Universal Arts Fringe

A Joke

Universal Arts Productions and Scene Change Productions present

photo: Andy Hollingworth

A Joke

Assembly Rooms | Ballroom 

2-26 August (except 8, 14, 21)

Sylvester McCoy (Dr Who, The Hobbit) and Robert Picardo (Star Trek Voyager, Stargate Atlantis) star in A Joke, the new hit play by Dan Freeman (The Now Show, Ectoplasm) that explores our attitudes to humour and life. 

Following a short, work-in-progress version at Edfringe 2017, this new production premieres at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in the Ballroom at Assembly Rooms prior to a UK tour in 2019. It is directed by Tony Cownie (The Belle’s Strategem, The Venetian Twins), produced by Tomek Borkowy (Universal Arts Productions) and Ed Littlewood (Scene Change Productions) and designed by Neil Murray (Brief Encounter, Steptoe and Son).

An Englishman, an Irishman and a Scotsman find themselves in a void and must work out who and where they are. Are they constituents of a story, or is the joke on them? They approach their desolate world respectively with fear, optimism and acceptance. 

Then, as they adopt one another’s tendencies and learn by experiment and discussion, they begin to solve the mystery of their own existence and ours. The play boasts razor-sharp wit, slapstick, song and magic.

“a comic masterclass... laugh out loud funny” ***** Edinburgh Evening News

“Who knew that three men, a massage table and a pair of spoons could cause such hilarity?” 
***** Edinburgh Reporter

“sharp, satirical and effortlessly amusing” The Stage

"Hilarious... this break-neck hour of exhilarating theatre" International Times

tickets: assemblyfestival.com Twitter: @ajokeplay  Facebook: ajokeplay

Ballroom, George Street, EH2 2LR 

16.25  Running Time: 70mins

2 – 26 August. Previews 2-3 August. No show Wed 8, Tue 14 & Tue 21 August. 

Tickets: Previews £8;

4-5, 9,13, 15-16,20, 22-23August £14 (£12)

10-12,17-19,24-26 August  £16 (£14)

Bookings: assemblyfestival.com, 0131 623 3030 or Assembly box offices at Assembly Hall and Assembly Roxy, Assembly George Square, Assembly Checkpoint and Assembly Rooms

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