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Edinburgh Fringe 2010

101

Highly interactive theatre company attempt to slice a new route into Shakespeare by excavating the raw emotions and primal psychology behind the tragedies


2010 – A Space Oddity

Hugely creative, cheeky and complete with a big heart


54

Welcome to 54 and the joys of tenement living


A Brief History of Scotland

Tongue in Cheek Scottish History


A Commedia of Errors

Identical twins play identical twins in this 16th century romp.


A Corner of the Ocean

Spirited, devised theatre with some lovely puppetry


A Slice of Saturday Night

Impressive and enjoyable musical


A Solitary Choice

Top class writing, a highly recommended play.


Aberglas

A nice story with lovely puppets.


Against the Odds

Chance and choice collide


Alba Flamenca

Another audacious, passionate and captivating performance from the Alba Flamenca team.


Ali McGregor’s Jazz Cigarette

Who said cigarettes were bad for you?


An Evening with Dementia

If you sit very still and say very little then no-one can tell whether you’ve got dementia or not.


Anatomy of Fantasy

" stunning visual imagery and sheer physicality"


Andrew Clover’s Almost Famous Story Show

Ideal for Children with Wild Imaginations


Animal Alphaboat

Guaranteed Amusing Poetry and Song for children and Adults


Animal Farm

Comic, clever and poignant: Masterson is one of a kind


Anomienaulis

A witty, absurdist reworking of a Greek classic performed by an able young cast.


Another Someone

Rashdash Theatre blend sharp choreography with delicate acting and powerful singing, producing a show that dabbles in a myriad genres.


Apocalypse? No!

Four part harmonised mistaken identity delivers five star entertainment


Arabian Nights

A perfect production, for children of all ages.


Are you there?

A chilling, darkly comic play, well staged and staying true to the text.


At Home with Mrs Moneypenny

Champagne and nibbles all round in Mrs Moneypenny’s “at home”.


Babbling Comedy – The Perfordian Show

Silent sketch comedy mixed with some great magic


Baby Wants Candy

Competant compedy impro, but disappointing on a number of levels


Bane 2

In the sequel to last year's success, 'Bane', Joe Bone once again demonstrates phenomenal performance skill whilest also really enjoying himself onstage.


Battle Acts! Improvised Comedy

Well, thank God for a bit of energy and passion on stage. And thank God for Battle Acts!


Be-Dom

Great percussion comes in from the streets to wow Edinburgh theatregoers


Beautiful Burnout

Frantic and the NTS's foray into the world of boxing is a high energy, hit and miss affair


Belt Up’s ‘Antigone’

Belt Up Theatre take over The House Above and give their own slant on Sophocles' classic tragedy.


Belt Up’s ‘Lorca is Dead’

Brilliant anarchic theatre. Unmissable.


Belt Up’s ‘Odyssey’

Belt Up Theatre take over The House Above and dismantle one of the earliest works of western literature.


Belt Up’s ‘The Boy James’

Belt Up Theatre take over The House Above and take us to the dark heart of JM Barrie's imagination.


Belt Up’s Octavia

Belt Up’s trademark mix of exuberance and energy create a world of enchantment.


Belt Up’s Quasimodo

A claustrophobic, grotesquely sensual take on Victor Hugo’s hunchback story with moments of vivid poetry and clever narrative play


Belt Up’s Metamorphosis

A wonderfully evocative broad-brush adaptation


Blackout

Atmospheric re-creation of life in war-torn Britain.


Blackout

A raw portrayal of the events that lead up to a youth committing a crime.


Blue Beard

The bedtime story of every child's favourite serial killer as you've never seen it before


Boom Jennies: We Want Action!

The Boomies have increased their number, changed their line-up somewhat, and at least one of them is sporting facial hair.


Bright is the Ring of Words

Bitingly real, powerful theatre revealing the tragic comedy that is life.


Broken Voices

Strong performances and naturalistic dialogue lend this play a disturbing force.


