Soweto Afro-Pop Opera

Soweto Afro-Pop Opera

Despite the geographical specificity of their title, the performers of the Soweto Afro-Pop Opera draw their influences as widely as the so-called ‘Rainbow Nation’ from which th… 

An Evening with Dementia

An Evening with Dementia

The comparison between An Evening With Dementia and King Lear is closely drawn. 

Rebranding Beelzebub

Rebranding Beelzebub

For a man whose spoken word revolves around Satan and who has chosen the dingiest, darkest basement of The Banshee Labyrinth for his latest show, Rebranding Beelzebub, Tim Ralphs i… 

Owen O’Neill: Red Noise

Owen O’Neill: Red Noise

Owen O’Neill is a much better poet than he is a comic. 

Pierre Novellie is Mighty Peter

Pierre Novellie is Mighty Peter

‘Mighty’ seems a pretty apt term to describe Pierre Novellie. 

Mush and Me

Mush and Me

Mush and Me is a fresh retelling of an old story, one in which faith catalyses what seems a painfully unnecessary conflict between lovers. 

The Exeter Revue: Sketchy At Best

The Exeter Revue: Sketchy At Best

The most common mistake of a university comedy troupe, I have found, is the attempt to be too clever. 

Scottie Road the Musical - From Primark to Prison

Scottie Road the Musical - From Primark to Prison

Gillian Hardie and Keddy Sutton are living proof of the versatility and sheer hilarity of female comedians. 

The Best of Irish Comedy

The Best of Irish Comedy

The bold claim made for itself by The Best of Irish Comedy immediately sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? Having a look through the show’s previous guests, perhaps not: Da… 

Keeping Up with the Joans

Keeping Up with the Joans

There is something wonderfully self-reflexive about Keeping Up With The Joans. 

How to Achieve Redemption as a Scot Through the Medium of Braveheart

How to Achieve Redemption as a Scot Through the Medium of Braveheart

Rachael Clerke is Scot-ish (a category whose ambivalence, being Jew-ish, I totally get), as she demonstrates by wearing kilt hose with knackered trainers. 

Baron Sternlook’s Big Naughty Improv Musical

Baron Sternlook’s Big Naughty Improv Musical

Kudos to any improv troupe for even attempting the month-long exercise in uphill walking and sleep-deprivation that is the Fringe. 

We Have Fallen

We Have Fallen

There perhaps could not have been a more timely play than We Have Fallen. 

A TED* Talk with Clay JW Crowne (*not affiliated with TED.com, its members, fellows, organisers, partners, subsidiaries, sponsors or stockholders)

A TED* Talk with Clay JW Crowne (*not affiliated with TED.com, its members, fellows, organisers, partners, subsidiaries, sponsors or stockholders)

Needless to say, the selling point of Nathan Roberts’ show is its title which promises an hour of ruthless satire. 

Electra:  An American Gothic

Electra: An American Gothic

Writer David Skeele’s reimagining of Electra for Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania’s theatre students had all the makings of something worth seeing. 

Baba Brinkman - The Rap Guide to Religion

Baba Brinkman - The Rap Guide to Religion

The bringing together of incongruous generic and thematic elements (my favourite being Bereavement: The Musical) is nothing new. 

Broke

Broke

Broke sells itself as a collection of dramatised verbatim interviews tied together less narratively than thematically, the exchanges centring on the financial circumstances of thei…