Plays by Frances Poet


Nick Hern Books
Type: Text

Frances Poet's play Adam is the true story of a young trans man, Adam Kashmiry, making the journey from his native Egypt to Scotland, across borders and genders, in his search for a place to call home. It was conceived by Cora Bissett and first performed, with Adam Kashmiry playing the part of himself, at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, as part of the Made in Scotland Showcase, on 6 August 2017 (previews from 30 July), presented by the National Theatre of Scotland, winning a Fringe First award.

In the play, the central figure of Adam Kashmiry is represented as two distinct but complementary characters, Egyptian Adam and Glasgow Adam, 'two sides of a single coin'. Together they narrate the story of Adam's realisation of his true identity while growing up in Egypt, his decision to leave his native country, his journey from there to a cramped room in Glasgow, and his ongoing struggle to assume his new identity as a man.

The premiere production was directed by Cora Bissett with music by Jocelyn Pook and set and costume design by Emily James. It was performed by Neshla Caplan and Adam Kashmiry, featuring a recording of Myriam Acharki as Adam’s mother, and additional recorded performances from Rylan Gleave, Harry Knights, Juliana Yazbeck, Umar Ahmed, Adam Buksh and Nafee S. Mohammed.


Nick Hern Books
Type: Text

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.

Frances Poet is a Glasgow-based writer. Her stage work includes Gut (Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, 2018); Adam (National Theatre of Scotland at the Traverse Theatre, 2017); Faith Fall (Òran Mór and Bristol’s Tobacco Factory, 2012) and What Put the Blood (Abbey Theatre, 2017). She has also written a number of free adaptations including Strindberg’s Dance of Death (Citizens Theatre, 2016) and Molière’s The Misanthrope (Òran Mór, 2014).
Her TV and radio work includes River City and The Disappointed, aired on BBC Radio Scotland in 2015. Her short film, Spores, screened at the Edinburgh Film Festival and Bogoshorts Festival, Bogotá, in 2016.