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  • Underbelly, Cowgate - Big Belly
  • 16:45
  • Aug 25
  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Suitability: 14+ (Restriction)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Barrel Organ / Untapped by Underbelly and New Diorama Theatre
  • Warnings and additional info: 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


Princess Diana never landed on the moon. Elvis lives in Area 51. JFK did 9/11. 60% of Brits believe in at least one conspiracy theory. And not all of them are wearing tinfoil hats. Multi award-winning Barrel Organ returns with a larger-than-life, cartoonish show about conspiracy theories, fake news and an epidemic of mistrust. Conspiracy tells the stories of people brought crashing together – to find the truth, to exploit hysteria and to fight the rising tide. Barrel Organ's work includes: Anyone's Guess How We Got Here, Some People Talk About Violence and Nothing. Untapped Award 2019.

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General venue access

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  • Accessible entry: There are 32 steps into this venue from the cowgate entrance.
  • Wheelchair access type: Not fully wheelchair accessible

  • 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

Captioned performances

  • Dates: 13 August
  • Type: NotSelected
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team to book your tickets and request any specific seating locations or if booking a unit is required.

How and when to make an access booking

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  • Is a wheelchair user
  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

James 83 days ago

Best play I saw in my three weeks at the Fringe this year - hysterical, intense, perfectly performed and lingering in my mind days later. Make time, go see it.

Paul 86 days ago

A new play around the subject of conspiracy theories. The three actors do an exceptional job with a complex script and action – but most importantly create relationships that become increasingly plausible as the subject matter goes in the opposite direction. The format of the creation of a podcast from an “investigation HQ” works well and evidence mounts up on the background white board. What is nicely paced is the gradual, almost subliminal drift from the possible to the ridiculous – which reflects the way of these things in real life. Do I mean real?

LTW 89 days ago

Very good cast and script.

A show with a good dose of humour that will certainly leave you with a whole new perspective on the news that you read!


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Miro Magazine (4/5 stars) 83 days ago

CONSPIRACY is a fantastic piece of text by Jack Perkins, a show that epitomises fake news and fantasy. And the three performers lap it up, seeing deception and deceit and mystery in every detail. It brings them together as a community, unpicking and unravelling and generating a natural, humanistic rapport.

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Voice Magazine (3/5 stars) 84 days ago

Conspiracy is a fun show that has some interesting things to say about conspiracy theories, but ultimately still feels a little underwhelming.

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The Stage [paywall] (3/5 stars) 91 days ago

Three people sit at a desk in front of a blown-up version of the iconic, depression-era photograph Lunch Atop a Skyscraper. Something about the image troubles them. The clouds don’t look right. Why are only some of them eating? Could the picture have been rigged or doctored? And, if so,...

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The Scotsman (3/5 stars) 92 days ago

“A story doesn’t have to be true to tell you something.” ...

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Exeunt 92 days ago

Sheltering from the rain after a show, I get talking to an American man in a café. It is rare for me to accept overtures at conversation in cafes but his is the only free table and it has a plug. He asks what I do and he starts talking...

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The List (3/5 stars) 96 days ago

Slightly mystifying comedy on far-fetched cover-up theories...

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Broadway Baby (3/5 stars) 99 days ago

You are watching three actors sat at a table. Their names are Rose Wardlaw, Azan Ahmed, and Shannon Hayes, or at least that’s what they say. There is a thick beige curtain and a smaller curtain directly behind them. What are they hiding? What’s behind the curtain? We need to...

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