We are all time travellers in our own way. After all, what else is a to-do list but a message from a past self? But what would happen if you started getting messages from a future version of you? That is the intriguing premise of Passionate Machine, a one-woman show written and performed by Dr Rosy Carrick.EDINBURGH 2018 - BWW Review: (NO) MONEY IN THE BANK, Sweet Novotel August 7, 2018
Thom Bee is a wrestling fan who wants to share his passion for the art of the squared circle with Edinburgh audiences. He does this with the aid of comedy tag-team partner Balthazar Dark (Andrew Marsh), whose career failures have led him to something of an existential crisis.EDINBURGH 2018 - BWW Review: HEAVEN BURNS, Assembly Roxy August 5, 2018
In 1662 Morayshire, Isobel Gowdie works for zealous and ruthless witch-pricker John Dixon, torturing suspected witches into confessing their crimes. When a ragged man appears, claiming to be the real John Dixon, and that the witch-pricker is a disguised woman named Christian Caddell, Isobel must reconsider the figure in whom she has placed her trust and affection. A dark and unsettling piece based on a true story, Heaven Burns is the 2018 winner of the Assembly Roxy Theatre Award.EDINBURGH 2018 - BWW Review: JOHN ROBERTSON: SWEATY, SEXY PARTY PARTY, Just the Tonic at The Tron August 5, 2018
Sheer anarchy is about the only way to describe John Robertson's latest stand up effort.
Sweaty, Sexy Party Party is a difficult show to summarise, as if there was a theme or set to it, it was quickly discarded in favour of riffing off of audience members to hilarious ends. Luckily, the Australian comedian best known at the Fringe for the perennial cult hit The Dark Room proves just as effective a showman with the lights on.EDINBURGH 2018 - BWW Review: WE'VE GOT EACH OTHER, Pleasance Dome August 3, 2018
After jukebox musicals became the latest trend in theatre, it was nearly impossible to listen to any greatest hits compilation without dreaming up how it could be adapted into a West End smash hit.
We've Got Each Other takes its cue from these often formulaic musicals, but with its own spin. It's billed as an "almost entirely imagined Bon Jovi musical" with no band, no costumes, no set or sparkling costumes; simply one man describing the show to you.EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: WEREWOLVES, Summerhall August 28, 2017
Who can you trust? Make the wrong choices and you will end up dead!
While Werewolves is in the theatre section of the Fringe brochure, it is better described as an interactive role-playing experience, with the audience involved as participants throughout, striving to survive.EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: ASSASSINS, theSpace @ Venue45 August 27, 2017
Nearly 30 years old, Assassins manages to remain fiercely relevant in 2017. Stephen Sondheim's interpretation of disillusionment with the American dream is explored through those who have tried to kill Presidents of the United States. As we see how historical figures chose deadly violence to react against real or perceived injustices, it is hard to escape comparisons between the recent unrest in the USA and the show's sentiment that "every now and then the country goes a little wrong".EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: #JOLLYBOAT: WHY DO NERDS SUDDENLY APPEAR?, Subway August 27, 2017
Musical comedy duo of brothers Ed (the thoughtful, if slightly filthy-minded, guitarist) and Tommy (the shirtless rocker brandishing a balloon cutlass) make up Jollyboat, a vaguely pirate themed double-act who are a definite Fringe cult hit. They have two shows this year, a "Best of" show celebrating several successful sell-out years on the Fringe, and #Jollyboat: Why Do Nerds Suddenly Appear?, featuring new material alongside a few favourites that delighted the audience of evident fans packing out Subway.EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: DARIUS DAVIES: ROAD TO WRESTLEMANIA, Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters August 20, 2017
A monologue on the themes of technology and identity, Pixel Dust features teenager Daniella, always online in some fashion, vlogging her hopes and dreams into cyberspace. An outcast at her new school, she escapes into the internet, taking on different identities even as she seeks to discover her own. She feels liberated and empowered online, but the dark side of the internet is always there, saving her humiliation in the cloud, sowing doubt about her friendships and amplifying her need for validation.EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: ALL WE EVER WANTED WAS EVERYTHING, Roundabout @ Summerhall August 18, 2017
