Jack Rooke Opens Up about Mental Health

Jack Rooke Opens Up about Mental Health

Jack Rooke's career was launched by his 2015 Fringe meditation on loss and mourning, Good Grief, which took him on a national tour, sold out at the Soho Theatre in London, and saw him present his own BBC documentary last year... 

Police Cops in Space

Police Cops in Space

When a Fringe show sells out on opening night, you know it's doing something right. Police Cops In Space is the much-anticipated sequel to last year's (equally sold-out) show from comedy trio The Pretend Men... 

Frankie Vah by Luke Wright

Frankie Vah by Luke Wright

Luke Wright has been performing spoken word on the Fringe circuit for years, winning a dedicated following for his catalogue of smart, catchy polemics. But with Frankie Vah, he's managed to craft a gorgeously-worded powerhouse of a play, in one of the only verse dramas that could claim to get a crowd cheering and stamping their feet throughout... 

A Hundred Different Words for Love

A Hundred Different Words for Love

"I'm aware there isn't much art made about love, so I thought I'd nip in and nail the definitive article before anyone else could."So jokes James Rowland, the one-man wonder behind last year's spellbinding Team Viking, an ode to a lost friend and their final request for a Viking funeral... 

Guards at the Taj

Guards at the Taj

Only a few weeks ago, the Bush Theatre emerged from its year-long renovation, boasting a revamped auditorium and studio space, alongside open-air decking for those all-important post-show drinks... 

Beta Public V

Beta Public V

Billed as "a world-first experiment in merging the live and digital worlds", Beta Public's fifth iteration brings together a medley of daring talks, performances, and video-game builds that explore the role of the player in performance... 

If There's Not Dancing at the Revolution, I'm Not Coming

If There's Not Dancing at the Revolution, I'm Not Coming

Taking multimedia representations of young women as its inspiration, If There's Not Dancing at the Revolution, I'm Not Coming picks apart a medley of references to Titanic, Disney princesses, various pop songs and slasher movies like Psycho... 

A Pickering’s Gin Jolly

A Pickering’s Gin Jolly

Gin is on the up. In the face of hundreds of new micro-breweries making the most of relaxed alcohol laws over the past couple of years, I'm assured that Pickering's Gin three year-old brand is now considered an old name by modern standards... 

Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.

Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.

"Revolutionise the world". "Do not marry". "Galvanise". "Women for sale!" Aided by a fantastically droll projection across the back of the amply-sized Traverse auditorium, laughs abound in Alice Birch's subversive, sardonic dissection of modern patriarchy and autonomy in a world of constant societal pressures... 

Sirqus Alfon: I Am Somebody

Sirqus Alfon: I Am Somebody

Sirquis Alfon, an international trio of street entertainers, take to the stage at Gilded Balloon this year, offering a variety show of crowd-pleasing fun and impressive technical mastery... 

Le Bossu

Le Bossu

The scene is Notre Dame. A hunchback ‘hunches’ over in the bell-tower. A monolithic organ stretches up the back wall, standing guard over the proceedings. What follows is a thoughtful, if overly faithful take on Victor Hugo's novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame that never quite captures of the magic of the company’s past work... 

Exposure The Musical

Exposure The Musical

Jumping from ravaged warzones to recording studios and London's VIP clubs, Exposure: The Musical sheds a light on the limelight, dissecting the nature of fame and cost of success in the Faustian pact of celebrity PR... 

Tearing down ivory towers with the Sex Workers' Opera

Tearing down ivory towers with the Sex Workers' Opera

The Sex Workers' Opera rehearses on the third floor of Theatre Delicatessen, a multi-level studio space and gutted workplace that used to serve as an office-complex for The Guardian... 

All Your Wants & Needs Fulfilled Forever

All Your Wants & Needs Fulfilled Forever

Modern-day deadbeat Simon (Eli Kent) would rather natter to his mum, objectify his girlfriend, and play video-games with a pothead gorilla than think about the recent death of his father... 

Henry St Leger named Editor for the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe

Henry St Leger named Editor for the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe

Broadway Baby, the largest reviewing publication at the Edinburgh Fringe, has named Henry St Leger as the Editor for this year’s festival. 

A Steady Rain

A Steady Rain

Keith Huff's best-known work is found in the hallowed spaces of US television, as a writer for potent office dramas such as AMC's Mad Men and Netflix's House of Cards. But before this was A Steady Rain, Huff's 2009 Broadway debut about the love and anger of two best friends struggling to keep their jobs in the Chicago Police Department intact... 

Baby

Baby

'Violent. Political. Entertaining.' These are the words international company MKA use to define their convention-breaking work. But their latest offering, Baby, now showing at London's 2016 Vault Festival, fits none of these categories... 

