In Their Footsteps

In Their Footsteps

Over 50 years ago, thousands of young American women went to Vietnam to serve their country during the war. Infinite Variety Productions interviewed five of these women; two military officers, three civilian employees, all volunteers... 

I Love You Mum... I Promise I Won't Die!

I Love You Mum... I Promise I Won't Die!

I'd had a conversation with Dan about Ecstasy. It's one of the things you do as a parent, isn't it? I was more worried about him being safe on his bike than at a party with his friends... 

Certain Young Men

Certain Young Men

Peter Gill”s Certain Young Men was first performed at the Almeida Theatre in 1999. According to Cambridge University Queer Players this is its first revival. Seemingly it did not occur to them that there might be very good reason why the play has languished for eighteen years without seeing the lights of another theatre... 

Not the Horse

Not the Horse

The multi award-winning Fringe sell-out comedy is returning for it's final run at Edinburgh Fringe. Tony is a 20-year-old Scouser who finds himself in a labyrinth of trouble. After losing an illegal horse racing bet to a notorious group of London gangsters, Tony and his mates have four days to find £250,000... 

Don't Ever Change

Don't Ever Change

A group of school friends reunite for fond reminiscences, only to rekindle old rivalries, leaving them wondering how much they've really changed. A new musical from the finest musical theatre talent at Cambridge University about memories, heartbreak and, above all, friendship. 

The Oppression Olympics

The Oppression Olympics

It’s an almost universal experience of public transport, sitting at the bus stop and overhearing someone else’s conversation. Happy or sad, we let ourselves – if only for a moment – into the lives and problems of others... 

Maklena

Maklena

Perhaps at the time it was first written this play would have been seen as fantastic, dealing with themes that were deeply entrenched in many of the Soviet plays of the early 1930s... 

Cherry

Cherry

“None of these words are our own. They have been taken, word for word, from over 300 interviews and anonymous online submissions.” That’s what the background reads, projected behind a bed where the actors are already sitting, ready and waiting, as the audience first walks in... 

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Shakespeare comedy done right, this play manages to put a modern twist on the well known classic by filling it with quirky characters that look like they’ve picked right out of field in Glastonbury... 

Givin' It Some

Givin' It Some

Givin' It Some is a fun, fast-paced, dirty, edgy, enlightening insight into the taboos of sex today. From asexuality to polyamory, this play is unapologetically open and openly unapologetic... 

Forgive Us, Oh Father!

Forgive Us, Oh Father!

I think this show is emblematic of a lot of the problems that new musicals at the Fringe tend to have. It’s entertaining, and has a fun concept that, at its core, leads to an hour that has some funny, interesting moments... 

Space Dogs

Space Dogs

Space Dogs is a historical comedy drama set in the early days of the Cold War. It tells the story of Strelka and Belka, two of the first living beings to ever reach outer space and return alive... 

The Amazing Clinic of Armour and Smith

The Amazing Clinic of Armour and Smith

The Amazing Clinic of Armour and Smith is an amusing farce about a doctor’s waiting room filled with patients in desperate need of solutions to their relationship problems.This is a production written by Caitlin Sherret in her teenage years that she has adapted in order to take a step into the exciting world of theatre... 

It Shoulda Been You

It Shoulda Been You

The charming, funny and original musical It Shoulda Been You invites you to a wedding day you'll never forget, where anything that can go wrong does and love pops up in mysterious places... 

One Hundred Miles

One Hundred Miles

One Hundred Miles is a physical theatre performance structured around the experiences of a woman traveling through India in a bid to discover a different culture and way of life. Taking influence from their rich and vibrant lifestyle, we capture this complex world and bring it to life... 

Father Christmas Comes Up Trumps

Father Christmas Comes Up Trumps

Father Christmas is back, and this time he's had three helpings of sprouts! As he tries to deliver the presents, his tummy rumbles, gurgles and groans, but Father Christmas knows he must keep it in – he doesn't want to wake anyone up! TaleGate Theatre Productions hit the perfect combination of witty humour, fantastic music and the extra sparkle for which they have become known in this fabulously funny and brilliantly bouncy musical adaptation of Nicholas Allan’s sequel to Father Christmas Needs a Wee. 

