Theatre (comedy, physical theatre)

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  • Pleasance Courtyard - The Grand
  • 13:00
  • Aug 26
  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Suitability: 5+
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: SIT Productions in association with Le Fils Du Grand Réseau
  • Warnings and additional info: This show contains strobe lighting.
  • Accessibility:
    Audio enhancement system
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    Hearing not needed
    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


The hilarious misadventures of three eccentric and lovable anti-heroes crammed in their wacky rooftop bedsits. The funniest show in Europe comes to Edinburgh after a sell-out tour. Molière Award for Best Comedy Play. Physical comedy extravaganza! Paper-thin walls barely separate three neighbours who strike up unlikely and moving friendships. The show packs a punch with technical genius, an incredibly realistic set, and tricks and surprises that shock and delight audiences. Fishbowl premieres in the UK, expect Charlie Chaplin and Mr Bean antics. ***** (Le Monde). '1001 gags' ***** (Le Parisien). 'A comic explosion' (Télérama). 'Belly-wrenching laughs' (Le Figaro).

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General venue access

  • Audio enhancement system
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    Hearing not needed
  • Accessible entry: Ramped entrance via driveway off main road. Seats while queuing available inside.
  • Wheelchair access type: Permanent Ramp

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

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Christina Harrison 97 days ago

I completely loved this show with its exaggerated depiction of 3 very different people living next to each other. It wasn't just silly, childish humour (in fact I doubt if young children would understand the nuances in the different characters), but a clever observation of different types of character portrayed with a certain amount of slightly clownish exaggeration, but that was its charm. And thank goodness there wasn't any dialogue, or those of us who don't speak French would be unable to understand it! The choreography was so clever and the comic timing was perfect. To compare it to Mr Bean is not a complete insult as Rowan Atkinson's character is also very clever and enjoyable, but honestly this was way better than Mr Bean. Please come back next year!

Alastair McInnes 107 days ago

On the basis that I can't be the only person in the army marching in step, I guess it's my sense of humour that's wrong. People were falling about the place but, for me, it barely broke through 'mildly amusing' in places. There was simply nothing to it.

Lindsay Seal 109 days ago

I am so in accord with Elin & Gareth
I had booked this in June - would not have done so had I known it was all mime
Then I was excited as the hype in Edinburgh grew
Found it tedious, not funny, overlong & wish I'd chosen a different show to see in my precious week

Elin 111 days ago

I agree with Gareth’s comments below. Quiet possibility we attended the same performance.

After getting great reviews I went along for a lunchtime show it was sold to capacity on a wed!
I’m not sure if I read the blurb of the show wrong but at no point is mime mention. There is very few dialogue.
Not a show for children.
There are better and cheaper shows on at the same time.

Gareth 111 days ago

While I appreciated the effort of the visual effects and performances, the "story" was poor, weak, non-existent and dull, the humour childish and obvious. The audience seemed forced to laugh at all the right moments, it was kind of embarrassing and annoying. I personally found it achingly dull....if you like Benny Hill, Mr Bean, childish gags, disconnected scenes, slapstick humour and stories which require no pathos for any of the characters, you'll like this.

Nick and the Nunley’s 112 days ago


This uniquely witty performance will leave you roaring with laughter. A must see! We highly recommend!

Ann 112 days ago

Saw this on recommendation. A technically good performance with some brilliantly funny scenes being mimed. Went on just a little too long and had too much toilet humour for me- who finds that funny anymore? Ah, the players are European....

Ben 113 days ago

Started promisingly but failed to deliver. At times, felt a bit like an extended Benny Hill sketch from the 70s. But the audience seemed to love it, so obviously I’m in the minority.

Heather Wheatley 113 days ago

A visual feast of physical comedy.Thoroughly entertaining with a mix of finely tuned observational humour and perfect timing.Would highly recommmend.

