Preview: Grain in the Blood at Traverse Theatre

burt-john-michie-violet-frances-thorburn-credit-mihaela-bodlovicautumn-sarah-miele-grain-in-the-blood-credit-mihaela-bodlovic-700x455Having gone down a storm at the Tron Theatre, Rob Drummond’s chilling new play comes to Edinburgh’s Traverse.It focuses on loyalty, religion,ethics and the otherwordly  community life of a very dysfunctional family, with a fuckload of swearing, symbolism and black humour.

Twelve year old Autumn (Sarah Miele) is seriously ill, and time is running out for her. When mysterious Isaac (Andrew Rothney) comes back to save her life by giving her a kidney, a whole new set of questions appear, and secrets which seemed buried start to leak out. With brilliant performances from the cast, also including Blythe Duff, Frances Thorburn and John Michie and featuring an eerie soundscape from Michael John McCarthy,the play meditates on how far we would go to save the ones who matter most, and if the past is ever really over.




All photos: Mihaela Bodlovic

Orla O’Loughlin’s knife-sharp direction keeps the tension sustained, and the twists which come towards the end provoke a few gasps. A tale which seems appropriate for these increasingly wintry nights. We all like a drop of the undiluted dark stuff.

(Lorna Irvine)

At Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh from 1st-12th November

For tickets, call 0131 228 1404 or visit


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