PreScribed (A Life Written for Me)

PreScribed (A Life Written for Me)

Prescribed (A Life Written For Me) by performance artist Viv Gordon opens a window for us to peer into the claustrophobically grim life of a GP working at an NHS practice today. 

War Pig

War Pig

French theatre group Le Festin de Saturne deliver a wild and engaging clown show, War Pig, following the adventures of young Private Juan and Captain Fidel Castra off to war. 

How to Drown a Fish

How to Drown a Fish

Grace Gibson parades awkwardly across the stage in her brightly coloured leotards, she is about to share with us her experience of public failure, inviting us to revel in that mome… 

Slap and Tickle

Slap and Tickle

Slap and Tickle, ‘a machine gun of visual joy’ (WritingAboutDance. 

Where Is Home?

Where Is Home?

‘A show that you watch with your heart and not your head. 

Nocturnes

Nocturnes

Internationally acclaimed imitating the dog premiere their latest work. 

Celebration

Celebration

The central aim of Celebration is “to give anyone who can’t quite believe the world they live in something to believe in” which is a brilliant intention and starting point but … 

What Lies Beneath

What Lies Beneath

What Lies Beneath is a semi-absurdist exploration into male grief, observing how it plays out in our minds and affects those close to us. 

Anyone's Guess How We Got Here

Anyone's Guess How We Got Here

Barrel Organ’s new show Anyone’s Guess How We Got Here feels like a natural development of the company’s practice and philosophy whilst also managing to delve into a very dif… 

Sandman

Sandman

When Nathaniel, a student, is visited by a mysterious dread figure from the past and falls in love with a woman who isn’t all she seems, nobody can prevent his life from spiralling… 

Alice – Underground Lives My Buried Mind (Deflowering Lewis Carroll's Script)

Alice – Underground Lives My Buried Mind (Deflowering Lewis Carroll's Script)

Physical theatre can always lend itself to a degree of interpretation, and inevitably the risk of confusion. 

Help!

Help!

If you’ve ever wondered what having a mental-health issue feels like then head down to Help!. 

Virago

Virago

Virago: a story about social injustice with as much relevance today as in Victorian Wales. 

Shoko Seki: Deadline

Shoko Seki: Deadline

Shoko Seki: Deadline is a part-choreographed, part-improvised solo dance piece that explores the Japanese phenomenon of Karuoshi; Seki stressfully dances through the various stages… 

Walls

Walls

It begins with a simple yet beautifully plucked tune followed by eerie voices echoing out until they fill the room. 

A Hunger Artist (Kafka Adaptation)

A Hunger Artist (Kafka Adaptation)

Inspired by a Kafka story, writer Josh Luxenberg and Brooklyn-based Sinking Ship have created a weird and wonderful piece of theatre in A Hunger Artist (Kafka Adaptation). 

Origins

Origins

Animikii Theatre’s Origins is an intriguing piece of physical theatre that isn’t afraid to be subtle with it’s plot. 

The Concrete Jungle Book

The Concrete Jungle Book

It is often difficult to adapt such well-known, childhood tales into innovative experiences for an audience. 

Five Encounters on a Site Called Craigslist

Five Encounters on a Site Called Craigslist

After an hour of a narcissistic one man show, we were left with the dilemma of whether to applaud the honesty of Sam, or be totally appalled by the stark exposure of his personalit… 

You, Me and Everything Else

You, Me and Everything Else

Those of a certain age will remember the heart bruising joy of creating a mix tape for a loved one. 

Scribbles

Scribbles

There was something strangely liberating about taking the dark topic of alcoholism and giving it absolutely no reverence. 

(FEAR)

(FEAR)

(FEAR) grabs your attention as soon as you enter the venue. 

Things We Find in the Dark

Things We Find in the Dark

Sam is scared of the dark. 

The F Word

The F Word

It’s a rainy day in Edinburgh and I’m not in the mood for a My Sister’s Keeper type of cancer play. 

Peer Gynt

Peer Gynt

With humble beginnings as an idle farm lad, the eponymous hero of Henrik Ibsen’s Peer Gynt is chastised by his mother for wasting his time on earth dreaming of greatness - to whi… 

Meat

Meat

1533: Henry VIII’s London, the height of negotiations for Britain’s separation from Europe – and Jean and Georges are having their portrait painted. 

