Big Bite-Size Breakfast Show

Theatre (compilation, new writing)

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  • Pleasance Courtyard - Forth
  • 10:30
  • Aug 26
  • 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Suitability: 12+ (Restriction)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: White Room Theatre Ed2019 Partnership
  • Warnings and additional info: This show contains strong language.
  • Accessibility:
    Audio enhancement system
    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


Good morning, Edinburgh! After Fringe sell-outs in 2017 and 2018, we're moving to a lovely new venue. Three new, stimulating, delicious, rotating "menus" of 10-15-minute comedies, eccentricity and mini-drama – all served up with free fresh coffee/tea, croissant and strawberry. Doors open 10am so come relax and meet our team in our airy new space before we perform for you. Our 14th year of breakfast shows. 'The tapas of the theatre scene' (ThreeWeeks). 'One of the most important shows you'll see on the Fringe' (Daily Record). For information on the menu schedule please visit

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General venue access

  • Audio enhancement system
  • 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.

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

Alastair McInnes 85 days ago

What a great way to get your Fringe day off to a good start. Tea and a croissant PLUS 4 or 5 short plays beautifully performed.

CW 86 days ago

Like other reviewers, these shows are the first on our Fringe must see list each year. This year did not disappoint. How they come up with such good material every year...
Even handling of the transitions between sets was nicely done
A marvellous way to start any Fringe day.

It must be said though, that we found the Potter Row venue preferable. The seating in this years venue did obscure our views when not in the front row. Some seats were directly one behind the one in front and not sufficiently raked to permit viewing over the head of the person in front.

Simon Phillips 89 days ago

We have seen them every year since they’ve been to the Fringe, and they never disappoint. Saw all 3 shows. All brilliant. Great way to start the day.

Alistair Lomas 89 days ago

I’ve always booked shows for early morning because I want to make the most of my fringe experience, but they had all been really disappointing (there’s a reason why not many folk go and see the early shows - they’re rather pants, and yes I am talking to you 00).

In Big Bite-Size Breakfast Show I have finally found a show on early enough in the day that I enjoyed! A multitasking talented cast with witty writing made this highly enjoyable. Yes it’s a faff trying to eat and drink in the cramped space, but no one is forcing you to have the food (and I found it a good use of the stage lights to keep the croissants warm!). Just when I was about to give up hope on morning shows, this show has given me something to look forward to next year!

John Dalton 90 days ago

The good: The selection of plays this year was much better then last year. Good writing brought out the best in the actors – Rosie Edwards in ‘Bottle for a Special Occasion’ to my mind gave her best ever performance. Speaking of actors Tom McCarron is exceptional – handsome, great actor and with great presence. Presence cannot be learnt – you either have it or you don’t. A bright future must await him. Pity that from our seats we couldn't see his death scene in Just Desserts - which leads to the bad: We’ve been coming to the Big Breakfast every year since 2012. During that time they were in the Queen Dome, which is desperately in need of renovation but to my mind is a perfect size for short, small cast plays. No doubt selling out at Forth at the Pleasance Courtyard makes the whole enterprise morefinancially secure but it is at the expense of the atmosphere.. The actors are lost on the stage, which looks like a second hand furniture store, lined as it is with the props. The deliberate movement of props between plays slows everything down and what is it with this post set-up formal nodding / bowing? I'd say that it’s time to ditch the food and coffee. Giving older audience members (I speak as a 65 year old myself) coffee, croissant and strawberries to balance along with their kagoules and backpacks is just asking for trouble in the cramped rows of seats. One woman near me got hot coffee spilt on her and I had the dubious pleasure of a strawberry dropped down the back of my shirt. In short the charm has gone and this year might well be my last.

Tim S 96 days ago

Top notch as always. Funny, thoughtful, surprising. For consistent class, the benchmark for Fringe shows.

Emma 96 days ago

Always a delight, the Bite-size Breakfast is an essential part of my fringe. This year, I think that the standard is higher than in the last year or two (although the gap between a couple of the plays was a little long). I’m looking forward to 2020’s offering already!

Rick 98 days ago

Always have a visit to at least one of these shows each year. This year just as good as last and was our first of this year’s excellent visit to the Fringe.
Has to be on anyone’s list of shows to see.

Julie Phillips 99 days ago

We saw menu 2, then menu 1 and have menu 3 booked later this week. On our list of ‘must do’ every year. A great start to your day. What a talented group of actors.

Bunriots 102 days ago

We saw Menu 1. All of the sketches were extremely well acted and laugh out loud funny. The scripts were clever, funny and inventive. The coffee, croissant and strawberry were good too. A great start to the day!

James M 104 days ago

Must see. We have been watching these extremely talented actors / writers for many years. They always deliver. The format of 5 term minute plays with a coffee, croissant and strawberries gives all ages the best start to a day at the Fringe. See all 3 menus.... the're great

Sheila Bell 106 days ago

This is the show we book first, every year. Attended the 2019 show( menu3) today and as usual it did not disappoint. Attending the performances feels like meeting up with old friends - such talented “old friends”. The new bigger venue means that even more people are able to enjoy the performances!

Carola Martin-Smith 106 days ago

5 back to back short plays. All brilliant.

Kathleen Noonan 110 days ago

This was my first Fringe show for 2019 and what a way to start. Breakfast provided, in the form of croissant with tea or coffee, before no less than 5 excellently entertaining short plays.
I was amazed at how the scenery changes were blended in and how quickly and easily the cast changed characters.
As there is a rota of 3 different batches of plays so its worth booking 3 days in a row so as not to miss any and this show will awaken your senses for the day ahead.
Thank you for setting me up for another great year at the Fringe.

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Khris Hallett (4/5 stars) 93 days ago

It’s a perfectly pleasing start to a Fringe day. The company know the formula by now and play up to its strengths. Recommended.

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Mind the Blog (5/5 stars) 96 days ago

My verdict? You can’t go wrong with a Bite-Size start to the day – another great selection of short plays to get your laughing gear around.

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British Theatre Guide (5/5 stars) 100 days ago

The Big Bite-Sized Breakfast Show has found a winning formula for good plays with solid rotating cast and production values. And a bit of breakfast to sweeten the "not that early" start time Here five playwrights have with 10-15 minutes each provide guaranteed good theatre. This is just one of...

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Daily Business Magazine (5/5 stars) 102 days ago

Each 10-15 minute playlet is an engaging and thoughtful piece of creative writing which is well acted. They seamlessly move from one to the other, with quick changes of set, maintaining audience attention and anticipation.

An added bonus of these plays is that the audience receives on arrival a tasty Scottish strawberry, followed by coffee or tea, and a fresh croissant. Excellent value and may it long continue.

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