Let me declare up front that I was injured during this show.
Captain Theatres production of this rarely performed piece is stylishly designed and features some committed performances.
For those who like to know these things, this play by Jim Cartwright was voted thirty-sixth best play of the twentieth century in a poll run by The Royal National Theatre.
At the age of seven, Sorrow (Helen George), saw her parents brutally murdered by members of the Bewley family.
Waiting to go into this production of Howard Brentons short, searing exploration of the nature of justice and retribution I witnessed the front of house staff refuse entry to a f…
When John Peel died in 2004 a nation mourned.
Once upon a time gay men had to leave the house to find each other.
The novel The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, by Laurence Sterne was first published in two volumes in 1759, with seven others following over the next 10 years.
Dylan Thomas wrote this extraordinary poem to humanity in 1954.
This play by R.
These two Jesus loving friends are here from across the pond on a mission, to raise money to help a little boy with terminal cancer.
Modest proposals have staged an atmospheric and mildly disturbing premiere of this surreal Gunter Grass play.
Brief Candle describe this piece as a play for family audiences.
This autobiographical account tells the story of the Irish playwright and poet Brendan Behans true-life arrest at the age of sixteen when he was caught in Liverpool carrying expl…
This is an established production of Mike Maron Productions take on the book.
Willie Russell’s two-hander about a Liverpudlian housewife trying to better herself through an Open University literature course was hailed in 1980 as a Pygmalion for modern time…
Kate is a teenager staring out into the audience and smiling and muttering.
The beginning of this production of Shakespeares most bitter- sweet comedy is stunning.
Edinburgh show titles are fascinating.
Its difficult to gauge how the audience is supposed to react to this tale of a bungled heist presented by Crumpet Theatre Company.
Written and first performed in the first half of the seventeenth century, John Fords tragedy of forbidden love amongst the Italian aristocracy has had a controversial history.
This is Shakespeares last play, you know, the one he wrote when he knew he was going to die explained the helpful American audience member to my right.
It is almost impossible to sum up the style of this play by Enda Walsh.
The Dead, in the form of actors Andrew Oliveira and Jonny Iron caused quite a stir at the C venue launch when they turned up naked to promote this show.
Kangaroo Court have devised and interesting take on DH Lawrences notorious tale of illicit love between the classes.
Trevor Griffithss short (very short) play written in 1981 is a fascinating choice for a young company to present in 2010.
I dont like small rooms is the first line of this beautifully performed one-man show from Richard Fry.
In the late 1980s Brian Keenan, John McCarthy and Terry Waite were taken hostage in Beirut.
This version of Eric Bergosians mid-eighties tale of one broadcast in the life of trail blazing shock jock Barry Champlain is one of the most hyped in this years festival.
Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales is often cited as the beginning, not only of ‘modern’ English Literature and as the legitimation of the vernacular language.
Equus is a popular choice with young companies coming to the Fringe, and Ive never understood why.
As I collected my press ticket from the box office, a rather severe woman in the queue prodded me in the chest and said theyre only kids doing this show, so you be nice or you�…
As titles go this one is pretty much guaranteed to get your attention.
Writer Tim Fountain has gone back to James Leo Herlihys novel for this adaptation of the tale of a naïve and well meaning hustlers experiences in New York in the 70s.
This is adaptation of a short novel by Horace McCoy, presented by the Italia Conti Ensemble, recalls the Depression in America in 1935 when poverty drove young people to take part …
This award-winning play by Timberlake Wertenbaker was first performed at Londons Royal Court in 1988 and has lost none of its power.
I love this play, and love the film adaptation, which stars Albert Finney and Tom Courtenay.
The highest tribute I can pay to this one man play about the notorious Robert Maxwell is that I really felt I had spent ninety minutes in the media tycoons presence.
Bernie Kavanaghs anti-war play, presented by Feet and Fingers TC, has a brilliant premise.
Eighteen-year-old Brian has written fan letters to Avalyn.
Reviewing childrens shows can feel a little ridiculous; after all, Im not the target audience.
This tale of how a brilliant man sells his soul to the devil in return for twenty four years of earthly pleasure has attracted writers in all genres for four centuries.
Modus Operandi have chosen an unlikely subject for this new musical by writer/director James Michalos mental health.
My heart usually sinks when I see the words ‘new interpretation’ or ‘re-imagined’ applied to productions of Shakespeare plays in Edinburgh.
This play by Shakespeares contemporary Marlowe is potentially thrilling.
Marsha (Jessica Martin) and Elliot (Jason Wood) are flatmates.
Director/performer Bill Aitchison addresses the audience at the beginning and asks for their co-operation.
Cambridge ADC have made a brave stab at this difficult piece.
The poet Bryon was famously described by one of his countless paramours as mad, bad and dangerous to know.
