One Starts in a Barber's. One Starts in a Bar.

Spoken Word (drama, storytelling)

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    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    Sight not needed
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A thought-provoking show about haircuts and heartache. One half's funny, one half's moving. One half's spoken word, one half's drama. One's a man looking back, one's a woman looking in. One's a boy discovering that the barber's is where you learn "man stuff". One's a woman discovering who she really is after a man in a bar asks 'and you are?'. Preview audiences loved it: 'A couple of blazing performances' 'Superbly well crafted', 'A tapestry of ideas, scenes, colour – wonderful', 'F*cking brilliant – as they’d say down the barber's.'

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Philippa Marriott 53 days ago

If you haven’t seen this show already, put it on your list! The writing is fantastic and both performances were so thought provoking and vivid in their different ways. Definitely set us up nicely for the day

Marta Krupinska 55 days ago

The barbers = the last man cave? For me an unquestionable ***** 5 star review. I've seen 14 shows this Fringe, many of them top-of-the-list-completely-sold-out, and this one is still top 3 of them all. Rohan Candappa is one of my absolute favourite writers and I'm lucky to have seen a few of his shows in London; this one is, not unlike others, absolutely brilliant. You'll never go past the barbers indifferently again.

Manjot Jawanda 55 days ago

Fantastic show, Candappa's performance is a revelation, as is Kleve's. On top of that, the writing is sharp, and content unendingly relatable. An excellent start to your day at Fringe!

Cathy Driscoll 57 days ago

Look, this a brilliant way to start your Fringe day. Two shows for the price of one! And something to get your teeth into, or perhaps synapses around, before the diet of stand-up comedy overtakes you. Following on from previous spoken word Fringe offerings Candappa, and new sidekick Kleve, provide two contrasting performances of wit and intelligence with satisfyingly contrasting themes. Well worth your attention.

Tom Nicoll 58 days ago

Fantastic show of two halves! I thoroughly enjoyed the two performances which took me on an emotional rollercoaster from reminiscing to lump in the throat. This has got to be a “must see” at Edinburgh Fringe 2019.

William Patey 59 days ago

For anyone who once had hair this is a trip down memory lane. Great observation and a beautifully told story. An excellent way to start the day at the Fringe.

roger huckle 60 days ago

Top quality spoken word performance, an oasis of calm in a frantic festival.
Great material brilliantly performed with lots of emotional content - was moved to tears by Kat Kleve's performance. Simply mesmerising. Go and see!

Pippa Murphy 60 days ago

Our second year in a row seeing Rohan. This was different to last year but equally as entertaining. The first half amusing and gentle whist the second half is deep and emotional. Both halves brilliantly performed.

Claire MacLaine 60 days ago

Rohan uses wonderful funny prose which surprises with beautiful metaphors to describe hopes and dreams and the emergence into manhood all through receiving a hair cut.

Pauline Carr 61 days ago

First half is insightful and funny about learning the mores of male adulthood - lots of smiling and nodding going on. The second half combination of great writing and a stunning performance was deeply moving.
Go see it - absolutely worth it.

Jen Joy 62 days ago

This made me cry multiple times - in a good way. Beautiful, funny, raw, I would definitely recommend!

Geraldine Sharpe-Newton 62 days ago

Funny and brilliant often don’t mix. But they do here. If you love great storytelling, take an hour to go see. I can’t think of a better way to start your Fringe day. This is unmissable.

John Eltham 64 days ago

The Ying and Yang show of the Fringe. A contrast of two halves that will have you laughing and tearful in just 50 short minutes. Great writing and beautiful performances combine to entertain and set you up for the rest of your day. Double espresso anyone ?

Jennifer Cornwell 65 days ago

What a lovely way to ease into what can be a frantic time at The Fringe. What a luxury to spend time here, with these characters. This was witty and charming, by the end of the time, you felt you really knew the characters. Offstage events were brought vividly to life so you felt you were there. Definitely a show not to be missed as I found it a lovely snapshot of life. I would recommend this, highly!

Ian Harris 65 days ago

This is a charming, witty and thought-provoking show. I thoroughly recommend it as a great way to start your day at the Fringe.

I have also blogged a more substantive review of the show's preview in London:

Sarah Parris 68 days ago

Don't miss this... beautifully written, insightful, engagingly delivered food for thought.

David Wellbrook 68 days ago

What a wonderful way to spend 50 minutes. Extraordinary writing and sublime performances from the two performers. The contrast between both pieces was key. I laughed raucously at one and seemed to get something in my eye for the other. I’ll probably go again.

Bravo and encore to all involved.

Kay Scorah 69 days ago

So simple and yet moving, poetic and dramatic. One of the things that I enjoyed most was the way it turned from a 2 monologues into a lifetime of experience inside my head - filled with sub plots and unseen characters.
There's something wonderful about having the 2 pieces juxtaposed; the male world of the barber shop (with some references which were really news to many of us women in the audience) followed by an exceptionally authentic female voice.

Peter 71 days ago

Brilliant writing - two great, short plays - one witty, insightful, gets to the heart of ‘the last man cave’ . The other play poignant, moving, compelling acting. So much packed into 50 mins - you won’t see better on the fringe!

Joanna Tobin 71 days ago

The best talent I’ve seen at Fringe. Phenomenal storytelling. Funny, moving and thought provoking. Great appeal to men and women and timed at 11.40am makes it fantastic start to a Fringe day. Go and enjoy x

Jan Goodman 72 days ago

A joyous and thought provoking 50 minutes of really enjoying the spoken word. Two contrasting pieces that make you laugh, then make you think. Cleverly written, and beautifully performed.

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Ed Fringe Review (4/5 stars) 50 days ago

An amusing diptych which is bold, quiet, and raw...

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Ed Fringe Review (3/5 stars) 50 days ago

Deeply personal and deeply moving...

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UK Theatre Web (3/5 stars) 57 days ago

Some lovely imagery in this piece and well delivered.

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