UNCONDITIONAL

UNCONDITIONAL

There’s a lot going on in the world at the moment, isn’t there? So many stories needing to be told, so many national myths being rewritten, so much is constantly changing that any attempt to make a coherent artistic response feels futile... 

Signals

Signals

There are shades of Beckett but without the plodding pretentiousness in Signals, Footprint Theatre’s new show all about human connection and the search for life beyond Earth. Two unnamed scientists (refreshingly played by two women, Eve Cowley and Immie Davies) are on the night shift, poring over piles of data and endlessly waiting for a reply to all the messages humanity has thrown out into the cosmos... 

Everything Not Saved

Everything Not Saved

What can you remember from five years ago? Or five days ago? Five minutes ago, even? What can you be absolutely sure, beyond all doubt that you remember? MALAPROP Theatre’s new show Everything Not Saved takes the scientific theory that on a neurological level memory and imagination are exactly the same, open to endless manipulation with sometimes amusing, sometimes chilling results... 

Daughter

Daughter

I hated Daughter. I think, no I seriously hope, that I was supposed to. I’m still grappling with what I actually think of it but what I do know is I’ve not felt so viscerally angry after a piece of theatre before... 

Lights Over Tesco Car Park

Lights Over Tesco Car Park

Robert says he saw strange lights over Tesco car park. He believes he’s been contacted by aliens. We are assured beyond doubt “ALL OF THIS IS TRUE”. We never get to meet Robert, but that’s no matter; Poltergeist Theatre are at hand to investigate and reconstruct these sightings, playfully inviting us to ask what we choose to believe... 

Chase Scenes

Chase Scenes

Chase Scenes is exactly what it says it is: 60 scenes in which performers create a variety of famous and original chase scenes, filmed lived onstage and projected onto screens at the back wall... 

Alice Fraser: Ethos

Alice Fraser: Ethos

What does it mean to be human? Can a machine learn to be human? Or failing that can it at least learn how to be funny? That’s Alice Fraser’s main objective and constitutes the basic framework for her new show and though Fraser herself admits it’s a tad gimmicky, her monotone AI companion (called Ethos) proves to be the ideal straight man in this unconventional comedy duo, or rather the ideal straight robot... 

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I’ve got a lot of love for YESYESNONO. I can’t think of another artist or performer who creates such intimate spaces as Sam Ward and [insert slogan here] feels like the older, slightly more cynical but no less sincere sibling to 5 Encounters on a Site Called Craigslist... 

It's True, It's True, It's True

It's True, It's True, It's True

What does the transcript of a 17th century Italian rape trial reveal about the state of the world nowadays? That, despite 400 years of supposed social progress, the impulse to blame rape victims and protect the perpetrators doesn’t seem to have disappeared... 

One Life Stand

One Life Stand

After their five star runaway success with All We Ever Wanted Was Everything, Middle Child were always going to suffer from difficult second album syndrome and it’s a real shame that One Life Stand just doesn’t have the same magic spark... 

User Not Found

User Not Found

Amid the hubbub of cafe chatter and the hiss of milk steaming a mobile phone vibrates with messages of condolences.Terry (Terry Donovan) is about to get a lesson in 21st century grief - his ex-boyfriend, Luka, has died and left Terry in charge of his social media accounts as his ‘online legacy executor’... 

Cock, Cock... Who's There?

Cock, Cock... Who's There?

Cock, cock… Who’s there? is a multimedia, autobiographical documentary-cum-social experiment all about writer-performer Samira Elagoz’s relationship with men after being raped... 

Square Go

Square Go

What’s a ‘square go’? Noun: A rammy. A stramash. Fisticuffs. A fight by the school gates. A rite of passage. A chance to prove yourself.Square Go convincingly showcases Gary McNair and Kieran Hurley’s status as two of Scotland’s leading playwrights with their foul-mouthed love letter to Scottish boyhood... 

Buried: A New Musical

Buried: A New Musical

Buried certainly made a splash at the Fringe last year, winning awards left, right, and centre, and deservedly so – Tom Williams and Cordelia O’Driscoll’s new musical is quirky, witty and oozing with black humour... 

