The Battle of Frogs and Mice

The Battle of Frogs and Mice

Choosing to adapt a fairly obscure Greek text like The Battle of Frogs and Mice (also known as the Batrachomyomachia) as a storytelling show for children would be a bold choice for… 

Penguinpig

Penguinpig

There are times when a particular title will jump out at you and niggle in the back of your brain. 

Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar

All-female Australian group Essential Theatre present their own gender-swapped take on Shakespeare’s classic. 

The Wonderful World of Lapin

The Wonderful World of Lapin

Gentle and well-meaning, The Wonderful World of Lapin is a good attempt to introduce young children to the French language. 

The Tales of Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddle-Duck

The Tales of Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddle-Duck

You would be forgiven for thinking that a production of The Tales of Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddle-Duck performed in a circus tent might involve people dressed up as the character… 

Future Perfect

Future Perfect

Tall Stories return to Edinburgh for their 20th birthday with an updated version of Future Perfect. 

Bacchae

Bacchae

Both faithful and frantic, young company Flying Pig Theatre have produced a very satisfying version of Euripides’ Bacchae with a deft touch. 

Rhapsodes

Rhapsodes

Back for another year, Adam Meggido and Sean McCann of Showstoppers! fame return to wow us with what is possibly the most impressive improvisational feat at the Fringe. 

David Walliams' The First Hippo on the Moon

David Walliams' The First Hippo on the Moon

From the team behind Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs comes a brand new adaptation of David Walliam’s children’s book The First Hippo on the Moon. 

All Quiet on the Western Front

All Quiet on the Western Front

Incognito Theatre’s adaptation of All Quiet on the Western Front is a solid, if predictable, production which ticks all of the necessary First World War boxes. 

The I Hate Children Children's Show

The I Hate Children Children's Show

Magician Paul Nathan returns to Edinburgh once more with The I Hate Children Children’s Show for an hour of interactive magic, name-calling and the occasional glass of champagne. 

The Damned United

The Damned United

Powerful and demanding, Red Ladder Theatre Company’s production of The Damned United is every bit as belligerent and uncompromising as the protagonist of its story. 

The Gin Chronicles at Sea

The Gin Chronicles at Sea

Interrupt the Routine returns as 1940s radio group The Misfits of London for another highly enjoyable adventure of The Gin Chronicles. 

Hup

Hup

Though there are plenty of shows designed for children at the Fringe, finding shows aimed at the youngest can always be tricky. 

The Story of Mr B

The Story of Mr B

ShakeShakeTheatre present the tale of a man named Bumblegrum in a quirky and enjoyable puppet show for children. 

Medea: Greece Meets West

Medea: Greece Meets West

Billed as a “psychological drama conflating classical Greek mystery with jazzical profanity”, Medea: Greece Meets West contains very little Medea and not much more jazz. 

Ribbet Ribbet Croak

Ribbet Ribbet Croak

Ribbet Ribbet Croak is a gentle and successful piece of theatre for younger children, as well as being very suitable for PMLD and ASD family groups. 

James and the Giant Peach

James and the Giant Peach

UCLU Runaground’s James and the Giant Peach is a fresh, fun and frantic adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic. 

The Lounge

The Lounge

There comes a time in most good plays when you realise you’ve become completely lost in a moment due to its sheer brilliance. 

The Gin Chronicles: A Scottish Adventure

The Gin Chronicles: A Scottish Adventure

After their great success last year, Interrupt the Routine are back with a brand new episode of The Gin Chronicles. 

Opera Mouse

Opera Mouse

Opera Mouse is a pleasant Canadian import presented as a one-woman puppet show by Melanie Gall. 

Frogs

Frogs

School group Centaurs of Attention have an excellent company name and a rather good Fringe show to boot. 

Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins

This production of Mary Poppins draws heavily from Disney’s 1964 film, but fails to conjure the same magic. 

Michael Morpurgo's King Arthur

Michael Morpurgo's King Arthur

Story Pocket Theatre bring Michael Morpurgo’s novel about King Arthur to life with a solid and enjoyable production. 

Metamorphoses

Metamorphoses

Ossining High School have delivered a solid and enjoyable, if somewhat flawed, production of Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses. 

Iphigenia in Tauris

Iphigenia in Tauris

Champs Mêlés’ production of Iphigenia in Tauris is a two hour, French language translation of J. 

