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Review: DUPed at Sweet Grassmarket

DUPed is a masterpiece in conversational storytelling. It features just one man in a small room with an audience of no m...

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Edinburgh: A City of Laughter


Review: Anuvab Pal: Empire at Pleasance Courtyard

Anuvab Pal, one of India’s top comedians, doesn’t beat around the bush when it comes to Empire.  Pal jumps straight into the thick of it, explaining the origins of his own perfect English, his weight gain, and...

Review: Lolly Jones: 50 Shades of May at Assembly Roxy

We are in the company of Lolly Jones (as seen on BBC3 and Comedy Central) for 55 minutes, and she doesn’t speak once. Instead, she mimes as the familiar voices of our female politicians ring out through the PA....

For Children


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...

Review: Circa: Wolfgang at Underbelly’s Circus Hub

If we are to believe his characterisation in the film Amadeus, Mozart, the energetically boyish musical prodigy, is an excellent candidate for a circus routine: cheeky, and with a fabulous soundtrack to boot. Thus led to the creation of Circa’s family-friend...

Review: Denim: The Denim Juniors at Assembly George Square Gardens

Denim's message is loud and clear: be yourself and have a whole lot of fun doing it! Glitter, fake snow, bright costumes, positive messages and powerful voices are just some of the things Denim bring to their drag show for juniors, along with a whole lot of e...

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...

Reviews: Chores at Assembly George Square Gardens

Every child will relate to the struggle to stay focused after their mum asks them to clean up their room. In Chores, Cluster Arts circus company take inspiration from this childhood woe, playing two brothers who, incentivised by an opportunity to try out the...

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

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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