Trying It On

Theatre (political, true-life)

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  • Traverse Theatre - Traverse 1
  • 22:00
  • Aug 25
  • 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Warwick Arts Centre and China Plate
  • Warnings and additional info: -
  • Accessibility:
    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


It’s 1968, the height of the worldwide student revolt. David is 20. The Vietnam War rages. Martin Luther King is assassinated. These events will define David's politics, his writing and his life. 50 years on, in his professional performing debut, David is confronted by his 20-year-old self. Do they still share the same beliefs? Is it the world that’s changed, or him? Has he sold in or sold out? And why did his generation vote for Brexit? Written and performed by David Edgar, directed by Christopher Haydon. 'A triumph' (Guardian). 'As charming as it is challenging.' (Times).

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General venue access

  • Signed Performance
  • Accessible entry: Traverse 1 has a steep rake so if you have any access requirements, there is level access into the building via lift. Duty Manager will show customers into the theatre to their seat/space. If not taking the lift there are 29 steep steps from the bar Bar to Stage Level of Traverse 1.
  • 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.

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Signed performances

  • Dates: 11 August
  • Interpreter: Jo Ross - 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.

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The Independent (4/5 stars) 80 days ago

Masterful in its rug-pulling structure, with only Edgar’s limitations as a performer to challenge it, what has begun as a eulogy to the good old days and the achievements of Edgar’s life becomes an elegant statement that all of this means nothing unless you can and are willing to pass...

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The Herald [paywall] (4/5 stars) 84 days ago

There’s something happening here in David Edgar’s look back in something between anger and languor at his twenty-year old radical self, and how those who came of age in 1968 ended up voting for Brexit. What it is is pretty clear as Edgar himself rummages through his back pages in...

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Edinburgh Festivals Magazine (4/5 stars) 89 days ago

"You know what they say about the Traverse, but it's not all true," says David Edgar after taking a straw poll and finding several Conservative voters in the audience. If coming to the Traverse as a Tory sounds unlikely, it must doubly be the case for a one-m...

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Time Out (4/5 stars) 92 days ago

In 1976, David Edgar, a young leftwing writer, was aghast to see fascism on the march via the recent successes of the National Front; he skewered them in ‘Destiny’, his first hit and the beginning of his fruitful working relationship with the RSC. Forty-three years on, Edgar is a respected...

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ThreeWeeks (4/5 stars) 93 days ago

“If this was a play…” are the opening words of ‘Trying It On’. Is it? Well, kinda. A (mostly) one-man show, it’s also various parts engaging reminiscence, inventively-staged polemic, and a question posed by 70 year-old David Edgar to his younger, pseudo-revolutionary self and, by proxy, to the audience. That...

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One4Review (4/5 stars) 94 days ago

The stage is set like an office, complete with desk, filing cabinet and piles of cardboard boxes. David Edgar is wandering around and begins slowly by introducing us to the stage manager, who is sitting at the desk looking totally … Read More ...

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The Skinny (4/5 stars) 95 days ago

David Edgar’s production Trying It On is a follow-up of sorts to his earlier piece Maydays, exploring a similar notion of youth and revolution. In 30 years, will you still buy into the same things you told yourself? Will you try and parcel it up in a neat little package,...

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The List (3/5 stars) 96 days ago

Show musing on selling out or staying relevant...

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Fest (4/5 stars) 98 days ago

David Edgar would like to know what happened to his generation, those young radicals who "came of age between 'Love Me Do' and 'Let It Be'", only to ditch their idealism for the kind of far-right populism that brought us Brexit in 2016. More precisely, he'd like to know what...

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The Wee Review (4/5 stars) 99 days ago

Don’t we all start out wanting to change the world? What does that look like if you’re a playwright? David Edgar has been writing plays since the age of twenty. He’s now 70. His shows have been performed at the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company and countless other places....

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