Theatre (political, drama)

  • Assembly Roxy - Upstairs
  • 12:40
  • Aug 14, 16-29
  • 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United States
  • Group: Dutch Kills Theater
  • Warnings and additional info: Contains distressing themes, None
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 18 months
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Intelligence transports us into the basement of the US State Department, where two young Foreign Officers are forced to rethink their secret views on American diplomacy, working on a back-channel negotiation with Sarah MacIntyre, a charismatic but controversial special envoy. As events on the ground push them deeper into role play, the question of when we make bargains with violent men becomes ever more personal and a future of war or peace hangs in the balance. 'Gripping' (New York Times). 'Intelligence doesn't just pass the Bechdel-Wallace test, it raises the bar for what a feminist production can be' (

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  • Accessible entry: There is 25 steps into the performance space. The surrounding street area has some cobbles/uneven pavements.
  • Wheelchair access type: Not fully wheelchair accessible

  • Stairs: 20+
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Another world exists outside the US about 4 hours ago

Far from a disaster, but this trans-atlantic say-but-don't-don't-say script does not translate well.

Asking the audience to fill in the blanks is tedious and arrogant.

Some of the 'Muricans in Edinburgh right now might get the point, but this show doesn't get the point of the Fringe.

It's trying too hard and artless.

Also - Hopefully the actors will go to see better shows where they don't stutter of fluff.

Be better.

Sean Davis about 22 hours ago

In the basement of the United States State Department, three women take turns enacting meetings between an envoy and a leader of an Islamic terrorist organization. The writing is taut, and the evolution of the three characters intriguing. A date/time clock above the proceedings adds a subtle urgency to the proceedings.

It is early in the Fringe, and I have seen 58 shows of the around 160 I will see. So far, this was the 4th most enjoyable I have seen at the Fringe this year. You may see my other three-sentence reviews, in order from most enjoyable to worst, at my non-commercial website:

Harry 3 days ago

Go see this show! Superb acting, perfect script and fascinating look at the complex machinations behind contemporary international diplomacy.

Philip Graves 5 days ago

5 stars. Excellent writing, acting and staging. Thought-provoking and excuse the pun, intelligent.

LUCY POLLARD 7 days ago

Extraordinarily tense & complex drama with outstanding performances from all three actors

Alexander Cross 7 days ago

An excellent and intense theatrical performance. It not asks profound questions about US Foreign Policy, but also about how we perceive ourselves as individuals and how we interact with others.

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