In BOLSTOFF: A Modern Actor’s Introduction to Advanced Contemporary Performance the lads from Wicker Socks (Fionn Foley, Michael-David McKernan and Ronan Carey) help guide us thr…
The Voice Factor [X] is the playwriting debut
of Michael-David McKernan, an hour of sharp satire and musings on the
nature of fame for those that are unprepared for it.
Written and performed by Donal Courtney, God Has No Country is the story of Hugh O’Flaherty a priest from Killarney that saved 6,500 lives in Rome during World War 2.
Money For The Sun’s production of The Quare Fellow is an astounding bit of theatre.
Chief Inspector Abberline is known as the man that failed to catch Jack the Ripper.
Shoot the Women First revolves around a mercenary company.
Most will only know Colin Hay from his time as the frontman for Men at Work and appearing in an episode of Scrubs.
It’s quite a bold group that brings a show about life-failing drug users in post Thatcher Britain to Edinburgh, the home of Trainspotting.
The force of nature that is named Henry Rollins graces the Edinburgh Fringe once again, bringing with him another hour of profound advice and big laughs.
Bablake Theatre’s take on the character of Sherlock delivers a few laughs, though it offers nothing new to the already long list of pastiches and homages the detective has receiv…
Dark Heart is a Shrodinger’s Cat of a show, managing to be both hopelessly amateurish and professionally polished at the same time.
Big Bite is celebrating it’s 10-year Fringe anniversary with a ‘best of’ showcase: although an enjoyable selection of short pieces - effectively boiling down to long sketches…
The genius of the Romantic poets was their ability to bring emotion to the forefront in a world where faux-rationality reigned.
After comedy, horror is the next most difficult art form to tackle; although comedy reigns king at the fringe there is still an eager audience waiting to be scared.
Shaedates is a show about finding yourself – quite literally.
In a previous show, we witnessed Robert Newman intellectually tear down Dawkin’s view of evolution.
Johnny and Paddy return with another hour of rip roaring music based satire.
Interactive theatre is a tricky beast.
Tom Taylor has produced a show so funny at one point I thought my lungs were going to burst.
Irons the new play from writer Colin Chaston certainly pushes the envelope of believability.
This year Les Enfants Terribles are gracing us with a show that’s fun but is a hotchpotch of great performers, boring music, missed opportunities and laughs.
“You awaken to find yourself in a dark room”, it’s a phrase shouted many times during The Dark Room.
Almost every review of Spencer Jones takes the lazy route of saying he’s like Mr Bean meets something/someone wacky.
Some shows stick in your head even if they are flawed.
John Robertson claims that comedy is a sick industry (and he should know).
This year Mark Steel aims to give a brief overview of the cities and sights of Scotland.
The Satirists for Hire returns to the fringe with another hour of bizarre similes, half baked ideas, and desire for a better world.
For many Rab Florence and Ian Connell are the unsung heroes of Scottish comedy.
Mungo Park proved that any true Scotsman would do almost anything to avoid spending another bloody day in Selkirk.
Wrong ‘Uns is aptly titled because there is plenty of them packed into this hour of sketch comedy.
Intergalactic Nemesis was like being trapped in a lift that wouldn’t stop going up or down, it made me angry on so many levels.
Nish Kumar has provided a wily hour of satire as some people could sit for the entire show and not realise it’s really a show about politics.
Too often, successful American comedians make their way to the UK assuming that audiences are as easy to please as they are back home.
This is Manual Cinema’s first visit to the Fringe and they have brought with them a technical and awe-inspiring show that combines live music and shadow puppets.
Everyone wants to rule the world but Will Seaward actually has a list of ways to achieve this.
It is a rare treat to see surrealist comedy this good.
Unsurprisingly Darren Walsh’s S’Pun is an hour of puns.
Princes of Main return with another sketch show chock-a-block with odd characters, witty one liners and silliness.
Whether you’ve never heard of Saki before or consider yourself a die hard fan, this production is sure to please.
For many like me Knightmare was watched with a religious fever back in the 90s.
The MMORPG show is a good idea but lacks the slick execution required to fully succeed.
Some people claim that the 1960s and
1970s were the golden age of British comedy.
Thomas is an economic show bound together with a fantastic cast.
Hairspray is a
breath of fresh from the normal Broadway musicals that trudge their way through
the British stages.
show The Tailor of Inverness first hit Edinburgh stages eight years ago
and has been touring ever since.
The Marx Brothers greatest failing is at the circus.
production of Beauty and the Beast holds a debt to the Disney version of the
tale, and it never quite gets out from under its shadow.
that magic time of year when we theatre critics stop watching plays about
middle class people and their problems, and get to watch a man in a dress tell
dirty jokes to ki…
If you are looking for some respite from hackneyed scripts and dodgy accents, you are not going to find it in Sanctuary.
How can you review Barry Cryer? He’s a British comedy legend, practically an institution.
Since Nick Doody’s first fringe show Before He Kills Again I would have expected him to have achieved more success than he seems to as he is simply one of the best gimmick-free sta…
Alex Furrow, the compere for Oxford Revue Presents, has a lot to contend with, La Belle is a big venue and it must be difficult to pack it out with an eager crowd.
Moribund: a show about death and the afterlife that fails to get a rise out of the audience.
Dolls is about our relationships with toys, but there is nothing wooden about this show.
Counter Culture is a very clever show; so clever that it took me halfway through it to realise that the title is quite a good joke.
Johnny has accidentally told his niece that he can single-handedly stop climate change and so he embarks on a musical adventure with his bandmate Paddy to save the world.
You’d imagine that it’s quite difficult to write an hour of stand up about owning a cat, and apparently it is, because about half way through David Tsonos’ Walking the Cat he p…
Chris Martin is trying something a little different this year by having his show underpinned with a musical soundtrack.
Arrangements is about death and depression but doesn’t leave the audience down in the mouth.
Bob Monkhouse was a complicated and enigmatic man.
Funny People showcases some of the best and brightest comedians
living with disabilities on the circuit, oh and a token “normal”.
Gein’s return to the Edinburgh Fringe once again to showcase their brand of dark sketches.
What would the word be like if homosexuality was the norm? Zanna Don’t is here to answer that question and bleed the concept dry, long after the amusement has left the building.
The nervous Barry Twyford (from Crackwhore and Mingpiece Market Research) takes to the stage and explains that he has accidentally booked himself to do a show at the Edinburgh Frin…
Tar Baby is a show caught between two worlds, comedy and drama, poignant and silly, white and black.
Who Do I Think I Am? is an hour long rip roaring stand up performance.
When you see a comedian get a laugh from taking a sip of water you know they’ve got good timing.
Amelia Ryan is accustomed to accidents, inclined to insult, prone to gaffs, whoopsies, and boobies.
is quite possible the most important dance company performing in Britain today;
at the very least their influence is far-reaching.
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