Flo & Joan: Before the Screaming Starts

Comedy (music, stand-up)

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  • Assembly George Square Gardens - Piccolo
  • 19:30
  • Aug 25
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Avalon Promotions
  • Warnings and additional info: Age Category: 14 and above (14+)(Audience Participation, Strong Language/Swearing)
  • 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 18 months


In January, musical comedy sisters Flo & Joan watched the Bros documentary and saw a glimpse into their future; a lot of dog portraits and male pattern baldness. Anyway, following a sell-out run in 2018, they have a new hour of their dark and waggish songs to parade about the place. Best Music and Variety Act 2018, Chortle Awards. Best Musical Act 2018, Leicester Comedy Festival. 'Musical comedy hasn't been in such safe hands for years' (List). ***** (Sunday Post). ***** (ThreeWeeks). **** (Sunday Times). **** (Telegraph).

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Separate Entrance-Front of House will guide audience to the separate entrance.
  • Wheelchair access type: Permanent Ramp

  • Stairs: 2 - 5
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

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Bouquets & Brickbats (4/5 stars) 105 days ago

Flo and Joan (real names Nicola and Rosie Dempsy) are an eccentric sister-act who specialise in amusing songs about everyday experiences – waiting for a parcel delivery, for instance, is something we’re all much too familiar with, but they manage to take the song into unexpected, fantastical realms.

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The Scotsman (3/5 stars) 109 days ago

With that mix of empathy and tension that defines all sibling bands, Flo & Joan, aka Nicola and Rosie Dempsey, have been watching the infamous Bros documentary with trepidation. ...

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Radio HA-HA (3.5/5 stars) 110 days ago

Their performance was witty and intelligent. It flew by and left me singing ‘Irish Goodbye’ for the rest of the evening. The show challenged the audience with so many attention-grabbing, fast paced punch lines and twists in the lyrics. They are one of the best musical comedy acts I have seen and despite their scepticism on their future as a duo, I cannot wait to see what the future has in store for Flo & Joan.

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The Times [paywall] (4/5 stars) 110 days ago

These sibling purveyors of deft musical comedy became famous last year for their series of ads for Nationwide building society. As if to counter fears that their low-energy, inventive observations will be too introverted to hold a big room for an hour, they start with a big bang of self-mocking...

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FringeReview 111 days ago

On entering the Piccalo you are greeted with a familiar sight. The award winning Flo & Joan are regulars in Edinburgh and the stark stage with a keyboard, two chairs and a small white egg is enough to start your imagination whirring. Known for their off the wall feminist comedy...

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Chortle (4/5 stars) 112 days ago

The Bros documentary After The Screaming Stops was such a gift to comedy that it’s beyond parody.  ...

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The List (4/5 stars) 118 days ago

A sophisticated musical turn from the Dempsey siblings...

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One4Review (4/5 stars) 121 days ago

Yes Flo and Joan are actually sisters, but you wouldn’t immediately guess that by looking at them. Neither are they really called Flo and Joan, but that doesn’t matter. What they are is very talented women who know how to … Read More ...

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Broadway Baby (4/5 stars) 123 days ago

Nicola and Rosie Dempsey (aka: Flo & Joan) walk out to polite applause before stumbling through the intro bars of their opening number. Sound suspiciously off-brand for an established musical comedy act? Turns out it is. They excuse themselves and re-enter to flashing lights, smoke machines on full blast and...

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