The Laramie Project

The Laramie Project

Tectonic Theatre’s The Laramie Project is a masterpiece in verbatim, a chronicle of the 1998 real-life kidnap and murder of Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old student from Wyoming. Using over 200 interviews, this play exposes the seismic impact and reaction to a hate crime, by the residents of Laramie... 

All That Remains

All That Remains

All That Remains is a moving reflection on loss and memory based on true stories from the ongoing war in Ukraine. A woman who has lost her brother to the war and is left with only a few of his belongings tries to make sense of what happened... 

I Love You Mum... I Promise I Won't Die!

I Love You Mum... I Promise I Won't Die!

I'd had a conversation with Dan about Ecstasy. It's one of the things you do as a parent, isn't it? I was more worried about him being safe on his bike than at a party with his friends... 

Rights of Passage

Rights of Passage

Miremba, a Ugandan woman forced to leave her girlfriend and marry. Izzuddin, a Malay man who’s scholarship is removed when his sexuality is revealed. Hamed, an Iranian man who is told by the British Home Office that he is not gay... 

Let's Talk About Porn

Let's Talk About Porn

Is porn misogynistic or female empowerment in action? Why don’t we talk about porn? What impact does porn have on teenagers, adults and children? Is porn ultimately a good thing or a bad thing? Using original verbatim testimony from porn stars and members of the public, we present a non-judgmental, open-minded production exploring the world of porn fully, with no questions left unanswered... 

The First Love Project

The First Love Project

Whoever you are, you’ll only know first love once. Maybe it will be your greatest love, never to be eclipsed. It could lead to eternal passion or to bewilderment, to a peck on the cheek or a polite ‘no thank you’, to tragic heartache or a quiet fizzling out... 

Red and Boiling

Red and Boiling

Red and Boiling is an entertaining cabaret-style show with some serious undertones. Created by Noga Yechieli Wind and Joshua Rivas, it relates the stories of ‘queer womyn’ (sic) and non-binary individuals who deal with coming out and life thereafter... 

Joz Norris Has No Show This Year, but Mr Fruit Salad Does

Joz Norris Has No Show This Year, but Mr Fruit Salad Does

Hi, I'm award-winning comic, actor and writer Joz Norris (BBC Three, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 4 Extra, ITV, ITV2, Dave, Channel 4). I'm not doing a show this year but I think my good friend Mr Fruit Salad is going up, maybe see what he has to say? Genuinely no idea who he's supposed to be... 

A State of Mind

A State of Mind

There is never a dull moment with Billie. She'll have you laughing and crying through her daringly dark and wonky life! A one-woman verbatim play about the struggles in life and how we overcome them... 

It's True, It's True, It's True

It's True, It's True, It's True

What does the transcript of a 17th century Italian rape trial reveal about the state of the world nowadays? That, despite 400 years of supposed social progress, the impulse to blame rape victims and protect the perpetrators doesn’t seem to have disappeared... 

Pig Circus

Pig Circus

Pigs, pomp and porkers abound in this off-the-wall clown show about our government’s handling of Brexit negotiations. Join Boris and the gang in this ludicrous retelling of the nation’s favourite topic... 

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When was the last time you messaged a friend, updated your story or video called family? We live in a world of instant communication but how often do we assess the presence of technology in our relationships? This new verbatim play brings to life the power of social media, exploring everything from the humorous pitfalls of online dating to the need to create the perfect selfie... 

Blackout

Blackout

I’ll begin by noting that this particular viewing was unfortunately tarnished by a very inconsiderate audience, where both latecomers and six mid-show phone calls bombarded the five actors with distractions... 

Out of Control

Out of Control

'It was strange because at the time I wasn’t really looking for anybody, so when you see somebody... who sort of just, well, takes your breath away... it really smacks you around the face... 

