Scottish Premiere | Fishamble by Eugene O'Brien
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Triple Fringe First and Olivier Award-winning Fishamble present Heaven by Eugene O’Brien.

Heaven is set in the Irish midlands, during the weekend of a local wedding. Mairead and Mal are struggling to keep their marriage together. Perhaps attending a wedding will help, or it might raise questions that are difficult to answer.

A huge hit in Dublin and New York City, Heaven won the 2023 Irish Times Best New Play Award, is directed by Jim Culleton, (Irish Times Best Director Award 2019), and performed by Janet Moran (Irish Times Best Actress Award for Heaven) and Andrew Bennett (Oscar-nominated The Quiet Girl).

WINNER 2023 Scotsman Fringe First Award
WINNER 2023 Irish Times Theatre Award for Best New Play

Heaven is part of the Traverse's £1 Ticket Project.

Image by Leo Byrne & Publicis

Fishamble: The New Play Company is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland and Dublin City Council. HEAVEN is supported by Culture Ireland as part of its Edinburgh Showcase.

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.

★★★★Real gems to be found in the space between comedy and tragedy…searing depiction of naked desire’ - The Irish Times

★★★★★ ‘You’re left hanging on every word’ – The Arts Desk

★★★★★ ‘Ms. Moran and Mr. Bennet are masters of their characters’ – British Theatre Guide

★★★★'Exquisitely written' - The Guardian

★★★★'Beautiful, eloquent and deeply satisfying theatre' - The Scotsman

★★★★'Blisteringly effective' - The Stage

★★★★'Brimming over with wit and pathos' - Fest Magazine

★★★★'Gorgeous Writing' - Corr Blimey

★★★★'Witty' - Lost In Theatreland

★★★★ ‘Eugene O’Brien’s script has a rich way of words’ – Across The Arts

★★★★ Beautifully written and layers are revealed with excellent timing’ - Britishtheatre.com

'Very funny... hugely engrossing' - Irish Independent

‘delicately drawn…terrifically engaging… beautifully realised’ - Wall Street Journal

‘finely written…splendidly directed…performances are awe-inspiring’ - Broadway World

‘well-acted…entertaining…[the] final line is perfect’ - The New York Times

'Enthralling' - The National

'Highly recommended' - Fringe Review

If you have access requirements, please contact our Sales and Welcome Team on boxoffice@traverse.co.uk or 0131 228 1404 so we can arrange reserved seating for you and discuss how else we can best support your visit.

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  • WriterEugene O'Brien
  • DirectorJim Culleton (he/him)
  • Set DesignerZia Bergin-Holly
  • Costume DesignerSaileóg O’Halloran
  • Lighting DesignerZia Bergin-Holly
  • Original Lighting DesignSinéad McKenna
  • Music & Sound DesignCarl Kennedy
  • Stage ManagerStephanie Ryan & Abi Morris
  • Production ManagerEoin Kilkenny
  • ProducersEva Scanlan, Cally Shine & Laura MacNaughton
  • Assistant Production ManagerDaire O'Muirí
  • Andrew Bennett


  • Janet Moran


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