Rehearsal Room Number 03

22, 24, 26 September, 1999
Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

In Her Sight by Carol K Mack, A Braw Sad Reel (later renamed The Reel of the Hanged Man) by Jeanne-Mance Delisle, Emma’s Child by Kristine Thatcher


  •  Juliet Stevenson


  • 22 September – Rehearsed reading of In Her Sight.
  • 24 September – Rehearsed reading of A Braw Sad Reel.
  • 26 September – Rehearsed reading of Emma’s Child.


The company continued its audience initiative scheme with a week based around rehearsed readings of plays by women from Québec and America, followed by discussions.

In Her Sight is a play based on a true story, set in 18th century Paris and Vienna. It concerns the relationship between Franz Mesmer, the maverick scientist, and one of his subjects, a young blind piano prodigy, Maria Paradies, for whom Mozart composed his ‘Paradies’ concerto on B-flat. As Maria regains her sight under treatment, her keyboard mastery fails.

A Braw Sad Reel was the first ever translation of a classic of modern Québec theatre (into Scots) by Bill Findlay and Martin Bowman. The play treats in a complex manner the subject of sexual abuse within the family and the relationship between the dominated and the dominator.

Emma’s Child (winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Award) centres on a childless couple that decide to adopt, but then withdraw from their commitment after the child is born with a severe disability.

Future Productions

A Braw Sad Reel was later renamed The Reel of the Hanged Man and was produced by Stellar Quines in the spring of 2000.