City Of the Blind

City Of the Blind

An innovative experience premieres at the festival this year in the form of David Leddy’s political thriller, City of the Blind. 

Milk Presents: Self Service

Milk Presents: Self Service

Suitably advertised as a punk-style voyage, this is a raucous hour of cabaret, humour and profound insights into the connotations of the word ‘queer’. 

Haggis Haggis Haggis

Haggis Haggis Haggis

A likeable, if hardly groundbreaking, hour of Scottish storytelling comes in this lightweight appraisal for our national dish, haggis. 

Antiquithon

Antiquithon

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

RIVERRUN

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… 

Divallusion with Christina Bianco and Velma Celli

Divallusion with Christina Bianco and Velma Celli

Christina Bianco has become a bit of a YouTube sensation on our shores with her fantastic renditions of female singers. 

Once Upon a Nightmare

Once Upon a Nightmare

Occasionally the odd masterpiece arrives at the Free Fringe; such is the case with this gloriously atmospheric fantasy adventure tale. 

The Sagas of Noggin the Nog

The Sagas of Noggin the Nog

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. 

Jay Foreman's Disgusting Songs for Revolting Children (and Other Funny Stories)

Jay Foreman's Disgusting Songs for Revolting Children (and Other Funny Stories)

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. 

Murder, She Didn't Write

Murder, She Didn't Write

A delightfully eccentric murder mystery is created within the hour as audience members choose the title, location, victim and murderer. 

The Ugly Duckling

The Ugly Duckling

With an impressive variety of theatre tricks up their sleeve, Le Petite Artist recreate the classic Hans Christian Anderson tale. 

The Importance of Being Earnest as Performed by Three F*cking Queens and a Duck

The Importance of Being Earnest as Performed by Three F*cking Queens and a Duck

Out Cast Theatre return to the festival this year with their typically camp Carry On-style comedy. 

The Shambles

The Shambles

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: Odessa

Joseph Morpurgo: Odessa

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. 

MenSWEAR Collection: Spunk

MenSWEAR Collection: Spunk

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. 

Hunter and Johnny

Hunter and Johnny

Theatre company d’Animate presents this amusing look into the friendship between Hollywood actor Johnny Depp and the late Gonzo journalist, Hunter S. 

Waiting for Hitchcock

Waiting for Hitchcock

A rather offbeat hour is presented by Finnish magician, Robert Jagerhorn. 

The Colour Ham

The Colour Ham

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. 

Gein's Family Giftshop: Volume 1

Gein's Family Giftshop: Volume 1

First of all, let’s get it out of the way, DO NOT go to this show with your mother. 

Glenn Cosby: Food Junkie

Glenn Cosby: Food Junkie

Variety is the spice of life and the Fringe certainly has a lot of it. 

Iain Stirling: Everything

Iain Stirling: Everything

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… 

The Boy and the Bunnet

The Boy and the Bunnet

Big Sky productions have returned to the festival with this distinctively Scottish storytelling performance for families. 

Aliens Love Underpants

Aliens Love Underpants

Big Wooden Horse Theatre has made a successful adaptation of the popular children’s book by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort. 

Pekka and Strangebone's Comedy Showpiece

Pekka and Strangebone's Comedy Showpiece

WTF?: An acronym that perfectly sums up this completely bonkers comedic showcase. 

After the Apocalypse

After the Apocalypse

There’s social unrest in the North, disease in the South. 

Mat Ricardo: Showman

Mat Ricardo: Showman

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… 

Jim Campbell: Stupid Animals

Jim Campbell: Stupid Animals

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. 

Inside

Inside

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… 

Farce Noir Presents... The Big Sheep

Farce Noir Presents... The Big Sheep

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

Tea at Five

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

Superjohn

Superjohn is a fast moving, visually creative show which follows the story of a young boy awaiting an operation in hospital. 

Mr Braithwaite Has a New Boy

Mr Braithwaite Has a New Boy

This droll play follows the life of an elderly gay man and the relationship he develops with a male prostitute. 

Briefs

Briefs

A bit of a sleeper hit at last year’s festival, Briefs returns bigger, glitzier and filthier at the Udderbelly this summer. 

The Jabberwocky

The Jabberwocky

Lewis Carroll’s nonsense poem provides the inspiration for this enjoyable children’s show. 

Pretending Things Are a C*ck

Pretending Things Are a C*ck

Looking at people’s holiday pictures can be a downright dull experience. 

The Boy with the Cuckoo Clock Heart

The Boy with the Cuckoo Clock Heart

A richly textured atmosphere enlivens this bittersweet tale of a young boy who has a very unusual means of keeping his heart ticking. 

Andrew Doyle: Whatever It Takes

Andrew Doyle: Whatever It Takes

Doyle is certainly not a comedian to shy away from controversial matters. 

Deborah Frances-White: Cult Following

Deborah Frances-White: Cult Following

Deborah Frances-White certainly has a market cornered in this year’s festival. 

Molly Wobbly’s Tit Factory

Molly Wobbly’s Tit Factory

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. 

The Blanks' Big Break

The Blanks' Big Break

This comedy a cappella troupe is fast becoming one of the biggest sellers of this year’s festival. 

Craig Hill - Jock's Trap!

Craig Hill - Jock's Trap!

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. 

Outward Bound

Outward Bound

Opening night can be a daunting time, not only for the performers and directors, but also for the technical teams. 

Time / Dropper and Driftwood

Time / Dropper and Driftwood

Time/Dropper, choreographed and performed by Jose Agudo, is a raw, visceral and masculine performance evoking a sense of distorted tension. 

Simon Callow in Tuesday at Tescos

Simon Callow in Tuesday at Tescos

There is definitely a reason why Simon Callow has his name at the beginning of the title of this beautifully performed monologue. 

Myrtle Chops

Myrtle Chops

Ever wondered what the puppets on CBBC get up to after 7pm? This refreshingly outrageous hodgepodge of cautionary tales might just provide the answer. 

The Big Bite Size Breakfast

The Big Bite Size Breakfast

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. 

Sammy J and Randy: Ricketts Lane

Sammy J and Randy: Ricketts Lane

There is a nice relaxed humour and performance style that resonates throughout this show. 

Yours, Isabel

Yours, Isabel

This skilfully structured piece of theatre has clearly been a labour of love for writer/actress Christy Hall. 

Shopping and F***ing

Shopping and F***ing

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 - In the Closet

Will Gracie - In the Closet

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. 

Strip Search

Strip Search

Now I’ll be the first to admit, sometimes seeing a beautiful person performing on stage can lift your overall enjoyment of a show. 

Not So Grimm Fairy Tales

Not So Grimm Fairy Tales

Some might consider it cruel, but I’m of the opinion that children’s stories benefit from that added sprinkle of fear. 

Funny Women

Funny Women

Funny Women is a very respectable and enjoyable competition, highlighting the best up-and-coming female comedy acts from around the UK. 

Frisky and Mannish: Pop Centre Plus

Frisky and Mannish: Pop Centre Plus

A fast-paced, energetic and downright hilarious show that immediately had me finding a space within my schedule to come watch again. 

Sex, Lies and Eurovision

Sex, Lies and Eurovision

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...

Anil Desai...

Anil Desai is. 

4 Poofs and a Piano - Business as Usual

4 Poofs and a Piano - Business as Usual

Behind the cheap gloss, sexual innuendos and hyper-kinetic jazz hands there is a whiff of melancholy to this instantly likable quartet. 

The Lady Boys of Bangkok - Fur Coats and French Knickers Tour

The Lady Boys of Bangkok - Fur Coats and French Knickers Tour

Somewhere in this show there is a turning point.