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The Scent of Roses

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World Premiere

A Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh production.

THE SCENT OF ROSES
by Zinnie Harris
Directed by Zinnie Harris

“You would be surprised how a simple thing like locking your husband up in the same room as you, makes you aware of something. Alive.”

A fiction that speaks the truth about the lies we tell, and what we choose to believe.

The Scent of Roses begins with a wife who decides to take her husband hostage to finally have an honest conversation.  

This simple, transgressive act of demanding a straight answer sparks a chain of conversations, interrogations, obfuscations and revelations as a circle of connected lives try to work out what is real and find someone they can trust in a post-truth world.

The Scent of Roses is a dark, funny, new play about truths, lies and how we tell them from leading Scottish playwright and director Zinnie Harris, whose recent plays have been commissioned and produced by the Royal Court Theatre, Royal National Theatre, the National Theatre of Scotland and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Renowned for bringing new perspectives to classic stories, her acclaimed versions of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, Ionescu’s Rhinoceros, Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi and the Greek classic The Orestia (in her trilogy This Restless House) have all played on the Lyceum stage.

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The Scent of Roses is the recipient of a Berwin Lee New Play Commission and was made with the support of Brenda Rennie.
The Lyceum’s 21/22 Season productions were developed with support from the Stephen W Dunn Theatre Fund.

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Cast and Credits

CAST
(In alphabetical order)

Saskia Ashdown  Sally
Maureen Beattie  Helen
Leah Byrne  Caitlin
Peter Forbes  Christopher
Neve McIntosh  Luci

 

CREATIVE TEAM

Writer & Director Zinnie Harris
Designer Tom Piper
Composer & Sound Designer Niroshini Thambar
Lighting Designer Ben Ormerod
Movement Director White & Givan
Associate Sound Designer Nik Paget-Tomlinson
Fight Director Kaitlin Howard
Intimacy Director Vanessa Coffey
Casting Director Simone Pereira Hind CDG and Anna Dawson

Dates, Times & Prices

5  - 19 March 2022

Pay What You Can Preview, 7.30pm
Monday 7 March

EVENINGS7.30pm
Monday - Saturday
£16 - £33

MATINEES2.30pm
Wednesdays, 9 & 16 March 
Saturdays, 12 & 19 March
£14 - £29

SOCIALLY DISTANCED PERFORMANCES
Wednesday 9 March, 2.30pm and 7.30pm performances
Tuesday 15 March 7.30pm performance 

 

Running time: to be confirmed during rehearsals

Accessibility

AUDIO DESCRIBED
Thursday 17 March, 7.30pm
Touch Tour at 6.15pm

CAPTIONED & AUDIO DESCRIBED
Saturday 19 March, 2.30pm
Touch Tour at 1.15pm

BSL INTERPRETED
Wednesday 16 March, 7.30pm

Read The Lyceum's Access Statement here

Take Part

WHY NOT TRY...
Free events tailored to the show

Post-Show Discussion
Tuesday 8 March
Join members of the cast and creative team for an informal discussion about the show after the evening performance.

Press Coverage

★★★★

'Sometimes funny, frequently disorientating, it is a bold drama that worries away at its theme to create a compelling study of evasion and responsibility.'
The Guardian 

 

★★★★
'Zinnie Harris’ darkly mordant new play...oozes great performances.'
The Stage (paywall)

 

★★★★
'A contemporary tragedy with devastating consequences.'
The List

 

★★★★
'mesmerises with the brilliance of both the writing and the performances'

The Morning Star
 

★★★★
'Powerful and pointed ... very funny, even in the face of denial and disaster.'
The Scotsman

 

★★★★
'a dark comedy with a hard dramatic core that is very funny and very sad in equal measure'
Arts Reviews Edinburgh 

 

'This is a substantial, powerful production [which] boasts a stellar cast'
UK Theatre Network