Edinburgh Festival Theatre 2003

Theatre reviews, alphabetical by show title.

3 at C central, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
An exciting physical, visual and aural exploration of female identity. A sensory and emotive soundscape leads three women through their search for the deep rooted connection between woman to woman, mother to daughter and birth to pain.
Natasha Hulugalle

4.48 Psychosis at Smirnoff Underbelly, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
'What happens to a person's mind when the barriers which distinguish between reality and different forms of imagination completely disappear…' An emotional, atmospheric and deeply moving interpretation of Kane's text set in the cavernous depths of Smirnoff Underbelly.
Andrew Chippindale

7 Assilon Place at C, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
A metaphorical tale from Nathan Osgood about sharing the place in which we live. This is dynamic physical theatre from the only theatre company in Europe to specialise in Meyerhold's Biomechanics.
Shirley Dent

Abomination at C, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
When new boy Scott befriends Martha, their classmates are shocked. Martha's different. Martha has a secret - a shameful secret. Its name is Abomination. Physical tour-de-force.
Stuart Simpson

Adolf at Smirnoff Underbelly, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Adolf returns. Writer/performer Pip Utton. Director Guy Masterson. As brilliant and relevant as ever.
Rob Lyons

Affirmation at C Cubed, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Two societies are at war, one religious, the other atheist. Three individuals are preparing themselves to cross the political divide but are they being honest with themselves and each other? A searching new play from young writer Simon Ackroyd.
Ravi Bali

After Sex All the Animals Are Sad at C Chambers St, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
The opening scene sets the theme clearly enough. Jerry and Anna fumble about passionlessly in bed, while Max is getting hot and sweaty alone in his cell, with a great deal more enthusiasm.
Stuart Simpson

All this…and heaven too? at Venue 45, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
A surreal comedy following the life, death and life of Ian Ramsbottom, miraculously returning to life after committing suicide. Hilarity ensues as two angels race to return the soul to God and save the world!
Tom Ogg

The Argument - A Family Portrait at Jurys Inn Edinburgh , Edinburgh Festival Fringe
From the company that brought you 3 Dark Tales, this is the irrepressible, irresponsible and incredible story of the Strong family. It is a story of madness hilarity, of an eccentric family crisis.

Andrew Chippindale

Babba Ghanoush and Bagels at Hill Street Theatre, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Two competing market traders, Sharif a Muslim, Shlomo a Jew, are haunted every day by childhood problems. Sharif has an alter-ego, 'the suicide bomber', whilst Shlomo, suffers from 'Small Schlong Syndrome' - blamed on a misguided circumcision.
Tim Markham

Baby Jane at the Traverse, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
People Show's latest production sees four people locked in a nightmareish studio, obsessively re-enacting scenes from the film, in front of a backdrop of television screens showing pretty much the same thing.
Chris Wilkinson

Bad Play at C, Chambers St, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
WARNING THIS PLAY IS TERRIBLE. Don't see it.
Andrew Chippindale

Bedtime for Bastards at the Old Red Lion, London
Van Badham seems less prone to polemics than most political humourists. What she has contributed to the nexus between politics, comedy and art is refreshing.
Luke Robins-Grace

Bedtime Story at C cubed, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
A Nazi war criminal narrates the Mahabarata while lurking enforcers terrorise the audience. Provocative dramaturgy makes Indian mythology force you into thinking critically. A non-Indian cast brings you theatre that was banned in India for 17 years.
Munira Mirza

Sol Bernstein at the Broadway Theatre, London
'You look a lot like my wife', he said to a cringing member of the audience, 'just before she died'. Comic timing is all and political correctness a bore.
Dave Clements

Blood on the Stones at Stockbridge Parish Church, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Edinburgh's notorious body snatchers Burke and Hare return to the Fringe in this musical by Edinburgh-born composer Peter D Robinson.
Stuart Simpson

Brilliant! The Blinding Enlightenment of Nikola Tesla at C, Chambers Street , Edinburgh Festival Fringe
The rise and fall of the visionary inventor, whose pioneering work in electricity ushured in the modern age. Genius and obsession, conspiracy and isolation.
Mark Tyson

Burke and Hare at C, Chambers Street , Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Edinburgh, 1827. Surgeons pay good money for corpses, so Burke & Hare are making a killing. Literally. New black comedy brings the murderous pair to life - one double act that won't be nominated for the Perrier Award!
Stuart Simpson