Horse McDonald in Careful

Horse McDonald in Careful

Swapping her musical trappings for the theatre, Horse McDonald takes to the stage to present an undeniably intriguing and raw, if occasionally sensational, biopic of her own life. 

A Midsummer Night's Dream in Gotham

A Midsummer Night's Dream in Gotham

A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Gotham is exactly what it says on the tin. 

The Snail and the Whale

The Snail and the Whale

Joyous in every way, The Snail and the Whale by Tall Stories is a textbook example of how to do theatre for children right. 

Immaculate

Immaculate

Arriving fresh-faced from Dorset, young sixth-form group Harpoon present their take on Oliver Lansley’s hilarious play Immaculate. 

The Snow Queen

The Snow Queen

Trundling into view as part of C Theatre’s 25th anniversary is The Snow Queen. 

Iphigenia In Splott

Iphigenia In Splott

The link between Greek myth and a deprived district of Cardiff is not an obvious one, and Iphigenia in Splott raises this intriguing question tantalisingly. 

Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit and Other Tales

Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit and Other Tales

Lancaster Offshoots have created an enjoyable and surprisingly funny offering with their take on Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit and Other Tales. 

Elysium Fields

Elysium Fields

Potemkin’s People is one of two shows performing on alternate nights under the joint title of Elysium Fields from B-Land Productions. 

We May Have to Choose

We May Have to Choose

We May Have To Choose is a one-person show performed by Emma Hall. 

Ferdinand

Ferdinand

Ferdinand from Tasty Monster Productions is genuinely one of the nicest productions I have seen. 

The Dream Sequentialists

The Dream Sequentialists

The Dream Sequentialists is a show about dream goblins. 

Pilgrim

Pilgrim

Jetting in from Dublin, Pilgrim is a unique exploration of the maturity in valuing what you possess rather than clinging onto vain dreams of the future. 

The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden from Not Cricket Productions is a faithful and on-the-whole, effective, adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic tale. 

The Glass Menagerie

The Glass Menagerie

The Glass Menagerie is a hard play to get wrong. 

Francesca, Francesca...

Francesca, Francesca...

Delving into the short life of 20th century photographer Francesca Woodman, Francesca, Francesca. 

Molly

Molly

This year, Squint presents Molly – a show investigating the mindset of a sociopath with eerie echoes of the things you might see in Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror. 

Antiwords

Antiwords

Antiwords is a piece inspired by Václav Havel’s play Audience, featuring an awkward dialogue between a dissident playwright and a drunken brew master. 

The Hideout

The Hideout

Haste Theatre’s new take on the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur is one full of charm and humour. 

The Bookbinder

The Bookbinder

Trick of the Light presents a charming and an enjoyable addition to your afternoon in the form of The Bookbinder. 

Grandad and Me

Grandad and Me

The Letter J’s production of Grandad and Me is simple, moving and effective. 

Morro and Jasp Do Puberty

Morro and Jasp Do Puberty

Jetting in from Toronto come clown sisters Morro and Jasp, masters of their craft and hilarious to boot. 

I Am Beast

I Am Beast

Returning for their fourth Fringe, Sparkle and Dark bring their own fascinating and fantastical take on experiences of death and loss. 

Carnival Medea: A Bacchanal

Carnival Medea: A Bacchanal

From Georgia State University comes a wonderful reimagining of the Medea myth, reset in the colourful trappings of Trinidad’s carnival. 

Antigone Now

Antigone Now

Part of the American High School Festival, Antigone Now is nothing if not endearing in its attempts to impress. 

Horseplay – The Troy Musical

Horseplay – The Troy Musical

Napier University Drama Society presents a musical retelling of the Trojan War as their offering to the gods this festival. 

Our Teacher's a Troll

Our Teacher's a Troll

It’s amazing how much you can get out of the word ‘Ak’ – the only word in the troll language. 

Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar

Of the two offerings of Julius Caesar that the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School are offering this year, this review concerns the all-male version: a show brimming with great ideas ye… 

Shakespeare Untold: Titus Andronicus (The Piemaker's Tale)

Shakespeare Untold: Titus Andronicus (The Piemaker's Tale)

‘One-man Titus Andronicus for Kids’ sounds like one of those joke titles you suggest to late-night improv troupes. 

The 56

The 56

The Venn diagram containing those who enjoy watching football and those who enjoy watching theatre might not have the largest overlap in the world. 

The Voice Thief

The Voice Thief

“Good girls should be seen and not heard”. 

