The Charlatans

The Charlatans

Filling out HMV picture house with shimmering excitement, sometime chart-toppers The Charlatans entered to an ecstatic reception. They played their number one-selling and most highly-acclaimed album ‘Telling Stories’ in full, from track one to track twelve, celebrating its 15th anniversary... 

Songs, Stories and Downright Lies

Songs, Stories and Downright Lies

Dennis Alexander is a patriotic and wise Scot with great musical talent and a knack for telling stories. He plays songs that reflect his life and the rich culture of Scotland; he wore a kilt, a Scotland rugby shirt and as an introduction played the bagpipes... 

David Trent - Spontaneous Comedian

David Trent - Spontaneous Comedian

David Trent calls live comedy ‘the only true spontaneous art form’. Spontaneity may be something that gives stand-up its worth, but sometimes it kills the performance. Trent seems to have avoided this downfall by maintaining a tight atmosphere that exploits the potential of the unexpected... 

Enlightenment Titans - Their Biography, Legacy and Statuary

Enlightenment Titans - Their Biography, Legacy and Statuary

This lecture by Professor David Purdie and Alexander Stoddart discussed the legacy of David Hume, Adam Smith and Robert Burns. Their words were accompanied by projections of an impressive array of illustration and photography... 

Zelda

Zelda

Denis Paulette plays Zelda Fitzgerald, wife of Scott Fitzgerald. The play is set on March 10th 1948 at the Highland Hospital, Asheville, North Carolina in a psychiatrist’s office... 

A Grave Reunion

A Grave Reunion

A Grave Reunion is a dark ‘poetical’ play adapted from the radio play by Nick Card. It is set at a wake where four friends meet ten years after university. Controversially, the play begins with resentment toward the man whose wake the characters are attending as Barry, the deceased’s half-brother, repeatedly curses him... 

Band on the Run

Band on the Run

Frontman and songwriter Sandy Brechin played traditional accordion from his albums ‘Out of his Head’ and ‘Out of his Tree’, with backing from cajon, guitar, bass guitar, and whistle... 

Checkley and Bush's Comedy Riot!

Checkley and Bush's Comedy Riot!

Checkley and Bush’s comic riot is a mixture of over the top comedy sketches and songs. They first appeared on stage as their default stage characters, the cockney duo Checkley and Bush... 

Big Band Swing

Big Band Swing

26-song set divided into two parts in the tall St Cuthbert’s church (which included tea and biscuits at the interval) provided a nostalgic throwback to the 1920s, 30s and early 40s... 

The Wrigley Sisters

The Wrigley Sisters

Not knowing what to expect from The Wrigley Sisters was the best way to experience their show. They have an incredible accent, are twin sisters, Orkney Islanders and Orcadian speakers who tell stories and play music... 

The Boat Factory

The Boat Factory

The Boat Factory portrays Davy Gordon as a shy 16 year old joiner’s apprentice at the Harland and Wolff shipyard in West Belfast. Life in the shipyard is tough for young Davy, who has to try his hardest to make it in a tough career... 

Dana Alexander: Breaking Through

Dana Alexander: Breaking Through

Dana Alexander is the best known black female Canadian comedian but has moved to Tottenham in London. Her stand-up reflects her experience of living in both countries. Alexander spoke about Tottenham and her Jamaican roots with enthusiasm and drew upon stories of her family there as well as her life and family back in Canada... 

Dinner with Cole Porter

Dinner with Cole Porter

Dinner with Cole Porter was held at Valona & Crolla. It is a luxurious restaurant to indulge in a three course meal and it felt like the perfect way to enjoy jazz.Greeting dinner guests on arrival was a sharply-dressed jazz trio which oozed cool, demonstrating superb talent on their individual instruments... 

Nick Mohammed is Mr Swallow: 2012

Nick Mohammed is Mr Swallow: 2012

Nick Mohammed’s expert impressions have seen him take the role of Mr. Swallow, a lecturer whose ‘restricting theme’, as he calls it, is numbers. Immediately striking about Mr... 

Mae Day

Mae Day

Mae Martin entered the stage and began by standing with her right leg on a chair ‘for confidence.’ After assessing them, she calculated the fact that this was going to be a great audience... 

The Chilli Dogs - On a Roll

The Chilli Dogs - On a Roll

The Chilli Dogs are an Edinburgh-based nine-piece blues cover band whose usual stage is a small pub in their resident city. However, for the Fringe they said that they had been upgraded to the biggest stage they had ever played on... 

David Vernon and Dick Lee

David Vernon and Dick Lee

This accordion and clarinet duo based in Edinburgh gave a showcase of different music styles from around the world. The venue was intimate, with approximately 20 attendees, but the room upstairs at Valona & Crolla was small enough for it not to feel empty... 

Divine Words

Divine Words

Divine Words is an adaptation of Ramón del Valle-Inclán’s play of the same name, which was written in between 1918 and 1920. Like the original, this performance is set in the of peasant community of San Clemente in Galicia, northern Spain... 