Camarilla at C, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Today. London. A bomb. No one knows who the terrorists are or their motives. The company behind 2002's smash hit Kitchen - 'Perfection' Edinburgh Guide - return with an explosive new play from Aussie hotshot Van Badham.
Dolan Cummings

Candide at The Zoo, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
'This is a story rich and rare/of philosophic interplay/'twixt optimism and despair/by François Marie Arouet/who calls himself Voltaire.' A slick and exuberant new production of Bernstein's musical masterpiece.
Natasha Hulugalle

Cathy Holroyd: With Condiments at Co2, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Cooking for one is fun...on Valentine's Day. Join TV chef Cathy Holroyd as she launches her very own cable TV channel whilst struggling through an inedible divorce and a stubborn souffle. With special guests.
Mark Tyson

The Child-Killer: A Portrait of a Paedophile at The Zoo, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
'Why are there people like me?' asks Bartsch, 19 year-old serial-killer, in this horrifying true story. 2 actors, 1 character. This compelling theatrical experience asks the tragic question, 'Why do victims become monsters?'. Tom Ogg/Andrew Chippindale

Cleansed at C central, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Shocking and unforgettable drama. In an institutionalised world of torture, seven characters are pushed to their physical and mental limits. Sarah Kane's critically acclaimed play tests and manipulates love, gender, brutality and identity. A terrifying echo of our current political climate.
Dolan Cummings

Cloning Mary Shelley at Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Cloning Mary Shelley pieces together biography, scientific research, and personal discovery as Edie Campbell delves into the life of Mary Shelley, her Frankenstein, his Creature, creation myths, cloning research, turning 40, origami, making choices and making babies.
James Gledhill

Confessions of a Justified Sinner at Netherbow Theatre, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
'A tale so replete with horror I dare not put my name to it.' John Carnegie derives a spine-chilling drama of duality from Hogg's original masterwork.

Dolan Cummings

Count Arthur Strong's the Greatest Story Ever Told at Metro Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Come walk with Count Arthur Strong on his much acclaimed Biblical odyssey through the mists of time!
Geoff Kidder

Corpus at C, Chambers Street, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
New musical inspired by the shocking Bodyworks exhibition, from talented songwriter Jonny Berliner and Emmerdale writer Fintan O'Higgins. Lovable characters, macabre humour and dark melodic undertones in this scathing critique of Britart. Featuring the Jonny Berliner band live on stage.
Dolan Cummings

'Crave' by Sarah Kane at pend fringe@gateway, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
The voices of the play's four characters take us with a painful, yet almost musical lyricism through journeys of love, loss, desire and desolation. Highly physical, inspired: Kane's work hasn't been seen like this before.
Tim Markham

Dark Earth at Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Scotland 2003. One nation, many divides. City and country, past and present collide in David Harrower's intriguing new comedy of manners. 'The artistic heart, soul and conscience of the Edinburgh Festival' Daily Telegraph.
Tim Markham

Dark is the Night / Starving Necrophilia at Greyfriars Kirk House, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
An intensely theatrical exploration of obsession, twisted love, despair and destructive passion. Don't miss this riveting double-bill of new writing from a young, international company. Breathtaking, intelligent, insightful and disturbing.

David Clements

David Benson-Star Struck at Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
I threw a party in my head, all-star guest list, all quite dead: Noel and Judy, Frank and Fred (Perhaps I should have stayed in bed … ). Directed by David Sant (Peepolykus).
Mark Tyson

David's Balls at C central, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
90 minutes. Three characters. One actress. The hypothetical explosion of David's testicles heats up this satiric farce. Three women and one whole theatre company confront sexual betrayal and imminent death with outrageous lies and more outrageous truths
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David Clements

Death in the Chapel at St. Cut's, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
11th September 1930 - Agatha Christie's wedding day and there's been a murder! In the chapel where she was actually married the wedding guests will play a crucial part in solving the mystery, and you are invited…

Tom Ogg

Desdemona, A Play about a Hankerchief at Hill Street Theatre, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Lusty mistress + cunning maid + wandering hanky + love-sick harlot + saucy spanking + raging husband = Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel's dark, sexy take on Shakespeare's Othello

James Gledhill

The Donahue Sisters at C Cubed, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Geraldine Aron's award-wining Irish rural thriller. Briefly re-united, three sisters discuss their lives before re-enacting a disturbing incident from their childhood. Will bring a smile to your face and send shivers down your spine. Capitivating…
Dave Clements

