The Magnets: All This Time

The Magnets: All This Time

They may have the charm of a boy band but The Magnets are certainly all men. Currently touring their show All This Time around the world, the guys have been good enough to once more grace fringe with their presence... 

Xara Vaughan

Xara Vaughan

Xara Vaughn is a charming, funny and clearly very talented performer. A striking woman with a great presence on stage, Vaughn went out of her way to greet her audience and make them feel comfortable... 

This Was the World and I Was King

This Was the World and I Was King

The force and power of a child’s imagination against adversity has long been fodder for writers. Frances Hodgson Burnett and Edith Nesbit spring to mind when discussing HookHitch Theatre’s This Was The World and I Was King... 

The Pearl

The Pearl

Based on John Steinbeck’s novella of the same name, The Pearl tells the story of the poor pearl diver Kino and what happens when he discovers ‘the pearl of the world’. Kino hopes to use the potential wealth of the pearl to improve the life of his young family... 

Going Dark!

Going Dark!

At the start of the show I heard some people remark that they had seen Beth Vyse last year and had come back. I can only say I will not be repeating their mistake. This show was a confused, chaotic, thoroughly unentertaining mess... 

Janey Godley Is Ungagged

Janey Godley Is Ungagged

The mother-daughter duo of Janey Godley and Ashley Storrie kicked off this show with a rather unusual bit of audience interaction. They called out to random members of the audience and pretended to know them... 

East End Boy West End Girl - Free

East End Boy West End Girl - Free

Returning to the Edinburgh Fringe after their Australian sojourn is EastEnd Cabaret. A delightful duo that has risen through the ranks of the cabaret circuit. Bernadette Byrne and Victor Victoria are immensely talented and know how to work an audience... 

Sincerely, Mr Toad

Sincerely, Mr Toad

For over one hundred years The Wind in The Willows has remained one of the most popular pieces of English literature. Inspired by the bedtime stories he told his son, Kenneth Grahame took refuge from his sedentary job at the Bank of England to indulge his whimsical side through his literary passions... 

Ali McGregor's Jazzamatazz

Ali McGregor's Jazzamatazz

“I have a moshpit!” yelled Ali McGregor as her eager audience gathered round and popped the bubbles she was producing. Helped by her two trusty dance companions, Ali McGgregor has created a show sure to be enjoyed by all ages... 

Scroobius Pip - Words

Scroobius Pip - Words

Joining the fringe for the first time Scroobius Pip seemed right at home on the stage. Confident and charismatic he immediately launched the show set with a rendition of ‘Duck Tales’ before commencing his spoken word set... 

Arthur's Quest: A Medieval Musical

Arthur's Quest: A Medieval Musical

Expertly treading the line between cheese and charm is this new musical from Augment Productions. The tale of the once and future king is given new life in this musical adaptation that combines magic, dragons and folk inspired, original music... 

The Pirates of Penzance

The Pirates of Penzance

Pirates of Penzance at the King's Head Theatre presented by Charles Court Opera is a fantastic and funny production of the classic light opera. The spot on humor and sharp cutting wit is brilliantly seen throughout creating a humorous and engaging experience... 

The Room

The Room

The Room is one of the worst films ever made. Really. It is terrible in every aspect. The dialogue is awkward and stilted and the plot makes no sense at all. It features some of the worst acting in the history of cinema... 

Men of Character - Free

Men of Character - Free

Men of Character describes itself as two one-man sketch shows that overlap with one another with an overarching plot line. This was not apparent from the show. What was instead presented was a series of nonsensical sketches that never seemed have a punch line... 

Turn of the Screw

Turn of the Screw

In this adaptation of the novella of the same name by Henry James, HookHitch Theatre present the story of a governess hired to care for orphaned siblings on an estate that seems to be haunted by its questionable former occupants... 

Playing Fate

Playing Fate

Playing Fate is the story of a relationship told in reverse. It begins with the couple discussing whether or not to break up. Their history is then told in gradually regressing chunks right back to when they first met one another... 

(remor)

(remor)

Remor is immediately unsettling. The entire piece takes place in a tiny prison, within a box on metal bunkbeds that become the stage for this piece. Only 15 people can see this piece at any one time, they squeeze inside the cell with the two performers and witnesses a couple writhe and contort in the intimate closeness of love and the desire for freedom and distance... 

