The Traverse announces The Monstrous Heart, its first co-production with Stephen Joseph Theatre
18 January 2019 ← return to listing
The Traverse Theatre is excited to reveal that a brand new play
by Oliver Emanuel, The Monstrous Heart - a co-production
with Stephen Joseph Theatre - will premiere as part of Stephen
Joseph Theatre's summer/autumn 2019 season. This will mark 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 Festival
2018 smash hit Ulster American, which tours
internationally this spring), 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.
Oliver Emanuel, Playwright, says:
'I'm so excited to bring this story to the stage. It's been
a passion project for me, something I've been thinking about and
working on for ten years and it's a dream come true to have it
realised in a co-production by the Traverse Theatre Company and
Stephen Joseph Theatre. The play itself is about mothers and
daughters, nature and nurture, and about who pays the price for our
failures. It's dark, funny and weird. All the things I love to do
in theatre and I hope audiences love it, too.'
Gareth Nicholls, Director and Traverse Interim Artistic
'I'm delighted to be collaborating with Oliver Emanuel on
his bold and ambitious new play alongside our partners at the
Stephen Joseph Theatre. I've been a fan of Oliver's writing for
some time and with The Monstrous Heart he's created a provocative
piece full of dark humour, explosive relationships and twisted
logic. It promises to be a thrilling night at the theatre that will
grip, surprise and rattle audiences before asking some big
questions of the world we live in. I can't wait to get
The Monstrous Heart is at Stephen Joseph
Theatre, 3-19 October and Traverse Theatre, 22 October-2 November.
Tickets go on sale 15 February.