The Outrun | Wed 31 Jul – Sat 24 Aug | Church Hill Theatre

Credit: Laurence Winram

Part of the Edinburgh International Festival 2024 at Church Hill Theatre


Amy Liptrot's bestselling memoir is brought to life in an epic and elemental world premiere.

Olivier Award-winning playwright Stef Smith joins forces with Vicky Featherstone, former Artistic Director of the National Theatre of Scotland, to reimagine Amy Liptrot's bestselling memoir. Edinburgh's producing theatre The Lyceum returns to the International Festival to present this world premiere. A young woman finds herself washed up back home on the Scottish archipelago of Orkney. She has no idea how or if she can rebuild her life after a decade of addiction.

Flashing back and forth between Orkney and London, we get a glimpse into her former urban existence and its intoxicating temptations that pushed her to the point of destruction. She must find a way to navigate the alluring wildlife and wildness of both environments.

Smith's urgent retelling speaks to the impact of isolation and loneliness and – ultimately – the resilience of people.

The Outrun will be running at Church Hill Theatre

One of Scotland's boldest chroniclers of contemporary women's lives

The Stage on Stef Smith


Tatiana Chater Davies

Sally Georgina Pitts

Lawrence Smith

Rose Stachniewska

Petre Dobre (BSL performances only)


Director - Vicky Featherstone

Writer & Adaptation - Stef Smith

Composer - Luke Sutherland

Designer - Milla Clarke

Musical Director & Choral Arranger - Michael Henry

Lighting Designer - Lizzie Powell

Sound Designer - Kev Murray

Video Designer - Lewis den Hertog

Movement Director - Vicki Manderson

Casting Director - Stuart Burt

Costume Supervisor - Sophie Ferguson

Costume Assistant - Argyro Sapsouzidi

Associate Director - Vaila Anderson

Producer - David Dey


Production Manager - Grahame Coyle

Company Stage Manager - Dan Dixon

Deputy Stage Manager - Katy Steele

Assistant Stage Manager - Scott Ringan

LX Programmer - Neil Foulis

LX Supervisor - Roy Fairhead

AV Supervisor - Ellie Thompson

Sound No 1 - Richard Bell

Sound No 2 - Lana Kirk