BORDERLINE THEATRE COMPANY AND HIRTLE
Originally premiered at the Traverse Theatre in 1988, Borderline and Hirtle revive Sue Glover’s captivating play about liberty and love – both lost and found in the most unlikely of settings.
It’s a stormy start to an 18th-century marriage for 17-year old Isabel and her minister husband Aneas, arriving from Edinburgh on the remote island of Hirta (St. Kilda). Amongst the inhabitants lives Lady Grange, a historical figure named Rachel Chiesley, tortured by a life of abduction.
Isabel begins to uncover alarming similarities as she battles between youthful exhilaration and the danger of being too troublesome a wife. When their short stay becomes indefinite, will they ever return to civilisation?
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Read an interview with company producer Rishaad Moudden in the local Stornoway press here, as he discusses the history of the piece and the new tour.
“The old Traverse was a fitting venue for The Straw Chair: The Grassmarket, and the courtyard leading off it, must certainly have been frequented by the play's characters. For, although the play is set on St. Kilda, eighteenth century Auld Reekie is a constant presence – as dirty and wild, maybe even wilder, than Hirta itself. I feel nostalgic for the old theatre, but excited to think of the play opening in the modern space. When members of the company remark (as they sometimes do) how long ago it is since the first production, I refuse to think of the 27 years. Instead I think how enjoyable (and instructive) it is to be part of a company which is so committed to the story, and has involved me so closely.” Sue Glover (Writer) on bringing the production back to the Traverse.
Post-show Discussion: Thu 23 April - Guests include both Liz Carruthers (director) and Sue Glover (writer).
Dates & Times
Thu 23 – Sat 25 Apr, 7.30pm
Full Price £16
Standard Concessions £13
Other Concessions £8
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