Big Bite Size Breakfast Show

Only in Edinburgh could you start your morning off having breakfast while watching some theatre. But is it really worth waking up in the morning, or should you stay and have your breakfast in bed? Judging this theatrical offering, I’m inclined towards the latter.

Even with the free croissant and coffee, the underwhelming performances and dire choice of script leads to a less than hopeful start to the day.

Don’t worry, this isn’t a food review. Bite-Size Plays advertises three separate ‘menus’ for audiences to choose from when deciding what date they want to attend, with a free croissant and cup of tea or coffee on the side. Each is a set ‘menu’ of five short plays mixing light-hearted drama and comedy. Unfortunately, I happened to attend the day they served substandard material.

The cast do a great job in bringing vibrant energy to their disappointing play choices. The only text which worked was You Choose by Tom Smith. A blunt and surprisingly crude comedy for the morning, it was a promising start to proceedings giving audiences options to decide the storyline.

The melodramatic acting from all suited it well, but unfortunately this remained consistent for the other plays. A particular low point was Somewhere Between the Sky and the Sea by Alex Broun - an incredibly pretentious script spoken by the lead with a grating lack of tone or enthusiasm.

The cast of Big Bite Size Breakfast Show succeed in giving audiences an energetic start to their Fringe schedules. However, for this reviewer, even with the free croissant and coffee, the underwhelming performances and dire choice of script leads to a less than hopeful start to the day. 

Reviews by Dan Parker

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Three rotating selections of ‘bite-size’ comedies, eccentricity, mini drama – with free coffee, croissant and strawberries. Great writers from the UK/around the world – funny, eccentric, thought-provoking (www.bite-size.org). Award-winning company (Latest award Best Theatre Performance, Argus Festival Angel). This hugely popular show features a variety of styles for a stimulating good morning experience each day! 'Go see this gem' ***** (FringeReview.co.uk). 'A sure-fire pick me up!' (WhatsOnStage.com). ‘One of the most important shows you will see on the Fringe’ (Daily Record). Also see our 12.10pm lunch hour show.

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