Rain

Rain

This intimate and intriguing play delicately uncovers a fascinating story about an over protective father and his sheltered daughter. Through a series of children's stories, objects and related memories, the audience subtly come to understand the disturbing story of a complicated father, the manipulated mind of his daughter and their relationship... 

Joni Mitchell Project

Joni Mitchell Project

In a rather curt start to the show, Sally Barker apologised to the audience for not being Joni Mitchell. The edge in her tone was understandable but the justification didn’t seem necessary as the very amiable audience of folk music aficionados expected only a tribute to the music of the Canadian icon... 

The Forum

The Forum

This new play examines the already well-examined possibilities that social networking has granted to original writing. In an open online forum four characters have an alternative world at their fingertips where they can live a different life, hiding from their unsatisfactory or tormented realities... 

Fire and the Rose

Fire and the Rose

Fire and the Rose faces up to the more harrowing articles of the human condition. George Innes stands alone to recite his careful selection of the finest poetry, sampling from Milton, Dylan Thomas and T... 

Acre and Change

Acre and Change

An Acre and Change takes a fresh look at the dispute over land distribution. It aims to query why people should fight to call land their own. In this long struggle for people to get their share, personal interests get led astray by confused causes and the intervention of the State in personal affairs makes the issue almost impossible to resolve... 

Alfie Brown and Ivo Graham

Alfie Brown and Ivo Graham

Ivo Graham is the first to do his stint in this hour of stand up comedy. Alfie Brown stood at the back for the first half in a noticeably relaxed atmosphere. Brown must see the show every day, so to hear his genuine laughter says a lot to compliment the comedy skills of Graham... 

Inconsiderate Aberrations of Billy the Kid

Inconsiderate Aberrations of Billy the Kid

Billy the Kid eats his cereal to the sound of live punk rock and then shoots his mum for trying to make him go to school. The red and white polka dot kitchen of suburban America is contrasted with corpses, dominatrix leather and massive guns... 

Yo Girl!

Yo Girl!

Yo Girl is a solo performance born from the musings of the New York actress Natalie Kim. It takes on her uncontrollable desires and emotions which, through much effort and time exploring her identity, she has (mostly) managed to overcome... 

Oxford Revue is Going Places

Oxford Revue is Going Places

This sketch writing achieves everything that has come to be expected of the genre, mixing observational with impulsive twists. It uses and abuses characters that are both common and everyday as well as more outrageous figures... 

Laundry of Life Pegged on the Line

Laundry of Life Pegged on the Line

Dee Mardi gives us a cabaret of life, with the twist that everything is related in some way to laundry pegged on the line. As each item of clothing is removed from the rotary line she flits between theatrical monologues and cabaret songs... 

Letters Home

Letters Home

Letters Home tells the story of two Liverpudlian brothers in the armed forces. It makes a show out of what average life in the armed forces was like in the eighties at the outbreak of the Falklands war... 

Down the Rabbit Hole

Down the Rabbit Hole

From its inception this play has a lot to live up to, as there are many shows where a writer has taken an established fantasy and added a twist of reality. This production has a strong idea, trying to delve into the emotional territory where fantasy and reality are combined... 

Following Wendy

Following Wendy

Following Wendy takes J. M. Barry’s bedtime story of Peter Pan and mixes it with a story of delusion and guilt that becomes all too real. While going to a house party that Wendy is throwing, Sebastian comes into her bedroom to see her jump out of a window holding the hand of a boy with no shadow... 

Legless 'n' Harmless

Legless 'n' Harmless

The Random Acts of Wildness Theatre Company presents itself as a workshop which aims to teach us the finer points of theatre and acting. The dysfunctional duo promises the audience a short warm up and then later a performance of ‘legless and armless’... 

Not So Fatal Death of Grandpa Fredo

Not So Fatal Death of Grandpa Fredo

Reliance Falls is the redneck American backwater that hides an intriguing secret. The town is on the brink of utter ruin after the run-off from a quarry, meant to boost the town economy, did nothing but pollute the stream... 

Four Women of the Apocalypse - Free

Four Women of the Apocalypse - Free

This one-woman comedy show takes you to the frustrated post apocalypse world where woman has inherited the Earth. Four women have come up to Scotland for the cleaner air after all other human life was almost annihilated... 