The Very Important Child

The Very Important Child

Ever wondered how you got this way? Why you shout at the TV? Why simple hunger turns you into a toddler? Did the starry-eyed 20-year-old that you were turn into a kind, hardened ad… 

The Drive

The Drive

Two women. 

Echoes

Echoes

In a Black Mirror-esque near future, two men face each other across a table. 

Alive: Music for Night of the Living Dead

Alive: Music for Night of the Living Dead

Almost 50 years after George Romero launched the zombie film genre on a shoestring budget, Night of the Living Dead holds a dear spot in the hearts of horror film fans. 

The Room at the Top of the House

The Room at the Top of the House

Josh finds the outside world a fascinating and frightening place. 

Goldilock, Stock and Three Smoking Bears

Goldilock, Stock and Three Smoking Bears

The silver-tongued Goldilock can see that her days of selling moody goods on the cobbled streets of East End London are numbered. 

Losing It

Losing It

Performed by a clown duo enrolled in Cirque du Soleil, accompanied by one-man orchestra Bird Radio and comedy directed by critically acclaimed Cal McCrystal, this show is a daring … 

Mopey the Clown

Mopey the Clown

Mopey is a severely anxious adolescent whose isolation is manifested visually as a clown. 

Fancy Glitter Fanciulla on Tour Without the Band

Fancy Glitter Fanciulla on Tour Without the Band

Rock’n’roll in all its facets. 

Child’s Play

Child’s Play

Child’s Play begins with the tidying away of props and banners at the end of an organised demonstration; in the meantime, characters exchange strident opinions on how frustrating… 

Macbeth: Without Words

Macbeth: Without Words

Macbeth: Without Words is an abstract and aesthetically pleasing piece, rich in tension. 

Hip

Hip

A bunch of semi-hip young squatters find a once hip woman’s long-forgotten possessions in an empty flat above the shops of Brighton. 

Machina

Machina

In the prologue to Malcostume Compagnia Teatrale’s show Machina, the company explains that the word ‘machina’ roughly translates to machine or structure and the company’s n… 

Shaedates: or How I Learned to Love Myself

Shaedates: or How I Learned to Love Myself

Shaedates is a show about finding yourself – quite literally. 

Finders Keepers

Finders Keepers

Hot Coals Theatre have put together a slick physical comedy, full of beat-perfect gags leaving you laughing out loud at the flick of an eyebrow, whilst some of the more grotesqu… 

The Magnetic Diaries

The Magnetic Diaries

Emma Bailey is a modern day Madame Bovary, battling with a stifling middle-class lifestyle, thwarted dreams and untreatable depression. 

Undermined

Undermined

Outstanding (FringeReview. 

Tortoise and Rabbit

Tortoise and Rabbit

It’s race day! Tortoise vs Rabbit: who will win? Join them on their adventure to be crowned the fastest of them all! Three Feathers presents an interactive, multi-sensory retelli… 

Daniel

Daniel

Your best friend from school has been arrested for having a collection of child pornography on his laptop. 

Molhados&Secos – Wet and Dry

Molhados&Secos – Wet and Dry

An almost word-free physical and visual performance from Brazilian company ParaladosanjoS. 

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. 

On Ego by Mick Gordon

On Ego by Mick Gordon

Many theatre companies oversell their wares with outrageous hyperbole. 

James and the Giant Peach

James and the Giant Peach

UCLU Runaground’s James and the Giant Peach is a fresh, fun and frantic adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic. 

Macbeth

Macbeth

Fortitude Dance company’s attempt to stage a ‘physical theatre’ version of Shakespeare’s bloody Scottish tragedy in the club scene of 1980’s Manchester is certainly a nov… 

Three for Two by Phil Booth

Three for Two by Phil Booth

We all have our price. 

Image – Selfie With Eggs

Image – Selfie With Eggs

Towards the beginning of Image - Selfie with Eggs, gymnast Natalie Reckert describes herself as a ‘handstand machine’ and calmly guides us through the component ‘stability points’ … 

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. 

Echoes

Echoes

Neil Smith’s latest play begins as a domestic drama, but spirals uncontrollably into a claustrophobic nightmare of violence. 

Ash

Ash

Ash is a devised piece by a group of Lecoq-trained graduates about the nicotine addiction of a Yorkshireman and his friends and family. 

I, Who Have Hands More Innocent

I, Who Have Hands More Innocent

Vesna Tominac Matacic’s adaptation of the works of Croatian poet Vesna Parun is an impassioned and beautiful spectacle that somehow still manages to feel lacking in substance. 

