Canada 1914. Sarah McCrea stands on the threshold of womanhood, facing a bright future in a new country. Leaving Ulster behind, Sarah and her family carve out their existence in an emerging community.
Drawn to one another through tales of a near-forgotten mythical Ireland, Sarah and her neighbour Michael Donoghue become firm friends. But when Sarah and Michael’s relationship deepens and his determination to define his identify catches fire, centuries of conflict threaten to blight their love. And for Sarah, the realisation dawns that old battles are being fought on new territory.
First staged in 1998, Heritage is a poignant and poetic exploration of love, identity, tribalism and the need to belong. As stark and poignant as the sweeping landscape it conjures, all at once it is epic, lyrical and timeless.
“Utterly GRIPPING and MOVING… both in sheer significance and sustained drama”Scotsman
“BEAUTIFULLY DIRECTED… skilfully and PASSIONATELY PERFORMED”Wee Review
“RAZOR SHARP study... ASSURED production”Guardian
“A FLAWLESS piece of theatre… THOUGHT-PROVOKING and looks STUNNING.”Across The Arts
“ABSORBING piece of theatre”Courier
Director Richard Baron
Set and Costume Designer Ken Harrison
Lighting Designer Wayne Dowdeswell
Sound Designer Nicolette Macleod
Choreographer and Movement Director: Rita Henderson
Stage Manager Kay Hesford
Assistant Stage Manager (book) Lily Howarth
Assistant Stage Manager Annie Winton
Nicola McCartney is a Playwright, Director and Dramaturg. She trained as a director with Citizen Theatre/G&J Productions and Charabanc Theatre Company Belfast. Nicola was Artistic Director of LOOK OUT Theatre Company, Glasgow from 1992-2002, and has twice been an Associate Playwright of Playwrights’ Studio Scotland. She has worked for a host of organisations as a dramaturg, including Vanishing Point and Stellar Quines/Edinburgh International Festival. Her plays include: Easy, Heritage, Home, Standing Wave: Delia Derbyshire In The 60S, Rachel’s House, Cave Dwellers and Lifeboat. She is also a social theatre practitioner and has worked with all sorts of groups, including people within the criminal justice system in UK and USA, asylum seekers and refugees, drug users, survivors of domestic violence and childhood abuse. Nicola has worked with Traverse’s flagship outreach programme, Class Act, since 1997, taking it to Russia, Ukraine and India. In 2018 she was a recipient of a Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Olwen Wymark Award for encouraging theatre in the UK. Nicola is currently Reader in Writing for Performance at University of Edinburgh, where she leads the Masters programme in Playwriting.
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