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  • ROUNDABOUT @ Summerhall - Roundabout
  • 14:15
  • Aug 25
  • 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Paines Plough and Theatr Clwyd
  • Warnings and additional info: Strong Language/Swearing, some references to sex. No latecomers.
  • Accessibility:
    Audio enhancement system
    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 1 year


One sister stayed at home to care for Dad. The other set out to "make a difference". Reunited under their childhood roof, they unearth more than the 10 years between them. It’s a huge gap. Almost insurmountable. And each is determined to let the other know exactly who has done things right. A beautiful, ferocious play about the bonds that tie us and how we sometimes need to break them. Written by Charley Miles, whose heartbreakingly tender debut Blackthorn explored ‘lost love and the fragility and power of nature in... fifty minutes that passed like a dream' (i Newspaper).

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General venue access

  • Audio enhancement system
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Information not supplied
  • Wheelchair access type: Level Access

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

Each venue can contain several space with different accessibly information. Visit the venue page for full venue accessibility info

Captioned performances

  • Dates: 2 August, 1 August, 3 August, 5 August, 7 August, 8 August, 12 August, 15 August, 19 August, 22 August, 9 August, 16 August, 23 August, 17 August, 21 August, 11 August, 25 August, 14 August, 18 August, 31 July
  • Type: Closed (Tablet)
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Barbara Grant 115 days ago

Brilliant narrative. My life flashed by.. That's what happens when you are a middle sister. Brilliant play brilliantlyn dellvered. Thank you

Fringe Bingers 121 days ago

A hard-hitting, brilliantly acted portrayal of the strains between sisters and their relations with others over the care of a dying parent; occasionally difficult to keep up with the flips between past and present and the multiple roles played by one actor, but this did not spoil the play. Three very talented actors we look forward to seeing again. ****

Sean Davis 121 days ago

Daughterhood (****) or (*****)
After caring for her ill father for four years, a woman must deal with the return of her activist sister from university. This play evolves beautifully as their fraught relationship moves through many stages as they interact more and more. I was confused because the men in their lives is played by one actor whose roles I could not differentiate, and thus gave it four stars, but Tim said he could easily tell who he was playing based on the clear differences of his accent, and thought it was best he’d seen thus far.

This was the 16th most enjoyable of the 95 Fringe shows I have seen so far this year. You may see my other three-sentence reviews, in order from most enjoyable to worst, at my non-commercial website: www.fringefan.com.

Chris Green 124 days ago

I spent the first 15 minutes of Daughterhood unsure whether I liked the characters or the play, but the wonder of the play and of the performers is that it gradually pulls you in as the intricacies of the two sisters' lives and their evolving relationship with each other is gradually revealed. The use of flashback reminded me very much of Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along (which I saw, coincidentally, at Theatr Clwyd where this production originated), and as with that show by ending the show at the beginning, in this instance with Pauline's wide-eyed wonder at her new baby sister Rachel, you leave the Roundabout filled with hope and optimism that present day Pauline and Rachel will find a way to remove the obstacles that have driven them apart.

Mike Tivnen 125 days ago

One of three plays by Paines Plough (the Roundabout is their superb pop up theatre but most of the plays performed in it are by others). Last year we saw their Sticks & Stones and Island Town – both brilliantly performed gritty social observations. Daughterhood is up there with both of those. It portrays the tension between two sisters: one left at home to look after their dying dad in her dead-end town while the younger one pursues a career. But cutting back and forth through the eras we see that this wasn’t always the case. Really impressive performances from all three cast members.

John Fuller 126 days ago

Excellent performances and a thought provoking theme. I respect that the show didn’t make issues and characters over-simple. The complexity kept you guessing about direction and also rang true. The performers morphed between characters most impressively, and boy did they work hard in the heat. Loved the bits of physical theatre staging that bound it all together and helped the audience buy into the transitions

The Ockerts 128 days ago

Minimalist set, props, and costumes, but very effective in communicating the passage of time. Lovely ending. Impressive performance!

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The Wee Review (4/5 stars) 112 days ago

This play could just as easily be called ‘Sisterhood’ as Daughterhood so intrinsic is the relationship between siblings Pauline (Charlotte Bate) and Rachel (Charlotte O’Leary) to the narrative. The girls’ father is ill, although the audience never found out with what, only that it’s an illness which can take hold...

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The Scotsman (3/5 stars) 112 days ago

There are nine years of an age gap between sisters Pauline and Rachel, and the differences in every other way couldn’t be more pronounced either. ...