Bobby Winners All We Ever Wanted Was Everything on Reinventing the Musical

Bobby Winners All We Ever Wanted Was Everything on Reinventing the Musical

Ever since their debut in 2015 with Weekend Rockstars Middle Child Theatre have been rewriting what musical theatre can be with their distinctive gig-theatre genre. Their new show, All We Ever Wanted Was Everything, has been met with rave reviews and a coveted Bobby Award from Broadway Baby... 

‘Edinburgh is kind of like tapas’ – New Diorama Theatre’s David Byrne

‘Edinburgh is kind of like tapas’ – New Diorama Theatre’s David Byrne

Having received rave reviews for The Secret Life of Humans as well as supporting dozens of other theatre companies at the Fringe and beyond, the New Diorama Theatre has made a name for itself as one of the new powerhouses of British theatre... 

Queerness and Colonialism in Lilith: The Jungle Girl at the Traverse

Queerness and Colonialism in Lilith: The Jungle Girl at the Traverse

In nineteenth-century Holland, a leading neuroscientist tries to ‘civilise’ a wild girl who was raised by lions in the heart of Borneo. Broadway Baby’s Theatre Editor, Liam Rees, met some of the creators of Sisters Grimm’s latest show, Lilith: The Jungle Girl – Ash Flanders, Candy Bowers and Declan Greene – to talk about queerness, colonialism and the differences between Australian and British audiences. 

The Believers Are But Brothers

The Believers Are But Brothers

The stage is awash with cold, blue LED light. On a screen we see a screensaver suggestive of rivers of blood. On a smaller screen a young man plays shoot-‘em-up video games. In the back of our minds we already have an idea of what The Believers Are But Brothers will be like: violent, brutal and graphic... 

Give Me Your Love

Give Me Your Love

A dirty, disused room, empty except for a box with lots of holes in it. What we don’t know is that Zach, an army veteran played by David Woods, is hiding inside the box and refuses to come out of it... 

This Is Not Culturally Significant

This Is Not Culturally Significant

This is Not Culturally Significant is an incredibly rare thing indeed. It’s a show that has so incredibly fried my critic-brain that star ratings don’t seem fit for purpose anymore, This is Not Culturally Significant somehow manages to reject and transcend them... 

Celebration

Celebration

The central aim of Celebration is “to give anyone who can't quite believe the world they live in something to believe in” which is a brilliant intention and starting point but it often feels that creators, Ben Kulvichit and Clara Potter-Sweet, got overexcited with ideas in trying to bring this idea to fruition... 

Pixel Dust

Pixel Dust

Pixel Dust is a rare thing: a piece of theatre about the internet that isn’t utterly technophobic. That shouldn’t feel like something radical but, sadly, it is and it’s hugely refreshing to see a piece of theatre that isn’t hell bent on decrying the evils and dangers of social media that we’ve all heard before... 

Amy Conway's Super Awesome World

Amy Conway's Super Awesome World

Amy Conway’s Super Awesome World is a hidden gem of the Fringe that starts off all fun and games (literally) before delving into an account of living with depression that is so heartfelt and honest that it left this stony-hearted critic a tearful mess... 

Mies Julie

Mies Julie

Yael Farber’s critically acclaimed Mies Julie has returned to the Edinburgh Fringe and it’s easy to see why, with its incisive portrayal of colonialism, gender politics, and white privilege it’s arguably more relevant now than when it first premiered in 2012... 

John Robertson: The Dark Room

John Robertson: The Dark Room

There are many different kinds of video games: roleplaying, shoot-em-up, strategy, the list is endless. More broadly speaking, however, there are two basic kinds of game: games where the objective is to win and games where the objective is to keep the game going for as long as possible, where the simple act of playing is more important than the end result... 

Anyone's Guess How We Got Here

Anyone's Guess How We Got Here

Barrel Organ’s new show Anyone’s Guess How We Got Here feels like a natural development of the company’s practice and philosophy whilst also managing to delve into a very different tone and genre... 

