Ane City

Theatre (new writing, comedy)

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  • Assembly Roxy - Downstairs
  • 14:20
  • Aug 26
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 16+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - Scotland
  • Group: Elfie Picket and Assembly present
  • Warnings and additional info: Age Category: 16 and above (16+)(Scenes of a Sexual Nature, Strong Language/Swearing, OtherAdult content)
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 18 months


Tay has returned to her hometown of Dundee for a summer of relaxation, drinking and self-discovery. But first, she has to get through a night out with her friends, hitting the streets of Dundee. From tacky pubs with seedy bouncers to revelations on the McManus steps with Rabbie Burns, Tay attempts to find herself in the city of Dundee. A theatrical, poetic one-woman show that combines elements of Scots language, storytelling, song and comedy. ART Award Winner 2019.

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General venue access

  • Accessible entry: There are 15 steps en-route to this space.
  • Wheelchair access type: Not fully wheelchair accessible

  • 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.

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graham Christie 65 days ago

Excellent show: they deserve to be performing to full houses.
Super performance from Tay: she hardly took a breath for an hour.

Nicola Docherty 69 days ago

What a Cracking show! Never misses a beat! Made me feel a whirlwind of emotions and resonated with me so much!

Truly not one to be missed and a real gem amongst the diversity the fringe has to offer!

If you want to laugh, hear some brilliantly written spoken word / slightly tweaked songs and experience a real one wumman show, then Ane City is the one for you!

Rick 70 days ago

Our best show of the 4 days we spent at the show. Great performance on all levels that had us engaged start to finish. My wife from the Dundee area so got all the local references and could see the vision being portrayed - she’ll even forgive the wee dig at her old High School ! Student days and the first homecoming so easy to slip into that memory.
Hope to see more of this performer .

Aimée Keatch 76 days ago

AMAZING SHOW!! First show we’ve seen at the fringe and was such a raw, authentic account of life in Dundee. From the local references to typical night out tales it was relatable to all walks of life! A must see!! Don’t miss out!

Suzanne 76 days ago

My first show at the Fringe this year and what a cracker! Ane City is a blend of laughter, poetry, sadness and music. Taylor Dyson plays multiple characters brilliantly. You don't even have to be Scottish to understand this play either! A must see.

Tammy Juckiewicz 78 days ago

Amazing show, great character changes, THE BEST show at the Fringe this year. Speaks true to Scottish culture. It’s a rollercoaster of emotions, making you laugh and cry throughout. Very relatable! Great music as well, really gets the audience engaged. I saw this show and I was completely enthralled by it, I will definitely be back again! Outstanding acting and poetry. Really hits home for me as it reminded me of my youth, returning home after being at university, having to be something you’re not just to fit in. It’s clear to see the acting doesn’t need to be masked with grand set or special effects, it just speaks for itself!!

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British (4/5 stars) 65 days ago

Ane City is a simple concept, engagingly told with freshness and clarity, marking out Dyson and theatre company Elfie Picket as ones to discover.

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The Stage [paywall] (3/5 stars) 68 days ago

Never go back, they say. Aspiring poet and English Lit student Tay finds out why when she returns home to Dundee for the summer from Glasgow Uni, ready to catch up with her family and a night on the lash with her pals. This first production by new Dundee company...

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An Organised Mess 71 days ago

Walking into the theatre space at the Assembly Roxy there is a sense of warmth created in Ane City. Introduced to Taylor Dyson’s vocals with Calum Kelly accompanying on guitar the feeling of Scotland is instant.

Settling into the production, the personable character of Tay takes us on her return home from university. There is an immediate sense of tension between Tay’s feelings on her hometown of Dundee and of the life created studying in Glasgow. It is apparent that there is more to Tay’s return than her first summer home. This plays out for the audience through Tay’s night out reunion with friends. We are treated to a night out in Dundee with Tay. Exploring tacky pubs and revelations on the McManus steps with Rabbie Burns.

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The Scotsman (3/5 stars) 74 days ago

Tay arrives back in Dundee, home from university to her mum’s council house, her gran’s mince and tatties (she’s vegetarian) and her hostile younger sister. ...

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Ed Fringe Review (4/5 stars) 76 days ago

beautifully bittersweet...

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Ed Fringe Review (4/5 stars) 76 days ago

Standing before us in a '70s hippie dress and slightly bedraggled hair, laddered tights and a thick Dundonian accent, Tay has a story to share and she shares it in a beautifully unique way....

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The List (3/5 stars) 77 days ago

Engaging and empathetic study of home and belonging...

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The Wee Review (4/5 stars) 78 days ago

Taylor Dyson of Elfie Picket and Assembly is at the Fringe this year performing a coming-of-age solo show. Tay is back from Glasgow University to her home town of Dundee. She is going to spend the summer seeing her friends, catching up on the last six months of chat, or that...

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One4Review (5/5 stars) 79 days ago

Taylor Dyson, who plays the central character Tay, wrote this incredibly emotional and enjoyable piece of theatre. Tay returns to Dundee after a 6 month absence whilst studying at Glasgow University. She seeks to reconnect with her family, friends and … Read More ...

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