Tomatoes Tried to Kill Me But Banjos Saved My Life

Tomatoes Tried to Kill Me But Banjos Saved My Life

What do tomatoes, banjos and a recovering executive have in common? Keith Alessi, who used to consume excessive amounts of tomatoes and had 52 banjos in his closet, but couldn’t … 

The Secret Theatre

The Secret Theatre

Where is the glitter and magic, our annual Christmas treat, without the Sugar Plum Fairy or the Snow Queen? With theatre doors closed during these sad times, Scottish Ballet have c… 

Sasha Regan's All Male The Pirates of Penzance

Sasha Regan's All Male The Pirates of Penzance

The works of WS Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan are jewels in the English theatrical treasury and I, generally, have scant patience (no pun intended) with 'reimaginings'. 

The Snow Queen

The Snow Queen

What is magic, really? Is it an evil enchantress who can freeze a person in ice? Is it a crow who can talk? Or is it seeing dozens of little faces light up with joy? The Snow Queen… 

Hansel and Gretel? (A Postmodern Pantomime)

Hansel and Gretel? (A Postmodern Pantomime)

Outdoor theatre? In December? Yes, it’s happening! Brighton Open Air Theatre (BOAT) have launched their first ever Christmas programme with a bang as Hansel and Gretel? A Postmod… 

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Working with a tight script from Stuart Crowther and some inspired direction from Stephen Smith, Threedumb Theatre have created a wonderfully atmospheric version of The Strange Cas… 

The Geek Shall Inherit...

The Geek Shall Inherit...

Hattie Snooks has staged an existential crisis, and somehow humour and song only enhanced this portrait. 

Furlough She Better Don't

Furlough She Better Don't

Clap Back Club have done it again! The feminist performance troupe, that started off as a choir, never fail to bring harsh truths to a laughing audience through parody and song. 

My Boy Danny

My Boy Danny

It’s worth noting first off that My Boy Danny was never originally intended to appear as an MP3 available for streaming on YouTube, with that compromise being a happy result of l… 

Frills in Lockdown

Frills in Lockdown

I knew it! This is what the Scottish lassies have been up to during lockdown. 

I Am Gavrilo Princip

I Am Gavrilo Princip

“I lit the spark that burned the world down”, declares Oliver Yellop’s Gavrilo Princip, before a dying trumpet slide suggests the spark may have been, in fact, rather more of… 

Iain Dale: All Talk with Alastair Campbell

Iain Dale: All Talk with Alastair Campbell

It shouldn’t be controversial to assume that one’s ability to enjoy this particular interchange may well rest ultimately on personal politics and the level of individual anger … 

THE COMPLETE WORKS OF SHAKESPEARE* *But Just The Deaths (and the gory bits too)

THE COMPLETE WORKS OF SHAKESPEARE* *But Just The Deaths (and the gory bits too)

This jaunty little potter through the more gruesome elements of Shakespeare’s works really ‘gets’ the tone needed for this strange 2020 hybrid of live theatre / film / desper… 

Countdown to Clowntown:

Countdown to Clowntown:

When Covid-19 is up, the economy down and Brexit looming around the corner, you need clown therapy. 

Vampire's Ball Ultimate Halloween Party

Vampire's Ball Ultimate Halloween Party

Brad Tassell and Steve Goodie describe themselves as a pair who have been ‘all-around nutty goofballs for more than 30 years’; and it shows. 

Lockdown Drag-out

Lockdown Drag-out

It’s either a mid-conversation pick-up or a recording error that opens Jane Martin’s monologue, Lockdown Drag-Out, in which she appears as the plummy and plumpy Audrey Stanton … 

Short Film Night

Short Film Night

Closing the first day of [email protected] on Monday 11th of August was an online short film screening and Q&A with Phil Spencer, available to watch online in full. 

The Plague Thing

The Plague Thing

If you’ve been feasting on BBC iPlayer during lockdown and enjoying the delights of Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads, it’s worth taking six minutes out of your social isolation t… 

Smoking Gun

Smoking Gun

A dodgy MP, a new and potentially dangerous drug and a mysterious whistle-blower. 

The Maydays: Confessions!

The Maydays: Confessions!

Another riotous performance from the Maydays! Proving that they really are the masters of improvisation, Maydays’ latest outing, Confessions had a packed-out Komedia in stitches. 

Life And Death Of A Journalist

Life And Death Of A Journalist

Jingan Young is a fascinating writer to follow, as her play Life and Death of a Journalist explores the hardships of journalism amid political turbulence and cultural difference. 

Pride Plays

Pride Plays

Edinburgh’s Traverse has long-championed new drama—indeed, the venue’s self-description is the simple goal of being “Scotland’s new writing theatre”. 

Antigone, Interrupted

Antigone, Interrupted

Experimental, inventive and hugely daring, Antigone, Interrupted is Sophocles re-imagined, the first production by Joan Clevillé since becoming Artistic Director of Sc… 

Talk

Talk

Set in 1854 in the criminal wing of Bethlem Hospital for the Insane and being about the birth of psychotherapy, you would be forgiven for assuming this play will be heavy going. 

Professional Breakup Artist

Professional Breakup Artist

Annabelszki brought an uplifting and insightful fusion of storytelling, comedy and poetry to her show Professional Breakup Artist to highlight the various stages of love, da… 

Lou Sanders: Say Hello To Your New Step-Mummy

Lou Sanders: Say Hello To Your New Step-Mummy

Fresh from a slot on James Corden’s Late Late Show, Lou Sanders breezes into Brighton to blow away the grubby taint of the coronavirus—and your dad. 

Songs of Innocence

Songs of Innocence

Part of the Six Plays One Day event at Tristan Bates, Songs of Innocence really stands out from the crowd. 

Am I Happy Yet?

Am I Happy Yet?

Written and performed by Jack Hesketh and directed by Coral Tarran, Is Trying Enough? starts with a young man bouncing out of bed to the upbeat sounds of Mr Blue Sky by ELO. 

Noodles For Breakfast

Noodles For Breakfast

When Kate (Robyn Lovell) starts her new job working in a charity call centre for breast cancer care, her newfound workmate and desk-share partner Garry's (Matthew Bromwich) rel… 

My Fern Flower

My Fern Flower

According to an ancient myth, the fern flower blooms for a very short time on the eve of the summer solstice, and those who are fortunate enough to find it are granted earthly fort… 

Little Boxes

Little Boxes

Actor Joann Condon from BBC'S Little Britain fame is fed up with being put into a box. 

Over My Dad's Body

Over My Dad's Body

Since I last saw Simon David on stage in his 2018 Edinburgh Fringe debut, Virgin, much has happened in his personal life. 

Roots

Roots

We’ve reached the end of the decade and entered the ‘20s again. 

A Kind of People

A Kind of People

One party gone wrong and a constellation of friends, family, and sacrosanct values falls apart. 

Three Sisters

Three Sisters

Welcome to The Republic of Biafra, 1967. 

Scottish Ballet: The Snow Queen

Scottish Ballet: The Snow Queen

A wintry tale of fire and ice where selfless love wins, The Snow Queen, choreographed by Christopher Hampson, is a dangerous journey encountering bandits and snow creatures. 

Stick Man

Stick Man

It’s a Thursday afternoon, and I’m sat comfortably in the stalls of Brighton Theatre Royal amongst an absolute army of five-year-olds. 

Robin Hood

Robin Hood

Panto season is upon us (Oh Yes it is!) and Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch have repackaged the classic tale of Robin Hood and bought it to the stage in a wonderful way. 

Wind of Heaven

Wind of Heaven

There is something wonderfully seasonal about Wind of Heaven at the Finborough Theatre. 

Oor Wullie

Oor Wullie

Many Scots first experience of comics is likely to be two series published by Dundee-based D C Thomson in their long-running newspaper, The Sunday Post. 

Rage, but Hope

Rage, but Hope

Streatham Space Project helped its audience ask questions of themselves during the debut performance of Rage, But Hope. 

A Letter to a Friend in Gaza

A Letter to a Friend in Gaza

A long table stretches across the expansive floor of the Coronet. 

The House of The Spirits / La Casa de Los Espíritus

The House of The Spirits / La Casa de Los Espíritus

The mission of the Cervantes Theatre “to showcase the best Spanish and Latin American plays in London” is strikingly realised in its closing play of the 2019 season that featur… 

The Haunted Ballroom

The Haunted Ballroom

Billed as a Halloween cabaret extravaganza, The Haunted Ballroom was a loose mix of disco style party and cabaret acts from renowned London based performers Black Cat Cabaret, who … 

STOP KISS

STOP KISS

Above The Stag Theatre yet again provides us with a beautifully handled love story, whilst sensitively exploring societal issues that LGBTQ+ individuals face. 

Sydney & the Old Girl

Sydney & the Old Girl

Forget any notions of political correctness, civility or polite drawing room conversation. 

The Match Box

The Match Box

The prospect of a two-act monologue that lasts around two and a quarter, an interval, is perhaps daunting for both the actor and aficionados of the genre alike. 

