Miracle in Rwanda

Miracle in Rwanda

Every year there is a “hot topic” that arrives at the Fringe. This year, it seems to be Rwanda. I can’t say I’m ever opposed to socially conscious theatre, especially when it’s well done... 

The Nina Variations

The Nina Variations

Edinburgh is a hard town to shine in theatrically. It’s difficult enough to convince potential audience to come see your show as a professional adult actor, but try doing it as a wide-eyed teenager... 

MOD

MOD

I am the worst nightmare of any Beatles-related show. An obsessive fan from a young age, I will be the first person to notice if chronology, song references, or minor trivia are off... 

La Femme est Morte or Why I Should Not F%!# My Son

La Femme est Morte or Why I Should Not F%!# My Son

Imagine you have a five-year-old child. Now imagine you give this child some old magazines, CDs, and a copy of the story of Phaedra and ask him to make a collage. What would you expect the final product to look like? If you are at all curious, Shalimar’s latest production, La Femme est Morte or Why I Should Not F%!# My Son, a modern adaptation of the Phaedra story, has the answer: an enormous, childish mess... 

tender

tender

No one said turning 28 is easy. Shapour Benard’s new play, tender, makes that quite clear. It’s Soledad’s birthday and her three closest friends, Anna (a music magazine entrepreneur who is beginning to have some success), Sam (a trust-fund baby who is a part-time bartender/part-time slacker) and Julie (the cliché former cool friend who has gone corporate and is now hated by the others: think a female Benny from Rent) have all stopped by to celebrate the occasion... 

Rash

Rash

Jenni Wolfson is not much of an actress. She doesn’t project loudly, nor does her delivery sparkle. The way she moves around the stage is slightly awkward, and the staging of her one-woman show, Rash, involves little more than standing, sitting, knitting and talking... 

A Thousand Cranes

A Thousand Cranes

The first time I learned about child heroine Sadako Sasaki, I was nine years old and in the fourth grade. My teacher had just assigned Eleanor Coerr’s Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes and the U... 

Inside Private Lives

Inside Private Lives

Imagine you have fifteen minutes to interact with any dead celebrity. Who would you choose? There are the obvious choices: Marilyn Monroe, Elvis, Ghandi, and JFK. What if their press agents in the sky told you they were unavailable? Would you settle for Christine Jorgensen, Bobby Sands, and Brownie Wise? Do you even know who they are? Kristin Stone does, and she wants you to get to know them... 

Grasmere

Grasmere

Everyone has that one acquaintance: the one who TiVo’s Dynasty reruns religiously, who would never dream of being anything but the first person in line to catch the latest Meg Ryan film, and who has a bookshelf crying out to be liberated from the weight of paperbacks with Fabio’s chest thrusting out at the world... 

Scottish Dance Theatre

Scottish Dance Theatre

I’ll be the first to admit that whenever I see dance shows at the fringe, I expect to see groundbreaking dance from around the world, but have never expected much from Scotland’s home-grown companies... 

Kataklo

Kataklo

Let me begin by saying that I am completely impressed by the physical strength displayed by the performers of Kataklo. They are all not only graceful and accomplished dancers, but phenomenally strong athletes (which should not come as a surprise since they do bill themselves as “Athletic Dance Theatre”)... 

Hairdresser in the House

Hairdresser in the House

I have to admit, I had no idea what to expect upon entering Barabbas’ production of Hairdresser in the House. After all, I have never particularly enjoyed getting my own hair cut... 

Baggage

Baggage

Short Story Theatre brings Jonnie Fielding’s most recent work, Baggage, following the success of his 2002 hit The Waiting Game.Taylor and Doug are not your typical father and son. Doug has become medically demented, and his son, Taylor, is left with the responsibility of maintaining a sometimes-violent relationship with a father who at times has no idea who he is... 

The Convent

The Convent

Norway’s internationally celebrated Jo Stromgren Kompani brings this striking and humorous take on Catholic Convents into the church walls of St. Stephens.Three nuns are stationed in a convent that one can only imagine is in the middle of nowhere... 

