The Big Bite-Size Breakfast Show

Theatre (compilation, new writing)

  • Pleasance Courtyard - Pleasance Beyond
  • 10:20
  • Aug 28
  • 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: White Room Theatre Ed2023 Partnership
  • Warnings and additional info: This show contains strong language, loud noises and comic violence.
  • Accessibility:
    Audio enhancement system
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    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! Following the hiatus since our triumphant run in 2019, we're thrilled to be back for our 15th year! Bringing you three brand-new, delicious, rotating "menus" of 10-15-minute comedies, eccentricities and mini-dramas – all served up with complimentary fresh coffee/tea, croissant and strawberries. The perfect way to start your day. Doors open by 10am so come and meet the team before they perform for you. 'The tapas of the theatre scene' (ThreeWeeks). 'One of the most important shows you'll see on the Fringe' (Daily Record). Information on the menus here:

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General venue access

  • Audio enhancement system
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Queue in cobbled courtyard. Access to space via locked lift, please notify venue ahead of your visit if you require use of the lift and ask at Info Shed upon arrival for access.
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

  • Stairs: 11- 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

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  • 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

Kathleen Noonan 93 days ago

If only ever day could start like this. Professional well executed funny sketches x 5.
Looking forward to next already!!!

James M 95 days ago

MUST SEE. A super start to any day at The Fringe. We've been addicted to their format for the last 10 years and they never fail to please, intruige, surprise and make you laugh. Breakfast in the shape of decent coffee and croissant and strawberries is an added bonus.

Jill Carpenter 96 days ago

This show is clever, very funny and so well acted. Well done all of you. Thoroughly recommend.

Avril Ritchie 96 days ago

A great start to the day. I love the variety in the playlets - all very different and all well acted and presented by a talented group of actors. We always book for this and have never been disappointed. The strawberries were delicious!

Rox Dinsdale 98 days ago

Fabulous, smart, witty, superb acting highly recommended.

Susanna 98 days ago

SO glad this was back, thought they'd never return after they weren't there last year. The only show I booked before I left home - for all 3 menus, you've got to see them all! Every year I've been it's a different selection - and some are written by the actors themselves. It's like a wee masterclass in one-act plays, impeccably performed - never seen a fluffed line. They're not aiming to 'challenge' you... AND they serve you your coffee/croissant with a bit of friendly banter. What's not to like? don't miss it.

Veteran Fringe addict 99 days ago

Absolutely wonderful to see this group back after missing them last year. Have yet to meet a more friendly positive group of actors in many years of attending the Fringe. The welcome they give you on arrival as they serve the breakfast items is unsurpassed. And of course the wonderful short plays. A great start to the day, saw all 3 menus, numbers 1 & 2 were particularly good.

Ilse van Broekhoven 100 days ago

This was our first show this Fringe and it was lovely and funny! My favourite (menu 1) was the sketch about probabilities, very clever script and acting.

Julia Bolden 100 days ago

Having faithfully followed this annual feast of mini-dramas through it's entire 15-year-history, I was greatly relieved to see it back after an extended Covid break. As ever, there are three rotating daily menus of 5 or 6 short plays, accompanied by tea/coffee, a strawberry and a truly delicious croissant. I've seen all three, each of which has its merits. Menu 3 was probably my favourite overall but Menu 2 includes one brilliant play which made me cry, while another contains the best joke I've heard this Fringe (and I've also seen a lot of stand-up comedy). It might even be my favourite joke ever! I won't spoiler it here but suffice it to say it involves a donkey and a zebra.

Samuel 101 days ago

(**) I appreciate that it's the morning so you don't necessarily want something too deep or complex but I would at least want something to be better than competent. We saw menu 3 so please take that into account but I think the show was one of the safest, least challenging and mediocre things we saw. The first play is the basic overplayed trope of a straight couple who hate eachother, I would have thought we would have been past such basic and borderline dangerous stereotypes. Whilst the rest of the sketches were an improvement on this one. Overall the selection of plays was safe, unexciting and felt like a waste of £17.50.

