Adventures with the Painted People

By David Greig
Directed by Elizabeth Newman

Adventures with the Painted People will be David Greig’s first original, new play since The Events in 2013, and will now broadcast on BBC Radio 3 as part of the BBC Arts’ Culture in Quarantine season, to bring the best arts and culture to the homes of everyone in the UK at a time of national lockdown. 

Adventures with the Painted People is a compelling love story, exploring the value of history and the power of writing, in a unique river movie. Lucius is a cultured Roman officer, captured by the Picts and about to be sacrificed. Eithne is a wise Pictish woman, who wants to record her people's history in writing, a skill they do not yet have. She makes a deal - she will rescue Lucius, in exchange for him teaching her to write. So, they have to flee - not by road, the Romans haven't built those yet, but down river...

Originally commissioned by Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Adventures with the Painted People was set to have its stage première in Pitlochry in July 2020. The play will now feature in our 2021 season.

Now a BBC ARTS – Culture in Quarantine, BBC Radio 3, Naked ProductionsPitlochry Festival Theatre in association with The Royal Lyceum Edinburgh production. 

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Cast and Credits

in alphabetical order

Olivier Huband Lucius
Kirsty Stuart ​Eithne 

Director Elizabeth Newman

Dates, Times & Prices

Take Part

Post Show Discussion
Sunday 7 June, 9:15pm
Join writer, David Greig and Director, Elizabeth Newman LIVE in discussion with Clare Brennan, arts journalist for The Guardian and The Observer, following the Radio 3 première of Adventures with the Painted People. Head to Pitlochry Festival Theatre's website to find out more and book your place.
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