Arthur Smith: SYD

Comedy (theatre)

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  • Pleasance Courtyard - Forth
  • 13:40
  • Aug 17
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 16+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Arthur Smith
  • Warnings and additional info: This show contains strong language.
  • Accessibility:
    Audio enhancement system
    Sight not needed
    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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Description

The story of an ordinary man who lived through extraordinary times, told with love, laughter and song. 'A touching and funny tribute to Arthur Smith's own father. Beautiful' ***** (Young-Perspective.net). Syd Smith fought at El Alamein, became a POW and ended the war in the notorious Colditz Castle in Germany. In the 1950s, PC Syd patrolled London's South Bank and met a gallery of characters whom he tried his best not to arrest. Arthur tells this 20th-century story with laughter, music reflections and a hilarious photo. 'Rather lovely' (Times).

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General venue access

  • Audio enhancement system
    Sight not needed
  • Accessible entry: Main entrance to venue beside Arthur’s Bar. Level access via locked lift at rear of building arranged by staff at entrance or Box Office.
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

  • 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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Big Jazza 1 day ago

We’ve seen the full range of outstanding shows this year, from the dingy cellar to the sell-out comedians in large auditoria, but Arthur Smith and Kirsty Newton has been our favourite. Affectionate, poignant and wistful and, at turns, cheeky and nostalgic, this is a heartwarming and remarkable story about an ordinary upstanding man living through extraordinary times

Arthur is at his best: an engaging, familiar and exceptional raconteur. Familiar and comfortable, like a favourite armchair. Kirsty Newton is very convincing in her 40s guise and conveys the period through her characters and natural musical talent. Lovely, winding, warm stroll down one man’s memory lane which evokes a period which has long gone. Thanks.

Emerlist 4 days ago

This is a rare thing - a truly lovely show.
Arthur Smith relates the story of his father’s life in a loving, humorous way. There are several songs, which enhance the narrative.
It is a recipe for a cheesy show, but it avoids this easily. The result is a most enjoyable show where you are sad when it comes to an end.
We saw the show last year and liked it so much that we came back again this year, and we weren’t disappointed.

Peter Louch 4 days ago

As always , a brilliant 1 hours entertainment.
This man is a very gifted, story teller and comedian, always a joy to watch, always lots of laughter.
As usual, brilliant accompiament too.

Alastair McInnes 5 days ago

Partly a very touching tribute to a father. Partly a walk back through relatively-recent, but apparently long-forgotten history. Easily worth an hour of your time.

Alan Barron 12 days ago

Good old Arthur; his dad would have loved the way his life-story was presented. A good mix of storytelling and song. Syd was clearly a good lad who had lived a bit. The supporting piano-player/singer had a great voice.

Daniel Somers 13 days ago

We loved it from start to finish the rapport between the lovely lady pianist /singer and himself was spot on .
Very nostalgic-very funny audience participation included -His dad seemed a great bloke
as is Arthur .
No swearing (no need ) to captivate the audience from start to finish a fab easy going
show just relax for an hour .
Don`t miss it !!!
P.s Thanks Arthur very enjoyable ,we actually met you in the street before the show I was the guy in the fancy shirt you liked,moaning about the cost of parking and me cocking up my arrangement struggling to try and fit the show in afterwards,which incidentally wasn't worth the cost and effort not a patch on yours !


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Chortle (4/5 stars) 1 day ago

Well, this is rather delightful: Arthur Smith’s tender portrait of his father brought to affectionate life through simple but elegant production and evocative music.  ...

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Chortle Comedy 2 days ago

Well, this is rather delightful: Arthur Smith’s tender portrait of his father brought to affectionate life through simple but elegant production and evocative music. [...] With a rich and varied tone, this is amusing, engrossing and inspirational in equal measure.

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Chortle Comedy 2 days ago

Well, this is rather delightful: Arthur Smith’s tender portrait of his father brought to affectionate life through simple but elegant production and evocative music. [...] With a rich and varied tone, this is amusing, engrossing and inspirational in equal measure.

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Squirrel Comedy 2 days ago

Sadly, we only got to see two thirds of this beautifully poignant eulogy, before the fire alarm sounded and the entire Pleasance Courtyard complex was evacuated. [...] What we saw of the show to that point was excellent and I can thoroughly recommend it.

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Deadline News (5/5 stars) 3 days ago

‘Syd’ is the finest tribute a comedian could pay to a parent, remembering them by making an audience laugh, and very nearly cry, about their life.

If you go see ‘Syd’ you won’t see a grumpy old man on stage. You’ll see a sentimental old man, and a very funny one too.

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Squirrelcomedy.com 3 days ago

I can thoroughly recommend

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One4Review (5/5 stars) 6 days ago

Arthur Smith, the one with the gravelly voice, the one from TVs the Grumpy Old men. Arthur has been playing at the Fringe since 1977 which takes some beating as records go. This is a nostalgic story about Arthur’s late … Read More ...

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