PreScribed (A Life Written for Me)

PreScribed (A Life Written for Me)

Prescribed (A Life Written For Me) by performance artist Viv Gordon opens a window for us to peer into the claustrophobically grim life of a GP working at an NHS practice today. The stage is cluttered with poles balancing plates of jelly, a metaphor for the current state of the NHS, and representing the patients... 

War Pig

War Pig

French theatre group Le Festin de Saturne deliver a wild and engaging clown show, War Pig, following the adventures of young Private Juan and Captain Fidel Castra off to war. This mad show starts hilariously and grotesquely as we watch the very tall and lean Juan happily masturbate to the captain's private magazines while looking up to clock the audience... 

How to Drown a Fish

How to Drown a Fish

Grace Gibson parades awkwardly across the stage in her brightly coloured leotards, she is about to share with us her experience of public failure, inviting us to revel in that moment with her... 

Nocturnes

Nocturnes

Internationally acclaimed imitating the dog premiere their latest work. Nocturnes is a multimedia twist on a 50s spy thriller, a mixture of le Carré and Kafka, digitally remixed for the post truth generation... 

Slap and Tickle

Slap and Tickle

Slap and Tickle, 'a machine gun of visual joy' (WritingAboutDance.com) is a dark, ribald physical commentary featuring Liz Aggiss: a maverick, anarchic, indomitable and fearless performance artist, who, with 'refreshing irreverence' (TheatreBubble... 

Where Is Home?

Where Is Home?

‘A show that you watch with your heart and not your head. Thoughts are bypassed and it speaks straight to your soul’ (ThePrickle.co.uk). This unique performance examines themes of migration, identity and belonging through improvisation... 

Celebration

Celebration

The central aim of Celebration is “to give anyone who can't quite believe the world they live in something to believe in” which is a brilliant intention and starting point but it often feels that creators, Ben Kulvichit and Clara Potter-Sweet, got overexcited with ideas in trying to bring this idea to fruition... 

What Lies Beneath

What Lies Beneath

What Lies Beneath is a semi-absurdist exploration into male grief, observing how it plays out in our minds and affects those close to us. Paired with Scandinavian folk music and portrayed through increasingly surrealist movement, we learn about the protagonist through his largely abstract flashbacks... 

Anyone's Guess How We Got Here

Anyone's Guess How We Got Here

Barrel Organ’s new show Anyone’s Guess How We Got Here feels like a natural development of the company’s practice and philosophy whilst also managing to delve into a very different tone and genre... 

Sandman

Sandman

When Nathaniel, a student, is visited by a mysterious dread figure from the past and falls in love with a woman who isn't all she seems, nobody can prevent his life from spiralling out of control... 

Alice – Underground Lives My Buried Mind (Deflowering Lewis Carroll's Script)

Alice – Underground Lives My Buried Mind (Deflowering Lewis Carroll's Script)

Physical theatre can always lend itself to a degree of interpretation, and inevitably the risk of confusion. I often think of it as being one of the trickiest forms of performance for this very reason – where do you draw the line between the aesthetic and the literal representation? Arguably this divide, the directorial edit that separates the abstract from exact reflection is what determines the success of such a form, but again this falls victim to a raw subjectivity only possible when the visual art is intended to be non-representational... 

Help!

Help!

If you’ve ever wondered what having a mental-health issue feels like then head down to Help!. Viki Browne takes you on her journey of admitting she needed help – in a sequinned jumpsuit, rat hat, audience participation kind of way... 

Virago

Virago

Virago: a story about social injustice with as much relevance today as in Victorian Wales. Descended from Irish immigrants fleeing the potato famine, Minnie McGuire, the most arrested woman in Victorian Wales, was a victim of poverty in a period of extreme hardship... 

Shoko Seki: Deadline

Shoko Seki: Deadline

Shoko Seki: Deadline is a part-choreographed, part-improvised solo dance piece that explores the Japanese phenomenon of Karuoshi; Seki stressfully dances through the various stages of what is literally translated to “overwork death... 

