​Interview: Sheraz Yousaf: The Pursuit of Manlyness

​Interview: Sheraz Yousaf: The Pursuit of Manlyness

Ever needed a guide to be a man? Perhaps you've read books, looked on the internet and searched for answers. Well, here they are as Sheraz Yousaf's comedy creation is an hour long pursuit of the art of manlyness. 

Interview: Mostly David Ephgrave

Interview: Mostly David Ephgrave

Comedian David Ephgrave is getting straight to the point in this wonderfully innovative comedy that aims to make powerpoints more exciting than you've ever seen them before. 

Henry V

Henry V

The York Shakespeare Project return to Upstage Theatre, marking the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt with an all-female production of Henry V. Reimagined against the backdrop of a women’s munitions factory in the First World War, the overall aesthetic of the production is nothing less than professional... 

The Greatest Stories Never Told

The Greatest Stories Never Told

Setting the evening’s tone from the outset, the audience take their seats while the actors prep onstage, cycling through an exaggerated array of warmup exercises that any performer will know all too well... 

A Matter of Life and Debt

A Matter of Life and Debt

From the very moment you walk into the space, the aesthetic style of the piece is made abundantly clear. A freeze-framed abstract image is the first thing you see, with lead character Victoria Hendrix (Nina Cavaliero) segregated from the rest of her peers - a group of surreal looking characters all in green and one even wielding an owl puppet... 

The Rules: Sex, Lies and Serial Killers

The Rules: Sex, Lies and Serial Killers

The Rules: Sex, Lies and Serial Killers is a witty and intelligent black comedy with psychopathic humour that will chill and charm you in the same sitting. Psychopaths Mel, Jay and Stephen meet up to hang up their guns and exchange stories, safely protected by a set of rules that prevent any exposure that could threaten their anonymity... 

No Strings

No Strings

No Strings tells the unoriginal tale of two, middle-aged married people hooking up for one night of meaningless, pure sex, with Shona looking to get back at her cheating husband and turning to the more experienced Jamie for that satisfaction... 

Improvabunga: Funny Side Up

Improvabunga: Funny Side Up

After a quick introduction to the performers, a few improvisational examples, such as a Lonely Hearts Ad from a toilet and a first date at the Battle of Waterloo, we were introduced to the gang behind Improvabunga... 

Milton Jones and the Temple of Daft

Milton Jones and the Temple of Daft

Known for his deadpan delivery of pun-filled one-liners, Milton Jones returns to the Edinburgh Fringe with his latest show, The Temple of Daft. Using the framing device of a story about a treasure hunt in true Indiana Jones fashion, Milton Jones uses the full catalogue of his comedic genius to throw witty wordplay, misdirected narrative and random, out of the blue gags in a spectacular one hour performance that had the audience in stitches... 

Noises Off

Noises Off

Having ventured far away from the Fringe into a tucked away little village hall in a particularly small auditorium, the first thing that you clasp your eyes on is the absolutely remarkable set - one that could have been taken straight out of any professional venue... 

Stephen Bailey: Should've Been a Popstar

Stephen Bailey: Should've Been a Popstar

Greeting the guests on the door with a bubbly personality in an attempt to brighten up the dark, underground bunker that would play host to his stage, Stephen Bailey set the mood for what proved to be relaxed, chilled out gossip with his audience... 

The Improveteers!

The Improveteers!

Once the show begins and the lights come up, the lighting designer (or so we thought) walks away from the desk and takes to the stage in silence, before introducing himself as our host for the evening... 

Best of HUB

Best of HUB

Seated and ready for some late night entertainment in the Pleasance Dome, Best of HUB brings the best of the best from the Fringe arena, providing a mixture of stand-up comedians and sketch show performers, in a dynamic, energetic and overall marvellous showcase of the talent that has come to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival... 

Sofie Hagen: Bubblewrap

Sofie Hagen: Bubblewrap

Car chases, fan fiction and Westlife are all stories that Danish comedian Sofie Hagen brings to her set with a bubbly personality and fills the room with life with tales of the best thing that ever happened to herThough her repertoire does include the standard sex jokes and relationship dramas, this isn’t the forefront of her performance, instead referencing back to her childhood experiences and mocking the naivety of her younger self... 

Consumption

Consumption

Consumption is a somewhat-successful commentary on the state of 21st century society, one obsessed with technology, appearances and consumerism, navigated by the central story of Seb, and the progression of his new relationship with the controlling Penelope... 

Will Seaward Has a Really Good Go at Alchemy

Will Seaward Has a Really Good Go at Alchemy

Will Seaward Has a Really Good Go at Alchemy is probably unlike anything you will have ever seen. A cross between Brian Blessed and Stephen Fry, delivering factoids about alchemy in between the ensuing madness of a chemical set, in a big, booming voice that comes straight out of a pantomime, Will Seaward searches for the formula of the philosopher’s stone, using a different principle ingredient for each show offering an avenue of multiple possibilities... 

Fourth Monkey's Grimm Tales: Little Red Cap

Fourth Monkey's Grimm Tales: Little Red Cap

A bare stage, obscured by low lighting and backed by an eerie sinister soundtrack set the tone for this gripping retelling of the classic children’s fairy-tale, but this telling is definitely not for children... 

A Very Tall Storrie

A Very Tall Storrie

Having been turned away from a packed venue on the day I was originally scheduled to attend, I was anticipating great things on my return the next day. I arrived to discover a hot, sweaty room at the back of the Counting House and the larger-than-life personality of Glasgow-born comic Ashley Storrie... 

Hal Cruttenden: Straight Outta Cruttenden

Hal Cruttenden: Straight Outta Cruttenden

Parading onto the stage to a gangster soundtrack and with the threatening stance of a dormouse, Hal Cruttenden jumps in with his first gag and the laughs just keep rolling with this slick comedy routine...