Don Q at Smirnoff Underbelly, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Time Out Critics Choice Company presents unique, dynamic physical theatre that assaults the senses in an adaptation of Cervantes' classic, Don Quixote. Imagine a world where windmills are giants, inns are castles and islands are yours to bestow…
Shirley Dent

Down Dog at Smirnoff Underbelly, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Violence, love, sex and fantasy are brutally portrayed in Mark O'Thomas' (3 times Time Out Critics Choice winner) latest work. Two couples get entangled in their twisted fantasies trying to escape their festering lives. Viciously sharp.
Natasha Hulugalle

Dr. Jekyll and Mr.Hyde at Greyfriars Kirk House, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Ironduke bring to life the classic tale of 'The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde'. It begins in fog-bound nineteenth-century London, with the story of the door, and ends in the diabolical creation of an all-consuming alter-ego.
James Panton

Elizavieta Bam at Gateway Theatre, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Explosive Canadian production of the hallucinatory and surrealistic play by Russian writer Daniil Harms. A woman's triumphant struggle against torment, finally overcoming the obliterating forces of an irrational world. Pure delirium in the theatre of the absurd.

Tom Ogg

Emulator at Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Digital World. Digital Life. Technology and reality merge. Intense physical theatre and acrobatics fuse with stunning live Vjing and live sampling. A darkly eloquent nightmare.
Geoff Kidder

Emily Dickinson and I at Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
The true story of an actress Edie Campbell's struggle to write a one-woman play about her heroine, Emily Dickinson. What emerges is a beautiful woven tale about writing, acting, and getting into Emily Dickinson's dress.
Mark Tyson

English Journeys at Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Steve Waters' acclaimed play sets the intimate recollections of a failing couple on the mesmerising open roads of Blair's Britain. Kathy's now driving solo and Peter's attentions are focussed on Joanne, his mysterious 15-year-old travelling companion.
Dolan Cummings

The Erl King at Smirnoff Underbelly, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
'You're an ogre people tell me. An ogre? A magical creature emerging from the mists of time?' From troubled childhood to Nazi collaborator, this is a fast-paced, physically inventive adaptation of Michel Tournier's celebrated novel.

Tom Ogg

An Evening with Joe Stalin the Musical at C, Chambers St, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
A fast-paced controversial satire on the great dictators life. Featuring hits such as ' Gulag Rag' and 'Mrs Stalin Regrets'. Hilarious and Dynamic musical puts the show back into show trial.
Andrew Chippindale

The Exam at Rocket @ Demarco Roxy Art House, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Mazdram present Andy Hamilton's new comedy, commissioned by the National Theatre, in which three exam candidates come to terms with themselves, their papers and their parents.
Tom Ogg

Face the Wall at Venue 13, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
A businessman's admission. A woman's confession. A man shoots schoolchildren one by one. Three stories unfold and ask, 'Does it matter how the nice man with a nice house could do a thing like that?'

James Gledhill

Family Romance at The Zoo, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
A fast-moving physical theatre exploration of the romance which turns us into the people we are: our families, and whether we actually have the power to make choices. Emotionally affecting; a pumping soundtrack; comic and severe.
Tom Ogg

Family Snaps at The Garage, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Played beautifully by a troupe of pre-teenage actors, and minimally-staged, the play addresses the issue of divorce, and the effects of family break-up on the lives of the children involved.
Taff Llewellyn

Fat at Venue 45, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
'Fat' features the contemporary struggle for physical perfection… the rhythms, the emotions, the trance-like state of the gym… 3 characters and the motives behind their need to work out. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll love your gut!
Ravi Bali

Faust at Sweet at the Crowne Plaza, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
TEV sheds new light on Goethe's Faust. The result is vibrant, living theatre - with the essence of Goethe's philosophies transmitted through the hearts and minds of the actors and musicians. Imaginative and unmissable.
Tom Ogg

Finding Bin Laden at Metro Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Chasing the CIA's $25m for capturing Bin Laden, an Afghan War reporter uncovers murder, ghosts and espionage… Half of Parsons and Naylor, Henry's written for 'Spitting Image' and 'Dead Ringers'.
Natasha Hulugalle

Footers at Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Direct from Zambia, two irrepressible chancers travels the streets of Lusaka meeting con-men, evangelists and streetgirls who live there. 'You feel a surge of warmth, fun and endurance that typifies the true African spirit' Zambian Post.
Dave Clements

