Trump'd!

Trump'd!

There is such a plethora of Donald Trump-inspired shows at Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year, it feels like it should almost become its own genre. From theatrical performances to musicals, there are so many mediums to dramatise the past two years of his presidency... 

George Michael Is Greek

George Michael Is Greek

I realise I’m breaking the Greek code by saying this, but George Michael is Greek is quite possibly the most underwhelming show I’ve ever seen. I understand I’ll need to explain my reasoning for this, but if you are even the slightest bit dubious, by all means, please do go and see for yourself... 

Illustrate Your Own Ceramic Object

Illustrate Your Own Ceramic Object

Edinburgh Fringe is typically visited for a gluttonous helping of comedy and theatre shows. However, there is much more to the festival than meets the eye. This is no more apparent than Craft Scotland's events that take place each year at the White Stuff on George Street... 

Evelyn Mok: Bubble Butt

Evelyn Mok: Bubble Butt

Evelyn Mok hungers to speak about the uncomfortable, but for a Swedish-Chinese woman, who will gladly "take cake over di*k any day of the week", this is something that comes easy to her... 

Loud Poets: The Fantastical Game Show Spectacular

Loud Poets: The Fantastical Game Show Spectacular

For anyone who isn't already familiar with Loud Poets, you really should be. This group are truly on the forefront of a shift in the way we digest poetry today. A change from their 2017 show, this year's Loud Poets: The Fantastical Game Show Spectacular is deliberately deceiving... 

C'est La Vegan

C'est La Vegan

I had really high hopes for C’est La Vegan, principally because it’s a subject matter I know about. But Dave Chawner’s hour show about veganism didn’t live up to my great expectations... 

Carmen Lynch: Lynched

Carmen Lynch: Lynched

On the Richter Scale of humour, if your threshold doesn’t reach the level of sick and sadistic then Carmen Lynch is probably not for you. The American comic’s UK debut hour was crammed with her twisted thoughts, spanning everything from childbirth to drugs, religion and family, and while there were some outstanding, slick one-liners, if the show was a sport it would be white water rafting – with Lynch riding us through the rivers, drops and rapids... 

Loud Poets

Loud Poets

Loud Poets is loud. And by loud I don’t mean in volume but in sheer gravity of subject matter. The five poets, Kevin McLean, Doug Garry, Catherine Wilson, Katie Ailes and guest Sage Francis were tenacious... 

Hip Hop Time Machine

Hip Hop Time Machine

If you don’t know your Grandmaster Flash from Public Enemy, then Hip Hop Time Machine is going to seem less like a nostalgic reminder of your childhood and more like you’ve actually stepped into a time machine... 

Glengoyne Whisky Suppers

Glengoyne Whisky Suppers

Unless you’re already a fan, many people are put off by the idea of drinking whisky. But this shouldn’t be the case, as many seem to enjoy the tastes of other strong spirits such as rum, vodka or gin... 

Tom Lucy: Needs to Stop Showing Off in Front of His Friends

Tom Lucy: Needs to Stop Showing Off in Front of His Friends

When you're genetically blessed with an unthreatening physique and the voice of Frank Spencer, comedy cannot go much more in your favour. Such is the case for Tom Lucy who, for a 21-year-old, has an excitable confidence, like a lion cub inheriting control of his pack... 

The Future of Desire

The Future of Desire

What is the future of desire? I hoped Neil Frude, a leading lecturer on abnormal psychology, would be able to tell me. Except what happened within this 45-minute talk was two things: I learned about the multitude of condom flavours on the market and fundamentally, that sci-fi TV series Humans on Channel 4, is in fact accurate... 

Evelyn Mok: Hymen Manoeuvre

Evelyn Mok: Hymen Manoeuvre

Evelyn Mok is the kind of uncensored, unapologetic and uncouth human I can get on board with. Her show Hymen Manoeuvre is, in layman's terms, a story about losing her virginity as an adult, but it became a kind of ode to her vagina, and girl, let me just say you did your V proud... 

Morgan & West: Return of the Time-Travelling Magicians

Morgan & West: Return of the Time-Travelling Magicians

I’m guilty of being a magic sceptic. The scale of the trick has to be so awe-inspiring that I’m left stupefied for months before I will give it any kudos. What makes Morgan & West unique is their ability to considerately intertwine humour and magic and it is this, and not the tricks alone, that creates the real magic... 

Hand-Appliqué Tropical Bloom Earrings

Hand-Appliqué Tropical Bloom Earrings

During Fringe we can often forget about the aspects of Edinburgh that make it a cultural destination by itself. One of these artistic elements is textile and craft and as part of Craft Scotland Summer Show Workshops, fashion designer Emily Millichip is teaching the art of hand-appliqué... 

Ray Bradshaw: Deaf Comedy Fam

Ray Bradshaw: Deaf Comedy Fam

Ray Bradshaw boasts of being the first comic ever to have performed at the Edinburgh Fringe in both English and British Sign Language, and after seeing this hour show it’s a calamity it’s not been done before... 

A Waste Land

A Waste Land

“It’s time to take your pill,” says the director, before handing me a tiny white tablet that she assures me is made of sugar, while clearing chairs to create a dancefloor. Maybe it was a placebo effect of the pill, but A Waste Land, billed as an “electronic dance opera-odyssey through T... 

