Edinburgh Fringe 2013
Thomas' show is good food for the soul.
"a fine study in black comedy"
A visceral update, not for the fainthearted, of some of Poe’s most celebrated work
An enjoyable comedy ride
Differences of opinion should, of course, always be politely expressed.
Do You Mind If I Ask You How Old You Are?
Poignant and wonderfully crafted piece on the families that support the brave men and women we sometimes take for granted
An original take on a classic that just fails to ignite but carries us along pleasantly
This was a friendly accessible and fun comedy performed by a bold gutsy likeable female cast, not afraid to look a bit silly, wearing men’s trousers and teenage boys baseball caps as effectively as they did high heels maternity bras and strap on pregnancy bumps.
High quality improvisation in a style of Victoriana that is nothing short of spiffing wonderful
Adam Kay should be available on prescription
Uplifting, we were dancing in the aisles
The World Rebuilt by Post Apocalyptic Cabaret
Come for the physics, stay for the insights into the human condition
A one man show that straddles two nations; all from an internal monologue
A simple, effective and intellectual piece, told with warmth and a twinkle.
Effortless superiority and contempt for the prols from three real luvvies
Anatomy of the Piano
Intense piece of immersive theatre
A patchy exploration of the two sides of neighbourliness including the intervention of the authorities
An energetic look at the education system
Finding a common frequency proves a challenge.
Finding a common frequency proves a challenge.
there is something a little wondrous in this sweet, funny and at times melancholy journey
A brilliant character at work.
The exploration of the artistic conflict that exists between those that have a method and those whose methods are more materialistic; all played out between two actors on a film set
Stellar conception and performance
An evocative psychedelic techno narrative of the rave phenomenon
A solid piece of work.
Stunning, Remarkable Dramatic Theatre.
Bette Davis Lives Again
Run away with your dreams for a night - a spectacular show
A unique audience experience with silent disco technology.
A slightly flawed one man show about being a bloke and having a pregnancy that does not end well but a tale that kind of does
"superbly acted and beautifully presented"
Thought Provoking Political Theatre
An unbelievable piece of theatre that proves boxing is not just for boys
"a solid bit of younger theatre"
Explosive physical theatre
Memories of Test Match Special
A retake on the Red Riding Hood story that gets them up and dancing as well as keeping them entertained
The sex talk your parents definitely didn't want to have with you.
Something to get excited about.
A visual feast to the power of language and imagination
Words and performance combine for pitch perfect storytelling
An accomplished and highly polished heist that is a fantastic piece of theatre as well
Is no news really good news?
Campy, queer burlesque
'Precisely what the Free Fringe should be all about.’
A well acted play about what is to gain your freedom and to have lost love
A beautifully drawn portrait of mother and son, and the London riots
Potty mouth humour from a suburban lady
"an enjoyable and beautifully observed drama of love and betrayal."
Multiple choice documentary creation, with a twist.
Disarming humour from one of our great political diarists
A twisted paean to Glasgow with a sizzling performance from Blythe Duff
An enchanting ballet from the feet of a young company that just delights
"it’s a cut above those that you’ll see at most cabaret shows"
A simple and charming debut piece of spoken and physical theatre with a touching narrative.
Richly funny and ultimately moving
A gutsy heartfelt, inspiring performance. Unique, original and thought provoking.
An entertaining circus variety show, for all the family.
Children's interactive theatre at its very best
A dynamic duo, alone together
This show was a great example of how cabaret can be – fun and stylish, sassy and inventive with a talented performer..
Depression-era jazz dance tragedy, co-produced by Scottish Opera.
The Sinatra of Stand-Up
A highly amusing trip through the mind of a slightly twisted comic genius
An installation to instill calm amid the Fringe
A genuine Edinburgh note in the Fringe symphony.
They know their stuff
Earthy humour from four unlikely lads cleaning in a Glasgow housing scheme.
Absurdly Silly Good Times
These drama workshops are gentle and fun, awakening children’s imaginative play and improving confidence, for all children 5 – 12, no performing experience needed.
A family friendly interactive African drumming show sure to warm your cockles on even the wettest and greyest of days.
"Intriguing science fiction play"
A fun musical for the under 7's
The Dining Experience
Spreadsheets, exploding pickles, flaming tornadoes and full on nerdity.
A clever and twisted critique of democracy, electioneering and reality TV
Hugely impressive, deeply affecting and highly recommended.
Fine acting: performed with powerful restraint
A witty and graceful look at invisible women
Doing for WWI with a pen, or iMac possibly, what John Singer Sargent did for the conflict in oils.
