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Sam's Scriptz!


Sam's Scriptz!

The Counting House

38 West Nicolson Street
The Attic: AUG 3-14, 16-20, 22-27 at 15:00 (60 min) - Free & Unticketed

Sam's Scriptz!

Sam Jacobsen is an acclaimed writer, penning award-winning scripts for the three S's... stage, screen and school assemblies (his Year 5 masterpiece about the Vikings at St Mark's Primary School got nominated for a BAFTA). Now he's here in Edinburgh to share some amazing new script ideas!

Highlights may or may not include:

Harvest Festival the Movie - a blockbuster film about two maverick dinner ladies, working within a corrupt school system, who team up to solve the mystery of some stolen tins of Sainsbury's spaghetti hoops

Troll Under a Bridge: a reality series in which former England and Chelsea left-back, Wayne Bridge, lies on the top deck of a bunk-bed, while underneath him a nerd with a laptop writes horrible things about him on the internet

Deliveroo Man: a superhero show about a caped-crusader who is half-man, half takeaway!

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 26, 2023    The Scotsman

Sam Jacobsen tells us he’s known for writing award-wining scripts for the three Ss: stage, screen and school assemblies.

Now, he’s here, at the Free Fringe trying out some new ideas. They’re currently in sketch form, in what turns out to be the kind of anarchic one-man sketch-based comedy, with lots of costumes, props and audience participation, that constitute a classic Fringe show delivered at the top of a winding staircase – a bit rough around the edges, but the kind of silly fun that you can’t really experience anywhere else.

Loosely structured around surreal pastiches of popular TV shows, where the familiar genres of daytime, gameshow and film criticism are mashed together with daily life elsewhere – Wilkos, Weatherspoons, BBC cuts – it provides occasional commentary on life and inequalities in 2020s Britain.

Sam, who’s perhaps more confident as a writer than a performer, but is nevertheless giving it a good go, has the air of a young Noel Fielding, as well as a similar taste for weird juxtapositions. Jason Protractorfingers is a highlight. “I think you liked it,” Sam says speculatively at the end of it. “Some of you looked confused, but that’s how I like it.” Click Here For Review

August 21, 2023    The Edinburgh Reporter

Jacobsen’s audience interactions were excellent, with some nice impromptu stuff. There was genuine wit in some of his off the cuff remarks. One highlight was his absurdist take on superhero films: Deliveroo Man – half man, half takeaway. Dressed in a deep pan pizza suit, this was a particularly entertaining segment. Another successful part involved us creating prime minister’s questions, trying to reproduce the guttural noises used in that political bear pit. That was perhaps the most effective part of the show. Click Here For Review