Care Not, Fear Naught Theatre

Infamous Anne Bonny, the legendary female pirate, bursts onto stage in a celebration of adventure, sexuality and freedom. Care Not, Fear Naught tells the life story of this Irish woman who has gone down in history, re-enacting her time aboard a Caribbean pirate ship. Whether you are familiar with Anne Bonny's story or not, this production is a fast-paced and insightful display of a woman’s fight for a voice in a sea of male expectations.

Review by Abi Love published on Saturday 18 August | Read more

SHIFT Dance, Physical Theatre & Circus

The newest show from Barely Methodical Troupe is impressive, playful and entertaining – but half-baked physical theatre and aimless choreography leave the audience feeling like we didn’t glimpse the full potential of these talented performers.

Review by Elsa Maishman published on Saturday 18 August | Read more

Year Without Summer Theatre

Year Without Summer? That would be 1816, when the Swiss government declared a national emergency. Lord Byron (28) cannot be held responsible for crop failures and famine across Europe, but he is sowing discord with fine abandon. Here he is in the Villa Diodati, loosely attired, still a little drunk, but game for wordplay with Mary Shelley (19) and her pretty step-sister Claire Clairmont (18). The real fun to be had is that it’s Mary and Claire who out-think the not-so-noble Lord.

Review by Alan Brown published on Saturday 18 August | Read more

Stand and Deliver Theatre

In Stand and Deliver, a pair of dastardly 18th Century aristocrats have set out to con investors in an exotic Spice Islands venture. They need to get hold of the deeds to a crucial island from the local squire, but they’ve been stolen by the dashing dandy highwayman, who has all the ladies’ hearts aflutter and all the men dreaming of catching him. Into this scenario steps a mysterious young woman, Eve, determined to find the highwayman and join him. Oh, and a stuffed lobster plays an important role.

Review by Stephen Walker published on Friday 17 August | Read more

Freeman Theatre

Strictly Arts Theatre Company takes systemic racism as their theme, and so Freeman, enumerating black victims of police brutality, is not expected to be an easy watch. Yet for all the urgency and anger in its statement that society hasn’t moved on from its prejudice against black people, this production is moving, even beautiful – as befits a memorial to the six lives highlighted, which this show might also be termed.

Review by Catherine Meek published on Friday 17 August | Read more

The Girl Who Jumped Off the Hollywood Sign Theatre

In September 1932, a 24-year old actrees called ‘Peg’ Entwistle climbed up the towering ‘H’ of the then ‘Hollywoodland’ sign, and committed suicide by jumping off it. Joanne Hartstone’s brave production isn’t about that incident exactly, but borrows heavily from Peg’s story to depict a darker side of America’s ‘dream factory’.

Review by Udita Banerjee published on Friday 17 August | Read more

Don Quixote Unbound Theatre

Don Quixote is one of those stories that we all feel we know; but when it comes down to it, what we know is an anecdote of a dreamer tilting at windmills, and a vague understanding of the word "quixotic" (together with a little discomfort at how to pronounce it). I doubt if one in a hundred of us have ever read, or even attempted to read, the novel. So the chance to spend an hour exploring the story – along with that of his creator, Miguel de Cervantes – is a tempting prospect.

Review by Stephen Walker published on Friday 17 August | Read more

147Hz Can't Pass Theatre

This is a show about gender identity – and it opens with what, within the cloistered world of the Fringe, feels a comfortingly predictable scene. There are two young children; one's dressed in pink and one's dressed in blue; then one day, the one in pink realises that he's actually a boy. We're cool with that, right? Shall we nod and move on? Not so fast. That vignette is a trick, the too-simplistic story we're too eager to hear – the real story is still waiting to be told.

Review by Richard Stamp published on Friday 17 August | Read more

Old Souls Theatre

Vera, a vivacious 78-year-old woman, meets the sedate 21-year-old Rosie – the two brought together by a ‘befriend the elderly’ scheme. In the next hour, the audience watches a light-hearted comedy unfold, tracking the progression of the relationship between the two women.

Review by Udita Banerjee published on Friday 17 August | Read more

Yen Theatre

Yen by Anna Jordan is a study of brotherhood, the loss of childhood innocence, neglect and poverty cycles – all in a tender and emotive 85-minute show. Though thematically interesting and well put together, the 2015 script lacks real depth, and at times presents an uncomfortable view of working-class stereotypes.

Review by Gabi Spiro published on Friday 17 August | Read more