- Edinburgh Fringe First Award 2015
Three strangers are about to face their demons head on. Balanced precariously on the tipping point, they might just be able to save one another – if they can only overcome their urge to self-destruct.
Passionate, painful and playful, Stef Smith’s Swallow takes a long, hard look at the extremes of everyday life. The play premiered at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, as part of the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where it received a Scotsman Fringe First Award. It was directed by Traverse Artistic Director Orla O’Loughlin, and featured original music by LAWholt.
‘Who said smashing things up was a bad thing?’
'[A] bloody great bruise of a play which borrows, magpie-like, from Sarah Kane but which is always distinctively itself. It has a shard-like lyricism that tears through the heart. It finds the comic in the tragic... a shattering 80 minutes'Guardian
'in a relatively short space of time Stef Smith has established herself as a remarkably diverse and elusive playwright… her most assured to date'The Times
'dazzlingly deft… there are so many reasons to love this piece… a must-see'Independent
'Smith’s script is dense with tense and memorable imagery… packed with powerful language'The Stage
6 Aug 2015Size: 198mm x 129mm
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