Traverse Theatre Company
Following sold out, award-winning Edinburgh Festival performances, Traverse Theatre Company’s gripping, critically-acclaimed sensation about class, culture and appropriation comes to Auckland. Winner of the prestigious Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award 2019, this powerhouse play is a frank, unflinching and unexpectedly humorous hit.
Standing on the edge of Edinburgh’s Salisbury Crags cliff face, a woman takes a step forward into the air. A teenage boy pulls her back. Two lives are changed forever.
Libby whiles away her days in New Town cafes and still calls herself a writer. Declan is a talented young artist struggling with a volatile home life on a deprived estate. As they form an uneasy friendship, complicated by class and culture, Libby spots an opportunity to really make a difference – and put her career back on track too.
She needs his story. But does she have the right to it?
Frank, unflinching and threaded with unexpected humour, Mouthpiece takes a look at two different sides of Edinburgh that exist in ignorance of one another, and asks whether it’s possible to tell someone else’s story without exploiting them along the way.
From the theatre geniuses behind 2019 Festival firecracker Ulster American, this powerhouse play – winner of the prestigious Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award – will spark conversations about art, privilege and responsibility long after its thrilling conclusion.
“Magnificent. Brilliantly acted and tautly directed.” — Sunday Times
“A gripping, truthful play for our times.” — The Stage
“[A] ferociously clever drama… Mouthpiece is heart-in-mouth moving [and] grimly exhilarating.” — Time Out
“One of the most visceral, emotional and totally involving theatrical experiences I have had… Extraordinary theatre.” — BritishTheatre.com
“A play that wrestles fiercely and brilliantly with the dilemmas faced by serious artists in a bitterly divided society… Tense and unforgettable.” — The Scotsman
Written by Kieran Hurley
Directed by Orla O’Loughlin
Cast: Shauna Macdonald, Angus Taylor
Recommended for ages 16+
Contains frequent strong language, descriptions of violence, scenes of a sexual nature, references to suicide, and haze.