Fraxi Queen of the Forest

Fraxi Queen of the Forest

Some stupid adults, having forgotten what it’s actually like to be children, are often surprised, disturbed and horrified by the serious issues lurking in the heart of the most s… 

Radpole

Radpole

From bell bottoms and incense, free love and psychedelic rock to the era of Trump on CNN, essays on Sex and Destiny: The Politics of Human Fertility, and selfies on Mars. 

Contemporary?

Contemporary?

Arts Printing House presents a Lithuanian phenomenon. 

Hummingbird

Hummingbird

‘He had two things in life: a smile and a suit. 

Petrol

Petrol

Em and Um: a married couple losing their identity in a plastic, robotic, grotesque world. 

Puzzle

Puzzle

How does the world look to a small child? Is it round or angular, yellow or blue? Or maybe oblong, green, hollow and soft? Renowned Lithuanian choreographer Birute Baneviciute piec… 

Simon Warner’s Viva Hypnosis

Simon Warner’s Viva Hypnosis

You are about to be transported to the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas where you have the opportunity to be the star of the show! This is the UK’s first and only full production int… 

Colourful Games

Colourful Games

Games are more than just fun for babies and small children, taking up most of their time in the first years of their life. 

The ME

The ME

A dark comedy about a woman who will do anything to stay young who meets a scientist who carries the perfect solution in her pocket. 

Taiwan Season: The Sacrifice of Roaring

Taiwan Season: The Sacrifice of Roaring

Fires burn, ashes rise and flesh falls into the mud. 

Tape

Tape

Stuck between failure and fame, the artist known only as Tape invites you to witness the creation of a pop-cultural Frankenstein. 

Raymondo

Raymondo

Raymondo and his little brother Sparky have been trapped in a cellar for six years. 

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. 

FEAST

FEAST

Clout Theatre prove themselves to be and provocative theatre makers in their new piece FEAST by challenging theatrical conventions as well as ignoring the age old advice not to pla… 

My People

My People

Six exceptional performers delve into the dark and turbulent village of Manteg. 

The English Channel

The English Channel

After 60 years, Liz Aggiss finally gives herself permission to do what she damn well pleases. 

This Much (or An Act of Violence Towards the Institution of Marriage)

This Much (or An Act of Violence Towards the Institution of Marriage)

This Much (or An Act of Violence Towards the Institution of Marriage), despite its lengthy title, is a fast-paced, intense and powerful piece of new writing, filled with intriguing… 

Cheque Please

Cheque Please

Cheque Please centres on Ivy, who describes herself as a high-functioning depressive, as she endures her job as a waitress with a boss who is constantly threatening dismissal. 

Leftovers

Leftovers

Leftovers follows the story of a young woman Elizabeth and her tragic experiences of the break-out of war. 

Parlour Games

Parlour Games

Parlour Games is a playful piece of physical theatre inspired by silent films and gothic novels. 

Chopin's Last Tour

Chopin's Last Tour

Phillip Aughey’s favourite composer is the great pianist Frédéric Chopin and, having been present at a number of recitals of his work last year, he has been motivated to create… 

The Dream Sequentialists

The Dream Sequentialists

The Dream Sequentialists is a show about dream goblins. 

Da-Da-Darling

Da-Da-Darling

This evocative dance performance is as notable for the process by which it was made as it is for the quality of the final product. 

Miss Sarah

Miss Sarah

Someone has gone missing. 

Souvenirs

Souvenirs

Ashley (Ellice Stevens) has just moved to a new town. 

1972: The Future of Sex

1972: The Future of Sex

Following The Wardrobe Ensemble’s previous creations, including the depicted opening of a Swedish furniture store (RIOT) and an account of the Chilean Mining Accident of 2010 (33… 

Diary of a Madman

Diary of a Madman

Nikolai Gogol’s short story, formed of a series of diary entries, charts the descent into madness of an ordinary civil servant, whose observations on the power-holders within his… 

The Jabberwocky

The Jabberwocky

In this marvellous production from UCLU Runaground, the creatures from Lewis Carroll’s classic poem become metaphors for the inner demons a young boy must fight as he learns to c… 

Douglas

Douglas

Curious, surprising and often funny, Douglas seeks connections and feedback from his surroundings. 

