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

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