Drowning

Drowning

“I am not a bad person”. 

Comedy Hypnotist and Mentalist Mark Knight

Comedy Hypnotist and Mentalist Mark Knight

Mark Knight had the honour of performing to a packed-out room, clearly up for a fun Friday night of Mind Reading and Hypnosis – any Edinburgh performer’s dream scenario. 

Peter Gynt

Peter Gynt

There was a time not long ago – when Facebook and Google weren’t even words – where we watched TV and learned from it, absorbing any new knowledge we discovered as fact. 

I am a Camera

I am a Camera

I Am A Camera was an ambitious undertaking, and unfortunately this time it didn’t pay off. 

(Can This Be) Home

(Can This Be) Home

It’s seldom fun to leave a venue thinking: "Well, that's an hour of my life I'm never getting back. 

I'm Not Running

I'm Not Running

You know you’re guaranteed to learn something watching David Hare. 

Paradiso

Paradiso

Our Theatre’s Paradiso is ostensibly a puppetry show about three men of different nationalities, reflecting on the last days of their lives before moving onto paradise. 

Stand and Deliver

Stand and Deliver

There is something sad about leaving Stand and Deliver, accompanied by the sound of the Adam Ant song referenced in the title of the show. 

Departure Date

Departure Date

Departure Date is a comedy about death that sadly lacks life. 

Best of Burlesque

Best of Burlesque

In the resplendent surroundings of the Assembly Speigeltent, a pumping rendition of Cherry Bomb blasts out the promise of an hour of alternative grandeur. 

Terror Tour

Terror Tour

As an aficionado of all things Olde Edinburgh, there are a few basics I've come to expect from an underground tour. 

George Michael Is Greek

George Michael Is Greek

I realise I’m breaking the Greek code by saying this, but George Michael is Greek is quite possibly the most underwhelming show I’ve ever seen. 

Exit the King

Exit the King

For those who pertain to be students of the Theatre of the Absurd movement prevalent in the 1950s and 60s, there is nothing of value to you in this review. 

Knights of the Rose

Knights of the Rose

"Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the streets of Askelon" (II Samuel 1:20) is a line that does not appear in Knights of the Rose. 

Creation Song Norse Myths Storytelling

Creation Song Norse Myths Storytelling

I’m happy to admit that my knowledge of Norse mythology is patchy, but becoming more familiar with what was advertised as a fusion of "ballad song, galdr chant and ancient E… 

Nina Conti - Work In Progress

Nina Conti - Work In Progress

Nina Conti, now a household name from multiple television appearances, has done great trade tonight packing out London’s premier temporary fringe venue – The Underbelly at Sout… 

Porn

Porn

Porn is a musical that aims to show the emotional side of those working in the adult film industry. 

Elaine Davidson's Kinky Freakshow

Elaine Davidson's Kinky Freakshow

Elaine Davidson is something of an Edinburgh icon. 

It's My Funeral and I'll Throw Glitter If I Want to

It's My Funeral and I'll Throw Glitter If I Want to

Isobel Marmion’s one woman nervous breakdown, entitled This Is My Funeral and I’ll Throw Glitter if I Want To, was a disturbing and joyless foray into a mind no one present wanted … 

Mind-Goblin

Mind-Goblin

Thisis a solo show where the Korean dancer and choreographer Lee Kyung-eun, inspired by the shamanic gut or rite to expel ‘goblins’ or evil spirits, aims to turn this around an… 

Tinder Rehab

Tinder Rehab

A friend of mine and I were recently chatting about how – even today – sexism is still very much in existence. 

Cashmere

Cashmere

Narrative direction is hard to achieve but is essential to a good musical. 

Teahouse

Teahouse

This adaptation of the modern Chinese drama Teahouse does not work. 

I'm Always the Bridesmaid

I'm Always the Bridesmaid

Halfway through David Tsonos’ tedious and rambling show, a former boyfriend, one of the many trotted out as a manifested recollection from the trio of bridesmaids, appears before… 

Demise

Demise

Demise was its own demise. 

Thom Tuck: An August Institution

Thom Tuck: An August Institution

Thom Tuck’s stand-up show, An August Institution, opens with an extended maths joke, which sets the tone for an hour of fairly niche humour. 