Foreign Radical

Foreign Radical

Theatre Conspiracy’s interactive show, Foreign Radical, is more than likely to mess with your moral compass. We, the audience, are ultimately responsible for determining if a man is or is not a potential terrorist threat, with our own beliefs, actions and loyalties scrutinised, thus altering what information we are privy to and what scenarios we get to witness... 

Enterprise

Enterprise

Americana Ad Absurdum Productions certainly lives up to its name by combining America’s most-loved export, free-market capitalism, with some surreal and absurdist humour. Imagine Glengarry Glen Ross written by Eugene Ionesco and you’ve got an idea of the kind of rapid-fire dialogue that ends up folding in on itself, weighed down by the characters’ reliance on finance jargon that doesn’t mean anything in the real world let alone the world of the play... 

Prom Kween

Prom Kween

From the producers of bold, subversive and wonderfully camp comedy musicals: Margaret Thatcher: Queen of Soho and How to Win Against History, Prom Kween certainly has a lot going for it and looks promising to fans of the genre... 

The Royal Court’s Elyse Dodgson on the Joy of Directors who Support Writers

The Royal Court’s Elyse Dodgson on the Joy of Directors who Support Writers

As part of the Edinburgh International Festival the Royal Court was invited to present a series of rehearsed readings by playwrights from Chile, China, Cuba, Lebanon, Palestine and Ukraine under the theme of New and Now... 

Is Your Online Reputation Hurting You?

Is Your Online Reputation Hurting You?

The Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas is an initiative set up to ‘take the academics out of their ivory towers and engage with the public’. The format could easily turn into a dull lecture but compere, Susan Morrison, ensures that the audience are comfortable talking back to the speaker and injects the evening with some self-deprecating, suitably tone-lowering humour to make the potentially dense subject much less intimidating... 

MINEFIELD

MINEFIELD

It’s hard to tell what kind of show MINEFIELD is trying to be. No one can deny that director, Lola Arias, is bold for choosing to have six veterans, three from each side of the Falklands/Malvinas war, appear together on stage to discuss their accounts of the war... 

Testosterone

Testosterone

Testosterone is a touching, funny and incredibly brave piece of theatre from Rhum and Clay Company and Kit Redstone. It chronicles his experience of physically transitioning from female to male and the social minefield of modern masculinity that he’s had to navigate... 

How to Win Against History

How to Win Against History

When viewing a show as celebrated and adored as How to Win Against History there is always the risk that it’ll never be able to live up to the hype. Such concerns were quickly dispelled after the first song in Seiriol Davies’ masterful musical... 

£¥€$ (LIES) – Ontroerend Goed

£¥€$ (LIES) – Ontroerend Goed

What is money? For Belgian theatre group Ontroerend Goed, money isn’t actually metal coins or pieces of paper with numbers printed on them, no, money is so much more than a physical object... 

Nerdf*cker: a solo play with bad boundaries

Nerdf*cker: a solo play with bad boundaries

Cameryn Moore has made a name for herself as one of the Fringe’s great taboo busters, especially on the subject of sex. Nerdf*cker, like her previous Fringe show Phone Whore, deals with unconventional desires in a refreshingly frank manner whilst also tackling the thornier issues of the commodification of desire and the exploitation of women in sexual environments... 

If I Googled You, What Would I Find?

If I Googled You, What Would I Find?

It’s a troubling question and most of us probably don’t know the answer. Most of us probably don’t know just how much of information about us can be found online, so what can we do to manage our digital footprint and what are the implications of having our data available online? The Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas are here to find out with the help of Nicola Osborne from the University of Edinburgh... 

Back of the Bus

Back of the Bus

Java Dance Theatre have somewhat sworn myself and the rest of the audience to silence after the triumph that is Back of the Bus so as not to ruin the wonderful surprises in store for you all, on this bus journey unlike any other bus journey you’ve been on before... 

Playing Maggie... The Iron Lady

Playing Maggie... The Iron Lady

Fringe favourite Pip Utton returns for his superlative performance of Margaret Thatcher in his enlightening and intimate show Playing Maggie…The Iron Lady. However this isn’t just a simple impersonation: this show operates on multiple levels with Utton first playing an actor named Simon, who in turn is preparing to play Maggie, allowing Utton to explore multiple perspectives and make us think more deeply about the issues raised in the show... 

