EIFF Play Readings at the Traverse

EIFF Play Readings at the Traverse
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    Start date22 Jun 2017
    End date26 Jun 2017
  • Tickets£12 / £8

    Edinburgh International Film Festival

    The Edinburgh International Film Festival has revealed this year’s retrospective programme The Future Is History, celebrating its rich 70-year history. Consisting of three strands - Great Britain, The Western World of the Future and Scotland - this programme is a special cross-artform exploration of identity.

    As part of the Scotland strand, EIFF presents a number of stage readings at the Traverse.


    This Story of Yours: Script reading directed by Gerard Johnson 

    Originally staged at the Royal Court Theatre in London in 1968 with the help of Harold Pinter, John Hopkins’ This Story of Yours is a harrowing three-act examination of a policeman accused of murdering a suspected paedophile during questioning.

    At EIFF 2017, in a unique extension of his screen work, Gerard Johnson will direct a stage reading of this controversial play, which was adapted for the big screen as The Offence starring ex-EIFF patron Sean Connery. Performed by Peter Ferdinando (Ghost in the Shell, Hyena, Tony) and Steven Mackintosh (Set Fire to the Stars, Modern Life is Rubbish).

    Date & time: Thu 22 Jun, 8.15pm
    Tickets: £12 / £8
    Venue: T1

    The Hard Man: Script reading directed by Tam Dean Burn, featuring Kate Dickie

    Forty years old this year, playwright Tom McGrath’s famous examination of “the most violent man in Scotland” is a landmark in Scottish theatre. The Hard Man charts the rise and fall of Glaswegian gangster Johnnie Byrne, and is based on the life of notorious criminal Jimmy Boyle, with whom McGrath collaborated on the script.

    EIFF will present a reading of this famously masculine play, directed by celebrated actor Tam Dean Burn, and with an exciting new spin on Scottish gender and identity it will star a woman in the title role. World famous Scottish actress Kate Dickie will be The Hard Man.

    Date & time: Sat 24 Jun, 8.15pm
    Tickets: £12 / £8
    Venue: T1

    The Android Circuit: Script Reading directed by Tam Dean Burn 

    Inspired by the work of Isaac Asimov, Phillip K. Dick and Edwin Morgan, and breaking free of the trend for realism and masculinity in Scottish theatre at the time, playwright Tom McGrath stepped into the science fiction arena with The Android Circuit, first produced by the Traverse in 1978.

    At EIFF 2017, his innovative play finally travels full circle, returning to a Traverse stage, on which it debuted an astonishing thirty nine years ago, in a new reading directed by Tam Dean Burn.

    Date & time: Mon 26 Jun, 8.15pm
    Tickets: £12 / £8
    Venue: T1


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