After a sell-out run at the Fringe in 2008 and a national tour, Dumbshow return to Edinburgh with Clockheart Boy. The story about a boy with no heart brings the Professor and his motley MelanChorus back to teach their strange new discovery about the joys of stargazing, dancing, romance and friendship. Actress Hester Bond explains why you should see the play.


1. Bring the kids…
It’s pretty much impossible not to fall for Clockheart Boy’s charms. The show has something for the whole family, or, as the Scotsman affectionately put it, ‘children will love the colour and energy, while adults will wonder at this subtle story of love, loss and friendship.’ Whether you are nine years old, or ninety-eight, you will find yourself immersed in a magical and mysterious universe that you won’t ever want to leave.

2. Sam Gayton – what a writer!
There was never a better time to see this revival, with writer and rising literary star Sam Gayton seeing his debut novel, The Snow Merchant, published by Andersen this Autumn.

3. Explosions and fireworks.
Dumbshow makes Big Theatre. This original fairytale is chock full of colour and creativity, live music and magic tricks. We even got an eight-foot wooden wardrobe from the West Midlands up to the third floor of C venues, because we don’t do small scale.

4. Critics’ Pick
Don’t believe us that the show is wonderful? Well then maybe listen to the Guardian because we stole their hearts too. They even chose Clockheart Boy as a Guide ‘Pick of the Week’ during its run at the Manchester Royal Exchange.

5. Sweet tooth?
We will give you sweets if you come. They are raspberry flavoured and say Clockheart Boy on them. If you share them with people, you will probably make some new friends. If not, you can come and be our friend. We’ve got loads, but there’s always room for more.

Clockheart Boyy can be seen at C Venues - C from 3-29 August (excl 16) at 16.25.