How To Disappear: darkly comic drama addressing alienation and sadness
- Lorna Irvine
- 21 November 2017
Traverse's new associate director Gareth Nicholls talks about Morna Pearson's new show
Gareth Nicholls is a perfect choice as the new associate director of Edinburgh's prestigious Traverse Theatre, bringing a distinctive voice, keen wit and a youthful dynamism to the role. Following his recent directorial Fringe success with Gary McNair's Letters to Morrissey, and another sell-out run of Trainspotting at the Citizens Theatre, he is now helming critically acclaimed playwright Morna Pearson's Traverse show, How To Disappear.
He is delighted to be across in Edinburgh, describing the Traverse as having 'a real energy that's quite infectious, the output of the building is extraordinarily high and the whole team care deeply about the work.'
How To Disappear is a show that he is really keen for audiences to see, as it is particularly of the moment, addressing the big human issues of alienation and sadness. But it's not all about the angst, he explains: 'It is a darkly comic drama, focusing on three characters all struggling to make their way through life. It mixes pitch black comedy, biting social commentary and some highly theatrical magic realism to explore the lives of those abandoned on the fringes of society, both politically and personally.
'Morna Pearson has managed to create a world that is very funny and deeply moving,' he continues, 'whilst also raising important questions about austerity Britain and what type of society we want to live in. I hope it will resonate with people – especially around Christmas time'. How to Disappear should be a thoughtful antidote to entertainment for its own sake over the festive period.
Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, Fri 8–Sat 23 Dec.