seated at director Josh Roche’s production of A Third means being drawn into
the intimacy of a couple’s studio flat.
Anna Jordan’s plays are sex fables for the modern day that everyone must see.
Grace Savage, the UK’s official female champion beatboxer, suits her oxymoronic name to a tee.
Foil, Arms and Hog are a group of stylish Irish lads with an
old-school, vintage look.
A quick glance into the Fringe brochure may lead an innocent punter to think The Interview is an intriguing show.
The Bunker Trilogy has transported the world of Shakespeare to the trenches of the first World War.
Alex Owen and Ben Ashenden are the veritable princes of the meta-theatrical sketch and descendants of a very British kind of comedy.
The plot runs as follows.
A naked pair of male buttocks tense under a spotlight as the play
Live jazz bands and theatrical pieces are rarely blended together so successfully.
The intriguing central premise of The Curing Room is based upon a
terrifying true story.
Our host for the evening is Sunna Jarman, and she is certainly engaging.
Natasia Demetriou is new to solo shows.
Outside, the queue is teeming.
Banterous and dangerous, this night of eclectic stand-up comedy is in the hands of three very capable performers.
Echolalia is a type of autism where sufferers automatically repeat the
words and phrases of others.
This returning Fringe hit begins with an anecdote about a young woman called Chloe locking herself out of her house.
Magic Number Six documents the friendship between actor Patrick McGoohan and TV producer Lew Grade throughout the making of TV series The Prisoner.
Dark Matter is a piece of theatre that breaks many of its rules and moulds new ones.
It is difficult to critique a show that is raising awareness and funds for ovarian cancer research, but I will try my best.
A Respectable Widow documents the beginning of the unlikely friendship between Annabelle Love, a respectable English widow, and Jim Dick, a working class Scottish employee of Annab…
This black comedy about competition appropriately takes the form of a game show.
An ordinary woman sits on a park bench reading a newspaper.
Verbatim shows have hit this year’s Fringe like a storm.
Dot is going senile in her new Mancunian flat.
The scene is set in dementia sufferer Claire Conomor’s care home.
As we took our seats, furnished with appropriately rose-patterned cushions, and gazed on at the living room set before us, it was as if we were in someone else’s house, listening…
Sinead, a prostitute, Debbie, an alcoholic thief, and Mags, a schizophrenic who has murdered her husband, all inhabit the same prison.
The poster for Outside on The Street features a young Aryan man with blood running down his face.
In this one-man show, a man called Michael shoots himself, speaks to his therapist about his depraved impulses and his infatuation for the wife who has left him and stalks said wif…
Foil, Arms and Hog are an Irish sketch comedy trio who combine innovative ideas with silliness and boyish charm.
Milton Jones enters, characteristically via scooter, clad in a blue print shirt, orange trousers, orange shoes, and hair which defies gravity.
The cast of short musical ‘It’s not what you know’ are talented.
Jamie Demetriou has come up with and employed a great and original idea for his Pleasance comedy set.
Heart throbs is a show that pulsates with silliness.
Finding Libby story follows sixty-something-year-old Pauline as she embarks on a nautical holiday along the canals of England.
Idle Motion is a theatre group that specialises in physical theatre.
‘I had changed as a person since entering the beauty pageant.
In a new play by Matthew Kirton, the ageing Jack Goodman is trying to attend his daughter’s violin recital at the Royal Opera House, before being detained by two detectives unusu…
Last year, comedy duo Shirley and Shirley were Unleashed.
Even if you haven’t heard of Vikki Stone, you may still have heard the anecdote about a loving fan sending their knickers in the post to Phillip Schofield and writing and perform…
Life Sentence follows the story of Theo, who has just been diagnosed with immortality.
There is a danger when dramatising an incident as horrifying as the 2012 Delhi gang rape case, in which a woman coined Nirbhaya (meaning fearless) was dragged from a bus and raped …
Dugout theatre company returns to the Fringe with Fade, a play about the pursuit of meaning and its detrimental consequences.
David Trent has labelled each of his possessions: ‘This is a screen’, ‘This is a laptop’, ‘This is a projector’, etc.
Written and set in the nineteenth century, Strindberg’s best-known play is about an illicit affair between Miss Julie, the lady of the house, with her footman Jean.
Dylan Moran has changed his persona somewhat.
George’s Marvellous Medics is a sketch show about medics by medics, with a few Olympics pieces thrown in too, as well as a scattering of quite random ones.
The play opens with a teenage girl feeding ducks from a park bench.
Hal Cruttendon is a very good traditional comic.
Young, blonde, tall and attractive Ed Gamble and Hagrid-lookalike Ray Peacock at first glance seem an unlikely pair.
Matthew Crosby is a five foot five bearded man with a side parting, who wears short-sleeved checkered shirts and black, thick-framed glasses.
Richard and Max have been best friends since high school, where they bonded over their respective social flaws.
Six actors take turns playing a beachcomber while the rest watch, amused and concerned.
Through Kane’s discussion of procreation, something great is indeed born, and that is great comedy.
Githa is a one-woman show about Katherine Githa Sowerby, suffrage playwright and writer of Rutherford and Sons, and her struggle to be respected in the male-dominated literary worl…
Only Humour, the first improv group to emerge from Bristol University, present us with Word:Play.
Rope is a play of the Victorian thriller genre written by Patrick Hamilton in 1929.
This dark play about confronting death introduces us to an array of fascinating characters: Amy, a hotel-cleaner, Jim and Elaine, and Ben and Kate, whose lives are linked by a seri…
The humour of sketch troupe Sploshy can most realistically be described as lazy.
In 2010, a young American student and an old British academic take an interest in the life of the Romantic poet Chatterton, and specifically the circumstances of his relationship w…
The title of the play sets up an immediate opposition between love and understanding, and once seated, we are soon presented us with characters full of love and totally lacking in …
The magical, dusky venue that is the Assembly Elegance Tent provided the perfect atmosphere for the night-time revels of Marcel Lucont’s Cabaret Fantastique.
Having watched Oyster Eyes Presents: Some Rice, you find yourself trying to work out what it is exactly you have just seen.
Shirley and Shirley Unleashed is a show about two women who, as the title suggests, do indeed seem somewhat feral (especially in their binge-drinkers-turn-into-wild-monkeys act).
When I saw that Tennessee Williams’ tragedy of lost youth and nostalgia was being performed by a cast of sixteen-to-eighteen-year-olds, I’ve got to admit that I had my doubts.
In this supposedly fifty-minute show, the audience were met with twenty minutes of relatively weak material, often sitting through unjustifiably long stories for their mediocre pun…
People who like their comedy surreal will enjoy this more than others.
Tania Edwards deserves a much bigger audience than what she was met with last night.
The idea behind The One Hour Plays is that through audience involvement a script can be written, cast and performed with the appropriate costumes, props and music in under an hour.
Maurice Cock and Belvedere Bagg model their show as a lesson in how to act.
Revill’s Selection is an hour of very friendly comedy, with Paul Revill hosting and three unannounced acts every day.
Hitch and Mitch’s intentions were to be so bad that they were good.
Agnes, played by Abi Tedder, is hosting a wake for the father who abandoned her as a child.
The Shack Comedy Club is a new venue just beginning to find its feet.
Andre King’s style is an endearing one.
The key ingredients to any successful comedy show have to be a friendly audience, a boisterous atmosphere and a packed venue, all of which the Showcase Show had.
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