The traditional direction of migrants seeking a better life is turned on its head in Emanuele Aldrovandi’s Sorry We Didn’t Die At Sea (translated by Marco Young) at the Park Th…
Publicity for Lady With a Dog, written and directed by Mark Giesser, at Upstairs at the Gatehouse, promises a version in which ‘Chekhov’s famous short story of romance and infi…
Was she or was she not fully aware of what she was doing? He certainly was, and for that reason should he have stopped before taking Birdie’s virginity? There’s a suggestion th…
Improvising a whole rom com style comedy show around audience suggestions is not for the faint hearted, and this group’s approach is relaxed and confident.
In his new work, playwright Peter Arnott takes the audience back to those pre-Brexit, pre-Covid days when Scots were on the verge of voting in the independence referendum.
This show’s title summons up many associations except, perhaps, the one that forms the foundation of the play.
Bobak dances, clowns and flings himself about the stage for an hour as he tells the audience about his Iranian heritage and growing up in Bristol in the 90s where Islamophobia and …
Cat-Like Tread makes a welcome post-Covid return to the Fringe with this ever-popular jolly romp, a Gilbert and Sullivan classic and a dashed good night out.
Where would school theatre be without A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Twelfth Night? The latter is certainly a popular Shakespeare play for drama educators, with its saga of shipwr…
Thomas Hughes’ novel of 1857 is as seminal as Dickens’ Nicholas Nickleby in exposing scholastic malpractice in the 19th century.
With Phaedra/Minotaur, director Deborah Warner and Choreographer Kim Brandstrup present a couple of easily digestible slices of re-interpreted Greek mythology.
Channelling Westeros with a lower-budget wardrobe, Adam Riches brings his Game of Thrones themed game show to an audience of ‘bastards’.
Dances Like a Bomb is a dance and physical theatre piece by Irish Dance Company Junk Ensemble.
It’s hard to know how much to say about the content of Nomad, a physical theatre piece by Gözde Atalay, because disorientation was such a strong part of my experience.
It’s Come Dine With Me with a twist, and that twist is murder because apparently that’s what it takes to spice up a dinner party these days.
Ben Tomalin, Maisie Fawcett and Sophie Holmes’ Without is an interesting contender at this year’s Fringe Festival in that it has a very strong cast that handles an equally stro…
Vulnerability and sexual awakening go hand in hand in Declan, an unnerving one-man play set in rural Wiltshire.
Flower arranging becomes a life and death hobby in Little Shop of Horrors, a popular-on-the-circuit science fiction cult musical classic.
Lydia Whitbread’s Winging It is a vague yet very intense coming of age musical.
Based on the short story by Charles Dickens, Unexpected Places Ensemble’s adaptation of The Signalman is a creative if confusing adaptation as the creative team tries to create a…
Palindrome is Cambridge University Musical Theatres Society’s latest Edinburgh Fringe offering.
Nestled in a dim-lit basement within a stone archway, Paradise in The Vault feels like the perfect venue to indulge in some late evening fairytales, and from the moment the cast co…
Burnt Lavender is a queer cabaret, devised and presented by students from the University of Worcester's Masters in Touring Theatre degree.
What a wonderful play is DNA.
Thomas is excited about tonight; so excited that he has called his parents and his brother with the time to look out for biggest meteor storm in 33 years that will fill the night …
In true Fringe spirit, The Oxford Belles bounced back from interruption to deliver an hour of punchy girl-power anthems partly marred by issues with balance and mixing.
This is a little treasure, the sort of performance that is easy to overlook but which enriches those who root it out.
Ed Patrick starts his show Catch Your Breath with a simple, “I’m a doctor, so I’m running late,” a rather light-hearted, if telling, joke that puts us at ease with its self…
Dead of Night by Hurly Burly is a traipse through gothic romantic literature in an exploration of the nature of humanity and monsters.
Manikin is Saltire Sky’s latest production, following on from their acclaimed show – 1902.
Ireland has magnificent spirit, particularly when supported by the French.
