The Monstrous Heart

The Monstrous Heart
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    Written byOliver Emanuel
    Start date22 Oct 2019
    End date2 Nov 2019
  • TicketsFull price £20 / Standard concession / £16 U30s & Students £14 / Other concession £5

    World premiere
    A Traverse Theatre Company and Stephen Joseph Theatre co-production

    Why would anyone want to get closer to nature? What’s that about? It’s cruel. Vindictive. Nature will give you cancer, burn your house down then send a flood to wash away your family.

    Love. Hate. Good. Evil. Nature. Nurture.

    Mag lives in a rustic cabin in the Canadian wilds, far from neighbours and further from her past. But when her estranged daughter Beth turns up on the doorstep having been freshly released from prison, the past becomes terrifyingly present. And it has teeth.

    Beth came to ask Mag a question. But is she prepared for the answer? Can they really settle their scores? And can Mag keep an innocent party from being destroyed in the crossfire?

    As a blizzard closes in and dangerous words are traded, Mag accepts a challenge from a most unexpected source and lights a fuse that looks set to blow both women sky high.

    Written by Oliver Emanuel (The 306 Trilogy) and directed by the Traverse’s Gareth Nicholls (Ulster American), The Monstrous Heart is thrilling, chilling and witty, examining afresh the eternal question of whether we ever really change how we’re made.

    Is it possible to kill our old selves and create someone new and better in their place?

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    Tue 22 Oct, 7.30pm

    Preview tickets
    Full price £15
    Concessions £10
    Other concession £5

    Wed 23 – Sat 26 Oct, 7.30pm
    Tue 29 – Sat 2 Nov, 7.30pm
    Thu 31 Oct, 3pm

    Full price £20
    Standard concession £16
    U30s / Students £14
    Other concession £5

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


    Age Recommendation 

    Note: Contains descriptions of violence and strong language.

    Supported by Creative Scotland and the City of Edinburgh Council. 

    Image by Mihaela Bodlovic

    On tour:
    Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough: Thu 3 – Sat 19 Oct

    • Gareth Nicholls

    • Tigger Johnson

      Lighting Designer
    • Sarah Hughes

      Casting Director

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