Communicate

Communicate

Spot the cliché. James (Toby Vaughan) likes superheroes, video games, and not talking about his feelings; Heather (Olivia Elsden) likes berating her partner, talking about their future baby, and berating her partner some more... 

Three Days' Time

Three Days' Time

Set in small, Irish living room - somewhere between cosy and claustrophobic - Three Days’ Time is a thoughtful domestic comedy about weird parents, leaving home and mysteriously vanishing budgies... 

From the Mouths of the Gods

From the Mouths of the Gods

The ever experimental Flanagan Collective is back with their new show, From the Mouths of the Gods, all about maths, free will, and determinism, with a little bit of kissing thrown in... 

Aladdin and His Magical Europe Refugee Tour 2016

Aladdin and His Magical Europe Refugee Tour 2016

The show is a modern adaptation of the famous Arab folk story, in which Aladdin takes his wife Jasmine (her real name is too difficult for a European audience to pronounce) to Greece, Italy and Scotland to seek asylum... 

Californians Dreamin’

Californians Dreamin’

Californias Dreamin’, performed by California Poly SLO’s company Smile and Nod, comprises a mixture of short and long form improvisation, based on audience suggestions.This particular show began with a single suggestion based on the prompt “a recurring nightmare”, without any real introductions or warming up of the audience as one might expect in this sort of show... 

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... 

Triple Entendre: Love, Life and Other Stuff

Triple Entendre: Love, Life and Other Stuff

Triple Entendre is directed, created and designed by Emily Cairns and is a comic musical cabaret about “Love, Life and Other Stuff”, consisting of a collection of original songs and poems woven loosely together with just a touch of narrative... 

The Sanctuary of the Minds

The Sanctuary of the Minds

A spectacle of music, video, strobes, multimedia, animation in 3D and 2D, with treated and customised film, using colour effects, singing and flamenco percussion mixed with Scottish folk and electronic... 

The Life and Crimes of Reverend Raccoon

The Life and Crimes of Reverend Raccoon

Conman, faith healer and US Army reservist. Join the Reverend to learn how God found him, why he believes, and why you should always choose the baked potato option. From the team behind The Last Motel – ‘Engaging, clever and with a manipulative edge… couldn’t help but be reminded of the Coen Brothers’ **** (EdFringeReview... 

Fingertips

Fingertips

It’s all queasily familiar: a small badly lit room, a table littered with bottles of vodka and plastic cups, and several alarmingly costumed twenty-somethings sprawled over the floor and bed, arguing about a drinking game... 

Hang

Hang

Hang, the latest show from Yellow Jacket Productions, set in the near future where the death penalty has returned with an added feature, the victim is able to choose the method of execution... 

A Number by Caryl Churchill

A Number by Caryl Churchill

Caryl Churchill’s 2002 play about the ethics of genetic cloning and an extension of the well-worn ‘nature versus nurture’ debate is a challenging text for actors. With only two performers inhabiting the stage throughout, and with radical character differences having to be portrayed with immediacy following scene transitions, the text contains within it a natural intensity which is well realised by actors Charlie Randall and Tom Smythe of Gone Rogue Productions... 

Tomorrow, Maybe

Tomorrow, Maybe

Tomorrow, Maybe – the newest offering from writing duo Amies & Clements – is a touching musical, set to an absolutely exquisite score which is brought to life with passion by both the cast and band... 

The Invisible Man

The Invisible Man

It’s always disappointing to see an interesting concept marred by poor execution. The Invisible Man takes the central concept from the HG Wells novel, but transports it to a noir-style Chicago, filled with trench coats and jazz music... 

Every Wild Beast

Every Wild Beast

It's not often you get to see theatre in what is essentially an attic. A quirkily decorated attic, laid out with clutter and beautiful hanging light bulbs, but an attic nonetheless... 

Numbers by Kieron Barry

Numbers by Kieron Barry

A dark comedy focusing on four teenage girls an hour before head girl is announced. The girls talk about their plans for the future after sixth form, and tensions turn nasty as they realise that things might not have worked out the way they planned... 

Deal with the Dragon

Deal with the Dragon

It’s a familiar scene to many a Fringe-goer: a black-box stage, a chair and an actor with his story. But what an electric, even dizzying story Deal With the Dragon turns out to be... 

Missed Connections

Missed Connections

There’s an unspoken rule on the tube: never try to start a conversation. Missed Connections is about three pairs of people who break that rule. Though it occasionally amuses, surprises and impresses, it moves slowly and inefficiently, in unflattering contrast with the play’s set... 

Lynn Ruth Miller: I Love Men

Lynn Ruth Miller: I Love Men

This is a show that anyone who has ever been single – and that means everyone – needs to see.Lynn Ruth Miller is, above all, a powerful storyteller, taking us from start to finish through her autobiographical story without losing a beat... 

Für Elise

Für Elise

The female object of Beethoven’s widely known composition for solo piano is unknown, though in this devised production by the York Drama Soc, she is given form and identity as the love interest of an impoverished French mime artist, François... 

Alana

Alana

Recording artist Alana is suddenly alone when her mentor father is seriously injured in a road traffic accident. She becomes dependent on A&E doctor Kate who is caring for her father, and when her father dies her world is turned upside down by the arrival of her estranged mother Terry at the funeral... 

Foehn Effect

Foehn Effect

Foehn Effect is an intense act, accounted by the actor who takes the public with her on a journey through psychological pain and all the phases that she passes: depression, anger, loss of humanity and sense of justice… Text, audiovisuals, and deep personal experience are woven together... 

Blues is a Primary Colour

Blues is a Primary Colour

A music and projection performance through the prism of blues with live music by Justin Lavash and projections by Darrell Jónsson. We are taken from the blues’ Delta origins to the primal electricity found on nearly every dance floor today... 

Smart

Smart

Smart may seem innovative in putting Facebook and Tinder at the heart of a drama, but this cannot compensate for boring and one-dimensional characters and a tedious plot. Writer and director Duncan Joseph has plenty of good ideas, but almost all of them are poorly executed... 

A Series of Unfortunate Breakups

A Series of Unfortunate Breakups

From Mountview London graduate’s company Some Riot Theatre, A Series of Unfortunate Breakups is a rollercoaster of storylines and emotions that impresses and moves in equal measure... 

Jerry Finnegan’s Sister

Jerry Finnegan’s Sister

Written in the 90s, Jerry Finnegan’s Sister presents the iconic ‘girl next door’ story without being self-conscious and with a great deal of laughter. The love of Brian Dowd’s life, who happens to be his best friend and next door neighbour’s sister, is getting married and Brian needs to speak his mind or regret it forever... 

23, Please: The Sketch Show That Never Was

23, Please: The Sketch Show That Never Was

With a Cambridge Footlights endorsement on their flyer, this is a group already promising great things to an expectant audience. Quick changes and quicker one-liners abound, and whilst there are a few rough edges still to shape up, this is a very enjoyable evening of comic sketch fun... 

