Flamenco for Kids

Flamenco for Kids

There are many things about Flamenco for Kids which I had to consider; firstly the question of what was it, exactly? This program is a weird amalgamation of a performance and a workshop, run by excellent musicians and performers who are not necessarily teachers or educators... 

Cathedral Meditations by Candlelight

Cathedral Meditations by Candlelight

Entering the cathedral, it is impossible not to be in awe of the scenery. The setting is so beautiful and conducive to a little meditative respite with its flying buttresses and softly illuminating halogen lamps... 

The  System

The System

From a bare stage sirens blare, search dogs bark and police rally as three men make a daring prison break. This is the opening sequence of The System, a tremendous powerhouse of physical theatre and new writing so fresh and vital it defies description... 

The Steadfast Tin Soldier

The Steadfast Tin Soldier

In the world of children’s programming, there is a spectrum from well-executed to well intentioned through to absolutely insulting. The Steadfast Tin Soldier falls neatly into the second category... 

Funeral Replacement Service

Funeral Replacement Service

As I approach Waverly Bridge, I catch sight of a black vintage Routemaster bus, casting a gloomy shadow against the darkness. This is the place. The guests are starting to arrive, greeted by the reassuring yet somewhat jittery funeral director who sends us to the second level with the assurance that services will begin briefly... 

Now Leasing

Now Leasing

Lea McGowan (pronounced Lee, as in, Now Leasing), is a beautiful dancer. Her grace, elegance and commitment are a dynamic display of physical stamina and unimaginable beauty and this show is an hour long marathon of human endurance... 

Tamar Broadbent: Almost Epic

Tamar Broadbent: Almost Epic

A little spitfire of a songstress has entered the forum of the Fringe, bound for greatness – or so she hopes. It’s the night of her big break, and while vamping waiting for a call from her producer, good-girl-gone-bad rocker Tamar Broadbent gives us a view into her rise to fame... 

Edinburgh - A Tale of Two Towns

Edinburgh - A Tale of Two Towns

Edinburgh is a city of beauty, history and incredible inspiration. A city, as our tour guide Peter explained, ‘founded on books, lochs and lots of hills.’ Fear not, weary traveler, if you’re worrying that this all sounds a little too trying; with the gifted guides of ‘Edinburgh: A Tale of Two Towns’ at hand, this dramatic landscape is unfolded like a fairy tale... 

SensoryO

SensoryO

A line of wiggly worms wait impatiently to enter the magical night-time world where anything is possible. Entering into the venue at Paterson’s Land was a joy for the senses, an innovative landscape of light and colour, pillows and pram parking and a surprisingly sophisticated soundscape as parents were invited to sit on cushions with their little ones, all of whom got lion’s tales to wag and tickle as they take their seats... 

Best of Edinburgh Showcase Show

Best of Edinburgh Showcase Show

Much like Arthur’s Seat is the bedrock of Edinburgh, comedy is the bedrock of the Edinburgh Fringe. There are brilliant headliners, up and coming club talent and fresh, raw and sometimes not quite ready rookies and it is often a challenge to filter who, what, where and why when it comes to choosing... 

The Blues Brothers - Live

The Blues Brothers - Live

I have a confession to make. I love this movie; I grew up on this movie. So I was cautiously excited to see my icon on stage in a music review. My fears were immediately and resolutely assuaged from the moment the band hit the stage and the announcer began the famous welcome speech... 

Longing for Grace

Longing for Grace

Alfred Hitchcock once said of Grace Kelly, she is a ‘volcano covered in snow.’ It is a brave and challenging undertaking to write a show about such an iconic figure, particularly one so well loved and admired as Princess Grace; an even greater challenge to then embody that figure on stage... 

Sword and I

Sword and I

This show had so much promise, derring-do, an epic journey, sword, mime and a lot of comedy. However, there is a sometimes a cost to promising too much; the temptation to put every skill one has in a blender, mix them up and serve in an unpolished glass... 

The Dark Truth Tour

The Dark Truth Tour

Down a long, winding staircase, far beneath the bustling streets of Edinburgh stands a city frozen in time. Often referred to as the most haunted place in the world, Mary King’s Close stands as a fascinating historical site... 

Hooked

Hooked

I hardly know where to begin with this fascinating and relentlessly passionate show. It is exciting, challenging and in the end delivers exactly what it promises; a stark, honest and unapologetic peek behind the curtain at seven women, some famous, some infamous, others nearly entirely overlooked by history but each one, obsessed... 

I Hate Children Children's Show

I Hate Children Children's Show

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, welcome to the madness that is the I Hate Children, Children’s Show. From the moment you enter the theatre, accompanied by cool rock riffs from guitarist John Anaya, it is clear that this is no ordinary kids’ show... 

Rumpelstiltskin and the Wheel of Fortune

Rumpelstiltskin and the Wheel of Fortune

As I walked into the Scottish Storytelling Centre I was greeted by a delightfully impish man in a wizard’s robe assigning fairy names to all the children (and adults if you want) from a giant book... 

Red Bastard

Red Bastard

I’ll admit it, I was curious. I mean, what was this show? Every description went undefined, every interview, preview and teaser was a mishmash of misdirection. What was this show? However, I’ll say it: I get it, I am a convert, I am schooled in the way of the Red Bastard... 

The  Man Who Planted Trees

The Man Who Planted Trees

Is there a more delightful way to start the 2013 Fringe than with Edinburgh’s own Puppet State Theatre Company? This nearly pitch perfect production of The Man Who Planted Trees, which has been enchanting audiences since 2007, has weathered the test of time...