Andrew Bird's Global Village Fete

Andrew Bird's Global Village Fete

Much like the villages that Andrew Bird has made the subject of his latest stand up offering, not much of note happens during Global Village Fete. It’s a loosely funny set delivered by a reasonably engaging comedian that isn’t particularly concerned with offering anything new... 

BEASTS

BEASTS

It’s bordering on trite to make the ‘performance is like marmite’ analogy, but there is no better way to describe the slick, surreal and wonderfully unique sketch show that is BEASTS... 

All My Friends

All My Friends

On the strength of All My Friends, Danny O’Brien’s first solo show at the fringe, the Irish born comedian is not one for those who like their comedy witty or sophisticated. He’s certainly amiable, to a point, but does the world really need another stand-up routine in which inebriation and faeces are the source of humour? Have we not, as a species, surpassed this juvenile stage? O’Brien evidently disagrees, as displayed in this disappointing hour of entertainment which lunges through a series of laddish anecdotes, each as unremarkable as the last... 

Marvellous Medicine

Marvellous Medicine

Staging a children’s entertainment show with an educational bent is often something of a risk. Too much teaching, you’ll bore them rigid, but amp up the fun and the will to learn falls by the wayside... 

Alistair Barrie: Urban Fogey

Alistair Barrie: Urban Fogey

The most remarkable thing about Alistair Barrie’s latest stand up set, Urban Fogey, is just how unremarkable it is. If you were to look up mediocre in the dictionary, there’d be a flyer for this show stapled over the definition... 

Thin Ice

Thin Ice

The blistering cold of the Arctic is a suitably atmospheric setting for Thin Ice, the latest offering from scribe Jonathan Young. This multifaceted thriller is set against the backdrop of the Second World War and proves to be a rich, ambitious piece of entertainment that will hold you captivated throughout... 

Alfie Moore - I Predicted a Riot

Alfie Moore - I Predicted a Riot

After watching I Predicted a Riot, the debut show from policeman turned comic Alfie Moore, the conclusion must be that whilst he’s funny, perhaps it isn’t time to quit the day job just yet... 

Theatre Tasters - Free

Theatre Tasters - Free

The obvious, but often overlooked difficulty with one act plays is their length. Too long to rely on gimmicks as sketches often do, yet too short for a decent narrative arc; crafting an effective one act is all about balance... 

Wrecked

Wrecked

It’s apparent from the opening moments of Wrecked that you’re watching a show unlikely to do anything startlingly original, or even interesting. Built very much in the mould of the successful This Is England series, this broken British tale is a formulaic affair that, whilst entertaining, doesn’t have anything to say that hasn’t been said before... 

The Two Worlds of Charlie F

The Two Worlds of Charlie F

The Two Worlds of Charlie F is a rare example of a play in which fiction and reality collide to create something very special indeed. Coming to Edinburgh after a successful UK tour, Owen Sheers’ work is a powerfully stark yet strangely life affirming look at the lives of servicemen and women injured in Afghanistan, their lives altered irrevocably by the conflict... 

Once Upon A...

Once Upon A...

If you’ve been scouring the festival fringe for sheer, unadulterated fun, then make sure you catch the fantastic Once Upon A... The brainchild of Pipe Up, and New Celts Productions is a camp, bombastic and giddily entertaining forty five minutes of interactive storytelling featuring fairies, trolls and a gargantuan beach ball... 

The Trojan Women

The Trojan Women

The plethora of shows promising a ‘fresh take’ on a much lauded classic has reached fever pitch and it wouldn’t be surprising if a new Adaptation category was inserted into the Fringe guide to house them... 

Flea Circus Open Slam

Flea Circus Open Slam

Reviewing Flea Circus Open Slam is rendered problematic by the ever fluctuating line up of performers; each night sees five fresh poets do lexical battle for a spot in August the fourteenth’s final... 

Petya and the Wolf

Petya and the Wolf

When Sergei Prokofiev first composed Petya and the Wolf, the intent was to cultivate ‘musical tastes in children from the first years of school.’ More than seventy years later, Theatre La Pushkin’s superlative reimagining of the classic story achieves this and much more... 

Daniel Simonsen - Champions

Daniel Simonsen - Champions

Norwegian funnyman Daniel Simonsen is one of several Scandinavian comics making waves at this year’s festival fringe. After a year that’s included slots on Russell Howard’s Good News and Simon Amstell’s tour, it seems hard to believe that this last time year Simonsen was on the free fringe circuit... 

The Man Who

The Man Who

Everything’s absurdist these days. The word is bandied around the Fringe with such alarming frequency that nobody quite knows what it means anymore. Fortuitously, in the case of Seamus Collins’ latest offering The Man Who, it means a fun, frenetic comedy that achieves the near impossible feat of being thought-provoking in between the zinging one-liners... 

The BIG Sing-a-long!

The BIG Sing-a-long!

The Big Project’s children’s choir returns for its third year at the Fringe, and if you’ve got children who love nothing more than to sing-a-long to chart toppers this is the show for them... 

Angus and Cameron: Village Idiots - Free

Angus and Cameron: Village Idiots - Free

Angus and Cameron have clearly worked hard putting this sketch show together but the results are far from entertaining. Suspicions were first aroused upon sight of the duo’s garish clown costumes, worn without the merest hint of irony... 

East of the Sun, West of the Moon

East of the Sun, West of the Moon

‘There’s something for everyone,’ insists Homespun Theatre of their children’s yarn, East of the Sun, West of the Moon. However if you are looking for a fresh take on the well-worn fairy tale genre you might want to look elsewhere...