Pleasance: Two – 2nd – 28th August


In the early 19th century, an ambitious young Genevan scientist is attempting the impossible – to build a living, breathing creature from scratch. His ‘masterpiece’, however, turns out to be an abomination: a hideous, murderous monster, who torments – and eventually destroys – his creator.

Hammerhead is the highly anticipated new offering from 2015 Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee Joseph Morpurgo. The show promises to be another outlandishly funny, high-concept hour – featuring surreal set-pieces, vivid comic writing, subliminal pulse signals – and monsters.

The three-time Chortle Award winner has a reputation for creating masterful pieces of multimedia work, often based around found material and making use of film, music and collage. Morpurgo’s previous shows are Time Out’s Number 1 show of 2015, Soothing Sounds For Baby (2015), in which he inserted himself into an episode of Desert Island Discs; Odessa (2014), in which a found VHS is used as the jump-off for a comic murder mystery; and Truthmouth (2013) – a one-man sketch show based around plundered stock images.

His debut BBC Radio 4 show, Joseph Morpurgo’s Walking Tour, will air in November and his broadcast credits include Harry & Paul’s Story of the 2s (BBC Two), Murder in Successville (BBC3), The World of Simon Rich (BBC Radio 4) and Drunk History (Comedy Central). He has also written and performed in shorts for BBC Three and Sky Arts.

Morpurgo is also a member of the award-winning improvised ensemble Austentatious (★★★★★ The Times), whose recent achievements include a BBC Radio 4 commission and an extensive UK tour. As an improviser, he has also guest performed with The Comedy Store Players and Improbable.


Twitter: @JosephIsMissing

What the press have said about Joseph Morpurgo:

“That rare thing, a high-concept, unashamedly arty production that also has entire rooms laughing”  ★★★★★ London Evening Standard

“It’s a rich, multilayered comedy experience, that’s both retro and cutting edge, and keeps whirling away in your mind long after it’s finished”  ★★★★★ Time Out

“majestic…Morpurgo has a full grasp on what makes for a wonderfully funny as well as staggeringly innovative Fringe event”  ★★★★★ The List

“the stand-out show of the Edinburgh Fringe”  The Independent

★★★★★ Fest ★★★★★ The Mirror ★★★★★ Londonist ★★★★★ The Skinny ★★★★★ The Arts Desk ★★★★★ Edinburgh Festivals ★★★★★ ThreeWeeks

★★★★ The Guardian ★★★★ The Telegraph ★★★★ The Scotsman
★★★★ The Times ★★★★ The Sunday Times ★★★★ Chortle


Listings Information:
Dates: 2nd – 28th August (not 14th)
Show: Joseph Morpurgo: Hammerhead
Venue: Pleasance Two
Address: Pleasance Courtyard, 60 Pleasance, Edinburgh, EH8 9TJ
Time: 8pm
Price: £12 (£11), £11 (£9.50), £9 (£8.00), £7
Box office: // 0131 556 6550

For more information please contact Gaby Jerrard / Claire Hoyda / Matthew Christian at
[email protected] / [email protected] / [email protected]
020 7690 0006

To book review tickets for this show please contact the Pleasance Press Office on 0131 556 6557 / [email protected]