Theatre (contemporary)

  • theSpace on North Bridge - Argyll Theatre
  • 16:25
  • Aug 27
  • 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Suitability: 16+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - Scotland
  • Group: Acting Coach Scotland
  • Warnings and additional info: Contains distressing themes, strong language, and exploration of adult themes including mental health, suicide and abuse.
  • Accessibility:
    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 are not allowed in the venue
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


A disquieting and darkly funny play which shines a light on the state of mental health services in modern Britain. Set in a psychiatric unit, Blue looks at both sides of mental-health care – those who receive it, and those who give it. It explores the difficulties and complexities of life under observation, and shows how beautiful moments can be found even in the most fragile of circumstances. Content guidance: This play contains strong language, and exploration of adult themes including mental health, suicide and abuse.

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: If not taking the lift there is a large flight to 1st floor of hotel then a further 4 steps to venue. Alternatively the building lift can be taken to the first floor and then a platform lift can be used instead of the 4 further steps.
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

  • 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.

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

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  • Is a wheelchair user
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Fiona Macdonald 34 days ago

Bloody amazing. I felt like I was in the setting with them. Cried like a baby in the toilets after. The characters are so real. So well acted. Well done guys. I will be recommending this to everyone I meet

Adam Johnston 34 days ago

Blue is perhaps the best show I've seen at the fringe this year.

This intimate story highlights the struggles of both those suffering with various mental illnesses, and that of their carers.

As someone who's been a carer, I immediately recognised and connected with the struggles of the staff, trying their hardest to maintain hope and keep their worldview intact as they face trial after trial, eventually reaching breaking points. Each actor makes their character completely believable with honest and sincere performances.

Each character has a wonderfully clear and touching journey, and all the actors had me on the verge of tears throughout.

The themes at times can be heavy, but this is exactly as it should be when dealing with a topic that's only more important with each passing day. From moments of bitter pain to comic relief, the play still manages to end on a theme of hope and continuing on, one day at a time.

If you have some time left, do yourself a favour.

David Reid 35 days ago

Blue is about every day life as it is lived in the aftermath of trauma. It unravels the trauma and agony that both patients and staff have experienced. As the play progresses some of the characters choose to reveal their deep rooted secrets that they have been harbouring. The actors each in their own way portray unassuageable pain, shame, Regret and living Life with no narrative closure. Bring your tissues!

Katrina Jameson 35 days ago

A very powerful piece of theatre. Child abuse, Mental health & Suicide are tough topics and ones that many would choose to shy away from but all the actors cover the subject in a direct and sensitive way. Through the tears there was a resounding sense of hope. I left not knowing what life would be like after for the patients and staff. A very beautiful, touching and yes at times funny performance.

Brogan ord staunton 36 days ago

An emotional rollercoaster but in all the right ways. Delicately examines mental health, very well executed considering the subject matter.

The cast were all fantastic also, very touching performances.

Alessia D'Aleo 36 days ago

Very well written and beautifully perfomed. Congratulations! a touching, intense and thoughtful play. Highly recommended!

Scott Thomson 41 days ago

Such a beautiful play that shows you the true trials and triumphs within mental health, not only in patients but in the staff as well. Beautifully staged and the acting is compelling, humorous, and moving. This one is a conversation starter for sure.

Ruairi Kelly 44 days ago

Brilliant show, phenomenal acting and story and important look at psychiatric hospital life in the uk which many people may not have experience with. Five stars

Hugo Shack 45 days ago

An incredible, visceral performance by a group of truly exceptional actors. They grab your attention from the first minute, to the last; portraying their characters with a stunning, heart-breaking honesty. Amazing work, keep it up!

Hamish D 46 days ago

I enjoyed this well written, produced and acted play- credit to all involved.
As someone who works in mental health, the play rang true to me in the way it portrayed patients and professionals

Sean Russell 47 days ago

'Blue' is a raw and emotional drama performed by such a bold and talented cast. Thought-provoking and deeply moving, it is definitely one to catch this fringe.

Natalie Ramsey 48 days ago

A stunning performance from the cast. I laughed, I cried, I felt so much sympathy for the patients but also for the staff. The chemistry between the actors was palpable and there were some beautifully intense moments. A must see!

Kareem Nasif 49 days ago

Acting Coach Scotland have put on a thought provoking performance here. I was immersed into the world of the play very quickly, got a sense of the claustrophobia and an outside world that people seemed desperate for, and the sacrifices that would have be made to get there. Every actor had a sincerity, which brought a raw sense, no one was in control or knew what was going to happen.

I left feeling just how the staff might do: wanting things to workout for the service users, but will they?
Thanks for putting this on.

Kirsty R 52 days ago

Serious subject. Well staged. Good acting by the young cast. 4 stars ****

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