The Good Person of Szechwan

The Good Person of Szechwan

Brecht's famous parable about living a good life in a world ruled by money is here performed admirably by students from the Chinese International School of Hong Kong.Shen Te, who is a prostitute at the start of the story, receives a gift of money from the gods so that she may live a good life... 

The Best of Irish Comedy

The Best of Irish Comedy

Since 1999 this show has been a feature of the Fringe's comedy programme and this year they are back with some of the biggest names in Irish comedy.On this particular occasion the host was Michael Legge, who has great energy and was the driving force in a programme that threatened to run out of momentum several times... 

Othello - The Remix

Othello - The Remix

This wonderful adaptation re-imagines Othello as a world-renowned rapper, and the action takes place in the high-flying world of hip-hop performers.They acknowledge their debt to Shakespeare, opening the show with the lyrics ‘good storytellers borrow, but great ones steal’, and this lyrical thievery pays off in a highly entertaining and often hilarious musical... 

Graham Whistler: Stand-Up, Fall Down - Free

Graham Whistler: Stand-Up, Fall Down - Free

Graham Whistler's show from last year's Fringe returns, again mainly focusing on his cerebral palsy. While he has some interesting points to make about disabled people and how society responds to them, this is not particularly original... 

Set List: Stand-Up Without a Net

Set List: Stand-Up Without a Net

Improvised stand-up is a tricky business, but luckily the organisers of The Set List continue to get some of the country's most well-known comedians to take part. The topics that the performers have to use are projected on a screen and supplemented by suggestions from the audience... 

Bye Bye World

Bye Bye World

Olga and Dino are leaving their lives behind. That much is clear right at the very start of the play, and we then spend the rest of the show finding out how they got to that point... 

Billy Watson - Sex, Drugs and Marriage - Free

Billy Watson - Sex, Drugs and Marriage - Free

At the start of this show Billy Watson talks about cocks and pubes and soon moves on to describe a tedious pursuit of pussy, which would presumably not be half as tedious if he ever realised that "pussy" is typically part of a human being... 

Woza Albert!

Woza Albert!

Woza Albert! (Come here, Albert!) was first performed in 1983 and it was a sharp criticism of the Apartheid system. It is an unapologetic protest play that feels a bit like a museum piece because it protested against a world that no longer exists... 

Rainbow

Rainbow

Standing on a monochrome stage, each on his own pedestal, three characters talk about a few days in their lives. They don't realise how their decisions influence other people's lives... 

The Knowledge Emporium

The Knowledge Emporium

This project has a marvellously appealing idea behind it: first, open a shop where people 'buy' sweets, not with money, but with knowledge. Then, perform some of what you've learnt to an audience who may or may not have taken part earlier in the process... 

Story Shakespeare: All's Well That Ends Well

Story Shakespeare: All's Well That Ends Well

The story of Helena and her faithless husband, Bertram, has puzzled theatregoers for centuries. Its unexpected happy ending seems to jar with the rest of the play and, although this production uses an adapted script, the final ambiguity remains... 

Mother to Mother

Mother to Mother

Just months before the election that saw Nelson Mandela become president of South Africa, an angry mob attacked and killed American Fulbright scholar Amy Biehl. The young men who committed the crime had grown up as part of the anti-apartheid struggle and did not know how close they were to the end of the regime... 

Jessica Fostekew: Brave New Word

Jessica Fostekew: Brave New Word

Jessica Fostekew is in love with words. She loves playing with words, inventing new words, inventing new meanings for words and she particularly loves looking up the origins of words... 

Mies Julie

Mies Julie

When Strindberg’s 1888 play was first transposed to a South African setting in 1985, Apartheid was at it’s height and the production caused an uproar for featuring an interracial kiss... 

Someone Who'll Watch Over Me

Someone Who'll Watch Over Me

An Englishman, an Irishman and an American are sitting in a room, but this is no joke. They are chained to the floor and can’t be sure if it’s day or night. Unseen men guard them, and they have no idea when - or even if - they will be released... 

The Sewing Machine

The Sewing Machine

Waiting for someone to collect her sewing machine, an old woman takes her leave of this last remaining companion. As she reminisces, she tells the story of her life to a world almost entirely gone... 

The Sun is Not for Us

The Sun is Not for Us

What was life like for women in the early twentieth-century living in China? In this play we see a woman forced into an arranged marriage. Another opts to make her way as a courtesan... 

The Browning Version

The Browning Version

Terence Rattigan's undoubtedly brilliant play gets a rather tedious reworking in this production by student company Hoghead Theatre.Schoolmaster Andrew Crocker-Harris is retiring from the public school where he has been teaching Classics for eighteen years... 

The World's Greatest Walking Tour of Edinburgh

The World's Greatest Walking Tour of Edinburgh

At the beginning of this tour we're on Lothian Street and Cuth when our guide boldly informs us that we are on Lothian Road. He proceeds to get just about everything else wrong too, which is to be expected from a spoof tour... 

The Iliad, The Odyssey and All of Greek Mythology in 99 Minutes or Less

The Iliad, The Odyssey and All of Greek Mythology in 99 Minutes or Less

Zipping through all of Greek mythology in an hour and a half is quite a lot of fun when it is presented by a company of student actors who tackle the task with enthusiasm; it is rather endearing that they come across as a bunch of kids who don't know quite what they've let themselves in for... 

How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found

How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found

Have you ever thought about running away, changing your identity and leaving behind your current life? This is what Charlie decides to do after being caught stealing from work. He is addicted to cocaine, overworked, and still reeling from the death of his mother... 

The Election: A Silent Comedy

The Election: A Silent Comedy

On the night of an election, one candidate and two party workers are scurrying about, preparing for the results to be announced. While politics usually involves a great deal of talking however this is a silent comedy, so these guys are played by Sheffield slapstick trio Awkward Cough, who specialises in clownish wordless comedy specifically for theatre... 

Repertory Theatre

Repertory Theatre

This comedy thriller by Israeli duo Elephant and the Mouse has a plot twist so delicious that giving it away would be murder... ooh, have I said too much?An ambitious young playwright approaches the artistic director of a repertory theatre about a production of his first play, but the director seems to have trouble keeping track of the conversation and has an unsettling fascination with Hamlet... 

Danielle Ward - Speakeasy / Playdead

Danielle Ward - Speakeasy / Playdead

Speakeasy, one of two shows stand-up Danielle Ward is performing on alternate nights at the Fringe, starts with the offer of a gin and tonic. After that, just as the lights have gone down and there's no way of leaving unobtrusively, Ward announces that the audience is to be treated to a feminist rant... 

Dead Man's Cell Phone

Dead Man's Cell Phone

When she sees a stranger die in a café, Jean hardly thinks before answering his ringing phone. This surreal fantasy starts off with the main character telling a few white lies because she has imagined a connection with the dead man, but the longer she keeps answering his phone, the more she gets involved in what used to be his life... 

Jigsy

Jigsy

‘I was a docker once, but I'm working now,’ says Scouse comic Jigsy in Tony Staveacre's new play, as he reminisces about Liverpool life in the past. He whiles away the time before he is due back on stage in a working men's club in the late 1990s, talking about other comics from the past and thinking about life and death... 

Why Do You Stand There in the Rain?

Why Do You Stand There in the Rain?

During the Great Depression thousands of American World War I veterans gathered in Washington DC to demand payment of promised bonuses. The government, the police and the army responded with force, eventually attacking the protesters with fire, guns and tear gas...