Shoe Lady

Shoe Lady

Viv (Katherine Parkinson) has lost her shoe on her London commute. 

A Kind of People

A Kind of People

One party gone wrong and a constellation of friends, family, and sacrosanct values falls apart. 

Three Sisters

Three Sisters

Welcome to The Republic of Biafra, 1967. 

Midnight Movie

Midnight Movie

In Midnight Movie, Eve Leigh presents a universe of bedrooms where disabled people are unable to sleep due to the pain of having a body which is, right now, ‘glitching’. 

No Place Like Home

No Place Like Home

Connor is on a night out and ready to be open about his sexuality. 

A Letter to a Friend in Gaza

A Letter to a Friend in Gaza

A long table stretches across the expansive floor of the Coronet. 

Shadows by Jon Fosse

Shadows by Jon Fosse

Suspended from the ceiling of the Coronet Theatre are five crystalline orbs that almost look like faces. 

MOOT MOOT

MOOT MOOT

‘What’s going on…??’ Rosana Cade cries, with their head in the seat of a swivel chair, spinning slowly in front of a fixated and silent audience. 

Baby, What Blessings

Baby, What Blessings

"I kind of want to die – but I’d really like to get into publishing, too," says Billie (performed by Grainne Dromgoole), as she explains the story of her first real l… 

The Dots

The Dots

Within a basement room of the Hanover Suite (Venue 119) is perhaps the best musical sketch comedy you will find this Fringe. 

Smoke

Smoke

What happens when you’re at a private fetish party, and you bump into the daughter of your boss? Such is the premise of Kim Davies’ Smoke. 

Eleanor Conway: You May Recognise Me From Tinder

Eleanor Conway: You May Recognise Me From Tinder

Eleanor Conway's vagina has a name (Jenny), and this is important to know. 

Baby Reindeer by Richard Gadd

Baby Reindeer by Richard Gadd

Richard Gadd pours a free cup of tea to a stranger at a bar – she comes back. 

The Accident Did Not Take Place

The Accident Did Not Take Place

YesYesNoNo are searching for the truth. 

Seasoned Professionals

Seasoned Professionals

It’s probably worth clarifying in the first sentence of this review that I was not expecting to be drawn into the bureaucratic complexities of being the Easter Bunny whilst at th… 

Apollo: Take 111

Apollo: Take 111

James Stuart – or Stuart James – is passed out at his desk as the audience file into the space. 

(This Isn't) a True Story

(This Isn't) a True Story

‘When on Earth did everyone become a detective?’ The voice rings out across the Almeida Young Company ensemble as they huddle beneath Sasha Venmore Rowland’s grief-stricken g… 

The Wave

The Wave

"The Wave is THE WAY", boom the Almeida Young Company (14 – 18) before thudding their fists into their chests. 

Jellyfish

Jellyfish

Playwright Ben Weatherill is right to call Jellyfish a love story. Set in Skegness, it tells the story of a relationship between Kelly (Sarah Gordy), who has Downs Syndrome, and Neil (Sion Daniel Young), who does not… 

Shipwreck

Shipwreck

‘I haven’t had a Trump free 24-hours for… I don’t know how long’ complains a house-guest, ushered in from the cold before a snowstorm strikes a recently purchased farmstead, where seven middle-class Democrats have made their weekend retreat… 

Paved With Gold and Ashes

Paved With Gold and Ashes

Paved with Gold and Ashes is the story of five women who survive a hideous factory. It is a historic narrative, based on the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire that killed 146 workers, nearly all of them young women… 

Dog / Actor

Dog / Actor

Dog and Actor are two short, explosive and vulnerable plays written by Steven Berkoff. Each explores the idea of façade – that of a football hooligan who treats racism like it’s fashionable, and that of an endlessly networking actor, desperate to be seen in fashion… 

Poetry in Motion

Poetry in Motion

Bethany Fox’s script explores the relationship between two jobbing actors, Jess (Bethany Fox) and Jack(Oliver Burkill), who, after a chemistry-charged first meeting outside an audition, never find the time to properly ask each other out… 

