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  • Summerhall - Main Hall
  • 16:50
  • Aug 25
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 16+ (Guideline)
  • Country: Australia
  • Group: MILKE and Dee & Cornelius
  • Warnings and additional info: Nudity, Strong Language/Swearing. Themes Of Sexual Abuse.
  • 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


Shit is an award-winning compelling, raw and powerful play which examines the intersections of class and misogyny. It is provocative, tragic, heartbreaking, bracing and bitterly funny. What happens when a girl spits, or swears, or screams, or shouts, or pulls down her pants to moon someone from a car, or she laughs too loudly, or she fights, really fights, head butts and punches with her fists, or cuts her hair too short, and wears too much lipstick or none at all? Out of control girls, angry girls, nasty girls are a sight to behold. They're terrifying, electrifying, they're everything.

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Once in to the courtyard, follow the signs up the access ramp, around the front of the bar and into the main reception. Down the corridor on your right hand side is the lift on your right hand side. Take this to the first floor, then take a left through the double doors. The Main Hall is on your right.
  • Wheelchair access type: Permanent Ramp, Lift (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.

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  • 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

Mark Reynolds 122 days ago

An intriguing performers I came to with no expectations. I was greeted with an energetic exploration of three eccentric female characters. The acting could be fairly described as a masterclass, and the piece is styled well; the main drawback comes with me being rather confused by what was happening and who the characters were. The latter I managed to work out by the end of the show, but I'm still unsure of how much of a plot existed. I'd recommend this to anyone looking for an exploration of femininity in the form of a character piece.

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The F Word 108 days ago

It’s always great to see completely unrestrained and unafraid women do their thing on stage. The characters of Billy, Bobby and Sam (gender neutral names noted) in Patricia Cornelius’ play are unapologetic as they strut and swagger about the stage, swearing and shouting.

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The List (4/5 stars) 109 days ago

Razor-sharp dialogue provides an essential alternative to middle-class feminist narratives...

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Voice Magazine (4/5 stars) 110 days ago

The three actors are strong, skilled performers, all reaching deep to bring something raw and electrifying to the stage. Shit is being performed at the Main Hall at the Summerhall venue and is one to watch for something different.

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Fest (3/5 stars) 113 days ago

Three working-class women are trapped their whole lives by institutions. First a foster home, then a prison, following an undisclosed crime. They’re adults now, but still act like teenagers. They swear a lot. They realise they can hardly string a sentence together without shouting out a profanity, and the limits...

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The Scotsman (4/5 stars) 115 days ago

Shit comes to Edinburgh with blisteringly brilliant reviews from Australia, and fresh from the Venice Theatre Biennale. ...

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An Organised Mess 116 days ago

Shit is pulsating, all-consuming and graphic in what is created for the audience. How class and misogyny impact lives to beyond breaking point.

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The Stage [paywall] (4/5 stars) 118 days ago

Getting a brief glimpse of the shattered, abused child within the aggressive adult woman standing before us is a remarkable achievement of acting and writing. That the stellar actors in Patricia Cornelius’s play Shit can hold those two moments in time together gives this searing, uncomfortable play its power. Three...

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One4Review (4/5 stars) 119 days ago

In Patricia Cornelius’ play, Billy, Bobby and Sam are three Australian women who strut around the stage, refuse to restrain their language and refuse to apologise. Their androgynous names reflect their rejection of the socially acceptable female. They disdain women … Read More ...

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ThreeWeeks (3/5 stars) 119 days ago

While this play doesn’t quite match the title (ie, it’s not shit) it was a little disappointing. It started boldly, with a self-aware scene laden with profanity, discussing the use – and potential overuse – of swear words. What unfolded thereafter was a fragmented account of three girls (of indeterminate...

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