Theatre (new writing, lgbt)

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  • Pleasance Courtyard - Baby Grand
  • 12:45
  • Aug 26
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Sadie Clark & Laura Elmes Productions
  • Warnings and additional info: This show contains scenes of a sexual nature, strobe lighting and strong language.
  • Accessibility:
    Audio enhancement system
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    Relaxed Performance
    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


Brooke has it all: the job, the flat, the girlfriend... but what happens when things go tits up just before your 30th birthday? A bisexual Bridget Jones for the online generation, this tragicomic one-woman play and its lovably hapless heroine is for anyone who’s wondered why they feel so lonely when connecting with others is meant to be easier than ever. Developed on the Soho Theatre Writer’s Lab and longlisted for the Tony Craze Award 2018. ‘A brave, bold and brilliantly funny show’ (Lisa Walters, Channel 4). @AlgorithmsPlay

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General venue access

  • Audio enhancement system
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    Relaxed Performance
    Sight not needed
  • Accessible entry: Via a driveway from the main road.
  • Wheelchair access type: Level Access

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

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

Captioned performances

  • Dates: 14 August, 20 August, 25 August
  • Type: Closed (Own Device)
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team to book your tickets and request any specific seating locations or if booking a unit is required.

Relaxed performances

  • Dates: 14 August, 20 August
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team for more information or to discuss any accessibility requirements.
  • Character Introduction Details
  • Additional information: Information not supplied

Be aware that this show features:

  • Flashing Lights/Strobed Lighting
  • Latex balloons
  • Characters expressing anger
  • Heavily dialogue-driven scenes
  • Permission to move around and make noise
  • Show guide or synopsis or character list

Show does not feature:

  • Total Audience Black Out
  • Loud/repetitive/high pitched/unexpected or overlapping sound
  • Distinctive smells
  • Special effects (e.g. smoke/bubbles/pyrotechnics)
  • Audience required to walk around
  • Audience required to undertake directed movement
  • Audience required to sing/speak along with/for performer
  • Audience invited on stage
  • Performer goes into audience area
  • An intermission
  • Audience chill out area
  • Permission to engage with performer

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

Angelina Smolynec 88 days ago

What a class act - hilarious, relatable, and moving. A very accurate representation of dating and belonging in your 20s.

Simon Phillips 89 days ago

Saw this show a few weeks ago. Really enjoyed it.

Maria 94 days ago

This show is definitely the best and completest characterisation of the social aspect of dating apps. Beside that it manages to summarise, well... everything... Ok, I may be exaggerating, but it does very accurately and amusingly portraying our relationship with social media, the standards we place ourselves, bisexuality, and the expectations we think others place on ourselves. All that whilst being very funny. I have to say I was laughing and crying at the same time....

Anthony 99 days ago

If you're looking at this show and thinking "is this show for me? I'm not sure if it will resonate" you're wrong, it will, it's great, go see it now.

Julie Phillips 99 days ago

An excellent show. Very well delivered by a talented solo performer. I’d give it a 5* review. We’ll be looking out for her next year.

Linda Innes 100 days ago

This was an 'accidental' show for us due to the cancellation of the show we had booked. The performer recommended Sadie Clark's 'Algorithms' and it turned out to be one of our Fringe highlights. Funny, insightful, well written and performed, emotional. My husband is very picky and loved this show. Go see Sadie, you'll not regret it.

Marie-Soleil Fecteau 100 days ago

We came from Canada to visit Edinburg and the Fringe. We were so impressed by how Sadie was excellent, confortable being on the stage and so close to us, funny and bold. My friend and I really loved this show. It was exactly what we were looking for from a Fringe show

Christina H 101 days ago

This was the first show of the 2019 Fringe for our group of seven, ages from 15 to 59, and boy, what a way to blast off!! We all laughed out loud and talked about Algorithm all day.
Sadie Clark is funny, funny, funny and probably everyone can see some of themselves in Brooke, her bi-sexual, cute character, or perhaps her mum, or maybe one of her dates!!
It's a must-see show before Clark becomes a star and you wish you would have seen her back when...Loved, loved, loved it!!

Thomas Allan 101 days ago

An absolutely incredible show and performance. It's a great story and tightly written - it's engaging, funny, sad, and uplifting all rolled into one. It's also brilliantly performed - an hour of multiple characters, complex emotions, and impeccable timing. Of the thousands of shows on at the Fringe this year, this is definitely one to watch - I can't recommend it highly enough!

Imogen Rowe 103 days ago

Utterly loveable and truth telling, I went because I was given a flyer and it was one of the best decisions. She's pee your pants funny with a good honest dose of real life in the 21st century. I have no doubt the character and the creator will go on to great things!

Oliver Chinyere 105 days ago

Brooke was a delight to watch. Engaging, great with accents and even better at driving a one-woman show which I didn’t want to end.

