the seasons, through to love and death, and ending with the power of music, In Voice and Verse take us on a beautiful journey through these wonderful pieces... 

The Three Peaks

The Three Peaks

With The Three Peaks, the Dunnington Players explore not only the three peaks of Yorkshire but also what can happen to us over the course of a year. This play tells us the story of Dennis and Anna, a middle-aged couple who, along with a group of their friends, take on this 26-mile walk... 

Pirates of Men's Pants

Pirates of Men's Pants

Gilbert and Sullivan musicals aren't to everyone's taste, and could most definitely do with an injection of a more modern approach. That's what the Courage Performers, a youth group from Wiltshire, are hoping to do... 

21 Things You Should Know About Toronto's Crack-Smoking Mayor

21 Things You Should Know About Toronto's Crack-Smoking Mayor

The idea of a comedy play that's centred around something we are all really familiar with at the moment - ‘listicles’ - is quite intriguing. I see them pop up all the time and often they are an amusing, or at least an entertaining way to pass five minutes or so... 

Black is the Color of My Voice

Black is the Color of My Voice

Apphia Campbell brings an all-encompassing presence to the stage during this solo performance. Based on events in the life of jazz singer Nina Simone, Campbell has written an adaptation that gives a snapshot of the life of Mena Bordeaux, a classical pianist turned jazz singer and activist, who is looking for answers and redemption during a three-day "cleanse" in isolation, free of alcohol and cigarettes... 

Am I

Am I

Following huge success at last years Fringe, LCP Dance Theatre return this year with an extended version of this multimedia dance performance.Choreographed and directed by Joanna Puchala, this piece centres around exploring the subject of human sex trafficking, using the best selling book Trafficked by Sophie Hayes as a basis for not only the literal narrative, but also for the stark honesty of their portrayal... 

Bonded by Blood

Bonded by Blood

The writers and performers of Bonded by Blood could have possibly struck gold with having me there to review the show. Many people would be presented with the idea of a new musical about the life and times of the infamous ‘Moors Murderers’ and roll their eyes in mocking disinterest... 

The Next Big Thing

The Next Big Thing

The Next Big Thing is a show that deals with precisely that – and the young, ambitious writer who's striving to attain it. Brought to Edinburgh by David Kent and starring Rebecca Ridout and Dereck Walker, both graduates from LSMT, this promises to be a "fabulously dangerous" new musical comedy... 

Brazouka

Brazouka

Braz Dos Santos has quite the tale to tell. Born to humble beginnings in the Brazilian town of Porto Seguro, birthplace of the much loved Lambada, his passion for dance was all that he needed to take himself from the fishing boats of home to the bright lights of Paris and on now to creating and starring in his own show at the Festival... 

Return to the Forbidden Planet

Return to the Forbidden Planet

Wellington College make their return to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this year with the wacky jukebox musical Return to the Forbidden Planet. This musical, which attempts to be a combination of Star Trek and Shakespeare's The Tempest, sees its characters avoiding collisions, fighting off space snakes and battling with the even more tricky situation of its on board relationships... 

In Control

In Control

The premise of this devised piece, championed by Director Alex Hargreaves, is to break down the usual comforts of viewing horror in a cinema and instead bring the story to a place where the action is far more palpable: the theatre... 

The Piece of Paper Paradox

The Piece of Paper Paradox

‘The mindless monotony of routine in the workplace’ is how Blue Moon Theatre describe the show that they have brought to this year’s Fringe. It questions levels of obedience and challenges the importance of individuality, making it a really entertaining piece, much more than the blurb gives it credit for... 

Soldier Box

Soldier Box

Soldier Box is a new play brought to this year’s Fringe by New Celt Productions, a company that amalgamates the talents of both Queen Margaret and Napier university's recent graduate students... 

Nando's and Nandon'ts: A Musical

Nando's and Nandon'ts: A Musical

"A girl. Her guy. A waitress. A ukulele. Copious amounts of chicken" is the catchy and charming tag line of Nando's and Nandon'ts, a new musical brought to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this year from Leicester based theatre company Rebel Breed... 

Off the Curtain

Off the Curtain

Off The Curtain is described as an ‘East-meets-West’ one-woman show, using a mixture of storytelling, acting and poetic narrative. Sara Mashayekh bravely uses a number of performance techniques to attempt to make her audience as passionate about what she has to say as she is...