Tomas Ford Stop Killing People

Tomas Ford Stop Killing People

With a strange, original and interesting production, Tomás Ford brings his Patrick Bateman of the Fringe to the Mash House to tell a one-man-musical tale of double crossing deceit, sex and torture... 

Alistair Green: Nobody’s Twisting Your Arm

Alistair Green: Nobody’s Twisting Your Arm

One of the lesser known but better versed performers in The Stand’s programme at this year’s Fringe, Alistair Green’s show Well Nobody’s Twisting Your Arm is a no-frills stand-up set that works well for the character Green presents us with, but doesn’t break any new ground in the realms of stand-up... 

SmallWar

SmallWar

SmallWar, a piece adapted from actual accounts of events and experiences from conflicts spanning from WWI to Afghanistan, is an interestingly understated exploration of the emotional and physical side effects of battle... 

The Sons of Pitches: Boiler Alert!

The Sons of Pitches: Boiler Alert!

In the recent explosion in popularity of a cappella it seems like you can’t walk up the Royal Mile without tripping over a group of symmetrically dressed singers who’ve lost their instruments performing their mash up of seven different songs... 

Ian Smith – Flappable

Ian Smith – Flappable

The chatty Yorkshire patter of Ian Smith’s comedy offers an incredibly relatable show in the Pleasance comedy programme at this year’s festival. While taking some time to warm into the act, by the end of this observational hour Smith has got the audience entirely on his side, with Flappable proving an interesting and entertaining showcase of his ever blossoming comedic talents... 

McNeil and Pamphilon Go 8-Bit!

McNeil and Pamphilon Go 8-Bit!

Returning to an even bigger venue this year, sketch duo McNeil and Pamphilon reprise their geekalicious gameshow for this year’s Fringe: once again McNeil and Pamphilon Go 8 Bit hits the mark for nerds and noobs alike... 

Riptide: The Slasher Musical

Riptide: The Slasher Musical

Fringe musicals are often incredibly hard to get right but with a score as sizzling as the sun on the beach and some incredibly skilled performers, Riptide: The Slasher Musical hits just the right notes in an over-the-top comedy musical romp of killer proportions... 

Casual Violence: The Great Fire of Nostril

Casual Violence: The Great Fire of Nostril

In this farcical one-hour romp through the troves of storybook tropes, Fringe sketch regulars Casual Violence treat the audience to a kids-show-for-adults style adventure into a world of murder, double-crossing, conjoined twins and baked goods... 

Sam Simmons: Death of a Sails-Man

Sam Simmons: Death of a Sails-Man

The king of surrealist stand-up, Sam Simmons, brings his incredible and irreverent style to the Udderbelly in Death of a Sails Man, the gut-achingly funny tale of a windsurfer lost at sea, with only his own mind and an oyster for company ... 

Cambridge Footlights International Tour Show 2014: Real Feelings

Cambridge Footlights International Tour Show 2014: Real Feelings

Stepping into some pretty big comedy shoes, Cambridge Footlights have brought a fast-paced sketch and improv show to this year’s Fringe. With some new and amusing concepts in the show, the student performers entertain but don’t quite hit the big laughs enough to put them in the higher leagues of sketch groups at the festival this year... 

Guilt & Shame: Going Straight

Guilt & Shame: Going Straight

With more raucous energy than a crate of Red Bull sprinkled with cocaine, Rob Cawsey and Gabe Bisset Smith under the collective guise Guilt & Shame bring their new show Going Straight to this year’s Fringe... 

Dracula

Dracula

Vampires never seem to go out of fashion. From Twilight’s tween idol sparkle to Let The Right One In’s sordid and dangerous world, this is one genre which is a constant pop culture mainstay... 

Unicornucopia

Unicornucopia

Unicornucopia is James Ross’s insane and breakneck hour of Free Fringe stand-up, in which he rattles with hilarious speed through topics of colleagues, love, dreams and some hilariously bad puns and chemistry in-jokes... 