Blithe Spirit

Blithe Spirit

The Tower Theatre Company again displays comedic excellence as they lift Noël Coward’s witty and well-timed words from the page ferociously and successfully in their latest perf… 

Angela Barnes: Rose-Tinted

Angela Barnes: Rose-Tinted

It’s a Wednesday night in Brighton and Komedia is packed. 

Fly Me To The Moon

Fly Me To The Moon

Having this year reached the notable landmark of their 500th new production, the team behind the award-winning lunchtime theatre phenomenon that is “A Play, A Pie and a Pint” i… 

The Panopticon

The Panopticon

I well remember when Jenni Fagan’s explosive debut, The Panopticon, first appeared in 2013. 

The Stornoway Way

The Stornoway Way

“We do not live in the back of beyond, we live in the very heart of beyond,” argues Roman Stornoway, a struggling musician and the central protagonist in Kevin MacNeil’s thea… 

A Day in the Death of Joe Egg

A Day in the Death of Joe Egg

Playwright Peter Nichols died only last month at the age of 92. 

Tom Gates Live on Stage!

Tom Gates Live on Stage!

Liz Pichon is a legend in our house: she is the author adored by kids who wouldn’t otherwise pick up a book. 

Geoff Norcott: Taking Liberties

Geoff Norcott: Taking Liberties

Geoff Norcott is a working class comedian with an (oven) chip on his shoulder. 

Clybourne Park

Clybourne Park

A play comparing racist undertones in modern society to those in 1950s America runs the risk of stating the obvious — there is still a major inequality problem in the 21st Centur… 

Blood Wedding

Blood Wedding

In the late 1920s Frederico García Lorca allegedly read about a bride who fled her wedding to elope with a former amor. 

Mother Of Him

Mother Of Him

Is a mother’s love unconditional, or can it be stretched beyond breaking-point? This is the consuming theme in Evan Placey’s Mother of Him at the Park Theatre, which was inspir… 

I Am Gavrilo Princip

I Am Gavrilo Princip

Stalin, Mussolini and Hitler all stand out in the history of the twentieth century. 

Now & Then

Now & Then

Beginning in 1978, aspiring musician Daniel (Dylan Wynford) meets wannabe comedian Greg (Freddie Woodyatt) at an open mic night. 

So Here We Are

So Here We Are

Luke Norris's Southend-based play and winner of the Bruntwood Prize, So Here We Are, finally comes to Essex in a delightful production that fits perfectly into the Queen’s Th… 

Tang and Four Dreams

Tang and Four Dreams

Tang and Four Dreams are presented by the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. 

Yellow

Yellow

Yellow, written by Conky Campfner, is a modern adaptation of a Victorian short story The Yellow Newspaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. 

More Myself Than I Am

More Myself Than I Am

The Bronte sisters’ tragically short-lived lives are reimagined for the Fringe by Eleventh Hour Theatre. 

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Over the bank holiday weekend, Immersion Theatre's Alice in Wonderland offered a charming way to spend the afternoon. 

1919-2019 Art Blakey’s Centennial: Valery Ponomarev Quintet

1919-2019 Art Blakey’s Centennial: Valery Ponomarev Quintet

In an interview with Art Blakey in 1987, the renowned drummer took a moment to ponder his brief yet momentous time on Earth: “Truth is stranger than fiction, and people are afrai… 

Mojo

Mojo

I’m somewhat sceptical of companies bringing classic plays to the Fringe, be it an average Hamlet or yet another Woyzeck. 

Found Footage Festival: Volume 9

Found Footage Festival: Volume 9

In a world where we see some form of video footage every day – on small and big screens, down on our phones, around us on animated billboards – and where we can tumble headfirs… 

It's True, It's True, It's True

It's True, It's True, It's True

If only beheading an enemy was the way to solve problems in the modern world. 

KID_X

KID_X

If you asked a 90s kid what they envisioned the 2100s to look like then KID_X would be a close prediction. 

dressed.

dressed.

Dressed is an intensely personal and moving account of Lydia Higginson's journey through the trauma of being stripped and assaulted at gun point. 

A Shadow of Doubt

A Shadow of Doubt

Gill Mcvey’s play focuses on the struggles of dealing with dementia and the sacrifices that are inevitably made. 

Within

Within

Within is one man’s quest to find the meaning of life. 

Un Poyo Rojo

Un Poyo Rojo

Argentinian dance music greets us as we enter the space for two-man physical theatre experience Un Poyo Rojo, but the vast majority of the show takes place in silence. 

The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest

Shakespeare: Reloaded have reworked this classic Oscar Wilde play into something almost unrecognisable. 

