A Time Traveler's Guide to the Present

Theatre (sci-fi, storytelling)

  • Accessibility:
    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 are not allowed in the venue
  • Policy applies to: Children under 18 months

Description

A mysterious broadcast from the future causes 85% of the world to abandon their friends and family forever. Now, the one person who can travel through spacetime to stop it is a planetarium narrator named Doug. Fusing sci-fi, real science(!), and an original score, A Time Traveler's Guide to the Present is a far-out, amped-up, one-man show about the hunt for human connection. Also, there's a caveman.

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: If not taking the lift there is a large flight to 1st floor of hotel then a further 4 steps to venue. Alternatively the building lift can be taken to the first floor and then a platform lift can be used instead of the 4 further steps.
  • Wheelchair access type: If not taking the lift there is a large flight to 1st floor of hotel then a further 4 steps to venue. Alternatively the building lift can be taken to the first floor and then a platform lift can be used instead of the 4 further steps.

  • 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

Michelle Joyner 32 days ago

A Time Traveler’s Guide is a great show! I believe the last performance is today, Saturday and I highly encourage you to see it! Doug is a super performer tackling many rules in what in lesser hands could be a chaotic and disjointed blur. But he expertly weaves the story, the characters and the time continuum (or lack there of) in a compelling and entertaining way. I sincerely hope he gets a bigger production with tech elements that could make this show a real theatrical tour de force! But even without them he pulls it off with incredible skill. The story is imaginative, complex and very very touching. Go!!

Thomas 34 days ago

There is a magic to Edinburgh's Fringe Festival. Doug Harvey's show represents it in its highest form. It brims with the emotion, power, and fantasy that makes this festival special.

His show is a gripping Big Bang, hurtling us through space, time, and the universe.  In its 50-minute run time, the stakes could not be higher: a novice astronomer must travel through time to save humanity from an epidemic of disintegration.  His travels force him to confront his own life's most dense and weighty moments. The resulting explosions propel us across the range of the human experience, from intimately personal moments, to parallel futures and pasts, to humanity's very place in the constellations.  You will learn both human insights and advanced astrophysics as your ship races perilously closer to the event horizon.  

Highly recommended, the best of what Edinburgh does.  See it before time runs out.

Mark Hamblin 36 days ago

Riveting. He kept up an astounding pace such that even though it was a solo show my attention didn’t drift for a moment. Creative, endearing, surprising, and passionate… plus I liked the caveman.

RJ 36 days ago

Fantastic show. Great script, very thought provoking, entertaining and some great laughs too. Performance was fantastic. One man show but many characters, done superbly. A very talented actor. Definitely a show to catch this year.

Mark Wright 37 days ago

Wow. The utterly highlight of my day at the Fridge. Do yourself a massive favour and do not miss this incredible performance. Incredibly engaging story teller and performer.

Jan Wulff 38 days ago

Such an amazing actor! Doug really brings a full ensemble just by himself on stage. We've been deeply touched by this performance. So, no matter the theme, go and watch it!

Oonagh McBride 38 days ago

The story was great and the performance was amazing. This is a very smart and sweet show. Recommended.

Hannah 40 days ago

Wooowwww! A Time Traveler's Guide to the Present was hands down the most impressive show I've ever seen at the festival. I have been to many shows during the festival, and I went into this one unsure what to expect. I've seen one-man shows before, but they've always been in the form of a monologue. I was amazed to see one actor performing scenes with multiple characters, fast-forward scenes, slow-motion scenes, and even a two-character-fight scene! It was so engrossing, and I was lost in the story. As an engineer, I can confirm that the physics references were correct and displayed wonderfully so that a non-scientific audience could understand. The show made me feel so many emotions: excitement, fear, humour, nostalgia and romance. It was just an incredible story with a brilliant performance. Unforgettable. Thank you!

Abigail Charlton 41 days ago

Such a talented guy! I'd really really suggest this!!! Absolutely needs more attention!! Sweet, and sci-fi. I can vouch that the physics displayed is all correct (to the academic level of any non-physics background viewer). A mixture of romance, science and memories. Really good job. :)

James Arbuthnaught 42 days ago

A superb one man show about a Time Travel adventure. Witty, moving, exciting and inventive. Think "Back to the Future" meets "The Time Machine" or Michael J Fox meets... Well .. Michael J Fox ( or David Attenborough). Totally engaging, time literally flew by. If this show was at Pleasance or Assembly or one of the other trendy venues it would attract the larger audiences it truly deserves. ( I have no connection with the show or production team).

Paul C. 45 days ago

A fantastic show, performed with energy, passion and humour. The concept is original and the story is griping. This show is not to be missed!

Emzy Andreas’ 49 days ago

A mind expanding show! The imagination knows no limits in this energetic, funny and characterful show. Doug takes the audience on a bold and bizarre adventure that’s enjoyable from start to finish. Would recommend to all!

Pete H. 50 days ago

A jam-packed, wild-ride, must-see for anyone who’s ever dreamed about time travel. Explores the scientific possibility of it but also the more basic, pressing need for human connection. Not for the faint of brain, you’ll be playing catch up to make sure you catch everything baked into the many characters Doug plays on a tiny stage in this one-man tour de force.

Joanna Curtis 51 days ago

Really thoroughly enjoyed this show! Doug did such a good job of capturing the audience - I didn’t know it was possible to pack so much adventure and emotion into 50 minutes! A sci-fi time travelling show that channels the pop culture science and romanticism of a modern H. G. Wells.


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