Metamorphosis: A Return to Presence

Metamorphosis: A Return to Presence

This is difficult to write. Not only because I don’t enjoy ripping apart a production, but because when it comes to a solo show it’s a very personal criticism, even more so when it applies to firmly held spiritual beliefs... 

Heads Up

Heads Up

Dance Base describes their one off line-ups as ‘The Fringe spirit distilled into 50 minutes’. I wish every dance performance I had seen over this month had been as delightful, gorgeous and genuine as this... 

Rubber Dinghy

Rubber Dinghy

This is an action-packed offering that runs for an intense half an hour of desperation and claustrophobia.Two men, David and Seth, bankers, are on the run, sitting in a boat adrift in the middle of an ocean... 

True Colours

True Colours

From the offices of The Janus Media Corporation at the Northern Stage, newly born political parties, us the audience, scamper off into the streets, armed with smart phones and a placard, to fulfil a scavenger hunt of tasks to win coveted popularity points... 

Built for Two

Built for Two

Somebody’s Theatre from Sheffield offers us a piquant slice of life with this story of the tangled lives of four twenty somethings who share more than toothpaste - entirely set in one bathroom... 

Tales from Edgar Allan Poe

Tales from Edgar Allan Poe

Before watching this performance, I was eagerly expecting to be impressed by the promise of circus skills, puppetry, and a beloved writer. However, whilst there were flights of terrific and terrifying intensity, unfortunately I was left feeling a little let down by this eerie adaption of the works of Edgar Allen Poe... 

Fruitful Ties and Bone Dust

Fruitful Ties and Bone Dust

Fruitful Ties performed by former Royal Ballet member, Mathew Hawkins and choreographer and teacher Steinvor Palsson, is strangely engrossing. An elegant, disjointed and stylized piece that’s initially so enigmatic it’s incompressible... 

Conversations With Love

Conversations With Love

If you could tell Love what you honestly thought of it what would you say? In this fusion of poetic monologue, dance and sign language, Vintage Star Productions approaches love with those unanswered question we’ve all asked... 

The Council of the Ordinary

The Council of the Ordinary

This four-piece breakdancing crew is agile, energetic and hard-hitting. In The Council of the Ordinary, Bad Taste Crew brings us three dances over an hour ranging in attitude and delivery... 

Closer

Closer

Rush Theatre presents Patrick Marber’s famous play, Closer, with clarity and sensitivity, but it sadly lacks in the palpable vigor of passion. Closer tells of the intimate and messy romances of four strangers, providing us with a trenchant view on love, sex, lies, and trust... 

Ruskin Live!

Ruskin Live!

In the Autumn of 1853 the great Victorian critic John Ruskin delivered four lectures at the Philosophical Institution in Queen Street, Edinburgh. Controversial and impassioned, they criticised the then fashionable Grecian architectural movement, taking a stab at Edinburgh’s sense of civic pride in its New Town, its so called Athens of the North... 

The Curious Scrapbook of Josephine Bean

The Curious Scrapbook of Josephine Bean

Follow ‘Scrapologist’ Dr Patricia Baker as she probes, analyses and repairs a large Victorian scrapbook, identified as the property of the lonely clockmaker and seaweed collector Artemis Mood... 

Food For Thought

Food For Thought

It’s a kind of absurdist sketch show, perhaps. Twisted fragments from the strange occurrences of everyday life in restaurants, meta-theatre jokes on the methods of scene transitions, and a feast of food puns; this young company, Figs In Wigs, seem to draw their inspiration from anywhere and everywhere, but mostly food... 

Songs of Lear

Songs of Lear

When your hairs are standing on end only five minutes into a play - and the singers are just getting into their swing - you know in your gut that you’re in for something special and unique... 

B O X

B O X

B O X is an odd and offbeat comedy, and perhaps too self aware of that. The play takes place entirely in the fashionable yet entirely impractical kitchen of Elle and Bea (it consists of only a kettle or three) the prison that is their refuge from the unknown outside world... 

Anna.

Anna.

Anna is missing, but why, and what happened in the day leading up to her disappearance? This non-linear play cuts back and forth from evening to daytime to unveil the truth behind the enigmatic, reserved Anna, the romance and the horrors, and the events of the day she vanished... 

Gods

Gods

A husband tells his wife tales to sooth her, calm her sorrows, reawaken for her the beauty of the world. This new work, inspired by a Vladimir Nabokov story, is dreamy and serene. It’s difficult to follow, but aesthetically entrancing... 

Minu1s

Minu1s

This is a mixed bag of contemporary dance pieces from undergraduate JMUpstart Dance Company. In a showcase of different works, the company has great presence and strength as a group... 

Still Life: An Audience With Henrietta Moraes

Still Life: An Audience With Henrietta Moraes

I’ve often wondered what was going on behind the life models eyes. They lay themselves bare to a crowd and yet it’s purely physical, we know nothing of the life of the human being before us... 

Endure: A Run Woman Show

Endure: A Run Woman Show

A marathon is a metaphor for life in this interactive, multimedia promenade. The action follows Melanie Jones, writer and performer, as she travels a 5km distance from Assembly Square to the foot of Arthur’s Seat... 

Country Air - A Contemporary Ghost Story

Country Air - A Contemporary Ghost Story

Country Air ‘A Contemporary Ghost Story’ is, to be frank, confusing and confused about what it is. Initially it appears to be a conventional haunted house story, in the manner of ‘The Woman In Black’, punctuated by an eccentric narrator with penchant for going off on a tangent... 

Jishin

Jishin

This dance-sketch show opens with a playful film, projected onto the large screen entirely covering the back wall of the space, featuring the cast as they hide behind pylons, trees and bushes, childishly sticking out limbs at odd angles... 

Acts of Contrition

Acts of Contrition

How can you prove your apologies come from the heart? Do we only express remorse because we crave forgiveness? Can we forget as easily as we can forgive? This short play, new writing delivered by an American University Company, tackles a lot of challenging issues and does so with great exactitude... 

Kemble's Riot

Kemble's Riot

Welcome to Covent Garden Theatre, 1809, John Kemble, renowned actor and theatre manager is about to perform his celebrated Macbeth alongside his equally esteemed sister Sarah Siddons... 

Cloud Man

Cloud Man

Cloudia has been searching for Cloud Men all her life; on this journey she’ll finally find one on an expedition up Cloud Mountain but more importantly, she’ll learn a valuable lesson in respect... 

Faulty Towers the Dining Experience

Faulty Towers the Dining Experience

Dining at Faulty Towers is a riotous and exuberant nostalgia trip. This interactive Australian theatre company revives the original characters of Faulty Towers, the celebrated 70s television show, with astounding accuracy...