Polly

Polly

As the audience walked in to the magical setting of Polly our narrator, Veronica Hare, told everyone to pick up a little note, paper and pens. On each of these notes was written a thing we all had to draw... 

BBC: Radio 1's Fun and Filth Cabaret - Night 1

BBC: Radio 1's Fun and Filth Cabaret - Night 1

BBC: Radio 1’s Fun and Filth Cabaret returns to the Fringe with its hosts Scot Mills and Nick Grimshaw. For four nights they will present a pick and mix of this years fringe. To kick of the first night of festivities they were joined onstage by Mark Wright from the only way is Essex and Emily Atack who most people will remember for the Inbetweeners as Charlotte Hinchcliffe whose mum happened to be in audience much to her chagrin... 

William

William

“Has anyone been on an adventure today?” asked Veronica Hare as she welcomed the audience into the magical space for William, a one-person storytelling performance combined with interactive elements... 

Treasure Island

Treasure Island

From the very first ‘Argh’, this show was filled with so much enthusiasm it was almost scary. Treasure Island is crass and crude and filled with enough humor to suit everyone in the audience... 

Me and Mr C

Me and Mr C

From the start the atmosphere was decidedly unusual for something described as improv. Gary Kitching immediately set the audience at ease, but did not disperse the tension filling the room... 

The Ugly Duckling

The Ugly Duckling

There once was an ugly duckling. He had a scraggly tail and stumpy wings and he was very worried about making friends. In this production of the well-known Hans Christian Andersen story Kipper Tie Theatre use music and costume changes to show the audience that it isn’t how you look but what you are like inside that really matters... 

Midnight at the Boar's Head

Midnight at the Boar's Head

I have always been of the opinion that Shakespeare cannot be read but must be performed. The only way to appreciate the full potential is to see it live and, on this point, Fine Chisel deliver... 

When I Grow Up I Want to Be...

When I Grow Up I Want to Be...

The message of the play is simple - with a bit of imagination and intent every child has the potential to be anything. Throughout the performance this message is repeated again and again as we are introduced to make-believe astronauts, bakers and artists... 

Whale Tale

Whale Tale

As the younger members of the audience ran around the room chasing bubbles before the show began it was immediately apparent that Ricochet Theatre understood their audience. A new company formed in London by Micha Colombo and Alice Sillet, Ricochet Theatre believe that playing should not just be for children... 

One Hour Only

One Hour Only

As the lights dimmed for the start of One Hour Only, video projections and voice-overs appeared on stage, calling the audience to attention as the characters set the scene for the next hour... 

Bossa Novas and More

Bossa Novas and More

Bossa Nova and More is a Hungarian guitar duo that aims to play authentic Bossa Nova combined with less traditional numbers to create an entirely enjoyable experience. Rozina Pátkai is undeniably a talented singer, performing with grace and charm to complement her melodious singing voice... 

The Velveteen Rabbit

The Velveteen Rabbit

The classic tale of The Velveteen Rabbit is a favorite throughout the world. In this charming production Backhand Theatre bring to life the story of the sawdust stuffed rabbit’s quest to become real... 

Cusp

Cusp

Cusp is a coming-of-age story told through the voices of many to describe the journey of one woman. The protagonist Jane is attempting to speak at her sister’s rehearsal dinner; as she attempts to define what makes her sister so perfect she is confronted with her own confusion as to what makes a woman special... 

The Oxford Revue: But Seriously

The Oxford Revue: But Seriously

The Oxford Revue’s initial introduction takes advantage of its location’s atmospheric setting. With a dramatic entrance Oxford Revue begins its show, a collection of sketches, some stand-alone and others that run throughout the entire performance... 

Le Gateau Chocolat

Le Gateau Chocolat

The set is elaborately decked out to look like a diva’s dressing room. It contains a rail filled with elaborate costumes and sequins and a small dressing table. Into this Le Gateau Chocolat enters with a voice that’s like melted butter mixed with brandy - rich and deep... 

Chekhov Shorts

Chekhov Shorts

Duddingston Kirk may be slightly further afield than some of the more central Fringe venues but the performances here presented are worth the journey. Consisting of two of Chekhov’s short compositions, The Bear and the comedic monologue Thank You for Smoking, in the marquee outside, the production is unpretentious and genuine, focusing on the actors’ abilities and the script... 

Dead Cat Bounce: Caged Heat

Dead Cat Bounce: Caged Heat

Dead Cat Bounce embody all that a concept rock band should. They present an energetic, occasionally outrageous show in tight trousers, with silk shirts hanging open. With humorous numbers filled with self-described wailing, the show is everything you could want from a rock n’ roll comedy act... 

