Dead

Dead

Based loosely on Ibsen’s ‘When We Dead Awaken’, ‘Dead’ follows artist Pauric Fermoy back to Ireland, his pretty young wife in tow. A self-imposed exile for thirty years, after his painting ‘The Virgin Vagina’ caused widespread outrage, Fermoy returns for a retrospective and encounters more living ghosts from his past... 

At the Broken Places

At the Broken Places

The mixture of teenage angst and guns never ends well, but proves to be a gripping formula for TV, film and drama cashing in on the world’s fascination with high school shootings. This sobering production by Savio(u)r Theatre Company (a company which includes actors from both America and Britain) holds back from depicting the shootings themselves, but instead shows us a community struggling to face up to its past twenty years later... 

Calling for Silence

Calling for Silence

I have never been the sole member of an audience before. When I am told that I will be the only person watching Calling for Silence this evening, I am rather apprehensive. The flyer tells you very little about the show, only that it will be ‘an intriguing project journeying into the unknown... 

Departures

Departures

Through a series of encounters and conversations in Airport waiting lounges, the storyline of John Godber’s Departures moves from gentle comedy to drama as the characters’ frustrations and desires slowly defeat them... 

Rosie Wilby - Further Science of Sex

Rosie Wilby - Further Science of Sex

Dressed in lab-coat and goggles, Rosie Wilby is here to inform us about what makes us tick – the whys and wherefores of lust and love for people of all sexual persuasions. Wilby is a very natural performer, and builds a rapport with the audience easily, but it is a shame that there are so few of them, and so unhelpful in their contributions... 

Figs in Wigs

Figs in Wigs

Figs in Wigs sells itself as ‘an abstract piece of theatre reflecting facetiously on the absurdity of modern-day living’. Abstract is an apt word, as I’m not entirely sure of what the show’s storyline is, or if it has one... 

Dr Bunhead is Volcano Head

Dr Bunhead is Volcano Head

The stage looks like a science teacher’s nightmare: covered in tangles of wire, buckets and bins, the tables overflowing with mysterious bottles, flasks, gas-torches, tubes and an occasional jelly baby... 

The Divine Tales

The Divine Tales

Best friends Jess and Gem, two struggling actresses, decide to go their separate ways after yet another unsuccessful audition and a bed fiasco. In search of success and spiritual enlightenment, Jess goes to LA, and Gem to India, but things are not as easy as they anticipated... 

The Cure

The Cure

Jude and Dylan have been friends since school. Now at university their relationship is closer than ever, except Jude is a lesbian and everyone thinks Dylan is gay. Working on an upcoming piece of performance art, they are constantly interrupted by the disturbingly violent Joe and Dylan’s well-meaning estranged father... 

The Fallen

The Fallen

This is a tightly performed and sensitively directed play about the process of bereavement and post-war trauma. With many shows at the Fringe dealing in some way with the Iraq war and its fallout, this show, performed with powerful conviction by its young cast, tackles the subject from another angle: those families left behind... 

An Actress Prepares

An Actress Prepares

Irina Diva performs Marilyn Monroe’s last given interview in an unfurnished black box of a stage, with a pair of heels and a blonde wig the only objects in a timeless space. Diva is small, dark haired and wiry, and she speaks with a thick Bulgarian accent – she is not trying to be Monroe, but rather to bring her words new life... 

The Ark

The Ark

A mismatched group of animals wait in the shadow of the wave, facing the prospect of being left behind. A tortoise, a chicken, an elephant, a lion, a fox and a hare all queue patiently... 

Five Clever Courtesans

Five Clever Courtesans

With Belle Du Jour a literary phenomenon and more and more women modelling themselves on the porn industry’s feminine ideal, it is the perfect moment for a play about the lives and lovers of history’s most celebrated courtesans... 

'Ave a Banana: A Knees Up Through Time and Space

'Ave a Banana: A Knees Up Through Time and Space

Make sure you are on time for this show: you’ll get enough exercise during this hour-long musical romp without sprinting down Nicholson Street beforehand. If you do arrive, sweaty and out of breath, someone has had the genius idea of creating fans from fliers, so you can keep cool even as you whoop, sing, wave and get your knees up... 

First Love

First Love

'What goes by the name of love is banishment, with now and then a postcard from the homeland, such is my considered opinion, this evening.' With Beckettian dry humour and a tendency towards the obscene, Gare St Lazare brings us First Love, the story of a young man banished from his family home upon his father’s death... 

Bound

Bound

On the first day of their holiday, the mismatched crew of The Violet are forced to set sail once again, pushing further and further out to sea in their search for fish that will save their parent company from bankruptcy and thus ensure their futures... 

Conical Decline of Everything

Conical Decline of Everything

Headless Doctor presents us with the absurdist tale of Luma and Taph, two workers who spend everyday collecting four gallons of water and bringing it back. Everything is done with precision and a resignation that begins to shake in the face of violence and promise of revolution... 

Deepchurch Hollow

Deepchurch Hollow

Like all good horror-plays, Slippery Rock Theatre’s production of Deepchurch Hollow relies on odd noises, half-glimpses and the gradual increasing of tension to keep its audience on the edge of their seats... 

Angel City

Angel City

In Sam Shepard’s vision of a self-destructive Hollywood nightmare, art, consumerism, film and popular culture are used and abused to hallucinatory effect. Rabbit Brown arrives at a failing LA film studio to save the day, or rather to create a disaster big enough to save a film project worth billions... 

Silken Veils

Silken Veils

Starting with a runaway bride hiding in a closet, Silken Veils moves into the past, using projection, shadow play and puppetry to recreate Daria’s parents’ love affair in Iran over the course of the 1970s revolutions... 