Edinburgh Gin's Night of Literature and Liquor

Edinburgh Gin's Night of Literature and Liquor

Much what it says on the tin, Edinburgh's Gin Night of Literature and Liquor waltzes you through the history of gin distilling and the drink's use and abuse by the literary world's most notorious boozers... 

​‘Dance can often be very, very pretentious’ - Tumbling After

​‘Dance can often be very, very pretentious’ - Tumbling After

Part nursery rhyme, part domestic drama, Tumbling After charts the story of two young couples as they 'stumble in and tumble out of love'. RedBellyBlack Productions return to the Fringe with a controlled blend of romcom disaster and sharp physical theatre that examines how we love – or how we don't... 

Dillie Keane

Dillie Keane

A regular performer in Edinburgh and confident stage actress, Dillie Keane returns with her 'first solo show for 557 years'. Each member of the three-piece cabaret collective Fascinating Aïda have branched off for their own endeavours for the time being, but Dillie is here to tide you over with her debonair air and pleasantly droll humour... 

The Christians

The Christians

The team behind the Fringe First winning Grounded (2013) are back with a powerfully human tragedy – one that grapples with issues of belief clearly and concisely, without recourse to stereotype... 

This Will End Badly

This Will End Badly

After a rave reception for his controversially-named Fringe debut last year, Awkward Conversations With Animals I've F*cked, Rob Hayes has penned another one-man show. And he has delivered... 

Heartbeats & Algorithms

Heartbeats & Algorithms

What do you do when your computer knows you better than you know yourself? In a self-penned monologue about the dangers of data-mining and artificial intelligence, actor/writer Jenny Lee plays a high-flying coder losing control over her life to her own algorithms, which are able to predict her choices even before she does... 

Ada

Ada

Meet Ada Lovelace, the 'poetical scientist', and daughter of romantic poet Lord Byron. A celebrity in her own time, this celebration of her life aims to restore her accomplishments and genius to the public eye, on the 200th anniversary of her birth... 

Fiction

Fiction

Fiction is unlike anything else you'll see at the Fringe. Partially because you don't do much seeing. The show takes the form of a narrative soundscape, putting each audience member into a set of headphones in the darkened theatre, for an individual journey that is gripping and frighteningly ambiguous... 

Blake Remixed

Blake Remixed

"In hip hop, we create our own mythology".In an innovative blend of 18th century poetry, hip hop, and biography, the World-Record holding beatboxer and rapper Testament (AKA Andy Brooks) offers his theatrical debut... 

Jethro Compton's Frontier Trilogy: Blood Red Moon

Jethro Compton's Frontier Trilogy: Blood Red Moon

Jethro Compton, formerly the driving force behind Belt Up Theatre, has certainly earned his household name at the Fringe, bringing shows of consistent quality for years - notably with the astonishing Bunker Trilogy in 2013, taking over one of C nova's studios for three performances each day... 

Tonight with Donny Stixx

Tonight with Donny Stixx

An unassuming teenager, Donny Stixx, tries to keep his calm as he meets fans for a televised Q&A, just like he's always dreamed. But anger always finds a way to surface, and the real answers can't stay hidden... 

Idiot-Syncrasy

Idiot-Syncrasy

Igor and Moreno move. They jump. They slide. They jump. They don't technically do much else. The men are in perpetual motion for the entire hour, though I'm not sure if I could actually call it a dance show... 

The Girl Who Fell in Love With the Moon

The Girl Who Fell in Love With the Moon

A troupe of hopeful Fringe performers get lost in the woods, forced to deliver their starry-eyed show to the "nonexistent" audience. Blending with music, comedy, and physical theatre, this playful metatheatrical setup paves the way for a quirky exploration of storytelling that unfortunately falls victim to its own free spirit... 

The Man Who Planted Trees

The Man Who Planted Trees

The Man Who Planted Trees was originally a tale from French author Jean Giono in the 1950s, now pieced together onstage with cloth hangings, felt animals, and wafting lavender (yes, really)... 

Wireless Theatre Presents: Couples Who Changed the World

Wireless Theatre Presents: Couples Who Changed the World

Ever had a burning desire to see radio entertainment being made in the studio? Me neither. Nonetheless, Wireless Theatre has offered just that. Spectators are given the chance to be part of a live studio audience as an hour of radio programming is recorded, with a different piece of radio drama, comedy, or history performed each day... 

Alexis Dubus: Cars and Girls

Alexis Dubus: Cars and Girls

As the title may suggest, Cars and Girls concerns Dubus’ geographical and emotional journeys through life, from nude bike rides to broken down cars, in England, Madagascar and the USA... 

