Drip

Drip

A one-man musical comedy by award-winning duo Tom Wells (words) and Matthew Robins (music) fresh from a sell-out tour. Liam is 15 and he’s just signed up for Bev Road Baths’ first ever synchronised swimming team... 

All We Ever Wanted Was Everything

All We Ever Wanted Was Everything

Meet Leah and Chris: raised on Harry Potter, New Labour and a belief that one day they would be as special as their parents promised. But what happens when those dreams don’t become reality? Set across three decades, from 1997’s Cool Britannia to today’s Brexit Britain, this is multi award-winning gig theatre that mixes original live music from James Frewer with bold new writing by Luke Barnes... 

How to Spot an Alien

How to Spot an Alien

How to Spot an Alien might seem like an obscure skillset for 21st century children, but for Jelly and Jonjo, the two protagonists of Paines Plough’s annual offering for young audiences, it becomes a matter of life and death... 

One Life Stand

One Life Stand

After their five star runaway success with All We Ever Wanted Was Everything, Middle Child were always going to suffer from difficult second album syndrome and it’s a real shame that One Life Stand just doesn’t have the same magic spark... 

Island Town

Island Town

The Paines Plough Roundabout is an incredibly versatile venue. Though its playing space is small and surrounded by audience seating, it often feels expansive – inclusive of the characters’ whole worlds... 

Square Go

Square Go

What’s a ‘square go’? Noun: A rammy. A stramash. Fisticuffs. A fight by the school gates. A rite of passage. A chance to prove yourself.Square Go convincingly showcases Gary McNair and Kieran Hurley’s status as two of Scotland’s leading playwrights with their foul-mouthed love letter to Scottish boyhood... 

Blackthorn by Charley Miles

Blackthorn by Charley Miles

Home is a powerful concept. It rejuvenates you but it can also demand; it gives you a solid base from which to move forward as well as the chains that hold you back. So what do you do if your home isn't just a place but also a person?In the village of Blackthorn, two children are born two years apart; Her - precocious, bright and curious - and Him - clumsy and bashful but brave and strong... 

Sticks and Stones

Sticks and Stones

Free speech is a right fiercely protected in today’s society. To deny someone a voice is to deny them a fundamental part of their existence. Yet this inalienable right to speak is balanced by the need to take care what you say, especially when one word out of turn can dog you forever... 

The Political History of Smack and Crack

The Political History of Smack and Crack

'The history of England jumps off its axis. 2am, 8th July, 1981, 20 cities across England burn.' The night of the Manchester uprising. That night should change everything. Drawing on his own personal experience, Ed Edwards’ script crackles with anger, humour and authenticity as he chronicles the fallout for communities crushed by the heroin epidemic at the height of Thatcherism... 

Tremor

Tremor

Sherman Theatre: Regional Theatre of the Year – The Stage Awards 2018. Once our lives are touched by tragedy, can we ever truly move on? Sophie and Tom’s relationship fell apart in the aftermath of a catastrophe... 

Sugar Baby by Alan Harris

Sugar Baby by Alan Harris

Being a small-time drug dealer in Cardiff is tough. Marc avoids his mum, disguises his cannabis plants with fake tomatoes at the allotment, and now has to bail his old man out of £6,000 owed to local loan shark Oggy... 

Scorch

Scorch

Welcomed back to Edinburgh after its rave performances last year, Scorch is new writing for one performer. It is a refreshing and important take on the negotiation of gender performance in the 21st century... 

All We Ever Wanted Was Everything
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All We Ever Wanted Was Everything

As the friend with whom I went to see the show so emphatically said, All We Ever Wanted Was Everything is ‘everything’. Heart-wrenching and heart-warming all at once, the production was half-live-music-gig, half-theatrical performance: almost all of the actors swapped in and out of playing the drum kit and electric guitars that took up the best part of Roundabout’s lower seats... 

Mixed Brain

Mixed Brain

As a white Irish person, reviewing a person of colour’s experience of their treatment in the UK feels disingenuous. However, Nathan Byron in Mixed Brain makes this piece about him, a boy who calls Shepherd’s Bush his home and through questioning his own identity helps to explain the concept of identity and belonging as a whole to his audience... 

Every Brilliant Thing

Every Brilliant Thing

The worldwide smash-hit is back in Edinburgh for one week only. You’re seven years old. Mum’s in hospital. Dad says she’s ‘done something stupid’. She finds it hard to be happy... 

Sugar Baby by Alan Harris

Sugar Baby by Alan Harris

Dirty Protest’s Sugar Baby was an entertaining hour of theatre at Paines Plough’s Roundabout, Summerhall. The hero – or rather, anti-hero – was the drug dealing Marc (with a c, that point was made very clear)... 

Box Clever

Box Clever

Writer Monsay Whitney’s Box Clever is one of the most important shows up at the Edinburgh Fringe this year. Young Londoner Marnie is lippy, brazen, and - she admits – a little on the nuts side... 

Pike St.

Pike St.

I’ll make no bones about it: Pike St. is brilliant. Nilaja Sun, the show’s writer and solo performer, left Summerhall’s Roundabout Theatre to whooping, cheering and rapturous standing ovation in what is a true testament to the power of this 75 minute tour-de-force... 

Jonny & the Baptists: The Best of 2012-2017

Jonny & the Baptists: The Best of 2012-2017

Celebrate five years of silly songs and satirical anthems from the multi award-nominated musical comedy stars. Six performances only – advance booking essential! Stars of Radio 4’s The Now Show and the BBC’s Live at Television Centre... 

Black Mountain

Black Mountain

Though common in film and literature, it is rare to see a play which fits the bill of psychological thriller. This is done with incredible skill by Brad Birch, Fringe first winner and recipient of the Harold Pinter Commission... 

Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons

Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons

This cleverly written piece by Sam Steiner may be back for a third year at the Fringe, but Walrus Theatre has still managed to create something fresh in this wonderful, captivating and original play about how and why we use language... 

Out Of Love

Out Of Love

Written by award winning playwright Elinor Cook, Out of Love is a stunning piece of new writing which conveys the absolute power of female friendship, something which is often overlooked in favour of romantic storylines... 

MANWATCHING

MANWATCHING

Manwatching is a monologue written by an anonymous woman to be performed by a famous comedian. The comedian has to be a man, is different every night and is handed the script in a sealed envelope, having never seen it before... 

How to Be a Kid

How to Be a Kid

Molly cooks. Molly does the dishes. Molly gets her little brother Joe ready for school. Molly is only 12, but she doesn't feel much like a kid anymore. Now Molly's mum is feeling better, maybe things will get back to normal... 

All the Things I Lied About

All the Things I Lied About

Lying seems to be getting more and more fashionable. Over the past few months, political commentators have begun to talk of the dawn of a ‘post-truth’ society — a society where honesty is rewarded less and less... 

Jonny & the Baptists: Eat the Poor

Jonny & the Baptists: Eat the Poor

Johnny and Paddy return with another hour of rip roaring music based satire. This time they’ve come from the future to show us the errors of our ways. Songs and gags are a plenty in this apocryphal tale... 

Love, Lies and Taxidermy

Love, Lies and Taxidermy

We begin with a boy meeting a girl. Valentine (you’ll never guess his birthday), the son of a Polish taxidermist, meets Ash, the daughter of a debt-ridden Tutti Frutti man, outside a medical research facility in the small Welsh town of Merthyr Tydfil... 

Ghost Quartet

Ghost Quartet

“Side One. Track One. ‘I Don’t Know’.” So starts Ghost Quartet, a spellbinding song cycle-come-musical that mixes an intricate multi-instrumental score, live instrumental sound effects and rich, chestnutty vocals... 

All Star Comedy in Aid of STV Children's Appeal

All Star Comedy in Aid of STV Children's Appeal

Join award-winning comedian Des Clarke at the recording of a brand new stand-up TV show featuring the comedy stars of today and tomorrow. This unique comedy experience features the very best stand-up talent from around the world... 

