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This is self-aware political theatre for an excluded generation. ★★★★★
The Skinny


    Written byKieran Hurley
    Start date1 Dec 2018
    End date22 Dec 2018
    Genre Theatre,

    Traverse Theatre Company in association with HighTide

    Cause it’s all very well wanting to be a voice for the voiceless eh. Until you find oot the voiceless have a fucking voice and mibbe they might want tay use it.

    Salisbury Crags. Twilight. A woman takes a step forward into the air. A teenage boy pulls her back. Two lives are changed forever.

    Libby whiles away her days in New Town cafes and still calls herself a writer – but she’s not put pen to page for years. Declan is a talented young artist struggling with a volatile home life on the outskirts of the city. As they form an uneasy friendship, complicated by class and culture, Libby spots an opportunity to put herself back on track, and really make a difference.

    She needs Declan’s story. In all its messy, painful detail.

    But does she have the right to it?

    When does poverty portrayal become poverty porn?

    Startling, shocking and threaded with unexpected humour, Mouthpiece takes a frank and unflinching look at the different Edinburghs which often exist in ignorance of one another, and examines whether it’s possible to tell someone else’s story without exploiting them along the way. Written by Fringe First winner Kieran Hurley and directed by the Traverse’s award-winning Outgoing Artistic Director Orla O’Loughlin.

    @traversetheatre / @_HighTide_  / #MouthpiecePlay

    Sat 1 & Tue 4 Dec, 8pm

    Dates & Times
    Wed 5 - Sat 22 Dec, 8pm
    Thu 13, Sat 15, Thu 20 & Sat 22 Dec, 2.30pm
    (No Mon or Sun performances)

    Preview tickets
    £10 / £8

    Full price £15
    Standard concession £12
    Under 30s / Student £10
    Other concession £8

    Matinee tickets
    Full price £12
    Standard concession £9
    Under 30s / Student £9
    Other concession £8

    Ticket offer
    Book for both Mouthpiece and The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven, and save 20%. The discount will apply automatically once you have the tickets in your basket.

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

    Access performances
    Relaxed performance: Sat 15 Dec, 2.30pm
    BSL & Audio Described performance: Wed 19 Dec, 8pm (Touch Tour: 7.15pm)

    Post-show Discussion
    Thu 13 Dec, 8pm


    Running time
    1h 30min (no interval)

    Age Recommendation 

    Note: Contains frequent strong language, descriptions of violence, scenes of sexual nature and references to suicide. Strictly no latecomers. 

    Supported by Creative Scotland and the City of Edinburgh Council.

    Image by Roberto Ricciuti

    • Orla O'Loughlin

    • Kai Fischer

      Designer, Lighting Designer
    • Kim Moore

      Composer & Sound Designer
    • Sophie Ferguson

      Costume Designer
    • Heather Marshall

      Engagement Associate
    • Lorn Macdonald & Neve McIntosh

    • This is self-aware political theatre for an excluded generation. ★★★★★
      The Skinny
    • A strong contender for Scotland’s best play of 2018. ★★★★★
      The Stage
    • Sharp and veracious, with plenty to say. ★★★★★
      The National
    • Kieran Hurley’s gripping Edinburgh-set two-hander confronts the economic divide in the city and the stranglehold the middle-classes have on the arts. ★★★★
      The Guardian
    • The perfect final gift from the Traverse’s outgoing artistic director Orla O’Loughlin. ★★★★
      The Herald
    • Tense and unforgettable winter drama. ★★★★
      The Scotsman
    • A staggeringly clever and skilfully executed exploration of social inequality, exploitation and appropriation. ★★★★★
      The Wee Review
    • Hurley has created something very special here. ★★★★★
      Bouquets & Brickbats
    • Neve McIntosh and Lorn Macdonald as Libby and Declan are exceptional. Both performances are perfectly pitched, balanced on a knife edge.
    • Mouthpiece's all-too human subjects stage a defiant, complicated portrait of class and privilege on our own doorstep. ★★★★
      The List
    • Hurley’s play hits the spot on so many levels.
      UK Theatre Network

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