Traverse Theatre Company By Kieran Hurley
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She needs his story. But does she have the right to it?

After a critically acclaimed London run at Soho Theatre, the gripping Traverse Theatre hit about class, culture and appropriation returns with a new cast.

Salisbury Crags. Twilight. A woman takes a step forward into the air. A teenage boy pulls her back. Two lives are changed forever.

Libby whiles away her days in New Town cafes and still calls herself a writer. Declan is a talented young artist struggling with a volatile home on the city's outskirts. As they form an uneasy friendship, complicated by class and culture, Libby spots an opportunity to put herself back on track, and really make a difference.

Frank, unflinching and threaded with unexpected humour, Mouthpiece takes a look at two different sides of Edinburgh that exist in ignorance of one another, and asks whether it’s possible to tell someone else’s story without exploiting them along the way.

From the award-winning writer of Beats (now a motion picture) and directed by former Traverse Artistic Director Orla O’Loughlin.

Winner: The Stage Edinburgh Award for Angus Taylor and Shauna Macdonald

Supported by Creative Scotland and the City of Edinburgh Council.
Originally produced in association with HighTide.

Image: Lara Cappelli

★★★★★ Sunday Times
★★★★★ The Skinny
★★★★★ The Stage
★★★★★ Broadway World
★★★★★ The Wee Review
★★★★ The Guardian
★★★★ The Herald
★★★★ The Scotsman
★★★★ The List


  • WriterKieran Hurley
  • DirectorOrla O’Loughlin
  • Associate DirectorKatherine Nesbitt
  • Set, Lighting & Projection DesignerKai Fischer
  • Composer & Sound DesignerKim Moore
  • Costume DesignerSophie Ferguson
  • Angus Taylor


  • Shauna Macdonald


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