Gary Le Strange- Polaroid Suitcase at Smirnoff Underbelly, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Dancing. Cowboys. Robots. Dandies. Harlequins. Furniture. Showroom dummies. Gary is a warrior. Fashion is his weapon. 'One of the true pioneers of stnth-pop' Guardian.
Andrew Chippindale

The Girls of May at The Zoo, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Footage from the 1968 Parisian revolution sets the scene as The Girls of May narrate their experiences. You'll be swept off your feet by their passion as they protest, fall in love and fight for their ideals.
James Panton

Glengarry Glen Ross at Stage by Stage Edinburgh Academy, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
David Mamet's Pulitzer-Prize-Winning play follows salesmen battling for supremacy in a sales contest. A fast-paced drama exploring what men will do to live. Steal. Cheat. All in a day's work.
Ravi Bali

The Gospel of Matthew at C, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Right Here, Right Now! Internationally acclaimed award-winner in fresh translation of the earliest, most human, complex and shocking account of Jesus, with original music and video.
Dolan Cummings

The Grimm Tales at Komedia Roman Eagle Lodge, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Spellbinding, vibrant and at times gruesome storytelling from Carol Ann Duffy and Tim Supple's acclaimed adaptation of the classic Grimm tales. Will delight and enchant children and adults alike.
Ravi Bali

Hanjo: An Autumn Lullaby at Diverse Attractions, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Hanako, a mentally disturbed girl, waits for Yoshio. A traditional Japanese Noh play which explores Hanako's mind, expressing her thoughts in strikingly original physical forms using a combination of traditional Noh theatrical styles and Western expressionism.

Ravi Bali

Harry is Always Right at The Garage, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
'Business opportunities' become 'major threats', diplomacy fails and the bombing begins as the Elected Supreme turn facts into mayhem at break-neck speed. Performed with hair-raising intensity this is razor-edged propaganda-bashing satire with teeth.
Dolan Cummings

Hello Dali at clubWEST @ Edinburgh Theosophical Society, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Andrew Dallmeyer's hard-hitting Fringe First winning play returns in a production first seen at the National Theatre. An audience with Salvador Dali - the master of Surrealism - genius or madman? You decide. This is five star, x-rated entertainment.
Tom Ogg

Henry V at The Zoo, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Using a minimalist set and modern dress, fused with sharp lighting, powerful music and striking televisual images, Shakespeare's Henry V is brought starkly up-to-date. 'Disturbing to watch, but nonetheless compelling' Gairrhydd.
Stuart Simpson

Hideaway at the Pleasance, London
Quiconque have a reputation for being an inventive and physical company. Hideaway was a perfect example of their signature style.
Natasha
Hulugalle

A History of the World in 5 1/2 Sketches at the Broadway Theatre, London
This resembles what used to be called light entertainment, but intelligent light entertainment for adults, if that is not a contradiction in terms.
Mark Tyson

Home is where the hurt is at The Subway, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Rachel is 15 - a loser - her friends are losers - school fails them. Black comic satire. A poignant vision of stereotyping. Veteran Fringe writer/director attacks school to social workers in this very acerbic tragi-comedy.

Dave Clements

How I became a real boy at The Stand Comedy Club II, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
The thrilling story of one illustration's struggle to become a genuine human being with legs and kidneys. This new play features a stand-up comic and a giant comic. Written by and starring John Moynes.

Ravi Bali

I Eat People Like You For Breakfast! at Metro Gilded Balloon, The Venue, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Steven Allen Green's fascinatingly funny journey from a painful childhood in celebrity infested Beverly Hills to meeting and dealing with comedy legend Jerry Lewis. Directed by John Dowie.
Ravi Bali

IZ at Pleasance Courtyard, The Venue, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Iz is dead. And she's coming home for dinner. Today, her three lost lovers will find that death need be no bar to achieving the incredible. Stylish, absurd and touching comedy from a Fringe-First-nominated writer
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Mark Tyson

Kept their Humanity at Smirnoff Underbelly, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
1994 in Rwanda, two very different Westerners caught up in the madness of genocide.
Dolan Cummings

A Kind of Alaska at C central, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
In this intimately staged Pinter piece, Deborah wakes after 29 years of sleeping sickness. Finding that truth, lies, dreams and reality are indistinguishable, she struggles to understand a life that has moved on without her.
Shirley Dent

The Last Cinderella at pend fringe @ gateway, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
"Our play examines the thin line between magical fantasy and stark reality. We must all dream, but when does the dream become dangerous? Come and meet Cinderella, and find out if you are looking in the mirror."
Stuart Simpson

