A Manchester Anthem

A Manchester Anthem

A breath of theatrical fresh is often much needed at big fringe-style events and it can currently be found at the Vault Festival in A Manchester Anthem. 

George Takei's Allegiance

George Takei's Allegiance

There are many stories that are lost or hidden from view, and George Takei’s Allegiance takes one of the shameful moments in American history - the incarceration of Japanese-Amer… 

GHOSTED – Another F***ing Christmas Carol

GHOSTED – Another F***ing Christmas Carol

When Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol, I am sure he didn’t realise the power his novel would have in the centuries that followed. 

Newsies

Newsies

Carrying the banner call of Strike!, Alan Menken and Jack Feldman’s Newsies becomes the call to action that we need to hear. 

Tom Stade: The High Road

Tom Stade: The High Road

From the bright lights of Live at the Apollo to the chaotic evenings of Edinburgh’s International Fringe Festival, we now see Tom Stade take on his epic stand-up comedy tour arou… 

Oh Yes I Am!

Oh Yes I Am!

Oh Yes I Am, at the Bread and Roses Theatre, is a musical comedyset in a retirement home for actors. 

Arms and the Man

Arms and the Man

There’s a delightful anecdote about George Bernard Shaw at one of the early performances of Arms and the Man. 

MSND

MSND

We’ll never know what, if anything, Shakespeare was on when he wrote AMidsummer Night’s Dream, but the team at Intermission Youth Theatre have based their ‘Shakespeare Remix… 

Diana: The Untold and Untrue Story

Diana: The Untold and Untrue Story

The royal affair that is Diana: The Untold and Untrue Story, is the most unhinged piece of theatre in existence. 

A Butcher of Distinction

A Butcher of Distinction

When the setting for your play is the basement of a London pub, where better to perform than at Barons Court Theatre which is located in the basement of the west London pub aptly n… 

A Thousand Sons

A Thousand Sons

Jamie Sefton delivers a passionate, comprehensive and incredibly well researched performance in A Thousand Sons. 

Elf Lyons; Raven

Elf Lyons; Raven

Mundane is not a word that could be used to describe Elf Lyons’ Raven. 

My Son’s A Queer (But What Can You Do?)

My Son’s A Queer (But What Can You Do?)

If you have a spare hour, thirty quid, and can travel to London’s West End, I urge you to get a ticket for My Son’s a Queer (but what can you do?). 

The Poltergeist

The Poltergeist

The frantic moto perpetuo of Philip Glass’s Rubric fills the auditorium as an overture to Philip Ridley’s breathtaking work, The Poltergeist, at the Arcola Theatre. 

Christian Brighty: Playboy

Christian Brighty: Playboy

As far as shows set during the Regency era go, Christian Brighty’s Playboy is not only the most ambitious, but also the best representation of dramas set in this period. 

But I’m A Cheerleader

But I’m A Cheerleader

Whilst productions do as much as they can to immerse audiences in the aesthetic of shows from the start, nothing can compare to the auditory and visual sensation of pastel that kic… 

The Caucasian Chalk Circle

The Caucasian Chalk Circle

The proverb blood is thicker than water is often used to prioritise family bonds over all else. 

Helen Bauer: Madam Good Tit

Helen Bauer: Madam Good Tit

Helen Bauer’s Madam Good Tit is a not-so-wholesome coming-of-age set that provides a deep dive into everything from Bauer’s various high school personalities to deeply problema… 

Rhys Nicholson - Rhys! Rhys! Rhys!

Rhys Nicholson - Rhys! Rhys! Rhys!

Rhys Nicholson must have been pushing down the material in Rhys! Rhys! Rhys! for a long time, for this show is certainly a diamond. 

Javelin

Javelin

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 … 

Trial by Jury
BOBBY WINNER

Trial by Jury

Stunning, imaginative, inspired, colourful, amusing, brilliantly performed and beautifully sung, this Trial By Jury is Gilbert and Sullivan at its very best. 

The Last Romantic

The Last Romantic

This show revolves around a fairly well-trodden premise: idealistic young creative seeks similar to make beautiful art with. 

Samsara

Samsara

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 … 

Diva Live from Hell!

Diva Live from Hell!

Damnation has never been so fun in Joe McNeice’s adaptation of Diva: Live from Hell. 

Coppélia

Coppélia

An electrifying production, Scottish Ballet’s Coppélia, reimagined with robots and a new story that only nods to the original, is not just for sci-fi fans but addresses the seri… 

La Merda

La Merda

10 years on from its 2012 Fringe debut, La Merda remains raw and relevant. 

Los Guardiola – The Comedy of Tango

Los Guardiola – The Comedy of Tango

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. 

Walk-Man

Walk-Man

It’s a day like any other. 

Cruise

Cruise

Electric, animated, compelling. 

Medea – Main Hall

Medea – Main Hall

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. 

Bits 'N' Pieces

Bits 'N' Pieces

Saltire Sky Theatre have lived up to all the expectations they raised following 1902, their smash hit of last year’s Fringe that won them the Broadway Baby Bobby Award and Off We… 

Jinkx Monsoon: She's Still Got It! (with Major Scales)

Jinkx Monsoon: She's Still Got It! (with Major Scales)

It took little time for Assembly’s Spielgeltent Palais Du Variété to evolve into a glittering exhibition of luminous flair and seduction, teased out by one of Drag Race’s mos… 

Brave Space

Brave Space

There’s a famous quote from the film The Third Man. 

Bubble Show for Adults Only

Bubble Show for Adults Only

Edinburgh Fringe is a hub of unique and wild shows, contrasting genres and varieties of themes crunched into a tight hour. 

Olives and Blowjobs

Olives and Blowjobs

You’d be forgiven for raising an eyebrow at the provocative title Olives and Blowjobs at Space Triplex. 

Circa: Humans 2.0
BOBBY WINNER

Circa: Humans 2.0

In a big top tent, ten performers, upon a brilliant white, circular stage, perform a series of ever more amazing acts of acrobalance, tumbling, throws, and aerial skills. 

The Man Who Planted Trees

The Man Who Planted Trees

If someone happened to wander into the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh knowing nothing about Puppet State Theatre Company’s The Man Who Planted Trees, they’d certainl… 

Dear Little Loz

Dear Little Loz

To write that Dear Little Loz is an exploration of one woman’s search for love is to risk diminishing its scope, power and understanding of the human condition. 

Bold Moves

Bold Moves

Virtuostic, one dark, the other light bursting with irrepressible humour, this contrasting double bill Us choreographed by Zoë Ashe-Browne and Stroke Through the Tail by Marguerit… 

The Poetical Life of Philomena McGuinness

The Poetical Life of Philomena McGuinness

Any one person show relies heavily on the performance of the central cast member and the quality of the script, luckily The Poetical Life of Philomena McGuiness is blessed with exc… 

A Eulogy for Roman

A Eulogy for Roman

Death is sad enough, but growing up seems worse. 

Truth/Reconciliation

Truth/Reconciliation

When flyered for Matthew Gouldesbrough’s new play Truth / Reconciliation, I was told I could expect “serious theatre” from the Elegy group. 

Foundations

Foundations

Unassuming at the start, A V Brodrenkova and Aimee Dickinson’s Foundations quickly breaks all boundaries and assumptions. 

Paul Sinha: One Sinha Lifetime

Paul Sinha: One Sinha Lifetime

Paul Sinha is probably best known as one of Bradley Walsh’s TV team of ‘Chasers’: a characterful crew of six champion quizzers whose aim is to stop four plucky hopefuls getti… 

Yellow Bird Chase

Yellow Bird Chase

Jason Slavick’s Yellow Bird Chase shows us that the best children’s shows have something for everyone, whether it is the gibberish of the language, the compelling storyline or … 

Black is the Color of My Voice

Black is the Color of My Voice

The power and poise of a 20th century cultural icon is brought to brilliant life by Apphia Campbell in Black is the Color of My Voice, a deeply moving mix of music and theatre. 

Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World

Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World

Chris Bush, Miranda Cooper and Jennifer Decilveo’s Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World is in one word, a celebration. 

Earwig

Earwig

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… 

Boy: Looking for Friends

Boy: Looking for Friends

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… 

Kafka and Son

Kafka and Son

When well done, the biographical show is one of the purest theatrical events known to man. 

Sam Morrison: Sugar Daddy

Sam Morrison: Sugar Daddy

Dealing with grief is something that is very difficult because it’s so personal and particular to the individual. 

BriTANicK

BriTANicK

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… 

Bloody Difficult Women

Bloody Difficult Women

Theatre has proved one of the greatest allies of those seeking to speak to truth to power throughout the ages. 

Randy Feltface: Alien of Extraordinary Ability

Randy Feltface: Alien of Extraordinary Ability

Of the 39 shows I saw in three and a half days this Fringe, the biggest gamble and least familiarity was Randy Feltface. 

NewsRevue

NewsRevue

NewsRevue – the world’s longest running comedy show – is as central to the Fringe experience as overpriced artisan burgers and destroying rainforests with unwanted flyers. 

The Extraordinary Time-Travelling Adventures of Baron Munchausen

The Extraordinary Time-Travelling Adventures of Baron Munchausen

The happiest show in Edinburgh! Those of you familiar with the noble Baron and his far-fetched tales of daring do (riding half a horse, flying to the moon on a cannon ball etc) wil… 

Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue

For the last eighteen years Out of the Blue has built a vibrant reputation as one of the finest acapella groups at Edinburgh. 

About Money

About Money

This is a visceral and vitally important piece in which playwright Eliza Gearty and director Alex Kampfner have wrought an exquisite little nugget of social political theatre: subl… 

Something in The Water

Something in The Water

With a plastic fork in hand (not a preference, all part of the show), the Crains Lecture Hall of Summerhall, a former home of learning for the students of the University of Edinbur… 

Brown Boys Swim

Brown Boys Swim

Brown Boys Swim is Karim Khan’s hilarious, touching tale of best friends Kash and Mohsen learning how to swim for a pool party. 

No Place Like Home

No Place Like Home

Watching No Place Like Home was an experience unlike any other I’ve had so far at the Fringe. 

Activities of Daily Living

Activities of Daily Living

This is not a nice Fringe for comedy. 

Les Dawson: Flying High

Les Dawson: Flying High

With a forensic talent for pinpointing the precise foibles, flaws and faults of a character and an uncanny capacity for evoking their vocal DNA, Jon Culshaw gives new life to one o… 

Pip Utton as Dylan

Pip Utton as Dylan

Pip Utton really is extraordinary. 

Tiff Stevenson: Sexy Brain

Tiff Stevenson: Sexy Brain

Sexy Brain is Tiff Stevenson’s tenth Edinburgh show – a mighty feat for any comedian. 

Sap

Sap

After an uncomfortable fling with an average guy, a woman falls in love in one of the few remaining lesbian bars that haven’t yet been colonised by Pret. 

9 Circles

9 Circles

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… 

The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart

The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart

Riotous, hilarious, alternately bonkers and clever The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart written by David Greig and co-created with Wils Wilson, has it all: folk music, especially … 

Americana: A Murder Ballad

Americana: A Murder Ballad

We are told from the start that America’s history is one of violence, and of wars. 

Glenn Moore: Will You Still Need Me, Will You Still Feed Me, Glenn I'm Sixty Moore

Glenn Moore: Will You Still Need Me, Will You Still Feed Me, Glenn I'm Sixty Moore

There’s not really any way to describe how much I enjoyed Glenn Moore’s show other than to say that by the halfway point, I had put my notepad away and was just enjoying the ri… 

Taiwan Season: Tomato
BOBBY WINNER

Taiwan Season: Tomato

Tomatoes erotic? Yes, erotic, silly, surreal, constantly surprising, Tomato, a physical theatre piece by dancer/choreographer Chou Kuan-Jou is brilliant. 

Moira in Lockdown

Moira in Lockdown

It must be a baker’s dozen years since Scottish author, playwright and performer Alan Bissett first introduced us to Moira Bell, his much-loved tribute to the hard-working, hard-… 

Police Cops: The Musical

Police Cops: The Musical

Sometimes you’ve just got to listen to your balls. 

The MP, Aunty Mandy and Me

The MP, Aunty Mandy and Me

Award-winning writer and actor Rob Ward returns to the Fringe with his latest creation The MP, Aunty Mandy & Me. 

In the Name of the Son

In the Name of the Son

If the title sounds familiar you’re probably thinking of the film, In the Name of the Father, but you’d be on the right track because In the Name of the Son deals with the same… 

Fanboy

Fanboy

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. 

Matt Forde: Clowns to the Left of Me, Jokers to the Right

Matt Forde: Clowns to the Left of Me, Jokers to the Right

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. 

Viva Your Vulva: The Hole Story

Viva Your Vulva: The Hole Story

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… 

Hamlet with Ian McKellen

Hamlet with Ian McKellen

The central conceit of this production is that Johan Christensen and Ian McKellen slip symbiotically between being Hamlet’s inner voice and outer actor. 

Olga Koch: Just Friends

Olga Koch: Just Friends

Olga Koch is winning at life and she wants us to know it. 

Yeast Nation

Yeast Nation

Some of our most recent experiences of yeast will most likely come from our own fervent lockdown breadmaking. 

The Woman Who Amuses Herself

The Woman Who Amuses Herself

There is an unspoken cardinal rule that life tends to imitate art. 

A-Typical Rainbow

A-Typical Rainbow

‘Who had a better ending, Peter or Wendy?’ This is a question JJ Green invites us to ponder in A-Typical Rainbow, a powerful story about a boy growing up with autism and how it… 

The Lesson

The Lesson

Director Max Lewendel has taken Theatre of the Absurd to a new level in his engrossing production of Eugène Ionesco’s The Lesson in a translation by Donald Watson at the Southwa… 

The Convert

The Convert

Stunning from beginning to end The Convert is perhaps the most remarkable piece of theatre ever staged at Above The Stag in Vauxhall and that is no disrespect to the many fine prod… 

Ode to Joyce

Ode to Joyce

Joyce Grenfell was a pioneer in British theatre, comedy and song. 

Unfortunate: The Untold Story of Ursula the Sea Witch

Unfortunate: The Untold Story of Ursula the Sea Witch

Provocative, crude and iconic, Fat Rascal Theatre’s production of Unfortunate is nothing short of a showstopper. 

Disney’s The Lion King (UK Tour)

Disney’s The Lion King (UK Tour)

Touring productions of West End musicals can often feel like a poor shadow of their original run as they usually require considerable downscaling to easily fit into a multitude of … 

The Collab

The Collab

The #MeToo movement is losing momentum, but its work is not done. 

The Little Prince

The Little Prince

The Little Prince by Antione De Saint Exupery is a timeless classic that enables children to safely and creatively explore the idea of things coming to an end and that there is lif… 

Showwomen

Showwomen

You’ve probably seen showgirls, stunt men, and of course, The Greatest Showman… but have you ever stopped to think about where all the Showwomen are? They’ve certainly always… 

The Lion

The Lion

I had been looking forward to seeing The Lion for a long time. 

The Paramedics Live

The Paramedics Live

The Paramedics was inspired by an innovative idea by director James Burgess, who was a paramedic until five years ago. 

Twisted Tales

Twisted Tales

Twisted Tales was a power packed two-hander show from Owdyado Theatre that took the idea of the thriller genre and turned it inside out by twisting it into two deliciously dark pla… 

No One

No One

Sometimes you see a piece of theatre that is so superb and shines so bright in every single way that it knocks you sideways. 

The Breakup Monologues

The Breakup Monologues

The Breakup Monologues is an award-winning podcast from comedian Rosie Wilby, which has been brought to the Brighton Fringe for the first time ever.