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Sophie, Ben and Other Problems

The After School Club join Irish playwright Conor Burke to present their debut production. Sophie and Ben love each other very much despite their differences... but sometimes they make it a bit too difficult...

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The Fishermen

In a small Nigerian town, Ben and Obembe, along with their two older brothers, slip away to fish at a forbidden river. Unnoticed and carefree, they continue until one day the prophecy of a madman changes the...

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The Fishermen

13:20

02 Aug

A Joke

Sylvester McCoy (Dr Who, Hobbit), Robert Picardo (Star Trek Voyager, Stargate Atlantis) and John Bett (Shallow Grave, Tess) star in Dan Freeman's hit play exploring our attitudes to humour and life. An E...

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A Joke

16:25

02 Aug

A Substitute for Life

'Books are good enough in their own way, but they are a mighty bloodless substitute for real life'. Robert Louis Stevenson's words resonate for Francis Kenworthy, played by Tim Hardy in Simon Bre...

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A Substitute for Life

12:35

02 Aug

Ailsa Benson Is Missing

Nina is 14. All she wants to do is to fall in love with a cardigan-wearing tree frog expert, decide on her perfect theme song and avoid her dad's trigonometry lessons. But when her friend Ailsa goes miss...

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Ailsa Benson Is Missing

14:20

02 Aug

All Change

All Change is a new bittersweet comedy about growing old. Ivor appears physically robust, but somehow fragile; not unhappy, yet not quite there, the world inside his brain a psychedelic mixture of the presen...

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All Change

12:20

09 Aug

Are There More of You?

Alison Skilbeck tells the linked tales of four women with only a postcode in common. Painful, scary, hilarious, and heart-warming, the stories chart each wildly different character's search for love and ...

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Are There More of You?

11:10

02 Aug

Chihuahua

'I saw a thing online that said chihuahuas are 50% trembling and 50% rage. Sounds about right.' A new comic play about breaking up, moving on, and using those little plastic bags to pick up the mess ...

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Chihuahua

15:50

01 Aug

Don Juan

Don Juan: the world's greatest lover, the most audacious of men. He does whatever he wants, lives big and loves big. An epic celebration of the boldness of love, Don Juan is an interactive performance pa...

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Don Juan

13:10

02 Aug

Dysney Disfunction

In Brexit Britain happily ever after (and UK residency) is just a marriage visa away. But Australian Alice's visa expires today and she's only got Primark flats for glass slippers, an Oyster card for...

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Dysney Disfunction

15:40

02 Aug

Gypsy Queen

Can two men raised to fight ever learn to love? The story of traveller 'Gorgeous' George O'Connell, who enters the world of professional boxing, putting him on a collision course with his roots, ...

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Gypsy Queen

13:20

02 Aug

Heaven Burns

Morayshire, 1662. Runaway Isobel works for charismatic witch-pricker John Dixon. She worships him, but when he's accused of falsifying his identity, will she accept that he's not the man he claims to...

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Heaven Burns

14:35

02 Aug

Hunch

Meet Hunch. The Superhero. Coming to the rescue when you've splinters on your arse from sitting on the fence. Making decisions to save the lives of others, she must start calling the shots to save her ow...

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Hunch

17:05

01 Aug

Janis Joplin Full Tilt

The award-winning, sell-out hit by writer Peter Arnott and director Cora Bissett returns. Angie Darcy's Joplin, backed by a live band, is electric. 'So brilliant and intense it lifts the hairs on the...

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Janis Joplin Full Tilt

19:45

02 Aug

Margo: Half Woman, Half Beast

Margo Lion, celebrated Weimar Berlin cabaret star and lover of Marlene Dietrich, is gripped by the decadence and debauchery of 1930s Berlin. This is the story of her tragic relationship with the lyricist Mar...

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Marie

It's Thursday night in the Prince Arthur and their latest theme night is in full swing. Landlady Liz is run off her feet, whilst husband Barry struggles to get into his new costume. Elsewhere in London, ...

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Marie

13:00

02 Aug

Mengele

Mengele by Philip Wharam and Tim Marriott. 1979, a beach in Brazil, a drowning man meets a mysterious woman who cajoles, questions and flatters him into defending the indefensible. A warning from the past fo...

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Mengele

12:20

02 Aug

Orlando

Orlando: Who is she? Who is he? Who are we? In their 10th consecutive year of acclaimed theatre at Assembly, performer Rebecca Vaughan and writer/director Elton Townend-Jones present the comedic tale of an i...

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Orlando

11:30

02 Aug

That Daring Australian Girl

The women of England demand the vote! The remarkable true story of Muriel Matters: the South-Australian actress and elocutionist who became a leading figure of the UK's suffragette movement and the forem...

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That Daring Australian Girl

11:45

02 Aug

The Girl Who Jumped Off the Hollywood Sign

An aspiring actress climbs the 50-foot H looking down on a city of broken dreams. She has only ever wanted one thing: to be a star. A play with music about the quest for fame, inspired by forgotten histories...

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Timmy

Tim is acting strangely. Judith wants answers. Together, they're struggling to reach a conclusion. A punchy, honest comedy about avoiding decisions at all costs. Written and performed by Roxy Dunn (creat...

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Timmy

16:15

01 Aug

Where the Hell is Bernard?

In a world where no one plays, no one questions and no one ever leaves, four women work in an office high above the city anonymously returning lost items. Everything runs like clockwork – until one day...

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Where the Hell is Bernard?

16:10

01 Aug

You Only Live Forever

Two lovers. One elixir. Everlasting consequences...   The creators of five-star sell-out hit, In Tents and Purposes (SOHO Theatre/UK Tour), return to compete with their egos in a new comed...

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You Only Live Forever

13:35

02 Aug

Your Bard

Did Will Shakespeare write his plays? Spend a rip-roaring hour in the pub with the man himself! He'll tell you all about his family, what it's like on tour and the glory days at the Globe. Queen Eliz...

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Your Bard

16:20

02 Aug

(sorry)

What does it mean to be a millennial? One stands before you, trying to process her three most pressing concerns: job exploitation, crumbling friendship and the imminent apocalypse. She has an overwhelming ne...

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(sorry)

13:35

02 Aug

A Christmas Carol

Olivier Award-winning Guy Masterson, (Under Milk Wood, Animal Farm, Shylock), now brings Dickens' festive fable to vivid life. Globally renowned for his physical and vocal dexterity, Masterson recreates ...

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A Christmas Carol

12:00

04 Aug

About Lady White Fox With Nine Tales...

What if Lady Macbeth was the reincarnation of the mysterious White Fox? YVUA Arts present their award-winning About Lady White Fox with the Nine Tales... Excellent Domestic Performing Arts Production by Kore...

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An Evening With Miss Wong

From laundry girl to one of Hollywood's most glamorous stars, the tragic and wonderful life of Anna May Wong. Fighting against prejudice and ignorance, she rose to become one of the acting elite, the lea...

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An Evening With Miss Wong

12:40

02 Aug

Baby Daddy

'The day I've been dreading arrives. All the answers I have prepared go out of my head when she asks me, "where's my Daddy?"' A painfully honest insight into the world of a young si...

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Baby Daddy

18:20

02 Aug

Black and White Tea Room – Counsellor

Theatre Hooam makes a welcome return to the Fringe with the award-winning Black and White Tea Room. Jeoung Seoung Ho offers counselling in the tearoom, but takes one day off every year: the anniversary of hi...

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Dominoes

Layla McKinnon is days away from saying 'I do' to Andy McKinnon. Already having the same surname as her fiancé used to be a funny coincidence but now threatens to drive them apart. Piecing together ...

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Dominoes

12:00

01 Aug

Don Quixote

A story of a man who wants to make the world a better place. And fails greatly. After last year's success with four and five-star reviews, Patchwork Theatre brings you this classic tale through a raw com...

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Don Quixote

13:25

02 Aug

Drip Feed

Cork. 1998. Brenda and her best pal are part of the city's furniture. Dancing on tables and 3am breakfast rolls. But what if you wake up hungover and broken on the wrong person's doorstep, realise yo...

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Drip Feed

14:30

01 Aug

F**k You Pay Me

An anarchic, unprecedented and hilarious insight into the life of a stripper in London's fast-changing cityscape. It's lunchtime, Bea hasn't slept, and she's dreading going home to face ...

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F**k You Pay Me

15:25

02 Aug

Frau Welt

The infamous international shapeshifter Frau Welt tells her story for the first and last time in this genre-busting new play by Peter Clements and Oliver Dawe. From Weimar Berlin to Broadway stardom, her sec...

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Frau Welt

20:35

02 Aug

Free and Proud

Hakeem is Nigerian in America. Jeremy is white and privileged. When disaster hits, they journey into the past to make sense of the present. A searing exploration of a modern marriage from a multi award-winni...

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Free and Proud

14:55

02 Aug

Gratiano

With Bassanio murdered, Gratiano is forced to revisit his fascist past. He was never the hero, but did he play the villain? In a challenging sequel to William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, set am...

