I’ll Take You to Mrs Cole!

Based on the book by Nigel Gray and Michael Foreman

25 Jul - 26 Aug

Edinburgh Fringe Ages
7 +

A Complicité Associates and Polka Theatre co-production


The energy of a gig with powerful storytelling and exquisite animation.

It’s 1981 and ska music pulses. Young Ashley creates havoc by getting lost in a wild, imaginative world while Mum longs to return home to Barbados. When Jedi battles and forest adventures go too far, will Mum resort to the scariest threat of all? Accompanied by an original soundtrack, this is a funny, anarchic show for children and a nostalgic trip for adults.

A story of cultural differences, fear of the unknown and the power of a child’s imagination.



Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Pleasance Theatre), 31 July – 26 August 

Click here to book via the Pleasance Theatre website


Please note: This production is not taking place at Polka Theatre, click here for information about our redevelopment 

Creative Team


Adapted and Directed by Catherine Alexander
Based on the book by
Nigel Gray and Michael Foreman
Devised by
the Company
Designed by
Jemima Robinson
Sound Design by
Benjamin Grant
Lighting Design by
Jai Morjaria
Video Design by
Hayley Egan
Animation by
Amber Cooper-Davies
Production Manager 
 David Duffy


Barry Fitzgerald
Mae Munuo
Diana Yekinni



★★★★ “is a visual & musical delight for the ears & eyes”   The List Magazine 

★★★★ “a skankilicious soundtrack & a lot of fun”   What’s On Stage

★★★★ “I’ll Take You To Mrs Cole! is an 80’s paradise” Voice Magazine 


Audience Responses

#CompliciteMrsCole from @Complicite and @polkatheatre brought a smile to my face today with a foot-tapping ska soundtrack at @ThePleasance #EdFringe19

Great time at #edinburghfringe2019 with @Complicite and #ComplicitemrsCole an excellent show with talented actors about #Windrush, race & Britain in the 80s #edinburgh at its best #edfringe2019

DON’T WASTE ANY MOTE TIME! GO AND WATCH I’LL TAKE YOU TO MRS COLE! I am wholeheartedly going to dance down the streets of Edinburgh! What a smashing show #CompliciteMrsCole