Troy Hawke: Tiles of the Unexpected!

Comedy (stand-up)

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  • Underbelly, Bristo Square - Dexter
  • 17:30
  • Aug 25
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 14+ (Restriction)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Live Nation in association with Curtis Brown
  • Warnings and additional info: Strong Language/Swearing
  • Accessibility:
    Sight not needed
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  • Babes in arms policy: Babies are not allowed in the venue
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


Following a sell-out run in 2018 in which he exposed bingo as the deadliest sport in the country, the empty Marxist promise of Poundland's false advertising and Aldi being responsible for Princess Diana, 1930s throwback comedic investigator Troy Hawke returns, applying his scrabble mentalism to Kanye West, xenophobia and the ugly truth of IKEA's link to the CIA. 'Clever, clean, hilarious' ***** ( 'Near perfection... character comedy at it's best' ***** ( Perth Fringe World 2019 Best Comedy nominee, Perth Fringe World 2019 Weekly Comedy Award winner.

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  • Sight not needed
  • Accessible entry: There are 19 steps into this venue if not taking the lift.
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  • Stairs: 11- 20
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Marie 82 days ago

This is, quite simply, a character comedy masterclass from Milo McCabe as Troy Hawke, the swashbuckling Scrabble sleuth with the dash of Douglas Fairbanks Jr and the élan of Errol Flynn. Last year’s show, 1001 Moments, was one of the funniest hours I have ever spent at the Fringe and this year’s Tiles of the Unexpected was equally brilliant. This is clever, clever comedy, without ever being knowing or arch, that takes the audience along a surreal, Scrabble-based conspiracy trail with consummate ease and plenty of laughs. Can’t wait to see who the devilishly suave overthinker has in his sights next.



Ren Reynolds 85 days ago

This is a one-character one-concrete show that is far from one note. The performer clearly inhabits the character and takes you along in a numerological stepping stone path to madness, which gets weirder and funnier the more seriously the character starts to act on the grand conspiracy that's clearly staring us in the face.

Serena Langley 87 days ago

Milo McCabe as Troy Hawke is always one of my favourite shows of the Fringe. This year, I bought along a bunch of friends for their first ever Fringe and they loved it too. You will cry with laughter! Great for people who live character comedy.

Toby Williams 92 days ago

An absolutely fantastic show. Funny, smart and a joy to behold. Belly laughs throughout.

Jo Roberts 94 days ago

Great show, laugh a minute. Troy is charming company and I recommend stepping into his bizarre world - you will see everyday things in an entirely different way. Highly recommend this show.

Liam Ellison 94 days ago

Hilarious character comedy.

Theo 95 days ago

It's the third year I've come to see Troy Hawke, and will probably continue in the future. A brilliant performance, funny, witty, and thought-provoking. A great performer who constantly stays in character. His strongest point is his ability to interact with the audience and make jokes with them, but not on them, and his amazing ability to calculate Scrabble values of the names of the audience, and come up with amazing and hilarious connections between them.
I definitely recommend, especially for those seeking a more refined sense of humour, that makes fun of and criticises class, family, society, relationships in a very subtle manner.
Never change, Troy Hawke! Mother would be proud!

Laura King 96 days ago

Watching Troy Hawke, I have the same feeling I had when I first saw Count Arthur Strong nearly 20 years ago and I was right about him - this comedian is going to be big!
Savage wit and class wrapped in a smoking jacket. And he is not wrong - the founder of IKEA was an extremely dodgy individual.
Cometh the moment, cometh the man, and that man is Troy Hawke.

Stu and Lesley 96 days ago

Absolutely bloody spiffing show. Brilliant concept. Watch out for the Apricots. Recommended. Go see it. 5*

Imogen Rowe 96 days ago

I can't see Troy Hawke on a venue listing and not go to see him! He is never less than hilarious! It said sold out on line but we managed to get some at the box office and it made my fringe. Crying with laughter.

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Chortle (3/5 stars) 79 days ago

Listen up, sheeple! There’s a mind-control conspiracy right under your noses involving the CIA, Ikea and Scrabble.  ...

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The Wee Review (5/5 stars) 92 days ago

The wide-eyed and earnest Troy Hawke eagerly greets newcomers to his act of scrabble-based insanity by calculating the scrabble score their name would produce – an unusual yet completely apposite ice-breaker. Perhaps fuelled by some Antipodean comic experiences Hawke has streamlined his mummy’s boy conspiracy theorist persona into something which...

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Edinburgh Festivals Magazine (4/5 stars) 94 days ago

Troye Hawke is a forty-something stay-at-home chronic overthinker-cum-conspiracy theorist, who still lives with his mum, forever avoiding the dangers of the outside world. He does temporarily leave the safety...

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Fest (4/5 stars) 100 days ago

After last year's 1001 Moments with Troy Hawke, prolific character comedian Milo McCabe brings his foppish naif persona back to Edinburgh in Tiles of the Unexpected.  The titular tiles are those of the popular board game Scrabble. It’s a simple but increasingly bizarre comic device used to fuel Hawke’s conspiracy theories,...

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