I Wish You Love

I Wish You Love

'I Wish You Love' traces the intense friendship between Edith Piaf and Marlene Dietrich through dialogue and their own songs. It is a sober, vinegary piece that pits Piaf's skittish, at times hysterical brashness against Dietrich's feline, measured cynicism... 

Frankly Outrageous

Frankly Outrageous

'Frankly Outrageous' tells the tale of Frank, Chris and Tom, three dodgy geezers united by childhood friendship and a murky incident from the past which comes back to haunt them at the wake of their friend Bob, with which the play opens... 

Success: A Success Story - Free

Success: A Success Story - Free

'Success' is an inventive, endearing and beautifully observed pastiche of self-help seminars. A cheerful lecture with the slightest frisson of tension quickly descends into finger-pointing, one-upmanship, the slaking of latent homoerotic and sadistic desires, resignation and ultimate reconciliation... 

My Face

My Face

Nigel Williams' 'My Face', performed and produced by student troupe Gorilla Suit, is a light comedy about a fictional social networking site and the adolescents addicted to it. It follows Suzie's preparations for an actual party, to which she has invited all six of her My Face friends and at which she hopes to meet Dave... 

Hood!

Hood!

Peculius Stage's 'Hood!' is a remarkable a capella-cum-physical theatre interpretation of 'Little Red Riding Hood', infusing the sinister Germanic overtones of The Brothers Grimm and Heinrich Hoffmann with dance, movement and song to terrific and often terrifying effect... 

Innovative Design

Innovative Design

'An Innovative Design' is a twisted, expressionistic 'Toy Story' with furniture instead of toys and stark, almost Dogville-esque visuals laced with dance. The play sets a budding boy-girl romance against a cartoonish collection of animate furniture: the randy old clock, the perky blonde Swedish fixture, the fey eye-linered mirror in the cupboard, the vapid radio - they're all there... 

Kvetch

Kvetch

Steven Berkoff's 'Kvetch' is a wilfully bleak look at the lives of five characters and their neuroses, performed and produced by a group of scientists from the Imperial College London Drama Society... 

'Underneath the Lintel' by Glen Berger

'Underneath the Lintel' by Glen Berger

'Underneath The Lintel' is a literary and philosophical treasure hunt from acclaimed Irish playwright Glen Berger, recently tasked with penning the script for Julie Taymor's new Broadway Spider-Man musical... 

Green Eggs and Hamlet

Green Eggs and Hamlet

'Green Eggs and Hamlet'. 'Hamlet: Blood in the Brain'. 'Hamlet for Girls'. 'Hamlet, the End of a Childhood'. 'Hamlet! The Musical'. A quick flick through my guide reveals at least five reworkings of Shakespeare's finest at this year's Fringe... 

Tim Key - The Slutcracker

Tim Key - The Slutcracker

Tim Key, arguably the most original comedian in the country right now, returns to the Fringe with the show that won him last year's Perrier Award - 'The Slutcracker', a tapestry of poems, lists, short films, magic, physical feats and philosophical musings soaked in Key's exquisite sense of irony and the absurd... 

500 Miles

500 Miles

The debut production of new theatre company A Passion for D.I.Y., '500 Miles', is thankfully not a 'Walk The Line'-style tribute to Scottish songsmiths The Proclaimers, but an earnest modern revenge drama stuffed full of symbolism and modern-day significance... 

Carl Donnelly: How Do You Solve a Problem Like Carl Donnelly?

Carl Donnelly: How Do You Solve a Problem Like Carl Donnelly?

Sporting Leo Sayer hair, tinted round-lens specs and a Cheshire Cat smile, Carl Donnelly is an eminently likeable 28-year-old blessed with the natural off-beat London wit of Noel Fielding without the high surrealism... 

Dean's Dad's Ducks

Dean's Dad's Ducks

Dean's Dad's Ducks is a one-man trip down memory lane with Dean Parkin, told from the comfort of a train seat and punctuated by crackly announcements from the train porter. Parkin touches on fatherhood, truth, lies, affairs, secrets, poetry and the fates of 30,000 rubber ducks lost at sea... 

Terry Alderton

Terry Alderton

Terry Alderton is a comedian with many strings to his bow. He is a veritable Proteus of accents, sounds and impressions, his most notable a schizophrenic Gollum-esque inner voice that talks to him when he turns his back to the audience... 

Sarah Millican: Chatterbox

Sarah Millican: Chatterbox

Although Sarah Millican tackles such familiar themes as bras, knickers, her boyfriend, her parents, her vagina (which is no castle) and eating, she invests them with enough South Shields wit and pseudo-maternal warmth to set her apart from most comediennes... 

Mike Keat: The Lyin' Bitch and The Wardrobe

Mike Keat: The Lyin' Bitch and The Wardrobe

If you were to cross the endearing double-act surrealism of Reeves and Mortimer and Napoleon Dynamite with the protean character comedy of Marc Wootton and Chris Lilley and infuse it with funk, break-dancing and a Scottish lilt, you might begin to get a sense of this wonderfully silly first Fringe show from Edinburgh-born comic Mike Keat... 