I would not recommend. (Even for the nice croissant)

Richard Mellish 102 days ago

I missed the Fringe completely for a few years. I was back last year and disappointed that The Big Bite-Size Breakfast Show was missing. I booked three days this year. I have not yet seen Menu 3, but Menu 2 was good and Menu 1 was even better.

Katelyn Berrios 102 days ago

Saw menu #2. Really loved that we got coffee and croissants/strawberries on the way in as I had skipped breakfast in the morning. The cast all did an excellent job of delivering the different sketches they had in front of them. The real stand out offering was 'The Improv Class', which started off as a really funny sketch, that if you have ever taken an improv class should be incredibly relatable, and then turned into something incredibly deep, impactful and heartfelt. The other sketches were fun, well acted and mostly silly, a fun light hearted start to the day for sure. I do feel the 2 weakest sketches were the first and last, which may not be the ideal formatting, but overall was a really fun show with top notch performers.

Nilanthi Sangarabalan 103 days ago

I won't lie - I was sold in by the free coffee and croissant! But over the course of an hour, I was treated to 5 short pieces and each one was brilliant. I'd recommend this as a great way to start your day and hope to see more of their stuff in the future.

Ian Ritchie 104 days ago

The fifteenth year from this troupe - five 10 minute mini-plays starting at 10.20am. Actually they were all very good and played to a decent sizeable audience too.
A morning treat. ****

Lesley Robertson 104 days ago

Best yet! I always book all 3 menus and it’s my favourite ever show , so it’s wonderful to see it back this year.
Quality writing and performances , and breakfast.
Love it

Kevin Schofield 106 days ago

Excellent show really entertaining must see you won’t be disappointed

Rick 107 days ago

We see this show every year we come to the Fringe and it is always good. This year no exception . Great to see the tradition of coffee strawberry and croissant still goes on . We saw 4 playlets. All different but well written . Good endings. Acting was excellent.
Keep it up guys.

Lynn Shooter 107 days ago

So glad the Bite-Size is back, sadly missed last year. Such an enjoyable selection of plays and so professionally delivered by these talented actors. This is a must see for everyone.

Shirley H 107 days ago

So happy that one of my favourite shows is back after a four year absence. A great way to start the day and well worth getting out of bed for. The stories are as fresh as the croissants, so had to see all three shows! See you

Howard Becke 108 days ago

A brilliant return. Highly recommended.

Elliot and Meg 108 days ago

A fantastic way to start any morning, with an excellent breakfast, and four well-written, highly entertaining short shows. The acting was top-notch from the small ensemble, they also serve a fab coffee! For context, we think we saw Menu 3.

Agnes Joyce Wells 110 days ago

Great this show has returned. We have seen two menus and they were the usual twist in the tale stories! We loved them all! The larger venue is a good idea as they will definitely continue to pack them in as the Fringe progresses. Defiantly will be on our Fringe programme next year.

Christine MacArthur 112 days ago

This was a fabulous, funny, well written compilation of plays. Very expertly performed. We loved it so much we booked tickets for menu#3 and maybe #2 if we can see it.

Sean Davis 113 days ago

The Big Bite-Size Breakfast, Menu 1 (****) This show has five sketches: their boss pits two office workers against each other for a single promotion; the ghost of her lover watches a woman meet a new man; two sisters, one married and one single, prepare for night clubbing together; a nerd calculates all the possible outcomes from his meeting with a romantic interest; and two environmental protesters glue themselves to the stage of the wrong building. With five instead of six sketches some of these stories have a chance to delve deeper, and have a richer comedy. I think my favorite sketch from the three menus is this menu’s promotion battle because it has time for several plot twists.

The Big Bite-Size Breakfast (Menu 2) (***)
This menu had stories about: a police interrogation of a man who that he was a gander; two older, high society, single women at a party; office workers dealing with a new, stricter management; a beginner learning improv with an uncooperative partner; and competing buskers. Somehow only the goose man sketch had the lightness of the previous years.