Walls

Walls

It begins with a simple yet beautifully plucked tune followed by eerie voices echoing out until they fill the room. And then comes a voice, a man reading out his letter to David Cameron, appealing to the old prime minister to let him cross the English Channel and finally find a home in the UK... 

A Hunger Artist (Kafka Adaptation)

A Hunger Artist (Kafka Adaptation)

Inspired by a Kafka story, writer Josh Luxenberg and Brooklyn-based Sinking Ship have created a weird and wonderful piece of theatre in A Hunger Artist (Kafka Adaptation). A grotesque, grumbling impresario laments the decline in fashion of hunger artists, artists who would sit in cages and starve for your entertainment, which he assures the audience were once sell-out productions in the very best European theatres... 

Origins

Origins

Animikii Theatre’s Origins is an intriguing piece of physical theatre that isn’t afraid to be subtle with it’s plot. Had I gone into the venue unaware of the themes of the piece, I suspect that I may have come away with my own, very different interpretation of what the performance was about... 

The Concrete Jungle Book

The Concrete Jungle Book

It is often difficult to adapt such well-known, childhood tales into innovative experiences for an audience. You run the risk of predictability and repackaged morals in the form of youth slang and modern clothes... 

Five Encounters on a Site Called Craigslist

Five Encounters on a Site Called Craigslist

After an hour of a narcissistic one man show, we were left with the dilemma of whether to applaud the honesty of Sam, or be totally appalled by the stark exposure of his personality... 

You, Me and Everything Else

You, Me and Everything Else

Those of a certain age will remember the heart bruising joy of creating a mix tape for a loved one. They may have agonised over getting the sounds just right, keen to represent the very best of themselves... 

Scribbles

Scribbles

There was something strangely liberating about taking the dark topic of alcoholism and giving it absolutely no reverence. Scribbles take the audience into the surreal world of a woman who drinks too much and is desperate to fit in with the lads at work... 

(FEAR)

(FEAR)

(FEAR) grabs your attention as soon as you enter the venue. Every single detail of the design has been utterly thought out. Large red blocks, spelling FEAR, in capital letters look stunning against a black background... 

Things We Find in the Dark

Things We Find in the Dark

Sam is scared of the dark. One day, a shadowy figure steals away his only bedtime comfort, starting a quest through the lands that lie below the bed and beyond. This charming production by The Lincoln Company fuses shadow puppetry with physical theatre to tell the quaint tale of a young boy who wants his nightlight back – and it’s shaping up to be a lovely piece of theatre... 

The F Word

The F Word

It’s a rainy day in Edinburgh and I’m not in the mood for a My Sister’s Keeper type of cancer play. But as soon as the house opens I am assured that this is not the case. The actors are onstage playing on videogame consoles while the audience slowly filters in... 

Peer Gynt

Peer Gynt

With humble beginnings as an idle farm lad, the eponymous hero of Henrik Ibsen’s Peer Gynt is chastised by his mother for wasting his time on earth dreaming of greatness - to which, without further ado, he rectifies by stirring up trouble amongst the local town and disappearing to the mountains with a newly-wed bride (no, not his)... 

Meat

Meat

1533: Henry VIII's London, the height of negotiations for Britain's separation from Europe – and Jean and Georges are having their portrait painted. Now: Charlie is the media personality everyone loves to hate... 

Goldilock, Stock and Three Smoking Bears

Goldilock, Stock and Three Smoking Bears

The silver-tongued Goldilock can see that her days of selling moody goods on the cobbled streets of East End London are numbered. But when circumstances leave her on the run from a pack of bears and badly indebted to a notorious gangster, will our young heroine be able to raise the needed "bees and honey" in time and avoid doing porridge? A madcap merging of the classic porridge-thieving fairy tale with Guy Ritchie's cult cockney caper to create something new, exciting, smart and very, very funny! 'A side-splitting affair... 

