Rope

Rope

Nietzsche’s notion of the Übermensch receives one scant mention towards the end of Patrick Hamilton's Rope, yet it is the driving force that underpins the play. Although easily classified as a thriller, the traditional tension of a murder mystery is displaced in Rope... 

Woyzeck

Woyzeck

Having spent three months eating only peas, it comes as no surprise that the eponymous central character in Woyzeck appears in a state of both physical frailty and mental instability... 

More Heat Than Light

More Heat Than Light

In a well-paced, one-hour monologue, eighteen-year-old Alex talks about the generations of family who have had a significant impact upon his life. He takes on their personas, voices and quirky habits... 

Will

Will

The happy band of players that performs Will or Eight Lost Years of Young William Shakespeare’s Life is reminiscent of the troupes that wandered the country when the Bard was alive or opportunely arrived at Elsinore in time to further Hamlet’s mischief... 

Bomb Happy

Bomb Happy

Bomb Happy is a verbatim victory. As one of the veterans proudly reminded us after the play, it is their words alone that form the script with "nothing added and nothing taken away"... 

The Overcoat

The Overcoat

Scandal and Gallows theatre company shines as a remarkably talented team in this production of The Overcoat by rising star scriptwriter George Johnston, who has imaginatively transformed Gogol's powerful everyman short story into a vibrant work of metatheatricality... 

One for the Road...

One for the Road...

In the early 1980s Pinter became increasingly interested in human rights abuses and in particular the torture of political prisoners in Argentina and Turkey. One For The Road emerged from those concerns, although it is deliberately given no specific national location; he believed such violations could occur as easily in democracies as dictatorships, although the common expression for another drink, used many times during the play and as the title, suggests an English-speaking background for the lead character... 

Venus and Adonis

Venus and Adonis

It is a rare treat to hear a dramatised performance of Shakespeare’s first published work, Venus and Adonis. Publishedin 1593, the poem became the bestseller of its day, helped to a certain extent by the closure of theatres during an outbreak of plague... 

When the Sky Falls In

When the Sky Falls In

When The Sky Falls In is written and presented by Janet Gershlick. She is quite clear about not being an actress, although as a broadcaster she has many years experience working in radio with the BBC and independent stations such as Capital Gold and Talk Radio UK... 

Wired

Wired

Wired is one of several productions with a military theme being performed at the Army Reserve Centre, Summerhall’s new venue, army@Fringe. What it portrays is a world away from the cosy atmosphere of the mess bar, the art exhibition and the casual social interaction; not that several of the soldiers on duty haven't had first hand experience of what it portrays... 

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Sam Leishman

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Sam Leishman

The final day! Richard's alcohol-fueled quest to find Edinburgh's best bar staff ends up at WestRoom, where he found Sam Leishman, a 20 year old Guinness drinker with a passion for mixology. 

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Gavin Robertson

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Gavin Robertson

Richard didn't stumble far from yesterday's bar, Foundry 39, as just a few yards up Charlotte Lane he fell into Sygn, a trendy retro-style cocktail bar & diner where Edinburgh Barstar of the Day, Gavin Robertson, who after crossing the globe revealed he now wants to settle down. 

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Sarah Brown

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Sarah Brown

Tucked on the corner of Queensferry Street and Charlotte Lane you'll find the ultra-hip bar and eatery, Foundry 39. It's also where Richard discovered today's Edinburgh Barstar; Scottish lass, Sarah Brown – who would say no to a Jägerbomb. 

Semi-Toned: Stay Tuned

Semi-Toned: Stay Tuned

If the boys of Semi-Toned ever tire of a cappella they could always take up comedy. Their new show, Semi-Toned: Stay Tuned, has all the smooth harmonies expected of this stunning ensemble woven into a humorous scenario of dry wit, repartee and self-effacing rhetoric... 

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Nathan Hinze

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Nathan Hinze

Warm and welcoming, and always entertaining, 99 Hanover Street is at the heart of Edinburgh's bar scene. Richard popped along for a fruity cocktail and to meet today's Edinburgh Barstar, Nathan Hinze - and if you ask him nicely he might even mix you a Del Famoso. 

Summerhall’s army@TheFringe: An Affront to the Arts or an Ambitious Alliance?

Summerhall’s army@TheFringe: An Affront to the Arts or an Ambitious Alliance?

The Army has set up camp for the first time at the Fringe and is stationed with Summerhall in its own premises. The move is not without its critics, but its contribution to the Fringe is welcomed by many... 

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Dale Welstead

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Dale Welstead

In the heart of the Old Town, Cabaret Voltaire is a legendary live music venue in the vaults beneath North Bridge. Richard went exploring and found today's Edinburgh Barstar, Dale Welstead, a child star of kayaking who turned his sporting talents to swimming... 

The Edinburgh Cocktail Festival is this Year’s New Kid on the Block

The Edinburgh Cocktail Festival is this Year’s New Kid on the Block

Back in 1947 the founders of the Edinburgh International Festival could hardly have imagined what their legacy would be. Over the years their inspiration has not only spawned the Fringe but a host of claimants to International Festival status: Film (1947); Television (1976); Book (1983); Science (1988); Children’s (1990); Storytelling (1990); Internet (1999) and Marketing (2010)... 

Certain Young Men

Certain Young Men

Peter Gill”s Certain Young Men was first performed at the Almeida Theatre in 1999. According to Cambridge University Queer Players this is its first revival. Seemingly it did not occur to them that there might be very good reason why the play has languished for eighteen years without seeing the lights of another theatre... 

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Lainey Corroon

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Lainey Corroon

The Three Sisters – renamed the Free Sisters during the Fringe – has long been a festival hub and a jewel in the crown of the Free Festival. Richard popped along to the busy pub on Cowgate to chat to today's Edinburgh Barstar, Lainey Corroon, and discovered this Irish gal is fond of glitter and a drop of spiced rum with her Coke. 

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Erik Stenersen

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Erik Stenersen

Just around the corner from the iconic Greyfriar's Bobby you'll find the Oz Bar, and that's also where Richard found today's Edinburgh Barstar, Erik Stenersen. Born in Luxembourg to Danish parents, his favourite drink is Chocolate Milk... 

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Danny Smith

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Danny Smith

Edinburgh is Festival City for good reason, and amongst all the theatre, comedy, books and arts there's even a Scottish Gin Festival. Richard popped over to Gin 71 which plays host to this event (and keeps 150 Scottish Gins in stock) to meet today's Edinburgh Barstar, Danny Smith who's planning a career in advertising photography... 

The Scottish Story Telling Centre: A Venue for Voices

The Scottish Story Telling Centre: A Venue for Voices

The Scottish Storytelling Centre is, in its own words, ‘a vibrant arts venue with a seasonal programme of live storytelling, theatre, music, exhibitions, workshops, family events, and festivals’... 

