Sophie Duker: Venus

Comedy (stand-up, solo show)

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  • Pleasance Courtyard - Pleasance Below
  • 19:00
  • Aug 25
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Berk's Nest in association with Avalon present
  • Warnings and additional info: This show contains Strong Language.
  • Accessibility:
    Audio enhancement system
    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

This show has performances in multiple locations


Sophie Duker is your Venus, she’s your fire, your desire. Or is she? Silly, sexy, savage stand-up from a girl who’s definitely not a goddess. In her hotly anticipated full-fat woke debut hour Sophie takes her audience on an unconventional journey of self-discovery. Strap in. Sophie co-hosts GrownUpLand on BBC Radio 4 and is the creator and host of the Evening Standard recommended comedy night Wacky Racists. As seen on Channel 4’s Riot Girls, E4’s 8 Out of 10 Cats, Comedy Central and BBC Three. ‘Laugh out-loud funny’ **** (Telegraph).

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General venue access

  • Audio enhancement system
  • Accessible entry: Main queue on road outside. 5 steps down to venue or Lift access through Pleasance Bar — ask at Box Office or bar for assistance.
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

  • Stairs: 2 - 5
    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

Samantha Cedermark 92 days ago

We saw Sophie on Sunday evening. She was brilliant. Her material is very funny and well delivered. A fab end to our evening. I would go and see her again. Thanks Sophie.

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Edinburgh Festivals Magazine (4/5 stars) 78 days ago

For a debut show at the Fringe, Sophie Duker has managed to craft a near-flawless hour packed full of humour and heartfelt reflection which many of the comedians that have been on the circuit for circa ten yea...

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Chortle (3.5/5 stars) 84 days ago

If you like shows that the Daily Mail would hate, then this is the show for you. Sophie Duker’s debut considers some of the modern classics: identity, privilege, the sexuality spectrum, wokeness, mental health and white saviours. And it’s great. She is great. It is only a debut and she’s...

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The Herald [paywall] (4/5 stars) 88 days ago

Sophie Duker is on the floor laughing her head off. Selecting two audience members to participate in a piece on archetypical privileged white men, it turns out that they're both called Simon. She's hit patriarchal pay-dirt and she knows it. Venus is a wickedly funny and woke debut hour from...

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Broadway Baby (3/5 stars) 90 days ago

“I wanna be woke, but I’m tired.” Sophie Duker presents a realistic, relatable and funny account of what it’s like to be a black British woman in 2019 in Venus, her first show at the Fringe. Drawing heavily on visual props and videos, her set spends a lot of time...

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To Do List (5/5 stars) 92 days ago

A riotous challenge to the straight white male-dominated comedy scene – with twerking.There’s (quite rightly) no hiding from the big issue that Sophie Duker wants to unpack on the Pleasance Courtyard’s Below stage – it’s still a rare thing to find a black, female comedian at the Fringe, and there’s...

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The List (3/5 stars) 92 days ago

Confident and classy debut from rising star...

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The Scotsman (4/5 stars) 96 days ago

Yas Queen! For the avowedly woke, yet overwhelmingly white, middle-class Edinburgh Fringe, Sophie Duker is festival royalty in-waiting. ...

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The Skinny (4/5 stars) 97 days ago

Sophie Duker is one of the growing number of minority voices who are making comedy a far more interesting, and funnier, game. There’s a certain skill in playfully picking on white male audience members for their privilege, and making them feel completely at ease. But this is Duker’s style: she...

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Fest (4/5 stars) 100 days ago

Named after the “Hottentot Venus,” the Khoekhoe slave trafficked from colonial South Africa to Europe as a freak show exhibit, Venus takes issue with the objectification of the black female body whilst asserting a desire for women of colour to be defined as individuals on their own terms.  This astute political analysis...

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The Guardian (3/5 stars) 101 days ago

‘What colour am I?” Sophie Duker asks a white audience member – and it’s a neat way to launch into her show, exploring how black (her category, not her colour) bodies are perceived. Duker is a fast-rising, former Funny Women finalist who runs the Wacky Racists club night, and her...

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