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Five Star Shows

5★★★★★

Review: Trojan Horse at Summerhall

Trojan Horse, written by Helen Monks and Matt Woodhead, tells the story of the 2014 investigation into accusations of 'r...

Edinburgh: A City of Laughter

4★★★★

Review: Ben Pope: Dancing Bear at Pleasance Courtyard

Ben Pope is a deeply uncynical man. Wearing pyjamas, he bounds in and high fives everyone, does some winning crowd work and tells us how gifted he is at sleeping. It’s kind of adorable, and the audience are co...
4★★★★

Review:Jen Brister-Under Privilege at Monkey Barrel 3

Jen Brister’s impassioned gig is cathartic viewing for anyone who has been on Twitter at any point since 2016. It’s clear from promotional material that Jen Brister will be discussing motherhood; specif...

Find something new

4★★★★

Review: Collapsible at Assembly Roxy – Upstairs

Crouched down on a rocky plinth, ‘Essie’ sits mid-air like a priestess amongst rubble and three intimidating spikes. A gripping opening image, Breffni Holahan has the audience utterly absorbed for the entirety...
4★★★★

Review: Ben Pope: Dancing Bear at Pleasance Courtyard

Ben Pope is a deeply uncynical man. Wearing pyjamas, he bounds in and high fives everyone, does some winning crowd work and tells us how gifted he is at sleeping. It’s kind of adorable, and the audience are co...
5★★★★★

Review: A War of Two Halves at Tynecastle Park

Football's a funny old game. Underneath the often-justified layers of barbarism which critics will papier-mâché it in with colourful tabloid stories, there's a real emotional connection between fans and player...
5★★★★★

Review: Hotter at Underbelly-White Belly

Mary Higgins and Ell Potter are posing on the stage, decked out in fur coats and sunglasses in a very sweaty, darkroom. They are best friends and ex-girlfriends who, crucially, put a deposit down on a fringe v...

For Children

4★★★★

Review: Kid X at Assembly Roxy

Kid X is a collaborative piece of theatre with Bassline Circus and MHz in association with Feral . It opens with the kind of slickness that is familiar from superhero movies. Eva Lazarus is the super-successful scientist that graces the cover of Time magazine...
Heroes at Udderbelly
2★★

Review: Heroes at Udderbelly

Aerial work and dance moves come together in a family show that takes a playful-but-wannabe-serious look at heroic fantasies - and the realities of being brave, and overcoming your fears. Beverley Grant (All Or Nothing Aerial Dance Theatre) and Tony Mills...
Monski Mouse at Assembly George Square Gardens
5★★★★★

Review: Monski Mouse’s Baby Cabaret at Assembly

Those familiar with Monski Mouse will know her Baby Disco show is a total delight and an essential Fringe experience for the under-fives. Now the smiley lady with the retro frock and the Minnie Mouse hair has created a brilliant cabaret for pre-school childre...
Little Top at Pleasance at EICC
3★★★

Review: Little Top at Pleasance at EICC

Circus for babies? As far as Ellie Dubois is concerned, you’re never too young to enjoy the whirligig fun of bravura juggling, or the sight of grown-ups tumbling head over heels in acrobatic partnerships. Her Little Top show for the 0 to 18 months age ra...
Sparkle at Summerhall
3★★★

Review: Sparkle at Summerhall

“Love your sparkles!” is the rallying cry that Annie Cusick Wood weaves into this heart-warming work for young children (ages 3+) that reaches out, tellingly, to their adults as well. Wood’s championing of everyone’s right to be themselves is rooted...
4★★★★

Review: Meddlin’ Kids at Gilded Balloon Teviot

Those pesky, meddlin’ kids and that infamous dog have been ‘solving’ mysteries for decades in the hit kids’ TV show… Meddlin’ Kids. But now, after 25 seasons, it’s game over for the gang, as the network unexpectedly calls time on the franchise. But something’...
2★★

Review: Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo at Underbelly

In the McEwan Hall in Bristo Square, hundred of young children gaze excitedly at a succession of beautifully-made dinosaur puppets – from baby dinosaurs to a huge, snapping T-Rex. The puppets are lifelike and entertaining, and the children in the audience are...
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