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... 

Good With Maps

Good With Maps

Siren Theatre Co’s Good With Maps is a multi-faceted story masterfully guided by Jane Phegan who takes us through this one woman show. We are gradually brought to understand the link of the Amazon, literature and Parkinson’s disease as the three topics of storytelling intertwine... 

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... 

Macblair

Macblair

Charlie Dupré’s Macblair reimagines the political life of Tony Blair as, to quote the production’s marketing, ‘a Shakespearean tragicomedy’. While this is perhaps too lofty a description for what is essentially a good fun hour of light satire with a sprinkling of blank verse, Macblair does use the premise of Shakespeare’s Macbeth as a template for its narrative... 

Programmed

Programmed

In this blues-based reflection on the modern condition, these virtuosic musicians explore traditional topics of the blues (work, money and society) with a contemporary twist. Programmed takes us on an emotional journey, showing how emotions are being manipulated (not least by social media and the press) at the expense of collective resistance to the man of the 21st century: corporatism and the acquisitive culture that it promotes... 

Re: A Midsummer Night's Dream

Re: A Midsummer Night's Dream

A unique take on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream from a Russian company dedicated to the Bard. This production sees the play daringly re-imagined without the lovers, centring on the stories of the fairies and Mechanicals... 

The Chess Player

The Chess Player

This mesmerising adaptation of Stefan Zweig’s novella gives you no choice but to be completely immersed into a tiny room with a Nazi prisoner, as he attempts to cling to sanity using the game of chess... 

Misterman

Misterman

For a one-man play, Enda Walsh’s Misterman feels almost mythically large in its intensity. This is reflected in its performance history: in 2012 Cillian Murphy took to the huge Lyttelton stage in the National Theatre as the text’s solo actor, yet reviews from the run claimed that he, and the play, dominated the space... 

Morgan Stern

Morgan Stern

Company of Rogues invites us into an intriguing, yet convoluted, tale of a time-travelling gent sent to redeem himself by saving a schizophrenic in 1980s Australia. Graeme Rhodes’ solo delivery is packed full of elaborate, multi-faceted characters who are each introduced with a fresh level of vigour as he enthralls with his authentic narration... 

Alpha

Alpha

There’s certainly a lot going on in Alpha: physical theatre, beat poetry and live music combine as the company confides their desires and secrets with their audience. In this case, however, the sum of the parts is not yet greater than the whole... 

Knock Knock

Knock Knock

It’s 54 years since the last conscripted British citizens returned to civilian life after completing their National Service. If a generation is 25 years, then that’s at more than two generations who have never faced the prospect of having to—between the ages of 17 and 21—serve in the British Armed Forces for two years... 

The Iconoclasts

The Iconoclasts

The Iconoclasts is a perfect example of why one should never go into a show with any expectations. Based on the poster and description which I had only briefly skimmed, I was expecting a run-of-the-mill artsy cabaret shows, with a bit of overdone backstory thrown in... 

Electric Cabaret

Electric Cabaret

The alternative late-night Fringe experience returns. A blend of comedy, circus, burlesque, bands, jazz and specialty acts from across the Fringe, followed by retro mix DJ for dancing and schmoozing... 

What Would Cathy Do?

What Would Cathy Do?

Cathy's just been thrown out of the supermarket for stealing, but she’s not a junkie, and she’ll kill any c*nt who says she is. Because she’s an actress, OK? Rehearsing for a film role... 

One Hander

One Hander

This extremely famous one-handed actor shares his hilarious encounters with the world. Warning – may include abuse, sarcasm, sweeping judgements and songs. ‘The funniest shit I’ve ever seen’ (Celeste Barber). 

Squeeze Harder, Zanni!

Squeeze Harder, Zanni!

The raucous and entertaining tale of the pompous and deluded Doctor who lives with an idiotic manservant, Zanni. Although Zanni means well, his extreme stupidity is a burden upon his master so the Doctor takes it upon himself to aid Zanni in wooing a woman...