Laughing Wild

Laughing Wild

Christopher Durang’s play Laughing Wild has been wonderfully adapted to fill Funny You Should Ask’s 50 minute time slot to create a play so uproarious and so terrific you’ll wish it had lasted forever... 

CatSoup: Out of the Bag

CatSoup: Out of the Bag

CatSoup are a troupe of four young men who bring an original collection of sketches to the stage. They show a lot of potential but Out of the Bag lacks sufficient coherency – a fact which detracts too much from the show’s charm... 

Bob Doolally: A Life in Football

Bob Doolally: A Life in Football

Armed with a bottle of vodka, this retired football manager wins the applause of both his seasoned fans and those newer to the game. A Life in Football is a classic show which really hits its mark... 

Darren Maskell: A Woodlouse Trapped Underneath a Glass

Darren Maskell: A Woodlouse Trapped Underneath a Glass

A Woodlouse Trapped Under a Glass is almost so bad that it’s good, except it’s not quite there. Instead, it’s just a one-man show that is mind-numbingly bad: smacked in the face by a man made of concrete bad... 

Phillip and Marjorie's Marriage Preparation Course for Regular People and The Gays

Phillip and Marjorie's Marriage Preparation Course for Regular People and The Gays

Phillip and Marjorie are a skilled double act whose thoroughly entertaining Marriage Preparation Course will hopefully not be taken seriously by many.Accompanied by an impressive power-point presentation and a strange electric musical instrument which is brought in occasionally for emphasis, the pair are beautifully kitsch... 

Al Murray - The Pub Landlord: The Only Way is Epic

Al Murray - The Pub Landlord: The Only Way is Epic

Al Murray brings his hilarious, bigoted alter-ego to the stage: The Only Way Is Epic is the Pub Landlord’s announcement that he is going to give you an inspirational speech. Rather counter-intuitively, in a whirlwind of satire, mockery and swearwords, Murray delivers a fantastic performance which will have you far too busy rolling around on the floor cackling to get up and sort out the world... 

Working on a Special Day

Working on a Special Day

Based on Ettore Scola’s 1977 film Una Giornata Particolare, Working on a Special Day succinctly adapts a historical story of repressed feeling for the stage. Ana Graham and Antonio Vega, armed with sticks of chalk to construct their set, compellingly transport their audience into the hearts of the people of Mussolini’s Italy... 

Jimmy McGhie: Delusions of Candour

Jimmy McGhie: Delusions of Candour

Delusions of Candour unashamedly acknowledges the fact that it has no narrative but Jimmy McGhie neatly compensates for this by making a sense of spontaneity the primary charm of his show... 

Revolution Society

Revolution Society

Yvonne Arnaud Youth Theatre Company brings a fresh and charming cast to the stage. Unfortunately, Revolution Society does not have the script to make this show the sharp new comedy it professes itself to be... 

Chris Fitchew in Jack of All Trades

Chris Fitchew in Jack of All Trades

Jack of All Trades is full of energy and will sometimes entertain its audience, but it doesn’t really have enough wit to qualify as comedy.Chris Fitchew is a loveable, enthusiastic man; everything about his show is warm and friendly... 

Sugar Kane

Sugar Kane

Sarah Kane was an explosively controversial playwright who suffered from depression, communicating worlds of psychological turmoil through incredibly disturbing theatre. Naloxone Ensemble’s intent with Sugar Kane is to give an insight into the life of the woman behind her plays... 

Nathaniel Metcalfe: Enthusiast

Nathaniel Metcalfe: Enthusiast

Nathaniel Metcalfe feels like a really witty mate who’s about to blow you away with his hilarity while you chomp away on a packet of crisps. He has a glimmer in his eye like he knows you and knows that he will really, really entertain you... 

Stuart: A Life Backwards

Stuart: A Life Backwards

Jack Thorne’s stage adaptation of Alexander Masters’ biography of Stuart Shorter is simultaneously sweet and violently hard-hitting.The performance tells the true story of Stuart, a charismatic, aggressive drug addict with muscular dystrophy... 

