Binge Fringe’s Edinburgh Fringe 2019 Sign Off

Another Edinburgh Fringe has drawn to a close, marking Binge Fringe’s second year of mad, frenzied 3AM-review-writing. Join me, Jasper, as I sit back, puff on my pipe (metaphorically, have you seen what tobacco does to your lungs) and extol about what I loved and what I didn’t about this year’s Fringe. OVER?! What do […]

REVIEW: Ricky Riddlegang and the Riddle Gang, Edinburgh Fringe 2019 ★★★★☆

After last year’s successful run of Cream Tea and Incest (back on at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe with an all-female cast), Benjamin Alborough and The Cardboard Exotics have created a new madcap comic adventure in Ricky Riddlegang and the Riddle Gang. The eponymous Ricky Riddlegang is an ace teen detective, complete with his plucky detective […]

REVIEW: Cicada 3301, Edinburgh Fringe 2019 ★★★★★

You are unlikely to see a show at the Edinburgh Fringe that’s anything like Cambridge University’s Cicada 3301. A thoroughly original, smart and razor-sharp script with a range of energetic and thoughtful performances from all involved, it’s a compelling dramatic debate on privacy wrapped up in a digital treasure hunt. The play is based on […]

REVIEW: The Durham Revue: Unnatural Disaster, Edinburgh Fringe 2019 ★★★★☆

“Have you ever seen Mr Tumnus’s foreskin?” The Durham Revue is back at the Edinburgh Fringe with Unnatural Disaster, another eclectic mix of weird and wacky sketches. Themed around the end of the world, the Revue tour the audience through some truly inventive comedy: the revelation that Narnia is predominantly Jewish; Teletubbies’ Noo-Noo performing a […]

REVIEW: Loud Poets, Edinburgh Fringe 2019 ★★★★☆

I’ve been blessed in this year’s Edinburgh Fringe to get to see such a variety of shows: stand-up, musicals, sci-fi, and now spoken word poetry. Loud Poets is a poetry collective platforming different, exciting poets every night of their run and, if the other nights are anything like the performance I attended, it’s well worth […]

REVIEW: Portents, Edinburgh Fringe 2019 ★★★☆☆

Portents is weird. Like, really weird. After an evocative and atmospheric opening, the play settles into a set-up of the three performers (Ross Hunter, Ben Kulvichit and Clara Potter-Sweet) stood on stage with music sheet stands speaking out to the audience. United in their convictions and predicaments but, at the same time, entirely isolated. The […]

REVIEW: We Apologise for the Inconvenience, Edinburgh Fringe 2019 ★★★★☆

“Hell isn’t dark. Hell isn’t fire and brimstones and pitchforks. Hell is A4-sized.” We all know Douglas Adams, the acclaimed author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. But we don’t know his story (this opener has big 2012-era Tumblr vibes). We Apologise for the Inconvenience, written by Mark Griffiths, picks up our slack and […]

REVIEW: Redacted Arachnid, Edinburgh Fringe 2019 ★★★★★

Redacted Arachnid is so much fucking fun. From their own admission, the Corpus Christi Owlets found the Wikipedia page of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, the ill-fated Spider-Man musical backed by Bono from U2 which was famously absolutely shite, and decided from there to adapt it into a Fringe show. It’s a delightfully original and […]

REVIEW: Alex Kealy: Rationale, Edinburgh Fringe 2019 ★★★★☆

“The only drug I’ve ever been addicted to is moral outrage.” As I extolled in my review of Trump: The Musical, political comedy is quite hard to do, frequently focusing on surface-level humour about character and its characteristics rather than policy and ideology. It is tiresome and lazy; anybody can take the piss out of […]

REVIEW: The St Andrews Revue: Hot Yoghurt, Edinburgh Fringe 2019 ★★★★☆

“I sexually identify as straight, but when I DJ I’m queer.” After winning the Derek Award for Best Sketch Comedy Show last year, the St Andrews Revue is back! What does Hot Yoghurt mean? Who knows! A loosely-narrative-based show about a gang of criminals who come across the script for a sketch show, the Revue decide […]