Anthony Mitchell 113 days ago

This show is captivating, brilliantly performed and very, very funny in its observations on human nature. The claustrophobia of compact living was wonderfully created in the set and the difference in the characters brilliantly portrayed. The karaoke singing and the goldfish in the sink cracked me up but the comedy was well balanced with the pathos. Probably the best bit of theatre I have seen at the Fringe in the last five years.

Robert Stone 113 days ago

This year we were with a German friend who has little English so we picked this as a piece of physical theatre, and we're really glad we sis. It was outstanding. With technically impeccable clowning, acting and effects, it was hilariously funny and touching at the same time, as only the best comedy can be.

Alistair Lomas 113 days ago

There aren’t enough superlatives I can use to describe this show. I found myself coming out in floods of tears - something I didn’t expect. This show was something very special. Beg, borrow or steal to try and get a ticket for this.

James Taverner 114 days ago

Skilful performances. The sellout crowd on the day I saw it laughed throughout. It wasn't to my taste (Mr Bean style childish humour is not for me, but many liked it). There were some amusing moments but overall it didn't quite work for me.

I agree with the other reviewer who said it was not for kids. Definitely not a family show. Unless you want to explain jokes about noisy sex to your kids.

Stuart Walker 114 days ago

Enjoyable if not a bit too long. The age 5+ rating is ridiculous - not for kids (unless you like your kids watching people noisily simulating sex behind a curtain and so on....)

Ren Reynolds 114 days ago

You will probably love this show. Most people do. Most of the people around me did. I did not hate it, but that's is because the show had far too little substance upon which to form a strong emotion.

It's dull. Achingly dull.

The show consists of three small apartments under a Parisian roof. If you know Paris you can tell it is set there by the pitch and substance of the rooftop, if you don't you can tell by the loud French radio that starts the show. And it's a good start made up of a series of linked events that promise an interweaving narrative where every action causes an often unintended reaction that spiral into chaos. They do not.

The show moves from one drab scene to another. There's a poo gag, a fart gag, two boobs, and a fake rabbit, I may have fallen asleep at that point.

Worse of all the show is 'performed'. You can really see them performing. Performing being funny hanging out of a window, performing a sight gag with some soup, performing. Performing-a performance ... and looking really quite smug about it.

Sit at the end of a row so you can escape.

Stephen Keane 116 days ago

On balance ,would recommend this,but better appreciated if have seat near centre of theatre, to see everything of LOTS going on.

Julie Phillips 116 days ago

Problems with my wheelchair meant we missed this show when we originally booked it. We almost didn’t bother getting more tickets for a later date. So glad we did. Witty, well delivered with impeccable timing. One of the best things we’ve seen so far this year. It was our 56th show!

John Dewhurst 117 days ago

Parisian farce/clowning of the first order. A play without words consisting of a collection of connected sketches performed by 3 dexterous actors who were physically diverse- an overweight hairy man, a scrawny man and an ample woman. They were all accomplished clowns/farceurs and the set consisting of 3 adjoining flats at the top of an apartment block is the fourth character on stage.
The sketches were hilarious and the whole show was great fun from beginning to end.
Don't leave before the end!

Alasdair Scott 119 days ago

Absolutely brilliant, very funny, impeccably executed. The set itself is the 4th star of the show. There is so much going on that you could probably watch it 2-3 times and still find something new to laugh at. For me, this is THE must-see show of the 2019 Fringe.

Fringe Bingers 120 days ago

Masterpiece of richly entertaining visual humour and comic timing. *****

Sean Davis 120 days ago

Fishbowl (****)
The stage is three adjoining one-room rooftop flats: one white and sterile, another a crowded conglomeration, and the third decorated in pink for its sexy woman occupant. This physical piece explores how they deal with their own uniquely designed rooms as well as their social and physical interactions with their neighbors. From a goldfish that travels through the piping to a dance routine of trading partners to a toilet that appears when someone claps, the show had me laughing throughout at its mostly slapstick comedy.