​Faulty Towers The Dining Experience Audiences “Get a bit manual with Manuel”

​Faulty Towers The Dining Experience Audiences “Get a bit manual with Manuel”

Faulty Towers The Dining Experience has been a fixture of the Edinburgh Fringe for nine years and counting. Broadway Baby’s Sophia Charalambous met Suzanna Hughes (Sybil), Benedict Holme (Basil), Oliver Harrison (Manuel) and Alison Pollard-Mansergh (creator) to find out more about the world-touring culinary experience. 

​Dracula Director Danny Wainwright on Mixing Politics with Comedy

​Dracula Director Danny Wainwright on Mixing Politics with Comedy

There couldn’t be a more poignant time to retell the story of Dracula with a 21st-century twang. With both the Brexit referendum and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign being at the forefront of politics since the turn of the new year, it is somewhat ironic that a 1897 novel about a Transylvanian vampire could make such a poignant message on issues of immigration... 

Bridget Christie: Mortal

Bridget Christie: Mortal

Bridget Christie is one of the funniest comedians I’ve ever seen. Why it took her nearly a decade to be recognised for her astute observations and concise storytelling I will never know... 

Stuart Goldsmith: Compared to What

Stuart Goldsmith: Compared to What

Stuart Goldsmith is a polished comic. Leaving little room for error his style of storytelling is slick, cleverly constructed and thoughtful. Compared to What is a show that tackles self-involvement and first-time parenting, deconstructing the concepts into comprehensible jokes that everyone can get on board with... 

Hardeep Singh Kohli's Mix Tape

Hardeep Singh Kohli's Mix Tape

Hardeep Singh Kohli was meant to talk about seven nostalgic songs within his hour show, Mix Tape. He made it to three. This tells you everything you need to know about the Glaswegian funnyman’s style of comedy, which centres around improvisation... 

“I Invented Bloody Mackenzie” Reveals Edinburgh Tour Guide

“I Invented Bloody Mackenzie” Reveals Edinburgh Tour Guide

Anyone who thinks Edinburgh amounts to the Fringe festival, a castle and a zoo with two Chinese pandas clearly hasn’t discovered its gruesome history: while Jack the Ripper was killing five women in London, Burke & Hare slaughtered over 60 people in Edinburgh... 

Paines Plough’s George Perrin on Directing Interactive Theatre

Paines Plough’s George Perrin on Directing Interactive Theatre

If you were to list Every Brilliant Thing about life, what would you include? This is the idea behind Duncan Macmillan’s critically acclaimed play, broaching the subject of mental health through the story of a six-year-old boy and his heartfelt attempt at making his mum happy after she tries to commit suicide... 

Archie Maddocks: Shirts Vs Skins

Archie Maddocks: Shirts Vs Skins

Poignant, inventive and razor sharp describes Archie Maddocks’ debut show at the Fringe. Shirts vs Skins, explores the conflict of being mixed race and the pressure of choosing a side... 

Ellie Taylor: Infidelliety

Ellie Taylor: Infidelliety

People will recognise Ellie Taylor from the popular BBC3 show, Snog, Marry, Avoid, where she conducted make-unders on OTT members of the British public. But Ellie isn’t merely a philanthropic fairy godmother to the needy, she’s actually an accomplished standup... 

Jack Barry: You Don't Know Jack

Jack Barry: You Don't Know Jack

Jack Barry has the potential to be an electric comic. His show, You Don’t Know Jack discusses identity and his quarter life crisis, but while it is meant to be a cacophony of thoughts that he attempts to resolve, the hour just becomes muddled... 

Where Do All the Dead Pigeons Go?

Where Do All the Dead Pigeons Go?

Where Do All The Dead Pigeons Go? This is a production that doesn’t try to answer any of your questions - or refer to pigeons, for that matter, even as a metaphor, throughout the course of the whole play... 

Phil Nichol: Twenty

Phil Nichol: Twenty

Phil Nichol is a born entertainer. This year’s show, Twenty, is a rundown of his best bits from two decades of performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Before the hour has even begun, Phil is on stage greeting people in the Assembly Checkpoint venue with a grin similar to that of a child who thinks Christmas has come early... 

Sunil Patel: Juicer

Sunil Patel: Juicer

Sunil Patel oozes funny like a jammy doughnut running down a diner’s chin. Sometimes looking at his expressionless facade, I wonder whether he even realises how funny he is.His show, called Juicer, has absolutely no relevance to his set at all, bar one joke about a juicer, which he claims is his “get out of jail free” card... 

Olaf Falafel and the Cheese of Truth

Olaf Falafel and the Cheese of Truth

Olaf Falafel’s style of comedy is absurdist verging on the downright ludicrous. The show called The Cheese of Truth is actually an interesting concept whereby a piece of Emmental cheese, when placed upon a medium such as a newspaper, has the ability to see the hidden message within its multiple holes... 

Tessa Waters: Over Promises

Tessa Waters: Over Promises

Following the blowout success of WOMANz last year, I had high expectations for Tessa Waters’ new show Over Promises.What is indisputable is this physical comedian is the queen of stupidity, emerging at a time when we all need a bit of frivolity among the depressing truths of today’s society... 

Tez Ilyas: Made in Britain

Tez Ilyas: Made in Britain

Tez Ilyas’ new show Made in Britain is not subtle. And in his defence it can’t be. Explaining what it is like to grow up as a British Muslim, or a British National Pakistani (BNP for short), is far from straightforward... 

James Acaster: Reset

James Acaster: Reset

Always the bridesmaid never the bride is perhaps a somber way to sum up James Acaster’s Fringe experience to date, having been nominated for more Edinburgh Comedy Awards than anybody else, without yet picking up that gong...