Directed by Lorn Macdonald
With original text from Mouthpiece by Kieran Hurley

Declan is a brand new take on the Traverse Theatre’s 2019 Festival hit production Mouthpiece, about class, culture and appropriation.

Exploring the play’s central character through performance, Declan blends footage filmed in real Edinburgh locations and through performance, sound, cinematography and animation, places the audience firmly in Declan’s shoes, to see Edinburgh as he experiences it.

17-year-old Declan’s Edinburgh isn’t the one the world knows and celebrates. Rather than theatres, galleries and concert halls, his days are spent on the outskirts of the city protecting his little sister, avoiding his mum’s boyfriend and making sense of his world through his drawings – that is, until he meets Libby, a playwright who takes his story and puts it on stage for all to see.

Frank, unflinching and filled with unexpected humour, Declan is an exhilarating and immersive film. It wrenches the spotlight away from those doing the talking, to those being talked about, and demands attention - on their own terms.

Declan will be available for audiences to experience through the Traverse Theatre and Edinburgh International Festival websites for a limited period from Monday 24 August.

Co-commissioned by Edinburgh International Festival.
Image by Stewart Armstrong.

Declan will be available to watch on demand for a limited period from Mon 24 August 2020

is part of Traverse Digital Festival 2020, with more events to be announced soon

Creative team

Director/Declan Lorn Macdonald
Original text from Mouthpiece by
Kieran Hurley
Angus Taylor
Sound designer and composer
Kim Moore
Nisan Yetkin

With thanks to everyone involved in the original stage productions of Mouthpiece, including

Orla O'Loughlin
Kai Fischer
Sophie Ferguson
Neve McIntosh
Shauna Macdonald
Katherine Nesbitt
Gillian Richards
Anna Reid