Theatre (music, comedy)

  • Assembly Roxy - Upstairs
  • 18:55
  • Aug 16
  • 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Suitability: 16+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - Scotland
  • Group: Pretty Knickers Productions
  • Warnings and additional info: Contains distressing or potentially triggering themes, Scenes of sexual violence, Scenes of violence, Strong language/swearing, More information
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 18 months


'A funny, powerful and poignant tribute to the full dignity and humanity of women whose way of life is still often stigmatised and "othered", 40 years on' (Joyce McMillan, Scotsman). The five star, sell-out 2022 Fringe hit Salamander is back! Inspired by the unsolved murder of a sex worker in Leith, 1983, Salamander celebrates the underrepresented through original poetry and song, posing the question – has anything improved 40 years on? ***** ( ***** ( ***** ( **** ( **** (Liam Rudden). **** (Scotsman).

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General venue access

  • Accessible entry: There is 25 steps into the performance space. The surrounding street area has some cobbles/uneven pavements.
  • 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.

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Ege Atila 105 days ago

What a rollercoaster of emotions! There were as many moments where I couldn't stop laughing as there were moments where I was moved to tears. Stunning performances all across the board. A definite must-see.

Snap Judgement 105 days ago

★★☆☆☆ Kindly Skip the Hype

* Serious Subject. Humanising sex workers and talking about their lived experiences is a necessary discourse.
* Vibrant Arts. Live music, singing, and poetry brought richness to the stage.
* Audience Acclaim. Fully booked with standing ovations – they saw something special.

* Lacking Depth. For such a hefty topic, the script and characters felt underdeveloped.
* Temporal Disconnect. Was curious about the '80s focus – why not bring it to the present-day dialogue?
* High Expectations. For a production with such rave reviews, it felt a bit underwhelming.

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Jacqueline Bailey 106 days ago

I loved this show, it was funny, moving and thought provoking in equal measures. Go and see it if you get the chance.

jeff 107 days ago

Totally great. Tough subject, but masterful balance of funny & serious... must see!

Amanda Crosbie 107 days ago

You cannot miss this show! Makes you feel all the emotions! Brilliant acting, amazing script and the cast are fantastic. You must see this show before the run is over!

M 107 days ago

A beautiful show that weaves performance, spoken word and songs to create a multifaceted story of the life of sex workers in the 1980s. It touches the core of what it is to be a mother, a wife, a worker, a woman and the expectations and similarities in walks of life you may not think could work with each other. Showing that a sex worker is not just one thing but the reality of women undertaking this career is done with a care which you can feel through the all involved in the company. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll want to do more to help keep sex workers safe. A must see, if you don’t think it will be your cup of tea book a ticket anyway, it really will surprise you.

Julie Robertson 109 days ago

What a great show, fantastic cast, hard hitting storyline portraying life as a sex worker in 80s Edinburgh.
The individual characters were brought to life by each of the amazing actors who brought humour and emotion to the show.

Patrick Rooney 111 days ago

What a fantastic show across the board, from the writing to the performances, it was just so well produced. The cast are brilliant and the story brings a lot of emotion and humour too. I highly recommend it!

Julie McCarragher 111 days ago

Fantastic show- with humour, emotion, spoken word and beautiful singing! A truly gripping story based on true events. Brilliant performances by each of the actors, well worth its 5 stars. I would highly recommend!

Carmen Allison 113 days ago

Just wow wow wow. What an absolute belter of a performance by all involved. It made me laugh and certainly made me cry. I just happened upon this show and I'm so glad I did. Such a great homage too to leith and my home town. Acting, singing, lighting and music was all on such top form. Thank you so much ladies, you were amazing!

Loretta Hope 115 days ago

Excellent performance, such a talented cast. This is both haunting and hilarious, the resilience of the characters in inspiring. One moment I was laughing, the next I was crying, then laughing again. Well told. Go and see this show!

Natalie 117 days ago

Best show I've seen so far. This is what fringe is for.


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Theatre Weekly (4/5 stars) 101 days ago

Brings light, wit, and poetic passion to a complicated and fascinating story

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One4Review (5/5 stars) 114 days ago

This is a theatre show for people who don’t think they’re theatre people. It has it all; drama, comedy, spoken word, and superb singing from a very talented ensemble. Highly recommended.

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All Edinburgh Theatre (4/5 stars) 114 days ago

Brilliantly comical, powerful and emotional

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