After an unassuming entrance where he wanders onstage in jeans and a checked shirt, Jason Manford thrust aside his microphone stand and quipped “Alright chairs in here, aren’t …
Flanders and Swann’s songs occupy a strange position in British consciousness: some are well renowned and regularly emerge on adverts, whilst others are forgotten gems only known…
Hailing originally from East Anglia (“the sticky out bit of Britain… that isn’t Wales”, as it was helpfully described), Jake Morrell and his Magnificent Band’s musical ex…
For many people, a date in August had been looming.
The 27 Club as a concept is comprised of a much revered collection of musicians who died aged 27.
Any venue that gives out wine on entry is likely to endear itself to the audience, but ROSL on Princes Street is endearing even without such generosities; a delightful space lined …
Bursting onstage in a blaze of colour, noise and applause at half past midnight in Bedlam, the Improverts return once more to the Fringe.
It’s the worst kept secret at this year’s Fringe that the UK debut of little-known alternative 80s comedian Baconface is in fact enormously well-known alternative comedian Stew…
Who doesn’t love a good meta-play? One of three Fourth Monkey plays up this year, San Salome has two parallel storylines: Oscar Wilde attempting to stage his controversial late w…
Setlist is just a bloody good idea.
This show consisted of political satire.
Plays based on historical and significant conflicts often tend toward the bombast and spectacle: either exploring the actions and feelings of the major players in positions of powe…
Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales immerses children and parents alike into a world of wonder.
Grounded is the tale of a female fighter pilot (Lucy Ellinson) who loves the freedom of the blue sky.
As he confesses in the opening lines of his show, Alex Horne ‘hates stand-up’.
Back at the Fringe for the twentieth year in a row from his native San Francisco, Greg Proops is a veteran who has spent years on the comedy circuit in a variety of roles and an ev…
‘New writing? New wronging!’ proudly exclaims production company Kill The Beast’s website.
The concept sketch show has been gaining prevalence at the Fringe in recent years, and key proponents of this must be Betamales.
A cynic would suggest that a one-man show written and performed by an acclaimed director is one likely to fall into certain pitfalls; history is littered with those who have steppe…
A show title that implies a comparison between Bob Dylan and a minor comedian is clearly a rather ambitious, even presumptuous one.
The “romantic and provocative” Remember Me, while initially a little obtuse, strikes a neat balance between art installation, audible sensation and theatrical performance.
After striding into the Assembly Ballroom to tumultuous applause, guitarist Ewan Robertson’s wry remark was, ‘Hope you enjoyed the dramatic entrance there.
The audience quietly filed in to see Tim Key pacing the stage like a panther, brandishing a rose like an inept but enthusiastic fencer and weaving around his microphone stand, a la…
Delamere Mortal is a stand-up show with a difference.
Tight collars and tighter dialogue were on display as Charlotte Productions continued their ‘adaptations of forgotten literature’ with Miss Marchbanks, a delightful romp of a V…
Nominative determinism is a theory that someone’s name will influence or even dictate their life.
At the beginning of the The Consort of Voices, the Edinburgh-based choir providing the music for this concert, strode in dramatically from the back of the church led by their bashf…
One Rogue Reporter describes its presenter Rich Peppiatt’s progression from Daily Star lackey to vehement tabloid terror.
It is generally accepted that the best facet of Shakespeare’s work and what has made him stand the test of time is his verse.
‘This is much more than just a tale of physical erosion off the coast’, promises the flyer for newly written play On the Edge.
‘I haven’t played original stuff for a while’ was Austen George’s mumbled apology to the Acoustic Music Centre audience after encountering difficulty remembering his chords…
How much do you know about obscure mid 90s Britpop band Wilby? Not much? Evidently anyone with a real niche interest in obscure Britpop bands should make it their business to find …
‘An oasis in the Fringe… with bagpipes’ is how piper and most talkative Battlefield Band member Alasdair White described their show.
A gaggle of children charged into Paradise at the Vault for Scotch Broth, promised sing-a-long fun with long-time Fringe performer Dennis Alexander.
Stand Up Hero and The World Stand-Up’s performer Andrew Watts is angry.
‘Improv Comedy’, for a genre whose very definition implies limitless scope, seems to be becoming an increasingly tired medium.
A common adage given to budding creative writers is “Write what you know” to allow for the honesty and candour that makes your output more accessible.
When extremely enthusiastic New York comic Abigoliah Schamaunn bounded in “from the back of the room to the front of the room!”, her iPod stopped dead as she arrived onstage.
Even in the death throes of the Fringe, it seems nobody is prepared to sleep at a sane hour.
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