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The centrepiece of the Traverse Theatre’s Spring/Summer 2018 season, produced in association with the National Theatre of Scotland, Gut is the world premiere production of Frances Poet’s debut full-length original play.

A taut, ‘stop you in your tracks’ psychological thriller exploring our instincts when it comes to who we can trust with our children, Gut centres on parents Maddy and Rory (played by Kirsty Stuart and Peter Collins respectively), who are devoted to keeping their three-year-old son happy and safe. But when an everyday visit to a supermarket café with his Granny, Morvern (Lorraine McIntosh), involving a helpful stranger (George Anton), turns into a far more troubling incident, their trust even in those closest to them is shattered.

Fear and doubt consume the new parents, until they reach a savage breaking point. A tense and emotionally provocative work, Gut ultimately explores the idea that if we as parents succumb to our anxieties, we could become a more significant and tangible threat to our children than the faceless strangers of our nightmares.

Written by award-winning playwright Frances Poet (Adam) and shortlisted for the 2015 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting, Gut will be directed by Traverse Associate Director Zinnie Harris (Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland’s ‘Best Director’ 2016-17).

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