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.

Diagnosed Theatre

Diagnosed is a modest piece of theatre: clocking in at just 40 minutes, a single scene, presenting one conversation between two actors. At first glance, it's a typical rom-com – the kind where she's a bit kooky, he's a bit grumpy, but she'll slowly win him over and they'll be in love by the end. But it's not that simple. There are secret depths to the storyline, and some genuinely difficult questions brought out through the combination of compelling writing and impeccable delivery.

Review by Richard Stamp published on Wednesday 5 September | Read more

Framed! Theatre

This entertaining, energetic crime caper has a promising, if well-worn, premise: the world's worst criminal, fearing a slide to obscurity, resolves to cement his reputation by stealing the 'Mona Lisa'. For complex reasons, the celebrated painting has been loaned to a private gallery in the UK – opening the way to cross-Channel rivalry, incompetent breaking and entering, and old-fashioned British class-based snobbery.

Review by Richard Stamp published on Wednesday 5 September | Read more

I, Sniper Theatre

Lyudmila Pavlichenko was a sniper with the Soviet Red Army in the Second World War. With 309 confirmed kills, Pavlichenko is the most successful female sniper in history, and is regarded as one of the best military snipers of all time. I, Sniper tells her story.

Review by Caroline Cawley published on Monday 3 September | Read more

Westminster Hour Theatre

The Home Secretary, Archie Cornwall, has just passed legislation that will force all convicted paedophiles to serve mandatory life sentences. Celebrating in his office, he is visited by his ex-lover, Fiona Myles – a newspaper editor – who confronts him with evidence of an historic sex abuse scandal in which he himself is implicated.

As you enter the venue you are offered a shot of whiskey. Drink it. You’ll need it.

Review by Caroline Cawley published on Monday 3 September | Read more

Famous Puppet Death Scenes Theatre

The curtain opens onto a balding, fat, quite ugly puppet that is looking around… when an arm stretches out from the side of the stage and bops him on the head, completely squishing him. Thus begins Famous Puppet Death Scenes.

After the opening death, we are introduced to the host of the show, Nathanial Tweak, an incredibly old puppet with a shock of white hair. He has put together this collection of famous puppet death scenes for our edification and education. He hopes to quash our fears of death, and allow us to see both the nature and soul of puppet art.

Review by Caroline Cawley published on Monday 3 September | Read more

The Cat's Mother Theatre

Two Irish sisters, one weekend… and a very dark yet poignant comedy. Sinead comes to spend the weekend at her big sister Ciara’s £950-a-month flat in London. Ciara thinks Sinead wants to spend time with her and catch up. But there’s a catch – Sinead has brought their Mam. And the cat!

Review by Udita Banerjee published on Monday 3 September | Read more

The Way Out Theatre

The Way Out follows heroine Judy Gale, a budding young journalist who is eager to unravel the truth about the new regime in her futuristic, Kafkaesque world. A mixture of absurdism and dystopia, it sadly follows an uninspired narrative, lifting predictable tropes from familiar genres and building to an unclear ending.

Review by Gabi Spiro published on Monday 3 September | Read more

An Algorithm Named Kevin Theatre

Presenting us with cutting-edge technology and visualising a day with robots, An Algorithm Named Kevin does not shy away from humanity's inevitable future. We’ve all heard about the development of self-driving cars, and the march of artificial intelligence, but how aware are we of the issues surrounding them? Loggerheads Theatre Company has speculated on this topic in a production which is almost a documentary on technology, exploring the dark side of algorithms and how much information we should really be giving them.

Review by Abi Love published on Monday 3 September | Read more

The Secret Room at The Writers' Museum

It's after hours at Edinburgh's Writers' Museum, and three magicians are here: one for each of three writers, ready to astound you with their tricks. Each of their acts is different, but each draws in its own way inspiration from the writer whose life fills the room.

Review by Lizzie Bell published on Monday 3 September | Read more

Flies Theatre

Descending into madness, one man’s crippling phobia of flies drives him to a last resort – Antarctica. Flies is a brilliantly absurd black comedy which is bound to leave you itching for more. Les Enfants Terribles and Pins and Needles Productions have created a show filled with catchy music, hilarity, and most importantly a unique story of obsession; the terror was so thought-provoking that my own skin crawled, and I found myself questioning the likes of buzzing bugs myself.

Review by Abi Love published on Monday 3 September | Read more