From the Mouths of the Gods

From the Mouths of the Gods

The ever experimental Flanagan Collective is back with their new show, From the Mouths of the Gods, all about maths, free will, and determinism, with a little bit of kissing thrown in... 

Blow Off

Blow Off

Blow Off is part concert, part theatre and deals with one woman’s journey to committing an act of terrorism. It’s certainly exciting, but Julia Taudevin’s story doesn’t delve deep enough into the psychology of extremism nor does it explore the circumstances that foster extremist views nearly enough, resulting in a show with plenty of anger but very little coherence... 

Helen Duff: Come With Me

Helen Duff: Come With Me

Helen Duff has gone from strength to strength, after her hilarious yet heart-breaking Vanity Bites Back show last year. She’s proven herself to be a veritable master of shamelessly silly yet socially conscious clowning in Come With Me... 

Machina

Machina

In the prologue to Malcostume Compagnia Teatrale’s show Machina, the company explains that the word ‘machina’ roughly translates to machine or structure and the company’s name ‘Malcostume’ also translates to badly behaved... 

Dolly Wants to Die

Dolly Wants to Die

To say Dolly Wants to Die is a dark comedy is like saying water is wet: the irreverent jokes come left, right and centre, but only a few of them properly hit their target. Set in a children’s playroom, filled with oversized books, toys and cigarettes to keep in proportion with our protagonists Dolly, a foul-mouthed and suicidal social justice warrior, and Mr Bear, a pacifist teddy bear who has taken a vow of silence and has a more than mild addiction to cocaine... 

Outside the Box – A Live Show About Death

Outside the Box – A Live Show About Death

Death is a funny thing when you think about it: it’s the only certain thing in this world yet the majority of us deny its existence, but as performer Liz Rothschild points out, if we don’t think about death then we also don’t think about life... 

Jonas Müller Regrets Writing This F*cking Masterpiece

Jonas Müller Regrets Writing This F*cking Masterpiece

Have you ever met someone so beautiful that you didn’t know what to say? And then have you ever found yourself just saying ‘Yeah’ to everything that they say because you’re too fixated on how unbelievably beautiful they are? Tim Honnef has been there and apparently that’s how he ended up performing Jonas Muller’s F*cking Masterpiece... 

Infinity Pool: A Modern Retelling of Madame Bovary

Infinity Pool: A Modern Retelling of Madame Bovary

What to expect from Bea Roberts’ modern day update of Flaubert’s classic novel Madame Bovary? Instead of surrounding herself with romantic literature to distract her from the banality of provincial, rural France, Roberts’ Emma is an all too easily recognisable Bridget Jones-esque figure, believing she can buy herself happiness in the form of designer dresses and new shoes, and going so far as to reinvent herself with an online alter-ego... 

Leaf by Niggle

Leaf by Niggle

Leaf by Niggle is a little-known allegory by J.R.R Tolkien, beautifully brought to life by Puppet State Theatre. Unfortunately if you’re expecting a tale of hobbits, orcs or elves then you’re in for disappointment... 

Counting Sheep

Counting Sheep

Counting Sheep is a theatrical triumph that throws the audience into the centre of the 2014 Ukrainian revolution. In slightly over an hour and half we eat, we dance and we riot together, playing witness to the horrors of state-sanctioned violence against its own people - it’s an invigorating experience that properly connects you to the other members of the audience and reminds you of humanity’s capacity for compassion in the face of unspeakable suffering... 

On the Conditions and Possibilities of Hillary Clinton Taking Me as Her Young Lover

On the Conditions and Possibilities of Hillary Clinton Taking Me as Her Young Lover

On the Conditions and Possibilities of Hillary Clinton Taking Me as Her Young Lover definitely wins the title of most intriguing show title at the Fringe, and it’s definitely worth seeing for the demented, skewed logic of why Richard Meros, B... 

