How to Be Brave

Theatre (new writing, drama)

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  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 1 year

Description

When Katie was little, she was brave: climbing trees and riding bikes too fast. Now Katie’s a mum, she must be brave in a new way. Determined her daughter will keep the fierce magic she arrived into the world with, Katie sets off on a mission around Newport with a stolen BMX, a policewoman with bad hair, and a pigeon in a bag. Siân Owen's one-woman play is about what we're made of and learning to be brave when your world’s falling apart. From the company behind Fringe hit Sugar Baby **** (Scotsman, Times, Stage).

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  • Dates: 7 August, 14 August, 21 August
  • Type: Closed (Tablet)
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Jean Paskell 126 days ago

How to brave by Dirty Protest - Funny, sad, relevant & real, an emotional rollercoaster watching Katie reconnect with who she is as she rides around her home town on a bike - loved it. A MUST SEE show at the excellent Paines Plough Roundabout at Summerhall venue 26; Showing every day at 15:45, exceot Tuesdays,


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Bouquets & Brickbats (4/5 stars) 109 days ago

It’s very funny. Dalgliesh’s energetic portrayal of a woman on the edge incorporates laugh-out-loud sequences, the breathless pace taking us along for the ride: we’re on that stolen BMX with her; the dread humiliation of her past failures fills us with shame as well. Katie is having a breakdown; we’re cringing even as we giggle. But still, it’s a positive piece, the kindness of strangers and, indeed, old enemies, a warming reminder that most people are actually pretty nice.

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The Guardian (3/5 stars) 111 days ago

Theatre is a laboratory where we put a character centre stage, make things difficult and see what happens. Often, as is the case in Siân Owen’s single-hander for Dirty Protest theatre company, they go off the rails. Put under pressure, the fight-or-flight mechanism kicks in and running seems the most...

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British Theatre.com (5/5 stars) 116 days ago

Brought to life by the performance, the inventive choreography by Bridie Smith and Catherine Paskell’s inventive direction, this is a warm cwtch of a play that had me wiping away tears of laughter and pride. Don’t miss it!

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Broadway World (4/5 stars) 119 days ago

How To Be Brave, written by Sin Owen and performed with boundless energy by Laura Dalgleish, is the greatest bedtime story a scared little girl could hear. When she was little, Katie was brave. But adult life has a way of knocking the bravery out of you, and now Katie...

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Miro Magazine (3/5 stars) 119 days ago

How To Be Brave approaches the concerns of motherhood with openness and honesty. Sometimes we run away because we are imperfect, we aren’t superheroes and we can’t fix everything. We let little anti-nostalgic mistakes affect our resilience, our bravery, our willingness to keep trying. As Dalgleish seemingly disconnects from the world, she delves into her past and the reticence to try slips away. All to be there for her little girl.

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Edinburgh Guide (4/5 stars) 120 days ago

Today of all days, Katie must find the strength to be brave. But when her mother burns the toast she is making for Little One’s breakfast, the thick smoke triggers a flight response in Katie, which sends her hurtling out into the streets of the town she he has known...

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British Theatre (5/5 stars) 121 days ago

"a hymn for women everywhere and a love letter to Newport. Brought to life by the performance, the inventive choreography by Bridie Smith and Catherine Paskell’s inventive direction, this is a warm cwtch of a play that had me wiping away tears of laughter and pride. Don’t miss it!"

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FringeReview 121 days ago

It’s a big day for thirty something simple mum Katie. Living with her mother to ease the load, this is only temporary we’re told as her daughter is about to go into hospital. Her perfect awe-inspiring daughter. Katie can’t protect her ‘little one’ in there. In fact, she feels more...

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Edinburgh Festival For Kids (4/5 stars) 122 days ago

Watching Sian Owen managing the in-the round stage, as well as holding the space all by herself for an hour was both dizzying and awe-inspiring.

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The F Word 124 days ago

How to Be Brave is an energetic one-woman play written by Siân Owen from the bafflingly-named theatre company Dirty Protest. It’s performed in one of my favourite Edinburgh venues, Paines Plough’s pop-up theatre, the Roundabout, which is in the round and has LED lighting embedded into its ceiling. The Roundabout leaves little room for set, which means that performer Laura Dalgleish has to work to fill the space, which she does with ease.

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The Stage [paywall] (3/5 stars) 125 days ago

Two years ago, Welsh company Dirty Protest Theatre brought Alan Harris’ one-man play Sugar Baby to the Paines Plough Roundabout. It was a great show – a frenetic, fast-paced caper set in Cardiff. Its offering this year, Siân Owen’s How To Be Brave, sets out similarly, but never reaches the...

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Whats On Stage (3/5 stars) 126 days ago

Lots of the shows performed in the Roundabout at Summerhall are, more often than not, short and punchy coming-of-age stories about youngsters in dead-end towns, and this latest is similar, but different. Siân Owen's play focuses on a mother, Katie, struggling over the course of one day, with the prospect...

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