The EFFing shows

We know we said a little while ago that 12 was the perfect number of shows for our new hub… but then we went ahead and added three more!
So now our classy hotel hub is hosting 15 wildly diverse shows all curated by Interactive Theatre International (ITI). Three of those shows are also ITI originals – including firm fringe favourite, Faulty Towers The Dining Experience.
Shows of the IW hub now include: four standup comedy shows, high drama, spoken word, cabaret, and children’s circus – plus five immersive dining experiences. We sure do have our hands full.
ITI has form in creating, producing and staging successful shows: it’s been doing so since 1997 and this is our 12th consecutive Fringe. So we thought it was only good and right to get you up to speed on each show and what they are all about. Seeing each show side by side sure does highlight how diverse this year’s line up is.
Over the coming weeks we’ll also be hearing from some of the performers across these 15 shows as they mark out their Fringe experience so we’re hoping this also goes towards providing context to each of our brilliant shows this year…


Our immersive dining shows:

* Faulty Towers The Dining Experience: the world’s longest-running, most successful tribute to the BBC’s iconic TV series, where audiences become part of the irresistible action, now back for its 12th, and biggest, Fringe yet.
‘Best Completely Indestructible Show Award’ The Advertiser, Adelaide Fringe 2019


* Confetti & Chaos: the bonkers wedding reception gone wildly wrong returns for its 5th Fringe with a feast of secrets that spill out as family members bust in, bust up and bust a move.
‘Genius’ Broadway World, Edinburgh Fringe 2018.


* Only Fools The (cushty) Dining Experience: the show that opened on UK tour and in a London West End residency in 2018 has been pulling lovely jubbly laughs and reviews ever since. Find out why in this first Fringe appearance where audiences join the pride of Peckham in a night of wheeling, dealing and eating.
‘Exceptional’ Celebrity Radio, 2019.


* Comfort Food Cabaret: Cabaret fresh from acclaimed performances at Copenhagen’s three Michelin star restaurant, Geranium, plus festivals around the world. Be wined, dined and delighted by hilarious storytelling, indulgent cooking and stunning vocals.


* A Migrant’s Son: 100 years of the migrant experience charting the Greeks’ arrival in Australia, told in heart-touching narrative and song. Hard-hitting as well as hilarious, it also includes a Greek meal. Direct from an award-winning Adelaide Fringe season.


Our new standup and sketch shows:

* Everest: Australian Angus Brown returns. At the base of Mt. Everest, used car salesman Albert Bentwater prepares to climb to the top of the world’s highest peak, with absolutely no idea what he’s doing. But things can get a little foggy in the death zone, and for Albert/Angus, the ice could be getting a little thin…


* Sheep Still Don’t Have A Working Knowledge of the DLR: Glenn Doncaster returns with new standup show discussing child police officers, the dangers of migratory toads, and the time he was mistaken for a fictional groundskeeper.


* Generation Whyyy: Meela Goola’s latest sketch comedy is daring, exciting and relatable. Explore Generation Y’s outlandish, larger than life characters that we all love to hate in a laugh-out-loud, cringe-making, side-splitting experience.


* Cowboys, Country Music & Queers: Award-winning American standup Brandon Burke spins a yarn of choosing among Belt-Buckles, Bibles, Broadway musicals & Bo Duke in a funny and fearless journey from the Ozarks to London – and now Edinburgh. An honest and
joyous romp of red-necks, bigots and big haired country women.


Our cabaret, kids, drama and more comedy shows:

* Big Tops & Tiny Tots: A 5-star circus show for three to seven-year-olds! After 50 minutes of endless giggling, they’ll be somersaulting out the door with excitement, ready to set off on their own circus adventure!


* Stand Up Poet: Gavin Robertson is ‘Like watching John Cooper Clarke snog John Hegley’ (BBC Radio Sussex). Sardonic, comic, maybe poignant or cathartic, the show ‘keeps you constantly engaged’ (Kansas City Star), delivering verses on life, the universe and everything(ish). ‘Sharp and witty’ ***** (RAW).


* Myra: Few have attracted such notoriety or public loathing as the Moors Murders. Myra’s story is that of a very dark world which no one wants to visit. Hear her in her prison cell.
‘Truly outstanding’ FringeReview


* Love/Hate Actually: Amy thinks the 2003 film Love Actually represents everything good about the human experience of love. Natalie thinks it’s unrealistic and manipulative crap. Part double-act, part film lecture, part game show, this two-woman comedy showdown asks
whether Love Actually is the ultimate rom-com…. or ultimately terrible.


*Cherie–My Struggle: A gossipy memoire where Cherie describes her inspirational journey from a Liverpool convent to No 10, sharing secrets about Gordon Brown, Carole Caplin, Alistair Campbell, the Queen, Mrs T, John Smith, Jeremy Corbyn, Diane Abbott and many


* The Dots: slick and sophisticated close-part harmony cabaret – well it was until the soprano stormed out. Barrel-scraping and clutching of straw after ridiculous straw unfurl in a safety net of uplifting music.