Edinburgh Fringe 2022: The Best Theatre Shows
We'll be collecting our review team's favourite theatre from this year's Edinburgh Fringe – find our four- and five-star reviews here
The Edinburgh Fringe is a hotbed of experimental, exciting and engaging theatre, and after a couple of pandemic-affected years, it's back in full force. With so many shows to choose from, it can be hard to work out where to start.
Hopefully this page can help – we'll be updating it throughout the Fringe with the best reviews from our Theatre team. Highlights so far include immersive theatre in a shipping container, an exploration of the modern world of work, and a genre-busting queer rodeo...
And Then The Rodeo Burned Down @ The Space (★★★★★)
Chloe and Natasha's And Then The Rodeo Burned Down is a delightfully queer, sexy and foolish mix of clowning, physical theatre and dance. Read our full review here. Photo: Chloe and Natasha
work.txt @ Summerhall (★★★★★)
Written by Nathan Ellis, work.txt is a play with no actors that shines a light on the pointlessness and mundanity of modern work culture. It's for those who hate their boss, who are a boss, and for those who are wondering what they are doing with their lives at work. Read the full review here. Photo: Alex Brenner
Mustard @ Summerhall (★★★★★)
A stunning piece of performance art about heartbreak and mental health, Mustard is both a triumphant tour de force and a timely reminder of the ways we can thread our lives back together in the wake of even the most searing sadness. Read the full review here. Photo: Eimear Reilly
The Importance of Being... Earnest? @ Pleasance Courtyard (★★★★★)
Say It Again, Sorry? present a delightfully interactive and uproariously funny take on Oscar Wilde's Importance of Being Earnest. A feast for Fringe-goers of all levels of experience. Read the full review here. Photo: Dylan Silk
Eulogy @ Summerhall (★★★★)
The Edinburgh Fringe's resident 'immersive theatre in a shipping container' experts are back. Darkfield's latest experience, Eulogy, blends an eerie and anxious mood with an extraordinary attention to detail. Read our full review here. Photo: Susanne Dietz
This Is Not A Show About Hong Kong @ Underbelly Cowgate (★★★★)
This Is Not A Show About Hong Kong lays bare the disturbing realities of life in a surveillance state – a vital and groundbreaking piece of work. Read our full review here. Photo: Tangle Photography
The Girl and the Dragon @ Scottish Storytelling Centre (★★★★)
A kids’ show with the thematic depth to appeal to child-free adults too, The Girl and the Dragon is a joyous adventure in storytelling performed by Niall Moorjani and Minnie Wilkinson. Read the full review here. Photo: Harry Elletson
ALOK @ Traverse Theatre (★★★★)
Alok Vaid-Menon blends vulnerability with humour in an unapologetic and defiant hour of performance. Read our full review here. Photo: Lottie Amor
A Sudden Violent Burst of Rain @ Summerhall (★★★★)
Sami Ibrahim's latest show is a captivating story depicting the callousness of our immigration system. Ultimately, the performances in Violent Burst... compose a powerful odyssey of both humour and moving sentiment. Read the full review here. Photo: Conor Jatter
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