Extremities

Extremities

It’s every woman’s worst nightmare. Marjorie is enjoying a morning at home when a rapist makes his way in. After a frightening struggle, she is able to not only escape, but is to entrap her attacker... 

Here goes . . .

Here goes . . .

Young writer Heather Rayment presents her newest work, Here Goes, a comedy about two excessively quirky “best friend forever” flatmates, for Why Wait Theatre’s second visit to the Fringe... 

The Bellydance Diaries

The Bellydance Diaries

Daphne Peña presents this slightly fictionalized autobiographical tale of an American woman who travels to Egypt to get away from an ex-boyfriend and immerse herself in the belly dance culture, improving her dancing and even becoming a mistress... 

Dreamers – Los Gemelos Lombard

Dreamers – Los Gemelos Lombard

Twin brothers Martin and Facundo have big dreams of stardom. From the time they were young boys in Buenos Aires, Argentina, they taught themselves to dance by studying Michael Jackson and old break-dance movies... 

Nora

Nora

Ibsen’s Nora (of A Doll’s House fame) has been transported into modern times, remade into the wife of a high profile businessman, which in turn makes her a tabloid target on the society pages... 

Knots

Knots

Based on the writings of psychoanalyst R.D. Lang, which director Liam Steel refers to as “a bit of a mind f**k”, Knots explores the harsh realities of relationships as they begin to disintegrate and the reasons why... 

Madonn’er

Madonn’er

Siblings Zoe (writer/performer) and Simon (director) Lewis have teamed up to bring us the tale of Lesley, a grown woman whose lifelong obsession with Madonna has impacted nearly every decision in her life... 

Tossers: More Balls Than Most

Tossers: More Balls Than Most

The setting is a construction site outside a café on a day like any other. The quiet ends there. For the next hour, audiences will witness a rivalry between some construction workers and some local tough boys told through juggling and dance, with the café staff (which includes the renowned Steve Rawlins) getting into the act... 

Dance Base Presents... Iskandar, Curve Foundation, Karl Jay-Lewin & Michael Popper

Dance Base Presents... Iskandar, Curve Foundation, Karl Jay-Lewin & Michael Popper

Show 1 of Dance Base’s 2006 Fringe performances consists of four separate pieces by Iskandar Dance Company, Karl Jay-Lewin Company, Michael Popper and the Curve Foundation respectively... 

One-Man Star Wars Trilogy

One-Man Star Wars Trilogy

I have to begin by saying that I am incredibly thankful to my flatmate, Adam, for taking the time to give me a brief rundown of all the Star Wars films prior to my arrival in Edinburgh... 

Dance Base Presents.. Norman Douglas, Jem Treays & Janis Claxton

Dance Base Presents.. Norman Douglas, Jem Treays & Janis Claxton

This was the last of the Dance Base medley of choreographers that I caught and, by far, the most exhilarating.The eccentric Jem Treays opens the program with Walkie Talkie, just as much an exploration of sound as it is of dance... 

True West

True West

Last year, Phil Nichol was awarded a Best Actor award for his performance in Edward Albee’s Zoo Story. This year he returns to show off his acting chops while accompanied by newcomer Tom Stade in Sam Shepard’s True West... 

Dance Base Presents... Freshmess, X Factor & Samudra

Dance Base Presents... Freshmess, X Factor & Samudra

Dance Base presents three different pieces by three very different companies. These three companies allow a sampling of completely unrelated forms of dance and, unfortunately, two out of the three don’t quite make the cut... 

The Play’s the Thing

The Play’s the Thing

Alec Garton Ash brings his new play about an egotistical director who is on a mission to put on the greatest production of Hamlet that ever was. The theatre has been booked, tickets have been sold, but there is still no one to play the title character... 

Dance Base Presents... Rosie Kay Dance Company’s The Wild Party

Dance Base Presents... Rosie Kay Dance Company’s The Wild Party

Joseph Moncure March’s poem, The Wild Party, has been the inspiration for everything from films to plays. Rosie Kay Dance is now making it their own with a lively interpretation that could only be spun from the imagination of Rosie Kay herself... 

