Theatre (physical theatre, new writing)

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  • Assembly George Square Studios - Five
  • 10:50
  • Aug 26
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Ellandar Productions and Jessica Rose McVay Productions
  • Warnings and additional info: Age Category: 14 and above (14+)Contains Distressing Themes, 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


Nancy and Alex fell in love when they were teenagers. It is wholehearted, obsessive, knotted-together love. An exploding pig heart leads to a first kiss, shared secrets, comic books and Dido classics. Then it shatters. Ten years later they reunite and are forced to confront their past. Who hurt who, and who is holding on too tightly to that trauma? Post-Mortem digs deeps into its protagonists to reveal the lies we tell ourselves. Fusing physical theatre and gripping new writing, an honest and comic look at young love and old trauma from award-winning playwright Iskandar Sharazuddin.

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Lift access through the glass box into the main studio area. If not taking the lift there are 12 steps down into the performance space. There is level access via Windmill Lane off of Buccleuch Place.
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

  • Stairs: 11- 20
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

Each venue can contain several space with different accessibly information. Visit the venue page for full venue accessibility info

How and when to make an access booking

Our access tickets service is available to anyone who:

  • Would like to book specific accessibility services, e.g. a hearing loop, audio description headsets, captioning units, seating in relation to the location of the BSL interpreter
  • Requires extra assistance when at a venue
  • Has specific seating requirements
  • Is a wheelchair user
  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

Pam barnes 61 days ago

Retrospective cleverly constructed young love, found and lost dance story. Exquisitely related by 2 beautiful young people. Life's unexpected twists and falls sweetly unfolded, brim full of emotion. I cried and laughed in equal measure. Brilliant show!

Rosalind Simon 62 days ago

A great show to start the day. This beautifully crafted piece of theatre uses a clever mix of acting and movement to tell a story which is poignant, humorous and delivered to perfection. I could watch it again!

Gill C 66 days ago

A spontaneous choice of using the ‘nearby me now’ function of the edfringe app found me in this show. What a treat. An absolutely brilliant play with adjunctive interpretative dance. I laughed at lot and had tears at times. Highly highly highly recommended from me!!

Philip Monks 74 days ago

An engrossing and thoughtful piece that carries you along the twists and turns of the couple's relationship. Assured and intriguing. Highly recommended.

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Exeunt 57 days ago

A heartbeat keeps time throughout this piece, acting as a metronome against ex-lovers Alex (Iskandar Sharazuddin) and Nancy (Essie Barrow)’s movement. They retrace steps, relive past hurt and move towards some semblance of closure in this dissection of a break-up ten years earlier. Sharazuddin’s script is playful when depicting the...

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Mumble Theatre (5/5 stars) 65 days ago

The performances by Essie Barrow and Iskandaar R. Sharazuddin are mesmerizing. I felt they were excited about bringing Alex and Nancy to life. The scenes cycle between dialogue, dance, and monologue, and in moods from humorous joy to morbid sadness. Every moment feels believable and as a whole fit together like a tile mosaic. The script, by Sharazuddin, has an organic feeling that paints a detailed emotional landscape. In the end I felt I knew these characters as friends and cared about their well being.

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The List (4/5 stars) 65 days ago

Clever and creative physical theatre about love and growing up...

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The Scotsman (3/5 stars) 66 days ago

Alex and Nancy meet at a post-mortem, or at least over the dissection of a pig’s heart in A-level biology. ...

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ThreeWeeks (5/5 stars) 67 days ago

The tale of two people who fell in love as teenagers, meeting ten years after their relationship fell apart, is told through a brilliant script and captivating physical theatre. In the intimate space you feel a part of Nancy and Alex’s story and the excellent performances by both actors make...

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Fest (3/5 stars) 69 days ago

Shifts in time, interpretive dance and a portfolio of puns are all integral to Post-Mortem, the portrayal of a dysfunctional relationship that covers the rise and fall, offering a glimpse of how redemption could be found. It’s a show that suits its early morning slot, a gentle, politely mannered drama...

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Bouquets and Brickbats (4/5 stars) 70 days ago

The non-chronological structure is complex, but handled so well that we’re never in any doubt as to where and when we are. The show slips in time, and it slips in tone too: one moment laugh-out-loud funny, the next poignant and sad. These changing moods are as expertly choreographed as the dance sequences that punctuate the play.

Under Jessica Rose McVay’s assured direction, this is an impressive piece of work.

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