Bobby & Amy

Theatre (new writing, comedy)

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  • Pleasance Courtyard - Upstairs
  • 12:45
  • Aug 26
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Emma Blackman Productions and Emily Jenkins
  • Warnings and additional info: This show contains strong language and adult themes.
  • Accessibility:
    Audio enhancement system
    Relaxed Performance
    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

This show has performances in multiple locations

Description

A new dark comedy about foot-and-mouth disease by Fringe First award winner Emily Jenkins. It's the late 90s: Take That, Tamagotchis and Pog swaps. When Bobby and Amy meet, hundreds of cows dot across the fields and the sun always shines. But when the cows begin to burn, Bobby and Amy’s sleepy Cotswold town faces a catastrophe that will change their home forever. Bobby & Amy explores friendship and what happens when our way of life is threatened by those who don’t understand it. ***** (EdFringeReview.com). ***** (FringeGuru). **** (Scotsman) – reviews for previous Jenkins plays.

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General venue access

  • Audio enhancement system
    Relaxed Performance
  • Accessible entry: Queue in courtyard. For access via locked lift ask staff or at Box Office.
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

  • Stairs: 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


Relaxed performances

  • Dates: 7 August
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team for more information or to discuss any accessibility requirements.
  • Character Introduction Details
  • Additional information: There will be an allocated area of relaxed seating due to thrust staging. Due to the nature of thrust stages, we will try and ensure that participants don't need to cross the stage while moving chairs. Therefore, half of the seating will be clearly signed as relaxed seating. This area will be positioned near the exit door to allow easy access to leave the space if needed.

Be aware that this show features:

  • Characters expressing anger
  • Heavily dialogue-driven scenes
  • Permission to move around and make noise
  • Show guide or synopsis or character list

Show does not feature:

  • Total Audience Black Out
  • Flashing Lights/Strobed Lighting
  • Loud/repetitive/high pitched/unexpected or overlapping sound
  • Distinctive smells
  • Special effects (e.g. smoke/bubbles/pyrotechnics)
  • Latex balloons
  • Audience required to walk around
  • Audience required to undertake directed movement
  • Audience required to sing/speak along with/for performer
  • Audience invited on stage
  • Performer goes into audience area
  • An intermission
  • Audience chill out area
  • Permission to engage with performer

How and when to make an access booking

Our access tickets service is available to anyone who:

  • Would like to book specific accessibility services, e.g. a hearing loop, audio description headsets, captioning units, seating in relation to the location of the BSL interpreter
  • Requires extra assistance when at a venue
  • Has specific seating requirements
  • Is a wheelchair user
  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

KeithG 112 days ago

A beautifully written, wonderfully acted story. Theatre at its finest.

Jon Purkis 116 days ago

The two actors bring to life a whole town of distinct, loveable characters, like nothing I've ever seen. Seen through the difficult lives of two kids, it is relatable, funny, powerful. Out of 8 plays we saw, this was by far the best one. It has an incredible script that perfectly captures the 90s countryside small town feel.

Stephen Hackett 117 days ago

Breathtaking. We were all so churned up by this we wandered about Edinburgh for a few hours instead of doing what we had planned. If you can't get a ticket for Edinburgh, seek it out and track it down, and see it wherever you can. This is very, very good.

Serena Langley 117 days ago

Incredible writing and acting talent. I haven't seen a play that moved me so much since seeing Chimerica. I grew up in the countryside and felt the portrait of rural life they painted was so true to life. And the friendship between Bobby and Amy was a beautiful thing. If it hasn't sold out, do see this show!

Brian Smith 119 days ago

Just seen this fantastic show. This two handdr is a brilliant piece of writing, both funny and sad. The cast members switch between characters and their characteristics at a tremendous speed to keep the story moving. If you wanted to see a 5 ⭐️ piece then this is it. It’s a ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Sara Smith 119 days ago

What a roller coaster of emotions. This 2 handed piece is amazing with super human performances that create truly memorable images through clever writing so brilliantly delivered
Laughter and tears in full measure
This needs to Tour
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Carl 119 days ago

Amazing piece of theatre, recommend everybody to go see this. The acting is great and the transitions between characters is flawless.

Verdun Luck 120 days ago

Every now and then you see a show that, on its own, makes the whole visit to the fringe worthwhile. For me this is that show. I have not enjoyed a production this much since Rebounding Hail and that was five years ago!

The writing, production and acting are all superb. Don't miss this.

Kathryn Wright 121 days ago

Amazing!

I will admit, it took me a minute to get used to to the accents, but once I did it was smooth sailing. This story was poignant, thought provoking and immensely enjoyable to watch. This is a must see show.

Steve Pine 122 days ago

We spend a couple of weeks at the Fringe every year and when I lie on my death bed reminiscing, this will be one of the shows I remember. Some writers evoke a character in a couple of sentences - these actors do something similar with a vivid panoply of immediately recognizable personae while never resorting to stereotypes. How they switch from one character to another in a nanosecond is mysterious and astounding. The writing is taut and thrilling, and I had tears in my eyes at the end. I still don't know if they were of sadness or of laughter.

Julie Phillips 122 days ago

What a show. These two are very talented. We’ll be looking out for them next year. 5* go see this if you get the chance

Jenny Sherman 124 days ago

Absolutely fantastic acting. Totally unexpectedly the best thing that I have ever seen in my 60 years..... Superbly played by both actors. Totally professional performance and thus thoroughly enjoyable. Incredible. I would recommend anyone to travel to Edinburgh if only to see this. I can't wait to see Will Howard and Kimberley Jarvis again. They were completely amazing.