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Gratiano

12:40

08 Aug

Hamlet – Horatio's Tale

A remarkable solo Hamlet from Horatio’s POV! Shakespeare’s classic tale of madness, murder and betrayal with incredible performance, brilliant original music and Sir Derek Jacobi as Old Hamlet! S...

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Hamlet – Horatio's Tale

16:40

03 Aug

Henry V – Lion of England

Wild young Hal becomes King and lays claim to the French crown. Agincourt as never before! A solo tour de force through Shakespeare’s patriotic masterpiece. Incredible performance, brilliant original m...

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Henry V – Lion of England

16:40

02 Aug

Heroine

World premiere and programmed for Made in Scotland 2018 – Heroine is based on the true story of Danna Davis and her 10 years in the US Army. A survivor of military sexual trauma, hers is a human story ...

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Heroine

12:00

02 Aug

I'll Have What She's Having

Victoria and Jess. Love. Their. Lives. Honestly, they do. Sure, Victoria would like to get through the day without having baby vomit on her. And Jess would like to have one night out that doesn't result ...

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I'll Have What She's Having

12:15

02 Aug

Misha Glenny: McMafia

Journalist and author Misha Glenny has spent years courageously investigating the most dangerous and sophisticated organised crime networks around the world. His international bestseller McMafia, now a hit B...

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Misha Glenny: McMafia

15:30

20 Aug

Nine Foot Nine

What would happen if every single self-identifying woman across the world grew to be nine foot tall? Critically acclaimed Sleepless Theatre Company return to the Edinburgh Fringe with LET Award-nominated Nin...

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Nine Foot Nine

11:45

02 Aug

Once Seen on Blue Peter

Makes, Bakes and Outtakes. On October 16th, 1958, Blue Peter sailed onto our TV screens. 60 years and over 5,000 episodes later, an elite group of ex-presenters gather to receive an award celebrating this ex...

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Once Seen on Blue Peter

14:50

04 Aug

Owen O'Neill: Ten Songs to Die For

In his new one-man play Owen O’Neill takes the audience on a trip to the soundtrack of his life. Ten songs that transport him back to the heartache and hilarity of a wild and reckless time. A musical m...

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Providence

'A richly theatrical hour of madness and the macabre' **** (Stage). 'A masterclass in physical comedy' (ThePlaysTheThingUK.com). Life is a hideous thing. And Lovecraft's was no exception....

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Providence

17:00

02 Aug

Really Want to Hurt Me

A funny, painfully honest new play about growing up gay in the 80s. School bullies. Heartache. Dancing to Eurythmics and The Smiths on your Walkman to stay alive. Sold-out London previews at the Old Red Lion...

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Really Want to Hurt Me

15:00

02 Aug

Romeo and Juliet

The HandleBards are the world's first cycling theatre company. Before touring their seriously silly production of Romeo and Juliet around the world, they pedalled it 1,500 miles around the UK by bicycle,...

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Romeo and Juliet

13:00

15 Aug

Simon Callow in De Profundis

Olivier Award winning Simon Callow performs Oscar Wilde’s searing meditation on his life, in the form of a devastating letter of reproach to his lover Lord Alfred Douglas - ‘Bosie’. Impriso...

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Simon Callow in De Profundis

12:30

02 Aug

Skin a Cat

Every teenager thinks they're the only one not having sex. For Alana, it might be true. Every time she gets close something gets in the way... Follow Alana on a wickedly funny sexual odyssey: from getting he...

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Skin a Cat

16:10

02 Aug

The Aspirations of Daise Morrow

Australia's towering literary genius Patrick White's language is pure performance in this richly theatrical adaptation. Actors, musicians and audience share the space beneath a canvas of Australian s...

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The House

The Redmonds have an unusually close relationship – with their house. Now the children are grown and it's time to sell. Their sacred nest though, can only be entrusted to the perfect buyers. A...

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The House

14:50

02 Aug

The Marilyn Conspiracy

August 5, 1962. Marilyn Monroe is found dead! Official verdict: probable suicide. Seven people are present from 22:30 before police are finally called at 04:30. What do they discuss? In the style of 12 Angry...

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The Marilyn Conspiracy

13:45

02 Aug

The Straw Man

He is Generation X. Weaned on punk and indie he survived Thatcher's Britain and the Cold War, then high on ecstasy he raved in a field all weekend – and still got up for work on Monday. Fearless, h...

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The Straw Man

14:50

02 Aug

The Swell Mob

Submerge yourself in the delights of our 1830s taproom; dance, sing, gamble, and cheat through this decaying world. Swig a London porter and become the hero, or swill bathtub gin and relish in the carousel. ...

