Markus Birdman – Love, Life and Death

Markus Birdman – Love, Life and Death

Markus Birdman’s comedy dwells on serious themes, a fact that is perhaps unsurprising considering the 40-something stand-up suffered a stroke a few years ago which caused him to lose a quarter of his eyesight and confined him to medication for the rest of his life... 

Dracula

Dracula

It is hard to bring originality or freshness of vision to a story as well-known as Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and yet this new production by Edinburgh’s Think Outside the Box Theatre goes some way to achieving just that... 

I Never Saw Another Butterfly

I Never Saw Another Butterfly

I Never Saw Another Butterfly is a play written by Celeste Raspanti dealing with the Terezin or Theresienstadt concentration camp during World War Two and the children who lived and died therein... 

Robert Louis Stevenson - Songs and Music

Robert Louis Stevenson - Songs and Music

An evening dedicated to songs and music inspired by Stevenson and his writings, this one-off performance of the critically acclaimed CD ‘From a Garden of Songs’ was a rare treat in a festival, bursting with a myriad of musical offerings... 

End of the World Show 2012

End of the World Show 2012

The End of the World Show is an entertaining whirl through the world’s major religions and their approaches to the eponymous End-Times, written and performed by comedian Mark Speed... 

Double Edge's Spring Awakening

Double Edge's Spring Awakening

Frank Wedekind’s Spring Awakening is a play that has caused more than its fair share of controversy since it was written in 1890. Indeed, as the promotional material for this new production by Eton College’s Double Edge Drama points out, its first uncensored professional production didn’t occur in England until 1974, a full 68 years after its premiere in Berlin in 1906... 

Oh, The Humanity and Other Good Intentions

Oh, The Humanity and Other Good Intentions

A series of five very short plays penned by American playwright Will Eno, Oh, the Humanity and Other Good Intentions is a collection of character-driven glimpses into the human condition... 

Lead Pencil

Lead Pencil

Lead Pencil are a brand new comedy group delivering ‘observational sketches with a colourful twist’. Performing as part of the Free Fringe, this is their Edinburgh debut, though you wouldn’t know it from the performance... 

Cradle to Grave

Cradle to Grave

Cradle to the Grave showcases bawdy poetry and songs from Ant Smith and Mel Jones, with the emphasis very much placed on the seedier, grubbier aspects of life. Anything and everything that could be considered even vaguely rude or perverted is here hoisted into words and music, performed with unpretentious gusto and unparalleled passion... 

Operation Stork

Operation Stork

Operation Stork is a comedy play written by Reid Kennedy and performed by Edinburgh-based amateur theatre group Leitheatre. Set in the 1960s, the play follows the goofy exploits of Private Campbell and his long-suffering superior Col... 

Convicted

Convicted

Convicted is a free show from four relatively unknown Australian comedians, located in the chic but rather dingy caves of Cabaret Voltaire. The set-up is fairly typical, with each comedian performing a separate set in a bid to impress and provoke laughter from the Free Fringe crowd... 

Skerryvore

Skerryvore

Skerryvore took to the stage without any warm-up or supporting acts, in this one night only gig. They immediately launched into a drum-heavy, lively rendition of The Showman, taken from their new album ‘World of Chances’... 

Bruce Hammers' Bananapocalypse

Bruce Hammers' Bananapocalypse

Mat Ewins is a naturally funny guy and his character-driven Fringe show Bruce Hammers’ Bananapocalypse certainly reflects this. The show’s premise is simple, if a little odd: Bruce Hammers, ‘legendary’ 80s movie star and lead man in the titular banana-related sci-fi title, narrates his rise to fame in a bizarre format that features, among other things, movie clips and re-enactments of former TV roles... 

Macbeth Unsexed!

Macbeth Unsexed!

Taking as its central theme uncomfortable portrayals of female brutality, madness and violence, Macbeth Unsexed is an unhinged and genuinely unsettling examination of the darkness that lurks deep within the human psyche... 

Glory Dazed

Glory Dazed

Glory Dazed is a powerful new play penned by up and coming writer Cat Jones and presented by Second Shot Productions, a production company that works with and employs ex-offenders and serving prisoners... 