Babbling Comedy: The Perfordian Show

Babbling Comedy: The Perfordian Show

From the moment they step on stage, these outsize babies have the audience laughing uncontrollably. Even those who normally can't get past a grin are giggling. This troupe from Korea use mime, juggling, face-pulling and farting as they explore a toy box full of strange objects with the boundless enthusiasm of small children to create a show that never gets boring... 

Pinocchio

Pinocchio

Indefinite Articles bring Pinocchio’s tale to life in a carpenter’s workshop, the familiar story helped along by the shouts of the audience. Pinocchio is discovered inside a piece of wood, and on the way to his first day at school he is distracted first by snow, then a circus, then led astray by a beguiling fox... 

Hamlet for Girls

Hamlet for Girls

Abi wants a baby. She really really wants a baby. Hamlet for Girls spans about three years in the lives of four friends, as Abi (Lizzie Conrad) and her husband David (Dewi Hughes) move through IVF treatment, hurdling auditions, promotions and arriving finally at a difficult realisation... 

Patrick Monahan - Stories and Tales for Kids, Who Can Run Faster Than Snails

Patrick Monahan - Stories and Tales for Kids, Who Can Run Faster Than Snails

Patrick Monahan’s show is a great piece of interactive storytelling that has children standing on chairs waving their arms wildly to be picked to help Monahan tell the story of a young shepherd boy and his flock of magical sheep... 

Cabaret Whore Encore! - Free

Cabaret Whore Encore! - Free

Sarah-Louise Young channels four very different, equally hilarious and rather odd women in this cabaret spectacular. From Bernie St. Claire, the aged diva with a Brooklyn slur, to La Poule Plombee, the masochistic French songstress, Young inhabits each of her characters to excess, shedding real tears and nailing the different accents, even when singing... 

Dusk on the River Nile

Dusk on the River Nile

For the first fifteen minutes of Dusk on the Nile, it’s near impossible to work out what’s going on. We’re whisked from a serious man in Egyptian dress, to a group of dysfunctional actors in black... 

Stick Man Live on Stage!

Stick Man Live on Stage!

Stick Man has just gone out for an innocent jog, when suddenly he is snatched up by a dog. Stick Man’s unwelcome adventure continues as he becomes a girl’s pooh stick, is used in a Swan’s nest, floats out to sea and is used as a bat in a game on an unknown beach... 

Anthony Burgess 'A Clockwork Orange'

Anthony Burgess 'A Clockwork Orange'

Fourth Monkey’s Clockwork Orange smolders with a visceral energy that flares into violence at the slightest excuse. Telling the story of Alex, a young vicious thug, and his friends who rape, abuse, beat and kill without hesitation, the play assaults the audience’s senses... 

Ali Cook: Pieces of Strange

Ali Cook: Pieces of Strange

Looking more like a cheeky London chap than a mysterious magician, Ali Cook blends comedy and sleight of hand to create a great show that will keep you laughing and leave you speechless... 

Asbo Fairy Tales

Asbo Fairy Tales

A heavily pregnant fairy, a yuppie Goldilocks, a Jeremy Kyle-style King chatting to a jilted Snow White, Burbery-wearing rats. These are all guaranteed to get laughs as the young cast move through the different tales, each with a modern-day twist for Britain’s ASBO-culture... 

Cautionary Tales

Cautionary Tales

Hilaire Belloc’s Cautionary Tales were written in the late-19th century and have been in print ever since. People never get tired of reading about Matilda who told lies and was burned to death, or of Jim who ran away from Nurse and was eaten by a lion... 

Wau Wau Sisters' Last Supper

Wau Wau Sisters' Last Supper

Starting with a school-girl strip routine that ends in crucifixion, The Wau Wau Sisters’ Last Supper continues at a strapping pace, moving from Southern Country Singers to Hippy-chicks and finally cave-girls in a series of frantic burlesque numbers... 

Crying Cherry

Crying Cherry

The Crying Cherry is the story of twins, Anaki and Kitano, destined to kill one another. When their mother hears this prophecy, she sends Anaki into the mountains to die; instead he meets someone who saves him and ultimately enables his destiny... 

Dildon't!

Dildon't!

In Reading, a shady man is walking the streets, dealing toys. Sex toys. The competition is Glen and Mim’s recently opened shop, Tits for Tat, which sells new and used sex toys. When a huge black antique dildo goes missing, and becomes the weapon in a series of gruesome murders and everyone is implicated... 

Ovid's Metamorphoses

Ovid's Metamorphoses

Pants on Fire Productions place Ovid’s Metamorphoses in a 1940s world of bombers, wireless, BBC accents and gas masks. The tales, familiar and new, see Io raped in a blackout, Echo re-imagined as a can-do washerwoman, and Icarus in leathers and goggles... 

Author

Author

An author, two actors and an audience member discuss Tim Crouch’s last play, an unnamed and violence-filled two-person production whose effects on the actors and writer are slowly revealed... 

Commedia of Errors

Commedia of Errors

Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors tells the story of separated twins: Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant Dromio find themselves in the city of Ephesus, not knowing that this is the hometown of the brothers from whom they were separated in a shipwreck many years ago... 

Cardboard Metropolis

Cardboard Metropolis

“This is life!” says Troy, spreading his arms wide, encompassing the tiny stage littered with advertisements and crumpled pearls of wisdom, reaching towards the slightly baffled audience... 

Carnival Knowledge: Love, Lust and Other Human Oddities

Carnival Knowledge: Love, Lust and Other Human Oddities

When Naomi Grossman’s second self-penned show, Carnival Knowledge, premiered in LA, it enjoyed a sell-out, twice-extended run, and the actress was nominated for best solo performance at the LA Weekly Theatre Awards...