Brother Can You Spare A Rhyme

An entertaining dialogue


Bud Take The Wheel I Feel A Song Coming On

This new play about a family living in the shadow of a defunct mill and their own dysfunctional past is surprisingly hopeful and sparklingly written


Bunny

A well written and proficiently executed one woman show about coming of age.


Busting Out!

'Show not tell' is the motto of this laugh-out-loud sketch show that's all about breasts


Cabaret Whore Encore

Sharp-witted lyrics from a real cabaret find


Caledonia

Greed, corruption and hubris brings a country to its knees


Call Mr Robeson:A life with songs.

Writing acting singing of the highest quality. A marvellous memoir.


Cargo

A multi-coloured, multi-media tour de force from the Iron Oxide group; fantastic for families.


Carnival Knowledge: Love, Lust and Other Human oddities

A rip-roaring yarn on one woman’s search through LA for ‘the one’….or is that ‘the two’?


Carnivale

Intruiguing and has a lot of potential


Celebrity Autobiography

Celebrities, are they for real?


Cento Close

A movement piece based on everyday movements. Which can make some of the movements look a little .. well, like the ones we do every day.


Chameleon

The emotional and vocal range of this Irish chanteuse is formidable


Chow Mein

Accessible and enjoyable comedy


Chris Addison

Chris Addison right in the thick of it.


Circus Burlesque

Smart and sexy burlesque with a mistress who knows how to dominate.


Circus Trick Tease

Melodramatic acrobatics from start to finish


Cirque De Legume

Delicious vegetable mayhem!


Clever Peter – Blood, Sweat and Tears

Top class and very very clever sketch comedy


Clint’s Reality

."Good knock-about stuff"


Colin Hoult: Enemy of the World

Dark, daft and delightful character comedy from the excellent Colin Hoult


Continent

Great content from Continent


Could it be Forever?

A very enjoyable and uplifting delve into nostalgia, memory and growing up.


David Faulds : “Mario Lanza”

Fauld’s hits a high note with this well researched musical biography.


Dead Cat Bounce

Biting satire and surreal lyrics from this hot to trot Irish comedy rock band


Dealer’s Choice

Slick, Cool and a bundle of laughs


Dean’s Dad’s Ducks

A sweetly engaging story about one man and his dad. And his 30,000 ducks ..


Decky Does a Bronco

'a beautifully realised production'


Delete The Banjax And You!

Infectious fun and silly sketches from a confident team of clever sketch writers.


Derevo: Harlekin

Another wonderfully beguiling spectacle from Derevo


Diary of a Sentimental Killer

An insight into the secret thoughts of a killer


Dildon’t!

There’s a murderer in town, and his weapon of choice is ten inches long, made of latex, and possibly battery powered. Is he insane, or just going about things half-cocked?


Dinner For One

A gem of a comedy


Djupid (The Deep)

A stirringly poetic script with a moving and highly accomplished performance by Brennan.


Do We Look Like Refugees?

Outstanding verbatim theatre with virtuoso performances - stunning


Do You Know Where Your Daughter Is?

Well, do you? Chances are they may have gone to see this riveting production.


Doctor Faustus

A highly engaging piece of student theatre; the Cambridge University ADC are confident and accomplished.


Domestic Goddi Wonderland

Classy gags from three queens of comedy


Double Booked

Where there’s sex, lies and videotape, the truth will out.


Dr Brown Because

Flawless in your face theatre!


Dr Faustus

A flawed but entertaining dash through Marlowe's masterpiece.


Dracula

Much wailing and gnashing of (pointed) teeth in this clever re-imagining of the horror classic.


Duetiquette

"mischievous and passionate"


Dylan Thomas:Return Journey

The dying of the light: Dylan Thomas remembered.


Edges – the Musical

Truthful and refreshing with a beautiful score.


Emma Thomson Presents Fair Trade

This is a searching and thought-provoking examination of the increasing trade in women as sex slaves, although it skimps on rounding out the villains of the piece.


Eric’s Laws of the Land

"fresh, laid-back and very funny"


Ernest and the Pale Moon

2009's deserved sell-out show returns on five-star form for two nights


Expectations

Tough and tender theatre at its challenging best.