Fancy Glitter Fanciulla on Tour Without the Band

Fancy Glitter Fanciulla on Tour Without the Band

Rock'n'roll in all its facets. Fancy Glitter Fanciulla can perform all by her self for the first time ever! Her biggest dream comes true! She rocks the stage with everything she has: movement, words, singing, all with the help of her little partner in crime: a mandolin-banjo called Mandy... 

Losing It

Losing It

Performed by a clown duo enrolled in Cirque du Soleil, accompanied by one-man orchestra Bird Radio and comedy directed by critically acclaimed Cal McCrystal, this show is a daring fusion of laughter and tears... 

Echoes

Echoes

In a Black Mirror-esque near future, two men face each other across a table. A bomb has been dropped on purpose on the motherland's civilian population. Why? Everyone has reasons, even the cruellest of plans can be defended... 

The Room at the Top of the House

The Room at the Top of the House

Josh finds the outside world a fascinating and frightening place. At a time when he is most vulnerable, a room of forgotten things quickly becomes the perfect place for him to escape reality... 

The Drive

The Drive

Two women. A fractured friendship. A car full of boxes and a message from a dead friend. An unexpected Nordic road trip sees two estranged friends thrown together on a tense journey from London to Oslo... 

Alive: Music for Night of the Living Dead

Alive: Music for Night of the Living Dead

Almost 50 years after George Romero launched the zombie film genre on a shoestring budget, Night of the Living Dead holds a dear spot in the hearts of horror film fans. Modern Robot presents a live performance to accompany this film... 

The Very Important Child

The Very Important Child

Ever wondered how you got this way? Why you shout at the TV? Why simple hunger turns you into a toddler? Did the starry-eyed 20-year-old that you were turn into a kind, hardened adult? Why? A lecture about conflict and a theory of ego development goes bad... 

Mopey the Clown

Mopey the Clown

Mopey is a severely anxious adolescent whose isolation is manifested visually as a clown. In a hyper-gendered, caricaturistic and garish world, he attempts to emulate the stereotypical man through a series of fruitless endeavours... 

Child’s Play

Child’s Play

Child’s Play begins with the tidying away of props and banners at the end of an organised demonstration; in the meantime, characters exchange strident opinions on how frustratingly futile protest movements are nowadays... 

Macbeth: Without Words

Macbeth: Without Words

Macbeth: Without Words is an abstract and aesthetically pleasing piece, rich in tension. In this production Edinburgh-based company Ludens Ensemble stage an interpretation ‘the Scottish play’ through a dynamic mixture of sound, lighting, projection and physical theatre... 

Hip

Hip

A bunch of semi-hip young squatters find a once hip woman’s long-forgotten possessions in an empty flat above the shops of Brighton. This true story will take you on an intimate journey into counterculture, drug addiction, sexuality, mortality, choices and enlightenment... 

Machina

Machina

In the prologue to Malcostume Compagnia Teatrale’s show Machina, the company explains that the word ‘machina’ roughly translates to machine or structure and the company’s name ‘Malcostume’ also translates to badly behaved... 

Shaedates: or How I Learned to Love Myself

Shaedates: or How I Learned to Love Myself

Shaedates is a show about finding yourself – quite literally. Although this one woman show holds together, parts that work are closely coupled with moments of cobbled surrealism within an unfocused narrative... 

Finders Keepers

Finders Keepers

Hot Coals Theatre have put together a slick physical comedy, full of beat-perfect gags leaving you laughing out loud at the flick of an eyebrow, whilst some of the more grotesque may make you gag... 

Tortoise and Rabbit

Tortoise and Rabbit

It’s race day! Tortoise vs Rabbit: who will win? Join them on their adventure to be crowned the fastest of them all! Three Feathers presents an interactive, multi-sensory retelling of this timeless classic with original music, puppetry, bubbles and more... 

Undermined

Undermined

Outstanding (FringeReview.co.uk). 'A strongly-performed show’ **** (Scotsman). Inspired by the accounts of miners, this one-man show explores the humour and struggles of the 1984 Miners’ Strike through energetic and gripping storytelling... 

