Breakfast Plays: New Tracks

by Jamie Cowan, Rebecca Martin, Amy Rhianne Milton, Uma Nada-Rajah and Conor O'Loughlin

Traditionally taking place at 9am during the Traverse Festival (and enjoyed with a breakfast roll), the bite-sized Breakfast Plays are a key element of the Traverse’s talent development programme for writers, bringing brand new short plays by early career writers, who are often alumni of the theatre’s Young Writers Group, to the world and showcasing the best new Scottish writing talent to the international audiences who flood Edinburgh in August.

This year's Breakfast Plays have been specially written and recorded as podcast plays to be listened to as podcast episodes for the first time so audiences around the world can enjoy the world premiere of these short plays for free, at a time and place which suits them best.

As in 2018 and 2019, several of the 2020 plays will be by writers who have previously been part of the organisation’s acclaimed Young Writers Group programme and tell a different story of the next step after an earth shattering event occurs.

One Breakfast Play will premiere at 9am each day from Mon 24 - Fri 28 August and will be available to listen to on demand and for free for 14 days.


Contemporary Political Ethics (or, How to Cheat) by Jamie Cowan

A failed politician and carer are showing Kev, a young lad on academic probation, the in’s and out’s of running a polling station. The splendour of democracy in action! Except no one’s coming to vote, so there isn’t much in the way of action, that is, until they discover a forgotten ballot on the floor.

Rabbit Catcher by Rebecca Martin

Dead in the woods, Ren of Ord clears her windpipe of soil, earth and rot. Sworn to enact vengeance, she rises to protect her land and her sisterhood from the fate that befell her that day upon the hill. Rabbit Catcher is a lyrical, mythical lore set within the dark, dense woods of Ord Hill, Inverness.

Matterhorn by Amy Rhianne Milton

A cathedral at the edge of time, at the end of the world. A few hundred cling to life within its thick, safe walls. Humanity’s final outpost. The cathedral bells ring out in the hopes of finding more lost souls to bring to sanctuary but is there anyone actually left to save?

The Watercooler by Uma Nada-Rajah

Two co-workers meet in the staff room of non-descript corporate office. As one colleague struggles with current events across the Atlantic hitting home, the other is tasked with assessing her mental fitness. Uma Nada-Rajah’s The Watercooler addresses racism with a searing streak of surrealism.

Doomsdays by Conor O’Loughlin

21st December 2012, the day the world was meant to end. The day a cult leader’s apocalyptic predictions failed. Faye and Felix devoted themselves to a doomsday that didn’t come and now, having seen the world get continually worse over the past nine years, they’re confronting their former leader with their findings.


The Breakfast Plays: New Tracks will be released as individual podcast episodes, with one premiering each day from Mon 24 – Fri 28 August at 9am.

Each episode can be listened to on demand and for free for 14 days after its premiere.

Episodes will be available on to listen to on the Traverse website, Spotify, iTunes and Soundcloud.

Creative team

Debbie Hannan (Matterhorn, The Watercooler, Doomsdays)
Gareth Nicholls (Rabbit Catcher, Contemporary Political Ethics)

Sound designers
Kim Moore (Matterhorn, Contemporary Political Ethics)
Oğuz Kaplangi (Rabbit Catcher and Doomsdays)
Mwen (The Watercooler)

Sound engineer
Richard Bell

Karen Fishwick
Robbie Jack
Reuben Joseph
Bhav Joshi
Helen Katamba
Laura Lovemore
Anna Russell Martin

The Breakfast Plays: New Tracks are generously supported by the Noël Coward Foundation and the Turtleton Charitable Trust. The Traverse Theatre is supported by Creative Scotland and The City of Edinburgh Council.
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