My Beautiful Laundrette

My Beautiful Laundrette

If you saw Stephen Frear’s movie My Beautiful Launderette, made way back in the mercifully distant days of Thatcherite Britain, or even if you’re too young to remember it (like m… 

Godspell

Godspell

Stephen Schwartz, long before he became famous for Wicked, collaborated with fellow student John-Michael Tebelak to create a highly experimental show that combined the parables of … 

Troy Boy

Troy Boy

The show begins in a Greek restaurant. 

Seduction

Seduction

It’s a perennial problem in plays where the actors are continually taking their clothes off: how do they get them back on, or off the stage cleanly between scenes? There’s a lot … 

Robin Hood Queen Of Thieves

Robin Hood Queen Of Thieves

They’re sold out until the end of time (well, the end of the run anyway) so it’s pretty academic if I say that this is the funniest, silliest, campest, rudest, coarsest, most pre… 

All I Want For Christmas

All I Want For Christmas

Take a liberal helping of Ayckbourn, add a sprinkling of Sondheimesque songs, stir well with a cupful of Joe Orton, and what do you get? A unique show which pulls the rug from unde… 

The Eight: Reindeer Monologues

The Eight: Reindeer Monologues

If reindeer could really speak, what awful tales would we hear? My hackles rose in the lobby when I was confronted with early November shiny baubles and other such Christmas frippe… 

The Irish Curse

The Irish Curse

I used to know a guy with a small penis. 

Maurice

Maurice

Maurice, the play based on E. 

My Name is Richard

My Name is Richard

Richard is the butt of school jibes and his home life is not much better in spite of his having two loyal brothers. 

Blink Twice!

Blink Twice!

It takes a lot of courage to put on a tribute composed entirely of musical numbers from shows which flopped. 

Dangerous

Dangerous

You can almost smell the testosterone coming off the stage in this raunchy and sexy play, an all-male take on Les Liaisons Dangereuses. 

Foreign Affair

Foreign Affair

It takes some pluck to produce, write, direct and star in your own play. 

Polar Bears

Polar Bears

Polar Bears are dangerous. 

The Way of the World

The Way of the World

Updating Shakespeare into modern dress may be de rigeur, but it takes a lot of nerve to do the same with restoration comedy, much of the appeal of which for modern audiences - and … 

Maurice

Maurice

E. 

Mad Kings and Englishmen: History Hung Drawn and Quartered

Mad Kings and Englishmen: History Hung Drawn and Quartered

I hated history lessons at school - all those dates and names of Kings and Queens, so long ago that they seemed totally irrelevant. 

Flhip Flhop: Everything Happens On The Break

Flhip Flhop: Everything Happens On The Break

You know when you come out of a show that it’s going to sell out fast. 

Sequence Of Events

Sequence Of Events

Where in Edinburgh can you get a three-tier stand of scones and cakes and sandwiches that would do justice to Jenners, a glass of bubbly, and a Victorian thriller all for the price… 

Ed: The Musical

Ed: The Musical

I was just about getting weary of anything with ‘The Musical’ after it when I went in to see this show by StoppedClock. 

Six Ways

Six Ways

Six Ways is one of those small musicals that sends you out into the Edinburgh rain with a big heart. 

Wolfboy

Wolfboy

There’s always a plethora of musicals on the most unlikely subjects at the Fringe. 

Eric Davidson's Second Day Soup!

Eric Davidson's Second Day Soup!

I got pulled into this pure wee gem of a show at almost the last minute. 

The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie

The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie

When I was a small boy, they filmed some of the outdoor scenes of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie in my grandmother’s street in Edinburgh. 

By Order Of Ignorance

By Order Of Ignorance

We are in a strange building in an unidentified city, and not even the country is clear. 

Too Close To The Sun

Too Close To The Sun

The scene a producer’s office in that place where men sit waiting to throw money at the moon. 

Amongst Friends

Amongst Friends

There is something rotten in the state of Hampstead. 

Naked Boys Singing

Naked Boys Singing

I didn’t know what to expect from a show with the title ‘Naked Boys Singing’. 

School for Scandal

School for Scandal

Everyone loves a good scandal and this is probably why Sheridan’s most famous play has stood the test of the time for the last two hundred and thirty years. 

School of Comedy

School of Comedy

I caught this troop of budding young comedians last year and was mightily impressed by their ingenuity, their sense of comic timing, and the wonderfully risqué formula of getting … 

The Adventures of Butt Boy and Tigger

The Adventures of Butt Boy and Tigger

Jamie and Matt are two young men indulging in the exchange of sexual fantasies over the internet. 

FxP2 in Trouble!

FxP2 in Trouble!

I stumbled into ‘FxP2 in Trouble’ out of an Edinburgh drizzle and initially thought to myself, oh well, another shower of rain, another comedy sketch show. 

I Caught Crabs in Walberswick

I Caught Crabs in Walberswick

I have been to Walberswick and I never caught crabs, but I’m glad I caught this new play by Fringe First Winner Joel Horwood. 

Shackled

Shackled

There is a moment a third a way into Fergus Ford’s play when the lights dim, the comedy darkens and the plot takes a sharp and unsettling swerve into territory already occupied by… 

Lightning Strikes

Lightning Strikes

Tom is a modern boy living an openly gay life but unable to get it together.