Leave a Message

Theatre (drama, comedy)

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  • Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose - Dram
  • 14:00
  • Aug 26
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Jessica Rose McVay Productions and Bad Thursday
  • Warnings and additional info: Strong Language/Swearing
  • Accessibility:
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    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


Two friends, Ed and Sarah, travel to the small squalid bedsit where Ed's father passed away a few days earlier. As they wade through the debris, the fragments of one lost life begin to coalesce, just as another starts to show signs of cracking. Will we be remembered for anything more than the mess we leave behind? Either way, the carpet is beyond saving. A brand-new play, based on an actual afternoon.

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Patrons enter the building via either 3 shallow steps or the platform lift at the front of the building. Please note the platform lift is only suitable for manual wheelchairs and not power wheelchairs. The Dram can be accessed via the building lift to the 1st floor. The Accessible toilet is located on the Basement level. Please make yourself known to a member of staff (in a pink t-shirt) if you require assistance or require a specific seat.
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

Each venue can contain several space with different accessibly information. Visit the venue page for full venue accessibility info

How and when to make an access booking

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  • 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

Tracey Farrar 114 days ago

Excellent show!! Clever use of the stage and beautiful acting!! Well-written!!!

Philip Monks 124 days ago

The light and shade (it moves deftly from tragedy to comedy and back again) and intriguing characters as well as the situation make this a very involving play that takes you along with it as the story unfolds. And plenty to talk about afterwards. Highly recommended.

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Broadway World (4/5 stars) 106 days ago

Ed's father Nicholas has recently passed away and Ed and his friend Sarah have to clean out his house. Wading through a sea of empty bottles, unopened mail and twenty-year-old receipts, we immediately get a sense that Nicholas led a chaotic life. We get the sense that Ed and his...

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The Stage [paywall] (4/5 stars) 112 days ago

For Ed Coleman’s new play, which originally saw the light at this year’s Vaults Festival, the author questions how much we will be remembered when we are gone. Nick has died suddenly after a lifetime of chronic alcohol abuse. His wife divorced him years ago and he hadn’t spoken to...

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The Scotsman (3/5 stars) 113 days ago

Ed and Sarah turn up to clean up a flat, a place that looks like a dustbin after a heavy night. ...

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Voice Magazine (4/5 stars) 113 days ago

Leave a Message is a very interesting play about a young man who has been burdened with the task of clearing out his estranged, dead, alcoholic father’s flat.
Leave a Message is a great new play and it’s playing at the Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose daily @ 14:00.

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The List (3/5 stars) 115 days ago

Heading into the darker places with Ed and his memories...

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Bouquets & Brickbats (4.5/5 stars) 124 days ago

"Co-written by Coleman and James Mitchell, Leave a Message positively crackles with taut, witty dialogue, coaxing plenty of laughs out of what could so easily be a maudlin tale of self-destruction. "

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FringeReview 128 days ago

Nicholas has died, amidst the chaos of his last months, surrounded by bottles of Cherry Vodka and credit card bills. Not found for several days – if he’d been on time paying the rent for his bedsit he might still be there now. His son Ed, supported by friend Sarah,...

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