Rhys Nicholson must have been pushing down the material in Rhys! Rhys! Rhys! for a long time, for this show is certainly a diamond.
Years may pass and tastes may change, but Agatha Christie remains as fashionable as ever.
Like most dystopian stories, Simon Perrott’s Everybody Wants to Rule the World has a basis in reality which forces us to reflect on the issues of today.
Grant Black and Murray Lachlan Young’s Rehab is an entertaining musical that is full of potential.
Taking self-deprecating humour to another level, Tom Walker’s Javelin is a rather eclectic series of observations and character-based narratives, through which runs a relatively …
Few will perhaps have heard of Annie Londonderry, but after seeing Freya Catrin Smith and Jack Williams’ Ride, it will be practically impossible to forget the name.
Electric, animated, compelling.
As the crescendo of complaints and controversy was rising over the comedy circuit I was persuaded to abandon the safe confines of the theatre category and go in at the deep end, so…
People can be sensitive about how they are described.
Chris Bush, Miranda Cooper and Jennifer Decilveo’s Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World is in one word, a celebration.
Patrick Withey gives a delightfully engaging and endearing performance as the troubled 15-year-old in Black Hound Productions’ Alright!, which has absolutely nothing to do with C…
Yummy Mummy (and Headmaster’s wife, just for extra grown-up points) Louise runs the school choir and helps her teenaged daughter with her homework.
It’s a loud and rowdy Saturday night at Monkey Barrel.
This show revolves around a fairly well-trodden premise: idealistic young creative seeks similar to make beautiful art with.
There are very few taboo subjects left these days, but the one that will eventually come to us all still leaves many people uncomfortable.
Erin Hunter’s Surfing the Holyland is a dynamic and fast-paced one-woman show in which she tells the autobiographical story of her year living in Tel Aviv, the colourful cast of …
Railed is the newest offering from fringe-circuit regulars, the Head First Acrobats hailing from Australia.
Award-winning Polish performer Piotr Sikora has created a beautiful hour of family storytelling which uses clowning, mime, ukulele and audience participation to paint the journey o…
There is a distinctly medieval feel to Ross Stephenson’s Artorigus from the start, despite its modern trappings.
Fern Brady is here to speak for autistic women who happen to be hot – selflessly giving a voice to the voiceless (or just a very specific group that might not have thought to ide…
There is something comforting about Angela Barnes’ Hot Mess.
Battle describes itself as a modern mystery play, and takes the audience on an intricately-plotted historical journey from 1066 to the present day: exploring how women just gather …
It is difficult to work out exactly who this play is for.
The Fringe is nearing its close, but do you have space for more? Chris Bush’s bittersweet Hungry is serving up a Fringe hit.
Slap ‘N’ Tickle Theatre Company, founded in 2020 by East 15 Acting School alumni, has created a fabulously entertaining piece of devised theatre that explores sensitive issues …
Breathtaking projections of animation by YeastCulture steal this show and a set which is largely conveyed by lighting.
When flyered for Matthew Gouldesbrough’s new play Truth / Reconciliation, I was told I could expect “serious theatre” from the Elegy group.
‘They all knew the person I was when they gave me the part,’ Harry Kershaw complains, words that ring hollow and true, in a prophetic sort of manner, a common feeling that we …
All that glitters is not gold, a message that is incredibly clear in Em Oliver’s Beautiful Nothing.
We’ve all been there! That sense of recognition permeates the room during Tim Marriott’s latest play Appraisal.
As we all know, COVID was invented to stop people from enjoying live music, but now Two Hearts are here to help us recover from two years of silence.
Alex Dawson (Róisin Bevan) is a successful social media guru.
