10 of the hottest tickets at this year’s Fringe

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe has launched its 2015 programme and it’s set to be the biggest (and potentially best) yet. With 50,459 performances of 3,314 shows across 49 countries in 313 venues, the Fringe will bring the city to life in August. It’s the first time the number of performances has gone beyond 50,000 in the festival’s …

Blog Fringe June 5, 2015

Never Mind the Bawbags

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review (comedy): Never Mind the Bawbags at Scottish Comedy Festival @ the Beehive Inn (Venue 178a). Reviewed by Claire Smith This two handed show, in a room behind a curtain in a busy pub, is full of curious, slightly drunk punters who have wandered in off the Grassmarket hoping to have …

Comedy Comedy Reviews Fringe August 28, 2014

Kraken

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review (comedy): Kraken at Underbelly, Cowgate (Venue 61). Reviewed by Jay Richardson Lurking in the same room as Dr Brown when he won the Edinburgh Comedy Award, and emerging, slowly, enigmatically, one limb first from behind a curtain, Kraken is obviously going to attract comparisons to Phil Burgers’ alter-ego. Not least …

Comedy Comedy Reviews Fringe August 25, 2014

Front

Edinburgh International Festival Scotsman review (theatre): Front at the Royal Lyceum Theatre. Reviewed by Joyce McMillan What are they staring at, the 11-strong cast of Luk Perceval’s great two-hour meditation on the horror of the First World War? Ranged along the front of stage, empty eyes fixed on the audience, each holding a microphone and …

Guys and Dolls – musical review

Guys and Dolls is running at Chichester Festival Theatre until September 21. Review by Anne Cox Chichester Festival Theatre is on a roll with its sparkling debut of the classic Broadway hit musical Guys and Dolls. There was a full house last week for this award-winning show about New York gamblers and their wise-cracking dames. …

Fringe Theatre August 25, 2014

The Girl Who

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review (musicals and opera): The Girl Who at Assembly George Square Gardens (Venue 3). Reviewed by David Pollock There are heavy hints of Caroll’s Alice in Wonderland in this new ensemble musical from students of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, although readers tuning in from the 1980s might see more appropriate …

X and Y

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review (theatre): X and Y at Scottish Storytelling Centre (Venue 30). Reviewed by Joyce McMillan It’s barely a play, this brief hour of monologue from three characters who know what it is to be gay or transgendered across a range of Commonwealth countries. Based on verbatim testimony, and inspired by the fact that homosexuality …

Fringe Theatre August 25, 2014

Theatre Uncut – Turkey

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review (theatre): Theatre Uncut – Turkey at Traverse Theatre (Venue 15). Reviewed by Joyce McMillan Sitting right on the cusp between the West and the Muslim world, the great city of Istanbul has become a vital arena for some key 21st-century confrontations between faith and secularism, freedom and oppression. In 2013, …

Fringe Theatre August 25, 2014

The Outback Games: A New Musical

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review (musicals and opera): The Outback Games: A New Musical at theSpace @ Venue 45 (Venue 45) Reviewed by David Pollock A new piece in which Edwards Theatrical take a large pinch of ten-a-penny zeitgeist capturing, with an Olympics (more or less interchangeable with the Commonwealth Games)-themed show, add a dollop of potential stereotyping …

Ben Target: ‘The Fringe has been serene’

Surreal comedian Ben Target has returned to this year’s Free Fringe with an energetic (if somewhat baffling) stand up show, writes Alex Watson Initially enticing his audience in with the false promise of free cake, Target holds on to (most of) them using a unique brand of physical comedy. Hooray For Ben Target is a progressive …

Blog Comedy Comedy Reviews Fringe August 25, 2014

The Quant

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review (theatre): The Quant at Hill Street Solo Theatre (Venue 41). Reviewed by Joyce McMillan Considering the extent of the 2008 crash and its consequences, there has been surprisingly little Fringe drama about the sheer hysteria of life in the City of London during the boom years. This fine monologue by …

Fringe Theatre August 25, 2014

On the Upside Down of the World

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review (theatre): The Capone Trilogy at Assembly Roxy (Venue 139). Reviewed by David Pollock When Mary Ann Martin published Our Maoris in 1884, its purpose was to show the British colonial authorities how well the natives of New Zealand had taken to religion. Yet, as playwright Arthur Meek points out, what …

Fringe Theatre August 25, 2014

The Birdmann | Mark Watson | Adam Riches | Richard Gadd | Kim Noble

Daddy Comics are dead – long live the utterly endearing and idiosyncratic artistic geniuses, writes Kate Copstick [Mark Watson] It has been an interesting month with a boomerang of marvellous comeback shows from Kevin Day and Andy de la Tour, Adam Riches and Will Adamsdale, Robert Newman and The Panic Brothers, a big fun book …

Comedy Fringe August 25, 2014

Kate Copstick’s Festival Diary: 24 August

• THE Grouchy Club which I have been running with the excellent John Fleming (originator of the increasingly prestigious Malcolm Hardee Awards) has been huge fun. We have discovered brand new comedy talent in Luca Cupani and the wonderful and only mildly terrifying Machete Hettie, who refers to herself as a “Leitheopian”; we have witnessed …

Comedy Fringe August 25, 2014

Breakfast Plays: Walter | Pondling | Spine | merry christmas, Ms Meadows | Travesti | Sirens | The Object Lesson | The God That Comes | Notoriously Yours | Donald Robertson Is Not a Stand-Up Comedian

Mark Fisher’s Fringe theatre round-up… [Genevieve Hulme-Beaman as the lonely farm girl in Pondling] One of the city’s most extraordinary sights of the festival has been the queue that forms every morning at the Traverse Theatre for its Breakfast Plays. If there’s any other place in the world where you can attract a packed audience …

Fringe Theatre August 25, 2014
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