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4 & 5 STAR REVIEWED SHOWS

26th Aug 2018

Your one stop shop for Underbelly’s moo-velous 4 and 5-star reviewed shows. Grab the bull by the horns and get your tickets now, they won’t last for long, and have an udderly good time at Underbelly this August!

 

A State of Mind

★★★★ LONDON THEATRE1

"Ultimately uplifting, it portrays both strength and vulnerability"

 

Abandoman (Aka Rob Broderick) - Pirate Radio 

★★★★★ THE EDINBURGH REPORTER

"fantastic"

★★★★★ ONE4REVIEW

"utterly hilarious, genius and entertaining."

★★★★ THE WEE REVIEW

"a brilliant show"

 

Abigoliah Schamaun: Do You Know Who I Think I Am?!

★★★★ ONE4REVIEW

"She is a tour-de-force and should not be missed."

 

The Abode

★★★★★ BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE

"fast-paced, engaging performance"

★★★★ BRITISHTHEATRE.COM

"Despite the dark subject, there is lightness and humour,"

★★★★ THE SKINNY

"hugely inventive production imagining the trolls of the American alt-right as literal trolls of a dark underground world"

★★★★ HERALD SCOTLAND

"performed with agit-prop gusto"

 

Adam Riches is the Guy Who...

★★★★★ EDINBURGH FESTIVALS MAGAZINE

"there was not a moment when the audience where not laughing"

★★★★ THE SCOTSMAN

"comedy gold"

★★★★ THREE WEEKS

"It is deliriously, wonderfully silly,"

★★★★ THE TIMES


Adulting

★★★★ THEATRE BUBBLE

 “a sure-fire crowd-pleasing evening”

★★★★ FEST MAG

"breath of fresh air in this field"

 

After Hours Caberet Club

★★★★★ VOICE MAG

"A classic Fringe experience filled with the weird and wonderful…and even more weird"

 

Ahir Shah: Duffer

★★★★★ THE TELEGRAPH

"a blazing talent firing on all cylinders"

 

Alice Fraser: Ethos

★★★★★ EDINBURGH GUIDE

"you should see this show"

★★★★★ COMEDY CORNER

"make sure you see Alice Fraser live"

★★★★ THE WEE REVIEW

"one of the smartest comedians"

★★★★ THREE WEEKS

"a bloody good time."

★★★★ YOUNG PERSPECTIVE

"This is joyful, intelligent, well-researched and well thought out comedy,"

 

An Elephant in the Garden

★★★★ THE WEE REVIEW

"combines simplicity with beautiful storytelling, which will have you captivated"

 

Angry Alan by Penelope Skinner

★★★★★ THE NATIONAL

"Laughter ripples around the audience"

★★★★★ THE SKINNY

 "there should be more"

★★★★★ BROADWAY BABY

"a powerful gut punch"

★★★★★ THEATRE WEEKLY

"engaging and heartbreaking"

★★★★★ i NEWS

"brilliant"

★★★★★ ED FEST MAG

"a surprisingly funny yet terrifyingly real insight into the darkly twisted world of men’s rights activism"

★★★★★ THEATRE GUIDE LONDON

"a well-constructed, jarring play that will haunt visitors long after they leave the theatre"

★★★★ THE NATIONAL STUDENT

"engaging and fervently compelling"

★★★★ THE GUARDIAN

"rewarding piece of writing"

★★★★ SCOTSMAN

"packs a giant punch"

★★★★ INDEPENDENT

"powerful performance"

★★★★ WHATS ON STAGE

"superb"

★★★★ TIME OUT

"extremely funny"

★★★★ A YOUNGER THEATRE

"playful and aggressive"

★★★★ BROADWAY WORLD

"it'll stay with you for a long while after leaving the theatre."

★★★★ THREE WEEKS

"a lot of unexpected laughs"

★★★★ FRINGE GURU

"thoughtful script turning sexual politics on its head"

★★★★ FEST MAG

"A ruthlessly funny, deeply depressing take down of the Men's Rights Movement in the #MeToo era."

★★★★ LONDON THEATRE1

"A thoughtful portrayal of hell having no fury than a reasonable man radicalised."

★★★★ THEATRE BOX

"raw yet elegant theatre which packs a real punch"

★★★★ THE UPCOMING

"a fine storyteller"

 

Arr We There Yet?

★★★★★ ONE4REVIEW

"Go and see this show – its brilliant"

★★★★★ THE WEE REVIEW

"A warmhearted mix of circus skills and pantomime in this swashbuckling adventure"

★★★★ ED FRINGE REVIEW

 "truly brilliant production"

 

Ashley Blaker: Observant Jew

★★★★ VOICEMAG

"deeply topical show"

 

Athena Kugblenu: Follow The Leader

★★★★ ENTERTAINMENT FOCUS

"immerses audiences in an assured and unique comic confidence"

 

Austentatious

★★★★★ BROADWAY BABY

"It is slick, it is witty and it is a pure joy to watch."

★★★★★ YOUNG PERSPECTIVE

"You'll be half agony (from laughing) and half hope (that it never ends) at this hilarious ode to Jane Austen."

★★★★ THE STUDENT

"This themed improvisational show excels in the skilfully diverse array of cast members whose chemistry is truly unparalleled."

 

Awakening 

★★★★ BROADWAY BABY

"powerful, well crafted piece of theatre."

