Outlying Islands (play)
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|Written by||David Greig|
|Place premiered||Edinburgh, Scotland|
|Setting||Remote island of Scotland in 1939|
Outlying Islands is a 2002 drama play written by Scottish playwright David Greig. While all the events and characters in the play are works of fiction, it was inspired by Robert Atkinson's book Island Going.
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.
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. It was revived at the Traverse in October 2014.
The play was performed by Sugarglass Theatre at the Connelly Theatre in New York in 2016 and later revived at the Samuel Beckett Theatre in Dublin in August 2017.
|Character||Original Cast, 2002||New York Cast, 2016||Dublin Cast, 2017||London Revival Cast, 2019|
|Robert||Laurence Mitchell||Jefferson White||Leonard Buckley||Tom Machell|
|John||Sam Heughan||Peter Corboy||Peter Corboy||Jack McMillan|
|Kirk||Robert Carr||Leon Ingulsrud||Karl O’Neill||Ken Drury|
|Ellen||Lesley Hart||Maeve O'Mahony||Maeve O'Mahony||Rose Wardlaw|
|Captain||Robert Carr||Leon Ingulsrud||Karl O’Neill||Ken Drury|
- Greig, David. (2010). Selected plays, 1999-2009. London: Faber. p. 125. ISBN 978-0-571-23415-8. OCLC 669248183.
- "Outlying Islands". Sugarglass Theatre. Retrieved 2019-12-31.
- "Atticist to Bring Outlying Islands to King's Head Theatre". theatreweekly.com. Retrieved 2018-11-22.
- "Review: Outlying Islands at the Samuel Beckett Theatre, Dublin". Exeunt Magazine. Retrieved 2019-12-31.
- "Atticist | OUTLYING ISLANDS". atticist. Retrieved 2019-12-31.
- The book on Faber and Faber's website
- A review of the 2004 American premiere in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
- Outlying Islands in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
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