Theatre (drama, new writing)

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  • Greenside @ Infirmary Street - Ivy Studio
  • 16:00
  • Aug 24
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 16+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Jackrill Productions
  • Warnings and additional info: Contains Distressing Themes, Scenes of a Sexual Nature, Scenes of Sexual Violence, Scenes of Violence, Strong Language/Swearing
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


Three brothers go to confession, each admitting sins against the same woman. Michael is a family man and secret sex addict. Alec is a mummy’s boy confused about his sexuality. Ryan is a rebel who has anger issues and a drug dependency. Michael and Ryan add fuel to their existing sibling rivalry with Alec when he introduces the free-spirited Fiona as his girlfriend, leading to dire consequences. Secrets are revealed and family loyalty is tested in this dark drama about lust, guilt, jealousy and deceit.

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General venue access

  • Accessible entry: Up a large, wide staircase.
  • Wheelchair access type: Not fully wheelchair accessible

  • Stairs: 20+
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

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James Hunt 116 days ago

It was marked as a drama but unfortunately I was laughing for the wrong reasons. For a play that deals with the extreme serious subjects that it does, it does not execute it at all.

Nancy Kubasek 121 days ago

Formidable writing and acting. The only overly graphic aspect of the play would be the refusal of anyone attending to wish for violence against women to be sugar-coated. Ugliness is ugly; Institutions and statutes that make laws regulating the sanctity of a woman's sexual reproduction decisions-----now there is something excessively graphic!

The play presents a strong case against analysis presuming that all pregnancies are equally in need of protection by the Church and State.

Sarah 121 days ago

for the extent of the sexual violence depicted i really think there should be content notices on the door for this show (as if you walk in rather than pre-book you won’t see it on the website) - i also think charities should be advertised at the end for support, i felt the scene was unnecessarily graphic

Peter Louch 121 days ago

Thoughtful and well written dialogue.
Well performed, all played their parts very well.
An enjoyable hour.

Joan Greening 129 days ago

A very powerful play with strong performances. The play is co-written and directed by the extraordinarily talented Stu Jackson who also appears in it to great effect. If you want to see a strong drama which will intrigue and entertain you - don’t miss this.

LTW 132 days ago

Good storyline, great acting!

NOTICE TO VENUE ORGANISERS - the room to the right of this venue was having some sort of party and the laughing and chatting was so loud that it drowned out almost half of the play! This is not acceptable as there was no staff present in the venue that took the responsibility to deal with the issue during Saturday's show. We are not expecting a refund but I think the organisers should at least give us an apology and ensure that it doesn't happen again.

Credit to the actors/actresses as they carried on with great professionalism despite the annoyance.

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Edinburgh Guide (4/5 stars) 122 days ago

“Bless me, father, for I have sinned.” A young woman sits in a confessional box. She is pregnant and in desperate need of guidance. The priest asks whether the father knows about the baby. She replies that the situation is complicated. Such is the starting point for a story told...

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The Fountain (4/5 stars) 126 days ago

New writing exploring the strange dynamics of the Roman Catholic confessional and the difficult dynamics of three brothers, each with a different interest in the same woman. Slightly confusing script, but nonetheless well-played and thought-provoking.

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The Wee Review (3/5 stars) 127 days ago

Three brothers fall for the same woman with devastating consequences in this tense drama of sibling rivalry, forbidden lust, and great wrong (check the content warnings if you feel you need to). Much of the story unfolds in the confessional booth, where brothers Alec (Max Hallam), Ryan (Ryan Gilkes) and...

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Broadway Baby (4/5 stars) 128 days ago

(Ab)solution is the first Edinburgh Festival Fringe Play from Swindon-based Jackrill Productions, and it’s an impressive debut at Greenside, Infirmary St. The simplicity of this play’s tight structure, with recurring scenes and patterns of behaviour, contrasts with the complex web of relationships that develops between three brothers and a woman.In...

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FringeReview 130 days ago

What happens when you scratch the surface of the lives of ordinary people? Chances are there will be foibles and issues that are unseen on the outside. Relationships and more reveal themselves in this fascinating original dramatic play written and directed by Stu Jackson. Jackson joins four other actors onstage and...

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