Stephen K Amos - The Best Medicine

Stephen K Amos - The Best Medicine

One woman laughed out of all control tonight, and Stephen K. Amos delighted in her. I wish there had been more like her.Amos is a very skilled performer, and tonight he had some strong material... 

Jack the Knife

Jack the Knife

Jack Klaff was outside chatting to audience members for some time before the show, and shook our hands as we entered. Pretend money was passed to some and a pretend net passed over us all... 

Scott Agnew: Pride (In The Name of Love)

Scott Agnew: Pride (In The Name of Love)

Scott Agnew is a really nice guy who has a strong stage presence and has some very good lines.I really liked his early material about the power of Glaswegian swearing. The bus driver bit and the umlaut joke were very good... 

Connection Failed

Connection Failed

This is the first production that this Welsh group has brought to Edinburgh, and is the third play by its writer. I saw the first night and it was a real delight. The dialogue was brisk and very funny... 

Man Who Fell Out of Bed

Man Who Fell Out of Bed

Mr Price (Scott Baxter) has had a very significant role in an election – or so it would seem. We first see him attending voluntarily at a ‘centre’ which he soon feels is not a good place to be in... 

Cage

Cage

This show was written by and stars Dugald Bruce-Lockhart, as Jack, the central character who has been jilted by his fiancée immediately before their marriage some months back. He is unable emotionally to leave that devastating time... 

Rap Guide to Human Nature

Rap Guide to Human Nature

Here is a extremely entertaining show that conveys more scientific and theoretical information than any other show I have seen. But it is still very funny. There is a line about menstruation that had most of the audience gagging... 

Little Black B**tard

Little Black B**tard

Noel Tovey is a legend. He was a principal dancer with Sadler’s Wells and had a great stage career, appeared with Judy Garland, Ken Tynan and many others. And that's not to mention his success as a choreographer and director and on radio and TV... 

Shazia Mirza - Multiple Choice

Shazia Mirza - Multiple Choice

Shazia Mirza’s show begins fairly quietly with the usual audience foreplay. Then she moves into more personal material, talking about being a Pakistani Muslim with an Irish atheist boyfriend... 

Porgy and Bess

Porgy and Bess

This is probably the most stunning and gorgeous show I have ever seen in Edinburgh. There are many wonderful singing voices. The multimedia approach is an absorbing triumph. The big screen is sometimes whole, sometimes split and sometimes concurrent with the action... 

Paul Sinha: 'Extreme Anti-White Vitriol'

Paul Sinha: 'Extreme Anti-White Vitriol'

Paul Sinha has yet to really breakout, although he’s been building a solid stand-up foundation over the years at the Fringe. So with this in mind, he started off tonight with an introduction for those in the audience who hadn’t seen him before... 

Shappi Khorsandi: The Moon on a Stick

Shappi Khorsandi: The Moon on a Stick

There were some brilliant one-liners in this show, and I’m tending to think that this is what Shappi Khorsandi really does best. Maybe more of her time should be spent delivering these... 

Poem Without a Hero

Poem Without a Hero

Holly Strickland performs the poem by Anna Akhmatova, translated by D M Thomas, with extra verses translated for this performance. She takes on the spirit of the poet fully, and breathes enthusiastic life into the work... 

Forgetting [pause] Pinter

Forgetting [pause] Pinter

Beginning with Pinter being interviewed onstage by a voice from the back of the theatre, we quickly move into an intimate and very involving drama.The first quotation Pinter gives us says a great deal about America... 

Five Women Wearing the Same Dress

Five Women Wearing the Same Dress

We are in the American Deep South. The five women are bridesmaids wearing identical dresses of an apricot hue, heartily disliked by the women inside them. They suggest at one point that the bride only insisted on the design and colour so that she could look good alongside them... 

Master and Margarita

Master and Margarita

The setting is Moscow in 1930. The company are intent on conveying a sense of how decayed and dilapidated things were in post-revolutionary Russia. Studio 2a at C Soco is ideal. The peeling walls and ceilings as you enter and the bare, stripped walls take you into a world where human society is struggling to survive... 

Homo Asbo

Homo Asbo

Richard Fry is here a tough guy who is both gay and a terror! But he’s such a nice guy you do have to make an effort to see that. He refers to the way that he had to defend himself to survive and thus develop this persona... 

