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 quiet alley just off the Royal Mile... 

The Cagebirds

The Cagebirds

First of all – a confession. I have never read David Campton’s 1976 play The Cagebirds, nor had I ever seen it in performance before watching this competent adaptation by eight sixth-form students from Cheltenham Ladies’ College... 

For the Love of Chocolate

For the Love of Chocolate

For the Love of Chocolate oozes chocolate from its pores. Amanda Waring and guitar accompanist Andy Robinson return to the Fringe this year to offer the audience a delicious brew of comic absurdity as the lines between woman and chocolate dissolve... 

Subsist

Subsist

Someone turns off the lights. Then the door swings open, and four people scramble into the room shrieking with fear. You might be forgiven for mistaking these opening moments – coming, no less, from a show which promises an ‘apocalyptic horror fix’ – for the start of a series of cheap thrills... 

Mrs Dalloway

Mrs Dalloway

Virginia Woolf’s novels are notoriously difficult to adapt for the stage. It is hard for plays to do justice to her stream-of-consciousness style while remaining compelling – and comprehensible – to the audience... 

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. It tells the story of Jessie, a young girl who lives alone with her father in The Sands, a place where houses (according to legend) disappeared under the sea thirty years ago... 

Splitting

Splitting

This is possibly one of the most depressing shows I have seen at the Fringe this year. Containing many episodes of emotional and physical abuse – including rape – Splitting tells the story of Layla, a woman who suffers psychological abuse at the hands of her narcissistic partner Steve (James Cameron)... 

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. This brilliant adaptation of E. Nesbit’s short story of the same name captivates its young and adult audience alike by virtue of a tight, fast-paced and funny storyline, as well as strong acting from all members of the cast... 

Devious Comments

Devious Comments

People really do say some weird things on social media. Devious Comments, a clever and funny show by the Edinburgh-based theatre company Existential Fridge, aims to poke fun at this by basing its entire script on comments posted on DeviantArt, an online social community for artists... 

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 wrong timing on the Fringe website... 

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. Thankfully, Can’t Spell Right does neither of these. This fantasy farce by the Herald Theatre Company is a breath of fresh air: fast-paced, bursting with energy and full of bizarrely comic situations that will leave you feeling much amused... 

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. She reads from cards, puts on a coat and then places it back on a hanger, offers the audience biscuits during a ‘biscuit break’, plays pop songs to help us understand her jokes, and performs several original musical numbers... 

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 about ‘bonnie fechters’ – strong women who stand up for causes they care about, but whose names do not always appear in the history books... 

Dreamkeepers

Dreamkeepers

It is not often that a show has me grinning even before it has begun. From the squeaky and adorable Tiffle greeting the audience at the entrance, to the quaint set design and Vivaldi’s charming Concerto for Lute and Plucked Strings strumming in the background, Dreamkeepers seems to possess all the ingredients for a fun and friendly hour of children’s theatre... 

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. The effect is nothing short of menacing... 

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 topics such as deception, dreams, luck and success... 

The Flying Ship

The Flying Ship

Something is rotten in the state of Russia. The Tsar is a puppet-king swayed by corrupt officials who fear the day when the shrewd princess will ascend the throne. As a result, they convince him to marry his daughter off to the first man who can bring him a flying ship... 

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. This is the cautionary message behind The Dolphin Hotel, produced in conjunction with Stop the Traffik, a global movement which fights human trafficking... 

Descent

Descent

A young Jewish woman in Nazi Germany prepares herself for her journey eastwards to a concentration camp. As she packs her suitcase, she lingers over some of her most beloved items – a pencil; old flowers from a gypsy; a medal belonging to her father – and starts to reminisce about the past... 

The Edge Effect

The Edge Effect

In ecology, an ‘edge effect’ is a contact point between two habitats, characterised by an increase in biodiversity. This concept is the inspiration behind Pentmond and Co.’s Fringe debut of the same name, where five actors from from Gordon College, U... 

Defrosted

Defrosted

Just when you thought Disney’s Frozen couldn’t be any more ubiquitous than it already is. Having inspired countless YouTube covers and branding itself on every possible form of children’s merchandise, Once Upon a Parachute descends with a two-person children’s comedy which seems to exist for no other purpose than to react to Frozen songs and characters in a funny way... 

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. Whilst this three-man stand-up show doesn’t quite fall into that category, its name baffles me... 

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. Once on the way up. Once on the way down. It’s good to be back...