Viktor Bijelovic at St Cecilia's

Viktor Bijelovic at St Cecilia's

Award-winning pianist Viktor Bijelovic returns to the Fringe for a short series of concerts at St. Cecila’s Hall. These are his first performances since his debut in 2010 and this particular appearance saw him join with violinist Magdalena Filipczak for two lunchtime concerts... 

Beauties and Heroes: Dong Yi's Special Programme for Chinese Lovers' Day

Beauties and Heroes: Dong Yi's Special Programme for Chinese Lovers' Day

Dong Yi is a celebrated classical Chinese zheng soloist. The instrument itself has a proud history dating back over 2500 years and has been influential in music across East Asia. Akin to a European zither, the instrument is plucked by the performer, usually in single note combinations... 

Mind-Reading for Breakfast

Mind-Reading for Breakfast

Doing exactly what the show’s title suggests, Rob Bailey claims to be able to read your mind with his psychic powers. Well, almost. You see Rob Bailey is actually a psychologist and an illusionist who combines both of these skills to create the impression that he can read your mind... 

Kes

Kes

Telling the story of a boy's relationship with his pet kestrel, Kes is essentially a tale of escape. For 15-year-old Billy Casper, growing up in a working class northern town, there is little room in life for freedom - everything is laid out before him from the regiment of his school life to the expectation that he will spend the rest of his life down the pit... 

Godspell

Godspell

Godspell is based on the parables of the Gospel according to St. Luke and has played around the world in various guises for more than 30 years. Simply staged, it is apparent from the sinister undertones of the opening few bars that this production intends to be a darker retelling set during the riots of the troubled summer of 2011... 

Geoff Norcott Avoids a Double Dip

Geoff Norcott Avoids a Double Dip

Geoff Norcott is worried about double dips. Not financial ones, but the fact that when bad things happen in life they tend to come in pairs. This is the basis of his new hour-long show, playing for one week only at the Shack Comedy Club... 

Skye

Skye

Skye is a little girl who, thankfully, is too young to realise the chaos around her. Her mother got pregnant unexpectedly - well, perhaps not too unexpectedly - and has struggled to cope ever since... 

Mind Reading for Breakfast

Mind Reading for Breakfast

Doing exactly what the show’s title suggests, Rob Bailey claims to be able to read your mind with his psychic powers. Well, almost. You see Rob Bailey is actually a psychologist and an illusionist who combines both of these skills to create the impression that he can read your mind... 

Urban Fairytale

Urban Fairytale

Urban Fairytales is a collection of reworked stories for a modern audience. These are stories with a more urban, edgy feel, and a contemporary message. Told by a young and promising cast from Bishop Stortford College, this is a new play from playwright Ben Richard... 

Sophie Shadow

Sophie Shadow

The eponymous Sophie Shadow is a puppet belonging to a girl who, along with her family, is in hiding from some unknown regime. Complemented and enhanced by its setting in The Vault - a small and stony space below George IV Bridge - this is a new play, co-written by director Lucy Betts and actress Millie Layton... 

Churchill

Churchill

The master of the monologue returns in his new play, Churchill. Pip Utton’s Winston has just one hour in which to climb down from his plinth in Parliament Square and have a drink and chat with his audience as he reflects on his life... 

Party Time

Party Time

In an unspecified location, a group of society’s elite mix and mingle discussing everything and nothing. There are drinks and canapés, chit-chat and loose lips. Beneath the surface, however, a creeping tension encroaches upon their exclusive world... 

Niall McCamley: Lemon Jousting and Other Shenanigans

Niall McCamley: Lemon Jousting and Other Shenanigans

Of the many things you might see or do at the Fringe this summer, jousting with lemons has to score among the more unusual pastimes. But that’s what this show is all about - embracing the weird and the whacky, all presented as the hilarious stream of consciousness of comedian Niall McCamley... 

Lara A King - People Pleaser

Lara A King - People Pleaser

Lara A. King has been coming to the Fringe for twenty years in innumerable guises and with various different acts. This year she returns as the reigning winner of the 2011 Funny Women competition and her prize is an eight-day run at the Assembly’s Bosco tent in George Square Gardens... 

Word Alive Bible Exhibition - Free

Word Alive Bible Exhibition - Free

Staged by Word Alive and hosted by the congregation at Charlotte Chapel, this exhibition tells you everything you need to know about the Good Book and its influence on Christianity through history... 

Buddhist Meditation

Buddhist Meditation

For those who have not ventured to the Edinburgh Buddhist Centre before, its location on the edge of the Meadows makes it very convenient for the weary Fringe-goer. The centre has been running these meditation classes for years during the mornings throughout the Fringe... 

Mark Cooper-Jones: Geography Teacher - Free

Mark Cooper-Jones: Geography Teacher - Free

Mark Cooper-Jones is a Geography teacher. No, really, he is. Well, part-time at least. I’m not sure where he teaches, possibly 1948. At least, that’s how it felt from the outset of this half-hour free show... 

The One-Eyed Men's Friendship Formula - Free

The One-Eyed Men's Friendship Formula - Free

The perplexingly named One-Eyed Men are the very genial trio of Alex, Sam and Ben. They are clearly the best of friends and this free show aims to show Edinburgh the secret of their companionship success... 

Adam Strauss: Varieties of Religious Experience

Adam Strauss: Varieties of Religious Experience

This is not a comedy. That's not me being unnecessarily harsh this early on in the review - Adam Strauss told me so. In fact, it was the first thing this personable New Yorker said as he greeted the packed audience in the tiny back room of the Royal Mile Tavern... 

Killing Time

Killing Time

If the world was ending in an hour's time, what would you do? This is the central premise of this new play as two teenage boys sit and talk about everything and nothing while the last hour of existence ticks by... 

The Glory of the Mainstream

The Glory of the Mainstream

Chacapella is an all-girl singing group which bills itself as ‘the youngest a cappella group on the Fringe’. Aged 15-18, they are all students from Channing School in north London... 

The Lad Himself

The Lad Himself

Tony Hancock remains one of the greats of British comedy; his radio show and subsequent television series set the benchmark for light entertainment throughout the 1950s and 1960s. His influence remains indelibly evident on many of today's great stand-ups... 

Shlomo's Beatbox Adventure... For Kids!

Shlomo's Beatbox Adventure... For Kids!

Joining the extensive queue at Shlomo’s Beatbox Adventure … For Kids! I realised that I had just done my bit to up the average age of the audience quite considerably. Feeling somewhat self-consciously childless, I took my seat and adopted the nearest family to help me gauge the success (or not) of the forthcoming show... 

For the Love of Willie

For the Love of Willie

This play tells the story of the life of its central character, Peggy, as she looks back over the unfolding events of her youth. Although old and now considered mentally incapacitated, she recalls the idyll of her youth growing up before the outbreak of World War II... 

A Man for All Times: W. E. B. DuBois

A Man for All Times: W. E. B. DuBois

W.E.B. DuBois is a largely forgotten figure of African American history. Seventy years before James Meredith’s campaign to be the first African American student to be allowed to study at the University of Mississippi (a flashpoint in the Civil Rights movement led by Martin Luther King) DuBois was graduating cum laude with a second degree from Harvard University...