EdFringe: “Life lessons still to learn” – Class – Traverse 2

Both parent and teacher could do with some life lessons in this new Irish play centred around a parent-teacher meeting. When you think of your school days, what comes up? What thoughts, what feelings? Just...

EdFringe: “An uplifting, breath of fresh air” – Finding Fassbender – Pleasance This

We all have dreams, don't we? But Eve never has, beyond a vague sort-of sense of being a mother, and evenings on the sofa with Steve Bull, the cat. Never that is, until fate sticks...

EdFringe: Island Town – “A prickle at the back of the neck” Summerhall, Roundabout

Some people take comfort in the circular nature of life. We’re born, we live, we die; that’s a cycle. There’s the water cycle and the carbon cycle we’re taught at school, we draw little...

EdFringe: Meet… The Fun Club

It’s week three at Edinburgh, and there are animals in the Zoo. You might have seen them on the mile, you might have seen them in the bars, sticking a bright pink flyer under...

EdFringe: “Bringing those darker moments to light” – Blackout – Summerhall

How can you be sure of who you are, when you can’t remember what you’ve done? Blackout brings those darker moments to light. From the shared experience of the blackout, Blackout from New Room Theatre...

EdFringe: “Pressingly immediate” – Electrolyte – Pleasance Queen Dome

Trying to condense my feelings about Electrolyte is like trying to keep a lid on a pan of boiling water. The bubbles keep popping to the surface and much as I try to keep...

EdFringe: “Without a shred of embarrassment” – Bottom – Summerhall

Vulnerability coupled with a dose of the chaotic carries through from the top to the Bottom of Willy Hudson’s solo show. You might feel be feeling a bit flustered and unprepared as you rush around...

“Vintage theatre magic” – Red Peppers – The Space@ The Mile

In the face of the relentlessly paced Edinburgh festival, Blue Fire (who feature some familiar faces to Mark Aspen readers, from their sold-out run at Hampton Hill Theatre earlier this year) are still able...

EdFringe: “Sometimes joyful, sometimes sobering” – Curio – The Space@ Surgeons Hall

A new play, about old things, Curio (A Cabinet of Curiosities) is well worth considering. Edinburgh is a city filled with surprise and wonder all year round, and cultural curiosity can be satisfied not just in...

EdFringe: “Will make your skin crawl” – Flies – Pleasance Courtyard

Flies will make your skin crawl, which might seem an odd thing to recommend in a play, but then the play itself is very odd.  Les Enfants Terribles are already renowned for creating worlds that are...