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Unmissable Theatre

4★★★★

Review: Where It Hurts at Summerhall

Regardless of your political or social alliance, the NHS is the lifeblood of this nation. It's more of an institution than the BBC or the monarchy combined. T...

Edinburgh: A City of Laughter

3★★★

Review: Alice Fraser: Ethos at Underbelly Bristo Square

Alice Fraser knows her show is a poorly structured hot mess, she references it constantly, but she really doesn't care. An ex-commercial lawyer, Fraser does comedy for the love of it, but her onstage performa...
3★★★

REVIEW: Jay Lafferty: Wheesht! at Gilded Balloon Teviot

It’s no great secret that the majority of audiences at the Edinburgh Festival hate all manner of interaction with a comedian (or any other human being for that matter). Their heads immediately shoot down to t...
3★★★

Review: William Andrews: Willy at Pleasance Courtyard

After nine years of not performing, William Andrews returns to stage with ‘Willy’- the title referring to his confusion of what to call his son’s genitals. The show does not seem to have a theme, with Andrew'...

For Children

4★★★★

Review: David Baddiel’s Animalcolm at Gilded Balloon Teviot

With David Baddiel’s background in comedy, it’s no wonder his children’s book Animalcolm transitioned so successfully to Fringe. He is currently working on his fifth children’s book and his first screenplay for Fox, making now the perfect time to acquaint your...
5★★★★★

Review: Dick and Dom- Dick v Dom at Underbelly, McEwan Hall

As two of the biggest names at this year’s festival, Dick and Dom have upscaled from the comfort of their bungalow to the massive McEwan Hall to bring their high tempo show to the Fringe for the first time. Though primarily this is a kids show, kids aren't the...
4★★★★

Review: Duckie at Summerhall

We would all do well to heed – irrespective of age – the message at the heart of Le Gateau Chocolat’s triumphant children’s show Duckie. A shimmering reinterpretation of The Ugly Duckling, this production combines music and narrative to stress the importance...
4★★★★

Review: The Bear at Pleasance Courtyard

In Pins and Needles Productions' adaptation of Raymond Briggs’ The Bear, children and adults alike are left in a captivated daze. Even among the garish colours and frenetic energy of children’s theatre, Briggs’ soft-around-the-edges, dreamlike quality remain...

Dick and Dom “Everyone’s a bit of a big kid at heart”

An interactive, family show set in a boxing ring, Dick V Dom is the Fringe debut for quadruple BAFTA winners Richard McCourt and Dominic Wood AKA Dick and Dom.  Working together for more than twenty years, Dick and Dom’s anarchic silliness – especially on the...

Dick and Dom chat to EdFestMag.com

As two of the biggest names at this year’s festival, Dick and Dom have upscaled from the comfort of their bungalow to the massive McEwan Hall to bring their high tempo show to the Fringe for the first time. Though primarily this is a kids show, kids aren’t th...
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