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An unforgettable thundebolt of feeling

Daily Telegraph

Her determined and painful journey to become the man she has always felt was in her soul is shown on a raised reflective stage set like pewter Lego with white mannequin limbs strewn beneath from Emily James. Stunning visuals on the back screen augment the piece and play platform to the moving performance by the virtual choir of trans and non-binary individuals from across the world named the Adam World Choir.


played out on Emily James’s ingenious set, whose seemingly straightforward surface conceals plenty of secrets…

Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

intelligent direction on a cleverly-designed set from Emily James

British Theatre Guide

Moving in the beautifully designed space, unfolding with the action, mirrored Adam is exposed as the lights, video projections and soundtrack strike the hostile and torturous environment Adam is pained with.

Theatre Full Stop, review by Megan Mattravers

The show is beautifully made and uses the stage and space well – in true Traverse tradition, the set is impressive.

To do List

…a full throttled production that incorporates multimedia, music and complicated stagecraft to tell the story…


Designer Emily James has placed the stage on top of a nest of mannequin limbs

The Stage

The set is used as method to present this digital landscape, with a screen to the back of the stage and the floor of the performance space being employed in fantastic and innovative methods.

The Wee Review

The two work seamlessly together, drawing in the audience through different character and scene transitions, propped by a deftly designed, minimalistic stage set

The Conversation

The technical aspects are particularly striking, including Emily James’ set, a large marbled platform which hides props and locations…

The Independent

Music is Torture
The name of the studio, realised in grubby detail by designer Emily James, is Limbo, a fitting description of the inertia and repetition of the early part of Louise Quinn’s play

The Guardian

Emily James’ perfectly realised back room recording studio boasts small details that give Jake’s world real dimensions, a Dalek statue sits next to the sound board, an Irn Bru bottle sits half empty, an “I Gotta Have More Cowbell” poster hangs on the wall. This dedication to nuance is seen in every thread of the show


Jury Play
Designer Emily James has turned Traverse One into a court, the audience banked on one side in an extended public gallery

The Stage

a great deal of detail goes into giving the illusion of alifelike trip to court

The Fountain

Factor 9
Emily James’ set is a wonderful cross between a retro super-computer and a ghoulish medical lab.

The List

The impressive set, designed by Emily James, ingeniously houses the action, despite the expansive years covered over the course of the play, and its visits to American prisons as well as Scottish hospitals, piers and living rooms. A digital display tots up the death toll and passing years, while stimulating photographs and maps clarify the confounding amount of information being thrown our way in direct address by the actors.

Postscript Journal

The action is set on the roof of a south-London house, ingeniously designed by Emily James.

The Telegraph

Grimm Tales
Emily James’ designs are delightful: the edible abode in Hansel and Gretel is a caravan of confectionery that emerges spectacularly out of the woods.

The Guardian

Many of the scenes – such as the sweet house in Hansel and Gretel – are a sight to behold thanks to the creative talents of the set designer.

Lancashire Telegraph

The designer had done a fantastic job of creating the costumes and sets which had a quirky, other-worldly feel. Her imagination had clearly been allowed to run wild, resulting in the most magical clothes designs and props.

The Visitor

The Dream Train
On the layered set, the characters operate like notes on a musical stave.

The Scotsman

Emily James’ four-tiered set design helps the play’s ambitious scope.

The Scotsman

Master Harold and the boys
In Emily James’ detailed realisation of St George’s tearooms, time stands still.

British Theatre Guide

Men do not go to War over Women
An unusually riveting solo-actor piece thanks to a simple, clever design…Emily James’ design provides a shroud-like set behind which candles burn.

The Guardian

The Soaking of Vera Shrimp
A Word From the Designer.

Live Theatre Newcastle

Sitting Pretty
A very ingenious and workable set.

The Stage

With thanks to the following photographers:
  • Gabriel Bienczycki (Al Poco Tiempo)
  • Andreas Nilsson (Factor 9)
  • Gary Clarke (The Maids)
  • Lisa Fleming (Beltane Fire Festival)