Nel

Nel

Nel is a charming little love letter to cinema that follows foley artist, Nel, on her misadventures with her insufferable aunt, demanding boss and a hopeful screenwriter. For context, Nel is a single woman who lives with her pets and is perfectly content to focus on her career so, of course, she must be miserable and ends up reinventing herself to appease her overbearing friends and family... 

Glasgow Girls

Glasgow Girls

2005. The Home Office has just declared a number of war torn countries ‘safe’ and Britain’s refugees are being forcibly removed from their homes and deported. Unfortunately the Home Office hadn’t anticipated a ragtag resistance from a group of schoolgirls who would later become known as the Glasgow Girls... 

Lines

Lines

Lines is a touching spoken word show surrounding the diverse lives of people travelling along the London underground. The characters repeat “It’s not somewhere you go to / It’s something you go through” and we’re bombarded with a flurry of movement and a cacophony of voices that cover people from every class, background and race... 

Blank

Blank

Nassim Soleimanpour is known for his intelligent plays that have no need for a director, designer or even rehearsals. No, all that’s needed for one of his plays to be performed is an actor and an audience (okay, and a technician if we’re being pedantic) – it’s a trick he used in White Rabbit Red Rabbit and while Blank develops on this form it also remains too distanced and acknowledges its own intelligence far too much to make a lasting impact... 

Stories to Tell in the Middle of the Night

Stories to Tell in the Middle of the Night

Stories to Tell in the Middle of the Night is both exactly what it says it whilst also proving to something rather different altogether. Armed with just a few microphones and moveable desks writer and performer Francesca Millican-Slater tells us “I’ll take you through the night... 

In Fidelity

In Fidelity

Rob Drummond is known for being one of Scotland’s most experimental and accessible theatre makers and his new show In Fidelity is no exception. Taking his inspiration from diverse sources like Take Me Out and Charles Darwin’s theories about evolution and the survival of the fittest plus more than a little bit of real life experience Drummond attempts to answer some of the fundamental questions about love, relationships and fidelity but he needs some help from us... 

A Simple Space

A Simple Space

Gravity and Other Myths are the future of contemporary circus and their show A Simple Space is utterly unmissable. The genius of their show lies in its simplicity – surprise surprise – dispensing with characters, narrative and anything that you would think belongs in a traditional circus... 

Attrape Moi

Attrape Moi

Quebecois circus group Flip Fabrique fill the massive Assembly Hall with awe and joy at their contemporary circus skills. Blending elements of traditional and contemporary circus Attrape Moi follows a group of friends and focuses more on getting to know these characters and the ties that bind them rather than trying to create a single overarching narrative via some mesmerising and death-defying feats... 

The Lady Vanishes

The Lady Vanishes

The Lady Vanishes is one of those shows that doesn’t fit into simple categories. Instead it takes some of the best bits of different styles and genres to form something completely different and the result is utterly beautiful and haunting... 

Abandoman: Life + Rhymes

Abandoman: Life + Rhymes

A totally unique and mind-blowing musical comedy experience, if you’ve never seen or heard of Abandoman before then here is your chance to rectify that. The completely improvised hip hop duo from Ireland are occupying the iconic Underbelly cow with their very loosely autobiographical show Life + Rhymes – it’s fair to say that, on paper, everything about it shouldn’t work and I’ve never been happier to be proven wrong... 

Deal with the Dragon

Deal with the Dragon

It’s a familiar scene to many a Fringe-goer: a black-box stage, a chair and an actor with his story. But what an electric, even dizzying story Deal With the Dragon turns out to be... 

Faslane

Faslane

On the surface Jenna Watt’s new show Faslane sounds like it should be a simple comparison of the reasons for and against renewing the Trident nuclear base; it turns out to be just as tricky and knotty as its subject... 

Blush

Blush

Nowadays, stories of celebrity nudes abound, attracting much unwanted media attention and accusations of who’s to blame flying in every direction. Blush imagines what it would be like if that happened to you, or your sister, or if you were in some way responsible – what would you do?Charlotte Josephine’s script follows six unnamed characters all linked in their experiences as victims, perpetrators and bystanders of revenge porn... 

