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Three Shows About Sons + Fathers

By | Published on Wednesday 3 August 2022

Three show about father and sons at Edinburgh Festival 2022…

The Awkward Silence’s Big Break | Gilded Balloon Teviot | 3-29 Aug
There are quite a number of shows at this year’s Fringe that would fit in this ‘sons and fathers’ section, in fact, so in the end it was quite hard to choose between them all. But this show is the one that inspired the theme, so of course it had to be in it. And there are other reasons, of course, not least the fact that it looks brilliant. This is a comedy musical about Louis, who wants his dad, Mike, out of his life. The only problem is that Mike has just got the pair of them sent to prison, which, clearly, would put a spanner in the works. “Can Louis navigate life inside without his old man to guide him? Can Mike win back his son’s affection before it’s too late?” I’ve got my fingers crossed. Click here for info and tickets.

Aidan Jones – Taco | Laughing Horse @ 32 Below | 4-28 Aug
Australian comedian Aidan Jones is something of a festival favourite – and not just at the Edinburgh Festival, of course, I am talking Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne’s festivals too. This year he is doing two shows at the Laughing Horse venues, and you should definitely see both if you can fit it in, but let’s talk about the one we’re here to talk about and why it sounds so interesting. In ‘Taco’, Jones tells the story of his Colombian parentage: how his mother became pregnant while backpacking in South America at the age of 22, and how in September 2019, he finally met his biological father for the first time. An interesting story in the hands of a great comedian. Click here for info and tickets.

The Great Almighty Gill | Assembly George Square | 3-29 Aug (pictured)
“My dad, Dave, died on 5 November 2015 of complications related to dementia. It was f*cking awful. But the eulogy I gave was brilliant. It deserves a bigger crowd. My way to see if from the molten wreckage of dementia some humanity, art and wonder can be salvaged”. This autobiographical performance from writer and actor Daniel Hoffman-Gill sounds like it could be horribly sad, but I think you’ll find it will be leavened by its dark humour, and the fact that as much as it offers insights into living with dementia, and the creator’s sometimes troubled relationship with his dad, it’s also a celebration of the life of a beloved father, husband and gifted artist. Click here for info and tickets.