Umbrella Man

Theatre (spoken word)

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  • Summerhall - Red Lecture Theatre
  • 10:00
  • Aug 25
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - Scotland
  • Group: Teuchter Company – Colin Bramwell
  • Warnings and additional info: Audience Participation, Strong Language/Swearing
  • Accessibility: 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


Umbrella Man is the story of a young man from the north of Scotland who tries to prove the Earth is flat. Using poetry, storytelling and improvised piano to take audiences on a journey to the outer limits of common sense, Umbrella Man comes to Edinburgh fresh from a critically acclaimed tour of the southern hemisphere. Hilarious, moving, Scottish spoken word theatre. 'A monumental triumph' ***** ( 'Bittersweet, haunting, tour-de-force' ****½ (Channel 44, Adelaide). 'Rich and memorable, it's the layered storytelling that leaves a lasting impression' **** (Fest).

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General venue access

  • Accessible entry: Once in the courtyard, follow access ramp around the front of the made in Adelaide bar, into the main reception, take a right down the corridor past the cafe and through the light-saber corridor. The Red Lecture Theatre (x) – 14 steps down to the space, a further 10 steps through the seating and onto the stage. There is lift access only with prior notice to Summerhall Management.
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

  • 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.

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  • 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
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  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

Lesley Warner 97 days ago

☆☆☆☆ This is a splendidly surreal show, a mixture of story-telling, poetry and songs. The audience interraction took a while to get going, maybe 10am is a bit early for this, but the Umbrella Man's cheerful persistence paid off eventually and he carried the audience with him on his bizarre journey to Cambodia.

Isabel Paterson 104 days ago

A clever show that delivers several art forms, creating a little bit of Fringe heaven! Poetry, story-telling, comedy, music, audience participation, all gently intertwined and melded together with lots of swearing! Challenging ideas, emotional truths, and a very engaging character. Why brunch when you can savour this talent instead? Our favourite show of the day. Well done, Colin x

Bibi Schwithal 105 days ago

Umbrella Man is best enjoyed with as little background as possible, so I won't give away too much. In fact, you should probably just take my word for it and go see the show without reading this review. Seriously. Book those tickets. But if I haven't convinced you yet:

Umbrella Man is one of those shows that's not really about what it's about. Or maybe it is, and it's all part of a greater whole. Like a conspiracy. Colin is a brilliant comedic performer, mixing jokes, references, great timing and physical humour into an absurdist tale. He'll have you travel halfway across the world with him only to nostalgically reminisce about Edinburgh, nearly making you forget you're in a Summerhall basement, still. It's not just comedy though: there's a weave of stories, and poetry, and music too- but it somehow combines into a masterpiece of subtlety. In its final moments, the show leaves you at an emotional point others might try to push beyond. It reminds you, without hurting, of what hurts. It is soft, and small, and precious, tucked away behind an impressive performance. A really gorgeous piece of Scottish theatre.

Now go book those tickets.

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All Edinburgh Theatre (4/5 stars) 87 days ago

Duke wants to demonstrate the Earth is flat in Umbrella Man, Teuchter Company’s funny and sweet story performed by Colin Bramwell at Summerhall until the end of the Fringe. After all, there it is on the canvas of Duke’s umbrella, a map of the world on which he can draw...

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The Stage [paywall] (4/5 stars) 87 days ago

“Are you Scottish, min?” asks the self-proclaimed “local joker” before us on the stage, in a warm and friendly Highland Scots accent. This being Edinburgh in August, he has to ask the same thing of a few audience member before telling one to lie and say “yes”. He knew them...

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UK Theatre Web (4/5 stars) 87 days ago

Fine storytelling from an extremely watchable Colin Bramwell. Songs, poetry, flat-earth theories and a beautifully honed story merge into a delightful hour that I would have been happy to see go on longer.

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A Younger Theatre (3/5 stars) 97 days ago

We meet Colin Bramwell at a bar in Cambodia. The audience sit with him as he, alone and far away, regales us with anecdotes from Scotland and, latterly, attempts to convince us that the Earth is flat. Bramwell is a charming, affable presence and, it should be said, a talented...

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ThreeWeeks (4/5 stars) 97 days ago

Imagine if that guy in the pub who won’t stop talking to you got his own hour-long show – then, for a real twist, imagine it was actually good. We meet Colin Bramwell’s character in a Cambodian bar, dressed in a suit and flip-flops, and he spins us stories of...

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FringeReview 101 days ago

This is a slightly surprising show for 10am, having rather more the feel of a evening show. So be warned, f*** and c*** constitute most of the punctuation in this show! Written and performed by Edinburgh based poet, Colin Bramwell weaves storytelling, comedy and music seamlessly together to create a...

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The List (4/5 stars) 108 days ago

Life on the road with humour...

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