Imaginate Accelerator Reading: The Turmeric Trail

Imaginate By Skye Loneragan
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A new play about the power of our thoughts to create our reality through the eyes of an insect-obsessed teenager whose aunt, wrestling with psychosis, comes to stay while she is on the brink of exams she can’t afford to fail. Followed by a Q&A.

You can’t just kick family out, even if they are a python, but there are certain things that get in the way of studying.

Like turmeric.

I’ve already told you about the anti-depression chamber, her room, and how Aunty loves yellow, but now her fingers are always stained yellow and the kitchen benches are constantly stained a blotchy yellow, because she is so obsessed with turmeric. Turmeric root, turmeric fresh grated, in everything, in tea. On toast. Soups. Every single made meal, She says it acts like an antibiotic, and that antibiotics are becoming useless to us and we need to change back, and she’s maybe got a point about all that, but she gargles it. She gargles turmeric. And it is really hard to hide her illness when we go out because she’s made herself so yellow. She even painted her trainers yellow. When they weren’t. Or weren’t supposed to be.

This performance is part of Imaginate’s Accelerator project which is supported by the PLACE programme, funded by the Scottish Government, the City of Edinburgh Council and the Edinburgh Festivals, and supported and administered by Creative Scotland.

Image: Stewart Ennis, Skye Loneragan rehearsing Though This Be Madness


  • CastAngie Cassidy, Liz Strange, Sean Hay

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