Eugene Onegin

Eugene Onegin

Tchaikovsky’s adaptation of Pushkin’s novel, Eugene Onegin, is a tale of unfortunate timing. In the first half Tatyana, a young and impressionable country girl, proclaims her burning love for Eugene - an arrogant and eternally bored young man - who rejects her and leaves her heartbroken... 

Small Talk

Small Talk

Tallulah Bankhead once said, ‘Acting is a form of confusion’ - she would find no better corroborator than Antonia Grove in Small Talk. This piece of slightly avant-garde dance/physical theatre sees her play a series of unnamed actors, reeling off a monologue of familiar promotional, chat show interview rhetoric (‘I think the character is just so uninhibited, so free’)... 

The True Story of Ah Q (Physical Theatre)

The True Story of Ah Q (Physical Theatre)

Living a homeless existence in Wei Village during the late Qing Dynasty, the poor, fumbling Ah Q is faced day after day with his own short comings. His response? He claims ‘spiritual victories’ over his fellow villagers, convincing himself he is spiritually superior to his oppressors and pinning his hopes of a new destiny on the Revolution of 1911... 

ThaTha

ThaTha

This one hour whirlwind of African song, dance and music from Zimbabwe-based Siyaya Arts is pure happiness. From their rainbow-coloured clothing to their beaming smiles and electric energy, the entire troupe radiates positivity – lifting our spirits and filling our hearts... 

The Unremarkable Death of Marilyn Monroe

The Unremarkable Death of Marilyn Monroe

Fifty years after the death of Marilyn Monroe and public fascination with her is as strong as ever. Only a fortnight ago another Monroe story found its way into the newspapers - Marilyn phoned Jackie Kennedy to confess her affair with JFK, apparently... 

H to He (I'm Turning Into a Man)

H to He (I'm Turning Into a Man)

H to He, a solo show presumably named after Van de Graaf Generator’s third, physics referencing album, is loosely based on Kafka’s tale of transformation, The Metamorphosis. Only, in this case, the protagonist’s journey isn’t from man to hideously oversized bug but rather from woman to man - allowing a serious message on the difficulties faced by transgender individuals to infuse the more comedic script... 

The List

The List

I wanted to move from the city to a more isolated country life ‘To completely consume my husband’s attention’, pronounces our unnamed protagonist. It doesn’t work. Her husband still returns to the city for work and she is left alone, with two children and surrounded by her ‘nosy bitch’ neighbours... 

Catriona Knox: Player

Catriona Knox: Player

One third of the sketch comedy trio The Boom Jennies, Catriona Knox may be familiar to you through her work on BBC Radio 4 or her appearance on Lee Mack’s Not Going Out. However, in this, her third solo Fringe venture, Knox proves she is a force all of her own... 

One Step Before the Fall

One Step Before the Fall

One of a trio of pieces that make up the Czech dance showcase at this year’s fringe, One Step Before the Fall uses a contemporary style to explore the life of Muhammad Ali.Short of a recording of the man himself, distressingly riddled with Parkinson’s and barely coherent, played at the beginning of the performance, this theme is not particularly clear; it could be documenting the struggles faced by any boxer, anywhere... 

Sanderson Jones and Pippa Evans - Wonder & Joy

Sanderson Jones and Pippa Evans - Wonder & Joy

If you are hoping for a tranquil evening where you can lounge back in your fold-away chair, enjoy the gentle chink of ice cube on glass as you sip your favourite tipple and chuckle away at a few jokes from the safety of an unlit auditorium, this event is 100%, absolutely, not for you... 

Confessions of Old Lady #2

Confessions of Old Lady #2

Through the darkness of a subterranean music bar, in the heart of Edinburgh’s New Town, glimmers a gem of theatrical history. Colleague of Vivien Leigh, rejecter of Elvis Presley and a woman whose show once outsold Liza Minnelli at Westchester Theatre; it is the extraordinary life of Broadway veteran Joan Shepard, and it is yours to hear for free... 

Caroline Rhea

Caroline Rhea

Rhea bounds onto stage in a flash of fuchsia and sparkly beads, hair accessories a-twinkle. Eyeing up the crowd, she coaxes them into an enthusiastic rendition of Sweet Caroline with a cry of ‘pretend you’re not Scottish for a minute, pretend you’re American!’... 

Out of His Skin

Out of His Skin

Out of His Skin supposedly tells the tale of a man who, bored with the monotony of everyday life, embarks on a journey to find his place in the world, taking ever increasing risks in search of the next adrenalin high... 

