First published in The Times, Friday October 23 2015
Grid Iron, the site-specific specialists, first staged their adaptation of Jim Crace’s fragmentary novel exploring our relationship with food in a branch of Debenhams after hours. A decade on and the backdrops for Ben Harrison’s touring remount are no less intriguing, ranging from a newly restored 200-year-old Custom House to a hotel on the windswept northern Scottish coast.
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Published in The Times, Thursday April 23 2015
The question of how to dramatise Compton Mackenzie’s 1947 novel has inspired some ingenious adaptations down the years, including a live radio broadcast and a musical. This enjoyable new version, by Iain Finlay Macleod, gets round the problem of staging the wartime shipwreck that brings thousands of cases of whisky into the hands of a grateful island community by employing a framing device in which present-day inhabitants of the Hebridean island of Todday re-enact the legend for an Irish incomer.
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