Elf Lyons: Swan

Elf Lyons: Swan

After 2016’s slightly disappointing Pelican, Elf Lyons returns to the Fringe this year with a comic masterpiece that elucidates her status as a master of the alternative form. Based on Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, her retelling involves shambolic props and costumes, audience participation, left-wing ideologies and a purposefully dodgy French/English hybrid accent/language which logically should have been grating but instead added to the charm, especially in the few instances when she briefly broke character to deliver the odd cheeky line... 

Eleanor Morton: Angry Young Woman

Eleanor Morton: Angry Young Woman

Eleanor Morton’s show takes a smart, but self-deprecating look at feminism and the comedian’s own place in it, but feels full of more potential than she delivers.Morton warms the crowd up with a few short, clever jokes at the beginning, talks a bit about her awkwardness when confronted with the sexism of strangers, before heading into an improvised rap about a suggested historical period which was just shy of being funny or impressive enough to warrant a place in the show... 

Alternative Comedy Memorial Society (ACMS)

Alternative Comedy Memorial Society (ACMS)

A keen observer may initially notice that Thom Tuck and John Luke Roberts, who host ACMS together, aren’t exactly a traditional double act. However if anything their bizarre on-stage chemistry creates the perfect platform from which to launch the cult night of experimental fringe comedy... 

Rose Matafeo: Sassy Best Friend

Rose Matafeo: Sassy Best Friend

Despite failing to romantically woo Matthew in the front row, who resolutely resisted her bookish clumsiness and snazzy jacket, Rose Matafeo delivers a tour-de-force performance in her second hour at the Fringe...