The Magnetic Diaries

The Magnetic Diaries

Emma Bailey is a modern day Madame Bovary, battling with a stifling middle-class lifestyle, thwarted dreams and untreatable depression. In desperation, she leaves her family behind to embark on a course of brain-altering therapy, documenting her journey through raw, beautiful poetry... 

Daniel

Daniel

Your best friend from school has been arrested for having a collection of child pornography on his laptop. What do you do? Daniel might be one of the most humane and thought provoking responses to one of our biggest - and disturbingly most common - societal problems... 

Molhados&Secos – Wet and Dry

Molhados&Secos – Wet and Dry

An almost word-free physical and visual performance from Brazilian company ParaladosanjoS. A poignant, poetic and sometimes comically absurd reflection on human fragility in the face of nature, inspired by the real and reimagined stories of people who have suffered the onslaught of natural disasters... 

Partial Nudity

Partial Nudity

This might only be Partial Nudity, but it’s a full-on piece from writer/director Emily Layton and actors Kate Franz and Joe Layton. The plot is simple. A Bolton pub is hosting a stag do and a hen party in separate rooms... 

On Ego by Mick Gordon

On Ego by Mick Gordon

Many theatre companies oversell their wares with outrageous hyperbole. Mind Over Matter Theatre Collective has done quite the opposite in their understated description. On Ego is a towering work of theatrical achievement that potently combines remarkable acting with moving effects... 

James and the Giant Peach

James and the Giant Peach

UCLU Runaground’s James and the Giant Peach is a fresh, fun and frantic adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic.The tale is as you remember it. James, having lost his parents in a tragic rhinoceros accident, is sent to live with his horrible aunts... 

Macbeth

Macbeth

Fortitude Dance company’s attempt to stage a ‘physical theatre’ version of Shakespeare’s bloody Scottish tragedy in the club scene of 1980’s Manchester is certainly a novel take on the classic tale, but one that falls well short of being an engaging or enjoyable piece of theatre... 

Three for Two by Phil Booth

Three for Two by Phil Booth

We all have our price. Or do we? How far would you go and what would you do for the right money? These questions are at the heart of Three for Two by Phil Booth. They are placed in three intriguing contexts that provide insights into the lives of people in very different situations... 

Image – Selfie With Eggs

Image – Selfie With Eggs

Towards the beginning of Image - Selfie with Eggs, gymnast Natalie Reckert describes herself as a 'handstand machine' and calmly guides us through the component 'stability points' of her effortlessly inverted body as if it were, indeed, a piece of machinery... 

I Keep a Woman in My Flat Chained to a Radiator

I Keep a Woman in My Flat Chained to a Radiator

I Keep a Woman in My Flat Chained to a Radiator. Actually, I don’t, but Stephen does. You can see her there as you enter the auditorium, shackled to one of those old-fashioned cast-iron radiators that makes you wonder whether it was a requirement when he took on the flat... 

Echoes

Echoes

Neil Smith’s latest play begins as a domestic drama, but spirals uncontrollably into a claustrophobic nightmare of violence. Set in a lonely country cottage, Helene is visited by the lover she hasn’t seen in nine years... 

Ash

Ash

Ash is a devised piece by a group of Lecoq-trained graduates about the nicotine addiction of a Yorkshireman and his friends and family.George is a heavy smoker in a Yorkshire community who begins the habit at a young age, stealing his mother’s cigarettes with his best friend Neil... 

I, Who Have Hands More Innocent

I, Who Have Hands More Innocent

Vesna Tominac Matacic’s adaptation of the works of Croatian poet Vesna Parun is an impassioned and beautiful spectacle that somehow still manages to feel lacking in substance. At first the performance fills the audience with a sense of grand promise, but sends them away wondering slightly what happened to fill the hour... 

