First Stages Readings: Blessed / Exquisite Corpse

Traverse Theatre Company By Natalie McGrath / Conor O’Loughlin
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Every year, we invite anyone with an idea for a play to send us their script through our Open Submissions window.

This year, 6 scripts have been selected from over 400 submissions to receive dramaturgical support with the aim of helping the writers develop their plays.

This culminates in our first-ever First Stages Festival featuring script-in-hand readings of the selected plays, showcasing them to industry professionals and Traverse audiences alike. Each evening will be followed by a Q&A.

This festival is a celebration of the Traverse’s commitment to nurturing and supporting new voices. The festival programme also includes writing workshops, panel discussions and networking opportunities.

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Supported by The Noël Coward Foundation

  • Blessed by Natalie McGrath

As women in a war zone fight to stay alive, the night sky is lit up by a relentless bombardment above, conjuring up memories and fragments of love, loss and resistance.

  • Exquisite Corpse by Conor O’Loughlin

Following a grim discovery at their workplace, a theme park attendant and her manager find themselves faced with an impossible choice.


  • DirectorJo Rush
  • Cast (Exquisite Corpse)Dawn Sievewright, Reuben Joseph
  • Cast (Blessed)Maryam Hamidi, Joanna Tope, Neshla Caplan

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