Beyond the Body

Beyond the Body

Takibox’s Beyond the Body is an intriguing exploration of physicality, a performance that promises to look towards an extension, a transcending of state. Devoid of any apparent cohesive structure, the entire dance shifts in and out of differing scenarios with little guidance, the only real connecting force the very bodies of the performers who rigorously stretch themselves to attempt to reach ‘beyond’ their own forms... 

Icarus

Icarus

The Mars One Foundation plans to establish a human settlement on Mars by 2024. They received over 250, 000 applications for the one way mission. With this unsettling information Square Peg Theatre combine impressive physicality with captivating multimedia by Owen Rafferty to explore exactly what makes a person decide to leave earth forever... 

An Invitation

An Invitation

Jo Fong’s An Invitation is about as elusive and complex as a performance at the Fringe is likely to get. This surreal ‘alive and evolving’ production presents itself to us as a framing of life itself, as we are openly invited to study and appreciate those individuals that make up the audience, our fellow strangers... 

Pss Pss

Pss Pss

‘Pss’ is one of those sounds that extends beyond itself. It’s so brief at times it hardly seems a sound at all, a motion, not a noise but an extension of the lips, an exciting new extrapolation of the body... 

John Ruskin: Artist and Observer

John Ruskin: Artist and Observer

‘Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty’ declared John Ruskin ‘if only we have eyes to see it’. Like nature, Ruskin was a force of continual creation, a man who lived and breathed the world he lived in and whose methods of observation – as the title of this exhibition attests – have often been overlooked despite the infinite beauty of his work... 

Blackwell's Writers at the Fringe

Blackwell's Writers at the Fringe

Heading to a bookshop in the middle of the fringe festival might seem an obvious choice to get a little peace and quiet. If you’re feeling like a quiet night in and don’t quite know what you want to read, the Blackwell’s Writers at the Fringe is a charming introduction to writers both old and new, from debut authors to established favourites... 

Ming: The Golden Empire

Ming: The Golden Empire

‘Ming’ roughly translated means brilliant or bright, a translation that seems fitting for this enlightening exhibition. Often hailed as the starting point of modern china, the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) saw economy and culture flourish... 

Cirque Tsuki: Parade

Cirque Tsuki: Parade

The concept of Cirque Tsuki’s final instalment of its trilogy is strong. Based on the Japanese ghost story of Izanami and Izanagi, Parade begins - fittingly - with us being paraded into the venue itself... 

Cirque Tsuki: Birthday

Cirque Tsuki: Birthday

We’re standing in the atrium of C Nova as a balloon wanders down from above with a note. It reads ‘The Circus is Open’ and with that, we’re invited into the world of Cirque Tsuki... 

The Pianist

The Pianist

It would be no exaggeration to declare Thomas Monckton nothing short of a genius. For a single performer in what is essentially a one man show he’s impressively versatile, enigmatic and thoroughly entertaining... 

Circa: Beyond

Circa: Beyond

Circa begins with a simple contortion of a human body: a girl stands and slowly bends herself to her extreme limits and then a little further. A simple start but it’s one that echoes Circa’s statement, their desire to reach ‘beyond’ the supposed possibilities of performance: “There is a line between human and animal, between madness and sanity, between logic and dream... 

Supposed to Be Seen

Supposed to Be Seen

‘But how does this game work?’ asks one of the two women on stage before us. It’s a good question and one that the audience might well be wondering.A vivid soundscape created by the talented Nathalie Huber welcomes us as we sit in apprehension for this dynamic duo, and dynamic they are... 

The Warriors: A Love Story

The Warriors: A Love Story

Arcos describe themselves as a ‘multimedia dance company’ and they certainly deliver. At times more a multimedia mayhem than a dance, this enthralling performance almost obscures the very bodies of its performers: bodies interact with shadows and projections in equal measure; it’s a blur of movement, captivating from the first note... 

Hymn to Disappearance

Hymn to Disappearance

If you’ve been flyered by Theatre Santuoui, you may have been bewitched by the intricate game that unfolds before your eyes in their ingenious paper creation. In this instance, judging a show by its cover (or rather flyer) really works; their superb publicity really does reflect the superb contents of their show, which is similarly surprising and slick... 

Low Tide in Glass Bay

Low Tide in Glass Bay

Deadpan theatre’s Edinburgh debut touches upon many areas of life, from the most mundane to the deeply moving. This light hearted comedic piece gets off to a slow start, but stick with it and you’ll soon find yourself getting strangely attached to these misfits of the Welsh countryside... 

(The Reel) Macbeth

(The Reel) Macbeth

If this production is anything to go by (The Reel) Macbeth is by no means a tragedy; instead it’s a demonic kilt-adorned joke. There is little tragedy in this fast running farcical production... 

In the Surface of a Bubble

In the Surface of a Bubble

Any show that advertises itself with the warning of ‘contains puppet violence’ inevitably creates intrigue but the puppetry is by far the most exciting part of this innovative and imaginative production... 

So It Goes

So It Goes

“I’m not going to speak” writes Hannah Moss on a whiteboard, silently, before wiping it clean, “It’s easier”. So begins a show that depends entirely on the difficulty of talking about grief... 

Bitesize Chekhov

Bitesize Chekhov

Taking a bite into Chekhov is no mean feat at the best of times. D’Animate’s vivid retelling of three Chekhov plays, which claims to ‘catapult’ Chekhov into the 21st century, certainly takes on what should be more than they can chew with a cast of three... 

Signal Failure

Signal Failure

Under Peter Darney’s direction, Sasha Ellen’s Signal Failure is a romantic comedy that wanders happily between the serious and the downright silly. The show begins as any play that concerns itself with the London Underground should, with the unspoken rules of the commuter... 

The Enchanted Forest Adventure

The Enchanted Forest Adventure

The simple pleasure of play is at the heart of Brooke Laing’s enchanting storytelling. Prepare for an elaborate hour of adventure within an enchanted forest performed by your own child, as they travel to undo the mischievous work of a shoe-stealing witch... 

The Bunker Trilogy: Agamemnon

The Bunker Trilogy: Agamemnon

Forget Ancient Greece: this Agamemnon marches straight into a real life bunker, transposing Aechylus’s personal and political drama deftly into the world of the First World War. This is a play that inflicts complete immersion from the moment you enter Jethro Compton’s carefully crafted set, sand bags and all... 

Burning Books

Burning Books

Jess Green is a champion of misfits; she animates the videogame playing teenagers looking for a shot in with the cool tattooed kids, the frustrated but eager readers banned from the library, the movember loyalists, the junkie teachers looking for their next hit, she animates them all, unexclusively and impeccably...