Orla O'Loughlin

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Kieran Hurley's Mouthpiece is 'a vigorous examination of how appropriation and exploitation threatens authenticity'

27 Nov 2018

Glasgow playwright's latest work engages fearlessly with an intriguing subject matter

Kieran Hurley's career as a playwright has been marked by a fiery engagement with serious issues that never lose the personal perspective within political theatre. Mouthpiece, the last production to be directed by Orla O'Loughlin as artistic director of…

The Hot 100 2018: 30–21

1 Nov 2018

Ashley Storrie, Hannah Rarity and Sarra Wild are among our favourite cultural contributors this year

Without a doubt, 2018 has been a year of incredible female activism and empowerment. From #MeToo and Time's Up to the centenary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act, which gave some women the vote, the various events of this year have renewed…

What Girls Are Made Of

9 Aug 20184 stars

A kick up the 90s music scene and beyond

Cora Bissett's autobiographical production, lovingly directed by Orla O'Loughlin, is like a superior cover of a song that never really registered before – it may follow a conventional route, but it dazzles with its energy and heart. And her version of…

Tracks of the Winter Bear

21 Dec 20153 stars

A touching break from Christmas' relentless commercial glamour

A seasonal antidote to the enforced jollity and dubious morality of pantomimes, the Traverse’s double bill of short plays by Rona Munro and Stephen Greenhorn presents a melancholic, if ultimately life-affirming, alternative Christmas. While Munro’s…


15 Aug 20154 stars

Stef Smith’s dark but sparkling three-hander

“Who said smashing things up was a bad thing?” asks Anna, at the beginning of Stef Smith’s remarkable new play which heads up the Traverse’s Fringe season. She goes on to smash most of the things in her flat, starting with the mirrors. Her downstairs…

Preview: The Devil Masters

7 Nov 2014

Findlay Macleod's black seasonal comedy stars John Bett, Keith Fleming and Barbara Rafferty

The Traverse's big Christmas production is Iain Finlay Macleod's play The Devil Masters, a sharp satire about power, hypocrisy and the ruling elite set in Edinburgh's New Town. For the uninitiated, the term 'devilling' is used for trainee advocates. An…


11 Aug 20142 stars

Toothless satire on post-independence Scotland

Undecided voters rolling up up to John McCann’s play about the birth-pains of post-independence Scotland need not worry about their opinions being swayed: they’re likely to be more undecided than ever when the fifty minutes are up. Directed by the…

Interview: Blythe Duff, star of David Harrower's crime monologue Ciara

5 Dec 2013

'When Ciara receives that information it just makes her all the more powerful'

’I often think that reviewers should come back and see a show on the last night,’ laughs Blythe Duff on a break from rehearsals for Ciara’s quick return to the Traverse. ‘Of course, I know they’re bright enough to realise that plays evolve, but it can…

A Respectable Widow Takes to Vulgarity

19 Feb 2013

Douglas Maxwell play charts middle class woman who discovers richness of swearing

'I started off with the idea of calling someone ‘a cunt’ but meaning it nicely,’ says Douglas Maxwell of his new play, ‘and then I thought of people who just don’t swear. Theatre’s a sweary industry, working in it we assume that everyone swears, but…

The Arthur Conan Doyle Society, Mother Goose and Cinderella - Edinburgh Christmas shows round-up

16 Nov 2012

The Traverse, King's and Lyceum present their festive shows for 2012

The Arthur Conan Doyle Appreciation Society If fairytales, sing-a-longs and grown men in ballgowns are on your festive wish list, perhaps you’d better steer clear of Scotland’s New Writing Theatre this Christmas. Following on from the success of last…

Interview: Playwrights David Greig and David Harrower share a bill at Edinburgh Fringe

11 Jul 2012

Scottish playwrights share a bill at Edinburgh for first time

It took centuries of endeavour before the first man ran a four-minute mile. Yet as soon as he did, it happened again just two months later. Since Roger Bannister broke that barrier in 1959, many athletes have done the same. That, says playwright David…

Traverse theatre launch new writing festival Write Here

21 Mar 2012

Offers audience chance to see works in progress by many writers

Two months into her role as the Traverse’s artistic director, Orla O’Loughlin has launched one of the most exciting new writing festivals Edinburgh has seen in years. Write Here will showcase work from the theatre’s Young Writers Group graduates…

Tim Price discusses his new play, For Once

14 Mar 2012

The Pentabus production examines the impact of a car crash on the sole survivor

Shropshire’s Pentabus Theatre has earned a shelfload of awards for its imaginative and challenging productions of stories set in rural areas. Television writer Tim Price’s debut play, For Once, is a case in point. Set in Wales, it’s about the impact of…