Cassie and the Lights

Theatre (new writing)

  • Accessibility:
    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


Can kids be parents? When Cassie's mother disappears, the teenager wants to care for her sisters on her own. Is she the right person to be a parent now, or should she let foster parents adopt her sisters and create a new family? Based on real-life events and interviews with children in care and with live music, Cassie and the Lights examines our ideas of what makes a family. Best Theatre winner, Adelaide Fringe. 'Something quite extraordinary' ***** ( 'It is unmissable' ***** ( ***** (

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General venue access

  • Relaxed Performance
  • Accessible entry: There are 32 steps into this venue from the cowgate entrance.
  • Wheelchair access type: Not fully wheelchair accessible

  • 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: 15 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: Information not supplied

Be aware that this show features:

  • Performer goes into audience area
  • Total Audience Black Out
  • Flashing Lights/Strobed Lighting
  • Loud/repetitive/high pitched/unexpected or overlapping sound
  • Special effects (e.g. smoke/bubbles/pyrotechnics)
  • Characters expressing anger
  • Permission to engage with performer

Show does not feature:

  • Distinctive smells
  • Latex balloons
  • Heavily dialogue-driven scenes
  • Audience required to walk around
  • Audience required to undertake directed movement
  • Audience required to sing/speak along with/for performer
  • Audience invited on stage
  • An intermission
  • Audience chill out area
  • Permission to move around and make noise
  • Show guide or synopsis or character list

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

Iona Stewart 33 days ago

Amazing, amazing, amazing! There was no doubt that the actors were not children. Completely believable character development and real empathy was created between the actors and the audience which made for an incredibly moving show. Although a serious topic it was dealt with in such a way that it made you understand and relate to the characters through the eyes of your inner child and teenager. The actors were the focal point however the design, set and music was outstanding and created an almost nostalgia, which worked effortlessly with the space. The entire creative team clearly worked very hard on this show and it has paid off. One of my favourite fringe shows to date. Outstanding!

Lesley Gwynne 36 days ago

One of the stand out shows for me. The acting was excellent and the use of music and props enhanced the experience. Very poignant and thought provoking. Go and see it!

Sean Davis 41 days ago

When their mother abandons her three daughters, her 16-year old daughter takes over rearing her two younger sisters until the system gets wind of it. My companion, who worked in Children Social Care, and I were very moved by the tale. We did find the music accompaniment too loud though.

So far, this was the 15th most enjoyable show of the 84 have seen at the Fringe this year. You may see my other three-sentence reviews, in order from most enjoyable to worst, at my non-commercial website:

Michael 45 days ago

Profound. I spent more than an hour afterwards emotionally drained. Loved it.

Elliot and Meg 46 days ago

This show brought us to tears with its raw honesty and captivating performance. You feel as though you are brought along on this journey, and have your heart broken with them. Exceptional use of lighting and live music to establish settings and set the tone. Don't wear mascara to this one folks!

Dawn W 48 days ago

This is a little fringe gem. A wholesome and charming show. A wonderful exploration of sorority, responsibility, love and limitations. The cast were an utter joy, from their initial chats with the incoming audience to their final entreaties onstage - I've never seen an audience fall in love with characters so fast or so hard.

This show will make you laugh, smile and cry.

It is absolutely wonderful and thus far has been the highlight of our fringe. Do yourselves a favour and go and see it!

IanMM 50 days ago

Wonderfully performed, joyous and sad, thought-provoking, ultimately feelgood.
Highly recommended

Caroline Edwards 51 days ago

This was a spectacular and heart-warming play with live electronic style music all about three sisters currently stuck in the foster care system, and the eldest sister’s desire to win legal guardianship of the younger two. Incredible performances from all three sisters and the musician- you will laugh and cry! Can’t recommend Cassie and the Lights enough

Haddon Kime 52 days ago

Beautifully acted story about the meaning of family and one sister's commitment to being there for her siblings in a way that their parents weren't. Though the production values itself sometimes seem a bit too ambitious for the venue it's in, ultimately, the acting and the writing really shine and make this a show that will stay with you. Highly recommended!

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LondonTheatre1 (4/5 stars) 36 days ago

Not an easy watch, but a captivating one nonetheless.

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UK Theatre Web (5/5 stars) 42 days ago

These three actors (and the excellent musician) brought a tear to my eye and an ache to me heart as their story unfolded.

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The Guardian (4/5 stars) 44 days ago

This is a thoughtful, warm, hugely moving hour that will leave you wanting to call whomever it is you think of as family.

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Edinburgh Guide (4/5 stars) 44 days ago

It’s a production that draws the audience in with strong, captivating performances, an elegant stage set using stacked suitcases and washing lines which allow for projections and a good live soundtrack.

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Broadway World (4/5 stars) 45 days ago

Cassie and the Lights is a realistic portrayal of kinship carers and shows that caring for anyone is hard, it doesn't matter how old you are.

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The Stage (4/5 stars) 46 days ago

Guaranteed to break your heart. Young company Patch of Blue’s theatrically inventive story of sisters in care bursts with life and quirkily observed truths

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Lost in Theatreland (5/5 stars) 47 days ago

Cassie and the Lights has a lot of heart. It’s charming and both joyful and gut wrenching in equal measures.

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