Rave Generation

Rave Generation

To describe this show as a love letter to drugs would probably undersell the level of pro drug propaganda that this tripe puts forward. Rave nation seeks to show the audience that MDMA and the rave culture is applicable and appropriate for all... 

Sid and Valerie

Sid and Valerie

All singing, all dancing, all Werther’s bearing Sue MacLaine and Emma Kilbey bring to the Fringe their characters Sid and Valerie Lester. With a show that is high on variety but low on delivery, they tap, croon and argue through their hour long performance... 

North Sea Gas: In Concert

North Sea Gas: In Concert

Veterans of the folk music scene, North Sea Gas, return to the fringe after four previous sell-out runs. Their set heavily features their new album material, but still delivers the upbeat music that has made them one of Scotland's most popular folk groups... 

Jonny Donahoe: Class Whore

Jonny Donahoe: Class Whore

Making his solo stand-up debut at the Fringe, Jonny Donahoe brings us his show Class Whore that has a message both political and emotional. Seeking to convince the audience that he is not in fact middle class despite his perfect diction, Donahoe takes the audience through class in Britain today as well as the decisions he made that led him to be talking to us today... 

Distant Shore

Distant Shore

Hailing from Canberra Australia is The Other Side, a group comprised of Mike Lyons and John McCarthy, joined by Mary. They present a show called Distant Shore, a mix of folk and country with a distinctly Australian feel... 

Big Value Comedy Show - Late

Big Value Comedy Show - Late

Consisting of four different acts each night, Big Value Comedy Late seeks to bring its audience variety and humour in equal measure whilst also giving them a sample of some of the excellent stand-up comedy at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe... 

Henry Paker: Classic Paker

Henry Paker: Classic Paker

Winner of the 2008 Leicester Comedian of the Year, Henry Paker brings his show Classic Paker to the Fringe to put some surrealist comedy into your life.Paker's material may not be the most ‘out there’ of comedians at the Fringe, with topics including the various personalities of his wife, holidays and his surname... 

Music in Manufacture

Music in Manufacture

Comprised of 9 silent short films with musical accompaniments from Dmytro Morykit, Music in Manufacture seeks to bring together two different mediums to create something entirely new... 

Merrymouth

Merrymouth

Although Merrymouth may not be instantly recognisable to the lay-person on first glance, they are a band that after one listen grab hold of you and don't let go. Comprised of Simon Fowler and Dan Sealy, of Ocean Colour Scene fame, along with Adam Berry (an experienced musician in his own right) they are giving the recent influx of new folk oriented musician a run for their money... 

At Wit's End

At Wit's End

With sketches ranging from speed dating to a prostitute on Dragons Den and women talking at the toilet mirrors, At Wit's End is a sketch comedy that covers lots of bases but fails to find the humour in any of them... 

Steve Rutherford and Mark Barnett

Steve Rutherford and Mark Barnett

Bringing their fusion of guitar and mandolin to the Fringe Festival, Steve Rutherford and Mark Barnett set out a show that promises 'a depth of soul seeking and cerebral intensity incorporating driving grooves and delicate arrangements'... 

Punchline

Punchline

Just how easy is it to be a comedian? Why are some things funny and others not? These are just some of the question that Punchline, written by Ross Ericson, poses. Telling the story of Adam, a forty-something man who wishes to become a stand-up comic... 

Dougie MacLean in Concert

Dougie MacLean in Concert

Describing himself as a 'troubadour' musician, Dougie MacLean returns to the Fringe Festival for the twentieth consecutive year with his classic folk sounds. With subject matters ranging from introspective familial reflections to scythes, MacLean takes the audience from rural Scotland to Anchorage and back again in his ninety minute set... 

Aaaand Now For Something Completely Improvised

Aaaand Now For Something Completely Improvised

Reprising their show Aaaand Now For Something Completely Improvised are Daniel Roberts, Tom Skelton, Chris Turner and Dougie Walker; together they make up Racing Minds, returning to the Fringe for their 4th year... 

Lockerbie: Lost Voices

Lockerbie: Lost Voices

Marking the 25th anniversary of Lockerbie, Lockerbie: Lost Voices tells the story of the infamous Pan Am flight 103 and seeks to provide a voice the those who now can’t speak. The story uses three very different couples to illustrate the varying backgrounds of those who were involved in the tragedy... 

The Rimers of Eldritch

The Rimers of Eldritch

Set in the fictional Rust Belt town of Eldritch, Missouri, Lanford Wilson's play The Rimers of Eldritch is brought to the Fringe by Bronxville High School. Detailing the trail of Nelly Windrod it is moving piece of theatre that looks at loss, religious fervour and the idiosyncrasies of living in a small American town... 

The Birmingham Footnotes Disagree

The Birmingham Footnotes Disagree

A sketch comedy with an overarching narrative, The Birmingham Footnotes Disagree is this year’s offering from the Birmingham University's sketch troupe. With a basic concept of half the group wanting to do gags based on BBC3 and the other half ones based on BBC4 the show effectively pits the two sides against each other as they 'disagree'... 

