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By Frances Poet
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback : 9781848426979, 64 pages, August 2017


Frances Poet's play Adam is the remarkable true story of a young trans man having to make that choice and begin his journey. It charts Adam’s progress from Egypt to Scotland, across borders and genders, in his search for a place to call home.

The play was first performed by the National Theatre of Scotland at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017, where it won a Fringe First award. It was directed by Cora Bissett, with music by Jocelyn Pook.


"Compelling… bravely and joyously affirms [trans and non-binary people's] humanity in a time when many political regimes seem to be conspiring to deny it. " —Exeunt Magazine

"A big-hearted, moving show that explores both the human urgency of living your truth and the cost of that transformation. " —WhatsOnStage

"Fearlessly honest… fresh, interesting and impactful, with a strong message of hope and persistence against bigotry that remains sincere throughout. " —The Skinny

"What a lovely thing Adam is… a beautiful adaptation of [this true] story. " —Observer

"Deeply moving… with an extraordinary story at its heart, Adam is a compelling piece of theatre, which seeks to fully interrogate the challenges of the trans experience. " —The List

"High-energy and often spectacular theatre. " —Scotsman

"No pale recreation, but honest first-person testimony. .. essential viewing. " —Independent

"A resonant, broad meditation on the theme of identity… a compelling, hugely moving experience, and a show that blurs boundaries between theatrical artifice and real-life trauma to provocative effect. " —The Arts Desk