Uncommon Ground title

alison skilbeck's uncommon ground

Alison Skilbeck’s Uncommon Ground” premiered at the 2023 Edinburgh Fringe to glowing 5 star and 4 star reviews. It is is about six wildly different people, coping and connecting during one year on the Common, telling their unexpected tales of love, life, death, and downright dottiness, while a seventh character lurks mysteriously. Written during Lockdown and partly inspired by glimpses of people Skilbeck saw on her daily allotted walk on Clapham Common, it is a response to the feeling of isolation during COVID, and the search for connectedness. It reflects on the human need for the solace of nature, for healing laughter and silliness, and for love in all its forms surviving.


Directed by Gareth Armstrong, with original music by Simon Slater and lighting  design by  Mark Dymock.


This is Alison Skilbeck’s fourth play, her previous plays “Are There More of You?”, “The Power Behind The Crone” and “Mrs Roosevelt Flies to London” have all toured in the UK, Ireland and France, and received four and five star reviews.


This superb work must go further”  ★★★★★ Journalist & broadcaster Mark Lawson

One of the treats of this year’s Fringe”  ★★★★ The Scotsman

“Alison Skilbeck is very convincing using  humour and great characterisation to  captivate the audience”  ★★★★★1/2 One4Review

She’s an excellent writer and actor”   ★★★★ The Edinburgh Reporter 

“Skilbeck is the consummate storyteller, gentle, absorbing, charming”   ★★★★ Fringe Review


The production has  been nominated for a 2023 OffFest Award.

Ticket information:

Performance dates: 21st - 25th November

Performance time:   7pm (2.30pm Saturday Matinee) 

Running time: 70 minutes 

Tickets:  £15  /  £12



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