Early in Samsara two hooded figures from different cultures meet in a desolate landscape, only sparsely populated by stricken metallic figurines being slowly consumed by gathering …
Liz Lochhead’s slick modern take on a sadly relevant ancient tale is brought to life with intelligent staging and a ferociously powerful central performance from Adura Onashile.
Fringe veteran Simon Munnery once more brings his eclectic mix of props, jokes, sketches, songs, poetry, and storytelling to the stage of The Stand with Trials and Tribulations.
The power and poise of a 20th century cultural icon is brought to brilliant life by Apphia Campbell in Black is the Color of My Voice, a deeply moving mix of music and theatre.
Bounding onto the stage with red smeared eyes and billowing white nighties, the three performers of Tarot kick off their show Cautionary Tales bursting with enthusiastic energy and…
No imaginary babies are safe in Business Casual: FERAL, a slice of enjoyably daft sketch comedy from American trio Jeremy Elder, Hunter Saling, and Corey Peter Lane.
It’s finals week on an unnamed university campus and a professor in English literature is having a bad time of it.
Most often seen at sea, in that area that rests just above the horizon, a Fata Morgana is a type of complex mirage superstitiously named after the Arthurian sorceress Morgan le Fay…
Looking like an ethereally pale, and bearded, pre-Raphaelite muse, Alasdair Beckett-King cuts a striking onstage figure.
If Joz Norris is no longer a comedian, then why is he still very good at making people laugh? You see, at some point in recent history, after an unfortunate experience with a non-s…
There’s inherent absurdity in an industry which charges elderly people and their families countless thousands of pounds for care but pays a pittance to the often-underqualified s…
Theatrical innovators Darkfield are back at Summerhall, inviting Fringe-goers to once more step into absolute darkness for Eulogy, their latest immersive narrative experience conju…
The ephemeral beauty of a flower in bloom carries the unspoken narrative of decay and death.
Early on in Oh No! Christopher Macarthur-Boyd suggests lockdown came at a good time for him, putting the brakes on life when he was in his late twenties as opposed to an earlier, p…
Is there a more intoxicating combination than blues music and good whisky? There is – blues music and multiple good whiskies.
What’s more mundane than death? What’s more absurd? In a slice of often brave, often very funny, and occasionally extremely poignant clowning, Amritha Dhaliwal and Gemma Soldat…
Selfless to a fault, Garry Starr is ready to share the lessons he’s learned about the actors’ craft, the art of pretending.
Will the Fool ascend the tower to dwell in the chambers of the moon? Will the Hermit jump in a chariot and spin the wheel of fortune? You might discover the answers by checking out…
Spencer Jones took last year’s Edinburgh Fringe off, but did he waste his time idling? Not a chance.
Phil Wang needs this more than us, or so he tells the packed Pleasance venue he’s playing this year.
Like stereotypes, labels generally become meaningless upon scrutiny.
On any given afternoon in the Fringe, you’re likely to find Simon Munnery gracing the stage of The Stand comedy club.
Bandolier-clad gladiators on stilts rampage through the performance space, brandishing burning wheels and wreaking havoc on the lives of terrified refugees.
Jamali Maddix strides on the stage and immediately takes some shots at the easier targets in the front of the audience.
Starr is a bag of nervous insecurity, wrapped up in a paper thin façade of theatrical overconfidence.
Two brothers meet by the banks of a river in Nigeria, the same river which saw them turn from children into fishermen many years before.
As the saying goes, when life gives you lemons you make lemonade.
Humans are storytellers.
Freya Parker and Celeste Dring are back at the Fringe with a refreshingly light-hearted slice of sketch show comedy.
By all accounts Darius Davies has had a few interesting experiences this Fringe.
You know you’ve made it as a comedian when you can include an interval and encore in your Edinburgh Fringe show.
The world is too insane right now to claim the traditional gods are dead but our modern culture has definitely found a few new idols to worship.
Early in his Fringe show Mark Thomas reveals the impressively religious character of his upbringing.
The translation of the word utopia, if my Ancient Greek (and Wikipedia) haven’t let me down, is “no-place”.
Chris Turner has moved to the good old US of A and he’s back in Edinburgh to tell the festival audiences about it.
