Caledonian Sleeper

Theatre (true-life, new writing)

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  • 45 minutes
  • Suitability: 16+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - Scotland
  • Group: Acting Coach Scotland
  • Warnings and additional info: Contains distressing themes, Strong language/swearing, Contains distressing themes related to rape and suicide.
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'Pain trumps pleasure. People get flashbacks to horrible shit that happened to them; PTSD. There's no post-pleasure euphoria disorder, is there? I've never caught someone with a massive grin on their face because they remembered an ice cream they had 10 years ago.' Everyone loves Joe Koppell, especially his famous movie, Star Sign Wars. But he is trying to keep a low profile on a sleeper train north. However, when an old friend heading to her father’s funeral crashes his carriage, the journey leads them to examine their deepest convictions of what it means to be alive.

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Tom Forshall 17 days ago

I've been following Michael Matar for a while now and he just keeps going from strength to strength. His writing and performance in this production are certainly his best to date. Opposite an actor of Olivia Ross's talent makes for an electric dynamic between the pair. Overall a really well polished production. Can't wait to see more!

Joe Yanny 22 days ago

Fantastic! I enjoyed every minute of this gripping performance. The actors were very engaging and brought the brilliant script to life. Excellent work and I hope to see more!

M Morris 22 days ago

Very nice emotional short film, well written, great performance, highly recommended

Natalie Ramsey 23 days ago

A wonderfully entertaining watch with one hell of an emotional ride. I laughed, teared up, and everything in between.
I see big things ahead for Gary ;)
Stellar performances all round, really great job x

Veteran Fringe addict 23 days ago

Great performances in a moving, thought provoking play. As others have said, what the Fringe is all about.

Flora McEwan 24 days ago

Wow. I watched the Caledonian sleeper a few nights ago and it was incredible! It was raw, sad, funny all at once. The script the performance the story everything was so well done and beautiful to watch. It was so sad but also so funny and so dark but so heart harming as well. It was really clever and really captivating I genuinely loved it and would recommend it to everyone, but be mindful of triggers as it does cover some quite tricky and painful things that human beings experience but in such a beautiful and thought provoking way. Really well done to all involved.

Armando Di Lillo 24 days ago

New writing is always a challenge that Michael Matar embraces beautifully with his "Caledonian Sleeper".
The chemistry between the actors make everything believable and touching.
Olivia Millar-Ross delivers a nuanced and moving performance and Michael Matar is on a continuous emotional journey that brings the audience into the story.

Great acting, smart production and editing, nice setting. Must watch play! Bravo!

George 25 days ago

5 Stars! Couldn't find a fault within it. Really enjoyed the simple set, which was both very authentic, but not distracting. Great pace and story and it really built tension nicely to the climactic moment. Definitely worth a watch!

Daniel Haas 28 days ago

Caledonian Sleeper is a stimulating short film.
The play is well crafted and beautifully shot.

If you are interested in a philosophical & psychological drama I can definitely recommend you this play.

Adam 30 days ago

Fantastically written show that really draws you in. Great performances from the two leads both filled with powerful emotion. Highly recommend.

ric 32 days ago

I enjoyed this short film from start to finish. Clearly the writer has an appreciation of emotional, thought provoking topics and is able to telegraph these real life issues in a witty, but nonetheless, meaningful way. Bravo!

Kal John 32 days ago

Caledonian Sleeper is a tremendous accomplishment. I was truly fixated from beginning to end. Can’t fault any of it from writing, directing and sound. Must watch piece. 5/5

Malak Youssef 34 days ago

One of the best short movie I saw in years. The writing is very unique and talented and the story is very different. Great job Michael Matar.

Lara 34 days ago

What a wonderfully emotional story! I laughed, teared up, and was engaged right through. Well written and directed and a great performance by the cast, all wrapped up in some simple but effective production value. This show is what the fringe is all about.

Thomas Lee 35 days ago

Gripping from start to finish and well touched on some deep topics. Incredibly well performed and would recommend to anyone. Prepare to be glued to an emotional, intimate meet-up between friends.

Cecile Durel 36 days ago

Quite the emotional punch in the nose! A smart production, an enticing connexion between performers and a sobering journey through painful life stories; definitely worth the watch!

Marco Schneider 38 days ago

5/5. If the fringe is anything like the Champions League, this play is Chelsea FC.. a winner.
Congratulations to the cast and creator.

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Broadway World (3/5 stars) 24 days ago

a compact and entertaining watch that explores complex human emotions.

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