The Harry and Chris Show

The Harry and Chris Show

World champion slam poet Harry Baker returns to the Fringe, accompanied by his talented friend Chris Read on guitar for a spoken word/acoustic fusion set. A combination of catchy hooks and breathtaking verbal ingenuity makes this a winning hour, and the affable duo trade well off their nice-young-lad personas (‘gents so nice, mums want us to marry their kids’)... 

Driftwood

Driftwood

With the ascendance of circus being one of the great success stories of the Fringe in the past few years, there is no shortage of breathtaking physical feats taking place all over the city... 

Lucy McCormick: Triple Threat

Lucy McCormick: Triple Threat

Triple Threat is a gloriously transgressive flurry of punky, feminist mayhem. An exercise in deliberate bad-taste, yet a strangely cleansing experience. The conceit of the show: performance artist McCormick, lamenting that there aren’t enough strong roles for women in the New Testament, pulls together a three-act morality compilation of biblical highlights with herself forcefully at the centre... 

Daffodils (A Play With Songs)

Daffodils (A Play With Songs)

Daffodils is an unusual show of two halves. Whimsical and rather irritating in the first half, it grows into something with more stature and nuance in the final half hour. Rochelle Bright’s jukebox show about her parents’ marriage and break-up (featuring two actors and a three-piece band) initially plays out like a by-the-numbers romantic comedy... 

Agent of Influence: The Secret Life of Pamela More

Agent of Influence: The Secret Life of Pamela More

Given the popularity of the monarchy these days, one forgets about some of the more unsavoury types who’ve reigned (however briefly) in the last century. One such was Edward VIII, who abdicated in 1938 and only reluctantly withdrew his Nazi sympathies after the war had started... 

Naz Osmanoglu: Exposure

Naz Osmanoglu: Exposure

Liberated from sketch group WitTank, English-Turkish comedian and Naz Osmanoglu (a self-monikered ‘posh twat’) airs his own dirty linen in a no-holds-barred solo show around the theme of frankness and self-exposure (he likens it to a therapy session)... 

My Eyes Went Dark

My Eyes Went Dark

My Eyes Went Dark takes us down into the abyss of overwhelming grief and denies us any chink of light. There is a stifling sense of claustrophobia in the air from the outset of this powerful piece written and directed by Matthew Wilkinson with astonishing economy – two chairs form the entire set... 

Every Brilliant Thing

Every Brilliant Thing

Duncan MacMillan and Jonny Donahoe’s Every Brilliant Thing (which first came to the Fringe in 2014) has the largest cast you’ve ever seen for a one man show. By casting audience members as the significant figures who populate the life of the protagonist (Donahoe) this touching and astonishingly funny show about depression and suicide becomes a generous and communal healing experience... 

Sweet Child Of Mine

Sweet Child Of Mine

Life has given Australian performance artist Bron Batten what she calls ‘theatrical lemons’. Her show, first performed in 2011, was dealt a potentially devastating blow mere weeks ago when her elderly father (normally the piece’s second performer, who accompanies her to discuss their relationship and her career choice) decided he wouldn’t be able to make the 9000-mile journey to Edinburgh... 

Wonderman

Wonderman

When he wasn’t writing the books that have captivated children for fifty years, Roald Dahl wrote a collection of gleefully macabre short stories for adults, published in various magazines throughout the fifties and often featuring a gruesome twist ending... 

One Day Moko

One Day Moko

‘It’s a bit weird when I talk to you, eh?’ says Tim Carlsen’s Moko, the vulnerable and homeless protagonist of this curious one-man-show from New Zealand. He raises a troubling point: there is a widespread tendency to simply ignore those who exist on the very fringes of society, to look away and consolidate their sense of isolation by refusing to engage or reach out... 

The Doug Anthony All Stars (DAAS) Live on Stage!

The Doug Anthony All Stars (DAAS) Live on Stage!

Australian musical trio Doug Anthony All-Stars were the anarchic kings of the alternative comedy scene in the late 80s and early 90s, achieving considerable success with such sleeper hits as "Commies for Christ" and "I Fuck Dogs"... 

Tommy Tiernan: Out of the Whirlwind

Tommy Tiernan: Out of the Whirlwind

‘My job as a comedian’, Tommy Tiernan clarifies at the beginning of his set, ‘is to undermine reality’. That insistence on warping the world into a partially recognisable comic shape and spewing out bizarre, semi-philosophical approach to it which governs his otherwise rather structureless set... 

Once...

Once...

Russian Company Derevo’s Once takes place early in the morning by Fringe standards and many of the audience members at the George Square Theatre might have been wondering whether they’d woken up yet... 

Image – Selfie With Eggs

Image – Selfie With Eggs

Towards the beginning of Image - Selfie with Eggs, gymnast Natalie Reckert describes herself as a 'handstand machine' and calmly guides us through the component 'stability points' of her effortlessly inverted body as if it were, indeed, a piece of machinery... 

Front Line

Front Line

The proper teaching of sex education remains a rather thorny topic, and this one-woman comedy-drama with songs positions itself to probe some of the more profound issues of this field... 

The Fabulous Punch and Judy Show

The Fabulous Punch and Judy Show

If a panto and a Sarah Kane play had an unimaginably grotesque love-child it would look a lot like this. The sheer effluence of unimaginably foul language and degenerate deeds that affront the stunned audience from the outset of The Fabulous Punch and Judy Show warrant a grudging respect, as they realise just how concertedly low the show keeps its brow...