The Red Hourglass

Theatre (comedy, horror)

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  • 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 18 months

Description

A dazzling, unique horror-comedy from Alan Bissett, the Fringe First-winning creator of The Moira Monologues. Here he plays five characters – three male, two female, none of them human – locked up together in a mysterious research facility. A shape-shifting, virtuoso performance that confronts humankind’s greatest fears and will make you tremble… with laughter. ‘Hilarious’ ***** (Skinny). ‘Whip-smart… Bissett’s a joy to watch’ ***** (Edinburgh Festivals Magazine). ‘Holds you in its web’ ***** (BroadwayBaby.com). ‘Sophisticated, captivating theatre’ ***** (ThreeWeeks). ‘A real Fringe gem’ **** (Independent). Written and performed by Alan Bissett. Directed by Sacha Kyle.

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General venue access

  • Audio enhancement system
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: There is level access from the john Knox building, If entering using the main entrance there are 9 steps. Once inside a lift that can take customers down to the -2 floor which is the bottom of the raked seating. If not it is 16 steps to the top of the raked seating then 15 steps to the front row.
  • 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.

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  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

Christopher Stewart 90 days ago

Felt more like a exercise to write 5 monologues using Spider-facts (and Tarantula Hawk Wasp facts), than a cohesive plot. Advertised as a Horror Comedy, but lacks any real dread or anything I would consider Horror (unless you're arachnophobic), and the Fringe bio is too vague. Got my hopes up for something that this show doesn't deliver on. The humour of the show mostly relies on the silly characterisation, laughing at the way the characters talk and act, but much of that came off as two dimensional stereotypes of nationalities (in the form of a Venezuelan Tarantula) and gender (in the form of both female characters), a form of humour that left a bad taste in the mouth of myself and my friends.

Do not recommend, as a fan of horror comedy.

Kevin Low 100 days ago

Brilliant, I really enjoyed this.

Thank you for such an enjoyable hour

Tabitha Mackenzie 101 days ago

Such an interesting, funny, intriguing play! Alan plays each character with such flair and energy that you'd hardly believe it's the same person. It's nothing like what I was expecting from the description of the show, it's so much better instead! Absolutely worth an hour of your time, and putting your hand in your pocket, to see, dont miss it!


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British Theatre Guide (4/5 stars) 99 days ago

Look for tickets... It's a testament to the comedic abilities of Alan Bissett that, given the spotlight on a stage and a pair of women's boots, that it's all but impossible for him not to be funny. As he has repeatedly shown in both incarnations of his Moira Monologues, he...

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