At its most fundamental, theatre could be described as a series of entrances and exits, with a variety of complex journeys thrown in between the two to spice things up.
In their homemade red and black jumpsuits (emblazoned with an enormous Z and V respectively), Zach Zucker and Viggo Venn are an odd pair — even at the Fringe, the spiritual home …
Omid Djalili’s not used to a four o’clock crowd.
The Man of Mystery comes on stage looking like something out of a classic James Bond film: strong jawline, handsome stubble and a black turtleneck — topped off with an orange shi…
Clair Whitefield’s one-woman show tells the story of Ajna Jan, a martial arts master from Kerala, India.
Spot the cliché.
What is sleep to you? A distraction? A reward? A perversely sweet taste of that undiscovered country? Whatever it is, it’s a massive part of your life: around a third of your tim…
Sketch troupe BEASTS are not here to perform sketches.
Rock’n’LOL’s title is a crystal clear statement of intent: Christian Reilly promises to provide both rock and LOL, music and comedy, and, most of the time, he delivers on sol…
Lying seems to be getting more and more fashionable.
Is anybody out there? It’s a question that’s inspired generations of writers and filmmakers, religious leaders, astrophysicists and, of course, conspiracy theorists.
Even in this drizzle-filled August, every Fringe venue is a different kind of sweatbox.
The internet seems to have triggered a new dawn for conspiracy nuts everywhere.
In the opening tableau, the stage is littered with a collection of bodies sprawled all over the stage, all paper white overalls and unsettling masks.
We begin with a boy meeting a girl.
When Stephen Carlin was named by Stewart Lee as one of the ‘Ten Best Comedians in The World Ever’ in 2008, he wasn’t exactly a household name.
Animal (Are you a proper person?) is a show about learning who you are and being proud of whatever that might be.
“It’s a bit tense in here tonight.
We meet Fred as he wakes up - cute little puppet stretching and yawns ensue.
In Our Hands tells the story of Alf — trawler fisherman, boat captain, father — as he struggles with a changing industry, big business rivals, and his estranged son.
Before the play starts, you can glean some idea of where this hour is headed from the onstage desk: bottles of wine and vodka, a line of cocaine, a singed teddy bear and a dildo ar…
There are audible gasps as we watch footage of two women staggering towards a finish line.
Three of the ‘seven ages of man’ populate the Traverse stage: a pair of 14-year-olds, Steph and Ash, wrestling for the first time with the ideas of love and sexuality; a couple…
Settling into my seat, I glance at the leaflet which had occupied it moments before.
Let’s just appreciate that title for a moment.
It was a little hard to breathe when watching Adam Hess.
Early on, Schaffer decided that the show wasn’t going so well.
Like every year, there are an awful lot of young white men who’ve arrived at this year’s Fringe, sketch show in tow.
The woman wants to marry, the man does not.
Fifteen-year-old David Ralfe knows that with “warmth, guidance, and gentle nudging”, Kate, his anorexic girlfriend, can be guided towards a healthier existence.
At the end of his show, Mike Ward took a moment to emphasise the importance of free speech, the vital importance that comedians are free to offend; he even handed out badges to hel…
Standup is often at its best when it is possible to discern a great deal of the performer in their material.
“Isn’t it a wonderful time to be alive?” Michelle Wolf’s opening statement elicited a telling silence from the crowd.
Come Get Some! is a rather energetic title, as titles go, but its excitement about Nick Cody is absolutely justified.
You won’t find many performers at this year’s Fringe trumpeting their lack of uniqueness.
Picture the scene: two women in letterbox face paint — a pair of punkish, postmodern clowns — sit on a couple of threadbare armchairs underneath an enormous screen, sipping bee…
Few would disagree that our world is in dire need of fixing.
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