Fringe Recovery Door Opens

Fringe Recovery Door Opens

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society has announced that the Fringe Artist and Venue Recovery Fund is now open for applications. 

The Curtain Rises in SE20

The Curtain Rises in SE20

​The Bridge House Theatre, Penge, will reopen this summer. 

 Vespertilio

Vespertilio

The greater mouse-eared bat belongs to the family Vespertilionidae of the genus Myotis. 

King's Head Theatre Goes Digital

King's Head Theatre Goes Digital

The King’s Head Theatre, Islington reopens and launches Plays on Film on its new, on-demand digital platform KHTV. 

Footprint at Jermyn Street

Footprint at Jermyn Street

Jermyn Street Theatre announces The Footprints Festival 17th May-1st August 

Auld Reekie’s Festivals Set to Return

Auld Reekie’s Festivals Set to Return

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society and Edinburgh International Festival announce go-ahead. 

Fancy a Traverse around Edinburgh?

Fancy a Traverse around Edinburgh?

The Traverse Theatre presents this year's Class Act. 

Southbank Centre Nurtures Budding Talent

Southbank Centre Nurtures Budding Talent

Three initiatives at the Southbank Centre will provide opportunities across a range of arts activities. 

No Longer Out of Joint

No Longer Out of Joint

The company we all know as Out of Joint from now on will be known as Stockroom. 

Looking Forward at The Space

Looking Forward at The Space

The Space receives £27,098 from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund. 

Vault Your Career

Vault Your Career

"We want to give people the confidence and skills they need to thrive and flourish." 

At Last - Anything Goes

At Last - Anything Goes

What wouldn’t you give to be saying that now? 

Scottish Students Acting for Others

Scottish Students Acting for Others

Performance and Fundraising work hand in hand for Scottish students. 

Your Dream Can Come True

Your Dream Can Come True

Are you a budding playwright with a few small pieces under your belt, looking for the big break? Would you like to see your first work come to fruition, created with a full-length ... 

Second Space Launch

Second Space Launch

[email protected] has just launched its second season of productions, featuring over 50 original works from around the world that are free to watch. 

The Rialto, Brighton: Born Out of Desire

The Rialto, Brighton: Born Out of Desire

Richard Beck met up with Roger Kay, who with his business partner Lauren Varnfield, owns the Rialto Theatre, Brighton, where they are also joint artistic directors. 

Phil Willmott takes up arms against a sea of troubles

Phil Willmott takes up arms against a sea of troubles

Renowned playwright, composer, librettist, teacher, dramaturg, arts journalist and actor, Phil Willmott talks to Richard Beck about things past, present and future and in particula... 

Vampire's Ball Ultimate Halloween Party

Vampire's Ball Ultimate Halloween Party

Brad Tassell and Steve Goodie describe themselves as a pair who have been ‘all-around nutty goofballs for more than 30 years’; and it shows. 

Lockdown Drag-out

Lockdown Drag-out

It’s either a mid-conversation pick-up or a recording error that opens Jane Martin’s monologue, Lockdown Drag-Out, in which she appears as the plummy and plumpy Audrey Stanton … 

The Plague Thing

The Plague Thing

If you’ve been feasting on BBC iPlayer during lockdown and enjoying the delights of Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads, it’s worth taking six minutes out of your social isolation t… 

Creating A Virtual Space At The Fringe

Creating A Virtual Space At The Fringe

‘One Festival, Three Weeks, Eighty Shows‘ - theSpaceUK 

Army Launches Fringe Offensive

Army Launches Fringe Offensive

Out of adversity comes opportunity.A great programme of workshops, shows, screenings, readings and discussions. 

Four Shows Fly Out From the Wings

Four Shows Fly Out From the Wings

The frozen theatre wasteland of COVID-19 is likely to take a long time to thaw, but there are signs of melting as companies find innovative ways to compensate for the lack of live ... 

Wind of Heaven

Wind of Heaven

There is something wonderfully seasonal about Wind of Heaven at the Finborough Theatre. 

The House of The Spirits / La Casa de Los Espíritus

The House of The Spirits / La Casa de Los Espíritus

The mission of the Cervantes Theatre “to showcase the best Spanish and Latin American plays in London” is strikingly realised in its closing play of the 2019 season that featur… 

Sydney & the Old Girl

Sydney & the Old Girl

Forget any notions of political correctness, civility or polite drawing room conversation. 

A Kind of Loving

A Kind of Loving

The decade might be set in history as ‘Swinging’, but for many of us who lived through the ‘60’s the appellation has only a marginal connection with the realities of life. 

Murder in the Cathedral

Murder in the Cathedral

Performing a play in a cathedral about an archbishop assassinated in a cathedral might sound like a match made in heaven. 

The Match Box

The Match Box

The prospect of a two-act monologue that lasts around two and a quarter, an interval, is perhaps daunting for both the actor and aficionados of the genre alike. 

The Beauty Queen of Leenane

The Beauty Queen of Leenane

Martin McDonagh’s The Beauty Queen of Leenane is an intensely Irish play set in the wilds of Connemara, premiered locally by the Druid Theatre Company in Galway in 1996. 

Vassa

Vassa

In a rare proscenium-style presentation at the Almeida Theatre, director Tinuke Craig offers Maxim Gorky’s Vassa as her debut production for the venue in a new adaptation by Mike… 

Gaslight

Gaslight

Gaslight has stood the test of time in the canon of British theatre. 

A Day in the Death of Joe Egg

A Day in the Death of Joe Egg

Playwright Peter Nichols died only last month at the age of 92. 

Breaking The Code

Breaking The Code

It’s only two years until the face of Alan Turing appears on the new £50 note. 

Velvet

Velvet

To compile his one-man show, Velvet, Tom Ratcliffe combined personal experience and the disturbing revelations that emerged as the #MeToo movement gathered momentum. 

Blood Wedding

Blood Wedding

In the late 1920s Frederico García Lorca allegedly read about a bride who fled her wedding to elope with a former amor. 

Mother Of Him

Mother Of Him

Is a mother’s love unconditional, or can it be stretched beyond breaking-point? This is the consuming theme in Evan Placey’s Mother of Him at the Park Theatre, which was inspir… 

I Am Gavrilo Princip

I Am Gavrilo Princip

Stalin, Mussolini and Hitler all stand out in the history of the twentieth century. 

Youth Without God

Youth Without God

Youth Without God at the Coronet Theatre is heralded as ‘a dark fable about the individual conscience in a time of social uncertainty’ and the 1937 novel by Ödön von Horváth… 

Torch Song

Torch Song

The neon sign above the stage at the new Turbine Theatre, Battersea, hints at the lights of New York City, but it also reminds us of the history behind director Drew McOnie’s pro… 

So Here We Are

So Here We Are

Luke Norris's Southend-based play and winner of the Bruntwood Prize, So Here We Are, finally comes to Essex in a delightful production that fits perfectly into the Queen’s Th… 

Stiletto Beach

Stiletto Beach

The world premiere of Sadie Hasler’s Stiletto Beach has burst onto the stage at the dynamic Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch in a bold, brave, fearless and funny exploration of what… 

Falsettos

Falsettos

Falsettos has been around since 1992, but it’s UK premier has only just opened at The Other Palace, London. 

Judas

Judas

Smokescreen Productions is supporting the work of Amnesty International through its new work, Judas, at Assembly Blue Room. 