The Giant's Loo Roll

The Giant's Loo Roll

'Oh fe fi fo, and fe fi fum! Now what shall I do to wipe my...' Bumpety! Bumpety! Bumpety-bump! A Giant’s toilet roll one day fell to the floor and flew away. Returning to Edinburgh after its successful West End run... 

Everyman

Everyman

Freemen’s Theatre Company returns to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017, after their previous run in 2015 with What a Grimm Tale, to perform the medieval mystery and morality play Everyman... 

30 Neo-Futurist Plays From: Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind (30 Plays in 60 Minutes)

30 Neo-Futurist Plays From: Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind (30 Plays in 60 Minutes)

Speed, brevity, honesty and the denial of preconception, TML brings you on a rollicking, multi-genre journey of 30 plays in 60 minutes. You choose from the menu and we perform. Simple as that... 

She Kills Monsters

She Kills Monsters

Agnes's life is turned upside down when she stumbles upon her late sister’s Dungeons and Dragons notebook. As she embarks on an action-packed quest to save her sister's soul, Agnes comes face-to-face with homicidal fairies, raunchy ogres and bloodthirsty cheerleaders, discovering a side of herself she never knew existed... 

Prospect High: Brooklyn

Prospect High: Brooklyn

Listen closely with empathy to what high school students are saying. Based on verbatim words of teenagers. Themes: bullying, revenge, LGBTQ identity and safety, friendship, self-harm, apathy and social justice... 

Ape/Essence

Ape/Essence

An original, devised, loose adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s 1948 dystopian novel which examines a post-apocalyptic world. Employing surreal imagery of a satirised human society incapable of holding on to decency, the production is dark and provocative, yet infused with an entertaining, comic cruelty... 

Closed for Repairs

Closed for Repairs

Stephen F Austin University student Bobby Britton’s semi-autobiographical play leads us on a young man’s journey to discover his personal truth in a conservative Texas town. Blending honest dialogue, contemporary songs and powerful movement, this ensemble-driven piece takes on issues of identity and acceptance in the Bible belt... 

The Cynical Martian

The Cynical Martian

When a Martian observation pilot and his ship crash lands in the backyard of a redneck Texan's home, hilarity ensues as they work to re-establish contact with the pilot's mother ship and keep the government at bay... 

The Birds

The Birds

The Birds – Aristophanes. Sick of the world of man? What do you do? It’s obvious, travel to the realm of Birds, seek out the ruler of Birds, ask the ruler to make you Birds! Then, build a great empire! Of Birds! 

The Amish Project (Ensemble Version)

The Amish Project (Ensemble Version)

The Amish Project (Ensemble Version), a story of grace and healing, is a fictionalized account of the shooting at an Amish school in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in 2006. In this ensemble production, performers tell the story through monologues of victims, witnesses, and the shooter... 

The Curious Savage

The Curious Savage

The Curious Savage is a timeless American comedy about sanity, family and money. Laughter, love and discovery abound in the quirky world of Mrs. Savage.  

__ Happens

__ Happens

This student devised piece from University High School debuts an ever-changing sequence of short plays ranging from drama to comedy, and scripted to improv. It is an anything-but-normal show; complete the title however you’d like... 

Grand Guignol

Grand Guignol

When performing artists become so poor they have to sell themselves into slavery to fund their careers, how far will one group go to secure their futures, and at what cost? Faced with torture, humiliation and little hope of earning back their freedom, each artist is faced with the prospect of betraying their friends and colleagues in the pursuit of individual glory... 

Who's the Umpire

Who's the Umpire

After a sold out run in London, Who’s the Umpire is the Edinburgh debut of London based Theatre company, Omnifolk. Who's the Umpire is a humorous journey through the lives of three historic Londoners, some you may know of, others you may meet for the first time... 

Godspell

Godspell

Borderline Confrontational is a group of students and graduates from the Birmingham School of Acting. A talented international cast brings a devised version of Godspell, Stephen Schwartz’s musicalised telling of parables from the Gospel of Matthew, mixing folk rock with storytelling... 

