The Last Five Years

The Last Five Years

Jason Robert Brown's The Last 5 Years is one of those musicals whose fanbase has crept up despite seldom being treated to professional productions, but it deserves every fan it can get... 

Four Screws Loose Present 'Latecomers-Will-Be-Shot'

Four Screws Loose Present 'Latecomers-Will-Be-Shot'

Four Screws Loose blow preconceptions of the Free Fringe wide apart with their dazzling debut show, Latecomers Will Be Shot. (Although, to be honest, I don't think latecomers would have stood a chance getting in: the huge performance space was full to the rafters... 

Love of a Clown

Love of a Clown

The setting is Paris, 1900. A white-faced clown recalls his experiences of life and love, the places he visited, the people he met and the choices he made. I knew this much before I entered the production... 

Mould & Arrowsmith in 3D

Mould & Arrowsmith in 3D

Mould and Arrowsmith have been creeping further onto the comedy radar in recent years, and this show contains everything that we have come to expect from this fantastic duo: an abundance of self-proclaimed ‘geeky jokes’, numerous science fiction references, fantastic use of technology in boosting their gags, and providing the basis of many sketches, and (again, self-proclaimed) few actual jokes... 

Mould & Arrowsmith's Inventions

Mould & Arrowsmith's Inventions

Once again Mould and Arrowsmith have come up with a blinder of a show, perfectly showcasing their unique and original blend of humour and personality. THe two are an immensely likeable duo onstage and have a fantastic chemistry together in the style of all great comic duos, such as Morecombe and Wise or The Two Ronnies... 

Lads

Lads

Perfectly delivered and staged, Lads is an examination of a night out between four, well, lads. Telling the tale of the Four Knights of the Round Table in the Corner of the Pub, Lads is a vigorous and energetic comedy, which at the same time is not afraid to throw an emotional punch... 

People

People

The premise of this show seems slightly crazy: writer and director David Levin wrote a series of poems that were then sent out to nine different composers across the world, and then brought together into this one musical revue... 

100 Wounded Tears

100 Wounded Tears

Last year's production from RootlessRoot Company and DOT504 Dance Company was a fantastic success, taking Edinburgh by storm. Whilst this piece contains several impressive moments, it sadly doesn't live up to the same magic as last year... 

Art House

Art House

In this world premiere from Rachael Coopes, Daniel Goldman's superb direction reveals a taut piece of drama that is utterly captivating to watch. With brilliantly detailed acting from the two actresses, there is nothing to criticize in this flawless production... 

All That Gomez

All That Gomez

Marga Gomez is one quirky lady. With a quick wit and a likeable manner, she explodes onto the stage as one might expect from someone raised in New York by a Cuban comedian father and Puerto Rican dancer mother... 

Daniel Sloss - Teenage Kicks

Daniel Sloss - Teenage Kicks

Teenage Kicks is Daniel Sloss's debut full length Edinburgh Festival show and as one of the youngest-ever finalists in So You Think You're Funny, there's quite a bit of anticipation surrounding it... 

Patrick Monahan: Cowboys And Iranians

Patrick Monahan: Cowboys And Iranians

I went to watch this show at the end of a long day of an even longer week. Much to my shame, I expected to find it a bit of a struggle to stay awake and a real effort to concentrate; not through any fault of the act, just where it had been placed in my reviewing schedule... 

Wil Hodgson: Punk Folk Tales

Wil Hodgson: Punk Folk Tales

Hodgson begins his act by describing himself as “a man of contrast” and this is certainly true. He has quite a solid, macho persona, rather reminiscent of Minty from Eastenders, yet has bright pink hair and Care Bear tattoos... 

Tales From The Shed

Tales From The Shed

Tales From The Shed is a delightful interactive performance for the under-fives, where colour, magic and music fuse together to create a wonderful theatrical presentation as an alternative to early morning television... 

Chris McCausland - 7 Strikes

Chris McCausland - 7 Strikes

During his life Roy Sullivan was struck by lightning seven times without dying, a fact recorded in the Guinness Book of Records. McCausland uses this as a lynchpin for his routine, looking at how eventful normal life actually is in the grand scheme of things, and a little bit dull in comparison to Sullivan's life... 

Manband - They're Not A Boyband

Manband - They're Not A Boyband

Do not be fooled into thinking that this is simply a tale of a bunch of faded men trying to emulate their teenage youth. And thankfully it's not the story of a group of Westlife-wannabees trying to achieve fame and glory either... 