All We Ever Wanted Was Everything is a rocking rollercoaster ride through the last thirty years in Britain, from the Thatcherite late 80s, through Cool Britannia, to Brexit Britain. Focusing on two working-class kids from Hull, Leah and Chris, it portrays their unfulfilled dreams and increasing neuroses, even as an asteroid screams towards the planet. It's not quite a play, not quite a musical and not quite a rock concert, taking elements from each to create what production company Middle Child describe as 'gig theatre'.EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: MORALE IS HIGH (SINCE WE GAVE UP HOPE), Northern Stage at Summerhall August 18, 2017
Things really are rotten right now, aren't they? We've got resurgent racism, the Welfare State's continual erosion, a terrible economy and climate change. But will any of this get better in the next few years? Luckily, Ross McCaffrey has travelled to the future, and as part of this show he explains to friend Jake Walton and the audience what we can expect to change between now and then.EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: THE NORTH! THE NORTH!, Summerhall August 18, 2017
In the 1980s, the era of Thatcher, managed decline and "the enemy within", a crack formed between the northern and southern parts of England, splitting them apart physically as well as socially. This is the backdrop to The North! The North!, written and performed by Christopher Harrisson, a twisted dark fantasy of a young man's homecoming to the far side of that crack to avenge his mother's death.EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: FOREIGN RADICAL, CanadaHub @ King's Hall August 18, 2017
Foreign Radical is a piece of interactive theatre focusing on surveillance and suspicion in an age of prominent terrorist threat. At its heart, it is about our complicity in a system that condemns people without evidence, presented in the style of a twisted gameshow.EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: NOTHING, Summerhall August 18, 2017
Adapted by Pelle Koppel from the controversial young adult novel by Janne Teller, Nothing tells the story of a class of young people searching for the meaning of life. On the first day of school, classmate Pierre-Anthon announces that life has no meaning and nothing at all matters. To persuade him otherwise, his peers give up personal treasures to a heap of meaning in an abandoned sawmill. As each child nominates what the next must sacrifice to disprove Pierre-Anthon's nihilistic taunts, the play takes a disturbing turn.EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: SPEAKING IN TONGUES: THE TRUTHS, Pleasance Courtyard August 17, 2017
Two for one is more commonly applied to tickets at the Fringe rather than the plays themselves. Evidently keen to push against such boundaries, Doughnut Productions have taken a play by Andrew Bovell and separated it into two productions. Running in tandem with a linked piece Speaking inTongues: The Lies at the same venue, this part of the play depicts a series of relationships around the central event of the disappearance of psychiatrist Valerie Summers.EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: THE PATCHWORK ODYSSEY, Assembly Roxy August 16, 2017
Starring Richard Oliver, Robert Picardo and Sylvester McCoy, A Joke depicts three men meeting in a void and attempting to figure out who they are and what has brought them together. They swiftly realise that they are apparently the set up for an archetypal joke, and attempt to understand the nature of their existence. The result is something akin to Waiting for Godot crossed with Six Characters in Search of An Author.EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: SOMEONE DIES AT THE END, theSpace @ Surgeons Hall August 15, 2017
American theatre company Squeaky Wheelz Productions have brought a new play to Edinburgh set after a nuclear apocalypse has wiped out the United States. The topic is certainly relevant considering current political rhetoric, though the play does not dwell on events leading up to the cataclysm, focusing instead on a small group of survivors. Three cautious young people sharing carefully rationed food in an underground shelter are joined first by a young couple with a baby on the way, then by a pair of siblings. Characters' stories develop and conflict occurs within this 45 minute drama by Freddie Fulton and Matthew Consalvo.