The Archive of Educated Hearts

The Archive of Educated Hearts

"People are amazing, aren’t they?" So asks a lone voice in the darkness. It is, of course a rhetorical question: The Archive of Educated Hearts is a tiny gem, far away from the hysterical melee of the Fringe... 

The Pin: Backstage

The Pin: Backstage

The Pin return to the Edinburgh Fringe with an Alan Ayckbourn type conceit: as suggested by this year’s title Backstage, the bulk of the show has performers Alex Owen and Ben Ashenden apparently biding their time as the warm-up act behind the red curtain while long-established big name performers Phillip and Robin (also Owen and Ashenden) get the actual stage time and plaudits... 

The Lampoons: House on Haunted Hill

The Lampoons: House on Haunted Hill

A late night slot at the Pleasance Dome perfectly suits the latest offering from The Lampoons, a raucous, defiantly silly parody of the creaky well-loved William Castle classic, delivered with just the right level of absolutely no respect whatsoever... 

Foil, Arms and Hog – Craicling

Foil, Arms and Hog – Craicling

The line of excited punters outside Nicholson Hall is long. I mean, ridiculously long. Every new person joining the end of the line is surprised and cautious; ‘Is this really the line for Foil Arms and Hog?’ It seems that, because much of the audience here tonight will have discovered the Irish comedy trio via their phenomenally successful YouTube videos (each ending in a rendition of ‘Doomdah!’), it’s all too easy to trick oneself into thinking that FAH are one’s own little secret: no-one truly comprehends what the ‘Over A Million Hits On YouTube’ really means... 

Janeane Garofalo: Put a Pin in That

Janeane Garofalo: Put a Pin in That

‘I’m not mad,’ Janeane Garofalo is keen to point out. ‘I just speak in a strident tone.’ In this loosely formed hour, the actress, writer and activist (she tells us that she’s not that skilled at telling jokes) bounces from subject to subject, being distracted by a shiny new topic before having fully deconstructed the one at hand... 

Hymns for Robots

Hymns for Robots

As you arrive in the space, the audience is serenaded by a cacophony of sounds which are not precisely music (this is a theme that will become repeated throughout the hour), and once the show begins, the sounds simply stop, as a lone, somewhat bookish-looking individual arrives, and quite literally sets the tone... 

Wife

Wife

There’s a great variety of women in Wife – taking as a cue Carol Anne Duffy’s The World’s Wife – from ‘Mrs Quasimodo’ to Michelle Obama, whose farewell speech is predated by Duffy’s original poem, but nonetheless makes an appearance here... 

Data Night

Data Night

Data Night is a fun, frothy feminist fable mixing clever and silly in the same test tube. Olga Koch and Catherine Brinkworth come together as creator and creation in a modern take on Frankenstein... 

Ingrid Oliver: Speech!

Ingrid Oliver: Speech!

Ingrid Oliver delivers an hour of speeches in Speech! From a TED talk to the ramblings of a right-wing shock-jock, and all manner of voices in between, the connecting thread between all of the scenes is public speaking – the voices we hear, whether we want to or not... 

Christina Rossetti's Goblin Market

Christina Rossetti's Goblin Market

Adapted and performed by Jennifer Jewell, Goblin Market is a solo performance, with Jewell taking on the roles of two young sisters and the goblins they encounter. It’s a sharp, solid hour of the poem simply told, with no bells and whistles... 

Trygve vs a Baby

Trygve vs a Baby

Phineas Wakenshaw is a consummately confident performer, effortlessly charming packed out audiences with a sweet smile and immense stage presence. Even more impressive, this is his very first Fringe appearance... 

We Are Not a Muse

We Are Not a Muse

The image of the tortured brooding man, bewitched, bothered and bewildered by some winsome and naïve woman, is long burnt into of literature. Emily Bronte’s Heathcliff has a lot to answer for... 

Catriona Knox: Adorable Deplorable

Catriona Knox: Adorable Deplorable

Behind every great man stands a great woman. And behind some not-so-great men, lurk some absolutely terrible – but curiously admirable - women. This is essentially the hook for Knox’ hour of character comedy, as she introduces us to the not-quite-as-famous partners of politicians and world leaders... 

You, Me and Everything Else

You, Me and Everything Else

Those of a certain age will remember the heart bruising joy of creating a mix tape for a loved one. They may have agonised over getting the sounds just right, keen to represent the very best of themselves... 

The Truman Capote Talk Show

The Truman Capote Talk Show

Truman Capote regards us with a look that cannot be readily deciphered. Perhaps it’s regret; maybe it’s curiosity. More likely it’s pity. “You have something I never had,” he informs us gently... 

Puppet Fiction

Puppet Fiction

In order to snare the attention of an average jaded and time-poor festival-goer, you’re going to need a pitch that can stop them in their tracks on the Royal Mile and accept the flyer that you’re thrusting into their hands... 

Richard Carpenter's Close to You

Richard Carpenter's Close to You

Richard Carpenter is, for those that remember him at all, a somewhat complicated character. The most positive thing said about him is usually ‘brother of…’, not helped by his uneasy and tense relationship with the media, coupled with the undeniable talent of his more famous sibling... 

Dot. Dot. Dot.

Dot. Dot. Dot.

“Shall I tell you a story?” a girl asks. She doesn’t receive an answer. “You’ll like it”. Her audience remains convinced. She remains undeterred. “I’ll tell you anyway... 

1 Woman, A Dwarf Planet and 2 Cox: Samantha Baines

1 Woman, A Dwarf Planet and 2 Cox: Samantha Baines

This is a pleasant, goofy and geeky hour which largely talks about a three point plan to get one woman closer to a Cox. And yes, the Cox in question is Brain – and so it’s appropriate that it’s his song, via D:Ream, that greets the audience as they arrive... 

The Peter Pan Syndrome

The Peter Pan Syndrome

Are we ending our indulgence of ‘man-babies’? If Adam Sandler films were the tipping point and presidents with Twitter tantrums were the moment when it stopped being funny, there’s a sense that men should finally grow up... 

Patti Plinko: Dreadful Little Girl

Patti Plinko: Dreadful Little Girl

Patti Plinko glances around the stage in search of the next musical instrument. “We were told,” she acknowledges almost shyly to the audience, “that whenever we’re looking for anything, we should head there with purpose... 

LAID

LAID

A woman lays an egg a day and faces a tumultuous decision: will she raise her egg, or eat it? In this hysterical (in every sense of that word) show, Natalie Palamides takes a relatively simple (if decidedly offbeat) concept and relentlessly whisks it into a story where you’re left battered, shattered, and shell-shocked...