Sh!t Theatre Present: Sh!t Theatre's JSA (Job Seekers Anonymous)

Sh!t Theatre Present: Sh!t Theatre's JSA (Job Seekers Anonymous)

While not the slickest show this side of the Royal Mile, Sh!it Theatre’s Job Seekers Anonymous was definitely something extraordinary. Though advertised under cabaret, the show is essentially two young women explaining the flaws in the current employment market and the injustices in the benefit system... 

Gareth Morinan Explains Why David Cameron Should Be Fired for Crimes Against Short People (Among Other Things)

Gareth Morinan Explains Why David Cameron Should Be Fired for Crimes Against Short People (Among Other Things)

It is very hard to know how to describe Gareth Morinan’s show. It’s filed under comedy in the Fringe Guide and was indeed very funny in parts. However, the comedian (actor? speaker?) spends a large part of the performance telling us not to laugh and encouraging us to leave via the door shaped object at the back... 

GirlBand Improv - Free

GirlBand Improv - Free

The GirlBand Improv was an entirely enjoyable experience but not quite what I expected. Hearing the name, and having already been exposed to things like Showstoppers, one might expect this to be a comedy show with improvised girl band music... 

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh! It's the Monster Stand-Up Show - Free

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh! It's the Monster Stand-Up Show - Free

The problems started right from the word go. The host, Frankie Peoples, opened by making jokes about how last minute this gig was for him and how he was already drunk. Despite at first thinking this was just part of his act, it turned out he actually was plastered... 

Red Hot Chilli Pipers

Red Hot Chilli Pipers

From the tremblingly loud intro to the wild medley of an ending, the Red Hot Chilli Pipers were magnificent. The music was blaring but tight as anything, with not a duff note in sight... 

Wet Paint: A Magic Variety Show - Free

Wet Paint: A Magic Variety Show - Free

‘I thought it was a magic show...’ whispers the wee kid in the row in front, looking anxiously at the three-piece jazz group playing chirpily on stage. Well, Wet Paint is more than just a magic show: it combines funky jazz music, eccentric banter and beautiful storytelling to take the audience back to a place most of us have not visited since we were six or seven... 

Dear Dan Brown...

Dear Dan Brown...

Alongside an impressive collection of literature-referencing music, Robert Finn guides us through his attempt to follow Dan Brown down the literary garden path. The former trucker struggles with all the pitfalls of writing a novel, from tackling writers block, choosing pseudonyms, approaching snooty publishers and dealing with rejection... 

Battle at Little Creek

Battle at Little Creek

Three soldiers are hit by a mighty explosion. One man stands up and is confronted by two angels ready to lead him to heaven. Unfortunately they have shown up fifteen minutes early and so follows a long hour and a half of wandering the memories of the dying Will Brooks... 

Leaves on the Line

Leaves on the Line

Ali Shahrukhi ‘s show Leaves on the Line is pretty much a very long series of one-liners. Almost every sentence had a punch line, whether it was about Bono house-sitting the entirety of Dublin or about the coalition having cabinet meetings in Shahrukhi’s fridge... 

Chris Kent - Plugged In

Chris Kent - Plugged In

Chris Kent managed to fill most of the room in the Turret of the Gilded Balloon, but there are many others comedians far more deserving of these bums on seats. Though Kent had some interesting and topical humour up his sleeve, he overall fails to deliver... 

Dan Mitchell - Free Egg

Dan Mitchell - Free Egg

As the Phantom of the Opera music played a cloaked figure appeared, sang along for a few bars before ripping off the cloak to reveal he had a Henry Hoover for a head. Then he took it off and we were offered Dan Mitchell, a slightly madcap, softly spoken Welshman... 

Rhinoceros

Rhinoceros

Ionesco’s Rhinoceros depicts a sleepy French town where the inhabitants are slowly overcome by a strange phenomenon turning them into rampaging rhinos. While this initially sounds like some bad zombie film, the play was written as an allegory for the rise of Nazism and when handled correctly is genuinely disturbing... 

Andrew O'Neill is Easily Distracted

Andrew O'Neill is Easily Distracted

Warnings about what not to do in the presence of Andrew O’Neill put you in mind of safety signs around zoos, which is apt given that his stand-up set is pretty wild and erratic. Attending the show without seeing any publicity I did get something of a surprise when a man in a skirt and gothic jewellery with a better hairstyle than me walked onto the stage... 

Who's Dorian Gray?

Who's Dorian Gray?

A man who is scared of women, a man in a long-term relationship, and a man who has seven women in one week - in Who’s Dorian Gray, we are introduced to all these characters. The three clashing personalities are used to delve into the types of intimacy of many different relationships as the play questions whether being in a steady relationship actually makes people happy, or whether it is just a convenient front we use when we would secretly rather live the lothario dream... 

Bat Boy

Bat Boy

Durham University Light Opera Group’s (DULOG) show is an unexpectedly touching coming of age story juxtaposed with moments of raucous insanity. The musical tells the tall-tale of a boy born with bat features deep in America’s Bible Belt and his struggles for acceptance... 

Festival of the Spoken Nerd

Festival of the Spoken Nerd

‘Everything is easier to explain if you use lots of fire.’ When you hear those words you know you are going to be in for a treat. Or scorched eyebrows, which is probably why the Festival of the Spoken Nerd is only on a short run (1-7th August)...