Before Us

Before Us

Stuart Bowden has fashioned his costume out of a lime-green sleeping bag, which becomes baggy and puffy like an emptied out bean bag around his body. With long green woolly socks up to his shins, he trundles around the stage with the appearance of a ladybug standing on its skinny hind legs... 

Men in the Cities

Men in the Cities

We begin early in the morning, when several men are getting out of bed. Floating around the media all around them - through the televisions they walk past, from the radio playing in the background - is the news of private Drummer Lee Rigby, who was murdered outside the Royal Artillery Barracks by two British-Muslim men... 

Years to the Day

Years to the Day

Two men in their forties meet for a coffee to catch up after four years of not meeting up in person. They talk about what has been going on in their lives and reminisce about their shared pasts... 

Can't Stay Away!

Can't Stay Away!

Can’t Stay Away! is a farce centred around an immigrant worker from Eastern Europe who has saved up some money and just wants to return home. He goes on an endless journey, encountering travail after travail as he attempts to hitch-hike his way back to his family with a sackful of gifts... 

Snoutology for Beginners

Snoutology for Beginners

Professors White Fang and Dr. Gary are two dogs-cum-scientists and in this educational seminar, they teach us about Snoutology (“the -ology of Snout”). It is a silly variety show - a natural history lesson from a dog’s point of view... 

The Road to Skibbereen

The Road to Skibbereen

Lianna is a young woman with learning disabilities. Ever since her father died three years ago, her mother has had the full-on task of taking care of her by herself. The show opens with Lianna throwing a tantrum, while her mother tries to coax her into getting ready for her first day at a local college, where she is to take drama classes... 

Who Did I Think I Was?

Who Did I Think I Was?

This is a two-hander written and performed by Peter Henderson. With impeccable direction from Vincent Adams, the show packs in a wide range of things to great depth and poignancy within the space of one hour... 

Leaving Home Party

Leaving Home Party

A young woman who’s spent her entire life in Limerick, Ireland wishes to leave home and explore the world. Her destinations are Glasgow and then Edinburgh. This one-woman show, written and performed by Catherine Ireton with live musical accompaniment by Ignacio Agrimbau, is a musical storytelling about self-realisation and a search for identity... 

Contractions

Contractions

Emma is called in for a meeting with her manager and is reminded of a company contract she signed at the start of her employment: she must inform the company whenever she develops a relationship with a coworker of a sexual or romantic nature... 

Dead To Me

Dead To Me

A man has come to see a psychic. She tells him he has a gift. He is sceptical at first, but week after week he returns to see her. Tessa Parr puts on a charming performance as the kooky psychic... 

Unfaithful

Unfaithful

Unfaithful is the latest work by Fringe First award-winning writer Owen McCafferty. It is a play about domestic love, relationships and how they fare when infidelity and unconventional attitudes towards sex are introduced... 

Mark Ravenhill: Product

Mark Ravenhill: Product

We’re in the office of a movie producer. Someone has sent in an incredibly appalling script and a keen producer is pitching it to an A-list movie star. Following the life of a western woman who falls in love with a Muslim jihadist, the script (Muhammad and Me) is a poor assemblage of cliched movie-making tropes, containing a litany of offensive, bigoted thoughts... 

Sirens

Sirens

Out of the darkness, six women emerge wearing evening dresses. They have their backs turned to us as they hiss and utter nonsense words to warm up their voices. They turn around and begin humming, almost but not quite in unison... 

Horizontal Collaboration

Horizontal Collaboration

We are at a tribunal for war crimes. We are told that the regular lawyers - those who have prepared today’s statements - have been called away at the last minute and that standby lawyers will be reading instead... 

Ruskin Live

Ruskin Live

John Ruskin: leading art critic of the Victorian era, famous for his volume of essays “Modern Painters” and his endorsement of Turner and the Pre-Raphaelites. Art historian Paul O’Keeffe delivers four of Ruskin’s Edinburgh lectures in his likeness, discussing architecture, Turner, Landscape paintings, and the Pre-Raphaelites... 

Lungs

Lungs

A couple are thinking about having a baby, but want to make sure they’re doing it for the right reasons. But is there such a thing as a ‘right reason’ for having a baby? In Lungs, a well-educated, progressive and well-meaning man and woman overthink the implications of bringing a child into this world as their personal dreams and fears get enmeshed in political, environmental and social considerations... 

Rob Rouse: Through the Looking Ass

Rob Rouse: Through the Looking Ass

The title and poster of this show - a photo of Rob Rouse’s face literally looking through the legs of a naked bottom - are somewhat misleading about the nature of this show. Though Rouse is not a clean or prude act by any means, he is intelligent as well as compassionate... 

Theatre on a Long Thin Wire

Theatre on a Long Thin Wire

There are no actors in this show. We are led into a room by a staff member of the venue. There is a chair in the room and a phone sitting on it. When the show begins, the phone rings, and one of us picks it up... 

Lizzie Bates: Reprobates

Lizzie Bates: Reprobates

Lizzie Bates is a wildly imaginative comedian who has created a stunning array of characters for a fun hour of comedy. The show opens in a post-apocalyptic bunker, where Bates plays a zany and slightly mad woman who has appointed herself as entertainments officer for a group of tired and disinterested survivors... 

The Human Sketchipede

The Human Sketchipede

The Human Sketchipede packs a good deal into what the flyer promises will be “a unique brand of surreal sketch show”. Unfortunately, the majority of the sketches tend to be overly formulaic, and suffer from a lack of originality... 

