Theatre (new writing, drama)

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  • theSpace on the Mile - Space 3
  • 12:25
  • Aug 23
  • 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Suitability: 16+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - Scotland
  • Group: Seesome Theatre and New Celts productions
  • Warnings and additional info: Strong Language/Swearing
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 6 months


Expelled from school aged 15, Alicia battles for her right to exist. Charities and the welfare state view her as the one thing everybody hates: a parasite. But who are the real bloodsuckers? A provocative coming-of-age dramedy from award-winning playwright James Harker (***** (Skinny), for Gary: a Love Story) and award-winning director James Beagon (****½ (Manchester Theatre Awards), for Antigone na h’Éireann). Parasites explores the complicated relationship between the state and the individual in today’s society. What is the price of dignity? How do systems define us? And can Alicia ever truly take control of her own life?

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  • 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.

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Karen Brown 87 days ago

Last minute decision to see this, so glad we did. This is the best play i have seen in 4 years of the Fringe, great acting from all thank you

James Crichtonj 93 days ago

As a retired teacher with 40 years of contact with teenagers this story accurately told a familiar story but only because of the strong performances of the three actors. I thought Amy’s empathic delivery from her three characters was especially accurate.
A good start to the Fringe for us!

Gail Gardner 93 days ago

Went to see this show today. Brilliant acting throughout. The story is a sad reality but has lots of funny bits too. Would highly recommend it.
Lovely venue, also easy access.

Thomas Jaffray 95 days ago

A look into the failures of the care system and how some can fall through the cracks; thought-provoking, well-acted, and very needed right now. Worth the watch!

The Ockerts 96 days ago

Frustrating to recognize that this portrays a reality for many people, but with a slightly hopeful ending. A good play to see to make you think about our social systems and how we help those who are ready to turn their lives around. Would recommend!

Elliot Linden 100 days ago

Excellent show, great story, stellar cast. ****

"Parasites" takes you on a journey through the eyes of Alicia played by Mollie DeMar who delivers a raw and heart-warming performance as the lead. Throughout Alicia battles with charity workers and other members of "the welfare state" which are taken up by Amy Adamson and Katie McDonald both of whom deliver solid performances as they switch between all their multitude of characters with ease and finesse.

A thought provoking show that you must see this Fringe!

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The 730 Review (4/5 stars) 85 days ago

This is a wonderful piece of new writing with a pulsing soundtrack, excellent direction and use of the intimate stage and three performers to die for. I compel you to catch it while you can.

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All Edinburgh Theatre (4/5 stars) 94 days ago

There is brutality, but also considerable compassion, in Seesome Theatre and New Celts’ Parasites at theSpace on the Mile. In James Harker’s new play, teenager Alicia makes one too many bad decisions, leading to her exclusion from school. This sets her on a path where others constantly put barriers in...

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