Tatterdemalion

Tatterdemalion

Tatterdemalion is a one-man mime and puppetry show in which the audience are among the most essential elements. The performer, our tatterdemalion – an archaic word meaning a ragged character in tattered clothing – never speaks but takes his audience through a number of entertaining scenarios with great skill... 

Le Gateau Chocolat: Black

Le Gateau Chocolat: Black

Le Gateau Chocolat is an experienced and highly talented performer, with several successful cabaret shows under his belt. With Black, he has created a show that explores his autobiography and the issues he has had to - and still does - face... 

Eric's Tales of the Sea – A Submariner's Yarn

Eric's Tales of the Sea – A Submariner's Yarn

Eric is a friendly, unassuming man whose Tales of the Sea take you through his time spent on submarines in the Royal Navy. He recounts funny, interesting and occasionally terrifying stories, teaching you as much about submarines themselves as he does life onboard... 

Fast Fringe

Fast Fringe

Fast Fringe is a comedy showcase of comedy and variety acts from all over the fringe with a simple but entertaining premise: each performer, all selected by comedy website Chortle, has only three minutes to show us what they can do and convince us to go to their show... 

Vagabond

Vagabond

Vagabond: Where Will the Wind Take You? is the story of three vagabonds, or clowns, called Cazzo, Lazzo and Pazzo. The trio pass their time trying to fix their lighthouse only to find the answer to their quest in a beautiful dandelion... 

Tom Parry: Yellow T-shirt

Tom Parry: Yellow T-shirt

Tom Parry, formerly a third of sketch group Pappy’s, presents Yellow T-Shirt, his first solo show, at this year’s Fringe. It is a highly enjoyable hour which demonstrates that Parry’s skill does not rely on the presence of his fellow performers... 

How to Keep an Alien

How to Keep an Alien

How to Keep an Alien is an autobiographical story written and performed by Irish actress Sonya Kelly. It is, as advertised, ‘a story about falling in love and proving it to the government’, but it is also an enchanting piece of theatre... 

Impossible

Impossible

Alan Cox is Harry Houdini and Phill Jupitus is Arthur Conan Doyle in a play exploring a belief in the spiritual and the reasons that can lead you to believe in something which nobody can prove... 

Festival of the Spoken Nerd: Just for Graphs

Festival of the Spoken Nerd: Just for Graphs

Festival of the Spoken Nerd present a variety of comedy stylings on maths, physics, and all things ‘nerdy’. Hosts Helen Arney, Steve Mould and Matt Parker are all charming, talented and obviously very smart, and their show is a fantastic and funny celebration of their interests... 

Sam Simmons: Spaghetti for Breakfast

Sam Simmons: Spaghetti for Breakfast

Sam Simmons’ show is completely mad right off the bat. If you are hoping for conventional stand-up, this may not be the show for you. As you walk in, everything on stage is shiny, white, and looks like it’s the set of a TV advert for some kind of household product... 

I Hate Children Children's Show

I Hate Children Children's Show

Performer Paul Nathan informs his audience before they enter the space that ‘Moms and Dads get Champagne, kids get insults’. He holds true to his word, and each adult is handed a glass of bubbly upon arrival... 

Phil Nichol: I Don’t Want to Talk About It

Phil Nichol: I Don’t Want to Talk About It

The main thing that you need to know about this show is that something about it is absolutely and completely unexpected. It would be bad form to give away what it is, but suffice to say that this reviewer believes that you should definitely go to see I Don’t Want to Talk About It, and that it would be the perfect way to end your night... 

Holly Burn: I am Kirsty K

Holly Burn: I am Kirsty K

Holly Burn, or Kirsty K as she’s known for the purposes of this show, immediately drops her audience into a bizarre and high-energy scenario. Kirsty is a Geordie lass who’s been sent on a trip by her nan - her first time away from home... 

Simon Munnery's Fylm School

Simon Munnery's Fylm School

Simon Munnery believes that the camera should be used more in live performance, and the result is the fantastical world of his Fylm School. As you sit down facing the stage, Munnery himself is positioned behind you at a desk... 

The Alternative Comedy Memorial Society

The Alternative Comedy Memorial Society

The Alternative Comedy Memorial Society, or ACMS, is a late-night comedy showcase. However, it is most definitely unlike any other show of its kind. If the night can be said to have a theme, it might be the non-traditional... 

Max and Ivan: The End

Max and Ivan: The End

In Max and Ivan: The End, the eponymous duo take you on a guided tour of the small town of Sudley-on-Sea, introducing you to all of the residents. The end result is a hilarious and fantastically well-crafted show... 

Lennon: Through a Glass Onion

Lennon: Through a Glass Onion

John R. Waters takes on the challenging task of being John Lennon in a series of monologues and songs for Lennon: Through a Glass Onion, accompanied by Stewart D’Arietta on the piano... 

Jamie Wood – O No!

Jamie Wood – O No!

This is one of the strangest hours I have ever passed. However, it is also one of the funniest and most heart-wrenching. Jamie Wood - O No! is partly an homage to Yoko Ono (though you don’t need to be a fan to understand) and partly an exploration of relationships and what it means to fall in love... 

Imagine There's No Ben Target (It's Easy If You Try)

Imagine There's No Ben Target (It's Easy If You Try)

Ben Target is in no way an average stand-up. He specialises in the surreal and the unusual, and Imagine There’s No Ben Target most definitely fits that description. I don’t think I could even describe him as a stand up comedian, though he’s definitely very funny... 

Ross & Rachel

Ross & Rachel

Ross & Rachel is an exploration of beyond ‘happily ever after’, using the two Friends characters we all know so well as a medium through which to explore the artifice of relationships and our expectations of them... 

Yianni: Why Did the Chicken Cross the Line?

Yianni: Why Did the Chicken Cross the Line?

This year, Yianni explores “the line”: how do we cross the line in telling jokes, and who decides where it is? He conducts his investigation through a series of anecdotes and deconstructions that make for a thoroughly enjoyable hour... 

The Princess and the Pea

The Princess and the Pea

The Princess and the Pea follows the story of the lonely Prince Jethro. He is sad because no princess that he meets is suitable for him to marry. All fail to pass his mother’s strict test: if they can’t feel the pea at the bottom of a tall pile of mattresses, they can’t be a true princess and are therefore unworthy of her son... 

Art Attack

Art Attack

‘Art Attack’ is a compelling exhibition of a handful of well-chosen international artists that will engage all those who visit. Outwardly, Urbane Art Gallery could seem to be the kind of white space gallery that has no time for those unwilling or unable to buy the expensive artworks on show...