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Denise Garland

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Denise Garland

Formerly a parsonage, Cloisters Bar is a uniquely traditional Edinburgh pub. Richard ventured over to the north west tip of the Meadows to meet today's Edinburgh Barstar, Denise Garland, a New Zealander who's travelling the world. 

Mary, Queen of Scots

Mary, Queen of Scots

“All I knew was the playground song Mary Queen of Scots got her head chopped off,” says opera singer Louise Macdonald, “until I started learning Schumann’s Maria Stuart Lieder with renowned pianist, Malcolm Martineau, OBE... 

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Maurice Penny

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Maurice Penny

Just off the Royal Mile and Cowgate you'll find a craft beer shop and bar called the Salt Horse. You'll also find Maurice Penny, who just happens to be our Edinburgh Barstar of the Day. 

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Tomas Germanavicius

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Tomas Germanavicius

The Heads & Tales bar is the home of Edinburgh Gin, and it's also where Richard found today's Edinburgh Barstar, Tomas Germanavicius, a Lithuanian who's a dab hand at mixing up a cocktail. 

A Thousand Doorways

A Thousand Doorways

A finely-woven, patterned rug hangs from the ceiling, its design typical of the region. Centre stage is a multipurpose plain old chair. The air is filled with the sound of impassioned voices singing traditional Kurdish songs to the beat of drums and bowing of stringed instruments... 

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Jay Weeks

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Jay Weeks

Richard's headed over to Leith to the eclectic bar that is The Mousetrap where he finds today's Edinburgh Barstar, Jay Weeks. Born in England, raised in Spain and educated in Scotland - he gets about! 

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Molly McCluskey

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Molly McCluskey

Richard is exploring Edinburgh's East End today to discover the Barstar of the Day at The Newsroom, where Glaswegian Molly McCluskey is making plans on photography while sipping a Scottish spiced rum. 

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Montse Pearce

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Montse Pearce

Richard's headed south to Clerk Street where at the unique Dog House bar he's discovered today's Edinburgh Barstar, Montse Pearce, a Spanish-born artist with good taste in whisky. 

Gunshot Medley

Gunshot Medley

“Black lives matter!” Hold it there and let that well-known refrain ring in your head, along with the image it conjures up in your mind. What sort of play are you anticipating? I can almost guarantee it won't be Gunshot Medley... 

About a Goth

About a Goth

Life as a Goth is not easy. All those clothes, the make-up and maintaining the image make for a very demanding existence. Nick, a 17-year-old gay boy is feeling the strain and is beginning to wonder whether he has chosen the right vocation in life... 

Lord Dismiss Us

Lord Dismiss Us

Scottish award-winning playwright and novelist Glenn Chandler’s best-known work might be television detective series Taggart, but he also has a string of successful plays and productions to his credit... 

Fox and Hound Presents Tennessee Williams' Ivan's Widow and Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen

Fox and Hound Presents Tennessee Williams' Ivan's Widow and Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen

For lovers of Tennessee Williams and anyone who appreciates good theatre the double bill of Ivan’s Widow and Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen makes for a very rewarding investment of time... 

Thrill Me: The Leopold and Loeb Story

Thrill Me: The Leopold and Loeb Story

Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story won the first Broadway Baby Bobby Award in 2014 as one of the most outstanding productions of that year's Festival Fringe. This current production has the same director, Guy Retallack, but is in a different venue with two new actors... 

Bleach

Bleach

There are downsides to most jobs and many come with dangers, hidden or otherwise, but there are usually compensatory factors as well. Working as a rent boy is no exception. Through the character of Tyler Everett, Bleach lays bare one gay boy’s daily ups and downs on the game and exposes a shattering, dark ‘event’... 

A Boy Named Sue

A Boy Named Sue

Sid, struggling to become Sue, proclaims, “The great barrier between myself and the outside world is my appearance”. Meanwhile, the ‘great barrier’ between A Boy Named Sueand the audience is far more difficult to identify... 

Coming Clean

Coming Clean

It’s 35 years since Kevin Elyot’s first play, Coming Clean, premiered at the Bush Theatre and 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK. Anniversary productions are commendable for often resurrecting early works, celebrating the contributions of significant writers, marking moments in history and illustrating how times have changed... 

Queers

Queers

Queers comes with no explanation, but the title alone is enough preparation for an hour of material that is amusing and sad, historical and contemporary. It's a fast-paced romp through the years that also offers time for reflection on a number of facets of gay life... 

Tremors

Tremors

An ‘incident in a hotel room’ becomes a life-changing event for Tom Crowe, a rising star of the Labour Party whose past, present and future form the basis of Tremors. It is also the fundamental weakness in this attempt at socio-political drama... 

Collapse

Collapse

In under thirty minutes Collapse presents a hauntingly hypnotic exploration of Cassandra' agony as she prophetically laments the collapse of her city. Ignored by the people, their denial of her claims induces her own fall into a a state of mental derangement... 

Thirty Three

Thirty Three

Saska (Corinne Furlong) decides to hold what which she hopes will be a cosy dinner party for a select group of her closest friends. It goes wrong from the outset with the unexpected arrival of her estranged brother, Josh (Doug Hansell)... 

The Stroop Effect

The Stroop Effect

The disparity between the promotional material put out by theatre groups and the reality of what they present to audiences is often quite staggering. The Stroop Effect is an excellent example of this phenomenon... 

Sweet Charity

Sweet Charity

The Brighton Academy of Performing Arts uses its Preston Park studio theatre to showcase the talents of its students. It's probably not the ultimate location for a glitzy musical like Sweet Charity, yet this is a finely executed production that, with ingenuity and simplicity, converts the bare floor space into the multiple locations that in a full-scale theatre would have the benefit of lavish sets... 

Goggles

Goggles

Pets come in many forms. Cats and dogs are the obvious choice for many people, perhaps because of the ease with which an emotional attachment can be made and the affectionate responses they give... 

Brawn

Brawn

Ryan was a bright lad at school. He should have done well. He could have successfully made it to university and followed a fairly traditional career path. Instead, his mind was taken over... 

The Fool, The Champ and The Bandito

The Fool, The Champ and The Bandito

The Fool, The Champ and The Bandito is "presented by BA(Hons) Acting and Creative Performance students, from the University Centre Colchester" who "in their final year of study present a series of devised pieces as part of The Creative Performance Company"... 

Tennessee Williams' 27 Wagons Full of Cotton

Tennessee Williams' 27 Wagons Full of Cotton

Summer in the south is aggressively hot and stiflingly humid. There is no escape from it. It dominates life and determines its pace. Creating that heavy air is essential to the successful staging of any Williams' text and Fox and Hounds Theatre Company has created a triumph in Tennessee Williams' 27 Wagons Full of Cotton by doing just that from the outset... 

