A Hero of Our Time

A Hero of Our Time

Pechorin is a superfluous man. He has it all, yet seemingly has nothing. He's witty, smart and sensitive, yet also utterly manipulative and verging on sociopathic. He's the selfish, bored protagonist of Mikhail Lermontov's Russian classic A Hero Of Our Time, played with ferocity and bravery by the endlessly watchable Oliver Bennett... 

To Butterfly

To Butterfly

To Butterfly follows the journey of two character’s lives in the build-up to a fateful meeting of finality. Family, school, mental health and the culmination of thousands of hours of experience... 

To Butterfly

To Butterfly

To Butterfly follows the journey of two character’s lives in the build-up to a fateful meeting of finality. Family, school, mental health and the culmination of thousands of hours of experience... 

Accordion Fight Show

Accordion Fight Show

Award-winning, folk-punk-cabaret rioteer Strangely returns with a brand new show, full of new songs and shenanigans. Prepare to sing along as you battle for fabulous prizes against the world's loudest, nakedest, accordion player! Come see the show BroadwayBaby... 

Pomona

Pomona

When Ollie's sister goes missing, we are plunged into a dark underworld that reveals pain much greater than the loss of a relative. On her odyssey of perpetual torment through the cold and lonely city of Manchester, Ollie must put her trust in a plethora of bizarre characters and uncover bitter truths, all while walking the blurry line between fantasy and actuality... 

A Librarian

A Librarian

A naive librarian witnesses an incident that will change the rest of her life. ‘A rich and nuanced performance at the heart of this gripping play.’ (Paul Fowler: Guild of Drama Adjudicators chair)... 

The Charisma of Evil: Why Are We Obsessed by Serial Killers?

The Charisma of Evil: Why Are We Obsessed by Serial Killers?

Why are we fascinated by serial killers? They're everywhere; on the news, in crime fiction, on television and in our daily lives. We are obsessed by those who take human life and show no remorse... 

The Basement Tapes

The Basement Tapes

Cleaning out her grandmother's old basement after her death, amongst the usual detritus a woman finds a tape recorder and an accompanying tape which tells the kind of story usually reserved for The Twilight Zone... 

A Night of Dark Intent

A Night of Dark Intent

Set in October of 1978, eight women end up together in an abandoned house where Lenora Stark supposedly murdered her parents 13 years ago. Each woman discovers her own strength as together they race against the clock to save their own lives and learn the horrifying truth of what happened in that house thirteen years ago... 

Hecate

Hecate

The chilling time travel story of the genesis and death of Lady Macbeth. Hovering in a lucid dream, helpless as she wrestles with her innocent self, the line between good and evil disappears as she is seduced by the fateful Hecate into making a damning life-changing choice... 

Shadow Hour

Shadow Hour

In the creepy traditions of the classic American television shows The Twilight Zone and Night Gallery, this collection of medieval tales comes to bone-chilling life in a journey into the unknown... 

National Killing Day

National Killing Day

When the government declares slaying legal to reignite a sense of self responsibility and respect, James has the urge to pay his ex-wife a visit... Join James as he traipses across the breadth of Britain whilst encountering an array of characters, all trying to make sense of the world and themselves on such a horrible day... 

Father of Lies

Father of Lies

Making a Murderer meets Rosemary's Baby... Father of Lies tells the chilling true story behind a mysterious, unsolved murder in West Germany, 1973. This is a thrilling horror show about haunted priests, jealous widowers and satanic cults... 

Sympathy for the Devil

Sympathy for the Devil

A man is bound to a chair with a sack over his head. He has to be held captive for two days. His captors are told not to speak to him under any circumstances. However, when the sack comes off, the bound man begins to manipulate and psychologically dissect the people holding him, turning them slowly against each other... 

Showmanship

Showmanship

At first sight it would seem that Boondog Theatre's latest outing at the Edinburgh Fringe is somewhat ironically titled. Transferring from the crate they were packed in at Pleasance last year to the more intimate C Venues space, there is something inappropriate about the title Showmanship when one is being hurried down the corridor of a large hotel to a small box room and seated in front of a basic set up of two chairs, a table and a few candles... 

