Theatre (music, comedy)

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  • Pleasance Dome - 10Dome
  • 13:20
  • Aug 26
  • 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Richard Marsh, Jessica Sharman and Something for the Weekend
  • Warnings and additional info: This show contains some tasteful cursing.
  • Accessibility:
    Audio enhancement system
    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


The ultimate one-man band: guitarist, pianist, drummer... dad. A wannabe star unexpectedly becomes a father – and learns it's hard to make it big walking on Lego. This one-man musical comedy is played entirely live by virtuoso rocktopus Andy Gallo. From No. 1 songwriter Jessica Sharman and Richard Marsh, Fringe First winner (Dirty Great Love Story) and BBC Audio Drama Award Best Comedy winner (Radio 4's Love & Sweets). Lucy Jane Atkinson directs this uplifting heartbreak banger: you'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll rock. Previous: 'Lovely, witty, delicious… Warmly and fuzzily recommended.' ***** (Independent). 'Gag-filled, gutsy... bliss' **** (Telegraph).

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General venue access

  • Audio enhancement system
  • Accessible entry: Main queue at entrance to venue. Wheelchair and level access via lift at rear of bar — reached via ramp at the rear of the venue. Speak to staff or Box Office for lift access.
  • Wheelchair access type: Temporary Ramp, Lift (Building Lift)

  • Stairs: 20+
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

Each venue can contain several space with different accessibly information. Visit the venue page for full venue accessibility info

How and when to make an access booking

Our access tickets service is available to anyone who:

  • Would like to book specific accessibility services, e.g. a hearing loop, audio description headsets, captioning units, seating in relation to the location of the BSL interpreter
  • Requires extra assistance when at a venue
  • Has specific seating requirements
  • Is a wheelchair user
  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

Steve and Mandy Hewitt 84 days ago

Very entertaining storytelling with clever use of words and music together. Would highly recommend this show.

Emerlist 89 days ago

A good story told in a humorous way. There are a few unexpected turns along the way and it is really a most enjoyable show.
Amazing that one person can play so many instruments.
Richard Marsh’s Dirty Great Love Story a few years ago was superb and he is managing to get back to the same high standard.

A Jeffery 91 days ago

Lovely clever but warm writing, great music and an outstanding performance. A few of us left with glistening eyes. Hope everyone at the Edinburgh Fringe gets to see it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

PHILIP HEALING 92 days ago

A very compelling show by a very compelling guy. If there’s a gap in your day, see this. It’ll warm your heart.

Emmy 92 days ago

So well performed!! How a one man show made me feel like I was watching a Hollywood movie is beyond me. Incredible talent.

jackie 98 days ago

Loved Phoenix - great story, awesome rhymes (as ever from the marvellously talented Richard Marsh), superb music (love a loop pedal) and happy tears at the end - perfect, go and see it! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

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The Telegraph (4/5 stars) 81 days ago

Andy Gallo acts, sings and accompanies himself. It’s neat, kinda sweet and a useful reminder that the single working dad can cut it.

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Broadway Baby (3/5 stars) 81 days ago

Ash Phoenix dreams of being a rock star. He leaves his emotionally distant father behind and moves to LA, the place where dreams come true. There he meets a beautiful young aspiring actress and the two fall in love.So far, so good. But the young couple has to put their...

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Exeunt 84 days ago

The plot of Phoenix has, by its own admission, all the elements that make up a great country song. Now, anyone who has read anything by me that even comes NEAR to talking about Dolly Parton will know that I loved country before it was cool (thank you Lil’Nas, honestly...

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Mind the Blog (5/5 stars) 86 days ago

A very special one-man show, fusing music with spoken word to tell a brilliant story – Andrew Gallo is a charismatic storyteller.

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Musical Theatre Review (3/5 stars) 89 days ago

This modern fairy tale has a lot to commend it, not least Gallo’s performance. His delivery has something of early Johnny Cash in style – understated and compelling to listen to. The lyrics are particularly strong and match some of the ‘blank verse’ used in parts of the monologue.

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The Scotsman 91 days ago

Canny rhymer Richard Marsh (Dirty Great Love Story, Wingman) is the writer behind this one-man musical starring actor and musician Andy Gallo, a modern fairytale from Tinseltown spliced with a heavy dose of kitchen-sink realism. ...

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Glasgow Theatre Blog (5/5 stars) 94 days ago

"There’s an elegant fluency to the writing, the beautifully constructed script has a completely developed story arc, fully rounded characters, all interwoven with some expertly crafted songs, and all packed into a 70-minute running time. The combination makes for an irresistible, gripping, funny, life-affirming show."

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The Skinny (4/5 stars) 95 days ago

What starts off as your average cliched teen coming-of-age story soon takes on an unexpected turn as a single dad is thrown into stardom when his budding starlet girlfriend becomes pregnant. Left behind to cope with a young baby on the dregs of "stardust and jet fuel", this single dad...

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The Stage [paywall] (3/5 stars) 99 days ago

Like a mirror image of A Star is Born, this one-man musical set in 1960s America follows Ash Phoenix as his hopes of becoming a famous musician are stemmed by having to raise his son. The boy’s mum has left him in pursuit of acting stardom, and we follow Ash...

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Edinburgh Festivals Magazine (4/5 stars) 102 days ago

Ash Phoenix unexpectantly becomes a single father when his lover leaves him to make it big in the movies. Left to care for his infant son in their tiny trailer home with only his musical talent, he keeps s...

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