Kim Edgar

Kim Edgar

Kim Edgar is one of Edinburgh's homegrown jewels. A teacher turned full time musician, she has garnered a dedicated fan base. This is evident from the very familiar atmosphere of the concert... 

Emilie Autumn

Emilie Autumn

This was a struggle to write as I'm finding it difficult to justify spending any more time thinking about such a horrible waste of three hours. I don't believe my senses have ever been so assaulted by one group of people... 

The Paper Cinema’s Odyssey

The Paper Cinema’s Odyssey

The sound of the sea lapping at the sides of Odysseus' boat is our first step into the world of Homer's Odyssey, as imagined by delicate weavers of visual tales The Paper Cinema. The great epic rumbles into life with one foreboding note of violin... 

Doc Brown

Doc Brown

Ben Smith is a unique breed of comedian, drawing on his by no means small talents as a rapper and lyricist to create something of genius in his stand-up. Though the man professes that the geek lies strong within him, Smith is as smooth and suave as could be, even turning a spilled cup of water and the subsequent arrival of a man with a mop into a part of the show, easily as hilarious as the scripted components... 

Theatre Uncut: Dalgety & Fragile by David Greig

Theatre Uncut: Dalgety & Fragile by David Greig

Theatre Uncut is one of the few good things that has come out of the knock to public spending put in place in 2010, said to be the worst since World War II: it is from these cuts that the company gets its name, as a kind of protest against austerity equalling the limitation of creativity... 

The Appalling Carly Smallman

The Appalling Carly Smallman

A tiny disclaimer for you: appalling is the buzzword for this show, however the lady who bats it about is pretty nice, really. The atrocities in question are mostly sexual endeavours, of which we don't go into too much detail despite her declaration at the offset that she's a girl who likes to get to the nitty gritty... 

Rabbitskin by Dominic Grace

Rabbitskin by Dominic Grace

Rabbitskin is a glorious demonstration of simple storytelling, weaving a touch of magic into the everyday tale. A lamb amongst wolves, Joe, is the centre around which this touching and intimate experience is created... 

The  Pin

The Pin

Sketch comedy has the virtue that some bad material does not have to drag down the good stuff. The Pin needs no such saving grace, as it is from start to finish a rollicking success of character comedy that sits comfortably as one of the best sketch shows I've seen at the Fringe... 

53 Minutes about 52 Sheep (60 Minutes Long)

53 Minutes about 52 Sheep (60 Minutes Long)

Danish comedian Valdemar Pustelnik creates a picture of general discontent in his first English stand-up show, delivering laughs as big as the man himself. The show is hugely satisfying in its everyday subject matter, for example starting off with his resignation to turning thirty and the sad realisation that he is now too old to die young... 

Ulysses

Ulysses

I have the utmost respect for this stage production, which succeeds in drawing out the story and comedy of one of the most daunting pieces of 20th century literature without marring or making a foul attempt at the genius of the text... 

Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus

Shakespeare's most violent and harrowing play has been given a 1980s London twist by Hiraeth Productions at this year's Fringe; it works so well it becomes hard to pull the two concepts apart... 

Devil in the Deck

Devil in the Deck

Paul Nathan awaits his audience at the door to the theatre, shaking hands, kissing cheeks and dishing out hugs like a good old-fashioned American charmer. Guitarist John Anaya plays away in the shadows of the stage as we wait, setting a sensual and mysterious tone... 

Why We Make Mistakes

Why We Make Mistakes

If you are yet to travel down to the Hendrick's Carnival of Knowledge, I encourage you to. Upon arrival, one discovers a surrealist salon, offering oddball events such as Victorian paper collage classes lead by impeccably-dressed representatives sporting waistcoats and bowler hats to boot... 

Withered Hand

Withered Hand

Withered Hand, the stage and band name of Dan Willson, was welcomed by a ravenous crowd at the Queen’s Hall this Fringe. His melodious charm has earned him a solid fan base, whose backgrounds and age-range are refreshingly diverse... 

