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Playing with Books

For the third year running we present Playing with Books, a co-production with Edinburgh International Book Festival. A theatrical exploration of scenes from three bestselling books with music, followed by a discussion with the creative teams and the novelists.

This is Memorial Device by David Keenan
Saturday 10 August, 3.30pm

Early 1980s Scotland: a former mining village just east of Airdrie whose main employer is the banana warehouse. This is the setting for David Keenan’s achingly evocative fictional history of local postpunk band, Memorial Device. It’s a hallucinatory love letter to the shipwrecked youth of this Central Belt hinterland whose lives contained little other than music – and Benny’s chip shop. Writer/director Graham Eatough presents a theatrical response to Keenan’s cult hit with music by Stephen McRobbie of The Pastels.

Under Another Sky by Charlotte Higgins
Saturday 17 August, 1.45pm

When Guardian chief culture writer Charlotte Higgins set out to explore the Roman occupation of Britain, not only did she embark on a work of serious history: she began a personal odyssey with her partner (and fellow classicist) in his ageing VW camper van. The hugely entertaining result, Under Another Sky, offers clues about the origins of Britain’s current political landscape. David Greig and director Elizabeth Newman present a theatrical response to Higgins’ triumphant work of non-fiction.

Women Talking by Miriam Toews
Saturday 24 August, 6pm

‘Brave,’ ‘scorching,’ ‘a tour de force’: just a few of the words used in the reviews of Miriam Toews’s unforgettable story of oppression and resistance in a Bolivian Mennonite community. Women Talking has now been optioned by Brad Pitt’s film company for a movie starring Francis McDormand. Playwright Linda McLean will produce a theatrical response to this classic of feminist fiction. In partnership with the Toronto International Festival of Authors, this event will also be presented in Canada in October.

Playing with Books is supported by Sir Ewan and Lady Brown and through the PLACE Programme (funded by the Scottish Government, City of Edinburgh Council, and the Edinburgh Festivals, and supported and administered by Creative Scotland).

Dates, Times & Prices

This is Memorial Device by David Keenan
Saturday 10 August, 3.30pm

Under Another Sky by Charlotte Higgins
Saturday 17 August, 1.45pm

Women Talking by Miriam Toews
Saturday 24 August, 6pm

All performances take place in The Spiegeltent at Edinburgh International Book Festival in Charlotte Square Gardens.

Edinburgh International Book Festival events go on sale to the general public on 25 June but a limited number of tickets to these performances are available to Lyceum audiences now via our Box Office.

Prices

£15
£12 concessions

All performances take place in The Spiegeltent at Edinburgh International Book Festival in Charlotte Square Gardens.

Edinburgh International Book Festival events go on sale to the general public on 25 June but a limited number of tickets to these performances are available to Lyceum audiences now via our Box Office.