Cotton Fingers

National Theatre Wales


National Theatre Wales (NTW) is Wales’s English-language national theatre. It stages work in unconventional spaces: on trains, beaches and mountains, in warehouses, nightclubs and libraries, all over towns and online. It has a pioneering network of more than 900 TEAM members who create, organise, give feedback and have a central role in the company. NTW makes extraordinary theatre, rooted in Wales with an international reach.

Cotton Fingers is a politically charged monologue written by Welsh author and playwright Rachel Trezise. It follows a young woman’s journey from Belfast to Cardiff to end her pregnancy. Since abortion is illegal in Northern Ireland in almost every circumstance, she travels to Wales for her termination. With high production values, the piece explores women’s rights through elegant, concise writing. It portrays a gusty, complex character with a compelling solo performance. Cotton Fingers is about secrecy, class and the power women hold – or not – over their futures.

Cotton Fingers is in Edinburgh as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Please note that there will be captioned performances on 7, 10, 14 and 24 August

In the press

“If you’re looking for something completely different, National Theatre Wales can be guaranteed to deliver it” The Guardian

"NTW reinvents the language of theatre every time it puts on a show" The Telegraph

Production details

  • Writer

    Rachel Trezise
  • Director

    Julia Thomas
  • Designer

    Carl Davies
  • Number of people on stage

  • Number of people in touring company

  • Freight


    Information available on request

  • Touring Availability

    From August 2019
  • Scale of venue

    Small-scale (capacity up to 400)
  • Minimum performance space

    6m x 5m
  • Text-based

    Dense (important for audiences to have a good understanding of English)
  • Also contains:

    Sexually Explicit Material, Strong Language

In Edinburgh

  • Venue

    Main Hall, Summerhall Pl, Edinburgh, EH9 1PL
  • Production dates

    31 JULY–25 AUGUST (not Mondays)
  • Production times

  • Duration

    60 MINS
  • Audience capacity



  • Email
  • Contact for touring

    Lisa Maguire,

  • Contact at showcase

    Claire Turner,


Alongside the production, National Theatre Wales are able to offer complementary talks, lectures or consultancy on the follow topics:

Site Specific Performance: including staging artistically ambitious projects in the most challenging of environments. NTW's Producing, Production and Communications departments are extensively experienced and able to consult or present case studies across all aspects of planning, delivery and evaluating performance.

Collaboration: National Theatre Wales' TEAM is the company’s unique approach to engagement. It is a worldwide, diverse network of friends who collaborate with the company, curate events in their communities, give us feedback about work and support the company to make decisions at all levels of the organisation.

Additional productions

In a dynamic production, For All I Care explores contemporary social issues, and catalyses discussion around mental health, healthcare and the challenges faced by young people. Critically acclaimed playwright Alan Harris deftly balances humanity, wit and occasionally the surreal to tell the story of the two women and the interweaving, unexpected connections that change them both.

For All I Care is part of the 2019 Edinburgh Festival, the This is Wales showcase and available to tour.