PREVIEW: Slope by Pamela Carter

Besi Besemar November 4, 2014

Autumn 2014 sees Untitled Projects create a brand new production of Pamela Carter’s play Slope, staged at the Citizens and Traverse theatres and filmed for a live online stream every night it is performed.


ORIGINALLY PRODUCED by Untitled Projects in 2006, Slope explores the love affair between the 19th century poets, Paul Verlaine and Arthur Rimbaud, and its impact on Verlaine’s young wife, Mathilde. Their verbal sparring is scabrous and hilarious, and their rollercoaster relationships as passionate and claustrophobic as they are cruel and ridiculous.

In 2014, same sex marriage becomes legal in Scotland. At a time when gay¬†relationships are sanctioned by the state ‚Äď and are often as¬†bourgeois as their straight counterparts ‚Äď it‚Äôs interesting to look¬†back at a time when the stigma of gay lives ran counter to the¬†prevailing power of middle-class value systems.¬† What has changed, and what remains the same?

Unlike the original version, this production will take place in a bare, black box studio theatre, with several cameras positioned throughout the space. In partnership with KILTR, each performance will be filmed and streamed live internationally via their online portal. The play will be directed and lit as much for the cameras as for the audience, who will line the walls of the space, up close to the actors and action as it unfolds in Paris, London and Brussels in the 1870s.

The young cast consists of a graduate performing his first professional role (James Edwyn), an award-winning newcomer (Jessica Hardwick) and the man who played the enigmatic Paul Bright in Untitled Projects’ Paul Bright’s Confessions of a Justified Sinner (Owen Whitelaw).

Pamela Carter has written several Untitled Projects, including Slope, An Argument About Sex and Paul Bright‚Äôs Confessions of a Justified Sinner. Pamela‚Äôs plays have been produced at Hampstead Theatre, the Traverse and at Dresden Staatshausspiel. ¬†She was the winner of the New Writing Commission at the Berliner Festspiele St√ľckemarkt 2012.¬† Since 2010, she has been writing for the Swedish conceptual art duo Goldin+Senneby on The Nordenski√∂ld Model: their on-going investigation into algorithmic trading and financial reality.

Untitled Projects:

Untitled Projects excels at making ambitious and adventurous theatre on a large scale.  They embrace taking risks, and in doing so surprise and challenge their audiences.  They continually re-imagine what theatre can be: blending landscape, biography, novel, video, lecture, documentary, installation, interview, fashion, music, science and playwriting.  Rooted in Scotland, they pride themselves in a far-reaching international outlook.


KILTR is a new media platform, which creates and shares content that is culturally relevant to the user. KILTR is all about community, promoting, sharing, collaboration and understanding via a common cultural bond. KILTR also creates its own original content and are experts in live-streamed transmissions. Slope is their first foray into theatre and they’re extremely excited to be working with Untitled Projects and Stewart Laing again after a successful media partnership earlier in 2014 working on an interpretation of Alexander Trocchi’s Cain’s Book.

Event: Untitled Projects: Slope

Dates: November 12-22 / 26-29

Time: 8pm GMT

Tickets: Free

Live online stream @  (quick sign up required)

16+ Warning: contains nudity and strong language

Event: Untitled Projects: Slope as part of Glasgay 2014

Where: Citizens Theatre Glasgow, 119 Gorbals St, Glasgow G5 9DS

When: November: 12-22

Time: 8pm GMT

Tickets: £12/£8.50

To book online, click here:

Telephone: 0141 429 0022

16+ Warning: contains nudity and strong language


Event: Untitled Projects: Slope

Where: Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, 10 Cambridge St, Edinburgh EH1 2ED

When: November 26-29

Time: 8pm

Tickets: £16/£13/£8

To book tickets online, click here:

Telephone: 0131 228 1404

16+ Warning: contains nudity and strong language

Post show talk: Thursday, November 27