Possibly my favourite of the 30 or so shows I saw this year. An excellent script, beautifully acted by all four of the cast, including the robothespian. The awkward teenagers were just as believable as the old woman with memory loss. It deserves to transfer. Roland Hanbury
Superb, totally engrossed from start to finish, left wanting to know more about Sally and Raymond. Really touching, thought provoking but not "heavy". Handled a subject that will likely affect us all to a greater or lesser extent, in an entertaining way. Hope the play has a life beyond the festival, really want to see it again and recommend it to others. Chris Sealey
An incredible piece of theatre - really moving and superbly acted (even the robot was brilliant!)Can't recommend it highly enough - get tickets while you still can.
5 stars all round for all the reasons listed here. Too little time, too many shows, but don't miss this! Cathy Sharp
Real robot in this show is truly impressive and unique. Show itself is moving, well-acted, and well-staged despite limited space. Among the best of the 40 shows I've seen. Go see it! Greg Moser
I was deeply moved by this wonderful piece of theatre - superbly acted and challenging you to consider what dementia and loneliness might mean for you and those you love. A brilliant way of staging the memories of Sally. The role of the robot is also interesting to ponder - this show offers no easy solutions just questions. I would urge anyone not to miss it. Victoria Dickens
If this is in your shortlist and you've not been yet, do not delay, you will not be disappointed. With the most polished concept and cast I've seen this fringe I was left literally overwhelmed - in all the best ways. Thank you - for a show based around a robot there an abundance of soul from start to finish. Charlotte
Amazing amazing amazing! Funny, sensitive, touching... exceptional actors, great structure. Highly recommended. Giedre
Stunning performances, original and moving, great set and high production value, a must see! Five stars. Elizabeth Montgomery
This is my favourite show of the fringe after 4 days. Superbly acted and written, very moving with some lovely touches of humour, this show has it all. If you only see one drama at Edinburgh this year make it this one!
Kill for a ticket. If this doesn't stir up any emotion in you, you're not alive. Philip Healing
Absolutely amazing, l was totally blown away by this piece of fantastic theatre, the cast were superb, thoroughly convincing including the robot which is a piece of amazing technology. 5 stars all round. Andrew Cherry
The best play I've seen so far. Wonderful acting all round, great script, the robot was the icing on the cake. Go and see it, you won't regret it. Karen rhodes
We managed to fit in just 20 shows in our first ever visit to the Edinburgh Fringe. A couple disappointed, but most did not. This was our final piece of theatre, and it was worth the trip for this alone. Astounding. The writing was suburb, the performances sublime. If this was not our last night here, we would book to see it again. They say that Edinburgh can show you four seasons in one day. This gave you every emotion in a single play. I hope it tours. Please come to or near Northampton. We shall definitely book, and we will take friends. Just loved it.
We see a lot of theatre, and we are very critical. Nothing whatsoever to criticise with this. Do not miss this. Funny, poignant, beautiful. Graham Follett
I thought the writing and the entire cast were superb. The way in which the character of Sally embodied living with Alzheimers I thought was incredible. Extremely moving, five stars. Edel Roddy
Touching and slowly bursting into tears .... and difficult to get out of the story. Truly deserved 5 star! Junyoung Kim
“Phenomenal!!! What an incredible piece of highly skilled theatre. Such a talented cast, a wonderful story, a super set… and the robot just leaves me lost for words!! Absolutely amazing! It would be a travesty if this doesn’t reach Edinburgh… and beyond!!! A million thanks for a brilliant evening!”
“Spillikin was mind blowing! The technology, the acting, the story, the script. The whole thing blew me away. An accurate and touching portrayal of Alzheimer's, with fantastic humour. I was completely gripped from start to finish, and it brought tears to my eyes towards the end. Thank you, well done and I will be telling everyone I know! Let's get Spillikin to the Fringe and beyond!
“I arrived with no expectations and from the first moment of the first act you held my attention and I felt I was ‘within’ the story- I was unexpectedly moved by the later scenes- wonderful touching account of love. Thank you so much!”
“impressive… a bit too close to home for me. Excellent portrayal of the dementia.. moving.. it really does cut great slices of the character of the sufferer.. as well as the memory. Gradually the rich resources of stories are reduced until few remain”
"Dear Pipeline, Thank you for another powerful evening. I’m coming away with a racing mind, which is my favourite. Everybody was fantastic, and hilarious- V funny actually. I am Anna’s biggest fan. A very touching story and beautifully told. Thank you. The robot is beyond me V good I like it a lot."
“Perfect. So spookily accurate portrayal of Alzheimer's as I know it. I was haunted and enthralled throughout. Enough smiles and laughs to keep me from blubbering loudly, a perfect balance in fact. Thank you”
“fantastic play- tears at the end. Very accurate portrayal of dementia and love. Thank You. Robot amazing. Acting superb. Media wonderful. Script out of this world.”
“Excellent acting! The play was very well written and provided a very realistic representation of love and loss! Would definitely recommend! Also the Robot was WOW!”
“Witty and realistic dialogue/script. Great characters and acting. Robot very impressive. Compelling and interesting throughout.”
“Compelling performance. Good balance of humour and nostalgia. Inspiring technical. All round great show”
“AMAZING!! I never cry in the theatre but tonight I did. Everyone needs a robot to make sure those happy memories are not when we all go a bit loopy as we get older. Truly Brill”
“Absolutely riveting- to think that we could have robots in our spaces keeping us company in our old age and playing ‘eye-spy” with us is awesome!”
“Very touching and beautiful”
“Fantastic emotional rollercoaster- captivating”
“Spillikin was mind blowing…. (Sally can you hear me?) Such a brilliant set, such excellent acting, such a wonderful, sad, inevitable story. Such a madly clever Robot. Thanks so much”
“Loved it!! Unable to give and constructive criticism as it was brilliant!!!”
“Absolutely amazing performance”
“Excellent production, thanks. Very clever. Very emotional as a carer of someone with vascular dementia”
“Brilliant- so clever and incredibly poignant. Don’t change a thing!”
“Fabulous production well done team. Clever and emotional Loved it!”