Face

A beautifully acted tribute to Korea's forgotten victims of WWII.


Farm Boy

A lovely piece of storytelling, with beautiful and original music.


Fibber in the Heat (A Cricket Tale)

Straight bat on a sticky wicket sees Jupp produce a winning hit.


First Love

A masterclass in understated, comic acting


Five Clever Courtesans

Gorgeous costumes, historical intrigue and some girl-on-girl kissing


Five Guys Named Moe

An enjoyable, well performed, jukebox musical.


Flesh and blood and fish and fowl

"wonderful performances, tear streaming moments"


Flor de Muerto

An often beautiful, ethereal production


Following Wendy

A tightly plotted exploration of grief and guilt in this grown-up trip to Neverland


Frances Ruffelle: Beneath the Dress

A big voice from a tiny frame in this visually pleasing showcase


Freefall

Funny how you never miss something, until suddenly it isn’t there anymore.


Fresher – The Musical

A good punt for the West End


Frisky And Mannish – The College Years

Frisky and Mannish are in very real danger of dwindling audience members – if only because they’re quite genuinely choking on helpless, teary laughter.


Godspell

A wonderful, charming, fast moving, witty and committed show


Grimms’ Fairy Tales

Well executed and charming, but not overly original.


Gutted. A Revenger’s Tragedy

"dark ensemble piece"


Hamlet For Girls

At the tick tick tock of her biological clock, Abi struggles with indecision from her crown Prince ..


Hamlet! – the Musical

‘See Hamlet the musical or Elsinore…’


Hamlet:End of a Childhood

A fabulous solo performance by Thomas Marceul


Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Great potential and some stand out performances


His Name Is Tim

The search for a young man’s identity through story-telling and a good deal of pluck.


His Name Is Tim

The search for a young man's idenity through story-telling, and a good deal of pluck.


Homo Asbo

Come out, Come out wherever you are...


Honest

Mordantly funny, beautifully performed – a joy to watch


Hood!

A highly enthusiastic cast bring life to some genuinely inventive physical choreography


Hot Mess

A thoroughly entertaining play featuring exciting new writing by Ella Hickson


I, Claudia

Touching, funny and unmissable


I, Elizabeth

A well-written successfully performed one-woman show.


Imagine-Toi

Imagine noir!


Imperial Fizz

Witty dialogue, great performances


In Memory

A well-disciplined school ensemble detail the story of a parent's death.


Inside

Outstanding dance theatre bristling with pent-up masculinity


Interrobang?

Any question you want answered, on the spot. Here’s one: should you see this show?


Invisible Atom

Slickly physical one-man show freezes a single moment in time and captures a world in moral and economic freefall


It’s Always Right Now, Until Its Later

Daniel Kitson's best ever. Yet more brilliant storytelling by the alternative national treasure.


Jack Pratchard

Jonathan Storey’s small, strange and perfectly formed model theatre has a world of surprises in store


Jack the Knife

Intelligent, entertaining and worth more than one visit.


Jeremy Lion Goes Green

Masterfully brilliant character comedy


Johnny Sweet – Let’s all have some fun (and learn something for once)

Slick and original material that is an absolute must see.


Jordan by Anna Reynolds with Moira Buffini

Competant revival of a controversial 1992 fringe hit


Joy of Sax

Hidden gem of the Fringe. Go and find it.


Keepers

A gentle and engaging examination of mankind in the wilds of nature.


Kit and The Widow

Beguiling badinage and ballads from two doyens of the Fringe


Kitty Cointreau’s Bra Ha Ha

Bras, and ha-ha’s. What’s not to like?


Kvetch

Rebecca Wright is an actress to be watched. An entertaining script.


La Locandiera

Fine food and site specific entertainment make for a thoroughly enjoyable night at the inn


Lady C

Provocative and accomplished


Lady Garden: Top Secret Gig

Hush, it’s a secret. We resolve to tell you absolutely nothing about the girl’s latest, brand-new show. But we will say this: go see.


Late Night Gimp Fight!

