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Lucy Kirkwood’s ‘one-piece howl’ gets performances in Edinburgh

by Lucy Kirkwood Marylandwritten in response to the murders of Sarah Everard and Sabina Nessa, is due to get two scripted productions in Edinburgh, at the Southside Community Center this Saturday November 20, 2021 and at Traverse the following week.

Hilary Spiers leads a multicultural, multigenerational cast of 20 at Southside’s two readings, at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Casting has yet to be announced for the Traverse readings which will be conducted by Kolbrún Björt Sigfúsdóttir on Wednesday 24 (7pm) and Thursday 25 (1pm and 7pm).

Maryland is described by Lucy Kirkwood as “a howl of rage”, written at high speed in an attempt to express in dramatic form what she – and so many others – feel about a culture of violence against women.

Speaking of the original production at the Royal Court, she said: “This piece was for many years a private conversation with myself. The horrific murders of Sarah Everard and Sabina Nessa this year prompted me to make it public.

“I hesitate to even call it a play when it’s just a howl, a way of expressing how I feel about a culture of violence against women, but I’m sharing it because I wonder if that might express a bit how other people feel about it too.

Hilary Spiers says it is “a gauntlet thrown at society to combat violence against women. It is intransigent, brutal, necessary.

She adds: “Women from all over Edinburgh, of all ages and cultures, come together to bring this play to as wide an audience as possible. And if not now, then when?

Security is a human right

Kolbrún Björt Sigfúsdóttir said: “Security is a human right, or it should be. Yet in 2021 we feel fundamentally unsafe. A play won’t change that, but this event isn’t just a play. It’s about what culture can bring to the table to educate our sons and unite our daughters.

“Violence is not fiction, but maybe fiction can help end it. It’s a vigil. Event. A cry for change. It starts small, but we hope it grows and grows.

Both productions will donate all ticket proceeds to local charities supporting victims of abuse and violence: Southside’s will go to Rape Crisis Edinburgh and Traverse’s to Edinburgh Women’s Aid and Shakti Women’s Aid.


Maryland by Lucy Kirkwood
South Side Community Center117 Nicolson Street EH8 9ER
Produced by Hilary Spiers, supported by Art27scotland
Sat 20 Nov 2021
Two performances: 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
Tickets and details: Book here.

Theater Crossing10 Cambridge St, Edinburgh, EH1 2ED
Produced by Traverse Theater Company
Wed 24, Thu 25 November 2021
Evenings: 7 p.m.; Morning game: 1 p.m.
Tickets and details: Book here.


Keywords: Hilary Spiers, Kolbrun Bjort Sigfusdottir, Lucy Kirkwood, Maryland, News, Production News, Script in Hand, Southside Community Center, Traverse

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