There’s a lot packed in to Long Nights in Paradise, probably too much, but it still makes for an interesting story that explores the ups and downs of life, the building and disin…
Earwig is an engaging and classy piece which tells the story of entomologist Marigold Webb, trapped in a loveless marriage and a society as uncomfortable with her deafness as it is…
Felipe Schrieberg and Paul Archibald return to the Fringe this year in an act that delivers a whisky-soaked night of tremolo and bass that walks through the annals of blues classic…
The story of the theatrical Dame has had many incarnations and they all revolve around a fairly standard trope.
Sarah Keyworth’s Lost Boy is very difficult to fully describe.
One of the beautiful things about acrobatics is the way human bodies can collaborate in difficult-to-imagine ways.
The Paines Plough Roundabout has become a symbol of the Fringe, developing its own signature style in the process.
Damnation has never been so fun in Joe McNeice’s adaptation of Diva: Live from Hell.
Stunning, imaginative, inspired, colourful, amusing, brilliantly performed and beautifully sung, this Trial By Jury is Gilbert and Sullivan at its very best.
“You can disappear into the timelessness of motion.
Billed as a ‘queer manifesto against Grindr’, Looking for Fun is one of the new plays showcased at the Paradok Platform.
Grace Campbell is a one-woman manifesto for body, sex and mental health positivity.
Wow, just wow.
What if the characters you created in your plays were to come to life and challenge the lives and circumstances you created for them?Unseen Shepard finds Pulitzer Prize-winning pla…
Zany music and a psychedelic multimedia screen await the audience as we take our seats for Sam Nicoresti’s show Cancel Anti Wokeflake Snow Culture.
Sometimes you’ve just got to listen to your balls.
Liz Lochhead’s slick modern take on a sadly relevant ancient tale is brought to life with intelligent staging and a ferociously powerful central performance from Adura Onashile.
As we enter the venue, Chelsea Birkby is waiting at the entrance with a tray of glasses of water for us because it can get pretty hot inside the room.
From House of Cards writer Bill Cain and The Shark is Broken director Guy Masterson, 9 Circles is a brilliantly performed, harrowing psychological thriller that would be shocking a…
It’s a day like any other.
After a year away, Mabel Thomas brings her acclaimed show Sugar back to the Fringe, this time in person.
Filled with the charm of a children’s cartoon, The Song of Fergus and Kate is a quaint story about friendship and embracing differences that any child would find fascinating.
Human physicality is utterly captivating – it’s why we go to the circus or the cabaret, where narrative and plot take a backseat to simple bodies, and the complex and incredibl…
What is the scariest thing in the world? Spiders… heights… whoever wins the conservative party leadership contest? None of the above.
Ted Hill is incredibly brave for putting on his show, All The Presidents Man, which in itself is a very clever title.
Smashing Cabinets Theatre’s adaptation of Dave Malloy’s Ghost Quartet is ghost-like and haunting, confusing at times, but generally falls somewhere between the mysteriousness o…
Broadway, here we come! The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s production of Little Women is astonishingly professional, from the high quality costumes and stage setting to the ph…
Based on Roald Dahl’s beloved children’s novel, Matilda tells the story of a precocious five-year-old girl who loves books, hates bullies, and is revealed to have telekinetic p…
Fringe-first award winner Joe Sellman-Leava (Labels, Monster) is back at the Fringe with his new work Fanboy in which he explores his relationship with his past and future self.
The Greeks knew a lot about war and told great tales of heroism, victory and defeat.
Early in Samsara two hooded figures from different cultures meet in a desolate landscape, only sparsely populated by stricken metallic figurines being slowly consumed by gathering …
The rhythm of the tango underpins Los Guardiola - The Comedy of Tango in this superb production from Musique et Toile, but the show is much broader than the one dance form.
BriTANick is an American sketch comedy duo made up of Brian McElhaney and Nick Koche, and they quickly assure us that their name (a combination of ‘Brian’, ‘Nick’ and ‘Ti…
Chevron Theatre’s A Wilde Life is absolutely hypnotic, hinting at a time of debauchery and a glamour that has long since passed.
