Cat Hepburn: #GIRLHOOD

Spoken Word (solo show, poetry)

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  • Gilded Balloon Rose Theatre - Attic
  • 16:45
  • Aug 25
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 14+ (Restriction)
  • Country: United Kingdom - Scotland
  • Group: Sonnet Youth
  • Warnings and additional info: Scenes of a Sexual Nature, Scenes of Sexual Violence, Strong Language/Swearing
  • Accessibility:
    Sight not needed
    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


Award-winning writer and spoken word artist Cat (BBC Radio 6 Music, BBC The Social, Radio Scotland, STV) debuts the stage adaptation of her hit poetry book. Nostalgic, hilarious and heartbreaking, her performance deconstructs and satirises the milestones, conventions and pressures that girls and young women face. 'Hepburn's new collection is the lovechild of slam poetry and the snatched rant over coffee or in the loo... Bittersweet, irreverent and to-the-point, these poems speak of life's knots and identity pitfalls all too clearly' **** (Skinny). 'Cat Hepburn helped make poetry cool again' (Scottish Sun).

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General venue access

  • Sight not needed
  • Accessible entry: The Attic is located at the top of the building, accessed by 73 steep curved steps.
  • 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.

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Gill Davies 110 days ago

Amazing! Funny, nostalgic, poignant and extremely well-written. Don't miss this show!

marie mcardle 114 days ago

Hands down the most relatable show I have ever seen. Funny, witty, emotional and bucket loads of nostalgia to boot. Get on the #Girlhood bandwagon ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Laura Moffat 114 days ago

It’s some of your girlhood story, it’s some of your friends girlhood story; it’s both the individual and the collective experience. Cats performance helps you revisit that period, laughing, cringing, pausing just long enough to reflect on those moments that helped shape a component of your identity even though you may never have known it at the time. Go see this folks- it’s time travel of the highest order ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Betty Taylor 114 days ago

An intelligent, hilarious, emotional journey through the high and lows of growing up in the 90/00’s. Tears of laughter and heartbreak throughout, a must see!! Thank you, Cat.

KATE MACDONALD 115 days ago

I was transported to my early adolescence by Cat's well observed reminiscences in a captivating journey from innoscense to experience. I laughed and cried and rejoiced in her strength and the power of her words. Loved it. *****

Clover Saunders 115 days ago

Cat takes you on an expertly crafted, universally relatable journey through 90’s coming-of-age girlhood. The highs are full of nostalgia, belly laughs and 90’s pop hits, and the lows are raw, heartbreaking and all too familiar. Cat’s performance is captivating from start to finish. Do not miss this show!

Debra Gold 119 days ago

A story of girlhood and young womanhood that many women will recognise, beautifully told with verve, wit and discernment.

Claudia Lambie 126 days ago

Outstanding performance by the talented Cat Hepburn! Would highly recommend everyone to see this show. You feel a rollercoaster of emotions watching it as she takes you on a journey through life. She writes so well. It was witty and sad and certain parts gave me goosebumps. This is a must-see show at the Fringe!

Sarah Grant 128 days ago

Cat Hepburn’s #Girlhood is energetic, funny and promoted flashbacks so visual I could swear she was at points talking about my life. She goes from 9 year old to adult, placing us in time and space with songs that can only be described as absolute bangers, and gives us snapshots about what makes Girlhood stand out for her. It’s a love letter to her girlfriends and you can feel it in every story. Without ever having to ram it down our throats we are reminded that while boys are taught to go play, girls are taught to stay safe, but it also says something else. Without ever meaning to, girls were taught to be responsible for each other. “Text your friends when you get home” and “don’t walk alone at night” didn’t just keep us save, it taught us that our girlfriends are how we survive this world. Not just survive, but thrive in it, and Cat is absolutely thriving in this show. It was a joy to watch, and any 90’s girl who has those girls in their lives who are their soulmates should go and see it too.

Louise Hunter 129 days ago

GIRLHOOD is 100% FAB! An amazing mix of both funny and poignant moments which Cat effortlessly pieces together taking the audience on a nostalgic trip back in time - go and see this NOW!

Hannah Auld 129 days ago

GIRLHOOD was touching and hilarious; Cat’s work is full of wit and compassion for all the other women out there and the experiences that bind us together :)

Zoe Duffy 129 days ago

I saw Girlhood yesterday and it was amazing!! Funny, relatable and so nostalgic

CJ 130 days ago

Cat really smashed it out of the park on Friday night!
Felt like a trip down memory lane with the on point references and extremely relatable content (even from the Y chromosome‘s perspective!)

The set went through a range of ages, moods and tones, across a spectrum from jovial to serious topics - all honestly and soundly addressed.

This girl is a natural, bringing together solid acting, lyrical and comic talent in a perfectly executed performance - Kudos to her!

Taylor Dyson 130 days ago

Cat Hepburn’s #Girlhood is just amazing. The poetry and performance is relatable,empowering,hilarious and moving! Cannot recommend it highly enough!!

Helen Mill 131 days ago

I saw #Girlhood yesterday and was blown away. Funny, heartbreaking and extremely relatable. Absolutely fantastic!

Seonaid Daly 131 days ago

Loved this! So funny, touching and real. Anyone who grew up in the 90s will love it.

Imogen Stirling 131 days ago

Cat is such a skilled poet and performer and her debut show is absolute testament to this. In #GIRLHOOD she takes the audience on a journey from hilarity to heartbreak in a way that is engaging, profound and painfully relatable. She sings, she dances, and she spits killer rhymes, the show is a joy to watch. Catch it while you can!

corinna scholes 131 days ago

What amazing show Girlhood is, I absolutely loved it!!! I was taken on a journey which felt like my own. Cat's performance had perfect tone and was full of humour. I would strongly recommend you take the time to check Cat out during the fringe, you won't be disappointed!

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The List (3/5 stars) 108 days ago

Cat Hepburn brings her sharp, candid take on poetry to the stage...

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The Feminist Fringe (5/5 stars) 111 days ago

Girlhood is significantly current! With the use of really relatable content for any young women growing up in the 90’s and music taking you through those life changing moments and emotions, this is not one to miss. Embrace the sisterhood, relive your awkward teenage moments and challenge the patriarchy in this powerful one-woman show!

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Edinburgh Festivals Magazine (4/5 stars) 122 days ago

#Girlhood is staged within a pink hue, surrounded by a distinct Millenial buzz from the audience. Cat Hepburn opens with the words ‘Girlhood is interesting. Let me show you’, as she looks her audience deep in...

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Fest (4/5 stars) 125 days ago

If art for and about women is regularly relegated to ‘special interest’, then art about girls has an even lower status. In #GIRLHOOD, Cat Hepburn unapologetically celebrates teenage girls and young women in all their naive, messy, hilarious glory, elevating what is often seen as superficial and frivolous to something...

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Broadway Baby (4/5 stars) 126 days ago

Millennial or non-millennial, any woman will be able to relate to Cat Hepburn's spoken word hour. The Scottish poet has adapted her debut poetry pamphlet, Girlhood, into a stage play for Fringe, weaving together the poems to create a coming of age story.It is scarily relatable, sharply accurate, and a...

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The Wee Review (4/5 stars) 129 days ago

Sonnet Youth is a regular spoken word and performance night in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Cat Hepburn is one of the co-founders and she is responsible for bringing many talented and diverse voices to the stage in Scotland and beyond. Cat is presenting her own solo show at the Edinburgh Festival...

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