Soweto Afro-Pop Opera

Soweto Afro-Pop Opera

Despite the geographical specificity of their title, the performers of the Soweto Afro-Pop Opera draw their influences as widely as the so-called ‘Rainbow Nation’ from which they hail... 

An Evening with Dementia

An Evening with Dementia

The comparison between An Evening With Dementia and King Lear is closely drawn. At one point, Trevor T. Smith, the writer and unnamed protagonist of this one-man show, even quotes Shakespeare’s madding king... 

Rebranding Beelzebub

Rebranding Beelzebub

For a man whose spoken word revolves around Satan and who has chosen the dingiest, darkest basement of The Banshee Labyrinth for his latest show, Rebranding Beelzebub, Tim Ralphs isn’t all that scary... 

Owen O’Neill: Red Noise

Owen O’Neill: Red Noise

Owen O’Neill is a much better poet than he is a comic. I recently and unfavourably reviewed him in The Best of Irish Comedy, but this new offering, Red Noise, sees O’Neill in his element... 

Pierre Novellie is Mighty Peter

Pierre Novellie is Mighty Peter

‘Mighty’ seems a pretty apt term to describe Pierre Novellie. The South African, much of whose comedy concerns his similarity to a giant, is a force to be reckoned with. Despite having physically shrunk since his graduation from the Cambridge comedy circuit, his comedy has grown... 

Mush and Me

Mush and Me

Mush and Me is a fresh retelling of an old story, one in which faith catalyses what seems a painfully unnecessary conflict between lovers. NANCY Collective breathes new life into this well-worn narrative by drawing inspiration from a series of recorded interviews with Londoners in interfaith relationships... 

The Exeter Revue: Sketchy At Best

The Exeter Revue: Sketchy At Best

The most common mistake of a university comedy troupe, I have found, is the attempt to be too clever. The Exeter Revue describe themselves as ‘modest geniuses’. After Sketchy At Best, these read like famous last words... 

Scottie Road the Musical - From Primark to Prison

Scottie Road the Musical - From Primark to Prison

Gillian Hardie and Keddy Sutton are living proof of the versatility and sheer hilarity of female comedians. In Scottie Road the Musical, the Scouse duo play Hollister-wearing, be-curlered convicts Caz ’n’ Britney... 

The Best of Irish Comedy

The Best of Irish Comedy

The bold claim made for itself by The Best of Irish Comedy immediately sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? Having a look through the show’s previous guests, perhaps not: Dara O’Briain, Ed Byrne, Colin Murphy and Dylan Moran have all graced the show’s stage since its inception in 1999, names that would feature in anyone’s top-of-mind list of Irish comedians... 

Keeping Up with the Joans

Keeping Up with the Joans

There is something wonderfully self-reflexive about Keeping Up With The Joans. A play which centres on two women actors growing old disgracefully in a retirement home is played by two actors best known for TV series broadcast in the 1970s and 80s... 

How to Achieve Redemption as a Scot Through the Medium of Braveheart

How to Achieve Redemption as a Scot Through the Medium of Braveheart

Rachael Clerke is Scot-ish (a category whose ambivalence, being Jew-ish, I totally get), as she demonstrates by wearing kilt hose with knackered trainers. The performance artist combines hi-tech (some well-timed video clips on a projector) and lo-tech (scribbling on eyebrows to impersonate Alex Salmond)... 

Lexicon Lady: A Woman of Lovely Letters

Lexicon Lady: A Woman of Lovely Letters

Nadia Brooks loves language. Modelling herself on Countdown’s resident lexicographer Susie Dent, Brooks’ show Lexicon Lady is essentially a string of one-liners that showcase an impressive vocabulary and hyperactive mind... 

Baron Sternlook’s Big Naughty Improv Musical

Baron Sternlook’s Big Naughty Improv Musical

Kudos to any improv troupe for even attempting the month-long exercise in uphill walking and sleep-deprivation that is the Fringe. Bravery is perhaps the sole redeeming feature of James Lovelock & co’s Baron Sternlook’s Big Naughty Improv Musical... 

We Have Fallen

We Have Fallen

There perhaps could not have been a more timely play than We Have Fallen. The production takes a sidelong glance at the repercussions of a plane crash in a manner reminiscent of Babel, and is fed by similarly Biblical undercurrents... 

Finding Me (Take Me As I Am) - Free

Finding Me (Take Me As I Am) - Free

Carol Robson is a wonderwoman. As a Yorkshire-bred sixty-something who’s lived most of her life as a man and underwent gender reassignment surgery that nearly killed her, it’s unsurprising that she believes in previous lives and guardian angels... 

A TED* Talk with Clay JW Crowne (*not affiliated with TED.com, its members, fellows, organisers, partners, subsidiaries, sponsors or stockholders)

A TED* Talk with Clay JW Crowne (*not affiliated with TED.com, its members, fellows, organisers, partners, subsidiaries, sponsors or stockholders)

Needless to say, the selling point of Nathan Roberts’ show is its title which promises an hour of ruthless satire. What the audience had come to see was the ripping out of the beating heart of slacktivism – the feel-good-do-nothing phenomenon that is the TED Talk... 

Electra:  An American Gothic

Electra: An American Gothic

Writer David Skeele’s reimagining of Electra for Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania’s theatre students had all the makings of something worth seeing. A Greek tragedy which famously sees its title character take revenge on her parricidal, adulterous mother is transposed to the Appalachian Mountains... 

Baba Brinkman - The Rap Guide to Religion

Baba Brinkman - The Rap Guide to Religion

The bringing together of incongruous generic and thematic elements (my favourite being Bereavement: The Musical) is nothing new. In fact, the ever-proliferating and increasingly inappropriate juxtapositions have begun to seem gratuitous... 

Broke

Broke

Broke sells itself as a collection of dramatised verbatim interviews tied together less narratively than thematically, the exchanges centring on the financial circumstances of their interlocutors...