Everyman

Everyman

As the saying goes, "The path to hell is paved with good intentions". 

The Words Are There

The Words Are There

The Words Are There is a moving and innovative piece of physical theatre that appeals both for its approach to male domestic abuse, and for its style of performance. 

Stanley

Stanley

There’s Stanley the man and Stanley the play. 

Thief by Liam Rudden

Thief by Liam Rudden

The Edinburgh Fringe programme’s standard listing format provides a simple yet clear message about Thief at the Hill Street Theatre. 

Letter to Boddah
BOBBY WINNER

Letter to Boddah

“Will they or won’t they go through with it?” That is the consuming question that hovers for an hour over Letter to Boddah, written and directed by Sarah Nelson and performed… 

Identity

Identity

With a highly experienced team behind this production it is no wonder that Identity by CTC COMPANY at Greenside, Infirmary St. 

This Island's Mine

This Island's Mine

The Italia Conti Ensemble changes its membership every year as another cohort passes through the famous drama school. 

44 Inch Chest

44 Inch Chest

Rarely does the stage premiere of a work take place twenty-three years after it was written, but Out Of Bounds Theatre has claimed the honour with their gritty production of 44 Inc… 

EAST

EAST

Steven Berkoff’s irresistible EAST makes an inevitable return to the Festival Fringe, this time in a vibrant and energetic production by HiveMCR. 

Franz and Marie: Woyzeck Retold

Franz and Marie: Woyzeck Retold

For an incomplete play, Georg Büchner’s Woyzeck has nevertheless managed to secure enduring interest. 

Conversations With Myself

Conversations With Myself

It’s fifty years since the Stonewall riots sparked off the movement that became known as gay liberation. 

Bleeding Black

Bleeding Black

Christopher Watts returns to the Festival Fringe with his one-man-show, Bleeding Black, at Greenside, Nicolson Square. 

Real Eyes

Real Eyes

Aged just 16 and 17, Harrison Sharpe (Matt) and Archie Stevens (Mikey) make their Edinburgh Festival Fringe debut with Real Eyes, an intensely moving story of brothers growing up t… 

Teach

Teach

Matthew Roberts’ solo show, Teach, at theSpace, Surgeons Hall is performance brimming with conviction and energy. 

Well That's Oz

Well That's Oz

Absurdism runs amok in Well That’s Oz, one of four plays in this year’s programme from CalArts at Venue 13. 

Here Comes the Tide, There Goes the Girl

Here Comes the Tide, There Goes the Girl

Here Comes the Tide, There Goes the Girl is one of four plays presented by CalArts at venue 13 this year and is steeped in their tradition of producing original material that stret… 

Fight Song

Fight Song

Fight Song is part of this year’s programme of four plays by students from the celebrated CalIfornia Institute of the Arts (CalArts) at Venue 13. 

The Thinking Drinkers: Heroes of Hooch

The Thinking Drinkers: Heroes of Hooch

Award-winning drinks writers and comedy performers Ben McFarland and Tom Sandham return to Edinburgh with their latest libation, The Thinking Drinkers: Heroes of Hooch, in Underbel… 

Dream of a King

Dream of a King

Actor/writer Christopher Tajah of Resistance Theatre Company gives an impassioned performance in Dream Of A King at theSpace Triplex, as he reimagines the hours leading up to the a… 

Ugly Youth

Ugly Youth

“I’ve not seen anything like this in the 12 years I’ve been working at the Fringe,” was the observation from one of the tech guys I spoke to after seeing Ugly Youth, this y… 

Wrath of Achilles

Wrath of Achilles

Writer Jack Fairey has taken on a huge task in adapting the substance of Homer’s Iliad into a modern story still firmly embedded in the Trojan War with a running time just short … 

The Brave Anthology

The Brave Anthology

Angus gets a review that says he’s ‘watchable’. 

Dear Mother Moon

Dear Mother Moon

Dear Mother Moon is one of four works presented by CalArts this year in what has become the Institute’s Edinburgh home, Venue 13. 

(Ab)solution

(Ab)solution

(Ab)solution is the first Edinburgh Festival Fringe Play from Swindon-based Jackrill Productions, and it’s an impressive debut at Greenside, Infirmary St. 

Bacon

Bacon

Francis Bacon once observed that ‘in order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present’. 

The Tempest

The Tempest

Many strange things occur in Shakespeare’s The Tempest, but in this production, by Oxford’s Creation Theatre, there are more surprises than even Prospero might have conjured up… 

The Hunt

The Hunt

Relax and enjoy the welcome extended to guests at the local infants’ school which Michele Austin delivers with considerable warmth and obvious delight. 

Man of La Mancha

Man of La Mancha

A rousing overture, with blasting brass and pounding percussion raises hopes at the Coliseum for the first London production of Man Of La Mancha for over fifty years. 

The Hired Man

The Hired Man

The Hired Man has been doing the rounds since 1984 and now finds a home at the Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch. 

Market Boy

Market Boy

A rollicking romp around the stalls of Romford fills the Union Theatre, Southwark, in a joyous revival of David Eldridge’s Market Boy. 

The Dramatic Exploits of Edmund Kean

The Dramatic Exploits of Edmund Kean

Despite occasional complaints, audiences over the centuries have generally become well-behaved. 

Post Mortem

Post Mortem

It’s not just a dead body that can be the subject of a post mortem. 

Three Sisters

Three Sisters

An air of timelessness perversely pervades Three Sisters at the Almeida. 

After The Dance

After The Dance

Terence Rattigan personifies the maxim that you can’t keep a good man down. 

Tony’s Last Tape

Tony’s Last Tape

Possibly less famous than Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape, Andy Barrett’s Tony’s Last Tape has much in common with it; not least the obsession each of the eponymous heroes had … 

Cry Havoc

Cry Havoc

There is plenty of barking in the street during Tom Coash’s Cry Havoc at the Park Theatre. 

The Trials Of Oscar Wilde

The Trials Of Oscar Wilde

Court rooms can often make for high drama, but unfortunately in this case the transcript of ‘the trial of the century, proves to be less than gripping. 

The Conductor

The Conductor

The tragedy of World War II is remembered in many ways, but The Conductor, at The Space, takes a highly focussed look at just one small event in Russia’s window on the west in 19… 

Hair

Hair

We might still be in the age of Aquarius, or we may not yet have entered it, depending on whose calculations you prefer, but it is now over fifty years since Hair opened on Broadwa… 

Fiddler on the Roof

Fiddler on the Roof

Welcome to Anatevka! The Playhouse Theatre has been transformed to create this ‘dear little village’ for Trevor Nunn’s penetrating production of Fiddler on the Roof. 

Othello

Othello

There are times when a production comes along that is a powerful reminder of the beauty and eloquence of Shakespeare’s writing, his clarity of exposition and ingenuity of plot, e… 

Othello

Othello

The need for ‘a willing suspension of disbelief’ traditionally associated with an appreciation of Shakespeare’s Othello reaches a new level necessity in director Phil Willmot… 

Richard III

Richard III

The palatial ceiling aloft the shattered plaster and exposed brick walls of the newly restored Alexandra Palace Theatre are aptly suited to Headlong’s powerful production of Shak… 

The Silence of Snow: The Life of Patrick Hamilton

The Silence of Snow: The Life of Patrick Hamilton

Master of the monologue, Mark Farrelly, sits slumped forward in an upright chair shrouded in a white smock, whose back-ties make it resemble a cross between a straight jacket and a… 

To She Or Not To She

To She Or Not To She

"Frailty, thy name is woman!" That is probably not most women’s favourite line from Shakespeare and could not be further from the truth when applied to Emma Bentley. 

