Theatre (drama, solo show)

  • Summerhall - Cairns Lecture Theatre
  • 15:30
  • Aug 28
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 16+ (Restriction)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Wildcard
  • Warnings and additional info: Contains distressing themes, Scenes of a sexual nature, Strong language/swearing, More information
  • 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


In this one-woman thriller, we see how a loving relationship can sometimes be anything but. Ruckus explores coercive control, an issue not widely recognised... and yet its side effects kill up to three women every week in the UK. Each moment of the play has been inspired by real women and real stories. Through a visceral sound design, Ruckus will send a shiver down your spine and make you more conscious of the suppression caused by coercive control. Presented by the award-winning Wildcard.

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General venue access

  • Captioning
  • Accessible entry: Once into the courtyard, get to the front of the Royal Dick Pub, take the alleyway to your left, around the back of the large tent. Through the doors; the venue is then up the stairs.
  • 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.

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

Captioned performances

  • Dates: 26 August
  • Type: Closed (Own Device)
  • 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.

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

Sean Davis 37 days ago

Based on real stories, a woman tells of how her relationship with her lover very slowly evolves into one of abuse. Him driving them at scary speeds was an example of how a lover can exert control over their spouse that I would never thought of, but my partner had experienced. Because of my hearing impairment, at times I could not understand the high pitched voice of the actress, and would give this four stars, but my partner thought it was worth five.

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Fiona Smith 38 days ago

So well acted and written. We were there every step of the way.

Melissa Brooks 43 days ago

Absolutely blown away by this performance. Brutally honest portrayal of someone in an horrific situation that unfortunately we so often miss the signs of. 5* not one to miss this fringe

Chris Wicks 44 days ago

One of my favourite shows of this year's Fringe. Tight storytelling and scripting, great movement, important subject matter. Look forward to seeing what Jenna and Wildcard do next. 5 *****

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The Stage (4/5 stars) 37 days ago

Lost in Theatreland (5/5 stars) 39 days ago

Ruckus will provoke thought and stick with you long after you’ve left the lecture theatre.

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The Scotsman (4/5 stars) 42 days ago

A compelling solo show that examines coercive control

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Theatre Weekly (5/5 stars) 46 days ago

Ruckus is a stunning production, a refreshing examination of less-explored avenues of domestic violence informed by urgent direction and a breathtaking performance.

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Edinburgh Guide (4/5 stars) 47 days ago

A truly thrilling emotional rollercoaster of a ride.

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Voice Magazine (5/5 stars) 47 days ago

Jenna was a complete stand out, and her performance reduced me to pieces. Ruckus is not only a must-see, it's your fringe reminder to never say, “why didn’t she just leave?"

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ThreeWeeks Edinburgh (5/5 stars) 48 days ago

Wildcard have done it again: like their sensational show ‘Electrolyte’, ‘Ruckus’ is a relentless and thrilling one woman show.

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Bouquets and Brickbats (4.5/5 stars) 50 days ago

Ruckus is a timely, artful piece of work, and Jenna Fincken is a name to watch.

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Lost in Theatreland (5/5 stars) 51 days ago

Many a soap opera has tried to portray coercive control and emotionally abusive relationships, with audiences usually watching this play out over many episodes for weeks on end. Yet rarely is there an account as raw and honest as Ruckus gives, and it’s a testament to the writing of Jenna Fincken that we see every element distinctly played out in just an hour.

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