★★★★ TO DO LIST

"The show is fast paced and humorous"

★★★★ MUMBLE THEATRE

"utterly compelling"

 

Awkward Conversations with Animals I've F*cked

★★★★ UK THEATRE WEB

"it is hilarious"

★★★★ THE REVIEWS HUB

"an interesting afternoon of theatre"

 

Be More, Do Better But Don't Change

★★★★ EDINBURGH FESTIVALS MAGAZINE

"a one-woman show which makes my almost-millennial and rampantly feminist heart sing."

 

Beowulf

★★★★ THE SCOTSMAN

"pure-hearted charisma that could win over both a warrior-king and an inquisitive nine-year-old."

★★★★ THE LIST

"Adventure and emotion go hand-in-hand in Take Thou That's retelling"

 

Brainiac Live

★★★★★ EDINBURGH FESTIVALS FOR KIDS

"a stellar performance and I could go back again and again and again!!"

★★★★ THE LIST

"absolutely thrilling"

★★★★ BROADWAY WORLD

"an hour of non-stop explosions"

★★★★ LOTHIAN LIFE

"We left longing for more"

 

Break Free

★★★★ DEADLINE

"Highly entertaining and riotous dancing from Tokyo to Edinburgh"

★★★★ EDINBURGH FESTIVAL MAGAZINE

"Performing moves that will quite literally take your breath away"

 

Bryony Twydle: Flamingo

★★★★ THE WEE REVIEW

"Fast-paced, jam-packed, one-woman sketch show"

★★★★ MUMBLE COMEDY

"I can only see her going from strength to strength."

★★★★ FUNNY WOMEN

"fast-paced and quick-witted show."

 

Buried: A New Musical 

★★★★★ BROADWAY BABY

"definition of the phrase ‘one to watch.’"

★★★★ BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE

"certainly be on your one to see list."

★★★★ THE SKINNY

"extraordinary character performers."

★★★★ THE WEE REVIEW

"gorgeous music, rich performances, and a story we all know and love, Buried is a killer show."

 

Burn The Floor

★★★★★ Theatre Reviews

"energetic and captivating show"

★★★★ MUSICAL MANDA

"This magnificent production complete with sensational, ground-breaking moves"

 

Camels

★★★★ THE NATIONAL STUDENT

"blissful hour of distraction"

 

The Cat's Mother

★★★★ THREE WEEKS

"a laugh is only a heartbeat away."

 

Chris Henry: Around the Wrold in 80 Dates

★★★★★ BROADWAY BABY

"This is an hour of fast paced, punchy humour"

★★★★ THE WEE REVIEW

"Chronicling Henry’s hilarious and heartfelt quest for The One"

 

Chris McCausland: Speaky Blinder

★★★★ THE LIST

“gags aplenty”

★★★★ ONE4REVIEW

"McCausland is a quality comic"

★★★★ EDINBURGH FESTIVALS MAGAZINE

"illuminating, heartfelt performance. Highly recommended to dads, husbands, and human beings."

 

The Chore of Enchantment 

★★★★ THE LIST

"stimulating as it is entertaining"

 

Circa: Wolfgang 

★★★★ THE WEE REVIEW

"Seriously brilliant"

★★★★ THREE WEEKS

"thrills with a classy, classical touch"

★★★★ ED FEST MAG

"a stunning display of acrobatics set to the dramatic tunes of Mozart."

 

Circolombia 

★★★★★ EDINBURGH GUIDE

"Incredible feats of strength"

★★★★★ EDINBURGH FESTIVALS FOR KIDS

"something truly, truly spectacular,"

★★★★★ YOUNG PERSPECTIVE

"This lively and upbeat show thrills with its display of mesmerising skills."

 

Circus-Cision

★★★★★ VOICEMAG

"A dazzling display of extraordinary skill…and a bit of circus madness too"

★★★★ EDINBURGH FESTIVAL MAGAZINE 

"raucous laughter"

★★★★ YOUNG PERSPECTIVE

"their show is sure to shock, turn on and thrill every audience and get their blood pumping."

★★★★ The Scotsman

"Astute programming means grace interspersed with raucousness that’s pitch-perfect whether you’re looking for genuine talent or just a great night out with your pals."

 

Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopean Dreams

★★★★★ EDINBURGH FESTIVALS FOR KIDS

 "a joyful, uplifting extravaganza of colour and excitement, this circus show really stands out from the crowd."

★★★★ MUMBLE

"The whole show has a happy, feel-good family vibe, where everyone looks like they are genuinely having a great time"

 

Clara Cupcakes: The Worst

★★★★ BACKSTAGE ON THE FRINGE

"a fun packed and hilarious hour of high energy comedy burlesque."

 

Comedy of Errors 

★★★★★ FRINGE GURU

"true delight"

★★★★ THE NATIONAL STUDENT

"breathes new life into the centuries-old play."

★★★★★ THE OUTLIER SCOTLAND

"keeps the audience laughing throughout"

 

Courtney Act: Under the Covers

★★★★★ YOUNG PERSPECTIVE

"I wouldn’t miss her for the world"

★★★★★ EDINBURGH GUIDE

"rocks your socks off"

★★★★ BROADWAY WORLD

"Courtney is in dazzling form. She is a talented singer, a comedienne and an engaging personality that you will struggle not to fall in love with."

★★★★ ATTITUDE MAGAZINE

"song and sparkle"

★★★★ BROADWAY BABY

"great time"

 

Croft & Pearce: Double Take

★★★★ ONE4REVIEW

"wickedly funny, delightfully written material."

 

CSI: Crime Scene Improvisation

★★★★ THEATRE BUBBLE

"a lot of fun"

 

Dan Attfield: Futureproof

★★★★ LONDON THEATRE1

"intriguing and persuasive show."

 

Dandy Darkly's All Aboard!

★★★★★ THE STAGE

"a wake-up call to mankind."

★★★★★ EDINBURGH FESTIVALS MAGAZINE

"the ride of a lifetime."

★★★★ FEST MAG

★★★★ THE LIST

"full of the weird and wonderful."

★★★★ THE WEE REVIEW

"Southern gothic performance piece is a bedtime gory story wild ride for strong-livered grown-ups"

 

Dangerous Giant Animals

★★★★ The Scotsman

"an energetically directed, sharply written small-scale tragedy"

★★★★ THE WEE REVIEW

"A powerful and impressive account of growing up with a disabled sibling."

 

Danny O'Brien

★★★★ THE WEE REVIEW

"laughs intensify, even managing to drown out the festival fireworks"

 

David Mills: Focus People!

★★★★★ ENTERTAINMENT FOCUS

"expertly crafted and laugh-out-loud comedy"

 

Diary of an Expact

★★★★ THEATRE WEEKLY

"very engaging performer"

★★★★ LONDON THEATRE1

"A heartfelt and poignant production."

★★★★ YOUNG PERSPECTIVE

"A refreshing look at the ups and downs of immigration in a Brexit-era Great Britain."

 

Dick and Dom: Dick V Dom

★★★★★ CELEBRITY RADIO

"does not disappoint."

★★★★★ EDINBURGH FESTIVALS MAGAZINE

"comedy that just doesn’t age."

★★★★★ VOICEMAG

"an hour of pure joy"

★★★★ THE LIST

"skilled and clever hosts"

★★★★ THREE WEEKS

"The show promises fun for five to 105 year olds, and fully delivers."

 

Don't Tell Me Not To Fly 

★★★★ BROADWAY WORLD

"great mix of song and story."

★★★★ THE LIST

"Big West End hits, female empowerment and anecdotes from a series of stage stars"

★★★★ CULTURE FIX

"Heartfelt and humorous anecdotes, paired with powerhouse vocals and a genuine sincerity make this show a treat from start to finish."

★★★★ BROADWAY WORLD

"a wonderful production that gives great insight into the career of an extraordinary performer."

 

Douglas Walker Presents: Of Christmas Past

★★★★ THE LIST

"a delightful late-night treat."

★★★★ VOICE MAG

"absurd yet keenly intelligent comedy."

★★★★ THE WEE REVIEW

"An enthralling grown-up fairytale, as told (and created) by Douglas Walker"

 

dressed.

★★★★★ EDINBURGH FESTIVALS MAGAZINE

"dressed. is a brutally honest, raw"

★★★★ THE LIST

"Experimental, provoking and daring"

★★★★ BROADWAY BABY

"unflinchingly honest and unquestioningly powerful"

★★★★ THE WEE REVIEW

"they have created something  powerful, poignant and engaging and presented a show that soars with passion."

★★★★ THE INDEPENDENT

"Watching it, I thought my heart might burst."

★★★★ WHAT'S ON STAGE

"It is as tender a thing as I've seen all year."

★★★★ FEST MAG

"From an act of violence comes an affirmative tale of sisterhood, recovery and clothing"

★★★★ THE STAGE

"as beautiful and visceral as raw silk"

 

The Durham Review Present: Zeitgeist

★★★★★ BUNBURY MAGAZINE

"Each sketch is beautifully observed and performed with great skill."

★★★★★ NATIONAL STUDENT

"high energy and excellent performance talent, Zeitgeist is well worth a watch."

★★★★ ED FRINGE REVIEW

"a consistently high-spirited, vivacious performance. Fun and energetic"

 

Eli Matthewson: The Year of Magical F*cking

★★★★★ SHORT COM

"This is a simply outstanding stand-up set that deserves to be massive."

★★★★★ FRESH AIR

"Filled with topical humour, hilarious anecdotes and huge laughs"

★★★★ MUMBLE COMEDY

"These laughs, by the way, were as regular as a heart scanner."

 

Flushed

★★★★★ VOICE MAGAZINE

"incredibly rare masterpiece"

★★★★★ ED FRINGE REVIEW

"heart-warming as well as heart-rending"

★★★★★ THE STUDENT NEWSPAPER

"A groundbreaking theatrical experience,"

★★★★ THREE WEEKS

"beautifully touching and deeply relatable, showing the importance of family"

★★★★ THE SKINNY

"witty and fast-paced with humour and realism at every turn,"

 

Foil Arms and Hog - Craicling

★★★★★ YOUNG PERSPECTIVE

"If you like fast-paced comedy, a bit of audience participation, or just some classic Irish fun, then give this show a visit."

★★★★★ ONE4REVIEW

"If you only go to one show, then this is it."

★★★★ THE STUDENT NEWSPAPER

"these guys are professionals."

 

Found Footage Festival: After Dark

★★★★ THE SKINNY

"Take your strongest stomach to revel in this treasure trove of visual delights"

★★★★ SHORT COM

"You’ve Been Framed on acid."

 

Frieda Loves Ya!

