Rob Auton: The Time Show

Comedy (spoken word, theatre)

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  • Assembly George Square Studios - Five
  • 14:50
  • Aug 26
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 12+ (Restriction)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Show And Tell in association with Avalon Management
  • Warnings and additional info: Age Category: 12+ (restricted)
  • Accessibility:
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    Sight not needed
    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

This show has performances in multiple locations


The Time Show is a comedy/theatre/spoken word show about time. It is suitable for people who know of time. Following on from his shows about the colour yellow, the sky, faces, water, sleep, hair and talking, award-winning writer and performer Rob Auton turns his attention to time. 'A genuine original. Poetical, philosophical, humane, and funny to boot' (The Guardian). 'We need him' (Scotsman). 'Charming, eccentric and uplifting, Auton is a talent to watch' (Independent). 'Funny, baffling and deeply moving' (Telegraph). 'Just sad' (Vanessa Feltz).

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    Sight not needed
  • 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.

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

Jon Keen 112 days ago

I didn't know what to expect with this show, but I certainly wasn't disappointed. ob has an idiosyncratic style delivery, and the show started slightly slowly, but once the audience "tuned in" to it we were up and running. Very funny, but with an extremely thoughtful theme underlying it.

Christina O'Beirne 115 days ago

Takes a simple concept to places you’ve never thought of before in an imaginative and intelligent fashion. An endearing performance, moments of which will pop back into your head many times again in the future!

sharon williams 120 days ago

My family and I enjoyed every minute of Rob's show, we were sorry when it was over. Tick tock!

Helen Money-Kyrle 120 days ago

Creative, original and highly entertaining!

David Sharp 121 days ago

Wonderful. We took a chance on this show after reading some reviews and we weren't disappointed. Beautifully engaging, glorious words, plenty to think about.
It was a big highlight of our fringe this year.

Saskia Willis 124 days ago

Fabulous show. Clever, thought provoking, hilarious, moving. I laughed and wept and I’m a seasoned, critical Fringe goer. My teens also loved. Genius and loveable guy. Never seen his shows before but am now a fan. 5 stars from me!

Angela Jackson 126 days ago

Rob Auton is a naturally compelling performer, and I was completely blown away by this show. It's profound, moving and very funny. Absolutely loved it!

Maria Wakely 126 days ago

The most beautiful, stupendous, creative, funny, wonderful, uplifting, moving, joyful antidote to our political reality. I just wish we had shared a birthday. Go and see Rob Auton you won't be disappointed.

Simon Hadwick 127 days ago

Really enjoyed Rob’s show. Clever & quite different to most shows. Our first time at the Fringe & we’d love to see Rob’s other Fringe performances.

David Brackenridge 128 days ago

Been to see everyone of Robs shows since he started at the fringe after 'stumbling' upon him. This show is probably his best (and they've all been great). Funny, endearing, off the wall humour. Love it. Will be back next year....

James Fairbairn 129 days ago

This was my favourite show of the fringe. I laughed, cried and it was brilliantly written. An absolute triumph.

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The Guardian (3/5 stars) 107 days ago

‘Did the people who set time going really think time would stand the test of time?” Rob Auton’s The Time Show is full of playful paradoxes such as this. With its multiple related meanings, time lends itself to wordplay. Between its colossal role in our lives and our uncertainty as...

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The Wee Review (4/5 stars) 107 days ago

For the last decade, Rob Auton has selected a single idea to concentrate his Fringe efforts upon. This time around, he’s turning his philosophically comedic cannon on time itself, breaking down our lives into each of their component moments and analysing what the bloody hell that’s all about, anyway. The...

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ScotsGay (4/5 stars) 111 days ago

At one point in The Time Show, Rob Auton recounts how one negative review of his previous work described him as evoking the same energy as a nervous child in a school play.  Auton describes how he sees this as a compliment, wanting to approach everything in life with the...

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The Scotsman (4/5 stars) 116 days ago

Rob Auton makes beautiful, poetic, philosophical, funny shows crafted around a single word or idea....

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Edinburgh Festivals Magazine (5/5 stars) 122 days ago

Following on from his brilliant water, hair, sleep and face themed shows, comes another compelling fanfare from Auton. This fringe, he tackles the subject of time, effortlessly filling an hour with the eccentr...

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Theatre Weekly (4/5 stars) 123 days ago

As precious as time is, this show is well worth an hour of yours.

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ThreeWeeks (5/5 stars) 123 days ago

Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock. That’s another four seconds of your life gone. It’s amazing how we assign so much meaning to the passing of time, in so many different ways, but who even decided what it is? Rob Auton is trying to make sense of it, as only he can....

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The List (3/5 stars) 126 days ago

A nervy and likeable approach to the concept of time...

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Edinburgh Festivals Magazine (4/5 stars) 127 days ago

In the frenzy that is the Fringe, Rob Auton's shows are famously chilled affairs. Like some sort of tousled-haired audience-whisperer, the gentle Yorkshireman has the knack of making you relax. Making you feel...

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Fest (4/5 stars) 127 days ago

Of all the single-topic themes that Rob Auton has picked for his admirably idiosyncratic shows, time has to be one of the most pregnant with possibility for showcasing his distinctive, philosophical comedy. Abstractly existing predominantly in the human mind, it's a phenomenon that we rarely give sustained thought to, but...

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