Review: Blu & The Magic Web
A new fairytale adventure for Christmas 2021
Review: Blu & The Magic Web
A new fairytale adventure for Christmas 2021
Review: Granny Smith’s
A lovely entrée to the bilingualism of French and English delivered in mask by a woman who knows and who entertains.
Review: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Some actors give transcendent performances up there with London’s finest. Out in the slant air this will now prove magical.
Review: Yin Wee Ceilidh
Braw. Simply braw.
Review: The Twits
A summer must-see to charge you up for the autumn, and taking on the real twits ahead.
Review: More Grimm Tales
A rollicking production with razored timing, musical cues and ad-libs worked in to half-second slots. A must-see.
Review: Bag Lady
This could develop into something special. Thoroughly recommended as an industrial-strength ice-breaker.
Review: Beauty and the Beast
Nothing so convincing has been done with this legend. It deserves many revivals.
Review: The Sound of Music
Phenomenal singing all round. A more than solid recommendation for that alone.
Easily the finest production we’ll get
Review: Treasure Island
First-rate theatre. In Joshua James’ Ben Gunn and above all Pasy Ferran’s Jim, we see stars rising quicker than Arthur Darvill’s superb Silver can point them out.
Review: Flowers for Mrs Harris
A salutary reminder of how a great musical talent and collaboration started
Review: A Christmas Carol
Adaptor Gary Andrews’ presence is also the chief reason to be uplifted
Review: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
An Unmissable Harrowing Halloween Treat
Comedy capers in the sunshine
Review: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
It couldn’t be done any better and puts several touring shows to shame.
Review: Taiwan Season: Fish
An understated story about a much desired fish.
Review: John Robertson: The Dark Room
A unique show for kids and adults at the fringe
Review: Celeste’s Circus
A quant and lovely trip to the circus for little ones that take big ones along for the ride
Review: I’ll take you to Mrs Cole
A wonderful family show, adapted from the book of the same name, and I guarantee you will be singing the theme song under your breath for days.
Entertaining, meaningful storytelling with superb innovative shadow play!
Review: Islander: A New Musical
A haunting and highly evocative telling of the misty islands of Scotland told in an enchanting musical production.
Review: Seasoned Professionals
A proper dose of light hearted fun delivered with tremendous panache
Review: Tabby McTat
It really is purrfect for summer
Review: The Journey of the Little Prince
A journey back to a state of childlike wonder.
Review: The Red Balloon
A charming take on a French classic
The performing brio is phenomenal, of a standard you’d be happy to see anywhere in the world. So would any child.
Review: Grimm’s Tales
An exuberant Christmas production, and a miracle of compression, blocking, set-design and ensemble acting skills.
Review: Madagascar The Musical
Highly Recommended for monkeys and lemurs of all ages – quite apart from lions, zebras, hippos and giraffes.
Review: Private Peaceful
This is as good as a one-person show of this kind gets. Andy Daniel should be up there above his own rows of five-star ratings.
Review: Just William’s Luck
As perfect a piece of family entertainment as you'll find at the Fringe
Review: An Elephant In The Garden
"An engaging and well-crafted adaption"
An engaging hour of brilliantly-constructed mime and slapstick performed by a loveable character who steals your heart while making you laugh.
Review: The Man Who Planted Trees
Charming, imaginative, entertaining storytelling and puppetry show, extremely well performed - thoughtful, moving story, with a noble message!
Charming, attractive, well thought out puppetry show set to lovely music, that will appeal to young children and accompanying grown ups!
Review: Romeo and Juliet
Silly Shakespeare for all the family.
Review: Animal Farm
A swift and telling production that’s quick-swerving on its feet with memorable vocal projection and physical acting that’s a delight and enticement. This outstanding outdoor version feels special.
Review: The Little Musician
Interesting and imaginative!
Review: Woogie Boogie
Creative, imaginative, inventive and fun family show!
Review: The Famous Five
An Amazing Adventure for all the Family
Creative, imaginative, beautifully crafted and well performed - excellent show!
Review: Summer Holiday
Stunning Ray Quinn and ensemble work their bobby-socks off with notable support from Rob Wicks and his band. Give No. 9 a proper MOT and it’ll strike gold too.
Review: Margo & Mr. Whatsit
A Fantastical Family Adventure with a Lot of Heart
Review: The Adventures of Robin Hood
A Plethora of Swashbuckling Heroes and Lovable Rogues in this endearing rendition of Robin Hood
Review: The Wind In The Willows
A Wonderful and Whimsical Family Adventure
Review: Arr We There Yet?
A Madcap Mashup of Circus and Storytelling with a Little Tango for Extra Spice
Review: Whaddya Know – We’re In Love!
There’s first-class musical entertainment here, crouched under the disguise of a schoolboy plot. Irresistible.
A must see show for anyone fascinated by movement, music and the human body.
Review: The Looker
A show about freedom. Funny, subversive, deeply philosophical - and beautiful.
Review: Bear North
Do come if you want charm, unpredictable choruses and weather. And where else can you see a dancing bear not even brushed backwards in the making of this show?
Review: The Jurassic Parks
A masterclass in storytelling using physical theatre, puppetry, song and dance, and audience interaction
Review: Random Selfies
This is sweet, fleet story-telling with just the right amount of pitch and yaw for anyone to take, without it becoming too dark or didactic. Ten-year-old Lola’s engaging, and in Natalia Hinds’ hands utterly believable, energetically inhabited with a sense of fun clearly relished by this revelatory actor.
Review: How To Be a Kid
More than an enchanting diversion Sarah McDonald’s play does ask just how quickly we need to grow up, even when we have.
