Mary: A Gig Theatre Show

Blending rich spoken word with haunting original music, Mary: A Gig Theatre Show retells the story of Mary Queen of Scots. Performed by a live band of actor-musicians, the show searingly questions the treatment and portrayal of women historically and today.

Writer/lead performer Rona Johnston and director Katie Slater began creating Mary in 2022, before developing it for Gateway Festival in November 2023, and now Bedfest! The 5 actor-musicians of Mary devised the band arrangements in rehearsal, so are also integral to the making of the show. All are Edinburgh-based emerging theatre makers with musical backgrounds. They are Hester Irving (Fiddle/Bass), Laura Coull (Drums/Bass), Alli von Hirschberg (Guitar), Izzie Atkinson (Singer) and Jodie Kirkwood (Singer).

Mary is produced by Megan Waugh and James Wood, designed by Phoebe Wiseman with lights by Isabel Read. We are delighted to welcome Giulia Pizziol (SM) and Mick Zijdel (sound design) for Bedfest.


Content Warnings

Reference to topics of a sensitive nature
Age guidance 10+

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Where does the event happen? Bedlam Theatre, Edinburgh

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