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The Swell Mob

19:45

01 Aug

The Unknown Soldier

Jack stayed on when the guns fell silent, to search amongst the rusty wire and unexploded bombs for those that could never go home. For Jack has a promise to keep and a debt to repay. A story of comradeship,...

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The Unknown Soldier

14:50

09 Aug

This Is Just Who I Am

This is a show about identity, authenticity and the murky area between the two. It's about being yourself, and not having a f*cking clue what that even means. Using nothing but a microphone, a poorly put...

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This Is Just Who I Am

20:55

02 Aug

Twelfth Night

The HandleBards have cycled 1,500 miles from London to Edinburgh, carrying on the back of their bikes all of the set, props and costumes necessary to perform Shakespeare's most famous comedy. Join the fo...

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Twelfth Night

13:00

22 Aug

The Approach

Three women. Three conversations. Listen carefully. A psychological puzzle and a quietly devastating tragedy, The Approach explores the inner lives of Anna, Cora and Denise as they desperately try to make se...

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The Approach

13:25

02 Aug

Zoo

A new play by Lily Bevan, performed by Lily Bevan and Lorna Beckett. Co-directed by Hamish MacDougall, sound design by Mike Winship, featuring Mike Wozniak and Jim Rastall.A tale of animal instinct, f...

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Zoo

11:00

02 Aug

FORMATION FESTIVAL: SEX, DRUGS AND A CUP OF TEA

Sex, drugs, and tea make the world go around for four young flatmates. A Shrek related drinking game, no clean dishes, and some misplaced bodily fluids result in a fast-paced modern f...

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McLuckie's Line

Unemployed actor and compulsive gambler Lawrence McLuckie waits nervously in a claustrophobic corridor of a Glasgow hospital. He’s expecting the phone call he’s been waiti...

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McLuckie's Line

19:30

29 Sep

FORMATION FESTIVAL: THE WWI WARDROBE PROJECT

Want to experience doing your bit? Meet and hear from characters involved in the WWI war effort. Audience members are then invited to take part, with a lucky few helped to don the rel...

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FORMATION FESTIVAL : CONSPIRACY

Wannsee, Berlin January 1942Twelve men are ordered to attend a meeting called by SS General Heydrich; between them they represent the major organs of power in the Nazi state. W...

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FORMATION FESTIVAL: COWARDS ANONYMOUS

'The show begins when it wants to. You cannot stop it. You are not the show's real mum.'Cowards Anonymous is performance poetry meets coc...

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FORMATION FESTIVAL: CARE

Kyle has a reputation for being off the rails. He has terrorised his way through school and intimidates pupils and staff alike. And he is also a carer for a mother who is slowly fadin...

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FORMATION FESTIVAL: CARE

19:30

10 Jul

FORMATION FESTIVAL: (CAN THIS BE) HOME

The past is a foreign country we can never return what we used to know is gone Going back won't bring it back we lost it and returning will not return it to us the past is a forei...

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FORMATION FESTIVAL: COCAINE RAT CAGE

Seb has a job, a family, a house, a life. Bobby has one fag left and a concealed swiss army knife.Cocaine Rat Cage explores man's inability to ever be satisfied and asks if...

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Unbecoming

An intimate portrait of a woman fragmented.  Distorted by expectation, by obligation, by desire.  A hall of mirrors.  Under it all, who is she?A solo performance in...

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Unbecoming

19:30

22 Nov

Deid Kist Dolls

You don't know how much you owe to the DollMaker.She's the only thing standing between Edinburgh and an army of unquiet souls....

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Deid Kist Dolls

19:30

30 Oct

Tensile Strength (or How to Survive at Your Wit's End)

Written and Performed by Holly GallagherDirected by Daniel Bye ...

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Page2Stage Edinburgh

An exciting addition to Edinburgh’s new writing scene. Showcasing extracts from four brand new plays read in front of a live audience, with a chance to carry on discussions, mee...

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Page2Stage Edinburgh

19:30

13 Nov

Rhinoceros

by Eugene IonescoWhat would you do if everyone around you started to change?An unassuming town faces a surprising threat: siege by rhino...

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Rhinoceros

19:00

05 Dec

Approaching Empty

by Ishy Din Directed by Pooja Ghai  Forget friendship. This is business.In a scruffy minicab ...

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Approaching Empty

19:30

07 Mar

All About My Mother

A play by Samuel Adamson, based on the film by Pedro Almodovar"To all actresses who have played actresses. To all women who act. To men who act and become women. To all th...

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All About My Mother

19:30

21 Nov

Le Pere Noel est une Ordure (Santa is a Tramp)

A French classic with a Scottish twist. This cult French comedy, created in 1979 by legendary theatre collective Le Splendid, sees colourful characters meeting on C...

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