★★★★ BACKSTAGE ON THE FRINGE

"It’s a spectacle of humour and poignancy"

 

Fun Kids Radio's Epic Roadshow Adventure

★★★★ MUMBLE

"just what the doctor ordered for a family day out."

 

Garry Starr Performs Everything         

★★★★★ BROADWAY BABY

"consistently big laughs for all."

★★★★ THE LIST                

“a brazen and often hilarious treat with jeopardy written into every scene.”

★★★★ BROADWAY WORLD   

"genuinely impressive performer"

★★★★ ED FRINGE REVIEWS

"it doesn’t get much better than this"

★★★★ THE GUARDIAN

"a hoot for everyone"

★★★★ THREE WEEKS

"This is a show of clownish but clever comic chaos."

 

Goons

★★★★ EDINBURGH FRINGE REVIEW

"an easy and extremely enjoyable watch."

 

The Gruffalo, The Witch and The Warthog with Julia Donaldson 

★★★★★ THE WEE REVIEW

"If you only take your kids to one show this Fringe, make it this one."

★★★★ THREE WEEKS

"can’t go wrong with this."

★★★★ THE LIST

"An hour of humorous and energetic storytelling from the first lady of children's books"

★★★★ FEST MAG

"a show that celebrates the magic of reading storybooks."

 

Gulliver Returns

★★★★ BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE

"sympathetic and satisfying"

★★★★ THE LIST

"Mental health explored through a classic novel"

 

Harpy

★★★★ EDINBURGH FESTIVALS MAGAZINE

"long overdue treat"

★★★★ WEST END WILMA

"a master-class in delivery"

★★★★ BRITISH THEATRE

"filled with laugh-out-loud humour"

★★★★ ED FRINGE REVIEW

★★★★ THE WEE REVIEW

"engaging, believable and funny"

★★★★ BROADWAY BABY

"A beautifully deep and detailed descent into the darkness which constructs us"

 

Helen Lederer: I Might as Well Say It

★★★★ ENTERTAINMENT FOCUS

"she is a true comedy heroine."

 

Hot Gay Time Machine

★★★★★ THE SCOTS REVIEWER

"an evening of hilarity and joy"

★★★★★ THE CURTAIN UP SHOW

"Bursting with outrageously fabulous musical numbers"

★★★★★ YOUNG PERSPECTIVE

"A hilarious hour-long romp that will have you rolling and dancing in the aisles."

 

It's Not Cute Anymore

★★★★ ED FRINGE REVIEWS

"wonderful show of female friendship, ambition and humour."

 

It's True, It's True, It's True

★★★★★ TO DO LIST

"you’re in for something truly bone-shaking!"

★★★★ THE STAGE

"fascinating portrayal of 17th-century rape trial"

★★★★ WHAT'S ON STAGE

"Terrific stuff"

 ★★★★ THE GUARDIAN

"Strong and unyielding"

★★★★ TIME OUT

 "lasting impression"

★★★★ BROADWAY BABY

"brilliantly intelligent, multi-layered and charged with moral outrage"

★★★★ FEST MAG

"A furious and fiercely powerful piece of verbatim theatre"

★★★★ THE INDEPENDENT

"fiercely political and bang on the money"

★★★★ THE TIMES

"the scenario is staged with imaginative flair and unabashed theatricality"

★★★★ BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE

"meeting the classical and blending with the topical and it's hard to think of a concept more fitting"

★★★★ THEATRE BUBBLE

"The piece is as dazzling as it is daring"

 

Jericho

★★★★ THE STAGE

 

Joe Sutherland: Toxic

★★★★ THE LIST

"Revitalising the gender debate with warmth and wit"

★★★★ EDINBURGH FESTIVAL MAGAZINE

"Toxic is fresh, incisive, unapologetic, and charming"

★★★★ ENTERTAINMENT FOCUS

"The comic is well on his way to being the voice of a generation"

★★★★ THREE WEEKS

"it is very funny indeed."

 

John Robertson: The Dark Room 

★★★★ THE WEE REVIEW

"many laughs"

 

Josh Glanc: Karma Karma Karma Karma Karma Chamedian

★★★★ ONE4REVIEW

"the performance is slick and polished, and it’s all wonderful. Go see."

★★★★ EDINBURGH FESTIVALS MAGAZINE

"exciting, chaotic and unpredictable."

 

Just William's Luck

★★★★★ THEATRE BOX

"I loved this show! Plain and simple, I utterly loved it!"

★★★★ THE LIST

"Adaptation of Richmal Crompton's novel is full of boyish silliness and adventure"

★★★★ ESSENTIAL SURREY

"thoroughly inventive and brimming with an energy that carries one along with infectious enthusiasm."

★★★★ MUMBLE THEATRE

"a mimicking masterpiece, full of slick touches, which as art perhaps transcends the books themselves."

★★★★ THREE WEEKS

"This fast-paced, engaging and heart-warming show is a brilliant watch for all the family."

 

Killymuck

★★★★★ ED FRINGE REVIEW

"The most important show you’ll see at the Fringe this year"

★★★★ THE LIST

"delivered with fun and feeling"

★★★★ THE SKINNY

"charming, angry, affecting and relevant"

★★★★ BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE

"there are many stories of happiness, sadness and even tragedy."

★★★★ BROADWAY WORLD

"Poignant and heartbreaking, Killymuck is a wonderful production and a must see at the Fringe."