Brenda's Got a Baby

Brenda's Got a Baby

Brenda’s Got a Baby was birthed from a concept created by Molly Rumford, financed via Crowdfunder and the culmination of interviews and news stories from real people. The audience joins Amy and Brenda in the intimate setting of their living room, as a voiceover narrates the attitudes and experiences of working class girls reflecting on their life destinations... 

Spaces

Spaces

Spaces discusses boundaries and the obstacles that affect our relationships, with a focus on friendships, romantic relationships and familial bonds. The show will explore how boundaries affect the ways in which we interact with each other, the questions we ask, the things we choose to hold back, and the things we lay bare, leading to a dynamic, emotional and important stage performance which asks difficult questions of modern society... 

(even) HOTTER

(even) HOTTER

'People are more fixated on flesh than ever before in history' (Ann, 97). HOTTER return to the Fringe with their crusade against embarrassment. Based on interviews with women and trans people aged 13 to 97, and devised by Mary Higgins and Ell Potter, this is a show about blushing, sweating, pinkness and pleasure... 

Trojan Horse

Trojan Horse

'Why should I continue to be tolerant, when the world has been so intolerant of me?’ Trojan Horse was a local story that hit the national press, accusing ‘hardline’ Muslim teachers and governors of plotting extremism in Birmingham schools... 

Locker Room Talk

Locker Room Talk

Delve into an hour of real Locker Room Talk, a term made infamous by Donald Trump, and allow yourself to be immersed into the murky and dark world of everyday sexism that society doesn’t seem to want to admit to... 

Freshlings

Freshlings

Whet your appetite and delve into the seductive minds of the new generation in an honest portrayal of all that goes on in the first year of university – the good the bad and the funny... 

A Young Man Dressed as a Gorilla Dressed as an Old Man Sits Rocking in a Rocking Chair for 56 Minutes and Then Leaves... 9

A Young Man Dressed as a Gorilla Dressed as an Old Man Sits Rocking in a Rocking Chair for 56 Minutes and Then Leaves... 9

One performance only. Turn up early, sell-out expected. 

Prison Psychologist

Prison Psychologist

The performance of London-based Belarussian actress Alexia Mankovskaya has been critically acclaimed in Russia after the production's triumphant premiere at the VI Theatre Festival in Kaluga (September 2016)... 

Fine, Thanks

Fine, Thanks

Every given year one in four people will experience a very serious diagnosable mental illness – if it’s not you it’s a mate. Right now three children in every classroom suffer from a mental health condition: the epidemic thought about but not talked about... 

A Compendium of Lost Things

A Compendium of Lost Things

A man collects stories of lost keys and dreams gone astray, wayward wallets and absent loved ones, abandoned playthings and misplaced memories. A troupe of players pluck tales from his compendium and weave them together, moving from song to puppetry to physical theatre to naturalism, finally focusing in on fractured voices of those who have lost nearly everything... 

Cherry

Cherry

“None of these words are our own. They have been taken, word for word, from over 300 interviews and anonymous online submissions.” That’s what the background reads, projected behind a bed where the actors are already sitting, ready and waiting, as the audience first walks in... 

The Tinder Tales

The Tinder Tales

Produced by Connie Stride and co-directed by Emily Ashbrook and Elizabeth Bailey, The Tinder Tales excels in making genuine experiences appear visceral.All eight actors make great use of the space afforded to them... 

Jane Doe

Jane Doe

Nobody wants to be lectured. That phrase suggests being sat, face down at your desk, with a monotoned teacher informing you in thorough detail just how the Roman Empire came to power... 

My Dad Wrote a Porno: Live

My Dad Wrote a Porno: Live

The team behind the hilarious smash hit podcast are coming to Edinburgh for two live shows. What would you do if your dad wrote a dirty book? Ignore it? Not Jamie Morton. He reads it to the world... 

The Laramie Project
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The Laramie Project

Fourteen cast members. One stage. Almost twenty years since the brutal murder of gay teenager Matthew Shepard by his peers that shaped the Hate Crimes Prevention Act of America. Moisés Kaufman’s verbatim piece The Laramie Project is based solely upon the words of those interviewed in the aftermath of this terrible event, and remains as poignant, touching and relevant today as it did upon its publication... 

