And They Played Shang-A-Lang

Comedy (theatre, musical theatre)

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  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 1 year


Shang is back for its eighth year. This is life growing up in 70s Scotland told through laughter, tears and 70s music. We follow Jim's adolescence journey through his formative school years. A must-see show.

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General venue access

  • Accessible entry: There are four flights of stairs into the venue.
  • Wheelchair access type: Not fully wheelchair accessible

  • Stairs: 20+
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

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Paolo S 149 days ago

A good premise for a show - personal memories of growing up in the 70s set against music from the time. The cast were brilliant and energetic - really threw themselves into the scenes. There are quite a few laugh out loud moments and some great comic timing from the young cast. The narrator is a bit dry in his delivery and a slightly awkward fit. The show stalls a little at the Bohemian Rhapsody part, and though I understand it's supposed to be sombre I feel that part goes on a bit too long without movement or change. I also felt that although the dialogue was 'of it's time' it's still not OK to repeatedly use things like 'deaf' as an insult, so the script could do with a slight re-write. Overall we enjoyed it and clearly the rest of the audience did too.

Stuart Atha 150 days ago

Not sure I have missed this previously, but glad to have the situation rectified this year. A brilliant show, delivered with great enthusiasm and talent by the cast. Who needs Facebook Memories when you have the Edinburgh Little Theatre.

Maureen Eyers 152 days ago

Your fringe is not complete without this show, I make a point of seeing it every year and it gets better and better. As someone who grew up in the 70’s this show resonates with me so much. It made my laugh, cry, laugh some more and cry some more. This really is the highlight of my fringe. The nativity play scene still makes me laugh out loud, THAT WAS MY SCHOOL TOO. You leave the venue with a smile on your face and full of inspiration. Highly recommended.

Carolyn Chapple 157 days ago

As a teenager of the 70s this show brought back so many memories of how things were in those days. So true to life and thoroughly enjoyable

James Robertson 159 days ago

Shang a lang – this was the hidden gem of our Edinburgh Fringe experience this year. If you are of “a certain age” and can remember the 70s you’ll definitely relate to a lot of this. Sometimes poignant and very funny. Great hearing some of the songs from our childhood days. Well acted. Highly recommended.

Jo Chivers 163 days ago

I was crying and laughing at the same time when the ‘kids’ were dancing to Shang a Lang - what a trip down memory lane! The best nativity scene I’ve ever seen, and the school dance was so achingly hysterically accurate! Thank you for a great birthday indulgence x

Billy Paterson 166 days ago

Saw Shang-A-Lang today and it was amazing it took everyone back to the 70s and it was about Derek growing up will be returning as it’s amazing

Graham Simons 167 days ago

What a little gem. Brilliantly funny and (at times) tear jerking. An amazing cast threw their all into this musical comedy and took us back to the 1970's. One of our highlights. Highly recommended.

Tracy Steele 168 days ago

Brilliant show, fab wee cast that put lots of energy into a very funny and entertaining show

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