The Story's End

The Story's End

I didn’t actually see this performance; not by virtue of being absent, but rather because I had followed the request of actor and spoken word poet, Paul Daly, to blindfold myself… 

Blasphemy

Blasphemy

In the sad world of factory farming the horrors of animals trapped in cages for the duration of their painful lives is well-documented and visually familiar. 

The Tempest

The Tempest

The are more "sounds" than "sweet airs" in Lazarus Theatre Company’s production of The Tempest at the Greenwich Theatre and while some elements of the perform… 

DNA

DNA

Just because you’ve committed a crime doesn’t mean you have to be caught; at least, not if you can devise a clever cover-up. 

The Orchestra

The Orchestra

The programme notes aptly describe The Orchestra at the Omnibus Theatre, which might be regarded as one of Jean Anouilh’s more incidental pieces. 

Summer and Smoke

Summer and Smoke

The Almeida Theatre’s highly acclaimed production of Tennessee Williams’ Summer and Smoke, boldly and sensitively directed by Rebecca Frecknall, is now playing at the Duke of Y… 

Love-Lies-Bleeding

Love-Lies-Bleeding

A family on the verge of a momentous decision forms the focus of Don DeLillo’s Love-Lies-Bleeding at the Print Room at the Coronet in a stark production by director Jack McNamara… 

The Recruiting Officer

The Recruiting Officer

In her article for the British Library on Restorations Comedy Diane Maybankobserves that “little can be gained from removing the plays from their historical settings”. 

Indebted To Chance.

Indebted To Chance.

Actor/scriptwriter Charlie Ryall leads an entertaining troupe of actors from Mercurius Theatre Company in her play Indebted to Chance at the Old Red Lion Theatre. 

BRASS, an Award-winning Musical by Benjamin Till

BRASS, an Award-winning Musical by Benjamin Till

Brass, Benjamin Till’s winner of the ‘Best Musical’ in the 2014 UK Theatre Awards, fills the stage at the Union Theatre, Southwark, in its professional London première. 

ear for eye

ear for eye

There are several peaks and notable features in debbie tucker green’s ear for eye that rise above the lengthy exposition of her themes that otherwise dominate this new work. 

Haunting Julia

Haunting Julia

After Alan Ayckbourn had seen The Woman in Black and the film The Haunting he was inspired to depart from his usual comedic tales of middle class life and try his hand at a ghost s… 

The Giant Killers

The Giant Killers

Darwen is probably not the most well-known town in England, but it holds a very special place in the history of football. 

Dealing with Clair

Dealing with Clair

The Orange Tree Theatre in a co-production with English Touring Theatre could hardly have expected that renewed police investigations into the mysterious disappearance of estate ag… 

LOVE

LOVE

The Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch has reconfigured it’s stage and auditorium to house writer/director Alexander Zeldin’s production of Love. 

The Wild Duck

The Wild Duck

A brightly lit auditorium and bare stage, with its exposed brick walls, look all set for a rehearsal. 

The Paradise Circus

The Paradise Circus

A little-known theatre hosts a lesser-known play and the result is a theatrical triumph. 

Quietly

Quietly

Quietly is set in a pub in Belfast. 

Parents’ Evening

Parents’ Evening

The Rebels’ Season continues at the Jermyn Street Theatre with Bathsheba Doran’s Parents’ Evening. 

To Have To Shoot Irishmen

To Have To Shoot Irishmen

To Have To Shoot Irishmen opens the Irish Theatre Season at the Omnibus Theatre, Clapham. 

ONCE

ONCE

“It’s only people up there with guitars and other instruments telling and singing their way through an everyday love story. 

Little Fools

Little Fools

The autumn/winter season at the Space on the Isle of Dogs got off to a punchy start this week with Little Fools. 

Wine

Wine

Wine makes a return to the Tristan Bates Theatre following its successful run earlier in the year. 

Kids Play

Kids Play

Kids Play is now running in London following its triumph at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where it received multiple five star reviews. 

The Space is the Place

The Space is the Place

There is a delightful air of theatricality about the prominent nineteenth century brick façade of what was formerly St Paul’s church on the Isle of Dogs. 

Revelation 1:18

Revelation 1:18

"I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever!" Although never spoken in Revelation 1:18 these words from the last book in the bible capture the aspirational i… 

No Help Sent

No Help Sent

Gordon Brown once observed how Aneurin Bevan’s vision of a National Health Service was unimaginable in its day, yet it has withstood the test of time. 

The Outsider (L’Étranger)

The Outsider (L’Étranger)

Albert Camus’ The Outsider (L’Étranger), is starkly brought to the stage in an adaptation by Ben Okri, Winner of the Man Booker Prize, commissioned by The Print Room at The C… 

Prairie Flower

Prairie Flower

Perhaps as a five-part radio serial Prairie Flower might provide some particular interest to crime enthusiasts, but as a two-hour monologue in the Upstairs at the Gatehouse, even w… 

About Leo

About Leo

About Leo is the first offering in The Rebels Season at Jermyn Street Theatre; an autumn programme that focuses on ‘people who dared to be different’. 

Losing Venice

Losing Venice

Shakespeare created ‘the vastly fields of France’ in a cramped ‘cockpit’ and crammed within his ‘wooden O the very casques that did affright the air at Agincourt’ all c… 

Abi

Abi

Despite its title, we know very little of what actually happened at Abigail’s party. 

Abigail's Party

Abigail's Party

It’s a mark of how well a play is rooted in a particular era that the mere mention of Estée Lauder’s Youth Dew perfume can send ripples of mirth throughout the auditorium to a… 

Picasso's Women

Picasso's Women

Given how many inhabited his life, Picasso’s Women is but a mere glimpse from one side of the bed into what they endured. 

In Your Own Sweet Way

In Your Own Sweet Way

Hoghead Theatre Company Returns to the Fringe with their devised piece In Your Own Sweet Way. 

The Dame

The Dame

Peter Duncan’s The Dame is hosted at The Dome, one of Edinburgh’s glitziest and most glamorous buildings. 

You Are Frogs

You Are Frogs

If some of what you are about to read sounds completely bonkers then you are well on the way to an appreciation of You Are Frogs. 

Cezary Goes to War

Cezary Goes to War

The Regional Medical Draft Board has strict guidelines for the classification of recruits and their suitability for deployment. 

Red and Boiling

Red and Boiling

Red and Boiling is an entertaining cabaret-style show with some serious undertones. 

Man Down

Man Down

Man Down emerges from three years of research and hours of interviews and discussions with people in Baltimore, USA. 

The Troth

The Troth

Based on Chandradhar Sharma Guleri’s iconic Hindi short story Usne Kaha Tha, The Troth is about one soldier, Sardar Lehna Singh, and the sacrifice he makes to keep his secret pro… 

Bucket Men

Bucket Men

Bucket Men takes place in a small basement studio at C Royale where two men coincidentally have jobs in a small basement of a faceless government building. 

