The Stornoway Way | 23 Oct

Wednesday 23 October 2019
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Dogstar Theatre in association with An Lanntair presents

A musical tragicomedy by Kevin MacNeil

Starring Naomi Stirrat as Roman Stornoway, Rachel Kennedy as Eilidh and Chloe-Ann Tylor as Eva. 

Director Matthew Zajac (remember the amazing ‘Tailor of Inverness’?)

Adapted by Kevin MacNeil from his best-selling novel, The Stornoway Way is full of wit and wisdom, both a romantic evocation and a scabrous critique of the Isle of Lewis – “a great and symbolic chip off Scotland’s shoulder”.

The play tells the story of Roman Stornoway, a struggling musician, and his best friend Eilidh. Both are disaffected underachievers, who fuel and delay their dreams of escape from the island with frequent drinking binges. They eventually manage to make their way to the city, where Roman is smitten by the mysterious Hungarian student Eva.

With a variety of voices from Lewis and a musical soundtrack featuring original and traditional songs in Gaelic and English, The Stornoway Way is a story about the search for the ideal, the desire for happiness and the struggle to come to terms with who you are, versus who you want to be.

“a great and symbolic chip off Scotland’s shoulder”. 

“The best Scottish book since trainspotting…full of wisdom, jokes, poetic language and mind-burning imagery.”  The Scotsman

“Does for the Western Isles what Rankin and Welsh did for Edinburgh.” The Times

Set & Costume Design Ali Maclaurin | Sound Design Pippa Murphy | Lighting Design Andrew Wilson | Video Jim Hope
Original Songs by Willie Campbell, Kevin MacNeil & Colin Macleod

TICKETS: Adult £14 | Member £12 | Student £7 | Young Person £7 | Season Free | Under 11 Free

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And if you don’t believe the reviews, here is an audience comment from the Glasgow night:

“Every minute of this incredible haunting play, is filled with some of the most fluid , sincere and haunting performances. This being one of my favourite books , I’m so lucky to have the privilege of watching this play . It is so true to its roots , it enhances the core of the message . I was hypnotised by the utter beauty of the contemporary set and with the background and lighting , I felt there was a feeling of comforting twilight light throughout. It was gobsmacking . From the powerfully emotional performances, to everyone’s flawless transition on stage, moved and managed by the incredible actors rendered us speechless . Every one of the actors sang beautifully and played flawlessly . It was so subtley done from the heartwarming love scene to the tears in my eyes when the shoes came off at the end . We didn’t want your play to end. Thank you for bringing a different dimension to our beloved book . Funny,inspiring, a joy to watch . Thank you. “ Fiona McCormick

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