Carol Ann Duffy and John Sampson

Carol Ann Duffy and John Sampson

Introducing Carol Ann Duffy to the stage with a trumpet call, indicating a rally of the troops, seems befitting for the hour with the world-renowned poet. 

A Young Man Dressed as a Gorilla Dressed as an Old Man Sits Rocking in a Rocking Chair for 56 Minutes and Then Leaves... 11

A Young Man Dressed as a Gorilla Dressed as an Old Man Sits Rocking in a Rocking Chair for 56 Minutes and Then Leaves... 11

I need to preface with this review with a disclaimer – this is either a one-star or a five-star show, depending on your sense of humour. 

Hand Weaving Workshop

Hand Weaving Workshop

Now in its seventh year, and gaining momentum with each new calendar, Craft Scotland are back for Fringe 2019. 

Bismillah! An ISIS Tragicomedy

Bismillah! An ISIS Tragicomedy

The premise of Bismillah! An Isis Tragicomedy, in the Fringe guide, "a story of radicalisation, disenfranchisment and the rock band Queen" was compelling enough to want t… 

The Gil Scott-Heron Songbook

The Gil Scott-Heron Songbook

For Gil Scott-Heron fans this evening at The Jazz Bar would need no extra hype. 

Cat Hepburn: #GIRLHOOD

Cat Hepburn: #GIRLHOOD

Millennial or non-millennial, any woman will be able to relate to Cat Hepburn's spoken word hour. 

Grayson Perry – Julie Cope’s Grand Tour

Grayson Perry – Julie Cope’s Grand Tour

Written on an arch, Julie Cope’s Grand Tour: The Story of a Life by Grayson Perry, gives the sense of entering a house, secret garden or place of habitation. 

Bridget Riley

Bridget Riley

A visit to a Bridget Riley exhibition is the closest thing to a "trip" a non-narcotic taker can experience. 

4 BROWN GIRLS WHO WRITE

4 BROWN GIRLS WHO WRITE

This is the first year that 4 Brown Girls Who Write have showcased at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and they better keep coming back. 

Maisie Adam: Hang Fire

Maisie Adam: Hang Fire

On stage, six pieces of paper, fixed by clips, are suspended on a washing line. 

Trump'd!

Trump'd!

There is such a plethora of Donald Trump-inspired shows at Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year, it feels like it should almost become its own genre. 

George Michael Is Greek

George Michael Is Greek

I realise I’m breaking the Greek code by saying this, but George Michael is Greek is quite possibly the most underwhelming show I’ve ever seen. 

Illustrate Your Own Ceramic Object

Illustrate Your Own Ceramic Object

Edinburgh Fringe is typically visited for a gluttonous helping of comedy and theatre shows. 

Evelyn Mok: Bubble Butt

Evelyn Mok: Bubble Butt

Evelyn Mok hungers to speak about the uncomfortable, but for a Swedish-Chinese woman, who will gladly "take cake over di*k any day of the week", this is something that co… 

Loud Poets: The Fantastical Game Show Spectacular

Loud Poets: The Fantastical Game Show Spectacular

For anyone who isn’t already familiar with Loud Poets, you really should be. 

C'est La Vegan

C'est La Vegan

I had really high hopes for C’est La Vegan, principally because it’s a subject matter I know about. 

Carmen Lynch: Lynched

Carmen Lynch: Lynched

On the Richter Scale of humour, if your threshold doesn’t reach the level of sick and sadistic then Carmen Lynch is probably not for you. 

Hip Hop Time Machine

Hip Hop Time Machine

If you don’t know your Grandmaster Flash from Public Enemy, then Hip Hop Time Machine is going to seem less like a nostalgic reminder of your childhood and more like you’ve act… 

Glengoyne Whisky Suppers

Glengoyne Whisky Suppers

Unless you’re already a fan, many people are put off by the idea of drinking whisky. 

Tom Lucy: Needs to Stop Showing Off in Front of His Friends

Tom Lucy: Needs to Stop Showing Off in Front of His Friends

When you’re genetically blessed with an unthreatening physique and the voice of Frank Spencer, comedy cannot go much more in your favour. 

The Future of Desire

The Future of Desire

What is the future of desire? I hoped Neil Frude, a leading lecturer on abnormal psychology, would be able to tell me. 

