Theatre (drama, new writing)

  • 11:50
  • Aug 27
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: RJG Productions
  • Warnings and additional info: Contains distressing or potentially triggering themes, Strong language/swearing
  • 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 2 years


As teenagers, Emma, Joe and Polko thought they’d never grow apart. Then time passed. When Emma returns to the suburb of their childhood 10 years later she discovers nothing, and everything, has changed. Joe is stuck, living with his mum while working part-time in a hotel; and Polko has vanished, leaving a cloud of stories and misremembered nights in his wake. Set in the front seats of a parked car, Polko is a modern memory play about the places we call home, and the people we leave behind.

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Captioned performances

  • Dates: 2 August, 3 August, 4 August, 5 August, 6 August, 13 August, 20 August, 22 August, 15 August, 8 August, 9 August, 16 August, 23 August, 24 August, 17 August, 10 August, 11 August, 18 August, 25 August, 26 August, 19 August, 12 August, 27 August
  • Type: Closed (Tablet)
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team to book your tickets and request any specific seating locations or if booking a unit is required.

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  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

Diane O'Flaherty 34 days ago

Good storyline and twist. Pity there was too much haze in the venue, didn't add anything to the story at all.

Angela Caulder 37 days ago

4 stars. Great acting especially from the male leads. Interesting and clever writing. Go see.

Veteran Fringe addict 39 days ago

Great play at Summerhall, excellent acting and absorbing story.

Snap Judgement 41 days ago

★★★☆☆ hop in for a ride with POLKO

* Authentic Dialogue. Characters brimming with secrets, desires, and complex histories.
* Friendship Explored. Multifaceted takes on the struggles and meanings of true friendship.
* Familiar Setting. The car front seat, a simple yet evocative canvas for deep conversations.

* Life's Lulls. Just as life has its uneventful moments, so did this play.
* Climactic Letdown. The ending twist felt like a road not fully travelled.

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Tracy Salsbury 43 days ago

Good acting with simple staging, in the round. I nearly missed the twist at the end too! Would recommend.

Ian Bennett 43 days ago

Another hidden gem worth making the trip down to Summerhall for. And pay attention or the twist at the end will totally catch you by surprise!

Elizabeth Wood 48 days ago

Incredible show! Best theatre we saw in our five days here. The writing is brilliant, the dialogue is poignant and true and funny, it is so well plotted, actors were great - A MUST SEE! FIVE STARS!

Kathy 57 days ago

Some of the best character performances I've seen this Fringe. The interplay between the characters was mesmerising, particularly the older character. I found the ending a little abrupt as it felt a little out of nowhere, but I'd enjoyed the rest of the play so much that I didn't really mind.

Chris Rush 57 days ago

Loved Polko, the interplay between Emma and Joe and Paul's role as Joe's advisor was great. I though Paul's role was developed well, I loved the twist in the dying seconds of the play but wasn't quite sure exactly how I was expected to interpret it - maybe not paying enough attention earlier! Easy to recommend, very moving.

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Bouquets & Brickbats (4/5 stars) 41 days ago


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Theatre Thoughts (4/5 stars) 44 days ago

A “Christmas Carol” meets "It's a Wonderful Life" in this NSYNC-inspired musical. It’s a hidden Fringe gem!

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Disrupting Stages 50 days ago

The performances are terrific, and this is a play of great two-character scenes.

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One4Review (4/5 stars) 54 days ago

An enthralling hour of theatre. Highly recommended.

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