Theatre (drama, new writing)

  • theSpace on the Mile - Space 1
  • 10:20
  • Aug 26
  • 40 minutes
  • Suitability: 8+
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Talking Shadows
  • Warnings and additional info: Contains distressing or potentially triggering themes
  • 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 18 months


In the early hours of July 17th 1918, four young women were executed by shotgun and bayonet in a grubby basement in Yekaterinburg, Russia. Flung into lime pits, their remains and stories lay abandoned for 80 years. Yet their only crime was to be born into the unbearable expectation, garish privilege, and naive ineptitude of the ruling Romanov dynasty. The terrors and hopes of their final few hours are brought to life by acclaimed Fringe writer/director Rebecca Vines. Praise for Vines' other work: 1984, ***** (BroadwayBaby.com); Coward Conscience, **** (BritishTheatreGuide.info); More Myself Than I Am, **** (TheWeeReview.com).

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  • Wheelchair access type: Platform Lift

  • Stairs: 6 - 10
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Hashbaz11 106 days ago

This was outstanding. Four young actors easily hold your attention for an hour depicting the last hours of these women doomed by politics and history with some highly measured and utterly compelling performances. A moving piece to start your festival day with... they deserve full houses for the rest of their run. This is one of my highlights from this year's Fringe visit.

Jasbir Sandhu 107 days ago

Excellent show, all 4 girls acted superbly. The story draws you in and the sadness of young life stifled is reflected in the journey of each of the sisters.

Highly recommended.

Martin Edwards 107 days ago

Came to watch this show as we are staying in the hotel and it was too gloomy to venture outside. Ended up really glad it was raining, as this is a well-performed play which focuses on four young women (the daughters of the last Russian Tsar) often glossed over by history. The play is packed with historical detail and asks us to imagine the terrors of being under house arrest and wondering what will happen next. There is not one weak moment in this taut production. We strongly recommend!

Liz 108 days ago

Four beautiful performances which left me very tearful even though I knew the outcome. My last show of this year's Fringe and only just made it because of a late bus but so glad that I did. Thoroughly recommended.

EBW 108 days ago

A haunting and beautiful portrayal of the last hours in exile for the 4 Romanov sisters. The connection between them is acted out with style from this talented group of young women.
Talking Shadows theatre group has represented this historical event with sensitivity and grace. A must see for the Fringe.

John Fuller 108 days ago

Brilliantly performed, well written show. Wasn’t expecting to be so moved at my first show of the day. The different characters of the 4 sisters emerge very clearly, and there is a real sense of family in their interactions. Good use of music to add to the emotional impact. I will be looking for more shows from this company!

Andrew K. 108 days ago

A poignant character study of the four Romanov sisters. A contrast of dreams and realities. Incredibly well performed.

Jayne 109 days ago

A superb piece of fresh new writing with great historical accuracy and brilliant acting throughout. Perfect for anyone looking to see some great new talent, or wanting to be submerged in 1900s Russia with all its drama.

Gayle 109 days ago

We saw both plays by Talking Shadows today - OTMA & Tom Brown's Schooldays - and left the venue utterly moved and floored by the talent on show. Two hard hitting pieces of theatre that shine a light on modern society via the past with humour, sadness and absolute heartbreak.

We saw their production of Lord of the Flies last year and the company have taken it to another level in 2023.

Two early in the day shows you should NOT miss.

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British Theatre Guide (3/5 stars) 103 days ago

Pleasant and melancholic.

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