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  • Pleasance Courtyard - Pleasance Below
  • 11:25
  • Aug 26
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Sorcha McCaffrey
  • Warnings and additional info: This show contains audience participation and scenes that some may find distressing.
  • Accessibility:
    Audio enhancement system
    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


Archaeologist Nuala unearths a skeleton and her ordered life starts to unravel. Digging into the mystery of the bones, can she handle the chaos of what she discovers? Based on personal experience, this is an uplifting and compelling story about OCD, dungarees and being weird but not a weirdo. 'Shockingly real... fresh and funny' **** ( 'Comic, deep, clever and insightful' **** ( 'Genuine and original' **** (

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General venue access

  • Audio enhancement system
    Relaxed Performance
  • Accessible entry: Main queue on road outside. 5 steps down to venue or Lift access through Pleasance Bar — ask at Box Office or bar for assistance.
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

  • Stairs: 2 - 5
    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

Captioned performances

  • Dates: 14 August, 20 August
  • Type: Open
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team to book your tickets and request any specific seating locations or if booking a unit is required.

Relaxed performances

  • Dates: 20 August, 14 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: Due to the location and structure of the venue there is no chill out area but staff will undertake a scan of the around the theatre space to see if we can reduce any noise whilst people are waiting to come into the theatre for those performances. A member of the team will be available to support anyone during the performance if they need assistance or signposting on the way in or out.

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

Amanda 94 days ago

Loved this one woman show. Explored a difficult subject area - with comedy and passion. Brilliant performance. 5 stars!

Julie Phillips 94 days ago

4 out of 5 not the best show I’ve seen but not the worst either

Melanie Tyson 95 days ago

I really enjoyed this show. I don't like audience participation and really appreciated that everyone was asked whether they were happy to be included. My 20 year old niece was given a piece to read and really enjoyed being involved. I liked the story and thought it was well written and acted. I liked the visuals that broke the story into chapters and thought this was a really good production. We made a last minute decision to go and all enjoyed it.

Verdun Luck 95 days ago

I loved the show. It was well written, staged and performed. A number of threads came together in the last few minutes in a very pleasing way.

At a number of points there was audience participation, but Sorcha made sure before the play started that only volunteers were involved. At first I didn't fully understand why, but later realised that it served to break up what could have been some rather big blocks of serious content.

This is a very talented lady.

Sean Davis 100 days ago

Ladybones (***)
A young woman with psychological issues participates in an archaeological dig that discovers the bones of a young teenager from 16th century England. The needless use of audience members to help re-enact her therapy sessions bothered me. I did find the track of the unearthed skull both clever and touching.

This was the 55th most enjoyable of the 76 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:

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ThreeWeeks (4/5 stars) 86 days ago

Nula is fascinated by many things, but when an ancient female skeleton grabs her attention, we’re led into a manic world of obsession and confusion. Battling against her crippling self-deprecation, she tries to understand both her obsessive tendencies and her sexuality. This protagonist is alluring, with her conflicting intentions creating...

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Broadway World (3/5 stars) 91 days ago

Nuala (Sorcha McCaffrey) greets the audience as they come in and introduces herself. She says that the show contains audience participation but that its "totally chill" if you don't want to be involved. If you do want to be involved you can put on a large pink sticker indicating you're...

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The Skinny (3/5 stars) 97 days ago

Writer and performer Sorcha McCaffrey was diagnosed with OCD in her 20s. After working with the Royal Court Writer’s Group and with support from the National Lottery Arts Council and OCD-UK, she brings her first play Ladybones to the Pleasance Courtyard to tell the tale of “being weird but not...

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The Scotsman (3/5 stars) 97 days ago

Nuala wanted to be the tooth fairy, now she digs for bones. ...

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The Feminist Fringe (5/5 stars) 102 days ago

The entire audience left with something to say about the play – all of which was positive. Given the variety of people in the audience it was a credit to the genuine nature of the play that it had touched each of them uniquely. The element of participation gives a responsibility for the story over to the audience which I think increases the messages it promotes: about seeking help for mental health, about the othering of being a woman, and the inclusive elements it engages with surrounding disability. (This even extended to a short script for the audience participant that was dyslexia-friendly.) Ladybones is thorough and provocative – highly recommended to all.

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Edinburgh Festivals Magazine (5/5 stars) 102 days ago

No one expects a can of coke to elicit an emotional response in an audience, but in Sorcha McCaffrey’s Ladybones, this is exactly what happens. This show follows Nuala, an archaeologist who, upon discovering a female skeleton, finds her battle with OCD and me...

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The List (3/5 stars) 104 days ago

Worthy but formulaic solo about mental health...

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The Wee Review (4/5 stars) 105 days ago

Sorcha McCaffrey warmly greets us individually as we file into the intimate (but not cramped) Pleasance Below, introducing herself and asking for our names. She explains that there’s going to be audience interaction, but not to worry, because it’s all optional, and asks if we would like to take part....

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