When in Rome...

When in Rome...

I have a great love for Classics, so when I saw a musical that advertised a collision between Roman civilisation and rock classics of the 80’s and 90’s I had an ominous feeling. However when I got to the venue I found a sold out show with a crowd that was so full of energy and excitement at what was to come that my preconceptions were removed... 

Speechless

Speechless

Speechless follows the disturbing tale of teenage twins, identical in every feature and footstep, who simultaneously descend into madness. June and Jennifer refuse to communicate with anyone else, even though the pair can converse fluently with one another... 

Three of Hearts

Three of Hearts

Three of hearts is a play done in rhyme, with a dark subject matter that won’t waste your time. It takes the grim story of a man and his wife, and the mother of a child who the man loved with his life... 

Student

Student

A filthy student in an untidy room reflecting on how his life has gone off the rails. With bad advice from his father, he never learnt to face up to his demons or take a difficult path... 

Operation Greenfield

Operation Greenfield

Operation Greenfield is the story of four secondary school students in the very quiet English backwater of Stokely. Slowly but surely their two person funk band evolves into a fully fledged Christian-folk group, driven by desire to win a local talent competition... 

Uber Hate Gang

Uber Hate Gang

In an unnerving and slightly unconvincing start, a well presented alpha-male spouted out a terrorist mantra. He asked the audience if we were happy and if we weren’t we were told to stay and be martyred for the cause of the 'Uber Hate Gang'... 

Nicki Hobday Conquers Space

Nicki Hobday Conquers Space

Nikki Hobday is worried about her onstage identity and what she’s going to achieve with the space she’s been given. Being intensely vague and pacing her words she puts all the questions she wants us to be thinking into our heads... 

Lip Service

Lip Service

In this solo performance Becki Gerrard unashamedly shows every inch of herself - body, roots and feelings. We are given a ‘lip service’ on her family history, which - with its Irish beginnings - is extremely extensive list... 

Let's Have Sex

Let's Have Sex

The audience looks into a living room where a wife has just demanded of her husband ‘Let’s have sex!’ Her stale spouse remains unconvinced, insisting that sex for pleasure is inappropriate... 

Wake

Wake

Alec is a dysfunctional young man of the landed gentry, but that is easy to deal with when the rest of the family are just as peculiar. With a weak and jittery personality he finds sanctuary from his hated personal identity by doing impressions... 

Only One Wing

Only One Wing

Two storytellers kick start the play as a fairytale, but with a difference like none other we have seen before. Despite this cliché the script does much to justify itself, resulting in a haunting play that mixes suffering with escapism, illness with fairies and agony with hope... 

Flor de Muerto

Flor de Muerto

In Mexico on the second of November the people celebrate the day of the dead. Everyone enjoys the fiesta of flowers, puppets of dead relatives, dancing, drinking and generally having a good time... 

Slacker's Guide to Western Theatre

Slacker's Guide to Western Theatre

This play promises a quick and basic guide to the development of western theatre. We travel through early developments of theatre in ancient Greece, the trauma of the dark ages and progressive development from the Renaissance onwards... 

Leaping God Sly

Leaping God Sly

A street band performance onstage gives the audience a snapshot of Haitian life, dropping us straight into a vibrant scene. Each cast member carries an instrument around the stage, often to be used throughout the play, as we are told a brief history of the people... 

Max and Ivan

Max and Ivan

Max and Ivan are one of my main reasons for loving the Fringe. I have had the luck to see their show in the past and I now have the honour of telling people why they are simply supreme when it comes to Fringe sketch comedy... 

Midsummer Night's Madness

Midsummer Night's Madness

You have to go to extreme lengths to make a version of A Midsummer Night's Dream stand out. It is one of the most frequently performed of Shakespeare’s masterpieces, so the competition is immense... 

You Can't Go Swimming With Your Ex-Husband

You Can't Go Swimming With Your Ex-Husband

This two person show is set in a surreal, but unnervingly, probable world of a massive corporation - where encouraging chirpy American voices in the lift congratulate people on 'teamwork' and 'pressure management'... 