How to review something like Woody Allen(ish)? The comedy equivalent of a tribute act, it’s a show which sees English comic Simon Schatzberger adopt the material and persona of t…
Something’s happened to John’s porridge bowl and Marny Godden has crafted an hour of surreal, very physical comedy to find out exactly what.
I remember the World Wrestling Federation Attitude Era well.
People are vicious.
Spencer Jones is once more going full tilt in the surrealism stakes, and the result is a fantastically strange success.
To borrow from one of Glenn Moore’s own references, this show is a tale of two cities.
Milo McCabe steps onto the stage as Troy Hawke with the swagger of an assured performer.
There’s a warm and weird welcome upon arrival at Yeti’s - Demon Dive Bar.
The Thinking Drinkers are back at the Fringe and this year they’re serving up a whistle stop tour of the world’s boozy traditions, mixing up a cocktail of historical facts, fil…
Part TED talk, part psychic extravaganza, Tom Binns’ extrasensory expert Ian D Montfort is back at the festival and he’s determined to convince the sceptics the dead are among …
Last year Chris Turner brought a show about his physical wellbeing to the Edinburgh stage, blending stand-up and rapping to explore his brushes with mortality.
With last year’s Cry me a Liver Lucy Pohl proved herself to be an exceptional actor, throwing herself into each of her characters with impressive resolve.
Attacking her material with a mixture of nervous energy and enthusiasm Juliette Burton launches into her act by describing her difficulties in making decisions, then tracing the bi…
Will Duggan is an angry man and it’s not entirely clear why.
As his simple but extremely catchy theme tune states at the outset of The People’s Prince, his name is Phil.
Comedy can be incredibly effective as a vehicle for delivering a message.
Bigmouth Strikes Again by The Smiths is playing loudly when Tom Ward ambles into his Pleasance performance space, setting an informal tone which persists throughout this enjoyably …
Some of the best comic characters out there are likeable but misguided individuals, chronically lacking in self-awareness.
Shenoah Allen and Mark Chavez have once again brought their surreal blend of comedy and physical theatre to Edinburgh, and this time they’re taking on a classic of world literatu…
He’s a true-blue, straight-talking Aussie and he’s in town for some old fashioned stand-up, knock-em down comedy.
There’s something refreshing about seeing a stand-up show with a title that accurately reflects the content of the act.
On any given night during the Edinburgh Fringe there are dozens of funny comics standing on stage talking about the life and loves of a performer.
From the moment Marny Godden’s first character walks onto the stage to a decidedly creepy soundtrack it’s clear that the comedian will be leading the audience down an unusual p…
At the start of her show Katia Kvinge explains the combination of cultures which has helped make her the person she is today.
If life gives you lemons you stuff them in a German’s face and make a joke about sauerkraut.
In Goose: Kablamo, comedian Adam Drake has created a comedy show that doesn’t so much defy description, it just stuffs so much in that it is very difficult to do the act justice …
How difficult is comedy when you’re a nice guy who’s had a nice life? What well can you draw from for your material? It’s a problem that Sy Thomas has grappled with, and one …
Years ago Ari Shaffir and some of his comedian buddies were sitting around in LA telling stories.
Outrageously over-the-top characters, a raucous Edinburgh Fringe audience and lashings of inappropriate advice from a self-styled flirt coach, sexologist and dating guru.
When you boast a cast of characters as diverse as Lucie Pohl’s new act it’s no surprise when the results are so mixed.
Chris Stokes had a very bad 2014, and on reflection he dealt with it badly.
Returning to the Fringe with another slice of slickly made sketch comedy, Hannah Croft and Fiona Pearce once more impress with cleverly structured and impeccably acted comic vignet…
Many people boast about staring death in the face and laughing, but Chris Turner has a different perspective.
The stage is strewn with detritus, traces of lives lived on the margin.
Folk tales are a fascinating, timeless and valuable form of cultural currency, once passed around by firelight and now echoing through art, music, and literature.
Staging is the star in Barrie Kosky’s take on Eugene Onegin.
Edinburgh’s Old Town breathes history, sometimes with a roar, and sometimes with a whisper.
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