Bristol Revunions: Cream

Bristol Revunions: Cream

The Bristol Revunions are a first class example of what a student sketch comedy show can be. The six-strong troupe from Bristol University bring an impressive energy and creativity to the stage in Cream, making this year’s offering a solid afternoon’s entertainment... 

Princes of Main

Princes of Main

Fresh from the Cambridge Footlights, Princes of Main – Alex MacKeith, Ben Pope and Jamie Fraser – are a new and exciting comedy trio, a promising addition to the scene. There is a lot that is good in their show, but after a while some of the material falls a little flat... 

The Improverts

The Improverts

As the members of Edinburgh University’s improv troupe run into the flashing lights, accompanied by music and applause, they are introduced to us as ‘the players’. It’s a title that fits: the company spend the next hour playing around in a number of improvisation games... 

Mr Poe's Legendarium

Mr Poe's Legendarium

Edgar Allan Poe and Sigmund Freud, partners in crime, telling horror stories and picking them apart: it sounds like rich source material, but Mr Poe’s Legendarium doesn’t quite tap into all that potential... 

Happy Girl

Happy Girl

Nine school students navigate the pressures they face as girls: pressures from society and pressures from each other. Bringing to life the minefield that is a girl’s teenage years, this piece of new writing makes for a fresh and well-executed youth production... 

Murder, She Didn't Write

Murder, She Didn't Write

A remarkably intricate and engaging murder mystery is created from scratch every night. Based completely on the audience’s suggestions, the incredibly sharp company spin out the intrigue over an hour with wit and skill: it’s a great concept, and it works... 

Book of Love

Book of Love

Book of Love is without a doubt a special show: Lindsay Benner is sexy, silly and completely charming. Her show is a fast-paced mixture of cabaret, comedy, juggling and tricks that is quirky, flirty and wonderfully weird... 

Cautionary Tales for Daughters – Songs Your Mother Never Taught You

Cautionary Tales for Daughters – Songs Your Mother Never Taught You

There’s plenty for girls to worry about these days – from tattoos to eating disorders to abusive relationships – and Tanya Holt, a mother herself, deals with the difficulties brilliantly in this witty and important show... 

Cautionary Tales for Daughters – Songs Your Mother Never Taught You

Cautionary Tales for Daughters – Songs Your Mother Never Taught You

There’s plenty for girls to worry about these days – from tattoos to eating disorders to abusive relationships – and Tanya Holt, a mother herself, deals with the difficulties brilliantly in this witty and important show... 

Sweetness and Light

Sweetness and Light

Glucose and Dextrose are state-approved killers, unstable and violent. In this piece of new writing from a new company, the volatile pair work as ‘Community Sanitisers’, secretly eliminating undesirables until they discover that the Office of Population Adjustment has made a serious error... 

The Durham Revue: Cirque du Sillý

The Durham Revue: Cirque du Sillý

The Durham Revue has a lot going for it this year – the group are all on top form. The jokes are clever and surprising, and the timing is impeccable. They have a big space to fill at the top of the Underbelly, but keeping their show dynamic ensures that they really command the audience... 

Blind Mirth

Blind Mirth

Blind Mirth are a special improv comedy group - wonderfully talented and energetic. The seven-strong troupe from St Andrews warm the audience up and keeping the show at that charged level throughout the hour... 

The Eulogy of Toby Peach

The Eulogy of Toby Peach

Toby begins by racing through a history of his life in numbers - how many days he’s been alive (9424), how many minutes he has spent kissing (not enough), and how long it’s been since he was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma, a cancer of the blood... 

This is Mary Brown

This is Mary Brown

Winsome Brown’s one-woman show is an affecting portrait of her mother and the life Brown and her siblings shared with her. Mary Brown is brought to life through various recollections, focusing on her struggles with alcoholism and the incredible closeness of the family throughout... 

2 Become 1

2 Become 1

50 minutes of Britney, Shania Twain, All Saints and the Spice Girls: every 90s girl’s dream. 2 Become 1 is a hilarious pop-musical, following four friends who sing all the classics with great energy and great voices...