The Mac Twins: Mac Yourself at Home

The Mac Twins: Mac Yourself at Home

Greeted with an Irn Bru cocktail and two bottle-blonde lassies in tartan onesies talking about their ‘mam’, it is not difficult to guess the angle that the Mac Twins are going … 

Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo

Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo

Alone on stage, with only a uniform, an old bed and a painted sky, Andy Daniel lays out the story of sixteen-year-old soldier Thomas Peaceful, in an adaptation of Michael Morpurgo… 

The Moth of August

The Moth of August

Four performers share a flat in Edinburgh, the setting indicated only by the Fringe guides and flyers which share the single table in the play’s single room with a pair of biscui… 

Baby Wants Candy Workshops

Baby Wants Candy Workshops

American improv comedy troupe Baby Wants Candy are among the most familiar veterans of the Fringe. 

Next Best Thing

Next Best Thing

Katie Davison and Jay Bennett, weary and elated respectively, open their show with an awkward blend of high-fives and handshakes and an argument over why they’re called The Nex… 

Four On Demand

Four On Demand

Four on Demand is a free lunchtime showcase for the standup skills of host Alex Hoyle, ‘the Bad Boy of Niceness’, actor and comedian Becky Brunning (Six Steps to Joy), and co… 

Choose Your Own Comedy Adventure

Choose Your Own Comedy Adventure

We are all, surely, familiar with the phenomenon of the choose your own adventure novel. 

In Cahoots: Some Like It Hoots

In Cahoots: Some Like It Hoots

Good sketch comedy is extremely uplifting, and it’s even better when you find it at the Free Fringe in one of the innumerable odd little rooms above bars. 

Musical Comedy Awards Showcase

Musical Comedy Awards Showcase

The acts chosen from the London competition earlier this year are as varied as they are talented, representing the old and well-loved to the new and exciting. 

The Birmingham Footnotes: Don't Mind Me

The Birmingham Footnotes: Don't Mind Me

This is just what you want from an evening of student stand up. 

The Edinburgh Revue Stand-Up Show

The Edinburgh Revue Stand-Up Show

Every art needs its new generation of practitioners. 

BattleActs! - Free

BattleActs! - Free

With so much improvised comedy around, every group needs a USP. 

Robin and Partridge: Robin Dies at the End of the Show

Robin and Partridge: Robin Dies at the End of the Show

I must immediately declare that I have always liked Robin and Partridge. 

Juliette Burton: Look at Me

Juliette Burton: Look at Me

Juliette Burton: Look at Me is not entirely what I would call a comedy. 

Six Steps to Joy

Six Steps to Joy

With some beat poetry, some interpretative dance and their patented Joy testing machine, comic actors Becky Brunning and Katharine Marwick claim that they can pull an audience out … 

Rainbow Rabbits with Rabies

Rainbow Rabbits with Rabies

The Free Fringe is a chaotic world. 

Twice as Nice Comedy @ Maggie's Chamber

Twice as Nice Comedy @ Maggie's Chamber

The ever-popular pub The Three Sisters is a fun place to wander into and pass a couple of hours (especially when it’s raining), and you could do worse than climbing up to Maggie’s … 

Is He a Bit Simon Jay? - Free

Is He a Bit Simon Jay? - Free

With an enviable variety of excellent voices and a real commitment to his physicality, Simon Jay skilfully portrays the various characters crammed into the tragic life story of his… 

All the Fun of the Unfair

All the Fun of the Unfair

‘You’ve come on a weird night. 

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

At the top of the staircase which leads to C soco, you can hear the sound of hushed voices. 

Matt Green: Too Much Information

Matt Green: Too Much Information

It’s hard to get excited about Matt Green, but it’s even harder not to be taken in by his confidence and easy charm. 

Bob and Jim - Modern Urges

Bob and Jim - Modern Urges

The performing arts are undergoing a shift in inspiration towards the early Twentieth Century: Cabaret is on the up, Burlesque is increasingly acceptable, and in Comedy it is the m… 

Agonise, the Comedy Problem Page - Free

Agonise, the Comedy Problem Page - Free

In their free hour, Steve N Allen and Ria Lina read extracts from Agony Aunt pages and attempt to provide better advice using songs along with suggestions from the audience. 

Grim(m) Tales of the Woods - Free

Grim(m) Tales of the Woods - Free

One cannot help but feel , when offered lesser-known tales from the Brothers Grimm, that there is probably a reason that they are not so popular. 

Faust/us

Faust/us

Here is another show which does not make a great first impression. 

Eric Lampaert

Eric Lampaert

Eric Lampaert looks weird, he really does. 

David Reed: Shamblehouse

David Reed: Shamblehouse

The first thing you notice is that David Reed really has created a Shamblehouse in the Pleasance. 

The Artisan

The Artisan

Arguably, we are witnessing what one might describe as a ‘vintage turn’ in stage-performance. 

Waiting For Alice

Waiting For Alice

As Lewis Carrol broods on his missing protagonist, and the White Rabbit is sent in search of an eight-year-old girl to fill the role, the Hatter, the Dormouse, the Hare and the Moc… 

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

ExADUS intercut dramatisations of extracts from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein with moments from and interpretations of Shelley’s own life, and the experiences that drove her to w… 

My Best Friend Drowned in a Swimming Pool

My Best Friend Drowned in a Swimming Pool

In Eva O’Connor’s new play, four friends recount, and dispute, their reactions to the accidental death of one of their number in a drunken accident. 

Marcel Lucont Etc: A Chat Show

Marcel Lucont Etc: A Chat Show

With his bare feet, eternal glass of red wine and implausibly heavy accent, Marcel Lucont is not one to let his French heritage go unacknowledged. 

Mark Nelson - Guilty Pleasure

Mark Nelson - Guilty Pleasure

The first thing one notices about the White Belly is the air, which because of the damp in the disused bank tastes like the inside of a papier-mache aircraft hangar.