Anything That We Wanted To Be

Theatre (multimedia, musical theatre)

  • Summerhall - Cairns Lecture Theatre
  • 12:30
  • Aug 27
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Adam Lenson
  • Warnings and additional info: Contains distressing or potentially triggering themes
  • Accessibility: 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


Everyone has that one big decision, that one big choice, that one big 'what if?'. There's a you that made that choice, and there's another you that didn't. Fifteen years ago, you stop training to be a doctor and choose to be a theatre director instead. But in 2019 when you are diagnosed with cancer, the various versions of you collide. Merging gig, memoir and lecture, this life-affirming new show is about learning to accept the choices you made instead of worrying about the ones you didn't.

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General venue access

  • Accessible entry: Stepped entrance: Once into the courtyard, get to the front of the Royal Dick Pub, take the alleyway to your left, around the back of the large tent. Through the doors; the venue is then up the stairs. Lift entrance: in the reception of the main building, a duty manager will take you up the main half lift, through the galleries, into a level lift, through the dissection room and to the Cairns. Please contact [email protected] if you would like to use this accessible route.
  • Wheelchair access type: Wheelchair accessible (please contact the venue for more information)

  • 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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Christine MacArthur 100 days ago

I loved this show! It brought back to me all the choices I made in my own life and did I do the right thing? Does it matter? I am also dealing with cancer and I loved the connection between confronting the possible end of your life with the meaning of your life. This was also the product of a theater director. Production values and script were superb!

Eleni Cashell 100 days ago

The highlight of my Fringe this year. An emotional story, beautifully told and in a unique way. I’ll never forget the story, its message or the music that featured. My only regret is I wasn’t able to see it again before leaving the Fringe. 10/10

Alexandra MacArthur 100 days ago

I saw this show two weeks ago and am still thinking about it. Of all the 30 shows I’ve seen this Fringe, this one has the most heart and vulnerability. We all have regrets, but what I love about this is it’s about the way we have let ourselves down. The use of the TVs, lights, and music was also brill. I keep listening to the song Touch by Daft Punk after seeing this.

Also for the folks who say this wasn’t all razzle, dazzle, well duh. It never pretended to be that!

Esther Levin 100 days ago

This show is the epitome of Fringe for me. A touching and heartwarming story combined and with a very interesting and slick production. Loved it and recommending to all!

Alan Wolfe 100 days ago

Best show at Fringe this season. It truly was wonderful! Don’t miss it!!!

Gillian B 102 days ago

Very enjoyable.
We went because it was cheap and we couldn’t get into the show we’d wanted to see. It was an hour well spent. I’d probably review it at three stars just because it wasn’t dazzling but still very enjoyable.

Richard 106 days ago

This wasn’t for me unfortunately. Didn’t find the story telling or performance particularly engaging.

Walter Robinson 110 days ago

Best show on the fringe this year! Expertly crafted and performed show, extremely touching and then hilarious. Adam Lenson is amazing.

Debra F 111 days ago

Just what we come to the Fringe for! Engaging and thought provoking and presented in a visually interesting way.

Rachel B 114 days ago

Brilliant show with a fantastic mix of storytelling and music. Wonderful set and visuals. Really enjoyed it. Highly recommend.

GC 116 days ago

One of the best shows I've ever seen at the Fringe - and I've been going since 1980! Clever minimalist production, superbly written and performed. Funny and moving at the same time. Highly recommend this show.

HZ 119 days ago

Really great must see! The performance is very well designed in all ways. The storyline and the way it is told is very interesting and touching.

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Playbill 99 days ago

Insightful and moving

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ThreeWeeks (4/5 stars) 105 days ago

A charismatic performance.

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One4Review (4.5/5 stars) 105 days ago

This play is balm to the soul.

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euronews 105 days ago

One of my absolute favourites this year.

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Theatre Travels 110 days ago

Though Adam spoke of regrets throughout the show, the overarching theme was one of hope and positivity, which is not always easy to achieve – kudos to him and the team for this fantastic piece of theatre. Catch it at Summerhall and enjoy his stunning storytelling ability.

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West End Best Friend (4/5 stars) 114 days ago

It's endearing, heart warming and insightful all at once.

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Theatre Weekly (4/5 stars) 114 days ago

An absorbing, well-structured delight.

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Broadway World (4/5 stars) 116 days ago

A wholesome, big-hearted hug of a show.

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