Medea: Greece Meets West

Medea: Greece Meets West

Cultures clash in this powerfully discordant retelling of the Medea story at the Jazz Bar. Just as the wild Colchis of Medea – one of mythology's most famously violent mothers – cannot be reconciled with the staid, harmonious Greece of her faithless lover Jason, so too do jazz and opera – the two musical styles chosen to represent Medea's inward struggle – struggle and meld to create a compelling, if challenging, musical experience... 

The Morning After Season: Wuthering Heights

The Morning After Season: Wuthering Heights

Few novels of the nineteenth century convey as powerful a passion as Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights, a high-Gothic family saga of destructive, toxic love on the Yorkshire Moors. The emotional intensity of the book is matched only by the intensity of Wuthering Heights' world - a quasi-supernatural world where desires border on the diabolic and where ghosts may or may not haunt the living... 

Christina Rossetti's Goblin Market

Christina Rossetti's Goblin Market

‘Eat me. Drink me. Love me.’ Such is the link between carnal hunger and erotic desire in Christina Rossetti's powerful poem Goblin Market, which explores the link between sexual need and feminine repression in Victorian England... 

'33 (a Kabarett)

'33 (a Kabarett)

Far from the madding crowd (and the Royal Mile), the Hill Street Theatre is hosting one of the most haunting, gut-wrenching pieces of theatre at the Fringe this year. Equal parts monologue and cabaret act, '33 (A Kabarett) follows a nameless ‘vanquished impresario’ of a Berlin nightclub, his makeup smeared and his costume trunk upended, as he relives the destruction of his sometime home, his friends, and his audiences: all slaughtered one-by-one, he tells us, by the incoming Nazi regime... 

Kierkegaard Comedy Show - with Claus Damgaard

Kierkegaard Comedy Show - with Claus Damgaard

There are two kinds of people at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival - those who run screaming from the phrase ‘Kierkegaard Comedy Show’, and those who run shouting towards it. As a former Kierkegaard scholar, I very decidedly belong to the latter category... 

Cain

Cain

Staging a long-dormant closet drama, even by such a flamboyant personality as Lord Byron, is always a challenge. Such pieces were often designed to be read aloud (or even silently), rather than staged in full: the imagination was deemed preferable to the constraints of nineteenth-century theatre practice... 

Circa: Wunderkammer

Circa: Wunderkammer

A woman passes through a tiny hoop, no bigger than her head. Another manages to keep fifteen hoops aloft around her waist as she gyrates. Two men vault over one another, balancing precariously from a taut rubber pole... 

Wyrd

Wyrd

You have to feel for the team behind Wyrd, the immersive-meets-interactive-meets-seance play currently playing at the atmospheric C Nova. Fringe audiences, ostensibly lovers of the experimental, aren't always the most cooperative: on the night that we were shuffled into a darkened chamber to discover the truth about the mysterious death of twenty-something newlywed Joseph's grandparents, the team had to do a fair bit of work to keep everybody quiet and orderly... 

The Goddess of Walnuts

The Goddess of Walnuts

Short but (bitter)sweet, Tim Foley's fast-paced, tautly-written backstage drama The Goddess of Walnuts is a compelling piece of new writing. A simply staged two-hander exploring the complex relationship between aging stage siren Vivian Frey and her submissive dresser, Vicky, The Goddess of Walnuts ticks all the necessary boxes for cliche: an alcoholic past-her-prime stage diva, a put-upon dresser, the collision of fantasy and reality backstage... 

The Winter's Tale

The Winter's Tale

Cutting down plays to fit the narrow constraints of most fringe slots is always a challenge. However, in the case of Barrow Sixth Form College's adaptation of Winter's Tale, now cut down to about fifty minutes, one wonders why they bothered at all... 

A Concrete Jungle Full of Wild Cars

A Concrete Jungle Full of Wild Cars

Home is more than just an abstraction for Zina, the thirteen-year-old protagonist of A Concrete Jungle Full of Wild Cars, a promising - if uneven - new drama from Mariama Ives-Moiba, winner of the Trinity College London International Playwriting Competition... 

Spiltmilk Say Dance

Spiltmilk Say Dance

The three-girl trio behind dance collective Spiltmilk are nothing if not perky. Bouncing brightly to the music as the audience enters and dressed in charmingly retro skirts and dresses with requisite vintage hair and lipstick, Jenna Hubbard, Jennifer Manderson, and Adele Wragg are cheery and charismatic performers... 

Jewel

Jewel

Claudia Jeffries is a talented, charismatic performer. Her face is exaggeratedly, wildly expressive - transparently emotional when subtle, positively plasticine when in full-on grotesque mode... 

Echolalia

Echolalia

There are few pleasures as great as wandering into a quiet, unassuming black box studio at three forty in the afternoon and, in the company of five other spectators, experiencing an utterly mesmerizing show... 

Pugni Di Zolfo (Fists of Sulfur) – History of Caruso

Pugni Di Zolfo (Fists of Sulfur) – History of Caruso

It is not often that one-man shows in black box theaters stand out for their visuals. But from the first moments of Maurizio Lombardi's one-man show Pugni di Zolfo, or Fists of Sulfur, the recent winner of the Florence for Fringe competition, we are treated to a glimpse of a vanished, claustrophobic world... 

Verb Garden: The Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas

Verb Garden: The Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas

At first glance, there was something utterly incongruous about the relationship of The Famous Spiegeltent - all flowing fabrics and dark wood panelling - and the panelists of Friday's ‘Embracing Death’ edition of the tantalizingly-titled Verb Garden: The Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas...