What Girls Are Made Of

Theatre (musical theatre, contemporary)

  • Assembly Rooms - Music Hall
  • 13:00
  • Aug 27
  • 1 hour 25 minutes
  • Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - Scotland
  • Group: Raw Material / Traverse
  • Warnings and additional info: Strobe lighting, Strong language/swearing, No babies under 18 months allowed
  • Accessibility:
    Signed 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


The smash-hit, gig-theatre show returns, charting the true story of Cora Bissett's rollercoaster journey from 90s indie-kid to wised-up woman. Touring with Radiohead, partying with Blur, she was living the dream. Until she wasn't. With a live band, Cora celebrates life's euphoric highs and epic lows, asking what wisdom we should pass to the next generation, and which glorious mistakes we should let them make. A Raw Material / Traverse co-production, directed by Orla O'Loughlin. 'A life-changing litany of pure joy' ***** (Herald). 'Exhilarating' ***** (Skinny). 'Well-deserved standing ovation' ***** (BroadwayWorld.com).

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General venue access

  • Signed Performance
  • Accessible entry: There is lift access into the performance space. If not taking the lift there are 23 steps into the venue.
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

  • 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: 25 August
  • Interpreter: Karen Forbes - Stage Right
  • 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.

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

Ian Ritchie 44 days ago

Cora Bissett's superb production about her early career as lead singer in a band, which succeeded until it (inevitably) failed. Performed by a talented 4 piece band who played all the other parts. A superb production, well worth catching. ****

Nigel Osborne 44 days ago

I stumbled into your show at the Assembly Rooms, invited by Clea Friend who has worked on a Gerda Stevenson production with one of your cast. I expected a run-of-the-mill fun fringe show but ended up catching the whiff of greatness.

Why? Because it has truly great theatre and music energy. Fabulous acting and music skills rolled off the stage almost informally, one after the other, like some church hall production that the angels had decided to kiss with brilliance.

I am sure your show provokes many reminiscences from many people (as it should). In my case, having lived the “slugs and snails” version of the story in its entirety, cared for a father with vascular dementia, survived bankruptcy court, felt the numbing impact of literally hundreds of wrecking-ball reviews, and having narrowly and not-so-narrowly escaped fame both as a rock musician a composer (in other words, Iiving the life you described at least twice over), it was all very close to the bone - but it was WONDERFUL!!!!

The wonderful thing is that it could not possibly happen on Broadway. It is far too good, far too much fun, and far too real. It is meant for unpretentious social gatherings, just like the Fringe (most of the time). So it is exactly where it should be. I am tempted to invite it to a beautiful island in the Adriatic, but you have to know the patter to get the jokes and appreciate the fabulous pish-takes of the jerks of the British pop world.

Even the playing of your band is tighter and more communicative than either the likely lads of Blur or the languid toffs of Radiohead when they play live. I assisted a friend on tour with Radiohead a few years ago. They all went for “a lie down” between sets! What kind of rock’n roll is that?

Terry Bavaro 45 days ago

Among the most enjoyed shows so far. Good music, That Thing You Do with a grittier Edinburgh script. Great acting and singing.

Susan Pritchard 46 days ago

This is a must see show. It’s powerful, inspiring, brilliantly told with excellent musicians and a true story of success, failure and rising from the ashes. Don’t miss it!

Trey Douglas 47 days ago

I can't think of a better show that I've seen at the Fringe after all the years I've been going. Absolutely brilliant. *****

Adam 53 days ago

Really enjoyable - brilliant music and writing. Funny, sad and uplifting at various points. I would highly recommend.

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All Edinburgh Theatre (5/5 stars) 41 days ago

Uplifting and inspiring, it is a privilege to hear the detailed story of such a strong woman and to see what she really is made of.

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Theatre Thoughts (4/5 stars) 44 days ago

This is a huge inter-generational success: the young women in the audience were cheering for more as the show ended. The older women were dabbing eyes dry.

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theQR.co.uk (5/5 stars) 46 days ago

This is Bissett’s polyphonic, multi-hued testament to a remarkable time in her life, and it’s a damn good time in theatre.

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Broadway World (5/5 stars) 53 days ago

Is it still my all-time favourite piece of theatre? Yes.

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Lisa In The Theatre (5/5 stars) 54 days ago

I was captivated before she had sung a single note!

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