John Robertson: The Dark Room

Comedy (improv, interactive)

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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 are not allowed in the venue
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


'Watching audiences tackle the challenge and fail is one of the funniest sights around, don't miss it' (Daily Telegraph). The audience is trapped in a retro video game with a sadistic, end-of-level boss. Escape and win £1,000 or be brutally murdered by the rest of the crowd! Will you: A) Find the light switch? B) Go north? C) Abandon hope? Brutal, hilarious, innovative. This interactive comedy game show celebrates its 8th year at the Fringe, and it's just as violent and stupid as any other eight-year-old. ***** (ThreeWeeks). ***** ( ***** (Stage).

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  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Entrance via level access after taking stairs or lift to level 2.
  • Wheelchair access type: Level Access, Lift (Building Lift)

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

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Kathryn Black 110 days ago

I never fail to cry with laughter during The Dark Room and this was the fourth time we've seen it! Whether you get to play along or not (I've been lucky enough to do so twice) it's a laugh-a-minute, ridiculous, perfect bit of escapism.

Adam D 118 days ago

Seeing The Dark Room at the Fringe over the last few years is always a highlight. I always laugh as hard as I did the first time I saw it. If you haven’t been yet, doitdoitdoitdoitdoitdoitdoit!

Melissa Billington 122 days ago

Absolutely incredible show! A complete giggle from start to finish!

Come to see and get involved for the best experience of fringe!

You never know you might even win a flamboyant potato! See you in the Dark Room Darrens!

Ben Harris 124 days ago

Highlight of the Fringe:

I've been wanting to see The Darkroom for what feels like forever. It doesn't disappoint. From the beginning to the end, I had tears of laughter running down my face. How John manages to do this day after day is beyond me - the mans a machine.

My wife who was dubious about this at first, also found it to be the highlight of our Fringe visit.

A must see show

Garry Clark 126 days ago

John Robertson in his roll of host is bewildering, energetic, cruel and wildly funny show as he guides players through the game that plays like an old school multi choice point and click adventure game.
A must for gamers and a must for fans of interactive comedy fans.
Can you escape the Dark Room?

Liam Ellison 128 days ago

Randomly picked show, well its great fun. Lots of shouting and Darren's... no-one really dies, usually. About 10 folk get to directly play the time I went, all got prizes. Good craic.

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FringeReview 117 days ago

This perennial kids’, family and adult favourite is back at the Fringe and was a sell out at the show we attended (just as it was last year). John Robertson brings a retro video game to modern audiences and everyone is quickly on the uptake and more than happy to...

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Broadway Baby (4/5 stars) 122 days ago

John Robertson first premiered his maniacal game show The Dark Room back in 2012. Beginning in the dark abyss of Hive Nightclub with a £50 prize and only a two star review from Broadway Baby. It is amazing to see how far it’s come. Progressing from venue to venue, this...

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