Revival!

Revival!

Revival! by Mairi Campbell and David Francis, the duo also known as 'The Cast', is a new companion piece to their previous Fringe outing The Red Earth.Campbell and Francis, who have emerged as an important part of the traditional music and dance scene in Edinburgh, explore the tensions between art and religion in Scotland through words and music... 

Singin’ Drums

Singin’ Drums

The stunning, young, American-born mezzo-soprano opera singer Andrea Baker was joined for the first time on stage recently by her uncle Newman Taylor Baker, the percussionist and composer... 

Good Grief

Good Grief

A funeral sees the coming together of three siblings for their estranged father’s send-off, but this new musical is not really about death - it is about life and the suppressed tensions between each of the characters... 

The Yellow Wallpaper

The Yellow Wallpaper

A cast of eight reinterpret The Yellow Wallpaper, Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s 19th century short story, which is a collection of journal entries written by a woman whose physician husband has confined her to the upstairs bedroom of a house he has rented for the summer... 

Monkey Bars

Monkey Bars

Children say the funniest things, but the words they say sound even funnier when adults speak them; that is what Monkey Bars sets out to prove. Karl James was tasked with recording real conversations with schoolchildren in London for writer Chris Goode, who has turned them into a play delivered by grown ups... 

A Sky Burial

A Sky Burial

While chaos and violence unravel outside, within the safety and comfort of a hospital ward two strangers meet for a blind date. One is Henriette, who is at her mother’s bedside. It is the most unlikely of places to have a first date, but it goes ahead and as it does the pair share their feelings about everything that is happening around them... 

Visiting Time

Visiting Time

As Piers Fawcett lies ill in hospital suffering from AIDS, he receives a visit from his best friend Tom. Their love-hate relationship takes a dramatic turn for the worse when a gun is brandished between the pair as a blame game ensues... 

Freaks at the Movies - Free

Freaks at the Movies - Free

The big songs of stage and screen are being presented at the Laughing Horse Free Festival by the Cabaret Freaks. This show combines hits from Sweeney Todd, Labyrinth, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Chicago and Cabaret with a juggler who doubles up as an MC for the evening’s events... 

Sleep to Wake: Robert Browning Remembers Elizabeth

Sleep to Wake: Robert Browning Remembers Elizabeth

2012 marks the 200th anniversary of Robert Browning's birth, and Julian Lopez-Morillas solo performance honours the occasion with a presentation depicting one of the greatest romantic poets on the cusp of his seventieth year... 

Waiting for Stanley

Waiting for Stanley

A solitary woman is waiting for her husband to return from home. Her wait on the platform of a railway station is a long one and, when he doesn’t arrive, she invokes memories of her own life on the home front - whether it involved cooking or looking after the house - while images and sounds of wartime form a backdrop to her story... 

Hamlet! the Musical

Hamlet! the Musical

The classic tale that is Hamlet has been reborn into a contemporary musical and it tries to be a lively fun-filled show. Same story, but a different era. Shakespeare’s tragedy is set in the Kingdom of Denmark and dramatizes the revenge Prince Hamlet exacts on his uncle Claudius for murdering his father King Hamlet and then succeeding to the throne and taking as his wife Gertrude, the old king's widow and Prince Hamlet's mother... 

Dr Quimpugh's Compendium of Peculiar Afflictions

Dr Quimpugh's Compendium of Peculiar Afflictions

This new and contemporary chamber opera from Royal Opera House composer Martin Ward and librettist Phil Porter of the RSC tells the story of Farquar Quimpugh, a world-renowned expert in rare disorders of the mind; what a superb tale it is... 

The Cactus Gulch Opry House

The Cactus Gulch Opry House

The wacky trio from The Thistle Creek Thespian Society roll into the old saloon at Cactus Gulch, New Mexico, in 1889 to entertain Mayor Maynot and the apparently simple folk of the town... 

Under the Ladder

Under the Ladder

Under The Ladder is a piece of theatre that works on many levels, yet is seemingly based on a simple concept. A group of village actors are preparing for their performance of Hamlet, but as rehearsals go from bad to worse, a series of superstitious events take hold of the performers one by one... 

Mod

Mod

Omigod, I so can’t believe I just saw that! Mod is a brash American import exploring teenage angst amid Beatle-mania as the infamous group set out on their tour of the States. However, ‘Beatle-mania’ in this production by Infinity Rep Theatre Company, of Westchester, NY, is tantamount to a gaggle of girls running around screaming for the best part of an hour - and when they wear headsets their screams are all the more amplified, something which didn’t sit comfortably with my eardrums... 

We Think Not

We Think Not

They say that two heads are better than one, and two bodies certainly are in this poignant two-part interpretation of Deborah Hay's score I Think Not performed by two different solo dancers... 

Drop It

Drop It

The memories of two people, Merridy and her father, are explored in a new devised piece, but the American company lagom’s work left me feeling confused about its narrative aims and lost in its method... 

Honk Jr

Honk Jr

This egg-cellent production of George Stiles and Anthony Drewe's Olivier award-winning family musical extravaganza is certainly something to quack about. Winging it's way to the Fringe, the Springboard Theatre Company has come out of the University of Gloucestershire's performing arts department...