Tom Craine - Choirboy to Addict and Back Again

Tom Craine - Choirboy to Addict and Back Again

Tom Craine is such a polite young man it’s hard to imagine that he was ever addicted to anything. But as his new show, From Choirboy To Addict And Back Again, skilfully attests, he hasn’t always been the golden boy... 

Jollie: Abreast Of Culture

Jollie: Abreast Of Culture

John Biddle and Ollie Birch would be the world’s coolest music teachers if they weren’t already committed to be being Britain’s coolest Story and Song Artistes. Indeed as they are at pains to tell us, Edinburgh is only a warm up for this world wide act; next stop The International Festival of Music and Song in Warsaw... 

S-27

S-27

It is sweltering hot and a guillotine like camera click is the only sound that fills the room, apart that is, from a boy’s desperate wail for his mother. So begins Sarah Grochala’s potent play S-27 which has been given an emotionally gut wrenching production at Finborough theatre in a piece which may not teach you anything new about the atrocities of human oppression but will place you right at the centre of it... 

Under Milk Wood

Under Milk Wood

Well meaning but blank voices speak lines of densely poetic language trying but failing to connect with the power or rhythm behind Under Milk Wood, Dylan Thomas’ perceptive and often comic, examination of Welsh life... 

Tony of Arabia

Tony of Arabia

Tony Blair is in a press conference. ‘Tony! Do you think that Gordon Brown’s got what it takes to succeed you?’ Tony’s reply perfectly typifies the gently satiric but brilliantly funny musical Tony of Arabia - ‘Gordon Brown is my rock... 

Womb Man

Womb Man

A one man experiment into the nature of humankind, Womb Man is an interesting idea which does not ask any new questions or indeed answer any. A clever performance by Ricky Payne helps this piece to move along, but it sometimes gets lost in it’s own density and as such becomes slightly incomprehensible... 

The Factory

The Factory

You and you, fucking move! You over there, you over there!You and you, fucking move! You over there, you over there!You and you, fucking move! You over there, you over there!...and so it continues as we are dragged by Badac Theatre Company yelling and banging into the experience of the Jews who were sent to the Gas Chambers in Auschwitz/Birkenau... 

Stefan Golaszewski Speaks About A Girl He Once Loved

Stefan Golaszewski Speaks About A Girl He Once Loved

In his first solo show up in Edinburgh Stefan Golaszewski has provided us with a witty and sophisticated look at his 18 year old self in the throws of his first love. This is a blindingly good show which revels in the little absurdities of love whilst shining incandescently when touching on the baffling beauty of it... 

Upstart Crows

Upstart Crows

An ensemble of 30 young performers romp marvelously through Mike Punter’s clever new play on the fortunes and misfortunes of the Admiral’s Men and their writer, Christopher ‘Kit’ Marlowe as they begin to challenge established Elizabethan conventions both on stage and off... 

I Wanna Be Loved By You

I Wanna Be Loved By You

Who really was Marilyn Monroe? Sadly after seeing I Wanna Be Loved By You I’m still as clueless as when I went in. Confused and awkward this is an unfocused show which has some interesting ideas but fails to follow through on any of them... 

A Real Humane Person Who Cares And All That

A Real Humane Person Who Cares And All That

A Real Humane Person Who Cares And All That by Adam Brace is the best piece of new writing that I have seen on the Fringe. Cleverly presented with a jumping narrative, and wittily critical of personal and social morals, there is not one word within this play which is superfluous, not one statement without full and total exploration... 

Involution

Involution

It is some time in the future and the Faith Party has taken control. People’s genes are ‘coded’ to be checked for their innate suitability for positions within society. Christianity is the law and God’s decision is that humanity cannot mutate genes to help those who are ill, we cannot play at creator... 

Coming Up For Air by George Orwell

Coming Up For Air by George Orwell

Simply and elegantly staged, George Orwell’s Coming Up For Air is a breath of fresh air in the middle of all of the over dressed, multi-media, post-modern shows which seem to have taken over within this years Fringe... 

