Denise Mina - Playing with books

Playing with Books: The Long Drop by Denise Mina

In the fourth year of our celebrated co-productions with the Edinburgh Book Festival, we present theatrical and musical explorations of scenes from much-loved books, followed by a discussion with the author and creative teams.

The Long Drop is Denise Mina’s extraordinary multi award-winning depiction of one of Scotland’s most notorious serial killers, Peter Manuel. Based on true events, it evokes the bizarre encounters between Manuel and William Watt, whose wife, sister-in-law and daughter have recently been murdered. Watt suspects Manuel to have done the deed, so what does he do? He takes Manuel out on a drinking binge. For this event, Dominic Hill, Artistic Director of Citizens Theatre has worked with acclaimed writer Linda McLean and actors to prepare dramatic scenes from the book that they present in a 45-minute performance. Afterwards, Hill, McLean and the actors are joined on stage by Denise Mina for a discussion (with audience contributions) about the book and the performance they have presented.

This is a live event, with an author Q&A. If buying a ticket to watch the event in-person, the author will be on stage, in the venue.

NB In-person tickets for this event are currently sold out. Please check for returns nearer the time

Watch online
Pay what you can to watch online. Available live, then on-demand until 20:30 on Saturday 28 August.

But Tickets from the Book Festival Box Office

Dates, Times & Prices


Wed 25 Aug, 20:30 - 22:00
The New York Times Theatre (in Sculpture Court)
In-person tickets for this event are currently sold out. Please check for returns nearer the time

Price: £16.00 [£13.00]


LIVE - Wed 25 Aug, 8:30pm - 10pm
ON DEMAND - Until 8.30pm Sat 28 Aug

Price - Pay What You Can