This is Paradise | On demand

Traverse Theatre Company By Michael John O'Neill

On demand Wed 1 Sep - Thu 29 Sep

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About

'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.

Recorded live in Traverse 1, this on-demand version of This is Paradise will be available to bookers from Wed 1 Sep. After purchase, and once the content is available, you'll have 48 hours to watch the performance.

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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Press reviews and awards


WINNER - Popcorn Writing Award 2021

'A hugely powerful record of the human price of conflict' ★★★★★ The Scotsman

'Actor Amy Molloy delivers an elegant monologue that reveals itself as something greater in this supremely thoughtful show' ★★★★ Guardian

'O’Neill’s writing is compelling, sharp and sympathetic [...] Molloy gives a bravura, emotionally dexterous and deeply moving performance that captivates' ★★★★The National


Credits

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

    Cast


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This on-demand version of This is Paradise will be available to bookers from Wed 1 Sep. After purchase, and once the content is available, you'll have 48 hours to watch the performance.

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