What Girls Are Made Of

A Raw Material and Traverse Theatre Company co-production in association with Regular Music By Cora Bissett
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Following a sold-out world premiere run at Traverse Festival 2018, Cora Bissett’s hit show returns in 2019, bursting out of the Traverse walls into the Assembly Hall on The Mound.

This epic piece of gig theatre, written and performed by Cora Bissett, charts her rollercoaster journey from indie-kid hopeful in the 90s to the wised-up woman she is today. Based on her meticulous teenage diaries, the show celebrates the euphoric highs (including touring with Radiohead and partying with Blur) and epic lows of her young life as lead singer in the tipped-for-the-top band Darlingheart, interspersed with the personal losses and gains of her adult life.

Directed by former Traverse Artistic Director Orla O’Loughlin and performed with a live backing band of actors/musicians Susan Bear, Simon Donaldson and Harry Ward, What Girls Are Made Of features a killer setlist studded with songs by 90s indie legends and inspirational female artists – from Nirvana to Dolly Parton to Patti Smith. And, for the first time, the run will feature special dates with the original Darlingheart drummer, Cathryn Archer.

Winner: 2018 Scotsman Fringe First award
Nominee: Best Female Performance, Best Production, Best Music - CATS Awards 2019

Supported by Creative Scotland and the City of Edinburgh Council

Image: Mihaela Bodlovic


1-25 AugustAssembly Festival, Edinburgh
9-28 September
- Soho Theatre, London


  • Writer & castCora Bissett
  • DirectorOrla O’Loughlin
  • DesignerAna Inés Jabares-Pita
  • Lighting DesignerLizzie Powell
  • Musical DirectorMichael John McCarthy

Behind the Scenes

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Please note that this performance takes place at Assembly Hall (Main Hall) as part of the Assembly Festival Fringe programme. The buttons below will take you the Assembly website to process your booking.