Bard Heads: The Third Witch from the Left and the Whirligig Of Time

Bard Heads: The Third Witch from the Left and the Whirligig Of Time

These neat little monologues are a sort of fan fiction inspired by various works of Shakespeare (The Tempest, Romeo & Juliet, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, Macbeth, Twelf… 

Iconnotations

Iconnotations

Music-theatre with solo cello plus dance, Iconnotations is extraordinary: surreal, wry, expressionistic, at times baffling, profoundly sad but at the end joyous. 

Brave Face

Brave Face

Hoo Hah House's production Brave Face is by far the bravest and powerful production I have seen at the Fringe this year. 

SKANK

SKANK

SKANK is about a woman in crisis. 

Press

Press

Press sets its satirical sights on Hollywood. 

Shakespeare's Fool

Shakespeare's Fool

Fringe roulette is part of what keeps us coming back year after year. 

It's Not Rocket Science

It's Not Rocket Science

It’s Not Rocket Science at [email protected]’ Hall is presented by Nottingham New Theatre, England’s only fully student-run theatre venue. 

John & Jen

John & Jen

Tom Greenwald and Andrew Lippa’s John and Jen is a true masterpiece on what it means to be a family. 

Opia

Opia

How do we interpret the world through our senses, particularly through sight? A mesmerically beautiful triptych of two solos and one duet, choreographed by Finnish Johanna Nuutinen… 

1902
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1902

In 1902 Hibs won the Scottish Cup. 

Bromance

Bromance

Say hello to Adam, Arthur and Pete. 

Family Portrait
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Family Portrait

A charming, funny and touching interactive video installation, Family Portrait by Natasha Gilmore’s Barrowland Ballet features Natasha herself as mother and single parent and her… 

Tunnels

Tunnels

In 1968 East and West Germany were far from united. 

Dandelion

Dandelion

Dandelion, by Creative Electric, takes place in the garden opposite the [email protected] building. 

Mediocre White Male

Mediocre White Male

Come forth for a cautionary tale venturing through ancient history to modern masculinity; welcome to Mediocre White Male. 

Styx

Styx

How good is your memory? The night begins with a little laughter and audience participation as we are asked to remember the age old story of Orpheus. 

Myra's Story
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Myra's Story

A ninety-minute monologue about a homeless person? Embrace it. 

Jay Lafferty: Blether

Jay Lafferty: Blether

There is an incredible sense of comfort that I feel upon entering the Dining Room at Gilded Balloon to see Jay Lafferty’s Blether. 

Black is the Color of My Voice

Black is the Color of My Voice

A tale of the songs that lead us into the future and the ones that call us home; this show is a masterpiece in storytelling and soul. 

Taiwan Season: ai-sa-sa

Taiwan Season: ai-sa-sa

Ai~sa~sa meaning ‘Get over yourself’ is brilliant. 

Knot: The Trilogy

Knot: The Trilogy

Close your eyes and let Darkfield radio lead you into the surreal, suggestive and truly suspenseful. 

Pink Mango does 'The Birth of Venus'

Pink Mango does 'The Birth of Venus'

Hayley May Muirhead and Molly Dooner under the company name of Pink Mango Comedy, bring a show that is zany, bizzare, upbeat and sexually empowering for any females watching. 

Be More Chill

Be More Chill

I had very little idea of what this show was about, except that it had a bit of a cult following after its run on (and off) Broadway. 

The Importance of Being... Earnest?

The Importance of Being... Earnest?

Have you ever wanted to be in an Oscar Wilde play? Even if it's just for a few minutes? With The Importance of Being. 

Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night

St Ann's Well Gardens in Hove was the perfect idyllic setting for Drama Impact's version of William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. 

Jekyll & Hyde: A One-Woman Show

Jekyll & Hyde: A One-Woman Show

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is one of Robert Louis Stevenson's most popular novels. 

Fern Hill and Other Dylan Thomas

Fern Hill and Other Dylan Thomas

Having studied Dylan Thomas at university, fallen in love with Richard Burton's classic interpretation of Under Milk Wood and having a strong Welsh family connection, I was exc… 

Vampire's Ball Ultimate Halloween Party Live!

Vampire's Ball Ultimate Halloween Party Live!

Zany, spooky, fun! That is the way to describe Vampire's Ball Ultimate Halloween Party Live! Although it was on Zoom, and they were up against time lags on the extremely odd oc… 

Clean: The Musical

Clean: The Musical

Running through different eras of history, Clean - The Musical wiped the floor with its heartfelt, touching overlapping of stories of seven women who lived in Roundhill, Brighton. 

Fiction Romance

Fiction Romance

Antonio is a very interesting character in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. 

Blood, Glorious Blood!

Blood, Glorious Blood!

Blood Glorious Blood was not just your normal one woman show. 

Bard in the Yard: The Scottish Play

Bard in the Yard: The Scottish Play

The Scottish Play is a solo performance written by Victoria Gartner, founder and artistic director of Will & Co which produces plays about Shakespear, under the umbrella title … 

The Vertical Hour by David Hare

The Vertical Hour by David Hare

The burst of applause did not mark the end of the performance. 

Yes Queens

Yes Queens

Whenever we hear the term 'Yes Queen', these days what automatically pops into our heads is the popular association with RuPaul's Drag Race. 

Agent November Online Escape Room: Virtual X-Caper

Agent November Online Escape Room: Virtual X-Caper

Oh no, Agent November is captured and held prisoner by the evil mastermind Marty Orri. 

BAIT with Live Score by Gwenno and Georgia Ellery

BAIT with Live Score by Gwenno and Georgia Ellery

What a relief to be sitting in an actual theatre watching something where no one mentions the 'C word', unless it's Cornwall that is. 

Forever Plaid

Forever Plaid

On February 9th 1964 four young men were on their way to perform their first major concert as ‘Forever Plaid’. 

Notflix

Notflix

Notflix was a musical experience with a twist. 

A Red Square

A Red Square

Everything about A Red Square is different. 

Lionel and Cindy: The Greatest Love Story

Lionel and Cindy: The Greatest Love Story

Char Brockes and Jack O'Neill (Ava Cardo) brought the Rialto Theatre to life with their unique styles of drag and slapstick comedy, in order to explore the theme of Romantic Co… 

Greek mythology creative writing online workshop

Greek mythology creative writing online workshop

Despite some technical issues with the Brighton Fringe website, this Greek Mythology Creative Writing Workshop run by Amanda Potter (from the Open University) was a good way to get… 

Touch Hunger

Touch Hunger

During both lockdowns, everyone experienced something being taken away that we possibly have taken a lot for granted. 

No Strings Attached

No Strings Attached

On the 27th May something remarkable happened. 

The Lady in the Van

The Lady in the Van

The Brighton Open Air Theatre was full of joy, not just because of theatre starting again after recent uncertain times, but due to The Lady in the Van being the opening show of the… 

 Vespertilio

Vespertilio

The greater mouse-eared bat belongs to the family Vespertilionidae of the genus Myotis. 

Saving Britney: Prologue

Saving Britney: Prologue

When thrust into the circus, it can never be easy to tame the lions. 

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

When I first heard that TrueStory Theatre would be back with a one man production of A Christmas Carol I felt in parts excited and uneasy. 

Lest We Forget By Charlotte Green & Rasheka Christie-Carter

Lest We Forget By Charlotte Green & Rasheka Christie-Carter

Lying not too far beneath the CV19 surface of 2020 lie a series of news events that seem to epitomise our times. 

The Tell-Tale Heart

The Tell-Tale Heart

The lockdown goes on and theatre will likely not return anytime soon. 

Live From The Phoenix Flat

Live From The Phoenix Flat

Tonight I figured out how to beam a Facebook video to my TV so I could watch – amongst other things – a burlesque performer do a striptease on a unicycle. 

Smashing

Smashing

Annabelszki took to the stage to give a thought provoking, challenging and uplifting insight into the role of women and feminism from a lesbian point of view. 

The Seven Streams of the River Ota

The Seven Streams of the River Ota

In 1996, Robert Lepage's initial production of The Seven Streams was far from critic-pleasing. 

Witch Hunt

Witch Hunt

If you go down to the woods today, you’re in for a BIG surprise. 

Zog

Zog

An enchanting stage show based on the 2010 book by Julia Donaldson, Zog follows a young dragon of the same name who only wants one thing: a gold star. 

Upstart Crow

Upstart Crow

The Gielgud Theatre hosts Ben Elton's stage version of his acclaimed TV show, Upstart Crow. 

Luzia - Cirque du Soleil

Luzia - Cirque du Soleil

Every year the Royal Albert Hall plays host to Cirque du Soleil, whose cast of exceptional performers come from across the globe. 

Super Sunday

Super Sunday

Watching Super Sunday makes you think you really ought to get the gym more. 

Midnight Movie

Midnight Movie

In Midnight Movie, Eve Leigh presents a universe of bedrooms where disabled people are unable to sleep due to the pain of having a body which is, right now, ‘glitching’. 

An Edinburgh Christmas Carol

An Edinburgh Christmas Carol

Full of good cheer, fun and jokes, carols under falling snow, spooky ghosts and glitter, what better way to get into the Christmas spirit than go to An Edinburgh Christmas Carol, D… 

Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty

The predictably brilliant writer/director/dame Andrew Pollard returns to Greenwich Theatre again for another triumphant Panto season, marking the 50th anniversary of the theatre’… 

La Clique

La Clique

Almost inevitably, doing a show at Christmas draws comparisons to Panto – that staple of British theatre that keeps the house funded for the rest of the year; but stood next to L… 

Ragtime

Ragtime

Finding myself once again at the Bridewell Theatre, home of amateur theatre group SEDOS, I know I am in for a treat. 

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

After thoroughly impressing with their adaptation of Dracula, TRUESTORY return with another legendary gothic tale as they find all the right parts for an excellent take on Mary She… 

Spike Smith: A Retrospective

Spike Smith: A Retrospective

In the midst of the comedy maelstrom, into which Edinburgh in August descends, I was privileged to enjoy an extraordinary artistic experience. 

Numbers

Numbers

Numbers starts with Jack (Henry Waddon) in a therapy session on a sparse stage and moves through the chain of events that took him there. 

Fawlty Towers Live Themed Dinner Show

Fawlty Towers Live Themed Dinner Show

The Fawlty Towers Live Themed Dinner Show is one of two similar events happening at this year's Edinburgh Fringe; both themed dinners based on the legendary iconic 1970s sitcom… 

Too Pretty to Punch

Too Pretty to Punch

There are 36 shows at the Fringe by trans performers, according to the TransFringe hashtag on Twitter, and Edalia Day’s Too Pretty to Punch might be the only one that’s both ce… 

HOTTER

HOTTER

Making a show with your ex must be awkward, right? Maybe. 

The Hospital

The Hospital

A brilliant Scandi noir of the psyche, spoken in gibberish in a surreal world, Norwegian Jo Strømgren Kompani’s The Hospital, is gripping; moving from bizarre, black humour to d… 

The Words Are There

The Words Are There

The Words Are There is a moving and innovative piece of physical theatre that appeals both for its approach to male domestic abuse, and for its style of performance. 

Anything With a Pulse

Anything With a Pulse

Anything With A Pulse begins with boy meets girl in a nightclub. 

Zoe Lyons: Entry Level Human

Zoe Lyons: Entry Level Human

Zoe Lyons packs out the Gilded Balloon with stand-up that raises the bar for Fringe comedy. 

The Kaye Hole

The Kaye Hole

Shabbat shalom misfits, Reuben Kaye is back in town. 

Marrow

Marrow

Another Fringe day, another single figure on a stage dissecting a “big issue of today”. 

Bait: Kill the Princess

Bait: Kill the Princess

Princess dresses and cleaning supplies turn into painfully comical horses, lakes, capes, ans tents for you to hide in. 

The Dots

The Dots

Within a basement room of the Hanover Suite (Venue 119) is perhaps the best musical sketch comedy you will find this Fringe. 

Torch Town

Torch Town

The Edinburgh Fringe exists as a kind of suspended adolescence allowing creatives to live the experience of their art being the most important thing in the world. 

An Evening Without Kate Bush

An Evening Without Kate Bush

Sarah-Louise Young is one of Edinburgh Fringe's most respected and sought after musical variety performers, and it's no stretch of the imagination to see why, as she delive… 

Tricky Second Album

Tricky Second Album

In Bed With My Brother spend the largest portion of this, notably their third Edinburgh show, conducting a kind of aural warfare on their audience. 

Mat Ricardo's Varieties

Mat Ricardo's Varieties

The word ‘legend’ is bandied about a bit too much these days. 

Little Death Club

Little Death Club

The air of the Speigeltent circus hub is thick with dark debauchery, smoke and gin soaked Weimer punk jazz, setting the atmosphere for a celebration of the extraordinary. 

EAST

EAST

Steven Berkoff’s irresistible EAST makes an inevitable return to the Festival Fringe, this time in a vibrant and energetic production by HiveMCR. 

Ben Hart: The Nutshell

Ben Hart: The Nutshell

Fresh off becoming a household name through finishing third in this year's Britain's Got Talent, Ben Hart capitalises on his momentum by returning to the festival where he … 

Frankenstein: How to Make a Monster

Frankenstein: How to Make a Monster

Just what does it take to make a monster? Is inhumanity truly born simply from reanimation, or is it a product of the already inhumane environment? Re-investigating Mary Shelley’… 

Real Eyes

Real Eyes

Aged just 16 and 17, Harrison Sharpe (Matt) and Archie Stevens (Mikey) make their Edinburgh Festival Fringe debut with Real Eyes, an intensely moving story of brothers growing up t… 

Carol Ann Duffy and John Sampson

Carol Ann Duffy and John Sampson

Introducing Carol Ann Duffy to the stage with a trumpet call, indicating a rally of the troops, seems befitting for the hour with the world-renowned poet. 

A Young Man Dressed as a Gorilla Dressed as an Old Man Sits Rocking in a Rocking Chair for 56 Minutes and Then Leaves... 11

A Young Man Dressed as a Gorilla Dressed as an Old Man Sits Rocking in a Rocking Chair for 56 Minutes and Then Leaves... 11

I need to preface with this review with a disclaimer – this is either a one-star or a five-star show, depending on your sense of humour. 

Dreamgun: Film Reads

Dreamgun: Film Reads

Dreamgun: Film Reads are back at the Fringe and ready to ruin your childhood! At a time when podcasts are very on trend and live recordings are foisted upon an unsuspecting public … 

Singalonga Pub Quiz

Singalonga Pub Quiz

When I walked in to a packed out Finger’s Piano Bar I was greeted with the site of Mister Meredith affably talking to his punters, handing out paper and pens personally, and esta… 

For Only an Hour

For Only an Hour

I can guarantee that you aren’t ready for For Only An Hour, the brain- and body- and life- and love- child of dancer Phil Sanger. 

Circa: Humans

Circa: Humans

Contemporary dance, physical theatre, and circus swirl together at The Lafayette big top at Underbelly’s circus venue as ten acrobats explore their bodies and each other in Circa… 

From the Top

From the Top

A delight, witty but profound exploration of the power relationship between choreographer and dancers, From the Top, choreographed by Hong Kong-based Victor Fung, is a send-up of a… 

Ugly Youth

Ugly Youth

“I’ve not seen anything like this in the 12 years I’ve been working at the Fringe,” was the observation from one of the tech guys I spoke to after seeing Ugly Youth, this y… 

The Shark is Broken

The Shark is Broken

Part insider look at the making of the film Jaws and part musings on what constitutes an artist, The Shark is Broken, written by Ian Shaw and Joseph Nixon and directed by Guy Maste… 

The Brave Anthology

The Brave Anthology

Angus gets a review that says he’s ‘watchable’. 

Rust

Rust

It’s very tempting to conclude your musical with a clearcut happy ending, where every loose end is neatly tied and all of your favourite characters ride off into the sunset. 

Taiwan Season: Floating Flowers
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Taiwan Season: Floating Flowers

Floating Flowers by B.