Light Killer

Light Killer

This is a very weird play. Its writing is full of clichés and at times feels very derivative, and yet there is something utterly compelling about the production. Despite being somewhat childishly conceived, Light Killer is still able to flit between the poetic, the hilarious and the visually beautiful... 

House of Tragic She

House of Tragic She

An incredibly ambitious production, House of Tragic She combines dance, physical theatre, song, electronic music and projection with the words of literary characters and writers. Using verbatim extracts from such influential figures as Virginia Woolf, Jean Rhys and Charlotte Bronte, the piece explores the stigmatization of mental health... 

Making Light

Making Light

Naomi Paul does not so much make light of topics as make them dull. This bizarre piece, which defines itself as both comedy and theatre, is made up of anecdotal narratives and comments which are of less than anecdotal interest... 

Reduced Shakespeare Company in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (Revised)

Reduced Shakespeare Company in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (Revised)

This fun and fast production attempts to abridge the complete works of Shakespeare into the space of an hour. Whilst its premise is strong, this production does not sufficiently exploit its huge comic potential... 

Riding the Midnight Express with Billy Hayes

Riding the Midnight Express with Billy Hayes

In 1970, Billy Hayes was imprisoned for attempting to smuggle cannabis out of Istanbul. In this production, the man himself recounts his experiences in prison, their psychological impact and his various escape plans, which culminate in an incredible feat which has since inspired an Oscar-winning movie... 

The Marijana Method

The Marijana Method

‘Health and Happiness Guru to the Stars’ Marijana (Gabby Best) takes her audience on a journey to find themselves. Instead, they find themselves faced with a character whose overconfidence, thinly veiled loneliness and peculiar mannerisms are anything but conducive to inner peace in this clever character comedy... 

Night Bus

Night Bus

Linda Marlowe and Sarah Louise Young present a surreal take on the blunt reality of the night bus service. A series of short sketches are performed which create caricatures and pastiches of people, yet the products of these women’s bizarre imaginations are somehow fittingly representative of the diversity of night bus travellers... 

The Word Café

The Word Café

The Word Café presents a line-up of stand-up poets, spoken word artists and musicians, which varies from day to day. The quality of performance was as varied as the show’s content, ranging from poor to outstanding... 

Scaramouche Jones

Scaramouche Jones

Actor and writer Justin Butcher’s Scaramouche Jones is a feat in storytelling: both performer and tale performed are equally and utterly compelling. At one-hundred years old, Jones tells his audience that this is to be his last night of life and proceeds to recount a century of living so incredible that he keeps his audience in a permanent state of rapture... 

The Chronic Single's Handbook

The Chronic Single's Handbook

If you’ve been looking all over the Fringe for some misogynistic bullshit, you need look no further: Randy Ross is your man. His show is good value for money too, because I can guarantee that these fifty excruciating minutes feel more like several hours... 

Civil Rogues

Civil Rogues

Romeo declares his love for Juliet in hurried tones, before fleeing the theatre to escape persecution from the Puritan forces storming the stage. This farcical comedy follows three of the play’s actors on the run, who use their female costumes as a means of avoiding being caught... 

James Veitch: The Fundamental Interconnectedness of Everyone with an Internet Connection

James Veitch: The Fundamental Interconnectedness of Everyone with an Internet Connection

60% of emails sent are spam, and James Veitch turns this cyber curse into a comic blessing. Using a unique blend of storytelling, stand-up and slide show presentation, he shows us the inventive ways in which he has beaten email scammers at their own game... 

The Fair Intellectual Club

The Fair Intellectual Club

In 1717, three young women strove to discover ‘what we might attain unto if we were as industrious to cultivate our minds as we are to adorn our bodies’, and so set up the society after which this play is named... 

Lucy Ayrton: The Splitting of the Mermaid

Lucy Ayrton: The Splitting of the Mermaid

In this feminist retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid, the desire to be human is not borne out of desire to find a Prince, but a desire to experience motherhood... 

Travesti

Travesti

Travesti claims to emphasise the absurdity of the difficulties women face by putting their words into the mouths – and bodies – of men. Its fundamental premise is its fundamental flaw: it takes the words out of women’s mouths in the assumption that to do so makes their words more compelling... 

Lippy

Lippy

“If one understands a story, it has been told badly.” This is the Brechtian maxim with which writer Bush Moukarzel prefaces his work and to which he adheres in order to create a piece of theatre which, in his words, “mediates on the inexplicable fact of death: an event without explanation, which nonetheless prompts us to search for explanation... 

