Madame Ovary

Theatre (solo show, true-life)

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  • Pleasance Dome - JackDome
  • 12:10
  • Aug 26
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: WildChild Productions
  • Warnings and additional info: -
  • 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


It's January and Rosa is writing her resolutions. This is her year. She is going to stop going out with plonkers, start doing yoga and write some really good art. But before she's had time to delete her dating apps and get into downward dog, she's diagnosed. With ovarian cancer. And it's spread. Suddenly faced with hospitals, chemotherapy and her own mortality, Rosa's new goal for the year ahead is to survive it. Madame Ovary explores the typical struggle a 20-something has with trying to stay relevant and the less typical struggle of trying to stay alive.

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General venue access

  • Audio enhancement system
    Relaxed Performance
  • Accessible entry: Main queue beside spiral staircase. Lift access via lift at rear of bar — this is at the rear of the venue. Ask staff for assistance. Also applicable for Brooke’s Club.
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

  • Stairs: 20+
    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

Relaxed performances

  • Dates: 21 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: Information not supplied

Be aware that this show features:

  • Total Audience Black Out
  • Flashing Lights/Strobed Lighting
  • Permission to move around and make noise
  • Permission to engage with performer
  • Show guide or synopsis or character list

Show does not feature:

  • 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

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

Julie Phillips 87 days ago


Richard Day 94 days ago

The best play I've seen in 5 years on the Fringe.
A one-woman show which is funny and touching, a proper piece of art.

Sally Abbott 95 days ago


Absolutely stunning show about love, connection, being scared and survival. Tender, beautiful and intimate, Rosa Hesmondhalgh has created an absolute gem of a show. It's a show which mines down to your very soul. Emotional, authentic, life affirming and funny. Do whatever you can to get a ticket.

Katie Worsick 97 days ago

Rosa tells her story in an engaging and clever way with warmth and humour. And it's not just for women, my husband thought it was 'brilliant'. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

heather bow 98 days ago

Informative, touching and ultimately uplifting.
Rosa you are brave to tell the story so soon after/during recovery - thanks for sharing it not least for the many young people who will also go through the trials of cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery.
Go see...

Kenneth Gibbs 101 days ago

We were not disappointed with this at all. Amazing. Incredible performance to go with an incredible story. It made us laugh and it made us cry. Thank you for sharing this with us Rosa.

Jane W 110 days ago

This is a spellbinding performance from Rosa. She has managed to turn a tragic personal life event into a hugely powerful story. It's an emotional rollercoaster, but is cleverly intertwined with humour and there are many joyful and uplifting moments. I loved it.

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FringeReview 87 days ago

Written and performed by Rosa Hesmondhalgh, Madame Ovary tells the story of a year in the life of a 20-something creative.  A year that involves resolutions to do more yoga and make more art; to spend less time with plonkers met on dating apps; perhaps to watch more episodes of...

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The Times [paywall] (3/5 stars) 88 days ago

When we first see her, Rosa Hesmondhalgh is jogging. She looks young and healthy. There’s a screen behind her; it seems that she has made a PowerPoint just for us. It’s a list of her resolutions from 2018. She is going to take better care of her body, eat cleaner,...

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I Talk Telly (5/5 stars) 90 days ago

A beautifully poetic, poignant piece of theatre told by one of our brightest new storytellers.

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Amy Stutz (5/5 stars) 90 days ago

Your heart aches for Rosa, I left this show feeling emotionally exhausted but entirely empowered to celebrate life and be consistently grateful even when it throws you these curveballs. Madame Ovary is a life-affirming show about the importance of love when your world comes crashing down.

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Young Perspectives (5/5 stars) 90 days ago

An incredible balance of humour and heart, Madame Ovary is an absolute triumph of a performance.

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ThreeWeeks (5/5 stars) 95 days ago

Though ‘Madame Ovary’ chronicles Rosa Hesmondhalgh’s cancer diagnosis and treatment, it’s not a show about cancer. It’s about life, and love, and friendship: close relationships, established over years, and the brief, intense connections with those we meet only fleetingly. Rosa’s performance is funny, sincere, compelling, distraught…she takes the audience with...

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Within Her Words (5/5 stars) 96 days ago

Madame Ovary is a heart wrenching piece that will catapult your heart into your mouth and have you praying that everything turns out alright.

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Miro Magazine (4/5 stars) 99 days ago

2018 is supposed to be Rosa’s year. This is finally when she will get her priorities straight, take better care of her body and make some really good art. A recent graduate from drama school, she navigates the wide world by way of Tinder, with one hand pressed to her stomach. But, when a screen flashes in the back, it is plastered with open tabs. Text crawls to and fro as she googles a host of newfound symptoms. A pain has settled in her abdomen, her body has started to bloat, her back and ribs are beginning to ache – the distension is becoming unbearable.

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Broadway Baby (4/5 stars) 101 days ago

We are introduced to Rosa as she jogs on the spot, planning her new years resolutions which include working hard, calling her grandma more and taking better care of her body. As she dissects the world of online dating, instagram worthy fashion and yoga for beginners, we can all relate...

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The Stage 102 days ago

With energetic, comedic delivery, Hesmondhalgh guides us through her overwhelming cancer diagnosis and treatment, layering her mostly familiar show with mildly effective text projections and voiceover, and finely punctuated dance movement for unspeakable moments.

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The Edinburgh Reporter (5/5 stars) 105 days ago

Cancer may not have been the story she would have chosen to tell, but tell it she does, in this deeply moving, thought-provoking – and very entertaining – show.

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Edinburgh Festivals Magazine (3/5 stars) 105 days ago

In early 2018 Rosa Hesmondhalgh, niece of former Coronation Street actress Julie Hesmondhalgh, was 23. Her new year’s resolutions were to take better care of her body and of her career. This was, she vowed, “my year.” A struggling actor and writer, Rosa was l...

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