EastEnd Cabaret: The Revolution Will Be Sexual

EastEnd Cabaret: The Revolution Will Be Sexual

With Bernadette Berne on vocals and Victor Victoria, her 'own personal freak of nature' (a creature quite literally straddling the line between man and woman) on piano and accordion, EastEnd Cabaret offers an evening of puppetry, song and satire designed to get us hot under the collar... 

The Damsel in Shining Armour

The Damsel in Shining Armour

The show opens with a young woman centre stage, gagged and blindfolded, her feet tied together and her hands handcuffed above her head. But don’t get too excited; the rather racy mood is instantly broken by the muffled strains of the damsel singing through the gag as she hops around trying to release herself... 

Ink

Ink

As the first production of Chase the Crane, a company with its origins in East 15’s Contemporary Theatre Course, Ink is very impressive indeed.Blending seamless choreography, professional staging and great performances from every single member of the cast, this excellent piece of new writing is a triumph... 

The Bitch Doctors

The Bitch Doctors

Though he may not be a doctor in real life, with his debonair charm and biting wit, you can trust Des O’Connor to instantly lift any show he’s in, and Bitch Doctors is no exception... 

The One Hour Plays

The One Hour Plays

With so much excellent improvisation at the Fringe, it must be difficult to compete. The concept of The One Hour Plays is an interesting one: 60 minutes to put together a ten minute show based entirely on audience suggestions, with costumes, props and even a publicity poster... 

The Hamiltons: High Jinks with the Hamiltons!

The Hamiltons: High Jinks with the Hamiltons!

High Jinks With The Hamiltons! certainly is a sight to behold. Littering the stage are Union Flags and Saint Andrew’s Crosses - as part of their ‘be nice to the natives policy’, so we’re told - whilst the proceedings are presided over by a huge, projected photograph of our favourite former-politician gleefully stuffing a Christmas turkey... 

Kaddish for Pinter

Kaddish for Pinter

With a title as impenetrable as it is high-brow, this show doesn’t exactly welcome the casual theatre-goer with open arms. For those of us to whom it isn’t immediately obvious, Kaddish is an Ancient Jewish prayer sequence, specifically one recited in mourning for the dead... 

Carl Donnelly 3: Carl Donnelier!

Carl Donnelly 3: Carl Donnelier!

Carl Donnelly has cleaned up his act. Two years ago, with his electric-shock afro, chinstrap beard and tinted, 1970’s-paedophile spectacles, he used to open with the line ‘Hi, my name’s Carl Donnelly and, yes, this is my real head... 

Leave Hitler to Me Lad

Leave Hitler to Me Lad

If you’re a kid who likes a challenge, this play is for you. The first hurdle will be coming to terms with slightly nightmarish appearance of the characters who open the show. Ten-year-old protagonist Brian’s pet rabbits, Andy and Pandy (homemade puppets resembling plucked turkeys wearing Halloween masks), look like the creation of a schizophrenic Neil Buchanan... 

Pip Utton is Charles Dickens

Pip Utton is Charles Dickens

After falling down dead, Charles Dickens - like a phoenix with an unusually large beard - rises miraculously from the ashes to tell us the story of the last decade of his life. Pip Utton, the ‘doyen of the Fringe one man show', who gained acclaim sporting even more sinister facial hair in the award-winning Adolf, returns to the Fringe with something altogether less controversial... 

The Moon Under the Water

The Moon Under the Water

Drawing inspiration from George Orwell’s eponymous 1946 essay on the perfect public house, The Moon Under The Water presents us with a dystopian view of how UK binge-drinking culture has turned this ideal sour...