Theatre (new writing, lgbt)

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  • Assembly Roxy - Upstairs
  • 13:20
  • Aug 25
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)
  • Country: Ireland
  • Group: Ellie Keel Productions and HighTide
  • Warnings and additional info: Age Category: 12 and above (12+)
  • 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 18 months


'I’ll tell you what I really want. I want to jump clean out of my brain.' Essie's lost her job. Her girlfriend’s left. But she's alright. Except lately she feels more like a chair than a person. One of those folding chairs. Solid one minute. And then. From award-winning Irish writer Margaret Perry (Porcelain, Abbey Theatre), Collapsible is a funny, furious new monologue about holding on in this collapsing world. For anyone who has ever felt crumbly. Origins Award for Outstanding New Work, VAULT Festival 2019. 'The ambition and vision of the best Irish writers' (Independent, for Porcelain).

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General venue access

  • Sight not needed
  • Accessible entry: There is 25 steps into the performance space. The surrounding street area has some cobbles/uneven pavements.
  • 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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Val Canning 96 days ago

This was a highlight! What an intense and captivating piece of writing .The actress was brilliant taking you on a tough, emotional journey in an engaging and powerful way. Bought the script so I can revisit this clever and absorbing play.Excellent!

Ruthie 97 days ago

This was the first show we saw this year and when we left I said to my partner 'that won't be beaten' and it wasn't, it was the highlight of the Fringe for me. Thank you to everyone involved in the production of such a beautiful, relevant piece.

Mal 97 days ago

This is wonderfully written and was devastatingly delivered by the brilliant Breffni Holahan. From an isolated platform she weaved the story of Essie's life gradually falling apart. It was riveting, powerful and left me so emotional I was literally lost for words for some time at the end of the performance. A thoroughly excellent show and my favourite of this year's Fringe.

Dan Draper 100 days ago

So good! How one person on their own can be so enthralling. Great lighting design as well!

Anne Rabbitt 101 days ago

Wonderful intense performance that was captivating for a full hour whilst stranded high on a crumbling stool.

Holly Hoye 110 days ago

Fantastic production! Superbly written, emotionally intense and well-paced. A must-see.

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A Younger Theatre (5/5 stars) 76 days ago

Collapsible is unequivocally, an outstanding piece of theatre. It cuts through stereotypical representations of those suffering with poor mental health, hitting on the raw, painful truth. A final plot twist confounds the sense of loneliness created throughout. It is a smart and playful device, furthering the already profound atmosphere of unpredictability.

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UK Theatre Web (4/5 stars) 87 days ago

The show has a fabulous set which could have left the whole production very static, but clever direction and pace changes overcome this. A piece to watch and listen to rather than to feel (it is a clever script, rather than a confession) this is an interesting piece well worth seeing.

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Exeunt 88 days ago

The protagonist of Margaret Perry’s Collapsible is forever doing Buzzfeed quizzes to work out who she is. So in that spirit, Francesca Peschier’s interactive response to this exploration of loneliness and depersonalisation, performed by Breffni Holahan....

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The Scotsman (3/5 stars) 89 days ago

Essie has put herself on a pedestal, and so has this play - literally. ...

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Edinburgh Festivals Magazine (4/5 stars) 89 days ago

Crouched down on a rocky plinth, ‘Essie’ sits mid-air like a priestess amongst rubble and three intimidating spikes. A gripping opening image, Breffni Holahan has the audience utterly absorbed for the entirety...

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To Do List (3/5 stars) 92 days ago

An uneven yet occasionally gripping slice of Fleabag-esque, one-woman confessional.There’s a huge amount of buzz around this monologue from award-winning writer Margaret Perry, performed with undeniable commitment and intensity by Breffni Holahan – indeed, Holahan is the standout here, grabbing hold of the audience and giving a masterclass in how...

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The Independent (3/5 stars) 93 days ago

Like Swim and Collapsible, Pelican Daughters doesn’t come to any terribly profound point. There is, seeded within it, an anxiety at the gap between the collectivist idealism of the Greenham Common generation and the floundering individualism of today’s young women. But – like Jack Thorne’s The End of History, currently...

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Broadway Baby (3/5 stars) 94 days ago

Collapsible follows the story of Essie, who at the outset feels like she’s crumbling. She feels solid one minute, then nothing the next. After the loss of her job, her girlfriend and life as she knows it, what has she got left to hold onto?The set design, by Alison Neighbour,...

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Whats On Stage (4/5 stars) 99 days ago

Alison Neighbour's set for Collapsible may be one of the most striking for a solo show at the Fringe – a solitary platform is suspended in the air, with our performer, Breffni Holahan, perched on top of it. She's untethered, trapped, unable to step down. Margaret Perry's new play follows...

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The Feminist Fringe (4/5 stars) 100 days ago

Bringing attention to a woman’s distressing struggle with mental health, if you’ve ever felt like your life is crumbling before you, this play will assure you that you’re not alone.

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Miro Magazine (3/5 stars) 101 days ago

Perry’s Collapsible has observational comedy that plasters over the cracks of a mental crisis, an accurate portrayal of the throwaway, dismissive attitude so often attributed to self-care.

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ThreeWeeks (4/5 stars) 102 days ago

A young woman sits atop a concrete slab, several feet in the air. Rubble is beneath her, and dust shifts and falls from her perch with every movement. This is the setting as, with vivid magnetism, performer Breffni Holahan tells the moving story of Essie, whose life seems to be...

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Fest (4/5 stars) 105 days ago

Essie is eroding. Bits of her are crumbling away, like the dust that falls from the stone platform she perches on. She keeps a list in her pocket of all the words people would use to describe her: smart, bubbly, no-nonsense. But these are just so much debris, disintegrating to...

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The Guardian (4/5 stars) 108 days ago

Breffni Holahan gives a searing performance as Essie in Margaret Perry’s corrosive play about a woman’s disintegration. Essie is trapped atop a stone plinth dusted in dirt. Gigantic spikes of rock splinter the air around her. Her feet dangle. Having lost her job and broken up with her girlfriend, she...

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The Stage [paywall] (4/5 stars) 108 days ago

Essie is losing her grip. She’s lost her job and split with her girlfriend. She feels like one of those folding chairs. Margaret Perry’s play about a woman coming apart transcends the limitations of the solo-show format. The writing is luminescent and often startling. It’s the details that make it...

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