Moonlight Serenade Octet Singing and Swinging

Moonlight Serenade Octet Singing and Swinging

The songs of Glen Miller and Frank Sinatra are brought back to life by the brilliant big band Moonlight Serenade. Led by trumpeter Kevin Cunnigham, the band are well-rehearsed and professional, blasting through all the best-known swing tunes of the 20th century... 

Magpie and Stump in Lolitary Confinement

Magpie and Stump in Lolitary Confinement

The comedy club of Trinity College Cambridge consists of a stuffed bird (Magpie) and a handful of aspiring stand-up comedians. Compère, Charlie Palmer (Stump), warms up the audience in his delightfully goofy manner, producing some chuckle-worthy puns and keeping the atmosphere friendly... 

Piaf - the Songs

Piaf - the Songs

French singer, Eve Loiseau, presents the life and music of Edith Piaf in this show. The somewhat sterile setting is given homely effects; roses on the floor, a glass of wine on the table, an old fashioned microphone... 

Rachel Stubbings Is Stubbing Out Problems

Rachel Stubbings Is Stubbing Out Problems

Original and intelligent, Rachel Stubbings presents her live agony-aunt show. The audience can submit their own problems to be solved, but most of the set actually revolves around Stubbings - the world's most useless agony aunt... 

Cirque du Charlie Chuck

Cirque du Charlie Chuck

There is something vaguely terrifying about Charlie Chuck, real name David Kear. With big hair and a funny suit, the act is remarkably similar to a clown act, if the clown was having a mental episode or a bad acid trip... 

How the World Wags

How the World Wags

Croydon's amateur dramatics club brings to the Fringe a perfectly nice but mediocre sketch show. It starts well, professional and well rehearsed, the small cast fluidly changing characters... 

Sean Hughes Stands Up

Sean Hughes Stands Up

There's nothing like brutal honesty to kill a festival mood and the atmosphere thickened with Sean Hughes' dark cynicism. The audience laughed, but in a somewhat depressed way. Hughes' routine is based largely on the quirks and pitfalls of middle-age... 

Kev Orkian in Concert - The World's Favourite Foreigner

Kev Orkian in Concert - The World's Favourite Foreigner

Kev Orkian of Britain's Got Talent! fame has toured the world and performed for royalty. Don't let this put you off. Orkian is a highly skilled showman, presenting an entertaining hour of music and comedy... 

Absolute Improv!

Absolute Improv!

Comedy troupe To Be Continued... present a hilarious hour of spontaneous shenanigans. Paul, Sam and Harry are a good team, each with their own particular quirkiness.A quick glance at their website shows that they have a whole array of games to choose from, so it's safe to assume that each show they do is going to be very different... 

Once in a House on Fire

Once in a House on Fire

From Manchester's Monkeywood Theatre comes a drama set in 1970s-80s Manchester. The play follows two sisters, Laurie and Andrea, through childhood and adolescence as they cope with domestic abuse... 

Big Sean, Mikey and Me

Big Sean, Mikey and Me

Packed into a crowded, stuffy room in the turrets of Teviot, Ruaraidh Murray gives a schizophrenic performance in a production that's somewhere between a play and stand-up comedy. Big Sean, Mikey and Me is the story of an average Edinburgh lad (Ruaraidh himself), from his first day at school up until the present... 

Out of Abingdon

Out of Abingdon

Smooth and soulful jazz from this talented duo slowly hypnotises the audience into silence. Tina Fullerton plays the double bass and provides seductively silky vocals with the animated Warwick Hargreaves on guitar... 

Presidential Suite: a Modern Fairy Tale

Presidential Suite: a Modern Fairy Tale

Based on the Strauss-Kahn case in New York 2011, a small and talented cast enact the possible events that might have followed after the initial alleged assault and before the start of the court proceedings... 

Karma Comedian - Stella Graham - Free

Karma Comedian - Stella Graham - Free

Stella Graham's routine is fun and original: she recounts amusing anecdotes of good and bad things she has done and the audience have to decide if she should go to heaven or hell. Hence the 'karma' in the title... 

Eric  Davidson - The Only Way is Eric's

Eric Davidson - The Only Way is Eric's

Eric Davidson is like a showman from a bygone era, blinking behind his thick-rimmed glasses like a cynical Ronnie Corbett. He began with a shaky start, nervously mumbling a satirical song about Alex Salmond... 

Luke Benson - Backseat Hero

Luke Benson - Backseat Hero

Hilarious and original, Luke Benson presents a highly polished routine complete with sound effects and little dances. A Geordie comedian of the first order, he is also extremely funny... 

Michael Mittermeier: A German on Safari

Michael Mittermeier: A German on Safari

German comedian Michael Mittermeier makes his début at the Fringe with a sell-out show, packed into an unfairly tiny venue.The set is based around cultural commentary; Mittermeier shares his observations of people in their natural habitats, hence the 'safari' in the title... 

My Elevator Days

My Elevator Days

The phrase 'Finnish one-man play' may not sound gripping, but ten seconds into the performance the audience is utterly absorbed in this moving and honest drama.Written and directed by Bengt Ahlfors, a leading Scandinavian playwright, the play was brought to Edinburgh as part of the 'From Start to Finnish' initiative, a project to develop an international exchange of theatre productions... 

Light Relief

Light Relief

Geoff Cotton presents and stars in a two-person sketch show involving comedy songs and impressions. He is obviously a versatile actor, able to do a variety of accents and speak fluent French and he shifts persona every few minutes... 

John Hunt Four O'Clock Afternoon Blues and Swing

John Hunt Four O'Clock Afternoon Blues and Swing

In the bowels of The Jazz Bar, John Hunt perches on his stool clutching a guitar, his ageless face cast in red shadows. Sporting a white trilby and jeans, he swigs casually from his beer bottle, keeping up his friendly patter while the audience find their seats... 

The Shambles

The Shambles

Improv shows are very difficult to do well, so kudos to York's improv group The Shambles for making a gutsy attempt. However, this is a show best enjoyed with expectations at the lower end of the spectrum... 

Give Me a Tune

Give Me a Tune

Along a cobbled alley, in a candlelit attic, it's easy to forget the thronging crowds in the centre of Edinburgh just outside. Here, Chris Clark takes the audience through the jazz and blues highlights of the 20th century... 

Ali McGregor's Alchemy

Ali McGregor's Alchemy

Fans of the film 'Cabaret' and 80's cheese will enjoy this show: a jazz and blues mash-up of 80's and 90's hits. Ali McGregor and her trio of musicians create a charming mix of cabaret, jazz and trashy pop music...