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Podcast: Is It A Show? Is It A Gig? No it’s a Gig Theatre Show

Rona Johnstone and Katie Slater discuss Mary: A Gig Theatre Show

We have a soft spot for gig theatre, at least gig theatre when it is done right. So when Rona Johnstone and Katie Slater got in touch to tell us not just about their Edinburgh Fringe bound show, Mary: A Gig Theatre Show, but also that they had done some research into gig theatre as part of their degree course, how could we not want to chat with them about it all.

So, as well as telling us all about their show, based on Mary Queen of Scots, they also talk about what they feel gig theatre is. We may also disagree a little on their definition but we do agree that it shows just how varied the genre can be! We also get very close to begging them to bring the show to London, because we all want to see it now!

Mary: A Gig Theatre Show plays at theSpace for EdFringe from 12 – 17 August. Further information and tickets available ⁠here⁠.

Mary: A Gig Theatre Show


12 – 17 August

Through haunting original music and rich spoken word, an actor-musician band deliver a feminist retelling of Mary Queen of Scots’ story. The folk-rock show searingly questions the treatment and portrayal of women historically and today.

Following a sold-out production in February, the Marys are back by popular demand for the Fringe.

‘Fifty mesmerising minutes’ **** (The Student Newspaper).
‘Lifting original songs and lyrically genius spoken word’ **** (CorrBlimey.uk).
‘The perfect blend of music, narrative and humour’ **** (TheBroad.org)
‘A total triumph – unbelievable talent, West End here they come…’ (Audience review, 2024).

Tickets and further information available here.

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