A Play A Pie And A Pint

REVIEW – Watching The Detective, Traverse Theatre (A Play, A Pie & A Pint)


This isn’t a whodunnit? – more of a why do we do it? In Paddy Cunneen’s original and gripping Watching The Detective, we are all present at a crime scene presided over by the Detective (a faultless Stuart Bowman). By the end of this hypnotic piece of deconstructed theatre, we’re less silent witnesses than active […]

REVIEW – God Bless Liz Lochhead, Traverse Theatre (A Play, A Pie & A Pint)


God Bless Liz Lochhead is an actor’s play. Set against the challenge of cultural cuts and with a ‘can’t beat ’em‘ approach to the competition from TV, three middle-aged actors reunite after 25 years to stage a three-handed version of Lochhead’s Tartuffe. Andy Gray, Juliet Cadzow and Kate Donnelly all play exaggerated versions of themselves, […]

REVIEW – Juicy Fruits (A Play, A Pie & A Pint), Traverse Theatre


In Leo Butler’s Juicy Fruits, old friends Nina and Lorna are catching up over coffee and cake after not having seen each other for six years. Lorna (Clare Waugh) has a 8-month old baby; Nina (Denise Hoey) is back from animal aid work in Borneo. But as the two women share pleasantries over pastries, it […]

REVIEW – The Confidant, Traverse Theatre (A Play, A Pie & A Pint)


Returning home drunk on alcohol and victory, revolutionary party member Joe (Jon Morrison) is keen to continue his celebrations with his wife Carmen (Lori McLean) in Sacha Kyle’s The Confidant, adapted from Gilberto Pinto’s original Venezuelan by Alan Bissett. Set in the couple’s bedroom, the piece focuses on their relationship and the strains put upon […]

REVIEW – The Archivist / Instructions for a Butterfly Collector, The Traverse


The second week of The Traverse’s A Play, A Pie & A Pint season is a double-bill of short works by Argentinian playwrights. Both deal with the aftermath of the country’s “Dirty War” in the late 70s and early 80s, a period of state-run violence where thousands of civilians ‘disappeared’. Both works are linked not […]

PREVIEW – A Play, A Pie & A Pint – Traverse Theatre

Sustenance for the body as well as the mind will once again be on offer at the Traverse from next week, with the return of the popular A Play, A Pie & A Pint season. For £12, you will be able to enjoy some original new writing – performed in the Traverse 2 – and […]

REVIEW – The Garden at The Traverse (A Play, A Pie, And A Pint)


When everything around you is dead or dying, how would you react when fresh life appears from out of nowhere? Mac (Sean Scanlan) and Jane (Anne Lacey) are faced with this question in Zinnie Harris’ poignant short play The Garden. They live a fruitless existence on the fifth floor of an American apartment building: Mac […]

REVIEW – Battery Farm at The Traverse (A Play, A Pie, And A Pint)


In a ‘luxury contentment facility’, hundreds of elderly people are kept in a state of suspended animation pending their ultimate fate: to be served up as someone’s dish of the day. Set in a future where climate disaster has made all animals and other sources of food extinct, Battery Farm is a new short work […]