To Kill a Machine

To Kill a Machine

Performed by a superb cast, this is a painful and tragic exploration of Alan Turing’s life and the many attempts to break him as a person. 

Smother

Smother

201 Dance Company’s Smother sets out to do something very exciting. 

Open

Open

Taking place in the greatest of British institutions — a chip shop — on election night, Open is a devised work by the student-run Nottingham New Theatre. 

I Got Dressed in Front of My Nephew Today

I Got Dressed in Front of My Nephew Today

Don’t wear make up to this show. 

Crusoe

Crusoe

Robertson returns after last year’s solo hit, Bond! Following performances in the USA, Europe and Australia, this unique, darkly comic show creates an urban cinematic world where… 

Nelson: The Sailors' Story

Nelson: The Sailors' Story

Nelson: The Sailors’ Story. 

Herstory

Herstory

History may be ancient. 

Vagabonds: My Phil Lynott Odyssey

Vagabonds: My Phil Lynott Odyssey

Rob Mountford, a man saddled with a mess of cultural identity is challenged by the statue of his hero – Thin Lizzy’s Phil Lynott – to tell that rockstar’s swashbuckling sto… 

R.I.O.T.

R.I.O.T.

In a world of blockbuster adaptations and endless reboots, four performers dream of being awesome. 

Lost for Words

Lost for Words

In a world dominated by stock phrases, have words completely lost their sense of meaning? Moving through an unsteady political world, individuals look for an escape from a crumblin… 

Mata Hari: Female Spy

Mata Hari: Female Spy

The Great War: while millions of men struggle and fight in the mud and hell of the trenches, one woman’s story begs to be told. 

Government Inspector

Government Inspector

In this production of Nikolai Gogol’s satirical masterpiece, Sedos, ‘The City of London’s premier amateur theatre company,’ have forwarded the action a hundred years to 1… 

Sophie Willan: Novice Detective

Sophie Willan: Novice Detective

Sophie Willian: Novice Detective is a stand up show homage to daytime TV detective programmes like Murder She Wrote and Poirot and when focused on these it’s about as good as you… 

Icarus

Icarus

The Mars One Foundation plans to establish a human settlement on Mars by 2024. 

Boosters

Boosters

Boosters is a one-woman show documenting individuals’ various experiences with the prison system. 

Life on the One Wheel

Life on the One Wheel

Life on the One Wheel experiments with everyday experience and elements of popular culture to explore the fragile simplicity of human emotion. 

Bond!

Bond!

There is only one way that Gavin Robertson can possibly start Bond!, his one-man parody of Ian Fleming’s greatest creation. 

Queen B

Queen B

The older-man-meets-younger-girl premise might have been done - and done well - with An Education, but with its delicate narrative, Nottingham New Theatre’s Queen B shows that … 

Supposed to Be Seen

Supposed to Be Seen

‘But how does this game work?’ asks one of the two women on stage before us. 

Claustrophobia

Claustrophobia

Claustrophobia conjures the atmosphere of being trapped extremely effectively, as well as delving into the idea that we are all, in a way, trapped in prisons of our own making. 

Six Billion Suns

Six Billion Suns

Alzheimer’s is a disease close to the hearts of many people, as it affects so many of such a wide variety of ages, cultures and societies. 

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 … 

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 a… 

Motion&Motion

Motion&Motion

Motion&Motion is a visually stunning masterpiece. 

Hunter and Johnny

Hunter and Johnny

Theatre company d’Animate presents this amusing look into the friendship between Hollywood actor Johnny Depp and the late Gonzo journalist, Hunter S. 

The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha

The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha

How to put on an adaptation of the immortal Spanish classic in sixty minutes while doing it justice? Stephen Harper, MercE Ribot, and Patricia Rodriguez select some of the most fam… 

The Knee Jerk of Sloth

The Knee Jerk of Sloth

Set in a derelict glue factory, this play portrays the lives of four homeless people as they live in squalor. 

Fragile

Fragile

Let it be known now: this show is not an easy watch. 

18b

18b

Regulation 18b of the Defence (General) Regulations 1939 is a now little-remembered piece of legislation which came into force just before the outbreak of the Second World War. 

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. 

The Man Who Would Be King

The Man Who Would Be King

Dawn State’s sharp, modern adaptation of Kipling’s classic novella could be deemed a classic in itself. 

A Mother's Absence

A Mother's Absence

A tender and gripping piece of contemporary drama looking at the fragility of our economy and the strength of our relationships.