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Words, words, words …

Keyword Chaos

We trawl through the Fringe programme, previews and press releases and are pulling out phrases and sentences that intrigue, inspire and interest us. We link that to the performers’ track records of work. So, use your intuition and click on a phrase that piques your own curiousity and perhaps you’ll find a show you want to see…

How it works: Click on a phrase to find a recommended show…


“exposes the truth behind the financial crisis of 2008. It was all down to him, if he did it.”

“macho roosters, ecstatic slugs and other voluptuous creatures, while squeezing one hot accordion.”

“Imagine if every side of the pillow was the cold side. Take a step out of your own reality and into the clogs of someone who believes the glass isn’t just half-full, but overflowing.”

“an original story that combines the harsh realities of modern day life in the Middle East with the magic and fantasy of an Arabian fairy tale”

” banished from the family kitchen, but relocated to the shed, imagination and resourcefulness leads him to build an improvised kitchen there instead”

” a humorous exploration of the much-loved, fold-out, paper map.”

“Jim and Eve before, during, and after, a manic episode. Eve has to deal with the highs and lows of a mood she has no control over, delusions that change her personality, and the state of her mental health, while struggling with depression. Jim has to deal with the sharp memories and feelings connected to what happened, what she did, and what she said in the moments he couldn’t recognise her, and the way he has just made it worse.”

You are cordially invited to a most unusual, mechanically achieved execution – death by means of a complex machine designed and constructed in a nightmare

“They and the family will have to make some hard decisions. With so many lies necessary to keep up appearances, will everyone in the family manage to conceal the truth?”

“His addictive escapes have finally lost him his wife, right as he loses his employment. He enters his dressing-room for the last time, confesses to the audience and confronts his memories, mistakes and misdeeds – either to their conclusion, or his own.”

“Climate change is massive. Bees aren’t? Our fuzzy little friends need our help and so we’re launching a political party disguised as a party party, disguised as a show.”

“drops you energetically into the world of two people who, faced with the task of organising a loved one’s affairs after their death, discover a wealth of information about their family and themselves. “

“Come and explore a patchwork of life in the Welsh mountains, where bees, bomb disposal and autism are all wrapped-up in folk music to squeeze your senses.”

“a sizzlingly hot host to guide us through drag, burlesque and puppetry about getting down and dirty.”

“Things move so fast these days, it’s easy to get lost. Lost in time. Lost in ourselves. To cope with this feeling, Vida writes letters to herself in the future. Sometimes she leaves voice messages. One day the future calls her back. Vida is catapulted into a quest for freedom, on which she meets mystical and surreal new friends”

“They were meant to spend their gap year together, they were meant to be together forever. But Isabella has now become a boy.”

We’ll be adding more phrases in the run up to, and throughout the Fringe.

We experimented with this show-finding tool at Edinburgh Fringe a few years and got some positive feedback.

The FringeReview team are collecting together short phrases from shows’ listings in the Fringe programme or their press releases.

All the shows below are recommended as worth seeing by FringeReview but not based on reviews and PR – simply based on some intuition from the words, words, words… so bw warned but also be inspired.

All you have to go on is the phrase that leapt out at us. Which ones leap out at you? Scroll over the phrase and follow the link to reveal the show and, perhaps, follow that gut instinct and book a ticket…