Blueswater Presents: The Big Blues Party

Blueswater Presents: The Big Blues Party

Every single band and singer from our Blueswater Presents family will be part of a huge blues party taking place in a converted church. The line-up includes The Blueswater, Cat Loud, Toby Mottershead, and more... 

iDolls

iDolls

iDolls aims to explore the dynamics between social media and feminism by combining various forms of theatre, dance and spoken word. The result is an enjoyable piece with a few laughs, some haunting moments of truth, and a visually interesting display... 

The Age of (Distr)action

The Age of (Distr)action

In Edinburgh as members of Group 64, the cast of The Age of (Distr)action are an inclusive young people’s theatre company from Putney who have created, written and performed this production themselves... 

Witch

Witch

St Magnus Players return to the Edinburgh Fringe this year with a gripping tale of witchcraft, faith and fear. Based on George Mackay Brown’s story of the same name, Witch tells the story of Marian Isbister (Erika Leslie) and how she was accused of being a witch in late 1500s Orkney... 

Steele Edge: Martial Arts Illusion Show

Steele Edge: Martial Arts Illusion Show

Steele Edge: Martial Arts Illusion Show bills itself as “a dynamic fusion of physical excitement and visual wonder” but it’s more of a bizarre fusion of vague ‘oriental’ stereotypes, slow motion fight scenes and mediocre magic... 

UTO

UTO

Our show UTO represents festivals of O-daiko (big drums) and cultures of each season in Uto city in Kumamoto prefecture. This city is best known for its largest number of O-daiko in the world... 

Crapappella

Crapappella

Crapappella is an all-singing, all-dancing, altogether groundbreaking, chart smashing, hit music BBC Radio 4 worthy a cappella show. Featuring timeless classics such as Diarrhoea, The Comic Sans Song, and Ballad to Beige, Crapappella isn't any ordinary a cappella show... 

Rotterz

Rotterz

Four youngsters and their dog battle an unexpected apocalypse on a small Scottish island. The brains behind five-star sell-out A Fistful of Hunny mess up Enid Blyton into a bloody hilarious zombie romp... 

Monkhouse

Monkhouse

Welcome to the world's worst school disco. Monkhouse School Annual Ball goes horribly wrong as an unknown shooter fires two shots into the dark 1960s London night. Six friends take refuge in the school gym and events descend even further. 

Reefer Madness

Reefer Madness

Warning: highly addictive content! Come see the wackiest, most raucous and addictive show in town! Reefer Madness follows the hilarious journey of two clean-cut kids' descent into a drug crazed abandon of marijuana, evil jazz music, sex and violence... 

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Only those blessed with an extraordinary ability and love of language qualify for the Putnam County Spelling Bee. But there can only be one winner, and with a place in the national final at stake, emotions run high, hopes are quashed and dreams are broken... 

Father Christmas Needs a Wee!

Father Christmas Needs a Wee!

Father Christmas is back on his rounds… And he still needs a wee! At every house Father Christmas eats and drinks the tasty treats that have been left for him. But when he reaches number ten he realises that he’s forgotten to do something rather important and he really, really, really needs a wee! TaleGate Theatre hit the perfect combination of witty humour, fantastic music and the extra sparkle for which they have become known in this fabulously funny and brilliantly bouncy musical adaptation of Nicholas Allan’s much loved book... 

Entrails

Entrails

Entrails is a contemporary dance theatre piece that presents an urgent, dark and absurd look at our human bodies. Bodies that malfunction yet persist. Bodies that are denigrated and manipulated... 

Triveni: An Indian Classical Trio

Triveni: An Indian Classical Trio

Triveni, the Indian classical trio, returns to Edinburgh after a successful year in 2015! Prabhat Rao is one of the leading Indian classical vocalists of the younger generation in the UK today... 

The Diary of Anne Frank

The Diary of Anne Frank

After last year's tremendously successful Orpheus and Eurydice, ‘Superb’ **** (Scotsman), ‘First class’ **** (ThreeWeeks), About Turn is honoured to present the Edinburgh premiere of Grigori Frid's 1968 mono-opera, based on Anne Frank's famous and moving diary... 

The Shakespeare Club

The Shakespeare Club

In the programme, The Shakespeare Club promises to be a somewhat cheesy, yet harmless play about finding oneself through Shakespeare’s characters. Instead, it’s a poorly-cooked mess of ideas... 

