Naughty Boy

Theatre (new writing, drama)

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  • Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose - Dram
  • 15:15
  • Aug 26
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 16+ (Restriction)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Eddy Brimson
  • Warnings and additional info: Scenes of a Sexual Nature, Scenes of Violence, Strong Language/Swearing
  • 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


'He's a wrong 'un that Joe, a proper wrong 'un.' Still, if you fling enough shit... Nature, nurture. Excuses and secrets. Us and them... A hedonistic weekend brings a chilling conclusion. Maybe Joe is more alive then we'll ever be. This one-man play will pose as many questions as it offers answers. Sometimes there are no excuses. To truly be oneself is both a brave and dangerous thing.

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Patrons enter the building via either 3 shallow steps or the platform lift at the front of the building. Please note the platform lift is only suitable for manual wheelchairs and not power wheelchairs. The Dram can be accessed via the building lift to the 1st floor. The Accessible toilet is located on the Basement level. Please make yourself known to a member of staff (in a pink t-shirt) if you require assistance or require a specific seat.
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

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ali hogg 152 days ago

Really enjoyed the performance. Full of energy. Held the audience. Powerful stuff.

Nina 155 days ago

Set in a mental ward, the unapologetic Joe tells of the events that led him there. Gritty and uncomfortable at times, it is superbly written and performed by Eddy Brimstone.

Go and see it!

Gary Lynch 158 days ago

This is a terrific show. One of my highlights of the Fringe. Strongly recommending it to everyone I meet

Sean Davis 165 days ago

Naughty Boy (****)
In a mental ward, a rough fellow from the streets tells of both the exploits of his gang of violent friends as well as his own contradictory remorse. The story provides insight into the twisted code of anger that could “justify” his actions. The short scene about a duck being accidentally shot provided a potent counterpoint.

This was the 13th 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:

Patrick Harrington 167 days ago

To say I 'enjoyed' this show wouldn't be quite right. It was an outstanding one-man performance that dealt with challenging themes. Joe was unapologetic in his descriptions of violence (and for that matter sex). His disdain for 'normal' life couldn't be clearer. For Joe violence was liberating and fulfilling and he not so much justified his life choices but urged you to adopt them. 'What creates a man like Joe?' was the question I left with. A thought-provoking and disturbing show.

Maria Wakely 170 days ago

If all words taste of past-usage Eddie Brimson’s words taste truly amazing, and they can be hard to swallow. If you go and see one thing this Edinburgh Festival go and see Naughty Boy. Eddie Brimson is spellbinding. You won’t be disappointed – a polyphonic tour de force.


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The List (4/5 stars) 151 days ago

Eddy Brimson's debut play is a bleak but darkly humorous tale of hedonistic violence...

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Broadway Baby (4/5 stars) 152 days ago

Eddy Brimson hasn’t been on his best behaviour. Pitched somewhere between the British gangsters of Lock, Stock… and Eric Love from Starred Up, Brimson’s Joe spins a story from inside a mental institution. But dressed all in white, it isn’t immediately clear whether he is inside as patient or nurse....

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