The Pat Hobby Stories

Theatre (comedy, solo show)

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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


F Scott Fitzgerald's sparkling, waggish tales of 1939 Hollywood delightfully rendered by LA-born actor Paul Birchard. Pat Hobby, script hack who was hot when the movies were dumb, lurches from job to job, managing by luck and low cunning to more or less avoid the abyss of unemployment and despair. Birchard himself left Hollywood in a bizarre flash of sanity to study acting in Glasgow! Lurching himself from job to job, he discovered The Pat Hobby Stories. Amazed by their timeless, savage humour, he performs them with a zest and relish that effortlessly evokes unbridled laughter.

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Stairs or lift down to Basement level then level access and some raked seating with stairs inside performance space.
  • Wheelchair access type: Level Access, Lift (Building Lift)

  • 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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Graeme King 31 days ago

Tightly scripted vignettes of late 30’s Hollywood hackdom convincingly performed by Paul Birchard. A great way to start a Fringe day.

Miles 32 days ago

Pitch-perfect evocation of the life of a Hollywood hack. Fitzgerald's stories depict the low cunning leavened with the unquenchable, optimistic survival instinct of 'old timer' Pat Hobby, and Paul Burchill's versatile and charismatic performance does them more than justice.

Ricardo M 32 days ago

Excellent performance: appropriately edited script(s) and well acted. The drive and sleaziness of 1930s LA brought back to life.

Nancy Workman 32 days ago

MORE PEOPLE SHOULD SEE THIS SHOW! Paul Birchard has chosen great material--Fitzgerald's tales of a scrounging 30's Hollywood screenwriting hack--and deftly performs both the narration and the dialogue, creating a strong sense of the time and place. (He's also obviously a consummate professional--he had to cope with some problems with the lighting and sound cues at our performance, which fazed him not at all.)

Rich Blaikie 35 days ago

If you're covering someone else's material, you'd better have the knowledge, respect and love for it. Thankfully Birchard has all that in spades and provides a warm and engaging hour where the audience is effortlessly transported to late thirties LA. His experience and professionalism shines through. I heartily recommend a show that stands out from the hustle of the fringe, and that you put your trust in the hands of such a gifted storyteller as Paul.

Laura King 38 days ago

A hidden gem of the Edinburgh Fringe - a show so exquisitely observed it will set you up for the day!
An absolute must-see for all writers, journalists and literature lovers, not to mention film buffs, which conjures up the 1930s perfectly but proves that while times may change, human nature remains constant.
Particularly refreshing to see a show I have never seen before in any shape or form in a world overcrowded with derivatives.
Paul Birchard brings to life a witty love letter to Hollywood tinged with a pathos we can all recognise.
Perfect for all ages - catch it while you can!

Keith Prince 38 days ago

Outstanding, deftly constructed and expertly delivered. Conjures up the feel of the time and place. Even if you are not familiar with the subject matter this show is nevertheless captivating and educative and I would thoroughly recommend if you want to experience a first class performance.

David Pilling 40 days ago

I’ve been a huge Fitzgerald aficionado for many years so had high expectations which were more than fulfilled. A great telling of several of the Pat Hobby series of stories which deserve a wider audience. Paul’s show deserves to get that audience!

Felicity Dalton 40 days ago

It's classy, fine tooth comb polished shows like these by seasoned Hollywood actor Paul Birchard that make the Fringe Festival such a special experience. A modest discerning audience viewing a first time masterpiece however had to endure loud and persistent sound invasions from performance upstairs, plus the noise of beer kegs tossed around outside the building. Hats off to Mr Birchard's professionalism and expertise to persevere undaunted through these disruptions. A show which is 100% of verbal content, with subtly nuanced music threaded throughout MUST be placed in an appropriate performance space. F. Scott Fitzgerald fans are in for a delightful smorgasbord of his humorous writing, go see!!

Peter Chrisp 41 days ago

I went to see this because I love the Pat Hobby stories. Paul Birchard has picked five of the best, and done a brilliant job performing them. From the moment he walks on stage, you know you're in safe hands. A great hour transported to the old Hollywood studio system

Bruntsfield_Jill 41 days ago

In one brief hour, you will be transported to old Hollywood, the seedy bars and studio lots, up-and-coming writers assigned offices like battery hens to produce the next blockbuster while clapped-out hack Pat Hobby tries to scam, bluster, wheedle and sneak his way back in to the American dream. Completely engaging intimate theatre, no bells, no whistles, no strobe lights, just a few props and one man. Take a break from the big-ticket shows and shambolic undergraduate comedy and treat yourself.

Fiona McD 42 days ago

I'd heartily recommend this show. Loved being transported to thirties Hollywood on a grey Edinburgh Sunday afternoon!

Fiona Goodwin 43 days ago

Beautifully told, intriguing and engaging...loved it!

P. Holmes 44 days ago

Take a step back in time to Hollywood of the 1930's with this charming F. Scott Fitzgerald story. It's great to hear the writing of a master storyteller which is also acted by a master storyteller, Paul Birchard. He gives a very layered performances and even minor characters are so well delineated, you are pulled right into their world. Highly recommended!

Alasdair Scott 45 days ago

These little shows are what makes the Fringe such fun. One man, small stage, close-up, interesting topic / uncommon material and fun ... This one is very well performed by Paul Birchard. It's humourous, wryly amusing with FitzGerald's observations on Hollywood in its heyday. I enjoyed it very much. As the programme notes say so well: "a more complete understanding of Fitzgerald" and "a sweet comedic valentine to Hollywood". Well worth a ticket!

Nigel Metheringham 45 days ago

Beautifully done one man performance of several Pat Hobby stories, stripped back to one man and a few props but a gripping presentation

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Bouquets and Brickbats (4/5 stars) 37 days ago

Paul Birchard brings the loveable rogue to life with consummate ease, telling the stories as written, describing Hobby’s actions in the third person, yet still embodying him convincingly. There’s real warmth in the performance, and personality; the grit behind the Hollywood glitz is revealed in this small room.

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All Edinburgh Theatre (4/5 stars) 37 days ago

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s later short stories are given a suitably bittersweet telling by Paul Birchard for Fringe Management, at the Gilded Balloon Teviot’s Sportsman room for the whole fringe. Fitzgerald’s novels put him in the forefront of twentieth century fiction but in the last years of his life, as the...

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