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


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.


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




Cora Bissett Writer
Orla O’Loughlin
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


‘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