The Shadow Box

The Shadow Box

Hailing from Hardin-Simmons University in Texas, The Shadow Box is a reflection of the stages of grief, represented through a series of linked vignettes and monologues. Set amongst a small collection of cottages, which form a hospice of sorts, we meet three separate families and gain insight into how each of them is responding to the impending death of three different loved ones... 

Hamlet

Hamlet

Performing as part of the International Collegiate Theatre Festival, this fast past cut down version of Shakespeare’s classic tale of madness, death, and existential crisis shines in its look and feel, but falters considerably in realising the substance of the Bard’s great tragedy... 

Wild about Wilder

Wild about Wilder

Journey through time, space and emotion in two selections from Thornton Wilder. Pullman Car Hiawatha, a one-act comedy, brings audiences to a Pullman car traveling from New York to Chicago in 1930 while it examines life and death... 

Do Not Open

Do Not Open

Do Not Open explores the chaos from within Pandora's box and asks the question – was it really all that bad? Come on – wasn't some of it kind of fun? This devised piece plays fast and loose with the idea of knowledge as evil and reinterprets the stories from Pandora's box to modern day settings... 

Waiting for Garbo

Waiting for Garbo

The world’s largest landfill, an island of floating plastic the size of Texas and Greta Garbo! This theatrical vortex of recycled plays, Garbo’s Divine Woman and words from environmental prophets explores our devastating addiction to plastic consumerism... 

Drought

Drought

This production explores drought – in California's Salinas Valley, the salad bowl of the world, and on a global scale, seeking sustainable, equitable solutions. This is a devised theatre production: a collaboration among faculty and students in Sociology, Ethnic Studies, Theatre and Cinema. 

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Six tweens vie for a spelling championship. They disclose touching stories as they spell their way to victory, hoping they never have to hear the bell that ends their dreams.  

Measure 4 Measure (Abridged)

Measure 4 Measure (Abridged)

Sex, politics, and puppetry are alive and well in William Shakespeare’s Measure 4 Measure (Abridged). Five actors from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi present 15 characters in 55 minutes in what is sure to have the Bard howling from his 400-year-old grave... 

#All of Us in Wonderland

#All of Us in Wonderland

The world of social media is beguiling, engrossing, enriching and deeply disturbing, as was Alice’s famous adventure. Are we expecting too much of social media (and of ourselves), or too little? Based on wide-ranging interviews and their own everyday experience, a gifted troupe of millennials has created an honest, highly engaging, movement-based show that explores many sides of this question... 

Father Christmas Needs a Wee!

Father Christmas Needs a Wee!

An entertaining pantomime-esque show that is great fun for both adults and children. The show is based on a book of the same name by Nicholas Allan, designed to help children learn to count... 

The Norman Conquests

The Norman Conquests

Thread Theatre’s production of Alan Ayckbourn’s The Norman Conquests is a boisterous and entertaining farce. With the same cast of six performing all three parts of the trilogy on consecutive days, one could return each day to see how the story develops or enjoy a single one as a standalone piece... 

ACOrN: A Crunch or None

ACOrN: A Crunch or None

This show is nuts… if you’ll pardon the pun. Firstly, the aesthetic is phenomenal. I was speechless when I walked to the fluorescent, magical world created. Secondly, it is so weird and wonderful that there isn’t a soul who won’t enjoy it... 

Frame Narrative

Frame Narrative

The discovery of a room full of abandoned paintings reveals remarkable stories that have long been forgotten. This young theatre company merges comedy acting, physical theatre and an original score to create this vibrant and fast-paced play... 

Scarlett Lane

Scarlett Lane

Scarlett Lane is about a dangerous journey down the red carpet. It tells the story of Tina Marshall's overnight rise to fame as she enters a place where singers forget how to sing, dancers forget why they’re dancing, and the girl in the mirror becomes a distant image... 

What a Grimm Tale!

What a Grimm Tale!

With loose and dishevelled hair, streaks of cat-like make-up and bulging veins, the chorus prowls across the stage, furiously chanting lines adapted from fairy tales. The effect is nothing short of menacing... 

