The Dick Gaughan Band (feat The Bevvy Sisters)

The Dick Gaughan Band (feat The Bevvy Sisters)

Sometimes music does more than simply entertain you – sometimes it grabs you by the scruff of the neck and makes you sit up and listen. Dick Gaughan’s music is exactly that kind, which is perhaps unsurprising given his contribution to Scottish folk music... 

Sherlock Holmes and the Sound of the Baskervilles

Sherlock Holmes and the Sound of the Baskervilles

Adding a dollop of lyrical humour to classic literature is something that never fails to be amusing. Just like The Muppets in Dickens’ Christmas Carol, Two Shades of Blue have turned Arthur Conan Doyle’s tale of horror into an enjoyable hour of comical farce... 

Evil

Evil

It can be refreshing to see one man stand on a stage without any gimmicks and simply tell a story. Unfortunately, it can also work to the opposite effect and be incredibly dull. It is commendable to get up on the stage on your own with no prop other than your own acting ability, and Jesper Arin is a fairly competent performer, but the resulting hour still feels relatively uneventful... 

The Weigh In

The Weigh In

Everyone struggles with their weight. This is the reality which A&E Theatre Company’s ‘The Weigh In’ bravely attempts to tackle. Unfortunately, this play lacks any real subtlety with a hackneyed script and offering an uninspired look at the issues surrounding eating disorders... 

The Crucible

The Crucible

Drama school theatre and The Crucible are words that fill me with fear. Throw in the fact that it’s at half ten in the morning and the combination should have spelt disaster. Fortunately, Close Up Theatre’s production of The Crucible is a powerful, compelling version of the play that managed to make me forget those days spent reading Arthur Miller’s play in a stuffy classroom... 

The Ride of the Bluebottles

The Ride of the Bluebottles

Olsson Theatre’s The Ride of the Bluebottles is a dark and funny play which explores the ins-and-outs of band politics. It offers us a peek behind the dressing-room door, exposing the petty bickering, clashing egos and rivalry of band life... 

The Company of Wolves

The Company of Wolves

Angela Carter’s The Company of Wolves is a dark tale about sexual desire, based on the story of Red Riding Hood. Imagine my surprise then on entering the theatre and being given a piece of card that I was told to draw my ‘heart’s desire’ onto... 

How's About That Then?

How's About That Then?

‘The truth is...’ Garry Roost ends his one-man show about the life of Jimmy Savile. He doesn’t end the sentence, so I’ll end it for him. The truth is that this play is more of a tabloid exposé than a sensitive depiction of Savile’s life... 

As Ye Sow

As Ye Sow

Nursing homes are unsettling places at the best of times and Theatre of the Damned have turned this real-life anxiety into a haunting piece of theatre, using classic horror effects to explore the mental disintegration of an old man... 

The Oxford Imps

The Oxford Imps

When the Oxford Imps first come dancing onto the stage, it’s clear this troop have boundless amounts of energy. Based around a series of games and audience suggestions, the Imps display a great deal of wit and there’s much to admire and laugh at... 

Tam O'Shanter

Tam O'Shanter

Robert Burns, Scotland’s national poet, is often sentimentalised, but anyone who has read Tam ‘O Shanter will know that Burns didn’t just write about mice and mountain daisies - he was also drawn to dark tales involving copious amounts of alcohol and a fair bit of mocking at the expense of the Catholic Church... 

Catie Wilkins: Joy Is My Middle Name

Catie Wilkins: Joy Is My Middle Name

Catie Wilkins, or ‘sex-positive feminist on the go’ as she likes to refer to herself, is an unlikely comedian. Wilkins is noticeably shy, something she points out herself at the start of the show... 

Denise Scott - Regrets

Denise Scott - Regrets

We all have regrets, right? This is the simple premise for Denise Scott’s show, which mainly consists of an hour of embarrassing stories at her own expense. If this sounds unoriginal and boring, it actually turns out to be a riot... 

This Way Up

This Way Up

This Way Up is a lovely, funny piece of theatre featuring David Bowie, space-travel, and awkward office comedy. It follows the story of Alex who suffers in a nine-till-five call centre job when all she really wants to do is become an artist... 

The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre - Chunky Woollen Nits

The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre - Chunky Woollen Nits

The notoriously foul-mouthed Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppets have toned down their act for this family friendly show. Or, at least, they’ve tried to. They haven’t quite got the hang of it yet... 