Oh What a Lovely War on Terror

Oh What a Lovely War on Terror

This show bases its sketch and ad-libbing comedy on George W Bush’s war on frightening things and more specifically 'terror'. When Bush finally left the Whitehouse in 2008 there was a breath of fresh air, as if everybody took hope that all the old and stale jokes about the regime that were starting to stagnate... 

Virtuous Flock

Virtuous Flock

When I see something advertised in the style of 'melodrama and lurid gothic horror' I often get uneasy for reasons different to the promised depravity. It’s terribly easy to miss out the precise balance between good and just plain cheesy... 

Shakespeare for Breakfast

Shakespeare for Breakfast

Shakespeare for Breakfast now has something of an unassailable reputation at the Fringe. Despite this, not even the promise of tea and a croissant has stirred me to get out of bed before 11am and see what it has to offer... 

Trojan Women

Trojan Women

The Trojan Woman was the final part of the Eurpides Trilogy for the City Dionysia festival in 415BC in an Athens giddy on the extremes of democracy and empire shortly after she utterly destroyed the island of Melos... 

Love Story

Love Story

The Love Story attempts to expose the nature of the individual in our relations with one another and our ability to cope of our own accord. The messages which are conveyed are applicable to all of us, and thankfully offer up no simple answer to the human character... 

Pulse

Pulse

A meteorite is heading towards the earth on course with the potential to annihilate all known life, history and achievement. The governments of the world have combined their nuclear armaments to turn the disaster into a firework display on a perfect BBQ evening... 

MacPhersons Rant

MacPhersons Rant

Thyme Productions plays on a good idea with this musical. The story of MacPhersons Rant is widely known, albeit in many different variations, which gives them plenty of material to work with... 

WitTank

WitTank

This Durham-based sketch group has some of the finest comic talent that anybody can ever see at the fringe. I saw the show in 2008 and I could not stop quoting the incessant moments of hilarity for months... 

Diary Of A Madman

Diary Of A Madman

This play and wonderful performance managed to reach into my thoughts and leave me wandering around confused all day. The script achieves great things, putting the audience in the same frame of mind as a madman, and drawing out powerful messages about the balance of the human psyche... 

From Me To 3792

From Me To 3792

Life is boring in Sutton Coldfield. Diane has the supposed ideal lifestyle in suburbia however she is feeling the tedium immensely. Her husband is driven entirely by his career and the relationship has become something of an empty husk, the children have flown the nest and the Daily Mail reader across the street does little to provide entertainment... 

The Works Of Fate

The Works Of Fate

I must remember throughout this that 'The Works of Fate' is a free show, and as a result will give you value for money if it doesn’t make you walk out. A newly re-married man Courval and his wife, Florville, go to meet the estranged son from the previous marriage... 

Love Letters Straight From Your Heart

Love Letters Straight From Your Heart

This is one of the most evocative and deeply moving shows I have ever seen. Out of all the material at the fringe so far this year, it reached out, grabbed me by the heart and dragged me out of my embitterment with reality... 

Jazz A Cappella - The Oxford Gargoyles

Jazz A Cappella - The Oxford Gargoyles

You’ve got plenty of selection for Oxford based A Cappella groups at the fringe, all of whom seem to converge en masse at C venues. This is the Gargoyles 4th appearance at the fringe, and despite the competition they’re still doing very well... 

A Betrayal Of Penguins

A Betrayal Of Penguins

A flock of seagulls. A gaggle of ducks. A betrayal of penguins. If you know the proper collective noun for our penguin chums, do not tell this comedy duo. The main character feature of their comedy act being based upon a benign ignorance of what is fact and what matters... 

Forever Young

Forever Young

The Yvonne Arnaud youth Theatre Company attempts in this production to bring home the reality of war, remembering the sacrifices that were made and the horrors that the young soldiers faced during World War I... 

Bamboozlement!

Bamboozlement!

This show was mathemagical, which isn’t great if you start hyperventilating at algebra like myself, but if you don’t cry at sums you’ll like this all the more. Morgan and West play the role of Victorian magicians, and that’s looking good from the start... 