Blood Will Have Blood

Blood Will Have Blood

Immer City’s intriguing audio-immersive take on an oft-forgotten part of the tale of Macbeth is a wonderfully atmospheric and unique experience, if one that still feels rough around the edges... 

An Account of a Savage

An Account of a Savage

‘What does it mean to be a human?’Voiced explicitly at one moment during this equal parts captivating, inviting and horrifying production, the question of the very nature of humanity is wrestled with... 

Tristram Shandy: Live at Scotland

Tristram Shandy: Live at Scotland

Tristram Shandy's sizzling autobiography, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, has just hit the shelves and the author has announced a nation-wide tour: a theatrical extravaganza which captures the scandal, wit and wisdom of this instant classic... 

A Boy Named Sue

A Boy Named Sue

A Boy Named Sue written by Bertie Darrell provides an interesting insight into the experiences of members of the LGBT+ community, played with great energy by the cast of three. Standing on a bare stage, director Claudia Lee is clearly smart and confident enough to let the script and actors shine without any gimmickry... 

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... 

Our Man

Our Man

Anybody who finds themselves rooting for a couple in a film or show will love the responsibility handed out by Ae-Ja Kim in Our Man. Brought to Edinburgh as a domestic trial, two wives battle it out for their husband's affection: desperate not to offend (and too fickle to choose), the husband invites the audience to cast their judgement and decide on a woman in the space of seventy-five minutes... 

Jules Verne’s Extraordinary Voyages: Journey to the Centre of the Earth

Jules Verne’s Extraordinary Voyages: Journey to the Centre of the Earth

To start with – a confession. I have never read any of Jules Verne’s trilogy of voyages extraordinairies novels, nor have I seen any film versions of it before watching this competent adaptation by Not Cricket Productions; a theatre performance scripted with admirable economy and rendered with an entertaining liveliness that is sustained throughout the play... 

Crazed

Crazed

Anyone looking for important and assured new writing would be well-advised to give Ecce Theatre’s Crazed a look. Opening as a well-observed comedy on student living, the play becomes a hard-hitting and nuanced exploration of consent... 

Shhhh – An Improvised Silent Movie

Shhhh – An Improvised Silent Movie

A completely improvised silent movie accompanied by live ragtime piano music, inspired by the films and ambience of the 1920s. Every day six actors and a piano player will create a new play on the spot, inspired by the masterpieces of Chaplin, Lloyd and many other silent stars... 

A Common Man: The Bridge That Tom Built

A Common Man: The Bridge That Tom Built

Striding onto the stage accompanied by thunderous fanfare, taking his place on a podium and decrying the evil of tyrants and the chains of authority, Dominic Allen’s blistering and bombastic entrance as Thomas Paine in his one man show about the life of the free thinker and revolutionary scholar certainly grabs your attention and sets the tone for a gripping and completely enthralling hour of astounding storytelling and theatre... 

Small Hours

Small Hours

The description of this touching piece of work as advertised in the Fringe guide does not do it justice. On the surface, it seems as if it focuses on the interactions of two people, a subtle and insightful portrayal of what friendship is... 

Madwomen in the Attic

Madwomen in the Attic

The Madwoman in the Attic is a famous piece of feminist literary criticism that dissects the feminine ideal and its opposite, as exemplified by the relationship between Jane Eyre’s heroine and Bertha Rochester, the wife of Jane’s love, locked in the attic of their home... 

Our Writer

Our Writer

There is a theory in literary circles that, at some point in the writing process, the characters will take on a life of their own and as such, will dictate their journey to the writer... 

Living the Dream

Living the Dream

From the pen of former Royal Court Young Writer, Nick Cassenbaum, comes a brand new absurd comedy for young people about living a dream. Whatever that dream is. Inspired by Shakespeare, this quirky little satire, performed by a talented group of young wannabes, promises to be a timely tale for the aspirational age... 

Deep-Fried Language

Deep-Fried Language

A good crack at absurdist sketch comedy, this piece from Australian company 7blue is good fun and at times bitingly clever, the puns and witticisms are nineteen to the dozen, but falls flat at several key moments... 

Dark Vanilla Jungle

Dark Vanilla Jungle

The strength of this production primarily sits with the intensely provocative script written by Philip Ridley. Delving into issues of sexual assault, family and mental health the monologue provides and intense and visceral depiction of a young girl’s turbulent downfall... 

Immaculate

Immaculate

Arriving fresh-faced from Dorset, young sixth-form group Harpoon present their take on Oliver Lansley’s hilarious play Immaculate. It’s a script rich with comic potential which the performance doesn’t always live up to... 

The Tinder Game

The Tinder Game

A comical and haunting play about a young generation’s morality and its desperate search for connection. Enigmatic twentysomething Liz joins the world of Tinder to play a game of obsession, lust and betrayal in the hope of winning love... 

Cabaret Nova

Cabaret Nova

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

No Help Sent

No Help Sent

In the near future, the government approves a bill to cancel the NHS. Private healthcare is now the only option. With no money, sharing a flat with three of his mates, a third year university student is diagnosed with cancer, and it seems he must now live his life on a timer... 

The School for Wives

The School for Wives

An older man's plans to marry his naive ward, raised to know nothing of the world, are scuppered when she accidentally falls in love with a young stranger who tips his hat to her in the street... 

OwlTime

OwlTime

Matchgirl is a refugee in Calais’ Jungle. She dreams of better times, playing herself on stage. A response to the refugee crisis inspired by the 1910 Dreadnought Hoax, when Virginia Woolf boarded the British naval flagship posing as Abyssinian royalty... 

Jules Verne’s Extraordinary Voyages: The Lighthouse at the End of the World

Jules Verne’s Extraordinary Voyages: The Lighthouse at the End of the World

When a remote lighthouse is attacked by a dangerous band of wreckers and vagabonds only one of the keepers escapes alive Joining forces with the sole survivor of a shipwreck, the pair must use all of their courage and resourcefulness to elude capture as they race against time to restart the light and bring the pirates to justice A compelling and action-packed tale of passion and perseverance... 

Paperclips and Ammunition

Paperclips and Ammunition

William, having just been fired from his position as the world’s worst drama teacher, thinks he might join the navy; a headmaster reflects on his "illustrious" past, while Tim is just trying to get through his career interview with as few misquotations as possible... 

Mysterious Moments of Magic

Mysterious Moments of Magic

Victorian gentleman magician, John Henry Blackwood, returns with a series of magical experiments to explore the potential of time travel. His signature tall tales, anecdotes and elegant magic culminate in an attempt to answer one of science’s biggest questions: Is time travel possible? Following successful shows in 2013 and 2014, Mysterious Moments of Magic has taken two years to develop and is bigger, more ambitious and more impossible than anything Blackwood has attempted before... 

Jules Verne’s Extraordinary Voyages: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Jules Verne’s Extraordinary Voyages: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

We know more about the Moon than we do about the ocean floor. Dr. Arronax, scientist and pioneer of underwater exploration, is determined to discover what secrets may be hidden beneath the waves... 