Goodbye Rosetta

Goodbye Rosetta

Goodbye Rosetta abounds with youthful enthusiasm and passion. 

Reigen

Reigen

Some plays lend themselves to radical reinterpretations and stagings while others need handling with more care. 

Kids Play
BOBBY WINNER

Kids Play

Glen Chandler, Edinburgh’s theatrical detective story-writing son, returns to the Festival Fringe this year with yet another ingenious triumph. 

Waiting for Ofsted

Waiting for Ofsted

Oh how easily this ambitious project could have fallen flat on its face and oh how wonderfully it sustains itself. 

Shell Shock

Shell Shock

"A British soldier never runs away from a fight", Tommy Atkins proudly proclaims. 

HMS Pinafore

HMS Pinafore

The University of St Andrews Gilbert and Sullivan Society makes their regular contribution to the Festival Fringe, this year with HMS Pinafore. 

The Gin Chronicles in New York

The Gin Chronicles in New York

The Gin Chronicles in New York is the latest saga in this well-established series that by now has something of a following. 

InValid Voices

InValid Voices

When the soldier goes to war what of those left behind? This is the question posed by InValid Voices, a new theatre piece based on interviews with women serving as and married to C… 

Forget Me Nots

Forget Me Nots

Forget Me Nots is a new piece of ‘queer theatre’ from Rokkur Friggjar, a collective of theatre makers based in Iceland and the UK, who are contributors to this year’s [email protected]… 

To Have Done With the Judgement of God

To Have Done With the Judgement of God

Leaving the theatre with no idea what you have just seen but having enjoyed it immensely is perhaps an appropriate response to a production of Antonin Artaud’s To Have Done With … 

Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

Curious Pheasant Theatre reinvents the Bard’s most famous tale of ‘star-cross’d’ lovers in a bare-bones, twisted production that will have purists running for shelter and a… 

Éowyn Emerald and Dancers

Éowyn Emerald and Dancers

A young man waited outside the Greenside Royal Terrace Venue for Éowyn Emerald & Dancers to appear after their performance. 

My Name Is Dorothy

My Name Is Dorothy

The first point to make clear is that My Name is Dorothy has nothing to do with The Wizard of Oz. 

Shackleton's Stowaway

Shackleton's Stowaway

Making their debut at the Festival Fringe, Stolen Elephant Theatre bring to life one of the great voyages of the Heroic Age of Antarctic exploration in Shackleton’s Stowaway. 

Virgin

Virgin

Simon David bursts onto the stage in a bout of eccentricity that boldly asserts his dominance over the evening. 

Hymn to Love

Hymn to Love

“I've always known that one day I would have my own niche in the annals of song. 

Iolanthe

Iolanthe

Prime Minister Clement Attlee once observed that ‘the House of Lords is like a glass of champagne that has stood for five days’. 

The Final Journey of Edward Wilson

The Final Journey of Edward Wilson

Recent years have witnessed mounting criticism of mumbling actors, mostly on television but also in the the theatre. 

Fred and Ginger

Fred and Ginger

Love is a many-splendored thing, or so the soundtrack maintains as it heralds a fifty-minute romp through teenage troubles, acting aspirations and romantic realities. 

Barry Humphries Weimar Cabaret

Barry Humphries Weimar Cabaret

Ernst Krenek, Erich Korngold, Frank Schreker, Erwin Schulhoff and Mischa Spoliansky were not household names in the late 1940s when a young Barry Humphries in Melbourne, Australia … 

Earthquakes in London

Earthquakes in London

In a lengthy whirlwind of staccato scenes with lento, adagio and presto interludes, Mike Bartlett’s Earthquakes in London combines political intrigue, corporate corruption, perso… 

Knights of the Rose

Knights of the Rose

"Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the streets of Askelon" (II Samuel 1:20) is a line that does not appear in Knights of the Rose. 

Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope

Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope

“I come from a time and country where I was treated like a wrong hushed up. 

The Play About My Dad

The Play About My Dad

According to its author, Loo Killebrew, The Play About My Dad “should feel quick-moving, and hopefully have a rhythm that is similar to the rhythm of a storm. 

Two by Jim Cartwright

Two by Jim Cartwright

Clueless Theatre makes a remarkable company debut with a production of Jim Cartwright’s Two. 

The End of History

The End of History

The End of History is billed as “a moving and funny site-responsive play with music which uses a chance encounter to explore the impact of gentrification on two radically differe… 

Rope

Rope

Nietzsche’s notion of the Übermensch receives one scant mention towards the end of Patrick Hamilton's Rope, yet it is the driving force that underpins the play. 

Woyzeck

Woyzeck

Having spent three months eating only peas, it comes as no surprise that the eponymous central character in Woyzeck appears in a state of both physical frailty and mental instabili… 

More Heat Than Light

More Heat Than Light

In a well-paced, one-hour monologue, eighteen-year-old Alex talks about the generations of family who have had a significant impact upon his life. 

Will

Will

The happy band of players that performs Will or Eight Lost Years of Young William Shakespeare’s Life is reminiscent of the troupes that wandered the country when the Bard was ali… 

Bomb Happy

Bomb Happy

Bomb Happy is a verbatim victory. 

The Overcoat

The Overcoat

Scandal and Gallows theatre company shines as a remarkably talented team in this production of The Overcoat by rising star scriptwriter George Johnston, who has imaginatively tra… 

One for the Road...

One for the Road...

In the early 1980s Pinter became increasingly interested in human rights abuses and in particular the torture of political prisoners in Argentina and Turkey. 

Venus and Adonis

Venus and Adonis

It is a rare treat to hear a dramatised performance of Shakespeare’s first published work, Venus and Adonis. 

When the Sky Falls In

When the Sky Falls In

When The Sky Falls In is written and presented by Janet Gershlick. 

Wired

Wired

Wired is one of several productions with a military theme being performed at the Army Reserve Centre, Summerhall’s new venue, [email protected] 

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Sam Leishman

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Sam Leishman

The final day! Richard's alcohol-fueled quest to find Edinburgh's best bar staff ends up at WestRoom, where he found Sam Leishman, a 20 year old Guinness drinker with a passion for... 

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Gavin Robertson

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Gavin Robertson

Richard didn't stumble far from yesterday's bar, Foundry 39, as just a few yards up Charlotte Lane he fell into Sygn, a trendy retro-style cocktail bar & diner where Edinburgh Bars... 

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Sarah Brown

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Sarah Brown

Tucked on the corner of Queensferry Street and Charlotte Lane you'll find the ultra-hip bar and eatery, Foundry 39. 

Semi-Toned: Stay Tuned

Semi-Toned: Stay Tuned

If the boys of Semi-Toned ever tire of a cappella they could always take up comedy. 

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Nathan Hinze

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Nathan Hinze

Warm and welcoming, and always entertaining, 99 Hanover Street is at the heart of Edinburgh's bar scene. 

Summerhall’s army@TheFringe: An Affront to the Arts or an Ambitious Alliance?

Summerhall’s [email protected]: An Affront to the Arts or an Ambitious Alliance?

The Army has set up camp for the first time at the Fringe and is stationed with Summerhall in its own premises. 

The Edinburgh Cocktail Festival is this Year’s New Kid on the Block

The Edinburgh Cocktail Festival is this Year’s New Kid on the Block

Back in 1947 the founders of the Edinburgh International Festival could hardly have imagined what their legacy would be. 

