Food-related theatre and comedy shows at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019

Food-related theatre and comedy shows at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019

Jessie Ware's Table Manners

Find out which Fringe shows are going to whet your appetite, with the likes of Jessie Ware, George Egg and more

Sometimes as an audience member it can be hard to concentrate on what's happening on the stage in front of you due to a rumbly tummy. Maybe you missed that crucial snackette because you were running late for a show or your appetite has suddenly reappeared after being hungover for two solid days. Or maybe you're foolishly attempting some sort of August diet. Whatever your problem, there are a number of theatre and comedy shows which contain actual food on stage in front of you. Enter these at your peril …

George Egg has made a name for himself by somehow whipping up a storm in the most unusual of places and with very unlikely utensils. Previously he's shown us how to concoct a three-course meal in a hotel room with the most basic ingredients, a trouser press and iron, while his last show had him making dinner with power tools from his shed. In Movable Feast (Assembly George Square Gardens, 1–25 Aug), he demonstrates how you can create cuisine on the road (literally) by cooking with an engine and (metaphorically) putting the jam into traffic jam.

Michelle Pearson has two scran-based shows on the go as she sings for your supper in Comfort Food Cabaret (Imagination Workshop, 4–13 Aug) while Just Desserts (Underbelly, Cowgate, 1–11 Aug) has her providing pudding to a rock-pop soundtrack. Singer-songwriter Jessie Ware serves up two live helpings of her podcast Table Manners (Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose, 2 & 3 Aug) while Dan vs Food (Pleasance Courtyard, 14 Aug) has a simple premise. In this event in aid of hunger-battling charity FareShare, a chap called Dan attempts to eat his way through an hour-long show while some comics share his stage. Among those who might put him off before he completes his task are Nick Helm, Ivo Graham, Olga Koch, Bec Hill and Spencer Jones.

In A Migrant's Son (Imagination Workshop, 14–26 Aug), Michaela Burger hands out a traditional Greek feast while regaling you with her family's history which is filled with hardship and tragedy but softened by ingenuity and triumph. Burgerz (Traverse Theatre, 1–25 Aug) by performance artist Travis Alabanza comes with a warning that 'real meat is used on stage' as we hear torrid tales of transphobic violence.

Back to the less serious stuff with Fawlty Towers Live Themed Dinner Show (Hilton Edinburgh Carlton Hotel, 2–26 Aug) paying homage to the classic Torquay hotel-based sitcom where everything that can go wrong does while Dickens for Dinner (C viva, 31 Jul–26 Aug) lays on some soup for fans of the Great Expectations author. And if you like soup, all the better.

Find full details of shows at our dedicated Edinburgh festivals site

Burgerz

Hackney Showroom Hurled words. Thrown objects. Dodged burgers. After someone threw a burger at them and shouted a transphobic slur, performance artist Travis Alabanza became obsessed with burgers. How they are made, how they feel and smell. How they travel through the air. How the mayonnaise feels on your skin. This is…

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Thu 1 Aug

Traverse 2

£15 (£9) / 0131 228 1404

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 2 Aug

Traverse 2

£21 (£15.50) / 0131 228 1404

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 3 Aug

Traverse 2

£21 (£15.50) / 0131 228 1404

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 19 more dates until 25 Aug

Comfort Food Cabaret

Michelle Pearson Music Australia’s singing cook presents her award-winning musical cooking cabaret. You'll be serenaded by the soulful songstress as she cooks you a decadent three-course dinner. Prepare to be delighted by Michelle’s indulgent cooking, her remarkable sound and interpretations of popular rock, pop and…

The Principal George Street, Edinburgh

Sun 4 Aug

Kings Hall

£45 (£35) / 0131 225 1251

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 6 Aug

Kings Hall

£40 (£35) / 0131 225 1251

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 7 Aug

Kings Hall

£40 (£35) / 0131 225 1251

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 5 more dates until 13 Aug

Dan vs Food

Alexander Bennett, Dan Cardwell and The Pleasance A man eats a meal on stage. This is the greatest cultural event of the year. For one lunchtime only, a man called Dan will eat a three-course meal live on stage in a 750 seat theatre. Such a feat has never been attempted before. Surrounded by a team of Fringe favourites…

Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Wed 14 Aug

The Grand

£6 / 0131 556 6550

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Dickens for Dinner

C theatre The cast of Fringe favourite Shakespeare for Breakfast invite you for dinner with a Dickensian twist! Dickens for Dinner returns to Edinburgh for the third year to take on the Victorian classic Oliver Twist! Join us for a deliciously daring look at this classic British author, with a feverishly funny flavour.

C venues – C at New Town Cookery School, Edinburgh

Wed 31 Jul

main house

£7.50 (£5.50)

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 1 Aug

main house

£7.50 (£5.50)

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 2 Aug

main house

£7.50 (£5.50)

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 23 more dates until 26 Aug

Fawlty Towers Live Themed Dinner Show

Fawdinex Ltd. Based on the scripts by John Cleese and Connie Booth, Basil, Sybil, Manuel and Polly open the notorious dining room at the Fawlty Towers Hotel to the public for a night of cabaret like no other. Relive the golden era of television comedy and reacquaint yourself with Britain's most loved characters and…

Hilton Edinburgh Carlton

Fri 2 Aug

The Highland Suite

£52.50 / 0131 472 3000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 3 Aug

The Highland Suite

£52.50 / 0131 472 3000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 4 Aug

The Highland Suite

£52.50 / 0131 472 3000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 21 more dates until 26 Aug

George Egg: Movable Feast

Phil McIntyre Entertainments Brand-new comedy from the stand-up who cooks on stage. In this show he's on the road! It's time for planes, trains and automob-meals (sorry). George demonstrates how to cook with an engine, procure items from the train buffet trolley and turn unexpected roadworks into a picnic. Three plates…

Assembly George Square, Edinburgh

Thu 1 Aug

Piccolo

£8 / 0131 623 3030

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 2 Aug

Piccolo

£8 / 0131 623 3030

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 3 Aug

Piccolo

£12 / 0131 623 3030

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 21 more dates until 25 Aug

A Migrant's Son

Michaela Burger ‘A far-reaching generational story that crosses divides, ignites memories and pulls at your heart-strings’ (Stage Whispers). Greek/Australian performer and songwriter Michaela Burger (Exposing Edith) welcomes you into her family’s story, as she shines a unique spotlight on the migrant experience which…

The Principal George Street, Edinburgh

Wed 14 Aug

Kings Hall

£40 / 0131 225 1251

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 15 Aug

Kings Hall

£40 / 0131 225 1251

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 16 Aug

Kings Hall

£45 (£40) / 0131 225 1251

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 9 more dates until 26 Aug

Table Manners with Jessie Ware

Gilded Balloon and DF Concerts present… The official Fringe premiere of the live version of the smash-hit podcast that Jessie Ware hosts about food, family and the beautiful art of having a chat, direct from her very own dinner table. With a little bit of help from her chef extraordinaire mum Lennie, each week guests…

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