Paul Kutarski 125 days ago

Fantastic bit of theatre. With no props the two actors kept me absorbed by their ability to conjure up multiple easily identifiable characters, slipping from one character to another with apparent ease (aided by a well written script and storyline). I have not seen better acting at the Fringe this year.

Bonnie Hutchinson 126 days ago

Bobby and Amy is a golden nugget of theatre. It is a small play with two performers on an empty stage but between them, they play an entire village of characters and tell their story in a way that is both touching and funny. Script, direction, performers....all the pieces for a winner. it's all beautifully crafted and totally engaging. And don't let the foot and mouth disease note in the show description put you off - it's important to the story but not what it's all about. Enjoy!

Eilis Davis 130 days ago

Absolutely amazing piece of theatre. Stunning. Took me home.
Thank you for this show


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The Play's the Thing UK 105 days ago

A two-person comedy about kids and foot and mouth disease doesn’t necessarily sound like the most appealing prospect. Don’t let that put you off. Bobby and Amy is a stunning portrayal of the strength of humans, community and friendship, with incredible performances from its talented leads.

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Within Her Words (5/5 stars) 106 days ago

Bobby & Amy is a rare and wonderful gift, that takes you on a journey that will hit you right in the gut and leave a mark for days.

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Miro Magazine (5/5 stars) 106 days ago

A quiet and heartbreaking tale about childhood friendship against a backdrop of fear and uncertainty.

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ThreeWeeks (5/5 stars) 109 days ago

Bobby and Amy, two impassioned school kids, show themselves as the underdogs in a community that has neglected them. Clever, funny and thought-provoking, this razor-sharp piece of new-writing opens a window into the rural west-country way of life. Flitting between a plethora of different characters–all entirely individual yet distinctly familiar–the...

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The Times [paywall] (4/5 stars) 112 days ago

This tale by the talented playwright Emily Jenkins centres on a friendship between two oddball 13-year-olds who live in a distinctly ungentrified small town in the Cotswolds. Bobby is a bit strange, a maths genius but socially awkward. Amy isn’t one of the popular girls: her dad has just died...

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Edinburgh Festivals Magazine (4/5 stars) 115 days ago

When Emily Jenkins picked up her Fringe First award for this invigorating two-hander, she talked about the theatres that had turned the play down on the basis that, beautiful writing aside, the subject matter...

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The Independent (3/5 stars) 117 days ago

Also taking us back in time is Bobby & Amy, a charming two-hander about a couple of teenagers living in a rural Cotswolds community during the foot and mouth crisis of 2001. Slightly oddly, Emily Jenkins’s play is glutted with nostalgic signifiers that seem to point more to the mid-Nineties:...

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Daily Business Magazine (5/5 stars) 119 days ago

This is one of those plays that shows why a five star review at the Fringe is hard to achieve because it sets the bar so high that others will struggle to follow.

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The Scotsman (4/5 stars) 119 days ago

Nothing is more important to the shape and survival of a society than the way it uses land, and often abuses it. ...

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Fest (4/5 stars) 121 days ago

The raw simplicity of the staging of writer and director Emily Jenkins' play allows the breadth of feeling and imagery to breathe and come to life. There is no set, only two performers: Will Howard as Bobby and Kimberly Jarvis as Amy, both Cotswold pre-teens with troubled family lives, personalities...

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The Wee Review (5/5 stars) 122 days ago

For many of the people sitting in the audience for Bobby & Amy, the foot and mouth epidemic may feel like a distant memory, forgotten after the bird and swine flu outbreaks that followed. For any millennials in the room, they may not have any recollections of the disease at...

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An Organised Mess 122 days ago

Whilst the stage is bare, in Bobby & Amy‘s storytelling we meaningfully escape to the Cotswolds. Travelling through homes and fields, shops and farms to create a broad reaching storyline. Kimberly Jarvis and Will Howard not only explore the depth in character of Amy and Bobby but an array of local residents. Humour and depth is offered to explore challenging themes.

Walking away from the performance there is a sense of awe in the exploration of these themes. Emily Jenkins’ new play is a coming of age story set in a tragic context. Bobby and Amy are far from likely friends and it is in their individual circumstances that empathy is created. The friendship is initially established to offset these challenges. From school bullies to grief and distracted parents. The story takes an even darker turn as foot-and-mouth disease takes hold of the town.

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Ed Fringe Review (5/5 stars) 124 days ago

The touching innocence of Bobby and Amy juxtaposed with gritty themes create a complex, entertaining play....

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Ed Fringe Review (5/5 stars) 124 days ago

If you manage to get a ticket, try not to blink too much whilst watching for fear of missing a second of their brilliance....

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The Stage [paywall] (4/5 stars) 127 days ago

As well as the fun stuff that the 1990s brought – “He dun a poo! He dun a poo!” one girl squeals about her tamagotchi – Emily Jenkins’ gorgeous two hander takes a hard look at the decade’s dark side too, especially as rural areas tried to recover from the...

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Broadway Baby (5/5 stars) 129 days ago

On a bare stage at Pleasance Upstairs, Bobby & Amy promises storytelling in its purest form. Emily Jenkins’ new play delivers this and more, in a playful and technically skilled production from an all-female creative team. Jenkins blends lyrical narration with dialogue in this poetic two-hander, to portray Bobby and...

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Edinburgh Guide (5/5 stars) 130 days ago

You’re not lonely. Lonely people have no friends and you’ve got me and I will be your friend forever. Bobby and Amy are teenage misfits in a sleepy Cotswold town, despised, tormented and bullied by the other kids. Bobby counts buttercups and spiders. Numbers are safe. At home, his battered...

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The List (4/5 stars) 130 days ago

Bittersweet look at the foot-and-mouth epidemic's impact on rural Britain...

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