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.

Volpone Theatre

Volpone is a rare chance to see Ben Jonson's 1606 farce brought to life. It may be 400 years old, but the intricate plot and biting satire of human weakness continues to fascinate in this competent revival from Arbery Productions.

Review by Jane Bristow published on Tuesday 21 August | Read more

The Political History of Smack and Crack Theatre

It's Manchester, it's the 1980's – and we are thrust into the “epicentre of Margaret Thatcher’s England”. The Political History of Smack and Crack explores the effect of foreign wars, corrupt policing, rioting, anger, upper-class indifference and the Thatcherite government on the life of the individual. Following the gritty story of Mandy and Neil, The Political History… encapsulates the highs and lows of friendship and heroin dependency.

Review by Gabi Spiro published on Tuesday 21 August | Read more

Siblings: Acting Out Comedy

All bets are off in this frenzied display of sibling rivalry, as real-life sisters Marina and Maddy Bye pit their metaphysical selves against each other for the audience's entertainment. The sisters stretch their relationship and comic timings to breaking point in a show peppered with unexpected dark turns, and weave a path of comedic self-destruction that hangs their proverbial dirty laundry out to dry.

Review by Liam McKenna published on Tuesday 21 August | Read more

Phantasmagorical

This stylish, well-themed magic show taps into a particular strand of Victoriana: the fascination with clairvoyance and contact with the dead. Our host for the hour is Sylvia Sceptre – real name Careena Fenton – and it's never quite explained whether she's a medium, a spirit guide, or one of the deceased themselves. But whatever her role, she's a bright and capable character, filling the crypt-like performance space with both wit and conjuring skill.

Review by Richard Stamp published on Monday 20 August | Read more

Fallout Theatre

We're greeted at the door by a woman in camouflage overalls, holding a Geiger counter (oh, all right, a bleeping iPhone) in her hand. It's bad news, I'm afraid: World War III has broken out, and we're the last few survivors to have made it down to this cramped and sealed bunker. But all's not lost, for we have a stout-hearted guide to lead us through the coming darkness; a strong, inspiring, practical woman, who won't let the little matter of nuclear Armageddon disrupt her well-ordered life. Or at least… she seems to see it that way.

Review by Richard Stamp published on Monday 20 August | Read more

Honey's Happening Theatre

Honey's Happening is a lot of fun. It's not the deepest or most subtle piece of theatre you'll see this Edinburgh Fringe, though there's enough of a message in it to balance out the frivolity; what it does feature are utterly loveable characters, some meaningful interactive bits, and a generous serving of knowing retro style. If the heavyweight themes all around us this year are starting to weigh you down, this is the perfect way to cast off a little of that burden.

Review by Richard Stamp published on Monday 20 August | Read more

The Flop Theatre

Surprisingly, in a show about a 17th-century French aristo trying to prove he doesn't have "a floppy willy", the plot isn't even the maddest part. Best described as Carry On meets Blackadder meets Summerhall, this carnivalesque hour delivered by a polished cast is full of music and mayhem.

Review by Jane Bristow published on Sunday 19 August | Read more

Doktor James's Bad Skemes Children's

"They’re bad as in evil, not rubbish," we are assured by Doktor James, as he concocts his latest plan to take over the world and become the best super-villain ever. Well hopefully. But it looks like he will need some help from the audience in this loud, engaging, mad-cap show.

Review by Lizzie Bell published on Sunday 19 August | Read more

South Bend Theatre

Martin McCormick stands tall and kind-of innocent, in his own story of how he gets dumped in South Bend, Indiana. Most people go to South Bend because they like Studebaker cars and college football at Notre Dame. Not Martin, "a lad with two left feet from Drumchapel"; Martin went for a girl. This is his wry history of love on the West Coast and tears in the Midwest, although why Indiana is a Midwestern state defeats his sense of geography.

Review by Alan Brown published on Sunday 19 August | Read more

Dulce et Decorum Est: The Unknown Soldiers Theatre

It’s 1941, and London is besieged by the Blitz. One night, a woman brings a strange man off the streets into the comparative safety of her private shelter. Ellen is an American volunteer nurse worrying about her missing fiancé, who was sent to Crete just before it was invaded; Tommy is a World War One veteran who is hiding from his past. Over the course of the bombing raid secrets are revealed, and their hidden connection is uncovered.

Review by Caroline Cawley published on Saturday 18 August | Read more

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