The Serjeant-Major at the Edinburgh Fringe

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Chris Barltrop has followed the lead of the real Philip Astley and taken his show to Edinburgh.

The Serjeant-Major braved rocky, muddy roads on his long long journey to introduce Scotland to circus entertainment in 1772.  In his modern incarnation, Mr Astley took the M6 high road to reach the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in good time and comparative comfort.  

Thanks to the help of Martin Burton, founder and director of Cirque Berserk! and Zippo's Circus, Audacious Mr Astley was performed at the Pleasance Courtyard through the whole Fringe from 1st to 27th August. 

The show attracted enthusiastic comments and a five-star review!  The respected British Theatre Guide awarded the 5-star accolade and said: '...a fascinating story told in an engaging style...A delightful hour in the company of a fascinating man'.  

Professional reviewer Liz Arratoon, aka The Widow Stanton, said: ''Entertaining, informative, classy!'  And Dea Birkett of @Circus250 praised 'Warmth, knowledge, expertise'.

Mr Astley is up there with the best of 'em - as he's been for the past 250 years!


Friday 11th January 2019: as part of a circus day to initiate a full term’s projects at St Mark’s School, Peckham, Kent

Saturday 12th January 2019: St Mary’s Church, Burham, Kent (Burham Old Church)