Ciarán Dowd: Padre Rodolfo

  • Pleasance Courtyard - Upstairs
  • 21:45
  • Aug 25
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 16+ (Restriction)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Katie Storey Productions
  • Warnings and additional info: This show contains scenes of violence and strong language.
  • Accessibility:
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    Sight not needed
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  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


World-famous lothario, swordsman and butthead Rodolfo is back! Following an unspeakable tragedy he turns his back on his lifestyle – rejects the sword, takes a vow of chastity and joins the priesthood. But as dark forces rise he must face personal demons and battle actual demons. A supernatural action-adventure and follow-up to the 2018 smash-hit Don Rodolfo. Winner of the Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Newcomer 2018. Nominated for Breakthrough Act at the Chortle Awards 2019. 'Comedy of the most ridiculous variety' **** (Guardian). 'The funniest show you will see this year' **** (Telegraph).

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  • Audio enhancement system
    Sight not needed
  • Accessible entry: Queue in courtyard. For access via locked lift ask staff or at Box Office.
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  • Stairs: 20+
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Jaz H 108 days ago

The show was amazing! Was definitely a 4 star if not a 5 star show! When I bought the ticket I thought it was going to be boring and consider skipping, however I knew I was instantly wrong as soon as Ciarán Dowd walked onto the stage. The puns were amazing, Ciarán was hilarious, he did a great job with interacting with the audience, and was completely into his character. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a professional comedy show that doesn't cost a lot.

Michelle L 114 days ago

Had the audience (and me) in fits of laughter. Everyone (including Ciaran) was having a good time. Wonderful character creation. The owl :D. Go see.

Marie Laidig 118 days ago

I really enjoyed this show. There was a certain kind of anticipation from the audience as the lights dimmed and this was not misplaced. Padre Rodolfo arrives with eyes twinkling mischief and struts his stuff. Brilliant from the word go. I did enjoy the supporting cast that were at times 'head turning'. See it or loose out.

Fern Bamford 121 days ago

This man's a comedy genius. After the amazing Don Rodolfo, he's back this time disguised and reformed (possibly) as Padre Rodolfo. The same madly energetic, sometimes slapstick performance telling the crazy story of the protagonist. On the night we went Dowd slipped in and out of the accent and at times was holding back his own laughter which made it even more enjoyable. I can't wait to see what comes next - Don Rodolfo and his Owl??

LTW 121 days ago

Hilarious and highly entertaining!

Funny without being too slapstick.

Made us regret we didn't get a chance to see the original Don Rodolfo.

Recommend. Note that you will enjoy a lot of the humour more if you were Catholic or knew the rites of the church.

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K107FM (3/5 stars) 112 days ago

Ciaran Dowd was successful last year in winning the comedy award for Best Newcomer 2018 for his show Don Rodolfo. This year is his follow-up, Padre Rodolfo. This story Don has stopped being the guy who put’s “ass” into “assassin” and has now found God. We are told how he arrived at this stage in life and how the Pope called him to Rome to attend a seminary. We see how he was tested by a nun who was sent to teach him ways of the cloth.

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Radio HA-HA (4/5 stars) 114 days ago

This show is highly entertaining, and I laughed loudly and frequently throughout. It is one of the best character comedy performances I have seen in a while and the humour is pretty silly. If you liked Don Rodolfo, you’ll love Padre Rodolfo but just don’t go expecting anything too intellectual.

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The Telegraph (4/5 stars) 115 days ago

It's tricky to work out exactly how good much of the writing is here, which is not in fact an insult: Dowd is so marvellously funny in character as the ludicrous, libidinous, narcissistic swordsman-turned-priest that he could probably read out his weekly shopping list and the results would be genuinely hilarious.

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Edinburgh Festivals Magazine (4/5 stars) 116 days ago

He won Best Newcomer at the 2018 Edinburgh Comedy Awards and so, on the basis that there is no such thing as too much of a good thing, Dowd has brought back his alter (and now altar) ego, Rodolfo. He is a padr...

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The Skinny (3/5 stars) 116 days ago

What is it about sexy priests in 2019? Hot on the cassock tails of Andrew Scott’s conversion-causing turn in Fleabag comes Ciarán Dowd’s master of nuns, Padre Rodolfo. There is no slicker vicar, no more irreverent reverend, and no show on the Fringe featuring such a breakout performance from a plastic...

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The List (4/5 stars) 117 days ago

Fine follow-up from last year's Best Newcomer victor...

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The Scotsman (4/5 stars) 118 days ago

Winner of the best newcomer award at last year’s Fringe, Ciarán Dowd’s swashbuckling creation Don Rodolfo remains an undemanding, swaggeringly enjoyable pastiche of the romance and legend of Zorro. ...

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Fest (4/5 stars) 122 days ago

In order to become a priest, Ciarán Dowd's Don Rodolfo needs to learn not to succumb to temptations, which means he must do everything in his power to avoid being tricked by the devil, who is set on preventing Rodolfo’s progress. What follows is a high-energy and highly chaotic race...

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Chortle (3.5/5 stars) 123 days ago

Swashbuckling lothario Don Rodolfo smashed his way on to the comedy scene last year with all the braggadocio and fiery passion you’d expect from a legendary swordfighter.  ...

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The Wee Review (4/5 stars) 125 days ago

Fresh from his Best Newcomer award at last year’s festival, Ciarán Dowd returns with the further adventures of the legendary swordsman (in both senses of the word) Don Rodolfo Martini Toyota.  Adventurer.  Lover.  Fighter.  Gobshite.  But it appears our priapic anti-hero with the Andalusia-via-Drogheda accent has turned over a new...

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