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The Kinkens - One-woman Tragicomedy Comes to Edinburgh

Published by: G.D. Mills on 29th Jul 2018 | View all blogs by G.D. Mills


Encompassing dance, music, clown, as well as traditional and physical theatre, this defiantly uncategorizable, one-woman tragicomedy invites you to ponder who we are, where we are and how we are regarding all things mind, body and soul. This is a hilarious and moving tale of an idiot attempting to answer the unanswerable.

Last year, the Royal Society of Public Health published #StatusofMind on the effects of social media on young people’s mental health. With this issue in focus, The Kinkens seeks to question the schism between person and persona, journey into the doubt and fear of getting things wrong when it matters, and take opposition against the human quest for easy answers to eternally unanswerable questions.

Fresh off a UK and International tour of Golem by multi-award winning company 1927, Pip Hambly’s newest offering is bold, funny and skilfully crafted. Proudly supported by Camden People’s Theatre, Bristol Ferment and Somerset TakeArts and created with public funding from Arts Council England.

Creator Pip Hambly says: “My main source of intrigue has always been what we humans do when we think no one is watching. I find this endlessly amusing. And horrifying. And sad. What I tend to do when no one is watching is pick over what it means to be alive. I found this word - Kinkens, which is Old Scots for ‘an evasive answer to an inquisitive child’ - made a character out it, and told them to write me a show.”

‘Hambly is a remarkable talent... Kinkens is what theatre needs. Experimental, yet accomplished.’  Charlotte Irwin, A Younger Theatre

‘Philippa Hambly as Robert... hits her marks every time.’  Tim Wright, BWW Review

'Philippa Hambly's Robert is remarkable'  Geoff Mills The Reviews Hub

Listings Information

Venue: Just The Fancy Room, Just The Tonic, Caves                               

Tickets: Pre-book £5

Previews: 2-4 Aug 2018    Dates: 2 — 26 Aug 2018 (not 13th)               

Time: 11:30 (55min)

Box Office: 0131 226 0000,




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