7 Day Drunk

7 Day Drunk

We’ve all done it. See down a few beverages, and then suddenly you’re the most talented and creative artist that ever there was – or at least you think so. But Bryony Kimmings goes one step further to investigate the truth of it, enlisting a photogenic team of scientists to help her to create 7 Day Drunk... 

The Two Wrongies

The Two Wrongies

I didn’t know where to look. After being quite forcefully proven wrong of my initial assumption that at least one of the Two Wrongies was a man, my nightmare continued with splits, lunges and toe-touching – all performed stark bollock naked with a notable absence of bollocks... 

Fate and Two Sugars

Fate and Two Sugars

I have never met a more adorable fringe performer than Jack Barton. He is the sort of guy I would love to take home to my parents. His unfailing smile is warm and inviting, and seeing him up there all alone on the stage at Hill Street Theatre made me just want to give him a hug... 

Chris Cross is Escaping from Reality

Chris Cross is Escaping from Reality

Chris Cross is horrible, but it’s not a bad thing. Chris Cross is abjectly offensive, but he pulls it off. Watching Chris Cross is like watching a snake – grotesque and potentially damaging, but hypnotically fascinating... 

Mr Ken Dee in Cabaret

Mr Ken Dee in Cabaret

Mr Ken Dee cuts a striking figure in a dress. He is really rather gorgeous and talented. Perhaps I am biased by the vast wealth of cringingly poor female impersonators, but from the moment he strutted on stage, I had little difficulty in believing he was a top class diva... 

Voodoo Revue

Voodoo Revue

An early evening slot at the Voodoo Rooms seemingly attracts the lairiest of Scottish audiences. The Ballroom is packed with chattering, muttering and jeering crowds that are in stark contrast to the usual respectful, reverential Fringe theatre audience... 

BBC Radio 1 Fun and Filth Cabaret

BBC Radio 1 Fun and Filth Cabaret

This is the year of Cabaret at the Fringe. Everyone is saying so, and BBC Radio 1 have jumped wholeheartedly onto the glittering bandwagon. In a car park at Potterrow, a newly erected – mostly inflatable – BBC village is the setting for Radio 1’s Scott Mills and Nick Grimshaw to lead us, whooping and cheering, through a princely heap of famous faces, voices, and bodies... 

Oliver Meech: Live Brain Surgery - Free

Oliver Meech: Live Brain Surgery - Free

I really wanted to like this show. It was such a good idea, to take something outrageous and unexpected, and use it to set you apart from every other magic show at the Fringe. Unfortunately the execution of that premise had me squirming in my seat and looking at my watch within the first three minutes... 

Under the Baobab Tree

Under the Baobab Tree

In the dank courtyard of C too, I Theatre have created an African oasis, a warm and inviting place for you to take your wee one on a damp Edinburgh morning. The simple and colourful stage entrances... 

Fascinating Aïda: Cheap Flights

Fascinating Aïda: Cheap Flights

Last year Fascinating Aida went viral on the internet with their song ‘Cheap Flights’. These three marvellous women, Dillie Keane, Adele Anderson and Sarah-Louise Young, have taken the opportunity to bring a fantastic cabaret show of the same name to Edinburgh this August... 

Vive le Cabaret

Vive le Cabaret

‘This is the year of cabaret at the Fringe!’, exclaims an exuberant Des O’Connor (no not that one, this one is really rather young and yummy). Des is our besparkled host, with remarkably independently-mobile hips and two beautiful showgirls in tow, and for the next 75 minutes he will lead us on a dazzling romp though some of the best cabaret acts on offer at the Fringe this year... 

The Seagull Effect

The Seagull Effect

You wouldn’t think that numerical weather forecasting, and in particular a single weather system that passed across England nearly 25 years ago, would make for particularly interesting theatre... 

Mad Science Free Dangerous Family Show

Mad Science Free Dangerous Family Show

Professor Kaos exclaims truimphantly that he has the ‘most popular show in the Fringe!’ and with good cause. The large room at the Counting House is full to bursting, with children and adults sitting on the floor, tables, windowsills, and many more standing... 

The Selfish Gene: The Musical

The Selfish Gene: The Musical

I wish all science lectures could be musical. It certainly makes an hour go fast, and I think I may have actually learnt something for the first time since I left university. They say that you remember things better if you sing them, and indeed it will now be a long time before I forget this clever, quirky and genuinely fun interpretation of Richard Dawkin’s bestseller, The Selfish Gene... 

Macbeth

Macbeth

There are at least seven Macbeth-themed shows at this year’s fringe, so Last Notion have a challenge on their hands to make their production distinctive. They manage it, but perhaps not for the reasons they intend... 

Sans Mots

Sans Mots

Physical theatre can be beautiful and evocative and stimulating without the need for dialogue. The premise of Sans Mots, or 'without words', offers a platform to showcase the best of physicality without dilution by speech... 

Bubblewrap and Boxes

Bubblewrap and Boxes

Everyone loves bubblewrap, but finding joy in a simple cardboard box is generally thought of as a talent unique to childhood. Asking for Trouble's Bubblewrap and Boxes will change all that, with adults and children alike cartwheeling home to make a fort or a plane out of the nearest packaging materials...