Tales of Vomit, Trash and Broken Glass

Theatre (new writing, absurdist)

  • theSpace on the Mile - Space 3
  • 15:05
  • Aug 19, 21, 23, 25, 27
  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Suitability: 16+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - Scotland
  • Group: Not So Nice! and New Celts Productions
  • Warnings and additional info: Strong language/swearing
  • Accessibility:
    Signed Performance
    Relaxed Performance
    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


After an ecological disaster unleashes a neurotoxin into the air, two people are thrust into a series of emotionally-charged vignettes, where they are forced to confront both the nature of their relationships and their own paranoid monkey brains. As waste accumulates, themes are recycled and the rules of this hyper-realistic world grow increasingly absurd, the humans, monsters and cyborgs of this play attempt to chart a path forward. Ultimately, Tales explores the parallel between destructive relationships and environmental destruction, asking the question: in a world full of toxicity, how do we heal?

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General venue access

  • Signed Performance
    Relaxed Performance
  • Accessible entry: Information not supplied
  • Wheelchair access type: Not fully wheelchair accessible

  • Stairs: 20+
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

Each venue can contain several space with different accessibly information. Visit the venue page for full venue accessibility info

Signed performances

  • Dates: 21 August
  • Interpreter: Kitty Taylor-Brown - Stage Left
  • Type: BSL
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team to book your tickets and request any specific seating requests in relation to the location of the interpeter.

Relaxed performances

  • Dates: 15 August
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team for more information or to discuss any accessibility requirements.
  • Additional information: The performance space will be inaccessible to wheelchair users as there are 5-6 steps to access the performance space.

Be aware that this show features:

  • Characters expressing anger
  • Heavily dialogue-driven scenes
  • Audience chill out area
  • Permission to move around and make noise

Show does not feature:

  • Total Audience Black Out
  • Flashing Lights/Strobed Lighting
  • Loud/repetitive/high pitched/unexpected or overlapping sound
  • Distinctive smells
  • Special effects (e.g. smoke/bubbles/pyrotechnics)
  • Latex balloons
  • Audience required to walk around
  • Audience required to undertake directed movement
  • Audience required to sing/speak along with/for performer
  • Audience invited on stage
  • Performer goes into audience area
  • An intermission
  • Permission to engage with performer
  • Show guide or synopsis or character list

How and when to make an access booking

Our access tickets service is available to anyone who:

  • 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

Daniel Quinn 50 days ago

Tales of Vomit, Trash and Broken Glass by Kira Mason is a captivating new play. Actors, Cosette Bolt and Nathan Samuel Young portray five couples as they navigate life after an ecological disaster, exploring different relationships and the effects that a catastrophic event can have on them. Bolt and Young are impressive and work tirelessly to bring each and every character to life. There was bags of tension, moments of light relief and as the characters struggle to communicate their feelings they use BSL, allowing the piece to be more inclusive.
It is clear that director, Grace Baker has worked closely and collaboratively with every department, ensuring everything from the lighting and sound effects to the set and costume are in keeping with her vision. Baker’s staging allows the play to move at a fast pace whilst maintaining a clear understanding of where we are and making a clear distinction between the different couples.
Tales is a must see this Fringe.

Charles 50 days ago

Congratulations to both Cosette Bolt and Nathan Samuel Young!
Characterisation was excellent — I was about to say consistent, but of course your characters were not at all consistent, and showing that was precisely where you both did so well.

Congratulations to Grace Baker for direction: very imaginative, excellent use of props, hand movements and physicality.

I confess I was confused by Kira Mason’s surreal play, and I did lose track of evolution of multiple couples! Nevertheless, and in spite of my confusion, I was engaged and engrossed throughout, even if I am still scratching my head!

Bravo to each of you!

Mitchell Lennox 51 days ago

When watching this play, a viewer sees oneself in each complex and interesting character. Cosette Bolt and Nathan Young show incredible talent with the characterisation of multiple personas, with the impressive and challenging inclusion of BSL, something very few Fringe shows have this year. This increased accessibility is thanks to director, Grace Baker, who has made Kira Mason's already stunning script truly come alive. The application of BSL is so well balanced that it feels appropriate, not overdone, and further shows the challenges of communication that can arise in relationships, particularly in times of extreme stress.
One can relate to aspects of this play that they would never have previously considered and it truly is one of the 2022 Edinburgh Fringe hidden gems. If you're able to, and you should make yourself available, go to see Tales of Vomit, Trash and Broken Glass this year, you will not regret it.

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Voice Magazine (3/5 stars) 44 days ago

Tales is a well constructed show and the cast, Cosette Bolt and Nathan Samuel Young, complimented each other well.

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