Cassie Workman: Aberdeen

Theatre (poetry)

  • Just the Tonic Nucleus - Just the Tonic's Atomic Room
  • 16:00
  • Aug 28
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 16+ (Restriction)
  • Country: Australia
  • Group: MZA and Century Artists
  • Warnings and additional info: Contains Drug references and explicit themes of suicide and self-harm. Strong language/swearing PLEASE NOTE: LATECOMERS WILL NOT BE ADMITTED
  • Accessibility: 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


In 1994 the world lost one of its most beloved musicians: grunge icon, Kurt Cobain. Part eulogy, part fantasy, part biography, Aberdeen is an in-the-round conversation with Kurt about life and death that takes place across Washington, including his hometown of Aberdeen. Traverse time and space as multi award-winning comedian and storyteller Cassie Workman races in a desperate bid to save the life of her hero by attempting to manipulate time itself. Dark and surreal, Aberdeen is an epic about loss, music and memory: an extraordinarily heartfelt love poem to the voice of a generation.

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General venue access

  • Accessible entry: There’s a lift between the bar and venue street entry. Then, from venue entry level to the main performance space ("Atomic") there is an up-and-over style of lift to carry a wheelchair over the 4 steps to get in.
  • Wheelchair access type: Permanent Ramp, Lift (Platform 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.

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Jeanne Taylor 29 days ago

Oh Wow- that really is a tour de force. I'm not a huge Cobain fan but I was moved to tears by this, and I wasn't the only person.

Carole Spirit 31 days ago

Absolutely stunning. What an amazing tour de force, so beautifully delivered. Completely mesmerising, from a beautiful performer with such a superb use of language, gently and powerfully delivered. A true genius. So beautiful.

Richard 36 days ago

An amazing tour de force, an extraordinarily brave, powerful and compelling performance, a privilege to have been able to see this. But the venue was really hot and in the front row the spots shone directly into our faces and were blinding when on - this was a puzzle. I could see a few others struggling to maintain attention and feel Cassie deserved a better set up. But great thanks

Chloe Oakshett 42 days ago

This was so good, an absolute privilege to attend. Very moving. Every word was perfect.

Avi 44 days ago

Wow. Like… wow. How are you supposed to describe this type of work with words. Beyond powerful. Immaculately crafted. Inspiringly personal. Prepare to feel more deeply than you have any business doing at the fringe.

Susan 46 days ago

A fabulous hour of dramatic poetry- One show combining the tragedy of Women of Trachus with the smell of teen spirit. Please do a workshop for your breathless listeners

Richard Jacobs 46 days ago

Astonishing tour de force. Very moving. Amazingly well written and the performance is even better.

Pamela Jacobs 46 days ago

Stunning. Moving. Beautifully delivered. Mesmerising language. Cassie is a genius.

Tom P 51 days ago

Had the pleasure of seeing Aberdeen yesterday and was blown away with Cassie's performance. Totally engrossing show which will take you on a real emotional journey, combines brilliant comedy writing with great acting.

5 Stars from me.

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The Times (4/5 stars) 37 days ago

Her poem is dense but unfolds patiently in a performance of real versatility and stamina. The show is not always comfortable viewing, being close to the knuckle at times, with shifts in mood being signalled by piercing changes in light. Yet Workman’s impressions of Cobain’s world stick in the mind

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The Scotsman (4/5 stars) 37 days ago

Out of something bleak, hopeless and irreversible Workman has created a thing of beauty.

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The Guardian (4/5 stars) 37 days ago

Exploring the late Nirvana star’s life and death, Workman delivers a darkly beautiful hour of spoken word

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