Chariot: The Eric Liddell Story

Chariot: The Eric Liddell Story

There was something very apt about this production. Perhaps it was that the show was being performed mere yards from the Eric Liddell Centre, or maybe it was that it came on the back of the British success at the London 2012 Olympic Games... 

Rick Shapiro: Rebirth

Rick Shapiro: Rebirth

This is a very odd hour indeed. Rick Shapiro explains how he is still recovering from an amnesia inducing heart attack and truth be told he did not seem well at all. It’s not clear whether it is part of his act or not but Shapiro’s hands shook, he stuttered as he spoke and he lost his train of thought frequently... 

David O'Doherty Presents 403 Second Masterworks

David O'Doherty Presents 403 Second Masterworks

The format for this show is very simple. David O’Doherty introduces six guests who each present a lecture on a chosen topic, with twenty slides and only 403 seconds to deliver it... 

Firebird

Firebird

This is an imaginative piece from the bright young theatre company Ikou!. It is the story of the fate of a mythical bird, the last of its species, and of its struggle to survive in the face of an oncoming storm... 

German Comedian

German Comedian

Christian Schulte-Loh is a German comedian. He is in fact a very funny, very anglicised but nonetheless German comedian. The reason for mentioning that he is both German and a Comedian quite so much is because this is the vast majority of his anecdotal observational material... 

The Cambridge Footlights: Perfect Strangers

The Cambridge Footlights: Perfect Strangers

It was not wholly surprising to see Footlight’s ex-president David Mitchell in the auditorium inspecting his former outfit in the context for which they are best known, the Fringe and Footlights are inexorably linked and the current batch have big shoes to fill... 

Moondial

Moondial

This piece by Moving Lights Theatre Company tells of a dreamlike adventure through the imagination of a depressed young woman. Harley has a difficult time at university: she struggles to make friends and cohabit with flatmates; combined with other factors, this results in her suffering mentally... 

BBC: London 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony Screening

BBC: London 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony Screening

There was something of a party atmosphere around the BBC Fringe venue on the evening of the 12th. The closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games was soon to get underway and the crowd was full of enthusiastic former sceptics who’d been won over during the sporting fortnight and were here to acknowledge that there was indeed life outside of the Fringe... 

Sh*t-faced Shakespeare

Sh*t-faced Shakespeare

This pretty much does what it says on the tin. A cast of five play the lovers and Puck from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, assisted by a crowd warming master of ceremonies... 

Formby

Formby

In this one man show, Ewan Wardrop plays the part of George Formby and various other characters telling the colourful life stories of this much loved entertainer. Wardrop, as Formby, addresses the audience directly as if recounting memoirs to the crowd, whilst various anecdotes are acted out as flashbacks; of course, a song is never far away... 

Strawberry Sauce

Strawberry Sauce

Strawberry Sauce is a farcical darkly comic story about a man called Joe who is put on trial for shooting a girl with a plastic gun. Set in a surreal child’s play world with the aesthetics of a nursery, mystery surrounds what is real and what is not... 

Richard Herring's Edinburgh Fringe Podcast

Richard Herring's Edinburgh Fringe Podcast

During the Fringe, a haven for ill equipped hastily prepared venues, it can be reassuring to witness a comedy show at a place dedicated to stand up all year round. The Stand has comedy pedigree that gives the audience confidence in what they are about to see, and Richard Herring shared in it as he addressed the crowd... 

Grimaldi: King of the Clowns

Grimaldi: King of the Clowns

This piece, performed by students of Howard Payne University, tells the tragedy-laced story of Joseph Grimaldi, father of the modern day clown. The protagonist and his brother John perform in a pantomime dominated by their father (known only as Signor), who is the overbearing but successful clown in the theatre... 

Blithe Spirit

Blithe Spirit

This production was just about as far from the frenzied, quirky performances that the Fringe is renowned for as you can get. Located in Murrayfield Parish Church, off the sleepy residential Ormidale Terrace you feel a world away from the frenetic buzz of the Royal Mile... 

The Complex: Oedipus

The Complex: Oedipus

This piece from Terrible Edgar is an intriguing metatheatrical reworking of Sophocles’ mother of all tragedies. Or should that be wife of all... The play opens with various members of the chorus, preparing themselves for their 2504th performance of Oedipus Rex... 

Bitesize Chekhov

Bitesize Chekhov

D’Animate presents three of Chekhov’s short plays, perhaps adding a touch more comedy than some might associate with the Russian master. First comes The Proposal, which concerns an offer of marriage that quickly descends into argumentative chaos... 

As You Like It

As You Like It

This was an intriguing and innovative portrayal of one of the bard’s best known comedies performed by an all male cast of eleven. It was a brilliantly comic reworking, and proof that Shakespeare can be very funny indeed, although it is worth noting that the laughs died down a fair bit towards the end in favour of plot resolution... 

Marcel Lucont: Gallic Symbol

Marcel Lucont: Gallic Symbol

As you will quickly gather from this show Marcel believes himself to be better than you. Indeed his opening song ‘I’m better than you’ might start to give the audience that notion... 

Don Juan

Don Juan

This Jackinabox Productions piece tells the classic tale of Don Juan’s battle of wits with the devil. When asked by hell’s proprietor to play the fool, the protagonist recounts stories of his seduction of numerous women in an attempt to prove himself above this title... 

Yianni: Numb and Number - Free

Yianni: Numb and Number - Free

Yianni, an Australian Greek, describes his show as ‘hyperlogical’. Over the course of the hour, he tells of how he was recently diagnosed with autism and of his lifelong obsession with numbers... 

Luke Toulson - Luke Who's Talking

Luke Toulson - Luke Who's Talking

A tall and thin Edwin Van Der Sar lookalike rambled up to the mic and proceeded to announce that he was in fact Luke and not just one of the audience who fancied a go. Nor indeed was he a retired Dutch goalkeeper, as he explained later on... 

Colin Mars: A Life Full of Lemons

Colin Mars: A Life Full of Lemons

Colin Mars put on a brave face for a disappointing turnout. He had a strong opening, and it seemed as if this could have been an opportunity for an intimate gig with some gentle self mocking... 

A Betrayal of Penguins - Harmed and Dangerous

A Betrayal of Penguins - Harmed and Dangerous

The Penguins, including a last minute substitute penguin, are very likeable. It is perhaps their biggest strength. The show begins with the three of them welcoming the audience and thanking them for coming, a device which can often seem awkward and jar with the rest of the show... 

Letters, Boxes and Other Things That Shouldn't Be Opened

Letters, Boxes and Other Things That Shouldn't Be Opened

It’s hard to know how to judge Rare Notions Theatre Company’s first contribution to the Edinburgh Fringe. The show, put on by sixth form students from Alcester Grammar School, is in fact two separate plays originally performed for their A level exams...