Edinburgh Fringe 2017 Success for Bloomsbury Methuen Drama

The Humours of BandonEdinburgh Fringe Success for Bloomsbury Methuen Drama Writers


Eight Bloomsbury Methuen Drama plays have made their mark at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, bringing with them the whole range of emotion from tears, laughter, gasps and participation from the crowd. These plays have been an undoubted success, delighting theatregoers all throughout the festival. Bringing a show to the Fringe is difficult for even the most established writers, and we're excited to hear about the future success of each of these plays in the coming months and years.  

Not to be missed, here are the plays to celebrate this Edinburgh Fringe and their sparkling reviews:

A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad) by Jon Brittain

“[This] musical could leave the most stoical theatre goer a quivering jelly on the floor” – The List

A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad) is a fun, silly and sad cabaret musical about depression. Declared a “must see” by WhatsOnStage.com, this compassionate and big-hearted musical won itself a Fringe First award. A five* review from the British Theatre Guide declares it a “beautifully developed” and “deeply moving exploration of depression”, in recognition of this fantastic piece of theatre.

Read more glowing reviews here:

British Theatre Guide


The List

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Jess and Joe Forever – by Zoe Cooper

“Buried magic at its core” - Standard

Jess and Joe Forever is“as ice cream on a dull summer’s day” declares Exeunt Magazine. This romantic comedy is not only funny but incredibly touching. Following a critically acclaimed London premiere, this heart-warming look at growing-up brings a smile to your face and a tear to your eye, and an incredible, lasting fondness for Jess and Joe.

Read more fantastic reviews here:


Exeunt Magazine


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Victim – by Martin Murphy

“I thoroughly recommend this play.” – one4review.com

Martin Murphy’s darkly comic new play Victim got people talking at the Fringe. His darkly humorous and sometimes chilling script was described as “absorbing” and “downright hilarious”. This engaging look into prison dynamics fascinated audiences throughout its run at the Fringe.

Playing at the Pleasance Theatre the play attracted strong support on social media. Murphy's second play following on from his 2016 Fringe success with Villain, we're hoping to see the play make a welcome return to London in the near future. 

Reviews here:


The Fountain

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Replay – by Nicola Wren

“Laughter and tears chase each other in this intimate drama” – Everything Theatre

After her success at the Fringe with 501 Things I Do in My Bedroom, Nicola Wren returned to the Fringe this year with the poignant and striking play, Replay. With its “resounding and rich” script, Wren’s play has provoked audiences to new thoughts. The Peg Review declared this play “exceptional”, noting its importance in addressing issues of grief. Met with 5* reviews, Wren’s play was, once again, a resounding success.

Don’t just take our word for it, read about the wonderful success of the play here:

The Stage

The Peg Review

Everything Theatre

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The Friday Night Effect – by Eva O’Connor and Hildegard Ryan

“[I]nventive” – Scotsman

This interactive, brand new play impressed and drew-in audiences at the Fringe, with the fate of the main character resting in the spectators’ own hands. “[L]ively and absorbing”, this innovative play presented a new style of theatre to a delighted and eager audience.

Fringe audiences loved the idea of being able to have their say on the outcome of the production, with numerous versions of the story possible, all voted on by the audience themselves as a democracy. The script includes all the possible outcomes and offers the only chance to discover how our decisions can change the course of events. 

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Black Mountain – by Brad Birch

“[A] psychological thriller of the highest degree.” - Get The Chance Magazine

Brad Birch’s “terrific psychological thriller” stayed with audiences who had the joy of experiencing this play. A “piece of intelligent, gripping writing”, Black Mountain had audiences on the edge of their seats all evening with this thrilling creation.

The play has already announced a London run at the Orange Tree Theatre from 26 January to 3 March 2018 so for those who missed the Edinburgh run, there's another chance to get swept up in this powerful new thriller. 

Read about the experiences of other theatregoers here in the reviews:


British Theatre Guide

Broadway Baby

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The Humours of Bandon – by Margaret McAuliffe

“A little gem”

This one-woman show was declared “wonderfully funny”. Its clever script let audiences experience the various humours of Annie O’Loughlin-Harte along her Irish dancing journey. “[S]harp, charming and hilarious”, Margaret McAuliffe celebrated success at the Fringe as audiences reveled in her humour and incredible dance skills that saw her piece come to life in the beautiful surroundings of Dance Base. Another hit for Fishamble, we're certainly hoping to see this excellent play have a future life. 

Read the sparkling reviews for yourself here:

The Arts Review


The Irish Times

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Girls – by Theresa Ikoko

“Girls manages to grip and amaze the audience with its characters and powerful message from start to finish”

Having only just opened for its run at the Fringe, Theresa Ikoko’s deeply humourous play has already won itself a place as a finalist of the Verity Bargate Award and as a winner of the Alfred Fagon Award (2015) and George Devine Award (2016). This politically charged play is filled with “tense action and witty dialogue”, a fast-paced and emotional play that by all accounts, keeps you on the edge of your seat.

Read the reviews here:

Broadway Baby

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