 

KIN

★★★★ BOUQUET & BRICKBATS

"The script crackles and spits with dark invective"

★★★★ THE LIST

"The artfully-crafted script"

★★★★ THEATRE WEEKLY

"very moving story which unfolds beautifully with a subtle comedy woven through"

 

Kit Finnie: Mabel and Mickey

★★★★ THREE WEEKS

"haunting exploration of a true story and left wanting to know more."

 

Laura Davis: Ghost Machine

★★★★ EDINBURGH GUIDE

"Davis is delightful"

★★★★ THE WEE REVIEW

"Laura Davis isn’t just any comedian."

★★★★ THE LIST

"a lot of laughs from this rising stand-up star."

 

Like a Sturgeon

★★★★ ONE4REVIEW

"This unique political drag show is well worth checking out."

 

Linda

★★★★ MUMBLE COMEDY

"this is an intriguing & ultimately happiness-inducing hour."

 

Little Death Club

★★★★★ EDINBURGH FESTIVALS MAGAZINE

"My absolute pick of the Fringe this year"

★★★★★ FEST MAG

"funny and mesmeric"

★★★★★ STUDENT NEWSPAPER

"an utterly remarkable show. It can be funny, poignant and awe inspiring without missing a beat."

★★★★★ NATIONAL STUDENT

"dark, dirty, and down-right delicious fun."

★★★★ THEATRE BUBBLE

"come for the routines and stay for the charm, cheek, and masterful performances."

★★★★ THE STAGE

"best way to open a weekend’s entertainment at the fringe."

★★★★ THE WEE REVIEW

"an evening of outrageous hilarity."

★★★★ ED FRINGE REVIEW

"this is one not to be missed."

★★★★ THE LIST

"Cabaret with hilarious satire and a true punk spirit"

★★★★ THE TIMES

"Dieter has us eating out of her hand from the opening spot"

★★★★ ONE4REVIEW

"outrageous and shockingly entertaining evening that left the audience wanting more."

 

Lola and Jo: Focus Groupies

★★★★ CHORTLE

"It’s bloody brilliant."

 

LOOP

★★★★ BROADWAY WORLD

"outstanding direction, performances and movement, Loop is a fantastically stylish production"

 

Lost in Thought

★★★★ THE SCOTSMAN

★★★★ THE WEE REVIEW

"Perceptive, witty exploration of obsessive compulsive disorder and mother-daughter love."

 

Lucy Frederick: Even More Naked

★★★★ THE SCOTSMAN

"this will be an hour to remember."

 

Manhunt

★★★★ Broadway Baby

"applause and laughter so loud the pair had to pause their dialogue."

 

Matt and Ollie are... Dads!!

★★★★ YOUNG PERSPECTIVE

"a spectacle that is hard not to enjoy"

★★★★ THE WEE REVIEW

"Touching and amusing insight into fatherhood and familial conflict"

 

Mistero Buffo 

★★★★★ WHATS ON STAGE

"a shapeshifting, body-popping, mesmerising performance; drilled to perfection, yet never stuck in routine."

★★★★★ British Theatre Guide

"simply outstanding, with impressive, inventive physicality and skilful storytelling in a masterly, high-octane performance."

★★★★★ BROADWAY BABY

★★★★★ EDINBURGH GUIDE

"Exiting, energetic, full of subversive humour and a triumph of performance,"

★★★★★ THE STAGE

"magnificent production with an astounding performance"

★★★★ THE GUARDIAN 

"captivating"

★★★★ THE LIST

"Political rage meets Le Coq"

 

Myq Kaplan: All Killing Aside 

★★★★ CHORTLE

“he should be making any comedy connoisseur’s ‘to see’ list”

★★★★ ED FEST MAGAZINE

"seamless symmetry of silliness and quick wit."

 

Myra DuBois: We Wish You a Myra Chrsitmas

★★★★ THE LIST

"Off-season cheer and classic insults"

★★★★ EDINBURGH FESTIVALS MAGAZINE

"Dubois easily boasts one of the sharpest tongues at the Fringe."

 

NewsRevue

★★★★★ London Pub Theatres

"There is a reason it’s been running since 1979."

★★★★★ THEATRE BUBBLE

"not one to miss"

★★★★★ DAILY BUSINESS MAGAZINE

"Sketch show delivers with laughs and style"

★★★★★ DEADLINE NEWS

"It’s so good there are audience members going twice."

★★★★ SCOTTISH FIELD

"flawlessly delivered"

★★★★ THE NATIONAL STUDENT

"joyous, energetic and ruthlessly funny"

★★★★ VOICE MAG

"Nothing escapes NewsRevue’s critical eye."

★★★★ EDINBURGH FRINGE REVIEW

"Recent headlines served on a shiny comedy platter"

 

Nick Hall: Spencer

★★★★ ENTERTAINMENT FOCUS

"you’ll learn and laugh a lot along the way."

 

Nina Conti is Monkey

★★★★★ VOICEMAG

"A real genius in the field"

★★★★★ THE SCOTS REVIEWER

 "witty and intelligent show"

★★★★★ EDINBURGH FESTIVALS MAGAZINE

"innovative and ground breaking."

★★★★ SCOTSMAN

“This show needs the high dome of the McEwan Hall. It would blow the roof off anywhere else.”

