A Terrified Soul – Macbeth

A Terrified Soul – Macbeth

There have been by my count no less than six adaptations of Macbeth at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2016, yet the China Anhui Opera Institute’s offering may be the most unusual. Chinese opera aficionados don’t get many opportunities to see the art form in the UK so will enjoy this, but it is accessible and interesting enough for anyone with a basic understanding of the plot of Macbeth to watch and enjoy... 

Ivor Dembina: Old Jewish Jokes

Ivor Dembina: Old Jewish Jokes

This show doesn’t disappoint. As the publicity suggests, Ivor Dembina provides a lively hour of stand-up comedy, and whist I am in no position to dispute its claim to be the “Fringe’s all-time favourite Jewish comedy show”, I can confirm that there are guaranteed laughs for Jews and gentiles alike... 

Private Manning Goes to Washington

Private Manning Goes to Washington

Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning remains in a high security US Military Prison on a 35-year sentence for passing nearly a quarter of a million classified files to Wikileaks in 2010... 

In Defence of Hitler!

In Defence of Hitler!

This is a time-traveller’s lark in which the two protagonists, Johan and Stefan, travel back in time to 1933 Germany after having had a debate over whether or not they would kill Hitler if they had the option... 

Erich McElroy’s (US) Electile Dysfunction

Erich McElroy’s (US) Electile Dysfunction

This is political stand-up at its best. Neither hectoring nor dull, there are laughs throughout the show as McElroy, an American resident in Britain for the past 16 years, talks the audience through the American election and the candidates... 

Phil Jerrod: Hypocrite

Phil Jerrod: Hypocrite

This is a very funny hour of stand-up from a bearded man. With an impressive eye bulge and great stage presence Jerrod builds a rapport with the audience very shortly after entering the stage... 

Trumpageddon

Trumpageddon

This is a one-man show in which comedian Simon Jay, armed with orange makeup and Trump-like mannerisms, attempts to satirise one of the most mystifying political phenomenons of our time... 

Eat. Sleep. Bathe. Repeat

Eat. Sleep. Bathe. Repeat

This play follows James, an agency worker with no experience or real knowledge of autism, as he is thrown into a job at a care home for adults with low-functioning autism. Four of the cast are carers, struggling with varying degrees of sympathy and understanding to battle through each day of care... 

Ash

Ash

Ash is a devised piece by a group of Lecoq-trained graduates about the nicotine addiction of a Yorkshireman and his friends and family.George is a heavy smoker in a Yorkshire community who begins the habit at a young age, stealing his mother’s cigarettes with his best friend Neil...