Fraxi Queen of the Forest

Fraxi Queen of the Forest

Some stupid adults, having forgotten what it’s actually like to be children, are often surprised, disturbed and horrified by the serious issues lurking in the heart of the most successful children’s stories... 

Radpole

Radpole

From bell bottoms and incense, free love and psychedelic rock to the era of Trump on CNN, essays on Sex and Destiny: The Politics of Human Fertility, and selfies on Mars. Our world is distinctly evolving but has growing up ever changed? Tales of inquisition, hankering, and Germaine Greer... 

Contemporary?

Contemporary?

Arts Printing House presents a Lithuanian phenomenon. Good parody should amuse, surprise and, above all, surpass the source material. When three artists join forces to send up (and celebrate) their country’s contemporary dance scene, they tick all the boxes... 

Petrol

Petrol

Em and Um: a married couple losing their identity in a plastic, robotic, grotesque world. Two dark clowns share the same tragicomic, alienating existence as they work side by side. And then, something happens which shakes their souls... 

The ME

The ME

A dark comedy about a woman who will do anything to stay young who meets a scientist who carries the perfect solution in her pocket. Four uncanny characters collide with a world in which old age equals irrelevance... 

Colourful Games

Colourful Games

Games are more than just fun for babies and small children, taking up most of their time in the first years of their life. By playing, they explore and learn about themselves and the surrounding world: to sit and crawl, climb and jump, grasp and drop, catch and kick, smile and frown, share and make friends, think and enjoy... 

Hummingbird

Hummingbird

‘He had two things in life: a smile and a suit. And he was not afraid to use them.’ Edith Cole worked a dead-end job in a funeral parlour. Ralph Conti worked wealthy widows for a quick buck... 

Taiwan Season: The Sacrifice of Roaring

Taiwan Season: The Sacrifice of Roaring

Fires burn, ashes rise and flesh falls into the mud. Something wild is marching through the land, accompanied by the endless screaming of spirits. Inspired by Taiwanese rituals related to mortality and resurrection, the young firebrand choreographer Hsu Chen Wei and company reveal the human need to release all the pain in their lives to the gods... 

Tape

Tape

Stuck between failure and fame, the artist known only as Tape invites you to witness the creation of a pop-cultural Frankenstein. Join us for the world premiere of an original performance art piece incorporating music, dance, theatre and visual art direct from the University of Central Oklahoma... 

Puzzle

Puzzle

How does the world look to a small child? Is it round or angular, yellow or blue? Or maybe oblong, green, hollow and soft? Renowned Lithuanian choreographer Birute Baneviciute pieces together a puzzle from these coloured shapes in an absorbing performance exploring a child’s developmental stages... 

Simon Warner’s Viva Hypnosis

Simon Warner’s Viva Hypnosis

You are about to be transported to the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas where you have the opportunity to be the star of the show! This is the UK's first and only full production interactive hypnosis show... 

Raymondo

Raymondo

Raymondo and his little brother Sparky have been trapped in a cellar for six years. In this play written and performed by the talented Annie Siddons, we hear the enchanting story of the boys’ escape into the grisly streets of London... 

I Loved You and I Loved You

I Loved You and I Loved You

If Morfydd Owen had lived three weeks longer she would have been immortalised in the 27 Club. As it is she remains almost unknown outside of her native Wales Growing up in musical family she learned the piano and aged sixteen gave a performance of the Grieg piano concerto... 

FEAST

FEAST

Clout Theatre prove themselves to be and provocative theatre makers in their new piece FEAST by challenging theatrical conventions as well as ignoring the age old advice not to play with your food... 

My People

My People

Six exceptional performers delve into the dark and turbulent village of Manteg. They give heartbreaking and affecting performances as they collide with the short stories of author and Wales’ ‘best hated man’ (Western Mail), Caradoc Evans’ My People... 

The English Channel

The English Channel

After 60 years, Liz Aggiss finally gives herself permission to do what she damn well pleases. Better late than never! Should she please you, or please herself? This ‘glorious wild card’ (Herald) and grand dame of anarchic dance, channels wilful women... 