Balloon Boutique

Balloon Boutique

This show claims to use “extreme balloon modelling” and this is as much of a joke as its claim to be a “stunning piece of physical theatre for all ages”. Wearing somewhat unnerving masks the show begins slowly, an old woman contemplating life while another figure wriggles around in a massive body balloon... 

I Don't Live Here Anymore

I Don't Live Here Anymore

I don’t live here anymore examines a relationship which draws to its untimely end. Emma, a beautiful wife, is dying. We are never shown what afflicts her or the original impact of the news but only her steadily declining mental state... 

Alistair McGowan And Charlotte Page: Cocktails With Coward

Alistair McGowan And Charlotte Page: Cocktails With Coward

On a cold and wet day in Edinburgh, Alistair McGowan declared that he hoped to warm our hearts and by the time the show drew to a close both he and Charlotte Page had successfully uplifted everyone’s spirits... 

Keep The Change

Keep The Change

The number of shows and scripts around drug culture Britain are appallingly lacking. For such a terrible and prominent part of society we are left with tripe such as ‘Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels’ or ‘Layer Cake’ which, in their half-arsed attempts to be comic, generally miss the point... 

Blow Up - The Credit Crunch Musical!

Blow Up - The Credit Crunch Musical!

This show will make you leave the theatre trembling. The five piece Oompah band blows you away in the confined space of the GRV venue. The great sound takes the seat from under you, making the heat downright bearable... 

As You Were

As You Were

As you were takes a deep look into the effects of war. These plays are all too common and not altogether very appetising. This production was however a roaring success. The script focuses around two soldiers from different wars, but with similar trauma... 

Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs

Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs

Burklyn Youth Ballet this year chose to advertise themselves as a children's show, not as a ballet or musical, and this has played well to their advantage. Travelling from all across the USA, this is a very well performed show, in particular considering they only had 4 weeks of rehearsal time... 

The Body Tights Man Show

The Body Tights Man Show

The Three Gaga men wear full body tights to produce a show of circus value that balances between being a little bit freakish and providing unique entertainment. With the flexible suites donned, the three men adopt an almost alien identity... 

Rocket Science

Rocket Science

Rocket science takes a Disney-esque look at the usual high school issues. Hal has a jack hammer stammer and as a result is a victim of high school segregation. Life is bleak with his parents divorce at home, a condescending vocational instructor and few prospects for the future... 

The Big Comedy Breakfast

The Big Comedy Breakfast

11.30 in the morning is a strange time to have a stand up comedy show, but all 4 comedians make this a fantastic thing to see. Each comedian brings a very different and very entertaining quality, each one with the potential to go far... 

Catch

Catch

This play looks at the lucrative and expanding trade of Russian brides and the western men who seek what they believe will bring fulfilment to their lives; attractive, devoted Russian women... 

The Apocalypse Roadshow

The Apocalypse Roadshow

Yorkshire's helpful heroes take their inept phone-in advice service to the road. The show brings all it's pointers on how best to avoid strange men and give birth during a nuclear disaster... 

Another Heartbreaking But Ultimately Life-Affirming Show About Death

Another Heartbreaking But Ultimately Life-Affirming Show About Death

Sanderson Jones lost his mother at the age of 10 and has been thinking about death ever since. His comedy show attempts to break down the fear and worry around death to produce a happier outlook on life... 

Fat Club: The Musical

Fat Club: The Musical

Five people are compelled to join a fat club due to self deprecation and the search for a sex life. The musical tells a gratifying story of love, friendship, bullying and cellulite... 

Crush

Crush

This is a very well written play that successfully captures the problems that plague some modern relationships on the turning point of middle age. The man of the house struggles to cope with the crushing boredom of domesticity, seeking cheap thrills that threaten what is best for him... 

The Grind Show

The Grind Show

The Grind Show takes a look into a surreal world that tests reality. An unborn child is taken to a circus of the surreal and is manipulated by the need to perform a great act for eternity amongst the weird and wonderful... 

Quest

Quest

Dark Elf Manius goes to war against King Tyberon and the city of Amazura as a result of greed and a need for revenge. The Kings’ three daughters are sent on a quest in pursuit of a magical artefact to ensure the city’s survival...