The Dark Room (For Kids!)

Children's Shows (comedy, improv)

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  • Accessibility:
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    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


You and your family are stuck inside a live-action video game! How will you escape?! Will you: A) Find light switch? B) Go north? C) Explode in a shower of stinking guts? An interactive adventure featuring terrible prizes and total mayhem! This bit is for parents only: this show is recommended for 11+ but younger kids are welcome too. There may be some mild language but it's more like Roald Dahl than YouTube. 'Irresistibly dangerous' ***** (Stage). 'John Robertson had his young audience in raptures' **** (ThreeWeeks). Winner: Best Kid's Show, Leicester Comedy Festival 2018.

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Access to the Nightclub is via steps or lift down to Basement level then level access into the performance space. Some additional seating upstairs in the venue.
  • 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.

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

Emac 86 days ago

Went with another family to this show yesterday. Despite previous reviews being fairly positive, we found this show to just be a lot of shouting which wasn’t that funny, and wasn’t that scary either.
Not too keen on being told my that they intend to swear at my kids, after the show has started and the doors are closed.
Particularly not keen on the whole audience being instructed to give the middle finger to one teenager.
There are so many excellent entertainments for families/kids at the fringe. Spend your hour on something better than this.

Lynsey Still 91 days ago

Went to this with two 9 year olds. They completely loved it, as did the adults. The interaction with the audience was spot on and very very funny. Would highly recommend.

David Hughes 97 days ago

Didn't see it myself, but my nephew (16) and son (12) both thoroughly enjoyed it (and they're quite a demanding audience....).

Douglas Collins 99 days ago

2nd Show of the day Saturday with Grandchildren aged 6&9
Certainly wasn’t the Show that was sold to us by the Flyer, but what a Great Laugh.
Initially it was quite scary for the younger ones in the audience, but once the show was flowing my Grandchildren were in fits of Laughter.
The Single performer was full on throughout the 1hr, very talented.
He also does an Adult Show in the evening which should be worth viewing.
Great show, Recommended, although the minimum age limit referred to 11,
is probably correct.

Deirdre & Joe (11) 104 days ago

The Dark Room had us in stitches - loved it.

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The List (4/5 stars) 95 days ago

John Robertson adapts his shouty comedy show for over 11s...

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Primary Times 95 days ago

The Dark Room is a unique and captivating show that basically involves different audience members choosing from four options in an old school style computer game, hosted by John Robertson, who has huge amounts of energy and banter that holds the show together.

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The Wee Review (3/5 stars) 95 days ago

A small dark room in the basement of Gilded Balloon‘s gothic Teviot’s building is bound to create a tinderbox of tension. The Dark Room (For Kids!) grants permission for children to vent their frustrations at life in a therapeutic mass of screaming. Who doesn’t hate their parents and want to...

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