Blink by Phil Porter

Blink by Phil Porter

Described as "unconventional, quirky, and voyeuristic", Peppered Wit's production of Blink by Phil Porter fulfills each of those descriptions. Whatever your understanding of love might be, it is almost certainly not what transpires between Jonah and Sophie... 

Kings Cross (Remix)

Kings Cross (Remix)

I'm always interested in the extent to which the publicity for a performance matches the reality of the production; how the promise materialises on the stage. Created and performed by Tom Marshman, Kings Cross (Remix), "recounts tales from the LGBTQ community about the raucous underground scene around Kings Cross in the 1980s"... 

The Tempest

The Tempest

Welcome to The Tempest as Shakespeare and probably most other people never imagined it could be. This production is original, imaginative and bold, yet at the same time raises major issues of distorted interpretation that ultimately makes it fall short of being completely satisfying... 

Thrive

Thrive

Post Traumatic Stress from a variety of sources is a familiar phenomenon in modern times. Perhaps less well-known is Post Traumatic Growth, explained by Zest Theatre as ‘the positive psychological change experienced as a result of the struggle with highly challenging life circumstances’... 

If We Got Some More Cocaine I Could Show You How I Love You

If We Got Some More Cocaine I Could Show You How I Love You

Casey and Mikey cannot escape: not from who they are, not from how their lives have moulded them and, more immediately, from the rooftop onto which they have just clambered. An essential part of committing robbery and theft is planning the escape and that’s the bit that just went wrong... 

Wank Bank Masterclass

Wank Bank Masterclass

The Aussies have a certain way with words and in the case Adam Seymour with his hands also. He grew up in the countryside of Victoria, Australia where his ginger hair made him a ‘ranga’, derived from orangutan... 

Alba Flamenca

Alba Flamenca

If you missed this show all is not lost. Alba Flamenca is present in one form or another all year round in Edinburgh, so even in the depths of winter you can immerse yourself in the heat of an Andalucian evening... 

The Gin Whore Tour

The Gin Whore Tour

Much has been said and written about gin but Dorothy Parker probably uttered the most appropriate for this event. Forming its indispensable base she remarked, “I like to have a martini, two at the very most, three I'm under the table, four I'm under my host... 

Confetti

Confetti

There’s no confetti in Confetti, but there is a complex mix of language and movement that makes it intriguing. This year CalArts Festival Theater celebrates ‘13 At 13’, marking its 13th year staging plays at Venue 13... 

No Exit (Huis Clos)

No Exit (Huis Clos)

No Exit (Huis Clos) is an existentialist drama, adapted from Jean-Paul Sartre's classic by Charlie Rogers. It contains the famous line, “Hell is other people”, which could just as easily be the title of this work, given its particular interpretation of hell... 

The Wall

The Wall

The Wall is a wonderfully refreshing play from Corby Productions. It has two firsts: the play itself is D.C. Jackson’s first full-length work and the performance marks the company’s debut... 

The Rose and Crown

The Rose and Crown

There’s always a good smattering of obscure, seldom-performed or minor plays at the Festival Fringe. Many prove to be hidden gems. Others provide the necessary evidence as to why they have been almost forgotten... 

Krapp's Last Tape

Krapp's Last Tape

Krapp stands frozen staring into the distance, barely living in the present, heading to an unknown future and transfixed on the past. It’s chilly and the rain is coming down on what feels like a bleak and desolate house... 

The Telemachy

The Telemachy

It’s rare to come across a wandering poet these days and it’s probably not the most effective way to get your message across to the public. There’s a certain charm to the idea though: an escape from technology and the opportunity to do some serious listening, instead of reading texts... 

Twix

Twix

Jamie’s comical lack of good fortune is beautifully summed up in the last two lines of this play, where the parallel monologues of Twix finally come together. Unfortunately they are too cleverly amusing to tell here without spoiling their impact, but they will probably leave you chuckling for some time... 

Posh

Posh

Theresa May went to Oxford, but unlike Messrs Cameron, Osborne and Johnson, she could never have been invited to become a member of the infamous Bullingdon Club, to which Laura Wade’s play POSH has always been linked... 

Decade

Decade

9/11, as it now succinctly known, is one of those ‘where were you on the day?’ events. Members of the teenage Hoghead Theatre Company were around, but only just. For them it is a piece of history, but one in which they have immersed themselves for this production of Decade... 

Attempts on Her Life

Attempts on Her Life

Take a play with no plot, an unspecified number of players, no defined characters, pages of intense prose and lines that can be spoken by any performer and what do you have? Unmistakably, Martin Crimp's Attempts on Her Life... 

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

The Italia Conti Ensemble returns to the Festival Fringe with their second-year students again split into two groups, each with its own choice of play. This production of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn takes Matthew Francis' adaptation of the classic tale and reformats it to suit their own highly distinctive style... 

Road

Road

It’s Road, but not as we know it. Italia Conti Ensemble give their own take on JIm Cartwright’s 1986 classic. Much has changed in the ensuing thirty years but the working-class struggle is still with us: poverty remains an issue as does housing and its quality... 

Grey Matter

Grey Matter

Adrian Raine’s pioneering work in neurocriminology can be seen as a reaction to the supremacy of nurture over nature in the debate about the causes of criminal behaviour. His research findings caused a storm in the nineties and remain controversial not so much for their science as for the implications of it for social policy... 

Chapel Street

Chapel Street

If ever the strength of a story lay in its telling, Chapel Street would be a perfect example. Luke Barnes’ play is written in a punchy, in-yer-face style which could easily fall flat if not attacked with venom... 

West Side Story

West Side Story

This tragic romance has always been about the individual consequences of divisions in society. It was not new when Shakespeare created the Montagues and Capulets as rival houses. Jerome Robbins originally proposed a musical that pitted Catholics against Jews, but as the years passed before the show the rivals changed into white Jets versus Puerto Rican Sharks... 

Jumping the Barriers

Jumping the Barriers

There are many symbols of class division and expressions of social stratification in this country. I had not considered pistachios to be among them until I saw the look on Nathan’s face when offered some... 

The Mikado

The Mikado

St Andrews Gilbert and Sullivan Society with Mermaids Performing Arts return to the Festival Fringe with their typically entertaining style of presenting Gilbert & Sullivan, this time with their own take on The Mikado... 

Chef: Come Dine With Us!

Chef: Come Dine With Us!

Chef: Come Dine With Us! should not in a way be confused with the TV series Come Dine With Me. Each of the characters in this show is so much larger than life that not one of them would fit around your table... 

Bildraum

Bildraum

Bildraum is part of the 'Big in Belgium' series, featuring six of the country’s many outstanding theatre and performance companies. This work is likely to be most people’s first exposure to anything of its kind, so if you are looking for a completely new experience this might well be it... 

