Olives and Blowjobs

Theatre (comedy, drama)

  • theSpaceTriplex - Studio
  • 21:25
  • Aug 27
  • 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Ollie Maddigan
  • Warnings and additional info: Audience participation, Contains distressing themes, Covid safety measures, Scenes of a sexual nature, Strobe lighting, 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 18 months

Description

Olives and Blowjobs is a five-star coming-of age one-man show written and performed by Ollie Maddigan. Taken from tragic and comedic memories from his life, Olives and Blowjobs is the story of a 15-year-old boy who just wishes he could be a man. After the sudden death of his mother, a boy is forced to change schools and move in with his, until that point, absent father. A show full of grief, hope, olives and the occasional blowjob, this story is a touching depiction of grief in early adulthood.

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Level access is via a different route across the courtyard of the Royal College of Surgeons, our FOH team can advise.
  • Wheelchair access type: Level Access, Lift (Platform Lift)

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

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Rebecca Fortnum 33 days ago

This show has all the emotions. The audience was taken through snorts of laughter to silent tears. There is no doubt that it’s written and performed by a future star. One show left - don’t miss it!

Ashley Ford & Theo Salter 36 days ago

A powerful show about grief, loss, and adolescence when being tossed into unfamiliar waters. Ollie's performance is magnetizing and he artfully weaves humor into this deep, personal and at times heartbreaking story of his childhood. As a performer he gives you everything he has during this rollercoaster of nostalgia, coming of age, and self-recognition. Would be a shame if you didn't see this while it's playing.

Lorenzo Novani 37 days ago

High energy , Inbetweeners-style humour drives us to the heart of this piece, which is a boy being forced to deal with the loss of his mum. The script is heartfelt and raw. It might benefit from being a little more compact. It's clever at points with its callbacks and structure. The young actor and writer gives it his all and deserves great success with this piece. I highly recommend seeing it. It's hilarious and very powerful.

Katie 39 days ago

Absolutly brilliant. A rollercoaster of emotions throughout. A truly talented and very mature young man. You'll laugh out loud even at inappropriate times and maybe even have a few tears in your eyes.

If you've not seen him live then you've not done @edfringe fully.

Gianluca 39 days ago

His acting is visceral and he hits the audience with his truth like a knight with his sword. You have to see it! At the end of the show he looks, and probably is, different from the way he was before starting acting.

Alana Johnson 41 days ago

Are you a human? If so, go see this show. Ollie brilliantly conveys his story about grief, adolescence, mental health and all the complexities that come with those things. A minimalistic stage design accompanies a performance with a massive impact. Ollie will remind you of your humanity. Go see him and support his hard work and vulnerability.

Mingqi Yin 42 days ago

One of the most powerful shows I have ever seen. Ever. This one-man show keeps you captivated throughout, brings you through the emotional rollercoasters, and makes you ball your eyes out. A must-see at the Fringe. I can’t recommend it enough.

Carol Lesley-Green 42 days ago

Ollie Maddigan is a truly special young man with enormous talent.
This is the most powerful storytelling I have seen anywhere, let alone here at Edfringe. Ollie's story and performance held me captive throughout and is an experience I will never forget. It touched my heart and my soul. You seriously cannot miss this show.

Michael Beizsley 42 days ago

Ollie, single handedly takes you on a highly personal journey of grief and self guilt borne out of the tragedy of losing his beloved Mum. We go through humour and sadness that can have you smiling and teary, but walking out at the end being highly introspective of one's own ups and downs. There is a strong public message here: do not let tragedy fester without help and that is help that often one's own family cannot provide. I would like to think we will be hearing more of Ollie in the future - one of those unexpected Fringe nuggets... and ably supported by by his on-cue Tech Desk friend. Find time to see.

Matty 46 days ago

Brilliant show, a must-see at Fringe

Terry Diab 46 days ago

Brilliant one man show. Energetic, moving and hysterically funny at times.
A show to see!

George Hadjiyiannakis 49 days ago

Has to be the best piece of Theatre at the Fringe! Olives and blowjobs has you laughing and crying. Have never felt so much from a one person show. If you see nothing else see this!

Amanda Brahams 50 days ago

Having seen a lot of shows over the last few days at the EdFringe, I would definitely say that this show is a must see. It is beautifully written and performed with both maturity and sensitivity. Ollie made us laugh and cry and I felt all emotions in between in just over an hour! At points, you could hear a pin drop and at other points the whole room was roaring with laughter. Beautifully acted and clearly a huge talent. I look forward to seeing more of Ollie Maddigan in the future.


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The Student (5/5 stars) 34 days ago

a powerful, self-assured, performance

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UK Theatre Web (4/5 stars) 49 days ago

Demands our sympathy while challenging our thoughts about the young.

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