This was the 21st most enjoyable of the 88 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:

J Hamilton 121 days ago

***** Fantastic
The best show of the fringe for me so far. I have found it difficult to describe, but a mixture of mine, comedy and pathos - the only way you can really understand and appreciate it is to go to it!

Can't recommend it enough.

DR 121 days ago

What an absolute revelation! Went along following recommendation by veteran fringe-goer and delighted to find this highly entertaining show. Very well performed, lots of amusing events and a great deal to take in at one viewing. The kind of thing that gives the Fringe it's magic.

IAN WILLIAMS 122 days ago

Extremely funny show, the set was incredible and the performers held the audience spell bound. Would recommend everybody to see this show.

Wendy Wastnidge 122 days ago

One of the best comedies I’ve seen at The Fringe this year. Real slapstick humour delivered on an incredible set. Do not miss it

Pauline 123 days ago

I absolutely loved this show. Great performances with the right balance of characterisation and perfect timing and terrific staging. I laughed so hard I nearly cried.

Blake 124 days ago

Really funny - a clever set with some great staging tricks - talented mime artists - a compelling story - partly subtle - partly slapstick - but all very skilfully done.

Diana Kenchington 124 days ago

What a great show! Very original and a brilliant set. Loved it!!

Alex Zavistovich 124 days ago

This was easily one of the best comedy pieces I’ve seen in any Fringe. Slapstick and strong physical performances, without a single word spoken.

Reviews refer to it as a “comic explosion” and they’re right for reasons that become clear as the show goes on.

I do think that the epilogue after the first curtain call, while funny, could have been cut without the show losing anything. But that’s a quibble.

Katie Hamilton 125 days ago

Theatre at its best.
Like the show, more words unnecessary.

Julia McMaster 125 days ago

So so relieved that I didn’t have my six year old with me as would’ve needed to have left. Some dark and adult themes along with nudity that would’ve been completely inappropriate.
Was about 40 min too long but otherwise quite entertaining without young children!

LTW 125 days ago

Wonderfully comical and entertaining show!

A throw back to the golden age of silent movies, but with a contemporary feel.

One negative for me was that there were one too many short scene changes (depicted by the house lights going down). This causes the wonderful story to lose momentum, which is a pity as it is otherwise brilliant.

MS 126 days ago

Good show with some funny visual comedy

Philippa 128 days ago

What a delight this show is. Wonderfully witty, pitch perfect physical theatre - comic and moving in equal measure and ultimately incredibly affecting. Remarkable creativity and superb performances - and what a finish!

Shaun Leake 128 days ago

Absolutely fabulous. 1hr 15mins of wonderfully clever humour. Not word is spoken the entire show but Ohhh my Lord what a fantastic production. The ending is hilarious(I won’t spoil it) Do yourselves a huge favour and go watch this masterpiece of comedy, it will be the best decision you make this Fringe.

Clare Allen 128 days ago

Just what we needed. Big belly laughs, small sighs of recognition of our imperfect lives, and a truly brilliant cast and creation. Thank you for making our day brighter!

Ana and Lope Lim 131 days ago

Amazing ! Absolutely the best ! Funny, witty, must see! Unforgettable !

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Deadline News (5/5 stars) 109 days ago

FISHBOWL is an observational tour de force that belts the funny bone at a wildly funny angle from the very go-get. [...] this is an absolute thunderbox of a show – I loved it and would watch it again in a flash.

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FringeReview 112 days ago

Three contrasting flats and their inhabitant’s lives unfold in the cramped top floor of a building. The prominent set is colourful and immediately draws interest. In the centre is a cluttered kitchen with stuff everywhere. There are cardboard boxes outside in the landing outside the front door, making it difficult...

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Miro Magazine (3/5 stars) 112 days ago

A return to classic slapstick fun, Fishbowl is driven by its impressive set design and strong comedic timing [...] Old-school slapstick comedy has gone out of fashion somewhat, and it’s pleasant to see a revival which reminds of why it has a place. Language and age don’t matter – everyone understands why a man falling out a window is funny. No need to explain it, it just is.

