What if you were buried in your own skin?

What if the doctors thought you were in a persistent vegetative state but actually you could hear every word, feel every breath on your skin and sense every change of light through your closed eyelids?  What if your mind was still active, still wandering and thinking?

When Cath sees a flicker in Ian’s eyes, she’s sure he’s still ‘in there’ and wonders if he wants to live. But she forgets to ask herself the same question.

Some Other Stars explores a ‘locked-in’ marriage and Cath and Ian’s heroic attempts at escape.

Some Other Stars is written by Clare Duffy, one of the founder members of the acclaimed theatre company Unlimited. Her other plays include MONEY: The Game Show (Unlimited/Bush) and Play Dough (Unlimited). She took part in Rough Mix in 2006, and previously worked with Nicholas Bone on Local Reality Expo: Hope St at CCA in 2008.


Written by Clare Duffy
Directed by Nicholas Bone 
Cast Martin McCormick and Kirstin Murray

Produced in association with A Play, A Pie and A Pint and Traverse Theatre

The commissioning and development of Some Other Stars was supported by Creative Scotland


Creative Team

Clare Duffy is a playwright, director and IASH/Traverse Theatre Creative Fellow 2014-15. She is also a founding member and co-director of Unlimited Theatre. Clare wrote and directed Money The Game Show ****The Guardian, ****Financial Times, **** Scotsman, 'Ingenious' New York Times. She has also written the CBeebies Christmas Show 2013-15.

Nicholas Bone is Artistic Director of Magnetic North. As well as directing all the company’s work, he leads the company’s wide-ranging Artist and Project Development programme. Recent work for Magnetic North includesA Walk at the Edge of the World (Nicholas Bone), Sex & God (Linda McLean), Pass the Spoon (David Fennessy, David Shrigley and Nicholas Bone) and his own adaptation of Thoreau’s Walden. Recent theatre elsewhere includes: London Road (Alecky Blythe and Adam Cork) – Bristol Old Vic; Osama the Hero (Dennis Kelly) – NIDA Sydney, Kora (Tom McGrath) – Dundee Rep; Denton and Me (Sam Rowe) – Arches. 

Kirstin Murray (Cath) Theatre includes Horizontal Collaboration (David Leddy/Fire Exit), Demos (Traverse), Jock and the Beanstalk (Wee Stories), Six Characters in Search of an Author (NTS), Broken Glass (Rapture Theatre, Molly Whuppie (Lickety Spit), Sleeping Beauty (Lyceum). Film/TV includes What We Did On Our Holidays (Hamilton/Jenkins), The Angels' Share (Ken Loach), The Wicker Tree (Robin Hardy), Bob Servant Independent, Pramface, Lip Service, River City, Still Game, Taggart,. Radio includes The Inn, The Distant Echo, Best Friends (BBC Radio 4); Various talking books (RNIB) inclduing The POrime of Miss Jean Brodie, Island of Wings and 100 Favourite Scottish Poems. 

Martin McCormick (Ian) Acting credits include work with NTS, Lyceum, Citizens', Tron, Perth Theatre, macrobert, Vox Motus, Dundee Rep, Grid Iron, Magnetic North, Visible Fictions, A Play, A Pie and a Pint, Royal Exchange and Paines Plough.  Writing credits include Squash (Best New Play, CATS Awards 2015), Potterrow (Best Short Play 2015), The Day the Poe Emptied Croy (Traverse/Play, Pie, Pint), News Just In (co-writer - Random Accomplice). He is currently developing work for Utter Theatre and Grid Iron. His latest Play, Pie, Pint play Flo will be performed in April. he is currently under commission to write an episode of River City, to be broadcast later this year.


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