Hyde and Seek

Theatre (solo show, storytelling)

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  • Underbelly, Cowgate - Belly Button
  • 11:30
  • Aug 25
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Flat Packed Theatre
  • Warnings and additional info: Scenes of Violence, Flickering lights; Some mild language.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


One performer. Seven characters. 500+ light and sound cues. No technician. In a long-abandoned theatre, a former stage-doorman, Albert, confesses the untold story of Dr Jekyll... and Mr Hyde. Electromagnets, projection and 18 domestic, colour-changing lightbulbs, all triggered invisibly by one performer employing a system that would make the average Victorian illusionist gawk. Fast-paced, intimate and lavishly visual storytelling: a vaudevillian ghost story expanding on the world of a gothic classic. There will be puppets, there will be songs, there will be technical wizardry and, of course, there will be danger...

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General venue access

  • Accessible entry: There are 16 steps into this venue from the cowgate entrance.
  • Wheelchair access type: Not fully wheelchair accessible

  • 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.

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Chris G 90 days ago

A spirited production of the Jekyll and Hyde story by a talented young man who not only performs every character but operates the on-stage technology too. There’s not much of Robert Louis Stevenson’s original novella on display but the Victorian setting remains, as does the essential theme of the duality of man. Michael Tonkin-Jones does a pretty good job of distinguishing between the characters and there are some genuinely chilling moments. I was particularly impressed by his ability to literally have a fight with himself, but much less so by the unnecessary keystone cops chase scene, the random appearance of Mr Punch, and the general ‘ kitchen sinkiness’ of the production - less would have been much, much more with the application of a bit of restraint. The same goes for the projection technology which is brilliantly used at times and overused at others. But despite these criticisms, this is an interesting and entertaining show that deserves to find its audience.

Fiona A 91 days ago

A one-man show where the actor has thrown everything he has into it. There is drama, storytelling, puppets, ventriloquism, special effects, singing, one-man fights, you name it, its here. That is the drawback, he is highly talented and one to watch for the future, but sometimes less is more. I don't think he needed to deploy all of his tools in this show. However, it's watchable and showcases a talent that we will no doubt see more of in the future.

James Aitken 93 days ago

A hugely enjoyable 60 mins of wonderful gothic horror with a twist of fun. The solo actor does a truly wonderful job of flitting from character to character painting a deep and disturbing picture of human psyche. (P.S. the way the tech works is pretty cool as well!)

Derek Webb 95 days ago

Exhilarating, engaging, entertaining and ingenious, technically wonderful and involving. A whole cast of extraordinary characters captured by one man. Unmissable.

Maree Perkins 99 days ago

A surprise last-minute decision to purchase a ticket resulted in a great hour well spent. The smooth transition from character to character, with humour, sorrow, drama and musical interludes was fantastic, and let's not forget the puppets! Brilliantly executed and creative staging.

Sean Davis 105 days ago

Hyde and Seek (***)
This one man show has a 19th century stage doorman deals with Dr. Jekyll, Mr. Hyde, and their showgirl lover. Flickering lighting, shadow projections, a ventriloquist dummy, a crate that opens on its own, and even a bloodied Punch puppet combine to give the show a very creepy feel. I was impressed how he only subtly changed his expression to differentiate between Jekyll and Hyde.

This was the 16th most enjoyable of the 43 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: www.fringefan.com.

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The Outlier Scotland (3/5 stars) 87 days ago

A technically well-made show that provokes a sense of wonder: How is it all possible?

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Edinburgh Guide (3/5 stars) 94 days ago

We are met by Albert, the frock-coated stage doorman. The theatre is empty; dark, waiting for the actors to bring spirit. For now, it’s just us and the ghosts whispering their stories. They don’t frighten Albert in this place he knows well, having even trod the boards, and he is...

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British Theatre Guide (4/5 stars) 95 days ago

Robert Louis Stevenson's Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is a ripe fruit for Fringe traffic, as, despite it's Soho setting, the book was clearly inspired by the author's knowledge of Auld Reekie. It's not the first time that the story has graced the boards of an Edinburgh...

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Broadway Baby (3/5 stars) 96 days ago

Late 1800s: there’s a heavy fog surrounding London. For the doorman at a theatre of varieties, the seedy, dark atmosphere that envelops his place of work has become the norm. But there’s something altogether more sinister stalking the town, something even this streetwise fellow can’t hide from. Re-examining Robert Louis...

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