Rehearsal Room Number 01

21-24 October, 1997
Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

The Clearing by Helen Edmundson, The Mother (later renamed Learning the Paso Doble) by Dilys Rose


  • 21 October – Rehearsed reading of The Clearing, followed by a discussion.
  • 22 October – Participatory rehearsal of The Clearing.
  • 23 October – Rehearsed reading of The Mother by Dilys Rose, followed by a discussion.
  • 24 October – Stellar Quines open forum, chaired by Jackie McGlone.


Over the course of four days, the audience took part in a rehearsed reading of both plays, a participatory rehearsal, and an open forum, offering their feedback on both works.

The Clearing is a love story set in a small Irish farming community against the backdrop of Oliver Cromwell’s ‘ethnic cleansing’ of Ireland and explores our sense of national identity and humanity.

The Mother is a surreal domestic drama about the death of matriarch Pearl and how her ballroom-dancing husband Hughie and daughters Dot and Teenie hold things together once she’s gone.

Future Productions

The Clearing went on to be produced by Stellar Quines in 1998, and remounted in 1999.

The Mother was later renamed Learning the Paso Doble and was produced by Stellar Quines in 1999.