Alba - A New Scottish Musical

Alba - A New Scottish Musical

Roddy swaps his designer suit and expensive shoes for waterproofs and walking boots and takes off on an unexpected and life-changing journey. From Best New Musical (Off West End Award Theatre Awards) nominee Finn Anderson comes this original new musical with a Celtic flair!This is essentially a four hander performed by musicians-cum-actors and it’s all delivered with style, succeeding in moving the audience with its gorgeous harmonies and rich musical tones... 

Anthems - West End Showstoppers

Anthems - West End Showstoppers

Local company Edinburgh Music Theatre present their second production in a double bill and achieve a true West End sound.When a renowned local company gets the chance to cherry pick the biggest and best songs from the complete catalogue of the musicals, it must be difficult to pick exactly which 12 songs to use... 

Fringe Fantasmic!

Fringe Fantasmic!

Local company Edinburgh Music Theatre return to the fringe for their annual production with a double offering, the first of which is Fringe Fantasmic.This is a production aimed at youngsters and their families, as the company make a selection from the Disney catalogue and spin it into a candy-coated concoction that delivers exactly what it sets out to do... 

Don't Tell Him Pike

Don't Tell Him Pike

Through the 60’s and 70’s BBC television went through a golden period for producing some of the best situation comedy, amongst which was the great Dad’s Army. Sadly today there is only one surviving actor from the legendary front line, that being Ian Lavender... 

Miss Saigon School Edition

Miss Saigon School Edition

Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boubil’s classic Miss Saigon is currently enjoying a revival at the Prince Edward Theatre in the West End. Norfolk Youth Music Theatre have taken on the greatest challenge of this year’s Fringe and make a fine job of it... 

Eurobeat: Almost Eurovision (Sarajevo)

Eurobeat: Almost Eurovision (Sarajevo)

In 2007, Eurobeat: Almost Eurovision exploded on the Edinburgh Fringe and has appeared practically every year since with a few tweaks. Even now, it’s still pulling in the audiences... 

Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens

Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens

There are some musicals which take their basis from real life and transform them into fairy tales. There are others that show the stark reality of life with a compassionate light and this is true of Elegies... 

The Addams Family

The Addams Family

The Addams Family is a musical comedy with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa and a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice. The show is based upon The Addams Family characters created by Charles Addams in his single-panel gag cartoons, which depict a ghoulish American family with an affinity for all things macabre... 

The Lady Boys of Bangkok - Red Hot Kisses Tour

The Lady Boys of Bangkok - Red Hot Kisses Tour

No Fringe is complete without the inclusion of the Lady Boys, who return to their Edinburgh home – for what could be the last time – under the Sabai Pavilion on The Meadows for another season with their new production Hot Kisses... 

The Girl Who

The Girl Who

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is celebrating ten years of musical theatre at the Fringe and in traditional style, alongside a main full scale production (this year the Addams family) they also bring a brand new piece of work... 

Conflict in Court

Conflict in Court

During last year’s Fringe, LR Stageworks presented Silence in Court, an interactive courtroom drama, which proved such a success both that original production and this brand new production are presented for the 2014 season... 

I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change

I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change

Joe Dipietro and Jimmy Roberts’ musical comedy, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change has become a staple of the fringe in recent years, probably because it requires a small, budget-friendly, company of actors and a single piano mix... 

Departures: A Song Cycle

Departures: A Song Cycle

The idea of the song cycle is to use an original thought from which the music and lyrics is constructed as opposed to writing a book or adapting material from an original source. Sheffield based Verismo Theatre bring such a song cycle to the fringe, based on interviews from individuals across a diverse range of British communities... 

Bottleneck

Bottleneck

On Saturday April 15th 1989, over 3000 faithful Liverpool FC supporters made the journey to Sheffield Wednesday’s home ground of Hillsborough to see their team take on Nottingham Forrest in the FA cup semi-final... 

Mercury Fur

Mercury Fur

Philip Ridley’s Mercury Fur is set in a post-apocalyptic version of London's East End, where a gang of youths survive by their wits, dealing with butterfly-like drugs traded for objects looted from the likes of the British Museum by their butterfly-addicted customers... 

The Cliff

The Cliff

Michael Shand's new one-hour play starts with two men visiting the edge of the cliff from which their friend fell a year before. Micky (Greg Esplin) is convinced that their mate Paddy was pushed; Andy (Thomas Hallen) thinks he jumped... 

