2020 Breakfast Plays: Second Helpings

What's on Available Tue 1 Dec - Sat 31 Jan


Following critical acclaim during its original run in August, you can now enjoy a second helping of our 2020 Breakfast Plays: New Tracks over the festive season!

Traditionally taking place at 9am during the Traverse Festival (and enjoyed with a breakfast roll), the bite-sized Breakfast Plays are a key element of the Traverse’s talent development programme for writers, bringing brand new short plays by early career writers, who are often alumni of the theatre’s Young Writers Group, to the world and showcasing the best new Scottish writing talent to the international audiences who flood Edinburgh in August.

As in 2018 and 2019, several of the 2020 plays are by writers who were previously part of our acclaimed Young Writers Group programme. Each tells a different story of the next step after an earth-shattering event occurs, ranging from a former cult leader whose past comes back to haunt them, a murdered young woman who seeks revenge from the afterlife, and the very breakdown of time itself, amongst others.

The Breakfast Plays: New Tracks are generously supported by the Noël Coward Foundation and the Turtleton Charitable Trust. The Traverse Theatre is funded by Creative Scotland and The City of Edinburgh Council, with additional support from The Scottish Government Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund.

Image by Mihaela Bodlovic.

List of Events, 12 per page.

  1. Doomsdays

    Free By Conor O'Loughlin

    Available until Sat 31 Jan

    Faye and Felix devoted themselves to a doomsday that didn’t come and now, having seen the world get continually worse over the past nine years, they’re confronting their former leader with their findings.

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  2. Matterhorn

    Free By Amy Rhianne Milton

    Available until Sat 31 Jan

    A cathedral at the edge of time, at the end of the world. A few hundred cling to life within its thick, safe walls. Humanity’s final outpost.

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  3. Rabbit Catcher

    Free By Rebecca Martin

    Available until Sat 31 Jan

    Rabbit Catcher is a lyrical, mythical lore set within the dark, dense woods of Ord Hill, Inverness.

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  4. The Watercooler

    Free By Uma Nada-Rajah

    Available until Sat 31 Jan

    Two co-workers meet in the staff room of a non-descript corporate office. Uma Nada-Rajah’s The Watercooler addresses racism with a searing streak of surrealism.

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  5. Contemporary Political Ethics (or, How to Cheat)

    Free By Jamie Cowan

    Available until Sat 31 Jan

    A failed politician and carer are showing Kev, a young lad on academic probation, the in’s and out’s of running a polling station.

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