Eleanor's Story: Home is the Stranger

Theatre (historical, true-life)

Add to favourites
  • 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


From the creator of the international sensation Eleanor's Story: An American Girl In Hitler's Germany comes the highly anticipated sequel, detailing life after war. Eleanor managed to survive WWII as an enemy alien in Nazi Berlin, but upon her long-awaited return to the US, she sorrowfully discovers that her beloved America is now foreign to her. She yearns for normalcy as she attempts to navigate US high school, haunted by war trauma. Written and performed by Eleanor's granddaughter, Ingrid Garner. 'A complete, stand-alone epic – the sequel is ingenious' ***** (FringeFeed.com.au).

Please note that while all media gallery content is provided by verified members of the event, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society does not review or approve this content before it is posted. Reports of inappropriate content or copyright infringement can be directed to [email protected].

General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Access to the performance space is via stairs or lift then there is level access into the venue.
  • Wheelchair access type: Level Access, 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

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

Peter Edwards 76 days ago

Yet again, a superb performance from Ingrid Garner. This was the best show that I saw on the Fringe this year. The way that Eleanor's Story is presented is really good -- it keeps the audience's attention so well, with flashbacks and small details which pull you right in to Eleanor's experiences and feelings. Almost overwhelming. A real five-star show, not to be missed.

Simon Phillips 82 days ago

I found last year’s performance outstanding. Have read the book since. This year was very good, if not quite as engrossing. A very talented actor.

Rosalind Simon 84 days ago

I was delighted to see that Ingrid had created a sequel to Eleanor's Story and it certainly didn't disappoint.
Ingrid is a wonderful storyteller and her slick and polished performance had the audience captivated.
Her characterisation is superb as, using a clever and effective mixture of body language, mannerisms and accents, she enacts the roles of Eleanor and her mother, father, brother, friends and neighbours.
Although this is a sequel it is definitely a show which can stand alone - my son hadn't seen the original and, therefore, had some doubts about joining us; however, once the show started these were soon dispelled and we all agreed this was one of this year's highlights.
Highly recommended!

Helen MacKinnon 86 days ago

An outstanding 5-Star production and a must-see show at this year's Fringe. This is story-telling at its best. Great craftsmanship with an imaginative and powerful delivery. I am in awe of the talents of Ingrid Garner, writer and performer. Ingrid moves expertly from character to character with absolute fluidity, and I forget that I'm only watching a cast of one. The sequel is equally as gripping as its predecessor and can stand alone. As the performance finished, I was moved to tears. Please come and see this special show and true story, which has been crafted through love and inheritance of a family's extraordinary story of survival.

Alastair McInnes 88 days ago

A very welcome return to the Fringe, following up last year's show. It does not matter at all if you didn't see that, though - there is quite enough explanation to enjoy this as a standalone. The outline of the story has been explained elsewhere so I won't repeat it, but I would highly recommend you see this.

John Dewhurst 89 days ago

I had thoroughly enjoyed the first part of Eleanor's Story and was slightly apprehensive as to how the story would unfold in the post War era.
Whilst lacking some of the intensity of the first part, Ingrid is a great storyteller and her grandmother's tale is always full of interest.

Anne Hay 90 days ago

An absorbing play, tightly scripted and superbly acted. I didn’t see the original but that doesn’t matter. This stands alone. There were moments of lightness and humour interwoven with dramatic flashbacks. Ingrid Gardner has clearly inherited her grandmother’s and great-grandmother’s talent and boldness. I have to read that book.

David Gibson 92 days ago

We saw the prequel last year and it was superb so were delighted to see this show advertised for this year. It matched the original in every way and is a tour de force superbly acted. The only disappointment was the relatively small audience for this stunning show. Please do yourselves a favour by going to see this excellent production. You will definitely remember it as one of the best performances you saw this year.

Julie Phillips 92 days ago

We saw the original Eleanor’s Story at the Fringe a couple of years ago. Then bought and read the book. A very talented young lady who delivers all the different characters very well.

Timothy Martin 98 days ago

We saw the prequel to this a couple of years ago, which was a tour de force, and were delighted to see this continuation of the story.
Superb performance - 1 hour of storytelling by an actress who in the blink of an eye can be a little girl, father, mother, son or teenage girl.
Add this show to your bucket list!

Elle 98 days ago

Great show. The actress is a brilliant story teller recounting her grandmothers experiences of being an American teenager in nazi Germany during the war. We came to see her show last year and weren’t disappointed with her follow up this year. Would highly recommend going to see.

Patrick Bayley-Woodburn 100 days ago

Excellent performance, would highly recommend.

Rich Templeton 102 days ago

Extraordinarily touching play, astonishing story, and wonderfully specific and effortless acting. Poignant look at how surviving tragedy can sometimes be even more brutal than tragedy itself, and how giving voice to the younger, wounded versions of ourselves can be the very thing that sets us free. Wonderful work.

FringeFan1985 103 days ago

A one-woman show about an American teenager who returns to the United States after seven years in Nazi Germany. The plot became a bit scattered, but Eleanor's life clearly had many intriguing facets, so it was mostly disappointing that more couldn't be explored (her autobiography, on which the show is based, no doubt fills in the gaps). The actress is engaging and takes on the multiple roles with skill. The show will appeal to anyone interested in the gritty unromantic aftermath of war, and would be of particular interest to teens. 4/5.

Participants - for further details on our audience and published review policies, including how to add or opt out of reviews, please click here.

Edinburgh Guide (3/5 stars) 88 days ago

In the spring of 1946 Eleanor, a 16-year-old American trapped in Germany, is about to face the darkest year of her life. Radio voice-overs announce the German surrender, VE Day, the liberation of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp and the start of war trials. The story picks up from An American...

Read the full review

British Theatre Guide (3/5 stars) 97 days ago

Look for tickets... Home is the Stranger is the second part of the true story of Eleanor Garner, a German-American girl who spent the Second World War trapped in Berlin. That period is chronicled in Eleanor's Story: An American Girl in Hitler's Germany, which has been broadly toured, and graced...

Read the full review

The Wee Review (3/5 stars) 101 days ago

Eleanor’s Story: Home is the Stranger is the sequel to Ingrid Garner’s Eleanor’s Story: An American Girl in Hitler’s Germany. In both shows, Garner portrays her grandmother Eleanor when she was a teenage girl. Whilst An American Girl in Hitler’s Germany focused on the years 1939 – 1945, Home Is...

Read the full review

Participants - for further details on our audience and published review policies, including how to add or opt out of reviews, please click here.

Please login to add a review

Participants - for further details on our audience and published review policies, including how to add or opt out of reviews, please click here.