Paul Merton's Impro Chums

Paul Merton's Impro Chums

Paul Merton and his “Impro Chums”: Mike McShane, Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch and Suki Webster, have been practising short form improvised comedy for decades and bring their combined centuries of experience to create a new, never-before-seen show on the spot... 

Thinking Drinkers' Guide to the Legends of Liquor

Thinking Drinkers' Guide to the Legends of Liquor

Ben and Tom are the Thinking Drinkers, a pair of sharply tuxedoed bartenders intending to lead their audience’s through their search for history’s best drinkers. Equally intellectually stimulating and utterly puerile with the odd drink thrown in for good measure (pun intended), the Thinking Drinkers’ Guide to the Legends of Liquor is an automatic crowd-pleaser which doesn’t take itself too seriously... 

Sam & Tom from TV!

Sam & Tom from TV!

Sam Nicoresti and Tom Burgess used to be on Nickelodeon until "the incident we can't talk about", happened. Now they're trying to bring back the dizzying glory days they enjoyed as two eight-year-olds in 1997 with their reunion tour... 

Mitch Benn - That Was The Future

Mitch Benn - That Was The Future

You may not realise this, but we are in the future. We’re sat somewhere between 2001: A Space Odyssey and Blade Runner and later in the year we can expect Jaws IX, according to Back to the Future II (Spielberg better get a move on)... 

Jim Higo and Miki Higgins - Never Mind The Pollocks

Jim Higo and Miki Higgins - Never Mind The Pollocks

Jim Higo and Miki Higgins are, in one word, brave. Onstage, Higgins unfortunately had her leg strapped up from an injury and not, as one might be led to believe, from the bullet wound where the pair shot themselves in the foot when they committed to this show... 

Al Murray – The Pub Landlord’s Saloon

Al Murray – The Pub Landlord’s Saloon

Al Murray, one of UK comedy’s longest-standing character acts, is classed amongst the biggest names at the inaugural Great Yorkshire Fringe. Boasting a two-hour slot twice a day during his visit, his stamina and energy is to be praised but his material seems to be spread all too thin... 

Jack Barry and Patrick Turpin: Your New Mild Friends

Jack Barry and Patrick Turpin: Your New Mild Friends

This pair of independent comedians is sure to evoke a titter from even the stoniest of critics. The stand-up styles of Jack Barry and Patrick Turpin are very different and each warrant an individual review... 

The Funeral of Conor O'Toole

The Funeral of Conor O'Toole

Conor O’Toole, with a tremendous amount of forethought, has already made plans for his funeral, from the service to the sandwiches. The performance consists of O’Toole regaling the audience with his desires for the event, bookended by some quirky, sombre songs played on a spring on a stick... 

John Hastings: UnRelentless

John Hastings: UnRelentless

John Hastings’ Edinburgh preview is nowhere near as unrelenting as the title suggests at first glance. Hastings is a good comedian and has a lovely patter with the audience but the hit-rate of his jokes is unsatisfyingly low... 

Graham Rex

Graham Rex

As always, there are a multitude of comedy sketch shows at this year’s Fringe. With all this competition in mind, it is important for hopefuls to stand out in any way possible. Unfortunately, Graham Rex fails to provide anything more than a few titters at overtired and unoriginal jokes... 

Stephen Carlin: Pandas vs Penguins

Stephen Carlin: Pandas vs Penguins

In this show comedian Stephen Carlin claims he can split the entirety of the human race into two separate camps: pandas and penguins. Pandas are solitary, fluffy creatures whilst penguins are communal... 

Edward Reid: Living the Dream One Song at a Time

Edward Reid: Living the Dream One Song at a Time

Like a Glaswegian Louie Spence, Edward Reid bounds through an hour of anecdotes and musical numbers with enough campness and glitter to make you think you’ve accidentally stumbled into La Cage aux Folles... 

Thinking of you - Free

Thinking of you - Free

Knot Theory presents a new piece of writing about the decline of a suburban family in a piece of new writing by Niki Orfanou. The piece clearly has poetic and dramatic potential, but unfortunately fails to prove itself as anything more than a superficial pseudo-analysis of familial destruction... 

Alpine Horn with Flange Krammer - Free

Alpine Horn with Flange Krammer - Free

Comedian Neil Dagley is Flange Krammer; German Olympic skiing sensation and interminable ladies’ man. In a show peppered with silly projected videos, audience interaction and a baffling guest appearance by the man from Del Monte, Krammer gives the audience an insight into his life... 

Hannah Gadsby - Mary. Contrary.

Hannah Gadsby - Mary. Contrary.

