Fringe 2013

FRINGE REVIEW – Gamarjobat Rock Out

*****

After too long an absence, Fringe favourites Gamarjobat are back with another madcap hour of physical mayhem, mime and borderline insanity. A pair of besuited Japanese clowns with mohicans, Gamarjobat’s brand of fun is so infectious it should come with a health warning. Immediately winning over the audience with their blend of physical tomfoolery and […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Noodles

*****

By the time Noodles is over, the stage is piled high with the titular foodstuff — some of which has been eaten by the troupe from NoFit State Circus, and most of which has been used in ways you didn’t quite think possible. More accustomed to performing in their own big top, NoFit State’s stage […]

FRINGE REVIEW – A Night To Dismember

*****

By S Mulvihill A Night to Dismember is like a trip in Wil Greenway’s delirious hallucinations. A surreal and disquieting hour, Greenway’s gentle and almost sickly sweet delivery belies a gruesome story packed with gut churning imagery and an incredibly inventive narrative. The performance begins with our protagonist waking from a nightmare into a nightmarish […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Hush, Moon Mission

*****

By S Mulvihill Moon Mission are a young theatre company and if Hush, their Fringe offering for this year, is anything to go by one we can expect big things from in the future. In a newly imagined fairytale they achieve something much kids theatre struggles to: an honest and believable portrayal of child characters. […]

FRINGE REVIEW – East End Cabaret: Dirty Talk

*****

East End Cabaret have quickly rocketed to position as daaahlings of the UK cabaret scene with their unique and frequently hilarious double-act. This year they return with another hour of filthy chat and dirty songs, and the faithful will lap up Bernie & Victy’s latest escapades with relish. However, latecomers to the East End party […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Micheline Sings Brel

*****

In this frequently mesmerising performance, the Famous Spiegeltent becomes a mirrored summoning chamber in which Belgian singer Micheline Van Hautem calls forth the willing spirit of her fellow countryman Jacques Brel. Accompanied by musician Bert Verschueren, she takes a varied selection of Brel classics and breathes new life into them. And from a jaunty & […]

FRINGE REVIEW – New Art Club: Feel About Your Body

*****

Doing exactly what it says on the tin, within five minutes of New Art Club‘s new show we are on our feet and feeling about our bodies. Then, not long after, we are gawping at theirs. Tom and Pete always leap chaotically between comedy, physical theatre and dance. This year, they have landed more firmly […]

FRINGE REVIEW – French Kiss

*****

Though it may lean towards the more genteel side of the cabaret section, Melinda Hughes nevertheless presents an enjoyably frothy 50 minutes of musical wit and satire in French Kiss. Backed by an accomplished trio of musicians on keys, double bass and drums, Melinda and her songs about treble-dip recessions and holiday hotspots from hell […]

FRINGE REVIEW – Devil in the Deck

*****

By Jen McGregor In a stifling room in the Pleasance Dome, Jack Swindle is waiting both to cheat you and to show you how to cheat. There is magic in the air from the moment he welcomes the audience into the room, courtesy of Paul Nathan’s charismatic performance and wonderfully atmospheric underscoring from guitar player […]

FRINGE REVIEW – The Surrender

*****

By Jen McGregor Considering that The Surrender bills itself as an adaptation of an erotic memoir, it’s surprisingly cold and lacking in sensuality. The set consists of stripped pine furniture, a set of stacking shelves, an overhead projector and screen. Combined with some rather cold lighting, it makes for a somewhat clinical atmosphere. This isn’t […]