Why Am I Like This?

Theatre (neurodiversity-led, solo show)

  • theSpace @ Surgeons Hall - Stephenson Theatre
  • 15:00
  • Aug 19
  • 40 minutes
  • Suitability: 16+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - Scotland
  • Group: High Heels and Heavy Suitcases Productions
  • Warnings and additional info: Contains distressing or potentially triggering themes, Strobe lighting, Strong language/swearing
  • 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 18 months


Do you misplace your glasses so often that you now have six pairs so you aren't trapped inside and half-blind? How often do you have the brilliant idea to paint your nails five minutes before leaving the house? How frequently do you shame spiral into oblivion while asking yourself, yet again, Why Am I Like This? Follow Nicole on her 30-year journey as she discovers the four letter diagnosis that answers the biggest question in her life, and what that will mean for the next 30. Spoiler alert – she has ADHD.

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Via a door from street level and a lift.
  • Wheelchair access type: Temporary Ramp, Lift (Building Lift)

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

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Jessica Sweet 26 days ago

Amazing, touching, funny, and relatable for any AFAB people with ADHD. Nicole drew cackles and tears from me today. One of the best things I saw this year at the Fringe. Well done!

Alice 30 days ago

A must see to get an insight into the mind of someone with ADHD. Too easy sometimes to minimise the struggles of someone who’s neurodivergent as there are aspects everyone can relate to but Nicole really puts it in perspective how debilitating it can really be. And her delivery is so captivating, would recommend everyone sees this show.

Emma Ferrier 33 days ago

This show is an absolute must see for any (diagnosed or suspecting!) neurodivergent woman or anyone who knows, thinks they know, or wants to learn more about ND/ADHD Women.

I felt like Nicole was talking about me. I resonated with her story so much and it was so impactful. Of course, she can only speak of her experience, and we all experience things differently and have different barriers to things such as getting a diagnosis (which Nicole touches on in the show).

The acknowledgement of her accommodations she has to make performing the show accessible to her was just the perfect touch and I resent how my words don't feel like they're living up to the review this show deserves!

Katie Dunlop 33 days ago

It could be me up there telling that story! If you have ADHD, know someone with ADHD, can't figure out why you can't concentrate or be on time for anything then this is the show for you. Very funny and definitely hit home. Nicole delivered it perfectly! Absolutely 5 stars

Vanessa 33 days ago

I’ve seen this show twice now - absolutely brilliant! Nicole is engaging and funny, and her ability to turn such a huge topic into an enjoyable and emotional show is amazing. Highly recommend - grab a ticket to her extended run if you can!

Brian 34 days ago

This was a great show, her story is gripping and Nicole is a fantastic character. She deserves the extension to the run. I've not been diagnosed with ADHD and don't think I have it but I am certainly not neurotypical, so there was lots in Nicole's story that resonated with me.

There was one issue, that was nothing to do with the performance, and may be a touchy subject. There was a very young child at the back who made increasingly loud gurgling noises throughout the performance. This may have effected the performance as Nicole did appear to loose her place a couple of times late on, to her credit she recovered quickly. It may be just me but when I am very focused on something one thing that really irritates me is distracting noises. I've found people eating a bag of crisps two rows behind me in the theatre really annoying. I have no problem with parents taking a very young child to a show, but if it gets noisy they should have the courtesy to the performer and the rest of the audience to take it outside.

Rosie Fletcher 36 days ago

Great show- an excellent autobiographical, emotive performance. Nicole is a charismatic and engaging performer who deserves your full attention!! Nicole intertwines her lived experience of ADHD with profound messages. She serves as an important role model and advocate for females with ADHD. Thank you.

Gill C 36 days ago

Five fabulous stars for this sold out performance!

Nicole is just incredible. Her show captured the unique challenges of pre and late diagnosed girls and women living with ADHD (an actual brain disorder and official disability in case you think it’s fake news!) using humour, wit, story telling and an incredible theatrical performance.

Go see this show if you know at least one person who may have ADHD. Challenge your perceptions if you need to, celebrate their differences and leave with a big smile on your face for this amazing woman who has finally found out why she ‘is like this’

To the man who advised her that her gendered show was too niche, go back to your horses and patriarchy.

To the man who stormed out a few minutes in, I can only imagine you had an angry text from your mum saying you were past your curfew and you better be on the next bus home or else!


Isla Jackson 43 days ago

Such a great show. Nicole captured the audience so well and everything she said really resonated with me as someone who has a close friend with ADHD. A must watch! You won’t regret it.

FH 45 days ago

I saw this show yesterday, Nicole takes a difficult topic and creates a very funny and often touching show.

Her experiences will resonate with some people and others will see friends, family members and colleagues in it.

I would thoroughly recommend this to anyone working with neurodiversity.

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The Scots Reviewer (5/5 stars) 38 days ago

Nicole is a born storyteller. Her wit and energy whilst telling her own story are encapsulating, leaving the audience in the palm of her hand throughout the piece.

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The Nerd Party (5/5 stars) 46 days ago

the message and importance of the play extend beyond the excellence of this 40 minute one-woman show

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