The Scotsman / August 10, 2017

Foreign Radical

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: You’re queuing at border ­control and you see someone being pulled aside. They are an individual, a lone figure picked out from the crowd, like a sheep being isolated from the flock by a wolf. You don’t know them, nor do you know the official grounds for suspicion.

The Scotsman / August 10, 2017


Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Recluse Heather Eames (a jaw-droppingly excellent Charlotte Melia) has just submitted her debut novel to a publishing house: a charming, Harry Potter-esque story about a girl named Greta and her magic pen.

The Scotsman / August 10, 2017

Pike St

Edinburgh Festival Fringe: There’s a hurricane coming. And there’s another one that’s already here, at the heart of New Yorker Evelyn’s gregarious Puerto Rican family – living, loving and squabbling in the heart of Manhattan’s Lower East Side. While Evelyn tries to cure her seriously ill daughter using energy healing, her defiantly un-PC Dad, Papi,

Telegraph / August 10, 2017


If you wanted to be harsh, you could say that – ranked against numerous well-heeled, tightly scripted shows on the fringe – Doglife, detailing the life of Scottish former gangland enforcer Thomas McCrudden, isn’t up to sniff. It’s sometimes hard to work out what’s being said, who it’s being said to, and what happened when.

The List / August 10, 2017

Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story

Klezmer cabaret-style musical tale with a mesmerising frontman

Ed Fest Mag / August 10, 2017

The Sky is Safe

Actor and playwright Matthew Zajac returned to Scotland from a failed job opportunity in Istanbul back in 2012, resulting in the idea behind The Sky is Safe being born. The Sky is Safe is an emotionally charged and politically powerful masterpiece.

British Theatre Guide / August 10, 2017

The North! The North!

Mixing together expertly crafted storytelling with animation and puppetry is no mean feat, but Christopher Harrisson has managed it with aplomb, keeping his audience rapt throughout his telling of a story set in a world where the north of England was split from the south by a great and terrible chasm forming. Harrisson’s fable is

The 730 Review / August 10, 2017

No Miracles Here

It’s hard to pinpoint an exact genre on No Miracles Here. Spanning theatre, music and storytelling, it carves out a new innovative, devised genre far away from the realms of musical theatre. With the stage set up in a concert-like setting, the production revolves using live music in collaboration with theatre to create a story.

The Wee Review / August 10, 2017

Box Clever

The performance begins with a strange rendition of Smokey Robinson’s Tears of a Clown. The Motown drums have been replaced with an electro-pop beat and the vocal as are performed by a tormenting and mischievous clown (Avi Simmons). The clown is holding an arrow and pointing it in the direction of Marnie (played by writer

Voice Mag / August 10, 2017


A physical and beautiful contemporary dance piece which explores gender identity.

British Theatre Guide / August 8, 2017

Pike St

Nilaja Sun, who brought the epic No Child to Edinburgh around five years ago, is a highly talented writer and character actress who magically conjures up whole worlds from the ether. Pike St., first produced at Barrow Street Theatre in New York, follows events as Hurricane Gloria threatens New York’s Lower East Side and its

Theatre Bubble / August 8, 2017

EdFringe 2017 – Ramy: In The Frontline at Summerhall

While it is incredibly callous to give ‘Ramy – In the frontline’ anything as reductive as a star rating, the nature of this industry forces me to do so, and I honestly couldn’t give it anything less than a full rating. This piece (a round-the-world effort, the excellent company From Start to Finnish backing Ramy

Exeunt Magazine / August 8, 2017

The Shape of Pain

The Shape of the Pain by Rachel Bagshaw and Chris Thorpe uses sound, colour and movement to communicate a bodily experience typically understood to be ‘beyond language’. To create the show, the words of Bagshaw have been interpreted by composer Melanie Wilson into an amorphous fluctuating soundscape of distorted fizzes and hums. In turn, video

Broadway Baby / August 8, 2017

The Crossing Place – Romantika

The Crossing Place – Romantika has an absurdly joyous opening, which is unexpected considering that the show is marketed as a study of loneliness, anxiety and desire. But the course of the performance proves this to be the perfect tone-setter; dark and vicious yet fun and playful, The Crossing Place is just that – absurd

Broadway Baby / August 8, 2017

£¥€$ (LIES) – Ontroerend Goed

What is money? For Belgian theatre group Ontroerend Goed, money isn’t actually metal coins or pieces of paper with numbers printed on them, no, money is so much more than a physical object. Money is trust. And the more you invest in trust then the more you get back. This is the simple (yet dangerous)

Broadway Baby / August 8, 2017

No Show

No Show is perhaps the perfect show: one that claims to be nothing at all.

Broadway Baby / August 8, 2017

Sasquatch: The Opera

I’m not sure where to begin in dissecting Sasquatch: the Opera. It defies dissection just as it defies categorisation. The show bends genre, form and technique in a way that, even in the context of the Fringe, makes it unique and one of the most astonishing things I have ever seen.

The To Do List / August 8, 2017


A thrilling tightrope walk of a show – tense yet cathartic, angry yet thoughtful.

The To Do List / August 8, 2017

On Ice

Irrestistable offbeat comedy and heartfelt storytelling combine in this one-woman epic about buying an ice rink (or is it?)

The To Do List / August 8, 2017

A Hundred Different Words for Love

Deceptively simple yet profoundly moving – a story about love as charming as it is beautiful.