Breakfast Plays: YOUTHQUAKE – Traverse Theatre

World premiere

youthquake noun
A significant cultural, political or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people.

Three young Scottish playwrights from the Traverse Young Writers’ group join forces with three leading British writers to explore a pressing question of our time: how can the younger generation be a catalyst for social and political change?

Paired with pieces from their professional mentors, this brave new body of work from young voices is a defiant demand to be seen as more than avocado-fuelled millennials.

Kick start your festival day with these script-in-hand readings, and enjoy a breakfast roll and tea/coffee with your ticket.

Old Enough written by Laurie Motherwell

Tonight the age of adulthood is increasing to 25. Jo is 20 and Poll is 26. What starts as a celebration of more care-free years becomes an exploration of what could be lost more than gained.

Cast includes: Joanna Tope  (also appearing in Grout)

Fu**ing Millennials directed by Adura Onashile

Iain is a jaded, aging teacher in a state of personal crisis. When he blunders into an Edinburgh brothel only to find his former student Zara working there, both are drawn into a generational sparring match about work, intimacy and responsibility for the state of the world we inherit.

Cast includes: Mark McDonnell 

Squall directed by Adura Onashile

Every school in Scotland has had lockdown drills for years. Drills keep students safe. Prepared for the worst-case scenario. Erin, Alice and Rob are stuck in a safe room with nothing to do but argue. About the drills. The drills that keep them safe. Because it’s always just a drill, right?

Cast includes: Mark McDonnell 

The Things I Would Tell You: Words From Three Young British Muslim Women

Inspired by the anthology of the same name, three young British Muslim women explore what it is they should tell you, us, themselves and what they want to tell you, us, themselves in a mash up of poetry, discussion and song.

Cast includes: Neshla Caplan

Lurker 

On the 15th June, 2017, teenage blogger Verity McAlpine disappeared. She stopped uploading videos, let her Instagram go stale and abandoned her Twitter followers. Anya Kine has a theory about the disappearance. How far will she go to uncover the truth?

Cast includes: Neshla Caplan

Further information on dates and times here

 

Locker Room Talk – Edinburgh Festival

During his controversial presidential campaign, Donald Trump regularly made statements considered by many to be misogynistic and offensive. Can such sexually abusive rhetoric really be accepted as mere locker room talk? Is he simply an individual, or one who speaks to a silent majority? Might it be that our world isn’t as progressive as we’d like to think? Gary McNair wants to think we’re better than this and is having honest conversations with men about women to see if he is right or wrong. The words of these men are performed by a cast of women, including BAA client Joanna Tope

Monday 21st August  Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

STILL GAME LIVE 2 – BON VOYAGE

Still Game favourite’s Mark Cox and Jane McCarry are joined by fellow BAA clients Joanna Tope and Natali McLeary in STILL GAME LIVE 2 – BON VOYAGE at the SSE Hydro, Glasgow from Saturday 4th – Thursday 16th February 2017.

Full Details here

Therese and Pierrette at Holy Angels

Wendy Seager, Kirstin McLean and Joanna Tope can be seen in a rehearsed reading of Thérèse and Pierrette at Holy Angels on Tuesday 27th September at 7.30pm in the Traverse Theatre.

Therese and Pierrette at Holy Angels is a play about friendship and truth, set in a Quebec convent school in the 1940s. This will be the second development of Molly Innes’ translation into Scots of Serge Denoncourt’s theatrical adaptation of Michel Tremblay’s novel which features a cast of 11 and will be directed by Lu Kemp.

More details available here