Hobnobs and Fruitcake

Theatre (comedy, new writing)

  • theSpace on the Mile - Space 1
  • 12:15
  • Aug 15-20
  • 50 minutes
  • Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Orange Works
  • Warnings and additional info: Audience participation, Strong language/swearing
  • Accessibility: 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


Alex loves church because it has Hobnobs and singing, and she’s not allowed either at home because one, she’s tone-deaf, and two, she’s diabetic. When fruitcake appears in church, Alex hatches a cunning and elaborate plan to get it, recruiting an international star of stage and screen to perform an ''edgy, modern'' play, and forcing Tom, the gammon-faced treasurer, to swear in front of his beloved Teresa May. This riotous comedy is from the team behind Being Frank, Trans Pennine and From Today Everything Changes.

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  • Wheelchair access type: Platform Lift

  • Stairs: 6 - 10
    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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Brian Rust 35 days ago

This is a gem. The town they built feels real, even though we only see a single room; the characters are broad and often silly but never one-dimensional; the pace is so sharp it felt like ten minutes went by instead of the hour, and it had some of the best 'get help from an audience member' moments I've ever seen.

(Also, and this is just specific to the Fringe, but after a few days of seeing shows it gave me a feeling of wild relief to see a play where over-40 characters are actually played by over-40 actors, instead of 18-year-olds in grey wigs.)

Philip Hill 41 days ago

A really fun show brilliantly performed by an accomplished company. I laughed throughout don’t miss it.

Jeanette Dyson 43 days ago

Absolutely loved this show. If you enjoyed The Vicar of Dibley then make sure you don’t miss this one. Would have liked a piece of cake or a hobnob on the way out!!! Really good fun xxx

Andrew Swann 44 days ago

A superbly observed and wonderfully acted piece of theatre. If you like the genteel and absurd comedy of The Vicar of Dibley then look non further than this… A pacy show with lots of energy - and the cast handled the evacuation of the venue (and subsequent restart midway through the show) after a fire alarm went off admirably. Well done all!

Jonathan MacBride 45 days ago

For those who see this show, I was Colin today. It was a fun experience.

This show is a triumphant return for Orange Works to Edinburgh Fringe. I have seen all previous 3 years' shows and loved them all. This year we are introduced to the eccentricities of English village church organisers, from the treasurer who places great importance on the toilet roll budget, to the musical director who tells a church-goer to stop singing because they can't sing in tune.

I smiled and I laughed. The characters were genuine. They took us on a journey, all throughout bringing us back to a love for Hobnobs and fruitcake. By the end I was hoping we would be offered fruitcake on our way out.

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