Beans On Toast

Beans On Toast

Patch of Blue return to the Edinburgh Fringe with their scrumptious offering of Beans on Toast: a triumph of simplicity which still captures the imagination and the heart. 

Joe's Cautionary Tales

Joe's Cautionary Tales

Hungry Wolf presents an energetic and enthusiastic offering for children at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe. 

The Trojan Women

The Trojan Women

Updating Greek myths and tinkering with texts is a finicky process; how to maintain the spirit of the original while providing an audience with something new? Yet this new produc… 

Sunday in the Park with George

Sunday in the Park with George

Cambridge University Musical Theatre Society have brought their leisurely afternoon stroll Sunday in the Park with George to this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe. 

Peter Pan

Peter Pan

This offering of Peter Pan from the American High School Theatre Festival never reaches the heights of the Second Star to the Right. 

Much Ado About Zombies

Much Ado About Zombies

With such an intriguing name, the cynical part of me was almost prepared to be let down. 

A Race of Robots

A Race of Robots

Despite a fun-sounding premise, A Race of Robots unfortunately does not live up to its name. 

The Penelopiad

The Penelopiad

Cambridge Shortlegs and Pembroke Players return to the Edinburgh Fringe with their production of The Penelopiad, an adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s novella. 

Comedy Club 4 Kids

Comedy Club 4 Kids

I didn’t expect to be hearing hard-hitting political satire this afternoon, but wow, that was actually quite a good Tibet joke. 

Jungle Bungle

Jungle Bungle

Bouncing into Edinburgh from Australia, No Mate Productions have arrived with their enjoyably infectious offering Jungle Bungle. 

Princess Taz and the Fearsome Forest

Princess Taz and the Fearsome Forest

The word ‘rap-dragon’ might simultaneously spark intrigue and a sense of unease, but fear not. 

Always... Patsy Cline

Always... Patsy Cline

Before this show, I had not heard of Patsy Cline. 

The Bee-Man of Orn

The Bee-Man of Orn

With such a wonderful title, it’s a shame that The Bee-Man of Orn is not as thrilling as it sounds. 

The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book

Flying High Theatre Company’s adaptation of The Jungle Book is a charming lunchtime production, faithfully recreating its source material and providing entertaining moments of ph… 

Maia and the Sock Monster

Maia and the Sock Monster

Uncommon Productions Staffordshire should be commended for their bravery in presenting their debut effort at the Edinburgh Fringe. 

Medea

Medea

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned; so quotes or paraphrases every production of Medea ever made. 

The Odyssey: An Epic Musical Epic!

The Odyssey: An Epic Musical Epic!

Triumphantly sailing into Edinburgh come Audacious Productions with their frankly magnificent production The Odyssey: An Epic Musical Epic. 

Tony and Mike - The Country Owl and the City Squirrel

Tony and Mike - The Country Owl and the City Squirrel

It’s a rare show that can successfully entertain children of all ages. 

Lysistrata

Lysistrata

It takes a brave soul to attempt to tackle ancient Greek comedy with a modern audience. 

Shakespeare for Breakfast

Shakespeare for Breakfast

With a free croissant and tea in hand, Shakespeare for Breakfast almost had me sold before kick-off. 

Leodo: Paradise Lost

Leodo: Paradise Lost

Not be confused with the Milton epic, Leodo: Paradise Lost follows the story of a young girl lost at sea and transported to a magical island beyond the horizon, Leodo. 

King Arthur

King Arthur

Sometimes in this show, there’d come some songs like this. 

The Adventure Machine

The Adventure Machine

You wake up at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. 

The  Bacchae

The Bacchae

Get your coat. 

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (from here on mercifully abbreviated to APCSP) follows the trials and tribulations of six young spellers, along with some extremely fortu… 

Pirates of Penzance

Pirates of Penzance

It’s difficult not to enjoy yourself watching Pirates of Penzance and this production from Durham is no exception, although it does occasionally feel like it’s trying to undo i… 

Medea

Medea

To choose Seneca over Euripides (thus making this a Roman rather than a Greek tragedy) is a brave decision by Kudos and one that occasionally backfires. 

Inquiry into the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ

Inquiry into the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ

Hosted at the Edinburgh Christadelphian Church by the local community group there, Inquiry into the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ purportedly sets out to examine evidence … 

Sanctuary

Sanctuary

Discussing the topic of abortion in a church venue may seem like a controversial and edgy thing to do. 

Godspell

Godspell

The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away. 