More written about than performed, this is a rare chance to see a version of Caryl Churchill’s 1997 play, This is a Chair.
Little Ward of Horrors, unfortunately, seems to somewhat fall into the category of sketch shows that sell tickets due to their name, The Malignant Humours.
This is a heartfelt piece, in which a group of intrepid teens set out to discover monsters… and discover them in the last place they thought to look.
Organised fun is one of those phrases that can evoke different emotional responses from people.
There’s popcorn and candyfloss on sale as the audience make their way into the Lafayette big top at Underbelly’s Circus Hub.
Dogfight follows the exploits of three marines who are about to be deployed in the conflict in Southeast Asia.
A song cycle inspired by the photographs of Matthew Murphy, 35MM: A Musical Exhibition is a unique concept and the perfect choice for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Written by Kira Mason and directed by Matthew Attwood, Graveyard of the Outcast Dead is a musical play that tells a series of connected Gothic folktales.
A community of actors are staging a theatre version of Lars Von Trier’s film Dogville.
Many people wish to be famous, successful, or simply stand out from the crowd.
Boasting the tagline, “who hasn’t thought about killing an ex?”, Emilie Biason’s I Killed My Ex shows us about the practical difficulties involved in such an endeavor.
Dancer and performer Elliot Minogue-Stone presents pop art, contemporary dance and cabaret in his brand-new mish-mash show, Groovicle at Zoo Southside.
This intensely personal show is a fascinating performance with hints of a lecture about it and a suggestion that it is really an audience, in this case with Simeon Morris, as he in…
After a slow and rocky start, Ontroerend Goed’s Funeral becomes an emotionally resonant space for processing a person’s grief.
It was a long and winding road, but by the time I left David Colvin’s Thunderstruck, I was – well.
Certain Death and Other Considerations is a poor execution of an interesting premise.
Welsh comedian and popular podcaster (The Comedy Arcade) Vix Leyton has the gift of affability.
Whilst Colleen Lavin’s Do The Robots Think I'm Funny? is an interesting experiment and indicative of our fascination with AI, it’s not a particularly well-structured or fun…
On the surface, this is yet another 'coming out' story.
If you still chuckle at those Twilight memes making fun of Kristen Stewart’s awkward portrayal of Bella Stark, or harbour some nostalgia for the immortal (and problematic) YA ser…
ERA Productions returns to the Fringe this year with a familiar act that sees the lively quartet of Megan (Mia Taylor), Nicole (Catherine Hutchinson), Amy (Abi Price) and Olivia (M…
The 20 seater upstairs theatre at Riddles Court provides a suitably tight space for The Typewriter, a play based in a cramped office.
With so many improv troupes at the Edinburgh Fringe, it’s difficult to set yourself apart especially when you’re competing with the likes of Austentatious and Showstoppers!.
If you’ve ever been a corporate cog, this is the show for you.
Mix one of cup of Eat, Pray, Love with three tablespoons of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and you’ll get something a little like A Trilogy: bag—, one of three standalone shows …
Set in the unconscious mind of a tortured poet, Mahan Nikbakhsh’s new play Lost in Translation examines cultural and intellectual disconnection that seeks to unpack the British-I…
God Done Opened the Sky is Jersten Ray Seraile's tale of young boy realising that his inner world and outer world are painfully conflicted – the way he see's himself is n…
Describing itself as “a retelling of Rapunzel” for the climate age, Debating Extinction, the first of a double bill entitled Climate Fables, by Padraig Bond, contains several i…
How To Survive and Thrive in an Impossible World – With a Piano! is a self-help, group-therapy show that really doesn’t tell us anything that we haven’t seen before.
Chopped Liver and Unions tells the story of workers’ activist and trades unionist Sara Wesker, now largely lost to the footnotes of twentieth century history, but in her time a n…
A silly solve-a-long mystery, this is for anyone who wishes their Agatha Christie murders were packed with a few more puns.
The Birth of Frankenstein tells us the story of Mary Shelley, the mother of science fiction, on her fateful trip to Geneva with Percy Bysshe Shelley.
