National theatre of Scotland by Uma Nada-Rajah

Sun 31 Jul - Sun 28 Aug

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How far will a politician go?

In her bid to become the country’s leader, Home Secretary Asiya Rao prepares to make a major policy announcement that will establish her as the front-runner of the political race. Alongside her calculating advisor Phoebe, she embarks on a publicity stunt starting with a photo shoot by the white cliffs of Dover. But rather than the tide washing her reputation clean, something else washes up…

An omen or an opportunity? The women are determined to keep their eyes on the prize, no matter the cost, even if it’s a human one.

Access performances:
Audio Described - Sat 13 Aug, 6PM; Fri 19 Aug, 7.30PM
BSL interpreted - Wed 17 Aug, 1.15PM; Thu 23 Aug, 4.30PM
Captioned - Thu 18 Aug, 4.30PM; Wed 24 Aug, 7.30PM
Relaxed Performance - Sat 20 Aug, 10.30AM; Sat 27 Aug, 4.30PM

Part of the Made in Scotland Showcase 2022. madeinscotlandshowcase.com

Image by Pete Dibdin

The Traverse Theatre is funded by Creative Scotland and The City of Edinburgh Council, and has received additional support from the Scottish Government's Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund and Creative Scotland’s Recovery Fund for Cultural Organisations.


★★★★'An excellent production'- Sunday Express

★★★★'An excellent play well served by top-quality production' - Three Weeks

★★★★'Superbly entertaining'- OnTheMic.com

★★★★'A hugely stylish and fast-moving production' - The Scotsman

★★★★ 'Very funny, and quite crazed' - What's On Stage

★★★★'Hard-hitting, political satire' - Theatre Scotland

★★★★'A very stunning show' - Broadway Baby

★★★★'Sophie Steer as Phoebe is particularly commanding' - The Observer

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  • WriterUma Nada-Rajah
  • DirectorDebbie Hannan
  • Set & Costume DesignAlisa Kalyanova (she/her)
  • Sound DesignMark Melville
  • Lighting DesignLaura Howard
  • Video DesignRob Willoughby
  • Aryana Ramkhalawon


  • Anna Russell-Martin


  • Habiba Saleh


  • Sophie Steer


Behind the Scenes

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