Rehearsal Room Number 09

23-25 June & 30 June - 1 July 2005
Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh & Tron Theatre, Glasgow

The Past is not a Place by Beatrice Colin, The Girl Who Insisted She Wasn’t by Ariadne Cass, Rhubarb by Georgia Pritchett

Actors

  • The Girl Who Insisted She Wasn’t – Lindsey Campbell, Steven Cree, Annie George, Sarah Haworth, Lisa Livingstone, Una Maclean, Adam Reeves, Gillian Taylor, Jordan Young, Matthew Zajac
  • Rhubarb – Julie Austin, Eleanor Bird, Paul Blair, Molly Innes, John Kazek, Peter Kelly, Tony Stachan

Schedule

  • 23 June – Rehearsed reading of The Past is not a Place. Directed by Gaynor Macfarlane.
  • 24 June – Rehearsed reading of The Girl Who Insisted She Wasn’t. Directed by Jemima Levick.
  • 25 June – Rehearsed reading of Rhubarb. Directed by Roxana Silbert.
  • 30 June – Rehearsed reading of The Past is not a Place. Directed by Gaynor Macfarlane.
  • 1 July – Rehearsed reading of The Girl Who Insisted She Wasn’t. Directed by Jemima Levick.

Note

An additional rehearsed reading took place on 2 November 2005 at Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh. The script was Michel-Marc Bouchard’s The Skelfs or The Rehearsal of a Romantic Drama, translated by Martin Bowman and in memory and celebration of the work of his co-translator, the late Bill Findlay. Directed by Maggie Kinloch, with assistant direction by Matt Addicott and stage management by Scott Anderson, the rehearsed reading featured the following cast: Ross Allan, Robert Carr, Ali de Souza, Vincent Friel, Lewis Howden, Peter Kelly, Michael Mackenzie, Steve McNicoll, Matthew McVarish, Cameron Mowat, James Anthony Pearson and John Ramage.

Background

For the first time Stellar Quines collaborated with the Playwrights’ Studio to take its Rehearsal Room series out of Edinburgh to include audiences in Glasgow.

The Past is not a Place
When three female journalists arrive at a health spa on an isolated island, they expect a few days of relaxing detoxification. But this is no ordinary holiday destination, as they quickly discover. As lust, regret and betrayal all threaten to crack their fragile equilibrium, the women come face to face with what brought them there and why. The Past is not a Place was previously read as part of Rehearsal Room 7.

The Girl Who Insisted She Wasn’t
Serafina’s sudden return to her family’s Fijian village causes outrage and fierce gossip. She and Priti, an old Indian woman, console one another with friendship and stories that transcend the racial tensions of the military coup. But with time, the boundaries between myth, magic and reality are blurred, with tragic consequences. The Girl Who Insisted She Wasn’t is Australian writer Ariadne Cass’ first play.

Rhubarb (in association with Catherine Bailey Ltd)
A comedy about a woman who is so desperate to have a baby that she takes matters into her own hands – by breaking into a garden centre and holding five people hostage.