Carnival of Crows

Carnival of Crows

By the end of her one woman gothic horror show, Molly Beth White has gathered all of her spooky accoutrements and the previous 50 minutes’ themes into one rather triumphant macabre dance number - an excellent end to a well-worked and well-performed show... 

Paul Kelly

Paul Kelly

Australian singer-songwriter Paul Kelly played to a packed Queen’s Hall with his own brand of low-key folk-rock, featuring only him and his nephew Dan Kelly, who played guitar and occasionally keyboard... 

The Shaman's Dream

The Shaman's Dream

In the gardens of the Scottish Gallery of Modern Art Two (formerly known as the Dean Gallery), a combined cast of Scottish performers and the Norwegian company Stella Polaris put on a visually impressive, if sometimes unfocused, show of acrobatics, fire juggling and mythical storytelling... 

Zombie Prom

Zombie Prom

Given the title, you could be forgiven for assuming this was a show that relied on wackiness for its own sake, à la Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. However, Zombie Prom is well aware of all such pitfalls and explores its premise (heartbroken 1950s teen throws himself into a nuclear waste dump, returns as zombie) so imaginatively and creates such a thematically cohesive unit of storytelling that the title barely does it justice... 

Stick Stock Stone Dead

Stick Stock Stone Dead

Stick Stock Stone Dead is a piece written and performed entirely by the under 18-year-olds of the CrazySchemeTheatre company, and while the show is a decent first attempt at physical/musical theatre, it could have done with a lot of work before setting up at the Fringe... 

Clooney, Cowell, Pitt and Me: Amusing Encounters with the A-List

Clooney, Cowell, Pitt and Me: Amusing Encounters with the A-List

Sandro Monetti’s show Clooney, Cowell, Pitt and Me: Amusing Encounters With the A-List does more or less what it says on its somewhat over-titled tin. The degree to which you’ll enjoy his one-hour show largely depends on how much you enjoy the circus of celebrity around a group of familiar personalities and also your willingness to pay good money to hear gossip you could probably find fairly easily on any number of relevant online resources... 

Springboard

Springboard

The Performing Arts Studio Scotland hosts Springboard, a triple-bill of original dance pieces that gives young and emerging dancers, students and graduates the chance to perform. The first piece, Rule of 3, featured a tumultuous love triangle in a neatly minimal set, a lamp, a rug and a sofa, which was used to creative effect throughout... 

Protest Moans and Megaphones

Protest Moans and Megaphones

Henry Raby’s fifty minutes in Bashee Labyrinth is expressly presented as a place to try new material and get a breather from his regular show, Letter to the Man (from the Boy), in the same venue... 

Tartan Ribbon Comedy Benefit

Tartan Ribbon Comedy Benefit

A variety show isn’t just a very pleasant smattering of tasters, but a study in miniature of what comedians are finding funny these days. Recurring themes were Ikea, the Nazis, Northern Ireland, the Guardian, and I guess it’s still okay to make fun of the travelling community because I have heard more than one dodgy dig at them this Fringe... 

Shane Koyczan - Talk Rocker

Shane Koyczan - Talk Rocker

Canadian spoken word artist Shane Koyczan is an intense young man whose poems explore some thoroughly emotional ground regarding his childhood, his grandparents, his early relationships and his own perspective on love... 

Patterson and Ranganathan

Patterson and Ranganathan

In a really charming and comfortable little room at the back of the White Horse on Canongate, Jason Patterson and Romesh Ranganathan put on an hour of pretty charming stand up.Patterson’s set reflects on his experiences growing up in Brixton and getting into stand up, including the story of his leaving his job to go on his first national tour and subsequently taking up comedy full-time... 

The Gambler

The Gambler

Theatre Re’s production, The Gambler, is a remarkable piece of theatre: slick, imaginative, engaging and flawlessly executed. Director and performer Guillaume Pigé and co-star Tugba Tamer are two captivating performers, and their story, while stylised to the point of burlesque, never lets the tension drop beneath that of its explosive opening scenes... 

AAA Stand-Up

AAA Stand-Up

Perhaps a case of mis-selling the show at Pleasance Courtyard, the audience for AAA Stand Up was of a distinctly middle age and much of the material used by three comedians in the early stages of their careers – Tom Toal, Rhys James and Joe Wells – fell on unresponsive ears... 

Dream or Not?

Dream or Not?

This is easily the most unusual thing I have ever seen at the Fringe. The show describes itself as having adult themes and gives the regulation warnings for those easily offended or lacking a sturdy sense of humour, but none of that quite prepared me for the sheer charming oddness of what Dream or Not had to offer... 

Best in the World

Best in the World

The Northern Stage at St Stephen’s is a rather wonderful room, and the Unfolding Theatre Company’s Best in the World – directed by Annie Rigby, written by Carina Rodney and performed by Alex Elliott – has whipped up a fantastic set in it, complete with dart board and TV screen playing inspirational quotes from the heroes of the darts world through the decades as the audience enters... 

Sean Hughes - Life Becomes Noises

Sean Hughes - Life Becomes Noises

Fringe mainstay Sean Hughes is performing two shows at this year’s festival and has perhaps bravely decided to make his earlier show, Life Becomes Noises, an extended discourse on his father’s death from cancer a little under a year ago... 

Splitting the Bill – Michael Workman & Tommy Little

Splitting the Bill – Michael Workman & Tommy Little

In the Gilded Balloon’s Dining Room the twinned stand up sets of Australian comics Michael Workman and Tommy Little provided some wonderfully imaginative laughs, a pleasing contrast of styles and a thoroughly enjoyable hour of comedy... 

Sex Money Death

Sex Money Death

The tiny room in the Shack Comedy Club on Rose Street was a fitting venue for an intimate, surprisingly generous and occasionally bleak comedy set from Stuart Black, which often felt more like a guided tour of his psyche... 

Seann Walsh: Seann to be Wild

Seann Walsh: Seann to be Wild

Seann Walsh appeared in front of a sold-out, 336-strong crowd at Pleasance Courtyard’s Beyond, and despite a lot of energy and bravado in his performance, this is a case of a show’s content falling a long way short... 

Dante

Dante

Adapting Dante’s Inferno for the stage would be a tall order at the best of times, but the Louisiana State University Theatre company set themselves an exceedingly difficult task in reworking the text for an hour of physical theatre... 

Superbard Starts to Save the World

Superbard Starts to Save the World

George Lewkowicz’s Superbard Starts to Save the World never quite finds its feet despite game attempts by the show’s creator to inject life into its rather confused narrative. Superbard centres itself around a simple choice – a man will choose to save the world or fall in love – but spends far too much time focusing on extraneous side-scenes and a rather muddled message about real and ‘Ben Elton’ versions of love to properly establish its core ideas... 

McNeil and Pamphilon

McNeil and Pamphilon

Three-time Fringe veterans Steve McNeil and Sam Pamphilon treat the Pleasance Baby Grand with an energetic and slightly delirious hour of comedy that manages to acknowledge its debt to its spiritual forebears whilst at the same time spinning off in some very strange directions... 

Iszi Lawrence's Wotnot

Iszi Lawrence's Wotnot

Iszi Lawrence’s stand-up show Wotnot, a word that also doubles as her go-to euphemism for her vagina, is delightfully tricky to describe with concision. Lawrence is an Oxford native and draws plenty of material from her public school upbringing and the foibles of her fellow townsfolk, but also makes unexpectedly deep explorations through her sexual history, particularly in her first gay experiences, the telling of which is equal measures silly and provocative...