Scottish Premiere of Award winning novel The Notebook

The Notebook traverse theatre edinburgh

Following on from their Festival Fringe debut, the UK’s leading experimental theatre group Forced Entertainment will stage the Scottish Premiere of their latest production – an adaptation of the award winning novel The Notebook by Hungarian writer Ágota Kristóf – at Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre this 17 – 19 September.

Set during WW2, The Notebook tells the story of a pair of twin brothers evacuated to their impoverished grandmother’s farm in order to shelter from the conflict. These unnamed children are social outsiders, mavericks who survive and understand the world by a harsh private code. As the war deepens, the brothers are slowly revealed as struggling moralists, trying to live by consistent principles in a Central Europe crumbling into cruelty and opportunism.

Directed by Tim Etchells, The Notebook is an unraveling knot of naïve logic, weaving dark and subversive humour from wartime hardships – concerning itself with questions of personal ethics and politics in the wider context of war, things which continue to be contemporary concerns in the world we live in today. Forced Entertainment performers Richard Lowdon and Robin Arthur stand side by side to tell the twins’ story in an unsettling and uncanny double act that traps two people in a single voice and a shared perspective. Kristóf’s bold and reduced narrational language provides the basis for a unique and compelling performance about the impact of war from the perspective of those caught in its machinery.

Described as a ‘fractured fairytale’, The Notebook’s vivid visual storytelling is close to the heart of the company, whilst the story of the twins resonates uniquely for Lowdon and Arthur, who – as key Forced Entertainment performers – have worked together onstage, side-by-side for more than 30 years.

The Notebook is Forced Entertainment’s first ever literary adaptation, and toured to critical acclaim across Europe in 2014. These Edinburgh dates form part of an international tour stretching the length and breadth of the UK, alongside performances in Latvia, Switzerland, Sweden, Greece and Chicago.

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