Paul McCaffrey: Name in Lights

Paul McCaffrey: Name in Lights

Witty, full of puns, and anything but uninteresting, Name in Lights is a free-flowing performance that bears an aura of genuineness. McCaffrey’s explanation pertaining the name of this year’s show turned out to be relatively simple: scorned and underestimated by his teachers as a child, McCaffrey strove to ‘shove it’ to an old headmaster... 

Abigoliah Schamaun: Subtle

Abigoliah Schamaun: Subtle

Abigoliah Schamaun returns to Edinburgh Fringe for yet another year of aggressive, highly inappropriate and slightly bizarre comedy. Yes, the title is slightly misleading, but that need not discourage potential showgoers; an arsenal of thoroughly amusing anecdotes and self-deprecating jokes guarantees a laugh out of all but the most serious... 

Trash Cuisine

Trash Cuisine

Banned from performing in their own country by command of Europe’s last dictator, Belarus Free Theatre delivers a post-modernist and overtly political production. Written by Nicolai Khalezin and performed in English, Trash Cuisine purportedly offers ‘a cook’s tour of the globe’, but all pretenses aside, it more readily constitutes a metaphor for the exploration of torture, execution and egregious human rights violations that occur everyday across the world; it is a successful attempt to synthesise artistic imagination with informative and righteously acrimonious protest... 

Thpethial

Thpethial

Women’s Award Winner Ria Lina returns to Edinburgh Fringe with a funny, endearing and eye-opening performance. The show, entitled Thpethial, poses several thought provoking questions: namely, what exactly does it mean to be ‘special’? She also manages to simultaneously draw a laugh from all but the most austere, indicative of a well-segmented and well-orchestrated performance... 

Martin Mor - How Do You Like Your Blue-eyed Boy Mister Death?

Martin Mor - How Do You Like Your Blue-eyed Boy Mister Death?

An entertaining yet highly prurient act, Martin Mor’s How Do You Like Your Blue-eyed Boy Mister Death? offers a reinvigorated, revitalised and thoroughly welcome attitude towards the frivolities of everyday life... 

Luke and Harry's Journey to Sex Colony 01

Luke and Harry's Journey to Sex Colony 01

Simply the most bizarre show you will ever have the unfortunate and detrimental privilege to watch. In all fairness, the title itself, Luke and Harry’s Journey to Sex Colony 01, is pretty self-explanatory, however, it’s my lamentable task to tell you more... 

All the King's Men - Knight Fever!

All the King's Men - Knight Fever!

A capella group All the King’s Men return to the Fringe for their fourth consecutive year with Knight Fever! It is a professional, well presented and well executed performance, the only fault it’s brevity... 

Bad Bread: Glove Contractually

Bad Bread: Glove Contractually

A first-class, provocative sketch comedy performed by the trio Bad Bread, full of amusing anecdotes, Glove Contractually kicked off with the Proclaimers’ ‘500 Miles’. This would have been very prosaic and cliché, but instead came across as deeply witty owing to the fact the show is vaguely predicated on the joys and woes of a romcom... 

The King and Queen of the Universe

The King and Queen of the Universe

A poignant adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s tale, The King and Queen of the Universe, produced by Slippers and Rum, tells a story of adulation and bereavement set in the depths of the Great Depression... 

The Stand Late Show

The Stand Late Show

This is late night comedy at its finest. Complete with cabaret seating that allows for greater intimacy and interaction with the audience, The Stand Late Show plays host to five superb rotating acts of stand-up comedy over the course of two hours every Friday and Saturday night... 

John Williams: My Son's Not Rainman

John Williams: My Son's Not Rainman

John Williams isn’t just a comedian. He’s also father to an autistic child and the vast majority of his comedic material owes itself principally to a vast array of joys and woes that the father and son have experienced over the course of the past eleven years... 

Timeline

Timeline

Facebook, Twitter, Skype, Instagram, the list goes on. It is no secret that over the course of the past decade and the corresponding apex of the so-called ‘digital age’, society has grown increasingly reliant on social media... 

The Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour

The Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour

Three hundred plus years of anecdotes and tales of Scotland’s greatest essayists, novelists and poets, an informative and entertaining evening exploring the streets and pubs of Edinburgh and, of course, a little pub banter... 

Measure for Measure

Measure for Measure

Shakespeare is arguably the most popular and critically acclaimed playwright the English language has ever seen. Measure for Measure produced by Theatre Oikos is an attempt to blend old and new... 

Pat Cahill: Start

Pat Cahill: Start

This show is a lightning-paced stand-up comedy performed in the attic of Pleasance Courtyard. The backdrop is not only appropriate, but accentuates some pretty serious themes running through Pat Cahill’s show, Start... 

Absolute Improv!

Absolute Improv!

Short-form improvisational comedy is a dangerous game. There are few props and no place to hide. The audience is left completely to the imagination of the performers. I must admit, at least initially, I was skeptical: despite the best efforts of Absolute Improv!, there was a tangible sense of reservation among the audience...