Culture/Arts in General

The Stornoway Way – now a play

Thank you to everyone who came to see my play The Stornoway Way. I adapted the play from the novel of the same name (Penguin Books), and Dogstar Theatre toured it very successfully around the country. Audience figures were gratifyingly high, with many of the shows sold out, and audience feedback is available to read beneath the images. Thank you to everyone involved.

PS It has been a few years since I updated this website (apologies). I have written or edited a book or two since then, plus I moved back to my native Scotland. I am now a Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Stirling and I live with my rescue greyhound, Molly. I do have a few exciting writing projects on the go….


Photography credit: Leila Angus

Audience Feedback

I truly didn’t think the play would be anywhere as good as the book. I was wrong. Absolutely amazing night, we laughed, we cried, we loved it. Huge shout out to the three actresses from @dogstartheatre

Enjoyed the performance at Sabhal Mor Ostaig so much we journeyed to Inverness, two nights later to experience it all again.

Fabulous performances by three incredibly talented young actors
Emotional and humorous
Beautifully balanced production
Congratulations to All involved

I saw the play in Stornoway, loved it. Told the story well, made you think, made you feel blessed, made you think about life, love, family, friends, and a whole batch of other things. Oh, and the musical score is fantastic!!!

I’ve just seen The Stornoway Way in Stirling. Big thanks and love to Kevin, the actors and all involved for taking me so heartfully through the hurt and the hope of the world. Beautiful, sad, funny, and great songs!

it was ace. Thoroughly recommend it to anyone. Thought provoking, poignant, funny, sad, and a great conversation starter!!

Tonight we went to see The Stornoway Way at An Lanntair in Stornoway. I loved it and I laughed and I cried. Kevin cove, that was amazing.

Great play last night. Shed a tear – the girls were all superb.

Congratulations! It is a really moving, thought-provoking and funny play! Well done! Still has me thinking – and wanting to learn Gaelic. My dad was an alcoholic so it felt even more significant to me.

Just seen the play – it was amazing. Lived up to my expectations and more.

Stunning, moving performance, Kevin. Congratulations to you and the cast x

Every minute of this incredible haunting play , is filled with some of the most fluid , sincerely and haunting performances.

This being one of my favourite books , I’m so lucky to have the privilege of watching this play .

It is so true to it’s roots , it enhances the core of the message .

I was hypnotised by the utter beauty of the contemporary  set , and with the background and lighting , I felt there was a feeling of comforting twilight light thoughout it was gobsmaking .

From the powerfully emotional performances, to everyone’s flawless transition on stage, moved and managed by the incredible actors rendered us speak-less .

Every one or the actor’s sang beautifuly and played flawlessly. It was so subtlely done , from the heartwarming love sene to the tears in my eyes when the shoes came off at the end .

We didn’t want your play to end , thank you for bringing a different dimension to out beloved book . Funny inspiring a joy to watch . Thank you

Loved this from start to finish, combination of theatre & music was brilliant!

This is the best book I’ve ever read!! Ever! Go see if your in the area!!

Really enjoyed this show! Well done girls, brilliant performances, lovely writing and direction. Catch it on tour now..

Brilliant, brilliant night @EdenCourt Thank you

Awesome performances tonight from @dogstartheatre in #TheStornawayWay Funny, poignant and thought provoking. Check out where they are next and get along!

Thoroughly enjoyed @Kevin_MacNeil and @dogstartheatre’s The Stornoway Way in Kirkcaldy last night. Dark, funny, clever production, outstanding performances. Go see!

Best reason I’ve ever heard for going to Livingston. A really great play.

Lovely writing and performances from the cast @CottiersTheatre tonight #thestornowayway – funny, bleak and atmospheric. Like Scotland

I really enjoyed The Stornoway Way @Kevin_MacNeil – loved how it encapsulated that duality it spoke of: bleak, yet beautiful. Fabulous. Great job from @dogstartheatre – the actors must be knackered!

A most excellent night at the theatre last night to see @Kevin_MacNeil’s adaptation of The Stornoway Way. Gave me all the feels I remember from reading the novel. Catch it if you can!

I was so blown away by it, I just have to sit for a while. It’s hilarious, searing and achingly beautiful all at once.

Wonderful performance of The Stornoway Way @Cottiers_Venue tonight…Funny, poignant, powerful, thought provoking

Brilliant evening watching this poignant, subtle and funny account of a Scottish islander’s descent into the madness of alcoholism. The play charts the man’s collapse into ever-growing darkness, handling this toughest and darkest of subjects with humour, grace and a wryly believable humanity.

Just saw The Stornoway Way by Dogstar Theatre. Loved it. Fully embraces the nature of theatre to make something that is both faithful to the book and also entirely its own thing. Beautiful.

Great performance of The Stornoway Way at Eden Court tonight. Congratulations to cast and crew!

Read @Kevin_MacNeil #TheStornowayWay years ago, tonight went to @EdenCourt the watch the play. Wow, what a brilliant piece of theatre

Oh…. wow!!! @dogstartheatre it was beyond my greatest imagination!! The best!! Go girls!! You did us #storweigens proud!!! X with

@Kevin_MacNeil awesome writting #awseome #cleverness and we loved it

Love, whisky, self-destruction, jokes, songs, ace cast,

@Kevin_MacNeil ‘s zen wisdom Thats #thestornowayway

I was lucky enough to attend 2 recent performances of The Stornoway Way , firstly, last Thursday at Cottiers in Glasgow with my wife Linda and friends Dave and Jean, and then again last night with one of my sons (sadly son no.2 up to his neck in the delights of chemical engineering) at the Howden Park Centre in Livingston.Having been privileged to have lived the life in conjunction with the first job of my career in Stornoway between 1984 and 1986, Kevin MacNeil’s 2005 novel had always resonated strongly with me. I loved my 2 years amidst the beauty of the islands and the warmth, ingenuity, creativity and culture of the people.The play has added another dimension to the book and it is even more powerful particularly given the wonderful acting of Naomi Stirrat, Chloe-Ann Tylor and Rachel Kennedy and the brilliant contemporary and Gaelic songs interspersed throughout the play. Special credit to Naomi, Chloe-Ann and Rachel for giving the same high level of passion and performance to a packed Cottiers and a not-so packed Howden Park Centre(both great venues). Hope you play to packed houses for the rest of the tour – you all deserve nothing less. An absolute gem.So that’s the book and the play. Roll on the film!!!! Trainspotting for the Hebrides? Definitely.

Saw this at Reay. Very, very dynamic performances. Fab staging.

Just seen The Stornoway Way this evening in the Beacon Arts Centre. An absolutely outstanding evenings theatre.

I saw it at Lathron and thought it was great.

Congratulations on your beautiful play, Kevin – I plan to read more of your work and introduce it to my senior pupils! Enjoy every minute of the rest of the run.

Exceptional theatre …. saw it in @EdenCourt at the weekend and thought the acting and stamina, the writing and music all were outstanding – well done folks

Awesome performances tonight from @dogstartheatre in #TheStornawayWay Funny, poignant and thought provoking. Check out where they are next and get along!

Really enjoyed this show! Well done girls, brilliant performances, lovely writing and direction.

Absolutely amazing. Beautiful, funny & sad. Terrific theatre.


‘The Stornoway Way’ finds humour in dark tale of life on Lewis

By Kevin MacNeil

Award-winning poet, novelist, screenwriter and playwright originally from the Outer Hebrides now living in Stirling (Scotland).