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UK Theatre Web (4/5 stars) 113 days ago

Cleverly written [...] this is a well delivered piece.

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FringeReview 113 days ago

Acted by three people, Charlotte Bate as Pauline, Charlotte O’Leary as Rachel and Toyin Omari-Kinch as everybody else, these are characters given flesh in an excellently pieced together examination of relationships by writer, Charley Miles. The storyline has been woven in such a way that we get each nuance and...

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The F Word 117 days ago

The cast of three are terrifically good. [...] Each scene tells exactly as much of the plot as it needs to and never outstays its welcome. [...] Daughterhood deserves its big audiences at the ROUNDABOUT and can be seen later in the year on tour.

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Edinburgh Guide (5/5 stars) 119 days ago

 “Roundabout” at Summerhall is a magical circus tent with the audience sitting in a circle of tiered benches for the perfect theatre-in the-round stage. Here we have the ideal empty space (as Peter Brook advocated), not a scrap of a set and dim shadowy lighting. A young woman with long...

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Theatre Weekly (5/5 stars) 119 days ago

From its masterful character development, to its candid, conscious portrayal, Daughterhood proves not only a literary masterpiece, but also a rare and poignant echo of our current age.

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Everything Theatre (3/5 stars) 119 days ago

Reunited in the house where their terminally ill father is slowly slipping away, two sisters can't stop bickering in a realistic but exhausting portrayal of family life.

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British Theatre Guide (5/5 stars) 122 days ago

Pauline and Rachel are sisters. It is a very strained relationship. They struggle not to let their wounds and jealousies show. Vulnerability is lethal. This is the armor they wear.But it wasn’t always that way. There was the day that nine-year-old Pauline was besotted with her new sister. But Pauline...

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Broadway World (3/5 stars) 122 days ago

Pauline stayed at home to care for Dad. Rachel went out into the world to make a difference. When Rachel makes a surprise visit home, no return ticket booked, resentments and sacrifice bubble to the surface, and the two battle through their differences. Though they may both feel duty to...

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ScotsGay (4/5 stars) 123 days ago

This is yet another excellent production by Paine’s Plough in co-production with Theatr Clwyd. Author Charley Miles’ world premiere is about the relationship between two sisters, Pauline and Rachel. It’s one of those plays which consists of an endless succession of vignettes moving backwards and forwards randomly in time, from...

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Miro Magazine (3/5 stars) 124 days ago

Daughterhood is a character study, a relationship study, an acting tour-de-force. It doesn’t quite know where it’s going to land but presents a highly enjoyable journey.

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The List (4/5 stars) 124 days ago

New play from Charley Miles exploring family bonds through a pair of troubled sisters...

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BritishTheatre.com (4/5 stars) 125 days ago

Arguments between sisters are nothing new in drama, Top Girls being a classic example, and here the scripts feels fresh , as if it is uncovering a new topic. Each character is beautifully drawn and the cast excel in the witty, realistic script.

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Bouquets and Brickbats (4.5/5 stars) 126 days ago

I like this play. Stef O’Driscoll’s direction means that the frequent flashbacks are well signalled, and we’re always sure of when and where we are. Despite the bleak subject matter, Charley Miles’ script is often laugh-out-loud funny, the humour helping us to engage with both women. I like the relentless repetitiveness of the sisters’ rows, entrenched as they are in the roles they’ve come to inhabit. And I like the fact that redemption, when it comes, is small and tentative.

A lovely piece of theatre in my favourite Fringe venue.

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The Guardian (3/5 stars) 127 days ago

The title of Charley Miles’s play is somewhat misleading. Yes, its two female characters are each struggling with how best to be a daughter to their deteriorating father. Pauline – Paul for short – stays at home to care for him; Rachel, younger by almost a decade, channels her energy...

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Exeunt 127 days ago

It’s fair to say that my younger sister and I had a tempestuous relationship growing up. ‘Stop copying me’, I’d hiss as she adopted all my tastes from my favourite toy to my favourite flavour of crisps. I swear she even copied me in becoming left-handed. ‘She does it because...

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Whats On Stage (3/5 stars) 128 days ago

The difference between caring about something and caring for someone is brought into blistering focus in Charley Miles' new play, which premieres at the Summerhall Roundabout, where the playwright got bags of praise for Blackthorn last year. At the heart of the story are two sisters divided by an age...

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Broadway Baby (3/5 stars) 130 days ago

Daughterhood by Charley Miles seeks to tell the story of two sisters separated by nine years of age and half a decade lived separately, coming back together to try and work out who is to blame for the break down of their family unit. Pauline, older, sees herself as the...

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