Contemporary Political Ethics (or, How to Cheat)

Traverse Theatre Company By Jamie Cowan

Available until Sun 31 Jan

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A failed politician and carer are showing Kev, a young lad on academic probation, the in’s and out’s of running a polling station. The splendour of democracy in action! Except no one’s coming to vote, so there isn’t much in the way of action, that is, until they discover a forgotten ballot on the floor.

Following critical acclaim during their original August run, Breakfast Plays: New Tracks are back for a second helping this festive season!

This performance is delivered as an audio-only podcast, available on Acast, Spotify and Apple Podcasts. A transcript of the play is available here.

The Breakfast Plays: New Tracks are generously supported by the Noël Coward Foundation and the Turtleton Charitable Trust.

The Traverse Theatre is funded by Creative Scotland and The City of Edinburgh Council, with additional support from The Scottish Government Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund.

Image: Mihaela Bodlovic

We would like to dedicate Breakfast Plays: Second Helpings to the memory of the wonderful director and radio producer, and great friend of the Traverse, Marilyn Imrie.

Marilyn was a visionary creative force and generous collaborator, and we hope that the presentation of these plays reflect her passion for writers and the audio play form. Her belief in, and encouragement of, writers at all stages of their development has enabled so many exciting voices to flourish and important stories to be shared. We will take inspiration from her spirit, and can only hope to continue her incredible work


  • WriterJamie Cowan
  • DirectorGareth Nicholls
  • Composer & Sound DesignerKim Moore
  • Sound engineerRichard Bell
  • DramaturgEleanor White
  • Robert Jack


  • Bhav Joshi


  • Anna Russell-Martin


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