Red

Red

The redness of Red is not visible. The anticipated set of brilliant red objects, a glowing cyclorama, crimson costumes and swathes of red beams flooding the stage do not appear. Instead this red is a signal, a red alert from within that generates what Carl Knif terms ‘emergencies of emotion’... 

Felix Holt: The Radical

Felix Holt: The Radical

‘Wholesome’ is how a lady I spoke to after the performance described Felix Holt: The Radical. It’s not a word I can remember using, but the subsequent conversation revealed her to be well versed in Eliot, the Midlands and the nineteenth century... 

Family Voices and Victoria Station

Family Voices and Victoria Station

Harold Pinter’s two short plays make only rare appearances nowadays and yet they are rewarding pieces. Family Voices, broadcast as a radio play in 1981, was followed a year later by the premiere of Victoria Station at the National Theatre... 

Three Jumpers

Three Jumpers

The tweeting of the birds portends a beautiful day, but the view from the bridge is spoiled by an ominous thick mist. In the lives of three men contemplating suicide it is the gloom that has the upper hand... 

The Age of (Distr)action

The Age of (Distr)action

In Edinburgh as members of Group 64, the cast of The Age of (Distr)action are an inclusive young people’s theatre company from Putney who have created, written and performed this production themselves... 

Year Ten

Year Ten

Never judge a play by its title. Year Ten conjured up images of yet another dreadful classroom drama of teenage hang-ups, shallow love stories and endless texting. Nothing could be further from the truth in this hard-hitting, action-packed tale of aggression and tenderness... 

Spool

Spool

Suppose, just suppose, that your mind and body lived separately from each other. That having started out life together they went through a divorce in which the marital estate was divided up... 

Growing Pains

Growing Pains

Standing ovations are rare, but the house rose as one at the at the end of Tom Gill’s Growing Pains in tribute to a remarkable performer and a stunning show. The applause was prolonged and there was a sense that people just did not want to leave... 

Éowyn Emerald & Dancers

Éowyn Emerald & Dancers

Éowyn Emerald and Dancers, make a welcome return to Edinburgh in their usual Greenside, Royal Terrace location. They played to a full house the day I was there and some last-minute hopefuls had to be turned away... 

Lïnger

Lïnger

Breandán de Gallaí, the celebrated ex-Riverdance principal, has devised a biographical series of dances to create Lïnger, which is performed in the generously spacious main theatre of Dance Base... 

A Dream of Dying

A Dream of Dying

It seems almost almost impossible that a man could go through his life and when his naked body is washed up on a shore in Ireland no one knows who he is. In A Dream of Dying author Treasa Nealon breathes life back into him, giving him a family and a story... 

5 Out of 10 Men...

5 Out of 10 Men...

Top ratings aren’t always just about putting on a remarkable production, although 5 Out of 10 Men is that. Sometimes a play ventures into new territory, swims into unchartered waters or deals with a topic that has been been ignored, avoided or swept under the carpet in the belief that it might go away... 

Call Mr Robeson

Call Mr Robeson

Call Mr Robeson is Tayo Aluko’s tribute to one of the twentieth century’s most recognisable singers in terms of looks and voice. A towering man, both physically and professionally, he is most widely remembered for his songs and film credits, but there was far more to him... 

The White Crow

The White Crow

Adolph Eichmann never personally killed anyone, but he was hanged in 1962, having been found guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity. The evidence against him was overwhelming, but he remained as detached from the facts as he had been from the millions of deaths he facilitated... 

Oh Hello!

Oh Hello!

“Charles Hawtrey 1914 -1988 – Film, Theatre, Radio and Television Actor Lived Here.” So reads the plaque where Hawtry (of Carry On fame) resided in Deal, Kent from 1968 until his death... 

Partial Nudity

Partial Nudity

This might only be Partial Nudity, but it’s a full-on piece from writer/director Emily Layton and actors Kate Franz and Joe Layton. The plot is simple. A Bolton pub is hosting a stag do and a hen party in separate rooms... 

Are We Stronger Than Winston?

Are We Stronger Than Winston?

The British might be renowned for talking and complaining about the weather, but if you come from Fiji there are more heightened concerns than just cold rainy days. In Fiji climate change and rising sea levels threaten the disappearance of land and communities... 

Saturday Night Forever

Saturday Night Forever

I’ve left theatres in all sorts of states from elation to depression, anger to jubilation, in tears and totally numb. I left Saturday Night Forever marginally moved and totally frustrated... 

Denton and Me

Denton and Me

Never underestimate the power or repercussions of a gift. In 2011, writer/performer Sam Rowe was given a copy of Denton Welch’s journals in which he records his lonely existence in rural Kent and his heartbreaking love affair with reckless land-boy Eric Oliver... 

Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally

Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally

If you’re expecting a cosy drawing-room comedy about an aging female relative then you have clearly not read the publicity and are in for a big surprise. There is no aunt Sally. Instead, you’re treated to seventy minutes of minimalism, mathematics, mobile phones and much, much more... 

On Ego by Mick Gordon

On Ego by Mick Gordon

Many theatre companies oversell their wares with outrageous hyperbole. Mind Over Matter Theatre Collective has done quite the opposite in their understated description. On Ego is a towering work of theatrical achievement that potently combines remarkable acting with moving effects... 

The End

The End

Celebrated Scottish choreographer Jack Webb has brought his latest, typically idiosyncratic work, The End, for performance at this year’s Festival Fringe as part of the extensive programme at Dance Base... 

Hamlet in Bed

Hamlet in Bed

Hamlet in Bed is an exploration of one man’s obsession with Shakespeare’s tragic masterpiece ‘The play's the thing’ that forms the subject of the production and also the means by which the plot is created... 

Troika

Troika

Great composers sometimes create a theme that is so captivating or remarkable that other great composers write variations on it. This is done as a tribute to its merits, rather than because they are short on good ideas themselves... 

Bash

Bash

Neil LaBute sets out to upset and disturb audiences and he made a spectacular start with his first play Bash: Latterday Plays. Initially having Mormon connections, he later revised the work: it was no longer just a slanted assault on the Latter Day Saints, from which non-Mormons could exempt themselves, but instead became a universal statement of the human condition... 

Three for Two by Phil Booth

Three for Two by Phil Booth

We all have our price. Or do we? How far would you go and what would you do for the right money? These questions are at the heart of Three for Two by Phil Booth. They are placed in three intriguing contexts that provide insights into the lives of people in very different situations... 

I Keep a Woman in My Flat Chained to a Radiator

I Keep a Woman in My Flat Chained to a Radiator

I Keep a Woman in My Flat Chained to a Radiator. Actually, I don’t, but Stephen does. You can see her there as you enter the auditorium, shackled to one of those old-fashioned cast-iron radiators that makes you wonder whether it was a requirement when he took on the flat... 

