Recent Tragic Events

Recent Tragic Events

When it comes to quirk, Recent Tragic Events definitely lives up to its creator’s other work. The Emmy-nominated television writer Craig Wright is famous for his episodes in Six Feet Under and Lost but thanks to Recent Tragic Events we can see that his talent for making the weird wonderful is not restricted simply to television... 

A Man Or a Muppet?

A Man Or a Muppet?

The 2012 edition of Strictly Songtime’s film song series for the Edinburgh Fringe was organised around the theme of Oscar-winning music. Starting with the Lullaby of Broadway from 42nd Street and covering everything from Working Girl to the most recent winner, A Man Or a Muppet from the new Muppets movie, the four-man troupe led by singing teacher Anne Diack and accompanied by accomplished pianist Greig W... 

Aurora Winterborn's Candid Cabaret

Aurora Winterborn's Candid Cabaret

Showcasing everyone from British pole dancing champions to bluegrass bands and a ukulele-wielding redhead called Simmy Starfish (who flashes us with a Support Pussy Riot badge), Aurora Winterborn has evidently sought to find a real range of Fringe performers for her Candid Cabaret... 

Tenor and Soprano Duet Recital

Tenor and Soprano Duet Recital

Wheatly and Hansen’s repertoire was a difficult one and the two singers approached it with due caution. Their facility with the different languages (they sang everything from Fauré to Schumann’s heavy German In der Nacht, Op... 

The Outside Track

The Outside Track

The escalating critical acclaim they have met with since their debut album release in 2007 has encouraged a steamroller of live shows and song releases by five-strong traditional music group The Outside Track... 

Ghetto

Ghetto

It is no extra-curricular activity to put on a play about the Holocaust. Disappointingly, frustratingly, Ghetto seems to have been treated as little more than that. A play by Joshua Sobol based on the diaries of Jewish inmates at the Vilna Ghetto in Reichskommissariat (now the independent Baltic states), Ghetto tells the bleak story of a group of Jews’ ill-fated attempt to put on a play for the SS commander in charge... 

FAT

FAT

Trying to evaluate FAT requires a defetishisation of control as the looked-for quality in a performance. Pete Edwards has neither control over his physicality, nor control over his voice and thus, amidst the profusion of exacting shows at the fringe, gives us a singularly unsettled hour of theatre... 

Superheroes

Superheroes

As cushy executives in Hollywood studios were sat making up their minds which of our favourite DC/Marvel comics could be transformed into this year’s predictable multi-million dollar movie franchise, Tom Corradini was busy developing his own strange idea... 

Educating Ronnie

Educating Ronnie

An hour-long monologue delivered by director turned writer/actor Joe Douglas, Educating Ronnie is an autobiographical exploration of Douglas’ unending relationship with Ronnie, a boy he befriends on his gap year... 

The Tale of Nada

The Tale of Nada

Despite the simplicity of their formula - a slapstick two person comedy playing out a traditional British heist gone wrong - Halo Theatre’s The Tale of Nada succeeds neither in fitting the templates of its predecessors, nor in doing anything new with its material... 

The Very Scariesome Lollipop Lady

The Very Scariesome Lollipop Lady

Comedian Martha McBrier’s first foray into children’s theatre betrays none of the fledgling anxiety that is often found in even the most experienced children’s performers. If one should commend McBrier for anything, it would be for the effortlessness of her weird and serious story – earnest without the lurid smiles and nervous bounding around that commonly reveals the fretting adults trying to hide from the scrutiny of our children... 

Uncoupled

Uncoupled

In an age when female erotica has become the vogue genre of easy reading, it is unsettling to be reminded of the power of its predecessor in popular literature: the domestic drama. Richard Cameron’s production of Richard Bickley’s Uncoupled provides just such a reminder... 

PianoDivalicious!

PianoDivalicious!

Amy Abler’s hour long one woman piano cabaret bonanza is difficult to evaluate because, despite all its apparent flaws, it still seems to endear itself to its tiny audiences. The audience is introduced to a sequined Abler, a self-attested recovering classical pianist... 

Vaudeville Schmuck

Vaudeville Schmuck

When Mat Ricardo first opens his show at The Voodoo Rooms he seems to be more a stand up comedian than a Vaudevillian. In fact initially, listening to his self-effacing chat about juggling, one wonders whether he really is a juggler, or whether it’s just material for his jokes... 

Fèis Rois and Cèol Mòr

Fèis Rois and Cèol Mòr

“Aam gonnae sin' a wee tune in gàidhlic.” The young man’s voice settled easily into its native air. A welcome sound in a city so full of strangers.Fèis Rois and Cèol Mòr are not so much examples of Scottish identity as attempts to recreate it in its ts older forms... 

Unmythable

Unmythable

The remarkable energy with which Unmythable retells the dozen or so Greek myths lucky enough to receive its attention can be seen manifested in the floods of sweat its three actors produce... 

Alice's Adventures

Alice's Adventures

It seems like a disaster waiting to happen, giving a huge cast a tiny budget and a drab church to perform in. Still, one would hope that because Alice in Wonderland has already been done so much, anyone putting it on now would feel an obligation to do something interesting with it... 

Alternative Sex Education

Alternative Sex Education

Considering that Alternative Sex Education itself calls attention to the cooperative (Lashings of Ginger Beer Time) that produced it and whose principles it is deeply embedded in, it becomes difficult to think of the queer, feminist, burlesque show out of that context, or to evaluate it without making an evaluation of those principles... 

You Obviously Know What I'm Talking About

You Obviously Know What I'm Talking About

Moving dexterously between paranoid nightmare sequences and kitsch music numbers, You Obviously Know What I’m Talking About tells the story of nervous recluse Winfield Scott Boring in an hour long show that becomes a positive sine curve of climax and denouement... 

Virginia Gay - Dirty Pretty Songs

Virginia Gay - Dirty Pretty Songs

It seems a shame that effort should so hurt a production, but the illusion of ease is critical to cabaret especially when the lead is supposed to be a beguiling and sexually emancipated woman...