As the press pack informs us Mary OMalleys Once a Catholic is a comedy centering around the lives of three Marys (Mooney, McGinty and Gallagher) at a convent school in North Lo…
This is David Mamets first play, written in 1972, and like many first plays is a two hander (and involves a park bench).
Given the subject matter of this piece from Bad Penny Theatre the start couldnt be more chilling.
I was unable to obtain any information or a cast list prior to this show, so apologies to the young American actors who have a brave stab at Wildes classic, thought by many to be…
If theres one period of history, or one English monarch everyone thinks they know a bit about, its the reign of Henry VIII.
Two tramps spend each day much as the previous one, regaling each other with tales and seemingly waiting for something or someone to turn up to make life better.
Breaker Morant is an Ozzie legend.
You know youre not in for a conventional approach to the Scottish Tragedy when the Tomorrow, and tomorrow and tomorrow speech opens proceedings.
Sacred And Profane’s stated aim is to produce ensemble theatre adapted from literary or folk traditions, using live music and live digital devices.
Anne Frank wrote arguably the most famous diary in history.
From the program: Analogue is a multidisciplinary collective dedicated to producing challenging, visceral and exciting contemporary work, fusing mixed media on stage.
This piece by director/writer Ryan J-W Smith garnered fantastic reviews and awards at last years Festival.
When youre bored with Hampstead Heath youre bored with life.
Patricia Highsmiths novel, written in 1955, is the first of five about the eponymous fraudster who cons, cheats and lies his way through life and most of Europe.
If I tell you the TV version of this popular comedy by Tim Firth included performances by Tim Spall and David Bamber you will get some idea of the age range of the characters.
Okay, this does exactly what it says on the tin.
In their press release Blank Theatre Company describe this rarely performed one-act play by Yeats as a haunting scene of tragic intensity.
This gentle comedy is set in Buncrana, County Donegal, just across the border from Northern Ireland, between 1943 and 1945, the last two years of what the Irish called The Emerge…
Peter Weisss The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade, to give this …
Productions of Berkoff used to be ten a penny on The Fringe.
Things dont bode well when the author of this little piece has his name spelt wrongly on the programme! I hope his agent doesnt sue.
The poster for Perfume Productions presentation of this new play by Matt Harris is one of the most eye-catching and provocative, asking Have You Been To A Male Prostitute? I…
The problem with one-person shows from an audience point of view is that, if you don’t like what’s going on, you know that no one else is going to come along and perk things up…
Willy Russells phenomenal West End hit musical succeeds for many reasons, but most of all because it has great tunes and in the final moments will make the hardest amongst us blu…
This 1980 play by Sam Shepard begins naturalistically enough.
The mood when the audience enters this bleak and dimly-lit space is sombre.
There was a time when the Fringe was awash with Berkoff plays.
Wedekinds play was ground breaking when he wrote it in 1890.
This short one-woman show starts very cleverly.
This trimmed down version of Shakespeares play is interestingly staged and mostly powerfully performed by Exeter University Theatre Company.
It seems unfair compare this with some of the other offerings on the Fringe.
Theres a truly international flavour to this presentation by Teatro dei Borgia, written by Italian Natalia Capra, directed by her countryman Gianpiero Borgia and performed by Nor…
For centuries scholars have disagreed about the authorship of the most famous plays in the world.
On April 16 2007 a young student at Virginia Polytechnic carried out two separate shootings approximately two hours apart.
This is a shortened but fun version of Molieres final play.
Dreamwalk productions are a young talented group of sixth form and gap year students who have brought Peter Shaffers ingenious piece to the Fringe.
Just before the lights went down at the start of this production of Athol Fugard’s 1972 play, a front of house person barked at an audience member clambering over a seat ‘Stop …
This piece by Olivier Choinier, translated by Caryl Churchill was first presented at Londons Royal Court Theatre.
On entering the space the audience is presented with four-coloured globes set upon four shiny bar stools.
It is an absolute delight to be able to report that Jeremiah Smallchild and Gideon Lamb have returned to the den of iniquity, incontinence, drug-peddling and pederasty that is the …
Lizzie Roper is a very funny stand up and talented actress.
Though Tower Theatre Company describe themselves as a non-professional outfit its hard to tell they are amateurs.
This is one of Shakespeares toughest plays to pull off.
Its fascinating watching the assembled audience as this piece warms up.
Beginning in the East End of Glasgow in 1979 when major supplies of heroin first appeared on the streets (and Margaret Thatcher on the steps of Number Ten), stand up comedian and w…
The title doesnt exactly sell the show as an evening of mirth and anarchy.
Okay, this is always a tricky one.
William Goldings extraordinary novel was written in 1954, with a world still reeling from the horrors of the discovery of the extent of Nazi brutality and fearing for its very …
Penny Dreadfuls are a comedy troupe with a difference all of the sketches are set in Victorian England.