In this show, Hannah Gadsby takes us through an art history lecture covering the developing representation of the Virgin Mary in Eastern and Western art since the 3rd Century AD. You’re right, it doesn’t sound particularly hilarious but, in this case, you’re mistaken... 

Tibetan Book of the Dead: The Musical - Free

Tibetan Book of the Dead: The Musical - Free

The title of this particular show may lead you to expect certain things that the final product fails to deliver in every way. Intended to lead you gently and supportively through the process of death, this production leaves you clamouring for the end... 

Influence

Influence

Four students fresh out of sixth-form take inspiration from Philip Larkin’s famous poem ‘ This Be the Verse’ (They f**k you up, your mum and dad/ They may not mean to, but they do…) and turn it into a short devised physical piece centring on the disenfranchised victims of poor parenting... 

The Smoking Boy

The Smoking Boy

Written by (and starring) Jenn Robbins, The Smoking Boy is the story of an upper middle class family from New Haven, Connecticut, in 1917 amidst America’s entry into the Great War... 

Hanks and Conran - Pigs in Blankets

Hanks and Conran - Pigs in Blankets

It is surprising to see Hanks and Conran screw up the duo dynamic entirely. Susan Hanks and Lou Conran provide the most lacklustre and low-energy comedy set I’ve ever seen. They have their set ‘characters’, Hanks is the no-nonsense pessimistic one whilst Conran is the bubbly off-the-wall one... 

DeAnne Smith: Livin' The Sweet Life

DeAnne Smith: Livin' The Sweet Life

When DeAnne Smith entered the stage dressed in an adorable ensemble, picks up her ukulele and started singing a tune that sounded like it had been lifted from the soundtrack of 500 Days of Summer I thought she must be as sweet as the title of her show suggests... 

Juliet Meyers: Raised By Fridge Magnets

Juliet Meyers: Raised By Fridge Magnets

The premise of Juliet Meyers’ show is quirky and original and provides a solid anchor to her routine. As a child she was inspired by the messages written on the fridge magnets at a friend’s house and realised she created a life philosophy based on the wisdom of said trinkets... 

Josie Long: Romance and Adventure

Josie Long: Romance and Adventure

Josie Long’s latest solo show at this year’s Fringe is optimistically titled Romance and Adventure. When Long tells you that she named it that for no other reason than ‘because it sounds cool’ you quickly get an idea of her style... 

The I Hate Children Children's Show

The I Hate Children Children's Show

The I Hate Children Children’s Show is back for another Fringe and this year, they’re meaner than ever. The duo of Paul Nathan and John Anaya torment Edinburgh’s children in a show filled to the brim with magic, music and laughter, not forgetting of course absolute contempt for anyone under the age of fifteen... 

Nick Sun: Potty Time!

Nick Sun: Potty Time!

Nick Sun’s latest show, Potty Time!, is truly bizarre. His comedy is a conglomeration of filth, absurdity, dance, poetry, anecdotes and wild, impulsive tangents. Usually in stand-up, audiences are aware that, whilst the comedian seems to be speaking in the present, sets are precisely planned and rehearsed beforehand... 

Vocal Associates presents: Faybulous!

Vocal Associates presents: Faybulous!

The Vocal Associates bring distinguished composer Tony Makarome’s musical adaptation of Aesop’s fables to this year’s Fringe. The Singaporean company sing and dance their way through three of the stories, breathing life into characters, updating settings and never forgetting the all-important morals behind the tales... 

Gráinne Maguire: Where Are All the Fun Places and Are Lots of People There Having Better Fun?

Gráinne Maguire: Where Are All the Fun Places and Are Lots of People There Having Better Fun?

Comic and self-confessed ‘try-too-hard’ Gráinne Maguire visits Edinburgh this year with her latest show Where Are All the Fun Places and Are Lots of People There Having Better Fun? You would be forgiven for thinking the title is a little wordy but it perfectly embodies not only the tone of the show, but Maguire herself, dealing out aspiration and desperation in perfect measure... 

Evelyn Evelyn

Evelyn Evelyn

Evelyn Evelyn are two musically talented yet utterly quirky conjoined twins hailing from Walla Walla, Washington. The two girls are played by Amanda Palmer and (bearded) Jason Webley playing a plethora of instruments using just their two arms between them... 

Festive Season

Festive Season

Set over the duration of one Christmas Eve, Festive Season is an abstract exploration of familial responsibility and the loss of loved ones. Two brothers engage in petty squabbles and await their elderly, ailing mother's arrival that evening... 

