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The Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and Pitlochry Festival Theatre present SOPHIA by Frances Poet in association with Naked Productions Ltd.

The fifth play in our Sound Stage season tells the the true story of Sophia Jex-Blake and the Edinburgh Seven, who fought sexism in the university to become the first women to be able to study medicine and become working doctors.

Frances Poet is a Scottish playwright whose recent works include Fibres, Gut (winner of the Writers Guild Best Play Award), and the multi-award winning Adam.

Frances has also completed a number of classic adaptations including The Macbeths, What Put the Blood (Andromaque), Dance of Death and The Misanthrope as well as the radio plays ALT Delete, Gut and The Disappointed and scripts for film and television.

Sound Stage is a new audio-digital platform offering audiences the chance to have an ‘at home theatre experience’ designed by theatre makers and leading audio digital technologists. Soak in the virtual theatre atmosphere, mingle with other theatre-goers, bring your drinks and chatter in a virtual bar; arrange to meet a friend from anywhere in the world! There will be a call bell to take your 'seats', and post-show talks too. We'll meet you there!

Click here to see the full season of Sound Stage shows

Cast and Credits


Isabel Thorne - Maryam Hamidi
Dr Robert Christison - Paul Higgins
Ursula DuPre - Natalie Grady
Helen Evans - Muireann Kelly
Lord Provost and Mr Russel - Robin Laing
Margaret Todd - Fletcher Mathers
Edith Pechey - Clare Perkins
May Thorne - Elizabeth Poet
Sophia Jex-Blake - Madeleine Worrall


Writer - Frances Poet
Director - Janys Chambers
Assistant Director - Emily Ingram
Original music created by - Nicolette Macleod
Sound Recordist - Sara Mattinson
Sound Designer - Paul Cargill

Dates, Times & Prices

Fri 27 – Sun 29 August 
Fri & Sat 7pm and Sun 4pm.

Book for 4 performances and save 20% on the cost of all your tickets!

Standard tickets - from £15 per performance.

Take Part

Each performance includes a different Post-Show Talk each night!

Performance 1: Writer and Director
Performance 2: Actors and Director
Performance 3: In Context - an insight into the themes of the play from scientific, cultural and political experts.