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

This article is from 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.

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Table Manners with Jessie Ware

Jessie Ware takes her hit podcast and her mum Lennie on the road with a live UK tour.

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…

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 jazz…

Dan vs Food

Alexander Bennett, Dan Cardwell and The Pleasance A man eats a meal on stage. That's it. Or is it? An absurd charity event in aid of FareShare. Starring Spencer Jones, Nick Helm, Ivo Graham, Phil Wang, Ed Gamble, Sophie Duker, Olg Koch, Ed Night, Darren Harriot, Ben Target, Glen Moore, Thom Tuck, Andrew O'Neill, Stuart…


  • 4 stars

Part of Shout Festival programme (LGBTQ+) Burgerz is Alabanza’s new theatre show, and their first body of work of this kind. An exploration of the harassment Travis (and other trans bodies) experienced in public throughout 2016, Burgerz asks the question: what does the trans body do in order to survive and how does one…

A Migrant's Son

  • 4 stars

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 is…

George Egg: Movable Feast

  • 4 stars

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 of…

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.