With such an emotionally heavy title as An Asian Queer Story: Coming Out to Dead People, I was a little worried what to expect from this comedy show.
Soldiers of Tomorrow tells the story of Itai Erdal’s conflicted relationship with Israel, specifically his time as a soldier and the prospect of his nephew’s future as a soldie…
In 5 Mistakes That Changed History, host Paul Coulter establishes the self-evident premise, that this will be something of a comical TED Talk about some fascinating moments that sh…
It was the first truly beautiful summer’s day of the Edinburgh Fringe.
A lot of laughs and refreshingly comfortable seating await you at Friend (The One with Gunther), playing at the Gilded Balloon at the Museum.
Transfixing, she’s staring at us through a doorframe – or is it a painting? We’re invited to draw, then bid…Created by Diana Feng, Tegan Verheul and Clarisse Zamba of the W…
At times hard to follow and at others uniquely resonant, Maggie Widdoes’ one-woman show Stay Big and Go Get ‘Em is the perfect example of how the Fringe brings what you least e…
We spend a third of our lives in bed.
Hello, The Hell: Othello is a dance and physical theatre presentation of Othello's and Iago’s afterlife in hell.
Conway is a vivacious performer who does not shy away from the grotesque.
Molly works at Greggs.
Die Hard has long been a pop culture and Christmas movie stalwart, garnering a large swath of fans across generations.
Telling five short tales from the mystical fictional world of Jianghu, Fall and Flow showcases the beauty and physicality of Hong Kong theatrical traditions in combination with Th�…
An acrobatic spoof of the movie The Blues Brothers, with plenty of flips and stunts weaved in alongside some clowning.
Sexy Circus Sideshow succeeds in being sexy, and includes both circus and sideshow.
Viral sensation Laura Ramoso does her live show FRANCES after conquering Instagram and Tiktok with her character sketches, with the highly anticipated German Mom and Italian Dad be…
Grief is such a powerful and universal part of the human experience.
Battling a brain full of statistics, a society telling her she has to have it all by thirty and alcoholism, Ginny Hogan recalls the journey through her twenties to find her true li…
Much like a dramatisation of a family game of Monopoly, Dough looks at money with a kind of argumentative helplessness.
Stuntman is a high-action piece of physical theatre mixed with reflective storytelling and real heart.
Dominique Solerno’s The Box Show is a well-conceived theatrical piece which sees this talented and versatile performer performing a plethora of different characters, all from wit…
Mr and Mrs Love is a jukebox-esque musical that would work a lot better if it relied more on the strength of its actors as singers rather than force a plot on them.
Greek myths have been told and retold, lost, translated and re-translated over and over.
As hypnotist Matt Hale enters the stage to '80s music, in '80s clothing, it is apparent this is going to be a very '80s hypnosis show.
One hundred brave (or not so brave) Trojan Soldiers are trapped inside the infamous giant wooden horse, plotting their escape….
The overall concept is a brilliant one.
After co-directing Edinburgh Fringe-favourite turned international sensation Six The Musical, Jamie Armatige's latest creative project is writing and directing a promising and …
How to Flirt: The TED XXX Talk is a fun and interactive comedy lecture with a lot going for it.
Emily’s life is falling apart.
The Disney Delusion is an off-beat stand-up hour from Leif Oleson-Cormack about a less than magical trip to Disneyland, that explores identity, the nature of love and parasocial re…
This is a refreshingly new and interesting take on death through the medium of a musical.
Halloween is still months away, but fear not, Party Ghost is here to suck you right into the deadly holiday spirit.
Sophie is at her Grandfather’s shiva where her whole family have come together to pay their respects, including her attractive second cousin.
There is a large distance between the impression given in the description of this show on the EdFringe site and my experience of the performance.
“This is not a play,” we’re told.
Sitting at the front of the queue, an hour before the show started, I was stung by a bee.
Bronwyn Sweeney’s show Off Brand talks about how important branding is, not only for products, but for comedians too.
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