The Retreat

The Retreat

Nick takes his girlfriend Flora off for a quiet rural weekend. Or so she thinks. But he seems edgy and nervous. We might almost wonder why Flora puts up with his behaviour. Suddenly Curtis appears... 

Rapconteur

Rapconteur

Baba Brinkman is famed for his Rap Canterbury Tales and later shows such as the Rap Guide to Evolution. Here he extends his range by telling us the story of Gilgamesh, Chaucer’s Merchant’s Tale, some of the Finnish saga the Kalevala and some of Beowulf... 

Naked, Live and Never Again: My Last Discourse on Dramatic Method

Naked, Live and Never Again: My Last Discourse on Dramatic Method

An actor – Jack Treadwell – known to his friends as “Tread” is giving his very last lecture/performance on dramatic method and the art of acting.We are clearly in the the hands of a very skilled performer, though he perhaps spends too long preparing us for what is to happen before getting into the meat of the show... 

Head of the Fork

Head of the Fork

Two very young guys share a house. They talk about girls, bicker about domestic jobs but seem to have a close bond. However, one of them (Dom –Edward Eales-White) has a job and a girlfriend... 

Smiler

Smiler

Richard Fry begins with a big smile and tells us how he loves them and how they light up the world. In this production he is a guy who has had a tough life, abandoned as a baby, subsequently being abused, and seeing himself as a ‘loser’... 

Importance of Being Earnest

Importance of Being Earnest

This is a very traditional production, but none the worse for that. An almost capacity audience enjoyed themselves a great deal. Algernon and 'Jack' (Matthew Huntbach and John-Robert Partridge) gave two very good performances, and they made great use of the space – this was close to theatre-in-the-round... 

Dream of Sancho

Dream of Sancho

Don Quixote has forgotten his role and nature. He is a 21st century company man, dashing from task to task, a harassed commuter, feeling the stresses of city life. He is a man with no idea of his Quixotic 'wild nature'... 

Edinburgh Tonight With Joe Simmons

Edinburgh Tonight With Joe Simmons

This was the grand opening of a new show which will happen regularly through this year’s Fringe, hosted by Joe Simmons at Symposium Hall. And a very plush and comfortable venue it is, too!Tonight Joe introduced a string of very high quality performers from many aspects of the Fringe... 

Michael Topping - 'Heels over Head in Love!'

Michael Topping - 'Heels over Head in Love!'

This was a very entertaining start to a Sunday from a very experienced and polished performer. His somewhat coy naughtiness had the varied audience laughing from the start.There were a number of old favourites – I enjoyed his smooth rendition of Cry Me A River, along with some fast and funny numbers that were much more explicit... 

6766

6766

This is the first outing for a young company. and as such they are not experienced in either writing or putting on shows. The setting is a future time in which everyone is 'processed' – ie, killed at a certain time - 65 for the able bodied, and earlier for those who are ill or disabled... 

Joe Power - The Man Who Sees Dead People

Joe Power - The Man Who Sees Dead People

Here was the biggest audience yet. Not surprising, given how Joe Power works. Loss is universal, and so is the desire to overcome it.A heartbeat soundtrack on entry. Just to remind us of how thin is the veil? How close we are to the loss of life? Then he arrives, and it is surprising how untheatrical Joe Power is - and how low the emotional temperature remains... 

Tony Tanner's Charlatan

Tony Tanner's Charlatan

Tony Tanner is a man with an illustrious theatrical history, who amongst other things received two 'Tony' nominations for his work on Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat. This show is most likely the result of his long time enthusiasm for Serge Diaghilev, a very famous figure in the world of dance in the early part of the twentieth century... 

No Child...

No Child...

Nilaja Sun spent six years as a teaching artist in the Bronx . Her students must surely have been the luckiest in New York.In this show – seen by many thousands across America – she is centrally a teacher creating a performance of a complex and moving play which involves imprisonment, conflict with authority, cruelty and much else – things that will resonate with the kids; and the play gives her some good quotes... 

Flesh and Blood and Fish and Fowl

Flesh and Blood and Fish and Fowl

The office at the end of the world. Not that TV series – not at all! Maybe civilisation’s last office. Geoff Sobelle emerges from a very large bin. A bin large enough for two-person fun later... 

Stripped

Stripped

A kaleidoscope of absorbing characters are created by one actor in this play, written and performed by Hannah Chalmers and directed by Rikki Beadle-Blair. It is derived from Hannah’s own real-life experiences in a pole-dancing club...