Trying It On
Ebook, 120 pages ISBN: 9781788501132Publication Date:
17 Oct 2018
£8.99 £7.19You save £1.80 (20%)
First Staged:
UK tour 2018

Trying It On

By David Edgar

Ebook £8.99£7.19

It's 1968. David is twenty. It is the height of the worldwide student revolt. The Vietnam war rages. Enoch Powell delivers his 'Rivers of Blood' speech. Martin Luther King is assassinated. These events will define David's politics and give focus to his writing.

It's fifty years on. The seventy-year-old is confronted by the twenty-year old. Do they share the same beliefs? If not, is it the world that's changed, or him?

David Edgar's Trying It On is an autobiographical monologue, written to be performed by its author.

It was first presented by Warwick Arts Centre and China Plate, touring the UK in 2018, including performances at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, the Midlands Arts Centre and at the Royal Court Theatre, London – as well as at the Royal Shakespeare Company, alongside the RSC's revival of Edgar's landmark play Maydays.

Trying It On is also available in the volume Maydays & Trying It On: two plays.

Press Quotes

'Masterful in its rug-pulling structure, what has begun as a eulogy to the good old days and the achievements of Edgar's life becomes an elegant statement that all of this means nothing unless you can and are willing to pass on responsibility with a sense of generational harmony’


'Formally inventive… thought-provoking, self-aware and pin-sharp, Edgar delivers a personal and political play that's more radical than his 20-year-old firebrand self could ever imagine'

Fest Magazine

'Entertaining... a wry, often magnificently withering analysis of [Edgar's] younger years... a very good piece of docu-theatre'

Time Out

'A thoughtful, self-questioning play of ceaseless invention'

The Skinny

'Optimistically refreshing... heartful, hopeful and humorous'

The Reviews Hub

'Trying It On challenges us all to question our beliefs: how they originate, how they are influenced by external factors, and whether age really does mellow us'


'Energised with humour and humility'

The Stage

'Witty, but never cynical… as charming as it is challenging'

The Times

'A triumph of confessional courage – and relentless optimism'

Ebook,120 pages ISBN: 9781788501132Publication Date:
17 Oct 2018
£8.99 £7.19You save £1.80 (20%)

Also by David Edgar:

The Prisoner's Dilemma
A Time to Keep
If Only
Here in America
Maydays & Trying It On: two plays
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
Arthur & George
The Shape of the Table
A Christmas Carol
The New Real
Mothers Against
Albert Speer
How Plays Work
Edgar: Shorts
Written on the Heart
Daughters of the Revolution
Continental Divide: two plays
Testing the Echo
The Master Builder
Playing With Fire

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