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The Whip Hand

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No matter how prepared you think you are for Douglas Maxwell’s explosive new work, The Whip Hand, it’s guaranteed to leave you reeling. ★★★★★
The Skinny


    Written byDouglas Maxwell
    Start date3 Aug 2017
    End date27 Aug 2017
  • TicketsFull price £21.50 / Standard concession £16.50 / Other concession £9.50

    World Premiere
    Traverse Theatre Company and Birmingham Repertory Theatre co-production in association with National Theatre of Scotland 

    I’m never gonnie be Napoleon. Am I?
    But shouldn’t I try and do something a wee bit bigger?
    Something good!

    It’s Dougie’s birthday. He just turned 50 and his family are throwing him a party. But it’s he who has a surprise for them. A bombshell proposal.

    He wants his ex-wife Arlene to back his new endeavour. He wants to serve a good cause, a global cause. He wants to make right a terrible wrong, even if it puts their daughter’s future at risk.

    They can all sense a scam, but Dougie won’t back down. He is convinced this is his only chance to do something truly glorious, but his motivation may not be as pure as it seems. As the touchpaper under his family is lit, no one escapes the fallout.

    Written by Douglas Maxwell (Decky Does a Bronco, Promises Promises) The Whip Hand is an explosive new play about power, privilege, blood ties and our inescapable past, directed by Birmingham Rep Associate Director Tessa Walker.

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    Thu 3 Aug, 7pm
    Sat 5 Aug, 5.30pm

    Preview Tickets
    Full price £15
    Concession £9

    Sun 6 – Sun 27 Aug
    (No Mon performances)
    Note: Click on 'Book Now' for dates and times. 

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

    See our Box Office page for full pricing and booking information.

    Access Performances
    Audio Described and British Sign Language, Fri 25 Aug, 7pm


    Age recommendation

    Running time
    1 h 25 mins approximately

    Contains strong language, threat of violence

    Supported by Creative Scotland and the City of Edinburgh Council.

    Part of the British Council Edinburgh Showcase 2017.

    Photo by David Monteith-Hodge

    • Tessa Walker

    • Louise Ludgate, Richard Conlon, Joanne Thomson, Michael Abubakar, Jonathan Watson

    • Natasha Jenkins

    • Simon Bond

      Lighting Designer
    • Iain Armstrong

      Sound Designer
    • Alison de Burgh

      Fight Director
    • No matter how prepared you think you are for Douglas Maxwell’s explosive new work, The Whip Hand, it’s guaranteed to leave you reeling. ★★★★★
      The Skinny
    • A family comedy drama, about power, privilege and escaping the past, is a firecracker of a piece. ★★★★★
      Broadway Baby
    • An explosive treatise on class, racial prejudice, social aspirations, acquired familial guilt and some of the pretensions and hypocrisy that go with them. ★★★★
      The Herald
    • A riveting 90 minutes. ★★★★
      The Times
    • Douglas Maxwell's tautly written The Whip Hand is a complex examination of grey areas and privilege. ★★★★
      The List
    • Beautifully written powerful and complex family drama. ★★★★
      The Wee Review

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