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: Shakespeare! The Panto, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019 ★★☆☆☆

Putting the character of William Shakespeare into a pantomime themed fringe show is an interesting concept. Shakespeare! The Panto takes this concept and takes it to relative success. The narrative works, it’s easy to follow and as with all pantomimes the standard caricatures are present, but many lack energy and enthusiasm. The supporting cast provide good […]

REVIEW: The Very Well-Fed Caterpillar, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019 ★★★★☆

A genius combination of mime, mellow drama and physical theatre (not an element of drama I often enjoy), The Very Well-Fed Caterpillar follows the story of a tyrannical caterpillar dictator who eats all the food in the land, and the starving subject’s plot to kill him as a result. This. Show. Is. Mad. I loved […]

REVIEW: The Silliad: Improvised Myths and Legends, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019 ★★★★☆

Ok boys and girls, here we are again. Welcome to the tidal wave of improvised comedy show’s available at the Fringe. Along with accapella and those classic ‘Shakespeare-with-a-twist’; the improv comedy market is VERY hit and miss. You have to be vigilant when choosing what you want to see. Generally, improv shows with a strong […]

REVIEW: Matt Hoss: Here Comes Your Man, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019 ★★★☆☆

Oh my. Oh my, oh my. Matt Hoss. What a unique individual. I’ll be honest, there isn’t a huge amount to say about Matt Hoss. However what there is to say is largely positive.  Although the stand up comic treads the oh so familiar ground of the classic comic routine surrounding relationship problems, (YAY. Another […]

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: 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: The 2 Mouthed Men Show ★★★★★

Allow me to introduce you to the idea of beatboxing and comedy combined by two men on stage for an hour. Doesn’t sound like your sort of thing? Perhaps you think that the idea of those two things being combined is a terrible idea and wouldn’t be worth seeing. I thought that too. Until I […]

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: 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: King Lear, Oddbodies Production Company, Brighton Fringe 2019 ★★★★★

One actor. Five Acts. Eighty minutes. Fifteen plus characters. One of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedies. I’ll be honest, on face value I couldn’t help but thinking: “this could go either way”. The play begins; high pitched male singing can be heard from within the audience; now I’m thinking: “This isn’t the King Lear I know” […]

Review: Jade Allen: Over Easy, Etcetera Theatre Camden 2019 ★★★★☆

Ah a female stand-up comedian! Prepare for a heavy feminist, boob-empowered set… or in the case of Jade Allen, just absolutely don’t and make sure everyone knows it. From the get-go, everyone crammed into Camden’s Etcetera theatre knows that this woman isn’t going to follow the comedy ‘rules’ or stereotypes; the set is introduced as […]

A Digital Pint with… Benjamin Alborough of Ricky Riddlegang & The Riddle Gang, Brighton Fringe 2019

Join us here at the Binge Fringe pub for a Digital Pint with writer-performer Benjamin Alborough. We reviewed his EdFringe 18 show Cream Tea and Incest (Four Stars) which you can read here, and we’re very excited to have an early insight into his new creation produced by Peracals Productions and co-written by Harry J Williams, as […]

Binge Fringe is coming to Brighton Fringe 2019!

Hibernation season has ended for Binge Fringe. We’ve all been snuggled up for these past few winter months together in a small cave somewhere between Bradford and the M1. It’s been comfortable and cosy, but I’m starting to get a bit sick of Mike’s heavy breathing in the night and listening to Jasper talk about […]

Review: Banging and Screwing, Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 ★★★☆☆

Megan Juniper, playwright and performer, this year brings us her third consecutive Edinburgh Fringe show, a musical adventure set in an independent and struggling hardware store, exploring the meaning of masculinity in todays society. Leggy Blonde Productions‘ niche is relationships and sexual health, this niche paired with provocative titles results in large and consistent audiences. […]

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 […]

My Edfringe Sign Off: Jake Mace

So my very short but sweet tenure at Edfringe this year has ended. I’m a little disappointed I was only able to make it for a week this year, however it was a fun packed week of debauchery and some brilliant, brilliant shows. As I head off on the turn of my heel to Camden, […]

Review: Any Suggestions, Doctor? An Improvised Adventure in Space and Time, Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 ★★★★☆

At the Edinburgh Fringe the choice of shows is overwhelming. The comedy in particular is a highly saturated market, and to compete there is an extremely difficult endeavour. The seemingly endless supply of Accapella, Shakespeare-with-a-twist and comedy improv shows are particularly abundant. The standard of these types of shows vary hugely, and when it comes […]

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: The Shambles, Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 ★★★★☆

Armed only with a sickly sweet Rekordelig cider and my preconceived notions of this particular improvisational comedy troupe, my expectations for this show were certainly high. While most audiences use alcohol to aid or enhance their enjoyment of comedy, this beverage did not really elevate me to any drunken state…yet I still found this Shambles […]

Review: Hamlet by Shit-Faced Shakespeare, Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 ★★★★☆

Armed with only a bottle of Death Juice I entered McEwan Hall with high hopes. Having last year watched the companies version of Romeo and Juliet I knew roughly what to expect and could easily justify the £13 ticket. Shit-Faced Shakespeare is a genius and potentially dangerous concept. The idea to get classically trained actors and […]