Chap at the Door and The Aftermath: Fringe Festival Play

Chap at the Door and The Aftermath

Insight to the sacrifice, loss, struggles and hope families encounter in their battle with addiction.

Joining forces with Create a Drama, 7 family members combine their stories to perform a unique family written two-part illustration on the impact of problem substance use. The dramas bring to light the fear families face every day and the loss felt when their biggest fear is realised.

Helen and Andy’s daughter Lisa is addicted to drugs and no longer lives at home. Helen struggles to support her daughter and finds relationships with others deteriorating as she sacrifices her own wellbeing to care for Lisa’s two children. With the fateful chap at the door the family must find a way to pull together to survive and build a future for the grandchildren.

Lisa is more than her addiction and though she is absent from the drama, she represents a daughter, granddaughter and friend who was loved and cherished. The turmoil experienced by Lisa’s family demonstrates the willingness of families to devote their lives to helping a loved one with problem substance use and the key role families can play in preventing an overdose.

Chap at the Door was first performed in 2012 with the addition of The Aftermath in 2013. For the first time and for one day only both dramas will be performed for the wider public.

Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs & Family Addiction Support Service collaborated to deliver Chap at the Door and The Aftermath at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival to raise awareness of the impact of problem substance use on families, the availability of the overdose reversal drug – Naloxone, and the first ever national bereavement programme dedicated to families with a drug-related death.

Venue: Lindisfarne Room, St Cuthbert’s Church (Venue 122)

Date: Monday, 24 August                               Times: 10:00 am, 11:30 am, 2:00 pm, 3:30 pm

Tickets: £5                                                      Fringe Box Office:  0131 226 0000


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Twitter: @ScotFamADrugs


Media Contact: Kate Grant

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