The Last Night of Mankind at Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh International Festival
'Hello? Yes? A Portuguese/ Argentinean Company with a version of a fifteen-hour Austrian play written in 1917 by a satirist who was notorious for his misanthropy and gloomy view of the human race? They can do it in two hours? And they're just naked and covered in mud? Great! Tell me more...'
Andrew Chippindale

A Leap in the Dark at Komedia Roman Eagle Lodge, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Anji and Jack are in love. Will they risk everything to be together in a city divided by hate? Gritty, contemporary and exciting drama with a political edge. New piece performed by a first-time group.
Tim Markham

Lewis in Wonderland at Smirnoff Underbelly, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Lewis Carroll... stammering, shy and socially inept bursts into joyous absurdity when creating Wonderland for Alice. Flying between repressed reality and the freedom of his imagination, this is a stylish, poignant, and ultimately thrilling new play.
James Panton

Lies Have Been Told at C central, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Was Robert Maxwell the monster he's been painted or the victim of snobbery and racism? Let him try and persuade you of his point of view - if, of course, you can believe a word he says…
Shirley Dent

A Line in the Sand at Metro Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Columbine High. 20 April, 1999. The worst school shooting in U.S. history. A question of blame or responsibility? Taubman interviewed members of the community, and found a line in the sand
Dave Clements

Little Malcolm and His Struggle Against the Eunuchs at Sweet at the Crowne Plaza, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Thrown out of Art School in the 1960s, Malcolm Scrawdyke and his band of degenerates plot their revenge on the establishment. Laughter veils disturbing undercurrents in this anarchic comedy.
Ravi Bali

Loft at St Stephens, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
The repetition in 'Loft' creates a sense of the unending cycle of conflict that exists within the individual.
Chris Wilkinson

Me and my Monkey at Greyfriars Kirk House, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
The one-card is the Government's hi-tech I.D. card. Without it, you're nothing. Alan's faking his, Gene doesn't exist, Sadie's furious and Molly's on their trail… The comedy about a future just waiting to happen.
Dolan Cummings

A Midsummer Night's Dream at Stage by Stage Edinburgh Academy, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
A spectacular outdoor version of Shakespeare's beautiful play staged in the gardens with a large cast, inventive set, funky costumes and using classic love songs. Bring a blanket, a picnic and an umbrella! Seating available.

Tom Ogg

Milton's Paradise Lost: Book II at Hill St Theatre, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
It is when Burns has complete command of the material that you understand the reason Paradise Lost should be performed.
Stuart Simpson

Monologue for an Ensemble at Co2, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Fresh new monologue with a bigger cast of characters than a Charlton Heston movie. One woman's search for identity amongst the videos and play scripts that lie around for her. Is she a porn-star, an ugly duckling with thick glasses or a glossy femme fatale?
Dolan Cummings

Mongrel Nation at Metro Gilded Balloon Caves, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
This double act provides a humorous examination of Scottish culture, particularly the classic animosity between the English and the Scots.
Tom Ogg

One Man Rant at Co2, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Fed up with his grudgesome office life, Al takes refuge in epic flights of fantasy. Movement, music, puppetry and crafty vocals guarantee to stimulate and tickle any audience!
James Panton

Simon Munnery at the Broadway Theatre, London
Spike Milligan was widely regarded as a comedy genius, and as with Munnery I am willing to concede that at times I just don't get it.
Mark Tyson

Simon Munnery: Trilogy at The Subway, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
I. Onward and upward: songs, jokes and reflections. II. the true confessions of Sherlock Holmes: a monologue. III. Buckethead: a play involving buckets. Three new shows from Fringe master and Boothby Graffoe award winner, alternating daily.
Ravi Bali

My Arm By Tim Crouch at Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
A 10-year-old boy decides to live his life with one arm above his head. A new play about bloody-mindedness and modern art. Funny, intimate and a little absurd
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Shirley Dent

Napoleon in Exile at Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
A nameless man tries to recover his memory; a defeated Emperor struggles to suppress his. …But what has Napoleon got up his sleevies? Funny, lyrical, offbeat new play from double Fringe First winner Chris Goode.

