Superior Donuts

Superior Donuts

At the opening of new play Superior Donuts, the audience is confronted by the vandalised eponymous store, making them wonder just exactly what the owner did to deserve having his donut cabinets smashed and the word “Pussy” spray-painted in red across the back wall... 

Self-Criticism

Self-Criticism

The audience for Self-Criticism seems, rightfully, self-selecting. The Fringe programme description that reads ‘Two women, one life’ is an indication of the audience’s gender specificity... 

Trevor Lock's Amateur Sex Tape Theory

Trevor Lock's Amateur Sex Tape Theory

Thankfully, the title of this show is misleading. Trevor Lock’s Amateur Sex Tape Theory is less about inexpert pornographic productions and more about awkward liaisons on French nudist beaches... 

Tennyson Hanbury's Condensed Cabaret

Tennyson Hanbury's Condensed Cabaret

Proclaiming himself to be in league with the devil, Tennyson Hanbury didn’t exactly fill me with excitement for his Condensed Cabaret. As the ‘Sorcerer of Sin’ clumsily prepared his props, he promised the audience that it, ‘won’t be long now’, not really building any anticipation for the promised ‘freakish feats of illusion’... 

Made in the Shade

Made in the Shade

In a showcase of fifties jazz music, Sarah Henderson, Loes van der Laan and Emma Turnbull, or the Fabulous D. Dolls, present Made in the Shade, a concert with a back-story, where the audience is allowed a glimpse at the lives of the characters’ performing... 

Sedition

Sedition

Set in the Channel Islands during the Nazi German Occupation, Sedition is the forbidden love story of a German soldier and a young islander, whose romance blossoms despite the risk for the lives of family and friends... 

Applause

Applause

A show which works for their audience’s approval, Robin Grainger and Gregor Wappler don’t automatically expect your applause. In a semi-improvised stand-up performance, the two Scotsmen have compiled bits and pieces of stories together and attempt to amuse the crowd for an hour... 

The Mysterious World of Clovis Van Darkhelm

The Mysterious World of Clovis Van Darkhelm

Ever wondered if magic can really happen? Do ghosts exist? What actually is Anthropology? Clovis Van Darkhelm has some answers, though they may not be exactly what you were expecting... 

One Night Stand

One Night Stand

The plot of One Night Stand is, unsurprisingly, the repercussions of a drunken work night out for two colleagues who wake up in the same bed. Still wearing the clothes from the night before, Alice and Brian debate the circumstances they find themselves in and the potential outcomes of their relationship... 

Bob Doolally’s Euro Crisis

Bob Doolally’s Euro Crisis

Along with some other less family friendly descriptions, Bob Doolally or ‘the man who puts foot into football’, entered the stage to mass cheering from the crowd of Bob look-a-likes, beers in hand and excited grins on their faces... 

Matt Forde: Eyes to the Right, Nose to the Left

Matt Forde: Eyes to the Right, Nose to the Left

When contemplating whether to see Matt Forde: Eyes to the Right, Nose to the Left make sure you’ve read up on your politics and politicians from recent years, as without some kind of background knowledge most of his jokes will go over your head... 

Sophie Bancroft and Tom Lyne

Sophie Bancroft and Tom Lyne

With vocals and guitar from Sophie Bancroft and bass from Tom Lyne, the Acoustic Music Centre at St. Bride’s was treated to some stripped-down Jazz music. Performing both classic songs and new material, Bancroft and Lyne filled the hour with tracks from their new album, You Turned The Tables On Me and played older tracks, interspersing the music with friendly anecdotes about the songs and their influence on the musicians... 

Anne Edmonds in My Banjo's Name is Steven

Anne Edmonds in My Banjo's Name is Steven

As Anne Edmonds is well aware, the midday stand-up slot is a difficult one. Not many people can get an entirely sober crowd instantly laughing but her opening song, with plenty of hip-thrusting and booty-shaking, seemed to do it... 

Teach Me

Teach Me

Stumbling onto the opening bedroom setting, Emma holds a bottle of wine whilst Simon carries a blue WKD with a bendy straw. It’s this attention to detail that makes Teach Me so successful, as the audience is instantly aware of the maturity gap between the play’s two characters... 

