Dogstar Theatre presents Kevin MacNeil’s, The Stornoway Way
Kevin MacNeil’s 2005 debut novel was hailed by The Scotsman as “The best Scottish book since Trainspotting…full of wisdom, jokes, poetic language and mind-burning imagery” and a Herald book of the year “whose honest bleakness is outdone by its sheer good humour and energy” (Ali Smith). The Independent described it as “a novel of consistently hilarious verbal invention.”
MacNeil is currently writing his stage version, which he sees as a development from the novel, and a more mature and inclusive take on his earlier work.
The Stornoway Way is a romantic tragicomedy about alcoholic young drifters on the Isle of Lewis. These are characters who are outcast from, yet inescapably part of their Hebridean culture, whether they are physically there or not, on the margins of the margin. They leave and return, struggling with their identity and their alienation from both society and each other, searching for love as a path to salvation.
Written in English, with some Gaelic, the production will have a cast of three young actors, directed by Matthew Zajac. Live and recorded music and sound, composed and designed by Pippa Murphy, will play an important role. At times, the actors will include the audience in the storytelling, inviting us to be part of this poetic, provocative and funny ceilidh play.