The Unwritten Law

The Unwritten Law

At the end of Chesney Snow’s show tonight I headed on foot across Lower Manhattan to hear some jazz in one of the village cafés. It was a good, long walk – longer than I’d anticipated... 

Remembering Chet

Remembering Chet

Chet Baker is remembered through his wonderful music. Finding an outfit which captures both voice and trumpet is a big ask. They nearly crack it. Colin Steele is front-line on trumpet along with Iain Ewing on vocals and accompanied by Euan Stevenson on piano at Edinburgh’s renowned Jazz Bar... 

Have Fun

Have Fun

“I never went to school,” Richard Fordham tells us. He grew up milking cows on a farm in West Wales, and was informally what we now call ‘home-schooled’. Despite (or because of) that, he landed a place at Cambridge and studied Economics... 

Angel: Take This Body

Angel: Take This Body

In this one-man show, Christopher Peacock plays a man of the cloth struggling daily to overcome the temptations of the flesh. This is a strong performance of a well-written script tackling hefty issues... 

Shame

Shame

Take one man’s story telling of events from his past about which he still feels guilt, remorse, shame and weave through a good helping of physical theatre-cum-breakdancing par excellence, add a healthy dose of animation and a rich but subtle sound score, then pour in lashings of humour with a good dash of pathos... 

Alasdair Lists Everything

Alasdair Lists Everything

If you go to see a show called Alasdair Lists Everything for an hour, you can probably expect to spend an hour watching and listening to a guy called Alasdair listing things. For an hour... 

Land of the Dragon - Gwlad y Ddraig

Land of the Dragon - Gwlad y Ddraig

Magical. Mystical. Enchanting. Bewitching. Throw the lexicon at this show. No, don’t – there are dragons involved! You never know what you might get. This show had me crying within the first five minutes because of the sheer power of the storytelling... 

We Were Kings

We Were Kings

This is right royal performance from a talented young troupe hailing mainly from Central School of Speech and Drama. Text and physical theatre fuse with real skill and split-second timing in this tight and touching piece of new writing by Daniel Cameron... 

Italia 'n' Caledonia

Italia 'n' Caledonia

Mike Maran is at his very best here. This show about the experience of the Italians in Edinburgh, told mainly through the story of Alfonso Crolla of delicatessen and restaurant Valvona & Crolla fame, is a tale filled with joy and families, but also deep sadness and loss... 

Birdwatchers’ Wives

Birdwatchers’ Wives

Birdwatchers’ Wives is effectively a one-woman show, with the climax being seven-foot Rita (the Great Crested) Grebe competing in a ‘bird-off’ – an avian version of X Factor... 

The Bridge

The Bridge

This intimate solo show is written, produced and performed by acclaimed Edinburgh-based writer, director, performer and filmmaker Annie George. In some senses all of this shows.This piece tells the history of a nation through the story of one family... 

The Ruby Darlings Show

The Ruby Darlings Show

If this is what you get in Free Fringe, it makes you wonder how the paid gigs will ever pull the punters in! At the top end, financially, Fringe shows are squeezed by the big boys – and they are mostly boys – with their big money to chuck at shows; at the other end – but only in a financial sense – there’s this... 

Indian Peter's Coffee House

Indian Peter's Coffee House

Mike Maran in a consummate storyteller; in this show he’s accompanied by the wonderful Rona Wilkie or Morag Brown on Scottish fiddle. The music, as ever, weaves seamlessly and beautifully through Maran’s performance, a mountain stream to his rolling hills, with the occasional rapids thrown in... 

George Galloway: My Life in Five Games

George Galloway: My Life in Five Games

George Galloway is best known as the fiercely pro-Palestinian Respect Party MP for West Bradford. But this appearance at The Assembly Rooms is to discuss his new book, George Galloway: My Life in Five Games... 

standingOUTstanding

standingOUTstanding

“What I want you to take away from this is that, whoever you are, you can follow your dreams.”Lucia August certainly has. “And,” she insists, “everyone can dance.” So that’s what this dance therapist calls the course she runs back in California... 

Mary Coughlan

Mary Coughlan

This is the best I’ve seen and heard of the great Irish jazz and blues singer. For sure that’s partly down to the tremendous outfit she’s with: other than his beautiful solo breaks, pianist and rising star on the Irish jazz scene Johnny Taylor doesn’t take his eyes off her for the entire set... 

Christeene: The Christeene Machine

Christeene: The Christeene Machine

The queue for this show was in itself an experience. I asked one man what he knew about the show. “Well,” he grinned, “not a lot. I know it’s more than your average penis puppetry... 

In The Window

In The Window

If you think a play about the suicide attempt of a woman of a certain age appeals only to a very particular demographic familiar with a very particular mental state, think again. Any play as beautifully crafted as In The Window and performed by an actor of Nuala McKeever’s calibre will grab even the most reticent punter and drag them in... 

Banjo Man

Banjo Man

It’s satisfying when a show delivers what it promises, but it’s a delight when a show gives more than it seems to offer. This is one of those shows. Banjo Man tells the story of a musician dad who must have been hard to live with; it shows that it’s even harder to see your dad die, especially out of the blue...