The Rip Current

Theatre (new writing, drama)

  • Pleasance Courtyard - Pleasance Above
  • 11:45
  • Aug 18-22, 24-29
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 16+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - Scotland
  • Group: Edinburgh University Theatre Company
  • Warnings and additional info: This show contains distressing themes, scenes of violence and strong language.
  • Accessibility:
    Audio enhancement system
    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


An experimental nosedive into Jamie's fractured past. Struggling to assimilate at Cambridge University, Jamie makes an unlikely connection with a former Etonian – Bertie. As Jamie battles to discover himself, he can't seem to escape the past: a past he can't quite piece together. With the absence of his estranged father, Ruairidh, starting to take its toll, Jamie's relationship with his single mother Bridie is pushed to the limit. Lean in and exhale as you sink into Jamie's distorted world whist he fights, with everything he has, to keep his head above water.

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General venue access

  • Audio enhancement system
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Main queue on road outside. Lift access through Pleasance Bar — ask at Box Office or bar for assistance.
  • 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

Suzy Arthur - The Chelsea Report 35 days ago

The Edinburgh theatre drama group should be very proud for taking the risk to bring The Rip Current to the Fringe. This is a very unique production which shows the talent that is available in this group. All 4 actors have risen to the level to fulfil the dreams of the young writer and co-director to present a story of a very popular topic: lost parents. The drama, the hIghs and the lows are effectively carried out by each one of these players and it particularly touches on a popular subject of today of working class people who have academic achievement getting into the elite prestige colleges as is the case here for young Jamie being accepted at Cambridge. That's an example of how uncomfortable he felt out of his own waters and yes he is riding the rip current there and continues to when he tries to discover who really is his father. There are points in the script which really make one think about what is it like to stand on a surfboard and know the only way you can stay upright is to make sure your weight is evenly distributed; this definitely hit me enough for me to actually see the show the next day as I felt that this theme was profound as it applies to us all in battling the challenges in today's world and our personal lives being impacted by such chaos. Bravo to the cast, crew, and the directors.

Freya 36 days ago

A great emotional show with brilliant writing and powerful acting.

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