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Meet Me at Dawn

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Utterly brilliant, and fully devastating, this play strikes right at the heart of what it means to lose someone. ★★★★★
Fest Magazine


    Written byZinnie Harris
    Start date4 Aug 2017
    End date27 Aug 2017
  • TicketsFull price £21.50 / Standard concession £16.50 / Other concession £9.50
    Genre Festival, Theatre,

World Premiere
A Traverse Theatre Company and Edinburgh International Festival co-production

Two women wash up on a distant shore following a violent boating accident. Dazed by their experience, they look for a path home. But they discover that this unfamiliar land is not what it seems – and that, though they may be together, they have never been further apart.

Unflinchingly honest and tenderly lyrical, Meet Me at Dawn is a modern fable exploring the triumph of everyday love, the mystery of grief, and the temptation to become lost in a fantasy future that will never be.

Inspired by Orpheus’s desperate reclamation of his wife Eurydice from the underworld, Meet Me at Dawn is written by the award-winning playwright Zinnie Harris and directed by the Traverse Theatre's Artistic Director Orla O’Loughlin.

This production receives its world premiere at this year's International Festival alongside two Zinnie Harris adaptations – Oresteia: This Restless House and Rhinoceros.

Fri 4 & Sat 5 Aug 

Dates & times
Sun 6 – Sun 27 Aug (except 7, 14 & 21), various times
Click on 'Book Now' for day to day times

Preview tickets
£15 / £9

Full price £21.50
Standard concession £16.50
Other concession £9.50 

BSL Interpreted Performance
Tue 8 Aug, 7pm

Audio Described Performance (no Touch Tour)
Tue 15 Aug, 1.15pm

Captioned Performance
Tue 15 Aug, 1.15pm


Age recommendation 

Running time
1 h 25 mins approximately

Supported through the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund

Photo by David Monteith-Hodge

  • Orla O'Loughlin

  • Fred Meller

  • Simon Wilkinson

    Lighting Designer
  • Danny Krass

    Composer, Musical Director
  • Fiona Mackinnon

    Assistant Director (Supported by the Federation of Scottish Theatre with funding from Creative Scotland)
  • Neve McIntosh, Sharon Duncan-Brewster

  • Utterly brilliant, and fully devastating, this play strikes right at the heart of what it means to lose someone. ★★★★★
    Fest Magazine
  • Sharon Duncan-Brewster and Neve McIntosh give exquisite performances of immense focus and concentration. ★★★★★
    The Arts Desk
  • Relatable and touching show that won’t leave a dry eye anywhere. ★★★★★
    Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
  • Steered with empathy and care by O'Loughlin, Harris has created a fragile gem of a play. ★★★★
    The Herald
  • A 21st century classic full of its own passionate poetry, its own love, and its own despair. ★★★★
    The Scotsman
  • This is a play that will leave audiences shaken and moved by its undeniable rawness. ★★★★
    The Skinny
  • Anchored by superb performances, this is a vivid evocation of grief. ★★★★
    Financial Times
  • Drives along with power. ★★★★
    The Stage
  • A sombre but beautifully open-hearted depiction of love, loss and regret. ★★★★
    All Edinburgh Theatre
  • Terrific design and subtle but effective direction by Orla O’Loughlin. ★★★★
    Across the Arts
  • McIntosh and Duncan-Brewster are outstanding. ★★★★
    The List
  • McIntosh and Duncan-Brewster’s connection feels authentic and their performance is intimate and vulnerable. ★★★★
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  • Through the Beckettian, terse dialogue and poised performances from Sharon Duncan-Brewster and Neve McIntosh, Robyn and Helen’s relationship comes into tender focus.
    Exeunt Magazine

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