Tricky Second Album

Theatre (performance art, tragedy)

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  • Pleasance Dome - 10Dome
  • 23:00
  • Aug 18
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 16+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: In Bed with My Brother
  • Warnings and additional info: This show contains audience participation, distressing themes, nudity, scenes of a sexual & violent nature, strobe lighting, strong language/swearing, fire treason & loud music throughout.
  • 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


Tricky Second Album is our Tricky Second Album. It's an Album. It's Tricky. In 1988 the KLF published The Manual: A guide to getting a number-one in the UK top 40s, the easy way. In 1994 the KLF burnt one million pounds. In 2017 our heads caught on fire. So we read the manual. In 2018 we started work on our debut number-one album. In 2019 the world is burning. From the creators of We Are Ian, this is nothing like that.

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General venue access

  • Audio enhancement system
  • Accessible entry: Main queue at entrance to venue. Wheelchair and level access via lift at rear of bar — reached via ramp at the rear of the venue. Speak to staff or Box Office for lift access.
  • Wheelchair access type: Temporary Ramp, Lift (Building Lift)

  • Stairs: 20+
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

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James 112 days ago

This will live in my head til the day I die. Why did the KLF burn a million pounds? We don't know. Why wouldn't you see the best show of the Fringe? We don't know. Go, expect an onslaught, leave shaken and changed. Sincerely wish these women the absolute best for their lives.

Stephen Cronin 114 days ago

An experience I’m very glad to have had.
There was a lot of love and appreciation in the room.
I hope the cast feel their time ended well.
I might have got a swift response but I wanted to give you a cuddle.
Enjoy the baby when it comes.
I did wonder if I might have ended up doing some work tonight.

Max 118 days ago

Amateur with complicated stagecraft, sloppy with perfectly executed intention and the most compelling, funny and heartbreaking experience I've seen in a long time. The Fringe does not deserve this show but it is exactly what it needs.

Derek Hogg 121 days ago

I had high hopes for this show. Thought it actually was KLF/Bill Drummond when I first saw it in the Fringe Guide but checked the reviews and realised it wasn’t the real deal. No worries. The reviewers I’ve read were gushing about how brilliant this show is, and the publicity photos are slick, so thought I’d give it a go.

What a disappointment; amateurish; sloppy; shouty; ..... If it was Free Fringe that would be fine, but not when you have to pay hard earned bucks. Out of the entire 60 minutes there was just one short scene , that captured my attention, where the performers all sat in black plastic dustbins...... quite an enrapturing scene........ but that moment of theatrical brilliance was short lived, as the cast jumped out of their bins, and started moaning about how hard up they are, and about how the venue is ripping them off. Tough. If you’re just in it for the money, then don’t choose Theatre as an occupation.

Maybe I missed the point; I went in with high expectations guided by some excellent reviews, but what I saw really didn’t match up with the hype; to me it was just the Bristol Beastie Girls meet KLF on Stars in Your Eyes, but not as funny.

TinaC 124 days ago

These women absolutely tore up the stage last night - subversive, irreverential performance art on how NOT to do the fringe - they have quite a short run so book your tickets (and bring ear plugs if you can!)

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Feminist Fringe (5/5 stars) 111 days ago

Tricky Second Album is an example of art that is used for activism and expression, created with a sense of freedom and not defined by rules and regulations. It is unapologetic, exciting and rightfully angry. [...] In Bed With My Brother remind us why theatre is important and why it has become hopeless. They show us the contradictions in making theatre that means something, making theatre for money and trying to survive in this industry.

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The Scotsman (4/5 stars) 117 days ago

Don’t expect to enjoy yourself at In Bed with My Brother’s Tricky Second Album. ...

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The F Word 118 days ago

This is a show that puts high stakes and brutal honesty at its very heart, creating a mind-blowing, spellbinding concoction of punk, theatre, humour and physicality. In Bed With My Brother are a theatre group like no other, taking risks left, right and centre, and no more so than with this show, Tricky Second Album.

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Broadway Baby (5/5 stars) 119 days ago

In Bed With My Brother spend the largest portion of this, notably their third Edinburgh show, conducting a kind of aural warfare on their audience. Caterwhauling into the microphones and tossing props with abandon, they regularly complain that the venue has set a decibel limit on their performance but they...

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The Stage [paywall] (4/5 stars) 119 days ago

In 1994, avant-garde electronica band The KLF burned one million pounds. And no one, including its members, really knows why. Now, it’s 2019, and avant-garde provocateurs In Bed With My Brother are trying to make a show inspired by The KLF’s banknote bonfire – a show that points a fuck-you...

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Miro Magazine (3/5 stars) 120 days ago

Tricky Second Album feels dirty. Much of it is brilliant – the wild atmosphere, the furious political daggers hurled at polite middle-class theatre, the shriek against things that should be done onstage. It’s anarchic and furious and everything for which the company behind We Are Ian is renowned.

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Whats On Stage (3/5 stars) 121 days ago

There's some intense sh*t going on in In Bed With My Brother's newest piece Tricky Second Album (the follow up to their culty smash We Are Ian), which runs at the Edinburgh Fringe after an initial preview in Bristol. It starts with a performer emerging onto the stage – she's...

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The Guardian (4/5 stars) 121 days ago

At once a love letter and a massive screw-you to theatre, this punk-rock manifesto is not a play for the faint of heart. In Bed With My Brother have created a brilliantly confrontational shock of a show, Tricky Second Album makes you question what art is really worth. It’s angry,...

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British Theatre Guide (5/5 stars) 125 days ago

Look for tickets... Screaming in the face of conformity, of capitalism, of the rules of engagement. Shouting down corruption and your expectations, and flipping the bird to, well… everything basically.In Bed With My Brother’s Tricky Second Album is a shouty, sweary rallying cry for change, for some sanity in the...

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