Truth's a Dog Must to Kennel

Tim Crouch

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Time: 8pm


Pay What You Can (Recommended Price £14)*

*all orders will be subject to a transaction fee of £1.

Running Time: 70 mins

Age Recommendation: 14+

This event takes place in person in our Council Chamber.

All performances are Pay What You Can

The Fool leaves King Lear before the blinding. Before the ice-creams in the interval. In this extraordinary new solo work, Tim Crouch draws on ideas of virtual reality to send the character back to the wreckage of the world they left.

Truth’s a Dog Must to Kennel switches between scathing stand-up and an audacious act of collective imagining. It’s a celebration of live performance and a skewering of the state we’re in now.

‘Crouch is a master storyteller for our times’ ★★★★★ The Scotsman

‘the precision and intensity of performance erupting, ever so gracefully, into a mastery of storytelling’ ★★★★★ The Reviews Hub

‘hymn to humanity… to call it thought-provoking would be a criminal understatement’ All Edinburgh Theatre

‘An act of imagination in a world undone’ ★★★★ The Stage

★★★★ The Guardian  ★★★★ Telegraph

★★★★ Financial Times ★★★★ Arts Desk


A Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh production
Truth’s a Dog Must to Kennel
Written and performed by Tim Crouch


This event takes place in person in our Council Chamber. This space is on the first floor, with step-free access via a lift.

If you have booked a ticket you will receive an email from us before your performance detailing important information about your visit.


If you require the assistance of a friend or helper to attend, we can make a free ticket available for your companion. You can book access companion tickets online or contact the Box Office to book by 

To book a free access companion online:

  • log in to your account here
  • go to ‘Other preferences’ and tick ‘I require a personal assistant/companion’.
  • Choose the performance, date and seats you would like and if you add at least 2 tickets to your basket, then one of these will automatically become free.


Captioned Performances: 16 & 17 March, 8pm
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  • There will be loud music
  • Descriptions of violent ableism

Post-show discussion: 7 March, 8pm. Hosted by Dr Seda Ilter.
Dr Seda Ilter is a senior lecturer in Theatre and Performance Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London. She is the Programme Director for MA Dramaturgy. Her research interests include theoretical and aesthetic implications of technology and media culture in theatre, dramaturgy and new writing. Seda’s monograph Mediatized Dramaturgy: Evolution of Playtexts in the Media Age was published by Bloomsbury in August, 2021. Seda is also interested in translating and directing. She translated and directed Tim Crouch’s The Author in Istanbul in 2015 which then toured to Germany in 2016.

All performances will be Relaxed. We invite you to make yourself comfortable and move around if you need to and if you need to leave the performance at any point you will be allowed to return to the space when you feel ready.



You can listen to an audio introduction to the show here: 



Together  |  Spare  |  Audacious  |  Trippy  |  Angry

We believe in making our shows accessible to as many people as possible.

We offer tickets on a Pay What You Can basis for the majority of performances throughout the year. Tickets usually start at £8, and we have recommended pricing to help you to choose a price that works for you.

We know that ticket price is a huge barrier for some, and the Pay What You Can model offers people who can afford to pay the recommended price or more the chance to support others who can’t.


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