How to Use a Washing Machine

Musicals and Opera (comedy, pop)

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  • ZOO Southside - Studio
  • 12:00
  • Aug 26
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: SLAM Theatre
  • Warnings and additional info: Contains Strong Language/Swearing
  • 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 2 years


Growing up is hard. Learning to use a washing machine is harder. This original musical, featuring a live string quartet, follows Cass and James – siblings called back to their childhood home to pack up for one last time. As they box up their old lives, tensions rise and they must confront themselves and each other about who they've become, the decisions that led them there and what it means to be grown up. It's certain to make you laugh, remember flying the nest and check for cats next time you use the dryer.

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    Relaxed Performance
  • Accessible entry: Level access via rear entrance, 10 steps from street if not taking accessibility entrance.
  • Wheelchair access type: Level Access

  • Stairs: 6 - 10
    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: 6 August, 13 August
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team for more information or to discuss any accessibility requirements.
  • Character Introduction Details
  • Additional information: These performances have been adapted to make the show inclusive and comfortable for all audiences. Lighting, sound, music, and effects will be adjusted on these dates and audience members will be able to move around, step outside, and make noise during the performance. Get in touch with any queries or specific requirements by emailing [email protected]

Be aware that this show features:

  • 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
  • Characters expressing anger
  • Heavily dialogue-driven scenes
  • 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
  • Audience chill out area
  • 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

Z Huckle 108 days ago

A great musical with the two main actors giving a realistic portrayal of siblings who have gone different ways. Given it is a short musical the balance between dialogue and song is about right and the backing quartet are superb. Definitely a winning combination .

Graham Lewis 111 days ago

I thoroughly enjoyed this show from beginning to end. The whole show with the 2 performers and backing strong quarter were excellent. One of my favourite shows of the fringe. Deserves a bigger venue for a larger audience.

Paul 115 days ago

A piece of musical theatre in the sung-and-spoken-dialogue tradition exploring the relationship between an older brother (James) and younger sister (Cass). Both are in their 20’s with about 4 years between them. A difficult previous relationship is evident from the off as they meet at their (now separated) parents’ home for a final clear-out. They bicker, they reminisce, they argue, they debate, they are very different people who have followed very different paths. James has ditched his dream for easier “success” in life, Cass is still holding on to hers but finding it difficult. The two-handed cast creates a believable relationship and sing competently. The musical is well suited to an intimate venue and I certainly felt drawn in. A satisfying hour but less spoken dialogue, a couple of more catchy tunes and slightly more intensity would have taken it up a gear. The real treat was the use of an on-stage string quartet to accompany the singers – this original touch added considerably to the atmosphere and dynamic. Do the siblings finally accept each other or go their separate ways? (Buy a ticket)

Lewis Hann 118 days ago

A lovely musical about home life, family, childhood and growing up. Both touching and relatable, this new musical with original music is sure to make you laugh, empathise and love. A lovely story told through two strong performers, whilst accompanied by 4 talented on stage musicians, this is a musical that is sure to put a smile on your face.

Ali Ross 119 days ago

Excellent performances all round. Well worth seeing!

Charlotte Poulton 119 days ago

An absolutely gorgeous treat and hidden gem of the fringe this year. I laughed and cried the whole way through and the music completely swept me away. Intensely relatable (perhaps a bit too close to home), entertaining and poignant - this show has got it all! 5 star, highly recommended.

Simon Samuel 122 days ago

This was very good and the musical accompaniment excellent. Def recommended

Michael Gordon Shapiro 123 days ago

An intimate musical about two 20-something siblings using teasing as a gateway towards pushing one another towards serious self-examination. The dialogue crackles with humor, authenticity, and true-to-life detail. The two cast members are strong singers, and as actors do a great job embodying contrasting personalities.

The songs sometimes lean towards to the angular and minimalist rather than sweepingly melodic, but are expressive and fit their story moments well. The string quartet provides a refreshing contrast to the traditional 4-piece-band instrumentation common to contemporary musicals. (The string writing is very idiomatic, and the composer gets a lot of mileage out of different playing techniques.)

While the show spends too much time in moments of reverie and reflection, it offers believable interpersonal struggles, abundant humor, and an ultimately satisfying ending. Very recommended!

LTW 125 days ago

The composition of the songs did not do justice to the talented string quartet and enthusiasm of the cast.

For the most part, the songs were mono-toned and un-melodic.

Not recommended.

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Bouquets & Brickbats (4/5 stars) 105 days ago

There’s much about this production that I like: the urgent, strident rhythms of the music by Joe Davis, the acerbic lyrics by Georgie Botham, and the performances of the two young leads are also top notch.

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The List (3/5 stars) 113 days ago

A heart-warming but not toe-tapping musical...

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The Wee Review (3/5 stars) 119 days ago

Arty failure Cass and boring success James have grown up together, but occupy opposite ends of the fun spectrum. Both siblings are in the twenties – with little in common except they’re at a crossroads in life. This thoughtful musical explores family dynamics and how our different life choices shape...

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Fest (3/5 stars) 122 days ago

Those familiar with the style and tropes of a certain kind of musical theatre will be acquainted with the difficulty of summoning its particular feel outside of the Broadway/West End-type surroundings it usually demands. Put bluntly, the close quarters of many Fringe venues are generally an odd fit for big...

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Ed Fringe Review (3/5 stars) 124 days ago

The perennial millennial dilemma – is it better to be a 'boring success' or an 'arty failure'?...

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Ed Fringe Review (3/5 stars) 124 days ago

Interesting themes and good music, but a plot that leaves a lukewarm feeling...

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Broadway Baby (3/5 stars) 126 days ago

How To Use A Washing Machine is a charming two-hander from emerging company Slam Theatre. This original musical-comedy offers a refreshing take on coming home, moving on and growing up. Clashing siblings Cass (Emelye Moulton) and James (Max Cadman) are called back to their childhood home for one last time,...

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