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  • Accessibility:
    Sight not needed
    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
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Alaska is a funny, magical trip to the moon, with singing and dancing thrown in: one woman's extraordinary story of how she survived growing up with severe depression. A raw and powerful performance, with humour, heart and soul, with stunning vocals and beautiful imagery in the storytelling. With one in four of us estimated to experience mental health difficulties at sometime in our lives, this story touches everyone, whether first-hand or through family and friends. 'Exceptionally good... Delivered with energy, charm, emotion, honesty... Food for the soul' (

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General venue access

  • Sight not needed
  • Accessible entry: From the main reception you can either take the stairs (10 steps) underneath the main stair case and into the basement or the lift just off from the main reception.
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

  • Stairs: 11- 20
    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

Our access tickets service is available to anyone who:

  • 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

Karin Petersson 6 days ago

Saw it Today, it will staty in my heart for a long long time. A warm and absolutely heart breaking show. Please see!

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Musical Theatre Review (3/5 stars) 5 days ago

The sun’s low in the sky as we take our places in the circle. Chery Martin greets us with warmth – quietly pottering around her dominion, setting up the space for us. Through all the mania of the festival, this is her small island of calm.

Her story, however, is anything but. In the quiet of this Summerhall basement, we learn of a lifelong struggle with mental illness, a decade spent in and out of psychiatric institutions, loves, loss, music, and Alaska – her spiritual home on the Moon.

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UK Theatre Web (5/5 stars) 7 days ago

In a bare room in the basement, with a circle of mostly plastic chairs and a small boombox, Cheryl Martin shares with us past, well some of it. With humour, music, some dance and a few tears we are privileged to hear some of the complexity of trying to live with the severe depression and the Imps as she calls her impulses.

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The List (3/5 stars) 8 days ago

An unconventionally staged autobiographical piece about living with depression...

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The F Word 12 days ago

The simplicity of the show leaves nowhere to hide, either for the audience or for Martin. However, she’s an incredibly charismatic performer who holds my attention throughout.

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The Wee Review (4/5 stars) 12 days ago

Cheryl Martin describes herself as a singer, poet, director, writer and performer, from which emerges Alaska, her journey of battling the ‘imps’ of depression, rage and perfectionism, in an inspiringly honest account. Performed in a former women’s locker room, a circle of chairs creates a conversation. Lit only in one...

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FringeReview 13 days ago

A plain white room in the basement of Summerhall has only a window (on a fairly driech Edinburgh day at that) and a tall floorlight. The audience are sat in a circle and it has the feeling of an impending AA meeting or self-help therapy group. “It’s a bit dismal”...

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