What Girls Are Made Of

Theatre (music, true-life)

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  • Assembly Hall - Main Hall
  • 14:30
  • Aug 17-18, 20-25
  • 1 hour 25 minutes
  • Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - Scotland
  • Group: Raw Material and Traverse Theatre in association with Regular Music
  • Warnings and additional info: Age Category: 14 and above (14+)(Strong Language/Swearing)
  • Accessibility:
    Audio enhancement system
    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 18 months
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Based on her own diaries, the true story of Cora Bissett's rollercoaster journey from 90s indie-kid hopeful to wised-up woman. Touring with Radiohead, partying with Blur; she was living the dream. Until she wasn't... Performing 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. 2018 Fringe smash, directed by Orla O'Loughlin. 'A life-changing litany of pure joy' ***** (Herald). 'Punchy, exhilarating, candid and emotionally raw' ***** (Skinny). 'Well-deserved standing ovation' ***** (BroadwayWorld.com).

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General venue access

  • Audio enhancement system
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: There are 48 steps from the main entrance however there is separate level access entrance via a rear door on Lawnmarket. This is adjacent to the Johnston Terrace roundabout, and is next to the Ensign Ewart which is at 521 Lawnmarket, EH1 2PE. Please ring doorbell for entry.
  • Wheelchair access type: Level Access

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

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Pat Whorton 1 day ago

For me this was the best show that I saw at the Fringe this year. It was funny, the music was great but at the same time it was full of poignancy. I came away feeling quite moved. Five stars.

Tony Sweeney 1 day ago

This was a most entertaining, moving and original show. It was one of those Fringe experiences that I will remember after years of shows. Sadly my teenage daughter didnt connect athe same level! 5 stars!

Carolyn Chapple 3 days ago

Fantastic show. Cora has created a show which really pulls you in from the start. Having seen other works of Cora's it was interesting to hear about her earlier life. You won't be disappointed if you go and see this

Bill MacDonald 3 days ago

A stunning show and one of the best I have seen in a while-I loved the interplay of the actors playing the different characters and great musicianship as well! A moving and fascinating story made even more so by it being based on the lead character's life. The show we saw had the original drummer from the band (if I understood correctly)-although no longer a schoolgirl!

Aparna 5 days ago

Rock out to some fantastic music as you are quickly drawn into Cora's story. The live music is superb and the acting is natural and brilliant. You're swept along with the story and very quickly really care for the characters. Laugh out loud in some parts and raw sadness in others. It's ultimately an empowering and extremely enjoyable show.

Peter Studd 5 days ago

What Girls are Made Of is definitely a 5 star show! Went on a friend's recommendation - didn't know what to expect at all but its brilliant. The performances of the 4 band members/actors playing multi parts (including, in Cora's case, herself) are excellent. Part autobiographical play, part rock gig. Its funny, fun and moving all in equal measure!

Zena Harris 6 days ago

Good acting, singing and atmosphere but not much of an original story so wasn't a play you get drawn into with twists and turns etc.

Anthony Grahame 12 days ago

This is by far the best show I have seen in the fringe in years. A great story well told and bonus - terrific musicians who play multiple characters in the story............and Cora cannae half sing. Thanks for a great show. And that's from a 73 year old but still a teenager!

Sarah Grant 12 days ago

There’s nothing that makes me happier that hearing of a success story that springs from Scotland, so the story of Cora Bissett and the band Darlingheart from Kircaldy was right up my street. The story was expertly staged, going from gig to play to poetry and back again. Cora narrating her life and times as a teenager in a signed band, her band mates play the cast of characters that populate the story with ease and humour. The male bass player who also played Cora’s mum had me in tears of laughter and tears of sorrow in the way only a rare talent can, and I wholeheartedly believed every single performance presented in that short time. Cora’s creation of this play is a strong and wonderful thing to pass onto her daughter; her own story. I highly recommend going to see this show, it will have you laughing and crying and leaving feeling lighter for hearing it. I want to see the movie of this show (only if the bass player get to play the mum).

Gaye Cleary 13 days ago

Brialliant show - one of the best I've ever seen. definite 5 stars

Nigel Botterill 14 days ago

Saw this saturday 3rd.
Was my most expensive ticket at this years Fringe and I was quite sceptical but what a show.

Powerful, funny, life-affirming. Can absolutely see why this is touring the world...

Niall Walker 15 days ago

A wonderful, funny, moving show with incredible music and songs - it brought a tear to my eye and lit a fire inside my belly! Go see!

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Broadway World (4/5 stars) 5 days ago

Darlingheart's Cora Bissett is an ex-indie rocker whose star rose, but fell, 25 years ago. Firmly in the sky again, she revives What Girls Are Made Of for another spell at the Fringe, before taking the show to London's Soho Theatre this September. Bissett's story is a monologue based primarily...

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British Theatre Guide (5/5 stars) 6 days ago

Cora has turned out to be a good solid musician and better human being. Here she sketches for us her less that meteoric career as a singer. She manages the hurdles to get what she wanted ending, surprisingly, with wanting something else. Something more. (Spoiler alert: she gets it.) We’re...

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All Edinburgh Theatre (5/5 stars) 17 days ago

Bursting with emotion and tuneful energy, the return to the Traverse of What Girls Are Made Of is a thing of wonder. Emotional upheavals inspired Cora Bissett to revisit her teenage diaries, eventually constructing this autobiographical piece. While it ranges across various periods of her life, the main focus is on...

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