Dominic Frisby: Gold

Spoken Word (talk, political)

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A lecture with funny bits by financial writer / comedian, Dominic Frisby about the amazing metal that is gold – its history, its fascination, its future. Older than the solar system itself, gold has captivated humans since the Stone Age and driven them to do the most extraordinary things. But does it have any future in this digital age? The Times say Dominic is 'outstanding'. The Telegraph says he’s 'excellent'. The Spectator says he is 'mercurially witty'. Even The Guardian admits he 'can be entertaining'. In the room where Adam Smith completed Wealth of Nations.

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Adrian Marsh 45 days ago

I have seen Dominic a few times over the years, each time he offers something different. I have seen a quiz show, stand-up routines and songs.

This time, Dominic shares his rather extensive knowledge of gold - what it's worth, what it's always been worth, and why we might want to keep using it rather than currencies issued by central banks.

Anyone familiar with Dominic's financial blogs will know his style and will recognise it coming through as spoken word. This is a kind of a lecture, but it's lighthearted and accessible even if you don't have any financial inclinations. The mythology of gold is a large part of the show and is interesting in itself.

You can also learn about Adam Smith in the foyer before going in!

Patrick Harrington 48 days ago

Dive into the mesmerizing world of gold with Dominic Frisby's 'Gold' at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. This captivating spoken word show takes you on an enchanting voyage through history, as Frisby skilfully intertwines education and entertainment, unravelling the myth, origin, physical attributes, and enduring purchasing power of gold.

Frisby's stage presence and adept storytelling transport you effortlessly through time, exploring the profound human connection with gold, tracing back to ancient times. His engaging delivery, enriched with both wisdom and humour, ensures that the subject appeals to a broad audience, irrespective of their financial interests.

Balancing insightful reflection and light-hearted wit, Frisby's presentation is further enhanced by AI-generated graphics and charts that make complex data accessible and engaging. Sometimes the AI graphics also add an additional layer of humour.

Having experienced the show first-hand, I can vouch for its entertaining and informative nature. Frisby's expertise shines as he unveils the riveting history of gold. Investing an hour in this experience yields a treasure trove of knowledge and entertainment.

'Dominic Frisby's 'Gold'' is a journey into the essence of a metal that has fascinated humanity for millennia. If you're curious about the evolution of currency, the allure of gold, the interplay between wealth and freedom, and the geopolitics of gold reserves, this show is a true gem. Don't miss the opportunity to be enlightened and entertained by Frisby's remarkable presentation.

James 48 days ago

I attended this show this afternoon (13th Aug 2023).

Frisby is a walking encyclopaedia on gold.

His talk is informative, illuminating, and for everyone. I stress the last. Whether you're into investing or not, whether you're young or old, whoever you are, whatever your circumstances, this is for you.

I believe that the information Frisby presents affects us all. He gives it in a reflective yet light-hearted way, which is both thoroughly understandable and illuminating.

It's one hour well spent, for the meagre price of £12.

Please go.

If you doubt me, just look him up on the internet.

P.S. His "Flying Frisby" blog is well worth checking out, too.

Ryan Bond 53 days ago

Excellent, informative and entertaining.

Jan Chmiel 53 days ago

Entertaining, informative and presented professionally with humour. Such an interesting subject too. One of the best Fringe events I've been to!

Gordon Robertson 53 days ago


Great show today. Gold is an amazing material. Inert but you brought to life!!

Definitely struck gold when I booked your show!!

Looking forward to next year's show already...


Michael Moloney 55 days ago

Engaging and well researched - an hour well spent in a lovely venue.

Gerry Devenney 55 days ago

We thoroughly enjoyed Dominic’s lecture: The fascinating subject matter, his captivating delivery punctuated with clever wit made for a most enlightening session. And in the most apposite of venues. Can’t recommend this show highly enough. More than a cut above the rest. Thanks Dominic!

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