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Funny, sharp and tender by turns, it’s a play to make you laugh and cry. ★★★★★
The i Paper


    Written byRoss Dunsmore
    Start date5 Aug 2016
    End date28 Aug 2016
  • TicketsFull price £20.50 / Standard concession £15.50 / Other concession £8.50. Previews £14/£8.50.
    Genre Festival, Theatre,

World Premiere
Traverse Theatre Company 

Love is milk.

Three couples struggle to meet their basic needs for food, love and survival. As they try to make sense of a changing world, their inner desires and appetites become driving forces that could lead to either catastrophe or redemption.

Funny, dark and provocative, Milk explores the universal need to feed and to be fed; physically, emotionally, spiritually. It is an emotive and heartfelt play about what sustains us, what makes us sick and what we just can’t get enough of.

Milk is the first full length play by writer and actor Ross Dunsmore. Directed by Traverse Artistic Director Orla O’Loughlin, acclaimed for recent award-winning Festival hits Swallow, Ciara and Spoiling.

#MilkThePlay / @traversetheatre

Fri 5 Aug, 7pm
Sat 6 Aug, 10:30am

Preview Tickets
Full price £14.50
Concession £8.50

Sun 7 – Sun 28 Aug
(No Mon performances)
Note: Click on 'Book Now' for dates and times. 

Full price £20.50
Standard concession £15.50
Other concession £8.50

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

Access Performances
Audio Described, Sat 20 Aug, 7pm
British Sign Language, Sat 20 Aug, 7pm


Age Recommendation

Contains strong language.

Supported by Creative Scotland and the City of Edinburgh Council.

Commission supported by Alan and Penny Barr. 

Image by Mihaela Bodlovic

  • Tam Dean Burn, Ryan Fletcher, Melody Grove, Helen Mallon, Cristian Ortega & Ann Louise Ross

  • Orla O'Loughlin

  • Fred Meller

  • Philip Gladwell

    Lighting Designer
  • Danny Krass

    Sound Designer
  • White & Givan

  • Ros Steen

    Voice Coach
  • Amy Gilmartin

    Assistant Director, Leverhulme Arts Scholar and Recipient of the JMK Regional Assistant Director Bursary
  • Funny, sharp and tender by turns, it’s a play to make you laugh and cry. ★★★★★
    The i Paper
  • O’Loughlin’s powerful ensemble of actors deliver beautiful, searching performances, full of both humour and pain. ★★★★
    The Scotsman
  • A powerfully enlightening play about relationships, love and humanity. Milk will have you both laughing and crying. ★★★★★
    Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
  • A terrific ensemble, and a deeply moving conclusion underlines the milk of human kindness. Theatrical nourishment. ★★★★★
    British Theatre
  • The entire cast in this production is superb. ★★★★★
    Edinburgh Guide
  • An assured full-length debut from Ross Dunsmore, Milk offers a fascinating glimpse into the physical necessity and redemptive power of loving and being loved. ★★★★
    Broadway Baby
  • Moving, troubling, and ultimately beautiful. ★★★★
    The Telegraph
  • The dialogue is sharp, and at times the tongues even sharper. It feels fresh, it reads funny. ★★★★
    The Times
  • The play over-riding message is that if anything resembling community is to survive, we need to care more, both for each other and for everyone else around us. ★★★★
    The Herald
  • An interesting and unique production and a thoroughly engaging piece of new writing delivered by a talented cast. ★★★★
    TV Bomb
  • A remarkably confident mix of comedy and tragedy, directed with almost dreamlike fluency by Orla O’Loughlin. ★★★★
    The Beast's Pen
  • The beauty of Ross Dunsmore’s writing is partly down to his structure. ★★★★★
    A Younger Theatre
  • Director Orla O’Loughlin squeezes every drop of emotion out of this talented newcomer’s script. ★★★★
    Daily Record
  • Accomplished and often beautiful script. ★★★★
  • Brims with enough ideas and enough style to validate the theatre’s laudably democratic submissions programme, of which Dunsmore’s ply is a particularly juicy fruit. ★★★★
    The Reviews Hub
  • A humane and funny look at what we want and what we need.
    The Financial Times
  • Finely directed by Orla O’Loughlin, who creates an atmosphere of carefully sustained tension.
    The Guardian

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