First Stages Readings: I’m Not Here / Tiger Mum

Traverse Theatre Company By Rachael O’Connor / Eva Edo
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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

  • I’m Not Here by Rachael O’Connor

Retired couple Les and Carol arrange to meet their estranged son at a Modern Art Gallery, but, lost within its identical-looking rooms, they are forced to confront their troubled past.

  • Tiger Mum by Eva Edo

Constance is a mother on a mission to guarantee her son Elijah lives beyond his eighteenth birthday. He’s not sick. Just black.


  • DirectorNazli Tabatabai-Khatambakhsh
  • Cast (Tiger Mum)Eva Edo
  • Cast (I'm Not Here)Joanna Tope, Gerry Mulgrew

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