One Mississippi 2017 Showcase

They say the person you are at eighteen defines who you are going to become...

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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

PRESS NIGHT: Thursday 12th October 2017, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, 8pm

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

Tickets | One Mississippi


Traverse Theatre, 10 Cambridge St, Edinburgh, EH1 2ED

Tuesday 10th October 2017 (Preview)

8.00pm | £9.00 (£8.00)

Wednesday 11th – Thursday 12th October 2017

8.00pm | £12.00 (£10.50, £9.00, £6.00)

Box office: 0131 228 1404 | Tickets from


Tron Theatre, 63 Trongate, Glasgow, G1 5HB

Friday 13th October 2017 (Post Show Q&A) - SOLD OUT

Saturday 14th October 2017 - SOLD OUT

8.00pm | £11.00 (£8.50)

Box office: 0141 552 4267 | Tickets from

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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.”

Meet the CAST

Adam Buksh

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Adam has been acting since 2009. He has performed in a variety of different mediums and styles on projects including Music of Strangers, a musical looking at the transition of the Roma people into Glasgow's Govan area; various pantomimes including Aladdin, and Jack and the Beanstalk, and later this year he will appear in Ayr Gaiety's production of Cinderella. He has worked with Manjot Sumal and Umar Ahmed in How to Make a Killing in Bollywood (one of his favourites), motion capture at the Bannockburn Exhibition and on BBC's Scot Squad. Adam is very excited to be joining Bijli on One Mississippi and hopes to work with them on future productions.

Scott Kyle

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Scott is best known for his role as ‘Ross’ in the hit US television series Outlander. He has a string of successful stage, film and television credits to his name including a starring role on the big screen as ‘Clancy’ in Ken Loach’s The Angels’ Share. This led to a role portraying real life soldier ‘Corporal Stu Pearson’ in BAFTA nominated Kajaki/Kilo Two Bravo.

In 2010 Scott won The Stage Best Actor for his portrayal of ‘Billy’ in Singin’ I’m No a Billy, He’s a Tim.

Mark Jeary

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Mark is a Glasgow based actor and writer. He is the Artistic Director of New Room Theatre, which specialises in verbatim work and untold, unheard stories. He wrote and performed in the critically acclaimed Blackout which had a sell out run in London and a recent Scottish tour. Mark's acting credits include Outlander, commercials and work with the BBC, Rob Drummond's solo piece Momentum, Wild Goose Chase's Shakespeare inspired The Worst Was This, and most recently David Leddy/ Fire Exit's The Course of True Love.

Manjot Sumal

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Manjot began his career with Ankur Productions and has gone on to appear in popular Scottish sitcom Still Game (BBC Scotland) and Fags, Mags and Bags (BBC Radio 4). He recently finished filming the fourth series of Scot Squad for BBC Scotland - due to air in the new year - in which he reprised his role of PC Surjit Singh. As a radio presenter, he has hosted shows for BBC Scotland, BBC Asian Network, Club Asia, Awaz FM and numerous other radio stations. Manjot wrote and performed in How To Make A Killing In Bollywood with Umar Ahmed, and is currently writing his second play. Manjot would like to thank Mariem and Umar for allowing him to be part of an important and relevant production such as One Mississippi.

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”