Too Pretty to Punch

Theatre (lgbt, spoken word)

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  • ZOO Southside - Studio
  • 13:25
  • Aug 26
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 8+
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Edalia Day
  • Warnings and additional info: Audience Participation
  • Accessibility:
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    Hearing not needed
    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


A comedy spoken word show about gender, the media and not fitting any of the boxes, full of explosive movement, original songs and kickass video projection. Edalia Day is a banjo-wielding, poetry-slam-winning, trans warrior, taking on the world one troll at a time. Too Pretty to Punch is a hilarious, inspiring and uplifting journey through everything you need to know about what it means to be trans in 21st-century Britain that reminds all of us (regardless of who we are) of the power of celebrating our existence. All shows include open captioning.

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    Hearing not needed
  • Accessible entry: Level access via rear entrance, 10 steps from street if not taking accessibility entrance.
  • Wheelchair access type: Level Access

  • Stairs: 6 - 10
    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

Captioned performances

  • Dates: 2 August, 26 August, 7 August, 8 August, 3 August, 10 August, 9 August, 6 August, 5 August, 4 August, 11 August, 18 August, 25 August, 19 August, 12 August, 13 August, 20 August, 21 August, 22 August, 15 August, 16 August, 17 August, 24 August, 23 August
  • Type: Open
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team to book your tickets and request any specific seating locations or if booking a unit is required.

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

Melanie Branton 113 days ago

I had heard amazing word of mouth about this show and it didn't disappoint. Edalia Day is an engaging and charismatic performer who uses a dazzling array of skills - stunning animated projections, physical clowning, theatre, stand-up, spoken word, banjo-playing - to give a heartfelt, playful, but at times deeply poignant explanation of what it means to be non-binary. The show is a box of delights with a powerful and very personal message at the heart of it. Beautifully put together, intelligent, colourful, keeps the audience gripped every second and leaves you feeling grateful for a generation that are creating a world where people can be who they are.

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Broadway Baby (5/5 stars) 111 days ago

There are 36 shows at the Fringe by trans performers, according to the TransFringe hashtag on Twitter, and Edalia Day’s Too Pretty to Punch might be the only one that’s both centrally about trans issues and specifically wants an audience that doesn’t already know everything that’s about to be said.Trans...

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The Stage [paywall] (3/5 stars) 111 days ago

There is one proven way as a transgender individual to significantly lower your risk of hate crime, explains Edalia Day – be hot. In Too Pretty to Punch, Day mixes spoken word, comedy and a lovely bit of banjo to examine the gender boxes society tries to shove us into....

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FringeReview 113 days ago

Too Pretty To Punch is a hard show to define.  In it, performer Edalia Day shares their transgender journey with a mix of spoken word, live music, audience participation and interactive projections. It is a compelling performance.  ‘Physically trained’ in Le Coq, Day moves like a (lanky) dancer, weaving their...

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The List (4/5 stars) 120 days ago

Banjo-fuelled poetry cycle...

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The Feminist Fringe (5/5 stars) 125 days ago

Spoken word and “digital comedy cabaret” combine in Edalia Day’s evocative performance about the reality of growing up trans in “Too Pretty to Punch”. The poetry, music and digital videography all come together to provide an in-depth analysis of the politics of growing up boxed in by expectations of a binary mainstream. The show clearly communicates the violence of media misrepresentation of trans experience and the reality of expecting support from trans spaces but recognising that there can be challenges in manoeuvring within those spaces too if it challenges binary expectations. Day acknowledges the history of trans erasure that has created the politics in spaces which respectfully and defiantly encourages a wider scope to support all trans individuals. The performance brings trans visibility to the forefront and educates us, whilst also entertaining and confronting the audience with truths.

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The Wee Review (4/5 stars) 130 days ago

Edalia Day is a poet, animator and theatre-maker. With Too Pretty To Punch they present a multimedia show that combines music, poetry and physical theatre and that looks at gender non-conformity from a comedic, but important perspective. Edalia bounces onto the stage with energy and vigour and performs in front of...

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