The Monstrous Heart

The McCarthy

Thrilling, chilling and witty, examining afresh the eternal question of whether we ever really change how we’re made.

Credits:

A Stephen Joseph Theatre and Traverse Theatre Company co-production
By Oliver Emanuel
Director: Gareth Nicholls
Lighting Designer: Tigger Johnson
Casting Director: Sarah Hughes
Set & Costume Designer: Cécile Trémolières
Composer & Sound Designer: Oğuz Kaplangi

Key Cast:

Christine Entwisle
Charlene Boyd

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3 October - 19 October 2019
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"Why would anyone want to get closer to nature? What’s that about? It’s cruel. Vindictive. Nature will give you cancer, burn your house down then send a flood to wash away your family."

Mag lives in a rustic cabin in the Canadian wilds, far from neighbours and further from her past. It’s an unremarkable life, save for the enormous bear carcass on the kitchen table.

But when her estranged daughter Beth turns up on the doorstep having been freshly released from prison, the past becomes terrifyingly present - and the bear isn’t the only thing with a dangerous bite.

Beth came to ask Mag a question. But is she prepared for the answer? Can they really settle their scores? And can Mag keep an innocent life from being destroyed in the crossfire?

As a blizzard closes in and dangerous words are traded, Mag accepts a challenge from a most unexpected source and lights a fuse that looks set to blow both women sky high.

Written by Oliver Emanuel (The 306 Trilogy) and directed by the Traverse’s Gareth Nicholls fresh from his recent Festival  smash-hits  Crocodile Fever and Ulster American, The Monstrous Heart is thrilling, chilling, witty and surreal, examining afresh the eternal question of whether we ever really change how we’re made.

Is it possible to kill our old selves and create someone new and better in their place?


Post-show Q&A - Thurs 10 October

BSL Performance - Thursday 17 October, 1.45pm
Captioned Performance - Thursday 17 October, 7.45pm

Age guidance: 16+
Contains noticeable strong language, violence and adult themes


★★★★★
“… it’s hard to say that director, Gareth Nicholls hasn’t captured magic.”
The Reviews Hub on Crocodile Fever

★★★★
 “Some may think this is OTT. I think Quentin Tarantino would be jealous.”
The Times on Crocodile Fever

★★★★
“Gareth Nicholls’ turbo-charged co-production…”
The Herald on Crocodile Fever

“Gareth Nicholls superbly controlled, superbly acted production…”
Stagedoor on Crocodile Fever

★★★★★
‘Gareth Nicholls directs a production that has the energy of a bullfight.’
The Times on Ulster American


At the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh: 22 October - 2 November 2019

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dates

Thursday 3 October 2019, 7.45pm

Friday 4 October 2019, 7.45pm

Saturday 5 October 2019, 7.45pm

Monday 7 October 2019, 7.45pm

Tuesday 8 October 2019, 7.45pm

Wednesday 9 October 2019, 7.45pm

Thursday 10 October 2019, 1.45pm

Thursday 10 October 2019, 7.45pm

Friday 11 October 2019, 7.45pm

Saturday 12 October 2019, 2.45pm

Saturday 12 October 2019, 7.45pm

Monday 14 October 2019, 7.45pm

Tuesday 15 October 2019, 7.45pm

Wednesday 16 October 2019, 7.45pm

Thursday 17 October 2019, 1.45pm

Thursday 17 October 2019, 7.45pm

Friday 18 October 2019, 7.45pm

Saturday 19 October 2019, 2.45pm

Saturday 19 October 2019, 7.45pm

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