THEY SAY THE PERSON YOU ARE AT EIGHTEEN DEFINES WHO YOU ARE GOING TO BECOME...

One Mississippi FLYER 2017 A5-1

A dynamic new piece of Physical Verbatim Theatre, that explores how the impact of childhood experiences shape men’s adult lives. Blending humour and storytelling with powerful elements of physical theatre, this production is an uncompromising insight into what takes us to breaking point.

Written by Mariem Omari | Directed by Umar Ahmed

WORLD PREMIERE - Part of the 2017 Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival

One Mississippi is based on a collection of interviews undertaken with men across Scotland including, a Scottish Pakistani Muslim, an Indian Sikh, a Northern Irishman living in Glasgow, and a recovering addict from East Glasgow. Through their stories the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) on men is revealed, no matter their ethnicity or faith – ultimately becoming a collective story of their lived reality.

Supported by Creative Scotland, the National Theatre of Scotland and Websters Theatre
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Post-show comments from the audience

"Interesting that it took a woman to perfectly describe the toxic masculinity of our society. I’ve been through this…it’s my life…" Dan, Edinburgh

"I felt like this was about me. Even my mother has the same name as one of the characters mother’s! I can’t fault the storytelling…it says everything that needs to be said about men and trauma…" Pete, Glasgow

"It is one of the best shows I have seen in years…I cried and laughed and thought about my kids and how much we are responsible for…" Cathy, Glasgow

CAST

Cast Adam Buksh, Mark Jeary, Scott Kyle, Manjot Sumal

Written by Mariem Omari

Directed by Umar Ahmed

Dramaturgy by Stephen Barnes

Lighting Design by Grant Anderson

Stage Management by Dougal Gudim

Running time: 75 minutes (no interval) | Age restriction: 14+

LISTINGS

2017 SHOWCASE
PREVIEW: Tuesday 10th October 2017, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
  • Wednesday 11th -  Thursday 12th October 2017, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
  • Friday 13th (Post Show Q&A) - Saturday 14th October 2017, Tron Theatre, Glasgow
One Mississippi FLYER 2017 A5-2

WRITER MARIEM SAID:

“Currently in Britain, reports on the suicide rate among British men indicate that it is at its highest level for more than a decade, and parts of Scotland have the highest levels in the country. In conjunction with this, new research suggests that childhood trauma is one of the leading causes of substance abuse and depression later in life…Over the course of six months, the interviews I did for One Mississippi reinforced those findings.”

DEVELOPMENT PHOTOS

WRITER MARIEM SAID:

“There are very few, if any, pieces of verbatim theatre on the issue of men and childhood trauma, and none that look at it from a Scottish context. One Mississippi addresses this gap. The performance is very dynamic and combines physical theatre with storytelling, again adding to our signature Physical Verbatim Theatre approach”