Oog

Oog

A belated denouement to his lauded 2005 work The Factory, award-winning performer Al Seed returns to the subject of war with striking psychological rigour. Secluded in an underground bunker, the war outside may be over, but the war inside a lost soldier’s mind has just begun... 

Detention

Detention

Hijinks and flying kicks abound in this piece of non-verbal physical comedy from the Hong Kong-based Tang Shu-wing Theatre Studio, last unleashed on an unsuspecting Fringe in 2012. The plot – if what happens can really be described as plot – revolves around three mischievous teenagers banished to the detention room for undisclosed reasons (probably involving farts), who find themselves forced to contend with their feisty, lovelorn teacher and a new challenge to their hormonal equilibrium... 

Untold Wars: A New Verbatim Musical

Untold Wars: A New Verbatim Musical

Working within the rather large shadow of the National Theatre’s verbatim triumph London Road, new Leeds-based company 203 Theatre have hopped on this particular niche musical bandwagon, but their destination couldn’t be further from the quaint streets of Ipswich... 

A Brief History of Evil

A Brief History of Evil

Who knew that a Dusty Springfield favourite could provide such an effective description of man’s descent into unspeakable evil? Ewan Downie and Jonathan Peck from Company of Wolves apparently, as they croon their way through The Windmills of Your Mind with a hushed intensity that lulls you into a trance... 

Project HaHa

Project HaHa

When life gives you lemons, sometimes you shouldn’t make lemonade.That’s the message at the heart of this hugely inventive and arresting new piece by physical theatre collective RemoteControl, a show which feeds off the manic energy induced when we force ourselves to be happy... 

This Arthur's Seat Belongs to Lionel Richie

This Arthur's Seat Belongs to Lionel Richie

Really Broadway Baby? You want me to review a one-off stand up show in which the venue description literally reads “On Top of Arthur’s Seat” (Venue 354)? Really? I got into criticism because I really like sitting down... 

Aye Right? How No?: The Comedy Countdown to the Referendum with Vladimir McTavish & Keir McAllister

Aye Right? How No?: The Comedy Countdown to the Referendum with Vladimir McTavish & Keir McAllister

Tensions are building north of the border. It’s an unspoken rule that you don’t mention the “i” word at parties unless you want a fight on your hands. Heated exchanges between close friends and pub bust-ups have come to be the norm... 

Out of the Lens

Out of the Lens

Joseph is wiling away his days in a tea shop looking for inspiration. Ryan is wiling away his days in a tea shop looking for adventure. Naturally, the pair click. The entire plot of Out of Lens can be divulged in a snapshot: the young men form a bond whilst working on Joe’s Uni photography project, clash when Ryan’s intentions are laid bare and find they have changed each other for the better, having made it through this conflict... 

Who Shot Hitler?

Who Shot Hitler?

It’s the question on everyone’s lips. Most would say the answer is obvious, but not Frank Law. It’s a question that keeps him awake at night, one which haunts him to this day... 

A Chorus Line

A Chorus Line

The California Musical Theatre Ensemble’s abridged version of A Chorus Line feels like a high school production. A good high school production but a high school production nonetheless... 

Miranda Sings

Miranda Sings

You feel a certain apprehension going into a Miranda Sings live show. As a genuine YouTube sensation, one worries that Colleen Ballinger’s abrasive character simply won’t work outside of the three minute bursts of hysteria she regularly unleashes upon her online audience... 

Vanity Bites Back

Vanity Bites Back

Welcome to Jill’s cookery show! Well, technically it’s a pilot, but let’s be honest, it’s going to be a sure-fire hit. After her latest efforts to launch a TV career went south (turns out people didn’t go nuts for the daytime talk show about Islamabad) Jill is determined to become the new Nigella... 

Three Shot Mockery

Three Shot Mockery

Three Shot Mockery is a fine way to spend an hour of precious festival time. Compared by the very likeable Joby Mageean, what makes this Free Fringe stand up display stand out is that it acts as a showcase for comedians in the embryonic stages of their careers... 

The Jest

The Jest

The Jest feels TV-ready and in more ways than one. This troupe’s eponymous show is steeped in a wide array of televisual influences, from adverts to PSAs to programme parody. In addition to this, the way they incorporate interstitial titles lends a freshness to the rapid fire sketch format... 

The Rules of Engagement

The Rules of Engagement

The Rules of Engagement, Tony Jameson’s latest Fringe hour, has the feel of bumping into a charming acquaintance that you haven’t seen in a while on the street. It’s great to hear all their stories and find out about the big events which have happened in their life, but the encounter is a very surface level interaction... 

Silent Voice

Silent Voice

Blackout. That’s an impressive enough beginning to any show at the Fringe, with South African State Theatre’s Assembly collaboration heralding one of the only theatres at the festival able to actually execute one... 

Swing

Swing

Sometimes we’re too afraid of looking like an eejit to fully embrace life: whether it’s not standing up for something you believe in, or being too shy to ask out the handsome barista, or resisting the dance floor when a Kylie classic roars on... 

Mrs Thundercünt's Splooge Adventurers!

Mrs Thundercünt's Splooge Adventurers!

I think it’s fair to say that there are issues with your sketch show when the funniest thing that happens is that a man fingers a swiss roll.Did that shock you? The QMU Comedy Society certainly hope so... 

Lady Madonna

Lady Madonna

Madonna is the queen of pop. Madonna is the queen of reinvention. Madonna is the ultimate material girl. Madonna is a business woman. Madonna is a wife and mother. Madonna is a humanitarian... 

Sunshine on Leith

Sunshine on Leith

Sunshine on Leith really is a daft musical. Any show that constructs its plot around the titles of songs by The Proclaimers is bound to be. It must be said, however, that Sunshine on Leith is endlessly loveable, with a recent film adaptation by Dexter Fletcher cementing its status as a contemporary classic... 

Rats!

Rats!

Airbourne Theatre Leeds’ original piece is a live-action cartoon, bursting with energy, colour, and child-like enthusiasm. It follows the plight of Dan Onaschük, an aimless twentysomething, who in quick succession loses his job, girlfriend, and confidence... 

Mysteries of the Unknown

Mysteries of the Unknown

The big issue with Bristol Improv’s horror-comedy offering is sadly a brutal one: the show simply wasn’t funny enough. The laughs don’t come nearly as quick or as hard as they ought to... 

Playback Impro

Playback Impro

The Fringe is absolutely saturated with wonderful improvised comedy. Stalwarts of the festival have consistently provided brilliant nights out for years. To stand out in this competitive environment is quite a feat, but London-based troop A Drunken Sailor manage it with their Free Fringe offering - a fresh, funny and strangely cathartic show... 

The Big Bite-Size Breakfast Show

The Big Bite-Size Breakfast Show

It is amazing what a coffee and a croissant can do to a bleary-eyed audience. The collective hangover which overcasts every morning of the festival vanished for the crowd of The Big Bite-Size Breakfast Show, clearing the way for an hour of laughter and intrigue... 

Sister Amnesia's Country and Western Nunsense Jamboree

Sister Amnesia's Country and Western Nunsense Jamboree

Watching Sister Amnesia’s Country and Western Nunsense Jamboree brought me right back to a long-forgotten primary school experience. We would all be funnelled into the gym hall, the head teacher would announce that we had some special guests visiting the school, and that they had brought a show to perform for us... 

Drunk Lion

Drunk Lion

Chris is on the precipice of an existential crisis. He’s just moved to a new country, he doesn’t speak a word of the language, and to top it all off his new Spanish tutor is an alcoholic lion...