Theatre (comedy, experimental)

  • Summerhall - Red Lecture Theatre
  • 22:15
  • Aug 27
  • 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United States
  • Group: Emily Allan and Leah Hennessey
  • Warnings and additional info: Contains distressing or potentially triggering themes, Strong language/swearing
  • 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


The Blond (Emily Allan) and The Dark Haired One (Leah Hennessey) attempt to transcend the banality of identity and the terror of consciousness through cosplay, anglophilia, critical theory and song. Incorporating fan-fictional pairings such as Lennon/McCartney and Sherlock/Watson, interspersed with meta commentary by infamous second-wave feminists (Camile Paglia, Andrea Dworkin) and mashed up 80s punk songs, they guide the audience through an infernal fantasia of perverted intertextuality. Described as 'prankish genius' ( and 'the ultimate fanfiction play' (, Slash is a pop-feminist tour de force about the erotics of collaboration and friendship.

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General venue access

  • Accessible entry: Once in the courtyard, follow access ramp around the front of the made in Adelaide bar, into the main reception, take a right down the corridor past the cafe and through the light-saber corridor. The Red Lecture Theatre (x) – 14 steps down to the space, a further 10 steps through the seating and onto the stage. There is lift access only with prior notice to Summerhall Management.
  • 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.

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Zaynah 27 days ago

I loved this so much I went to see it twice! Both actors are extremely talented at playing multiple different roles with perfect comedic timing, the script is very cleverly written, and as someone who has been reading fanfiction for over a decade, this show made me feel seen. Not sure what the other reviewer is referring to regarding transphobia/slurs/white feminism as I (a queer WoC) did not observe any of that.

Alex Wrathall 32 days ago

This show felt like a warm hug that also almost threatened to kill me with laughter. The performances are spot-on, both actors show incredible control and comedic timing. John/Paul, Shelley/Byron and Stalin/Trotsky are particular highlights. If you’ve got any time left in the last few days of fringe I implore you to see this show!

Daisy 36 days ago

So disappointing. The most unnecessary use of transphobia, the R slur, homophobic slurs and TERF dogwhistles I have ever heard. Holy white feminism batman! Not to mention white Othello. Yikes.

Michael Gillett 49 days ago

If you only see one thing at fringe this year let it be this.

For an hour and a half I could only stop laughing in the moments that I was suddenly and totally spellbound by genuinely truthful and compelling performances that one would be happy to pay for at the National.

The range and clinical precision displayed by these two actors is impressive in and of itself. But it is the total ease and freedom they have which makes this show an utter joy to watch.

Cannot rate this highly enough ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The Student Newspaper (4/5 stars) 32 days ago

wildly entertaining and ridiculously fabulous show that will leave you gulping for air between laughs. There simply isn’t another show like this at the Fringe this year.

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Fest (3/5 stars) 43 days ago

A silly collage of erotic cosplay that satirises slash fiction.

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The Stage (4/5 stars) 46 days ago

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