Evelyn Mok: Hymen Manoeuvre

Evelyn Mok: Hymen Manoeuvre

Evelyn Mok is the kind of uncensored, unapologetic and uncouth human I can get on board with. 

Hand-Appliqué Tropical Bloom Earrings

Hand-Appliqué Tropical Bloom Earrings

During Fringe we can often forget about the aspects of Edinburgh that make it a cultural destination by itself. 

Ray Bradshaw: Deaf Comedy Fam

Ray Bradshaw: Deaf Comedy Fam

Ray Bradshaw boasts of being the first comic ever to have performed at the Edinburgh Fringe in both English and British Sign Language, and after seeing this hour show it’s a cala… 

A Waste Land

A Waste Land

“It’s time to take your pill,” says the director, before handing me a tiny white tablet that she assures me is made of sugar, while clearing chairs to create a dancefloor. 

​Faulty Towers The Dining Experience Audiences “Get a bit manual with Manuel”

​Faulty Towers The Dining Experience Audiences “Get a bit manual with Manuel”

Faulty Towers The Dining Experience has been a fixture of the Edinburgh Fringe for nine years and counting. 

​Dracula Director Danny Wainwright on Mixing Politics with Comedy

​Dracula Director Danny Wainwright on Mixing Politics with Comedy

There couldn’t be a more poignant time to retell the story of Dracula with a 21st-century twang. 

Bridget Christie: Mortal

Bridget Christie: Mortal

Bridget Christie is one of the funniest comedians I’ve ever seen. 

Stuart Goldsmith: Compared to What

Stuart Goldsmith: Compared to What

Stuart Goldsmith is a polished comic. 

Hardeep Singh Kohli's Mix Tape

Hardeep Singh Kohli's Mix Tape

Hardeep Singh Kohli was meant to talk about seven nostalgic songs within his hour show, Mix Tape. 

“I Invented Bloody Mackenzie” Reveals Edinburgh Tour Guide

“I Invented Bloody Mackenzie” Reveals Edinburgh Tour Guide

Anyone who thinks Edinburgh amounts to the Fringe festival, a castle and a zoo with two Chinese pandas clearly hasn’t discovered its gruesome history: while Jack the Ripper was k... 

Paines Plough’s George Perrin on Directing Interactive Theatre

Paines Plough’s George Perrin on Directing Interactive Theatre

If you were to list Every Brilliant Thing about life, what would you include? This is the idea behind Duncan Macmillan’s critically acclaimed play, broaching the subject of menta... 

Archie Maddocks: Shirts Vs Skins

Archie Maddocks: Shirts Vs Skins

Poignant, inventive and razor sharp describes Archie Maddocks’ debut show at the Fringe. 

Ellie Taylor: Infidelliety

Ellie Taylor: Infidelliety

People will recognise Ellie Taylor from the popular BBC3 show, Snog, Marry, Avoid, where she conducted make-unders on OTT members of the British public. 

Jack Barry: You Don't Know Jack

Jack Barry: You Don't Know Jack

Jack Barry has the potential to be an electric comic. 

Where Do All the Dead Pigeons Go?

Where Do All the Dead Pigeons Go?

Where Do All The Dead Pigeons Go? This is a production that doesn’t try to answer any of your questions - or refer to pigeons, for that matter, even as a metaphor, throughout the… 

Phil Nichol: Twenty

Phil Nichol: Twenty

Phil Nichol is a born entertainer. 

Sunil Patel: Juicer

Sunil Patel: Juicer

Sunil Patel oozes funny like a jammy doughnut running down a diner’s chin. 

Olaf Falafel and the Cheese of Truth

Olaf Falafel and the Cheese of Truth

Olaf Falafel’s style of comedy is absurdist verging on the downright ludicrous. 

Tessa Waters: Over Promises

Tessa Waters: Over Promises

Following the blowout success of WOMANz last year, I had high expectations for Tessa Waters’ new show Over Promises. 

Tez Ilyas: Made in Britain

Tez Ilyas: Made in Britain

Tez Ilyas’ new show Made in Britain is not subtle. 

James Acaster: Reset

James Acaster: Reset

Always the bridesmaid never the bride is perhaps a somber way to sum up James Acaster’s Fringe experience to date, having been nominated for more Edinburgh Comedy Awards than any…