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A remarkable, true story of a young trans man fleeing from Egypt to Scotland. One of two intimate productions giving an insight into the real life experiences of trans people in Scotland.

If you are born in a country where being yourself can get you killed, exile is your only choice.

Adam is the remarkable, true story of a young trans man having to make that choice and begin his journey. From Egypt to Scotland, it charts Adam’s fight across borders and genders to find a place to call home.

In a world first, Adam features a 120-strong, international world choir of trans individuals from across the globe which has been uniquely integrated into this remarkable multimedia production.

Adam has been conceived for the stage by Cora Bissett, who previously brought the real life story of the Glasgow Girls to the Citizens’ stage. 

National Theatre of Scotland

Main Theatre

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Recommended 14+. Contains partial nudity, self-harm, descriptions of sexual violence and some strong language.

Wheelchair Access
Guide Dogs welcome
Induction Loop

Cast & Creative Team >

Conceived for the stage and directed by Cora Bissett
Writer - Frances Poet
Music - Jocelyn Pook
Design - Emily James


“an unforgettable thunderbolt of feeling”
The Telegraph

“A powerful story of transcendence”
The Herald

“great performances, intelligent direction on a cleverly-designed set from Emily James and a well-judged narrative”
British Theatre Guide

“a powerful story of transcendence”
The Herald

“a play that is fresh, interesting and impactful”
The Skinny

“Lyrical, joyous and vital”
Exeunt Magazine


“It took a few years to really understand what it is I am”
The Herald  

Adam World Choir

The National Theatre of Scotland is inviting trans and non-binary individuals around the world to connect and form a global digital community – The Adam World Choir.

The Choir will bring voices from an often silenced community to sing together as part of the National Theatre of Scotland’s production of Adam.

Whatever your singing experience, there’s a place for you in The Adam World Choir. As a choir member, all you will need to do is submit a video of yourself singing the Adam score. You can film it in your own room, in your own time and with our help. Everyone’s submissions will then be mixed together and projected onto the stage as a stunning video choir.

As well as singing in the production, choir members are also invited to take part in and create other exciting events throughout the year.

Come and join The Adam World Choir, and together we’ll make this a loud and fierce celebration of trans voices.

To sign up and check out our FAQs visit our website:

Adam Production Trailer


Adam and Eve double bill

These two complementary pieces exploring trangender and non-binary life can be seen together in one evening. 
Fri 15 & Sat 16 Sep
£16.50 - £23

Want to get involved? BEING ME

We’re inviting trans and non-binary individuals aged 16+ to take part in twice-weekly workshops from Tue 8 Aug – Tue 12 Sep to create a newly-devised piece to be performed in our Circle Studio before the performance of Adam on Wed 13 Sep and Eve on Thur 14 Sep.

Adam Production Photos


Cora Bissett on Adam
Adam teaser trailer