Project Dictator

Theatre (clown, political)

  • Pleasance Courtyard - Pleasance Two
  • 18:10
  • Aug 18-21, 23-27
  • 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Suitability: 12+ (Restriction)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Rhum + Clay
  • Warnings and additional info: This show contains audience participation, distressing themes, scenes of violence and strong language.
  • Accessibility:
    Audio enhancement system
    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

Description

Their choice? To die on stage – or off it. Beautiful and bonkers – it's the clown show about totalitarianism you never knew you needed. Informed and inspired by conversations with international artists living under authoritarian regimes. Rhum + Clay return to the Edinburgh Fringe after 2019's sell-out smash hit The War of the Worlds **** (Guardian) and 2018's total sell-out and The Stage Award-winning Mistero Buffo. ***** (WhatsOnStage.com). 'Vivid... athletic and sensational. Essential' **** (Stage). 'Powerfully resonant... deceptively playful' ***** (Indiependent.co.uk).

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General venue access

  • Audio enhancement system
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Main queue in cobbled courtyard on far right. Wheelchair and level access via locked door at rear of venue - speak to staff or Box Office for access.
  • Wheelchair access type: 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


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Zaynah 34 days ago

A very mediocre play attempting to be deeper than it is. 2*

Just saw this... 35 days ago

Just saw this..
Project Dictator
Politicians and clowns often align, but as we move into scenes of dark control, Project Dictator revitalises this often awkward art-form - puts the teeth back in and bites.
There are three steps to this tale, each one hitting you from a different angle. Comic, unpredictable and surprisingly moving. These guys know what they are doing. You’ll get your money’s worth. But let’s talk about the live musician: piano, percussion and digital drones. The contribution of the team’s musician cannot be underestimated. Let’s have more live music in theatre- enough of these backing tracks. A drum, a drum...

Ben 36 days ago

Quite possibly the fringiest show I have ever seen.

Julie Phillips 37 days ago

Funny and dark at the same time. What talented performers these two are. Very physically demanding show. Really enjoyed it. Well done. We will look out for more work by this company next year.

Sharon B 39 days ago

These may be the two most talented actors at the fringe. What a great show that demonstrates how easy it is to get caught up in a moment and loose good judgment. Absolutely loved it!

Samantha 44 days ago

Stop The Show!!! Just kidding, Best of The Fringe!

Ronan Hatfull 44 days ago

Rhum + Clay blew my mind in 2019 with their fake news-focused four-hander 'War of the Worlds'. They're back with a trio's take on the intertwined perils of politics and performance this year in 'Project Dictator'. This is certainly a show of two halves so strap in and prepare to have your expectations confounded as things progress. A fascinating, experimental next step for this brilliant young company.

Hughie 45 days ago

Utter dross on a very high budget. Completely lacks structure. Terribly written dialogue. Actors lacks comic timing or charisma.

Go and see this outstanding – more than highly recommended – entertaining, meaningful, provocative show told through the lens of two people 45 days ago

Go and see this outstanding – more than highly recommended – entertaining, meaningful, provocative show told through the lens of two people

Kit McCarthy 46 days ago

This show is just mindblowingly extraordinarily ingenious and terrifying and hilarious and creepy and engrossing and moving. One of the best things I've ever seen at the Fringe. Please please go and see it if you can.

Suzanne Zeedyk 47 days ago

I went to see this because I was in need of serious theatre - theatre that would make me uncomfortable, make me think, leave me mulling. This show delivered all I had hoped for and more. I will be mulling for a long time to come. One key message? Dictators make you laugh before they make you scared. I found myself wondering what George Orwell would have thought of it, or authoritarian specialist historian Prof Timothy Snyder today. Witty, creative, subtle and stunningly provocative. Glad I chose it.

Martin burroughs 48 days ago

Best thing I've seen at the fringe this year. Actually best thing I've seen anywhere this year. Deftly humourous but at the same time it is sooo dark, and there's a wonderful menacing plot running through it.

Robert Bensted-Smith 49 days ago

What a physically madcap, scarily hilarious, powerful show! It veers from clowning to coercion and back faster than your head can keep up with. And you can't fail to get caught up in it (and I mean, can't). Don't miss it.

Colin George 51 days ago

Rhum and Clay's earliest work, Strange Wild Song, remains one of my favourite pieces of theatre. However, it is impossible to fault anything that they produce. Their inventiveness, physicality of the highest quality and challenging content ensure they will be one of the first companies on my Fringe must-see list. Project Dictator does not disappoint on any count. Go see.

Fringe Bingers 52 days ago

A richly thought-provoking, purposeful and entertaining piece. 3.5*

Magdalena Kozicka 54 days ago

Powerful, surprising and thought provoking show. You won't regret it! *****


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Broadway Baby (4/5 stars) 45 days ago

This show slowly declines into a Kafka-esque nightmare

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broadway baby (4/5 stars) 45 days ago

An intelligent analysis of the descent from democracy into totalitarianism, Project Dictator manages to balance the ridiculousness and bone-chilling nature of events that can come from the political arena.

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