Operation Dead Drop: A Citywide Escape Game

Operation Dead Drop: A Citywide Escape Game

The gold from the Great Waverley Train Robbery was never found but, 30 years on, new information has come to light as to its whereabouts. Be warned though, there are lots of explorers on the case and of course some want to see you fail... 

Wave After Wave

Wave After Wave

Wave After Wave builds on a reputation for presenting new frontiers in digital art, cyanotype and screen print. The show focuses primarily on recent work from Graphter Jim and Ursula Cheng. 

The Marvellous Adventures of Mary Seacole

The Marvellous Adventures of Mary Seacole

Cleo Sylvestre tells the fascinating story of the Jamaican/Scottish woman who braved the Crimean War to tend to wounded soldiers, described as ‘a warm and successful physician, who doctors and cures all manner of men with extraordinary success’... 

Committed to Mediocrity

Committed to Mediocrity

Being middle-aged, gay and married is difficult enough without having a mildly annoying vegetarian accent. Which makes picking holes and kicking down the ordinary lives of the rest of the world Gavin’s key survival mechanism as he validates his existence... 

The Ross Voss Comedy Experience

The Ross Voss Comedy Experience

Australian comedian’s Edinburgh debut. Ross Voss will amuse with gags, stories and jokes. ‘Left with tears in my eyes it was so funny!’ (Adelaide Fringe-goer). ‘Take a punt lovers of comedy on Ross’ (Peter Maddern, Kryztoff... 

Adele is Younger Than Us

Adele is Younger Than Us

We’ve all been there – the shattering realisation that you are not Adele. Come join your fellow mortals for self-deprecating, non-Grammy Award-winning songs and comedy. We’re all someone like us... 

Haggis McSporran: Is Out of His Box!

Haggis McSporran: Is Out of His Box!

With referendum fever sweeping the country, Haggis’s face was on every TV. Then something happened. Scotland voted no and Haggis was never heard from again, sparking several conspiracy theories and several more apathetic shrugs... 

The Owl and the Pussycat

The Owl and the Pussycat

Set sail for adventures galore. Join the Owl and the Pussycat as they voyage to distant lands in their pea green boat, sing to the stars, and meet unexpected dangers and new friends along the way... 

Cam and Flora

Cam and Flora

A bold hour of stand-up and character comedy from Flora Anderson (Laughing Horse New Act of Year finalist 2015) and Cam Spence (hasn't entered competitions but if she did she'd win them all)... 

Fringe Film Festival

Fringe Film Festival

Returning for its 12th season, the critically acclaimed curated programme showcases silver screen shorts and contemporary filmmakers all day, every day. Pop in for a quirky short or linger longer for a moving moment – fabulously fresh innovation to discuss... 

C vibrant vivacious variety

C vibrant vivacious variety

Comedy! Circus! Cabaret! At our five venues across the city: C, our powerhouse of performance on Chambers Street. C nova, our vibrant hub at India Buildings, Victoria Street. C too, our original offshoot with garden cafe on Johnston Terrace... 

Revan and Fennell: Fan Club

Revan and Fennell: Fan Club

Brimming with originality and presenting a confidently executed show, Revan and Fennell are a double act that have the potential to succeed the comedy throne of French & Saunders.The material is astute, contemporary and culturally-savvy... 

Strawberries in January

Strawberries in January

Four people with a few more mutual friends than they might expect trip round one another in Strawberries in January, a play that mixes and matches the tropes of romantic comedies with a knowing wink... 

Cleansed

Cleansed

Cleansed is classic Sarah Kane: disturbing, difficult, packed with violence and potentially quite profound. Fear No Colours’ production makes a good effort to make sense of a play that seems to revel in hiding its purpose... 

Inglorious Insinuations of Insanity

Inglorious Insinuations of Insanity

Barry is charming, flamboyant and has a very ornate vocabulary. He has a love of Cadbury's Twirls, is very specific about how he drinks his gin and is rather likely to come out with curious turns of phrase such as ‘farcical aviary’ or ‘gentlemen berries’... 

Phaedra's Love

Phaedra's Love

To do justice to any of Sarah Kane’s work, you need to not be taken in by the maniacal, despairing nature of her scripts. The characters are, for all their flaws, always believable and human; it’s the situations Kane constructs that are so distressing... 

Womenswear

Womenswear

Through a strong ensemble cast, this piece aims to expose the truth behind the juxtaposition of the stereotypical woman and the reality which every woman struggles to deal and cope with in our modern age... 

The Furies

The Furies

Durham's Ethrael Theatre presents a musical adaptation of Aeschylus's The Furies, a tale of vengeance, honour, justice and mercy. The Furies, representing the angry, the grudging and the avenger, chase Orestes for his blood after he displays has what a famous Austrian psychiatrist might call 'parental issues' – he killed his mother Clytemnestra, who had killed his father Agamemnon... 

Threesome

Threesome

Threesome follows the rocky road to a triple tryst as married thirtysomethings Sam and Kate (Chris Willoughby and Gemma Rook) attempt to spice up their faltering relationship by inviting the abrasive and sex-obsessed Lucy (April Pearson) into the bedroom - what follows is fifty minutes of witty banter, sublimely awkward dialogue and what feels like a world record attempt to say “cocks” as many times under an hour as possible... 

Picasso Stole the Mona Lisa

Picasso Stole the Mona Lisa

The Cambridge University Amateur Dramatic Club has failed to hit the nail on the mark with their latest show Picasso Stole the Mona Lisa. With a silly plot which doesn’t make any sense, they fail to make it funny enough to become a farce or clever enough to be an interesting story... 

Roughs (for Radio)

Roughs (for Radio)

Beckett’s dramatic works are disorientating at the best of times. His characters are subjected to all manner of stresses, disfigurements, and distortions, which are then experienced vicariously by the spectator... 

Two Thirds

Two Thirds

Two Thirds charts the endlessly tangled lives of a group of university friends after graduation. It's about being young, making mistakes and just how strained relationships can become when you have to deal with the subsequent consequences... 

A Walk on the Wild Side

A Walk on the Wild Side

Take a walk on the wild side and experience the embodiment of animal behaviours into human characters. In this unique and unusual production, the performer visually imitates the characteristics of various creatures... 

Oh Gumtree

Oh Gumtree

Oh What A Lovely War (musical), Oh Calcutta (nude theatre) – but what is Oh Gumtree? The title says nothing of the play behind the poster really but deserves further investigation... 

Fringe Film Festival

Fringe Film Festival

C’s Fringe Film Festival is a smorgasbord of productions shuffled neatly into one come-and-go styled theatre. Calling it hit and miss would be putting it lightly, and it certainly doesn’t help that there is barely any listings of what time each individual film runs at... 

The Stolen Inches

The Stolen Inches

The Small Things Theatre Company's The Stolen Inches brilliantly puts family relationships under a microscope. It follows Simon Wenlock, a short, 24 year old shoe designer, as he decides to sue his parents for bringing him up poorly... 