The Snail and the Whale

The Snail and the Whale

The Snail and the Whale is an entertaining show about a woman reminiscing about her childhood and in particular her fond memories of her father’s bedtime stories. Her favourite story as a child was the journey of the snail and the whale who set off around the world together... 

Hennessy & Friends: A History of Violence

Hennessy & Friends: A History of Violence

Hennessy and Friends is a fast paced surreal comedy sketch show. The show features television comedy actors Miranda Hennessy, David Seymour and Steven Shapland under the direction of Natalie Bailey... 

Barry Castagnola in Where's Barry

Barry Castagnola in Where's Barry

Barry Castagnola’s new show revolves around the man himself running late for his performance in Edinburgh. He uses a projector on stage to show himself getting into all sorts of difficult situations on the way to his gig while the venue try to get him there quickly... 

John Peel's Shed by John Osborne

John Peel's Shed by John Osborne

John Peel’s Shed by novelist and storyteller John Osborne is an invitation to the heart and soul of a man whose life was transformed by radio. On stage he sat in his armchair or stood surrounded by his record player, a projector and a lamp... 

Benny Boot: Def-Con 4

Benny Boot: Def-Con 4

Australian comedian and natural born entertainer Benny Boot’s stand-up at a mostly full venue began with a sequence of one-liners, followed by a period of ‘witty banter’ and culminating with jokes that were accompanied by his expert arpeggio guitar picking... 

Jim Jefferies: Fully Functional

Jim Jefferies: Fully Functional

Jim Jefferies, the acerbic Australian comedian has returned to the U.K where he developed his comedy career. Currently living in L.A, where his success is snowballing, he is back in Britain for the Edinburgh Fringe... 

Night of the Big Wind

Night of the Big Wind

The Night of the Big Wind is an innovative puppetry performance inspired by the book of the same title, written by Peter Carr. It tells the story of coastal town Portavogie on the Bards peninsula in Northern Ireland and one young boy’s battle to survive in the freak storm that wiped out much of Ireland in 1839... 

Hinge Presents: Scooped

Hinge Presents: Scooped

Scooped is a re-working of Evelyn Waugh’s classic novel, Scoop; the adaptation was directed by Katie Lambert and written in collaboration with her cast. The play shows three journalists creating a story out of nothing, in true tabloid fashion... 

Garrett Millerick: Sensible Answers to Stupid Questions

Garrett Millerick: Sensible Answers to Stupid Questions

Experienced comedy writer and director Garrett Millerick’s show is the first year in Edinburgh Fringe as a stand-up playing himself. He has reached that point in his life where he justifiably has accumulated enough embarrassing experiences to tell funny anecdotes and make an audience laugh... 

Blueflint

Blueflint

Blueflint are an Edinburgh-based five-piece whose Americana music, alongside their popularity and professionalism, has prompted The Proclaimers to ask them to support them on tour later this year... 

An Hour Long Sinister Wink

An Hour Long Sinister Wink

The Creative Martyrs are an absurdist cabaret duo who dress in white face make-up, bowler hats and black suits.Their material presents an array of songs soaked in political satire. Their image and content reflect cabaret performers from the Weimar republic in 1920s - a time considered responsible for the highest production of intellectual art in the history... 

A Coach Load of Lesley

A Coach Load of Lesley

A Coach Load of Lesley is a situation comedy set aboard the notoriously slow Megabus journey from Carlisle from London. The audience are the passengers on the top deck of an improvised double decker bus and are in for a long journey... 

Project Adorno's Record Collection

Project Adorno's Record Collection

Project Adorno is a double act after the philosopher Theodor Adorno. This name reflects their intellectual curiosity and their love of art that forms the bulk of the topics in the songs that they perform... 

The Late Show

The Late Show

Compered by Brighton’s Dave Thompson in his mighty velvet suit, The Late Show gave Fringe goers an opportunity to shelter from the crowded bars and fast food stalls in order to enjoy three top comedians... 

Fat Joe's Chicken Shack

Fat Joe's Chicken Shack

Fat Joe’s Chicken Shack is a play about a football advertising company in London and its impact on the developing world. The play features four young creatives presenting their ideas on how best to use a footballer in an advertisement for football boots... 

The Rat Pack - Live

The Rat Pack - Live

The Rat Pack was a group of actors and musicians who performed on stage and in films in the early-1960s. The group was headed by ‘king of cool’ Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Junior and the legendary Frank Sinatra... 

Dylan Thomas: Return Journey - Bob Kingdom, Original Direction by Anthony Hopkins

Dylan Thomas: Return Journey - Bob Kingdom, Original Direction by Anthony Hopkins

Under original direction by Anthony Hopkins, Bob Kingdom portrays Welsh poet Dylan Thomas as he recites poetry and prose from his last tour. The tour before the tragic incident at The White Horse Tavern in 1953 where Thomas famously downed 18 whiskeys before returning to his hotel room to pass away at the age of 39...