The Squirrel Plays

The Squirrel Plays

Many productions at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this year discuss female freedom of choice, but few do so as creatively as The Squirrel Plays. In this show from Part of the Main, Tom and Sarah are young professionals thrilled to be buying a new home... 

Adult Orgasm Escaped from the Zoo

Adult Orgasm Escaped from the Zoo

A woman who is imprisoned by her husband in their apartment. A woman trapped by fecundity. A comic duet of two characters from A Woman Alone and The Same Old Story, two monologues from Adult Orgasm Escaped from the Zoo by Dario Fo and Franca Rame... 

Badgered

Badgered

A traumatic event involving her husband and a fish leaves Annabelle feeling emotionally abused and vulnerable, heightening her existing empathy towards the issues of animal cruelty and exploitation... 

The Unbinding

The Unbinding

This was one of the most remarkable striking and uncomfortable productions that I have seen in a long time. Almost every scene packs a punch straight to the gut. It is bold, violent and unashamedly female... 

City Love

City Love

Both lovely and devastating in equal measure, City Love by Illuminate Theatre Company documents a romance that lives and dies in the bustle of London town. After a humorous exchange on a night bus, a couple’s relationship blossoms as they find themselves transformed by each other’s company... 

Di & Viv & Rose (In an Hour) by Amelia Bullmore

Di & Viv & Rose (In an Hour) by Amelia Bullmore

’Have you just got exactly what you wanted by working hard and wanting it?’ A courageous look at the enduring bond of friendship. Together three women rollercoaster their way through life, encountering sex, loss and all kinds of love... 

Bride of the Gulf

Bride of the Gulf

Amid the violence that followed the British withdrawal from Basra in 2007, a sharp-witted Iraqi woman searches for her missing husband at the behest of her mother-in-law. A world premiere new work dedicated to the resilience of life in Basra, Iraq, and based upon a collaboration of New York ensemble Thinkery and Verse with transnational artists from Iraq’s largest port city... 

Yen

Yen

Brutal, heart-breaking and often hilarious, Yen by Anna Jordan explores the relationship between nature and nurture. Bobbie and Hench are home alone in a squalid flat in Feltham, playing PlayStation, streaming porn, watching the world go by... 

C venues vibrant vivacious variety

C venues vibrant vivacious variety

Comedy! Circus! Cabaret! A Festival feast of live performance. Fantastic free events at our venues across the city. C: performance powerhouse on Chambers Street. C royale: vibrant new performance hub on George Street... 

Ruki

Ruki

For a long time the system in the city was different. For Jews, blacks, homosexuals and Gypsies life became unbearable. The play is based on the real-life story of Gypsy boxer Rukeli Trollmann, and told by his fictional best friend Hans... 

Looking for Mummy: Nazanin's Story

Looking for Mummy: Nazanin's Story

Uncovering the true and still unfolding story of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe: a charity worker detained in Iran while on holiday, visiting her family. Currently held in an unknown location by the Revolutionary Guard, Nazanin has been in solitary confinement for over a year... 

Women at War

Women at War

Women at War is an interesting piece which explores the gendered dimensions of warfare through a monologue by a female American soldier serving in Afghanistan.Constructed from interviews with female soldiers deployed during 2012-13, the show creates a fictional protagonist (Rebecca Johannsen) who signs up to the ‘Female Engagement Team’, a unit tasked with befriending Afghan women in order to gather intelligence... 

The Course of True Love

The Course of True Love

A reinterpretation of some of William Shakespeare's best scenes woven together to create a new story about two young lovers. Together, they explore the different stages of their relationship: from the fiery passion of novelty to the cold staleness of repetition... 

Frozen

Frozen

One evening, 10-year-old Rhona goes missing. Nancy, her mother, withdraws into a state of frozen hope. Agnetha crosses the Atlantic to study Ralph in an attempt to thaw the frozen sea that is the criminal brain... 

For the School Colours: The Life and Works of Angela Brazil

For the School Colours: The Life and Works of Angela Brazil

Prolific children’s author, conservationist, believer in fairies – Angela Brazil was a complicated and determined woman with a tendency to write her personal life into her books... 

Penetrator

Penetrator

Edinburgh flatmates Max and Alan are perfectly happy swapping banter and joints after a long day of doing nothing. Then their old friend Tadge arrives, AWOL from the army, and acting very strangely... 

Nathan Cassidy: Watch This. Love Me. It’s Deep.

Nathan Cassidy: Watch This. Love Me. It’s Deep.

Sir Michael Caine Award-winning writer and comedian’s new one-man theatre show – a perfect love story in a swimming pool. It’s deep. Heather is the love of Nathan’s life. She’s obsessed with swimming, Tarot and the 80s film Big... 

The Korean Tale of Princess Bari

The Korean Tale of Princess Bari

The traditional Korean tale of Princess Bari comes to life in this touching and inspiring production. Princess Bari is a mortal whose destiny is to save the world. Fighting her own fear, she chooses to sacrifice herself to save others, even journeying to the other world to give her name, knowing it means her certain death... 

Albrecht Dürer: Renaissance Dude

Albrecht Dürer: Renaissance Dude

A light-hearted lecture on the German Renaissance's coolest dude, Albrecht Dürer. Active from the 1490s until 1522, he saw in his lifetime the discovery of the Americas, the first sea voyages to Asia and the seismic shift of the Reformation – all of which he responded to with warmth and humour in his work and numerous diaries... 

