Fringe 2011 theatre - Five issue-based shows

This article is from 2011.

Fringe 2011 theatre - five topical shows

Be My Baby

Shows based on 60s teenage pregnancy, infanticide, bullying and HIV

Be My Baby with Amanda Whittington

A moving comedy about pregnant teens in 1960s Manchester who are sent away to a heavily religious hiding place where their only sense of freedom comes through pop music.
Zoo Roxy, 662 6892, 7–13 Aug, 6.30pm, £8 (£6). Previews 5 & 6 Aug, £6.

The Dick and the Rose

Inspired by true accounts, this production details the harsh circumstances behind mothers taking their own children’s lives.
Gryphon Venues at the Point Hotel, 07531 392 327, 8-27 Aug (not 14, 21) 1.30pm, £8 (£6). Previews 5–7 Aug, £4.

Chips on Shoulders

Schoolboy Ron tries to defeat all the bullies who torment him at school while also tackling his serious weight issue, despite living on a diet of homemade chunky, crispy chips.
Zoo Roxy, 662 6892, 5–20 Aug, 12.45pm, £7 (£5).

The Infection Monologues

Savage Theatre’s show is based on real stories of people living with HIV. While offering insights into the ways positive people see themselves, the show provides a good mix of seriousness and fun.
the Spaces on North Bridge, 0845 557 6308, 8–13 Aug, 7.05pm, £7 (£5). Previews 5 & 6 Aug, £5 (£3.50).

Playing Cards and Cigarettes

Z Theatre Company explores the notion that victims of bullying often become bullies themselves in a show about a woman whose relationships are haunted by her past experiences.
theSpace on Niddry St, 0845 557 0844, 8–13 Aug, 2.50pm, 15–18 Aug, 3.50pm, £5 (£3).

The Dick and the Rose

An American gothic romance with puppets and stubbornly live music. Rakish man meets carnival girl. They mate, tango, make lots of babies. Darkness haunts this sideshow fantasy. Raucous, bawdy, lyrical, true. 'Warm, varied and richly theatrical show with a sophisticated sense of humour and a proper emotional tug.' Simon…

Chips on Shoulders

One potato, two potato, three potato, four … five potato, six potato, seven potato … more! Some people's homes smell of their pets, some people's homes smell of wood-burning fires … but Ron's home smells of chips. Home-made, thickly sliced, crunchy, crispy chips. The story of a teenager's battle against both bullies and…

Be My Baby by Amanda Whittington

It’s 1964, Manchester. The music of sixties girl-bands is the only escape for Mary Adams, a pregnant teen reluctantly sent to a religious young mothers' home. As she forms friendships with the other girls, she must come to terms with the reality of her condition and choose between the life she knows and the love she feels…

Playing Cards and Cigarettes

Playing Cards and Cigarettes, toys with the concept that the victims often become bullies and struggles with keeping the shadows of the past from darkening the light of the future. Alice is attempting to build herself a normal life, to break a cycle that could finally extinguish the light inside her. Lost in a land of her…

The Infection Monologues

Savage Theatre presents the UK premiere of The Infection Monologues. Full of humour, anger and sadness, The Infection Monologues explore the reality of HIV in 2011. Based on the real stories of people living with HIV, The Infection Monologues challenges the way we view positive people and gives a unique view of the way in…


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