5. Cora Bissett in What Girls Are Made Of. Image Sid Scott.jpg

WHAT GIRLS ARE MADE OF

By Cora Bissett 
Directed by Orla O’Loughlin

A Traverse Theatre Company and Raw Material co-production in association with Regular Music

It’s 1992. In a small town in Fife, a girl is busting to get out into the world and see what's on offer. And an ad in the local paper declares: Band Seeks Singer.

Grunge has just gone global, scruffy indie kids are inheriting the earth, and a schoolgirl from Glenrothes is catapulted to a rock star lifestyle as the singer in a hot new indie band. Touring with Radiohead, partying with Blur, she was living the dream. Until she wasn’t.

Based on her meticulously detailed, pull-no-punches teenage diaries, this is the true story of Cora Bissett’s rollercoaster journey from the girl she was to the woman she wanted to be.

Performing with a live band, directed by the Traverse’s award-winning Artistic Director Orla O’Loughlin (Meet Me At Dawn, Milk, Swallow), Cora celebrates life’s euphoric highs and epic shit-storms, asking what wisdom we should pass on to the next generation – and which glorious mistakes we should let them make.


PREVIOUS TOUR DATES:

Glasgow Take Me Somewhere, Tron Theatre (Work In Progress) May 2018
Edinburgh
Traverse Festival, August 2018


PRODUCTION PICTURES


INTERVIEW WITH CORA BISSETT


CREDITS:

Cora Bissett Writer
Orla O’Loughlin
Director
Ana Inés Jabares-Pita Designer
Lizzie Powell Lighting Designer
MJ McCarthy Composer & Sound Designer
Eve Nicol Assistant Director (Supported by the Federation of Scottish Theatre with funding from Creative Scotland)

Cast: Cora Bissett, Susan Bear, Simon Donaldson, Grant O'Rourke


PRESS:

‘The undisputable hit of the programme. Euphoric, empowered, hard-won high.’ ★★★★★ Telegraph

‘A life-changing litany of pure joy.’ ★★★★★ Herald

‘If you have a beating heart in your chest, there’s a high chance it will make you weep.’ ★★★★★ Stage

‘This is a punchy, exhilarating, candid and emotionally raw play which pulls the audience through the highs and lows of all that make you 'you' through the course of life’. ★★★★★ Skinny

‘Met with a well-deserved standing ovation.’ ★★★★★ Broadway World

‘Themes of memory, family and artistic expression give What Girls Are Made Of a degree of heart, passion and warmth – and there is a kick ass band to soundtrack the entire experience.’ ★★★★★ Wee Review

‘Anyone who loves rock music, a great, tear-jerking tale or perfectly pitched performance should race along to the Traverse before tickets disappear for good'.’ ★★★★★ British Theatre Guide