How to Disappear and Cinderella open this week

04 December 2017 ← return to listing

How to Disappear and Cinderella open this week

Telling a story that will resonate with audiences over the Christmas period, How to Disappear by Traverse Associate Artist Morna Pearson will have its world premiere at the Traverse this week. The Catherine Johnson award winner for 'Best Play' merges fantastical elements with dark humour, gritty drama and biting social commentary to tell an unexpected, yet deeply important story of the personal consequences of austerity culture.

The production marks Pearson's main stage return following The Artist Man and the Mother Woman. Gareth Nicholls comes to the production fresh from directing the hit adaptation of Trainspotting (Citizens Theatre, Glasgow and King's Theatre, Edinburgh), and the Fringe First award-winning Traverse Festival 2017 hit Letters to Morrissey.

Gareth Nicholls, Traverse Associate Director, says:

'How to Disappearis a vital story about hope, loss and what lies far beyond the physical world in front of us. It focuses on three characters, abandoned on the fringes of society, all searching for something more to life than the poverty-stricken existence they've been dealt. It's a piece that tackles big, pertinent issues around mental health, austerity Britain and young carers, but more importantly it's a piece that fuses magical storytelling, moving characters and gut-achingly funny writing to demand we stop, look around, and take stock of what's really happening in our towns and cities - asking what value we place on a world that cares for one another and how much we're willing to sacrifice for that.'

How to Disappear runs from Fri 8 Dec - Sat 23 Dec
Book tickets here

The second show taking to our stage this festive season is the award-winning family show, Cinderella. We are delighted to be continuing our relationship with theatre maker Shona Reppe - following the previous festive family smash-hit, Black Beauty, winner of CATS Awards for 'Best Production for Children and Young People' and 'Best Design'. Cinderella will entertain and enchant children aged 6+ and adults alike in Traverse 2.

Reppe's Cinderella beautifully re-imagines the classic fairytale using puppetry, sound and light effects to create an ingenious and magical piece of miniature theatre. This latest staging - running 7-24 December - will be performed by acclaimed puppeteer Rick Conte, marking the first time the production has been performed by someone other than Reppe.

Last year's Red Bridge Arts and Traverse Theatre co-production of Black Beauty enjoyed a follow-on Scottish tour. It will also show at Nottingham Lakeside Arts this December, before touring to New York in March 2018.

Cinderella runs from Thu 7 Dec - Sun 24 Dec
Book tickets here



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