An incredibly effective horse puppet and reflections on death make for a moving show
Accomplished, clever ... top Marx!
French chanteuse and upper class socialite charms the prols with her wit and vocal dexterity
An intimate theatre experience in a garden shed. Lyrical writing and a beautifully paced performance.
"a story well worth listening to"
Trans-Atlantic Good Times
A fantastic little piece on how being a Scottish actor is not all the glitz and glamour it appears
A sizzling four hander that analyses what happens when two sets of parents agree to resolve their children’s differences
A highly interesting and very poignant, simple story of one young boy and his 13th birthday that he will never forget
A spectacular piece of writing and performance about humanity and modern warfare
A true gem in an uncertain setting.
Zealous About Giving You Bang For Your Buck
An Art History Lesson you will never forget
His interest is infectious.
Upfront and self-aware
If Love is a Disease, then Truth is a Poison
This children’s show was a beautifully crafted and well thought out adaptation of Michael Morpugo’s book I Believe in Unicorns.
Freedom Through Communication?
Tour de force – simple
Sophist Exquisite Dub Couture Raunchy Seismic
Accomplished, intensely harrowing kidnap drama
A young female cast of talented performers holding a challenging and high energy zany physical piece at a level of high professional quality.
It’s the End of the World; Tennis, Anyone?
Dark, Sumptious, Lilting Dance
Eloquent, Elegiac Puppetry
A freelance Christina Hendricks who answers to no mad men.
No Holds Barred Comedy
"I predict this ship will sail on the comedy high seas for some time"
"a quiet but moving little play from a promising young writer"
Beguiling badinage and ballads from two doyens of the Fringe
An original idea involving an illness called immortality that turns out not to be the gift you expected in an assured twist of fate
Theatre designed to explore the possibilities of why Pan Am 103 came down on Lockerbie that is patchy but worth a visit.
Interesting experiment in Skperformance
A dark and humorous play about fakes, forgeries, love and loss
Good performances in an intimate space from this new company
A master class in the art of writing and delivery from a trio at the top of their game.
A total joy to watch and an inspiring piece of art.
This is surreal guttural comedy, an absurdist play about everyday stuff…
Man In The Moone
Matt Forde – putting passion back into politics.
Claire Cunningham, with all the trickery of theatricality as well as a fantastic narrative and performance takes us into the intimate world of living with two crutches
Thought-provoking and visually stunning: physical theatre at its best
A moving insightful exploration of the impact of someone close to you going missing.
Rob’s beaming smile flattering and making all of us want him to be our best friend in the playground
Interesting guests but not a lot of superscrimpers in the audience.
Shakespeare by a young company performed with great verve and vitality
Sets the standard year after year for rapid-fire sketch comedy
Triumphant biopic drama about the Scientist from a spellbinding performer.
A form of Witness theatre takes the audience through a powerfully emotional journey exploring rape and violence towards women; women around the world are given a voice through the fearless honesty of these performers.
"impressive theatrical achievement"
A semi-autobiographical choreograph narrative revealing much.
An odd collection of a story that keeps you involved in the physicality of it all and works well through its odd narrative
An effective piece on office politics that is all sex, booze and stuck on hold
"A timely and simply presented reminder"
A beautiful piece of dance theatre about a surprising subject
Inside out cinema: a visual delight
A highly effective exploration of how a faceless society deals with people who simply can’t fit in
What it would have been like if Scooch had won the Eurovision and flown the flag over a department store
"Is the show performed well? Of course it is! "
"there's an intriguing atmosphere to this production"
An absurdist view of an apocalyptic time when a family have much to consider when structure has failed and the future is wholly uncertain
"a refreshing take on Winston Churchill"
Carry On Sailor meets Captain Pugwash
Carry On Sailor meets Captain Pugwash
A schoolgirl's crush is returned in full.
A searching play in which a young Muslim woman goes on Pole Factor and starts winning but ends up on the losing side
His crazy stunts are really worth a watch.
An intense and powerful play about hatred and the power of truth
The children loved every moment of space opera fairytale magic
An incredible theatrical experience that deals with the issue of being young in an imaginative and powerful fashion
A one woman stand up exploring her attitudes towards individuality and freedom in contemporary relationships; a gently funny and feel good show.
A master storyteller at work.
A powerful physical performance from a skilled dancer and choreographer.
"an engaging, well written hour long play "
A healing and uplifting piece of theatre, the best family show in the Fringe.
A cult novel of forbidden love, now on stage for the first time.
Sublime comedy from our next national treasure
A triumphant splicing of themes old and new.
An extraordinary, bold and inventive performance – delivered by two calm and collected actresses, whose on stage composure alone makes this worth watching.
Do the Curtains Match the Drapes?
The Taming of the Shrew
Not a word from start to finish. But what an impact.
"a wild evening of sexually fuelled country rock"
Drunk Shakespeare show, still holds up without the gimmick.
Court is in Session.
If you like Sinatra you will love this musical journey through a back catalogue that has authentic voices in tune with his fans
Adapted from the blog about self-fulfillment through self-belief
Primal and Uncivilised
Silly, Snaky, Snarky.
"Recommended for the energy, the invention and the heartfull oomph"
The rest of us have gone out blackberrying and Seward’s come back with a unicorn’s feather.
A powerful South African two hander distinguished by some fine acting
This show is smart enough for parents, fun enough for kids and so very good to share.
A haunting and dream-like piece.
Witty badinage and songs from a talented duet
A solid family drama set in an uncertain near-contemporary future.
Science. Philosophy. Porn.
The cult hit of the Fringe
Pundit meets punters.
Strongest performances on the Fringe
Characterful storytelling from the emerging master
A lovely story for older children, funny and bittersweet with red capes and superhero friends, whose 'magic powers' turn out to be less about impressive stunts and more about the art of living.
Laugh aloud moments
An intriguing exploration of the nature of relationship using movement and dance
An exciting documentary offering real insight into the process of devised theatre
A powerful play with a strong central performance
"so well written"
A mesmerising piece of storytelling with a wonderful tale to tell
This was a bite size assortment of performances and an interesting introduction to dance for theatre goers interested in learning more about different forms of artistic expression.
A decent attempt to bring this clunky play to the stage and make it make sense
Packed with excitement.
A love letter to theatre
"There was not a weak link in the acting,"
It’s not the answers you give, it’s the questions you ask.
Cause and Effect have been inseparable for several millennia, but Cause wants out.
An touching show about three friends who lose one life to gain another.
“Macbeth, as written and performed by Gordon Brown.”
Unique and powerful
A highly entertaining hour for a fiver; not bad in August in Edinburgh...
An extraordinary new play for our times
An unflinching comic satire on rolling news,
A highly entertaining run through the Bronte’s with music and audience participation that is hard to lick
An elegant and lucid exploration of early twentieth century female explorer Gertrude Bell
Great stories, superb storytelling
Beautiful and gentle
The Greatest Liar in All the World
A spirited show with some strong performances
A family show that goes with a crash, bang and a wallop
We Are All Humans, Right?
Like a 'Turner Classic Movies', golden era of Hollywood RomCom gem, spiced to 21st century palates
An exceptional one-woman play about isolation and control
A play that examines, graphically at times, the idea of a twin government cover up in Lockerbie
A gentle and amusing verbatim show about love
A bright and brilliant show
‘A smart innovation from a dynamic young group.’
A very impressive production from a young company
Fast paced theatre about affairs as current as they get
A macabre and dastardly tale, well told by a cast of music hall characters
The life of legendary poet Arthur Rimbaud
'A cautious but enjoyable adaptation of a timeless story'
An intoxicating hour of improvised story and song.
A creative gem of physical theatre; fantastic performers truly deliver
A powerful one woman play telling the story of a holocaust survivor
An outstanding theatre experience which fuses all of the theatre arts into one fine performance
"a quintessentially very fine Fringe show."
Stark and Slick
Morningside Malcolm is a man on a mission – to return the One O’Clock Gun to where it rightfully belongs.
Intelligent, witty character and plot development in a unique edition of ‘Galloway Towers’
This was a thought provoking, heartfelt attempt, through Verbatim theatre, to articulate urgent sociological issues around current issues with NHS cuts and privatisation.
The Quentin Tarantino movie of Shakespeare.
Through song, rhyme and traditional storytelling we hear of one of the most significant stories of the early trade union movement, all delivered with consummate skill
Pitch perfect physical theatre
A fully realised exuberant version of Ulysses
Edgy Modern Mythology
Sumptuous harmonies and exquisite vocal percussion from a sextet to remember.
A musing on suicide that has laughs and neat plot devices to keep us safe, unless you go to Uganda...
One-woman theatre is the perfect antidote to a glut of stand-up
Deceptively quiet, thrillingly invigorating, making space for questions
Henry VIII’s Reformation and its impact on cloistered lives.
An intriguing run round growing up in a skirt whilst really wanting to be a Beatle and always being a boy
"Her improvisational skills are captivating"
Unique and warm storytelling.
"Barry inhabits the skin of Ruby entirely, from teeth to clutching fists"
Magical and beautiful
"beautiful and enjoyable"
A post-modern homage to the great Broadway musical