Alex Edelman: Millennial

Alex Edelman: Millennial

Up in Pleasance’s intimate stand-up venue Attic, there is one young comedian who is making waves on the comedy scene as he manages to cement himself as a firm Fringe favourite every year... 

He Had Hairy Hands

He Had Hairy Hands

Having taken the Fringe by storm last year with their debut piece The Boy Who Kicked Pigs, young and incredibly talented theatre company Kill The Beast returns to The Pleasance with He Had Hairy Hands and it is something to behold... 

Pioneer

Pioneer

Curious Directive have hit the Fringe this year with epic sci-fi drama Pioneer, a space-exploration thriller of stunning proportions. With a set which morphs and moulds around the action, an ingenious mix of video, projection and subtle underscoring throughout, the show is an aesthetic wonder... 

I Promise You Sex and Violence

I Promise You Sex and Violence

Northern Stage’s production of I Promise You Sex and Violence is a critique of modern attitudes to homophobia, racism and sexuality. It looks at how middle-class perceptions of what it is acceptable to think and share with others are constantly changing... 

Six Billion Suns

Six Billion Suns

Alzheimer’s is a disease close to the hearts of many people, as it affects so many of such a wide variety of ages, cultures and societies. Part of the pain of Alzheimer’s is the complete helplessness of its sufferers: it is such a difficult condition to trace and treat... 

Treasure Island

Treasure Island

Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale is given a family-friendly and wonderfully whimsical adaptation in this new production by Fourth Monkey. Renowned for their physical theatre work, here the company have tailored their style to their audience, providing an ultimately entertaining if unchallenging hour of theatre... 

The Beta Males: Happenstance

The Beta Males: Happenstance

Fierce, fast, farcical and ferocious, The Beta Males certainly pack a punch in their new show Happenstance. With a chaotic set up of props all over the stage and backdrop, the four-man group setting up frantically as we enter, and Pharrell’s ‘Happy’ blasting out over the speakers, the audience know they are in for an exciting hour of madcap comedy... 

Alice

Alice

The twists and turns of the topsy-turvy world of Alice in Wonderland are well known and loved by many, enshrined in literary pop culture. However, Fourth Monkey’s immersive adaptation explores a more sinister angle to the story, taking the events of Alice’s original adventure and twisting them into a fractious, dark tale of modern fables and corruption... 

1,000 Suns

1,000 Suns

The Cold War is over, but this time America lost. In a fresh vision of a post-apocalyptic USA, this exciting new production follows the lives and struggles of a group of teenagers trying to get through the difficulties of living after the fallout in the totalitarian society of Radiation Springs... 

Guilt & Shame: Addicted to Everything

Guilt & Shame: Addicted to Everything

There are tons and tons of sketch shows on at the Fringe this year, meaning that it is easy for them to get lost amongst the crowd. However, standing out with the best of them is this comedy duo’s depraved, relentless and hilarious hour of sketches, songs and rapping transvestites... 

The Circus of Terror

The Circus of Terror

Genuinely scary theatre can be hard to get right but this young theatre company has hit the balance of scares and gags bang on in this exciting and innovative show. This is not for the faint-hearted... 

The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden

3Bugs Theatre Company return to the Fringe with a new adaptation of this classic children’s story. Using music and projections, we are invited into the world of Mary, who is sent from her home in India to live with an elderly uncle in England, much to her outrage and disappointment... 

Amateur Transplants: Adam Kay Is Going For A Number One

Amateur Transplants: Adam Kay Is Going For A Number One

With a show that is definitely not for the easily offended, Adam Kay reels off a series of his inimitable brand of parody songs with expert comedic timing and the hilarity that only a show about Christmas songs can deliver... 

Birdhouse

Birdhouse

Taking the story of four elderly women who have been entangled in a freak attack by a murder of crows and take refuge in the Coronet Cinema this is a strange, intriguing and entertaining piece of theatre... 

