5 highlights from the Fringe-specific Hunt and Darton Cafe

This article is from 2013

5 highlights from the Fringe-specific Hunt and Darton Cafe

Photo: Christa Holka

The venue/eatery puts an emphasis on making the audience part of the show

Hunt & Darton changes its mood in the evenings, becoming a venue for the sort of work that the long runs and the tight turnarounds of the Fringe doesn’t usually include. Their performance selection is a handy guide to creators who are working at the edges of theatre and performance art

All Roads Lead To Rome

Chris Dobrowolski’s lecture performance includes the fall of communism, a road trip to the Eternal City and the restoration of a classic car. The sculptor’s love of his father’s motor has him considering how everything has become disposable since the Cold War ended.
2–25 Aug (not 5, 12, 19), 7.30pm, £5.


Hunt & Darton prove that they are more than just the hosts of the café with a show that promises plenty of leopard skin in an attempt to find the interesting side of being bored.
3, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24 Aug, 10.30pm, £5.


A variety of artists – including two (Janice Parker and Louise Ahl) who have performed at Dance Base in previous Fringes – make up the Glasgow curation team’s second visit to the Fringe. From Jenna Watt, who had a hit with Flaneurs in 2012, through Thomas Hubbin’s witty solo, to Parker’s inclusive understanding of dance, this is a snapshot of intimate contemporary performance.
2, 4, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25 Aug, 10.30pm, free.

How To Avoid Making An Entrance of Yourself

Dot Howard, who is constantly terrified of disgracing herself on stage, presents memories of her life as a performer. Self doubt may be inspirational, but it makes getting in front of an audience tough.
2–25 Aug (not 5, 12, 19), 6pm, £5. Preview 2 Aug, £2.50.


Watford’s finest live art provocateur comes back to the Fringe to change the world through low-grade civil disobedience. Matching smart thinking with cheeky humour, Richard DeDomenici makes radical politics entertaining, and can usually find a new angle on familiar events.
2–25 Aug (not 5, 12, 19), 9pm, £5.


BUZZCUT/Escalator East to Edinburgh Glasgow’s //BUZZCUT// bring some of Scotland’s most exciting experimental artists to Hunt & Darton Cafe For the first time ever //BUZZCUT// are in residence at the Hunt and Darton Cafe, serving up a range of performances from some of Scotland’s most exciting experimental artists.

Hunt & Darton Cafe

Hunt & Darton / Escalator East To Edinburgh The award-winning interactive performance/installation and fully-functioning cafe returns! Expect a playful exploration into customer expectation, where food, service and business are the art. Festival staples, includes the sensational signature dish, the roast dinner…


Hunt & Darton/Escalator East to Edinburgh The most exciting show about boredom ever? To show that they don’t only run the most exciting café at the Fringe, award winning artists Hunt & Darton bring even more excitement to our lives with a show about being bored. ‘Holly Darton and Jenny Hunt, are wowing the…

All Roads Lead to Rome

The artist embarks on an epic journey from Colchester to Rome in his ancient but beloved family Triumph Herald Estate and presents a briefing of the project, incorporating car mechanics, Roman Roads, the Cold War, consumerism, contemporary art theory and classical civilisation.

How to Avoid Making an Entrance of Yourself

Dot Howard/Escalator East to Edinburgh Tonight Matthew I am going to be … making an entrance and heading straight for the exit. Dot Howard was one-half of Odd Comic who enjoyed critical and audience acclaim with the unique, quirky 2012 Fringe surprise *Would be Nice Though … * For 2013 she returns with an absurd account…


Richard DeDomenici/Escalator East to Edinburgh Sit back and relax to the dulcet tones of Richard’s fake songs, topical pranks, silly games, and satirical mash-ups in his hit show about changing the world. 'Clever, tremendously funny, powerfully political, and unafraid to be accessible. Think of comic activist Mark Thomas…