Child’s Play

Child’s Play

Child’s Play begins with the tidying away of props and banners at the end of an organised demonstration; in the meantime, characters exchange strident opinions on how frustratingly futile protest movements are nowadays... 

Deadline

Deadline

Charlotte goes back to Stuart who still lives in their once shared university flat to find him still taking care of the habitual mess made by their mutual friend David. The piece may seem at first a conventional evocation of this generation’s floundering twenty-somethings, but don’t let the pitch fool you – this play is a performance of staggering beauty, a tour-de-force of self-destructive urges in all its metaphoric intensity, and in all its endless desires... 

Big Bite-Size Breakfast Show

Big Bite-Size Breakfast Show

On top of the breakfast (croissant, coffee and strawberries), there is a handful of ten-minute theatre pieces that are eccentric, funny and outrageous. This is a show that boasts a faithful following, whose dedication to the annual production bespeaks the undeniable quality on offer by the bite-size plays... 

Impromptunes – The Completely Improvised Musical

Impromptunes – The Completely Improvised Musical

The Impromptunes take the first suggestion by the audience and make a musical out of it. And it can be a really silly suggestion. What more to say of it? You won’t be able to see the same thing as I did, unless someone suggests ‘Dancers on Stilts’ again... 

Aladdin and His Magical Europe Refugee Tour 2016

Aladdin and His Magical Europe Refugee Tour 2016

The show is a modern adaptation of the famous Arab folk story, in which Aladdin takes his wife Jasmine (her real name is too difficult for a European audience to pronounce) to Greece, Italy and Scotland to seek asylum... 

A Working Title

A Working Title

A Working Title is about the belated coming-of-age and struggles of millennials as they confront a world of expectations and disappointments. They make it up as they go along, hence the title of this production... 

The Dean Martin Christmas Show

The Dean Martin Christmas Show

The Dean Martin Christmas Show aims to explore the warm relationship between Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra as they appear on the titular Christmas special. The two showbiz old-timers perform hit songs while they natter backstage about the past and what the future holds for the both of them... 

Kieran Boyd: Egg

Kieran Boyd: Egg

For Kieran Boyd, an egg is a positive symbol associated with birth, generation and growth. With a career in stand-up still in its infancy, Kieran has much to celebrate as he continues to find a distinctive voice in comedy... 

Matt Forde: It's My Political Party (and I'll Cry if I Want to)

Matt Forde: It's My Political Party (and I'll Cry if I Want to)

Matt Forde begins by promising his audience that he will definitely not resign in the middle of his act. Having originally written his show on the premise that Britain votes to remain in the European Union, Forde has had to rewrite all his material for this year’s Fringe – and on tonight’s evidence, the Brexit outcome seems to have given him more license for mischief, more politicians to make fun of; a gift, in fact, for a comedian like him... 

Contactless

Contactless

Contactless is not your regular drama. It comprises two stories (told one after another) that are somewhat similar, though have no obvious connections. The stories (Chips and Withdrawn) explore the possibility of connection and love in a world of bars, cafes, nightclubs and pop culture... 

Revolution in the Magic Square

Revolution in the Magic Square

Ian Saville has just become the President of the Magic Square; his election is a surprise, and proves divisive to every faction of the magic society. As a socialist magician, he believes that he can inspire the masses, yet he is beset by rebellious members in his own ranks... 

I'm Doing This for You

I'm Doing This for You

The premise of the show is deceptively simple, and the clue is in the title: what a woman would do or go through for a man who she wholeheartedly loves, even though he has already moved on... 

A Dog's Tale

A Dog's Tale

This is a tale about dogs: specifically Johnny the young puppy piano player in a shady speakeasy in 1920s New York City. The main plot involves Johnny stealing a precious diamond from the speakeasy owner, Boney Maroney, to woo the dog girl (bitch?) he fancies... 

Maureen Langan: Daughter of a Garbage Man

Maureen Langan: Daughter of a Garbage Man

Born in New York to an Irish Catholic immigrant family, Maureen Langan has been brought up to think that traditional values matter, and that life rewards hard work. Yet in America where the most successful women are avatars of the erstwhile Kim Kardashian, Maureen wonders whether every girl with any ambitions these days should simply leave school and make sex tapes instead... 

The Alleycats: Gap Year!

The Alleycats: Gap Year!

This contemporary a cappella group returns with a musical this year about stories of gap year. Clearly influenced by the popular YouTube video of ‘Gap Yah’ – a comic takedown of over privileged youths on their ‘valuable experiences’ abroad – the Alleycats’ production is always lighthearted, though it entertains without the satiric energy of the original... 

Life and Death (But Mainly Death)

Life and Death (But Mainly Death)

In spite of the morbid title, Dr Phil Hammond’s stand-up show makes mischief of the macabre. I was already taken in when he tells the audience that those who have seen a play with ‘death’ in the title are statistically more likely to die (no correlation of course)... 

Absence of Separation

Absence of Separation

Absence of Separation is a tender and evocative play about the frustrating search for the meaning of life. After an accident, John is fighting for his life and he is transported to a limbo space between life and death where this dream theatre takes place... 

Yuri

Yuri

Patrick and Adele dream of having children of their own, yet their biological clock is ticking and here comes her solution: she picks up a homeless boy in Lidl (of all places) and brings him home, to Patrick’s great dismay... 

Jules Verne’s Extraordinary Voyages: Journey to the Centre of the Earth

Jules Verne’s Extraordinary Voyages: Journey to the Centre of the Earth

To start with – a confession. I have never read any of Jules Verne’s trilogy of voyages extraordinairies novels, nor have I seen any film versions of it before watching this competent adaptation by Not Cricket Productions; a theatre performance scripted with admirable economy and rendered with an entertaining liveliness that is sustained throughout the play...