5 Guys Chillin'

5 Guys Chillin'

Many an article’s been written on how the gay scene appears dominated by drugs and sex. Once upon a time the dangers were alcoholism and being queer-bashed while cruising, but now some gay men prefer to attend ‘chillin’’ sessions in each others' homes where drugs and sex are always available, even if one often precludes the other... 

Meeting at 33

Meeting at 33

Alcoholics' recovery meetings are happening all around us, all the time. While the people in those rooms never chose to be there, they are privy to some remarkable personal storytelling... 

Prospect High: Brooklyn

Prospect High: Brooklyn

Listen closely with empathy to what high school students are saying. Based on verbatim words of teenagers. Themes: bullying, revenge, LGBTQ identity and safety, friendship, self-harm, apathy and social justice... 

Joy Donze: 13 and Not Pregnant

Joy Donze: 13 and Not Pregnant

Winner Best Comedy at United Solo Festival New York 2016. A one-woman show that is 'hilariously poignant and shockingly honest!' (Karen Ludwig). With 90s musical dance tantrums, heartbreaking journal entries and the severing of dolls' heads, 13 and Not Pregnant presents the aggressively hormonal writings of a Midwestern US 90s pre-teen as she navigates her erratically evolving girlhood... 

POV

POV

A part devised, part verbatim piece of theatre that delves deep into the effects that pornography, with its growing popularity and influence, has on individuals in the 21st century... 

A Clock Face Exhibition – Free

A Clock Face Exhibition – Free

A near-immersive theatre show encompassing and delving into the lives of six recovering addicts. A Clockface Exhibition is a piece of new writing by poet Georgie De Suys. Beautiful language, real stories and dynamic performances... 

Lists for the End of the World

Lists for the End of the World

A joyful and touching view of the world through other people’s eyes, Lists… is a show composed entirely of crowdsourced lists. Things I pretend to be interested in, times my eight year old self would be proud of me, places I would hide a body... 

Candid

Candid

To tell stories in unexpected ways; that is the promise that Wildkind Theatre makes in their tagline. It’s a promise that they certainly deliver, but only because the blurb in the program and what I saw appeared to be two completely different shows, leaving me feeling a little perplexed... 

Mobile

Mobile

Co-commissioned by Live Theatre/The Marlowe Theatre. A Paper Birds production. We are taught from a young age to aim high, to reach for the stars, to want more, more than our parents, more than the generations before us, to climb the social ladder... 

Penetrating Europe, or Migrants Have Talent

Penetrating Europe, or Migrants Have Talent

Molodyi Teatre combine verbatim accounts of migration from the Ukraine to the UK with a Britain’s Got Talent pastiche in a bizarre satire of modern-day xenophobia. Our host, dressed in the colours of the Ukrainian flag, welcomes us to an evening of ‘talent’ and terrible jokes... 

Spill: A Verbatim Show About Sex

Spill: A Verbatim Show About Sex

Spill: A Verbatim Show About Sex is the sex-ed class we all wish we’d had. Starring a young cast and recounting real life experiences, Propolis Theatre’s production talks honestly about sex... 

Playing Soldiers

Playing Soldiers

Young company LUND have created a collage of testimonies from current, former and aspiring young servicemen and women in their new show Playing Soldiers. The show delves into the motivations of young people joining the army, and seems to probe the moral implications of recruiting these young people... 

All Might Seem Good

All Might Seem Good

Drawing from the likes of renowned theatre company DV8, All Might Seem Good mixes verbatim accounts of fate with physical theatre: mixing the highly natural with the highly stylised... 

I Love You / It's Over

I Love You / It's Over

As a piece of verbatim theatre, I Love You / It’s Over gives a much more clear headed, down-to-earth view of love than you’re likely to find in a more highly wrought play. The appeal of the piece rests heavily on the fascinating responses to a questionnaire about love, however is less successful in the way it develops its raw material... 

