by David Greig
September-October 2014 – Tower Mill Theatre, Heart of Hawick; MacArts, Galashiels; Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh; Birnam Arts, Birnam; Tait Hall, Kelso; Eastgate Theatre, Peebles; Fullarton, Castle Douglas; Beacon, Greenock; Gaiety, Ayr; Dundee Rep, Dundee; Macrobert, Stirling; Websters Theatre, Glasgow
**** The Times ****The Scotsman ****The Herald ****TVBomb ****Exeunt Magazine
“Richard Baron’s fine revival…the sense of the island is brilliantly evoked by sound and lighting designers Jon Beales and Matt Eagland…the cast is excellent.”
It is summer 1939 and two young Cambridge naturalists arrive on a remote Hebridean 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 mission, they are drawn into a primeval world of emotional discovery, sexual passion, voyeurism and murder. Outlying Islands is an at times comic, touching and hauntingly beautiful Scottish play about loss of innocence.
Directed by the award-winning Richard Baron and designed by Ken Harrison, the production involved a thrilling soundscape by Jon Beales and beautifully atmospheric lighting by Matthew Eagland.
Outlying Islands was produced in association with Heart of Hawick and supported by Creative Scotland.