Fast-paced, slick sketch comedy with flashes of genius


Laura Solon: The Owl Of Steven

‘Hello, I’m Laura, and this is my show’. This simple and straightforward introduction to Laura Solon’s 2010 story gives a good indication of the hour that’s about to follow: light, witty and smart.


Leaping God Sly

Plenty to enjoy


Letters Home

"convincing performances"


Lidless

Packed tightly into a white box, an audience can't help but feel involved in this fall-out from a topical humans rights abuse.


Little Black Bastard

A gripping story told without any frills.


Lockerbie: unfinished business

An enthralling tale of one man's fight for truth and justice


Long Live the King

Head way down to the Assembly as soon as you can


Lost Boy

A moving and important story - not to be missed


Lovesong

Charming and witty, this story will leave you with a giant smile on your face!


Lulu

The diary of a lost girl who’s truly out of her Box. Brook no argument ..


Maria De Buenos Aires

This tango operetta is a macabre, madcap and multi-sensory riot of the passions


Maria Tecce: Strapless

Sheer musical mastery


Memoirs of a Biscuit Tin (a topsy turvy tale for grown ups)

The sort of theatre that doesn’t come along very often – poignant, funny, with a dirty laugh and a touching innocence.


Memory Cells

A very contemporary, dark script directed by a Double Fringe First winning director.


Miranda

A wonderful performer in a beautiful production of contemporary Indian storytelling.


Morgan and West: Time Travelling Magicians

A delightful magic show couched in funny and inventive Victoriana.


Mould and Arrowsmith in 3D

"clever, funny and satisfying"


Mushy Ate My Credit Card

Very enjoyable one man comedy


Mussolini – A One Man Political Farce

Ross Gurney-Randall’s impressive portrayal of Italy’s most notorious leader


My Romantic History

An entertaining comedy drama


Mysterious Skin

"...the best of British Theatre style."


Naked Splendour

Art education and theatre combine in this life drawing and life affirming class


Newsrevue

Sharp and energetic


Next!

Often sharply funny sprint of shame through one actor’s worst auditions


Nine

Full of potential but somewhat scruffy around the edges.


Not the Incredible String Band

Musical Anecdotes from the 60's veterans


Now I Know My BBC

This is the story of the BBC: just an old, saggy broadcasting corporation, and a bit loose at the seams. But Toby loved it ..


Now is the Winter

A skilled reworking of Richard III


Of Women and Horses I have known

A colourful romp through the life of a rude and eccentric woman.


Oh What a Lovely War on Terror

"high-octane delivery"


Operation Greenfield

'...the most uplifting cacophony to hit the Edinburgh fringe this year'


Others

A witty, provocative exploration of difference


Our Share of Tomorrow

Make this your share of tomorrow


Out of the Blue

Perfect recipe for great entertainment


Ovid’s Metamorphoses

Inventive and sharp


Pappy’s All Buisness

Silly but hilarious material from the Kings of sketch comedy.


Pas Perdus

Brilliant performers, outstanding circus skills. Class A entertainment.


Pedestrian

A brilliant high energy one-man show, with music, video and a goldfish.


Penguin

A delightful production which caters well to the 3-6 year olds.


People in Glass Houses

Amusing eccentricity with some well formed characters.


Pip Utton is Charles Dickens

Another insightful and authentic one-man triumph from Pip Utton.


Piramania – the Swashbuckling Musical

Utterly ridiculous in the best possible way


Poignant

Three Argentinian stories are brought to life in a multimedia, sensory space.


Potted Panto

A wondrous, joyous romp that will delight the whole family.


Power of Compassion

A theatrical education in Tibetan Buddhist spiritual culture


Princess Cabaret

A Humouress Disney Sketch Show With Some Clever Songwriting


Private Peaceful

A touching tale delivered with eloquence.


Ransom’s Million

Characters galore queue up in the £1million giveaway.


Reel-to-Real: The Movies Musical

Visually spectacular, but with too few songs.


Requiem

"Poignant"


Reverie

Dream play avoids being a doze.


