Outlying Islands (play)

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Outlying Islands
Written by David Greig
Date premiered 2002
Place premiered Edinburgh, Scotland
Original language English
Genre Drama play
Setting Remote island of Scotland in 1939

Outlying Islands is a 2002 drama play written by Scottish playwright David Greig.

Synopsis[edit]

Set on a remote Scottish island in the summer of 1939, two ornithologists – young, impulsive and English Robert and the more-conservative-yet naive Scottish John – are sent to catalogue the bird colonies on the island. Together with the stern lease-holder of the island, Mr Kirk, and his young niece Ellen, they are the only inhabitants for the summer.

The play ruthlessly uncovers the motivations of its characters, resulting in a painful triangle between John, Robert and Ellen. It is about nature versus technology, old versus new, with the threat of the coming world war looming over it all.

Production[edit]

The play was first published and performed in 2002 and won a Fringe First award and a Herald Angel award after its premiere at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh, Scotland, during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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