Spring Awakening: A Reimagining

Spring Awakening: A Reimagining

Not the 2006 Broadway musical, but the 1981 play on which that was based, Spring Awakening is notable for its controversies upon original publication. Censored for many years, it dealt with sex, abortion, suicide and homosexuality... 

Andrew Lawrence: The Happy Accident Tour

Andrew Lawrence: The Happy Accident Tour

Controversial viewpoints and a dismissive attitude to PC culture can work if two criteria are met: good style, and the ability to fully explain the rationale behind an opinion. Andrew Lawrence has certainly not been afraid to court controversy in recent years, but unfortunately his Happy Accident set fulfilled neither of these criteria... 

Aaron Twitchen: Curtain Twitchen

Aaron Twitchen: Curtain Twitchen

Aaron Twitchen combines aerial circus performance with stand-up comedy. This is an interesting mix and the choppy nature of the entire show keeps the audience on their toes.At first, Twitchen talks about his friends, gossiping in a manner which relies on gay clichés that do not add anything, but reinforce negative stereotypes... 

How to Act

How to Act

How to Act is set up as a masterclass in acting with a fantastic twist that brings questions of race and gender into a topical debate. Robert Goodale plays Anthony Nicholl, the teacher who welcomes the audience as though they are about to watch a masterclass, which we certainly are... 

Ruby Wax: Frazzled

Ruby Wax: Frazzled

Ruby Wax is back at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe once again with a new show on mental health, Frazzled. Her hour of comedy goes back and forth between interesting information on mental health, stress and neurology along with various well-acted anecdotes about her family and upbringing... 

China Goes Pop!

China Goes Pop!

China Goes Pop is an action-packed hour for all the family to enjoy; full of acrobatics held together by a simple love story between two of the performers.This performance opens with dancers jumping through hoops of various heights and sizes... 

Slut

Slut

Slut tells a story which is sadly the experience of many women; girls who have the benefit of naivety during their younger years, which is then destroyed when they face the reality of a misogynistic culture that prevents them from exploring their true identity... 

Old Jewish Jokes

Old Jewish Jokes

Ivor Dembina is very funny and manages to entertain the audience for an hour by conforming to as many stereotypes of a Jew as he can. Jewish comedy is not a new concept and despite Demina playing to stereotypes, he does so very well... 

Hardeep Singh Kohli: Alternative, Fact

Hardeep Singh Kohli: Alternative, Fact

Hardeep Singh Kohli is a Fringe favourite and you can tell immediately by his stage presence that he is relaxed with the audience. He is suave and wears his pink turban and kilt well; he knows what he is doing... 

Blind Mirth

Blind Mirth

Blind Mirth are the University of St Andrews’ improv comedy group and they are back once again at this year’s Fringe. I am quite a fan of the team and certainly still appreciate the quick and sharp responses the actors are able to give on audience suggestions... 

Annie Sertich: How to Not Kill Yourself for 30 Days... and the Next 330

Annie Sertich: How to Not Kill Yourself for 30 Days... and the Next 330

There’s certainly no shortage of solo shows about mental health at the Fringe so it takes a certain level of quality to stand out. Luckily, Annie Sertich manages to more than keep afloat... 

Stand Up for Freedom

Stand Up for Freedom

Hosted by Fred MacAuley and Susan Calman, this year’s Amnesty fundraiser treated the audience to a wide selection of comedy from Fringe stars including The Boy With Tape On His Face, Hannibal Buress, Pappy's, Josie Long and the ever-cacophonous Frisky & Mannish... 

An Evening with David Hasselhoff Live

An Evening with David Hasselhoff Live

David Hasselhoff has a large and committed international following: Pleasance Grand was sold out on his opening night and at almost £20 a ticket, this is one of the more expensive shows at the Fringe... 

Trevor Noah: The Racist

Trevor Noah: The Racist

Trevor Noah was brought to the Fringe by Eddie Izzard, who wants to promote international acts at the Fringe. Noah certainly brings a fairly unique international aspect: he's a mixed race South African, born to a Swedish father and a black South African mother, making his conception a crime... 

Spring Awakening

Spring Awakening

Spring Awakening is a fantastic musical and this company have tried very hard to do itjustice. This script is based on the play 1891 by Frank Wedekind. As it revolves around teenagers developing their sexuality and contains other controversial issues such as suicide, child abuse and abortion, it was seen as a very provocative piece of writing at the time... 

Flamenco Flow Global

Flamenco Flow Global

Though I didn’t feel instantly transported to the south of Spain as I normally do when watching flamenco musicians and dancers, Flamenco Flow Global is certainly the real deal. The company's attempt at "fusion" incorporating dancers and drummers from Zimbabwe and Scotland might have been what kept me from being swept away... 

Hi-de-Homo!

Hi-de-Homo!

London Gay Men's Choir Ensemble are back at the Fringe with another camped-up musical. This year, since Hi-de-Hi was the basis to the performance, along with the simple plot of a competition to find a new Camp Director, they cannot be commended on their storyline... 

The Big Bite-Size Breakfast Show

The Big Bite-Size Breakfast Show

It is a rarity for a Fringe show to give away freebies, so being offered a coffee and a croissant at the Big Bite-Size Breakfast Show was a pleasant surprise. After that, the quality of the show deteriorated... 

Oedipus - The Hour

Oedipus - The Hour

The story of Oedipus is an extremely well known Greek myth which tells the tale of a man who kills his father and weds his mother. This is the core of the play but is much more complicated than that... 

St Andrews Presents - Blind Mirth Improv Comedy

St Andrews Presents - Blind Mirth Improv Comedy

This is improvisation at it's best. Both this reviewer and the audience loved it.The premise is simple. Similar to Who's line is it anyway?, random phrases are called out (objects, non geographical locations, relationships etc... 

Flash Mob

Flash Mob

With a title like Flash Mob I thought this show might have included an actual 'flash mob' around Bristo Square. Sadly, this is not the case, but this eclectic and entertaining performance is still worth a go... 

Garrett Millerick: Which One's Fergal?

Garrett Millerick: Which One's Fergal?

Garrett Millerick impersonates different characters from standard British life in Which One's Fergal? Millerick only had three audience members and was performing at the back of a noisy bar but he did not let this damage his act... 

Macbeth

Macbeth

Macbeth is a Fringe favourite, and having seen many adaptations of ‘The Scottish Play’, it is safe to say Greenwich Theatre's adaption was particularly interesting and entertaining...