Dropped

Dropped

There’s a lot of camouflage in Dropped. The physical sort is evident from the outset. Two female soldiers dressed in desert gear sit tented beneath netting waiting to be rescued. The scene is heavily military... 

Care Takers

Care Takers

Seeing Care Takers is like watching all the episodes of a fabulous five-part drama series in one sitting. You’re gripped in the first scene. Then you’re given time to breathe and collect your thoughts before the action resumes and the plot thickens... 

Spring Awakening

Spring Awakening

Spring Awakening won an impressive list of Tony, Grammy and Olivier Awards. On those occasions the glamour of the production and the quality of the performances must have overcome the many distasteful aspects of the storyline... 

Dieser Ort

Dieser Ort

A bell tolls. Feint strings begin to shimmer. A sombre procession of sixteen women dressed in black and carrying black chairs fills the space from both sides. They are silent and sharply focused as they carefully place each chair into position... 

Fresher

Fresher

There are two very good reasons for going to see Fresher: it is an outstanding play that ingeniously tackles contemporary issues, and the production is also raising money for Young Minds, a charity specialising in mental health services for young people... 

Bucket List

Bucket List

What do you do when your mother is murdered for protesting corporate and governmental corruption? In the case of Milagros, you fight for the justice your mother was denied and seek revenge... 

The Dwelling Place

The Dwelling Place

Two large basement rooms in Summerhall have been transformed into a remarkable installation and immersive theatre, musical, video, sound, and light performance area. If that seems like a lot to take on board, be assured that overall the experience can be rather soothing... 

Oliver!

Oliver!

The Spiegeltent is a far cry from the workhouse and rarely can a setting have been better used than in this stunning production of Lionel Bart’s Oliver! by Captivate Theatre. The group started life as an after school class for children in and around west Edinburgh in 2011... 

Squirm

Squirm

The toilet, which dominates the floor space of this production, is essential to the performance of Squirm. Rory vomits into it seven times, initially as the consequence of a night of overindulgence, and later as a physical expression of trying to rid himself of stomach-churning guilt... 

2 By 5

2 By 5

International Collegiate Theatre Festival has put together a delightful programme of both well-known and less familiar works to create this production of 2 By 5. All songs are by the highly talented writing partnership of Kander and Ebb, the men who created such memorable works as Cabaret, Chicago and Fosse... 

5 Guys Chillin'

5 Guys Chillin'

If your idea of chillin’ is sitting in the armchair with a cup of cocoa and a novel, you probably won’t feel at ease with this play. Indeed, if that is your source of relaxation, you probably don’t use the word “chillin’” anyway and perhaps shouldn’t read the rest of this review... 

Adam & Eve and Steve

Adam & Eve and Steve

In the beginning it all seemed so straightforward. There was God, who had made the earth and everything in it. He was now all set to form Adam, who would have control over his creation, and his companion, Eve, because it was not right that Adam should be lonely in the garden... 

Damián Ortega

Damián Ortega

The Fruitmarket Gallery boasts “World class contemporary art at the heart of the city”. No exhibition could justify that claim more than the current display by Damián Ortega. It must be regarded as a major coup for the Fruitmarket to host the new works that constitute States of Time by the man who stands in the current line of succession to internationally renowned Mexican artists from Rivera to Orozco... 

Roaring Boys

Roaring Boys

Roaring Boys makes a welcome and very successful return to the Festival Fringe this year adding a further chapter to its interesting history. Commissioned in 1994 by Sandbach School from former Head of Drama, Phelim Rowland, it went on to be selected to launch the Connections project at the National Theatre in July 1994 and subsequently receive excellent reviews at the 1994 Festival Fringe... 

Posh

Posh

With this year’s general election behind us and members now in office the return of Posh to the Festival Fringe is timely. Laura Wade’s play is based on tales of the infamous Oxford University Bullingdon Club... 

H.M.S. Pinafore

H.M.S. Pinafore

While it is laudable to have an open policy for membership of an amateur operatic society the knock-on effects can be dire as demonstrated in Cat-Like Tread’s production of H.M.S... 

K'rd Strip: A Place to Stand

K'rd Strip: A Place to Stand

K’Rd Strip: A Place to Stand is a bizarre yet beautiful blend of Māori culture, contemporary dance, vocals and music, drag and real life stories.Amid the smoke a light comes up on a man dressed in just a very short kilt-like leather skirt... 

Brief Interviews with Hideous Men

Brief Interviews with Hideous Men

Brief Interviews with Hideous Men could be seen as a dark comedy or as just dark. This is not a laugh-a-minute show, despite the hype; more a meander through murky minds that provides the occasional amusing moment... 

Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist

Italia Conti Ensemble score an absolute triumph with Neil Bartlett's Oliver Twist. They get it right from start to finish and never falter – every component is honed to perfection... 

Party

Party

Party isn’t that sort of party; well, it sort of is, and maybe it should be, but overall it isn’t – though it might be after it’s finished. Clear? Good. Now prepare for an hour of linguistic lampoonery in this stunningly clever show by Lyons Productions from the students of Exeter University... 

Piaf

Piaf

Piaf opens with a spectacular tableau of the entire cast. All the ingredients for this show are visible: the keyboard, the accordion, the guitar, the drums and an audience longing to hear the unmistakable voice of Piaf pumping out those unforgettable songs that captivated audiences in Europe and the USA... 

For Queen and Country

For Queen and Country

For Queen and Country. That’s why Jamie Robson joins the British Army at the age of twenty-one. Actually, for the Queen and his brother. Though not his life plan, when the decision is made he pursues it wholeheartedly... 

I Am

I Am

I Am is the sequel to LCP Dance Theatre’s Am I. The first work is based on the story of Sophie Hayes, a victim of human trafficking and explores how the the victims of sexual exploitation were robbed of their identity... 

Five Drinks

Five Drinks

It might be a good idea to take five drinks into the auditorium, to see you through a play that has moments of wit and humour but contains nothing profound. Five Drinks is another script that will end up on the pile of mediocre coming-out, gay dating plays that are little more than possibly pleasant diversions... 

The Amazing World of MC Escher

The Amazing World of MC Escher

Given our familiarity with Escher’s unmistakable style it’s hard to believe that this is the first major exhibition of his work in the UK and that there is only one print of his in a British public collection... 

The Hendrick's Emporium of Sensorial Submersion

The Hendrick's Emporium of Sensorial Submersion

The Hendrick’s Emporium of Sensorial Submersion is yet another triumph for the phantasmagorically fertile imaginations of the genial geniuses of gin. Occupying a new location at 91 George Street the team has completed a meticulous metamorphosis of the otherwise ordinary offices into a salubriously sumptuous sanctuary of sensory enlightenment... 

I Loved You and I Loved You

I Loved You and I Loved You

If Morfydd Owen had lived three weeks longer she would have been immortalised in the 27 Club. As it is she remains almost unknown outside of her native Wales Growing up in musical family she learned the piano and aged sixteen gave a performance of the Grieg piano concerto... 

