Sophia Cleary: It Gets Worse

Comedy (solo show, stand-up)

  • Assembly George Square Studios - Studio Five
  • 20:55
  • Aug 27
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 16+ (Restriction)
  • Country: United States
  • Group: Sophia Cleary
  • Warnings and additional info: Audience participation, Contains distressing or potentially triggering themes, Scenes of a sexual nature, Scenes of violence, Strong language/swearing
  • 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 18 months


It Gets Worse is a raw, comedic exploration about the horrors of being in relationships, specifically with oneself. Inspired by her journey as a child actor, mall goth, birth doula, private investigator and waiter, Cleary tells the story of her realization that she is all that and more (gay). Musing upon her most formative relationships as a through line, she shepherds her audience through her darkest, most disturbing fantasies of revenge, love, birth and transcendence. It's a portal, it's shadow work. It's a way to find out: 'Who here would f*ck me?'

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Lift access through the glass box into the main studio area. If not taking the lift there are 12 steps down into the performance space. There is level access via Windmill Lane off of Buccleuch Place.
  • 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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Sophie 28 days ago

Sophia is incredibly engaging and all too relatable especially if you are a lost gay. If you happen to be a lesbian who has ever briefly considered the few and bleak avenues to raising/having a child, you will be absolutely gagged by this show. You WILL be thinking about boundaries, which of course is always a good reminder. Sophia is both “working on setting more boundaries” and simultaneously being quite vulnerable with the audience, which was genuinely a really lovely gift. She wraps up this gorgeous performance with truely unforgettable striptease, which I do keep thinking about. Of course, WE LOVE PERFORMANCE ART and Sophia really reminds us of why :)

JENNIFER 34 days ago

I caught this show by surprise and absolutely loved not only the show, but how could I not enjoy the comedian that is Sophia!
Sophia's humour is unapologetic, beautifully quirky and timed to perfection in delivery. We were all in fits of laughter!
Do not miss this show - you will walk away comedically fulfilled.
And Sophia - yes, I would use poison! :-)

Annie Laurie Daniel 37 days ago

Sophia's show 'It Gets Worse' was a highlight for me and my partner during Fringe. Unapologetically honest and brutally funny, Sophia has a charisma that could engage even the most sceptical audience member.

This show is a must see for all queers, performance artists, and those with an open heart and desire for the dramatic side of life, love, and exploration of self. Gays, this show is for you !!

Ultimately, this is a show not to be missed.

Vaila Chapman 39 days ago

Sophias show is a must see for any queers looking for a truly good night. It’s captivating and had me questioning all my deepest and darkest thoughts to core. It’s refreshing to see a show which not only allows you to laugh the performer but also allows the audience to choose how they would kill you. Thankfully I don’t think Cleary has to worry about death too much… as the show will have you hooked in for the hour, laughing and taking the occasional breath, all leading up to what I would say is the best finale to any Fringe Show.

Nobody puts baby in the corner, but Sophia puts baby somewhere else.

John Handscombe 40 days ago

This was the PERFECT way to end my Festival. I’d met up with an old friend for a drink and just tagged along – well, how lucky was I?

This show goes to dark, dark places in the funniest way possible and Cleary is an absolute genius both in her writing and delivery. From the start I was belly laughing, then crying with laughter, then finding it quite hard to breathe. I was so grateful when the show ended as I was at the point where I thought I was going to vomit from laughing and then probably choke to death. Which would have been 100% on brand for this show.

Do not go if you have a fragile male ego or d*ck energy.

Do go if you want to step into the darkest recesses of funny.

If I didn’t hate LA so much I would move there and stalk her, just so she might write me into a future show.

I think this is what non-sexual, non-consensual love feels like.

Eva L 40 days ago

Five stars! I stumbled upon this show somewhat randomly, and I am so glad I did. It may have been my favorite of the festival. Please go see it, you won’t regret it! This one is for the weirdos, or anyone on a ~healing journey~

Oleg Slinin 40 days ago

Absolutely hilarious, original and personal. Delicious awkwardness, tension, and comic timing. So happy I saw it!

Katelynn Branigan 42 days ago

This show is amazing. It is unexpected. It is vulnerable. And most importantly ITS HILARIOUS. Sophia is so genuine and unapologetically herself. This show left me wanting to know more about her and so excited to see what she does next. This performance will leave you rooting for Sophia and reflecting on it for days to come. She’s hilarious, please see her show.

Celeste Cahn 47 days ago

This show is absolutely fantastic. It is so funny and brilliant! I was not able to breathe at times from laughter. Sophia is an extremely charming and captivating performer. The show is a wild journey and everyone should see it.

Tim Frankland 48 days ago

Absolutely brilliant. Went not having heard anything about the show, got tickets last minute right before. Haven't laughed that much in a long time.

Sai Cook 48 days ago

The perfect level of unhinged. Beautifully dark and wild. I was scared, inspired and aggressively soiling my pants from laughing. It’s a lot but you’ll want more.

Pomme de Lette 48 days ago

Sophias show is aggressively raw, unapologetically honest and truly hiarious.

After binging through 4 shows on our first day of fringe, this was the one we couldnt stop talking about the next day.

We were seduced by the title, and this show lives up to its name in the most excellent way. Loved the levels of insanity - loved the chaos - go see this show people!


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