The Girl Who Was Very Good At Lying

Theatre (new writing, comedy)

  • Summerhall - TechCube 0
  • 11:55
  • Aug 28
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Jump Spark, Omnibus Theatre, Writer: Eoin McAndrew, Director: Fay Lomas
  • Warnings and additional info: Strong language/swearing, More information
  • Accessibility:
    Relaxed Performance
    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


Catriona has a history of making stuff up. But she’s getting better. When an attractive American tourist arrives, she decides to show him around her Northern Irish town. And she might blur the line between fact and fiction, just a little... Soon she's telling him about cannibal peasants, human roosters, and the largest orgy ever held on consecrated ground. A multi award-nominated show starring Rachael Rooney, about the stories we tell to escape. ***** (Stage). Originally produced: Jermyn Street’s Footprints Festival, Omnibus Theatre.

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General venue access

  • Captioning
    Relaxed Performance
  • Accessible entry: Once in the courtyard, take the access ramp into the main reception, take a right down the corridor, past the cafe, through a corridor with neon strip lights in the walls(slightly inclined), past the red lecture and through the double doors into the ground floor of tech cube.
  • Wheelchair access type: Wheelchair accessible (please contact the venue for more information)

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

Each venue can contain several space with different accessibly information. Visit the venue page for full venue accessibility info

Captioned performances

  • Dates: 10 August
  • Type: Closed (Own Device)
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team to book your tickets and request any specific seating locations or if booking a unit is required.

Relaxed performances

  • Dates: 16 August
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team for more information or to discuss any accessibility requirements.
  • Additional information: Information not supplied

Be aware that this show features:

  • Total Audience Black Out
  • Loud/repetitive/high pitched/unexpected or overlapping sound
  • Characters expressing anger
  • Heavily dialogue-driven scenes
  • Permission to move around and make noise

Show does not feature:

  • Flashing Lights/Strobed Lighting
  • Distinctive smells
  • Special effects (e.g. smoke/bubbles/pyrotechnics)
  • Latex balloons
  • Audience required to walk around
  • Audience required to undertake directed movement
  • Audience required to sing/speak along with/for performer
  • Audience invited on stage
  • Performer goes into audience area
  • An intermission
  • Audience chill out area
  • Permission to engage with performer
  • Show guide or synopsis or character list

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

Alan 37 days ago

Really intense performance, she was acting throughout the entire performance. Very well performed and structured.

Adam G 39 days ago

Virtuoso performance in this engaging and funny play. Special mention to the lighting direction which was used to great effect.

Is this the Northern Irish ‘Fleabag’?

Janie 40 days ago

Wonderful performance by the actor - I almost believed there were others on the stage, such was her skill at transforming herself into the other characters. Original story, charismatic performance- recommended.

Sean Davis 42 days ago

A girl tells tall tales about her town to a handsome stranger. Well structured, well acted, and just plain fun. I was surprised how well the ending suited the story.

So far, this was the 7th most enjoyable show of the 84 have seen at the Fringe this year. You may see my other three-sentence reviews, in order from most enjoyable to worst, at my non-commercial website:

EW 42 days ago

Outstanding story and acting! She transports you into her world of how lies bring her thrills and solves problems! A must-see!

Hsing-ay Hsu Kellogg 42 days ago

Mesmerizing - Rooney's presence is so focused and her telling of the tall tales seem absolutely believable!

HJR 44 days ago

Great play, beautifully performed. Funny and moving - would definitely recommend

Arielle Lehmann 46 days ago

Entertaining and heartbreaking at the same time, a performance packed with lies and inner truth. A one woman orchestra of characters and voices - yes Rachael Ronney is that good. The ending left me tearful and hopeful. Just go and see it

Simon Feegrade 48 days ago

Brilliant solo show with Rachael Rooney portraying all the characters in an astonishing performance. I've never ovated at a Fringe show but this is the closest I've got to it and I now wish I had, it's well-deserved. In 10 days and about 35 shows this is the best. Very well-written by Eoin McAndrew - I'll now be on the lookout for more of his work and the next chance I get to see Rachael Rooney performing.

George Oliver 49 days ago

Incredible! Favorite show we have seen at Fringe! Wonderfully written and performed!

Ron Paley 50 days ago

A tour de force performance by Rachel Rooney of a great bit of writing by Eoin McAndrew. Engaging and captivating creating a believable unbelievable world in an hour. Looking forward to more from both of these talents.

Heid Jerstad 53 days ago

Unexpected, evocative - that feeling of inevitability but also ambiguity - I don't want to give away too much, but this show made me feel things and I'm glad I went to see it. It will look after you and (I think) it is not something you have seen before.

Elfreda 53 days ago

Enthralling, engaging (l was weeping before lunchtime), entertaining (laughs out loud too). One actor with many voices. Amazes me at Fringe how one hour can either drag or fly-by. This girl lying packs so much into 60 minutes that it spilt into the rest of my day recalling the performance, the writing & issues raised. Recommend.

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theatreextra (3/5 stars) 37 days ago

Make no mistake about it Rooney can act and does so very well

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Broadway World (3/5 stars) 38 days ago

Rachael Rooney gives a blistering performance as Catriona and is almost exhausting to watch in her passion.

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Bouquets & Brickbats (5/5 stars) 45 days ago

It’s a powerful evocation of a mental health crisis – and an entertaining, mesmerising piece of theatre.

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Lost in Theatreland (4.5/5 stars) 48 days ago

This is one of the best one-person performances I have ever seen, Rooney is enthralling, and The Girl Who Was Very Good At Lying is a show you cannot miss.

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