MacBeth in Scots

MacBeth in Scots

Brimming with murder, misery, and more murder, Macbeth is one of Shakespeare’s darkest and shortest plays. It’s like a blunt, bloody dagger that continues to haunt. Edinburgh Theatre Arts’ re-imagining of the play gives new meaning to the name, ‘The Scottish Play... 

Becoming Conocido

Becoming Conocido

The set up of Isabel Salazar’s Becoming Conocido looks and sounds intriguing. Salazar performs the piece herself as Jennifer, a girl searching through photographs and old memories in an attempt to settle that elusive question: ‘who am I?’ It’s a play which attempts to deal head on with issues of racism and the extent to which our culture and language defines who we are... 

Mike Whellans

Mike Whellans

Playing one musical instrument is a talent; playing three or four at once is jaw-dropping. Mike Whellans certainly dispelled stereotypes about one-man bands in this performance: as a one-man blues band, Whellans is not a novelty act but a talented musician... 

DugOut Theatre's Inheritance Blues

DugOut Theatre's Inheritance Blues

DugOut Theatre’s Inheritance Blues has already proven to be a winner, picking up ISDF 2012 Festgoers' Choice Award. The hype is certainly justified. This a slick, effortlessly cool production, combining live music, storytelling, acappella singing, and comedy... 

Michael McGoldrick, John Doyle and John McCusker

Michael McGoldrick, John Doyle and John McCusker

These are three astonishingly talented musicians; the acclaim surrounding them all is justified. This evening turned out to be brilliant, with Michael McGoldrick on the flute, John McCusker on fiddle and John Doyle on guitar... 

Sesame Street Live - Elmo Makes Music

Sesame Street Live - Elmo Makes Music

How do you get to Sesame Street? This is a question many of us have asked throughout our lives and receiving a ticket to Sesame Street Live was, for me, like someone had suddenly handed me a golden ticket... 

The  Jumblies

The Jumblies

heatre Paradok are renowned for their quirky, innovative theatre and they’re always risk takers. Like the Jumblies, they often set to sail in a sieve with the risk of drowning. This is one of the times were their sieve stays firmly afloat, supported by a sea of nonsense and the hat of the Quangle Wangle... 

James and the Giant Peach

James and the Giant Peach

There’s no one quite like Roald Dahl for children. Today he remains a favourite on the bookshelves of many children. Given the popularity of Dahl’s stories, it’s not surprising that this show was sold out... 

Just So Stories
BOBBY WINNER

Just So Stories

Chances are you know Rudyard Kipling’s ‘Just So Stories’ already but you’ve probably never been told those stories quite like this before. Newbury Youth Theatre are a lively, inventive group who tell the classic stories, such as ‘How The Camel Got His Hump’ and ‘The Elephant’s Child,’ in a way which is joyful to watch... 

Baby Wants Candy: The Completely Improvised Full Band Musical!

Baby Wants Candy: The Completely Improvised Full Band Musical!

How long does it take to write, choreograph and rehearse a musical? For most musicals it’s a long, drawn-out process. For Baby Wants Candy there’s no need for all this prep. Why go to all that effort when you could just make it all up as you go along?Based on audience suggestions, Baby Wants Candy improvise an entirely new musical every night, promising never to offer the same experience twice... 

Elephant Man

Elephant Man

Fourth Monkey theatre group are impossible to ignore this Fringe with an impressive total of six shows on offer. If this production of ‘Elephant Man’ is anything to go by, they’re a company that should be taken very seriously... 

Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen

Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen

Hans Christian Andersen’s stories continue to enchant children and adults alike and ‘The Snow Queen’ remains a popular favourite on stage. Aireborne Theatre are a talented young group who present a pleasant version of the tale, combining music, dance and an array of make-shift props to tell the story... 

Bellylicious the Sequel - Confessions of a Belly Dance Diva

Bellylicious the Sequel - Confessions of a Belly Dance Diva

Sequels can be risky when they have the hype of a previous show to live up to. Not to worry, belly-dancing diva Galit Mersand reassures us that this isn’t Lord of the Rings and so, thankfully, we don’t need to have seen the first one... 

The Elves and the Shoemaker

The Elves and the Shoemaker

Situated in the charming Scottish Storytelling Centre, ‘The Elves and the Shoemaker’ is a delightful wee puppet show which is likely to capture the attention of even the most fidgety child (or adult)...