William Andrews: Nitwit

William Andrews: Nitwit

It is hard to describe this show as it contains such a variety of eclectic ideas yet is entirely successful in its execution, and offers much originality throughout. The show has been planned with meticulous detail, with the comedy beginning from the moment the audience set inside the venue... 

Wil Anderson - Wilosophy

Wil Anderson - Wilosophy

Wil Anderson is quite simply the best stand-up I have ever seen. Moving through material at a breathtaking pace, the jokes come quick and fast with almost every sentence generating at least one laugh from the packed audience... 

Nick Mohammed In Apollo 21

Nick Mohammed In Apollo 21

Forty years after the moon landings Buzz Aldrin (aka Nick Mohammed here) has got together a group to take us through his experiences of being the second man on the moon. It is a nice idea and lends a clear structure to the piece as Aldrin charts the entire process of the journey from the preparations to the medical, lift-off and the in-flight entertainment, before culminating with the actual landing... 

Bourgeois & Maurice - Social Work

Bourgeois & Maurice - Social Work

This is no ordinary cabaret. Outlandish hair, sparkling false eyelashes, and earrings that wouldn't look amiss on Pat Butcher begin the show, to be joined later by a gimp mask and a loudhailer... 

The Blues Brothers - Live!

The Blues Brothers - Live!

Warning: this show will put you in a permanent state of happiness, fill your head with music and make you want to dance all day long. It is quite simply unmissable. Filled with an infectious sense of fun, Hartshorn-Hook's production literally rocks it... 

Sammy J: 1999

Sammy J: 1999

The year is 1999: Tamagotchis are all the rage, school projects are stored on floppy disks, and MSN chat is taking off. This is the world of the unpopular Sammy J. Struggling for survival against the Jurassic Park-like school bullies (“like the dinosaurs their vision is based on movement”), he'd rather stay at home and watch Disney movies and write songs about his teachers... 

The Great British Soap Opera

The Great British Soap Opera

The UK loves a good soap opera. Every year the highest television ratings are dominated by the soaps, with Eastenders and Coronation Street battling it out for the top spot, and millions watch them every single day... 

Chat! The Internet Musical

Chat! The Internet Musical

Trapped by an inability to communicate properly in the real world, the six characters of Chat seek refuge and a place to unveil their deepest secrets in the anonymous world of an internet chat forum... 

Sketchatron: Nano

Sketchatron: Nano

Sketchatron is on of several “Best-Of-The-Fringe” type shows on this year. The recipe is very simple: take five different comedy groups, allow them roughtly ten minutes each to present highlights from their shows or exclusive material, and rotate gently each week to incorporate other acts... 

Ashley Hames: Confessions Of A Sex Reporter

Ashley Hames: Confessions Of A Sex Reporter

Warning: it is quite possible that this review will mention (by necessity) things that may produce disturbing and terrifying images in your head. It is quite possible that you will feel violated... 

Nathan Caton: Can't Tell Me Nothin'

Nathan Caton: Can't Tell Me Nothin'

Despite being Nathan Caton's first solo show at the Edinburgh Fringe, he talks with such authority and ease that you could easily mistake him for a Fringe veteran. Apart from an ill-judged and over-long introductory voiceover, the show is full to the brim with comic talent and a flair for working the crowd... 

Fergus Craig Still Watches Neighbours

Fergus Craig Still Watches Neighbours

There is an air of expectation before this show. Outside the venue large numbers of late twentyearly thirty-somethings reminisced about their favourite characters; upon entering, they were greeted to the video of Especially For You to which some chose to sing along to; the next video brought whoops and cheers: “Oh God, Stefan Dennis! Don't It Make You Feel Good!” If you understand this reference then this show is the one for you... 

Chauntecleer And Pertelotte (A Beasty-Babel-Fable)

Chauntecleer And Pertelotte (A Beasty-Babel-Fable)

Fresh from its showings in London and Brighton, where it was nominated for Best Show at the Brighton Fringe Festival, this energetic and entertaining tale provides an hour of light relief awash with much sexual innuendo and dry-humping... 

To The End Of The World

To The End Of The World

From the moment you arrive at the top floor of C SoCo, be prepared to be whisked into the whirlwind of energy created by this tightly drilled ensemble. A chorus of Silk Worm Eggs await your arrival and escort you to your seats, immediately endearing and engaging themselves to the audience simultaneously...