The Adventures of the Bearded Lady

Comedy (theatre, drag)

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  • Gilded Balloon at Old Tolbooth Market - Bothy
  • 21:15
  • Aug 24-25
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Theodora van der Beek
  • Warnings and additional info: Contains Distressing Themes, Nudity, Scenes of a Sexual Nature, Strong Language/Swearing Buy a ticket in advance to guarantee entry or Pay What You Want at the venue
  • Accessibility:
    Relaxed Performance
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years
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Dream job, huge fanbase and in a committed relationship with a hunky dancing bear. Everything was going right for the bearded lady; until her secret came out... Appropriating Leonardos from da Vinci to DiCaprio, a gender-bending journey and joyful f*ck you to a world that asks people to hide or change who they are. 'Van der Beek is a brilliantly understated comic writer and performer who draws on the work of Andy Warhol and Lady Gaga, as well as the punk spirit of Deborah Harry and the Sex Pistols' (Scotsman).

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General venue access

  • Relaxed Performance
  • Accessible entry: The Bothy is accessed through the bar and down 10 stairs.
  • Wheelchair access type: Not fully wheelchair accessible

  • Stairs: 6 - 10
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

Each venue can contain several space with different accessibly information. Visit the venue page for full venue accessibility info

Relaxed performances

  • Dates: 13 August, 6 August
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team for more information or to discuss any accessibility requirements.
  • Character Introduction Details
  • Additional information: The venue will have seating and be a comfortable space and the Front of House staff will be trained to know that they can encourage people to leave the show and make themselves comfortable if they need.

Be aware that this show features:

  • Audience required to undertake directed movement
  • Performer goes into audience area
  • Total Audience Black Out
  • Loud/repetitive/high pitched/unexpected or overlapping sound
  • Characters expressing anger
  • Permission to move around and make noise
  • Permission to engage with performer

Show does not feature:

  • Flashing Lights/Strobed Lighting
  • Distinctive smells
  • Special effects (e.g. smoke/bubbles/pyrotechnics)
  • Latex balloons
  • Heavily dialogue-driven scenes
  • Audience required to walk around
  • Audience required to sing/speak along with/for performer
  • Audience invited on stage
  • An intermission
  • Audience chill out area
  • Show guide or synopsis or character list

How and when to make an access booking

Our access tickets service is available to anyone who:

  • Would like to book specific accessibility services, e.g. a hearing loop, audio description headsets, captioning units, seating in relation to the location of the BSL interpreter
  • Requires extra assistance when at a venue
  • Has specific seating requirements
  • Is a wheelchair user
  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

Stephen Carlin 4 days ago

A real hidden gem of the fringe that I wished I had discovered earlier.
The writing has a fierce imagination and a very winning performance from Van Der Beek mixing, as it does, comedy, singing and high drama. The musical hall influence is strongly in evidence but also are the more subtle contemporary motifs that gives this such an original bent. Great vision from this writer/performer. I was genuinely disappointed when it ended.

Zany 4 days ago

Very entertaining and surprising. Loved all the singing and acting and had the most laughs among all the free fringe shows. Definitely a must-see to leave the festival with a good taste.

Celia W 13 days ago

Smart, original and really well crafted! A great performance, a real find in amongst all the thousands of options out there! Thoroughly recommend it!

Keith Prince 16 days ago

Comedy, theatre and song, with a nod to the Victorian music hall. Miss van der Beek's performance (and Victorian female stage performers were always a "Miss", whether single, married or in a civil partnership) as the eponymous Bearded Lady is at times enchanting, funny, joyous, and delightful, but there is also drama and stark tragedy - and just the right amount of bawdiness...And her singing voice is simply beautiful. Original and captivating, I highly recommend.

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Dates, Times and Prices