John Gordillo: Cheap Shots at the Defenceless

John Gordillo: Cheap Shots at the Defenceless

Pointing his target at corporations, appealing to the lowest common denominator and anthropomorphism, John Gordillo's Cheap shots at the Defenceless is a satirical look at aspects of modern life that annoy him... 

The High-Schooler's Guide to the Galaxy

The High-Schooler's Guide to the Galaxy

Claiming to 'hilariously' address the issues of high-school and create a helpful guide, Memorial High School from Houston Texas have come to the Fringe Festival with their show entitled The High-Schoolers Guide To The Galaxy... 

Pip Utton - Adolf

Pip Utton - Adolf

Twenty years on from his first performance, Pip Utton returns to the Fringe Festival with his one man show Adolf. Set in the last hours of World War II with the Russians about to take Berlin, it is effectively Hitler's goodbye speech to his staunchest allies... 

Nick: An Accidental Hero

Nick: An Accidental Hero

In this one woman show by Renee Lyons, accidental hero Nick tells the remarkable true story of Nick Chisholm, a New Zealand native who suffered a brain stem stroke and his recovery from this life changing event... 

The Diary of Anne Frank

The Diary of Anne Frank

The story of Anne Frank is one that many in the world are familiar with. Using the famed diary as a template, BA2 Theatre Company use live music, singing and drama in an attempt to encapsulate the world that Anne her family inhabited... 

Norwegians of Comedy

Norwegians of Comedy

From the country that gave the world fjords, A-Ha and open sandwiches comes Lars and Martin with their stand-up comedy act Norwegians of Comedy. Splitting their hour-long slot into four parts between them they both try and, unfortunately for all, fail to deliver comedy with a distinctly Scandinavian feel... 

The TEAM Makes a Play

The TEAM Makes a Play

Chronicling the near three-year journey of a theatre company based in New York, The TEAM Makes a Play is a documentary film that lays bare the creative process and takes the audience into the lives and travails of the actors involved in the making of 'Mission Drift'... 

Laquearia

Laquearia

Describing itself as 'lecture-demonstration' in its program introduction, Laquearia attempts to answer whether the chess match in Samuel Beckett's 1938 book Murphy could be used as a basis for John Cage's Reunion which itself was the product of a musical chessboard created by Lowell Cross... 

All Or Nothing

All Or Nothing

Styling themselves as variety performers, The Drama boys - an all male company hailing from Cornwall - say on their flyers that they cover everything ‘From Shakespeare to slapstick, with mime, song and newly commissioned sketch comedy’... 

Cleansed

Cleansed

How far would you go to instil good religious values into your child? Would you send them to work against their will? Cleansed looks at one young girl’s journey at a Magdalene laundry and the fallout of what she experiences... 

End to End

End to End

End to End tells the story of three girls’ journey from Land’s End to John O’Groats using as many forms of transport along the way as possible.The show has a documentary-style delivery with the three girls half telling the audience their story half-acting scenes out from it... 

The Deep Red Sky - Live (Acoustic)

The Deep Red Sky - Live (Acoustic)

The Deep Red Sky are Scottish five-piece ensemble which blends guitars and three-part harmonies to create a brand of alternative rock akin to Pacific Northwest bands. There are many strings to The Deep Red Sky’s bow: not least are their impressive harmonies... 

A Dastardly Fiction

A Dastardly Fiction

A Dastardly Fiction tells the story of a struggling author’s ill-advised deal with a demon and the ensuing consequences. Unfortunately for the production, I am not summarising as that is the only aspect of the plot that was clear... 

Edinburgh Folk Club Festival Showcase

Edinburgh Folk Club Festival Showcase

Established in 1973, the Edinburgh Folk Club was represented at the Fringe for the first time this year with a showcase at the Acoustic Music Centre at St Bride’s that displayed some top-quality Scottish talent... 

New Gondoliers Play Mediterranean Homesick Blues

New Gondoliers Play Mediterranean Homesick Blues

What do you get if you mix Gogol Bordello with Bob Dylan, but without Dylan’s lyrical genius? The New Gondoliers. It is not a combination that works.Hailing from Croatia and Slovenia, the New Gondoliers are at least capable of playing their instruments, but apart from this there isn’t much else going in their favour musically... 

Cut!

Cut!

A piece of new writing from Durham University’s Hyena theatre company, Cut! stages the tumultuous and often frustrating journey that it can take to put on a theatrical production whilst embracing the natural comedy that may ensue... 

Hunger

Hunger

Based on the novel of the same name by Norwegian author Knut Hamsun, Artem Kretov brings his one man production of Hunger to the Fringe. Set in Christiania, the former name for Oslo, Hunger tells the story of a struggling writer who is desperately fighting against commerciality and the mainstream; the show explores the toll that this ultimately takes on him... 

