Heroin to Hero

Theatre (drama, new writing)

  • Army @ The Fringe - Drill Hall
  • 19:15
  • Aug 10-14, 16-21, 23-28
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - Scotland
  • Group: Ameena Hamid Productions
  • Warnings and additional info: Contains distressing themes, Nudity, Strong language/swearing, Covid safety measures, Hand sanitiser, one way system, masks available, 1.5m distance from front row, full ventilation, seat clean between each show and full clean on open and close.
  • Accessibility:
    Audio Described
    Signed 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 18 months
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The one-man show based on the true and unbelievable story of Paul Boggie who went from heroin addict to guarding the Queen at Buckingham palace. On death’s door from a heroin addiction, failed by the system designed to keep him there for profit, Paul needed to free himself from his doomed future. This show is a roller-coaster ride of hard-to-believe coincidences and heartache that led Paul to guarding the Queen! Thrown into an intoxicating visceral world that will leave you questioning your beliefs, you will see Paul’s life choices open up endless possibilities.

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General venue access

  • Captioning
    Audio Described
    Signed Performance
  • Accessible entry: Audiences will be checked in at street level before making their way down a flight of stairs to our courtyard waiting area. From here, there is level access to the Drill Hall space. Exit is via another flight of stairs leading from the building to the pavement. Regrettably our stairlift has broken at the last minute and will not be fixed in August. Access to our Drill Hall is via a flight of stairs down to our courtyard and exit is via a further flight of stairs back up to pavement level. For customers with access requirements, the only access to the Drill Hall in 2021 will be via an assisted mobility chair. This will involve a team of soldiers assisting customers down to the basement level of our venue. For wheelchair users, this will require moving or being assisted from a wheelchair to the mobility chair in order to reach the basement level. Use of the mobility chair will involve some close contact with our front of house team, who will be masked at all times. We apologise for any inconvenience cause and are happy to discuss requirements via [email protected]
  • 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.

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

Signed performances

  • Dates: 20 August, 24 August
  • Interpreter: Nicolle Murdoch - Stage Left
  • Type: BSL
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team to book your tickets and request any specific seating requests in relation to the location of the interpeter.

Audio described performances

  • Dates: 17 August, 27 August
  • Type: Unit with headset
  • 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.
  • More about this show: Listen to audio flyer

Captioned performances

  • Dates: 23 August, 24 August, 25 August, 26 August, 27 August, 28 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.

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

Robert Blowman about 7 hours ago

Truly amazing show I am a addict in a successful recovery and I found it an emotional roller coaster best show I've seen and I felt honoured to meet the big man in person this is a must see if you are at the Edinburgh fringe

Rachael Wallace-Lane about 12 hours ago

I can highly recommend this show. Amazing to see Paul’s story brought to life. Funny, raw, so emotional and with the message of hope.

Super professional production and venue support team very helpful. A must see at the Fringe.

Laura Riley about 13 hours ago

This is a must see. Incredibly moving and emotional story of Paul’s life from heroin to inspiration. You’ll laugh, cry and feel all the feels as you watch this show. It’s a beautiful portrayal of how those with heroin addiction can be seen by society. Paul shows us the heart of the reality. The person behind the addiction. The human being.

Adam K. about 23 hours ago

This is a “must see” show of the Fringe this year. The dramatisation of Paul’s amazing life with its different twists and turns is hard-hitting and hopeful. Tony really inhabits the different stages of Paul’s life. The staging and overall production is imaginative and compelling. No-one can see this show and not be moved as well as learning something important. It isn’t a Hollywood story, and for that, it’s all the more real. All the best for the rest of the run!

