How to Save a Life

Theatre (drama, comedy)

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  • Accessibility:
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    Sight not needed
    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


Meet Melissa. She loves cake, glitter and she's got cervical cancer. Join us in the lead-up to her death party, with Spice Girl routines, glitter cannons and everything in-between. 'The first surprise is how funny the play is' (Liz Dyer, 'I find myself in a snotty, painful and wet mess, wishing this had not happened to Melissa... This is one of the best productions at this year’s Fringe – A must see!' ***** (

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    Sight not needed
  • Accessible entry: Level access with a slight ramp to enter the building.Queuing will begin outside the venue in the Med Quad courtyard. A staff member will then escort the queue inside.
  • 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

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  • 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

Rosie McBride 85 days ago

Entertaining, thought provoking and brilliantly acted. The superb main actress was engaging from the start. The supporting cast were fantastic too, best play we've seen at this year's fringe .... don't miss it!

Katie Mulcahy 87 days ago

Thoroughly enjoyed this play.
Great performances from all three actors, playing characters we can all relate to. I know Melissa and Maria, everyone knows a Melissa and a Maria! Extremely likeable characters which makes for an even more heartfelt response to the seriousness of the subject matter, handled delicately and respectfully. Such and important message to all 20-something women. Really well done to all involved in this production. Very much worth a watch.

Emma O'Reardon 94 days ago

Wow! Small venue but amazing acting from the 3 members of the cast. It was laugh out loud funny along with being so sad too. Sensitively handled subject matter but thought provoking too. The best thing we have seen so far at the fringe. Go and see it!

Helen Lakin 95 days ago

I defy anyone to watch this show and leave with a dry eye. It’s laugh out loud funny, got the feel-good factor and has truly heart-felt tragedy all intertwined so cleverly. Literally the best show I’ve seen during my stint at the Fringe. Go; you won’t regret it! But take tissues.

Tanya perry 95 days ago

The show was a perfect mixture of happiness, some sadness with a good story told with wit and humor. The main actress was authentic and heart warming and the show was one of the best at the fringe! It should have 4-5 stars. Great show!

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Within Her Words (3.5/5 stars) 75 days ago

There are some really lovely moments throughout, and the general message is really wonderful. Melissa's story of ignoring symptoms and not being checked until it is too late is all too common and something that needs to be brought into conversation as much as we can. The script is quick and funny, and the characters are larger than life and full of energy.

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ThreeWeeks (3/5 stars) 81 days ago

With a dreamy boyfriend, a cracking best pal and some popping dance moves, Melissa is ready to embark on adult life, whilst retaining her quirky, childlike enthusiasm. However, what happens when a certain smell in the nether regions puts a halt to all of that? This fast-paced three-hander explores a...

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The Stage [paywall] (3/5 stars) 89 days ago

Melissa (Heather Wilkins) likes glitter. I mean, really likes glitter. She also likes dancing routines to Spice Girl tracks, sparkly bum bags, hanging out with the boyf, Toby (James Ford), and getting wrecked with her bestie Maria (Katerina Robinson). Oh, and she also has cervical cancer. On the surface, Stephanie...

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FringeReview 95 days ago

The show is based around a young girl in her 20’s called Melissa. She wakes up in heaven and starts to tell us about her life and how it came to a tragic end. Sadly, Melissa developed cervical cancer and we follow her interactions with her best friend, boyfriend and...

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