In front of the world’s media, Scotland’s Foreign Minister will shortly deliver a keynote speech outlining the newly-independent nation’s relationship with the former UK.
But there’s a problem. She’s refusing to speak the words she’s been given. There’s something else she wants to say. At odds with her party, and pursued by a harassed Party worker, she has a decision to make; toe the line or take back control. Gabriel Quigley and Richard Clements star.
This timely piece by John McCann is presented in London days before the Scottish Independence Referendum on 18 September 2014. Spoiling‘s run at Stratford East, from 28 August to 13 September, follows a sell-out Edinburgh Festival season at the Traverse Theatre. It’s directed by the award-winning Traverse Artistic Director Orla O’Loughlin.
‘Stunning performances in a timely play which asks pertinent questions about Scottish independence’ – The Stage
‘Gabriel Quigley’s magnificent central performance… loud, complex, unlovely – yet completely truthful, and finally alluring’ – The Scotsman
‘The performances are class and it’s neatly directed by Orla O’Loughlin. McCann uses his own facility with words to lay bare the treachery of political language and suggest that it’s time to speak plainly and truthfully at last’ – Guardian
Spoiling starts at 8pm and runs for 50 minutes. The post-show Q&A with the cast, chaired by Terri Paddock, on Thursday 3 September 2014 is free to all ticket holders. If you can’t attend in person, you can watch the Q&A live-streamed via Stratford East on the theatre’s YouTube channel.