At The Illusionist's Table

At The Illusionist's Table

Mix a delicious three-course supper with an intimate audience of 16 sat around a dinner table high above Queen Street in the Scotch Malt Whisky Society and simmer with the illusions of Scott Smith then serve it a style which truly challenges your perception... 

Michelle McManus @ The Musicals

Michelle McManus @ The Musicals

It’s now ten years since Michelle McManus broke through to fame following her winning on ITV’s Pop Idol. Much has happened for her in that decade, both in her professional and personal life, and all of it is marked in her memory with a song... 

A Family Beyond The Army

A Family Beyond The Army

A Family Beyond The Army shines a human and compassionate light on the many men and women who hold families and daily lives together awaiting news of their loved one far away. It follows the story of a soldier (Paul Innes) as he finds love with a local girl (Mai Cunningham) who lives with her ever watchful mother (Gerry Fleming)... 

The Hard Man

The Hard Man

The life story of Jimmy Boyle, who in his younger years was a notorious criminal, was first staged back in 1977 at the Traverse. It’s the story of Glasgow’s underworld which, while saturated with criminal mentality, actually played home to people with good hearts and a sense of humanity won through bitter struggles... 

Billy With His Boots On

Billy With His Boots On

What do you get when you cross a story of a boy who loves westerns with pop music and the Jeremy Kyle show? You get Billy With His Boots On. This is a show that tries to be controversial on a topic surrounding the reintroduction of the death penalty but is so muddled in its writing and direction that it simply fails to engage an audience... 

Why Is John Lennon Wearing a Skirt?

Why Is John Lennon Wearing a Skirt?

Everyday society accepts woman who wear jeans, trainers and a t shirt as normal, yet if a man walked down the street in stockings, skirt and high heels that is seen as abnormal. Why? This classic play about gender and stereotyping returns to the Fringe for the first time since its premiere at the Traverse in 1990... 

Ben Hart - The Outsider

Ben Hart - The Outsider

The world of Illusions and magic has provided many an audience with hours of puzzlement as they try to figure out exactly how the performer achieved the tricks they just saw before them... 

Alternotive A Capella

Alternotive A Capella

Returning for their fourth consecutive Fringe season are the seasoned voices from Oxford University, who are celebrating twenty years of the ‘Alts’ with this new show.The fourteen strong ensemble is drawn from various courses and colleges across the University of Oxford... 

Loud & Proud on the Fringe

Loud & Proud on the Fringe

Scotland’s first and foremost LGBT choir returned to the Fringe with a selection of a cappella music which stirred the soul. In an inspired opening number of Dolly Parton’s '9 to 5', the forty strong choir showcased their excellent four and five piece harmonies... 

Big Daddy vs Giant Haystacks

Big Daddy vs Giant Haystacks

At 4pm every Saturday, from 1976 to 1988, tens of millions of Britons and countless more world-wide were in the grip of an extraordinary sports phenomenon: watching two fat men - Shirley Crabtree and Martin Ruane aka Big Daddy and Giant Haystacks - pretend to fight (wrestle) each other... 

Silence in Court

Silence in Court

There is no greater theatrical performance, some say, than that which goes on in the courts throughout Great Britain, although the system differs north and south of the border, it’s still fertile ground for an experimental piece of fringe theatre which makes a welcome return to the festival this year with a new cast... 

8 Storeys Up

8 Storeys Up

Sometimes the simplest idea for musical is often the best idea and this is showcased brilliantly here by Slipstream Theatre Company and their production of 8 Storeys Up.8 Storeys Up is a new musical about life in an apartment block... 

Positive

Positive

What is it like to live with an HIV positive diagnosis in today’s world? With the advances in medication being what they are, is it really that difficult? West Avenue Theatre Company bring a play to the Fringe which explores that very idea... 

Blood Ties

Blood Ties

Nestling under the great arches of the North Bridge is a musical that blows all of its contemporaries out of the water. Following a brief run at Toronto's Annex Theatre, Canada’s Performing Arts Collective have brought Blood Ties to the Fringe and it’s a true treat of a show... 

Glory Days

Glory Days

The transition between leaving secondary school and heading into University, or indeed a life of work and paying one’s way, is the subject for this riveting little lunchtime play at theSpace on the mile... 

Killers

Killers

For many of us, there is deep fascination with trying to understand those who commit shocking and horrifying crimes. None inspire such revulsion as the Moors Murderer, the Yorkshire Ripper and a necrophiliac slayer of young men... 

Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens

Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens

Stemming from Names Project Aids Memorial Quilt and Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology, this show made its breakthrough on the popular stage in the Late 80’s at the height of the Aids epidemic that robbed the world of a generation of people... 

Storming the Barricade

Storming the Barricade

If you want to see a show that has some of the biggest songs to ever hit Broadway and the West End and a storyline from both on and off the stage, then go and see Storming the Barricade... 

Forever 27

Forever 27

There is a legendary club, it is said, made up of a number of celebrities who have passed away at the age of 27; it includes the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain and most recently Amy Winehouse... 

The Bridge

The Bridge

Written and performed by Benjamin Scheuer, The Bridge is a beautiful addition to the C Venues programme. Performing in an intimate studios in C Nova, this show is an exploration of one man’s experiences as he faces up to adulthood when he should have been enjoying the pleasures of adolescence... 

Forest Boy

Forest Boy

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland return to the Fringe with an outstanding 50 minute musical from the absorbing pens of Scott Gilmour and Claire McKenzie.Forest Boy is based on a true story of a boy who, on 2 September 2011, appeared in Berlin claiming to have lived in the forest for the past five years... 

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[title of show]

A unique concept of a musical about two guys writing a musical thats all about two guys writing a musical, [title of show] made it debut on Broadway back in 2008 but remains unknown here in the UK... 

If These Spasms Could Speak

If These Spasms Could Speak

Sometimes it’s difficult to write a review but, as this production highlights, I am fortunate to have the ability to do so without asking for assistance. Robert Softley in association with the Arches has brought a show to the Fringe that shines a light on Impairment... 

Circles of Love

Circles of Love

Local company EMT have turned to the Songbook of the Disney Company for this year’s Fringe concert. However this is not what you would expect when someone says Disney: instead of taking their selection of songs from Disney movies, they are instead the songs used in the original stage productions of said movies... 

Waiting for the Call

Waiting for the Call

Waiting For The Call is an exercise in improvised musical theatre, performed by some of the younger students at Wellington College. This company choose to blindfold and stick an iPod in the ears of one of the performers while the selection of show title and story is made, only bringing him into the action when one of the other performers phones him, therefore waiting for the call! Simple huh?The method this company deploys is picking a show title from the children’s section of the official Fringe Guide and building the story around that... 

Between

Between

Tucked away in a quiet corner of surgeons hall is a play which comes to the Fringe all the way from South Africa. Its quiet, unassuming nature belies what is a powerhouse of emotion, conviction and theatre which challenges the mind and the heart in equal measure... 

35MM: A Musical Exhibition

35MM: A Musical Exhibition

As Told By productions in collaboration with Greenwich Theatre have brought a new piece of musical theatre to Fringe this year. This show succeeds in wowing the audience with its sheer passion, despite being initially challenging to understand... 

This Is My Box

This Is My Box

Karli Evans and Kat Roma Greer of Australia’s Rue de La Rocket company come to the Fringe with a show which, though billed as theatre, could easily be mistaken for a sketch comedy show... 

Kiss Me Honey, Honey!

Kiss Me Honey, Honey!

Long term residents of the Kings Theatre Edinburgh pantomime Andy Gray and Grant Stott leave pantoland behind and come to the fringe with a brand new play from Philip Meeks, creator of last years smash hit Murder Marple and Me... 

The Lady Boys of Bangkok - Glamorous Amorous Tour

The Lady Boys of Bangkok - Glamorous Amorous Tour

No Edinburgh Fringe is complete without the inclusion of the Lady Boys, who return to their Sabai Pavilion home on The Meadows for another season with a new production, Glamorous Amorous... 

Love Story

Love Story

It is now 43 years since Love Story hit our movie screens and caused a generation to weep as one with its emotional storyline. In 2010 the musical of the film made its debut. It’s now getting its Fringe premier at Paradise in Augustine’s... 

Party Piece

Party Piece

Though this show is featured in the theatre section of the fringe guide, it is actually a fusion of theatre, stand-up comedy and physical theatre. It’s a real cross section and while it does have moments which work wonderfully, the piece is still too muddled a picture to be successful... 

Mercy Killers

Mercy Killers

Tucked away in the Baillie room of the Assembly Hall venue is a play tackling the healthcare crisis plaguing America and asks the vital question, how far would you go to help a loved one? Written and Performed by Michael Milligan, this one man tour de force opens as the police arrive to question a husband whose wife has died in mysterious circumstances... 

Salomé

Salomé

It always interesting when the fringe guide promotes a late night musical. In the past I have found that these tend to be the grittier offerings from the musical theatre canon.Oscar’s Eleven productions have brought Salome to the stage for a short run at the fringe... 

Oliver!

Oliver!

It was in June 1960 that the Lionel Bart’s Oliver! took to the stage for the very first time and the show has gone on to achieve great things in the ensuing fifty plus years. It has always been a favourite with youth theatre companies and am drams and has appeared in a shortened version at previous fringes... 

Get Got

Get Got

American Television audiences have always enjoyed the chat show genre, from the likes of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson to David Letterman and of course Oprah. They also have a deep fixation with car-crash TV as seen by the popularity of Jerry Springer... 

Albion Forlorn

Albion Forlorn

The Fringe is and always has been a breeding ground for new work and experimentation and rightly so. New writing Albion Forlorn satirically charts the progress of a young boy as he encounters the fractured dreams, disillusionment and twisted mores of a 21st century Britain... 

Sweet Talking Guy

Sweet Talking Guy

Sometimes it’s better to leave a production which is intended to be a musical revue concert in its original form rather than try and turn it into a full blown musical. However, writer and director Eddie McDowell has taken twenty hit songs from the 1960s and built a thin and sadly predictable story around them... 

Smokey Joe's Cafe

Smokey Joe's Cafe

The Tony Award winning musical revue Smokey Joe’s comes to the Fringe care of Tempo Productions, a native Amateur company with a long history of presenting musicals. It’s important to note that Smokey Joe’s Cafe does not have a storyline - it is in revue format with no unifying theme... 

Glasvegas – The Original 1977 Musical

Glasvegas – The Original 1977 Musical

Welcome to the fabulous Glasvegas is a musical which originally debut in 1977 from the pen of legendary film composer Patrick Doyle. 3 Bugs Fringe Theatre Company have brought more or less a direct remount of the original to the Fringe... 

Festen

Festen

Can a university players’ production do justice to an adaptation of a seminal film classic? The film is Dogme 95 by the great David Eldridge, which has become the stage play Festen, brought to the Fringe by Centre Stage Theatre Company of the University of Aberdeen... 

Moishe's Bagel

Moishe's Bagel

Music is a passion for most people as it enriches our lives and there is space for every type of music. Tonight's offering is a eastern european blend which while different is hugely entertaining... 

Assassins

Assassins

If you’re the President of the United States, you probably get more than your fair share of death threats. However, as this 1990 genre-busting musical asserts, murder ‘is just a tawdry little crime’... 

Frisky & Mannish: 27 Club

Frisky & Mannish: 27 Club

Frisky and Mannish are well known for their comedy capers in their madcap tribute to pop icons, but what happens when the duo turn serious and take a look at the pop and rock phenomenon of stars who have passed away at the age of 27? We are talking of course of Kurt Cobain, Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and Brian Jones among other rockstar tortured souls... 

Part A

Part A

Everyone’s been to a house party at some point but can anyone say they left the party as sober as when they arrived?. Bottle Top Theatre Company writers Freya Smith and Jack Williams did stay sober and have arrived at the Fringe with an awesome debut musical... 

In Transit

In Transit

INdepenDANCE Youth dance-theatre brings a conceptual and at times emotional piece of modern dance to the Spaces on Niddry Street. The ‘transitional’ element of the storytelling refers to the journeys of child migrants, past and present, sharing experiences of loss, isolation and courage, ultimately finding hope in the kindness of others... 

A Compas Flamenco

A Compas Flamenco

Ricardo Garcia offers Fringe-goers the opportunity to explore the origins and background of Spain's national dance phenomenon known as Flamenco. A Compas Flamenco isn’t a full on performance, although there is one put on by this company later on in the day at the same venue, but an interesting workshop looking at the roots of the extremely physical and challenging dance... 

Sweeney Todd

Sweeney Todd

Sondheim's classic tale of murderous intent arrives at C too in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle, home to many a murderous event itself. The Lincoln Company bring a shortened version of the show and give it their all... 

Hey, Piano Bar Lady!

Hey, Piano Bar Lady!

When everyone is trying to push the boundaries in their performances at the Fringe it's refreshing to watch simple and beautiful talent carry a show on its own. This one woman show takes us on autobiographical journey looking at Linn Lorkin, a New Zealand native moving to New York to start living her dream... 

I Got It - An Actor's Tale

I Got It - An Actor's Tale

The Fringe has always been a breeding ground for new writing especially in the musical category. Local boy Marc Mackinnon has taken that mantra to heart by setting up his company, Smile-N productions and performing his self written world premiere production of “I got It”... 

