By Rosie MacPherson


'Kidnapped aged 12, for 4,383 days she has learned how to survive. Now, reeling from her latest beating and in the most critical hour of her captivity, a young girl must learn that not everything she has been told is true. But to find a way out, she’ll have to break through something much stronger than just the basement door. Inspired by astonishing true stories, INSIDE is a psychological drama that explores the effects of Stockholm Syndrome, the human instinct to survive and the power of hope.'

INSIDE was nominated for the Fringe First, Carol Tambor and Bobby Awards. The manuscript can be purchased here.


THE SCOTSMAN 4 STARS ★★★★  ‘HOT SHOW' “There can be few more involving or unforgettable character studies in Edinburgh this year… an incredibly powerful and emotional piece” “Hits every beat beautifully."

BROADWAY BABY 5 STARS ★★★★★  “Once in a while you come across a piece of theatre that instantly knocks you off your feet by its sheer astonishing bravado and unforgettable strength. I’m glad to have found that piece 

already this year with this haunting, intimate and devastating drama.” “…one of the most unforgettable pieces of theatre”

THREE WEEKS 5 STARS ★★★★★ “Harrowing, complex and original… MacPherson will move you to tears and have you looking out for her name in the future.” 

REVIEWS HUB 5 STARS ★★★★★ “…one of the most intelligent pieces of theatre to premiere in years.” “MacPherson is a rising star, definitely one to watch.”

THE STAGE 4 STARS ★★★★ “MacPherson gives a performance of intense realism…” “…a frequently harrowing hour."

FRINGE REVIEW 4 STARS ★★★★ “MacPherson’s performance is measured, sensitive and powerful” 

WHATSONSTAGE 4 STARS ★★★★ “We become immersed and drawn into her ever shrinking world - Rosie MacPherson gives a compelling performance and she is definitely a future talent to watch out for!"

Press (includes)

[COVER STORY] THE BIG ISSUE NORTH “A one-woman tour-de-force.”” Rosie MacPherson is not only one of the country’s rising actors – she’s a playwright as well”

THE INDEPENDENT “Edinburgh Fringe to showcase timely new drama inspired by Natascha Kampusch, Elisabeth Fritzl and Jaycee Lee Dugard” 

A YOUNGER THEATRE Feature: Inside of Stockholm Syndrome



Writer/Performer:  Rosie MacPherson

Director/Producer:  Ed Lilly       

Co-Producer: John Tomlinson

Stage Manager:  Ruth Burgon      

Design:  Celia Dugua      Sound:  Sam Skitt

Previous Performances

Funded by Arts Council England & O2 Think Big

The Lowry, THEATRE503, Gilded Balloon, Canterbury Festival, The Octagon, MAC, SlungLow, The Garage, The Bikeshed Theatre, CAST & Theatre Delicatessen.

Making of Video