Maggie & Me

National Theatre of Scotland Written by Damian Barr and James Ley, adapted from the memoir by Damian Barr. Directed by Suba Das.

Wed 12 - Sat 15 Jun

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“Don’t you worry. I’ll always love you. Love doesn’t run out. It’s not like the gas meter. I’ll find extra love.”

Brighton, 2008: Damian Barr celebrates getting a deal to write a memoir about his chaotic childhood in 1980s Lanarkshire. But as soon as he opens the door to his troubled past, everybody comes rushing through, including his younger self and the woman who forever changes his family, community and country: Maggie Thatcher.

Soon, revisiting his past turns into reliving it – the fear and the joy. From the furnaces of the Ravenscraig Steelworks to the sanctuary of Carfin Grotto, there’s trauma and triumph, coming of age and coming out. Can Damian survive his past again, find his voice and finally tell his story?

Past and present collide, endangering the future, in the world premiere stage adaptation of modern Scottish classic Maggie & Me (Sunday Times Memoir of the Year).

Damian Barr, James Ley and director Suba Das team up for this bold new production, with an incredible ensemble cast led by Gary Lamont (Boiling Point, Outlander). Join us on an explosive quest that tells the story of a particular place and time through Damian’s childhood. Before you can move forwards, you have to go back…

Maggie & Me is part of the Traverse's £1 Ticket Project.

Image: Eoin Carey

The Traverse Theatre is funded by Creative Scotland and The City of Edinburgh Council.

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  • DirectorSuba Das (he/him)
  • WriterDamian Barr (he/him)
  • WriterJames Ley (he/him)

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