Theatre (drama)

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  • Assembly Roxy - Upstairs
  • 11:30
  • Aug 26
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Suitability: 8+
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Dyad Productions
  • Warnings and additional info: Age Category: 8 and above (8+)
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 18 months


1923: The War is over. While Clarissa Dalloway prepares a party in Westminster, Septimus Smith is diagnosed with shell shock; their memories and dreams intertwining with those of 15 other disparate souls, this hot blue day in June. Conjuring the hopes and regrets of post-war London, Dyad Productions' acclaimed adaptation of Virginia Woolf's celebrated map of hearts and minds offers a magical, powerful, and compellingly feminist response to the aftermath of the First World War. Written and directed by Elton Townend-Jones. Performed by Rebecca Vaughan. From award-winning creators of Orlando, Jane Eyre: An Autobiography, Austen's Women, and I, Elizabeth.

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General venue access

  • 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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Mark Wilson 111 days ago

Ye Gods! Why are there any seats left for this wonderful show?
How can this be?
This is definitely one of the very best theatre performances on the Fringe.

Rebecca Vaughan's wonderful detailed characterisation of the protagonist and so many characters is utterly engaging and astonishing, while also creating the environment in which they were living...... All this with no props, on a simple set with subtle very effective lighting.

Simon 115 days ago

Extraordinary performance by Rebecca Vaughan. 90 energetic minutes, where a single actor holds the stage: clever that the monologue builds-in huge variety of characterisation, in a minimalist set which really works.

I nonetheless found this as excruciatingly awful a 90 minutes as I have ever spent in the theatre. If you love Virginia Woolf, don’t go: reduced a brilliant novel to a series of plot moments (therefore missing any understanding of Virginia Woolf). Woolf’s extraordinary language entirely butchered. If you care about, or are interested in, Woolf’s novel this is an infuriating travesty (and, it seems to me, like a complete failure of understanding of Virginia Woolf).

William Sandham 117 days ago

Great acting performance. Made a very tedious novel interesting.

Caroline Bateman 120 days ago

Don’t let anyone in under 30. The actress was great but it was the same throughout and personally I found it hard to follow the plot as it was one woman using different voices. Despite a wonderful actress I’m not sure about the show itself

Everlyn Bateman 120 days ago

The actor in this is absolutely AMAZING. She somehow managed to capture the audience all by herself for over an hour. Though I must say, I wouldn’t bring the kids to this one, my 16 year old daughter said it was quite hard to enjoy as you have to pay attention to a complicated story for a long time.

Christine McDerment 122 days ago

I never miss Rebecca Vaughan at the Fringe and she never fails to delight. She is a consummate actress and held the audience spellbound as she flitted in and out of the minds of so many characters. Such a difficult book to tackle but so well done.

Judith Koenig 124 days ago

Best acting I have seen in years! Very refined and intensive. One of our highlights in 8 days of Fringe.

Becky Kate and Sally 131 days ago

Totally transfixed by this flawless performance. Amazed that a single actress could hold an audience mesmerised with the story for an hour and a half. She bought the story to life. Thank you

Alasdair Scott 131 days ago

Fringe regular Rebecca Vaughan turns in a terrific solo performance; to flawlessly act and talk non-stop solo for 80 minutes on a near-bare stage is quite remarkable acting I feel. Each character is easily distinct and sympathetically developed. I'm not familiar with the book, but this adaptation really brings the feel of the time, London, and the characters to life - through the script and the acting, as the set is very simple. For a feel of the early Twenties, recommended.

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The Scotsman (4/5 stars) 110 days ago

' Vaughan’s performance is pitch-perfect, delicate, nuanced, shifting fluidly among the book’s many characters, always returning to the centre, Clarissa Dalloway: society hostess, dutiful wife, endlessly questioning consciousness.' ...

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