Dunblane, Dunoon, Helensburgh, Ballater, Aberdeen, Tobermory, Oban, Dunkeld, Portree and Edinburgh International Festival

2 Jul - 27 Aug | Scottish Tour


Sweat. Opposition. Negotiation. Hold on Tight   

Five wildly different women gather in the muddy fields of the Highland Games circuit to compete in the obscure art of Backhold Wrestling. The pearls are off, influencer videos posted, “Gucci bag” from the Barras set aside as the bold beginners attempt to become a team and win the championship. But nothing will prepare them for the competition that could stop them taking home the trophy - each other. Will their differences face-plant Imogen, Chantelle, Jo, Pamela and Helen’s chances of success in the mud?  

Poignant and dynamic, Thrown gets to grips with belonging and identity in Scotland. A unique, unmissable new production.  

It will be funny, it will be loud, it will be brutal.

Written by Nat McCleary
Directed by Johnny McKnight

Header Image by Mihaela Bodlovic

4 Stars

An impressively brave and vivid Scottish play

The Scotsman

4 Stars

Energetic verve

The Herald

4 Stars

a stunning, gripping play about the complexities of identity and place

Time Out

Performances of Thrown are in association with the following Highland Games, Gatherings and Arts Organisations:

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