Solpadeine Is My Boyfriend

Solpadeine Is My Boyfriend

Irish lass leaves home in Cork to seek better opportunities in Dublin. It could almost be an advert in the Irish Times. Degree in hand, said lass bids farewell to friends and family, but not to her accent, heritage nor black dog... 

The Trials and Tribulations of Mr Pickwick

The Trials and Tribulations of Mr Pickwick

Most people's knowledge of Dickens comes from lavish TV series and sumptuous films, where the language of his books is made more accessible through adaptation. This particular performance of Dickens' first novel does precisely that, with a one hour romp through what was originally a monthly serial based on people that Dickens actually knew... 

The Secret Agent

The Secret Agent

Roll up, roll up, the performance is about to begin! That's the sense conveyed at the start of Theatre O and the Young Vic's splendid adaptation of Joseph Conrad's the Secret Agent... 

Neurovision

Neurovision

Rarely do you come across a show that is so bad, it’s good. A description of Eurovision itself perhaps, but for now we’re just talking about Neurovision – ‘Eurovision for brain surgeons’... 

The Rakugo Show

The Rakugo Show

Someta Hayashiya is a Japanese comedian. Worried about his English, he tests it on the audience, throwing out words, phrases and simple jokes to see if we get it. Mostly, we do. Big applause... 

Caught!

Caught!

Dance, physical theatre, drama, film, spoken word and poetry are all to be found in this fast paced production from Hepzibah Theatre. The story is simple: a young woman sets off on a hedonistic adventure abroad, leaving behind a family she has fractured in the process... 

A Romance

A Romance

The performance is already underway as the audience enters, greeted by what must be one of the most beautiful sets at the Fringe. Six women sit in a spacious room furnished with bamboo mats, muslin, brass and wooden ornaments, and a plethora of ebulliently coloured fabrics draped over bamboo hangers... 

Blazing Grannies

Blazing Grannies

It’s not quite what it says on the tin, but there are enough biscuits in there to keep you going throughout this relatively short performance. The show isn’t actually anything to do with Blazing Gannies, which seems to be more a pseudonym of storyteller, F... 

33

33

Who can forget the Chilean miner’s crisis? Trapped underground for 69 painful days, before being winched to the surface in a NASA designed capsule. An amazing story – and an amazing performance... 

Climb a Willow to the Sea God's Palace

Climb a Willow to the Sea God's Palace

This is a story about brotherly love and filial duty, complete with puppets, paintings, prose and even some Korean mysticism thrown in. Shangol-e is the older, headstrong brother and Bital-e is his younger, accident prone sibling... 

Grimm Ever After

Grimm Ever After

The stories of the Brother's Grimm are world renowned and loved by generations. Children adore them for the goodies and baddies and the (sometimes) happy endings. Adults may be curious about the dark side and flick through their Bettelheim or Tatar for a Grimm analysis... 

Dirty Water

Dirty Water

'Close cleaning' might be a confusing term to those unfamiliar with the Glasgow vernacular. It refers to the cleaning of the common stairwell, or close, in tenement buildings. In the case of the Eager Beaver Cleaners, it does not refer to a penchant for detailed or scrupulous cleaning; work, of any description, takes second place to male bonding, drinking, talking dirty and simulating sex... 

No Direction

No Direction

The opening of this play may catch you unawares, so pay attention from the start! In fact, throughout this play, the audience are taken by surprise again and again, frequently duped into thinking one thing while watching another... 

The Waiting Room

The Waiting Room

Four people silently enter a room. Each has been invited here by someone unknown, for an as yet undetermined purpose. Is it the dentist? Is it immigration? Or is it something more sinister? Gradually, connections begin to emerge and links form, through conversations in the waiting room and a series of flashbacks to an ordinary home in a gated village in Africa... 

Head Over Heels

Head Over Heels

Everyone loves shoes. Women love shoes, men love shoes, children love shoes. Consequently, a show all about shoes is a masterpiece of an idea. The production itself, isn't quite a masterpiece, however it is a good high-school production from the students of Elmwood School, Ottawa, Canada... 

Higgs

Higgs

In the beginning, there was Jan van den Berg. Or, to be more accurate, Jan van den Berg, a scene from the Wicker Man, Papua New Guinea style, some cigars and a man called Higgs. Confusing? Not half as confusing as particle physics, but when you have a Dutchman, a theologian, a documentary filmmaker and a lay physicist explaining it to you, somehow the mists clear... 

One Giant Leap

One Giant Leap

There, in the midst of the darkness, sits the earth, glowing eerily, surrounded by silence. Slowly, the light rises and we meet our storyteller - he's that embarrassing 50-something Dad who still wears a hoodie and makes us do our homework... 

Newton

Newton

Sir Isaac Newton, most famous for THAT apple, least famous for his invention of the cat flap. Either story may or may not be true. Newton, the Jekyll and Hyde of physics; a man of genius, who drank manure to cure flatulence... 

The Adventure

The Adventure

Small people at the front and big people at the back, the show is about to begin. Curiously, it starts with a scary, grumpy and downright nasty clown, who drones on for several minutes about Noah and his Ark... 

Family Tree

Family Tree

There's a cacophony of noise and vision: music belts out, a woman is talking, a curious Pan-like creature reads, there are screens and shadows and it all feels very up close and personal... 

Bad Boy Eddie

Bad Boy Eddie

The strains of, ‘Ali Bali, Ali Bali Bee’, belt out from the PA as the cast tap their feet along with the rhythm. It looks like someone's backyard, but clearly it is not Helsinki... 

Shattered!

Shattered!

Seven figures in blue hospital gowns are crouched on stage. A metronome plays in the background. Slowly and in unison, they look up, as each struggles to get a sense of their body and their surroundings... 

Missing

Missing

Behind every missing person, there is a story. Indeed, there are multiple stories, told by different observers, all of whom have been touched by the unexpected departure of someone they knew... 

Beyond Therapy

Beyond Therapy

What happens beyond the therapy room, when patients venture off the couch and out into the world? A question posed and answered by the Birmingham Medics’ Performing Arts Society. Your life in their hands... 

Hansel and Gretel

Hansel and Gretel

‘Hunger is the worst feeling in the world’, says the magical storyteller. He is joined on stage with the rest of the cast, to set the scene through a combination of movement and rhyme... 

Albert Einstein: Relativitively Speaking

Albert Einstein: Relativitively Speaking

Princeton New Jersey, 1933. The inaugural lecture of the eponymous Dr Albert Einstein; German-Swiss-American Jewish, physicist, Nobel prize winning, pacifist, father of the A bomb. Dr Einstein welcomes the audience to the theatre himself, immediately putting (most of) his ‘students’ at ease, before romping through a synopsis of his life and world changing works...