The Tree of Knowledge

By Jo Clifford

The Tree of Knowledge
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ISBN: 9781848422353
Format: 198mm x 129mm
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Published: 8th December 2011
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Category: Modern drama (post-1945)

Series: NHB Modern Plays

First Staged: Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, 2011

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A wildly imaginative, hilariously provocative and deeply moving play from one of Scotland's most important playwrights.

The philosopher David Hume and the father of modern economics, Adam Smith, wake up in Edinburgh in the early twenty-first century. To their bewilderment, joy and horror, it is a world where all the knowledge they ever dreamt of is at everyone's fingertips and the utopia of a free-market economy is a reality. But at what cost to the planet and to humanity?

With their fellow traveller, Eve, a Scottish everywoman, Hume and Smith embark on an extraordinary journey of enlightenment - from the concrete New Towns of Scotland's central belt, to Silicon Glen, ecstasy and the gay clubs of Edinburgh.

'A clever and wholehearted play that brings home the fierceness of the crisis of civilisation we now face'

- Joyce McMillan The Scotsman

'A slow-burning totem of universal hope in a messed-up world'

- The Herald, Scotland

Jo Clifford (formerly known as John Clifford) is an award-winning playwright, translator, poet and performer, who has also worked as a journalist and academic. She was instrumental in establishing the reputation of the Traverse Theatre Company in the 1980s.

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