Rent

Rent

As Jonathon Larson’s most well-known and best-loved work, any production of Rent has high standards to live up to. Sadly this production didn’t measure up. It was a vastly varied performance with moments that shone, but also had others that fell decidedly flat... 

The Magnets

The Magnets

I hesitate to describe The Magnets as an a cappella band, because I am still not entirely convinced there was not a full band on stage. However, they assure you that every sound you hear comes from some part of their body... 

The Alleycats - a Cappella with Cattitude

The Alleycats - a Cappella with Cattitude

The Alleycats present an energetic fun-filled show with popular music. They perform a range of songs by the likes of Shania Twain, The Killers and Coldplay as well as many other familiar names... 

Alzheimer's the Musical: A Night to Remember!

Alzheimer's the Musical: A Night to Remember!

Alzheimer’s The Musical is a peek into the lives of those who might be getting slightly older in body but who are most definitely young at heart. The musical follows the lives of three women who live at Jurassic Retirement Community, where growing old gracefully seems impossible... 

WitTank

WitTank

Once again WitTank return to the Fringe with a material that is sure to entertain. The sketch comedy group present a show filled with energy. Performing material that ranges from a kleptomaniac clergyman to a very special casserole, there is something here for everyone to enjoy... 

Evil - The Musical

Evil - The Musical

Evil - The Musical details the lives of seven evil villains as they battle Guy Super and endeavor to become the most evil of all. To aid them in their plans, each possesses a magic ball of power that allows them to control those around them... 

The Spaces Between

The Spaces Between

As their show title suggests The Jane Austen Argument explore the spaces in the world we live in: the spaces that exist everywhere, both physically and emotionally, the spaces that define how we see ourselves and those around us... 

Danny Bevins: Infectious Waste

Danny Bevins: Infectious Waste

Danny Bevins is not a gentle comedian. In his introduction he makes it clear that there are people who like his show and people who don’t. Those who don’t like the show are idiots; I guess it’s lucky I enjoyed the show then... 

Raw

Raw

Raw follows a woman’s journey of self-discovery as she ventures forth from her monotonous everyday life in search of something more. We follow her as she experiments with different lifestyles, trying to figure out if there is something more fulfilling or at least more exciting... 

Nine - The Musical

Nine - The Musical

Nine - The Musical tells the story of Guido Contini, a fictional movie director in 1960s Italy, as he goes through a mid-life crisis. Guido is the only male in the cast and is seen as both a child and an adult, surrounded by the influential women in his life... 

I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change

I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change

Off-Broadway’s longest running musical comes to the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. I Love you, You’re Perfect, Now Change explores the horrible, heart-wrenching and fantastic moments that occur every day on the road to finding love... 

Ali McGregor's Something Old, Something New

Ali McGregor's Something Old, Something New

With her phenomenal voice and subtle and sexy ambiance, Ali McGregor knows how to make an entrance. Performing a set she describes as ‘inspired by the American songbook with some trashy numbers thrown in’ she captures your attention immediately... 

The  Yellow Wallpaper

The Yellow Wallpaper

The Yellow Wallpaper is an adaptation of the short story by the same name. It depicts a woman in the late 1800s whose husband has removed her to the country for her to recover her health... 

The Rape of Lucrece

The Rape of Lucrece

The Rape of Lucrece is Shakespeare’s narrative poem detailing the vicious assault on the heroine and its disastrous ramifications. Gerard Logan performs the piece as a one-man adaptation to fantastic effect... 

Bluebeard: A Fairy Tale for Adults

Bluebeard: A Fairy Tale for Adults

Bluebeard sets out to challenge the conventions of the standard fairly tale, and the values and desires it represents that have become our cultural norm. The initial voice-over, involving graphic sexual descriptions, sets the tone for the piece: a slightly mad tale with dark underlying tones... 

Lillia

Lillia

Despite the best efforts of the cast, Lillia fails to achieve the level of intensity it aspires to. The musical deals with identity and the development of individuality, focusing on the lives of two very different girls, Lillia and Mya... 

Some Small Love Story

Some Small Love Story

With its modest and pretty title, Some Small Love Story sets the tone for its performance. This four-person play depicts, with both its storytelling and original music, the very different journeys two couples take while discovering and reflecting back on love...