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★★★★ Three Weeks


Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Theaterszene Europa Festival


Five minutes in I had that most glorious of feelings: coming up trumps in the Fringe pot luck.

I believe Phillippi could make a profound effect on others. To sculpt a problem of which one is on the outside into a convincing character suffering within it, as this writer-cum-actress does, requires impressive empathy. To frame said character portrait in a way as unusual and frequently risky as this is quintessential Fringe and quintessential five star.

I look back at my notes and think “It's amazing that actually worked” and “If only I were immoral enough to steal that idea for myself”. If Scandal Theatre returns to the Fringe, not going would be a fallacy. If Scandal Theatre restrains itself to the Free Fringe again, not going would be idiotic.

  • Pat Massey,

A great piece of theatre […] hearing someone speak in their mother tongue with as much force and passion as Phillippi is a hugely moving experience.

The Translator's Dilemma carries a serious point, and it delivers it in a sensitive, thought-provoking way. It is never preachy – it isn't trying to moralise, merely to bring to the forefront of our attention an issue that is often left at the back.

  • Helen Catt,

Entering the venue at a breathless dash and apologising for her lateness, Phillippi immediately plunges the audience into The Translator’s Dilemma. It’s only as she begins welcoming us to “class” that we realise she is already acting. [...] A harrowing portrayal of her descent into hysteria and near-insanity.

  • Ellie Blow, Three Weeks

It was clever of new playwright Jessica Phillippi, who also takes on most of the burden of performing, to actually set her piece about the appalling legacy of industrial asbestos in a university tutorial.

Our young stand-in teacher is charmingly inept […] Phillippi’s performance, moving from professional to grief-wracked, is very strong.

It both educates and entertains, passionately.

  • Kirstin Innes, The List


[A] captivating performance by Jessica Philippi and Amy Conway saw their audience leaning forward with suspense. […] Weaved like a murder-mystery, this gripping physical-theatre piece kept its audience guessing until the last line.

My Sister delivers in stirring up emotions and making an hour fly by.

[A] tight script and realistic, physical performances. […] From their first dash onto the stage, Philippi and Conway kept the audience under their spell, changing fluidly between different characters.

Tantalising and strong in its minimalism, the passionate acting keeps the audience’s heart racing in suspense. My Sister is guaranteed to compel and agitate, promising a bright future for Phillippi.

  • Anne Nyyssonen, Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival


Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival


National Theatre of Scotland’s Five Minute Theatre


My culture’s better than yours

Very funny.

  • Vicky Featherstone, Royal Court Theatre