Get It! Use It! Conquer The World!
'No matter how eloquently a dog may bark, he cannot tell you that his parents were poor but honest' - only words can do that. Language is power. Words are magic.
Join Edinburgh Fringe award winner Gyles Brandreth on an uproarious and unexpected magic carpet ride around the awesome world of words.
Gyles is known as a wit and word-meister, former MP and Government Whip, BBC Radio 4 Just A Minute regular, BBC1 One Show reporter, Channel 4 Countdown survivor and as seen on QI, Have I Got News For You, Room 101, The IT Crowd and Pointless.
Whether it’s global domination you’re after – or getting some nookie on a Friday night – you need the right words to get the right results. Discover them right here.
WHY? ★★★★★ The Scotsman ★★★★★ Edinburgh Festivals Magazine ★★★★★ The Telegraph
'Wildly funny, incredibly indiscreet' Daily Mail
'Very funny' Sunday Times
'A master raconteur' Sunday Telegraph
'Absolute joy' Scotsman
1.30pm and 3.30pm.
Join our storytellers in the magical story den this half term!
See below for details of each day's stories.
Children must be accompanied by an adult. Adult spaces must be booked.
Age guidance: 3-7 years.
Celebrating over 60 years of Hancock’s Half Hour.
James performs a one man show including one lost episode and two episodes he has written in the same style as Ray Galton and Alan Simpson. He is a master at recreating the accents and personas of favourites such as Tony Hancock, Sidney James, Hattie Jacques, Bill Kerr and Kenneth Williams.
WHY? Performed in the style of a radio performance in front of a live audience, bringing to life the classic days of radio comedy
£15 (£13 Supporters)
Interactive storytelling in the magical story den.
Join in or unwind in the Café Bar with a latte and the Sunday papers, while your little ones get involved in telling stories from all over the world. Age guidance 4 – 7 years.
WHY? A sociable, creative and entirely relaxed way to do Sundays for families with young children
Sunday 13 May
Once Upon A Time: A Crown of Royal Tales
£3 per person (45 mins)
Highly acclaimed stand-up comedian Stephen K Amos hits the road this Autumn with his brand new tour.
As Brexit looms on, Trump reigns rampant and everyone seems pushed to extremes, Stephen’s main aim is to cheer us up.
Forget everything that’s going on in the world and immerse yourself in the warmth of “one of the most likable figures in British Comedy“ (Radio Times). As seen on QI, The People’s History of LGBT, Live At The Apollo, Have I Got News For You and What Does The K Stand For? on BBC Radio 4.
WHY? ‘Deliciously deft… we roared at ad-libbing that was first rate throughout… you’ll leave the show smiling’ The Times
'Unashamed feel-good entertainment’ The Evening Standard
Age guidance 16+ years.
An Avalon Edinburgh Festival Preview.
Jack Barry is one half of sketch duo Twins. He has performed at the prestigious Comedy Zone at the Edinburgh Fringe.
‘Instantly likeable’ Three Weeks
Adam Hess is the star of ITV’s Tonight at the London Palladium and Live from the BBC.
‘Good quality gags per minute’ The Independent
WHY? Jack has supported James Acaster on tour and Adam has been nominated for an Edinburgh Comedy Award
A brand new show, blending poeticals, talking, standing, spotlights, cables, Kronenburg, foot-stamping and old school wistfulness.
Tim is a Edinburgh Comedy Award winner and has appeared on Dave’s Taskmaster, BBC2’s Inside Number 9 and the Alan Partridge franchise.
WHY? ‘Flabbergastingly funny... I have never enjoyed myself in a comedy show more ★★★★★ The Times
‘If this is love, Key’s hard to resist’ ★★★★ The Metro
‘Megadate is another Tim Key delight: delicate, yet a feat of comic strength’ ★★★★ The Independent