She’s brutally honest in crafting a show that any millennial can identify with, exploring the minefield that is online dating, social media inferiority complexes and the #worklife struggle.

Laughed out loud loads, you should go so you can too!

Kat 105 days ago

How on earth did this show manage to capture my chaotic millenial life so perfectly?! Absolutely hilarious and (far too) relatable. Sadie is so talented and had the audience laughing the whole time (save for a few really beautiful moments which were incredibly touching). Can't recommend this show enough!

Sarah Grant 106 days ago

Algorithms was the first show I saw this Fringe, and what was way to kick off the month. Sadie Clarke portrays the character of Brooke, a 29 year old Bisexual woman who is struggling to find the right algorithm to make her life come together. The exploration of family, internet dating, work, self worth and purpose is incredibly stages and Sadie is a powerhouse performer that keeps you engaged and entertained from start to finish. I cried happy tears and felt so incredible at the end. This show hits every millennial feel I have, it reminds me of the honesty and vulnerability of Phoebe Waller Bridge in Fleabag, and left me feeling warm and fuzzy for days after I saw the show. Go and see it!

Emily Stead 109 days ago

Brilliant show. Sadie's presence on stage is magnificent and the story is funny, heartfelt, and important. If you liked Fleabag, you will love algorithms

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Within Her Words (5/5 stars) 83 days ago

Sadie Clarke is phenomenal in this show and puts herself out there for the audience, never apologising for being who she is, and accepting that everyone is on their own journey and comparisons are absolutely pointless.

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British Theatre Guide (4/5 stars) 86 days ago

Is Facebook really for friends and just how candid is Insta? In a world where it’s sometimes hard to find your place, being bombarded with stories of other people’s success can lead to despair or resentment depending on your state of mind.In Algorithms, Sadie Clarke introduces us to Brooke, a...

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Broadway World (3/5 stars) 91 days ago

Algorithms is a feel-good show: comic and gently moving. It's written by Sadie Clark, who developed the play through the Soho Theatre's Writers' Lab. With her 30th birthday just around the corner, Brooke's life goes a bit Pete Tong. Her girlfriend breaks up with her, and her job working for...

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UK Theatre Web (3/5 stars) 93 days ago

Humerous and with a message to just be yourselves this is a light but enjoyable piece

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British (4/5 stars) 93 days ago

With direction by Madelaine Moore, Clark brings her own character to life with warmth and humour. It is an impressive debut, entertaining and inspiring – even if it simply inspires you to cut back on using social media.

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The Scotsman (3/5 stars) 97 days ago

For goofy over-thinker Brooke, being single over the age of 30 is a fate worse than being accused of being middle-class in Waitrose, particularly when, as a bisexual woman, she has to deal with other people's preconceptions and prejudice. ...

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ThreeWeeks (3/5 stars) 97 days ago

When connecting with others is easier than ever, why is Brooke so lonely? Freshly dumped and working a numbing job for a dating app, she starts searching for love in the era of the life-governing algorithm. Writer/performer Sadie Clark is hugely charismatic, selling both the jokes and the moments of...

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Deadline News (5/5 stars) 98 days ago

Whether you are a millennial, a baby boomer, or one of the various letters of the alphabet, you should probably go and see this play. Given that it’s insightful, hilarious, and even a little bit heartbreaking, Algorithms is definitely worth a top spot on your Fringe Festival to-do list.

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The F Word 98 days ago

Algorithms is a beautiful journey to see and take with her.

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Edinburgh Festivals Magazine (4/5 stars) 99 days ago

Algorithms’  tagline is ‘a bisexual Bridget Jones for the online, millennial generation’. It delivers on these claims, but could just as easily have been called ‘Fleabag for the less f*cked up’. In a Frin...

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The Stage [paywall] (3/5 stars) 102 days ago

Sadie Clark’s Algorithms is a romcom with more com than rom. Using movie references, pop music, and online dating as its framework, it charts one bisexual woman’s quest for love while reflecting on the relationships of her 20s. While none of this is new ground, Clark’s assured performance and solid...

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Broadway Baby (4/5 stars) 106 days ago

This raucous monologue from Sadie Clark gives us a tale of dating and identity from the bleeding edge of the 21st century. Brooke is about to turn thirty, her love life is increasingly complex, her job is a mess and everyone around her seems to be getting it together whilst...

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The List (3/5 stars) 107 days ago

One-woman show about a bisexual heroine of the Bridget Jones school...

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The Wee Review (4/5 stars) 107 days ago

Working at a dating app HQ, Algorithms protagonist, Brooke, might seem like someone likely to be coupled up and ‘sorted’. Days before her 30th birthday, though, her life crumbles as her girlfriend breaks up with her and her attempts to move on only seem to end in disaster. Sadie Clark...

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