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The Straw Chair

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A play that demands attention for bringing so many unheard and marginalised voices – Gaelic, St Kildan, and intensely female – to the very centre of the stage.” ★★★★
The Scotsman

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    Written bySue Glover
    Start date23 Apr 2015
    End date25 Apr 2015
  • TicketsFull price £16 / Standard concession £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.
    Genre Theatre,

    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

    Tickets
    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.

    Venue
    T1

    Age Recommendation
    14+

    Image by Tommy Ga-Ken Wan

    • Sue Glover

      Writer
    • Liz Carruthers

      Director
    • Claire Halleran

      Designer
    • Jamie Wardrop

      Sound Designer
    • Dave Shea and Bevis Evans-Teusch

      Lighting Designer
    • Selina Boyack, Pamela Reid, Ceit Kearney, Martin McBride

      Cast
    • A play that demands attention for bringing so many unheard and marginalised voices – Gaelic, St Kildan, and intensely female – to the very centre of the stage.” ★★★★
      The Scotsman
    • This beautifully crafted four-hander deserves to be considered a modern classic of Scottish theatre.”
      The Sunday Herald
    • A fascinating fusion of fiction and an imagined version of the real life Lady Grange.” ★★★
      The Herald
    • “A beguiling combination of things, starting with the incredible story of Lady Grange, banished by her husband to the remoteness of St Kilda. Hung around this framework is an evocation, as light and sharp as spindrift, of the strange life on the island.”
      Scotland on Sunday
    • ...its depiction of Isabel’s sexual awakening could put us in mind of David Greig’s 2002 play Outlying Islands, and its similar clash of civilisation and nature.” ★★★
      The Guardian
    • “Her wonderful ear for Scottish cadence allows us to enter fully into the world she creates."
      Time Out
    • The remarkable Lady Grange … a great performance of a great character.” ★★★
      The Guardian
    • "The dialogue is crisp and telling and has no truck with the whimsy and feyness which so often bedevils Scots writing about the past.”
      The Times
    • Boyack makes the most of her swagger, pitching her somewhere between Patsy from Absolutely Fabulous and Queenie from Blackadder II.”
      The List
    • Liz Carruthers’ strong, understated production…makes you wonder where it’s been all these years.” ★★★★
      The Times
    • Hugely effective ... the play had said something both subtle and rewarding about its tiny corner of the Scottish experience.” ★★★★
      The Public Reviews
    • “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 of The Straw Chair) on bringing the show back to the Traverse
     
     

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