A Slow Air is the story of a brother and sister in their mid-40s who live in Lowland Scotland, 50 miles apart. Morna works as a cleaner for well-off families in Edinburgh. She spends her time drinking mostly, attempting affairs and trying to work out the mind of her 20 year old son who shares her flat in Dalry.
Athol, her elder brother by two years, lives in Houston near Glasgow airport with his wife Evelyn. The owner of a floor-tiling company with two grown-up children, he is proud of his hard-won achievements.
Like any other brother and sister they have fond and not-so fond memories of their upbringing, differing views on their parents and definite opinions about each other. When Morna’s son Joshua goes west to make contact with Athol he triggers a remarkable and life changing series of events. Especially so in their case, since Morna and Athol haven’t spoken to each other in 14 years…
Following a sell-out run at the Traverse theatre during the 2011 Fringe, A Slow Air will tour internationally before arriving at the Tricycle theatre for a limited run.