Fear of Roses

Theatre (thriller, new writing)

Add to favourites
  • Assembly Roxy - Central
  • 11:00
  • Aug 26
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - Scotland
  • Group: Black Bat Productions
  • Warnings and additional info: Scenes of violence, Strong language/swearing
  • 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


This fast-paced, darkly comedic crime story written and directed by Nathaniel Brimmer-Beller follows three women, four eventful days and a nefarious plot straight out of the mid-century pulp. When ruthlessly ambitious bank manager Tabby is blackmailed by the mysterious Keely into robbing her own bank, Tabby incorporates her put-upon assistant Nicolette into the scheme... Of course, nothing goes quite as planned. Returning with their fourth original Fringe show after a sell-out run of Chagos 1971, Black Bat Productions presents this thorny neo-noir as a thrilling bit of pulp and a searing depiction of twisted modern hierarchies.

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: Ramp access from ground level. If not using the ramp there is 2 steps into the venue.
  • Wheelchair access type: Temporary Ramp

  • 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

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

Alastair Adams 148 days ago

Yes, this was not the best production we have seen this year but some of the other reviews are a bit unfair. The basic premise is pushing credulity, but that could apply to a large number of other shows in any year's Fringe and is not a reason to avoid it. The actors seemed hampered by a script that felt unpolished and the lack of microphones may well have left some folk close the back of the impressive space, struggling, especially when some of the plot pivoted sharply on a single word or short phrase. Still enjoyable though.

Madeline Reid 149 days ago

The characters lack believability but the plot of the play was weak. Wasn't my worst mornings entertainment. Think part of the problem was in the writing.

Peter Thorburn 149 days ago

Understand some of the comments, but I’m looking for a show that entertains me. This show did just that. It made me laugh and wonder what was coming next. A job well done, worth a visit.

Graeme King 149 days ago

Not particularly dark and not particularly comic. The plot manages to both drag and leap to a rushed conclusion. Amelia Chinnock-Schumann does well as Nicolette but there is only so much she can do with a script that lacks bite.

Clare Lubin 150 days ago

The acting was very poor, it felt like a school play. Where was the pace?

robert dixon 151 days ago

I enjoyed the show - neat little story with twist. Acting ok

Anonymous 152 days ago

So disappointing. As many of the other reviews suggest - this was a waste of money! Very poor amateur acting. The show has potential but came across as something you’d see at school or done by teenagers. Needs a lot of work and attention to detail in the script, delivery and design.

Clearly a show by amateurs.

Frustrating as the marketing and publicity is strong but the product is not.

Mary Tierney 153 days ago

Enjoyed this. Plot wise reminded me of a weaker inside number nine, but well acted and an enjoyable way to spend an hour.

Simon Price 154 days ago

All round fairly poor. The acting was quite amateurish and the plot not very well thought through. The final scene simply didn't make sense to me as there appeared to be a major flaw in the logic of the 'reveal' at the end.

Martin burroughs 157 days ago

The actor playing Nicky was good, and at the start there were some interesting dynamics between the two lead characters. Unfortunately the plot lost credibility as the complexity grew, dialogue weakened, and the result was not as good as it might have been. Watchable enough though.

The Violet Curtain 157 days ago

Fear of Roses is a fast-paced, dark comedy complete with crime, cunning, and remarkable writing. This perfectly-formed fringe production follows a determined manager; Tabby (Amy Gilbrook). She is working her way up the corporate ladder all while leaving her friend and assistant, Nicolette (Dominka Ucar) in the dust of her capricious and heartless behaviour. Tabby’s promotion plans soon fall apart when she is blackmailed and plot twists ensure that only chaos can follow.

Jacqueline T 158 days ago

The plot was uninspiring and apart from one actor the cast were unable to portray their characters with any ounce of belief or conviction. Any intended humour was lost in poor delivery of lines and direction. Not helped by the lack of attention to detail in the presentation of the set, costume and sound this was a very disappointing hour.

Phil 158 days ago

Poorly acted, poor plot.

David Winter 162 days ago

A plot which stretches credulity beyond its limits combined with stilted acting where you never lose the sense that the performers are just speaking lines. If it had been worse it might have strayed into the 'so bad it's good' territory, but this production remains steadfastly mediocre.

Gail Cranshaw 164 days ago

The main problem with this production is that it was difficult to hear and the plot was too far fetched to believe in.

Nick Lock 165 days ago

Good fun. Well acted. Always enjoy a plot with a twist!

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

The Wee Review (3/5 stars) 157 days ago

A slick, tense and intelligent crime thriller that might just leave you wanting to get one up on your manipulative boss

Read the full review

Broadway World (3/5 stars) 158 days ago

This darkly comic and twisty thriller is silly but highly enjoyable.

Read the full review

All Edinburgh Theatre (4/5 stars) 159 days ago

Fear of Roses, by Black Bat Productions at Assembly Roxy, is a crisp, intelligent and thoroughly rewarding three-hander.

Read the full review

Theatre, Films and Art Reviews (3/5 stars) 161 days ago

Nicolette, her assistant is taken advantage of on numerous occasions. We learn that she is juggling the equivalent of two full-time jobs to get by. She is loyal or so it seems and rushes around in an attempt to keep the boss satisfied.

Read the full review

EdFringe Review (4/5 stars) 162 days ago

In this three-woman show, audiences are thrown into a dangerous power play, one where each woman tries to out-smart, dominate, and blackmail the other. But who will emerge victorious? Brimmer-Beller’s script is full of none-stop twists and turns. Viewers are kept on the edge of their seat for the duration, held by a gripping concept and convincing delivery.

Read the full review

EdFringe Review (4/5 stars) 162 days ago

The screw tightens at just the right place, and it is thrilling to watch Tabby’s shrewd dishonesty overcome any obstacle in her path. Amy Gilbrook as Tabby is the standout from the lineup, chuckle-worthy in the darkest way as Nicky’s despised overlord, and with a cut-throat tendency which propels the plot forward. Her unsettling lack of scruples undeniably makes her one of the banking bad guys we’ve all heard so much about, yet the nuances she gives to the performance mean we inexplicably root for her the whole way.

Read the full review

Culture Fix (4/5 stars) 162 days ago

Centring on three female protagonists, Fear of Roses sees ruthless and cruel bank manager Tabby (Amy Gilbrook) blackmailed into robbing her own bank by the mysterious Keely (Sophie Boyle). However, Tabby’s frustrated and exhausted assistant Nicolette (Dominika Ucar) is unwittingly drawn into the plot, which builds to crescendo packed with violence, manipulation, and betrayal.

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.