Sammy J: Skinny Man, Modern World

Sammy J: Skinny Man, Modern World

Sammy J is an Australian comedy singer-songwriter who interweaves stories from his own life with jaunty numbers on the piano, occasionally sipping on his carton of juice as a French philosophe would drag on a gauloise... 

Wil Hodgson - Punkanory

Wil Hodgson - Punkanory

Wil Hodgson’s ‘Punkanory’ is an erudite, anti-linear, intense social commentary that covers, amongst much else, punk, the Spice Girls, female sexuality, Eastenders, film studies, car boot sales and the homophobia (and possible latent homosexuality) of Dennis the Menace... 

Reginald D Hunter: Trophy Nigga

Reginald D Hunter: Trophy Nigga

Reginald D. Hunter, or RDH as the blood-red letters behind him read, is as suave and effortless as comedians come, and this, his sixth Edinburgh show, has the cadence and rhythm of a Bill Withers concert (whose voice his resembles)... 

Keith Farnan: Sex Traffic - How Much is That Woman in the Window?

Keith Farnan: Sex Traffic - How Much is That Woman in the Window?

Keith Farnan is an amiable, shaggy-haired comedian with a conscience from Cork, but his secular, joke-strewn sermon of a set is neither funny nor punchy enough to do justice to the matter at hand... 

Emo Philips: Please Witness My Act

Emo Philips: Please Witness My Act

Emo Philips is a peculiar man. Between jokes he wheezes and contorts like an asthmatic stork, sheds his various layers (silk yellow robe, jacket, waistcoat), stuffing them in his clownish pockets and tugging them all out again, and carries himself like the sort of man you wouldn't be surprised to see lurking in the bushes of a metropolitan park... 

Comedy Bitch: Them is Us

Comedy Bitch: Them is Us

Comedy Bitch opens with a parody of a Jumanji-esque game, in which the audience are invited (or rather, coerced) to take part. It sets the anarchic, playful tone and prefigures the mix of the serious and the silly that characterises much of the set (such as a reworking of ‘Brief Encounter’ where a bird craps in the woman’s eye, and a spoof of tough-talking American cinema where the tables are turned every five seconds)... 

Kevin Bridges

Kevin Bridges

Yesterday evening, on my way to see Kevin Bridges, I hadn't even turned onto George Street when I saw a gargantuan queue snaking down the road from the Assembly Rooms, writhing along the pavement, bending round the corner and finishing about half way down Hanover St... 

Laura Solon: The Owl of Steven

Laura Solon: The Owl of Steven

Laura Solon, winner of the Perrier Award in 2005, is a sweet, engaging storyteller, but her new show, a Blytonian adventure story about a quest to retrieve an owl from the island of Steven, is not quite funny enough to sustain an hour... 

Bo Burnham: Words, Words, Words

Bo Burnham: Words, Words, Words

Although much of the audience for Bo Burnham’s ‘Words Words Words’ could have been mistaken for extras from the house party scene in ‘Superbad’ (many wearing shorts, and one a non-ironic flat cap), Burnham’s appeal stretches far further than might be expected of a nineteen-year-old best known for a song about YouTube... 

For Your Entertainment

For Your Entertainment

'For Your Entertainment' is a dazzlingly black exploration of guilt, self-expression and sexuality that touches on paedophilia, masturbation, rape and cancer. Quite strong for ten past eleven on a Monday morning, but it is a sophisticated, measured, literate and occasionally shocking piece that shuns the facile and the gratuitous... 

Arj Barker - Let Me Do the Talking

Arj Barker - Let Me Do the Talking

Arj Barker, lackadaisical pawnshop owner and fount of urban wisdom Dave in 'Flight of the Conchords', is a frustrating figure. When he is on song in his new show 'Let Me Do The Talking', he is quite brilliant, flitting with soulful elan between surreal flights of fancy and political invective, between honeyed whispers and (often microphone-less) shouting; these moments of faux-anger, redolent of a Saturday Night Live-era Adam Sandler, tease, cajole and consciously mislead the audience, yet just as often sting and stem from genuine humanist indignation... 

Jonny Sweet - Let's Just Have Some Fun (and Learn Something, For Once)

Jonny Sweet - Let's Just Have Some Fun (and Learn Something, For Once)

What a lovely, original and unpredictable show this is. Some may recognise Jonny Sweet from his purring, devious David Cameron in the dubious More4 docudrama ‘When Boris Met Dave’ or from his deliciously smarmy cameo in the London nightclub episode of ‘The Inbetweeners’ (he came within a whisker of playing one of the leads, alongside fellow ex-Footlights and ‘House of Windsor’ members Simon Bird and Joe Thomas)... 

Kindly Leave the Stage

Kindly Leave the Stage

Kindly Leave The Stage is a metatheatrical farce which fuses the egotism, jealousy and vanity of the acting profession to a play-within-a-play that quickly erupts into itself, blurring the boundaries between character, actor, fiction and reality...