The Three Deaths of Ebony Black

Comedy (puppetry, storytelling)

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  • 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.
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  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


A critically acclaimed puppet musical, inspired by a neuroscientist. 'There are three deaths: the first is when the body ceases to function. The second is when the body is consigned to the grave. The third is that moment, sometime in the future, when your name is spoken for the last time'. Described as Death at a Funeral meets The Muppets, this intimate spectacle is as impressive as it is tender... with songs and vomiting puppets to boot! Three acts, ten puppets, one corpse. An unforgettable farce and a love letter to lives well lived.

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  • Accessible entry: Queuing will begin outside the venue in the Med Quad courtyard. A staff member will then escort the queue inside
  • Wheelchair access type: Level Access

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Lena Dabrusin 83 days ago

I attended the fringe from the 1st the 10th and this was my favourite our of 38 shows! I wishes I had gone back to see this one a 2nd time. Unbelievable artistry and such smart staging and dialogue. Can’t wait to see what this duo gets up to next!!

Jamie Turner 86 days ago

My biggest surprise of the Fringe!! Super funny and creative. Go see this it’s worth it!

Leila Kraushaar 90 days ago

We really enjoyed this show. It sounds like a serious subject, but the piece is very light hearted and was truly delightful.

I'd say it is very suitable for everyone - there is a great deal for children to enjoy along with their parents.

Laurie McGilvray 91 days ago

Delightful, clever, creative, and fun with a meaningful touch. I loved the show and the endearing puppeteers all the way from Australia.

Alastair McNamara 97 days ago

What a wonderfully charming, refreshingly silly and yet (at times) genuinely poignant show, cannot believe it isn’t being talked about more. Thank you!

Preston Coshbuckle 98 days ago

What a mental show! Such silly fun puppetry whilst talking about a really clever philosophyhy kind of idea (that we only fully die when the last person speaks our name). Was so swept up in the humor that the tears at the end caught me totally by suprise

Mac 98 days ago

A superbly balanced blend of comedy, theatre and puppetry. The multiple characters played by the duo are delightful and had me in stitches. A beautifully crafted show that that you won't want to miss.

Miranda S 98 days ago

I absolutely loved this show. The two main performers are incredibly talented and so funny. Its a real 'farce' in the traditional sense, and the puppets are brilliantly operated. Have recommended to all my friends at the Fringe this year

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The Wee Review (3/5 stars) 82 days ago

Two performers wrangle a cast of puppets in this fun and irreverent look at death, families and what happens when they come together. Opening in a nursing home, we see Ebony Black sit on her bed and think back over her life: the flowers, the dancing and the love, before...

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The List (4/5 stars) 83 days ago

A DIY puppet comedy with a message of kindness...

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Voice Mag (5/5 stars) 85 days ago

Everything about this play just works. The puppets are fabulous, the story is heartfelt, the music and lighting work so harmoniously with what’s happening on stage, it’s just so great.

I could run through a full list of platitudes, but instead I’ll finish and encourage you to buy tickets to see this show. Be sure to take tissues with you - it gets emotional

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The Skinny (4/5 stars) 90 days ago

Kicking the bucket, shuffling off the mortal coil, pushing daisies, and heading off to greener pastures. We don’t like to talk about death directly, do we? Other nations celebrate it, dignify the passing of ancestors. The Three Deaths of Ebony Black looks at three ways someone dies. First, when the...

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