Bitter Lemons

Theatre (new writing, political)

  • Pleasance Courtyard - Beneath
  • 14:20
  • Aug 28
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: RJG Productions, Bristol Old Vic, Pleasance
  • Warnings and additional info: This show contains potentially triggering/distressing themes including references to pregnancy, abortion, child loss, in addition to suggestions of sexism and racism.
  • Accessibility:
    Audio enhancement system
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    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


In the pressurised worlds of football and finance, two women carve their own path. After the loss of her dad, a goalkeeper prepares for the league final, while an ambitious banker battles her fears of being tokenised to secure a promotion. But as their pitches get closer, worlds collide as life shifts unexpectedly and in parallel. How do you face your biggest challenge yet? Winner of a Pleasance Edinburgh National Partnership Award and supported by Bristol Old Vic, Bitter Lemons is an explosive debut play tackling the pressures on women’s bodies and the power society holds over them.

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General venue access

  • Audio enhancement system
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Queue in cobbled courtyard. Access to space via locked lift, please notify venue ahead of your visit if you require use of the lift and ask at Info Shed upon arrival for access.
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

  • Stairs: 2 - 5
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

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

Captioned performances

  • Dates: 23 August
  • Type: Open
  • 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.

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Monica Robles 93 days ago

Beautifully written and acted. Timely play about a woman’s body, our choices and a close look at the DE&I conversation and performative language by corporations.
Absolutely loved this show.

Paul Rosenzweig 103 days ago

In my top 2 so far. Intimate. Beautifully acted. Topical yet not preachy. Ancient for me a window into a challenge I have never experienced.

Emma Crocombe 104 days ago

Such an amazing play. Powerfully written, directed and performed.

Rhys Chant 107 days ago

Phenomenal. Dark, sharp, and cutting. A totally brilliant short play, acted with immense talent and craft supported by witty writing and brilliantly complex flips between comedy and agony

Oscar Rhodes 107 days ago

Really well written and performed, this show tackles a hard hitting topic in an emotional and tasteful way. The staging is smart for what is a small space, creating quite an intimate experience. 'Bitter Lemons' is absolutely worth a watch for you Fringe. Oh, and we all know a Gary.

Elliot and Meg 109 days ago

Got recommended by a friend, and cannot endorse this recommendation enough! Powerful performance and message, making perfect use of their venue for their staging. The performers literally poured their entire soul into their performance, making this woman empowerment at its finest.

Ash Au 110 days ago

5 stars :) great script, powerful acting. my pal and I were both in tears at times, it was very moving. Thank you!

Sean Davis 111 days ago

Bitter Lemons (***)
A professional football goalie, and a rising businesswoman alternately tell of their lives after both learn that they are pregnant at six weeks, and must decide whether to have the two pill abortion. The first part, when they are trying to make the decision, works well, but the goalie’s choice to play in a game, and the businesswoman’s blow-up seem out of character, and not due to their abortion choices. The choice to stop alternating and start talking simultaneously diminishes the power of each tale at a crucial juncture.

This is the 31st most enjoyable of the 78 shows I have seen so far at the Fringe this year. I hope to see almost 200. You may see my other three-sentence reviews, in order from most enjoyable to worst, at my non-commercial website:

frank martin 113 days ago

Attended yesterday's performance - it was extremely good. The 2 actors were great, the script explores a number of themes in a refreshing approach, and is prepared to tackle age old issues. Very enjoyable & thought provoking. Of the 5 shows we saw yesterday this one got the highest level of audience applaus

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@theroamingreader 97 days ago

Out of the hundreds of Fringe shows, glitters a gem.

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Theatre Travels 99 days ago

This fast paced, clever, punchy duologue play tackles major feminist topics and concentrates on a woman’s right to choose what is right for her own body, in this circumstance, in the way of abortion.

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ThreeWeeks (4/5 stars) 103 days ago

First-rate theatre-making.

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Edinburgh Festivals Magazine 105 days ago

“Bitter Lemons” is a beautiful, important, and very human piece of art.

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Playbill 112 days ago

It reminds audience members who can identify with their experiences that actually, this is their story too.

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North West End UK (5/5 stars) 113 days ago

This is a timely play. It does not preach. It just tells the story of two women and invites us to think. And that is what the best plays have always done.

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