The Tempest

The Tempest

Back in the 1700s, when David Garrick ruled the stage and was bringing about a Shakespeare revival, the Bard’s plays would frequently be adapted. Entire scenes would be cut to shorten run times and even endings would be changed (King Lear, for example, would more often than not end happily... 

The  Irish in Scotland: Songs of Robert Tannahill

The Irish in Scotland: Songs of Robert Tannahill

One of the aspects of folk music that makes it so different from any other variety is the connection it has to history and tradition. Normally this connection is expressed in the playing of the music itself, or perhaps a brief explanation of a song’s origins before a tune is begun... 

Così Fan Tutte

Così Fan Tutte

Modernisations are always tricky. Taking a show out of its original time frame can remove vital elements of context and certain aspects of the plot may not make sense in the new setting... 

Collected Stories

Collected Stories

Lisa Morrison (Natalie Sutherland) is the very picture of a naive young girl when we meet her, bubbling with enthusiasm over her first tutorial with her literary idol Ruth Steiner (April Lang)... 

Timeless: The Musical

Timeless: The Musical

It’s hard to go wrong with a musical that combines time travel, romance, and two best friends seeking adventure. There’s the opportunity for witty banter, exotic locales and rousing musical numbers... 

Below the Belt

Below the Belt

It’s clear from the get-go that Below the Belt by Richard Dresser is just a bit odd. The play is set in a factory in an unspecified location referred to as simply ‘off-country’... 

Tig Notaro: Boyish-Girl Interrupted

Tig Notaro: Boyish-Girl Interrupted

There is an anecdote that says that Mark Twain knew he was funny when he stood up in front of an audience, silent, and they all began to laugh. Tig Notaro has not quite reached this level yet... 

About Circus

About Circus

There is no childhood memory of fun more hallowed than a day at the circus. What could be better than time spent watching incredible tricks that dazzle the senses and stretch the imagination? About Circus takes this age-old tradition and adds a slight twist; in their circus, it is the children who are performing... 

Bugs, Beasts and Bairns

Bugs, Beasts and Bairns

Let’s face it, it’s hard to keep a group of children entertained. Especially if that group of children all happen to be under the age of four. Yet Hilary Crothers manages it. Standing in front of a group of tots sitting on small mats, she led them through various songs and games which managed to keep them thoroughly engrossed for a whole hour... 

Scott of the Antarctic: The Musical

Scott of the Antarctic: The Musical

Robert Scott’s trek through the Antarctic would seem a fairly improbable subject for a comedic musical. What, after all, is funny about trudging through icy winds and below freezing temperatures to eventually perish in the arctic weather? As it turns out, quite a lot, as Scott of the Antarctic: The Musical, demonstrates... 

The Golden Cowpat

The Golden Cowpat

The Golden Cowpat showcases storytelling at its finest. Though the scene opened on a modest set (a green carpet and a fence) and only two actors (Anna Wheatley and Roddy Peters), we were immediately transported to a small farm in the country... 

Barefootin'

Barefootin'

It takes Personality to sing jazz. Personality, with a capital P. Something about the music demands charisma and self-assurance, a stage presence that is almost second nature. From the moment Lillian Boutté walks onstage it is clear that she possesses all these traits... 

The Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club

It’s hard, a lot of the time, to find comedy that appeals to both children and adults. Quite simply, there is a limited amount of overlapping interests between the two groups. This can be hard on parents, who, midway through the Fringe, might find themselves tempted to scream if they encounter just one more singing puppet... 

YurtaKids! The Red Bike

YurtaKids! The Red Bike

Although The Red Bike is a largely non-verbal performance, there’s no fear that children will fail to understand the plot. With a cast incredibly skilled in mime and slapstick, some gorgeous shadow puppetry, and a clear line of narration, the show is easy to follow, despite the lack of dialogue... 

A Little Piece of Heaven

A Little Piece of Heaven

It’s a shame “A Little Piece of Heaven” isn’t billed as a thriller, because it is most certainly horrifying. The rock musical follows Shanie (Angelica Hughes), a thirteen year-old who decides that a conspiracy organization known as New World Order is trying to take over the globe... 

Music Show - Wedding!

Music Show - Wedding!

It is rather difficult to pinpoint exactly why Music Show, Wedding! is so enjoyable. The musical doesn’t have a catchy title, there’s not much in the way of plot and it’s almost entirely non-verbal... 

Here's Connie

Here's Connie

At first glance, ‘Here’s Connie’ appears to be just another late-twenties angsty life-hasn’t-turned-out-like-I-planned-it show. Fortunately, about five minutes into the play, the drama takes a left-turn and we begin the journey to find out what is actually causing Connie’s angst... 

Rod Woodward: Funny Turn

Rod Woodward: Funny Turn

From the moment he gets up on stage, Rod Woodward is at ease with the crowd. Sporting a snazzy grey suit, he walks back and forth across the platform, engaging in comic banter with the audience as latecomers slowly trickle in... 

Gilbert and Sullivan: The Musical

Gilbert and Sullivan: The Musical

From the first number, it's clear that the cast of Gilbert & Sullivan The Musical are talented. The opening song is very much an homage to the style of original Gilbert & Sullivan’s numbers, and each of the actors artfully manage their quick verses and vying harmonies... 

All Our Friends Are Dead

All Our Friends Are Dead

From the moment they step on stage, there’s no denying that Katie Norris and Sinead Parker have talent. Even in the small venue they are given, they show off a commanding stage presence... 

The Brothers' Grimm Spectaculathon

The Brothers' Grimm Spectaculathon

Although some may read the description and think The Brother’s Grimm Spectaculathon sounds like an ideal children’s show, I would advise against taking any young ones to see it, unless they are in the above-five-and-really-love-pretend-violence category... 

Festival of the Spoken Nerd - Full Frontal Nerdity

Festival of the Spoken Nerd - Full Frontal Nerdity

Warning: Do not attend this show if you do not want to learn something new. Festival of the Spoken Nerd: Full Frontal Nerdity is a show of science and maths, done humorously, not humour about science and maths... 

Double D's with Jenna Wimshurst and Caroline Bridgwater

Double D's with Jenna Wimshurst and Caroline Bridgwater

Even though it is a favored topic of comedians, it’s still rather tricky to pull off good humor about disenfranchised groups. The comedian runs the risk of descending into stereotypes, clichés, and comments which are offensive for the sake of being offensive... 

I (Honestly) Love You

I (Honestly) Love You

Imagine, for a moment, always having to tell the truth. Always. To your friends, your parents, your boss, to, most inconveniently, that rather nice person you've just started dating...