And Then There Were None

And Then There Were None

Agatha Christie’s classic And Then There Were None is difficult as a play. The self-serious tone of the novel feels contrived on stage, and actually seeing people thrust into such a contrived scenario in person is patently camp compared to reading it on the page... 

Room-Mate

Room-Mate

Hugo Alastor has gone missing. His only family connection is his brother who journeys to a B&B to find him – the last place Hugo was seen alive. But there is a shadow lurking amongst even more shadows, carrying secrets and a dark omen... 

Butt Kapinski

Butt Kapinski

When a show’s success or failure supposedly rests almost entirely on the skills and willingness of its audience, the trust and confidence placed between performer and viewer is terrifying from both directions... 

Penetrator

Penetrator

Edinburgh flatmates Max and Alan are perfectly happy swapping banter and joints after a long day of doing nothing. Then their old friend Tadge arrives, AWOL from the army, and acting very strangely... 

Hivemind Presents: An Offer You Can't Refuse

Hivemind Presents: An Offer You Can't Refuse

By day, this city's streets are bright and orderly, but by night, it is the playground of shysters and crooks, smugglers and thieves. Comedy quintet Hivemind are making you an offer you can’t refuse: an opportunity to join their criminal enterprise as they weave a gripping noir thriller out of thin air... 

Flour

Flour

A sweary, aggressive, dark comedy that follows two bags of Flour – a new synthetic drug that looks, smells and acts exactly like the baking ingredient – as it passes from the drug kingpins who created it to the unwitting baker and his wife who accidentally find two bags of it in their storeroom, and the two detectives frantically trying to stop a new crime wave from hitting their city... 

Death on the Nile

Death on the Nile

1923. Egypt. Blue waters. Red sails. Ice tinkles. A woman laughs. Gunshot. Love triumphant. Love betrayed. Love the destroyer. Revenge, the prerogative of gods. And Poirot. Livewire Theatre celebrate 18 years at the Fringe with a twisted tale of passion and betrayal based on Agatha Christie's classic thriller... 

Black Mountain

Black Mountain

Though common in film and literature, it is rare to see a play which fits the bill of psychological thriller. This is done with incredible skill by Brad Birch, Fringe first winner and recipient of the Harold Pinter Commission... 

Origins

Origins

Animikii Theatre’s Origins is an intriguing piece of physical theatre that isn’t afraid to be subtle with it’s plot. Had I gone into the venue unaware of the themes of the piece, I suspect that I may have come away with my own, very different interpretation of what the performance was about... 

Electra

Electra

Electra has been exiled and married off to a peasant. Secretly, she seeks to avenge her father Agamemnon’s death after a brief reunion with her long lost-brother Orestes. This retelling of Euripides’ Electra from Aristeia Theatre Company gives you the basic lowdown on what happens in this ancient Greek tale, throwing in a few painful monologues charting how mentally ill the starring character is... 

Whodidit?

Whodidit?

A spate of violent murders occur at the Darling's charming country house. Will an innuendo obsessed inspector be able to solve the mystery in this hilarious satire? What is the wheelchair-bound octogenarian hiding under his blanket? And is the Inspector the ugliest man who ever lived? Come to the LUDS production of Whodidit? to find out answers to all these questions and more. 

Curse of Cranholme Abbey

Curse of Cranholme Abbey

Doors creak and dust falls; the Curse of Cranholme Abbey has awoken once more. The 'superbly talented' (List) Young Pleasance presents a tale of intrigue and horror as the past and present collide... 

Penetrator

Penetrator

Edinburgh flatmates Max and Alan are perfectly happy swapping banter and joints after a long day of doing nothing. Then their old friend Tadge arrives, AWOL from the army, and acting very strangely... 

Then There Were None – Free

Then There Were None – Free

A group of actors, desperate for their big break, attend an acting workshop hosted by Andrew – an enigmatic but ever so slightly unhinged former C-lister. He’s had a taste of fame and thinks he knows it all, but all he knows is how to push people too far… 

Dreamcatcher

Dreamcatcher

This is a show that had so much potential in its material and utilised none of it. Most of the piece takes place inside the dreams of an amnesiac. The scenes of stilted dialogue performed very woodenly are broken up by short sections of lovely dance... 