Decade

Decade

Decade is an ambitious production, but one that fails to live up to its exciting premise. This showcase of new writing in response to 9/11 is split into two parts, each containing five of its ten pieces... 

Dalloway

Dalloway

This one woman show retells the story of Mrs Dalloway, with abridgements and additions made to Woolf’s words by director Elton Townend Jones. Unfortunately, this is a story so well suited to the form of the novel that is does not translate successfully into a piece of theatre... 

Fearnot Wood

Fearnot Wood

Robert Thomson’s Fearnot Wood is some of the best and most fully-realised student writing I have ever come across. Darkly comic and painfully tragic, this production oozes with the threat of some unforeseeable tragedy... 

Vincent Goes Splat

Vincent Goes Splat

“No one comes to the theatre to hear lies,” Wil Greenway says near the beginning of this solo show, much to the amusement of his audience. The poetic exploration of the absurd story that follows is aptly linked to this intentionally ironic statement, for Greenway tells the most ridiculous and unbelievable stories which somehow contain some sort of obscure underlying truth about the beauty and fallibility of human existence... 

The Hive

The Hive

The Hive presents a dystopian future which functions by the principle of “safety in segregation”: each person lives isolated in an eight-by-eight-metre cell and can communicate with others only through screens... 

Cheaper Than Therapy

Cheaper Than Therapy

Cheaper Than Therapy presents its audience with a changing line up of five comedians performing sets based on phobias, anxieties and hang-ups. Considering that the show is held for Scottish Aid for Mental Health, the majority of the performances were only very tenuously linked to the theme (or, in the case of Lewis Schaffer’s set, not at all)... 

Spectrum

Spectrum

Spectrum follows the true story of Temple Grandin (Maeve Belle) who used the unique perspective given to her by her autism to revolutionise and humanise the slaughter industry. Not only is the narrative fascinating, but it is told with such wit and sensitivity that this production is also a wonderful success as an exploration of and insight into what it is to live with autism... 

When It Rains

When It Rains

Never have I laughed out loud so much at a show which has left me feeling so hollow. This is dark humour at its most inventive and its most bleak. The wit of When It Rains is unique, generated mostly through the use of a robotic voiceover and text projected onto a backdrop, both of which provide a dry commentary on the lives of the four characters whose lives fall apart over the course of the piece... 

The Sleeping Trees Treelogy

The Sleeping Trees Treelogy

No props, no costume, and enough energy and imagination to create their whole world: The Sleeping Trees Treeology is a triumph in storytelling. The three performers (James Dunnell-Smith, Joshua Geroge Smith, John Woodburn) throw themselves into character after character with rapidity and conviction to tell one of the three stories, which they perform on rotation... 

The Canterbury Tales Remixed

The Canterbury Tales Remixed

This production modernises the art of Chaucerian storytelling to make accessible the humour and bawdiness of The Canterbury Tales. Using rap, music, visual projection and frequent reference to pop culture, Baba Brinkman retells a selection of Chaucer’s stories, with Mr Simmonds on the decks... 

Guttermouth

Guttermouth

If Shameless were a one man show, and featured more drum and bass, it would probably look something like this. Guttermouth is an innovative and fun production which uses contemporary verse, beat-boxing and physical theatre to take its audience on a journey through wit, grit, and pseudo-profundity... 

Sister

Sister

This unpretentious production is as unflinchingly fearless as it is heart-warming. Rosana Cade is a lesbian, Amy Cade a sex worker, and together the two sisters take the audience on an exploration of their relationships with their sexualities and each other, whilst completely naked... 

Pomegranate Jam

Pomegranate Jam

This is a charming show which employs shadow puppetry and shadow ballet to retell the Greek myth of Persephone from her perspective, without words. Although it does not exploit the medium it uses to its full potential, this is a visually and emotionally engaging piece of theatre... 

Dog, Book and Scandal

Dog, Book and Scandal

This one man show follows Friar Lawrence (Richard Kurnow) a year on from the deaths of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, now living in bitter exile and earning his keep in an apothecary... 

This is Where We Live

This is Where We Live

This moving piece of new writing from Vivienne Walshe follows two teenagers trapped in their own versions of hell, who find the route to escapism in each other. In its exploration of teenage sexuality, the script explores both the intense passion and intense awkwardness of young love in a way which is as profound as it is hilarious... 

Hamlet and Ophelia

Hamlet and Ophelia

This ambitious re-imagining of Hamlet asks the audience to vote on the gender of both Hamlet and Claudius, and subsequently shuffles the genders of Ophelia and Gertrude accordingly...