We're still publishing reviews from Fringe 2018. We're sorry about the delay, but if we saw your show on a press ticket, there will be a write-up. Do get in touch with us if you have any questions.

The Turn of the Screw Theatre

The Turn of the Screw, by Box Tale Soup theatre company, is an adaptation of the famous Henry James novella – which combines human and puppet performances to bring this gothic horror story to life. It tells of a governess charged with looking after two small children, in the isolated country estate of Bly House. She is charmed at first by her surroundings, until sinister figures appear, with the intent of corrupting the children as the governess battles to save them.

Review by Caroline Cawley published on Friday 10 August | Read more

Power Play: Next Time Theatre

Next Time is an important and hard-hitting piece of theatre, following a young woman’s attempts to leave an abusive relationship. Staged in the bedroom of a third-floor flat, this piece makes the viewer a powerless voyeur, and a first-hand witness to the unnamed woman’s struggles. She writhes in pain, distressed and terrified, as she plans her escape from the confines of the flat and her husband.

Review by Gabi Spiro published on Friday 10 August | Read more

Waiting Theatre

Tori sits at home, waiting – waiting to feel better. Something's happened; something that's pushed her over the edge, driven her to retreat to a place she feels safe and close the door behind her. Her friends and family visit, but the defences she's built around herself prove difficult to breach. Yet there's hope; hope of a recovery, an inner light that hasn't quite gone out, the chance that Tori will step out of the darkness and embrace the world around her once again.

Review by Richard Stamp published on Friday 10 August | Read more

Impact Theatre

As we enter a silent theatre, we're invited to take a letter: a letter to read, reflect on, and share with the others around us. These are no ordinary letters, but victim impact statements, evidence submitted to a court to explain how a crime has affected the people it's left behind. Some of the writing is measured, some of it is raw; but all of it is heartfelt, speaking of deep trauma and inconsolable loss. There's been a murder, it seems. Perhaps more than one.

Review by Richard Stamp published on Friday 10 August | Read more

Jasper Red: Press Play Theatre

Purveyor of woo-woo Jasper Red has travelled from Brighton, missed out on a Britney Spears concert and put together her debut Fringe show – all to help you align your chakras. Don't forget to bring along your rhythmic breathing and crystals to this initially promising production.

Review by Jane Bristow published on Thursday 9 August | Read more

Elizabethan Musicals & Opera

Join self-proclaimed "poncey bastard" and pipe-smoker extraordinaire Tobias Bacon, as he lutes and lusts his way through the Elizabethan era – oversharing about everything, right down to his own erectile problems.

The date is around 1600, and in between musing on his beloved tobacco and quoting Shakespeare, Tobias is very much "gagging for it”. The audience embarks on a journey through the plight of Tobias's love life, which kicks off with a brief meeting in a butcher’s shop with a Virginia Leading – aka Miss Leading.

Review by Jane Bristow published on Thursday 9 August | Read more

Comedy of Errors Theatre

As a kid, I never understood why some Shakespeare plays are called 'comedies'; they always seemed so resolutely unfunny. I wish the Bristol Old Vic Student Ensemble had been on hand back then, because their Comedy of Errors is energetic, accessible, and above all entertaining. Billed as suitable for ages 3 and up, it's a lightly made-over version of the story, simple enough for the young ones to follow but with plenty of witty nuance for the grown-ups too.

Review by Richard Stamp published on Wednesday 8 August | Read more

Richard Soames: Let's Make a Movie Comedy

Join film buff and childhood auteur Richard Soames, as a he makes a movie in just one hour from inside what looks suspiciously like a shipping a container. It may not be a Hollywood studio, but the result is a thoroughly imaginative show which keeps the pace high from start to finish.

Review by Jane Bristow published on Monday 6 August | Read more

Twenty Minutes to Nine / Free Fringe Theatre

A one-woman show performed by Australian Amanda Santuccione, Twenty Minutes To Nine is an autobiographical exploration of Amanda’s life and, in particular, how it has been affected and shaped by death. It forms part of the "Death on the Fringe" strand, which aims to promote more openness about death, dying, and bereavement in Scotland.

Review by Caroline Cawley published on Monday 6 August | Read more

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