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Breakfast Plays: Youthquake

Breakfast Plays: Youthquake
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    Written byElla Hickson, Kieran Hurley, Sabrina Mahfouz, Natalie Mackinnon, Laurie Motherwell and Rebecca Sweeney
    Start date14 Aug 2018
    End date26 Aug 2018
  • Tickets£12 (includes breakfast roll and tea/coffee)

    World premiere
    Traverse Theatre Company

    youthquake noun
    A significant cultural, political or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people.

    Three young Scottish playwrights from the Traverse Young Writers’ group join forces with three leading British writers to explore a pressing question of our time: how can the younger generation be a catalyst for social and political change?

    Paired with pieces from their professional mentors, this brave new body of work from young voices is a defiant demand to be seen as more than avocado-fuelled millennials.

    Kick start your festival day with these script-in-hand readings, and enjoy a breakfast roll and tea/coffee with your ticket.

    GROUT by Ella Hickson
    GROUT: a thin mortar used for filling spaces
    A young woman, a young man and an older person try to make sense of the same incident. How do we make ourselves feel safe in a world where things have started to fall apart? 

    OLD ENOUGH by Laurie Motherwell
    Tonight the age of adulthood is increasing to 25. Jo is 20 and Poll is 26. What starts as a celebration of more care-free years becomes an exploration of what could be lost more than gained. 

    GROUT and OLD ENOUGH: Tue 14, Fri 17, Tue 21, Fri 24 Aug, 9AM

    by Kieran Hurley
    Iain is a jaded, aging teacher in a state of personal crisis. When he blunders into an Edinburgh brothel only to find his former student Zara working there, both are drawn into a generational sparring match about work, intimacy and responsibility for the state of the world we inherit.

    SQUALL by Rebecca Sweeney
    Every school in Scotland has had lockdown drills for years. Drills keep students safe. Prepared for the worst-case scenario. Erin, Alice and Rob are stuck in a safe room with nothing to do but argue. About the drills. The drills that keep them safe. Because it’s always just a drill, right?

    FUCKING MILLENNIALS and SQUALL: Wed 15, Sat 18, Wed 22, Sat 25 Aug, 9AM

    THE THINGS I WOULD TELL YOU: Words from three young British Muslim women
    Curated by Sabrina Mahfouz (including work from Aisha Mirza, Nafeesa Hamid and Aliyah Hasinah Holder) 
    Inspired by the anthology of the same name, three young British Muslim women explore what it is they should tell you, us, themselves and what they want to tell you, us, themselves in a mash up of poetry, discussion and song. 

    LURKER by Natalie Mackinnon
    On the 15th June, 2017, teenage blogger Verity McAlpine disappeared. She stopped uploading videos, let her Instagram go stale and abandoned her Twitter followers. Anya Kine has a theory about the disappearance. How far will she go to uncover the truth? 

    THE THINGS I WOULD TELL YOU and LURKER: Thu 16, Sun 19, Thu 23, Sun 26 Aug, 9AM

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    Tue 14 – Sun 26 Aug
    (No Mon Performances)

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    £12 (includes breakfast roll and tea/coffee)

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


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    Note: Strictly no latecomers

    Supported by Creative Scotland and the City of Edinburgh Council

    Breakfast Plays: Youthquake is part of the Partner Programme supporting the Year of Young People 2018.

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