Festival Fun Ceilidh Dinner

Festival Fun Ceilidh Dinner

The Scottish National Gallery’s Festival Fun Ceilidh Dinner lives up to its claim of being a ‘truly Scottish experience’. Opposite Princes Street Gardens, the Gallery’s restaurant is beautifully laid out with tables big enough to cater for large groups, whilst others are seated together so that people can get to know one other before the Ceilidh... 

Social Husbandry Inc - Breeding a Brighter Society Since 2012

Social Husbandry Inc - Breeding a Brighter Society Since 2012

Written and devised by the cast, Social Husbandry Inc.- Breeding a Brighter Society Since 2012 is based on a good concept. In a dystopian future, the government disposes of potential dissenters by making them into infants, sending them away to nursery to remove them from the machine-like business world that has no room for aberration... 

A Boy Growing Up - Starring Rodney Bewes as Dylan Thomas

A Boy Growing Up - Starring Rodney Bewes as Dylan Thomas

Star of the 1960s TV series The Likely Lads, Rodney Bewes shares some of Dylan Thomas’ short stories about his childhood. The one-man show takes sections from Thomas’ novels, such as Early One Morning and Portrait of an Artist as a Young Dog, selecting those that best fit in with the show’s title, As a Boy Growing Up... 

Not the Adventures of Moleman

Not the Adventures of Moleman

Did that really just happen? That’s the question that the audience were asking themselves as they left Not the Adventures of Moleman last night. With the title not giving much away and the Fringe guide describing it as ‘something like comedy jazz’, there’s little indication of what to expect from the show, but even now it’s not exactly clear what went on... 

Boris & Sergey's Vaudevillian Adventure

Boris & Sergey's Vaudevillian Adventure

As a safety briefing warns of imminent riotous and potentially offensive exploits, the show’s double-act can be heard bickering in the wings, nervously anticipating their approaching performance... 

Jim Campbell: Nine-Year-Old Man

Jim Campbell: Nine-Year-Old Man

You could be forgiven for thinking that Jim Campbell was Mark Watson’s twin brother. With the same geeky, self-deprecating humour, Campbell describes his romantic short-comings, disconnection with teenagers and general peculiarity of the world in which we live... 

Alfie Brown: Soul for Sale

Alfie Brown: Soul for Sale

The start of Alfie Brown: Soul for Sale is signalled by the sound of sirens and screaming, disrupting the soundtrack of Justin Bieber and Joe McEldry playing as the audience take their seats... 

Aidan Killian: Free to Obey - Free

Aidan Killian: Free to Obey - Free

Sitting in the dark, cave-like venue of the Hive where the smell of alcohol and sweat still pervades from late-night clubbing and the floors are still just a little bit sticky, it seems unlikely that the impending show will be a lesson in economics... 

Fast Portraits

Fast Portraits

Billed as a study of ‘the layers of emotion and memory that infuse captured images’, Fast Portraits begins with a dancer onstage in half-light and a screen above showing a close-up of her face... 

Free Paint and Play Ukulele Workshop with Tricity Vogue

Free Paint and Play Ukulele Workshop with Tricity Vogue

The Free Paint and Play Ukulele Workshop with Tricity Vogue is exactly as described. Gathered in the Rae Macintosh Music Room on Queensferry Street, people of all ages and abilities are provided with a ukulele, tuner and song sheets, whilst being instructed by the host of the Ukulele Cabaret show, Tricity Vogue... 

Step Into My Parlour

Step Into My Parlour

Step into my Parlour invites you inside the cosy downstairs of The Royal Oak to hear traditional Irish folk songs performed by the cheery Michelle Burke. Decorated with what she describes as ‘installations’, the room is covered with old family photographs, newspaper clippings and an impressive-looking cake stand, making the audience feel right at home... 

Machines for Living

Machines for Living

This is the story of the rise and fall of concrete tower blocks. Set in the late fifties, Machines for Living is a love story of two far-sighted architects whose vision is to create a modern utopia full of shared amenities, elevated walkways and lifts...