The Monstrous Heart by Oliver Emanuel: on sale now

15 February 2019 ← return to listing

The Monstrous Heart by Oliver Emanuel: on sale now

The Traverse Theatre is excited to announce that The Monstrous Heart, a brand new play by Oliver Emanuel, is on sale now. A co-production between Traverse Theatre Company and Stephen Joseph Theatre, it will premiere as part of Stephen Joseph Theatre's summer/autumn 2019 season (3-19 October), before arriving at the Traverse Theatre as part of our autumn/winter 2019 season (22 October-2 November). This marks the first time that the Traverse Theatre and Stephen Joseph Theatre have worked together collaboratively.

Written by the award-winning Oliver Emanuel (The 306 trilogy; Flight; Dragon) and directed by the Traverse Theatre's Interim Artistic Director Gareth Nicholls (of smash hit Ulster American, which returns 20 February-2 March, before touring internationally), The Monstrous Heart is a thrilling, chilling and witty piece of new writing. It examines afresh the eternal question of whether we are the product of nature or nurture, or if we can we ever really change how we're made. Is it possible to kill our old selves and create someone new and better in their place?

Mag lives in a rustic cabin in the Canadian wilds, far from neighbours and further from her past. But when her estranged daughter Beth turns up on the doorstep newly released from prison, the past becomes terrifyingly present. And it has teeth. Beth came to ask Mag a question. But is she prepared for the answer? Can they really settle their scores? And can Mag keep an innocent party from being destroyed in the crossfire? As a blizzard closes in and dangerous words are traded, Mag accepts a challenge from a most unexpected source and lights a fuse that looks set to blow both women sky high.

Traverse Theatre, 22 October-2 November: tickets via box office 0131 228 1404, or online

Stephen Joseph Theatre, 3-19 October is partially on-sale: tickets via box office 01723 370 541, or online Fully on-sale from 1 March.



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