Alongside our semester shows we regularly hold events to fundraise and bring the company together for a bit of a jamboree.
It might be a cabaret night; a theatre shorts evening; a poetry reading; a gothic banquet; or just a damn good gig.

 Get Involved

We welcome all sorts to our variety nights, whether you’re an actor, band, a singer, a poet, a performance artist, a dancer, a clown, a ventriloquist, a sketch group… anything, we’d love for you to get in touch if you’d like the chance to perform in one of our upcoming nights.

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Theatre Paradok is proud to present a show by

Jonathan Kay, 21st Century Fool on March 11. 


DOORS 9.15, SHOW 9.30, en punto

Advance tickets £5, on the door £7

A show absolutely like no other you will ever see.

Only a Fool could conjure up so rich and absurd a world from thin air.

The show will be improvisation at its most confounding, poignant and humourous.

Bring yourself and your friends to experience this Master Fool in action.

From the sacred to the profane and back again..a journey into the heart of all it means to be human.. from the mundane minutiae of life to the archaic archetypal forces that hold us all in connection.

Expect to laugh like you’ve never laughed before, cry, cringe and leave feeling utterly connected and glad to be alive.

Jeremy Stockwell, RADA:
“Jonathan Kay is one of the most inspiring and free-thinking theatre practitioners I have ever met. He is a unique, genuine and natural communicator. A one off. As a teacher and a performer, he is funny, frustrating and challenging all at once. He cuts through pretension, contrivance, cliché’ and ego. There was no hiding place. I learnt a lot from him. I would urge anyone to sign-up to his courses and to see his shows. He is a philosopher, a fool and a much needed voice o sanity.”

Time Out:
“Not stand up, but the latest one-man shows from a performer and teacher about the Fool who could well have an influence on stand-up in the future… Highly recommended for anyone out for something different”

The Guardian:
“Wickedly funny and completely unpredictable.”

The Independent:
“Brilliant…he leaves the audience dizzy”


If you enjoy the show, come join us at the weeekend workshop!

GETTING OUT OF THE AUDIENCE is an introductory workshop where you can ‘dip your toes into the water’ and find out what it means to Fool on a stage. It gives you the opportunity to experience this foolishness. Once tasted it draws you in to discover a huge world, which you get to play in, create in and find your Fool in.

Whilst performers, clowns, storytellers and musicians will all find inspiration for their stage-craft, the workshops offer a space for anyone to meet their inner fool and benefit wholeheartedly from the boons to be found in those inner landscapes..lawyers, farmers, nurses, and facilitators have all found their personal pot of gold on these workshops.
The best thing about the workshop is that you don’t have to have performer aspirations. This suits everyone with an interest to explore themselves and the world of the Fool within a performance space. It can be a wonderful catalyst for change, knowledge, growth and fun.

Jonathan has been teaching and leading workshops for more than 30 years, he brings a wealth of experience and insight into the human condition as well as a storehouse of tangible tools, games and exercises to entice you out of the audience of your life.

Link to our Facebook event

Link to purchase tickets




World War II steadily approaches with the advent of
Theatre Paradok’s 1930s devised performance ‘HATTERS’…

So what could be better than to party away your impending (deadline) fears and welcome our performance in true 30s extravagance?

Join us, Bright Young Things, at City Cafe for a roaring club night filled with pizzazz! Complete with ✩ DJ ✩ Drinks ✩ Face-painting ✩ Photo booth ✩

Bedazzle us with your best outfits.

Friday 27th Feb at 9-1

at City Cafe Edinburgh

19 Blair Street, EH1 1QR Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Tickets can be purchased in advance for £3 (time and location to be announced). They can also be bought at the door for £4, or £3.50 if you wear a fabulous hat!

Buy tickets here:
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‘Hatters’ is Theatre Paradok’s second semester show. Loosely inspired by Evelyn Waugh’s 1930 novel, ‘Vile Bodies’, this devised piece will follow Robert through the rabbit hole of 1930s London on his quest for identity in an illusory world of mirrors. This show will be performed in late March, so keep an eye out for further details to be announced!

No artist ever lived without their muse.


Milton invoked the ‘Heavenly Muse’; Velazquez dreamt of Venus; Whistler had his mother and Miley Cyrus has Bob the Builder.  We follow suit…

Our three Good Muses of Poetry, Music and Dance crave your due attentions as they present a night of enlightening entertainment.

With performances from:

Baz Tempo,

Toby Campian,

Camilla Chen

and the best Chilean ensemble this end of the gulf stream

Secreto Tropical

plus many, many more!



Theatre Paradok bring you a dressing up box full of childhood fantasies and unfulfilled dreams.

Ever wanted to be a pirate? A goblin king? A racecar driver? Or perhaps David Hasselhoff? NOW YOU CAN.

Show us who your favourite character of all time is BY WALKING IN THEIR SHOES. Arrive dressed up or grab a costume on the spot. Costumes and props galore and a photobooth to record your magical moments in fantasy land!

Live band line up TBC
Musical journey down the memory lane courtesy of our DJs.

Face painting


We like fun. Who wouldn’t? It’s pretty fun.

In exchange for merely 3 of your precious pounds, jump on the Paradok ship and join us on a whirlwind adventure!



‘A small step for man, one giant leap for PARA-dok’

CUT GRAVITY, SHED STRESS and dig up your moon boots and your rained-on-joie-de-vivre and catch a celestial Paradok for an extraterrestrial evening of BANTER, BOOGIE AND BOOZE.

The theme is SPACIAL so keep your head in the stars and dress accordingly. Earth’s excluded, lets keep the traces of our own world to a minimum.

We have FACE PAINTING, GLOW STICKS galore and a PHOTO SHOOT for those wanting evidence of their first paces on the moon and other planets!


Tin Foil Space Romp (Fergus Christie Jack)
Sun Kil Moon (Kieran Curran)

New Urban Frontier
The Foo Birds

YOUR FLIGHT WILL BE £3. Funds will funnel into “Being.OK.”, an original piece by our phenomenal Fiona Anderson.

Wednesday 17th October, 9pm, Teviot Underground.



Pea Green Poetry

“You elegant fowl!
How charmingly sweet you sing!”

An evening of Pea Green Poetry, inspired by the themes of childhood, fantasies and the desire for escape, featuring poets galore!

feat. EMILY DODD – check her out at,



and Callum O’Dwyer, John Rushton, Steven Kirschbaum, Jolon Dixon and Fiona MacDonald- our very own playwright.

In one of Edinburgh’s most exciting and secret new venues, Looking Glass Books, nestled behind Starbucks on the Quartermile!








The Luminous Noise, Pleasance Cabaret Bar, 24th May

A gig night featuring the bright and beautiful sounds of Kaiho, Wayward Jane, Fiona Keenan, Abby Singer, Ollie Nathan and Heidi was a great success! Thanks to all the performers and, of course, everyone who joined us for the evening.
















Theatre Paradok is proud to present
a fundraiser for our up-coming dinner show Rosas De Sangre

A night of wild and wonderful music, all for the cause of incredible theatre!




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