Nightpiece Film Festival

Nightpiece Film Festival

Nightpiece Film Festival is attempting to do something quite lovely. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is an open-access festival but for filmmakers, this has never really been the case... 

Yeti

Yeti

There are some great moments in Gary from Leeds’ surreal one-man spoken word show, Yeti. An exploration of the behaviour of the anti-social, but definitely real Yeti (even David Attenborough believes in it), the show is punctuated with unanswered questions from Glamour magazine, take-away joint reviews written by (a different) Gary from Leeds, as well as original poetry, both comic and thoughtful... 

Inevitable

Inevitable

The Age We Are is a young company bringing their first production, Inevitable, to the Edinburgh Fringe. Depicting a dystopian future in which all forms of culture have been banned by the government (or Gove-ment), Inevitable is a splendid love letter to all the arts from practitioners just starting out in the theatre industry... 

Alison Jackson: A Story in the Public Domain

Alison Jackson: A Story in the Public Domain

Alison Jackson has made a name for herself creating fake behind-the-scenes photographs and videos of celebrities with look-alike models. With Alison Jackson: A Story in the Public Domain she attempts to extend this idea into a long-form theatre piece... 

Case Number

Case Number

Case Number, from young London-based theatre company Tea and Toast productions, seeks to raise awareness about the shockingly low number of rapists that are convicted through the UK legal system, as well as the dehumanising effect the legal process has on victims... 

Flight of the Lawnchair Man

Flight of the Lawnchair Man

Latymer Theatre Company’s Flight of the Lawnchair Man is the sweet tale of an average man who dreams of something more. A bright and optimistic musical about the importance of following your dreams, it doesn’t break much new ground but is a diverting and well-executed youth production... 

Jim Al-Khalili: Quantum - Still Crazy After All These Years

Jim Al-Khalili: Quantum - Still Crazy After All These Years

I gave up studying all forms of science at the age of 15, so on the surface, I would not be the natural choice for Jim Al-Khalili’s Quantum – Still Crazy After All These Years... 

Telling Tales

Telling Tales

Todoandahooha’s Telling Tales is a series of 21st century morality plays commenting on and critiquing the contemporary world. But, don’t let that serious description deter you – the performers, who are connected with the youth theatre group Oldham Theatre Workshop, deliver their tales with verve, wit and charm... 

Post-Its (Notes on a Marriage)

Post-Its (Notes on a Marriage)

The ordinary, daily drama of being in a relationship is the subject of short Canadian production, Post-its (Notes on a Marriage). It is the sweet tale of a husband and wife and their relationship from one-night stand to her death, told entirely through the notes they wrote to each other across the course of their lives... 

Dead Letters

Dead Letters

In this era of electronic messaging devices, where nothing texted or emailed seems personal, permanent or important, there is something romantic about a tangible, hand-written letter... 

Feral

Feral

Feral is a beautifully imagined production which uses puppetry, film, cartoons and projection to tell the sad story of a lovely seaside town descending into anarchy. With great skill and precision, Tortoise in a Nutshell creates a movie onstage before our eyes... 

Good Timin'

Good Timin'

Good Timin’ is Ian Mclaughlin’s personal story about his search to find a connection with his long-lost father. Along the way, he discusses the science of nature vs. nurture, growing up in 1970s Washington, Tyne and Wear, and his quiet obsession with Doctor Who... 

Dr Professor Neal Portenza Performs His Own Autopsy Live On Stage. One Night Only. (Obviously).

Dr Professor Neal Portenza Performs His Own Autopsy Live On Stage. One Night Only. (Obviously).

To tell the truth, I’m a little bit scared of Dr. Professor Neal Portenza. This isn’t as strange as you might think, because his show is not ‘a quiet night of stand-up’, as he tells us (yells at us) at the start, but an ‘interactive experience... 

The Box – Free

The Box – Free

“I wasn’t cut out to be cursed,” Jill tells us at the start of The Box. She is a good girl, a lucky girl, someone who seems to have lived a blessed life. That is until she was cursed through the act of stealing an evil box from a junk store... 

Rants, Bantz and Comas

Rants, Bantz and Comas

“Happy families are all alike, but every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way,” wrote Tolstoy. Across the theatrical canon – from Shakespeare to Chekhov to Tracey Letts - there are hundreds of examples of how theatre can effectively utilise the drama and comedy inherent in the family unit... 

Every Brilliant Thing

Every Brilliant Thing

You’ll have to excuse me for saying this, but Every Brilliant Thing is, quite simply, brilliant. There is no other word to describe it. A story of depression, love and loss stretching across the course of a lifetime, this solo show is both devastatingly sad and incredibly uplifting, leaving the audience laughing through their tears and crying through their laughter... 

Mmm Hmmm

Mmm Hmmm

The lights go down and, from out of the dark, a sound comes...three female voices, singing together, creating a gorgeous melody . As the singing builds, a white box of light appears and three women run into the light... 

