Mark Row: A* in the Making

Comedy (stand-up, solo show)

  • Laughing Horse @ The Hanover Tap - The Wee Tap
  • 12:00
  • Aug 27
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 18+ (Restriction)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Mark Row / Free Festival
  • Warnings and additional info: Strong language/swearing, Pay What You Can in advance from the following prices to guarantee entry or turn up at the venue for free, with the option of donating at the end of the show. Your Pay What You Can ticket options are: £2.50, £5, £7.50 and £10
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies are not allowed in the venue
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years
Venue Age Restriction: Strictly 18+


After 17 years teaching, Mark Row longs to escape the barrage of inane questions, the endless carousel of uninspiring lessons and the attitudes of kids that stinks worse than their PE Kits. Now he's embracing a new life in the world of stand-up comedy, and it turns out that a career built on having a laugh just to get through the class, has provided him with an 'outstanding lesson' in how to entertain! Whether you loved or hated your time in school, you're bound to enjoy an hour's detention with the hilarious Mr Row!

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General venue access

  • Accessible entry: Two steps up off the pavement into the bar and then a set of stairs with ten steps down to the venue.
  • 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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Mark O'Callaghan 36 days ago

Clever Riveting Amusing and Personable! One of the funniest shows I have seen on the Fringe and more than happy to give my 50 p as a donation at the end :) Mark's pitch is perfect for the audience as it was of course populated by teachers, students or anyone who has ever been to school. That said I didn't think it would be THAT funny. We laughed till our sides ached and then laughed some more!

John Ferris 39 days ago

Initially an A* class performance from this budding young comedian whose ability in handling a packed house demonstrated his professional teaching skills.

You code not do better than attend this show where you will experience Great Observational Banter Showing Mark Almost Certainly Knows Educational Dilemmas. Seems He Only Wants Out For Freedom.

You'll need to pop into the show to understand that paragraph folks!
Educations loss really will be Comedies Gain.
An absolutely brilliant hours enjoyment which resonated with all those attending after all, we all remember our schooldays and lived many of the memories Mark recounted.
You must take in this show - it really was a class act!

Sue Nicholson 40 days ago

We loved Mark's show.
He talks about his experiences in the teaching profession which, as you can imagine, is fertile ground for comedy. He is warm and funny and you feel at ease from the 'off'.
He has made it to an hour long show at the Edinburgh Fringe. He now deserves to be given more exposure.
You won't regret going!

Danny Williams 40 days ago

Witty and nuanced. Knife edged realism.
Such memories evoked. Lazy teachers often frivolous. What every Edinburgh deserves.

Lots of love from the statistical analyst.

Sara Shiner 40 days ago

Wow, blown away by a “new” comedian at midday on a Friday.
Loved the show, the material and the delivery.
Well worth going, and hope to see him again next year - please return.

Wendy Reakes 42 days ago

I'm glad we went, after meeting Mark handing out his flyers. Presented the trials and tribulations of teaching well, but certainly felt that he was a good teacher, and many children will remember him. A great show and it would be a shame if yet another good teacher left!

Kevin 44 days ago

I had heard from a few friends how good this show was, so having a spare hour today I took a punt on Mark’s show and I’m so glad I did. Right from the off he created a warm and welcoming atmosphere in the room, with some lovely audience work. When he launched into his show proper we were taken through the trails and tribulations of being a teacher in 2023 and over the past 17 years. Warm, considered and proper funny, what more could you want from an hour of comedy from the Free festival. Book a ticket in advance to avoid disappointment. One of the highlights from my week at the Fringe, is at A star from me ⭐️

Simon Baker 49 days ago

I had a terrific experience. Mark's a really kick-ass impresario, not gonna lie. Observe this show!

3 teachers in the front row 51 days ago

Couldn’t Envisage Such Teacher Led Audience Vivacious Interactive Entertainment! A+

Alan 51 days ago

Great free fringe!

To say that this show only appealed to me as a teacher would sell it far short - this is a great show for teachers, former students, and anyone who likes laughing at children. Mark is eminently likeable and this was a great start to a day of fringe.

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