Fragility of Man

Theatre (solo show, drama)

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  • Pleasance Courtyard - The Cellar
  • 20:30
  • Aug 26
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 18+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: David William Bryan in association with the Pleasance
  • Warnings and additional info: This show contains strong language, sexual violence and heavy drug use.
  • 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

Description

After a total sell-out run in 2018 with In Loyal Company, David William Bryan returns with a brand-new solo play exploring the effects of one man's lifelong battle with the justice system. Warning: contains strong language, sexual violence and heavy drug use. 'A tour de force' (Scotsman). ***** (BroadwayBaby.com). 'Boundary-breaking' *** (Stage). ***** (BritishTheatreGuide.info). ***** (EdinburghGuide.com). **** (EdinburghReporter.co.uk). ***** (TheatreWeekly.com). 'A thrilling performer'. **** (Everything-Theatre.co.uk). ***** (FringeGuru.com). ***** (Breaking-The-Fourth-Wall.com). ***** (EssentialSurrey.co.uk). ***** (SouthsideAdvertiser.biz). **** (TheUpcoming.co.uk). **** (SpyInTheStalls.com). **** (EdFringeReview.com).

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General venue access

  • Audio enhancement system
  • Accessible entry: Queue in courtyard. 15 Steep external steps down or Lift access from front.
  • Wheelchair access type: 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


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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

Alex Gunn 49 days ago

This show is the dramatic equivalent of being hit by a freight train (and I mean that in the best way possible). Before seeing it I would never have imagined that one man could project such powerful physicality into a role, but I was certainly proven wrong.

Poignant, at times darkly humorous, deeply tragic and yet with a glimpse of hope, Fragility of Man exceeded my expectations and left the whole room lost for words. A fine way to end my festival experience!

Dave Lake 58 days ago

So far this festival (8-17-19) we have been to 31 performances and "Fragility of Man" is the best we have seen. It is a riveting 50 minutes where you cannot take your eyes of of the character that David William Bryan portrays. You leaving talking about both the performance and the injustice of the justice system. This is a MUST see show.

John Dewhurst 59 days ago

A barnstorming performance by David Bryan.
It was beautifully written, verging on the poetic at times.
The play was performed with only a black back cloth and a barefooted David wearing only tracksuit bottoms.
His acting was both physical and electrifying.
I saw 41 shows at this years fringe and this was the best.
The other reviewers bear testament to my opinion.
Go and see this play.
I know there are a lot shows on the Fringe, but why no professional reviews of this great show.

Anne Thomson 59 days ago

The Fragility of Man is theatre at its best so, if you love theatre (and if you think you don't), go and see it. David William Bryan is an incredible actor who gives everything in this powerful performance, bringing to life one young man's struggle to climb out of the vicious cycle of poverty, addiction and violence he has been born into. The audience is drawn into the drama by a script which is at one moment poetically descriptive, and the next oath-filled angry dialogue. This was my Fringe highlight.

Stephen 59 days ago

Fragility of Man is a brilliant piece of writing and performance. David William Bryan's work here is near faultless. Grab a ticket if you can.

Elisabeth H 60 days ago

David William Bryan exceeds expectations yet again. "Fragility" is expertly crafted and disturbing - a jarring display of physical theatre and storytelling. So brilliant, cannot recommend enough.

John Dalton 62 days ago

Saw In Loyal Company last year. Thought it would be hard to produce another show of such quality. Wrong. Fragility of Man shows that David William Bryan is a master of the one act, one person drama. Fine actor, totally commited to the part. Was enthralled from beginning to finish.

Marie 64 days ago

This was a riveting one man show with a powerful performance from a remarkable actor. The commitment that David William Bryan gives to his performance has to be seen to be believed, and it keeps the audience spellbound. I have told anyone who would listen about his performance. See it and be enthralled.

Alex Smith 64 days ago

Wow! Saw in loyal company last year and did not think it could be bettered but I was wrong. What an amazing performance from a brilliant actor. Can't wait to see what he comes up with next.

Wendy Wastnidge 64 days ago

Having seen In Loyal Company last year, this was on our ‘ Not to be missed list’. An amazing performance. A real triumph.

John Fuller 65 days ago

This was the most riveting one man show I have seen in 5 years of coming to the Fringe. The commitment that David William Bryan gives to his performance has to be seen to be believed, and it keeps the audience spellbound even in a slightly uncomfortable venue (no seat backs!) Coming out, I had to book up for his other show (yet to see). Peaky Blinders and most things that you see on TV or film seem positively half hearted by comparison. I guess he must like live performance because otherwise he’d be ruling TV drama

Alison Cuthbert 68 days ago

We saw In Loyal Company last year and loved it. This show is equally brilliant. David has terrific talent. 5 stars and a must see (if you can get a ticket!)

Brian Bromley 68 days ago

I’ve difficulty walking so, firstly, thanks to the venue for their help. Much appreciated! Secondly, wow! My wife was skimming through the thousands of shows and she suggested we book this. The three of us were enthralled. Switching from one character to another with ease and grace. A thought provoking story. I felt so good after seeing this performance. Thanks!

David Henderson 69 days ago

This monologue was performed with an energy and intensity that pulled the audience in. The plot explored one man's experience of his crime from his childhood onwards and was delivered with a rawness that developed a tension and throughout the intimate space. Theatre is rarely so simple, so thought provoking and so enthralling.

Sean Davis 69 days ago

Fragility of Man (*****)
This one man show follows the volatile life of an intense12-year old homeless fighter through the dark streets and penal system of the Thatcher era. His sweating bare chested physique combine with his vivid, alliterative prose project an intensity that is both physical and psychological. While his main character dominates the story, he easily switches into his sweet girlfriend to provide an important motivating contrast.

This was the 2nd most enjoyable of the 43 shows I have seen so far this year. You may see my other similarly short reviews, in order from most enjoyable to worst, at my non-commercial website: www.fringefan.com.

David Murphy 73 days ago

Incredibly powerful and moving play, the performance from David William Bryan was absolutely electric. The whole audience were gripped from the first second to the close, so much so that I think there were several periods when I forgot to breath I was so gripped! Highly recommended

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