Eggball

Eggball

Among the more bizarre things on offer this Fringe, Eggball is a one-woman whirlwind of strange, half-baked ideas jammed into one ludicrous hour of hit-and-miss entertainment. With characters ranging from a dancing shark to a fox missing vital sexual anatomy, to say there is something for everybody here would miss the point... 

John Robertson - The Dark Room - Free

John Robertson - The Dark Room - Free

Bringing his YouTube sensation to the Fringe, Australian comic John Robertson’s show The Dark Room is basically a ‘choose your own adventure’ computer game in which selected members of the audience must find their way out of the titular dark room in which they are proverbially trapped... 

Marlon Davis: Enter the Davism

Marlon Davis: Enter the Davism

Marlon Davis is that rare thing: a comedian so utterly, effortlessly likable that you can’t help but be won over as soon as he walks onto the stage. His open, friendly style is instantly accessible to everyone in the room, and the ease with which he moves from anecdote to anecdote is refreshingly natural... 

Barbara Nice: Mrs Nice

Barbara Nice: Mrs Nice

Barbara Nice is the comedic alias of Janice Connolly, the actor and comedian perhaps best known for her roles in Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights and Coronation Street. Barbara Nice: Mrs Nice sees Connolly take to the stage to perform a comedy set in character as Barbara, the fun loving Nan-like figure forever in search of a good time and her missing umbrella... 

12th Night: Serenade

12th Night: Serenade

There have been countless different interpretations of Shakespeare over the years, many of these attempting new, humorous spins on the classic plays to invoke reactions from jaded audiences... 

The Sorries

The Sorries

The Sorries, consisting of duo Douglas Kay and Martin Philip, formed through a mutual love of the music of Scottish folk supremos The Corries and their setlist owes much to the homespun genius of the late great Roy Williamson and his fellow bandmate and musical partner Ronnie Brown... 

101 Comedy Club - Free

101 Comedy Club - Free

With 101 Comedy Club seeing different up and coming comedians performing every night in four ten minute sets, it is perhaps unfair to form a complete judgement based on one night alone... 

Withered Hand

Withered Hand

Withered Hand is the stage name of Dan Willson, a singer-songwriter with a fragile voice from the rain-soaked streets of Edinburgh. A member of the almost mythical Fence Collective (a group of musicians and songwriters releasing work under the Fence Records label, founded by Kenny Anderson) Withered Hand has been gaining increasing exposure since the release of his first EP back in 2008, and deservedly so... 

Soweto Entsha

Soweto Entsha

This four-piece from the streets of Soweto in Johannesburg have taken the Fringe by storm in previous years and nothing seems to have diluted their energy and passion. Indeed, their voices seem to consist of a pure distillation of the light, heat and vibrancy of the South African landscape itself, somehow harnessed and sung a cappella... 

Crunch the News

Crunch the News

A topical look at news and politics, Crunch the News sees a different set of panelists each day tackling current events with an eye for humour and a knack for pithy put-downs. The panelists - each of whom is expected to come prepared with a news story they want to discuss, or simply mock - represent a broad spectrum of influence and opinion, from journalists to comedians to politicians themselves; a set up sure to encourage debate and raucous comedic heckling... 

Rod is God

Rod is God

Rod is God is the new comedy play from the makers and stars of Late Night Gimp Fight, the Fringe phenomenon that won a Chortle award for Best Sketch or Character Act last summer. With such illustrious talent involved expectations are naturally high; the problem with Rod Is God is that it doesn’t really deliver... 

The 27 Club

The 27 Club

The 27 Club is possibly the only club in the world as exclusive to join as it is undesirable. Referring to the idea that there is something significant in the sheer number of musicians who have died at the tender age of 27, the club is an eerie reminder of the toll the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle can take on promising young lives... 

Life or Something Like It - Free

Life or Something Like It - Free

Located in the small but cosy performance space underneath the main café area of Captain Taylor’s Coffee House, Life or Something Like it sees Mancunian singer-songwriter Claire Mooney and Blackpool-born comedy poet Alex Keelan teaming up for a show that is half spoken word and half song and sing-a-long...