Cicada 3301

Theatre (contemporary, multimedia)

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  • Underbelly, Bristo Square - Friesian
  • 12:40
  • Aug 26
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Cambridge University Fishbowl Theatre
  • Warnings and additional info: Strobe Lighting, Audience Participation, Strong Language/Swearing
  • Accessibility: 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


Cicada 3301 is a play devised around one of the most mysterious, still unsolved Internet puzzles. When Cicada 3301 first appeared in January 2012 with a picture posted on Reddit, it immediately caught the fancy of many. This image started what was to become one of the Internet's most enduring puzzles; a scavenger hunt that has led competitors across the web, down old manuscripts to several physical locations around the globe and into uncharted areas of the darknet. Cicada 3301 is a play about the human desire for purpose, community and the search for order in chaos.

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General venue access

  • Accessible entry: there are 18 steps into the venue if not taking the lift.
  • 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.

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  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

Christina Harrison 76 days ago

I thought this show was fantastic. Really interesting subject matter (although it helped that I had looked it up beforehand), but portrayed in such a clever, slick and talented way by the writer, director and 4 great actors. Well done and I look forward to seeing more from you next year!

Bridget McLaughlin 88 days ago

The show went over my head a little, however, I was blown away by the four young actors....amazingly talented!

James Hunt 88 days ago

I have literally just left the show and that was the best show I've seen at Fringe so far! The story was gripping (even though it was real), the way they relayed it to an audience who more than likely aren't incredible code breakers, was astonishing. The best thing for me was the acting however, that was phenomenal! The quiet moments, the characters ticks, the small cues of friendships forming was incredible! This is a must-see show if I ever saw one! Definetly 5/5

Scott 89 days ago

Great cast, that kept me intrigued throughout. The ending was tense and kept you guessing. It's made me want to look up more about the whole Cicadia phoenomenon, which is great. Also like the inventive use of props in this one, shows what you can do with a limited budget!

Andy Jones 90 days ago

Caters for all levels of "nerdiness" - with the technical aspects merely serving as the vehicle for conveying the tensions around what would each of us be prepared to sacrifice to succeed - "where would you draw the line with respect to friendships and fundamental beliefs". Amazing performances by a dynamic cast - and in particular the clever physical staging despite a minimalist set. 5/5

H moss 91 days ago

Saw this show after reading the previous reviews. There is no doubt that the 4 young people delivered the play with excellent energy , but unless you do have a genuine interest in all things computer and are cleverer than we are , much of the show may go over your head. It wasn't really for us , we were a little bored , but if you have an interest in this , go . Talented young people taking part , that is without doubt , just not our cup of tea

Dawn Morris 93 days ago

Amazing show. Very clever, funny, original and outstanding performances. Go!

Daniel Turpin 94 days ago

Bursting with creative energy, Cicada 3301 draws brilliantly on the physical potential of theatre to re-awaken our sensibility to the intangible 'things' that go on behind and between the screens we use everyday. With four brilliantly nuanced characters, and four compelling performances - inspired by a real and fascinating internet phenomenon - it has you gripped and laughing, despairing and hopeful, all in the same breath. I *cannot* recommend this show highly enough!!

Jamie Sayers 97 days ago

An absolutely fascinating, highly engaging and enjoyable show! I would HIGHLY recommend you see it if you get a chance. Uniformly top top top acting from the cast of 4 and the show felt extremely well rehearsed and thought out. The world of Cicada 3301 (of which I knew nothing at the start of the show but have found myself reading about constantly since) was brought to life through subtle and careful direction - not a moment lost or overplayed in the entire show.

Annie Howard 100 days ago

Engaging original story delivered with impeccable timing and interesting use of props. One of the highlights of our three day (10 shows) fringe experience so recommend ++ go and see this talented student group !

David Dobson 101 days ago

Extremely talented cast; fast paced, impressive production; well worth seeing!

Elisabeth 104 days ago

Great show that is as much entertaining as thought provoking. Loved the cast and the story!

LTW 105 days ago

Fine cast of young actors and good storyline that leaves you with much to think about after the show!

Engaging and entertaining.


Claire Mackintosh 106 days ago

Great writing. Subtly impressive ensemble rapport and use of space. Intriguing, poignant, funny too, asking serious questions throughout. See this.

Andrew Sawkins 107 days ago

Unbelievably good 5 star play. Young fresh talent. Intriguing story. A go see at Edinburgh Fringe

Comrie Saville-Ferguson 111 days ago

Be prepared for excellent writing and thoroughly engaging performers to immerse you in a thought-provoking tale of community in the digital age. The beautiful unfurling of the mystery not only conveyed the fanaticism of such cult intrigues but imbued the show with a searing sense of humanity, embroiling us into the lives of four distinct characters. Nothing felt forced and rushed - instead, innovative and inventive stagecraft gracefully guided us through the world of Cicada 3301, conveying the abstract, the digital and the human with power, poise and panache. Would thoroughly recommend!

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The Scotsman (3/5 stars) 90 days ago

A fictional play based on a real-life story, this new work by Cambridge University Fishbowl Theatre imagines four brilliant young computer and mathematics talents who come together to try and solve one of the most impregnable mysteries of the digital age. ...

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Ed Fringe Review (5/5 stars) 106 days ago

Computers have never been so lovable!...

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Ed Fringe Review (5/5 stars) 106 days ago

Intriguing, gripping and witty - this is a must-see...

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