Shaving the Dead

Theatre (drama, new writing)

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  • Assembly George Square Studios - Two
  • 12:30
  • Aug 25
  • 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Guy Masterson – Theatre Tours International Ltd
  • Warnings and additional info: Age Category: 12 and above (12+)(Strong Language/Swearing)
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 18 months


Eurig and Connor rely on death for a living but even that has let them down. Charles Sterling's corpse offers them a lifeline, but will they take it? Or will they bury his deadly secret? Waiting for Godot meets Six Feet Under! Perrier Award nominee, Owen O'Neill's hilarious, Beckettian, bible-black comedy. Directed by Olivier Award winner (for Morecambe): Guy Masterson.

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  • Accessible entry: There are 12 steps into this venue.
  • Wheelchair access type: Not fully wheelchair accessible

  • Stairs: 11- 20
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Steven Nicol 82 days ago

Wow, what a play. Dark, funny, superbly acted. The highlight of my Fringe. Guy Masterson continues to give amazing shows. Not for the faint hearted or easily offended (very mild swearing and content) but fits in with darkness of funerals.

Nick Hunn 88 days ago

If you're commisisioning a new TV series, sign this one up, as I want to see more. It's a masterclass in black comedy and timing.

Kierna Corr 89 days ago

Absolutely brilliant show - the two actors were amazing in their deadpan delivery. I found myself gasping and laughing in equal measure. Catch this one if you can.

Simon Southwell 89 days ago

A hidden gem of a show. Superb writing and two great performances. Comic, surreal and unexpected. A must see.

Sean Davis 93 days ago

Shaving the Dead (***)
In their funeral parlor, two low key undertakers who have been partners for many years share a few long held secrets while watching over a mysterious coffin. As befits the setting, this quiet, slow paced comedy finds its humor in the little things in life. Nonetheless, the highlight is when one of them plays some music on his smart phone, and they each slowly break into dance.

This was the 40th most enjoyable of the 76 shows I have seen so far this year. You may see my other three-sentence reviews, in order from most enjoyable to worst, at my non-commercial website:

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Broadway Baby (4/5 stars) 83 days ago

Shaving the Dead starts with two undertakers waiting at a coffin. One (the welshman) very bluntly tells the other (the irishman) how he brained his own father with a rock. As they continue to wait, they share more twisted but intriguing stories and habits with each other. It’s like Godot:...

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British Theatre Guide (4/5 stars) 86 days ago

Undertakers Eurig and Connor are waiting to bury a mysterious Charles Sterling. They await the arrival of what turns out to be Connor’s half-brother. (Half of Ireland is probably cousins.)This waiting is filled with the exchanges common and easy between these two, friends of 10 years. Who could imagine these...

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One4Review (5/5 stars) 86 days ago

With a champagne combination of the writing of Owen O’Neill and the direction of Guy Masterton, Shaving the Dead already looked incredibly promising. If you add in the sublime casting of Simon Nehan as Eurig and Alan McKee as Connor, … Read More...

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Edinburgh Guide (5/5 stars) 88 days ago

Shaving the Dead is an outstanding piece of comedy writing and a masterclass in comic timing. Centre-stage throughout the proceedings is an over-sized coffin, flanked by two undertakers. On one side sits Eurig, a lugubrious Celt. On the other is Connor, a gruff Ulsterman. They are waiting for someone to...

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The Scotsman (4/5 stars) 89 days ago

Imagine a short, super-witty version of Waiting For Godot, in which the two men waiting for a third party who never quite appears are most definitely a Welshman and a Northern Irishman, and the centre of the stage is occupied not by a withered tree but by a coffin and...

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