Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty

As though the Märchen of the Brothers Grimm weren’t harrowing enough, Another Soup’s production of the classic Sleeping Beauty renders this tale even bleaker and more upsetting. 

Active Virgin

Active Virgin

After last year’s successful Fringe offerings, One Academy Productions became a firm favourite of mine. 

The Squiffy Journals

The Squiffy Journals

In a suitably dank place, a darkly comic tone is set by this troupe’s exploration of the less glamorous elements of the entertainment industry, tempered somewhat by more light-hear… 

Married With Snails

Married With Snails

Bernard and Miranda are living in marital bliss with their snail children. 

Macbeth

Macbeth

Macbeth (I’m not afraid to name it; there’s nothing vaguely Scottish about this production) is a play that most everyone encounters at some point in their lives. 

Towards the Moon

Towards the Moon

With acting instrumentalists, declarations of “Colour! Light!” and a lead called Bobby, I feared I was about to see a bad Sondheim knock-off. 

Flanders and Swann

Flanders and Swann

When Tim FitzHigham and Duncan Walsh Atkins took to the stage as Flanders and Swann in their dashing tuxedos, I mentally groaned and waited for the crooning to start. 

The  Butterfly Effect

The Butterfly Effect

The Butterfly Effect is possibly the strangest gig I’ve ever been to, even by Steampunk standards. 

Doris Day Can F**k Off

Doris Day Can F**k Off

The question on my lips for the first few minutes: what on God’s earth is he doing? In very few words, Greg is telling Doris Day to take a running jump. 

What You Will

What You Will

Shrewsbury School here lives up to its gleaming reputation with a technically flawless production. 

The Hot Mikado

The Hot Mikado

Never before have I seen G&S performed so well; too often is it synonymous with G&T, churned out rambunctiously by red-faced socialites clustered around a piano. 

Spring Awakening

Spring Awakening

Gordonstoun’s bears the hallmarks of a high school offering: mixed ability and tampering with the script to give kids fairer parts. 

Samba Sene and Diwan: Africa Calling

Samba Sene and Diwan: Africa Calling

The Fringe guide listing for this performance promises an ‘exuberant’ show full of ‘impassioned vocals’ and ‘Senegalese soul’. 

Henna Night

Henna Night

The intense naturalism of this piece is realised in the staging. 

Heavy Like the Weight of a Flame

Heavy Like the Weight of a Flame

This show was difficult to review. 

Apply Within

Apply Within

Heaven knows it’s tough enough trying to get a job in these economic times without the daunting prospect of a cut-throat arena where every other candidate is your ultimate nemesis. 

Wasted Love

Wasted Love

Yes! This is everything you, I, everyone wants in a musical. 

Pollyanna Meets Piaf

Pollyanna Meets Piaf

Besides me, the modest audience comprised exclusively of people ‘of a certain age’. 

Antonio Forcione

Antonio Forcione

Few things can silence a crowd. 

Bugsy Malone

Bugsy Malone

Bringing a musical to the Fringe is no mean feat, nor is coordinating a rabble of small children. 

We Didn't Have Time to be Scared

We Didn't Have Time to be Scared

Looking for emotional charge? If so, this new musical blows everything else out of the water. 

Vocal is Lekka

Vocal is Lekka

I don’t know where these guys have been hiding - well, I do: South Africa - but they sure know how to bring it.