The Last Flapper

Theatre (drama, historical)

  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


Is she mad… or just angry? Alone in a mental hospital, Zelda Fitzgerald, icon of the Jazz Age, asks the questions her doctor should have. Did F Scott steal her words? Did he claim she was insane just to gain his freedom? Can a woman ever decide her own fate? In this poignant, playful, and candid one-woman show, Zelda finally gets to tell her side of the story. Performed by award-winning Dallas actress Catherine DuBord, and directed by award-winning Texan Lydia Mackay, this historical play wrestles with issues that are anything but history.

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General venue access

  • Accessible entry: First floor via lift along narrow corridor and then 3 steps down into the space.
  • Wheelchair access type: Not fully wheelchair accessible

  • Stairs: 11- 20
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

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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

Katy Knill-Jones 39 days ago

Beautiful intense performance- very convincing and moving!

Maxwell Thiemens 39 days ago

This was a very intense, well acted, and well written story. The time flew by, and I don't think there was a member of the audience who didn't have a viceral reaction to the powerful story.

Patti Davis 39 days ago

This was our very first Fringe show and it completely set the bar for everything else we saw. Nothing else compares. Incredible, heart wrenching, beautiful. A total tour de force. If this show doesn't go straight to Broadway and take all the Tonys, I'll be shocked. Amazing.

Audrey K 44 days ago

This was our first Edfringe! We’ve seen a lot of theater and artistic performances, but this one was especially amazing. Catherine (who performs this show) is possibly one of the best actresses I’ve seen. It was powerful enough to be immersive. We felt like we were there in the room with Zelda and fully understanding what she was feeling. Just imagine the genius and pressure surrounding Zelda and the further pressure for women to behave a very certain way then, despite their wants and capabilities. This is an actress I expect and hope to see more of both in theater and film (if she wishes). This is a performance not to be missed. We saw several amazing performances but in terms of incredible acting and story interest, this was the best I’ve seen in a long time!

Howard Becke 45 days ago

This was my 26 th year at the Fringe. I have seen a lot of shows. This is brilliant and you should absolutely go and see it. Thank you.

Kevin Marchand 48 days ago

The initmate delivery space makes this feel personal. A very powerful performance appearing to show all the influences on Zelda's mental state. If you enjoy getting wrapped up in a bit of history told oh so well then this is for you
(Reviewer 70 year old straight male)

Agnes Joyce Wells 48 days ago

Now, this is class! What a great piece of writing and coupled with superb acting set in a very tiny intimate space, you become enthralled with the fast moving tale. Fantastic. Grab a ticket while you can!

Edward Bullitis 50 days ago

Travelling from Australia we booked this in advance on a wing and a prayer. It was brilliant- a captivating, engaging and powerful performance. We were most impressed and would recommend this to anyone who finds the description of the show intriguing - it will be worth it!

Caitlin Costello 51 days ago

Beautiful acting and a brilliant retelling of the relatively unknown yet fascinating true story of Zelda Fitzgerald. Captivating storytelling in an extremely intimate venue, I definitely recommend!

Louise 51 days ago

I really enjoyed the one woman show, it was gripping from start to finish. Amazing acting, great story telling. It felt like a classic fringe event, very intimate with the audience almost on the stage. I would recommend to friends.

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West End Best Friend (4/5 stars) 39 days ago

An interesting script; we have part history, part dramatical interpretation, but 100% entertainment. Powerful, insightful and femininely charged.

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Chris On Theatre 41 days ago

DuBord nails it.

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The Wee Review (4/5 stars) 41 days ago

Icon of the Jazz Age comes to life and tells her own story.

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The Spectator 41 days ago

The troubled life of Zelda Fitzgerald is brilliantly dramatised in The Last Flapper.

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FringeReview 41 days ago

There are so many ways to process this story, all of them valuable.

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Broadway Baby (4/5 stars) 43 days ago

A whistle stop tour of the life and loves of Zelda Fitzgerald

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@theroamingreader 44 days ago

DuBord's commitment to Zelda does her justice.

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Edinburgh Guide (4/5 stars) 48 days ago

William Luce’s bittersweet play flows along with poetic lyricism to capture this tragic literary love affair from romantic passion to heartbreaking betrayal.

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