Edinburgh Traditional Building Festival

Edinburgh Traditional Building Festival

This was really quite a wonderful event, although not one I would have necessarily picked for purely entertainment purposes. 

Museum After Hours

Museum After Hours

What could be cooler than hanging out in the Nation Museum of Scotland, having a few drinks, seeing some top notch performers and seeing some cool new exhibits? Maybe my expectatio… 

Offal Comedienne

Offal Comedienne

Natasha Yapp is a witty, clever and talented young woman with a flair for comedy, although it’s clear she is just beginning her career. 

A Polish / Scottish Odyssey

A Polish / Scottish Odyssey

Martin Stepek, the host of this show, ended by saying ‘enjoyment might not be the word, but I hope you’ve taken something from this. 

The Revolution Will Not Be Improvised

The Revolution Will Not Be Improvised

This form of improvisation is fairly stripped back, there was minimal audience interaction and the actors tended to go off on anecdotes that just weren’t that funny. 

Sweet Pang Is Innocent

Sweet Pang Is Innocent

You will have absolutely no idea how to feel about this show upon entering, but you’ll know – having read this review – it’s a solid four star performance, and you should p… 

Tea Dance

Tea Dance

I had an absolutely wonderful time at this event. 

How to Read a Story

How to Read a Story

A really interesting, informative and helpful performance, particularly for all those budding authors and performers out there. 

Live Storytelling

Live Storytelling

This was a pretty good performance. 

The Cautionary Tales of Struwwelpeter

The Cautionary Tales of Struwwelpeter

I was pleasantly surprised by this performance. 

Hamlette

Hamlette

I’m not adverse to Shakespeare re-imaginings. 

Argonautika

Argonautika

This family friendly adaptation of Jason and the Argonauts was a fairly comical and entertaining show. 

Ghosts of the Happy and High-Spirited

Ghosts of the Happy and High-Spirited

A blend of good stand up and well-presented storytelling, Ghosts of the Happy and High-Spirited is a firmly funny and chilling hour of Free Fringe comedy. 

Richard Gadd: Cheese and Crack Whores

Richard Gadd: Cheese and Crack Whores

Wonderfully dark and disturbing, Richard Gadd has come to Edinburgh’s Free Fringe not only to make his audience cry with laughter, but also to push the boundaries of physical com… 

Tickled Pig Presents: The Noon Show / PBH's Free Fringe

Tickled Pig Presents: The Noon Show / PBH's Free Fringe

Unfortunately, this three piece act had dwindled to two by the time I saw their performance, however Jack Campbell and Robbie Ormrod were 100% funny enough to carry the show by the… 

Ulysses Dies at Dawn

Ulysses Dies at Dawn

An absolutely wonderfully theatrical and original performance brimming with intelligence and talent, Ulysses Dies at Dawn is an absolute must-see this year. 

Catherine Semark: Shadow Ape

Catherine Semark: Shadow Ape

Catherine Semark is a sharp, witty woman with some generally comical banter. 

Can You Hear Seagulls?

Can You Hear Seagulls?

A heart-wrenching performance by the wonderful Wotlarx Enterprises, Can You Hear Seagulls? is an hour of subtle humour and warmth. 

Flipper Committed Suicide

Flipper Committed Suicide

Giada Garofalo is an unusual storyteller. 

SemiToned: The ExeMen

SemiToned: The ExeMen

If you’re a fan of sharp, well-choreographed, funny and energetic a cappella, then I suggest you book your tickets for this show immediately. 

Rebustours - Hidden Edinburgh

Rebustours - Hidden Edinburgh

This tour is absolutely one of the best literary walking tours Edinburgh has to offer. 

Buddhist Meditation

Buddhist Meditation

If you’re interested in relaxation techniques and getting in touch with your body, then this workshop is definitely for you. 

Mr Phil Kay and Thee Cameron St. Clair are: Men Utd

Mr Phil Kay and Thee Cameron St. Clair are: Men Utd

Explicitly funny from the first chord, Phil Kay and Cameron St. 

God versus The Mind Reader

God versus The Mind Reader

Mark Cairns puts on a wonderfully clever show, astounding his audience with his ‘mind reading’ abilities. 

The Graveyard Shift: Magic on the Dark Side

The Graveyard Shift: Magic on the Dark Side

This was the most confusing performance I have seen this Fringe. 

Darius Davies' HBÖ Special

Darius Davies' HBÖ Special

Darius Davies… I’m sort of in love with him. 

Gusset Grippers

Gusset Grippers

Gusset Grippers is a funny, feel good and easygoing show. 

The Curse of Elizabeth Faulkner

The Curse of Elizabeth Faulkner

The Curse of Elizabeth Faulkner was funny, entertaining and mildly unnerving; a brilliant combination of horror and comedy. 

Puzzled

Puzzled

Matthew Collins, from what I could gather from this one hour performance, is a generally lovely Irishman who can be genuinely funny and witty. 

Aaron Twitchen's Princess Guide to Dating

Aaron Twitchen's Princess Guide to Dating

Fabulous, glamorous and hilarious, Aaron Twitchen’s Princess Guide to Dating is one of the better Free Fringe shows you will see this year. 

Woolly Mammoth Panic Attack

Woolly Mammoth Panic Attack

Matt Nagin thoroughly let the Free Fringe down with his show Wolly Mammoth Panic Attack. 

Dido and Aeneas

Dido and Aeneas

As a fan of both classical literature and opera, I was interested to see how this show would work out, being set in the 20th century banking world. 

Bookshop Midnight Mayhem

Bookshop Midnight Mayhem

It’s a rare occasion when the audience is funnier than the performer. 

Demitris Deech Isn't Sick!

Demitris Deech Isn't Sick!

Demitris Deech is a charmingly funny guy, who can thoroughly bond with an audience in a short space of time. 

The Life and Times of Greyfriars Bobby

The Life and Times of Greyfriars Bobby

Having lived in Edinburgh all my life, I wondered how much Saints and Sinners Walking Tours could really tell me about my city. 

Robert Burns and the Lassies

Robert Burns and the Lassies

This is an absolutely charming and highly informative performance, made possible by the wonderful writer and historian Allan Foster and his accompanying Scottish folk singer, Andy … 

In Cahoots

In Cahoots

In Cahoots is, to put simply, packed with ‘lol’ing - and I do mean literally laughing out loud at every single sketch. 

Griff Rees Jokes

Griff Rees Jokes

Lloyd Griffith and Matt Rees delivered a wonderful hour of comedy and, surprisingly, excellent vocals on behalf of Griffith. 

The Uncanny Valley

The Uncanny Valley

Superbolt Theatre are a trio of talented actors who have put together a wonderful show this Fringe, one that tugs at the heart strings and questions the future of technology in a c… 

The Paper Princess

The Paper Princess

This is a wonderfully charming adaptation of Elisa Kleven’s book The Paper Princess, brought to life with live music, puppetry and audience participation.