Allotment Comedy at the Edinburgh Festival


What exactly is the point of slugs? How do you make perfect compost? Why is Alan Titchmarsh so attractive to women? Find answers to all these questions and more in Can You Dig It? the musical comedy show about the joys and pitfalls of growing your own.

Sprouting from the fertile brains of comedy songwriters and real-life allotment gardeners Jo Stephenson and Dan Woods, Can You Dig It? features a wheelbarrow-load of songs on topics including an evil pigeon called Derrick, annoying allotment neighbours, vegetable theft and digging (of course).

Highlights of the show, which is on at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, include a rap battle between an angry gardener and a slug, a 1980s-style power ballad to everyone’s favourite cuddly gardening guru Alan Titchmarsh, and a virtuoso performance on the cucumber trumpet.

Can You Dig It? will appeal to both vegetable-growing novices and seasoned cultivators, as Jo and Dan delve into the mysterious and competitive world of vegetable shows, launch a campaign to give sprouts the recognition they deserve, and ask: John Innes – who is he?  With more and more people in the UK growing their own, Can You Dig It? is both timely and topical. There’s even a song for people who don’t like vegetables, poor things.

Can You Dig It? by Jo Stephenson and Dan Woods is at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (Patrick Geddes Room) from 5-29 August (not Tuesdays) at 4pm. Tickets, priced £12, are on sale at, or the Fringe Box Office on 0131 226 0000.

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