‘It is not my intention to give away the plot, but I think I die at the end. They have given me less than two hours.’

Wit is an original and triumphant celebration of life, death and the power of human kindness. A woman’s quest to discover her true self while living with cancer, reconciling her brilliant mind with her fragile body, is treated with enormous honesty, compassion and startling humour.

Vivian Bearing PhD – scholar, cynic and expert in the poetry of John Donne – has devoted her life to academic achievement and finds herself hospitalised with advanced ovarian cancer. During the course of her illness (and a stint as a prize patient in an experimental chemotherapy project) Vivian comes to reassess her life and work with a profound understanding and humour that transform her and the audience.

Vivian begins to learn about new things – wit, acceptance, grace, friendship and, finally, salvation.



One of the most satisfying and enjoyable evenings of drama Scottish theatre has produced for a while. (The Scotsman)
[an] intelligent, tough production… which has you laughing, crying and pondering priorities in your own life. (Sunday Herald)
I did Wit on film in 2000 and was staggered by the writing. It's an extraordinary play and Stellar Quines Theatre Company is canny as hell for choosing to stage the first Scottish production. See it. (Emma Thompson)

Production Tour Dates

  • 11 – 15 March, Tron Theatre, Glasgow
  • 18 March, Plockton Village Hall
  • 19 March, Aros Theatre, Isle of Skye
  • 20 March, Aultbea Community Hall
  • 21 March, MacPhail Centre, Ullapool
  • 22 March, Ardross Community Hall
  • 26 March, Eden Court Theatre, Inverness
  • 28 March, Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy
  • 29 March, Maltings Art Centre, Berwick-upon-Tweed
  • 2 April, Falkirk Town Hall
  • 3 April, Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling
  • 4 April, Lochside Theatre, Castle Douglas
  • 5 April, Theatre Royal, Dumfries
  • 16 April, North Edinburgh Arts Centre
  • 17 – 18 April, Byre Theatre, St Andrews
  • 19 April, Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh
  • 22 – 26 April, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh (26 April was a special charity performance for Cancer Research UK)


Wit (2003)

Margaret Edson's first play, Wit, was written in 1991 and in 1999 it won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Alexandra Mathie was awarded the 2003 Critics Award For Theatre in Scotland for Best Actress for her role as Vivian Bearing in Stellar Quines' acclaimed 2003 production, which was a Scottish premiere..

Creative Team

  • Writer: Margaret Edson
  • Director : Gaynor Macfarlane
  • Designer: Ti Green
  • Lighting Designer: Natasha Chivers
  • Movement Director : Jane Howie


  • Jonathan Battersby
  • Natalie Bennett
  • Molly Innes
  • James Mackenzie
  • Alexandra Mathie
  • Jessica Richards
  • Joanna Tope
  • Chris Young


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Images © Marc Marnie