Cotton Fingers

Theatre (new writing, drama)

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  • Summerhall - Main Hall
  • 12:15
  • Aug 25
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - Wales
  • Group: National Theatre Wales
  • Warnings and additional info: Scenes of a Sexual Nature, Strong Language/Swearing. Cotton Fingers explores women's reproductive rights.
  • Accessibility:
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    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


Aoife's hungry and bored. Cillian makes a mean cheese toastie. As boredom and hunger are satisfied by half an hour in Cillian's bed, Aoife's life changes forever. As social and political upheaval grips her country, what hope does Aoife have to regain control? A timely, politically-charged show written by award-winning writer Rachel Trezise at the time of the historic referendum of the eighth amendment in Ireland, Cotton Fingers takes us on a journey from Belfast to Cardiff.

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Once in to the courtyard, follow the signs up the access ramp, around the front of the bar and into the main reception. Down the corridor on your right hand side is the lift on your right hand side. Take this to the first floor, then take a left through the double doors. The Main Hall is on your right.
  • Wheelchair access type: Permanent Ramp, Lift (Building Lift)

  • Stairs: 11- 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

Captioned performances

  • Dates: 7 August, 10 August, 14 August, 24 August
  • Type: Closed (Tablet)
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team to book your tickets and request any specific seating locations or if booking a unit is required.

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

Charlotte Barrett 89 days ago

Beautifully written moving piece of theatre. With Amy Molloy's performance you can't help but fall in love with Aoife. Can not recommend enough

Graeme King 94 days ago

A hard hitting story sensitively told. Amy Molloy gives a compelling performance and the script balanced honesty and lyrical beauty. It seems strange sitting in Edinburgh watching a Welsh theatre company shine a light on contemporary Ireland, but surely that is what the Fringe should be about. A wonderful play, brilliantly staged and performed.

Gaye Cleary 96 days ago

A beautifully told and brilliantly acted story. Not the easiest story to tell but told with charm, empathy and humour. Highly recommended.

Jean Paskell 99 days ago

Funny & moving story exploring the difficult choices we make & how they affect us. A timely reminder of our recent dark past when lives were destroyed because of a mistake. Completely absorbing & genuine ... one minute your laughing, the next crying. Highly recommended

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Broadway World (4/5 stars) 82 days ago

Aoife is nineteen years old and lives on a council estate in Northern Ireland. After a bored afternoon with her boyfriend Cillian, she discovers that she is pregnant and needs to look into her options. This piece from National Theatre of Wales is politically charged as it highlights how although...

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The Stage [paywall] (4/5 stars) 103 days ago

In Ireland, the eight amendment referendum didn’t just change the law around abortion; in Rachel Trezise’s Cotton Fingers, it inspired a teen to live her life differently. She finds her voice for herself and others. Living on a Belfast council estate dreaming of getting out, 19-year-old Aoife (Amy Molloy) had...

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