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Dale Welstead

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Dale Welstead

In the heart of the Old Town, Cabaret Voltaire is a legendary live music venue in the vaults beneath North Bridge. 

Certain Young Men

Certain Young Men

Peter Gill”s Certain Young Men was first performed at the Almeida Theatre in 1999. 

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Lainey Corroon

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Lainey Corroon

The Three Sisters – renamed the Free Sisters during the Fringe – has long been a festival hub and a jewel in the crown of the Free Festival. 

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Erik Stenersen

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Erik Stenersen

Just around the corner from the iconic Greyfriar's Bobby you'll find the Oz Bar, and that's also where Richard found today's Edinburgh Barstar, Erik Stenersen. 

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Danny Smith

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Danny Smith

Edinburgh is Festival City for good reason, and amongst all the theatre, comedy, books and arts there's even a Scottish Gin Festival. 

The Scottish Story Telling Centre: A Venue for Voices

The Scottish Story Telling Centre: A Venue for Voices

The Scottish Storytelling Centre is, in its own words, ‘a vibrant arts venue with a seasonal programme of live storytelling, theatre, music, exhibitions, workshops, family events... 

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Denise Garland

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Denise Garland

Formerly a parsonage, Cloisters Bar is a uniquely traditional Edinburgh pub. 

Mary, Queen of Scots

Mary, Queen of Scots

“All I knew was the playground song Mary Queen of Scots got her head chopped off,” says opera singer Louise Macdonald, “until I started learning Schumann’s Maria Stuart Lie… 

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Maurice Penny

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Maurice Penny

Just off the Royal Mile and Cowgate you'll find a craft beer shop and bar called the Salt Horse. 

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Tomas Germanavicius

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Tomas Germanavicius

The Heads & Tales bar is the home of Edinburgh Gin, and it's also where Richard found today's Edinburgh Barstar, Tomas Germanavicius, a Lithuanian who's a dab hand at mixing up a c... 

A Thousand Doorways

A Thousand Doorways

A finely-woven, patterned rug hangs from the ceiling, its design typical of the region. 

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Jay Weeks

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Jay Weeks

Richard's headed over to Leith to the eclectic bar that is The Mousetrap where he finds today's Edinburgh Barstar, Jay Weeks. 

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Molly McCluskey

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Molly McCluskey

Richard is exploring Edinburgh's East End today to discover the Barstar of the Day at The Newsroom, where Glaswegian Molly McCluskey is making plans on photography while sipping a ... 

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Montse Pearce

Edinburgh Barstar of the Day: Montse Pearce

Richard's headed south to Clerk Street where at the unique Dog House bar he's discovered today's Edinburgh Barstar, Montse Pearce, a Spanish-born artist with good taste in whisky. 

Gunshot Medley

Gunshot Medley

“Black lives matter!” Hold it there and let that well-known refrain ring in your head, along with the image it conjures up in your mind. 

About a Goth

About a Goth

Life as a Goth is not easy. 

Lord Dismiss Us

Lord Dismiss Us

Scottish award-winning playwright and novelist Glenn Chandler’s best-known work might be television detective series Taggart, but he also has a string of successful plays and pro… 

Fox and Hound Presents Tennessee Williams' Ivan's Widow and Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen

Fox and Hound Presents Tennessee Williams' Ivan's Widow and Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen

For lovers of Tennessee Williams and anyone who appreciates good theatre the double bill of Ivan’s Widow and Talk to Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen makes for a very rewardin… 

Thrill Me: The Leopold and Loeb Story

Thrill Me: The Leopold and Loeb Story

Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story won the first Broadway Baby Bobby Award in 2014 as one of the most outstanding productions of that year’s Festival Fringe. 

Bleach

Bleach

There are downsides to most jobs and many come with dangers, hidden or otherwise, but there are usually compensatory factors as well. 

A Boy Named Sue

A Boy Named Sue

Sid, struggling to become Sue, proclaims, “The great barrier between myself and the outside world is my appearance”. 

Coming Clean

Coming Clean

It’s 35 years since Kevin Elyot’s first play, Coming Clean, premiered at the Bush Theatre and 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK. 

Queers

Queers

Queers comes with no explanation, but the title alone is enough preparation for an hour of material that is amusing and sad, historical and contemporary. 

Tremors

Tremors

An ‘incident in a hotel room’ becomes a life-changing event for Tom Crowe, a rising star of the Labour Party whose past, present and future form the basis of Tremors. 

Collapse

Collapse

In under thirty minutes Collapse presents a hauntingly hypnotic exploration of Cassandra’ agony as she prophetically laments the collapse of her city. 

Thirty Three

Thirty Three

Saska (Corinne Furlong) decides to hold what which she hopes will be a cosy dinner party for a select group of her closest friends. 

The Stroop Effect

The Stroop Effect

The disparity between the promotional material put out by theatre groups and the reality of what they present to audiences is often quite staggering. 

Sweet Charity

Sweet Charity

The Brighton Academy of Performing Arts uses its Preston Park studio theatre to showcase the talents of its students. 

Goggles

Goggles

Pets come in many forms. 

Brawn

Brawn

Ryan was a bright lad at school. 

The Fool, The Champ and The Bandito

The Fool, The Champ and The Bandito

The Fool, The Champ and The Bandito is “presented by BA(Hons) Acting and Creative Performance students, from the University Centre Colchester” who “in their final year of study p… 

Tennessee Williams' 27 Wagons Full of Cotton

Tennessee Williams' 27 Wagons Full of Cotton

Summer in the south is aggressively hot and stiflingly humid. 

Blink by Phil Porter

Blink by Phil Porter

Described as “unconventional, quirky, and voyeuristic”, Peppered Wit’s production of Blink by Phil Porter fulfills each of those descriptions. 

Kings Cross (Remix)

Kings Cross (Remix)

I’m always interested in the extent to which the publicity for a performance matches the reality of the production; how the promise materialises on the stage. 

The Tempest

The Tempest

Welcome to The Tempest as Shakespeare and probably most other people never imagined it could be. 

Thrive

Thrive

Post Traumatic Stress from a variety of sources is a familiar phenomenon in modern times. 

If We Got Some More Cocaine I Could Show You How I Love You

If We Got Some More Cocaine I Could Show You How I Love You

Casey and Mikey cannot escape: not from who they are, not from how their lives have moulded them and, more immediately, from the rooftop onto which they have just clambered. 

Wank Bank Masterclass

Wank Bank Masterclass

The Aussies have a certain way with words and in the case Adam Seymour with his hands also. 

Alba Flamenca

Alba Flamenca

If you missed this show all is not lost. 

The Gin Whore Tour

The Gin Whore Tour

Much has been said and written about gin but Dorothy Parker probably uttered the most appropriate for this event. 

Confetti

Confetti

There’s no confetti in Confetti, but there is a complex mix of language and movement that makes it intriguing. 

No Exit (Huis Clos)

No Exit (Huis Clos)

No Exit (Huis Clos) is an existentialist drama, adapted from Jean-Paul Sartre’s classic by Charlie Rogers. 

The Wall

The Wall

The Wall is a wonderfully refreshing play from Corby Productions. 

The Rose and Crown

The Rose and Crown

There’s always a good smattering of obscure, seldom-performed or minor plays at the Festival Fringe. 