In the Kingdom of the Blind

In the Kingdom of the Blind

That’s an awfully good-looking prop, I think to myself as a character takes a knife to an apparent rabbit carcass. 

The Bunker Trilogy: Macbeth

The Bunker Trilogy: Macbeth

Recast in a WWI bunker, claustrophobia is the order of the day as you watch events unfold in a very small room from an even smaller bench. 

Static - Free

Static - Free

In Static, a man in his early twenties describes growing up. 

A Laughing Matter

A Laughing Matter

Hush Theatre is on a mission ‘to deliver a comparable experience to both deaf and able hearing audiences. 

Oresteia

Oresteia

The Cambridge University team behind Oresteia have achieved many things I would have considered impossible with Aeschylus’ source material. 

Facehunters

Facehunters

SWEARING?! LESBIANS?! DRUG ABUSE?! HOW TERRIBLY AVANT-GARDE! Apologies for the shouting but Facehunters seems keen to stress that if you have a message of any kind, you’re best o… 

Barry Brennan’s Bi-Monthly Dungeons and Dragons Sessions – A Geek Tragedy

Barry Brennan’s Bi-Monthly Dungeons and Dragons Sessions – A Geek Tragedy

No in-depth knowledge of Dungeons and Dragons lore is required to appreciate the excellent comedy this show provides. 

Lysistrata: The Disco Vaudeville Rock'n'Roll Musical

Lysistrata: The Disco Vaudeville Rock'n'Roll Musical

The title is probably the most interesting thing about this adaptation of Lysistrata, but any potential that it implies is sadly missed by the show itself. 

Human and Other Things

Human and Other Things

Fresh from the Namat Theatre in Cairo, Human and Other Things offers a select glimpse of Egypt, albeit in a rather frustrating manner. 

Quantum Battlestar Deep-Space Voyager Tardis Wars: The Million-Dollar Space Epic

Quantum Battlestar Deep-Space Voyager Tardis Wars: The Million-Dollar Space Epic

If the title has somehow not given it away already, a warning should be given to the unenlightened. 

The Mermaid of Zennor

The Mermaid of Zennor

Zennor is not, as it turns out, a distant alien empire, but a small fishing village in Cornwall. 

Winfamy

Winfamy

Weirdly, the house lights come on as the show begins and by house lights, I mean the ordinary light-switch for the room. 

Gotcha!

Gotcha!

A one-man show scheduled for over an hour and a half can be a daunting prospect for both performer and audience. 

25: 13 Red, 12 Blue

25: 13 Red, 12 Blue

Before the lights had barely dimmed, the main actor confidently strode on stage and began the central monologue of how his life in Hull was bad. 

Theseus and the Minotaur: A Love Story

Theseus and the Minotaur: A Love Story

Flamenco dancing is perhaps not the first thing I would associate with the legend of the Minotaur and indeed neither is the idea that the conflict between the monster and Theseus h… 

Trojan Women

Trojan Women

At some point in the creation of this production, somebody decided that they were better at writing than Euripides. 

The Night Porters

The Night Porters

Neither hilarious nor haunting, the claim this play makes to such titles falls as flat as the claim that it is a comedy. 

Fabled

Fabled

Searching for words to describe Fabled is difficult, which is appropriate as Lois Tucker does not utter a single one for the entire hour she is on stage. 

Three Words

Three Words

Congratulations to Byteback Theatre for presenting a splendid physical show and going some way to alleviating my, not-uncommon, instinctive scepticism for the genre. 

Boy In a Dress

Boy In a Dress

What happened in this hour long show is still not quite clear; there was singing, nudity, drag, and a large cupboard to be sure. 

Three by Poe

Three by Poe

I knew three things about the show before it started; that there are horror stories, that there are three of them and that they are presumably related to Poe. 

The Many Mishaps of Mr. Vinegar

The Many Mishaps of Mr. Vinegar

Never before has a kazoo been blown with such gusto; so far so good as the two performers began the show with a confident song. 

National Theatre of Scotland Presents Love Letters to the Public Transport System By Molly Taylor

National Theatre of Scotland Presents Love Letters to the Public Transport System By Molly Taylor

Writing a show is a difficult enough task; to then both act and direct said show is worthy of a titan. 

CeilidhKids at the Fringe - Free

CeilidhKids at the Fringe - Free

Satisfying energetic children can be a task for even the most patient of adults, but CeilidhKids seem to have found a simple but effective solution to combine family bonding with c…