Book Festival premières Alice Munro adaptation

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One of the headline events of the 2016 Edinburgh International Book Festival is the world première of The View from Castle Rock, a stage adaptation of Alice Munro's collected short stories of the same name, which is also part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The Canadian author's work examines the lives and experiences of her Scottish ancestors, who left Scotland for Canada in 1818.

Nick Barley, Director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, said:

Alice Munro is celebrated across the globe as the greatest living short story writer. She is also fascinated by her heritage and her family’s voyage from Scotland to Canada in the early-19th century.
Today, at a time when the refugee crisis is such a topical issue right across Europe, I am proud that the Book Festival and Stellar Quines will bring Munro’s story dramatically to life as the centrepiece of a thoughtful, far-reaching discussion about human migration.

Munro, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2013, created a series of moving tales for her family, parts of which will now be staged in a word-for-word adaptation by multi-award winning playwright, Linda McLean.

The production is a collaboration with Edinburgh's Stellar Quines Theatre Company, and will be directed by Marilyn Imrie, who said:

The deprivations and sorrows encountered by Munro’s migrant family are sadly familiar, two hundred years on. Playwright Linda McLean brings to the production her experience of a form of dramatic storytelling currently inspiring exciting new theatre in Canada, the US and Europe: word for word dramatisation – every word spoken is from the text as Munro wrote it.

Linda McLean added:

Alice Munro's writing is riddled with the kind of subtext I usually look for in theatre, where the unsaid is often more powerful than the words a character says out loud.

The View from Castle Rock is supported by the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund. Following daily performances during the Book Festival at artSpace@StMarks in Castle Terrace, the production will tour to the Borders including the Ettrick Valley, home of Munro’s ancestors who were related to James Hogg.

The tour will take in Peebles, Hawick, Ettrickbridge and Galashiels from 31 August to 3 September as part of Booked!; Edinburgh International Book Festival on the road and the Borders Live Touring scheme.

Edinburgh International Book Festival runs from 13-29 August 2016. Find out more about the Book Festival, including links to programme and ticketing details.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe runs from 5-29 August 2016. Find out more about the Fringe, including links to programme and ticketing details.

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