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Arctic Oil

Arctic Oil
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This one-act study of generational conflict contains much to admire. ★★★★
The Stage


    Written byClare Duffy
    Start date6 Oct 2018
    End date20 Oct 2018
  • TicketsFull price £17 / Standard concession £14 / Under 30s / Student £12.50 / Other concession £9
    Genre Theatre,

    Traverse Theatre Company

    We’re dirty. We’re messy. We die. That’s life.

    On a remote Scottish island, an estranged mother and daughter are at loggerheads over how best to save their children. While Ella fights for her son's future, her mother Margret is terrified that Ella’s environmental activism will her get killed. Trapped together until one of them gives in or lashes out, it quickly becomes clear that not all mothers know best. 

    Around them, at the mercy of the brutal North Sea and Mother Nature, their close-knit community is being pushed to the brink in a world which is changing too fast for them to survive.

    Written by the award-winning 2015 IASH / Traverse Theatre Creative Fellow Clare Duffy and directed by Traverse Associate Director Gareth Nicholls, (Ulster American), Arctic Oil grapples with how trying to save the world could end up destroying those closest to us – and even ourselves.

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    Sat 6 Oct, 7.30pm

    Dates & Times
    Tue 9 - Sat 20 Oct, 7.30pm
    Thu 11 & Sat 20 Oct, 3pm
    (No Mon or Sun performances)

    Preview tickets
    £12 / £9

    Full price £17
    Standard concession £14
    Under 30s / Student £12.50
    Other concession £9

    Matinee tickets
    £12 / £9

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

    Access performances
    Relaxed performance: Sat 20 Oct, 3pm
    BSL & Audio Described performance: Thu 18 Oct, 7.30pm (Touch Tour: 6.45pm)

    Post-show Discussion
    Thu 18 Oct


    Running time

    Age Recommendation 

    Note: Contains strong language

    Supported by Creative Scotland and the City of Edinburgh Council.

    Image by Mihaela Bodlovic

    • Jennifer Black & Neshla Caplan

    • Gareth Nicholls

    • Renny Robertson

      Lighting Designer
    • Stephen Jones

      Composer / Sound Designer
    • Sophie Ferguson

      Costume Designer
    • This one-act study of generational conflict contains much to admire. ★★★★
      The Stage
    • Nicholls’ production brings out a pair of nuanced performances by Jennifer Black and Nesha Caplan. ★★★★
      The Herald
    • Caplan and Black illustrate a human relationship, in the grips of global warming... an outstanding production for the Traverse’s autumn season. ★★★★
      The Reviews Hub
    • Gareth Nicholls ensures a naturally-paced drama here, with grounded, nuanced performances from both Jennifer Black and Neshla Caplan. ★★★★
      Broadway Baby
    • An extremely powerful play and far-reaching in its appeal. ★★★★
      Young Perspective

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