Anathema - Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017

By Niall Kiely
The Space on North Bridge, Edinburgh
4th – 26th August 2017


Anathema. (n). ‘Someone or something that one vehemently dislikes.’


Jamie was raped at a New Year’s Eve party, but it has taken him a month to tell anyone. Whilst his friends struggle to accept the truth, Jamie reflects on what occurred since he moved to university and the events that led up to his rape. This tragic story tackles the typically taboo subjects of male rape and rape culture through the eyes of a group of students.

Niall Kiely, Bearded Dog Theatre & Anathema Artistic Director, says: “I personally know too many individuals who have been raped or sexually assaulted, all of whom are varied in gender, age and sexuality and have faced judgement or feared it for something that wasn’t their fault. Rape and rape culture is not spoken about enough and so I wrote Anathema to create conversation for otherwise this allows the continuation of stigma which leads to many victims being afraid of judgement and not speaking out about their experiences and finding help; negatively impacting their lives in an even greater way than it already has been. This quite simply must end.”

Anathema is being produced by the new theatre company Bearded Dog Theatre, whose aim is to create shows that talk about issues that other people are afraid of talking about. Anson Williams, the Producer, is excited to be working with this show, which is something he feels should be discussed. He explains that the statistic of only 10% of male rapes being reported per year is shocking and something he wants to change.

The show is being directed by new director Ross Sterne. He explained his reasons behind working on the show: “As a director, I wanted to convey issues and ideas that I feel are not portrayed enough in modern society and media. Stories that are left unseen, unheard and often ignored. Anathema portrays male rape, sexual assault and modern day rape culture. This drew me to it, as I haven’t seen this done in recent theatre.”



We are proud to support this production, which will help raise awareness of male sexual abuse and our work with male victims/survivors. Our leaflets and information about how we can help will be available at the show.


Anathema runs at the Space on North Bridge in Edinburgh during the Fringe festival for the full month of August.  The cast includes: Niall Kiely, Angus Woodward, Clara Home, Megan Bailes, Jospeh Parrish, Vanessa Owen & Harrie Wenham.


Listing Information:

Theatre: The Space on North Bridge, Edinburgh Dates: 4th – 26th August 2017 (excluding Sundays.) Times: 4th- 19th at 10.10pm; 21st – 26th at 7.40pm Running Time: 50 minutes approximately


Box office: Tickets are available on 0131 510 2386,

or online at  [email protected]

Fringe box office: 0131 226 0000 or online at

Tickets: General: £8; Concessions: £6


For further information please contact Anson Williams on  [email protected] or on 07880207870

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