Review: The Snowman
The most enduring British Christmas hits are melancholy, in stark contrast to say American. There’s a profound sadness in the magic. Its not a long work, perfectly proportioned for children. It’s still the ideal winter present, especially on a first trip to the theatre.
Review: The Messiah
Incestuous stars, passing of the ears, deep heat as a condition not an old muscle unguent. The dotty felicities of Patrick Barlow’s language in The Messiah directed by Rod Lewis are easily masked in the Norman Wisdom-like pratfalls of his hapless duo. Unless you add Mrs Flowers; and you should.
Review: Saint George and the Dragon
This is an unsettling, unsettled play. Creating its own world, it asks something of substance no-one else is quite doing – not even Rory Mullarkey previously in The Wolf From the Door. His adaptation of the Oresteia for the Globe has after all come between. It’ll be intriguing to see where this big-boned, big-themed dramatist will venture next.
Review: Fiddler on the Roof
Evans allows this musical theatre to breathe on his own big-hearted terms whilst allowing the bones to show, as it does with a breath-taking diminuendo that seems to raise and settle the dust of emigration as we watch. For sheer penetration, heart and balance it’s as definitive as we’re likely to see for many years.
Review: The Wedding Singer
This is an outstandingly-conceived show, generous to cast and audience alike, superbly choreographed and performed in what might seem challenging spaces. The last blast of summer’s breath: enjoy.
Review: Vintage Mobile Cinema
A unique experience!
Review: Ingo’s War
Delightful and meaningful story - imaginative, creative, moving and extremely well done!
Review: The Road That Wasn’t There
Entertaining, imaginative, thoughtful and enlightening!
Review: The Wonderful World of Lapin
Charming and entertaining family show that will delight the very young.
Review: Jason and the Argonauts
An impressive modern take on the legend of Jason and the Golden Fleece with contemporary power and focus.
The ingredients are there: it’s a magical idea, and just needs a quieter rationale and – to make it a great show - a few more memorable numbers. But if you care for musicals, see it for an outstanding clutch of performers and a dream of something perennial.
Review: The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch
"...as near perfect a show as I would want to take my children to..."
Review: Comedy Club for Kids
A lot of fun, a lot of laughs, a lot of joy. And (mostly) age-appropriate.
Review: Ensonglopedia of Science
A song about science for each letter of the alphabet - and more.
Review: Christopher Nibble.
"The Guinea pigs of Dandeville are munching the poor over-stretched dandelion population out of existence and heading for eco-disaster!!
A good evening out and if you’re in the area, more than recommendable. The overall production and costumes, abetted with strong pace, a good use of Coleman’s narratives and finally finally top-flight amateur performances by Jennifer Annetts, Aisling and Thomas Edie, and Charlotte Eastes, makes this a recommendable production, the most ambitious I’ve seen from these players.
Review: Seeing Stars
Here’s Tycho Brahe to lead us by his gold nose. You can never start star-gazing too young; this Rust and Stardust production is a dazzling place to start. Enchanting, informative and exhilarating in equal measure; Conlon and Sommers’ singing sets a magical seal on this star-breaking look at the universe.
Review: The Wizard of Oz
It beggars belief that on one tiny stage we can be subjected to so many scene stages so expertly handled, so many backdrops and scenery shifts, not to mention a cast of twenty-two who can all sing. This production is good enough for a larger professional stage. If you get a chance, ask for a ticket or return.
Moments into this one-woman play, Joanna Rosenfeld - emerging in a poke of fingers from a cagoule of brown paper - over-voices herself giving witness to tens of verbatim experiences we hear. This tells us the baby’s a parasite, sucks all your nutrients, calcium from your teeth for instance, causes injury, often permanent, can kill. This is - literally - epic interior theatre.
Review: The Forest
An impeccable time in a magical forest where all is experienced by all who enter
Review: Tink Tank
Marvellous, magical and charming
A fast paced jam packed show, a cinematic experience without technology, a multisensory treat.
Review: Bang! To the Heart
Sassy Street Dancing: a story of love, friendship and pride
Review: Molly Whuppie
An engaging hour or so in the company of masters in Scottish storytelling for children
Family-friendly, high energy retelling of the classic Gothic tale
Review: Finders Keepers
Deliciously grubby physical theatre for all ages set in junkyard
Lively action packed family show.
Review: Attrape Moi
Formidable and excellently performed circus skills
Review: The Hogwallups
Inventive and entertaining theatrical circus skills!
Review: Teatro Delusio
A truly marvellous piece of masked magic
Review: Peter Pan: A Musical Adventure
"Everything a family show should be"
Review: Comedy Club 4 Kids
Funny, warm and accessible comedy stand up for children and their parents.
"well worth seeing"
Showstopping numbers stud this heartwarming, touching new play with numbers by Liz Tait.
Review: Crème de la Crem
Deftly structured, evenly paced, informative and entertaining, Crème de la Crem is a must see for anyone who'd like a great funeral.
Review: The Bula Loop
A searing but warm-hearted examination of autism in the family.
Fun, games and subterfuge
Unmissable fun - a winter winner from Emporium
The performers, two actors and a musician playing violin, manage to create a whole world and a host of characters (apparently around 44 which in itself is a mind boggle) in the space of an hour.
Review: The Overcoat
Joyous sense of play inspired by the very imaginative mind of little Jenny.
Review: Othello – All Female Production
Sex, Comedy, Death - And So Much Moor ..
Review: Damsels In Success
Sisters are doin' it for themselves .. including the evil step ones, presumably ...
Review: Waking Beauty
Sleeping Beauty, after morning has broken.
Review: The Metaphysical Caravan
Remarkable and charming, entertaining visual art and puppetry!