Sweetness tour dates

via Dogstar Theatre…


by Kevin MacNeil
from the novel by
Torgny Lindgren

Directed by Matthew Zajac
Designed by Peggy Jones
Music & Sound by Jonny Hardie
Lighting by John Gordon

                                                           Lynne Verrall
                                                                                         Matthew Zajac
                                                                                         Sean Hay

Two brothers, Archie and Murdo, live in the Far North on opposite sides of a field.  Archie is shrivelling away.  Murdo is eating himself to death on a diet of chocolate and macaroons dipped in jam.  These misfit siblings haven’t spoken to each other for years, although they do share a cat. 
Kate, a writer, is on a lecture tour.  Archie puts her up for the night after her lecture in the village hall.  She gets snowed in.  In the days that follow, Kate is drawn in to the tissue of lies and self-deception that keeps the brothers alive in a bond of mutual loathing.  She becomes both nurse and confessor to the brothers, eventually leading them to their fate with profound, funny and touching results.

Kevin MacNeil, one of Scotland’s most exciting young writers, has adapted Torgny Lindgren’s dark, comic novel about love, jealousy and death, transposing it from Northern Sweden to Northern Scotland.  Kevin’s recently completed script is excellent, promising a very rich night’s entertainment.

“No doubt about it, Lindgren has joined the ranks of the greatest writers.”
Michel Crepu, La Croix

“I can’t remember being so knocked out by a book.  Its full of wisdom, jokes, poetic language and mind-burning imagery.”
The Scotsman on Kevin MacNeil’s The Stornoway Way

Torgny Lindgren is one of Sweden’s most distinguished writers.  His work has been dramatised for the stage many times in Scandinavia.  In the UK, Theatre de Complicite adapted his story Light in 2000.
Kevin MacNeil’s latest novel, A Method Actor’s Guide to Jekyll & Hyde, is receiving rave reviews, as did his previous novel, the wild and wonderful The Stornoway Way.  Kevin’s previous stage work includes The Callanish Stoned.  He is also a popular and briliiant poet and cyclist ! www.kevinmacneil.com

Sweetness will open on February 24th at An Lanntair Arts Centre in Kevin’s home town of Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis. 


February                                                                TICKETS
24 & 25    An Lanntair, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis         01851 703307*
26            Sabhal Mor Ostaig, Isle of Skye                 01471 844207  www.seall.co.uk
3              Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh                   0131 665 2240*
4              North Edinburgh Arts Centre                      0131 315 2151
8              Gairloch Village Hall                                  01445 781783
10            Macphail Centre, Ullapool                          01854 613336
11            Farr High School, Bettyhill  (1.30pm)         01641 521217
12            Mill Theatre, Thurso                                  01847 896508 (Caithness Horizons)
17            Woodend Barn, Banchory                          01330 825431*
18            Grassic Gibbon Centre, Arbuthnott             01561 361668*
19            Tower Mill, Heart of Hawick                        01450 360668*
22            Lochinver Village Hall                                01571 844104
23 & 24    Eden Court Theatre, Inverness                  01463 234234 www.eden-court.co.uk
26            Lonach Hall, Strathdon                              01975 651779*

*www.booth.co.uk for online booking
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