The Retreat

Comedy (variety, alternative comedy)

  • Underbelly, Cowgate - Big Belly
  • 20:00
  • Aug 27
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 18+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United States
  • Group: Rebekka Johnson, Anne Gregory, Kate Nash
  • Warnings and additional info: Strong language/swearing, None
  • Accessibility:
    Relaxed Performance
    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


A campy variety show that mimics an overenthusiastic kick-off event for a corporate retreat for the fictional company Men-ses Period Panties. It pokes fun at the boring jargon, toxic positivity and team building nonsense inherent to the business world. Hosted by comedians Rebekka Johnson (Netflix's GLOW) and Anne Gregory (NBC's Parks and Recreation) and produced by UK's own, Kate Nash. Guest acts feature a rotating cast of incredible Fringe performers (sometimes) including the iconic pop-star and actress, Kate Nash. It's a new and fun romp every night!

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General venue access

  • Relaxed Performance
  • Accessible entry: There are 32 steps into this venue from the cowgate entrance.
  • Wheelchair access type: Not fully wheelchair accessible

  • 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

Relaxed performances

  • Dates: 7 August, 15 August
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team for more information or to discuss any accessibility requirements.
  • Additional information: Information not supplied

Be aware that this show features:

  • Audience required to sing/speak along with/for performer
  • Characters expressing anger
  • Permission to move around and make noise
  • Show guide or synopsis or character list

Show does not feature:

  • Total Audience Black Out
  • Flashing Lights/Strobed Lighting
  • Loud/repetitive/high pitched/unexpected or overlapping sound
  • Distinctive smells
  • Special effects (e.g. smoke/bubbles/pyrotechnics)
  • Latex balloons
  • Heavily dialogue-driven scenes
  • Audience required to walk around
  • Audience required to undertake directed movement
  • Audience invited on stage
  • Performer goes into audience area
  • An intermission
  • Audience chill out area
  • Permission to engage with performer

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

Audrey 46 days ago

I enjoyed the concept (and of course the performance by Kate Nash) but it wasn’t really funny or maybe we just got rubbish variety. The trolls didn’t fit into it and the Camilla/princess diana skit went on too long with no real punchline.. the makings of a great show/concept

Joshua Edelman 48 days ago

The absolute most fun variety show I’ve ever seen in my life. Such an amazing concept. So much god damn fun. Pretty sure it’s sold completely out, but if you can manage to snag a ticket, I highly recommend you do!

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To Do List (4/5 stars) 44 days ago

A wonderful, feminist, period-positive way to sample some of the best acts at the Fringe.

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North West End UK (5/5 stars) 47 days ago

The Retreat is an incredibly fun, upbeat and slightly unhinged comedy variety show, and the corporate period pants theme just gives it that something extra.

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