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: 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: Leopold Vindictive, Edinburgh Fringe 2019 ★★☆☆☆

In 1940s Belgium, we’re privy to the lives of brave civilians who passed information to the British government through carrier pigeons. It’s a concept with a lot of scope and potential, however Acting Coach Scotland’s production of Leopold Vindictive by Cecile Durel is lacklustre in performance and only taps the surface in theme and style. Officer Sanders has been […]

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: 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: 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 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: 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 […]

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: 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: 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 […]

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 […]

Review: The Dip, Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 – ★★★★★

11:30pm, it’s a tough spot to fill. For many the “late night” fringe represents a warped section of incredibly strangely titled shows ranging from The Importance of Being Earnest as Performed by Three F*cking Queens and a Duck to Late Night Gimp Fight. Not that there’s anything wrong with Late Night Gimp Fight. Milk and Blood’s The Dip then, a […]