A Fistful of Hunny

A Fistful of Hunny

If you go to see one show this year at the Fringe, make it A Fistful of Hunny. This outrageously horrific appropriation of one of my fondest childhood memories made me laugh until I couldn’t breathe and then in an instant had me biting my fingernails and clutching my seat in a tense ball of nerves... 

D.I.M.

D.I.M.

A lovely, heart-warming, funny musical that doesn’t take itself too seriously but at the same time manages to mash up so many genres of music that it would be silly to not take this comedy seriously... 

Orpheus and Eurydice

Orpheus and Eurydice

A 250-year-old opera is a difficult proposition for the Edinburgh Fringe, where the emphasis is frequently placed on innovation and experimentation. It is thus refreshing to discover that The About Turn Theatre Company’s production of Gluck’s Orpheus and Eurydice is a truly modern and urgent show... 

Supertown

Supertown

Robert Sanders and James Sidgwick have created a lightly entertaining musical around superhero tropes and aesthetic, making for cute if not somewhat pantomime-esque hour and a half... 

Love and Information by Caryl Churchill

Love and Information by Caryl Churchill

This is a superb student production from St Edward’s School, under the direction of Jamie Johnstone and co-director Rebecca Clark. The ensemble of seven play multiple roles in Caryl Churchill’s play, which presents a series of vignettes on the themes of love and… information... 

Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus

Shakespeare's bloody and infamous tragedy is a popular choice for many companies, so that new and interesting interpretations are vital for a production to stand out. Tripped Theatre's vision of Titus Andronicus has tried just that with a stylised and edgy production, at the cost of sacrificing the power and story of the play... 

Houseplay

Houseplay

On a hill above the sleepy village of Wanton looms the hulking shadow of Wanton Manor, ancient homestead of the d’Arce family. The single light in the upstairs window has fizzled out, Lady d’Arce has finally died... 

Lear Inc.

Lear Inc.

‘O, that way madness lies...' A media industry giant on the brink of retirement divides her empire between her daughters, with dire consequences. Meanwhile, a scheming son plots the downfall of his father and brother, stopping at nothing to quench his desires... 

No Exit?

No Exit?

Presented by M+E Theatre. With sell-out Fringe productions including The American, the Coloured and Me: ‘It is thought provoking and makes the audience feel uncomfortable, something that is both rare and affecting’ (ThreeWeeks)... 

Chipped/Drift

Chipped/Drift

Chipped/Drift is a double bill of short pieces with a high school cast all the way from the USA. Chipped discusses how we use technology to communicate. Drift takes a look into the lives of the young and homeless in New York City... 

Alice in Wonderland or Children Should Be Seen and Not Heard

Alice in Wonderland or Children Should Be Seen and Not Heard

You are cordially invited to take tea with the Mad Hatter and March Hare. Don't be fooled by the tedium of the Victorian classroom, just pick your seat by Alice and watch as the Chimney Sweep grins like a Cheshire Cat and the Dunce’s wink whisks you off to Wonderland for a curiously exciting lesson in morals... 

Nightpiece Film Festival

Nightpiece Film Festival

Like independent film? You’ll love Nightpiece. Since 2010 an ethos of stage to screen production has helped translate everything we delivered as theatre in previous Fringes into feature or short films... 

Triveni

Triveni

Prabhat Rao is one of the leading Indian Classical vocalists of the younger generation in the UK today. He is joined by Pulkit Sharma on the tabla and Drupad Mistry on the sarod to present Triveni – a journey where rhythm, voice and the sound of strings will merge into one... 

Carnival Medea: A Bacchanal

Carnival Medea: A Bacchanal

From Georgia State University comes a wonderful reimagining of the Medea myth, reset in the colourful trappings of Trinidad’s carnival. This has two benefits: allowing a glimpse of Trinidadian culture whilst offering an interesting take on the Greek classic... 

Two From Texas: New Plays in Performance

Two From Texas: New Plays in Performance

Why go to the trouble of raising the funds and making the trip to the International Collegiate Theatre Festival, only to present plays nobody back home would want to see, much less the spoiled audiences at the super-competitive Fringe?Two from Texas: New Plays in Performance came to Edinburgh from Stephen F... 

