Past Productions:

Happy Birthday Without You


Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015 at Paines Plough's ROUNDABOUT @ Summerhall


A one-woman comedy that explores a growing cultural obsession with autobiography through the fictional performance artist, Violet Fox.

Violet Fox is an award winning live and visual spoken word vegan solo artist and occasional collaborator. Today is a celebration of every birthday. And you're invited. Bring beer and bunting and come on a journey through Violet's childhood of pop tarts, Patti Smith and second hand smoke. In Happy Birthday Without You Violet tells the story of her complicated relationship with her mother through a series of birthday anecdotes, musical interludes and cake. Warning: people usually cry.


Written & performed by Sonia Jalaly

Directed by Ruby Thompson

Produced by Lise Bell

Sound design by Luke Pajak

Lighting design by Max Blackman

Set design by Freyja Costelloe

— Greater Manchester Fringe Festival
‘Jalaly’s performance is staggering; she possesses a wonderfully expressive face which she uses to maximum comedic effect.’
— The Good Review
’Sonia Jalaly is looking to me like a great new talent: thoughtful, provocative and very funny. Catch it if you can right now’
— Kilburn Herald
’A quick and frenzied the best way possible’
— PlaysToSee
’Jalaly’s deliciously dark sense of humour is deeply embedded in the writing but what really makes this show fly is her fantastic physical performance.’
— The Public Reviews
’Just the tonic at this year’s Fringe’
— Time Out
— LondonTheatre1
Hilarious and Explosive! ... Jalaly brings to the Tricycle Theatre an energy to be envied, and certainly not to be missed. Here’s hoping for a tour!
— A Younger Theatre
Bizarre yet brilliant. A play like no other. The audience leave confused, slightly scarred and with a belly ache from too much laughter
— Wizard Radio