Andrew Chippindale

Nine Parts of Desire at Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Artists, wives, doctors, exiles… women, vibrant members of a society long silenced by a repressive order. Iraqi-American playwright Heather Raffo gives voice to an astonishing generation of women, exposing the radical, sexy and ultimately human stories beneath.
Dolan Cummings

Nige - Cigs, Drugs, Rock 'n' Roll at Jongleurs Comedy Club, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Get out of your head and into Nige's. Pharmaceutical philosophy, Rizla-wrapped rhetoric and reality. Confronting the Scouse social stereotype. Life and loves of a wasted mind. Unpredictable, unethical, unemployed.
James Gledhill

Non-Sexual Kissing at Venue, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
2002 Daily Telegraph Open-Mic Champion Mark Watson and Tim Key, Perrier-nominated in 2001, directs the cream of Cambridge's comedy talent. A storm brews..we shelter inside some flats with the residents as seven stories intertwine in one electrifying hour.
Andrew Chippindale

Open Mind at Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Memory. Subject to decoration. Variation. Fabrication. Who controls what's inside our heads? An intimate look at a man and his memories. 'Wonderfully performed', 'had the audience in stitches' Stage. 'Hugely imaginative', 'Highly recommended' What's On London.

James Gledhill

Othello at the C too, London
Shakespeare's classic tale of jealousy is transported to Victorian India by this award-winning company. A noble general is turned to jealousy, anger and murder by his evil officer Iago. Powerful, gripping and visually stunning.
Natasha Hulugalle

Out of Bounds at Theatre Workshop, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Performed this year for Nelson Mandela at his personal request, this is a funny, honest and engaging story of Lal and his Indian family during and after Apartheid.

Natasha Hulugalle

Out of Your Mind at The Zoo, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
We never forget. Hidden in our brains is every thought we've ever had, locked away and helpless. Improvised comedy and medical science combine on a voyage to get them back. What story will your mind tell?

Shirley Dent

The Palindrome at Rocket @ Demarco Roxy Art House, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
When Wry Slant is summoned to a nameless institution, he is forced to defend his existence both to his tyrannical interviewer, and to himself. 'With dark humour, this tense, riveting examination uncovers the terrors of the unsaid.'

James Geldhill

Peepolykus - Mindbender at the Bull Theatre, London
Santos tries to complete the show as planned, showing off his hairy chested, gold medallioned, luridly flirtatious and all round twatishness. Alas, much to the sorrow of his captivated audience our protagonist must die.
Francis Boorman

The People Next Door at Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
If the events of September 11th changed everybody's life forever, somebody forgot to tell Nigel. This multi-cultural farce by Henry Adam explores what happens when someone else's global problem becomes your local one.
Dolan Cummings

Point of Yes at Smirnoff Underbelly, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Glasgow's East End is awakened in a haunting, disturbing and deeply shocking account of heroin addiction and inner city survival. A new monologue written, performed and lived by one of Glasgow's most prolific performers. Hard hitting.
James Gledhill

Pride and Prejudice at Bedlam Theatre, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Lizzie Bennett and proud Mr Darcy hate each other! Or do they? Illyria sharpen their claws to bring you Jane Austen at her best.
Andrew Chippindale

The Principle of Motion at Smirnoff Underbelly, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
1770. A mechanical man with a chessboard takes Europe by storm. Can an automaton think for itself? Or are there strings attached? From Fringe First nominees Activated Image.
Dolan Cummings

Pugilist Specialist at the Pleasance Courtyard, London
Double Fringe First winners, Victory at the Dirt Palace, in a blistering drama about the hunt for evil in foreign lands.
Dolan Cummings/James Panton

Recruitment Stars at Metro Gilded Balloon Cavres, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Who wins? You decide! Forget Pop Rivals and Big Brother-this is TV's latest reality extravaganza, brought to you from the cutthroat world of recruitment. Book your seat for the nail-biting live final.
Tim Markham

Reginald D. Hunter : White Woman at Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
2002 Perrier nominee Reginald D Hunter is neither white nor female. The most distinctive and intelligent voice in comedy delivers a brand new stand-up show about everything he isn't. Cool, compelling and very funny.
Ravi Bali

Road at C too, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Jim Cartwright's urban masterpiece depicting northern life. A black comedy riddled with anger as the Road's inhabitants reflect upon the mundanity of their lives. Road is the 'Under Milk Wood' of Thatcher's 80s, laced with passion and loathing.
Shirley Dent

Road at The Subway, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
'A voyeuristic insight into Thatcherite Britain' from Jim Cartwright - 'a maverick of British theatre' Telegraph. Brand new production of this state of the nation play. Performed by wonderfully talented young cast who are at the Fringe for the eighth consecutive year.
Shirley Dent