From Deerstalker to DCI: Detectives as Anti-Heroes

From Deerstalker to DCI: Detectives as Anti-Heroes

Why are we fascinated by the anti-heroes of the law? From Sherlock Holmes to Luther, we will discuss the modern crime writing interest in the blurred lines between the goodies and baddies, instead of merely studying criminals in a deerstalker… 

Jekyll and Hyde

Jekyll and Hyde

Robert Louis Stevenson’s Jekyll and Hyde follows a heartbreaking journey through Victorian England, exploring the mysterious link between the respectful Dr Jekyll and the dark and sinister Mr Hyde... 

Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother in the Case of a Study in Blood

Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother in the Case of a Study in Blood

Sherlock Holmes, true to its original with all the same characters and tropes that keep fans hooked, but with a twist. The famous detective becomes a Godot figure, never actually emerging on stage despite being central to the action... 

The Diana Tapes

The Diana Tapes

This tense thriller presents the true story of one of the greatest media scandals in British history – the publication of Andrew Morton's book about Diana, Princess of Wales, which ended her marriage and shook the monarchy to its core... 

Catching Up

Catching Up

Friendships and relationships can be tricky to navigate, particularly when they become tangled together. Biting Block Theatre Company are an emerging young duo here to explore just that... 

You're Welcome

You're Welcome

Eryn and Luke have a show. You're welcome. Never heard of them before? Well now you have. You're welcome. Like mellow self deprecating, verging on dark humour? Yes? Well we've got that, you're welcome... 

The Lake of Dead Languages

The Lake of Dead Languages

Murderous intentions corrupt adolescent dreams in the chilling story of six teenagers living 20 years apart in an isolated girls' school. Jealousy, lust and suspicion feed on the naivety of youth in this tense, atmospheric adaptation of Carol Goodman’s acclaimed thriller... 

Criminology 303

Criminology 303

One of the wonderful things about the Fringe Festival is that it’s the only time of year that theatre in Scotland truly panders to our increasingly short attention spans. Even the keenest of theatre aficionados struggles with an indulgent, bladder-bursting three hour classic... 

Macbeth

Macbeth

With impressive physicality and strong delivery of Shakespeare’s language, three young actors present a vigorous new adaptation of Macbeth set in a modern-day youth offender’s institute - but without much attempt to shift the story into this new context... 

Dirty Glitter

Dirty Glitter

Dirty Glitter, a cop comedy-thriller, tells the story of a duo of private investigators: the confident and logical Murphy, along with the bumbling and eccentric Valmont. It follows their efforts to find out the truth behind a missing girl, who they think has something to do with a local joint (disco, strip club, or night club – it's not clear) run by one Vince Rubel... 

Poena 5X1

Poena 5X1

How can hell be liberal and forgiveness be punishment? Contradictions like these are part of the challenge of this provocative piece of writing and performance.The premise is simple, if you buy it: we are listening to a report on a drug that has been developed as a “humane” punishment or deterrent... 

Darktales

Darktales

Beckman Unicorn presents Darktales, an accomplished piece of storytelling, which seamlessly weaves together stories while skillfully managing to subvert and play with its audience’s expectations until the very end... 

Catching Up

Catching Up

When close friends Flo (Emily Schofield) and Becka (Octavia Gilmore) catch up, they suddenly discover that their lives are deeply entangled. Amidst shocking revelations, betrayal is matched by sinister revenge... 

Dracula

Dracula

Push to Shove Theatre Company have devised a simplified version of Dracula giving it the justice it deserves without taking anything away from Bram Stoker’s original concept. Through movement alone they have managed to breathe life into the timeless classic ready for a modern audience to explore its darker meaning of seductive possession... 

Deadly Dungeon Murder Mystery

Deadly Dungeon Murder Mystery

The Edinburgh Dungeon returns with a thrilling new mystery to solve. Join the Secret Society of Scottish Scoundrels and investigate the shocking murder of Judge Mental. Live action, special effects and a murderous mystery! As you move through the Dungeon the story unfolds around you... 