Growth

Growth

The stellar reputation of Paines Plough’s championing of new writing for the theatre means that each new offering is welcomed with a great deal of anticipation. Constantly hard-hitting, their offerings present fresh perspectives on contemporary issues voiced by some of the most exciting dramatic writers in the UK... 

Every Brilliant Thing

Every Brilliant Thing

Duncan MacMillan and Jonny Donahoe’s Every Brilliant Thing (which first came to the Fringe in 2014) has the largest cast you’ve ever seen for a one man show. By casting audience members as the significant figures who populate the life of the protagonist (Donahoe) this touching and astonishingly funny show about depression and suicide becomes a generous and communal healing experience... 

Scorch

Scorch

One of the things I’ve noticed about this year’s Fringe is the number of stellar one-woman shows, and Prime Cut Productions’ Scorch is the best so far. Stacey Gregg’s story of a gender-curious teen’s first love is both intimate and politically charged, bringing to the stage controversial cases of ‘gender fraud’ in all their complexity... 

Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons

Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons

In any romantic relationship, one finds oneself developing an intimate, coded language of in-jokes and pet names, a dialect that reflects a couple’s time together. But imagine if this abbreviated form of communication became, not a choice, but a necessity... 

I Got Superpowers For My Birthday

I Got Superpowers For My Birthday

Ethan, William and Fiona are about as different as three almost-teens can be. The only thing they have in common is that tomorrow is their birthday. And they’ve just discovered they have superpowers... 

Theatre Uncut

Theatre Uncut

Theatre Uncut commissions playwrights to respond to current events, then make the resulting plays available online so that anyone can perform them. The result is a vast number of international performances, and the production at Summerhall brings six of the most successful together... 

I'm Not Here Right Now

I'm Not Here Right Now

How do we choose what we believe? Do we believe what we see with our eyes? Or do we believe what others find believable? What happens when these two things contradict one another? This is the intriguing dilemma at the heart of Thomas Eccleshare’s new play, about a scientist’s reflections on a strange encounter on a snowy, wind-swept night, the only explanation of which tests the limits of her credibility and sanity... 

Chicken

Chicken

In this play, the North/South divide is a reality. Well, if the North includes East Anglia that is. The “separation” is happening: North and South have finally decided to live autonomously... 

Happy Birthday Without You

Happy Birthday Without You

It is difficult to know where to start with Violet Fox’s autobiographical show about her fraught relationship with her mother – I’ll take a note from her and start at the beginning... 

The Human Ear

The Human Ear

The Human Ear is a production that is crafted with all the beautiful complexity of the appendage to which its title refers. A series of disciplines - performance and direction, lighting and sound, scripting and organisation - all interlock precisely to create the narrative... 

Lungs

Lungs

Lungs is a) a remarkable piece of writing by Duncan Macmillan and b) a remarkable show brought to life by director, George Perrin, and actors, Sian Reese-Williams and Abdul Salis. A 70 minute two-hander, Lungs follows a couple debating whether or not to have a child and the subsequent twists, turns and developments in their relationship... 

Every Brilliant Thing

Every Brilliant Thing

Every Brilliant Thing is quite simply brilliant. When the narrator, played by Jonny Donahoe (who also developed the script with Duncan Macmillan and director George Perrin) is seven, his mum makes an attempt on her life... 

Jonny and the Baptists: The End Is Nigh

Jonny and the Baptists: The End Is Nigh

Johnny has accidentally told his niece that he can single-handedly stop climate change and so he embarks on a musical adventure with his bandmate Paddy to save the world. Do they succeed? No, but they provide an hour of hard laughs and catchy tunes to make up for it... 

Our Teacher's a Troll

Our Teacher's a Troll

It’s amazing how much you can get out of the word ‘Ak’ – the only word in the troll language. Snappy replies and entire monologues uttered by the titular troll using this word are made to be equally terrifying in this solid children’s production by Paines Plough... 

Polyphony

Polyphony

I have written a play – a real humdinger. It has a pretty epic scope, a relatively staggering vision and somewhere in the region of 20 characters. Each of which has been performed and recorded in isolation, producing a litany of individual voices – each of them perfect, captured as a single track that will, when played back in precise unison, form a glorious theatrical polyphony...