The Yellow Wallpaper

The Yellow Wallpaper

Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s short story The Yellow Wallpaper is an unsettling Gothic tale about a woman driven into madness by the distinguished yellow wallpaper which plasters th… 

Juliet & Romeo

Juliet & Romeo

Both humourous and sad, Juliet and Romeo by Lost Dog company, presented by The Place, written with sensitive forensic analysis and directed by Ben Duke, is a subversion of Shakespe… 

Cathy: A Retelling of Wuthering Heights

Cathy: A Retelling of Wuthering Heights

Brickhouse Theatre Company tackle a difficult task: remoulding Emily Bronte’s passionate, intricate and dark Wuthering Heights into a new musical, written and composed by Michael… 

Unveiled

Unveiled

Ceara Dorman’s one woman play poignantly explores the abuse that countless women were subject to within the Magdalene laundries. 

Westdal and Hayward Need Work

Westdal and Hayward Need Work

Freyja Westdal and Beth Heyward join the ranks of such excellent Fringe female musical comedy acts as Fascinating Aida, Flo & Joan, and EastEnd Cabaret with a smart, funny, che… 

Nish Kumar: It's in Your Nature to Destroy Yourselves

Nish Kumar: It's in Your Nature to Destroy Yourselves

“Is it a stand-up show, is it a rally?” Nish Kumar certainly blurs the boundaries between the two. 

Holy Land

Holy Land

Tim runs the website Holy Land. 

Kieran Hodgson: '75

Kieran Hodgson: '75

One of four shows he’s bringing to the Edinburgh Fringe this year, Kieran Hodgson showcases the best of his comedic talents in ’75, which uses the 1975 referendum on the UK’s… 

Walk Like A Man

Walk Like A Man

It’s Friday night. 

Body Language by David Bolger and Christopher Ash

Body Language by David Bolger and Christopher Ash

If you have ever wondered how contemporary dance choreography is created (as opposed to classical ballet) this fascinating show, CoisCéim Dance Theatre’s Body Language directed … 

Pick Up a Brick: Art as Activism

Pick Up a Brick: Art as Activism

Unlike the majority of shows at the Fringe, Pick Up a Brick was a one-off panel discussion about queer art and how we can use it as activism, including an audience Q&A. 

Heaven Knows I'm Friz Frizzle Now

Heaven Knows I'm Friz Frizzle Now

Friz Frizzle, the self-proclaimed ‘Song-Ruiner’ has a dream: to ruin your childhoods by bastardising well known songs that you grew up with. 

Doubt

Doubt

Doubt introduces us to two young journalists, Holly and Nathan, who are trying to do meaningful work in a business that increasingly values speed and clickbait over well researched… 

Rose McGowan: Planet 9

Rose McGowan: Planet 9

It needs to be said, you must go into this show with an open mind. 

MC Hammersmith's Magical Freestyle Factory!

MC Hammersmith's Magical Freestyle Factory!

Will Naameh is one of Edinburgh’s most talented and unique improvisers, although you’d be forgiven if you’ve not heard of him before. 

Identity

Identity

With a highly experienced team behind this production it is no wonder that Identity by CTC COMPANY at Greenside, Infirmary St. 

Hallowed Ground – Women Doctors in War

Hallowed Ground – Women Doctors in War

Lilian, Catherine, Mary and Tam all have one thing in common, they risk their lives to serve their country and save the lives of others. 

Baby, What Blessings

Baby, What Blessings

"I kind of want to die – but I’d really like to get into publishing, too," says Billie (performed by Grainne Dromgoole), as she explains the story of her first real l… 

Sad Eyes to Smile With

Sad Eyes to Smile With

Activising For Change are an Edinburgh-based theatre group and the brains behind 2018’s emotive performance of 147Hz Can’t Pass, an intimate window into the experiences of livi… 

Noir Hamlet

Noir Hamlet

Pour a glass of whisky, settle into the sounds of a sax solo and join ‘Little H’ for a new noir take on Shakespeare's famous tragedy, Hamlet. 

In PurSUEt

In PurSUEt

A show about a Sue Perkins stan who has a life-size cardboard cut-out of the former Great British Bake Off presenter and an unwavering belief that she “will be glad to have someb… 

44 Inch Chest

44 Inch Chest

Rarely does the stage premiere of a work take place twenty-three years after it was written, but Out Of Bounds Theatre has claimed the honour with their gritty production of 44 Inc… 

Breakfast Plays: The Future Is [...]

Breakfast Plays: The Future Is [...]

Remarkably, if you wander into The Traverse at 9am, you will find an audience willing to watch a rehearsed reading of a brand-new play and not a spare seat in the house.