This is Paradise

Traverse Theatre Company By Michael John O'Neill

In-person Tue 24 - Sun 29 Aug

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'You look
you see
there's not an inch of waiting left in anyone round here.'

10 April 1998, Belfast.

The Good Friday Agreement is signed, bringing the prospect and threat of momentous change to Northern Ireland.

At the same moment, at the other end of the city, a river is rising in Kate. A phone call from a desperate stranger forces Kate to confront the legacy of an ex-lover and discover what the end of violence means for a body that won’t stop breaking.

At once timely and timeless in its nuanced observation of the fragility of peace, This is Paradise is a powerful monologue exploring what it takes from us to begin again. Written by Michael John O'Neill, the play was discovered through our Open Submissions initiative and has received ongoing support from the Traverse Artistic team during its development. Our reading panel championed the piece for Michael's assured and compelling voice.

This limited run of in-person performances directed by Katherine Nesbitt (Associate director: Mouthpiece. Assistant director: Swallow) offers audiences an exciting opportunity to see this intimate piece as it continues its journey towards a full Traverse production and beyond.

This is Paradise will be performed in Traverse 1, with a reduced audience capacity and 1m social distancing in place. The performance will be available to stream on-demand from 1 Sep.

Find out more about how we're keeping our staff, companies and audiences safe this summer.

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.

The Development of This is Paradise was supported by the Consulate General of Ireland, Edinburgh.

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  • DirectorKatherine Nesbitt
  • WriterMichael John O’Neill
  • Lighting DesignerColin Grenfell
  • Composer & Sound DesignerDanny Krass
  • Amy Molloy


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