Theatre (comedy, multimedia)

  • Pleasance Dome - 10Dome
  • 12:15
  • Aug 18-21, 23-29
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Worklight Theatre
  • Warnings and additional info: This show contains themes around mental health, including suicide ideation, and strong language.
  • Accessibility:
    Audio enhancement system
    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
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Joe has always been a nerd. In his teens, he hid it. In his 20s, he owned it. Now, in his 30s, he's started to sense something: a great disturbance in the fandom... And when Joe finds himself alone, sorting through his old things, he finds an old video tape... and something incredible starts to happen! Fringe First winner Joe Sellman-Leava explores our relationship with our past and future selves, in this love-hate letter to pop culture and nostalgia. Expect epic storytelling, razor-sharp impressions and a dose of theatrical magic! **** (Scotsman, on Labels).

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General venue access

  • Audio enhancement system
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Main queue at entrance to venue. Wheelchair and level access via lift at rear of bar — reached via ramp at the rear of the venue. Speak to staff or Box Office for lift access.
  • Wheelchair access type: Temporary Ramp, Lift (Building Lift)

  • Stairs: 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

Martin Chitty about 14 hours ago

Started gently and lulled us in to a false expectation. Darker by stages. Astute observations about friendship and obsession. really well acted - understated works well and clever use of tech.

David Cox 1 day ago

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Evan Quinn 1 day ago

An incredible integration between fandom, nostalgia, and allowing our inner child to like what it likes. Epically holding both goodies and baddies, dark and light while stepping out of the comfort of our childhood bedroom to see the beauty of the world. The hero’s journey of a closeted Star Wars fan, who knew?! *5*

Julie Phillips 2 days ago

Throughly enjoyed this show. Despite my lack of Star Wars knowledge (happy to say I’ve seen none of the Star Wars films!)
It was very well performed and unusual. The little boy ‘flash backs’ were great. An insight into obsessive behaviour. 5*

Thomas Jenkins 3 days ago

This is (above all) a really *smart* show -- one that seems to be about something light and perhaps frivolous (obsessions with pop culture) but which quickly turns into a more nuanced examination of the dark side of such obsessions, including its effects on relationships and politics. Highly recommended.

Angela Boniface 9 days ago

Absolutely wonderful show. Funny and, at times, heart wrenching. This has been one of my favourite fringe shows so far this year (and we’ve seen lots).
Get along and see it, you won’t be disappointed ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

AMY REY 11 days ago

You MUST see this show! Wonderfully written, performed, and produced, this is funny and moving storytelling from beginning to end. A brilliant take on fandom culture and it’s broader meaning in our lives.

Sean Davis 15 days ago

A thirty something nerd whose life revolves around Star Wars et al, interacts with his 8-year old self on a video cam, and a mysterious being who resembles the Emperor, as he deals with his own world view conflicts. On the first day of the Fringe, with Breck, my stepson, choosing only comedy shows, only this piece brought tears to my eyes because of its sincerity and depth. Despite the low budget, and maybe because of the low budget, the multi-media worked surprisingly well to convey the pureness of childhood.

It is early in the Fringe, and I have only seen 36 shows of the around 160 I will see. So far, this was the 4th most enjoyable I have seen at the Fringe this year. You may see my other three-sentence reviews, in order from most enjoyable to worst, at my non-commercial website:

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Starburst Magazine (5/5 stars) 3 days ago

This is beautiful, heartfelt, incredibly funny and brutally honest. A must-see for anyone who calls themselves a fanboy.

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Theatre Weekly (4/5 stars) 8 days ago

Spoiler alert – Joe Sellman-Leava has created another hit show.

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Broadway World (4/5 stars) 9 days ago

Fanboy is a delightful show of nerdy nostalgia. The use of technology is brilliant and works well with the use of callbacks and references to the films- but no spoilers. The storytelling is great and will be enjoyable for anyone regardless of whether they're a Star Wars fan or not.

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