Panti: High Heels in Low Places

Panti: High Heels in Low Places

Panti Bliss has had a whirlwind of a few years and, naturally, she has more than a few fabulous stories to share. After calling out homophobes on national television, becoming embroiled in multiple lawsuits and appearing on more talk shows and interviews than you can shake a stick at, she’s here in Edinburgh to expose the latent homophobia that’s still found in the UK and Ireland... 

Dusty Horne's Sound and Fury

Dusty Horne's Sound and Fury

Do you know what a foley artist does? No? Well here’s your chance to find out from Hollywood’s unsung hero, Dusty Horne. It’s 1963 and in this interactive performance lecture, Dusty explains that foley is the art of reproducing and enhancing sound effects for film and TV (often via some unconventional and unbelievable methods) and, as she is the person behind the movie business’s sound effects, and we’re invited to learn some of the tricks of the trade... 

Tank

Tank

Breach Theatre blew everyone away with The Beanfield last year, and their new show, Tank, is no disappointment, retaining their distinctive brand of semi-devised/semi-verbatim theatre with a clear political edge... 

Karen Hobbs: Tumour Has It

Karen Hobbs: Tumour Has It

There’s a specific challenge involved when reviewing autobiographical shows surrounding horrendous personal suffering, in this case performer Karen Hobbs’ diagnosis and treatment of cervical cancer... 

Being Norwegian

Being Norwegian

Being Norwegian is a play that follows Sean and Lisa as they talk throughout the night, gradually getting to know each other and growing as confidants. It’s billed as being “a tender and funny one-act play, from acclaimed Scottish playwright David Greig” so it’s fair to be excited about it... 

Loyiso Gola: Dude, Where's My Lion?

Loyiso Gola: Dude, Where's My Lion?

Loyiso Gola is a rare kind of stand-up comic. There’s no doubt that he’s practised and polished his material but his performance is so natural and relaxed that you forget he’s doing a set and think he’s just having a chat with you, with a few fantastic stories thrown into the mix... 

F*cking Men

F*cking Men

What to expect from a show called F*cking Men? Yes, it is ostensibly about sex, specifically gay sex, and as you’d expect it’s ripe for memorable one-liners like “I’m not gay, I’m in the army... 

In Tents and Purposes

In Tents and Purposes

First things first. In Tents and Purposes is, for my money, one of the most intelligently and unashamedly silly shows on at the Fringe right now. The concept is that graduates Libby and Sam encounter a Fortune Teller who prophesies that one will be rich, find the love of her life and pretty much everything will be amazing, while the other will lose everything and die a dramatic death... 

Labels

Labels

Joe Sellman-Leava has lived with labels his entire life and he also has to live with the consequences of them. He knows they can be helpful: his dad uses them to find reduced items in the supermarket... 

World Without Us

World Without Us

Ontroerend Goed’s World Without Us imagines a future in which humanity has simply ceased to exist, and it’s surprisingly soothing. Rather than dwelling on the details of this extinction or apocalypse, the company is more interested in the philosophical questions of what our absence would mean for the rest of the planet and what (if any) trace would be left of us... 

Diary of a Madman

Diary of a Madman

Little remains of Gogol’s original short story, Diary of a Madman, with Al Smith taking much artistic licence in updating it to post-Brexit Britain and turning it into a story of nationalism and traditional values in an increasingly modernised and globalised world... 

Margaret Thatcher Queen of Game Shows

Margaret Thatcher Queen of Game Shows

Ding dong, the witch isn’t dead! And this time it’s definitely cause for celebration! After her previous success as an ‘international cabaret superstar’ Maggie is back in business with her brand new game show that’ll briefly make you cheer for the 1% and austerity – being part of the ‘Nasty Party’ has never felt so good... 

A Boy Named Sue

A Boy Named Sue

A Boy Named Sue written by Bertie Darrell provides an interesting insight into the experiences of members of the LGBT+ community, played with great energy by the cast of three. Standing on a bare stage, director Claudia Lee is clearly smart and confident enough to let the script and actors shine without any gimmickry... 

