Courtney Pauroso: Gutterplum

Comedy (clown, theatre)

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  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years

This show has performances in multiple locations


Developed with Dr Brown and from the producers of the smash-hit award-winning shows Nate and Laid. American comedian Courtney Pauroso makes her Edinburgh Fringe debut with a character clown show (definitely), burlesque show (eventually) and feminist allegory (sure, probably) all rolled into one surreal and stupid and heart-warming and thought-provoking and blindingly beautiful yet deceptively dark – and honestly, 100% perfect – hour of ground-breaking comedy. A female. A journey. Twists and turns. Time and space. Laughter, tears, blood, bullshit. Etc. You get it. Any questions?

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General venue access

  • Accessible entry: There are 50 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

How and when to make an access booking

Our access tickets service is available to anyone who:

  • 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

Bryony Hulbert 112 days ago

I LOVED IT! Completely unique. Absolutely hilarious. Super talented woman.

Agnes Joyce Wells 114 days ago

Crazy mad show!

Jason Budd 117 days ago

Wasn't sure what to expect but I was amazed. Everything works so well. The changes are dramatic and it's hard to believe it's the same actress. I would 100% go see again. I wish you all the luck!

Donna Cameron 123 days ago

This women was incredible, the show was absolutely hysterical but poignant and unnerving at the same time. Utterly believable and so, so clever - really loved it!

Ben L 127 days ago

Funny, clever and weird. Go see it.

Paul 128 days ago

Saw this show tonight and absolutely loved it. Great fun by such a talented and clever lady, a must see

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The Scotsman (4/5 stars) 111 days ago

You have to see this show. That is pretty much all you need to know....

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The Skinny (4/5 stars) 119 days ago

Courtney Pauroso’s Gutterplum charts the life of Dale Ravioli from tweenage to old age. Hitting pre-pubescent teen, sexualised valley girl, successful career-woman and liberated old lady along the way, it confronts one of the last taboos: the female form and her sexuality.  Through easy-to-follow physical clowning and the willingness of...

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The Times [paywall] (3/5 stars) 120 days ago

Interactive clowning with hints of burlesque and performance art, anyone? Lest that sound too forbidding to be fun, it should be said that there are inspired and unforgettable moments in this first Fringe show from the American performer Courtney Pauroso. Like Natalie Palamides before her, Pauroso has been directed by...

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The List (4/5 stars) 122 days ago

A jarring and difficult hour of top clowning...

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The Guardian (3/5 stars) 125 days ago

Is there a more singular style in comedy than Dr Brown’s? The shows in which he’s had a hand – his own, culminating in the 2012 Edinburgh comedy award; those of Natalie Palamides; and now Gutterplum by Courtney Pauroso – are instantly identifiable by their clownish naivety, sexual frankness and...

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Fest (4/5 stars) 126 days ago

Emerging out of the woods like a knock-kneed baby deer, Courtney Pauroso's alter-ego Dale Ravioli is a shy adolescent who nevertheless indulges in some pretty Lolita-esque lunges and contortions with an exercise ball. Callow and lonely, she drags an audience member up to participate in some familiar childhood games, gently...

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Broadway Baby (5/5 stars) 128 days ago

An intense, enthralling and fascinatingly uncomfortable exploration of the ageing of an American woman, played with a perfected bleak clowning approach that toys with the crowd and delivers more than they could expect. Playing the slightly cartoonish character of Dale Ravioli throughout, but in different guises, the play and performance...

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The Wee Review (5/5 stars) 130 days ago

Courtney Pauroso’s Gutterplum takes its audience on an intense and hilarious journey in what is an hour of utter chaos that somehow portrays a deep life-spanning story within an hour. Starting with an adolescent character, Pauroso experiences various stages of life. To mark each stop in her journey, Pauroso showcases...

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