Philosopher, David Hume and father of modern economics, Adam Smith awake in Edinburgh in the early 21st Century. To their bewilderment, joy and horror, it is a prerevolutionary world where all the knowledge they ever dreamt of is at everyone's fingertips and the utopia of a free market economy is a reality. But at what cost to the planet and to humanity?
The Tree of Knowledge
8th - 24th December 2011
Traverse Theatre Company World Premiere
With their fellow traveller, Eve, a Scottish everywoman, Hume and Smith embark on an extraordinary journey of enlightenment - from the concrete New Towns of Scotland's central belt, to Silicon Glen, Ecstasy and the gay clubs of Edinburgh.
The Tree of Knowledge is a wildly imaginative, hilariously funny and deeply moving new play from one of Scotland's most important playwrights. Jo Clifford
was instrumental in establishing the reputation of the Traverse in the 1980s with the plays Losing Venice and Light in the Village. Jo's recent plays include an adaptation of Goethe's Faust
and Every One for the Royal Lyceum Theatre. The Tree of Knowledge
was commissioned by the Traverse and written while Jo was Creative Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh.
Age recommendation: 14+
Space: Traverse One
Running time: 1 hour
Sign language interpreted performance: Thursday 22 December (7.30pm)
Audio-described performance: Thursday 22 December (7.30pm)
Touch Tour: Thursday 22 December (6.45pm)
After Show Discussion: Thursday 22 December (sign language interpreted)
* Thursday 8 and Friday 9 PREVIEW TICKETS: £11 (£6 concession)
* 10-24 December: £15 (concessions available)
* Matinee Thursday 15, Saturday 17 & Saturday 24 December (2.30pm)
* Evenings Saturday 10 – Saturday 24 December. 7.30pm (not Sundays or Mondays).
Traverse Theatre Club Tickets: £3 off on Thursday 10 December (book before 4 December)
Schools Groups: £6 per ticket plus one teacher free per 10 students.