Borderers get a peek at Stellar production

Maureen Beattie
Maureen Beattie

A play set for a lengthy run at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh during the Fringe is being previewed in two Borders venues.

The Carousel is a poignant play about one woman’s journey of discovery by celebrated Québec dramatist Jennifer Tremblay, translated by Shelley Tepperman, and is the second in her trilogy that includes the 2012 and 2013 Fringe success The List.

Stellar Quines’ production, which stars award-winning actress Maureen Beattie (The List, Dark Road, 27, The Enquirer), and is directed by Muriel Romanes,runs at the Traverse from August 1-24 (no Monday performances, but Borderers can catch the show tomorrow (Friday) at the Eastgate Theatre, Peebles, and at the Heart of Hawick on Saturday.

Nothing can stop the carousel. While driving to her dying mother’s bedside, a woman calls upon the spirit of her dead grandmother. So begins a quest through a labyrinth of memories. The Carousel is a journey that shatters the certainties of a woman marked by a pitiless landscape.

Ultimately, joy prevails, in a final ride on the carousel.

The production is being created in the Borders and will play throughout the festival period before touring to The Brunton, Musselburgh and The Tron, Glasgow, post festival.

Eastgate tickets for tomorrow’s performance at 7.30pm (£14, £12, £5 for schoolchildren) are available by calling the theatre on 01721 725 777.

Tickets for the Heart of Hawick show (£10) can be bought from the box office on 01450 360688.