Back of the Bus

Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus (site-specific, comedy)

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  • Accessibility:
    Hearing 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 18 months


Come ride on a bus through the streets of Edinburgh as dancers propel themselves along the aisles and hang from the roof. Physical comedy, kinetic energy and outrageous scenarios combine to create a magical mystery tour. Fresh from sell-out seasons at 21 New Zealand, Australian and international arts festivals. Sell-out seasons at Edinburgh Fringe 2014 and 2016. ***** ( ***** ( ***** ( **** (Scotsman). 'I felt like a kid at a candy store full of wonder and excitement' (Audience review). Be quick to catch the dancing bus in Edinburgh.

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General venue access

  • Hearing not needed
  • Accessible entry: Cobbles surround the full George Square area, including where the Box Office is located.
  • Wheelchair access type: Level Access

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

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

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

Clea Friend 149 days ago

Utterly delightful, funny, entertaining, unexpected, engaging and skilful. Thank you!

Scott 150 days ago

Great show, a very different bus tour, that tells a story with no language barriers. You can't help but feel good with it, first show I saw at the Fringe so far, and I think it will be in my top 5 by the time I leave next week!

Lisa Nelson 152 days ago

An overall fun, memorable experience! Interesting mobile performance that kept you wondering, what's next? Especially great for non-native English speakers as a physical movement and dance piece of sorts. Thoughtful concepts to break boundaries and bring people together. By the end I was locking arms and singing with new friends. Highly recommend.

William McKerracher 154 days ago

This is the most "Fringe" show I've seen at the fringe. I encourage everyone to see it if they wish to see something new.

The show involves a stunning blend of sensual dance, curious pointlessness, consistent bewilderment, constant anticipation and great skill.

The locations include said bus, a field and a room filled with aromatherapy smells. Activities include applying make-up to the performers, being covered in popcorn and running into the middle of a human circle.

I can see why it may not be everyone's cup of tea. Your personal space will be invaded and the whacky scenarios demand audience participation.

There are plenty of quality shows to see at the fringe. But if you want a true experience, see Back of the Bus.

Ailis Sandilands 156 days ago

Just too weird. We were really disappointed by this show. I’m sure the dancers are very talented but there just isn’t the space to show it in the aisle of a full bus. We do not enjoy actively being made to feel uncomfortable by the performers coming so frequently into the intimate personal space of the audience. This was one of those times when we took a chance with Fringe tickets based on positive previous reviews but it didn’t pay off.

Debbie M 163 days ago

Loved it! Utterly charming and slightly bonkers. I love Edinburgh shows that are not quite what you expected but so much better than you could have imagined. Our kids (12 and 5) are in love. Engaging performers and talented dancers. Left with huge smiles.

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The Wee Review (4/5 stars) 160 days ago

Travelling by bus can sometimes feel like taking a chance. You might get stuck in traffic, diverted by roadworks, or end up pressed against the window as a stranger beside you discusses deeply personal problems on their phone. Back of the Bus, by Java Dance Theatre, uses these everyday risks...

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