Before the Drugs Kick In

Theatre (stand-up, new writing)

  • theSpace @ Surgeons Hall - Theatre 2
  • 12:55
  • Aug 26
  • 50 minutes
  • Suitability: 16+ (Restriction)
  • Country: United States
  • Group: Lynn T Walsh
  • Warnings and additional info: Contains distressing or potentially triggering themes, Strong language/swearing
  • Accessibility:
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
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  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 18 months


A 62-year-old woman in an insane asylum closes her eyes and becomes a 28-year-old, stand-up comedian with everyone in the audience being part of her imagination, including you. Sit back and enjoy your trip. Comedy, theatre, time travel. Maria DeCotis is Lynn T Walsh. Recent credits include opening for Mike Birbiglia on Broadway, Comedy Central, HBO's Women in Comedy Festival, Rolling Stone, Vogue and The New York Times. Maria's work has been shared by Stephen Colbert, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Stiller, Natasha Lyonne, and Padma Lakshmi.

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  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
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  • Wheelchair access type: Level Access

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Eletta Rainsford 103 days ago

Clearly written by a man who has made realisations that women make before becoming teenagers and made a play about them. Think it would be more suited towards an American audience whom it seems to be catered to.

Matt Storrs 106 days ago

Captivating and hilarious with a masterful performance and perfect takedown of Jerry Seinfeld

Albert Lin 110 days ago

Beautiful and sad. Being based on a true experience added a lot to the narrative and the actresses intensity won me over. Highly recommend if you are okay with the content advisory.

Abigail Paul 110 days ago

This show was surprising and full of depth and humour. The character is vivid and extremely well-portrayed by Maria Decotis. The piece refuses to be confined to a single genre, morphing between drama and comedy in the span of an hour. Decotis navigates these shifts seamlessly, keeping the audience thoroughly engaged even as the ground continually shifts beneath our feet. The writing jumps off the page. Lemme's passion and point-of-view are very clear. Highly recommend.

Emily Walsh 111 days ago

Go see this show! Brilliantly written and performed, unlike anything I’ve seen before and so necessary in this moment! Plus it’s funny!

Matt Davidson 113 days ago

Moving and stark, brilliantly observed and delivered. A real eye-opener

Jesse R. Tendler 115 days ago

Poignant, funny, tragic, and mesmerizing all at once, this is a must-see Fringe experience. Lynn's (Maria's) performance is powerful and captivating, and the superb writing sweeps the audience through an emotional roller coaster. Extremely well done, don't miss it!

Justin T. 117 days ago

Storming performance by Maria De Cotis, brilliant writing by Mike Lemme - dramatic monologue delivered as acidic, skilled standup. Very much worth a watch.

Lisa 118 days ago

Unlike anything I have ever seen before. Incredibly imaginative writing, convincing acting, this is what the Fringe is about. Highly recommended!

Jonathan Grell 120 days ago

I must admit that I found the description of this performance somewhat incomprehensible, and I wasn't quite sure what to expect.
But what you're immediately served with, is a smart, funny, sometimes peculiar, and yet touching piece that will strike a chord with you in one way or another. If you're not entertained, provoked, moved, or pensive by any of this... unfortunately, there's a possibility that you might be an artificial human.
Maria Decotis is highly convincing and displays an impressively broad range in her acting.
If you want to see a well-written, humorous, slightly unconventional but very authentic performance, check this one out!

Caz 120 days ago

This show is beautiful, you become totally immersed in the journey of the character, experiencing their thoughts and feelings. The message of this performance is beautifully delivered.

Lois Hall 122 days ago

Stunning, heartbreaking and cathartic - Mike's writing hits the perfect balance between dark comedy and gut-wrenching empathy. Maria DeCotis is so captivating, you barely notice the time pass by.

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Edinburgh Festivals Magazine (4/5 stars) 102 days ago

I was moved by the truth of Lynn’s story, and all the very real women like her who do exist without a stage, without a platform, unheard.

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Edinburgh Reviews (3.5/5 stars) 109 days ago

Dark, powerful and poignant

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The Wee Review (5/5 stars) 110 days ago

It marks Lemme out as an exciting and thought-provoking artistic talent who should be receiving even more attention from audiences and critics.

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EdFest Reviews (5/5 stars) 110 days ago

This play undeniably radiates brilliance that takes you on an unforgettable journey!

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The Scotsman (3/5 stars) 110 days ago

Carefully constructed and sensitively written.

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Theatre Travels 114 days ago

An intriguing show that covers a lot of ground in under an hour.

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