Under the Floorboards

Theatre (horror)

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  • PQA Venues @Riddle's Court - Q2
  • 20:30
  • Aug 13
  • 50 minutes
  • Suitability: 18+ (Restriction)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Simon Shaw
  • Warnings and additional info: Audience Participation, Contains Distressing Themes, Nudity, Scenes of a Sexual Nature, Scenes of Sexual Violence, Scenes of Violence, Strong Language/Swearing, Blasphemy
  • 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 2 years
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Consumed with grief, Ed resurrects his mother. But he is about to learn a horrifying lesson... the dead should never ever be disturbed! Based on the real life crimes of Ed Gein (who inspired Norman Bates from Psycho, Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Buffalo Bill from Silence of the Lambs) comes a show that contains a grave robbery, evil recycling, offensive skeletons, a twisted home economics show and a mother that will do anything to protect her child.

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  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Reception - Lift - Theatre
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

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Jim Q 6 days ago

A show that combines camp and genuine horror to create a thrilling portrait of a disturbed mind. From Shaw’s intensely creepy introduction to the audience when they enter (finger tapping has never been so disturbing) to his manic justification for his actions, the 50 minutes flies by. I was lucky enough to see the final performance. Shaw was clearly emotional at the end- a true sign of how much passion he has put into creating this character. But read the warnings.. certainly far from a family show. Loved it!

C K Parkin 6 days ago

Bold, brave and brilliant! So imaginative, inventive and utterly terrifying. Such a talented, committed performer and an unforgettable theatrical experience. A must see! Thank you!

Kurt Murray 14 days ago

Really great to see Under the Floorboards last night. I was not in the mood for watching anything let alone a dark show about a serial killer but when theatre does its job one can be snapped out of any foul mood in an instant.
Directed, performed, written and designed by the one and only Simon Shaw who combines, puppetry, light, atmosphere, sound scape and physicality to create an engaging and disturbing show that never ceases to entertain and energise its crowd.
Well worth a watch as I am sure he is going to keep bring gold to stage for years to come.

Antonia 14 days ago

A thrilling, terrifying, and extremely well-done piece of theatre! A must-see. Superbly acted & written, 50 completely captivating minutes.

George 14 days ago

Being a fan of the horror genre, I was immediately drawn to this play and it did not disappoint. The acting is sublime, the intimate venue a perfect setting for this macabre tale of killings that changed America forever. This show was intense and thrilling, it never let up in it’s brutal and honest telling of a man on the edge of sanity. I highly recommend this brilliant and thought-provoking thrill ride!

Greg 16 days ago

This gadge is pure oaf his heid.

Dark, twisted, hearing voices Eddie is oan a mission... fae his deid ma.

An insane portrayal of a real life killer yet also done with sympathy and compassion.

Shaw is charismatic and energising. You’ll laugh, you’ll baulk, but you won’t wanna miss it.

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Edinburgh Guide (3/5 stars) 7 days ago

Under The Floorboards, is an insight into the disturbing life of misfit, Ed. This young virgin plays with dead bodies and still hears his mother’s bible bashing from beyond the grave. The character is based on the infamously gory ‘Ed Gein’ who inspired many classic horror flicks. These references are...

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Everything Theatre (4/5 stars) 10 days ago

A rather compelling yet unnerving experience as we watch the madness of a mass murder who already seems like he is ready to kill the audience

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