The Court

Theatre (drama, new writing)

  • Hill Street Theatre - Dunedin Theatre
  • 12:00
  • Aug 27
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - Scotland
  • Group: Edinburgh Little Theatre
  • Warnings and additional info: Audience participation, Contains distressing or potentially triggering themes
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 1 year


This courtroom drama centres around the question of euthanasia. Did Cathy murder her mother or merely stop her suffering? This interactive production gets you questioning your beliefs – become a juror, but can you determine the truth? Our 11 jurors picked from the audience will cross-examine and determine the truth behind Cathy's actions. Will they side with her sister Mary in the belief it was murder? Or will they put their trust in Cathy and support her... or is there more to this case than meets the eye? A must-see for all those part-time sleuths.

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  • Accessible entry: There are four flights of stairs.
  • Wheelchair access type: Not fully wheelchair accessible

  • Stairs: 20+
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Deborah Nicolson 30 days ago

Thoroughly enjoyable. Terrific acting. Everyone in the audience were engrossed in the story from start to finish. Audience participation made the ad lib so engaging. You didn’t want it to end. Very thought provoking and relevant subject. I will look out for more shows from this theatre group. Very well done

Dr Craig Thomson 31 days ago

A gem. At first, I wondered whether this was simply going to tell a story using the ‘Court’ as a vehicle. It did much more. The audience engagement was fantastic … and we were all drawn deeply into the difficult issues that underpin the play. Well acted, well presented and gripping to the end. Excellent.

Corinne Harris 32 days ago

If you enjoy courtroom drama - remember CROWN COURT? - this is the show for you. If you went in 2022 - it’s a different case every year so go and see Cathy on trial for murder. Is she guilty? It’s up to you. Intriguing, well performed and improvised by the entire cast. Food for thought. Looking forward to the next trial in 2024! ❤️

Thomas Peaple 32 days ago

I can’t comment on Scottish law but it was well structured well acted and the audience participation really worked. Loved being a juror

Dave 36 days ago

This is well acted, and I enjoyed it. It did show how difficult it is to make a judgement on so little evidence.

Kevin Schofield 41 days ago

Thought provoking and highlighted how we all read the situation entirely different. Excellent acting making it harder to decide guilty or not guilty. Definitely go and see for yourself excellent. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Wilson Kerr 42 days ago

We enjoyed this very much. A very topical court case involving a mercy killing, or was it? In the performance I attended the jury changed there mind after the audience were given the opportunity to ask questions. I asked a member of the cast if the juries came to the same verdict at all performances. She said 'not at all'. Kind of brings home the gamble that a trial by jury is! Certainly worth booking up.

David B 43 days ago

The Court is a very thought provoking drama. Makes you question what you would do if in a similar predicament. In my opinion the best of the iterations of it having previously seen silence and conflict in court in previous years. Standout performance from the character Cathy (the defendant). Great casting of the Judge this time. Mr Mason the dour usher keeps the show flowing really getting the jury and audience involved. He has a great ability to make you think you are actually in a court but with humour. The lady who plays the other sister (witness) is great too. Fur coat and no knickers springs to mind...sorry. Go and see it. if you get a chance to be on the jury go for it as it brings a different dimension to it.

Philip Murray 44 days ago

☆☆☆☆☆ The court is a great interactive drama about a very emotive and topical scenario. I was given the opportunity to be a juror and it certainly made it more life like, engrossing and thought provoking. The actors were superb and you feel like you're in a real life case with the added bonus of asking your own questions. Thoroughly recommend, the only downside is that there wasn't more time!

Agnes Joyce Wells 45 days ago

A courtroom drama with a different twist. Audience members are invited to sit on the jury. The case was not straight forward, so decisions can vary. Very enjoyable! So take you chance now to sit on a jury!

Proud West Ender 45 days ago

Thoroughly engaging and thought provoking court drama centred on an extremely relevant ethical and moral question. Superbly performed, the well orchestrated audience participation dictates the outcome of the trial, with the cast interacting and responding both effectively and emotively. Instigated much debate and discussion within our group long after the performance, and perhaps reveals more about ourselves than initially realised. Would highly recommend for an hour of entertaining theatre.

Nicola Schwartz 49 days ago

All 5 of us loved this play and the unique interaction with the audience. Excellent performances from all and very important thought provoking theme. Wished it was longer to allow more in depth discussion.

Daphne Loads 49 days ago

Brilliant. Moving, engaging. The audience interaction was very well-managed. I’m still thinking about Cathy and Mary.

And poses questions about the place of ‘theatre’ in ‘justice.’

David Fraser 49 days ago

This was a fantastic experience more than just a show.
It was very interactive some of ,the audience being the jury.
The case was one that could be something that happens in society & the way life is now perhaps more frequently.
The actors were believable & polished. The court usher, entertaining too.
Thoroughly enjoyed this performance, thought provoking & one that we talked about over the day . Would recommend .

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All Edinburgh Theatre (3/5 stars) 40 days ago

A thought-provoking, carefully constructed hour.

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