Carey Marx: Intensive Carey

Carey Marx: Intensive Carey

With his show Intensive Carey, this Fringe favourite returns after a one year hiatus with the story of how he almost died, a number of times, by having a heart attack. Taking this serious subject matter, through hilariously self-deprecating anecdotes and witty one-liners, Carey Marx entertains and fascinates with this well-observed stand-up show... 

BEASTS

BEASTS

Following their successful Pleasance run at the Fringe last year, BEASTS once again return with their inimitable brand of absurdist, ridiculous sketch comedy. The three-strong ensemble go from one sketch to another at frenetic speed, firing off quick sketches packed in amongst the longer scenarios to give a well performed and side-splitting show... 

Rouse Ye Women

Rouse Ye Women

This inventive piece of devised physical theatre is the rousing story of a group of female workers in 1910 who went on strike from their jobs as chain-makers, demanding higher pay and paving the way for the establishment of the very first minimum wage in the UK... 

God of Carnage

God of Carnage

Yasmin Reza’s modern masterpiece is here brought to life in the most frenetic, extreme and exciting way. We enter to the scene of four adults appearing to have a normal meeting but as is soon revealed the meeting is not under the most ideal circumstances... 

Gobsmell: The Musical

Gobsmell: The Musical

With an admittedly clever pun for a title, this misplaced family comedy misses the mark in its attempt to entertain, both musically and humorously. With a cast of six, the musical tells the tale of a pioneering American dentist, played well by Bryan Bounds (who also wrote the show), who moves to a small Yorkshire village in order to save an NHS dentist’s surgery from closing down... 

On Hold

On Hold

The world of PR is one ripe for comedy gold, Izzy Tennyson’s new play has taken this, using it not only for its humour but also to paint a dark portrait of the professional world and the pitfalls of collaborative work... 

Omid Djalili Live

Omid Djalili Live

Somewhat of a fringe legend, Omid Djalili has graced many a theatre on his national tours over the last 20 years since he performed his very first Edinburgh Fringe show. Having become a big name in comedy and starring in a handful of US blockbuster films, the Iranian comic performs a solid show to a packed out audience... 

Project Lolita

Project Lolita

In amongst the more controversial theatre on at the Fringe this year we have emerging playwright Sophie Foster’s new work, which dissects the media culture surrounding suspected paedophiles and how the resulting media attention can destroy lives... 

AAA Stand-Up Late

AAA Stand-Up Late

Stand-up variety shows at the fringe can often be hit-and-miss, but this one just gets it spot on. Three great comedians at the top of their game and about to break giving some late-night belly laughs with their observational and often absurdist routines... 

FOX

FOX

Children and adults alike will be familiar with Roald Dahl’s timeless story of Fantastic Mr Fox. With this inventive and unique production, Scratchworks Theatre bring to the Fringe a new take on the classic tale that will please all audiences, no matter what age... 

Leo

Leo

It’s an old trick seen may times before: someone crawls along the floor, someone films them sideways and they look, on camera, like they are climbing up a wall. I was cynical that such a simple concept would hold water stretched out over an hour-long show, but how wrong I was... 

Light Relief

Light Relief

Geoff Cotton’s show is a mix of sketches, comedy songs, stand-up and satire. While having all the elements for a satisfying Fringe frolic, Cotton just misses the mark with Light Relief, with the elements of the show sitting together somewhat uncomfortably in the 60-minute stint... 

McNeil & Pamphilon Go 8-Bit!

McNeil & Pamphilon Go 8-Bit!

Mario Kart, Street Fighter and Bomber Man are all names that strike nostalgic excitement into the hearts of many of a certain generation. So what happens when you mash these inimitable titles together with some of the Fringe’s best comedians and sketch acts? A room full of geeks shouting at each other about bananas, power-ups and the correct button-mash for a Hadouken: an evening of pure comedy gold...