Raphael Wakefield: Wengerball

Comedy (solo show, new writing)

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  • Accessibility:
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
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  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
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In his debut show, character comedian Raphael Wakefield charts the rise and fall of his idol, Arsène Wenger, and asks what it means to become successful. As heard on BBC Radio 4 Extra's Newsjack. Directed by James McNicholas (BEASTS, Horrible Histories). 'Fantastic impressions' ***** (BroadwayBaby.com). 'Deserves a packed house every day... a triumph' ***** (EdFringeReview.com).

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  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Lift access through the glass box into the main studio area. If not taking the lift there are 12 steps down into the performance space. There is level access via Windmill Lane off of Buccleuch Place.
  • Wheelchair access type: 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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Chris Burdett 83 days ago

Thoroughly enjoyable. Went to 10 shows in two and a half days. Some great ones but this was the absolute standout. Very funny, sincere, well written, talented acting, and all together it just worked. Probably don’t need to be a football fan to enjoy it. This is the show that as a family we continued to talk about three days later.

Susan Wilson 86 days ago

Very polished for a first Edinburgh show. One of our favourite shows - even if you don't like football this is very funny with amazing characterisation and impersonations.

Nikki Murdoch 87 days ago

What a talent! This is a must see, whether you like football or not (I don’t, for the record). Brilliant, funny script and marvellous impersonations. Can’t believe this is only his first Fringe - such a polished performance.

Dominic Geraghty 91 days ago

This show is hilarious! Really talented performer delivering some poignant reflections among otherwise non-stop laughter.

Angela Boniface 93 days ago

Really enjoyed this one man show. As the wife of an avid Arsenal fan I could hear the passion Raphael has for the club. There were a number of funny impersonations but the take on Jose (the special one) Murhinio was hilarious...lots of audience involvement. A cracking start to the new Premiership season.

Steve Moore 94 days ago

Hilarious if you are a football fan and probably still funny if you are not. His impressions are either spot on or hammed up deliberately for the plot in a way that works superbly well.

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The Scotsman (3/5 stars) 83 days ago

If Roy Keane can inspire a musical, then Arsène Wenger can inspire a winning character tragicomedy, attests this impressive debut from Raphael Wakefield. ...

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The Skinny (3/5 stars) 90 days ago

The rise and fall of noughties Gunners manager Arsène Wenger may not be what you thought you wanted to see, but that's because you haven't heard the story told by character comedian Raphael Wakefield. In his debut show, Wakefield charts the success of his Arsenal idol and explains what Wengerball,...

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Chortle (4/5 stars) 90 days ago

This is a one-man production about football – and I don’t care about football. Yet I left the show thinking: ‘That was bloody great’. ...

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