Following sold out, award-winning Edinburgh Fringe performances, Traverse Theatre Company’s gripping, critically-acclaimed sensation about class, culture and appropriation comes to Auckland.

Standing on the edge of Edinburgh’s Salisbury Crags cliff face, a woman takes a step forward into the air. A teenage boy pulls her back. Two lives are changed forever.

Libby whiles away her days in New Town cafes and still calls herself a writer. Declan is a talented young artist struggling with a volatile home life on a deprived estate. As they form an uneasy friendship, complicated by class and culture, Libby spots an opportunity to really make a difference – and put her career back on track too.

She needs his story. But does she have the right to it?

Frank, unflinching and threaded with unexpected humour, MOUTHPIECE takes a look at two different sides of Edinburgh that exist in ignorance of one another, and asks whether it’s possible to tell someone else’.


★★★★★ “Magnificent. Brilliantly acted and tautly directed.” — Sunday Times
★★★★★ “A gripping, truthful play for our times.” — The Stage
★★★★ “[A] ferociously clever drama… Mouthpiece is heart-in-mouth moving [and] grimly exhilarating.” — Time Out


Please Note: Recommended 16+. Contains strong language, descriptions of violence, scenes of a sexual nature, and references to suicide. Contains haze. Strictly no latecomers.


Supported by Creative Scotland, The City of Edinburgh Council, British Council New Zealand, and Q Theatre. 


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