Last Man Standing

Last Man Standing

For those who like their dance without frills, Last Man Standing provides an hour of unrelenting raw movement. This work is another gem from James Wilton’s increasingly impressive repertoire of exhilarating dances... 

Oliver!

Oliver!

With a cast of nearly fifty, there’s no shortage of oom-pah-pah in this dazzling production of Lionel Bart’s Oliver! by Stage 84, The Yorkshire School of Performing Arts. The close collaboration of all departments in this show is evident from the outset and they have done a stunning job in bringing it all together... 

Savage

Savage

Aimee has an ironically funny line in Savage when she refers to John as “a boring old queen”. It’s not part of the comedy in the script, but it’s amusing insofar as Gary Gordon (who plays John) creates the only character who is not boring... 

The Unknown Soldier

The Unknown Soldier

The Unknown Soldier finds an interesting perspective on the lives of men who fought in the First World War. For many, that job didn’t end when the armistice was declared. As most of the fighting boys began their march home, they left behind battlefields littered with the carnage of conflict and a group of men who had to clean them up... 

YAMA

YAMA

There is dance and there is Scottish Dance Theatre. Last year there was Fleur Darkin. This year there is Damien Jalet. We have have been transported from the Callanish Stones of the Outer Hebrides which inspired Miann to the volcanoes of Tohoku, Japan, the setting for YAMA... 

Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

A Daily Mirror awaits us on our seats announcing the death of a 'pair of "star-crossed" lovers … in the wake of increasingly violent clashes in the streets'. It serves as background and gives context to this 1960s mods-and-rockers swinging version of Romeo & Juliet... 

Odd Shaped Balls

Odd Shaped Balls

'The last 12 months have been very difficult for me. I became concerned with my mental health. Because of this I am going to step away from the game at this time. Thank you all for your understanding and support... 

The Trials of Galileo

The Trials of Galileo

Galileo lived in age when the church reigned supreme, faith was more important than fact and dogma denied discovery. The ages of reason and enlightenment were a long way off. Scientists and free thinkers lived in fear of the inquisition and debate was stifled... 

Styx

Styx

For once, we are given a programme description that is completely accurate and delivers what it promises: ‘a tragicomic thriller about love and accidental murder….a whirlwind romance of intrigue, grotesquery, and bad puns’; actual groaningly bad puns that we hate to enjoy... 

Wonderland

Wonderland

Wonderland is the story of Alice’s encounters in the tale of the Red Queen. It comes with a new and somewhat confusing preamble of underground chaos created by an untimely death at the hands of the Jabberwock... 

The State of Concrete

The State of Concrete

The Britwell estate, built in 1957, was created to rehouse people from the slum clearance areas of London and Essex. It’s also the location for LUTheatre’s The State of Concrete, which, according to the company, is ‘based on true stories, real people, and overheard conversations’... 

The Ascension of Mrs Leech

The Ascension of Mrs Leech

This hilarious beginners guide to theology is the funniest presentation of religious concepts imaginable. If you are not familiar with the problematic issues surrounding the nature of God and can barely spell omnipotence, omniscience and omnipresence, have no fear - all will be explained... 

Undermined

Undermined

Undermined was going to be called Shafted, but a guy named Godber had already beaten Danny Mellor to it. Both names are clever and set the tone for telling a tragic tale. The miners strike ended in 1985... 

BED

BED

Eddie, Imogen and Lena share a flat. What would otherwise be a communal living room has been turned into a third bedroom in order to save money and is taken up almost entirely by the bed... 

IamI

IamI

Yet again CalArts pushes forward the frontiers of theatre with an extraordinary, fascinating and labyrinthine work. To guide us through this maze of existential complexity I will confess to being more than usually dependent on the press release for providing the only way out... 

The Pirates of Penzance

The Pirates of Penzance

“In Pirates, there are gems from the first to the last minute. You don’t think ‘Oh, I’ll have to sit through this bit.’” Mike Leigh’s opinion of this comic operetta is no doubt endorsed by lovers of Gilbert and Sullivan all over the world... 

My Name is...

My Name is...

When Gaby disappeared from her Scottish home in 2006, it was assumed that her Pakistani father had kidnapped her. The media wallowed in sea of sensationalism and speculation, much of it with racist overtones... 

A Little Respect

A Little Respect

Here we go again. Another school drama about bullying, complete with do-gooders and social misfits and a storyline that has been done countless times before – a classic GCSE piece... 

The American Soldier

The American Soldier

We must be nearly at saturation point with plays and particularly monologues about war veterans. There can’t be much more left to be said on the subject and it’s very difficult to find a new angle on this almost exhausted theme... 

Reconciling

Reconciling

Fractals are frequently found in discussions within the realms of science, maths, art and nature. Courtesy of the Barrington Collective, a company of recent East 15 MFA graduates, we can now see how effectively they can be used in playwriting... 

Faust

Faust

In sixteenth-century Germany it was not regarded as irreverant to perform comic puppet shows featuring characters and scenes from the legend of Faust. The post-A-level students from Tiffin School, under the guise of Triple Fish Theatre, have not gone that far, but they certainly generate more humour than is found in traditional performances of this otherwise weighty work... 

Antigone: An Arabian Tragedy

Antigone: An Arabian Tragedy

Antigone: An Arabian Tragedy started out as two plays in a year-long project by One World Actors Centre (Kuwait) to produce Jean Anouilh’s Antigone in both English and Arabic. As the interpretations of the work progressed they took on separate identities - the English version was given an ancient setting during the Celtic rebellion in Roman-occupied Britain, while the tale in Arabic was placed in the modern Middle East... 

Ozymandias

Ozymandias

Interviewed by Broadway Baby, Hugh Train explained how Ozymandias was generated through free writing around the words of Shelley’s poem until eventually the “nonsensical ramblings” which are to be found in abundance, “morphed into the show”... 

S.E.N

S.E.N

You can find the characters Taylor and Aalia in every comprehensive school in the country. Actually you can find lots of them. Taylor’s removal from her normal lessons into the intervention classroom is understandable from the moment she opens her mouth... 

Loot

Loot

There’s a huge difference between comedy and black comedy that seems to have eluded the Lincoln Company in their production of Joe Ortons’s Loot. The play concerns two young thieves, Hal and Dennis, who have robbed the bank next to the Undertakers where Dennis works... 

Labels

Labels

Labels are easy to create: they can even be fun. They have a purpose and can prevent you from putting salt on your cereals and sugar on your shepherd’s pie. Give something a name and you know what it is, what to expect from it, and you don’t have to think any more because you’ve already defined it and it’s not going to change... 