Krapp's Last Tape

Krapp's Last Tape

Krapp stands frozen staring into the distance, barely living in the present, heading to an unknown future and transfixed on the past. 

The Telemachy

The Telemachy

It’s rare to come across a wandering poet these days and it’s probably not the most effective way to get your message across to the public. 

Twix

Twix

Jamie’s comical lack of good fortune is beautifully summed up in the last two lines of this play, where the parallel monologues of Twix finally come together. 

Posh

Posh

Theresa May went to Oxford, but unlike Messrs Cameron, Osborne and Johnson, she could never have been invited to become a member of the infamous Bullingdon Club, to which Laura Wad… 

Decade

Decade

9/11, as it now succinctly known, is one of those ‘where were you on the day?’ events. 

Attempts on Her Life

Attempts on Her Life

Take a play with no plot, an unspecified number of players, no defined characters, pages of intense prose and lines that can be spoken by any performer and what do you have? Unmis… 

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

The Italia Conti Ensemble returns to the Festival Fringe with their second-year students again split into two groups, each with its own choice of play. 

Road

Road

It’s Road, but not as we know it. 

Grey Matter

Grey Matter

Adrian Raine’s pioneering work in neurocriminology can be seen as a reaction to the supremacy of nurture over nature in the debate about the causes of criminal behaviour. 

Chapel Street

Chapel Street

If ever the strength of a story lay in its telling, Chapel Street would be a perfect example. 

West Side Story

West Side Story

This tragic romance has always been about the individual consequences of divisions in society. 

Jumping the Barriers

Jumping the Barriers

There are many symbols of class division and expressions of social stratification in this country. 

The Mikado

The Mikado

St Andrews Gilbert and Sullivan Society with Mermaids Performing Arts return to the Festival Fringe with their typically entertaining style of presenting Gilbert & Sullivan, this t… 

Chef: Come Dine With Us!

Chef: Come Dine With Us!

Chef: Come Dine With Us! should not in a way be confused with the TV series Come Dine With Me. 

Bildraum

Bildraum

Bildraum is part of the ‘Big in Belgium’ series, featuring six of the country’s many outstanding theatre and performance companies. 

Red

Red

The redness of Red is not visible. 

Felix Holt: The Radical

Felix Holt: The Radical

‘Wholesome’ is how a lady I spoke to after the performance described Felix Holt: The Radical. 

Family Voices and Victoria Station

Family Voices and Victoria Station

Harold Pinter’s two short plays make only rare appearances nowadays and yet they are rewarding pieces. 

Three Jumpers

Three Jumpers

The tweeting of the birds portends a beautiful day, but the view from the bridge is spoiled by an ominous thick mist. 

The Age of (Distr)action

The Age of (Distr)action

In Edinburgh as members of Group 64, the cast of The Age of (Distr)action are an inclusive young people’s theatre company from Putney who have created, written and performed this… 

Year Ten

Year Ten

Never judge a play by its title. 

Spool

Spool

Suppose, just suppose, that your mind and body lived separately from each other. 

Growing Pains

Growing Pains

Standing ovations are rare, but the house rose as one at the at the end of Tom Gill’s Growing Pains in tribute to a remarkable performer and a stunning show. 

Éowyn Emerald & Dancers

Éowyn Emerald & Dancers

Éowyn Emerald and Dancers, make a welcome return to Edinburgh in their usual Greenside, Royal Terrace location. 

Lïnger

Lïnger

Breandán de Gallaí, the celebrated ex-Riverdance principal, has devised a biographical series of dances to create Lïnger, which is performed in the generously spacious main thea… 

A Dream of Dying

A Dream of Dying

It seems almost almost impossible that a man could go through his life and when his naked body is washed up on a shore in Ireland no one knows who he is. 

5 Out of 10 Men...

5 Out of 10 Men...

Top ratings aren’t always just about putting on a remarkable production, although 5 Out of 10 Men is that. 

Call Mr Robeson

Call Mr Robeson

Call Mr Robeson is Tayo Aluko’s tribute to one of the twentieth century’s most recognisable singers in terms of looks and voice. 

The White Crow

The White Crow

Adolph Eichmann never personally killed anyone, but he was hanged in 1962, having been found guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity. 

Oh Hello!

Oh Hello!

“Charles Hawtrey 1914 -1988 – Film, Theatre, Radio and Television Actor Lived Here. 

Partial Nudity

Partial Nudity

This might only be Partial Nudity, but it’s a full-on piece from writer/director Emily Layton and actors Kate Franz and Joe Layton. 

Are We Stronger Than Winston?

Are We Stronger Than Winston?

The British might be renowned for talking and complaining about the weather, but if you come from Fiji there are more heightened concerns than just cold rainy days. 

Saturday Night Forever

Saturday Night Forever

I’ve left theatres in all sorts of states from elation to depression, anger to jubilation, in tears and totally numb. 

Denton and Me

Denton and Me

Never underestimate the power or repercussions of a gift. 

Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally

Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally

If you’re expecting a cosy drawing-room comedy about an aging female relative then you have clearly not read the publicity and are in for a big surprise. 

On Ego by Mick Gordon

On Ego by Mick Gordon

Many theatre companies oversell their wares with outrageous hyperbole. 

The End

The End

Celebrated Scottish choreographer Jack Webb has brought his latest, typically idiosyncratic work, The End, for performance at this year’s Festival Fringe as part of the extensive… 

Hamlet in Bed

Hamlet in Bed

Hamlet in Bed is an exploration of one man’s obsession with Shakespeare’s tragic masterpiece ‘The play’s the thing’ that forms the subject of the production and also the m… 

Troika

Troika

Great composers sometimes create a theme that is so captivating or remarkable that other great composers write variations on it. 

Bash

Bash

Neil LaBute sets out to upset and disturb audiences and he made a spectacular start with his first play Bash: Latterday Plays. 

Three for Two by Phil Booth

Three for Two by Phil Booth

We all have our price. 

I Keep a Woman in My Flat Chained to a Radiator

I Keep a Woman in My Flat Chained to a Radiator

I Keep a Woman in My Flat Chained to a Radiator. 

Dropped

Dropped

There’s a lot of camouflage in Dropped. 

Care Takers

Care Takers

Seeing Care Takers is like watching all the episodes of a fabulous five-part drama series in one sitting. 

Spring Awakening

Spring Awakening

Spring Awakening won an impressive list of Tony, Grammy and Olivier Awards. 

Dieser Ort

Dieser Ort

A bell tolls. 

Fresher

Fresher

There are two very good reasons for going to see Fresher: it is an outstanding play that ingeniously tackles contemporary issues, and the production is also raising money for Young… 

Bucket List

Bucket List

What do you do when your mother is murdered for protesting corporate and governmental corruption? In the case of Milagros, you fight for the justice your mother was denied and see… 

The Dwelling Place

The Dwelling Place

Two large basement rooms in Summerhall have been transformed into a remarkable installation and immersive theatre, musical, video, sound, and light performance area. 

Oliver!

Oliver!

The Spiegeltent is a far cry from the workhouse and rarely can a setting have been better used than in this stunning production of Lionel Bart’s Oliver! by Captivate Theatre. 

Squirm

Squirm

The toilet, which dominates the floor space of this production, is essential to the performance of Squirm. 