A Slight Ache

A Slight Ache

In a world where ‘fat’ is a dirty word, Chewing the Fat, created by performance artist Selina Thompson, sets out to have an open and honest conversation about it. Specifically, Thompson wants to share the story of her fat, how it makes her feel and how it has impacted on her life... 

The Future for Beginners

The Future for Beginners

What would life be like if you could plan every detail ahead of time and guarantee your happiness? Such certainty of outcome is surely something that everyone has wished for at some point, when life has seemed too hard, too confusing, too lacking in narrative... 

The Eradication of Schizophrenia in Western Lapland

The Eradication of Schizophrenia in Western Lapland

The Eradication of Schizophrenia in Western Lapland, by theatre company Ridiculusmus, is about the creation of an experience. Despite the title, this is not a simple narrative about the Finnish managing to all but eliminate the condition known as ‘schizophrenia’ through a process of ‘open dialogue’... 

Big Red Bath

Big Red Bath

Adapted from the popular children’s book of the same name, Big Red Bath is Full House’s offering for younger children at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe (The Snow Dog is their show for older children)... 

The Snow Dog

The Snow Dog

You don’t expect adults to be as excited as the children when waiting to see a kids show at the fringe. But that certainly is the case whilst queueing for Full House’s The Snow Dog... 

My Uncle's Shoes

My Uncle's Shoes

A beautifully ragged caravan hung with various bits and bobs sits in a corner of the stage. A young clown in high pants and floppy hat (Alexandre Casali), sits on the ground eating a banana and throwing the skins around... 

I'm Not Like Other Girls

I'm Not Like Other Girls

Susie Sillett has always disliked women, she explains. It comes from growing up in a household of men, where she had to fight for attention and to keep up with the others. She charts the journey of her young life for us over the course of forty minutes, explaining her personal journey, from fairly determined misogynist to proud feminist... 

KATE

KATE

In 1940, the British strategically invaded neutral Iceland in a preemptive move to prevent a German invasion. Britain was terrified of losing its control of the North Atlantic. British forces in the country eventually numbered 20,000, which, in country of just 120,000 at the time, was certain to make an impact... 

Near Gone

Near Gone

“This is a difficult story to tell,” performer Katherina Radeva warns us in Bulgarian through her translator and fellow performer, Alister Lownie, at the start of Near Gone. She is not wrong... 

The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz

It’s called, ‘The Wizard of Oz’ but this isn’t the production you remember from your childhood. Beijing Jingshan School take this classic, well-loved musical and give it an innovative and enthusiastic twist... 

Notoriously Yours

Notoriously Yours

Most of us don’t think too hard about what we post online. Despite whistleblowers like Edward Snowden and revelations on the scale of PRISM, the majority of people go about their daily business online not thinking too much about who is watching... 

Confirmation

Confirmation

There Has Possibly Been an Incident by Chris Thorpe was a critically acclaimed success at the Fringe in 2013. Thorpe returns to Northern Stages this year with his solo show, Confirmation... 

Jack and I

Jack and I

The unsolved mystery of Jack the Ripper has provided constant fascination for people around the world ever since the grisly murders were committed. The failure of Scotland Yard to find the killer has encouraged innumerable historians, enthusiasts and writers to come forward and attempt to find a solution... 

Little Jokes

Little Jokes

‘I see life as basically tragic and futile and the only thing that matters in life is making little jokes,’ wrote Edward Lear, a Victorian best known for his nonsense poetry and limericks... 

Richard III

Richard III

There may be questions surrounding his historical accuracy, but there can be no denying that Shakespeare’s Richard III is one of the most fascinating and entertaining of English theatre’s villains... 

Finian's Rainbow

Finian's Rainbow

Finian’s Rainbow tells the story of Irish immigrant, Finian McLonergin, and his daughter, Sharon and their adventures in the fictional American town of Rainbow Valley, Missitucky... 

Rosie Wilby: Nineties Woman

Rosie Wilby: Nineties Woman

The early nineties is a period that doesn’t often get a lot of attention. Lacking Margaret Thatcher, communism and the fantastic fashions, the early nineties have become a footnote to their more famous predecessor, ‘The Eighties’... 

Crazy Glue

Crazy Glue

What keeps a couple together and what breaks them apart are two questions endlessly revisited by artists. Each answer is as unique as the couple involved. Single Shoe Productions offers an original and charming iteration of the age-old conundrum in their physical theatre work-in-progress show Crazy Glue... 

The A-Z Of Mrs P

The A-Z Of Mrs P

As a relative ‘newbie’ to London, I often find myself lost, confused and wandering the city’s streets hopelessly. Each new tube station presents a challenge and having no smart phone, I have relied on that iconic red, blue and white ‘A-Z of London’ street guide more times than I care to remember...