Out Of Your Knowledge

Out Of Your Knowledge

“Maybe it’s just nostalgia, but you know the way things are going, back may be the only way of going forward” So speaks Jim one of the many and varied characters that Steve Waters and Patrick Morris encountered as they re-trod the steps of poet John Clare after he left the asylum in Epping Forrest to which he had been confined and walked home to Northborough... 

The Time Step

The Time Step

The brilliance of the Edinburgh Fringe is that you can see things which blow you away in the most unexpected of places, and things which are awful in the most anticipated. Today I was cruelly disappointed in what I was sure was going to be a good work... 

The Yellow Wallpaper

The Yellow Wallpaper

We’ve all imagined monsters in the bedroom at some point, seen eyes looking out at us from dark corners, and so the claustrophobic horror story of a woman sent mad by a malevolent creature in the wallpaper should resonate with all of us... 

Pericles Redux

Pericles Redux

Is it pantomime? Is it a musical? Is it a physical theatre piece? Is it a radical re-telling of Shakespeare’s Pericles, Prince of Tyre? No it’s a bad amalgamation of all four. This is a production which has no idea of what signals it is sending out to the audience and although at points seems to entertain, it certainly does not live up to it’s promise as an innovative and challenging piece of physical theatre... 

Hand-me-Down

Hand-me-Down

Two railings of clothes, colour co-ordinated like a second hand rainbow, stand either side of Kate Craddock as she hands out raffle tickets to the audience as they enter. ‘I hope you’re feeling lucky today’ she beams at me with piercing eyes as I settle into my seat, perfectly foreshadowing the sweetness and yet sharp perceptivity which permeates her one woman show, Hand-me-Down... 

La Clique

La Clique

What is it about La Clique that makes everyone, without exception want to pack up their normal and seemingly dull lives to run away with the circus and live in a world of weird and saucy technicolour wonder... 

In a Thousand Pieces

In a Thousand Pieces

‘We couldn’t hear her, we couldn’t see her so for now this is her voice.’In a Thousand Pieces explores the devastating experiences of Eastern European women who are forced into the dark world of sex slavery... 

The Parched Lament of Child Farrago

The Parched Lament of Child Farrago

Gentle piano music plays as we see pregnant women breathing peacefully on stage and are told to imagine we are a balloon, filled with air and then air which is filled with air. Softly a woman attaches a rope to the piano player’s waist and pulls, she screams as she wrenches him from his stool, dragging him across the floor, pulling and screaming and puffing and then silence and so Child Farrago is born... 

The Exquisite Corpse

The Exquisite Corpse

The angel of death in a bowler hat, a man and a woman on a roof creating an old man’s life from his dying face or a dog who speaks to his therapist. These are only a few of the strange and wonderful scenes you will see during their chance interweaving in The Exquisite Corpse, a piece which could be called the ‘Talking Heads’ of the 21st Century... 

Tapestry Of Fear

Tapestry Of Fear

Two men are trapped in a timeless square musing on their existence, and the world, and their existence, and trees and the world, and their existence and the existence of the world, oh and Adam and Eve are in there somewhere to... 

Behind the Mirror

Behind the Mirror

Ad Infinitum are a new and energetic physical theatre company from Ecole Internationale de Theatre Jacques Lecoq and Lecoq’s brand of clowning is beautifully evident in their new piece, Behind the Mirror... 

Red Peter

Red Peter

What a surprise. Who would have thought that watching a one man show about an ape that becomes a man, would be so shattering, but I can honestly say that at the end of Red Peter I was emotionally gutted... 

Black Stuff

Black Stuff

In Black Stuff Shams Theatre Company have created a piece of work about the global oil and financial crisis that is human, hilarious and above all touching. It is a dark fairytale which turns the ordinary into the extraordinary through a seamless combination of music, story and performance... 

A California Seagull

A California Seagull

I came along to A California Seagull, Alison Carey’s adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull wondering why anyone would want to transpose it’s setting from a wild and dark 19th Century Russian landscape to a modern day golden Californian one and I have left feeling just as bemused...