I'm Not Pale, I'm Dead

I'm Not Pale, I'm Dead

Ever wondered what a conversation with a real-life ghost would be like? In this interesting take on the supernatural genre, writer/performer Lydia Nicholson shows her afterlife in a natural light, telling all in a frank confession to the living audience... 

The 3rd Sector

The 3rd Sector

A new, seemingly naive charity worker walks out of her gap year and into her corporate office. Problems arise as she and the play cast a suspicious light on the inner workings of our capitalist charity sector, analysing why and how we give to those in need in this smart, funny, biting satire... 

Be Kind to Yourself

Be Kind to Yourself

There probably aren’t many free venues that are packed to the seams, having to turn people away and fit others into the corners with Tetris-like ingenuity. But, then again, not every show is as enjoyable and competent as Be Kind To Yourself, a feel-good set of tightly-spun performance poetry and humorous observations worth far more than its blank price tag... 

Yellow Moon: The Ballad of Leila and Lee

Yellow Moon: The Ballad of Leila and Lee

Meet Leila and Lee. Leila, the silent girl, is just happy to be in a story. Stag Lee, the troublemaking teen, tries to emulate his absent father with just a cap to remember him by. In this down-to-earth production of David Greig’s moving play, two lonely lives entwine after a fateful event causes them to flee from their home... 

Bonenkai

Bonenkai

Bonenkai is a Japanese term meaning “forget the year gathering.” A party to let your hair down and lose the baggage of the year gone by. What The Letter Room have done is taken this concept and - through the excess and abandon of a mysterious 20s nightclub, Club Bonenkai - explored what it means to forget... 

Wingman

Wingman

This chuckling two-man verse-play charts part of the life of a TFL office worker trying to navigate life’s rocky road after the death of his mother and reappearance of his father... 

Don't Let Go

Don't Let Go

This story concerns two workers at a coffee factory, their profit-focused/self-regarding employer, and the struggle for beauty or joy or play in an everyday life that has lost its fun... 

#MyWay

#MyWay

Young Pleasance has built up a reputation as a company surprisingly close in quality to many more adult and professional theatre troupes at the Fringe. 2014 is no exception. This year’s #MyWay charts the social and digital struggles of a Sinatra-obsessed teenager with a penchant for love: Charlie, the boy who dared to leave Facebook... 

Dear Mister Kaiser

Dear Mister Kaiser

In one of the more light-hearted representations of the First World War at the Fringe this year, Dear Mister Kaiser charts the result of one idealistic English soldier’s request to the German Kaiser: to be given temporary leave from his POW camp to visit his hometown... 

Swimming

Swimming

The sea has inspired fear, dread, awe or hope in many a work of literature. Menagerie Theatre’s piece of new writing, Swimming, draws on all of these and more in a thoughtful and believable tale in a beach cafe on the Isle of Wight... 

Inheritance Blues

Inheritance Blues

Hosted by some occasionally fallible blues band members and housed in “deepest, darkest Dorset”, Inheritance Blues is a tale of three sons as they meet to mourn their father (or not) and make plans for the future... 

Kingmaker

Kingmaker

The creators of last year’s hit political parody Coalition have returned to answer that very current question: what if Boris Johnson runs for the job of Prime Minister? The result is Kingmaker – slick, playful political satire sharpened to a delightful point... 

Grave Invaders

Grave Invaders

Thirty seconds into a show that hasn’t started yet, one performer is rapping an improvised piece about how the show hasn’t started yet. And the audience is endeared immediately... 

How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found

How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found

This distinct and ever-so-slightly whimsical tale follows the breakdown of a high-flying advertising executive as he becomes disillusioned with the superficial world around him and seeks to escape it... 

21st Century Poe: Moyamensing

21st Century Poe: Moyamensing

One night in the life of Edgar Allen Poe, renowned American poet and global ancestor of the horror genre as we know it: we follow an original tale of Poe’s brief stay in Moyamensing prison, to “dry out” after Poe drunkenly mistakes a police officer for something much worse... 

Blind Hamlet

Blind Hamlet

Anyone expecting anything like Hamlet will be sorely disappointed. This apparent take on the Shakespearean tragedy centres on a man who has never seen the famous play because of his poor vision, but whose voice we hear on a sound recording... 

Mojo

Mojo

Jez Butterworth’s debut play exploded onto the Royal Court stage two decades ago, with its colourful array of hapless 1950s gangsters getting high on slimming pills and getting sick on too much cake... 

The Art of Falling Apart

The Art of Falling Apart

The Art of Falling Apart follows the path of midlife-critical salesman Callum, gleefully poking fun at modern life and the absurdities of trite conversation, chance meetings, hollow motivational speeches, coffee shop pretensions and their culmination in the average man’s hilariously humdrum existence...