Waiting for a review of your show? We do have a few still to publish – they're working their way through our system and should all be out by the end of the weekend. We're sorry for the delay, and thank you for your patience.

The Gardener Theatre

4 stars

As we walk into a tiny bare room, down in the basement of Summerhall, we're greeted by Frank and welcomed to the inaugural meeting of his Amateur Gardening Appreciation Society. Frank is in his early seventies; he's decided to move into a care home – where we find ourselves now – because he's finding it difficult to live on his own without his wife. And so begins a poignant story of the reality of old age, of love for gardening, and of memory.

Review by Udita Banerjee published on Monday 7 August | Read more

Viggo Venn – The Life of Pepito Comedy

5 stars

Viggo Venn is endearing: he's unique, provoking in his audience an almost child-like sense of curiosity and wonder. We're all asking what he will produce next, in this surreal world of salad attire and playful punchlines. And in The Life Of Pepito, his debut solo show, he duly delivers a steady stream of surprising and sometimes hysterical ideas.

Review by Victoria Nangle published on Monday 7 August | Read more

Thom Tuck: An August Institution Comedy

3 stars

Thom Tuck is indeed an August Institution. He's been a staple of the August Fringe comedy programme for at least a decade, and his work is known for embodying the spirit of a Fringe festival – from early improvisation, through acclaimed sketch group (and long-form comedy play creators) The Penny Dreadfuls, on to a darkly funny musical and the Alternative Comedy Memorial Society, where all expectations must be suspended in the name of comic experimentation. So it's hardly surprising when he starts his hour with a song by a favourite band, Mountain Goats.

Review by Victoria Nangle published on Monday 7 August | Read more

Cognitions Theatre

4 stars

The statistics surrounding mental health are alarming. 1 in 4 people will experience problems, and 90% of those have faced some form of stigma – whether from family, friends, or colleagues. SpeakUp Theatre's Cognitions is a poignant show, centred on bipolar disorder and its impact on a mother-daughter relationship.

Review by Udita Banerjee published on Sunday 6 August | Read more

Elf Lyons: Swan Comedy

4 stars

Elf Lyons is that gleefully naughty clever child, who asks all the questions the grown-ups don't know the answers to and is simply heaps of fun. Swan is her deconstruction of the ballet Swan Lake – and it's her reconstruction of it too. With bubbles and party poppers, and costumes that beggar belief, her mischief is contagious and a treat to witness.

Review by Victoria Nangle published on Sunday 6 August | Read more

Steve Bugeja: Summer Camp Comedy

3 stars

Steve Bugeja is a likeable Everyman of a storyteller. Harking on themes of teenage love, growth, unexpected friendship and adventure, he does his best to bring everyone along with him on his young journey to be a counsellor in one of the USA's many summer camps. It's 2009 again, and Steve is off to reinvent himself, engage with American youth, and make the most of his sexy English accent – all with the blithe optimism of a hopeful and inexperienced 18-year-old.

Review by Victoria Nangle published on Sunday 6 August | Read more

Séance Theatre

4 stars

Ever considered sitting in a shipping container, plunging into pitch darkness, and being terrified for 15 minutes with the aid of modern technology? At first I was blasé about the prospect, yet I felt a distinct nervous energy building while waiting to step inside. And it's that irrational fear which this production so skilfully preys on; of course nothing bad is going to happen, of course it's all pretend, yet the experience created is so intense, immediate and startling that it's really quite overwhelming.

Review by Tamarin Fountain published on Wednesday 2 August | Read more

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