Rocket Man at Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Rocket Man is loosely based on the true story of a man who built a home for his sick mother on land that he had bought, and then shot and killed the planning official when he saw the authorities coming to destroy the house.
Ravi Bali

Sceptic: Lawrence Leung at Metro Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
From the creator of Sucker, a journey of budget ghost busting, psychic challenges and chatting with the dead. Lawrence puts his scepticism to the test. A comic adventure you won't believe...
Dave Clements

The Seagull at King's Theatre, International Festival
'No More Masterpieces,' said Artaud. 'Hear hear,' says I. Peter Stein's latest offering at the International Festival bears all the hallmarks of a show that has sunk under the weight of its own importance.
Chris Wilkinson

Shakespeare's Italian Job at Metro Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
'Thou art only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!' quoth Charlie Croker as he leads Shylock, Juliet, Falstaff, Caesar, Titus… and THREE FULL-SIZED-MINI-COOPERS in the world's biggest gold heist… Perhaps the bard's finest comedy caper???
Andrew Chippindale

Shamlet at C central, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
An obsessive theatre producer stages a show in Stratford as a front to steal the remains of Shakespeare from his tomb. A farcical comedy about blundering thespians, backstage antics and grave robbing.
Natasha Hulugalle

Sherlock Holmes:Murder in Edinburgh at Danish Cultural Institute, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Walk with Holmes and Watson along the Water of Leith through Dean Village and solve a murder to save an Edinburgh lass.
Natasha Hulugalle

Sholom Aleichem at C, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Saul Reichlin returns with a new, pre off-Broadway programme of his celebrated adaptation of the stories of Sholom Aleichem. '****' Scotsman. 'Astonishing' Metro. 'Some of the best Jewish storytelling in the world' Jewish Telegraph.
Mark Tyson

Simple Simon at The Subway, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Simon needs to be left alone but Simon can't be. He sees potential in others - so he must be used to manipulate those who can perform. Vitriolic drama attacking media manipulation. Written by Fringe veteran Alan Hunter.
Mark Tyson

Sniperculture at Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Medea morphs Courtney Love into a rock 'n' roll suicide bomber. Directed by Tam Dean Burn. 'New theatrical genre emerging…' Joyce McMillan, Scotsman.
Dolan Cummings

Son of a Bush at The Bongo Club, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
NYC multi-media poet/satirist sage uses napalm words and beats to deconstruct fat shop-a-holic yanks, fusing church with corporate cola and spiritual pursuit of the perfect warhead. Extracts from his book Sex, Drugs and Sunday School
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Tom Ogg

Square One at Venue, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
At an indefinite time in what seems like an American equivalent to the Britain represented by Airstrip One in Orwell's 1984, a society that has just emerged from a major war, a man and a woman meet. From their first meeting to their courtship and marriage, the couple experiences privation, with dreary totalitarianism a constant backdrop.
Ravi Bali

The Straits at Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
The eagerly awaited second play by the writer of smash hit 'Gagarin Way.' Directed by John Tiffany, a co-production with Drum Theatre Plymouth and Hampstead Theatre.
Dolan Cummings

(Sunday is) The New Saturday at Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Sunday supplement satire! The new girl on the job overcomes writer's block with an exclusive expose on...Sunday supplements. Does anyone really read them? Horrified collegues attempt to hold front page, with extraordinary farcical results.
Ravi Bali

The Tango (How to do) at C too, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Buried beneath a pile of props, prosthetics and costumes, thirteen actors demonstrate their craft in a masterclass for all who would be performers/politicians/professors (delete as appropriate) and anyone who's ever asked 'Who am I?'
James Gledhill

Tea with Mrs Pankhurst at Calton Theatre CafeBar, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Selina Cooper took tea with Mrs Pankhurst. Together they fought for votes for women. But which of them truly challenged established order. To find out take tea with Mrs Pankhurst. Cakes included with the ticket.
Tom Ogg

Terry Pratchett's "Guards! Guards!" at C, Chambers Street, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
A massive fire-breathing dragon threatens to incinerate the city of Ankh-Morpork and the City Watch are in trouble! The company that brought you the sell-out Mort and Wyrd Sisters takes you back to Discworld for more magic and intrigue.

