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The Ice Hole : A Cardboard Comedy

Pleasance Courtyard (Grand), 60 Pleasance

Wednesday 2nd – Monday 28th August 2023, 13:00

The creators of Fringe sensation Fishbowl return to Edinburgh with their latest Molière Award winning production – The Ice Hole: A Cardboard Comedy.



‘An absolute piece of comic genius…Don’t miss this superb show.’ ★★★★★ British Theatre Guide

‘Had the audience howling with laughter, cheering with amazement, and crying out for more.’★★★★★ Theatre Weekly

‘Pure genius that is unlikely to be bettered at this or any other Fringe. This has to be the must-see show of Edinburgh Fringe 2023.’ ★★★★★ The Reviews Hub

‘It’s an invitation to never stop playing, a reminder of the magic that can be found in simplicity. I will never look at cardboard in quite the same way.’ ★★★★★ Ed Fest Mag

‘Pure comedic and creative genius!’ ★★★★★ West End Best Friend

‘Simply one of the best, most imaginative, most surprising shows playing this year’s Edinburgh Fringe.’ ★★★★★ The Quinntessential Review

‘An inspired piece of surreal lunacy, an hour of sheer unadulterated fun, fuelled by manic levels of invention. Miss it and you’ve only got yourself to blame.’ ★★★★★ Bouquets & Brickbats

‘Inventive, original and very funny. Just go to see this fantastic show.’ ★★★★★ Three Weeks Edinburgh

‘The most creative show at the Fringe Festival.’ ★★★★★ Theatre and Tonic

‘A feat of visual origami involving cardboard that is an absolute joy to watch.’ ★★★★ Daily Mail

‘Marvel at astonishing feats of the imagination’★★★★ The Times

‘Fun, and full of gleeful creative flair’ ★★★★ The Stage

★★★★ Financial Times

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The Ice Hole: A Cardboard Comedy, this innovative show, in the spirit of Monty Python and with a Laurel and Hardy style twist, is told by two actors with some side-splitting and meticulous theatrical acrobatics.

Told using a thousand pieces of cardboard, in a language no-one quite understands, a great actor recounts an epic journey from the fjords of Iceland to the dust of the Spanish desert.  He may be cursed by the mermaid he once accidentally caught, but he is aided on his madcap adventure by a fellow performer and, together, they tell this ridiculously amazing adventure.

Running Time :    75 minutes
Location  :   Pleasance Courtyard (Grand), 60 Pleasance, Edinburgh, EH8 9TJ

Tickets are available from

Previews: £10
Weekday: £16 (£14)
Weekend: £18 (£16)

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The company

Pierre Guillois founded his company in 1991. He initially called it Les Madeleines in reference to Witkiewicz’s first production La Princesse Madeleine, created in Paris’ Tuileries garden, and in hommage to the actresses who initiated the project.

Following several years in a fringe company, a brief stint as an actor and an enjoyable period working as assistant director to Jean-Michel Ribes, Guillois was invited by Matthew Jocelyn in 2001 to become Associate Artist at Atelier du Rhin, Alsace’s regional theatre centre in Colmar…