The Tarzan Monologues

The Tarzan Monologues

If The Vagina Monologues was all about empowering women and reclaiming the C-word, it is fair to say that The Tarzan Monologues is the antithesis. The play is written by Nigerian playwright Wole Oguntokun – who also directed the Nigerian version of The V Monologues – and Renegade Theatre has adapted his work by for the Fringe by adding a few cultural and local references... 

The More the Merrier - Free

The More the Merrier - Free

A young woman sits on the floor in a bright upper room in the Arthur Conan Doyle Centre, a large rucksack with a sleeping roll dumped by her side. Dressed in a purple vest top and long hippie skirt with a similar-coloured headband scarf tying her long dark hair, she looks as if she’s come in from a mysterious journey... 

Inevitable

Inevitable

It’s said that people remember exactly where they were on the day of certain major global events, such as the Kennedy assassination, Diana’s car crash, or (possibly) Thatcher resigning... 

Seven Missed Meals Leads to Anarchy

Seven Missed Meals Leads to Anarchy

The expression ‘it’s a crime’ is too often used when, perhaps, ‘it’s a disgrace’ would suffice. The issue of food wastage, whether from our own fridges, supermarkets, or restaurants, is a costly problem... 

King David's Wives

King David's Wives

The Old Testament story of King David is quite a romp. For a highly-revered shepherd-turned-king, David was extremely badly behaved. But those were different days, so a show about the King’s various wives – plural – means simultaneous marriages, not successive ones... 

SingleMarriedGirl

SingleMarriedGirl

A sturdy wooden climbing frame stands centre stage and sitting on the swing is Laurel, who tells us that she married the first love of her life, whom she met when she was fifteen. We later learn that he was twenty-six, which makes the symbolism of the child’s swing alarming and potentially dramatically shocking... 

Richard Wiseman: Night School

Richard Wiseman: Night School

Night School is an odd ‘show’ that seems to hover somewhere between an entertaining lecture and a TED talk. Often billed or referred to as ‘Professor,’ Wiseman himself is a mixture of entertaining teacher and slightly annoying boffin, a touch too fond of his own jokes... 

Deprescos

Deprescos

There are not many shows that greet the audience with instructions on where to find the frozen food section, or an officious security guard checking bags for explosives. Deprescos is clearly a silly bit of fun from the start; most of the characters are one trolley short of a supermarket... 

Hand Made in China: Moons, Migration and Messages

Hand Made in China: Moons, Migration and Messages

On the day that the Edinburgh weather turned from sunshine and showers to rough, autumnal wind, an ambitious project arrived at Summerhall. Hand-Made In China was more of a travelling exhibition than a show; a meeting and sharing of cultures and ideas... 

Running Into Me

Running Into Me

There is a single chair on stage, opening music plays and a phone rings. A solo performer answers her mobile and slumps in the chair, incredulous and shocked as she receives news. From the outset, it is clear this is not just ‘storytelling’ as billed, but a gripping dramatic monologue... 

Chacapella: Vocal Point

Chacapella: Vocal Point

It’s a cheering sight when a long queue forms outside a venue for a group’s first performance and the cheer from the audience that greeted Chacapella showed that they clearly have a following... 

Warrior

Warrior

There is nothing visibly unusual about teenager Evan, who kicks off his opening monologue with the line, “My problem is this. Ignorance. Complete blind ignorance.” Yet immediately, Euan Brockie’s pained delivery tells us this is not just another surly teenager... 

Dying City

Dying City

In a New York apartment with half-filled boxes scattered around her, a young woman is surprised by a buzz at the door. A year after her husband’s death, his twin brother Peter arrives out of the blue... 

Driving with the Parking Brake Up

Driving with the Parking Brake Up

Described as a comedy in two solo acts, Driving with the Parking Brake Up was in fact two plays, not one. While each play was linked through the main title, the two stories were thematically separate enough to beg the question: why were they produced as one show? The first act, or monologue, is a bildungsroman (possibly autobiographical) written and performed by Luis Sosa, in which we learn about his birth, absent father, two mothers, and growing up into a young gay actor who, like so many, works waiting tables... 

Punk Rock

Punk Rock

There are four productions of Simon Stephen’s Punk Rock being performed at the Fringe this year and ArtsOne Drama School is the first to wade into its murky world of teenage angst... 

Sochi 2014

Sochi 2014

A play about the horrors of homophobia is never going to be an easy ride, especially with the Russian Winter Olympics in recent history, not to mention Uganda’s latest homophobic legislation... 

The Exchange

The Exchange

In a deserted bar in a dusty town somewhere in the Australian outback, a barman prepares himself for the drudgery of a long day. After a brief phone call, where nothing much is said, two dishevelled characters enter, irritated at having already missed three minutes’ drinking time... 

Nzinga - Warrior Queen

Nzinga - Warrior Queen

A powerful tale of resilience and overcoming great obstacles, this production has battled through in the spirit of its eponymous character. When the original actor fell ill only last month, Mara Menzies, sister of Director Isla Menzies, stepped in and saved the day... 

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

With long words, complex riddles and general nonsense, the stories of Alice’s various adventures might not seem best suited to children. Certainly this retelling isn’t. For the majority of this play, it seems that these University of Westminster students (on their first Fringe visit) are presenting a selection of characters from Alice in Wonderland in the form that many will remember from Lewis Carroll’s famous book... 

Lear's Daughters

Lear's Daughters

It’s tempting to say that Lear’s Daughters feels like two different plays. We are told that the performance uses the original text and live music to present Shakespeare’s tragedy in a new light...