50 Words

Theatre (new writing, children's)

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  • Accessibility:
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


The Shipping Forecast has stopped ships becoming wrecks since 1911. Now it helps James cope with his mother's death. James' step-father, Alan, must learn to connect with an autistic child who is his sole responsibility. When James decides that he and Tobias, his imaginary friend, are going to travel to Scotland because of the Shipping Forecast, Alan is forced to accompany them. A raging storm confines the pair to their rooms and forces them to listen to each other for the first time. A complex, but touching, story about living with autism and storm warnings in Cromarty.

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: The audience enter the venue from Merchant Street, with the box office located on street level. 3 steps or a lift provide access to the upper foyer, with snack bar and toilets on this level. The space is located immediately off the upper foyer, with one row of seats on the same level. A shallow rake provides additional seating.
  • Wheelchair access type: Platform Lift

  • Stairs: 2 - 5
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

Each venue can contain several space with different accessibly information. Visit the venue page for full venue accessibility info

How and when to make an access booking

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  • Would like to book specific accessibility services, e.g. a hearing loop, audio description headsets, captioning units, seating in relation to the location of the BSL interpreter
  • Requires extra assistance when at a venue
  • Has specific seating requirements
  • Is a wheelchair user
  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

Maggie Mackenzie 40 days ago

Saw this play this morning and am so sorry there is only one more performance tomorrow. One I have recommended friends to see if they can. Beautiful acted. So much thought and care has gone into how the characters interact. Again, another interesting play, acted with minimal props - just the actors, the audience and our imaginations. Totally perfect Fringe performance.
Good luck to the two actors. Will look out for other plays they may bring back to Edinburgh.

Carrie fraser 46 days ago

Really enjoyed this. Thoughtful account of boy and stepfather coping with death of mother/wife Both young actors gave sincere, convincing performances. Warm, moving with touches of humour. Well Worth £6!

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Edinburgh Reporter (5/5 stars) 36 days ago

"50 Words is a subtle, wonderful, show about two lost individuals who try to help each other through (Alan: ‘we’re a team’ – James; ‘two people don’t make a team, we can only be a pair.’)"

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The Student Newspaper 37 days ago

Combining such rampant hilarity with heartfelt dialogue and intelligently developed characters within just a 50-minute show seems a sizeable challenge; 50 Words not only succeeds but exceeds in this Herculean task. Rehearsed in Alex Zawalnyski’s living room, he and his childhood friend Luke Malone have expertly prepared a low-budget but high-quality minimalistic piece of theatre.

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The Scotsman (3/5 stars) 41 days ago

There’s a real core of emotional intelligence at the heart of this two-hander about dealing with grief and the therapeutic powers of The Shipping Forecast. ...

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FringeReview 43 days ago

James’s mum has just died of cancer. His stepdad Alan has to break the news to him. Both find this difficult, Alan because he is grief stricken, Luke because Alan isn’t making sense in his explanation, plus Luke doesn’t like being touched. This is rule 2 in mum’s list of...

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