Dune! The Musical

Musicals and Opera (storytelling, sci-fi)

  • PBH's Free Fringe @ Slow Progress - Back Room
  • 15:30
  • Aug 27
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 16+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - Scotland
  • Group: Dan Collins / PBH's Free Fringe
  • Warnings and additional info: Contains distressing or potentially triggering themes, Strong language/swearing


A memoir in song by the Earl of Caladan, trusted adviser to the Padisha Emperor and beloved troubadour-warrior, the bard Gurney Halleck. Following the success of his work on A Child's History of Muad'Dib Gurney will perform hits from his back catalogue and introduce never-before-heard songs from his time among the Fremen. Sing along with little Paul Atreides on his journey to Sietch Tabr; can he tame the worm, save the world and get the girl? Forget everything you know about Arrakis and get ready for Dune! The Musical...

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Dario F. 38 days ago

Dan is a force of nature. This show MUST be attended if you are a fan of Dune.

If you never read the book or watched the movie, you might miss a joke or two but Dan’s ability to tell the story will keep you holding the chair tight.

It’s a great performance and also what the fringe has been missing for the last couple of years.

Do yourself a favour and go see the show!

John Russell 41 days ago

Excellent lucky find for me (I was next door at Salt Horse). As a big Dune fan I couldn't believe my luck to find a show like this! Even for those that had only seen the latest movie I would expect they would be blown away by the storytelling and musician ship on display.

Michael Smith 41 days ago

Loved it! Amazing! A one-man-show with the spirit of an ensemble of performers. Talk about the passion! I was smiling and engaged for 60 full minutes. A true joy.

Michael S 42 days ago

This is a truly exceptional show crafted with a sincere love for the source material. Dan's superb song writing coupled with his dramatic storytelling flair results in what must be one of the standout shows of the Fringe (free or otherwise). Fans of Dune will love this show; newcomers will not find a better introduction; and if you've read the books and come away confused, this retelling will make sense of everything.

Joshua CW 42 days ago

Calling all dune fans! A 5 star experience that lands between an open mic night and Jesus Christ Superstar.

Great songs, with brilliant humour Dan Collins brings Gurney Halleck to life as the musical narrator of the events of Dune.

Hazel B 43 days ago

I attended this show with my husband on Saturday and we both loved it. I was completely engrossed the whole time. I laughed lots and cried twice. Dan is a very talented singer and musician. I do think you need to have read Dune, or at least seen one of the movies to fully appreciate the show. If that applies to you then I highly recommend this fantastic show.

Joe Murphy 44 days ago

So much more than you could expect. Funny, powerful and moving storytelling. Wonderful show, highly recommended.

Andrew Carey 44 days ago

Excellent show, best thing I've seen in the Fringe!
Even if you're not a fan of the story, or even unaware of it, Dan does a great job telling a complex tale with gusto and virtuoso guitar playing.
Even just listening to Dan play a background tune while the audience was sitting themselves down signified that he was going to be giving an epic show.
Well worth putting money in the bucket at the end (takes cards too!).

Looking forward to watching it again next year!

Matt Sheldon 45 days ago

Blessed be Gurney and his Baliset! This show exceeded all expectations, and had surprises lurking around every corner - it just oozes style and I was sat there with a ridiculous smile on my face throughout. I implore you - if you are a fan of Dune - hell, if you’ve even just heard of it - watch this show. It perhaps the best thing I’ve seen at the fringe this year. To sustain that level of energy throughout is a marvel to watch.

Just know that the room gets very hot and stuffy, and so, like Paul, you will inevitably learn the importance of water-discipline. That said, the location is brilliant, and the staff are all very friendly. We stayed in the cafe for almost three hours afterwards just because it was so welcoming.

Anyway! Go see Dune! The Musical, and I promise you will not regret it!

Tom Hodge 46 days ago

Easily my favourite of the Fringe. How can this be? For he is the Kwisatz Haderach.

Imagine you’re at a folksy open mic night, except it’s Gurney Halleck telling the tale of Paul “Muad’dib” Atreides, armed only with godlike guitar and vocal skills.

Eagerly awaiting the recording!

Tim Ledsam 46 days ago

Just an absolutely incredible show. A one man show shouldn't have this much range and power, but hey, that's what I got. Easily my pick of this fringe.

Io 47 days ago

This absolutely blew me away. I was spellbound from the word go to the very end. And it was FREE??? Incredible. This show approaches Dune in a way I never considered. The storyteller performer approach is a fantastic way of delivering this story, and Dan knew exactly what to keep and what to omit. If you like Dune or just sci fi in general I would highly recommend this

Ian 47 days ago

You will get more out of it if you've read the book more recently than my, erm, 40+ years ago but even if you know nothing about it you will be able to appreciate this for its craft. Really really good.

Stephanie Dalby 50 days ago

So my husband watched this without myself and my daughter. He came out, rang me and told me we had to see this masterpiece. I have never read the books, I haven't watch the films, I've only absorbed info from the ramblings of my husband. I honestly wasn't holding out much hope of a wowing performance before I came.


This performance is amazing! Dan is a super lovely guy who has an amazing commitment to his show. My daughter has not stopped talking about this and neither have I! Dan and the venue owners are so amazing they put on an extra performance for our school trip kids. The kids were very sceptical, a few had read the book/seen the film.

The feedback from the pupils was phenomenal. It's inspired some to buy Dune the book and read it in the coach on the way home!

I don't want to spoil it at all but if you are a fan of Dune (or not) this is a must see at the fringe.

Also get there early, buy a very reasonably priced coffee and cake and enjoy the conversation before the show.

Stephanie J 53 days ago

Absolutely amazing! Brought my dad for his father's day present and he (and I) loved every second of it. Being super into Dune makes this a great show to go and see for all the references but even my Mum, who has only seen the David Lynch movie about 30 years ago (and hated it), thought the performance and production were fantastic. This is truly an artistic achievement that can be appreciated by sci-fi nerds and laymen alike.

Pete J 53 days ago

Excellent show! Amazing musicianship, songwriting and performance. Funny but surprisingly heartfelt - Dan really gets the source material. Probably best if you're already a Dune fan.

Trevor Hunt 55 days ago

Truly believed I had been transported to a galaxy far, far away.
One of the most complete professional performances I've seen for quite awhile.
Gurney Hallek is hiding out in Edinburgh, shush!

Keith Dalby 55 days ago

This was spectacular, one of the best things I've ever seen. As a fan of the book, I admired all the attention to detail. Very witty. Masterfully crafted. A virtuoso performance. Bravo. Please let me know when I can buy the recording! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Helen Fairclough 57 days ago

Absolutely fantastic! Brilliant songs, and a captivating performance from start to finish. Everyone in our group had a great time, whether we were already familiar with the story or not.

Mick 59 days ago

Absolutely stellar interpretation of Dune with amazing songs and excellent guitar playing. Enthralling start to finish.

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