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The Big Bite-Size Breakfast Show
Published on Friday, 29 June 2012
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Pleasance Dome (venue website)
Theatre
1-13, 15-20, 22-26 Aug, 10:30am-11:30am

 Recommended for age 12+ only.

Twitter.  Tapas.  Twenty20 cricket.  Across all of life, it seems, we’ve decided that small is beautiful.  And that miniaturised zeitgeist now works for theatre too, thanks to the popular Bite-Size Breakfast Show – which brings its morning smorgasbord of fun-sized delights back to the Pleasance Dome.

The Bite-Size format’s a simple and accessible one.  You still get a full-length show for you money, but it’s snipped into a series of handy ten-minute plays – performed back-to-back, with a minimum of set and props and with no time for a breather.  We’ve no idea what themes to expect from this year’s thespian morsels… but they’re generally funny, occasionally thought-provoking, and invariably well-performed.

The 10:30 slot suits Bite-Size: it’s energetic enough to kick-start the sleepiest of mornings, and the short plays don’t demand too much concentration at the start of the day.  You don’t even need to eat before you go – the producers promise free coffee and croissants, and even strawberries as your reward for turning out before lunchtime.  But the food, of course, shouldn’t be the draw; the play’s the thing, so head along to Bristo Square for a high-quality warm-up to ease into your Festival day.

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