Upper Lip

Upper Lip

The first half of Upper Lip - a new play by Robin Johnson - is so much like any one of P.G. Wodehouse’s novels that I began to wonder why Johnson bothered to write it. Samuel Plumwood is a dim-witted, implausibly ignorant and wildly incompetent millionaire and Rinehart is a clever, quick-witted butler who rescues his feckless master in times of trouble... 

Silky: Tribute Act

Silky: Tribute Act

Silky is tall, with kind eyes that seem to have the power of x-ray vision. He sits on his stool, looks around the room waiting for something to catch his eye, and begins a free-flowing dialogue with the audience... 

Ivy Paige: Kiss And Sell

Ivy Paige: Kiss And Sell

There is something magnetic about Ivy Paige, with her long lashes, coy glances downwards, the pout of her deep scarlet lips, and her flaming hair brushed to one side. Her tiara necklace and turquoise sequin corset go well together with the green, then purple, then dim yellow lights that are put on with smoke for her songs... 

Show 6

Show 6

Show 6 is Secret Theatre’s latest production of Mark Ravenhill’s new script. It follows the life of a boy, the son of rich parents, who accidentally discovers that he is adopted,and that his natural parents were leftist activists fighting for the liberation of the workers... 

The Flood

The Flood

The Flood provides a haunting, tragic insight into one of the most devastating events in modern history. The Great War has just broken out, separating a man and a woman, soldier and nurse; we follow a year in their lives as they cling onto hope... 

Shakespeare, His Wife and the Dog

Shakespeare, His Wife and the Dog

After a successful career in London as a playwright and actor, William Shakespeare has returned home to his wife in Stratford. This play takes place over the course of one late night, when his wife cannot sleep and neither can Shakespeare... 

Lands of Glass

Lands of Glass

Dann Rail is an eccentric resident of a town called Quinnipak. He’s acquired a patent to make glass bigger than anyone’s ever achieved, and wishes to collaborate with an ambitious architect to create a crystal palace made entirely out of glass... 

Where the World Is Going, That's Where We Are Going

Where the World Is Going, That's Where We Are Going

A man and a woman have come together to tell us about Diderot’s novel, Jacques the Fatalist and his Master. They open the show by saying there is a problem, but never tell us exactly what the problem is... 

The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha

The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha

How to put on an adaptation of the immortal Spanish classic in sixty minutes while doing it justice? Stephen Harper, MercE Ribot, and Patricia Rodriguez select some of the most famous episodes from Cervantes’s novel, and deliver a hilarious rendition of the adventures of Don Quixote and his side-kick Sancho Panza in this devised comedy theatre... 

Are You Lonesome Tonight

Are You Lonesome Tonight

This one-woman show begins with a deluge of diagnoses handed out to the audience members by the performer. We are numbers, personality types rattled off from a list she has acquired and memorised from a mystical astrological black box unknown to us... 

The Knee Jerk of Sloth

The Knee Jerk of Sloth

Set in a derelict glue factory, this play portrays the lives of four homeless people as they live in squalor. It is difficult to deduce this premise from the show, however, because the script doesn’t successfully situate the characters in context and we barely learn anything about their histories... 

The Domino Effect

The Domino Effect

The Domino Effect opens lyrically in a way reminiscent of Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood, with a series of vignettes of local East London characters. Teenagers out at night, tagging the streets of Brick Lane; a local drunk who spends all his money on scratch cards; a fox roaming alone at the break of dawn; a butcher with a passion for playing the piano; austere and slightly pompous Mrs... 

Mates

Mates

Mates is set in a Vanilla Sky-type universe where citizens are put into a digital incubator system to be matched up with their soul mates by an algorithm. The catch is that leaving one’s allocated mate is punishable by execution... 

Miss Behave's Game Show

Miss Behave's Game Show

Miss Behave hosts the wackiest, zaniest game show at the Fringe! You are kept on your toes, trying to outsmart the opposing team. No one’s really sure what the rules are, except that there are some - ‘we make up our own rules!’ our host declares gleefully... 

Lady Carol: Lost and Found

Lady Carol: Lost and Found

Lady Carol sits on her stool with her ukulele and mandolin, wearing a black velvet robe that gives her the appearance of a fairy tale enchantress. Her act radiates elegance as she sings a mix of original songs and covers with a deep rich voice that is uniquely her own... 

Catriona Knox Thinks She's Hard Enough

Catriona Knox Thinks She's Hard Enough

Catriona Knox is already jumping around, hyped up for the show to start as the audience settles in. She asks someone in the front row to give her a countdown once the lights go out to kick off the show... 

Lorraine & Alan

Lorraine & Alan

Lorraine and Alan adapts an Orkney folktale about selkies - seals who shed their skin to become human - and places it in the contemporary world. The story begins with Alan, a fresh university graduate with a degree (a high 2:2) in marine biology... 

Puzzle the Puzzle

Puzzle the Puzzle

The room of a poet is dimly lit by desk lamps. Stacks of books are piled around the floor, and strewn about are various memorabilia. We watch the imagination of the poet take flight and flit in surprising directions as he seeks inspiration from his surroundings... 

The Despondent Divorcée

The Despondent Divorcée

We’re in 1940s New York at an upscale hotel, where a new jazz bar is having its opening launch party. A junior photographer is sent to cover the event, and the opportunistic owner of the hotel ingratiates himself with the journalist for favourable press coverage...