Towers of Eden

Towers of Eden

Exploring the relationship between a brother and a sister growing up in a climate change fuelled apocalypse, Towers of Eden explores many classic dystopian themes as well some more relatable ones around family relationships and connections... 

Girls

Girls

Deeply political, magnificently performed and filled with tense action and witty dialogue, Girls manages to grip and amaze the audience with its characters and powerful message from start to finish... 

Maklena

Maklena

Perhaps at the time it was first written this play would have been seen as fantastic, dealing with themes that were deeply entrenched in many of the Soviet plays of the early 1930s... 

The Black That I Am

The Black That I Am

Taking a leaf from Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues, The Black that I Am is a compilation of stories that delve into the minds of various women and their experiences of being black in the modern day... 

Cherry

Cherry

“None of these words are our own. They have been taken, word for word, from over 300 interviews and anonymous online submissions.” That’s what the background reads, projected behind a bed where the actors are already sitting, ready and waiting, as the audience first walks in... 

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Shakespeare comedy done right, this play manages to put a modern twist on the well known classic by filling it with quirky characters that look like they’ve picked right out of field in Glastonbury... 

Walls

Walls

It begins with a simple yet beautifully plucked tune followed by eerie voices echoing out until they fill the room. And then comes a voice, a man reading out his letter to David Cameron, appealing to the old prime minister to let him cross the English Channel and finally find a home in the UK... 

Rupture

Rupture

Take the premise of George Orwell’s 1984 and lighten it up with a few jokes and some pop culture references and you’ll already be halfway towards the dystopian future seen in Rupture... 

Hyperthymesia

Hyperthymesia

Hyperthymesia is a mixture of physical theatre and emotional monologues that certainly wasn’t a show that had the audience jumping onto their feet in appreciation. Admittedly a difficult subject to bring to the stage, Cece Otto’s attempt to connect the wider world to a mostly unknown condition did little to entice the audience... 

Absolute Improv!

Absolute Improv!

Like many of the other spontaneous improvisation shows here at the Fringe, Absolute Improv! offers non stop comedy through a variety of funny and fresh games that are inspired by suggestions from the audience... 

Bottomless Coffee Band – The Married Multi-Instrumentalists

Bottomless Coffee Band – The Married Multi-Instrumentalists

Married multi-instrumentalists from South Africa: that’s what this folk duo define themselves as and it describes them perfectly. With a whole array of crazy instruments, Bottomless Coffee Band manage to bring the sound of an entire band to the stage in an upbeat mixture of folk and rock, entertaining and energetic the entire way through... 

Fémage a Trois

Fémage a Trois

Hard hitting and immensely emotional, the beautiful performances in Fémage a Trois don’t hesitate in getting down to the real challenges that modern day, western women must face... 

The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Oscar Wilde’s stunning way with words in his classic novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, makes it a challenging piece to bring to the stage. Unfortunately, in their own musical rendition, Pregnant Fish Theatre fails to capture the elegance of this book... 

National Theatre Live: Coriolanus

National Theatre Live: Coriolanus

For those who couldn’t get down to London to watch the brilliant Tom Hiddleston boast a magnificent Coriolanus at the National Theatre, the Fringe is hosting the next best thing here in Edinburgh... 

Holmes for Rent

Holmes for Rent

From Benedict Cumberbatch on the TV to Robert Downey Jr on the big screen, Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic Victorian novels Sherlock Holmes have been brought back so many times, and in so many different formats, that it’s always intriguing to see if anyone can breathe new life into these old tales... 

The F Words

The F Words

“If I’m feminine, does that mean I’m effeminate? Or if I’m effeminate, does that mean I’m feminine?”Looking at the nature of what it means to female in this modern world is the complex theme that underlies this exploratory, alternative play The F Words... 

Terry Pratchett's Mort

Terry Pratchett's Mort

In true Terry Pratchett style, this rendition of Terry Pratchett’s Mort brings along a sly mixture of complex fantasy and comedy. Full of silly jokes and comedic acting, the show is an entertaining way to spend the evening and is guarantied to have everyone laughing... 

Alice in Wonderland – The Musical

Alice in Wonderland – The Musical

Following various elements from the classic book by C.S Lewis, Alice in Wonderland – The Musical works perfectly as a family show. An oddity in the Fringe with its large cast flown over from the states, you can tell that TNT Productions have poured quite a bit of money and time into this show, having performed in a few other locations before arriving in Edinburgh... 

Knowing EU

Knowing EU

Although this show might have been more useful to see before the EU referendum, Knowing EU’s straightforwardness pushes to one side all the unclear statistics and hot headed debating surrounding the referendum and presents nothing but clear facts... 

Octopus

Octopus

What does it mean to be British? That’s the question that underlies this political, anarchistic play Octopus. Set in a future where Britain has closed its borders and the state now defines quite forcefully what it means to be British, it couldn’t be more topical amongst the post-Brexit mess still hanging over our country... 

Holes by Louis Sachar

Holes by Louis Sachar

Originally taking the form of a classic children’s novel, it is only natural that this rendition of Holes by Louis Sachar is performed entirely by a young cast. With not a single adult on stage, the Cheam Drama Company managed to bring the childlike element of the book to life in their hour-long performance... 

Grimm: An Untold Tale

Grimm: An Untold Tale

For those who don’t know, the Grimm brothers are the authors of the famous book Grimm’s Fairy Tales, a huge source of inspiration for all kinds of modern myths and fables. Though the play’s title holds their name, it is not about the brothers, but instead about the countless women that never get mentioned for their role in helping the brothers collect their fairy tales... 

2044

2044

One of Edinburgh’s Fringe’s many newly written dramas, Ciaran Drysder’s 2044 is a surprisingly gripping performance by the still budding North East Theatre Company. Highly topical with the UK’s current political situation, the play builds on the possibly of a future where Scotland does eventually achieve independence, following the story of three English refugees now stranded in Scotland after most of England has been immersed under water...