Be upstanding for The Flop


Be upstanding for The Flop – taking a firm hold of history’s most incredible tale

The makers of Meet Fred team up with Spymonkey for a some serious clowning around

Wales’ pioneering inclusive theatre company Hijinx Theatre return to Edinburgh following their award winning 2016 smash hit Meet Fred with The Flop. Developed with clown supremo’s Spymonkey, this historical romp tells the incredible true story of impotency trails in 17th Century France. Embracing the art of clowning, slapstick and breaking a farcical fourth wall The Flop blends Hijinx’s trademark playful humour with Spymonkey’s anarchic physicality.

 Paris. 1650ish. Impotence is illegal. When the Marquis De Langey is accused of being less than upstanding, his wounded pride leads him towards a monumental and very public flop. But can a cast of total idiots save a show about a flop… from being one? Featuring a cast of six, (including Fringe First Winner Hannah McPake) The Flop is a hilarious slice of stupidity, with live music and unfeasibly big wigs.

 One of Britain’s leading inclusive theatre companies Hijinx are winners of Best Ensemble in the Wales Theatre Awards in 2016 for Meet Fred. With a cast featuring three learning disabled actors and three non-disabled actors The Flop is a Hijinx production, directed by Ben Pettitt-Wade (Meet Fred) and has been devised in associated with Spymonkey.

“Sharp, funny and vastly entertaining”

Lyn Gardner, The Guardian (Meet Fred)


            ***** “The humour here is brilliantly black”

The Herald (Meet Fred)

 Speaking ahead of the run Spymonkey’s Toby Park said: ‘What makes Hijinx different is that their casts always include actors who have learning disabilities. The ability of these effortlessly talented performers is at the heart of every show they produce, creating work that is utterly absorbing, surprising and provocative.

 It is called inclusive theatre because it makes much of the skills and raw talent of people who often get overlooked in today’s world and gives them a platform to make and perform stunning theatre alongside actors who don’t have disabilities.

Listings Information

The Flop
Summerhall, Venue 26, Main Hall
4.55pm 3-26 August (not 13 & 20 August)
17 & 18 BSL Interpreted performances (Sami Thorpe)

Tickets: £12 (£8 conc) 3-5 August – £6 per ticket
6 & 7 August – 2 for 1 on tickets

Box office: 0131 560 1580 on online at

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