The Big Bite-Size Breakfast, Menu 3 (****)
This show has six sketches: a husband reminds his wife of their anniversary; a husband likes counting events; jealousy pervades a lunch; a bike deliveryman has some bad news; a woman sees an ornithologist about her strange arm; and a bored couple go to extremes to overcome it. Each of these work well, and find humor even in dark situations. I was impressed that all of the actors could project enough to reach the back of the packed room without seeming to be shouting.

These shows are the 10th, 43rd, and 11th, respectively, most enjoyable of the 62 shows I have seen so far at the Fringe this year. I hope to see almost 200. You may see my other three-sentence reviews, in order from most enjoyable to worst, at my non-commercial website:

Nicola Schwartz 113 days ago

All 5 of us loved this show. 5 different sketches that were so creative and thought provoking. Different to anything I’ve seen before. Loved the performances from all the characters. Highly recommend!

Julie Phillips 114 days ago

Excellent as always. A great way to start the day. And you get breakfast too! These Breakfast plays are on our list of ‘must see’ every year. Never been disappointed yet. Well done everyone.
We have seen 2 of the 3 sets so far.
We have now seen all 3 of these shows. So disappointed that there are no more options.
Go see these shows you will not be disappointed.

Sheila Bell 114 days ago

Delighted to have been part of the audience today 7th Aug to celebrate Big Bite-size’s largest audience ever at the Fringe. Thoroughly enjoyed the six playlets( Menu 3). Seems so long ago since they were here - 2019, but so glad to have them back. Well done everyone involved in the production.

Emerlist 116 days ago

We saw Menu 2 and were rather disappointed. Not up to their previous standard.
Weak and rather silly plots.
Still to see Menus 1 and 3 so hopefully we will enjoy them more.
Update - we saw Menu 3 yesterday. Excellent
Further update - Menu 1 was brilliant as well.
What went wrong with Menu 2?

Kathy 117 days ago

Having seen this show for many years, absolutely delighted to see it has returned! I saw Menu 2 - all mini plays were brilliantly written and acted, with the entire audience leaving grinning. I didn't feel there was a single weak moment, and will be going back to see the other two Menus soon! The Last Ball was my favourite - couldn't stop giggling throughout.

Mark 117 days ago

I can't recommend this enough. I've started my Fringe with these short plays for five-or-six years now. Fifteen plays over three mornings, and then repeated for the rest of the Fringe. They are of a consistently high standard and demonstrate the great versatility of the five performers. And some of the plays were written by the performers!

Free tea/coffee, croissants and strawberries too!

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UK Theatre Web (5/5 stars) 97 days ago

this is a chance to start the day with a laugh and some breakfast!

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UK Theatre Web (4/5 stars) 97 days ago

the absolute best start to the day at the Fringe.

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The New Current (5/5 stars) 100 days ago

Bite-Size Plays has maintained their unique, infectious style that is the bedrock of who they are as a company.

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Scots Gay Arts (4/5 stars) 101 days ago

What a way to start the day!

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Edinburgh Guide (5/5 stars) 102 days ago

It takes exceptional skill in writing, directing and performance to carry this off and the Bite-Sized Breakfast team manage this with aplomb: a perfect start to a Fringe day.

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Daily Business Magazine (5/5 stars) 105 days ago

One of the must-see shows at the Fringe.

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The New Current (5/5 stars) 105 days ago

In these short plays, the writers and actors never cheat you, and you are given a full performance; in fact, there are some fuller running plays at the Fringe that are less complete than The Bite-Size Plays.

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UK Theatre Web (5/5 stars) 106 days ago

It's a very satisfying way to start your day.

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West End Best Friend (4/5 stars) 107 days ago

The company and performances are very witty, compelling and captivating

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British Theatre Guide (4/5 stars) 109 days ago

The Big Bite-Sized Breakfast Plays are like a box of chocolates: something for everyone.

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