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Mr Danger's Really Safe Show Comedy

3 stars

Arriving late for the performance, Mr Danger has lost all his courage. And what’s a scared stunt-man to do? Can the audience help him get back his confidence? Can he master new tricks and stand up for himself?

Welcome to Mr Danger's stunt show, full of daring tricks like doing an impression of his mum, and balancing on two small stones. It is Mr Danger's first show back after his terrible accident, and he isn't his usual brave self. With clever use of voiceover and costume, this one-man show is full of giggles and silliness as Mr Danger tries to live up to his name once more.

Review by Lizzie Bell published on Friday 25 August | Read more

Gráinne Maguire: Gráinne with a Fada Comedy

4 stars

This is the fifth Fringe outing for fizzy Irish standup and self-confessed former annoying child Gráinne Maguire, following on from last year’s Great People Make Great Choices, and taking place in a world where everything’s slightly less fine than it was a year ago. The titular fada is that little line above the letter “a” (I Googled it): it’s an Irish thing, which tells you how to pronounce words like Gráinne (I Googled that too).

Review by Michael Dunne published on Friday 25 August | Read more

Secret Life of Humans Theatre

5 stars

Back in 1973, the BBC screened an epic documentary series called The Ascent of Man – an optimistic, even triumphant, celebration of the progress of humankind. Its host was Jacob Bronowski, a mathematician by training and a popular scientific historian. But Bronowski had a secret; there was a locked room in his house, which even his wife was forbidden to enter. This intriguing new play, featuring fictionalised characters but based on fact, follows Bronowski's grandson as he opens the locked office and finally uncovers the truth.

Review by Richard Stamp published on Thursday 24 August | Read more

Cat FM Comedy

4 stars

Cat FM is one of the silliest things I’ve seen at the Fringe this year. It’s an hour of sketch comedy, delivered by cats. Who run a radio station called… Cat FM. Chris Turner and Alice Winn perform the show wearing cat ears, and with frequent pauses to wash themselves, curl up on the floor and lick each other.

The audience is also cast as cats, as almost the entire of the human population has been wiped out by zombies. We are encouraged to miaow as convincingly as possible as we join Turner and Winn in a heavily-defended bunker-cum-recording studio.

Review by Elsa Maishman published on Thursday 24 August | Read more

Strangers: A Magic Play II Theatre

3 stars

Returning to the Fringe with an all-new show, following a successful debut last year, Strangers presents an intriguing and rewarding blend of magic and theatre. There are conjuring tricks, but this isn't a conjuring show; instead, it's a series of four short plays, where the magic is worked into the storyline in support of high-quality acting. Each of the pieces stands more or less alone, and each has an interestingly different angle on this central concept.

Review by Richard Stamp published on Thursday 24 August | Read more

Maria Shehata: Wisdomless Comedy

4 stars

Maria Shehata makes interesting life decisions. I like that about her – sensible life decisions don’t make good shows. Wisdomless is essentially an hour-long therapy session, albeit one in which the therapists are called "audience" and sit on clammy plastic chairs in the dark, chortling unprofessionally at the stories their patient spouts.

Review by Michael Dunne published on Thursday 24 August | Read more

A Hunger Artist (Kafka Adaptation) Theatre

5 stars

An empty, quiet space. Then noises from behind the curtain. Is someone en route to the stage? We hear mumbles, scurrying and bumping.

A face peeps through the drapes, and in comes our enchanting Austrian-sounding impresario, played by Jonathan Levin. He's dressed in a cape and top hat, but they are old and dusty, once opulent but now relics from a vanished age. He's accompanied by the rumble of the heavy traveling-show chest, a half-eaten apple and a cheerful demeanour. And he's here to tell us about his time with a professional 'hungerer': someone who regularly starved himself for 40-day periods while sat on display in a circus cage, someone who did this mainly because they could see no other way to live.

Review by Mike Lee published on Thursday 24 August | Read more

Dark Matter Theatre

4 stars

Dark Matter is a show about an ageing astrophysicist Alfredo, who lives with dementia in a care home. Using visual art, "micro-cinema", and puppetry, Vertebra Theatre present a tender show about old age and a degenerative disease. They also explore the question of why people never have a death plan, even though we plan so much around birth.

Review by Udita Banerjee published on Wednesday 23 August | Read more

Mission Abort Theatre

4 stars

It is difficult to believe that this production – a very mature, honest, human take on the still largely taboo topic of abortion – is Therese Ramstedt’s debut. In equal measure tragic and humorous, Ramstedt lands a beautiful, powerful performance.

Review by Udita Banerjee published on Wednesday 23 August | Read more

Daniel Nils Roberts: The Causeway Comedy

4 stars

Have you ever heard of the Battle of Maldon? I hadn’t either, but the tenth-century skirmish has become the subject of a uniquely entertaining sketch show from Daniel Nils Roberts. Part history lecture, part reconstruction, part thematically relevant story from Roberts’ own childhood, The Causeway is funny, clever, and unlike anything else at the Fringe.

Review by Elsa Maishman published on Wednesday 23 August | Read more

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