It's So Nice

It's So Nice

Part physical theatre, part comedy, part history lesson, It’s So Nice is a two women play that describes the relationship of two cousins who never met. However, these cousins happen to be two of the most storied women in British history, Mary Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I... 

Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet is a story that has been told countless times on stage and screen, in almost every guise under the sun - yes I’m looking at you Baz Luhrmann. It is therefore very difficult to create a performance that feels fresh and original... 

The Picts in Concert

The Picts in Concert

Ranking amongst the best Scotland has to offer in folk-rock, The Picts come to the Fringe with a concert show that moves and excites in equal measure. The performance was made up of music from both of The Picts’ first two albums, lead singer Douglas McQueen Hunter’s solo album and covers of some classic Scottish folk songs... 

Poison

Poison

Poison invites the audience into the world of Rachel de Quincy and her close friends and family. Dealing with alcoholism, drugs and how life can quickly change around you, it is a play out to send a message... 

Ben Hustwayte & Jack Campbell: Get It On

Ben Hustwayte & Jack Campbell: Get It On

Straight out of Cambridgeshire and truly embracing the spirit of the fringe, Get It On is a stand-up comedy show that showcases two up and coming performers called Ben Hustwayte and Jack Campbell... 

Botallack O'Clock

Botallack O'Clock

Inspired by the later life of abstract artist Roger Hilton CBE, when he effectively lived in self-imposed exile, Botallack O’Clock is a black comedy by playwright Eddie Elks that delves into the complicated and often melancholic world of the creative mind... 

The Showhawk Duo

The Showhawk Duo

Hailing from Bath, Mikhail Asanovic and Jake Wright are two guitarists that together make up the Showhawk Duo. Having met two years ago, these two buskers return to the Fringe with their own show that takes the audience through almost every current genre and a few that they themselves have made... 

Platero Y Yo by Juan Ramon Jimenez

Platero Y Yo by Juan Ramon Jimenez

Based on an early 20th century poem by Juan Ramon Jimenez, Platero Y Yo tells the story of an old poet and his faithful silver donkey, and the life that they lead in the town of Moguer... 

Dating George Orwell - Free

Dating George Orwell - Free

Dating George Orwell is a one woman play that looks at the unhealthy relationship between a teenage girl and the books that she has become engrossed in.The concept and character created by Kelly Jones has some comic substance to it... 

Chatroom

Chatroom

What exactly is your teenager doing on the computer? Who are they talking to? These are two questions that many parents are asking in this internet-dominated era. Chatroom looks at the impact that modern society and the internet can have on today’s adolescents... 

Dirty Pretty Money

Dirty Pretty Money

Dirty Pretty Money is a play that looks at the relationship people have with power and money in today’s society. The show is made up of a series of theatrical shorts all based around these themes... 

The  List

The List

Set in rural Quebec, The List is a one-woman play which gives the audience a window into the ostensibly simple world of a housewife who has an unhealthy obsession with lists. However it is quickly made clear that there has been a tragic death and the rest of the play sets about describing the events surrounding it... 

Carl-Einar Hackner: Handluggage

Carl-Einar Hackner: Handluggage

Carl-Einer Häckner returns to the fringe after a seven year absence with his new show Handluggage. A variety show containing stand-up comedy, singing, magic and physical comedy, the show was not without its problemsOne of the main problems was that whilst his punch lines were funny, the jokes themselves were far too meandering with the audience losing interest before the end... 

Jeff Leach: Boyfriend Experience

Jeff Leach: Boyfriend Experience

Based around the last 12 months of comedian Jeff Leach’s life, Boyfriend Experience looks at the journey Leach has undertaken to change his outlook, both generally and also specifically his treatment of and relationship with women... 

Captain Ko and the Planet of Rice

Captain Ko and the Planet of Rice

From the outset Captain Ko and the Planet of Rice sets itself firmly at the surreal edge of fringe theatre. The production is effectively split into 3 parts each with their own strengths and weaknesses... 

Elsa Jean McTaggart

Elsa Jean McTaggart

When folk music is mentioned in conversation, images of rolling hills, heather covered moors and pale skinned damsels are amongst those that spring to mind. Elsa Jean McTaggart evokes not only these pictures but also with her array of instruments and original songs gives a taste of how eclectic folk can sound... 

Barry Cryer and Ronnie Golden - Going Gaga

Barry Cryer and Ronnie Golden - Going Gaga

If growing old quietly was the status quo nowadays then clearly no one informed Barry Cryer and Ronnie Golden. Their show Going Gaga covers not only the idea of getting older but also brings in current events and even so called big topics such as assisted suicide... 

Flanders and Swann

Flanders and Swann

In celebration of the 90th anniversary on the birth of Michael Flanders, Tim FitzHigham and Duncan Walsh-Atkins return to the Fringe armed with suits, songs and plenty of style. In Flanders and Swann they bring back to life the comic styling of the duo whilst simultaneously adding their own dash of humour all for the cause of the perfect homage...