Helpless Doorknobs

Helpless Doorknobs

Enter a world where time doesn’t move in a straight line and men are eaten by grandfather clocks at regular intervals. A world where a careless governess is having a secret affair with a big game hunter who is having an affair with a venal vixen who is having an affair with a rakish cad who may or may not be her brother... 

Nunsense

Nunsense

The Little Sisters of Hoboken discover that their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, has accidentally poisoned 52 of the sisters. The remaining sisters decide that the best way to raise funds for the burials is to put on a variety show, so they take over the school auditorium, currently set up for Grease... 

This Day in December

This Day in December

25 years ago a tragedy struck Montreal that brought the city to its knees and shocked the world. On 6 December 1989, a young man walked into the Ecole Polytechnique armed with a rifle and a mission to rid the world of feminists... 

The Complete History of America, Abridged

The Complete History of America, Abridged

A ridiculous romp through nearly 500 years of American history, as seen and interpreted through hearts and minds of students from Stow Munroe Falls High School, Stow, Ohio. From the discovery of America to presidents to our political party system, this historical farce goes from rollicking to irreverent! The vaudevillian performance includes singing, dancing and audience participation that pokes fun at history that everyone is familiar with, but from a fresh young perspective... 

Gator Tales

Gator Tales

Using the unique experiences of African American students at the University of Florida, from the first students who attended more than 50 years ago to members of the current student body, Gator Tales dramatizes honoured stories from the UF Samuel Proctor Oral History Program's archive and the Alachua County African American History Project... 

Romeo y Julieta

Romeo y Julieta

Romeo a Montague, and Julieta, a Capulet, are both from San Fernando, CA. Their Latino families resent one another. The Montagues are proud Mexican Americans while the Capulets value their pride of being hecho en Mexico and the honor of habla español over nearly everything else... 

With Their Eyes: The View from a High School at Ground Zero

With Their Eyes: The View from a High School at Ground Zero

September 11, 2001, started off like any other day at Stuyvesant High School, located only a few blocks from the World Trade Center. Within a few hours on that Tuesday morning, they would all share an experience that transformed their lives... 

Who's Afraid of Michael Gove?

Who's Afraid of Michael Gove?

The Tories have take control and Michael Gove is Prime Minister. With the zeal of a dictator he is now able to complete unfinished business from his days as Secretary of State for Education and ensure that a utilitarian curriculum serving the economic and industrial needs of society is properly enforced and maintained... 

Old Gristle

Old Gristle

There is a character in Old Gristle who carries a bin bag and, within it, the liquefied remains of his dead dog. Like everyone else in the play, he seems to teeter on the edge of insanity... 

The Temptation of St Anthony

The Temptation of St Anthony

Taking inspiration from Gustave Flaubert’s La Tentation de Saint Antoine, Teatro Cassone’s production successfully teams Flaubert’s narrative with a Teatro performance style... 

Monkeys and Typewriters

Monkeys and Typewriters

If a million monkeys hacked away at a million typewriters, eventually they would produce the complete works of Shakespeare. But could they read it? Would they have anything approaching the critical vocabulary to describe it? According to Monkeys and Typewriters, this is the fundamental human position not just on Shakespeare but on every word out in existence... 

À Table

À Table

Part installation, part performance. Two characters, a table and you. Watch as they self consume, split their identities, live in tandem, provoke and comfort each other. They dance, they don't talk, but they do have voices as they tell us their stories of isolation and attachment... 

The Really Big Diamond

The Really Big Diamond

An original musical based on F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Diamond as Big as the Ritz; a grotesque allegory of the American Dream. A provincial young man, John, visits his wealthy school friend in the Montana Mountains... 

Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing

Naive Claudio is about to marry chaste Hero...that is until a sudden crushing volte face from Claudio which turns everything on its head including the relationship of reluctant lovers Beatrice and Benedick... 

Deprescos

Deprescos

There are not many shows that greet the audience with instructions on where to find the frozen food section, or an officious security guard checking bags for explosives. Deprescos is clearly a silly bit of fun from the start; most of the characters are one trolley short of a supermarket... 

Dido and Aeneas

Dido and Aeneas

About Turn’s Dido and Aeneas is an innovative new production of a timeless opera, featuring an ensemble of very talented emerging performers. The young company have modernised Purcell’s classic baroque work, creating an exciting, visually stunning hour of music... 

