Written by Anita Sullivan. Directed by Catriona Murray. Redirected for tour by Ben Harrison.
1st – 5th May 1996 / 14th – 30th November 1996
First performed in May 1996 at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh then The Wynd Theatre, Melrose, Bowhill Little Theatre, Selkirk and The Arches in November 1996.
Amidst the chaos of the cleared furniture a woman and a boy appear to be telling stories to pass the time. It soon becomes apparent, however, that their stories award them a strange power, an ability to change shape, cause physical harm and alter the course of events.
The Queens arrives, unaware that the Lord’s biannual dinner has been cancelled. She is confused and displaced, saddened by damaging reports about her family in the tabloid press. She gradually realises the power of the place and the stories and grows comfortable with the unusual surroundings.
The woman is anxious to take the boy into the city so that he can adjust to a normal twentieth century existence but he sees only the horror and violence in her thoughts. The woman is angry at the world and accuses The Queen of complacency, demanding to know why such a powerful family does nothing to cure any of society’s ills. The Queen suggests the woman takes her place and gather the information they would need to tell the story which could change the world.
Clearance encapsulates the lush atmospheric landscape of the Scottish Borders, with a haunting score inspired by traditional ballads.
The production was kindly supported by the following…
FUNDED BY FOUNDATION FOR SPORT AND THE ARTS.
Clearance was also made possible by in-kind support from The Point Hotel, Walker Slater, Ruth Pollitt, PAR Scaffolding, Avalon Stage Armoury and Fife Silica Sands.