The Reluctant Doctor

The Reluctant Doctor

‘Fed up with grim, hand-wringing, one-man shows?’ asks this production’s flier: ‘Go and see something funny. 

Steve Bell: Rose Bladder - How did Cameron get to look like that?

Steve Bell: Rose Bladder - How did Cameron get to look like that?

Given that Edinburgh is something of a Glastonbury equivalent for guardianistas, Steve Bell’s show seethes with lively, middle-aged enthusiasm. 

Hashtag #DoubleStandards - Twitter on Trial

Hashtag #DoubleStandards - Twitter on Trial

Presented in a university lecture hall, Hashtag Double Standards: Twitter on Trial is a talk given by Paul Motion, a solicitor since 1984 with an interest in social media. 

The Way to Keep Him

The Way to Keep Him

This play has a great plot. 

Ad-Lib: Spontaneous Genius

Ad-Lib: Spontaneous Genius

‘Who are you here for?’ asks the Assembly ticket-tearer as he works his way through the sizeable queue. 

Beside the Greenside

Beside the Greenside

Despite the promise of five ”appenings’ on the poster, on arrival at Beside The Greenside, it is immediately clear that very little is ‘appening there at all. 

Piracy! Comedy on the High C's

Piracy! Comedy on the High C's

Pirates, exclamation mark. 

The Boss of It All

The Boss of It All

The ‘office comedy’: mastered in ‘The Office’ and storming the Fringe this year in Blam!; here that well-loved genre takes on a new guise in the first theatre adaptation of Danish … 

Darts Wives

Darts Wives

The writers of Darts Wives bring a new concept to the comedy circuit. 

Shhhh - An Improvised Silent Movie

Shhhh - An Improvised Silent Movie

I watched Shhhh in a state of complete bafflement. 

Cape Wrath

Cape Wrath

Cape Wrath is an intimate one man show. 

Amazing Amber

Amazing Amber

One of the most memorable pieces on show at Amazing Amber is a beautiful piece of genuine Baltic amber containing a small, perfectly preserved fly. 

Jackson Voorhaar's One True Love(s) - Free

Jackson Voorhaar's One True Love(s) - Free

Jackson Voorhaar’s set details the things he loves and loathes. 

We Love Comedy

We Love Comedy

When a show is going badly, repeatedly telling the audience that they’re a tough crowd only ever exacerbates matters. 

Dirty Hands

Dirty Hands

Only a few things feel strained in this transposition of Les Mains Sales to 1982 Northern Ireland. 

Sara Pascoe - The Musical!

Sara Pascoe - The Musical!

In her white shirt, grey knee length skirt and black brogues, Sara Pascoe looks like a schoolgirl. 

Baby With the Bathwater

Baby With the Bathwater

There’s a difference between absurdist theatre and ridiculous theatre. 

Well Done You - Free

Well Done You - Free

‘Well Done You’ calls itself a character sketch show, but Lucy Trodd and Ruth Bratt are in character even when not doing sketches. 

Treasure Island

Treasure Island

Dominic Allen’s adaptation of this old pirate classic is fast paced and good fun. 

Peer Gynt

Peer Gynt

Peer Gynt is, according to our storyteller, ‘the most self-centred, egotistical liar in literary history’. 

Roisin Conaty: Lifehunter

Roisin Conaty: Lifehunter

Roisin Connaty may describe herself as ‘almost good looking,’ but she has a weapon of attraction quite independent from her sunny, open expression or her bleached blonde hair. 

Sally-Anne Hayward: The Inbetweeny Lady

Sally-Anne Hayward: The Inbetweeny Lady

It’s not why she’s called the Inbetweeny Lady, but Sally-Anne Hayward’s set details what happened to her in between last year’s Edinburgh Fringe and this year’s. 

Rubberbandits

Rubberbandits

Not long ago, the Rubberbandits were just a couple of schoolboy pranksters. 

Jenny Fawcett

Jenny Fawcett

Louise Ford’s character Jenny Fawcett has an earnest, alarming smile, slightly mad eyes behind unsexy specs and a gurgling voice. 

Mary Bourke: Hail Mary!

Mary Bourke: Hail Mary!

It’s a relief when Mary Bourke promises that she won’t be doing any clichéd ‘female comic’ stuff. 

Jen Brister - Now and Then

Jen Brister - Now and Then

With an intense stare, Jen Brister describes her set as ‘a beige lesbian in a darkened room. 

Nights at the Circus

Nights at the Circus

You should brace yourself before seeing Nights At The Circus, and not just because of its circus setting. 

A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum

A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum

The 1960s hit A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is a fast-paced, rollicking farce. 

Shirtwaist

Shirtwaist

Shirtwaist is a brilliant piece of grim theatre. 

Celia Pacquola - Delayed

Celia Pacquola - Delayed

I’d never been enticed by terrible dancing before I saw Celia Pacquola. 

The Table

The Table

This puppet’s nose isn’t growing when he comments that The Table is,‘difficult to put your finger on, as you’ll discover when you try and tell your friends what you came to… 

Tartuffe

Tartuffe

The most prominent feature of this production’s adaptation is its swingin’ sixties setting. 

Believe - Starring Shane Dundas from the Umbilical Brothers

Believe - Starring Shane Dundas from the Umbilical Brothers

For the first ten minutes, Shane Dundas’ material revolves entirely around his fear of a solo show. 

Catriona Knox - Hellcat

Catriona Knox - Hellcat

First impressions can be misleading. 

BDOOL (Best Days of Our Lives) - Free

BDOOL (Best Days of Our Lives) - Free

James and Craig - the comedy duo behind Best Days of Our Lives - earn their stars as much through likeability as humour. 

Hannibal Buress: Still Saying Stuff

Hannibal Buress: Still Saying Stuff

Hannibal Buress is a really chilled-out entertainer. 

Barry Morgan's World of Organs

Barry Morgan's World of Organs

Barry Morgan’s act rests heavily on double entendre.