Spoken Word Sundays: Women Speaking Their World

Spoken Word Sundays: Women Speaking Their World

On Sunday afternoon, myself and around fifteen other people – most of them women – perch ourselves on armchairs in a cosy room in Appletree Writers at The Whole Works, on a qu… 

The Cagebirds

The Cagebirds

First of all – a confession. 

For the Love of Chocolate

For the Love of Chocolate

For the Love of Chocolate oozes chocolate from its pores. 

Subsist

Subsist

Someone turns off the lights. 

Mrs Dalloway

Mrs Dalloway

Virginia Woolf’s novels are notoriously difficult to adapt for the stage. 

The Sea Child

The Sea Child

The Sea Child, adapted by Carolyn Sloan from her novel of the same name, is a tender and evocative play. 

Splitting

Splitting

This is possibly one of the most depressing shows I have seen at the Fringe this year. 

The Last of the Dragons

The Last of the Dragons

Like all good pieces of children’s theatre, The Last of the Dragons does not talk down to children. 

Devious Comments

Devious Comments

People really do say some weird things on social media. 

Adam Vincent: Careless

Adam Vincent: Careless

In spite of the title, there is nothing careless about Adam Vincent’s debut stand-up show at Edinburgh – although I wish I could say the same about the person who listed the wr… 

Can't Spell Right

Can't Spell Right

All too often, comedy shows at the Fringe can look like they are being either pretentiously clever or simply trying too hard. 

Price Includes Biscuits

Price Includes Biscuits

If there were a prize for the solo standup show at the Fringe with the greatest number of comic props, Naomi Paul’s Price Include Biscuits would be a strong contender. 

Edinburgh Book Fringe

Edinburgh Book Fringe

As part of the Edinburgh Book Fringe, for an hour on Sunday afternoon theatre director and performer Morna Burdon takes the audience through a series of real-life stories and songs… 

Dreamkeepers

Dreamkeepers

It is not often that a show has me grinning even before it has begun. 

What a Grimm Tale!

What a Grimm Tale!

With loose and dishevelled hair, streaks of cat-like make-up and bulging veins, the chorus prowls across the stage, furiously chanting lines adapted from fairy tales. 

Richard Wiseman: How to be Happy, Healthy, Wealthy and Wise

Richard Wiseman: How to be Happy, Healthy, Wealthy and Wise

Richard Wiseman, psychologist and bestselling author of several popular psychology books, returns to the Fringe to talk for an hour about the psychology of perception, touching on … 

The Flying Ship

The Flying Ship

Something is rotten in the state of Russia. 

The Dolphin Hotel

The Dolphin Hotel

It is a disturbing but all too common tale: girl meets boy, falls in love, and gets tricked into a life of prostitution. 

Descent

Descent

A young Jewish woman in Nazi Germany prepares herself for her journey eastwards to a concentration camp. 

The Edge Effect

The Edge Effect

In ecology, an ‘edge effect’ is a contact point between two habitats, characterised by an increase in biodiversity. 

Defrosted

Defrosted

Just when you thought Disney’s Frozen couldn’t be any more ubiquitous than it already is. 

Nocturnal Sunshine of Their Spotless Minds

Nocturnal Sunshine of Their Spotless Minds

Wander around Edinburgh for any length of time and you will find that the Fringe has no shortage of shows with cringeworthy titles. 

The Everlasting Book Tour: Where Literature, Comedy And Ian Macpherson Collide

The Everlasting Book Tour: Where Literature, Comedy And Ian Macpherson Collide

Ian Macpherson is perhaps best known for a joke he came up with years ago: ‘They say you play at _____ twice in your career.