Fred Cooke: Comfort in Chaos

Fred Cooke: Comfort in Chaos

Comfort in Chaos is unsure of itself, just as Cooke seems to be unsure of himself. His jokes are either observational and dull, or absurdist and contrived. The show begins strongly as Cooke interacts with his audience, engaging them in light banter... 

The Card

The Card

The Norfolk Youth Music Theatre present The Card, a musical charting the rise of cheeky northerner Denry Machin from washerwoman's son to Mayor of his town. A young, 25-strong ensemble make up the cast and are accompanied by a live band of seven... 

The Pretender

The Pretender

A man is preparing for his wedding day and thanks the audience for responding to his ad looking for wedding guests. He begins to tell us the story of his life from his childhood until the present day through short monologues, projected films and pieces of physical theatre... 

Within Range

Within Range

Isobel Cohen's latest production, Within Range, is set in November 1989 at the fall of the Berlin Wall. Cohen examines the lives of those involved in the separation of Eastern and Western Germany, from political collaborators to the victims of the partition... 

Sweet Charity

Sweet Charity

Northern Theatre Company take the classic musical Sweet Charity and transpose it into the gay scene of modern day New York with an almost entirely male cast. Young rent boy and hired dancer Charity decides he's tired of life as a prostitute and goes out in the search for love... 

Dave Gibson and Charlie Talbot - Battle of Britain: North vs South

Dave Gibson and Charlie Talbot - Battle of Britain: North vs South

The premise of Battle of Britain is very simple and one that has been done to death: which is the better half of Britain, the North or the South? For the purpose of this exercise we’ll disregard the Midlands... 

Petrol Jesus Nightmare No.5 (In the Time of the Messiah)

Petrol Jesus Nightmare No.5 (In the Time of the Messiah)

Henry Adam's Petrol Jesus Nightmare is set in a military hideout against the backdrop of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It explores religious extremism, particularly Christian fundamentalism... 

Odd Man Out

Odd Man Out

Peter Tate writes, directs and stars in this cacophony of self-indulgence. The unnamed man wanders into the performance space and babbles on without direction for 25 minutes whilst staring into middle-distance... 

My Big Gay Italian Wedding

My Big Gay Italian Wedding

This is the European debut of Anthony J. Wilkinson's farce about same-sex marriage. It's New York, and Anthony and Andrew are getting married, but there are problems. Anthony's Italian family will only allow him to get married under severe regulations, and Andrew's old flame Gregorio is threatening to jeopardise the wedding... 

Wet Paint: A Magic Show - Free

Wet Paint: A Magic Show - Free

Wet Paint is made up of two magicians, Ben Hart and Neil Kelso, with 'ideas so fresh they're still wet'. An unlikely duo, Hart is the tall, mysterious David Copperfield-esque 'traditional' magician, with his dour complexion, air of seriousness impressive sleight of hand... 

Swimming With My Mother

Swimming With My Mother

Swimming With My Mother features a real mother and son, Madge and David Bolger, exploring their relationship and mutual love for swimming and dancing through a 40-minute show accompanied by multimedia projection and the sultry sounds of Nat King Cole... 

If Walls Could Talk

If Walls Could Talk

The premise of If Walls Could Talk is deceptively simple. Five twenty-somethings sit around and each tell two real stories from their life, and a guest speaker is also invited from the audience to share a story from their own lives... 

Lapin Wants Breakfast

Lapin Wants Breakfast

Lapin Wants Breakfast is the bilingual story of a hungry rabbit desperate for his petit-dejeuner. Tania, a Parisian woman, has just flown from France to Edinburgh and introduces us to her french rabbit friend, Lapin... 

Mr Darwin's Tree

Mr Darwin's Tree

Mr. Darwin's Tree is one of three new plays airing at the Fringe by award-winning writer and director Murray Watts. This one-man show starring Andrew Harrison follows the life of Charles Darwin from his journey on the Beagle through his battles with science and religion and culminates in his death... 

Three of Hearts

Three of Hearts

A mother, lover and cuckolded spouse describe their relationships with an unnamed victim that links them together through rounds of rhyming soliloquy. A sixteen-year-old boy falls in love with his thirty-year-old teacher and embarks on a relationship with him, only to be discovered by the boy's devoutly religious mother who calls attention to the relationship, eventually leading irreparable disaster... 

iCroon

iCroon

Richard Shelton may be known for his role as murderous Dr. Adam Forsythe in Emmerdale, but the tension and high drama of soap opera is nowhere to be found in the return of iCroon to the Fringe... 

The Ugly Duckling

The Ugly Duckling

C Theatre perform Hans Christian Andersen's much-loved children's story about the tough life of a little misfit cygnet trying to fit in in a world which only judges him on his outer appearance rather than his good heart and noble spirit...