The Drift

The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen; Druimfin, Tobermory; Hart of Hawick, Hawick; Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh; Tron Theatre, Glasgow

October 2019


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My sweet forgetful Caledonia

The Drift is a journey through history, through Scottishness, through belonging, and through grief.

An autobiographical, poetic spoken word show, The Drift sees writer and performer Hannah Lavery exploring her legacy of being “mixed” in Scotland left to her by her father and mother and their respective journeys. A beautiful story of love, loss and bereavement, as well as a searingly honest portrayal of growing up mixed-race in Scotland, The Drift challenges us to see Scottish history and our public memory in a different light.

Tour supported by Flint & Pitch and The Workers Theatre with the Coalition of Racial Equality and Rights as part of Black History Month 2019.

The Drift was originally performed and developed as part of the Flint and Pitch New Voices programme (produced & programmed by Jenny Lindsay), before being further developed as part of the Workers Theatre Megaphone Residency and finally through the National Theatre of Scotland’s Just Start Here Festival and Engine Room programme – all under the mentorship and direction of Jenny Lindsay. It was last developed and performed as a preview at the Tron Theatre as part of Black History Month 2018 under the direction of Eve Nicol.

Hannah Lavery is a writer and performer. She was awarded a Tom McGrath playwriting grant in. She has performed her work at Solas Festival, Sonnet Youth, Flint & Pitch and Rally and Broad and has recently had her work published by Gutter, 404 Ink, Postbox Press and Stewed Rhubarb.


  • 4 Stars

    Nuanced...fragile, heartfelt and painfully honest tribute delivered with a raging calm.

    The Herald

  • 4 Stars

    An eloquent exploration of identity in contemporary Scotland.

    The Stage

  • 4 Stars

    Few works of Scottish theatre confront the hypocrisies of Scottish nationalism and identity so bluntly, and so well.

    The List

  • 4 Stars

    A soaring lyrical beauty.

    The Scotsman

  • 4 Stars

    A beautiful exploration of complicated family relationships told with warmth and care.

    Broadway World

  • 4 Stars

    The National Theatre of Scotland, in true fashion, refuses to allow the truth to be swept under a series of false ideals, instead, challenging them head-on, allowing talented artists such as Lavery the opportunity to spread their deft ability with the spoken word to gift storytelling to the nation.

    The Reviews Hub

  • 4 Stars

    This is lovely, resonating writing, performed with an enthralling, warm confidence. Moving, charming, chastening, it is precisely the kind of work for which our National Theatre of Scotland was created.

    The Sunday Herald


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