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The Stornoway Way


Dogstar Theatre Company in association with An Lanntair
Directed by Matthew Zajac
Friday 18th October 7.30pm
£12/£10/£5 + £1 Booking Fee

THE SCOTSMAN "...Naomi Stirrat delivering a disturbingly powerful performance as Roman... fine songs specially written by MacNeil, Willie Campbell and Colin Macleod."

Adapted by Kevin MacNeil from his best-selling novel, THE STORNOWAY WAY is a musical tragicomedy full of wit and wisdom, both a romantic evocation and a scabrous critique of the Isle of Lewis, “a great and symbolic chip off Scotland’s shoulder!”

Birnam Arts | The Stornoway Way | Friday 18th October

The play tells the story of Roman Stornoway, a struggling musician, and his best friend Eilidh. Both are disaffected underachievers, who use alcohol to fuel and delay their dreams of escape from the island.  They eventually manage to make their way to the city, where Roman is smitten by the mysterious Hungarian student Eva.

With a variety of voices from Lewis and a musical soundtrack featuring original and traditional songs in Gaelic and English, The Stornoway Way is irreverent, witty and honest, a bittersweet theatrical romcom, twisted, squeezed out and hungover, a story about the search for the ideal, the desire for happiness and the struggle to come to terms with who you are, versus who you want to be.

“Does for the Western Isles what Rankin and Welsh did for Edinburgh.”  THE TIMES

“The best Scottish book since Trainspotting…full of wisdom, jokes, poetic language and mind-burning imagery.”  THE SCOTSMAN

"...Naomi Stirrat ..utterly believable as his boozy everyman in search of the high life and an identity beyond the tedium of the island. With Rachel Kennedy as Eilidh and Chloe-Ann Tylor as Eva also managing to bring an entire community to life on Ali Maclaurin’s washed-out set, songs penned by MacNeil with Willie Campbell and Colin Macleod expand the show’s reach even further against Jim Hope’s video backdrop of crashing waves."  THE HERALD

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