This Much (or An Act of Violence Towards the Institution of Marriage)

This Much (or An Act of Violence Towards the Institution of Marriage)

This Much (or An Act of Violence Towards the Institution of Marriage), despite its lengthy title, is a fast-paced, intense and powerful piece of new writing, filled with intriguing characters... 

Cheque Please

Cheque Please

Cheque Please centres on Ivy, who describes herself as a high-functioning depressive, as she endures her job as a waitress with a boss who is constantly threatening dismissal. A colleague's suicide triggers a further breakdown, stripping her thin veneer of tolerance for work, relationships and life... 

Leftovers

Leftovers

Leftovers follows the story of a young woman Elizabeth and her tragic experiences of the break-out of war. Though it is told using an exciting mix of physical theatre and intriguing storytelling, the acting unfortunately falls short of the lofty goals of this piece... 

Parlour Games

Parlour Games

Parlour Games is a playful piece of physical theatre inspired by silent films and gothic novels. It follows four children at the turn of the 20th Century, dressed for bed and playing make-believe games while they hide from a storm... 

Chopin's Last Tour

Chopin's Last Tour

Phillip Aughey’s favourite composer is the great pianist Frédéric Chopin and, having been present at a number of recitals of his work last year, he has been motivated to create this biographical piece... 

The Dream Sequentialists

The Dream Sequentialists

The Dream Sequentialists is a show about dream goblins. Immediate thumbs-up. Not designated specifically for children, this show nevertheless is a wonderful experience for all the family... 

Da-Da-Darling

Da-Da-Darling

This evocative dance performance is as notable for the process by which it was made as it is for the quality of the final product. Bristol-based Impermanence Dance theatre has taken its inspiration for this performance from Max Ernst and his novel A Little Girl Dream of Taking the Veil, which was created as a collage from Victorian-era novels (presumably naughty, gothic ones) and medical textbooks... 

Miss Sarah

Miss Sarah

Someone has gone missing. At first it’s not entirely clear who or why, but we instantly care. A strong sense of menace is established very quickly, through effective use of a simple set and clever sound and lighting design... 

Souvenirs

Souvenirs

Ashley (Ellice Stevens) has just moved to a new town. She finds some other children who tell her to break into the house of the Birdman (Alex Welsh) and steal something. His house, she discovers, is full of junk: cardboard boxes, old furniture and other mismatched trinkets... 

1972: The Future of Sex

1972: The Future of Sex

Following The Wardrobe Ensemble’s previous creations, including the depicted opening of a Swedish furniture store (RIOT) and an account of the Chilean Mining Accident of 2010 (33), 1972: The Future of Sex offers a further platform to add to their eclectic portfolio of ingeniously devised work... 

Diary of a Madman

Diary of a Madman

Nikolai Gogol’s short story, formed of a series of diary entries, charts the descent into madness of an ordinary civil servant, whose observations on the power-holders within his experience appear to be the catalyst for his fall... 

The Jabberwocky

The Jabberwocky

In this marvellous production from UCLU Runaground, the creatures from Lewis Carroll’s classic poem become metaphors for the inner demons a young boy must fight as he learns to cope with a parent’s illness... 

Douglas

Douglas

Curious, surprising and often funny, Douglas seeks connections and feedback from his surroundings. Douglas shares the spotlight with a number of simple objects, in a world of the absorbingly unpredictable and beautifully unspectacular... 

To Kill a Machine

To Kill a Machine

Performed by a superb cast, this is a painful and tragic exploration of Alan Turing’s life and the many attempts to break him as a person. The piece explores less of Turing's codebreaking successes of World War Two, focusing instead on his much more pioneering work in computer science, like weather machines that can think... 

Smother

Smother

201 Dance Company's Smother sets out to do something very exciting. Choreographer Andrea Walker's mission objective is to tackle real issues of the LGBTQ community through the medium of dance - in this instance a mix of contemporary and hip-hop styles... 

