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The Devil Masters

The Devil Masters
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"Cutely directed and superbly acted." ★★★★
Edinburgh Evening News


    Written byIain Finlay MacLeod
    Start date10 Dec 2014
    End date24 Dec 2014
  • Matinee13, 20 & 24 Dec at 2.30pm
  • TicketsFull Price £16 / Standard Concessions £13 / Other Concessions £8

    Traverse Theatre Company

    “Who will they believe? An Advocate or a wee radge?”

    Meet Cameron Leishman. He and his wife Lara are our Devil Masters.

    Two revered Edinburgh Advocates, this husband-and-wife duo know all about rules. They know all about winning. They’ve been winning from day one. They have the Edinburgh New Town flat, the designer wardrobes and more fig compote than you can swing a gavel at.

    John, on the other hand, presents a very different world view. Today, standing in their front room, he’s playing by his own rules. Caledonian rules, ken.

    With the Leishman family dog held for ransom, a tense battle of wills ensues as the lines between right and wrong are blurred and pack mentality sets in. Who will gain the upper hand in this class war when natural justice comes calling?

    Acclaimed writer Iain Finlay MacLeod’s surrealist black comedy twists the ordinary and teases us with the extraordinary, asking what we become when we peel away the layers of class division and social decorum. Directed by award-winning Traverse Artistic Director Orla O’Loughlin who brought us festival favourites Spoiling in August 2014, Ciara in August 2013 and The Arthur Conan Doyle Appreciation Society in Autumn 2012.

    POST-SHOW DISCUSSION: Wednesday 17 December

    Audio described performance: Wed 17 December. There will also be a touch tour at 6.45pm on this date.

    MEET THE CAST: Read our cast biographies below, or why not visit our Tumblr site for our cast gallery.

    John Bett is an actor, writer and director. Recent theatre acting credits include: Dalgety (Young Vic/ Òran Mór); The Enquirer (National Theatre of Scotland); Drawer Boy (Finborough Theatre); Hamlet, We the People, Love Labour's Lost, In Extremis, Liberty, Antony and Cleopatra (Shakespeare's Globe); The Bacchae (National Theatre of Scotland and New York); According to Ben, The Tobacco Merchant's Lawyer, Genesis Rock, Laughing at the Fuhrer (Òran Mór, Glasgow); The Government Inspector (Tron Theatre, Glasgow, and Tour); Translations (Citizen's Theatre, Glasgow); Remembrance of Things Past (National Theatre).

    Barbara Rafferty is a well-known and much loved Scottish actress. She trained at RSAMD, now the Conservatoire in Glasgow, and is best known for playing Ella Cotter in Rab C Nesbitt. Recent theatre credits include The Libertine (Citizens Theatre and Bristol Old Vic). She has also played a variety of pantomime characters over the years at the Kings Theatre, Glasgow. In 2013 she played the part of the wicked stepmother in a pantomime of Cinderella at His Majesty’s Theatre Aberdeen.

    Keith Fleming is a former member of Dundee Rep Ensemble where he appeared in over 35 productions, and is a past winner of the Best Actor Award at the Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland. Recent theatre credits include: The Dark Things , Pandas (Traverse Theatre); Dunsinane (National Theatre of Scotland and Royal Shakespeare Company); Black Watch, The Miracle Man, The Making of Us, (National Theatre of Scotland); Peer Gynt (National Theatre of Scotland and Dundee Rep); The Union (Royal Lyceum Edinburgh); Miss Julie (Citizens Theatre);

    Sat 6 & Tue 9 Dec, 7.30pm

    Dates & Times
    Wed 10 – Tue 23 Dec, 7.30pm
    Sat 13, Sat 20 Dec 2.30pm & 7.30pm
    Wed 24 Dec, 2.30pm

    Preview Tickets
    Full Price £10
    Standard Concessions £7

    Full Price £16
    Standard Concessions £13
    Other Concessions £8

    The amount stated is the final price for tickets through all sales channels. For further fee information, see our Box Office information page.


    Age Recommendation

    Image by Mihaela Bodlovic

    • Iain Finlay Macleod

    • Orla O'Loughlin

    • Andy McNamee

      Assistant Director
    • Johnny Bett

    • Barbara Rafferty

    • keith Fleming

    • Anthony Lamble

    • Danny Krass

      Sound Designer
    • Colin Grenfell

      Lighting Designer
    • "Cutely directed and superbly acted." ★★★★
      Edinburgh Evening News
    • “John Bett and Barbara Rafferty are in fine form … Keith Fleming turns in a finely-nuanced performance.”
      The Scotsman
    • "A cutting dissection of snobbery, prejudice and just how divided a city Scotland's capital can be sometimes..."
      The Herald
    • “Chains, mordant humour and lashings of sharp comment.”
    • This is black, black comedy. A contemporary Edinburgh immorality tale if you like. Perfect Traverse Christmas fare.”
      Orla O’ Loughlin, Traverse Artistic Director

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