PREVIEW: Improvised Play Makes Edinburgh Fringe Debut


A witty drama exploring the joy and the pain of being in love is coming to Edinburgh Fringe. But here’s the twist – it’s completely improvised.

Between Us is a play which charts the ups and downs of one couple’s relationship. The performers use anecdotes from the audience to inspire the characters they create.

Like all good improvisation, the show is very funny. But it’s also touching and even heart-breaking. Its power lies in the element of surprise, both for the audience and the two performers.

Image: Between Us

Actress Rachel E. Thorn said, “Unlike traditional theatre, Alex and I don’t know what the other is going to say. We discover who our characters are and where the drama lies at the same time as the audience. We’ve been described as the realest thing you’ll ever see on stage.”

Her co-star Alex Keen said, “Performing Between Us is an intense experience. Rachel and I have to trust each other completely. It’s very exciting, but also very exposing.”

Broadway Baby gave the show four stars, declaring it “genuinely funny whilst delivering real emotional depth. Why does anyone bother writing plays at all when, as Rachel and Alex showed, you can entertain so successfully on the spot?” Sheffield Review gave the Early Fest performance five stars, saying “This is live theatre taken to a whole new level.”

Between Us will debut at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe Festival at Surgeons Hall between August 2-17 (not 11th) at 6:20pm.