Breakfast Plays: The Future Is [...]

Theatre (new writing, political)

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  • Traverse Theatre - Traverse 2
  • 09:00
  • Aug 25
  • 50 minutes
  • Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - Scotland
  • Group: Traverse Theatre Company
  • Warnings and additional info: Strong Language/Swearing, Adult themes. Strictly no latecomers.
  • Accessibility: May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


Four new plays from four of the most exciting voices in Scottish theatre. Mentored by established playwrights Zinnie Harris, Stephen Greenhorn, Linda McLean and Douglas Maxwell, four emergent women writers (Erin McGee, Eve Nicol, Kolbrún Björt Sigfúsdóttir, Diane Stewart) tackle topics exploring where we are and where we might be headed next – politically, socially, culturally. Poetic, punchy, generous and unforgiving, their plays showcase the imminent future of new writing in Scotland. Kick-start your festival day with these world premiere script-in-hand readings and enjoy a breakfast roll with your ticket.

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Sean Davis 88 days ago

Breakfast Plays: The Future Is [..] “Kit Kat” (Play 1) (***)
After trying to nurse an injured squirrel back to health, two 8-year old’s go on a hunger strike to save the world. Though one of the little girls speaks a little too well for a child, their core naïve idealism still permeates the play. The lead actress had a pitch perfect voice for her 8-year old character.
This was the 60th most enjoyable of the 95 Fringe shows I have seen so far this year.

Breakfast Plays: The Future Is [..] (Play 2) “First Woman” (***)
In the future, a woman agrees to run an automated plant on the moon so they she can be the first woman to set foot on the moon. A decent story, but forgettable; and I have.

This was the 74th most enjoyable of the 95 Fringe shows I have seen so far this year.

You may see my other three-sentence reviews, in order from most enjoyable to worst, at my non-commercial website:

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Exeunt 79 days ago

The breakfasts at the Traverse’s Breakfast Plays have changed. There are fewer options this year, and they’re less generously portioned. Quite regularly they run out of things. Both black pudding and (more curiously) veggie haggis, for example, are served as little disks (exactly two little disks per roll) and taste...

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FringeReview 81 days ago

Directed by Finn Den Hertog who has not one but at least three very well received pieces at the Fringe, this year this has enough of a directorial hand in the mix that, although they rarely get out of their chairs, you get a real sense of how this would...

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The Student Newspaper 81 days ago

One of the great benefits of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is that if you want to see theatre at 9am you can. It is a shame to only discover this particular series of shows late on in the festival; assuming the other plays in the series were a similar high standard it is a great way to start the day. Finally, it is worth noting a breakfast roll and hot drink are included with your ticket – arrive early to get the best choice!

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ScotsGay (5/5 stars) 88 days ago

Another cracking play to start the day! Work-Life by Diane Stewart is another three-hander excellently directed by Becky Hope Palmer. At first, I thought it was going to be three completely separate monologues but the characters’ lives intertwined more and more closely, both literally and figuratively, as the play progressed....

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ScotsGay (4/5 stars) 88 days ago

Well, the week’s trend was broken in a number of ways this morning – yes, Mooning was written by a woman – Erin McGee: but instead of three women in the cast Neshla Caplan, returning after her excellent performance in yesterday’s breakfast play, was joined by [gosh!] two men: but...

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ScotsGay (4/5 stars) 89 days ago

You could say this was less of a play, more a monologue, with a few interjections from the other two cast members as Peyvand Sadeghian’s life unfolded before us and she mused on ‘coming second’… Author Eve Nicol’s play is set somewhere in the future. Earth is sending missions into...

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Daily Business Magazine (5/5 stars) 89 days ago

Kit Kat is a serious play with a strong message about global warming performed by three women, Rebecca Elise – who plays the mother, Ashleigh More who plays her very young teenage daughter, and Titana Muthui who plays her friend.

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Broadway Baby (4/5 stars) 90 days ago

Remarkably, if you wander into The Traverse at 9am, you will find an audience willing to watch a rehearsed reading of a brand-new play and not a spare seat in the house.It was not just the breakfast rolls and hot drinks that brought the crowds; we were there to watch...

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ScotsGay (4/5 stars) 91 days ago

The Traverse breakfast plays entice you, with the offer of a breakfast roll and coffee, to sample a series of new plays – scripted readings rehearsed in a day. This year’s selection showcases the work of four emerging women writers, each mentored by an established playwright, who were invited to...

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