Dame Diana Rigg: No Turn Unstoned

Dame Diana Rigg: No Turn Unstoned

It was an interesting prospect to write about Dame Diana Rigg’s Edinburgh Fringe debut (at the age of seventy-six), in which she muses on the role of the theatre critic. No Turn Unstoned is, as Rigg describes it, purely intended as a form of ‘entertainment’ but it’s more of a lecture, or reading, than anything else... 

The Carousel

The Carousel

Death always makes us think about life. In Québécoise dramatist Jennifer Tremblay’s new play, an unnamed Canadian woman tending to her dying mother is moved to ask questions about three generations of her female relatives and try to make sense of how her family history affects her place in the world... 

Suzi Ruffell: Social Chameleon

Suzi Ruffell: Social Chameleon

An epic march through Paris searching for the grave of someone called Jean-Paul Satre just to please an ex-girlfriend is one of the many very funny and brilliantly recounted tales in Suzi Ruffell’s latest show, Social Chameleon... 

Hold for Three Seconds

Hold for Three Seconds

Hysterically funny, slightly weird and yet highly enjoyable, Hold for Three Seconds is a new comedy about three strangers trapped in a lift on the thirty-second floor of a building and the effect that being forced to co-exist in such a small space begins to have on each of them... 

Outings

Outings

Coming out is a life-changing experience. Everyone’s story is different and intensely personal, but what never changes is that, for everyone who isn’t straight, coming out never stops... 

Chef

Chef

Sabrina Mahfouz’s talent as a poet shines through in her latest play, Chef, and Jade Anouka gives a stunning performance in the titular role of this one-woman piece. Mahfouz has an ear for rhythm and rhyme – for the way words fall, slip, slide and tumble – the way they build and build, and then come crashing down around you; much like the world, like life... 

Mae Martin's Workshop

Mae Martin's Workshop

Canadian comic Mae Martin is workshopping a new show at this year’s Fringe, using the audience as guinea pigs to try out some new material. It’s very informal, with Martin chatting away and telling stories as though she were speaking to her mates, but this works with her own quirky and endearing stage personality... 

Wishful Thinking

Wishful Thinking

Jen Brister is cynical, apathetic and demotivated. She professes to just love ‘showing off’ and that she’s not a ‘political’ comedian; she’s far happier yelling at the politicians on the TV and then going to have a lie down than actually doing anything about what makes her angry and fed up... 

Zoe Lyons: Mustard Cutter

Zoe Lyons: Mustard Cutter

A recent move into a posher area of town provided the inspiration for Zoe Lyons’ brilliant new show, which is based on snobbery, class and Lyons’ own worry that she doesn’t ‘measure up’...