Miss Julie

Miss Julie

An absolutely captivating production of one of Strindberg’s best-loved plays. The casting is a little more senior than is usual but that’s of no import - Louise Seyffert’s feisty and troubled Miss Julie is the perfect foil to arrogant servant Jean (Bart Vanlaere - outstanding)... 

Fameless

Fameless

There’s a line early on that unintentionally sums up this show: 'None of us is nervous but if we were this is probably how we’d be behaving.'An intriguing premise - three finalists in an X-factor-style TV show are cooped up in the green room prior to their last broadcast - is squandered in this lacklustre production... 

Rich Fulcher: Tiny Acts of Rebellion

Rich Fulcher: Tiny Acts of Rebellion

‘We can’t all overthrow the government through tweets but we can all unbuckle our seat-belts on a plane before they tell us to.’An anarchic and anti-authoritarian seminar from Fulcher, best known on this side of the Pond as angry zoo-owner Bob Fossil in The Mighty Boosh... 

Andrew Maxwell: The Lights Are On

Andrew Maxwell: The Lights Are On

How is it I’ve been watching stand-up for more than 20 years, including a decade of Fringe going, and I have never got round to seeing Andrew Maxwell. It must have been all those five-star reviews plastered across his posters... 

The Brandreth Papers

The Brandreth Papers

If scientists on the Human Genome Project fancied isolating the gene responsible for insufferable smugness, might I suggest taking a blood sample from Benet Brandreth. A large blood sample... 

Andrew Bird's Village Fete

Andrew Bird's Village Fete

We’re not seeing the best of Andrew Bird tonight, I suspect. He tells us as much – repeatedly. His wife down south has just given birth prematurely (the heartless audience, containing no Americans, gives no woops or cheers) and he’s just rushed back on the plane and so is knackered... 

The Real MacGuffins: Skitsophrenic

The Real MacGuffins: Skitsophrenic

Amongst the many funny moments provided by this trio, the performance I attended also has a side attraction: a mother, unaware the show is 14+, who’s brought along her two daughters, both clearly way, way too young... 

Olver: Portrait of a Serial Killer

Olver: Portrait of a Serial Killer

Bounding on stage to the fading strains of Total Eclipse of the Heart, circuit stalwart Mark Olver instantly puts the crowd at ease: this guy knows what he’s doing. Although it takes me a while to get over the fact he looks the spitting image of Timothy Spall... 

Baker and Thompson: Never Made it to the RSC - Free

Baker and Thompson: Never Made it to the RSC - Free

The infectious enthusiasm of this comedy duo is apparent from the off, their chaotic get-in generating a fair few belly-laughs. The show proper – in which two actors reminisce about dodgy Shakespeare productions they’ve been drafted into – is part play, part sketch comedy, with a healthy dose of fourth-wall-breaking interjections thrown in... 

Delete the Banjax: Pigs and Ponies

Delete the Banjax: Pigs and Ponies

It’s 6.30pm and I’m singing along as images of war and kittens, such cute kittens, flash up on a screen. This is my first time but, within a minute, I know I’m in love with Delete The Banjax...