Homme | Animal

Homme | Animal

'How can I know who I am …feeling with pure energy, / With my heart, my mind, my body, my soul, / This is who and what I am. / I feel. I see. I am an animal.' These words form part of Vendetta Mathea’s vocal opening to her composition Homme | Animal... 

RAZ by Jim Cartwright

RAZ by Jim Cartwright

It’s a deceptively simple bag of ingredients that Jim Cartwright lists in the script for his new play Raz, which has had its premiere at this year’s Festival Fringe. “Character Shane, a young man... 

Bones

Bones

Bones is an intimate and tragic tale of growing up in a bruised family and having to take responsibility not only for yourself but also for those who who should be caring for you.In the course of a tough upbringing Mark has made the odd error of judgement and even done a short spell in jail, yet he still doesn’t come across as a bad lad... 

Bayou Blues

Bayou Blues

Bayou Blues is beautiful. ‘Beauty’ is the girl’s name in this solo performance and she too is beautiful. Growing up in the segregated wards of New Orleans, however, she was never told that... 

Thirteen (13)

Thirteen (13)

The storyline is shallow, the message insubstantial and the script contrived, so you don’t have anything deep to think about. Instead, you can just sit back and enjoy the stream of songs that flows from Jason Robert Brown’s fast-paced score and marvel at the wonder of youth... 

A Face That Fits

A Face That Fits

Moon Fly Theatre Company was created this year with the aim of affording opportunities to new and promising writers, actors and directors. Sean Langtree, its founder, has set the ball rolling with his debut play, A Face That Fits... 

Rent

Rent

Fans of Rent will love this full length presentation and for those who have never seen it, this is a great opportunity to watch a rip-roaring production. Based in New York City, Uncompromising Artistry Productions under director Nicola Murphy has had the benefit of creative consultation from original Broadway cast member Anthony Rapp... 

La Ronde

La Ronde

In keeping with its history, this latest production of La Ronde by Zebronkeyis controversial. Describing it as a ‘bareback ride to get your juices flowing’, the issue is whether the company has gone for titillation over substance and for puerile pornography over serious social commentary... 

Comfort Slaves

Comfort Slaves

Suitability: 16+ (Restriction). That’s the line in the Fringe programme which as an adult you probably don’t pay much attention to, unless you’re taking your children out for the day... 

Danza del Caribe: Itara

Danza del Caribe: Itara

Welcome to a world in which West Africa meets Jamaica, meets Cuba: A world of burning desire, or as they say in Yoruba, Itara. Danza del Caribe fuses these international elements to create a unique performing style, some of the finest examples of which are performed in this programme... 

International Stud

International Stud

Originally a one-act play consisting of five scenes, The International Stud premiered Off-Off-Broadway in 1978 and later became the first part of Harvey Fierstein's landmark work, Torch Song Trilogy, which opened three years later... 

Edinburgh Gin O'Clock

Edinburgh Gin O'Clock

The Edinburgh Gin Company has left its distillery behind and moved to The Boards in the Edinburgh Playhouse to tell a brief history of the city’s alcohol and gin heritage along with the development of its own unique brand... 

As Is

As Is

New York, 1985. The city is in the grip of a disease called AIDS about which little is known. Rich, a young writer on the verge of a successful career is breaking up with Saul, his long-time lover, but his new romance is short-lived when he is diagnosed with the new condition and reconnects with Saul... 

Hendrick's Parlour Bar

Hendrick's Parlour Bar

“Immersive theatre productions tend to operate in dynamically fluid settings, allowing the audience a more active, voyeuristic, and central role, while also individualizing their experiences” (Adam Green)... 

James Bannon: Running with the Firm

James Bannon: Running with the Firm

James Bannon’s story has all the ingredients of a good novel: a down-to-earth setting; some very shady characters, some good guys and some dumb ones; a developing plot; plenty of suspense, some romance and a mounting climax to a staggering ending... 

Error 404

Error 404

“Instagram is a fast, beautiful and fun way to share your life with friends and family.”“Facebook is a social utility that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them... 

Confusions

Confusions

One of the confusions in this production, although not without precedent, is the running order of the five interrelated plays that make up the complete work. Ayckbourn intended Confusions to end on the down note of A Talk in the Park... 

Compulsion

Compulsion

Declan Cooke is a physically big guy with a powerful presence: if you saw him standing at the bar you would imagine him to be full of confidence and completely in control of his life... 

Simon Singh: The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets

Simon Singh: The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets

Simon Singh has a very easy style and voice which belies the genius within. His Ph.D is in particle physics and that remains his main area of interest, but his forays into mathematics have made him a BAFTA award winner and Emmy nominee... 

Who's Afraid of Michael Gove?

Who's Afraid of Michael Gove?

The Tories have take control and Michael Gove is Prime Minister. With the zeal of a dictator he is now able to complete unfinished business from his days as Secretary of State for Education and ensure that a utilitarian curriculum serving the economic and industrial needs of society is properly enforced and maintained... 

Falling in love with Frida

Falling in love with Frida

Caroline Bowditch, Welly O’Brien and Nicole Guarino provide a wonderful evening in a cosy little room at Dance Base: it’s not very often a full house can consist of twelve people and it creates the sense of being a privileged guest at a party with friends... 

Now We Are Pope: Frederick Rolfe in Venice

Now We Are Pope: Frederick Rolfe in Venice

Frederick William Rolfe (1860-1913) was a minor English writer, artist and photographer and serious eccentric. Not satisfied with just converting to Roman Catholicism, he also felt destined to be a priest... 

Dorian

Dorian

In a 1990 interview on Japanese television, Berkoff said, “I believe that you don’t need anything more than just utter simplicity and that everything in my art must be created from the body onwards... 

Nature's Heart

Nature's Heart

Koji Takeuchi was born in Japan and began his search for truth in his teens. On a meditation course he had his enlightenment experience in which he saw “the absolute perfection and beauty intrinsic in all things and all beings, the essence of Life... 

Winter of Our Discotheque

Winter of Our Discotheque

Autistic, severely depressed and with inadequate provision for her, Tess Humphrey left school at the age of thirteen. Two years laters she had written Winter of Our Discotheque, an extraordinary play with an equally unusual origin... 

SHOUT! The Mod Musical

SHOUT! The Mod Musical

Bored with Berkoff? Choking on Chekhov? Fed-up with Feydeau? “Don't sleep in the subway, darlin', don't stand in the pouring rain. Go downtown. Things will be great when you're downtown... 

Footloose

Footloose

"Footloose may be a hit, but it's trash - high powered fodder for the teen market.” So said Dave Denby writing in New York magazine about the film but it applies equally to the staged musical, as evidenced by the young cast of this production and the audience which consisted largely of supportive youths applauding with passion... 

The Hacienda Tales

The Hacienda Tales

Canterbury may have one of the world’s most famous cathedrals, but Manchester had the Hacienda. In the late 80’s and early 90’s, everybody who was anybody just had to be seen there... 