The Fungasm Gameshow

The Fungasm Gameshow

Where to start with The Fungasm Game Show? It’s hard to know, when our hosts clearly don’t have a clue either. 

Five Encounters on a Site Called Craigslist

Five Encounters on a Site Called Craigslist

After an hour of a narcissistic one man show, we were left with the dilemma of whether to applaud the honesty of Sam, or be totally appalled by the stark exposure of his personalit… 

We Are All Going to Die

We Are All Going to Die

We are all Going to Die is a devised piece by Dead Person Productions. 

Electra

Electra

Electra has been exiled and married off to a peasant. 

The Principle of Uncertainty

The Principle of Uncertainty

Making a show about science interesting to a general audience is an extremely difficult feat. 

A Waste Land

A Waste Land

“It’s time to take your pill,” says the director, before handing me a tiny white tablet that she assures me is made of sugar, while clearing chairs to create a dancefloor. 

Common

Common

Within the first five or so minutes of Common, a large chorus of people wearing shrubs, trees and animal heads over their faces chant menacingly, a woman in her fineries introduc… 

God's Anointed

God's Anointed

Grace and Laurie are two friends who decide to become prophets, in order to disprove the dying words of their friend, Eve, who recently committed suicide. 

Anatomy of Dating

Anatomy of Dating

This is a disappointing show, billed online as storytelling comedy. 

Giacinto Palmieri: Nietzsche, Women and I

Giacinto Palmieri: Nietzsche, Women and I

Italian comic Giacinto Palmieri, in this hour of comedy, tries to draw comparisons between himself and renowned misogynist and philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche in their approach to… 

Communicate

Communicate

Spot the cliché. 

Shakespeare Tonight

Shakespeare Tonight

In Shakespeare Tonight, the famous playwright gives his first ever television performance on a talk show with host Martina, only to be confronted by his so-called ‘enemy’, huma… 

The Magic Cave of Salamanca

The Magic Cave of Salamanca

This was a hugely disappointing hour of theatre. 

Collateral Damage

Collateral Damage

The programme for Collateral Damage states that, while the play was written in 1999 in response to contemporary issues, it “has many resonances for us today”. 

Grandad Died

Grandad Died

A grandad may have passed on, but he wasn’t the only thing that died on stage. 

Imaginary Porno Charades

Imaginary Porno Charades

Imagine taking seven of the most gratingly hyperactive and sexually frustrated boys you were at school with aged fourteen. 

The Improv Musical

The Improv Musical

The Improv Musical from the University of Warwick return for their third stint at the Fringe, and while providing some light and silly entertainment, fails to land any punches eith… 

John Knox

John Knox

If you want to see a show that constructs John Knox as a talking point for oversimplified political views, may I suggest Mary Queen of Scots got her Head Chopped Off? It’s not on… 

Single Varietal

Single Varietal

Bob Stourton has an orchard. 

Steele Edge: Martial Arts Illusion Show

Steele Edge: Martial Arts Illusion Show

Steele Edge: Martial Arts Illusion Show bills itself as “a dynamic fusion of physical excitement and visual wonder” but it’s more of a bizarre fusion of vague ‘oriental’ … 

The Gayest Thing You've Ever Seen

The Gayest Thing You've Ever Seen

Claiming to be the gayest thing in a room full of LGBT people in a gay bar (although straights are welcome too) is quite the boast. 

Alice and the Dream Child

Alice and the Dream Child

Transforum Theatre’s adaptation of Alice in Wonderland sets the Lewis Carroll classic in a mental hospital. 

At War With Love

At War With Love

Ambitious in its intentions, At War With Love uses a selection of thirty-two of William Shakespeare’s sonnets to form a narrative set against the backdrop of the First World War. 

Lewis Schaffer: You Are Beautiful

Lewis Schaffer: You Are Beautiful

Early on, Schaffer decided that the show wasn’t going so well. 

The Shakespeare Club

The Shakespeare Club

In the programme, The Shakespeare Club promises to be a somewhat cheesy, yet harmless play about finding oneself through Shakespeare’s characters. 

Vivaldi for Breakfast!

Vivaldi for Breakfast!

