Not Our Crime, Still Our Sentence

Theatre (dark comedy, new writing)

  • 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


A vital new comedy play by Glaswegian playwright Mikael Philippos about the real struggles, judgement and most importantly, laughs, a family affected by the incarceration of a loved one experience. Four years into her husband's 16-year prison sentence, Dawn struggles to navigate her family through their new "normal". With two teenage kids, a comical best friend, puberty, washings, sex, Universal Credit and the price of fabric softener going through the roof – who's really serving time? Inspired by Mikael's life, this is a story about family, friendship, compassion, and finding joy in difficult situations.

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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

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Gillian mclaughlin 50 days ago

Absolutely brilliant show! Poignant, funny, and guaranteed to make you laugh out loud. Fantastic cast. Defo recommend.

Sally Williamson 51 days ago

Best show we’ve seen this year, five star review from us. Very real gritty storyline but made very funny and witty, delivered by six very talented people. Well done to you all

Lesley Westbrook 52 days ago

Incredible show. 5 star performance. Must have been difficult to condense into just 60mins all the real struggles a family have to deal with when a partner is sent to jail, but the writer managed this brilliantly. Real funny, thought provoking comedy from start to finish, which left you wanting more. Cast were simply brilliant, all so so talented - everyone getting their characters nailed down to a tee. Definitely in for some real laughs in amongst some hard hitting drama if you head along. Don’t miss it.

Graeme Dallas 53 days ago

Great ensemble piece. This play moves from gritty realism to surreal dream sequences. All this underlined with terrific humour. Strong performances from all concerned. Thoroughly recommended.

Nicole Curley 55 days ago

Amazing amazing amazing!!!! What a show full of laugher and real life! Loved every minute of it. Cast are absolutely fantastic

Holly W 55 days ago

A really good play with a perfect balance of comedy and drama, interlaced with some really rather touching moments as the audience watch the struggles of a woman trying to balance it all while her husband is in prison. All the cast are great, each bringing their character to life in different ways, whether it’s making audience members laugh out loud, or creating tension you could cut with a knife. Definitely recommend this play! Well done all!

Jodie Mcfarlane 56 days ago

If you’re looking for a laugh and to be entertained then you need to watch this show!! Laughed from start to finish, so many relatable characters and all the parts were played so well by each actor.
Would definitely recommend!! 5 stars!

Donna Scroggie 56 days ago

What a great show, laughed from the start until the end. Very well written and all actors were amazing.

Geraldine Marshall 56 days ago

Brilliant show laughed from start to finish all actors were amazing well done to you all

Kim Finlay 58 days ago

Not our crime, still our sentence
What a play , funny, witty and real was great to see a show that had me wanting to stand up and clap my heart out at the end was in tears of laughter, and tears of sorrow at bits as the story was told by the actors brilliantly Thankyou for a good evening out.

Sue McCann 58 days ago

Absolutely fantastic dark comedy, constantly laughing, and amazing acting by the cast….

Lee Murdoch 59 days ago

Funny, insightful, real, and a bit daft. Not Out Crime, Still Our Sentence is a must see this Fringe. For a play which looks into the hardships families affected by incarceration face, it still had its audience laughing the entire way through. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Mary Mangan 59 days ago

Not Our Crime, Still Our Sentence at The Patter Hoose is a must see!! Hilarious comedy and true story from the east end of Glasgow. Emotional and teary but brilliantly funny. Raises awareness of struggle, judgement, stigma and the strength of prisoners families. The place was in laughter from beginning to end even through the tears. Written from the heart by a true East end young man from experience, ill be keeping an eye out for more of his work. Actors were brilliant and it was clear they were having a great time. My favorite show so far. If you're easily offended.. stay in the hoose

Julie Young 59 days ago

Not Our Crime Still Our Sentance
This is by far number 1 of the 15 plays i have seen the room was filled with laughter and tears its a really must to go see the actors were great and the story was superb!! It was that good i shall be going back it really is worth going to see well done to everyone involved ..

Sean Davis 60 days ago

Not Our Crime, Still Our Sentence (***)
The unemployed wife of a man sentenced to 14 years in prison is severally depressed and deals with the pressure of raising two kids by blaming herself and sleeping a lot. The show does a good job of conveying her experience of futility as interacts with her close friend and family. I though the nightmare sequences with her mother as a bewigged judge worked well at conveying her sense of inescapable self-blaming.

This is the 22nd most enjoyable of the 28 shows I have seen so far at the Fringe this year. I hope to see almost 200. You may see my other three-sentence reviews, in order from most enjoyable to worst, at my non-commercial website:

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