Molly Naylor: Stop Trying to Be Fantastic

Spoken Word (storytelling, theatre)

  • Accessibility:
    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


One day, a magpie comes into a little girl's house by mistake. It decides it likes her. She spends the next 25 years trying to get away from it. Stop Trying to Be Fantastic is a mostly true story about suffering, saviour complex, self acceptance and a magpie who refuses to quit. Award-winning writer/performer Molly Naylor presents this funny, frank, lyrical storytelling show that explores what we owe to each other versus what we owe to ourselves. It's an anti self-help show... that might actually help. 'Brave, funny, tough and beautiful writing' (Guardian).

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General venue access

  • Captioning
  • Accessible entry: Once into the courtyard, get to the front of the Royal Dick Pub, take the alleyway to your left, around the back of the large tent. Through the doors; the venue is then up the stairs.
  • Wheelchair access type: Not fully wheelchair accessible

  • 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

Captioned performances

  • Dates: 23 August
  • Type: Closed (Own Device)
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team to book your tickets and request any specific seating locations or if booking a unit is required.

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

claire ashton 30 days ago

Poignant story of self discovery . Very moving .. we brought a cheesecake and it starred someone called cheesecake so we were meant to see it . Free badge

Charlie Siret 38 days ago

This was a really beautiful show, I've not seen anything like it before but it didn't take long to get used to the form at all because of how easy Molly made the audience feel and how comfortable she seemed in the space. Her story was captivating and really relatable, I'm so glad I came to see it.

Alex 44 days ago

A lovely story, Molly Naylor using her adept skill at creating lyrical dialogue to tell this story with humour, self-awareness, all wrapped up in a poignant ending.

Michelle Joyner 46 days ago

I really recommend this show, Molly is a lyrical and compelling writer and performer, and turns a coming-of-age story into a bit of a thriller. I haven’t really seen something like this at The Fringe, and I found it very captivating. My only complaint was that I didn’t think she needed the microphone and found it distracting. The theatricality stands on its own. Summerhall continues to have the best programming that I’ve seen at the festival.

Alasdair 48 days ago

From the beginning, Molly Naylor establishes herself as both a masterful writer and unmatched storyteller. The kind of show that leaves you feeling both completely reinvigorated and emotionally drained, Stop Trying To Be Fantastic is still on my mind several days later. Do not miss it.

Louise 49 days ago

This show is full of contradictions. Molly delivers her beautifully crafted story with strength and vulnerability. It is in parts nuanced and subtle, and then blunt and raw. I am grateful Molly has shared her insights. Her story will stay with me for a long time.

Franziska 51 days ago

Well-written and thought-provoking! Kept me captivated all the way though.

Jamie Shepherd 52 days ago

I really enjoyed this show, Molly Naylor captures you from the start, with her clear and self-scripted words cleverly timed to musical bursts. This builds her personal growth story with metaphor and real life which I could relate with personally. Helping people can be positive or self-destructive and Molly's story (with bird) over 25 years shows us the difference, I welled up at the end.

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theatreextra (5/5 stars) 36 days ago

A masterclass in how to do a show at the Fringe.

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The Stage (3/5 stars) 48 days ago

Engaging storyteller

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