Mouthpiece

Theatre (political, contemporary)

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  • Traverse Theatre - Traverse 2
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  • Aug 24-25
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Suitability: 16+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - Scotland
  • Group: Traverse Theatre Company
  • Warnings and additional info: Scenes of a Sexual Nature, Scenes of Violence, Strong Language/Swearing, References to suicide. Strictly no latecomers.
  • Accessibility:
    Audio Described
    Signed Performance
    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
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Description

After a critically acclaimed London run, the powerful 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. 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. Written by Kieran Hurley (Beats). ‘A gripping, truthful play for our times’ ***** (Stage).

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General venue access

  • Audio Described
    Signed Performance
  • Accessible entry: Information not supplied
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

  • Stairs: 20+
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

Each venue can contain several space with different accessibly information. Visit the venue page for full venue accessibility info


Signed performances

  • Dates: 17 August
  • Interpreter: Nicolle Murdoch - Not Selected
  • Type: BSL
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team to book your tickets and request any specific seating requests in relation to the location of the interpeter.

Audio described performances

  • Dates: 14 August
  • Type: Unit with headset
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team to book your tickets and request any specific seating locations or if booking a unit is required.
  • More about this show: Listen to audio flyer

How and when to make an access booking

Our access tickets service is available to anyone who:

  • Would like to book specific accessibility services, e.g. a hearing loop, audio description headsets, captioning units, seating in relation to the location of the BSL interpreter
  • Requires extra assistance when at a venue
  • Has specific seating requirements
  • Is a wheelchair user
  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

Kate Gaul 16 days ago

Mouthpiece by Kieran Hurley – Traverse Theatre (UK) Scottish play set in Edinburgh. ALWAYS love these plays set in contemporary Edinburgh with the accent and all. Specificity is gold. In a nutshell this was a POWERHOUSE evening in the theatre. The play starts with a young man pulling an older woman back from the edge of a suicide spot. It transpires they are both artists – he is 16, she is 48 – so obvs at different times of their lives. She is middle class and he is bottom of the wrung. My heart sank when I thought we’d have to endure the story about her empowering him, giving him language to describe what he does and in turn her spark is reignited etc etc. And perhaps there are a few too many clichés along the way… well, that was PART of the story. What the play examined powerfully is who has the right to tell whose story. Seriously, Angus Taylor who played the boy, Declan is INCREDIBLE. The work was heartbreaking – I was on the verge of screaming – basically, there is amazing text, it’s a very complicated situation and there’s NO resolution. We’ll probably never see this play in Australia but grab a copy and read it.

“Basically, ‘Mouthpiece’ is a dream for the theatre nerd: it’s got heart, smarts, and something necessary and critical to say about both the artform itself and the unfairly unequal society we live in.” Timeout Edinburgh

5 Scottish-Highland-Cheese-Crumbs from me.


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Edinburgh Festivals Magazine (5/5 stars) 1 day ago

From the opening scene to the final moment, Mouthpiece is beautifully crafted from every possible angle. Kieran Hurley’s blindingly fresh script is brought into startling, heart-breaking, hilarious life by not only the captivating performances of its talented...

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The List (4/5 stars) 1 day ago

Complex and gripping drama about whose story is allowed to be told...

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Broadway World (5/5 stars) 14 days ago

Seventeen-year-old Declan spends his evenings up the Salisbury Crags drawing pictures. This is where he meets Libby, a forty-six year-old playwright contemplating suicide. He literally pulls her back from the brink and after a rocky start, strike up an unlikely friendship. It's clear from the beginning that Declan and Libby...

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The Skinny (5/5 stars) 15 days ago

"Everyone has a story" says Libby, brimming with well-meaning encouragement. "Naw", replies Declan bluntly. "Some ay us just have lives". This gut-punching, funny and brutally honest play examines our fascination with real-life stories and the tricky subject of artistic appropriation through the lens of two very different Edinburgh locals.  Kieran Hurley’s...

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Broadway Baby (3/5 stars) 17 days ago

A play for naval-gazing theatre goers everywhere, Mouthpiece delivers an impactful message about exploitation and appropriation. The two-hander, from acclaimed Glaswegian writer Kieran Hurley, tugs at the heartstrings producing a shattering portrait of the underclasses that roam Edinburgh, conveniently ignored by the better-resourced residents and tourists alike. The play centres...

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Time Out (4/5 stars) 24 days ago

This review is from the Soho Theatre in London, earlier this year. What responsibility does an artist have to the people whose stories they tell? It’s an old question, but one that’s sharpened in recent years, especially in relation to marginalised voices. Kieran Hurley’s clever, compassionate play cuts to the...

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