Thick as Thieves at Smirnoff Underbelly, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
It's FUNNY. It's DARK. They're THICK. And they're THIEVES. What would YOU do with a dead body?
Natasha Hulugalle

Those Eyes, That Mouth at The Second Floor, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Or how to be alone. A flat suspended between sleep and wake. Intimacy. A woman. A pianist. Half-remembered lovers, dangers and desires from Grid Iron, 'one of the best Fringe companies of the last decade' Guardian.
Andrew Chippindale

The Tiger's Bride at C cubed, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Angela Carter's grown-up fairytale is recreated with physical theatre, mask and music. A young Russian girl, gambled away by her reckless father, finds solace in the world of animals. Stunning evocation of a darkly sensual metamorphic world.
James Gledhill

Titus Andronicus at Gateway Theatre, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Shakespeare's cruel comedy of terror, death, war and tasty child pie. Savage and hilarious. A clown's bloodbath.
Tim Markham

Trojan Women at Komedia Roman Eagle Lodge, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Visually striking, powerful, challenging. Euripides's archetypal play for modern times: the war has happened before and will again. As ever, the women are left to sweep up what remains..
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David Clements

True Sons at C central, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Innovative adaptation of Electra. Ancient Greek drama is given a 21st century twist. The place is London, 2003 - and the enemy is closing in. Performers are from the New Vic, known for its integrated performance work in East London.
Natasha Hulugalle

Twelfth Premise at C Central, London
It's about…mangled choices, friendship, love, disease, diseased love, death, casual sex, first times, drugs, hurt(ing), joy, commitment, lies, denial, despair, gay sex, breaking up, healing, moving on, it's about needing him in your bed, Hope.
Natasha Hulugalle

The Typographer's Dream at the Menier Theatre, London
If the title of the play has you reaching for the dictionary, don't worry. As the characters talk about their jobs, these become interesting mini-lectures in themselves.
Mark Tyson

The Typographer's Dream at Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Is what you are who you really are or are you what you do? Adam Bock's subtle, stylish play discovers what dreams are truly made of. 'Delightful, engaging, funny look at life' List. 'Critics Choice' Sunday Telegraph.

Andrew Chippindale

A Very Naughty Boy - The Life of Graham Chapman at Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Graham Chapman was Monty Python's biggest loon. A quiet, loud, shy , outragous, sober, drunk, raging poofter and pipe smoking genious. Adrian Poynton's play looks at Chapman's unique, hilarious and touching life.
Andrew Chippindale

Voxpop Puella at Holyrood Tavern, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Original songs and film shorts by award-winning filmmakers map the seven ages of (wo)man. This talented singer/performer presents a song-cycle that is sometimes funny, sometimes sad, and never short of invention.
Mark Tyson

Wanted Dead or Alive at clubWEST @ Edingburgh Theosophical Society, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Andrew Dallmeyer's dangerous play: Santa disperses seasonal gifts to the kids in a Florida shopping mall but gradually a more sinister side emerges as he becomes increasingly to resemble Osama Bin Laden. Political dynamite. Potentially lethal
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David Clements

The Water Engine by David Mamet at Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
A young man's invention, an engine that uses water for its only fuel, could change the world. Or will Big Business crush him and his engine first?
Dolan Cummings

What Ever Happened to White Dog Shit? at Co2, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
'If all lives are ultimately tragedies, surely comedy doesn't exist!' This play's the dill and lemon dressing to the Festival's griddled monkfish - you may choose to abstain but the experience won't be half as tasty without it.
Taff Llewellyn

White Cabin at St Stephens, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Hailed as Russia's egineering theatre group. Akhe hypnotise audiences with their magical deconstruction of values, clown poetry and visual genius. White Cabin is a tragic-comic piece which delves into the realms of power relations and human desire.
Andrew Chippindale

Wishbone - Interference at Pleasance Above, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Thriller Meets Ghost Story as one woman searches for her brother in Cold War Berlin. Loss and loyalty combine in a story of shifting identities told using magic and stage illusion. Total Theatre Award Winners for 'Scape goat' (2002).
Andrew Chippindale

Whisper Into My Good Ear at Rocket @ Demarco Roxy Art House, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
William Hanley's Whisper Into My Good Ear played at the Cast Theatre in Hollywood to rave reviews. Two old friends, a park bench, a gun and today is the day. To be or not to be that is the question.
Tim Markham

Zimbabwe Ruins at C Central, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
A boy's bitter but defiant struggle with the destruction of his life and country - combines electrifying images, narratives and song in a raw and fragile testament to the human spirit
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David Clements

Zouff! at St Stephens, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Zouff! is a big bag of sugar. Five clowns chase each other, juggle and perform minor acrobatics. It means exactly nothing, but it is quite fun

Chris Wilkinson