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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Macbeth, This Is My Theatre, Brighton Fringe 2019 ★★★★☆

Ah yes, Shakespeare at the fringe. Always an interesting adventure for a punter, and the experience often goes one of two ways: Either you’ll walk away confused and uninspired, or be blown away by some new and innovative way of performing it. The whole ‘Shakespeare-with-a-twist’ genre can sometimes be a dangerous game for companies to […]

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 […]

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 […]