A Grave Situation

Theatre (comedy, musical theatre)

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  • Accessibility:
    Audio enhancement system
    Relaxed Performance
    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 Pleasance's 'breathtakingly skilled ensemble' (Scotsman) present their brilliantly inventive comedy revival. Armed with only five spades and Albert's trusty toothpick, will our grave-digging heroes tunnel back to Blighty in time to return Ethel's library book, see Ginger earn his wings and taste Daphne's Battenburg? Will Chippy get his girl and Bitsy outwit the Colonel? Chocks away for more exciting jolly japes! 'An absolute triumph' ***** (BritishTheatreGuide.info). 'A visual treat from the get go' ***** (Scotsman). 'Young Pleasance are always one of the hottest tickets at the Edinburgh Fringe' ***** (The730review.co.uk). Twitter: @youngpleasance

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General venue access

  • Audio enhancement system
    Relaxed Performance
  • Accessible entry: Queue in cobbled courtyard. Access to space via locked lift ask staff or at Box Office.
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

  • Stairs: 11- 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

Relaxed performances

  • Dates: 13 August
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team for more information or to discuss any accessibility requirements.
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  • Additional information: This relaxed performance has been devised to make the show inclusive and comfortable for all audiences. Venue staff have been made aware of this and if you have any questions or specific requirements please contact [email protected]

Be aware that this show features:

  • Permission to move around and make noise
  • Show guide or synopsis or character list

Show does not feature:

  • Total Audience Black Out
  • Flashing Lights/Strobed Lighting
  • Loud/repetitive/high pitched/unexpected or overlapping sound
  • Distinctive smells
  • Special effects (e.g. smoke/bubbles/pyrotechnics)
  • Latex balloons
  • Characters expressing anger
  • Heavily dialogue-driven scenes
  • Audience required to walk around
  • Audience required to undertake directed movement
  • Audience required to sing/speak along with/for performer
  • Audience invited on stage
  • Performer goes into audience area
  • An intermission
  • Audience chill out area
  • Permission to engage with performer

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
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  • Is a wheelchair user
  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

KeithG 31 days ago

The story didn't really grab me. HOWEVER:

- really nicely directed
- slick
- cast excellent
- some nice songs and choreography.

I really enjoyed it.

Fringe Bingers 37 days ago

We agree with the reviewer below that those responsible for producing and writing this show should be ashamed for wasting so much young talent and energy on such vacuous and cliched drivel. They treat warfare (in particular the evacuation of Dunkirk) as the occasion for nothing more than jolly japes and what were they thinking when they got female members of the cast to perform a song and dance number as prostitutes? The tastelessness of the piece is comparable to 'Springtime for Hitler', but without being in the least funny.

Liz 38 days ago

What a great disservice the writers of this so-called comedy have done to this absolutely brilliant group of talented young people. The singing, acting and movement of the cast as well as the production was second to none. Special mention to ‘Susie’ - a star in the making. The ‘plot’ was making a mockery of war, using every cliche in the book. Not what we need in these dark Brexit days. Like the previous reviewers said - what the hell was the ending? The writers should hang their heads in shame.

Jim Q 39 days ago

The exuberant young cast can’t be blamed for this hot mess of a show with an insipid plot. They do their best working with the two-dimensional characters that were written for them. This doesn’t need a re-write. It needs to be scrapped altogether. The question you’re left with at the predictable ending is “Who cares?”

Nancy Workman 40 days ago

This is the most bewildering thing I've seen at the Fringe so far. For some reason, I was expecting a black comedy, but in fact it is an all-singing, all-dancing, all-mugging pastiche of every comic cliche ever associated with WWII, performed by a troupe of adolescents ("Young Pleasance"), with a truly mystifying plot--bonus points for the comic French prostitutes and their pimp that cause our lads to miss the boat at Dunkirk. I'd say the person who wrote this should be ashamed, except that I can't stop laughing about how insane it was. How about a sequel: "I hope us can finish liberatin' the concentration camp in time for us tea!"

Huw 43 days ago

No disrespect to the hours of rehearsal and the support of so many proud relatives BUT I could have stayed at home and gone to the local am drams. The person who gave this a 4 star review has been deceptive.

Kathleen Noonan 44 days ago

Good show and stage management. It looked like some of the cast played more than one part and managed very quick costume changes. Musical numbers were good too.
Great light entertainment.

Susan Stewart 45 days ago

This show was a joy to behold. Fantastic cast, staging and costumes. Very clever use of stage and I would highly recommend this show as a must see.

Kevin F 46 days ago

A really good show. Very entertaining. The story was quite humourous. The songs and acting were very good. Excellent costumes and sets. 4/5. Worth seeing.

David Hughes 46 days ago

Pretty lame.....a bit like "Allo, Allo", only without the humour.

MS 46 days ago

Brilliant show I'd give 4/5. Well performed story with laughs, songs and a great set and costumes. Definitely worth a watch.

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Broadway Baby (3/5 stars) 39 days ago

This World War II farce is a good choice for a 25-strong company to showcase their talents, with a wide range of roles on show. But if you thought the world of musical theatre does not need another trip to Blighty full of jolly japes, you’d be right. Nonetheless, A...

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Edinburgh Guide (4/5 stars) 40 days ago

In the Spring of 1940, lads from all over the country are getting their call-up papers. In the War Office, calculations are already being made about how many graves will need to be dug. A Grave Situation is the story of the five Wilberforce brothers, a family of gravediggers, who...

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British Theatre Guide (5/5 stars) 41 days ago

The effervescent Young Pleasance has become a Fringe tradition having performed in Edinburgh for the past 24 years. They have established a richly deserved reputation in producing high quality original work that showcases the talents of the young people aged 16 to 21 who each year rehearse a brand new...

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Theatre Weekly (4/5 stars) 41 days ago

Now in its 24th year at the Fringe, the Young Pleasance present a revival of their 2009 production A Grave Situation, a comedy musical by Tim Norton and with music and lyrics by Ned Bennett. This wartime romp is an ideal production for The Young Pleasance, allowing the large ensemble cast to really show off what they are capable of.

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Ed Fringe Review (4/5 stars) 48 days ago

This is an incredible performance that's worth every minute of your time...

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Ed Fringe Review (4/5 stars) 48 days ago

An opportunity to see such a talented group of young performers should not be missed...

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