2 By 5

2 By 5

International Collegiate Theatre Festival has put together a delightful programme of both well-known and less familiar works to create this production of 2 By 5. 

5 Guys Chillin'

5 Guys Chillin'

If your idea of chillin’ is sitting in the armchair with a cup of cocoa and a novel, you probably won’t feel at ease with this play. 

Adam & Eve and Steve

Adam & Eve and Steve

In the beginning it all seemed so straightforward. 

Damián Ortega

Damián Ortega

The Fruitmarket Gallery boasts “World class contemporary art at the heart of the city”. 

Roaring Boys

Roaring Boys

Roaring Boys makes a welcome and very successful return to the Festival Fringe this year adding a further chapter to its interesting history. 

Posh

Posh

With this year’s general election behind us and members now in office the return of Posh to the Festival Fringe is timely. 

H.M.S. Pinafore

H.M.S. Pinafore

While it is laudable to have an open policy for membership of an amateur operatic society the knock-on effects can be dire as demonstrated in Cat-Like Tread’s production of H. 

K'rd Strip: A Place to Stand

K'rd Strip: A Place to Stand

K’Rd Strip: A Place to Stand is a bizarre yet beautiful blend of Māori culture, contemporary dance, vocals and music, drag and real life stories. 

Brief Interviews with Hideous Men

Brief Interviews with Hideous Men

Brief Interviews with Hideous Men could be seen as a dark comedy or as just dark. 

Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist

Italia Conti Ensemble score an absolute triumph with Neil Bartlett’s Oliver Twist. 

Party

Party

Party isn’t that sort of party; well, it sort of is, and maybe it should be, but overall it isn’t – though it might be after it’s finished. 

Piaf

Piaf

Piaf opens with a spectacular tableau of the entire cast. 

For Queen and Country

For Queen and Country

For Queen and Country. 

I Am

I Am

I Am is the sequel to LCP Dance Theatre’s Am I. 

Five Drinks

Five Drinks

It might be a good idea to take five drinks into the auditorium, to see you through a play that has moments of wit and humour but contains nothing profound. 

The Amazing World of MC Escher

The Amazing World of MC Escher

Given our familiarity with Escher’s unmistakable style it’s hard to believe that this is the first major exhibition of his work in the UK and that there is only one print of … 

The Hendrick's Emporium of Sensorial Submersion

The Hendrick's Emporium of Sensorial Submersion

The Hendrick’s Emporium of Sensorial Submersion is yet another triumph for the phantasmagorically fertile imaginations of the genial geniuses of gin. 

I Loved You and I Loved You

I Loved You and I Loved You

If Morfydd Owen had lived three weeks longer she would have been immortalised in the 27 Club. 

Last Man Standing

Last Man Standing

For those who like their dance without frills, Last Man Standing provides an hour of unrelenting raw movement. 

Oliver!

Oliver!

With a cast of nearly fifty, there’s no shortage of oom-pah-pah in this dazzling production of Lionel Bart’s Oliver! by Stage 84, The Yorkshire School of Performing Arts. 

Savage

Savage

Aimee has an ironically funny line in Savage when she refers to John as “a boring old queen”. 

The Unknown Soldier

The Unknown Soldier

The Unknown Soldier finds an interesting perspective on the lives of men who fought in the First World War. 

YAMA

YAMA

There is dance and there is Scottish Dance Theatre. 

Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

A Daily Mirror awaits us on our seats announcing the death of a ‘pair of “star-crossed” lovers … in the wake of increasingly violent clashes in the streets’. 

Odd Shaped Balls

Odd Shaped Balls

‘The last 12 months have been very difficult for me. 

The Trials of Galileo

The Trials of Galileo

Galileo lived in age when the church reigned supreme, faith was more important than fact and dogma denied discovery. 

Styx

Styx

For once, we are given a programme description that is completely accurate and delivers what it promises: ‘a tragicomic thriller about love and accidental murder…. 

Wonderland

Wonderland

Wonderland is the story of Alice’s encounters in the tale of the Red Queen. 

The State of Concrete

The State of Concrete

The Britwell estate, built in 1957, was created to rehouse people from the slum clearance areas of London and Essex. 

The Ascension of Mrs Leech

The Ascension of Mrs Leech

This hilarious beginners guide to theology is the funniest presentation of religious concepts imaginable. 

Undermined

Undermined

Undermined was going to be called Shafted, but a guy named Godber had already beaten Danny Mellor to it. 

BED

BED

Eddie, Imogen and Lena share a flat. 

IamI

IamI

Yet again CalArts pushes forward the frontiers of theatre with an extraordinary, fascinating and labyrinthine work. 

The Pirates of Penzance

The Pirates of Penzance

“In Pirates, there are gems from the first to the last minute. 

My Name is...

My Name is...

When Gaby disappeared from her Scottish home in 2006, it was assumed that her Pakistani father had kidnapped her. 

The American Soldier

The American Soldier

We must be nearly at saturation point with plays and particularly monologues about war veterans. 

Reconciling

Reconciling

Fractals are frequently found in discussions within the realms of science, maths, art and nature. 

Faust

Faust

In sixteenth-century Germany it was not regarded as irreverant to perform comic puppet shows featuring characters and scenes from the legend of Faust. 

Antigone: An Arabian Tragedy

Antigone: An Arabian Tragedy

Antigone: An Arabian Tragedy started out as two plays in a year-long project by One World Actors Centre (Kuwait) to produce Jean Anouilh’s Antigone in both English and Arabic. 

Ozymandias

Ozymandias

Interviewed by Broadway Baby, Hugh Train explained how Ozymandias was generated through free writing around the words of Shelley’s poem until eventually the “nonsensical rambl… 

S.E.N

S.E.N

You can find the characters Taylor and Aalia in every comprehensive school in the country. 

Loot

Loot

There’s a huge difference between comedy and black comedy that seems to have eluded the Lincoln Company in their production of Joe Ortons’s Loot. 

Labels

Labels

Labels are easy to create: they can even be fun. 

Homme | Animal

Homme | Animal

‘How can I know who I am …feeling with pure energy, / With my heart, my mind, my body, my soul, / This is who and what I am. 

RAZ by Jim Cartwright

RAZ by Jim Cartwright

It’s a deceptively simple bag of ingredients that Jim Cartwright lists in the script for his new play Raz, which has had its premiere at this year’s Festival Fringe. 

Bones

Bones

Bones is an intimate and tragic tale of growing up in a bruised family and having to take responsibility not only for yourself but also for those who who should be caring for you. 

Bayou Blues

Bayou Blues

Bayou Blues is beautiful. 

Thirteen (13)

Thirteen (13)

The storyline is shallow, the message insubstantial and the script contrived, so you don’t have anything deep to think about. 

A Face That Fits

A Face That Fits

Moon Fly Theatre Company was created this year with the aim of affording opportunities to new and promising writers, actors and directors. 

Rent

Rent

Fans of Rent will love this full length presentation and for those who have never seen it, this is a great opportunity to watch a rip-roaring production. 

La Ronde

La Ronde

In keeping with its history, this latest production of La Ronde by Zebronkeyis controversial. 

Comfort Slaves

Comfort Slaves

Suitability: 16+ (Restriction). 

