66a Church Road: A Lament Made of Memories and Kept in Suitcases

66a Church Road: A Lament Made of Memories and Kept in Suitcases

Home is where Daniel Kitson’s heart is. A home, he says, is where we take shelter, where we make love, where we take comfort, where we shed tears, where we let people in and let people down, where we retreat to, where we belong... 

Ben Moor: Not Everything is Significant

Ben Moor: Not Everything is Significant

As I left Ben Moor’s new show, Not Everything is Significant, I was accosted by a fellow audience member who noticed my – I thought – carefully concealed press pass. ‘Did you understand that?’, she said, as if thinking that by my orange lanyard I had the key to some higher critical vision... 

The Space Between My Head and My Body

The Space Between My Head and My Body

A new theatre company created in 2007, Gin in the Tea’s first production The Space Between My Head and My Body shows promise for the future but lacks narrative drive and clarity. There’s an interesting concept, in that the show explores the lives of seven people who collide on an aeroplane... 

Jamie Kilstein - There Is No God and That's Okay

Jamie Kilstein - There Is No God and That's Okay

You have your Fringe Picks, your Comedy Highlights, the Edinburgh Comedy Festival, all intended to direct you to the big names that you should see. But sometimes it’s important to take a punt, to put your faith in a recommendation; it’s what the Fringe spirit is all about... 

The Meeting

The Meeting

We’ve all been there. The interminable office meeting, littered with small-talk, power-play and often inconsequential (any other) business. House of Windsor have deftly managed to capture the spirit of these meetings, but also invert them to incorporate a more surreal agenda... 

Crocosmia

Crocosmia

It is always exciting to find a young company at the Fringe who demonstrate real and tangible potential to create vibrant, vivid and affecting new work. Little Bulb Theatre are one such company and Crocosmia, ‘An explosion of fast-paced visual storytelling following the Brackenberg siblings and their attempts to make sense of the world’, is originally, ingeniously and shudderingly effective... 

By the Way

By the Way

Two friends embark upon a road trip through France, their surreal journey accompanied by an over-zealous and unconventional Sat Nav commentary, voiced by the marvellously monotonous Cassie Werber, who also directs ChoppedLogic’s By The Way... 

Alun Cochrane. Owner of a Shed. And a Son. Thinks the World is Wonky.

Alun Cochrane. Owner of a Shed. And a Son. Thinks the World is Wonky.

Alun Cochrane is the owner of a shed and a son and holds these as signs that he is growing up. He disagrees that the World is ‘fucked’, as so many people say, but instead thinks that it’s ‘wonky’ – a little bit skewed – because there’s too much good stuff going on for it to be entirely screwed... 

Nocturne

Nocturne

Nocturne is that rarest most precious piece of theatre, the one for which you feel privileged at having it shared with you, the one where you do not want it to end so that you may stay trapped in its pain and grief and beauty and hope forever and never escape... 

Deep Cut

Deep Cut

Between June 1995 and March 2002, four young soldiers – four young people – were killed at Deep Cut barracks. The events surrounding their deaths remain unexplained to this day, save for the knowledge that the deaths were caused by gunshot wounds... 

Architecting

Architecting

‘Our World is dying’ think The TEAM, and ‘we need to put it down’. In Architecting, we are taken through the past, present and future of the USA, from the Civil War and America’s subsequent reconstruction, to now where the proliferation of mass TNDs (Traditional Neighbourhood Districts) threaten the character and construct of contemporary American life... 

Aeneas Faversham Forever

Aeneas Faversham Forever

Whoever thought a ‘Victorian sketch show’ would work? Humphrey Ker, David Reed and Thom Tuck – The Penny Dreadfuls – that’s who, and they should be applauded for their ingenuity, comic prowess and real comedic innovation... 

Tir Nan Og

Tir Nan Og

Tir Nan Og is Paradise, the land of eternal youth. Although, in Oran MorE!’s dystopian musical fairytale, Tir Nan Og is not located where we might think. These storytellers are clearly not believers in a mystical, faraway land... 

Coitophobia

Coitophobia

Maria Robert’s Coitophobia doesn’t know what it’s about. Ostensibly concerned with domestic violence, it heavy-handedly tries to lump in comments on sex, radicalism, capitalism, disability, tranvestitism and teenage pregnancy... 

Exits and Entrances - Athol Fugard

Exits and Entrances - Athol Fugard

I left Athol Fugard’s new play shaking, with tears in my eyes, as if I had just been party to some holy experience. Such was the majesty of Morlan Higgins’ performance as Andre, the great South African actor, and the mastery of both William Dennis Hurley as The Playwright and, of course, Athol Fugard himself... 

Stoopud Fucken Animals

Stoopud Fucken Animals

Stoopud Fucken Animals is very fucken impressive. Joel Horwood is an exciting new theatrical voice, and he is served impeccably by a remarkably talented cast. Having not been entirely convinced by his debut, Mikey The Pikey, I have now been provided with clarity: Horwood is one to watch... 

Trippplicate’s Timetripppers!

Trippplicate’s Timetripppers!

Trippplicate should be playing to full houses. Their show, Trippplicate’s Timetripppers, should be a sellout. They should be attracting all sorts of attention. On my visitation to their genuinely brilliant sketch tour-de-force, however, the audience numbered no more than 30... 

An Audience With Adrienne

An Audience With Adrienne

Adrienne is the perfect host. The epitome of good hospitality, she is welcoming, entertaining and breathtakingly honest. Primarily, the honesty is applied to herself. But you may well also discover one or two truths of your own... 

Yellow Moon

Yellow Moon

Following fairly significant fanfare David Greig’s new play, Yellow Moon, tells a familiar story of adolescent confusion and discovery via a fresh and distinct mode of storytelling... 

Hugh Hughes in ... Story of a Rabbit

Hugh Hughes in ... Story of a Rabbit

Life is spectacular. This is the sentiment with which Hugh Hughes would have you leave his second show, The Story of a Rabbit. And he does, emphatically.Having seen Hughes’ marvellously innovative and award-winning Floating at last year’s Fringe – and then again at the Barbican – his all-important second show was hugely anticipated... 

Pappy's Fun Club

Pappy's Fun Club

Pappy would be proud. The members of his Fun Club seem destined for bigger things. Their 2007 Edinburgh Fringe show (titled Pappy’s Fun Club) picks up hot on the heels of their 2006 offering, which garnered them a nomination as Chortle’s Best Newcomer...