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The Tree of Knowledge at the Traverse Theatre Edinburgh

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Beautifully sustained...a clever and wholehearted play." ****
The Scotsman


    Written byJo Clifford
    Start date8 Dec 2011
    End date24 Dec 2011
  • MatineeSaturday 24 December (2.30pm)
  • TicketsSaturday 10 – Saturday 24 December. 7.30pm (not Sundays or Mondays). Thursday 15, Saturday 17 & Saturday 24 December (2.30pm) PREVIEW TICKETS: £11 (£6 concession)

    I have seen what we have done…Where did we go wrong?

    Philosopher, David Hume and father of modern economics, Adam Smith awake in Edinburgh in the early 21st Century. To their bewilderment, joy and horror, it is a prerevolutionary world where all the knowledge they ever dreamt of is at everyone's fingertips and the utopia of a free market economy is a reality. But at what cost to the planet and to humanity?

    With their fellow traveller, Eve, a Scottish everywoman, Hume and Smith embark on an extraordinary journey of enlightenment - from the concrete New Towns of Scotland's central belt, to Silicon Glen, Ecstasy and the gay clubs of Edinburgh.

    The Tree of Knowledge is a wildly imaginative, hilariously funny and deeply moving new play from one of Scotland's most important playwrights. Jo Clifford was instrumental in establishing the reputation of the Traverse in the 1980s with the plays Losing Venice and Light in the Village.

    Jo's recent plays include an adaptation of Goethe's Faust and Every One for the Royal Lyceum Theatre. The Tree of Knowledge was commissioned by the Traverse and written while Jo was Creative Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh.

    Age recommendation: 14+

    Space: Traverse One
    Running time: 90 mins
    Sign language interpreted performance: Thursday 22 December (7.30pm)
    Audio-described performance:
    Thursday 22 December (7.30pm)
    Touch Tour: Thursday 22 December (6.45pm)
    After Show Discussion: Thursday 22 December (sign language interpreted)

    Traverse Theatre Club Tickets: £3 off on Saturday 10 December (book before 4 December)
    Schools Groups: £6 per ticket plus one teacher free per 10 students.

    Traverse Theatre Company World Premiere

    Beholder Exhibition

    In celebration in the tercentenary of David Hume, the Talbot Rice Gallery holds the Beholder exhibition, exploring taste and subjectivity in the visual arts.

    19 November 2011 - 18 February 2012

    • Beautifully sustained...a clever and wholehearted play." ****
      The Scotsman
    • "Jo Clifford's funny and wordy drama." ****
      The Guardian
    • "A slow-burning totem of universal hope in a messed-up world." ****
      The Herald
    • "Warm and funny... wonderfully atmospheric." ****
      The Public Reviews
    • A wonderful, multi-layered piece."
      The Indepedent
    • Poignant yet playful. ****
      Edinburgh Spotlight
    • Sparkling intellectual wordplay."
      The List
    • Darkly funny and tragically reflective." ****
    • Strong, provocative and fascinating."
      The Stage

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