How to Build a Wax Figure

Theatre (lgbt, new writing)

  • Accessibility:
    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 18 months


Girl meets anatomical wax sculptor. Anatomical wax sculptor meets girl. They fall in love. Or something like that. Bea's older neighbour was her first love, her first cigarette, her first prosthetic eye. When Bea is invited to the Wellcome Collection to speak about her expertise making glass eyes, she finds herself unable to untie Margot from all that she does. As she tries to unpack her mentor's effect on her work, Bea must dissect for herself what love really looks like.

Please note that while all media gallery content is provided by verified members of the event, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society does not review or approve this content before it is posted. Reports of inappropriate content or copyright infringement can be directed to [email protected].

General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    Relaxed Performance
  • Accessible entry: Lift access through the glass box into the main studio area. If not taking the lift there are 12 steps down into the performance space. There is level access via Windmill Lane off of Buccleuch Place.
  • 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

Relaxed performances

  • Dates: 14 August, 21 August
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team for more information or to discuss any accessibility requirements.
  • Additional information: Introduction to performers. House lights up. Sound effects at a lower volume

Be aware that this show features:

  • Characters expressing anger
  • Heavily dialogue-driven scenes
  • Audience chill out area
  • Permission to move around and make noise
  • Show guide or synopsis or character list

Show does not feature:

  • Total Audience Black Out
  • 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
  • Performer goes into audience area
  • An intermission
  • Permission to engage with performer

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

Francesca McDaid 38 days ago

Really thought provoking and moving play. Beautifully written and performed, I loved it

A H 40 days ago

A play that honestly belongs on a bigger stage. The writing is so beautiful, truly original and at times both hilarious and so sad. The actors are all incredible, and just ooze confidence, likability, and believability. A incredible example of the quality you can find at the Fringe, highly recommend !!

James Stedman 41 days ago

An unassuming delight of a show, beautifully crafted and superbly acted by a talented cast. Funny, warm, but not afraid to ask tricky questions of its characters and sit with the answers when they come. The simple aesthetic of the wax figures adds a surprising life and nuance to an already gorgeous show. Thoroughly recommended.

Rachael Mailer 43 days ago

This show was only like the 2nd show I saw, I'm on the train home now and still maintain that this was honestly the highlight of my fringe! The story flowed so beautifully throughout time skips and the memories of our characters. The acting was impeccable and the cast had palpable chemistry that you couldn't take your eyes off. The script had some incredible lines that powerfully hit home for me as a queer person but also I think for anyone who's had a mentor or first love. We simply didn't want it to end, but the way it did was perfect. Please see this show - they deserve it all!!

Emily Hutt 45 days ago

My final show of the weekend and Jesus Christ what a way to end it. I can honestly say I did not feel the hour go by. It was a perfect amalgamation of a brilliant script (could easily be a full length play, feature film, TV show) incredible performances from it's trio of actors and inspiring direction. The piece just moved in the most steady but fluid pace - the chemistry between Margot and Bea was palpable - I held my breath for them, I rooted for them and I cried for them. Just... Beautiful work: Go. And. See. it. Please.

Participants - for further details on our audience and published review policies, including how to add or opt out of reviews, please click here.

Theatre Weekly (4/5 stars) 51 days ago

Isabella Waldron’s script is intriguing from the off, positioning Bea’s personal journey and growth at a parallel with her journey in the medical field.

Read the full review

Participants - for further details on our audience and published review policies, including how to add or opt out of reviews, please click here.

Please login to add a review

Participants - for further details on our audience and published review policies, including how to add or opt out of reviews, please click here.