Inspiration for a play can come from anywhere. Erdem Avsar came all the way from Istanbul to take part in our latest edition of Words, Words, Words with his play #occupylove. Here’s how he enjoyed the experience:
"It was 2007 and I was 18. Royal Mile was buzzing with massive crowds, performers and theatre-makers from all corners of the world. It was my first time in Edinburgh. And at the Traverse. It only took me one play to get the Traverse into my muscle memory and fall in love with it. Since then, every day, I would wander around and make my way up to the Traverse, sit at the bar, get play from box office and read for hours until I went back to İstanbul.
And obviously I wouldn’t have imagined I would visit the Traverse again after seven years; this time as a playwright. On Valentine’s Day, the Traverse opened its doors to new writers and directors for Words, Words, Words. A short play I wrote at home, all by myself met its first audience, director and actors in a single day! We had one day for rehearsals, meeting the director and getting feedback from an audience that I would have no access to, if it wasn’t for the Traverse. That one day has marked an irreplaceable place in my mind. I had the greatest opportunity to see my play come to life at one of the most prestigious theatres across the world, work with the most collaborative director ever and such talented actors. And the feedback from the audience is priceless. We occupied love for theatre that night and I owe a massive thank you to Emma, Hamish, Catherine, Melanie, Scott and Kim and everybody who made this possible.”
Are you a budding playwright? Keep an eye out for when our Words, Words, Words submissions open once more in time for our next event in May.