Going For Gold

Going For Gold

Going for Gold is the second play focusing on the London 2012 Olympics that I have seen at the Fringe and definitely the most pessimistic. Following the lives of three athletes, Going for Gold highlights the sacrifices that obviously have to be made to become the best in your field... 

Edward Aczel - Lives in a Meaningless Shed

Edward Aczel - Lives in a Meaningless Shed

Edward Aczel is the master of anti-comedy. Self-proclaimed as ‘flaky, awkward and unprepared’ he makes us laugh before his set has even started as props fall off the stage and he clambers to keep everything together... 

Whispering in the Dark

Whispering in the Dark

Whispers in the Dark is a harrowing play. Developed by Kassio Hill and actors Caitlin Teeley and Kat Ortiz, it is based on a real murder committed by Pauline Parker and Juliet Hulme when they were young girls... 

Goose

Goose

Goose is a heartwarming family friendly play about a 13 year old boy who is alone on his birthday. Seemingly normal at first, Dallin is incredibly intelligent and obsessed with space... 

Orkestra Del Sol

Orkestra Del Sol

Orkestra del Sol are a nine piece brass band with a difference. The most energetic performance, and possibly the most mad, that I have seen at the fringe, they will leave you exhausted from all the dancing, theatre and amazing musical talent which they pack out Queen’s Hall with... 

Africa Entsha

Africa Entsha

Having achieved global success and performed at a World Cup opening ceremony, the a cappella five piece Africa Entsha make their seventh appearance at St. John’s church in front of an audience with high expectations... 

Petite Messe Solennelle

Petite Messe Solennelle

The students of Irene Drummond are taking on a huge challenge by performing Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle and they pull it off with some real vigour. Far from little, Rossini’s composition, which he wrote ahead of his own memorial, has a running time of over an hour... 

Jewellery of the World

Jewellery of the World

Jewellery of the World is far more than its name would suggest. Beautiful jewellery from Ethiopia, India and Poland is of course a major feature, but so is traditional clothing, furniture, masks and religious artwork, to name but a fraction of what is on offer... 

Big Value Comedy Show - Early

Big Value Comedy Show - Early

The first truly laugh-out-loud-funny show I have seen at The Fringe, The Big Value Comedy Show is definitely worth the ticket price. Hilarious performances from Dane Baptiste, Darren Walsh and Scott Bennett are introduced by compere Pete Otway, who warms the audience up brilliantly and creates a great atmosphere before the first act has come on stage... 

Gerry Howell: Seriousnessmus

Gerry Howell: Seriousnessmus

Dressed in a black velvet blazer and surrounded by wacky props and huge speakers, Gerry Howell begins Seriousnessmus in silence, gesturing to members of the audience to help him turn some music on... 

Alpha and Omega

Alpha and Omega

Angela Lemaire’s exhibition of prints and beautiful books, Alpha and Omega, is tucked away in McNaughton’s bookshop. Here, in one room, an almost baffling amount of her work is being exhibited... 

These Halcyon Days

These Halcyon Days

Set in a nursing home in Ireland, Dierdre Khan’s These Halcyon Days is a heart-warming play which explores both the woes and joys of old age. Leading actors Anita Reeves and Stephen Brennan play Sean and Patricia, an unlikely duo who form a loving companionship, but one which is not devoid of odd hiccups, fallouts and ever-entertaining frustration... 

The Summit

The Summit

Scratchwork Collective’s The Summit is far from your average play. Through physical theatre, The Summit boldly attempts to portray every aspect of the contemporary Olympic athlete’s life... 

Nik Coppin - Mixed Racist (Free Festival)

Nik Coppin - Mixed Racist (Free Festival)

Addressing race related issues for an hour can potentially be very uncomfortable. Luckily, Nik Coppin is friendly enough to put his audience at ease immediately, even after insulting the birthplaces of most of them: ‘Slough? Oh shit, that’s rough’... 

Ant Dewson: Now That’s What I Call Musical Comedy - Free

Ant Dewson: Now That’s What I Call Musical Comedy - Free

At the beginning of his show Ant Dewson delivers a short warning to those who don’t appreciate overtly crude humour: leave now. He’s right, but inappropriate jokes – covering necrophilia, cancer, and incest – are not the only element of this show which can be considered offensive... 

Super Organic Me - Free

Super Organic Me - Free

Tomie James has travelled from Ireland to make a good point: we’re putting an awful lot of rubbish into our bodies. Unlike a large proportion of the audience, I’m not a super enthusiastic vegetarian or vegan, but, initially at least, it’s still interesting to hear about James’ decision to go organic... 

Joseph Morpurgo - Truthmouth

Joseph Morpurgo - Truthmouth

Joseph Morpurgo teams up with theatre company Truthmouth in a crazy but brilliant character comedy, presented alongside a wacky slideshow. Declaring his passion for acting – or, as he proudly projects, ‘lying from the diaphragm’ - Morpurgo plays a range of comic characters with excellent wit, and leaves his audience in stitches... 

Gabriel Orozco

Gabriel Orozco

Thinking in Circles is a celebration of Gabriel Orozco’s internationally acclaimed work and this exhibition, expertly curated by Briony Fer, is a great credit to Orozco’s highly influential art...