Fragility

Fragility

I am male. I am masculine. I am independent. I am non-emotional. I am aggressive. I am tough-skinned. I am competitive. I am strong, self confident and rebellious. I am sexually aggressive... 

Tagged

Tagged

Tagged follows Glaswegian teens Seanette and Lynn as they navigate a cycle of crime, reoffending and breaching court orders.Seanette likes going out on the town and getting “mad with it”... 

E15

E15

“Finally, for the first time, we are being seen.” In this incredibly powerful and important piece of verbatim theatre, LUNG platforms the voices of the most under-represented members of society as it tells the true story of the Focus E15 Campaign... 

5 Guys Chillin'

5 Guys Chillin'

If your idea of chillin’ is sitting in the armchair with a cup of cocoa and a novel, you probably won’t feel at ease with this play. Indeed, if that is your source of relaxation, you probably don’t use the word “chillin’” anyway and perhaps shouldn’t read the rest of this review... 

Still Here

Still Here

Still Here is a new piece of verbatim theatre formed from an interview conducted in the Calais refugee camp during December 2015. Rachel Partington, interviewer, writer, and cast member, plays herself; a thoroughly likeable and thoughtful do-gooder heading off to Calais with a backpack full of Parma Violets and sporting a woolly Christmas hat... 

The Third Wave

The Third Wave

A gripping true story about a high-school experiment that went out of control. A young, popular teacher decides to introduce a lesson in discipline, fascism and totalitarian control... 

The Tinder Game

The Tinder Game

A comical and haunting play about a young generation’s morality and its desperate search for connection. Enigmatic twentysomething Liz joins the world of Tinder to play a game of obsession, lust and betrayal in the hope of winning love... 

BODIED

BODIED

Forget everything you think you know about battle rap. A peek into the lives and stories of the members of a diverse, thriving sub culture. Featuring live rap battles and starring different emcees each night, BODIED is a new play drawn from interviews with the UK’s top battlers. 

Monkey Bars

Monkey Bars

‘Monkey Bars’, written by award-winning writer Chris Goode, transports you into the world of a child. Thirty 8-10-year-old's shared their views on many subjects about their lives and their world... 

Seven

Seven

For a topic that has become slightly worn in recent years and can easily slip into cliché, this was a very commendable take, using the extremely difficult device of verbatim performance... 

Youth

Youth

An original play. Youth is something we all have to go through and each generation has new challenges to deal with. Weaving through the 1900s, 20s, 40s and 60s we find ourselves in 2016 with the age old problem "what do I want to do with my life?" But how different are the struggles of today? 

Cream Pie

Cream Pie

Physical comedy, object theatre and tacky music reveal the misogyny, oppression, and just plain awful sex seen in mainstream porn today. Featuring verbatim interviews with the porn-consuming public. 

Song of Songs: We're All in This Together

Song of Songs: We're All in This Together

A choir meets to rehearse a song to make things better. Heartbeats synchronise when people sing together. But is harmony possible when the world feels precarious? This piece involves a 60 strong choir, live music and a verbatim text... 

The Sentence Snatchers: A Terribly Twisted Yarn

The Sentence Snatchers: A Terribly Twisted Yarn

What happens to unfinished sentences? Join the deliciously devious Sentence Snatchers as we trip, tangle and tongue-twist our way through the fantastical town of Loose End, where the SynTax is so expensive no one dare speak... 

Ventoux

Ventoux

Ventoux is the story of two cyclists, one forbidding mountain and a potent rivalry. You don’t have to be a fan of Lance Armstrong or Marco Pantani to find the tale arresting. It’s a devastating study – enough to leave anyone reeling – about the risk of putting a competitive streak in the public eye... 

17

17

Bear Pit Theatre present a sweet show which narrates different generations’ experiences of when they were 17. The ensemble take recorded interviews of people aged 69 to 96 and turn their experiences into performance... 

