The Paper Cinema's Macbeth

The Paper Cinema's Macbeth

The Paper Cinema’s Macbeth is a dazzling feat of storytelling. Using foley sound effects, live music, cinematic projection and handmade paper puppets, the team create a film – with no dialogue – live in the Pleasance Dome’s hangar-like King Dome theatre... 

Speaking in Tongues: The Lies

Speaking in Tongues: The Lies

Andrew Bovell’s Speaking in Tongues: The Lies is one half of a Doughnut Productions double bill showing at the Pleasance Courtyard this August. Matched by its sister play The Truths, The Lies gives us a glimpse of the lives of four married individuals who initiate a quartet of love and infidelity... 

Fuaigh – Interweaving

Fuaigh – Interweaving

Fuaigh – Interweaving is a collaborative project about belonging, language loss and home. The premise is that we have been invited to a ceilidh by two central figures: playwright, poet and writer, Rona MacDonald, and Scottish Gaelic singer, Gillebride MacMillan... 

Phil Wang: Kinabalu

Phil Wang: Kinabalu

Kinabalu is an astutely clever and astutely silly hour of stand up from British-Malaysian comic Phil Wang. A routine loosely structured around questions of race, privilege and empire, with a healthy dose of observational material thrown in, this is comedy with substance... 

Turntable / Edinburgh

Turntable / Edinburgh

Michael John McCarthy’s Turntable is a project that has been touring Scotland for four years now, with the simple premise that music can help total strangers open up to one another... 

Me, as a Penguin

Me, as a Penguin

Tom Wells’s Me, as a Penguin, performed this August by Exeter University Theatre Company, is both a fun and melancholy look at loneliness, love and family. Stitch is living with his heavily pregnant sister Liz and her unprepared husband Mark in Hull, trying to give his social and sexual identity the space it needs to bloom... 

Macblair

Macblair

Charlie Dupré’s Macblair reimagines the political life of Tony Blair as, to quote the production’s marketing, ‘a Shakespearean tragicomedy’. While this is perhaps too lofty a description for what is essentially a good fun hour of light satire with a sprinkling of blank verse, Macblair does use the premise of Shakespeare’s Macbeth as a template for its narrative... 

The Sleeper

The Sleeper

In 2015, Henry C Krempels was commissioned by VICE to write an article on the refugee crisis which was then at its peak. Now the artistic director of Anima Theatre Company, Krempels has adapted the experiences behind his article into a theatre piece, The Sleeper, currently playing in Edinburgh... 

Jelly Beans

Jelly Beans

Jelly Beans is a really, really horrible play. A new work by Dan Pick, the piece describes one day in the life of an unnamed man in Port Glasgow. Wasting time, money and relationships, the man is suffering from severe alienation... 

Pike St.

Pike St.

I’ll make no bones about it: Pike St. is brilliant. Nilaja Sun, the show’s writer and solo performer, left Summerhall’s Roundabout Theatre to whooping, cheering and rapturous standing ovation in what is a true testament to the power of this 75 minute tour-de-force... 

Mairi Campbell: Pulse

Mairi Campbell: Pulse

Mairi Campbell, acclaimed Scottish folk musician, is a joy to listen to. In her current project, Mairi Campbell: Pulse, she tells the story of her search to rediscover her own, natural pulse after having it clipped out of her studying classical viola at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London... 

One-Man Apocalypse Now

One-Man Apocalypse Now

Apocalypse Now, with its 153 minute running time, multi-million dollar production costs and jungle location, might not seem like the most obvious contender for adaptation into a one-man show... 

Sleepwalkers

Sleepwalkers

Opening with an audio recording of various real-life political statements – given by both normal citizens and political leaders – Sleepwalkers quickly registers its interest in populism... 

Iphigenia Crash Land Falls on the Neon Shell That Was Once Her Heart (A Rave Fable)

Iphigenia Crash Land Falls on the Neon Shell That Was Once Her Heart (A Rave Fable)

The premise of Caridad Svich’s Iphigenia Crash Land Falls on the Neon Shell That Was Once Her Heart (A Rave Fable), here performed by Clumsy Bodies Theatre, is truly exciting. The play is a female reclaiming of the Iphigenia myth translated into the contemporary rave scene amidst political turmoil and horrific femicide... 