An Enemy Of The People

An Enemy Of The People

‘Enemies of the People’ is a welcome and observant theme for a theatre programme as we enter another year of post-truth politics, domestic division, and the third year in the reign of the Mad King Trump… 

The Cane

The Cane

‘Tell them…! Tell them…! Tell them…!’ Shouts Alun Armstrong, disgraced deputy headmaster Edward, as he brandishes the eponymous cane in one hand whilst walls close in around him… 

Hole

Hole

Hole is a piece of theatre that has been in incubation for a long time. Yes, the play’s title is a reference to an actual mechanised chasm, which swallows each of the show’s six female performers in the opening five minutes… 

Walk Swiftly and With Purpose

Walk Swiftly and With Purpose

Walk Swiftly And With Purpose is a coming-of-age narrative, which calmly sets ablaze the Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, History Boys, and Dead Poets’ Society and, with a short sharp kick, sends them toppling off a very modern cliff… 

The Pit & The Pendulum

The Pit & The Pendulum

Creation Theatre’s The Pit and the Pendulum is an immersive adaption of Edgar Allan Poe’s work of the same title. It is drama that asks you to sit in the dark, wear headphones, and watch as an unnamed woman comes to terms with separation from her family and long–term captivity… 

The Wider Earth

The Wider Earth

The Wider Earth is a chimera. It is theatre in a museum; a scientific narrative with literary license; awe-inspiring for children and yet oddly touching for adults; it communicates a sense of wonder alongside a caveat of disaster… 

A Generous Lover

A Generous Lover

A Generous Lover is La JohnJoseph’s heartfelt account of caring for a bipolar partner. Orpheus and La JohnJoseph pass through various institutional limbos including health services, art therapy seminars and medication focused recovery plans... 

Earnest & Wilde: Let's Face the Music (and Franz)

Earnest & Wilde: Let's Face the Music (and Franz)

Here is something special and unusual: the life and death of Franz Ferdinand, Archduke and heir presumptive to the Austro-Hungarian throne, remixed into a cabaret history lecture by two talented musicians... 

Yummy

Yummy

Yummy is what it says on the tin – a gooey, delicious, and extremely well-crafted sequence of performances from an ensemble of drag queens who are masters of their respective crafts... 

Propeller

Propeller

Propeller is a play which relates a small town’s struggle to reinstate a railway line, in order to make a much wider statement on the merits and masquerade of social action. A story delivered by the Network Ensemble, it feels local, but sits on your wider political reasoning long after you have seen it... 

Nina's Got News by Frank Skinner

Nina's Got News by Frank Skinner

It’s hard to review Nina’s Got News without revealing what Nina’s news actually is. Nina’s Got News is a kitchen-sink comedy which riffs on sexual history and status – it is a play about rising up, beyond what old friends may think is possible, and what happens when the person at the bottom becomes the person on top... 

Just These, Please

Just These, Please

Just These, Please is a sketch troupe with promise and imagination. They fill the space of the Gilded Balloon Balcony with a buoyant bombast that creates an immediate and inviting space... 

Zoo

Zoo

Zoo is a play which touches upon awkward social contracts between people, and the total indifference of the natural world. It opens with an impending event: a hurricane is about to strike a Miami zoo... 

No One Is Coming to Save You

No One Is Coming to Save You

No One is Coming to Save You is an abstract piece of theatre which eschews character development and plot narrative, in favour of exploring recurring images. Glasses of water, a hammer, a television set, and a dawning and dying light... 

Ovid's Metamorphoses

Ovid's Metamorphoses

If you have a ticket to Pants On Fire’s Ovid’s Metamorphoses, you have in your possession a way of securing the ferryman’s passage to one of the most mischievous and charming adaptations of an ancient work at Edinburgh Festival Fringe... 

Never Vera Blue

Never Vera Blue

Never Vera Blue is a brave and commendable production, which interrogates the effects of gaslighting in an emotionally abusive relationship. Laura Dos Santos delivers an arresting performance as the protagonist, referred to only as ‘Woman’, who constantly tries to assert her version of events across three complementary strands of imagery...