Revolution! The Musical

Revolution! The Musical

In 1993 Bosnia broke free from Yugoslavia during the war that raged there, destroying some of the country's best known architecture and costing many lives. These events transpired nearly 13 years after the death of President Tito... 

Gilbert and Sullivan in Brief(s)

Gilbert and Sullivan in Brief(s)

Four performers from New York's famous Queen’s Theatre bring a new production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s in Briefs to the Fringe with mixed results.The premise of the show is almost like Gilbert & Sullivan meets Saturday Night... 

Therapy

Therapy

No Shoes Theatre Company, whose massive success “The Improvised Musical” continues to pull the crowds at the Fringe, are debuting this powerful, articulate and ultimately moving musical at the site specific spaces of C Nova... 

Katianna Was Here

Katianna Was Here

How does a person deal with a devastating incurable degenerative disease, and what effect does it have on their friends and family, is the focus of this play from edgeeradica. Katiana, a lively and born-to-be-a-leader sixteen-year-old, finds out she is affected by leukodystrophy – a disease that prevents her from walking, moving, seeing and, ultimately, speaking and breathing... 

Lost in the 80s

Lost in the 80s

In 1928, at the young age of 18, Django Reinhardt lost the use of two fingers in a fire. Following that accident, Reinhardt developed a unique, jazz-inspired style of guitar-playing and became one of the world's most influential musicians... 

Departure Lounge

Departure Lounge

One of the successes of the 2008 Fringe returns to Edinburgh with a new cast and fresh direction but retains its ability to be an uncomfortable experience.Dougal Irvine’s story is set in the departure lounge of Malaga airport as four lads prepare to return home after a debauched week in the sunshine to celebrate the end of exams but are stuck by a long delay... 

Music of Les Misérables and West End Musicals

Music of Les Misérables and West End Musicals

Dysart Productions return to the Fringe with an updated version of their 2011 show and really wows the crowds with their peerless vocal performances of some of the great songs from the West End stage... 

The Secrets Hidden in the Beatles RockBand

The Secrets Hidden in the Beatles RockBand

Can such an everyday thing like playing the Beatles Rock Band game on the Xbox really give rise to a new comedy musical? Well this is the Fringe where anything is possible, and boy does it work... 

Besides the Obvious

Besides the Obvious

This new play taking place in C Eca revolves around three main questions, what happened in the past?, what happens now? and what happens in the future?. While the acting is superb (especially from David Edment) there are serious faults in the script... 

Streets the Musical

Streets the Musical

A modern Scotland where for many of today's youth the problem of knife and drug crime is rife is the basis for this potent musical by writer/director/producer Finn Anderson which is receiving its premiere at the Fringe in its new format... 

Soldiers' Wives

Soldiers' Wives

The country remains split on the justification of the war currently being waged in the Middle East, but we all accept the bravery of those men and women who serve on the front line in our names... 

Beyond Hillsborough

Beyond Hillsborough

The events of Saturday 15th of April 1989 will be forever etched in the memory of both Merseyside and around the world, as viewers of BBC Grandstand watched the Hillsborough football disaster unfold, a disaster which cost 96 people their lives... 

Little Shop of Horrors

Little Shop of Horrors

The Fringe has always been a place of no limits and of being accessible to all, including the numerous school groups and companies who bring their efforts with them to Edinburgh. Glenthorne High School under its drama programme ArtsOne bring Little Shop of Horrors to the Fringe and it's a tough one to watch... 

Anthony Rapp - Without You
BOBBY WINNER

Anthony Rapp - Without You

The question of how a person really measures the value of their lives and those lives that they effect has always been the heart and soul of the Broadway smash-hit rock opera Rent.It’s the show that launched American actor Anthony Rapp to cult status with Rent-heads - a band of devoted followers of the iconic show... 

Bob Downe ... Smokin'

Bob Downe ... Smokin'

The legendary Mark Trevorrow brings his comic masterpiece Bob Downe back to the Fringe for an amazing 16th Fringe run and boy does he deliver in spades.The is pure cabaret fun and frolics at its very best with the king of the 70’s sounds taking his audience on an hour long romp with the chance to win prizes and an assortment of cards from his new range to cover any occasion... 

Ordinary Days

Ordinary Days

As a firm believer that theatre is not just watched or performed but indeed experienced, the return of Green Room Productions with their second show, Ordinary Days, affirms that belief...