Vivaldi for Breakfast is an interesting attempt to dramatise the enigmatic life of notorious Baroque composer, Antonio Vivaldi, as he worked in the famous Pietà orphanage for youn… 

Intergalactic Nemesis: Twin Infinity – A Live Action Graphic Novel

Intergalactic Nemesis: Twin Infinity – A Live Action Graphic Novel

Intergalactic Nemesis was like being trapped in a lift that wouldn’t stop going up or down, it made me angry on so many levels. 

The Country Wife

The Country Wife

The Cambridge University Amateur Dramatic Club’s adaptation of the restoration era comedy The Country Wife moves the action to modern American suburbia, but keeps the period’s … 

Insomnia

Insomnia

It’s said that two fasting, sleepless nights are all that separates us from savagery. 

The Suicide

The Suicide

Russian playwright Nikolai Erdman’s original script for The Suicide was seen as such a strong satirical attack on the Communist Russian Government that it was branded ‘dangero… 

Punning Linguist

Punning Linguist

Heart-wrenching, harrowing, ill-fated, anguished; these words would not at all be out of place in a review of a Shakespearian tragedy but alas, this was no evening of star crosse… 

Jeepers Creepers

Jeepers Creepers

Marty Feldman’s style of comedy - and indeed his story - is of a very specific time in the annals of British entertainment. 

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

Even if you don’t know the whole story of F. 

Patrick Kielty: Help

Patrick Kielty: Help

Television personality, Patrick Kielty, attempts to revive his stand up career in what is billed as a fresh hour of comedy. 

The Graduettes

The Graduettes

The Graduettes starts with a great farce premise: flatmates wake up on Christmas morning to find their home robbed and their landlady dead on the floor. 

Tim Drain: I Know How to Make the Women I Sleep with Laugh

Tim Drain: I Know How to Make the Women I Sleep with Laugh

I went into Tim Drain’s show fully prepared for some offensive stuff. 

Death Actually: A Necromantic Comedy

Death Actually: A Necromantic Comedy

Death Actually sets out to bring ‘lethal puns and dead funny songs’ in a larger than life musical. 

Captain of the Lost Waves: Unsolved Mysteries

Captain of the Lost Waves: Unsolved Mysteries

One of the songs included in Captain of the Lost Waves: Unsolved Mysteries is titled A Song No One Wants to Hear. 

The Wendy House Trilogy: Edmund

The Wendy House Trilogy: Edmund

This is a show I really wanted to enjoy; each part of the production tries very hard to achieve an ambitious vision, but don’t quite make it. 

The Ted Bundy Project

The Ted Bundy Project

Killing most of an hour, and murder to sit through, The Ted Bundy Project does bait-and-switch on its audience. 

Australia: A Whinging Pom's Guide

Australia: A Whinging Pom's Guide

If Dan Willis is targeting the annoying Australian Uncle demographic with his show Australia: A Whinging Pom’s Guide, he’s got it completely spot on. 

These Troubled Times

These Troubled Times

Troy Diana’s comedy These Troubled Times focuses on Charles (John Curtis), an openly gay man who arrives at his brother’s family home to babysit his niece and nephew. 

Awakening, Sweet and Sour Sensory Composition

Awakening, Sweet and Sour Sensory Composition

Immersive shows are one of those strands of theatre which can be either spectacular or absolutely appalling. 

Paintings and Cake

Paintings and Cake

Do you like weird and impenetrable absurdist drama? The kind of play that seems to bend time with its slowness? Do you find pleasure in watching characters say meaningless things t… 

Five-a-Side Theatre

Five-a-Side Theatre

“Join our storytelling team as they use innovative improve [sic] techniques to craft a narrative from audience members’ true stories,” boasts the Five-a-Side flyer. 

No Strings

No Strings

No Strings tells the unoriginal tale of two, middle-aged married people hooking up for one night of meaningless, pure sex, with Shona looking to get back at her cheating husband an… 

Bear Hug

Bear Hug

Billed as a rom-com, Bear Hug looked to be a pretty safe bet for some laughs – described as a story about how coming out is easy but how getting back in is harder. 

Aidan Killian: Holy Trinity of Whistle Blowers

Aidan Killian: Holy Trinity of Whistle Blowers

Aidan Killian is not the kind of performer to shy away from big questions. 

