Produced by Michelle McKay with support from Creative Scotland and Traverse Theatre by Iain McClure

Thu 8 - Sat 10 Jun, 8pm

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Joseph, now a famous New York child psychiatrist, has returned to his childhood home of Edinburgh. But he’s haunted. Not just by a past he thought he’d escaped. Not just by all he buried. But physically, in his swanky flat. He didn’t realise it was the same place he assessed Sam that fateful day. Who turns hospitals into luxury apartments? But Sam’s not left and now Joseph can’t either. Meanwhile Cindy screams in labour, all the way over in Manhattan and Manahattan screams with her.

This is the world premiere of ChildMinder, an eerie psychological thriller from local playwright and real life child psychiatrist Iain McClure, directed by Kolbrún Björt Sigfúsdóttir (hang, Me and My Sister Tell Each Other Everything - Tron Theatre, Maryland - Traverse Theatre). A modern ghost story forged in Edinburgh spanning decades and continents.

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

Content Warnings

Contains detailed discussions of abuse, trauma and violence, including against children and animals. Depicts suicide, distressed labour and violence on stage.

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  • DirectorKolbrún Björt Sigfúsdóttir
  • Lighting DesignerMichaella Fee
  • Sound DesignerTom Oakes
  • Video DesignerRob Willoughby
  • DesignerKenneth MacLeod (he/him)

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