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Boy- Looking For Friends


Boy- Looking For Friends

Bar 50

Within A&O Edinburgh City Hostel, 50 Blackfriars Street
The Garden Room: AUG 4-14, 16-28 at 11:15 (60 min) - Free & Unticketed

Boy- Looking For Friends

"Boy Looking For Friends"

A family friendly theatrical solo clown show. Full of simple, touching poetry of great depth. Built on the smallest mask in the world – the red nose!

Boy dreams of becoming his pirate idol Jack Sparrow. Together with the bear Paddington, the crocodile Crock, he sets out on a floating suitcase on an adventurous journey through his deepest fears, overcoming a real and metaphorical ocean of loneliness. Show is a journey to a place beyond time and space, where everything becomes alive and real - including a plush toy, a floating suitcase and a broom that turns into a door.

The show is a family spectacle, for adults and children alike.



What kind of courage do we need to save those we love?

What exactly is loneliness?

And last but not least: Can we use a landline phone on the high seas?

"Boy" himself will answer these questions. This is an invitation on an amazing journey into his suitcase – a journey deep into your heart and imagination!



The show is rated 9,5/10 by the one of the biggest e-ticekt seller in Poland "E-wejsciowki.pl"

Audience review's from E-wejsciowki:

"Deep and at the same time very simple study of loneliness. Very cool way to engage the audience during the show."

"Very well played, smart show about the need for friendship. With comic situations but also with thought- provoking moments."

Other recommendations:

Grzegorz Szymanik "Gazeta Wyborcza":

"Going to Piotr's performances, you embark on a journey full of of truth and empathy.

The show is a magic vehicle in search of an answer

to the question: what does it mean to be human?"

Grzegorz Uzdański, poet and writer:

Piotr Sikora in a very simple way activates ours imagination and allows us to experience the strong emotions of the main hero. Rejection topic and longing is in equal measure a theme for adults like for children.

About creators:

DIRECTOR: Matteo Destro

has a wide artistic experience as a theater pedagogist, director, playwright and mask creator. He studied with Jacques Lecoq at his school in Paris and with Donato Sartori. He works for several theater companies, theater schools and universities all over the world. In 2016 he founded ATELIER Mask Movement Theater, an international center for research, theater creation and training, in San Miniato, Italy.


Improviser and comedian known from the Warsaw theater Klancyk (the oldest polish improv team) and Hofesinka, associated with Klub Komediowy (first and most famous comedy club in Poland) and Resort Komedii. Lecturer of improvisation theater at the Open University Of the University of Warsaw.

He received the Emerging Artist Scholarship from the international center"Celebration Barn" in Maine USA.

Piotr studied the clown with the masters of this art: in the USA (Avner Eisenberg), England (Aitor Basauri) and in Italy

This year we have two entry methods: Free & Unticketed or Pay What You Can
Free & Unticketed: Entry to a show is first-come, first served at the venue - just turn up and then donate to the show in the collection at the end.
Pay What You Can: For these shows you can book a ticket to guarantee entry and choose your price from the Fringe Box Office, up to 30 mins before a show. After that all remaining space is free at the venue on a first-come, first-served bases. Donations for walk-ins at the end of the show.

News and Reviews for this Show

August 28, 2022    Broadway Baby

Award-winning Polish performer Piotr Sikora has created a beautiful hour of family storytelling which uses clowning, mime, ukulele and audience participation to paint the journey of Boy and his search for friendship.

For Boy’s great friend Paddington has taken off on a solo adventure, and Boy is finding their separation all but unbearable. He potters about, being responsible and loving, nodding to his acquaintances in the park, measuring out his life in coffee spoons, and longing for the little bear to return home.

It is a sweet and engaging performance, in which Sikora offers a multi-layered narrative – ostensibly about Boy and his travels – which will chime with anyone who has ever been brave enough to love without condition. He tackles how those overwhelming feelings of attachment we have as children hint at our healthiness in adult relationships; how real the inanimate can become to those who wish it so; how desperately deep those unreciprocated bonds forged with fictitious characters can be; and how we will go to the ends of the earth for those who are special to us.

It is a clever and heart-warming piece which showcases a deft and symbolic use of props and comedic interaction. At its heart though, it is an uncomplicated love letter to the inner child in all of us, and a reminder to checkin with the glorious technicolour with which we once viewed the world. Click Here For Review

August 15, 2022    The Scotsman

There's a charmingly ramshackle stream of consciousness quality to this family-friendly free solo show from Polish clown Piotr Sikora that could win anyone over. Boy is looking for his friend Paddington (yes, the bear). He also has an odd fixation on Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow character from the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Boy has a strange fear of water - and he's also very keen on the importance of sunscreen.

None of this should make sense but it actually (sort of) does. A lot of this is down to the sheer likability of Piotr's persona but there's also a rough and ready stuck-together-with-sellotape aspect to the props that's appealing to kids and adults alike. Children are used to adults just making up any old nonsense to keep them entertained and parents who have had to do it themselves will appreciate Piotr's ingenuity.

It is, of course, deeply silly stuff but it's effortlessly performed in a really engaging manner. It may appear to be completely off-the-cuff but sound technical cues indicate that this nonsense has actually had a lot of thought put into it. Rory Ford Click Here For Review