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: “Sometimes… it’s all about good timing” – You Only Live Forever – Assembly...

For Immy, finding eternal life, and love, was all about good timing. Sitting at the right Las Vegas roulette table and meeting the guy from the late-night science documentary carrying the elixir made of...

EdFringe: “We ought to laugh at ourselves” – Revelations . -Summerhall

There is no end to a story, just a point where we choose to stop, James observes. This means that there can never really be any happy endings, but by opposition that when tragedy...

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: “Rises and falls but remains hopeful” – Sparks – Pleasance

“Nothing says grief play like a florescent badge”, a Sparks crew member hands me a bright pink one that screams “I AM ELECTRIC” on the way out. Sparks is a play about grief, but...

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: “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: “Wicked humour to the core” – Cat’s Mother – Underbelly

What do elderly cats and elderly mothers have in common? They piss wherever and whenever they please, are unexpectedly strong, can be vicious without provocation and they both showed up uninvited at Ciara’s London...

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...