First Stages Readings with Q&A: HEL and A Foreign Language - Recording

Traverse Theatre Company By Isla van Tricht and Dipo Baruwa-Etti

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This is a recording of a live event, so bookers won't be able to participate in the Q&A section of the event. Bookers will be able to view the recording on demand until Wed 31 March, 2021.

As part of the First Stages Festival, extracts from plays by writers who entered scripts to Open Submissions 2019 receive their first public readings on their journey towards the stage.

HEL by Isla van Tricht

After taking drastic action to try and cure his unhappiness, teenager Liam begins to work with Pina, a therapeutic guru and devotee of the ancient Norse goddess Hel, to transform himself into a better – and happier – man. But as their time together grows more intense, their bond closer, and their work more intimate, Liam’s self-appointed best friend Tia suspects that the transformation he’s undergoing will make him far from better, and may have dangerous consequences.

A Foreign Language by Dipo Baruwa-Etti

Yomi, Olu, Moses and Ruth are a family reeling from a shared tragedy. Haunted by their pasts, they begin to question whether an absence of love influenced their present. But what is love? Is there a universal meaning that can bring them all peace? They know they must reach across the distance between them, but does each of them having a different translation of one word make this impossible? A Foreign Language is a lyrical exploration of the many types of love that may be present in our lives, how they enrich us and may heal our connections with others, if only we are able to embrace them.

These script-in-hand readings were directed by the Traverse's Co-Artistic Director Designate, Debbie Hannan, and were followed by a Q&A with the live event audience.

Each Autumn, the Traverse invites writers based in the UK and Ireland to anonymously submit a full length script to us via our Open Submissions window to help us discover the most exciting and visionary new voices out there. Both HEL and A Foreign Language have been developed by our literary department after Isla van Tricht and Dipo Baruwa-Etti were selected from over 600 writers who sent us their plays in 2019.

This event is part of our First Stages Festival - a celebration of storytelling and playwriting.

Isla van Tricht
Dipo Baruwa-Etti

The Traverse Theatre is funded by Creative Scotland and The City of Edinburgh Council, with additional support from The Scottish Government Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund.