This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Gilded Balloon’s annual comedy competition, So You Think You’re Funny.
In The Divide Pt 2, Alan Ayckbourn answers my primary issues with Pt 1: the lack of a driving narrative force, and an associated lack of meaningful emotional resonance.
There are lights in the sky.
Man, I love theatres.
Doctor Faustus is a new musical based on the Christopher Marlowe play/ancient story archetype.
For a play about personified jizz, War of the Sperms is surprisingly unsexy.
In Shit, I’m in Love with you Again, Canadian comic Rachelle Elie relates her life story through the mediums of story, stand-up and song.
As her lead character, Helen Fox explains that one out of every two people in the UK born after 1960 will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.
To Hell in a Handbag shares a most important quality with its inspiration: the infectious nature of the prose.
Tiff Stevenson starts out with the ‘menstrual stuff’, and immediately challenges a male punter’s appreciation thereof.
War is Simon Stephens’ experimental foray into
contemporary movement and dance.
Shit-faced Shakespeare is the Fringe favourite combination of high theatre and falling-down drunkenness.
The division in our post-Brexit, post-truth
Britain stems from the difference between people who can accept dramatic
change, and those who cannot.
90 minutes later, I had to question what Orbits, playing at the Drayton Arms
until 11 March, was and what it ought to be.
The Water Poet was easy to spot on Saturday
Sorrows of Satan is like an Oscar Wilde Doctor Faustus by way of meta-theatrical
musical [Title of Show].
To damn with future praise: Necessity, written and directed by Paul
Macauley, has a great deal of potential.
at a Distant Star is a melancholy reminiscence on
missing people, told by those left behind.
is a play about the issue of breast cancer – an
This is not the Birth of a Nation that revolutionised filmmaking by mythologising
the Ku Klux Klan over the most gruelling three hours every film student will …
Handbagged has more in common with the work of Bertolt Brecht than it does The Audience.
Stand-up comedy can be a very demanding form of performance.
The programme for Collateral Damage states that, while the play was written in 1999 in response to contemporary issues, it “has many resonances for us today”.
Ah, the classic buddy comedy: overdone by definition and yet extremely resilient.
Hunchback is an English language adaptation of the French novel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, with a stark contrast between strong and weak elements.
Even plays were buried by the bombs of World War I.
“Reason is, and ought only to be, the slave of the passions.
If you want to see a show that constructs John Knox as a talking point for oversimplified political views, may I suggest Mary Queen of Scots got her Head Chopped Off? It’s not on…
Next on the list of unusual inspirations: Casting Call Woe is a Fringe show based on a blog.
Spoonface Steinberg, written by Lee Hall, premiered as a radio play which was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1997.
A long time ago, I learned that cute animals are a direct conduit to a human heart.
It’s always disappointing to see an interesting concept marred by poor execution.
There’s an unspoken rule on the tube: never try to start a conversation.
Oddly enough, Grannies with Guns is kind of an anti-Matilda.
To make The Auld Alliance, start with a nice big helping of Jane Austen.
The Cambridge University Amateur Dramatic Club’s adaptation of the restoration era comedy The Country Wife moves the action to modern American suburbia, but keeps the period’s …
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is one of the most well known stories in the English canon.
Between Episode IV and V of Charles Ross’s One Man Star Wars Trilogy, the writer/performer spent some time polling the audience.
The Madwoman in the Attic is a famous piece of feminist literary criticism that dissects the feminine ideal and its opposite, as exemplified by the relationship between Jane Eyre�…
Written in the 90s, Jerry Finnegan’s Sister presents the iconic ‘girl next door’ story without being self-conscious and with a great deal of laughter.
If you’ve been living a safe, healthy lifestyle under a rock, then you might not know that the NHS has been doing less than fantastic as of late.
Was it animal cruelty to bring 6 chickens to a rowdy nightclub, and is that the wrong question? The Chicken Trial is a “documentary fantasy” recounting the trial of Makode Lind…
‘Internet celebrity’ used to sound contradictory.
Academy of Risk explores the tremendous pressure placed on students through their own eyes.
The Romanovs is not about royalty.
Buckle Up is a trip on board the world’s worst airline, as technical difficulties, drunken pilots and a terrorist plot threaten to cause major delays.
“O God, that I were a man,” Beatrice laments in Much Ado About Nothing’s fourth act.
Your Fringe guide might describe Double Bill differently than it actually is.
Ursula K Le Guin, noted author of A Wizard of Earthsea, is visited by an alien adopting her form.
I shouldn’t have liked Austensibility.
Scotland has a bit of a communist history.
Edith Nesbit, author of scary stories for children, jumps from the page to the stage in Edith in the Dark, a story fitting of her preferred genre.
The legal stage is not unlike the theatrical one.
Around the World in 80 Days is one of Jules Verne’s famous adventure novels.
When the sun is shining on a windowed room, it can be hard to tell if the lights are on inside.
Stand-up comedy and theatre rarely interact in meaningful ways.
Big Shot is subtitled, “This is not The Godfather”.
What I remember most strongly from Richard Parker, a 2011 dark comedy from playwright Owen Thomas, was the heat.
Playwright Jez Butterworth is best known for his Royal Court/West End triumph, Jerusalem, a quasi-supernatural piece swamped in mystery - for his latest play, The River, Butterwort…
Phantasmagoria is Hookhitch theatre’s adaptation of the Lewis Carroll poem.
Those headlines are everywhere these days: “You won’t believe what happens next,” “#8 will blow your mind,” “This video is everything”.
Go see BLAM! With your eyes.
The second Bobby of EdFringe 2017 has been scooped by Middle Child for All We Ever Wanted Was Everything.
When Matthew Shepard was brutally tied to a fence, beaten, and abandoned outside Laramie, Wyoming, members of Tectonic Theatre Group came to ask questions.
‘There are very few things that are universal.
Kae Kurd isn’t intimidated by the prospect of debuting his first hour-long stand-up show, Kurd Your Enthusiasm, in a full run at the Edinburgh Fringe.
By any account, Dominic Holland has had a successful career.
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