The Dolls of New Albion: A Steampunk Opera

The Dolls of New Albion: A Steampunk Opera

I loved The Dolls of New Albion: A Steampunk Opera because, although the cast are by no means the best dancers, singers or actors, this production has so much charisma and passion that it lingers with you long after the show has finished... 

Neverland

Neverland

This lovely piece of devised work opens with the young cast, paint-splattered and white-faced, arranged on a row of chairs, from which they begin a choreographed series of movements and gestures... 

Mind The Gap

Mind The Gap

Monday morning, rush hour London. This dynamic sketch show explores the fables and foibles of public transport. From the Englishness of that last seat on the tube to perils of Boris' Bikes, from lost property wars and tannoy tales to the travel card that's had enough... 

The Outback Games: A New Musical

The Outback Games: A New Musical

Dingos and wombats and kookaburras, oh my! The Olympics are coming to Oz! The year, 1939. The location, Outback. With rumours of the Tokyo 1940 being cancelled due to the war, naive star swimmer Freckle won’t take no for an answer... 

Blood Brothers

Blood Brothers

'Did you hear the story of the Johnson twins? As like each other as bright new pins'. Lambrook Theatre's sparkling production of the original stage version of Willy Russell's classic tale will make you laugh and cry... 

Coping

Coping

Featuring a strong ensemble cast, Coping is a musical framed by the seven stages of grief. It explores the connections between two different types of loss, bereavement and separation... 

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Tyrannical Nurse Ratched rules her ward in a British mental hospital with a strict, unbending routine. Her patients, cowed by mind-numbing medication and the threat of electric shock therapy, dare not oppose her... 

Blood Wedding

Blood Wedding

Centuries of love stories have taught us that a passionate affair can break with any traditions, no matter how strict these are and Blood Wedding is not the exception. Written by Spanish playwright Federico García Lorca it tells the story of a marriage filled with a sense of duty rather than excitement and seen through the eyes of unnamed characters who could be any of us... 

Forty-Five Minutes

Forty-Five Minutes

Flying High Theatre Company from Nottinghamshire is aptly named; that is exactly what this group of lively youngsters do throughout this performance. Forty-Five Minutes was written by Anya Reiss for young people participating in the National Theatre’s Connections Project... 

No Name

No Name

Playwright and screenwriter Jeffrey Hatcher has a long career writing historical dramas, including Stage Beauty and The Duchess. No Name is his latest work, an adaptation of the 19th century novel by Wilkie Collins... 

Great Artists Steal

Great Artists Steal

Does originality exist? Are all creators thieves in disguise? The answer is no and yes (probably), at least according to Great Artists Steal, a new play by Seamus Collins. It is bizarre and stimulating in equal measure, where every abuse of theatrical convention is to some delicious purpose... 

Journeys Beyond

Journeys Beyond

How many ‘family friendly’ shows centre around a woman hanging off the edge of a pier, contemplating suicide? How many flit from Lyte’s soothing hymn Abide With Me to a fierce incantation with an unsettling carnival vibe that warns ‘beware of the jumbee’? Wac Arts is certainly trying to do something different in mixing a variety of afterlife myths from across the globe, but powerful singing and frenetic troupe dancing struggles to make up for a lack of direction in this production... 

Where Is She Now

Where Is She Now

Where Is She Now? A one person celebration of Shakespeare's best loved and rare monologues with lively and enlightening discussion about the characters portrayed, including Lady Macbeth and Joan La Pucelle from Henry VI as well as Constance from King John, Caliban from The Tempest, Ophelia from Hamlet, Portia from The Merchant of Venice, Beatrice from Much Ado About Nothing and many others... 

Electra:  An American Gothic

Electra: An American Gothic

Writer David Skeele’s reimagining of Electra for Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania’s theatre students had all the makings of something worth seeing. A Greek tragedy which famously sees its title character take revenge on her parricidal, adulterous mother is transposed to the Appalachian Mountains... 

Hound of the Baskervilles

Hound of the Baskervilles

The horror that killed Sir Charles is prowling the moor once again and the last hopes of the Baskerville family lie with eccentric detective Sherlock Holmes. The locals are frozen with terror and time is running out on the desolate moor...