Edinburgh Fringe

The biggest arts festival in the world.

Daughterhood, Roundabout @ Summerhall, Review Vivien Devlin Sun, 18 Aug '19 3.38pm

 “Roundabout” at Summerhall is a magical circus tent with the audience sitting in a circle of tiered benches for the perfect theatre-in the-round stage.

Here we have the ideal empty space (as Peter Brook advocated), not a scrap of a set and dim shadowy lighting. A young woman with long blond hair, rushes in shouting “ Hey, I’m home .. do you have a tenner?”  This is Rachel, arriving back at the family home in a taxi from the station to visit her elder sister Pauline and their sick, elderly father. 

Hyde and Seek, Underbelly Cowgate, Review Kenneth Scott Sat, 17 Aug '19 8.02pm

We are met by Albert, the frock-coated stage doorman. The theatre is dark; empty, waiting for the actors to bring spirit.

For now, it’s just us and the ghosts whispering their stories. They don’t frighten Albert in this place he knows well, having even trod the boards, and he is worldly enough to know that people are all the same.  Everyone is hiding something and all are at least two-faced.

Shrew (2019), theSpace Triplex, Review Angela Milton Sat, 17 Aug '19 6.00pm

Unsettling is the first word that comes to mind in describing this show. It tackles one of Shakespeare’s problematic plays, which originally had the premise that women need to be kept in their place. This version, however, looks at the play from a different standpoint and keeps the focus on the troubling elements of how women may be silenced and coerced by those around them.

Cruise to Hell, theSpace on the Mile, Review Vivien Devlin Sat, 17 Aug '19 4.19pm

This is a real life family story about how a lovely dream holiday turned into a nightmare.

Sitting at a table, with a candle, flowers and a photograph of her daughter, Karen, Millie Kieve quietly explains that it is best to share a bad experience from which may come some good. 

Membra Jesu Nostri, St Vincent’s Chapel, Review

Part of the programme for St Vincent’s week long Sacred Arts Festival, this was a fascinating recital of a rarely performed piece.

Seven succinct cantatas compose a meditative reflection on the crucified Christ, with the text taken from the mediaeval hymn ‘Salve Mundi Salutare’.  Each cantata is inspired by a biblical text reworked into a sung devotion, with each section addressed to one of the Limbs of Christ, the title of this work.

Mallets, theSpace @ Surgeons' Hall, Review

The setting is Sam and Philippa’s tidy, tranquil garden with the tweet of bird song on a hot summer afternoon; canvas chairs, picnic table,  bottles of Bombay gin and Pimms ready for their guests, Kate and Howard.

Philippa sits immersed in an Anne Tyler novel while Sam stands polishing, caressing, a croquet ball as he admires his immaculate lawn …"smell it ..” he says to his wife proudly, “the groove of the green .. like Lords Cricket ground.”

Friendsical: A Parody Musical About Friends, Assembly Rooms, Review

Friendsical is a great excuse for nostalgia over one of the nation’s favourite TV shows. The cast are phenomenal and incredibly convincing. In particular Mitchells (Chandler), Lee-Morgan (Ross) and Goggins (Monica) really sell the part and have the mannerisms down. The set is a gorgeous, brightly coloured haven, featuring both flats and the iconic 'Central Perk'. 

Handel Revenged, St Cecilia’s Hall, Review

There are many musical recitals taking place at the Fringe, but this one immediately struck you as being a bit different. 

Not only were we able to hear the beautiful 1755 Kirkman double-manual harpsichord in Scotland’s oldest purpose-built concert hall; but the programme itself had an eye-catching, maybe naughty title. Handel is well-known for borrowing material from other composers for inclusion in his own works; here we heard one of them, George Muffat, doing the same to Handel, with his 1736 ‘improved’ version of Handel’s Suite No. 4 in E minor.

Princess Party, Gilded Balloon Teviot, Review

Submitted by Erin Roche on Fri, 16 Aug '19 5.12pm

Strap on your safety belt, here come the Princesses.

Based on real children’s birthday parties, these unwholesome, definitely-not-Disney-approved hosts give you an outrageous, X-rated take on what happens when the costumes go on...and come off!

Character comedy at its wildest, Los Angeles-based sketch comedians Lauren Howard Hayes and Hannah Pilkes take you through the drunk and dismayed Snow White and Alice, the no-filter, bossy older kids, the wealthy and delusional Beverly Hills mums and the miserable hired help to absurd and hilarious results.