Living, as I do, in one of the London areas most badly affected by last summer’s riots, it was fascinating to watch this show almost exactly a year to the day.
Written in the fourth century BC by Euripides, this is the tragedy of the royal house of Cadmus in ancient Thebes.
This is as good a play as Ive ever seen about the absurdity of prejudice.
This play By Terence McNally caused great consternation on its 1998 opening in Los Angeles.
Jan van Beek and Jonathan Brugh bill themselves as the Van Brugh family, and when this piece begins with them playing a very young brother and sister who talk about sucking cocks …
This play is a masterpiece.
If you are a first time visitor to this piece you may be forgiven expecting something different.
As I entered this new space at ten thirty last night after a full days reviewing my heart sank.
The presentation of this piece, from the costumes, to the elaborate love letter style of the press release, is top notch.
Hayley Shillito and Laura Taylor spend the whole of this piece from Horizon Arts dressed in black and joined together by a piece of long elastic.
Its strange to be reviewing this at all.
In his program notes writer Adam J A Cass remarks this one-person show is based on a boy who is out there somewhere, the out there being cyber space.
The authors mother is responsible for the above quote.
This lively bunch of performers from Kett Sixth Form College in Norwich have put together a piece of theatre about the dangers of over indulging in alcohol.
This extraordinary play was written in 1956 by Swiss genius Friedrich Durrenmatt.
This young company have taken on a huge and emotive subject here; the plight of young children who arrive in this country as refugees, unaccompanied by adults.
It is astonishing that Joe Orton only wrote six plays in his short life and yet is still so famous.
The title of this play by Jack Thorne might be misleading in Edinburgh where provocative or simply rude words are employed to get bums on seats.
The young students of Ankle Productions have a mission statement in the program which says they want to appeal to those who favour content over style and want to laugh at uber-th…
Ive seen this play a lot.
Pornography, we are educationally informed in this piece, means the writing of harlots.
This is play by Maggie Nevill will resonate with anyone who has been dumped suddenly, or found out that their boyfriend or girlfriend has been cheating on them.
Marlowes Doctor Faustus is notoriously hard to stage.
Prostitution is hardly an original subject for drama or even musicals - think Mrs Warrens Profession, Camille, La Boheme and more recently Baz Lurmans Moulin Rouge.
There are three productions of Alan Bennetts wonderful play in Edinburgh this year.
This two hander begins with both actresses acting out a dumb show to a music track.
In 1966, when the only definition of a hard drive was the jaunt to Edinburgh from London with a dodgy minibus full of props and costumes, and the beer at the venues was tuppence a …
John Godbers work had always found a home at the Festival Fringe where he has directed and produced it himself and where many young theatre groups have also taken it on.
This complicated farce by Italian writer Carlo Goldini was written in 1747 and is regarded as one of the great comedies of Italian theatre.
To have in the publicity for your show the remark that ‘an artists masterpiece is a spectators nightmare’ is a dangerous hostage to fortune.
Its quite tough to know by what standards to judge performances in Edinburgh.
Just as ones heart sinks when sent to review Shakespeare done by students or kids, when I was told that this young company were attempting their own version of the West End hit I…
The audience is confronted initially with two men tied to chairs, with hessian sacks over their heads.
First performed in 1993 at The National Theatre, this eloquent play about the Church of England is part of a trilogy by award winning writer David Hare.
This is certainly different.
Old Compton Street in Soho is a place of fabulousness, where gay men and women can wander hand in hand, drink double skinny no-foam cappuccinos (with cinnamon) on the pavements, an…
Z Theatre company are a bunch of schoolgirls who sing very nicely and try to put a new spin on the Kennedy assassination.
Apologies for the length of this review.
Conor McPherson is an extraordinary writer.
Mary Robinson so besotted the Prince of Wales (later George IV) with her performance as Perdita in The Winters Tale that he took her as a mistress.
Going to see Shakespeare done by a youth theatre doesnt necessarily fill ones soul with gleeful expectation.
This is one of Shakespeares most beautiful plays.
About a decade ago there was a renewed interest in Schillers work.
Panto usually involves a cast of thousands, huge sets and the theatrical magic supplied by trap doors, smoke machines and flying apparatus.
Writer/director Oliver Mann has constructed this show entirely from edited extracts of internet blogs, and Connected Theatre crack through the snippets of the lives of eleven blogg…
The program for this show presented by Beacon Theatre Group points out that this group of youngsters will be the first generation to grow up with no survivors of the First World Wa…
Years ago, before my broad mind and narrow waist had changed places and I was a young actor, I went to Northern Ireland on tour.
The basic premise behind this piece is a clever one.
I am of the generation lucky enough to grow up with the Goodies and Monty Python.
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