Danza del Caribe: Itara

Danza del Caribe: Itara

Welcome to a world in which West Africa meets Jamaica, meets Cuba: A world of burning desire, or as they say in Yoruba, Itara. 

International Stud

International Stud

Originally a one-act play consisting of five scenes, The International Stud premiered Off-Off-Broadway in 1978 and later became the first part of Harvey Fierstein’s landmark work, … 

Edinburgh Gin O'Clock

Edinburgh Gin O'Clock

The Edinburgh Gin Company has left its distillery behind and moved to The Boards in the Edinburgh Playhouse to tell a brief history of the city’s alcohol and gin heritage along w… 

As Is

As Is

New York, 1985. 

Hendrick's Parlour Bar

Hendrick's Parlour Bar

“Immersive theatre productions tend to operate in dynamically fluid settings, allowing the audience a more active, voyeuristic, and central role, while also individualizing their… 

James Bannon: Running with the Firm

James Bannon: Running with the Firm

James Bannon’s story has all the ingredients of a good novel: a down-to-earth setting; some very shady characters, some good guys and some dumb ones; a developing plot; plenty of… 

Error 404

Error 404

“Instagram is a fast, beautiful and fun way to share your life with friends and family. 

Confusions

Confusions

One of the confusions in this production, although not without precedent, is the running order of the five interrelated plays that make up the complete work. 

Compulsion

Compulsion

Declan Cooke is a physically big guy with a powerful presence: if you saw him standing at the bar you would imagine him to be full of confidence and completely in control of his li… 

Simon Singh: The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets

Simon Singh: The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets

Simon Singh has a very easy style and voice which belies the genius within. 

Who's Afraid of Michael Gove?

Who's Afraid of Michael Gove?

The Tories have take control and Michael Gove is Prime Minister. 

Falling in love with Frida

Falling in love with Frida

Caroline Bowditch, Welly O’Brien and Nicole Guarino provide a wonderful evening in a cosy little room at Dance Base: it’s not very often a full house can consist of twelve peop… 

Now We Are Pope: Frederick Rolfe in Venice

Now We Are Pope: Frederick Rolfe in Venice

Frederick William Rolfe (1860-1913) was a minor English writer, artist and photographer and serious eccentric. 

Dorian

Dorian

In a 1990 interview on Japanese television, Berkoff said, “I believe that you don’t need anything more than just utter simplicity and that everything in my art must be created … 

Nature's Heart

Nature's Heart

Koji Takeuchi was born in Japan and began his search for truth in his teens. 

Winter of Our Discotheque

Winter of Our Discotheque

Autistic, severely depressed and with inadequate provision for her, Tess Humphrey left school at the age of thirteen. 

SHOUT! The Mod Musical

SHOUT! The Mod Musical

Bored with Berkoff? Choking on Chekhov? Fed-up with Feydeau? “Don’t sleep in the subway, darlin’, don’t stand in the pouring rain. 

Footloose

Footloose

“Footloose may be a hit, but it’s trash - high powered fodder for the teen market. 

The Hacienda Tales

The Hacienda Tales

Canterbury may have one of the world’s most famous cathedrals, but Manchester had the Hacienda. 

Woodbine Willie

Woodbine Willie

Chain smoker and chaplain, poet and padre, furnisher of faith and fags, Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy dispensed Woodbines and the word of God on the Western Front during the First Worl… 

MacBheatha

MacBheatha

Summerhall’s steeply tiered Demonstration Room gives off the air of an amphitheatre, but its back wall houses very modern projections. 

O is for Ofsted

O is for Ofsted

Ofsted inspections are generally not much fun. 

Violetta's Last Tango

Violetta's Last Tango

The stunning Grand Auditorium of the Ghillie Dhu provides a spectacular setting for Violetta’s Last Tango and raises high hopes for a marvellous milonga and an evening of songs f… 

Miann

Miann

Soiled bodies writhe across across a primordial swamp in earthbound exploration, rising from time to time in contorted gestures. 

Edinburgh Traditional Building Festival - Maintaining Sash and Case Windows

Edinburgh Traditional Building Festival - Maintaining Sash and Case Windows

If you think the Fringe is just about theatrical performances then think again. 

A Virgin's Guide To... Rocky Horror

A Virgin's Guide To... Rocky Horror

“This is not The Rocky Horror Show stage production” - a significant point of clarification in the Fringe programme lest anyone might think that this is the real thing. 

Cafe Voices

Cafe Voices

Cafe Voices is held in the beautiful John Knox House, where the elegant wooden panels of the large bright room provide perfect acoustics for storytelling. 

An Extraordinary Light

An Extraordinary Light

“The Nobel prize, by canonising individuals, disguises the truth that they are all, in Newton’s famous phrase, standing ‘on giants’ shoulders’ and on each other’s as well. 

Forty-Five Minutes

Forty-Five Minutes

Flying High Theatre Company from Nottinghamshire is aptly named; that is exactly what this group of lively youngsters do throughout this performance. 

The Noctambulist

The Noctambulist

This is a rock-solid, totally refreshing naturalist drama performed by outstanding actors. 

Things from Before Pt. 4

Things from Before Pt. 4

“Do we not all spend the greater part of our lives under the shadow of an event that has not yet come to pass?” Maurice Maeterlinck published his play in this intriguing perspe… 

Faith

Faith

Faith is based on the story of Imber, a village which had the misfortune to be located too near to a military base on Salisbury Plain. 

Nunsense

Nunsense

“I always had a good experience with nuns,” said Dan Coggins, who wrote the book, music and lyrics we all know as Nunsense to show us what nuns are “really like. 

Pennyroyal

Pennyroyal

This is one for all the lads who have ever had girlfriends problems, all the lassies who have had to put up with boyfriends, and anyone who likes tea. 

Rock Trial

Rock Trial

Forget the defendant, it is the cast of this excruciating production who should be in the dock. 

Éowyn Emerald and Dancers

Éowyn Emerald and Dancers

Éowyn Emerald and Dancers made a successful debut at last year’s Fringe and are back again this year with another varied programme of short dances. 

The Caddington Affair

The Caddington Affair

The boys of Tiffin School are in town and look set to make a huge impact with The Caddington Affair, one of two devised pieces presented by different groups of year 12 A Level st… 

Evil

Evil

Jesper Arin, who performs this one-man play, stood at the exit to the theatre as the audience left. 

Man Enough

Man Enough

Chris is 18 years old, gay, and in search of fun and attention. 

Tea Time Story

Tea Time Story

How many kilos of flour does it take to tell a good story? In the case of Heather Lai, over fifty during the course of her Fringe run and every gramme is put to excellent use. 

Olaudah Equiano: The Enslaved African

Olaudah Equiano: The Enslaved African

The spoken content of this play, written and directed by Adam Tulloch, is minimal; the direction is bold and brave. 

Hancock’s Last Half Hour by Heathcote Williams

Hancock’s Last Half Hour by Heathcote Williams

“Ladies and gentlemen, I shall now bid you all good day. 

Edinburgh Jews

Edinburgh Jews

Edinburgh Jews is an exhibition originally compiled by two students at the University of Edinburgh’s School of Divinity. 

MenSWEAR Collection: Three, Two, F*ck

MenSWEAR Collection: Three, Two, F*ck

What does it take to be remembered? What would you have to do to ensure that your name lives on forever? Three young lads have spent a few years on the music scene and have finally…