★★★★ FEST MAG

"Artistically credible and riotously funny"

★★★★ THE LIST

"Skilful and testing work from UK's best-known ventriloquist"

★★★★ THE INDEPENDENT

"Conti greatest hits show"

★★★★ COMEDY CORNER

"expressive fun all designed to make the audience belly laugh"

 

Not Yet Suffragette

★★★★★ BROADWAY BABY

"faultless performance"

★★★★★ FRINGE REVIEW

"razor edged delivery could stand up to any late night comedy show"

★★★★ FEMINIST FRINGE

"this is a great show"

 

One Woman Sex and the City 

★★★★★ DEADLINE NEWS

"a hilarious must-see parody"

★★★★ EDINBURGH REPORTER

"left wanting more."

★★★★★ EDINBURGH GUIDE

"see it in Edinburgh first before it premieres off-Broadway later this year!"

 

Onstage Dating

★★★★ THREE WEEKS

"Heartbreakingly vulnerable, honest and hilarious"

 

OTOSOTR

★★★★ THE LIST

"gripping"

 

Paddington Bear's First Concert 

★★★★ EDINBURGH49

“There’s balloons, inflatable fruit, Hungarian folk dancing, sing-alongs, and more than a bit of mayhem.”

 

Paul Foot: Image Conscious

★★★★★ BROADWAY BABY

"stand-up comedy gold."

★★★★ TO DO LIST

"you’ll find it hard not to laugh out loud."

★★★★ THREE WEEKS

"wonderfully crafted nonsense"

★★★★ ONE4REVIEW

"you will not fail to appreciate his latest show"

 

Paul Mayhew Archer: Incurable Optimist

★★★★★ THE WEE REVIEW

"An entertaining hour with an engaging raconteur who refuses to take his illness too seriously."

★★★★ BROADWAY BABY

"gift in making audiences laugh"

 

Paul Williams: Santa Fe

★★★★ THE LIST

"a wickedly inventive mind"

★★★★ DEADLINE NEWS

"His comedy singing and dancing made for great entertainment,"

 

Pickle Jar

★★★★★ BROADWAY WORLD

"Rice's captivating performance that really makes this special."

★★★★★ EDINBURGH FESTIVALS MAGAZINE

"honest and heartwarming"

★★★★ ARTHUR'S SEAT

"a treat you will absolutely not regret"

★★★★ THE LIST

"an eloquent, lyrical script is matched by Rice's captivating performance"

★★★★ BRITISH THEATRE

"interlacing engaging humour with raw bottled-up rage."

★★★★ THREE WEEKS

"Brilliantly written and highly relevant."

★★★★ FEST MAG

"Maddie Rice makes an impressive writing debut with this seeming rom-com that deftly switches into darker territory."

★★★★ THE WEE REVIEW

"superb example of what a solo theatre show should be."

 

Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo

★★★★★ BROADWAY WORLD

"entertaining and moving at the same time."

★★★★★ LONDON THEATRE1

"A magnificent and dynamic production."

★★★★ THEATRE GUIDE LONDON

"this is a celebration of the community, where there is more bravery in looking out for one’s fellow than attacking another"

★★★★ THE WEE REVIEW

"Moving one man show about the abject horror of armed conflict."

★★★★ THEATRE WEEKLY

"brings a cherished piece of literature to life and will delight audiences, whether they be young, or not-so-young."

 

Queens of Sheba

★★★★★ EDINBURGH FESTIVAL MAGAZINE

"Passionate, funny, heart-breaking yet hopeful"

★★★★★ THREE WEEKS

"Funny, heart-wrenching and ultimately empowering"

★★★★ THE LIST

"there's plenty of fun to be had"

★★★★ FEST

"slick, snappy"

★★★★ THE SKINNY

"incredibly moving"

★★★★ THE INDEPENDENT

"a sharply observed piece"

★★★★ BROADWAY BABY

"a powerful and important piece of theatre."

 

Rachel Fairburn: The Wolf at the Door

★★★★ THE SKINNY

"bright, brave and bitterly enjoyable."

★★★★ ONE4REVIEW

"unexpected and uniquely Fairburn-esque"

★★★★ THE EDINBURGH REPORTER

"She moves seamlessly from moments of mirth to gallows humour and a finale which prompted some tears"

★★★★ 703 REVIEW

"very accessible, unpretentious, intelligent and funny."

★★★★ THREE WEEKS

"once-in-a-Fringe opportunity"

 

Rhys Nicholson - Seminal

★★★★★ ONE4REVIEW

"enough energy to power a small town. Outrageously funny."

★★★★★ ED FEST MAG

"an absolute joy from start to finish."

★★★★ THE WEE REVIEW

"blisteringly funny"

★★★★ THREE WEEKS

"razor-sharp"

★★★★  THE TELEGRAP

 

Richard Soames: Let's Make a Movie

★★★★ Fringe Guru

"The show has a winning playfulness to it, yet it couldn't have been made without the performer's genuine devotion to the subject matter."

★★★★ VOICE MAG

"well worth an hour of your afternoon"

 

Robyn Perkins: 10,000 Decisions

★★★★ EDINBURGH FESTIVALS MAGAZINE

"Science has never been so fun."

★★★★ THE SCOTS REVIEWER

"blends science, comedy and a little hint of philosophy into an excellent show"

 

Seen and Heard

★★★★★ BACKSTAGE ON FRINGE

"this is an outstanding, engaging, sexy and uplifting hour of the best the Fringe has to offer."

