Theatre Reviews

4★★★★

Review: The Half at Pleasance Courtyard

In theatre terms, The Half refers to the thirty minutes before showtime, when performers are expected to be in costume and tucked away in their dressing rooms. It's an appropriate title for Danielle Ward's sh...
3★★★

Review: Tolerate at Nightcap

Megan Shandley and Joe McTernan are among Scotland’s youngest rising comics, high-energy and quick to poke fun at themselves. Their double bill is a highlight of the Free Fringe, a sharp and light-hearted sam...
4★★★★

Review: Sticks and Stones at Summerhall

In an echo of contemporary social anxiety, Sticks and Stones uses satire to take on the question of political correctness and corporate liability. Vinay Patel’s writing shines in the superbly capable hands of P...
3★★★

Review: Jet of Blood at ZOO Charteris

Those who believe ‘trigger warnings’ to be frivolous precautions have not seen this performance. In a nod to Antonin Artaud’s 1925 play of the same name, Jet of Blood is the autobiographical account of playwr...
5★★★★★

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 more than 24, being as conversational as he can be with a room of strangers. The topic wri...
4★★★★

Review: Lights Over Tesco Car Park at Pleasance Dome

You can tell that the Poltergeist Theatre troupe (Alice Boyd, Julia Pilkington, Rosa Garland and Will Spence) is a cohesive unit, not merely four hired actors. With vibes of Ghostbusters or the kids from Stra...
3★★★

Review: Drip at Summerhall

An original script full of sweet teen awkwardness and colourful props, Drip is a musical coming of age tale about friendship and optimism. Performed in the round and delivered as though he is addressing his sc...
5★★★★★

Review: Egg at Summerhall

In a stunning performance, Egg tells a true story about the journey of egg donation from one friend to another. It’s a raw display of true emotion through the eyes of real life characters, showcased by theatr...
4★★★★

Review: Tremor at Summerhall

Sherman Theatre returns to the Fringe this year with Tremor, Brad Birch’s arresting two-hander about how our past shapes our present. When Tom’s ex Sophie shows up at his new house, intent on talking about the...
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