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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Grunge has gone global, 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 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.

Fresh from an award-winning, sold-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe, performed with a live band, and directed by Orla O’Loughlin, Cora 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.

Winner: 2018 Scotsman Fringe First award

Supported by Creative Scotland and the City of Edinburgh Council

Image: Mihaela Bodlovic


1-5 MayThe MAC, Belfast
7-8 May
Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkaldy
14-15 May
Dundee Rep
17-18 May
Macrobert, Stirling
24-26 May
– Cultura Inglesa Festival, Brazil
4-8 June
Spoleto Festival, USA
1-25 August
Assembly 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
  • Susan Bear

  • Cora Bissett

  • Simon Donaldson

  • Harry Ward

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.