“Redd up the stables, muck out the byre, plant the tatties, howk the tatties, clamp the tatties… Shear, stook, striddle, stack. Women’s work.”

The Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh presents Bondagers, By Sue Glover from 22nd October – 15th November 2014. A true classic of modern Scottish Theatre, and a haunting evocation of a lost way of life, Sue Glover’s lyrical play with music and song follows six women land workers as they graft and dance their way through a year on a 19th Century Borders farm.

Every ploughman had to provide a woman (a bondager) to work on the farm. If his wife was too busy with family, he hired a woman to work the fields and lodge in his home. Following these women through the passing of the seasons, we feel the rhythm of the land and the harshness, humour, hope and tragedy of those who worked upon it.

The show will be directed by Lu Kemp and designed by Jamie Vartan with lighting design from Simon Wilkinson. Music and sound design will be created by composer Michael John McCarthy alongside movement direction from Ian Spink.

The cast are Charlene  Boyd as Jenny, Jayd Johnson as Liza, Pauline Lockhart as Maggie, Wendy Seager as Sara , Nora Wardell as Ellen and Cath Whitefield as Tottie.

Director Lu Kemp says, “We are fortunate in Scotland to have a wealth of astonishing female acting talent. I am delighted to be working on a play which gives breath to some of those voices. Sue Glover’s play has rightfully found its place as a Scottish classic. The themes and ideas it grapples with are as acutely relevant to our world at this moment in time as when the play was written. It possesses a visceral, theatrical power, and delivers a jolt to us, the audience, waking us up to what we risk losing in our all-consuming bid for progress.”

Lu recently directed the Govan section of The Tin Forest for National Theatre of Scotland, Don Quixote at Oran Mor, and Arabian Nights at the Tricycle Theatre. This is Lu’s first production for The Lyceum.


22 October -15 November 2014

Evenings: Tuesday through Saturday, 7.30pm £15 – £29

Matinees: Wednesday and Saturday, 2pm £12.50 – £24


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Touch Tours for visually impaired: Thursday 6 November at 6.15pm, Saturday 8 November at 12.45 pm

Audio-described Performances: Thursday 6 November 7.30pm, Saturday 8 November at 2pm

BSL Interpreted Performance: Wednesday 12 November at 7.30pm

Captioned Performance: Saturday 15 November at 2pm


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