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Talk Show - Cockpit


Talk Show is an exciting new addition to our programme at The Lyceum. We are inviting artists, authors and thinkers to come and watch a show with us. They will then take the stage themselves to share their response to the themes of the play with our audiences. Expect, ideas, insight and stimulation through short talks, song, music, poetry and conversation.

Bridget Boland’s Cockpit is set in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War and written only a few years later in 1948, when much of Europe still lay in ruins. The great hope of the age was that the nations of Europe whether victors and vanquished could work together for a lasting peace. In this Talk Show we ask our guests about the hopes they hold today for the Europe of tomorrow.

Artistic Director David Greig will host our guests:

  • Richard Demarco, co-founder of the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh in 1963 and has been one of Scotland’s most influential advocates for contemporary art through his work at the Richard Demarco Gallery and the Demarco European Art Foundation, as well as his professorship at Kingston University in London. Demarco has presented several thousand art exhibitions, plays, music, conferences, and various other performances, mainly in Edinburgh, involving artists from across the world. It is for his consistent internationalism that he was being successfully nominated as European Citizen of the  Year 2013. This also followed from his exhibition "Scotland in Europe: Europe in Scotland" in Brussels in 2011.
  • Anjali Joseph, author, was born in Bombay in 1978. She read English at Trinity College, Cambridge, and has taught English at the Sorbonne. Her first novel, Saraswati Park, was published by 4th Estate in 2010; it won the Betty Trask Prize, Desmond Elliott Prize, and Vodafone Crossword Book Award for Fiction in India. Another Country, her second novel, was published in June 2012. A third novel, The Living, will be published by 4th Estate in March 2016.
  • Dan Rebellato, Professor of Contemporary Theatre at Royal Holloway, University of London, where he teaches theatre, playwriting, and philosophy. His books include 1956 and All That, Theatre & Globalization, Contemporary European Theatre Directors, Decades of British Playwriting: 2000-2009 and The Suspect Culture Book (2013). He has written eighteen plays for BBC Radio, including Cavalry, My Life is a Series of People Saying Goodbye, Negative Signs of Progress and was lead writer on the award-winning Emile Zola: Blood, Sex & Money for Radio 4.
  • Christine Bovill, a renowned songwriter and jazz singer. She is a previous winner of the Glasgow Festival of Songwriting and her debut album, Derby Street, was selected as BBC Radio Scotland’s Album Of The Week. Her sell-out and much acclaimed show Christine Bovill’s Piaf  has been performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for the last 5 years and subsequently toured internationally. Christine recently completed her second album, arranged and produced by Glasgow's The Strange Blue Dreams, A Roots Affair, stirring in the tangle of vintage pop, chanson and Americana. Last year she launched her new show, Christine Bovill’s Paris at the Edinburgh Fringe which garnered rave reviews.

Join us for an hour of fresh insight, music and ideas from unexpected places.

This project is supported by James and Morag Anderson.

Dates and Times

Saturday 28 October 2017


Running time: Approximately 1 hour


  • Free - Talk Show is free to attend; this event is made possible through a generous donation. During the booking process you'll be given the opportunity to donate to allow The Lyceum to continue to offer events such as these.