Reykjavik

A hazy white wonderland of memory, fantasy and beautiful story-telling


Rhythm Drum and Dance

A Celebration of Rhythmic Mastery


Rhythms With Soul

A glorious display of traditional Flamenco theatre.


Righteous Money

Biting satirical attack on the American dream from a gifted young playwright.


River In Hiding

A Dark And Brooding Duologue


Robbie Wakes

Breath-taking. Outstanding.


Romeo and Juliet

An adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Julliet that you won’t forget in a hurry


Sector 17

A strong and enjoyable offering from an accomplished young cast.


Sex Idiot

Absolutely ridiculous: absolute genius.


Shadow Boxing

t’s a knock-out .


Shakespeare’s Mothers: Mad, Bad And Dangerous To Know

Well-spoken chunks of Shakespeare's nasty women


Shirley & Shirley

"clever writing and energetic performances"


Showstopper! The Improvised Musical

An extremely clever and witty bunch of performers.


Silence in Court

This could be a winner!


Simon Callow in Shakespere the Man from Stratford.

Simon Callow takes centre stage in a compilation of Shakespeare's greatest hits


Slacker’s Guide to Western Theatre

Plenty of energy and laughs


Soap! – the Show

Challenging perceptions of what is possible. An astonishing spectacle.


Some Gorgeous Accident

Three young people in search of life, love and sex. Closer, or not even close?


Spontaneous Broadway

A highly enjoyable musical impro show with a strong and original format.


Sticks, Stones, Broken Bones

Ludicrously fun, unexpectedly beautiful and gently inspirational family show from a shadow puppeteer who’s serious about play


Stitching

Toned down, but not muted, a new adaptation of British cult classic.


Stop Me If I’m Kvetching

An outstanding gem - no kvetches from this reviewer!


Strassman:Duality

Roles are reversed as the dummy becomes the manipulator. A class act from a leading ventriloquist.


Stripped

A sharp and witty one-woman show.


Sunset Song

A fine Scottish yarn


Suspicious Package

An intriguing and unique theatrical experience.


Swing

Tennis hunks, quiche and lots of balls.


Territory

Outstanding, gripping and engrossing drama. A very developed piece of work.


The Accident

"convincingly natural performances"


The Author

Bold, crisp writing


The Big Smoke

Beautiful and troubling this is a wonderfully creative exploration of identity.


The Boy With Tape on His Face

Go and see the phenomenon


The Caucasian Chalk Circle

The team behind 2009 hit ‘Ophelia (Drowning)’ are back with a quirky adaptation of the Brecht classic.


The Crying Cherry

Astonishingly talented duo lovingly pastiche martial arts movies.


The Day the Sky Turned Black

Five poignant wiewpoints of a disaster


The Degenerates

Believable acting


The Demise of Christopher Marlowe

"enjoyable and informative"


The Door

Humour, pathos, tension and an explosive finale


The Fitzrovia Radio Hour

Spiffing tales of daring-do from three gallant gentlemen and two elegant ladies.


The Friendship Experiment

A highly successful experiment


The Gay Geese

Matt’s coming out causes best friend Sam to flip out


The Gilded Red Cage

An unusual and poignant piece of monologue theatre from Slovakia.


The Glenn Miller Mystery

Out of the fog of mystery emerges an interesting conclusion to this age old connundrum


The Gruffalo’s Child

A popular childrens tale presented with enthusiasim


The Harbour

A fresh, inventive, slightly surreal telling of a well known myth.


The History Boys

A Slick Performance of the Alan Bennet Play


The History of Jazz Piano

Sublime jazz piano from the dancing fingers of Richard Michael.


The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Heartbreaking one-man show from Pip Utton.


The Improverts

The Bedlam Theatre is celebrating its thirtieth year at the Fringe, while the Improverts are entering their third decade. Time, then for them to get complacent, or to up their game to ever higher levels?


The Improvised Musical

A great group of improvisers produce an entertaining show.


The Inconsiderate Aberrations of Billy the Kid

Energetic punk rock musical that you'll love or hate


The Jewish Chronicles

An entertaining and amusing hour of song and chat.


