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.

Nick Revell: BrokenDreamCatcher Comedy

If you'd like to enter a world where reality and make-believe combine – to create a psychedelic rambling adventure, which tackles shamans, politics and a menagerie of celebrity friends – then Nick Revell is your man. Based on his Radio 4 series, this show whizzes you back and forth through time with a dreamlike, multi-layered quality.

Review by Liam McKenna published on Thursday 23 August | Read more

David McIver Is a Nice Little Man Comedy

David McIver presents an absurd character-based one-man sketch show, strongly themed around the problem with masculinity. The opening premise is that this is his eighteenth birthday party – a rite of passage for many as they transition from “boy to man”. This sets the tone for a well-crafted piece of comedy, which features a cast of some of the most toxic archetypes of Manliness.

Review by Liam McKenna published on Thursday 23 August | Read more

Clara Cupcakes – The Worst Comedy

This surreal and unique show will appeal to anyone who once owned a Sega Mega Drive or an N64. It's set in an 8-bit video-game world, full of retro gaming sound effects, 80's and 90's game glitches, and loading screens.

Clara Cupcakes is our heroic underwater protagonist, cutesy and a bit dim – but ultimately an 8-legged bad ass, who will do all she can to battle through a series of bizarre and challenging levels to break back in to the Octopus Kingdom (from where she has been banished).

Review by Liam McKenna published on Thursday 23 August | Read more

Re: Production Theatre

Re:Production is a story that brings to life the hard choices faced by women in modern times. "Karen has always wanted to be a scientist. And Tom has always wanted to be a Dad" is the simple premise that immediately sets the scene for the rest of the show.

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

Pig Circus Theatre

I tried on my daughter’s big clown slippers for this one. They’re fun to wear, always provoke merriment, and invite pratfalls. They would have done for Pig Circus, except that the show is young and there’s a lot of bounding around. Real clowns couldn’t keep up and would be flat on their arses within minutes.

Review by Alan Brown published on Wednesday 22 August | Read more

Ladykiller Theatre

A woman’s body lies on the floor. The chambermaid is covered in blood – but she appeals to us that it’s not what it seems. And it’s definitely not. Is this is a dark, dark comedy? Or gore-soaked horror? Or a smartly-written social satire? It is a bit of all those things, but one thing is for sure – you should definitely be kinder to Customer Services.

Review by Stephen Walker published on Wednesday 22 August | Read more

Extro-Terrestrial Theatre

As a young group are abducted from the comfort of their homes, Extro-Terrestrial explores themes around communication (and lack thereof) in a comedy sci-fi experience. Fun and insightful, this play exaggerates the opposing sides of social interaction, getting us inside the head of an introvert and providing a lesson on how to talk to others.

Review by Abi Love published on Wednesday 22 August | Read more

In Pursuit of Andromeda Theatre

Set shortly after the First World War, In Pursuit of Andromeda is a story of gratitude, forgiveness, and love. In a performance that guides its audience through a complex and emotional relationship, The Apex deliver a show that lingers long after it’s finished. We see a man haunted by the war – and the sacrifices another will make to help him be happy, in an ultimately enjoyable and uplifting story.

Review by Abi Love published on Wednesday 22 August | Read more

Eat Your Heart Out Theatre

Belle is a successful young woman. She’s doing OK at school; she’s head girl, she has friends, she’s maybe not quite as cool as she thinks she is – but she’s doing alright. But actually, something isn’t quite right. Belle is on edge and dissatisfied with herself, thinking about how that dress didn’t quite fit, the comment that boy made about her. Something cracks her fragility and she is in the grip of a new obsession.

Review by Stephen Walker published on Tuesday 21 August | Read more

Trojan Horse Theatre

This is documentary theatre at its most helpful: assisting or correcting what you thought you knew about five east Birmingham schools which were taken over and governed by radical Islamists. Or were they? LUNG and the Leeds Playhouse grasp the lives, the shock and the damage behind the dossiers of official record.

Review by Alan Brown published on Tuesday 21 August | Read more

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