By Imogen Stirling

Mon, 04 March, 2024 — Sat, 09 March, 2024

Please note this play ended on Sat, 09 March, 2024.

Directed by Eve Nicol | Cast - Isabella Jarrett, Madeline Grieve


A fiercely funny drama about writing your own legend, inspired by the life of Scottish activist Wendy Wood.

It’s 1972 and Wendy Wood is on the fifth day of her hunger strike.

As the hunger pains and hallucinations kick in, her world collides with that of insecure Freya in 2024, who is starving for something to believe in.

The two drink, dance and debate the question of how to find your freedom…fight or flight?

Full of punk energy and riotous stortelling, Starving is the debut play from poet and theatre maker Imogen Stirling, following on from her acclaimed show Love the Sinner (Vanishing Point).

Co-presented with Traverse Theatre, in association with Raw Material.


Creative Team

Imogen Stirling – Writer
Eve Nicol – Director
Cathan McRoberts – Lead Designer

IMOGEN STIRLING is an award-winning playwright and performance poet. Her show Love The Sinner, produced by Vanishing Point, debuted at the Tron Theatre and Traverse Theatre to five-star reviews across the board. She represented Scotland at Tranpoesie Festival in Brussels, was commissioned to open the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival and created a performance poetry/drum&bass fusion contemporising the myth of Persephone for NTS/Push The Boat Out Festival. She features on Sky Arts’ BAFTA-winning television show, Life & Rhymes, was a participant of the BBC Words First talent development scheme and was shortlisted for the Out-Spoken Prize for Poetry. Benjamin Zephaniah called her writing: ‘The work of a lyrical genius.’

EVE NICOL is a Glaswegian theatre director and playwright sharing music-filled stories of love and heartbreak. Eve has created shows for intimate pubs, massive festivals, swimming pools and stages across the UK. Credits include their "boundary-breaking" (The Stage) debut play One Life Stand for Middle Child, adapting Belle & Sebastian's iconic album If You're Feeling Sinister for BBC and Avalon, the award-winning Svengali and critically acclaimed premieres for the National Theatre of Scotland, Traverse and Tron. Eve was one of BBC Writersroom Scottish Voices for 2023 and is supported by Michael Grandage Company Futures and the Peggy Ramsay Foundation.

Please note this play ended on Sat, 09 March, 2024.
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