Press Release – August 2015

PRESS RELEASE | August 2015


Rosie & Me in association with Live Theatre presents:



A compelling, moving and funny solo-show about a girl with a remarkable gift.

Written by Alison Carr | Directed by Rosie Kellagher | Performed by Tessa Parr

The Pleasance, 5th-31st August 2015 (not 18th) | 1 hour

“audaciously offbeat … Carr sustains the bold premise through the vividness of her writing” ★★★★ The Times on Fat Alice  

During an almighty rainstorm, Vera Shrimp discovers an extraordinary ability. But as her family disintegrates, Vera’s gift develops a darker and more urgent significance. Part science lesson, part story-telling, this is a poignant and playful solo-show about love, grief and never giving up.

Fresh from the sell-out success of her A Play, A Pie and A Pint Fat Alice, former Traverse 50 writer Alison Carr brings her new play to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Currently making a name for herself with her unique voice and distinctive style, this up-and-coming playwright’s other work includes Paines Plough’s Come To Where I’m From (Live Theatre and the Southbank Centre); A Wondrous Place (Northern Spirit, tour – ★★★★ The Guardian) and Dolly Would (BBC Radio 4).

The Soaking of Vera Shrimp was awarded the 2013 Live Theatre/The Empty Space Bursary Award for innovative artists exploring different ways in which text and performance can be brought together.

The play also saw Alison be nominated Writer of the Year at the recent Journal Culture Awards, a celebration of the best arts and culture in the North East of England.

Director Rosie Kellagher has made work with companies including A Play, A Pie And A Pint, Open Clasp with Frantic Assembly, Soho Theatre, the Southbank Centre, Live Theatre, Vanishing Point, The Arches and Traverse theatres. Her production Tir Nan Og won the MTM Award for Best New Musical at the Edinburgh Festival and she is a previous winner of the Arches Award for Stage Directors. She has also adapted literary classics including A Christmas Carol for the stage and directed drama for BBC Radio. Rosie recently joined the Traverse Theatre as their new Literary Associate.

Tessa Parr reprises her role as Vera Shrimp. Tessa originated the role at the previews at Newcastle upon Tyne’s Live Theatre last year, with audiences praising her performance as “fresh”, “beautiful”, “vital” and “compelling”. Tessa’s stage credits include 2014’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe show Dead to Me directed by Selma Dimitrijevic (Northern Stage at Roundabout); Get Santa (Northern Stage); Alice in Bed (Tender Buttons); The Last of the Lake (Rough Fiction). Her TV credits include Father Brown, Parades End, Casualty 1909, Doctors (BBC).

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Time: 60 minutes | Suitable for ages 12+

Company Information

Written by Alison Carr | Directed by Rosie Kellagher | Performed by Tessa Parr | Design by Emily James | Assistant Director Caroline Donald | Sound by Nick Williams | LX Designer & Technician Craig Spence

Listings information

Attic, The Pleasance, 5-31 August 2015 (not 18), 12:45pm

Previews 5-7 Aug £6

£7.50 (£6.50) 17, 24-25, 31 / £9 (£8) 10-13, 19-20, 26-27 / £9.50 (£8.50) 8-9, 14-16, 21-23, 28-30 | 44 (0)131 556 6550

To book review tickets for this show please contact the Pleasance Press Office

0131 556 6557 |


Press Contact: Alison / Rosie at