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Our Fathers (14+)

Thursday 16 & Friday 17 November, 7:30pm
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Two atheist sons of clergymen are on a quest to find out how to disagree with someone you love.

A Magnetic North and Traverse Theatre Company co-production

Written and performed by Rob Drummond and Nicholas Bone
Directed by Nicholas Bone & Ian Cameron
Designer Karen Tennent
Lighting Simon Wilkinson
Composer Scott Twynholm

Edmund Gosses’ 1907 memoir, Father and Son has been hailed as the first psychological biography. Describing the gulf between a poet and his renowned evangelical preacher and scientist father, the book has been celebrated as a masterpiece preservation of familial ties and relationships. When Nicholas Bone’s own clergyman father suggested he read Father and Son he assumed it would reveal something to him. But, he’s still trying to work out what it is, even with the help of fellow-clergyman’s son Rob Drummond.

Nicholas Bones and Rob Drummond’s Our Fathers is a playful, honest and distinctive new play by sons of Clergymen. Threading together Edmund Gosse’s work with an exploration of faith and conflict-resolution in the 21st century, it is the first collaboration between the two creative theatre makers. Rob Drummond’s previous work includes Bullet Catch, while Nicholas Bones past work with Magnetic North includes Walden.

Running time 1 hour 15 minutes (no interval)
Strong language. 14+

Rob Drummond and Nicholas Bone are available before the show to talk to members of the audience. Discuss your experience of family relationships and find out how they created the production.


Supported by: Creative Scotland

A co-production with Traverse Theatre Company

Photo credit: Rob Drummond and Nicholas Bone. Photo: Mihaela Bodlovic.



“a fascinating 75-minute meditation that powerfully exposes two profound paradoxes about our complicated relationship with faith.”
The Scotsman

“Switching smoothly between child-like humour and adult grief.”
The List

“The double act offers much to ponder…not least the question of whether it is possible for a non-believer to engage in a deep relationship with a person of faith.”
The Times



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