The End of Eddy
A Unicorn / Untitled Projects Production
Can we create our own freedom?
- Based on the book En finir avec Eddy Bellegueule by Édouard Louis
- Adapted by Pamela Carter
- Directed by Stewart Laing
★★★★ 'Groundbreaking adaptation' The Guardian
★★★★ 'At turns, humorous, harrowing and, above all, hopeful' Morning Star
★★★★★ SG Fringe
★★★★ The Herald, The Scotsman, The List, The Arts Desk
'My crime wasn't doing something. My crime was being something. Being different in a way everyone else could see.'
Born into poverty in an isolated village in rural France, a boy grows up amongst hard men and women living hard and violent lives. Bullied relentlessly for being gay, this is the story of Eddy’s struggle to understand who he is, who he might become, and of his fight to escape.
Written when he was just 21 and combining vivid storytelling with frank reflections on sexuality, class and power, this new stage adaptation of Édouard Louis’s internationally acclaimed autobiographical novel is filled with hope, lust, love and anger.
This is a co-production between the Unicorn Theatre and Scotland’s pioneering Untitled Projects’ team - visionary Scottish director, designer Stewart Laing and writer Pamela Carter. The show will premiere at Edinburgh International Festival before its London opening at the Unicorn. Find out more about tour dates.
Contains explicit sexual references and frequent use of strong language.
IN THE PRESS
★★★★ 'The actors
win our trust with their vigour, empathy and theatrical inventiveness' The Guardian
★★★★ 'At turns humorous, harrowing and, above all, hopeful’ Morning Star
★★★★ 'Groundbreaking adaptation... A televisual glimpse into small-town homophobia' The Guardian
★★★★ 'A powerful, absorbing and inventive piece' The Herald
★★★★ 'Takes us to the heart of adolescent confusion and longing' The List
★★★★ 'Offers some unforgettable insights' The Scotsman
'It’s a cool, highly self-conscious piece of theatre’ The Independent
'The central story is magnetic' The Observer
'For some young people this will be not just a play but a revelation.' The Times
'@___Projects @edintfest #TheEndofEddy is a beautiful piece. Incredibly well acted and tightly designed it allows the story to sing.'
'Before you go back to normal life, see #TheEndOfEddy. Such chaos told with such precision. And so funny. Beautiful.'
'#TheEndOfEddy @edintfest sheer beauty & force. I loved where you took this/us @___Projects'
Read more in our Twitter moment.
INSIGHT DISCUSSIONS: THU 20, THU 27 SEP & THU 4 OCT
Join us for a free post-show insight discussion after these performances:
Thu 20 Sep, 7pm - with Pamela Carter and Stewart Laing
Thu 27 Sep, 7pm - with Pamela Carter
Thu 4 Oct, 7pm - with Pamela Carter
UNICORN LATE: THU 20 SEP, THU 27 SEP, THU 4 OCT, 7PM
An evening performance followed by live music in the foyer and a 3 for 2 offer on craft beer at our bar. We're always looking out for new artists to perform at these events, so if you fancy a paid gig and the chance to see a brilliant free show, send your details and some music samples over to our Events Producer.
FOR SCHOOLS (SUITABLE FOR YEARS 11 & ABOVE)
School tickets from
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Free teacher CPD: Thu 13 Sep, 4.30pm - 7pm
Download the free teacher resource pack here.
Post-show workshops for The End of Eddy available from £120, 24 Sep - 5 Oct 2018.
Got a question or want to book? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Cast & Creative Team
Video Designer Finn Ross
Sound Designer Josh Anio Grigg
Assistant Director Nima Séne
Tour Production Manager Nick Millar
An excerpt from Scorched by Wajdi Mouawad, translated by Linda Gaboriau, is quoted in this production of The End of Eddy by kind permission of the author
Show artwork photography by Hugo Glendinning
Production photography by Tommy Ga-Ken Wan
Rehearsal photography by Alicia Clarke
Cast photography by Graham Michael
Supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland’s Open Project Fund
Supported by a Federation of Scottish Theatre Assistant Director Bursary with funding from Creative Scotland