Ordinary Darkness

Ordinary Darkness

The Hen and Chickens theatre is located above a pub on a bustling roundabout in North London; an apt setting for a play set in one room detailing an eventful evening spent by three young people squatting in an abandoned London mansion... 

The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray is the ultimate novel about art and performance, the struggle between fantasy and pleasure, closeted homosexuality and the price of beauty... 

Me Before Marilyn

Me Before Marilyn

Me Before Marilyn is the untold story of Norma Jean Baker. Caged Theatre Company recount her life from her troubled childhood, multiple marriages, dependence on men, and her transformation into the icon that was Marilyn Monroe, to the sequence of events that led to her unfortunately early death... 

Rut

Rut

Michael and Finn are two young boys who, through the mediums of prose and physical theatre, take the audience into the world of a young man named Jack. To further understand Jack, Michael and Finn take us along to his various activities, from job applications to UCAS and online dating to long distance relationships... 

As You Like It

As You Like It

‘As You Like It’ is one of those Shakespeare plays that has eluded me and Sedos Theatre’s production was perhaps the best way to be introduced to this play. Told by those who evidently have a deep set understanding and respect for the text, the story is excellently executed so that not a line is out of place or superfluous to their storytelling cause... 

Cancer Time

Cancer Time

Cancer Time is a special piece of theatre. The title does little to suggest the true nature of the show, which is essentially a character study of two young women in a Welsh call centre who form a very unlikely friendship during their cigarette breaks... 

Not My Cup of Tea

Not My Cup of Tea

The 1970s. Sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll. Five twenty somethings attempting to make their way in the world turn to a life of self-sufficiency and localised revolt against the system that they feel oppresses them... 

FunBags present Unusual Suspects

FunBags present Unusual Suspects

Fun Bags are four very funny women. As individuals they have acquired all kinds of comedy accolades and together they present an even stronger opportunity to be readily amused. The sketches are topical and, on the whole, interesting; we encounter a rapping Cheryl Cole, the pandas from Edinburgh Zoo (a less than intelligent sketch), upper class elderly rioters, mentally disturbed psychiatrists and demented children... 

Ford and Akram: Bamp!

Ford and Akram: Bamp!

Louise Ford and Yasmine Akram have a sense of warmth about them that means you can’t help but like them. This is very much one of the appeals of going to see their show. Their show begins with the impending death of Louise’s grandmother who, in her dying breath, gives Louise the chance to prove herself and become head of the family by popularising the word ‘bamp’... 

DeadBadgers Sketchy Bits

DeadBadgers Sketchy Bits

DeadBadger comprises of Jimbo Dryden and Mathew Lloyd who aim to entertain with a series of sketches, with mixed success. The opening didn’t set a good precedent for the rest of the show; taking over 10 minutes to welcome the audience and garner the necessary amount of applause before they deemed it appropriate to begin the sketches themselves... 

Billy Liar

Billy Liar

Billy Fisher is young and idealistic, constantly searching for something better for himself and dreaming of a job beyond his undertaker’s office. He manages to escape mostly by lying pathologically about anything and everything, hence the title of the piece... 

The Tempest

The Tempest

The Tempest is a play about magic and mystery - the soul and the nature of performance - believed by many to be Shakespeare’s last ever play, thus signalling his farewell to the theatre... 

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

On walking in to the theatre to see The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, I was handed a programme. An ordinary occurrence, you might say, but this programme is almost entirely covered on five sides by small print text... 

Double Edge's Almost Nothing to Do with Frogs

Double Edge's Almost Nothing to Do with Frogs

Double Edge’s Almost Nothing to Do with Frogs is a witty modern interpretation, and sometimes parody, of the Ancient Greek play The Frogs by Aristophanes. Employing the same framework of the journey to the underworld to revive great writers of the past, Double Edge successfully updates the humour to the 21st century... 

Tricity Vogue’s Ukulele Cabaret – Free

Tricity Vogue’s Ukulele Cabaret – Free

Tricity Vogue gets her kicks from having somebody strum her ukulele that sits on top of her head. Such an honour is bestowed upon the winner of the ‘Uke of Edinburgh’ award which is nightly awarded to the best of four participants at the Ukulele Cabaret, as voted for by members of the audience... 

Eurydice

Eurydice

The classic myth of Orpheus and Eurydice is given a modern twist in Sarah Ruhl’s adaptation, here performed by UCLU Runaground. The tale told is compelling and emotive given that the myth is so well known and the audience fights against the knowledge that this is a story that cannot end happily ever after... 

Swing A Midsummer Night's Dream

Swing A Midsummer Night's Dream

Courage Performers, a youth performing arts club from Wiltshire, presents a very strong rendition of the Shakespeare classic ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ with a Second World War twist... 

Fiddlesticks

Fiddlesticks

Brunton Theatre is far away. So far away that when you take the bus home again there is a sign that says ‘Welcome to Edinburgh’. Only a show that is truly special would warrant an hour bus journey (yes, I took the slow bus) to leave the city, fortunately Fiddlesticks is such a show... 

The Talented Mr. Ripley

The Talented Mr. Ripley

Everything about this production of The Talented Mr Ripley saw Oxford High School, as part of the American High School Theatre Festival, excels. It was nothing short of brilliant and the audience hung on the actors’ every word, despite the late night showing... 

A Servant to Two Masters

A Servant to Two Masters

General Silliness Productions transports their audience to Venice using the sixteenth-century Italian style of Commedia dell’arte. This form of theatre features exaggeratedly masked actors depicting such stock roles as the miserly merchant, the beautiful young girl, and the promiscuous maid... 

Barely Legal: The 18-Year-Old Democracy

Barely Legal: The 18-Year-Old Democracy

Dave Levinsohn and Loyiso Gola are billed as South Africa’s premier comedians, and Barely Legal does not disappoint as a platform to bring both these talented men together. Each performing sets independent of each other was an interesting choice, as it would have been nice to have seen some interaction between them... 

It's Grimm Up North

It's Grimm Up North

It’s Grimm Up North presents a Fringe first through the medium of animated comedy: simply playing just under an hour’s worth of television, what would amount to the first two episodes of a TV series... 

Chris Corcoran and Elis James - The Committee Meeting

Chris Corcoran and Elis James - The Committee Meeting

Chris Corcoran and Elis James aka Mr Chairman and Rex Jones, the Caretaker, invite you to join them (and the third mystery comedian who remains un-credited) at the committee meeting of a small club in a nondescript location in the rolling hills of Wales... 

My Damage is My Gift! - Free

My Damage is My Gift! - Free

Jonathan Prager’s performance is a mixture of spoken anecdotes and original songs with both lyrics and score written by himself and performed with accompaniment from Ben, his very talented pianist... 

Austentatious: An Improvised Jane Austen Novel

Austentatious: An Improvised Jane Austen Novel

The six players that make up the Milk Monitors attempt to bring to life those Jane Austen novels which history has forgotten. According to them, there are not only the six well known novels that have been pored over by young and old alike, but instead an infinite number of possibilities based entirely on audience suggestions... 

Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue

A wave of all-male a cappella groups has come to the forefront, appearing in all manner of reality shows including Britain’s Got Talent, which last year featured the Oxford group Out of the Blue... 

Andy and Mike's... Tick Tock Time Machine

Andy and Mike's... Tick Tock Time Machine

Andy Day, of Cbeebies fame, and Mike James deserve a standing ovation for their efforts to save parents from having to entertain their children on a rainy Sunday morning in Edinburgh...