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The List (4/5 stars) 113 days ago

Refreshing physical comedy set in a cramped, Parisian apartment block...

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Broadway World (4/5 stars) 114 days ago

The show explores the comedy of camaraderie and community between three strangers living in a block of tiny apartments - and how their relationships swing between being as strong as the foundations and as weak as the paper-thin walls. Anyone who's been in tight proximity housing can relate to the...

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Sardines Magazine (5/5 stars) 115 days ago

It is impossible to say more about this phenomenal show without giving away some of the surprises – just go, and enjoy a company that understand visual comedy and have produced an unforgettable show.

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The Scotsman (4/5 stars) 116 days ago

Judging by the packed full house in one of the largest non-traditional festival spaces in Edinburgh during August, this established French comedy hit – and winner of the Molière Award for Best Comedy Play in 2017 – needs no additional boost upon its transfer to the UK. ...

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Fest (3/5 stars) 117 days ago

It’s not so hard to see why Fishbowl won the Molière Award for best comedy play in its native France. A riot of slapstick, visual jokes and silent farce, this is a delight for connoisseurs of physical comedy – les Francais among the most committed. That it combines technical whizz...

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The Guardian (4/5 stars) 119 days ago

It won a Molière award in its native France – although a Jacques Tati award might have been more appropriate. Fishbowl is a wordless comedy about three neighbours living at the top of a Parisian apartment block. We see their cramped quarters and the rooftop overhead. We watch as they...

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Life as Theatre (5/5 stars) 120 days ago

75 minutes of beautifully executed mayhem and slapstick that culminates fittingly with probably the best climax to any show seen this year.

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Bouquets and Brickbats (4.5/5 stars) 120 days ago

Book your seats for the Grand. You’ll laugh mightily, even when the merde hits the fan.

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The Stage [paywall] (5/5 stars) 121 days ago

Pierre Guillois is on to a winner with his new play Fishbowl. Not only did it win France’s Molière Award for best comedy play in 2017, but it’s custom-made for an international market. Set in three tiny bedsits, high up in the rooftop of a Parisienne house, we observe three...

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Theatre Weekly (5/5 stars) 121 days ago

"Fishbowl is a technical feat of brilliance, while the three performers on stage are executing the comedy to perfect timing, I can only imagine what is happening backstage to ensure the set keeps up with them. This production doesn’t just make you howl with laughter, it astounds you at every turn, and reminds us that no matter how alone we might be feeling, there’s usually someone else on the other side of the wall feeling just the same."

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British Theatre Guide (5/5 stars) 122 days ago

Winner of France’s Molière Award for Best Comedy Play 2017, this show is set in the attic bedsits of Paris and draws upon the experiences of writers Agathe L'Huillier, Pierre Guillois and Olivier Martin-Salvan as well as many other anecdotes picked up along the way during their research.These attic rooms...

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Daily Business Magazine (4/5 stars) 124 days ago

That’s the set up for Fishbowl, the award-winning French comedy that is now doing a full fringe run at The Grand theatre in Pleasance Courtyard. It’s a large venue for a company and play that is largely unknown in the UK, but the reviews and reputation of the show are making it look like the place it was meant to be with sell-out audiences queuing up to see it.

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The Times [paywall] (4/5 stars) 124 days ago

Imagine that you lived on the top floor of a building in Paris, in a tiny one bedroom flat with paper-thin walls next to the most eccentric people you will ever meet. Well, imagine no longer. That is what this wildly inventive French comedy is about. There is no dialogue...

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Broadway Baby (5/5 stars) 126 days ago

Hootingly funny and devilishly clever, Fishbowl is a masterpiece of physical comedy. The narrative follows three eccentric neighbours living in cramped attic rooms who throw off the usual conventions of city living – namely refusing to make so much as eye contact with public transport co-habitors, shopkeepers or, worst of...

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