Woodbine Willie

Woodbine Willie

Chain smoker and chaplain, poet and padre, furnisher of faith and fags, Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy dispensed Woodbines and the word of God on the Western Front during the First World War... 

MacBheatha

MacBheatha

Summerhall’s steeply tiered Demonstration Room gives off the air of an amphitheatre, but its back wall houses very modern projections. White noise gives way to the witches, flashed in front of us as this malicious tale commences... 

O is for Ofsted

O is for Ofsted

Ofsted inspections are generally not much fun. Staff room chatter tends to be rather dull and school kids’ gossip is rarely entertaining. An Ofsted inspection poses a challenge as the substance of a play and this young people’s theatre company has its hands full trying to make a gripping tale out it... 

Violetta's Last Tango

Violetta's Last Tango

The stunning Grand Auditorium of the Ghillie Dhu provides a spectacular setting for Violetta’s Last Tango and raises high hopes for a marvellous milonga and an evening of songs full of the fiery rhythms of the genre... 

Miann

Miann

Soiled bodies writhe across across a primordial swamp in earthbound exploration, rising from time to time in contorted gestures. Gradually these develop into recognizable, repeated motifs and group sequences... 

Edinburgh Traditional Building Festival - Maintaining Sash and Case Windows

Edinburgh Traditional Building Festival - Maintaining Sash and Case Windows

If you think the Fringe is just about theatrical performances then think again. For the third year The Edinburgh Traditional Building Festival is providing an opportunity to learn about the skills and materials used to build and maintain traditional buildings for future generations... 

A Virgin's Guide To... Rocky Horror

A Virgin's Guide To... Rocky Horror

“This is not The Rocky Horror Show stage production” - a significant point of clarification in the Fringe programme lest anyone might think that this is the real thing. It is not, by a long way... 

Cafe Voices

Cafe Voices

Cafe Voices is held in the beautiful John Knox House, where the elegant wooden panels of the large bright room provide perfect acoustics for storytelling. This event was one of two Fringe specials being put on by the Scottish Storytelling Centre which meets monthly, so even when the Festival is over you can continue to attend similar evenings... 

An Extraordinary Light

An Extraordinary Light

"The Nobel prize, by canonising individuals, disguises the truth that they are all, in Newton's famous phrase, standing 'on giants' shoulders' and on each other's as well." So wrote Brenda Maddox in her biography of Rosalind Franklin, whose contribution to the discovery of the double-helix as the structure of DNA was questioned at the time and has been been fiercely debated ever since... 

Forty-Five Minutes

Forty-Five Minutes

Flying High Theatre Company from Nottinghamshire is aptly named; that is exactly what this group of lively youngsters do throughout this performance. Forty-Five Minutes was written by Anya Reiss for young people participating in the National Theatre’s Connections Project... 

The Noctambulist

The Noctambulist

This is a rock-solid, totally refreshing naturalist drama performed by outstanding actors.The Noctambulist is the first original production from Raving Mask, formed out of Durham University Theatre... 

Things from Before Pt. 4

Things from Before Pt. 4

“Do we not all spend the greater part of our lives under the shadow of an event that has not yet come to pass?” Maurice Maeterlinck published his play in this intriguing perspective, The Intruder, in 1890... 

Faith

Faith

Faith is based on the story of Imber, a village which had the misfortune to be located too near to a military base on Salisbury Plain. On All Saints Day, 1943, the people were summoned to a meeting in the village schoolroom and given 47 days’ notice to evacuate... 

Nunsense

Nunsense

“I always had a good experience with nuns,” said Dan Coggins, who wrote the book, music and lyrics we all know as Nunsense to show us what nuns are “really like.” He clearly had some exceptional times with his nuns and now you have your chance to have a “good experience” with them too... 

Pennyroyal

Pennyroyal

This is one for all the lads who have ever had girlfriends problems, all the lassies who have had to put up with boyfriends, and anyone who likes tea. Asa Nisi Masa was formed by a group of E15 graduates and is particularly interested in raising questions on what is expected of a man in today's society, how is he perceived, and the nature of masculinity... 

Rock Trial

Rock Trial

Forget the defendant, it is the cast of this excruciating production who should be in the dock. In Trial by Jury, Gilbert and Sullivan created an operetta with a farcical plot which is taken seriously by the characters... 

Éowyn Emerald and Dancers

Éowyn Emerald and Dancers

Éowyn Emerald and Dancers made a successful debut at last year’s Fringe and are back again this year with another varied programme of short dances. The company is based in Portland, Oregon, but members of the group trained in some of the top dance schools and universities in North America and performed with a number of different companies before coming together to work with Éowyn... 

The Caddington Affair

The Caddington Affair

The boys of Tiffin School are in town and look set to make a huge impact with The Caddington Affair, one of two devised pieces presented by different groups of year 12 A Level students... 

Evil

Evil

Jesper Arin, who performs this one-man play, stood at the exit to the theatre as the audience left. We shook hands and I was going to congratulate him on his performance. Instead, I ran up the stairs onto the street and burst into tears... 

Man Enough

Man Enough

Chris is 18 years old, gay, and in search of fun and attention. Consequently, he spends lots of time and money in gay bars and clubs and fails to get up for work on a regular basis... 

Tea Time Story

Tea Time Story

How many kilos of flour does it take to tell a good story? In the case of Heather Lai, over fifty during the course of her Fringe run and every gramme is put to excellent use.Lai’s story is based on the harrowing experiences of her family during the harsh days of the Cultural Revolution... 

Olaudah Equiano: The Enslaved African

Olaudah Equiano: The Enslaved African

The spoken content of this play, written and directed by Adam Tulloch, is minimal; the direction is bold and brave. This is a simple story: a man and his sister are kidnapped by a slavemaster; they journey to the West Indies and on to Virginia where they are they are bought in the slave market... 

Hancock’s Last Half Hour by Heathcote Williams

Hancock’s Last Half Hour by Heathcote Williams

"Ladies and gentlemen, I shall now bid you all good day... None of you know what you're looking at. You wait 'til I'm dead, you'll see I was right!" So said Tony Hancock at the end of his 1961 film Rebel... 

Edinburgh Jews

Edinburgh Jews

Edinburgh Jews is an exhibition originally compiled by two students at the University of Edinburgh’s School of Divinity. As it makes extensive use of maps it has now been moved to the National Library of Scotland’s Map Library, making it accessible to a wider audience... 

MenSWEAR Collection: Three, Two, F*ck

MenSWEAR Collection: Three, Two, F*ck

What does it take to be remembered? What would you have to do to ensure that your name lives on forever? Three young lads have spent a few years on the music scene and have finally achieved what they thought they wanted: a fashion magazine praises their image and a music magazine hails them as them as the next big thing...