Edinburgh Trams play set to be staged at Traverse

Joe Douglas who is writing a play about the trams. Pic: Jane Barlow
Joe Douglas who is writing a play about the trams. Pic: Jane Barlow
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A PLAY which tells the story of Edinburgh’s embattled trams project is set to be staged by the Traverse Theatre.

The production, Bloody Trams, is said to be a “rapid response” piece which will be staged just weeks before passengers finally get to use the tram.

The show which will tell the story of the project through the words of residents is being developed by Glasgow-based theatre director Joe Douglas.

Douglas told our sister paper The Scotsman: “The idea for the show first came about a couple of years ago when I was doing a show at the Fringe and was coming through an awful lot from Glasgow.

“I remember coming out of Haymarket station one day and was just confronted by all the tramworks. I just couldn’t really believe how much they had invaded the city. Whenever I came back to Edinburgh, they still seemed to be there.

“I had friends who lived in town and heard all their frustrations. It seems to have been such a disruptive influence to the whole city, I just figured there must be lots of stories out there and people who want to share their experience.

“The more I looked into it, to try to find out how and why it had happened, there didn’t seem to be an awful lot out there. I read that there was supposed to be a public inquiry happening at some point in the future, but nobody ever talks about it now.”

The Traverse is urging anyone who would like to contribute to the show to get in touch with Douglas via Twitter @UtterJoe or the #BloodyTrams hashtag. Bloody Trams will be staged at the Traverse Theatre on March 19 and 20.