These Troubled Times

These Troubled Times

Troy Diana’s comedy These Troubled Times focuses on Charles (John Curtis), an openly gay man who arrives at his brother's family home to babysit his niece and nephew. Upon arrival, strange incidents begin to unfold and he soon finds himself getting more than what he bargained for... 

Cut the Mustard

Cut the Mustard

Cut the Mustard has what can only be described as an offbeat premise: it’s almost time for a live broadcast during a not-so-popular slot on Icelandic radio. As we wait for the countdown, Georgia Bruce and Jack Chisnall, playing exaggerated versions of themselves, entertain us, their studio audience, with repartee and acoustic duets... 

The Remnants: Threadbare

The Remnants: Threadbare

Archimedes (Alexander Wilson) is interested in scopophilia, pleasure derived from looking. He looks at us, an experiment to see how long he can sit before we leave. Mercifully, Phoenix (Emily Johnstone) interrupts and tells him a story about two lovers... 

The Edge Effect

The Edge Effect

In ecology, an ‘edge effect’ is a contact point between two habitats, characterised by an increase in biodiversity. This concept is the inspiration behind Pentmond and Co.’s Fringe debut of the same name, where five actors from from Gordon College, U... 

The Night Watch

The Night Watch

Set in the Spanish war, The Night Watch is a gripping period drama. The ingeniously immersive set is a makeshift military church with an illuminated cross at one end, wooden planks lining the walls of a dim and narrow room... 

Jethro Compton's Frontier Trilogy: The Clock Strikes Noon

Jethro Compton's Frontier Trilogy: The Clock Strikes Noon

Brought to the fringe by multi-talented Jethro Compton, The Clock Strikes Noon (along with the rest of the Frontier trilogy) is not to be missed. In this second instalment we find ourselves immediately thrown into the action... 

Mr Poe's Legendarium

Mr Poe's Legendarium

Edgar Allan Poe and Sigmund Freud, partners in crime, telling horror stories and picking them apart: it sounds like rich source material, but Mr Poe’s Legendarium doesn’t quite tap into all that potential... 

George and Co (the Solo Tour)

George and Co (the Solo Tour)

At first it’s almost as if George Dimarelos has chosen to counter any preconceptions about loud Australians by opting for the least dramatic stage entrance possible; he’s already positioned by the mic stand as his audience find their seats, saying hello to anyone he recognises from that day’s flyer distribution... 

Paintings and Cake

Paintings and Cake

Do you like weird and impenetrable absurdist drama? The kind of play that seems to bend time with its slowness? Do you find pleasure in watching characters say meaningless things to one another, repeating them, not for emphasis, but for some confounding attempt at profundity? Is it easy for you to summon empathy for actors who garble their words, miss their cues, speak without actually moving their lips and make no attempt at vocal expressiveness? Who utter dialogue in the flat tones of the robo-voices who ring you at dinnertime on behalf of bogus real estate schemes and fake sweepstakes? Are you OK with sitting in a below-ground space that’s as airless as a boxcar? No, really, do you find it mentally stimulating to test your limits of claustrophobia in a room so hot it feels like the anteroom to purgatory? Have you been craving an alternative to the well-produced, expertly acted, beautifully written plays being staged elsewhere at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe? Do you need an hour of wooden acting to remind you what good acting looks like? Is it on your to-do list to witness a production in which the actors look like they need a hard scrubbing? Would you be interested in seeing three performers engaged in some new form of Method acting that requires them to wear filthy costumes? Have you dreamed of watching a play with no-name characters (they are called A, B and C) who gabble on about being trapped inside Monet paintings (much the way you are trapped inside the venue) and who sometimes cram their mouths full of pastry? If you said “yes” to all of these, Paintings and Cake is the perfect play for you... 

The Tell-Tale Heart

The Tell-Tale Heart

Before the lights go down and the show begins, a voiceover warns us to expect ‘scenes of extreme horror’ as this retelling of Edgar Allan Poe's gothic tale begins. Combining physical theatre and gothic horror, Sherborne Young People's Theatre have constructed an interesting idea, but I dare say that fans of physical theatre and/or horror will be equally disappointed with this production... 

My Friend Peter

My Friend Peter

The life and work of classic children's author Beatrix Potter is given a sweet folk musical twist in this fun ensemble piece. Crammed into a tiny bunker-like space, the piece feels and looks like it’s taking place in Mr McGregor’s shed... 

Cartography

Cartography

This is a story of Sarah, a lover of maps and trigonometry. She’s afraid to travel and see the world she only knows on paper because she has a hole in her heart. So she lives a quiet life working in her dead father’s map shop instead, until she meets John, someone who dreams of travelling... 

Valiant

Valiant

Valiant is an hour of verbatim stories from women who have experienced war, adapted from the book Valiant War and Exile by Sally Hayton-Keeva who collected interviews from women across the globe... 

The Remnants: As Thyself

The Remnants: As Thyself

A short and beguiling piece of theatre, As Thyself is presented here as the first part in a conceptual series of plays by Isla van Tricht, although it was originally a standalone piece... 

Cabaret Nova

Cabaret Nova

A blend of music and comedy, Cabaret Nova exhibits some of the Fringe’s up and coming stars. C Nova’s Studio 5 is small, almost to the point of being cramped, but this makes for a more intimate atmosphere, whilst Tessa Waters, who has the stage charisma of Elvis, presents the show as the host of the night... 

Spur of the Moment

Spur of the Moment

A sharply witty exploration of parenting and schoolgirl obsession. As pre-teen Delilah's parents argue incessantly, they fail to notice her growing friendship with their 21-year-old lodger... 

Disorder

Disorder

Disorder is a play about mental illness that attempts to portray the realities of living with bipolar disorder, as well as the long term effects of the condition, not only on the sufferer but their relatives as well... 

Female Personality of the Year

Female Personality of the Year

A new satirical comedy that asks what it really means to be a female and have a personality. This parody awards show watches the nation's favourite presenter, Katie Old, take to the couch with four public figures: art historian Valerie Davis; CEO and mother of six Ruth Sharp; popstar Kooki Lund; and chef, Dolly Norris... 

Stan

Stan

Hell is an office and the Devil wants out, but in order to get a job transfer he needs to find a suitable replacement: cue Georgina, young aspiring lawyer with a thirst for power. Hell's corporate office setting is created through macabre insight into the hellish nature of consumerism and monotony of a nine to five... 

Ursula Invents Old Woman

Ursula Invents Old Woman

Ursula K Le Guin, noted author of A Wizard of Earthsea, is visited by an alien adopting her form. The extraterrestrial wants the answer to the question: “What is old woman?” This, eventually, is the plot of Ursula Invents Old Woman... 

Numbers

Numbers

When I think of an all girls boarding school, I think of discipline, tradition, etiquette, and above all a place where success must exceed expectation. Well, Kieron Barry’s Numbers certainly explores this, with only one position as Head Girl of the school four friends must battle it out as to who will win the prestigious title... 

Richard Parker

Richard Parker

What I remember most strongly from Richard Parker, a 2011 dark comedy from playwright Owen Thomas, was the heat. The venue was a sauna, burning from the mass of people trapped inside... 

Splitfoot

Splitfoot

Splitfoot by Piper Theatre tells the tale of the Fox sisters “Devil Daughters” who, in post-civil war New York, convinced the public that they could communicate with the dead. They became the founders of the Spiritualism movement and then publicly denounced it... 

The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden from Not Cricket Productions is a faithful and on-the-whole, effective, adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic tale. Rude and precocious Mary Lennox is taken to live with her uncle at Misselthwaite Manor... 

Jethro Compton's Frontier Trilogy: Blood Red Moon

Jethro Compton's Frontier Trilogy: Blood Red Moon

Jethro Compton, formerly the driving force behind Belt Up Theatre, has certainly earned his household name at the Fringe, bringing shows of consistent quality for years - notably with the astonishing Bunker Trilogy in 2013, taking over one of C nova's studios for three performances each day... 

Swing By Around 8

Swing By Around 8

Ayckbourn fans will love this comedy of manners from Durham University’s Fourth Wall Theatre. Matt and Katherine decide to spice up their troubled relationship by inviting another couple to join in their sex life... 

Jethro Compton's Frontier Trilogy: The Rattlesnake's Kiss

Jethro Compton's Frontier Trilogy: The Rattlesnake's Kiss

The Rattlesnake’s Kiss, part of Jethro Compton’s Frontier Trilogy, is an all-round masterclass in what theatre at the Fringe can be. It’s superbly written and wonderfully acted... 

Lear's Daughters

Lear's Daughters

The Morton Players’ production of Lear's Daughters attempts to give an insight into the complex characters of Goneril, Regan and Cordelia from Shakespeare's King Lear by examining their childhood... 

Mistaken: A Quartet of Plays for One Actor

Mistaken: A Quartet of Plays for One Actor

Mistaken presents four short monologues, written and directed by Nick Myles and performed by William McGeough. It’s a good showcase of strong work, though the monologues would stand better individually... 

The Hideout

The Hideout

Haste Theatre’s new take on the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur is one full of charm and humour. The narrative, however, gets a little bit lost in the Labyrinth.The adaptation is reset in a shady 1920s establishment where the gods Dionysus, Hades and Aphrodite decide to retell the story of the Minotaur in their own unique way... 

2 Become 1

2 Become 1

50 minutes of Britney, Shania Twain, All Saints and the Spice Girls: every 90s girl’s dream. 2 Become 1 is a hilarious pop-musical, following four friends who sing all the classics with great energy and great voices... 

Some Thing New

Some Thing New

Delivered as an interactive art workshop, with a narrative line slowly emerging, Some Thing New is a great idea with an unsatisfying execution. It bobs along somewhat enjoyably in parts, with plenty of audience participation... 

Cross the Shifting Sands

Cross the Shifting Sands

L. Frank Baum is the creator of one the most well-known fantasy worlds in literature, though his name is perhaps less famous. Maybe because his Oz books are best known via the musical adaptation, or maybe because he is much older than Tolkien, Rowling or Lewis... 

Eat Me! Drink Me! Buy Me!

Eat Me! Drink Me! Buy Me!

"Did she fall or was she pushed?" posits the Mad Hatter (Annie Neat), as Three Mugs of Tea embark on their consumerist take on Alice in Wonderland. It's a question which could as easily apply to the audience as it does to Alice, as I can't help wondering how many people knew they were being pushed into a social commentary when entering the theatre... 

The Frida Kahlo of Penge West

The Frida Kahlo of Penge West

As roommates, young London singletons Zoe and Ruth are as mismatched as Peep Show’s Mark and Jeremy. Good thing two well-matched actors, Olivia Scott-Taylor as introvert Zoe and Cecily Nash as attention-craver Ruth, are playing them, and to the hilt, in the deliciously eccentric two-hander The Frida Kahlo of Penge West... 

Jethro Compton presents Sirenia

Jethro Compton presents Sirenia

There is a room in C Nova that you have never seen before: up endless winding staircases and through many closed doors, a small attic store has been meticulously transformed into the bare living room of Black Rock Lighthouse, where this tale of love and loss takes place... 

Naked Knotted Neurons

Naked Knotted Neurons

In this devised piece, the company from the University of Pennsylvania’s Theatre Arts Program set themselves an almighty challenge in terms of the subject matter they deal with (and all in less than an hour)... 

Festivus

Festivus

Trying to recreate the British music festival environment in a small Edinburgh theatre cannot be easy, but Signature Picture's Festivus gives it a damn good go.As far as staging is concerned, Festivus is pretty much perfect... 

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... 

Fashion

Fashion

St Andrews Revue’s new sketch show Fashion is a fun and enjoyable way to spend 50 minutes, but it’s not going to split your sides or radically change your point of view. The four comedians (two male and two female – finally some gender balance!) evidently have good comic timing and funny ideas and insights even if they aren’t entirely original... 

At the Crossroads

At the Crossroads

I was the only one watching this show, and what a mistake the hordes of people outside on Victoria Street made. Modern Robot, consisting of guitarist Ben Singer and drummer Phil, provides an astonishingly powerful exhibition of musical talent... 

The Cherry Orchard: Beyond the Truth

The Cherry Orchard: Beyond the Truth

I wasn’t supposed to be reviewing this show, but on a friend’s recommendation (“three Korean ladies doing Chekhov. It’s very postmodern”) I popped in, little knowing what to expect... 

Waking Beauty

Waking Beauty

Waking Beauty is a new take on the traditional fairy story of Sleeping Beauty set in a re-purposed circular room papered with stencils and pasted pages of old books, fairy lights, fake flowers and cushions... 

Phantasmagoria

Phantasmagoria

Phantasmagoria is Hookhitch theatre’s adaptation of the Lewis Carroll poem. No, not like the Jabberwocky: rather than invent a lot of nonsense words, the poem analyses the rules and regulations guiding ghosts and the haunted... 

Scattered

Scattered

When their estranged father dies, twins Nicky and Jake reunite to execute his will. The unexpected arrival of Sam, a half-brother they never knew they had, forces them to question their relationship as the three new-found siblings patch over domestic scars, creating new ones in the process... 

Tate Postmodern

Tate Postmodern

The Tate Postmodern has everything you would expect to from a contemporary art gallery: a whole host of hipster credentials, disinterested security and an overpriced gift shop by the exit... 

The Last Five Years

The Last Five Years

Jason Robert Brown's musical The Last Five Years is not an easy undertaking. In fairness it wasn't written to be. Compton Little Theatre is the company who have brought this to C Venues this year, with an appropriately simple set and minimal piano accompaniment... 

The Muted Note Duo: Dances and Songs based on poems by P K Page

The Muted Note Duo: Dances and Songs based on poems by P K Page

An intimate stage work that synthesises poetry, music, and dance, with P K Page's brilliant verse at its core. Drawing on the fundamental ways that words, music, and dance have been combined throughout history... 

