Love (Watching Madness)

Theatre (new writing, solo show)

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  • Pleasance Courtyard - Bunker Three
  • 11:35
  • Aug 26
  • 55 minutes
  • Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: SpeakUp Theatre in association with The Actors Centre
  • Warnings and additional info: This show contains strobe lighting, strong language and themes that 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

Description

'My mum threw a trifle at my best friend and that's when I first thought something was probably wrong.' A mother. A daughter. An hour. A bond. Questions. Answers. Trifle. Tides. Refresh. Restore. Release. Critically acclaimed SpeakUp Theatre present a searingly honest and personal one-woman show investigating the complexities of loving someone with mental illness. A moving, funny and relatable insight into how it feels to care for someone who can't always show that they care for you.

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General venue access

  • Audio enhancement system
  • Accessible entry: Via a driveway from the main road.
  • Wheelchair access type: Level Access

  • 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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Kate Blick 83 days ago

Wonderful observation of the complex relationship between mother and daughter. Warmth and humour weave through the piece. Simple staging and subtle direction emphasise the gamut of emotion felt when you love someone with mental health challenges. Can’t recommend it enough.

Julie Phillips 88 days ago

4 out of 5 She puts lots of energy into her performance. A sad story about mental health issues impacting on family members.

Ed & Elly 90 days ago

Our favourite show at the fringe so far and would be a perfect addition to everyone's programme. LOVE contains everything you want it to: heartfelt writing, many giggles and two crazed rave music lights flashing manic dancing interludes. Izzy and Ruth have collaborated beautifully. The end result is a performance that helps the audience to not only understand and easily follow the relationship between mother and daughter, but also to have an insight into how the complicated emotions actually feel.
Touching, Funny, Electric - *****

Kate Brazier 90 days ago

Brilliant show! A daughter’s relationship with her mother who is suffering from bi-polar disorder explored in a clever, moving and funny way. Definitely one of our top picks of the Fringe so far and would recommend to anyone, not just mothers and daughters. Very slick and very thought-provoking.

Nicola Amory-Hypolite 92 days ago

Thought provoking and touching. Amazingly performed and so moving i had to call my mum straight afterwards just to say 'Hi'.

I can't recommend this play enough. Hope that it gets traction and more people get to see it. Please see this play, you won't regret it.

Spencer Bowen 99 days ago

A thought-provoking, extremely emotional set, interspersed with humour. Loved it.


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ThreeWeeks (4/5 stars) 81 days ago

Effortlessly heartbreaking and emotionally raw, this autobiographical one-woman show explores Izzy Kabban’s experiences of growing up under the weight of her mother’s undiagnosed mental illness. As both writer and performer, she poetically captures the nuances of her formative years with her mother – the unremitting love between them juxtaposed with...

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The Stage [paywall] (4/5 stars) 82 days ago

It can be draining, caring for someone with a mental health condition; it can consume you. Isabelle Kabban’s jagged and fragmented play captures that sensation exactly, highlighting how exhausting it can be to love someone who’s unravelling. Drawing on her own mother’s diagnosis as bipolar when Kabban was at university,...

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London Theatre 1 (5/5 stars) 83 days ago

LOVE (Watching Madness) is not an easy watch, but it is a compelling one. Running just shy of an hour-long, it felt like a couple of minutes before the curtain call – which is (without naming names) absolutely not the case with every show at the Edinburgh Fringe.

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Edfringereview (4/5 stars) 83 days ago

Such a raw and honest portrayal of life with someone suffering from a mental illness must be seen, if not for its incredibly high quality, but in order to educate yourself about something which is so often misunderstood.

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Ed Fringe Review (5/5 stars) 83 days ago

A raw and honest portrayal of life with someone suffering from a mental illness...

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Ed Fringe Review (4/5 stars) 83 days ago

It will move even the most cold-hearted of us...

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London Theatre 1 (5/5 stars) 85 days ago

LOVE (Watching Madness) is not an easy watch, but it is a compelling one. [...] a funny, moving and relatable insight into how it feels to care for someone who can’t always show that they care for you.

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Within her words (4/5 stars) 93 days ago

This show took me by surprise. I was not expecting such a delicate and intelligent piece when I walked into the space. Lovely direction by Ruth Anna Phillips, this company have created something really special.

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Broadway Baby (4/5 stars) 94 days ago

This one-woman show, written and performed by Isabelle Kabban, is a tender, thoughtful and deeply moving account of a mother-daughter relationship affected by mental illness. Love (Watching Madness) offers an opportunity to open up discussion surrounding the increasingly pressing issue of mental health, and the importance of support for families...

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The Scottish Play (4/5 stars) 94 days ago

Three conversations fluently weave through the piece, as the daughter speaks with her therapist, her mother, and herself. Lighting, sound, and props are used well to transport the audience through space, time, and from manic highs, to self-flagellating lows.

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Edinburgh Festivals Magazine (4/5 stars) 94 days ago

This is a show for everyone: mothers, daughters, and all in-between. An electric piece executed by a female duo, it is resonant and inspiring. A must-see that explores the nuances of mental health in a tender and fearless manner.

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The List (3/5 stars) 99 days ago

Commendable take on growing up with a mentally ill parent...

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Fest (3/5 stars) 101 days ago

When writer and actor Isabelle Kabban was in university, her mum was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. It came as a relief after a lifetime of anxiety, confusing incidents and hurt. In this stark depiction of life with a loved one and their mental illness, conversations with her therapist provide a...

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Broadway World (3/5 stars) 103 days ago

Love (Watching Madness) is a show about the complexity of caring for somebody with mental illness. Isabelle Kabban is an engaging performer (and the writer of the show) who makes it easy to get absorbed in the story. The narrative flips between conversations with the daughter's therapist and conversations with...

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