The Snow Queen

The Snow Queen

Theatre Anon’s production of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen is a heart-warming family show, complete with a bit of sing-song. Kids will love the fairytale characters brought to life by the small cast, and there’s plenty for adults to chuckle at too in this well-made production... 

Sarah Kendall: Shaken

Sarah Kendall: Shaken

Sarah Kendall’s stand-up routine has a different format to most: it’s all centred around a single tale, and it’s in the hands of someone who really knows their way around storytelling... 

The Hours Before We Wake

The Hours Before We Wake

The Hours Before We Wake presents us with a world where you can customise your dreams and upload them to DreamShare when you wake up. Personal interaction is limited to “Have you seen my dream from last night?” and “Classic!”, while robotic voices, pleasant dings and pings and whooshy-door sounds accompany your days... 

Wendy Wason: Tiny Me

Wendy Wason: Tiny Me

If you cosy up in the Turret of Teviot’s Gilded Balloon with Wendy Wason, you’ll get a stand-up comedian who’s got a friendly, motherly attitude and whose stories are completely ‘everyday’: supermarkets and school runs, disappointed parents and plenty of gossip... 

The Female Question

The Female Question

Here is a play with an interesting premise: what would Shakespeare’s female characters say if they had the chance to address their playwright? Would they be unhappy with the treatment—dead, mad, married off—that they get through the bard’s work?This is potentially a hard premise to live up to, but by and large Juno Evans and the Z Theatre Company pull it off... 

Lest We Forget

Lest We Forget

Lest We Forget is a play centered on the human cost of World War One directly in its aftermath. Well-scripted by writer/director James Beagon, this is a sensitive and thought-provoking play... 

Shylock

Shylock

Guy Masterson and Gareth Armstrong deliver a tour-de-force of history, drama and comedy in this one-actor show. Starting with Shylock in The Merchant of Venice, we are taken on a journey that spans both centuries of Jewish persecution and centuries of the play and its various incarnations... 

Dead Wright

Dead Wright

Here is all the chaos of a Fringe-like show turned into a Fringe show: a farce about two plays being performed by one cast while their unreasonable and definitely shady writer/director adds in new scenes and characters willy-nilly... 

My World has Exploded a Little Bit

My World has Exploded a Little Bit

At the end of this show, our two performers, Bella and Eva, tell us that they are available for hugs if any are needed. At the beginning, they smile, shake your hand and welcome you in... 

The Enchanted

The Enchanted

The Enchanted is a show all about disconnection, both in its subject matter and the way that it’s performed. It is also a hard-hitting and a compassionate look at prisoners on Death Row, based on a novel by Rene Denfeld... 

What Kind of Fool Am I?

What Kind of Fool Am I?

Helen Wood’s one-woman show is a journey of self-discovery complete with a bit of psychology, personality quizzes and a sense of fun. Helen’s goofy but charming show gets quite a few chuckles as she leads us through her life with the help of several props and the occasional well-chosen soundtrack... 

Bethany Black: (Extra)Ordinary

Bethany Black: (Extra)Ordinary

Bethany Black is a forthright, funny, and unapologetic comedian, cheerfully rousing the audience as she lets fire her jokes. She’s quick to point out that she fulfils every lesbian stereotype but turns this into good-natured fodder for laughs – and she’s experienced enough to make jokes on the way that her jokes are getting received... 

Poena 5X1

Poena 5X1

How can hell be liberal and forgiveness be punishment? Contradictions like these are part of the challenge of this provocative piece of writing and performance.The premise is simple, if you buy it: we are listening to a report on a drug that has been developed as a “humane” punishment or deterrent... 

Queen Lear

Queen Lear

Queen Lear is a re-telling of Shakespeare’s Lear story from the perspective of his queen, confined in her chamber while pregnant with his expected male heir. The queen, her serving woman, Ursula, and the physician, Father Lawrence, take turns telling each other and us tales from their pasts as the queen slowly sickens... 

Overshadowed

Overshadowed

Overshadowed by Sunday’s Child is a small-scale but well-made show with plenty to say about anorexia, being an outcast and growing up. It is especially strong on the differences between how other people see us and how we see ourselves, and on how hard it can be to help someone who doesn’t want to help themselves... 

Philip Pullman's The Ruby in the Smoke

Philip Pullman's The Ruby in the Smoke

Reprint Productions present The Ruby in the Smoke, a detective story that delights in its Victorian setting, following the adventures of resourceful Sally Lockhart. Much like the novel by Philip Pullman that it is based on, it appeals to both young and old... 

Alice Unhinged

Alice Unhinged

This is an accomplished show from Young Pleasance, which re-imagines Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland with just the right blend of Carroll-esque surrealism and a new, fresh vision... 

Darktales

Darktales

Beckman Unicorn presents Darktales, an accomplished piece of storytelling, which seamlessly weaves together stories while skillfully managing to subvert and play with its audience’s expectations until the very end... 

They Built It. No One Came.

They Built It. No One Came.

This is the story of two men who were very, very good at failing. From this true story, Fledging Theatre have created a rather enjoyable show. Hunkered down in a bunker with a relatively bare set, this production—mainly three actors, an on-stage actor/musician, and some technical aid—explores the lives of two hapless men who set up a peaceful commune in a world that doesn’t really care... 

Nathan Cassidy: 42

Nathan Cassidy: 42

Nathan Cassidy offers comedy fare that fits right in at the Fringe, a mixture of social observation, wordplay, ranting and anecdotal amusement. Depending on how you react to explicit language and David-Cameron-and-a-pig jokes at 7... 

Laura Lexx: Tyrannosaurus Lexx

Laura Lexx: Tyrannosaurus Lexx

Any good joke can fall flat on its face if the delivery is rubbish, but for Laura Lexx with her bubbly personality, infectious smile and merry sense of wit, this is never going to be a problem... 

Plain as Paper

Plain as Paper

Plain as Paper is an energetic physical theatre show centred around where our imaginations can take us using only paper—though what is going on there and why is not always plain.Trying to tell many stories through their actions and paper props, we are left with no consistent stories or characters to follow... 

Zoe Lyons: Little Misfit

Zoe Lyons: Little Misfit

Zoe Lyons, recent winner of the Chortle Comedy Award and with appearances at Live at the Apollo, The John Bishop Show, Mock the Week and The News Quiz under her belt, is in Edinburgh with a new show... 

Celts

Celts

The Celts exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland is well worth a visit. Entry to the museum as a whole is free, but buy a ticket for the current exhibition and you’ll come out with a richer knowledge of the enigmatic Celts and what they mean for us today... 

The Potter Trail

The Potter Trail

This free walking tour is geared for Potter fans young and old: Plenty of Harry Potter lore blended with some mild speculation, historical information and plenty of jokes. You’ll be informed on where JK really hung out, which parts of the city contributed to which part of the books and learn a bit about real events such as the fate of witches in Medieval Scotland, what The Elephant House is really the birthplace of and such characters as Lockhart, a notorious lawyer and McGonagall, a poet who made his money from being deliberately awful...