Brown Boys Swim is Karim Khan’s hilarious, touching tale of best friends Kash and Mohsen learning how to swim for a pool party.
There is nothing like a timely reminder from the past.
Of the 39 shows I saw in three and a half days this Fringe, the biggest gamble and least familiarity was Randy Feltface.
Like Edinburgh, London is not an easy city to live in.
Picture this: a musical based on the women of the Manson Family set to the music of Fleetwood Mac.
Combining the improvisation talents of Mischief Comedy, Austentatious, and Showstopper!, Starship Improvise is a blast out of this world, filled with moments of hilarity and creati…
Dealing with grief is something that is very difficult because it’s so personal and particular to the individual.
Watching No Place Like Home was an experience unlike any other I’ve had so far at the Fringe.
I reviewed Forde’s 2019 show Brexit, Pursued by a Bear and wrote of how his political comedy was as therapeutically valuable as it was satirically satisfying.
GOYA Theatre Company’s Don’t Say Macbeth is a fast-paced show filled with well-balanced satire that pokes fun at and spoofs the theatre and musical industry.
The ephemeral beauty of a flower in bloom carries the unspoken narrative of decay and death.
Adaptation can do more than reproduce.
Award-winning writer and actor Rob Ward returns to the Fringe with his latest creation The MP, Aunty Mandy & Me.
As we come into nearly eight years of rule of the UK Government by the Conservative Party – or 12 Years depending on your feelings for the Liberal Democrats – we have seen a ri…
Nuance is hard to find at the Fringe.
Central London has been deprived of a venue that regularly hosts nights filled with Cabaret and Magic for some time.
Sexy Brain is Tiff Stevenson’s tenth Edinburgh show – a mighty feat for any comedian.
Maggie McKenzie is a self-professed mad woman who passes a day addressing her sacred audience – a caged pack of wolves.
Hailing all the way from the bright lights of New York, Sarah Sherman’s self-described horror comedy show - with the emphasis on the horror - is incredibly ghastly and overly gra…
Making A Murderer: The Musical is created by Phil Meaney, and tells the heart-wrenching story of the Avery family and the injustice they suffered at the hands of the American legal…
10 years on from its 2012 Fringe debut, La Merda remains raw and relevant.
Not all shows have clarity of meaning or purpose yet they still retain a certain charm.
Zinnia Oberski’s arresting body doesn’t shy away from being seen, hanging like a carcass from her trapeze in the clinical Demonstration Room of Summerhall.
The Year 12 girls from Wycombe Abbey school in High Wycombe under the direction of Phoebe Francis have created a fine production of DNA by Dennis Kelly.
One of the (many) great things about Fringe is that new comics, who don’t yet have an hour’s worth of material, can buddy up to put on a show — Chris Hall and Mark Bittleston…
Forget everything you may know about Bloody Mary; the cocktail, the game, the queen who burned Protestants at the stake.
Looking like an ethereally pale, and bearded, pre-Raphaelite muse, Alasdair Beckett-King cuts a striking onstage figure.
An improvised play inspired by the works of Tennessee Williams, The Glass Imaginary exposes the problems inherent in improvising tragedy.
Don’t be fooled by the singing cowboys, this is an incredibly serious play, if only for the fact that the pair of Will Rowland and Eddy Hare have clearly done their research for …
Blood, Sweat and Vaginas is Paula David’s fantastic journey of self-discovery, sexuality and comedic blunders.
Braving the smells and humidity of the Niddry Street Hive, Alex Kealy’s The Winner Takes All explains the inner workings and purpose of Silicon Valley and tech monopolies better …
This is not a nice Fringe for comedy.
Jeff Ahern’s presidential campaign based on audience suggestions brings an insightful look at the current state of political affairs.
Love, Loss and Chianti stages two of Christopher Reid’s poetic works A Scattering and The Song of Lunch, both, as the title suggests, explore the liminal space where love and los…
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