There should be some sort of prize for improbable stage adaptations of literary classics. The 39 Steps for four actors? Nicholas Nickleby in eight hours? The Odyssey as a solo piece? All these and more have found eager audiences (Patrick Barlow’s version of The 39 Steps is in this summer’s season at Pitlochry). And while Ed Robson’s nippy new version of Robert Louis Stevenson’s much-loved adventure story Kidnapped for his own theatre — shipwrecks, redcoats and Rannoch Moor with only three actors and a projection screen — is not quite on the same scale as some of these, it promises similar popular success on its tour. Robson will certainly enhance his reputation as a clever director on the most modest of resources…Read The Full Review
Robert Louis Stevenson’s swashbuckling tale set in the aftermath of the Jacobite rebellion of 1745 is being adapted for the stage by Cumbernauld Theatre this month. The coming-of-age adventure story is a journey through both time and terrain as young protagonist David Balfour tries to make good the wrongdoings of his duplicitous uncle, Ebeneezer… Read the full article.Ebeneezer Balfour (Alan Steele) welcomes Davie Balfour (Scott Hoatson) at the House of the Shawes. Captain Hoeseason (Alan Steele) and Alan Breck Stewart (Peter Callaghan) agree passage in the Roundhouse on board the Covenant.
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