Now.Here

Now.Here

The Free Fringe is a generous proposal at the worst of times, but when it offers up shows like this, ones that feel like they’ve been dreamed up out of pure love and shared free of… 

The Letters of Jane Austen

The Letters of Jane Austen

It is a truth universally acknowledged that the personal letters of a notable literary figure can be an illuminating insight into their thoughts and give us a vivid image of their … 

Belt Up Theatre's The Boy James

Belt Up Theatre's The Boy James

Fringe favourites Belt Up return with their highly acclaimed The Boy James, now transferred to the entirely new venue of C Nova, where up several flights of stairs the audience is … 

Oddlie

Oddlie

Oddlie is, true to its name, a pleasantly strange mixture. 

The  Spirit of Frances Wright (Love is an Action Verb)

The Spirit of Frances Wright (Love is an Action Verb)

It is good to be reminded of the fact that history is full of eccentrics, radicals, and pioneers who never appear in the history books - especially when they turn out to be women, … 

Nothing Is Really Difficult

Nothing Is Really Difficult

Here’s a real Fringe gem – a slapstick extravaganza that is literally barnstorming, performed as it is in a temporary wooden box built specially for the show. 

Hi-Kick

Hi-Kick

As a reviewer I try to keep an objective distance from the show to which I’m assigned, but in the case of this enthusiastic showcase of soccer skills from Korea, I found myself ver… 

Dream On

Dream On

Dream On is a modern-day adaptation of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, and is performed here with great energy and humour by Side by Side Theatre. 

Spaghetti Junction

Spaghetti Junction

The concept of the ‘Manic Pixie Dream Girl’ is a character trope describing a grown woman totally in touch with her inner child, free spirited, kooky and playful, the sort who … 

Monkey Toast: The Improvised Chat Show

Monkey Toast: The Improvised Chat Show

Monkey Toast’s chat show is the Pleasance’s late-night forum for comics to plug their shows and there’s nothing wrong with that – in fact, publicity has rarely been so much fun. 

Le Nozze di Figaro

Le Nozze di Figaro

Opera is hard to do. 

Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

Working Girls, the theatre company of Bristol’s Redland High School for Girls, has given us a perfectly acceptable school Shakespeare, set rather conveniently in a school. 

Justine and Tony

Justine and Tony

The Fringe throws up some odd but good things, some odd but bad things, and quite a few thuddingly normal and bad things. 

Medieval Miracle, The Fall Of Man

Medieval Miracle, The Fall Of Man

Medieval dramas are an odd beast and very difficult to put on. 

Alan Hudson's Not So Secret World of Magic

Alan Hudson's Not So Secret World of Magic

Alan Hudson tries something a little different with this magic show, choosing to weave his tricks around a story of how he came to be at the Fringe in the first place. 

Dirty Great Love Story

Dirty Great Love Story

The witty and charming pair Richard Marsh and Katie Bonna give us a beat poetry rom-com ballad that, while not groundbreaking, at least treads old ground with the comfort and warmt… 

Mitch Benn: Reduced Circumstances

Mitch Benn: Reduced Circumstances

Mitch Benn, a comedian much loved for his fantastically catchy musical contributions to Radio 4’s “The Now Show”, returns to Edinburgh with a new show supposedly based around h… 

Ted & Co The Dinner Show

Ted & Co The Dinner Show

The idea of the comedy ‘dining experience’ is done most famously at the Fringe by the Fawlty Towers Dining Experience, the concept being that a tribute act to a famous sitcom … 

Control Alt Delete - The Funny Side of Computers

Control Alt Delete - The Funny Side of Computers

I am about as right-brained and artsy as they come, but my favourite Free Fringe show of last year was Robin Ince’s Carl Sagan is my God, a show about science. 

Picnic Apocalyptic

Picnic Apocalyptic

I have seen The End and it’s quite, quite brilliant. 

Photographing the Dead

Photographing the Dead

Jennifer Lusk’s new piece of writing is a one-woman show recalling a time in the Second World War when a young nurse had a photograph taken of her in an underground station by a … 

Comedy Brass - Free

Comedy Brass - Free

None of the material in Scott Adams and Anthea Neagle’s show is original enough to recommend it above the large number of other free back-room shows.