Five sport shows at the Edinburgh Fringe 2010

  • Edinburgh Festival Guide
  • 15 July 2010

This article is from 2010

Abi Titmuss

Abi Titmuss debits at the Fringe in Up ‘N’ Under.

From football and tennis to rugby and the Olympics, these shows go for the win.

Poland 3 Iran 2
The 1976 Olympic Games clash between two very different footballing nations acts as a backdrop to a tale of how everyday life isn’t always defined by one culture.
Thistle Street Bar, Thistle Street, 0131 556 6550, 7–28 Aug (not 9 & 10, 16, 23), 5pm, £9–£10 (£7.50–£8.50). Previews 4–6 Aug, £5.

From the people who brought you Kiddy-Fiddler on the Roof comes another blistering musical satire featuring the antics which abound inside the Wafthead Tennis Club.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, Bristo Square, 0131 622 6552, 8–30 Aug (not 17, 24), 4pm, £9.50–£10.50 (£8.50–£9.50). Previews 4–7 Aug, £6.

The Olympic Gene
Becky Brunning’s great-grandfather won a gymnastics gold at the 1912 Olympics. Now a century on and with the London event bearing down on her, Becky is trying to keep the old boy’s legacy aflame.
The Hive, Niddry Street, 0131 556 0444, 12–29 Aug (not 14 & 15), 12.30pm, free.

Up ‘N’ Under
Lad mag favourite Abi Titmuss makes her Fringe debut in the John Godber play, dressing down as a gym instructor who helps inspire a hapless rugby league team to an unlikely victory.
Assembly Rooms, George Street, 0131 623 3030, 7–30 Aug (not 16), 5.25pm, £17.50–£19.50 (£15.50–£17.50). Previews 5 & 6 Aug, £10.

Bob Doolally’s World Cup Balls
Forget Lineker and Shearer. If you want to hear a true expert analysis of the South African World Cup, turn shakily towards pub pundit Bob Doolally as he reveals more of the dark side to the beautiful-ish game.
The Stand, York Place, 0131 558 7272, 16 Aug, 7.45pm, £10 (£9).

Bob Doolally's World Cup Balls

The self-styled football pundit and washed-up manager reviews this year's World Cup with satire, drink-fuelled ranting and smut. 'Part of Funny in Falkirk'

Up 'N' Under

John Godber directs the 25th anniversary production of his Olivier Award-winning comedy. Actress and TV personality Abi Titmuss, fresh from a critically-acclaimed performance as Lady Macbeth, stars as a gym instructor attempting to kick an unruly bunch of amateur Rugby League misfits into touch. When Rugby League…


Backhands, baking and bonking are set to an original toe-tapping score from vaudevillian jazz to Hebrew rap, in a musical satire with heart (and balls) set in a suburban tennis club. Young love battles provincial prejudice when a new arrival threatens the ladies' regime of ground strokes and gossip. From the creators of…

The Olympic Gene - Free

Becky Brunning and her great-grandfather William Lebeau were born exactly 100 years apart. He won a medal for gymnastics in the 1912 Stockholm Olympics; she can see* the London 2012 stadium from her bedroom window. Inspired by such fortuitous serendipity, and not wanting to ignore destiny, she embarks on a spirited quest…

Poland 3 Iran 2

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1976, the best ever Polish football team played the best ever Iranian football team. This match featured the renowned players Tomaszewski, Lato and Deyna as well as the great Ali Parvin for Iran, nicknamed the 'Sultan'. Such a clash of talent led to a memorable game with Poland edging to a 3-2 win. In a humorous…


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