The Shape of Things by Neil LaBute

The Shape of Things by Neil LaBute

This is a play about love and art, and the lengths someone will go to reach out and take hold of something real and tangible from each, or both, of these two abstract concepts. Like love, art is an entirely subjective experience that two people, sharing in the same experience, may have two completely different takes on - this is fundamentally what this play is about... 

Machinal

Machinal

Sophie Treadwell’s 1928 Broadway hit resurfaces here in Edinburgh to discuss the plight of a woman subjected to the pressures and expectations of a male dominated world. A young woman, encouraged by her benefactor-seeking mother, is forced into a loveless marriage that culminates in murder, after an affair inspires her to seek freedom... 

Fragment

Fragment

A Mused Collective’s interpretative dance to live music attempts to ‘connect a disjointed world with pillows, neckties, a French horn, and groovy beats.’ This turns out to be both an incredibly bold and highly improbable statement made by a bunch of girls who, clad in purple satin pyjamas, lie in a heap upon the floor... 

Ciaran O'Driscoll Launching His Novel: A Year's Midnight

Ciaran O'Driscoll Launching His Novel: A Year's Midnight

Word Power Books on West Nicholson St played host to Ciaran O’Driscoll, an Irish poet and prose writer of distinction, as part of their Edinburgh Book Fringe programme. Early on O’Driscoll, between mouthfuls of water, dryly admitted that this book had been 18 years in the making... 

Bottleneck

Bottleneck

This production simply explodes out the top of a teenage bottle of pent up pop, going everywhere and covering everyone - not just those in the front row - with raw, untutored energy and emotion... 

Amusements

Amusements

Step inside the auditorium of Sleepwalk Collective and let yourself be taken on a cognitive journey through the subconscious that stimulates from inside out. Placing on a headset and being plunged into darkness, one suddenly realises that the ‘in’ of the in-flight manual was meant to warn you that this trip is one of internal - rather than external - exploration... 

Card Ninja: ReDeal

Card Ninja: ReDeal

Aimed for children above the age of twelve, Javier Jarquin is a card dealing Ninja who quite literally aims at children. In his lethal hands harmless playing cards become Ninja stars of spinning destruction, or at the very least props on which his family orientated humour can be deftly practised... 

Luke Milford Things I Like

Luke Milford Things I Like

Luke Milford is a likeable chap who seems to like people, so much so they form a major part of his show. A recent graduate from university, Luke harmlessly interrogates a small intimate crowd to discover the best job ‘top trump’ as he puts it and a potential future employer... 

Jack Foster and Carolyn Anona Scott

Jack Foster and Carolyn Anona Scott

Sitting on the edge of the stage, this adept duo quite literally comes down to the level of the audience. This is an intimate hour of soul-searching folk that traverses time and space, transporting the past to the present and allowing the present to be pleasantly forgotten... 

Knee Deep

Knee Deep

Knee Deep jumps into a pair of fisherman’s waders and wanders well out beyond the shallows of the physically possible. Full of mind-and-body-bending manoeuvres, three men and a little lady defy gravity and convention to perform the most heroic of moves on the floor and in the air... 

All Star Stand-Up Showcase - Free

All Star Stand-Up Showcase - Free

As you enter the bar you are encouraged to take a drink; do, you’ll need it. I wish I’d taken a shot, no a double, make that a triple to take the pain away. In fact I wish I’d never left the bar... 

An Indie Boy's Guide to Sex and Girls

An Indie Boy's Guide to Sex and Girls

Marc Burrows borrows from the 90s genre of Britpop all he needs to know about sex and girls. Unhelpful words of advice from his parents caused him to go in search of sexual enlightenment through the words, personas and predilections of a diverse group of famous indie rock stars... 

Jonny & the Baptists

Jonny & the Baptists

Musical comedy is a genre where the mediocre can prosper with average comedians hiding behind averagely strummed guitars. This however is not the case with Jonny and his less than puritanical Baptists, who set the pulse racing, the foot tapping and the face aching with a bellyful of boisterous ballads... 

After the Rainfall

After the Rainfall

Ants successfully colonised the world; Britain didn’t. This is a story about Empire, those that rise, those that crumble and those, like ants, that perpetuate through space and time... 

Him and Me: Sketch Circus - Free

Him and Me: Sketch Circus - Free

Him and Me’s circus of estranged acts consists mainly of them with the occasional homemade video thrown in for good measure. They aim to reproduce all the highs and lows of the circus, with highflying, risky, freakish entertainment that’s sometimes ‘cruel to animals... 

Des Bishop Likes to Bang

Des Bishop Likes to Bang

Des Bishop bangs a lot more than just his drum in this visceral performance about... learning to play the drums apparently, though his newly assembled drum kit features very little and provides only a metronomic backbeat to his intensely astute observational humour... 

The Leeds Tealights: Sexy Chubby

The Leeds Tealights: Sexy Chubby

If you subconsciously reach for a bag of salt and vinegar crisps when you notice a paper cut on your thumb, then this acerbically doused sketch show is the one for you. A joyous collusion of bitter and twisted scenes that either stand alone or dovetail later, this company freely tiptoes to and fro across the line of convention and decency... 

The Idiot at the Wall

The Idiot at the Wall

Two sisters are reunited under the dark cloud of prophecy and superstition in the wake of WWI. Separated as children due to the fear about the potential realisation of these dire predictions, they have very much grown in opposite directions... 

Morgan & West: Lying, Cheating Scoundrels

Morgan & West: Lying, Cheating Scoundrels

Two self-confessed dirty rotten scoundrels did much more than waxen twist their moustaches when they lured the unsuspecting audience into their card den of delectable deception; like the coins and cards and rules of chance and probability that they handle and possess with sublime proficiency, one is, quite literally, twisted around their little finger... 

Dan Wright: Michael Jackson Touched Me

Dan Wright: Michael Jackson Touched Me

Dan Wright, with his highly controversial and misleading title, attempts to lure all the Whacko Jacko conspirators under one roof and, Guy Fawkes-like, burn them all down with a fiery yet funny defence of M... 

Life As We Know It

Life As We Know It

‘Life as we know it’ turns out to be about a very specific time in life: the teenage years. This show does not stimulate an older mind, or stir profound philosophical questioning about one’s life and the choices made... 

Dan Nightingale: The 11 and a 1/2 Ill-conceived Edinburgh Shows of Dan Nightingale

Dan Nightingale: The 11 and a 1/2 Ill-conceived Edinburgh Shows of Dan Nightingale

A show about shows is not the most original idea there has ever been but Dan Nightingale’s ‘what might have been?’ take on performing in this year’s Edinburgh Fringe provides an amusing anecdotal backdrop to his comedic talents... 

Undercovered

Undercovered

Seven performers stand statue-like awaiting the start of the show. The audience sits just as rigidly waiting for something to happen. The uncomfortable silence created during these preceding minutes, lingers long after the production actually starts as it attempts to link the concepts of cocaine manufacture and psychological identity... 

Leo

Leo

Face, then fist, then thigh-first onto the stage tumbles Leo with a silent and excellently choreographed crash. This show doesn’t just defy gravity; it defies reality. A man, a suitcase, a wayward tie, and a hat with boomerang tendencies fully inhabit a space that belongs somewhere between cognitive logic and a chapter in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland... 

The Humour League Presents - Free

The Humour League Presents - Free

Farting at a funeral could be quite funny. It could also be deemed disrespectful, rude and out of place. This is exactly how the Humour League may be received as a formidable troupe of postthirty-somethings send-up being old, single and dissatisfied, usually all at the same time...