Following our recent sad cancellation of the highly anticipated world premiere of Donny’s Brain, playwright Rona Munro, director Caitlin Skinner and the production’s cast and creative team have created five brand new monologues, which will be made available throughout this week to mark what would have been the opening week of the production.
The monologues will be made available on the Traverse Theatre’s YouTube channel at 7.30pm for five consecutive nights, beginning on Wednesday 15 April – the time at which the press performance of Donny’s Brain should have taken place.
Each member of the production’s cast - Roanna Davidson, Michael Dylan, Lauren Grace, Bhav Joshi and Suzanne Magowan - suggested characters and scenarios which they were keen to explore via a company WhatsApp, and pieces were scripted by Rona based on these suggestions. Each monologue was then filmed under lockdown conditions in the actors’ own homes on phone cameras, directed remotely by Caitlin with input from designer, Becky Minto.
JACOB (Bhav Joshi) needs to get answers from Ali, the younger brother he’s always despised, and who might be the only person who can help him now. [Wed 15 April]
FERN (Lauren Grace) is battling a unique and colourful addiction. [Thu 16 April]
MR BUBBLES (Michael Dylan), an award-winning children’s TV entertainer, has just had a very public bust-up with his sidekick Fairy Fingerling and now his whole career is on the line. [Fri 17 April]
SIOBHAN (Roanna Davidson) has achieved her greatest success after her toothbrush design wins a coveted award. But she wasn’t invited to the awards ceremony... [Sat 18 April]
CLEMMY (Suzanne Magowan) has some really good, absolutely excellent news to tell her daughter – or is it a secret? [Sun 19 April]
All of the monologues, once they have premiered, will be available to watch on demand and free of charge until 9pm on Saturday 2 May – the time at which the final performance of Donny’s Brain would have ended.