Never Mind the Pollocks

Never Mind the Pollocks

Jim Higo and Miki Higgins present their double act poetry, comedy and sketch show which is intended to be ‘a satirical look at culture and the arts’. 

Death and the Maiden

Death and the Maiden

Ariel Dorfman’s Death and the Maiden is one of my all time favourite plays; it is a beautifully written text, teeming with monologues many actors would dream to get their hands o… 

Disorder

Disorder

Disorder is a play about mental illness that attempts to portray the realities of living with bipolar disorder, as well as the long term effects of the condition, not only on the s… 

Chipped/Drift

Chipped/Drift

Chipped/Drift is a double bill of short pieces with a high school cast all the way from the USA. 

101 Reasons Why I #@%$ Katie Hopkins

101 Reasons Why I #@%$ Katie Hopkins

Though billed as theatre, 101 Reasons Why I #@%$ Katie Hopkins is essentially a lecture on odious media figure Katie Hopkins, complete with biography and PowerPoint presentation, b… 

Showbiz, or, Repeat Until Funny

Showbiz, or, Repeat Until Funny

A comedy that ironically centres around two failing comedians should find humour in the ineptness of these characters. 

Grounded

Grounded

Grounded is written, performed and directed by Linda McDade. 

Two From Texas: New Plays in Performance

Two From Texas: New Plays in Performance

Why go to the trouble of raising the funds and making the trip to the International Collegiate Theatre Festival, only to present plays nobody back home would want to see, much less… 

Jim Higo and Miki Higgins - Never Mind The Pollocks

Jim Higo and Miki Higgins - Never Mind The Pollocks

Jim Higo and Miki Higgins are, in one word, brave. 

The Unholy Trinity

The Unholy Trinity

I’m not quite sure why The Unholy Trinity calls itself horror. 

Adventures of the Singing Acupuncturist: Big O Finds Her Soul

Adventures of the Singing Acupuncturist: Big O Finds Her Soul

Thankfully, there was no combination of singing and acupuncture. 

PratFall

PratFall

A ‘pratfall’ refers to the slapstick action, common in clowning, of falling and landing on the buttocks. 

Hamlet Private Eye

Hamlet Private Eye

Fringe wouldn’t be Fringe without its many questionable adaptations of Hamlet and this one definitely raises a lot of questions. 

Can't Stay Away!

Can't Stay Away!

Can’t Stay Away! is a farce centred around an immigrant worker from Eastern Europe who has saved up some money and just wants to return home. 

Hamlet

Hamlet

I really hope there wasn’t an adult in charge of this. 

The Chronic Single's Handbook

The Chronic Single's Handbook

If you’ve been looking all over the Fringe for some misogynistic bullshit, you need look no further: Randy Ross is your man. 

Dead Fresh

Dead Fresh

The promotional blurb for Dead Fresh warns you that missing the secret of this dark comedy (or perhaps missing the comedy itself – there’s some pronoun confusion in there) ‘c… 

Pieces of Eight

Pieces of Eight

Aberdeen’s Literal Lines bring their confused and incoherent sketch show to Edinburgh for the first time. 

Rants, Bantz and Comas

Rants, Bantz and Comas

“Happy families are all alike, but every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way,” wrote Tolstoy. 

Monster Madness

Monster Madness

I love monsters. 

Good Morning, Campers

Good Morning, Campers

‘I do say, give us another!’ is the tragic cry of mediocrity from an improv show that is several decades too late for salvation. 

Faith

Faith

Faith is based on the story of Imber, a village which had the misfortune to be located too near to a military base on Salisbury Plain. 

National Loaf

National Loaf

There’s a sort of delicious irony to queuing for a show about rationing whilst watching one of the cast frantically stuffing their face with crisps. 

Stuart Laws When's This Gonna Stop? (1hr Show)

Stuart Laws When's This Gonna Stop? (1hr Show)

Irritating stand up from an irritating man. 

Conversations with Boring, Ugly People

Conversations with Boring, Ugly People

A decent show is worth the price of a ticket and a bad show isn’t, but in the case of Conversations with Boring, Ugly People, I’d pay good money not to have to watch this exerc… 

Rock Trial

Rock Trial

Forget the defendant, it is the cast of this excruciating production who should be in the dock.