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Chris Haydon wins 3rd Fringe First for ON THE EXHALE

Chris Haydon has won his third Fringe First, the prestigious awards given out by The Scotsman at the Edinburgh Festival. ONE THE EXHALE is the European premiere of Martin Zimmerman’s powerful play.

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Polly Frame’s magnificent performance… tightens with riveting intensity towards a final confrontation that has us almost literally holding our breath. ★★★★ The Scotsman

Still, matter-of-fact and measured, [Polly Frame’s] delivery is gripping in its economy and hits home like a bullet. ★★★★ The Guardian

Dark, stark and disturbing. ★★★★ The Reviews Hub

Polly Frame’s performance in this demanding one woman play is searing, relentless, intense, and yet relatable. ★★★★ Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

An intriguing look at trauma and grief. ★★★★ Edinburgh Guide

Haydon’s staging perfectly complements Frame’s performance, creating an almost hypnotic trance in its storytelling power… ★★★★★ Across The Arts

Polly Frame’s crisp, moving central performance. Financial Times

Under the sleek direction of Christopher Haydon, it is powerfully performed by Polly Frame. What’s On Stage

A very classy production. Haydon directs subtly and sensitively. Time Out

Bring[s] together a poignant story of maternal loss and a tense psychological drama. ★★★★ British Theatre Guide

Unpredictable in all the right ways, and satisfying without feeling easy or glib. ★★★★  The Skinny

Polly Frame gives it both barrels as a woman breaking apart in a taut staging by Christopher Haydon. ★★★★ Fest Magazine

A brutal and exhausting performance that is truly outstanding. ★★★★ Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

A script with the twists and turns of a thriller. ★★★★ The Herald

An urgent, unsettling dissection of gun culture. ★★★★ The Arts Desk

It is gripping, thoughtful and fits a whole lot of emotion into just one hour. ★★★★ Broadway Baby

Martin Zimmerman’s monologue is a tense exploration of gun violence and trauma. Exeunt

Christopher Haydon has created a production of both power and fragility. ★★★★ British