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Eve

Eve tells the story of a child raised as a boy, when she knew all along that was wrong.

That child grew up to be one of the 10 outstanding women in Scotland in 2017.

What does that do to our understanding of what it is to be human in times 
of revolutionary change?

With trans rights again under threat, legendary playwright, performer, father and grandmother Jo Clifford tells a story both gentle and passionate, intimate and political, to remind us that the journey towards our real selves is one we all need to make.

Wherever it leads us…

More information on this production is available at www.nationaltheatrescotland.com.

The critical consensus

Eve will leave you pondering the absurdity and struggle of others who are not free to live as who they identify as (and where doing so can put them at risk of torture and death) and our need for greater acceptance and open debate in a united world, where anyone is able to live free from fear and from shame.

****(*)Kerry Teakle, The Wee Review, 07/08/2017

Clifford makes it clear early on this is never going to be a story of a suffering boy who achieves a happy ending. Instead, it is something much more layered and much more real, with an inclusive warmth that conceals a fierce core.

****(*)Hugh Simpson, All Edinburgh Theatre, 06/08/2017

As she moves through her life, as with much of her writing, the text is laced with a spiritual understanding of what it means to transform and transcend the urge within. Neither purging or confessional, Clifford has laid bare a very necessary telling of truths.

****(*)Neil Cooper, Coffee-Table Notes, 07/08/2017

For those seeking lucid and emotive storytelling, it's a worthwhile and movingly evocative depiction of someone now at peace with the woman she struggled to be, after years of being ostracised.

***(*)(*)Lorna Irvine, The List, 07/08/2017

Effective in its simplicity.

Hannah Greenstreet, Exeunt, 08/08/2017

It’s a story that is gradually becoming more familiar in this decade; but Jo Clifford is one of its great trail-blazers, and to hear her own history, in her own voice, is a privilege, as well as a tremendously moving experience.

****(*)Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman, 08/08/2017

Told with such passion and honesty, Jo Clifford emotive and poetic storytelling stays with you long after the show has ended.

****(*)Isabella Javor, Broadway Baby, 23/08/2017

Eve is simple, emotionally engaging storytelling.

Mark Brown, Scottish Stage, 04/09/2017


Features about Eve

Where and when?

Dundee Rep Theatre, Dundee from Thursday May 24, 2018, until Saturday May 26, 2018. More info: www.dundeereptheatre.co.uk

Citizens' Theatre, Glasgow from Thursday September 14, 2017, until Saturday September 16, 2017. More info: www.citz.co.uk

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