★★★★ THREE WEEKS

"a show that is both thought-provoking and easy to watch."

★★★★ STUDENT NEWSPAPER

"A fresh look at the world of burlesque and cabaret performance, it is certainly worth a watch."

★★★★ EDINBURGH FESTIVAL MAGAZINE

"Seen and Heard is empowering, brave and thought-provoking."

 

Sex Shells

★★★★ EDINBUGH GUIDE

"certain to have you screaming for more."

 

SHIFT

★★★★★ THEATRE REVIEWS

"This fluid production will have you holding your breath"

★★★★★ THEATRE WEEKLY

"you will struggle to believe your eyes"

★★★★★ MIRO MAGAZINE

"a piece of theatrical circus that bursts with curiousity and energy."

★★★★ EDINBURGH GUIDE

"The camaraderie of these performers makes you wish you could join in with their tumble of pace and momentum, grace and fun."

★★★★ ED FRINGE REVIEWS

"stunning and powerful and absolutely entertaining."

★★★★ THE HERALD

 "grace and finesse"

★★★★ THREE WEEKS

"the four create a breathtakingly magical spectacle."

★★★★ EVERYTHING THEATRE

"A shifting world of innovative, experimental contemporary circus, performed with humour and style."

★★★★ EDINBURGH FESTIVALS MAGAZINE

"Filled with energy and innovative ideas, this is a show for the whole family to enjoy."

 

Shit-Faced Shakespeare: Hamlet

★★★★ BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE

"This is just what midnight on the Fringe needs."

 

Shit-Faced Showtime: Oliver with a Twist

★★★★ THE WEE REVIEW

"Fall off your chair, stomach clenching laughter is what the audience are treated to"

 

Siblings: Acting Out

★★★★★ BROADWAY BABY

"silly humour with a clever twist"

★★★★ ENTERTAINMENT FOCUS

"smart and silly sketch comedy"

★★★★ EDINBURGH FESTIVALS MAGAZINE

"This is an hour of charming ridiculousness that will have you snorting with laughter."

 

SIX

★★★★★ THE LIST

"instantly likeable music"

★★★★★ THREE WEEKS

"simply an awesome performance"

 ★★★★★ TO DO LIST

"This is a history lesson unlike any other."

★★★★★ YOUNG PERSPECTIVE

"the show has girl power at its core"

★★★★★ LONDON THEATRE 1

"bold, uplifting and magnificent production."

★★★★★ BOUQUETS & BRICKBATS

"Six seems to be the hottest ticket around."

★★★★★ THE EDINBURGH REPORTER

"one of those performances you never want to end. Definitely a must-see."

★★★★★ THE SCOTS REVIEWER

"I already want to go back and see it all over again."

★★★★ BROADWAY BABY

"hilarious and energetic night out."

★★★★ THE TIMES

"Sassy, funny, sexy and funky this show has a revue vibe and will next go to the West End — I predict a hit"

 

Splash Test Dummies

★★★★★ EDINBURGH FESTIVALS FOR KIDS

"splashingly awesome adventure"

★★★★★ FAMILIES EDINBURGH

"The whole show was great fun, action-packed and full of high jinx."

★★★★ FEST MAGAZINE

 "just plain joyous"

 

Steen Raskopolous: Stay

★★★★★ FEST MAG

"a show I immediately want to go back and watch again."

★★★★★ THE STUDENT NEWSPAPER

"emotionally fulfilling"

★★★★★ ENTERTAINMENT FOCUS

"my pick of the Fringe 2018"

★★★★ THE LIST

"A sense of fun and trepidation in the Aussie's latest character sketch show"

★★★★ THE SKINNY

"Deceptively charming character comedy with a killer twist"

★★★★ THE WEE REVIEW

"An engaging and entertaining performer whose otherwise light-hearted show comes with a darker twist"

 

Stuart Bowden: Our Molecules

★★★★ THE SKINNY
"A story of space, love and humanity, with a woolly alien"

★★★★ THE LIST

"Strange but substantial character comedy"

 

Stupid Cupid 

★★★★ BOUQUETS & BRICKBATS

"Charming and thoroughly enjoyable"

★★★★ WEST END WILMA

"this is a real lunch time treat"

 

Tabarnak

★★★★★ ONE4REVIEW

"not to be missed"

★★★★★ THREE WEEKS

"bold, naughty and a hell of a lot of fun"

★★★★★ MUMBLE CIRQUE

"Superb music, awesome stunts and great presentation left the audience howling for more."

★★★★ EDINBURGH GUIDE

"awe-inspiring"

★★★★ TO DO LIST

 "We guarantee you won’t see acts as inventive as this at another fringe circus show!"

★★★★ THE HERALD

"seriously accomplished acrobatic routines."

★★★★ BROADWAY WORLD

"a mesmerising hour"

★★★★ WHATS ON STAGE

"a delight to watch in an hour's show chock full of every discipline imaginable"

★★★★ ED FEST MAG

"runs at a breakneck pace with no let up of energy from the performers or the well drilled three-piece band"

★★★★ BROADWAY BABY

"Exciting and engaging, this show is a fantastic contemporary take on the traditional circus format."

★★★★ THE LIST

"Cirque Alfronse return with another dose of great circus acrobatics and music"

 

Tamara Broadbent: Best Life

★★★★★ EDINBURGH FESTIVAL MAGAZINE

"a must-see show that leaves the audience clutching their sides, tapping their feet and eagerly waiting for more."

