Isma Almas: About a Buoy – Adventures in Adoption

Comedy (stand-up)

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  • 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 2 years


Isma is British multiculturalism at its best. In About a Buoy – Adventures in Adoption, her preconception-shattering, down-to-earth and engaging style, explores transracial adoption, gender, religion, sexuality, race, one homophobic Muslim mother and Freddie Mercury. As seen on BBC Asian Network Comedy and BBC Two's The Big Asian Stand-Up. ‘A one-woman antidote to Islamophobia' (Leeds Guide). ‘A natural at teasing out the underlying humour from real-life stories’ ( ‘One of the most original and charming circuit comedians’ (

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Access is via the lift or stairs up from the Main Entrance. Then level access into the performance space.
  • Wheelchair access type: Level Access, Lift (Building Lift)

  • Stairs: 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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John Tuson 88 days ago

Isma is such a warm presence and a great raconteur that it is very easy to forgive the occasionally slightly-too-obvious nature of some of her targets (middle class people who use Farrow and Ball paint - it’s a bit easy, really...). Not so much a funny show, as one which is interesting, engaging and definitely worth seeing.

Emily Marron 100 days ago

A very funny, honest and important perspective on adoption, race and motherhood. She told her story in a compelling and touching way, and anyone attending is lucky to see a part of her family’s journey. Highly recommend!

Robbie 103 days ago

A fab show! Quite important issues (racism, islamophobia etc) filtered through total mum humor. Get loads of Dad humor about, but it was refreshing to have mum properly represented

Silvano Dobcross 106 days ago

We really enjoyed Isma’s show. She is oscillating between laughters and nip statement wonderfully. One to see.

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Voice Magazine (4/5 stars) 89 days ago

With About A Buoy, Isma has used the differences that others use to marginalize you to create something that so many people love and appreciate. If you want to share some of that love and appreciation with Isma Almas, she is performing at The Turret inside The Gilded Balloon Teviot until the 26th August. Bring tissues.

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The List (3/5 stars) 99 days ago

Fearless performer delivers a moving show...

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Chortle (4/5 stars) 102 days ago

There may be some disappointed yachtsmen coming to this show in their sou’westers, for there is absolutely no reason for that baffling ‘u’ in the title, except perhaps to avoid legal action from Nick Hornby. ...

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Fest (4/5 stars) 106 days ago

A comedy promoter once told Isma Almas to not overwhelm audiences by disclosing that she is a gay, Asian, Muslim – to focus on one aspect as defining her. Yet with this wonderfully balanced show of wry reflection, passionate conviction and emotional wallop, she puts almost all of herself out...

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