Often Onstage

Often Onstage

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. 

Zach & Viggo: Thunderflop

Zach & Viggo: Thunderflop

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: Schmuck for a Night

Omid Djalili: Schmuck for a Night

Omid Djalili’s not used to a four o’clock crowd. 

Jody Kamali is The Incredible Man of Mystery

Jody Kamali is The Incredible Man of Mystery

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… 

Chopping Chillies

Chopping Chillies

Clair Whitefield’s one-woman show tells the story of Ajna Jan, a martial arts master from Kerala, India. 

Communicate

Communicate

Spot the cliché. 

Rob Auton: The Sleep Show

Rob Auton: The Sleep Show

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… 

BEASTS Present Mr Edinburgh 2016

BEASTS Present Mr Edinburgh 2016

Sketch troupe BEASTS are not here to perform sketches. 

Christian Reilly: Rock'n'LOL

Christian Reilly: Rock'n'LOL

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… 

All the Things I Lied About

All the Things I Lied About

Lying seems to be getting more and more fashionable. 

600 People

600 People

Is anybody out there? It’s a question that’s inspired generations of writers and filmmakers, religious leaders, astrophysicists and, of course, conspiracy theorists. 

Goose: Hydroberserker

Goose: Hydroberserker

Even in this drizzle-filled August, every Fringe venue is a different kind of sweatbox. 

Adrian Gray's The 007 Conspiracy: James Bond's Terrifying Truth, Exposed!

Adrian Gray's The 007 Conspiracy: James Bond's Terrifying Truth, Exposed!

The internet seems to have triggered a new dawn for conspiracy nuts everywhere. 

Novel Experiments in Living

Novel Experiments in Living

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. 

Love, Lies and Taxidermy

Love, Lies and Taxidermy

We begin with a boy meeting a girl. 

Stephen Carlin: TV Comeback Special

Stephen Carlin: TV Comeback Special

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?)

Animal (Are You a Proper Person?)

Animal (Are you a proper person?) is a show about learning who you are and being proud of whatever that might be. 

Sam Simmons: Not a People Person

Sam Simmons: Not a People Person

“It’s a bit tense in here tonight. 

Meet Fred

Meet Fred

We meet Fred as he wakes up - cute little puppet stretching and yawns ensue. 

In Our Hands

In Our Hands

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. 

The Club

The Club

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… 

Equations for a Moving Body

Equations for a Moving Body

There are audible gasps as we watch footage of two women staggering towards a finish line. 

Milk

Milk

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… 

Be Prepared

Be Prepared

Settling into my seat, I glance at the leaflet which had occupied it moments before. 

Escape from the Planet of the Day That Time Forgot

Escape from the Planet of the Day That Time Forgot

Let’s just appreciate that title for a moment. 

Adam Hess: Feathers

Adam Hess: Feathers

It was a little hard to breathe when watching Adam Hess. 

Lewis Schaffer: You Are Beautiful

Lewis Schaffer: You Are Beautiful

Early on, Schaffer decided that the show wasn’t going so well. 

Giants

Giants

Like every year, there are an awful lot of young white men who’ve arrived at this year’s Fringe, sketch show in tow. 

All Aboard the Marriage Hearse

All Aboard the Marriage Hearse

The woman wants to marry, the man does not. 

Tell Me Anything

Tell Me Anything

Fifteen-year-old David Ralfe knows that with “warmth, guidance, and gentle nudging”, Kate, his anorexic girlfriend, can be guided towards a healthier existence. 

Mike Ward: Freedom of Speech Isn't Free

Mike Ward: Freedom of Speech Isn't Free

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… 

Nazeem Hussain – Legally Brown

Nazeem Hussain – Legally Brown

Standup is often at its best when it is possible to discern a great deal of the performer in their material. 

Michelle Wolf: So Brave

Michelle Wolf: So Brave

“Isn’t it a wonderful time to be alive?” Michelle Wolf’s opening statement elicited a telling silence from the crowd. 

Nick Cody: Come Get Some!

Nick Cody: Come Get Some!

Come Get Some! is a rather energetic title, as titles go, but its excitement about Nick Cody is absolutely justified. 

Jake Yapp is One in a Million

Jake Yapp is One in a Million

You won’t find many performers at this year’s Fringe trumpeting their lack of uniqueness. 

Letters to Windsor House

Letters to Windsor House

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… 

Mark Dolan: Life Hacks

Mark Dolan: Life Hacks

Few would disagree that our world is in dire need of fixing.