5 Soldiers

5 Soldiers

Nestled in the artsy comfort of the Fringe bubble, it is all too easy to forget about the murmurings – or in some cases, bellowings – of war that have been thrown back and forth across our doorstep this past month... 

The Creative Martyrs: Kabakunst

The Creative Martyrs: Kabakunst

What artsy, liberal Fringe-goer cannot help but identify with the image of the sad clown – monochromatic, melancholic, unsure whether to laugh or cry – after the political few years we have had? Such is the thinking of The Creative Martyrs, who have crafted another night of equal parts delight and despair, this year in the secretive setting of Fingers Piano Bar... 

Lloyd Griffith in:Undated

Lloyd Griffith in:Undated

For a show about a break-up, Lloyd Griffith in:Undated has all the comfortable generosity, grossness and joy of a long-term relationship. Owning the ‘small, chubby bloke’ vibe like – well, like quite a lot of small chubby blokes have actually – Griffith nevertheless stands out from the Edinburgh pack with his hour long narrative of a love lost, carried along by his giggly, affable persona... 

Mark Nelson: Irreverence

Mark Nelson: Irreverence

Mark Nelson is an old-fashioned stand-up: disarmingly likeable, astoundingly at ease, a master of audience interaction. A raucous Saturday night crowd, armed with drunken repartee, was no match for Nelson, who humoured hecklers with such a calm intelligence you might have thought he was dealing with sleep-deprived toddlers trying to derail his grown-up dinner party, save for the uproarious laughter which followed every interaction... 

Sally Phillips and Lily Bevan: Talking to Strangers

Sally Phillips and Lily Bevan: Talking to Strangers

A disenchanted falconer from Norfolk. A lion numerologist. Bette Midler as a telepathic, transatlantic telephone-using murderer. Sally Phillips and Lily Bevan certainly don’t go for obvious characters... 

Harriet Dyer: 'We'd Prefer Someone a Bit More Mainstream'

Harriet Dyer: 'We'd Prefer Someone a Bit More Mainstream'

Harriet Dyer is accidentally alternative. She doesn’t mean to be, she assures us, but her “default setting is just a bit too weird”. And in a circuit dominated by identical middle-age blokes making identical observation comedy, it’s hardly a surprise that a woman in possession of gremlin-y voices, erratic tangents, tropical print shirts and fantastical stories is considered a bit of a curveball... 

Help

Help

Think you’ve had quite enough of women in activewear shouting at you for one lifetime? Think again: Help, the comedy self-help seminar from London comedy duo, Bae, is the most fun a girl can have with a kale smoothie and a yoga mat... 

Thrones! The Musical Parody

Thrones! The Musical Parody

‘Musical’? Check. ‘Parody’? Check. Pop culture buzzword plus whimsical piece of punctuation? Check. The title of Thrones! The Musical Parody has all the components of your typical audience-baiting, sell-out show... 

Girl

Girl

International theatre has always been a key component of Edinburgh Fringe. Yet, for most visitors, the prospect of watching a play in a foreign language is more than a tad daunting... 

Quli: Dilon ka Shahzaada

Quli: Dilon ka Shahzaada

The intimate SpaceTriplex Studio, tucked underground beneath Edinburgh’s cosmopolitan centre, is an appropriate home-from-home for Quli: Dilon ka Shahzaada. Though framed through the unlikely love story of a prince and a temple dancer, this 45 minute offering from Mohammed Ali Baig tells the tale of how another multicultural capital - the old Indian city of Hyderabad - came to be... 

MOONFACE

MOONFACE

Adulthood. Womanhood. Motherhood. Oh, and the aphrodisiac properties of grass. All are explored with equal parts insight and absurdity in Moonface, a playful piece of new writing by Guttersnipe Theatre Company...