Tim Walker's Bloody Difficult Women to run at Edinburgh Festival

Bloody Difficult Women - Jessica Turner (Theresa May) In Rehearsal. Photo Mark Senior-21
Bloody Difficult Women - Jessica Turner (Theresa May) In Rehearsal. Photo Mark Senior

Tim Walker’s Bloody Difficult Women is to run at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2022.

Wind of Change, in association with Cahoots Theatre Company, will bring the piece to the Ballroom at the Assembly Rooms from 3 to 28 August 2022.


Directed by Stephen Unwin, the piece is inspired by the court case Gina Miller brought against Theresa May in 2016 with the final climatic scene set in the present.

Following an extended run in London at Riverside Studios, returning to the cast will be Jessica Turner as Theresa May, Andrew Woodall as Paul Dacre and Graham Seed as Sir Hugh Rosen, with further cast to be announced.

Tim Walker’s brand-new drama sees the tumultuous political events of recent years played out in a power struggle between two determined women.

His intensely human account of the court case Mrs Miller brought against Mrs May makes for revealing and often very funny theatre, but ultimately, it’s a tragedy, where there are no winners, only losers. Walker brings the story bang up to date in a dramatic finale which says so much about the deep divisions we still have in our country.

The production has design by Nicky Shaw, lighting design by David Howe and sound design by John Leonard.

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Denise Silvey, the producer, said: “I’m thrilled to be bringing Bloody Difficult Women to Edinburgh. It’s so exciting to be returning to the Festival after three years away. In 2019 we were lucky enough to bring the sell-out production of Musik to Edinburgh and now here we are again and hope the Festival audiences will be as kind to us this year as they have been to us in the past. Go Edinburgh!!”

Tim Walker, the writer, added: “Any show that is as honest about the English political classes and their media as Bloody Difficult Women was always going to make itself powerful enemies south of the Border, but in London it made a lot of great friends, too, and played to packed and appreciative houses night after night and the run had to be extended. It’s a play that has a lot to say for itself about the mess we’re in and I’ve a feeling Scotland will appreciate it not pulling its punches.”

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