Americana: A Murder Ballad

Theatre (new writing, folk)

  • Assembly Checkpoint - Assembly Checkpoint
  • 13:20
  • Aug 10-17
  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United States
  • Group: Pepperdine Scotland and Morna Young
  • Warnings and additional info: Contains distressing themes, Scenes of violence, Strobe lighting, Strong language/swearing
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 18 months
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'Americana is a place of dreams / And our young protagonists could embody this hope / Though soon their fates will be in dire-straits / Imprisoned to the ethereal land of folk...' A nation’s youth are trapped in a murder ballad they cannot escape. A gunman lurks on every corner. He’s behind you. He’s beside you. He’s inside you. This is freedom. This is a warzone. This is Americana. How do we break the ballad? Multiple Fringe First winners Pepperdine Scotland make new music from old songs in this perpetual story of fear.

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General venue access

  • Accessible entry: Large flight of stone steps up to the performance venue, which is on the first floor.
  • 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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Laura V 3 days ago

A powerful performance blending a striking message and beautiful craftsmanship!
Stumbled upon the show by accident and it ended up being the best show we watched all day with both an amazing cast and it’s timely theme.
A true masterpiece - had goosebumps the whole hour and 15 minutes.

Peter Jones 5 days ago

Americana: A Murder Ballad – Highly Recommended

If you’re kicking yourself that you missed out on ‘Six’ when it came to the Fringe then get yourself tickets to see this excellent show that has all the ingredients to become the successful mainstream hit it deserves to be.

Morna Young has done an excellent writer’s job in providing a strong core from which this piece can really fly. The writing is tight, the rhyming patterns add power to the spoken word and work well in further integrating the musical and spoken word elements throughout this 75-minute triumph. The subject matter is very current and ideally treated by performers who are in the appropriate age group.

The young and extremely talented cast from Pepperdine University ignite the piece with fiery passion for its message and perform their individual and ensemble roles with evident skill and enthusiasm. It is amazing how a few shirts can create a diverse cast of characters.

The stage is small and the room has an awkward shape but the performers/musicians navigate its confines to create a fluid piece and the character of the manipulative ‘Writer’ joining the audience works very well.

Special mention to every performer for all deserve praise as all were excellent. The subject of the piece impacts the life of each of the students, emotionally the performance provides the audience with a jolt but without the feeling of being preached at.

Leaving Assembly Checkpoint, you will know you have been fortunate to experience one of the Fringe’s highlights and seen some enormously talented young people give their all in an outstanding piece by one of Scotland’s most able young writers.

It only runs until 17 August - Don’t miss out!

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Edinburgh Guide (3/5 stars) 1 day ago

With this gutting and emboldening show, the audience is urged to “break the ballad” and to reject the hopelessness and narratives thrust upon us in this climate of fear in favour of asking how we got here and how we can get out.

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