★★★★ LONDON THEATRE 1

"highly engaging and enjoyable performance"

★★★★ MUSICAL THEATRE REVIEW

"Consistently funny, this is a fantastic hilarious gem"

★★★★ ONE4REVIEW

"Go see her."

 

The Thinking Drinkers: Pub Crawl

★★★★★ BRISTISH THEATRE

"packed with jokes, good and bad, delivered slickly and shamelessly"

★★★★★ DEADLI|NE NEWS

"The perfect mix of knowledge, humour and alcohol promises to be high on the list of your favourite shows this year. A Must See."

 

Three Years, One Week and a Lemon Drizzle

★★★★ The Edinburgh Reporter

"Their story is often funny; it’s also often heart-wrenchingly sad."

★★★★ BROADWAY WORLD

"a really charming piece of theatre and I could have watched it for far longer than the 60 minute run time"

 

Thrown by Jodi Gray

★★★★★ EDINBURGH FRINGE REVIEW

"a complete must-see production"

★★★★ THE SCOTSMAN

"existential experience"

★★★★ EDINBURGH FRINGE GURU

"both a visual and an audio unique experience, and one that I will never forget."

 

Thumpasaurus

★★★★★ EDINBURGH FESTIVALS MAGAZINE

"I went as a reviewer, but left as a fan"

 

Tits 'n' Teeth

★★★★★ BACKSTAGE ON THE FRINGE

"This is an incredibly well crafted and engaging production."

★★★★★ THE WEE REVIEW

"Startling, provocative one-woman-play tackles weighty issues with darkly comic undertones."

★★★★ THEATRE WEEKLY

"perfect balance between humour and darkness"

 

Tom Neenan: It's Always Infinity 

★★★★ THE TELEGRAPH

"very funny"

★★★★ THE LIST

"A sharp hour about male flaws and multimedia gags"

★★★★ BROADWAY BABY

"clever, and thought-provoking."

 

Tom Walker: Honk Honk Honk Honk Honk

★★★★ FEST MAG

"a wonderfully inventive hour of audiovisual eccentricity."

 

Tori Scott is #Thirsty

★★★★ EDINBURGH FESTIVALS MAGAZINE

"sizzling wit that delights from beginning to end."

 

The Turn of the Screw

★★★★★ FRINGE GURU

"wonderfully designed and excellently performed."

★★★★★ YOUNG PERSPECTIVE

"absolutely not one to be missed"

★★★★ BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE

"gripping story"

★★★★ SG FRINGE

"make sure you don’t miss it!"

 

Two Hearts

★★★★ MUSCIAL REVIEW

"A late night cabaret that grabs from the word go and doesn’t let go"

 

Universoul Circus: Hip Hop Under the Big Top

★★★★★ ONE4REVIEW

"one of the coolest and most colourful shows out there"

★★★★★ MUMBLE CIRQUE

"You’d be stupid not to go. Beg, borrow and steal if you have to."

★★★★ EDINBURGH FESTIVALS MAGAZINE

"it’s a great show"

★★★★ EDINBURGH FESTIVALS FOR KIDS

"a hugely colourful, energetic and vibrant circus that is sure to astound…."

 

Vessel

★★★★★ THE LIST

"both poignant and subtle."

★★★★ EDINBURGH FRINGE REVIEW

"A cheerful and heart-warming political story,"

★★★★ THREE WEEKS

"thought-provoking piece of social commentary"

★★★★ THE WEE REVIEW

"Powerful drama on reproductive rights, activism and Ireland’s abortion laws."

 

Viggo Venn: Pepito

★★★★ VOICEMAG

"Pepito is a brilliant, silly show and definitely worth your time."

 

Viv Groskop: Vivalicious

★★★★ EDINBURGH FESTIVAL

"this is a show that shines with humour and self-depreciation."

 

Werewolf Live

★★★★ MOODY COMEDY

"Werewolf is a an inventive concept"

 

Will Greenway: Either Side of Everything

★★★★ THE STAGE

"utterly transporting"

★★★★ THREE WEEKS

"an uplifting experience full of humour that’s hard to forget."

 

Willis & Vere: A Serious Play About World War II

★★★★★ THE WEE REVIEW

"Outstanding physical comedy from hilarious duo Willis and Vere."

★★★★ CHORTLE

"intense rollercoaster of a show that’s seriously funny."

 

Wolf

★★★★★ MUMBLE COMEDY

"I could actually feel the standing ovation coming"

★★★★ THREE WEEKS

"a never-ending stream of gags, characters, sound effects, implausible deaths"

★★★★ THE STAGE

"exuberant and inventive solo thriller"

 

Zach & Viggo + Thumpasaurus: Where does the Love go?

★★★★★ MUMBLE COMEDY

"A truly remarkable hour!"

★★★★ BOUQUETS BRICKBATS

"Round up a bunch of friends and go and enjoy this show."

★★★★ VOICEMAG

"A completely mad exploration of our obsession with technology"

★★★★ THREE WEEKS

"It’s the future, and things aren’t looking promising for the human race but they are looking funny!"

 

zazUtinany

★★★★ THREE WEEKS

"I can promise that it’s unashamed fun."

★★★★ ENTERTAINMENT FOCUS

"fits of laughter with ludicrous dance moves and pliable facial expressions."

Posted by amy@underbelly.co.uk