The two Scottish plays fronting the Traverse Theatre's 2002 Edinburgh Festival Programme Each year the Traverse Theatre produces two original plays as its own contribution to the Edinburgh Festival. Each year the Traverse plays are the most widely reviewed and nearly always the most highly praised. Like Liz Lochhead's Perfect Days or Gregory Burke's Gagarin Way, they often subsequently transfer to London. This year the Traverse is premiering two plays both by Scottish women writers. Linda McLean's previous work has been seen almost exclusively at the Traverse - and includes One Way Beating and Riddance Rona Munro's work has been seen more widely, notably at Hampstead Theatre, London - and includes Bold Girls and The Maiden Stone.
Rona Munro has been writing plays and films since 1982. She won the Evening Standard Most Promising Playwright Award for Bold Girls in 1991 and the Peggy Ramsay Award for The Maiden Stone in 1995. Your Turn to Clean the Stair was staged by the Traverse in 1992. She also wrote the screenplay for Ken Loach's Ladybird, Ladybird.