End of the World

Theatre (drama, new writing)

  • ZOO Playground - Playground 2
  • 15:35
  • Aug 19
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: PINCHY theatre
  • Warnings and additional info: Contains distressing or potentially triggering themes, Strong language/swearing, More information
  • 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 18 months


A buddy comedy for an existential generation. Mel and Em carry the responsibilities of the modern age. Through anecdotes of much-loved aunties and much-hated colleagues, they reveal their plans to change the world. Em soon finds herself her dad's next of kin, forcing personal and global crises to collide. Fast-talking story about female friendship, and our responsibility to those around us. When being pulled in all directions, whose voice do you listen to? End of the World explores what's expected of us, what we put on ourselves and the cost of putting someone else first.

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Through main door and down a short corridor.
  • Wheelchair access type: Level Access

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

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Amanda Bradley 45 days ago

10/10 Contemporary version of FRIENDS with more realistic gripping situations.
Hilariously relatable and powerful show. Great idea, well acted, thought provoking and heart felt about the experiences of two young women - an idealist activist and a rescuing daughter. Audience was loving it! Highly recommend.

Anton 45 days ago

Fantastic! A well crafted piece, well written and a tone perfect performance from two talented actors added up to a hugely enjoyable piece. They deserve enormous success, go and see them for yourself.

Yvette Lu 48 days ago

Incredible artistry from all involved! Witty, playful, and poignant writing that addresses existential dread, familial obligations, and the beauty of female friendships. Tight, masterful performances from both actors who share a natural and nuanced chemistry. You will feel engaged and safe in the hands of these actors. Don’t miss this show!

Jake 48 days ago

Wow! Everyone needs to see this. This raw, beautiful story, acting and direction is a must see if the fringe before it leaves. Ella’s and Jess’s portrayal of Mel and El were some incredible acting within a space that is so intimate you feel inside their kitchen. If you can make time, go and see this incredible piece of theatre!

Luke 48 days ago

This is the one you’ve been looking for.
By far, the best show we saw at the Fringe. If we’d had time, we’d have seen it again. Insightful, enlightening, and very, very funny.

Oscar 51 days ago

'End of the World' is a beautiful portrayal of friendship and the strengths and strains it goes through. The writing is excellent and the acting is so believably real. With moments of laugh out loud humour and others of heartbreaking emotion, this is a must-see.

Leah 51 days ago

I really loved this show! The writing was so good, very witty but also gut-wrenching emotional at times. The main actors are incredible and have great chemistry, it really makes you feel like you're in the flat with them rather than just watching a play. Would definitely reccomend!! 5*****

Beverly Dickson and Katy Gaunt 51 days ago

Absolutely phenomenal debut show for a talented and upcoming writer! Tackling modern day issues, both personal and relatable to the audience, with the right amount of comedy for balance too!
Unbelievable acting by both actors with care, sensitivity and cracking facial expressions!

Mia Taylor 53 days ago

I watched ‘End Of The World’ this afternoon after seeing lots of recommendations from other Ed Fringe go-ers on Twitter, and I am SO glad that I listened to them and bought a ticket! From the word go (or it might have been my fave swear word that starts with a C, if you know you know) I laughed, gasped, laughed even harder and definitely had a little cry too. It was such a beautiful and authentic portrayal of female friendship and what it is like to live, and be a witness to, a friend’s inner turmoil and how this can affect the dynamic of a friendship. I would highly recommend this glorious show!

Autumn M 54 days ago

I’ve seen End of the World twice and love it!

It everything I love in a play the acting was spectacular, the two actresses had great chemistry together and made us really believe that we were watching two best friends talking in their
The set design was brilliant the small kitchen background was the perfect combination of enough details to make it interesting but didn't take away from what was happening on stage.

I also really liked the costumes be they were so on point with the story and had little
"Easter eggs"
I also really enjoyed how the passing of time was shown it was very clear and satisfying to watch.

Finally I LOVE when story comes full circle not only does it leave the audience satisfied it iust makes me so happy.

I also love stories that change tone and don't stay the same, also shows that present as comedy's but are so much more

1000/10 if you have the chance to see it you should!

Greta 57 days ago

Brilliant play. An emotional story, interspersed with laugh out loud humour. Loved the intimacy of the space too- made it a really immersive experience.

Holly Clements 57 days ago

Incredibly well written & performed show. Perfectly captured how overwhelming & exhausting existing can be in both a societal and internal sense, especially for women - incredibly poignant commentary on mental health but also managed to be hilarious at the same time. Great show would 100% recommend.

Miranda Burt 58 days ago

This was my first fringe show I have watched this year and wow, it has set the standards high! The whole production was outstanding, with two female actresses who really knew how to portray their characters flawlessly.
The storyline of the show was brilliant, it kept up with modern topics, with lots of humour, but brought back down with some touching moments that are relatable to all of us, creating the audiences deeper connection to the two women.
Please go watch the show and show these two young actresses the support and recognition they so much deserve.

Olivia 58 days ago

Hugely enjoyed this show yesterday afternoon, engaging storytelling and funny one-liners. It’s a raw, emotional story with lots of complexity but told in an accessible way, with a fast pace which packs punches in every scene without fail.
Cannot recommend it highly enough!

Michelle Burt 58 days ago

I've just watched End of the World today. A dip into the lives of two twenty something flat mates. Their everyday discussions, debates, arguments, laughter and the sharing of a glass of wine or two,(thought not red , the reasons for, are hilariously revealed nearer the end!),was very believable. At times this was funny, mixed with a fair bit of swearing, though never simply gratuitous! Other times we experienced utter sadness, with the real devastating impact of mental health, as well as poignant humour and then some real laugh out loud, comedic moments! I will definitely have the song MMMBop in my head for some time to come, along with the lives of Em and Mel.... definitely worth watching, these two young actors are in this for the long haul!!!

Jack 59 days ago

What a performance! Well crafted and relatable story that made me laugh out loud and want to cry simultaneously. Couldn't recommend it enough.

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End of the World 44 days ago

This heartfelt play is a love letter to female friendship.

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British Theatre Guide (3/5 stars) 50 days ago

End of the World is not the doom-laden play its title might imply. Instead, it is a gentle exploration of a friendship between two women during a difficult time.

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