How to Disappear and Cinderella open this week
04 December 2017 ← return to listing
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
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
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
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
Book tickets here.