Dilemma

Dilemma

A tightly curled body rolls slowly on to stage, partially obscured by a sea of smoke. Slowly the foetal form unfurls a searching arm and extended leg to reveal the figure of Olga Kosterina; you have just witnessed the birth of an individual and the beginning of their dilemma... 

Sandi Toksvig Live: My Valentine

Sandi Toksvig Live: My Valentine

‘I still have such enthusiasm for life’ proclaims Toksvig as she bounds onto the Pleasance stage. A little pleased with herself? Perhaps, but loveable all the same.The half Danish, half British Toksvig has been travelling her whole life, be it as a child following her television correspondent father or as an adult making documentaries for the BBC... 

Holmes and Watson: The Farewell Tour

Holmes and Watson: The Farewell Tour

Holmes is going into retirement, but before he does he convinces Watson, Inspector Lestrade and Mrs Hudson to join him on a farewell tour, to enact some of his more challenging and unrecorded cases... 

Paul Merton's Impro Chums

Paul Merton's Impro Chums

Improvised comedy is a difficult art to master. Unlike stand up, improv players can’t use test audiences to edit and hone a set; they have one shot at it and the results tend to fall into two categories – hilarious or a disaster with not much in between... 

Chris Stokes: An Opera Written On Napkins

Chris Stokes: An Opera Written On Napkins

The phrase ‘When life gives you lemons, make lemonade’ is one your parents will most certainly have quoted at you at some point - no doubt when it seemed a particularly unhelpful and unsympathetic moment to do so... 

Mother Africa

Mother Africa

Celebrating its fifth anniversary tour, Cirque Mother Africa is a wonderful show to entertain all the family; a fusion of modern circus and African traditions it overflows with enthusiasm... 

42nd Street

42nd Street

The Tony award winning musical 42nd street tells the story of famed musical producer Julian Marsh’s attempt to put on a profitable production during the Great Depression. Along the way we witness Peggy Sawyer’s journey from small town girl to big time star and Dorothy Brock’s retreat from show business where she has enjoyed fame for over a decade... 

Rock 'n' Roll Politics

Rock 'n' Roll Politics

‘This has nothing to do with rock ‘n’ roll, it’s a metaphor’ - so if you’re after an hour of Elvis this is perhaps not the show for you. However, if you’re interested in learning more about British politic - and not just the dull dates and statistics but all the behind the scenes drama from murder plots to flying typewriters - you’re in for a treat... 

Mozart: The Impresario

Mozart: The Impresario

Written to rival a piece by Salieri for a music competition in 1786 The Impresario is a short, light and comic piece of singspiel that follows the difficulty of handling sensitive divas and running a struggling opera house... 

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare - Abridged

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare - Abridged

Thirty-seven Shakespeare plays, three actors, less than two hours. After numerous performances around the globe and a nine year stint on London’s West End the premise of this piece will be familiar to many... 

'Allo 'Allo

'Allo 'Allo

Being a huge fan of the original, I found myself filled with both excitement and apprehension when I read someone had brought a stage adaptation of ‘Allo ‘Allo to the Fringe. Trying to replicate such a well-known and well-loved comedy was going to be a tall order... 

Alba Flamenca

Alba Flamenca

After producing a sell-out show every year since 2009 Alba Flamenca returns to the Fringe once more, bringing a taste of authentic flamenco music and dance to the Scottish capital.The night I was there, a somewhat shaky start added a bit of tension to the beginning, it soon flowed away as the dancing began in earnest... 

Into the Fog

Into the Fog

Inspired by Russian the folktale Hedgehog in the Fog this new piece of physical theatre tells the story of a small community who meets once every millennium, where they discover books they have never seen before and act out the tales contained within... 

Tiffany Stevenson: Uncomfortably Numb

Tiffany Stevenson: Uncomfortably Numb

Stevenson’s act is fast becoming a fixture at the Fringe with Uncomfortably Numb marking her fourth consecutive year here; between this and her appearances on ITV’s Show Me The Funny her name may now be a familiar one for many... 

Jo Caulfield - Thinking Bad Thoughts

Jo Caulfield - Thinking Bad Thoughts

After taking a break in 2011, Jo Caulfield returns to Edinburgh for her ninth solo fringe show with a deliciously witty and razor sharp routine. Years of experience on the stand up circuit, as well as on television shows such as Mock the Week, Have I Got News For You and Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Road Show, have imbued Caulfield with a languid confidence and superb knowledge of how to structure a set in order to make it engaging and appealing to a wide audience... 

Prodigious

Prodigious

In recent years the popularity of street dance has exploded. Much of this can be attributed to its proliferation in popular music videos and films such as the Step Up trilogy and You Got Served...