The Last of the Pelican Daughters

Theatre (comedy, new writing)

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  • Pleasance Courtyard - Pleasance Beyond
  • 16:40
  • Aug 18-25
  • 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: The Wardrobe Ensemble / Complicité / Royal & Derngate Northampton
  • Warnings and additional info: This show contains strong language and themes some may find distressing.
  • Accessibility:
    Audio enhancement system
    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
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Description

Joy wants a baby, Storm wants to be seen, Sage wants to be paid, Maia doesn’t want anyone to find out her secret and Granny’s in a wheelchair on day release. Mum’s presence still seeps through the ceiling and the floors. The Pelican Daughters are home for the last time. The Wardrobe Ensemble grapple with inheritance, loss and justice in this comedy about four sisters trying to come to terms with their mother’s death. Developed with Complicité. In association with Bristol Old Vic and Pleasance.

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General venue access

  • Audio enhancement system
  • Accessible entry: Queue in cobbled courtyard. Access to space via locked lift ask staff or at Box Office.
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

  • 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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  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

Holly Richards 2 days ago

I loved this show - it's so real and true about having sisters and a relationship with your mother! It was so funny and beautiful, but also clever and unique!

Christopher 4 days ago

I can only endorse other reviewers’ opinions - this is the best thing I have seen this year at the Fringe. Superbly acted and a beautifully written piece. I can’t understand why there are any tickets left for sale. Go and see it.

Patrick Wolton 7 days ago

Best show I've seen at the fringe this year! The story line is undoubtedly amusing but also delivers a serious message of a disfunctional yet very close family. If there's one show you should not miss this year it's this one! Great job by the Wardrobe Ensemble yet again!

Mark Hendrickson 9 days ago

Great show. Best we've seen this year at the Fringe. Funny, moving, extremely well acted and staged. Must see.

The Ockerts 9 days ago

Complex story, well played for a range of characters. Surprising, yet comforting ending - reminding me of the importance of family.

Luke McGibbon 10 days ago

The theatre was packed, and I hadn't seen anyone even flyering. Someone in the queue explained to me the wardrobe ensemble are something of an institution in Bristol and I can see why. This play made me laugh and it made me cry. It had me completely invested in every character. Worth your time.

Edward Jones 10 days ago

Favourite play I’ve seen at the Fringe so far. First time watching the Wardrobe Ensemble and already can’t wait to see more from them. Acting, directing, staging and lighting were all of the highest quality making this tender, heartwarming, and very funny play something really quite special. Absolutely go and see it if you get the chance!!

Henry Empson 10 days ago

Best show we saw at the Fringe this year. Tender, well acted, original and hilarious. I honestly cannot recommend this enough

Michael Paulson 12 days ago

A tender, younger version of August of Osage county. Relaxed and the acting was natural. Pleasantly surprised. Highly recommend this family drama that we can all relate to. Simple set, relied on the chops of the actors.


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Miro Magazine (4/5 stars) about 10 hours ago

The Last Of The Pelican Daughters is fucking weird. And utterly adorable.

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Edinburgh Guide (3/5 stars) 2 days ago

“Hello House”. The Pelican daughters have returned to the nest where they were born and raised, brooded over by their unconventional mother. Now she is dead, and they are together on her birthday to celebrate her life and to sort out what is to become of the family home. The...

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An Organised Mess 3 days ago

The Last of the Pelican Daughters is surreal, haunting, uplifting and ultimately leaves a feeling of endearment. These aren’t the easiest of family, but there’s no doubting they PeliCan.

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Life as Theatre (3/5 stars) 4 days ago

With its four sisters, all stuck in some form of existential ennui and mourning the death of a recently deceased matriarch it has echoes both of Chekhov and Shelagh Stephenson’s Memory Of Water. Hell, in its delving into the strife of the middle classes it could have landed amid Dominic Cooke’s Royal Court seasons. It’s unlikely this is coincidental; the company have theatrical knowledge built into their DNA.

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The Stage [paywall] (4/5 stars) 5 days ago

On the eve of their late mother’s birthday the Pelican sisters – Joy, Storm, Sage and Maya – return to the family home to celebrate and remember her. The mood is already uneasy when Storm (Jesse Meadows) disrupts things further by suggesting she should have a greater share of the...

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Theatre Weekly (5/5 stars) 5 days ago

The Wardrobe Ensemble have certainly escalated the scale and depth of their storytelling with The Last of The Pelican Daughters, the narrative is complex and layered enough to be a compelling Sunday night TV drama, but with all the theatrical elements that make it perfect for the stage. Having just completed a London transfer, Pelican Daughters must surely now follow, with a wonderfully written script and a talented cast, this is already West End ready.

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The Wee Review (3/5 stars) 6 days ago

It’s their mum’s birthday. So the four daughters return to the nest to drink cheap prosecco in celebration with their husbands, new boyfriends, missing girlfriends – and Granny. The only flaw is their mum is dead. And the will needs sorting out, fairly, on mum’s instruction. So Storm presents her...

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The Empty Blogspace 6 days ago

It’s a laugh a minute, cry a minute open-wound of a play with lots to say, and where better than a big pink house to say it?

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Broadway Baby (4/5 stars) 7 days ago

The Wardrobe Ensemble is back at the Fringe and brings a powerfully emotional story of family.While 2017’s Education Education Education is still fresh on the minds of many after its startling debut and continued success with a recent run at the Trafalgar Studios, The Last of the Pelican Daughters is,...

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British Theatre Guide (4/5 stars) 8 days ago

Bristol-based The Wardrobe Ensemble has brought an earthy family drama to this year’s Fringe. The Last of the Pelican Daughters developed in association with Complicité is a compelling piece of theatre.Following the death of their mother Rosemary, the four sisters of the Pelican family have gathered together to celebrate her...

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Whats On Stage (4/5 stars) 8 days ago

There is a moment in The Wardrobe Ensemble's new show, accompanied by an iconic 1970 song that won't be named, that may be the most intensely brilliant three minutes at the Edinburgh Fringe this year. It'd be awful to spoil but, when it happens, you'll know. Following their hit deconstruction...

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Broadway World (4/5 stars) 8 days ago

The Wardrobe Ensemble have developed this theatre production with Complicité, in association with Bristol Old Vic and the Royal & Derngate Northampton. A family reunion to celebrate their late mother's birthday unearths the truth surrounding the siblings' feelings of their past and hopes for the future. Their mother, Rosemary Pelican,...

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The Guardian (3/5 stars) 9 days ago

There’s lots to love about this show from the Wardrobe Ensemble, creators of Education, Education, Education. It’s in the way the four sisters (surname Pelican) represent their late mother in identical red dresses and take turns to maintain her haunting presence. It’s in the bursts of unexpected choreography to the...

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