Endless Second

Theatre (new writing, drama)

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  • Pleasance Courtyard - Pleasance Below
  • 15:10
  • Aug 24-26
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Cut the Cord
  • Warnings and additional info: This show contains scenes of a sexual nature, scenes of violence, strong language and themes some may find distressing.
  • Accessibility:
    Audio enhancement system
    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
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A new play about consent within a relationship. A young couple at university have fallen in love. They listen to each other. They respect each other. But everything changes after a drunken evening with their friends. On this night, when he takes off her underwear and his boxers, she says, 'No'. But he doesn't stop. She struggles to assimilate the rape for what it was, because how could it be rape? He loves her. He couldn't have done that. Endless Second explores how two people deal with a trauma that fundamentally alters the nature of their relationship.

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General venue access

  • Audio enhancement system
  • Accessible entry: Main queue on road outside. 5 steps down to venue or Lift access through Pleasance Bar — ask at Box Office or bar for assistance.
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

  • Stairs: 2 - 5
    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

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  • 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

Sean Davis 3 days ago

Endless Second (*****)
When both have been drinking, the lover of a now barely conscious girlfriend has sex with her even though she clearly mumbles “Not tonight.” This finely written piece provides a balanced view on how both people slowly come to grips with the event that they both regret. I particularly appreciated how the man is portrayed as sensitive and caring, but confused and conflicted.

This was the 15th most enjoyable of the 129 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.

Stephen 8 days ago

Endless Second deals with tough subject matter, but does so in a sensitive, thoughtful and engaging way. I was engrossed from beginning to end, and beyond - it's one that stays on the mind long after its over.

One of my highlights this year. Definitely recommended.

Julie Phillips 11 days ago

Difficult subject content delivered well. Well done 5*

Fiona Watson 20 days ago

Absolutely brilliant. This one is not to be missed. Credit due to both actors who delivered a perfect performance. Excellent

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ThreeWeeks (5/5 stars) 7 days ago

The portrayal of rape and sexual assault onstage is always problematic, but the approach taken here is deftly sensitive and powerfully effective. Who speaks – who has the right to speak, the power to speak – is the central device, fundamental to the success of the play. In early scenes,...

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Ed Fringe Review (4/5 stars) 11 days ago

Everyone needs to see Endless Second– that, unlike anything that the performance examines, is simple....

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Ed Fringe Review (4/5 stars) 11 days ago

Charming, tragic and expertly delivered...

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UK Theatre Web (5/5 stars) 11 days ago

How wrong can you be? I saw mics and amps in that small space and thought “unnecessary”. They proved me wrong with a play remarkably for writing, direction and performance. The tech add an interesting dimension to this harrowing work.

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Bouquets and Brickbats (5/5 stars) 14 days ago

Theo Toksvig-Stewart’s play about consent is an intense, emotionally demanding piece – and, my word, it’s impressive.
This is a beautifully nuanced piece, at once unflinching and disarming, almost forensic in its examination of the impact of M’s actions. The narrative structure is interesting, and both performances utterly compelling.

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Broadway Baby (4/5 stars) 16 days ago

This innovative piece by Cut The Chord Theatre is a fresh perspective on sexual violence, consent and how to open conversations that empower both men and women. We are introduced to the protagonists, played by writer Theo Toksvig-Stewart and co-star Maddie Gray, as they meet on their first day of...

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British Theatre Guide (4/5 stars) 16 days ago

Look for tickets... How can you love the person who raped you?Theo Toksvig-Stewart’s unsettling play Endless Second gives you some good reasons, as it shifts from what appears to be a bright modern romance between two characters, referred to as man and woman (Madeleine Gray), to the complicated consequences of...

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