DOI: 10.5040/9781784603939.00000002
Scenes: 5. Roles: Male (1) , Female (1) , Neutral (0)

Liam Williams's debut play Travesty is a comedy drama about gender and the complexities of modern romantic relationships. It was first performed at the Assembly George Square, Edinburgh, as part of the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe on 3 August 2016, produced by Fight in the Dog.

The play is a two-hander with a twist: Anna and Ben are a couple in their twenties, and are each played by actors of the opposite sex to their character (Anna, a woman, is played by a man; while Ben, a man, is played by a woman). The play charts the decay of their relationship, from the first flourishing of love to the bitter recriminations of break-up. The play's action takes place entirely around a double bed.

In traditional theatre and opera, a 'travesty role' is one designed to be played by a performer of the sex opposite to that of the character represented.

The premiere production was directed by Emily Burns and designed by Dominic Mchenry, with Lydia Larson as Ben and Pierro Niel-Me as Anna.

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Nick Hern Books

Liam Williams

ISBN: 9781848426153

Series: NHB Modern Plays

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