Tim FitzHigham at the Udderbelly!

Clown, adventurer and Guinness World Record holder Tim FitzHigham brings his critically acclaimed Edinburgh 2012 show Gambler to the E4 Udderbelly at Southbank Centre this summer.

At a time when the UK is reeling in the effects of some of the riskiest gambles ever made, Tim seeks to explore how and why we are all gamblers at heart. Inspired by bets from previous centuries recorded in the betting books of the most revered gentlemen’s clubs, Tim celebrates the nation’s love of gambling by attempting ten wagers, including: 

  • Riding to Dover before Alex Horne can draw a million dots on a piece of paper. Tim and Alex discovered their shared awe for this legendary bet and recreated it – to unbelievable lengths  – in April
  • Standing on one leg for twelve hours, against a bet from Neil Morrisey
  • Pushing a wheelbarrow from Hertfordshire to Shoreditch in 11 hours, against a bet by Richard Hammond (as first attempted by the brilliantly named Goliath Shadbolt in 1789)
  • Racing a racehorse over 100 yards
  • Walking backwards for 30 miles

Tim is famed for his imaginative and foolhardy missions, including crossing the channel in a bathtub, ‘endurance’ Morris Dancing from London to Norwich, and rowing 160 miles down the River Thames in a paper boat (all World Record breaking stunts). On starting out in comedy, he was nominated for the prestigious Perrier Best Newcomer award and has since been made a Freeman of London and a Freeman of the Company of Watermen and Lightermen of the River Thames, has had a toilet named after him, is the Commodore of Sudbury Quay, the Pittance of Selby Town and Waterman to the Mayor and Unitary Authority of Swindon!


★★★★★ “you can’t help but be swept up in the delights of his adventure CHORTLE

★★★★★ “A rip-roaring show and FitzHigham is a gripping entertainer BRITISH COMEDY GUIDE

★★★★★ “Don’t let this show go to waste in the last week of the FringeDAILY DUST

★★★★ Charming, inspirational and mad as a bag of weasels”BROADWAYBABY.COM

★★★★“You won’t stake a safer £12 at the Fringe” FEST

★★★★“One the most animated and eccentric comedians in the Fringe. So, go and see it!” ONE4REVIEW.CO.UK

“The perfect British Eccentric” DARA O’BRIAIN

“FitzHigham is completely unhinged, completely without hinges” EDDIE IZZARD.

For more information, please visit: www.southbankcentre.co.uk/udderbelly


A former journalist and ex-assistant editor of the Edinburgh Evening News is performing at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival, after dramatically changing careers at the beginning of this year.  John McColl, who stars in Ella Hickson’s latest production ‘Precious Little Talent’, spent over 30 years working as a reporter and editor in the UK media before switching to the theatre in January.

Speaking of the decision, McColl says ‘I’ve always been interested in acting – there are a lot of actors in my family – but I hit a crossroads in my teens between journalism and acting, and I went for newspapers.  I had some good times as a journalist, but as I got older I started thinking if I don’t do it, I’ll always have a “what if” and I didn’t want any regrets.’

He is very excited about the Fringe and the possibilities for ‘Precious Little Talent’ saying, ‘it’s brilliant, I’m getting paid for what I love to do’.  He has previously performed in amateur productions at the Fringe, and this year is also appearing in ‘A Promised Land’ at the Scottish Storytelling Centre.

So far, McColl has appeared in ‘Lapse’ a 2009 film by BG Productions screened at The Filmhouse, and two plays; Saint Joan at the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe, and ‘To The Cross’, both performed at the Theatre Alba. He has also written four plays, including ‘Sandcastles on the Beach’ (published by Samuel French and performed in UK, and other countries including China, Australia and Germany), and ‘The Hunchback of St Giles’ (now at the Scottish Storytelling Centre).

In ‘Precious Little Talent’, which opens next week, John plays George, a 65-year-old English man living in New York.  A cuttingly intelligent ex-professor of linguistics, George is a man living with a secret that he tries desperately to keep hidden from his daughter, Joey, when she unexpectedly joins him for Christmas.

Pitching American optimism against British cynicism and asking which holds up when times get tough, ‘Precious Little Talent’ is a warm, funny and beautifully written story of memory and family, of daughters and lovers, of aspiration and frustration, told by a generation fighting not to be forgotten.


For more information or to book tickets for ‘Precious Little Talent’ at the Fringe.