Traverse Theatre has revealed its January-April 2019 season – with three home-grown productions returning for a special run, before travelling worldwide.
With queues for return tickets during Traverse Festival 2018 hours long, one of the most talked-about shows of the Edinburgh Fringe, the award-winning Ulster American (20 Feb-2 Mar), written by David Ireland, returns by audience demand. Exploring abuses of power, the confusion of cultural identity and the silencing of the female voice in a confrontational and brutally funny way, it’ll see the much-praised original cast of Darrel D’Silva, Robert Jack and Lucianne McEvoy reprise their roles.
The dates mark the productions only Scottish performances of 2019, before heading out on international tour to Adelaide Festival, Australia (13-17 Mar); Auckland Arts Festival, New Zealand (20-24 Mar); The Abbey, Dublin (10-20 Apr); and Lyric Theatre, Belfast (24-28 Apr). Directed by the Traverse’s Interim Artistic Director Gareth Nicholls.
Another resounding Edinburgh Fringe hit, the award-winning What Girls Are Made Of – a Raw Material co-production, in association with Regular Music – kicks off its Scotland and Northern Ireland tour at the Traverse (16-20 Apr), before heading to The MAC, Belfast (1-5 May); Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy (7 & 8 May); Dundee Rep, Dundee (14 & 15 May); and Macrobert, Stirling (17 & 18 May).
Written and performed by Cora Bissett, it takes audiences back to 1992 to tell the autobiographical story of her extraordinary journey from Fife schoolgirl to indie rock star, performed with live backing band. Directed by the Traverse’s former Artistic Director Orla O’Loughlin.
Following overwhelming response from previous performances at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin; Latitude Festival, Suffolk; and The Scottish Parliament, Locker Room Talk, by Gary McNair, embarks on a Scottish tour to continue a vital conversation about misogyny and masculinity which has become even more urgent. You can catch it at the Traverse (23 & 24 Apr), between dates at Dundee Rep, Dundee (17 Apr); Macrobert, Stirling (18 Apr); Lemon Tree, Aberdeen (19 Apr); and Tron Theatre, Glasgow (25-27 Apr).
Created in response to Donald Trump’s infamous “grab them by the pussy” comment, it is a provocative exploration of how men speak about women in men-only spaces, exploring how ingrained this sexually abusive rhetoric really is. Directed by the Traverse’s former Artistic Director Orla O’Loughlin.
Elsewhere, A Play, A Pie and A Pint, Òran Mór (presented by Traverse Theatre) unveil a series of bite-sized lunchtime plays, featuring Chic Murray: A Funny Place for a Window (9-13 Apr) by Stuart Hepburn; Lion Lion (16-20 Apr) by Sue Glover; The Mack (23-27 Apr) by Rob Drummond; Casablanca: The Gin Joint Cut (30 Apr-4 May) by Morag Fullarton; The Origins of Ivor Punch (7-11 May) by Colin MacIntyre; and Toy Plastic Chicken (14-18 May) by Uma Nada-Rajah. Ticket price includes a pie and a drink.