Down with the Poetry King!

Children's Shows (poetry, comedy)

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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


Award-winning silliness and choose-your-own-adventure poems for the whole family as you work to transform your writing skills. Featuring odes to stinky pirates, murderous sheep and deadly mouthwash. You'll be surprised by what you learn along the way! This show is jam-packed full of audience interaction, with a narrative that's shaped by you as an audience. Will you have what it takes to defeat your poetry overlord? Can you make poetry fun again? 'The English teacher you wish you had' **** (Fest). 'Emphatic, playful... Terrific' **** (Guardian). 'He's not even a real king!' (Sam, aged 9).

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: The building is accessed by 8 steps or an external wheelchair lift, once inside there is level access to this space.
  • Wheelchair access type: Level Access, Lift (Building Lift)

  • Stairs: 6 - 10
    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

Penny 94 days ago

Fantastic show! We had a lot of fun. Although another reviewer said the show is focused only on 7-9 year olds, Mark Grist coped astonishingly well with an audience made up of a mix of older kids, parents and unaccompanied adults. At the end of the show I felt I wanted to write my own poetry and that writing it would be fun. My 12 year old son, who started with a deep-seated belief (acquired at school) that poetry is boring, was enthused. Take your kids - you won't regret it

kim rollinson 97 days ago

My 7 y o octopus adoring son went and LOVED THIS SHOW! Original, witty, inspiring, epic. Do yourself a favour and go. Now gonna try to get along to one of Marks adult shows too

The Masons 99 days ago

I don't know how he did it but he got both my kids interested in poetry in under an hour! No mean feat. We had a lot of fun playing with rhyming over lunch and the kids have said this was the best show they've seen so far, and we've been a to quite a few! Well done Sir, you clearly work very hard to make this an accessible, funny and educational experience! Highly recommended.

The Hills 100 days ago

This show is great fun for adults and children. I wish all English teachers were this enthusiastic and uplifting. Some poems were just brilliantly funny and some had such lovely messages in them. If you want to learn a few things and have a laugh then this show is perfect.

Fan of oranges 100 days ago

This guy deserves a medal! I can't help but feel like the teaching profession has lost out with him moving into this instead. He had us all laughing loads and there were really good messages in the poems too. Both our girls (5 and 7) loved the show. I asked them what they'd learned afterwards.

5 year old - 'that poetry is for everyone.'
7 year old - 'that I like poetry. I didn't think I did.'

Fringe goer Edinburgh 100 days ago

10 out of 10 for effort!
This one man show caters for a very small age range 7 to 9 years.
My son (9) said the show was good in parts and gave it a 6 out of 10 rating.

Sarah Kerr 102 days ago

Saw this show today and it was AMAZING!! Highly recommend for all the family, fun for both kids and adults with a mixture of games, jokes, poems and much more, all with lots of audience interaction!! Not to be missed, will definitely be back!

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The Wee Review (4/5 stars) 97 days ago

An English teacher, decided one day That poetry’s not exclusive, there is another way He set upon the Fringe, to inspire the youth A burning passion to share this fundamental truth;   ‘Have a go’ at this beloved art form, use its bendy rules It’s far more interesting than what...

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The List (4/5 stars) 99 days ago

Fun wordplay with the rhyming rascal...

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