The House of Bernarda Alba

The House of Bernarda Alba

It is one month before Federico Garcia Lorca’s death and he has just completed his latest play, The House of Bernarda Alba. At a party, he is curious to know what his friends think and decides to have them act out his now-famous story of theatre’s most controlling mother, Bernarda Alba, and her five daughters... 

Lolita

Lolita

It seems that nearly every year, another theatre company brings their own adaptation of Nabokov’s Lolita to the festival. This year, the theatre factory known as Act Provocateur International makes the attempt... 

Two Men Talking

Two Men Talking

Paul Browde and Murray Nossel have been friends since they were young boys in South Africa. They are successful men who are jacks of many trades (writing, performing, psychiatry, and documentary filmmaking to name a few)... 

Shakespeare for Breakfast

Shakespeare for Breakfast

C Theatre presents their latest Shakespearean adaptation, Taming of the Shrew, breakfast included, of course. Unbelievably, it is Shakespeare for Breakfast’s fifteenth year at the fringe, and it continues to be an absolute crowd pleaser... 

The Tylwyth Teg

The Tylwyth Teg

Be prepared to leave the world of reality as Apricot Theatre takes you on a folkloric journey into the mischievous lives of the Tylwyth Teg. With their heart-warming storytelling style, creative set pieces, and striking movement interludes, you will be completely entranced... 

Step into Africa 2

Step into Africa 2

Cape Town’s renowned CAFDA Youth Dance Co. returns to the Fringe this season with their follow-up to last year’s Step into Africa.These young dancers have a vibrancy that can not be explained, but needs to be witnessed... 

The Seagull

The Seagull

Last year, the Czech company Kretakor brought an almost 4 hour minimalist production of this Chekhov classic to the International Festival. This production by Act Provocateur International is perfect for those who couldn’t fathom sitting through the dual-intermission version of this disillusioning tale of young actress as she finds success at the expense of her innocence... 

Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451

One year after exciting Fringe audiences with their haunting production of the Burgess classic, A Clockwork Orange, New York’s Godlight Theatre is taking on Ray Bradbury’s terrifying book-burning tale, Fahrenheit 451... 

Liss Fain Dance

Liss Fain Dance

Liss Fain Dance, the renowned San Francisco based company makes its European debut at Zoo Theatre. They have had a great deal of success in the States and are hoping to have a similar impact in Edinburgh... 

The Powder Room

The Powder Room

Welcome to The Powder Room, a burlesque night club where you will be surrounded by the world of the erotic and a plethora of tassel-clad women. At least, this is how they lure you in... 

Paint the Town

Paint the Town

What do you get when you combine an inability to move with physical theatre? In the Red’s production of Paint the Town.A combination of physical movement and projections transport the audience to a supermarket, a train platform, a trendy bar and a hospital... 

1984

1984

Edwards Theatre Company is behind this innovative adaptation of Orwell’s haunting story of a future that never quite came to pass.The year is a fictitious version of 1984 and Winston is a man like all others... 

The Audition

The Audition

Ant & Elephant present this never-ending tale of the desperation of today’s actors.Lauren (Katherine Kitsis) has dreams of becoming a great actress. Upon meeting Stella (Naomi Martin), a sociopathic director, at a highly unconventional audition, she is tested on just how far she will go to make her dreams come true... 

Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies

The talented students of the Feltonfleet School star in this creepy adaptation of William Golding’s Lord of the Flies.Hoping to protect them from the bombs being dropped during wartime, a group of English schoolboys are sent away... 

MyoSung: Streetdance

MyoSung: Streetdance

A new dance fusion of hip-hop, breaking and traditional Korean dance is introduced into our physical vocabulary by an innovative young company from Korea.In one hour, MyoSung takes us on a journey of 13 quick dance vignettes, intended to both entertain and educate... 

The Girl Who Cried ‘Nam

The Girl Who Cried ‘Nam

A charming young cast from Bristol University brings their original quirky comedy to the Edinburgh stage.It’s the middle of the night and Eve, the classic slacker student, is only a few hours away from a major exam...