Open

Open

Taking place in the greatest of British institutions — a chip shop — on election night, Open is a devised work by the student-run Nottingham New Theatre. It asks what it means to be British today, and offers responses from the average citizen down the street... 

I Got Dressed in Front of My Nephew Today

I Got Dressed in Front of My Nephew Today

Don’t wear make up to this show. Absolutely, definitely not. Not only will you find yourself wondering why you spend so much money on something so pointless, but you will be brought to tears at least once – perhaps twice, if you count tears of laughter too... 

Crusoe

Crusoe

Robertson returns after last year’s solo hit, Bond! Following performances in the USA, Europe and Australia, this unique, darkly comic show creates an urban cinematic world where a hitman, a middle-aged white male and an Alzheimer’s sufferer share their stories, thoughts and mishaps about being alone, cunningly interwoven with an exploration of Big Bang theory! A tight blend of precise movement and bold images, supported by an original atmospheric soundtrack... 

Herstory

Herstory

History may be ancient... but her's is still going on. A solo performance combining dance, spoken word and verbatim theatre to give a voice to an important story, a story that is at once true and untrue, personal and universal... 

Nelson: The Sailors' Story

Nelson: The Sailors' Story

Nelson: The Sailors’ Story. Written and performed by Nicholas Collett. Directed by Gavin Robertson. Original soundtrack by Danny Bright. Inspirational hero – flawed maverick. Tactical genius... 

Mata Hari: Female Spy

Mata Hari: Female Spy

The Great War: while millions of men struggle and fight in the mud and hell of the trenches, one woman’s story begs to be told. Mata Hari, the most notorious female spy in history... 

R.I.O.T.

R.I.O.T.

In a world of blockbuster adaptations and endless reboots, four performers dream of being awesome. Playing superheroes, they are caught in a series of conflicts which are both personal, and intricately political... 

Vagabonds: My Phil Lynott Odyssey

Vagabonds: My Phil Lynott Odyssey

Rob Mountford, a man saddled with a mess of cultural identity is challenged by the statue of his hero – Thin Lizzy’s Phil Lynott – to tell that rockstar’s swashbuckling story... 

Lost for Words

Lost for Words

In a world dominated by stock phrases, have words completely lost their sense of meaning? Moving through an unsteady political world, individuals look for an escape from a crumbling overarching system... 

Government Inspector

Government Inspector

In this production of Nikolai Gogol’s satirical masterpiece, Sedos, ‘The City of London’s premier amateur theatre company,’ have forwarded the action a hundred years to 1970s Russia, complete will eye-blistering florals and trousers of unusual shape... 

Sophie Willan: Novice Detective

Sophie Willan: Novice Detective

Sophie Willian: Novice Detective is a stand up show homage to daytime TV detective programmes like Murder She Wrote and Poirot and when focused on these it’s about as good as you can reasonably expect... 

Icarus

Icarus

The Mars One Foundation plans to establish a human settlement on Mars by 2024. They received over 250, 000 applications for the one way mission. With this unsettling information Square Peg Theatre combine impressive physicality with captivating multimedia by Owen Rafferty to explore exactly what makes a person decide to leave earth forever... 

Boosters

Boosters

Boosters is a one-woman show documenting individuals’ various experiences with the prison system. As expected it deals with some heavy topics: restorative justice, rehabilitation and drug addiction... 

Life on the One Wheel

Life on the One Wheel

Life on the One Wheel experiments with everyday experience and elements of popular culture to explore the fragile simplicity of human emotion. Using lists, projections and autobiographical works, four people tell the story of a unicycle that’s not theirs... 

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... 

Bond!

Bond!

There is only one way that Gavin Robertson can possibly start Bond!, his one-man parody of Ian Fleming’s greatest creation. Walking out into a single spotlight, sharply dressed and with hair slicked back, he faces the audience, pulls out a gun and fires... 