That Moment

That Moment

How far would you go to achieve your dream? This farcical comedy centres around failing actor Alicia Harding. Alicia regales us with how one audition led her to be landed with the director’s nightmare of a dog, Titus, who not only causes trouble in her personal life but delights in using the living room carpet as his personal toilet... 

Peacocks, Lobsters and Us

Peacocks, Lobsters and Us

Lobsters love large claws and peacocks prefer big tails – but what sets our hearts racing? An enticing piece of dance theatre that puts love under the microscope, challenging our preconceptions of dating and exploring the reasons we fall for each other... 

Bloody Mary

Bloody Mary

Timelines blur as Queen Mary Tudor stands reading the Financial Times in this capable performance that draws parallels between the purging reign of Bloody Mary and the policies of the Conservative party... 

Happy Together

Happy Together

Wow! Happy Together is a ferociously intelligent new play by MA student Kate Newman, and perhaps the most meta thing at the Fringe. It’s by turns shocking, disorientating, funny and strange, and one of the most under-appreciated shows this year... 

A Little Princess

A Little Princess

The number of children’s shows has been increasing every year at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, but so much choice can make it difficult to know which show your kids are going to love... 

Bob

Bob

There’s a lot to be said for injecting a bit of funk into one of Shakespeare’s many classics, particularly when a new twist comes along that hasn’t been seen before. Bob is perhaps one of the more madcap editions currently on the Fringe, and whilst I admire the pizazz and energy brought to the stage by the cast, there are a few issues that still need to be ironed out... 

[Title of Show]

[Title of Show]

As cryptic as the title of this show may seem to be, its basic premise is established very early on. A sharply self-aware piece based upon the tribulations of writing a new musical, [title of show] wades through clichés, tableaus, references to a wide variety of other West End and Broadway productions which make it completely relatable to anybody already deeply immersed within the form – either as a fan or as someone with any experience of being involved with a musical... 

Mercury Fur

Mercury Fur

In a dystopian London, in which the unseen outside world is ravaged by violence, drugs and fear, Mercury Fur focuses upon the relationship between two brothers and depicts, in characteristically graphic and unsettling ways, the lengths to which they would go to protect those whom they love... 

Girl

Girl

International theatre has always been a key component of Edinburgh Fringe. Yet, for most visitors, the prospect of watching a play in a foreign language is more than a tad daunting... 

The Princes’ Quest

The Princes’ Quest

The classic musical fairy tale, or is it? A chance encounter makes Earnest reflect on how his fairy tale life began. Everyone is caught between reality and fantasy. The two princes are looking for love and the princess needs freeing from her metaphorical tower... 

C vibrant vivacious variety

C vibrant vivacious variety

Comedy! Circus! Cabaret! At our five venues across the city: C, our powerhouse of performance on Chambers Street. C nova, our vibrant hub at India Buildings, Victoria Street. C too, our original offshoot with garden cafe on Johnston Terrace... 

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Students of Cambridge University have reinterpreted Shakespeare's popular comedy, putting a darker spin on the story. Though this is a clever production with a lot of thought into questioning the form of Shakespearean comedy, there are aspects of the production that let it down... 

Confessional by Tennessee Williams

Confessional by Tennessee Williams

When the sun is shining on a windowed room, it can be hard to tell if the lights are on inside. It may even seem like those lights are broken, their glow insignificant in comparison to the daylight... 

The Craft of the Cooper

The Craft of the Cooper

Soulful musical that bursts off the stage with moving songs and powerful performances. During the Memphis Sanitation Workers' Strike of 1968, the Cooper family face their own struggles in dealing with extreme poverty and the imminent demise of their dear father... 

Desperate Measures: Below the Breadline

Desperate Measures: Below the Breadline

In a world where debt, identity crisis and prejudice are factors towards the term ‘Broken Britain’, it is more difficult than ever for young people to succeed. Simply See Productions have tackled the topic of austerity Britain and have triumphed... 

Desperate Measures: Moonfleece

Desperate Measures: Moonfleece

Philip Ridley is often shocking, constantly provocative, and always thought-provoking. His play Moonfleece forms part of a sequence of works which aims to illuminate the difficulties faced by young people through the means of traditional storytelling and overtly theatrical conventions... 

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, Torch Song Trilogy, which opened three years later... 

Chapters of Chekhov

Chapters of Chekhov

Chekhov's short stories are brought to life in this kaleidoscopic production, capturing the essence of a parochial Russia where cruelty, absurdity and social satire are dished out in equal measure... 

Mancunian Rhapsody

Mancunian Rhapsody

Jewish mother of three, Rivki has a secret - Freddie Mercury is her hero. Her nerdy son, Rabbi Michael plans to marry American fiance Devorah, until devastating rumours emerge. A true-ish, Jew-ish musical comedy - it's a kind of tragic! Religious identity, forbidden familial and sexual relationships, betrayal and the power of gossip are all showcased through parody and popular music! A show not only about the extremes of Jewish life, but also the role of musical theatre itself. 

The Do's and Don'ts of Online Dating

The Do's and Don'ts of Online Dating

Susie is desperate to get married. Trouble is, she has yet to find a suitable candidate for the role of husband. Frantic, she turns to the online dating sites and, after a light-hearted lurch through the singles scene, finally meets her prince... 

C vibrant vivacious variety

C vibrant vivacious variety

Comedy! Circus! Cabaret! at our five venues: C, our powerhouse of performance on Chambers Street. C nova, our vibrant hub at India Buildings, Victoria Street. C too, our original offshoot with garden cafe on Johnston Terrace...