Fossils’ Nel Crouch: “Theatre is alive and well at the Fringe!”

Fossils’ Nel Crouch: “Theatre is alive and well at the Fringe!”

Award-winning theatre company Bucket Club are melding together playful theatre with a live techno score for Fossils, a sceptical quest for the Loch Ness Monster at the Pleasance Dome... 

Shakespeare Syndrome's Catriona Scott on Macbeth's Rorschach Test

Shakespeare Syndrome's Catriona Scott on Macbeth's Rorschach Test

How do you tell a story using Shakespeare’s characters and make it original? How do you tell a story about Shakespeare himself for that matter? For Catriona Scott, playwright of Shakespeare Syndrome, the answer was simple: mix together a handful of the bard’s most famous characters (and the bard himself), put them in therapy, give them all a good shake, and serve with a nice red wine for comedy... 

Student New Writing at the Fringe: Oxford, Warwick and St Andrews Students Compare Notes

Student New Writing at the Fringe: Oxford, Warwick and St Andrews Students Compare Notes

The Fringe is the single most exciting date in the student-theatre calendar. Although accommodation and production costs are rising, it still represents one of the best chances young playwrights, directors and actors have of getting that much-feted big break – not to mention the all-important opportunity to meet and make friends with hundreds of theatrically minded students from all over the UK... 

​Milk Playwright Ross Dunsmore on Bravery in New Writing

​Milk Playwright Ross Dunsmore on Bravery in New Writing

What do we need to nourish ourselves? Is love enough? Can we definitively say that Nandos are the kings of fast food? Such questions and more are explored in the invigorating new play Milk, on at the Traverse Theatre this festival... 

​Bedlam Producer Cordelia Grierson on Staging New Writing in Peoples’ Homes

​Bedlam Producer Cordelia Grierson on Staging New Writing in Peoples’ Homes

Three AM in Edinburgh is something of a witching hour. But if you were under the impression that three in the morning might be a respite from the Fringe, you’d be wrong. The Fringe never rests... 

Playwright Becky Owen Fisher Lets Actors Change the Order of her Scenes

Playwright Becky Owen Fisher Lets Actors Change the Order of her Scenes

In a world boiling over with police invasion of privacy, romance and rising sea levels, what could possibly go wrong? Part eco-political rally cry, part meditation on the collapse of a relationship, Generation Zero is the bold new play from Lamphouse Theatre... 

Black Magic: Songs Unchained

Black Magic: Songs Unchained

Black Magic: Songs Unchained is an important piece of theatre, unfortunately hampered by an uneven acting performance. Recounting for her audience the history of oppression against black people in the United States of America, using songs traditionally sung by the black community, Katt Tait explores the way in which cultural heritage and music are inherently entwined... 

Health Under Fire

Health Under Fire

If you are a fan of comedy, film noir, or just free shows in general, you should probably check out Health Under Fire. A play very much in the same vein as The 39 Steps, Health Under Fire is some of the best fun you can have at the Free Fringe this year, rivalling the quality of many shows that require you to shell out five pounds or more... 

Mrs McMoon's Tea Party

Mrs McMoon's Tea Party

Today is the day Mrs McMoon is having her tea party, featuring several fresh batches of her legendary biscuits, and we’re all invited. However we aren’t going to be the only guests... 

Funny Bones Trash

Funny Bones Trash

Embracing all the great theatrical traditions of silent comedy and vaudeville, Funny Bones Trash is the best kind of children’s show. With a tight understanding of what makes people laugh, Chris Peters and Keiichiro Miyaji are very fine comic performers... 

Jethro Compton's Frontier Trilogy: The Rattlesnake's Kiss

Jethro Compton's Frontier Trilogy: The Rattlesnake's Kiss

The Rattlesnake’s Kiss, part of Jethro Compton’s Frontier Trilogy, is an all-round masterclass in what theatre at the Fringe can be. It’s superbly written and wonderfully acted... 

Joan, Babs & Shelagh too

Joan, Babs & Shelagh too

Joan, Babs & Shelagh too is a difficult play. Attempting to explore the life and career of director Joan Littlewood – who served in large part as the leader and driving force behind Theatre Workshop, actress and writer Gemskii takes her audience with her on a journey through the rapidly changing theatrical landscape of 20th century Britain... 

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Perhaps Shakespeare’s most famous comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream has the potential to either be comedic gold or irritating lip-service, depending on the quality of the cast and crew... 

Loranga, Masarin and Dartanjang

Loranga, Masarin and Dartanjang

Loranga, Masarin and Dartanjang could perhaps be best described as the illegitimate love child of CBeebies and Michael Gondry, conceived in a fever dream. With a story that veers between being overly repetitive and occasionally profound, Loranga, Masarin and Dartanjang struggles with establishing an interesting narrative whilst being visually inventive... 

Pussy

Pussy

Pussy is nothing if not provocative. Violent, angry, visceral and containing more energy than a bullet in a readied gun, the show goes out of its way to elicit a reaction from you. Blending a capella and physical theatre, Pussy explores the societal pressures placed on women, specifically focusing on the unreal expectations created in the modern music industry... 

65 Days of Tracy the Marquis Mannequin

65 Days of Tracy the Marquis Mannequin

Serving in many ways as an exploration of grief, mental illness and the intricacies of the bond between mothers and daughters - all wrapped up in a one-woman show - 65 Days of Tracy the Marquis Mannequin may sound at first like an interesting proposition... 

The Enchanted Forest Adventure

The Enchanted Forest Adventure

Returning to this year’s festival, Enchanted Forest Adventure is nothing short of delightful. Blending together storytelling, dance and improvisation alongside fantastic lighting and sound design, performer Brooke Laing and director Craig Conway have concocted the perfect show for young viewers... 

Shakespeare Untold: Romeo and Juliet (The Party Planner's Tale)

Shakespeare Untold: Romeo and Juliet (The Party Planner's Tale)

Adapting Romeo and Juliet for a younger audience is by no means an easy feat. Shakespeare’s original play presents two unique problems for children - namely the difficulty of understanding the Elizabethan English, as well as dealing with the adult content... 

Bortle 8

Bortle 8

Following on from last year’s Drunk Lion, Chris Davis’ Bortle 8 is nothing if not strange. Driven by a desire to reach Bortle 8 – complete darkness – in a world increasingly clouded by light pollution, the show follows Chris on a journey that takes the audience from California, to outer space, then swiftly down to the bottom of the ocean...