Screen 9

Theatre (verbatim, new writing)

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  • Pleasance at EICC - Lomond Theatre
  • 20:40
  • Aug 29
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Piccolo Theatre and The Pleasance
  • Warnings and additional info: This show contains distressing themes.
  • 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 2 years


At the Colorado premiere of The Dark Knight Rises, a community was torn apart by gun violence. But while their hearts were broken, their community was not. This hard-hitting verbatim piece follows the survivors remarkable true testimonies of the infamous Batman Shootings as they attempt to respond and recover from the tragedy. This is their story and every word is real. Piccolo Theatre is a bold new company, creating cutting edge and thought-provoking theatre. The Pleasance is proud to present Screen 9 as this year's recipient of the Charlie Hartill Theatre Reserve.

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Level access from main entrance.
  • Wheelchair access type: Level Access

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

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Captioned performances

  • Dates: 22 August
  • Type: Open
  • 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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Luke Gallagher 150 days ago

Deep. Innovative. Unmissable.
This piece moved me to tears. I already had high hopes, but this show managed to surpass them and then some. Those involved ought to be proud of what they have made. A sensitive subject handled with absolute care and rich authenticity. I cannot recommend this enough. Go and see it!!!

Kirsty R 154 days ago

This is a great piece of theatre. 5 stars *****. Also loved the venue - the social distancing meant everyone had full view of the stage.

Kay 156 days ago

What a phenomenal piece of theatre. Done in the most tasteful and respectful way, as well as being completely gripping from start to finish. This is completely a professional performance that had me so emotionally moved. The acting was incredible, I was so immersed in the true words.
You MUST see this performance. It’s so important to see this! Bravo Piccolo Theatre.

Kevin Marchand 161 days ago

If you like good acting and production around a pretty gripping subject then GO AND SEE

Martin burroughs 162 days ago

Not going to say too much, as I think the setup would lose its effectiveness if discussed. But this is a piece with a slight immersive feel, that heightens the emotions of the piece beautifully. It's gripping and relentless, potentially triggering for some, but definitely definitely worth seeing.

Lewis C. Baird - Theatre Scotland 163 days ago

‘Screen 9’ from Piccolo Theatre in association with Survivors Empowered, is a powerful piece of verbatim theatre which explores the horrific shooting during the Colorado premiere of ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ in 2012. This production is currently playing The Pleasance at the EICC on and off until 29th August as part of the Edinburgh Fringe.

The four members of cast involved in this production deliver truly breathtaking and devastating performances. Sabrina Wu as Katy, delivers a mentally scarred young woman who has been devastated by loss and violence. David Austin-Barnes as Alex portrays the desperation, pain and also ambition that comes with witnessing a horrific attack. George Rexstrew as Jonny gives an honest portrayal of survival, also tackling Jonny’s perspective with such realism and passion. Hannah Schunk-Hockings’ portrayal of Mary is one which truly devastates the audience, with the pain and also hope through Mary’s heart aching journey.

Kate Barton directs and writes this production. Kate’s direction immerses the audience in the setting of the Colorado cinema back in 2012. As a British audience, we find it hard to feel in danger while sitting in such an innocent setting, however, Kate placing the performers in the audience while describing how the events unfolded removes all security. The audience feel on edge as if they are re-living those moments with the characters. This blocking from the director is ingenious, as it is harrowing for us to imagine such an environment turning hostile. Matthew Jennings’ set design amplifies the cinema setting with a screen showing the time with a blurred-out version of the movie, also a popcorn machine is placed on stage which fills the auditorium with the familiar cinema smell, it even pierces through our masks. Kate’s script is stunningly pieced together, the pacing is perfect, with the dialogue edited in such a creative and engaging way. Impactful moments of silence are featured which gives the audience time for reflection and even mourn the people that lost their lives during the shooting.

This new production is one which could be compared to verbatim works such as ‘The Laramie Project’ or ‘Come From Away’, for its profound capturing of the events featured, while also taking ingenious creative license to translate the story in a way which engages audiences of all backgrounds. ‘Screen 9’ might just be the highlight of the fringe, purely due to the cast’s stellar performances and Kate Barton’s ingenious direction and stunningly written, devastating script. The events featured raise important questions while also sharing the experiences of the people who faced this horrific event.


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The Violet Curtain (4/5 stars) 150 days ago

Overall though, Screen 9 is a beautiful portrayal of ordinary people in an extraordinary situation, asking what really happens when fear grips you and focusing on the victims rather than the perpetrator.

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