You Wouldn't Know Him, He Lives in Texas

You Wouldn't Know Him, He Lives in Texas

Last year on my final weekend at the Fringe, a friend of mine met a local man at the Silent Disco, started snogging him, and then eventually started to date him. There is one problem, my friend and I both live in Los Angeles... 

Allotment

Allotment

A play about an allotment, in an allotment, drowning in metaphor with Beckettian transitions. Getting a cup of tea and a scone and sitting in the Inverleith allotments to watch the story of a pair of sisters to whom the allotment was the cornerstone of life is at the same time lovely and mind-numbing... 

The Questionnaire

The Questionnaire

What starts off promisingly as a suspenseful yarn about a man trapped by some odd psychiatric cult (which seems to resemble Scientology in more ways than comfortable), devolves to two actors yelling at each other about philosophy... 

Good Death: Created in Collaboration with Tectonic Theater Project

Good Death: Created in Collaboration with Tectonic Theater Project

Assisted suicide, euthanasia, murder. To some those three words are interchangeable, to others they have more specific meanings. To one of Michigan’s sons, Dr Jack Kevorkian, those words were his profession... 

You Once Said Yes

You Once Said Yes

That simple word opens up many possibilities throughout your solo journey through You Once Said Yes. Whether it is towards a lost tourist, a questioning student, or a shell-shocked war veteran, each time you say ‘yes’ throughout the (one at a time, promenade) performance you feel that you are legitimately helping somebody out... 

Mirazozo

Mirazozo

A hypnotic, atmospheric, environmental sculpture. Walking into the melding of a bouncy castle (with no bounce) and Doctor Who’s (Circa Tom Baker) TARDIS, adults and children alike will be taken by the relaxing quality of the space and the possibilities for fun and play... 

The Room of Unlimited Possibilities

The Room of Unlimited Possibilities

A soundscape of a woman’s voice layered over itself plays while a woman sits in a red light. That was the promising start to the Room of Infinite Possibilities; unfortunately, the rest of the piece was not nearly as interesting, and frankly a bit schizophrenic... 

Beautiful Burnout

Beautiful Burnout

Every year there’s about three or five Fringe shows that feel like they could open up on the West End tomorrow and do fine. Beautiful Burnout is one of those shows. With it’s brutally kinetic fighting choreography, taut script, immense production values, and intensely focused performances it quickly delivers a knockout punch to the audience and it’s competition this Fringe... 

Shadow Boxing

Shadow Boxing

You enter a gym, before long, a man with fists of fury enters, training, punching, sprinting, bearing his soul. He grew up with hyper masculine men as role models, and just continued in the family business, boxing... 

Waiting for Apollo

Waiting for Apollo

One of the most fascinating aspects of Greek drama is the ability for modern theatre artists to freely interpret it. Rarely are togas and masks seen on the stage, since the authors are long deceased, no one feels the need to stick to a single reading of the text... 

Poland 3 Iran 2

Poland 3 Iran 2

Less a piece of theatre, and more a very interesting tandem lecture about football, politics, and family all cornering around the 1976 Olympic Football match between Poland and Iran... 

Tailor of Inverness

Tailor of Inverness

Our history, and what we’d wish our history to be. In the Tailor of Inverness, Matthew Zajac weaves together the story of his father through both of these lenses. For most of the relatively engrossing seventy five minutes, Mr... 

The Way to Keep Him

The Way to Keep Him

An eighteenth century romantic parlor comedy in an eighteenth century parlor. A lying philandering husband, a clever wife, and a trap for him to see the error in his ways. Simple, timeless, and fun all the while being pleasantly unremarkable... 

Belt Up's 'Dreamscape'

Belt Up's 'Dreamscape'

As audience members, we are trained to see and hear, but what if you take away one of those senses. That is what Belt Up is doing with their late night Dreamscape experiences. By blindfolding all audience participants upon entry, the ensemble exploits the heightened other senses of each audience members to charming and eerie effects... 

Wolf

Wolf

Upon entering their den just off the Cowgate, the cast of Wolf are howling, sniffing, and prowling about with wild abandon. A reflection on a wide variety of themes from fairy tales and horror films, this show is all about reminding us that the wolves are dichotomous creatures, oft maligned, but with a distinctive grace and majesty... 

Second Star to the Right

Second Star to the Right

‘Oh! You’re too old! Don’t let Peter see you!’ That was gently whispered in my ear as I entered the space for this choppy adaptation of Peter Pan. If only the rest of the performance was as interactive and engrossing as the initial couple of minutes... 

Belt Up's 'Octavia'

Belt Up's 'Octavia'

Belt Up’s interactive oeuvre is kind of perfect for children’s theatre. Their brand of immersive productions has been honed for a couple of years now, but never with kids specifically in mind until now, and the results are quite charming... 

Pedestrian

Pedestrian

A nightmare that no one can wake up from, delving deeper and deeper into surreality. As Tom Wainwright starts us off by walking down the High Street of an unnamed town, with an ever present gold fish in a tank stage right staring right at him, we can appreciate the droll mundanity that he experiences... 

Something About Jumpers

Something About Jumpers

A boy tossed through the revolving door of foster homes and department of family services. His prized possession, his mother’s jumper. Levi, the main character in this exploration of one of the leading causes of anti-social behavior, is troubled because he never really had a home, and by the end, he has less than that... 

Stop, Look, Listen.

