Calypso Nights

Calypso Nights

With the help of two turntables and a microphone, a flamboyant flamenco outfit, and maracas, DJ Juan Vesuvius (Barnie Duncan) will take you on a hilarious calypso-fuelled joy ride that will leave you ready to party... 

Shooting the White Eagle

Shooting the White Eagle

Ever wanted to be a walk-on part on a film set? Well, now’s your chance - sort of. The White Eagle film project has come to Edinburgh and they want their audience to participate with them... 

We Never Land

We Never Land

If one has been lucky enough in life, one might have met that unique person that makes us feel like we are flying, or, at the very least, like we could fly and never land. For Wendy (Clare Sheppard), that person is her friend Cat, an artist and her friend... 

Unprescribed

Unprescribed

Without a doubt this all-female experimental show is one of the most bizarre things I have ever seen. It was also one of the most enjoyable. Set in “The Centre,” an institution specialising in experimental new techniques for curing obsessive compulsive behaviour, we are introduced to two patients (Dana Etgar and Sarah Chenoweth Kenney) suffering from different obscure and humorous obsessions... 

The Devil Without

The Devil Without

Half Derren Brown mind tricks and black magic show, half theatrical monologue, this 50-minute lock-in with John Faust is frighteningly good fun. The audience is put slightly on edge from the off, being asked to sign a waiver before entering, as the production would be using a type of hypnosis which would not put us ‘under’ but would make our minds impressionable... 

Odd Shaped Balls

Odd Shaped Balls

This one-man-show chronicling a young rugby star’s struggle with sexuality, love, and being ‘outed’ against his will is sincere, powerful, and entertaining. James Hall (Chris Sheridan) weaves his tale of life on the pitch, in the locker room, pub, and at home; outlining his marriage, career, and extramarital affair with a man... 

Conversation at Night With a Despised Character

Conversation at Night With a Despised Character

In a totalitarian state, a writer of controversial literature is about to be killed by an executioner, and he’s expecting him. What follows is a conversation between the two considering death, life, and habit, before the executioner’s fatal task takes place... 

Somebody I Used to Know

Somebody I Used to Know

This one-on-one theatre experience, which explores human connection in the age of Facebook, is a vulnerable and yet surprisingly comfortable invitation into the story of Claire and her friend Andrew and the all-too-relatable story of their drifting apart... 

The Man Who Would Be King

The Man Who Would Be King

Dawn State’s sharp, modern adaptation of Kipling’s classic novella could be deemed a classic in itself. The two actors, who play a plethora of parts, powerfully weave together the scenes of this intensely gripping story... 

Notes from Bermondsey Street

Notes from Bermondsey Street

The premise of Notes from Bermondsey Street is that it reveals the secret urban lives of Londoners through their anecdotes written on notes and concealed in the drawer of a table in a café restaurant ‘somewhere in London’... 

An Evening With Samantha

An Evening With Samantha

Whilst in the Fringe Guide this show rests under the category of ‘Spoken Word’ with a subcategory of ‘comedy’ I’m not sure I could call it either, as although aspects of those genres are present in An Evening with Samantha they are far from the predominant or most excellent aspects of this experience... 

Speak Truth to Power

Speak Truth to Power

In this production of Speak Truth to Power (a play by Ariel Dorfman), ten American High School Students weave together the words and stories of fifty human rights activists from around the world to create a sensitive and inspirational piece... 

Circle Game

Circle Game

As part of the American High School Theatre Festival, a group of US students bring Circle Game to the table, an original piece about stereotypes in urban America. Playing on the idea of being ‘trapped in the Circle’ wherein the stereotyping of society keeps you we chart the tragic (but predictable) story of Victor, a young Hispanic boy, which concludes with a strong (but again relatively predictable) moral message at the end of the piece... 

Questioning Aslan

Questioning Aslan

Questioning Aslan, a production by Searchlight Theatre Company, opens to us an evening with C.S. Lewis (played by David Robinson) and a fictional Oxford pupil of his, James Teller (Michael Taylor), charting a number of their tutorials... 

4.48 Psychosis

4.48 Psychosis

Jolting and unbalanced, although not always in the appropriate way, DEM Productions version of Sarah Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis was a bold effort at naturalising Sarah Kane. 4.48 Psychosis is Kane’s final work, as she killed herself after writing it (and before it was performed), which poetically charts the subject of depression and suicide... 

Artaud: a Trilogy

Artaud: a Trilogy

Going to see a production of Antonin Artaud’s work can be a daunting prospect because you know by default that it will a disturbing experience: either disturbing because it hasn’t been done well, or disturbing because it has... 

Road

Road

Vomit, drunkenness, debauchery, despair and hope are all part of Jim Cartwright’s gritty and award-winning play Road, which is powerfully brought to life by the talented Accidentally on Purpose Productions in a dynamic and imaginative way... 

Missing

Missing

Breathless, emotive and impactful, Gecko Theatre’s Missing is a powerfully visceral experience. This production charts the journey of protagonist Lily to ‘save her soul’; if there is one thing this piece is passionately brimming full of it’s soul... 

Internal Affairs

Internal Affairs

Set in the living room of an unhappily-married couple, one of whom is a politician on the eve of an important election, Internal Affairs follows the couple through several attempts by each spouse to get out of the marriage, whilst avoiding the terms of the prenup... 

