From Liz Smith
by David Greig
Following the success of their highly acclaimed productions of David Harrower's Blackbird, Peter Arnott’s White Rose and Rona Munro’s Iron, for which Blythe Duff won the CATS 2013 Best Female Per-formance Award; Scottish Borders based Firebrand, in partnership with Heart of Hawick, is set to tour one of the finest Scottish dramas of the twenty-first century.
Outlying Islands will open at Tower Mill, Heart of Hawick, on Thursday 25 September at 7.30pm for three performances and followed by a Scottish tour.
First produced at the Traverse Theatre in 2002, David Greig’s award-winning four-hander Outlying
Islands has been acknowledged as one of the most successful and significant Scottish plays ever to be staged at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and yet despite great critical acclaim has not been seen in either
Edinburgh or Glasgow for over ten years.
It is summer 1939 and two young Cambridge naturalists arrive on a remote Hebriean island to conduct a wildlife survey on behalf of the Government. They are accompanied by Kirk, the island's tenant, and his attractive young niece Ellen. When Kirk inadvertently reveals to the boys the true reason for their mis-sion, they are drawn into a primeval world of emotional discovery, sexual passion, voyeurism and mur-der.
Firebrand is delighted to present a fresh and timely revival of an at times comic, touching and hauntingly beautiful Scottish play about loss of innocence. The cast includes exciting young talents Helen Mackay, Martin Richardson and James Rottger alongside Firebrand favourite Crawford Logan fresh from his re-cent West End role in Woman in Black. Directed by the award-winning Richard Baron and designed by Ken Harrison, the production will include a thrilling soundscape by Jon Beales.
Outlying Islands is supported by Creative Scotland. Sponsored by Born in the Borders and Peter Scott Scotland