Daniel Rigby: Berk in Progress

Daniel Rigby: Berk in Progress

Daniel Rigby returns to the Fringe this year with a sketch show that certainly lives up to its name. Berk in Progress has a messy, chaotic charm and the imagination behind its craftsmanship is definitely worth witnessing... 

Undone

Undone

Undone is dense, tenacious and at times almost frightening. It is perhaps what can be described as Marmite theatre (other breakfast spreads are available): it will by no means appeal to everyone but for some - those who quite like feeling disturbed - it will really hit the spot... 

Afghan Days Babylon Nights

Afghan Days Babylon Nights

With proceeds going to the Royal Scots Benevolent Fund, Anthony Mulligan and Paul Finegan’s poetry recital is an emotive account of war experience. It has many thought-provoking elements, but unfortunately is a very slow-moving piece of theatre... 

Jobby Hunter

Jobby Hunter

Cormac Friel is a charming Irishman who gives an endearing narrative of his encounters with the job market and its mirror: dating. Talking us through a sequence of awkward moments, his well-constructed performance is amusing easy-listening... 

Fast Film Noir

Fast Film Noir

Howard Hawks’ 1946 film The Big Sleep has been renovated and rewritten. Shaken up, but not stirred, this classic is brought slickly to the stage by About Braindead Theatre Company, the cinematic clichés of noir’s generic conventions resuscitated for a pleasant evening of 1930s American glamour... 

Take Care

Take Care

Écoute Theatre Company bring a new voice to UK’s carers in this thought provoking verbatim performance. The piece is incredibly well researched and shines a fresh light on an important group of people who are often overlooked or misperceived by society... 

The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer

The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer

Tim Watts, creator and sole performer in The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik, brings an incredible story to life through a mind-blowingly creative use of animation, puppetry, song and acting... 

Rodney & Julie J

Rodney & Julie J

Two Thirds Theatre Company bring a tremendous modern day transformation of Romeo and Juliet to the stage. Written by Victoria Baker, the ingenious script translates the warring houses of Capulet and Montague into rival supermarkets... 

Planet of the Japes

Planet of the Japes

Contrary to the advertising, this show consists only of David Rees-Jones and Chris Hammond. Each man takes the mic to deliver his own stand up set and give out sweets. It’s an amiable hour, but not an especially funny one... 

Honest Iago and Three Other Choice Villains from Shakespeare

Honest Iago and Three Other Choice Villains from Shakespeare

Natalie Burgess and Richard Smithies work through the principal monologues of four of Shakespeare’s major tragedies: Othello, Hamlet, Richard III and King Lear. The pair present the key evil-doers in the scenes of their scheming but unfortunately fail to bring much flair to the Bard’s plays... 

The Exception and the Rule

The Exception and the Rule

It can be tricky to make Brecht exciting. To simultaneously discourage an audience from suspending their disbelief whilst keeping them entertained can be a real theatrical tightrope... 

The  Noise Next Door: Soundhouse

The Noise Next Door: Soundhouse

The Noise Next Door’s new show at Pleasance will make you will laugh so hard your diaphragm will ache. Charlie, Matt, Sam, Tom, and another Tom will escort you through a riotous evening that might leave you a little weak at the knees... 

Shakespeare for Breakfast

Shakespeare for Breakfast

C Theatre Company gives George Alexander Louis’ recent entry into the world a brilliant twist. As Prince Harry and Pippa Middleton squabble outside the hospital doors, they begin to reminisce about what Kate used to be like... 

Bath Time

Bath Time

The Wee Room is a rather hot and sweaty venue, perfect for Bath Time; Ruaraidh Murray’s one man show is intense, febrile and gritty. Shooting up in the same vein as Murray’s 2012 show - Big Sean, Mikey and Me - Bath Time depicts Edinburgh’s 1990s underworld... 

James Acaster - Lawnmower

James Acaster - Lawnmower

For those not in the know, James Acaster is a nice man from Kettering who will happily tell you that all of his clothes are from Marks and Spencer. He is also a dark horse with a disarming capacity to transform the familiar and the mundane into fantastic sculptures of hilarity...