Expiration Date

Expiration Date

Welcome to 2113 and to another play set in the not-really-that-distant future. It’s Mildred’s birthday. She is turning 150. She’s had enough and wants to kill herself but her cyborg son wants her to ‘transition’ into a PPod (a People Pod - that is, essentially, to live on as an existence in a computer screen)... 

Bedtime Solos by Jakob Holder

Bedtime Solos by Jakob Holder

11:20 in the morning may seem a strange time to witness a play about a couple’s most intimate moments together and their private considerations but in the dark Upstairs of Assembly Roxy you forget the time and enter into the undeclared thoughts in the minds of sexual partners... 

The Veil (Le Foulard)

The Veil (Le Foulard)

One blank stage space, one exceedingly talented woman dressed all in black, one large black veil: apparently these are the only ingredients you need for an hour of superb entertainment... 

Bo Burnham: What

Bo Burnham: What

Bo’s back. And he’s better than ever. Fast-paced, shocking, ingenious and hilarious, Bo Burnham’s show, What, lets you glimpse every inch of Bo’s extensive talent as a comedian and a performer... 

Humans Inc

Humans Inc

Smoke machines, lasers, flying spaceships, live music and a mission to save the future of humanity, all in one fun-filled hour. At the final frontier of C (the basement -1 space) The Alchemist Theatre Company whisk you to a world of the future in 2440 AD, where meals are now in pill-form, you can go to a ‘brain cinema’ to watch a film and humans are dependent on upgrades for survival and for luxury... 

Robert Golding

Robert Golding

Robert Golding, the sequel to Owen Thomas’ Richard Parker, walks the path from the ordinary to the unusual before tumbling into the chasm of bizarre. The play begins in a new restaurant on the eve of its opening as a married couple (Robert and Jen Golding) await Mark, the architect, unknown to Robert, who has been working with Jen on the restaurant... 

Safe

Safe

This story begins, as many stories have done before it, with a teenage girl (Nina), whose mother has gone into rehab due to alcoholism and who, as a result, has now been forced to move in with her distant father... 

Pendulums Bargain Emporium

Pendulums Bargain Emporium

Loosely inspired by the fairy-tale ‘The Elves and the Shoemaker’, Pendulums Bargain Emporium explores, through puppetry, imaginative visual theatre and music, the impact that greed and our consumerist culture has on small businesses and on the rest of the world... 

Dark Vanilla Jungle

Dark Vanilla Jungle

A girl appears on a blank stage in a white shirt and jeans and with a flower clip pinning back one side of her hair. This girl is Andrea (Gemma Whelan) and my goodness is she going to take you on a rollercoaster in the next seventy-five minutes... 

Rough Theatre

Rough Theatre

Creased Productions’ Rough Theatre brings to the stage two of Beckett’s lesser known plays, Rough for Theatre I and II, in simple but effective style. Sounds of running water and birdsong, accompanied by the pitiful playing of an out-of-tune violin opened the scene of Rough for Theatre I on a dingy, nondescript space, littered with debris and rubbish occupied by two disabled creatures: one blind man (A), playing the violin and the other crippled (B), in a wheelchair... 

Love in the Past Participle

Love in the Past Participle

Four desks, each littered with character appropriate props: on the first, colourful craft ribbons, tea and biscuits; the second, a simple but elegant glass and bottle of white wine; the third, a stapler, post-its and a notebook; and the fourth, an Apple Mac laptop and a to-go coffee cup... 

Novemberunderground

Novemberunderground

This play, set in a not too distant dystopian future, seemed as though it could have been, or should have been, a memorable and gripping piece. However I (and perhaps the ten or fifteen audience members who walked out during the performance I saw might also agree with me) found it rather disappointing... 

A Play With Words and Blind Love

A Play With Words and Blind Love

In hall at the top of a church on a blank proscenium arch stage, a group of Canadian high-schoolers gave me more than I bargained for: two plays for the price of one. The first, A Play with Words, opened with a writer called Scribe, talking to his therapist about his struggle to write a play through his writers block... 

Bianco

Bianco

Bianco, NoFit State’s physical theatre/circus performance, was so passionate and playful that by the end I had resolved to run away with the circus.The performance is staged in a big top circus tent and the set, made up of scaffolds, is repositioned constantly during the show... 

Anoesis

Anoesis

Anoesis took me back to the days of school uniform and strictly invigilated exams, the days when you answered ‘here’ to your name at registration and when teacher’s reports involved the phrase ‘must try harder’... 

Freak Show

Freak Show

In the colourful, cosy confines of Assembly’s Bosco venue, half theatre half circus tent, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland whisks you away for an afternoon to the weird and wonderful world of a Freak Show, a new musical by Scott Gilmour and Claire McKenzie... 

A Happy Side (As Well)

A Happy Side (As Well)

Verbatim theatre can be hard-hitting and grittily real, driving home personal perspectives on an event or discussion and letting the truth speak for itself in order to make a point... 

Beeston Rifles

Beeston Rifles

Set in a dingy living room in a Leeds suburb on the eve of a new year, Beeston Rifles delivers an exhilarating experience that is one part revenge to two parts tragedy. The play opens with the premise of a game, which despite the fancy-dress costumes and a Christmas tree will prove neither playful nor enjoyable...