Bill O'Neill: The Amazing Banana Brothers

Comedy (clown, absurdist)

  • Pleasance Courtyard - Beside
  • 22:00
  • Aug 27
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 18+ (Restriction)
  • Country: United States
  • Group: Soho Theatre
  • Warnings and additional info: This show contains audience participation, scenes of violence, strong language and potentially distressing themes including suicide and grief. Performances are not suitable for anyone with a banana allergy. Contact the venue box office for details.
  • 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 are not allowed in the venue
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


You either die an artist or you live long enough to see yourself become a stuntman. For his Edinburgh Fringe debut, Bill O'Neill uses every trick up his sleeve to explore the oldest one in the book. Directed by the Edinburgh Comedy Award-winning Natalie Palamides (Nate, Laid), this hilarious debut follows two daredevil brothers attempting the impossible – slipping on 1,000 banana peels. Through a surreal exploration of loss, failure, masculinity and death-defying pratfalls, O'Neill challenges the limits of the human body and spirit – one banana peel at a time.

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General venue access

  • Audio enhancement system
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Queue in courtyard on far right. Entrance via gentle ramp.
  • Wheelchair access type: Permanent Ramp

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

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Wilcox Family 32 days ago

Hardly needs a review since it is already sold out and deservedly so. A genius hour of absurdist comedy. We were at times disgusted, at times delighted, at times dumbstruck but always, always dazzled. What a talent. Counting down the days to the next Fringe and praying he will be back.

Julie 37 days ago

Funny, outrageous, surreal, clever, immeasurably weird, out there, full on in your face, wild and like no other show I've ever seen before!! Not for the faint hearted or if you are easily offended...and unless you want to be part of the show DO NOT sit in the front row...the audience participation from the front row folk on the night we were there was sooo hilarious but also utterly excruciating to witness at the same time!! A crazy hour at the Fringe and one that I can't unsee too!

PH 39 days ago

Easily the best thing I've seen at the fringe for a long time, or anywhere really. My friends and I were so pumped up by how glorious the ending was, we ran out of the venue shouting and jumping and laughing. I am desperate to see the next thing the director and performer(s) create.

Jason Hu 42 days ago

One of the best things I saw at Fringe this year! An extremely charming and generous performance full of inventive and unexpected physical comedy. Messy, raunchy fun with a surprising amount of heart. He takes you on a whole journey. Sit in the front row to see all the action. You do not want to miss it.

Christopher Smowton 42 days ago

This is damn close to the perfect show -- one small caveat: get a seat near the front, because there's lots of floor-level action that's invisible to those further back.

Myles 48 days ago

The concept is fantastic and the energy second-to-none. A classic Palamides direction - mess and chaos. Some very amusing moments, however, it overran by at least 30 minutes, and felt like it lost all sense of direction during that time. This show could easily be cut to under an hour and then it would be clowning perfection!

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The Interrobang (4/5 stars) 28 days ago

‘The Amazing Banana Brothers’ proves to be a brilliantly unexpected find, leaving me both entertained and curiously contemplative.

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The Telegraph (4/5 stars) 29 days ago

Sharply directed by the queen of anarchic clownery.

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The Student (4/5 stars) 31 days ago

This show will peel your heart into long strips, and you’ll want to slip on a trail of bananas all the way home.

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The Crumb (4/5 stars) 34 days ago

Bill O’Neill is delivering a masterclass.

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The Skinny (5/5 stars) 35 days ago

It's deranged, it's anarchic, and it's infused with the spirit of play.

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British Theatre Guide (5/5 stars) 41 days ago

Bill O’Neill has produced something that continues to push at the edges of this style of comedy, setting him apart as a genuine Fringe sensation.

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Fest (4/5 stars) 43 days ago

An absurdist, and profoundly moving, banana-centred hour

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