The Last Five Years

Emotional turmoil in this poignant musical that sets the mind racing


The Last Miner

Beautiful and atmospheric


The Last Trilogy Part 2

Burlesque with a Conscience


The Man Who Was Hamlet

Dillon’s performance is truly masterly


The Man Who Was Thursday

An amusing adaptation of a classic novel.


The Master and Margarita

A feast of theatre, dance and music that flows seamlessly into an organic whole.


The Moira Monologues

Rib hurting humour from one of Scotland’s foremost young performers


The Night Keeper

A wondrous children's show, realised with beauty and invention


The Noise Next Door- Chaos Control

Flying by the seat of their pants!


The One to One Show

Rapier like wit and no (MP’s) expense spared.


The Penny Dreadfuls

Simply the best sketch comedy


The Pink Sinatra

Frank in every way


The Princess’ Blanket

A pleasant way to wile away an afternoon


The Railway Children

The perfect afternoon children’s show.


The Regretrospective

A highly original experiment into conceptual performance featuring an impressive performance by Juliet Aster.


The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui

Brecht's darkly comic satire performed with incredible passion.


The Return of the Pros from Dover Sk*tches.

Original, inspired absurdity performed by true Pros indeed


The Scaredy-Cat Prince

A Charming Tale


The Second Star to the Right

A magical and touching trip to Neverland


The Servant to Two Masters

"I laughed loud and long"


The Silver Darlings

A finely realised adaptation of the classic Neil M Gunn novel.


The Six-Sided Man

"...holds the audience in its grasp to the very end"


The Student

Psychological thriller with an interesting twist.


The Tailor of Inverness

A surprisingly moving story of an immigrant tailor coming to Scotland after the war.


The Tiger Lillies – Live in Concert

A disappointing show, with hard to hear lyrics


The Trojan Women

Interesting and visual depiction of Euripides’ masterpiece.


The Vertical Hour

Confrontation of two ultimately irreconcilable idealists


The Virtuous Burglar by Dario Fo

Knock about farce with a confusion of lovers


The Wake

Wonderfully written, acted with refreshing dynamism


The Wind in the Willows

Accessible and enjoyable adaptation


Tom Binns in Ivan Brackenbury’s Hospital Radio Remix

If you want to laugh, and I mean really laugh, then this is the show for you.


Tom Binns is Ian D. Montfort – Touching the Dead

Of the highest quality on every level. Absolutely hilarious.


Transformation

An astonishingly uplifting true life story.


Twinkle Twonkle

An adventure through a starry night. A good show.


Two Episodes Of MASH

Superior sketch comedy that feels understated and gentle, but is actually super-fast, and brutally smart.


Uber Hate Gang

In the acting premiere league


Unaccustomed As I Am

How not to approach public speaking


Underneath the Lintel

An amusing detective story


Up ‘N’ Under

Mud, sweat and the ghost of Eddie Waring


Virtuous Flock

Accomplished, slick and very entertaining theatre


Vive Le Cabaret

A bargain bucket of talent


Wait Until Dark

Where will you be when the lights go out? Check out a decent little thriller ..


Wednesday

A horror story, unpeeled like an onion


What Would Helen Mirren Do?

Helen Mirren inspires Susan’s success.


When in Rome

High class student romp.


Whenever I Get Blown up I Think of You

A compelling, poetic journey through the 7th July


Where The Solitary Eagle Flies

Exceptional performances combined with accomplished direction of a piece of new writing.


Wolf

Strong performances in this semi-promenade production


Women Laughing

A good production of Michael Wall’s classic psychological piece.


Wonderland

"A very high quality production, full of wit, magical weaving of fantasy and reality,"


You’re Not Like the Other Girls Chrissy

A delightful and engaging story of love and war.


Your Days Are Numbered : The Maths of Death

Differential look at the laws of probability from two upper decile performers


Zambezi Express

High energy music, dance and singing. Shame about the story.


{Extinguish.}

An exploration into personal identity exhibiting Ezra LeBank's impressive dexterity as a performer.