Mustard is a one-woman show about heartbreak, madness and how condiments are the ultimate coping mechanism, by award-winning playwright and performer Eva O’Connor. Showing as part of the Traverse’s online programme, The Fountain caught up with Eva to tell us more about the show and her affiliation with the Traverse.

TF: You have a new show at the Traverse, can you tell us more about Mustard

It’s a one woman show about heartbreak, madness and mustard as a coping mechanism. It follows a girl as she falls madly in love with a professional cyclist, gets her heart broken, goes mad, and grapples with her addiction to mustard. Ultimately it’s about recovery and confronting your demons. 

It’s quite a visceral, visual  show – involving a lot of Mustard and it’s brilliant fun to perform. 

TF: What shape will this take, is it one for the online audiences?

It ran at Summerhall at the Fringe in 2019  and this September in the Abbey in Dublin part of Dublin fringe. Now it’s part of the online Traverse 3 programme which is really exciting. It feels like a real silver lining of Covid that the show can reach a wide audience during this time. 

TF: What is your plans for 2021 after this release? 

We will tour Ireland and abroad hopefully . Fishamble who are producing are a brilliant company to work with and hopefully with their help I’ll get around the world with it. After such a pent up year I can’t wait to tour again. 

TF: What connection have you had to the Traverse in your career, have they enabled you to kick-start things?  It will be great to see it re-open…

I was in the young writers group in the Traverse when I was at Edinburgh University and I was in the Traverse 50, which was a brilliant experience.  The Traverse has definitely shaped me as a writer so it’s a real privilege to be back. 

Mustard runs as part of Traverse 3 from 1st – 14th December, click here for more info