Crash and Burn

Theatre (new writing, political)

  • theSpace @ Niddry St - Studio
  • 21:20
  • Aug 22
  • 50 minutes
  • Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - Scotland
  • Group: VisceralTheatre
  • Warnings and additional info: Contains distressing or potentially triggering themes, Scenes of a sexual nature, Scenes of violence, Strong language/swearing
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 18 months


Joseph Johnson’s Scottish oil empire was created through decades of sweat and blood – lots of blood. Onboard a gas-guzzling jet bound for Glasgow’s COP26 climate conference, the tycoon faces an ultimatum: confess or crash. An egotistical actor and a suspicious flight attendant are caught in the crossfire, accompanied by rebellious assistants and Johnson’s daughter. Exposing rampant corruption in the oil industry, while ridiculing the hypocrisy of high-profile activists and self-congratulatory conferences, this story explores the implications of environmental terrorism in response to the climate emergency. From the creator of sell-out Bacon (2019 ***** (

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Mizy Clifton 34 days ago

Brilliant writing and beautiful movement work. A must-see, definitely worth catching on their last night. Actor playing the oil baron gave a particularly stand-out performance.

Ashleigh Smith 35 days ago

★★★★★ A fantastic, thought-provoking play highlighting the hypocrisy and corruption at the heart of the climate emergency. This magnetic script is brought to life through the performances of its captivating cast, ranging from hilariously relatable to brutally menacing. If you are at the Fringe, this is an absolute must-see.

Gillie 35 days ago

Five stars. Catch while you can. Impeccable writing and acting. Laugh out loud and thought provoking

Heath Stein 36 days ago

The best thing I’ve seen at the Fringe Festival by miles. The play made me laugh out loud too many times to count whilst also hitting on such important topics that the creative world needs to be addressing at the moment. The directing was playful and purposeful whilst having its own style entirely, the script is incredible and the actors are superb and have such incredible chemistry. I can’t recommend it enough. 5 stars!!!

Louise Gannon 37 days ago

Highly entertaining and thought provoking. The level of acting in this show is exceptional and there are more twists and turns in the plot than a Red Arrows air display. The audience was gripped throughout, initially with the comedy of the two conflicting egos of the actor and the oil baron ( Will Leckie and Nick Gill )but then it is the ‘lesser’ mortals of the story - the daughter ( Emily Gibson), the PA ( Lydia Clay-White) the PR ( Claudia Rosier ) and the brilliantly compelling Noah Miller who plays eco activist who turn a play that could have easily become a cliche into a layered and very human piece of work. Excellent direction by Zoe Morris - this play deserves every bit of hype it’s getting ! FIVE STARS.

Jacques Engels 39 days ago

Brilliant show. 5 stars. Tension was built masterfully, characters were sharp and well rounded, the comedy was executed wonderfully allowing the social discussion to shine through. Must see.

Zak 40 days ago

Crash and Burn was absolutely fantastic! Brilliant performances from all the cast and such an interesting concept. It takes on so many key debates in climate activist politics in interesting and nuanced ways that a less skilled cast/creative team might have handled clumsily. It's both funny and gripping. It absolutely flew by - loved it!

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All Edinburgh Theatre (3/5 stars) 35 days ago

There is a supreme elegance to the set up, and the way the cast are introduced, that speaks of genuine theatrical craft and flair.

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British Theatre Guide (3/5 stars) 37 days ago

Well worth seeing.

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