Damsels in Success: Fairytales Retold

Damsels in Success: Fairytales Retold

Mum and Dad are out and it is time for a bedtime story with a twist. We are invited into a gorgeously decorated storytelling cove and, when we are all sitting comfortably on the scattered cushions, the stories begin... 

Clairvoyant

Clairvoyant

Singular actor and writer of Clairvoyant, Bettine Mackenzie is funny. Entering the empty studio space in an impossibly unattractive grey tracksuit ensemble, she begins to address what we assume to be an imaginary panel of talent show judges... 

At the Break of Dawn

At the Break of Dawn

At the Break of Dawn is a show brimming with big ideas and questions all jostling together for space; but whilst the concept itself is impressive, the execution falls short of its potential... 

The London 2012 Games Closing Ceremony Closing Ceremony

The London 2012 Games Closing Ceremony Closing Ceremony

Holly has watched the world slowly fall apart since the summer of 2012. With the rise of right-wing activism and a widening gap between rich and poor, all hope appears to be lost. If there is any way to save humanity, it is to reignite the atmosphere of our last great moment... 

War 100

War 100

A reflection of war through 100 years: from World War One through to the modern day. War 100 looks at how a family through the generations perseveres, survives and loses at the hands of war... 

The Trepidation of the Tower Traipsing Troglodytes

The Trepidation of the Tower Traipsing Troglodytes

Two women live alone in an attic, never leaving the confines of those four walls. Living away from society the two have formed their own specific way of communicating, their own daily rituals, which though simple in task, are inexplicably unachievable... 

Lynn Ruth Miller: Get a Grip

Lynn Ruth Miller: Get a Grip

Fear is the ultimate fantasy. Lynn Ruth Miller is 81 years old. She's lived a lot and nearly died a few times too. She's faced massive fears and fought a churning tummy and grinding teeth... 

Bathtime

Bathtime

Like all great people (Whitney Houston, the Romans) Harry loves a bath. But when his wife, Sarah, is mysteriously bludgeoned to death, Harry keeps getting dragged from his bubbles by people – showerers, usually – who think he did it... 

C vibrant vivacious variety

C vibrant vivacious variety

Comedy! Circus! Cabaret! at our five venues: C, our powerhouse of performance on Chambers Street. C nova, our vibrant hub at India Buildings, Victoria Street. C too, our original offshoot with garden cafe on Johnston Terrace... 

Bazaar and Rummage

Bazaar and Rummage

Bazaar and Rummage was written by Sue Townsend, best known for her Adrian Mole series, and incorporates some of the wry humour typical of those books. Its plot is simple: a group of agoraphobic women leave their houses for the first time in years to put on a rummage sale... 

The Moth of August

The Moth of August

Four performers share a flat in Edinburgh, the setting indicated only by the Fringe guides and flyers which share the single table in the play’s single room with a pair of biscuit-tins... 

Lynn Ruth Miller: Not Dead Yet

Lynn Ruth Miller: Not Dead Yet

80 years old and behaving like someone a quarter of her age, Lynn Ruth Miller is certainly not your typical OAP. After the success of her award-winning show Granny’s Gone Wild, this year she has brought another show to the Fringe: Not Dead Yet, a show about life, love and... 

George and Co (The Solo Tour)

George and Co (The Solo Tour)

Australian comic George Dimarelos’s first full-length show at the Fringe is a solid effort, with his conversational style and obvious talent for observational comedy showing a lot of promise... 

This Wide Night

This Wide Night

Chloë Moss’ 2008 play about two women reunited after getting out of prison is confidently revived by SUDS in Eliza Gearty and Tom Herbert’s searing production. Lorraine (Kitt Barrie) is fresh out of prison after a twelve-year sentence... 

Dirty Decadence

Dirty Decadence

Exeter University's Theatre With Teeth brings their modern ballet to Edinburgh, presenting the story of three couples and a maid on a weekend away. This alcohol-fuelled partner-swapping, sexually-confused, weekend is not so much bohemian Bacchanalia but an orgy of aristocratic entitlement ending in tragedy... 

Cabaret Nova

Cabaret Nova

Cabaret Nova has undergone a transformation since last year. Previously only showcasing acts associated with C venues, this year they are sourcing the best acts they can from those available at the Fringe, increasing the quality and variety of acts they can offer... 

Hollywood Film Fest

Hollywood Film Fest

The Hollywood Film Festival is an improvised comedy/drama show taking the standard improvised format onto the silver screen.The six-strong troupe bounce into C-Nova’s little venue 2, dance around a little bit and then ask the audience for inspiration... 

Telling Tales

Telling Tales

Todoandahooha’s Telling Tales is a series of 21st century morality plays commenting on and critiquing the contemporary world. But, don’t let that serious description deter you – the performers, who are connected with the youth theatre group Oldham Theatre Workshop, deliver their tales with verve, wit and charm... 

Contractions

Contractions

Emma is called in for a meeting with her manager and is reminded of a company contract she signed at the start of her employment: she must inform the company whenever she develops a relationship with a coworker of a sexual or romantic nature... 

Icarus Falling

Icarus Falling

Scott Wings has taken this classical myth and twisted it like beaten metal. In his hands, or words, it becomes a dynamic fusion of spoken word, physical theatre, comedy and poetry. A few minutes in, Wings declares that ‘poetry is running circles in my head... 

Cirque Tsuki: Parade

Cirque Tsuki: Parade

The concept of Cirque Tsuki’s final instalment of its trilogy is strong. Based on the Japanese ghost story of Izanami and Izanagi, Parade begins - fittingly - with us being paraded into the venue itself... 

Cirque Tsuki: Birthday

Cirque Tsuki: Birthday

We’re standing in the atrium of C Nova as a balloon wanders down from above with a note. It reads ‘The Circus is Open’ and with that, we’re invited into the world of Cirque Tsuki... 

Lynn Ruth Miller: Granny's Gone Wild

Lynn Ruth Miller: Granny's Gone Wild

Lynn Ruth Miller, age 80 reprises her 2013 Time Out and Soho Theatre award-winning extravaganza featuring outrageous comedy and songs, offering inspiration for living life to the full whatever your age... 

Tender Napalm

Tender Napalm

Tender Napalm is a two-hander by Philip Ridley, best known for his controversial 2005 play Mercury Fur. Its nameless pair — the script’s ‘Man’ and ‘Woman’ carry an Edenic flavour — kiss, argue, clutch each other, and brawl across the studio stage as they narrate stories... 

Dinner is Swerved

Dinner is Swerved

Dinner is Swerved starts at 11:30 pm, so it isn’t really dinner — more like a midnight snack. This is fitting though — most of the food served on the night I attended was either sweets or breakfast food — what else would you eat at midnight?Don’t come to this expecting dinner theatre — Dinner is Swerved is simply an experience... 

