Firebrand brings new drama to Borders

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Following the success of their highly-acclaimed productions of David Harrower’s Blackbird, Peter Arnott’s White Rose and Rona Munro’s Iron, for which Blythe Duff won the CATS 2013 Best Female Performance Award; Borders-based Firebrand, in partnership with Heart of Hawick, is set to tour one of the finest Scottish dramas of the 21st century.

Outlying Islands will open at Tower Mill, Heart of Hawick, on Thursday, September 25 at 7.30pm for three performances, and then on tour.

First produced at the Traverse Theatre in 2002, David Greig’s award-winning four-hander Outlying Islands has been acknowledged as one of the most successful and significant Scottish plays ever to be staged at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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.

The cast includes exciting young talents Helen Mackay, Martin Richardson and James Rottger, alongside Firebrand favourite Crawford Logan, fresh from his West End role in Woman in Black.

Directed by the award-winning Richard Baron and designed by Ken Harrison, the production will include a soundscape by Jon Beales.

Dates: Tower Mill, Heart of Hawick, September 25 -27, 7.30pm. Tickets: (preview) September 25, £10; Sept 26-27, £12. To book: 01450 360688, www.heartofhawick.co.uk

Mac Arts, Galashiels, Sept 30, 7.30pm. Tickets: £12/10. To book: 01750 725480, www.borderevents.com.

Tait Hall, Kelso, Tuesday, October 7, 7.30pm. Tickets: £12/10. To book: 01750 725480 www.borderevents.com.

Eastgate Theatre, Peebles, Thursday, October 9, 7.30pm. Tickets: £14, Friends/Registered Disability/Carer £12, U16s £5. To book: 01721 725777 www.eastgatearts.com