The Art of Self-Improvement

The Art of Self-Improvement

Ragweed, a ‘scuzzy rock trio’ from Brighton, appreciate the importance of being immersed in live music. 

Utter! Presents... Identity Mix-Up

Utter! Presents... Identity Mix-Up

I don’t think I’ve felt as privileged to be in a performer’s company at a Fringe show as I felt when watching Keith Jarrett. 

Liam Mullone: Game Over

Liam Mullone: Game Over

I’m going to start simply: Liam Mullone is funny – much more so than his association with Russell Howard’s Good News would suggest. 

Dean Friedman - Words and Music

Dean Friedman - Words and Music

Dean Friedman is a personable guy. 

War of the Waleses

War of the Waleses

It’s the old romcom cliché: boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl, girl marries into the suffocating institution to which boy belongs, girl divorces boy. 

Concrete Duvet

Concrete Duvet

It’s a well-worn formula: Man-child isn’t ready to completely give himself over to his relationships, ensnared as he is in a mentality of self-interest and a fear of commitment… 

Adam Page

Adam Page

Pressing the right pedal records, pressing the left pedal replays. 

Barnardo’s Big Comedy Benefit

Barnardo’s Big Comedy Benefit

I just want to first make sure that we’re on level ground here: I think Barnardo’s is super. 

Roddy Hart & The Lonesome Fire

Roddy Hart & The Lonesome Fire

Roddy Hart and his band, the Lonesome Fire, appear on the stage dressed as dapper as anything. 

Thrice

Thrice

Try it at least thrice and you’re bound to get a laugh: so goes the philosophy of sketch duo Toby – consisting of siblings Sarah and Lizzy Daykin – and Nathan Dean Williams. 

Times Square Tourist

Times Square Tourist

In a spoken word account – I would assume non-fictional, though this is never made clear – Laurel Lockhart tells us of her time in New York as she tries to hit it big in the gr… 

Bizarre Guitar and Terse Verse

Bizarre Guitar and Terse Verse

I’ve got a lot of time for people who don’t perform at the Fringe for any reason other than to exhibit a hobby. 

Jekyll & Hyde

Jekyll & Hyde

Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel, charting the dual-natured existence of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, is well-trodden turf, having seen adaptations aplenty on television, radio, film and… 

Rachel Sermanni

Rachel Sermanni

Rachel Sermanni comes onto the stage and blithely announces that she has made a new instrument – out of spoons that she bought in a charity shop. 

BLAM!

BLAM!

I’ve little doubt that I’d have a lot of fun with a pony who knows one-trick but it’s safe to say that it would eventually get tiresome. 

Kaffa!

Kaffa!

A series of vignettes dedicated to ‘modern-day café culture and the problems that come with it’ doesn’t scream mirth, so I think the success of Kaffa! pays hearty testament … 

John McNamara Acoustic Soul and Blues

John McNamara Acoustic Soul and Blues

You wouldn’t guess that John McNamara had only decisively started his Blues career last year at this very festival. 

Doogie Paul Memorial Concert

Doogie Paul Memorial Concert

Doogie Paul may not be the most familiar name in music, but amongst those who know him, both directly and indirectly, he is spoken of with a great deal of admiration. 

PussyFooting

PussyFooting

The absurdist mantle is an invaluable crutch for this play. 

Spoken Word Showcases and Competitions

Spoken Word Showcases and Competitions

The nature of the Spoken Word Showcase is such that each night is an entirely different affair, as Fay Roberts proudly announces at the beginning of the show. 

For the Love of Folk!

For the Love of Folk!

To spend one’s afternoon in the company of Raymond Considine is a relaxed and amusing affair. 

Phildel

Phildel

Phildel’s story is poignant and it is one to which she subtly but frankly alludes with explanations as to how each song came to be written. 

Evie and the Perfect Cupcake / PBH's Free Fringe

Evie and the Perfect Cupcake / PBH's Free Fringe

Welcome to the Calorie Galaxy, in which Tina Sederholm’s protagonist Evie struggles under a regime of browbeating and humiliation, all in the pursuit of a narrow waist. 

Panto-monium: An Adult Pantomime for Gentlemen and Gentleladies

Panto-monium: An Adult Pantomime for Gentlemen and Gentleladies

The onstage rapport of the three actors of Panto-Monium is nothing to be sniffed at. 

Song Noir

Song Noir

John Wills, guitarist of Pumajaw, the musical pairing behind Song Noir, entered the room and crossed the stage, barely acknowledging the audience as he picked up his electric guita… 

Drum Struck

Drum Struck

Despite the many celebrations for Drum Struck that have been quoted on its posters, I went in ready to be critical: I’m not impressed so easily, thought I. 

Monkey Poet

Monkey Poet

Matt Panesh is Monkey Poet: A poet who runs out of poems after half an hour. 

Richard Herring - We're All Going to Die!

Richard Herring - We're All Going to Die!

At a time when high-profile comedy seems frequently to constitute pointing out things that people do, Richard Herring’s satirical wit and eye for originality – not to mention h… 

Ukulele Lunch Date With Tricity Vogue - Free

Ukulele Lunch Date With Tricity Vogue - Free

Of all the ukulele workshops I’ve ever been to, this was by far the best, and let me tell you, I’ve uked a fair bit in my time. 

Dick Whittington

Dick Whittington

To give these enthusiastic students credit, it is not easy to pull off a pantomime. 

Damn Danes

Damn Danes

I forget where comic duo Damn Danes are from, but their comedy is in any case a welcome presence at this year’s Fringe. 

Head Hand Head

Head Hand Head

“You can leave, if you want to,” Laura Jane Dean tells her audience – a simple statement of fact about the freedom afforded to an individual untouched by obsessive-compulsive…