The Drift


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 grandmother 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.

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 2015. 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.

Written and performed by Hannah Lavery. Directed by Eve Nicol, designed by Kirsty Currie.

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

Running Time:

60 minutes

Accessible performances available:

  • Autism Friendly

  • Wheelchair Accessible

  • BSL British Sign Language Performance

  • Audio Described

  • Touch Tour

  • Captioned

Recommended Age Guide:

14 +

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Hannah Lavery talks about grieving for her father and her upcoming play, The Drift.

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