Lynn & Ian Boggie about 24 hours ago

Wasn't sure what to expect but it exceeded our expectations. Tony did a fantastic job and his acting was so good it gave a great account of Paul's experience of his journey from heroin-to-hero. Very emotional for us to watch as Tony brought it to life. Well done Tony. I'm confident it will be just as good on our next visit. Paul's very proud parents

Joanne Whitten 1 day ago

Tony McGeever’s script and performance in Heroin to Hero provide a raw portrayal of Paul Boggie’s haunting descent into heroin addiction. There’s no holding back on the intensity of words and emotions created by this self-destruction. The forceful script of this one-man show keeps you focused on every word uttered, shouted, and left unsaid. Tony’s years of experience playing soldiers on both stage and film, as well as being an Edinburgh native, make him the ideal actor to interpret Paul’s journey from his downward spiral to rising out of his hellhole and into the British Army where he redeems himself in the Scots Guards. The set design and lighting are phenomenal and complement the tone of the entire performance. Be prepared to laugh, cry, feel uncomfortable at times, but in the end, you will find joy and hope in Paul’s courage and determination to shake his addiction and turn his life around. You will truly believe Paul’s motto that Anything is Possible.

Patricia McGeever 1 day ago

This story is amazing and inspiring. The play definitely brings the book Heroin to Hero to life and also it's message that there is hope. The play is both emotional and funny. Tonys acting is superb and does the book justice . Tony draws you on to the stage. You are captured in the story . The play deserves

Sarah Nixon 1 day ago

Absolutely brilliant show. Incredibly well written and performed. A moving and inspirational story. Highly recommend

Dawn Blades 1 day ago

Brilliant show hard hitting very emotional at times laughs aswell tony mcgeever has done Paul's book heroin to hero justice that's why I'm going to see it again I would recommend people to go and see it if theres tickets left xxx

Steven brown 1 day ago

The best show I have seen in a long time 11/10, soo emotional but funny at the same time, if u ain't read the book the the play is the next best thing tells the play just as well, we'll Done to all involved toni and the background staff for working hard

David Walker 1 day ago

What an amazing show, funny and emotional in equal measure. Tony McGeever playing the story of Paul Boggie is so thought provoking and is acted brilliantly. Having bought and read the book it brings Paul's story together excellently. Everyone involved at Army at the Fringe are really friendly, helpful and polite. It was a pleasure to attend this venue and to watch such an amazing show. We may even be back again for a second helping. Well done to Paul, Tony and everyone involved.

Danny Cairney 1 day ago

I watched the show with my best mate sat next to Paul (author) and his family. I've yet to read the book so my review is based solely on the play, visceral, raw emotion, one minute belly laughs from dark humour to next minute the fear from the realisation of where addiction can take you to the challenges this guy has endured. If you haven't seen Heroin to Hero yet I strongly advise you to get along to see it, you won't be disappointed.

Karen Walker 1 day ago

FANTASTIC show, very moving, Tony played the role absolutely brilliant. Cannot recommend this show highly enough, what a story by a very brave strong and caring man.

Anne Randall 1 day ago

Excellent performance from Tony portraying Paul’s true story. Heartfelt insight to the power of the mind, overcoming life challenges allowing us to share his amazing journey. His passion to spread and share his experience’s started with his book. This is a must read Heroin to Hero written by Paul to educate and enlighten us all to realise we all have the potential within to be who we want to be. Allow yourself more just as Paul did.

Louise fraser 1 day ago

Brilliant play, 1st time seeing 1 man play and boy was it good, hit all the emotions u could think of, and very well acted out by tony, would defo urge everyone to go and see this.
This play needs to be seen by all x

Paul Moores 1 day ago

Having seen this one man play twice now, I would urge people to go along and watch it if they get the chance. Tony McGeever gives an outstanding performance in a very well put together play about the true story of Paul Boggie and how he overcame his addiction and ended up guarding the Queen.

David Swift 1 day ago

Excellent one man show by Tony highly recommend if carlsberg did a Fringe show...

Lesley Ewing 1 day ago

Brilliant performance by Tony in this one man show, a great learning curve and shows what can be achieved by positive thinking and belief in yourself. Paul is testament to that.

Stephanie Boggie 1 day ago

Absolutely amazing show very emotional and raw but needed in the society we live in. Tony done an amazing job portraying Paul (my husband) and writing a script with only some parts from what is an amazing book couldn’t have been an easy task. Great Team working on it all cant thank them all enough for bringing what is a small part of my amazing husbands story to the stage.

Andy Shaw 2 days ago

Cracking story and performance. The right balance of hard hitting truths and some lighter moments. 5*

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