Queen B

Queen B

The older-man-meets-younger-girl premise might have been done - and done well - with An Education, but with its delicate narrative, Nottingham New Theatre’s Queen B shows that there is more to explore on the topic... 

Supposed to Be Seen

Supposed to Be Seen

‘But how does this game work?’ asks one of the two women on stage before us. It’s a good question and one that the audience might well be wondering.A vivid soundscape created by the talented Nathalie Huber welcomes us as we sit in apprehension for this dynamic duo, and dynamic they are... 

Claustrophobia

Claustrophobia

Claustrophobia conjures the atmosphere of being trapped extremely effectively, as well as delving into the idea that we are all, in a way, trapped in prisons of our own making.The play follows the story of two ordinary people who get trapped in a lift... 

Six Billion Suns

Six Billion Suns

Alzheimer’s is a disease close to the hearts of many people, as it affects so many of such a wide variety of ages, cultures and societies. Part of the pain of Alzheimer’s is the complete helplessness of its sufferers: it is such a difficult condition to trace and treat... 

In the Surface of a Bubble

In the Surface of a Bubble

Any show that advertises itself with the warning of ‘contains puppet violence’ inevitably creates intrigue but the puppetry is by far the most exciting part of this innovative and imaginative production... 

How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found

How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found

This distinct and ever-so-slightly whimsical tale follows the breakdown of a high-flying advertising executive as he becomes disillusioned with the superficial world around him and seeks to escape it... 

Motion&Motion

Motion&Motion

Motion&Motion is a visually stunning masterpiece. Enter into a dark, geometric world of movement, colour and light. As two female dancers emerge, the white stage transforms into an otherworldly space... 

Hunter and Johnny

Hunter and Johnny

Theatre company d’Animate presents this amusing look into the friendship between Hollywood actor Johnny Depp and the late Gonzo journalist, Hunter S. Thompson. Any fans of the movie Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas will be in for a real treat here as the show recounts the true story of Depp’s preparation for the role in the film adaptation of Thompson’s surrealist masterpiece... 

The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha

The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha

How to put on an adaptation of the immortal Spanish classic in sixty minutes while doing it justice? Stephen Harper, MercE Ribot, and Patricia Rodriguez select some of the most famous episodes from Cervantes’s novel, and deliver a hilarious rendition of the adventures of Don Quixote and his side-kick Sancho Panza in this devised comedy theatre... 

The Knee Jerk of Sloth

The Knee Jerk of Sloth

Set in a derelict glue factory, this play portrays the lives of four homeless people as they live in squalor. It is difficult to deduce this premise from the show, however, because the script doesn’t successfully situate the characters in context and we barely learn anything about their histories... 

Fragile

Fragile

Let it be known now: this show is not an easy watch. Not that it's intending to be – in fact, it's supposed to be a difficult, sickening, and upsetting evening – but if you can make it through, you'll witness an almighty powerhouse of a show... 

18b

18b

Regulation 18b of the Defence (General) Regulations 1939 is a now little-remembered piece of legislation which came into force just before the outbreak of the Second World War. It enabled the British Government to imprison, without trial, “any person to be of hostile origin or associations or to have been recently concerned in acts prejudicial to the public safety or the defence of the realm... 

Tea Time Story

Tea Time Story

How many kilos of flour does it take to tell a good story? In the case of Heather Lai, over fifty during the course of her Fringe run and every gramme is put to excellent use.Lai’s story is based on the harrowing experiences of her family during the harsh days of the Cultural Revolution... 

The Man Who Would Be King

The Man Who Would Be King

Dawn State’s sharp, modern adaptation of Kipling’s classic novella could be deemed a classic in itself. The two actors, who play a plethora of parts, powerfully weave together the scenes of this intensely gripping story... 

A Mother's Absence

A Mother's Absence

A tender and gripping piece of contemporary drama looking at the fragility of our economy and the strength of our relationships. Jess is a workaholic. Daniel is having an affair. A new complex is being built by their shabby apartment...