An innovative experience premieres at the festival this year in the form
of David Leddy’s political thriller, City of the Blind.
Suitably advertised as a punk-style voyage, this is a raucous hour of
cabaret, humour and profound insights into the connotations of the word
A likeable, if hardly groundbreaking, hour of Scottish storytelling comes in this lightweight appraisal for our national dish, haggis.
Any fans of the macabre would do themselves a favour by coming along to this gloriously depraved oddity tucked away at the French Institute.
Riverrun is an adaptation of the final chapter of James Joyce’s controversial novel Finnegans Wake, a book that’s been cited as one of the most difficult novels of the twentiet…
Christina Bianco has become a bit of a YouTube sensation on our shores with her fantastic renditions of female singers.
Occasionally the odd masterpiece arrives at the Free Fringe; such is the case with this gloriously atmospheric fantasy adventure tale.
A refreshingly creative and atmospheric adaptation of the old school television show Noggin the Nog arrives at the festival this year to provide entertainment for families.
Comedian Jay Foreman provides a devilishly cheeky hour of songs, poems and comedy for children of all ages in this excellent mid afternoon show in the Green.
A delightfully eccentric murder mystery is created within the hour as audience members choose the title, location, victim and murderer.
With an impressive variety of theatre tricks up their sleeve, Le Petite Artist recreate the classic Hans Christian Anderson tale.
Out Cast Theatre return to the festival this year with their typically camp Carry On-style comedy.
The comedy troupe from York returns to the festival once again with their fun, if rather forgettable, hour of hit-and-miss improvised routines.
Joseph Morpurgo’s epic, sprawling opus opens with a montage of a VHS recorded presentation of early ‘80s TV adverts and news reports from the city of Odessa, Texas.
Set almost entirely in one small flat, Spunk is the tale of James, a young wheelchair-bound gay man who is in desperate need of a sexual encounter.
Theatre company d’Animate presents this amusing look into the friendship between Hollywood actor Johnny Depp and the late Gonzo journalist, Hunter S.
A rather offbeat hour is presented by Finnish magician, Robert Jagerhorn.
This show has rightfully picked up a bit of a cult following
over the past few years and on the night I was in the audience it was
completely sold out.
First of all, let’s get it out of the way, DO NOT go to this show with
Variety is the spice of life and the Fringe certainly has a lot of it.
At the final moments of this stand-up, it becomes apparent that this could very well be the transitional period that a reliable Fringe stalwart gives the performance that should fi…
Big Sky productions have returned to the festival with this distinctively Scottish storytelling performance for families.
Big Wooden Horse Theatre has made a successful adaptation of the popular children’s book by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort.
WTF?: An acronym that perfectly sums up this completely bonkers comedic showcase.
There’s social unrest in the North, disease in the South.
There are those of us who stand in awe and wonder at the street performers on the Mile and those of us who tut and move on, unimpressed by the same old tricks that we’ve seen per…
Campbell’s witty set consists of taking a closer look at the stupidity of the human race and how it compares to the animal kingdom.
Once in a while, amidst the jugglers, glee clubs and stand-up routines of the festival that you dodge or indulge, you may come across a piece of theatre that instantly knocks you o…
This delightfully daft and silly send-up of ‘50s film noir is gleefully performed in one of the oddest venue spaces I’ve come across.
Tea at Five is a wonderfully detailed, informative and enjoyable monologue that delves into the career of the late, great Katharine Hepburn; the memorably boisterous, hard skinned …
Superjohn is a fast moving, visually creative show which follows the story of a young boy awaiting an operation in hospital.
This droll play follows the life of an elderly gay man and the relationship he develops with a male prostitute.
A bit of a sleeper hit at last year’s festival, Briefs returns bigger, glitzier and filthier at the Udderbelly this summer.
Lewis Carroll’s nonsense poem provides the inspiration for this enjoyable children’s show.
Looking at people’s holiday pictures can be a downright dull experience.
A richly textured atmosphere enlivens this bittersweet tale of a young boy who has a very unusual means of keeping his heart ticking.
Doyle is certainly not a comedian to shy away from controversial matters.
Deborah Frances-White certainly has a market cornered in this year’s festival.
Paul Boyd’s big, bold and brash musical is a tour-de-force of bad taste hilarity and is probably the campest thing you will see at the festival this year.
This comedy a cappella troupe is fast becoming one of the biggest sellers of this year’s festival.
Hill’s show is very much one of a comedian totally comfortable with his surroundings and happy enough to coast on what he does best, insulting his audience.
Opening night can be a daunting time, not only for the performers and directors, but also for the technical teams.
Time/Dropper, choreographed and performed by Jose Agudo, is a raw, visceral and masculine performance evoking a sense of distorted tension.
There is definitely a reason why Simon Callow has his name at the beginning of the title of this beautifully performed monologue.
Ever wondered what the puppets on CBBC get up to after 7pm? This refreshingly outrageous hodgepodge of cautionary tales might just provide the answer.
There’s no better way to start a busy day at the Fringe than with coffee, a croissant, a strawberry and a host of well performed, highly amusing short plays.
There is a nice relaxed humour and performance style that resonates throughout this show.
This skilfully structured piece of theatre has clearly been a labour of love for writer/actress Christy Hall.
Mark Ravenhill’s Shopping and F***ing is one of the most controversial British plays of the 90s due to its brutal sexual violence and dark humour.
Will Gracie’s hideously self-indulgent cabaret act is a test of patience for any audience member who sits through the entire achingly unfunny 50 minutes.
Now I’ll be the first to admit, sometimes seeing a beautiful person performing on stage can lift your overall enjoyment of a show.
Some might consider it cruel, but I’m of the opinion that children’s stories benefit from that added sprinkle of fear.
Funny Women is a very respectable and enjoyable competition, highlighting the best up-and-coming female comedy acts from around the UK.
A fast-paced, energetic and downright hilarious show that immediately had me finding a space within my schedule to come watch again.
This is the tale of Neil (Grant Campbell) and how, as the dreaded forty grows ever closer, he decides to reform his old band in another bid for Eurovision glory.
Anil Desai is.
Behind the cheap gloss, sexual innuendos and hyper-kinetic jazz hands there is a whiff of melancholy to this instantly likable quartet.
Somewhere in this show there is a turning point.
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