REVIEW: Under the Floorboards, Edinburgh Fringe Festival [Online] 2021 ★★★★☆

Following a dramatised version of the real-life story of Ed Gein, Under the Floorboards is an immersive look into the mind of aforementioned protagonist and his quest to appease his deceased mother by murdering and digging up the corpses of others. With (almost) full nudity and dark themes (as expected) Gein, played wonderfully by Simon […]

REVIEW: Sweating the Small Stuff, York Drama Soc, Edinburgh Fringe 2021 ★★★★☆

How does a show that aims to appraise and impact upon seven different rich and interesting problems manage to engage it’s audience without a story? Exactly how Sweating the Small Stuff does it, that’s how. Part PSA, part verbatim theatre, all irreverently entertaining, York Drama Soc have hit the nail on the head with this […]

REVIEW: Stand-Up Philosophy, Edinburgh Fringe 2021 ★★★★☆

With an ever-changing line up, it’s proven quite hard to think about putting together a comprehensive review for Stand-Up Philosophy, hosted by the irreverent Alex Farrow. I went interested mainly in the concept, given that I’m a philosophy student myself, thinking I might be able to steal some funny quips for my next university seminar. […]

REVIEW: Rossetti’s Women, Edinburgh Fringe 2021 ★★☆☆☆

The three muses of the Raphaelite painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti join together to tell the stories of their lives, and for the most part, his own. All three eventually act as models for his work, variously scathing one another and scheming to have Rossetti for themselves. While on the whole quite entertaining, this production lacks […]

OPINION: This year’s EdFringe has reignited the festival’s fiery beating heart. Let’s not let it go to waste.

It was a huge gamble. The last announcement on the lifting of Scotland’s lockdown restrictions came just days before the festival began in earnest. For small semi-professional arts companies up and down the country, putting a show on in Edinburgh this August it was a risk that had to pay off. For those of us […]

REVIEW: On Your Bike, Cambridge University Musical Theatre Society, Edinburgh Fringe 2021 ★★★★★

The plight of so-called “gig economy” workers has been played out quite publicly over the past few years in the media consciousness. From the D*liveroo rider strikes to the Ub*r driver court cases, this muddy territory of workers’ rights is of particular salience right now. On Your Bike, a musical from Cambridge University Music Society, […]

REVIEW: Saving Mr Ultimate, Extra Arca and New Celts Productions, Edinburgh Fringe 2021 ★★★★☆

An ailing comic book shop in a small Scottish town is the setting for Saving Mr Ultimate. It’s also just about all that seventeen year old comic book geek Paul has left as a memory of his father besides a few issues of Mr Ultimate, written by him and his brother. We’ve arrived on closing […]

REVIEW: Screen 9, Piccolo Theatre & The Pleasance, Edinburgh Fringe 2021 ★★★★☆

Screen 9 is a visceral, immersive theatrical experience which dives into the very heart of the experiences of survivors of the 2012 Aurora, Colorado shooting. On entering the theatre you are greeted by the smell of popcorn – something that later on becomes especially prominent and disturbing – and invited to help yourself to bags […]

REVIEW: Patricia Gets Ready (For a Date With the Man That Used to Hit Her), Edinburgh Fringe 2021, ★★★★★

She’s been putting together a kick ass speech for a year now. But in the moment that she meets him, she accidentally agrees to go to dinner that night. Now she’s in her room and she has decisions to make – should she go? What does she wear? What should she say? Patricia Gets Ready […]

REVIEW: For All The Love You Lost, Morosophy Productions, Edinburgh Fringe 2021 ★★★☆☆

What does it mean to love? How does grief express itself? How can we forgive others, and most importantly, ourselves? For All The Love You Lost is an ensemble piece striking at the very heart of love, loss, anxiety and romance for young people in the modern world. The piece combines poetry, physical theatre and […]

REVIEW: Bromance, Barely Methodical Troupe, Edinburgh Fringe 2021, ★★★☆☆

Bromance bills itself as subverting conventional circus tricks and styles with playful techniques. There is no doubt that they are successful in this aim, as this is some of the more avant garde circus performance/physical theatre I’ve been lucky enough to see at the Fringe. What was on offer was essentially a buffet of increasingly […]

REVIEW: It’s Not Rocket Science, Edinburgh Fringe 2021 ★★★★★

Ready for lift off? Science, feminism, philosophy and social commentary collide in It’s Not Rocket Science in all the right doses. Eve begins as a young girl with a dream to become an aerospace engineer. Her journey leads her through school, academic life and into the male-dominated industry on which she set her sights. The […]

REVIEW: Drown Your Sorrows!, Balderdash Theatre Company, Edinburgh Fringe 2021 ★★★☆☆

“Are you a Cowboy? Or are you just a boy?” – Drown Your Sorrows! Four bartenders are on an adventure to find the Elixir of Life using clues left behind by their mysterious deceased pub landlady. This, of course, is a journey like no other, being that it will take them to various bars across […]

REVIEW: Afterparty, New Celts Productions & F-Bomb Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe 2021 ★★★★☆

One of the great benefits of this year’s Fringe being smaller and much more local has been the opportunity for Scottish voices to step forward and receive much more attention. Afterparty, to boot, is a Scottish production with women’s voices at the fore and working class themes explored with vigour, verve and style. What more […]

Binge Fringe is back for EdFringe 2021!

After what has been an infinitely turmoil-filled year for all of us in the arts community, your favourite alcohol-infused reviewers have returned for another year of antics and entertainment. We’ll be visiting the last few weeks of EdFringe 2021 and inhaling all the theatre, music, dance, comedy and street performance we can get our hands […]