Ivory Wings

Theatre (new writing, music)

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  • Assembly Rooms - Front Room
  • 11:50
  • Aug 24
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 8+
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Coreth Arts
  • Warnings and additional info: Age Category: 8 and above (8+)(Contains Distressing Themes)
  • Accessibility: 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


Ivory Wings is a one-woman show with a live piano score. It explores Alzheimer's and the therapeutic effects of music on patients' memory, whilst celebrating the remarkable women of the Air Transport Auxiliary whose job it was to deliver wartime aircraft from the factories to the RAF bases during World War II. Throughout the play, the protagonist, Virginia, drifts between her elderly Alzheimer's state and her 28-year-old self, looking back at her time flying Spitfires and Hurricanes, her memories triggered by music.

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General venue access

  • Accessible entry: Venue is built on astroturf. Access via side entrance. Front of house will guide to separate entry.
  • Wheelchair access type: Level Access

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

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Cara 96 days ago

This play brings to life a story of love, loss and dementia. Sensitively performed and beautifully accompanied by piano music. A real highlight of our festival experience.

Mark Coreth 98 days ago

I must first state 3 points: 1. I am a very keen aviator. 2. My mother suffered from Dementia 3. Susie and Anna are my daughters... but this review is absolutely not written as a doting father.

Ivory Wings is an extraordinary piece of work... beautifully conceived, written, directed and played.

It tells of remarkable the courage of the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) pilots focused around Virginia...

Jo Rush directed it beautifully, Anna Coreth played the piano magnificently and Susie acted the part of Virginia with absolute passion bouncing from the cockpit of a wartime Spitfire to the chair of a sad old lady struggling with dementia... a wonderful feat of difficult acting.

Ivory Wings was an emotional rollercoaster weaving a story of aviation heroism, from the exhilaration of flight to the horrors of deteriorating weather and force landings... but at the same time telling of the fight with Alzheimer’s...

Brilliantly conceived and executed, this deserves a full house and a professional review.

Fiona Primrose 98 days ago

Absolutely stunning show. The script was fantastic and expertly performed by Susie Coreth who, along with the live music played beautifully by Anna Coreth, had me in tears on several occasions. So interesting to learn about the brilliant women of the Air Transport Auxiliary and the details about the flying were clearly well researched. Incredibly moving story that was heartwarming and heartbreaking in equal measure. Please see this show (but bring tissues and a few pennies to donate for the Alzheimer’s Society!)

Jacqueline Wheble 98 days ago

Just sobbed my heart out in this beautifully performed play. Scattered jigsaw pieces, an old chair and live piano music set the scene with evocative simplicity. Enthralling story, Alzheimer's confused mind and jumping back in time to the little known role women pilots had in WW II and her early life. Incredibly moving ...one of my highlights of the fringe...GO SEE IT!!!

Sean Davis 102 days ago

Ivory Wings (***)
A young woman in a flight alternates between playing her young mother when she was ferrying planes during World War II, and her old mother suffering from Alzheimer’s. The adventurous tales of flying disabled planes kept me riveted, but the oft told Alzheimer’s vignettes, though touching, felt like a misuse of valuable script time in comparison to the unique flying stories. Her recreation of the harrowing tale of flying through fog, clouds, and friendly fire with a plane with severe mechanical problems kept me on the edge of my seat.

This was the 41st most enjoyable of the 83 shows I have seen so far this year. You may see my other three-sentence reviews, in order from most enjoyable to worst, at my non-commercial website: www.fringefan.com.

Dan Soltys 103 days ago

Thoroughly recommend! A captivating and moving piece, Ivory Wings was a pleasure to watch

George Haines 103 days ago

It's a real privilege to be able to watch such a remarkable talent. Its an incredibly informative and emotional piece tied together wonderfully by the music. Bravo!

Henrietta Wilson and Zoe Carmichael 103 days ago

This is an outstanding performance, evoking a whirlwind of emotions. Susie's performance of her own play is exceptional - as audience members we were able to empathise with each part portrayed, and the transition between characters is made clear through the use of music. It was evident by the performance and script that a huge amount of research gone into this play - it educates the audience and seamlessly transported us back and forth in time. Cannot recommend this talented performance more highly.

Kate Frazer 103 days ago

BLOODY BRILLIANT - go and see it!

Jenny Denholm 104 days ago

An absolute must see! Brilliant play -beautifully written and performed by Susie Coreth and accompanied by the equally talented Anna Coreth. A very atmospheric and moving play. Fantastic!

Julian Jessop 109 days ago

Phoebe Waller-Bridge meets Maggie Smith.

Great writing and performing of the contrast between the joy of flying and the desperation of dementia.

Tolstoy was wrong - the unhappiness of Alzheimer's affects families so afflicted in the same, not different ways.

Susie Coreth is spellbinding in this intimate space. Anna Coreth provides lovely keyboard renditions from memory which really enhance the production.

Highly recommended.

claire garabedian 109 days ago

I am a musician and a postdoc researcher focusing on music and dementia; this was a beautiful show. I highly recommend it! Thank you!

Ganga Campbell 112 days ago

This very powerful one woman performance. which is also a fundraiser for Alzheimers charities, gives an insightful glimpse into the reality of life with Alzheimer’s, as well as the power of music to touch those affected by it. Brilliantly composed and presented it also gives insight into a little known history of women’s role in WW2. I highly recommend this show, not to be missed! Be sure to take a tissue or two!!

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All Edinburgh Theatre (4/5 stars) 91 days ago

Ivory wings at the Assembly Rooms is a beautifully written and performed new one woman show by Susie Coreth, which explores Alzheimer’s and the effect music can have on memory. The play follows Virginia, an elderly women with Alzheimer’s. Throughout the play, Virginia drifts between her current state and her...

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The Scotsman (4/5 stars) 92 days ago

Before us, an elderly woman sits crumpled and frail in the centre of the stage, swallowed by it and by the weight of her own memories. ...

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UK Theatre Web (3/5 stars) 98 days ago

A look at dementia through one woman's experience late in life when music brings back memories of the war, her role in the ATA delivering aircraft and her husband - but not her daughter and grandchildren who are visiting.

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The Wee Review (3/5 stars) 110 days ago

Female pilots in the Second World War were a rarity. As the protagonist says, women were only allowed to fly when the male pilots were too old or too broken to do it themselves. Virginia dreamt of flying from an early age, captivated by the first biplane she saw meandering...

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