Unsung

Unsung

Unsung, a tender, devastating domestic drama by Ayndrilla Singharay, draws on her experiences at the ASHA woman’s refuge. It explores an unusual British-Indian family composed of two brothers, Ash and Rhana (Niall Ray and Amit Dhut), and their wives, Joy and Megh (Rajneet Sidhu, Bhawna Bhawsar), who share an apartment in contemporary London... 

NSFW

NSFW

It is an exceptionally brave thing for an amateur company to take a recent professional London production and attempt to pull it off as a Fringe performance, but this is exactly what Macaroon Productions have done with Lucy Kirkwood's NSFW (which premiered at the Royal Court earlier this year)... 

Lie Back and Think of England

Lie Back and Think of England

Rachel Lincolns’ latest production gives the brutally honest lesson in Sexual Education that Britain needs. Be warned! You may never be able to look at stationary in the same way ever again... 

Stuck

Stuck

Stuck! Three strangers trapped by fate. Who are they? Where are they? You decide. Three stories unfold. Sometimes joyous, sometimes tragic, always absurd... An entirely improvised comedy with a spontaneous score from The RH Experience, using your suggestions... 

The Bunker Trilogy: Macbeth

The Bunker Trilogy: Macbeth

The Bunker Trilogy has transported the world of Shakespeare to the trenches of the first World War. Accordingly, they have converted a theatre in C Nova into a bunker, with soil on the ground and benches lined up... 

Up the Auntie

Up the Auntie

Cambridge University troupe The Foxymorons promise their sketch show Up the Auntie will be a “ludicrous abandon” of “porn, politics, pheasants and porn”, but their failure to deliver on two of these (porn makes an appearance) is unfortunately not the only thing lacking nor their self-description the only thing needlessly padded... 

The Greenville Ghost

The Greenville Ghost

The Greenville Ghost, a new script by Tom Bonnington, is a laugh-a-minute farce about two struggling hoteliers who decide to invent a fictional ghost to draw in clientele.Charlie is a hopeless businessman, the type who spends the money they don’t have on a new fridge, then champagne to celebrate the purchase of said fridge and then champagne flutes from which to drink the celebratory fizz... 

The Ugly Duckling

The Ugly Duckling

With an impressive variety of theatre tricks up their sleeve, Le Petite Artist recreate the classic Hans Christian Anderson tale. The message within the story of an odd looking duckling who grows up to become a swan still resonates profoundly today, over 150 years since it was first published... 

Guilty Secrets

Guilty Secrets

Musical comedian and YouTube sensation Vicky Arlidge returns to Edinburgh with her new one-woman show. Nominated for the Funny Women Awards Best Show 2013, and with over 30,000 YouTube hits under her belt (not to mention Bafta and Emmy nominated credits to her name), Vicky is often compared to Victoria Wood and Bill Bailey... 

The Real Inspector Hound

The Real Inspector Hound

Tom Stoppard's one act play, The Real Inspector Hound - a dynamic farce depicting two theatre critics commenting on an absurd parody of a country house murder mystery play. Through a series of events the two critics end up becoming immersed in the performance... 

Stupid Cupid: The Girl Group Era

Stupid Cupid: The Girl Group Era

Internationally acclaimed New York singer returns to the Fringe with her new retro show, celebrating all-girl groups from Connie Francis and Lesley Gore to Brenda Lee and the Supremes... 

Iron Crack

Iron Crack

The show follows five ruthless and driven individuals battling their way up the financial ladder within an unnamed organisation. The greed and opulence we all know and hate within the stock market trade will consume you into backing an individual unwillingly or perhaps even unknowingly... 

The Bunker Trilogy: Morgana

The Bunker Trilogy: Morgana

The Morgana of legend: sometimes kind, sometimes violent, always bewitching. This show, part of the reprise of last year’s phenomenal Bunker Trilogy, is just like its namesake.Inside the hauntingly realistic set of the bunker, the audience follows a year in the lives of three soldiers on the Western Front, the last remnants of a pals’ battalion from a Cornish public school, Tintagel: Arthur, Lance and Gawain... 

Shellshock! Improv Live!

Shellshock! Improv Live!

Shellshock! Improv Live! features a daring band of young performers improvising sketches entirely from audience suggestion. There are various fun games; one where one improv agent leaves the room and upon returning must use their powers of deduction to decipher their own story, as provided by the audience, to figure out why they have arrived late into the scene... 

MenSWEAR Collection: Spunk

MenSWEAR Collection: Spunk

Set almost entirely in one small flat, Spunk is the tale of James, a young wheelchair-bound gay man who is in desperate need of a sexual encounter. His decision to call on the skills of a prostitute is much to the dismay of his put-upon carer... 

We Never Land

We Never Land

If one has been lucky enough in life, one might have met that unique person that makes us feel like we are flying, or, at the very least, like we could fly and never land. For Wendy (Clare Sheppard), that person is her friend Cat, an artist and her friend... 

Barge Baby

Barge Baby

After the success of ‘League of St George’ last year, Bricks and Mortar Theatre are back with their second Edinburgh Fringe production Barge Baby. However, despite a drug laced cake, a birth on a canal boat and singing mallards, Barge Baby is surprisingly tepid at best... 

The Bunker Trilogy: Agamemnon

The Bunker Trilogy: Agamemnon

Forget Ancient Greece: this Agamemnon marches straight into a real life bunker, transposing Aechylus’s personal and political drama deftly into the world of the First World War. This is a play that inflicts complete immersion from the moment you enter Jethro Compton’s carefully crafted set, sand bags and all... 

Cirque Tsuki: Feast

Cirque Tsuki: Feast

Cirque Tsuki: Feast plays with the old tales of 1001 Arabian Nights, exploring multiple interlocking stories-within-stories. As a piece of storytelling theatre this works relatively well, engaging with the audience and adding some humorous and gender-bending sparkle to familiar fairytales like Aladdin... 

Eden Gate

Eden Gate

Eden Gate is very much like stepping into a post-apocalyptic sci-fi movie. Various familiar dystopian tropes can be found here: the deadly plague, the mysteriously secretive scientific research facility and a growing sense of paranoia among the survivors... 

The Duchess of Malfi

The Duchess of Malfi

For a minute, I thought I’d walked into a puppet theatre version of The Duchess of Malfi. UCLU Runaground have decided to suggest a general royal setting with a small wooden palace lurking in the background... 

Chatroom

Chatroom

An insight into the online lives of six teenagers, Chatroom displays a parent’s worst imagining of how online communication can escalate. Jim, a fifteen-year-old troubled teenager visits a chatroom looking for consolation... 

The Jungle Referendum

The Jungle Referendum

The Jungle Referendum, by Three Mugs of Tea Theatre, invokes the classic tale of the Jungle Book to explain what’s going on with the Scottish referendum.Not quite political theatre and not quite satire, the play uses the characters of Mowgli, his wolf parents, and the chattering monkeys in an attempt to express the confusion and complacency of potential voters... 

The Devil Without

The Devil Without

Half Derren Brown mind tricks and black magic show, half theatrical monologue, this 50-minute lock-in with John Faust is frighteningly good fun. The audience is put slightly on edge from the off, being asked to sign a waiver before entering, as the production would be using a type of hypnosis which would not put us ‘under’ but would make our minds impressionable... 

