Stanley

Theatre (solo show, new writing)

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  • Babes in arms policy: Babies are not allowed in the venue
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Description

Lock the door, turn up the radio, ignore the voice in your head. Stanley loves The Archers, and hates leaving the house. This solo show explores one man’s struggle to find his place in a world that’s rapidly changing around him. Before it’s too late. Before he gets left behind. Why not pop the kettle on? 'A reality-bending play about a mind fragmenting in front of our eyes. Clarke McGrath throws Bennett against Beckett and emerges with a powerful and distinctive new voice' (Ryan Craig, Playwright, National Theatre).

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  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Information not supplied
  • Wheelchair access type: Not fully wheelchair accessible

  • Stairs: 2 - 5
    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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Emma 30 days ago

The whole play is like a short novel, simple but impressive. I think literature lovers may love this show.

The actor is really talented. For a moment, I truly believe he is Stanley. The acting is full of details. I noticed his shaking fingers when Stanley tries to get the kettle.

Some lines are beautiful. "I should have died then, the rest of my life is just postscript."

A really impressive performance!

Peter Doherty 31 days ago

A good performance by this young actor, if a bit arch in places. You have sympathy with Stanley and his wish to avoid others and the modern world, but I would have liked to have known more about why that was. Promising.

The Write Angle 32 days ago

‘STANLEY’ Conor Clarke McGrath
The Space on North Bridge (Venue 36)
Aug 2-3, 5-10, 12-17, 19-24 (19:35 - 20:25) £7.00 (£5.00)

Stanley loves The Archers, the new radio show about everyday country folk. He doesn’t like dealing with real people, though, and hates leaving his house.
It’s clear to see that Stanley is not a well man. From the rituals he observes early on in this one-man play – tea-making, for instance - to his growing inability to cope with the noise from next door (they have one of those new television sets!), go out to the corner shop and, most alarmingly, separate fiction (The Archers) from reality. Stanley doesn't realise just how unwell he is. His descent into serious mental ill-health is alarming and affecting – it escalates significantly in Act 2 – but is portrayed beautifully by Conor Clarke McGrath. Indeed, it’s McGrath’s wonderfully sensitive depiction of such troubling issues that makes ‘Stanley’ riveting to watch, while at the same time forcing us to question our own attitudes to mental health issues and to those that are ‘left behind’ by our society. He gives a fantastically committed and compelling performance, causing tears to well up as we realise that the line between fact and fiction is no longer blurred, for Stanley – it’s non-existent.

Powerful, extremely moving and beautiful theatre. Go and see this.

Max Iantone
(for The Write Angle)

Joan Greening 46 days ago

This show is what makes the Edinburgh Fringe so special. It is wonderfully written and acted and made me cry. This is a young performer with an enormous amount of talent who delivers a mature performance that is totally believable with a real understanding of mental health problems. This is one show that shouldn’t be missed. It was the fifth show I saw today and was easily the best. I hope we see lots more of this superb young actor.

Derek Mac Liam 48 days ago

A VERY IMPRESSIVE FEAT
One man shows are a difficult thing to pin down and do correctly even with the favours stacked towards you. It's impressive to see a show written and preformed by someone young and at a high level and I commend Conor Clarke Mcgrath on that but unfortunately that is where the positives end for me. The show felt unclear to me in the most important aspect. I dont want to spoil anything but unfortunately the monologues were messy in the sense i didnt understand if this was direct address or whetere he was just talking to himself, it leaned towards both. This to me made the whole show unenjoyable even despite the fact i was rooting for the show and Conor. I would recommend seeing the show purely based on the effort, the love and how aww inspiring it is to see someone so young do this.


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The Scotsman (4/5 stars) 29 days ago

There are touches of Beckett and of Alan Bennett’s diaries to this very self-contained but perfectly executed piece by writer and performer Conor Clarke McGrath. ...

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The Wee Review (4/5 stars) 32 days ago

Stanley has a swagger about him, when first we peek into his home. He’s preening in the mirror, slicking back his hair, a little other-worldly but seemingly self-assured. The calendar on the wall says it’s 1950 – and Stanley’s keen to tell us about a new show called The Archers...

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Broadway Baby (4/5 stars) 34 days ago

There’s Stanley the man and Stanley the play. The latter is a monologue by Conor Clarke McGrath and can be seen at the theSpace on Northbridge. The former is the character he plays, who would hate absolutely everything about The Festival Fringe because he doesn’t like dealing with people and...

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