Theatre (drama, comedy)

  • Pleasance Courtyard - Bunker Two
  • 15:00
  • Aug 28
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 16+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - Scotland
  • Group: Glenna Morrison, Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Pleasance
  • Warnings and additional info: This show contains strong language which some may find upsetting, scenes of violence and references themes including alcoholism, still birth, depression, sexism, murder and racism.
  • Accessibility:
    Audio enhancement system
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    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


Guffy is a guttural, allegorical tale of the state of our nation. Set in a world of no hopers and lost causes. Alba is the past. Guffy is the present. The bairn is the future. They co-exist in the bottom end of Alloa. 'If yer frae the Bottom End ye dinnae get oot!' In its world premiere, Guffy brings the voice of an unheard people to the stage. She vents the frustrations of her generation in an unbridled spewing. Nothing goes untouched: race, sexuality, class, social media and Alba.

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General venue access

  • Audio enhancement system
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    Relaxed Performance
  • Accessible entry: Access via driveway off main road.
  • Wheelchair access type: Level Access

  • 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: 17 August
  • Type: Open
  • 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: 22 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:

  • Performer goes into audience area
  • Total Audience Black Out
  • Characters expressing anger
  • Heavily dialogue-driven scenes
  • Permission to move around and make noise
  • Permission to engage with performer
  • Show guide or synopsis or character list

Show does not feature:

  • Flashing Lights/Strobed Lighting
  • Loud/repetitive/high pitched/unexpected or overlapping sound
  • 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
  • An intermission
  • Audience chill out area

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

Stephen Kearney 33 days ago

A powerful narrative delivered with passion and conviction from both actors with very little to rely on in the way of production, props or other cast members.
This play engaged us from the first moment until the very last.
Well written and convincingly portrayed. Well done all.

Noreen Boyle 36 days ago

Beautiful production of a heart wrenching glimpse into a family damaged by poverty and vulnerability. Raw, honest performances from both cast members with a real insight into the nature of how poverty and addiction can affect families and the effects they can have. Beautiful writing from Glenna Morrison. Try to catch this production before it finishes. *****

John MacColl 36 days ago

This was a powerful play, which left the audience (small venue - but almost a full house when we saw it) stunned. What just happened? A tour de force performance from both actors, with Georgia Blue Ireland all too credible as a young woman desperate to escape the misery of her existence for a single night, and Ceit Kearney excellent in switching from doting granny to vicious tongued mother in a very recognisably Scottish role. An uncomfortable encounter with grief and delusion, which sent us out into the cheerful streets of the festival city with a lot to think about.

Cal MacAninch 37 days ago

I loved this show. The writing and acting are superb. Only a couple of shows left. Quick, before you miss it!

Veronica Maguire 39 days ago

Great show, very interesting! Highly recommend. Acting is superb

Monika Rogge 41 days ago

I thoroughly enjoyed "Guffy". It offers a raw glimpse into a world that us theatre goers might not get in contact with readily. It does show the hurt behind the over-the-top night out screeches and how meaning gets lost throughout the generations.
Very strong performances from both actors and a powerful ending.
Go and see it if you have the chance.

Mrs A Strachan 47 days ago

I was blown away by the honesty of the writing and performances. The story of these women is raw, sad, funny and relatable whatever your circumstances. Even the set design is just right. Simple but just suited the purpose. I was really moved and will be thinking about this for a long time. Cannot recommend this highly enough.

Monica McCarthy 48 days ago

Be prepared to take this poignant story and powerful characters home with you as you continue to ponder on this outstanding performance well after the play ends. Bravo to the two brilliant cast members who, in this intimate space, enveloped the audience in their heart rending journey. You may be spoilt for choice In Edinburgh this summer, but please don’t miss ‘Guffy!’ Congratulations to all involved!

Sandra Scobbie 50 days ago

I highly recommend going to see Guffy. The small venue is perfect in allowing the audience to feel the powerful heartbeat of the story as it unfolds. The clever writing and mesmerising performances from the the actors highlight the hidden harsh realities of our Society. I look forward to catching future performances from this small team of talented individuals.

Robert MacIntosh 50 days ago

We live in an age of high quality, high production TV and film on tap. Guffy is a powerful reminder of the power of storytelling in a more minimalist setting. Great writing shines through and the two main characters are fantastic. Even the baby is strikingly brought to life. An excellent show, rich with Scottish dialect and conveying the raw challenges of modern life. Like a highly concentrated version of a 12 hour binge watch on the streaming service of your choice but created out of thin air, in one room, in less than an hour. The magic of live theatre lives on. Go and see it.

Elissa Pearson 55 days ago

Poignant and raw, an honest and brutal reflection of what it means to be human, and sometimes a mother. Made all the stronger for its intimate setting and powerful writing this show is delivered by two incredible talents who show devastatingly what it looks to be stuck in a world overlooked, steeped in hurt and pain, loneliness and heartbreak, disappointment and hopelessness in a world unfiltered.

Eden Barrie 56 days ago

Guffy was honest and beautifully intimate, with powerful performances from the cast. I found it was thought provoking, exposing and didn’t shy away from hard conversations and raw family dynamics. I was left shocked and moved by the piece, automatically wanting to recommend it as a fringe must see!!!

Angela Rolland 56 days ago

This was a well acted, thought provoking performance with a surprising ending. Congratulations to the writer Glenna, I thoroughly enjoyed this show!

Jacquelyn Monk 57 days ago

This show is both hilarious and heartbreaking. It gives a sensitively pitched voice to an overlooked slice of modern Scotland. Go and see this if you want to hear something authentically Scottish (it's written in Scots/ Alloa dialect). You should leave with your mind opened a bit further that it was before you saw the show.
I saw it on the opening night and was completely blown away by the performance and the writing.

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