64 Squares

64 Squares

'Welcome to my mind. Sorry about the mess.' Rhum and Clay Theatre Company have no need to apologise, as their new show 64 Squares is a joy to watch, starting with a bang and continuing with a frenetic energy that never drops... 

Dust Never Settles in Torchlight

Dust Never Settles in Torchlight

NakedFeet Theatre’s Dust Never Settles in Torchlight is a short and sweet reimagining of a selection of Greek myths. Whether or not you’re familiar with the myths of Echo, Narcissus and Pygmalion, the physical theatre involved is utterly captivating and the imaginative lighting design (the stage is almost entirely lit by hand-held torches) transports you to another world... 

Owen Jones: The Politics of Hope

Owen Jones: The Politics of Hope

In Owen Jones: The Politics of Hope, Jones proves himself to be an engaging and eloquent speaker without any airs of pretension. In fact he’s quick to mock himself and the Right’s image of him as the “princeling of the Far Left elite” which imbues his words and message with a sense of real honesty... 

Vanity Bites Back

Vanity Bites Back

Vanity Bites Back is a clown show about anorexia. If that sounds dark to you, then you’re kind of right - it blurs the line between comedy and tragedy to tremendous effect. Helen Duff’s show mocks our Great British Bake Off obsessed culture and our schizophrenic relationship with food, whilst tearing apart our expectations of women and the concept of perfection... 

FEAST

FEAST

Clout Theatre prove themselves to be and provocative theatre makers in their new piece FEAST by challenging theatrical conventions as well as ignoring the age old advice not to play with your food... 

The Hogwallops

The Hogwallops

The Hogwallops is a joyful show for all the family that combines astounding acrobatics, physical humour and a heartfelt story meaning there is something for everyone. The show follows the Hogwallops family on the father’s birthday as they go through an ordinary day with the most extraordinary circus skills... 

Man to Man

Man to Man

Manfred Karge’s Man to Man is described as a modern fairy tale that follows the life of Ella, a woman who disguises herself as her dead husband in order to survive under Nazi and Communist rule... 

A Girl is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride

A Girl is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride

A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing is definitely not an easy watch, though ‘listen’ might be a better description, as Aoife Duffin delivers a highly unsettling stream-of-consciousness monologue about the titular Girl’s life, suffering and eventual suicide... 

Not So Native Now

Not So Native Now

Not So Native Now is a talk about multilingualism as part of the Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas, engaging and inviting the audience to consider our preconceptions about bilingualism and language learning alongside new findings from leading researchers... 

Lungs

Lungs

Lungs is a) a remarkable piece of writing by Duncan Macmillan and b) a remarkable show brought to life by director, George Perrin, and actors, Sian Reese-Williams and Abdul Salis. A 70 minute two-hander, Lungs follows a couple debating whether or not to have a child and the subsequent twists, turns and developments in their relationship... 

Transit Cabaret

Transit Cabaret

Transit Cabaret by Six Faux Nez is described as 'A silent show, like a silent movie, a clever, poetic and festive mix of music, gesture and underground cabaret-theatre. Or a tragic-comical hymn to life performed by five rather witty, buffoonish clowns' – part of which is true... 

Some People Talk About Violence

Some People Talk About Violence

With the title Some People Talk About Violence one would be forgiven for thinking Barrel Organ’s new show is serious and depressing. It’s not. Despite dealing with institutional violence it is incredibly playful and galvanising, leaving the audience shaken, with questions but no answers, and cementing Barrel Organ’s reputation as one of the cleverest and most exciting new theatre companies working in Britain right now... 

Fashion

Fashion

St Andrews Revue’s new sketch show Fashion is a fun and enjoyable way to spend 50 minutes, but it’s not going to split your sides or radically change your point of view. The four comedians (two male and two female – finally some gender balance!) evidently have good comic timing and funny ideas and insights even if they aren’t entirely original... 

Not the End of the World

Not the End of the World

Not the End of the World is based on the novel by Geraldine McCaughrean which reimagines the story of Noah’s Ark from the point of view of Noah’s daughter, Timna, as she grapples with her beliefs and the roles biblical society has ascribed to her...