For Better, For Worse

Theatre (drama, comedy)

  • C ARTS | C venues | C aquila - temple
  • 15:50
  • Aug 27
  • 50 minutes
  • Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - Scotland
  • Group: Penpal Productions (Scotland)
  • Warnings and additional info: Contains reference to domestic violence
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


Small town Scotland, September 2014. It is Diane’s first birthday since the death of her husband and the Independence Referendum is days away. Tempers flare when her adult son and daughter clash over politics. So when Diane drops a bombshell about what she has decided for her own future, family secrets are exposed, and loyalties tested. Emotions running high, they are forced to reassess the past and consider their future together. Can they lay aside their differences for better or for worse before the result is announced? A brand-new comedy drama from talented Scottish creatives.

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General venue access

  • Accessible entry: Stair-lift with folding seat to 1st floor from foyer (requires transfer from wheelchair to stair-lift chair at ground level, transfer from one stair-lift chair to another at first floor level, and transfer back to wheelchair at second floor). Staff can carry an unoccupied manual wheelchair up the stairs while the wheelchair user uses the seated stair lift. Electric wheelchairs and heavy wheelchairs cannot be carried upstairs. If not taking the stair lift the space is accessed by one flight of stairs.
  • Wheelchair access type: Not fully wheelchair accessible

  • Stairs: 20+
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

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Janet 28 days ago

I thoroughly enjoyed this play. It was funny and honest. If you don't recognise bits of yourself, you will see your friends and family. And really enjoyable hour.

Kathleen Noonan 30 days ago

I really enjoyed the interaction of these family members and how the mother tries to regain her life without the influence of the others, including the dead father. Although set in run up to the independence referendum there is much more to the story line than that and it also has lots of humour.

Jenny Wilson 33 days ago

In this excellent play, the independence referendum is the catalyst for the drama, not the main feature. It is about people and relationships, and the family conflicts and the characters are very recognisable and often very humorous. The motivations for making a choice are explored in the decisions that the individual family members are making, and have made in the past. I went to see this play several days ago but have kept thinking about it since, which is a sign of an excellent production. Well worth seeing.

Rozi Thomson 33 days ago

Fantastic theatre about the complexities of family life. Set in the run up to the independence referendum, but in all honesty it's about much more than that. Very relatable characters and more than a spot of humour. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Catriona Scott 40 days ago

An absolutely fantastic piece - the way the family’s personal dramas were interwoven with, and reflected, the politics and division surrounding the referendum was very clever, and hilarious to boot! Don’t miss this!

Rachel Farrier 40 days ago

I attended the first performance of this show and enjoyed it hugely. The independence referendum might have been nearly a decade ago but for those of us who were in Scotland then, it was a strange and unsettling time that is not easily forgotten- the way in which this wider narrative is woven together with one family's own unsettling dilemmas and revelations is beautifully told; it is nuanced and clever whilst also being thoughtful and, I found, moving at points. The acting was first rate - really excellent. This play certainly gets 5* from me.

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All Edinburgh Theatre (3/5 stars) 29 days ago

Duncan’s portrayal of Diane has a spark and a vulnerability that are extremely compelling.

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North West End UK (4/5 stars) 33 days ago

A well written play which gradually releases the secrets and deep-seated emotions that have caused so much turmoil in this family. An emotional rollercoaster.

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The National (4/5 stars) 33 days ago

Franklin and an extremely talented trio of actors without a doubt succeed in getting across a vital message about family and politics, particularly as the debate over Scottish independence rages on.

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