Blood Country & Rehearsal Room 12
Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, Thu 22–Sat 24 & Thu 29 Nov
There’s always been something boysie about the best of Douglas Maxwell’s work, with such pieces as Our Bad Magnet and Decky Does a Bronco depicting all-male casts exploring the rites of passage from boys to men, while If Destroyed, True portrayed a young man not quite grown into adulthood and nerdishly enslaved by virtual worlds. Interested parties will have a chance to see if his new work – here given its first full reading – works along the same lines. Given that Blood Country looks at familiar Scottish landscapes through the medium of the Western, there’s potential for more boy’s stuff.
Also receiving early readings at the Trav this fortnight is women’s theatre company Stellar Quines’ first readings of new work in Rehearsal Room 12. A succession of acclaimed full-scale productions have come from this occasional event, and, hearing the writing in its purest form is the best way of judging quality, even surrounded by rough edges. The plays in question are The Coriolis Effect by Jan Natanson, The True Story of Hannah and Murdo by Virginia Murray and Home Street by Claire Duffy, but the stories of these three will be kept a surprise until you get there.