REVIEW: Bristol Improv – Offscript! and Dynamite! Edinburgh Fringe 2019 ★★★★☆

As a filmmaker, my literal worst nightmare is having to improvise decisions and story on the spot on set, and that’s before we get to my other worst nightmare of having to improvise comedy live on the spot on stage at the Edinburgh Fringe. But that’s what makes the framing of Bristol Improv’s Offscript! so […]

REVIEW: Tami Stone, My Funny Bits, Edinburgh Fringe 2019 ★★☆☆☆

I really, really hate writing bad reviews (unless the show makes me viscerally angry). Everybody has worked incredibly hard on bringing their shows to the Edinburgh Fringe, and it’s an undeniably tough market to thrive in with thousands of shows competing against each other for your attention. So it sucks that I didn’t enjoy Tami […]

REVIEW: Simon Caine, Edinburgh Fringe 2019 ★★★☆☆

The only note I wrote for Simon Caine’s stand-up show, Every Room Becomes a Panic Room When You Overthink Enough (definitely not a mouthful) was “affable, John Oliver vibes.” Apparently, I’m not the first reviewer to make the comparison – comedian Doug Stanhope described Caine as a “more authentic John Oliver.” And, yeah. It’s true. They […]

REVIEW: Four Woke Baes, Edinburgh Fringe 2019 ★★★★☆

“Cynical and raw, hilarious and squirm-inducing, the play asks just how liberal “woke” boys really are when they’re alone together, out in nature, beers in hand,” so the synopsis for Jonathan Caren’s Four Woke Baes goes. I was sceptical: it’s quite common for male-centred comedy to make fun of men not being “woke” (enough or […]

REVIEW: The Grandmothers Grimm, Edinburgh Fringe 2019 ★★★★☆

“When in doubt, send your characters into the forest. Works every time.” A writing sentiment I tend to agree with, in the highly agreeable The Grandmothers Grimm. Okay, well, it’s more than agreeable – it’s actually quite good, and it provided a welcome change of pace from my usual Binge Fringe fare of comedy, comedy, […]

REVIEW: Numbers, Edinburgh Fringe 2019 ★★★★☆

“I could be one of those fucked people who can’t be unfucked.” When inundated with comedy at the Fringe, sometimes it can do one good to check out some good old-fashioned serious drama about men’s mental health. In which case, go see Numbers! Told mostly through stripped-back monologues from Henry Waddon’s Jack, the show weaves […]

REVIEW: The Lost Musical Works of Willy Shakes, Edinburgh Fringe 2019 ★★★★☆

Gay, singing Shakespeare – what’s not to like? The Lost Musical Works of Willy Shakes takes a typically Fringe-esque approach to Shakespeare adaptations, positing that the Bard, while ruminating on his legacy, decides to reinvent his famous plays as musicals to perform before King James. Initially, I was concerned that it would be too similar […]

REVIEW: The Cambridge Impronauts: Improv, Actually, Edinburgh Fringe 2019 ★★★☆☆

Once again, it’s that time of year for comedians and actors all over the world to converge in this beautiful city of Edinburgh for the 62nd Edinburgh Fringe – which means we at Binge Fringe are BACK, in all caps, for another round of late-night, alcohol-infused literary love letters (and sometimes that not-so-loving). First up, […]

Review: The St Andrews Revue Presents: Bears!, Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 ★★★★★

We don’t know if you’ve noticed, but there’s an awful lot of comedy performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Like, really quite a lot. Amidst a tidal wave of sketch and stand-up, it can be hard to find the diamonds in the rough, the shows which truly are worth watching. Fortunately, we spoke to the […]

Review: Cream Tea and Incest, Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 ★★★★☆

Was any cream tea drunk? Nope. Any incest featured? Sadly not. In spite of this initial disappointment, Cream Tea and Incest, from Perecals Productions, is a wonderfully rollicking good time. The aristocrat Eddie Spangler is in a spot of bother. All he wants are some Rhodesian opium mines and to be with his beloved valet, Jeffrey […]

Review: THRONES! The Musical Parody, Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 – ★★☆☆☆

When geekdom began to bleed into mainstream culture at the turn of the millennium, the prospect of hard-earned societal validation for extending childhoods beyond their sell-by date was enough to fuel fans into a frenzy. After torturous decades of schoolyard bullying for liking anything beyond football and fucking, the bullied were moving up in the […]