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Grain in the Blood

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A tense rural drama. Shaped by cunning and delivered with drive by director Orla O'Loughlin. ★★★★
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    Written byRob Drummond
    Start date1 Nov 2016
    End date12 Nov 2016
  • MatineeSat 12 Nov, 2.30pm
  • TicketsFull price £18 / Standard concession £14 / Other concession £8


A Traverse Theatre Company and Tron Theatre co-production

Twelve years ago, from the mouth of a great sacrifice, a child was born.
And they called her Autumn.

Isaac returns to his family home with a chance to atone for the terrible mistake that sent him to prison.

Autumn is a little girl whose time is running out. With three sleeps left before her birthday, she can only wish for a miracle, or an unexpected act of selflessness.

Her grandmother, Sophia, brings them together in a desperate attempt to save her family, at any cost.

Set against the eerie backdrop of an isolated rural community and steeped in the folklore of the harvest, Grain in the Blood is a noirish thriller exploring a timely moral dilemma: how much are we prepared to sacrifice for the greater good?

Written by Traverse Associate Artist Rob Drummond (In Fidelity, Bullet Catch and Quiz Show) and directed by award-winning Traverse Artistic Director Orla O’Loughlin, whose recent work includes Milk, Swallow and Ciara.


Dates & Times
Tue 1 - Sat 12 Nov, 7.30pm
Matinee Sat 12 Nov, 2.30pm
(No Sun or Mon performances) 

Full price £18
Standard concession £14
Other concession £8

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

Audio Described Performance
Thu 10 Nov, 7.30pm (with Touch Tour at 6.45pm)

Post-show Discussion
Thu 3 Nov


Age Recommendation

On Tour
Thu 20 – Sat 29 Oct: Tron Theatre, Glasgow. For more info visit

Assistant Director blogs

Find out more about Grain in the Blood's rehearsal process and get exclusive behind-the-scenes information in our blog series by Assistant Director Elliot Roberts here.

Image by Mihaela Bodlovic

Supported by The Linbury Trust and The Saltire Society Trust


  • Blythe Duff, John Michie, Andrew Rothney, Frances Thorburn & Sarah Miele

  • Orla O'Loughlin

  • Fred Meller

  • Simon Wilkinson

    Lighting Designer
  • Michael John McCarthy

    Composer, Sound Designer
  • Ros Steen

    Voice Coach
  • Elliot Roberts

    Assistant Director (This position is supported by The Saltire Society)
  • A tense rural drama. Shaped by cunning and delivered with drive by director Orla O'Loughlin. ★★★★
    The Stage
  • Full of edge-of-your seat tension. Unnervingly funny. ★★★★
    The Guardian
  • A revelatory performance by Sarah Miele. ★★★★
    The Herald
  • A powerful ending that does justice to such carefully crafted tension. ★★★★
    The List
  • Intelligent, philosophically intricate, and genuinely moving. A stunning production. ★★★★
    TV Bomb
  • A tense, riveting watch. ★★★★★
    Plays to See
  • Fascinating theatre... emotionally resonant, well-focused and very well performed. ★★★★★
    Edinburgh 49
  • A series of threats and counter threats step out and over each other posing moral quandaries before the play’s startling conclusion. ★★★★
    Edinburgh Guide
  • An engrossing drama successfully combining the deadpan humour of film noir with a whiff of rural folk mythology. ★★★★
  • Ends up in one of the tensest scenes I've witnessed on stage... A classic production.
    British Theatre Guide

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