Tom Brown's Schooldays

Tom Brown's Schooldays

Thomas Hughes’ novel of 1857 is as seminal as Dickens’ Nicholas Nickleby in exposing scholastic malpractice in the 19th century. 

The Sorcerer

The Sorcerer

St Andrews University’s Gilbert and Sullivan Society is in sparkling form with their presentation of this little known show. 

We Are, in Fact, the Problem

We Are, in Fact, the Problem

That most middle class of events, the dinner party, can be a night of stimulating conversation, wonderful company and dramatic revelation. 

Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night

Where would school theatre be without A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Twelfth Night? The latter is certainly a popular Shakespeare play for drama educators, with its saga of shipwr… 

A Night at the Musicals – Spotlights Show Choir

A Night at the Musicals – Spotlights Show Choir

Is Exeter University emerging as the new powerhouse in student musical groups on the Edinburgh Fringe? Let’s not complicate this - the answer is simply but emphatically Yes. 

The Pirates of Penzance

The Pirates of Penzance

Cat-Like Tread makes a welcome post-Covid return to the Fringe with this ever-popular jolly romp, a Gilbert and Sullivan classic and a dashed good night out. 

The Father

The Father

It isn’t easy representing old age on stage. 

Little Shop of Horrors

Little Shop of Horrors

Flower arranging becomes a life and death hobby in Little Shop of Horrors, a popular-on-the-circuit science fiction cult musical classic. 

MacBeth

MacBeth

Some say that when actor-managers were struggling for money, they used to turn in desperation to the one play that could always guarantee an audience. 

Here You Come Again

Here You Come Again

Creating an effective vehicle for performers, be it musical, play, comedy set or improv format, is arguably the most challenging task a creative artist can undertake. 

DNA

DNA

What a wonderful play is DNA. 

Stanislaus and James

Stanislaus and James

This is a little treasure, the sort of performance that is easy to overlook but which enriches those who root it out. 

Spirit of Ireland

Spirit of Ireland

Ireland has magnificent spirit, particularly when supported by the French. 

Bad Play

Bad Play

Okay, let’s start at the beginning. 

Afrique en Cirque

Afrique en Cirque

My friend greets me in the queue, waving her ticket in the air. 

Manifest Destiny's Child

Manifest Destiny's Child

I don’t think you can ever go wrong watching a Guy Masterson production in the Assembly Rooms. 

Murder, She Didn't Write

Murder, She Didn't Write

The Improv Fringe is alive and kicking this year, as witty and inventive as ever. 

Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue

Sitting at the front of the queue, an hour before the show started, I was stung by a bee. 

Bacon

Bacon

A good story is surely one that absolutely demands to be told. 

Brainstorm

Brainstorm

Recent studies in education suggest that the two best ways for students to boost their educational development (by eight months in each case) are immediate feedback from a teacher … 

Madagascar Jr

Madagascar Jr

Madagascar Jr is the stage musical version of the 2005 children’s movie, a charmingly simple story of friendship amongst lovable animals. 

The Lost Letters

The Lost Letters

Does it matter that snail mail letters are dying out in our fast moving world? We can now email instead, cutting down fewer trees, so what have we actually lost? Plenty, say Newbur… 

I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass

I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass

I never felt unwelcome at the Fringe until this performance. 

Simply Blue

Simply Blue

There is a real physicality in music. 

Manhood

Manhood

Let me tell you about Ryan. 

O, for a Muse of Fire: Henry IV 1, Henry IV 2 and Henry V

O, for a Muse of Fire: Henry IV 1, Henry IV 2 and Henry V

Shakespeare’s Henry IV and V - two great plays and one that’s a bit of a stinker. 

Gulliver

Gulliver

Oooh, tell me stories. 

Blodlina: The Viking Musical

Blodlina: The Viking Musical

Where do you start if your ultimate goal is a West End and Broadway musical? Revivals often start at Chichester and new concepts here at the Fringe. 

Re:ACTION: Inspired by the Album How We React and How We Recover by Jason Robert Brown

Re:ACTION: Inspired by the Album How We React and How We Recover by Jason Robert Brown

“Eagles! The eagles are coming” says Pippin Took in Lord of the Rings. 

The Land of Lost Content

The Land of Lost Content

The end of show speech to an audience. 

7 Seventeen-Year-Olds in a Screwed-Up World

7 Seventeen-Year-Olds in a Screwed-Up World

You can have too many carrots in one show.