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The Hunting of the Snark

  • Pleasance Courtyard 60 Pleasance Edinburgh, EH8 9TJ United Kingdom (map)

AUG 5 - AUG 31

11am (not 17th), 55 mins


The impossible voyage of an improbable crew to find an inconceivable creature. Enter the imaginative world of Lewis Carroll, author of Alice in Wonderland, in this brand new, highly original, ultra-modern adaptation of the finest Nonsense poem ever written, The Hunting of the Snark. A musical comedy adventure story for the whole family featuring puppetry, lashings of daft humour and an original soundtrack of witty songs that will delight, excite and entertain. 

A riotous ragtag band of bold adventurers including the Banker, the Boy, the Butcher, the Baker, Mr Bellman and his knitting Beaver set off on a quest to catch the Snark - and of course, the Jub Jub bird, the sly thieving Bandersnatch and the dastardly Boojum...  But does anyone know what a Snark actually looks like? And will the Boy be able to reconnect with his father?

With a strong young female creative team, including director Gemma Colclough (NewsRevue, Associate Director Rose Theatre), writer Annabel Wigoder (Buckland Films, Royal Court Young Writer), creative associate Annie Biddlecombe (Newsrevue, Punch) and producer Hannah Durose (Where Do Little Birds Go), and with music and lyrics written by Edinburgh veteran comedian Gareth Cooper (Delete The Banjax, BBC Radio 4's Sketchorama), this is an imaginative musical adventure that will inspire, excite and entertain, with a very human story of fathers, sons and the gulfs which divide them at its heart.


“Intelligently written and very funny (…) a thought-provoking and thoroughly enjoyable play.” (The Public Reviews, praise for Annabel Wigoder’s The Beat My Time Machine Skipped)

**** “Gemma Colclough handles the combination of comedy and pathos in the script with a skilful and light touch.” (Fringe Report, praise for The Amicable Solution)

“Delete The Banjax’s (including Gareth Cooper) mix of skits and songs make up a compelling set that is gloriously daft (…) at all times, they've got a sure feeling for where the funny is, and they know how to deliver it too.” (The Guardian, praise for Delete the Banjax)


Earlier Event: August 1
Secret Theatre Project
Later Event: August 5