E15

E15

Explosive from start to finish, E15 is verbatim theatre at its most exciting. FYSA theatre tell us the story of the Focus E15 campaign: faced with eviction from their Stratford council homes, a group of women staged a protest which rallied up thousands of followers... 

Womenswear

Womenswear

Through a strong ensemble cast, this piece aims to expose the truth behind the juxtaposition of the stereotypical woman and the reality which every woman struggles to deal and cope with in our modern age... 

My Name is Rachel Corrie

My Name is Rachel Corrie

Why did a 23-year-old woman leave her comfortable American life to stand between a bulldozer and a Palestinian home? From the words she left behind, My Name is Rachel Corrie tells the story of the young American activist killed on March 16, 2003, as she tried to block the demolition of a Palestinian family’s home in the Gaza Strip. 

Stories, Told

Stories, Told

Ghostly stories, told by sceptics. Through a collection of verbatim accounts of the weird and unexpected we explore the spooky and the ridiculous, the strange and the inexplicable, the wild and the wonderful... 

An Audience With Jimmy Savile

An Audience With Jimmy Savile

As a career move, dying was the savviest option for Jimmy Savile. Unlike American comedian Bill Cosby, who’s still alive to issue terse denials to the more than 50 women who’ve alleged that he drugged and raped them, BBC TV and radio star Savile was safely toes up before his sex crimes were revealed and investigated... 

Valiant

Valiant

Valiant is an hour of verbatim stories from women who have experienced war, adapted from the book Valiant War and Exile by Sally Hayton-Keeva who collected interviews from women across the globe... 

Untold Wars: A New Verbatim Musical

Untold Wars: A New Verbatim Musical

Working within the rather large shadow of the National Theatre’s verbatim triumph London Road, new Leeds-based company 203 Theatre have hopped on this particular niche musical bandwagon, but their destination couldn’t be further from the quaint streets of Ipswich... 

A Cinema in South Georgia

A Cinema in South Georgia

Co-written by Susan Wilson and Jeffrey Mayhew, A Cinema in South Georgia follows the misadventures and travels of a group of Edinburgh Whalers in a desolate outpost in South Georgia... 

Trans Scripts

Trans Scripts

One of the challenges of reportage theatre – works in which the words and experiences of real people are edited and put into the words of actors – is to justify the process as the best means of communicating those experiences to a wider public... 

The Absence Of

The Absence Of

The relationship between parent and child is one of the most important in society and in the lives of most people. It defines, shapes us and can heavily determine the sort of people we become... 

Departures: A Song Cycle

Departures: A Song Cycle

Whenever you’re waiting for your next train on the platform, do you imagine yourself having a connection with the person standing next to you? Do you imagine having any common ground with them? Departures: A Song Cycle explores this idea and looks at the role models of modern-day life... 

We're Not Dogs

We're Not Dogs

What is love? Is it the crazy infatuations of our teenage years, the strength to make a failing marriage work or the instant bond between parent and child? Or is it something else, completely unique and unexplainable? Steakshed Productions attempt to answer this age-old question in We’re Not Dogs... 

The 56

The 56

The Venn diagram containing those who enjoy watching football and those who enjoy watching theatre might not have the largest overlap in the world. However, no prior knowledge of football is required to appreciate this powerful piece of verbatim drama... 

Pole

Pole

Three poles, three performers and a whole lot of juice. This verbatim piece challenges the preconceptions of femininity through pole dancing, physical theatre and words. Retelling the real life accounts of various women for whom pole dancing is a means of expression, fitness or forced entertainment... 

It's True, It's True, It's True

It's True, It's True, It's True

Fringe First and Total Theatre Award-winning Breach (Tank, The Beanfield) restage the 1612 trial of Agostino Tassi for the rape of baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi. Based on surviving court transcripts, this new play dramatises the seven-month trial that gripped Renaissance Rome, and asks how much has changed in the last four centuries...