The Confessional

The Confessional

Gripping police thriller that will raise your pulse as it draws you to the edge of your seat. Smash hit Fringe NYC production influenced by David Fincher’s Se7en. A smart, thought provoking exploration of the very nature of evil... 

The Song of Beast (after Hamlet)

The Song of Beast (after Hamlet)

Hamlet transported to a slaughterhouse in modern-day South Korea. While it appears to be an ordinary slaughterhouse from the outside, it is in fact a perfectly controlled place, where powerful men butcher and execute their opponents... 

Toys

Toys

Jack BK's original written piece deals with class struggles, privilege and ignorance in a clear and effective way. Whilst it doesn't really challenge any social boundaries, it does offer a nice piece of drama on how levels of influence can affect people’s lives... 

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)... 

Punk Rock by Simon Stephens

Punk Rock by Simon Stephens

Pressure. Unbearable pressure. It’s the force that turns coal into diamonds and children into monsters. It’s the force behind plays that raise the heart into the throat and causes hands to form fists... 

Rope

Rope

Going into this show, I had my reservations. Taking Rope, a classic claustrophobic one room thriller, and turning it into a promenade performance sent alarm bells ringing, but I went in open-minded and was rewarded with thrilling and thoroughly entertaining experience... 

An Improvised Murder

An Improvised Murder

An Improvised Murder. A night of stories, laughter, games … and death. A murder mystery improvised live. With no script and no plot, Foghorn Improv and the audience create a classic whodunnit... 

The Turn of the Screw

The Turn of the Screw

An adaptation of the classic gothic horror by Henry James, this show promises chills and thrills but didn’t send too many shivers up my spine. Perhaps my familiarity with the story had something to do with that or perhaps it was because I was at the end of a row, braced in expectation of a woman in black creeping alongside me in the audience... 

The Trial of Hermann Ethé

The Trial of Hermann Ethé

It's 1914 and Professor Hermann Ethé and his wife are living a happy, bohemian life in Aberystwyth. But as the First World War unfolds tragically in Europe, fear and panic take hold at home... 

Façade

Façade

Are you watching carefully? Alec’s professor and his girlfriend frantically search through the diaries and essays of the man and mind they love. Can they prove his world to be real before it is all too late? As memories are played out from the past and accounts are given from the future it becomes clear that all is not what it seems... 

2 Up, 2 Down, 1 Back

2 Up, 2 Down, 1 Back

Five teenagers wake up in a void, neither knowing each other, or how they got there. The only thing visible is a box with the words: 2 Up, 2 Down, 1 Back, written on it. Forced to play a deadly game, they have to face up to the consequences of their actions, and to fight for a second chance to return to … reality. 

Butt Kapinski

Butt Kapinski

From the director of Red Bastard! Think it's a solo show? Think again. Private eye Butt Kapinski invites you to co-star in a film noir fantasia. This funny, filthy, fully interactive ride is riddled with sex, sin and subterfuge, and it's been tearing up North America! ‘I can't remember when I've laughed so hard or so often’ ***** (Calgary Herald)... 

Butt Kapinski

Butt Kapinski

From the director of Red Bastard! Think it's a solo show? Think again. Private eye Butt Kapinski invites you to co-star in a film noir fantasia. This funny, filthy, fully interactive ride is riddled with sex, sin and subterfuge, and it's been tearing up North America! ‘I can't remember when I've laughed so hard or so often’ ***** (Calgary Herald)... 

The Heist

The Heist

The Heist tells the tale of Marmaduke Blennerhasset, masterful thief and intrepid adventurer, who becomes entangled in the affairs of evil megalomaniac Antonio Superyacht (proud owner of the world's largest superyacht)... 

Deadly Dungeon Murder Mystery

Deadly Dungeon Murder Mystery

After 2014's sell-out show, The Edinburgh Dungeon returns with a new mystery to solve. Join the Secret Society of Scottish Scoundrels and investigate the shocking murder of Judge Mental... 

Bluebeard

Bluebeard

A young girl is forced into marrying a powerful but mysterious woman. As she and her brother adjust to their new life of oppression they begin to unearth the secrets of this lady’s past... 

The Game's Afoot, or Holmes for the Holidays

The Game's Afoot, or Holmes for the Holidays

December 1936, and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry...