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.
Lying not too far beneath the CV19 surface of 2020 lie a series of news events that seem to epitomise our times.
The lockdown goes on and theatre will likely not return anytime soon.
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.
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.
In 1996, Robert Lepage's initial production of The Seven Streams was far from critic-pleasing.
If you go down to the woods today, you’re in for a BIG surprise.
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.
The Gielgud Theatre hosts Ben Elton's stage version of his acclaimed TV show, Upstart Crow.
Every year the Royal Albert Hall plays host to Cirque du Soleil, whose cast of exceptional performers come from across the globe.
Watching Super Sunday makes you think you really ought to get the gym more.
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’.
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…
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’…
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…
Finding myself once again at the Bridewell Theatre, home of amateur theatre group SEDOS, I know I am in for a treat.
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…
In the midst of the comedy maelstrom, into which Edinburgh in August descends, I was privileged to enjoy an extraordinary artistic experience.
Casey Jay Andrews, resplendent in red dungarees in an intimate venue of her own creation, begins by reminding us pointedly that in her show she is not an actor but will “remain a…
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.
A poetic and poignant piece of storytelling; Choir of Man hit all the right notes in a story of brotherhood, the archetypical pub and the importance of community.
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…
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…
Making a show with your ex must be awkward, right? Maybe.
Have you ever been on a Tinder date? Picture that in front of a live audience, where only one of the participants knows what’s going on.
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 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.
One island, split in two with a thundering crack: half for the fishermen and half for the farmers.
Anything With A Pulse begins with boy meets girl in a nightclub.
We’re told that ‘Max needs a firm hand’, as the performance launches with three actors clad in balaclavas.
Zoe Lyons packs out the Gilded Balloon with stand-up that raises the bar for Fringe comedy.
Scruffy indie kids have inherited the world and Cora Bissett rules supreme.
Shabbat shalom misfits, Reuben Kaye is back in town.
If you’re looking for high quality stand up from a master of observational comedy, you’ve come to the right place.
What’s done is done.
The show is called Only Bones, which is confusing given that its performer, Thomas Monckton, doesn’t seem to have any.
“Will they or won’t they go through with it?” That is the consuming question that hovers for an hour over Letter to Boddah, written and directed by Sarah Nelson and performed…
Another Fringe day, another single figure on a stage dissecting a “big issue of today”.
Every night, a debauched affair of revelries and frivolity can be found in the depths of the Raging Bull bar on Lothian Road.
Princess dresses and cleaning supplies turn into painfully comical horses, lakes, capes, ans tents for you to hide in.
Within a basement room of the Hanover Suite (Venue 119) is perhaps the best musical sketch comedy you will find this Fringe.
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.
There are worse ways to start a show than with free sweets, and no better way to end it than with a singalong.
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…
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.
The word ‘legend’ is bandied about a bit too much these days.
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.
The Edinburgh Fringe is awash with shows designed to shock and push our buttons.
Steven Berkoff’s irresistible EAST makes an inevitable return to the Festival Fringe, this time in a vibrant and energetic production by HiveMCR.
How did the first person to watch Phoebe Waller-Bridge perform Fleabag feel; confused, enlightened, so profoundly altered they could barely put words to it? Jodie Irvine’s origin…
Life and death, love and loss, birth and miscarriage are all explored in this visual cycle of life.
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 …
The Girl Guide Promise, an oath taken by all Guides and Brownies, highlights how a girl guide member must always do their best, be true to themselves and develop their beliefs.
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’…
So, you think you’re cool? The stage is non-existent, you’re stood beneath the pseudo-stage lights and it seems as though you might be a part of the performance… So, what exa…
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…
Following the overwhelming success of this performance last year, it’s back – and this time with a full cast of professional actors.
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.
Seeing circus never gets old – there’s always something magical about watching human beings doing things you can barely imagine with their bodies.
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 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 …
Known better for his kink-based comedy, John Pendal returns this year to the Fringe with a different angle to a similar style he employs, one that combines his witty sexual quips w…
Richard Gadd pours a free cup of tea to a stranger at a bar – she comes back.
Albert Einstein used to work in a patent office, reportedly because the mundanity and ease of the job allowed his mind to wander to more complicated concepts.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that Spontaneous Potter, from the eponymous Spontaneous Players, is just another improvised twist on a cultural classic.
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…
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.
Sex Shells is a rampant and rambunctious hour of reverie, a camp cabaret that’s exceptionally remarkable in style.
If you’ve not experienced Bec Hill live yet, then I have some bad news for you, my friend – your life has yet to reach its maximum for potential happiness.
What do you get when you blend the works of William Shakespeare, with an all singing and dancing musical extravaganza? You get the Elizabethan’s answer to Flight of the Conchords…
Matt Forde’s reputation as one of our finest political satirists moves into even more assured territory with this caustic and superbly angry hour of impressions and observations.
This is definitely not the first time I have seen a play about being gay or about the AIDS epidemic, but it is the first time I have seen an eclectic and moving look at life post H…
There’s only one person who could compel people from their homes on a day when the rain is coming down in sheets and thunder crashes less than three Mississippi’s away.
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…
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…
“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…
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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…
Angus gets a review that says he’s ‘watchable’.
This elegantly enchanting piece is a one woman play, telling the story of Clementine Hozier’s life.
Will Jackson is in a bit of a pickle.
If you like fast-paced political satire, polished with a high degree of musical theatre and jazz hands, this is the show for you! As to be expected from the team at NewsRevue, The …
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.
Ripped, by Alex Gwyther is a heroic confrontation with the aftermath of a male sexual assault.
Writer and performer Mika Johnson delivers a powerful, poignant and relatable queer narrative, which voices the story of a masculine-identifying lesbian, navigating life and love t…
Breath-taking, Blizzard produced by Flip Fabrique from Quebec, is so much more than a circus show.
An intense, enthralling and fascinatingly uncomfortable exploration of the ageing of an American woman, played with a perfected bleak clowning approach that toys with the crowd and…
With First Impressions, Christina Bianco further cements her reputation as the First Lady of Impersonation.
When critiquing a musical about the difficulties of being a performer, there’s nothing to do but write a review about the difficulties of being a critic.
For those who don’t know, Frisky & Mannish are Fringe royalty.
Move aside Maleficent, Unfortunate: The Untold Story of Ursula the Sea Witch is the new anti-hero tale in town.
The boys are back in town and they still believe in the stag! Irish sketch comedy trio, Sean Finegan, Conor McKenna and Sean Flanagan, return for another Edinburgh Fringe run with …
On a bare stage at Pleasance Upstairs, Bobby & Amy promises storytelling in its purest form.
Floating Flowers by B.
Titania McGrath may just be a young Kensington girl with a modest Trust Fund and a thirst for social justice, but she’s in Edinburgh to make a difference, and inspire us common peo…
The crowd is lively, laughing and waiting expectantly for the venue to open.
A one-handed show about making a one-handed show might be becoming a little passé at the Fringe but there is at least one final offering you should devour before you write the gen…
The minute he walks calmly onto the stage and surveys the audience you know you’re in for something very special.
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