A Partnership

Theatre (comedy, new writing)

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  • Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose - Nip
  • 14:45
  • Aug 26
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Paper Mug Theatre
  • Warnings and additional info: Scenes of a Sexual Nature, Scenes of Violence, Strong Language/Swearing, OtherSimulated drug use, partial nudity (boxers).
  • 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


Can two men in modern-day London have a long-lasting, monogamous relationship? A Partnership, a relationship comedy-drama featuring two men, has no angels, no AIDS and no other characters – it looks into the changing face of homophobia, as partners Ally and Zach are forced to have a conversation nine years in the making, and finally make a decision about their future. In real-time over an hour, on the eve of Ally's 30th birthday, he and Zach question whether we can – or should – be 'normal,' as internalised homophobia casts a silent shadow over their relationship.

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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 Nip 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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Stephen 91 days ago

Funny, challenging, touching, thought-provoking. This was a really pleasant surprise. Solid performances from both actors, covering a lot of emotional ground. The issue of internalised homophobia is so prevalent in the community. This play does a good job of discussing it in a thoroughly engaging way.

Hannah D. 92 days ago

The play was recommended to me after watching Fudge (another brilliant play) and it did not disappoint.
A partnership is an authentic portrait of love and the struggles that can come with it. It was entertaining and moving at the same time. Awesome play!!

David Dobson 96 days ago

In truth, we only went to this show because the Director 'sold' it to us in Bristo Square. However it was excellent and one of the best plays we have seen at the Fringe. We would recommend it unreservedly.

Fringefan 96 days ago

A Partnership is a brilliantly clever two-hander acted with maturity and talent. Ben Hadfield #ben.hadfield.01 as Ally is superb, bringing pathos and empathy. Zach is played by the writer of the show Rory Thomas-howes who plays the older partner with style and biting wit. The writing is simply the best I have seen at the fringe so far. This is one show that MUST be seen. It deserves the five star review from theatre weekly.

FringeFan1985 104 days ago

Good acting in this two-hander, but so many issues and emotional switchbacks were crammed in, with not nearly enough time spent drawing out the nuances. This simply didn't feel like the depiction of a five-year relationship, and while social realism can certainly be glossed over for dramatic effect, the way in which domestic abuse was focused on (or, rather, not focused on - it was dismissed quickly and everyone moved on) really didn't work. 3/5.

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Broadway Baby (4/5 stars) 74 days ago

Some assert that homophobia, for the most part, has been eradicated. Equal rights now legally exist and those against the LGBT+ community are apparently a minority. Yet Thomas-Howe’s play deals with a subtler hatred: an internalised homophobia. The play commendably unpacks prejudice that lurks in the shadows, in the air...

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The Scotsman (3/5 stars) 90 days ago

"You're a fucking idiot," says Ally when he sees the giant birthday banner his partner Zack has pinned on to the wall for his 30th birthday. ...

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Fest (3/5 stars) 91 days ago

Ally and Zach have just moved into a new house following a nine-year relationship. On the night before Ally’s 30th birthday, a string of revelations makes them realise that perhaps they’re only still together because it’s less effort than breaking up. Ally has a cruel sense of humour and wants...

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UK Theatre Web (4/5 stars) 93 days ago

This is an in-depth consideration of problems in a long-term relationship.

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Ed Fringe Review (5/5 stars) 95 days ago

Funny, feisty and utterly, utterly heartbreaking...

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Ed Fringe Review (4/5 stars) 95 days ago

An emotional roller coaster...

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Theatre Weekly (5/5 stars) 98 days ago

Making their Edinburgh Fringe debut, Paper Mug Theatre bring Rory Thomas-Howes’ A Partnership to the Gilded Balloon’s new Patter Hoose venue. This cleverly constructed two-hander not only succeeds in delving deep in to one couple’s relationship, but is a fascinating study of homophobia from an unexpected angle.

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Edinburgh Festivals Magazine (4/5 stars) 98 days ago

Honest, moving and beautifully performed, A Partnership is a heart-wrenchingly familiar story of a relationship struggling under the weight of expectation. Performed in realtime on the eve of Ally’s birthd...

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The List (3/5 stars) 99 days ago

Ambitious gay relationship drama bites off more than it can chew...

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