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Plays by Liam Williams

Travesty

Nick Hern Books
Type: Text

Liam Williams's debut play Travesty is a comedy drama about gender and the complexities of modern romantic relationships. It was first performed at the Assembly George Square, Edinburgh, as part of the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe on 3 August 2016, produced by Fight in the Dog.

The play is a two-hander with a twist: Anna and Ben are a couple in their twenties, and are each played by actors of the opposite sex to their character (Anna, a woman, is played by a man; while Ben, a man, is played by a woman). The play charts the decay of their relationship, from the first flourishing of love to the bitter recriminations of break-up. The play's action takes place entirely around a double bed.

In traditional theatre and opera, a 'travesty role' is one designed to be played by a performer of the sex opposite to that of the character represented.

The premiere production was directed by Emily Burns and designed by Dominic Mchenry, with Lydia Larson as Ben and Pierro Niel-Me as Anna.

Picture of Liam Williams

© Noel McLaughlin Photography

Liam Williams is a writer, comedian and actor known for his stand-up shows and work with sketch group Sheeps. His self-titled debut show was nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Best Newcomer Award in 2013, and a year later his follow-up show, Capitalism, earned a nomination for the main Edinburgh Comedy Award.
His writing credits include: Comedy Blaps (Channel 4), From Fact to Fiction: Purple Saturday, Ladhood and The Now Show (all BBC Radio 4), People Time (BBC Three), and Charlie Brooker's 2015 Wipe (BBC Two).
His debut play, Travesty, published by Nick Hern Books, was premiered at the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Author photo by Noel McLaughlin