Mouthpiece transfers to Soho in Spring 2019
29 January 2019 ← return to listing
Mouthpiece - Kieran Hurley's gripping,
provocative and critically acclaimed smash-hit exploring issues of
class and culture - will transfer to Soho Theatre in April.
Following hot on the heels of a sold-out world premiere run as
the centrepiece of the Traverse's Autumn/Winter
2018 season, the transfer sees playwright Kieran Hurley return to
Soho Theatre for the first time following his successful debut show
Produced in association with HighTide, and directed by the
Traverse's former Artistic Director Orla O'Loughlin,
Mouthpiece is an unexpected, darkly comic and at times
shocking story of two unlikely lives intertwined.
Reprising their roles will be Neve McIntosh
(Libby) and Lorn Macdonald (Declan).
Libby whiles away her days in New Town cafés and still calls
herself a writer - but she's not put pen to page for years. Declan
is a talented young artist struggling with a volatile home life on
the outskirts of the city. As the two form an uneasy
relationship, complicated by class and culture, Libby spots an
opportunity to put her writing career back on track, and tell a
story that really matters - Declan's story. It's a deeply personal
look at the different Edinburghs which often exist in ignorance of
one another, and examines whether it's possible to tell someone
else's story without exploiting them along the way.
A resounding hit amongst audiences and critics alike, the
production received a glowing set of five-star reviews and sparked
lively debate, with The Stage calling it 'a strong contender
for Scotland's best play of 2018' that is 'gripping,
truthful and engaged in a live ongoing discussion about the very
purpose of theatre', while The Skinny praised the performances
as being 'utterly captivating' and The National hailed it
as 'sharp and voracious, with plenty to say '.
Speaking to The Herald ahead of the show opening Kieran Hurley
said: 'I hope it says something about who gets to tell stories,
about the stories that are excluded and some of the complexities
around class around all that. It's about who does or doesn't get to
produce art and culture in society. Out of that comes a much bigger
conversation about privilege and power.'
Soho Theatre, London
Tue 2 Apr - Sat 4 May 2019
Tickets on sale now: 020 7478 0100 and online at sohotheatre.com
Image: Roberto Ricciut
Cast - Lorn Macdonald & Neve McIntosh | Director -
Orla O'Loughlin | Designer, Lighting Designer - Kai Fischer |
Composer & Sound Designer - Kim Moore | Costume Designer -
Sophie Ferguson | Engagement Associate - Heather Marshall
(Supported by the Federation of Scottish Theatre with funding from