As comedians across the country and beyond are busy preparing for the annual pilgrimage to the Edinburgh Festival, we were delighted to spot a new musical comedy “Can You Dig It?” celebrating allotments and growing your own. Sprouting from the fertile brains of comedy songwriters and real-life allotment gardeners Jo Stephenson and Dan Woods, “Can You Dig It?” features a wheelbarrow-load of songs on topics including pests, an evil pigeon called Derrick, annoying allotment neighbours, vegetable theft and digging (of course). The daily show at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh asks all the key questions: What exactly is the point of slugs? How do you make perfect compost? Why is Alan Titchmarsh so attractive to women? Jo Stephenson and Dan Woods are familiar faces on London’s comedy and cabaret scene and keen amateur gardeners. Jo has an allotment in north west London, while Dan has an allotment in south east London. We’ve had a sneaky peek at a few of their songs and loved them!
Can You Dig It? by Jo Stephenson and Dan Woods is at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (Patrick Geddes Room) from 5-29 August (not Tuesdays) at 4pm. Tickets, priced £12, are on sale at www.can-you-dig-it.co.uk , www.edfringe.com or the Fringe Box Office on 0131 226 0000.
If you’re up there for a month, we’d also recommend “Lunch with Quattro Formaggio,” at the Belly Laugh, Underbelly at 1.20pm; staring our own wonderful Maddy from The Balcony Gardener!!!!! The new comedy sketch group Quattro Formaggio are opening the doors to their eagerly awaited debut show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Hot out of the oven, Quattro Formaggio serve up a fast-paced sketch special. Profiling the questionable antics and naughty lives of the regulars who frequent this neighbourhood restaurant, Quattro Formaggio delve into the dirty dishes of Suburbia. “Quattro Formaggio find the right mix for an indulgent comedy feast” Spoonfed
Tickets: Previews: £6, Normal: £8.50 – £10.50, Concessions £9.50 – £8.50
Dates & Times: 4th – 28th August (not 17th) @ 13.20