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The Matchbox

by Frank McGuinness

Feb 2018

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In co-production with The Byre Theatre, St Andrews, and Heart of Hawick


Sal                               Janet Coulson


Director                       Richard Baron

Assistant Director       Ellie Zeegen

Designer                     Ken Harrison

Lighting Designer      Wayne Dowdeswell

Sound Designer         Jon Beales


Firebrand’s production is the Scottish premiere of a spine-tingling and darkly witty new solo play about a mother’s journey through grief, revenge and the temptations of evil by one of Ireland’s greatest living dramatists.


The ties that bind can never be broken and the shocking events that bring Sal to exile on a remote island off the coast of County Kerry are as unexpected as they are brutal. Her compelling story begs only one question: what would you do if pushed to the very edge? Following her acclaimed performance as The Pilot in Firebrand’s “mesmerising” production of Grounded (**** The Scotsman), Janet Coulson played Sal, with haunting original sound and music by composer Jon Beales.


“Compelling… Coulson excels”  **** The Times

“Outstanding” **** The Scotsman

“A meditation on loss, grieving and revenge” **** The Herald

**** ReviewsHub

**** Edinburgh Guide

**** Broadway Baby


What the audience thought:


“Saw this the other evening at @traversetheatre, a fantastic show! @janetcoulson is incredible!”

Simon Devon, Twitter


“Compelling performance by @janetcoulson and superbly directed by Richard Baron @EllieZeegen”

Rob Robertson, Twitter


“Saw #TheMatchBox at @traversetheatre last night. Deserves every star and more. Smouldering performance that’s stoked into a blaze by @janetcoulson and @FirebrandTheatr”

Katherine O’Donnell, Twitter

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