Threesome

Threesome

Threesome follows the rocky road to a triple tryst as married thirtysomethings Sam and Kate (Chris Willoughby and Gemma Rook) attempt to spice up their faltering relationship by inviting the abrasive and sex-obsessed Lucy (April Pearson) into the bedroom - what follows is fifty minutes of witty banter, sublimely awkward dialogue and what feels like a world record attempt to say “cocks” as many times under an hour as possible... 

That Deadly Noir Magic

That Deadly Noir Magic

The low peal of a jazz trumpet. The droning heaviness of fog over the New York riverside. A beat-up desk with a bottle of brown liquor, a pack of cards, and a gun. If there’s one thing Dani Iannarelli definitely knows, it’s the heavy, chiaroscuro-lit underworld of Film Noir... 

The Canterbury Tales

The Canterbury Tales

There are three things which are undeniably British: Geoffrey Chaucer, trains and casual drinking. Combine the three and you’ve got an entertaining piece of student theatre with an upper lip so stiff you could chisel a bust of the Queen with it... 

The King of Monte Cristo

The King of Monte Cristo

The best humour is the kind which refers to shared experiences Luckily, The King of Monte Cristo picks up on the stereotypes and personalities familiar to anyone who’s worked in theatre, to hilarious and satisfyingly cynical effect... 

Messages from Japan / Super-cussion

Messages from Japan / Super-cussion

There’s something primal about drums. Not even striking them, just watching them. Feeling your eardrums pulse and all your vertebrae rattle up against your ribs. Taiko music is one of those mediums where you feel it just as much as you hear it... 

Gary Colman: Tickling Mice

Gary Colman: Tickling Mice

Along with Part Troll and I Would Happily Punch All Every One Of You In The Face, Gary Colman’s Tickling Mice is not only one of my favourite show titles, but also one of the most appropriate: charming, light-hearted and odd, it describes Colman’s style of humour to a tee... 

Pitch Please

Pitch Please

Ever since that Fox Network show choir series that will not be named, it seems like a capella groups are a dime a dozen. Despite the punny name, you could be forgiven for not expecting much from St... 

The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or The Survival of (R)Evolutionary Theories in the Face of Scientific and Ecclesiastical Objections: Being a Musical Comedy About Charles Darwin (1809-1882)

The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or The Survival of (R)Evolutionary Theories in the Face of Scientific and Ecclesiastical Objections: Being a Musical Comedy About Charles Darwin (1809-1882)

You can always tell a show is going to be good when its name takes up most of the free space on a ticket. The Origin of Species...by means of natural selection or the survival of (r)evolutionary theories in the face of scientific ecclesiastical objections: Being a musical comedy about Charles Darwin (1809-1882) is not only a mouthful, it’s a feast for the eyes and ears... 

The Secret of My Failure

The Secret of My Failure

The Secret of My Failure is a farcical, eclectic sketch comedy show hosted by the energetic Dr Postscript, which weaves through sarcastic appraisals of bad comedy sketches (a clever excuse to get unwitting audience members on stage) and the various interruptions to the Seminar, wherein a whole host of weird characters take centre stage... 

A Divine Comedy

A Divine Comedy

Dante Alighieri. Lost love. A load of puppets. Whilst that might all seem an odd combination, Mike Maran brings it all together admirably in A Divine Comedy: a stand-up storytelling parody of the immortal works of Dante Alighieri... 

Mark Thomas: Trespass – Work in Progress

Mark Thomas: Trespass – Work in Progress

It’s hard these days to find comics, amongst the slick and edgy big leagues, with a genuine sense of mischief. But if you look up the word “raconteur” in the dictionary, I wouldn’t be surprised if you saw Mark Thomas smiling impishly out from the pages... 

Adam Long's Dickens Abridged

Adam Long's Dickens Abridged

When I consider Charles Dickens, a man whose life was seemingly a stumble from one tragedy to the next, I tend not to think ‘comedy stage show material’. But I don’t think I’ll be able to resist from now on, having seen the sublimely hilarious Dickens Abridged... 

The Thinking Drinkers' Guide to the Legends of Liquor

The Thinking Drinkers' Guide to the Legends of Liquor

If nothing else, Ben McFarland and Tom Sandham have cracked the formula for Fringe success: a crackingly funny show, interesting facts and (perhaps most importantly) lashings of booze... 

Terry Pratchett's Eric

Terry Pratchett's Eric

The best thing about Terry Pratchett’s work was his ability in world creation. Throughout the Discworld novels, Pratchett carved out a little piece of reality so well-crafted that it was easy to believe it was real - and this is happily present in Duck in a Hat Theatre’s production of Terry Pratchett's Eric... 

Kate Smurthwaite: The Wrong Sort of Feminist

Kate Smurthwaite: The Wrong Sort of Feminist

Watching Kate Smurthwaite doing stand up is like watching a recording of a Tory Peer’s night terrors: not only is she funny, but when it comes to tearing apart injustice, she’s absolutely bloody unstoppable... 

Ray Bradshaw: I Dare Ray to...

Ray Bradshaw: I Dare Ray to...

Ray Bradshaw is like a mate from home who’s gone on to make it big: he would look equally comfortable spinning comedic tales onstage and with a pint in his hand, laughing about slipping in a game of footie... 

Charlie and the Philosorappers

Charlie and the Philosorappers

If someone had told me months ago that, not only was I going to see a man perform rap battles, beat poetry and strange silent skits based on philosophy, but that I was actually going to absolutely love it - I think I would only have laughed half as hard as I did during the performance of Charlie and the Philosorappers... 

Shakespeare for Breakfast

Shakespeare for Breakfast

Shakespeare for Breakfast is to Fringe as dawn is to day: whilst you could technically have one without it, it really wouldn’t feel very right. And this year’s offering is no less deserving of its reputation: despite some small gripes, it’s nevertheless a frighteningly funny ensemble piece worthy of its sell-out audience...