A Hunger Artist (Kafka Adaptation)

A Hunger Artist (Kafka Adaptation)

Inspired by a Kafka story, writer Josh Luxenberg and Brooklyn-based Sinking Ship have created a weird and wonderful piece of theatre in A Hunger Artist (Kafka Adaptation). A grotesque, grumbling impresario laments the decline in fashion of hunger artists, artists who would sit in cages and starve for your entertainment, which he assures the audience were once sell-out productions in the very best European theatres... 

Bone Woman

Bone Woman

Bone Woman is a quiet, strange and beautiful production. Shuffling alone through the desert, American storyteller Imani G Alexander assumes the guise of a mysterious figure who tracks wolf bones in the sand... 

Misterman

Misterman

For a one-man play, Enda Walsh’s Misterman feels almost mythically large in its intensity. This is reflected in its performance history: in 2012 Cillian Murphy took to the huge Lyttelton stage in the National Theatre as the text’s solo actor, yet reviews from the run claimed that he, and the play, dominated the space... 

Atlas

Atlas

Natural philosophers Edmund Halley and Robert Hooke are engaged in a scientific wager that will crown the man who can prove why the planets move elliptically the victor. Halley, enlisting the help of academic outcast Isaac Newton, unwittingly begins a grudge-fuelled chain of events that sees the course of history – and of friendships – change forever... 

Wrong Tree Adventures

Wrong Tree Adventures

This August, Durham-based Wrong Tree Theatre are bringing three shows to Edinburgh; currently on offer is Souvenirs, a light-hearted adventure that draws on the heavy use of props, puppetry, physical comedy and traditional storytelling techniques to advance its narrative... 

Was it good for you?

Was it good for you?

Navigating the intricacies of a one-night stand can be a tricky social and biological journey. This is the inspiration behind Rosie Harris’s and Luke Smith’s Was It Good For You?, a new play that aims to explore what we think about when we have sex... 

Creature

Creature

Creature is a contemporary dance show that tries to capture the essence of being human through what the publicity calls ‘aerial acrobatics and earth-bound choreography’. This is not the only intriguing quality promised by the show’s marketing – around Edinburgh you might have noticed the company’s wonderful posters depicting a person inside a huge dimly lit orb... 

Border Tales

Border Tales

Following a turbulent year of politics and current affairs, this year’s Fringe programme is unsurprisingly loaded with all manner of shows trying to make sense of the world in 2017... 

Form

Form

Form is a wordless physical tragicomedy about escaping the pressures and boredoms of contemporary life, if only momentarily. Three co-workers looping through an endlessly repeating sequence of tasks seem content with their lot until one begins to drift away... 

The Crossing Place – Romantika

The Crossing Place – Romantika

The Crossing Place – Romantika has an absurdly joyous opening, which is unexpected considering that the show is marketed as a study of loneliness, anxiety and desire. But the course of the performance proves this to be the perfect tone-setter; dark and vicious yet fun and playful, The Crossing Place is just that – absurd... 

Frogman

Frogman

Frogman is an oceanic coming-of-age drama split between two time frames. Meera, an adult and coral ecologist on the Great Barrier Reef, is detained by police for questioning on the role her father (the eponymous Frogman, the name for a police diver) might have played in the disappearance of a young girl called Ashleigh many years ago... 

Staging Wittgenstein

Staging Wittgenstein

Staging Wittgenstein is a difficult production to categorise. Part physical theatre, part academic discourse, part comedy and perhaps even part sculpture; this innovative work of art by Blair Simmons is a truly remarkable creative feat... 

Swan Bake

Swan Bake

Swan Bake is a riotously trippy and acerbically funny show. Bell, ballerina and drug addict, lives with her girlfriend Maria, nun and drug addict, rent-free with the sinister Father Rupert, bishop and soon-to-be drug addict... 

Medea on Media

Medea on Media

Medea on Media is not your average spin on an Ancient Greek classic; Seongbukdong Beedoolkee’s production is fearless, irreverent, unsettling and, most surprisingly, a lot of fun... 

Luocha Land

Luocha Land

Told through contemporary and ancient physical storytelling techniques, the National Theatre of China’s Luocha Land is a visual treat. Plane-wreck survivor Maji, confused and gasping for air, finds himself stranded on the island of Luocha...