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Letters to Morrissey

Letters to Morrissey
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Gary McNair’s nicely judged, just the right side of nostalgic solo show. ★★★★
The Telegraph


    Written byGary McNair
    Start date3 Aug 2017
    End date27 Aug 2017
  • TicketsFull price £19.50 / Standard concession £14.50 / Other concession £9.50
    Genre Festival, Theatre,


World Premiere
Traverse Theatre Company in association with Tron Theatre 

It’s 1997. You’re 11 and you’re lonely, sad and scared of doing anything that could cause you to be singled out by the hopeless, angry people in your hometown.

One day, a man appears on telly - mumbling, yet electrifying. He sings: “I am human and I need to be loved, just like everybody else does”. This guy gets it. You become obsessed with him. Later, when you need someone, you write to him. A lot.

It’s 2016, you find those letters and ask yourself: “Has the world changed, or have I changed”. Created by Gary McNair and Gareth Nicholls, returning to the Traverse after their sell-out Festival hit A Gambler’s Guide to Dying, Letters to Morrissey is about confronting the worst thing you’ve done in your life, and hoping that it’s still possible to be a good person.


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Thu 3 Aug, 11am

Preview Tickets
Full price £13
Concession £9

Fri 4 – Sun 27 Aug
(No Mon performances)
Note: Click on 'Book Now' for dates and times. 

Full price £19.50
Standard concession £14.50
Other concession £9.50

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

Access Performances
Audio Described, Sat 26 Aug, 11am


Age recommendation

Running time
1 h 10 mins

Contains strong language, strictly no latecomers

Supported by Creative Scotland and the City of Edinburgh Council.

Part of the British Council Edinburgh Showcase 2017.

Image by Mihaela Bodlovic

In-production image of Erskine Bridge © Marian Craig (under Creative Commons Copyright)

  • Gary McNair

  • Gareth Nicholls

  • Ana Inés Jabares-Pita

  • Simon Wilkinson

    Lighting Designer
  • Danny Krass

    Composer / Sound Designer
  • Gary McNair’s nicely judged, just the right side of nostalgic solo show. ★★★★
    The Telegraph
  • Powerful and touching show about what music can mean to a lonely boy. ★★★★
    The Scotsman
  • A fine piece of pop criticism; an examination of Morrissey as a role model – working class anti-hero, pub corner poet, a different sort of male role model. ★★★★
    What's On Stage
  • A darkly funny and beautifully crafted piece of writing compellingly delivered with raw openness. ★★★★
    Edinburgh Guide
  • McNair’s writing and delivery, under the direction of Gareth Nicholls, are impeccable. ★★★★
    British Theatre Guide
  • A piece of sincerity, humour and kindness, that implores us to look differently at others. ★★★★
    The Wee Review
  • McNair is a brilliant performer, switching between storyteller and actor with ease. ★★★★
    Across the Arts
  • Funny, touching, raw as a slap.
    The Tempo House
  • A masterful storyteller.
    The Independent
  • This love letter to music will stay with you long after the Fringe. ★★★★
  • Heartbreaking, triumphant take on growing up a misfit in working-class Scotland. ★★★★
    The List

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