Dr Professor Neal Portenza's Interactive Goat Hour: There are no goats and the show is only 54 minutes long, excluding the bonus minute

Dr Professor Neal Portenza's Interactive Goat Hour: There are no goats and the show is only 54 minutes long, excluding the bonus minute

Dr Professor Neal Portenza has more titles than I would give stars. At first glance there remains a promising idea of a fun character hanging about him, dressed in lab coat, in-patient garb, red beret and slathered in make-up... 

Robin (A One-Man Comedy)

Robin (A One-Man Comedy)

In this rather indie-style, little comedy, Robin is a lonely continuity announcer with only his imagination to comfort him. Running off with confidence on the most bizarre tangents, this show pulls exceptional comedy from gloriously mundane places... 

Boris & Sergey II Perilous Escapade

Boris & Sergey II Perilous Escapade

Boris and Sergey are back for the sequel to their Vaudevillian Adventure, which premiered at the Fringe last year. In this episode, Boris embarks on a bumbling rescue mission to save Sergey from Hell... 

Just Conversations

Just Conversations

Part of Just Festival, discussions are being held in St John's Church throughout the course of the month, targeting important, interesting and sometimes controversial matters under the name of Just Conversations... 

My Journey Throughout China

My Journey Throughout China

In this very special and understated recital, we meet Dong Yi, internationally renowned zheng soloist, and experience the exquisite sound of the world's most popular Chinese instrument... 

Jigsaw - Jiggle It

Jigsaw - Jiggle It

You probably know Jigsaw from their very sassy posters: Tom Craine, Nat Luurtsema and Dan Antopolski, all in power stance, looking cool, suave and sexy. Try to remember this image as they commence the destruction of any such ideal with a shatterproof ruler and enough insulin to cure a diabetic rhino in Jiggle It... 

Synergy

Synergy

'Do you realize you are being conditioned?' the audience is asked over and over in the course of the play. Coming from the small but persistent voice of Synergy's token misfit, this question takes the form 'Why are you not questioning this limited existence you are living?’ Two ragtag gangs, much like the Lost Boys, live alternate lives in light and darkness: one talks blindly of theories and perception, the other watches the world in silence and awe... 

The Medicine Showdown

The Medicine Showdown

Part of the American High School Theatre Festival, The Medicine Showdown is performed by a promising and lively bunch from the US, showcasing their talents and best Old South accents in this story about going against the masses... 

Red Riding Hood

Red Riding Hood

Why are we so drawn towards the darkest corners of humanity? Red Riding Hood takes the familiar childhood story down a dark and sordid path. In this adaption Red, who is played by director Lydia Georgiou, is the abandoned child of Wolf... 

The News at Kate 2013: My Professional Opinion

The News at Kate 2013: My Professional Opinion

Arguing with idiots is how Kate Smurthwaite describes her profession as a left-wing political activist. When it comes to political stand up comedy, The News at Kate is the cream of the crop... 

Northanger Abbey

Northanger Abbey

Five puppets on stands line the stage and a suitcase. Two actors step out and begin ceremoniously constructing the props, drawing our focus to the modest creations: a candelabra of slotted cardboard for example, the flames alone given a coat of colour... 

Paul Zerdin: No Strings

Paul Zerdin: No Strings

When a performer reaches a certain level of stardom, the reviews may come in easier than ever before; with prime venue, time slots and media attention, life is made all that much easier... 

Severe Blether Warning

Severe Blether Warning

It is a blessing that this show is in a pub as a drink or two may be needed. Half of the performance was the product of audience banter, with little assistance from the comedians on stage... 

Ladyboner

Ladyboner

Tucked away at C Nova is Lisa-Skye, brightening things up with her discordantly sunny personality, sure to bubble over out of her gothic shell at any moment. Fitful bursts of pantomime are followed by lacklustre sprinklings of confetti... 

Slapdash Galaxy: 3D

Slapdash Galaxy: 3D

Bunk Puppets returns to the Fringe with a whole lot of cardboard and tinsel, bringing us shadow puppetry at its most inventive. Two brothers leave their war-torn planet in search of someplace to call home and find a number of adventures along the way...