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What Girls Are Made Of

What Girls Are Made Of
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    Written byCora Bissett
    Start date3 Aug 2018
    End date26 Aug 2018
  • TicketsPreview Tickets: Full price £15 / Concession £9. Tickets: Full price £21.50 / Standard concession £16.50 / U30s & Students £15 / Other concession £9.50
    Genre Festival, Theatre,

World Premiere
A Traverse Theatre Company and Raw Material co-production in association with Regular Music

It’s 1992. In a small town in Fife, a girl is busting to get out into the world and see what's on offer. And an ad in the local paper declares: Band Seeks Singer.

Grunge has just gone global, scruffy indie kids are inheriting the earth, and a schoolgirl from Glenrothes is catapulted to a rock star lifestyle as the singer in a hot new indie band. Touring with Radiohead, partying with Blur, she was living the dream. Until she wasn’t.

Based on her meticulously detailed, pull-no-punches teenage diaries, this is the true story of Cora Bissett’s rollercoaster journey from the girl she was to the woman she wanted to be.

Performing with a live band, directed by the Traverse’s award-winning Artistic Director Orla O’Loughlin (Meet Me At Dawn, Milk, Swallow), Cora (Midsummer) celebrates life’s euphoric highs and epic shitstorms, asking what wisdom we should pass on to the next generation – and which glorious mistakes we should let them make.

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Fri 3 Aug, 7pm
Sat 4 Aug, 10am

Preview Tickets
Full price £15
Concession £9

Sun 5 – Sun 26 Aug
(No Mon Performances)

Note: Click on 'Book Now' for dates and times. 

Full price £21.50
Standard concession £16.50
U30s / Students £15
Other concession £9.50

See our Box Office page for full pricing and booking information.

Access Performances
British Sign Language: Sat 18 Aug, 4pm
Audio Described: Thu 23 Aug, 10am


Running Time
1h 25m approximately

Age Recommendation 

Note: Strictly no latecomers

Part of the Made in Scotland 2018 showcase. Supported by Creative Scotland and the City of Edinburgh Council.

Image by Sid Scott

  • Orla O’Loughlin

  • Ana Inés Jabares-Pita

  • Lizzie Powell

    Lighting Designer
  • MJ McCarthy

    Composer & Sound Designer
  • Eve Nicol

    Assistant Director (Supported by the Federation of Scottish Theatre with funding from Creative Scotland)
  • Cora Bissett, Susan Bear, Simon Donaldson, Grant O'Rourke

    The Scotsman
    Herald Angel Awards
  • The undisputable hit of the programme. Euphoric, empowered, hard-won high. ★★★★★
    The Telegraph
  • A life-changing litany of pure joy. ★★★★★
    The Herald
  • If you have a beating heart in your chest, there’s a high chance it will make you weep. ★★★★★
    The Stage
  • This is a punchy, exhilarating, candid and emotionally raw play which pulls the audience through the highs and lows of all that make you 'you' through the course of life. ★★★★★
    The Skinny
  • Met with a well-deserved standing ovation... What Girls Are Made Of is more than a little bit special. ★★★★★
    Broadway World
  • Themes of memory, family and artistic expression give What Girls Are Made Of a degree of heart, passion and warmth – and there is a kick ass band to soundtrack the entire experience. ★★★★★
    The Wee Review
  • Anyone who loves rock music, a great, tear-jerking tale or perfectly pitched performance should race along to the Traverse before tickets disappear for good. ★★★★★
    British Theatre Guide
  • A brilliant script, superbly played, rising to tequila-fuelled manic heights and descending to the uttermost pits of despair, with great humour, love, pity, a surprising absence of bitterness and a huge dose of common sense in the mix too. ★★★★★
  • While music undoubtedly runs through the heart of Cora Bissett's latest, most autobiographical work, this is equally a heartfelt examination of parent-child relationships, presented with passion, tenderness and the fuck-you attitude of rock 'n' roll at its best. ★★★★★
    Broadway Baby
  • It takes courage to reveal so very much of your personal and professional life: courage that Bissett hides behind one of the brightest smiles any of us will ever see. ★★★★★
    Musical Theatre Review
  • Mixes the immediate emotional appeal of your favourite teenage song with a sharp-eyed, feminist exploration of music industry abuses. ★★★★
    Financial Times
  • It is all but impossible to resist the beat of this show’s big, charming heart. ★★★★
    The i Newspaper
  • A music memoir, warmly, vividly painted, with Bissett an emotional, open focal point. ★★★★
    Time Out
  • Dazzles with its energy and heart. ★★★★
    The List
  • Feel-good rock’n’roll theatre. ★★★★
    The Times
  • Fast-paced and fierce piece of life-affirming gig theatre. ★★★★
    Fest Magazine
  • Orla O’Loughlin’s heady but exquisitely controlled production stages the entire show as an exhilarating piece of gig theatre. ★★★★
    The Independent
  • The standing ovation from the audience shows that this particular musical act could be destined to be the next big thing. ★★★★
    Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
  • A sweetly sentimental tale of rock 'n' roll redemption. ★★★★
    Mail on Sunday
  • It starts out as disposable indie nostalgia that keeps making you grin as widely as Bissett herself, then starts to resonate in your heart. ★★★★
    The Sunday Times
  • Beautiful, passionate and exhilarating show. ★★★★
    The Scotsman
  • You'll want to go on this rollercoaster ride. ★★★★
    The National
  • An empowering autobiographical affair. ★★★★
    Young Perspective
  • It’s told with amusing honesty but never self-pity, and directed apace by Orla O’Loughlin. ★★★★
    Evening Standard
  • Effortlessly joyful.
    The Observer
  • Bissett is a warm presence and a magnificent performer. ★★★★
    The Guardian
  • An utterly electric performance. ★★★★
  • Bissett’s writing is, like the best lyrics, well-paced, sharp and often stunningly poetic.
    Total Theatre Magazine
  • We have heard stories of rises and falls in the music business many times before, but never quite like this, never so personal nor with such endearing honesty and raw passion. ★★★★1/5
    The Reviews Hub

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