Learn to Laugh with Keep Calm and Improv

Learn to Laugh with Keep Calm and Improv

Learn to Laugh with Keep Calm and Improv is a comedy show that attempts to deconstruct the notion of improvised comedy through improvised comedy. Created by and starring Phil Hooks, Sam Kiss and Alastair Norgate, the show bills itself as an hour of audiences squirming in their seats “as their dreams of success are washed away by a metatheatrical deluge of incompetence, audience abuse, and conflict... 

Mallory: Beyond Everest

Mallory: Beyond Everest

Lie motionless in the centre of railway tracks, they say, and a passing train will leave you untouched. In John Burns’s one-man show, Mallory: Beyond Everest, we meet a man who has to know... 

Lavender Junction

Lavender Junction

In 1996 Lisa White interviewed her grandmother, Millie Shrieves, who grew up in colonial India. A charming, energetic one-woman show, Lavender Junction is based on those conversations... 

Altamont

Altamont

If you want to know what it felt like to be part of one of the most disastrous free concerts of the '60s, this atmospheric show is a good place to start.The show follows the experiences of a concert-goer to the infamous Altamont free concert, the final stop on a Rolling Stones tour in the late '60s that went badly wrong... 

God on Trial

God on Trial

God on Trial is a vital and important piece of theatre. A group of Jews in Auschwitz decide to put God in the docks and debate in absentia whether he has broken His covenant to His people... 

Woyzeck!

Woyzeck!

Woyzeck! is a one-man show and an interesting take on Buchner's timeless tale. The piece examines the retrospective inner-turmoil of Woyzeck after his downfall. Woyzeck is a lowly soldier who has been subjected to an experiment by a doctor in order to raise money for his wife and child... 

The Capone Trilogy: Vindici

The Capone Trilogy: Vindici

In the third part of this mafia-inspired trilogy, the action returns to a dingy hotel room in Chicago. It’s 1943 and Detective Vindici (Oliver Tilney) has been holed up at the Lexington for months, plotting vengeance for the death of his wife Grace... 

A Drinker

A Drinker

The life of Myung-su is colourful in many ways. He has a lifelong relationship with the bottle. Just as his life was looking bright, his business goes bankrupt and he is left with nothing but debt... 

The Anima Project

The Anima Project

In a near future where genetic screening is used to determine your place in society, the Anima Project uses controversial therapy to cure those with unfavourable genetic personality traits - who would otherwise be condemned to death or the work-camps... 

Puzzle the Puzzle

Puzzle the Puzzle

The room of a poet is dimly lit by desk lamps. Stacks of books are piled around the floor, and strewn about are various memorabilia. We watch the imagination of the poet take flight and flit in surprising directions as he seeks inspiration from his surroundings... 

Lear's Daughters

Lear's Daughters

It’s tempting to say that Lear’s Daughters feels like two different plays. We are told that the performance uses the original text and live music to present Shakespeare’s tragedy in a new light... 

The Capone Trilogy: Lucifer

The Capone Trilogy: Lucifer

Lucifer is the second instalment in The Capone Trilogy, the new set of plays from producer Jethro Compton and writer Jamie Wilkes. Following on from the sinister farce Loki, Lucifer is steeped in a subtle menace that simmers from the opening scene, where nice-guy mobster Nick (David Calvitto) teases his young, beautiful wife Marlene (Suzie Preece) in their room at the Lexington Hotel... 

The Player's Advice to Shakespeare

The Player's Advice to Shakespeare

Brian K. Stewart's one man play has already won four Prix Rideau awards in its native Canada, and now it is off to a flying start in the UK. It is simple, effective theatre that gets right to the heart of good storytelling... 

One Dissection: That's What Makes You Surgical

One Dissection: That's What Makes You Surgical

Medical student music group One Dissection from St George's, University of London escape the dissecting room and break into a different kind of theatre to present a medical a cappella feast that's sure to get your heart racing! So nip down and tuck into a pharmacological feast of modern pop, calming classics and musical theatre mayhem coupled with a healthy injection of medical punnery! 

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... 

The Capone Trilogy: Loki

The Capone Trilogy: Loki

Peeling wallpaper covers the walls of a dimly lit studio in the upper reaches of C Nova on Victoria Street. An expectant audience files in to the sight of a woman asleep in bed and as the music fades the scene crackles to life as a trio of actors swoops across stage, shifting seamlessly from character to character... 

Jack and I

Jack and I

The unsolved mystery of Jack the Ripper has provided constant fascination for people around the world ever since the grisly murders were committed. The failure of Scotland Yard to find the killer has encouraged innumerable historians, enthusiasts and writers to come forward and attempt to find a solution... 

According To His Need

According To His Need

Oddball alert! A guy wearing headphones sits strangely close to me and asks whether I like “communist romcoms.” There’s no space for edging over. I answer, “Well, I hope so... 

Hyde & Seek

Hyde & Seek

15 years after his Fringe First nominated play Ultimate Islands, ‘beautifully written, sensitive and intelligent’ (Scotsman), Michael Daviot revisits Robert Louis Stevenson. Inspired by a childhood nightmare caused by Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, this show is part biography, part autobiography... 

Perfection

Perfection

This theatrical one-man show is about a man attempting to define his life after being told he only has six months to live. He questions his belief, love, pride, and hardship. We as people are so caught up in our own lives, that we sometimes forget how precious our lives are until it is too late... 

Jestia and Raedon

Jestia and Raedon

Promises made. Pacts broken. Betrayal. Deceit. Romance. Love! The choice is simple. But what would you do? Love? Or betray? Following last year's Pick Me Up (Derek Award winner, Best Fringe Show 2013), and I am, I am (Musical Comedy Awards finalists 2013) comes a new play about love, fear, redemption and hope... 

Picnic in the Cemetery

Picnic in the Cemetery

Instrumental cabaret for piano and strings by Macao composer Njo Kong Kie (music director of La La La Human Steps for many years) interweaves classical sensibilities with contemporary impulses, musical performances with cinematic theatricality - resulting in an experience that is at once romantic, filmic, visceral, calming, modern and nostalgic... 

Wastwater

Wastwater

'The people here feel so lonely that they need a television to remind them that there's a world outside'. A mother and son. A pair of lovers. A supplier and her client. On the edges of Heathrow Airport six lives threaten to blow apart... 

C vibrant vivacious variety

C vibrant vivacious variety

Comedy! Circus! Cabaret! At our five venues: C: our powerhouse of performance on Chambers Street. C nova: our vibrant hub at India Buildings, Victoria Street. C too: our original offshoot with garden cafe on Johnston Terrace... 

Fringe Film Festival

Fringe Film Festival

Returning for its tenth season, the critically acclaimed curated programme showcases silver screen shorts and contemporary filmmakers all day, everyday. Pop in for a quirky short or linger longer for a moving moment - fabulously fresh innovation to discuss...