TV Bomb / August 19, 2013


There are three separate companies presenting five different children’s shows in the yurt at Summerhall, but you’d be hard pressed to find another children’s show in any venue that could top this collaboration between theatre company Factory Compagnia Transadriatica and dance company Elektra. It is impossible to fault this production. From the detailed costumes to

Time Out / August 19, 2013

Our Fathers

This debut show from theatre company Babakas starts with a very modern fatherhood dilemma. But over the course of a bright, funny, moving hour, it becomes an exploration of the timeless question of what it means to be a dad. Mike Tweddle is gay and in a relationship with Bert Roman. Mike wants a child,

TV Bomb / August 17, 2013

L’Après-Midi d’un Foehn - Version 1

Most of the cast in one of this year’s biggest hits are rubbish. In the literal sense. In truth, the performances the sole human coaxes from a handful of plastic bags are truly astonishing. In this perfectly compact 25-minute performance, the audience are treated to a full range of emotions from joy and wonder to

Ed Fest Mag TV / August 17, 2013


This one-off event was a not-to-be-missed event of the Fringe, with three fantastically talented Mediterranean bands and over thirty musicians lined up to showcase the versatility, variety and sheer excitement of European folk music. First on stage was Pellizco Flamenco, an Edinburgh based flamenco group, and an excellent example of the genre. Not only are

All Edinburgh Theatre / August 17, 2013

The List

“Unmissable Performance” Stellar Quines’ mesmerising production of The List at Summerhall features a shattering performance by Maureen Beattie. She plays an unnamed woman whose compulsive list-making is an attempt to impose some kind of order on her isolated life following a move to the countryside. After befriending a woman called Caroline, she discovers that there

Broadway Baby / August 17, 2013

Story's End

“Death Becomes Them” Even on paper, this ‘reconnaissance mission into the no-man’s land where death borders storytelling’ has the potential to be either really good or a recipe for self-indulgence; a multimedia combination of live music, film and spoken word on the subject of death. Thankfully, the creative forces involved, while coming from quite distinct

Broadway Baby / August 16, 2013

The Scotsman / August 16, 2013

The Loveboat 
Big Band Summer Love-In

It’s unlikely that the founding fathers of the former Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies (now Summerhall) ever envisaged their lofty Dissection Room hosting a burlesque bevy of aerialist dancers, costumed as bathing beauties and strutting their stuff mid-air, set off by superbly dramatic lighting, and accompanied by an 11-piece all-star swing band. In fact,

The Scotsman / August 15, 2013

Song Noir

… A brisk canter down the road to Summerhall and you enter the murky world of Song Noir (★★★★), a theatrical hour of sound and vision from Perth-based duo Pumajaw, inspired by their favourite film music. Stepping into the Red Lecture Theatre is like stepping into a low-rent version of a David Lynch nightclub scene.

The Guardian / August 15, 2013

Gym Party

"We are all drawn into the game and compromised, because when it comes down to it, we all want to be on the winning team. Nobody likes a loser."

The Scotsman / August 15, 2013


Cinematic portrait of a desolate mining town in America.

The Scotsman / August 15, 2013

Wot? No Fish!!

Danny Braverman’s solo show tells the funny and moving story of how he discovered the lost art and moving story of his great-uncle.

A Younger Theatre / August 15, 2013

Gym Party

A razor sharp, slightly dark three-way battle to the death, and hilariously confused call-to-arms.

Broadway Baby / August 14, 2013

This Side of Paradise

This piece explores our obsessive visions of apocalypse.

The Skinny / August 14, 2013


In the light of day, Summerhall’s hallways look innocent enough. Nonetheless, if you are locked in a room with Abattoir Fermé near midnight, it quickly becomes a place where anything can happen. According to Wikipedia, a tourniquet is a screwing and constricting device used during medical procedures that will then essentially cut off blood flow

Edinburgh Guide / August 14, 2013


Titus, performed by Joseph Arkley in one of the more intimate Summerhall venues, is quite simply one of the best performances you are likely to see at this year’s Fringe. It is an unlikely children’s show: no props, no gimmicks, no attention-seeking opportunities. There is just a boy, standing alone on a table, delivering absorbing

British Theatre Guide / August 14, 2013


Zdenka Fantlova’s powerful story of surviving the Holocaust is both moving and humbling. She had a love of Hollywood musicals, particularly Broadway Melody of 1936, and learnt to speak English as a result which was to save her life. When the Nazis invaded Czechoslovakia, “in long columns like black ants”, life changed forever. She was

Broadway Baby / August 14, 2013

L'Apres-midi d'un Foehn

Although listed as a children show and only 25 minutes long, this beautiful but simple production certainly made an impact on the audience members, no matter what their age was. A cast made up mainly of colourful plastic bags puts on a delicate dance for the spectators along with music of French composer Claude Debussy.

Three Weeks / August 14, 2013

Feral (Tortoise In A Nutshell)

Before reading this, please set your mind to superlative mode, because we are dealing with an absolutely outstanding show! In a place where mixed-media meets music and puppetry, five remarkable performers create an entire world from scratch, before slowly obliterating it in front of your eyes. The level of visual accuracy is amazing and the

The Edinburgh Reporter / August 14, 2013

Edinburgh Science, Edinburgh Magic!

This intriguingly entitled show returns, by popular demand, for its third year fronted by Edinburgh Makar and Jazz-Slam-Tram-provocateur – Ron Butlin. The show celebrates but never ingratiates itself within its eponymous setting – a city of wily charms sacred and profane. Where sepulchral secrets whisper weavily within the midnight mist-cowled wynds, where the restless ghosts