Frances Poet's play Gut is a drama exploring parental anxieties about child abuse, and what happens when trust breaks down between family members. It was first performed at the Traverse Theatre, Scotland, on 24 April 2018, produced by the Traverse Theatre Company in association with National Theatre of Scotland.
The play opens in a kitchen belonging to Maddy and Rory, a couple in their thirties, who have just returned from a romantic anniversary getaway. When Rory's mother, Morven, who has been looking after their three-year-old son Joshua, tells them that, while queuing at a supermarket café, she allowed a man she didn't know to take Joshua to the toilets, Rory reacts with alarm. Maddy, at first conciliatory, begins to fear the worst, and as her anxieties mount, she finds she can no longer trust those closest to her – with disastrous consequences.
The Traverse Theatre production was directed by Zinnie Harris and designed by Fred Meller. It was performed by George Anton, Peter Collins, Lorraine McIntosh and Kirsty Stuart.