Bloody Elle

Traverse Theatre and Cloudrise Productions in association with the Royal Exchange present by Lauryn Redding
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Elle meets Eve. Her eyes are green like guacamole, she has posh-hair and a freckle on her chin and when she touches Elle’s arm…the world spins off its axis.

This loud, proud love story is heart-warmingly honest and belly-achingly funny. Stuffed full of those stomach-flipping-time-stopping moments that everyone will recognise.

It’s brutal. It's beautiful. It’s a “moment moment.”

Returning for a strictly limited run after a sell-out TravFest22, Bloody Elle is a gig musical full of searing original music performed live on stage. Building loops and layers of sound, you are transported to a 10,000-seat arena with a ten-piece band or to an intimate sweaty, packed-out gig in the back of a pub.

Grab a pint, and let’s go.

Bloody Elle is part of the Traverse's £1 Ticket Project.

Holden Street Theatre Award Winner 2022
Nominated for 'Best Regional Production' at the WhatsOnStage Awards, 2022.

The Traverse Theatre is funded by Creative Scotland and The City of Edinburgh Council, and has received additional support from the Scottish Government's Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund and Creative Scotland’s Recovery Fund for Cultural Organisations.

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★★★★'Gorgeous both narratively and musically' -

★★★★'A faultless performance' - Lost In Theatreland

★★★★Lovely, life-affirming and eventually rather poignant’ - Bouquets and Brickbats

★★★★ 'It’s a performance that fills every last inch of the auditorium, which buzzes with energy.' - The Guardian

★★★★ 'Joyful in parts with devastating heartbreak in others' - Broadway World

★★★★'Magnificent original songs' - The Scotsman

★★★★ 'A warm-hearted, embracive bit of gig theatre.' - The Stage

'A passionate reminder to live authentically and without shame.' - Financial Times

★★★★ 'Redding creates a gratifying, superbly accomplished display of invention and craft' - WhatsOnStage

★★★★'Masterful and thrilling' - Fest Magazine

★★★★ 'Electric with meaning and emotion ' - The Wee Review

'A tour de force performance! I didn't want to leave at the end.' - British Theatre Guide

If you have access requirements, please contact our Sales and Welcome Team on or 0131 228 1404 so we can arrange reserved seating for you and discuss how else we can best support your visit.


  • Writer, Composer and PerformerLauryn Redding
  • DirectorBryony Shanahan (she/her)
  • Sound Designer and Additional CompositionAlexandra Faye Braithwaite
  • Lighting DesignerMark Distin Webster
  • DesignerAmanda Stoodley
  • Lauryn Redding


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