Stop, Look, Listen.

A neighborhood boy getting killed at an intersection. A tragedy which will change and shape that neighborhood for years to come. Stop, Look, and Listen explores the effects to every denizen of that small patch of suburbia through a series of interconnected monologues, as if the text were transcripts from crime scene (and eventually social service) investigators... 

Kaspar

Kaspar

The first time encountering civilisation. If you were a feral child, the shock would be traumatising. An all woman ensemble attempts to understand that trauma by bringing a newness to space, text, and time... 

101

101

In the Fringe guide, there is a lot of theatre which claims interactivity. Usually, this manifests itself in some limp form where the actors mildly acknowledge our presence, and we might have to dance with them or something of the ilk... 

La Locandiera

La Locandiera

From the time you enter Vittoria, an Italian restaurant in New Town, you are greeted and accosted by a group of actors attempting to sound Italian. For the next two hours, they will sing, serve, and attempt to pry laughs from the audience all in the service of a great (if not cliched) text... 

Reverie

Reverie

An exploration of the concept of lucid dreams, this new play has a lot of meat on the bone. When are we awake? What do our dreams mean? Can we control our dreams? The text of this play poses these questions while uncovering new ones, but the staging does not meet the text’s creativity... 

Piano Project

Piano Project

Andreas Grassl is ‘the piano man’ who washed up in Kent. He never spoke with social workers, but supposedly played the piano with great skill. Students from St. Mary’s College have used this as a jumping off point for a technically ambitious, but ultimately derivative and problematic show for the Fringe... 

Ladder and the Moon

Ladder and the Moon

A fort, a spaceship, a submarine, a bus; four things a large box can be in the mind of a child. This mindset encapsulates the charming show The Ladder and the Moon. Less a fully-formed narrative and more a series of vignettes featuring the three performers exploring an attic with an unabashed wonder, it never flags in energy, despite the frequent blackouts, with each sequence more inventive than the last... 

Keepers

Keepers

The loneliness of being a lighthouse keeper, even if you have a partner, would drive a person mad. The sixty minute meditation on two such men enlivens while it depresses, warms whilst it cools... 

Roadkill

Roadkill

A young African girl on a bus is jabbering away about her recent arrival. She asks her ‘aunty’ how much longer her journey will be. Soon she will naively hand over her passport, be raped, and be baptised into the sisterhood of trafficked sex workers... 

Reykjavik

Reykjavik

From the second you are given a clean suit and goggles to don, you know this will not be your average Fringe show. What follows is a meditation on memory and place, loves had and loves lost, all done in one of the most immersive and technically engrossing environments you’ll find at this year’s Fringe... 

Grimms' Fairy Tales

Grimms' Fairy Tales

Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel. Stories most everyone knows well. ETB Productions gamely tells the audience all three with some somewhat exciting physicality to create the various spaces evoked... 

10 Dates With Mad Mary

10 Dates With Mad Mary

Mad Mary is a tough nosed, hard living, uncompromising girl trapped in a small town in Ireland who needs a date for a friend’s wedding. That seed leads her through a journey of self discovery and realisation which is at the same time enchants you while you expect a boot to the head... 

Tempest

Tempest

'What is the nature of Prospero’s power?' That was a question posed to a bright faced class of theatrical designers during a discussion of The Tempest. If you were to watch the production currently happening on Mary Guise Barge, you’d think it was a gin and tonic... 

David Leddy's 'Sub Rosa'

David Leddy's 'Sub Rosa'

The history of Edinburgh opens up so many opportunities for brilliant site specific work, which is rarely properly realised. David Leddy’s Sub Rosa succeeds where so many other pieces fail... 

Decky Does a Bronco

Decky Does a Bronco

The moments when you grow up, some may be small, others massive. You rarely see them coming but surely see them in the rearview mirror. For some, that moment happens earlier in life... 

Hotel Nowhere

Hotel Nowhere

Cardinal sin number one of site specific theatre: Picking the wrong site! Despite the fact that Hotel Nowhere actually takes place in a hotel, and the fact that B.E.D.S. put on the play in a blacked out conference room (despite being listed in the festival program as a site specific piece) within the Jury Hotel is problematic and flat out boring... 

The Cry

The Cry

Upon entering the space, a performer is forcefully reciting poetry while two men in black hoods silently watch on. From the moment when the two men in black begin to interact with the poet, the piece becomes completely, viscerally, relentless... 

Star Child

Star Child

A young, game troupe telling a simple tale with some inventive staging makes for an enchanting bed time story. The archetypal tale is of a vain boy getting cursed and needing to break said curse and eventually begging his parent’s for their forgiveness... 

Tokyo Love Song

Tokyo Love Song

What starts out with Shoko Ito charmingly asking the audience if they love someone with Japanese pop songs gently wafting into their ears quickly devolves into a series of dreamscapes that, despite the performer’s gleeful enthusiasm, has little apparent focus or meaning... 

Power Plant - A Sound And Light Experience

Power Plant - A Sound And Light Experience

Less a play, and more a very well curated group installation exhibition, Power Plant should mesmerize even the most callous of cynics. The self guided tour allows one to explore each installation for as long as you desire (hint, since the gardens MUST close at midnight, get a ticket for an earlier time, thus giving yourself the maximum amount of time to explore), but the exhibition is rather top loaded with some of the best pieces being in the first third of the experience...