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.
Linda McLean was born in Glasgow and studied at Strathclyde University. Her one-act play, One Good Beating, was staged at the Traverse in 1996, while her first full-length play, Riddance, was produced by Paines Plough and seen at the Traverse in 1999.