Theatre (science, new writing)

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Pip Utton is one of the world's most respected performers of solo theatre and a Fringe legend. Over the past two decades he has written and performed some of the most internationally successful solo shows, Adolf, Churchill, Chaplin, Playing Maggie, Dickens and And Before I Forget I Love You, I Love You. Since his first Fringe in 1992, his plays and performances have gone on to international acclaim and recognition garnering five-star reviews and awards everywhere. Most recently, in 2018 Pip was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Turkish Ministry of Culture.

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  • Accessible entry: Queue in courtyard. For access via locked lift ask staff or at Box Office.
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  • Stairs: 20+
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Peter Doherty 111 days ago

Pip is always one of our festival favourites, but this is a real disappointment. The show feels really thin, and you don't learn much about Einstein. It didn't help having such a softly spoken performance delivered in such a noisy location either.

Julie Phillips 116 days ago

We see Pip every year. A good show but we have enjoyed some of his previous work more

Rick 120 days ago

Had read good reviews and not disappointed in deciding to take the chance on this. You did feel that you were in the presence of the man himself and to ask him questions about his life . Lots of interesting facts . If had discovered him earlier in the time at the Fringe would have gone to see his other shows.

Mike Tivnen 121 days ago

Pip is a Fringe fixture. We saw him last year in the same room performing 'Before I Forget I Love You, I Love You' (even the title will have you in tears) - a play about Alzheimers which began with him delivering a heart-breaking eulogy at his wife’s funeral and ends … well I can’t say how it ends as I see he's performing it again this year so I’ll avoid the spoiler. Suffice to say he was masterful. And he’s equally masterful as Einstein in this ‘selfie-mini-biopic’ in which he talks of his enthusiasm for science and the fairer sex, and explodes the myth that developed in some areas that he was the father of the atom bomb. He inhabits the part so well and engages so effectively with the audience that it’s easy to forget it’s not Einstein himself in front of you.

Ruth 122 days ago

Competent, good acting but I learned nothing about Einstein, fine to pass an hour but nothing to write home about. A show that makes me feel that the Fringe has lost its direction.

Sean Davis 127 days ago

Einstein (****)
The master imitator, Pip Utton, is back with a new show playing the wild haired German theoretical scientist reviewing his life and discoveries. Upton does a good job mixing together moments of his life with criticism of his treatment of his wife as well as trying to explain critical theoretical physics in layman’s terms.

This was the 9th most enjoyable of the 43 shows I have seen so far this year. You may see my other three-sentence reviews, in order from most enjoyable to worst, at my non-commercial website: www.fringefan.com.

Carola Martin-Smith 128 days ago

Half way through and really enjoying when there was a real fire alarm and we had to exit the building. It was so good, that I plan to go back and see it again.

LTW 129 days ago

Brilliant acting- made me feel as if I was actually listening to a lecture by Einstein himself!

Walked away with a very valuable perspective as well - knowledge is limited, but imagination is not.

Has convinced me to see his other shows - Before I die; I love you, I love you and Adolf!

Highly recommend!

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Geek Chocolate 112 days ago

Confounding the laws of space, time and reality, the hour flashes past as though chasing after a beam of light, a vicarious encounter with a voice from the past whose humble genius (he preferred think of himself as “curious”) echoes forward into a world he helped shape yet who was content with a desk to write at, his music and a cat by his side.

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The Scotsman (3/5 stars) 117 days ago

Pip Utton is to monodramas what Einstein was to physics. ...

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One4Review (5/5 stars) 122 days ago

This was my first experience of festival stalwart Pip Utton’s work and I find myself wondering what took me so long? As Albert Einstein, Pip gives a delicately nuanced performance, gently asking us to realise that imagination (which is boundless) … Read More ...

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Edinburgh Guide (3/5 stars) 128 days ago

Albert Einstein sits at his desk eagerly anticipating his audience. Today we are to help him with some thought experiments, for imagination can make dreams come true; including allowing him to talk to us in spite of his being dead these last 64 years.  Knowledge is limited, but imagination is...

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The Wee Review (4/5 stars) 129 days ago

Pip Utton brings another solo show to the Fringe, this time enacting the most historically significant decades of Albert Einstein’s life. In the early 1900s, Einstein postulated theories and concepts that were to change the face of physics forever. Mankind would gain new insight into the universe, space and, closer...

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